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  • Unorthodox links to the internet Signalling dissent

    03/25/2011 11:22:57 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 48 replies
    Economist ^ | March 25 2011
    WITH a tin can, some copper wire and a few dollars’ worth of nuts, bolts and other hardware, a do-it-yourselfer can build a makeshift directional antenna. A mobile phone, souped-up with such an antenna, can talk to a network tower that is dozens of kilometres beyond its normal range (about 5km, or 3 miles). As Gregory Rehm, the author of an online assembly guide for such things, puts it, homemade antennae are “as cool as the other side of the pillow on a hot night”. Of late, however, such antennae have proved much more than simply cool. According to Jeff...
  • Meantime, back in India the Kashmir situation is deteriorating

    09/13/2010 1:41:11 PM PDT · by swarthyguy · 16 replies
    ORBAT ^ | September 7 2010 | Ravi Rikhye
    The Army is picking off Pakistani infiltrators left and right, because - as we have said many times - it has finally gotten its act together and is completely prepared. The infiltrators are not a problem now. But the civil police have not been able to switch to non-lethal means to control protestors. Another four demonstrators were shot when they stoned a police chief's convoy. Well, we feel bad for the people of Kashmir, but having made their bed they must now lie in it. India pulled out the Army, and most of the Border security Force, leaving local and...
  • Gunmen behead, set alight Sunni cleric in Iraq

    09/10/2010 11:37:46 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10.09.10
    BAGHDAD | Thu Sep 9, 2010 3:31pm EDT BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen stormed the house of a Sunni cleric Thursday and cut his head off before setting him alight in an attack that bore the hallmark of insurgents, a police spokesman said. In a separate attack Thursday, four men wearing women's clothes entered the house of a policeman in a village northwest of Baquba, the Diyala capital, and beheaded his wife when they failed to find the officer, an interior ministry source said. Jabbar Saleh al-Jibouri was killed shortly before dawn at his house in a village near Muqdadiya town,...
  • Israeli Action against So-Called Freedom Flotilla

    06/04/2010 2:26:05 PM PDT · by swarthyguy · 4 replies · 279+ views
    SouthAsiaAnalysisOrg ^ | June 2 2010 | B. Raman
    According to the British Broadcasting Corporation, the so-called Freedom Flotilla carrying humanitarian supplies to Gaza, which was intercepted by the Israeli Navy in international waters on May 31, 2010, consisted of three cargo ships and three passenger ships. 2.Most of the casualties were reported on Mavi Marmara, a passenger ferry, one of three ships provided by Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH), a Turkish humanitarian organisation, which is also known as the Humanitarian Relief Foundation, The Foundation for Human Rights and Freedom and Humanitarian Relief –IHH. It is banned in Israel, which accuses it of links to Hamas and Al Qaeda. The...
  • The Tough-Love Dictator of My Dreams

    10/15/2009 11:22:59 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 50 replies · 1,665+ views
    TIME ^ | Oct 2009 | Joel Stein
    I'm all for Liberty but I'd sacrifice some rights for a tough love leader and a law against Big Gulps. ......And people love a good dictator — or at least get over their hatred of one pretty quickly — provided that the dictator doesn't put up too many pictures of himself. We instinctively object to new forms of paternalism, but we also quickly accept them: ......President Obama should probably get a little bit dictatorial up in here. He's the only person in the U.S. unaware that we elected him dictator, giving him both houses of Congress and the major television...
  • Smoking in Iraq - Butt out, please Imposing the mother of all cigarette bans

    08/28/2009 8:16:44 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 35 replies · 1,032+ views
    Economist ^ | Aug 13th 2009 | BAGHDAD
    IT’S the health and safety measure Iraqis have not been waiting for. The government in Baghdad last week banned smoking in public buildings. Anyone found lighting up will have to pay a fine equivalent to $4,300, enough to buy 17,200 packs of cigarettes at the local price of about 25 cents. “Do the politicians have nothing better to do?” asks Abu Yasser, as he takes a drag while filling up his car at a petrol station. “My cousin was recently murdered by terrorists, my neighbour was tortured by the police, my electricity is cut for most of the day, the...
  • Pink Blankie Alert

    08/24/2009 11:38:46 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 21 replies · 1,123+ views
    ORBAT ^ | 8-23-09 | Ravi Rikhye
    Ooooooh, the CIA is so mean that we want to beat them with a flower, and beat them every hour. What did CIA do now? They interrogated a suspect, brandishing a power-drill and a handgun, and fired a single shot in an adjoining room to get the suspect to believe another suspect had been executed. Media is in a flap, CIA is in a flap, and surely it's just a matter of time before Congress is in a flap. Let the denials, different versions, excuses, recriminations, special prosecutors etc. begin. So here we have a suspect refusing to talk, what...
  • Waist banned - Does a tax on junk food make sense?

    08/20/2009 1:18:21 PM PDT · by swarthyguy · 99 replies · 1,987+ views
    Economist ^ | July 30 2009
    ECONOMISTS have long recognised the arguments for imposing special taxes on goods and services whose prices do not reflect the true social cost of their consumption. Such taxes are known as “Pigouvian” after Arthur Pigou, a 20th-century English economist. Environmental taxes are an obvious example. There is also a Pigouvian case for duties on cigarettes, alcohol and gambling. Smoking increases the risk of cancer for those in the vicinity of the smoker; alcohol abuse and gambling are strongly associated with violence and family breakdown. Moreover, all three habits lead to higher medical costs. In theory governments can make up these...
  • Caught on Video: Couple Fights Off Would-be Robber (Elderly couple

    08/18/2009 12:48:39 PM PDT · by swarthyguy · 10 replies · 834+ views
    WSET ^ | 8-12-09
    Stay on top of breaking news! Sign up for ABC 13 e-mail alerts. Your Email: related stories: Store Robbed at Gunpoint Danville, VA - In Danville Tuesday evening, a convenience employee was held at gunpoint, but before the would-be robber could make a move, her husband tackled him to the ground. The incident happened at the Super Test Joy Food Mart on West Main Street around 8:00 Tuesday. When police got to the store, they found 27-year-old Floyd Haizlip wrestling with the store owner on the sidewalk. It was all caught on surveillance video (click the video link to see)....
  • Health care in India Lessons from a frugal innovator

    06/12/2009 12:06:49 PM PDT · by swarthyguy · 18 replies · 1,317+ views
    Economist ^ | April 16 2009 | Staff
    ENTER the main cardiac operating-room at Bangalore’s Wockhardt hospital on a typical morning, and you will find a patient on the operating table with a screen hanging between his head and chest. On a recent visit the table was occupied by a middle-aged Indian man whose serene look suggested that he was ready for the operation to come. Asked how he was, he smiled and answered in Kannada that he felt fine. Only when you stand on a stool to look over the screen do you realise that his chest cavity has already been cut open. As the patient was...
  • Obama’s Cairo Message: Limited Audience, Limited Impact

    06/05/2009 1:45:31 PM PDT · by swarthyguy · 2 replies · 305+ views
    SAAG ^ | JUne 5 | B. Raman
    2. The Arabs constitute a minority in the Islamic world. Non-Arab Muslims living in countries such as India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Indonesia constitute the majority. The issues, which agitate them, are different from the issues which agitate the Arab world. Osama bin Laden understands this better than Obama and his advisers. That was why in his audio message released through Al Jazeera a day before Obama’s Cairo address, bin Laden focused on issues of immediate concern to the non-Arab Muslims in the Af-Pak region such as the large-scale displacement of Pashtuns from the tribal areas of Pakistan. By...
  • Boston - Outdoor bistros say stringent smoking rules will kill biz

    06/02/2009 11:35:55 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 132 replies · 2,421+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | June 2 2009 | Richard Weir
    Hub bar and restaurant owners are burning up over the city’s sudden crackdown on puffing patrons on rooftop decks or in sidewalk cafes as part of the city’s tough new workplace smoking rules. “We used to have a patio full of people, smokers and others who don’t smoke but are socializing with them,” said George Lewis, owner of The Foundation Lounge at the Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Square. “Now it’s empty.” Lewis is among a group of tavern owners considering challenging the new smoking restriction in court. They fear the ban, coupled with an increased meals tax, will scare away...
  • On Respecting Your Enemy

    04/02/2009 12:26:23 PM PDT · by swarthyguy · 13 replies · 773+ views
    ORBAT ^ | 04012009 | R. Rikhye
    With increasing frequency your editor reads these days that the Taliban is composed mainly of men who are fighting for the money. The implication is that if we give them money in the form of jobs, they will give up the Taliban. ....... Remember also: possibly the majority of these youngsters are coming from the madrassas, religious schools in which they have been enrolled since age 6, 10, 14, or whenever their families decided there were too many mouths to feed. By the time they reach 16-18, these kids are possibly the most heavily indoctrinated kids in the world. On...
  • Bombay New Details

    12/11/2008 11:47:39 AM PST · by swarthyguy · 12 replies · 1,751+ views
    ORBAT ^ | 12112008 | Ravi Rikhye
    Thanks to the Indian media's inability to tell a coherent story, it is only now we understand how the top officers of the Anti-Terror Squad died. Earlier the impression given by the media was that they were killed at one of the hotels while leading the counterattack. Since two of the terrorists went to shoot up a hospital, and were killing randomly on the way, the two top Anti-Terror Squad officers plus the senior most officer responsible for South Bombay got into a van with three constables and a junior officer and rushed to the hospital. They were ambushed in...
  • Having an Obama In Its Future--- Good Or Bad For US?

    10/30/2008 11:05:14 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 12 replies · 390+ views
    SAAG ^ | 10302008 | B. Raman
    Having an Obama In Its Future--- Good Or Bad For US? By B. Raman The world has seen made-in-the-Internet scholars, made-in-the-Internet stock-brokers, made-in-the-Internet lovers and even made-in-the-Internet terrorists. If Senator Barrack Obama is elected the President of the United States on November 4, the US and the rest of the world will be seeing for the first time a made-in-the-Internet President. The way his advisers and entourage have effectively used the Internet to make him known to the people, to collect funds for him and to project him as a right-thinking person, who will take the US into a brave...
  • Pakistan agencies warn of fresh attacks US mission, Zardari targets

    10/16/2008 2:02:45 PM PDT · by swarthyguy · 7 replies · 364+ views
    Daily Excelsior ^ | 10.15.2008
    ISLAMABAD, Oct 16: Terrorists could launch a fresh wave of attacks in the national capital, targeting President Asif Ali Zardari’s residence and the US embassy, Pakistani intelligence agencies have warned. Terror masterminds have drawn up plans to hit Zardari House, the Presidency, Parliament House and the US mission in the near future, sources in the Interior Ministry told The News daily. The strikes could come after a special session of Parliament discussing the Government’s anti-terror policy concludes. The agencies have said that terror groups are awaiting the outcome of the Parliament debate and what the lawmakers decide on continuation of...
  • US Bail-Out Bill Fails

    09/30/2008 11:05:38 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 9 replies · 480+ views
    ORBAT ^ | 9-30-2008 | R. Rikhye
    Twelve Republicans used the excuse of an inflammatory speech by the House Speaker, Congressperson Nancy Pelosi, to vote "no" whereas previously they had indicated a "yes". We heard parts of the speech, and inflammatory it was; though all the facts were correct as to how President Bush had wrecked the US budget over 8 years. But if she sought to blame the mess on President Bush, that would definitely be a no-no: this nonsense started during President Clinton's time, and strange as it may seem, there are Democratic Wall Street people as much as Republican Wall Street people. The Democrats...
  • Pakistan Did Not Give Permission For Latest Missile Strike

    09/23/2008 10:27:58 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 32 replies · 387+ views
    Orbat ^ | Sept 19 2008 | Ravi Rikhye
    why is it so hard to get any straight information out of the Americans and Pakistanis? Turns out Pakistanis did not give permission for the latest strike in South Waziristan which killed six insurgents and destroyed a container load worth of arms/ammunition. By saying the strike developed as a result of Pakistan-US information sharing, US was implying - to our mind, at least - that all was on the up and proper. Moreover, Pakistan intelligence sources said they had been notified of the strike. But now it turns out the Pakistan government was not in the loop, and the Pakistani...
  • Boston mosque run by Muslim Brotherhood will broadcast call to prayer over loudspeaker

    09/17/2008 12:38:50 PM PDT · by swarthyguy · 20 replies · 328+ views
    Jihadwatch - Boston Globe ^ | 9-16-2008 | Robert Spencer // Michael Paulson
    to report that there's a nice view to be had of the crescent-topped mosque dome silhouetted against the distant skyline, but not high enough to tell you what it would be like if you were the muezzin who had to go up there five times a day to chant the call to prayer. Of course, the muezzin can't tell you either -- he's no fool -- they're going to broadcast the prayer summons (which will only happen during the day out of respect for the neighbors) by loudspeaker. --Michael Paulson That they're going to broadcast the call to prayer at...
  • Kashmir Civilian's nose chopped off

    09/11/2008 12:46:28 PM PDT · by swarthyguy · 12 replies · 270+ views
    Daily Excelsior ^ | 9-11-2008
    JAMMU, Sept 11: Militants chopped off nose of a civilian at Kaka Hill in Bhata, Dessa area of Doda district last night. Reports said the victim Manzoor Ahmed son of Sikandar Parray R/o Bhata, Dessa, had gone to the house of his brother-in-law Mohd Sultan at Kaka Hill where two militants kidnapped him last night. The militants took Manzoor Ahmed to a nearby forest where they fired some shots in air and later chopped off the nose of Manzoor with a sharp-edged weapon. The ultras escaped after the incident. A search party of police found the victim lying in an...
  • A German's View On Islam

    09/04/2008 12:55:08 PM PDT · by swarthyguy · 19 replies · 415+ views
    ORBAT ^ | 9-3-08 | Emanual Tanay MD
    A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism. "Very few people were true Nazis," he said, "but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had...
  • Vice President Sarah Palin?

    09/03/2008 2:09:17 PM PDT · by swarthyguy · 10 replies · 215+ views
    ORBAT ^ | 9-3-08 | Rave Rikhye
    Your editor doesn't get to vote, as he is not a citizen. His preference would be for Senator McCain, simply because the editor's parents knew Senator McCain's parents, and because of the senator's POW experience. This said, the editor can't understand why people cannot be logical about assessing candidates and then vote pro or con. Why does plain dumb analysis take precedence over logic? The greatest analytical error that critics of Governor Palin are making is what the editor calls "mirror analysis". You look at yourself in the mirror, and assume Senator McCain choose Ms. Palin to appeal to you....
  • Kashmir - Terror strikes Jammu village, 6 civilians rescued after 18 hr operation

    08/28/2008 11:39:11 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 6 replies · 348+ views
    Daily Excelsior ^ | Aug 28 2008 | Sanjeev Pargal
    Eleven persons including three Army jawans, one of them a JCO, five civilians and three militants were killed while six others including three Army personnel, two civilians and a woman were injured as three fidayeens, who had infiltrated in wee hours of yesterday morning from Kanachak sector, managed to hijack a load carrier auto carrying Gujjars along with their milk containers at Gadla, Kanachak this morning and travelled more than 15 kms before taking shelter in a house at Chinore near Bantalab on on old Jammu-Akhnoor road taking nine persons including four children and three women hostage. The operation, which...
  • Georgia

    08/25/2008 1:44:08 PM PDT · by swarthyguy · 4 replies · 119+ views
    Orbat ^ | 8.25.2008 | Ravi Rikhye
    We aren't sure why we are going back to Georgia, we'd pretty much foretold what would happen and its happening. Perhaps we need to go back because the west is having one of its "youse dirty rate betrayed us" moments, whereas the sad reality is the Russians, whatever else they have done, have not betrayed the west. The ceasefire document they signed was at the west's insistence, not at theirs; they kept saying in as many ways as possible they were not going to leave Georgia and that Tbilisi can forget about South Ossetia and Abkhazia and so on and...
  • Putin for US president - more than ever

    08/12/2008 12:37:34 PM PDT · by swarthyguy · 80+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 8,12,2008 | Spengler
    If Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin were president of the United States, would Iran try to build a nuclear bomb? Would Pakistan provide covert aid to al-Qaeda? Would Hugo Chavez train terrorists in Venezuela? Would leftover nationalities with delusions of grandeur provoke the great powers? Just ask Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili, who now wishes he never tried to put his 4 million countrymen into strategic play. In January I urged Americans to draft the Russian leader to succeed George W Bush (Putin for president of the United States, January 8, 2008). Putin's swift and decisive action in Georgia reflects precisely...
  • India Pakistan Kashmir Redux

    08/07/2008 9:38:21 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 3 replies · 107+ views
    ORBAT ^ | 8-7-08 | Ravi Rikhye
    Some heightening of tension as agitators try and keep alive the closed incident of land to be given to a Hindu shrine to erect facilities for pilgrims, not to expand the shrine. In Kashmir, the Government of India follows a discriminatory policy that no outsider can buy land - this land was not be bought, just given for use, it would remain government land. This is a consequence of the 1947 articles of accession under which GOI promised this clause to then princely state ruler. So when separatist Muslims began an agitation saying the government was not to let the...
  • That Delightful Terrorist Boy

    07/18/2008 9:58:39 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 9 replies · 183+ views
    Orbat ^ | 07182008 | Ravi Rikhye
    The gentleman who was one of the five live persons (and 199 cadavers, some held for 30 years) Israel traded for the bodies of two of its soldiers is in the news. He vows to continue the struggle. Well, last time he shot a civilian father in front of his 4-year girl, and then crushed her skull with his rifle butt. What a hero! What a blow for the oppressed Palestinians! May we suggest a Nobel Peace Prize for the gentleman? A trifling honor we shall no doubt will have to beg him to accept. So, good buddy good pal,...
  • US May Withdraw 3 Brigades From Iraq For Afghanistan...

    07/14/2008 11:14:05 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 4 replies · 138+ views
    ORBAT.COM ^ | July 14 2008 | R. Rikhye
    ....says Washington Post. There are a large number of "depending on" qualifiers and so this is by no means a done deal. In any case, the military has no plan to send additional troops to Afghanistan till next years. If this happens, three brigades slated for Iraq in 2009 will retrain for Afghanistan. So why are we not happy? Haven't we been yelling and screaming for more troops for Afghanistan? We are not happy for two good reasons. First, the US has an absolute shortage of combat brigades. That three may go to Afghanistan and not Iraq changes nothing: the...
  • Lord Archer: 'Indians are the new Jews and are taking over Britain'

    06/10/2008 1:13:52 PM PDT · by swarthyguy · 55 replies · 332+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 9.6.08 | Pamela Timms
    Indians are the 'new Jews' of Britain, which will one day day be ruled by an Indian prime minister, according to disgraced Tory peer Lord Archer. Archer, who is touring India to promote his latest book, said Indian businessmen are 'taking over' Britain and that Indian mayors and councillors are taking over local government throughout the country. His comments were made following a number of Indian takeovers of major British companies, such as Jaguar, Land Rover, Corus Steel and the Scottish whisky gian Whyte and Mackay. In a television interview staged in a glitzy new shopping malls near Delhi, Archer...
  • Indicted Saudi Gets $80 Million US Contract

    06/05/2008 12:19:13 PM PDT · by swarthyguy · 6 replies · 136+ views
    ABC ^ | 6-5.08 | GRETCHEN PETERS
    The US military has awarded an $80 million contract to a prominent Saudi financier who has been indicted by the US Justice Department. The contract to supply jet fuel to American bases in Afghanistan was awarded to the Attock Refinery Ltd, a Pakistani-based refinery owned by Gaith Pharaon. Pharaon is wanted in connection with his alleged role at the failed Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), and the CenTrust savings and loan scandal, which cost US tax payers $1.7 billion. (ABC News Photo Illustration)The Saudi businessman was also named in a 2002 French parliamentary report as having links to...
  • Pagan sect at Pakistan border lives amid conservative Muslims

    06/03/2008 11:51:20 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 16 replies · 259+ views
    McClatchy ^ | 3.6.08 | Saeed Shah
    BATRIK — bordering Afghanistan's Nuristan province, inaccessible Chitral district has long been thought to be a refuge for Osama bin Laden. With the high peaks of the Hindu Kush range and narrow valleys, ... easy to dodge through secret mountain routes between Pakistan and Afghanistan. home of the Kalasha, a unique pagan civilization that's lived in the area for 2,000 years or more, boxed in by an increasingly militant Islam. According to locals, bin Laden lived with a Kalasha family in Chitral for some time during his first Afghan jihad, . With his now much more severe ideology, the al...
  • Kashmir - Dental surgeon beheaded in broad daylight

    10/09/2006 11:59:06 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 101 replies · 4,489+ views
    Daily Excelsior ^ | Oct 9 2006 | Ahmed Ali Fayyaz
    SRINAGAR, Oct 8: Taking advantage of the losing grip of Police, BSF as well as Army in Sopore, militants have kidnapped and mercilessly slaughtered a young dental surgeon within 24 hours of beheading a Territorial Army recruit in the apple-rich north Kashmir township. More confident this time, militants have slit the throat of the young dental surgeon and father of three kids with seven shaving blades in broad daylight after subjecting him to untold brutality for about two hours. Civilian sources revealed to the EXCELSIOR that the local Police Station responded to a report and recovered the dead body of...
  • Sydney Australia cell was brewing...Mother of Satan

    11/09/2005 10:40:47 AM PST · by swarthyguy · 15 replies · 1,733+ views
    NOT for nothing is it known as 'Mother of Satan'. The crystal explosive is highly unstable and sensitive to heat and friction. And it is a favourite of terrorists. It was used in the London bombings in July and it would have caused destruction in Australia too. Australian police believe that what they unearthed yesterday during a raid on a red brick house in Sydney were ingredients for 'Mother of Satan' bombs. Australian newspapers reported that among items seized from the Sydney house included at least two large plastic containers, each holding several litres of a clear liquid. Police suspect...
  • Stratfor Asks: Is Musharraf Lying to Washington or Is He Not in Control - Pakistan

    08/25/2005 10:01:56 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 22 replies · 1,867+ views
    South Asia Tribune / STRATFOR ^ | George Friedman and Kamran Bokhari
    AUSTIN, Texas, August 27: Though the governments of the United States and Pakistan appear to be in sync with one another on the hunt for Osama bin Laden and militant Islamists, a crisis of relations is brewing just beneath the surface. Despite expressions of unity in the war against Al-Qaeda, cooperation at the operational and tactical levels is nearly nonexistent -- and calculated interference by Pakistani intelligence and security elements is hindering US operations in the country. This situation is further complicated by ongoing rivalries between government agencies, poor communications and general lack of cooperation by US intelligence and security...
  • What Pakistan Prez Musharraf Must Do Before He Talks to the American, World Jews

    08/24/2005 11:06:22 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 3 replies · 530+ views
    SATRIB ^ | Shaheen Sehbai
    WASHINGTON, August 27: When Pakistan’s General Pervez Musharraf takes the podium on Sept 17 in New York, before the world’s most important Jewish forum, he will appear and claim to be speaking for Pakistan and the entire Muslim world. But that may probably be the only misleading statement he may make in his historic speech. The rest of his address to the Jewish world would be well rehearsed and well-considered. Musharraf has been invited by the American Jewish Congress because he says so many nice things about enlightened Islam and, more importantly, because he signs on the dotted line of...
  • London Bombings and Pakistan Connection: A Pakistani View

    07/19/2005 11:22:50 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 11 replies · 1,239+ views
    satrib ^ | Husain Haqqani
    The July 7 terrorist bombings in London have led to greater scrutiny of Pakistan’s role in fomenting global Jihad. The London bombers were Britons of Pakistani origin and at least three out of the four visited Pakistan recently. It is natural for the international community to wonder why so many elements of Islamist extremism have a Pakistani connection. The July 7 terrorist bombings in London have led to greater scrutiny of Pakistan’s role in fomenting global Jihad. The London bombers were Britons of Pakistani origin and at least three out of the four visited Pakistan recently. It is natural for...
  • Record breaking rescue by IAF ( Indian Air Force) chopper

    06/01/2004 10:05:24 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 12 replies · 1,246+ views
    TOI ^ | [ MONDAY, MAY 31, 2004 10:52:46 PM ]
    NEW DELHI: In what is likely to be recognised as a new world record, an IAF Cheetah helicopter landed at an altitude of 23,240 feet on the Kamet glacier in the Garhwal Himalayas to rescue three critically injured climbers earlier this month. Disclosing this on Monday, IAF's D-G, flight safety, Air Marshal A K Singh said what was even more remarkable was that Wing Commander S K Sharma and his co-pilot Flt Lt A B Dhanake managed to successfully take off from the glacier with an increased pay-load of 70 kg. Sharma and Dhanake flew the rescue missions on May...

    03/24/2004 1:05:25 PM PST · by swarthyguy · 3 replies · 540+ views
    SAAG ^ | 3.24.2004 | B. Raman
    Gen.Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's US-blessed military dictator, continues to assert, without any fears of contradiction or punitive action by the US, that the action of a group of scientists of Pakistan headed by A.Q.Khan in clandestinely selling or transfering military nuclear technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea was a rogue operation without the knowledge or approval of the political or military leadership of the country. 2. In his latest assertion on the subject, he told the CNN, the US TV channel, in an interview on March 19, 2004, as follows: " I am extremely positive neither the Government nor the...
  • Algeria Mali Chad - Jihad Update and Neglected Developments

    03/19/2004 10:14:30 AM PST · by swarthyguy · 4 replies · 673+ views
    ReutersAljazeera ^ | mar 18 2004 | Nick Tattersall
    US fears Islamic militants in Mauritania, Algeria TIMBUKTU, Mali, March 18 (Reuters) - The United States fears hardline Islamic militants moving around the Sahara desert could try to topple the Algerian and Mauritanian governments, senior diplomatic and military officials said. The U.S. ambassador to Mali, Vicki Huddleston, said a leader of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), an Algerian group allied to al Qaeda, could be looking to re-arm and link up with other militants in the region. The leader, Amari Saifi, known as el Para and widely regarded as the GSPC's second-in-command, claimed responsibility for kidnapping 32...
  • 36 buildings set afire in Thailand's Muslim area

    03/19/2004 9:52:54 AM PST · by swarthyguy · 13 replies · 1,279+ views
    IHT ^ | mar 19 2004
    Arsonists set fire to 36 buildings, mostly deserted health clinics and police stations, in a rampage across Thailand's Muslim south that may reflect anger over a missing lawyer, government officials said Friday. . No injuries were reported. Interior Minister Bhokin Balakula said the attacks were carried out overnight in the provinces of Pattani, Songkhla and Yala, where violence erupted in January when an army camp was raided and guns were stolen. . More than 20 state schools were also set on fire that night, probably as a diversion for the army camp raid, in which four soldiers were killed. ....
  • India - The long and short of it

    03/12/2004 12:03:01 PM PST · by swarthyguy · 3 replies · 635+ views
    HT ^ | Mar112004 | KARISHMA UPADHYAY
    Eve Ensler, the author of the much talked about Vagina Monologue , has declared Mumbai to be a 'vagina city', and now Alyque Padamsee wants people to hear the other side. "I loved Vagina Monologues but, I thought it was too one sided, with disparaging comments about the male organ and men. Men just didn't get to say anything in that play," says Padamsee. As a 'homage' to the cult play, the advertising and theatre guru is busy with directing Penis Dialogues . Laced with humour, the play talks about the organ as an instrument of procreation, recreating and urination....
  • Boston - Islamic radical tied to new Hub mosque

    03/08/2004 9:45:19 AM PST · by swarthyguy · 3 replies · 1,540+ views
    BostonHerald ^ | Mar 8 2004 | Jonathan Wells
    A towering new mosque soon to join the Boston skyline has the secret endorsement of a radical, anti-Western cleric who preaches Muslims will one day ``conquer'' the United States. The endorsement of the $22 million mosque and cultural center project in Roxbury by the cleric, Dr. Yusuf Abdullah al-Qaradawi, appears prominently in an Arabic-language brochure published last year by the Islamic Society of Boston, which is the group Mayor Thomas M. Menino has approved to construct the mosque. Al-Qaradawi's enthusiastic backing of the project is nowhere to be found in the group's English-language brochure. After the backers of the mosque...
  • PIC - India - Technology and Tradition!

    03/05/2004 9:40:04 AM PST · by swarthyguy · 11 replies · 1,108+ views
  • Not All of Pakistan 's Nuclear Scientists Were Rogues

    03/02/2004 12:07:40 PM PST · by swarthyguy · 3 replies · 636+ views
    CSM/Weeklystd ^ | 2.11.2004 | Mansoor Ijaz
    ISTANBUL MY FATHER, Dr. Mujaddid Ahmed Ijaz, was an early pioneer in Pakistan's "Atoms for Peace" cooperative nuclear program with the US during the late 1960s. One of the most vivid memories I have of him was the stream of tears flowing down his cheeks as our Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 707 took off from Karachi Airport in the winter of 1972. It would be our last visit to Pakistan as children. I returned to Islamabad in the summer of 1992, the year my father died, to receive the condolences of his colleagues, former students, and friends at Pakistan's key...
  • Pakistan after India's 'Osama', too

    02/27/2004 10:02:22 AM PST · by swarthyguy · 10 replies · 1,059+ views
    AsiaTimes ^ | 2,27,2004 | Siddharth Srivastava
    NEW DELHI - While all attention is focused on Osama bin Laden and his cohorts allegedly cornered in western Pakistan, in India there is an equal amount of interest in the one man who is wanted just as desperately - Dawood Ibrahim. Reports quoting intelligence sources and independently confirmed by home ministry officials say that India's most wanted criminal - thought to be hiding in Pakistan - is facing the heat at the instance of none less than Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf. The reports say that Dawood's personal security guards, derived from the cream of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)...
  • Troll Rebuttal - Why Iraq is a Humanitarian Achievement and why the Antiwar movement is RACIST

    02/26/2004 11:47:59 AM PST · by swarthyguy · 12 replies · 1,217+ views
    News of the Absurd A 29-year old woman working for UK's GCHQ - the British equivalent of the US NSA was discharged in court after the British government said it would not offer evidence against her for leaking government secrets. The Mandarin translator leaked news that US intelligence had asked the British to step up eavesdropping of embassies from countries that were key to a UN Iraq resolution. She said she had only followed her conscience: she wanted to expose attempts by the US to subvert GCHQ and also to save civilian Iraqi lives. We thought if one worked for...
  • PIC - a huge pig had a weight of 900 kilograms, setting a record in China.

    02/26/2004 10:43:56 AM PST · by swarthyguy · 53 replies · 4,203+ views
    A woman looks at the specimen of a huge pig in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province on Wednesday, February 25, 2004. The pig, which died on February 5, 2004, had a weight of 900 kilograms, setting a record in China.

    02/26/2004 10:15:43 AM PST · by swarthyguy · 5 replies · 656+ views
    SAAG ^ | Feb 26 2004 | B. Raman
    "Today, in The Hague, you will sit in judgment. Today, I will bury my husband, my heart has been cut in two. I am not a politician. I am appealing to you as someone who has lost her husband, a woman whose heart has been silenced - and a woman whose tragedy the separation fence could have prevented. I was married to Yehuda for 21 years. He was the love of my youth, since I was 15. Yehuda's sister is the wife of Israel's Economic Attache in The Hague and works in the Embassy there. For months, she, her husband...
  • Pakistan - Foreigners among 20 terrorists held in Wana operation

    02/24/2004 5:58:13 PM PST · by swarthyguy · 3 replies · 503+ views
    WANA/ ISLAMABAD: Pakistani security agencies Tuesday arrested at least 20 terrorists including some foreigners from Wana in South Waziristan during an operation against al-Qaeda and Taliban operatives hiding in the Afghan-bordering tribal belt, recovering huge quantity of ammunition besides seizing a large number of passports from their possessions. However, the identity of the foreigners arrested during the operation remained unknown till the last reports came in. Also, people from both the sides remained unscathed during the crackdown. Some reports suggested the foreigners hailed from Arab States, Chechnya and Uzbekistan. Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major-General Shaukat Sultan informing the...
  • Afghanistan: Now it's all-out war

    02/23/2004 10:58:00 AM PST · by swarthyguy · 78 replies · 4,722+ views
    AsiaTimes ^ | Feb 23 2004 | Syed Saleem Shahzad
    KARACHI - A massive land and air military operation on either side of the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan is now under way, with the main goals of catching leading commanders of the Afghan resistance, as well as Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Omar. The focal point of the operation at this point is the tribal areas of North and South Waziristan on the Pakistani side, and Paktia and Paktika in Afghanistan. On Sunday, Pakistani Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat confirmed that Pakistani paramilitary troops had been deployed in these tribal areas. In the coming weeks, the operation...