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  • U.S. Rejected Aid for Israeli Raid on Iranian Nuclear Site [specialized bunker-busting bombs...]

    01/10/2009 1:11:29 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies · 1,342+ views
    U.S. Rejected Aid for Israeli Raid on Iranian Nuclear Site By DAVID E. SANGER WASHINGTON — President Bush deflected a secret request by Israel last year for specialized bunker-busting bombs it wanted for an attack on Iran’s main nuclear complex and told the Israelis that he had authorized new covert action intended to sabotage Iran’s suspected effort to develop nuclear weapons, according to senior American and foreign officials. White House officials never conclusively determined whether Israel had decided to go ahead with the strike before the United States protested, or whether Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel was trying to...
  • Obama’s Agenda for Change and the 2009 Summit of the Americas [from the Marxist think tank IPS]

    01/09/2009 5:44:06 PM PST · by ETL · 8 replies · 615+ views
    Institute For Policy Studies (IPS) ^ | December 2, 2008 | Rick Arnold, Manuel Pérez Rocha.
    excerpt: 'Yes We Can' — Change for the Americas Coming from Below Hemispheric resistance to the first attempt by the U.S. to force the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) on every nation on this continent led to its eventual defeat at the IV Summit of the Americas, held in Argentina in 2005. The organizers of the April 2009 V Summit of the Americas had hoped to focus on a social agenda of providing a decent living for all those who call the “Americas” their home. The emergence of the PPA, or Bush’s Plan B for the FTAA, represents...
  • Saudis Reject Oil Embargo On Israel

    01/07/2009 12:01:55 PM PST · by Fennie · 11 replies · 667+ views
    Press TV ^ | January 7, 2009
    OPEC's top producer says oil-producing states in the Middle East will not respond to Iran's call to halt crude supplies to Israeli supporters. "The oil producers who need their income ... are not going to do that," Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal said at a Wednesday news conference. "The use of oil, especially at this time, is an idea that is at least past its worth, he said. "The important thing, oil is not a weapon. You can't reverse a conflict by using oil."
  • Iran tells Egypt it is ready to help Gaza wounded (Iran looking for ways to smuggle in weapons)

    01/05/2009 3:25:33 AM PST · by tobyhill · 6 replies · 531+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1/5/2009 | Reuters
    Iran has told Egypt it is ready to treat people wounded in the Israeli assault on Gaza and is seeking permission to set up a field hospital nearby, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said Monday. Iranian officials have condemned Israel for its attacks and expressed support for the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, criticizing what they say is the silence of some Arab states. Egypt, the only Arab state to border Gaza, has been a focus for protests by hardline Iranians who say Cairo has not done enough to help the Palestinians. Egypt has partly blamed Hamas for the violence because it...
  • Russia wants warships stationed around the world

    01/04/2009 10:27:02 AM PST · by Clinton's a liar · 21 replies · 1,650+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4 January 2009 | Reuters
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's military leaders approved a plan by the navy on Sunday to station warships permanently in friendly ports across the globe. Underfunded since the 1991 break up of the Soviet Union , the Russian navy has been reasserting itself over the last year by chasing Somali pirates around the coast of east Africa and steaming across the Atlantic to visit allies in South America. "The General Staff has given its position on this issue and it fully supports the position of the (Navy's) main committee," deputy chief of staff Colonel-General Anatoly Nogovitsyn told RIA Novosti news agency....
  • Iran Calls For Cut Off of Oil To Israel's Allies

    01/04/2009 9:54:00 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 9 replies · 665+ views
    Yidwithlid ^ | 1/4/09 | Yidwithlid
    Nothing Screams "Drill Here Drill Now" more than this story. Mirfeysal Bagherzadeh, a brigadier-general of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards and head of one of the country's "Islamic Police" called for a repeat of the 1972 Oil Embargo. He demanded that OPEC Countries should cut off of Oil Supplies to Israel's allies. Thirty-six years ago, the Islamic countries shut off Oil supplies to the US because of friendship with Israel. In the intervening years we have done nothing to prevent another embargo. We have enough Oil reserves to supply the US with fuel for over 100 years, yet we still refuse...
  • Iran security chief meets Syria's Assad over Gaza

    01/03/2009 12:57:11 PM PST · by Flavius · 7 replies · 692+ views
    afp ^ | 1/3/09 | afp
    DAMASCUS (AFP) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday met Iran's Supreme National Security Council chief Saeed Jalili to discuss the situation in the Gaza Strip, the official SANA news agency reported. It said Jalili, who arrived in Damascus on Friday night, and Assad held talks on "the dangerous situation the Palestinian people of Gaza are going through because of the Israeli aggression." They discussed the "consequences on security and stability in the region of the Israel's aggression continuing" and "ways Islamic countries can force Israel to immediately stop the massacres against the Palestinian people, end the Gaza blockade and...
  • Israel Defense Forces Artillery Targets Gaza

    01/03/2009 9:26:51 AM PST · by Strategy · 12 replies · 1,156+ views
    Ynetnews ^ | January 3, 2009 | Ron Ben-Yishai
    For the first time since the operation in Gaza got underway, IDF artillery cannons started to shell targets in the Strip. IDF artillery cannons began pounding the eastern sector of the Gaza Strip around 4 pm Saturday. Ynet correspondent Ron Ben-Yishai reported that portable artillery batteries are engaging in a heavy bombardment of the area. This is the first time in three years that the IDF has fired artillery shells at Gaza targets. Most shells are landing in what the Palestinians characterize as the "security zone" adjacent to the Gaza Strip fence. The IDF is targeting rocket launching sites in...
  • The Gaza War--> Its May Very Well Be Rocket Science

    01/02/2009 5:59:15 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 3 replies · 529+ views
    The truth of the matter is that when it comes to her enemies, Israel has a very tiny margin of error. What makes that particularly dangerous is the most radical of its Hamas, Hezballah and Iran, enemies do not hate Israel because they want to live on the land, they hate Israel because they are a non-Muslim contamination of their caliphate and their society. These are societies that are trying to build an earth that is ruled by Shariah Law and Israel is a constant reminder of the freedom and democracy that is NOT offered in a Muslim society. Hell,...
  • Pakistan remains defiant as India renews demands

    01/02/2009 1:27:25 PM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 2 replies · 575+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 3 Jan 2009, 0106 hrs IST | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: Pakistan on Friday was back to its intransigent ways, batting aside India's demand for action against perpetrators of 26/11 and putting paid to any hope that it might bend under international pressure. The defiance came through clearly through the statements of Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi who ruled out extradition of any terrorist to India, while audaciously declaring that Pakistan had not detained the wanted jihadi leader Maulana Masood Azhar. Not just that, he claimed that Pakistan did not even know where Azhar was. In fact, Qureshi had the gall to declare, "There is no terrorist infrastructure...
  • The Israeli War With IRAN In GAZA

    01/02/2009 12:15:10 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 5 replies · 714+ views
    Little coverage has been given to Israel's REAL opponent in this conflict IRAN. The Islamic Republic created by Jimmy Carter is described as one of the chief arms provider of Hamas, but their control of the terrorist group go WAY beyond giving them weapons to kill with. Dr. Walid Phares believes that Iran deliberately pushed Hamas to provoke Israel at a time "between" the two Presidential administrations and before the Israeli and Palestinian elections: Timing the Hamas end to the cease fire between two American presidencies in Washington and just before the Israeli and Palestinian elections, the Iranian Mullahs thought...
  • Nuclear fear drives Israel's hard line

    01/02/2009 12:09:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 1,230+ views
    The Australian / Agence France Presse ^ | January 03, 2009 | Abraham Rabinovich
    ISRAEL has taken out its most senior Hamas scalp, Nizar Rayan, dispensing with efforts to avoid civilian casualties to kill him at home with family, as its bombardment of the Gaza Strip entered a seventh day. Israeli warplanes yesterday pounded about 20 targets, including a mosque in Gaza, as Hamas ordered a "day of wrath" against Israel over the killing of Rayan, who died with his four wives and 11 of his children. Officials warned Hamas had acquired dozens of Iranian-made Fajr-3 missiles, raising fears the nuclear warheads at Dimona, 30km east of Beersheba, had fallen within the Islamic militants'...
  • Is it time to prepare for a nuclear Iran?

    01/02/2009 9:11:04 AM PST · by Flavius · 47 replies · 1,042+ views
    jewish ledger ^ | December 30, 2008 | By Ron Kampeas
    That's a view emerging from the conservative end of the spectrum of Middle East policy thinkers here at a time when the pro-Israel community is grappling with how to deal with the issue between presidential administrations. John Bolton, the former Bush administration U.N. ambassador and nuclear proliferation negotiator, raised eyebrows when he said as much at a forum two weeks ago at the American Enterprise Institute, where he is a fellow. This week he elaborated in a conference call organized by The Israel Project. "I think unfortunately it's pretty close to inevitable," Bolton said, referring to Tehran's developing a nuclear...
  • Russia's Woes Spell Trouble for the U.S. - Obama shouldn't reward dictatorial Kremlin with...

    12/31/2008 3:57:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 937+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | DECEMBER 31, 2008 | LEON ARON
    <p>Russia faces a particularly nasty version of the global recession (at a minimum), and perhaps an economic "perfect storm." Regardless of how bad its economy gets, two broad political trends, each carrying profound implications for Russia's foreign policy and U.S.-Russian relations, are bound to emerge.</p>
  • Marked changes in world's political, economic landscape

    12/29/2008 8:21:36 AM PST · by Dr. Marten · 7 replies · 541+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 12.28.08 | Sun Ruijun and Bao Erwen
    BEIJING, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- The world has undergone remarkable changes this year, but international security situation on the whole remained stable with "peace" and "development" prevailing as the themes of the times. In 2008, the world has continued moving toward multi-polarization, resulting in a distinctive shift of international forces. Globalization is developing in depth and regional cooperation is gathering momentum. The world has been confronted with one hotspot issue after another and non-traditional threats are increasing. The world economic growth took a turn for the worse due to the outbreak of the global financial crisis. WORLD MULTI-POLARIZATION STRENGTHENED In...
  • US-Russian Race To Arm Lebanon With Heavy Weapons

    12/20/2008 9:48:55 AM PST · by Strategy · 5 replies · 913+ views
    Debka ^ | December 20, 2008
    The United States and Russia are bidding hard against each other to give the Lebanese army heavy weapons, a contest which Israeli diplomacy has failed to deter, DEBKAfile's military sources report. Defense ministry official Amos Gilead arrived in Moscow Friday, Dec. 19 only to watch his train leaving the station: Sophisticated Russian S-300 air defense systems were already speeding toward Tehran to guard its nuclear sites and MiG-29 fighter jets had been pledged to Lebanon. In Washington, too, Israeli diplomats pleaded in vain with Bush administration leaders to refrain from giving Lebanon tanks and a fleet of combat helicopters. Ten...
  • U.S. Hits Alleged Terrorist Front For Iran

    12/17/2008 10:42:42 AM PST · by Strategy · 4 replies · 788+ views
    CBS ^ | December 17, 2008
    The Bush administration moved Wednesday to clamp down financially on a New York City business suspected of acting as a front company for Iran's Bank Melli, which has been accused of providing support to Iran's nuclear program. "This scheme to use a front company set up by Bank Melli - a known proliferator - to funnel money from the United States to Iran is yet another example of Iran's duplicity," said Stuart Levey, the Treasury Department's under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.
  • Russia claims US plans new bases for Central Asia

    12/16/2008 4:32:36 PM PST · by homeguard · 10 replies · 1,180+ views
    Yahoo News / AP ^ | Wednesday, December 17 | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    MOSCOW - Russia's top military officer warned that Moscow felt threatened by U.S. policy in ex-Soviet Central Asia and claimed that Washington was attempting to establish new military bases there, news agencies reported Tuesday. Gen. Nikolai Makarov, the chief of the Russian military's general staff, said Washington planned to establish a foothold in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, Interfax and ITAR-Tass reported. U.S. officials denied there were plans. Makarov also said U.S. support for bids by Georgia and Ukraine to join NATO made Russia feel threatened. He cast doubt that relations between the countries would improve under Barack Obama. "According to our...
  • What Israelis Want In Terms Of US-Iran Talks

    12/15/2008 9:09:20 AM PST · by Fennie · 3 replies · 560+ views
    The Daily Star ^ | December 15, 2008 | By Chuck Freilich
    Unless effective measures are taken soon, Iran will have a nuclear bomb within a year according to worst-case assessments, or a few years under more optimistic ones. President-elect Barack Obama is publicly committed to a policy of engagement with Iran. The question is no longer whether to engage, but how to do so. Iran has good strategic reasons for seeking a nuclear capability and it is questionable whether any combination of inducements, positive or negative, can elicit a change in its policies. We will only know, however, if a sincere and comprehensive attempt is made. Time is the biggest problem.
  • Russian military retakes border village: Georgia

    12/13/2008 6:07:22 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 48 replies · 3,059+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sat Dec 13 | Reporting by Margarita Antidze and Matt Robinson; editing by Elizabeth Piper
    TBILISI (Reuters) – Georgia said on Saturday hundreds of Russian soldiers had moved into a disputed Georgian village near breakaway South Ossetia and had pushed out Georgian police, fuelling fears of confrontation. A regional police official and an interior ministry spokesman said between 500 and 600 Russian soldiers were in the village of Perevi, close to the de facto border with the region.
  • New Israeli Bombs "Easily Target Lebanon"

    12/13/2008 9:19:13 AM PST · by Fennie · 5 replies · 863+ views
    Press TV ^ | December 13, 2008
    Tel Aviv is planning to buy a new generation of "smart bombs" that would "easily hit targets in Lebanon and Syria from Israel's airspace". "This would provide Israel with unprecedented stand-off capabilities," the Israeli daily Jerusalem Post quoted an industry source as saying. "Planes would not even have to leave Israeli airspace to be able to hit targets in Syria and Lebanon." The smart bomb which is called JDAM-ER (Joint Direct Attack Munitions-Extended Range) is being built by Boeing and the Royal Australian Air Force. According to the report, the JDAM is a low-cost guidance kit that converts existing unguided...
  • Russia Retakes Georgian Village Near South Ossetia

    12/13/2008 7:43:31 AM PST · by Strategy · 15 replies · 1,238+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 13, 2008
    TBILISI, Georgia (AP) -- Russian troops retook a village near the breakaway region of South Ossetia Saturday just hours after withdrawing, Georgia's Interior Ministry and European Union peace observers said. Georgian police had already moved into Perevi on Saturday to remove Russian-built roadblocks when Russian troops and helicopters unexpectedly returned, said Shota Utiashvili, a ministry spokesman. "They left, and we went in with about 40 people to remove the roadblocks," he said. "While they were doing this, the Russians deployed a battalion of special forces with helicopters and armor and told the Georgian policemen to get out immediately," he said.
  • French Foreign Minister Voices Doubts on Human Rights Push Rights Push

    12/11/2008 1:09:45 PM PST · by Cincinna · 6 replies · 433+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 10, 2008 | STEVEN ERLANGER
    The French foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, made his reputation as a fierce proponent of human rights, founding Doctors Without Borders and famously helping to carry rice up the beach in Mogadishu, Somalia, in the middle of severe civil warfare in 1992. Mr. Kouchner, a Socialist, shocked many supporters when he agreed to join the center-right cabinet of President Nicolas Sarkozy. But he shocked them again on Wednesday when he admitted in an interview that “there is permanent contradiction between human rights and the foreign policy of a state, even in France.” Speaking to the newspaper Le Parisien for the 60th...
  • Iran Deploys Troops, Ballistic Missiles To Eritrea

    12/09/2008 10:40:57 AM PST · by Fennie · 65 replies · 3,323+ views
    The Cutting Edge ^ | December 8, 2008
    Iranian ships and submarines have deployed an undisclosed number of Iranian troops and weapons at the Eritrean port town of Assab, according to opposition groups, foreign diplomats, and NGOs in the area. The city of Assab sits at the Horn of Africa in the Arabian Sea. As such, Assab offers a strategic position as the world nervously eyes the precarious routes through which a seaborne oil traverses daily. Local sources have reported that Iran recently sent soldiers and a large number of long-range and ballistic missiles. The military basing came after Iran signed an accord with Eritrea to revamp the...
  • China to India, Pak: Hold talks to resolve terror row

    12/04/2008 8:57:44 AM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 8 replies · 623+ views
    BEIJING: China on Thursday called upon India and Pakistan to intensify the process of dialogue and cooperation in order to safeguard peace and stability in South Asia. "It is also in line with the requirements for regional peace and stability and the common expectation of the international community," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao while responding to a question regarding last week's terrorist attack in Mumbai. China is showing signs it is worried about heightening of tensions between India and Pakistan because it might affect the delicate diplomatic balance in the region, sources said. Worsening of conditions between India and...
  • Israel "Prepared To Attack" Iran Nuclear Plants

    12/04/2008 8:44:54 AM PST · by Strategy · 39 replies · 1,451+ views
    The Times ^ | December 4, 2008
    Israel is drawing up plans to attack Iran's nuclear facilities and is prepared to launch a strike without backing from the US, it has been reported. Officials in the Israeli Defence Ministry told the Jerusalem Post that while they prefer to act in consultation with the US, they were preparing plans that would allow them to act in isolation. "It is always better to coordinate," a senior Defence Ministry official told the newspaper. "But we are also preparing options that do not include coordination."
  • India, Pakistan: The Dynamics of Conflict

    December 3, 2008 | 1727 GMT Summary Judging from the manner in which India is building a case for military action against Islamist militant facilities in Pakistan in response to the Nov. 26 attacks in Mumbai, it is likely that the Indians will exercise their option to use force. If and when that happens, it is likely to begin with artillery fire and airstrikes against militant camps in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Given that this is a red line for the Pakistanis, Islamabad is likely to respond, and the resulting situation could easily create a bigger security problem for India. Analysis Although...
  • Still Preparing To Attack Iran

    12/03/2008 8:57:32 AM PST · by Fennie · 13 replies · 1,150+ views
    Middle East Online ^ | December 3, 2008
    A familiar coalition of hawks, hardliners, and neoconservatives expects Barack Obama's proposed talks with Iran to fail -- and they're already proposing an escalating set of measures instead. Some are meant to occur alongside any future talks. These include steps to enhance coordination with Israel, tougher sanctions against Iran, and a region-wide military buildup of US strike forces, including the prepositioning of military supplies within striking distance of that country.
  • India, Pakistan nuclear posture unchanged: US military

    12/02/2008 11:20:57 AM PST · by jhpigott · 5 replies · 395+ views
    India, Pakistan nuclear posture unchanged: US military 2 hours ago WASHINGTON (AFP) — India and Pakistan have not changed their nuclear posture or made overt military moves since terror attacks in Mumbai despite heightened political tensions, a US military official said Tuesday. "Militarily, the temperature is pretty low right now," said the official, who asked not to be identified. The official said Pakistan moved some aircraft and air defense units to the border after the Indians pointed a finger at Pakistan as the source of the attack. But the Pakistanis have moved no ground forces, and "on the nuclear side...
  • India corners Pak; says hand over Dawood, JeM chief

    12/01/2008 6:16:21 PM PST · by traumer · 13 replies · 1,054+ views
    New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs called the Pakistani High Commissioner Shahid Malik in New Delhi to make its first direct demand on handing over suspects responsible for the Mumbai attacks. Sources tell CNN-IBN that apart from telling Malik that the attacks had been planned by Pakistani elements, they also told Pakistan to hand over Dawood Ibrahim and Masood Azhar, or face the consequences. Mumbai has been attacked earlier too. In March 1993, 13 blasts that killed at least 250 people and injured more than 700. That attack too was the handiwork of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. South Block...
  • Iran proposes joint nuclear plants with Gulf states

    12/01/2008 3:42:19 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 381+ views
    AFP ^ | 11/30/08 | Staff
    TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran on Sunday proposed developing nuclear power plants jointly with neighbouring Arab states in the Gulf, amid international pressure on Tehran to halt its sensitive atomic work. "I suggest that countries in the region put on their agenda the creation of a consortium to build and develop light-water nuclear plants," said Gholam Reza Aghazadeh, the head of Iran's atomic energy organisation. "Iran is ready to present a comprehensive proposal if the Persian Gulf countries agree to it in principal," he told an energy conference in Tehran. However, he did not give any specifics about the proposal, or...
  • Japan 'should develop nuclear weapons' [former head of the Japanese air force]

    12/01/2008 3:44:25 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 41 replies · 1,283+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/1/2008 | Julian Ryall in Tokyo
    And if the country had atomic weapons in 1945, it should have used them against the Allies, General Toshio Tamogami added. Sacked as chief of staff of the Air Self-Defence Force in late October for writing an essay in which he claimed Japan was tricked into the war and that Japan was not the aggressor, Gen Tamogami has continued to embarrass the government by going further with his demands. Those demands now include instilling nationalistic pride in Japanese schoolchildren, giving a freer hand to the military and revising the parts of the constitution that deal with the military. Gen Tamogami...
  • Iran Would "Hit US Warships" At War

    12/01/2008 9:07:57 AM PST · by Fennie · 60 replies · 2,579+ views
    Press TV ^ | November 30, 2008
    Top Iranian Army commander Major General Ataollah Salehi said Sunday that the recent war rhetoric against the country has prompted Iran's military brass to task analysts with developing quick-reaction contingency plans. The general said the "heavy weight" of enemy warships provides the Iranian side with an ideal opportunity for launching successful counter-attacks. This is while earlier in June, The New York Sun reported that America's intelligence analysts were poring over scenarios for an Iranian attack on the US 5th Fleet, located in Bahrain.
  • India lodges formal protest with Pakistan over Mumbai attacks

    Posted: 01 December 2008 2210 hrs NEW DELHI: India's foreign ministry on Monday summoned Pakistan's ambassador to lodge an official protest over the Mumbai attacks, the Press Trust of India (PTI) said. In New Delhi's first formal complaint to Islamabad, Pakistani High Commissioner Shahid Malik was handed a message concerning his country's alleged "failure to curb terrorism emanating from its soil." India's foreign ministry has said investigations have shown that all the militants involved in the Mumbai attacks were Pakistani nationals. Pakistan's government has denied it was in any way linked to the atrocities, which left over 170 dead and...
  • Pakistan warns of threat to terror war

    11/30/2008 12:50:15 PM PST · by maquiladora · 13 replies · 613+ views
    Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan’s president, on Sunday warned that escalating tensions between Pakistan and India would be disastrous for the war on terror by sapping his nation’s effort against militants on its Afghan border. Pakistan is worried that suspected foreign involvement in the terror attacks on Mumbai will lead to a sharp deterioration of relations with India. Deepening hostility between the two adversaries could lead Pakistan to defend its border with India more heavily. (snip) On Saturday, Pakistan’s government and military officials warned that India was beginning to mobilise its armed forces. One senior Pakistani military official in Islamabad said...
  • US, India face Pak blackmail on terror

    11/30/2008 12:38:37 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 43 replies · 933+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 1 Dec 2008 | Chidanand Rajghatta
    US, India face Pak blackmail on terror 1 Dec 2008, 0054 hrs IST, Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN WASHINGTON: The United States and India face tactics bordering on blackmail from a militarized Pakistan - where civilian control is still very dodgy - as they coordinate efforts to eliminate terrorism in the region, according to analysts and officials on both sides. In what is turning out to be an elaborate chess game in the region, Islamabad on Saturday made its "Afghan move" to counter the US-India pincer, telling Washington that it will have to withdraw some 100,000 Pakistani troops posted on its western...
  • Pakistan makes troops threat over India standoff

    11/30/2008 7:10:20 AM PST · by RouxStir · 12 replies · 719+ views
    Times Online ^ | November 30, 2008 | Jeremy Page and Rhys Blakely
    From Times OnlineNovember 30, 2008 Relations between India and Pakistan were on a knife edge today as Indian authorities combed through the wreckage of last week's attacks on Bombay and interrogated the one Pakistani militant captured. A senior Pakistani security official has warned that Pakistan would pull back troops fighting Islamist militants on the Afghan frontier if India builds up its forces on Pakistan's border, as it did after an attack by Pakistani militants on India's parliament in 2001. He said the next 48 hours would be crucial for the two nuclear-armed neighbours, which have fought three wars since winning...
  • ''I was told to kill to my last breath'': Captured terrorist

    11/29/2008 5:47:41 PM PST · by libh8er · 38 replies · 6,797+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | IAN GALLAGHER
    The only terrorist captured alive after the Mumbai massacre has given police the first full account of the extraordinary events that led to it – revealing he was ordered to ‘kill until the last breath’. Azam Amir Kasab, 21, from Pakistan, said the attacks were meticulously planned six months ago and were intended to kill 5,000 people. He revealed that the ten terrorists, who were highly trained in marine assault and crept into the city by boat, had planned to blow up the Taj Mahal Palace hotel after first executing British and American tourists and then taking hostages. As it...
  • Middle East: Know The Limits Of U.S. Power

    11/29/2008 2:10:00 PM PST · by Strategy · 35 replies · 1,603+ views
    Newsweek ^ | November 29, 2008 | By John J. Mearsheimer
    The United States is in deep trouble in the Middle East. Despite Barack Obama's promises to withdraw from Iraq, the debacle there shows no sign of ending soon. Hamas rules in Gaza; Iran is quickly moving to acquire a nuclear deterrent. We need a radically different strategy for the region. Fortunately, there is a strategy that has proved effective in the past and could serve again today: "offshore balancing." It's less ambitious than President Bush's grand plan to spread democracy throughout the Middle East, but is would be much better at protecting actual U.S. interests. The United States would station...
  • 2002-08: 60% Growth in World Per-Capita Real GDP

    In his book "The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse," Gregg Easterbrook, senior editor at the New Republic and contributing editor to The Atlantic, castigates the media for dwelling on minor problems without celebrating the broader, more upbeat context in which they exist. One of the broader, more upbeat events of recent years is the significant and dramatic increase in real GDP per-capita worldwide. Using world GDP data from the IMF and world population data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the chart above shows real world GDP per-capita from 1985 to 2013 (data from 2008 -...
  • Saakashvili: we started the war

    11/29/2008 10:01:02 AM PST · by BGHater · 27 replies · 1,294+ views
    Autonomous non-profit organization (ANO) "TV-Novosti" ^ | 4 Zubovsky Blvd, Moscow, Russia 119021 | November 29, 2008
    For the first time ever, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has admitted that his country started the military conflict in South Ossetia in August. But the Georgian leader is adamant the action was justified. He was testifying before a parliamentary commission investigating the five-day war. According to Saakashvili, the attack on the South Ossetian capital, which involved night shelling of residential areas with multiple rocket launcher systems, was aimed at protecting Georgian citizens. He said it was a response to Russia’s “intervention” in the region. “We did start military action to take control of Tskhinvali and other unruly areas. But we...
  • Pakistan denies role in 'heinous crime' in Mumbai (Now Pakistan wouldn't lie. /sarc)

    11/28/2008 9:35:48 AM PST · by tobyhill · 6 replies · 466+ views
    cnn ^ | 11/28/2008 | cnn
    Indian officials said they believe "elements in Pakistan" are somehow involved in the attacks on Mumbai -- a claim Islamabad disputes -- but one official said it will be difficult to ascertain details before the situation is over. "The preliminary investigation indicates that some elements in Pakistan are involved," said Pranab Mukherjee, India's foreign affairs minister. "I can't tell you the details since the investigation is going on," he said. "Until the investigation is complete, it will be difficult to say where they came from and how they came." Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also indicated that the gunmen came...
  • Africa’s Last, Worst Hope - A continent that withstood European colonialism welcomes Chinese...

    11/26/2008 7:26:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 1,312+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | December 01, 2008 | Peter Hitchens
    A continent that withstood European colonialism welcomes Chinese conquest. By Peter Hitchens It is the optimism of Africa that is so heartbreaking. In the alleyways of townships where human waste dribbles among the potholes, in mud villages where tiny homes cluster round anthills, the same scene replays. Out of dim hovels come scrubbed children in dazzlingly clean uniforms, hurrying to disciplined schools where they hope to better themselves. On Sundays, platoons of beautifully dressed, joyous women make their way proudly to full churches, carrying themselves like royalty. In the great cities, a thousand tiny businesses compete good-naturedly for scanty trade....
  • U.S. says Syria copying Iran nuclear cover-up tactics

    11/28/2008 8:59:41 AM PST · by Flavius · 5 replies · 313+ views
    reuteurs ^ | 11/28/08 | syria
    The United States accused Syria on Friday of adopting tactics "honed by Iran" to impede a U.N. watchdog probe into alleged covert nuclear activity. A November 19 International Atomic Energy Agency report said a Syrian building bombed to rubble by Israel in 2007 had markings resembling those of a nuclear reactor. Traces of uranium, or nuclear fuel, were found by inspectors at the site in June.
  • Gilani agrees to send ISI chief to India

    11/28/2008 8:34:29 AM PST · by bluejay · 1 replies · 253+ views
    Indo-Asian News Service ^ | Friday, November 28, 2008 | Indo-Asian News Service
    Pakistan on Friday agreed to send the chief of its spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to share information over the deadly terror attack in Mumbai after India blamed "some elements in Pakistan" for engineering the strike.
  • Russia to Obama: Normalize Iran ties (bypassing Bush Administration!)

    11/27/2008 9:24:56 AM PST · by FocusNexus · 45 replies · 1,655+ views
    Iran Press ^ | Nov 26, 2008 | MGH/RE
    Russia says it is in contact with the Obama administration in a bid to convince it to normalize ties with Iran and solve the nuclear issue. He said US President-elect Barack Obama would have to normalize ties with Iran to reach a solution to the nuclear dispute. "We are doing it [bypassing the Bush administration and reach Obama's team] through our embassy in Washington D.C. and our contacts with people who are around Barack Obama," Ryabkov added.
  • Statement by the President on Agreements with Iraq

    11/27/2008 9:15:53 AM PST · by mdittmar · 3 replies · 578+ views
    The White House ^ | November 27, 2008 | President Bush
    Earlier today, in another sign of progress, Iraq's Council of Representatives approved two agreements with the United States, a Strategic Framework Agreement and a Security Agreement, often called a Status of Forces Agreement or SOFA. The Strategic Framework Agreement sets the foundation for a long-term bilateral relationship between our two countries, and the Security Agreement addresses our presence, activities, and withdrawal from Iraq. Today's vote affirms the growth of Iraq's democracy and increasing ability to secure itself. We look forward to a swift approval by Iraq's Presidency Council. Two years ago, this day seemed unlikely - but the success of...
  • In Sea Exercises, A Sign for Obama. (Russia-Venezuela)

    11/27/2008 9:05:28 AM PST · by FocusNexus · 22 replies · 1,025+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Nov. 26, 2008 | Juan Forero
    The arrival of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and a naval squadron in Venezuela this week is an unequivocal message to President-elect Barack Obama that his most nettlesome challenge in the Americas will be Venezuela's populist government and its oil-fueled crusade against U.S. influence, political analysts say. Obama faces the task of blunting the pretensions of a country intent on building alliances with American adversaries, including Iran and, critics say, Marxist guerrillas in neighboring Colombia. Obama also faces more immediate worries, including two wars, looming questions about Iran's nuclear ambitions and a resurgent Russia.
  • Russia, Venezuela Sign Nuclear Cooperation Deal

    11/27/2008 8:59:48 AM PST · by FocusNexus · 9 replies · 457+ views
    All Headline News ^ | Nov. 27, 2008 | AHN Staff
    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev opened his visit in Venezuela with a nuclear cooperation agreement, a deal that could irk Washington. Medvedev and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez also signed accords on oil and gas explorations, industrial cooperation, and relaxing of visa requirements for citizens of each countries. The Russian president's visit also highlights military cooperation in his talks with Chavez. The militaries of both countries are scheduled to conduct a joint naval war games starting December 1. Russia has been trying to revitalize its influence in the region, particularly in leftist countries that were once its allies at the height of...
  • Russia to help Venezuela develop nuclear energy (Thanks Zero and ACORN!)

    11/27/2008 8:56:01 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 698+ views
    Russia to help Venezuela develop nuclear energy By CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER, Associated Press Writer Christopher Toothaker, Associated Press Writer 1 min ago LA GUAIRA, Venezuela – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed to help start a nuclear energy program in Venezuela and said Moscow is willing to participate in a socialist trade bloc in Latin America led by President Hugo Chavez. Medvedev used his visit to Venezuela — the first by a Russian president — to extend Moscow's reach into Latin America and deepen trade and military ties. Chavez denied trying to provoke the United States, but he welcomed Russia's growing presence...