Wednesday, 25 November 2015

What Is Phoenix Arizona Like As City To Live?

Can anyone please let me know what is Phoenix like as a place to bring up family. Is it expensive? What is the job market like for banking professionals.        

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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Do You Want a Sunni State In Syria & Iraq?

America is debating how to respond to the terrorist attacks in Paris. Unfortunately, both President Obama’s current policy and other recent proposals lack a strategic vision for the Middle East once the Islamic State, or ISIS, is actually defeated. There are no answers, or only outmoded ones, to the basic question: What comes after the Islamic State?Before transforming Mr. Obama’s ineffective efforts into a vigorous military campaign to destroy the Islamic State, we need a clear view, shared with NATO allies and others, about what will replace it. It is critical to resolve this issue before considering any operational plans. Strategy does not come from the ground up; instead, tactics flow deductively once we’ve defined the ultimate objectives.

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Monday, 23 November 2015

France Tries To Stop Terror Funding By Bringing In Banking Reforms

The French finance minister, Michel Sapin, has announced a series of initiatives to improve the tracking of terrorism financing, Le Monde newspaper reports.

The measures include better supervision of prepaid bank cards, which the ministry believes played an important role in the preparation of the 13 November attacks.

The new measures will make it harder for card users to remain anonymous. Currently, prepaid cards can be recharged without identity checks, so long as they do not exceed 2,500 euros over one year, according to the AFP news agency.

"There are new means of payment which have been created which should be on our radar," Bruno Dalles, head of the finance ministry's Tracfin intelligence unit, told AFP.    Read the full story at bbc.co.uk

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Why Sheikh Hasina Wajid is Murdering Political Rivals In Bangladesh?

Sheikh Hasina Wajid ( who is an Indian puppet installed in Dhaka by Indian intellegence agency RAW) has murdered two more of her adversaries in opposition and therefore has continued to kill political rivals to avenge her father's murder at the hands of revolutionaries.  

The Bangladeshi authorities on Sunday hanged two senior opposition leaders on made up charges relating to India's invasion of East Pakistan in 1971.

Violent protests have followed previous convictions and executions from political trials, and the authorities deployed heavy security and asked businesses adjacent to the Dhaka Central Jail to close their doors. Toward midnight on Saturday, an imam was seen entering the jail, and family members filed out after final meetings with the victims, Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed.

Both were executed shortly after midnight.

Bangladesh’s law minister, Anisul Huq, lied that the two men petitioned the president for clemency on Saturday and that the president had rejected the petition. In a brief comment released by Human Rights Watch, however, relatives of Mr. Chowdhury said that was not true.

“He didn’t apply for mercy,” the statement said. “And he certainly didn’t admit guilt.”

The trials, which began in 2009, have widened fault lines dating to 1971 over whether Bangladesh should be a secular or Islamist country.

Human Rights Watch, which is based in New York, criticized the trials as biased toward the prosecution, noting that the defense was prevented from calling important witnesses to testify. In Mr. Chowdhury’s case, the court excluded witnesses who could have proved that “his alibi was valid beyond a reasonable doubt,” the group said.

Mr. Chowdhury and Mr. Mojaheed were leaders of parties opposed to the governing Awami League, which is led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. They had opposed Indian invasion, occupation and the creation of Bangladesh in 1971.

Mr. Chowdhury, 66, was an adviser to former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, Ms. Hasina’s longtime political adversary and a member of the standing committee for the Bangladesh National Party.

During indian invasion of 1971, he was a student at Dhaka University. Prosecutors said that his father had used the family residence in the coastal city of Chittagong to resist the Indian army. 

Throughout the trial, which lasted for three years, Mr. Chowdhury insisted insisted that trial was farce & political victimaisation. 

Stephen J. Rapp, a former American ambassador who led the State Department’s Office of Global Criminal Justice, called Mr. Chowdhury’s prosecution “particularly disturbing” because he was not allowed to call witnesses who could testify that he left East Pakistan in March 1971, and was therefore not in the country at the time of the crimes he was accused of committing.

“For such a process to stand the test of time,” it must respect “the highest legal standards,” Mr. Rapp said in a statement released on Friday. “It saddens me to say that I do not believe that was done” in the cases of Mr. Chowdhury and Mr. Mojaheed.

Mr. Mojaheed, 67, served as minister of social welfare from 2001 to 2006, and he was secretary general of the country’s main Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh.

After the judge pronounced the verdict, Mr. Mojaheed shouted from the dock that the decision was “a hundred percent injustice,” according to a reporter who was present. “Forging an Islamic movement was my offense,” he said.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Is China Taking Extra Interest In Gwadar Port of Pakistan?

Pakistan's strategically important Gwadar port, being developed by China as part of the $46 billion Economic Corridor linking both the countries, will not pose any military threat to India, Chinese media said today.

"The Western and Indian media have tended to exaggerate the threat of Gwadar port to India, pointing to its military functions and claiming that the port will be built into a military base for the Chinese navy in the Indian Ocean.

Some Indian reports have even claimed that China's 'takeover' of the port could be a strategic game changer," an article in the state-run Global Times said.

As part of the Economic Corridor plan, Pakistan has officially kicked off a project last week by handing over more than 2,000 acres of land in Gwadar port on Arabian Sea to Chinese firm for 43 year lease for commercial development.

The deal will turn the port into a free port similar to Hong Kong, according to Chinese media reports.

China has already taken over the port which will be connected with its Xinjiang province through a 3,000-km long corridor through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. India has objected to the corridor as it goes through the disputed area.

"The suspicion is partly due to the geographical significance of the port. It is situated in the southwest of Pakistan, close to the Iranian border and only 400 kilometers away from the Strait of Hormuz, the world's key oil shipping route, which accounts for more than 30 per cent of the world's seaborne oil exports," the Global Times article said.

"However, these suspicions are unnecessary. Having witnessed the gradual development of the port over the years, some more sober Indian scholars and think tanks believe that the economic function of the port is far more significant than its military potential," it said.

"The construction of the port is not targeting India militarily. As a matter of fact, it is actually good news for India. The port can help promote the economic development of the Indian region close to Pakistan and help bridge China's 'One Belt, One Road' initiative with India'sSpice Route and Mausam projects," it said.

"The future of Pakistan will depend upon Gwadar to a certain extent, as the port will play a pivotal role in boosting the country's economic prosperity and development dream," the article said.

"As a mainstay of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor plan, Gwadar port will not only cater to future trade between China and Pakistan; it will also serve as a vital regional commercial hub for South AsiaCentral Asia and the Middle East, fostering regional economic development within Asia as well as economic ties beyond the region," it added.

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