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  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • India Takes Economic Spotlight, and Critics Are Unkind

    03/06/2004 10:04:03 PM PST · by AM2000 · 55 replies · 582+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 7, 2004 | AMY WALDMAN
    BOMBAY, March 2 — India has finally arrived on the global economic scene. Unfortunately, like a debutante suddenly told she is wearing the wrong dress, it is not exactly the triumph India imagined. In recent weeks, the outsourcing of white-collar service jobs to places like this financial capital on the Arabian Sea has become the focus of the American presidential campaign, the brunt of jokes on late-night shows, the subject of angry Web sites, and the target of legislation in more than 20 states and Washington. Long caricatured in many American minds as home only to snake charmers and poor...
  • 'A Q Khan (Pakistani nuke scientist) visited Timbuktu for uranium'

    02/17/2004 6:03:16 PM PST · by AM2000 · 6 replies · 902+ views ^ | February 17, 2004 19:12 IST | Shyam Bhatia in London
    The London accountant who accompanied Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan to Timbuktu on three occasions in 1998, 1999 and 2000 says the 'father' of the Pakistani bomb witnessed the digging of a well, toured an ancient Islamic library and enjoyed the views of the desert. A remote outpost in the middle of the West African desert, Timbuktu usually attracts explorers associated in the popular mind with the adventures of the comic character Tin Tin. And Pakistani dissidents told the reason for Khan's visit to Timbuktu, part of landlocked West African state of Mali, was to prospect for uranium. They say...
  • "We are walking into the American trap": Former Pakistani Intelligence chief

    02/12/2004 4:59:06 AM PST · by AM2000 · 9 replies · 386+ views ^ | 2/12/2004
    Home > News > Interview The Rediff Interview/Former ISI chief Hamid Gul February 12, 2004 Born in a mud hut to a farmer in Sargodha, Punjab, retired Lieutenant General Hamid Gul went on to become head of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence directorate during then prime minister Benazir Bhutto's tenure. He played a pivotal role in creating the problems India confronted due to Pakistan's State-sponsored terrorism.B Raman, one of India's leading experts on Pakistan, recalls how Gul actively backed Khalistani terrorists. "When Bhutto became prime minister in 1988," Raman says, "Gul justified backing these terrorists as the only way of pre-empting a fresh Indian threat...
  • Socialism is criminal (an Indian columnist on the socialism of the Indian govt)

    12/30/2003 4:18:05 PM PST · by AM2000 · 6 replies · 378+ views
    The Times of India ^ | TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2003 12:00:47 AM | Sauvik Chakraverti
    Much of this won't make sense to an audience not versed in the intricacies of Indian politics. However, if you read between the lines, you'll notice a decent rebuttal of socialism, and of the inherent evil in government ownership of lands which are not being used as 'public goods'. Enjoy. -AM2000 A Second Republic | There Can Be No Collective PropertyIndia 's socialist judiciary, even after a decade of liberalisation, remains inextricably wedded to the notion that publicly held property is in the public interest: The collectivist ideal. This indeed must be the rationale for blocking privatisation in the oil...
  • Anti-Indian terrorists kicked out of Bhutan, ask China for safe passage

    12/28/2003 8:24:57 PM PST · by AM2000 · 7 replies · 425+ views
    The Times of India ^ | MONDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2003 03:36:50 AM | PTI
    Ulfa knocks on China's door GUWAHATI: Ulfa chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa has appealed to China to offer temporary shelter to the fleeing cadres while its ideologue Bhimakanta Borgohain said they would now accord priority to Myanmar to set up fresh camps there. Rajkhowa in a letter to the Chairman of People's Republic of China said, “'We request you to permit them safe passage to your territory with minimum temporary hospitality necessary for their survival.” Rajkhowa in a letter faxed to the chairman on December 25, which was e-mailed to a section of the local media here on Sunday, said that of...
  • Scientists Map Out Destroyed Afghan Buddha in Preparation for Reconstruction

    11/13/2003 1:39:55 AM PST · by kattracks · 10 replies · 868+ views ^ | 11/13/03 | Naomi Koppel
    GENEVA (AP) - Swiss-based scientists have created a model of a huge Buddha statue destroyed by the former Taliban regime in Afghanistan and said they hope it will be used to rebuild the ancient figure. The team used 30-year-old photographs and special software to build the three-dimensional model, which represents the larger of two standing Buddhas the hardline Islamic group blew up with dynamite in March 2001. International outcry followed the destruction of the giant Buddhas, which were chiseled into the cliff more than 1,500 years ago in Bamiyan Valley on the ancient Silk Route linking Europe and Central Asia....
  • Raid kills 22 Taliban, Al Qaeda: U.S. civilians die in Afghan battle

    10/28/2003 5:30:05 AM PST · by Coop · 39 replies · 841+ views
    CNN ^ | 10/28/03 | Jamie McIntyre/Elise Labott
    <p>KABUL, Afghanistan -- At least 22 fighters from the ousted Taliban regime and al Qaeda network were killed in an aerial assault by U.S.-led forces in southeastern Paktika province, according to Reuters..</p> <p>Air support was called in on Tuesday after a group of Taliban and al Qaeda fugitives fired rockets and heavy machine-guns on a base used by U.S.-led troops and their Afghan allies in Shkin, near the Pakistan border, on Saturday, said Paktika province govenor Mohammad Ali Jalali.</p>

    10/02/2003 6:18:42 PM PDT · by JENNIFER_SMITH · 11 replies · 643+ views
    PBS ^ | SEPTEMBER 26, 2003
    MOYERS: President Bush came to New York this week to ask the U.N. for money and troops to help out in Iraq. The U.N. turned a cold shoulder. While here, Mr. Bush met with the president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, supposedly a close ally. But there are complaints in Washington that Musharraf is not doing enough to round up the terrorists in his own country, with its huge population of radical Muslims. Our next guest knows Pakistan well, from many trips there over the years. Bernard-Henri Levy is a diplomat, journalist, and philosopher, the author of 30 books. His latest...
  • Religious freedom significantly imperilled in Afghanistan

    09/27/2003 9:44:01 PM PDT · by Colorado Doug · 3 replies · 423+ views
    pakistan tribune ^ | September 27, 2003
    KABUL, September 28 (Online): Members of a federal panel are warning that religious freedom and other human rights remain seriously imperilled in Afghanistan even under a United States-backed government. Members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, reporting on an August visit to Kabul, said Sept. 24 that the U.S.-backed interim government is in danger of allowing the nation to return to the patterns of severe repression of religious freedom that characterised the Taliban's rule there. The Taliban were deposed by U.S.-led forces in 2001 for harbouring Osama bin Laden and other members of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization. Noting...
  • Letter from Iran: The Seeds of Future Revolt

    09/26/2003 11:33:23 AM PDT · by Persia · 12 replies · 414+ views
    The Nation ^ | 9/26/03 | Afshin Molavi
    The hard-line Islamic vigilantes circled us. Wearing their trademark beards, untucked long-sleeve shirts and green headbands, they chanted progovernment slogans, occasionally crying out "Allah Akbar" (God is Great) or "Death to the foreign mercenaries," as they circled and scowled. Our unaffiliated group, standing near a shuttered corner market in Tehran University just after 8 pm on July 9, shuffled nervously. Most had come to see what might happen on this night--the highly anticipated fourth anniversary of Iran's pro-democracy student protests, which rocked the country. Few were political activists, students or organized protesters, let alone "foreign mercenaries"; they were housewives, middle-class...

    09/25/2003 11:38:27 AM PDT · by JENNIFER_SMITH · 12 replies · 476+ views
    NEW YORK: Notwithstanding its self-professed role as a frontline state in the war on terrorism, Pakistan finds itself cornered on the issue. The US, India and Afghanistan have come together to warn Pakistan's military government not to mess around in its neighbourhood. US President George Bush bluntly told Pakistan's military ruler Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday to "stop cross-border terrorism in Kashmir" and "infiltration" into Afghanistan. Despite effusive public praise for Pakistan for its role in the war on terrorism, Bush appears to have got tough with Musharraf during their meeting on the sidelines of the UN session in the face...
  • Barmal, Afghanistan - Town under Taliban and al-Qaeda control since August

    09/20/2003 12:45:56 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 737+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation ^ | September 20, 2003 | Herve Bar
    A chief town of district of south-east under control taliban since one month The talibans and their allies of organization Al-Qaïda took control in August of the chief town of a frontier district of Pakistan in the south-east of Afghanistan, exerting since an intense military pressure on all the zone, according to local persons in charge's for safety questioned by the AFP. The Afghan pro-governmental forces "were driven out of Barmal in mid-August after an attack of several hundreds of talibans and members of organization Al-Qaïda come from Pakistan", affirmed with the AFP the head of provincial safety Daulat...
  • India: Riots over 70 suicides blamed on "debt,drought, and Monsanto's GM crops."

    09/12/2003 4:32:31 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 9 replies · 491+ views
    BBC On Line ^ | Thursday, 11 September, 2003 | staff writer
    Last Updated: Thursday, 11 September, 2003, 12:04 GMT 13:04 UK Indian farmers target Monsanto A group of farmers in southern India has stormed a building formerly used by the global biotech giant, Monsanto. Monsanto has left the building - but nobody told the farmers, say police More than 40 farmers of the Karnataka State Farmers Association ransacked the building in the city of Bangalore on Thursday after staging noisy protests. The attack came a day after the group demonstrated in the city against more than 70 suicides by farmers in the state in the past three months which the farmers...

    09/11/2003 12:49:25 PM PDT · by Persia · 9 replies · 472+ views
    IranVaJahan ^ | 9/11/03 | Koorosh Afshar
    You might still remember that our youth, the new generation of the Iranians, we, were the only people among the Middle Eastern countries, while opposing the ruling mullahs, poured into the streets and held candle light vigils to show our solidarity with the Americans, quite contrary to the vile policies of our government. At the time this seemed quite sufficient to disclose to others as to how we felt about the 9/11 tragedy. Removing the last excuse for the mullahs and also to dismiss any probable doubt regarding their role in these catastrophic events some links were found later which...
  • Hidden malware in offshore products raises concerns [Back doors in Indian and Chinese code]

    09/11/2003 11:13:41 AM PDT · by AppyPappy · 4 replies · 555+ views
    Hidden malware in offshore products raises concerns Story by Mark Willoughby SEPTEMBER 11, 2003 ( COMPUTERWORLD ) - "You've go to be a little paranoid to survive in this business." -- Andrew S. Grove, chairman and founder, Intel Corp., ca. 1980 The extreme difficulty in discovering a back door hidden deep within a complex application, buried among numerous modules developed offshore in a global software marketplace, is forcing those assigned to protect sensitive national security information to take defensive actions. The threat of hidden Trojan horses and back doors surfaced this summer when the governments of the U.S. and China...
  • A Pakistani thorn in the American side

    09/10/2003 9:09:38 PM PDT · by Qaz_W · 3 replies · 494+ views
    The Daily Star, Lebanon. ^ | Sept. 9, 2003 | Michael Griffin
    The long arm of the US “war on terrorism” employs remarkably tender gloves when it comes to Pakistan, the original backer of the Taleban movement that offered Osama bin Laden sanctuary as he plotted the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks ­ and the only state in the Muslim world certainly known to possess weapons of mass destruction. Billions of US dollars in military and economic aid have poured into the country since then, although, before the attacks, Pakistan was more often cited as a sponsor of international terrorism. It had backed ruthless cross-border insurgencies in Kashmir and India, developed a nuclear...
  • In Afghanistan, The War On Terror Is Anything But Over

    09/10/2003 3:50:12 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 581+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 9-11-2003 | Phil Reeves
    In Afghanistan, the war on terror is anything but over By Phil Reeves in Afghanistan 11 September 2003 Afghans are not easily shocked. Repeated invasion, decades of civil war and centuries of poverty harden a place. Yet the latest atrocity to hit this nation was stunningly brutal, even by their dismal standards. It happened early on Monday afternoon, a multiple execution by men determined to render it impossible for the international community to reconstruct or stabilise the country under the control of a US- supported government. Five local workers from the Danish Committee for Aid to Afghanistan (Dacaar) were bumping...
  • Questions Grow on Pakistan's Commitment to Fight Taliban

    09/09/2003 11:50:53 PM PDT · by Qaz_W · 4 replies · 441+ views
    New York Times ^ | Sept. 9, 2003 | David Rohde
    Two years after the Sept. 11 attacks, questions are growing about whether Pakistan, a crucial American ally in the campaign against terrorism, is mounting a sincere effort to crack down on a resurgent Taliban and other Islamic militants. The Pakistani military, which dominates the country, is credited by American officials with excellent cooperation in hunting down members of Al Qaeda. But members of the Afghan government and some Pakistani political and intelligence officials suggest that Pakistan is not doing all it could to stop Taliban forces from using its territory to attack Afghan territory, and that some elements of Pakistan's...
  • Canadians in secret unit hunt al-Qaeda terrorists Post reporter given rare access to sortie

    09/09/2003 1:00:26 PM PDT · by MalcolmS · 11 replies · 1,384+ views
    National Post ^ | Sept 9, 2003 | Chris Wattie
    A HILLTOP NEAR KABUL - Sitting in their unlit house, behind six-metre-high mud brick walls in the heart of a village so hostile to outsiders even heavily armed international troops rarely venture down its narrow roads and lanes, the al-Qaeda militants must have felt safe. They were wrong. From a barren, windswept hilltop kilometres away, the men of 42-Charlie are watching. "There you go," exults Corporal Chris Nadon, pointing at the screen in front of him showing a bearded man peering suspiciously out of a window far below. "Close enough to count the hairs in his nostril." The crew of...