“Kommersant”: Russia may offer Uzbekistan to leave CSTO

[Russia's hard-headed approach to organizing the collective security powers of the CSTO states as a Central Asian counter to US/NATO aggression plans, may unnecessarily push Uzbekistan, along with Turkmenistan into the Western camp.  Instead of copying US tactics of forcing allies to choose whether they are "with you or against you," Russian leaders should copy Western use of the "diplomatic" approach to persuading cooperation from the two dictator-run nations.  With massive economic incentive being given to Uzbekistan in exchange for cooperation on developing the NDN (Northern Distribution Network) and renewed basing/transit rights, Pres. Karimov is about two seconds away from telling Russia to shove it.  Forcing him to make the leap will not help create a bulwark to outside military intervention.  Every nation which cooperates with any phase of world conquest is sealing its own fate.  Making them aware of that fact beforehand, in the face of massive military threats and equally massive economic incentives, is the impossible, daunting task before us.  Overcoming all the bruised egos may prove to be the toughest part.]

“Kommersant”: Russia may offer Uzbekistan to leave CSTO

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Russia launched a reform of the Customs Union and the Organization of Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), saidKommersant .

According to the source publications in the Russian Foreign Ministry, the reform of the CSTO could lead to the fact that the number of members of the unit will be reduced by at least one. “At the level of Heads of State have the understanding that you must go to the abandonment of the principle of consensus, and all except Uzbekistan , not against it. So he [the Uzbek president Islam Karimov .- "b"] will be asked to decide. If you refuse to sign – so there will be a choice: us or without us “- said the diplomat.

Recall that President Islam Karimov has refused to participate in the informal summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization , which took place on August 12 in Astana. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko proposed to delete from the CSTO, “countries that are unwilling to cooperate under the agreement in full,” to which Secretary General Nikolai ordyuzha organization said that since the summit – not formal, the “right to the head of each state – to go for it or not “.

Earlier, Uzbekistan has for some time leaving the CSTO – the period from 1999 to 2006. Some experts believe that the current disassociation of the Tashkent military cooperation with its neighbors in the former Soviet Union dictated to improve relations with NATO and the U.S..

Currently, the CSTO comprises Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

For the reform of the Customs Union, which now includes Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan , is remarkable position of Kyrgyzstan , who intends to join the TC, while remaining a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). “We are determined to join the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. At the same time remain a party to the WTO Kyrgyzstan “, – said Kyrgyz Prime Minister Almaz Atambayev in an interview to” Rossiyskaya Gazeta “published on September 5.

The international news agency “Fergana”

Russian wildfires and Pakistan floods were caused by the same weather event even though they are 1,500miles apart, says Nasa

[What put-up this blocking High-pressure front?]

 

Tropical Cyclone Phet Radar Image

Russian wildfires and Pakistan floods were caused by the same weather event even though they are 1,500miles apart, says Nasa

  • Same abnormal atmospheric wave responsible for heatwave and rains

By GAVIN ALLEN

Two of the most extreme natural disasters of 2010 were caused by the same weather event even though they took place more than 1,500miles apart, claims a Nasa study.

The heatwave and lethal wildfires of Russia and the punishing floods in Pakistan were caused by abnormal behaviour in an atmospheric wave in August 2010, says researchers.

But quite what caused this fluctuation to deviate so far from the norm remains unknown.

Fire and water: Date from Nasa has shown that an Omega blocking system caused both the Russian heatwave and Pakistan floods in August 2010Fire and water: Date from Nasa has shown that an Omega blocking system caused both the Russian heatwave and Pakistan floods in August 2010
Downed: The Pakistan flood entirely submerged areas such as in Shahdadkot in Sindh province, Pakistan Downed: The Pakistan flood entirely submerged areas such as in Shahdadkot in Sindh province, Pakistan

Russia: Some 300 wildfires burned as the heatwave caused by the Rossby Wave created tinderbox conditionsRussia: Some 300 wildfires burned as the heatwave caused by the Rossby Wave created tinderbox conditions

The Russian event produced the hottest summer in the country’s history, causing roughly $15billion in damages and killing an estimated 56,000 people in more than 300 wildfires.

The Pakistan flood submerged one-fifth of the country’s total land mass – approximately 307,374 square miles – and had a death toll of around 2,000, though it directly affected 20million people with the destruction of property.

BLOWING IN THE WIND: WHAT IS A ROSSBY WAVE?

The atmosphere, gaseous and transparent, may not seem like a fluid, but that’s precisely how the thin layer of air encasing the planet behaves.

As Earth spins on its axis, huge rivers of air — scientists call them Rossby waves — meander around the globe in a westerly direction.

Currents in the center of these waves form the jet streams, fast-moving columns of air that push weather systems from west to east.

Rossby waves aren’t uniform. They tend to undulate and have troughs and ridges. Areas of low-pressure typically develop in the troughs of the waves, while high-pressure areas form in their ridges.

Parcels of warm air from the tropics and cool air from the poles swirl around the low- and high-pressure parts of the waves creating a complex tapestry of warm and cool fronts that meet and interact constantly.

Collisions between warm and cool fronts produce storms and precipitation.

Source: Nasa

The atmospheric wave responsible, which is called a Rossby Wave, is caused when the fast-flowing jet stream air currents in the atmosphere wander from their usual course.

When that happens they dislodge masses of cold or warm air that often turn into cyclones.

The latest Nasa research now says that it was an abnormal Rossby Wave which was responsible for both natural disasters.

While the Russian heat wave began before the Pakistan torrent, both weather events peaked at roughly the same time.

The discovery was made by analysing data from Merra – the Modern Era Retrospective-analysis for Research and Applications – Nasa’s instrument to measure the surface temperature of land, as well as the intensity of rain and any wildfire activity.

‘From Nasa satellite data and wind analysis, we can clearly see the connection between the two events,’ said William Lau, a Nasa atmospheric scientist who co-authored the report, which was published in the Journal of Hydrometeorology.

‘Think of the atmosphere like a loose membrane. If you push one part up, something else has to come down somewhere else.

‘If you produce a high in one region, you produce a corresponding low in another.’

This map shows how rainfall built up over Pakistan from the beginning of July through to the end of AugustThis map shows how rainfall built up over Pakistan from the beginning of July through to the end of August

August 2010: Left, a graphic showing water vapor in the atmosphere, where bright sections are most watery and, right, thermal infrared emissions of the Earth where dark areas are hotAugust 2010: Left, a graphic showing water vapor in the atmosphere, where bright sections are most watery and, right, thermal infrared emissions of the Earth where dark areas are hot

In usual summer conditions the jet stream pushes weather fronts through Eurasia in four or five days.

However, in August 2010, the weather pattern over Russia stagnated in what is known as an Omega blocking event, trapping a ridge of high pressure.

The ‘blocking’ divided the jet stream, slowing the progress of the weather pattern as it moved from east to west.

The slow high pressure ridge over Russia trapped a mass of hot, dry air which scorched the surface of the land, turning it into a tinderbox.

At the same time, the blocking pattern led to unusual downstream winds which caused a low pressure build up, forcing cold air from Siberia south towards Pakistan.

Hotspot: This map shows areas of relatively high pressure (red) over Russia and the resulting low pressure (blue) over Pakistan in August 2010Hotspot: This map shows areas of relatively high pressure (red) over Russia and the resulting low pressure (blue) over Pakistan in August 2010

Devastation: The Pakistan flood brought a death toll of around 2,000, though it directly affected around 20million people with the destruction of property and livelihoodDevastation: The Pakistan flood brought a death toll of around 2,000, though it directly affected around 20million people with the destruction of property and livelihood
Burning up: A Russian helicopter drops water on a raging fire in the village of Polyaki-Maydani, Ryazan region, during August 2010
Hold your breath: Moscow was covered by thick smog caused by the wildfires and air pollution was so bad experts warned that breathing was dangerous as smoking

Burning up: A Russian helicopter drops water on a raging fire and the smoke from hundreds of similar blazes saw Moscow covered smog so thick experts warned that breathing it was dangerous as smoking

The cold air from Siberia smashed into warm over Pakistan and the unusual wind patterns pushed monsoon rainfall north and west, placing it squarely over northern Pakistan.

On the video simulation of the weather event above, the peninsula to the lower left, shaded bright red, is Saudi Arabia, while the pointed land mass to the lower right, shaded green, is India. Pakistan sits roughly between them.

As the weather event moves from July through to August the temperature moves from one extreme of heat (red) to the other (green and blue) within a matter of days.

While the new study shows the connection between two seemingly unrelated weather events, Lau warned that many questions remain, such as why such a powerful blocking event occurred in the first place, and whether a process on the land or in the atmosphere contributed to that?

Is American economic survival dependent upon its ability to lay waste to the world?

 “At the root of it all lies the control of oil, which…which [is] crucial for the continued prosperity of the western world.”

[Who can explain this US propensity for ruining great sections of the world?  Why have vast blocks of Nations, stretching from N. Africa to Russia been marked under US policies of "regime change" or invasion?  Repeating the pattern of Iraq throughout the region, the US/NATO are reducing targeted Nations to ruin, erasing the past decades of growth and turning them into rubble.  Is the Empire's survival dependent upon upon our capacity to destroy and dehumanize others?  These retrogressive policies are intended to take disobedient sectors of the Muslim world back into the stone age, where running water and electric service become vague memories and children die on a grand scale, due primarily to a lack of basic health care. 

This is the policy we reveal to the world as our only foreign policy, revealing America's dirty hands in maliciously punishing vast independent sectors of the Muslim world, identical to Israeli policies in Gaza.   As Mr. Bhadrakumar points out:  "it is a matter of time before the narrative withers away and chilling realities take hold."  The world will one day acknowledge the grim realities of the NATO assault upon the weak, though strategically important, Nations of the world.  When that day comes, America will be recognized for the great evil power that it has become, in its struggle to maintain abnormal levels of prosperity, over the rights and needs of the rest of the world.

In a world dominated by Western news sources, the shared delusion is that the "Cold War is over," even though we see these convoluted geostrategic gambits being played-out, primarily to isolate Russian and Chinese interests.  When the veil of the shared artificial reality, that has been woven by Western psyop specialists, is torn asunder and cast aside, then all the world will understand that the turmoil that has been unleashed had nothing to do with any Nation's national security and everything to do with maintaining Western corporate profits.]

It Is Going To Be Syria’s Turn

by M. K. Bhadrakumar
VOLTAIRE NETWORK | NEW DEHLI (INDIA)

If the likeness between ravaging regime-change scenarios in Iraq and Libya is any indication, the future of Bashar al-Assad’s sovereignty in Syria might be hanging by a thin thread. The heart of the matter – underscores this analyst – is that regime change in Syria is absolutely central to US designs on the Middle East. The stakes are so intertwined that a host of stragetic gains could be achieved in one fell swoop, not least shaving Russia’s and China’s clout in the region. This is not an opportunity that Washington would want to miss.

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The visuals beamed from Tripoli last night had an eerie familiarity. Cars blowing horns, Kalashnikovs firing into the air, youth and children aimlessly wandering on streets littered with heaps of debris, western cameramen eagerly lapping up the precious words in broken English by any local fellow holding forth on the stirring ideals of the 1789 French Revolution and the Magna Carta – the images are all-too-familiar. Somewhere else, some other time, one had seen these images, but couldn’t exactly place them. Could they have stealthily crept up from the attic of the mind, a slice of memory that was best forgotten or purged from the consciousness? Now, the morning after, it is clear the television channels were only replaying the scenes from Baghdad in 2003.

The narrative from Tripoli bears uncanny resemblance to Baghdad: A brutal, megalomaniacal dictator, who seemed omnipotent, gets overthrown by the people, and a wave of euphoria sweeps over an exhausted land. As the celebrations erupt, the western benefactor-cum-liberator walks on to the centre stage, duly taking stance on the ‘right side of history’. In the 19th century, he would have said in Kenya or India that he was carrying the ‘white man’s burden’. Now he claims he is bringing western enlightenment to people who are demanding it.

But it is a matter of time before the narrative withers away and chilling realities take hold. In Iraq, we have seen how a nation that was tiptoeing toward the OECD standards of development hardly 20 years ago has been reduced to beggary and anarchy.

A coup d’etat

Libya’s democratic opposition is a myth conjured up by the western countries and the ‘pro-West’ Arab governments. There are deep splits within the opposition and there are factions ranging from genuine liberals to Islamists to plain lumpen elements. Then there are the tribal divisions. The infighting among the various factions seems a recipe for another round of civil war, as the factions that have neither legitimacy nor authority jostle for power. The acuteness of the rifts burst into the open last month when the opposition’s commander-in-chief Abdul Fattah Younes was lured back from the front on a false pretext, taken away from his bodyguards and brutally tortured and killed by the rebels belonging to an Islamist faction.

The western media have begun openly discussing the role played by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO], which time and again intervened to tilt the military balance against Muammar Gaddafi. The revolution looks more like a coup d’etat instigated by Britain and France. Even then, it took the western alliance an awfully long time stretching over 6 months to get its ‘boys’ into Tripoli. Gaddafi is still keeping them guessing as to the manner of his grand exit. The stunning truth is that Gaddafi should decide when to stop fighting despite having the men and the material to prolong his defiance for a while.

His course of action in the coming hours or days would have great bearing on what follows. If there is going to be heavy bloodshed, revenge acts by the victors over the vanquished will likely follow. In political terms, Gaddafi’s imminent fall doesn’t mean the opposition has won. Divested of the NATO’s tactical support, the opposition would have lost. The big question, therefore, is going to be about NATO’s future role in Libya. Alongside appears the question of whether the NATO would now turn attention to Syria.

NATO embraces Arab world

With the mission of ‘regime change’ successfully accomplished, NATO ought to leave the Libyan theatre. The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 has been overtaken. But the NATO’s withdrawal is too much to expect. Libya’s oil has been the leitmotif of the western intervention. Gaddafi’s recent proclivity to turn to Russia, China, Brazil and India to bring them into Libya’s oil sector obviously threatened the western interests. The pro-democracy rhetoric emanating out of London and Paris had all along had a hollow ring. The NATO’s intervention in Libya has stretched the limits of international law and the United Nations Charter. The alliance finds itself in the ludicrous position of seeking the legitimacy for its continued presence in Libya from the shady elements who masquerade as the ‘democratic’ forces, whose popular support is thin on the ground, on the pretext that there is still a job to be done.

There is indeed going to be a job to be done. It could well turn out to be Iraq and Afghanistan all over again. Resistance to foreign occupation is bound to appear sooner rather than later. Libyan tribes are steeped in the folklore of resistance. On the other hand, a great paradox of geopolitics is that anarchical conditions provide just the requisite pretext for occupation. The story of Libya is not going to be any different from that of Iraq and Afghanistan.

The West’s Libyan intervention introduces new templates in the geopolitics of the Middle East and Africa. It has brought NATO to the eastern Mediterranean and Africa. This is of a piece with the United States’ post-cold war strategy to mould the trans-Atlantic alliance into a global organization with the capability to act in global ‘hotspots’ with or without UN mandate. A pivotal role for the alliance in the ‘new Middle East’ seems all but certain. There is an ominous ring to the recap of the Libyan chapter by British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg: “I want to make it absolutely clear: the UK will not turn its back on the millions of citizens of Arab states looking to open up their societies, looking for a better life.”

Was he talking about Syria? Surely, Clegg couldn’t have been suggesting that Britain is raring to “open up” the societies in Saudi Arabia or Bahrain or Yemen and make the tribals living out there into modern-day citizens. With the Libyan operation drawing to a close, all eyes are turning on Syria. The Wall Street Journal speculates: “Libyans’ success affects the potentially more important rebellion in Syria… Already there are signs Libya is giving inspiration to the rebels trying to oust [Bashar al] Assad.” But then it also adds a caveat without which the discussion will remain incomplete: “There are crucial differences between Libya and Syria, and the Libyan template will be hard to replicate in Damascus.”

High stakes in Syria

However, the western mind is famous for its innovative capacity. Without doubt, Syria occupies the heart of the Middle East and conflict breaking out there will most certainly engulf the entire region – including Israel and, possibly, Iran and Turkey. On the other hand, the calibrated western moves in the recent weeks, racheting up sanctions, are strikingly similar to those taken in the prelude to the Libyan intervention. Sustained efforts are afoot to bring about a unified Syrian opposition. Last weekend’s conclave held in Turkey – third in a row – finally elected a ‘council’ ostensibly representing the voice of the Syrian people. Evidently, a focal point is being carefully crafted, which could be co-opted at a convenient point as the West’s democratic interlocutor representing Syria. The fig-leaf of Arab League support is also available. The ‘pro-West’ Arab regimes, which are autocratic themselves, have reappeared in the forefront of the western campaign as the flag carriers of representative rule in Syria.

Conceivably, the main hurdle would be to get a United Nations mandate for the western intervention in Syria. But the Libyan experience shows that an alibi can always be found. Turkey can be trusted to play a role here. When Turkey gets involved, Charter 5 of the NATO can be invoked. The heart of the matter is that regime change in Syria is imperative for the advancement of the US strategy in the Middle East and Washington is unlikely to brook any BRICS obstacles on its path, since the stakes are very high. The stakes include the expulsion of the Hamas leadership from Damascus; the break-up of the Syrian-Iranian axis; isolation of Iran and a push for regime change there; weakening and degradation of Hezbollah in Lebanon; and regaining Israel’s strategic dominance over the Arab world. And, of course, at the root of it all lies the control of oil, which George Kennan had said 60 years ago are “our resources – and not theirs” [Arabs’] – which are crucial for the continued prosperity of the western world. Mock at him if anyone claims that cash-strapped western governments and their war-weary citizens have no more appetite for wars.

Finally, all this means in geopolitical terms the rolling back of Russian and Chinese influence in the Middle East. A subtle western propaganda has begun pitting Russia and China as obstacles to regime change in the region – standing on the ‘wrong side of history’. It is a clever ideological twist to the hugely successful Cold-War era blueprint that pitted communism against Islam. The body language in the western capitals underscores that there is no conceivable way the US would let go the opportunity in Syria.

Genesis of the Baloch-Islamabad conflict

Genesis of the Baloch-Islamabad conflict 

—Sana Baloch

Unfortunately, Islamabad’s dirty policies are not just confined to exploiting Baloch wealth but the establishment is also in constant efforts to marginalise and upset the very liberal and social fabric of Baloch society

Balochistan’s contribution to the country is Himalayan. However, Balochistan’s immeasurable natural wealth and strategic significance turned into a curse rather than a blessing for the Baloch people.

The gravity of Baloch tribulations is deep-rooted, extending behind the minds of the political parties and educated youths to the masses that are experiencing discrimination, oppression and injustices in their everyday life.

Each region, town and village has its own story of neglect, underdevelopment and exploitation. Start from the Baloch coast that hosts Pakistan’s three modern but devoid of the Baloch naval facilities including Jinnah Naval base at Ormara. Chaghai and Kharan, strategically significant regions, where the nuclear test was conducted and copper and gold are being mined, to Lasbela, an industrial town (for Karachiites) and where Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) facilities are located, to Dera Bugti known for its high quality gas production since 1953, to Quetta and Bolan where coal is being mined — and you will be confronted with a miserable social and economic state of affairs.

However, all these areas have sophisticated military, paramilitary and naval facilities but none of them have modern education, health, electricity, gas or opportunities of livelihood.

Fuelling the national economy for years and helping save billions of dollars worth of foreign exchange in terms of energy import, Balochistan’s 97 percent population lives without gas facility, 78 percent without electricity, and 62 percent without safe drinking water. Balochistan has just 3.4 percent of gas consumers, as compared to 64 percent of Punjab alone, which produces only 4.75 percent of natural gas.

Balochistan being the major coal producing province is deprived of its benefits. During the 1960s, when Lahore was in West Pakistan, 98 percent coalmines of the province were allotted to people having no affiliation with the province. Today the local labourers in these ‘black-gold’ regions live without water, electricity, education and a health system. However, Sheikhs and Parachas are immensely benefitting from the wealth generated by the Baloch coal.

The MoU signed by Islamabad with a Chinese company regarding Saindak Copper-Gold Project is a classic confirmation of the abuse of Baloch wealth and discrimination. Islamabad and the Chinese company are taking 50 and 48 percent respectively and leaving only two percent profit for Balochistan. Besides this mega exploitation, the Saindak project is a no-man’s land for local Baloch youth and guarded by non-Baloch Frontier Corps (FC). Chaghai, the gold producing region, is the poorest of the poor.

Countless MoUs of such exploitative nature are inked with foreign and local companies to insistently exploit Baloch resources. These include the Duddar Lead-Zinc Project and the Reko Diq copper-gold project. Oil and gas exploration licenses are given without taking account of Baloch needs and demands.

Islamabad’s desire to entirely control and effusively exploit Balochistan’s strategic land, energy resources, and economic benefits without Baloch will, desire and legitimate participation are the raison d’être behind mounting tension and mistrust between the Baloch and Islamabad

Unfortunately, Islamabad’s dirty policies are not just confined to exploiting Baloch wealth but the establishment is also in constant efforts to marginalise and upset the very liberal and social fabric of Baloch society by supporting religious parties and co-opting gluttonous tribal and drug barons, which is part of the policy to retain its unquestioning control on Balochistan’s affairs.

Lacking political vision and a democratic culture, Islamabad’s super-establishment is governing Balochistan through a system known as ‘control’. Control, a suppressive system, is a set of mechanisms used in multi-ethnic states by the dominant ethnic groups to contain and keep its control on dissident ethnic minorities, plunder their wealth, destroying their culture and creating mass fear through disappearances, kill and dump policies and strapping presence of military and paramilitary forces.

Control is based on a rogue approach that one ethnic group takes over the state, imposes its culture on society, allocates to itself the lion’s share of resources and takes various measures, including violent means (military operations) to prevent the non-dominant group from organising politically.

Control works through three interrelated mechanisms: a) Divide and rule: internally creating rifts and division among the non-dominant groups; b) economic dependence: making them permanently dependent for their livelihood on the dominant group and central government; c) Co-option: involving sections of the non-dominant elite like greedy tribal chiefs, feudal, drug tycoons, corrupt intellectuals and politicians through partial dispensation of benefits and favours.

The military’s fresh, unwarranted and indiscriminate crackdown against moderate Baloch nationalists, intellectuals, students, poets, anti-establishment tribal elders, businessman and civilians is a reflection of the ‘zero tolerance’ policy against the ethnic Baloch people.

All glitzy mega-projects and control developments launched in Balochistan, including those for gas development, coalmining, Gwadar Port, Mirani Dam, coastal highway, cantonments, and the extraction of copper and gold deposits do not envisage any participation or direct benefit to the people and the province.

An unemployed Baloch feels more depressed and exploited when an unskilled soldier on their soil is brought and employed from another province to fill the position that is legally, naturally and constitutionally the right of a local Baloch youth.

The province is of strategic importance and shares long borders with Iran and Afghanistan and a 1,700-kilometre-long coastline. But border and coastal security is 100 percent controlled by non-Baloch paramilitary forces. Around 70,000 jobs in the FC, Coast Guard, police, maritime security and the Anti-Narcotics Force are occupied by non-locals, which leave thousands of qualified Baloch youths unemployed.

Baloch bitterness by all means is genuine and the continued plunder of Balochistan’s natural resources and its economic and political marginalisation and militarisation are the major causes of mounting tension between the Baloch and Islamabad. Political instability is on the rise.

Islamabad’s reliance on brute force may help the central government to create short-term cosmetic calm but unrest and frustration will further lead to growing mistrust between the Baloch and Islamabad.

Though physically superior, Islamabad has mock control over Balochistan, but emotionally and morally Islamabad seems terribly defeated in Balochistan. The gruesome policy of kill and dump of Baloch political activists has resulted in a permanent fracture in Baloch-Islamabad relations.

No doubt, Balochistan’s attractive and rich landscape, strategic coastline, sizeable territory and its location is very central to the establishment’s strategic vision; however, in the rapidly changing geo-political scenario, overlooking the genuine concerns of the Baloch and the feelings of the people of the province will result in irreparable loss to the establishment.

The writer is a Baloch leader and former Senator who resigned from the Senate of Pakistan in protest against Islamabad’s oppressive policies towards the Baloch people. He can be reached at balochbnp@gmail.com

Russian Drug Czar Blames “Global Transnational Drug Trafficking Corporations” Block Eradication Programs

Russia Offers Steps To Fight Drug Production In Afghanistan

The head of the Russian drug control service, Viktor Ivanov puts forth a plan for the elimination of Afghan drug production, “Raduga-2 (Rainbow), as he claims that the problem is “created by orders from global transnational drug trafficking corporations.”  (read HERE)

While NATO Gets to Bomb and Loot Libya, the UN Gets Stuck With the Tab for Clean-up

Scavengers fight for Libyan flesh

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The “friends of Libya” have started fighting for the wealth, which they are expecting to get in this country. This is basically the outcome of the top-level meeting, which took place on September 1 in Paris. The meeting, theatrically titled “Friends of Libya,” gathered the participation of the aggression against Libya to discuss the future of the country. To be more precise, “the friends of Libya” arrived in Paris to share the oil reserves of the country.

The “friends” spoke a lot about the “happily-ever-after” that Libya would have after Gaddafi. However, the main question of the meeting – how to share the Libyan oil – remained unanswered.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi announced his “Libya-after-Gaddafi” plans several days before the meeting in Paris. He said that the interests of Italy’s Eni energy company must be taken into consideration in the first place. Berlusconi’s announcement annoyed other members of the aggression against Libya: Italy cowardly pulled out its troops from Libya and left its allies perplexed.

Afterwards, France’s Sarkozy set forth his claims for a slice of the “Libyan pie.” According to the French media, Paris was asking for 35 percent of the Libyan oil market.

It goes without saying that other Western predators did not like the fact that the French and the Italians were leaving them miserable leftovers. On September 1, British PM David Cameron warned his Italian and French counterparts that he would not tolerate the infringement of London’s interests. Britain would be the first country to get the best slice of the pie, he claimed.

French officials responded with saying that it was France, not Britain that had put considerable efforts in attacking Libya.

To put it in a nutshell, the powers-that-be acted like a group of street hooligans who attacked a passer-by, knocked him down and started fighting with each other because of the stolen wallet.

However, it seems that European officials have learned to run before they could walk. It appears that it will be up for the United States to decide who is going to get what in Libya.

Libya’s fate will be decided on the US territory. “A group of friends of the new Libya” will gather for the meeting in New York at the end of September.

The meeting in Paris only found a solution to secondary issues, such as the allocation of $15 billion to Libyan rebels from the previously frozen accounts of the old Libyan government. This was necessary to do to resume the delivery of oil and gas to the West.

The aggressors also agreed that the UN would have to restore the Libyan economy that had been destroyed with NATO bombs. According to them, the UN would play the key role in coordinating international efforts to support the political transition and restoration of Libya. To put it in a nutshell, the West simply believes that they can easily use the natural wealth of the bombed country, whereas other UN members will cover the “cleaning costs.”

During the meeting in Paris, the French and British leaders agreed that Colonel Gaddafi would not have to be delivered to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. According to Sarkozy and Cameron, Gaddafi can be executed in Libya along with his numerous sons. This is another peculiarity of democracy that NATO has established in Libya.

It goes without saying that the EU officials are aware of the intention of the new Libyan authorities to execute Gaddafi even though they scream and shout promoting democracy and abolishing death penalty in the world. Even if we assume that Gaddafi is captured, Sarkozy, Cameron, and the West on the whole will find themselves in a very unpleasant situation. How would they have to prove that it was Gaddafi, but not NATO that bombed tens and hundreds of houses and hospitals across the country?

The Western media are incapable of accusing the Colonel of the crimes committed by NATO. It is an open secret that the Libyan aviation had not made a sortie since the end of March. No one will believe that it was Gaddafi, who bombed Tripoli with laser-guided smart bombs.

Moreover, it has recently transpired that the CIA had recruited at least 1,500 guerillas in northern Afghanistan to “democratize” Libya, not to mention the hirelings from Egypt, Qatar, etc. The leaders of Libyan rebels are exhausted after many days of battles in Tripoli. The city has been taken, but nothing seems to be changing there. Gaddafi’s followers still control Sebha, Sirte and most of Brega, whereas Gaddafi himself continues to urge them to fight.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is aware of the problems of the Libyan rebels. Sarkozy would be ready to visit Tripoli only when the city becomes safe for visiting, the French president said. Moreover, Sarkozy stated that he would prefer to travel to Libya in a company of British Prime Minister David Cameron, rather than alone.

As for Russia and China, the two countries did not even have the status of a participant of the meeting in Paris. They acted as observers, who only had to watch their billion-dollar investments in Libya going up in smoke.

Sergei Balmaasov

Pravda.Ru

Rendition apology demanded from MI6 and CIA by Libyan

Rendition apology demanded from MI6 and CIA by Libyan

Abdel Hakim Belhaj
Abdel Hakim Belhaj is now in command of the National Transitional Council’s forces in Tripoli

The commander of anti-government forces in Tripoli says he wants an apology from Britain and America for his transfer to a prison in Libya in 2004.

Abdel Hakim Belhaj, then a terror suspect, says he was tortured after being arrested in Bangkok.

He says he was taken to Libya by a CIA and MI6 operation, allegedly confirmed by documents sent to Gaddafi’s regime.

The Foreign Office said the government had a “long-standing policy” not to comment on intelligence matters.

Mr Belhaj told the BBC: “What happened to me and my family is illegal. It deserves an apology. And for what happened to me when I was captured and tortured.

“For all these illegal things, starting with the information given to Libyan security, the interrogation in Bangkok.”

According to the Guardian, these documents were discovered in an abandoned office building in Tripoli by staff from Human Rights Watch.

Mr Belhaj said that MI6 and the CIA did not witness his torture at the hands of the former Libyan regime, but did interview him afterwards.

Letter of thanks

Sir Mark Allen, formerly MI6’s director of counter-terrorism, has been reported to be the author of a letter to Moussa Koussa, thanking him for a “delicious” gift of dates and oranges, which was found among the recovered documents.

Mr Koussa served for years as Col Gaddafi’s spy chief before becoming foreign minister. He defected in the early part of the rebellion, flying to the UK and then on to Qatar.

Rights groups have long accused him of involvement in atrocities, and had called on the UK to arrest him at the time.

BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen, who has been shown the documents relating to Mr Belhaj, said the allegations were damaging “because we’re talking about acts that were illegal”.

Kim Howells, a former Foreign Office minister who became chairman of the Commons Intelligence and Security Committee, said his committee found no evidence of rendition by the UK.

But, he added, following the September 11 attacks, British intelligence would have been working closely with their Libyan counterparts.

“There were huge fears that Islamists – and the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group was an Islamist organisation – were going to try and do the same thing in London or Glasgow or Cardiff or whatever,” he said.

“And I think there was an attempt by the security services and intelligence services to try and get hold of any information that might give a clue as to whether there were bombers at large.”

Security ‘assurances’

Philippe Sands, a professor of international law, says he would not be surprised to find out that British security services and politicians were co-operating with Libyan officials in the fight against terrorism, but also said some questions needed to be asked.

“It’s very troubling but consistent with a pattern of information and documents that’s emerged in English court proceedings and elsewhere showing very close co-operation, shall we say.

“But this letter [referring to Abdul Hakim Belhaj] appears to be inconsistent with assurances given by most senior folk at MI5 and MI6 about who knew what when.”

Other documents allegedly showing the CIA abducted several suspected militants from 2002 to 2004 and handed them to Tripoli were among thousands of pieces of correspondence from US and UK officials uncovered by reporters and activists in an office apparently used by Moussa Koussa.

The CIA would not comment on the specifics of the allegations.

The documents are also reported to suggest that MI6 also gave the Gaddafi regime details of dissidents.

These particular documents, found by Human Rights Watch workers, have not been seen by the BBC or independently verified. They allegedly reveal details about the UK’s relationship with the Gaddafi regime.

One memo, dated 18 March 2004 and with the address “London SE1″, congratulates Libya on the arrival of Mr Belhaj.

Afghanistan: quest for peace

Afghanistan: quest for peace

The writer was foreign secretary from 1989-90 and is a former chairman of the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad

One cannot but apologise for interjecting yet another op-ed piece on Afghanistan while this esteemed newspaper is serialising a multi-part paper by Mr Najamuddin Sheikh that frankly would have been more profitably read as a continuous text in a journal of international relations or in the weekend magazine. Three principal reasons justify this interjection. One, the youngest but by far the most active Islamabad think tank, Jinnah House, has published the report “Pakistan, the United States and the End Game in Afghanistan” in collaboration with the United States Institute for Peace to reflect opinions held by about 50 Pakistani ‘experts’; it merits sustained attention. Two, an intriguing message from Mullah Omar on the occasion of Eid needs to be analysed against the current perspective on the Taliban’s readiness to negotiate. Three, there is some evidence that Washington may have tentative plans to further expand the nature and scope of the defence forces of future Afghanistan.

First the question of the Taliban’s willingness to engage in a constructive dialogue. In Jinnah House round tables there was divergence of opinion on this issue. At one end of the spectrum was the view that the Taliban have endured a decade of military campaigns and would, therefore, come to the conference table only if assured of their core objectives. Mullah Omar’s Eid message has been described by Ahmed Rashid as “by far the most forward-looking political message he has ever sent”. Mullah Omar confirms initial contacts with the Americans and thus conditions his followers to the possibility of future negotiations albeit to achieve the objectives of his Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan, “an efficient political and military entity”. He considers an independent Islamic regime as a conducive mechanism for the “sustainability of religious and worldly interests of the country and the countrymen”, for which every legitimate option can be considered. While Omar concedes participation of all ethnic groups in future governance, he reiterates opposition to long-term US bases and rejects a limited withdrawal. Peacemakers will have to finesse this complex statement to keep the Taliban on board. How far Pakistan can play a part in converting the ‘positives’ in Mullah Omar’s statement into a basis for a result-oriented process depends to a considerable extent on narrowing divergences in perceptions and objectives between Pakistan and the United States, a major theme of the Jinnah House report. It has an edge over our individual commentaries as it is reflects the collective experience and memory of the participants in the project who remained deeply engaged with Afghanistan, including service in that country. A perceptive analysis of this report by Ejaz Haider (“Filling the policy vacuum on Pakistan, America and the Afghanistan endgame”, The Express Tribune, August 29) saves me from writing parts two, three et al of this piece. The divergence between Washington and Islamabad is rooted in the long-term strategic ambitions and aspirations of the two capitals. It can be narrowed enough to develop a momentum for peace provided Washington revisits its overt and covert agenda in and for Pakistan. Meanwhile, gratuitous homilies to the Pakistan Army and the ISI to give up their old evil designs are irrelevant as Pakistan’s expectations have undergone a fundamental change.

Washington creates an enormous fog of public diplomacy to keep everybody guessing its real intentions. Afghan sources claim understandably that the huge army that Washington would raise and sustain would eventually need both armoured formations and a small but effective air force. For the latter, which has to start from scratch, the first step has been taken with the contract that would bring six Cessna 182T aircraft, 26 208B aircraft, and six aircrew training devices. The planes will be used for training and light tasks. In Iraq, Cessna aircraft have been enabled to carry out short surveillance and fighting missions. In Afghanistan, the same may happen as the training of pilots etc may be the first building block in reviving the completely destroyed Soviet-built Afghan air force. Obviously, the Afghan army will feel the urgency for an effective air cover and armoured support only when the Americans cannot provide it. But it is a pointer to what the Marxists used to call the intended correlation of forces in the region. Cooperation between Washington and Islamabad would become easier if there is transparency of intentions.

Published in The Express Tribune

“Greater Middle East” and the colonial wars

“Greater Middle East” and the colonial wars

Yu Gavrilechko:

Unfolded from the beginning of 2011 events in North Africa and the Middle East led to the idea that after nearly seven years, the U.S. still officially began actively to put forward in the days of George W. Bush in 2003, the project “Greater Middle East” (the Greater Middle East). That this plan was the basis for a new American Middle East policy. . In the academic literature for the first time the project was described in detail in 1997 in the monograph by J. Kemp and R. Harkavi “Strategic geography and the changing Middle East” (Geoffrey Kemp and Robert E. Harkavy. Strategic Geography and the Changing Middle East). It is assumed that the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and NATO (2001) and Iraq (2003) were directly connected with the desire to reshape the geopolitical eastern part of the “Greater Middle East ‘(GME). It then went to Afghanistan, Pakistan, the states of Central Asia and Caucasus, the Persian Gulf. However, because the Americans have conceived a great deal did not happen. By 2011, they decided to back up their actions to change the political map of the eastern part of the Greater Middle East intensified in the western part of the macro, making the replacement of existing regimes there.

Most often, the “Greater Middle East” American geo-strategy today includes, in addition to “traditional” Middle Eastern and Arab North Africa from Libya to Mauritania, and even Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia and Ethiopia. In addition, the map of J. Kemp and R. Harkavi in ​​the “Greater Middle East” includes Turkey, the Caucasus states, the former Soviet Central Asia and Kazakhstan. The aim is to spread in these Western democracies.

To achieve this goal, the United States intended to assist countries who cooperate with them, financial aid, but was positive that proposal only by Turkey, the others were in favor quite cold. Until recently, except in the activity of the Somali pirates, who somehow “mysteriously” managed to capture the court and to paralyze the water highways leading from Asia to Europe, you could see the manifestation of this plan. However, with the “Arab Spring” and the era of “tvitternyh revolutions,” it became clear that the “random” these events will not name. The only thing that can explain them – is resuscitation of the project “Greater Middle East”.

Seven years ago, in June 2004, an attempt to legalize the G8 summit in Bush’s plan to impose democracy, “the Greater Middle East” has failed. Point of view of those who did not support the plan if the United States, expressed by French President Jacques Chirac, saying that the Middle Eastern countries themselves to decide whether they need “missionaries of democracy.” By the way, and Egypt, and Saudi Arabia at that time also rejected Bush’s plan, not accepting invitations to participate in the summit. None of the leaders of other Arab countries, except, perhaps, only a new president of Iraq (puppet U.S.), not spoke in favor of “democratic mission”.

Since then, however, much has changed in the world, and Sarkozy – not Chirac. As one of the instigators of the NATO aggression against Libya, French President deliberately chose a pro-American policy and this in no small measure determined the course of the war in Libya.

According to Primakov, pushing a plan GME, Washington had several objectives. First, the support a number of state leaders in hindsight to justify their intervention in Iraq, if the project was supported by the “Big Middle East”, the operation in Iraq would be presented as one of its episodes. Second, try to rally all allies and partners, who parted ways with the United States to evaluate their actions against Iraq. And, thirdly, to reassert America’s leadership in its relations with the Muslim world.

Now, in an economic crisis, the U.S. once again returned to the Bush plan, but not limited to “aid” money, and focusing on the export crisis in the form of wars and revolutions.

End of the Libyan Jamahiriya and the new war for colonies

After the successful start of the destabilization of North Africa, the victory of “tvitternyh” revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, the successful dismemberment into two parts, as well as the expense of their opposition protests in Bahrain and Yemen (with the help of Saudi Arabia), the U.S. began to fail Libya. Attempts to overthrow Gaddafi gathering, inspiriruya performances of the “democratic opposition”, have failed, including the absence of the opposition itself. Rate as the bandits and Qaddafi’s foreign enemies for some participation of tribal chiefs who are dissatisfied with the policy the colonel was not justified.

The war against Libya has shown that, while NATO and carpet-bombing in a position to completely destroy the infrastructure of not having nuclear weapons and modern air-defense, to solve strategic tasks of the Alliance can not. The murder of one of the chiefs Obeid Abbdel Fatah Yunis another part of the opposition, with the connivance of NATO immediately led to a split among the rebels and militias sharply reduce combat efficiency of marauders, who, with the support of NATO air is the sixth month engaged in looting and killing civilians Libya.

After the capture of Tripoli mercenaries with the support of the NATO Special Forces and the French Foreign Legion and the retreat of Gaddafi in Sirte home (which aircraft Alliance for the second week to land in dub silence UN), Libya expects a new life – or rather, death. Death, for a country torn apart. After the announcement of a “new government” of Libya Algeria war at stake – the resources of the whole of North Africa, for which now begins another colonial war …

Turkey’s role – lobbyist or a new U.S. hegemon?

Unrest in Syria, and a lot of fairly mysterious circumstances demonstrators clashes with security forces have long attracted the attention of the world. Particularly disturbing reaction neighbor to the north of Syria – Turkey. In early August the media reported that Turkey has mobilized reservists and stores troops on the border with Syria.

Azerbaijani politician Tofig Abbasov, said that Turkey is “running ahead”, as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is already no secret that he was acting in accordance with the requirements of Washington. This is confirmed by the fact that the contact group had previously met in Libya in Istanbul, then again, Hillary Clinton recently met with Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the issue of Syria. “Approaches Ankara, coinciding with the Eastern Washington course, cause in the Arab and Muslim world, not only anger but also fear. In recent years, many are asking, and that it Erdogan, who recently defended a subject the rights of Palestinians, strongly defended the” flotilla peace, “sent to the Gaza Strip,” – says the analyst.

Let me remind you that Turkey is not only supported the project of “Greater Middle East”, but also actively participates in its implementation. According to former Director General of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Turkey, the author of “flooding the West,” Bulent Esinogly (Bülent Esinoğlu), Erdogan is a “co-chair of the” project “Greater Middle East” and is ready to do everything possible to ensure the required Washington split into three parts of Syria. This position of Ankara can not only lead to war against Turkey, Syria, and to establish an independent Kurdistan. While Syria and Turkey will be occupied by the war, the Kurds will try, with the support of Washington, to unite the territory in which they live (and this is part of the territories of four countries – Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran) into a single new state.

At the same time Turkey has pursued a policy of rapprochement with Russia, to have just in case “fallback” or just to be Moscow’s consent to action against Syria. In fact, only now Russia (and indirectly – China) constrain the beginning of the active military phase of conflict.

“Surrender” by Israel. Palestine – a member of the UN? U.S. demarche

In spring 2011, the U.S. committed treachery of his chief ally in the Middle East – Israel: May 19, the U.S. president has publicly proposed the idea of ​​reviewing the outcome of the Six Day War and Israel’s return to 1967 borders. With the support of Obama’s proposals were made by officials from France, Germany and Poland, EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Ashton. In turn, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu categorically rejected the possibility of returning to the old boundaries.

August 13, Foreign Minister Riad al-Palestinian al-Maliki announced that the September 20, 2011 (in half-yearly anniversary of the start of NATO’s war against Libya), he intends to file a formal UN request to intervene in Palestinian ranks of the organization as a full member. Earlier, on August 9, a representative of the Palestinian Authority in the United Riad Mansour said that if the independence of Palestine will not be recognized in the UN, the Palestinian Authority would seek status, similar to that today has the Vatican. According to him, the maximum program for the Palestinians – to receive recognition and membership in the UN, as happened recently in southern Sudan, but they are prepared if necessary to change the status “of an observer” status at “State not a member of the UN,” as Recommend Resolution N181 of 1947.

The partition of Sudan into two states, initiated by the United States and approved by the United Nations – a continuation of the policy of double standards, which became the American norm of international behavior even during the NATO aggression against Yugoslavia and the secession of Kosovo from Serbia. If Palestine is recognized as a member of the UN, there will be no obstacles to the UN Member of Transnistria, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. However, at some point, the U.S. suddenly went back on their word and sent more than 70 UN member states not to recognize the offer Palestine as a full member of this organization. What prompted such a move – it is not clear. Perhaps the fear that control all the wars in the Middle East, the U.S. has no power, and the loss of Israel finally deprive them of opportunities to continue to exercise strong control over the forces of the Islamists.

All herald the beginning of a new war. More precisely, the active phase of the long-reaching colonial war for resources. And perhaps a preparation for the Third World.For the crisis in developed economies deepens, the economic measures do not give effect, so – on the agenda of this war. There are no other ways to deal with financial crises of capitalism did not develop.

Yuri GAVRILECHKO (Ukraine) | 03.09.2011 |

Source – Strategic Culture Foundation

Greece, Israel agree on military cooperation

[The Greek govt. is showing its true colors, as it moves to capitalize on the Turkish/Israeli blow-up over the Mavi Marmara.  When the great wave of reversal, which is now underway throughout the world completes its circuit, the people of the world will be moving away from the shitty little Zionist state in mass revulsion.  Does Greece really want to be on the wrong side of history when the "chips hit the fan"?]

Greece, Israel agree on military cooperation

 Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak

© RIA Novosti. Edward Pesov

ATHENS, September 5 (RIA Novosti)
The Defense Minister of Greece Panos Beglitis and his Israeli counterpart Ehud Barak signed a memorandum on military cooperation in Jerusalem on Sunday, the Greek Ministry of Defense reported.

The contents of the memorandum is undisclosed. Panos Beglitis said that the two governments are intend to cooperate closely.

“Our relations with Israel are not under the influence of the current condition,” said Beglitis.

Greece has recently improved relations with Israel, exploiting the rift between Tel Aviv and Ankara over the Israeli attack on the pro-Palestinian Freedom Flotilla last year. The raid killed nine people, all Turkish nationals.

Tajikistan wants money and benefits from the “rotten corrupt” Russia

Tajikistan wants money and benefits from the “rotten corrupt” Russia

- an overview of TadzhSMI “Regnum”

Tajikistan wants money and benefits from the “rotten corrupt” Russia: Tajikistan Weekly
Relations between Tajikistan and Russia, preparing for the summit of the CIS, “leaderism” and “velvet authoritarianism” Rakhmonov, the economic support of China and Iran and a billion for Rogun, the highest flagpole in Dushanbe and a ban on prayer – the main themes weekly newspapers in Tajikistan

Policy

Tajik media are discussing the forthcoming visit of Russian president to Tajikistan. According to “Asia Plus”, the presidents of Tajikistan and Russia will make another attempt to revive the Tajik-Russian relations. “It is planned that during the visit to be signed three documents: the Joint Statement of Presidents of Tajikistan and Russia agreement on cooperation on border issues, as well as program on trade and economic cooperation between Tatarstan and the Russian Federation for 2012-2015. But this is only a dry protocol. In fact, as often happens, the presidents will discuss a much wider range of issues, and perhaps finally will put dots on “i” to many problematic issues that have recently plagued the Tajik-Russian relations. This, in particular, may go on the conditions of the Russian military base in Tajikistan, on a military airfield “Ayni” in a suburb of Dushanbe, the protection of the border with Afghanistan, the withdrawal of Moscow customs duties on petroleum products, the Russian investments in the Tajik economy. This year’s deadline for agreement on the presence of Russian military Advisers on the Tajik-Afghan border. The Russian side has to offer not only to extend their stay in the Republic of Tatarstan, but also to return back their border. This might suggest risen dramatically in recent statements by senior Russian officials. The general sense is that the Tajiks can not cope with security boundaries, should be returned to the Russians on the southern borders of CIS … officials in Dushanbe are not called for specific numbers that they are asking for the base. In the Russian media, citing sources in the Kremlin, saying that Tajikistan allegedly asking for a base of $ 300 million per year . The military airfield “Aini” Russia and its operation – another controversial issue. Tajik officials have already said several times that will not give it to anyone, except for Moscow, but do not give. Obviously, the parties can not agree on the terms of the lease.

Russian leaders believe that the 201st Russian military base ensures the safety of not only Russia but also in Tajikistan. “Why should we pay if we do a common cause?” – They ask. But some Russian experts lead and do the unusual argument. “I can tell you that while on the territory of Tajikistan is the Russian military facilities, there is no Uzbek-Tajik military conflict will never be – said the Department of Central Asia and Kazakhstan of the Institute of CIS countries Andrei Grozin. Experts say that most likely, bargaining between the countries will pass on the revision of economic cooperation. Tajikistan is interested in deliveries of Russian fuel at preferential prices. neighboring Kyrgyzstan, for example, receives fuel from Russia without customs duties. That is a very serious argument. Moreover, recently, Russia has imposed temporary restrictions on exports petroleum products and banned the export of high-octane gasoline. Meanwhile, supplies of fuel in Tajikistan at the end. A similar situation was the trigger in last year’s “revolution” in Kyrgyzstan. So agree on the issue with Moscow should be. The question is, what it asks of Tajikistan in return. “

The car had accumulated over recent years, claims to each other, which, according to experts, have led ohladevshih relations between Tajikistan and Russia, promised a long and hot in bargaining between the two leaders on strategic cooperation. According to “Business and Politics”, Russia, seven years ago, obtaining a Tajik almost free two hundred and first deployment of the RMB in the republic have not fulfilled their promises to end on investment of two billion dollars into the economy of the poorest post-Soviet states, has a rich supplies of water and energy resources, efficient use of which is the main reason for the stagnant relations between the countries of Central Asia. In addition, the position outlined Medvedev in January 2009 in Tashkent on the water in the region, has led to cooling in the Russian-Tajik relations. It is possible that during the forthcoming negotiations the two Presidents will take advantage of their trump cards. According to various sources each year to 1 million Tajiks go outside the country of the republic in search of work. Russian politicians and officials have repeatedly advocated the introduction of visa regime with Tajikistan, resulting in a republic would be forced to make concessions to prevent a mass return of migrant workers. However, experts in Tajikistan believe that the visa will play into the hands of the migrants themselves, who benefit will be to acquire a visa, rather than illegally to pay a rotten corrupt Russian system. The second card in the hands Medvedev may be easing export duties for Russian light oil, which accounts for 90% of the Tajikistan market. His trump card is and Tajikistan. One of these is a opto-electronic system “Nurek,” better known as the “Window”, owned by Russia. “With the possible aggression against Russia from other countries that object to become one of the first targets of bombing. And there Nurek not far away,” – said in April this year, Director of the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of Tajikistan Sukhrob Sharipov. “

Russia is once again raised the issue of return of its border guards on the Tajik-Afghan border, says “Avesta”. “At this time such a proposal made by the Director of the Federal Service for Drug Control (FSKN) Viktor Ivanov, Russian media reported. Ivanov was not the first Russian politician, who spoke about a possible return of Russian border guards in Tajikistan. In this context it is worth recalling the words Spokesman Russian Maxim Peshkov, voiced in December 2010 in Dushanbe at the International Conference “Tajikistan and Russia: the horizons of cooperation”. “Given the situation in Afghanistan, and the growing threat of terrorism, Russia is ready to return to the Tajik-Afghan border”, – said at the time Representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry. More recently, Russian border guards returned to Tajikistan’s border with Afghanistan proposed State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov, the Russian Federation. The question of the return of Russian border guards in Tajikistan is one of the constant themes of the talks between Dushanbe and Moscow. In the early summer in Dushanbe hosted the third round of talks Tajik-Russian working group on border issues. Traditionally, these meetings take place behind closed doors, and the media provided scant official information on the results of the negotiations. Tajikistan does not intend to return the Russian border guards on the border with Afghanistan, as repeatedly stated officially at the press conference Minister Foreign Affairs of the Republic Khamrokhon Zarifi, who claimed that during the negotiations on the border issue dealt with the presence of Russian border advisors, and nothing more. It is expected that the border issue will be discussed at the highest level during the official visit to Dushanbe, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in the September of this year. Experts say the two leaders can close this topic, at least temporarily, by adopting a final decision on it. “

“Najot” in the continuation of this theme says that the people and the Tajik authorities are waiting for much of the upcoming visit of Medvedev to Tajikistan. “Many experts are inclined to believe that the outcome of the visit will be not very successful. According to them, something specific to the Tajik-Russian relations can schedule only after the presidential elections in 2012 in Russia. It is believed that Medvedev in its regional policy with respect to “younger brothers” – in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, uses sophisticated diplomacy. At the same time, Tajikistan is completely in the shadow of Russian politics and the prospects are not so optimistic. One can hardly expect that Rahmon dare to make a “soft” proposals for the development of economic cooperation. Khikmatullo Politician Saifullozoda said that Tajikistan will be very difficult to get any items from these meetings. “Tajik authorities are confusing their politics even more complicated the solution of existing problems “…”

The second September in Dushanbe hosted a summit of heads of Russia, Tajikistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan. “Asia Plus” with the words of political commentator Abdugafforov Kamolova, “at a meeting in Dushanbe on September 2, it is likely to be discussed issues of regional importance. Also, the expert does not rule out that will be discussed situation in Afghanistan.” Now, when discussing the issue of withdrawal U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the country’s future and security on its borders with Tajikistan and Pakistan are important to Dushanbe, and Islamabad. This is important for Russia to maintain its influence in Central Asia “, – A. Kamolov. Meanwhile, speaking of the role of the Quartet, the expert notes that their common interests, although each may be guided by your own. For example, Tajikistan, on background differences with Uzbekistan on the use of water resources in the region, is interested in acquiring a larger number of supporters. Afghanistan and Pakistan are experiencing greater demand for electricity, and every year the demand increases. With the import of cheap and environmentally clean energy from our country, and perhaps from neighboring Kyrgyzstan, they can solve their own problems. After the development of the project “CASA-1000″ this hope in Kabul and Islamabad only increased. Speaking about Russia’s interest in this question, the expert notes that Moscow takes the issue of hydropower in Central Asia very carefully. For example still not entirely clear position of the Kremlin on the construction of HPP “Rogun” and Kambarata Kyrgyzstan. This is due to the fact that the downstream countries – Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan – are important for Russia, and she does not want to “offend “…”

“Head of Federal Drug Control Service of Russia gives the wrong information” – wrote “Tojikiston”. “The information-analytical department of the Agency for Drug Control has provided analytical information refuting Ivanov said.” During the period from 1998 to 2005, the CPU FSB at RT seized 11 tons of 303 kg of heroin. During this same period, law enforcement and security agencies of Tajikistan seized 12 tons of 496 kg of heroin. Border Troops of the Russian Federation for the entire period of the Tajik-Afghan border had not taken a year of 5 tons of heroin – the DCA said in a statement. – Maximum number of seizures of heroin were reported in 2003 – 2749 kg.That same year, law enforcement and security structures of RT were seized 2850 kg of heroin. “

“Asia Plus” writes, “Ivanov said that Russian border guards seized 5 tons of heroin a year, and Tajik drug police are confident that this was not even once. And prove his innocence last concrete figures. So where does this discrepancy in the facts? Ivanov statement we asked about the official representative of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service in RT, Vyacheslav Andrianov. “Perhaps the fact that then (before the output. – Ed.) operative group had its own border registration, and the figures for their drugs is not being phased included in the general account. “The fact that Tajikistan was allegedly unable to cope with the protection of its borders, especially in the fight against drug trafficking, Russian officials say no the first time. Second in August an official visit of Russian president in Dushanbe. Rahmon and Medvedev have to sign cooperation agreement on border issues, according to which Russia, as before, we will provide assistance in training personnel for the Border. It is likely that the day after tomorrow we will know whether Russian policy has changed, whether the given waved. “

“Jumhuriyat” writes that “the press center of the Main Directorate of Border State Committee for National Security (SCNS SODR) of Tajikistan said that recently published on some websites of news material on WikiLeaks Tajik border posts,” God “and” Bahorak “absolutely untrue.” So firstly, training young fighters in Tajikistan’s border troops is not 40 days as stated in the articles, and 6 months. Second, the Bureau of Narcotics and Law Enforcement U.S. Department of State has never supplied to the frontier of dogs, so that there are unfounded facts that dogs and their puppies were sold, “- says the official denial of the press center SODR SCNS. Speaking of the state frontier “God” and “Bahorak,” the source said that in 2007 the International Office for Drug Control (INL) U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan to help in the reconstruction and overhaul of border posts and Bahorat God, what has been spent 468 000 539 U.S. dollars. “Currently, the frontier post of” God “and” Bahorak “are illustrative, with the most modern equipment. At the outposts have kitchens, baths, sauna, soldiers are provided with regular hot meals. In addition, the barracks are equipped with beds, which were also made available under the reconstruction program, and bed linen is changed regularly, “- added the source.”

“Millat” tells about the period of reign of the first popularly elected president of Tajikistan – Rakhmon Nabiyev, who in 1992 was forced to write a resignation letter at gunpoint in the capital’s airport. “In Uzbekistan and Russia, two countries that are interested in fomenting inter-Tajik conflict became apparent that among the people of Tajikistan are increasingly popular young Muslim mufti of the country Khoja Akbar Turajonzoda and it became evident that the Islamic forces are capable of running the country. Therefore, these countries have established anti-Islamic and anti-national forces, which subsequently led to the government. Moscow no longer thought about the fate of Nabiyev. Therefore, not efforts to effect a rescue at Dushanbe airport. However, at the same time supplying the Popular Front for the weapons and advisors. Even a version that Russian themselves involved in the story of his resignation. Otherwise, how it turned out that even the almighty KGB, whose director was a man from the environment Nabiyev, did not know about a trip to the city of Khujand Nabiyev and has not taken steps to ensure his safety. There is a theory that “brain “information about his flight was allowed Russian, as only 201 Russian division had accurate information about the movements of the Tajik president. In addition, in recent months Russian ignored calls for help Nabiyev, although it provided all possible assistance to the Popular Front. Another reason for the cooling Russia could become a Nabiev his desire to finish construction of Rogun with Pakistani loan of $ 500 million in Moscow could not accept such an option when one of America’s allies are being introduced into the territory of the former Federal Republic. “

“Business and Politics”, “Anniversaries – it’s always time to think about the past stage, to draw some conclusions. The most popular question right now – that gave us the independence that so loudly admired our government? The author argues that under the current authoritarian leadership of the country the most dangerous symptoms include nepotism and cronyism. vnutriklanovye Using mechanisms, relatives and countrymen have made progress on the President’s highest public office today, the government and gos.sisteme more people appointed on the basis of personal loyalty rather than on professional skills or political interests. This system spawned a huge army of sycophants, who created a cult of personality and leaderism, more convincing the president “it is quite normal.” Naturally, in such a system, officials are thinking about how to cater only to the president, not the people, and accordingly they untied his hands for lawlessness and corruption, by weakening the state mechanism. As a result, the country’s president, having a huge authoritarian power in the country, in reality, practically unable to influence a particular process, to implement some ideas, because the corrupt crony-system is already live on its own , по св

China deploys large fishing patrol to Xisha/Paracel Islands

China deploys large fishing patrol to Xisha Islands

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China deploys large fishing patrol to Xisha Islands

China Yuzheng 306 leaves port in Guangzhou, South China’s Guangdong province, for the Xisha Islandson Sept 2, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

China Yuzheng 306, a large fishery administration ship which is the first to set sail for apermanent deployment in the waters around the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea, leaves aSouth Chinese port on Friday, Xinhuanet reported Friday.

The vessel with a maximum displacement of 400 tonnes will join two other smaller fisheryadministration ships to patrol the waters around the islands and safeguard China’s marinesovereignty, fishing rights and interests.

The deployment of this ship, which left Guangzhou port in South China’s Guangdong province,symbolizes that China has an all-weather law enforcement force in the area.

The ship is 56 meters long, 7.8 meters wide and 3.85 meters high, with a maximum speed of 18nautical miles per hour.

Israeli warplanes fly over Bekaa and the south

Israeli warplanes fly over Bekaa and the south

The Daily Star

BEIRUT: On Sunday morning, Israeli warplanes violated Lebanese airspace.

The planes flew over Rashaya in the West Bekaa Valley and southern eastern Lebanon, at medium altitude, reported Lebanon’s National News Agency.

Ever since the implementation of United Nations resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 war and stipulated that the two sides respect one another’s sovereignty, Israel has violated Lebanese airspace on a nearly daily basis.

(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

Goodbye ghairat

Goodbye ghairat

Goodbye ghairat

Ghairat (pride or honour), is a term that is often heard and used in the Pakistani media these days.

This is a term usually associated with TV news anchors, talk-show hosts, analysts and members of political parties who are verbose and smug, who get more space on TV news channels than votes.

It is a term that reflects images and sounds related to the muscle-flexing, big-talking and huff-puffing ways of ultra-patriots, or in case of Pakistan’s electronic media – free-wheeling loud-mouthed charlatans playing the role of fiery dyed-in-wool patriots.

So who comprises the ‘ghairat brigade’? It is a wide spectrum: from the usual bearded and hijab-wearing kind who are rather apt at expressing nationalism with the jingoism of ‘political Islam’, to the suit-and-tie wearing man and designer-brand-carrying ladies who would have been nothing more than periodical cranks restricted on the fringes of journalism and politics had the electronic media not been so generously allowed into private (ratings-driven) hands.

The scary bit is that it is this ghairat brigade that has ironically found itself at the centre of a society in turmoil – actually answering and addressing the many political, spiritual and ideological inquiries emerging from within a highly disturbed, battered and confused society.

But I’m afraid, absolutely none of the many politicians, ‘analysts’ and media personnel who can be bracketed as being ‘ghairatmand’ have any clue whatsoever about what they are going on and on about.

Fed on various conspiracy theories and sheer political and historical myths cleverly created by intelligence agencies and pseudo-historians, most of the ghairatmand are no more informed than your average drawing-room punter – or worse, that young middle-class lad or lass who feels elated by thinking that he or she has covered all aspects of politics and religion with the help of a few lectures by a certified conspiracy crank or by watching a straight-to-YouTube ‘documentary’.

But alas, the state Pakistan’s society is in for these past few years, where hardly any positives come the way of the people (especially its youth), the concept of ghairat moulded with empty muscle-flexing and collective feel-good theories about our nationalistic and religious greatness, serves as a way for the people to pretend that all is not lost.

This attitude should not be taken as a positive. It can help people recover or heal from a fresh tragedy but when it becomes a habit, or worse, a way for the media, preachers and politicians to attract profitable attention, it begins to have a devastating effect.

After all, this lets-be-positive-through-ghairat outlook is largely delusional. It leaves most of us navel-gazing or passionately contemplating about manufactured issues but conveniently ignoring what we as a society really ought to be doing – making sure that Pakistan is able to compete with the rest of the world on all the vital economic, political and cultural levels.

Honourable sloganeering and going around pin-pointing ‘enemies’ and traitors, blasphemers and ‘agents’ will not achieve much. In fact, it will achieve nothing other than making us one of the laziest people who spend most of their energy complaining or being paranoid on the one hand, or sweating out bombastic and passionate patriotic chants and some more talk about ghairat.

Such bubbles when they burst, hurt. In fact, they then leave those who had lived in these bubbles feeling stupid if not downright insulted. And it is nobody’s fault but their own.

Just take a look at what has been going across the shocked faces of the ghairatmand media men and politicians who had started to construct their careers based on the Raymond Davis case.

What I mean is that these people had become the judge and jury, suggesting that their love forghairat and patriotism (read anti-Americanism) gave them the right to conclude the Davis case in favour of their victimised country long before it actually went to court.

Of course, many of them were being taken for a ride by those who needed them to foment the kind of anti-Americanism that was required by these secretive shadows so they could use it to extract concessions from the CIA.

But really, the problem with jumpy and excitable right-wing exhibitionism and thought – especially when it expresses itself as a chauvinistic strain of patriotism – is that it removes any trace of rational thought and awareness from those indulging in it.

Thus, this expression of ghairat and patriotism is not only purely rhetorical and incapable of ever understanding the intricacies of realpolitik it also gives the loudest among the ghairatmand a narcissistic buzz, further alienating him or her from the reality around them.

But what happens when reality does come knocking? Look no further than the faces of theghairat brigade in the media these days.

Always feeling cheated by the politicians, this time they felt cheated by even those whom they had praised of being equally ghairatmand (the shadowy ones).

The truth is it was these shadowy folks who actually began the ghairat spiel, feeding it into the public mindset through their willing mouthpieces in the shape of ‘security analysts,’ talk-show hosts, anchors and right-wing politicians with weak electoral prowess.

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The ghairat brigade treat the nation as children whom they can mould into becoming the idealghairatmand Pakistani Muslim.

On the other end, the shadowy ones that use the ghairat brigade treat the ghairatmand as blobs of ambition but with emotional levels usually found in hyperactive teenagers! A perception that is not that far from reality.

The shocking (but not surprising) verdict in the Raymond Davis case has once and for all exposed the utter fallacy and meaninglessness of what was the Pakistani media’s latest ideological hoax called ghairat.

This country has witnessed many such hoaxes, sometimes in the name of Islam, sometimes accountability and each time these hoaxes have fallen flat on their faces, making the nation look like a bunch of emotional fools incapable of handling any issue with reason, pragmatism and sense.

It is time we say goodbye to this hollow ghairat. We must find honour, dignity and respect through constructive work in the fields of economics, science and the arts, instead of looking for ghairatby crying out war chants, paranoid accusations and waving our skinny wrists and fists while pretending to ride our way to ghairatmand glory on our much cherished nuclear missiles.

It is time we finally grow up.

 

 

Nadeem F. Paracha is a cultural critic and senior columnist for Dawn Newspaper and Dawn.com.