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  • BREAKING NEWS: Pakistan in a Media Blackout due to Unrest

    11/03/2007 6:05:50 AM PDT · by Global2010 · 215 replies · 868+ views
    CNN | Nov 3 2007
    OK Freepers... Dice and slice...this breaking news. Pakistan has declared a State of Emergency.
  • Crunch Time in Pakistan

    10/23/2007 9:31:39 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies · 650+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Oct 22, 2007 | Bill Roggio
    Bill Roggio looks at the worsening situation in Pakistan and argues that only a determined effort against the Taliban and al-Qaeda has any hope of succeeding - and that this effort must be led by the Pakistani government itself, however difficult that would be to arrange.******************************EXCERPT*********************** The assassination attempt on former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, who returned to Pakistan after eight years in exile to reenter politics, serves to highlight the continually deteriorating security situation inside the Pakistan. Al Qaeda, with the help of their Taliban allies, has carved out a mini state in the Northwest Frontier Province, and threaten...
  • Benazir vows to live in country to continue struggle for democracy to save Pakistan

    10/19/2007 9:34:17 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 146+ views
    International - The News ^ | Friday, October 19, 2007, | staff
    KARACHI: Former Prime Minister of Pakistan and PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto vowed on Friday to live in country to continue struggle for democracy to save Pakistan despite heavy loss of lives incurred as a result of assassination attempt made on her life through a suicide attack on caravan of PPP, which was moving towards Mazar-e-Quaid after return of Benazir to Pakistan on Thursday. The suicide attack PPP caravan at Shahra-e-Faisal near Karsaz on Thursday night left at least 139 people dead including three police officers and over 550 were injured. Addressing a press conference here, she thanked God Almighty...
  • Where lynching is the order of the day (Vigilantism is BAD).

    09/13/2007 8:26:58 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 50 replies · 1,063+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, September 13, 2007. | Amarnath Tewary
    Vigilante justice has become common in Bihar Pics: Prashant Ravi Vigilante justice appears to have become the order of the day in the lawless northern Indian state of Bihar.The latest incident in which 10 men suspected to be thieves were lynched by a group of villagers in Vaishali district on Thursday underscored the people's frustration with the police. The villagers said that they were fed up with rising theft for the last two months in spite of informing the police regularly. "But when the police did not take any action we started patrolling our village ourselves to catch the...
  • World facing 'arsenic timebomb'

    08/30/2007 3:14:33 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 29 replies · 770+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, August 30, 2007. | Richard Black
    About 50 million people are affected in Bangladesh About 140 million people, mainly in developing countries, are being poisoned by arsenic in their drinking water, researchers believe. Speaking at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) annual meeting in London, scientists said this will lead to higher rates of cancer in the future. South and East Asia account for more than half of the known cases globally. Eating large amounts of rice grown in affected areas could also be a health risk, scientists said. "It's a global problem, present in 70 countries, probably more," said Peter Ravenscroft, a research associate in...
  • Low caste Indians set to convert (to Buddhism).

    05/26/2007 8:24:03 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 21 replies · 1,153+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, May 25, 2007 | Zubair Ahmed
    The conversion is expected to be the largest in modern times Thousands of tribal and Dalit Hindus in India are to embrace the Buddhist faith at a huge gathering in Mumbai. The ceremony, which may be presided over by Tibet's exiled leader, the Dalai Lama, is billed as the largest religious conversion in modern India. The converts hope to escape the rigid caste system in which their status is the lowest. Right-wing Hindus have often opposed conversion, pushing some Indian states to restrict legal changes of faith. The organisers say the number of people to convert in Sunday's ceremony...
  • Persecution of Assam's Hindi speakers

    05/23/2007 5:56:32 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 5 replies · 549+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, May 23, 2007 | Subir Bhaumik
    There has been a mass exodus of Hindi-speaking migrants (All pics by Subhamoy Bhattacharjee) Hindi-speaking migrants have started fleeing India's north-eastern state of Assam again after a week of massacres and bomb attacks left nine dead and more than 20 injured. Separatists of the United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa) were blamed for the nearly 10 explosions in the third week of May, when attacks on migrants resumed in the northern districts of Dibrugarh and Sibsagar after a lull of three months. Then followed a spate of bombings stretching from the far northern district of Tinsukia to the western...
  • Pakistan Christians demand help

    05/16/2007 12:48:32 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 6 replies · 450+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, May 16, 2007
    The warning has terrorised Christians in Charsadda Christians in north-west Pakistan are demanding government protection following threats of bomb attacks if they do not become Muslims. An unsigned letter received 10 days ago said they had to convert by Thursday. Militants have been carrying out a sustained campaign to prevent "anti-Islamic" activities in North West Frontier Province (NWFP). Last week they blew up a number of music and video shops in the towns of Charsadda and Tangi. Living in fear The Christian community, a tiny minority, received an anonymous letter demanding they convert or face the consequences. The government...
  • Uttar Pradesh low caste landslide

    05/12/2007 2:14:06 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 11 replies · 697+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, May 11, 2007
    BSP supporters see their party set for government Enlarge Image India's low-caste Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has swept to a historic victory in assembly elections in the key northern state of Uttar Pradesh.With all but a handful of results declared, the BSP had won 202 of the 403 seats to allow it to form its own government, Indian media reports said. It is the first time since 1991 that any party in the state has done so. Uttar Pradesh is India's most populous state and has long been its most politically influential. I thank people of all castes and...
  • Low castes lead in Uttar Pradesh (Indian state).

    05/11/2007 6:05:06 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 14 replies · 505+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, May 11, 2007
    BSP supporters see their party set for government Enlarge Image The low-caste Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is heading for victory in assembly elections in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, early trends suggest.Outgoing chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav has admitted defeat to his rival, BSP leader Mayawati, and has said he will resign when results are confirmed. Trends show his party trailing with a possible clear majority for the BSP. Uttar Pradesh is India's most populous state and has long been its most politically influential. But with caste and religion becoming the dominant factors in state politics in...
  • Sri Lankan rebels launch air raid

    03/26/2007 12:03:30 AM PDT · by fishhound · 11 replies · 550+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 26 March 2007, 06:29 GMT 07:29 UK | na
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers have bombed a military base near the international airport north of Colombo, in the rebels' first ever aerial attack. Three people were killed and 16 injured when light aircraft dropped two bombs, officials said, hitting a parking area for planes and helicopter gunships. The international airport - which was not damaged - was closed briefly. Tiger rebels attacked the airport and base in 2001, killing 18 and wiping out half of the national airline fleet. A statement from the Tamil Tiger rebel group, carried by TamilNet, claimed responsibility for the attack on the Katunayake base, which...
  • 'First' S Asian car rally begins

    03/15/2007 3:40:27 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 6 replies · 520+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, March 15, 2007 | Waliur Rahman
    The rally is intended to unify the region (Picture by Focusbangla) One of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's dreams came true when a South Asian car rally flagged off on Thursday from the south-east of Bangladesh.The rally - which organisers say is the first of its kind in the region - began from the resort town of Cox's Bazar. About 100 participants, including celebrities, sportsmen, government officials and journalists, packed 26 jeeps for the nearly 8,000km rally. They will travel through Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. 'Expand goodwill' The rally, which finishes in April, will take drivers...
  • Maoists kill 50 Indian policemen

    03/15/2007 2:32:12 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 7 replies · 486+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, March 15, 2007
    The Maoists launched a co-ordinated assault Maoist rebels have attacked a security post in central India, killing 50 police officers, police say.The attack, one of the worst in decades of insurgency, happened in the rebel stronghold area of Dantewada, in Chhattisgarh state. The Maoists, who have fought a 30-year insurgency, say they are fighting for the rights of landless farmers and neglected tribes. Thousands have died in their campaigns in central and southern India. Co-ordinated assault The rebels attacked the security post - manned by 75 policemen - in Bijapur just before dawn on Thursday. Under cover of darkness,...
  • Islamabad 'destiny' talks begin (India/Pakistan relations).

    03/13/2007 10:26:01 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 1 replies · 289+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, March 13, 2007
    The talks are on Kashmir and security issues Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said the peace process between his country and India could "change the destiny of South Asia". He was speaking after the first of two days of talks between the two countries in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. Mr Aziz said that negotiations with India could result in the resolution of all outstanding disputes. The talks come days after the regional rivals held discussions for the first time on fighting terrorism together. The nations began peace moves in 2004 but progress has been slow. 'Right direction' "The...
  • Judge row prompts Pakistan democracy questions (Pakistan can't HANDLE democracy).

    03/13/2007 9:12:14 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 1 replies · 398+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, March 13, 2007
    The role of Pakistan's judiciary is in the spotlight Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf's suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry has opened a new debate on democracy, constitutionalism and the role of military in the country.The TV images of a president in military uniform chastising the country's top judge have had people in shock for the past four days. Meanwhile, a storm of protests has erupted all over the country, with the legal community boycotting the courts and opposition parties gearing up for a political conference to debate the issue. Members of the government insist the action is...
  • Nepal Maoists 'not confined yet'

    03/13/2007 6:22:58 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 3 replies · 298+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, March 13, 2007 | Charles Haviland
    The question of Maoist weapons has become contentious The leader of Nepal's former Maoist rebels says they still have thousands of combatants not confined in camps and weapons not stored away in containers.The remarks by Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who still uses his war name, Prachanda, appear to fly in the face of the registration and confinement process. The first stage of the process, being supervised by the United Nations, began in January and has just been completed Concern over public displays of weapons by the Maoists has risen recently. Under November's peace agreement, the Maoists' army moved into 28...
  • Rare copy of Koran found in India

    03/08/2007 11:36:07 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 12 replies · 553+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, March 8, 2007
    The rare Koran and the painting Police in the Indian city of Bangalore have seized a copy of the Koran they believe may have belonged to Mughal emperor Aurangzeb over 300 years ago.The book was discovered after a raid on a hotel in the city. Police arrested a man who was trying to sell it and an antique painting for more than $1m. The gold-embroidered Koran, written in Persian, has more than 1,000 pages. Experts are checking if a signature on the back belongs to Aurangzeb, who ruled India from 1658 to 1707. 'Fragrant' The Mughal ruler was a...
  • Indian said to be first in line to lost French throne

    03/05/2007 5:22:41 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 44 replies · 840+ views
    ZeeNews ^ | 04 March 2007 | ZeeNews
    Balthazar Napolean de Bourbon, a jovial Indian lawyer and part-time farmer settled in Bhopal, has been told that he is the first in line to the lost French throne. According to media reports, "Bourbon may soon make his first trip to Paris, after he was visited by a relative of Prince Philip, who told him that he is the first in line to the lost French throne." This Indian father of three is being feted as the long-lost descendant of the Bourbon kings who ruled France from the 16th century to the French revolution. A distant cousin of Louis XVI...
  • The New New World Order

    03/04/2007 12:35:05 AM PST · by Lorianne · 30 replies · 781+ views
    Foreign Affairs ^ | March/April 2007 | Daniel W. Drezner
    Summary: Controversies over the war in Iraq and U.S. unilateralism have overshadowed a more pragmatic and multilateral component of the Bush administration's grand strategy: its attempt to reconfigure U.S. foreign policy and international institutions in order to account for shifts in the global distribution of power and the emergence of states such as China and India. This unheralded move is well intentioned and well advised, and Washington should redouble its efforts.
  • India, Russia, China foreign ministers to meet to boost trilateral cooperation

    02/14/2007 1:10:07 AM PST · by twinself · 10 replies · 622+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | February 14, 2007
    The foreign ministers of India, Russia and China were meeting Wednesday in the Indian capital in a bid to strengthen relations and to explore cooperation on issues such as counterterrorism and energy security, Indian officials said. The meeting between India's External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and their Chinese counterpart Li Zhaoxing is part of efforts by the three countries to forge a trilateral forum to work more closely on regional security issues, the officials said. "This will be the second stand-alone meeting of its kind," said Navtej Sarna, external affairs ministry spokesman. The foreign ministers...
  • Bhutan and India to sign new pact

    02/08/2007 3:27:14 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 9 replies · 386+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, February 8, 2007
    The king (left) is spending five days in India India and Bhutan are due to update their friendship treaty to give the Himalayan kingdom greater control over many areas of governance. The revised 57-year-old agreement will allow Bhutan more freedom in areas of foreign policy and military purchases. The Bhutanese monarch, Jigme Khesar Namgyel, will meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi to sign the treaty. In 2008 Bhutan becomes a parliamentary democracy with a new constitution. The meeting is part of a six-day visit by the Bhutanese monarch to India. After taking over from his father, King...
  • Will India make the breakthrough?

    02/02/2007 6:19:00 PM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 29 replies · 820+ views
    BBC | Friday, February 2, 2007
    Affluence is more apparent these days BBC World Service will be dedicating a week of special programmes from 3-11 February looking at how India is changing. The BBC's George Arney has been reporting on India for many years and, for just as long, the country's promise has been waiting to be fulfilled. How do you summarise a country which is home to one in six members of the human race, which contains a third of the world's poorest people and yet has an increasingly consumer-oriented middle-class twice the size of the population of Germany? And which - according to...
  • Indian economy 'to overtake UK' (India finally picking up steam).

    01/24/2007 4:15:44 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 18 replies · 837+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, January 24, 2007
    India could overtake Britain and have the world's fifth largest economy within a decade as the country's growth accelerates, a new report says. If trends continue, India's economy may then surpass the US and be second only to China's by mid-century, the report by investment bank Goldman Sachs says. Manufacturing has helped to drive India's economy The report says India's programme of reforms has brought increased competition and efficiency. But there will be a heavy cost as India demands more and more energy. Boom time Everywhere you turn in India's cities are signs of economic boom. The implications of...
  • Low-caste Hindus adopt new faith (This is NOT a good reason to convert).

    10/14/2006 10:38:07 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 19 replies · 851+ views
    BBC ^ | October 14, 2006
    Thousands of people have been attending mass ceremonies in India at which hundreds of low-caste Hindus (Dalits) converted to Buddhism and Christianity. The events in the central city of Nagpur are part of a protest against the injustices of India's caste system. By converting, Dalits - once known as Untouchables - can escape the prejudice and discrimination they normally face. The ceremonies mark the 50th anniversary of the adoption of Buddhism by the scholar Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar. He was the first prominent Dalit to urge low-caste Indians to embrace Buddhism. As the chief architect of India's constitution, he wrote...
  • If bureaucracy and BS could fill an empty stomach, the U.N. could feed the world-Vintage Kelly!

    01/06/2005 9:32:39 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 6 replies · 473+ views
    "U.S. helicopters fly to places which haven't been reached for the whole week and drop food... No talking but action. European countries are until now invisible on the ground." "U.S. Navy flying aid missions, Bundeswehr still looking things over," said the headline Jan. 3rd in the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel (the Mirror). "While advance teams of the Bundeswehr (German army) are still camping in three tents at the Banda Aceh airport, Americans, Australians and New Zealanders have already flown tons of aid packages into disaster areas." At least the Germans were on the scene. On Jan 3rd, Canada's Disaster Assistance...
  • Tsunami realities: Most in need are least likely to get help - (Stark, sobering facts.)

    01/06/2005 9:13:26 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 2 replies · 385+ views
    I was awakened just after dawn by the person who had duty that morning telling me there had been an earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale in the Indian Ocean, and that a tidal wave had already hit some coastal areas. I was told that about over 1,000 people were reported dead. An 8.9 earthquake is an extraordinary event. We knew that there had been a tidal wave. We also knew that first reports in major disasters normally underestimated casualties. The reason is simple. In a really bad disaster, the first thing to go down are communications. The areas...
  • Don't Listen to CNN - (Report from one of our own military in Indonesia)

    01/05/2005 1:39:53 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 13 replies · 913+ views
    Private Email | JANUARY 5, 2005 | MOFAK
    Subject: Don't listen to CNN I've edited out the identity of the person who sent this as his job would be in serious jeopardy if Senator Leahy gets wind of this. But it may begin to explain to some people how their preoccupation with single 'issues' can have disastrous repercussions for all the other things they may - or may not - hold dear. And it may lend some balance to the media's tendentious reporting on efforts being made to alleviate the suffering. On a final note, this guy is an American who, along with a lot of other Americans,...
  • Global Warming vs. Tsunamis? Tsunamis Win

    01/05/2005 10:59:52 AM PST · by CHARLITE · 26 replies · 1,260+ views
    After the horrific loss of life in the Indian Ocean region from the record earthquake and resulting tsunami last week, I was struck by the immensity of what had happened. While scientists continue to argue over whether we can even measure mankind's influence on weather or climate in the face of naturally occurring hurricanes, tornadoes, heat waves, cold waves, blizzards, and floods, Mother Nature shows us that she still rules the day. There is no question that the Earth knows that humans live here -- six billion people are going to have some effect on the environment, no matter how...
  • Blaming the Victims: An Ecumenical Disaster - ("Evil" SUV drivers caused the tsunami, I guess)

    01/05/2005 10:39:51 AM PST · by CHARLITE · 18 replies · 689+ views
    ACTON.ORG ^ | JANUARY 5, 2005 | JORDAN BALLOR, Associate Editor
    While the death tolls are still mounting from last week’s catastrophe in the Indian Ocean, some prominent religious leaders haven’t wasted any time engaging in politicking and opportunism. Last Thursday, Rev. Sam Kobia, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, and Rev. Ishmael Noko, general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, issued statements rebuking the United States, among other nations, for not signing on to the Kyoto protocol. Don’t see the link between a massive earthquake and global warming? Kobia and Noko certainly do. The results of the disaster are “a clear warning on what climate change could to...
  • Tsunami-Mania Strikes America - (Powerful new JB Williams commentary)

    01/03/2005 9:22:19 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 18 replies · 1,021+ views
    The Tsunami in South Asia is a truly catastrophic event. The human carnage is overwhelming and my Christian heart can’t help but respond to the human tragedy. However… As the events were unfolding on our TV screens, I found myself feeling uneasy about something, internally conflicted, a feeling I just couldn’t shake. As someone who follows politics and world views, (views towards America and Americans that is), I was keenly aware of the views in that part of the world, even before the Tsunami struck. It has become a popular international pastime to bash America at every opportunity, and news...