Showing posts from May, 2010

Washington Diary

The US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the third-highest ranked State Department official, who recently returned from a trip to India, took to the blogosphere this week to share his India experiences.

Infiltration obstacle to Indo-Pak ties: US

The United States has said that continuing infiltration of Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists from Pakistan into India is one of the most important obstacles in improving relations between the two South Asian neighbours and resuming dialogue.

US plans military strike if terror plot traced to Pak

The United States military is looking at options for a unilateral military strike against Pakistan should there be a major terrorist incident in America that is traced to Pakistan, The Washington Post reported over the weekend.

US security strategy sees India as rising power, key ally

US President Barack Obama's National Security Strategy provides a striking contrast between how the US views India and Pakistan -- the former as a rising global power and the latter as the epicentre of global terrorism.

Terror suspect captured in Bangladesh

Bangladeshi law enforcement authorities arrested the leader of a terrorist organization this week, notching up another victory in their fight against violent Islamist extremism.

Taliban learning first aid from Red Cross workers

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been providing medical training to members of the Taliban, including some high-ranking combatants, in Afghanistan.

US unhappy over Pak SC decision on Hafiz

The US has reacted with disappointment to the Pakistani Supreme Court’s decision to allow Lashkar-e-Toiba founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed to remain free.

Pakistani court frees terrorist leader tied to Mumbai attacks

Pakistan's top court on Tuesday allowed to remain free the founder of the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which U.S. and Indian intelligence agencies have linked to the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai that killed 166.

Pak, China must follow NSG rules: US

The Obama administration says civil nuclear cooperation between Pakistan and China must be in compliance with rules of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) if China proceeds with plans to set up two new nuclear reactors in Pakistan.

Trumpet Blower’s Manual

Is the Hollywood publicity machine more ethical?

Social unraveling spreads in Africa

An ongoing cycle of rape and exploitation has left in tatters the social fabric in Sierra Leone and Liberia and threatens to do the same in other parts of Africa, according to social workers based in the continent.

S. Korea cuts trade links with Pyongyang

South Korea's president on Monday severed trade links with North Korea in response to the sinking of his country's warship and said Pyongyang will "pay a price corresponding to its provocative acts."

Kim collects cash for 'private economy'

Kim Kwang-jin clearly remembers watching North Korean insurance managers pack a lavish birthday present for their "Dear Leader" — $20 million in U.S. hard currency.

Obama urged to speak out on Ethiopia

A bipartisan group of lawmakers says the Obama administration must speak out against human rights violations in Ethiopia ahead of elections in the Horn of Africa nation on Sunday.

North Korea may return to terrorism sponsor list

A multinational report linking North Korea to the sinking of a South Korean warship has set in motion an effort to put the North back on a U.S. list of countries that sponsor terrorism.

Evidence ties N. Korea to sinking of ship

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak promised "stern action" against North Korea on Thursday after a multinational group of investigators found concrete evidence linking the North to the sinking of his country's warship in March.

Abdullah: Afghan criminals may go free

Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan's former foreign minister, says he is concerned that militants locked up at a Bagram Air Base could be released after the U.S. detention facility is handed over to Afghans next year.

‘Misperception in Pak about India’s role in Afghanistan’

Dr Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister of Afghanistan, says there is a misperception in Pakistan about India’s role in his country. Describing India's involvement in rebuilding Afghanistan as significant, Abdullah told an audience at the US Institute of Peace in Washington on Monday that no country should have a veto over Afghanistan's relationship with a third country.

Obama sends top security advisers to Pakistan

President Obama has sent his top national security advisers to Pakistan to reiterate to the government in Islamabad the importance of cracking down on terrorists in the wake of the Times Square car-bomb attempt.

Abdullah: Afghan parliamentary election a 'big test'

Former Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah warned on Monday that a rigged parliamentary election in his country will be much more catastrophic than the discredited presidential election in August that prompted him to abandon his challenge to President Hamid Karzai.

Terrorists aimed to kill Indonesian leader

Terrorists plotting to assassinate Indonesia's president and other top officials during independence celebrations in August were considering carrying out their strike in June to coincide with President Obama's visit, intelligence officials say.

Obama admn slams Tehran deal

Reacting to the Iran’s deal with Brazil and Turkey, the US today pointed out that Tehran’s decision to continue with some enrichment of nuclear fuel is a direct violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

Chinese deal with Pakistan hems Obama

China's decision to sell nuclear reactors to Pakistan, which has not signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), is posing a challenge to the Obama administration's commitment to curb the spread of nuclear technology.