Denmark – Greenland: The Democratic Way to independence

The Greenland example

Courtesy: Boston.com, June 26, 2009

…A saner way to escape history’s nightmare could be glimpsed in Greenland’s peaceable accession to independence from Denmark, an event celebrated Sunday on the world’s largest island in a ceremony attended by the Danish queen. Greenlanders, 90 percent of whom are indigenous Inuits, voted overwhelmingly in a referendum last November to exercise self-rule and eventually to be independent. Denmark, which has ruled that Arctic land since 1721, accepted the will of the people graciously.

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Selig Harrison’s “Pakistan – The State of the Union” report

Forwarded by: KHalid Hashmani (McLean, Virginia, USA)

Selig Harrison’s “Pakistan – The State of the Union” report

is worth reading by the ruling elite and the military boys in Punjab. It show how many of the problems that the country faces can be linked to the usurping of funds from Baluchistan and Sindh for development of the military and Punjab in general.

There has been enormous waste and amazing diversion of development and military funds to areas that was definitely not intended.

Harrison for example states that since 1954 $17.5 Billion in military aid has been given to Pakistan, making it into a behemoth uncontrollable by civilian governments. Where has the money gone? Some of this is known of course. $ 40-80 M spent on each of the F-16 fighter planes that young men fly to burn jet fuel knowing pretty well that they cannot be used in combat against India. Meanwhile 3M Swatis suffer due to lack of timely action by the military against the insurgents.

Will the new military and development aid coming to Pk as promised by Obama and his men be properly accounted for? This will not happen unless the Americans set up an accounting office here and make sure that it can verify each item, for in the past there has been much swindling and diversion. Then again, maybe not, as the last website below shows.

But the demand for aid, loan write-off and handouts is spurious because, as the Harrison report again points out, the military own nearly $ 38 B in assets such as Fauji Foundation, Askari Bank, etc. These assets need to be privatized and money received should be used to payoff loans or help real development rather than pump that money into the army’s coffers or spent on Punjab’s development.

Meanwhile, in the “ever-efficient” USA…

The financial news media focuses on the “green shoots” of the economy. Well, when you pump a few trillion into the economy, you should get something for it. But one thing we’re not getting is accountability. Already, over 1/3 of a trillion of the bailout money is being declared “missing in action.” And the official responsible considers it a joke.

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/639.html

The Pakistani media remains quiet about this. This is partly because the media owners gain from the exploitation of the minority provinces and also because they do not wish to annoy the establishment. On top of this, top journalists have been bought by the government agencies – some of you will have read about the free plots being given away to them to keep them toeing the government line.

There is a need for an alternative media in Pakistan, largely available via the Net. But here one cannot just rely on volunteers. Checking and editing of reports is essential (and expensive) or else one will almost certain end up with disinformation, as often served by Taliban-lovers like Ansar Abbasi, Hamid Mir and Kamran Khan, and a whole lot of other easily corruptible journos who seem to have taken over the electronic and print media.

Funding for a reliable alternative media outlets should be the top priority for those who wish Pakistan well.

Finally Sister and Brothers please read in detail the recommendation of Harrison, but for your convenience here are the 12 points:

1. Support Civilian Governance

2. Promote Demilitarization

3. Encourage respect for the Constitution

4. Pushtunize the war against Al Qaeda

5. Earmark US aid for Sind and Balochistan

6. Make Defense Spending transparent

7. Set the stage for negotiations with the Baluch

8. Implement the 1973 Constitution

9. End economic exploitation of the minority provinces

10. Empower local government

11. Recognize ethnic identitites

12. Strengthen the power of the Senate

Courtesy: http://www.ciponline.org/asia/reports/pakistan _the_state_ of_the_union.pdf

Struggle for the Restoration of Indus River

New Water Paradigm: required seriousness and Support

by: Jamil Junejo-Hyderabad, Sindh

Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum held seminar on topic of “New Water Paradigm and Restoration of Indus River on 29th June on Almanzar,Jamshoro .It is one of the steps of the struggle announced by PFF in a program held in down stream to mark international River day in March 2009 .PFF, unlike the old demand of no new dam on Indus ,made by nationalist political parties , demands new water Paradigm: Decommissioning of existing dams in Pakistan.

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Extraordinary Success Story of Overseas Sindhis

Celebrating 25 Years of SANA: Extraordinary Success Story of Overseas Sindhis

by: Aziz Narejo, TX, USA

The members of the Sindhi Association of North America (SANA), feel extremely proud today as they gather in St. Louis, MO to participate in the Silver Jubilee Convention marking an important milestone in the distinguished history of the organization. It is an occasion to celebrate 25 years of the organization’s continued service to the community and also an opportune moment to take stock of things, learn from experience and continue march into the future.

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