SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE DEFENDS JAMMU AND KASHMIR
On behalf of Special Frontier Force, I confirm Special Frontier Force’s deployment in Ladakh Province to defend Jammu and Kashmir. In the context of role of foreign powers in Kashmir, it is important to recognize Special Frontier Force as a military organization in which the U.S., India, and Tibet participate as allies. It may be noted that Special Frontier Force had a role in India’s Kargil War.
It is of interest to note that United Kingdom and the United States simultaneously extend military and economic aid to Pakistan in support of its illegal political and military campaigns to annex Jammu and Kashmir. If not United Kingdom, the United States is playing on both sides of fence of parties involved in this dispute.
Both United States and United Kingdom need cooperation of India to contain Communist China’s Expansionist Doctrine. China’s Maritime Expansionism poses direct challenge to Japan, Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia. China’s Expansionism needs to be addressed in comprehensive manner. There is no choice other than that of addressing the issue of China’s military occupation of Tibet; the first victim of China’s Expansionism. Pakistan cannot be trusted and cannot be counted as ally in any initiative that aims to Checkmate China’s Expansionism. Supplying sophisticated military hardware to Pakistan has not helped the United States. Pakistan shared designs of US military equipment with China helping China to advance her fighting capabilities. China manipulates Pakistan’s Nuclear and Missile Programs and for that reason Pakistan has to be counted as serious Security Risk.
Pakistan with her role in Balochistan, and Afghanistan created more enemies for the United States. The War against Soviet Expansionism got transformed into War on Terrorism as Pakistan used Afghan Campaign to make profits for her military bosses.
India from the beginning tried for peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue following the guidelines given by United Kingdom when it granted Independence to Pakistan and India in 1947. United States and United Kingdom made huge financial investment in Pakistan and as of today, it failed to promote Democracy, Peace, and Justice in South and Central Asia.
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Jammu and Kashmir burning?
Jammu and Kashmir burning? Media and trouble makers thrive on mischief. Everyday, Kashmir is in the news, and its usually portrayed maliciously.
JAMMU AND KASHMIR BURNING?
Media and trouble makers thrive on mischief. Everyday, Kashmir is in the news, and its usually portrayed maliciously by many of these elements that India is inhuman, steeped in illegality and is evil.
First the facts.
As per international law, all of Jammu and Kashmir is integral part of India. This was effected by the treaty of accession signed between the Maharajah of Kashmir and India on 27th Oct 1947.
1. Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh consists of 22 districts, separatist are present only in 5 districts – which represents a mere 15% of the state, and they are all Sunni Muslim. The voices and faces you see on television like Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, Yasin Malik, Shabbir Shah, Gilani, Asiya Andrabi and Lone are from this region and sect.
2. The state has 12% Shia Muslims, 12-14% Gujjar Muslims and 8% Pahadi Rajput Muslims. It also has significant population of Sufis, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Hindus. None of these communities have any separatist demands.
3. The larger two of the three regions of the state consisting of Jammu and Ladakh covering an area of 85,000 square kilometers are not Muslim majority areas, and there has never been any demand of separatism.
4. When terrorist Afzal Guru was hanged, the media made it appear as if the entire state was out on the streets. The reality was that out of 22 districts, there was not a single demonstration in 17 districts and only 5 districts in the Valley saw staged demonstrations.
5. Poonch has 90% and Kargil 90% Muslims, but there was no protest in these areas.
6. Our perception about Jammu and Kashmir is that a battle between nationalism and separatism is going on for the past 68 years. Nationalism has neither been lost nor will it, because in most areas of the state, majority of the people are nationalists.
7. The only legal dispute tenable under international law is, How India should get back areas that are under the illegal occupation of Pakistan and China?
‘Separatism’, ‘dispute’ and ‘autonomy’ are three myths raised by Pakistan and her agents within Kashmir and other parts of India
The State should be considered as one entity like Jammu (with maximum of the ground area), Ladakh and only thereafter Kashmir.
Pakistan and India baiters have been harping on United Nations Security Council Resolution 47. The resolution identifies Pakistan as an occupying force and states that in order to bring peace and harmony, the following steps will be undertaken in sequence.
1. First Pakistan must demilitarize and withdraw ALL its military forces and nationals used for the purpose of fighting from Kashmir.
2. Subsequently India must demilitarize Kashmir
3. A plebiscite may be held to determine the will of the people of Kashmir.
Since Pakistan failed to demilitarize, the entire process of normalization went into a tailspin. That was in 1947, it is now 2016. In November 2010 the United Nations removed Jammu and Kashmir from its list of disputed territories.This UN Resolution is thus dead.
Secondly, the resolution was passed by United Nations Security Council under chapter VI of UN Charter.Resolutions passed under
Chapter VI of UN charter are considered non binding and have no mandatory enforceability.
Since the government and the armed forces do not speak on the issue, the reporting is left mainly to separatist leaders and politicians, Jihadi terrorists, and the media. That most of these people and organisations who owe their loyalty and livelihood to foreigners, the reports will unjustifiably portray India in a bad light.
Muslim Pakistan’s national identity is defined by a single dimension of being anti India and the destruction of secular India. Fake issues and imaginary threats from India are constantly raked up to provide justification for the Pakistan army to control the reins of power.
Pakistan has lost all the wars they have waged against India. Pakistan claims concern for Muslim brothers in Kashmir, while simultaneously abducting, torturing and exterminating large number of Baluchis,and Pashtuns, shows its desire for conflict with India.
Pakistan because of its terrorist activities and toxic behavior, is on very bad terms and in conflict with all its neighbors be it India, Afghanistan or Bangladesh.
The Pakistani leadership and Army have bankrupted and impoverished Pakistan by wasting money and resources on useless confrontations. Pakistan is using Kashmir merely as an issue to harm India by waging a proxy war using terrorism, with the hope of bleeding India with a thousand cuts.
In spite of Pakistan’s best efforts, Kashmir will always remain an integral part of India, and we will grow stronger with time.
Write and Posted: Aug 2016 – by Gurvinder Singh
My thanks to Mr. Ranga Bedi for providing me valuable inputs for this article.
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MAGIC KINGDOM IN SHANGHAI – MAGIC OF REGIME CHANGE IN PUDONG DRAGON’S FIELD
Communist Party of China makes huge capital investment to open Disneyland Amusement Park ‘Magic Kingdom’ in Shanghai. Communist Party of China will know Magic of Regime Change in Pudong Dragon’s Field. Prophecy of Babylon’s sudden Downfall Unsealed.
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Shanghai Disneyland: Communist Party emerges largest backer
Though capitalism and socialism make strange bedfellows, it is less known that the largest backer of Disneyland is the Communist Party itself
By: ANURAG VISWANATH Published: August 13, 2016 6:21 AM
This summer, Walt Disney’s $5.5-billion Disneyland—an extravaganza of a narrowly-construed “American fantasy”—finally opened its doors in Shanghai, China. This was to a largely curious domestic audience who, up until now, had been unable to afford the luxury of next-door Hong Kong’s Disneyland. Certainly, the mad rush at Shanghai’s Disneyland—located at the south-eastern fringes of Pudong, which until 1990s was marshes, farmland and herdsmen, so-to-speak an area on Shanghai’s fringe—is to be seen to be believed. In the metamorphosis of the Pudong marshes and the coming of Mickey Mouse to Mao’s land, hangs many a tale.
But first the euphoria. Despite the exorbitantly-priced entry ticket to Disneyland (RMB 499 for peak season, about R4,900), folks, both urban and rural, young and old, have not stopped making a beeline—and this in a country where the average disposable income is RMB 1,830 (about R18,000). Three-hour serpentine queues for flight simulator “Soaring Over the Horizon”, the partial closure of “Adventure Isle Roaring Rapids” and the scorching Shanghai summer heat didn’t deter crowds who flocked armed with parasols, water bottles and a few sporting the ubiquitous Mickey Mouse T-shirts. Disneyland is expecting 20 million visitors in 2017. Chinese Tourism spending is estimated at $610 billion in China and abroad. There are about 120 million outbound Chinese tourists—six times the number of outbound Indian tourists (20 million). China’s domestic tourism is high during the two “golden weeks” (National Day in October and Spring Festival in February) and is on the upsurge. Mickey Mouse wants to cash in.
What does the arrival of Mickey Mouse in China mean? While there are little doubts about the sheer elasticity of China’s “socialism with Chinese characteristics”, the bottom line is Communist Party’s propensity for hard-nosed economics—where tourism and, de facto, consumption is the new mojo.
Certainly, Disneyland did not happen overnight, but came with the careful cultivation of Pudong.
Nothing exemplifies Pudong more than China’s moderniser-par-excellence Deng Xiaoping’s adage “build nests, the birds will come”. Pudong, an area on the wrong side of the Huangpu River, was long barren until it was identified as the “dragon-head of reforms” by none other than Deng Xiaoping in 1992. Since then, the urbanisation of Pudong has been phenomenal—attested by the world’s second-tallest skyscraper, Shanghai Tower. Pudong is a mirror to China’s urbanisation, from 17.9% in 1978 to 53.7% in 2013. Today, urbanisation—a la Pudong—has been identified as the core strategy for development by the National Urbanisation Plan (2014-20), with the objective of 60% urbanisation by 2020. Of course, Pudong has been successful, but the blind precipitous imitation of the Pudong strategy elsewhere by local governments has backfired. In fact, scholars and critics decry the same as “forced urbanisation”.
That said, the sheer weight of state-led initiative to urbanise Pudong is no less laudatory.
Second, while business in India depends on political weather and ideological rhetoric, Disneyland was embraced with flexibility, if you please, to accommodate ideological lightweights such as Mickey and his friends. Disneyland witnessed little or no political upheavals (notwithstanding political succession struggles at Beijing)—when the Communist Party gave the commitment, it was for the long haul—start to finish.
While India continues to struggle with land acquisition, with the onus for acquisition resting on states, China does it swiftly and top-down. Disneyland covers 960 acres, nine times the size of Commonwealth Games Village, New Delhi—leading up to the relocation of 150 factories and the resettlement of 2,000 households belonging to four townships. At last count, there was no social assessment project, but there was no widespread bungling of finances in the resettlement either.
Thus, business in China largely rides on the diktat of the Party, which has a long-term vision. Disneyland was a hard-won fight with lobbying and negotiations, starting in the late 1990s. The chief executive of Disney, Robert Iger, first visited Communist Party leader Yu Zhengsheng in Shanghai in 2008. To Disney’s credit, a photograph of senior Xi (father of current Chinese President Xi Jinping) shaking hands with Mickey Mouse at Disneyland (presumably in California) in 1980 appeared as a token of friendship—no doubt, a veritable diplomatic coup.
Though capitalism and socialism make strange bedfellows, Disney’s entry was not all about diplomatic manoeuvres only. It is less known that the largest backer of Disneyland is the Communist Party itself—in the shape of Disney’s local partner, state-owned, joint-investment holding Shanghai Shendi Group.
While Disney owns 43% of the resort, the Shanghai Shendi Group, in addition to 30% control of the Disney management company, takes “57% stake in the Shanghai resort, which includes revenue from hotels, restaurants and merchandise sold on the grounds.” This has been a cut-throat deal as opposed to Disney’s presence in Hong Kong (2005), which literally cajoled Disney to set up shop.
Third, Pudong, the dragon-head, has spurred a multiplier effect. Now, Shanghai Shendi Group has concluded a deal with US outlet developer Value Retail to build an outlet and a seven-star hotel, Shanghai Atlantis resort will follow.
At Beijing, Universal Studios has said that its sixth theme park globally—after Hollywood and Orlando in the US, and in Spain, Singapore and Tokyo—will be operational by 2019.
Fourth, at the home front, Chinese billionaire and largest commercial property developer Wang Jianlin (head of the Dalian Wanda Group which signed a preliminary agreement with Indian authorities to develop Wanda Industrial New City in Haryana) has likened Disney to a “lone tiger” against a “pack of wolves”, indicating competition at the home turf.
For now, the pack of wolves seem to emanate from the Wanda stable and should not be underestimated. A lavish array of theme parks have been set afloat by Wanda in tier-2 cities—such as Wuxi (near Shanghai), Nanchang (730-km east of Shanghai), Hefei (460-km east of Shanghai), Harbin (2,300-km north of Shanghai) and Xishuangbanna (2,900-km south of Shanghai)—which are centred not around Mickey Mouse or even Pokemon, but elements of local Chinese ethnic culture, geography or tradition. Reportedly, Xishuangbanna theme park features adventures around the old Tea Road (route) and a jungle adventure with a rainforest theme. In other words, will Wanda give Disneyland a run for its money?
Disneyland in Shanghai has a sense of “Chineseness”—as it does in Japan with a certain “Japaneseness”. But Mickey Mouse has also come with American prices in China—RMB 60 doughnut, RMB 60 balloon (about R600) and an overpriced ticket. Ten years ago, Disneyland would have been a monopoly, but what about today? Those who have been to the string of mid-range Wanda hotels know that it cuts no corners and so it is with the Wanda theme parks. In other words, while the euphoria is palpable, Disneyland’s fate in the long run is the big question.
Last but not the least, be it Mickey Mouse or Wanda’s Tea Road adventure, grant it to the Communist Party, which has done its math well—an eye on tourism, the burgeoning middle-class
and a ride to the bank. With global and China’s slowdown in exports, a thrust towards domestic consumption, Disneyland (and Wanda parks) all help drive up consumer spending.
The author is a Singapore-based Sinologist and adjunct fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies,
New Delhi. She is the author of “Finding India in China”
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AUGUST 15, 2016 – 70th INDEPENDENCE DAY – NO FREEDOM FROM PAIN OF PARTITION
On this 15th Day of August, 2016, I declare that there is no Freedom From Pain of Partition on 15 August, 1947. This Day in History marks heinous Crime Against Humanity. I ask India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and United Kingdom to constitute independent Commission to inquire this human tragedy to pay respect to those innocent lives who perished for no fault of theirs.
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India and Pakistan win independence
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The Indian Independence Bill, which carves the independent nations of India and Pakistan out of the former Mogul Empire, comes into force at the stroke of midnight. The long-awaited agreement ended 200 years of British rule and was hailed by Indian independence leader Mohandas Gandhi as the “noblest act of the British nation.” However, religious strife between Hindus and Muslims, which had delayed Britain’s granting of Indian independence after World War II, soon marred Gandhi’s exhilaration. In the northern province of Punjab, which was sharply divided between Hindu-dominated India and Muslim-dominated Pakistan, hundreds of people were killed in the first few days after independence.
The Indian independence movement first gained momentum at the beginning of the 20th century, and after World War I Gandhi organized the first of his many effective passive-resistance campaigns in protest of Britain’s oppressive rule in India. In the 1930s, the British government made some concessions to the Indian nationalists, but during World War II discontent with British rule had grown to such a degree that Britain feared losing India to the Axis.
Gandhi and other nationalist leaders rejected as empty the British promises of Indian self-government after the war and organized the nonviolent “Quit India” campaign to hasten the British departure. British colonial authorities responded by jailing Gandhi and hundreds of others. Anti-British demonstrations accelerated after the war, and in 1947 the Indian National Congress reluctantly accepted the creation of Pakistan to appease the Muslim League and conclude the independence negotiations. On August 15, 1947, the Indian Independence Bill took effect, inaugurating a period of religious turmoil in India and Pakistan that would result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands, including Gandhi, who was assassinated by a Hindu fanatic in January 1948 during a prayer vigil to an area of Muslim-Hindu violence.
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DOWNFALL OF RED DRAGON – REGIME CHANGE BY BOLIDE IMPACT
Natural History of planet Earth records sudden demise of Dinosaurs that lived for about 160 million years. Dinosaur Extinction is called Cretaceous – Tertiary or K-T Mass Extinction Event. This downfall of Dinosaurs is attributed to “BOLIDE” impact; a large Meteor or asteroid, or comet exploding in Earth’s atmosphere.
In Human History, powerful regimes have risen and have fallen down. But, there is no historical record of any empire’s downfall caused by ‘Bolide’ impact. Interestingly, The New Testament Book ‘REVELATION’ in Chapter 18 predicts Fall of Babylon by ‘Bolide’ impact. This prophecy has not yet come true.
I unsealed this prophecy for I am destined to be known as ‘Doomsayer of Doom Dooma’. For the first time in recorded Human History, I expect Regime Change by ‘Bolide’ Impact causing sudden Downfall of Evil Red Empire which is often represented by ‘Red Dragon’.
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THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 08/12/1990 – SKELETON OF T-REX DISCOVERED
A full Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton is discovered on This Day in History. The date is August 12th. Susan Hendrickson, a paleontologist, discovers the T Rex in Faith, South Dakota.
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On this day in 1990, fossil hunter Susan Hendrickson discovers three huge bones jutting out of a cliff near Faith, South Dakota. They turn out to be part of the largest-ever Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered, a 65 million-year-old specimen dubbed Sue, after its discoverer.
Amazingly, Sue’s skeleton was over 90 percent complete, and the bones were extremely well-preserved. Hendrickson’s employer, the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, paid $5,000 to the land owner, Maurice Williams, for the right to excavate the dinosaur skeleton, which was cleaned and transported to the company headquarters in Hill City. The institute’s president, Peter Larson, announced plans to build a non-profit museum to display Sue along with other fossils of the Cretaceous period.
In 1992, a long legal battle began over Sue. The U.S. Attorney’s Office claimed Sue’s bones had been seized from federal land and were therefore government property. It was eventually found that Williams, a part-Native American and member of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe, had traded his land to the tribe two decades earlier to avoid paying property taxes, and thus his sale of excavation rights to Black Hills had been invalid. In October 1997, Chicago’s Field Museum purchased Sue at public auction at Sotheby’s in New York City for $8.36 million, financed in part by the McDonald’s and Disney corporations.
Sue’s skeleton went on display at the Field Museum in May 2000. The tremendous T.rex skeleton–13 feet high at the hips and 42 feet long from head to toe–is displayed in one of the museum’s main halls. Another exhibit gives viewers a close-up view of Sue’s five foot-long, 2,000-pound skull with its 58 teeth, some as long as a human forearm.
Sue’s extraordinarily well-preserved bones have allowed scientists to determine many things about the life of T.rex. They have determined that the carnivorous dinosaur had an incredible sense of smell, as the olfactory bulbs were each bigger than the cerebrum, the thinking part of the brain. In addition, Sue was the first T.rex skeleton to be discovered with a wishbone, a crucial discovery that provided support for scientists’ theory that birds are a type of living dinosaur. One thing that remains unknown is Sue’s actual gender; to determine this, scientists would have to compare many more T.rex skeletons than the 22 that have been found so far.
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REMEMBERING AUGUST 08, 1974 – NIXON RESIGNS
On August 08, 1974, I was stationed at Military Hospital Wing, Headquarters Establishment Number. 22, C/O 56 APO, of Special Frontier Force. Because of my lifetime regimental affiliation to Special Frontier Force, Nixon-Kissinger live in my memory for their actions providing aid and comfort to Enemy while we dedicated our lives to secure Democracy, Freedom, Peace, and Justice in Occupied Tibet.
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THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 08/08/1974 – NIXON RESIGNS
On this day in 1974, on an evening televised address, President Richard M. Nixon announces his intention to become the first president in American history to resign. With impeachment proceedings underway against him for his involvement in the Watergate affair, Nixon was finally bowing to pressure from the public and Congress to leave the White House. “By taking this action,” he said in a solemn address from the Oval Office, “I hope that I will have hastened the start of the process of healing which is so desperately needed in America.”On this day in 1974, on an evening televised address, President Richard M. Nixon announces his intention to become the first president in American history to resign. With impeachment proceedings underway against him for his involvement in the Watergate affair, Nixon was finally bowing to pressure from the public and Congress to leave the White House. “By taking this action,” he said in a solemn address from the Oval Office, “I hope that I will have hastened the start of the process of healing which is so desperately needed in America.”On this day in 1974, on an evening televised address, President Richard M. Nixon announces his intention to become the first president in American history to resign. With impeachment proceedings underway against him for his involvement in the Watergate affair, Nixon was finally bowing to pressure from the public and Congress to leave the White House. “By taking this action,” he said in a solemn address from the Oval Office, “I hope that I will have hastened the start of the process of healing which is so desperately needed in America.”
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In an evening televised address, President Richard M. Nixon announces his intention to become the first president in American history to resign. With impeachment proceedings underway against him for his involvement in the Watergate affair, Nixon was finally bowing to pressure from the public and Congress to leave the White House. “By taking this action,” he said in a solemn address from the Oval Office, “I hope that I will have hastened the start of the process of healing which is so desperately needed in America.”
Just before noon the next day, Nixon officially ended his term as the 37th president of the United States. Before departing with his family in a helicopter from the White House lawn, he smiled farewell and enigmatically raised his arms in a victory or peace salute. The helicopter door was then closed, and the Nixon family began their journey home to San Clemente, California. Minutes later, Vice President Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the 38th president of the United States in the East Room of the White House. After taking the oath of office, President Ford spoke to the nation in a television address, declaring, “My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.” He later pardoned Nixon for any crimes he may have committed while in office, explaining that he wanted to end the national divisions created by the Watergate scandal.
On June 17, 1972, five men, including a salaried security coordinator for President Nixon’s reelection committee, were arrested for breaking into and illegally wiretapping the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Washington, D.C., Watergate complex. Soon after, two other former White House aides were implicated in the break-in, but the Nixon administration denied any involvement. Later that year, reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward of The Washington Post discovered a higher-echelon conspiracy surrounding the incident, and a political scandal of unprecedented magnitude erupted.
In May 1973, the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities, headed by Senator Sam Ervin of North Carolina, began televised proceedings on the rapidly escalating Watergate affair. One week later, Harvard law professor Archibald Cox was sworn in as special Watergate prosecutor. During the Senate hearings, former White House legal counsel John Dean testified that the Watergate break-in had been approved by former Attorney General John Mitchell with the knowledge of White House advisers John Ehrlichman and H.R. Haldeman, and that President Nixon had been aware of the cover-up. Meanwhile, Watergate prosecutor Cox and his staff began to uncover widespread evidence of political espionage by the Nixon reelection committee, illegal wiretapping of thousands of citizens by the administration, and contributions to the Republican Party in return for political favors.
In July, the existence of what were to be called the Watergate tapes–official recordings of White House conversations between Nixon and his staff–was revealed during the Senate hearings. Cox subpoenaed these tapes, and after three months of delay President Nixon agreed to send summaries of the recordings. Cox rejected the summaries, and Nixon fired him. His successor as special prosecutor, Leon Jaworski, leveled indictments against several high-ranking administration officials, including Mitchell and Dean, who were duly convicted.
Public confidence in the president rapidly waned, and by the end of July 1974 the House Judiciary Committee had adopted three articles of impeachment against President Nixon: obstruction of justice, abuse of presidential powers, and hindrance of the impeachment process. On July 30, under coercion from the Supreme Court, Nixon finally released the Watergate tapes. On August 5, transcripts of the recordings were released, including a segment in which the president was heard instructing Haldeman to order the FBI to halt the Watergate investigation. Three days later, Nixon announced his resignation.
At the Republican National Convention in Miami, Richard M. Nixon and Spiro T. Agnew are chosen as the presidential and vice-presidential nominees for the upcoming election. In his speech accepting the nomination, Nixon promised to “bring an honorable end to the war in Vietnam” and to inaugurate “an era of…
1973 Vice President Agnew under attack
Vice President Agnew branded reports that he took kickbacks from government contracts in Maryland as “damned lies.” Agnew had taken a lot of heat in the media when he assumed a lead position as Nixon’s point man on Vietnam. He frequently attacked the student protest movement, blaming the…
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TROUBLE IN TIBET – REGIME CHANGE THROUGH MEDITATION
The problem of military occupation in Tibet needs resolution which may demand ‘Regime Change’. If occupation poses problem, it exists outside mind of person experiencing the problem. Meditation may bring about some change in electrical activity of brain and that change in activity can be sustained by the person who practices meditation. However, there is no reason to suggest or expect any change in electrical activity of brain of any person who imposes the burden called occupation.
Meditation may help to bring ‘Regime Change’ if physical activity follows mental activity taking advantage of change in electrical activity of brain induced by practice of meditation.
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Neuroscientist Richie Davidson Says Dalai Lama Gave Him ‘a Total Wake-Up Call’ that Changed His Research Forever
- By Lauren Effron
Jul 27, 2016, 2:00 PM ET
Dr. Richie Davidson, a neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been meditating for more than 40 years, but it was the Dalai Lama himself who convinced him to dedicate his life to researching the effects of meditation on the brain.
“He challenged me, saying, ‘You’ve been using the tools of modern neuroscience to mostly study anxiety, depression and fear, all these negative feelings. Why can’t you use these same tools to study qualities like kindness and compassion and equanimity?’ And I didn’t have a very good answer for him,” Davidson said. “It was a total wake-up call for me and really was a pivotal catalyst.”
Davidson, who founded the Center for Healthy Minds, met the Dalai Lama in 1992 and has since gone on to conduct multiple studies on mindfulness, compassion and cognitive therapy training. He talked about his research and personal meditation practice with ABC News’ Dan Harris for his “10% Happier” live stream/podcast show.
Early in his career, Davidson said he “became a closet meditator and didn’t talk to any of my colleagues about my interest in meditation … [the Dalai Lama] played a major role in me coming out of the closet and encouraging serious scientific research in this area.”
His relationship with His Holiness led to Davidson and his colleagues to conduct a study a few years ago looking at the brain scans of Buddhist monks as they meditated. The Dalai Lama had granted permission for his monks to have their brains studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, home to one of the most renowned brain labs in the world.
Davidson’s team flew in monks from Tibet and Nepal for the study and asked them to meditate while undergoing EEG, MRI and FMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) scans. When they first looked at the scans, Davidson said the results were so shocking, he thought the equipment was malfunctioning.
“What we saw in these individuals, not a burst of gamma, but a long duration [of activity] for minutes while they were meditating, which is crazy,” Davidson said. “This had never been seen in a human brain before.” Typically in an “untrained mind,” Davidson said, a burst of activity would last for about one second, but the monks could sustain it.
“And [they] can turn it on pretty much at will,” he said. “Any of us can have it and we may not be able to sustain it, that’s the difference … a thought will come into our mind and we’ll get lost in it for a few minutes, and so the ability to sustain it I think really requires much more practice.”
As a scientist, Davidson has been criticized in the past for his close relationship with the Dalai Lama, a religious figure. Davidson also has been questioned about whether he is biased toward a certain outcome in his research because he has been practicing meditation for decades. But Davidson argued that his personal practice and the Dalai Lama’s support are beneficial to his work.
“I understand the concern and really my push back is simply that we are trying to do the science at the highest possible level with the most integrity,” Davidson said. “And I actually believe that if you’re going to study meditation scientifically then you’ve got to meditate yourself…. It would be like telling a cardiologist that they can’t do any physical exercise for the rest of their active career because they’re biased.”
Every morning, Davidson said he will do a period of meditation and then take two to three minutes to scan his calendar for meetings. Then for a few seconds, Davidson said he pauses to reflect on how he can bring “the right stuff” to each meeting in order to “be present and be most helpful.”
“I can go through a day where I have 10 straight hours of meetings and at the end of that period feel totally nourished and refreshed,” he said.
His advice for those who want to start meditating was to commit to a daily practice for at least 30 days, but set a reasonable amount of time.
“There are published studies which show as little as eight minutes of meditation can actually produce a measurable objective change, but again it says nothing about how long these changes will last,” Davidson said. “It doesn’t matter how small that number is, but do it every day.”
TROUBLE IN TIBET – LEGACY OF THE BIGGEST MASS MURDERER OF THE WORLD
Trouble in Tibet stands for Legacy of the Biggest Mass Murderer of the world. It is not a past historical event. His Legacy is alive today for the Monster that he created lives in pursuit of the Doctrine of Expansionism.
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Remembering the biggest mass murder in the history of the world
BY ILYA SOMIN AUGUST 03
Chinese peasants suffering from the effects of the Great Leap Forward.
Who was the biggest mass murderer in the history of the world? Most people probably assume that the answer is Adolf Hitler, architect of the Holocaust. Others might guess Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, who may indeed have managed to kill even more innocent people than Hitler did, many of them as part of a terror famine that likely took more lives than the Holocaust. But both Hitler and Stalin were outdone by Mao Zedong. From 1958 to 1962, his Great Leap Forward policy led to the deaths of up to 45 million people – easily making it the biggest episode of mass murder ever recorded.
Historian Frank Dikötter, author of the important book Mao’s Great Famine recently published an article in History Today, summarizing what happened:
Mao thought that he could catapult his country past its competitors by herding villagers across the country into giant people’s communes. In pursuit of a Utopian paradise, everything was collectivised. People had their work, homes, land, belongings and livelihoods taken from them. In collective canteens, food, distributed by the spoonful according to merit, became a weapon used to force people to follow the party’s every dictate. As incentives to work were removed, coercion and violence were used instead to compel famished farmers to perform labour on poorly planned irrigation projects while fields were neglected.
A catastrophe of gargantuan proportions ensued. Extrapolating from published population statistics, historians have speculated that tens of millions of people died of starvation. But the true dimensions of what happened are only now coming to light thanks to the meticulous reports the party itself compiled during the famine….
What comes out of this massive and detailed dossier is a tale of horror in which Mao emerges as one of the greatest mass murderers in history, responsible for the deaths of at least 45 million people between 1958 and 1962. It is not merely the extent of the catastrophe that dwarfs earlier estimates, but also the manner in which many people died: between two and three million victims were tortured to death or summarily killed, often for the slightest infraction. When a boy stole a handful of grain in a Hunan village, local boss Xiong Dechang forced his father to bury him alive. The father died of grief a few days later. The case of Wang Ziyou was reported to the central leadership: one of his ears was chopped off, his legs were tied with iron wire, a ten kilogram stone was dropped on his back and then he was branded with a sizzling tool – punishment for digging up a potato.
The basic facts of the Great Leap Forward have long been known to scholars. Dikötter’s work is noteworthy for demonstrating that the number of victims may have been even greater than previously thought, and that the mass murder was more clearly intentional on Mao’s part, and included large numbers of victims who were executed or tortured, as opposed to “merely” starved to death. Even the previously standard estimates of 30 million or more,would still make this the greatest mass murder in history.
While the horrors of the Great Leap Forward are well known to experts on communism and Chinese history, they are rarely remembered by ordinary people outside China, and has had only a modest cultural impact. When Westerners think of the great evils of world history, they rarely think of this one. In contrast to the numerous books, movies, museums, and and remembrance days dedicated to the Holocaust, we make little effort to recall the Great Leap Forward, or to make sure that society has learned its lessons. When we vow “never again,” we don’t often recall that it should apply to this type of atrocity, as well as those motivated by racism or antisemitism.
The fact that Mao’s atrocities resulted in many more deaths than those of Hitler does not necessarily mean he was the more evil of the two. The greater death toll is partly the result of the fact that Mao ruled over a much larger population for a much longer time. I lost several relatives in the Holocaust myself, and have no wish to diminish its significance. But the vast scale of Chinese communist atrocities puts them in the same general ballpark. At the very least, they deserve far more recognition than they currently receive.
I. Why We so Rarely Look Back on the Great Leap Forward
What accounts for this neglect? One possible answer is that the most of the victims were Chinese peasants – people who are culturally and socially distant from the Western intellectuals and media figures who have the greatest influence over our historical consciousness and popular culture. As a general rule, it is easier to empathize with victims who seem similar to ourselves.
But an even bigger factor in our relative neglect of the Great Leap Forward is that it is part of the general tendency to downplay crimes committed by communist regimes, as opposed to right-wing authoritarians. Unlike in the days of Mao, today very few western intellectuals actually sympathize with communism. But many are reluctant to fully accept what a great evil it was, fearful – perhaps – that other left-wing causes might be tainted by association.
The social-political movement launched in May 1966 by Mao Zedong followed a botched industrialization campaign where millions starved. It’s a sensitive period in modern China’s history. That’s why this museum filled with relics from China’s “Red Era”, is one of a kind. From busts to badges, plates to posters – Chairman Mao and his vision are everywhere. (Reuters)
In China, the regime has in recent years admitted that Mao made “mistakes” and allowed some degree of open discussion about this history. But the government is unwilling to admit that the mass murder was intentional and continues to occasionally suppress and persecute dissidents who point out the truth.
This reluctance is an obvious result of the fact that the Communist Party still rules China. Although they have repudiated many of Mao’s specific policies, the regime still derives much of its legitimacy from his legacy. I experienced China’s official ambivalence on this subject first-hand, when I gave a talk about the issue while teaching a course as a visiting professor at a Chinese University in 2014.
II. Why it Matters.
For both Chinese and westerners, failure to acknowledge the true nature of the Great Leap Forward carries serious costs. Some survivors of the Great Leap Forward are still alive today. They deserve far greater recognition of the horrible injustice they suffered. They also deserve compensation for their losses, and the infliction of appropriate punishment on the remaining perpetrators.
In addition, our continuing historical blind spot about the crimes of Mao and other communist rulers, leads us to underestimate the horrors of such policies, and makes it more likely that they might be revived in the future. The horrendous history of China, the USSR, and their imitators, should have permanently discredited socialism as completely as fascism was discredited by the Nazis. But it has not – so far – fully done so.
Just recently, the socialist government of Venezuela imposed forced labor on much of its population. Yet most of the media coverage of this injustice fails to note the connection to socialism, or that the policy has parallels in the history of the Soviet Union, China, Cuba, and other similar regimes. One analysis even claims that the real problem is not so much “socialism qua socialism,” but rather Venezuela’s “particular brand of socialism, which fuses bad economic ideas with a distinctive brand of strongman bullying,” and is prone to authoritarianism and “mismanagement.” The author simply ignores the fact that “strongman bullying” and “mismanagement” are typical of socialist states around the world. The Scandinavian nations – sometimes cited as examples of successful socialism- are not actually socialist at all, because they do not feature government ownership of the means of production, and in many ways have freer markets than most other western nations.
Venezuela’s tragic situation would not surprise anyone familiar with the history of the Great Leap Forward. We would do well to finally give history’s largest episode of mass murder the attention it deserves.
Ilya Somin is Professor of Law at George Mason University. His research focuses on constitutional law, property law, and popular political participation. He is the author of “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain” and “Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter.”