Gilgit, September 20: Pakistani intelligence agency, the ISI is doing whatever it takes to drive a wedge between the Shias and Sunnis in the hitherto peaceful region of Gilgit Baltistan. While locals strive for peace the spy agency is furthering Islamabad’s policy of divide and rule.
*******www.globalchange**** New consumer groups, tribes, activist movements. Every company is a tribe, and every brand creates a tribe. Niche marketing, affinity marketing, customisation of products and services. The stronger your tribe, the stronger your brand. Clash of tribes, clash of cultures. Extremes of tribalism lead to sectarian violence, civil wars and terrorism / new generations of terrorists. Global leadership. Tribal leadership leads 20,000 in the same direction - team leadership leads just 5-15. Future of culture, nations, communities, consumers, governments, brands and corporations will be dominated by tribalism. Extract from presentation by Futurist keynote speaker Dr Patrick Dixon at MTN conference event.
One feels terribly ashamed of Mr. Ramalinga Raju, for the amount of damage he has done to the Indian IT industry is simply un-imaginable. Astonishingly the news broke out this morning but Mr. Raju and his CFO’s are not behind the bars. In fact, the company which audited their accounts all these years plus the chartered accountants should be banned from their profession. My heart goes out to the employees of the company but didn’t they act stupid by believing in sales which they knew never existed. Anyways the cat is out of the basket and those who have invested their hard earned money in big names with huge assets and apparent profits should begin exercising caution.
Sectarian riots on Muharram, Pakistan
The 9th and 10th day of Muharram are sensitive days of the Islamic month of Muharram in Pakistan especially in the NWFP province where a number of districts are prone to sectarian violence. The north western district of Hangu is particularly infamous for sectarian riots. Violence has broken out in the town more than a dozen times since 1998. This year the government has prepared a special security plan to prevent any sectarian outbreak in the town as well as curbing the threat of terrorists who are believed to have plans for using the sectarian tensions as a precursor for their own malign designs. Army and frontier constabulary have deployed security teams at all the strategically important spots in and around town. A strict curfew has been enforced in Hangu since last evening January 6 in order to prevent the vulnerable exposure of any religious procession. The curfew will hold till the 10th of Muharram which falls on the 9th of January. Hundreds of people have fled to neighboring town and cities in order avoid any emergency in the city of Hangu.
Fashion and Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama it seems is the right person to rejuvenate the US fashion industry. She could potentially do what Jackie Kennedy did; bring about a new awareness and a fresh outlook. During the election campaign she signaled an interest both in looking stylish and also in advancing the cause of American fashion and those who design and make it. She wore off-the-rack stuff from J. Crew and, at times controversially, designs by fashion darlings like Isabel Toledo, Thakoon Panichgul and Narciso Rodriguez. She brought to the campaign a sophisticated approach to high-low dressing, a determination to adapt designers’ work to suit her self — adding jewelry or sweaters or wearing flat shoes with sheaths or even altering dressmaking details. That’s how Michelle Obama is, a woman without any pretence and a working mother with kids who knows the big designer names but also shops at J. Crew and the Gap.
Satyam board reconstituted
This is a vital stabilizing development for Satyam and it marks the beginning of a new chapter in the company's history. The reconstitution of the board will help ensure business continuity, build confidence and protect the interest of all stakeholders – employees, customers and investors. The decision to appoint HDFC Chairman Deepak Parekh, the former Nasscom President Kiran Karnik and the former SEBI member C. Achutan as a three-member board will restore confidence of global investors in India Inc. especially after this unprecedented financial fraud in India's corporate history. Having taken charge of the troubled company, the government's priority should be to ensure that the Satyam board immediately arranges financing to ensure that salaries and payrolls of the 50,000 plus employees are met without disruption.
Mexican drug cartels reach Europe
Violent Mexican cartels that have killed thousands in a drug war at home this year are increasingly smuggling drugs to Europe by way of Africa. A 15-month international drug sweep called "Project Reckoning" captured 500 Gulf cartel collaborators in the United States, Mexico and Italy. Given the pressure from the Calderon government, we are seeing some of the Mexican groups seeking alliances with Europeans. According to the United Nations, The poor and weak states of West Africa make an ideal base of operations for international drug traffickers. Interpol says Mexican drug cartels could be using Africa's Atlantic seaboard for transport or storage purposes.
Pakistan sectarian violence
It is more than ten years now that Hangu has been suffering from continual eruption of sectarian violence. Hundreds of people have been killed and injured from both sides Shia and Sunni during these clashes. Nauroz is celebrated on 21st March and Ashura that is observed on 10th of Muharram are particularly sensitive at these times in this regard. The main reason behind the recurrence of sectarian violence is the lack of negotiations for long term peace in the area military curfew is imposed each time violence erupts but soon after that tragedy people and the government forgets about improving the ties between the Shias and Sunnis communities. The fresh outbreak of sectarian violence reminds us of the need for honest and effective reconciliation between Shia and Sunni sect especially in such times when terrorist elements are there to take advantage of such tensions for their malign designs.
Starvation grips northern Kenya
Nearly two million Kenyans face imminent starvation following crop failure in parts of Eastern and Rift Valley provinces. In Eastern, maize and bean crops have withered due to a long dry spell, while in Rift Valley Province, the shortage has been attributed to the delayed effects of the post election violence, which caused delays in planting last year. About a quarter of the six million people in the region have been affected causing the demand for relief food to shoot up. Residents have been left with no option and are living on porridge and wild tubers after herdsmen migrated with their animals in search of pastures and water near the Uganda border. The government's recently launched subsidized maize flour has not yet reached most parts of the country heavily facing food shortage hence worsening the situation. Food prices continue to rise across the country and worse are expected since rift valley province the country's bread basket will not be able to produce enough to feed the nation since farmers in the region were heavily affected during the poll violence early last year.
awlessness and sectarian violence quickly engulfed Iraq after the fall of Saddam, leaving women especially vulnerable. Correspondents Anna Badkhen and Mimi Chakarova visited a secret women's shelter in Baghdad to document the stories of rape victims and war widows. CIR spoke to the reporters via Skype for this episode of The Investigators.
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In world news-- a mosque bombing during evening prayers in Baghdad leaves dozens dead-- including a member of the Iraqi parliament.
Worshippers were attending a special service at the Sunni mosque as the Holy Month of Ramadan comes to an end.
Euronews has more.
“The attacker, posing as a beggar, detonated the explosives in the middle of the building just as evening prayers finished. …It’s the most serious incident in Iraq for two weeks, when a series of suicide bombings killed at least 70 people across the country. The power-sharing government is struggling to overcome sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shiites, that almost left to civil war after the U.S.-led invasion.”
Still in world news-- Libyan rebels make their way towards Sirte (Sert), the hometown of ousted leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi.
Al Jazeera reports-- they have a different tactic now that Gaddafi is out of power.
JACKY ROWLAND, AL JAZEERA: “The strategy of the Libyan fighters now is to move forwards steadily. They tell me that in the past they’ve made mistakes, they’ve dashed forward, they’ve captured towns, and then they lost them. …Morale is high, and even as they fight on, they hope for a peaceful solution.”
ALI GELAL, FIGHTER: “Already, the other people inside Sirte, it’s our family. They are Libyan. So we don’t need more blood. That’s enough.”
In U.S. news-- the East Coast begins picking up the pieces after being pummeled by Irene over the weekend.
Irene was downgraded from a Hurricane to a Tropical Storm as it passed, but as of Monday morning, more than 20 deaths have been blamed on the storm.
Here’s HLN with a look at some of the devastation.
ROBIN MEADE, HLN: “In Prattsville, New York, an official says that the volume of water coming off the Catskills Mountains could be bigger than Niagara Falls. Isn’t that incredible? Now look what happened in Vermont. Peaceful streams have turned into raging rivers. Floods washed away some of this building’s foundation. Look at the flashes of light in the window-- those are alarms going off.”
Finally-- in entertainment news-- the world gets a peak at the latest installment in the Halo series.
New series developer 343 Industries released this trailer at the Pax Prime convention over the weekend. Halo 4 will be the first game in a new "Reclaimer" trilogy and according to PCWorld, should be available around the 2012 holiday season. (Video: YouTube/HaloWaypoint)
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President Bush delivers a mixed message on Iranian interference in Iraq during a speech before American Legion, threatening to attack if they don't stop interfering, yet in the same speech, he notes that "Sectarian violence is DOWN" and "progress is being made" in Iraq. So either Iran is BLAZINGLY incompetent or President Bush is threatening to expand his war on the Middle East because Iran is getting too chummy with Iraq, making his decision to invade Iraq a blunder big enough to see from space.
A journalist hurled two shoes at US President George W Bush on his farewell visit to Iraq on Sunday, highlighting hostility still felt toward the outgoing US leader who acknowledged that the war is still not won.
Muntazer al-Zaidi jumped up as Bush held a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, shouted "It is the farewell kiss, you dog" and threw his footwear.
The president lowered his head and the first shoe hit the American and Iraqi flags behind the two leaders. The second was off target.
Zaidi, a reporter with the Al-Baghdadia channel which broadcasts from Cairo, was immediately wrestled to the ground by security guards and frogmarched from the room.
Soles of shoes are considered the ultimate insult in Arab culture. After Saddam Hussein's statue was toppled in Baghdad in April 2003, many onlookers beat the statue's face with their soles.
Bush laughed off the incident, saying: "It doesn't bother me. If you want the facts, it was a size 10 shoe that he threw".
He later played down the incident. "I don't know what the guy's cause is... I didn't feel the least bit threatened by it."
Bush, on his fourth and final official trip to Iraq since he ordered the March 2003 invasion that toppled Saddam, admitted: "There is still more work to be done."
As he and Maliki signed a security pact setting out new guidelines for US troops in Iraq, the president said: "The war is not over, but with the conclusion of these agreements... it is decisively on its way to being won."
Earlier, Bush ventured out in a motorcade through Baghdad streets, the first time he has gone somewhere other than a military base or the heavily protected Green Zone.
Pool reports said the unmarked motorcade passed through darkened streets that appeared heavily guarded, before arriving at Maliki's residence.
Bush hands over the delicate task of overseeing the US withdrawal from Iraq in five weeks to Barack Obama, who has pledged to turn the page on the deeply unpopular war.
"I'm so grateful that I've had a chance to come back to Iraq before my presidency ends," he said at a meeting with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.
Bush has staunchly defended the invasion that triggered years of deadly insurgency and sectarian violence that has killed tens of thousands of Iraqis and more than 4,200 American troops.
CBS News' Holly Williams reports from Beirut, Lebanon, on sectarian violence stemming from the killing of a top intelligence official.
Adnan Karim was born in 1963 in Kirkuk, an ancient and oil rich city, with a significant Kurdish minority. Although coming from a financially challenged family, he received a high level of education. The first Iraq war and the rise of sectarian violence forced the family to flee Kirkuk and settle in Sulaimani in the heartland of today's Kurdish autonomous area within Iraq.
Adnan continued his educational path in Sulaimani and graduated as an artist. He grew up with his family in an environment rich with culture. During his early teenage years he was exposed to Kurdish traditional music and story telling. Over the years, famous Kurdish musicians influenced him when developing his musical talent.
The Kamkars (Kurdish: Kamkaran کامکاران, Persian: کامکارها) is a Iranian Kurdish family of seven brothers and a sister, all from the city of Sanandaj, the capital of the Kurdistan province. They are one of the leading musical ensembles in Iran today. Their repertoire ranges from the vast array of traditional Kurdish and Persian music with its poignant, entrancing melodies and uplifting high energy rhythms to the classical Kurdish and Persian classical music of Iran. The repertoire of Kurdish music is richly diverse and deeply-rooted in the ancient history and culture of its proud and passionate people. It speaks of epic tales and wars, romantic love, and recounts ancient myths and stories of national and religious heroes, some of which date back to thousands of years to the time of the ancient Medes (the ancestors of the Kurds)."
The group has performed numerous concerts around the world, including their performance at the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony honoring Shirin Ebadi.
گۆرانی کوردی دڵی من به دهنگی هونهرمهند عهدنان کهریم و به یارمهتی تیپی موسیقای کامکار .
ترانه کوردی دل من با صدای عدنان کریم ، ارکستر گروه کامکارها
ترجمه و زیرنویس : هیوا باباحاجیانی
Singer: Adnan Karim
آرشیو هیوا باباحاجیانی