Pakistan’s LeT – As Dangerous to USA As Al-Qaida, Per CIA

Pakistan’s terrorist group, Lashkar-e–Toiba (“LeT“), is as dangerous a threat to Britain and the United States as Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida, according Bruce Riedel, former top-ranking CIA officer, reported Sunday Telegraph (of England) and The Times of India. Mr. Riedel, who served three US Presidents as a Middle East expert on the White House National…

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China Will Keep Buying US Treasuries – FT Reports It But NY Times & CNBC Ignore It

Last week, the Financial Times reported comments by Mr. Luo Ping, a Director-General of the China Banking Regulatory Commission in New York that China would continue to buy US Treasuries in spite of its misgivings about US finances.This is a big story and a big deal. China has the world’s largest holding of US Treasuries….

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“Has The Tail Begun To Wag The Dog Again?” – Pakistan Squeezes The Obama Administration & Laughs At India

Candidate Obama was forthright and decisive about the real war in Afghanistan and the need to “attack” targets in Pakistan if that proved necessary. Within two weeks of his inauguration, Pakistan has shown President Obama who rules the roost in the “Af-Pak” region, the new Washington slang for the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. Ironically, Pakistan was assisted in…

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First Snoop Dogg, Now Sylvester Stallone – Everyone Is Getting Aboard The Bolly-Holly Train

Editor’s Note: We would like to thank Mr. Raj Mundhe, a noted Financial Advisor in Boston and another reader for bringing this article to our attention.Alexandra Alter of the Wall Street Journal has written a detailed article about the drive to create a new genre of movies by Hollywood and the Indian Film Industry (Bollywood…

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Afghanistan & Vietnam – Newsweek, Zakaria, Stephanopoulos & Admiral Mullen

This morning, we saw George Stephanopoulos of ABC conduct a round-table on Afghanistan as “Obama’s Vietnam”.  Having written an article yesterday on this theme (“Afghanistan Is Today’s Vietnam Not Iraq” – http://www.cinemarasik.com/2009/01/31/afghanistan-is-todays-vietnam-not-iraq.aspx ),  we listened carefully. Frankly, we were depressed with the quality of analysis and knowledge of this group. It was a rehash of…

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Slumdog Millionaire – III – Comments By A Reader in Mumbai

Editor’s Note: We are pleased to print the comments (with his permission) sent by a reader in Mumbai.  For inquiring minds who would like to know, the reader is a veteran Investment Banker who runs an Asset Management Company.  This is our third article on Slumdog Millionaire.*Comments of a Reader from Mumbai – January 26,2009 While…

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Opinion In Washington Post By Asif Ali Zardari – President of Pak-i-Stan, nay Gall-i-Stan

American Media uses the word Pakistan every day without even pausing to wonder what that name means. The word “Stan” is a Persian derivative of the Sanskrut word “Sthan“ which means “abode of “ or “land of”. So, Afghanistan means Afghan-i-Stan, or the land of the Afghans and Tajikistan means the land of the Tajiks,…

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