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Chávez Putin. Washington’s Nightmare

by: Alessia Lai

Caracas and Moscow forge ties, deepen an already strong friendship. And the reaction in Washington not long in coming. Punctual, on the eve of the first visit of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Venezuela signed several bilateral agreements, press rumors leaked cleverly sent a clear message Venezuelan Russian axis.

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President Barack Obama’s e-mail message.

Dear Friends — For the first time in our nation’s history, Congress has passed comprehensive health care reform. America waited a hundred years and fought for decades to reach this moment. Tonight, thanks to you, we are finally here.

Consider the staggering scope of what you have just accomplished: Because of you, every American will finally be guaranteed high quality, affordable health care coverage.

Every American will be covered under the toughest patient protections in history. Arbitrary premium hikes, insurance cancellations, and discrimination against pre-existing conditions will now be gone forever.

And we’ll finally start reducing the cost of care — creating millions of jobs, preventing families and businesses from plunging into bankruptcy, and removing over a trillion dollars of debt from the backs of our children.

But the victory that matters most tonight goes beyond the laws and far past the numbers.

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China swings into action after US U-turn in Kabul – Beijing may set up military base in Pakistan

China eyes military bases in Pakistan

Courtesy: The Economic Times

BEIJING: China has signalled it wants to go the US way and set up military bases overseas, possibly starting with Pakistan. The obvious purpose of creating PLA bases in Pakistan would be to exert pressure on India as well as counter US influence in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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From Pakistan to Israel – by Saleem H. Ali

Courtesy: All voices

Israel – Tel Aviv : As a Pakistani-American, I was initially hesitant to visit Israel in this political climate, but when an invitation from Tel Aviv University beckoned to explore prospects for ecological peace-building in the region, I felt obliged to accept. One of Israel’s most liberal universities was organizing a conference on the prospects for an environmental “peace park” with Syria in the Golan Heights and they wanted me to be the keynote speaker, given my previous research on such efforts worldwide. Some “Realists” might roll their eyes on such a prospect but the concept of “peace parks” is more than an idealist’s ramblings and has shown promise in resolving territorial disputes. Warring parties can be made to realize quite pragmatically that joint conservation is economically beneficial and also a politically viable exit strategy from a conflict. The US used such a strategy in the mid 1990s to resolve a decades-old armed conflict between Ecuador and Peru in the Cordillera del Condor region. The Obama administration’s deputy envoy to the Middle East, Fred Hof, has proposed the Golan peace park effort as a means of a peace-building with Syria as well in a formal paper written for the US Institute of Peace in 2008. So the idea is one which policy-makers are considering seriously and there are even detailed maps and plans that have been prepared to consider such a solution.

Nevertheless, the trip was risky in two ways: first in Pakistan, I would be immediately marginalized for visiting a country that is still perceived by many to be illegitimate. Second, as a Muslim of Pakistani lineage traveling to the region, I would be considered with suspicion in Israel as well as back in the United States. Thus I arrived with conflicting emotions and a protracted security screening at Ben Gurion airport, only to find the country in its latest conflagration in Gaza. An early January air attack on the beleaguered region had left four Palestinians dead and an aid convoy from the UK on Gaza’s border with Egypt was being stopped by Egyptians who claimed that they were under treaty obligations with Israel to ensure proper security measures. An Egyptian soldier was also killed in the frenzied fury of the waiting game for desperately needed aid.

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Poll Shows Public Wants Medicare for All

Courtesy: Black Agenda Report, Wed, 09/30/2009

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

“Most people favor a public option that is a lot more “robust” than anything the Congress is offering.”

Despite the infamous Max Baucus Senate committee’s long-anticipated rejection of even a fig leaf of a public health care “option,” public opinion remains remarkably firm in support of allowing everyone access to a comprehensive government health plan. A New York Times/CBS News survey last week provided the best polling evidence in recent months that most people favor a public option that is a lot more “robust” than anything the Congress is offering, aside from straight-up single payer.

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New Partnership with Pakistan bring a positive revolution in Sindh

New Partnership with Pakistan Act 2009 – An opportunity for educational institutions of Sindh to bring a positive revolution in Sindh

By Khalid Hashmani

The ENHANCED PARTNERSHIP WITH PAKISTAN ACT OF 2009 (Bill S. 1707) was passed by US Congress on October 1, 2009 and is awaiting President Obama’s signature. This legislation provides for $ 1.5 billion a year in US economic, social, and democratic development assistance to Pakistan for each of the next five years, starting 2010. The bill also authorizes military assistance in the context of counterinsurgency and counter terrorism efforts. Although the traditional exploiters of Pakistan have embarked on a mean-hearted campaign to secure changes that will enable them to control and siphon away much of the allocated assistance, the people of Pakistan, particularly the rural populations, have waited too long in the line as military consumes a major share of the country’s resources. Their undemocratic tactics to get changes in the Act to reduce monitoring and weaken the democratic rule will more than likely fail. However, if they once again succeed, the poor people of Pakistan would loose a great opportunity to alleviate poverty and improve health and education in rural areas.

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Protest Rally against Dictator in Houston Texas

Report by: Sikander Baloch, Texas

A peaceful Rally of a large number of pro Democrat groups along with Sindhi and Baloch Communities took place in Houston Texas in front of the omni hotel, where Ex-military dictator Pervez Musharraf was invited to speech. Participants was carrying play cards and banners against Musharraf with different slogans, Killer of democracy and Judiciary, Killer of leaders like Akber Bugti, and Benazir Bhutto. They were demanding to the US government to revoke fugitive from law in Pakistan, ex-military dictator’s  visa and extradite him to Pakistan to be tried for High Treason under Article 6 of the Constitution of Pakistan and for his other crimes under relevant laws. People from Different Walk of life participated and supported this rally, where as Aziz Narejo , Abdul Narejo, Sikander Baloch, Mansoor Samo, Manzoor Memon, and others represent Sindhi Community and Habib Baloch, Malik Baloch, Aslam Baloch, Maria Baloch were the participants from American Friends of Balochistan. Javed Burki and other American friends of Pakistan along with Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz and Pakistan Tahreek Insaf were among the protester.

While talking with international Media they says that, Ex-military dictator who seized power on October 12, 1999 in a coup against an elected government has committed  crimes against the people and the country. He has violated the Constitution, dissolved the elected assemblies, compromised sovereignty of the country, destroyed institutions, waged war on own people, murdered political leaders and innocent citizens, caused disharmony among provinces, created divisions among the people, weakened the foundations of the country, threatened its integrity and ruined the economy bringing untold of miseries to the masses. they added that,

It is a matter of great concern that the US government has issued visa to him and he has been invited to address and hoodwink the people in USA at various fora. We call upon the people and the government in USA and the world leaders to respect the will of the people of Pakistan and support the demand for his extradition to Pakistan to stand trial for his crimes.

A pro Mushraff Rally was held by MQM and other groups at same place with Small number of people who were welcoming Mushrraff.

11 October, 2009

Protest Rally against Dictator Mushraff in Houston Texas

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009

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A call to action

by President Barack Obama

This morning, Michelle and I awoke to some surprising and humbling news. At 6 a.m., we received word that I’d been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009.

To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the trans-formative figures who’ve been honored by this prize — men and women who’ve inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.

But I also know that throughout history the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it’s also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes.

That is why I’ve said that I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations and all peoples to confront the common challenges of the 21st century. These challenges won’t all be met during my presidency, or even my lifetime. But I know these challenges can be met so long as it’s recognized that they will not be met by one person or one nation alone.

This award — and the call to action that comes with it — does not belong simply to me or my administration; it belongs to all people around the world who have fought for justice and for peace. And most of all, it belongs to you, the men and women of America, who have dared to hope and have worked so hard to make our world a little better

PPP on positive track but the message is not getting to constituents

Reported By: Khalid Hashmani, USA

Washington DC, September 24, 2009 – A few members of Washington’s Sindhi community met the Minister of Sindh fo Education last week at an informal gathering. There was a candid exchange of views between the participants and the Minister about the plight of Sindhis and performance of PPP government in Sindh so far . The minister said that the government of Sindh is on the positive track but the story of their achievements is not getting reaching to their Sindhi constituents as Sindhi media is mostly focused on criticizing the government.

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SAPAC Inaugural becomes Congressmen’s Town Hall Meeting and Sindhi Katchahry (Gathering)

By Khalid Hashmani

Washington DC, September 16, 2009 – Sindhi American Political Action Committee (SAPAC) was inaugurated in Washington DC. This is a milestone step for the Sindhi American community that community hopes will help in restoring and preserving Sindhi Rights. The inaugural session was very well organized and in fact turned into a Congressmen’s Town Hall meeting and Sindhi Katchahry, which is a traditional village gathering where village elders and town folks share their hopes, concerns, and sorrows. The meeting was held at the Washington Court Hotel near the US Capitol Bulling. The moot was addressed by Congressman Gary Ackermann, Congressman Brad Sherman, Selig Harrison, and Marvin Weinbaum. The guests were welcomed by Dr. Maqbool Halepota and Munawar Laghari, President Director of SAPAC respectively. After formal addresses, a lively Town Hall meeting (Sindhi Katchahry) was held with Congressman Sherman and Sindhi participants. The meeting was admirably moderated by Leila Agha and Hanne Bursch.

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Did Pak envoy deliberately leak official classified communication?

By: Ahmed Quraishi, Islamabad

Courtesy: The Nation, September 17, 2009

…Ambassador Haqqani has complained about a secret blacklist of US journalists and NGO-types and strongly protested denying them visas to enter Pakistan. Haqqani warned his government in the letter that this could hurt military hardware transfers and US aid pledges…

…A Pakistani source that has worked closely with the US government, and does not want to be named, described this ‘leak’ in this way: “I feel so bad to read the CNN-IBN claim that, and I quote-’Dated July 28, 2009, the letter [is] in CNN-IBN’s possession’. What are we, a banana republic?”

That is not all. The unnamed analyst adds: “Also keep in mind that this (most likely a) “classified” letter (which also “bears the seal of the Pakistan Ambassador”) was written by our Ambassador to the Foreign Secretary (classified) , Interior Secretary (classified) and DG, ISI (double classified!) .”

So, the big question is: Who leaked the letter and its detailed contents?…

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Pak-China: Changed Equations

Changed Equations

by: Aparna Pande

Courtesy: Wichaar.com, August 26th, 2009

Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari arrived in China on Friday, August 21, on his fourth visit to the country since taking over as President in September 2008. President Zardari is not the first Pakistani President to visit China so often. Regular visits to China are routine for every Pakistani head of state going back to the 1960s-1970s.

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Senator Edward M. Kennedy – Sindhi-Americans have lost a great voice in the US Senate

Senator Edward M. Kennedy, 1932-2009

by: FEROZE A. URSANI, Swansea, IL, USA

America, and indeed the world, today has lost a great fighter for their rights. Senator Kennedy in his five decades in the US Senate authored hundreds of pieces of legislation which played a major role in uplifting the lives of the have nots in this country, and played at times a pivotal role in extending these rights of the imperialistically subjugated peoples the world over.

We, Sindhi-Americans have also lost a great voice for us in the US Senate. His role in the special caucus arranged in Chicago by Dr Bhatti, SANA’s former President Dr Bhatti, which made it possible to bring to light the infamous “activism” of the US Consular staff in Karachi to bring MQM to the US, in the eighties, is well known and appreciated by us here. Senator Kennedy was resolutely in the corner of the people the world who struggled for their sovereign rights within a country. This was clearly evident in his open support of the Irish peoples struggles against British imperialism in the eighties, and then his part in getting the Irish get a fair deal in the George Mitchell brokered peace talks in the UK in the nineties. Senator Kennedy also was a friend of immigrants here, as we all are, and stood for their rights, as evidenced by his co-sponsored bill with John McCain. And above all, he led a fight to make sure that health coverage was a right rather than a privilege of all Americans. Like all Americans, we Sindhi-Americans also mourn the passing away of a great American.

Inaugural Ceremony of SAPAC

Press release – Washington, DC, August 15, 2009

Sindhi American Political Action Committee (SAPAC) is a newly established organization, based in Washington DC. You are requested to kindly confirm your availability to attend the Inaugural Ceremony of SAPAC. (Participation with invitation only; To receive formal invitation, please contact Munawar Laghari on phone # (202) 378-0333 or e-mail: sapac.sindh@ gmail.com). President of SAPAC, Dr. Maqbool Haleepota will welcome the Guests and participants. Congressman Gary Ackerman* will be Special Guest in the Inaugural Ceremony of SAPAC. Congressman Brad Sherman** has very kindly consented to grace the occasion as Chief Guest. Speakers: Mr. Selig S. Harrison***, Center for International Policy. Dr. Marvin Weinbaum**** , Middle East Institute.

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Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Worst single terror attacks in history

Courtesy: Links International

By Norm Dixon

August 6 and August 9 2009 mark the 64th anniversaries of the US atomic-bomb attacks on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In Hiroshima, an estimated 80,000 people were killed in a split second. Some 13 square kilometres of the city were obliterated. By December, at least another 70,000 people had died from radiation and injuries.

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Washington Diary: An ideological blind (Daily Times)

manzoorejzby: Dr. Manzur Ejaz, USA

Courtesy: Wichaar.com, June 9th, 2009

…Such an ideological blind is not US specifics. Most countries like Pakistan are even worse when it comes to distribution of wealth and social services. Despite being the worst case in the capitalist world—Canada, Europeans and Japan have a much better system of social services—the US still has several programs to safeguard the poor in extreme distress. But, Pakistan and most other developing nations, including India, favor rich at the expense of the poor. The ruling elites in these countries perpetuate the ideological blind in various ways. As a matter of fact, the religious extremism has helped the ruling elites in this regard.

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