While Jacob Appelbaum grabbed headlines with his NSA revelations
at this year's Chaos Communication Congress
, other presentations provided equally fascinating insight into how the world works. Learn how data mining is bringing perpetrators of genocide to justice
), how an artist uses different concepts of secrecy landscapes
) to keep tabs on clandestine activities, and how India's surveillance state continues to grow
previously [more inside]
A Deadly Triangle
- the proxy war in Afghanistan
More than two years later, the Raymond Davis episode has been largely forgotten in the United States. It was immediately overshadowed by the dramatic raid months later that killed Osama bin Laden — consigned to a footnote in the doleful narrative of America’s relationship with Pakistan. But dozens of interviews conducted over several months, with government officials and intelligence officers in Pakistan and in the United States, tell a different story: that the real unraveling of the relationship was set off by the flurry of bullets Davis unleashed on the afternoon of Jan. 27, 2011, and exacerbated by a series of misguided decisions in the days and weeks that followed. In Pakistan, it is the Davis affair, more than the Bin Laden raid, that is still discussed in the country’s crowded bazaars and corridors of power.
- The Spy Who Lost Pakistan
(SL NYTIMES Magazine)
Given how little thought India’s contribution to the World Wars gets in our collective historical memory, it is almost strange to think that in the First World War India made the largest contribution to the war effort out of all of Britain’s colonies and dominions. Close to 1,700,000 Indians – combatants and non-combatants – participated in WWI. My own area of interest is India’s role in the Mesopotamian theatre. [more inside]
India's DEFEXPO 2012
, is 'not a carnival in the truest sense'
, but rather ' the seventh in the series of biennial Land, Naval and Internal Security Systems Exhibition . . . clearly steering the path of steady growth . . . receiving overwhelming and unprecedented international response.'
As for arms dealers? 'On arms dealers, the minister [India’s Defence Minister AK Antony] insisted, “There are none I am aware of.”
' [more inside]
Inshallah Kashmir: Living Terror
is Oscar-nominated director Ashvin Kumar
's brand new documentary
, which is banned in India, that provides the perspectives of people that rarely receive positive mainstream media attention. [more inside]
In August-September 1965, India and Pakistan went to war
for the second time since their independence in 1947. On September 19, a civilian aircraft (Beechcraft Model 18) carrying the Chief Minister of the Indian state of Gujarat (bordering Pakistan) was shot down
by a Pakistani Air Force pilot (flying an F-86F). Now, 46 years later, the Pakistani pilot has written a condolence letter
to the daughter of the pilot of the Indian civilian aircraft.
"Every input in agriculture is a war chemical. Every agrichemical is a war chemical."
Physicist Vandana Shiva on monoculture, agricultural imperialism, and protests in Delhi conscribed to the hours of 9-5. [more inside]
The atom bomb
is 60. It's very popular now
and becoming more so daily
. The most recent nuclear nation to threaten to use theirs is China
. The U.S, Europe, and the U.S.S.R. got through a half century Cold War
without immolating themselves. Will South
and East Asia
be as successful and/or lucky in the near future?
Nuclear War, India and Pakistan - a Tutorial.
Blogging at its best! Fallout patterns, strategy, and more. Additional bonus: 4GW (Fourth Generation Warfare).
Nuclear Issues in India and Pakistan.
- Selected Internet Resources, from UC Berkeley.
: "We want Peace
"The Coalition for Nuclear
(CNDP) is deeply concerned
at the campaign
unleashed in India
for a 'full-scale
' with Pakistan and the attempts at projecting a 'national
' in favour of such a war
. While condemning strongly the latest
terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir
the CNDP appeals to all political leaders, policy-makers and legislators
of India and Pakistan to ensure immediate pull-back of troops from their common border and to launch a dialogue to resolve all outstanding
Kashmir quandary I
Kashmir quandary II
| Peace, war and Hinduism
| Kashmiris reject war in favour of democratic means: Survey
J. Robert Oppenheimer, watching the first mushroom cloud rise above the American nuclear test heartbreakingly codenamed Trinity, said: "Now I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds." Today, a half century after the first use of atomic weapons, in the birthland of the sacred text Oppenheimer quoted, 12 million people could die at once in a nuclear exchange.
Ah, Shiva as each of us...one hand on The Button, the other writing:
"The only way to live humanly - still - is in resistance to war. The prevention of war, in the nuclear age, must be a central purpose of every person's life."
In 1999, India and Pakistan were closer to nuclear war
than was commonly known, according to Clinton's former chief adviser on South Asia. On Monday, the Defense Department's policy chief said that "there is a risk of war" that is "very large."
On Tuesday, militants attacked an army camp in Indian Kashmir
and killed 30 people, including 11 women and 10 children. All this makes me very nervous. Is it just me? And adding a touch of the bizarre, India is officially researching arcane, 2300 year-old military technology
that it believes will give its military a greater advantage.
In U.S. Success, Anti-War Faction's Worst Fears Realized
writes our own James Lileks. Noam Chomsky, our own little Quisling, popped up in India to denounce the United States and describe the attacks on Afghanistan as "a bigger terrorist act than what happened on Sept. 11." It takes tremendous energy to maintain these hideous delusions. Chomsky must be exhausted. He must also be surprised every time he lands back in America and is not arrested; the nation he describes would surely clap him in chains and leave him in a basement to devolve to rat food and bones.