India Disappointed As Pakistani Court Frees Alleged Mumbai Attacks Mastermind

India Disappointed As Pakistani Court Frees Alleged Mumbai Attacks Mastermind

Yamini Kaul – AHN News Contributor

Islamabad, Pakistan (AHN) – India has expressed disappointment over the Pakistan Supreme Court’s verdict freeing Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed from house arrest on Tuesday.

In a statement, Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said, “There is a sense of disappointment. I am sure everybody in this country will share same sense of disappointment on this development especially when we regard Hafiz Saeed as one of the masterminds of the Mumbai terror attacks [in November 2008] and he has openly urged jihad against India.”

In Islamabad, Pakistan’s high court dismissed an appeal challenging the release of the JuD chief from house arrest. The appeals were made against an earlier decision of the Lahore High Court allowing Saeed’s release. The matter, which came up for hearing on Tuesday, was taken up before a three-judge bench headed by Justice Nasir-ul-Malik.

The justices said the Indian government had failed to provide evidence linking Saeed to the Mumbai attacks.

Saeed is the founder of the banned terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and has been under house arrest since December 2008 after India accused Saeed of planning the terror attacks on Mumbai.

In her statement, Rao insisted that India had handed over “enough evidence” to Pakistan to prove Saeed’s role in the Mumbai attacks. She said, “Now since Pakistan has assured us that it will not allow its territory to be used against India, we hope Pakistan will be sensitive to our efforts and take meaningful action.”

Pakistan has, on different occasions, contended that India’s evidence against Saeed is inadequate.

North Korea Severs Ties With South–(Text)

Text from North Korea statement

SEOUL

(Reuters) – North Korea announced on Tuesday it was cutting all ties with South Korea in retaliation for Seoul imposing sanctions on Pyongyang after torpedoing one of the South’s warships.

The following are key points from the text of the report issued by the North’s KCNA news agency.


“The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea, accordingly, formally declares that from now on it will put into force the resolute measures to totally freeze the inter-Korean relations, totally abrogate the agreement on non-aggression between the north and the south and completely halt the inter-Korean cooperation.

“In this connection, the following measures will be taken at the first phase:

“1. All relations with the puppet authorities will be severed.

“2. There will be neither dialogue nor contact between the authorities during (South Korean President) Lee Myung Bak’s tenure of office.

“3. The work of the Panmunjom Red Cross liaison representatives will be completely suspended.

“4. All communication links between the north and the south will be cut off.

“5. The Consultative Office for North-South Economic Cooperation in the Kaesong Industrial Zone will be frozen and dismantled and all the personnel concerned of the south side will be expelled without delay.

“6. We will start all-out counterattack against the puppet group’s ‘psychological warfare against the north.’

“7. The passage of south Korean ships and airliners through the territorial waters and air of our side will be totally banned.

“8. All the issues arising in the inter-Korean relations will be handled under a wartime law.

“There is no need to show any mercy or patience for such confrontation maniacs, sycophants and traitors and wicked warmongers as the (South Korean President) Lee Myung Bak group.”

(Reporting by Jonathan Thatcher; Editing by Paul Tait)

Turkmenistan and India to discuss construction of gas pipeline through Afghanistan and Pakistan

Turkmenistan and India to discuss construction of gas pipeline through Afghanistan and Pakistan

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has arrived in India on the first state visit. He is expected to discuss cooperation in the oil and gas industry and other spheres with the Indian side. During the visit, the sides will also sign agreements in various spheres of bilateral cooperation. This was reported by the director of the Eurasian Department of the Indian Foreign Ministry, Ajay Bisariya.

The program of the three-day visit of the President of Turkmenistan includes meetings with President of India Pratibha Patil, Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “They will discuss a wide range of issues of Indo-Turkmen cooperation and current international issues,” the representative of the Indian Foreign Ministry said.

Ajay Bisariya stressed that one of the important topics of negotiations in the framework of this visit will be cooperation between New Delhi and Ashgabat in the oil and gas sector. In this regard, he recalled the gas pipeline project “Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India.” According to preliminary data, the length of the pipeline could amount to almost 1,7 thousand km. It will allow for exports of 100 million cubic meters of gas per day from the Turkmen deposit Dowletabat, 60 percent of which will be exported to India.

On the results of the visit of Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to New Delhi the sides are expected to sign “4-5 agreements on cooperation between India and Turkmenistan in the sphere of economy, science and technology, culture, education”. “This is a goodwill visit that will help to strengthen friendly relations between the peoples of our countries,” the representative of the Indian Foreign Ministry noted.

Russia, China, Iran defeat U.S. in the “pipeline wars”

Russia, China, Iran defeat U.S. in the “pipeline wars”

While the West kills thousands of civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan and ravages both countries, Russia, China and Iran are acquiring the crucial energy riches of Central Asia and the Caspian area without firing a shot.

by Asad Ismi

A major reason for the U.S.-led invasion and occupation of Afghanistan was the building of a pipeline through the country that would take natural gas from Turkmenistan to India and Pakistan. Canada and the other 44 Western countries occupying Afghanistan are supporting this U.S. objective by bolstering Washington’s military position in the country.

Pipeline war

Turkmenistan, which borders Afghanistan, contains the fourth largest reserves of natural gas in the world. The U.S. has been trying to set up the pipeline for a decade, having first negotiated the venture with the ousted Taliban government. Two months after these negotiations broke down, Washington overthrew the Taliban in October 2001 when it invaded Afghanistan.

Since then, the U.S. has persuaded India, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and Afghanistan to sign an agreement aimed at constructing the pipeline, but the war in Afghanistan and the U.S.’s failure to defeat the Taliban stalled actual work on this project. Washington’s occupation of Afghanistan and pipeline plans are part of its strategy to gain control of Central Asia’s and the Caspian Sea area’s energy riches and divert them away from Russia, China, and Iran.

As Richard Boucher, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, stated in September 2007: “One of our goals is to stabilize Afghanistan so it can become a conduit and hub between South and Central Asia so that energy can flow to the south… and so that the countries of Central Asia are no longer bottled up between the two enormous powers of China and Russia, but rather that they have outlets to the south as well as to the north and the east and the west.”

However, as the Indian diplomat M.K. Bhadrakumar put it in an article for Asia Times, “The United States’ pipeline diplomacy in the Caspian, which strove to bypass Russia, elbow out China and isolate Iran, has foundered.”

Recently, the U.S.’s Turkmen-Afghan pipeline plans have suffered what appears to be a fatal blow. On January 6, Turkmenistan committed its entire gas exports to China, Russia, and Iran with the inauguration of the Dauletabad-Sarakhs-Khangiran (DSK) pipeline which connects Iran’s northern Caspian area with Turkmenistan.

As Bhadrakumar explains, Turkmenistan “has no urgent need of the pipelines that the United States and the European Union have been advancing.” The operation of the DSK pipeline, along with the launching of another one between China and Turkmenistan in December 2009, has “virtually redrawn the energy map of Eurasia and the Caspian,” he maintains. “We are witnessing a new pattern of energy cooperation at the regional level that dispenses with Big Oil [private Western multinational oil companies]. Russia traditionally takes the lead. China and Iran follow the example. Russia, Iran, and Turkmenistan hold, respectively, the world’s largest, second-largest, and fourth-largest gas reserves. And China will be consumer par excellence in this century. The matter is of profound consequence to U.S. global strategy.”

Bhadrakumar has served in diplomatic posts for India in the Soviet Union, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

Russia and Turkmenistan have also agreed to build an east-west pipeline connecting all of the latter’s gas fields to one network so that the pipelines going to Russia, Iran, and China can take gas from any of the fields. (See the accompanying map for the routes of these new and proposed pipelines.)

Three weeks before the opening of the DSK pipeline, China and Turkmenistan inaugurated a major natural gas pipeline between the two countries. The presidents of China, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan attended the opening ceremony of the 1,833-kilometre pipeline on December 14, 2009. The pipeline will transport natural gas from the Saman-Depe field in eastern Turkmenistan through Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to China’s Xinjiang province, from where it will go to 14 Chinese provinces and cities. By 2012, the pipeline will deliver 40 billion cubic metres of gas per year, which is more than half of China’s present gas consumption.

Chinese President Hu Jintao described the pipeline as “another platform for collaboration and cooperation” between China and Central Asia. In return for access to Central Asian gas, China is building infrastructure and giving cheap loans to the area’s republics. According to John Chan, writing on the World Socialist Website: “Beijing’s broader aim is to bring the region within its own political and strategic orbit.”

Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov declared that the pipeline has “not only commercial and economic value. It is also political,” and will become “a major contributing factor to security in Asia”.

Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov added: “China, through its wise and farsighted policy, has become one of the key guarantors of global security.”

As Chan puts it, “The opening of a major Chinese pipeline from Turkmenistan alters the Central Asian energy equation. The Financial Timescommented last week that the pipeline “deals a blow to the European Union’s plans to win Turkmen supplies for the planned Nabucco pipeline.”

This pipeline is the U.S.’s and E.U.’s attempt at breaking Russia’s dominant role as the leading energy supplier to Europe. Nabucco depends mainly on getting gas from Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. However, Russia now wants to double its consumption of Azerbaijani gas, and Iran is also becoming a consumer of this gas, further reducing supplies for Nabucco.

In December 2009, Azerbaijan signed an agreement to deliver gas to Iran through the 1,400km Kazi-Magomed-Astara pipeline. Russia’s South Stream and North Stream pipelines (the latter’s construction starts in Spring 2010), will supply gas to northern and southern Europe, ensuring Moscow’s continued dominance of energy supplies to Europe.

As Bhadrakumar points out, the DSK pipeline shows that U.S. efforts to demonize, isolate, and terrorize Iran have failed miserably. In open defiance of U.S. policy, President Berdymukhammedov of Turkmenistan is busy creating “a new economic axis” with Iranian president Mahmud Ahmadinejad, whom he considers a valuable partner.

Washington’s and the West’s show of force in Afghanistan has also failed to impress Berdymukhammedov, who is giving all of his country’s natural gas to Russia, China, and Iran. These countries are not currently engaged in imperialist military occupation of another nation. All they had to do to get Turkmenistan’s gas was to offer it a decent economic deal. So, while the West kills thousands of civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan and ravages both countries, Russia, China and Iran are acquiring the crucial energy riches of Central Asia and the Caspian area without firing a shot.

Russian dominance of Central Asia was further cemented by the recent overthrow of the pro-U.S. government in Kyrgyzstan and its replacement by a pro-Moscow regime. The new government has told Washington that it can no longer use the Manas airbase, which is the main transshipment point for American supplies to Afghanistan.

In light of such major Western energy-related defeats, the continuing occupation of Afghanistan by 46 Western nations must have some other purpose. If their military venture were mainly economic — if they simply wanted greater access to Central Asia’s resources — why did they not offer the region’s countries acceptable prices for them, just as Russia, China, and Iran are doing?

The answer perhaps lies in a memorable remark by the great Palestinian intellectual Edward Said: “At the heart of the Western Idea is imperialism.”

The West did not become rich by offering resource-endowed countries fair and mutually beneficial economic deals. It became rich by subjecting countries in the Global South to 500 years of genocide and plunder through colonialism, neocolonialism, and the endless wars these aggressive actions entail.

The U.S. and its allies do not seem to realize that the dark age of “might-is-right” imperialism is coming to an end. Russia, China, India, and Iran are not countries that can be subdued by displays of military aggression in neighbouring nations. The continuing futile occupation of Afghanistan reflects the failure of the West’s political and military strategists to face this new geopolitical reality.

What possible threat could a financially and politically crippled West — a coalition that can’t even defeat the Taliban after nine years — pose to nuclear-armed Russia, China, and India? Countries like these are busy creating a post-imperial age in which aggression and occupation are not required to secure needed resources.

They are leaving the decadent West in the dust of history.

(Asad Ismi is The CCPA Monitor’s international affairs correspondent. He has written extensively on Afghanistan and is the author of the forthcoming radio documentary The Latin American Revolution. For his publications, visit www.asadismi.ws). This article appeared onCCPA web site on May 1, 2010.

WHO IS “AL QAIDA”?

more about “CFR Meeting: Zbigniew Brzezinski Fear…“, posted with vodpod

Here we have two videos of different leaders warning about hidden dangers to the globalist agenda.  Brzezinski is warning about a global political awakening–Obama is warning about the dangers of belief in conspiracy theories–

BOTH ARE WARNING OF THE SAME DEVELOPING PROBLEM FOR THEM–people are waking-up faster than the global surveillance state can be erected around them.

People are awakening to the great con job called the “global war on terror.”   That awakening comes with the validation of certain “conspiracy theories,” the most important of which is described by the US State Dept, that–

“vast, powerful, evil forces are secretly manipulating events.”

This is the fact that people in every nation are realizing.  This is the great motivator, compelling all who learn the truth, that powerful forces are seeking to rob all the people of the world.  When people become “consciously aware of global inequities, inequalities, lack of respect, exploitation,” according to Zbig, they present a very real danger to the globalist agenda.

Obama warns of conspiracy theorists who promote the belief  that “al Qaida” did not attack the United States.   He knows that these are not the conspiracy theorists who present a real threat to the global agenda.  The only truly threatening conspiracy theory is the one that thousands of people all over the world are learning to accept everyday.  It is not the theory that says there is no “al Qaida,” but the theory that asks the question–

WHO IS “AL QAIDA”?

Dangerous theorists, such as myself, accept that the attackers probably were Arabs and Muslims, but question the government’s contention that they worked for bin Laden.  The real organization (including Osama) of international terrorists behind the attackers was very real, but most of them are probably Caucasians.  “Al Qaida” is a CIA/ISI/Saudi/Mossad creation.

It was not our government that attacked the United States on 911, but the people who did it worked for our government.  The terror behind the terror war is our own.  This is the dangerous conspiracy that threatens the fiber of the powerful groups behind it all.



Turkmenistan Turns To China In Recovery From Last Year’s Pipeline Explosion and Revenue Loss

24.05.2010

Spread from China

Alex Grivach

Turkmenistan is ready at your own risk and build a gas pipeline to the Caspian

The financial situation of Turkmenistan remains difficult. Lack of money in Ashgabat in doubt and the seriousness of the draft East-West.

Less than six months from the date of the Turkmenistan-China – the first alternative Russia route for Turkmen gas exports, as Ashgabat announced its intention to independently go to the West. On Friday, the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov (shown here) has signed a decree on the early construction of the pipe East-West. As reported on the official website of the Turkmen government, the state concern Turkmengaz and Turkmennebitgazgurlushik “by Turkmengaz required to implement the design and construction of gas pipeline from land-based subsidiary communications capacity of 30 billion cubic meters a year. Construction should begin in June and be completed in five years.

Instruction is given “to the successful implementation of national socio-economic development of Turkmenistan for 2011-2030 years, the development programs of oil and gas industry in the country, as well as to increase exports of Turkmen gas.” The pipe will connect the existing deposits of the country – first and foremost is the largest of them “Dowletabat” and promising area of extraction field “Southern Yoloten” – from the Caspian. Although not officially stated that it is the intention of Ashgabat to export gas to Europe, it is implied.

The question is why Mr. Berdimuhamedov, who only last year after an explosion on the gas and stopping the procurement of raw materials of Turkmenistan by Gazprom announced an international tender for the East-West, returned to him just now, but still hopes to implement this idea on their own . Moreover, in April, he refused to sign up to any obligations on gas supplies to Europe, though, who came to Ashkhabad, EU Energy Commissioner Guenter Ettinger and the delegation of the German RWE seriously counted on the commercial contract volume of 10 billion cubic meters of gas pipeline Nabucco.

The answer, apparently, should be sought in relations with China, which has recently been the most sought-after partner for Turkmenistan. Last year, when Turkmenistan was left without Gazprom’s dollars (according to various estimates, the Treasury has lost because of this conflict from 3.5 to 6 billion dollars), Beijing gave him at least $ 4 billion of credit resources for the budget deficit and the development of new fields. In December tube Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan-China was put into operation. Its design capacity is 30 billion cubic meters annually can be increased to 40 billion Download it implies, in particular, raw materials from several gas-bearing areas near the border with Uzbekistan (China’s CNPC to develop production sharing), but the bulk will go to existing fields Turkmengaz. As the prospects for early production from the Southern Yolotena “are unclear, it is about the same” Dowletabat “and” low “, the gas which is exported to Russia. They also planned to link with the Caspian Sea through pipes East-West.

The financial situation of Turkmenistan remains difficult. Gazprom resumed purchases of a minimum level and at a reduced price (about 10 billion cubic meters on average $ 240 per thousand cubic meters), and China for the first quarter, imports of about 1 billion cubic meters (exact price is unknown, but it is significantly lower than Russian). However, instead of the Chinese credit Mr. Berdimuhamedov during his visit to China, in early May received a grant for a grant of 10.7 million dollars and although such a gift is not superfluous to the applicant, he clearly does not correspond to the level of its claims.

Lack of money in Ashgabat in doubt and the seriousness of the draft East-West. The move apparently aimed not so much to have to return to the negotiating table Europeans, who are desperately looking for resources for Nabucco (pipe to bypass Russia), but to have put pressure on China. Because of Beijing competitors in the face of Europe was not need.

Do not ignore the content of cooperation with Russia. After a normalization of relations at the end of last year, when, after several visits by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to Turkmenistan and response voyages Mr. Berdimuhamedov signed a new contract for the supply of gas, the activity decreased. Last week, the press service of the Turkmen leader said that he telephoned Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, to discuss cooperation in energy sector. The White House report about the conversation he did not. And judging by Friday’s statements from Ashgabat on the construction of pipe East-West side stands.