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by Sandhya Jain on 31 Dec 2009 10 Comments

Barely seven years after Prof. B B Lal penned The Sarasvati Flows On: The Continuity of Indian Culture (2002), the defiantly-in-denial UPA has been forced to admit the existence of the Vedic Sarasvati. In response to a parliamentary question, the government revealed that a study by scientists of ISRO, Jodhpur, and the Rajasthan Government’s G

by Dost Khan on 30 Dec 2009 8 Comments

Sageer Report pro-separatist Today’s Congress is not the Congress of Pandit Moti Lal Nehru (1928), who knew the nature of the Indian problem, who knew the nature and implications of the Muslim League politics, and who rejected outright the suggestions in favour of communal electorates and creation of three new Muslim-majority provinces o

by Saghir Ahmed on 30 Dec 2009 4 Comments

[Muslims, particularly the Sunni Muslims of the Kashmir Valley, appear to be the sole worthy recipients of the Prime Minister’s love, if one is to go by the recommendations of the surreptitiously concluded Working Group on Centre State relations, chaired by Justice Saghir Ahmed. We reproduce below the Summary of Recommendations for readers to

by Sandhya Jain on 29 Dec 2009 27 Comments

BJP mumbles and fumbles It is amazing that despite RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat declaring Kashmir “a non-negotiable issue” with Pakistan, as it was an integral part of India, the Bharatiya Janata Party was unable to transcend petty differences with the J&K National Panthers Party and support its call for a Jammu Bandh to protest the pro-

by Hari Om on 28 Dec 2009 7 Comments

Sageer hits nation below the belt Justice Sageer Ahmed has been unfair to the Muslims of Kashmir as well, for obvious reasons, the most important being his belief in a system that treats human beings like slaves. In other words, he, like the autocratic and arrogant Kashmiri Muslim leadership, is for a dispensation that deprives the Muslims of Kashm

by Hari Om on 27 Dec 2009 4 Comments

Sageer hits nation below the belt The attitude of Justice Sageer Ahmed towards the hapless and suffering refugees from West Pakistan (predominantly members of the Scheduled Caste community) has been no different. It was as negative as in the case of the suffering Ladakhis, persecuted and internally-displaced Kashmiri Hindus, and backward Gujjar and

by Hari Om on 26 Dec 2009 5 Comments

Sageer hits nation below the belt It is no wonder that the Justice Sageer (also Saghir) report has been condemned in downright language by the entire nationalist camp comprising not just Hindus, Buddhists and the internally-displaced Kashmiri Hindus, but also by Gujjar and Bakerwal Muslims (all Sunnis), who constitute the third largest social segme

by Thamizhchelvan on 26 Dec 2009 15 Comments

Things deliberately hidden by SUN TVAmong the many Ghats on the banks of the Ganga, Harishchandra Ghat is exclusively used for cremation. This was the ghat where Harishchandra’s wife Taramati brought the corpse of their son for cremation, when the king was the caretaker, according to the Puranas. That was how it earned the name Harishchandra

by Hari Om on 25 Dec 2009 5 Comments

Sageer hits nation below the belt JAMMU, DEC 24: On December 23, Justice (Retd) Sageer Ahmed, chairman of the Working Group on Centre-State Relations (WGCSR), quietly submitted his out-and-out pro-radical Islamists, anti-India and anti-minorities summary of the report to Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.  This was an extraordin

by Thamizhchelvan on 25 Dec 2009 6 Comments

 Greatness of KasiKailash in the north, Rameswaram in the south, Puri Jagannath in the east and Dwarka in the west forms this punya bhumi of Bharat, which has Kasi, the land of the sacred river Ganga, at its centre.  “Normally the ‘Sthal Puran’ of any ‘Kshetra’ is compared with Kasi and this fact indicates th

by J P Sharma on 24 Dec 2009 13 Comments

Whether Swami Ramdev or the other Gurus who are condemning him for his silence at Deoband on the Vande Mataram issue have learnt any lessons from the humiliating treatment received by the Yoga guru at the hands of the Deoband Maulanas is yet to be seen.  Swami Ramdev went considerable lengths to accommodate the religious sentiments of Mus

by Sara Flounders on 24 Dec 2009 0 Comment

In evaluating the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen - with more than 15,000 participants from 192 countries, including more than 100 heads of state, as well as 100,000 demonstrators in the streets - it is important to ask: How is it possible that the worst polluter of carbon dioxide and other toxic emissions on the planet is not a focus of

by M K Teng on 23 Dec 2009 4 Comments

[Speech of Prof. M K Teng on the occasion of the release of Conflicting Perspectives by Prof. Hari Om at the University of Jammu, Jammu, on 20 December 2009] Ladies and Gentlemen,It is a welcome occasion for me to make some introductory remarks on the book, Conflicting Perspectives, written by Prof. Hari Om.  The book, a study of the Sri

by Dahr Jamail on 23 Dec 2009 0 Comment

US: Soldiers Forced to Go AWOL for PTSD CareMARFA, Texas - With a military health care system over-stretched by two ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, more soldiers are deciding to go absent without leave (AWOL) in order to find treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).Eric Jasinski enlisted in the military in 2005, and deployed to Ir

by Sandhya Jain on 22 Dec 2009 17 Comments

Union Defence Minister A.K. Anthony’s decision to withdraw 30,000 troops from Jammu & Kashmir on grounds of an alleged improvement in law and order is fraught with risk and reflects dangerous vacillation regarding this critical border state. The announcement coincides with renewed unrest over the CBI probe into the Shopian case, wher

by George Friedman on 21 Dec 2009 1 Comment

With US President Barack Obama’s announcement of his strategy in Afghanistan, the US-jihadist war has entered a new phase. With its allies, the United States has decided to increase its focus on the Afghan war while continuing to withdraw from Iraq. Along with focusing on Afghanistan, it follows that there will be increased Western attention

by Rick Rozoff on 20 Dec 2009 2 Comments

A Europe united under the EU and especially NATO is to be strong enough to contain, isolate and increasingly confront Russia as the central component of US plans for control of Eurasia and the world, but cannot be allowed to conduct an independent foreign policy, particularly in regard to Russia and the Middle East. European NATO allies are to assi

by Sandhya Jain on 19 Dec 2009 47 Comments

Switzerland’s recent vote against the construction of minarets as part of mosque architecture in that nation symbolises a frontal return of Christianity as the Western world’s default religion and culture, and a corresponding downsizing of the discourse on ‘secularism’ and ‘multi-culturalism,’ which gave Islam an

by Eva Golinger on 18 Dec 2009 0 Comment

An article published in the December 12th edition of the New York Times revealed the detention of a US government contract employee in Havana this past December 5th. The employee, whose name has not yet been disclosed, works for Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI), one of the largest US government contractors providing services to the State Depart

by Richard C Cook on 18 Dec 2009 0 Comment

The crisis of 2008-2009 exposed the US financial system as being unstable, subject to abuse, and tending to favour the rich while putting everyone else deeper into debt. The housing bubble was based on the biggest credit inflation in history. It raised the prices of homes to unprecedented levels but created the deepest recession in a generation whe

by Denis Halliday on 17 Dec 2009 0 Comment

Global Research Public Lecture, Montreal, December 1, 2009 “The UN of the arms dealers - the most disreputable and yet profitable business on earth”Sometimes the New York Times does the right thing. This morning the Editorial (December 1, 2009) condemned the Swiss referendum vote to prohibit the construction of minarets on Mosques throu

by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya on 17 Dec 2009 0 Comment

[This article was first published in The Caucus, a political science and international development journal published by the University of Ottawa, Vol. 10, No. 1, Fall 2009, pp. 20-22. The article raises an important question in relation to the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (November 9, 1989): Has the

by Rick Rozoff on 16 Dec 2009 0 Comment

“For make no mistake: Evil does exist in the world”President and commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the United States Barack Obama delivered his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance address in Oslo on December 10, which has immediately led to media discussion of an Obama Doctrine. With obligatory references to Martin Luther King, Jr

by Yana Kunichoff on 16 Dec 2009 0 Comment

The head of Blackwater revealed the details of his collaboration with the CIA to locate and assassinate top al Qaeda operatives as part of a covert anti-terror operation Tuesday [1 Dec], and blamed Democrats for the leak that ended the program. In an article published in Vanity Fair, Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, spoke about the exte

by Hari Om on 15 Dec 2009 10 Comments

On December 8, the Trans-Himalayan Ladakh region’s premier political organization, Ladakh Union Territory Front (LUTF), once again reiterated its demand for Union Territory status for the cold-desert which remains cut off from rest of the world for several months a year. LUTF organized a massive public rally at the historic Polo Ground to pre

by George Friedman on 15 Dec 2009 0 Comment

US President Barack Obama announced the broad structure of his Afghanistan strategy in a speech at West Point on Tuesday evening [1 Dec]. The strategy had three core elements. First, he intends to maintain pressure on al Qaeda on the Afghan-Pakistani border and in other regions of the world. Second, he intends to blunt the Taliban offensive by send

by Peter Eyre on 14 Dec 2009 0 Comment

In past articles we discussed the main offenders for the state of our planet, especially the G20 countries who are currently bullying the less developed nations. We also looked at the many variables in our climate resulting from oil, mining, logging, bio fuel and palm oil plantations etc. In this final article we will look at the many systems that

by Washington’s Blog on 13 Dec 2009 0 Comment

Architect of Credit Default Swaps behind the Development of "Carbon Derivatives" As I have previously shown, speculative derivatives (especially credit default swaps) are a primary cause of the economic crisis.And I have pointed out that (1) the giant banks will make a killing on carbon trading, (2) while the leading scientist crusading against glo

by Peter Eyre on 13 Dec 2009 0 Comment

Before looking at earth cycles, we can look at what is going on in the Arctic. You may find the truth for yourself rather than the spin Governments are portraying to us. We have seen the value that oil exploration, mining and logging is adding to our planet and because of this deforestation major changes are adding to the current natural cycle of &

by Indra Sinha on 12 Dec 2009 3 Comments

Indra Sinha, Booker-nominated for his book on the Bhopal disaster, explains why the gas leak that killed 20,000 people 25 years ago – and continues to create health problems for countless more – is still a national scandal“Wake up people of Bhopal, you are on the edge of a volcano!” In September 1982, Bhopali journalist

by Peter Eyre on 12 Dec 2009 0 Comment

It is time to look at the wonders of all the different systems that control mother earth. It is very complex and it all happens without us even knowing about it. Every cycle has a purpose to cleanse our atmosphere and our environment. As pointed out, do not be put off by governments who want to scare us into believing that time is running out. It i

by Ramtanu Maitra on 11 Dec 2009 1 Comment

On Dec.1 at West Point Academy, US President Barack Obama presented his latest Afghanistan-Pakistan policy - the result of an extensive review and a policy that would lead to the “end of Afghanistan war,” he promised.  Although not as dramatic as President Bush’s landing on the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, to speak on

by Peter Eyre on 11 Dec 2009 1 Comment

I will now cover some excessive methods used by some G20 nations who are trying to push through their own agenda in Copenhagen at the expense of underdeveloped countries. The total campaign they have launched is backed by false information and lies. If they get their way, the ordinary person in the street will end up paying stealth taxes for a prob

by B R Haran on 10 Dec 2009 12 Comments

The government’s proposalThe Tamil Nadu government is contemplating a ban on coconuts inside the world famous Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple! The HR & CE Department has sought public opinion before 15 December 2009. Police attribute ‘security reasons’ for this decision; they claim the temple has always been on the terror radar

by Peter Eyre on 10 Dec 2009 0 Comment

As previously discussed, the earth’s land, sea, and air, is like one big washing machine that continue to recycle itself. Although climate change is a natural phenomenon, man does put pressures on the natural eco-systems. The commercialization of vast tracts of land however, is the main issue, because this is carried out on a huge scale with

by Peter Eyre on 09 Dec 2009 0 Comment

We now move to the Victorian period when industry progressively moved forward and we saw extensive use of coal-fired steam engines for industry, commercial vehicles and coal used in every home. This period was truly the dark ages in the environmental sense. Towns and cities contained many factories with chimneys as far as the eye could see. Each lo

by Sandhya Jain on 08 Dec 2009 14 Comments

The brouhaha over the leak of the Liberhan Commission Report, submitted six months ago after 17 years and an expenditure of Rs 8 crores of taxpayer money, has come at a time when the Indian Judiciary is making the news. First there was the unseemly wrangle over Supreme Court judges resisting public disclosure of their assets under demands for highe

by Peter Eyre on 08 Dec 2009 4 Comments

-          Do you think they are lying?-          Of course they are!-          Are we serious about greenhouse gases and our carbon footprint?-          What is behind g

by Ramtanu Maitra on 07 Dec 2009 0 Comment

In early December, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, fresh from his recent trip to Washington, will be in Moscow for a two-day visit to hold talks with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, among others, to strengthen India-Russia cooperation. The key area of discussion should be a bilateral effort to accelerate c

by Girilal Jain on 06 Dec 2009 12 Comments

[On 9 December 1992, three days after the historic demolition of the Babri Masjid, Girilal Jain wrote a seminal piece in The Times of India, which silenced all intellectual opposition or exposed that there was no legitimate intellectual argument against this spontaneous decision by nameless and faceless Ram bhaktas.  As a media hostile to Hind

by Richard C Cook on 05 Dec 2009 0 Comment

The United States does not control its own destiny. Rather it is controlled by an international financial elite, of which the American branch works out of big New York banks like JP Morgan Chase, Wall Street investment firms such as Goldman Sachs, and the Federal Reserve System. They in turn control the White House, Congress, the military, the mass

by George Friedman on 05 Dec 2009 0 Comment

The Iranian government has rejected, at least for the moment, a proposal from the P-5+1 to ship the majority of its low-enriched uranium abroad for further enrichment. The group is now considering the next step in the roadmap that it laid out last April. The next step was a new round of sanctions, this time meant to be crippling. The only crippling

by Sergey A Stroev on 04 Dec 2009 1 Comment

It is easier to manage people when they have low needs. Simply because low needs are easier to satisfy. <...> Thus the dictatorship of show business is a part of the state machine. Previously, rock music, as well as earlier the church, were separated from the state, but now they are part of it. The results are well known - Radislava Anchevska

by Mohan Krishen Teng on 04 Dec 2009 11 Comments

The nature of the failure of Indian leadershipThe Indian leadership did not realize that the partition of India had also brought about the territorial division of India. They were unable to comprehend the importance of princely States in the determination of the territorial borders of the two Dominions of India and Pakistan, the partition of India

by Ramtanu Maitra on 03 Dec 2009 4 Comments

The Russia-China agreement in October in Beijing, on broad-ranging cooperation between the two nations to develop the natural resources in Siberia, and to put in place a network of railroads, has shifted the world’s future economic activities to the Trans-Pacific-Indian Ocean region. At the same time, both China and India, despite the global

by Peter Eyre on 03 Dec 2009 1 Comment

Today we see yet again a Prime Minster putting pressure on Pakistan when he doesn’t even have the ability to plan his own Afghanistan campaign. Is Brown trying to extend his authority in order to buttress his image prior to the next election or does he have some hidden agenda to make us think that Pakistan has lost the plot and Britain may go

by Hari Om on 02 Dec 2009 6 Comments

The All-Party Hurriyat Conference (AHPC) of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is no different from the Muslim League pre-1938. The only difference is that while the APHC has never contested polls fearing adverse results, the Muslim League did take the plunge, particularly in the 1937 provincial elections held under the Government of India Act, 1935, but only to

by B R Haran on 02 Dec 2009 4 Comments

Prejudice, not pride The latest exhibition of Marathi Manoos by both the Senas (MNS & SS), one inside the State Assembly and the other inside a media house, is a shame on the nation. The ugly exuberance of the Senas has crossed all limits. The saddest point in the continuance of the decades’ old sordid saga is that the Senas have brought

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