Indonesian Tiger Smugglers Escape With Light Sentences in Sumatra


Disappointed conservationists say the prosecutor should have demanded harsher punishment for the traffickers who were caught carrying a number of animal parts, including a Sumatran tiger skin.

Jambi, Indonesia: A pair of wildlife traffickers were sentenced to eight months imprisonment here after authorities caught them with a bevy of illegal animal parts, including several Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) skins.

The Iron in our Soul

By Major Gaurav Arya (Veteran)
April 13, 2017

"The point I am making is elementary. If we want to be a super power, now is the time to start acting like one. Let’s be practical. Soft states are not invited to sit at the high table of the United Nations Security Council. Human Rights are important, but they are not the reason that the sun rises in the East and sets in the West. Lets not make these rights the cornerstone of our national philosophy. The five permanent members of the UNSC are perhaps the worst human rights violators on earth. And they are the ones who get to point fingers at India’s so-called “excesses” in Kashmir. Russia and China have murdered millions of their own citizens and sent many more to death camps. America has waged more wars than all the other nations on earth combined. England and France have the worst colonial records, marred by plunder and slavery".

Media Duplicity and Lawlessness in Kashmir: To the Editor, The Times of India

KK Kak
21st April, 2017

This refers to your editorial "Srinagar Live" (ToI 17/4/17,

It is ironic that you blame inflamed tempers in Kashmir on aggressive majoritarianism in other parts of the country - especially BJP-ruled states. Tempers have been inflamed in Kashmir since long before the BJP came to power. In fact, one could equally argue that tempers have been inflamed in the rest of the country by aggressive Muslim majoritarianism in Kashmir. One of the slogans in the recent UP elections - following reports of Hindus being driven out -was 'don't let Kairana become like Kashmir'.

For 'all-weather friend' China, Pakistan to ramp up breeding of donkeys

Shailaja Neelakantan

NEW DELHI: China is investing as much a $50-odd billion in Pakistan for CPEC, so Pakistan, which will do anything for its 'all-weather' buddy China, is ramping up donkey breeding for China.

Sources have told Pakistan's The Express Tribune that the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government will soon begin a project to increase the donkey population in the province.

India's Military Deterrence and Modernisation in an Era of Optimal Warfare

By Lt. Gen Philip Campose
Centre for Land Warfare Studies

This article is written as a sequel to the previous one articulated a week ago on ‘Optimal Warfare.’ In that, the author had argued that, ‘optimal warfare’ – a limited, calibrated, controlled and hybrid mix of various means of war fighting – is likely to be the new warfare concept of the foreseeable future,  which, in India’s case, would be fought under a nuclear overhang. Nonetheless, it needs no reiteration that, even against such a backdrop, military deterrence against potential adversaries would be an essential part of India’s national security strategy. And continuous military modernization, which is an important factor contributing to our military deterrence posture, would be as relevant as the earlier concept of ‘all out wars’, even if implemented selectively and progressively. Also, in keeping with its major power aspirations of the future, India needs to modernise its military without further delay.


Eighteen Years Ago: NATO's War of Aggression Against Yugoslavia: Who are the War Criminals?

By Prof. Michel Chossudovsky
Source: Global Research.

Eighteen years ago in the early hours of March 24, 1999, NATO began the bombing the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. “The operation was code-named “Allied Force ” – a cold, uninspired and perfectly descriptive moniker” according to Nebosja Malic.

This article was first written in May 1999 at the height of the bombing of Yugoslavia.

The causes and consequences of this war have been the object of a vast media disinformation campaign, which has sought to camouflage NATO and US war crimes.


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