28.9.13

Seymour Hersh

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AGENT TIM OSMAN OF THE CIA.
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Seymour Hersh on Death of Osama bin Laden: ‘It’s one big lie, not one word of it is true’
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By Lisa O'Carroll via information clearing House and The Guardian.
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Seymour Hersh has got some extreme ideas on how to fix journalism – close down the news bureaus of NBC and ABC, sack 90% of editors in publishing and get back to the fundamental job of journalists which, he says, is to be an outsider.
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It doesn’t take much to fire up Hersh, the investigative journalist who has been the nemesis of US presidents since the 1960s and who was once described by the Republican party as “the closest thing American journalism has to a terrorist”.
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He is angry about the timidity of journalists in America, their failure to challenge the White House and be an unpopular messenger of truth.
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Don’t even get him started on the New York Times which, he says, spends “so much more time carrying water for Obama than I ever thought they would” – or the death of Osama bin Laden. “Nothing’s been done about that story, it’s one big lie, not one word of it is true,” he says of the dramatic US Navy Seals raid in 2011.
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Hersh is writing a book about national security and has devoted a chapter to the bin Laden killing. He says a recent report put out by an “independent” Pakistani commission about life in the Abottabad compound in which Bin Laden was holed up would not stand up to scrutiny. “The Pakistanis put out a report, don’t get me going on it. Let’s put it this way, it was done with considerable American input. It’s a bullshit report,” he says hinting of revelations to come in his book.
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The Obama administration lies systematically, he claims, yet none of the leviathans of American media, the TV networks or big print titles, challenge him.
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“It’s pathetic, they are more than obsequious, they are afraid to pick on this guy [Obama],” he declares in an interview with the Guardian.
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“It used to be when you were in a situation when something very dramatic happened, the president and the minions around the president had control of the narrative, you would pretty much know they would do the best they could to tell the story straight. Now that doesn’t happen any more. Now they take advantage of something like that and they work out how to re-elect the president.
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He isn’t even sure if the recent revelations about the depth and breadth of surveillance by the National Security Agency will have a lasting effect.
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Hope of redemption
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Despite his concern about the temerity of journalism he believes the trade still offers hope of redemption.
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“I have this sort of heuristic view that journalism, we possibly offer hope because the world is clearly run by total nincompoops more than ever … Not that journalism is always wonderful, it’s not, but at least we offer some way out, some integrity.”
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His story of how he uncovered the My Lai atrocity is one of old-fashioned shoe-leather journalism and doggedness. Back in 1969, he got a tip about a platoon leader, William Calley, who had been charged by the army with alleged mass murder.
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Instead of picking up the phone to a press officer, he got into his car and started looking for him in the army camp of Fort Benning in Georgia, where he heard he had been detained. From door to door he searched the vast compound, sometimes blagging his way, marching up to the reception, slamming his fist on the table and shouting: “Sergeant, I want Calley out now.”
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Eventually his efforts paid off with his first story appearing in the St Louis Post-Despatch, which was then syndicated across America and eventually earned him the Pulitzer Prize. “I did five stories. I charged $100 for the first, by the end the [New York] Times were paying $5,000.”
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He was hired by the New York Times to follow up the Watergate scandal and ended up hounding Nixon over Cambodia. Almost 30 years later, Hersh made global headlines all over again with his exposure of the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib.
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Put in the hours
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For students of journalism his message is put the miles and the hours in. He knew about Abu Ghraib five months before he could write about it, having been tipped off by a senior Iraqi army officer who risked his own life by coming out of Baghdad to Damascus to tell him how prisoners had been writing to their families asking them to come and kill them because they had been “despoiled”.
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“I went five months looking for a document, because without a document, there’s nothing there, it doesn’t go anywhere.”
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Hersh returns to US president Barack Obama. He has said before that the confidence of the US press to challenge the US government collapsed post 9/11, but he is adamant that Obama is worse than Bush.
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“Do you think Obama’s been judged by any rational standards? Has Guantanamo closed? Is a war over? Is anyone paying any attention to Iraq? Is he seriously talking about going into Syria? We are not doing so well in the 80 wars we are in right now, what the hell does he want to go into another one for. What’s going on [with journalists]?” he asks.
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He says investigative journalism in the US is being killed by the crisis of confidence, lack of resources and a misguided notion of what the job entails.
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“Too much of it seems to me is looking for prizes. It’s journalism looking for the Pulitzer Prize,” he adds. “It’s a packaged journalism, so you pick a target like – I don’t mean to diminish because anyone who does it works hard – but are railway crossings safe and stuff like that, that’s a serious issue but there are other issues too.
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“Like killing people, how does [Obama] get away with the drone programme, why aren’t we doing more? How does he justify it? What’s the intelligence? Why don’t we find out how good or bad this policy is? Why do newspapers constantly cite the two or three groups that monitor drone killings. Why don’t we do our own work?
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“Our job is to find out ourselves, our job is not just to say – here’s a debate’ our job is to go beyond the debate and find out who’s right and who’s wrong about issues. That doesn’t happen enough. It costs money, it costs time, it jeopardises, it raises risks. There are some people – the New York Times still has investigative journalists but they do much more of carrying water for the president than I ever thought they would … it’s like you don’t dare be an outsider any more.”
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He says in some ways President George Bush’s administration was easier to write about. “The Bush era, I felt it was much easier to be critical than it is [of] Obama. Much more difficult in the Obama era,” he said.
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Asked what the solution is Hersh warms to his theme that most editors are pusillanimous and should be fired.
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“I’ll tell you the solution, get rid of 90% of the editors that now exist and start promoting editors that you can’t control,” he says. I saw it in the New York Times, I see people who get promoted are the ones on the desk who are more amenable to the publisher and what the senior editors want and the trouble makers don’t get promoted. Start promoting better people who look you in the eye and say ‘I don’t care what you say’.
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Nor does he understand why the Washington Post held back on the Snowden files until it learned the Guardian was about to publish.
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If Hersh was in charge of US Media Inc, his scorched earth policy wouldn’t stop with newspapers.
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“I would close down the news bureaus of the networks and let’s start all over, tabula rasa. The majors, NBCs, ABCs, they won’t like this – just do something different, do something that gets people mad at you, that’s what we’re supposed to be doing,” he says.

Hersh is currently on a break from reporting, working on a book which undoubtedly will make for uncomfortable reading for both Bush and Obama.
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“The republic’s in trouble, we lie about everything, lying has become the State norm.” And he implores journalists to do something about it.

Emerging China from the shadows..GREAT ASIAN POWER.

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Chinese firm under U.S. sanctions wins Turkish missile deal

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By Ece Toksabay via Yahoo and Reuters.
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NATO member Turkey announced on Thursday it had agreed a $4 billion co-production deal for a long-range air and missile defense system with a Chinese firm hit by U.S. sanctions, rejecting rival bids from Russian, U.S. and European firms.
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The decision to take the FD-2000 from China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp (CPMIEC) underlined the growing strength of China's defense industry as well as Beijing's political interest in the Middle East and Turkey's increasingly independent line towards Western partners.
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Some Western defense analysts said they were surprised by the choice of the Chinese system, having expected the contract to go to the U.S. Raytheon Co company, which builds the Patriot missile, or the Franco/Italian Eurosam SAMP/T.
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The U.S., Germany and the Netherlands each sent two Patriot batteries and up to 400 soldiers to operate them to south-eastern Turkey early this year after Ankara asked NATO for help with air defenses against possible missile attack from Syria.
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Certainly the use of a Chinese rather than a Western system by Turkey would pose questions of compatibility and security for the North Atlantic Alliance.
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"You need to be able to link those missiles to NATO C2 (command and control)," one NATO diplomat in Brussels said. "I think it is going to raise difficulties."
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Christina Lin, a former U.S. official and now fellow at the School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC. described the Turkish decision, announced by the Defense Ministry in Ankara, as a "wake-up call" for Western allies.
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"China is looking to get a lot more involved in the Middle East and it is being increasingly accepted there," she said. "Turkey is increasingly frustrated with the EU and has made it clear that it is pivoting towards the east as well."
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In February, the United States announced sanctions on CPMIEC for violations of the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act.
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It did not say precisely what CPMIEC had done, but Washington has penalized the company before. In 2003, Washington said it was extending sanctions on the firm for arms sales to Iran. It was unclear when those measures were first imposed.
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Turkish analysts said they believed Ankara had chosen its Chinese partner for technological reasons as well as a lower price.
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"Turkey's NATO allies are distanced to the idea of co-production and technological transfer," Atilla Sandikli, the chairman of think-tank Bilgesam and former high-level officer in the Turkish army, said.
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"But the Chinese firm states the opposite. I think Turkey's choice is a message to its NATO allies in this sense."
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CPMIEC was not immediately available for comment.
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NATO STANDARDISATION
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Turkey has long been the United States' closest ally in the Middle Eastern region, bordering during the Cold War on the Soviet Union. The U.S. military exercised great influence over a Turkish military that strongly influenced domestic politics.
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Under Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, elected in 2002, the role of the Turkish military in politics has been curbed. Political and military relations between Ankara and Washington, while still close, play a less central role and this could be reflected in procurement policy.
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Nick de Larrinaga, Europe Editor of IHS Jane's Defense Weekly, said the Chinese bid was long understood to have 'massively undercut other bidders'. He said Western competitors were also offering wide involvement for Turkish industry.
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"The decision...is undoubtedly a surprise," he said.
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"Meanwhile IHS Jane's understood that the Franco/Italian Eurosam SAMP/T was preferred by many in the Turkish Armed Forces from a capability point of view...although it was also believed to be the most expensive of all the bids."
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PATRIOTS
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The winning Chinese FD-2000 system beat the Patriot, the Russian S-400 and the French-Italian Eurosam Samp-T.
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Raytheon, which builds the Patriot, said it had been informed about the Turkish decision and hoped to get a briefing soon. It said there were 200 Patriot units deployed in 12 countries, including Turkey.
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"NATO has long supported the system, deploying Patriots in five aligned countries and, in 2012, providing a requested Patriot deployment to Turkey. Given this strong performance, we hope to have an opportunity to debrief and learn more about this decision," Raytheon spokesman Mike Doble said.
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CPMIEC does not make missiles itself. The two main manufacturers are China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp (CASC) and China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp (CASIC). CASC makes intercontinental ballistic missiles, while CASIC focuses on short- and intermediate-range rockets.
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After decades of steep military spending increases and cash injections into local contractors, experts say some Chinese-made equipment is now comparable to Russian or Western weaponry.
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China last year became the world's fifth-biggest arms supplier with 5 percent of the market, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Pakistan was its biggest buyer.

 

There is no arms race in South Asia.

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India spends officially 1.8% of GDP on defense, which is a very low % for an aspiring power. In addition a lot of the arms brought by India are ill suited foreign imports which require expensive (unreliable delivery date) spares...all backed with only 50 ordinance factories. Finally a lot of the talk from Anthony is of a Blue Water navy....which is the least important service in LAND POWER India. The corrupt Netas and Babus do not trust an expanded, fully armed, properly equipped army......155mm field artillery 120mm morters, AA guns, SAMs, Lt SAMs, strategic infrastructure up the mountains, strategic bases up the mountains, strategic logistics dumps up the mountains......roads, helicopters, trucks, MG's and FGA's. Engineering divisions, mountain divisions---additional 40-50 of them.

India PPP GDP is around $5 trillion and Pakistan's is $530 billion......India's economy is ten times bigger than Pakistan and its a bit illogical and delusional on Pakistan's part to keep comparing neutered, truncated Failed State Pakistan with India. That is the game plan set by the departing colonials when they fixed the illegal illogical partition of India, fixed the Kashmir problem, and created the notorious criminal ISI led by a British general from 1948--1959, who single highhandedly destabilized the civilian government until the military coup of 1958.

It is Pakistan which is involved in an arms race equipped with nuclear weapons it can't afford since 1983, and like honey which invites the bees, unwarranted Israeli/American interest in the country.....makes her own cruise missiles.....manufactures better tanks than India; manufactures her own jet fighters.......and so on AS A FAILED STATE, with a seriously dysfunctional elite led by 500 colonial era Zamindar families, 30 Business families including the Sharifs.......and 500,000 trained up Jihadis courtesy of the ISI which itself is funded by the CIA. Terrorist hub number one courtesy of Washington and their funding of the Pakistan military which seriously destabilizes the country into a MILITARY CENTRIC WORLD VIEW----FUCK MY NEIGHBOR WORLD VIEW FOR GORA SAHIB......which naturally has turned the country upside down and seriously fucked up the country in addition.

India is the victim which underspends on the military, whilst Pakistan officially spends 3% on the military but unofficially 8--10% of GDP...Ayesha Siddiqa....Military Inc., and military funding from the USA.....which gives the Punjabi military the 'Dutch courage' to go on their merry misadventures with ALL her neighbors, including 'best friend China' and of course inside the country.

But there is no real arms race in the Cold War sense......where $trillions were wasted by both Superpowers......followed by destruction and dismantling of most of the weapons.


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The PM of Pakistan can't speak Urdu (great fabulous linguistic mix of Persian, Hindi and a little Turkish evolved slowly in the military camps and barracks of the Mughals) , but with ease can read speeches written by the USA embassy in Islamabad.

By AFP/Web Desk

UNITED NATIONS: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Friday categorically demanded an immediate halt to drone attacks as they were a sheer violation of Pakistan's sovereignty, Geo News reported.
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"The attacks conducted by US-led NATO forces on Pakistani soil using unmanned spy planes are counter-productive to the anti-extremism efforts", Sharif said while addressing United Nations General Assembly here in New York.
(The attacks can stop today if the Punjab military stops cooperating with the USA military in the killing of innocent Pashtun Pakistani civilians)

Sharif said that the war against terrorism must be waged within the framework of international law.

He added that the use of drone strikes in the border areas of Pakistan was a continued breach of the country's territorial integrity. 
(But the Treacherous Punjab military with $ aid does not understand this basic fact) 

"It results in casualties of innocent civilians and is detrimental to our resolve and efforts to eliminate extremism and terrorism from Pakistan."

He added that he had urged the United States to cease these strikes, so that further casualties and sufferings could be averted.
(The USA is an empire.....like all empires it seeks new pastures to apply its military might)
 
Commenting on regional situation he said that Pakistan and India had wasted "massive resources" on a nuclear arms race.

"Our two countries have wasted massive resources in an arms race," Sharif said in his speech to the assembly. Both sides have spent huge amounts on developing a nuclear bomb over the past three decades.
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"We could have used those resources for the economic well-being of our people," he added.
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"We still have that opportunity. Pakistan and India can prosper together; and the entire region would benefit from our cooperation."
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Sharif said, "We stand ready to re-engage with India in a substantive and purposeful dialogue."
 (No need to announce in English the governments legitimate intentions---a simple letter to the Indian government, and published in the leading newspapers of India will suffice.......no need to internationalize this problem....then followed by serious initiatives for peace--offer INDIA full FTA, MFN, easy visa access......mere peace gimmicks by releasing a few Indian prisoners from Pakistan isn't enough....substantial action needs to be taken by Pakistan FIRST)
The Pakistan premier, elected this year, said he was looking forward to the chance "to make a new beginning" and added "we have a solid basis to do that."

Sharif said Pakistan and India must build on a 1999 accord which called for the resolution of all differences through negotiations.

"I am committed to working for a peaceful and economically prosperous region. This is what our people want and this is what I have long aspired for," Sharif said.

He pointed out that shortly after assuming office‚ he received a message of goodwill from the Indian Prime Minister.

Sharif said he had invited the Indian Prime Minister to engage with Pakistan to address all outstanding issues between the two countries, adding Indian Prime Minister's response was positive.

Nawaz Sharif is expected to meet with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday, on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the UN.
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However on Kashmir, he said that suffering of the people cannot be brushed under the carpet‚ because of power politics.

He called upon the international community to give an opportunity to Kashmiris to decide their future peacefully‚ in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.
 (NO NO NO, you foreign backed puppet!.....resolve bilaterally)
The Prime Minister said Pakistan desired regional peace and stability adding, he said he had shared this vision with leaders in the neighborhood.

About Afghanistan‚ the Prime Minister said Pakistan supports an inclusive‚ Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process‚ leading to national reconciliation.

Prime Minister Sharif said that during President Hamid Karzai's visit to Pakistan‚ he assured him that Pakistan did not wish to interfere in Afghanistan's internal affairs and it had no favorites in that country.

He said Pakistan encourages UN efforts for the stabilization of Afghanistan.

"We will work together with Afghanistan for regional and economic cooperation that would establish and reinforce regional trade‚ energy and communications corridors."

He said a manifestation of Pakistan's solidarity with the Afghan people had been our willingness to host millions of Afghan refugees in Pakistan for many decades.

Going forward he added that having been suffered grievously for the past many years Pakistan condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

"In the past 12 years‚ Pakistan has given huge sacrifices‚ in blood and resources" Sharif said.

"We have lost 40,000 precious lives including 8,000 defense and security personnel" the PM added.

He said there have been colossal damages to social and physical infrastructures as well. "Our economy has been denied the opportunity to grow fully. This must change now", he added.

The Prime Minister said he had tried to forge national consensus on a cohesive policy to eliminate terrorism from our soil.

"We are resolved to oppose the forces of terrorism‚ by all means at our disposal", said he.

At the same time‚ Pakistan had offered dialogue to end violence‚ wean young extremists off extremism‚ and integrate all segments of the society into the national mainstream, added Sharif.

He‚ however‚ added that a dialogue should not be seen as a sign of weakness or a tool of appeasement.
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Safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear energy, without discrimination, was essential for economic development, the premier said further.
(Pakistan has huge reserves of coal which is basically unused---cheaper source for power production....with nuke power you can make nuke bombs)
"Pakistan qualifies for full access to civil nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, to meet its growing energy needs, for continued economic growth", he stressed.
.(NO--- JEENAHIN....FAILED STATE...which serves gora sahib)


21.9.13

FULL Sanctions may be lifted against Iran........but keep developing the air defense systems, army and airforce....and send more Revolutionary Guards to Syria....just in case.

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Rouhani is better than Jew Ahmedinejad, the Israeli baiter who destabilized the Iranian economy. But then again Rohani is a mullah. How can you have a modern country being run by mullahs?



_Air Defence Ground Radar Radomes__IMG_3704
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EMP SIMULATOR
Future workhorse basic plane of Iran......under licensed production with Russian technical help ....Maybe 300 of these in the future, for long range missions.
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White House hints Obama may meet with Iranian president over sanctions

Obama administration praises 'welcome rhetoric' over nuclear weapons and says meeting is possible next week in New York


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani is pictured during an interview with Ann Curry from NBC. Photograph: Reuters
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The White House has hinted at the possibility of a historic meeting with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani during his visit to the United Nations next week, praising what it called "welcome rhetoric" from Iran on nuclear weapons.
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In the latest sign of a thaw in relations between the two countries, White House spokesman Jay Carney acknowledged "dramatic" shifts in Tehran's language but stressed the need to see it matched by actions.
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On Wednesday Rouhani gave an interview to NBC insisting the country had no intention of putting its civilian nuclear programme to military ends and suggested he had political authority inside Iran to negotiate a solution to a standoff with the west over the programme.
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Earlier, the reform-minded president also agreed to release a series of political prisoners, raising hopes in Washington that he was gaining traction over more hardline elements in Tehran.
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The two developments produced a positive response from the White House on Thursday, but administration officials remain cautious about the extent to which he can act independently of Iran's surpreme leader Ali Khamenei.
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"We obviously notice a significant change in language and tone, it's rather dramatic, but it's important we don't just take Iran's word for it," said Carney.
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"The release of political prisoners is a welcome action. The welcome rhetoric over nuclear weapons is just that. Words are not a substitute for action and we need to see follow-through."
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Both Obama and Rouhani will be in New York at the same time next week for the United Nations general assembly and hopes are rising that the two may meet to discuss what progress on nuclear weapons would be required for the US to lift its crippling sanctions regime against Iran.
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Carney again hinted this was possible, but insisted the US had always been willing to talk to Iran about ending the alleged nuclear weapons programme. Asked if the two leaders would meet in New York, he replied: "We will see. It has always been possible."
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He added: "The president has said all along that he would be willing to have that meeting providing that Iran demonstrates its seriousness in dealing with its nuclear weapons programme."
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