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The results of appeasement

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Written by Claudia

February 7, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Mumbai attackers more tech savvy than the police

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When the attackers arrived on the shores of Mumbai last month, they had studied satellite images of the city, were carrying handheld GPS sets and were communicating with their handlers via the Internet and satellite phone.

Many of the Indian police they encountered did not even have walkie-talkies.

The Mumbai gunmen not only overwhelmed security forces with their weaponry and willingness to die, but also with their sophisticated use of technology, security experts said.

“These (terrorists) are well aware of the technology available and also know that the police are several steps behind. And a lot of this technology is extremely easy to use and to learn,” said Pavan Duggal, a technology expert and New Delhi-based lawyer

via Mumbai attackers more tech savvy than the police – Yahoo! News.

This is a total disgrace, isn’t it? The police should be much more prepared that the terrorists… So, who is financing these bastards to have such an equipment?

By the way, Pakistan has accused Indian planes of entering its airspace

Indian warplanes crossed into Pakistani airspace on Saturday over two parts of the country where the militant group accused of carrying out the Mumbai terror attacks is active, according to Pakistani officials, who said they scrambled their own air force jets to chase the Indian aircraft back across the border.

The incursions would appear to be an aggressive display by India, whose top officials describe neighboring Pakistan as the “epicenter of terrorism” and say Pakistan’s own intelligence service has long aidedLashkar-e-Taiba, the group blamed for the attacks in Mumbai last month, which sharply raised tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.

This is noooo good.

Written by Claudia

December 15, 2008 at 6:06 am

Mumbai: More explosives found

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Leftover explosives found in Mumbai train station – Yahoo! News

Police on Wednesday discovered leftover explosives hidden in a bag in Mumbai’s main train station — a stunning new example of botched security after the deadly rampage that left the government open to accusations it missed warnings and bungled its response.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Islamabad has a “special responsibility” to cooperate with the investigation into the attacks, which Indian and U.S. officials have blamed on militant groups based in Pakistan.

During a joint press conference with Rice, Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee said, “there is no doubt the terrorist attacks in Mumbai were perpetrated by individuals who came from Pakistan and whose controllers are in Pakistan.”

Are they from the same terrorists that attacked Mumbai last week? Or are they new attacks?

More information about the attackers:

The training was “meticulous and rigorous,” said a security official who spoke on the customary condition of anonymity.

The official said the gunmen sailed from Karachi in a Lashkar vessel that brought them to the waters near an Indian vessel they hijacked, the MV Kuber.

They killed three crew members and dumped their bodies in high seas, but kept the captain alive so that he could guide them into Mumbai.

The captain was killed some three nautical miles off Mumbai’s coast, the official said.

I’m really sorry for this people. Poor sailmen!

Written by Claudia

December 3, 2008 at 9:08 pm

Iran proposes nuclear plants with Arab countries

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The head of Iran’s nuclear power agency said Sunday the country is willing to help neighboring Arab countries build joint light-water nuclear power plants if they are interested.There was no immediate reaction from Arab countries, many of whom are deeply suspicious of the Islamic Republic’s intentions regarding its controversial nuclear program.
Several Arab countries have announced plans to develop their own civilian nuclear programs for electricity generation in recent years, motivated in part by a feeling they need to keep up with Iran to blunt its growing regional influence.It was unclear why Iran made the offer to help, but it may be trying to allay neighbors’ concerns.

Iran proposes nuclear plants with Arab countries – Yahoo! News

Well, this is not shocking at all. Several Islamic countries have plans to build their own nuclear plants (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco…). A very interesting announcement…

Written by Claudia

December 1, 2008 at 3:23 pm

Chinese Execute Researcher Accused of Spying for Taiwan

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A Chinese medical researcher and businessman was executed Friday on charges of spying for Taiwan, his family said.Ran Chen, who has Austrian citizenship, said her father’s execution by gunshot was confirmed at 5 p.m. via the Austrian embassy in Beijing.
“Today, our beloved father, Wo Weihan, was executed,” a statement from Chen and her sister Di Chen said. “His life was taken from him before he or our family could say its last goodbyes.”
(…) Human rights groups and diplomats from the EU, Austria and the United States had appealed to China on Wo’s behalf, contending that he did not receive a fair trial and was given an overly harsh sentence.
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Wo was accused of passing data on missile guidance systems and other sensitive information to a group linked to Taiwanese intelligence agencies. Taiwan and mainland China have been divided amid civil war since 1949.

FOXNews.com – Chinese Execute Researcher Accused of Spying for Taiwan – International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News

Written by Claudia

November 28, 2008 at 7:18 pm

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Security guards flee as pirates seize ship

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Somali pirates on Friday seized a specialist tanker after a desperate defence by unarmed security guards in what was thought to be the first attack on a ship with its own deterrent on board.

The pirates’ success will raise fresh concerns about the value of using security guards to protect ships in the dangerous sea lanes between Somalia and Yemen, where most of the 40 vessel seizures reported this year have taken place.

The three guards, all ex-Royal Marines, came under a hail of fire from half a dozen pirates using AK-47 rifles and rocket propelled grenades.

They kept the pirates at bay for more than an hour using hoses, evasive action and a sound device that deafens attackers.

But eventually the team were forced to escape by jumping off the bridge roof to be picked up by a French rescue helicopter.

FT.com / Africa – Security guards flee as pirates seize ship

Are we sooo idiot as to send UNARMED security guards to defend a ship from pirates?

It looks we are…

Written by Claudia

November 28, 2008 at 7:10 pm

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Medvedev meets Raúl Castro

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President Dmitry Medvedev was due to hold talks with Fidel Castro tonight to rebuild Russia’s relations with Cuba almost a decade after they ended in acrimony.The Russian leader earlier met and signed deals on nickel mining and oil exploration with Raul Castro, who succeeded his ailing older brother as Cuba’s president in February.
In a display of bonhomie, the two presidents toured Havana’s historical sights arm in arm. “It has been a magnificent visit and now he will see Fidel,” Raul shouted to TV cameras.
The one-night stop in Havana was the final leg of Medvedev’s week-long Latin America tour, a visit intended to open business opportunties for Russian companies and to show that Moscow could operate in the US backyard amid tension over Washington’s involvement in eastern Europe and the Caucasus.
“One must admit, to put it simply, we have never had a serious presence here (in Latin America). These have been just episodes,” Medvedev told reporters.

Medvedev and Castro meet to rebuild Russia-Cuba relations | World news | guardian.co.uk

How enchanting!! “similar souls look alike“. Considering those two have a soul… :mrgreen:

Written by Claudia

November 28, 2008 at 7:07 pm