Will there be another coup in Pakistan?

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Will there be another coup in Pakistan?

DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL 

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Pakistan has gone through phases of civilian and military rules. 

General Kayani who replaced Pervez Musharraf, kept his word that he would not stage any coup to topple the government. Now Kayani has retired and  all eyes are no on the new military incumbent in Rawalpndi.

Lieutenant-General Raheel Sharif, brother of a war hero, will take charge of the world’s sixth-largest army, with a formal handover from General Ashfaq Kayani on 29th November Friday.  General Kayani announced last month he planned to step down after six years in the post, presenting Pakistan’s new leader with his toughest choice since coming to power in May. The new army chief is not related to the prime minister or president.

 

 Pakistan government’s choice of a career infantry officer considered a moderate as army chief is viewed as a milestone in the political charter of Pakistan as the country fights an arrogant American military occupying and attacking Pakistan within by using drone arms.  Pakistan seeks accord with the USA on how to stabilize neighbouring Afghanistan. But Washington is still focused on Taliban insurgency only to prolong the over stay in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

 

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, struggling to deal with both USA and Taliban, announced that he wanted to disentangle the military from politics but the military is unlikely to relinquish its hold at such a sensitive time.

 

The appointment of Sharif as the powerful military chief comes as tension with arch-nuke-rival India over its occupied Jammu Kashmir is rising and as the USA seeks Pakistan’s help in bringing peace to Afghanistan ahead of the withdrawal of most Western forces there next year.

The army chief is arguably the most powerful person in Pakistan, with the military having ruled the country for more than half its 66-year history since independence from Britain. Sharif, 57, received his military commission in 1976 and studied military leadership in Germany, Canada and Britain. He commanded several infantry units, including the Sixth Frontier Force Regiment along the disputed LOC-Line of Control in Kashmir. Perhaps his most important contribution has been his role in the reshaping the country’s strategic policy.

Sharif was one of the architects of the new doctrine.  In 2007, the military undertook an ambitious programme of re-thinking its strategic doctrine, following the appointment of Kayani as army chief. The new approach was seen as a move away from a focus on the rivalry with India to a more nuanced policy which considered the internal threat from militants equally as pressing. His brother, Major Shabbir Sharif, received two of the country’s highest military awards for his action during the 1971 India-Pakistan war in which he was killed.

 

World views the change of guard in Pakistani military with keen interest as it always played a determined role in Pakistani system and establishment.  Military have staged and still can stage coup to remove the elected primers. In 1999 and only a year after appointing him, Nawaz Sharif was ousted from power by his army chief, General Pervez Musharraf. He will be keen to ensure history does not repeat itself. The prime minister also named water and power minister Khawja Muhammad Asif as defense minister. The prime minister had held the portfolio since being elected in May.

Pakistani security analysts say that Nawaz should know that whether it is Raheel Sharif or someone else as army chief, he won’t do the PM’s bidding – he will be driven by the institution first and last.

 

Of course, a few coup attempts had failed to yield result.

The obvious question: Will there be another coup in Pakistan? may look funny but cannot be that funny though…

However, if if one wants now if there could a coup in Pakistan in the near future,  many would raise eyebrows in dismay and disbelief. 

Unless, of course, they do have idea about Pakistan’s coup  history. 

A quick look at the  coup history of Pakistan after it got freedom from Britain. 

Military coups in Pakistan began in 1958 and there have been three successful attempts, and also a few flopped ones. There have also been numerous unsuccessful attempts since 1949. 

Since its independence in 1947,Pakistan has spent several decades under military rule (1958 – 1971, 1977 – 1988, 1999 – 2008). In 1958, the first Pakistani President Major General Iskander Mirza dismissed the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan and the government of Prime Minister Feroz Khan Noon, appointing army commander-in-chief Gen. Ayub Khan as the Chief martial law administrator. Thirteen days later, Mirza himself was deposed by Ayub Khan, who appointed himself president. Operation Fair Play was the code-name for the coup d’etat conducted at midnight on July 4, 1977 by the Pakistani military led by army chief Gen. Zia-ul-Haq against the government of then-Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Near midnight on July 4, 1977 the army chief General Zia ordered the arrest of Bhutto, his ministers and other leaders of both the Pakistan People’s Party and the Pakistan National Alliance. The National Assembly of Pakistan and all provincial assemblies were dissolved, and that the Constitution of Pakistan was suspended. In October, 1999 senior officers loyal to army chief Gen. Pervez Musharraf arrested prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his ministers after thwarting the Sharif regime’s attempt to dismiss Musharraf and prevent his plane from landing in Pakistan as he returned from a visit to Sri Lanka.

There have been numerous unsuccessful coup attempts in Pakistani history. The first noted attempt was the Rawalpindi conspiracy in 1949 led by Maj. Gen. Akbar Khan along with left-wing activists and sympathetic officers against the government of Liaquat Ali Khan, Pakistan’s first prime minister

  

د. عبد راف 

BY DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL has been an educationist, Columnist-Commentator  on world affairs Expert on Mideast AffairsChronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements (Palestine, Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc.) Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA);   Former university Teacher;  Editor:INTERNATIONAL OPINION; FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES; Author of books;website: http://abdulruff.wordpress.com/ mail: abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com/Phone: 91-8129081217—(Account: No 62310377429 – CIF No: 78215311481- State Bank of Hyderabad, India)

EU-Russia tensions over Ukraine

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EU-Russia tensions over Ukraine

DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL 

 

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The  EU summit seems to be facing serious expansion problems with Russia trying to  use its  power to restrain Ukraine-  an important  republic of former Soviet Union. Ukraine tries to get maximum economic benefits out of the EU-Russia rift. 

European leaders appear to have made no progress on reviving a landmark trade pact with Ukraine at the first day of an EU summit in Vilnius. The deal was planned as the highlight of a summit aimed also at building ties with other East European states.

Ukraine president Yanukovych has dismissed an EU condition for signing the agreement – that Yulia Tymoshenko, the former Ukrainian prime minister and opposition leader, be freed from jail. He has also requested more EU financial aid without success..

President Yanukovych met the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy. No details were given. In a Ukrainian TV interview earlier, he accused the EU of offering his country an inadequate amount in loans to help reform the economy. Yanukovych said Ukraine would need at least 20bn euros a year to cover the costs of upgrading its economy to “European standards”. The EU has offered to lend 610m euros (£510m; $828) in macro-financial assistance, provided that Ukraine continues to meet the conditions of an IMF stand-by loan of 11.15bn euros, agreed in 2010.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich abruptly froze plans to sign the trade and reform deal last week, under pressure from Russia.

EU leaders have been trying to persuade him to change his mind. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is expected to have talks with Yanukovych, said on arrival in Vilnius that she had “no hope” of the agreement being signed “this time”.Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite told the Agence France-Presse news agency that EU “arguments did not reach Ukraine president’s ear and mind”.”So far we see that positions have not changed,” she said. As such there is no hope that Ukraine can strike the deal with EU at least for now.

Meanwhile, pro-EU protests are continuing in Ukrainian cities against the government’s decision to back out of the agreement. Euphora is buidling up in Kiev in favor of EU deal.

The dispute has increased tension between the EU and Russia, with Ukraine complaining it is becoming a “battleground” between the two. EU leaders said that they “strongly disapprove” of Moscow’s pressure on Ukraine not to sign – while Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the EU of “blackmail”.

Thus EU, which requires  energy resources on permanent basis from Russia,  is seen at logger heads with  the now powerful Kremlin over Ukraine.

EU-Russia conflict would not benefit Europe in  any way, especially when  US power, busy with its own problems indoors, stays away from the tensions- either to reduce them or try increasing  them as its  key policy. . 

د. عبد راف 

BY DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL has been an educationist, Columnist-Commentator  on world affairs Expert on Mideast AffairsChronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements (Palestine, Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc.) Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA);   Former university Teacher;  Editor:INTERNATIONAL OPINION; FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES; Author of books;website: http://abdulruff.wordpress.com/ mail: abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com/Phone: 91-8129081217

Infighting in Islam for political profit is shame!

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Infighting in Islam for political profit  is shame!

DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL 

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Any onlooker who watches the life patterns of Muslims around get the impression that Islam is no different from other religions and Muslims are also not serious believers.

 

That is the real challenge Islam is facing now.  A set of mere formalities does not make people real Muslims. They have to practice Islam not as a meager ritual, but as Islamic believers in reality that shows light to others. .

 

But unfortunately, Muslim groups are fighting each other claiming to be original Muslims.  They have no shame, insult each other in public.  

 

Infighting and war in Islam is unIslamic, rather anti-Islamic.

 

Islam provides for freedom of speech and accepts sects within as a natural phenomenon to compete and live as  genuine Muslims. However, failure in persuasion leads to infighting and wars which is anti-Islamic.

 

When enemies of Islam are targeting Muslims, Muslims are expected to be very cautious and protect each other- but unfortunately they behave like wild animals. That is not Islamic.  .

 

Islam is a religion of peace, harmony, equality, truth and is meant to help humanity lead and live positive life to achieve the best in life here and hereafter.

 

There has been an erroneous perception in societies that Islam is meant only for Muslims but  factually speaking  it is meant for entire humanity- even non-Muslims can practice true Islam without being or without becoming Muslims

 

All that God wants is best humans. One way of achieving h this is précising Islam, having truthful faith in Islam and God.

 

 

Real and selfless brotherhood can achieved through mutual love and help.

The infighting between Sunni and Shi’a , even killing each other is sheer insanity – not expected or sought by God.

 

Above all, Sunni and Shi’a bloody fighting goes against the preaching and philosophy of Holy  Prophet of Islam Muhammad (SAS) who saw the birth of Shi’a well in his own Home and promoted the trend as  the natural development of Islam. But now they have become enemy to each other.

 

Sunni and Shi’a are two sides of the same coin known as Islam and one fighting  the other is not acceptable and impossible and any war between them would lead to destruction of the  one begins the fight. 

 

Madness has no justifications- it only means brainlessness, hollow thinking.

 

The Holy Quran calls its way ‘the paths of peace’. Islam strongly prohibits all forms of violence against all peoples regardless of their faith or race, and gives lesson of forgiveness and patience.

 

Those Sunni and Shi’a who love and revere Prophet of Islam will not wage war because He would not like that. .

 

Muslims are not religious animals- others could be.  The people raise slogan of Brotherhood but kill people if their religions and theology are different. Without making any inquiry or proof about the truth, people are killed in the name of religion.

 

The people fight not for the sake of religion or make God happy but for political reasons, for the support of their religious sects.  Today, many non-Muslims regard Islam as a religion that promotes violence, terrorism and war. The clashes between Muslim activists show that people do not follow Islam and its teachings. They are not real Muslims. They cause immense  dishonor to Islam.

 

Not only non-Muslim or anti-Islamic rulers, even Muslim rulers create circumstances for Sunni-Shi’a wars for political reasons.  Muslims themselves burn mosques. What a shame!

 

Boys are allowed to play football or cricket inside Mosque compound. Is not anti-Islamic foolishness?

 

At Friday prayers and other regular prayers special requests are made by the Imams to God and Prophet of Islam to let those who pay money to mosques to find better jobs with big money in Mideast. Are such prayers dedicated and allowed for special individuals because they pay money and others do not? A player for well being of all in the locality is one thing but special prayers for a few individuals only represents corrupt mindset of the Imams.

 

It indeed works against the true spirit of Islam. Islam is not all about money making. it amounts to making fun of God.

 

Whether in Pakistan or Iraq such sectarian wars are essentially anti-Islamic.  Whether Saudi Arabia or USA plans wars against Shi’a they all are anti-Islamic rogues and shall have to face the consequences in future- whether they believe in it or not. .

 

Islam is the ultimate region for the humanity. The spirit of Islam is the spirit of Peace and Truth. Islam is the only religion of peace in the fullest sense of the world.

 

It is the prime duty of Muslims to behave.

 

It is binding on today’s Muslims to leave behind a generation that is worthy of being real Muslims, showing ways for real success here and hereafter. .

Only empty hearts and minds can cause crises in Islamic societies.

Muslims need to be extra cautious!

 

 

د. عبد راف 

BY DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL has been an educationist, Columnist-Commentator  on world affairs Expert on Mideast AffairsChronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements (Palestine, Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc.) Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA);   Former university Teacher;  Editor:INTERNATIONAL OPINION; FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES; Author of books;website: http://abdulruff.wordpress.com/ mail: abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com/Phone: 91-8129081217

Iran deal: America’s hidden agenda in Mideast

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Iran deal: America’s hidden agenda in Mideast  

 

DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL 

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It seems US President Obama tries an independent policy on Iran issue, leading to confrontation with its traditional allies like Israel and Arab nations. The Obama team seems to be undertaking a free policy on Iran by clearly ignoring the Israeli and Arab fake sentiments and instructions on the Iranian nuclear issue. The apparent and abrupt policy shift at the White House has taken not only Israel but also the Petro Arab nations by surprise and even shock.

 

The deal on 24th November signed by the Western powers with Iran over the Iranian nuclear development program seems to anger the Arab Muslims nations than Jewish Israeli fascist state. Not just that. USA even spins its defence of the pact with Iran which has led to disappointment in Middle East with US-Iran deal.  A Saudi official said that citizens of the Middle East will lose sleep over the Iranian deal.

US-allied Saudi Arabia, locked in a struggle with Iran for influence across the Middle East, is worried that its adversary is secretly seeking atomic weapons, a charge Tehran denies.

 

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab states, despite their mistrust of Iran, gave a qualified welcome on ay to Tehran’s interim deal with world powers over its disputed nuclear program.   Saudi Arabia’s cabinet said if there was goodwill, this agreement could represent a preliminary step towards a comprehensive solution to the Iranian nuclear program. The kingdom said it hoped further steps would follow that would guarantee the rights of all states in the region to peaceful nuclear energy. Saudi Arabia and Qatar support Sunni-led rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, an ally of Iran and a member of the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shi’ite Islam. Iran’s only two Arab friends – Iraq and Syria – were quick to praise the deal on Sunday, as was the Palestinian Authority, which welcomed it for putting pressure on Israel. The UAE and Bahrain also spoke out in support.

 

A senior Saudi foreign policy adviser said he was deeply concerned that the deal could give Iran more scope to extend its power in Arab countries, signaling Riyadh’s unease at the possibility of a Western rapprochement with Tehran. The rulers of Saudi Arabia and some other Sunni-ruled Gulf monarchies fear Western détente with Shi’ite Iran could relieve pressure on Tehran and allow it more leeway in the Arab world. They say Iran already dominates Iraq’s Shi’ite-led government of Iraq, uses Hezbollah to pursue its interests in Lebanon and Syria, and backs Shi’ite protests in Bahrain, as well as Houthi Shi’ite rebels in northern Yemen.

 

Earlier, Qatar and Kuwait came out in favor of the deal struck on 24th November after marathon talks in Geneva, saying they hoped it would help to preserve regional stability and security. Qatar’s Foreign Ministry called the agreement “an important step towards safeguarding peace and stability in the region” and said the Middle East should become a nuclear weapons-free zone. Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Khaled al-Jarallah said he hoped the agreement “would pave the way for a permanent accord that would defuse tension and preserve the stability and security of the region” . Oman, which had hosted U.S. and Iranian officials for secret talks that paved the way for the agreement, said it “hopes the interim agreement would contribute to achieving peace and stability in the region.

 

 

Israel armed with nukes, obtained illegally possibly form USA, quickly condemned the agreement between Iran and world powers as a historic mistake that left the production of atomic weapons within Tehran’s reach, and said it would not be bound by the deal. And obviously the “loss of trust” in the entire matter is especially fomenting in Israel. Israeli strategists are nervous that Obama deal with Iran without taking Israel into confidence is inconsistent with US commitment to consult closely with Israel that keeps all terror secrets of CIA-Pentagon-Mossad joint operations.

 

 

Israel is particularly annoyed that Obama and Kerry are deliberately withholding the details about the agreement with their arch foe Iran while professing to keep Israel in the loop. They are gripped by the fear that Israeli fascism and fanaticism would lose steam without the US shield. While some in Israel accept the American argument that the deal maintains a barrier to Tehran completing the weapons process, most believe the Iranians walk away cost-free. Many Zionist Americans and US lobbyists expressed disbelief, saying that US deal and all negotiations with Iranians for comprehensive solution are compromising the Israeli narrow national interests.

 

 

Naturally, looking to corner Iran over the nuclear issue by a possible terror attack by NATO-Israel combine, Jewish and pro-Israeli Americans now unnecessarily feel left out by the Obama regime in deciding to strike the deal with Iran. They cry loud, with a view to coerce the Obama regime to back off from the deal, saying that the US-Iran deal is harmful to the “historic” US-Israel relationship.

 

 

Western critics appear to agree with the Iranian assessment that Tehran walks away the winner, having received above-all recognition of its nuclear program; a significant abatement in sanctions prior to performance; and the ability to remain a hair’s breadth away from resuming its quest to create nuclear weapons. Even inside USA, some “broad bipartisan skepticism” over the deal was expressed by both political parties ruling the USA for years by turns. In Washington, a few staunch Obama allies have been openly critical of the deal, including party leaders such as New York Senator Charles Schumer who expressed “disappointment” at Iran’s “disproportional” win.

 

Tentative Observation

 

It has been observed that the Obama regime has not been as aggressive with Iran as it has been with Libya, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq where he not just continued with the war on Islam policy launched by the Bushdom fascists led by neocons of Republican party, but, worse, he escalated the wars in Pakistan and Afghanistan by initiating drone terror attacks.

 

So, his lenience towards Iran on Nuclear issue looks like a logical and genuine response to the global reality, there is yet an important cause for the White House shift. USA is eager to oust Russia from Mideast and retake the arms industry in the region as huge money is being spent by Arab nations on terror goods, including nuke development  projects. Washington  is not happy that both Russia and China have replaced  the Americans as the top arms suppliers and their increasing influence in the Mideast  has been an unbearable  nightmare for most US leaders and strategists.

 

Americans want the Russian and Chinese out of their traditional space of influence in Mideast and seek to reoccupy it, shaken by their bloody war on Islam.

 

Already Turkey, a close ally of USA and a NATO member, has moved swiftly to strike a deal with China for missile shield deal on which many eyebrows have risen in NATO nations that have refused to comply with the request from Istanbul for that for quite some time.

 

Therefore,  USA is desperate to get Iran on board first.

 

 

د. عبد راف 

BY DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL has been an educationist, Columnist-Commentator  on world affairs Expert on Mideast AffairsChronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements (Palestine, Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc.) Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA);   Former university Teacher;  Editor:INTERNATIONAL OPINION; FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES; Author of books;website: http://abdulruff.wordpress.com/ mail: abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com/Phone: 91-8129081217

New Israeli-Egyptian intelligence cooperation

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New Israeli-Egyptian intelligence cooperation 

DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL 

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The abrupt exit of Brotherhood leader and first ever elected president of Egypt Mohamed Morsi, ousted in a coup by the military, has given rise to extra mileage for the Egypt- Israeli military-intelligence ties.

Israeli-Egyptian intelligence cooperation is unprecedented and strongest since the exit of Mubarak. In fact, today Israel and Egypt have rapidly increased their strategic tiers much more than that existed during the reign of Mubarak.

So, Egyptian military is interested in the Israeli regime, its promotion and fascist existence and operation in the region.

 

First, Egypt and Israel jointly created hurdles for the Gaza strip and Palestinians. They want to topple the Hamas government and replace Hamas by the Fatah party regime.

 

Second, they coordinate their military-intelligence operations against Muslims in Sinai, the hottest arena of deadly conflict in Mideast now, where Muslims are fighting for their existence and survival against the brutality of tio- terrocracies- Lebanon, Egypt and Israel.

 

Israel and Egypt have cooperated in unprecedented ways on both issues and they do so bypassing their own treaty restrictions on the battlefield deployment of Egyptian military forces and arms. Apaches and F-16s, albeit inferior to Israeli models, do battle against local and foreign fighters in Sinai. Informed Israelis also speak of unprecedented Israeli-Egyptian intelligence cooperation in the area beyond anything dreamed of during Mubarak’s rule.

 

Hamas party has taken greatest advantage of the opportunities created in the years since Ariel Sharon’s 2004 announcement of the departure of permanently stationed Israeli security forces and settlers from Gaza which led to an elected government in Gaza strip. . Israel and Hamas have engaged in an often violent contest over “rules of the game” since then, but they have also established an inherently unstable but nonetheless reasonably successful security dialogue. Israeli concerns include that in the wake of Hamas’ collapse in Gaza its successors would be the jihadists who are challenging Egypt’s rule in Sinai and beyond. Hamas is viewed by Israel as being much better than the so-called Jihadists.

Both Egypt and Israel are military driven terrocracies. Mutual agreement between Egypt and Israel -now one year old “Pillar of Cloud” – on the challenge presented by Hamas/Gaza may have hidden clauses too.  But even that has not erased the still real and potentially deadly differences of views regarding who will lose most in the event that the understandings of “Pillar of Cloud” fall apart.

 

Neither Israel nor Egypt is interested and hence not serious about either a Unity government in Palestine or Fatah rule permanently. They seek only the removal of Hamas and end of freedom struggle.

They jointly played the coup drama to remove pro-Hamas Morsi and Brotherhood from Cairo after their legal elections to rule for full term. .

But before that the military did not let Morsi to do away with Rafah blockade gate to Gaza strip by offering bogus threat perceptions.

The military regime in Cairo is more hostile than it has been in recent memory to Hamas, and its “concern” about the national security challenge posed to Egypt by Islamists there and more broadly throughout Sinai is most keenly felt.

 

Both Israel and Egypt oppose establishing regular trade relations with Gaza via the border at Rafah.

Enemies of Islam and Palestine are eager to see a war by an outside military to remove the Hamas rule., although much worse type of war took place  in 2008-2009 when Olmert sent military to attack Gaza , killing thousands of Palestine, including women and children0 but the Hamas rule  has stayed.

 

Fatah, from Gaza in June 2007 by Hamas government following a US-Israel backed civil war, hopes that the return of the Egyptian military to unchallenged power after the removal of President Mohammed Morsi offers the latest and perhaps best chance to return to Gaza in triumph

Egypt, however, is in no mood for anything Palestinian, either of the Hamas or the Fatah party. Cairo has no interest in mediating Palestinian reconciliation after years in which this dialogue was lead by Egypt’s security service. Nor will it respond to Fatah’s hopes that Sisi’s antipathy towards Hamas could be turned to its favor.

 

 

Military in Egypt continues to call all shots in this most populated nation of Mideast. . Meanwhile, Hamas government in Gaza, for its part, reiterates that Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and beyond are within its missile range.
 

د. عبد راف 

BY DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL has been an educationist, Columnist-Commentator  on world affairs Expert on Mideast AffairsChronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements (Palestine, Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc.) Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA);   Former university Teacher;  Editor:INTERNATIONAL OPINION; FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES; Author of books;website: http://abdulruff.wordpress.com/ mail: abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com/Phone: 91-8129081217

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Illegal surveillance: Australian spying annoys Indonesia

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Illegal surveillance: Australian spying annoys Indonesia  –  DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL 

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Close on the heels of revelations about USA spying the German chancellor, now the facts about Australian spying of Indonesia leaders also come to light.

 

Australia plays central role in Washington’s aggressive military, intelligence and strategic “pivot” to Asia, aimed at countering the growing influence of China. The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) had tapped the phones of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his wife and eight senior officials.

 

World is shocked  over the revelations of electronic spying operations from “listening posts” inside Australian diplomatic missions in Jakarta and other Asian capitals, targeting all phone and Internet communications, as part of the America’s NSA global surveillance. Secret documents from former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden show that the ASD, the direct Australian partner of the NSA, closely monitored the highly sensitive phones during 2009.

 

Indonesia has downgraded the level of relations between Indonesia and Australia. Protesters burned Australian flags in Jogjakarta yesterday and Indonesian police warned that demonstrations were likely outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta.

 

Yudhoyono has recalled the Indonesian ambassador to Canberra and issued no call for an apology from Canberra. Instead, he said that in order to restore trust, both countries should agree to a code of conduct to prevent such spying from happening again.

 

While Yudhoyono expressed personal outrage—asking “why spy on a friend?”—he noted that the surveillance had angered many Indonesians. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has initiated punitive measures against what Indonesians call as rogue Australia by suspending intelligence exchanges, military exercises and naval cooperation with Australia, including coordination on intercepting refugee boats. It is a further demonstration of the damaging fallout for Australia and its chief strategic ally, the US, from the diplomatic row over US-Australian spying operations in Indonesia.

 

Indonesia’s prompt action has upset the Australian interests. Key military links and preparations are already being affected. Overnight, Indonesia cancelled the annual counter-hijack exercise, known as Dawn Komodo, which was scheduled to continue in West Java until November 29. The exercise involves the two countries’ elite units, Australia’s SAS and Indonesia’s Kopassus. The biannual joint air combat exercise Elang Ausindo, which was underway in Darwin, was also halted.

 

 

Yudhoyono also  got angry that the Australian government’s failure and refusal to satisfactorily explain its surveillance activity in Indonesia, primarily the tapping of the mobile phones of Yudhoyono, his wife and eight members of his inner circle. These operations were conducted by the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), as part of the US-led “Five Eyes” global surveillance network, which also includes Britain, Canada and New Zealand.

 

 

However, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has publicly refused to comment on the exposure or apologize, further inflaming anti-Australian sentiment in Indonesia. So is the Obama regime which joined the Australian government in refusing to confirm or deny, let alone apologize for, the surveillance. Kerry sought to play down the diplomatic crisis, emphasising that the US had an “unbreakable and critical working relationship” with Australia, but also “great respect and affection for Indonesia.”

Indonesia is geo-strategically critical to the entire US “pivot” to Asia, directed against China. Abbott himself has made Indonesia central to his regional diplomacy and to his election vows to “stop the boats” carrying desperate asylum seekers to Australia.

 

Indonesian politicians have pointed to the last major diplomatic crisis between Jakarta and Canberra over the Australian military intervention into East Timor in 1999 to ensure control of the lion’s share of the Timor Sea oil and gas reserves. The intervention was supported by Washington.

 

 

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Angry protests erupted yesterday in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Yogyakarta over revelations this week that the ally Australia had tapped the phones of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his wife and eight senior officials. In the lead-up to elections next year, Indonesian politicians and political parties are seeking to exploit the phone-tapping revelations for their own purposes.

Yudhoyono issued no call for an apology from Canberra. Instead, he said that in order to restore trust, both countries should agree to a code of conduct to prevent such spying from happening again. Reports suggest that a three-way agreement had been struck between the US, Australia and Indonesia to not repeat such actions in the future. But are they committed to their promises?

 

For some years, Yudhoyono, a general under the former Suharto dictatorship, has sought to balance his administration’s improved military links to Washington and Indonesia’s increasing economic ties with China.

 

The unhealthy and tragic spying operations by Australia on Indonesia points to wider popular hostility toward the blanket US-Australian monitoring of telecommunications, which affects millions of ordinary people.

 

The US & Australian spying actions have certainly damaged the strategic partnership with Indonesia.

 

The bipartisan unity underscores that a great deal is at stake for US-Australian imperialism which has cultivated close relations with successive Indonesian governments, leading to illegal  spying anomalies.

 

American monopoly over earth and space is definitely a serious matter for the humanity to worry about.

 

Survival of humanity is more and more under serious threat.

 

 

 

 

د. عبد راف 

BY DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL has been an educationist, Columnist-Commentator  on world affairs Expert on Mideast AffairsChronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements (Palestine, Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc.) Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA);   Former university Teacher;  Editor:INTERNATIONAL OPINION; FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES; Author of books;website: http://abdulruff.wordpress.com/ mail: abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com/Phone: 91-8129081217

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Arab-African Conclave in Kuwait: Food security and economics

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Arab-African Conclave in Kuwait: Food security and economics

DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL 

 

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Like Turkey that shores up diplomatic success  in playing its role globally as a top Muslim nation at global stage representing European continent, Kuwait is also  rising as a n important Arab nation  to play vital role in strengthening Islam, though not much is being done in the case of real faith.

 

Kuwait convened a summit of Arab and African leaders on 20th November discuss issues common to both regions. Thirty-four heads of state, seven vice presidents and three heads of government attended the gathering, which brought together 71 countries and organisations. Arab and African leaders who came together in Kuwait wound up their first summit since the region’s uprisings in 2011 by calling for closer economic and security cooperation.

 

 

As it was only expected, economics was the central theme of the summit. The Arab-African leaders at the two-day summit in Kuwait called on the African Union and Arab League to coordinate with financial institutions and funds in the two regions to form a working team to finance the implementation of projects. But there was no mention of any moves for an Africa-Arab common market, as being mooted and recommended by businessmen from both sides.

 

Arabs are now rich thanks to their cumulative energy resources that cause special attention in USA, Europe and even China, among others.  NATO war looking like a permanent one in the region Africa has huge resources of raw materials, agriculture and energy but lacks investments. Africa has 12 percent of global oil reserves and 42 percent of its gold deposits. The discovery of large quantities of natural gas off its east coast has added to the continent’s economic potential.

According to the World Bank, the continent needs about $30 billion a year just to develop its energy sector. The International Monetary Fund says African economic growth was a solid 5.0 percent in 2012 despite the global economic crisis. Growth is forecast to ease slightly to 4.8 percent this year and rebound to 5.1 percent in 2014. On the other hand, states of the energy-rich Gulf Cooperation Council have accumulated surpluses of $2.0 trillion thanks to persistently high oil prices. A majority of the assets are invested in the United States and Europe.

 

It was felt Africans and Arabs had similar phase in economic development. The Kuwait Declaration, issued by the leaders on 21st November, underlined the need to accelerate economic integration in the Arab world, which includes oil-rich Gulf States, and investment-thirsty African states. They called for the creation of a joint “Africa-Arab Financing Mechanism” to fund programs and projects, under a plan adopted at the last Arab-African summit in Libya three years ago.

Perhaps, in order mainly to placate their western bosses who enjoy the joint  fascist techniques to  reduce Muslim populations worldwide, the Kuwait Declaration strongly condemned “terrorism” which originated outside Mideast and first engineered by the Jews and later by Americans.  It urged member states to “enhance cooperation and coordination… to combat terrorism in all its forms,” and to criminalize the payment of ransoms to terrorists.

Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah pledged $1 billion (740 million euros) in low-interest loans and the same amount in investments to African states in cooperation with the World Bank. Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah said that Kuwait would coordinate with the World Bank to enter joint investments in infrastructure projects in accordance with a plan to be announced soon. “We are aware we have huge challenges ahead but we have the desire… to achieve a real partnership with Africa,” the minister told a news conference after the summit.

 

The leaders called for the need to boost cooperation in the agricultural field to achieve food security. They decided to hold the next summit in 2016 in Africa, without naming a country. Arab League secretary general Nabil al-Arabi said the “outcome of the summit will achieve a qualitative transformation in the African-Arab economic ties”.

The summit was the third of its kind, and the first since 2010, when leaders met in Libya prior to the Arab Spring uprisings that toppled longstanding dictatorships there and elsewhere in North Africa and the Middle East.

 

US led NATO rogue countries try to take full advantage of the political crisis in Mideast .to boost their  collective economies and further weaken and destabilize Islamic world.

 

Saudi led Arab League lend a helping hand to NATO rogues by keeping their secret deals.

 

 

You may say Arabs are destroying the Islamic fence by their secret alliances with those that target Islam, but they care a damn about what you feel or say.

 

 

د. عبد راف 

BY DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL has been an educationist, Columnist-Commentator  on world affairs Expert on Mideast AffairsChronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements (Palestine, Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc.) Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA);   Former university Teacher;  Editor:INTERNATIONAL OPINION; FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES; Author of books;website: http://abdulruff.wordpress.com/ mail: abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com/Phone: 91-8129081217