Friday, January 20, 2006

Highlights 20th January 2006

Curbing maritime piracy in Bangladesh: UNCLOS provides that a state may commence pursuit of an offending ship within its territorial waters, and continue into international waters and the right of hot pursuit ends as soon as the fleeing ship enters its own or a third state's territorial waters. The requirement that an attack be motivated by private and material ends and that perpetrators stage an attack from one vessel against the crew or passengers of another vessel in order for the attack to qualify as piracy. Thus, an attack on a ship committed by its crew, its passengers, or stowaways likely would be excluded even though the social and economic harm would be identical to an attack that satisfied all of the UNCLOS elements......More

Islamists Pose a Growing Threat to Stability in Bangladesh: The BNP-dominated administration now faces an overt challenge to its authority, which, worryingly, manifest the operational hallmarks common in the wider international jihadist movement. At the same time, the coalition government continues to be constrained by the actions of its JIB and IOJ partners and arguably lacks the complete loyalty of the country's security and intelligence apparatus. Under such circumstances, the future prospect for stability in Bangladesh is bleak.....More

How South Asians view the US policies: Notwithstanding the fact that US is looking at South Asia with a renewed interest and there seems to be a lot of activity going on with regard to fixing the spotlight on the region, there seems little unanimity among countries in South Asia about their worldview of the US. The general perception in the region is ‘it’s hard to trust the Americans,’ the news report said. Its not uncommon thinking in India that US is pro Pakistan and no matter whatever way India engages US, Pakistan would be the first choice when America has to choose between the two. Contrary to India’s view, Pakistan’s perception is the signs of US gravitation towards India, would tilt the whole balance of power to one side and that do not auger well for regional peace and stability in South Asia....More

Inspiration or Instigation: Most of the songs evolve around five main topics – 1. Jihad for freedom from social inequality. 2. Criticism against the leadership of Awami League, BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami. While the opposition against Jamaat is very mild the resentment against AL is very pronounced.3. Deep respect for and profound confidence in Osama Bin Laden and Mollah Omar. 4. Deep hatred and resentment against the US, UK. There has been no mincing of words here. 5. Criticism of the bombing in the name of Islam. However, this criticism has been rather weak and not very precise....More

The new trend in Islamic music: Earlier Islamic music was limited to hamd, nath and ghazals. The subject matter of the songs were spiritual, praises of the poets, their lives and various significant religious events. These songs were sung by the madrassa students who needed no training. Such songs were presented in different mahfils, Islamic jalshas and special programmes of the madrassas. Things however are changing now.....More

One neighbour outsourcing terrorism to another: New Delhi- Leaflets and cassettes seized from radical Bangladeshi Islamic groups spew venom against America, Britain, India and Israel accusing them of forging a global anti-Muslim axis. “Islamic hardliners, from Algeria to the Philippines, are pathologically opposed to the United States, United Kingdom and Israel, but Bangladeshi militants are also exploiting strong, and probably well-deserved, anti-India feelings among ordinary Bangladeshis to fuel their campaign,” said a western diplomat in Dhaka. “The militants speak of India, the US, UK and Israel in the same breath, branding them Bangladesh’s enemies,” the diplomat added.....More

Terror arrests raise alarm in India: The arrest of Habeeb follows that of Abdul Rehman in the state of Andhra Pradesh, whose capital Hyderabad is said to be in danger of terror attacks because of its status as a major information-technology (IT) hub. Rehman is said to be a very important LeT operative in southern India with contacts in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Andhra Pradesh and Chennai, another IT base. Police say both Rehman and Habeeb have spent considerable time in Saudi Arabia and were in regular touch with each other......More

Beware, the preachers of jihad: Among other things, I speculated on the menace of unchecked immigration from Bangladesh. (Serious enough, my 'secular' friends should realise, for the CPI-M chief minister of West Bengal to be troubled.) I have, since then, spoken to several people in the security agencies. Very briefly, they agree that 10 million Bangladeshis spread across India offer wonderful cover for terrorists. But they added that there is an even greater potential problem - homegrown, or to be more specific, home-educated terrorists. Take a look at the list of suspects arrested in connection with the Bangalore Shooting Case, and you will see what they mean. Abdul Rehman was arrested when he was found in the Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh. A Bangladeshi citizen, he was posing as a taxi driver who went by the name Razi-ur-Rehman. If I have understood the situation correctly, at least eleven religious teachers from Nalgonda are also being questioned.....More

BLOG: The Washington Post "Shish-Khababs" Good News From the Front- Front-page real estate on the Washington Post is hard to come by, especially if you're good news from the GWOT. The Post has run five stories in the last six days on the American airstrike intended for Zawahiri, but which seemingly instead got his assistant Abu "Shish" Khabab, and you can gauge how good the news is by the page number. At first, when simply reporting that the airstrike had taken place, and who its target was, the Post put the news on page 9. The next day, the page-9 airstrike turned into a page-1 debacle......More

BLOG: Purchase of North Korean Missiles Extends Iran's Force Projection Capability: The BM-25 missile is based on the Soviet SS-N-6 (R-27) submarine-launched ballistic missile. Although Bild said that the missiles Iran purchased have a range of 2,500 kilometers, Jane's Defense Weekly reported that North Korea, with the help of Russian specialists, has developed two new versions of the R-27 with extended ranges. Analysts believe that the land-based version has a range of 2,500 to 4,000 kilometers. Consistent with this report, Bild reported that Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wanted to have the missiles' range "extended to 3,500 kilometers." The German secret service report warned that "with a longer range, and the probability that (Tehran) would try to equip the missiles with nuclear warheads, there is the risk that Iran could strike at Israel and parts of central Europe.".......More

WMD's found in Iraq: 2005 'Spike' List of Underreported Stories by WND: The fact that WMDs were found in Iraq. While members of the U.S. Senate are suggesting once again that no weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq, Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin reviewed the major discoveries, including more than 1.7 tons of enriched uranium. A former intelligence analyst currently working as a civilian contractor recently said he will unveil publicly next month what he believes to be recordings of Saddam Hussein's office meetings discussing his program of developing weapons of mass destruction. The highly confidential audio was overlooked when it was found in a warehouse along with many other untranslated Iraqi intelligence files, according to the contractor.....More


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