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Dec 17, 2010

India accused of widespread Kashmir torture-cables

SINGAPORE – Dec 17 (Reuters) – Indian security forces
fighting a 20-year insurgency in Kashmir beat suspects,
subjected them to electric current and tortured them with
water in widespread human rights abuses, the Red Cross told
the U.S. embassy according to a leaked diplomatic cable.

The 2005 cable, released by WikiLeaks and published by the
Guardian, documents systematic prisoner abuse by Indian police
and paramilitary forces based on visits the International Red
Cross made to detention centres in Kashmir and elsewhere
between 2002-2004.

Dec 17, 2010

India accused of widespread Kashmir torture – cables

SINGAPORE – (Reuters) – Indian security forces fighting a 20-year insurgency in Kashmir beat suspects, subjected them to electric current and tortured them with water in widespread human rights abuses, the Red Cross told the U.S. embassy according to a leaked diplomatic cable.

The 2005 cable, released by WikiLeaks and published by the Guardian, documents systematic prisoner abuse by Indian police and paramilitary forces based on visits the International Red Cross made to detention centres in Kashmir and elsewhere between 2002-2004.

Dec 15, 2010

China pursues Pakistan nuclear deal; dilemma in West

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – China is moving ahead with a deal to export nuclear reactors to Pakistan despite grave misgivings in the West, in a sign it too can shape the rules of global nuclear trade after the United States forced a waiver for India.

By winking at India’s nuclear weapons programme and opening up exports of nuclear fuel and material to the rising Asian power, the United States had created an opening for China and Pakistan to pursue similar cooperation, despite the risk of proliferation, analysts said.

Dec 11, 2010

India says 43 militant camps in Pakistan: cables

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – India has told the United States there were 43 militant camps in Pakistan, including 22 in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, and that little had been done to permanently shut them down, the latest set of leaked U.S. diplomatic cables showed.

The allegation was made by during a conversation in June last year between then U.S. National Security Adviser General Jim Jones and Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony, according to the cables released by WikiLeaks and published by Britain’s Guardian newspaper.

Dec 9, 2010

Analysis: Indian plan to deter Pakistan more myth than reality

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A strategy developed by the Indian military to fight a lightning and limited war with Pakistan without crossing nuclear red lines has stirred concern across the border and in the United States, but the plan is years, if not decades away from battle readiness.

Cold Start involves the deployment of battle groups inside Pakistan within 72 hours of a Mumbai-style attack to carry out a punitive operation without threatening the survival of the Pakistani state and triggering a nuclear confrontation.

Dec 9, 2010

Indian plan to deter Pakistan more myth than reality

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A strategy developed by the Indian military to fight a lightning and limited war with Pakistan without crossing nuclear red lines has stirred concern across the border and in the United States, but the plan is years, if not decades away from battle readiness.

Cold Start involves the deployment of battle groups inside Pakistan within 72 hours of a Mumbai-style attack to carry out a punitive operation without threatening the survival of the Pakistani state and triggering a nuclear confrontation.

Dec 5, 2010
via Afghan Journal

WikiLeaks : Talks with the Taliban a non-starter

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai may be pushing for talks with the Taliban in public as the only way to end the nine-year war, but in private he is as determined as the United States in opposing any place for top Taliban leaders  in a future government , the latest set of WikiLeaks documents show.  Those repeated calls for talks  are more aimed at sowing dissensions in the insurgent group than  any serious attempt for a negotiated settlement of the war. Indeed as The Guardian reports on the leaked comments on its website, so far as Karzai and the Obama administration are concerned, the only option open to the Taliban is surrender.

Which pretty much is a deal-maker, given that the Taliban having fought the world’s most advanced military formation to a virtual stalemate, have shown few signs of a compromise, much less  surrender.

Dec 1, 2010

Euro wavers but China data boosts global stocks

SINGAPORE, Dec 1 (Reuters) – The euro wavered on Wednesday
as Europe’s debt crisis deepened, but global stock markets
drew comfort from stronger-than-expected manufacturing data
from China and growing signs that the U.S. economy is improving.

Leading European stocks rose 0.9 percent in early
trade, echoing gains in Asia after surveys showed China’s
factories ramped up production in November amid a jump in new
orders from both domestic and foreign customers. [ID:nTOE6B004C]

Dec 1, 2010

Euro, stocks wobble as euro zone debt worries deepen

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The euro slipped further on Wednesday and stocks in Asia were struggling, despite stronger-than-expected manufacturing data from China, as fears of a wider euro zone debt crisis grew.

Investors turned to the safety of gold, which hit a record in euro terms in early trade, and to U.S. government bonds after Standard & Poor’s put Portugal’s credit rating on review for a possible downgrade, saying the country may have to turn to the EU and IMF for funding.

Nov 30, 2010
via Afghan Journal

Denuclearising Pakistan

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At about the time WikiLeaks released tens of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables, including one related to a secret attempt to remove enriched uranium from a Pakistani research reactor, a top Pakistani military official held a briefing for journalists that focused on U.S.-Pakistan ties.

Dawn’s Cyril Almeida has written a piece based on the officer’s comments made on the condition of anonymity, and they offer the closest glimpse you can possibly get of the troubled ties between the allies.