There is a caricature of America’s “pivot” to Asia and it goes something like this: the Middle East and south Asia are the graveyard of US power and prestige and Washington must cut its losses to these ungrateful nations as quickly as possible and turn its full attention to the21st century that is playing out on more peaceful and profitable shores in the Asia-Pacific region. This concept of the [...]
WASHINGTON: The United States has issued a worldwide travel alert to its citizens including inSouth Asia where it said terrorist outfits like al-Qaida, the Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba ( LeT) might harm them.
“US citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness,” the State Department said in a statement yesterday.
Noting that current information suggests that al-Qaida, its affiliated organisations, and other terrorist outfits continue to plan [...]
Two upcoming elections will be critical for the future stability of south and central Asia and for the continuing success in the struggle to defeat Islamic extremism.
The first are the parliamentary elections in Pakistan scheduled for next spring to elect a new government. In the next few weeks President Asif Ali Zardari and the opposition have to agree to a neutral caretaker government that would be in place for [...]
Very interesting indeed. A secret revealed.
Batches of the world’s first vaccine against the hepatitis E virus began rolling out of a Chinese factory last week, promising to stem a disease that every year infects about 20 million people and claims 70,000 lives. The vaccine is being hailed as a victory for an unusual public–private partnership that could set a precedent in China’s burgeoning biotechnology sector, and help to deliver other vaccines for diseases overlooked in the West.
The waterborne [...]
The United States is planning to build a new missile defence shield in Asia to contain threats from North Korea and counter China’s growing missile capabilities.
A defensive array could include a new radar system in southern Japan and possibly another in South East Asia, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The news came after an unnamed US official told Jane’s Defence Weekly that China’s People’s Liberation Army tested an intercontinental ballistic missile [...]
ALEXANDROUPOLIS, Greece — At the train station here, an unshaven man with a weary look leaned against the brick wall of a building, taking in the morning sun.
He said that his name was Zulifoar Baht; that he was 38, from Pakistan; and that his train for Athens would not arrive until midafternoon. So there was nothing to do but wait, along with a dozen or so other illegal immigrants who [...]
Editor’s note: Melinda Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
(CNN) – The vast majority of women in the United States use birth control. Some of us may even consider it a minor annoyance. Sometimes we forget to take our pills. The side effects can be painful. But we put up with it because it’s so important to have the power to determine our future.
I didn’t fully appreciate how much contraceptives [...]
As Western diplomats meet this week in Baghdad to try to coax Iran’s leaders to disclose its full nuclear program, Gen. James Mattis will be keeping an eye on the Persian military.
Mattis wanted to send a third aircraft-carrier group to the Persian Gulf earlier this year, The Daily Beast has exclusively learned, in what would have been a massive show of force at a time when Iranian military commanders were publicly [...]
May 12, 2012
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Treasury Department’s claim of a “secret deal” between Iran and Al-Qaeda, which had become a key argument by right-wing activists who support war against Iran, has been discredited by former intelligence officials in the wake of publication of documents from Osama bin Laden’s files revealing a high level of antagonism between Al-Qaeda and Iran.
Three former intelligence officials with experience on Near East [...]
An Indian company has launched what it says is the world’s first cash machine to dispense diamonds as well as gold and silver coins.
Backers say the automated teller machines (ATMs) will be a “one-stop shop for buying medallions, coins and jewellery”.
They hope to cash in on the insatiable demand of Indians for jewels and precious metals.
In all, 75 ATMs are planned for retail centres, temples and airports.
“This machine… will [...]
MADRID — Hundreds of thousands of disillusioned Indians cheer a rural activist on a hunger strike. Israel reels before the largest street demonstrations in its history. Enraged young people in Spain and Greece take over public squares across their countries.
Their complaints range from corruption to lack of affordable housing and joblessness, common grievances the world over. But from South Asia to the heartland of Europe [...]
September 6, 2011
You would assume that – as messed up as things may be today – at least there is not widespread slavery, as in ancient Egypt or the American south.
But as Time Magazine noted last year:
Despite more than a dozen international conventions banning slavery in the past 150 years, there are more slaves today than at any point in human [...]
A month after a prominent human rights group accused major American brands of purchasing clothing from a factory in Jordan that systematically abuses workers, the companies have yet to declare any public action.
In June, the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights released a report alleging that workers producing clothing for Walmart, Target, Macy’s, Kohl’s and Hanes at a factory in Jordan have been routinely beaten, [...]
Karachi is facing 10 hours of power outages a day, severely damaging industrial
output and undermining economic growth. The shortages of electricity and gas
have forced hundreds of units to shut down in the textile district of
A 40% cut in generation late last month forced the Pakistan Electric Power Company to carry out eight to 10 hours of load-shedding in urban areas and 12 to 14 hours in rural areas.
U.S. To Train 3,000 Offshore IT Workers
Federally-Âbacked program aims to help outsourcerÂs in South Asia become more fluent in areas like Java programminÂgâ€”and the English language.
Despite President Obama’s pledge to retain more hi-tech jobs in the U.S., a federal agency run by a hand-picked Obama appointee has launched a $36 million program to train workers, including 3,000 specialists in IT and related functions, in South Asia.
Following their training, the [...]
I wonder what would happen if a student walked around with a crossbow at school…..
CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJBK) – A Detroit-area district says Sikh students are permitted to wear a small, religious dagger to school.
The decision by the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools reverses a ban put in place in December after a fourth-grader at a Canton Township elementary school was found with a dull, 3- to 5-inch [...]
US inflation now at 9.4% using previous method of calculation:
Also in UK, using the most recent ways of calculating inflation, UK official inflation now already at 3.4% and RPI at 4.4%
Nationwide protests and strikes in India over rocketing inflation up from 0.5% in September to 9.5% in March 2010, with food price inflation hitting a 10 year high:
China CPI and food prices soar:
Pakistan inflation hits 13.26%:
India inflation reaches 9.59% and [...]
The Bank of Canada declares on its website, Ã¢â‚¬Å“One indication of the success of CanadaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s monetary policy is that inflation Ã¢â‚¬â€ the rate of change of consumer prices as reflected in the consumer price index (CPI) Ã¢â‚¬â€ is much less newsworthy today than it was during the 1970s, when it was often a headline issue.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Also in UK, using the most recent ways of calculating inflation, UK official inflation now [...]