DHAKA: Bangladesh police have arrested a top operative of India’s outlawed Asif Reza Commando Force as he was trying to expand the network of his group here, a militant also closely linked to HuJI and LeT.
“We arrested Mufty Obaidullah after one and half months of manhunt in line with statements of earlier arrested Indian underworld operative Dawdood merchant,” Dhaka’s police commissioner AKM Shahidul Hoque told a press conference.
A police official familiar with the process earlier said Obaidullah was an operative of ARCF, which had claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack on the American Centre in Kolkata in 2002 while he was charged with the task of organizing the outfit’s Bangladesh chapter.
Obaidullah is also linked to Harkatul Jihad Bangladesh and Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba. He added that according to the initial interrogation Afghan war veteran Obaidullah said he was hiding in Bangladesh since 1995 as a madrasaa teacher to evade arrests by Indian security forces and in the past 14 years he served in four madrassa with the last one being in western Madaripur.
Police launched a manhunt for four other absconding Indian nationals, in line with his initial statements of Obailullah, a graduate of India’s Deoband Madrassa. The police is yet to find the links between Dawdood Ibrahim’s underworld network and the extreme right wing militant outfits despite their apparent dissimilarities in terms of ideology or objectives.
BISHKEK (Reuters) – Kyrgyz security forces have arrested a group of suspected militants coordinating a logistics supply network for Taliban insurgents fighting U.S. forces in nearby Afghanistan, domestic media reported.
Central Asia, largely peaceful since a bloody uprising in Uzbekistan in 2005, has become more volatile in recent weeks as fighting intensified in neighboring areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Security analysts say the surge of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and Pakistan’s offensive against militants in tribal areas, may have forced some Taliban fighters of Central Asian origin to trickle back into the former Soviet region. Kyrgyzstan’s 24.kg news agency reported that the state security agency had arrested 18 suspected militants who used to fight alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan and were now involved in sending supplies to Afghanistan and other logistical matters.
It said in a report late on Friday that the group included citizens of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
Central Asia, a vast strategic region between Russia, China, Afghanistan and Iran, is also a key transit route for supplies headed for U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.
Governments in Central Asia have blamed the latest attacks on the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, a group whose militants have long fought alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan.
In the latest in a series of attacks on security forces across the region, Tajik forces killed five gunmen in a shootout near Tajikistan’s border with Afghanistan.
In another clash, Kyrgyz security forces killed three men they described as Islamist extremists in a gun battle in the Ferghana valley, Central Asia’s most densely populated area.
(Writing by Maria Golovnina, editing by Tim Pearce)
The suicide bombers and throat-slitters are not Arab Mujahedeen or Afghan Taliban. This ‘expertise’ has been introduced by the Indians and the Israelis in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The crimes of the Indian-groomed Taliban have nothing to do with the Afghan Taliban fighting inside their own country and the Kashmiri freedom fighters inside their own territory. The question is: Why is the Pakistani government continues to feel ashamed in standing up for Pakistan?
By Dr. Awatar S. Sekhon
Saturday, 18 July 2009.
Proof of Indian weapons and special-ops agents have been discovered in Swat and Balochistan. The evidence is so damning that US officials had no choice but to olige Pakistan and directly ask Indian Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Defense Miniser to tame Indian terror-breeding
operations in Afghanistan aimed at Pakistan. Manmohan Singh, confronted by the Pakistani Prime Minister with evidence in Egypt, had no choice but to agree to refer to Indian terrorism in Balochistan in the joint statement.
It was an amazing revelation by a serving Maj. General of Pakistan army in-charge of the Swat operation during an interview with Aaj television news channel.
Maj. Gen. Sajjad Ghani has revealed the following points backed by evidence:
1. Swat valley was occupied by criminals with full money and logistical support of India.
2. The entire operation was planned by Indian military officers posted to several locations in Afghanistan
3. The Indian ‘footprint’ in Swat and the Pakistani tribal belt includes: Indian currency, Indian bullets, Indian small explosives, Indian heavy explosives, and other items that indicate links to Indian army’s command and control setup.
4. Special hideouts [tunnels, caves, underground passageways] created by Indian expertise and machinery. This technology cannot be available to amateur fighters.
5. Blood banks and all the supporting products, i.e., fresh frozen plasma, etc., to help the fighters sustain a long term war.
All this evidence helps in reaching the following conclusions:
1. Sufi Muhammad, Baitullah Mehsud, Fazlullah are all Indian agents, fully in contact with senior officers from R&AW and Defense Intelligence Agency posted in Afghanistan
2. All crimes on Pakistani soil, including the destruction of schools of girls and boys and the slaughter of innocent people were done on orders from Indian assets on the ground and inside the nearby Afghan provinces. These were effectively Indian actions of war against Pakistan
3. This Indian free hand in Afghanistan and inside Pakistan’s Balochistan and NWFP says a lot about the inefficiency of the Pakistani government
5. All suicide bombings in Pakistan are linked to fake Indian-groomed Taliban in Afghanistan, which was built by recruiting brainwashed young men misled into believing they are fighting a jihad against America. The suicide bombings in Pakistan are Indian acts of war. Make no mistake about it.
6. Islam and Muslims are defamed by Indians and their allies. Unfortunately, the Pakistani government and media are hands in glove with this demonization of Pakistan. Instead of asking questions they simply repeat what is fed to them like parrots.
7. Pakistan is losing the support of the mujahedeen who are keeping the Indians at bay in Kashmir and Afghanistan.
8. This tactic of pitching the fake Taliban with the Pakistani military has resulted in a confrontation between the Pakistani army and the Mujahedeen. The fact is that the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan and Kashmir have nothing to do with the crimes of the Indian-groomed fake Taliban.
The Indian activities in Afghanistan have gone undetected for a long time. But now enough evidence has been collected to indict the Indian government and military for indulging in the worst forms of terror breeding.
Here are some signs of the crimes the Indians are involved in inside U.S.-occupied Afghanistan:
1. Many psychological-operations experts and experts in Islamic indoctrination and what generally is known as ‘mind-messing professionals’ have been deployed in special training camps. These people introduce themselves as Mujahedeen to new recruits, brainwash them and then use them inside Pakistan.
2. The slitting of throats is a new tactic introduced by the Indian terrorism trainers to demoralize Pakistan and show the Afghan Taliban in a wrong light. The suicide bombings are not the result of Arab influence here as the British and American media claims. It is also the result of Israeli experts bringing in their expertise in penetrating Islamic groups. How silly it is that Arabs would arrive in this region to kill Pakistanis and spare the Am-Brit occupiers of Afghanistan all these months.
3. The Mumbai terrorist act appears to be a joint Israeli and Indian event. Both countries have secret close cooperation in the areas of intelligence and countering Muslim groups. The Israeli eagerness to help India against Pakistan is amazing both in Kashmir and Afghanistan is amazing.
4. It is not clear yet if the lone surviving terrorist, Ajmal Qassab, is indeed Pakistani. India has offered no solid evidence proving this and it is shameful that the Pakistani government is not making this public despite the fact that independent investigators from Interpol verify this fact.
5. Qassab means butcher in Urdu/Arabic. In Pakistan, hardly anyone retains this surname. If Qassab is not an Indian who played the role of a Pakistani terrorist, then he certainly is someone who has been duped into joining the group that conducted the operation. Indian explanations regarding the bodies of the rest of the terrorists, their DNA samples, their origins, are misleading and confusing at best, which destroys the entire Indian case against Kashmiri freedom fighters inside Pakistan.
6. Important parts of the Mumbai operation were planned and conducted outside Pakistan. Also, the Indian security failures in Mumbai are suspicious at best. There is more in this case than meets the eye. Pakistan should be under no compulsion to accept the Indian version of events and should advise the same to the international community. Instead, the Pakistani government has chosen complete surrender.
A large number of uncircumcized professionally-trained foreign fighters have been found within the ranks of the so-called ‘Pakistani Taliban’. Read this Alert: Indians Fighting In Swat [Warning: Graphic Images]
All of the above raises serious questions about the silence of the Pakistani government on the disturbing and treacherous Indian behavior:
1. Why the Pakistan Government is not protesting against Indian invasion into Swat and other cities of Pakistan?
2. Why Pakistan Government is silent over the Indian attack on the Sri Lankan Cricket team?
3. Why Pakistan Government is not using Interpol services to get Altaf Hussain and hang him for his numerous murders and acts of terrorism? Why the Pakistani Government is not asking Kabul to hand over the terrorist Brahamdagh Bugti and hang him for killing innocent Pakistanis, and for the crimes of his grandfather the tyrant Akbar Bugti who killed hundreds of poor Pakistani Balochis and displaced thousands of poor Pakistani Balochis?
4. Why hardcore criminals have been protected under the umbrella of Musharraf’s NRO?
5. Why Mr. Nawaz Sharif and other Pakistani leaders have sold themselves to the devil, keeping totally silent, deaf and dumb on these issues? Why is power more important to them than anything else?
6. Why are we helping those forces which are supporting Indian and Israeli terrorism in Pakistan? We know the forces behind the so-called BLA and MQM. The question is: Why is the government supporting these forces?
7. Why Hamudur Rehman Commission recommendations have not been implemented in letter and spirit?
8. And why did we not learn lesson from East Pakistan bitter experience?
Dr. Sekhon is a prominent leader of the movement for the rights of the people of Khalistan and is seeking independence for his people from India. This article is a slightly edited version of the original published at www.khalistannews.com . Dr. Sekhon can be reached at email@example.com . For more information on the movement for the liberation of Khalistan from Indian occupation, see http://roadtokhalistan.blogspot.com
ISLAMABAD: The pilot of a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter aircraft was killed when his jet crashed due to a technical fault during a routine training mission near Sargodha, according to a PAF statement on Friday. “The PAF reports that a fighter aircraft, while on a routine night-training mission, crashed close to Nurpur village, 105km southwest of Sargodha. The pilot of the aircraft Squadron Leader Saud Ghulam Nabi was killed,” it said. staff report
KABUL: A US fighter jet crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, the coalition force said.
The fate of the aircraft’s two crew members was unknown, the US military said in a statement, adding enemy fire was not involved in the crash of the F-15E in the early hours of Saturday in mountainous eastern Afghanistan.
Mohammad Qasim, acting district chief of Nawur district in southeastern Ghazni province, said the aircraft came down early Saturday and flames were seen rising from its wreckage.
“The plane crashed in Nawur district at around 2:00am (2130 GMT Friday) this morning. The area has been sealed off by US forces. Helicopters have arrived on the spot. We could see flames coming out of the wreckage,” Qasim told AFP.
By Haji Mujtaba
MIRANSHAH: A US drone on Friday fired a missile at a house in Bahadur Kalley village – 30 kilometres south of Miranshah in North Waziristan – killing five Taliban and wounding four others.
The strike came at around 4pm on Razmak-Miranshah road in Garyam tehsil. The owner of the house has been identified as Abdul Majeed, and all those present inside the building were apparently local Taliban. The injured have been admitted to hospital.
“It is not immediately clear whether there were any foreign Taliban or some important figure among those who were targeted and killed,” the AFP news agency quoted an intelligence official as saying.
By Talha Mujaddidi in Pakistan. Axis of Logic
Talha Mujaddidi analyzes the “Quagmire of Imperial Slavery” for Axis of Logic from inside Pakistan: In January, 2005, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, former Pakistan High Commissioner to the U.K. wrote the following alert and warning:
“When it was over, I realised that everything had happened ‘according to the plan’. This brings out of me the apprehension: are our military rulers working on an a similar agenda or something that has been laid out for them in the various assessment reports over the years by the National Intelligence Council (NIC) in joint collaboration with CIA. It was poor Miraj Khalid who as interim prime minister in early 1997 had dared to confide to the Pakistanis that CIA had forecast Pakistan’s denouement by the year 2015. … the NIC report cast a dark shadow on Pakistan’s future five years ago.
“It said that by the year 2015 Pakistan would be a failed state, ripe with civil war, bloodshed, inter-provincial rivalries and a struggle for control of its nuclear weapons and its complete Talibanization. It had predicted, ‘Pakistan will not recover easily from decades of political and economic mismanagement, divisive policies, lawlessness, corruption and ethnic friction’. Nascent democratic reforms will produce little change in the face of opposition from an entrenched political elite and radical Islamic parties. Further domestic decline would benefit Islamic political activists, who may significantly increase their role in national politics and alter the makeup and cohesion of the military, once Pakistan’s most capable institution. In a climate of continuing domestic turmoil, the central government’s control probably will be reduced to the Punjabi heartland and the economic hub of Karachi.”
Al Basrah reported in August, 2008, that Senator Nisar A. Memon of the Pakistan Muslim League-Q warned Pakistan’s upper house that “the Americans harboured the designs of breaking up Pakistan.” He cited an earlier CIA report that predicted a “Yugoslavia-like fate for Pakistan in a decade with civil war, bloodshed and inter-provincial rivalries as seen in Balochsitan”. He also quoted a Global Research report which alleged that, British intelligence agencies were providing covert support to Balochistan’s terrorist separatists and that “chaos and anarchy would be created through economic disruption, as result of which the International Monetary Fund would take Pakistan in its grip.”
While military operations continue in tribal areas of Pakistan, the Pakistani establishment is still stuck in the maze that was created by US Imperialist juggernauts and implemented to near perfection by former President and Army Chief of Pakistan Pervaiz Musharraf. Musharraf has done grave harm to the national security of Pakistan. The tremors of his jolts are still reverberating in Pakistani political and public spheres. The U-turns that Musharraf took under US pressure inflicted grave damages to Pakistan’s National and regional interests. Musharraf destroyed Pakistan’s Kashmir policy, Afghanistan policy, he bowed down in front of India, worst of all he gave a blank check to Washington to expand their CIA and FBI setup in Pakistan.
|LONDON, January 29, 2005: It seems that our rulers, having learnt no lesson, stand condemned to repeat the same criminal blunders that converted Pakistan’s most populated province into an independent state following the surrender of the Pakistani generals to the Indian army. That was December 1971.
Now 34 years later Pakistan has drifted into a similar situation in its biggest province. We had then, as now, a power drunk general heading an equally obdurate military coterie that would not listen to voices of reason, pleadings of political and saner elements for a democratic settlement according to the electoral verdict of the majority. Rest is history.
Balochistan today is facing a similar military operation as of erstwhile East Pakistan. President General Musharraf has cast the die. Not only a full-fledged military operation with all its fire and fury has been launched though denied by his media minions, the most deplorable rape of a doctor allegedly by army personnel, seems to have plunged a proud people into an irreparable and irreversible grief and a struggle that would be bloody with horrendous consequences.
Musharraf is gone, but his legacy of Imperial slavery is being continued whole-heartedly by President Zardari and his cronies. Of course the Pakistani parliament is a rubber-stamp body of most efficient crooks. The Pakistani presidency and Parliament is under complete control of CIA. The opposition parties are as corrupt as ruling PPP and are unable to stand up to Imperial hegemony. The Pakistani economy is completely under IMF and WB control with key former Citibank ‘goons’ in charge of destroying the industrial base of Pakistan.
Pakistan is right now in the midst of a brutal assault led by the U.S./Zionist energy-greedy, global imperialists. Aiding them in their enterprise are CIA, RAW (Indian Intel), Mossad, and MI6. They are targeting the complete destabilization of Pakistan, the destruction and dismantling of Pakistan’s nuclear program, control of oil, gas, and mineral rich, strategically-located Baluchistan, and North West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan. The Indians are in it for their old Bharatmata (Greater India) plan of making Pakistan their satellite state.
Death Squads, Divisions and Supporting Terrorism
The complex power game that is going on right now in NWFP is based on some key methods and objectives.
Assassination: The CIA is using the same tactics that Negroponte used earlier in Honduras and Nicaragua, and then later in Iraq. These include the creation of local death squads and militias who kill one another and those listed for assassination by the CIA. (refer to Jeremy Scahill’s bestseller. ‘Blackwater’).
Dividing to conquer: Different tribes and sub-tribes in Tribal areas of Pakistan are being set against one another and against the Pakistan Army. General McChrystal (former JSOC commander) has taken over command in Afghanistan, where Negroponte’s methods are being used again but they will not succeed as they did in Iraq. The Soviets have failed, using such tactics before when they were trying to suppress the mujahedeen.
Supporting Rogue Militants: The recent “surge” operation in South of Afghanistan (in Helmand) is aimed at making sure that rogue militants regroup deep inside Pakistan’s Baluchistan, to stage a large insurgency against Islamabad. Mossad, CIA, RAW and MI6 sponsored BLA and supported Jundullah, which will also be used to create trouble inside Iran. Of course Al-Qaeda will keep “resurfacing” as long as it seems necessary to entertain the late evening news watcher.
While the Pakistan Army was busy in dealing with the Indian threat after Mumbai terrorist attacks, the TTP under the leadership of Baitullah Mehsud was regrouping and gaining control of Swat Valley and its adjoining areas. Musharraf had given a wild card to CIA which resulted in the CIA’s penetration of Tribal Areas of Pakistan, their buying loyalties of rogue elements and militants better known as freelance terrorists (e.g. Chechens and Uzbeks, who have no home to which to return).
At stake for the CIA in Tribal areas and Pakistan’s North
“It’s admitted by the CIA that these attacks serve to provoke more attacks by forces in Pakistan. Michael Hayden for example said: ‘We use military operations to excite the enemy, prompting him to respond. In that response we learn so much’. These attacks will just continue because they hasten the larger US plan for the region: To destroy Pakistan to aid the main opposition to China in the region, India.”
Of greatest importance to Langley at this time is the land link between Pakistan and China. Washington wants this link to be cut to allow greater control by NATO troops of the region near China’s border. Remember 1984, when India moved into Siachen glacier, the military objective was to take control of Pakistan-China Karakorum Highway. If the land link between China and Pakistan is cut off, the US would be willing to mediate between India and Pakistan in the Kashmir dispute. The Indian government will oblige if the U.S. guarantees that Pakistan is de-nuclearized and made a proxy of India.
|The U.S. wants NATO troops in Kashmir to provide for communication posts deep inside Kashmir right next to China, and also for control of the vital Ladakh airfield.|
In the imperial scheme, the predominantly Pushtoon population of NWFP would be either made part of Afghanistan or put under direct control of US troops. This is also part of the plan to balkanize Pakistan.
Another stake the CIA has is the huge quantities of minerals and resources lie beneath the soil of Tribal Areas and Swat. Swat contains massive quantities of emeralds and gold. Their abundance was the reason the TTP tried to control as much NWFP turf as possible. Bajaur, where a long battle was fought between Pakistan Army and TTP, has huge quantities of magnesium. Elsewhere in the tribal areas are deposits of coal, chromium, and other minerals. The TTP had taken control of three shuttered emerald mines in northwest Swat and used emeralds to fund their insurgency. But the Pakistan Army has now taken over the mines from TTP.
|“God has given us enormous wealth in terms of emeralds from Swat, rubies, pink topaz, beautiful tourmaline,” said Ilyas Ali Shah, a gemologist with the government-run Pakistan Gems and Jewellery Development Company.|
“They would collect the emeralds and there would be an open tender every Sunday,” said Azhar ul Islam, a 44-year-old gem trader from Swat. “The profits were divided up — two-thirds for the miner and one-third for the Taliban.” (reminder: the Pakistan Taliban referred to here has nothing to do with the Afghan Taliban)
Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan are believed to hold up to 30-40 per cent of the world’s emerald deposits, Shah says, with the precious stone fetching up to 2,000 dollars per carat depending on quality.
The Mess Created in the Tribal Areas by the CIA
The longer the Pakistan Army is stuck deep inside Tribal Areas and elsewhere the better it will be for hostile powers. When the military operation started in Swat and adjoining areas, there was a concern about the performance of Pakistan Army since the army did not have previous experience of fighting guerilla warfare in hilly, dense-foliage terrain. But the Pakistan Army was extremely efficient in quickly rooting out TTP from the area. Their effectiveness and precision is being appreciated by many Pakistani people. The US is creating a new trap for Pakistan Army in South and North Waziristan. Drone handlers will certainly not target Baitullah Mehsud, but they did target Maulvi Gulbahadur (located in North Waziristan). Gulbahadur was previously not supporting TTP but after the drone attack he has decided to join TTP. Qari Zainuddin, former Mehsud accomplice, had turned against him and spoken openly against Mehsud, calling him a RAW (Indian Intel) and Mossad agent, Zainuddin was killed soon afterwards. Brian Cloughley, author of ‘War, coups, and terror’, a book on Pakistan Army, said in his recent article,
“One of Mehsud’s many enemies was Maulvi Nazir of the Ahmedzai Wazirs who had killed a lot of Uzbek nasties in South Waziristan and was thus deemed to be helping Pakistan’s security as well as ridding the world of ‘guest militants’ who crossed the border to attack international troops in Afghanistan… He had an agreement, a non-aggression pact, to put it in plain terms, with the Pakistan Army, which was satisfied that it had at least one ally in the region, who would be badly needed when it eventually became practicable to launch a major military operation in South Waziristan (as distinct from the professionally commendable but necessarily limited action in 2007.”
“But the Americans wanted to keep on using their video game, the drone-fired missiles, to blitz FATA and kill everyone who they considered to be a ‘bad guy.” This included targeting Maulvi Nazir, who decided that he could do without the attentions of drones and blamed Islamabad for letting CIA have their little parties. When the missile attacks continued to be directed at him, Nazir decided he had had enough, and switched sides and joined a union with Mehsud, ostensibly against ‘the Americans’.”
FATA (tribal areas of Pakistan) and light brown provinces of Afghanistan under control of Taliban.
Possible Terrorist Attack on Nuclear Installations
Another reason why TTP will be used to create turmoil inside Pakistan is that there are some key nuclear installations not very far from FATA or NWFP. As many writers have said and I have also mentioned in my last article, it is imperative for the Zionist agenda that the world sees Pakistan as an irresponsible nuclear state. In order to achieve this, a possible terrorist act against a nuclear site in Pakistan will do wonders to grab world attention and might even make it to the UN Security Council. There are reports circulating in Pakistan that a similar plan is underway. It was first reported by Asian Tribune, and then by a few other Pakistan newspapers including the oldest and most widely-read Urdu daily, Jang. Top private news channels have also picked up the story. The report has also grabbed attention of some think tanks in Islamabad. The report says that Indian intelligence has given money and logistics to Baitullah Mehsud to execute an attack on a key nuclear installation of Pakistan.
|Nuclear sites in Pakistan|
There are a number of reasons to give credence to this report. First and foremost is the ultra secret movement of JSOC (Joint Special Operation Command) in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Since Obama came into office Pakistan is no longer considered an ally but a hostile nation under ‘AfPak’ strategy. What is JSOC up to in Pakistan? Why are BLA, Jundullah, Al-Qaeda, TTP all regrouping inside Baluchistan?
China is working on at least two civilian nuclear reactors in Pakistan. If Pakistan is declared a rogue nuclear nation and put under IAEA sanctions, China’s strategic interest in Pakistan will be further reduced. More importantly, stopping Pakistan’s nuclear program through UNSC sanctions and IAEA inspections will be used in case of an attack.
There have been news reports coming in from all sources that Israeli Air force has conducted a massive exercise for an air attack possibly against Iran. Were the air strike exercises meant for Iran? Mossad, CIA, and NIE (National Intelligence Estimate) all agree that Iran is at least three to five years away from completing a bomb, if indeed it is on their agenda. Plus Israel has conducted war games and exercises many times before which raises the question of why the sudden need to conduct a massive exercise now.
The Death of Indian nuclear scientist, Lokanathan Mahalingam
Another important issue is that of the Indian nuclear scientist’s mysterious disappearance and then the recovery of his dead body. Imagine, if a Pakistani or Iranian nuclear scientist would have disappeared what melodrama would have been generated by Zionist controlled Fox News, CNN, and BBC. The disappearance of Indian nuclear scientist Lokanathan Mahalingam was not even reported in major newspapers and news channels. According to information available from South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI), after missing for six days, his body was found from Kali River in Kaiga township in Karwar, Karnataka, India. Details of the cause of his death, assassination or suicide are unknown. If he was killed, who was his assassin and what was the motive?
According to the information from SASSI, Mahalingam was working at Kaiga Atomic Power Plant which is not under IAEA safeguards, and is not a civilian reactor. It’s part of India’s nuclear weapons complex where their plutonium based weapons are designed. Before this another employee of the same nuclear plant, Ravi Mule was murdered and his body was found in a jungle in Kaiga area. Previously, significant quantities of uranium have been stolen from India’s nuclear installations.
It is simply impossible that Mahalingam was not under supervision of Indian security agencies since he has been working in a nuclear weapons facility for the past few years. His disappearance for six days and later, his death, is extremely mysterious. Is there a team of rogue agents trying to get their hold on a dirty bomb or are government agencies behind his death? If rogue agents are involved, who will be the target? If government agents, what is their motive?
Obama’s expansion of the Bush legacy portends failure
The Bush legacy of military adventurism and secret operations against people of Middle East is being continued by Obama. With the implementation of ‘Holbrooke doctrine’ and ‘AfPak’, this region is set for more turmoil and chaos. Other than Iran, Pakistan is the most important country in the region geo-strategically after Afghanistan. Because Afghanistan is the “heart of Asia”, turmoil in Afghanistan will mean chaos and turmoil in the entire region. Destabilisation leading to western control is the objective. But sooner or later NATO and US troops from Afghanistan will have to leave; Afghanistan is after all known as a graveyard of empires and invading armies. The Pakistan Army dragged into the “war on terror” trap by Gen. Musharraf is also looking at options to find its way out of this maze. The Pakistan government has said that Taliban of Afghanistan must be bought into the Afghan government. That necessity has also been voiced by Hamid Karzai and the commanders of US and NATO troops.
However, Mullah Omar looks to be in no mood to negotiate and he’s in a strong position with his loyal Taliban commanders and allies controlling over 70% of Afghanistan. With the U.S. economy faltering beneath the plunge resulting from the Bush’s “war on terrorism”, it’s likely that anti-US forces in the region will join hands and create more trouble in Afghanistan for the U.S., NATO and their puppet regime in Kabul under Karzai. Instead of learning from past mistakes, consolidating and using greater caution, the U.S. is opening more fronts against Iran and China. India has backed the wrong horse again, they backed Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, but sadly for them the Soviets were kicked out in a decade. Then came the takeover of Afghanistan by the pro-Pakistan Taliban who crushed pro-Indian elements. But power hungry nations never seem to learn from their mistakes. India has now has backed the U.S. and NATO in Afghanistan hoping that they can take care of Afghanistan and Pakistan problem once and for all but surely, history will repeat itself again.
Practically speaking, Pakistan is virtually without a government as the government in power is totally off tangent from the demands of the people. There is a consensus building amongst the people in Pakistan that the time has come to rid themselves of this corrupt system and bring about a peoples revolution. It will be a long and difficult process, but alignment of the mindset of the people is the first and necessary step. The corrupt politicians of Pakistan do not have nine lives of a cat anymore. We predict the change begin in the near future. The chains of imperial slavery will be broken; Pakistanis have learned that their country is neither, an Iraq nor an Afghanistan that can be subdued by putting a Karzai, or Talabani in the presidential palace. True that Zardari has damaged Pakistan as much as he can just like Musharraf did before him but solidarity is growing and the people are gearing up for a change and the battle of ideas has just begun.
Gaza – Ma’an – Israeli forces made their deepest incursion into the Gaza Strip in months near Beit Hanoun, penetrating 500 meters past the buffer zone to burn 150 dunums of land.
The agricultural field of wheat and barley crops belonging to the Shabat family was destroyed after an Israeli militarized vehicle left the Erez District Coordination Office (DCO) and drove into the Strip, stopping only to set the land on fire. Dry weather meant the crops burned quickly, consuming the much needed grains.
The incident is a string in what farmers call persistent attempts by Israeli soldiers to prevent the harvesting of crops outside the Israeli-patrolled buffer zone near the Gaza border fence. Locals reported almost daily patrols of military jeeps on the outskirts of the town.
Just because President Obama possesses African heritage doesn’t mean he couldn’t learn a thing or two about the continent’s history.
by Gerald Caplan
July 16, 2009
As expected, President Obama used his twenty-four-hour trip to Ghana to send messages about his thinking and his priorities for Africa. This was a moment that progressives involved in Africa have been waiting for, hoping for some clear thinking about Africa’s many challenges and the American role in addressing them. On the basis of his interviews and speeches, they will be sorely disappointed. Once we get beneath the eloquence and style, it’s hard to point to anything in any of his remarks that couldn’t have been said, however inarticulately, by George Bush.
In one interview, Obama, with no false humility, stated that “I’m probably as knowledgeable about African history as anybody who’s occupied my office”. No question that’s true. Still, the bar in that particular competition was not exactly set very high. And as his various comments demonstrated, he’s not nearly as knowledgeable as he thinks he is. Much of what he believes about Africa and how it can meet its many challenges is simply wrong.
At every opportunity, the President emphasized internal African causes for the continent’s woes, highlighting especially the need for good governance and ending corruption. So he argued, for example, that “you’re not going to get investment without good governance.” That’s just wrong. For decades most foreign investment in Africa has gone to South Africa first, even under apartheid, and then to such oil-rich nations as Angola and Nigeria. First and foremost, western companies, backed energetically by their embassies, are after Africa’s resources–oil, gas and to a lesser extent minerals. These are the very sectors where we find vast corruption, environmental degradation, the vicious exploitation of African labor, and, often enough, Africa’s wars. In no case does good governance play a role in investment decisions. Often enough venal leaders are precisely what investors look for.
Similarly, Obama insisted that business won’t invest where “government officials are asking for 10, 15, 25 percent off the top.” That’s an illogical assertion. If foreign businessmen weren’t only too eager to play the bribery game, those African officials couldn’t get away with demanding a cut off the top. Nigeria, Angola, South Africa, Kenya, Cameroon, Congo–everyone knows how to get a contract in these and other countries. Which also should remind us that high-level corruption in Africa could not and does not happen without intimate western collaboration.
Obama’s repeated insistence on this theme of good governance and corruption is somewhere between ironic and farcical, given the eight African leaders who were invited to last week’s G-8 summit. Five were from sub-Saharan Africa, three from North Africa. Every one of them is ranked poorly or abysmally in Transparency International’s 2008 Corruption Perceptions Index. Seven of the eight are considered only partly free or not free by Freedom House in 2009; only one (South Africa, led by the deeply corrupt Jacob Zuma) is deemed free. It was an important if inadvertent lesson: Corruption and poor governance are indeed widespread, if not quite ubiquitous, across Africa, and the west cheerfully plays footsies with all those governments.
Obama says there is “a direct correlation between governance and prosperity.” That’s why he chose democratic Ghana for his first official state visit, rather than his father’s country, Kenya. Heaven knows that the ruling parties in Kenya are brazenly corrupt and dedicated to little beyond enriching themselves and their supporters. Ghana, on the other hand, after years of bad governments following the CIA-backed coup that overthrew its first president, Kwame Nkrumah, can now be said to be fairly stable and democratic (though hardly free of corruption). Obama knows lots of interesting things. When his father left Kenya in the early 1960s to study in the USA, he noted, the GDP of Kenya was higher than that of South Korea; today, Korea is one of the world’s great economic success stories, while Kenya languishes.
The UN’s Human Development Index backs this up. In 2008, of 179 countries listed, Korea was ranked an impressive twenty-fifth while Kenya was 144. But the President should look at these ratings more closely. Despite good governance, and though some real progress is being made, Ghana was ranked 142, virtually tied with Kenya among the bottom 20 percent of the world’s nations. Something else must be going on here that accounts for this depressing situation because Obama’s analysis can’t.
Here’s the heart of his diagnosis,: While the international community “has not always been as strategic as it should have been [regarding Africa]…ultimately I’m a big believer that Africans are responsible for Africa…for many years we’ve made excuses about corruption or poor governance, that this was somehow the consequence of neocolonialism, or the West has been oppressive, or racist. I’m not a believer in excuses.”
This is really a startling argument for the head of a country whose great political battles still rage around the meaning of its Constitution, adopted in 1787 while the slave trade still raged, and whose personal inspiration comes from a predecessor who was murdered in 1865, twenty years before formal colonialism began in Africa. To dismiss the slave trade and a century or more of colonial rule, to minimize the impact of neocolonialism by France and the US, to ignore the incalculable decades-long damage done to Africa as a pawn in the cold war–all of this seems to requite willful blindness in order to peddle a particular agenda.
Of course Obama’s obsession about appalling governance is not wrong; I share it completely. Africans have for decades been betrayed by a veritable pageant of monstrous leaders, one more egregious than the other. But another truth is that the United States actively backed almost all of them, and if the US didn’t, France did; that’s part of the neocolonial record. The west also supplied many of the arms that were used in the appalling internal conflicts that have roiled Africa for so long. Even today, the US, Britain and France continue to remain close to many African leaders whose democratic credentials leave much to be desired, as the G-8 meeting underlined.
The President raised Zimbabwe to make his case. The West, he is not responsible for the destruction caused by Robert Mugabe and his government. The destruction is only too true. The West’s innocence is not.
Had Britain fulfilled its clear obligations and ended white minority rule in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe in a timely fashion, fifteen years of vicious civil war would have been avoided. Instead, the final African victory left the country in the hands of an embittered, vengeful Mugabe. America and Britain were collaborating with the apartheid regime in South Africa at the very moment it was actively working worked to sabotage Mugabe’s new government. The IMF forced structural adjustment programs on an unwilling Zimbabwean government, helping to undermine its economy. All this is well known. So is the fact that for the first twenty years of his reign, “Good old Bob” Mugabe was one of the west’s favorite “Big Men”, blithely ignoring his ferocious oppression of his opponents. Not until he began expropriating the vast holdings of white farmers ten years ago–all of whose land was stolen from Africans during the twentieth century (though not necessarily by the current owners)–did western media and western governments decide he was Enemy Number One. Can Obama know nothing of this record?
“Development depends on good governance,” Obama lectured Ghana’s Parliament. “That is the change that can unlock Africa’s potential.” With all due respect to the President, this is malarkey. The reality, which surely Obama grasps, is that for centuries, year in and year out, far more of Africa’s wealth and resources pour out of the continent to the rich world than the west provides Africa through all sources, from aid to investment to trade. Good governance will not end this perverse truth.
Beyond that, even if every African country was led by a saint, they could do nothing about the severe environmental and economic damage that global warming–for which Africa has no responsibility whatever–is inflicting across the continent. Obama actually mentioned this in his speech, yet ignores it with his obsessive fixation on Africa’s sole responsibility for its problems.
Even the most exemplary African leaders could do nothing about the destructive impact on African development of the present worldwide economic crisis, for which Africa has no responsibility whatever.
No African leader has the slightest influence on the drastic increase in food prices that is causing such suffering, including outright starvation, to millions of Africans.
Even a continent of Mandelas couldn’t change the massive subsidies that western governments provide to their agribusinesses. When they’re in Ghana, the Obamas should do some comparison shopping. They may be taken aback to find that it costs more to buy a locally-bred chicken than a subsidized one that’s been shipped frozen all the way from Europe. To this, Obama reassured his Ghanaian hosts, “America can do more to promote trade and investment.”
And nothing can be done about the enormous damage already done to Africa by the destructive neoliberal policies that were imposed on African governments by the World Bank and IMF over the past thirty years. Even today, while their rhetoric has changed, these institutions, deeply American-influenced, continue to insist on discredited policies that have failed to promote growth while vastly increasing inequality.
None of this was tackled by Obama. For him, the relationship between Africa and the rich world is a one-way street. Africans are screwing up, and if they want more American aid, they’ve got to get their act together. This is the Obama analysis–simplistic, myopic, patronizing, implicitly threatening, just what we expected and got from George Bush. Like Bush, evidence based-reality takes a back seat to whatever reality a president chooses to concoct.
For the past decade, it’s been widely agreed that the US has three overriding interests in Africa: exploiting natural resources, above all oil and gas; fighting Islamists; and competing with China. In all cases, Africa is merely a pawn, something to be used to pursue America’s interests, not Africa’s. African development and everything related to it are secondary matters. Substantively, nothing Obama has committed himself to alters these priorities, especially his strong endorsement of the suspiciously vague new US military command structure for Africa, called AFRICOM. But the Americans have been unable to persuade a single African country except ever-cooperative Liberia to host the base for this structure, all fearing the increasing militarization of US-African relations. Given that they’re a gang of corrupt leaders who govern poorly, this should surely send Obama a pretty clear message.
I documented the case against the Obama analysis of Africa in a book published last year, The Betrayal of Africa. It demonstrates the twin burdens that actually account for Africa’s condition–their own wretched leaders combined with destructive western policies and practices. I know the President is a pretty busy guy, but it’s a short book and he clearly enjoys reading and learning. Unless he learns what’s really going on in Africa, his administration will become yet another in an endless line that has caused Africa more grief than good. Hard to credit, but yes it can.
Israeli and Egyptian officials said two ships had sailed through the Suez Canal into the Red Sea.
Media reports in Israel said the two Saar-class missile ships had been sent as a “message” to the Tehran government, which has repeatedly issued threats against Israel and is developing nuclear technology believed by the West to be intended for atomic weapons programme.
While Iran denies this, saying its enrichment of uranium is for civlian purposes only, so that it can generate electricity.
Israel has also deployed a submarine using the Suez Canal, but it has since returned to the Mediterranean.
Defence experts in Israel said this week that the naval activity had been publicised with the intent of sending a message to Iran.
The Israeli government has reserved the right to carry out a first strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities if the country continues to defy the international community and spreads instability in the Middle East.
Israel also accuses Iran of sponsoring the Hizbollah movement in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.