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RAW’s Raw Rage
August 31, 2008, 12:54 pm
Filed under: Bangladesh
RAW’s  Raw Rage
By Abid Bahar, Canada
“The Intellectual Blueprint of the Neo-Razakars” by Sohail Tajul Islam, published on August 25, 2008 by all accounts seem the Indian intelligence agency RAW’s (Research and Analysis Wing’s) raw rage against the contemporary rise of independent-minded and powerful Bangladeshis who are becoming conscious of who they are and what their countrymen Bangladeshis should be.

It worries the RAW that the former’s appeal is becoming both popular and powerful everyday. It worries the mischievous sprite that its attempt to deal with the lives of 150 million; to make them dependent on India will be futile. Thus, it labels some freedom fighters like Joinal Abedin and other Bangladeshi patriots as simply Razakars. Contrary to that MBI Munshi, Zaglul Hossain, Isha Khan, Zainal Abedin, Moin Ansari, Farhad Mazhar, Mahmudur Rahman, Prof. Mahbubullah, Prof. Ataur Rahman, Prof. Razia Banu, Shah Abdul Hannan and many others like them are doing great jobs to the nation to educate its citizens. Instead of denunciation, they deserve our encouragements and congratulations.

India Doctrine is not a myth; it was born with a brain to make people suffer for the sake of a chauvinistic nationalism called Brahmoism. When one reads the history of Bromo imperialism in South Asia, originally came from Nehru’s ideas, MBI Munshi’s book. India Doctrine makes sense. It is a timely contribution and will continue to remain a timeless handbook for south Asian readers until we see the end of Bromo imperialism in South Asia.

If Sohail Tajul Islam (who did so much detective work to trace the above people) is a college student in the Science program, he must have enough time and money to do intelligence work than his studies. It appears that he is an adult and skipping classes wouldn’t matter because he is doing something else than his studies. What seems more probable is that by using the name of a college student doing full time RAW job, the author of the article, student or not simply presented a rage and deserve to have a fail grade.

The article is a clear demonstration of a raw attempt by the RAW to mislead Bangladeshis with the familiar AL slogan of “Razakar.” This is not hard to understand to the fish eating Bangladeshis that if there is one real Sohail, he must be an adult RAW operative with several names, one of which is a convenient name called Sohail Tajul Islam. RAW operatives should take note that this old trick doesn’t work with Bangladeshis who fought three wars; the first one was against the British, the second against Pakistan and now fighting a cold war with India. As opposed to the Bangladeshis, India fought only one war, against the British. Bangladeshis are recommended to buy MBI Munshi’s famous book to understand the intellectual blue print of the INDIAN aspirations.

To deal with our present and future, Bangladeshis should be careful more with the Neo- Indi-Razakars than the RAW manufactured slogan “Razakar” used by the pro-Indian local agents to put down our freedom fighters. The ever growing number of freedom fighters against Indian hegemony are ready to give their lives to save the motherland.


Soheil Tajul Islam, The Intellectual Blueprint of the Neo-Razakars,

Zoglul Husain, A promoter of Indian Hegemonism in Bangladesh,

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India:Poverty,Terrorism,anti-Muslimism and Anti-Kashmirism
August 27, 2008, 6:49 pm
Filed under: India
India : Poverty, Terrorism, anti-Muslimism and Anti-Kashmirism
By Dr.Abdul Ruff Colachal
Claiming itself to be democracy, the largest one at that, India sets standards for the world to follow in the domains of democracy, secularism and patriotism. Indian strategists believe that by aligning with India even USA and Israel could benefit enormously. Loud talk of democracy and secularism in Indian streets are taken quite seriously by its neighbors, especially Pakistan and Bangladesh and their media, at least some of them, shower praises effortlessly on Indian system. Even though it made strides in all walks of life until recently, Pakistan joined the world chorus of “resurrecting democracy” which means rampant corruption and nepotism, state terrorism and anti-Islamism and combating Islam. As a result, Pakistan is gradually becoming a weak nation.

Poverty of Weapons?
Armed with latest weapons, “democratic” India occupies Kashmir forcefully, killing thousands of Kashmiri Muslims. Not only India glorifies terrorism, but it also finances it by paying huge sums to those who have got medals for exhibiting the terrorist skills like shooting and boxing in the just concluded 2008 Beijing Olympics. A whopping Rs. 50 lakhs to the shooting medal holder has been announced by central government without any audit objections. Provincial states also would announce equal amounts to the player who got a medal by playing for just a couple of minutes, while millions of poor toil for hours together every day without being able to meet both their ends.

Known for its poverty record apart from criminal and state terrorist records, India wastes huge resources on conventional-cum-nuclear weaponization of the country. The amounts wasted on such glamour purposes could as well be spent on poor in the country. But premier Manmohan & Co propped up by the Indian big businesses and American transnationals that benefited from him as Reserve bank chief, Planning commission deputy chief and finance minister and now as premier, does not think poor merits any attention in India once the polls are over.

Apart from poor, Muslims in India are the worst hit thanks to Indian anti-Muslim policies and practices both at the centre and states. Muslim representation in government sectors is meager but many Muslims are coerced by Hindus, directly and with the help of remote terror gadgets, to leave jobs, seek voluntary retirement, but they are never paid the benefits, in spite of repeated reminders. Indian can use their extra cash to pay the balances to them as well.

If governments don’t want to pay their dews to Muslims, let them at least take care of other poor people. In the name of security and weaponization, Indan leaders loot the nation’s resources. In deals huge commissions are paid to the agents and brokers.

However, India skillfully uses cricket matches to divert the popular attention from the fate of common people in the society of every raising prices

Greed for prizes, praises and awards
Any foreigner observing the Indian media both print and electronic would detect a strange phenomenon. Indians crave for fame, praise, prizes and awards and very badly. Lust for money is one thing that West has influenced the East about, but the neo-ambitions for prizes and awards at any cost is making a mockery of Indian mind-set. The way the media went about showering prizes on a person who got a gold medal at Olympics displaying his shooting ability, needed for terrorist activities, is nothing but amazing. Indian president made a special mention of it in her Independence day address to nation and now the government has decided to grant him a whopping 50 lakhs of rupees without any shy and any financial problems. Many Muslims have been forced to take retirement form services as per a long planned strategy to rid them off the government scene, and even retirement

benefits are not paid for years together. Governments expect the Muslims to knock at the courts for that, but it can give such huge among to any one it wants without any reference to any agencies. When many people suffer without being able meet their both ends meet, the efforts to get some prizes and awards look funny indeed. Apart from shooting, another area which garnered the second bronze medal is boxing- the conventional ability in terrorism.

This explains why this writer receives too many invitations from different national and international forums and agencies informing me of “winning” special prize’ or award. Many of them ask me to pay a fee or some payment to claim that prize and medal. One such invitation came from Cater Foundation Grant, but some amount was sought to claim the prize amount. But after a while it came to fore that the senders expected me to canvas for Democratic Party in the President’s run. One is astonished at the way the elections are conducted and won world wide.

Democracy and Decency
Over years since its independence from United Kingdom in 1947 and subsequent occupation of Jammu Kashmir, India has played its cards pretty well both at home and externally. It projected itself as a decent democracy caring for secularism and fellow Muslims in the country. It also cries loud that Pakistan has terrorized Indians and that that country sends “terrorists” to cross over to India to execute terror attacks. Indian media very sumptuously portray non-Hindus, especially the Muslims, are no promoting interests in India and abroad and they are “terrorists”. Of course, it can do even much more since Indian media are totally anti-Pakistan, anti-Bangladesh and essentially anti-Islam. There is not even a single India newspaper either in English or vernacular that talks well of Kashmiris, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis.

While the media in Kashmir have been bent to cater to the needs of New Delhi on wholesale as well as retail basis, one can see a few newspapers both in Pakistan and Bangladesh supporting India, its cause, its goals. But it is strange that in India, the so-called largest democracy that always blames its neighbors for its wrongs, there is not even one newspaper of electronic medium either in English or in vernaculars that at least indirectly talks nice of its neighbors. Ok, let them not support and praise Pakistan, Bangladesh and Kashmir, but at least stop ridiculing and use filthy expressions to describe them.

When India intrudes into Pakistan or Bangladeshi territories, it clams it did so only by mistake. When Indian guns fire at Muslims on either side of the Indian borders, it again cites innocence.

Indian media and foreign missions have successfully created the Indian illusion. “Muslims are bad guys, Kashmiris are bad guys and Pakistanis are very bad guys”. Every Indian journalist is allowed only to write praises about India as the ancient kings did. As a result foreigners read only the golden and silver pages about India while India cleverly hid the ugly sides of reality in India and Kashmir.

Indian leaders, especially the so-called “patriotic” sections keep harping on “anti-national and “anti-India themes to gain popularity with anti-Muslims sentiments of electorates and that is illegal and judiciary should note this. The media men support such anti-human sentiments for making money and a name among the anti-Islamic forces.

But neither leaders nor media lords have even pretense of elementary decency in public speeches and reporting on its neighbors.

Terrorism and Territory
India tactfully annexed its neighbor Kashmir, heavily militarized it and killed the freedom fighting Kashmiris and also branded them as “terrorists” and “cross-border-terrorists”. Top of that, India accuses Pakistan and Bangladesh of training “terrorists” against “innocent” India.

India trains all sorts of peoples, from terrorists to militants to fanatics to suit its national and international needs. But in order to cover up its nefarious activities it focuses on Islam, Muslims, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Hajj, etc. blames its neighbors and Indian intelligence agencies are frustrated over the strong lobbying for highlighting the Kashmir human rights violations at international forums by some NGO’s working in Europe and USA with the support of Indian human rights and Peace activists.

A huge lot of resources are being wasted on propaganda purposes by Indian government directly throughout its missions and various NGOs and other secret agencies world over, including in Arab World. But it makes strenuous efforts to see that Muslims in India and Kashmir do not make any anti-India propaganda by placing before the world about the reality situation in the country.

The intelligence wings in India have marked the Indian Muslims into different categories. The major chunk of Muslims is described as “terrorists”, spies and agents of Pakistan, Kashmir and Bangladesh. In order to create make believe strings, they link the freedom fighting Kashmiris abroad and their media supporters with ISI. Kolkatta based female Professor, who was reported to have strong links with Pakistan’s spy wing Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), an Ahmedabad based Advocate, a New Delhi based “human rights activist” and about half a dozen “influential persons” of Kashmir to carry out a strong anti-India propaganda on Kashmir and raise funds for the ‘terrorists’. A pro-Kashmir activist presently operating in USA, was said to have utilized all his resources in Europe for pro-Kashmir or “anti-India propaganda” and utilizing the occasion for raising funds for ‘terrorism’.

Large sums are being cast and spent on intelligence networks and other secret services in India. Main talk assigned to them all is propaganda. Intelligence agencies, on the basis of newspaper reports, keep writing nasty about Muslims in and around the country. But they also focus on tracking those who oppose these ant-Muslim propaganda and report correct things about hidden Idna life. They don’t want any organization to support these ant-India propagandists. They seek action against a Netherlands based NGO, a Kolkatta based female Professor, an Ahmedabad based Advocate and a host of “anti-India Indians” who have joined hands not only to carry out strong “anti-India propaganda” in Europe

but were also found in raising funds for ‘terror’ outfits operating in Kashmir.

The Intelligence agencies try to block any funds for Kashmir freedom struggle. After obtaining a detailed report of “anti-India propaganda” and ‘terror’ funds raised in Europe they have written to the government to take action against the Indian citizens involved in the plot and cancel their visa. The Intelligence agencies have identified nearly a dozen citizens of India, who had recently joined hands along with some

Kashmir based “separatists” operating in USA and London and a Netherlands based NGO, to project what they described “strong human rights violations” in Kashmir at different

forums in Europe. They were also reported to have raised funds worth several crores through different forums for ‘terror’ funding in Kashmir. Now Indian intelligence agencies are badly affected by the recent discovery of secret grave-yards in Kashmir.

Any movement any where exposing Indian misdeeds in general and against Muslims in particular is viewed by Indians with anger and criminal response. Accordingly, Pakistan Embassies in Europe have also played a significant role in “anti-India” resolutions including a warning to India that the country would be fully responsible if anything happened to Kolkatta based woman and a “human rights activist” of Kashmir, who continued to insist that a large number of people were missing in Kashmir while as the agencies have asserted that most of them have joined militancy and the number of “actually missing persons” was very few.

India does not want any misleading information about this “democracy” or the “data far from truth” in Europe against India on Kashmir. The Government is likely to seek complete ban on any international aid for Netherlands NGO. The Ministry, sources revealed, was also actively

considering cancellation of visa of Kolkatta based woman and Ahmedabad based Advocate. That is Indian brand democracy and secularism.

It may be Ok that some of the media in both Pakistan and Bangladesh don’t hurt the minds and feelings of Indian strategists, and they try to appease Indan leaders and keep cool even in the thick of Indian criticisms and routine accusations of terrorist acts in India, Afghanistan and Kashmir, but it might help India to retain Kashmir any case. Now a few right thinking people do write about Indian real scene as it exits now, but Indians astonished at the facts being presented get annoyed too.

A Word
It is high time India realizes the crude fact that sovereignty, independence and freedom are the birth rights of every human being and nation. Kashmiris do have the same right. And any kind of misinformation about the freedom fighting Kashmiris will not work in favor of India, rather it will work against India and its global interests. By branding the

freedom fighting Kashmiris whom Indian terrorist forces have killed in thousands, as “terrorists, and calling them as “separatists”, India, its intelligence, its media lords and leaders are not going to retain Kashmir under its nasty military boots.

Daily murders are a common sight in Kashmir. What has been going on in Kashmir for the last two weeks is result of outburst of common people against Indian occupation and India has to vacate Kashmir earlier than later.


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Defense Intelligence Agency Seeking “Mind Control” Weapons
August 25, 2008, 12:30 pm
Filed under: USA
Defense Intelligence Agency Seeking “Mind Control” Weapons
Global Research, August 24, 2008

A new report from the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council (NRC) argues that the Pentagon should harvest the fruits of neuroscientific research in order to enhance the “warfighting” capabilities of U.S. soldiers while diminishing those of enemy personnel.

The 151-page report issued by a 16-member blue ribbon commission, “Cognitive Neuroscience Research and National Security,” was quietly announced in an August 13 National Academy of Sciences Press Release.

Commissioned by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Pentagon spy shop, the study asserts that the U.S. intelligence “community” must do a better job following cutting-edge research in neuroscience or as is more likely, steering it along paths useful to the Defense Department. According to the NRC,

A 2005 National Research Council report described a methodology for gauging the implications of new technologies and assessing whether they pose a threat to national security. In this new report, the committee applied the methodology to the neuroscience field and identified several research areas that could be of interest to the intelligence community: neurophysiological advances in detecting and measuring indicators of psychological states and intentions of individuals, the development of drugs or technologies that can alter human physical or cognitive abilities, advances in real-time brain imaging, and breakthroughs in high-performance computing and neuronal modeling that could allow researchers to develop systems which mimic functions of the human brain, particularly the ability to organize disparate forms of data. (“National Security Intelligence Organizations should Monitor Advances in Cognitive Neuroscience Research,” National Academy of Sciences, Press Release, August 13, 2008)

Unlocking the secrets of the brain is projected as the next growth industry for the military, academia and corporate grifters hoping to land huge Pentagon contracts. As defense analyst Noah Shachtman reported in Wired, the “Army has given a team of University of California researchers a $4 million grant to study the foundations of “synthetic telepathy.” Unlike “remote viewing” research funded by the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency between 1972 and 1996, variously known as “Grill Flame,” “Sun Streak” and finally, “Star Gate” before the plug was pulled, the Army-U.C. Irvine joint venture are exploring thought transmission via a brain-computer mediated interface.

Recently New Scientist reported on a series of bizarre experiments at the University of Reading in the UK. Researchers there have connected 300,000 disembodied rat neurons suspended in “a pink broth of nutrients and antibiotics” to 80 electrodes at the base of the growth medium. As journalist Paul Marks informs us, the “rat neurons have made–and continue to make–connections with each other.” The voltages sparked by the firing cells are displayed on a computer screen.

Welcome to the “brave new world” of neural prosthetics and the militarists who are exploiting science and technology for new weapons applications.

Declaring that emerging technologies such as brain imaging and cognitive and physical enhancers are “desired by the public,” NRC avers “such forces act as strong market incentives for development.” But as Rick Weiss cautions on the Science Progress blog,

But even more interesting to me is the report’s discussion of the emerging market in brain-targeted, performance-degrading techniques. Some experiments, it turns out, suggest that magnetic beams can be used to induce seizures in people, a tempting addition to the military’s armamentarium. More conventionally, as scientists discover new chemicals that can blur thinking or undermine an enemy’s willpower, and as engineers design aerosolized delivery systems that can deliver these chemicals directly to the lungs (and from there, the brains) of large groups of people, the prospect of influencing the behavior of entire enemy regiments becomes real. (“Minding Mental Minefields,” Science Progress, August 15, 2008)

The use of so-called calmative agents as non-lethal weapons are already under development. As Antifascist Calling reported last month in “The Calmative Before the Storm,” the Pentagon’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD) are carrying out experiments into what it euphemistically calls “Human Effects Research” and developing an “Advanced Total Body Model for predicting the effects of non-lethal impacts.”

Apparently the DIA has taken this a step further and will now explore the possibility of creating aerosolized pharmacological agents that can disrupt and perhaps influence, the mental functioning of targeted populations abroad, enemy soldiers or dissenting citizens here in the United States.

Neil Davison, a researcher with the Bradford Disarmament Research Centre (BDRC) at Bradford University in the UK, wrote an important 2007 study, “‘Off the Rocker’ and ‘On the Floor’: The Continued Development of Biochemical Incapacitating Weapons.” Davison examined the historical differentiation made by weaponeers between “off the rocker” agents such as LSD, PCP and psilocybin in their allegedly weaponized forms versus “on the floor” agents such as sedatives, opiate analgesics and anesthetic chemicals.

During the “golden age” of the CIA and U.S. Army’s quixotic search for “mind control” agents during the 1950s and 1960s, researchers were seeking a reliable mechanism that would unlock the secrets of the mind–and gain control over witting or unwitting subjects–for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. Hundreds, if not thousands, of unethical experiments were carried out on psychiatric patients, civilians and soldiers. The results were subsequently suppressed on grounds on “national security.”

While the majority of CIA MKULTRA files were ordered destroyed by former Agency Director Richard Helms in 1973, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence held landmark 1977 hearings and issued a report, “Project MKULTRA, The CIA’s Program of Research in Behavioral Modification.” As Senator Ted Kennedy discussed in his opening remarks,

Some 2 years ago, the Senate Health Subcommittee heard chilling testimony about the human experimentation activities of the Central Intelligence Agency. The Deputy Director of the CIA revealed that over 30 universities and institutions were involved in an “extensive testing and experimentation” program which included covert drug tests on unwitting citizens “at all social levels, high and low, native Americans and foreign.” Several of these tests involved the administration of LSD to “unwitting subjects in social situations.” …

We believed that the record, incomplete as it was, was as complete as it was going to be. Then one individual, through a Freedom of Information request, accomplished what two U.S. Senate committees could not. He spurred the agency into finding additional records pertaining to the CIA’s program of experimentation with human subjects. … The records reveal a far more extensive series of experiments than had previously been thought. Eighty-six universities or institutions were involved. New instances of unethical behavior were revealed.

The Central Intelligence Agency drugged American citizens without their knowledge or consent. It used university facilities and personnel without their knowledge. It funded leading researchers, often without their knowledge. (emphasis added)

While the CIA’s MKULTRA project and related Army ventures carried out at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Ft. Detrick, Maryland, may have failed to develop specific agents that could be wielded as a “mind control” weapon, the research did result in the development of abusive interrogation techniques that can only be characterized as torture.

As Antifascist Calling queried in “Neuroscience, National Security & the ‘War on Terror’,” “If behavioral psychology was handmaid to the horrors perpetrated at Guantánamo Bay, Abu Ghraib and CIA transnational ‘black sites,’ what new nightmares are in store for humanity when advances in neuroscience, complex computer algorithms and a secretive national security state enter stage (far) right?”

Apparently horrors of the “mind control” variety, particularly when it comes to applications for ever-newer and more insidious interrogation/control techniques to be used on “enemy combatants” or dissenting malefactors in the heimat.

According to the NRC and the corporate-academic grifters involved in the research, cognitive warfare should be sold as a “more humane” method of advancing imperialist objectives. As the report baldly states, the equation “pills instead of bullets” will be the preferred marketing technique employed for “selling” the program to the American people. As anthropologist Hugh Gusterson wrote,

The military and scientific leaders chartering neuroweapons research will argue that the United States is a uniquely noble country that can be trusted with such technologies, while other countries (except for a few allies) cannot. They will also argue that these technologies will save lives and that U.S. ingenuity will enable the United States to dominate other countries in a neuroweapons race. When it is too late to turn back the clock, they will profess amazement that other countries caught up so quickly and that an initiative intended to ensure American dominance instead led to a world where everyone is threatened by chemicalized soldiers and roboterrorists straight out of Blade Runner. (The militarization of neuroscience,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 9 April 2007)

But as the world looked on in horror at Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay, this “uniquely noble country” guided by “ethical principles,” resorted to repugnant methods such as sensory deprivation, near drowning and “self-inflicted pain” techniques (short-shackling and the like) to achieve control over defenseless prisoners.

As the NRC would have it, academics in thrall to corporate funding and state agencies staffed by war criminals now expect us to believe that “ethics” will guide those exploring pharmacological methods to obtain more insidious means to subjugate humanity.

Weiss reports that the NRC notes in its report, the motivation, or lack thereof, to fight, is of great concern to Pentagon bureaucrats and policy makers. “So one question,” for military-corporate-academic funded research “would be, ‘How can we disrupt the enemy’s motivation to fight?’ Other questions raised by controlling the mind: ‘How can we make people trust us more?’ ‘What if we could help the brain to remove fear or pain?’ ‘Is there a way to make the enemy obey our commands?’…As cognitive neuroscience and related technologies become more pervasive, using technology for nefarious purposes becomes easier.”

But as is usual with all such screeds, the psychoanalytic theory of projection comes in handy when deciphering the monstrous intent of Pentagon weaponeers. It is all-too-clear whether we are discussing nuclear, biological, chemical or contemporaneously, cognitive weapons that Western proponents of preemptive war, always couch their acts of violent imperialist aggression in purely defensive terms.

In this light, Freud and his followers have defined projection as a form of defense in which unwanted feelings are displaced onto another person, and where aggressive impulses then appear as a threat from the external world. In the case of corporate defense and security grifters, their militarist pit bulls and the academic sycophants who fuel their deranged “cognitive warfare” fantasies, the other–a nation, a dispossessed class or a bogeyman such as “international terrorism”–are always the external harbingers of apocalyptic death and destruction, when in reality such fantasies are wholly reflective of their own desire to aggressively dominate and plunder other nations.

Therefore, the NRC maintains, and note the ideologically-skewed reference to the eternal verities of “the market,” the Holy Grail of capitalism in its hyperimperialist phase:

The fear that this approach to fighting war might be developed will be justification for developing countermeasures to possible cognitive weapons. This escalation might lead to innovations that could cause this market area to expand rapidly. Tests would need to be developed to determine if a soldier had been harmed by a cognitive weapon. And there would be a need for a prophylactic of some sort. (NRC, op. cit.)

Who, pray tell, is driving this “escalation” and counting on academia to produce “innovations” in “this market area”? One might also quite reasonably inquire: Who profits?

As Christopher Green, the chairman of the NRC investigative panel championing neuroweapons research avers in a roundtable discussion sponsored by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Big Pharma is global. Drug discovery research is both ponderous (not as much as arms control, however) and increasingly beyond the control of governments and the public. The development of cognitive enhancers and anti-aging aides during the next two decades (the time needed for drug discovery to become successful) will be…ethically worrisome. But it will be beyond opprobrium. Drugs will be developed and marketed, and not necessarily under the auspices of traditional Western controls and good laboratory practices. (“The potential impact of neuroscience research is greater than previously thought,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 9 July 2008) [emphasis added]

While Green claims he is opposed to developing drugs “with safe and efficacious properties for military use,” the NRC study, after all, was funded by the Defense Intelligence Agency, hardly a “neutral party” when it comes to “enhanced interrogation techniques” and other horrors of this horrible system!

One must also dissect the linguistic formulations and assumptions deployed by those advocating this line of research. By referring to neuroweapons production as a “market area,” those contemplating unleashing devilish pharmacological forms of warfare on unsuspecting populations behave, in you’ll pardon the pun, as if they were brainstorming the release of a new video game or suite of luxury condominiums in an American city “ethnically cleansed” of its urban poor!

Green and his acolytes claim that “battlefield commanders of all nations hold sacrosanct the right to determine the applications” of weapon deployments that may cause “collateral damage” to civilian noncombatants. Therefore, Green argues that “if governments or scientists were to try to develop a system to pre-screen neuroscientific cognitive manipulators, which would be HIPAA approved and tested, and robust in its core science, success would be as likely as it was with mines and cluster-bombs–meaning not likely.” Translation: full-speed ahead!

While the NRC allege that their approach to monitoring neuroweapons research is “ethical,” the committee ponders whether “the concept of torture could also be altered by products in this market. It is possible that someday there could be a technique developed to extract information from a prisoner that does not have any lasting side effects.”

Other than the hollowing-out of one’s personality and the unique traits that make us human, that is. “Paging Winston Smith, white courtesy telephone!”

While Nazi theories of Aryan superiority may have been displaced by a uniquely American ultranationalist, though no less predatory utilitarian praxis, behind the glittering technological promises trumpeted by today’s biotech weaponeers lurk the same murderous mental constructs that guided Indian hunters and slave traders of yore.

Only this time, we’re all Manchurian candidates.

Tom Burghardt is a researcher and activist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to publishing in Covert Action Quarterly, Love & Rage and Antifa Forum, he is the editor of Police State America: U.S. Military “Civil Disturbance” Planning, distributed by AK Press.

Tom Burghardt is a frequent contributor to Global Research.  Global Research Articles by Tom Burghardt

Isha Khan

Kashmir: Land and Freedom
August 22, 2008, 5:24 pm
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Kashmir: Land and Freedom

Arundhati Roy

Not surprisingly, the voice that the government of India has tried so hard to silence in Kashmir has massed into a deafening roar. Raised in a playground of army camps, checkpoints, and bunkers, with screams from torture chambers for a soundtrack, the young generation has suddenly discovered the power of mass protest, and above all, the dignity of being able to straighten their shoulders and speak for themselves, represent themselves. For them it is nothing short of an epiphany. Not even the fear of death seems to hold them back. And once that fear has gone, of what use is the largest or second largest army in the world?

Kashmir is in crisis: the region’s Muslims are mounting huge non-violent protests against the Indian government’s rule. But, asks Arundhati Roy, what would independence for the territory mean for its people?
For the past 60 days or so, since about the end of June, the people of Kashmir have been free. Free in the most profound sense. They have shrugged off the terror of living their lives in the gun-sights of half a million heavily armed soldiers, in the most densely militarised zone in the world.

After 18 years of administering a military occupation, the Indian government’s worst nightmare has come true. Having declared that the militant movement has been crushed, it is now faced with a non-violent mass protest, but not the kind it knows how to manage. This one is nourished by people’s memory of years of repression in which tens of thousands have been killed, thousands have been “disappeared”, hundreds of thousands tortured, injured, and humiliated. That kind of rage, once it finds utterance, cannot easily be tamed, rebottled and sent back to where it came from.

A sudden twist of fate, an ill-conceived move over the transfer of 100 acres of state forest land to the Amarnath Shrine Board (which manages the annual Hindu pilgrimage to a cave deep in the Kashmir Himalayas) suddenly became the equivalent of tossing a lit match into a barrel of petrol. Until 1989 the Amarnath pilgrimage used to attract about 20,000 people who travelled to the Amarnath cave over a period of about two weeks. In 1990, when the overtly Islamist militant uprising in the valley coincided with the spread of virulent Hindu nationalism (Hindutva) in the Indian plains, the number of pilgrims began to increase exponentially. By 2008 more than 500,000 pilgrims visited the Amarnath cave, in large groups, their passage often sponsored by Indian business houses. To many people in the valley this dramatic increase in numbers was seen as an aggressive political statement by an increasingly Hindu-fundamentalist Indian state. Rightly or wrongly, the land transfer was viewed as the thin edge of the wedge. It triggered an apprehension that it was the beginning of an elaborate plan to build Israeli-style settlements, and change the demography of the valley.

Days of massive protest forced the valley to shut down completely. Within hours the protests spread from the cities to villages. Young stone pelters took to the streets and faced armed police who fired straight at them, killing several. For people as well as the government, it resurrected memories of the uprising in the early 90s. Throughout the weeks of protest, hartal (strikes) and police firing, while the Hindutva publicity machine charged Kashmiris with committing every kind of communal excess, the 500,000 Amarnath pilgrims completed their pilgrimage, not just unhurt, but touched by the hospitality they had been shown by local people.

Eventually, taken completely by surprise at the ferocity of the response, the government revoked the land transfer. But by then the land-transfer had become what Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the most senior and also the most overtly Islamist separatist leader, called a “non-issue”.

Massive protests against the revocation erupted in Jammu. There, too, the issue snowballed into something much bigger. Hindus began to raise issues of neglect and discrimination by the Indian state. (For some odd reason they blamed Kashmiris for that neglect.) The protests led to the blockading of the Jammu-Srinagar highway, the only functional road-link between Kashmir and India. Truckloads of perishable fresh fruit and valley produce began to rot.

The blockade demonstrated in no uncertain terms to people in Kashmir that they lived on sufferance, and that if they didn’t behave themselves they could be put under siege, starved, deprived of essential commodities and medical supplies.

To expect matters to end there was of course absurd. Hadn’t anybody noticed that in Kashmir even minor protests about civic issues like water and electricity inevitably turned into demands for azadi, freedom? To threaten them with mass starvation amounted to committing political suicide.

Not surprisingly, the voice that the government of India has tried so hard to silence in Kashmir has massed into a deafening roar. Raised in a playground of army camps, checkpoints, and bunkers, with screams from torture chambers for a soundtrack, the young generation has suddenly discovered the power of mass protest, and above all, the dignity of being able to straighten their shoulders and speak for themselves, represent themselves. For them it is nothing short of an epiphany. Not even the fear of death seems to hold them back. And once that fear has gone, of what use is the largest or second largest army in the world?

There have been mass rallies in the past, but none in recent memory that have been so sustained and widespread. The mainstream political parties of Kashmir – National Conference and People’s Democratic party – appear dutifully for debates in New Delhi’s TV studios, but can’t muster the courage to appear on the streets of Kashmir. The armed militants who, through the worst years of repression were seen as the only ones carrying the torch of azadi forward, if they are around at all, seem content to take a back seat and let people do the fighting for a change.

The separatist leaders who do appear and speak at the rallies are not leaders so much as followers, being guided by the phenomenal spontaneous energy of a caged, enraged people that has exploded on Kashmir’s streets. Day after day, hundreds of thousands of people swarm around places that hold terrible memories for them. They demolish bunkers, break through cordons of concertina wire and stare straight down the barrels of soldiers’ machine guns, saying what very few in India want to hear. Hum Kya Chahtey? Azadi! (We want freedom.) And, it has to be said, in equal numbers and with equal intensity: Jeevey jeevey Pakistan. (Long live Pakistan.)

That sound reverberates through the valley like the drumbeat of steady rain on a tin roof, like the roll of thunder during an electric storm.

On August 15, India’s independence day, Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of Srinagar, was taken over by thousands of people who hoisted the Pakistani flag and wished each other “happy belated independence day” (Pakistan celebrates independence on August 14) and “happy slavery day”. Humour obviously, has survived India’s many torture centres and Abu Ghraibs in Kashmir.

On August 16 more than 300,000 people marched to Pampore, to the village of the Hurriyat leader, Sheikh Abdul Aziz, who was shot down in cold blood five days earlier.

On the night of August 17 the police sealed the city. Streets were barricaded, thousands of armed police manned the barriers. The roads leading into Srinagar were blocked. On the morning of August 18, people began pouring into Srinagar from villages and towns across the valley. In trucks, tempos, jeeps, buses and on foot. Once again, barriers were broken and people reclaimed their city. The police were faced with a choice of either stepping aside or executing a massacre. They stepped aside. Not a single bullet was fired.

The city floated on a sea of smiles. There was ecstasy in the air. Everyone had a banner; houseboat owners, traders, students, lawyers, doctors. One said: “We are all prisoners, set us free.” Another said: “Democracy without freedom is demon-crazy.” Demon-crazy. That was a good one. Perhaps he was referring to the insanity that permits the world’s largest democracy to administer the world’s largest military occupation and continue to call itself a democracy.

There was a green flag on every lamp post, every roof, every bus stop and on the top of chinar trees. A big one fluttered outside the All India Radio building. Road signs were painted over. Rawalpindi they said. Or simply Pakistan. It would be a mistake to assume that the public expression of affection for Pakistan automatically translates into a desire to accede to Pakistan. Some of it has to do with gratitude for the support – cynical or otherwise – for what Kashmiris see as their freedom struggle, and the Indian state sees as a terrorist campaign. It also has to do with mischief. With saying and doing what galls India most of all. (It’s easy to scoff at the idea of a “freedom struggle” that wishes to distance itself from a country that is supposed to be a democracy and align itself with another that has, for the most part been ruled by military dictators. A country whose army has committed genocide in what is now Bangladesh. A country that is even now being torn apart by its own ethnic war. These are important questions, but right now perhaps it’s more useful to wonder what this so-called democracy did in Kashmir to make people hate it so?)

Everywhere there were Pakistani flags, everywhere the cry Pakistan se rishta kya? La illaha illallah. (What is our bond with Pakistan? There is no god but Allah.) Azadi ka matlab kya? La illaha illallah. (What does freedom mean? There is no god but Allah.)

For somebody like myself, who is not Muslim, that interpretation of freedom is hard – if not impossible – to understand. I asked a young woman whether freedom for Kashmir would not mean less freedom for her, as a woman. She shrugged and said “What kind of freedom do we have now? The freedom to be raped by Indian soldiers?” Her reply silenced me.

Surrounded by a sea of green flags, it was impossible to doubt or ignore the deeply Islamic fervour of the uprising taking place around me. It was equally impossible to label it a vicious, terrorist jihad. For Kashmiris it was a catharsis. A historical moment in a long and complicated struggle for freedom with all the imperfections, cruelties and confusions that freedom struggles have. This one cannot by any means call itself pristine, and will always be stigmatised by, and will some day, I hope, have to account for, among other things, the brutal killings of Kashmiri Pandits in the early years of the uprising, culminating in the exodus of almost the entire Hindu community from the Kashmir valley.

As the crowd continued to swell I listened carefully to the slogans, because rhetoric often holds the key to all kinds of understanding. There were plenty of insults and humiliation for India: Ay jabiron ay zalimon, Kashmir hamara chhod do (Oh oppressors, Oh wicked ones, Get out of our Kashmir.) The slogan that cut through me like a knife and clean broke my heart was this one: Nanga bhookha Hindustan, jaan se pyaara Pakistan. (Naked, starving India, More precious than life itself – Pakistan.)

Why was it so galling, so painful to listen to this? I tried to work it out and settled on three reasons. First, because we all know that the first part of the slogan is the embarrassing and unadorned truth about India, the emerging superpower. Second, because all Indians who are not nanga or bhooka are and have been complicit in complex and historical ways with the elaborate cultural and economic systems that make Indian society so cruel, so vulgarly unequal. And third, because it was painful to listen to people who have suffered so much themselves mock others who suffer, in different ways, but no less intensely, under the same oppressor. In that slogan I saw the seeds of how easily victims can become perpetrators.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani began his address with a recitation from the Qur’an. He then said what he has said before, on hundreds of occasions. The only way for the struggle to succeed, he said, was to turn to the Qur’an for guidance. He said Islam would guide the struggle and that it was a complete social and moral code that would govern the people of a free Kashmir. He said Pakistan had been created as the home of Islam, and that that goal should never be subverted. He said just as Pakistan belonged to Kashmir, Kashmir belonged to Pakistan. He said minority communities would have full rights and their places of worship would be safe. Each point he made was applauded.

I imagined myself standing in the heart of a Hindu nationalist rally being addressed by the Bharatiya Janata party’s (BJP) LK Advani. Replace the word Islam with the word Hindutva, replace the word Pakistan with Hindustan, replace the green flags with saffron ones and we would have the BJP’s nightmare vision of an ideal India.

Is that what we should accept as our future? Monolithic religious states handing down a complete social and moral code, “a complete way of life”? Millions of us in India reject the Hindutva project. Our rejection springs from love, from passion, from a kind of idealism, from having enormous emotional stakes in the society in which we live. What our neighbours do, how they choose to handle their affairs does not affect our argument, it only strengthens it.

Arguments that spring from love are also fraught with danger. It is for the people of Kashmir to agree or disagree with the Islamist project (which is as contested, in equally complex ways, all over the world by Muslims, as Hindutva is contested by Hindus). Perhaps now that the threat of violence has receded and there is some space in which to debate views and air ideas, it is time for those who are part of the struggle to outline a vision for what kind of society they are fighting for. Perhaps it is time to offer people something more than martyrs, slogans and vague generalisations. Those who wish to turn to the Qur’an for guidance will no doubt find guidance there. But what of those who do not wish to do that, or for whom the Qur’an does not make place? Do the Hindus of Jammu and other minorities also have the right to self-determination? Will the hundreds of thousands of Kashmiri Pandits living in exile, many of them in terrible poverty, have the right to return? Will they be paid reparations for the terrible losses they have suffered? Or will a free Kashmir do to its minorities what India has done to Kashmiris for 61 years? What will happen to homosexuals and adulterers and blasphemers? What of thieves and lafangas and writers who do not agree with the “complete social and moral code”? Will we be put to death as we are in Saudi Arabia? Will the cycle of death, repression and bloodshed continue? History offers many models for Kashmir’s thinkers and intellectuals and politicians to study. What will the Kashmir of their dreams look like? Algeria? Iran? South Africa? Switzerland? Pakistan?

At a crucial time like this, few things are more important than dreams. A lazy utopia and a flawed sense of justice will have consequences that do not bear thinking about. This is not the time for intellectual sloth or a reluctance to assess a situation clearly and honestly.

Already the spectre of partition has reared its head. Hindutva networks are alive with rumours about Hindus in the valley being attacked and forced to flee. In response, phone calls from Jammu reported that an armed Hindu militia was threatening a massacre and that Muslims from the two Hindu majority districts were preparing to flee. Memories of the bloodbath that ensued and claimed the lives of more than a million people when India and Pakistan were partitioned have come flooding back. That nightmare will haunt all of us forever.

However, none of these fears of what the future holds can justify the continued military occupation of a nation and a people. No more than the old colonial argument about how the natives were not ready for freedom justified the colonial project.

Of course there are many ways for the Indian state to continue to hold on to Kashmir. It could do what it does best. Wait. And hope the people’s energy will dissipate in the absence of a concrete plan. It could try and fracture the fragile coalition that is emerging. It could extinguish this non-violent uprising and re-invite armed militancy. It could increase the number of troops from half a million to a whole million. A few strategic massacres, a couple of targeted assassinations, some disappearances and a massive round of arrests should do the trick for a few more years.

The unimaginable sums of public money that are needed to keep the military occupation of Kashmir going is money that ought by right to be spent on schools and hospitals and food for an impoverished, malnutritioned population in India. What kind of government can possibly believe that it has the right to spend it on more weapons, more concertina wire and more prisons in Kashmir?

The Indian military occupation of Kashmir makes monsters of us all. It allows Hindu chauvinists to target and victimise Muslims in India by holding them hostage to the freedom struggle being waged by Muslims in Kashmir.

India needs azadi from Kashmir just as much as – if not more than – Kashmir needs azadi from India.

Isha Khan

RAW in Nepal
August 20, 2008, 12:46 pm
Filed under: India, Nepal
Issues galore!

Kathmandu: Nepal as a nation-state has very calculatedly entered into an era that is to be henceforth dominated by the REDS. The two major REDS, read the Maoists and the UML, if go on board together compromising on critical issues in a friendly manner, the coalition can continue for decades and decades.

But the question is whether the REDS who have a habit of being at each other’s throats on even petty issues could prolong their “intimacy” for the broader interest of the Communist alliance?

The power struggle has already begun in between the two major constituent, the Maoists and the UML over the “allocation” of key portfolios. Hopefully, if the wrangling over sharing of the power-booty takes an ugly shape the bonhomie in between the two REDS will disintegrate like the house of cards.

In addition, the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum which has emerged as the key player in Nepali politics possesses the potential to swing the two communist veterans, Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Jhal Nath Khanal in a way as desired by the Forum managers.

As of writing this story Tuesday afternoon, the parties in coalition- the UML, the Maoists and the MJF- were fighting with each other over ministerial berths.

Analysts presume that the current bickering will continue to irk this alliances in the days to come if one were to take into account the “characters and the habits” of Nepali parties when it came to the power distribution scheme.

The Delhi formula:

It has been exactly thirty three months of the signing of the most (in) famous Delhi sponsored and “prearranged” peace agreement that facilitated the Maoists to assume power in Nepal.

Intelligent brains thus are advised to mull over as to whether the Maoists brought the then agitating liberals to their sphere of political influence or vice versa upon signing the New Delhi engineered agreement that was so scrupulously signed by the then seven parties in alliance against the Royal regime?


With the Maoists coming to power, what has come to the fore is that the New Delhi establishment first wanted to do away with the Royal institution, which it did successfully, and then preferred the entire Nepali Congress paraphernalia to vanish in the ethereal medium which is what has been the case since August 15, 2008.

Thus if the Institution of the monarchy was forced to say good bye to the nation after thirty one months of signing the Delhi agreement then the party of the so called liberals, the Nepali Congress, too tentatively has decayed after thirty three months of the said agreement. Some even say that with Koirala going out of the country’s political scene, his legacy too has come to an end once and for all. Poor Sujata Koirala.

The Indian gift:

What else could be a best gift to the Nepali Congress that the party that ran under the dictatorial whims and the diktats of the Koiralas’ and also remained as a “servant of the Indian establishment” since its inception some six decades back was defeated by the Maoists on a very special day for the Nepali Congress-15th August which coincidentally is the day when the Indians gained independence from their former British masters.

To recall, last week on Friday, 15 August, Prime Minister Koirala was ousted democratically by none less than the Maoist leader, Pushpa Kamal Dahal and thus this special date will be remembered by both Koirala and Mr. Dahal. The first for his ouster and the second one for his elevation as the country’s Prime Minister. This date has symbolic importance.

The US prophecy:

No wonder then the United States Ambassador James F. Moriarty had said February 15, 2006 had said at a Kathmandu gathering that he saw the India sponsored agreement singed on November 22, 2005 as a design of the Maoists to bring the democratic parties then in agitation into their sphere of political influence. With Pushpa Kamal Dahal bouncing to the power corridors of Nepal well within thirty months of the 2005 agreement in many more ways than one proves that the US Ambassador’s prediction made then was more than correct.

Uphill tasks ahead:

Having said this, analysts wish to dwell upon the Himalayan odd jobs that lay ahead of the former rebel leader who has assumed the post of the country’s Prime Minister.

Firstly, how Prachanda when twisted by the Indian establishment escapes unharmed will have to be watched. It is hoped that the Indian authorities who have had provided shelter and other logistics to the Maoists while being in New Delhi and had also encouraged the latter to wage a sort of fierce struggle with the King will hundred percent ask for the repayment both in cash and kind from the Maoists.

No free luncheon in the diplomacy and thus no wonder that the Saturn like southern neighbor has already sent its special emissaries to sound to the Maoists leader turned Nepal’s Prime Minister that he has to pay now. These uninvited Indian luminaries were located at the swearing in ceremony of Nepal’s new prime Minister Monday afternoon. The Indian national are here to “congratulate” Nepal’s new prime Minister. The Indian tamasha.

Yechuri factor:

Nepal’s real Indian mentor, Sita Ram Yechuri is soon to land in Kathmandu. He will do so under the pretext of congratulating Prime Minister of Nepal. Though this would be just a cover for his “dangerous” visit to Nepal, he is coming to Nepal, say analysts, to press Pushpa Kamal Dahal to offer more Hydro Projects to India and that too at a dirt cheap price. Needless to say Yechuri was the one who managed the “camaraderie” of the Maoists with the Sonia’s government in New Delhi. Analysts remain determined that though Yechuri is a friend of Prachanda but then yet from heart and soul he is an Indian national and thus he would ask free advantages for his country from Nepal’s Prime Minister. Failing to pay back, Yechuri might bring about calamity to the entire Maoist paraphernalia.

The Yechuri factor is sure to dilute the nationalist credentials of the Maoists in the days ahead. Yechuri is right when he asks the repayment of all what he did for the Maoists while they were in NOIDA, New Delhi via Nepali Jungles. But what the new Maoist led government will provide to the Indian establishment will have to be watched?

To recall, Yechuri is the son-in-law of D.R. Joshi. Mr. Joshi is a high level functionary of the Indian intelligence agency.

To boot, former Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula too is the son-in-law of the same RAW official and thus Sitaula and Yechuri are brothers by law. Thus Yechuri’s friendship with Prachanda smells rat.

The RAW connection:

 By now it has already been established that the Maoists are fair “intimacy” with the Indian Intelligence agency-RAW. At time of the presidential election, it was in the rumor that the Maoists preferred the candidacy of the legendary republican leader Ram Raja Prasad Singh under the instructions of the RAW.

Media reports have it that the RAW Kathmandu manager Mr. Alok Joshi’s sphere of political influence in the Maoists camp is all pervasive and binding as well. No wonder then at a recent Central Committee meeting of the Maoists held in Kathmandu the Maoists leader Mohan Vaidya alias KIRAN bluntly said that his party was experiencing the “hurricane” from the South on a regular basis and that some of “our friends” deliberately open the “windows” to allow the Southern wind to enter into their room.

Mr. KIRAN is considered as a hardliner in the Maoist camp.

No wonder then many a Maoists CC members now conclude that the party of the ex-rebels is inching towards the South. Unsubstantiated reports have it that the Maoists camp is currently divided into two distinct groups: the first comprises of those members who want to liberate Nepal from the clutches of the Indian establishment. The other understandably is of the opinion that Nepal can’t proceed towards the path of development without the support of expansionist India. 

How PM Mr. Dahal brings out the country and his party from the firm grips of Monsieur Alok Joshi will be no less interesting event to observe.

Prachanda’s quandary:

Pushpa Kamal Dahal has assumed the post of the PM of Nepal at a time when the country is on the verge of collapse.

This apart, he will have an uphill task to keep his high ranking party members united or else the party can explode with a big bang any time soon.

The Indian factor will boggle the mind of the new Prime Minister. Even a slight mistake on the part of Mr. Dahal while “dealing” with the expansionist neighbor will instantly oxidize his nationalist credentials that would allow the intellectuals to equate him with the power hungry and declared India’s servant, Koirala, which he was by all means.

How he proceeds in the days ahead will be worth watching. No less interesting would be his impending dealing with the leech like Indian nationals of the sorts of Yechuri, Bhadauria, Tripathi and the daddy of them all, Mr. Shyam Saran-the master destructive brain who ultimately wants Nepal broken into pieces. His efforts in this regards are on through his “salaried” stooges in Nepal, rumors claim.

If Saran is denied what he wants from Prachanda then what is for sure is that the latter’s days will be numbered in the government structure.

Isha Khan

The Mourning Moon
August 19, 2008, 8:23 pm
Filed under: Muslims, Pakistan

The Mourning Moon

By Prem Raj

The black out adds the darkness veiling the Bagram air port in Afghanistan. It’s a pin drop silence but shattered when the screaming pierces through the stillness sheet of midnight. Scream after scream create a rhythm leaping on to touch the sky but on the other moment falling like an injured bird, striking with one hillock to the other coining resonance of pain, agony and torture, hovering like a soul eager to enter back to the body confined in the torture cell set by the CIA.

The melancholy atmosphere grips people with qualms, horror and panic. That looks to be every thing wailing with the wave of painful screaming, which generates numbness in the body.

‘Who is crying’, an inquisitive six years old boy, dressed immaculately asks his father a U.S. sergeant going on vacations.

‘A witch, my son, has been crying since five years. People in the area have got used to her screaming and the sound of her mourning guides people only to synchronize their watches, as these bemoaning cries can mark lasting effects alone on the new arrivals.’ ‘Do you know about her’, asks the son in a frightful tone.

‘Yes, I am a member of a team who is investigating this Muslim woman.’

“She is a ‘Macho Woman’ could not break down, though so fragile, weak and brittle. I exactly remember when five years back she was abducted by the locally purchased agents on the direction of the American F.B.I., from Karachi, along with her three children; one out of them of tender age, later on was handed over to the investigating team of specialists handling her in the torture cell close to the Bagram Air Port in Afghanistan.

The “gray lady of Bagram” is the greyhound who was born in Karachi in March 1972. In the United States she attended colleges in the Boston, falling in the domain of Massachusetts. In the year 1992, as a sophomore at MIT she received a Carroll L.Wilson Award for her research proposal, on the subject of “Islamization in Pakistan and its effects on the Women”. As a subordinate she received a $ 1,200 award through MIT’s LINKS programme to help clean up Cambridge elementary school playgrounds. This untiring, unassuming scrupulous woman worked in the MIT libraries apart from her commitment with the studies. After her graduation from MIT in 1995 she wrote an article for the MIT Information Systems about how to download computer programs while using the File Transfer Protocol and then the same emerging as World Wide Web.

Later on she graduated from Brandeis University in the subject of Neuroscience and received her Ph.D. degree in 2001 for her dissertation, entitled “Separating the Components of Imitation”. Always wearing scarf covering her head, an Islamic symbol and a smile running across the face, she was greeting every one in and outside the campus. This genius lasso a fairy in the campus became the most popular figure. These are the typical traits of all the Muslim terrorists to trap the people.

We lashed all sorts of atrocities on her but this dangerous woman did not divulge single information about Al-Qaeda to which she belonged. I have served in Iraq as well prior to my posting in Afghanistan in this set up of C.I.A. There people talk of cruelties of Yazid in battle of Karbala faced by Husssain the grand son of MUHAMMAD (Peace Be upon Him) but will shiver when the tragic tale of this woman attached to the continuous malevolent, ravening brutality is going to be dawned on the world. It is the marathon of catastrophe which this woman is labouring having a mountain heart. When I interrogated her first, instead of replying, she would just nod her head parallel to the ground like a pendulum with the sarcastic smile reining the face fully dressed with hatred and odium. These were December nights & the moon in its full youth consigning its rays through cell bars making zebra crossings on this frail woman of effete.

Who funded you for your nefarious activities? Very comfortably she nodded her head in the like direction and the image drawing a line of minus on the wall in the moon-light, portraying ‘nay’. I frowned and gave a full punch on her nose which broke like a glass hit on the wall with a fountain of blood oozing out. Before getting unconscious she yelled, ALLAHU AKBAR, ALLAHU AKBAR, ALLAHU AKBAR…… in the mid of a night, the sound echoing to tear apart the cell walls and breaking the iron bars like the fluttering birds to liberate the soul from the body advancing to spike the ceiling of the sky.

Her nose broke in the manner that the bone completely got minced, the flesh spread on the face looked like a parachute having fallen on ground and she appeared to be the true drawing of a caricature. The doctor was called upon to make it erect like endeavouring to pitch the tent but failed in his attempt due to the meager resources available in the camp and C.I.A. was never ready to expose her to the public while taking her to the proper hospital. Thus the nose was reset in an improper fashion and this became blessing in disguise that she even could not recognize herself after venturing of hand made plastic surgery. As the wound was disturbed in the open and the doctor acting like a cobbler who sits on the pavement without injecting anesthesia sewing the bunch of flesh trying to prove his artisan thus the swelling grew which appeared to be the sand dune covering the complete face. And the beauty is she never complained against the cruelties rather kept reciting the verses from the Holy Quran in the hour of calamity and was blessed with the immense fighting spirit. After seeing her great confidence we all got scared of her hence decided to go in pair especially at night to deal with the this witch.

It almost took a month to get the nose tamed on her face. It was the duty of Peter, on the fateful night that declined to accompany a friend exhibiting his mettle to handle the ghost. It was pitch dark when he approached to her cell with the help of the guard who unlocked the chain of the sliding bars holding torch in his hand. She was resting her back with the wall lying motionless on the floor. In the hour of silence one could hear only the foot tramping of the soldier moving in the corridor. Peter started scrolling his fingers on face of the ghostly woman as the fingers reached close to her lips the injured lioness roared and then locked her two brackets of teeth on to the two surveying fingers which almost got chewed and did not leave until the guard came to rescue him that too hitting her with butts & bayonets. Peter ran out of the cell crying at top of his voice. And the Witch not bothering about her bleeding, murmuring in rage, am a Muslim no one can dare to touch me except death, no one can dare to touch me except death……………..and then shouting, ALLAHU AKBAR, ALLAHU AKBAR, ALLAHU AKBAR..

The fingers of Peter got infected and ultimately were amputated. Now she being hardened criminal was shifted to another cell especially made for her where the cameras linked with the T.V. screen were fixed to read her reactions and record her waffling. She was put to chains and the head resting in the iron bracket was fixed in the wall to make her motionless, hence her eyes lodged on to a focal point. High powered bulbs ranging up to 5000 watt were also put to light her body round the clock. Mostly she refused to take the food declaring it Haram, especially when the dish made of pig meat offered or the meal cooked in the fats of the said animal.

On 10th day of her housing in the new cell in chilled weather, water with the pipe was lowered to fill the cell. Astonishingly she remained placid and calm trying to rotate her eye balls in the direction of the new entrant to welcome the guest. When the water first touched her feet she laughed like the baby who finds surprisingly a toy after crawling and when that reached up to her waist level she sat like a bride in the palanquin enjoying every morsel of the moment. It was all disturbing and hence decided to stamp a wound lacerating her soul permanently beyond the body injuries. So Anderson & Peter brought her youngest son of 7 months old raising the crying baby high, to bring him in line of her sight. Now she quivered, swayed and oscillated her body in pains where the chains striking with the walls sounding like wind boxing the chimes to cause emotions of love enchanting a lullaby for her son. Peter repeatedly threw him like a ball to touch the ceiling of the cell. She kept swerving like a bird in the trap.

And then Peter abandoned the infant in to the water. Oh, Lord! Take my soul but save my child, lady begged for mercy from Him, but never asked the favour from us standing close to her child. Your God is too far to listen to the prayers why you don’t supplicate us to save his life, said Anderson. I shall pray only to Him who takes the life and confers death, scornfully, she yelled. She tried her best to keep her son above the surface of the water with the help of her feet and the legs and in this effort the iron bracket driven in the wall came out which was fastened with the large nail, while letting her neck free to move around.

The last breath of his soul became few bubbles on the surface of water which were soon put off and the body of an infant started floating on the water surface in front of her eyes. The acrimony and squirm in her eyes was splashing scintillation. Her head bowed, she prayed, “O, Allah! Thee are the master of our souls and the son you gave I return unto you. My Lord, am pleased with you, and be pleased to me. Forgive me for my sins and keep me steadfast and never leave me alone because thee is the Lord of the universe”. And then suddenly she struck the shackles and screamed in the mid of a dark night…… ALLAHU AKBAR, ALLAHU AKBAR, ALLAHU AKBAR…Both of them got afraid and did not dare to fish the child out of the water as his body was floating close to her. They hurriedly came out as the witch may not grab them.

Peter was so afraid that next morning his body temperature rose to 104 C. Then next day a party was sent to bring the child out of the water. Now she was released from the chains and the iron bracket was also removed which was hanging around her neck. The water in the cell was doffed of.

It was fifth year of companionship with this hardened criminal that had failed C.I.A. miserably. For these years the plastic bullets were fired which left marks on her body. Now it was decided to paralyse her permanently thus her kidney was removed, her nails were separated from the skin, her large intestine was dislodged, her teeth forsaken and on each count she would always yell for……… ALLAHU AKBAR, ALLAHU AKBAR, ALLAHU AKBAR !

On hearing these shouts a gun shot was fired on her. My beloved son, it is right there in the holy book of Muslims that Christians and the Jews can never be the friends of Muslims, hence any repentance on swiping cruelties on this stupid, skunk woman of Islam will be a futile prodigy.

One night we recorded her sentiments almost in the form of poetical verses of this injured nightingale, yet determined to fight back:

Stars on the sky are my tears
Glowing on the lake like chandeliers
Wounds are roses of all seasons
Painful tunes unfurling clarion
Death dancing with the evening
An infinite love thus raining
I am in the arms of God
Who saves from all the odds
My soul parting in His way
A sense of pride and a ray”

‘My dear Pa, but who is the terrorist in this episode’, asked the son inquisitively. ‘Of course the witch’, my son, said father. ‘If the Muslims kill your innocent son who breeds no animosity, what will you say to that?, asked the son. No, we want to eliminate all the Muslims from this piece of Earth to secure the Americans, the Jews and the Christians to live in peace. We are doing for the betterment of humanity’, replied father.

‘In my heart now I fully believe that there are no terrorists in the world except the Americans and if there is any that has been hatched by the Americans’, said the son. ‘But what is the name of this “Gray Lady of Bagram”? asked the son. ‘Doctor Aafia Siddiqui the ALLAHU AKBAR’. And in this starry night once again the sound ruffled in the air which caused earthquake on Bagram Air Port, compelling every body to hold their breath while leaving father bathed in sweat from top to the bottom. The screams after screams letting the wind read ALLAHU AKBAR, ALLAHU AKBAR..

Prem Raj

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The ‘Hanification’ of Xinjiang
August 19, 2008, 4:55 pm
Filed under: China, Muslims
The ‘Hanification’ of Xinjiang

By Peter Navarro

While Tibet has played the role of China’s “rock star” to human-rights activists around the world, China’s Xinjiang province has been treated more like an unwanted stepchild. One reason is that Tibet has a true rock star in the exiled Dalai Lama. Another reason is that the strife in Xinjiang involves Muslim ethnic minorities with alleged ties to the most hated man in the Western world – Osama bin Laden. All of this, however, is simply unfair because what is happening in Xinjiang in terms of human-rights violations may be even worse than the Tibetan repression.

Xinjiang is China’s largest province geographically but, with its extremes of heat and cold and desert climate, it is also one of its most sparsely populated. This province was formally annexed to the Manchu Qing Empire as early as 1759 but, for all practical purposes, it remained under the control of provincial warlords until the ascendancy of the Communist Party in 1949. That was when one of the most interesting, and possibly most ruthless historical events was ever perpetrated – one that allowed China to bring Xinjiang under its iron-fist control.

During the immediate post-World War II period, Xinjiang was controlled by Stalin and the Soviet-backed East Turkistan Republic. Reluctant to support a nationalist Muslim regime on the border of the then-Soviet Central Asian republics, Stalin brokered what appeared to be a peaceful accommodation between the Muslim leaders of East Turkistan and Mao Zedong’s government. However, the plane carrying the East Turkistan leadership to Beijing to negotiate the peace agreement mysteriously – and all too conveniently – crashed and killed all aboard. In the ensuing leadership vacuum, Mao’s forces stepped in and assumed control of Xinjiang, an “autonomous province” in name only.

From an agricultural point of view, much of Xinjiang is a virtual dustbowl in no small part because of overgrazing, deforestation, overplowing, and the failed efforts of the central government to turn grasslands into farmland. However, beneath Xinjiang’s dusty soil and mountainous steppes lies buried 40% of China’s coal reserves. Equally abundant and far more precious to the central government are oil and natural gas deposits that total the equivalent of about 30 billion tons of oil and represent one-fourth to one-third of China’s total petroleum reserves.

Xinjiang is not just one of China’s best bets for energy resources. Bordering eight countries in Central Asia and the Russian Federation, Xinjiang also has important strategic value. Central Asia can serve as a transshipment area for Middle East oil should war ever break out over Taiwan or China’s various claims for oil reserves in the South China Seas. Central Asia republics such as Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan also have large petroleum reserves of their own that can help lessen China’s Middle East oil dependence. For these reasons, China is building a vast network of modern infrastructure that includes railways, roads, and pipelines linking Xinjiang eastward to China’s petroleum-thirsty industrial heartland and west and north to Central Asia and Russia.

In Xinjiang, the majority of the population consists of a Muslim Turkic people called the Uyghurs. These Uyghurs face some of the harshest and most repressive measures in the world under the jackboots of Chinese communism – arguably even more oppressive than what the Tibetans face. Any independent religious activity can be equated to a “breach of state security”, activists are regularly arrested and tortured, and despite its sparse population, Xinjiang’s ethnic groups suffer more executions for state security crimes than any other province.

Tragically, repression in Xinjiang has only intensified in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. The Chinese government seized on this attack on American soil as a golden opportunity to cut a very clever deal with the US. China would support the US’s “war on terror” if the United States would agree that the separatist activities of the Uyghurs represented not simply an indigenous rebellion against autocratic rule but rather a legitimate terrorist threat with ties to al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden. As part of its deal with America, China now defines a terrorist in Xinjiang as anyone who thinks “separatist thoughts”, and Xinjiang’s jails are crowded with such pseudo-terrorists.

Although China’s iron-fisted repression in Xinjiang borders on the unbearable, what sticks most in the Uyghur craw is the ongoing “Hanification” of Xinjiang. As a matter of policy, for decades the Chinese government has sought to pacify Xinjiang by importing large portions of its Han population from other, primarily poor areas – and even by exporting young Uyghur women of child-bearing age out of the region.

Consider this chilling passage from Reuters:

China’s government is forcibly moving young women of the ethnic Uyghur minority from their homes in Xinjiang to factories in eastern China, a Uyghur activist told the US Congress on Wednesday. Rebiya Kadeer, jailed for more than five years for championing the rights of the Muslim Uyghurs before being sent into exile in the United States, called for US help in stopping a program she said had already removed more than 240,000 people, mostly women, from Xinjiang. The women face harsh treatment with 12-hour work days and often see wages withheld for months … Many suspect that the Chinese government policy is to get them to marry majority Han Chinese in China’s cities while resettling Han in traditional Uyghur lands …

Today, as a result of these policies, the Han population is rising at a rate twice as fast as that of the Uyghur population. Rather than being pacified or tamed by the growing Han population, the Uyghurs are simply becoming more and more radicalized. There is a very bitter and dangerous irony in this ethnic strife reported in the Economist:

Whereas the Uyghurs historically have been “among the world’s most liberal and pro-Western Muslims, fundamentalist Islam is gaining sway among young Uyghur men. Today, Uyghurs report that small-scale clashes break out nearly every day between Chinese and Uyghurs in Xinjiang’s western cities.

It is unlikely that a full-blown guerrilla movement will emerge in Xinjiang to engage Chinese forces in an Algerian- or Vietnamese-style revolt. The populace is simply too small, and Chinese security forces are too big and powerful. However, in an age of “suitcase” nuclear bombs and biological terrorist weapons, China is increasingly exposed to attacks from Uyghur separatists at soft target points such as the Three Gorges Dam or any one of its teeming cities. Indeed, as we have seen in a series of recent attacks, Uyghur separatists are showing an increasing ability to strike at Chinese targets.

The question ultimately for this conflict – and the fate of the Uyghur people – is how this conflict will be judged by world opinion. Will the Uyghurs be seen as a ruthlessly oppressed people being gradually exterminated through the policy of Hanification? Or will the taint of a Bin Laden connection prevent the same kind of world outrage that we now witness over Tibet? It is an open question – and one that the Chinese government itself could deftly sidestep if it simply began to treat its autonomous regions as truly autonomous.

Peter Navarro is a professor at the Merage School of Business at the University of California-Irvine, a CNBC contributor, and author of The Coming China Wars (FT Press).
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