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How Might Hong Kong’s Democracy Movement Proceed? Negotiating with The Powers That Be

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by MIKE MILLER

The argument presented here is that negotiating with The Powers requires ongoing people power—more than great, but brief, periods of mass mobilization.  That is the case whether one is in a democratic or authoritarian setting.  What can we learn from past experience, and what are pitfalls to be avoided by the democracy forces?

The Negotiables

Three major things categorize most negotiations:  less or more, sooner or later, and who decides what?

Less or more has to do with cost.  Is the wage increase going to be $.15 or $.25 an hour?  Is the appropriation going to be $50,000,000 or $100,000,000.   Is the goal a carbon reduction of ‘x’ or ‘y’ amount?  Will classroom size for middle school by 25 or 21?

Sooner or later has to do with time, and is also the frequent subject of negotiations.  Over what period of time will implementation of a new program take place?  What are the means for monitoring progress?  What are the benchmarks to demonstrate that real action is taking place as distinct from words on a piece of paper that never “hit the ground”?  “All deliberate speed,” the infamous phrase in the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v Board of Education school desegregation decision turned out to mean almost nothing, though the decision itself was an impetus to the civil rights movement.

Who decides what has to do with prerogatives.  In a revolution or war in which a ruling group is military defeated and surrenders unconditionally or flees, this question arises only indirectly.   The winners will have to decide whether or not they need the information and knowledge of the old apparatus.  That might require unanticipated negotiations.  But there is little on the horizon that indicates the Chinese are going to abandon Hong Kong or provide full democracy there, so we need not give this option much attention.

Some examples will illustrate the point:  in a labor-management contract, authority that might once have been in the hands of an employer’s supervisor is shifted to an elected “lead-person.”  Or, workers dealing with potentially dangerous or unhealthy materials win the right to stop work until an investigation of the situation by a mutually agreed upon party says it’s safe to return.  Previously, they may have had to file a grievance but keep working.  Or parents at a local school get to screen and nominate candidates for school principal from which the superintendent appoints one. Or a community organization gets to

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nominate a list of people from which the mayor will select appointees to a local community planning board—and the community organization has the right to recall its nominee if she or he no longer represents the interests of the community.

Lou Goldblatt, the first Secretary-Treasurer of the International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union (ILWU), said to me in the late 1960s about his union’s relationship with their employer, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), “we are in a continuous struggle over prerogatives.”

Whether the issue is more or less, sooner or later, or who gets to decide what, it is essential to remember that what has been won can be lost.  Wages won are lost in a period of “give-backs”; timetables for implementation are postponed…and postponed…and postponed; parent organizations become adjuncts to a school principal’s program and lose their connection to the parent body, community boards and the organizations that nominate them are coopted.  The world is filled with examples of all of these. As experienced organizers are fond of saying of contexts in which there are competing or conflicting interests, “an agreement is only as good as your power to enforce it.”  A favorite slogan of mine from my days on the staff of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) is, “freedom is a constant struggle.”

At the center of these aphorisms is the recognition that we, the people, need to keep our powder dry.  When our action is nonviolent, our “powder” is a mass- or broadly-based organization—one that commands the respect and involvement of sufficient numbers of people to, if necessary, force incumbent power to honor its agreements, or enter into new ones that further democratize a community, institution, workplace or nation.  That force manifests itself in various tactical expressions, including massive non-violent and disruptive direct action, strikes, boycotts, sick-ins, sick-outs, work-to-rule, voting, mass lobbying, accountability sessions, engaging in electoral politics and others—some yet to be invented.

The mobilizations of Tahrir Square (Egypt), Tiananmen Square, Paris (1968), the Battle in Seattle, Occupy Wall Street (OWS), New York City’s recent climate demonstration, and now in Hong Kong sadly lacked that power.  Others fail even to even reach their scale, and peter out with no impact on consciousness, policy or structures.  (Ferguson, MO may become an example.)

Further, the mobilizations themselves are not sufficient to build that power.  Writing in the October, 2014 issue of Labor Notes, Jane Slaughter points out (in a review of Eli Friedman’s Insurgency Trap) that a “wave of protests sometimes wins concrete gains, but stops short of forming lasting organizations that could alter the balance of power.”  Continuing, she says, “How often, though, have we been trapped by believing that because things are, they will remain that way? Most insurrections have gone unpredicted, from our own labor wars of the 1930s to the Arab Spring, and they have taken place under conditions that observers then found far too unfavorable and repressive.”

Yes, “forming lasting organizations” is key to “altering the balance of power.”  But, no, you can’t form them “under conditions that [are] far too unfavorable and repressive”—despite Jane’s implication that you can.  Putting the labor wars of the 1930s together with Arab Spring obscures more than it clarifies.

Magical Thinking On The Left

Despite continuing examples of mobilizations that fail to alter the balance of power, there continues to be a mythology surrounding mass non-violent disruptive direct action.  Naomi Klein writes in this vein in “A People’s Shock,” The Nation, October 6, 2014.

First, and importantly, she acknowledges the limits of such mass action:  “The fact that our most heroic social-justice movements won on the legal [civil rights] front but suffered big losses on the economic front is precisely why our world is as fundamentally unequal and unfair as it remains.”  She then properly points to benefits that were won.  Continuing, she says, “Winning will certainly require the convergence of diverse constituencies on a scale previously unknown,” and argues that the environmental threat of climate change offers a challenge that can create that unity.  She then makes a leap of faith that I believe is not sustained by the evidence.  Nor can it be sustained by believable scenarios for the future.

Klein writes,

“[T]here are lessons to be learned from the transformative movements of the past.  One such lesson is that when major shifts in the economic balance of power take place, they are invariably the result of extraordinary levels of social mobilization.  At these junctures, activism becomes not something performed by a small tribe within a culture, whether a vanguard of radicals or a subcategory of slick professionals (though each plays a part), but an entirely normal activity throughout society—its rent-payers’ associations, women’s auxiliaries, gardening clubs, neighborhood assemblies, trade unions, professional groups, sports teams, youth leagues, and on and on.  During extraordinary historical moments…the usual categories dividing ‘activists’ from ‘regular people’ became meaningless because the project of changing society was so deeply woven into the project of life.  Activists were, quite simply, everyone.”

Do Tahrir Square, Tiananmen Square, Paris, Seattle, OWS, or the recent climate demonstration provide an illustration of her point?  I think not.  What are the major policy, let alone structural, changes we can attribute to any of them?

We can find an example of her point in something like the San Francisco 1934 longshoremen’s and General Strike.  Briefly:  in the midst of the Great Depression, longshoremen—fed up with pay-offs to get a job, favoritism in hiring, sporadic work, miserable pay, no benefits, dangerous working conditions and lots more—went on strike.  Trade union activists and organizers, many of them Communists, had been sowing the seeds for unionization for years.  People like Harry Bridges, who later became the union’s president, had earned the respect of the longshoremen.  The employer decided to break the strike with scabs.  Fights between the strikers and scabs ensued.  Private security forces, and official police and national guard units entered the fray on the employer’s side.  Two non-violent strikers were killed by police bullets.  A general strike was called for, endorsed by the Central Labor Council, and followed.  The City came to a screeching halt as nothing but emergency vehicles moved within it. A somber march of tens of thousands proceeded down Market Street, the city’s main drag. The employers’ association recognized the union.  Both agreed to refer the dispute to the federal government which gave the union the hiring hall it was fighting for, coast-wide recognition, and some economic gains.  But when the left-led longshoremen’s union tried to extend the general strike, it lost the vote at the Labor Council.  Conservative Teamster and other leaders prevailed.  The longshoremen’s union accepted its gains, and waited for the next round of negotiations to win more.  Subsequent contract negotiations extended union prerogatives and increased material benefits for workers.

Several things make this story qualitatively different from the others.

* The union’s leaders and organizers had immersed themselves in the constituency to be organized—the longshoremen.  Indeed many of them went to work in the industry.

* Winnable demands were put on the table, and victories were won that made concrete and meaningful differences in the lives of the workers.

* An institution—the hiring hall—was created that built upon and strengthened the already-existing occupational community that characterizes occupations such as longshore, mining, fishing and others where workers are in intense relations with one another doing work that requires skill and cooperation.

* A continuing organization was built.  The union’s sole non-negotiable demand was “recognition as the sole bargaining agent” for its membership and the workforce.

* The union knew when to back off—it did not make continuing the general strike a “principle”.  It also knew that it was going to be around so that it could extend its victories in the next round of negotiations, and that it could beat off any effort to break the strike because it had already done so.

The “historical moments” when “the usual categories dividing ‘activists’ from ‘regular people’…because the project of changing society was deeply woven into the project of life…” are rare.  And those moments that go on to win and build upon those victories to win more are those within which organization, as distinct from mobilization, takes place.  Klein, as far as I can tell in her Nation essay, is oblivious to that distinction.

Organization Is Necessary But Not Sufficient

Let me be the first to grant that “organization” in the usual sense of that word is not sufficient for transformational change, and that Klein is right in her insistence that if we care about the future of the world we need to be about more than incrementalism.  Further, for the most part the examples of mass-based, relatively permanent, people power organizations that began with transformative agendas—whether socialism or substantial democracy—did not continue on them; they were coopted or disappeared.

Without elements drawn from the longshoremen’s union story, elaborated upon by the work of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the early-to-mid 1960s in places like Albany, Georgia, Lowndes County, Alabama and the Mississippi Delta, and developed with great sophistication by Saul Alinsky and the community organization tradition that has emerged from his work, we will not see more than variations on the Tiananmen Square theme:  great popular upsurge followed by defeat, in some cases repressive defeat.

This is not the place to spell out the “how to” required to implement these elements. But the major point about them to be underlined here is that organization takes place between the periods of major mobilization.  If mobilizations are not viewed as the opportunity within which to build continuing organization then we will see only episodic upsurges of tremendous popular energy that at some point are diffused (or suppressed), followed by a return to “normalcy”.

The mobilizations of the 1930s were the near-spontaneous industrial strikes and sit-downs that characterized some years of the Great Depression.  In-plant worker-organizers as well as outside organizers sent in by the newly formed Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) worked in that context to build industrial unions.  The civil rights mobilizations (sit-ins, freedom rides and mass marches) of the 1960s provided a context for organizing by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.  Stokely Carmichael and a few full-time SNCC field secretaries decided they would organize Lowndes County, terrain crossed by the Selma-to-Montgomery marchers.  The SNCC people took names of Lowndes’ residents who stood by the highway to indicate support for the Martin Luther King-led march.  At the time, many in SNCC were bitterly critical of the march.  When Stokely and his associates were asked if they were “Dr. King’s people,” they responded affirmatively—even though some of them derisively called him “De Lawd.”  In Rochester, New York, the Saul Alinsky-built FIGHT organization embodied the “black power” that SNCC called for but, truthfully, didn’t know how to fully build. The organization’s president, Minister Franklin Delano Florence said, “When you’re in Rochester, ‘black power’ is spelled ‘FIGHT’.”  Carmichael, indeed, spoke at a FIGHT rally when the community organization was battling with KODAK for jobs.  “When Minister Florence says to KODAK ‘jump’,” Carmichael said to a cheering crowd, “KODAK will respond, ‘How high?’”

I was part of those times—almost five years on the SNCC staff, and directing one of Alinsky’s community organizing projects, and I’ve continued over the last 50 years wrestling with the tension between cooptation and marginalization.  There are no magical answers.  But failure to address the question of organization—as Klein and a whole new generation of activists now are doing—will insure defeat.

Whither Hong Kong?

Each day’s news brings new sources of worry about the courageous young people in Hong Kong.  Their numbers diminish.  There may be a split over the militancy of their tactics.  Working people want to go to work, and may be irritated or even angered at obstacles placed in their way.  The police use violence, and no doubt hope to precipitate violent responses that they can then use to justify further violence on their part, plus arrest and incarceration of the demonstrators.  The powers-that-be offer negotiations, but it is pretty clear they are stalling and hoping to suck the momentum out of the movement.  Within the leadership of the movement, there are calls for greater militancy as if militancy alone, without far greater breadth and depth of support among Hong Kong’s people, is sufficient to achieve the prerogative-changing central demand of the demonstrators.

I hope the demonstrators will look for a tactical way out of their present impasse, one in which they win something though not the central thing which, just to be sure that it is clear, is not winnable in the present circumstances.  I hope they will use the time they might buy with a tactical win to examine the questions of organizational continuity, breadth and depth.  In particular, I hope they will examine their relationship with other forces in Hong Kong’s civil society—religious, labor, social, interest, identity, athletic—the very groups identified in Naomi Klein’s magical version of how transformative change happens—and find ways to forge relationships with those forces.  And, like SNCCs field secretaries who dropped out of school to become full-time organizers, I hope some of them will go to work in a variety of Hong Kong mass-employment occupations and bore from within becoming respected leaders among those workers.  At the same time, I hope others will become full-time “outside organizers” who seek to organize a variety of constituencies that now lack effective voices to pursue the particular interests associated with the quality of their own lives.

If they fail to do these things, I fear and predict that what I wrote in my earlier CounterPunch article, Tiananmen Square Repeat,” will come to pass.

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Turmoil in Hong Kong, Terrorism in Xinjiang: Americas Covert War on China

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China is facing increasing pressure along two fronts. In its western province of Xinjiang, terrorists have been stepping up destabilization and separatist activities.

In Chinas southeast Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, protests have disrupted normality in the dense urban streets, with protest leaders seeking to directly confront Beijing while dividing and destabilizing both Hong Kong society and attempting to infect the mainland.

What is more troubling is the greater geopolitical agenda driving both of these seemingly internal conflicts and that they both lead back to a single source beyond Chinas borders. With the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) now implicated in receiving, training, and employing terrorists from Chinas Xinjiang province, and considering the fact that ISIS is the result of an intentional, engineered proxy war the US and its allies are waging in the Middle East, along with the fact that the unrest in Hong Kong is also traced back to Washington and London, presents a narrative of an ongoing confrontation between East and West being fought on the battlefield of fourth generation warfare.

ISIS: Washingtons Global Expeditionary Force

If one was asked to name a global-spanning military and intelligence operation opposed to Syria, Iran, Russia, and China, they might say the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the US Government and they would be right. But they could also easily answer by saying the Islamic State or ISIS/ISIL as it is also known. This is especially true after revelations surfaced that US-backed Uyghur separatists in Chinas western-most province of Xinjiang have joined ISIS for training with intentions of leading an armed rebellion against Beijing upon their return.

Reuters in their article, China militants getting IS training, would claim:

Chinese militants from the western region of Xinjiang have fled from the country to get terrorist training from Islamic State group fighters for attacks at home, state media reported on Monday.

The report was the first time state-run media had linked militants from Xinjiang, home to ethnic minority Uighur Muslims, to militants of the Islamic State group of radical Sunni Muslims.

Chinas government has blamed a surge of violence over the past year on Islamist militants from Xinjiang who China says are fighting for an independent state called East Turkestan.

However, it isnt just Chinas government that claims militants in Xinjiang seek to carve out an independent state in western China the militants themselves have stated as much, and the United States government fully backs their agenda to do so. Indeed, first and foremost in backing the Xinjiang Uyghur separatists is the United States through the US State Departments National Endowment for Democracy (NED). For China, the Western region referred to as Xinjiang/East Turkistan has its own webpage on NEDs site covering the various fronts funded by the US which include:

International Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Foundation $187,918To advance the human rights of ethnic Uyghur women and children. The Foundation will maintain an English- and Uyghur-language website and advocate on the human rights situation of Uyghur women and children.

International Uyghur PEN Club $45,000To promote freedom of expression for Uyghurs. The International Uyghur PEN Club will maintain a website providing information about banned writings and the work and status of persecuted poets, historians, journalists, and others. Uyghur PEN will also conduct international advocacy campaigns on behalf of imprisoned writers.

Uyghur American Association $280,000To raise awareness of Uyghur human rights issues. UAAs Uyghur Human Rights Project will research, document, and bring to international attention, independent and accurate information about human rights violations affecting the Turkic populations of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

World Uyghur Congress $185,000To enhance the ability of Uyghur prodemocracy groups and leaders to implement effective human rights and democracy campaigns. The World Uyghur Congress will organize a conference for pro-democracy Uyghur groups and leaders on interethnic issues and conduct advocacy work on Uyghur human rights.

ISIS Conveniently Targets Washingtons Adversaries Worldwide

The next step Washington appears to be taking in China is an attempts to enhance the menace of terrorists in Xinjiang. In addition to assisting US attempts to destabilize territory in China, ISIS has also threatened to launch a campaign against another US enemy Russia this in addition to already directly fighting Hezbollah in Lebanon, the governments of Syria and Iraq, and with ISIS claiming to be behind attacks in Egypt against the military-led government that ousted the Wests Muslim Brotherhood proxies.

With both Russia and China now in ISIS sights, the global public must begin asking questions as to how and why ISIS just so happens to be arraying itself against all of Washingtons enemies, by-passing all of its allies including Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, and where exactly they are getting the weapons, cash, intelligence, logistical, and administrative capabilities to do so.

So suspicious is ISIS appearance, agenda, and actions, many across the world have long-ago concluded they are simply the latest creation of the US and other Western-aligned intelligence agencies, just as Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood was before them, So loud has this narrative become, establishment newspapers like the New York Times have begun writing columns to tamp down what they are calling conspiracy theories.

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The New York Times would report in a piece titled, Suspicions Run Deep in Iraq That C.I.A. and the Islamic State Are United, that:

The United States has conducted an escalating campaign of deadly airstrikes against the extremists of the Islamic State for more than a month. But that appears to have done little to tamp down the conspiracy theories still circulating from the streets of Baghdad to the highest levels of Iraqi government that the C.I.A. is secretly behind the same extremists that it is now attacking.

The New York Times dismisses these claims, despite reporting for the past 4 years on the CIAs presence along the Turkish-Syrian border dumping weapons and cash into the very hotbeds of extremism and terrorism ISIS rose from. Upon closer examination, not only are these claims plausible, they are documented fact.

As far back as 2007, Pulitzer Prize-winning veteran journalist Seymour Hersh would warn of the creation of just such a terror group in his 9-page report in the New Yorker titled, The Redirection Is the Administrations new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism? He stated that (emphasis added):

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabias government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

That by-product is ISIS. It is through Americas own premeditated conspiracy to plunge not only Syria, but the entire region and now potentially Russia and even China into genocidal sectarian bloodshed that gave intentional rise to ISIS. The creation of ISIS and its use as a proxy mercenary force for Western designs is once again revealed in ISIS otherwise irrational declaration of war on Russia first, and now China.

America Opens Second Front in Hong Kong

It was in April of 2014 that two co-organizers of the so-called Occupy Central protests now ongoing in Hong Kong, would sit in Washington DC giving a talk hosted by the US State Departments National Endowment for Democracy (NED). There, Martin Lee and Anson Chan set the stage for the impending Occupy Central demonstrations, introducing soon-to-be famous characters like US-cultivated activist Joshua Wong, as well as repeating, verbatim, the agenda, talking points, and slogans now flooding the airwaves and headlines regarding Hong Kongs unrest.

While the US attempts to peel off Xinjiang province by brute force, it is using a more subtle and insidious method in Hong Kong. During Lee and Chans talk in DC earlier this year, a representative from the Council on Foreign Relations would literally proclaim it was hoped that ongoing movements in Hong Kong would infect mainland China. Indeed, while militancy and terrorism is being sown in Chinas west, sedition, political instability, and social divisions are being cultivated in Chinas east.

Americas Long War With China

The adversarial nature of Washingtons posture toward Beijing has become increasingly obvious as tensions are intentionally ratcheted up in the South China Sea between US proxies and mainland China, as well as in Hong Kong. This is simply the latest in a much longer proxy war waged against Beijing since as early as the Vietnam War, with the so-called Pentagon Papers released in 1969 revealing the conflict as simply one part of a greater strategy aimed at containing and controlling China. While the US would ultimately lose the Vietnam War and any chance of using the Vietnamese as a proxy force against Beijing, the long war against Beijing would continue elsewhere.

This containment strategy would be updated and detailed in the 2006 Strategic Studies Institute report String of Pearls: Meeting the Challenge of Chinas Rising Power across the Asian Littoral where it outlines Chinas efforts to secure its oil lifeline from the Middle East to its shores in the South China Sea as well as means by which the US can maintain American hegemony throughout the Indian and Pacific Ocean. The premise is that, should Western foreign policy fail to entice China into participating in the international system as responsible stakeholders, an increasingly confrontational posture must be taken to contain the rising nation.

This includes funding, arming, and backing terrorists and proxy regimes from Africa, across the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and even within Chinas territory itself. Documented support of these movements not only include Xinjiang separatists and the leaders of Occupy Central in Hong Kong, but also militants and separatists in Baluchistan, Pakistan where the West seeks to disrupt a newly christened Chinese port and pipeline, as well as the machete wielding supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmars Rakhine state yet another site the Chinese hope to establish a logistical hub.

It is not a coincidence that ISIS is standing in for and fulfilling Americas deepest imperial aspirations from North Africa, across the Middle East, and now inching toward the borders of the Wests two largest competitors, Russia and China. Nor is it a coincidence that Occupy Central protesters are parroting verbatim talking points scripted in Washington earlier this year. It is no coincidence that the US State Departments NED is found involved in every hotspot of instability and conflict both within Chinas borders and beyond them. It is a documented conspiracy that is now increasingly seeing the light truth cast upon it. Whether or not that is enough to end the unnecessary barbarism and bloodshed that has resulted from the Wests hegemonic aspirations remains to be seen.

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Pakistan: ‘Moral Force’ Defeated the TTP Militants

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By Sajjad Shaukat

Within four months, clearing more than 80 percent areas in North Waziristan Agency, Pakistan’s Armed Forces have almost defeated the ferocious militants of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) by military operation Zarb-e-Azb which has rapidly been achieving its objectives.

Present different war between Pakistan’s Armed Forces and the TTP insurgents is simply a ‘clash of wills’ between two entities. Military thinkers agree that although the physical force will determine the type and scale of war, yet it is the ‘will to fight’ or ‘moral force’ that determines the outcome of war. Clausewitz puts it this way, “One might say that the physical force seems little more than the wooden hilt, while moral factors are the precious metal, the real weapon” In his book, “Fighting Power: German and U.S. Army Performance, 1939-1945″, Creveld identifies the elements of ‘moral force’, whom he calls “fighting power, the willingness to fight and the readiness, if necessary, to die.” The greater these elements, the less vulnerable an armed force will be to demoralization. ‘Moral force’, then, is the crucial factor in determining the combat power of any belligerent.

During the ongoing different in North Waziristan, retreat of the Taliban has proved that such elements like ‘will to fight’ and ‘moral force’ have been more noted in Pakistan’s Armed Forces who have exerted psychological impact of causing fear and shock, resulting into demoralization among the Taliban.

Taking cognizance of the recent terror-attacks, some media anchors and commentators misperceive that TTP militants have still capacity to continue subversive activities. In fact, Pakistan’s Armed Forces have successfully broken the backbone and organized capability of terrorists to launch well thought-out attacks against the government assets. They have met serious setbacks in operation Zarb-e-Azb, and shall finally be totally eliminated from their safe havens in FATA and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan.

It appears, as if the militants of TTP have lost major grounds, and in severe frustration, they are trying to create some kind of so-called pressure on the government and the Armed Forces.

Division in TTP and fighting among the terrorists indicate that they have lost the ability to put up strong resistance.

It is mentionable that the Afghan government’s propaganda against Pakistan for supporting terrorists groups and militias in Afghanistan is totally unfounded and baseless. This simply shows the malicious mind-set of Afghan leadership which has become habitually ungrateful and ungracious.

It is notable that Afghanistan is responsible for terrorists’ penetration into Pakistan. Since April, 2011, some 200 to 400 heavily-armed militants from Afghanistan’s side entered Pakistan’s region, from time to time, and targeted the security check posts, civil and military infrastructure of the tribal areas. So far, these terrorists have killed several personnel of Pakistan’s security forces and innocent civilians.

However, the way the Afghan militants are challenging a highly professional Pak Army is enough to prove that with the tactical assistance of American CIA, Indian RAW and Israeli Mossad which have well-established their collective network in Afghanistan are fully backing these cross-border incursions with a view to destabilizing Pakistan which is the only nuclear country in the Islamic World.

While, Afghanistan has become a hub of anti-Pakistan activities from where these external secret agencies are also sending logistic support to Baloch separatist elements to dismember Pakistan in order to obtain the secret strategic designs of the US, India and Israel. Besides martyring several personnel of security agencies in Balochistan, these foreign-backed entities kidnapped and massacred many innocent people including teachers, lawyers, Hazara-Shias etc., and Chinese nationals.

In this context, Pakistan’s civil and military leadership has repeatedly lodged a strong protest with their counterparts in Afghanistan and NATO, saying that their forces were doing nothing to check insurgents’ activities, based in the Afghan provinces of Kunar and Nuristan. Afghan government also refused to hand over Maulvi Fazlullah, leader of TTP and other militants who have been conducting acts of sabotage in Pakistan.

As a matter of fact, Afghan government is supporting TTP and Baloch sub-nationalist elements on its soil; it has allowed the country to become centre of terrorism by providing space not only to terrorists, but also to hostile intelligence agencies including RAW to implement their nefarious agendas by abetting instability and terrorism in Pakistan.

Particularly, Afghan blame game could be judged from the fact that with the start of Pakistan’s military Operation Zarb-e-Azb against the insurgents in North Waziristan Agency, while playing in hands of external powers, Afghan authorities have accelerated their propaganda against Pak Army and spy agency ISI for supporting militancy, selective operations and cross-border attacks in Afghanistan. The narrative not only scapegoats Pakistan for all Afghan failures, but also portrays Pakistan’s security forces and intelligence agencies in bad light.

Nonetheless, the militants are demoralized to such an extent that they have lost majority of the innocent persons whom they were motivating for suicide missions. Now, threat of death has impact on them and they have deserted their comrades. Quick surrender and retreat of the insurgents from the war-affected areas of North Waziristan have endorsed this fact. While, there is a significant decline in motivation of suicide bombers because most of the Taliban have either been killed or fled their areas. No doubt, demoralization in the militants has increased pressure which has ultimately resulted in withdrawal of trained non-state attackers and suicide bombers from their mission.

However, there are various causes which demoralized the militants of North Waziristan. Firstly, high ‘moral force’ and ‘will to fight’ coupled with strong determination and cohesiveness as noted in Pakistan’s Armed Forces played a key role in ejecting Taliban out of their strongholds. In this respect, airstrikes by Pakistan Air Force eliminated the bomb-making and explosive-making factories of the Taliban insurgents. And during street to street fighting, without bothering for their lives, and by air-dropping commandos at the risky places, our forces made a great headway in disrupting the Taliban supply routes. They succeeded in disrupting the command and control structure of the TTP militants, and besieged them at various hotspots, rendering them unable to send reinforcements to their fighters. Secondly, morale of Pak Army is very high, as the entire intellectual and the non-intellectual citizens of the country have been fully backing the military operation. Thirdly, local people started denying the Taliban sanctuaries, and disrupted their links with each other. Fourthly, various middle and lower level ranks of TTP insurgents have become doubtful about the main cause they have been fighting for, and are now themselves apprehensive for massacring innocent Muslims in Pakistan through brutal acts like beheadings, decimation and suicide attacks. Fifthly, it is owing to these anti-Islam and other criminal acts like hostage-taking for ransom and forced demands that the general masses of their own local regions left their houses and fled, as more than 11 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) verify the atrocities of the Taliban. They have come to know that these terrorists have nothing to do with implementation of Islamic law. Terror, not Sharia is their real agenda which is in fact part of a foreign agenda to create lawlessness in Pakistan. Sixthly, every Pakistani knew the reality that these militant leaders have been recruiting teenagers and were motivating them for Jihad through false tactics of indoctrination and brainwashing. So they were misusing Jihad which does not allow suicide attacks in killing their own Muslim brethren.

Without any doubt, we can conclude that it is because the ‘moral force’ of Pakistan’s Armed Forces which have succeeded in defeating the Taliban militants in North Waziristan.

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations

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Turmoil in Hong Kong, Terrorism in Xinjiang: America’s Covert War on China

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Global Research

China is facing increasing pressure along two fronts. In its western province of Xinjiang, terrorists have been stepping up destabilization and separatist activities.

In China’s southeast Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, protests have disrupted normality in the dense urban streets, with protest leaders seeking to directly confront Beijing while dividing and destabilizing both Hong Kong society and attempting to “infect” the mainland.

What is more troubling is the greater geopolitical agenda driving both of these seemingly “internal” conflicts – and that they both lead back to a single source beyond China’s borders. With the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS) now implicated in receiving, training, and employing terrorists from China’s Xinjiang province, and considering the fact that ISIS is the result of an intentional, engineered proxy war the US and its allies are waging in the Middle East, along with the fact that the unrest in Hong Kong is also traced back to Washington and London, presents a narrative of an ongoing confrontation between East and West being fought on the battlefield of fourth generation warfare.

ISIS: Washington’s Global Expeditionary Force

If one was asked to name a global-spanning military and intelligence operation opposed to Syria, Iran, Russia, and China, they might say the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the US Government – and they would be right. But they could also easily answer by saying the “Islamic State” or ISIS/ISIL as it is also known. This is especially true after revelations surfaced that US-backed Uyghur separatists in China’s western-most province of Xinjiang have joined ISIS for training with intentions of leading an armed rebellion against Beijing upon their return.

Reuters in their article,China militants getting IS ‘training’,” would claim:

Chinese militants from the western region of Xinjiang have fled from the country to get “terrorist training” from Islamic State group fighters for attacks at home, state media reported on Monday.

The report was the first time state-run media had linked militants from Xinjiang, home to ethnic minority Uighur Muslims, to militants of the Islamic State group of radical Sunni Muslims.

China’s government has blamed a surge of violence over the past year on Islamist militants from Xinjiang who China says are fighting for an independent state called East Turkestan.

However, it isn’t just China’s government that claims militants in Xinjiang seek to carve out an independent state in western China – the militants themselves have stated as much, and the United States government fully backs their agenda to do so. Indeed, first and foremost in backing the Xinjiang Uyghur separatists is the United States through the US State Department’s National Endowment for Democracy (NED). For China, the Western region referred to as “Xinjiang/East Turkistan” has its own webpage on NED’s site covering the various fronts funded by the US which include:

International Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Foundation $187,918To advance the human rights of ethnic Uyghur women and children. The Foundation will maintain an English- and Uyghur-language website and advocate on the human rights situation of Uyghur women and children.

International Uyghur PEN Club $45,000To promote freedom of expression for Uyghurs. The International Uyghur PEN Club will maintain a website providing information about banned writings and the work and status of persecuted poets, historians, journalists, and others. Uyghur PEN will also conduct international advocacy campaigns on behalf of imprisoned writers.

Uyghur American Association $280,000To raise awareness of Uyghur human rights issues. UAA’s Uyghur Human Rights Project will research, document, and bring to international attention, independent and accurate information about human rights violations affecting the Turkic populations of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

World Uyghur Congress $185,000To enhance the ability of Uyghur prodemocracy groups and leaders to implement effective human rights and democracy campaigns. The World Uyghur Congress will organize a conference for pro-democracy Uyghur groups and leaders on interethnic issues and conduct advocacy work on Uyghur human rights.

ISIS Conveniently Targets Washington’s Adversaries Worldwide

The next step Washington appears to be taking in China is an attempts to enhance the menace of terrorists in Xinjiang. In addition to assisting US attempts to destabilize territory in China, ISIS has also threatened to launch a campaign against another US enemy – Russia – this in addition to already directly fighting Hezbollah in Lebanon, the governments of Syria and Iraq, and with ISIS claiming to be behind attacks in Egypt against the military-led government that ousted the West’s Muslim Brotherhood proxies.

With both Russia and China now in ISIS’ sights, the global public must begin asking questions as to how and why ISIS just so happens to be arraying itself against all of Washington’s enemies, by-passing all of its allies including Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, and where exactly they are getting the weapons, cash, intelligence, logistical, and administrative capabilities to do so.

So suspicious is ISIS’ appearance, agenda, and actions, many across the world have long-ago concluded they are simply the latest creation of the US and other Western-aligned intelligence agencies, just as Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood was before them, So loud has this narrative become, establishment newspapers like the New York Times have begun writing columns to tamp down what they are calling “conspiracy theories.”

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The New York Times would report in a piece titled, Suspicions Run Deep in Iraq That C.I.A. and the Islamic State Are United,” that:

The United States has conducted an escalating campaign of deadly airstrikes against the extremists of the Islamic State for more than a month. But that appears to have done little to tamp down the conspiracy theories still circulating from the streets of Baghdad to the highest levels of Iraqi government that the C.I.A. is secretly behind the same extremists that it is now attacking.

The New York Times dismisses these claims, despite reporting for the past 4 years on the CIA’s presence along the Turkish-Syrian border dumping weapons and cash into the very hotbeds of extremism and terrorism ISIS rose from. Upon closer examination, not only are these claims plausible, they are documented fact.

As far back as 2007, Pulitzer Prize-winning veteran journalist Seymour Hersh would warn of the creation of just such a terror group in his 9-page report in the New Yorker titled, The Redirection Is the Administration’s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism? He stated that (emphasis added):

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

That “by-product” is ISIS. It is through America’s own premeditated conspiracy to plunge not only Syria, but the entire region and now potentially Russia and even China into genocidal sectarian bloodshed that gave intentional rise to ISIS. The creation of ISIS and its use as a proxy mercenary force for Western designs is once again revealed in ISIS’ otherwise irrational declaration of war on Russia first, and now China.

America Opens Second Front in Hong Kong

It was in April of 2014 that two co-organizers of the so-called “Occupy Central” protests now ongoing in Hong Kong, would sit in Washington DC giving a talk hosted by the US State Department’s National Endowment for Democracy (NED). There, Martin Lee and Anson Chan set the stage for the impending “Occupy Central” demonstrations, introducing soon-to-be famous “characters” like US-cultivated “activist” Joshua Wong, as well as repeating, verbatim, the agenda, talking points, and slogans now flooding the airwaves and headlines regarding Hong Kong’s unrest.

While the US attempts to peel off Xinjiang province by brute force, it is using a more subtle and insidious method in Hong Kong. During Lee and Chan’s talk in DC earlier this year, a representative from the Council on Foreign Relations would literally proclaim it was hoped that ongoing movements in Hong Kong would “infect” mainland China. Indeed, while militancy and terrorism is being sown in China’s west, sedition, political instability, and social divisions are being cultivated in China’s east.

America’s Long War With China

The adversarial nature of Washington’s posture toward Beijing has become increasingly obvious as tensions are intentionally ratcheted up in the South China Sea between US proxies and mainland China, as well as in Hong Kong. This is simply the latest in a much longer proxy war waged against Beijing since as early as the Vietnam War, with the so-called “Pentagon Papers” released in 1969 revealing the conflict as simply one part of a greater strategy aimed at containing and controlling China. While the US would ultimately lose the Vietnam War and any chance of using the Vietnamese as a proxy force against Beijing, the long war against Beijing would continue elsewhere.

This containment strategy would be updated and detailed in the 2006 Strategic Studies Institute reportString of Pearls: Meeting the Challenge of China’s Rising Power across the Asian Littoral where it outlines China’s efforts to secure its oil lifeline from the Middle East to its shores in the South China Sea as well as means by which the US can maintain American hegemony throughout the Indian and Pacific Ocean. The premise is that, should Western foreign policy fail to entice China into participating in the “international system” as responsible stakeholders, an increasingly confrontational posture must be taken to contain the rising nation.

This includes funding, arming, and backing terrorists and proxy regimes from Africa, across the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and even within China’s territory itself. Documented support of these movements not only include Xinjiang separatists and the leaders of “Occupy Central” in Hong Kong, but also militants and separatists in Baluchistan, Pakistan where the West seeks to disrupt a newly christened Chinese port and pipeline, as well as the machete wielding supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar’s Rakhine state – yet another site the Chinese hope to establish a logistical hub.

It is not a coincidence that ISIS is standing in for and fulfilling America’s deepest imperial aspirations from North Africa, across the Middle East, and now inching toward the borders of the West’s two largest competitors, Russia and China. Nor is it a coincidence that “Occupy Central” protesters are parroting verbatim talking points scripted in Washington earlier this year. It is no coincidence that the US State Department’s NED is found involved in every hotspot of instability and conflict both within China’s borders and beyond them. It is a documented conspiracy that is now increasingly seeing the light truth cast upon it. Whether or not that is enough to end the unnecessary barbarism and bloodshed that has resulted from the West’s hegemonic aspirations remains to be seen.

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Japan TV Anchor: I Couldn’t Tell the Truth About Fukushima

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Photo: Former NHK anchor Jun Hori. (TEDxKyoto/Flickr Creative Commons)

Nuclear Scientist: I have not trusted the information from beginning… “The worst scenario I predicted has happened” 

PRI’s ‘The World’, Oct 17, 2014:  Japan’s timid coverage of Fukushima led this news anchor to revolt — and he’s not alone — No one is telling [evacuee] Shiga Kamematsu the truth

  • Complaints about censorship… continue to this day… Evacuees don’t trust the gov’t or Tepco… they’re blaming the media for not holding them both accountable… Criticism goes beyond a lack of investigation. Journalist Jun Hori says his news agency prevented him from accurately reporting what happened… It restricted what he and other journalists could say about Fukushima [like] how much radiation was spreading.
  • Jun Hori. NHK news anchor: “I couldn’t tell the true story on my news program… It was very frustrating… A lot of people kept asking me, ‘Why didn’t you tell us earlier about what is happening?’… My superiors said NHK was getting complaints from politicians…They told me I had to stop… The Japanese thought someone was [giving them accurate information] — companies, the government, someone. But once you peeled back the cover, you saw that nobody was doing it.”

Jun Hori at TEDx Kyoto: ‘Do not create panic, do not fuel public anxiety, do not impair national interests, do not compromise the interests of our sponsors’… There is a plethora of information available on the web, one cannot learn the truth from watching TV or reading newspapers… Drastic changes need to be made… A man [wanted] to see what is really going on in the nuclear plants… The recordings he sent us a few months later were shocking and overwhelming.

Asahi Reporter: “Tepco declined…  access of the complete recordings… Footage has not yet been released… There are much more shocking parts… Workers have been told… they’d receive 100 millisieverts [a day] of radiation exposure.

Dr. Uzi Even, nuclear scientist: “I do not trust the reporting system… In fact from the beginning of this crisis… Japanese authorities were trying to play down the danger… The worst scenario that I predicted happened… I claimed from the beginning that the information given to the public is either erroneous or misleading… The first few days they said, ‘Everything is under control, nothing will happen, you don’t have to be worried.’ I doubted it from the moment of the earthquake.”

Watch the interview here

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Reminding India of Nuclear Deterrence

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By Sajjad Shaukat

By setting aside the principles of nuclear deterrence, intensity in the Indian unprovoked firing

along the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary (WB), which killed several persons

since October 6, this year inside Pakistan, is alarming for peace-loving countries of South Asia

including those of the world.

Calling for restraining its forces from constant violations of the ceasefire agreement of 2003,

Pakistan government has lodged a strong protest with the India government through diplomatic

channels, and also raised the issue with the UN Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan.

In this regard, the UN observers visited the affected areas, and have shown serious concerns

over the casualties inside Pakistan. On October 14, US Special Representative for Pakistan and

Afghanistan Daniel Feldman also expressed his concerns over tension at LoC and WB, and

stressed to resolve it through dialogue. Feldman elaborated, “He believes, Indian dream for

world leadership and progress could not come true without better ties with Pakistan.

Meanwhile, contact through hotline was established between Directors-General Military

Operations (DGMOs) of both the countries. Pak army’s DMO conveyed Pakistan’s concerns to

his Indian counterpart, and pointed towards India’s consistent unprovoked firing on the civilian

population living across LoC and WB.

In 2013, the Pakistani and Indian DGMOs had pledged to uphold the 2003 LoC ceasefire accord.

But, by acting upon a preplanned scheme, Indian soldiers crossed over the LoC in Kashmir on

January 6, 2013 and attacked a Pakistani check post, killing one Pakistani soldier and injuring

many troops. While, Pakistan military officials indicated that Indian hostility has gradually

increased since 2010, making lives of civil population living in closer vicinity of the LoC and

WB difficult. Indian troops committed 86 ceasefire violations in 2011, 230 in 2012 and 414 in

2013. And, Indians have again resorted to deliberate firing for about 224 times and killed several

people on the Pakistani side in 2014.

Particularly, leader of the fundamentalist party BJP and Prime Minister of India, Narendra

Modi is reported to have given a free hand to the Indian forces to go on aggressively with the

violations. While, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Shariff convened a meeting of the National

Security Committee on Oct 10, this year, and discussed the recent ceasefire violations by India at

In this respect, Pakistan’s military officials revealed that Indian perennial escalation across

the LoC and WB is according to a deliberate plan. The spokesman of the Inter-Services Public

Relations (ISPR), Maj-General Asim Bajwa said that Pakistan Rangers and troops “befittingly”

responded to “unprovoked firing” by Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) and military troops.

He also clarified that Pakistan’s Armed Forces are fully prepared to meet any aggression.

In fact, by promoting Hindu chauvinism on the basis of anti-Muslim and anti-Pakistan slogans,

extremist party, BJP won a landslide victory in the India elections 2014 by defeating the

Congress. Now, BJP-led Prime Minister Modi has been implementing its party’s agenda against

Pakistan. In this context, border violations by the Indian forces at the Line of Control and

Working Boundary, accompanying hostile statements by Indian leadership are aimed at hyping

up Hindu sentiments against Pakistan.

Besides, other negative steps of the BJP government like cancellation of the Foreign Secretary

level talks with Islamabad, schedule to be held on August 25, 2014, raising baseless issues of

terrorism as pre-conditions to advance the Pak-Indian dialogue, slow pace of trial in Pakistan

against the terrorists of the Mumbai 26/11 terror case, pledge of revoking the special status,

given to Kashmir under Indian constitution’s Article 370, and to strengthen its measures to

annex the area—are part of the same scheme to create a war like situation between the two rival

countries which have fought three wars, since the Partition of 1947.

It is of particular attention that BJP leader Dr. Subramaniam Swami stated on July 12, 2014 that

India needed only two years to defeat Pakistan militarily, and the only solution of Kashmir was

war, as “there is no peaceful, democratic solution.” Responding to the withdrawal of the US-
led NATO forces from Afghanistan, he remarked, “Americans will hand over Afghanistan to

Taliban and go…India should send at least 200,000 troops to Afghanistan.”

In these terms, Indian hawks think that in the aftermath of the withdrawal of NATO, they will

keep their anti-Pakistan network in Afghanistan by harming the genuine interests of Pakistan

which shares geographical, cultural and religious bonds with the former, and is determined to

bring peace and stability there.

Now, as part of its blame game, India has accelerated unprovoked firing at the LoC in Kashmir

and WB in Sialkot to delay the Pak-India peace process, without caring for latter’s nuclear

weapons. Although despite numerous military skirmishes, there has not been a full-blown

war since India and Pakistan tested nuclear weapons in 1998, yet BJP-extremist rulers seem

determined to initiate the same without bothering even for nuclear war. Therefore, Pakistan’s

media and defense analysts must remind India of the principles of nuclear deterrence.

However, it is wishful thinking of the BJP leader that India can destroy Pakistan through nuclear

bombs. While both the neighboring adversaries are nuclear powers, New Delhi should not ignore

the principles of deterrence, popularly known as balance of terror.

After the World War 11, nuclear weapons were never used, and were only employed as a

strategic threat. During the heightened days of the Cold War, many crises arose in Suez Canal,

Korea, Cuba and Vietnam when the US and the former Soviet Union were willing to use atomic

weapons, but they stopped because of the fear of nuclear war which could eliminate both the

super powers. Therefore, the two rivals preferred to resolve their differences through diplomacy.

Similarly, many occasions came between Pakistan and India, during Kargil crisis of 1998, and

Indian parliament’s attack by the militants in 2001, and particularly in 2008, in the post-Mumbai

terror attacks when New Delhi started a blame game against Islamabad in wake of its highly

provocative actions like mobilization of troops. Pakistan had also taken defensive steps to meet

any prospective aggression or surgical strikes by New Delhi. But, India failed in implementing

its aggressive plans, because Islamabad also possesses atomic weapons.

Political strategists agree that deterrence is a psychological concept which aims to affect an

opponent’s perceptions. In nuclear deterrence, weapons are less usable, as their threat is enough

in deterring an enemy who intends to use its armed might. In this context, a renowned scholar,

Hotzendorf remarks that nuclear force best serves the interests of a state when it deters an attack.

In the present circumstances, BJP is badly mistaken, if it overestimates India’s power and

underestimates Pakistan’s power. As Pakistan lacks conventional forces and weapons vis-à-vis

India, so, in case of a prolonged conflict, Pakistan will have to use nuclear weapons and missiles

which could destroy whole of India, resulting into Indian political suicide.

It is noteworthy that currently, more than half of India’s budget is allocated for armed forces, and

defense purchases, leaving even less to lift millions of its citizens from abject poverty. Hence,

various injustices have further intensified regional and ethnic disparities in India, while giving

impetus to insurgency and wars of liberation in Assam, Kashmir, Khalistan, Mizoram, Nagaland,

Tamil Nadu and Tripura. In the recent years, Maoist intensified their struggle, attacking official

It is worth-mentioning that one of the important causes of the disintegration of the former

Soviet Union was that its greater defense expenditure exceeded to the maximum, resulting into

economic crises inside the country. In this regard, about a prolonged war in Afghanistan, the

former President Gorbachev had declared it as the “bleeding wound.” However, militarization of

the Soviet Union failed in controlling the movements of liberation, launched by various ethnic

nationalities. On the other hand, while learning no lesson from India’s previous close friend,

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is acting upon the similar policies.

Past and present history of Balkan gives ample evidence that insurgency and movement of

separatism in one country have drastic impact on other neighboring states. Similarly, civil war

and unrest either in Somalia or Sudan have affected all the states of Darfur region, while violent

uprising in Egypt, Syria etc. has radicalized a number of the Middle East countries. Indian state

terrorism in the Indian-held Kashmir and country’s other regions in wake of Israeli atrocities on

the Palestinians will further radicalize Asia.

Nonetheless, irresponsible and unrealistic approach of the BJP-led government in the modern

era of peaceful settlement of disputes and economic development could culminate into political

suicide of the India union. Therefore, India is reminded of nuclear deterrence in wake of creating

war hysteria in its own country and Pakistan.

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants,

Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations

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India test-fires first home-made cruise missile

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India successfully test-fired its first domestically built nuclear-capable long-range cruise missile Friday, marking another step in building up the country´s defence prowess.

The “Nirbhay”, or “fearless”, missile blasted off from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Missile TestRange in Chandipur in the eastern state of Orissa, the Press Trust of India reported.

“The trial was totally successful,” a senior government official associated with the launch told the Press Trust of India national news agency.

“The outcome of the trial was ascertained by analyzing the data retrieved from radars and telemetry points,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Unlike other ballistic missiles, Nirbhay has a wing and tail fins. The missile is intended to cruise like an aircraft, helped by its small fins, and can be launched from land, sea and air.

The surface-to-surface missile is fitted with a turbojet engine and is capable of flying at low altitudes to avoid detection. It can even hover near the target, striking from any direction without being seen on radar.

With a range of up to 1,000 kilometers (600 miles), it gives India the capability to strike “deep into enemy territory”, NDTV news network reported.

The Nirbhay is regarded by military experts as India´s version of the US Tomahawk cruise missiles.

Friday´s success comes after the subsonic missile´s first test launch in March 2013 had to be aborted midway after it veered off course.

India, which shares borders with arch-rivals Pakistan and giant China, both of which are nuclear-armed, is developing the missile system to strengthen its air-defence capabilities.

India already has in its arsenal the supersonic BrahMos missile which it developed jointly with Russia.

India in 2012 successfully launched its nuclear-capable Agni V ballistic missile with a range of more than 5,000 kilometers.

The Indian military views the Agni V missile as a key boost to its regional power aspirations and one that narrows — albeit slightly — its huge gap with China´s technologically advanced missile systems.

While the shorter-range Agni I and II were mainly developed with India´s traditional rival Pakistan in mind, later versions with longer range reflect the shift in India´s military focus towards China.

Just last month, Indian government scientists were in the news for winning Asia´s race to Mars when its unmanned Mangalyaan spacecraft successfully entered the Red Planet´s orbit after a 10-month journey on a tiny budget.

 

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Britain to re-deploy drones from Afghanistan to Iraq

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Britain will shortly begin re-deploying its unmanned armed drones from Afghanistan to counter Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told parliament on Thursday.

The remotely-piloted Reaper aircraft will provide surveillance, reconnaissance and intelligence support to the Iraqi troops and international coalition forces taking on the IS group in northern Iraq.

The drones can also launch bombs and missiles.

It will be the first time Britain has deployed Reapers outside Afghanistan, where Britain is completing a pull-out of combat troops this year.

“We are in the process of re-deploying some of our Reaper remotely-piloted aircraft from Afghanistan to the Middle East,” Hammond said.

Britain already has eight Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado fighter jets conducting bombing raids on Islamic State targets in Iraq.

“Approximately 20-30 percent of Iraq’s populated territory could be under ISIL control. Liberating this territory from ISIL is a medium term challenge, to be measured in months and years, not days and weeks,” Hammond said.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “The surveillance capability of Reaper will see it provide vital situational awareness, making it an invaluable asset to the Iraqi government and the coalition allies.

“If strike operations are required then Reaper has the ability to complement the sorties RAF Tornados have already completed.”

The US-made Reapers are normally armed with two Paveway laser-guided bombs and four Hellfire missiles for precision strikes.

The Ministry of Defence also said a small group of British infantry have completed a week training the Kurdish forces fighting extremists in using the heavy machine guns Britain gave them last month.

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Missing Malala’s Message of Peace: Drones Fuel Terrorism

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Missing Malala’s message of peace: ‘US Drones fuel terrorism.’ (Credit: Screenshot)

On October 10, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai–who received worldwide attention after being attacked by the Taliban for her advocacy for girls’ education–was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi.  Yousafzai’s work on educational equity is well-known. But less well-known is what she said to Barack Obama about how his wars were undermining the fight against terrorism.

Last year, Yousafzai’s White House meeting with Barack Obama received wide media coverage.  But as I pointed out  back then (FAIR Blog10/15/13), part of Yousafzai’s message didn’t make it into most media accounts: She told Obama that drone strikes in her country were fueling more terrorism.

After the meeting, she released a statement that included this:

I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education, it will make a big impact.

As Rania Khalek reported in Extra! (12/13), this part of her message wasn’t suited for US television:

In the week following the meeting, ABCNBC and CBS aired 20 Malala Yousafzai–related stories, according to a search of the Nexis news media database. But not one of them mentioned her comments about US drone strikes.

After Yousafzai’s award, she was back in the headlines; the news about the Nobel Peace Prize made it onto every network newscast. But once again, her message to Obama was absent–a curious omission, given the context.

CBS This Morning was one of the few outlets that covered her drone comments the first time around, so it replayed an excerpt of an interview with Norah O’Donnell on October 10:

DONNELL: Is it true that when you spoke with President Obama, that you talked about your concern that drone attacks are fueling terrorism?

YOUSAFZAI: The first thing is that, it is true that when there’s a drone attack, those–the terrorists are killed, it’s true, but 500 and 5,000 more people rise against it, and more terrorism occurs, and more bomb blasts occur. So for that reason, I think the best way to fight against terrorism is do it through peaceful way, not through war, because I believe that a war can never be ended by a war.

O’DONNELL: And you said that to President Obama?

YOUSAFZAI: Yes, of course.

CBS Evening News (10/10/14) aired an excerpt from the same interview that night , but it wasn’t this part.

Maybe it just takes some outlets longer to get around to talking about this. We noted last year that ABC reported Yousafzai’s critique of US policy 11 weeks after her visit (FAIR Blog1/2/14).  And in a report last week about the Nobel Prize, the New York Times(10/10/14) mentioned in the first paragraph that she “confronted President Obama about American drone policy in a meeting last year.”

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Bill Gates Faces Trial in India for Illegally Testing Tribal Children with Vaccines

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Have Bill Gates and his eugenicist foundation’s crimes against humanity finally caught up with him? If the Supreme Court of India has anything to say about it, he will face the ramifications of poisoning millions of Indian children with vaccines.

A recent report published by Health Impact News shows that a vaccine empire built on lies can only go on for so long. The reports states:

“While fraud and corruption are revealed on almost a daily basis now in the vaccine industry, the U.S. mainstream media continues to largely ignore such storiesOutside the U.S., however, the vaccine empires are beginning to crumble, and English versions of the news in mainstream media outlets are available via the Internet.

One such country is India, where the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and their vaccine empire are under fire, including a pending lawsuit currently being investigated by the India Supreme Court.”

If you aren’t aware of the key players in the vaccine mayhem being driven into African countries, they are:

  • The World Health Organization
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health, funded by the Gates’ foundation), and
  • GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, also funded by the Gates’ foundation)

All four of these organizations will now be expected to explain themselves due to a writ of petition originally submitted to the Supreme Court of India in 2012, by Kalpana Mehta, Nalini Bhanot, and Dr. Rukmini Rao, which has finally been heard by the courts.

The petitioners stated:

“BMGF, PATH and WHO were criminally negligent trialling the vaccines on a vulnerable, uneducated and under-informed population school administrators, students and their parents who were not provided informed consent or advised of potential adverse effects or required to be monitored post-vaccination.”

Furthermore, though absent from most mainstream U.S. media outlets, the Economic Times of India published their report in August 2014, stating that young tribal girls were tested with HPV vaccines. This involved not a handful of children, but 16,000 individuals in Andhra Pradesh, India, where they were given the Gardasil vaccine.

KP Narayana Kumar reported that within a month of receiving the vaccine, many of the children fell ill, and by 2010, five of them had died. Another two children were reported to have died in Vadodara, Gujarat, where another 14,000 tribal children were vaccinated with another brand of the HPV vaccine, Cervarix, manufactured by GlaxoSmitheKline (GSK), who incidentally, has been accused of dumping polio virus into a Belgium river.

Consent forms to administer the HPV vaccine were ‘illegally’ signed by wardens form youth hostels, showing that the Gates’ prey on the indigent without parents. For those who had parents, most were illiterate, and the true potential dangers of the vaccines were not explained to them.

SAMA, an organization in India which promotes women’s health discovered this insidiousness, and reported it, but only now will Gates and his cronies have to answer for their misdeeds. Approximately 120 girls reported epileptic seizures, severe stomach cramps, headaches, and mood swings, of those who did not die. Other girls receiving the Gardasil vaccine have experienced infertility.

The Economic Times further reported:

“The SAMA report also said there had been cases of early onset of menstruation following the vaccination, heavy bleeding and severe menstrual cramps among many students. The standing committee pulled up the relevant state governments for the shoddy investigation into these deaths.

It said it was disturbed to find that ‘all the seven deaths were summarily dismissed as unrelated to vaccinations without in-depth investigations …’ the speculative causes were suicides, accidental drowning in well (why not suicide?), malaria, viral infections, subarachnoid hemorrhage (without autopsy) etc.”

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation declared their little vaccine project a total success. I guess the Supreme Court of India will decide that now.

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