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Wednesday, August 14th, 2002
: RCN Administrator
Indian Deputy Foreign Minister Rajendra Abhyankar paid a two-day visit Aug. 8 and 9 to Tajikistan, where he met with various officials, including Tajik President Emomali Rahmonov. The trip followed a visit by Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev to New Delhi, where he met with Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, among others.
India is expanding its contact with Central Asian states amid shifting political dynamics in the region. For New Delhi, an increased presence in Central Asia solidifies its position as a central player in the global war against terrorism and aids its longer-term goal of expanding India’s regional political, economic and military influence as the country tries to become the dominant power in the Indian Ocean basin.
The past week has been a busy time for Indian diplomacy in Central Asia. During his visit the Kyrgyz president voiced support for India’s inclusion in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, originally known as the Shanghai Five when China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan founded it. India has been quietly lobbying for membership in the group -- which now also includes Uzbekistan -- as a way of extending its political influence farther north and balancing China’s involvement.
Since the start of the U.S.-led war against terrorism, China’s position in Central Asia has rapidly waned as several countries have opened their doors to the United States. Now India is trying to ride in on the U.S. coattails and establish a position in an area vital to its security and energy interests. In addition to talks with Kyrgyzstan, India is engaging Tajikistan. During the deputy foreign minister’s visit to Dushanbe, Rahmonov invited Vajpayee to Tajikistan.
New Delhi views Central Asia as a key link in its broader regional goals. Central Asian states are rich sources of energy, something India always needs, but they also are strategically located between China, Russia and Iran, three regional powers that India both competes and cooperates with. In the recent talks with Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, security issues and terrorism were top items, but economic links also were discussed, including Indian offers to help Central Asia develop an information technology industry.
New Delhi also is looking to Central Asia as a potential client for Indian heavy industry, and to be part of an expanded trade network. Already India, Russia and Iran have taken steps to establish the so-called North-South trade corridor, and India is working with Myanmar and Thailand to build a new highway system linking South and Southeast Asia.
But in the longer term, India needs to cement a strong position in Central Asia if it is to become a major regional power. While much of New Delhi’s attention has thus far been focused on expanding its reach into Southeast Asia and developing ties with Iran and Middle Eastern states, Central Asia could become a clear buffer between India and other regional powers and may offer some strategic leverage in the country’s ongoing competition with Pakistan and China.Results Page:
Tuesday, July 30th, 2002
: RCN Administrator
The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) -- one of the largest insurgencies in Northeast India -- has agreed to launch joint operations with another local militant group, the United National Liberation Front (UNLF), against Indian security forces, according to an UNLF statement July 29. The ULFA operates primarily in the state of Assam, and the UNLF is from the neighboring state of Manipur.
Cooperation between the two groups in both states could spell trouble for the Indian government, which remains militarily focused on the disputed state of Kashmir and its border with Pakistan. With a surge in cross-border attacks expected in Kashmir ahead of assembly elections in October, and the Aug. 15 Indian Independence Day a historic focus of insurgent violence, the Indian army may find itself split between two fronts.
There are several reasons for the ULFA and the UNLF to increase cooperation. First, the ULFA is losing access to its safe havens in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan as India’s influence in that country rises. With the Bhutanese government preparing to forcefully evict the ULFA if it does not leave on its own, the group will need the UNLF’s training facilities in Bangladesh and Myanmar.
The UNLF’s operations in Manipur, an Indian state bordering Myanmar, also could help serve as a conduit for arms shipments between Myanmar rebels and the ULFA. The UNLF gains by tying in to the larger ULFA, and it can potentially charge its bigger partner for its services.
Thursday, July 25th, 2002
: RCN Administrator
Two separate attacks in the disputed Jammu-Kashmir region in India have killed two suspected Islamic militants and three political workers. The two suspected guerrillas died in a gun battle with security forces in Galwanpora, a southern suburb of the city of Srinagar. Meanwhile, police say suspected Islamic militants gunned down three supporters of the state’s ruling national conference as they were visiting Malahama village on party work ahead of state elections in October.
Friday, May 24th, 2002
: RCN Administrator
Please pray about the terrible situation in Gujarat where over 2,000 people have been butchered, burned alive, raped and had their houses, businesses and places of worship burned down. Most of these are Muslims. There are now over 100,000 Muslims in, so called, "refugee camps" with hardly any water, medical aid, food or sanitation, even
after 2 months in stifling heat. The governement and the Hindu fanatical elements seem to be doing an "ethnic cleansing." In Ahmedabad, in one week alone, 700 hotels, 400 restaurants owned by Muslims, and 423 mosques were burned to the ground. Even the police force, instead of protecting the people, were actively involved in shooting down Muslims.
The scary part is that there has been open statements that: "Muslims first, Christians second." From what I hear from the brethren in Ahmedabad, the Christian community is living in fear. It seems that all the Christian homes, businesses, places of worship, etc are on computer lists and it would only take one "incident" to set off the second phase of ethnic cleansing.
A few nights ago, the Lord spoke to a few of us that we should go to Ahemedabad and PRAY. We have contacted some Christian leaders and are calling for three days of FASTING AND PRAYER, May 28,29 & 30. This will take place in the CNI Church, Maninagar. Seven of us will leave from Delhi on Monday the 27th. After the three days, I will then spend another day with the brethren there and then spend two days in Jaipur, Rajasthan on my way back. IT IS GOING TO BE VERY HOT !! Thank you for kneeling with us in prayer.
At the same time, WAR CLOUDS ARE GATHERING between Pakistan and India. Over ONE MILLION TROOPS are on the boarders, face to face. Not only is there this threat, but each country is armed with NUCLEAR WEAPONS. One thotless push of "the button" and Delhi will disappear from the map of India. Tho we do not want war, when we think of how this nation and her leaders have gone whole heartedly after THE WORSHIP OF IDOLS and prostrated themselves before THE DEMONS behind these idols.....how long
will God hold back His judgment?
WE HAVE BEEN CALLED TO STAND IN THE GAP AND INTERCEDE FOR THE NATION.
"Lord, teach us to pray !"
Be assured that we are with you by His Spirit at this time. He is on the Throne, in TOTAL CONTROL and is working out HIS PERFECT PLAN.
One with you, in Him, Ray and Christa
P.S. This last article just came to me by Anjolie Ela Menon, entitled "The Crying Need for a Healing Touch." May God’s love be seen in these days.
Yes, like so many of us, I too postponed the moment of reckoning for two whole months.But until we touch them in the flesh, see them with our own eyes, hold their hands in our hands, hear their cries of despair, they remain a statistic in the morning paper, pawns in the games of politicians. They are far removed from us, creating no disturbance in
our daily lives.
In the relief camp in Ahmedabad I am aghast at the numbers. I am deeply humbled that someone rushes to offer me cold water. How can I accept this when right at the entrance of the makeshift office, a 10-day-old baby lies on the bare floor beside its mother while the grandmother fans the flies off them in a gesture that speaks of both love and despair.
Despair is the flavour of the morning, it wafts across the compound perceptibly. Outside, hundreds of women sit on gunny sacks under a thin cotton canopy. It is 45 degrees and blisteringly hot. Not a fan in sight. The children run about with great abandon, mercifully gifted with amnesia. I think of our own pampered brood at home who have to be coaxed to eat.
The women think that I am some kind of neta to whom they can address their complaints. No, I try to tell them, I am only a kalakar. I put my arms around one woman who is keeping and 20 others just want a hug, to be comforted even if I can’t offer them hope, justice, money, freedom. Only apologies for what all of us have allowed to happen. One by one the tales of horror and brutality unfold as each one tells her story. Every story is beyond the pale, unbelievable. But each re-telling is a catharsis, the only therapy available for trauma. What a miracle that they sit here weeping silently. One would have expected screams of anguish, the madness of terrible grief for each one of them has lost someone beloved.
Realising the futility of my own tears, I move to the ’office’ to talk to the very competent older inmates who are running it. The camp seems to be self-run with no sign whatsoever of any government representative. Apparently in this particular camp the ’beast of Belsen’ is a police inspector, who lost a relative in a riot many years ago and is now the archetypal sadist cop. A few days ago, six young boys from the camps were rounded up in the middle of the night and carted off by the cops. Then there was a sudden, unprovoked tear-gas attack. An old woman died of fright and the children howled with pain in their eyes for nearly two days. The empty teargas shells were shown to us like trophies.
The good intentions of the managers notwithstanding, it is sheer bedlam in the camps. The women sit around the whole day under the shamianas, or out in the open in some camps, the kids run wild and the men hang around in sullen groups. Used to organising things in the navy, I immediately had a wish list. Better cleanliness, play groups for the kids, getting the women to help with the cooking, cleaning, serving etc. Perhaps some organised activity would help raise the morale of those who have already spent 60 days here with apathy turning to despair.
I am shocked that no norms have been laid down as to the minimum legal requirements of a refugee camp. (UNCHR, where are you?) Seventeen rupees per head. That’s it. What about the norms laid down for space per head, medical attention, a roof overhead, insect repellents, cleaning materials, sterile drinking water? How many loos for how many people? What about bedding, sanitation, a place for people’s belongings? Are they supposed to exist perpetually in temperature of between 40 and 45
degrees, sitting on gunny sacks? For example, how many full-time doctors are prescribed for a camp of 6,500 people? Every tenet of decent
administration is being shamelessly flouted by the government.
If the government was capable of organising the Kumbh, surely it can do what is humane and correct here, even if belatedly? Where is our pride? If Mr Modi can’t manage, he should hand over the camps to the army or an NGO, to be run like relief camps, not concentration camps.
Yet, despite the nightmarish conditions in the camps, the prospect of their closure is even more terrible. These are people who have lost everything - homes, breadwinners, jobs, possessions. If they don’t get attacked by a hostile neighbour they will perish from sheer want. The question each one asks is, ’where will we go from here?’ If there is
even an iota of good intention on the part of the government, then efforts should be already on to document the situation statistically, and put in place a comprehensive rehabilitation plan.
But that is doubtful. Let’s declare the Gujarat situation a ’national calamity’. Maybe this will bring help and justice to the victims to match the great public outpourings of sympathy for the earthquake or Kargil.
I appeal to the government in the name of humanity to rise above both politics and religion at this grave and shameful moment in our history and bring some real solace to the victims of Godhra and its horrendous aftermath.
Wednesday, December 31st, 1969
: RCN Administrator
Arab World Suspicious of Tape -- By DONNA ABU-NASR
.c The Associated Press
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Poor sound quality and reliance on U.S. government translations significantly lessened the impact of the latest Osama bin Laden videotape in the Arab world and fueled suspicion of a U.S. scheme to blame Muslims for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
``Is that possible! I can’t believe bin Laden did it. The translation is wrong and we hardly heard his voice. America just wants to implicate Muslims,’’ said Nadia Saqr, an Egyptian mother of two.
In the tape released Thursday by the Pentagon, there was no finger-waving >or grandiose threats and bin Laden referred to the Sept. 11 attacks in a casual tone.
As he leaned back on a mattress describing elements of the Sept. 11 plot, the tape revealed what bin Laden is like when he is not making a speech.
``What you were listening to was just a dinner conversation. He wasn’t performing,’’ said Sateh Noureddine, managing editor of Lebanon’s As-Safir newspaper.
In tapes shown of bin Laden over the years, the Saudi dissident’s every word and move appeared choreographed to portray him as a heroic warrior able to lead Muslims against their enemies, mainly the United States, Israel and Europe.
One of the most striking examples is the bin Laden tape aired by the Al-Jazeera Arabic station on Oct. 7, hours after the U.S. airstrikes against the Taliban and bin Laden’s al-Qaida network began in Afghanistan.
Looking straight into the camera in that tape, bin Laden wagged his finger as he delivered his threat:
``To America, I say only a few words to it and its people: I swear by God, who has elevated the skies without pillars, neither America nor the people who live in it will dream of security before we live it in Palestine, and not before all the infidel armies leave the land of Muhammad, peace be upon
Over dinner with his aides in the tape released Thursday, bin Laden recited a poem about freedom and struggle and teased his spokesman, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, because he had known nothing about the Sept. 11 attacks. ``Not everyone knew,’’ bin Laden said in the tape.
It was a striking contrast to previous tapes. Coupled with poor sound quality and U.S. government translations, the tape released by the Pentagon instead of the Al-Jazeera station, left many Arab skeptics.
In Jordan, political analyst Labib Kamhawi said, at most, the video shows bin Laden praising the attacks, but ``does not prove that bin Laden was responsible for’’ them.
Mohamed Salah, an Egyptian expert on militant Islamic movements who writes for the London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayat, said bin Laden may have left the tape behind in the Afghan city of Jalalabad on purpose so the Americans would show it and show the world that he played a role in the terrorist attacks in the United States. Bin Laden no longer has anything to lose by claiming responsibility, Salah said.
In a recruiting video released after the October 2000 suicide attack on the destroyer USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden, bin Laden praised the deadly bombing but did not claim responsibility.
As he recited a poem about the Yemen attack, background footage showed bin Laden’s masked militants training in Afghanistan as a song played with the lyrics: ``We thank God for granting us victory the day we destroyed Cole in
Bin Laden’s mother disappointed by her son-paper
RIYADH, Dec 9 (Reuters) - The mother of Osama bin Laden was quoted on Sunday as saying that she was not angry with her son, but just disappointed by his ideas and actions.
"I do not approve of his ambitions and the actions attributed to him, but I am not angry with him," the woman, whose name was withheld, said in comments published by Saudi Arabia’s English-language Arab News newspaper.
"Like all mothers, I am satisfied and pleased with my son and pray to God to guide him and save him," she added.
The United States accuses bin Laden of masterminding the devastating September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, and U.S. troops in Afghanistan are currently hunting him down.
The soft-spoken Islamist militant is also wanted in connection to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya and other strikes against U.S. targets.
Saudi Arabia revoked bin Laden’s citizenship several years ago but several members of his family, who run a multi-billion dollar construction business, remain in the kingdom.
Bin Laden is said to be 17th of 57 children born to his father, who was killed in an air crash when his son was a teenager.
Bin Laden himself was reported some years ago to have three wives and more than a dozen children, one of whom was believed to have been killed in a U.S. air strike a few days ago.
Bin Laden Solicited Clerics’ Views
By TAREK AL-ISSAWI
.c The Associated Press
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The latest Osama bin Laden videotape released on Thursday revealed his interest in the views of several Persian Gulf clerics known for anti-American edicts and their support for holy war.
In bin Laden’s conversation on the tape with a visiting Saudi cleric, four religious leaders were mentioned, including Sheik Hamoud bin Oqla al-Shuaibi, a man who is no stranger to Saudi jails and government pressure.
In October, al-Shuaibi issued a religious edict urging Muslims to fight alongside the Taliban, Afghanistan’s former rulers, as the United States began a campaign to root out those responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks and
their Afghan hosts.
``America is an infidel country, an enemy of Islam and Muslims,’’ al-Shuaibi said.
Al-Shuaibi, who is believed to be in his 70s, enjoys substantial support in Saudi Arabia, especially in his hometown of Buraida, in the northeast.
His fiery comments, however, have earned him the disfavor of the Saudi establishment, landing him in jail in 1995 for two months on charges of inciting dissident.
Another Saudi cleric mentioned in the videotape was Sulaiman al-Ulwan who told followers that the Sept. 11 victims ``were not innocent,’’ but were part of the enemy forces.
Al-Ulwan, 33, has also issued edicts that have gone against the interests of the Saudi royal family.
Since Sept. 11, the Saudi government has had to tread a fine line between maintaining its close ties with the United States and appeasing its conservative Muslim population. While the government officially supports
Washington’s war on terrorism, there is sympathy in the streets for bin Laden and opposition to the U.S.-led attacks on Afghanistan. Fifteen of the 19 suicide hijackers were Saudis.
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah has asked the nation’s clerics not to be ``overpowered by emotions or agitated by others,’’ warning that anything less could put the kingdom ``in a critical position.’’
Bin Laden tape fuels US anger,
doesn’t change minds
By Jon Herskovitz
NEW YORK, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Americans stood even firmer in their views that Osama bin Laden masterminded the Sept. 11 attacks after watching a videotape released on Thursday in which the Saudi-born militant says the attacks were more deadly than he expected.
Trading slowed on Wall Street and clusters of people in Times Square stood motionless for a moment before the billboard television screen there to watch the low-quality videotape the United States said clearly implicated
bin Laden in the attacks that killed about 3,300 people.
"Maybe, for someone, this will be the smoking gun. But I don’t need no more convincing," said Yvonne Torlio, a health care worker who watched the broadcast at Times Square.
New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said the tape showed that bin Laden was the "personification of evil."
"He is obviously delighted he killed more people than he anticipated," Giuliani said at a news conference. "Unless he was brought to justice he would kill a lot more innocent human beings."
Delivery man Mike Contandi joined the crowds watching the tape in Times Square, just a few miles (kilometers) from the site where two hijacked airplanes slammed into the World Trade Center, collapsing the twin towers.
In the tape, bin Laden talks about his calculations of death in felling the 110-story towers.
"The smoking gun will be when we finally catch bin Laden," said Contandi.
For Ryan Amundson of Brookfield, Wisconsin, the tape only added fuel to the rage he felt over the attacks.
"It renewed a sense of anger in me. Just to see them sitting there and laughing and going about things nonchalantly while they’re talking about killing thousands of Americans," he said.
"They were acting like it was business as usual for them. It made me angry - again," Amundson said.
WALL STREET PAUSES
Wall Street traders said the airing of the roughly hour-long videotape at 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT) significantly dampened market action as participants stopped watching their trading screens and turned their attention to
"We already knew what was on there. It’s not very interesting. I’m more interested to see the reaction from the world community and how they take it," said Wall Street trader Brian Pears, head of equity trading at
Victoria Capital Management in Ohio.
U.S. officials say the tape, released by the Pentagon and accompanied by an official U.S. government translation, proves bin Laden was responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon that killed nearly
"(Inaudible) we calculated in advance the number of casualties from the enemy, who would be killed based on the position of the tower," bin Laden says in the U.S. translation.
"We calculated that the floors that would be hit would be three or four floors. I was the most optimistic of them all."
Bin Laden, who inherited millions from his family’s construction fortune in Saudi Arabia, makes reference to his own knowledge of that business.
"(Inaudible) due to my experience in this field, I was thinking that the fire from the gas in the plane would melt the iron structure of the building and collapse the area where the plane hit and all the floors above it only," bin Laden said. "This is all that we had hoped for."
Instead, the weight of the upper floors brought down the entire structures as they collapsed.
The amateur videotape shows a relaxed and smiling bin Laden sitting and talking to a group of people. It was shot in November and found in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said.
Alan Dean, a financial industry worker from San Diego, who was visiting New York, said that he did not see any need for releasing the tape. He said there was already enough evidence that implicated bin Laden.
"Do we really need to release it? It didn’t change my thoughts or opinions," Dean said.