Thursday, December 29, 2016

Fwd: Scandalous VIDEO Footage From Anonymous EXPOSES Huma And Hillary

oldie but goldie. 

huma, the woman who would have been president (but for gods grace)

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From: Capt.

https://ihavethetruth.com/2016/10/30/scandalous-video-footage-from-anonymous-exposes-huma-and-hillary/
IHTT | Oct 30, 2016

If you think Anthony Weiner's perverted antics were bad, wait until you see this!

They have been together for decades, and while the truth has trickled out, technology has opened the floodgates.


Enter Anonymous.

The hard-to-define hacking group is doubted by many though they often get things exactly right. Their ideas about Huma Abedin, Hillary's top assistant, have enough merit to be worth a look, though what you see may frighten you.

Allegedly, Huma has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, as her mother is a member of the Brotherhood's female counterpart. No question, she is tied to Saudi Arabia, as she was raised there. She was born in the United States, and at age two, her family moved to Saudi. Huma returned at age 18, then started her intern career with Hillary Clinton at the age of twenty. She worked for her mother's magazine, a Jihadist publication that promotes Sharia law. The Muslim World League funds the Abedin family business, and they also funded al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.


Who is Human Abedin, in truth? The video below from Anonymous reveals more:

https://youtu.be/SXG_h765ZBA


With news of Huma's estranged husband, Anthony Weiner, dominating the news recently, much is being presented in the news media on Weiner and Abedin's connection to Hillary Clinton, with the ongoing FBI investigation being primary.

As you may expect, Anonymous, as a group, joins WikiLeaks in their desire to expose the corruption of Hillary Clinton. Conflicts of interest, political scandals, money laundering, pay-for-play on an international scale, and more are the focus on Anonymous.

The amount of information that is available on Hillary Clinton is intimidating, as her career has run for decades.

Take a look at the video below, also from Anonymous, and consider how she and Huma Abedin have found themselves in their current set of controversial circumstances.







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perilous moment for asia

A perilous moment for Asia's peace and stability
The US must reassure allies it will remain an constant and unwavering friend
December 28, 2016


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bankers, the new villains

Are bankers India's new corrupt?
Already feeling the heat due to bad loans, bankers are under increased scrutiny as cases of money laundering surface after demonetisation
Vishwanath NairJayshree P. UpadhyayShaswati Das
Wed, Dec 28 2016


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brahma on han water wars

Averting water wars in Asia
BRAHMA CHELLANEY | Wed, 28 Dec 2016-08:10am , DNA
China's riparian dominance and maritime aggression have the potential to escalate conflict in the continent

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inspired loner, modi

Inspired loner
- Modi sees himself as an agent of fundamental transformation
Swapan Dasgupta
Thursday , December 29 , 2016

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CPEC sucks

FOR INDIA, CPEC IS A CORRIDOR TO NOWHERE
Thursday, 29 December 2016 | Claude Arpi
One fails to understand why Beijing is so adamant to not re-open the Himalayan land ports between India and Tibet, while at the same time, it is 'inviting' New Delhi to join the CPEC bandwagon

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easwar prasad does a uturn (sort of) on demonetization

so some are waking up to the value of demonetization
The Global Appeal of Fighting Corruption
By Eswar Prasad 
December 28, 2016


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Sunday, December 25, 2016

China Aggressively Militarizing South China Sea

China is now moving aggressively to build up missile platforms in the South China Sea:


what china claims to have invented

http://www.economist.com/news/china/21712173-golf-footballyou-name-it-what-china-claims-have-invented

that ass needham started this nonsense. brits have china-love, islam-love, etc. no brit has india-love.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

India's GDP Passes Britain's


For the first time in 150 years, India's GDP has become larger than Britain's in nominal terms, as India passes UK on the country ranking:

http://indianexpress.com/article/business/economy/india-surpasses-uk-in-terms-of-gdp-for-the-first-time-in-150-years-what-it-means-4438488/

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Quick notes: Indian startups, Cooking oil...

  • Indian versus foreign: Uber sold its China business to rival Didi Chuxing, after having invested $2 billion. The move highlighted how it is very hard for non-Chinese companies to win in the Chinese market.  But it’s not the same in India, where both Amazon and Uber have been thriving and giving local companies a tough time, even harming the Indian market.


  • How to Choose the Right Cooking Oil: Keep omega-6 and omega-3 intake in balance. Mustard oil has the best omega-3 to omega-6 ratio.


  • Fish, poultry offer as many problems to the human body as red meat: The body has no mechanism for storing excess protein. It elimi­nates it through the formation of urea in the liver. When urea and amino acids — which are a components of protein — enter the kid­neys to be eliminated in urine, they cause loss of water and large amounts of minerals — mainly calcium. A few ounces of chick­en or fish, a cup of low fat cottage cheese, and your system has been swamped with enough proteins to cause a negative calcium balance. Other offshoots of excess protein are liver disease, kidney failure — and obesity.


  • How much public space we've surrendered to cars:
https://twitter.com/ValaAfshar/status/802714711317999616


12 Killed in Xmas Terror Attack on Berlin Market

A Pakistani national is believed to be responsible for using a truck to carry out a terror attack on a Christmas market in Berlin which has killed 12 people:

http://nypost.com/2016/12/19/berlin-truck-driver-reportedly-a-pakistani-refugee/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/truck-rams-into-berlin-christmas-market-in-deliberate-attack-killing-12/2016/12/20/2c73c5ec-c63b-11e6-acda-59924caa2450_story.html

Blade Runner 2049 Official Teaser Trailer #1 (2017) Ryan Gosling, Harris...

Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to the original Blade Runner movie, is scheduled to come out in October 2017:



Doval Meets With Flynn

Modi's NSA Ajit Doval has met with Trump's NSA Michael Flynn:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/ajit-doval-discusses-indo-us-strategic-ties-with-donald-trumps-nsa-designate-michael-flynn-4436349/

Sunday, December 18, 2016

harvard biz review doesn't like demonetization

sounds exactly like the congress line.

https://hbr.org/2016/12/indias-botched-war-on-cash?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=harvardbiz

and this is rich coming from the fellows who brought us enron and the 2008 meltdown

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Rogue One: Star Wars and the Gita

I saw Rogue One, an anthology movie set in the Star Wars universe, and enjoyed it. The movie is a prequel to the original 1977 Star Wars movie which featured Luke Skywalker destroying the first Death Star. It tells the story of the events leading up to that famous movie which launched the Star Wars franchise.



This movie features lots of interesting tie-ins to the original movie franchise. The story plot is built around addressing a central "macguffin" of the 1977 Star Wars movie and key questions around it. Compared to the original movies, this film has a darker, grittier tone, with possible comparisons to The Dirty Dozen, or even some of Kurosawa's movies.

http://akirakurosawa.info/2016/06/26/star-wars-rogue-one-borrows-from-akira-kurosawa/

If you've seen Rogue One and liked it, then you may also enjoy reading the novel it's based upon - Catalyst by James Luceno - which gives the backstory on the development of the Empire's big brahmastra super-weapon, the Death Star - and its unwilling inventor, who is like an Oppenheimer.



Like brahmastra, the Death Star's planet-destroying power is revealed to have a primordial origin, in the form of crystals formed in the hearts of stars, which the Empire collects by looting the Jedi temples. These crystals had been gathered up for ages by the Jedi, who used them to power their traditional weapon of justice, the light saber. This is then the hidden secret of the Star Wars universe - the basis for the sword of justice is the same as for the genocidal weapon of mass destruction.

The original title planned for the Rogue One movie was "Destroyer of Worlds"

http://www.denofgeek.com/us/movies/star-wars/260820/star-wars-rogue-ones-original-title-was-destroyer-of-worlds


Friday, December 16, 2016

China Seizes US Underwater Drone

A Chinese warship has seized an American submersible drone in the waters of the South China Sea:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china-drone-idUSKBN14526J

http://www.news.com.au/world/asia/us-demands-china-give-back-drone/news-story/b6ae6190e016274f81276b7a4d38b5a7


The provocative action comes on the heels of revelations China has also installed weapons platforms on various artificial islands it has built up in the South China Sea:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38319253

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Rex Tillerson Named as US Secretary of State

Rex Tillerson has been chosen as Secretary  of State by Donald Trump :

http://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2016-12-13/trump-officially-taps-exxonmobil-ceo-rex-tillerson-for-secretary-of-state


Tillerson is the former longtime CEO of Exxon-Mobil.

John Bolton, former UN ambassador under Bush, will likely be picked as his deputy, to provide more State Dept experience.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Quick notes: Gwadar, Toxic chilli powder...


Friday, December 09, 2016

Deep State Strikes Back as Trump Considers Pro-Putin SecState

Atlanticists are having a full meltdown, leaking reports from the CIA alleging that Russia deliberately helped Trump win the US presidential election:

https://www.dhs.gov/news/2016/10/07/joint-statement-department-homeland-security-and-office-director-national

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-cia-on-collision-course-over-russias-role-in-us-election/2016/12/10/ad01556c-bf01-11e6-91ee-1adddfe36cbe_story.html

This happens as Trump considers picking the former chief of Exxon-Mobil Rex Tillerson as his next Secretary of State:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/09/us/politics/rex-tillerson-secretary-of-state-exxon-donald-trump.html

Tillerson is known for his very close ties to Putin and Russia. Meanwhile, close Trump ally Rudy Giuliani has withdrawn his name from the selection race.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Stratfor On Trump-Taiwan-China

Stratfor analysis on Trump's phone call with Taiwanese PM:


Monday, December 05, 2016

Quick notes: UCC, River linking...

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Trump Ramps Up China Rhetoric with More Tweets

Donald Trump seems to be escalating his public rhetoric on China with his latest tweets. Facing criticism for having taken a call from Taiwan's PM in disregard of China's potential sensitivities, Trump has doubled down with some tough tweeting today:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/805538149157969924

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/805539770864693253



The question is - how will China react? Will we see another North Korean missile test soon enough? America's traditional adversaries seem a little disconcerted by Trump's macho style, and none of them seems eager to be the first to dip their toe in the water to test him.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

US Naval Inspection Finds Indian Aircraft Carriers Lacking

A US naval team sent to inspect India's aircraft carriers in development has found alarming shortcomings:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-effort-to-help-india-build-up-navy-hits-snag-1480501812


Trump Asks Bharara to Stay On As US Attorney

Preet Bharara has accepted President-elect Donald Trump's request to stay on as Federal Prosecutor for Manhattan South district:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/the-latest-trump-to-tap-mnuchin-for-treasury-secretary/2016/11/29/94fd6f0a-b691-11e6-939c-91749443c5e5_story.html?utm_term=.d5d57fb27424

Perhaps Trump intends for Bharara to become his pitbull against the Clinton Foundation, or at least to continue going after big Wall Street banks.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Terrorist Attack on Indian Army Camp in Nagrota Kills 7

7 soldiers have been killed in a terrorist attack on an Indian Army camp in Nagrota, in J&K:

http://www.indiablooms.com/ibns_new/news-details/N/26362/nagrota-attack-leave-7-indian-army-men-killed.html

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Nagrota-attack-is-new-Pakistan-army-chiefs-message-to-India-says-former-home-secretary-R-K-singh/articleshow/55685915.cms


No Ideas Among "Hindu Right"?

Not according to Aaatish Taseer, son of the late Salman and Tavleen, who spouts off in NYT against the "Hindu Right":

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/29/opinion/does-indias-right-wing-have-any-ideas.html?_r=0

He even quotes Rajeev:

“So if you are an embattled Hindu, or even an atheist Indian,” Rajeev Srinivasan wrote in the right-wing magazine Swarajya, “you feel there is an entire constellation of powers with a negative intent arrayed against you, and that they have created a galaxy of sepoys, especially in media and academia.”
Historically, a “sepoy” was an Indian soldier serving in the British Army. It has become a favorite jibe on the right for an Anglicized liberal elite that was seen to be working against its own country.

Taseer babbles about the "Hindu Right" not having any ideas - I dunno, we've churned out plenty of ideas on just this one blog alone. It seems more like the Indian Left being the intellectually bankrupt ones. He only seems to want to project his own narrative onto others.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Westworld

Has anybody been watching Westworld? It's an HBO-produced TV reboot of a 1970s movie by the same name. Like Blade Runner, it features a gripping suspenseful storyline which tackles interesting issues around the ethics of artificially-produced beings, consciousness and memory. It also presents the idea of "reality" as a narrative, which can fall apart when cracks in it are revealed. Other themes include reincarnation, past life memories, karma/fate, and attaining nirvana/fulfillment. It's a different take on Roy Batty's predicament.



Episode 10 of Westworld, the first season finale, will air a week from now. The series has overtaken Game of Thrones in popularity, and it's probably better to binge-watch all the available episodes back-to-back, because the first season is about to complete.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Pak Names New Army Chief

Pakistani Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has been named the new Pakistan Army Chief:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38118060

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Fight Over US Secretary of State

A fight is brewing over the appointment of the US Secretary of State.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-allies-raise-doubts-about-mitt-romney-leading-state-department-1480011962

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/24/us/politics/donald-trump-mitt-romney-rudy-giuliani-state.html?_r=0

Mitt Romney, who is a known Atlanticist and NeoCon, is being considered for Secretary of State by Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, the rest of Trump's team are completely against the induction of Romney, who had mercilessly attacked Trump during the election campaign, with the support of NeoCons opposed to Trump.

Trump is rumored to be currently leaning toward picking Romney, with the latter possibly preparing an apology speech to proclaim his change of heart toward Trump, in connection with an announcement of his appointment as early as tomorrow. This sudden turn has alarmed the rest of Trump's team as well as Trump's grassroots base, who are scrambling to weigh in with their opposition to Romney.



President Trump Seen to Help US-India Ties in Particular

US ties to India are particularly expected to benefit under a Trump presidency - here's why:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/11/24/asia-is-nervous-about-trump-but-us-india-ties-could-improve.html

Asia Society, run out of New York, has a more mixed view:

http://asiasociety.org/blog/asia/three-challenges-us-india-relations-under-president-trump

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Nikki Haley Appointed US Ambassador to UN

Nikki Haley has accepted Donald Trump's offer to be US Ambassador to the United Nations:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/sc-gov-nikki-haley-tapped-to-be-trumps-un-ambassador/2016/11/23/c1395cb6-b144-11e6-8616-52b15787add0_story.html


Personally, I don't see what great skills she brings to the UN ambassador role, since she has no foreign policy experience. On the one hand, since she's Indian and a woman, it shows he's supporting "diversity", etc. On the other hand, she did quickly participate in attacking Trump during the Republican Primary, at the behest of the establishment - so perhaps Trump is moving her to a position where she cannot be readily co-opted by the treacherous establishment to be the face of a future rebellion they might mount against him.

Tulsi Gabbard would have been a better choice, in terms of her knowledge and experience.

Kejriwal Goes AAPe During BBC Interview

Kejriwal makes a fool out of himself in an interview with BBC:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-38051533

Monday, November 21, 2016

General Mattis Leading Choice for US SecDef

Trump's leading choice for US Secretary of Defense is General James Mattis, who led combat divisions during the Gulf War, the invasion of Afghanistan, and the invasion of Iraq.





Like General Michael Flynn who's been appointed as Trump's National Security Advisor, General Mattis was also forced into early retirement by the Obama Whitehouse, due to his blunt opposition to Obama's appeasement policies towards Muslim countries. Trump's new team of military & security officials will not be cowed by political correctness.


Tulsi Gabbard MeetsTrump for Possible Top Job

Tulsi Gabbard is interviewed at Trump Tower today, for a possible top job in the new administration:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/21/politics/gabbard-trump-transition/

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/33760591/report-gabbard-to-meet-with-trump-for-possible-top-job-in-administration

http://www.kvor.com/news/source-democratic-rep-gabbard-meeting-with-trump-talking-top-jobs-in-dc/
Gabbard, who backed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary, is being considered for jobs at the Defense Department, State Department and the United Nations, the source said.


Leftist radicals among the Democratic Party are already starting a whispering campaign against her:

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/why-democratic-rep-tulsi-gabbard-met-donald-trump-n686976

Jaishankar Sent On Trump Mission

S. Jaishankar, possibly India's most competent diplomat, says that the new Trump govt will have new and different priorities geopolitically:

http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/world-us-under-donald-trump-will-have-different-priorities-s-jaishankar-357549
The incoming Trump administration in the United States "will have different priorities", there may be a "degree of decoupling" with Europe and fluidity at the great-power level may translate into "uncertainty at the regional level" - which would make it imperative for India "to engage with a multiplicity of actors in a multi-polar world", Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said.
Mr Jaishankar has been sent to Washington to arrange for a direct meeting between Trump and Modi as soon as possible.

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/581704/foreign-secy-us-meet-trump.html

http://swarajyamag.com/insta/indian-foreign-secretary-on-mission-to-open-communication-channels-with-trump-team


Predictably, some Lefties are already ringing their alarm bells:

http://fusion.net/story/371348/donald-trump-modi-friends-muslims/

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/11/19/intr-n19.html

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Quick notes: TPP, Cuban vaccine...

Poor Watch Rich Squirm Over Currency Note Predicament

Modi's currency note move has a lot of cash-holders squirming as they try to get rid of their undeclared money:

http://www.smh.com.au/world/for-the-first-time-in-india-the-rich-beg-the-poor-to-help-them-20161117-gsrcuo.html

Friday, November 18, 2016

Trump Appoints Mike Pompeo as CIA Director

Mike Pompeo, a congressman from Kansas, has been appointed Director of the CIA by Donald Trump:

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/kansas-rep-pompeo-accepts-post-trump-s-cia-director-n685811

Pompeo has previously attracted criticism for his comments that Muslims who are silent against terrorism are complicit in it.

Trump Appoints General Mike Flynn as National Security Advisor

General Mike Flynn has been appointed National Security Advisor by Donald Trump. Flynn is known for his strong stance against Islamic terrorism, and had previously been forced out of the Obama govt for this reason. As former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and a paratrooper who served in Operation Enduring Freedom, the US invasion of Afghanistan, he will be like the Ajit Doval of the new Whitehouse.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/11/18/trump-national-secuity-pick-flynn-disruptive-thinker-intelligence/94075938/





http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/11/trump-picks-michael-flynn-for-national-security-adviser.html


Thursday, November 17, 2016

San Francisco Teacher Offers Anti-Trump Curriculum

Fakhra Shah, a schoolteacher in San Francisco has decided to teach students that Donad Trump is a racist and a sexist.

https://www.facebook.com/fakhra.shah.1



Trump Team Looking at Muslim Registry

Trump's team is considering implementing a database registry to track immigrants from Muslim countries:

http://www.indiatimes.com/news/world/team-trump-begins-work-on-registering-muslim-immigrants-on-a-database-265691.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/politics/debate-over-creating-a-national-muslim-registry-heats-up/2016/11/17/b55764da-acb0-11e6-8f19-21a1c65d2043_video.html



Trump Advisor's Strategy Aligns With India

Trump's chief strategic advisor Steve Bannon has described the election of Narendra Modi as part of the "global revolt"

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/bannon-linked-modi-win-to-a-global-revolt/article9354223.ece

Mr. Bannon’s politics involves rescuing capitalism from corporations and State power while creating a coalition of nationalist forces around the world to fight Islamism in the coming decades.
“And that centre-right revolt is really a global revolt. I think you’re going to see it in Latin America, I think you’re going to see it in Asia, I think you’ve already seen it in India. Modi’s great victory was very much based on these Reaganesque principles, so I think this is a global revolt,” he said a month after the 2014 Indian election.
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Echoing a view now strong among Trump advisers that America, India and Russia are the pivots in the fight against Islamism, Mr. Bannon said: “We understand that we’re at the very beginning stages of a global conflict, and if we do not bind together as partners with others in other countries that this conflict is only going to metastasise.”
I think we've discussed similar ideas on this blog, in connection with the phrase coined by the late Narasimha Rao: "The Aurangzeb Principle". By coordinating together, we can put Aurangzeb under seige.
Bannon isn't some idiot who fell off the turnip truck - he's a former US Naval Intelligence officer, and a graduate of both Harvard and Georgetown universities who's founded multiple media companies.


Mounting panic attack among Deep State over Trump foreign policy:

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/donald-trump-foreign-policy-231453


Even while continuing to plan the formation of his incoming govt, Trump took time out to meet with Indian business partners:

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/donald-trump-meets-indian-partners-hails-pm-modis-work/articleshow/55465060.cms


Meanwhile, the outgoing President Obama is setting up Award Wapsi opportunities against the future incoming president:

http://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/2016/11/16/Tom-Hanks-Ellen-Degeneres-Bruce-Springsteen-get-Presidential-Medal-of-Freedom/2871479324407/

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

9/11 Shapes Giuliani's Worldview

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, the main contender for the role of US Secretary of State, has a worldview predominantly shaped by 9/11:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/16/nyregion/rudolph-giuliani-transition-secretary-of-state.html

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Steve Bannon - the Amit Shah of the Whitehouse

Trump's primary advisor, and the first one named for a position, is Steve Bannon - he's of course being derided as a thug, like Amit Shah was. Regardless of what's being said about him, he'll be the one with the most influence on the president's decisions.




Monday, November 14, 2016

Giuliani Leading Choice for US Secretary of State

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has emerged as a leading contender for the position of US Secretary of State in the new Trump administration:

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/14/giuliani-emerges-as-favorite-for-trumps-secretary-of-state.html


Giuliani has long had a strong focus against terrorism - he was Mayor of New York during 9/11 - and so that could be a sign that fighting terrorists will be a much higher priority for the new Trump govt than in needlessly re-fighting ColdWar conflicts against Moscow.

I still find him to be a surprising choice, but let's wait and see if this rumor pans out, or if there's someone else waiting in the wings.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Trump, Modi vs Global Elites

Donald Trump and Narendra Modi have managed to overcome the elite oligarchies dominating their respective countries - the Clintons in the case of the USA, and the Nehru-Gandhis in the case of India:

http://www.newindianexpress.com/prabhu-chawla/column/2016/nov/13/trump-modi-have-to-purge-the-system-of-class-and-cultural-oligarchies-to-survive-1537924.html

The Global Elites have sought to hang on tenaciously, by using ethnic vote bank politics to play divide-and-rule. While these Global Elites have managed to reinforce each other in the past, will their usurpers be able to work together in the future? Or is it only a matter of time before the elites claw their way back to power?


New Currency Note Features Mangalyaan

A new 2000-rupee note issued by the Reserve Bank of India features the Mangalyaan spacecraft on it

http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/narendra-modi-s-gift-a-mangalyaan-in-every-hand-116111300168_1.html


Saturday, November 12, 2016

China Ship Docks to Open New China-Pak Trade Route

A Chinese ship has docked in the Pakistani port of Gwadar, opening up the new China-Pakistan trade corridor between China and the Middle East:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-13/chinese-ship-opens-new-trade-route-via-pakistani-port

US Democratic Party Looks to Reorganize Under Keith Ellison

In the wake of the electoral defeat of Hillary Clinton at the hands of Donald Trump, the US Democratic Party are scrambling to rebuild their party by selecting new leaders. One key proposed name who many are lining up to back for chairmanship of the Democratic Party, is Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/11/11/why-some-democrats-think-keith-ellison-a-congressman-youve-probably-never-heard-of-is-the-answer-to-donald-trump/


As an African-American convert to Islam, Keith Ellison has introduced various resolutions in the US Congress to condemn India over treatment of Muslims and Kashmir. Indeed, he gets a lot of contributions from Pakistani-Americans around the country, as well as Muslim Americans in general. The district he represents includes Minneapolis, the capitol of the state of Minnesota.

Having been reduced to a helpless minority party with significantly reduced power, the Democrats are determined to go even harder Left and be more populist, while taking up vote bank politics ferociously, in the hopes this will help them regain power.

Friday, November 11, 2016

India, Japan Sign Nuclear Deal

India and Japan have signed a civil nuclear deal:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/japan-india-sign-nuclear-pact-treaty-power-production-for-non-military-use-4370010/

Quick notes: Late to the queue, GM mirage...


Rush to Appoint Trump's National Security Team

There is a rush on to fill national security slots for Trump's new Whitehouse team, so that they can be vetted in time to assume office in January alongside the new president:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-national-security-team-includes-surprising-names-n682196

The main thing for us to watch for, is whether Atlanticist types will be quietly slipped into the mix during the rush.

Stratfor on Trump's Foreign Policy Choices

Stratfor has put out its preliminary assessment on Trump's foreign policy choices, but they claim that while he can continue to wind down the US presence in East Asia, it needs to stay in Europe lest this allow Russia to take over all of EurAsia (what nonsense - how is EurAsia more sensitive to US being in Europe but not in Asia?).





In my opinion, Trump has the opportunity to emulate the role of US President Eisenhower following WW2, in containing the American militarist lobby who were loudly calling for the US to get enmeshed in more wars for their own selfish profiteering reasons.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Protests Against Trump Election Victory

Protesters opposed to Donald Trump's election victory are staging massive demonstrations across various American cities:

http://www.salon.com/2016/11/10/not-my-president-trump-denounced-in-protests-across-us/




On the positive side, Modi is no longer the person most hated by Muslims:


Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Donald Trump Wins US Presidential Elections

In an historic upset, Donald Trump has won the US presidential election race, and will become the next President of the United States.








Ab Ki Baar, Trump Sarkar.

Overcoming tremendous odds, including overwhelming Left-wing media bias, as well as the far larger campaign spending budget and powerful political machine of rival candidate Hillary Clinton, the presidential campaign of Donald Trump has achieved electoral victory - all done on a relatively modest budget, along with direct tweeting to the masses.

Not only has Trump won the Whitehouse, but his fellow Republican partymen managed for the most part to retain their seats, keeping their party in control over both houses of Congress. A clean sweep. This puts an upcoming Trump administration in a very good position to push through its agenda as soon as it takes office.

The Left-wing Democratic Party are reeling in shock - the self-proclaimed "experts" had already been anointing her the favored winner. Stock markets are temporarily buckling, having already factored in a Clinton victory and now being forced to revise.

Other losers are Atlanticists and the Deep State, who had come out against Trump, and will now nervously watch him come to power. Muslim Americans like Khizr Khan will also have to swallow the bitterness of Trump's victory, although as with Modi, his actual policies aren't likely to have their fears realized. (However, stand by for the parade of award-wapsis.)

President Obama himself had aggressively campaigned against Trump in an unprecedented manner, even going so far at a recent rally to imply Trump had links to the KKK. Now the outgoing president Obama will be forced to hand the keys for the Oval Office over to the one he mocked most derisively.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Khizr Khan Leads Final Rally for Clinton Campaign

Khizr Khan leads the final rally of the Clinton campaign, challenging Donald Trump on his attitude toward particular minorities:

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2016/11/06/gold-star-father-khizr-khan-helps-hillary-clinton-close-out-her-campaign/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2016/11/07/khizr-khan-to-trump-this-is-not-your-america.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/07/us/politics/khizr-khan-hillary-clinton-new-hampshire.html





Mr Khan seems likely to have a significant future in American politics under a Clinton Whitehouse, given his key role in her election campaign.

Musk: Rise of Robotics Could Lead to Universal Basic Income

Elon Musk says that the rise of robotics/automation in the economy will lead to Universal Basic Income, since robots will take away most of the jobs people earn their wages from:

http://fortune.com/2016/11/06/elon-musk-universal-basic-income/

This might be an interesting idea, as far as India is concerned - because reforming our thorny, inefficient labour laws is a very daunting challenge politically. It's for this reason that Indian businesses are known to invest more in automation rather than upsizing their staff, due to the headaches caused by labour laws.

As advances in robotics take place, robotics/automation will be in an ever increasing position to replace low-skill labour, doing that work at even cheaper cost. India could potentially leverage this, by offering incentives to Indian businesses to invest in that automation to reap the cost benefits and productivity gains for greater market competitiveness, while simultaneously drawing tax revenue from them that could help subsidize a Universal Basic Income scheme for the unskilled poor. This could then help bypass the political challenges posed by labour law reform. Perhaps that's the most politically feasible approach in a country which has so many poor voters. And in the very long run, the rest of the world may be headed in that direction anyway.

As they say, if Mohammed can't come to the mountain, then make the mountain come to Mohammed.

If Indian economic planners want to attempt to create a "virtuous cycle", perhaps robotics/automation is a useful area to attempt this in.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

IPAC: India-Pacific Corridor

India and Japan plan an India-Pacific Corridor, which would allow India to serve as a gateway for Japanese commerce with Africa:

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/infrastructure/india-japan-plan-to-develop-pacific-indian-ocean-corridor/articleshow/55279897.cms

This is perhaps a response to China's announcement of a China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Secret Service Rush Trump Off Stage in Nevada Incident

A possible attempt on the life of Donald Trump as he addressed a gathering in Reno, Nevada, had Secret Service bodyguards rushing him off the stage:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-vows-go-to-democratic-states-as-early-voting-numbers-surge-in-nevada/2016/11/05/5fde6c7c-a366-11e6-8832-23a007c77bb4_story.html




Reports are saying a person in the crowd attempted to grab the gun of a security officer as Trump was speaking, upon which Secret Service protection personnel immediately reacted by hustling Trump away for safety. He later returned to the stage to continue speaking.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Fwd: Sunday Guardian: Clinton presidency will be a disaster for India


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From: Arvind Kumar


http://www.sundayguardianlive.com/news/7140-clinton-presidency-will-be-disaster-india

Clinton presidency will be a disaster for India

By Arvind Kumar | New York | 30 October, 2016


presidential election, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Clinton Foundation, Barack Obama, Robin Raphel, Donald Trump
In this file photo, Hillary Clinton is seen speaking with classical dancers after they performed Bharatanatyam at the Kalakshetra cultural centre in Chennai in 20 July, 2011. Photo: REUTERS
Hillary, during her tenure as the Secretary of State, picked up where Bill Clinton and his Cabinet members had left off and did not waste any time in pursuing anti-India activities.
Every four years, during the presidential election process in the United States, a question invariably comes up, "Which candidate is better for India?"

This question is best answered if one realises that American politics has been a massive stage-managed show based on an illusion of choice, with the illusion mesmerising an entire population into believing that they choose their political leaders and vote on issues that are dear to them. In reality, the Republican Party and Democratic Party work together behind the scenes and act in tandem on important issues. Voters are asked to make the choice between these two parties only on issues that do not matter to those in power. Even in these cases, the voters are manipulated into voting along racial and religious lines so that there is an appearance of the two parties having an equal share of the vote and competing against each other. Occasionally, when it appears that a candidate who is not part of the system could win an election, those in power are not beyond using illegal means to keep out such people from succeeding.

The share of American voters, who have seen through this game, has grown in recent years, and the support for Donald Trump in the Republican Party and Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Party during the 2016 primaries was the direct result of an increase in the number of voters who have gained an understanding of the system. Even though it is possible that neither candidate is actually against the existing setup, there is no denial that the support for them is from people who are opposed to the system. Among the candidates representing the two dominant parties who have made it past the primaries, Donald Trump is perceived as the candidate who is against the corrupt establishment, while Hillary Clinton is seen as part of the establishment and as the most corrupt candidate to run for President in the history of the country.

The fact that the Clintons have used politics to make hundreds of millions of dollars and have funnelled vast sums of money from around the world to the Clinton Foundation, has only strengthened the belief that they are extremely corrupt people who sell influence in exchange for money and power. The most famous case related to the Clinton Foundation is their effort to raise money ostensibly to help the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. However, the money was not used to help the victims, but for other purposes including investments in insurance businesses and luxury hotels. Bill and Hillary Clinton, as the UN Representative and the US Secretary of State, respectively, also controlled the flow of money from other sources into Haiti, and the contracts to rebuild the country in the aftermath of the earthquake were given either to friends and relatives like Hillary Clinton's brother or to firms that donated money to the Clinton Foundation. It is little wonder that the moniker "Crooked Hillary" has stuck to Hillary Clinton and even her official campaign has not made any efforts to counter it. Instead, they have admitted in emails that Hillary Clinton suffers from problems related to trustworthiness among the people.

Republican Hindu Coalition chairman Shalli Kumar (2nd R) helps Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump light a ceremonial lamp before he speaks at a Bollywood-themed charity concert put on by the Republican Hindu Coalition in Edison, New Jersey, US on 15 October. REUTERS

Republican Hindu Coalition chairman Shalli Kumar (2nd R) helps Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump light a ceremonial lamp before he speaks at a Bollywood-themed charity concert put on by the Republican Hindu Coalition in Edison, New Jersey, US on 15 October. REUTERS

A Hillary Clinton win in the election would bring back the hostility of the 1990s towards India that existed under the presidency of Bill Clinton. India's relationship with the US took a sudden downturn after Bill Clinton took office in 1993. For nearly a year, Clinton did not bother appointing an ambassador to India even as he went about opposing India on a number of fronts, leading to resentment in the Indian establishment. He first set about the task of disarming and weakening India by preventing access to technology and simultaneously mounted a sustained attack on the Indian economy by imposing several economic sanctions.

In 1991, Senator Joe Biden, who is now the Vice President under Barack Obama, introduced an amendment in the bill granting aid to Russia, making the aid conditional on the fact that Russia could not sell cryogenic engines for India's space programme. The Clinton administration persisted in taking measures intended to retard the development of India's space and technology sectors and blocked the sale of Cray supercomputers that had been approved under the Ronald Reagan administration. This was done even as the Clinton administration allowed the sale of these supercomputers to China. India was also targeted for several economic sanctions and was threatened under what was called the Super 301 clause of the American trade law.

The Clinton administration specially targeted the Indian textile and carpet industries for destruction. Throughout the 1990s, the terms "Dunkel Draft", "Super 301", "WTO" and "patent laws" became synonyms for the US attempting to destroy the Indian economy and led to many protests in India. In one famous episode, the Clinton administration declared Indian skirts to be flammable and banned them after an official ignited a skirt in front of television cameras.

On the security front too, the Clinton administration was consistently anti-India and pro-Pakistan. Members of the Clinton Cabinet supported terrorists in India, with Clinton's Vice President Al Gore using the term "Khalistan" to describe Punjab. Bill Clinton's close friend Robin Raphel was made the Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, and under her, the US State Department pursued an agenda that supported violent anti-India groups in Jammu and Kashmir, while offering F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan. The State Department also propped up the Taliban regime in Afghanistan during this period.

More recently, when Hillary Clinton was the Secretary of State, Robin Raphel was appointed to oversee a $7.5 billion aid package to Pakistan, but ended up being investigated by the FBI for spying on behalf of Pakistan and lost her security clearance. The charges against her were dropped only after Hillary Clinton herself ended up being investigated by FBI for using a private email server for classified emails. Had Robin Raphel been prosecuted, it would have been impossible for the FBI to justify dropping the charges against Hillary Clinton.

By 1996, India was justified in believing that Indo-US relations had hit the lowest point, but things took a dramatic turn for the worse during Bill Clinton's second term in office. Warren Christopher was replaced by Madeleine Albright as the Secretary of State and she made no efforts to hide her hostility towards India and her weekly outbursts on television even bordered on racism. Even after leaving office, Albright continued her attacks on India and called for a plebiscite in Kashmir, thus justifying the actions of violent groups. Albright's cynical action of bombing Yugoslavia and then getting her investment firm to attempt a takeover of mines in that country is an example of the abuse of power by people close to the Clintons. Albright also justified the deaths of half a million Iraqi children and claimed that the deaths were "worth it". Recently, Albright threatened women in America and claimed that there was a special place in hell reserved for them if they did not vote for Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton, during her tenure as the Secretary of State, picked up where Bill Clinton and his Cabinet members had left off and did not waste any time in pursuing anti-India activities. Within weeks of Hillary Clinton assuming office, Teesta Setalvad, an activist involved in framing Narendra Modi using false charges, was paid a handsome donation by Vikram Chatwal, whose father Sant Chatwal was at one time a trustee of the Clinton Foundation. Emails leaked by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks show that Sant Chatwal also had a role in the infamous cash-for-votes scam in which money was paid to purchase votes in the Lok Sabha. Other emails leaked by WikiLeaks show that the US government intended to fund Teesta Setalvad's NGO and use her claims in the so-called human rights reports that could be used against India and Hindus.

Given Hillary Clinton's background, these actions are not unexpected. Investigative reporter Jeff Sharlet has exposed the fact that Hillary Clinton is part of a secretive group in Washington DC variously known as the Fellowship, the Family, or the C Street House. This group is known to use religion to further their geopolitical agenda around the world and evangelical Christians are their main tool when it comes to interfering in other countries. The separation of East Timor from Indonesia using religious persecution as the excuse was one of their achievements under Bill Clinton, and when Atal Behari Vajpayee became the Prime Minister of India for a few days in 1996, Bill Clinton acted at the behest of this group and set up an advisory committee that would supposedly deal with religious freedom around the world.

Curiously, this committee had members from every faith except Hinduism, and it recommended the creation of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), a government agency that has used, since its inception, fictitious claims to attack Hindus and India. It was the USCIRF that was responsible for demonising Narendra Modi using false charges and recommending that he not be permitted to enter the US. According to emails leaked by WikiLeaks, Preeta Bansal, the USCIRF commissioner, who was the main person responsible for this action, has also pressured Vietnam into accepting proselytism by American missionaries and is close to people in the Hillary Clinton campaign.

It is not just the past record, but the future too portends a disastrous era for Indo-US relations should Hillary Clinton end up becoming the President of the United States. There is already talk of Joe Biden being tapped by Hillary Clinton for the position of the Secretary of State. Biden would definitely pursue his agenda of thwarting the development of India's space programme and other technological advancements. Even more worrisome is the fact that Hillary Clinton's closest confidante is Huma Abedin who is of Pakistani descent and whose family has links to radical Islamist elements in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Abedin could end up playing an important role in determining American foreign policy.

Another point against Hillary Clinton is that the war hawk Henry Kissinger has come out in support of her and has praised her stint as Secretary of State. Kissinger's hostility towards India is no state secret, as many of his racist, anti-India statements have been recorded on tape.

It is in the light of this background that many Indian-Americans have opposed the candidacy of Hillary Clinton and have come out in support of Donald Trump. In contrast to the policies of the Clintons, Trump has promised to make India the best friend of the US and has stated that he looks forward to working with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Trump has also reached out to Hindus in US. While there is always a risk of the unknown and it is not clear if Trump can succeed in cleaning up the system even if he intends to do so, a Hillary presidency will certainly be an unmitigated disaster for India.

Despite these facts, some Indian-Americans support Hillary Clinton, but their support is not based on sound analysis but on flawed information fed to them by the media. Most such supporters are highly qualified when it comes to educational degrees, but fall under the category of what is known in American parlance as "low information voters". Most educated Indian-Americans typically demonstrate very little interest in politics and have almost never been part of even informal political discussions. America has made many things accessible to most people and politics is no exception. Usually, the process of making things accessible to a large number of people has involved dumbing down the system and controlling the behaviour of people.

Just as education has been dumbed down in US in order to make it easy for everyone to be part of the school system, politics too has been dumbed down and simplified so that even the most ignorant voter can have a sense of making a choice and being politically empowered. The educated class among Indian-Americans are especially suited to this model as they have no inclination towards politics but have been conditioned to refer to books as the source of their knowledge. They have thus internalised the idea of treating the printed word and assertions they hear from "authoritative sources" as the ultimate truth. They are told through television channels and newspapers that politics consists of exactly two groups, with one group consisting of heroes and the other group consisting of villains, a simplification that they readily embrace. They even use labels like "progressive", "liberal" and "conservative" to describe themselves, even though they do not really comprehend the meaning of these terms and do not realise that these labels are handed out by politicians. In contrast, many supporters of Donald Trump discuss political issues and seem aware of the situation.

In order for India to build a constructive relationship with US, it requires people in both countries to have good intentions. It is clear that India cannot have a good relationship with the US if Hillary Clinton is at the helm of affairs. On the other hand, Donald Trump has articulated the right intent and his tenure holds promise for India.

Arvind Kumar is a political analyst based in the US





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Pak Spy Ring Run for Decades, Gathering Info for Terror Attack

A Pakistani spy ring had been passing state secrets to Pakistan for decades:

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/301016/arrested-pak-spies-used-pizza-burger-to-carry-out-operations-report.html


The spy ring was apparently gathering info in preparation for Pakistan launching its next terror attack:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/pakistani-spy-was-trying-to-get-info-for-a-possible-terror-strike-official-mehmood-akhtar-3727423/

Clinton Campaign in Shock from FBI's Email Bombshell

Emails taken by the FBI from Huma Abedin's electronic device apparently seem serious enough to warrant a decision by FBI Director James Comey to re-open their investigation into Hillary Clinton:





https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/clinton-emails-dominate-conversation-of-sunday-talk-show-circuit/2016/10/30/68d9e2b2-9eab-11e6-8832-23a007c77bb4_story.html

http://www.wsj.com/articles/laptop-may-include-thousands-of-emails-linked-to-hillary-clintons-private-server-1477854957

This election is turning into a real nail-biter, as Modi's election was.

India Wants Warplanes "Made in India"

India is willing to buy 200 combat jets - as long as they're Made in India:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-defence-idUSKCN12T05M

Friday, October 28, 2016

FBI Re-Opens Investigation into Clinton

The FBI has announced it has discovered new email evidence which is prompting it to re-open its investigation into Hillary Clinton:

http://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2016-10-28/fbi-reopening-investigation-of-hillary-clintons-use-of-a-private-email-server

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-clinton-to-woo-votes-in-same-iowa-city-obama-stumps-for-clinton-in-florida/2016/10/28/11fb0fe6-9d04-11e6-b3c9-f662adaa0048_story.html




It appears that the new evidence is in the form of emails taken from Huma Abedin's husband, Anthony Weiner.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/29/us/politics/fbi-hillary-clinton-email.html?_r=0

It's not yet clear what exactly this evidence is - however it would probably have to be of a damning nature if it's prompted the FBI to re-open an investigation that had been closed. No wonder Hillary's been encouraging people to vote early, much before the November 8 election day.

In spite of being a "caged bird", America's FBI may yet be forced to do its job.

Incidentally, the guy who's been exhaustively pursuing the investigation of Anthony Weiner is none other than Federal prosecutor for Manhattan South: Preet Bharara.