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Weekly Geopolitical Summary: Iran Lashes Out, Washington Eyes Billions
Global INtelligence Report ^ | 21/10/2010 | Jen Alic

Posted on 10/25/2010 8:32:59 AM PDT by bananaman22

68 Dead in Karachi, Pakistan Political Killing Spree Russia, Venezuela Sing Nuclear Power Station Deal Washington Eyes Billions in India Deals Netherlands Antilles Ceases to Exist Iran Lashes Out at BP for Refusing to Refuel Commercial Jets Tajikistan Attempts to Buy Russian Help over Uzbek Water Dispute

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68 Dead in Karachi, Pakistan Political Killing Spree

Violence began over the weekend in Karachi, Pakistan, by Tuesday the death toll had risen to 68, according to Pakistani media reports. On Tuesday, at least 10 people were killed and more than a dozen others injured by gunmen on motorbikes who stormed the Shershah Market, shooting into the crowds indiscriminately. Also on Tuesday, armed men threw three dead bodies near the Sattar Mosque, not far from the local police precinct, while more gunmen on motorbikes opened fire at a tea stall. Businesses are closed and public transport halted amid the ongoing violence.

Analytical Note: The killing spree appears to be political and sectarian in nature. The killings follow provincial assembly by-elections to replace Raza Haider of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), who was murdered in August. The MQM managed to retain the seat in the by-elections. The violence is likely connected to the elections. When Haider was murdered, violence broke out immediately, leaving at least 100 people dead. Karachi has a long history of ethnic tension and sectarian violence. Karachi’s Urdu-speaking community traditionally supports the MQM, which is part of the governing coalition in the Sindh province. The rivals are the Awami National Party (ANP) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), which traditionally enjoy the support of the Balochi and Pashtun peoples. The by-election was boycotted by the ANP over the army’s refusal to provide supervision. Importantly, the political tide appears to be changing in Karachi, which has never (even at the best of times) been a stranger to political violence. While the MQM has traditionally held on to this seat (and has managed to do so once again), the ANP is gaining ground, having won two Sindh Assembly seats from Karachi in 2008, according to Pakistan’s DAWN magazine. Indeed, it may have successfully challenged the MQM if it had not boycotted the by-election. Some local observers believe that this week’s violence was intended as a demonstration of the MQM’s power, or the power of its supporters, in the face of ANP gains. Only local law-enforcement are on hand to contain the violence, as the government and military have stood back quietly, discussing how to deal with the crisis.

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Russia, Venezuela Sing Nuclear Power Station Deal

Late last week Russia and Venezuela signed an agreement to construct two 1,200 megawatt nuclear reactors in Venezuela, following on a deal reached in April. The $1.6 billion agreement was signed during Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s visit last week to Moscow.

Full article at: Geopolitics


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Conspiracy; Military/Veterans; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: geopolitics; iran; pakistan; russia

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