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How India fumbled response to Mumbai attack

December 4, 2008

It took 10 minutes for word of the Nov. 26 , Mumbai terror assaults to reach the top of the government of Maharashtra state, but nearly 10 hours for India‘s best commando team to reach the scene.

That delay may help to explain why it took three days for India’s security forces to overpower 10 assailants who police say killed at least 188 people and wounded more than 280.

By Padma Rao Sundarji, McClatchy Newspapers

Indecision by politicians and the delay in launching the commando force, however, don’t fully account for the extent of the slaughter, which now threatens to escalate into conflict between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan , where the attacks are thought to have been planned.

“This was not the fault of any one organ of the security apparatus, but a systemic failure,” said Arun Bhagat , a former chief of India’s Intelligence Bureau , India’s main domestic intelligence agency.

Indian officials ignored advance intelligence warnings. Police officers ran away from the scenes of carnage because they lacked weapons, and their bulletproof vests were said to be defective. The Indian coast guard doesn’t have night vision equipment, much less the more advanced human detection gear used by China , Japan and other countries.

India’s security agencies are now rushing to point the finger at each other.

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Top Republican senators oppose automaker bailout

November 16, 2008

Top Republican senators said Sunday they will oppose a Democratic plan to bail out Detroit automakers, calling the U.S. industry a “dinosaur” whose “day of reckoning” is coming. Their opposition raises serious doubts about whether the plan will pass in this week’s postelection session.

Democratic leaders want to use $25 billion of the $700 billion financial industry bailout to help General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC.

By Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press Writer

Sens. Richard Shelby of Alabama and Jon Kyl of Arizona said it would be a mistake to use any of the Wall Street rescue money to prop up the automakers. They said an auto bailout would only postpone the industry’s demise.
Richard Shelby
Senator Shelby

“Companies fail every day and others take their place. I think this is a road we should not go down,” said Shelby, the senior Republican on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.

General Motors headquarters is seen October 26, 2008 in Detroit, ... 
General Motors headquarters is seen October 26, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan. Picture taken October 26, 2008.(Rebecca Cook/Reuters)

“They’re not building the right products,” he said. “They’ve got good workers but I don’t believe they’ve got good management. They don’t innovate. They’re a dinosaur in a sense.”

Added Kyl, the Senate’s second-ranking Republican: “Just giving them $25 billion doesn’t change anything. It just puts off for six months or so the day of reckoning.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said over the weekend that the House would provide aid to the ailing industry, though she did not put a price on her plan.

“The House is ready to do it,” said Democratic Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. “There’s no downside to trying.”
Rep. Barney Frank, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Christopher J. Dodd were among the congressional Democrats negotiating the bailout settlement on Sunday. (Joseph Silverman/The Washington Times)

Above: Ready to bail, from L to R: Rep. Barney Frank, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Christopher J. Dodd. Photo by Joseph Silverman

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China, Vietnam Gripped Again By Mighty Winter Cold

February 18, 2008

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
February 18, 2008

China’s Xinhua news agency on Monday reported on renewed cold in northern Vietnam and mountainous Yunnan province, China. 
In Vietnam the cold killed 60,000 cattle and in China 800,000 people are stranded.
In Vietnam the record cold killed about 7,349 cattle in Ha Giang province, 6,400 in Lao Cai and 5,571 in Bac Can province.
In China’s Yunnan province eighty percent of the population of Qujing city remain without electricity and heat due to the combined impacts of severald cold spells.  The first heavy snows and sub zero cold hit this part of China in early January.
About 100,000 migratory birds have disappeared in eastern China during the recent severe cold and snow.
In Taiwan, vegetable prices are up 30 to 50% in the last three weeks due to cold weather.

In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, a rickshaw ... 
In this photo released by China’s Xinhua news agency, a rickshaw paddler moves in the snow in Yinchuan, capital of northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008. The city sees the first snowfall after the Spring Festival.
(AP Photo/ Xinhua, Wang Peng)

The record cold, freezing and snow has engulfed nations and peoples from Afghanistan eastward to China since before January 1, 2008.

In Afghanistan, mountainous wild animals have come into lowland villages seeking food.

Officials in Pakistan say 1,000 people have died from exposure.In China, as the Lunar New Year was starting, 20 million migrants had family travel plans disrupted.Related:
Roughest Winter Ever in Afghanistan, Pakistan, China — Thousands Die From Exposure

Darfur peacekeeping set back by 6 months

January 10, 2008
By JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press Writer 

UNITED NATIONS – U.N. peacekeeping forces lack the troops and equipment necessary to improve the situation in violence-wracked Darfur and will continue to be ineffective until mid-2008, the U.N. peacekeeping chief cautioned Wednesday.

United Nations officials are discussing with Ukraine and Russia ways of obtaining helicopters and other equipment while also considering pulling them away from other U.N. peacekeeping missions, said Jean-Marie Guehenno, the

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Pakistan elections delayed by 1 month

January 2, 2008
By MUNIR AHMAD, Associated Press Writer

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Elections will be delayed by one month following the turmoil sparked by Benazir Bhutto‘s assassination, despite opposition threats of street protests unless the crucial vote is held Jan. 8 as originally planned, a top official said Tuesday.

A senior Election Commission official told The Associated Press that the commission has agreed on a new date. He indicated it would not be before the second week of February, but refused to disclose the exact schedule before the formal announcement on Wednesday.

Opposition parties accused Pakistan‘s government of delaying parliamentary elections to avoid likely defeat and said Wednesday they feared the move could ….

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Putin arrives in Iran for historic visit

October 16, 2007

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press Writer

TEHRAN, Iran – Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Tehran on Tuesday for a historic visit to hold talks on Iran’s nuclear program and attend a Caspian sea summit.

The visit, the first by a Kremlin leader since World War II, is taking place despite warnings of a possible assassination plot and amid hopes that a round of personal diplomacy could help offer a solution to an international standoff on Iran’s nuclear program.

Putin’s trip was thrown into doubt when the Kremlin said Sunday that he had been informed by Russian special services that suicide attackers might ….

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Putin delays Iran visit amid plot report

October 16, 2007

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press Writer

TEHRAN, Iran – Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged Monday to negotiate with Iran on behalf of the international community in their nuclear standoff, although he didn’t come to Tehran as scheduled amid warnings of a possible assassination plot.

Putin’s planned trip, the first here by a Kremlin leader since World War II, raised hopes that personal diplomacy could find a solution to the impasse over the Iranian nuclear program, but he delayed his arrival, which had been set for Monday evening.

The Russian leader insisted to reporters in Germany that he was going ahead with the trip, but the Kremlin declined to discuss details….

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