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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Jaswant's Jinnah: Dividing India to save it, Goof up, Advani's acolytes, Israel and Game Theory, Fox Turns of comments, Boycott,

For most of his life, Jinnah was the epitome of European secularism, in contrast to Gandhi’s Indian secularism. Jinnah admired Kemal Ataturk, who separated religion from state. Gandhi believed that politics without religion was immoral; advocated equality of all religions, and even pandered to the Indian’s need for a religious identity. Jinnah was not an agnostic. He was born an Ismaili Khoja, and consciously decided to shift, under the influence of an early mentor, Badruddin Tyabji, from the “Sevener” sect, which required obedience to the Aga Khan, to the Twelvers, who recognized no leader. But his faith did not include ritual. He might have posed in a sherwani to demand Pakistan, but he would have considered ‘Maulana Jinnah’ an absurdity. In the end, Jinnah and Gandhi were not as far apart as the record might suggest. Jinnah wanted a secular nation with a Muslim majority; Gandhi desired a secular nation with a Hindu majority. The difference was the geographical arc. Gandhi had an inclusive dream, Jinnah an exclusive one. Jaswant's Jinnah: Dividing India to save itBy M J Akbar

ISLAMABAD: There is much excitement in India about the Interpol red corner notice for Hafiz Saeed, but the person for whom the international police organisation has put out the notice is virtually impossible to connect with the Jamat-ud-Dawa ... Goof-up in Interpol notice for Hafiz Saeed

Aug. 26: While expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh is deeply wounded by "Lalji’s" cold-blooded decision to axe him, he was taken aback when he heard that the person who proposed his expulsion was Bengaluru MP Ananth Kumar. Sources privy to the meeting said the five-time MP from Karnataka, who is seen as close to Mr Advani, was asked to suggest the sacking of the BJP’s founder member by the original votary of the "Jinnah is not to blame for Partition" theory — Mr Advani himself. Sources close to Mr Singh said that this was a tried and tested method employed by Mr Advani, who prefers to shoot from his junior colleagues’ shoulders rather than simply pull the trigger himself. Mr Kumar is part of the newly-emergent Advani clique which includes Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj. Jaswant taken aback by Ananth’s action

In 2005, the Nobel Prize in Economic Science was awarded to Israeli mathematician and game theory specialist Robert J. Aumann, co-founder of the Center for Rationality at Hebrew University. This Jerusalem resident explains: “the entire school of thought that we have developed here in Israel” has turned “Israel into the leading authority in this field.”
Israeli strategists rely on game theory models to ensure the intended response to staged provocations and manipulated crises. With the use of game theory algorithms, those responses become predictable, even foreseeable—within an acceptable range of probabilities. The waging of war “by way of deception” is now a mathematical discipline. How Israel Wages Game Theory Warfare By Jeff Gates

Fox Nation, that website that boasts about being a haven "for those committed to the core principles of tolerance, open debate, civil discourse--and fair and balanced coverage of the news," doesn't seem to have quite the same faith in its readers. It has removed its comments section for its leading story announcing the death of Senator Ted Kennedy. This despite the fact that comments on the site are moderated. Fox Nation Turned Off Its Comments For Kennedy Thread By Ellen on Fox Nation

The inhabitants of the Bedouin village of Amra have good reason to fear that the harsh tactics used by the Israeli army against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank have been imported to their small corner of Israel’s Negev desert. Over the summer, the Tarabin tribe, all of them Israeli citizens, have had the sole access road to their homes sealed off, while the dirt track they must use instead is regularly blocked by temporary checkpoints at which their papers and vehicles are inspected at length.Coils of razor wire encircle much of the village, and children as young as eight have been arrested in a series of night-time raids. Israel Turns Up the Heat to Evict Bedouin from Desert Lands By Jonathan Cook in Amra

Benjamin Pogrund piece, arguing that "Boycotts only harden Israeli opinion, is a groundbreaking work of distortion of history, denial of facts, propaganda, disinformation and could have been written by Mark Regev, spokesman for the Prime minister of Israel.Benjamin Pogrund should know better. He is wrong on pretty much every single argument he makes. Apartheid entirely applies to the State of Israel policies towards the Palestinians. We are here talking about "The Crime of Apartheid" (as defined by the 2002 Rome statute of the International Criminal Court). "inhumane acts of a character similar to other crimes against humanity "committed in the context of an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any other racial group or groups and committed with the intention of maintaining that regime." It lists such crimes as murder, enslavement, deprivation of physical liberty, forced relocation, sexual violence, and collective persecution. Boycotting the Claims of Benjamin Pogrund By Frank Barat


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