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l July-August '04 l

The Kashmir Bachao Andolan Publication

l Vol 4, No 4 l

S P O T L I G H T

E D I T O R I A L 

Pakistan/USA: A 'failure of imagination'

Ajai Sahni


A "failure of imagination", the Panel investigating the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the US stated, was what kept US officials from understanding the Al Qaeda threat before the catastrophic events in New York and Washington. There is, however, a manifest and abiding danger today, that a future investigation into terrorist plots that are yet to be accomplished would find another  .......More >>>>

Senate blasts Bush

What others say..........


President Bush has egg on his face. The US Senate Intelligence Committee has damned the chief US intelligence agency (CIA) for its sins of commission and omission. The committee, presided over by a Republican, has castigated the intelligence agency for "overstating the threat levels "from Iraq and for drawing conclusions unsupported by reliable evidence. The ranking Democrat on the committee.......More >>>>

C O M M E N T

F E A T U R E

Arafat's final ultimatum

Gary Fitleberg


The “Quartet” consisting of the U.S., U.N., EU and Russia is singing the same tune called “Ultimatum” as they once again have told Yasser Arafat to reform his  (PA/PLO) security services or risk losing international support. “Arafat must reduce his dozen or so security forces to three, change all corrupt security bosses, change the interior minister and   ......More >>>>

Amarnath Yatra: Mufti plays spoil sport!

Khajuria S. Kant


Every year in the month of Shravan (July-Au-gust), thousands of people from all corners of the country converge into the beautiful Lidder Valley of Pahalgam, in Kashmir. The event is the annual pilgrimage to the holy cave of Amarnath but for the last few years, the pilgrimage has been under threat from militants operating in the Kashmir Valley   .......More >>>>

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Musharraf's 'strategic approach' to terror

Mohammad Shehzad


What the global community, particularly the US considers 'terrorism' is considered 'jihad' [struggle against injustice] by a powerful section of Pakistani society - a clique of the jihadis, and the rightwing. 9/11 shocked the world reinforcing the fact that terrorism is the biggest threat to global peace. It made General Musharraf change   .....More >>>>

J&K: Decapitated Nightingale
Praveen Swami


"Spring will return to the beautiful Valley soon", the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had promised in Srinagar last April, quoting a somewhat trite passage from the poet Ghulam Ahmed Mehjoor, "the flowers will bloom again and the nightingales will return, singing." Just over a year on, the nightingales have been decapitated: the All   ......More >>>>

 A N A L Y S I S

S T A T E C R A F T

India’s battle against AIDS
Siddharth Srivastava


India is beginning to make genuine attempts to tackle the AIDS scourge and a lot of the credit goes to two gentlemen from the US: Microsoft boss Bill Gates and Chicago star Richard Gere. Gere was in India last week, his fourth AIDS-related visit in the last five years, attending fund-raisers and other gala events linked to the disease. The actor’s donation.......More >>>>

Saudis: Practice what you preach
Gary Fitleberg


Saudi Arabia needs to practice what it preaches but not what it teaches (terrorism). It preaches that the United States needs to rethink its Middle East policies. Saudi Arabia must rethink its Middle East policies. The sooner off Saudi Arabia does so the better off they’ll be. The United States should rethink its policies in the Middle East to  .....More >>>>

P E R S P E C T I V E

L A S T  W O R D

The Chasm between Rhetoric and Reality
G. Parthasarathy


Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Riaz Khokhar was in New Delhi for the "Composite Dialogue Process" between India and Pakistan during the weekend commencing June 26. The last round of talks between the Foreign Secretaries, in 1998, had been anything but cordial. When India's then Foreign Secretary K. Raghunath referred to the growing terrorist violence in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) by the .......More >>>>

PGT-2003: A Tale Told by an Idiot
Ajai Sahni


The US State Department's Patterns of Global Terrorism 2003 (PGT 2003) Report has been pilloried by a number of American experts, who note that, "its maths defies reality". The Report contains a number of internal totalling errors that "even a third-grader could have found", according to one commentator in The Washington Times. The State Department has now taken cognisance of these errors  .......More >>>>



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