Turkey to allow South Stream surveying; to give preliminary OK for construction

Turkey to allow South Stream surveying; to give preliminary OK for construction

Today, 17:22 | Interfax-Ukraine

The prime ministers of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Erdogan, are expected to sign a protocol on gas cooperation in Ankara on Thursday under which Turkey will give permission for reconnoitering and environmental surveying for the South Stream gas pipeline project in its waters. It will also give preliminary consent to construction of the pipeline.

The protocol will also contain the start date for construction of the pipeline, the deputy head of the government administration Yury Ushakov told journalists.

A source in the gas sector told Interfax that Russia previously requested permission to conduct those operations in Turkish waters on two occasions, but was denied each time.

The protocol will also indicate the intention of extending the contract on deliveries of Russian gas on the so-called western route (through Ukraine, Moldova, Romania and Bulgaria), which expires in 2011, Ushakov said.

The document will also mention cooperation in the Blue Stream-2 project. Gazprom built Blue Stream in partnership with Italian Eni in 2001-2002. However, a source at Gazprom told Interfax that the gas giant has not discussed the Blue Stream-2 project with Eni.

Ushakov said it was possible Putin and Erdogan would touch upon the issue of Nabucco at their talks, particularly since Turkey is a participant in that gas pipeline project.

South Stream will cross the Black Sea from Russia to Bulgaria or Romania, bypassing Ukraine. The pipeline will subsequently be extended to southern Italy and Austria. The new pipeline will have capacity to ship 63 billion cubic meters of gas a year. The undersea segment and the onshore branch in the European countries will cost about 8.6 billion euro.

Preparing a Non-Nuclear Attack On Iran by July

The Massive Ordnance Penetrator Will Be the Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb Ever

And the Pentagon hopes to deploy it next year
By Dan Smith

The Pentagon is trying to speed up the deployment of an ultra-large bunker-busting bomb, which would constitute the largest non-nuclear bomb the U.S. has ever used. The Massive Ordnance Penetrator, or MOP, is a 30,000-pound bomb that would dive deeper than any previous bomb, and could be strapped to B-2 or B-52 bombers by July of 2010.

GBU-24: This GBU-24 bunker buster is tiny in comparison to the new MOP

The MOP is 20 feet long and can penetrate bunkers up to 200 feet before exploding. At 15 tons, the MOP is a third heavier than the previous “mother of all bombs”, the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, which was only 10.5 tons. The MOP also packs a whopping 5,300 lbs of explosives, which is 10 times the amount its predecessor bunker-buster, the BLU-109, carried. Basically, it’s massive.The push for accelerated deployment is due to the increased perceived nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea. It’s believed that many of their nuclear programs could be in development underground, below levels of current bunker-busting bombs’ range. The Pentagon intends the rapid deployment to send a message that the United States is tweaking strategies to address new threats. And nothing is more American than advertising the sheer size and tonnage of the bombs hanging below our jets.

[via Reuters]

Blackwater Founder Implicated in Murder Claims

Blackwater Founder Implicated in Murder

Jeremy Scahill

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Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater Worldwide is seen at Blackwater’s offices in Moyock, N.C., July 21, 2008.

August 4, 2009

A former Blackwater employee and an ex-US Marine who has worked as a security operative for the company have made a series of explosive allegations in sworn statements filed on August 3 in federal court in Virginia. The two men claim that the company’s owner, Erik Prince, may have murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company. The former employee also alleges that Prince “views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe,” and that Prince’s companies “encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life.”

In their testimony, both men also allege that Blackwater was smuggling weapons into Iraq. One of the men alleges that Prince turned a profit by transporting “illegal” or “unlawful” weapons into the country on Prince’s private planes. They also charge that Prince and other Blackwater executives destroyed incriminating videos, emails and other documents and have intentionally deceived the US State Department and other federal agencies. The identities of the two individuals were sealed out of concerns for their safety.

These allegations, and a series of other charges, are contained in sworn affidavits, given under penalty of perjury, filed late at night on August 3 in the Eastern District of Virginia as part of a seventy-page motion by lawyers for Iraqi civilians suing Blackwater for alleged war crimes and other misconduct. Susan Burke, a private attorney working in conjunction with the Center for Constitutional Rights, is suing Blackwater in five separate civil cases filed in the Washington, DC, area. They were recently consolidated before Judge T.S. Ellis III of the Eastern District of Virginia for pretrial motions. Burke filed the August 3 motion in response to Blackwater’s motion to dismiss the case. Blackwater asserts that Prince and the company are innocent of any wrongdoing and that they were professionally performing their duties on behalf of their employer, the US State Department.  (read here)

Who is ruling; India? And how? (Dalit Voice)

Who is ruling; India? And how?

World’s only unique system of oppression is making the slaves enjoy their slavery

During our transition from marxism to Ambedkarism in the 1980s we had written three important books — Class-Caste Struggle: Emerging Third Force (1980), Who is Ruling India? (1982) and The Dilemma of Class & Caste in India (1984). In the last one we had reproduced the whole text of manuwadi marxist leader E.M.S. Namboodiripad’s scurrilous attack on us. Since then we had completely abandoned the Indian version of manuwadi marxism which the ruling Brahminical Social Order (BSO) used to convert itself into the country’s ruling class.

Brahminism, the super fine ideology of the Indian ruling class (15%), has no permanent party but only permanent interests. The latest evidence is the way the BSO kicked out its own Brahmana Jati Party (BJP) and brought the country’s more cunning original Brahminical party of Congress to power in the recent parliament election (DV Edit June 1, 2009: “Mere 2% anti-Advani upper caste vote swing from BJP brought about spectacular Cong. victory”).

Fear of identifying the ruling class: In this leader we are further clarifying our thoughts on the Indian ruling class and how we arrived at the conclusion that the Brahmins (3%) indeed are the rulers with the Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and the shudra landed castes in tow. Our almost 30 years of experience as the Editor of Dalit Voice has reinforced our thoughts and led us to this conclusion.

Ashok Rudra, called a marxist economist of the Vishwa Bharati University, Shantiniketan, in his booklet, Intelligentsia as a Ruling Class, more or less says the same thing — of course without identifying the ruling class.

Nobody has the courage to identify the ruling class for fear of facing threat to their very survival.

Brahmins very often question us how such a micro-minority population can be the rulers and point out the fact that the political class, often mistaken to be the country’s real ruling class, has hardly any Brahmin. This is true. The Prime Minister or most of the state chief ministers are not Brahmins.

Political power is no power: But political power is no power in India. Politicians are a puppet in the hands of the ruling class. The best example to prove this point is the mere 3% American Jews who do not hold any political power in USA. But it is the Jews as the king-makers who hold the real power in the US with the entire financial sector and media power in their pocket. This is also true in England, France and Germany, all Christian countries, which live under the mercy of Jews.

The Khatri Sikh Manmohan Singh may be today’s Prime Minister but being a World Bank nominee he automatically becomes the darling of the Brahminical rulers. In fact he is a better Brahmin than the best.

The ruling class need not necessarily hold the political power but it still rules with its power to manipulate the “public opinion” which is the case in India.

In the case of US and Europe, the Jews hold the reins mainly because of their financial and media power.

The European ruling Christians had a long- lasting religious war with the Jews throughout history, but lately they simply surrendered to Jews. Even the Pope dare not go against the Jews. President Barack Obama is challenged by the entire Jewish diaspora, led by the Zionist Israel. Look how Iran was made to tremble just because it elected Ahmedinejad as the President, hated by the entire zionists. Such is the power of the micro-minority Jews.

Unparalleled example of India: But in India the ruling Brahminical micro-minority of 3% enjoys such a powerful sway over the country, even to the extent of a total mind control over the entire masses of people because of its legendary religious power since thousands of years.

Brahminism is an ideology, considered religious and sacred, that declares that the Brahmins are the highest people by birth and birthright, Bhoodevatas (gods on earth), that the Vedas are the source of authority, and that the rites and rituals that make up the Varnashrama Dharma are sacred and must be followed.

In Christian US and Europe, the Jews do not have such a religious control on the country and its peoples but in India Brahminical people being the custodians of their artificially manufactured Hindu religion, enjoy the highest ritual status, becoming the virtual Bhoodevatas, gods on earth — a status which no section of the population enjoys in any part of the world except India.

Shudras & BCs as oppressors: That is how the Brahminical people constitute the Intelligentsia because they control not only the country’s principal religion (Hindu) but also all its gods, scriptures — and finally the very value system.

Dr. Ambedkar has said all these things long, long back and hence there is no point in repeating the argument that the Brahminical people constitute the ruling class of India.

A powerful section within the Dalit community, however, has been arguing that it is not the Brahmins who are kicking, killing, burning, raping and destroying the little property of the Dalits in the rural side but the landed shudra and Backward Castes. They cite the example of the Khairlanji massacre of Dalits in Maharashtra and ever so many places. There is good lot of truth in this argument. Brahminical journalists have invested a lot in making the Dalits believe this argument.

It is a fact that all over India it is the shudra, the BC or OBCs who are culprits in anti-Dalit pogrom. We know it. But what is important is not the action of looting and killing the Dalits. But the thought, the inspiration behind the action.

Caste hatred is the real villain: As the mosquito bites you, one hand instantly acts to slap the mosquito and kills it or drive it away. Who gave the order to the hand to attack the mosquito? It is the brain. The order to attack the mosquito came from the brain. Therefore, the brain that orders the attack is more important than the hand which simply obeyed the order.

Some urchins throw a stone at a running dog. But even such a brainless animal does not chase the stone or growl at the stone. It gets angry and chases the fellow who threw the stone. Even the dog has that much of brain to identify the culprit.

Here the culprit is not the stone but the boy who threw the stone. Who gave the poisonous thought to the shudras and OBCs to kick or kill the Dalit? The Bhoodevata philosophy.

In all anti-Dalit atrocities the crime is committed by the shudra or BCs. There is no dispute on this. But the culprit behind the curtain is the Brahminical thought of caste hatred daily injected into the veins of the shudras and BCs who consider themselves superior.

Culprits behind anti-Muslim riots: This is also true in the case of all anti-Muslim riots. In the Babri Masjid demolition, the Dalits played a major role. In the Gujarat Genocide (2002), Dalits led the anti-Muslim violence. We know it. But it is the Brahminical thought that made the innocent Dalits to attack and kill Muslims against whom Dalits have no grouse as both are blood brothers.

Marathas hate Brahmins: In Maharashtra, the Marathas (Shiv Dharma) are furious with Brahmins and have launched a powerful campaign against Brahmins. But in Khairlanji the same Marathas and their cousins Kunbis and other OBCs killed the Dalits.

The Marathas and Kunbis hate Brahmins for riding them and yet they also hate the Dalits who are the worst victims of Brahminism. Who is managing this two-way action of the Marathas and Kunbis? The Brahminical hand behind the curtain.

This is the case in all anti-Dalit and anti-Muslim war and violence where the principal villain is the Brahmin whose value system has brainwashed the shudras and BCs to hate the Dalits and Muslims.

The violence against Dalits on one side and Muslims on the other keep the society permanently divided. Brahminism thrives through divide and rule.

Because Brahminism has its monopoly media it can manufacture any spurious argument and sell it as supreme truth. Besides, anybody selling this spurious product is given award and reward plus publicity in the mass media which is the sole Brahminical monopoly. Anything that comes in the media is considered supreme truth. Because, a belief system has been so systematically developed and nurtured that we are made to believe anything the manuwadi media says.

Belief system: And that is how a section of the gullible Dalits are “convinced” that Brahmins are good but the shudras and BCs are the criminals.

The solution to this anti-Dalit caste atrocities and also anti-Muslim riots is not merely punishing the shudras and BCs. Yes this is also a must. But the more important and ever lasting solution is the destruction of the very caste system (Hinduism) for which the Bhoodevatas are not ready. They want merely the anti-Dalit war and violence must end by punishing the shudras and BCs but keeping in tact the Brahminical Social Order which is the cause of action.

Quite a number of Bhoodevatas have criticised us for calling the Brahminical people as the country’s ruling class. Their defence is there are hardly any Brahmin in the Union Cabinet or the state cabinet. They say the power to rule has percolated from the Brahmins downwards to the landed shudras and Backward Castes. Yes. They are right.

It is the thought that rules — not the person: Those who pinpoint this are depending upon a concept of “ruling class” which has the power to confuse those who are willing to be confused.

A ruling class need not necessarily rule —at least not directly. The process and the power of ruling a society comes from a thought. It is the thought that rules — not the person who sits on the chair.

Whoever that sits in the chair is guided by this very same thought, propounded and promulgated by the Brahmin.

Whether it is the legislature, judiciary, bureaucracy, the defence forces — they all constitute the sate. The people who function at the different levels of the above limbs of the state may not necessarily be the Brahmin but they are all guided by the supreme Brahminical thought.

Who can become the temple priest: That is how even to this day the state continues to uphold the principle that a born Brahmin alone must be the temple archaka (priest). The archaka post may be the lowest and the least paid. Yes. The position and pecuniary benefit is not that matters. There are any number of people ready to hold this post for a lesser salary.

The Supreme Court itself decided that a born Brahmin alone can be the temple archaka and none else. Such a decision is being blindly obeyed because it implies that the person of Brahmin alone is holy, sacred and divine.

The tirtha (sacred water) can come only from the shankha (conch). What comes out from other things is just water —not tirtha.

Ruling class need not rule: The rural kulaks and industrial tycoons do constitute a part of the ruling class. But it is subordinate to the Brahmin because his person alone is holy, sacred and divine.

In other words the ruling class cannot be defined by the act of ruling. It is the thought that rules. Not the person who holds the power. This was so throughout the Indian history. Even during the 800 to 1,000 years of Muslim rule it was the Brahmins who have been the Prime Ministers and the real rulers.

The ruling class need not necessarily rule but its thought serves the interests of that class as against the interests of the other non-ruling classes.

Dr. Ambedkar verdict: In other words the govt. has to serve the interests of the ruling class. If it does not, that govt. will be removed.

How does the ruling class rule? How does the ruling class see that its interests are promoted and protected?

This question can be easily understood when it concerns the interests of Muslims (15%), Christians (2.5%), Sikhs (2.5%). And particularly the Dalits (20%) and Tribals (10%). Even the Backward Castes (35%). Almost 85% of the country’s toiling masses have been complaining ever since “independence” of consistent and continuous discrimination, if not total neglect.

All of them have invariably pointed their accusing finger at the Brahminical rulers. Dr. Ambedkar was the most prominent among the leaders of this underclass which singled out the Brahminical class as the only cause of their plight and persecution.

That is how the Indian state has been openly hostile to the interests of the Dalits, tribals, OBCs, Muslims, Christians and Sikhs. Over 85% of the population.

The state is hostile because the ruling class wants it to be so. The Brahminical interests will be served only if the state is against the interests of the Bahujan Samaj.

Media keeps out Dalits: The composition of the country’s media — print and electronic — will help us understand which is India’s ruling class. A survey was made in the capital city of Delhi (DV Edit April 1, 2008: “Media monopoly helps upper castes to rule India by suppressing truth”. & p. 5: “Brahmins hold 49% top jobs in national media”) and the finding was that the capital’s journalistic fraternity is totally Brahminical with hardly any representation from Dalits. There may be here and there some Muslims but they are chosen only after finding out their loyalty to the ruling class.

Ruling class is the Intelligentsia: Ashok Rudra in his treatise refers to the Indian ruling class. He says the country’s Intelligentsia is the ruling class and he defines this class as those “persons who earn their living by the sale of mental labour”. This class does not include businessmen. He lists five categories of people:

(1) White collar employees, (2) employees in govt. services, (3) teachers, lawyers, judges (4) artists, journalists, writers), (5) professional politicians.

Mischief of middle class: It is this five classes often described in the media as the “middle class” which is the euphemism used to hide the “ruling class”.

Meira Kumar as pet dog: Are there no members of the SC/ST/BC or Muslim/Christian/Sikh in this “middle class”? Yes there are. They will be admitted to this exclusive club of closed coterie only after testing their value system. Once they are found to toe the Brahminical line they will be not only admitted but paraded as a pet dog. Presently Meira Kumar, a Dalit, is on the parade. Farukh Abdullah was hailed as a secular Muslim.

The ruling class, therefore, need not be necessarily Brahminical. Underdogs ready to eat the Brahminical shit will be its honoured members. That is how an OBC oil crushing lowly jati fellow, Narendra Modi, is being projected as the future PM for his sterling quality of killing 2,500 Muslims in the “Gujarat Genocide – 2002”.

In other words, the ruling class need not necessarily be Brahmin. Bum-lickers are most welcome to join this exclusive club as chamchas and chaprasis to carry out the job of disciplining the SC/ST/BCs and Muslim/Christian/Sikhs.

What is important is your ideology. Your value system. Not necessarily the caste. To that extent the caste rigidity is relaxed. But not the Brahminical ideology. The thought is not compromised. Underdogs who subscribe to this thought are admitted — of course closely watched.

A member of the Brahminical ruling class need not be rich. But he must have the ability to propagate the ruling class thought.

Why Paswan is loved: What is important is the Brahminical thought and the one who upholds this thought need not be a Brahmin. Ram Vilas Paswan, an Untouchable, is the blue-eyed boy of the Brahmins because he is a volatile votary of the Brahminical thought.

Women’s Bill: Women’s Reservation Bill is a good example to prove the power of the ruling Brahminical class which wants 1/3 seats in parliament to be reserved for women so that it can fill up parliament with their women.

But SC/ST/BCs and Muslims say that women’s reservation is fine but their women must have the quota within the quota. In a democracy every section has the right to be represented. It is their democratic right but the rulers have denounced the opponents as anti-women and the media is painting them as women-haters. All those who depend on this manuwadi media is made to believe their version. Rulers believe what they want to believe and also make others believe. This is the power of the ruling class.

Education goes to dogs: There is not a single media except the Dalit Voice which has denounced the proposed women’s Bill as anti-woman.

Take the education field, which is the most important sector to shape the thoughts of the youths. It is here that we find a total domination of the Brahminical class. Its interest is in the higher education to prepare their kids for overseas jobs and kushy living. So much so the entire primary and elementary education has gone to dogs.

Dismissal from Indian Express: Dangerous values are injected into the veins of the youth through textbooks which are prepared by the Brahminical writers. Education, journalism, TV, cinema, theatre, painting, culture etc. are all dominated by this class. These are the principal thought-manufacturing sectors which are closely guarded. We were dismissed from the Indian Express only because we challenged the Brahminical thought which none dare do.

Money corruption: India today is considered one among the most corrupt countries in the world. Money corruption is not the only variety of corruptions. Rather, money corruption is the last of the four varieties of corruption: (1) Money corruption, (2) moral corruption, (3) caste corruption, (4) intellectual corruption.

The last, intellectual corruption, is the worst form of corruption and this field is the total monopoly of the Brahminical rulers.

Money corruption is the last and the least harmful varieties of corruption.

Since the rulers themselves are corrupt, every other section in the society has also become corrupt. And that is how the money corruption — the most visible form of corruption — has become so rampant. Supreme Court judges themselves are being mentioned by fellow judges. When the Hindu temples could be the fountain head of corruption every other form of corruption is effectively sealed and safeguarded.

In other words, it is the thought that has to be clean and sublime. It is the thought which manufactures and shapes an ideology. When the thought itself is corrupt and the media promotes; it, as a country India is simply sinking. (India As a Failed State, DSA-2004).

Corrupt fellows hailed: The beauty of the Indian society is that it is not happy with an incorruptible person. He becomes an unfit and avoided, if not cursed. His own wife, parents and the family feels the fellow is useless. They say he is unhelpful. Only the corrupt is not only popular but very much liked by the society. Because he adjusts himself to any occasion and any person. That is how the corrupt; person, whether a minister, judge, bureaucrat or any official is extremely popular. It is the incorruptible, simple living person who is called useless and spurned by the society.

Why the Indian society has come to lionise Khetan Parekh, Harshad Mehta etc. because they corrupted the entire system and the Brahminical rulers carried them on their head as if they are our model.

Kerala CM hated: Who can save such a society which praises and parades persons who are killers like Narendra Modi, Harshad Mehta. Achutanandan, the most popular CM of Kerala, a man of character, incorruptible, becomes the most hated person in the marxist party.

Brahminical thought not only grows out of corruption but breeds only corruption — particularly intellectual corruption which is the fountain head of all other three varieties of corruption.

That is how in the recent parliament election money power was so openly used to win and none bothered about it. Even MPs with criminal past are co-opted because they are all products of Brahminism.

That is how the our property, posts and wealth are all concentrated in the hands of a micro-minority 15% of the country’s 1,200 million population.

Role of media: All this socialist shibboleth, Aam Admi Andolan are bullshit. Brahminical rulers are ruling us only with the help of their Brahminical media.

The communists are the essential part of this conspiracy to keep the country in the Brahminical hands.

Caste-wise census, income statistics are all prohibited because that would reveal which castes have prospered at whose cost.

Poverty yardstick: The rulers have ruled that “economic yardstick” (poverty) should be the sole criterion for backwardness and not the time-tested “caste”. Because if caste is taken as the yardstick, over 65% of the SC/ST/BCs and socially backward Muslims and Christians will come under the “Backward list” and if the funds are diverted to their welfare they will gain and challenge the Brahminical hegemony. Right from the Brahminical judiciary, media and the govt. all of them have fallen in line with this Brahminical thought.

Did we not say that it is the thought that rules and not the person in authority?

Half the people of India live below the poverty line. And they are entertained and made dumb and deaf by preaching them Hindu thoughts of papa, punya, punar janma (rebirth), fate — all dangerous thoughts which again make them pour their little savings into the coffers of the temples. The proverbial Indian poverty in fact enriches the rulers and helps them remain as rulers.

The manufacturers of Brahminical ideology (thought) are all flourishing because they help the rulers to keep the 2/3 of the country’s havenots as slaves.

Cricket to entertain the masses: They are entertained by the cricket fever which is yet another ruling class poison to keep the masses enthralled.

Education system is chaotic. India is shortly becoming the world’s largest country of illiterates. Who cares?

How to keep the SC/ST/BCs and Muslim and Christian poor, powerless and enslaved is the sole guiding rule of the “intelligentsia” who are the country’s ruling class. It is this ruling class which provides the leadership to the country.

Ruling class never identified: This intelligentsia constitutes the Brahminical class — though no writer or speaker has the courage to identify and name this country’s principal contradiction — except the Dalit Voice.

That is how we get a daily dosage of hate mails and even threats. For what? For identifying the enemy oppressor. The Brahminical advice to us is: “You go on writing all your muck without identifying the oppressor” so that the ruling Brahminical class goes on sucking the blood uninterrupted without being identified, without being named.

They have introduced several provisions in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) to punish and finish those who identify the enemy.

Parashuram slaughters Kshatriyas: The Kshatriyas, now called Thakurs, immediately “below” the Brahmin in the Chaturvarna order (the other name for the caste system), were literally slaughtered in thousands by the Brahmin killer god, Parasurama. The Chitpavan Brahmins, who produced Nathuram Godse, the killer of M.K. Gandhi, proudly displayed the huge cutout of their god at their recent jati conference at Pune.

Kshatriya surrender: Kerala is called the Parasurama Shristi. The Brahmin-Kshatriya rivalry and hatred was so bitter and deep. But soon they surrendered to Brahmins and since then acted as the bodyguards of the Bhoodevatas. The Vaishya (Banias) has the third-ranking poverty-stricken varna. In Bihar, the Banias are classified under the Backward Castes. It is only M.K. Gandhi who lifted his jatwalas and made them moneybags on the condition they will forever remain loyal to the Bhoodevatas. Today, the Banias earn billions and feed the Bhoodevatas. Perfect understanding.

That is how the Brahmins co-opted the Kshatriyas and Vaishyas.

Shudras won over: The shudras, forming the fourth varna of the Hindu Chaturvarna, have been blood enemies of the Bhoodevatas. The anti-Brahmin movement that waged during the British rule and immediately after the “independence” was led by the landed shudra castes like the Marathas, Jats, Reddis, Patels, Nairs, Vokkaligas, Mudaliars, Naidus etc. But soon they were also co-opted and that is how the mere 3% Bhoodevatas consolidated their position by enlarging their strength to 15% of the country’s population and became the ruling class of India.

Goodbye to land reform: The shudras are essentially the landed gentry. They were co-opted to the ruling class by not implementing the land reform. In the rural area land is power. The shudra power is allowed to reign supreme and thereby co-opted to the BSO.

This 15% ruling class has all the wealth, education, ritual status, beauty, caste superiority, personality, landed property. And that is how it became the country’s ruling class — guided and supervised by the 3% Brahminical micro-minority intelligentsia — frustrating every socio-economic-cultural “reforms” launched since “independence”.

Swiss Bank account-holders: Of course there are exceptions to the rule. But please note it is the exception that proves the rule. Take the case of the people having secret accounts in the Swiss banks. Or the latest list of multi-billionaires published in the Times of India. Are there anybody from the SC/ST/BCs? Or even Muslim or Christian? There may be one or two but they are the exceptions that only prove the rule. The rule is the 15% Brahminical Social Order is the ruling class. Manmohan Singh or even his grand father will have no courage to touch the Swiss bank hidden money.

How the Kshatriyas and Vaishyas were co-opted? The Bhoodevatas used social, economic, political and even psychological weapons to annex them into their fold. Today all the three are together and united. Once the three most powerful dwija varnas came together, annexing the “unthinking” shudras was no problem.

Gods on earth: That is how the Brahminical people became the unquestioned leaders — not only politically but also economically. What gave the solid strength to their leadership is their supreme ritual status as the Bhoodevatas, meaning the gods on earth.

Whether it is the Congress, BJP or even the communist parties the Bhoodevatas shall be the guiding spirit. Their unwritten law extends to every sphere — media, education, commerce and industry, judiciary — and even sports which in Hindu India means only cricket — the only “game” that suits the idli sambar grass-eaters.

Even if there is a revolution in India, it can be led only by a Bhoodevata. That is how E.M.S. Namboodiripad became the country’s greatest marxist and finally presided over the death of marxism.

“Mahatma” shot dead: Budha, Guru Ravidas, Mahatma Phule, Babasaheb Ambedkar, Sri Narayana Guru, Periyar E.V. Ramaswamy and many more worked to destroy this ruling class and its Hindu caste system. And in the process they only got destroyed. The Muslims realised the supreme truth belatedly and sought a separate homeland. The Bhoodevatas used the “Gandhi weapon” to fight the Muslims and as soon as the Mahatma succeeded he was shot dead by a Chitpavan Brahmin (Why Godse Killed Gandhi?, DSA-1997).

As this is written we are in total darkness. The country itself is sinking, surrounded by deadly enemies all around.

Even the thinking Bhoodevatas themselves are not getting sound sleep in the night. Anything and everything they touch is turning into charcoal.

We the oppressed over 85% are helpless. But here we have a unique country — the only one in the world — where the rulers themselves are deeply worried. Feeling insecure. Suspecting their own shadows.

The country is neither living nor dead. It is brain dead. Its name is “Hindu India”.

DALIT VOICE, Aug 1st – 15h 2009

DALIT VOICE

Vol. 28

Aug 1st – 15h 2009

No. 15

Editorial
  • Who is ruling India? And how? : World’s only unique system of oppression is making the slaves enjoy their slavery
Reports
  • Brahminical counter-revolution in full swing
Articles
  • Converting Dalits into exploiters : Latest Congress Party plan
  • Manuwadi bid to control Parliament
  • Jews & the “Jews of India”
  • Bullshit on financial recovery
  • What happened in Punjab was a caste war

Recent communal disturbances in Sinkiang, China

“watch the situation in China as Bejing may soon discover the Chanakiyan activities of India’s intelligence agencies, entrenched in Kabul, who according to scuttlebutt in Afghanistan, are deeply involved in subversive activities in Sinkiang.”

Recent communal disturbances in Sinkiang, China

Dr. Amarjit Singh, Khalistan Affairs Center

Musings on the recent communal disturbances in Sinkiang, China, located near Indian-occupied Punjab, Khalistan with which the Sikh Homeland has had trade relations for centuries

Washington D.C. – The sudden outbreak of unprecedented communal street violence in Urumqi, (pronounced Urumchi) the capital of China’s far Western Muslim-majority Xinjiang UyghurAutonomous Region (postal map spelling Sinkiang) in which disturbance 184 were killed – mostly Han Chinese- and about 1, 680 were injured, has caught both the Chinese government in Beijing and outside observers by surprise. As Sinkiang is not far (as the crow or as a missile flies) from the Sikh Homeland of Indian-occupied Punjab, developments there are, and should be, of interest and concern to every Sikh.

It is widely known that Urumqi’s population is 75% non-Muslim Han Chinese and the rest 25% consists of various Turkic Muslim (Uyghur,Kazakh, Krygyz, Palmiris, Hui, Mongol, Dongxiang, Xibe) communities. How could a ‘volcano’of this scale erupt suddenly in Xinjiang’s tightly-policed capital city of Urumqi, which has a demographic break-up of 75.3% Han Chinese and only 12.8% Muslim – mostly Sunni – Uyghurs – is a question on the mind of every political observer? Some of them are saying that it is not believable that protesters belonging to a regimented and closely-monitored minority – like the Uyghur community – can organize into mobs and kill so many people of the dominant Han Chinese ethnic group with just ‘knives, bricks and stones’, as is being announced by the Chinese government news agencies. Of the 185 casualties, how many are actually victims of the ‘heavy handed’ actions of state agents (police/army et. al) they are asking? The Han Chinese, the readers ought to know, are an ethnic group native to China and, by most modern definitions, the largest single ethnic group in the world. Han Chinese constitute about 92 percent of the (one billion three hundred million) population of the People’s Republic of China, they also make up 98 percent of the 23 million strong population inTaiwan, 75 percent of the 5 million population of Singapore, and are about 24 % of the 25 million Malaysian population
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Sinkiang (Xinjiang) is an Oil/Gas/mineral rich province of China. It is a large, sparsely populated (mostly desert) area which makes up about one sixth of China. Sinkiang has an area of 640, 930 Sq. miles which is larger than Iran or double the size of Pakistan or eleven times the size of Nepal. It has a population of about 20 million with a density of 31 persons per sq. mile as compared to India’s population density of 1,000 persons per sq, mile, Pakistan’s 575 persons per sq. mile and Nepal’s density of 534 persons per Sq. mile. The Chinese province of Sinkiang borders the TibetAutonomous Region of China, touches Indian-occupied Ladakh (Kashmir) in the South-East. Mongolia is to the North east, Russia is to the north, and Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan in the West. Afghanistan and Pakistan are on it’s Southern border. “Xinjiang” in Manchu, literally means ‘New Frontier’ a name given during the Manchu Qing Dynasty which ruled China from 1644 to 1912 A.D. It is home to a number of different ethnic groups, many of them Turkic, the largest of which is the Uyghur people a Turkic peoples of Central Asia. Many English speakers pronounce it as “wEEger” but the pronunciation “ooygOOr” is closer to the native usage.

Older English-language reference works often refer to the area as Chinese Turkestan, Sinkiang, East Turkestan, or Uyghuristan. Pan-Turkism is a political movement aiming to unite the various Turkic peoples into a modern political state, a confederation, or an economic union closely resembling that of the European Union. The First Eastern Turkestan Republic (ETR), or Turkish Islamic Republic of East Turkestan (TIRET), or Republic of Uyghurstan, was a short-lived break-away entity founded in 1933. It was centered around the city of Kashgar in Sinkiang. This first Eastern Turkestan Republic (ETR) was effectively eliminated rather quickly. Its example, however, served to some extent as inspiration for the founding of a Second East Turkestan Republic. The Second East Turkestan Republic, usually known simply as the East Turkestan Republic (ETR) was a short-lived, Soviet Union-backed, separatist republic (multi-ethnic in character, including Kazakhs) which existed in the 1940s in three northern districts of Sinkiang (Xinjiang) province of the then Republic of China, what is now the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. ETR continues to influence modern Uyghur nationalist support for the creation of an independent East Turkestan Republic. East Turkestan Independence Movement is a broad term that refers to advocates of an independent, self-governing Xinjiang, also referred to as East Turkestan.

Indian media reports are, at this point in time, spreading dezinformatsiya about Sinkiang and therefore, should be taken with a ‘pinch of salt.’ However, one report written by one, Sreeram Chaulia, an associate professor of world politics at the Jindal Global Law School in Sonipat, India, seems to be a reasonable ‘look-see’ and as such is readable. It claims that, “specific matchstick to the current conflagration in Urumqi comes from an ethnically motivated ‘transfer policy’ the Chinese government initiated in 2006, wherein state recruiters aggressively hired young Uyghur women to work as factory laborers at the other end of the country in provinces like Guangdong. Parts of Xinjiang, where the ten million strong Uyghurs make up the majority of the population, are especially targeted for these controversial transfers, which are carried out via threats and intimidation. Once the jobless Uyghur women are physically removed and sent to do low-paying and hazardous work far from home, the state fills the emptied spaces in Xinjiang with subsidized Han Chinese economic migrants. It is notable that the apparent trigger for the latest burst of violence in Urumqi was an attack in late June by an incensed Han gang on ‘transferred’ Uyghur workers in a toy factory in the southeast of the country. This incident in Guangdong left two Uyghur workers dead and some 81 of them injured. Local security agencies in the city of Shaoguan have been accused by rights groups of standing by inactively as the Uyghurs were singled out for harm. Once news of this injustice reached Urumqi, protesters came out to express their disgust at the government’s forced depopulation of Uyghurs and their ensuing ill-treatment in China’s manufacturing heartlands.” If true these two Uyghur deaths in Guangdong (near Hongkong) could have been the ‘spark’, the cause for the current trouble in Urumqi.

The fact of the matter is that the unrest in China’s far-west region of Sinkiang (Xinjiang) notably in the capital city of Urumqi, could have foreign roots as well as countries like India, in cahoots with mercenary elements in Afghanistan, has an interest in creating mistrust between China and Pakistan in whose lawless Tribal Areas some Muslim Uyghurs have found asylum. The riots come after 15 years of development and transformation of the Sinkiang area into a geo-economic Chinese springboard for projecting influence into Central Asia and the Caspian region in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union. The vast region of Sinkiang, more than three times the size of California (and once possibly best known as home to China’s nuclear test site at Lop Nor) is becoming increasingly important for China as a transit route for fuel pipelines from neighboring countries and further afield in addition to its role as an important supplier of its own energy and mineral resources to the industrial east of China. The central government of China may have encouraged heavy ethnic Han emigration to the area, to develop these resources while economic incentives (extra quotas in Universities, exemption from the draconian one child policy etc.) re offered to the disadvantaged native Uyghurs to leave for elsewhere in China. New highways throughout the region’s western hinterland are helping to promote international trade flows while strengthening the writ of the central government’s. The Chinese National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) says that Xinjiang holds 17.4 trillion cubic feet of proven gas reserves. Nevertheless, according to Chinese sources, Xinjiang represents one-seventh of the country’s current oil production and nearly one-quarter of its petroleum reserves. It also holds over two-fifths of its coal reserves. The landmark West-East Gas Pipeline (WEGP), using resources in Xinjiang’s Tarim Basin and running 4,000 kilometers to terminate in Shanghai, was opened in 2005. With India having bowed out of a proposed Iran-Pakistan-India natural gas pipeline, China has indicated an interest in expanding the now-signed bilateral Iran-Pakistan project into a trans-Pakistan route that would then transit Xinjiang.

The above mentioned West-East Gas Pipeline (WEGP) was opened with a volume of 12 bcm a year, a figure projected to increase to 17 bcm/y. Construction of a second pipeline to run 9,000 kilometers (including its projected eight sub-lines) from northwest Xinjiang began in early 2008. It will run parallel to the first WEGP and be interconnected with it up to Gansu before diverging to Guangzhou. The volume of the second WEGP is projected at 30 bcm/y and will be supplied largely by the Turkmenistan-China pipeline now under construction across Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. There are further plans to build a third and a fourth WEGP and possibly even a fifth. All these developments are in line with the “Go West” program announced by Beijing a decade ago. Under this plan, China seeks to build up not only Xinjiang but also Tibet, whose plateau holds astounding mineral resources and to which a rail line – an engineering marvel – was opened last year, and provinces further east but away from the better-developed coast. This could make them the driving forces of the country’s economic development over the next few decades. The “Go West” campaign was originally introduced in tandem with the re-invigoration of the “Hit Hard” campaign, a year-long security clampdown introduced for the 10th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen incident. Some Western observers are of the opinion, that this week’s protests by Uyghurs in Urumqi, is not a new phenomenon, nor is their suppression.

Other observers are of the opinion that the recent sudden rioting between Han and Uyghurs, in Urumqi, could further alarm the authorities in Beijing about the possible threat of unrest in the homeland of Han-populated China further east, and feed the leadership’s disquiet (fear) over popular discontent, into ordering a nationwide ‘get tough’ policy. These tough policies would then be exploited by internet savvy countries unfriendly to China and could bring more unhappiness upon China’s minorities (Uyghurs and Tibetans for example) who, unlike the Han Chinese, have no restrictions on having more than one child per couple, a big concession by Beijing to it’s minorities.

Sikh Readers are advised to watch the situation in China as Bejing may soon discover the Chanakiyan activities of India’s intelligence agencies, entrenched in Kabul, who according to scuttlebutt in Afghanistan, are deeply involved in subversive activities in Sinkiang a la their British/Indian predecessors in the 1930’s. An angry China could retaliate by withholding or diverting the waters of the Sutlej river which rises in Tibet or focusing it’s ‘attention’ on the Tibetan training camps near the Pong, Pandoe and Bhakra dams located near the Sikh Homeland of Indian-occupied Punjab.

American NGO Covers For Blackwater In Pakistan?

American NGO Covers For Blackwater In Pakistan?

Reports suggest Pakistan has expelled a US Blackwater mercenary, but Pakistanis ask, ‘Who rules our streets, the Pakistani government or the Americans?’ And who let them in?

In May, a US diplomat was caught arranging a meeting between a suspected Indian spy and senior Pakistani officials in the privacy of her house. In June when Pakistani officials confronted Washington with evidence that terrorists in Pakistan were using sophisticated American weapons, US media quickly leaked stories about American weapons missing from the US-trained Afghan army. And now reports confirm that the dirty secret arm of the US government – the mercenaries of Blackwater – have infiltrated sensitive regions of Pakistan. Blackwater works as an extension of the US military and CIA, taking care of dirty jobs that the US government cannot associate itself with in faraway strategic places. The question: Who let them in? And who deported one of them, if at all?

By AHMED QURAISHI

Wednesday, 5 August 2009.

WWW.AHMEDQURAISHI.COM

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—Three weeks ago a group of concerned Pakistani citizens in Peshawar wrote to the federal interior ministry to complain about the suspicious activities of a group of shadowy Americans in a rented house in their neighborhood, the upscale University Town area of Peshawar.

A NGO calling itself Creative Associates International, Inc. leased the house. CAII, as it is known by its acronym, is a Washington DC-based private firm. According to its Web site, the company describes itself as “a privately-owned non-governmental organization that addresses urgent challenges facing societies today … Creative views change as an opportunity to improve, transform and renew …”

The description makes no sense. It is more or less a perfect cover for the American NGO’s real work: espionage.

The incorporated NGO is more of a humanitarian front that alternates sometimes for undercover US intelligence operations in critical regions, including Angola, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Gaza, and Pakistan.

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Of the 36 new job openings, the company’s Web site shows that half of them are in Pakistan today. Pakistan is also at the heart of the now combined desperate effort by the White House-military-CIA to avert a looming American defeat in Afghanistan by shifting the war to its next-door neighbor.

In Peshawar, CAII, opened an office to work on projects in the nearby tribal agencies of Pakistan. All of these projects, interestingly, are linked to the US government. CAII’s other projects outside Pakistan are also linked to the US government. In short, this NGO is not an NGO. It is closely linked to the US government.

In Peshawar, CAII told Pakistani authorities it needed to hire security guards for protection. The security guards, it turns out, were none other than Blackwater’s military-trained hired guns. They were used the CAII cover to conduct a range of covert activities in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province.

The infamous Blackwater private security firm operates as an extension of the US military and CIA, taking care of dirty jobs that the US government cannot associate itself with in faraway strategic places. Blackwater is anything but a security firm. It is a mercenary army of several thousand hired soldiers.

Pakistani security officials apparently became alarmed by reports that Blackwater was operating from the office of CAII on Chinar Road, University Town in Peshawar. The man in charge of the office, allegedly an American by the name of Craig Davis according to a report in Jang, Pakistan’s largest Urdu language daily, was arrested and accused of establishing contacts with ‘the enemies of Pakistan’ in areas adjoining Afghanistan. His visa has been cancelled, the office sealed, and Mr. Davis reportedly expelled back to the United States.

It is not clear when Mr. Davis was deported and whether there are other members of the staff expelled along with him. When I contacted the US Embassy over the weekend, spokesman Richard Snelsire’s first reaction was, “No embassy official has been deported.” This defensive answer is similar to the guilt-induced reactions of US embassy staffers in Baghdad and Kabul at the presence of mercenaries working for US military and CIA.

I said to Mr. Snelsire that I did not ask about an embassy official being expelled. He said he heard these reports and ‘checked around’ with the embassy officials but no one knew about this. “It’s baseless.”

So I asked him, “Is Blackwater operating in Pakistan, in Peshawar?”

“Not to my knowledge.” Fair enough. The US embassies in Baghdad and Kabul never acknowledged Blackwater’s operations in Iraq and Afghanistan either. This is part of low-level frictions between the diplomats at the US Department of State and those in Pentagon and CIA. The people at State have reportedly made it clear they will not acknowledge or accept responsibility for the activities of special operations agents operating in friendly countries without the knowledge of those countries and in violation of their sovereignty. Reports have suggested that sometimes even the US ambassador is unaware of what his government’s mercenaries do in a target country.

Official Pakistani sources are yet to confirm if one or more US citizens were expelled recently. The government is also reluctant in making public whatever evidence there might be about Blackwater operations inside Pakistan. But it is clear that something unusual was happening in the Peshawar office of an American NGO. There is also strong suspicion that Blackwater was operating from the said office.

There are other things happening in Pakistan that are linked to the Americans and that increase the chances of Blackwater’s presence here.

These include:

1. One of the largest US embassies – or military and intelligence command outposts – in the world is being built in Islamabad as I write this at a cost of approximately one billion US dollars. This is the biggest sign of an expansion in US meddling in Pakistan and a desire to use this country as a base for regional operations. Interestingly, US covert meddling inside Pakistan and nearby countries is already taking place, including in Russia’s backyard, in Iran, and in China’s Xinjiang.

2. A large number of retired Pakistani military officers, academics and even journalists have been quietly recruited at generous compensations by several US government agencies. These influential Pakistanis are supposed to provide information, analysis, contacts and help in pleading the case for US interests in the Pakistani media, in subtle ways. Pakistanis would be surprised that some prominent names well known to television audiences are in this list.

3. CIA and possibly Blackwater have established a network of informers in the tribal belt and Balochistan; there have also been reports of non-Pakistanis sighted close to sensitive military areas in the country. Considering the intensity and frequency of terrorist acts inside Pakistan in the past four years, there is every possibility that all sorts of saboteurs are having a field day in Pakistan.

4. Members of separatist and ethnic political parties have been cultivated by various US government agencies and quietly taken for visits to Washington and the CENTCOM offices in Florida.

The possibility of the existence of mercenary activities in Pakistan is strengthened by the following events:

5. Pakistani officials have in recent months collected piles of evidence that suggests that terrorists wreaking havoc inside Pakistan have been and continue to receive state of the art weapons and a continuous supply of money and trainers from unknown but highly organized sources inside Afghanistan. A significant number of these weapons is of American and Israeli manufacture. Indians have also been known to supply third-party weapons to terrorists inside Pakistan.

6. Some Pakistani intelligence analysts have stumbled on circumstantial evidence that links the CIA to anti-Pakistan terror activities that may not be in the knowledge of all departments of the US government. One thing is for sure, that CIA’s operations in Afghanistan are in the hands of dangerous elements that are prone to rogue-ish behavior.

7. In May, a US woman diplomat was caught arranging a quiet [read ‘secret’] meeting between a low-level Indian diplomat and several senior Pakistani government officials. An address in Islamabad – 152 Margalla Road – was identified as a venue where the secret meeting took place. The American diplomat in question knew there was no chance the Indian would get to meet the Pakistanis in normal circumstances. Nor was it possible to do this during a high visibility event. After the incident, Pakistan Foreign Office issued a terse statement warning all government officials to refrain from such direct contact with foreign diplomats in unofficial settings without prior intimation to their departments.

8. Pakistani suspicions about American foul play inside Pakistan are not new. On July 12, 2008 in a secret meeting in Rawalpindi between military and intelligence officials from the two countries these concerns were openly aired. The Americans accused ISI of maintain contacts with the Afghan Taliban. The Pakistani answer was that normal low-level contacts are maintained with all parties in the area. NATO and the Kabul regime were doing the same thing in Afghanistan. In return, the Pakistanis laid out evidence, including photographs, showing known terrorists meeting Indian and pro-US Kabul regime officials. Was the United States supporting these anti-Pakistan activities is the question that was posed to the US military and CIA.

9. Further back into history, in 1978 the ISI broke a spy ring made up of Pakistani technicians working for the nascent Pakistani nuclear program who were recruited by CIA. Pakistan chose not to raise the issue publicly but did so privately at the highest level in Washington.

Now there are reports that the Zardari-Gilani government is consulting Pakistan’s Naval headquarters on a proposal to construct a US navy base on the coast of Balochistan. When things have reached this level of American meddling in Pakistan, Blackwater seems like a small issue. Some Pakistani analysts are of the view that elements within the Pakistani security establishment need to be very careful about where they intend to draw the red line for CIA operations in and around Pakistan.

Pakistan, a Suicidal Nation in the Crosshairs

“Are Pakistanis so willing to knowingly act against their nation for dollars?”

Destroying ourselves with a little help from the US

Shireen M Mazari

The chaos that is spreading within the country is frightening and a result of bad or lack of governance on the one hand and US intrusions and questionable activities in Pakistan on the other. In the first instance, there is no civilian governance infrastructure to take over and govern the “cleared” areas in Malakand – but then there is no governance even in more central parts of the country. That is why we have had the despicable attack on the poor and marginalised Christians in Gojra – once again under the shameful and protective guise of the Blasphemy Law. Never has a Law been so abused to wreak violence on our minorities’ whom the Founder of the Nation, Quaid-i-Azam, declared as equal citizens in the state of Pakistan. Clearly, there is so much hatred, intolerance and violence endemic within us that we do not need any Taliban to kill and harm our less fortunate fellow citizens. And where were the government and the law and order institutions when all this barbarism was being carried out?

As Pakistanis we must hang our heads once again in shame; but the main concern for us should not be simply our image internationally but what we are becoming within our own society. That is what should be of primary concern for the leadership. That is why in many previous columns I have been pointing to the dangers of bringing our marginalised population within the mainstream and delivering justice to the people so that they all have a stake in the system and the state – be they the marginalised Madrassah students or the marginalised minorities’. Otherwise extremism and violence will fester – Taliban or no Taliban – and as a desperate measure sending in the military will only aggravate not resolve the problem. And one has yet to talk of Balochistan where targeted killings continue while politicians continue to talk rather than act despite a seeming political consensus on what needs to be done. Why a beginning towards reconciliation cannot be made by declaring a general amnesty for all political prisoners and exiles only our bizarre ruling elites’ mindsets can understand but we are on a precipice here.

However, the other cause for chaos can be resolved more readily – that of the growing intrusiveness and questionable role of the US within Pakistan. For some time now one has been raising questions about the strange US presence in areas around Tarbela and in Peshawar. Then there was the news of the assassination squads controlled by the US Department of Defence rather than the CIA, of which the new US commander in Afghanistan, General McChrystal was a central actor. This information helped to link up differing pieces of a growing puzzle about the increasing US personnel in Pakistan. A cause for concern, given these developments, is the US plan to spend $1 billion to expand its presence in Islamabad – especially, since central to this plan is the importation of almost 400 Marines with hundreds of APCs. There is absolutely no logic to this, but who will tell our rulers who seem hell-bent on kowtowing before Washington? Incidentally already the US contingent in Pakistan is way over the sanctioned strength of 350 but does anyone in the corridors of power in Pakistan care?

Nor is the US Marines presence restricted to Islamabad. As some of us had been writing much earlier, they had been spotted in and around Tarbela also – where our military’s Special Operation Task Force is located. It now transpires that there are already 300 plus US military personnel in this area – the so-called “trainers”. Of course, given the poor counter insurgency record of the US, heaven knows what training they will impart to our much better trained army! Also, if they were only “trainers” why would the US buy a large plot of land around Tarbela and send twenty large containers there according to an investigative Asia Times Online report (3August 2009).

As if all these US military and undercover officials crawling all over the sensitive parts of the country were not enough, it appears that the US is also using private covert setups to further a dubious and threatening agenda within Pakistan. The centre of these suspicious covert operations is Peshawar, and the central organisation is Creative Associates International Inc. (CAII – as opposed to CIA), which refers to itself as an NGO on its website but on further investigation it transpires that the organisation is registered as a private incorporated company in Washington D.C – not an NGO! A 27 July 2009 report by Sarwar and Yousafzai for Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) reveals that CAII has been terrifying the residents of University Town Peshawar because of its US security guards – ostensibly from that notorious US security contractor Blackwater (now renamed Xe Worldwide) whose employees already face charges of murder, arms smuggling and child prostitution in Iraq.

What is very suspicious is that CAII’s website shows no identification of its owners although its staff is identified. Also, although it is supposed to be a private corporation, all its work around the world is totally funded by USAid and the US government and the projects are all in sensitive areas only – Sri Lanka, Gaza, Angola, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. CAII is working supposedly on a strange-sounding project in FATA – FATA Development Programme Government to Community. In reality, its staff goes around escorted by the killer Blackwater guards, meeting militants and other suspect people being sought by the Pakistani authorities in FATA and the Peshawar environs. Of the 30 job openings listed on its website presently, at least half are for Pakistan.

During the latter half of July, a US citizen, Craig Davis, was arrested from the CAII house in Peshawar, his visa cancelled and deported. Interestingly, when a journalist sought to verify this information from the US embassy, its spokesperson first declared that Davis had nothing to do with the US embassy but then stated that the embassy knew nothing about this man. So if they knew nothing of the man’s existence, how was it known that he did not work for the US embassy?

The point is, clearly there is a threatening US agenda including seeking out our nuclear sites and assassinating people thereby adding to our chaos and violence. But the question is: who has allowed us to be confronted with such a dubious and large US covert and overt presence in Pakistan? Some believe that during the previous regime, certain segments of certain institutions had orders from the top to allow this dangerous US infiltration into Pakistan but no one else was informed. However, now who is responsible for the continuing presence of these people in sensitive areas where they are also terrorising the local populations?

When we as a society are facing our own problems of violence and terrorism, we can hardly afford to have such a volatile US presence here which will only aggravate our problems of violence and law and order. It is also sad to learn that Blackwater has been able to recruit dozens of retired commandos from the Pakistan army and elite police force through its local subcontractors according to the DPA report. Are Pakistanis so willing to knowingly act against their nation for dollars?

With increasing information about the dangerous US presence in Pakistan, it is not difficult to connect the dots also – with our nuclear assets, the institution of the military and the remaining strands of stability being the targets. Unless someone can stop the rot, it is only a matter of time before the US forces cross over physically on the ground from across Afghanistan. They may not get the triggers they plan on seizing but they can trigger a push towards total anarchy. Our rulers are certainly in self-destruct mode aided and abetted by the US.

The writer is a defence analyst. Email: callstr@hotmail.com

US Drones Target Baitullah Mehsud’s Family

Baitullah Mehsud’s wife killed in attack

WANA: The security forces has killed in fresh attack at the house of Taliban militant commander Baitullah Mehsud in South Waziristan Agency, Geo News reported Wednesday.

Also, two other militants have also been killed in the attack.

A foreign news agency quoted two Pakistani intelligence and one army official saying a U.S. missile strike in northeastern Pakistan killed a wife of top Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud.

Mehsud’s associates would not confirm the report, although they did say a woman was killed in the missile strike.

The three officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media. They say the strike killed two people, including one of Mehsud’s two wives.

They say Wednesday’s attack was against the home of a close relative of Mehsud in South Waziristan, part of the lawless tribal region along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan. Taliban and al-Qaida leaders are believed to be hiding in the area.

Slow, Brutal, Merciless Inhuman Ethnic Cleansing of Ancient Lands

Slow, Brutal, Merciless Inhuman Ethnic Cleansing of Ancient Lands

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One way I’ve come to visualize the Occupation is to imagine the indigenous Onondaga Nation here in Onondaga County (NY), a Nation that white settlers long ago reduced to a fraction of its former territory. But to make the situations more comparable, suppose a 25-foot wall separated the Onondagas from the surrounding white-controlled county. Imagine that the Onondagas risked being shot from sniper towers or detained for months without trial if they somehow passed thru the wall without a permit. Imagine further that within the Onondaga Nation there were numerous militarized roadblocks cutting Onondagas off from their neighbors or their crops. Such a bizarre scenario would be a microcosm of the occupied West Bank.

Ed Kinane worked in Iraq with Voices in the Wilderness before, during and after “Shock and Awe.” Reach him at: edkinane@verizon.net.

Chasing Terrorists VS. Chasing Swine Flu

Chasing Terrorists VS. Chasing Swine Flu

By Emily Spence
Are inoculations and coercive military intervention the best strategies that the U.S. leadership can muster in response to worries erupting after the initial H1N1 outbreak? No, the innovative Chinese “plan” proves otherwise.
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An associate of mine recently returned from being in China for three weeks. Describing some of her experiences, she mentioned that a team of medically trained officials with masks, gloves and assorted paraphernalia came onto her jet after it landed in Asia and individually checked each person onboard for flu symptoms.
At the same time, their examination went quickly as they had the protocol down pat with enough workers to run through the procedure in a highly efficient, orderly manner. In addition, the health workers took everyone’s temperature with a small round disk that was put on each person’s head for approximately two seconds. (Obviously, the object’s an incredibly fast thermometer, which was neither invented, nor in use in the USA. Why not?)
In addition, all people during the flight, including the airline staff, had to record information concerning any illnesses that they might have contracted using a passed out medical form much like the type, one can assume, that is filled out prior to appointments in many doctors’ offices in the USA.  On it, they also had to share about their overall health, recent locations and associates for a given period of time so that possible Swine Flu exposure from others could be assessed.
In this way, the officials were able to catch, in advance, a number of people who were, as a precautionary measure, briefly quarantined and amongst whom, it turned out, some had contracted the flu while outside of China. They, also, nabbed from flights originating from the USA and other countries quite a number of people who showed flu symptoms upon the arrival of their jets in China after which health officers isolated them and, in separate quarters, their companions amongst whom the latter were released if they successfully cleared the incubation period.
Further, the group on the flight was not released from its protectively secluded section of the customs clearance area until all of the collected forms were read by a fair sized staff authorizing individual passengers one after another to move through the more typical customs checkpoint. Meanwhile, the travelers were made as comfortable as possible while waiting with polite helpful airport personnel expertly providing for their needs rather than their simply being left as a tired bedraggled crowd to their own devices. As such, the small additional waiting period was made endurable by friendly attentive helpers.
This program in mind, one ponders about the reason that the U.S. government, with so many desperate unemployed Americans extant, does not institute a similar plan. Setting it in place as a coordinated effort by the CDC, NIH, FDA, DHS, FAA, airport security directors and/or other groups would definitely curtail the need for an extraordinarily high number of vaccine doses due to it delimiting the outbreak. So it would be valuable even if maintaining such a regimen were to reallocate some of the excessive funds intended for pharmaceutical companies making the vaccine components at a very high profit margin and for which price should have been aggressively negotiated by a Congressional oversight committee.
Instead, must the USA fall back on drastic plans as a second line of defense in the absence of diligent pre-emptive measures such as the Chinese have thoughtfully undertaken? Are inoculations and military enforcement the best techniques that the U.S. leadership can muster in response to worries erupting after the initial H1N1 outbreak?
All considered, it might be important to note The Role of the Department of Defense During A Flu Pandemic as discussed by the authors Lawrence Kapp, Specialist in Military Manpower Policy, and Don J. Jansen,
Analyst in Defense Health Care Policy. After all, there might be need for drastic aggressive measures if prohibitive ones aren’t set in place in advance. Yet, isn’t “an ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure”?
Why are always more drugs and vigorous military force dished up by the USA as a panacea for much that ails? Can’t some innovative alternatives be devised? Seemingly, the answer is generally “no”.
So, it’s no wonder that the USA is probably the most Drugged-Up Nation in the world. Likewise, it’s no wonder that the Pentagon sends the armed service every which way to fan out across the globe. Unfortunately, palliative placation after a mess is created mixed with brute force is typically American.
Meanwhile, my friend stayed in a government building for part of her time in China. In relation, everyone in the abode had his temperature taken first thing in the morning before disembarkation from the dwelling and  as a last action at night before bedtime. By such a procedure, plans to limit disease in government facilities were put in place and one can assume that similar practices were being carried out at military and prison sites, along with other tracking mechanisms, including perhaps ones similar to those that were carried out at the airport.
Are comparable deterrent actions being implemented at U.S. military bases around the world and on U.S. soil? Are they in place at American prisons, detention centers and other government run centers?
Apparently, no such procedures are adequately in place. Evidence for this neglect is ample such as the fact that, according to the account in “Swine flu hits Air Force operations in north Fla“, “Swine flu has hit the Air Force’s special operations command in northwest Florida. As many as 59 airmen at Hurlburt Field are suspected of having the virus, while another four have tested positive. First Special Operations Wing spokeswoman Amy Oliver said Wednesday they won’t be testing the probable cases.”
At the same time, no one can claim that population size, nor land mass extent, can serve as an impediment to preventative Swine Flu examinations being successfully conducted. If they can be undertaken in a vast sprawling land like China with over a billion people, they, certainly, can be achieved in other countries if there is sufficient willpower.
Evidently, though, it’s lacking in America as I, in contrast to my friend’s experience in China, did not see any measures related to flu control while recently stuck for around two hours in the international terminal at Logan Airport near Boston while waiting for a relative’s delayed flight from Orly Airport near Paris. No, there were no signs of any precautions being undertaken even on a modest scale.
On account, I tried to stay away from the milling-about mob as much as possible. Simultaneously, I witnessed arriving group after group pour through the customs doorways from assorted locations abroad after which they, with some in their bunch coughing and sneezing, pressed through the densely packed pick-up crowd.
In short, there were no checks as far as I could discern for incoming passengers and my relative confirmed that, indeed, this was seemingly the case. How amazing and slack!
Similarly, my companion back from China was equally astonished about the lax US standards relative to arriving flu cases. So one winds up questioning the stupidity of, pathetic obsession with and tremendous amount of money thrown at catching would-be terrorists in the U.S. and overseas while everything is so  negligent and seemingly disorganized from a medical angle. Indeed, perhaps the wrong monsters and bogeymen are being overzealously chased.
After all, look who’s being hounded. For example, there’s the GRANDMOTHER AND RETIRED NURSE LABELED A TERRORIST , who’s the Clerk of a Quaker (Religious Society of Friends) Meeting. Likewise, let’s not forget that there’s always Another five-year-old on the no-fly list: meet Sam Adams.
This in mind, there’s always an ongoing requirement for whistle blowers and watch dog groups like ACLU since the ACLU Releases Comprehensive Report On Patriot Act Abuses. At the same time, the wrongs are often so severe that even E-Mail Surveillance Renews Concerns in Congress – NYTimes.com.
All the same, some government officials, perhaps fanatical on certain fronts, are woefully neglectful in tracking the Swine Flu and protecting citizens from its spread. In disgust and dismay, one ponders about their priorities or, in the least, the reason that flu carriers aren’t traced as energetically as are little boys like Sam Adams, pacifistic religious leaders, other peaceniks and, half a world away, goat herders, who resent their nations being invaded and bombed to rubble with DU tipped projectiles by foreigners after which they embrace “the enemy” as a consequence.
Then again, why would some of these legislators wish to proactively prevent the spread of the Swine Flu? After all, ‘A Whole Industry Is Waiting For A Pandemic’. As epidemiologist Tom Jefferson states in his Spiegel international edition interview:
“It’s true that influenza viruses are unpredictable, so it does call for a certain degree of caution. But one of the extraordinary features of this influenza — and the whole influenza saga — is that there are some people who make predictions year after year, and they get worse and worse. None of them so far have come about, and these people are still there making these predictions. For example, what happened with the bird flu, which was supposed to kill us all? Nothing. But that doesn’t stop these people from always making their predictions. Sometimes you get the feeling that there is a whole industry almost waiting for a pandemic to occur.”
“The WHO and public health officials, virologists and the pharmaceutical companies. They’ve built this machine around the impending pandemic. And there’s a lot of money involved, and influence, and careers, and entire institutions! And all it took was one of these influenza viruses to mutate to start the machine grinding.”
“… With rhinoviruses, RSV and the majority of the other viruses, it’s hard to make a lot of money or a career out of it. Against influenza, though, there are vaccines, and there are drugs you can sell. And that’s where the big money from the pharmaceuticals industry is. It makes sure that research on influenza is published in the good journals. And that’s why you have more attention being paid there, and the entire research field becomes interesting for ambitious scientists.”
In a similar vein, Many in Congress Hold Stakes in Health Industry – NYTimes.com. As Greg Gordon and Andrew Donohue point out inMembers of Congress Face Conflict of Interest When it Comes to Drug Companies “, which contains an eye opening list of related articles: 
“These senators, House members and their families own tens of millions of dollars in stock in drug manufacturers, whose profits could rise or fall depending on what Congress does about the soaring prices of medicine and the push for Medicare drug benefits.”
So, along with voting in favor of bailout funds to go to institutions in which they have holdings, why shouldn’t members of Congress be in favor of taxpayers’ money also going towards a gargantuan Swine Flu immunization program when it is, obviously, so personally lucrative? Would they care that “Conflict of interest taints vaccine approval process, charges US report “, posted at National Center for Biotechnology Information web site, exists? Are they concerned that lists like “Ten Things You’re Not Supposed to Know about the Swine Flu Vaccine ” are formulated as warnings for an undiscerning public whose fright over the illness has been intentionally whipped up to an irrational frenzy by sensational MSM coverage? Of course, these reports make no difference since greed and alarm trumps all!
In the meantime, you won’t find me at another American airport any time soon. At the same time, anyone expecting me to join the obedient conformist throng to be a new vaccination guinea pig had better think twice about holding his breath while waiting for me to get in line.
Put another way: “Government health agencies colluded with Big Pharma to hide the risks” , according to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. In view of that, I’m, frankly, not willing to gamble with my health at either a U.S. flight terminal or in experimental trials for hastily developed drugs.
Emily Spence is an author living in Massachusetts. She has spent many years involved in human rights, environmental and social services efforts.