India out. GST war on islam. Islamist leader Abdelilah Benkirane as Morocco Premier (write to: abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com)

India run out.

GST war on islam.

Islamist leader Abdelilah Benkirane as Morocco Premier

-DR. ABDUL RUFF

abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com

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Parliament in Rabat, Morocco, 20 November 2011

I – Poll

Moroccans have elected new lower house of parliament on 25 November, in the first national vote since the approval of constitutional reforms in July billed as laying the foundations for a fully-fledged constitutional monarchy. Moderate Islamists, as expected, did well the vote after a similar success in Tunisia’s first democratic election a month ago and the Justice and Development Party (PJD) emerged as the biggest party in Friday’s parliamentary elections.

The Justice and Development Party (PJD) took 107 seats out of the 395 in Parliament, almost twice as many as the second-place nationalist Istiqlal party, with 60 seats. The election was held more than a year early, after pro-democracy demonstrations swept the country earlier this year as part of the regionwide Arab Spring.

The leader of a moderate Islamist party Abdelilah Benkirane has been appointed by King Mohammed VI as Morocco’s new prime minister. Abdelilah will now hold talks on forming a coalition government.  His Justice and Development Party has not been in government before.

The PJD’s victory follows that of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda Party in an election there last month. Following elections, King Mohammed VI is for the first time obliged to choose the prime minister from the largest party, rather than naming whoever he pleases. King Mohammed received Benkirane, who is the PJD’s secretary general, in the mountain town of Midelt and named him head of government with the task of forming a new government.

Under a new constitution approved by referendum in July, the king has to choose a prime minister from the party that won the most seats. The constitution also gives the prime minister more powers to govern, but the king still has the final say on issues of defence, security and religion. The reforms were supported by all the main political parties, which called on their supporters to back the proposals in the referendum.

The 20 February movement, which spearheaded Morocco’s pro-democracy protests earlier this year, has called for a boycott of the elections, dismissing them as a “piece of theatre”. It says the constitutional changes approved in July are superficial, and perpetuate a “facade of democracy” that – it says – has disguised continuing royal rule for decades.

King Mohammed VI presented the constitutional changes as a far-reaching concession to Arab Spring-style pro-democracy protests, but activists believe they will do little to change the actual power structure and have called for a boycott of the elections. As a result of the constitutional changes approved by 98% of those voting in a 1 July referendum, the position of the prime minister, who must now be appointed from the largest party in parliament, has also been enhanced, gaining the authority to appoint government officials and dissolve parliament.  However, the parliament will have a greater share of power and – in theory – will play the leading role in a legislative process previously dominated by the king.

Benkirane, who was elected head of his party in 2008, leads its more pro-monarchy faction. He has repeatedly stated his support for a strong king, even though some of his colleagues would prefer a less powerful ruler. “The head of the state is king and no-one can govern without him,” he told supporters. The PJD has said it will promote Islamic finance. However, it has avoided focusing on issues such as alcohol and headscarves for women.

Many of the protesters who took to the streets in February feel the reforms still fall far short of their demands for a democratic, constitutional monarchy, and have called for a boycott. Ahead of the poll, the sleepy calm of the capital, Rabat, was occasionally punctuated by the marches of unemployed graduates. But the country’s powerful monarchy and the system that supports it appear to have averted any direct, mortal challenge for now.

A low turnout in the parliamentary poll would detract from the legitimacy of King Mohammed VI’s reforms and could hint at future problems.

II – Morocco

The Kingdom of Morocco is the most westerly of the North African countries known as the Maghreb. To the south, the status of Western Sahara remains unresolved. Morocco annexed the territory in 1975 and a guerrilla war with Algerian-backed pro-independence forces ended in 1991. UN efforts have failed to break the political deadlock. To the north, a dispute with Spain in 2002 over the tiny island of Perejil revived the issue of the sovereignty of Melilla and Ceuta. The small enclaves on the Mediterranean coast are surrounded by Morocco and have been administered by Madrid for centuries.

Strategically situated with both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, but with a rugged mountainous interior, it stayed independent for centuries while developing a rich culture blended from Arab, Berber, European and African influences.  However, Morocco was a French protectorate from 1912 to 1956, when Sultan Mohammed became king. He was succeeded in 1961 by his son, Hassan II, who ruled for 38 years. He played a prominent role in the search for peace in the Middle East, given the large number of Israelis of Moroccan origin, but was criticized for suppressing domestic opposition. A truth commission set up to investigate human rights violations during Hassan’s reign confirmed nearly 10,000 cases, ranging from death in detention to forced exile. After his death in 1999 Hassan was succeeded by his son, who became King Mohammed VI and was seen as a modernizer. There has been some economic and social liberalization, but the monarch has retained sweeping powers.

King Mohammed is aided by a powerful propaganda machine – his image adorns streets and shops across the country. Central to the monarchical regime’s strength is its longevity – the Alaoui dynasty gained control of most of Morocco in 1664 – and its claim of descent from the Prophet Muhammad. The king has tremendous religious and political capital – it’s not just the king but the whole political establishment, the monarchy and the “makhzen” provide for the patronage network that embodies Morocco’s ruling elite.

Moroccan citizens, many of them poor and illiterate and living in rural areas, are made to believe that the monarch has a special gift or blessing and they feel that they have some psychological relationship with the king. Symbolic rituals also boost his status. In an annual ceremony of allegiance, the “bay’a”, Moroccan officials bow before the king as he parades on a horse.

Despite these traditional trappings, the monarchy under the 48-year-old king has taken on a more modern, reformist image. His father, Hassan II, ran a notoriously brutal regime between 1961 and 1999. Opponents were tortured and protests repressed.  1965, the interior minister at the time, Gen Mohammed Oufkir, supervised a crackdown on demonstrations in Casablanca from a helicopter while – according to one story – personally spraying rioters with a machine gun. But a process of gradual reform began in the final years of Hassan’s rule, and continued with his son. It included a family law that advanced women’s rights and a truth commission that explored abuses under King Hassan – though none of those responsible were prosecuted.

Along with Ennahda in Tunisia and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey, it places itself within a contemporary movement to promote and respect Islam and reconcile Islam and democracy. Coalitions of more secular, royalist parties have tried to smother it and the Islamists have found it hard to directly challenge the king because of his religious status as “commander of the faithful”. It too is seen by many as being in the pocket of the palace. The PJD here in Morocco is presenting the ‘third way’ between revolution and the uncertainty of the current system.

The toppling of long-standing leaders in Tunisia and Egypt at the beginning of the year is widely seen as having caught the Moroccan regime off-guard, at a time when the reform process had stagnated. As Morocco’s own protest movement took shape, a long-held taboo was breached. It’s the first time in Morocco that the king was openly criticized and they didn’t shoot people. Instead, the monarchy’s response was to promise changes including rights guarantees and more powers for the parliament. These were enshrined in a new constitution that was approved by referendum in July.

III – Observations

Maybe, the Arab World is in the process of changing but Arabs still don’t know the results and what will happen in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria or Yemen especially the destruction of Libya by the NATO-UNSC terror organizations. The moderately Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD), which has been buoyed by the recent reforms, and by the gains Islamists have made elsewhere in the region, could win the election and so supply the next prime minister.

Leaders of Morocco claim they are presenting the way of reform without losing the stability, the unity of the country- but at the same time furthering the democratic agenda of Morocco.

Morocco’s ruling elite thinks it has skillfully sidestepped the revolutionary fervor sweeping the Arab world by offering a milder, more peaceful vision of change. Critics of the reforms point in particular to the fact that the king will still have wide-ranging executive powers, in particular control over foreign, defence and security policy. Activists also say the reforms will not end the behind-the-scenes dominance of the “makhzen” – a power apparatus of veteran politicians, powerful businesspeople, the security forces and royal officials controlled by the king through a system of patronage.

Morocco is bidding for membership of the European Union, its main trade partner, but there appears to be little enthusiasm for this within the bloc.

Morocco has been given the status of non-Nato ally by Washington, which has praised its support for the US-led war on terror. After deadly suicide bombings in Casablanca in 2003, Morocco launched a crackdown on suspected Islamic militants.

The message of a democratic agenda and gradual change is one that has gone down well with Morocco’s allies in the anti-Islamic US and Europe who promote pro-west leaders in Muslim world and destabilize the Muslim nations if the leaders do not buy CIA terror gimmicks…

Political and poll bribery is common. Sheep were being handed out to voters, and over the last few months, the protest movement has been subject to a smear campaign, arrests, and intimidation at the hands of shadowy groups of pro-monarchy thugs known as “baltaja”. But Moroccans say they will show the Western world that Morocco can bring about a gentle revolution and the nation can travel towards a real democracy.

In Morocco elections are never decisive as the king retains ultimate control and though parliament has more power, parties are weak. The electoral system is prepared on purpose not to let anyone succeed, so it’s impossible to get more than 20% of the seats in parliament and this is to allow the monarchy to dominate. The manipulation of the party system is just one of the old-fashioned tactics still being deployed to bolster the status quo.  According to analysts, the reforms passed this year are largely cosmetic, and there is no guarantee they will be put into practice on the ground. However, so long as it plays the NATO fiddle well, it has got nothing to worry.

Claims, fake or real, of descent from the Prophet Muhammad (Peace) by a few pampered Muslim leaders might be fashionable but are ridiculous if they decline to promote true Islam in the society. Moroccan king clams the same of being a descent from the Prophet Muhammad but he shamelessly sides with NATO terrorism and western anti-Islamism. A Muslim nation that promotes anti-Islamism and helps, directly or otherwise, the anti-Islamic GST rogues and refuses to promote Islamic way of life and institutionalize Islamic law on daily basis ceases to be a Muslim nation.  Muslim leaders in such societies are guilty of anti-Islamic crimes.

Elected premier Islamist leader Abdelilah Benkirane, though worships the king, has a responsibly constructive role to play in this regard so that Islam takes firm roots in the society. Americans, Britishers and other western terrocrats cannot help him or Morocco in this regard. Benkirane’s pro-people policies and their proper implementation would greatly benefit not just Muslims but entire humanity in some measure.

Muhammad praying at the Ka’ba.

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د. عبد راف

Dr. Abdul Ruff, Specialist on State Terrorism; Educationalist;Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA); Independent Analyst;Chronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements(Palestine,Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc); Anti-Muslimism and anti-Islamism are more dangerous than “terrorism” Anti-Islamic forces & terrorists are using criminal elements for terrorizing the world and they in disguise are harming genuine interests of ordinary Muslims. Global media today, even in Muslim nations, are controlled by CIA  & other anti-Islamic agencies. Former university Teacher;/website:abdulruff.wordpress.com

US presidency 2016: Sanders outsmarts Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire Democratic primary!

US presidency 2016: Sanders outsmarts Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire Democratic primary!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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The countdown seems to have begun for Democrats for the forthcoming US presidency poll but all powerful Mrs. Clinton is seen running way behind her fellow candidate Sanders, who calls himself a “democratic socialist”.

On February 09 increasingly popular Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire Democratic primary decisively, defeating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by a margin of 60 percent to 39 percent, outperforming most pre-election polls and posting the largest vote and the widest margin of victory ever recorded in the state that traditionally holds the first US presidential primary.

The Clinton campaign was in deep crisis as she faced an unexpected near-tie in the first contest of the Democratic presidential campaign in Iowa on February 1 and former President Bill Clinton made a series of angry and disjointed attacks on Sanders over the weekend did not help his wife’s prospects. The Clinton campaign seeking to evoke a response among women voters on the basis of Clinton’s status as potentially the first female US president also did not work.

The candidature of Sanders has been approved by large section of the electorate in New Hampshire. Sanders improved on Obama’s showing across-the-board last time. Clinton won the 2008 New Hampshire primary in an upset over Barack Obama, receiving 112,404 votes to Obama’s 104,815. Sanders topped both those totals with 70 percent of the ballots counted, and is projected to reach 140,000. The only demographic groups where Clinton prevailed were voters over 65 years of age and those with incomes over $200,000 a year.

Sander is now the new frontrunner for the Democratic nomination as voters are rejecting American capitalism and perpetual war policies, though the role he seeks to play in safeguarding the Democratic Party and the political monopoly of the two-party system may not change. His indictment of Wall Street domination of the US economy and political system and his proposals for higher taxes on the wealthy is most welcome. But his foreign policy, to continue the Bush-Obama legacy is highly dangerous and without any sense. Sanders thus seeks to reassure both Wall Street and the US Pentagon -intelligence apparatus that his presidency, if that happens, would uphold the global interests of Neocons and American imperialism.

 

Clinton may not bring any change in US policies but Sanders might. A Boston Globe poll released Saturday found that more than half of those voters aged 17 to 34 described themselves as “socialist,” as well as 31 percent of all ages. Turning away from Clinton and growing support towards Sanders signifies a radicalization of the mood of American people, particularly the younger generation.

 

Common Americans are yet to recover from the 2008 financial crash and the economic slump that continues to have a devastating impact on the jobs and living standards of these ordinary Americans who now support Sanders.  The overwhelming concerns of Democratic primary voters are economic inequality, jobs and health care, and these class issues entirely predominated over the hyped issues of “gender and racial identity” that the Clinton campaign sought to raise in the campaign.

Problems of common men seem to have made its impact on the US poll campaign. The fundamental issues like jobs played a key role in the Republican primary as well, albeit in a right-wing populist form, with the victory of billionaire Donald Trump, who won 34 percent, more than double the vote for the second-place finisher, Ohio Governor John Kasich. Other candidates—Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio—placed third through fifth, with 11 percent of the vote, while New Jersey Governor Chris Christie trailed with 8 percent and was expected to end his campaign.

A new phenomenon in US politics is the Trump hate campaign represents the mobilization of a criminal element in the American elite, based on national chauvinism, militarism and the glorification of authoritarian rule. His thuggish persona and racist attacks on Muslims, Mexicans and others express openly a grotesque coarsening of politics. Trump’s attacks on Muslims, in particular, have evoked a response of a fascistic character.

One wonders if Trump has officially inherited the Indian Hindutva hatred mode and Israeli hate politics to woo the educated Americans. But he has poisoned the American minds emboldened by the Obama regime attacking Muslims in Arab world.

The corporate-controlled US political parties and the entire political system promoting militarism and war targeted policies clearly suit Trump and his media allies.

However, the New Hampshire result is just the beginning and the debates shall go on until a final candidate is agreed upon by the Democratic Party on the basis of their standings.

 

Cricket as false sport: Teams play only for sharing 100s and 50s!

 

 

Cricket as false sport: Teams play only for sharing 100s and 50s!

-Abdul Ruff Colachal (Specialist on Sport Fixing)

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  1. Characteristics of joint cricketism

 

Cricket is perhaps one of the biggest jokes, enjoyed by innocent people as a real sport. This falsification, unfortunately, has the endorsement of many governments being controlled by corporate lords that sponsor cricket for more profits.

Cricket is a useful tool for advancing political and economic goals in South Asia. IPL streamlined the fixed outcomes as Indian corporate lords decide the winning beforehand and promote it. .

As the teams play only for sharing 100s and 50s for batboys, the regimes also provide all necessary infrastructural facilities to promote this pubic mischief called cricket.
Nowadays, in order to promote bating, a minimum score is fixed by them. Accordingly, the team that bowls first needs to offer at minimum runs as target score for the second bowling team to chase down. The demand for T20 is 140 and for ODI it is 250 runs. More than 250 is welcome but not below this target, though at times  some unexpected  results beyond the  manipulations of teams could not be ruled out.

What is there in cricket if  such  artificial target is fixed?
It is a known truth that batboys at the crease with bats get runs not just by running between wickets but mainly by hitting 4s and ^s and this happens mainly because of the weak and hollow bowlers who are trained to act too much with a ball on the field in order to generate a false impression about their intended efforts for wickets while in fact they only help the batboys increase the run rates .

If one thinks upon winning the toss, a team opts for bowling the bowlers would be seriously reckless with the ball, disappointment would be the results as bowlers bowl to give as many runs as the batboys want especially the bowling team that comes to “attack” first.

Every bowling team needs a couple of wickets to impress the crowds that know noting or care about nothing about match fixing. Once one or two wickets fall, the bowlers offer too many runs as per their mutual agreements- from 3 runs per over to 15 runs per over, depending on the format they choose to fool the public. The team also decide prior about the “estimated score” for the team bating first.
After giving as many runs in 4s and 6s etc, the team that bats second has to chase down the total to win the match if it can while getting back 100s runs, a record, etc as return favors. If the team had given too many runs, it is difficult to chase down the total if the bowlers are reckless.
That is reason why India always want to bat first by somehow ”winning” the toss. The bowlers and fielders would keep in mind the target score and work towards that without harming batboys. The score for the first bating team is also decided from 150 to 600 runs, depending on the format they choose.
Generally, bowlers can target w stumps or wickets or reduction in run flow only towards the end of the match when the ”needy batboys” are safely with 100s etc.
One would be surprised to watch how the fiddlers derecognize the site of the stumps when they throw the ball to effect runouts. After so much of “training” by paid coaches, the fielders and bowlers have no idea about the stump attack. The fact remains the cricket boards, captains and corporate mafia discourage all serious bowling and fielding. Once in a while something happens but that is not a rule, only an unintended anomaly.
Interestingly, as top batboys fall cheaply , the commentators say that the tail enders defended the team exemplarily and they just shut their blind eyes and refused to say anything about bowler tricks to promote the batboys and maintain a good score for the opponent team. .
Umpires are agents of mafia that recommends umpires.
The cricket teams fix matches for 100s and they also decide which batboy deserves a quick 100 for which a couple of other batboys would quickly sacrifice their wickets.
Governments, managed by corrupt elements, thriving in dirty money and illegal wealth, also promote fake sports persons for more black/grey money and awards.
Governments do not want any law to contain fake sport operations in the name of entertainment.
Nor is there any effective international legal mechanism to punish all match fixing teams and captains. Governments and their intelligences cannot fool the public with the increasing joint cricket exercises.

 

  1. Sri Lanka pays India in the same token!

 

Sri Lankan team learned a vital lesson from its own junior team: Under-19 team. On February 09, India Under-19 team seemed to have played mischief with the junior Srilanka Under-19 team. As SL Under-19 team badly lost to India, SL team playing T20 with Indians in India was very careful and bowled India to a meager 101 runs and defeated India by chasing down that total easily.

In the ongoing ICC Under-19 World Cup, India and Sri Lanka played the Semi final on February 08 in Bangladesh. No doubt India is stronger than Sri Lanka in many respects but not necessarily in cricket as well. SL won the toss but elected to bowl. SL began very seriously the first few overs and mainlined 3 runs per over and took 3 wickets. And it appeared India would d not cross 125-150 score but later SL began adding quick runs to increase the run rate to 5 runs per over. SL did not target for wickets until 45th over. India lost 9 wickets but got 267 runs.
When SL batboys came to the crease, Indian bowlers began reckless bowling. While SL increased the run rate of India after half way through, India never let SL batboys to get good runs right from the beginning and halfway through decreased the run rate of SL which got 170 runs.

India uses diplomacy (rather triclomacy) to influence the foreign cricket teams to be considerate about Indian concerns. Already IPL tricks have worked for India. It is quite likely India had a word with SL to let India bat first and give at least 250 runs as minimum score. And after winning the toss SL opted to bowl instead of bating and offered more than 250 runs. After two quick wickets, SL gave Anmolpreet Singh 72 runs and Sarfaraz Khan 59 runs. Possibly SL would have expected return favors as at least one 50 runs from India but that did not happen because India wanted to win.

Interestingly, even junior cricket team under 19 of Pakistan also continues the main team’s predicament in cricket of securing 100s and 50s as perhaps Pakistan’s sport policy. On 08 February Pakistan under 19 team badly lost to West Indies after from being the favorites to win. West Indies bowled first and their bowlers began attacking Pakistani batboys and took 5 early wickets but after that they began keeping two batboys at the crease for the sixth wicket by offering runs to the tune of 100 and 50 receptively. Pakistanis enjoyed that part as Pakistani batboys Umair Masood and Salman Fayyaz got 113 and 58 runs respectively while Pakistan got a score of 227 runs for 6 wickets. Pakistni bowlers cold have won the match but they first wanted to make the return favors to WI batboys and began bowling very positively in quick runs. TA Imlach and SO Hetmyer were given good 50s. Maybe a 100 for its batboy was a special that it thought to first returning the favors first and then win the match as well. That did not happen as WI won the quarter final match to reach the semi final and it is quite likely it would win the race as well against India.

It looks, India was sure of winning the match and reach the semifinal to play against Bangladesh winning it easily to reach the final to face India. (Bangladesh has no will power or skills to defeat either India or Pakistan). Pakistan knew India would resort to triclomacy to somehow defeat Pakistan which would hesitantly let India win. But Pakistan would also let India know that it did a great favor to India.  Pakistan having lost to West Indies has lost that privilege and advantage.
For most Pakistanis, perhaps, getting a 100 for batboys is more important than winning a match in a genuine manner. They would even argue that Pakistan got what it wanted – a 100 runs. A fake record!

Pakistani rulers have in fact failed the Islamic state in many respects, including  denial of real sports to its citizens.

  1. What is the best method to take wickets?

There is only one method for taking wickets at regular interval: commitment to the bowling profession. Every bowler is trained but they are used for promoting the cause of batboys. As a result, more often than not, bowlers are seen playing mischief and not serious bowling. ICC boys possibly instruct the bowlers to be considerate about batboys’ needs.
Bowlers should be serious and committed to win the match for the team. And seriousness can be demonstrated by denying easy runs for the batboys.
Of course, if bowlers are lucky or batboys are unlucky, quick wickets are possible Also when batboys deliberately give away their wickets to enable other batboys to make 100 etc.
However, bowlers should not depend wholly on batboys bad luck or their own luck. But they must practice well.
Bowlers should enlist the full commitment from fielders and skipper.
Bowlers should stop offering runs for fun or money or for some other reasons.

ICC should allow the fielders stop the ball by legs  if necessary. Now fielders can stop the ball only by hands and body. Fielders are seen running parallel with the rolling ball without stopping it by leg, thereby allowing free runs for the poor batboys.
ICC should reform cricket in such way that getting a run becomes as difficult as taking a wicket, if not more difficult. It should consider 6s and 4s and let batboys make scores only by running.

Getting runs in 6s and 4s but without running between the wickets looks strange!
ICC should introduce double wickets from a ball as well. If a batboy is caught the ball should be thrown to remove the other batboy as runout if he is out of the crease when ball arrives.
Every rule stitched to make poor batboys shine too much with 100s and 50s while bowlers have to support that mischief as their duty.

 

  1. Indo-Pakistan batboys eager for early series!

 

It appears India thinks it gets due recognition for its “records and rankings” in cricket only if it plays with Pakistan. For Pakistan which wants to promote only cricket as sport and as major entertainment and seeks 100s and 50s for its batboys in order to make them heroes, urgently seeks to joint cricket exercises with its nuclear neighbor. In fact, Pakistani youth has lost interest in real sports and young as well as old people play cricket only for 100s and 50s.

Pakistan remains the only nuclear power on earth which has almost zero level sport talent. In the ongoing South Asian Games, for instance Pakistan is way behind India in medal tally, although it can claim to be much better than Bangladesh. Maybe, Pakistan wants to leave sport field to India as the latter does not like any serious challenge from its rival nuclear power in sports. Whatever maybe the reason for Pakistan’s very pathetic performance cannot be justified in simple explanations as Pakistani youth is denied its role in sports
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However, Indo-Pakistani cricket matches are the most dangerous tournament as they create panic situations and generation tensions like cross border attacks.

Due mainly to terror issue, Pakistan and India have stopped playing cricket series. While India manages 100s and 50s on a regular basis, Pakistan would feel suffocated without them. Now more than India, Pakistan is eager to restart the stalled joint exercises.

Both Pakistanis and Indians are upbeat about the prospects of their teams playing cricket, to help batboys share 50s, 100s and more, after a lapse of many years owing to tensions between them over stated issues like terrorism. Pakistani corporates are restless without being able to sponsor matches for making huge profits, including tax concessions.

It appears, more than India, Pakistan is keen to play with India to legitimize its 100s and other mutual scores. Not many countries invite Pakistanis team to play, while except Sri Lanka no cricket nation sends their teams to Pakistan. That is the big loss for Pakistan though not a great tragedy for the nation. But Pakistani government seems to be adamant to play only cricket as sport and hence not at all interested in genuine sports.

Pakistani entertainments include films and cricket as it does not play any other real sport. Pakistani government seems not promoting sports in the country

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has said if “the proposed India-Pakistan bilateral series” is not held now it would not be possible to have one for the next one year. He also made it clear that the bilateral series with India that is still undecided and the World T20 were two separate things. “This is a bilateral series between two nations the World T20 is an ICC event.”

But the PCB chief said in an interview that the PCB will have to seek its government permission to send the team to India for the World T20 in March. “We are monitoring the situation but given the current environment in India with regards to Pakistan we will have to ask our government for permission whether the security situation is ok for us to send our team,” he said.

Khan sounded visibly disappointed at the failure of the Indian board and government to clear the short bilateral series with Pakistan in Sri Lanka. “We feel that India must fulfill the MOU signed between the two boards and if the series is held it will play a role in improving India and Pakistan relations.” Khan also insisted that if India didn’t agree to play the series the PCB would obviously suffer financial losses but would not go bankrupt. “.. We are in a stable financial position and though not having the series will deprive us of lot of estimated revenues but it does not mean we will be in a bad financial position.” The PCB chief said he had still not given up hope and even the ICC wanted the two boards to play the series soon.

Khan confirmed that ECB President Giles Clarke was playing the role of a mediator in the whole issue. Khan felt that the Indian board also wanted to play the series but said it was not up to them to convince their government to give clearance.

Nothing has moved further. Possibly Indo-Pakistani series would add more problems to the regional problems. Pakistan should not buy problems for its people.

Pakistan needs to change its cricket mindset so that Pakistani youth begins take interest in sports.

While the corporate media promoting only cricket are not bothered about the future of Pakistani youth, Intelligentsia in Pakistan has a positive role to play in encouraging the youth to engage themselves in real sport activities and avoid fake sport like cricket.

Fake runs, fake records and fake glory, even if the governments promote them, are not valid in Islam.

Of course, India’s strategic role in making Pakistan a failed state is obvious.  USA just assisted it.  Will Pakistan wake up at least now?

 

 

 

Nawaz Sharif discusses with General Raheel Sharif the foreign sources of instability in Pakistan!

Nawaz Sharif discusses with General Raheel Sharif the foreign sources of instability in Pakistan!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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All these years when Pakistan suffered the most in the region, USA and India kept on pushing Pakistan to the wall, blaming it for all terror activities in the region. Both asked details of terror operations from Islamabad and advised it to “do more” to stop supporting terrorists. This gave the world an impression that Pakistan is the cause of terrorism as Pakistan refused to tell the truth about anything.

Even growing India is too happy that its nuke rival Pakistan has been rendered a weak nation, fully destabilized by all terror operations, including US-NATO operations, targeting Muslims in order to clear pipelines routes inside Pakistan-Afghanistan from which India reaps benefits

For the first time in years, Pakistan has now articulated its position clearly and raised objection to US-India joint game in targeting Pakistan. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and army Chief General Raheel Sharif discussed on February 04 the role of hostile foreign intelligence agencies and their collaborators in fomenting instability in the country.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations, the two met at the ISI headquarters in Islamabad, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel emphasized on the need for continued efforts across the country to consolidate gains of Operation Zarb-e-Azb against militants.
Army spokesman Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa said the meeting was attended by security officials including ISI chief Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar. “The role of hostile (foreign) intelligence agencies and their collaborators in fomenting instability in Pakistan and undermining Pakistan’s interests was discussed in detail,” Bajwa said.

The “hostile agencies” were, however, not officially identified. The participants also reviewed the internal and external threat perceptions, including those from terrorist networks. The meeting also discussed the “management of Pak-Afghan border” and how to improve it to stop incursions from Afghanistan.

Sharif appreciated the efforts and achievements of the army and intelligence agencies in achieving “major breakthroughs” and bringing a noticeable change in the security environment of the country. He said the entire nation was proud of its premier intelligence agency, reiterating that the government and the nation stood behind its armed forces.
General Raheel underscored the need for continued efforts across country in consolidating gains of operation Zarb-e-Azb and intelligence based operations to ensure sustainable peace. Media reported that Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan and NSA Lt-Gen (retd) Nasser Janjua also attended the meeting.

Pakistan’s former interior minister Rehman Malik has urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to inform US President Barack Obama during his next visit about the alleged “nexus” between Indian and Afghan intelligence against Pakistan. Malik also told Sharif to seek US’ help for the country as Pakistan had suffered a lot in the war on terror. Malik said in a letter to Pakistan that the nexus between Indian Intelligence Agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Afghanistan’s Intelligence Agency, National Directorate of Security (NDS) was no secret and that it was responsible for creating instability and hostility in Balochistan and Fata. He said that Afghanistan has not yet handed over the mastermind of Peshawar massacre, Mullah Fazalullah, to Pakistan despite the latter’s repeated requests.

Pakistan has warned that growing US cooperation with India on its civilian nuclear program could destabilize a region with a quarter of the world’s people. President Barack Obama announced during a three-day trip to New Delhi last year that the USA would support India’s entry into the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group. He also said the countries reached a breakthrough that would pave the way for investment in its civilian nuclear power sector.

An agreement with the USA in 2008 helped India gain a waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers Group, which barred trade with any nation that hadn’t endorsed the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, which India has refrained from signing. Pakistan isn’t a member of the group and doesn’t have a waiver.

Sartaj Aziz, an adviser to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had said the operationalization of Indo-US nuclear deal for political and economic expediencies would have a detrimental impact on deterrence stability in South Asia. “Pakistan reserves the right to safeguard its national security interests.” The moves may be part of Pakistan’s strategy to build more nuclear reactors with China, said an assistant professor at the School of International Studies in Singapore.

Obama agreed to work with Indian PM Narendra Moditoward “phased entry” that would include joining three more global non-proliferation assemblies: The Missile Technology Control Regime, the Wassenaar Arrangement and the Australia Group.

Pakistan and China are among nations questioning whether neighbouring India deserves to gain further international legitimacy for its nuclear program, putting them at odds with the Obama government. The Nuclear Suppliers Group, a set of nations exporting atomic reactors and fuel, was created in response to India’s widely denounced nuclear tests in 1974. China noted Obama’s trip to New Delhi and said that India still needs to take more steps to meet the requirements of the Nuclear Suppliers Group

Pakistan also objected to Obama’s support for India to get a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. “Pakistan values its relations with the United States and expects it to play a constructive role for strategic stability and balance in South Asia,” Aziz said. China should be afraid that a strong bond between India and the US could threaten their own regional freedom.

Nuclear cooperation highlighted the meetings between Modi and Obama, who was India’s chief guest for its annual Republic Day parade. Among the breakthroughs was an end to a years-long deadlock on obstacles that blocked the USA from installing nuclear plants in India, which plans a $182 billion expansion of its nuclear industry.

US technology suppliers have questioned the depth of the agreement between Obama and Modi. Westinghouse Electric Co., the Monroeville, Pennsylvania-based nuclear builder owned by Toshiba Corp, said it would study an offer by India to create an insurance pool to shield suppliers from liability in the event of an accident

Last year, in an official visit to the United States, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met US Secretary of State John Kerry and explained the alleged role of Indian intelligence agencies in destabilizing Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), Balochistan and Karachi. Three separate dossiers were handed over to the USA, which contains evidence of alleged India involvement in destabilizing role in these areas. Sharif also reiterated the peace initiatives he spoke about in the recent United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session.

The Prime Minister also gave a detailed report on progress made by Pakistan to fight against terrorism. He also informed Kerry about the operation Zarb-e-Azab and the National Action Plan.

In Rome, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has said that enemies of Pakistan are stoking terror to destabilize the country. He was speaking at Centre of International Study in Rome to give Pakistani perspective on international security. The Army Chief said for the world terrorism is a conflict but for Pakistan it is war for survival. He said operation Zarb-e-Azb is a comprehensive concept against terrorism and it will ensure terror free Pakistan and the region. He said the operation has progressed well and now last few pockets are being cleared. General Sharif said terrorists won’t be allowed to re-establish. He said through better border control with Afghanistan, these areas will be rebuilt. He said Pakistan and Afghanistan are uniquely and inseparably placed and peace in one country is not possible without peace in the other. He said Pakistan is making sincere efforts for reconciliation but there is need to beware of detractors and spoilers who challenge both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s federal government reportedly decided to hold high-level talks to take a call on ways to “tackle” and “monitor” the activities of India’s premier intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), in Pakistan. The meeting would review the agency’s involvement in the recent terror attacks in Karachi, Balochistan and other areas. Interior ministry said that discussions will be chaired by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and will be attended by heads of civilian and military intelligence agencies as well as civilian and military higher-ups. Following discussions, the government will decide on how to effectively counter and limit RAW’s activities in the country and raise the issue at an international level.

Army chief General Raheel Sharif had warned last week that tough measures would be adopted to put an end to the activities of anti-Pakistan foreign spy agencies. The Interior ministry claimed that the Indian intelligence agency had intensified its efforts to destabilize Pakistan soon after Pakistan and China inked numerous agreements. The official said that Pakistan had already conveyed the evidences against RAW to the Indian government.

 

Sri Lanka lifts ban on Tamil version of national anthem!

Sri Lanka lifts ban on Tamil version of national anthem!

Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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In an effort to achieve reconciliation with the ethnic minority community possibly in a step by step manner, the Sirisena government of Sri Lanka has lifted an unofficial ban on Tamil version of national anthem.

Sri Lanka marked the country’s Independence by reintroducing Tamil version of the island’s national anthem on February 05 by singing the anthem in Tamil at a ceremony.

School children rendered the Sinhala and Tamil versions of the national anthem at a colorful celebration at the Galle Face Green park to mark the 68th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s independence from Great Britain which reluctantly quit the South Asian region last century.

The move, despite opposition from some quarters, is being seen as an effort by the government to reach out to the Tamil minority after the nearly 26-year war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) that ended in 2009.

About 100,000 Tamils, who had originally been brought from Tamil Nadu to work for Sri Lanka, were killed by military during the Rajapaksa’s civil war. Obviously it would take time for Tamils to forget and forgive the Singhalese for their collective crimes against the helpless minorities.

Deputy Minister for Public Enterprise Development Eran Wickramaratne said that a new journey begins by reinstating the singing of the national anthem in Tamil. Deputy Foreign Minister Harsha de Silva in a Facebook post said: “A first in my lifetime. After many years the Independence Day celebrations came to a close with the national anthem sung in Tamil.”
President Maithripala Sirisena since becoming President in 2015 by defeating self-styled and increasingly authoritarian Mahinda Rajapaksa, under whose leadership the Sri Lankan forces defeated the LTTE, has begun several actions, albeit hesitantly, to win back the Tamils in the reconciliation process.

Rajapaksa, who had imposed an unofficial ban on the Tamil version of the national anthem in a manner to insult Tamil community and let his Singhalese community rejoice at the pathetic fate of Tamils, is obviously upset over Sirisena’s decision to reintroduce Tamil version of Lankan national anthem.

At last year’s Independence Day celebrations a ‘Declaration of Peace’ was read out paying respects to all ethnic groups killed in the civil war with a pledge not to allow violence to recur. The Peace statement was delivered in all three languages by school children.

India perhaps needs to learn from Sri Lanka by introducing national anthem in all regional languages to respect the regional languages as well as unity and truly national integrity. Every language in India must enjoy equal status in today’s modern times.

Lifting the ban on Tamil version of Lankan national anthem would not automatically lead to proper reconciliation but a truly genuine reconciliation process between Majority and minority populations in the island nation naturally requires a series of confidence building measures in terms of helping the Tamil and Muslim communities must be undertaken by the government.

The Sinhalese majority community needs a change in mindset to accommodate the minorities as part of the nation and not as “outsiders” as they were given to think by the Rajapaksa regime.

 

US presidency poll: Americans need a multi-party system!

 

US presidency poll: Americans need a multi-party system!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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President Barak Obama not just continues with the terror wars in Arab world launched by his predecessor Republican Bush as part of Israeli agenda in West Asia, but even escalates the essentially anti-Islam war further. They jointly advance illegal agenda of Neocons terror nuts.

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Political system of any modern nation is expected to provide for multiple choices for the voters to choose from.  As it is known,  stronger the candidature choices, the greater the options for the people to decide their options. USA that champions only two parties – Democratic Party (DP) and Republican Party (RP) – deliberately denies  that option to its citizens who are now increasingly under state surveillance and  subject to state human rights violations.

Those who drafted the US Constitution seem to have opted for a two-party system in order to promote monopoly capitalism, denying equal rights to citizens.

America, known as a nation meant for “absolute” freedoms and liberty” necessary for human and societal development, has got just a limit democracy as it provides for just two political parties to contest the presidential poll. Both parties, democratic and republican, have similar ideology and agenda while in order to advance the so-called national interests, secretly coordinate their operations globally.

President Barak Obama not just continues with the terror wars in Arab world launched by his predecessor Republican Bush as part of Israeli agenda in West Asia, but even escalates the essentially anti-Islam war further. They jointly advance illegal agenda of Neocons terror nuts.

Unfortunately, Americans have no other option but to choose one of the two by watching how the primaries are enacted by the state apparatus. Had there been at least one more party people could think of   reposing trust in it. The US corporate media plays havoc by playing one party (RP) against the other (DP).

Fundamentally speaking, today in the post Sept-11 hoax era, these two polities do not have serious differences in any respect. They just pretend to be rivals and fighting for power to control the world. The Sept-hoax has removed all minor differences, if at all any, between Republicans and Democrats as they speak now with one voice – the super power American military voice.

This American voice promotes capitalism and imperialism with military back up as American and global duty. This voice has no sympathy for the poor and common people. Both of them are ultra right-wing and essentially anti-people, controlled by corporate monopoly interest. It shields the corporate crimes against the common people.

Today Americans are  have no faith in both the parties as they pursue terror-militarism policies that only harms life patterns of  ordinary citizens, for,  people have no idea as to  what exactly the leaders are doing putting them at perpetual risk.
How can a country like USA with a mere two parties to represent people of a large nation like America really talk about democracy?
The millions of dead, wounded and displaced Iraqis, Afghans, Libyans and Syrians are the victims of this endless and escalating US war drive, with many millions more to follow. By taking due cue from US imperialism, Israel and India attack Muslims in the neighborhoods The carnage will not be stopped by mere negotiations but USA and Israel are not ready even for the talks.
Spending too much on US military equipment has cost welfare schemes for the poor and less privileged ones very dearly as only the corporate lords and rich can fully enjoy life, US policy of militarism as a key tool for invasions, has enabled the pentagon to invade or attack many Arab nations like the global fascist leader, destabilizing them and killing millions of Muslims. The resultant refugee crises have made life of people difficult tin neighboring nations. In fact, entire West is in distress, except Israel, the main ally of USA in the region and a terrorist state killing the Palestinians by regular terror attacks for fictitious reasons.
Democracy is defined by the number of political parties and political freedoms the people enjoy. Multiple political parties provide a high level democracy and allow all possible many freedoms of expression to the citizens and others living in a country.
Conversely, lesser the number of political parties the weaker the democratic foundations of a given society where people suffer for want of availability of channels of expression. Under such weak democratic arrangement, people must suffer.
Constitution must provide for space for freedom of speech so that people enjoy it as their fundamental right rather than as a privilege or generosity of the state apparatus.
Communist countries do not allow any scope for more than one party and the Communist party remains the ruling party forever, until the people remove that from power and replace it by another by promulgating a multiparty system. Erstwhile Soviet Russia and China, many other communist/socialist governments did not let a second party, other than Communist party, to emerge in the country.
America and its allies in the West had called communist system as being totalitarian and authoritarian and monopoly enterprise. They boasted too much about the virtues of capitalism and imperialism as opposed to communism. Denial of certain basic rights in Soviet Union and China were used by the west as a useful tool to boost the image of western nations. However, if one looks at how far genuinely democratic the USA is, one would know Americans also do not enjoy basic political rights.
Americans are “enjoying” the 2016 US presidential election campaign now under way in the form of primaries that eventually select the final candidates for the Democratic and Republic parties. The party candidates are keen to win the party nomination of the respective party first to contest the presidency. The US electoral system is the least democratic and the most subject to manipulation of any major capitalist country purporting to be a democracy.

A country of 330 million people, and a political structure controlled by the top one-tenth of one percent, USA does not claim to be a welfare state to work for the common good for entire population.
American two-party system existing for more than 160 years, controlled by the corporatist elite, is now confronted with an unprecedented crisis of political legitimacy. Both the Democratic and Republican parties are losing their hold on a population that is deeply and profoundly alienated from the war mongering political establishment.

The official media are both oblivious to the reality of declining living standards in USA and deteriorating social conditions or are deliberately covering it up. America is the rising stock exchange and is increasing wealth of the super-rich and a privileged upper-middle-class layer.
The two party system has promoted an America as a deeply class-polarized society, with a vast and unbridgeable gulf between the wealthy and the rest of the population. It is this social reality that underlies the mounting crisis of both the Democratic and Republican parties.
US electorate feels it has been betrayed and bamboozled by the political system.
The Republican fanatic Donald Trump and the Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders have emerged somewhat popular alongside Mrs. Clinton. Contrary to all expectations, both Trump and Sanders have acquired mass support and emerged as the dominant figures in the primary process. The candidacy of Trump, the thuggish real-estate mogul and reality-television celebrity, was viewed as a entertaining sideshow that would soon lose its audience as gradually people would get fed up with religious fanaticism.
While the corporate-financial interests that control the Democratic Party still expect Clinton to win the nomination, the Sanders candidacy is seen as a harbinger of a continuing and uncontrollable left-wing political movement.

The massive economic collapse of 2008, on the very eve of the election of Barack Obama, marked a qualitative turning point in the crisis of American society. The unfolding crisis of the two-party system, like all significant political developments, has deep political and social roots. The protracted decline of US capitalism accumulating for decades has led to contradictions that are now blowing the two-party system apart. The disastrous impact of the economic crisis upon the lives of tens of millions of people is reflected in the growing rejection of two-party political system.

On the extreme right, barrage of insults against his Republican opponents and the media resonates with a section of the electorate that Moreover, Trump’s candidacy is the end-product of a degraded political environment that has relentlessly promoted and legitimized the sort of reactionary backwardness that Trump skillfully exploits.

The primary factor behind the crisis of the two-party system is the growth of political activism and anti-capitalist sentiment, expressed in strikes and contract rejections by autoworkers, steelworkers and teachers, as well as in opposition to police killings and outrage over lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan, demonstrates that the ordinary people are waging an open struggle against corporate America.

Bernie Sanders, who is not a socialist but calls himself a “democratic socialist” and has placed economic inequality and Wall Street criminality at the center of his campaign, has moved into a virtual tie with Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in pre-caucus polls. The next primary contest takes place on February 9 in New Hampshire. Meanwhile, a poll found that 68 percent of likely Democratic voters thought a socialist president was a good idea, a remarkable figure in a country where socialism has been subjected to endless vilification by the media and the political-corporate elites.

While criticizing the stranglehold of the billionaires over the US political system, Sanders defends the foreign policy of American imperialism- the use of military force, assassination, espionage and political subversion to defend the interests of these same billionaires around the world.
The main function of the Sanders campaign is to appeal to the increasingly radical sentiments among youth and working people in order to divert them back into the political confines of the Democratic Party.

The Times endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, while dismissing Sanders as a candidate who has raised useful ideas but could not possibly put them into practice. It singles out Clinton’s role as a paragon of identity politics—she would be the first female president and an advocate of black women, gays, etc.

Sanders is focusing on economic inequality and “the corrupting influence of big money” but Mrs. Clinton maintains that “money is the root of some evil, maybe a lot of evil, but racism, sexism and other forms of prejudice are powerful forces in their own right.” The conclusion is that issues of race and gender are just as important, or even more important, than issues of class.
Much of the press coverage of the Iowa caucuses and the broader election campaign concedes that the overwhelming sentiment among millions of people is anger at the existing political system and both parties.

Like in India, communal and overt anti-Islam campaign is beckoning popular in urban centers, although the proponent of this new theme Trump is not that popular. .
Americans keep talking about human rights violations, democracy and regime change but in order to give life to democracy they refer to, they must first opt for a multiparty democratic system. And then see how it works for them.

USA as a limit democracy with a meager two parties, can criticize other systems only in a limited sense.

It is high time American leaders consider a multi-party system for the people of America so that they enjoy the benefits of a true democracy in future.

Americans should have the right to decide the political (party) system of their nation that war monger parties are put in their places.

In order to make the US presidency poll meaningful Americans indeed need a multi-party system.

After all, Americans have not  asked the  presidents to keep launching  and escalating  terror wars,  draining their resources that could have been spent on genuine human resource development and  welfare of the poor in and around USA.

 

Two-party limit democracy in USA and US presidency 2016!

 

Two-party limit democracy in USA and US presidency 2016!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
________

America, known for “absolute” freedoms and liberty for human and societal development, has got just a limit democracy as it provides for just two political parties to contest the presidential poll. Both parties, democratic and republican, have similar ideology and agenda while in order to advance the so-called national interests, secretly coordinate their operations globally.

Fundamentally speaking, these polities do not have any serious differences in all respects. They just pretend to be rivals and fighting for power to control the world. The Sept-hoax has removed all minor differences, if at all any, between Republicans and Democrats as they speak now with one voice – American voice.
This American voice promotes capitalism and imperialism with military back up as American and global duty. This voice has no sympathy for the poor and common people. Both of them are ultra right-wing and essentially anti-people, controlled by corporate monopoly interest. It shields the corporate crimes against the common people.
How can a country like USA with a mere two parties to represent people of a large nation like America really talk about democracy?
The millions of dead, wounded and displaced Iraqis, Afghans, Libyans and Syrians are the victims of this endless and escalating US war drive, with many millions more to follow. By taking due cue from US imperialism, Israel and India attack Muslims in the neighborhoods The carnage will not be stopped by mere negotiations but USA and Israel are not ready even for the talks.
Spending too much on US military equipment has cost welfare schemes for the poor and less privileged ones very dearly as only the corporate lords and rich can fully enjoy life, US policy of militarism as a key tool for invasions, has enabled the pentagon to invade or attack many Arab nations like the global fascist leader, destabilizing them and killing millions of Muslims. The resultant refugee crises have made life of people difficult tin neighboring nations. In fact, entire West is in distress, except Israel, the main ally of USA in the region and a terrorist state killing the Palestinians by regular terror attacks for fictitious reasons.
Democracy is defined by the number of political parties and political freedoms the people enjoy. Multiple political parties provide a high level democracy and allow all possible many freedoms of expression to the citizens and others living in a country.
Conversely, lesser the number of political parties the weaker the democratic foundations of a given society where people suffer for want of availability of channels of expression. Under such weak democratic arrangement, people must suffer.
Constitution must provide for space for freedom of speech so that people enjoy it as their fundamental right rather than as a privilege or generosity of the state apparatus.
Communist countries do not allow any scope for more than one party and the Communist party remains the ruling party forever, until the people remove that from power and replace it by another by promulgating a multiparty system. Erstwhile Soviet Russia and China, many other communist/socialist governments did not let a second party, other than Communist party, to emerge in the country.
America and its allies in the West had called communist system as being totalitarian and authoritarian and monopoly enterprise. They boasted too much about the virtues of capitalism and imperialism as opposed to communism. Denial of certain basic rights in Soviet Union and China were used by the west as a useful tool to boost the image of western nations. However, if one looks at how far genuinely democratic the USA is, one would know Americans also do not enjoy basic political rights.
Americans are “enjoying” the 2016 US presidential election campaign now under way in the form of primaries that eventually select the final candidates for the Democratic and Republic parties. The party candidates are keen to win the party nomination of the respective party first to contest the presidency. The US electoral system is the least democratic and the most subject to manipulation of any major capitalist country purporting to be a democracy.

A country of 330 million people, and a political structure controlled by the top one-tenth of one percent, USA does not claim to be a welfare state to work for the common good for entire population.
American two-party system existing for more than 160 years, controlled by the corporatist elite, is now confronted with an unprecedented crisis of political legitimacy. Both the Democratic and Republican parties are losing their hold on a population that is deeply and profoundly alienated from the war mongering political establishment.

The official media are both oblivious to the reality of declining living standards in USA and deteriorating social conditions or are deliberately covering it up. America is the rising stock exchange and is increasing wealth of the super-rich and a privileged upper-middle-class layer.
The two party system has promoted an America as a deeply class-polarized society, with a vast and unbridgeable gulf between the wealthy and the rest of the population. It is this social reality that underlies the mounting crisis of both the Democratic and Republican parties.
US electorate feels it has been betrayed and bamboozled by the political system.
The Republican fanatic Donald Trump and the Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders have emerged somewhat popular alongside Mrs. Clinton. Contrary to all expectations, both Trump and Sanders have acquired mass support and emerged as the dominant figures in the primary process. The candidacy of Trump, the thuggish real-estate mogul and reality-television celebrity, was viewed as a entertaining sideshow that would soon lose its audience as gradually people would get fed up with religious fanaticism.
While the corporate-financial interests that control the Democratic Party still expect Clinton to win the nomination, the Sanders candidacy is seen as a harbinger of a continuing and uncontrollable left-wing political movement.

The massive economic collapse of 2008, on the very eve of the election of Barack Obama, marked a qualitative turning point in the crisis of American society. The unfolding crisis of the two-party system, like all significant political developments, has deep political and social roots. The protracted decline of US capitalism accumulating for decades has led to contradictions that are now blowing the two-party system apart. The disastrous impact of the economic crisis upon the lives of tens of millions of people is reflected in the growing rejection of two-party political system.

On the extreme right, barrage of insults against his Republican opponents and the media resonates with a section of the electorate that Moreover, Trump’s candidacy is the end-product of a degraded political environment that has relentlessly promoted and legitimized the sort of reactionary backwardness that Trump skillfully exploits.

The primary factor behind the crisis of the two-party system is the growth of political activism and anti-capitalist sentiment, expressed in strikes and contract rejections by autoworkers, steelworkers and teachers, as well as in opposition to police killings and outrage over lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan, demonstrates that the ordinary people are waging an open struggle against corporate America.

Bernie Sanders, who is not a socialist but calls himself a “democratic socialist” and has placed economic inequality and Wall Street criminality at the center of his campaign, has moved into a virtual tie with Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in pre-caucus polls. The next primary contest takes place on February 9 in New Hampshire. Meanwhile, a poll found that 68 percent of likely Democratic voters thought a socialist president was a good idea, a remarkable figure in a country where socialism has been subjected to endless vilification by the media and the political-corporate elites.

While criticizing the stranglehold of the billionaires over the US political system, Sanders defends the foreign policy of American imperialism- the use of military force, assassination, espionage and political subversion to defend the interests of these same billionaires around the world.
The main function of the Sanders campaign is to appeal to the increasingly radical sentiments among youth and working people in order to divert them back into the political confines of the Democratic Party.

The Times endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, while dismissing Sanders as a candidate who has raised useful ideas but could not possibly put them into practice. It singles out Clinton’s role as a paragon of identity politics—she would be the first female president and an advocate of black women, gays, etc.

Sanders is focusing on economic inequality and “the corrupting influence of big money” but Mrs. Clinton maintains that “money is the root of some evil, maybe a lot of evil, but racism, sexism and other forms of prejudice are powerful forces in their own right.” The conclusion is that issues of race and gender are just as important, or even more important, than issues of class.
Much of the press coverage of the Iowa caucuses and the broader election campaign concedes that the overwhelming sentiment among millions of people is anger at the existing political system and both parties.

Like in India, communal and overt anti-Islam campaign is beckoning popular in urban centers, although the proponent of this new theme Trump is not that popular. .
Americans keep talking about human rights violations, democracy and regime change but in order to give life to democracy they refer to, they must first opt for a multiparty democratic system. And then see how it works for them.

USA as a limit democracy with a meager two parties, can criticize other systems only in a limited sense.

It is high time American leaders consider a multi-party system for the people of America so that they enjoy the benefits of a true democracy in future.

 

Indian politics: a new alliance launched in Tamil Nadu to fight assembly poll without truck with major parties AIADMK and DMK!

Indian politics: a new alliance launched in Tamil Nadu to fight assembly poll without truck with major parties AIADMK and DMK!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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An analogy is Indian crimes in Kashmir. Can Indian judiciary which is now highly biased in favor of Hindus be expected deliver justice to Kashmiri Muslims against Indian genocides in the valley?  Will US judges who support the anti-Islamic Trump ideology be trusted to liver justice for the Arab nations against the US military crimes in the region? In fact, India never conducts an investigation into the military genocides in Kashmiris as it does not take chances. India says Kashmiris are happy being in India. Americans also do not talk about investigations into US-NATO war crimes. They are possibly scared.

 

 

Indian politicians might claim their birth right to seek bribes, promote corruption, to cheat and deceive people; promote the interests of corporate lords that aid speedy rampant corruption in the country.  The corruption phenomenon thrives in Indian society because the state and government tactfully promote corruption while the judges being appointed by them shield the corrupt elements and criminals. They just don’t care for the Constitution of India.

 

ONE

 

Tamil Nadu in India has fully come, for unknown reasons,  under the spell of Tamil film personalities, mainly the top actors and politics in the Southern state is intertwined with cinema. Whether or not the Tamil voters take the film actions as real, they continue to vote for the movies related politicians and their parties.  The trend began in 1967 when the DMK party led by film personalities like CN Anna Durai and K. Karunanidhi, supported by the popular matinee idol MGR, won the assembly poll by drowning the Congress  government almost once for all in deep waters. Later DMK got divided, giving birth to AIADMK founded by MGR after he was removed from DMK for questioning the malpractices in the party accounts during the chief ministership of Karunanidhi who assumed power following the death of the first DMK CM Anna Durai. Now another popular actress and supporter of MGR J. Jayalalithaa is the CM, while some more actors are in the state assembly as elected members. .

Governments of Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa, unlike those of Anna durian and MGR, are known for rampant corruption but these two parties win the elections alternatively on anti-incumbency waves. People do long for corruption free and pro-people governance but unfortunately the populations do not get that opportunity to feel proud being government from honest government.

Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi family members face corruption cases and both spend huge sums to get the verdict in their favor. They believe money can do miracles!

The position of Congress and Hindutva BJP is not at all impressive in Tamil Nadu where the Dravidian parties call all the shots. Congress, however, is better placed than it secret ally BJP which would suffer without the active support of the Dravidian parties. Congress party can win a few seats on its own but it is not the case with BJP, which if the DMK, AIADMK Congress poll their votes, can fail miserably. The third front can make the position of BJP in the state too pathetic.

Preparations for the Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry assembly polls slated for May 2016 are underway. As usual the ruling AIADMK (All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) and opposition DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) as major parties, dominating the Tamil politics, could lead the campaigns in the state.  But the new alliance

However, there is a move by a few parties including the communists and Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK).to contest the poll jointly along with like minded parties. They have floated in October 2015 a third front Makkal Nala Koottu Iyakkam (People’s Welfare Front (PWF) to take on both  AIADMK and DMK and save Tamil Nadu from rampant corruption and other crimes the state has been  suffering for years.

After four political parties in Tamil Nadu – Vaiko’s MDMK, Dalit leader  Thirumavalavan’s VCK, CPI and CPM — finalized a plan to form a third front the team has released a Common Minimum Programme (CMP) confirming the electoral alliance which will oppose the two leading Dravidian parties — the ruling AIADMK and the opposition DMK.

So far, all these minor parties have contested only as parts of alliances led by either AIADMK or DMK and they used to get a few seats to contest elections for parliament or state assembly as the case may be and in return they always worked for these parties as their prime responsibility.  Now they seem to have realized their political fault line of promoting both DMK and AIADMK alternatively and now want to fight poll jointly on their own without any tuck with these parties.

The political shift by PWF member parties to stand together, leaving aside the major parties and alliances, now gains importance as people have begun to look at both the major parties DMK and AIDMK with a new perception of genuine governance. The participation of  a third front  in the poll, it seems, could result in poor performances by these old parties without the votes gathered by these fringe parties.

 

TWO

 

 

The lead for the third front PWF has been taken by communist parties CPM and CPI that have significant presence in three states are abandoning their longstanding alliance with the two major corrupt parties in Tamil Nadu, amid rising disillusionment and anger with these parties. Both AIADMK and DMK do not take these parties seriously enough and also treat them as irrelevant ones. Their program and the character of their leading personnel make clear, however, that they may not provide any genuine governance and would complete their term leaving the genuine concerns of ordinary masses left untouched. It is worthwhile to recall how the communists mismanaged the governance in West Bengal and people have to replace them with Trinamool Congress party of Mamata Banerjee.

 

The PWF was formed amid a broad re-orientation of Indian domestic as well as foreign policy. The PWF has chosen MDMK leader V. Gopalasamy, (Vaiko) a  strong extempore  orator in Tamil as the leader coordinating the activities of the different PWF parties. Vaiko is an admirer of Obama for phenomenal rise to power.

For smaller parties in Tamil Nadu, the 2016 election is going to be crucial as the very existence of these parties may be challenged if they are wiped out of the state assembly. The present vote share of PWF would roughly be 10 per cent – that’s why Vijayakanth is important – he may even emerge as the CM candidate of the third front if talks go well. To make this happen, he has to quit the NDA alliance and no longer be seen as a Narendra Modi loyalist.

A November 25 PWF statement declared, ‘‘we will face the election on the basis of our minimum program. We have published a minimum program that is agreeable to all the parties in the coalition. Therefore we avoided some issues including separate Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka, and opposition to Kudankulam nuclear power plant.

During a mass rally organised by PWF at Trichy in central Tamil Nadu recently, Vaiko had recited a few lines of the anti-liquor song of Kovan, who was arrested under sedition charge for his lyrics against Jayalalithaa, and dared the police to arrest him. However, Vaiko will have to regain the confidence of the people for being an opposition leader without any consistent stand, indirectly supporting the government.  He may have abandoned his several supporters to switch camps from DMK to AIADMK to the NDA during elections.

The PWF camp is now holding talks with actor turned politician Vijayakanth’s DMDK and GK Vasan’s TMC. Recently, when Vaiko and Vijayakanth were on the same flight from Madurai to Chennai, it triggered rumours of a possible alliance but Vijayakanth continues to shy away from a decision. Dr. Ramdoss’s Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) has a presence in some districts of the state and if also joins, analysts say, the new alliance would be further strengthened.

 

THREE

 

Indian left parties seems to have lost their ideological fervor long ago and they behave like other parties.  Having burnt their fingers by siding the then ruling Congress led federal government in order to win a Speaker post for a senior CPM MP as a short term gain, are not popular among the masses as they have deviated from popular causes and begun thinking about the profits of promoting corporate bosses, possibly for sumptuous party funds; they gave away the agricultural lands to corporates in West Bengal, and are silent on the dangerous position of the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka.

Communists also are to support and hostile to popular opposition to the dangerous Kudankulam nuclear plant after the Japan nuclear disaster. The Kudankulam nuclear power plant, sponsored by Russia, is located in Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli district. Construction of nuclear plant continued after the 2004 Indian general election, which brought to power the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, which the CPI and CPM supported.  Communist cadres are confused over the party’s alliance with corporatist Congress.

 

Thousands of people from hundreds of villages protested against the nuclear project, fearing pollution and fallout from the nuclear plant. Already there was a minor blast at the plant. This reflected deep distrust for such projects among the Indian/Tamil people, after the deadly 1984 industrial disaster at the Union Carbide chemical plant in Bhopal and Japan’s Fukushima terror plant crash, killing and harming thousands. The UPA government as well as Jayalalithaa government suppressed the popular protests and even killed fishermen on the sea for protesting against nuke project as they viewed the plant as the only way to promise transnational corporations reliable electricity and thus to bring foreign investors to India. Russia and IMF continue to play havoc with Indian lives.

Communists stand by the dangerous nuclear plants because the nuclear reactors have been supplied by Russia with which communists have maintained emotional links, though that has nation has become a  crony capitalist country, following the death of communist system, leaving behind corrupt practices intact.

One wonders would the communist leaders not have opposed the nuclear plants that can cause terror deaths when blasts strike, had the USA supplied nuclear reactors to India. Communists, like DMK and AIADMK, have no special sympathy for Tamils as they want their votes to help the corporate lords who fund their electioneering. The Tamil community, more than the LTTE, were massacred by the Sri Lankan government of Rajapaksha with the support of the Obama government in 2009. In the final stage of the war on Tamils, more than 40,000 Tamils were killed, and tens of thousands of people displaced and interned.

Sri Lankan government is not allowing the UN probe to succeed and is yet to punish the criminals for their conspiratorial crimes against Tamils.  That the Sirisena government in Colombo. is staffed by military and political officials who played lead roles in the bloody final offensive against the Tamils and LTTE does not indicate punishment for the criminals. It appears Sirisena government that took office in January 2015 is designed to shift Sri Lanka’s economic and strategic orientation away from China and towards India and the USA – both themselves involved in crimes.  Indian communist parties seem to have abandoned even their cynical, tactically-motivated criticisms of the Sri Lankan government’s oppression of the Tamil masses

Sri Lanka would like to have a local inquiry as a formality to fool the world and close the issue.  No justice can be expected from any such formally fake enquiries by the government without real intent. Lankan judges would be reminded of their “patriotic duty” to protect the Singhalese criminals and government from punishment, stating that any punishment of military or politicians that would be an “insult to the nation”.

Logic is simple.  No government can take steps to punish the criminals who belong to the majority people and belittle majority populations because such true justice would let the minority populations live with honor. Singhalese people refuse any human honor to Tamils and other minorities.

 

FOUR

 

Indian corporate lords serve the foreign transnational for more profits. The Indian ruling class and left parties had long exploited popular sympathy in Tamil Nadu for the oppressed Tamils in Sri Lanka, arming the pro government Tamil nationalist groups in Sri Lanka whenever the Indian government wanted to pressure the Sri Lankan government in Colombo.

The Congress, which over the past quarter-century has spearheaded the capitalist drive to transform India into a part of global capitalism to deny the rights to the common people and a junior partner of US monopoly imperialism, is in unprecedented crisis. The Congress has been eliminated as a major player in large parts of India and failed to win enough seats to even be recognized as the Official Opposition in the 2014 national election. In Tamil Nadu it plays just a marginal role.

 

An analogy is Indian crimes in Kashmir. Can Indian judiciary which is now highly biased in favor of Hindus be expected deliver justice to Kashmiri Muslims against Indian genocides in the valley?  Will US judges who support the anti-Islamic Trump ideology be trusted to liver justice for the Arab nations against the US military crimes in the region? In fact, India never conducts an investigation into the military genocides in Kashmiris as it does not take chances. India says Kashmiris are happy being in India. Americans also do not talk about investigations into US-NATO war crimes. They are scared.

 

The CPI and CPM played a key role in the opening of India to foreign capital by the Congress starting in 1991. Having supervised this process in 3 states of India that they governed, Kerala, Tripura and West Bengal, and blocked opposition by common masses to pro-business measures elsewhere, they have emerged as representatives of a constituency of corporate lords and affluent middle class elements hostile to the common people.

Ever since the defeat of the Congress party in the 1967 state elections in Tamil Nadu, amid a wave of popular strikes and protests, the Indian leftists supported Dravidian parties—the DMK and later the AIADMK—in power in Tamil Nadu. For decades, the CPI and CPM worked to subordinate the common people to the DMK and then the AIADMK, hailing the one and then the other as “secular” parties with a “pro-people” agenda.

The CPM, as a result of its pursuit of anti-farmer – but what it has itself described as “pro-investor” – policies in West Bengal and support for the big business UPA government in New Delhi, has suffered a series of electoral debacles since 2009. In 2011 it fell from power in West Bengal, after 34 years of leading the state’s government and in the 2014 national elections it won just two of West Bengal’s 42 seats. In Tamil Nadu communists do not much say in politics.

 

Since 1991, the DMK and the AIADMK have implemented free-market policies and opened cheap-labor special economic zones for transnational corporations. In 2003, a leftists  backed AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu sacked nearly 200,000 striking public sector workers with the support of a BJP-led government in New Delhi, and implemented a draconian anti-worker ‘essential services’ law in 2003, using mass firings and mass arrests. Amid the collapse of the Congress party at the national level, the Indian communists suffered a debacle in the 2014 parliamentary election, losing support in Kerala, Tripura, and West Bengal and across India.

 

Now Congress and communist parties are in talks for collaboration. According to press reports, the leadership of the West Bengal Congress wrote to Sonia Gandhi, the national Congress Party president, at the end of last year, seeking authorization to form an electoral alliance with the CPM and its Left Front. But no authorization has been forthcoming. It seems the communists are now seeking to forge an alliance with their rival the Congress party in Kerala, West Bengal and Tripura. That the CPM leadership has been considering an electoral alliance with the Congress is symptomatic of its deep crisis and alienation from and hostility toward India’s poor and common masses. However, the CPM general secretary Sitaram said the party’s stance is in accordance with the political line of its 21st Congress held last year, which declared that the main direction of our attack should be against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) when it is in power but this cannot mean having an electoral understanding with the Congress.

Both Congress and CPM want to remove the Mamata government in West Bengal and recapture the state which is now beyond their capacity. But Communist-Congress alliance would cost the Left front influence and potentially assembly seats. A CPM-Congress electoral alliance in West Bengal would blunt the edge of its attack on the UDF and enable the BJP to tout itself as the “real opposition” to the Congress in Kerala.

To this day, the communists promote the Congress as a “secular” bulwark against the Hindu supremacist BJP, though they know Congress party is also a major Hindutva party.

 

FIVE

Truly, Indians are fed up with flowery and emotional speeches of their politicians, their bogus promises. The Tamils now want the politicians to work sincerely and honestly for their future.

For smaller parties in Tamil Nadu, the 2016 election is going to be crucial as the very existence of these parties may be challenged if they are wiped out of the state assembly. Hence they would be very serious in order to make their influence felt in other states. .

Notwithstanding all negative features it embodies, the emergence of third front in Tamil Nadu has significance for the state politics as well as national scenario. Since every state allows two major parties to win polls and make governments to loot the nation’s resources by powerful networks and mafias, the emergence of a third strong party or a front of remaining parties would go a long way in streamlining and cleansing the corrupt Indian politics.

The much anticipated formation of a third front, amidst uncertainties and discussions for over six months, has not only shattered the DMK’s dreams of a larger alliance in the assembly elections against AIADMK, but also makes the ruling party ‘happy’ as its leaders believe that a multi-cornered election would only help them to retain power.

CPM leader and a former JNU scholar Karat Prakash has made a valid point that the third front in Tamil Nadu will have a deep impact on the future politics of the state and, maybe,  for Indian politics.

Even if the new formation wins the poll in Tamil Nadu, the issue remains if these leaders would genuinely work for the uplift of ordinary masses or do exactly what the DMK and ADMK and Congress and BJP have done everything to promote capitalists.

A successful campaign in Tamil Nadu by the third front could have far reaching ramifications for Indian nation. Their campaign strategy could get considerable support of the people.

How far they succeed against the rich and politically powerful AIADMK and DMK,  remains to be seen.

 

Indian politics: New alliance “People’s Welfare Front” launched in Tamil Nadu to fight assembly poll without truck with AIADMK and DMK! -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

Indian politics: New alliance “People’s Welfare Front” launched in Tamil Nadu to fight assembly poll without truck with AIADMK and DMK!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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An analogy is Indian crimes in Kashmir. Can Indian judiciary which is now highly biased in favor of Hindus be expected deliver justice to Kashmiri Muslims against Indian genocides in the valley?  Will US judges who support the anti-Islamic Trump ideology be trusted to liver justice for the Arab nations against the US military crimes in the region? In fact, India never conducts an investigation into the military genocides in Kashmiris as it does not take chances. India says Kashmiris are happy being in India. Americans also do not talk about investigations into US-NATO war crimes. They are scared.

 

 

Indian politicians might claim their birth right to cheat and deceive people; promote the interests of corporate lords as well as rampant corruption in the country.  The corruption phenomenon thrives in society because the state and government promote corruption while shielding the corrupt elements and criminals. They just don’t care for the Constitution of India.

Preparations for the Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry assembly polls slated for May 2016 are underway. As usual the ruling AIADMK (All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) and opposition DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) as major parties, dominating the Tamil politics, could lead the campaigns in the state.  But the new alliance

However, there is a move  by a few parties including the communists and Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK).to contest the poll jointly along with like minded parties. They have floated in October 2015 a third front Makkal Nala Koottu Iyakkam (People’s Welfare Front (PWF) to take on both  AIADMK and DMK and save Tamil Nadu from rampant corruption and other crimes the state has been  suffering for years.

After four political parties in Tamil Nadu – Vaiko’s MDMK, Dalit leader  Thirumavalavan’s VCK, CPI and CPM — finalized a plan to form a third front the team has released a Common Minimum Programme (CMP) confirming the electoral alliance which will oppose the two leading Dravidian parties — the ruling AIADMK and the opposition DMK.

So far, all these minor parties have contested only as parts of alliances led by either AIADMK or DMK and they used to get a few seats to contest elections for parliament or state assembly as the case may be and in return they always worked for these parties as their prime responsibility.  Now they seem to have realized their political fault line of promoting both DMK and AIADMK alternatively and now want to fight poll jointly on their own without any tuck with these parties.

The political shift by PWF member parties to stand together, leaving aside the major alliances, now gains importance as both the major parties, it seems, could fair badly without the votes gathered by these fringe parties.

 

The lead for the third front PWF has been taken by communist parties CPM and CPI that have significant presence in three states are abandoning their longstanding alliance with the two major corrupt parties in Tamil Nadu, amid rising disillusionment and anger with these parties. Both AIADMK and DMK do not take these parties seriously enough and also treat them as irrelevant ones. Their program and the character of their leading personnel make clear, however, that they may not provide any genuine governance and would complete their term leaving the genuine concerns of ordinary masses left untouched. It is worthwhile to recall how the communists mismanaged the governance in West Bengal and people have to replace them with Trinamool Congress party of Mamata Banerjee.

 

A November 25 PWF statement declared, ‘‘we will face the election on the basis of our minimum program. We have published a minimum program that is agreeable to all the parties in the coalition. Therefore we avoided some issues including separate Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka, and opposition to Kudankulam nuclear power plant.

The PWF was formed amid a broad re-orientation of Indian domestic as well as foreign policy. The PWF has chosen MDMK leader V. Gopalasamy, (Vaiko) a  strong extempore  orator in Tamil as the leader coordinating the activities of the different PWF parties. Vaiko is an admirer of Obama for phenomenal rise to power.

During a mass rally organised by PWF at Trichy in central Tamil Nadu recently, Vaiko had recited a few lines of the anti-liquor song of Kovan, who was arrested under sedition charge for his lyrics against Jayalalithaa, and dared the police to arrest him. However, Vaiko will struggle to regain the confidence of the people for being an opposition leader without any consistent stand. He had abandoned his supporters several times to switch camps from DMK to AIADMK to the NDA during elections.

The PWF camp is now holding talks with actor turned politician Vijayakanth’s DMDK and GK Vasan’s TMC. Recently, when Vaiko and Vijayakanth were on the same flight from Madurai to Chennai, it triggered rumours of a possible alliance but Vijayakanth continues to shy away from a decision. Dr. Ramdoss’s Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) has a presence in some districts of the state and if also joins, analysts say, the new alliance would be further strengthened.

For smaller parties in Tamil Nadu, the 2016 election is going to be crucial as the very existence of these parties may be challenged if they are wiped out of the state assembly. The present vote share of PWF would roughly be 10 per cent – that’s why Vijayakanth is important – he may even emerge as the CM candidate of the third front if talks go well. To make this happen, he has to quit the NDA alliance and no longer be seen as a Narendra Modi loyalist.

Indian left parties, having burnt their fingers by siding the then ruling Congress government, in order to win a Speaker post for a CPM MP as a short term gain, are not popular among the masses as they have deviated from popular causes and begun thinking about promoting corporate bosses obviously for sumptuous party funds, and thus are hostile to popular opposition to the Kudankulam nuclear plant and silent on the position of the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka. The Kudankulam nuclear power plant, sponsored by Russia, is located in Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli district. Construction began in 2002 and continued after the 2004 Indian general election, which brought to power the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, which the CPI and CPM joined. Communist cadres are confused over the party’s alliance with Congress.

Thousands of people from hundreds of villages protested against the nuclear project, fearing pollution and fallout from the nuclear plant. Already there was a minor blast at the plant. This reflected deep distrust of such projects among the Indian people, after the deadly 1984 industrial disaster at the Union Carbide chemical plant in Bhopal and Japan’s Fukushima terror plant crash, killing and harming thousands. The UPA government as well as Jayalalithaa government suppressed the popular protests and even killed fishermen on the sea for protesting against nuke project as they viewed the plant as the only way to promise transnational corporations reliable electricity and thus to bring foreign investors to India. Russia and IMF continue to play havoc with Indian lives.

Indian corporate lords serve the foreign transnational for more profits. The Indian ruling class and left parties had long exploited popular sympathy in Tamil Nadu for the oppressed Tamils in Sri Lanka, arming the pro government Tamil nationalist groups in Sri Lanka whenever the Indian government wanted to pressure the Sri Lankan government in Colombo.

The Congress, which over the past quarter-century has spearheaded the capitalist drive to transform India into a part of global capitalism to deny the rights to the common people and a junior partner of US monopoly imperialism, is in unprecedented crisis. The Congress has been eliminated as a major player in large parts of India and failed to win enough seats to even be recognized as the Official Opposition in the 2014 national election. In Tamil Nadu it plays just a marginal role.

Communists, like DMK and AIADMK, have no special sympathy for Tamils as they want their votes to help the corporate lords who fund their electioneering. The Tamil community, more than the LTTE, were massacred by the Sri Lankan government of Rajapaksha with the support of the Obama government in 2009. In the final stage of the war on Tamils, more than 40,000 Tamils were killed, and tens of thousands of people displaced and interned.

Sri Lankan government is not allowing the UN probe to succeed and is yet to punish the criminals for their conspiratorial crimes against Tamils.  That the Sirisena government in Colombo. is staffed by military and political officials who played lead roles in the bloody final offensive against the Tamils and LTTE does not indicate punishment for the criminals. It appears Sirisena government that took office in January 2015 is designed to shift Sri Lanka’s economic and strategic orientation away from China and towards India and the USA – both themselves involved in crimes.  Indian communist parties seem to have abandoned even their cynical, tactically-motivated criticisms of the Sri Lankan government’s oppression of the Tamil masses

Sri Lanka would like to have a local inquiry as a formality to fool the world and close the issue.  No justice can be expected from any such formally fake enquiries by the government without real intent. Lankan judges would be reminded of their “patriotic duty” to protect the Singhalese criminals and government from punishment, stating that any punishment of military or politicians that would be an “insult to the nation”.

Logic is simple.  No government can take steps to punish the criminals who belong to the majority people and belittle majority populations because such true justice would let the minority populations live with honor. Singhalese people refuse any human honor to Tamils and other minorities.

 

An analogy is Indian crimes in Kashmir. Can Indian judiciary which is now highly biased in favor of Hindus be expected deliver justice to Kashmiri Muslims against Indian genocides in the valley?  Will US judges who support the anti-Islamic Trump ideology be trusted to liver justice for the Arab nations against the US military crimes in the region? In fact, India never conducts an investigation into the military genocides in Kashmiris as it does not take chances. India says Kashmiris are happy being in India. Americans also do not talk about investigations into US-NATO war crimes. They are scared.

 

The CPI and CPM played a key role in the opening of India to foreign capital by the Congress starting in 1991. Having supervised this process in 3 states of India that they governed, Kerala, Tripura and West Bengal, and blocked opposition by common masses to pro-business measures elsewhere, they have emerged as representatives of a constituency of  corporate lords and affluent middle class elements hostile to the common people.

Ever since the defeat of the Congress party in the 1967 state elections in Tamil Nadu, amid a wave of popular strikes and protests, the Indian leftists supported Dravidian parties—the DMK and later the AIADMK (a DMK split-off) —in power in Tamil Nadu. For decades, the CPI and CPM worked to subordinate the common people to the DMK and then the AIADMK, hailing the one and then the other as “secular” parties with a “pro-people” agenda.

The CPM, as a result of its pursuit of anti-farmer – but what it has itself described as “pro-investor” – policies in West Bengal and support for the big business UPA government in New Delhi, has suffered a series of electoral debacles since 2009. In 2011 it fell from power in West Bengal, after 34 years of leading the state’s government and in the 2014 national elections it won just two of West Bengal’s 42 seats. In Tamil Nadu communists do not much say in politics.

 

Since 1991, the DMK and the AIADMK have implemented free-market policies and opened cheap-labor special economic zones for transnational corporations. In 2003, a leftists  backed AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu sacked nearly 200,000 striking public sector workers with the support of a BJP-led government in New Delhi, and implemented a draconian anti-worker ‘essential services’ law in 2003, using mass firings and mass arrests. Amid the collapse of the Congress party at the national level, the Indian communists suffered a debacle in the 2014 parliamentary election, losing support in Kerala, Tripura, and West Bengal and across India.

 

Now Congress and communist parties are in talks for collaboration. According to press reports, the leadership of the West Bengal Congress wrote to Sonia Gandhi, the national Congress Party president, at the end of last year, seeking authorization to form an electoral alliance with the CPM and its Left Front. But no authorization has been forthcoming. It seems the communists are now seeking to forge an alliance with their rival the Congress party in Kerala, West Bengal and Tripura. That the CPM leadership has been considering an electoral alliance with the Congress is symptomatic of its deep crisis and alienation from and hostility toward India’s poor and common masses. However, the CPM general secretary Sitaram said the party’s stance is in accordance with the political line of its 21st Congress held last year, which declared that the main direction of our attack should be against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) when it is in power but this cannot mean having an electoral understanding with the Congress.

Both Congress and CPM want to remove the Mamata government in West Bengal and recapture the state which is now beyond their capacity. But Communist-Congress alliance would cost the Left front influence and potentially assembly seats. A CPM-Congress electoral alliance in West Bengal would blunt the edge of its attack on the UDF and enable the BJP to tout itself as the “real opposition” to the Congress in Kerala.

To this day, the communists promote the Congress as a “secular” bulwark against the Hindu supremacist BJP, though they know Congress party is also a major Hindutva party.

Truly, Indians are fed up with flowery and emotional speeches of their politicians, their bogus promises. The Tamils now want the politicians to work sincerely and honestly for their future.

For smaller parties in Tamil Nadu, the 2016 election is going to be crucial as the very existence of these parties may be challenged if they are wiped out of the state assembly. Hence they would be very serious in order to make their influence felt in other states. .

Notwithstanding all negative features it embodies, the emergence of third front in Tamil Nadu has significance for the state politics as well as national scenario. Since every state allows two major parties to win polls and make governments to loot the nation’s resources by powerful networks and mafias, the emergence of a third strong party or a front of remaining parties would go a long way in streamlining and cleansing the corrupt Indian politics.

The much anticipated formation of a third front, amidst uncertainties and discussions for over six months, has not only shattered the DMK’s dreams of a larger alliance in the assembly elections against AIADMK, but also makes the ruling party ‘happy’ as its leaders believe that a multi-cornered election would only help them to retain power.

CPM leader and a former JNU scholar Karat Prakash has made a valid point that the third front in Tamil Nadu will have a deep impact on the future politics of the state and, maybe,  for Indian politics.

Even if the new formation wins the poll in Tamil Nadu, the issue remains if these leaders would genuinely work for the uplift of ordinary masses or do exactly what the DMK and ADMK and Congress and BJP have done everything to promote capitalists.

A successful campaign in Tamil Nadu by the third front could have far reaching ramifications for Indian nation. Their campaign strategy could get considerable support of the people.

How far they succeed against the rich and politically powerful AIADMK and DMK,  remains to be seen.

 

Rising tensions: NATO-Turkish radars detected Russian jet’s airspace violation, Turkey warns Russia!

Rising tensions: NATO-Turkish radars detected Russian jet’s airspace violation, Turkey warns Russia!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Recent Russo-Turkey tensions due to a Russian war plane violation of Turkish airspace directly promoted NATO of which Turkey is a prominent member to join Turkey’s condemnation of Russian violation of its territorial integrity.

It appears the Kremlin is deliberately provoking. Meanwhile, Turkey and NATO, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on 31 January that both Turkish and NATO radars detected a Russian jet violating Turkish airspace, refuting Russian claims that the violation was “pure propaganda.”

Russian SU-34 jet reportedly flew into Turkish airspace despite radar warnings, prompting Ankara to summon ambassador and once more stoking tensions between two countries involved in Syria’s war, but Russia had denied that there had been any incursion. Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov denied that any Russian plane had entered Turkish airspace, and called the Turkish allegation “pure propaganda”. “There has not been a single violation of Turkish airspace by Russia air force planes in Syria,” Igor Konashenkov told Russian news agencies. He added that Turkish radar installations were not capable of identifying a particular aircraft or its type or nationality, and that no verbal warning had been issued.

Davutoglu told a press conference in Riyadh that Russia can not cover up its violation of our airspace. It’s not possible to hide such an incident if it did happen, or to make up a violation if it didn’t happen”.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called on Russia to “act responsibly” and “take all necessary measures” to ensure the bloc’s airspace was not violated again. “A Russian combat aircraft violated Turkish airspace yesterday, despite repeated warnings by the Turkish authorities. Previous incidents have shown how dangerous such behaviour is,” Stoltenberg said in a statement.

Turkey has warned Moscow of consequences after saying that a Russian warplane ignored several radar warnings not to violate Turkish airspace, in the latest spat between the two countries.

In a similar incident in November, Turkey shot down a Russian warplane flying a sortie over Syria that it said had violated its airspace, triggering a diplomatic rupture in which Russia imposed economic sanctions. Two months after Turkey’s army shot down a Russian jet for allegedly crossing over its territory, Ankara said that it had summoned the Russian ambassador after a Russian SU-34 jet crossed into Turkish airspace.

Relations between the two countries are at their lowest point in decades, prompted by the November 24 downing of the Russian jet by Turkish forces. Moscow imposed a series of economic sanctions against Ankara after the incident, sparking the biggest crisis between the two countries since the Cold War.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the incident was a sign that Russia wanted issues between the two countries to deteriorate. “We regard this infringement which came despite all our warnings in Russian and in English as an effort by Russia to escalate the crisis in the region,” said Erdogan. “If Russia continues the violations of Turkey’s sovereign rights, it will be forced to endure the consequences,” he added, saying he wanted to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin after the incident.
Erdogan said he told the foreign ministry to convey my desire to meet Putin personally. “There has been no answer on this yet.”
Meanwhile, there is no respite in war in Syria. US Secretary of State John Kerry appealed on Sunday to both sides to continue Syrian peace talks in Geneva despite an attack by Islamic State bombers that killed more than 60 people near the country’s holiest Shi’ite shrine. Kerry said the conflict could easily engulf the Middle East if no negotiated settlement was achieved. He also called for immediate steps to increase food aid and other humanitarian assistance to Syrians. “In the end there is no military solution to the conflict,” Kerry said in a televised statement.

One thing is clear: the reason for Moscow’s repeated airspace violation is not clear.

Despite the conflict, Davutoglu has made it clear that Turkey has absolutely no intention of escalating tension with Russia, but we remain sensitive about protecting our airspace.

 

Sri Lanka: Does President Sirisena seriously think about justice for Lankan Tamils?

 

Sri Lanka: Does President Sirisena seriously think about justice for Lankan Tamils?

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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Criminals, howsoever big or tall they may be, should be held responsible for their actions and accountable for their crimes. Punishment is absolutely necessary to place accountability on those who committed the crimes.
Sri Lankan constitution, old or new, does not state that the rulers are above law and they should not be punished for their crimes, even if the charges are proved beyond doubts. In fact in no country a Constitution specifies that the rulers should also be punished if involved in criminal operations, directly or otherwise. So much so all corrupt leaders and rulers do not expect any punishment for their illegal interference with the nation’s resources, thereby creating grave inequalities in the society. Countries like India have become a safe haven for corrupt people for all such illegal operations day in and day out.
Proper punishments for serious crimes make a society healthy. However, punishment for the criminal or corrupt rulers does not happen as a usual phenomenon as governments make all out efforts to save the rulers and top leaders, former and incumbent.
Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena’s election last January to presidency gave rise to hopes for all sections of the island nation, especially the Tamils and Muslims as major minorities who have very high expectations from the new president they happily elected.

Elections in January when Sirisena defeated the increasingly authoritarian Mahinda Rajapaksa in his quest to win an unprecedented third term and August parliamentary polls, combined with the recently passed UN Human Rights Council (HRC) resolution on Sri Lanka, have presented the country with some real hopes for better treatment of minorities even if not given them any preferential treatment in jobs and other domains.

Upon assuming office, President Maithripala Sirisena declared reconciliation with Tamils as his main premises of governance and he promised proper action on former president’s war crimes. However, he did not undertake steps to realize his stated objectives. Recently he said the year 2016 will be the year of building of the economy of the country. He said a lot of programs will be implemented this year to bring about prosperous lives to all people in this country. The government has entered into the program to bring about prosperous lives to the people by doing required political reforms and saving the people from poverty,” Sirisena said. However, he did not refer to UN probe into war crimes.

President Sirisena has promised to do justice as the main part of reconciliation drive for Lankan Tamils who have barely come out of the shock they received because of state sponsored massacres of Tamil community under pro-Sinhalese Rajapaksha government.
Tamils are worried if Sirisena is insincere as he is silent about his promise of reconciliation drive. Accusing fingers are pointed at Lankan President Sirisena by onlookers for trying to save the former ruler Rajapaksha whom he defeated in the poll to replace him as president.
Thus far, Sirisena has been reluctant to take even small steps to reach out to the Tamil community. That needs to change if Sirisena were to be sincere about reconciliation.
Year 2015 was to herald the rising his eldest son Namal Rajapaksa who was obviously being groomed for a larger political role, but turned out to be bad for Rajapaksha, indeed it spelled doom for his autocratic political career and he thought he was finished but he is now a member of Parliament and has close links with President Sirisena.
Sirisena knows that Rajapaksha is likely concerned now about protecting himself and his family from criminal prosecution as well. Ensuring that his eldest son Namal Rajapaksa, who is also a member of parliament and stays politically active is probably a priority for the former president too. Ideally, Rajapaksa wants to preserve his reputation amongst Sinhala people as a war hero who finally defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and ended a war which ran from 1983 to 2009.
Tamils feel Sirisena is just Rhetoric apart, Sirisena does not seem to seriously think about justice for Tamils maybe and mainly because he, like his ministerial colleges, might consider such a move to upset the majority Sinhalese community that “enjoyed” the military genocides of Tamils. But the fact is that no positive action to assure the Tamil minority community of their right to exist in the island nation certainly would not go against Sinhalese people.
President Sirisena, under pressure from Sinhalese-Buddhist majority is undecided about the quantum of punishment for the criminal elements among the ruling elites. who perpetrated or promoted crimes in the name of democracy, patriotism and security.

Since international assistance is advantageous to ensure a truly credible, inclusive process. The international actors, including states, nongovernmental organizations and UN special procedures mandate holders, should keep pressing Colombo to include them in the process. The international community has made it clear that it’s ready to help Sri Lanka at every step of the way. The Sirisena government should try to explain to the Sinhalese population why independent mechanisms are important, and why a significant degree of actual international participation – beyond monitoring, advising, offering finances and training – is important to ensure independence and effectiveness of transitional justice mechanisms

 
Sinhala people are the overwhelming ethnic majority in Sri Lanka -and most of them are Buddhists. Sinhala people dominate the country’s institutions, including the military. Sinhala-Buddhist nationalist elements, like Rajapaksa, would try to thwart the new government’s proposed reconciliation agenda, giving a human status to the Tamil community that had first served the British rulers and later the Sinhalese Buddhist people after that.
Rajapaksa has problems with the latest HRC resolution on Sri Lanka, which is designed to promote human rights, justice and reconciliation in the divided island nation that’s still recovering from a civil war that spanned nearly three decades. Rajapaksa doesn’t want to see meaningful international involvement in the country’s transitional justice process

Sri Lankan government is not allowing the UN probe to succeed and is yet to punish the criminals for their conspiratorial crimes against Tamils. That the Sirisena government in Colombo is staffed by military and political officials who played lead roles in the bloody final offensive against the Tamils and LTTE does not indicate punishment for the criminals. It appears Sirisena government that took office in January 2015 is designed to shift Sri Lanka’s economic and strategic orientation away from China and towards India and the USA – both themselves involved in crimes. Indian communist parties seem to have abandoned even their cynical, tactically-motivated criticisms of the Sri Lankan government’s oppression of the Tamil masses.

Since the conclusion of the HRC’s 30th session in Geneva, Sri Lankan government has been making it clear that there is no hybrid accountability mechanism in the works and that what’s called for in the latest resolution on Sri Lanka is a domestic mechanism
The Sirisena government seems to have set out a wide-ranging plan and may be tempted to deprioritize the more controversial war crimes matters. Nonetheless, failing to recognize that transitional justice, including accountability for wartime abuses, is an essential part of the government’s broader governance and institution-building agenda would be a significant mistake.

Sri Lanka would like to have a local inquiry as a formality to fool the world and close the issue. No justice can be expected from any such formally fake enquiries by the government without real intent. Lankan judges would be reminded of their “patriotic duty” to protect the Singhalese criminals and government from punishment, stating that any punishment of military or politicians that would be an “insult to the nation”. Logic is simple. No government can take steps to punish the criminals who belong to the majority people and belittle majority populations because such true justice would let the minority populations live with honor. Singhalese people refuse any human honor to Tamils and other minorities.

Sri Lankans from all walks of life – irrespective of peoples’ ethnic, religious or social background – should be allowed and encouraged to truly enjoy. President Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe should recognize the importance of working together for national unity and acting upon this unique opportunity to help move the country from a post-war or post-conflict society to an inclusive society where majority and minorities live in peace.

The main challenge now is for Sirisena is to have political vision and courage to be transparent and honest about intentions and plans and do the correct thing, even if it may not be the most popular among the majority Sinhalese and politically convenient.

 

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