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Swiss Imperialism On the Rise

It seems that the Swiss are bored of their centuries old neutrality( and pocketing loot from both sides in a conflict) and starring in the background of Bollywood duet songs. Now they want to have some real fun.

Swiss “accidentally” invade Liechtenstein

ZURICH, Switzerland – What began as a routine training exercise almost ended in an embarrassing diplomatic incident after a company of Swiss soldiers got lost at night and marched into neighboring Liechtenstein.

According to Swiss daily Blick, the 170 infantry soldiers wandered just over a mile across an unmarked border into the tiny principality early Thursday before realizing their mistake and turning back.

A spokesman for the Swiss army confirmed the story but said that there were unlikely to be any serious repercussions for the mistaken invasion.

“We’ve spoken to the authorities in Liechtenstein and it’s not a problem,” Daniel Reist told The Associated Press.

And the Liechtensteinians are being good dhimmis.

Officials in Liechtenstein also played down the incident.Interior ministry spokesman Markus Amman said nobody in Liechtenstein had even noticed the soldiers, who were carrying assault rifles but no ammunition. “It’s not like they stormed over here with attack helicopters or something,” he said.

Liechtenstein, which has about 34,000 inhabitants and is slightly smaller than Washington DC, doesn’t have an army.

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Pakistan Forcelifts Samjhauta Train blast Survivors

Why the hurry to forcibly take away all the injured still recuperating from their wounds? Is it because the Pakis were afraid that some canaries will sing? What is Pakistan hiding from the World?

NEW DELHI: Seven survivors of the Samjhauta Express tragedy were forced on Thursday to leave Safdarjung Hospital on short notice and taken away to a waiting Pakistan Air Force aircraft to be flown back home.

All of them were badly burned and a few of them pleaded that they be allowed to stay back for a few days more for their wounds to heal. Some said they had no one at home to look after them. But the doctors said they were helpless; these were orders from above.

It transpires that Pakistan was adamant to take back their citizens who had survived the blast, no matter what their medical condition. To make matters worse for them, they were rushed out of the sanitised burns unit in the afternoon, but until the time of writing their aircraft had not taken off, ostensibly due to ‘‘technical reasons’’. In other words, they are waiting in the plane without medical attention.

Some of them need it badly. For instance, 9-year-old Shamim was on ventilator when he was almost dragged out of Safdarjung’s ICU along with six others and put on a PAF special aircraft to be airlifted to Lahore. Some of the blast victims cried in vain to be allowed to stay back till they recuperated.

This is even more puzzling considering what Kasuri had said a day earlier in front of the Safdarjung Hospital. But his full account is somehow missing in all of the Media. This is what he said.

“I express my appreciation to the doctors who are attending on the (Pakistani) patients. They are taking really good care of them,”.” We Will be guided by the doctors advice on when we can take them back”.

Kasuri in Front of Safdarjung Hospital(Video Link)

But that last line has been quietly edited out by the media. It is nowhere to be found even though i myself saw it atleast 3 times on different news channels.

I think it is a wise idea to get a TV tuner card and record the videos ourselves so that we can catch the media lies, cover-ups and distortions red handed. Perhaps it is also a good idea to keep an eye on some online articles and see how they are being quietly edited over a period of time when they think that no one is looking and also compare them with the circulated hard copies of their newspapers and magazines.

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Barkha Dutt Roots For Selective Freedom of Speech

Barkha Dutt, in her rant op-ed piece in Hindustan Times titled Everyman’s Story on 30 Dec 2006 writes about her views on the New Media, whose rise to prominence was also celebrated by the Time Magazine at the end of 2006 by terming it and everyone involved with it as its’ Person of the Year.

She starts her article with the obligatory platitudes to the “faceless multitudes” who according to her are now taking interest in the collection and dissemination of information and are also making their opinion on various issues of public interest known.

And then she goes on to make a startling claim that “popular opinion is often bigoted, blasphemous and banal”. But neglects to mention from whose viewpoint is that so.

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DoT Says No to Mobile Number Portability

December 05, 2006 The decision of the department of telecommunications to reject the Telecom regulatory authority of India’s proposal for the implementation of portability in mobile services by April 2007 will deprive millions of Indian customers the freedom to choose service providers without changing their phone numbers.

Number portability allows a customer to move from one mobile service to another within GSM, and also between GSM and CDMA, while retaining the same number. It gives flexibility to customers and keeps operators on their toes lest their service quality falls.

According to an IDC survey, over 30 per cent of mobile subscribers would change their operators if they had number portability.

This is a very stupid decision by the DoT and is also ultimately harmful to the growth prospects of the telecom business in India. Right now the telecom companies are taking their customers for granted and are dishing out very crappy and unprofessional “service”.The only reason many customers grudingly stay is because of yes ‘Number Non-portability’.

Number portability would make the telecom companies stand up on their toes and deliver. It would also help lower the entry barriers for new operators to enter the market thus benefitting the customers with lower prices and also would spur innovation in the marketplace for new products, phones, plans and services. The present system looks like an oligarchy of 3-4 companies in each circle with all of them indulging in price fixing and keeping telephony costs artificially high and also showing utmost reluctance to introduce 3G services.

Is this why these big telcos oppose this proposal? that they might actually have to “serve” the customer rather than take him for a ride all the time with their fake smiles and award winning ads and jingles.

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Pakistan is Paranoid about “Indian-Origin” Diplomats

Another shining example of Pakistan’s Paranoia and idiocy.

November 09, 2006 18:32 IST- Irked by the posting of several Indian-origin diplomats by the United States and Britain in their embassies in this country, Pakistan has reportedly asked Washington and London to avoid appointing such officials to “sensitive posts”.

“There is a major concern in the official quarters in Islamabad over the appointment of growing number of diplomats of Indian origin to sensitive positions at the US embassy and to a lesser degree at the British High Commission in Islamabad,” Pakistani officials were quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper.

It said the officials were not “hesitant” to acknowledge that the issue of posting Indian-origin diplomats has emerged as an “irritant” and “friendly discussions” were underway to resolve it “amicably”.

And ofcourse no Pakistani has ever learnt to discuss anything without the standard “You-too” argument.

When asked for her reaction to the report, Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said she has to “check” whether the issue has been taken up with the countries. India does not permit officials of Pakistani origin to serve in any of the foreign missions in India, where as Pakistan has been accepting officials of Indian origin to serve in foreign missions in Islamabad, she told PTI in Islamabad.

Oh choo schweet of her. :).

Lets’ cut the propoganda PR bullshit here. The problem the Pakis have is specifically with diplomats of either Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain or Christian origins. To be posted as a diplomat to Pakistan means that the person has to be a born citizen of that country, not even a naturalised citizen in cases like the USA.

Many of these people are second generation immigrants and have tenous links to India.Clearly, Pakistan is trying to cover its own religious bigotry under the cloak of so called “security concerns” and our ever stoned and doped media simply swallows and regurgitates this shameless bit of propoganda coming out of the Pakis’ ever lying mouth.

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Update– While discussing diplomats. This is a very interesting interview of Vivek Kumar with Arundhati Ghose’s panel during his UPSC efforts. I liked the part where she asks him whether he would follow any order from the Indian Government that he feels is against India’s national interests, Vivek says he probably would have to, but she cuts him short by saying that the one guiding principle that he has to follow is India’s national Interests, nothing else. Period. If you think something is wrong, refuse to carry out the order. The national interest must never be compromised.

This is the same lady who headed the Indian delegation at the Conference on Disarmament, Geneva in 1996 and gave that famous Not Now, Not Ever speech with regard to signing the CTBT. May her tribe increase.

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How Will You Likely be Insulted by the Macaca Guy?

The George Allen Insult Generator

He called an Indian-American student who was tailing his campaign a “Macaca”. Later he explained that he “did not know, what it means”.

But it did not end there….

A handful of the Virginia senator’s former football teammates claim he repeatedly used the word nigger. The New York Times wrote on Tuesday that two of Allen’s former acquaintances recall that he said the word. Allen has denied the allegations. “The story and his comments and assertions in there are completely false,” he told the Associated Press. “I don’t remember ever using that word and it is absolutely false that that was ever part of my vocabulary.”

Seems like he has a canned excuse for insulting anyone. “Geez, i dunno what it meant, honest”.

But then he forgot that this particular Macaca was holding a camera to his face. Stupid humanoid- thou who walketh on two legs while putting one of those feet in own mouth (in front of a camera??) instead of a Banana.

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The name is Annan. Kofi Annan

For asking the Fox to guard the Chicken House. Kofi Annan is the Weirdo of the Week.

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The U.N. chief said that if Syria “follows through in tightening control of the border”, peace efforts will be greatly helped.

“I have no reason to believe it will not be done,” Annan said.

Ouch! that was too much 😦

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Fox, something tells me that you didn’t come here just for the ping pong…

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