Wednesday, August 22, 2007


CIA in India: "The Richard Nixon administration in Washington initiated a joint program with Islamabad (Pakistan) to hit back at India by encouraging a separatist movement among the Sikhs of Punjab... Shortly after R&AW's (Indian security services) creation in 1968, Kao arranged a secret liaison relationship with Israel's Mossad... the CIA was found to be collecting documents in R&AW's Chennai office. The recent defection of R&AW's Rabinder Singh to the US after years of undetected service as a CIA mole reflects the sorry state of affairs. Last year, the CIA was reported to have infiltrated India's National Security Council Secretariat... After the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, the first act of mass-casualty terrorism on the ground in India, R&AW pieced together credible evidence of the direct hand of the ISI. Kao remarked at that time in disgust that, in spite of solid proof, 'the US will never act against Pakistan for anything it does to India'". - BOOK REVIEW: India's silent warriors

"John McTernan, a former senior aide to Tony Blair, has been appointed as a special advisor to Des Browne, the Scottish Secretary... As the former prime minister's political secretary, Mr McTernan was questioned as party of the 'cash-for-peerages' police inquiry, but never accused of any wrongdoing." - In politics, it's what you say and the way that you say it

"Labour Party membership in Scotland is down 30 % since 2000, dropping from 26,500 to 18,500 in seven years. At the same time, SNP membership has risen: in 2003, the Nationalists had 9,450 members, but today the party has 13,585 - a rise of 44 % in four-and-a-half years. At the elections in May this year, Scottish Labour lost 161 councillors, while the SNP doubled its number of councillors from 181 to 363. Much of this was down to the new transferable-vote system, but it still means many more SNP activists on the ground and far fewer Labour ones." - It's her party and she'll cry if she wants to (you would cry too ...


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