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It seems that Delhi chief and self-styled anti-corruption crusader, Arvind Kejriwal, might be guilty of some corruption himself - he stands accused of having plagiarized his book, "Swaraj" (- self-rule- a term popularized by Gandhi during India's independence struggle):
“” Complainant Ajay Pal Nagar has alleged Kejriwal’s book Swaraj has copied contents in his book titled Bharatiya Raj Vyawastha. Nagar claimed that he had presented the book to Kejriwal in March, 2012 and he was appalled to see its content being copied in ‘Swaraj’ that was published in July 2012. The case has been filed before District Judicial Magistrate of Noida and the case has been accepted.
The author has said that he had released his book through a Delhi-based publication one year before the release of Swaraj and the plagiarism has been done intentionally by Kejriwal. “Kejriwal has illegally published my book in his own name and has added some Government documents to mislead the people,” the complainant.
Nagar, in his complaint before the court, has alleged that 80% content of Swaraj has been copied from his book which is a clear violation of Copy Right Act. Nagar said he wrote the book Bharatiya Raj Vyawastha in year 2011 and book was published in February 2012. Later, he sent a copy of the book to Kejriwal on March 26. In June 2012, when Swaraj was released with author name Arvind Kejriwal, Nagar found that Kejriwal has taken most parts of his book without his consent to do so. He found that many pages, paragraphs and lines of Swaraj are word to word of his book.
Earlier the author lodged a complaint in Badalpur police station in December 2012 but no action was initiated against Kejriwal and the matter was almost closed. Nagar then went to Chief District Magistrate Court of Noida where his application under Section 156 (3) of CrPc was taken up by the Magistrate. Complainant has also claimed that Manish Sisodia, close associate of Kejriwal and a Minister in Delhi Govt, has accepted that ‘the book is written by us but is amalgamation of different articles’. However, contrary to his claim, the book has the name of Arvind Kejriwal as its author.
“I wrote the book, Bharatiya Raj Vyawastha, with 10 years’ experience of my social life. I met eminent lawyers, socialists, constitutional experts and many more before writing the book. As I was impressed with Arvind Kejriwal and his team during Anna movement, I sent a copy of my book to Kejriwal but he took unfair advantage of it. I have moved court for action against him for exclusive theft and a case under Section 200 of CrPc has been registered against Kejriwal. The court could serve notice to him. If required I will move upper courts for justice,” said Nagar.”
Lila RajivaDecember 25, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Merry Christmas to Bob and Chris Rossini and thanks for much hard work over many years.
I appreciate your allowing me to post, though I have been highly critical of many of your colleagues on my blog.
I also appreciate that you run an open forum and don’t delete comments in totality like some (nameless) libertarian sites, thus rewriting 4 years of history in a rather Stalinist way that calls into question their already questionable integrity.
Lila RajivaDecember 26, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Have you solved the puzzle of SATOSHI NAKAMOTO?
NWO creation from defense research.
When you figure it out, give me a buzz and we’ll compare notes.
But don’t keep trying to convert your flock.
Some sheep are meant for shearing. Leave them to it.
[Note: This picture isn't intended to offend Islam or Muslims.]
“Should the conscionable John Perkins be donating the monetary proceeds of his Confessions to the nations and peoples he helped rape and plunder, in restitution, just as he is now presumably helping them with forensic information on how he covertly did it to them? Selling books on one’s con-game in the name of helping future victims only imputes impure motives to the enterprise: First be highly paid for orchestrating the rape, then get paid again writing about it, while also winning praise and fame in the process! Furthermore, it is interesting to observe another blatant dichotomy in crime and punishment. Adolph Eichmann was the harbinger of cataclysm to some six million Jews for a short span of 3 to 5 years with just the stroke of a pen or the drop of a word, and he was hanged in Jerusalem. Whereas the EHMs are the harbingers – with the same stroke of pen and some button pushing on calculators and fancy spreadsheets – of the continued entrapment of entire nations in inextricable systems of poverty and misery for generations that is no less cataclysmic for these victims. And yet, the EHM walk free among us in suits and ties, sometimes even heading prestigious economic institutions, and of course, nations. As the prime-mover DNA – the ‘legal covers’ – should we do something about this root cause that enables the multi-color-collared crimes against humanity by the emperors? Where else are we seeing such “legal covers”? Would it be pertinent to point to “shock and awe”, “Economic Sanctions”, and the “UN Security Council Resolutions”, to subjugate entire nations? To know right from wrong is indeed not too complex – the Bible has already taught it to us through the Golden Rule “Do unto others as you have others do unto you” – there are few shades of gray for the commonsensical un-hypocrite! Thus I have little sympathy for the cat who goes for Hajj after eating 900 mice! Crimes are not absolved or made less abhorrent by confessionals. Nor its victims restituted by the voice of one’s conscience! Payment still needs to be made in full. Thank you.”
Mt Gox has gone bust.
We’ll take a quick bow (along with Gary North, Robert Wenzel, Bionic Mosquito, and several others).
We Bitcoin-deniers stood our ground in the face of relentless and shameless pumping, supported by rent-a-libertarians, like the former chief editor of the Daily Reckoning, Joel Bowman, and nameless other opportunists…..
By the way, Bowman, an IP-communist, has a bad habit of “picking up” my phrases and thoughts without credit, trying (unsuccessfully) to create a voice for himself..
For instance, take a look at this effusive article about Bitcoins, which bashes North and Wenzel, without naming them.
” Phooey to you all!” and “the kind of people you wouldn’t invite over for tea with your mother-in-law” are both instances of his imitation of my writing on this blog…and at EPJ
(For comparison, see below:
1. Bowman: “the kind of people you wouldn’t invite over for tea with your mother-in-law.”
Lila: Er, you don’t invite people to tea with your mother-in-law…
2. Bowman: “pointy-headed professors remain predictably divided”
Kind of like Rajiva: “What kind of meat grinder did these two pointyheads get their frontal lobes mixed up with?” which is on the home page of my old wordpress blog that shows up on the first page of a Google search of my name.
Reporting from a video parlor in Kuala Lumpur and a bus station in Colonia in Uruguay.
“The Indian restaurant below is where a group of us, some backpackers, others professionals traveling on business, meet to compare notes every night.” (post on KL)
“It’s 12:20 PM and I’m writing this at the computer terminal at Tres Cruces bus station in Montevideo.
Tres Cruces - three crosses - must be one of the most comfortable stations I’ve been in. It’s really a combination of a mall, an information booth and a train station. This is Uruguay’s central terminal and you come here if you want a bus to Punta del Este, or Punta del Diablo, or Salto, or to Colonia, or even to towns in Argentina. The trains in Uruguay are old. If you don’t have a car, you take the bus. Tres Cruces is also where you buy your fare for the buquebus (book-eh-boos), which is the ferry that takes you across the bronze water of the Rio dela Plata, between the two capitals.” (post on bus-stop in Montevideo)
And then there was that cover of The Atlantic magazine, the one with a smug-looking Fed Head on it, obsequiously awaiting his due praise. “The Hero” screamed the headline; the accompanying subhead pondered, “Ben Bernanke saved the global economy. So why does everyone hate him?”
Bowman: “Another “Hmmm…”
Rajiva: “Hmmm” is on too many of my blog posts to mention
Writing about traveling in 2010, he cites Henry Miller (a pornographic novelist) and Proust (whom Bowman probably only knows from Bartlett’s):
(Posted Aug 22, 2012)
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
— Henry Miller
“In the words of the great Marcel Proust, “We do not receive wisdom; we discover it for ourselves by a voyage that no one can take for us, a voyage that no one can spare us.”
For many, including the largely reclusive French novelist, that voyage of discovery begins and ends rather close to home. For others, there is nothing quite so valuable as the new perspective won through extensive travel to new and wondrous lands. Every foreign culture sheds new light on our own. Every new taste, smell, custom and terrain, gives new and broader meaning to the life familiar. And every new adventure teaches us a little more about all that we thought we knew, both about others and, perhaps more importantly, about ourselves.”
Rajiva: writing about travel in 2009, citing G.K. Chesterton, a Christian writer.
The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.”
- G. K. Chesterton
6. Bowman: “Phooey to you all!”
The only downside seems to be he doesn’t have academic respectability among people whom he spent his whole life attacking, anyway.
Big phooey. Get over it.
Cease and desist with the persecution complex. Your guru deserves better than that.”
and many more instances that one day I hope to have the time to collate and analyze, as they are part of the complicated story behind the surveillance and threats directed at me over some years.
Characteristically, Bowman doesn’t even use his borrowed feathers well. They stick out awkwardly from his own cumbersome writing (see below).
In the piece I cited, he goes on to denounce libertarians (mostly from the Mises Institute) who were smart enough and honest enough to counsel people against BTC:
“What a pompous band of academic lickspittles! You who criticize the mainstream for their blind adherence to rigidly archaic principles. You who admonish the stuffy Ivy Leaguers for their brittle little theories, lacking in dynamism and ill-equipped to deal with the world as it is and as it changes. You who rage against the concentration of power, against the arrogance of control and the folly of central planning.”
Anyone with any sense of style would immediately see that the guy who wrote this piece of purple prose cannot maintain a consistent voice, let alone an original one.
An original style needs an original person behind it.
You can’t make up that kind of thing. By their fruits, ye shall know them.
“Tis a pity.
I once linked a couple of pieces from this fellow and gave him a thumbs up for writing a sympathetic account of Mumbai slum-dwellers…but the cringe-worthy imitation, the PC rubbish, the deliberate mis-attribution of my book, and, worst of all, the faux-rebel pose, coming from a corporate middle manager, became cumulatively annoying.
Above the article I just cited there’s now a tasteless picture of a girl kissing a dog (byte=bite) replacing the original picture - a semi-nude model lying on her stomach, plucking her G-string from the cleft of her derriere with one stiletto heel.
I guess, the G-string didn’t go down too well with the conservative clientele there.
Bowman’s shameless pumping of BTC; his fawning on rich financiers; support for the CIA-manipulated Arab Spring, his vocal dislike for Muslim culture, his promotion of imperial apologists, porn, financial speculators, internet billionaires and IP theft, all gave the game away, perhaps, to one too many of his readers.
Now he’s “ex” and peddles his tinny wares at some other flea-riddled internet stall with various fellow travelers…
Meanwhile, on Russia Today (a known disinformation outlet), his is the “alternative” voice of “rebellion.”
But I digress..
Back to my comments on BTC:
See the two MBP posts below:
See also the following anonymous comments at EPJ in December and November 2013:
My comments are anonymous, because I was worried that the elites might attack people who criticized BTC, just as they trashed Assange critics all over the net:
@Philip, Anonymous, edward.
Intelligence and government are multi-layered, not unitary.
The right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. Sometimes even the left hand doesn’t know. Just a finger or a nail knows.
Intelligence might take a while to understand the potential in something their scientists come up with. So it might take a year or two or more. Then they embrace it.
The MSM media is brain-washed one way - the obvious mainstream, Keynesian brainwashing.
The alternative media, including hard money people, are past the mainstream brainwashing, but they fall for the second-level brainwashing - they fall for Snowden, Assange, Hacktivism, Crypto-currency, Wikileaks, and all such black operations, meant to appeal to gullible, egoistic anti-govt types.
There are legions of agencies involved who profile dissent and come up with the red herrings that will be swallowed by the maximum number of fools and opportunists.
The economic dissenters trust their hard-money gurus, but that crowd is filled with two-bit cons who will fit their agenda to whatever the intelligence agencies tell them.
Please go back and look at when Bitcoin mania started and look at who has promoted it.
Be wise as serpents, my friends. Wenzel’s instincts are right. I hope he will not be dazzled by Mayer’s “expertise” and misled into supporting this con game.
As for sources. Do some research directly yourself and see what you find.
their ‘endgame’ …. .
@Phil McKreviss, EndtheFed,
There are a few libertarian (rightist and leftist) blogs where Assange and Snowden have been deconstructed thoroughly. No need to reinvent the wheel here. Let your fingers take a walk and you will see that they are both mouthpieces for the global elites.
Some reliable sources you could read: Cottrell, Rappaport, Creighton, Rajiva, Madison…off the top of my head.
China - China is a COMMUNIST country, my friends. Goldman Sachs has a big presence there.
End-game is control - maximum control over your assets, your money, your movements, your writing, your thoughts - so they can harvest it all for themselves.
The elites would be gods…and for that, they need for you to be less than men. They need for you to be little BITS of a machine.
Read everything critically, inwardly, not in this trusting fashion.
Rest assured, when something shows up on the internet, with this much fanfare, the elites approve.
Freedom is hard.
It will not come without sacrificing some time, effort and along the way, some favorite delusions and consolations too.
Biggest delusion is to believe that there is any quick simple remedy whereby you get to make a ton of money quicker and liberate “the world” too.
All that is Grimms Fairy Tales in a special edition for libertarians.
BBC reports (h/t Lew Rockwell blog) security firm called Hide Security claims to have found a Godzilla-sized trove of bank details on a black market site::
“Hide Security said that its findings were the result of “multiple breaches which we are independently investigating”.
In a post on its website, it said: “In the first three weeks of February, we identified nearly 360 million stolen and abused credentials and 1.25 billion records containing only email addresses.
It called the numbers “mind boggling” and said the disclosure represented a “call to action” over online security.
According to Mr Cluley, the details could be used to access not only the accounts they are directly associated with, but potentially others.
“What normally comes out is not only spam and phishing attacks, but also that the combination of email and password can be used in multiple places because people use the same ones across different sites,” he said.”
We’ll have to see if there really was a security breach of this kind or if some interested party trying to sell security software, perhaps even some government/intelligence agency is trying to scare up some business from the johns.
The whole purpose of the new Overseas card visa seems to be to extend citizenship easily and without a long residence requirement:
The Bill proposes the following changes:
There is no certainty regarding the time frame within which the Bill will be brought into force. Although the purpose of the amendment seems to be to correct the lacunae in the Act, it has, in a way, demoted the status of an OCI from being an overseas “citizen” to a mere cardholder. Although an OCI has never had full privileges of Indian citizenship, such as the right to vote, when the law was initially passed, OCI status was thought to be a first step toward dual citizenship. Further, by bringing the spouse and the minor child within the ambit of an OIC and by making registration for them compulsory, the whole purpose of easy and fast implementation of the OCI process is defeated.”
The Economic Times reports wide-spread anger among overseas Indians with foreign citizenship about the Government of India’s proposal (The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2011) to merge two categories of long-term Indian residence visas - the Persons of Indian Origin visa (PIO) and the Overseas Citizens of India (OCI).
Both categories of visa started out with the stated purpose that they would be life-time visas or very long-term visas that would grant benefits similar to citizenship of India to Indians who had become foreign citizens.
Some people even called the OCI a type of “dual citizenship.”
In practice, the two visas have been plagued by perception problems, red-tape, and confusion. For example, although it was billed as a life-time visa, the OCI actually requires holders above the age of 50 or under 20 to reapply when their passports come up for renewal.
Any change of address or occupation also has to be changed on the original document.
Apparently in an effort to smooth things out, the Prime Minister announced in 2011 that it would be merging the two.
In effect, the merger would bring the PIO (the 15 year visa) to parity with the OCI (which doesn’t need annual police registration, among other things). The merger would involve creating a new category of visa - the Overseas Indian Card.
However, that’s upset many OCI and PIO holders who fear that instead of stream-lining what already exists, the GOI is about to make new problems for existing OCI and PIO holders who would be obligated to go through a cumbersome application with expensive fees for a second time.
Despite the complaints, the bill has been approved by the Rajya Sabha and is now being considered by the lower house.
In the article linked, there was also this interesting insight into the politics behind the bill tucked away at the end:
“As the Bill was being discussed in the Upper House, the Opposition sought to embarrass the government by pointing out that no Cabinet minister was present in the House other than Ramachandran, who moved the Bill for consideration and passage.” (my emphasis)
The issue at the heart of the OCI/PIO/OIC complications is the contested nature of the state - is it territorial or not?
Is it a political contrivance or a cultural reality? Who gets to be a citizen and why?
While OCI’s cannot vote, even if the live in India, groups like the Overseas Friends of the BJP want non-resident Indians - citizens of India who don’t live in India - to be able to vote.
The larger question is whether a state is territorial or not.
That is the real source of the confusion in the smaller questions about visas.
Then, there’s also the issue of security.
The new Overseas Card wouldn’t be open to citizens of Pakistan, for instance.
In light of all this, it might be wise for those considering applying for the OCI or PIO to put off doing so until the new bill, currently pending before the Lok Sabha, is either scrapped or declared the law of the land.
The Lok Sabha session that ran from Feb 5 - Feb. 21 was the last one before elections and so far the bill has not passed.
No wonder, since the parliament faced some 39 important bills.
One that did pass was the division of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh (heavily influenced by Western corporate, religious, and political lobbies) into two, recreating the old state of Telegana.
Telengana’s rebirth has everything to do with the conundrums over the nature of the state and the state of the nation out of which the question of overseas citizenship arises.
For instance, just as it happened with the passage of the Citizenship Bill of 2011 in the Rajya Sabha, it happened with the creation of the 29th state in India:
“When Indian lawmakers voted to create a new state in the world’s largest democracy on Tuesday, they did so off camera and behind closed doors.
Just as the lower house of Parliament was about to decide whether to make Telangana a separate state from Andhra Pradesh – a move that has faced violent opposition even among members of Parliament in recent days — the live feed from inside the house went dead.
Lok Sabha Television, the only broadcaster allowed to air proceedings in the lower house, said the blackout during the voice vote was caused by a technical hitch.
The timing of the shutdown though led opponents of the new state to suspect something more sinister.
Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, leader of the southern state’s regional YSR Congress party, which has fought to maintain the status quo in Andhra Pradesh, said that the cut feed was an “example of how democracy can be killed in broad daylight.”
“It is a black day in the history of India,” Mr. Reddy added.
Sushma Swaraj, the leader of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party in the lower house, who voted in favor of the bill, said in a tweet from her verified account that the blackout was a “tactical glitch.”
A Voice for Men overturns the feminist claim that acid-attacks are gender-based violence (a claim that I, unfortunately, once trusted):
“On another acid survivors website from Cambodia they have numbers from 1999 – 2013. There numbers show that 40% of the adult victims were adult males, 44.8% were adult females, 7.3% were male children under the age of 13 and 8% were females under the age of 13.
Despite about 40% of the acid attack victims being male acid survivors foundation true to feminist form states:
“Acid violence is a form of gender based violence that reflects and perpetuates the inequality of women in society.”
And helping that lie spread was boosted by COMBATING ACID VIOLENCE IN BANGLADESH, INDIA, AND CAMBODIA
This is subtitled as:
Report by the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell
Law School, the Committee on International Human Rights of the New
York City Bar Association, the Cornell Law School International Human
Rights Clinic, and the Virtue Foundation
Notice the list of organizations who are helping promote this heinous lie that acid attacks is gender violence? All of them owe a duty of care to us, society to be honest but hey their feminists so that duty of care is tossed in the manure pile. Too bad their reports aren’t there too, where they belong.
Here is what these alleged groups wrote when describing acid attacks;
“Acid violence is gender-based violence that reflects and perpetuates the
inequality of women in society and as such is prohibited by international law
I call BULLSHIT. There is a about a 10% difference between the sexes in acid attacks. That is not gender based violence. Even if we include the children the percentage of men only drops down to just over 35% that is still not gender based violence.
And what about the criminals inflicting incredible human suffering you ask. Well it is not just men who are tossing acid on women:
Just like every other feminist claim of gender-based violence this one too is a half truth. Omitting the male population from the awareness campaigns is the standard operating procedure of feminism.
To reference my compatriot, Robert St. Estephe again, please note: neither historically nor in modern times have acid attacks been something “men to do women.” It’s something people do to each other, in various times and places. If you doubt there’s anything weird or unusual about women using acid as a weapon, in addition to Robert’s other article (referenced above) see Three New York “Acid Queens” of 1901.
I’ve said it earlier in this article and I’ll say it again:
The feminist claim that acid attacks is gender violence is BULLSHIT.”
“Mystery of the sudden surge in acid attacks on men by women,” Kerry Mcqueeney Daily Mail, UK, May 10, 2012
“Acid attacks on men related to gang violence, say experts,” Ruth Evans, BBC, November 9, 2013
As Partners for Law in Development notes in a paper on the subject, acid-attack legislation needs to be framed gender-neutrally, so that the increasing number of male victims and female perpetrators will be included in its provisions.
From Life News.com
“Although abortion is undoubtedly a controversial issue, there are significant areas of abortion policy on which Americans broadly agree. For instance, a 2011 Gallup poll found that an “especially large percentage” of both “self-described ‘pro-choice’ and ‘pro-life’ Americans” supports making abortion illegal in the third trimester.[i] However, against this area of clear common ground, Planned Parenthood has worked vigorously to oppose late-term abortion bans.
In so doing, Planned Parenthood is more than just outside mainstream American values. Its effort to preserve an abortion-on-demand policy through all nine months of pregnancy is out of step with the global community.
In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade (and its companion case Doe v. Bolton) “constitutionalized” abortion, nullifying the abortion laws of all 50 states. As a result, the United States is currently one of only nine nations that allow abortion after 14 weeks of gestation.[ii] Even among this group, however, the United States is one of the most permissive in its treatment of abortion, placing it in the company of China, North Korea, and Canada, the only countries in the world that permit abortion for any reason after fetal viability.[iii]
The Marriage Law Amendment Bill of 2010 was passed by India’s upper house, Rajya Sabha, in July 2013, to the applause of many Indian feminists and the great dismay of men’s rights activists and pro-family groups who have been campaigning for a long while against the legal misandry it embodies.
It awaits action n the Indian lower house, or Lok Sabha.
In the Rajya Sabha, there was much talk about the “sanctity of Hindu marriage” during the passage of the bill, as though it were being passed to defend Indian culture against the onslaught of the cultural mores that have destroyed Western family units.
Nothing could be farther from the truth.
The bill actually seeks to introduce those mores into the nation through the concept of “no-fault” divorce, a concept that many blame for the rise in divorce rates in the West.
For greater detail about the ghastly provisions of the bill, read the blog, Rollback IrBM (Irretrievable Break-down of Marriage).
Men stand to lose not only half of their own property during marriage, but also property acquired before marriage, their inheritance, and gifts, even while women’s inheritance, prior acquisitions, gifts and income are retained by the women in full.
In 2011, the crude divorce rate (the rate of divorce per 1000 people was 1.1 in India. By contrast, it was 3.6 in the US, the third highest in the world, following Russia and Belarus.
These figures are not terribly enlightening, of course, because they do not tell us whether the population involved was of marriageable age…among many other problems.
Still, as a kind of rough index, they do tell us that marriage has been fairly stable in India.
So, what is the need to fix something that is at least relatively intact?
The answer lies in the politics of Western-style feminism and its onslaught on traditional Indian culture.
Legally enshrined misandry has had a history in India from the 1980s, when foreign funding and media agitation created laws that were ostensibly about protecting women but in practice ended by victimizing men.
“The first weapon feminists used, was a woman’s share in her paternal property, termed as “dowry”.
India saw an increased reportage of bride-burning and dowry harassment cases in media.”
Lila: Deshpande mentions “increased reportage.”
He also mentions elsewhere that there was Western funding for this. I need to go back and look at those old reports and see who was writing them and how accurate they were.
“The cry was made shrill enough to drown any sane voice, if ever there was any. An anti-dowry harassment law, Section 498a of the IPC was created in 1983 which is draconian and most misused. It gives a woman complete power to get anyone from her husband’s family arrested. Then came the Dowry death law –Section 304B of the Indian Penal Code. It considers any unnatural death of a woman within 7 years of marriage as dowry death – meaning it assumes the husband and his relatives as guilty for her death and they are put behind bars immediately. There have been many other anti-men laws that have come up regularly.
Misandry in India, overall, can be gauged with the high number of suicides of men and crime against men:
According to the National Crime Records Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs – 62,433 married men and a total of 87,839 men committed suicide in 2011 — and this figure is increasing every year. The same bureau report shows that 92% of all crime happens against men and the society is still not even considering issues of men as a topic worth attention.”
Lila: Notice that the situation for upper and middle-class men in India is much worse than it is for the same men in the West, where the laws on harassment and divorce are at least gender-neutral in wording (if not in effect).
Moreover, in contrast to India, it has been documented -most recently in the landmark Lund University study in Sweden - that Swedish males who are unmarried have the highest rates of suicide, not married men.
Ever since Durkheim, studies of mental health have documented, more or less, that marriage offers both men and women protection from the anomie that often leads to suicide.
The fact that married men in India are committing suicide at more than three times the rate of single (unmarried) men and at more than twice the rate of married women should be a warning bell.
These statistics, if accurate, suggests that Indian middle and upper-class males are one of the world’s most unhappy demographics, far more likely to kill themselves than their female counterparts. It would suggest that married Indian men are the victims not the villains of marriage as it stands.
The new Marriage Amendment bill seems to be more of the same.
Media coverage of the debates have been misleading in not clarifying the crucial fact that the amendment bill of 2010 only targets Hindu marriages and is seen by many as a weapon deliberately aimed at Hindu families.
The law doesn’t target Christian or Muslim men.
“Army Against Dowry Law Misuse in India (AADMI) has demanded roll back of the alleged anti-family clauses in the upcoming bill which proposes to introduce “Irretrievable Breakdown of Marriage” as a ground for divorce in the Hindu Marriage Act and Special Marriage Act.
AADMI members, who also took out a protest march, said though the proposal is a welcome step, it has three controversial clauses which are totally anti-family and anti-husband.
It points out that in the bill wherever exercising the rights has been mentioned, the person who can do it has been mentioned as “wife” instead of “spouse” which clearly indicates that the bill denies to extend its cover to husband.
It is very clear that after marriage, a wife can get out of it at any point of time seeking divorce from her husband whereas no such legal provision has been given to a husband till date.
The bill says that along with allowing divorce, absolute rights will be given to the aggrieved wife on 50 per cent of husband’s marital property. However, it does not mention division of wife’s belongings and property at her maternal house, said the members.
Also, the Bill does not deal with matters like custody of the children, visitation rights etc. Union cabinet has approved this bill with some amendments and at present it is with the “Group of Ministers” for approval before being tabled in the parliament.
AADMI demands include withdrawal of controversial clause and to make the bill gender neutral.
Children must be given access to both biological parents in case of divorce or separation, government must first put an end to all false cases related to marital problems against men and the children should also have an equal share of the alimony amount given to the wife by the husband. They said while making amendments in the current laws, the government must also take into account a man’s financial responsibilities towards his parents and also the family liabilities should be deducted before sanctioning the alimony figure to the wife.”
In most countries including Pakistan, domestic violence complaints can be filed by either partner. In India, under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA 2005), domestic violence is considered to be solely perpetrated by married men (and their relatives) over the hapless wives!
In most countries, matrimonial property sharing at time of divorce results in equitable sharing of both assets and liabilities earned by both spouses during the marriage duration. However in India, the proposed bill aims to give property rights to women only at time of divorce. Even if a woman has more property than husband, the law will probably allow woman to lay claim over man’s property. The duration of marriage be it 1 day or 20 years is of no concern, and the property sharing is left to discretion of the courts.
Sexual harassment complaints can be filed by either sex in most countries. However in India, in the recently approved bill by cabinet about Sexual Harassment at Workplace bill, the proposal to include men as complainants has been completely ignored so far in spite of many representations made to government and lawmakers by men’s rights groups.
Divorce rights and obligations are gender neutral in most countries.
But in India, the proposed amendments will allow a wife to block husband’s divorce petition moved on grounds of “Irretrievable Breakdown of Marriage” but a husband will not be allowed to do the same if wife moves a divorce petition on same grounds. Evidently, the government believes that all Indian wives are like Mother Teresas and all Indian husbands are devils incarnate!
Adultery is a crime which can be committed only by men and not by women under Indian Penal Code (IPC).
India has probably the dubious distinction of being the only large democratic country where in all above areas the existing or proposed laws give relief only to wives/women and exclude men completely from their ambit except treating them as providers or perpetrators! Is India moving towards 21st century or moving back to 16th century?
The law talks only about wives’ rights and has no mention of their responsibilities as wives. These amendments are in continuation of the trend evident in Hindu Marriage laws which seek to define only obligations of married men and only rights of married women.
The proposed amendments if accepted will reduce men to status of slavery in marriage. These so called attempts to achieve equality for women are nothing but attempts to create feminocracy in families and ultimately reduce men to second class citizens and create breakdown in society and a fatherless society.”
I’ve been looking around for natural methods to combat humidity for those days when the air-conditioner fails….or in places where it isn’t used.
For instance, AC isn’t as popular in Europe as it is in the United States.
That’s for a variety of reasons - including greater environmental awareness, better built homes, and popular fear of illness from constant exposure to cold air. Many Europeans think air-conditioning makes you sick.
AC is also a lot of maintenance and expense.
So, finding a way to get humidity down without becoming dependent on a complicated mechanical device has got to be attractive to anyone with a survivalist bent.
There are several well-known natural methods to reduce humidity, but they still take quite a bit of effort and not all the ingredients are easy to come by in developing countries.
One of them requires hanging cheese-cloth (or gunny, burlap, or jute) bags of rock-salt from the ceiling, with buckets beneath to catch the water as it drips down.
Rock-salt is a desiccant, which means it extracts the moisture from the air until it is water-logged itself.
If you’ve ever had a salt-shaker that got clogged on humid days, you know how that works.
By the way, the solution to moisture in salt-shakers is simple - throw in a few grains of raw rice. They’ll absorb moisture in the shaker and keep your salt dry.
If rock-salt (salt with large crystals) is unavailable where you live, you can also spread table-salt in pans and leave them on counters or shelves. Table salt will absorb some atmospheric moisture until it’s too wet do absorb any more. After the salt becomes water-logged, it can still be heated, dried, and reused.
Other dehumidifiers include baking soda , silica, and charcoal briquets. They do well as desiccators, but they’re not cheap in many places and they need to be replenished…or, in the case of silica, heated for reuse.
I’ve never tried salt or silica this way, so I don’t know if it actually has an appreciable effect on the humidity inside a house that’s worth the effort and clutter of pans and bags all over the place.
A simpler and more aesthetic method would be to grow indoor plants that absorb humidity.
At first, this seems counter-intuitive, because most plants add to the moisture content of the air.
If you live in an arid area, humidifying plants can be very useful.
That’s besides all the other proven benefits of house plants - purifying the air, improving mental focus and general health, speeding up healing, and making it easier for you to breathe.
Still, there are a few plants that reduce humidity or at least balance it.
1. The Peace Lily, which needs watering just once a week and sucks in moisture from the air the rest of the time.
2. The Reed Palm, which also purifies the air.
3. English Ivy, which you can hang from the ceiling out of your way, where it will reduce humidity and take care of airborne mold.
4. Boston Fern, which balances the humidity in the air, in addition to reducing it.
5. Tillandsia (also known as air-plant), which doesn’t even need a root system to absorb water an nutrients from the atmosphere.
The catch to this list is that when I researched the names of plants that add to humidity indoors, three names on this list - the peace lily, the English Ivy, and the Boston fern - showed up on the list of humidifiers as well.
According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, these are are the top five global rankings of per capita abortion (rate of abortions) across countries for the year 2009 for women 15-44 yrs:
|Country||Number of Abortions||Abortion Rate|
|China||7,930,000||26.1 per 1,000 women|
|Russian Federation||2,287,300||68.4 per 1,000 women|
|Vietnam||1,520,000||83.3 per 1,000 women|
|United States||1,365,700||22.9 per 1,000 women|
|Ukraine||635,600||57.2 per 1,000 women|
|Zambia||0.4 per 1,000 women|
|India||2.7 per 1,000 women|
|South Africa||2.7 per 1,000 women|
|Bangladesh||3.8 per 1,000 women|
|Spain||5.7 per 1,000 women|
Another study looking at the percentage of pregnancies ending in abortion for the year 2010 comes up with this ranking:
1. Greenland 2007 51.1
2. Russia 2008 44.7
3. Guadeloupe 2007 39.8
4. Nagorno-Karabakh 2007 38.1
5. Cuba 2007 37.0
6. Romania 2008 36.6
7. Estonia 2008 34.4
8. Bulgaria 2008 32.0
9. Martinique 2007 31.6
10. China (PRC) 2007 31.1
11. Hungary 2008 30.8
12. Latvia 2008 30.4
13. Moldova 2008 29.0
14. Cocos Islands 1978 28.6
15. Belarus 2008 28.2
16. Georgia 2008 28.1
17. Belize 1996 28.0
18. Kazakhstan 2008 26.8
19. Sweden 2008 25.8
20. Korea, South (ROK) 1999 25.6
21. New Caledonia 1998 25.2
22. French Guiana 2007 25.0
23. Slovakia 2008 24.3
24. Reunion 2007 23.5
25. Singapore 2008 23.4
26. Armenia 2008 23.2
27. Serbia 2008 23.2
28. Seychelles 2006 23.2
29. Vietnam 2007 23.2
30. United States 2005 22.6
31. Ukraine 2008 21.9
32. New Zealand 2008 21.6
33. France 2007 21.4
34. Norway 2008 20.9
35. United Kingdom 2008 20.9
36. Canada 2006 20.7
37. Lithuania 2008 20.5
38. Macedonia 2008 20.5
39. Australia 2007 20.2
40. Hong Kong 2005 19.9
41. Jersey 2004 19.9 *
42. Japan 2007 19.1
43. Denmark 2006 18.8
44. Albania 2008 18.7
45. Slovenia 2008 18.5
46. Dominican Republic 2005 18.2
47. Spain 2008 18.2
48. Montenegro 2007 17.7
49. Italy 2008 17.4
50. Turkey 2008 17.0
51. Croatia 2008 16.9
52. Iceland 2008 16.5
53. Mayotte 2006 16.0
54. Czech Republic 2008 15.8
55. Guernsey 2000 15.0 *
56. Finland 2008 14.9
57. Mongolia 2008 14.5
58. Germany 2008 14.4
59. Azerbaijan 2008 14.2
60. Kyrgyzstan 2008 14.0
61. Belgium 2007 13.5 *
62. Netherlands 2007 13.5
63. Greece 2005 13.3
64. Guyana 2007 13.3
65. Andorra 1995 13.0
66. Taiwan (ROC) 1999 13.0
67. Isle of Man 2007 12.8 *
68. Switzerland 2008 12.4
69. Portugal 2008 11.9
70. Bahrain 2002 11.4
71. Anguilla 2005 11.2
72. Israel 2008 11.1
73. Barbados 1995 10.3
74. Puerto Rico 2006 10.2
75. Tunisia 2008 10.1
76. Costa Rica 2005 10.0
77. Bermuda 1984 9.9
78. Turkmenistan 2008 9.9
79. Turks and Caicos Islands 2005 9.1
80. Tajikistan 2007 8.7
81. South Africa 2007 7.7
82. Saint Helena 1990 7.1
83. Ireland 2008 5.8 *
84. Uzbekistan 2008 5.8
85. Faeroe Islands 2008 5.3
86. Kosovo 2006 4.6
87. Bosnia and Herzegovina 2001 3.2
88. Austria 2000 3.0
89. Suriname 1994 3.0
90. India 2004 2.6
91. Gibraltar 2008 1.7 *
92. Qatar 2005 1.3
93. Malta 2008 0.9 *
94. Venezuela 1968 0.8
95. United Arab Emirates 2006 0.10 *
96. Mexico 2007 0.09 *
97. Poland 2007 0.09 *
98. Botswana 1984 0.04
99. Chile 1991 0.02
100. Luxembourg 1997 0.02 *
101. Panama 2000 0.02
The US is 30th and India is 90th on a list of 101 countries ranking the rate at which pregnancies ended in abortion. Notably the top rankings are dominated by Marxist or formerly Marxist countries. While India has had socialist policies, it is steeped in religion culturally. The bottom ten countries (those with the fewest pregnancies ending in abortion) are dominated by religious societies (Muslim, Hindu, and Christian).
” We have allowed legal child-killing on-demand for 41 years because we’ve called it something else.
That’s why Christians, the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world” (Matthew 5:13–14) must keep speaking the truth about what abortion is with relentless clarity. “We destroy arguments” (2 Corinthians 10:5) by not yielding the ground of clear truth. Because life is in the power of truth-speaking tongues.
Therefore, we will keep saying:
Abortion kills children and we all know this.
Our legal code demonstrates that we know this because it grants an unborn child the rights of personhood in areas such as tort, criminal, and property law, making legalized abortion a schizophrenic, arbitrary, and tragically defective legal ruling.
Abortion is mercilessly violent. Children with heartbeats, brainwaves, and a nervous system that allows them to feel pain are literally torn to pieces.
“93% of all abortions [in the United States] are performed on healthy mothers, with healthy babies . . . Less than 1% are performed because of rape or incest.” (Abort73)
The number of children killed by abortion every year dwarfs the Holocaust and other homicidal horrors of history.
- Approximately 3,300 children are killed by abortion every day in the United States. Americans kill 1.2 million unborn children every year.
- The World Health Organization estimates between 40 and 50 million children are killed around the world by abortion, approximately 125,000 every day.”
What made me rethink my pro-choice position on abortion was seeing its inextricable connection with modern feminism, for what is the force behind the massive number of abortions if it isn’t contemporary feminism, whose extreme face can be seen in this account from December 2012, an account you will never find in the major media:
“Extremely disturbing video footage from Argentina shows a mob of feminists at a recent protest attacking and sexually molesting a group of Rosary-praying Catholic men who were peacefully protecting the cathedral in the city of San Juan from threats of vandalism.
The women, many of them topless, spray-painted the men’s crotches and faces and swastikas on their chests and foreheads, using markers to paint their faces with Hitler-like moustaches. They also performed obscene sexual acts in front of them and pushed their breasts onto their faces, all the while shouting “get your rosaries out of our ovaries.” (Note: Some of the most graphic content has been removed from the video. Uncensored footage is available here. Viewer discretion strongly advised.)
[Lila: This link is difficult to access. Here's another of the same video.]
According to InfoCatolica, some of the women chanted a song, with the lyrics: “To the Roman Catholic Apostolic Church, who wants to get between our sheets, we say that we want to be whores, travesties and lesbians. Legal abortion in every hospital.”
During the attack some men were visibly weeping. None of them retaliated against the abuses heaped on them.”
What the Argentine feminists did in this incident was nothing more than sexual torture. It was no different from what American female guards did to Iraqi male prisoners, captured in this infamous photograph:
The psychology of Abu Ghraib can be found in modern gender feminist ideology, with its pathological aversion toward men and its denial of full humanity to them.
This is no exaggeration.
At “A Voice For Men,” Paul Elam describes how feminists in Vancouver attacked a men’s rights activist for putting up posters stating that men have rights too.
The aversion is only one expression of feminism’s warped attitude toward female sexuality. Another more fundamental one is the murder on demand of children. Modern feminists themselves admit the non-negotiability of abortion to feminism:
Antonia Senior, an honest gender feminist, even admits that abortion is murder but yet goes on to argue that it is a lesser evil that must yield before the absolute feminist principle that a woman must have the right to control her reproduction.
Dr Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, described Senior’s article as a “moral earthquake”:
“Even as she admits that her position on the moral status of the unborn child has been utterly changed, she insists that her absolutist position on abortion rights has not. When it comes down to the right of the fetus to live versus the right of the mother to abort, the abortion right wins.
Abortion, which she acknowledges is the killing of a human life, is defined as “a lesser evil” than the curtailing of abortion rights in the name of liberating women.
“As ever, when an issue we thought was black and white becomes more nuanced, the answer lies in choosing the lesser evil,” she assures. “The nearly 200,000 aborted babies in the UK each year are the lesser evil, no matter how you define life, or death, for that matter. If you are willing to die for a cause, you must be prepared to kill for it, too.”
There you have it. To be a true feminist, in the modern sense, you must be willing to kill your baby if it interferes in the life you have chosen for yourself…. and for no other reason. The brutality of the modern female arises from this fundamental brutality to her own off-spring and the contempt she displays simultaneously for her own body and sexual nature.
This contempt is evident in the way the Ukrainian feminist revolutionary group, Femen, deliberately uses the naked bodies of its members like weapons in public protests:
“While other groups focus on one or two issues, Femen are everywhere. Over the past few years they have protested for gay rights in St Peter’s Square during the Pope’s weekly prayers; against the use of ultra-thin models at Milan fashion week; and during Euro 2012, in Ukraine, they grabbed the championship trophy in protest against the sex industry. In London last summer, they smeared themselves in fake blood and accused the International Olympic Committee of supporting “bloody Islamist regimes”; at Davos, in January, they protested against male domination of the world economy. And in February, they provoked both raised eyebrows and a few sniggers by launching themselves topless at Silvio Berlusconi.
Their campaigning is unified by one central aim: to use their breasts to expose corruption and inequality wherever they see it. “One of the main goals,” says Inna, “is to take the masks off people who wear them, to show who they are, and the level of fucking patriarchy in this world, you know?” She says they also want to reclaim women’s bodies for women. “A woman’s naked body has always been the instrument of the patriarchy,” she says, “they use it in the sex industry, the fashion industry, advertising, always in men’s hands. We realised the key was to give the naked body back to its rightful owner, to women, and give a new interpretation of nudity … I’m proud of the fact that today naked women are not just posing on the cover of Playboy, but can be at an action, angry, and can irritate people.”
The group started in 2006, when founders Anna Hutsol, Oksana Shachko and Alexandra Shevchenko (no relation to Inna), became friends in their home town in Ukraine. It was not long after the orange revolution, in which Ukrainians had demonstrated for democracy, and Alexandra, 24, says they wanted to keep the revolutionary feeling going. They started a women’s group, and began organising against the sex industry. Sex tourism is a major problem in Ukraine, and every woman is victimised as a result, says Alexandra. “You’d walk down the street and foreigners, men, would come up to you, ask how much, touch you.”
Inna joined the group in 2009, after meeting the other women on social media. In those early days they were just developing their views. Feminism was unpopular in Ukraine; saying you were a feminist was “something similar to saying you’re an idiot, you’re crazy,” says Inna. Alexandra says she used to believe the “image created by patriarchy, where feminists are ugly women with moustaches who want to cut off men’s penises”. (They’ve played with this imagery themselves. Until recently, their website featured a picture of a woman holding an enormous scythe in one hand, a bloody scrotum in the other.)”
Graydon Chiapetta writes about anti-Hindu activism in American institutions and ends with this insight about the real agenda behind prominent strains of Western scholarship about India today - the effacement of Hinduism - Sanatana Dharma - as a living 6000 (plus) year tradition from the world. In other words, cultural genocide:
“One scholar, facing the complexity of increasing Harijan, Christian and Muslim sympathy for Hindutva, echoed the true feelings that most Western scholars have always exhibited towards India. Asked how he could analyze such a complex civilization, he replied: “When Hinduism dies, We’ll do a better job.”
My first question is - who is “we” in the last line?
Whom/what does this scholar think he represents?
Is he so politically aware that he openly refers to the major foundations that finance university research?
Is he a conspiracy researcher who approves of the agenda of the money-power, which is to subvert religious beliefs that stand in its way?
Or does he believe that he and his fellow sociologists can really do better for a billion people than their own six thousand year old religious heritage?
Frighteningly, I think this latter is the correct answer.
From Brad Lancaster’s Rain-water Harvesting blog comes the welcome advice that less is more. Raking removes ground cover, encourages water evaporation, dries out soil. The result is poor soil quality, lower aquifers and dry, unhealthy vegetation. Leave the leaves alone!
“Fortunately, there is a way to harvest water, even during droughts. It costs nothing, and requires no expenditure of energy. Can this be true? Grab yourself a cool drink, take a seat, and let the litter fall. Leaf and stem litter, that is.
You’ve been spending too much time raking and bagging those leaves, seed pods and twigs. They could be working for you, if you don’t throw them out. No, I’m not talking about composting. Composting is work too! But if you just left the litter where it fell, it would in time form a nice natural mulch that would slow erosion, build up the water-holding ability of the soil, and help make the soil easier to dig, if you do decide to dig a swale someday. Be a litter harvester!
Plant litter is so important that it is one of the three key measurements that the Natural Resources Conservation Service uses as a measure of watershed condition. Plant cover, litter, and rock all help stem erosion of sloping land. If it’s not raining, only litter and rock can retard runoff, and shade the soil, AND retain moisture. (But see my rant against crushed rock landscaping.)
A layer of litter will work for you every time it rains well enough to penetrate the litter layer, making it more difficult for the sun to evaporate moisture from the soil below. So, if you do need to rake up litter, then consider moving it to areas where it can mulch a plant.
Even when it isn’t raining, a layer of leaf litter recruits workers to improve your soil. Unlike rock, leaf and twig litter is readily colonized by tiny organisms, and those attract others and pretty soon you have unpaid laborers tunneling into your soil, creating “macropores” for better, deeper infiltration. In urban Tucson you can also get thrashers, cactus wrens and towhees tilling the ground and scratching for goodies!
All work together to decompose your litter into smaller pieces, and that helps pump extra carbon into the soil. Extra carbon in your soils is part of the magic. Soil carbon boosts the ability of the soil to hold water for later use by plants, resulting in a healthier and more drought-resistant landscape.”
My interest in rain-water harvesting is not theoretical. Apart from the rising cost of water in the US itself, which means higher bills during a time of recession, water has become a serious crisis in many countries, including India.
The southern state of Karnataka has a critical shortage of water and even in Tamil Nadu, which traditionally has torrential rains from two monsoons, water has become an election issue.
In part, this is because of a massive demand from increasing numbers of corporations, foreign and domestic, that flock to the state and receive preferential access at every level.
In part, it is because of the government subsidy of agricultural water-use that leads to waste and mis-allocation.
There’s also the government-subsidized real estate boom, which created in India exactly what it created in the US - a huge misdirection of funds into home-building . That’s led to shortages in building materials like concrete and sand.
It’s also put a big dent in the water table in many areas.
These days, bottled water is a necessity in many urban areas, but it’s expensive and makes for dependence on the water-supplier.
Water self-sufficiency is the answer, both at the level of the house-hold and of the nation.
“The human brain fires differently when dealing with people outside of one’s own race, according to new research out of the University of Toronto Scarborough.
This research, conducted by social neuroscientists at U of T Scarborough, explored the sensitivity of the “mirror-neuron-system” to race and ethnicity. The researchers had study participants view a series of videos while hooked up to electroencephalogram (EEG) machines. The participants – all white – watched simple videos in which men of different races picked up a glass and took a sip of water. They watched white, black, South Asian and East Asian men perform the task.
Typically, when people observe others perform a simple task, their motor cortex region fires similarly to when they are performing the task themselves. However, the UofT research team, led by PhD student Jennifer Gutsell and Assistant Professor Dr. Michael Inzlicht, found that participants’ motor cortex was significantly less likely to fire when they watched the visible minority men perform the simple task. In some cases when participants watched the non-white men performing the task, their brains actually registered as little activity as when they watched a blank screen.
“Previous research shows people are less likely to feel connected to people outside their own ethnic groups, and we wanted to know why,” says Gutsell. “What we found is that there is a basic difference in the way peoples’ brains react to those from other ethnic backgrounds. Observing someone of a different race produced significantly less motor-cortex activity than observing a person of one’s own race. In other words, people were less likely to mentally simulate the actions of other-race than same-race people”
The trend was even more pronounced for participants who scored high on a test measuring subtle racism, says Gutsell.”
Actually, what the researchers found was not that “people’s brains” react differently when they watch people of other races than their own.
What they found was that white people’ brains reacted differently when they watched non-whites, as opposed to other whites. A bit of a difference.
Now, if the researchers had also done tests with brown people as the study group and then blacks and other groups, then it would be valid for them to generalize from their research to conclusions about people as a whole.
But they can’t generalize about “people” from one subset of people without being guilty of the very thing they’re supposed to be studying, racism.
Of course, the perceptions of the whites in the study might not have had so much to do with color as such, although it manifested that way, but as with the status evoked by white skin. Since white or light-skin tends to signify higher status in contemporary society, it follows that when white people - in this study - showed less awareness of or empathy toward dark-skinned people, they might have been doing that not so much because of the different skin-colors of the people they were observing, but because of what those colors signify today, which is lower status.
This inference is strengthened by a similar study of race and perception conducted by Sophie Trawalter et al. in 2012.
Quoting from the abstract of the Trawalter study:
Archival data from the National Football League injury reports reveal that, relative to injured White players, injured Black players are deemed more likely to play in a subsequent game, possibly because people assume they feel less pain. Experiments 1–4 show that White and Black Americans–including registered nurses and nursing students–assume that Black people feel less pain than do White people. Finally, Experiments 5 and 6 provide evidence that this bias is rooted in perceptions of status, not race per se.
The authors suggest that the findings of their study do not necessarily mean that whites are being racist in not caring when non-white people feel pain. The findings could also mean that white people show less empathy because, for one reason or other, they think black people can tolerate greater pain.
Of course, none of these conclusions means much until studies of black or brown perceptions of white people are also done.
One might guess that in those studies it will be found that browns and blacks are actually more sensitive to the pains of whites than those of their own. One might guess that, because in recent studies it’s been shown that both whites and blacks rated white faces as more intelligent, honest, and attractive than they did black/dark-skinned faces….
I’ll pull up the link in a minute… (incomplete)
Anil Nauriya, who advocates before the Supreme Court of India, has added an important point (in the Comment section):
Regarding the arrest of a Consular official, the Vienna Convention requires that this may be done [in the case of a grave offence] “pursuant to a decision by the competent judicial authority”?
The question is whether even a PRE-TRIAL judicial warrant of arrest would be such a “decision”.
The focus in much of the discussion has been on the meaning of “grave offence”.
I would argue yet another aspect of the question : that the pre-trial arrest even of a Consular Official [without full diplomatic Immunity] is of doubtful legality and, in any event, had to be the subject of a pre-arrest hearing leading to a pre-arrest judicial decision on such liability for pre-trial and pre-indictment arrest.
Before such a pre-arrest hearing, all that the “competent judicial authority” could have done is to issue a summons and pass an order preventing the Consular official from leaving the US pending such a pre-arrest hearing.
” A United Nations agency has endorsed New Delhi’s claim that Indian Foreign Service officer Devyani Khobragade enjoyed full diplomatic immunity when she was arrested by the United States law-enforcement officials in New York on December 12 last.
The opinion of the UN Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) supports New Delhi’s argument that Khobragade enjoyed full immunity at the time of her arrest as she had already been accredited to the international organisation as a representative of India since August last year.
Khobragade’s lawyers have cited the UN OLA’s view in a court in Manhattan to counter the recent move by Preet Bharara, the US district attorney for southern district of New York, to dismiss New Delhi’s claim.
Stephen Mathias, UN Assistant Secretary General for Legal Affairs, on January 27 last wrote to India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the international organisation conveying the UN OLA’s views on the issue. ”
He wrote that representatives of all members of the United Nations “to the principal and subsidiary organs of the United Nations and to conferences convened by the United Nations, while exercising their functions and during their journey to and from the place of meeting, enjoy the privileges and immunities set forth in Section 11 of the General Convention”.
From Rainwaterharvesting blog, run by a Bangalore couple who are active in the water-conservation and rain-harvesting movement in India:
“Almost all the rain on the building site falls on the roof. In Bangalore it can rain 970 mm in an average year. This meant that our house roof with an area of 100 square metres had 97,000 litres of pure rainwater falling on it. With the idea why allow it to go waste, we started to harvest it? This harvesting was done at many levels.
From the staircase rooftop which had an area of 10 square metres, we placed a Rain barrel and collected the water on the roof itself. A small platform was designed and the 500 litre Rain Barrel placed on it. On the staircase roof we placed a gutter to collect the rain. This came down into a vertical pipe with an end cap called the first rain separator. During the first rain and subsequently when we want to clean the roof or the rain gutter we open the cap and the dusty water flows out through the first rain separator. Then after a ‘Y trap’ rainwater flows in through a ‘dhoti filter’ into our rain barrel. We checked the rainwater quality using a H2S strip test and found the water potable. Sometimes when there is slight contamination we use a method called SODIS (Solar Disinfection) to treat the collected rainwater for drinking purpose. Here you fill a PET bottle with the rainwater and leave it in the sun for 5 hours. The water is now sterilized and can be brought into the house cooled and is ready for drinking. This is not a low cost solution for water treatment but a no-cost solution. Our annual requirement of drinking cooking water comes from this rain barrel alone.
We also have an Ecosan toilet on the terrace. This pan in the toilet separates solids and liquids at source. We collect the urine in a barrel, dilute it and use it as a fertilizer for our terrace garden. The solids are covered with ash every time we use it. This is then transferred to some Blue drums we have kept on the terrace and again covered with earth or straw. We then plant trees in these drums. Trees such as Papaya, lemon, curry leaves, sapota are planted and they grow well. No waste from our toilet on the terrace leaves the roof.
The rainwater falling on the Ecosan toilet too is collected in a 200 litre rain barrel and used for ablution purpose.
We have a box type solar cooker to cook our lunch on the terrace. A solar water heater heats water for bath and for the kitchen. During cloudy days we use a ‘Gujarat boiler’ which uses bio-mass for the water heating. The Gujarat Boiler also generates ash for us to use in the Eco-san toilet. We have planted many trees in front of the house and the twigs and branches from the trees are used for the Gujarat Boiler.
Next we have placed a bathroom on the terrace itself. This also has a front loading washing machine which is one of the most water efficient ones in the market. We collect the water from the bath we have on the terrace bathroom as well as from the washing machine in a small ferro-cement tank placed just below the roof slab. We then pump it up to a planted reed filter to clean up the grey-water using a small pump. The reed filter is Cattails – reeds found in lakes- placed in 4 blue drums. In a fifth drum we have sand and gravel filter to clean up the grey-water further. This treated grey-water is then used for the terrace garden where we sometimes grow rice paddy. Some extra grey-water is also used for flushing the toilet in the ground floor. No greywater is allowed to go waste.
The rice on the rooftop grows well on even a small area. We place 2 sheets of a pond lining material called Silpaulin with a brick edging. The sheet is then filled with a mix of compost, vermi-compost and red earth up-to a depth of 2 to 3 inches. Rice paddy is then planted in it. The water required for the paddy comes from grey-water alone. For the fertilizer the urine from the Eco-san toilet is used. Kitchen waste which is composted is also added to the soil. We have had productions of paddy to the tune of 1 kg per square meter. We have also found that we can grow 4 crops of rice in a year. Millets can also be grown instead of rice. Vegetables such as tomatoes, brinjals, lady-fingers, chilies all grow on the terrace though the monkeys who frequent this place can also be a nuisance at times.
A small wetland has also been created in a ferro-cement tank where different plants and fishes occupy and clean water.
Solar photo-voltaic panels on the roof provide enough power for us to store in batteries and use to light 11 bulbs in the house. The house incidentally has no fans let alone AC’s thanks to the cool terrace as well as thanks to the trees planted on the sides which enfold it in shade.
A well designed rooftop can provide all the water required for a house-hold, provide energy for cooking , lighting and water heating, provide food-grains and vegetables , enhance bio-diversity as well as absorb all the waste-stream from the house from the kitchen and bathroom / toilets and convert it to reuse .
Previous Mind-Body Politic posts related to Steve Cohen, in reverse chronological order (incomplete):
Rajat Gupta Trial: The other Goldman insider ring, MBP, June 10, 2012
More on Einhorn’s rumour-mongering about Lehman, MBP, April 15, 2010
Hedge-funds: top ten earners in 2007-2008, MBP, January 13, 2010
Steven Cohen: third-biggest owner of Sotheby’s in 2009, MBP, Dec. 30, 2009
SAC spin-offs fail, even when they succeed, MBP, Dec. 26,2009
SAC subpoenas former SAC trader Grodin, MBP, Dec. 25, 2009
Den of Thieves: Hedge-hogs go into SAC remote mode, MBP, Dec. 23., 2009
Sad SAC: Reuters spikes hedge story on complaints from Steven Cohen, MBP.com, December 22, 2009
Ex-Sith lady uses RICO on Sith lord? Mindbodypolitic, December 17, 2009
In his piece at Deep Capture, “SAC Capital (and Steve Cohen too) should be convicted”, researcher Mark Mitchell is far more sanguine than I am that Preet Bharara really means to go after the chief of the mega-hedge fund SAC, Steven Cohen, after he puts away various underlings, like Michael Steinberg and Indian-born Matthew Martoma.
“By fixating on the insider-trading angle in all his cases, Bharara, in my opinion, undermined the whole credibility of his prosecution and opened himself up for charges that he is merely targeting politically-viable low-hanging fruit.
Lila: As I’ve documented thoroughly at this blog, Bharara hasn’t had much credibility in his Wall Street prosecutions for at least a year now, regardless of how successful his other prosecutions might have been in some people’s eyes. I’m glad to see some main-stream voices coming around to my view.
I think I know a little about the Steven Cohen investigation, from my conversations with some of the principals at Deep Capture, where the investigation of Cohen began
Here’s a piece I wrote which they picked up, back in 2009:
Here are Lila’s observations on the matter:
1. The high number of SAC traders who seem to have gone off into their own businesses.
You’d think with all that money and the fund’s record as the most consistently successful in the business (only one bad year on record), their traders would stay forever. Quite the opposite. People seem to have been leaving all the time to form their own businesses.
But SAC was also said to be a very tough environment. You produced, or you left.
So maybe that’s why Lee and Far, Grodin and Goodman, all left to found their own firms?
Could be. But I’m not convinced.
2. None of the spin-off firms seems to have been very successful.
Why not? Why couldn’t these hot-shot traders make money on their own?
The Reuters piece suggests that perhaps the SAC experience didn’t foster business ability. And that perhaps SAC traders flounder without SAC’s huge supporting cast.
But those things are likely to be true of other firms as well, not solely SAC.
Still not convinced.
Furthermore, consider this.
3. A spin-off fund that didn’t get money from Cohen ended up quite successful:
“Healthcor, a healthcare industry focused fund, had raised $3.2 billion by June 2009 since launching four years ago. The fund returned 25 percent in 2006, 18 percent in 2007, and was up 4 percent last year, when the average hedge fund lost 19 percent. In the first 10 months of 2009, Healthcor was up 7 percent.
Healthcor, founded by Arthur Cohen and Joseph Healey, opened without any financial support from SAC. In fact, soon after Cohen and Healey struck out on their own, SAC sued the pair, accusing them of breaching their employment contracts. The matter ultimately was settled. (Healthcor’s Cohen is not related to SAC’s Cohen).”
4. Even spin-offs that were doing well were shut down.
When Stratix started in 2004, it had $60 million given to it by SAC. When it shut down, in 2007, it was up 17% and had $530 million under management. Yet it shut down. Why did it shut down? Those numbers sound pretty good.
Another spin-off, Fontana Capital, started out in 2005 with $50 million of SAC money. It grew to $325 million by 2006. But sometime in 2007, Cohen pulled out all his money. And in 2009, Fontana was down to $16.1 million, despite being down only 7.69%, compared to the average S&P Financial index loss of 57%. Again, that sounds like it wasn’t doing all that bad.
Reuters quotes someone familiar with the record of ex-SAC traders:
“So many of the ex-SAC people seem to have this model where they attract you with fantastic returns in the first year but in year two or three or four you get annihilated,” said a person who is familiar with several former SAC employees’ records.
Shades of Bernie Madoff….
Someone need to look closely at what happened to the money at these firms…
Unlike some, I don’t think the fact that Bharara has an agenda means that Martoma is necessarily innocent, either.
I just think that even guilty as charged, Martoma is small fry.
He’s Cohen’s employee and by every account I’ve read, Cohen kept notoriously tight control of his business and tolerated no dissent.
He was not the kind of hands-off employer who can plead ignorance after the fact, even though that’s just what he did.
So Martoma might be guilty as heck, but it’s beside the point.
Insider-trading, outside the issue of racketeering, is an irrelevant and minor side-show.
But Bharara hasn’t shown that, nor does he even look like he’s trying to show that.
He looks like he’s polishing his resume for a move into politics.
Anyway, here’s Mark Mitchell at Deep Capture:
“During the trial of Martoma, DOJ prosecutors confirmed that SAC Capital traded on inside information provided by a doctor at the University of Michigan, which was all well and good, but as I documented in my book, SAC Capital not only traded on inside information from another University of Michigan doctor, but also profited from short selling Dendreon’s stock after multiple doctors (some of whom had demonstrably corrupt relationships with Milken) conspired to undermine Dendreon’s treatment by convincing the FDA (also corrupted by Milken and his associates) to delay approval of the treatment (which had been proven effective).
Some journalists and their Wall Street sources have argued that insider trading is an essentially harmless offense and that SAC Capital deserves leniency, but their arguments obscure the fact that SAC Capital’s insider trading has involved the wholesale corruption of the FDA and some of the nation’s most prominent doctors, all of whom have (as my book documents in detail) shown themselves more than willing not only to provide Steve Cohen and his associates, including Milken, with inside information, but also to undermine pharmaceutical companies with effective treatments while promoting companies (i.e. companies that are financed by Milken and his associates) whose treatments are actually killing people.”
Lila: Exactly. But then, in that context, Matthew Martoma is actually the lesser offender.
He was after all a portfolio manager, a trader. His employment depended on his getting an edge.
When he stopped getting that edge (illegal, as it turned out), he was fired. Since Martoma has been attested to be very knowledgeable in his field by the doctors with whom he interacted, it follows that his competitors in the field must also have been getting their “edge” in the same way.
Industry-wide corruption of that kind isn’t best addressed by throwing the book at some representative pawn/small fish in the game. That only makes the prosecutors’ office look biased or politically motivated.
Which it usually is.
If the nation’s top doctors were engaged in corrupt activities, why aren’t some of them being prosecuted before Martoma?
And, if Steven (don’t call me Stevie) Cohen is a racketeer, prove that.
Then give yourself a gold medal. Not before.
Zahir Ebrahim, author of The Poor Man’s Guide to Modernity, brings up a problem in the comment section to my previous post.
I reproduce it here as a separate post, because it’s something that has stumped me, as well.
Briefly: How to get in front of false-flags, red herrings, and black ops before they unfold, or, at least, how to derail them after they’ve begun?
Or, we are dismissed as “conspiracy theorists” by the mandarins of the mainstream media, because we cannot reach into our pockets and come up at once with documents in triplicate with signed confessions from the Mossad and CIA to prove our claims.
Of course, some forty years hence, some appointed mouthpiece will, at tax-payer expense, force open the requisite dusty archive where half-redacted memos, still greasy with guilt, will give the game away.
Masks will briefly slip from Olympian profiles, but until then…..
….even if activists do get heard, the media prince-lings who deign to respond, choose their place and time in ways that leave us bloodied and the issues even more bedraggled.
During the ruckus that ensues, the false-flag or black operation unfolds with the panache of an Augustan comedy….except that to those of us in the peanut-gallery it is tragedy.
That is how, as Zahir Ebrahim writes, no less than the Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran fell victim to the Malthusian disinformation of the banking cartel:
“Iran under Ayatollah Khomeini introduced Birth Control through a fatwa (I haven’t seen the fatwa myself, only read or heard about it), as the population of Iran had almost doubled from the time of the Shah by the time of this fatwa in the late 1980s.
Well in the 2000s (I do not recall the year), the successor Ayatollah had to issue a new Fatwa encouraging families to have more children and not less children.
According to the understanding given to me on this topic, the first fatwa on birth-control had been issued because of the fears of over-population and Iran not being able to feed itself under the Malthusian construct.
(Not obvious how this fear was implanted in Iran under the Ayatollah, for he was always most wary of the Western agenda. But then again, he also fell victim to it in uncontrollably waging the eight-year war against Iraq — a war that was foisted by the West upon both the peoples of Iran and Iraq equally, and not just Iran alone ,which the people of Iran always tend to forget.)
Anyway, After the birth rate among the Shia Muslims declined drastically, while the minority Sunni Muslims (aprox. 20% of Iranians) had ignored the fatwa and had concentrated on having more and more children (Sunni Muslims do not accept Fatwas from Shia theologians, and vice versa), the demographics of Iran suddenly started to change. T
The Sunni strategy, I imagine both intellectually and financially supported from somewhere, was to come to key positions of power in Iran through the change in demographic. All legal, nothing subversive about it. In fact, it is the method that Palestinians have been employing to overwhelm their Israeli conquerors these past six decades. A most effective strategy!
This strategy, and the declining birth-rate among the middle class in the Shia households, woke up the Iranian government to the folly of the previous “ill-conceived” and “flawed” fatwa.
Now the impetus in Iran is to encourage more children — but not unsurprisingly, the next generation of the middle class and upper middle class, those whose parents or themselves grew up under the directive of the first fatwa, don’t seem to be energetically inclined towards having more children. Career paths dominate in Iran as much as they do in the West. A more detailed study of this is of course necessary. This is just the anecdotal version.
What this shows me however, is that “oops” cannot always be avoided — we are all human. But surely, as you put it: “that the ultimate source of such laws is an ideology crafted with MALEVOLENT intent by the foundation-funded think-tanks and research institutes.” can always be recognized and interdicted. No?
Provided of course that the government machinery, its media, and its intellectuals, are not already co-opted into either silence, acquiescence, or actually putting down their signatures to their own enslavement.
This is the real problem facing both India, Pakistan, and South East Asia. How to overcome our “asininity” which continually leads us to “oops” ex post facto?
Women are the great protectors of children, physically and morally.
Once that protection is gone, the child can more easily be inducted into the service of the state.
Without the experience of a loving mother, the child can more easily be turned into an expendable killing machine for the state.
By trivializing motherhood and family, by exaggerating the value of market place work, a larger tax-base is created… more tax-serfs…
The CIA is fully invested in the radical feminist-gay rights agenda and all its many minions will say their piece, as needed…”
Google’s creepy Google Glass didn’t help it either.
Now comes Hummingbird, the biggest algorithm change in the search engine in twelve years.
“Hummingbird should better focus on the meaning behind the words,” Sullivan reports. “It may better understand the actual location of your home, if you’ve shared that with Google. It might understand that ‘place’ means you want a brick-and-mortar store. It might get that ‘iPhone 5s’ is a particular type of electronic device carried by certain stores. Knowing all these meanings may help Google go beyond just finding pages with matching words.”
(“Hummingbird is Google’s biggest algorithm change in 12 years,” WebProNews, Sept. 28, 2013)
Simply put, Hummingbird is about Google trying to find the holistic meaning behind the individual words of a search-string (the query or series of words you input into the search function), or, in the case of websites, the overall intent behind the key-words most used.
Bottom-line: Google is trying to figure out what’s going on in your mind when you type out certain words.
That is terribly similar to an area of research dear to the defense and spy agencies - predictive software and technology.
For instance, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is very interested in developing the cognitive footprints of users for identification purposes.
The goal is to bypass the need for passwords, which tend to be cumbersome for users and vulnerable to password-cracking, phishing, social-engineering, memory failures, and hardware theft.
Anyone can see how useful the new Hummingbird algorithm would be to DARPA.
Indeed, given Google’s prior collaboration with the CIA in the monitoring of social media, it wouldn’t be surprising if Hummingbird has also come out of a joint project with the government.
The defense agencies come up with the technology to figure out what random “bad guys” are up to. Google monetizes it and returns the favor by data-sharing with the government.
The consumer might have his every need…indeed wish…met, but web-users are now going to find that Google’s “free lunch:” is not only not free, it’s not remotely cheap.
And web users are the ones footing the bill.
“Google Hummingbird: Where no search has gone before,” Jeremy Hull, iProspect, Wired, October 15, 2013
“Google has updated its search algorithm many times over the past few years, but previous updates were focused on making Google better at gathering information — for example, indexing websites more often and identifying spammy content. Hummingbird is focused on the user. It’s about Google getting better at understanding what searchers really want and providing them with better answers.”
That’s Google’s stated objective, of course. But how about websites?
When you search Google for answers to questions, what website owners want is for you to go to their site to get the information.
This is not only because they might hope to sell you something and thereby earn a living.
It’s also because they hope that by giving you good information not available in the mainstream media, they might attract you to their site and persuade you on other issues.
By offering free information, web writers hope you will find them reliable, credible, or interesting and become committed readers. That’s why millions of writers and websites, spend inordinate amounts of energy and time finding answers and giving them away to others for free.
Of course, ethics and decency demand that readers who benefit from that information cite the place they found it and give the author credit.
Now, if the information is immediately given to the reader by Google, why will they visit the websites from which Google might have culled the answer?
They won’t. That means that Google is not only stealing the private data of its users through Gmail, Google Earth, and a bunch of other programs, it’s also stealing from the websites it’s supposed to be helping.
But “Hummingbird” is not just unfriendly to websites offering information to the public, it acts to control what information is presented to you and how.
Hummingbird’s graphic is an easy way for Google to give you what Google (and very likely, the government) want you to know, rather than what you might learn if you delved into your search results yourself.
The new graphic could even give you downright misleading or inaccurate information. Just think about Snopes, the ostensibly myth-busting site that somehow manages to bust myths only in left-liberal ways.
So, Hummingbird is not only using your personal information for Google’s own commercial (and the government’s surveillance) purposes, it’s using information from blogs/websites, without their permission, for its own operations.
That’s two counts of IP theft.
Then, the whole business of trying to determine exactly what you’re thinking when you type certain things into the search function sounds awfully like mind-reading to me. In order to do that kind of mind-reading, all sorts of personal information from your web usage (even more than Google has been collecting so far) has to be collated and compared. Mapped, if you will.
That’s two counts of privacy invasion.
Finally, by manipulating access to the knowledge available on the Internet, under the guise of consumer satisfaction, by giving you pre-packaged answers before it gives you your search results, Google is actually trying to control your thinking.
That’s one count of mind-control.
“The drone, built by AeroVironment with funding from DARPA, is able to fly forwards, backwards, and sideways, as well as rotate clockwise and counterclockwise. Not only does the ‘bot resemble its avian inspiration in size (it’s only slightly larger than a hummingbird, with a 6.5-inch wingspan and a weight of 19 grams), it also looks impressively like a hummingbird in flight.
But that’s not vanity — it’s key to the drone’s use as a spy device, as it can perch near its subject without alerting it.”
Google’s Hummingbird seems no less innocuous and no less insidious.
“One of the points I made was that RC [Rape Crisis] can hardly be regarded as an independent voice.
Bearing in mind that it gets the majority of its funding from the Home Office and the Equalities Unit, it should be regarded as a front for the British State – ie, it’s another fake charity.
I didn’t actually accuse RC of corrupt motives, but did draw attention to the scale of funding and the fact that HMG would dearly love to put Julian Assange on the first plane to Stockholm.”
Sean points to the accounts, the most recent set available, which is not very recent by company-or-private-sector-standards and would get them heavily finded for lateness if they were a simple plumber or small retailer…which says in the small print at the back that:-
(1) “Rape Crisis” received in 2008, £6,285 from charitable and fundraising activities, and £103,750 from the Home Office, “Lankelly Chase” (which must be some place or other), “UNISON” and the Government Equalities Office”.
(2) In 2009, it received £11,214 from charitable and fundraising activities, and £196.685 from the various collectivist sources stated just now above.
I think that makes it a “fake charity, don’t you? It seems to exist to do PR to lobby the government into bring in laws that the government wants brought in.
From the US Bureau of Justice (6/18/13):
INDIA ISN’T ON THE LIST. GUESS WHO IS?
US, UK, New Zealand, Sweden, Belgium (among others).
Confirming yet again that slander of the poor is the course of least resistance in the major media.
Only one country on this list can even be called “third-world.”
Seven count as among the most “developed” countries, the most affluent.
Three are mainly Anglo-phone.
One, Sweden, routinely rates as one of the least corrupt countries.
And the US, at No. 6 in rape internationally, is the sole super-power, the world’s law-giver and law-enforcer.
Rapes per 100,000 of population:
|Trinidad and Tobago||58.4|
The Washington Times, May 12, 2013 reports that a Pentagon study has shown false rape reports increasing almost 9 times the rate of increase in abuse reports:
‘From 2009 to 2012, the number of sexual abuse reports rose from 3,244 to 3,374 — a 4 percent increase.
During the same period, the number of what the Pentagon calls “unfounded allegations” based on completed investigations of those reports rose from 331 to 444 — a 35 percent increase.
In 2012, there were 2,661 completed investigations, meaning that the 444 false complaints accounted for about 17 percent of all closed cases last year. False reports accounted for about 13 percent of closed cases in 2009.
Robert Maginnis, a retired Army officer and analyst at the Family Research Council, is writing a book for Regnery Publishing Inc. about the Pentagon’s push to put women in direct ground combat in the infantry, armor and special operations.
“In the course of conducting interviews with commanders, I heard time and again complaints about female service members making sex-related allegations which proved unfounded,” Mr. Maginnis said. “Not only do some women abuse the truth, but it also robs their commanders from more important, mission-related tasks.
“Female service members told me that some women invite problems which lead men on and then result in advances the woman can’t turn off. Too often, such female culpability leads to allegations of sexual contact, assault and then the women feign innocence.”
“As in the hyped Indian rape crisis, the cause for the increase in assaults and false accusations of assault lies in ill-conceived laws put in place to satisfy the gender feminists’ need to have perfect equality with men, regardless of the dictates of nature or nurture.
See “Flawed new rape laws roils military justice system,” MacClatchey, Sept. 21, 2011 which reports on the crisis in military justice caused by a badly thought out law provoked by the rise in intimate contacts between men and women as they become more integrated in the army. In other words, integration of the sexes has back-fired in ways gender feminists refuse to accept.
“Six years ago, Congress tried cracking down on rape in the military. Prompted by disturbing reports of sexual assaults in military academies and war zones, lawmakers rewrote the rules. They wanted to protect victims and help prosecutors.
Now it’s clear that the effort backfired.
The politically attractive but poorly understood legal changes have incited courtroom confusion, judicial frustration and constitutional conflict. Extensive interviews and a McClatchy review of thousands of pages of court documents and internal studies find a congressionally caused crisis of military justice that few civilians know anything about.”
One feminist notices something odd in the hype about the Indian rape crisis:
“Let’s look at the numbers for India, population 1.2 billion (about 48% of whom are women):
The UK has a population of about 56.2 million.”
Lila: This article was written in January 2013. I don’t know where the author got her numbers.
That means that the UK has a population that is roughly 20 times smaller than India’s.
The article continues:
“Fifty-one per cent are female.
Lila: If these rape statistics are in any way accurate, then the rape numbers in the UK are nearly half those in India, even though the Indian population is 20 times greater.
That means that the per capita rape rate in India is TEN TIMES smaller than that in the UK, a settled and developed country, with high levels of prosperity and education, one of the major powers.
Moreover, the UK rape rate is this high, even though Britain is a heavily policed country, with perhaps the most extensive surveillance networks in the world that routinely and illegally snoop on British citizens.
Britain also has a large and complex criminal justice system with multiple agencies to protect women and an academic culture that often shills for the feminist agenda.
But nonetheless the British rape rate is ten times that of India. Where is the outrage?
Remember that the Indian rape rate is ten times smaller, despite extensive and severe poverty in India, few social networks outside kinship networks, and a very low per capita rate of policing.
Remember that India also has a very large population of illiterate young males, many without jobs and routinely experiences huge influxes of migrant workers into severely overcrowded cities, already suffering from near-collapse in infrastructure and utilities.
Remember that India suffers from critical energy and water shortages, from soaring food and gas prices, from inflation and endemic corruption.
It has some of the world’s most congested and dangerous roads and some of the world’s most dangerous terrorists and separatists.
It is the target of unrelenting espionage and interference from the major powers.
India suffers in addition all the extraordinary stresses of very rapid economic development coupled with the crushing impact of an alienating foreign culture on its traditional social fabric.
Finally, remember that behind the Indian rape rate are financial incentives created by feminist laws that reward women with windfall sums for bringing rape charges.
India has a jurisprudence weighted in favor of the woman coupled with a feminist leadership that nonetheless demands even greater privileges and exemptions.
It has a media culture that is sensitive to every outrage to women and silent on outrages against men.
And yet, incredibly, the rape rate in India is ten times smaller than that in Britain.
So, where, I repeat, is the outrage?
Where is the United Nations study on the parlous condition of women in the United Kingdom, which rapes at ten times the rate of India?
Where is the UN study on the US, which rapes at higher rates than India?
Where is the UN study on South Africa, which rapes at higher rates than India?
Daniel McAdams at LRC blog comments on John Kerry’s interventionist position on Ukraine:
“I am on RT today discussing John Kerry’s Munich trip, where he met the Ukraine opposition parties and said that the US is “fully behind” those seeking to overthrow the democratically-elected government by force — right before he warned any outside powers against interfering in Ukraine’s internal affairs.”
See also “US and Europe stand with people of Ukraine, says John Kerry,” The Guardian, Feb. 1 , 2014
NATO has joined Kerry to bully the Ukrainians government not to crack down on violence:
“Nato’s chief, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said he was “very concerned by attempts to involve the military in the crisis”.
The equivalent in terms of international provocation would be if the Russian President were to proclaim solidarity for the Occupy movement on US soil and warn American police against any militarized response.
While Kerry was double-dealing with the Ukrainians and thumbing the American nose at Russia, a little research turns up the interesting point that the largely peaceful Ukrainian protest suddenly turned violent at the same time as Kerry’s visit and stepped-up support for it.
“Russia slams West’s support for Ukraine opposition,” AP, The Washington Post, Feb. 1, 2014
“The protests had been mostly peaceful until mid-January, when demonstrators angered by the new anti-protest laws launched violent clashes with police. Three protesters died in the clashes, two of them from gunshot wounds. Police insist they didn’t fire the fatal shots.“
See also “Russia slams as circus Kerry Ukraine opposition meetings,” Daily Star, Feb 1, 2014
“Russia’s outspoken Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin called Kerry’s upcoming meetings a “circus” in a tweet on Friday.
“It’s also necessary to involve Verka Serdyuchka in the talks,” he said in apparent sarcasm, referring to Ukraine’s bombastic drag queen pop star.
“Her/his authoritative opinion should be heard by the White House and taken into account!”
Is this another covert destabilization effort in the tradition of the color revolutions?
“What is particularly surprising about the current color revolution unfolding in the Ukraine is that this nation was the site of the very same CIA implementation plan back in 2004/2005. The Orange Revolution, as it was known at the time, was a classic CIA-engineered plot to impose their political outcome on the Ukrainian people. And they succeeded with flying colors.
That CIA-sponsored coup d’etat was so successful that it has since been used as a model for every other CIA-manufactured scheme that has toppled governments and reversed fair election outcomes the world over. In fact, the Ukraine is where the various social network utilities were used so effectively that the new MO has become known as the digital blitzkrieg. Never in human history have so many citizens been stampeded in the direction of overthrowing their government while being completely ignorant of the real forces manipulating the cattle prods.”
The article suggests that the Ukrainian government seems to be master-minded, as well the protesters. The result is that the Ukraine is being shepherded into the Eurozone, a communistic/fascistic scheme that will allow the patrons of the Eurozone to replenish their depleted treasuries:
“…. the Ukraine is looked to as a temporary savior because of its many large and robust markets, well established industrial base and transportation links to Asia, as well as it vast natural resources and raw materials.”
I need to expand more on the way that “rape” is being used to slander Asian societies as a whole in the Western mainstream media, controlled ultimately by a small group of owners.
The basis for the slander is a UN-led study:
The study is sponsored by Partners for Prevention—on behalf of UNDP (UN Development Program), UNFPA (UN Population Fund) UN Women, and UNV (UN Volunteers).
and is described as follows:
From 2010 to 2013, over 10,000 men in six countries across Asia and the Pacific were interviewed using the UN Multi-country Study on Men and Violence household survey on men’s perpetration and experiences of violence, as well as men’s other life experiences. The countries included were Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea. The study was a collaborative effort involving partners from academia, research institutes, civil society, the United Nations family and governments around the globe
Vietnam is also included, though not mentioned in the paragraph above.
The UN Population Fund’s goal is very clearly defined, behind the rhetoric of “rights.”
It is monitoring population growth and migration, ensuring family-planning through contraception and abortion, and securing female emancipation with a view to ensuring the previously-stated goals.
The goals of UNFPA - achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health (including family planning), promoting reproductive rights, reducing maternal mortality and accelerating progress on the ICPD agenda and MDG 5 - are inextricably linked. UNFPA also focuses on improving the lives of youths and women by advocating for human rights and gender equality and by promoting the understanding of population dynamics. Population dynamics, including growth rates, age structure, fertility and mortality and migration have an effect on every aspect of human, social and economic progress. And sexual and reproductive health and women’s empowerment all powerfully affect and are influenced by population trends.
The findings of the UN study were trumpeted uncritically in the major media:
See “Nearly quarter of men in Asia-Pacific admit to committing rape,” Kate Hodal, The Guardian, Sept 9, 2013.
However, a few critical observers found gaping holes in the methodology used:
“One in four men in Asia “admit to committing rape”? It doesn’t add up,” Stuart Brown, The Guardian, Sept 18, 2013.
Brown points out the incredibly shoddy and tendentious reasoning behind the statistic that claims that one in four Asians are rapists.
“The shocking headline figure that 25% of the men surveyed admit to raping a partner or a stranger appears to offer unequivocal confirmation that Asian women are the victims of a deep-rooted, cultural problem.As with many studies of this type, however, what we’re witnessing is the wide dissemination of one hopelessly misleading statistic, while the rest of the research in the report – the stuff that actually matters – is ignored.”
The study covers Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, China, Sri Lanka, and Papua and New Guinea.
That itself is odd. Why would Korea, India, and Japan be left out?
The second oddity is that the samples are not even representative nationally.
For instance, for Papua and New Guinea, the sampling is drawn entirely from one place - the island of Bougainville.
The third oddity is that there are only two places where “yes” responses to rape are over 25% and they are both areas with a recent history of violent conflict. A higher incidence of rape would be expected in such areas.
Without those two areas, the proportion of “yes” answers falls to 18%.
Finally, except in the case of Bangladesh, the question signifying admission of rape doesn’t even clearly indicate the use of force, but runs as follows:
“Have you had sexual intercourse with your partner when you knew she didn’t want to, but believed she should agree because she was your wife/partner?”
In the Bangladesh sample, where the question most directly mentions force, the number of “yes” answers is also the lowest.
This suggests that the results of the whole study have been dramatically skewed by the ambiguous structuring of a question that doesn’t even deal with what most people would call rape, but rather with the inherently problematic dynamics of marital relations.
But, even apart from the bogus nature of the questioning itself, there is the sheer ludicrousness of slandering the whole of Asia - some 4 billion plus people - on the basis of a questionnaire circulated to some 10,000 people, replete with elementary methodological flaws.
Indeed, the study looks less like a study and more like the kind of public relations concoction that has armed the “anti-trafficking agenda” with equally sensational and equally flimsy claims.
See “Women’s Funding Network Sex Trafficking Study is Junk Science,” Village Voice, March 23, 2011.
Like bogus sex trafficking research, the bogus rape research seems to be driven by the need to come up with lurid statistics to draw funding, media attention, and political backing.
And what could be the goal of the study’s political backers, which are departments of the UN?
That too is evident.
The UN has always pursued the goals of the Western elites, under cover of internationalism.
Those goals include the need to corral and control the populous nations of Asia, lest they compete too strongly with those of the West for resources.
See the following:
In the face of this situation we would be better off to dispense now with a number of the concepts which have underlined our thinking with regard to the Far East. We should dispense with the aspiration to “be liked” or to be regarded as the repository of a high-minded international altruism. We should stop putting ourselves in the position of being our brothers’ keeper and refrain from offering moral and ideological advice. We should cease to talk about vague and—for the Far East—unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better.
We should recognize that our influence in the Far Eastern area in the coming period is going to be primarily military and economic. We should make a careful study to see what parts of the Pacific and Far Eastern world are absolutely vital to our security, and we should concentrate our policy on seeing to it that those areas remain in hands which we can control or rely on.
Thus, the obvious implication of formulating bogus “rape studies” targeting Asian countries, let alone drawing wildly exaggerated conclusions from them, is the need for more surveillance and control of Asian populations by the international proxies of the Western elites.
Given the results of such surveillance and control in the US, where the prison population is the highest in the world and overwhelmingly black and brown, it is shameful that Asian media and government have not called out the slanderous characterizations of the UN study for what they are -
- Racist propaganda masquerading as social-science.
If the targets of the study had been African Americans, there would be no doubt that the researchers would have immediately been unmasked as latter-day theorists of classic scientific racism.
Update: My blog post on the bogus nature of UN rape studies:
An Indian “rape crisis” has been evoked in the major media in the wake of the infamous Delhi gang-rape of 2012.
The “rape culture” narrative about India has come to signal the regressive, medieval nature of traditional Indian masculinity.
Palash Ghosh argues that Indian men, who, after 9/11, were conflated with the category “terrorist,” are now being conflated with the category, “rapist.”
Delhi gang-rape trial: A new and negative image for Indian men? Palash Ghosh, Ibntimes.com, Feb 5, 2013
I would suggest that this conflation is intentional and it is typical of the demonization campaigns carried out by the Western state media against countries targeted for intervention, whether that takes the form of bombing or of proxy wars or of NGO psyops.
I would suggest that there is no “rape crisis” in India in need of such international intervention.
The ” rape crisis” is actually the creation of the left-liberal ideology that fronts for the corporate interests of Western elites.
This can be readily deciphered from the media stories about the Delhi gang rape.
The major media (Western elite) coverage of the Delhi rape posited it as typical of the medieval village culture characterizing Delhi, in which no Westernized/modern woman can ever be safe.
In contrast, the truly cosmopolitan cities of the West protect women, ran the elite narrative.
Statistics, of course, do not bear this story out.
Poulami Roychowdhury has argued as much in her lengthy academic analysis of the story:
“CNN likened the assailants to men in other “traditional societies” who “see improvements in the status of women as a challenge to their own” and who use rape as a weapon of power against such advances.”
Roychowdhury shows how the international media created a false narrative of a Westernized, modern woman attacked by traditional, patriarchal, village men.
The truth is both the victim and her assailants were remarkably similar in moving from lower-class agricultural backgrounds into an urban setting.
The international media narrative also ignored the Indian man who attempted to save the victim.
He was also stripped and assaulted.
But the media erased him entirely from public consciousness.
“It goes almost without saying that Pandey’s case illustrates the ongoing resilience and appeal of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’s “white men saving brown women from brown men.”
Spivak’s theory illuminates why Pandey’s male friend, Awindra Pandey, disappeared from the pages of international media while Pandey and her assailants took pride of place in the discussion. Commentators seemed to forget that Awindra was even on the busand was also physically assaulted, stripped naked, and dumped on the side of the road. He disappeared, Firstly, because his body stood outside the economy of international care: white men are not in the business of saving brown men from other brown men. He also had to disappear because brown men are not typically viewed as allies of brown women.”
Chowdhury also demonstrates how the emancipated female subject in the third-world exists in a narrative that ties her emancipation to her full participation in the neo-liberal economy.
She is described as going to malls and movies on her own, wearing Western clothes and accoutrements.
Meanwhile the atavism of her male attackers is tied to their lack of integration into that economy.
Neither construction is accurate.
The “rape crisis” was a creation of radical feminism embedded in the neo-liberal market-place, not an off-shoot of traditional Indian culture.
ITEM A The rape crisis is driven by financial incentives created by misguided, if not malicious, laws put in place by feminist ideologues.
See, “India to pay women big money to cry rape,” False Rape Society, January 8, 2010
It describes the law which has driven the “crisis of rape” now bearing fruition.
” It [India] has decreed that every woman who testifies that a male raped her will be handed the equivalent of 4,374.96 US dollars, a not-insignificant sum anywhere, but a huge payday in India.”
[Lila: in terms of Indian salaries, this would be the equivalent of $200,000 in the West, if we use the exchange rate prevalent at the time. Of course, this translation doesn't account for the differing purchasing powers of the currencies, but $4, 374.96 is nonetheless a very large sum in India.]
The “rape crisis” is driven by cultural Marxism
The goal of cultural Marxism is to create morally and biologically neutral “genders” that are fungible and detached from the traditional family structure.
Indeed, it is to construct “gender” so that it is inimical to family life.
In that regard, it’s notable that the man behind many of the protests following the Delhi gang-rape case was a left-wing radical.
The protests following the rapes were also organized mainly by left-wing radicals.
“The protests, largely by students, saw hooligan elements mingled in the crowd uproot wooden poles erected for the Jan 26 Republic Day event and set them afire at five places. They upturned vehicles, smashed window panes of buses and other vehicles and also hurled stones and water bottles on policemen in response to tear gas and baton attacks to prevent protesters from marching towards Raisina Hills, where prohibitory orders were put in place.”
Pictures of the protests were circulated world-wide, bringing even the UN into the picture.
The UN made official pronouncements about a “rape culture” in India.
This led to the usual politically-motivated commentary from the liberal-left spectrum of the Western media.
However, a few conservative/men’s rights blogs didn’t buy the story and correctly diagnosed the “rape crisis” as a concoction of left-feminist ideological activism.
Similar accusations of an American “rape-culture” have been accurately deconstructed by Dr. Christina Hoff Summers
“Researching the “rape-culture” of America,” Christina Hoff Summers, False-rape.net.
Only a year after the Delhi gang-rape case, the JNU communist who was behind the Indian “rape-crisis” agitation was himself accused of rape. He became the subject of the usual trial-by-media-innuendo-and-womyn’s-assertion.
He killed himself, a victim of the left-anarchist monster he created.
The extremist ideology behind the “rape crisis” is evident in the new unequal laws in India.
In the case of rape:
See “Only men can be booked for rape,“ Nagendra Sharma, Hindustan Times, March 5, 2013
“Bowing to pressure from women activists, the government has decided to restore the term rape in criminal law that states only men can be booked for committing the offence against women. It has also decided to lower the age of consent for sex from 18 to 16 years.”
This is not gender-neutrality but gender-privileging. It means that a female assault of a male, or a male assault of a male, or a male or female assault of a male child, are lesser crimes, to be treated under the separate section in the Indian legal code that pertains to unnatural sexual acts.
But that section does not make the rape of a male a crime against a person. Instead, it treats it as a crime against nature, like voluntary homosexuality.
That means female rapists/molesters of men or children can be guilty of unnatural acts, but not of rape, a most significant perversion of equal justice under the law.
In the case of domestic violence:
Under Indian law, threats of suicide by a man, however, are treated as domestic violence against the woman.
The reverse does not obtain.
If India were really a woman-hating patriarchy, as the feminists proclaim, would such laws pass?
“We’ve already seen men in that country [India] forced to the back of buses like African-Americans in 1950s America. We’ve seen them beaten up by members of the public and female police officers alike for accidentally boarding the “female only” carriage of a train. And now we’re seeing the government actively denying them equal protection under the law in sexual assaults.“
Conclusion: What is going on in India is not a rape crisis but a crisis of misandry.
1. “Indian Communist feminist Khurshid Anwar commits suicide after rape allegations,“ Anil Kumar, A Voice for Men, Dec. 30, 2013.
2.” Woman should be booked for filing fake rape case, says HC,” Urvi Mahajani, DNA India, August 1, 2013
3. “Be vigilant about false rape cases: HC to trial judges,” Harish Nair, Hindustan Times, May 24, 2013
4. “18% rape cases false, study,” Times of India, Dec. 27, 2008
5. Delhi gang-rape case: Police find discrepancies in victim’s statement,” FirstPost, Jan 28, 2014
6. Activists: Indian media sensationalized Delhi gang-rape case, Venus Upadhyaya, Epoch Times, October 11, 2013
7. Attributing rapes to unique Indian culture reeks of bias, Gajanan Khergamker, Eurasia Review, March 28, 2013
8. Indian government - men don’t matter, David Cuspis, A Voice for Men, March 29, 2013
9. One in four men in Asia ‘admits to committing rape’? It doesn’t add up, Stuart Brown, The Guardian, Sept 18, 2013.
10. A sad day for male rape victims in India, Toy Soldiers, March 6, 2013
In light of the hyped-up rape crisis in India, I wanted to repost an old post of mine from 2008 that shows how feminist-inspired laws have only been making gender-relations worse:
“I just asked her why she was in touch with her boyfriend. She tried to harm herself with a knife. We returned to India and I suggested she stay with her parents for some time. As soon as I was back in the US, she filed a 498-A case against my family and me. My parents were jailed for three days,” said Naveen, a case against whom is on in India and an Interpol Red Corner Notice pending abroad.
Anupama Singh, the secretary of Rakshak that has raked up such cases, said the voluntary organisation has received over 700 such complaints, half of them from the US alone.
“We don’t say all these are genuine cases, but many are. The government is not really concerned. It’s futile to talk about the plight of men and their families by the women they marry.
“In contrast, the cases of women being tortured by their husbands abroad have been overplayed with the government claiming that 30,000 brides — 15,000 from Punjab’s Doab region alone — had been abandoned abroad,” she said.
But in 2005, the government said in Parliament that only 100 such complaints had been received. The ministry of overseas Indian affairs (MOIA) recently revised the figure to 152. The trend, therefore, is more of vanishing brides and abandoned grooms abroad, Singh added.”
That’s from the Times of India last year, describing the ongoing barrage of domestic abuse of non-resident Indian males (especially high-status, high-earning males) by their delicately-nurtured, oh-so-domestic, docile, doe-eyed, dosa-making desi brides).
No surprise. Whenever the state starts “doing-good” with its right hand, its left hand has the thumb pressed into the pan of the scales. Dowry laws were cooked up to protect victimized wives. But after gender feminists got done with the recipe, a new set of victims had been trussed up for carving on the marital altar - husbands.”
Another MBP post from 2008 on the gender-nazis in India:
I quote a men’s rights blog from India that satirizes the condition of Indian males (especially doctors and other highly educated men with middle-class or upper-middle class wives).
The blog suggests the following satirical remedies for “oppressed women”:
2) As soon as a woman marries, she should get 50% rights to her husband’s property.
3) Large scale single parenting by woman (with maintenance provided by husband) is the norm. Research shows that children who are not allowed to see their fathers after divorce for years grow up to be very healthy. In India, Gender Sensitive judges alone should decide if the women should allow the father to see the child after divorce or not. Or if he should ever see them.
4) Any violence committed by woman against others (including murder) should be considered self-defense.
5) The disparity between life expectancy rates in men and women needs to be raised to the levels in developed countries. In India, women live 2.4 years more than men on an average. This difference has to be improved to the levels in the US and Europe where women live more than 6 years than men on an average.”
The writer is especially pungent about the abusive dowry death law, which punishes the man and his family by default:
7) For any woman who commits suicide within 7 years of marriage, a dowry harassment (or other harassment) case against the husband should be filed by default. He should be imprisoned for at least a year for not taking care of his wife.
If a woman complains of domestic violence, the man should be imprisoned immediately and bail only granted by a court. All their joint bank accounts need to be frozen at once.”
Lila: The author shows how the new gender-roles make the women far more powerful than the husband, both financially and emotionally.
9) A man must do half of all household work, even if his wife is not working. But he must always work full-time. If he does not, even if he does all house work, he should be labeled lazy, improvident, pathetic, and derelict, certainly in private, and preferably in public where it will cause maximum humiliation and pain either to him or to his relatives. If a woman does not work either outside the house or in, she is nonetheless entitled to all consideration and respect and anything less than deferential treatment of all her needs, demands, whims, and psychiatric moods should be considered a violation of her human rights.”
Lila: Having full control of the husband’s finances and of her time, she thus has the power to entirely control his life, his family and all other relationships.
10) After marriage, a man must not stay with his parents or allow his parents to stay for a prolonged period with him (”prolonged” to be decided by the woman and subject to revision at any time on request by her, her friends, or her relatives however distant and uneducated). He must allow her in-laws to stay in his house for at least the same length of time his parents stay in his house. If he violates any of these fundamental human rights of a woman, he can be imprisoned for neglect and abuse of his in-laws.
Lila: In some cases, the in-laws stay with her continuously at the husband’s expense, while the husband’s family are kept at a distance. The isolation of the male perpetuates a system of hidden but intense abuse that would be considered rank criminality if it were to take place between business associates.
13) The richer and the more educated the men are, the more pressure should be placed on them. They should provide the wife with a lifestyle equivalent to their status….. and they must also spend quality time with family (See 9, 10, 11 above). If this is still impossible, see 12.
14) By definition, Bangalore techies (since they work with software) are required to be softer than others. Since they are also paid more than most, they should deposit 20% of their monthly salary, at least, in their wives’ names.”
Lila: Finally, the author points out that women who really do suffer abuse in India (usually poorer women) use domestic violence laws far less than the upper class urban sector, where women are increasingly the predators, not the victims.
19) Since, rural women do not suffer from domestic violence (see 18), domestic violence laws must be used mostly - and most stringently - in urban India.
“More here in the archives of one of many new blogs on the feminist abuse of dowry and domestic abuse laws in India.
Bharatabharati.wordpress.com reports on the Indian government’s crack-down on foreign funding of NGOs engaged in subversive politics:
“The latest report of the Home Ministry showed that more than Rs 10,000 crore was sent to India during 2009-2010, mostly from the USA and Europe to NGOs in India.
[Lila: 1 crore is 10 million rupees, which is $1590.584 million (or approximately $1.5 billion) at an exchange rate of 62.87 rupees to a dollar, calculated at this forex site.
“The report says that while it is not proper to make sweeping generalisations, it is necessary to note that the NGO sector in India is vulnerable to the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing……..
The report, approved by Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh in January 2012, revealed that major donors from abroad and receivers in India are Christian Missionaries and Church-sponsored NGOs.
“The list of foreign donors is topped by the Gospel For Asia Inc of the USA (Rs 232.71 crore) followed by Fundacion Vicente Ferrer, Barcelona, Spain (Rs 228.60 crore) and the World Vision Global Centre of the USA (Rs 197.62 crore),” said the report of Home Ministry on foreign contribution and regulation for the period of year 2009-2010.
These three are evangelical organisations. The fourth largest donor, Compassion International, is also from the US (Rs131.57 core) and belongs to the same category.
The India Today, in its story ‘Freelancers of God – Independent churches mushroom across India attracting foreign funds’ (published on 9 May 2011) has given an account of Indian Christian missionaries who are propelling their ‘work’ to convert Hindus to Christianity with the help of foreign funds.
The India Today story says that, “The preachers are not trained in theology. They often play with the sentiments of people and lure them with incentives and create communal tension. Most new pastors work among Dalits in the region. They also widely use faith-healing methods, which are not popular among mainstream churches. Political parties such as the Congress and the Akali Dal have refused to make conversions a controversy and the VHP and Bajrang Dal have accused both parties of playing to the Christian vote bank.”
Senior French journalist and writer Francois Gautier reveals in his article that, “The foreign funds sent for Gospel cause has a huge but obscure impact. Out of seven states in North East India four have absolute control of the Church. Most of the North East subversive groups / Terrorist outfits including Maoists have definite connection with Evangelical groups. 45% of non-Arab foreign funds coming to India are utilized through Churches for conversion and camouflaging services, while 40% Arab foreign funds are coming to boost up Jihad and Islamic services. Christian Fathers and nuns are living most lavish life in India by utilizing the money collected from overseas in the name of service to the poor people of the third world.”
Francois Gautier has busted the myths of the so-called ‘social and human rights activists like Medha Patkar.
In his article ‘The Truth about Medha Patkar’, Gautier has given a reference of letter of Dr Urmilaben Patel, member of the Congress Working Committee, written to Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Minister for External Affairs.
Patel wrote that, “You are kindly aware, that Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) headed by Medha Patkar is actively involved in opposing all hydro projects in India. I have recently received material which I find quite disturbing. I specifically draw your attention into the message of Ms. Patkar using the words of “pressurizing the UPA government”, and “honouring” a Supreme Court Judge for a favourable verdict, as is explicit in the emails.”
Gautier gives details of exchange of confidential emails between Patkar and Patrick McCully, ex-Director, International Rivers Network (IRN) based at Berkeley (United States). This mail conversation exposes how Patkar ‘reports’ to Patrick every details of the case and which Judge ‘favoured’ her and should be ‘honored”….
…Teesta SetalvadIt is always demanded to inspect the income source of the infamous Teesta Setalvad and her NGO ‘Citizen for Justice and Peace’. Teesta Setalvad is always been in clouds of mystery for her activities and how she raised funds for her NGO and how does she managed expenses of providing legal help and from which source, she got money to lure witnesses for the cases against Narendra Modi in Gujarat riots. Her bank statements with specific details are out suggesting how Setalvad allegedly used money to buy witnesses and how through manipulative activities, false submission before different probe panels and courts were allegedly filed. Again the pointer turns to the source of foreign funds. But no one wants make understand the fact.
No scope for Indian Media to escape in case of foreign funding issue. Gospels of Charity in Spain, Southern Baptist Church, World Christian Council, St. Peters Pontifical Church, Melbourne, Joshua Society, Berne, Switzerland are some of the sponsors which funds major Indian Media which ‘speaks for’ secularism and human rights in India.
The analysis of the Home Ministry’s 42-page report shows that 14,233 NGOs received foreign contribution of Rs 10,337.59 crore. The biggest fund inflow to NGOs has come from the USA (Rs 3,105.73 crore) followed by Germany (Rs 1,046.30 crore) and the UK (Rs 1,038.68 crore). These three countries have topped in the donors’ list of Home Ministry for many years.
As per the report, most the funding has been generated from Christian missionaries of USA, Germany and UK and the donor missionaries have also formed their Indian subsidiaries. The other toppers come from Italy (Rs 583.47 crore), the Netherlands (Rs 509.46 crore), Spain (Rs 437.25 crore) Switzerland (Rs 302.06 crore), Canada (Rs 297.98 crore), France (Rs 189.12 crore) and Australia (Rs 148.28). The eleventh big donor to Indian NGOs is from UAE with Rs 133.15 crore.
World Vision Chennai According to MHA figures, the funding for Christian mission agencies has shown a regular increase. Also, over 80 percent of the voluntary organisations receiving foreign funds are Christian Mission agencies. “The highest amount of foreign contribution was received by the World Vision of India, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (Rs 208.94 crore).”
In an age of universal surveillance and blackmail, involuntary porn, state-mandated voyeurism, mass rape and sodomy of prisoners, Google-Glass, and citizen-spying, modest swim-wear might be the most astute political statement a woman can make.
It protects her privacy and dignity from snoopers and pornographers, looking for cheap shots, as well as from state operatives and contractors, fattening their files for blackmailing purposes.
I’ve made the connection between surveillance and blackmail many times on this blog and even back in 2004, in essays on virtual crime (used later in Language of Empire).
Alfred McCoy’s recent piece on the subject (cited above) substantiates the accuracy of my analysis.
The making and circulation of pornographic images are powerful tools of the state-corporate complex.
The key role of such images in blackmailing operations that universalize the power of the state is precisely the reason I am less than admiring of theorists who praise the public virtues of blackmail unthinkingly, people like Murray Rothbard and Walter Block.
..that lets a woman be a lady and leaves her physical dignity and privacy intact.
Virginia, a state bordering Washington DC, is the home of the CIA and of hundreds, if not thousands, of high-tech firms servicing the US government’s espionage industry, either directly or as contractors and partners.
Sometimes the connections get shadier. For eg. in one case in Virginia, the CIA apparently even hired a bank-robber to test the security of Washington-area banks.
“It seems more likely that the New York incident is connected to India detaining an anti-piracy ship owned by a US security firm.
The Sierra Leone-flagged ship, the Seaman Guard Ohio, belongs to the Virginia-based AdvanFort, a maritime security firm that specialises in anti-piracy operations.
The ship is held in the southern port of Tuticorin along with 10 crew members and 25 armed security guards.
The crew and security guards included British, Estonian, Indian and Ukrainian nationals.
The ship’s crew has been accused of obtaining subsidised fuel without authority. Bail for the crew has been denied.
The curious aspect of this case is that the ship is licensed to patrol the eastern Indian Ocean and Gulf. The sailors or ‘contractors’ are in the Indian judicial system and not likely to be let off easily.
To those who doubt this connection, a reminder that the US, including its President, went to extreme lengths to save Raymond Davis who was charged with murder in Pakistan.
It seems very likely that a compromise will soon be found to circumvent the judicial process in the US and in India.
The Indian diplomat will be off the hook and the ship with its crew will be released. However, these episodes raise a question mark on the future of India-US relations.
Coming close on the heels of the American non-cooperation in the David Headley case, this will leave a bitter taste.
What is extraordinary is the utter American insensitivity to public opinion in India — a rare country in which survey after survey showed the US as a popular country in the public perception.
Indians seem to have underestimated the strength of American self-perception of its ‘Exceptionalism’.
The Americans believe that they are the champions of human rights and religious rights and American justice is second to none. They also have legal systems in place that puts American law over international treaties and other nations’ laws.
Most of the world, especially after the scandal of the US National Security Agency snooping over communications in Europe, Asia and Africa with no distinction made between allies and enemies, see the US as a global sheriff, not just a global cop.
To an outsider, the US increasingly looks like a capitalist USSR, complete with its Big Brother snooping, its own Gulag at Guantanamo, its own version of Pravda in The New York Times and Izvestia in the Washington Post!
Even after the current impasse is resolved, Indians would do well to be strictly reciprocal in all dealings with the US and not keep all our eggs in a single basket.”
A website calling itself The Ugly Indian is tackling the most visible failure in Indian society - the complete absence of civic sense.
Of course, other factors are at play too - lack of infrastructure, poverty, crowding.
But these are secondary to the real cause of filthy Indian cities - which is what the blog calls “Ugly Indians”…the many, many Indians who litter, spit, pee, toss their garbage, let their animals poop, and commit all manner of anti-social behavior….. for a very simple reason….other not-Ugly Indians don’t intervene.
The site has dozens of stories about Bangalore eye-sores transformed from public urinals into charming walks with just a rag, paint, and some plants.
Hat-tip to The Better India.com
Update: Just to be clear, I don’t believe in criminalizing homosexuality. My attitude to the question of gay marriage is, whatever…
If gays want to get married and churches want to marry them, that’s between them and their churches.
I don’t think Christianity sanctions it, but then Christianity also doesn’t sanction psyops, market manipulation, total war, and any number of other things that society (and many churches) accept wordlessly.
However, I do have a problem with the gay lobby preventing people from expressing their views, by demonizing traditional morality as hate-speech. And I abhor fraudulent history…
Why is free-speech in opposition to homosexuality being shut down as “hate speech” or a form of mental illness? A Jamaican church group involved in mass resistance to the pro-gay lobby makes the case:
“He [Dr West] added: “So to say we are all mad and irrational is an insult. ‘Homophobia’ was deliberately constructed by a psychologist to make persons against any same-sex act to have a phobia, which in medical language is a mental illness.”
Yesterday the coalition took out a full-page advertisement in The Gleaner, declaring that ‘Speaking Truth is NOT Homophobia’, but that it is common sense, medical sense and economic sense.
Urging persons to reject the homosexual lifestyle, the advertisement quoted statistics from researchers at Johns Hopkins Center University for AIDS Research in the United States, published in the medical journals Lancet and AIDS Behaviour.
Among the findings quoted were that 98 per cent of the difference in HIV rates between MSM (men who have sex with men) and heterosexuals can be explained by anal receptive intercourse; MSM is the only group with increasing HIV in countries of all income levels; HIV is out of control among MSM in France; HIV rates in black MSM are 100 times that of the general population in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada; and HIV is disproportionately high and increasing among MSM in the US, despite significant increases in ‘rights’.
“We think it is important that in public discussion facts are brought to bear rather than simple ideology. And these are the facts that there is clear medical evidence that same-sex intimate behaviour among MSM is detrimental, these are the reasons why we reject it, not because we are all mad,” West stated.
He said the main reason for the ‘irrational’ label was to silence the discussion.
“What we have found is that in countries where this political homosexual lobby is advancing, they seek to silence you. You are labelled as homophobic, you are mad, you are not worth listening to, your opinion is of no consequence. But these are fundamental sociological changes and we must have these discussions,” he stated.
“Fight evidence with evidence. If you have a problem with what we are saying, then bring the evidence, don’t just dismiss us as mentally ill.”
The lawyer who represented the husband of the Indian maid, Sangeeta Richard, is one Tariq Adeeb. He represented Philip Richard, when Richard filed a case against Devyani Khobragade, the Indian diplomat who hired Sangeeta as her nanny in New York.
After Sangeeta absconded from the Devyani Khobragade house-hold, taking some cash, a blackberry phone, two SIM cards, a metro card worth about $130, and some documents including contracts and a signed receipt-book-cum-work-hour-log, according to the Mail Online, India ($200 in this account, which has no reference).
Later, Philip, still in Delhi, went to the Delhi High Court to retaliate against Khobragade.
Philip Richard’s lawyer at the Delhi High Court was Tariq Adeeb, a Muslim activist-lawyer who belongs to the Human Rights Law Network in India, a vast national networks of activists and lawyers, pursuing social justice (that is, extensive redistributive and welfare schemes) under the rubric of “indivisible human rights.”
A close look at the funding of the HRLN shows that it is far from being a true private agency.
The names of its donors is a roll-call of the most prominent family foundations (MacArthur, Ford) supporting Western state interests. In addition, there are a number of embassies (Dutch, Swedish) and governments (Irish, Swiss) represented, the UN (UN High Commissioner for Refugees), as well as other rights groups.
It was through this Western-elite backed network and its contacts in the church and US embassy that the Sangeeta Richard case was drummed up and manipulated to create an “anti-trafficking” case that would highlight the agenda demanded by the strategic goals of a “color revolution” (based on the twin themes of “modern slavery” and “anti-trafficking) targeting India sponsored by the CIA.
Fondation Antenna Technologies
Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action
Dan Church Aid
Fondazione Pangea Onlus
Mac Arthur Foundation
Population Foundation of India (PFI)
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Global Fund for Women
Sir Dorabji Tata Trust
Stitching Kinderpostzegels Nederland (SKN)
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees
Royal Netherlands Embassy
Elton John AIDS Foundation
The Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights
Embassy of Sweden
Disability Rights Fund
Open Society Institute
The Sigrid Rausing Trust
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
and many more…
This is a drawing by Evfrosiniia Kersnovskaia, a former prisoner of the Soviet Union, of prisoners stripped of their clothes by prison guards in the Soviet gulag.
[Courtesy of Evfrosiniia Kersnovskaia Foundation, Moscow.]
Note: These are political prisoners in a concentration camp in the Soviet Russia.
Note: “Strip-searches” that humiliate the subject in exactly the same way as in Soviet Russia, and to the same extent (and worse), are conducted routinely as “standard procedure” in the United States, without any kind of sustained questioning from the media and academic institutions.
“He said she was “fully searched” by a female deputy marshal in private and called it standard procedure for “every defendant, rich or poor, American or not.”
[The red herring is the emphasis by Bharara on the notion of equality.
Of course, the treatment of a diplomat as though she were a random citizen is in itself an issue.
A gross violation of international protocol/law is clearly a hostile act by the Dept. of State and the NY attorney.
But the outrage among Indians over the matter was perfectly appropriate, even beside the question of the immunity of foreign diplomats in a host country.
Strip-searches, regardless of the status of the victim, are barbaric and violate human rights.]
In the US, such searches are being used for mere suspects, people not yet found guilty of anything at all, people arrested for any charge whatsoever. In practice, people have been strip-searched for trivial offenses like unpaid traffic-tickets.
Please note that visual inspection of cavities which is a part of all standard strip-searches requires the subject to bend over and part the buttocks for inspection of the anus, often with a flash-light. It also requires the subject to move the testicles or bare the labia for visibility.
Often, the subject is asked to squat on his haunches and cough while baring his genitals. These are, by any standard, deeply humiliating and self-demeaning acts for any one, innocent or guilty, to perform in public, especially in front of a uniformed stranger, subject to few or no restraints. and especially when the procedure is also video-taped, ostensibly for security, thus harnessing the subjects not only into acts of voyeurism but into their pornographic representation and subsequent replication ad infinitum in contexts and for audiences over which he/she has no control, practical or legal.
Strip-searches - whether they include visual inspection of the body-cavities or digital probes of body-cavities - constitute a type of custodial rape or sexual molestation, and have been deemed so by the laws of some countries.
“Every detainee who will be admitted to the general population may be required to undergo a close visual inspection while undressed,” Justice Kennedy wrote, adding that about 13 million people are admitted each year to the nation’s jails.
The procedures endorsed by the majority are forbidden by statute in at least 10 states and are at odds with the policies of federal authorities. According to a supporting brief filed by the American Bar Association, international human rights treaties also ban the procedures.”
“The arrival at the corrective labor camp turned out to be the culmination of the humiliation. First we were made to strip naked and were shoved into some roofless enclosures made out of planks. Above our heads the stars twinkled; below our bare feet lay frozen excrement. An enclosure measured 3 square feet. Each held three to four naked, shivering, and frightened men and women. Then these ’kennel cages’ were opened one after the other and the naked people were led across a courtyard‘the camp version of a foyer‘into a special building where our documents were ’formulated’ and our things were ’searched.’
The goal of the search was to leave us with rags, and to take the good things ’sweaters, mittens, socks, scarves, vests, and good shoes’for themselves. Ten thieves shamelessly fleeced these destitute and barely alive people.
‘Corrective‘ is something that should make you better, and ‘labor‘ ennobles you. But ‘camp‘? A camp wasn‘t a jail. So then what on earth was going on? ”
“The night search, the most degrading procedure, was frequently repeated. “Get up! Get undressed! Hands up! Out into the hall! Line up against the wall.” Naked we were especially frightened. “Among the blind, the one-eyed is king,” and next to them I was still a hero—for the time being. Our hair was undone. What were they looking for? What more could they take away from us? There was something, however: they pulled out all the ties that had been holding up the nuns’ skirts and our underwear.”
Courtesy of Evfrosiniia Kersnovskaia Foundation, Moscow. Translation by Deborah Hoffman.
“There is nothing so bad or so good that you will not find Englishmen doing it; but you will never find an Englishman in the wrong. He does everything on principle. He fights you on patriotic principles; he robs you on business principles; he enslaves you on imperial principles.
- George Bernard Shaw
“The plain fact is, conservatives loathe unpredictability. They also know that vast state expenditures and debts can destabilize a society, and no activity of the state is more expensive than war. America’s adventure in Iraq, driven in no small part by the quest for oil—which will now mostly go to China—has already cost a trillion dollars, with another trillion or two to come caring for crippled veterans. Even the peacetime cost of a large military can break a country, as it broke the Soviet Union. American conservatives used to be budget hawks, not warhawks.
If we look beyond dollars, francs, pounds, and marks, the toll of war grows endless. After World War I, there were no young men on the streets of Paris. As one British observer noted, the German casualty lists from the early battles in that war read like the Almanach de Gotha, the book that catalogued the German nobility. Most frighteningly to conservatives, wars like World War I can destroy a whole culture’s faith in itself. It may well be that European civilization’s last chance for survival was a German victory on the Marne in 1914.
One gain that comes out of war is as disturbing to conservatives as any of the losses: an aggrandizement of state power. The argument of “wartime necessity” runs roughshod over all checks and balances, civil liberties, and traditional constraints on government. In the 20th century, American progressives knew they could only create the powerful, centralizing federal government they sought by going to war. It was they, the left, who engineered America’s entry into World War I. Nearly a century later, 9/11 gave centralizers in the neocon Bush administration the cover they needed for the “Patriot Act,” legislation that would have left most of America’s original patriots rethinking the merits of King George. Just as nothing adds more to a state’s debt than war, so nothing more increases its power. Conservatives rue both.
When Edmund Burke, generally regarded as conservatism’s 18th-century founder, was faced in Parliament with a proposal for a war to ensure the river Scheldt in the Austrian Netherlands remained closed so Antwerp could not compete with London, his response was, “A war for the Scheldt? A war for a chamber pot!” That was a genuinely conservative reaction.
At Forbes, Doug Bandow at Cato has written an excellent piece on the turmoil in Ukraine, over which the imperial bullies in DC (and their covert adjutants are salivating:
“Washington should endorse justice and human dignity, which justifies support for honest elections and warnings against police brutality. Of course, America’s message would have greater credibility if Washington better respected such values both at home and in its dealings with other nations which don’t always share America’s “interests and values.”
But Ukraine’s “economic health,” “European future,” “turn toward Moscow,” and reengagement “with the European Union” aren’t American values and are barely American interests. Indeed, they really aren’t proper U.S. concerns. How would Americans feel if Ukrainian politicians showed up at an “Occupy Wall Street” rally in Washington vowing to stand with protestors in demanding economic redistribution, a North American Union, and a turn away from Europe—all in the name of Ukrainian “interests and values”?
It’s obviously difficult for Washington to imagine any issue that doesn’t warrant U.S. meddling, but Ukraine’s status is one. Alexander J. Motyl of Rutgers University (Newark) spoke of Washington and Brussels having “vital interests at stake in Ukraine.” Only in Kiev’s dreams.
More extreme was former UN Ambassador John Bolton, who contended “that tectonic plates are being realigned in Europe” and that Ukraine is “the great prize.” Robert Zubrin of Pioneer Energy argued that “the events unfolding in Ukraine right now are of global historic importance.” Indeed, he added, Moscow’s reach for influence in Kiev is part of a “dark program” which “threatens not only the prospects for freedom in Ukraine and Russia, but the peace of the world.” To suggest that Ukraine is vital to global peace is beyond exaggeration.
A stable, democratic Ukraine would be good for all concerned—and America’s Ukrainian diaspora deserves credit for its long-standing support for its homeland—but Kiev’s orientation isn’t important to Washington. Ukraine spent centuries subject to Moscow and the U.S. never noticed. Vladimir Putin wants to reestablish Russian influence, but that doesn’t mean he can put the Soviet Humpty Dumpty back together. Today’s protests in Kiev demonstrate that Ukraine will never be a quiescent tool of Moscow.
On the security side, Russia’s activities in Ukraine do not threaten the U.S. The reverse, however, is not true. Bringing NATO up to Russia’s southern border cannot help but be seen as dangerous by Russia—imagine Americans would view the Warsaw Pact expanding to Mexico. Washington’s policy today looks like the fabled “Brezhnev Doctrine,” what is mine is mine, and what is yours is negotiable. America seeks to dominate not only the Western Hemisphere, Europe, and Central Asia, but all along Russia’s borders. Washington wants to hold all of the geopolitical chips.
The better strategy would be for the West to treat Russia with respect, acknowledging that it has legitimate interests in Ukraine, while using the prospect of greater economic opportunity to convince Kiev to look westward. Yanukovich has been rented, not bought. Complained the Economist: “Mr. Yanukovich’s favored option seems to be to preserve the status quo and refrain from joining either camp while continuing to milk both.” Which sounds like a sound strategy from Ukraine’s standpoint. The EU, which obviously has the most at stake, could up its offer and reconsider its political demands. How badly does it want to “win”?
Moreover, Europe should look for compromise opportunities with Moscow. Kiev has proposed creation of “a tripartite commission to handle complex issues.” Such an approach has promise. Former congressional staffer Jim Jatras cited recent talks between the EU and Russia over “aspects of the AA with Ukraine that Moscow considers detrimental to its own economy, specifically a massive flow of EU products into Russia via Ukraine.” All would benefit with greater links between the EU and the Russian-lead CU, which might reduce Moscow’s pressure on Kiev.
Ukraine matters, to Ukraine. It also matters to Russia. But less to Europe and much less to the U.S. If Kiev wants to look east, so be it. The West is most likely to win influence if it makes itself more attractive, not if it treats the issue like a new Cold War. Despite Russia’s money Yanukovich’s reelection prospects are weak and Ukraine is likely to eventually join the West. If not, however, so be it. The country never was the EU’s or Washington’s to lose.”
“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”
(Note: I absolutely do NOT subscribe to Front Page Mag’s views on US foreign policy).
Daily Caller on the malign trinity of Obama, Holder and Bharara, who have thoroughly politicized their offices to a degree that makes even the Bush administration seem like constitutionalists:
“Molen, a co-producer of Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List,” added that D’Souza has been targeted for “an alleged minor violation.” He compared the indictment to the Internal Revenue Service’s harassment and targeting of conservative tea party groups.
“In light of the recent events and the way the IRS has been used to stifle dissent, this arrest should send shivers down the spines of all freedom-loving Americans,” he said.
“2016: Obama’s America” was a surprise box-office smash, raking in $33 million in revenue.
The documentary is currently the second-most-popular political documentary in American history behind “Farenheit 9/11,” a 2004 movie by leftist documentarian Michael Moore which thrashes the foreign policy of Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush.
Bush administration officials never indicted Moore.”
Dalya Sarai Bharara, nee Khan, is also an attorney, having graduated from Harvard (AB) and Columbia (JD).
She’s worked for Robinson, Silverman Pierce, Aronsohn & Berman, a New York firm. One of its partners, Ed Koch, went on to become New York mayor.
So it’s a politically well-connected firm.
Remember, husband Preet was long-time chief advisor to Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer.
That’s how he got the plum position of NY Attorney for the Eastern District of New York (which deals with Wall Street).
That’s the stepping-stone to a big political career in the mold of Rudy Guiliani, who rose from the Eastern District to twice become Mayor of New York.
Bharara’s whole agenda as the NY District Attorney has been to divert attention from the real culprits behind the collapse of the market in 2008, which would be the senior managers of the big banks, government officials, the press, and a group of financiers deeply connected to the cartel banks that own the Federal Reserve.
Even by the criteria of propaganda-sheets like Time, Bharara has missed completely.
He did this by going after relatively petty offenders, mostly drawn from the ranks of Asian finance, specifically Indian.
And by ignoring the big offenders.
Bharara has also avoided the real source of the corruption in New York…….which is high up, in the corruption of the judiciary itself.
These “errors and omissions” have been a great political move for a politically-savvy lawyer, especially in a time of out-sourcing and job-loss to Asia.
New York’s largely Jewish financiers and their sycophantic press have been only too glad to assist in Bharara’s show-trials.
The result of Bharara’s prosecutions has been to eliminate, via the legal system, the political and economic competition posed by Asian financiers.
Bharara has reinforced the strangle-hold of the Anglo-Jewish financiers/bankers on the global economy.
But back to Preet’s wife Dalya.
Dalya Bharara practiced law in DC (Bethesda) 2004-2008, as well as in Scarsdale, New York, and owns property with Preet Bharara in Westchester, NY, where they currently live with their three children.
Dalya’s father is a Pakistani doctor from Chicago, Bashir P. Khan, and she also seems to be related to a Rena K. Leinberger, an artist who is apparently the wife of a Wilmette/Chicago attorney Karl G Leinberger.
[Dalya Khan, a Chicago attorney, is listed as a talented young pianist. Same person or not?]
A Mohammed Khan, also known as Bilal Khan, is listed as a relative of Dalya Khan.
He is listed as having lived in several places in California - Santa Ana, Tustin, Mission Viejo, Laguna Beach and many others.
California is known to be one of several areas in the US where resurgent Khalistani separatist activity has taken place.
“Some of the farmers, who had migrated to the US, did extremely well in citrus farming in California. The Yuba City in California had a prosperous community of Sikh farmers.”
ANALYSIS: “Khalistani Terrorism,” B. Raman, Indian Defense Review, January 16, 2014
The analysis supports the Executive Intelligence Review piece on the Mossad’s active role in creating Sikh terrorism. It argues that the Sikhs took Israeli activism as a model of how to pursue their own national claims.
ANALYSIS: “Mossad/ADL Created Sikh Terrorism” Joseph Brewda, EIR, Sept 27, 1985
[EIR is a LaRouche publication and might be suspect in some eyes, but EIR has a history of being quite accurate and prescient in its research. In any case, it's worth further exploration..]
“The affected Sikhs compared what they thought was the indifferent attitude of the Government of India with the helpful and interventionist role played by the Government of Israel in responding to the religious sensitivities of the Jewish people, wherever they might be living and whatever might be their nationality. The Israeli Government, according to the aggrieved Sikhs, always assumed a moral responsibility for protecting the religious interests of the Jewish people. Moreover, Israeli citizenship laws permitted dual nationality, whereas the Sikh migrants, who acquired a foreign nationality, had to renounce their Indian citizenship.”
See also “America or Khalistan?” at pluralism.org:
“At the gurdwara in Fairfax, Virginia, there is a plaque outside the sanctuary bearing the inscription, “Dedicated in memory of the martyrs who died in the siege of the Golden Temple, Amritsar.”
In Fremont, California one wall of the large langar hall is set with photographs of the martyrs of the conflict in Amritsar. Among them is Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, a radical leader who led a campaign for greater autonomy of Sikhs in India as articulated in the Anandpur Sahib Resolution.”
The new Sikh caucus in the US Congress, created in April 2013, over the heads of non-Khalistani, pro-Indian Sikhs, was headed by Californian representatives Judy Chu (Democrat) and David Valadao (Republican).
“Spearheading the launch of the Caucus was Harpreet Singh Sandhu, a California-based political activist who has been a grass-roots activist in the Democratic Party. He was a delegate to last year’s Democratic National Convention in North Carolina and is also close to all of the US lawmakers representing California.
Also, helping Sandhu in pushing for the formation of the Caucus was Dr Pritpal Singh, of the American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Coordinator and these protagonists were backed by United Sikhs — one of several Sikh American advocacy organisations in the United States.”
“None of these leaders who spoke to rediff.com wanted to be identified, saying they feared these pro-Khalistani elements, but expressed surprised that none of the 26 lawmakers who had signed on as members of the Caucus seemed to have done their homework in terms of the organisations and individuals who had promoted and urged them to convene this Caucus.
A prominent Sikh American leader and activist in the Washington, DC area said, “What is surprising that people who stood next to Chu and others at the press conference have close relationships or they themselves are the strong advocates of Khalistan.”
This particular leader said, “Among the people who were there were Yadvinder Singh, formerly president of AGPC and also former president of Sikh Youth of America” and alleged, “They vocally support the Khalistan movement. This group has been defeated in all New Jersey and New York gurdwaras because of their support for Khalistan.”
Other individuals who had had pushed for the Caucus included “Avtar Singh Pannu, an activist of Sikhs for Justice, who along with Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, had filed cases against (Congress leaders) Kamal Nath, Sonia Gandhi and (Punjab chief minister) Parkash Singh Badal for human rights violations,” this leader said.
Preet Bharara himself is extremely embedded in the New Jersey- New York Democrat political machinery. So one doesn’t need to look for pro-Sikh relatives necessarily, when the Democrat political establishment itself is under the strong influence of Californian (and other) separatist Sikh groups. In this regard, witness the leadership of the Sikh caucus - it’s headed by Democratic and Republican lawmakers from California.
But some questions are in order:
1. What are Dalya Khan’s past and present positions related to government work/activism/ political lobbying and do they have any connection to the minimum wage/modern slavery/trafficking campaign?
2. What if any connections exist between the Khans (father, mother, and daughters, in-laws) and Sikh separatism, Israeli intelligence, Pakistani intelligence etc. etc.
3. What Sikh groups were behind the formation of the caucus?
Aadhar (biometric ID) will help the Indian poor, say Nandan Nilekani (CEO of Infosys), Eric Schmidt (CEO of Google), Mukesh Ambani (CEO of Reliance), Manmohan Singh (PM of India); and George Tenet (CIA spymaster), although social science research and the experience of the US and UK with national identification schemes has overall been negative.
Ambani and Co. all support the introduction of the ID via a company called MongoDB which is connected to the CIA-related firm, In-Q-Tel (the CIA’s venture capital arm):
“Meanwhile, according to a report from Economic Times and Navbharat Times, Max Schireson, CEO of MongoDB (formerly called 10gen), a technology company from US which is co-funded by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), was in New Delhi two weeks back to enter into a contract with UIDAI.
This company is a Palo Alto and Manhattan-based database software provider in the $30 billion relational database market. Relational databases commenced in the 1970s when computers were moving away from punch cards (that facilitated holocaust in Germany using census data) to terminals. It is taking away customers from Oracle and IBM. This contract has not been disclosed so far. MongoDB will take data from UIDAI to undertake its analysis. UIDAI is tight-lipped about CIA’s role in it.”
10gen is the company behind MongoDB, a popular open-source, document-oriented database. It forms a part of a new generation of NoSQL — Not Only SQL — database products developed as an alternative to conventional relational databases from Oracle, IBM and Microsoft……
According to the report, one of the investors of MongoDB is In-Q-Tel (IQT), a not-for-profit organisation based in Virginia, USA created to bridge the gap between the technology needs of the US Intelligence Community and emerging commercial innovation. It identifies and invests in venture-backed startups developing technologies that provide “ready-soon innovation” (within 36 months) which is vital for the mission of the intelligence community. IQT was launched in 1999. Its core purpose is to keep CIA and other intelligence agencies equipped with the latest in information technology to support intelligence capability. Edward Snowden had revealed that US intelligence agencies are targeting communications in Asian countries. It was founded by Norman Ralph Augustine.
In his book ‘At The Center Of The Storm: My Years at the CIA”, former CIA director George Tenet says, “We (the CIA) decided to use our limited dollars to leverage technology developed elsewhere. In 1999 we chartered … In-Q-Tel. … While we pay the bills, In-Q-Tel is independent of CIA. CIA identifies pressing problems, and In-Q-Tel provides the technology to address them. The In-Q-Tel alliance has put the Agency back at the leading edge of technology … This … collaboration … enabled CIA to take advantage of the technology that Las Vegas uses to identify corrupt card players and apply it to link analysis for terrorists [cf. the parallel data-mining effort by the SOCOM-DIA operation Able Danger], and to adapt the technology that online booksellers use and convert it to scour millions of pages of documents looking for unexpected results.”
In-Q-Tel sold 5,636 shares of Google, worth over $2.2 million, on 15 November 2005. The stocks were a result of Google’s acquisition of Keyhole, the CIA funded satellite mapping software now known as Google Earth. On 15 August 2005, Washington Post reported that In-Q-Tel was funded with about $37 million a year from the CIA. “In my view the organisation has been far more successful than I dreamed it would be,” said Norman R Augustine, who was recruited in 1998 by Krongard and George J Tenet, who then was director of central intelligence (DCI) to CIA, to help set up In-Q-Tel. Augustine, former chief executive of defense giant Lockheed Martin, is an In-Q-Tel trustee.
Notably, former CIA chief, Tenet, was on the board of L-1 Identity Solutions, a major supplier of biometric identification software, which was a US company when UIDAI signed a contract agreement with it. A truncated copy of the contract agreement accessed through RTI is available with the author. This company has now been bought over by Safran group, a French defence company. The subsidiary of this French company in which French government has 30.5% shares, Sagem Morpho has also signed a contract agreement with UIDAI. In August 2011, Safran acquired L-1 Identity Solutions.
In the backdrop of these disclosures, how credible are the poor-centric claims of Mukesh Ambani, Nilekeni and Eric Schmidt who are taking Indian legislators, officials, citizens and the Indian intelligence community for a royal ride. Clearly, aadhaar creates a platform for social control and surveillance technologies to have a field day and undermines nations’ sovereignty, security and citizens’ democratic rights. Nilekeni wrote ‘Imagining India’, McKinsey & Company edited ‘Reimagining India,’ it is evident that their idea of India is contrary to idea of India that emerged from the freedom struggle since 1857 and the constitution of India.”
Zahir Ebrahim analyzes the role of China and India in the overall strategy being pursued by the Rothschild cartel, at his excellent ProjectHumanBeingsFirst Blog:
“….here are references to two articles I had written at the time when the Mumbai terror event was being blamed upon various actors, primarily Islamofascism, militant Islam, even “Muslim Revolution”.
Your summation article and your quoted statement above, both underscore the truth of the observations made in December 2008: The Mumbai Terrorist Act: An International Chorus of Actors! Ushering in one-world government requires international cooperation among its harbingers! December 08, 2008,“Just to add some additional thoughts to your summation (in green font), the agenda upon India is no less nefarious, and pernicious, than upon Pakistan. This agenda has to be understood forensically and it cannot necessarily be discovered by examining the effects, the puppet shows, and the images on the screen in Plato’s allegory of the cave.First, both India and China were economically built up by off-shoring American manufacture and industry in order to weaken the industrial base of the United States, and to destabilize the domestic base of the sole superpower nation-state by making it interdependent upon other nations for domestic sectors in which it was previously both entirely self-sufficient and mostly an exporter.Second, those nations used for this purpose, primarily as catalyst, are also to be destabilized lest they raise themselves beyond control due to this gratuitous gift, more like a Trojan Horse than a gift.”
According to this site, Bharara’s net worth is approximately $1 million and his annual salary is approximately $200,000? No references or explanations about where they got those figures.
(He would have been 12 at the time. He emigrated from India to the US in 1970, when he was 2).
(The full list of Gupta/India posts is too long to be inserted here, so please search for “Rajat Gupta” or “Bharara” or “War on India” on my blog, to get the rest. The Gupta posts cannot be searched for on Google. They don’t show up.)
The surprises never end:
Preet Bharara is not only half-Sikh, he is married to a woman whose father is Pakistani and whose mother is Israeli.
That makes Bharara’s three children Jewish (Jewish ethnic descent is through the mother’s line).
Q: Does Bharara’s wife have/retain Israeli citizenship?
Why is this line of reasoning important?
Because Sikh militants have had close ties with Pakistan’s intelligence, ISI.
And, the ISI is reportedly trying to revive Sikh militancy within India, where it has subsided, even while it has grown outside India, because of funding by third-parties.
Singh said the NIA has registered a case against Punjab-based operatives of BKI based on the allegation that they are receiving funds from UK-based BKI operatives to commit terrorist acts in India with active material and logistic support from Pakistan-based BKI leaders.” (Times of India, August 13, 2013)
Here are more details:
“His [Bharara] father, a Sikh, and his mother, who was Hindu, were born in what is now Pakistan, before India and Pakistan were separate countries.
In the violent migration that occurred after the 1947 partition, his father and mother both moved to the Indian side, with their families losing property and most of their possessions, Mr. Bharara has said.
His wife’s father, a Muslim, also moved, from the Indian side into Pakistan, also losing his home “and much, much more,” as Mr. Bharara put it. And his wife’s mother was born in Palestine, after her father, who was Jewish, escaped with his family from Nazi Germany.”
Bharara, the son of a Sikh doctor from Amritsar, which was the site of the Golden Temple massacre, is married into a Pakistani-Israeli/Ashkenazi family.
That alone should set off alarm bells.
Indian intelligence has unearthed Mossad/Israeli agents have been making contacts with radical Islamic groups, as well as with the radical left, in Kochi, in Kerala state (from where the diplomat’s maid is alleged to have come).
Preet Bharara should be removed from office and investigated for ties to the Khalistani movement.
NOTE: REPOSTED FROM MY BLOG-POST - COLOR REVOLUTION INDIA
SHOCKER: Ex-Pentagon analyst behind a urination-and-rape video of Bin Laden, as well as the “Durga” video of Khobragade’s arrest.
“Early on in the Khobragade story, a video representation of the arrest of Devyani Khobragade appeared on the net. It was later removed.
The video was an animation of the arrest, in which, as in pictures in later news reports, Khobragade kept turning into a multi-armed figure reminiscent of the Goddess Durga/Kali:
“The one-and-a-half-minute spoof has been posted by a group called “Next Media Animation TV. And though not everyone will be amused by the fact that the sari-clad Khobragade keeps turning into a Goddess Kali-like entity, the idea seems essentially to tell the basic story of the row wittily. Subtitles include one that goes “US not sari”.
Next Media Animation is an animation company in Taiwan. It is run by a former Pentagon analyst, Mark Simon from Virginia, which is the headquarters of the US intelligence community and of the government-subsidized electronic snooping industry. [See below.]
Next Media Animation is a subsidiary of Next Media, a Hong Kong-based media conglomerate that creates humorous animations of news events.
Next Media is the creation of serial entrepreneur and devout Catholic Jimmy Lai and it’s the largest media group in Hong Kong.
While Lai might be Catholic, one cannot assume Mark Simon - who runs Next Animation - is.
So, the “Durga” video need not be read as a display of personal religious animosity toward a “pagan, polytheistic” religion.
The video might just have been a clumsy attempt to use religious symbolism for political purposes.
Lai owns the biggest media operation in Hong-Kong.
Lai is highly critical of the Chinese government for its human-rights violations and lack of democracy, which has got wide coverage in Western mainstream outlets, like the BBC.
(Added: Jan 21, 2014)
Lai’s position on China seems close to the position of the US State Dept.
The Catholic Lai has worked with Cardinal Joseph Zen in a campaign against the Beijing government’s attempt to replace Hong-Kong’s free educational system with organizing committees in each school.
The new government committees will replace the educational institutions (including the Catholic church) that now run the schools.
In China, there is a “legal” Catholic church that toes the official Marxist line on abortion, among other things, and there is also an “illegal” church that doesn’t and therefore suffers persecution and suppression.
Jimmy Lai seems to be an outlet for CIA disinformation and psyops.
“Lai had made donations of nearly $8 million over five years to pro-democracy groups and individuals — and that [Mark] Simon, as head of his private office, handled the payments.”
“Simon, who spends most of his time in Taiwan, where he runs Next Media’s animation unit, dismissed the whole affair as a “sloppy farce.”
NEWS REPORT: A New York Times interview with Lai mentions a video made by Next Media Animation that showed Osama Bin Laden being urinated on and raped in hell. Lai says the video was an “accident” by young employees
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DURGA-RIOT OR “SIKH SPRING” FOR INDIA?
THE DURGA VIDEO
What was the significance of several news reports on the Khobragade story showing an Indian woman with multiple arms on the posters of domestic workers protesting the treatment of Khobragade’ maid?
The female icon with multiple arms in Hinduism is the goddess Durga, who represents the Divine Female (feminine energy) or Shakti.
[This the Hindu equivalent of Shekhinah in Judaism.]
Durga is the motherly form of the Divine Feminine, while the fierce form of the Divine Feminine is Kali.
Early on in the Khobragade story, a video representation of the arrest appeared on the net. It was later removed.
The video was an animation of the arrest, in which, as in the news reports, Khobragade kept turning into a multi-armed figure reminiscent of the Goddess Kali:
“The one-and-a-half-minute spoof has been posted by a group called “Next Media Animation TV. And though not everyone will be amused by the fact that the sari-clad Khobragade keeps turning into a Goddess Kali-like entity, the idea seems essentially to tell the basic story of the row wittily. Subtitles include one that goes “US not sari”.
Next Media Animation is an animation company in Taiwan.
It is run by a former Pentagon analyst, Mark Simon, from Virginia, headquarters of US intelligence and of the government-subsidized electronic snooping industry. [See below.]
It is a subsidiary of Next Media, a Hong Kong- based media conglomerate that creates humorous animations of news events.
Next media is the creation of serial entrepreneur Jimmy Lai and it is the largest media group in Hong Kong.
Lai owns the biggest media operation in Hong-Kong.
Lai is highly critical of the Chinese government for its human-rights violations and lack of democracy, which has got wide coverage in propaganda outlets, like the BBC. (Added: Jan 21, 2014)
He has been targeted because of this, it is reported.
Lai’s position on China seems close to the position of the US State Dept. A further nexus between Lai and the West is the Catholic church. Lai is said to be a devout Catholic.
Durga is not only a significant icon in the Hindu pantheon, she has also been used to represent the nation of India, more specifically, PM Indira Gandhi, who was famously painted as Durga in a portrait by a Muslim artist.
Indira Gandhi was in charge of Operation Blue-Star, to put down Sikh militancy in 1984. She was later assassinated by one of her own guards, a Sikh, in retaliation for Blue-Star.
The quadruple significance of Durga (as representing feminine energy, Hinduism as such, the Indian nation, and Mrs Gandhi) suggests the Devyani episode was a carefully planned operation, not a random event. It also suggests the political motivations at work.
Jimmy Lai seems to be an outlet for CIA disinformation and psyops.
“Lai had made donations of nearly $8 million over five years to pro-democracy groups and individuals — and that [Mark] Simon, as head of his private office, handled the payments.”
“Simon, who spends most of his time in Taiwan, where he runs Next Media’s animation unit, dismissed the whole affair as a “sloppy farce.”
NEWS REPORT: This interview with Lai in the New York Times mentions a video made by Next Media that showed Osama Bin Laden being urinated on and raped in hell. Lai says the video was an “accident” by young employees.
Assistant Secretary of State, Uzra Zey, who seems to be the chief architect of Nanny-Gate, has been very critical of Chinese human rights. (Added: Jan 20, 2014)
Imagery reminiscent of Kali/Durga also shows up in photographs of domestic workers groups protesting the treatment of the diplomat’s maid in New York City. The photos were repeatedly run in news reports.
The news photos of the groups showed them carrying pictures of a woman with multiple arms:
(Added: Jan 20, 2014)
The superimposition of images of Kali/Durga on the story of a “slave-nanny” suggests a demonstration along the lines of the “Pussy Riot” demonstrations in Russia, which have been reported to be a CIA operation. (Added: Jan 21, 2014)
Conspiracy by the US State Department, NGOs, and US Embassy in India
(Durga Riot and Sikh Spring for India?)
The Indian nanny-gate conspiracy is the latest episode in the US State Department’s machinations in India.
Those machinations are apparently entailed by the Asian Pivot strategy enunciated by US President Barack Obama in 2011, to use the Indian sub-continent to contain China and project US power in Asia.
As part of this strategy, senior members of the US State Dept are reported to have orchestrated a case against a senior Indian diplomat to high-light the US-UN Anti-Trafficking agenda.
This was done over several months in 2013, in co-ordination with the highly publicized global Modern Slavery campaign promoted by the Corporate/CIA/NGO establishment, along with labor unions (AFL-CIO) and philanthropic foundations, like Walk Free, the creation of an Australian billionaire.
Anti-trafficking and modern slavery are intended to provide the “humanitarian” case for UN intervention into a country.
For that reason, it’s important to remember who represents the US in the UN.
Sunstein is infamous for advocating “cognitive infiltration” into dissident groups.
Samantha Power was directly lobbied by Freedom Network (anti-trafficking NGO) to support the anti-trafficking agenda early on in the Khobragade story (see below).
All this is obvious.
What is less obvious is that Nanny-gate seems to have been orchestrated in coordination with (or in connivance with) a radical Sikh separatist (Khalistani) group that has been pushing Sikh-genocide claims against the Indian government in the US, UK, and Canada.
These genocide claims have been pushed most strongly by the group, Sikhs For Justice, based in New York.
In Nanny-gate, an analysis of the time-line of events (see below) suggests that Sikhs For Justice was acting in concert with the US court system in New York and with the NGO behind the nanny, Safe-Horizon, also based in New York.
The time-line buttresses the argument that the Devyani Khobragade strip-search was a planned event in the unfolding drama of a Color Revolution in India.
Color Revolutions use propaganda, covert (black) operations, espionage, provocations, and human-rights claims to destabilize and undermine/destroy national sovereignty to precipitate the balkanization of a region.
Examples of assault on Indian sovereignty:
Item: The custodial rape on in December, 2013, of a senior Indian diplomat, formerly consul to Pakistan, is in gross breach of the Vienna Convention.
Item: The T3 trafficking visa granted to Sangeeta Richard and her family, circumvented the Indian judiciary, which had a non-bailable warrant out for her arrest for extortion and theft. The exfiltration of Philip Richard and their two children from India was also illegal under international and Indian law. Both actions also violated US law.
Item: The recent case (January 2014) of alleged rape, in which the Danish victim is planning to use a Danish medical examination, even though Delhi police have found no evidence of rape.
This seems to be part of an ongoing UN-sponsored “Rape Crisis” hysteria in Delhi.
Events are being orchestrated to build a public case of India as a “failed state” lacking sovereignty, de facto and thus de jure.
ANALYSIS OF EVENTS:
Close association of Bharara, maid’s law-firm, trade unions, human rights NGOs, and Khalistani Sikh separatists
Dana Sussman, the lawyer for the maid, works for Kane Kessler, a New York corporate law firm.
Kane Kessler has represented the NY State Division of Human Rights in US Federal Court in the Southern District of New York.
Preetinder Singh (”Preet”) Bharara is the US Attorney for the Southern District of NY.
He is the son Dr. Jagdish S. Bharara, a Khatri (upper-caste Hindu of Kshatriya class) Sikh pediatrician in Asbury Park, New Jersey, and his Hindu wife, Desh.
Bharara’s wife is half-Jewish and half-Muslim. She is the daughter of a Pakistani doctor father and an Israeli mother, (Added: January 21, 2014).
“An intimate recalls that he was married not once but four times: first a Hindu ceremony, then a Sikh ceremony, then a Muslim ceremony, culminating in “the main event”—a Jewish ceremony.”
Preet Bharara’s brother Vineet (”Vinnie”) is also an attorney.
Vineet Bharara is Deputy Mayor at New York City Authority.
He owned Diapers.com, which he sold to Amazon for $540 million.
This is one more piece of evidence for the close affiliation of Bharara, the unions (AFL-CIO), and Human Rights NGOs
There are many other pieces.
Leadership of both outfits is comprised of high-profile activists at the UN level and leading Rothschild-cartel banks and corporate heads
TIME-LINE OF EVENTS SHOWING COORDINATION OF KHALISTANI DEMANDS WITH ACTIONS TAKEN IN MAID CASE
The Sikh separatist (Khalistani) group, Sikhs For Justice, has aligned itself vehemently with the maid.
350 5th Avenue North NY 10118 Tel: 212-601-2707
It lists its activities as counseling and psychologists, not mentioning its radical, separatist agenda.
Sangeeta Richard tells Khobragade she wants to work outside the household in New York at a second job. As she is on an official passport which prevents her from working outside her present job, Khobragade denies the claim.
A Khalistani (Sikh separatist) group black-listed by India has a secret meeting with US Congressmen, while shutting out pro-India Sikh groups.
Sangeeta Richard leaves without notification sometime between June 21and 23 2013. The Indian government revokes her passport with effect from June 22. K informs the Office of Foreign Missions (June 24) who tells her to file a report with the NYPD, which initially refuses, but on written request files a report on June 25 and then closes it, stating that Sangeeta was missing.
Sangeeta reportedly lives with strangers and a Sikh temple in New York. She later arrives at Safe Horizon, which puts her in touch with the State Dept.
On July 1 Khobragade receives a threatening call from an anonymous female attorney asking for a change in visa status enabling Sangeeta to work outside the Indian mission and for compensation for 19 hours a week of work.Khobragade refuses to negotiate and asks for the person’s identity, which is refused.
The call is reported to the NY Police Dpt and the Office of Foreign Missions a request is made to trace the call on July 2. On July 5, a complaint is made to the NYPD of aggravated harassment, involving extortion and blackmail.
Indian officials inform the US Embassy in India and the State Dept in DC.
On July 8, Khobragade and several consular officials meet Sangeeta at the offices of Access Immigration, where Sangeeta asks for $10,0000, for her official passport to be changed to a personal one, and for a change in visa status allowing her to work in the market. Indian officials tell her compensation will be payed before she leaves, but she has to return to India since her passport has been canceled.
There is an altercation and Access calls the police, which escorts Sangeeta away.
On Jul 19, Sangeeta’s husband Richard, a driver in the Mozambique embassy, files a petition in Delhi court alleging that the Indian govt has held his wife in police custody and that she has been enslaved in New York. He claims that Uttam Khobragade has threatened him with dire consequences should complain.
The petition is withdrawn 4 days later.
The US State Department writes to the Indian Ambassador to investigate the Richard case; asks for proof of minimum wages paid. Sept 4, 2013.
SFJ accuses Congress of protecting those guilty of extra-judicial killings in 1984. A summons is issued to Sonia Gandhi when she lands in NY for medical treatment.
On Sept 10, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs lodges a strong protest at the tone of the US letter.
Khobragade files for anticipatory anti-suit injunction in Delhi HC on Sept 20, 2013
On Sept 21, the Indian Embassy explains to the State Dept that Sangeeta is trying to subvert laws in both countries.
On November 19, 2013, a non-bailable warrant for the arrest of Sangeeta Richard is issued by the Indian High Court in Delhi and notice of the warrant is sent to the US Embassy and to the US State Dept with a request for her arrest.
Warrant forwarded to US Embassy in Delhi, December 6, 2013
Sangeeta and Philip Richard scheduled to appear in Indian Court on Dec 9, 2013
Philip Richard and his two children are “evacuated” from India to US on December 10, 2013
NEWS REPORT: The Indian Supreme Court reinstates a colonial-era ban that criminalizes homosexuality, although no one has ever been prosecuted under it.
Several members of the US embassy in India have homo-sexual partners.
Under USC Title 28, Sec. 1746, criminal charges of visa fraud (maximum of 10 years in jail) and perjury (maximum of 5 years) are filed against Khobragade by the US State Dept Bureau of Diplomatic Security on Dec 11, 2013 and a US Magistrate judge issues an arrest warrant.
Officers of the Diplomatic Security Services arrest Khobragade on criminal charges on Dec. 12, 2013 at 9.30 AM after she drops of her children at school in Manhattan. She is taken to the courthouse at noon.
Female agents of the US Marshals conduct a strip-search in private (including cavity inspection but not probe) that is recorded on camera for security.
She was repeatedly DNA swabbed and “held with prostitutes and drug-addicts” according to her account.
She was produced hand-cuffed before a magistrate at 4 PM and released on a $250,000 recognizance bail on the same day, Dec. 12.
On December 20, a number of rights groups protested against the alleged treatment of Sangeeta Richard in front of the Indian Embassy in New York.
The protesters included Safe-Horizon (whose attorney Dana Sussman was representing Richard), the National Domestic Worker’s Alliance, Damayan Migrant Workers Association, the National Guestworker Alliance, and the National Domestic Workers’Alliance. Also present was the Break the Chain campaign.
The Democratic Youth Federation of India, a left-wing group, protested Khobragade’s arrest in Chennai, outside the US consulate on Dec 20.
Communist Party of India members scuffled with police in New Delhi in protest near the American center on the same day.
Earlier in the week Congress party members protested as well.
NOTE: All the protests were by left-wing or communist groups, both in India and in the US, for or against Khobragade.
Pro-Khalistani group Sikhs For Justice publicly stand with Sangeeta Richard, after DK’s arrest.
US says visa fraud charges against Khobragade will not be dropped. Dec. 30, 2013
On January 8, Khobragade is granted a G1 visa giving her full diplomatic immunity.
On January 9, a US grand jury indicted her on two counts of visa fraud and perjury. India was requested, and refused, to waive immunity and she left the country.
On Jan. 10, Indian expels Wayne May, the chief of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (in charge of 424 security officers, marines, police officers, and agents, including CIA) in New Delhi, for conniving in the flight of Philip Richard and his two children from India on a T-3 trafficking visa, in violation of the Indian high court order, and in violation of Indian tax laws. May’s wife, a community officer, has posted racially charged and offensive remarks about India on Facebook.
In response to recent reports about British MI6 and SAS assistance in the Indian raid on the Golden Temple in 1984, Sikhs For Justice wants a public condemnation of the Indian government for its violation of the nation’s sovereignty.
(Lila: You can see where this is going).
Quote: “From that moment on, Sangeeta Richard relied on the kindness of strangers within the Indian community in New York City, and even was looked after at one point by a Sikh temple.”
Background Information linking Mossad/CIA/ ISI to Sikh terrorism
Note:- Mossad also created LTTE and abetted Afro-Dalit movement.
Planned divide-and-conquer strategy?
North and South India incited to fight in a nuclear war to the advantage of other actors?
“Many people suspect a complicit understanding between Christian missionaries (majority of them are from the US, and most of them are not innocent propagators of Christianity but linked to the worldview of Bush as shown by Vijay Prasad (”Eastward, evangelical soldiers!” Frontline, 12-25 February 2005) and the on-going drive to identify many tribes in Mizoram and Manipur as “Jews” (which has been earlier reported in the Mili Gazette”
The Indian-Jewish community (like Beni Israel) and Mossad act with Parsis, Sikh separatists, Tamil militants, and other disaffected groups.
Added: Jan. 20, 2014 Hillary Clinton has been discussing foreign policy with Chief Minister Jayalalitha of the South Indian state, Tamil Nadu, as though it were a national government.
The Rothschild cartel is using the Tamil Eelam issue to create a foot-hold in Sri Lanka, while demonizing Lankans as genociders of Tamils.
The Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalitha is bending over backwards for the Vatican and Mossad/Israel.
ITEM: US LEGAL POSITION IN KHOBRAGADE ARREST IS WRONG
A T-3 visa is only granted for trafficking crimes, not for labor exploitation. There were never any trafficking charges brought against Khobragade, despite the media’s hype and propaganda.
2. The evacuation of the Richard family comprised multiple violations and frauds committed on the Indian legal system, US law, and international law.
The “evacuation” of Sangeeta’s husband, Philip Richard, and their two children from India while there was an outstanding non-bailable warrant for the arrest on extortion and theft charges of both Sangeeta and Philip, was a direct obstruction of justice and in contempt of the Indian court that issued the warrant.
The flight also constituted an act of trafficking under international and US law and an act of visa fraud under US law. The tickets for the Richard family were purchased fraudulently, under Indian tax law.
“If criminal proceedings are instituted against a consular officer, he must appear before the competent authorities. Nevertheless, the proceedings shall be conducted with the respect due to him by reason of his official position and, except in the case specified in paragraph 1 of this Article, in a manner which will hamper the exercise of consular functions as little as possible.”
4. The strip-search was also in violation of the US Marshals standards for the treatment of foreign diplomats:
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT and judicial authorities of the United States always treat foreign diplomatic and consular personnel with respect and with due regard for the privileges and immunities to which they are entitled under international law. Any failure to do so has the potential of casting doubt on the commitment of the United States to carry out its international obligations or of negatively influencing larger foreign policy interests. As stated above, however, appropriate caution should not become a total “hands off ’ attitude in connection with criminal law enforcement actions involving diplomats (p.16).
5. Under the Vienna Convention the US has no jurisdiction over Khobragade’s labor contract with another Indian citizen in her household on an India government passport:
“Consular officers and consular employees and members of their families forming part of their households shall be exempt from all obligations under the laws and regulations of the receiving State in regard to the registration of aliens and residence permits.”
The sum $4500 was not the maid’s intended/required salary, as the major media repeatedly stated. It approximates the diplomat’s salary but is in excess of her official salary.
(Added: Jan 23, 2014)
7. Sangeeta Richard, not Khobragade, filled out and signed the visa application and was party to both written contracts as well as to the oral contract. She was educated, literate, and had multiple close family ties with the very agent in charge of anti-trafficking (the Bureau of Diplomatic Security Chief Wayne May, who employed her in-laws), so she cannot plead ignorance or coercion.
8. ISAACBROCK SOCIETY: Khobragade Guilty Only of “Form Crime” created by sociopathic bureaucrats (Added: Jan 20, 2014)
ITEM: US DOUBLE-STANDARDS ON DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY
ITEM: US EMBASSY & STATE DEPT ORCHESTRATION OF NANNY-GATE PSYOP
Reports show that all senior US embassy officials in Delhi were secretly involved in the illegal “evacuation” of Sangeeta Richard and her family.
The purchase of tickets was made by Mrs. May to avoid public perception of direct embassy involvement in the operation.
Indian intelligence (Intelligence Bureau) has unearthed a huge ring of US diplomats misusing diplomatic privilege to conspire together and to interfere in the internal matters of the Indian state, a violation of the Vienna Convention, 1963.
Richard was a government employee, like Khobragade, on a government passport. She was subject to a non-bailable warrant issued by an Indian court for extortion and theft.
Her exfiltration amounted to subversion of the Indian judiciary by the US Embassy.
That would violate both Indian law and the Vienna Convention governing diplomatic relations, 1963.
The conspiracy to spirit out Richard included the following senior US embassy officials who all employed Richard’s immediate family (mother-in-law and father-in-law) over a period of at least 10 years:
2. Current Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Uzra Zeya in Washington (former deputy ex secy to former Secy of States Condie Rice and Hillary Clinton, Counselor in Delhi from 2009-11
3. Wayne May (Chief of Diplomatic Bureau of Security) and Alicia May (community liaison) in Delhi. Wayne May has publicly stated his belief in an over-arching global terror threat called Al Qaeda and on the need for a pro-active response to it. (Added: Jan 21, 2014)
IB (Intelligence Bureau) also found that Richard’s in-laws had worked ten years ago for the following diplomat:
4. Geoffrey R. Pyatt, US Ambassador to Ukraine, when he was posted in Delhi from 2002-2007 as Minister Counselor.
“According to officials, after her (Lila: Urza Zeya’s) deputation to the US embassy in Delhi, Zeya served as Chief of Staff to Deputy Secretary William Burns. She also worked as Executive Secretary, US State Department’s Accountability Review Board probing the September 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi.
However, a US committee on foreign affairs in a meeting in May 2013 had raised suspicion over Zeya’s role in the Benghazi probe after she allegedly shielded Burns and Hillary Clinton from being summoned by the ARB for questioning about the attack. But, the incident is said to have given her career a major boost and she was appointed acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor on March 2013.
“Zeya allegedly played a major role in converting the entire low wages controversy into a human trafficking issue”
5. GEOFFREY PYATT’S AGENDA
“When WikiLeaks published State Department cables, Pyatt became embroiled in controversy because of a May 4, 2007, cable he sent recommending that K.V. Rajan, a secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs and a member of the Prime Minister’s National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) visit Washington DC in order to help “feed” U.S. government views on Iran into the Indian system.”
ASST. SECY OF STATE UZRA ZEYA’S AGENDA
Pakistan wants no Indian role in Afghanistan. Zeya apparently supports Pakistan’s position.
“She didn’t have a problem in Islamabad where you would expect to face challenges. This (the row) happened in a country supposed to be a strategic partner,” the official said.
“Former CIA Officer Clare Lopez has characterized US Activities in Benghazi as “gun running”…
Background: “America’s Great Game: The CIA;’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East,” Hugh Wilford, Basic Books, Dec 3, 2013
GOVERNMENT/CORPORATE FUNDED HUMAN RIGHTS NGO’S BEHIND ANTI-TRAFFICKING AGENDA & SANGEETA RICHARD
A political commentator Carry Roberts who exposed several frauds masterminded by US NGOs wrote in ‘Renewamerica’ that “victims of battering are in short supply these days. So when no victim is known to exist, the solution is obvious: fabricate one.”
“Like other abuse shelters, Safe Horizon makes a grand show of being perpetually hard-up for cash…..But how many would-be donors know Safe Horizon resembles Citicorp or Bank of America, far more than a grass-roots organisation dedicated to providing succour to persons down on their luck?” Roberts wrote, adding that Safe Horizon rakes in nearly $56 million every year and pays skyscraper salaries that would put many bail-out bank executives to shame.
NOTE: Anti-trafficking NGO Freedom Network Chief was liaising with media in Assam, Andhra, Bengal and urging purchase of anti-trafficking software to be shared with US intelligence
ITEM: SANGEETA RICHARD LIES
1. Richard claimed she was underpaid and over-worked and that she worked for less than $1 an hour.
2. Richard claimed she was forcibly prevented from traveling.
“When I decided to come to the United States, my hope was to work for a few years to support my family and then return to India.
(Added: Jan 23, 2014)
Richard also claimed that she had no time to sleep or eat or relax.
“I never thought that things would get so bad here, that I would work so much that I did not have time to sleep or eat or have time to myself.”
[Lila: This claim is contradicted by her request in March-April to work outside the house-hold of Khobragade to make money. That request is also corroborated by Richard's later request for a visa/passport change and her subsequent refusal to return to India. The passport/visa change and refusal to return are confirmed by witnesses at Access International.]
“Because of this treatment, I requested that I return to India but that request was denied,” Richard said in a short, cryptic statement that largely served to glorify Safe Horizon’s role in the episode than throw any great light on her differences with the diplomat and how it widened.
[Lila: The govt. of India canceled Richard's official passport when she absconded from the Khobragade household, so her" request to return" is a bogus claim. Richard was obliged to return. It was because she didn't want to return to India that she trumped up a trafficking case against her employer. At least, that is how the evidence looks to me.]
“The whole family is very nice. I don’t feel that I am their domestic help. The children call me ‘tai’ (aunt). Madam is also quite nice and keeps smiling all the time. Sir is quite sensible. He takes care of things so it gives me a lot of free time.”
US MARSHALS STANDARD PROCEDURE INVOLVES CAVITY INSPECTION
(WHICH IS A SEARCH BUT NOT A PROBE).
ITEM: PREET BHARARA’S CONFUSED CHARGES
Sangeeta Richard’s BLUE (personal) Indian passport became invalid once she had traded it in for her WHITE (official) passport.
The WHITE (official) passport was revoked by the Indian Government as soon as Sangeeta stopped working for Khobragade.
That was a Government of India action. It was not an action taken by Khobragade.
Meanwhile, Preet Bharara charged 49 Russian diplomats with Medicaid fraud and yet let them go, claiming they had diplomatic immunity. Actually, some of them only had consular immunity, like Khobragade, and, furthermore, were junior to her.
Still further, Russian President Vladimir Putin banned Bharara from entering Russia for “biased and politically motivated” prosecution of its citizens.
Compare that to the tame response of the Indian government, a response that was nonetheless excoriated and ridiculed in the Indian press.
(Added: Jan 20, 2014)
PROPAGANDA CAMPAIGN BY MAJOR MEDIA
UPDATE: I changed the title of this post from “Sunanda Pushkar Was the Spy, Not Mehr?” to Pushkar’s Dubai Espionage Links, as I’ve been coming across things. Although I think it’s still a very plausible theory, there still aren’t enough facts to suggest it’s more plausible than any other.
UPDATE: Shelley Kasli at GreatGameIndia has more details about Pushkar’s connection to Sunil Varkey, a front for Dawood Ibrahim and the Rothschilds (via his GEMS Educational foundation and its affiliated Clinton Global Initiative ).
I also noticed the Varkey connection (see below, in my original post).
“Established by President Bill Clinton in 2005, the initiative’s aim is to create and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. Among CGI’s diverse membership are heads of state, leading CEOs, Nobel Prize laureates and heads of NGOs”
GEMS also supports a variety of partners, including Amnesty International, UNESCO, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and other NGOs.
The IPL (Indian Premier League cricket franchise) is awash from money-laundering of the profits from these and related businesses.
Sunanda Pushkar had been given a stake in the IPL, specifically, the Kochi (Kerala) team. She later renounced it when it led to charges of corruption against her recently married husband Shashi Tharoor.
“The most important aspect of Team Kochi is that almost its entire $333 million has come from Gujarati investors based in Dubai and Mumbai.Two prominent investors in the team are Atul Shah of Anchor Earth, makers of Anchor Switches, and diamond merchant Harshad Mehta, whose family is the largest exporter of diamonds in India and who holds a personal stake in Team Kochi through Film Wave, owned by Rosy Blue. Both families enjoy a celebrity status in the Gujarati community.”
Lila: More here about Harshad Mehta, the diamond merchant:
“Some 300 Indian families mainly hailing from the state of Gujarat live in the port city of Antwerp, the world’s rough diamond trading capital. Today, Indians control 60% of Antwerp’s rough and polished diamond trade that recorded a turnover of $36bn and contributes 8% of Belgian’s exports.”
The Kochi IPL owners also figure on a list of Indian black-money in Germany that the Indian tax authorites and the Reserve Bank of India have confirmed.
Some of the black money appears to have been generated by sophisticated price rigging schemes involving the resale of diamonds, which has deprived the Zimbabwe treasury of money.
However, the largest investors in the Zimbabwe diamond mine at Marange are not the Indians, but the Chinese:
“Chinese nationals and state-owned companies are the largest investors in Marange. Many work in partnership with Zimbabwean military chiefs, who have seats on the boards of diamond mining firms.”
“Bringing Narendra Modi in the line of fire, Kochi franchise spokesman Satyajit Gaikwad said everyone knew about his “nexus” with Lalit Modi and the concerted effort by them to deprive Kochi of IPL team and get a slot for Gujarat.”
Lila: Lalit Modi is the corrupt chief of the IPL, which has been scandal-ridden since day one and last year was reeling with scam after scam.
When the Pushkar investment was outed, Tharoor was forced to resign his then position. The idea was that the Kochi IPL would head to Gujarat and be under Modi.
Narendra Modi was behind the pressure from Lalit Modi to move the Kochi IPL north.
Narendra Modi is supportive/protective of the diamond industry (centered in India in Mumbai and Surat) and also supportive of the global diamond industry, affiliated with Zionists.
Modi’s PR agency is APCO International, affiliated with Kissinger Associates. It is a strong proponent of the war on terror and its positions are supported by a wide-variety of right-wing think-tanks, like the Heritage Foundation, which are linked to CIA/Mossad directly.
It now makes sense to me why Subramanian Swamy - whom many people regard as a Mossad stooge -tweeted out that Mehr Tarar was ISI.
It might have been a distraction from the real story behind Pushkar’s death.
It also explains why the major media (BBC, Guardian and so on) are treating the whole story as suicide. Varkey’s GEMS foundation is behind a network of schools closely tied to multiple churches in the UK.
It’s also possible that this something more complicated, perhaps a playing out of spy and counter-spy.
As I said, Subramanian Swamy, who put out the viral tweet that Pushkar was eliminated by ISI, has himself been fingered by many people are a Rothschild/Mossad stooge.
The Rothschild cartel finances the right-wing, but through George Soros and affiliated Foundations that front for the CIA, it also finances the anti-Zionist/anti-establishment opposition.
UPDATE: Sumana Pushkar was introduced to Shashi Tharoor in 2010. That was when what I call the War on India (partly described in Breaking India) that is orchestrated by the Rothschild banking cartel and its propaganda machine first began to become obvious to the public.
She was introduced to Tharoor via Sunny Varkey, a Kerala businessman based in Dubai who is linked to Dawood Ibrahim, as a front man.
Ibrahim (D Company, as he’s referred to in media) is widely regarded as a CIA/Rothschild front.
She was volatile and got into confrontations with strangers.
Yet another bizarre story in the unfolding drama called “Break Up Of India” reported by The Financial Express.com:
“Call has been made for Union Minister of State for HRD Shashi Tharoor to be removed from the Cabinet till the probe into his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s suspicious death gets over.
Sunanda Pushkar died on Friday after a row erupted over ‘affair’ between her husband Shashi Tharoor and Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar.
The first reports of the demand emanate from TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu.
In a statement issued here today, Chandrababu wanted the police to book a case against Shashi Tharoor under the Domestic Violence (Prevention) Act alleging the latter was responsible for Sunanda’s death.
“An impartial probe should be conducted into her death without scope for any political interference,” the former Chief Minister added.
Chandrababu condoled Sunanda Pushkar’s death.”
Shashi Tharoor, former UN Under-Secretary General, current Indian minister, also a fine writer and author, was alleged to be on the verge of breaking up with his wife in a bizarre tweeting episode, in which his volatile wife apparently used his twitter account to tell millions of followers that he was having an affair with a Pakistani journalist, Mehr Tarar, whom she termed an ISI spy. Tharoor and Tarar denied the allegations.
A private email between the two that has gone public seems to indicate a friendship misunderstood by Sunanda.
Tharoor is alleged to have been involved in corrupt dealings,
Sunanda, his dead wife, was a Dubai entrepreneur. Tharoor is alleged to have once rescued her son from the custody of the UAE police over drug possession charges, using his influence as an Indian Minister. He and his late wife denied the charges.
So we have a Kerala minister (Tharoor is from Kerala and Kerala is a conduit for drug money-laundering not only through land purchases, but through the Indian Premier League - a lucrative, entertainment-cricket industry - in which Tharoor’s wife Sunanda held shares, corruptly, it is alleged); we have a Dubai business woman (Dubai is a center of money-laundering into India and terrorist-financing); we have a Pakistani journalist alleged to be an ISI spy, an allegation made over Twitter, whose India chief is a Kashmiri separatist; and to complicate things Sunanda herself is a Kashmiri Pandit.
She is closely tied, it is reported, to a real estate firm owned by the Sheikh of Dubai, who just happens to be closely allied to the US.
The rebroadcasting on Western media by the communist NY Times author Suketu Mehta that “Sunanda was killed by Twitter” seems to confirm that this is a psyop intended to tarnish and topple Tharoor, who has been admitted to hospital with a heart condition.
Another tweet that linked ISI to Sunanda’s death is going viral. That itself suggests that Sunanda’s death is not linked to ISI but to CIA/Mossad and Dubai - that is, to the Rothschild cartel. The use of Twitter in all this is very interesting.
I believe attempts might be made to frame Tharoor in some way? Or?
There are also chances are the dead woman herself might have been an operative, who ensnared Tharoor and has now been disposed of by her paymaster.
Autopsy has revealed that she died of an overdose of prescription drugs, including sedatives. She is said to have suffered from lupus and tuberculosis. There are conflicting reports of how serious those conditions were.
My first thought was that this might be a set-up, with the phony ISI accusation working as a red herring to distract from the real spy-nexus, in Dubai.
Perhaps Pushkar was eliminated and then given a few hits to the body, to make allegations of domestic violence or even murder plausible.
Even if those allegations can’t be proved in court (and hey, Indian courts cannot be trusted, right?) they are enough, via Twitter/social media recycling, to end Tharoor’s career.
Twitter-social media is controlled by the NGO-Ford Foundation-CIA, which funds people like Arwind Kejriwal, Medha Patkar, Amartya Sen, and many other willing and unwilling accomplices in the establishment of the Rothschild-run global dispensation.
Which could be the point, if the intention is to topple the government….or to help this lot?
Why? For this reason...maybe? Not sure…
Those are speculations, but reasonable ones, at this point.
An excerpt from a Counterpunch piece I wrote in 2006, warning about the effects of Manmohan Singh signing India up for the US-led global War On Terror, which actually fronts for the Rothschild “War On Terra”.
“In India, thousands if not millions of lives will likely be affected and India’s self-sufficiency in food destroyed, all for a few more H1B visas and some outsourcing businesses. And the sordid distinction of entry into the Big Boys Club of the WTO mafia.
Strike Two: Tariffs on industry were reduced and the coveted services sector was opened up like a brothel in Kanthipura. Public health, education, telecom, banks, water, all pimped by the state. And by failing to bring up TRIPS (The Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) for review and amendment, India – junior Big Boy – ensured that prices of patented drugs will continue to soar, affecting the common people in poor countries. The length of patents, the patenting of life forms, health and food security – all this might have been reviewed with ease. Not one was.
Strike Three: On the other side, the senior Big Boys got away with unctuous promises to ease out export subsidies by 2013 knowing full well that export subsidies are only a drop (2%) in the total subsidies to agriculture. Even the vaunted “Aid for Trade” is smothered in conditional loans contingent on further breaking open the markets of poorer countries. And what gains were made in market access in the developed world went largely to agri-exporters like Argentina and Brazil, not to poor countries.
And not to the lost leader of the third world.
None of this need have been. India might have stood with the Caribbean, South American, and African countries and galvanized the G 110. Cuba and Venezuela clearly drew the line on service liberalization and India might have joined them. But the current Congress administration, which took the place of the BJP with a mandate to resolve India’s growing agrarian crisis, has proved itself if anything less concerned with the country’s welfare. One could well ask if a nationalist BJP government would have had the ideological stomach to betray the heartland of India.
The Indian government’s cowardice at Hong Kong matches it’s cowardice over the Iraq war, which it could have opposed more vocally, and the vote against Iran, which it need not have joined. But the Cambridge-educated economist Manmohan Singh seems to have decided to put opportunism before principle. For our elites, perhaps it’ OK just so long long as it’s Cambridge-bred, not Varanasi-bred. (4)
The betrayal of Hong Kong is the background against which events in Bangalore must be viewed. Having reneged on its public duties, the government of India is bound to release a flood of propaganda intended as a smoke-screen and a distraction from its own craven performance.
It’s also likely to tighten its grip in the face of mass protests or resistance as the implications of Hong Kong become more and more widely known.
At Hong Kong itself, union leaders, farmers, and workers protesting peacefully were attacked with water-cannons, pepper-spray, and tear-gas. 900 were arrested and 70 were hospitalized.(5)
Want to know what to expect in the coming year? Here’s the graffiti already on the wall in Indonesia, which currently occupies the presidency of the Human Rights Commission (though it has yet to ratify key international human rights treaties) and in November, 2005 became a full-fledged compadre of the US in the War on Terra.
On September 18, 2005, in Tanah Awuk village in central Lombok, around a thousand peasants gathered peacefully to protest development policies denying local people the ability to feed themselves, on which they blamed a severe problem of child malnutrition. Indonesia has abundant fertile land and all available land is cultivated for agriculture. The real problem is that policies favor elite profits over the hunger of peasants.
At about 9 in the morning, Indonesian police forces attacked the crowd with plastic and rubber (as well as some metal) bullets, tear gas, and truncheons. 33 were injured, 27 from gunshots, and the rest from assault. At least one child and two women were shot.
National TV footage showed unarmed women being dragged violently across rough terrain and police roughing up a man bleeding copiously from the head.(5)
That’s how you play the game when you join the US Terror team. Salaam, Bangalore.”