House Expected to Act Next Week on Kucinich, Paul Privileged Resolution to Remove U.S. Forces in PakistanHouse
H. Con. Res. 301 Cites 1973 War Powers Authorization
Washington, Jul 23 -
House Expected to Act Next Week on Kucinich, Paul Privileged Resolution to Remove U.S. Forces in PakistanHouse
H. Con. Res. 301 Cites 1973 War Powers Authorization
Washington, Jul 23 -
|[Azerbaijan is committed to an enormous military rearmament program, intended to destroy the balance of terror which keeps the Nagorno-Karabakh issue from being solved. Moscow risks access to a primary source of oil and gas in the Caucasus by making Azeri enemies. Perhaps the Azeri threat against the host country of Russia's only military base in the region is why this move is being made.]
Russia will extend its military presence and guarantee Armenia’s security under a new defense deal, Armenia’s foreign minister said Wednesday, boosting Moscow’s clout in the strategic Caucasus region.
Under a far-reaching deal to be signed this week during a visit by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Moscow will extend its lease on a military base in Armenia to 2044 and upgrade the mission of the estimated 3,000 Russian troops stationed there, Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian told the Russia 24 news channel.
The move is likely to raise alarm bells in neighboring Azerbaijan, which is locked in a long-simmering conflict with Armenia over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region.
“The contract was previously concluded for a period of 25 years but will now be effective for 49 years, starting from 1995,” Nalbandian said.
Under the deal, he said, “the Russian military base, along with providing for the interests of the Russian Federation, will with the armed forces of Armenia provide for the security of Armenia.”
Nalbandian said the deal also commits Russia to “assist Armenia in securing arms and modern military equipment.”
Armenian officials said the deal will deter Azerbaijan from launching a new conflict over Karabakh.
“It will protect not only the borders of Armenia, but also Armenia’s security and exclude the possibility of Azerbaijan trying to resolve the Karabakh conflict by force,” Eduard Sharmazanov, a spokesman for the ruling Republican Party, told Agence France Presse.
Analysts said it was unclear, however, whether Russia would in fact intervene in a new war in the region, since the conflict would likely unfold in Karabakh and surrounding territories that are not part of Armenia.
“Armenia coming under attack is a much different thing than Nagorny Karabakh, which is regarded internationally as part of Azerbaijan. It raises more questions than answers,” said Lawrence Sheets, Caucasus project director at the International Crisis Group.
There is a possibility that Russia would get involved if fighting were to spill over into Armenia itself, Sheets said, but it was far from clear how much support Moscow would be willing and able to provide.
Tensions remain high over Karabakh, where ethnic Armenian separatists backed by Yerevan broke from Baku’s control during a war in the early 1990s that claimed an estimated 30,000 lives.
At least 10 Armenian and Azerbaijani soldiers have been killed in skirmishes over the region this year.
Azerbaijan has repeatedly threatened to retake the region by force and in recent years has more than doubled its defense spending.
A spokesman for Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry declined to comment on the agreement.
As well as infantry and artillery units, the Russian base, in the Armenian city of Gyumri near the border with Turkey, hosts S-300 missile defense systems and MiG-29 fighter jets, Russia’s ITAR-TASS news agency reported.
Medvedev is due in Armenia for a two-day bilateral visit on Thursday and will stay in the country over the weekend for an informal summit of leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, a Moscow-led regional security group.(AFP)
Dr Shabir Choudhry
Pakistan is facing one of the worst floods of its history and more than one thousand people have died and more than half million people are uprooted from their homes. Some towns and hundreds of villages have submerged in water, and people are in desperate need of help and support, yet Asif Zardai has packed his bags and left for Paris and London.
Ordinary people and opposition leaders are angry over this trip. Even Ruling party’s allies are advising the President not to leave Pakistan during this critical period. They say rulers of other countries, in time of disasters, cut short their foreign visits and reach home to supervise help and support efforts, and show that they care for their people and are part of those people.
Apart from that people are angry because of what David Cameron, Prime Minister of United Kingdom said about Pakistan’s double role in war on terrorism and working relationship of ISI with Taliban who have made life very difficult for forces of occupation in Afghanistan. Exact words of David Cameron were: “We cannot tolerate in any sense the idea that this country is allowed to look both ways and is able, in any way, to promote the export of terror, whether to India or whether to Afghanistan or anywhere else in the world.”
In protest against David Cameron’s statement made in India, ISI Director General Lt Gen Ahmed Shujaa Pasha, which is, of course, part of the Pakistan Army has cancelled their scheduled visit to Britain. But it is interesting that Supreme Head of the Pakistan Army, despite fierce opposition is determined to go ahead with his visit to London which is not even a State visit.
In response to opposition to Asif Zardari’s visit at this critical time, Law Minister of Pakistan and close associate of Asif Zardari, Babar Awan has said something which the Pakistani establishment normally say for those people who demand fundamental rights within Pakistan or for nationalist of Pakistani Administered Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.
Learned and intellectual minded Babar Awan, whose PhD degree from America is subject of considerable controversy has stated: those who are opposing President’s visit are part of the Indian lobby.
A big thank you to Law Minister of Pakistan for bringing hundreds of political leaders including Nawaz Sharif and other leaders of opposition, and millions of ordinary Pakistanis in the fold of the Indian lobby. In the past, I and many other nationalist Kashmiris were labelled with this unfounded allegation that we were part of the Indian lobby because we demanded united and independent Kashmir. We oppose Pakistan’s rule in Gilgit Baltistan and in Pakistani Administered Kashmir and demand that both countries should give us independence.
In response to Babar Awan’s statement, a senior leader of Jamiat e Ulmai Islam (F) strongly opposed the Zardai visit and strongly criticised the statement of Babar Awan. He said: the Indian lobby is sitting inside the President’s House.
In Britain, we find politicians strongly opposing each other, but no one call each other an agent or a traitor. Same is the case in most other civilized countries. Politicians differ on policies, oppose each other, even fight with each other, but they still respect each other’s integrity and loyalty to nation. But in Pakistan who ever oppose the government is declared as traitor and an agent. In Pakistan, Presidents, army Generals, politicians, religious leaders, scholars, journalists – in short every one with a opposing view is accused of being an agent of someone. This explains volumes about the political culture of Pakistan.
As usual Asif Zardari’s team has come out in his defence; and their arrogance is very visible. In defence of their political master, PPP stalwarts at time make absurd statements, which only expose their immaturity and blind following. One PPP Senator in defence of his Political Master said: everything in the newspapers regarding President’s visit is fiction. Expenses of all those who have gone to Britain to make arrangements for the President’s visit will be paid by the President.
Whereas a spokesperson for Pakistani High Commission in Britain, when asked about huge expenses about the visit said: “This is an official visit and procedures for official visits are being followed”. Everyone knows when visit is declared official whether it is official or not bill is paid by government of Pakistan, in other words people of Pakistan.
For the interest of readers, while millions of people in Pakistan are homeless, and desperately in need of clean water, food, medicine and shelter, Asif Zardari and his entourage will enjoy their stay in Britain in a five star luxury hotel Hyatt Regency. According to ‘The News’ report, ‘nearly half of the ninth exclusive floor called Regency Club Level, which has 18 suites and 10 executive type luxury rooms, has been booked and blocked for any commoner to venture into on the grounds of security reasons’.
The suite in which Asif President Zardari will stay costs around £7,000 per night. The price does not include room service, breakfasts, lunches, dinners and drinks. I wonder why people were criticising his predecessor General Pervez Musharraf who was also found of staying in luxury and expensive hotels, when a party which takes pride in its slogan of food, clothes and shelter to win votes of the poor could indulge in this kind of luxury at a time when millions are homeless and waiting for their next meal.
Apart from that, ten luxury cars have been hired at the cost of £400 per vehicle, which will take the lucky visitors to London from one place to another. This caravan of ten luxury cars will show how rich is Pakistan and will surely enhance the status of the country.
Information Minister, Qamar Zaman Kaira has also come out fighting in defence of his leader. Why wouldn’t he, after all, he is also part of this entourage visitingEngland. Recent history of the PPP shows that they will defend their party leader even if he is caught hand in the till. Mr Qaira said, ”The President of Pakistan will explain and have a dialogue and good discussion and he will explain the facts to the new Government over here … We hope that the new management – the new leadership – over here, when they get the exact picture, will agree with us.”
According to the available sources Asif Zardari’s meeting will David Cameron will be only for minutes, one can call it a photo session; and in this short meeting what can Asif Zardari tell about Pakistan’s role in the war on terrorism. One wonders what they have been telling the British government and their officials in the previous meetings by him, and by other dignitaries. Why didn’t they tell Pakistan’s position to the British Foreign Minister who recently visited Islamabad? And above all what is the role of the Pakistani High Commission, is it not their duty to defend interest of Pakistan.
The real purpose of this visit is not to safeguard interest of Pakistan or talk to David Cameron about his remarks about Pakistan’s support for the Taliban. The real aim is to provide a new leader and a future President to Pakistan. Bilawal Bhutto has passed his graduation from Oxford and he has also become 21 years old, legally a mature man now. If non graduate Asif Zardari, with name of PPP could elevate himself to the highest post in Pakistan, it will not be too difficult for Bilawal- a graduate from Oxford and with supervision and guidance of his father to rule this country.
To launch Bilawal in the field of politics, a grand public meeting has been arranged in International Convention Centre in Birmingham, which will cost around £40,000. The High Commission and PPP leaders are working very hard to fill this hall which would cost thousands of pounds in transport and food.
But to some all that is justified and money well spent, after all they will have a new leader who will lead Pakistan. Shouldn’t people of Pakistan forget their miseries and suffering and celebrate arrival of their new leader?
Writer is Director Diplomatic Committee of Kashmir National Party, political analyst and author of many books and booklets. Also he is Director Institute of KashmirAffairs.Email:email@example.com
Shatila Palestinian Refugee Camp
Part XI of a series on securing civil rights for Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon
“Palestinian guests in Lebanon are working with total freedom.
First of all we do not refer to them as “refugees”. They are our brothers
who are suffering and in a very difficult situation that they did not
cause and they have lost their country. They sought our help in Lebanon
as brothers. You Americans really need to understand that in our
Arab, Muslim, and Christian culture, you help your brother. You share
with him your loaf of bread. You split it in half and give half to your
brother. So out of this sacred tradition, out of the long history that binds
us with our Palestinian brothers we host them in Lebanon temporarily
until they can go back to their country. But while they are here,
of course Lebanon is living through a difficult situation ourselves but
our Palestinian brothers are enjoying everything.”
Lebanese Member of Parliament on August 4th explaining why Parliament
must not “precipitously rush into the unchartered waters of civil rights for
At 3:02 p.m. on 8/17/10 Lebanon’s Parliament began to deliberate on
granting basic civil rights to its Palestinian refugees and within four minutes
agreed to alter article 50 Lebanon’s 1964 labor law to theoretically make it easier
for Palestinian refugees to obtain a work permit and a job.
There was no discussion of other draft bills to grant Palestinian refugees
elementary civil rights, and fifteen minutes later, by 3:17 p.m. Parliament had agreed on the next bill involving excavating for oil, which may bring millions to some well placed members. Many MP’s hadn’t studied either bill.
Thus did the bell ring on Round One of the fight in Lebanon for elementary civil rights for Palestinians refugees.
The members of Parliament decided to do essentially nothing to meet
Lebanon’s legal, moral, religious, social and political obligations to her
unwanted refugees. Parliaments gesture will likely not improve the lives of many,
if even a handful, of the hundreds of thousands of refugees, 62 years after
their expulsion from their homes and lands in Palestine.
Round Two begins today.
The morning after Parliament amended the Labor law and cancelled the work permit fee for Palestinian refugees, the main stream media including CNN, AP, Reuters, AFP among others appeared to misunderstand what had occurred. CNN: “In Lebanon, new legislation will give Palestinians full employment rights. By the CNN Wire Staff.” CNN broadcast: “The body OK’d legislation giving the refugees full employment rights and social security and will allow them to work in any job.”
The NYT is reported that “Lebanon passed a law on Tuesday granting Palestinian refugees here the same rights to work as other foreigners.”
Some leading politicians also got it wrong. Fares Soueid, the
General Coordinator for the March 14 coalition declared at his news conference:
“We gave to Palestinians the right to work in Lebanon, like all Arabic workers have the right to work in Lebanon.”
A huge overstatement.
Unfortunately Lebanon did not grant its Palestinian refugees meaningful civil rights on 8/17/10 or even significantly improve their work prospects. What it did do was cancel the work permit fee ( which was never a big problem) and allow for the setting up of a private Social Security Fund (not the Lebanese National Security Fund as misreported in much of the media.) The Palestinian Private Fund was a compromise. Hezbollah switched its support from using the State Fund which it had earlier proposed , to the Private Fund idea under pressure from Christian ally Michel Aoun. If the Private Fund is set up it will be paid for by Palestinian workers themselves and hoped for private donations.
Insisting on a shadowy, opaque “consensus vote” rather than a more
democratic, simple majority roll call, Parliament decided on the lowest
common denominator by which all the MP’s were essentially given a veto. What it produced was a weak, emasculated bill unworthily of the label: Civil rights law.
MP Walid Jumblatt, author of his Druze Progressive Socialist Party June 15, 2010 draft bill, which would have actually granted some substantive civil rights, appeared to throw in the towel without even stepping into the ring. However to his credit, Jumblatt confessed this morning that he will do better next Round and told Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper: “The second more serious battle is ahead: And it is home ownership rights. I won’t give up, and what has been accomplished today is only the outcome of consensus among everyone (ed: led by Samir Geagea) but home ownership rights remains pending, and it is very important.”
The excellent Syrian Socialist National Party bill, which meets International legal standards for treatment of refugees, supported by many human rights organizations including most NGO’s as well as the Palestine Civil Rights Campaign-Lebanon and the Sabra Shatila Foundation was not even considered.
Within the Palestinian and NGO community there is widespread disappointment and frustration. Ziad Sayegh, an expert on Palestinian refugee rights in Lebanon said that the new legislation would have little effect in changing the overall social and economic situation on the refugees.
According to scholar Suheil al- Natour, Director of a Palestinian Human Rights Center based in Mar Elias Camp, “They spent a long time on discussions which emptied the law of any real meaning, and I wish they had put it off so we could push for a better version…” Those who voted yesterday are suggesting that what they did will alleviate the burdens on the Palestinian community. This is not true. We will not have the full right to work, they law will not apply to the more than 30 syndicated professions, we do not have any rights for property. We do not have free movement. Our camps are surrounded by the army. We will not reduce this catastrophic situation by just some changes small changes to Article 50 of the 1964 Labor law which may not even help many Palestinians get jobs.”
Among the jobs still prohibited to Palestinians are more than 30 syndicated professions including Medicine, Law, Dentistry, Engineering, nursing, and all technical professions in the construction sector and its derivatives such as tiling, coating, plastering, installation of aluminum, iron, wood or decoration works and the like-Teaching at the elementary, intermediate and secondary levels with the exception of foreign language teacher when necessary, hairdressing, Ironing and dry-cleaning upholstery, publishing, printing, Engineering work in all specialties, Smithery and upholstery work. All kinds of work in pharmacies, drug warehouses and medical laboratories. In general all occupations and professions which can be filled by Lebanese nationals and have Guild or Syndicate Memberships, money changer, real estate agent, taxi driver or driver training instructor, registered nurse or assistant nurse, or other jobs in the Medical field, that have Syndicates a health controller, any job in the engineering field, licensed health controller, medical laboratory worker, clinical health industry jobs, prosthetic devices fitter, certified accountants, dental laboratory science technician, jobs relating to nutrition and meals, topography, physiotherapy, veterinary medicine.”
Also, a key factor will be if and how the new law is actually implemented. Changes made in 2005 to the labor law were never implemented and Lebanon has a long history of passing laws and not ever implementing them. The role of the international human rights community is now to monitor and assure that laws regarding refugees in Lebanon are fully implemented without interminable delays.
The winners and the losers
•The big winners today are: Israel and the US, the Christian right-wing
Kateib (Phalange) party, the Lebanese Forces, the National Party, Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir, and Hezbollah ally and head of the Free Patriotic Movement, Michel Aoun, all of whom opposed meaningful civil rights for Palestinians. Also, the politically fractured pro-Saudi March 14th coalition and even Syria. The latter will be the likely beneficiary from any explosions inside the camps as the refugees exist in the pressure cooker camps and denied the safety value of basic civil rights.
The big losers today are: Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, those under occupation in Palestine and those in the Diaspora. A meaningful victory would have given them some hope as their struggles for Justice continue..
Also Lebanon, who will now face mounting international
pressure to comply with her international legal obligations plus efforts to
cut off US aid based on the requirements of the 1961 US Foreign Assistance
Act regarding deprivation of civil rights, and for which purpose a lawsuit
in being prepared in Washington DC. In addition, he UN Human Rights
Council may sanction Lebanon if it’s long overdue Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of treatment of Palestinian refugee scheduled to be discussed in Geneva in December is found wanting. Lebanon plans to tell the UN Human Rights Council that its record is ok now since it amended its exclusionary labor law which should now help Palestinians get jobs. One Lebanese official stated off the record that this was one of the main reasons Parliament did anything for the Palestinians on 8/17/10. It remains to be seen how the Council views Lebanon’s meager accomplishment.
Lebanon will also experience a mounting and intensifying internal civil
rights movement and calls for BDS as international activists become more
aware of the degradation in Lebanon’s camps and Lebanon refusing its
international obligations and who will hopefully join the Palestinian civil
rights movement. Plans to picket the Lebanese Embassy in Washington DC
until civil rights are granted to Palestinians refugees are underway.
Did Hezbollah doze?
Apart from its other current problems, Hezbollah, normally receiving widespread Palestinian support, is being asked by some in the camps what became of the role of the Islamic Resistance to the Zionist occupation of Palestine.
One angry resident of Shatila camp criticized the Resistance this morning and
“In 1982 I saw the Israelis watching us from on top on their military
administrative building west of the camp and 200 meters away from
Rue Sabra, as the slaughter was happening. In 2010 I can see the
Resistance in their administrative building 200 meters to the East of the
center of the camp and they can see us. When the wind shifts from the sea they
can smell the sewage in the camps alleys. Neither in 1982 or 2010 can it
be claimed that observers looking down into the camps did not know
about conditions inside Shatila. What kind of resistance is Hezbollah
leading? Resistance to we Palestinians being allowed some basic
It was probably appropriate that Lebanese Forces leader MP Samir Geagea
was the first to the microphones to claim victory after Parliament deliberated
for a few minutes to deny Palestinian refugees any meaningful civil rights.
Geagea welcomed the parliament’s approval of his proposed amendment to Article
50 of the 1964 Labor Code to “ grant work permits to Palestinian refugees.”
The amendment to the 1964 labor law was the least Parliament could have
done and still be able to say it did anything at all. It will not, as Geagea
assured his followers, “resolve the Palestinian humanitarian issues in
Lebanon….” Geagea explained that there is no possibility of granting
Palestinian refugees the right to own property. “Lebanon cannot solve the
Palestinian issue on its own” the Palestinians nemesis for the past four
In fact, Geagea spoke the truth without realizing it. Civil rights for refugees
everywhere, including Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, is the responsibility
of the international community which has adopted relevant international
conventions which have been implemented virtually everywhere but in
Lebanon and Israel. The international community, and the NGO’s and
activists in the West and elsewhere who claim to support justice for Palestine
must now act to encourage Lebanon to meet its international obligations
by granting meaningful civil rights including the unfettered right to work
and to own a home.
The mild gesture Lebanon made on 8/17/10 will not grant Palestinian refugees here their internationally mandated civil rights. Not by a long shot. Perhaps the most that can be said in Lebanon’s favor is that it took a first tentative step. Hopefully, symbolically it will break the stereotype against Palestinians a bit and show the public that the sky did not fall in by yesterday’s gesture and will ease the stress concerning granting some meaningful civil rights.
As the Lebanese like to say, “step by step.”
For the quarter million Palestinian refugees stuck in squalor in Lebanon’s
12 camps and the 75,000 in the 42 ‘gatherings’, the cause of
civil rights in Lebanon endures and the dream of returning to Palestine is alive.
Franklin Lamb, Shatila Palestinian Refugee Camp, Beirut
Palestine Civil Rights Campaign-Lebanon
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According to one source: “the Real IRA has in the past been exposed as being run by MI5 agents, as was the case in the Omagh bombing, and it appears that the British officials are keen to continue keeping people in fear through this same control mechanism.” (statism watch – Real IRA plot.)
Former British spy Kevin Fulton reported that “the real reason why the Real IRA murderers who planted the bomb at Omagh, have never been taken to court or their cases investigated – it is because the actual bomber, Sean Hoey, was also working for the RUC (the police)”. (MI5 & the IRA!)
“In 2006, the Guardian reported that, two British agents were central to the bombings of three army border installations in 1990, the claims included tactics known as the human bomb, which involved forcing civilians to drive vehicles laden with explosives into army checkpoints, this tactic was the brainchild of British intelligence.
“In 2006, it was also revealed that, a former British Army mole in the IRA has claimed that MI5 arranged a weapons buying trip to America in which he obtained detonators, later used by terrorists to murder soldiers and police officers, and British intelligence co-operated with the FBI, to ensure his trip to New York in the 1990s went ahead without incident, so that his cover would not be blown.” (MI5 & the IRA!)
UK Kids and adults murdered by the UK military. (irishfreedomcommittee.bloody.)
Do the armies of the UK and USA kill their own citizens?
1. In Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK, British soldiers murdered civilians, including women and kids.
“Over 36 hours between 9 and 11 August 1971 – six months before British paratroopers were deployed to Derry with tragic consequences – the Parachute Regiment shot dead 11 civilians in the west Belfast housing estate of Ballymurphy.
“Those who were fatally wounded included the local priest and a 45-year-old mother.” – Were Bloody Sunday soldiers involved in ‘Ballymurphy massacre’?
2. There are similarities between what has happened in the USA and what has happened in the UK.
“In 1970, in the USA, US soldiers shot dead four students at Kent State University. (Kent State shootings – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia )
“In 1972, in the United Kingdom, British troops shot dead 13 British civilians.
“Seven of the dead were kids.
“At least five people were shot in the back.
“This was Bloody Sunday.” (LED ZEPPELIN and Clockwork Orange; VIETNAM WAR and Bloody Sunday)
3. In the UK, certain ‘terrorists’ such as Martin McGuinness,have been blamed for the violence.
And who are these ‘terrorists’?
“On 28 May 2006, The Sunday World, a Dublin newspaper, quoted Martin Ingram, the pseudonym of a former member of the British Army’s Force Research Unit as saying: “McGuinness was working for MI6.” – aangirfan: GERRY ADAMS OF MI6?
4. So, how does the system work?
The UK’s General Frank Kitson refers to the ‘pseudo gang’.(General Frank Kitson: Trail Blazing Fake Terrorism)
The pseudo gang works for the military but pretends to be a bunch of terrorists.
The idea of the ‘pseudo gang’ is to carry out acts of violence which can then be blamed on the people that the military wants to discredit.
Pseudo gangs have been used in Vietnam, Italy, Turkey, Belgium, the Philippines, Kenya, Malaya, Northern Ireland, Iraq, New York and many other places.
Reportedly, the white Rhodesians used pseudo gangs to bomb churches (and murder missionaries) and blame the violence on black guerrillas.
[It is interesting (but very bizarre) to see how often the teams of motorcycle-riding hit teams target local police. From all available evidence (SEE: ISI sent 1000 motorcycles to Mawlawi Jalaludin Haqqani ; and Cards of Pakistani Intelgence Agencies Men Involved Attack on JSQM Rally), the ISI is behind these bike-riding assassins.
But, on the other hand, we have this (SEE: BLA Admits Motorcycle Riding Assassins Were Theirs). This incident took place in an area where a large number of these type motorcycle attacks have taken place, in Khuzdar. The victim was accused of spying for the Frontier Corps. Either both sides in Balochistan are using identical means for their target killings, or both the ISI and the Baloch Liberation Army are on the same side, or working for the same masters. A loyal reader has pointed-0ut the similarities between these attacks in Pakistan and previous similar attacks in Belfast, Ireland, which were attributed to the Irish Republican Army. Later investigations tied a lot of the murders and bombings in Ireland to British intelligence, MI5, who were pursuing a "Gladio" strategy in their counter-insurgency operations. It takes very little imagination to see a possible link between MI5 and the ISI, since the Pakistani organization was trained by British intelligence.
What we see today in Balochistan is a classic example of an active Gladio operation. The more the spook war unfolds in Balochistan, the more evident it becomes exactly who the spooks really are. America, England, Israel and Pakistan are putting-on an elaborate and very brutal show for our bewilderment.
Anyone within the conflict zone should be on the lookout for any motorcycles carrying two men. Be ready to duck for cover, or to return fire. Anyone lucky enough to bag one of these guys will probably find them carrying one of the following forms of ID:
The point remains very clear--British intelligence perfected the art of counter-insurgency at its most dirty level. Terrorism is a now the favorite tool in the toolbox of the black arts used by Western state intelligence agencies. Every allied agency has been infected with this anti-human virus, perpetuating the idea that terrorism, in the service of the state, is the most noble calling for all true "professionals."
It was quickly discovered by the evil state that the surest way to the top of a murderous organization, whether it is the IRA, or the BLA (very similary names), is to be the best killer. Reputation as a top terrorist is the shortest route for an ambitious federal agent intent on infiltration. Time after time, from New York to London, in every major successful terror bombing, the government agent either built or designed the bomb. We see from the hilarious string of underwear and shoe bombers exactly what would happen when the "terrorists" are left to their own skills.
The policy is always carried-out in the same manner, with government agents initiating terror attacks, or training the terrorists who commit the acts. Either the spooks create new terror outfits from scratch, or they initiate parallel operations meant to implicate the parent group. This way, the government agent sits atop the most violent faction of every group.
In Balochistan, the BLA is a terrorist outfit, but it is also a government front group. The question becomes, which government is the BLA fronting for? Pakistani, American, British, Israel, or "all of the above"? This is a question that real Baloch nationalists must answer for themselves.]
The Baloch Hal News
QUETTA: Two persons were shot dead in two separate incidents of firing in Quetta and Mastung districts respectively on Tuesday, officials said.
According to sources, Excise Inspector Haji Azeem was traveling in his car to go home when some unknown armed men ridding a motorcycle opened fire on him near Qambrani Road. He received multiple bullet wounds. Assailants managed to escape from the scene after committing crime. Police rushed to the spot soon after the incident and took the injured to the Sandeman Hospital for autopsy.
Azeem succumbed to his injuries on way to the hospital where doctors pronounced him dead. Later on, his body was handed over to the relatives for burial. A case has been registered and police start the investigation.
It could be a case of target killing, an official said adding that the local police were making investigations into the matter.
Another incident took place in Mastung Town, when unknown armed men ridding motorbike sprayed with bullets on a man known as Munwar. He died on the spot and the assailants fled the scene. Police reached to the spot after being informed about the incident and cordoned off the area. Deceased was shifted to Civil Hospital Mastung for medico-legal formalities where body was handed over to his relative for burial.
Police registered a case against unknown persons and started probe into the matter. No group has accepted responsibility for both the cases of what appeared to be ‘targeted killings’.
Court rules that last year’s decision to give US military access to country’s bases was not approved by legislators
The court’s decision, reached by a 6-3 majority, said however that the ruling does not affect US military personnel and contractors working from Colombian bases covered by earlier accords.
This means any US personnel at the seven bases included in the 2009 pact could shift to bases permitted by previous agreements while the government decides whether to put the latest accord before congress, where new President Juan Manuel Santos has a big majority.
Last year’s agreement with Washington intensified frictions with neighbouring Venezuela, with President Hugo Chávez, a strong critic of US influence in Latin America, calling it a threat to his country. Brazil and Bolivia also criticised the deal, saying it would unsettle the balance of forces in the region.
Santos, who was defence minister before running for president, has consistently defended the agreement on the grounds it “improve our ability to combat drug trafficking and terrorism”.
Since taking office on 7 August, Santos has been working to improve relations with Chávez. There was no immediate comment from the government on whether it would ask congress to ratify the base deal.
Defence minister Rodrigo Rivera read a statement to reporters saying only that the government would study the ruling. He added that the government “reiterates the fundamental importance of co-operation between Colombia and the United States that has developed over decades in security and defence issues.”
The accord was aimed at boosting US help for Colombia’s operations against leftist rebels and to improve counter-drug campaigns.
The increase in bases available for use by the US military did not cause any expansion of US forces in Colombia. Officials said the deal kept the maximum number of military personnel and contractors at 1,400, as specified by US law.
Rivera did not say how many of those US personnel are at the seven bases covered by the accord overturned by the court.
The court ruled in a lawsuit filed last November by a lawyers group that argued the agreement signed the previous month should have been approved by congress. The government under the previous president, Álvaro Uribe, argued that it was not necessary, saying it was just an extension and revision of earlier bases accords.
The judges rejected the government’s position, saying the agreement was a new treaty that needs congressional approval.