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FBI And CIA ‘Turf War’ Scuppered Secret Plan That Could Have Thwarted 9/11, David Davis Claims

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 28, 2012

Is this just politics within politics or another drama? Otherwise why has it taken so long to come out?:

Infighting between US intelligence agencies delayed a secret plan to tap every phone in Afghanistan that could have helped prevent the September 11 attacks, a senior Conservative MP has claimed.

Speaking in the House of Commons on Wednesday evening, David Davis, the former shadow home secretary, said the American government then attempted to cover up its embarrassment by shutting down a series of court cases, including one in London, that arose from the intelligence operation.

Davis was using the case to provide a warning against proposals by the British government to bring in similar powers in courts that would suppress any embarrassing intelligence failures.

He told MPs that in 1998, the Taliban decided Afghanistan needed a new phone network. As no domestic companies had the necessary expertise, they invited foreign companies to bid for the rights to build the network. The company they chose was called Telephone Systems International.

Based in New Jersey, TSI was owned by one Ehsanollah Bayat, a Kabul-born American citizen – who unknown to the Taliban was also an FBI informer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Al Qaeda Should Be Assessed $9.3 Billion For Damage Caused By 9/11 Attacks, New York Judge Recommends

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 15, 2011

What’s the point to decide that never implements­?
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10th Anniversary: All about 9/11

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 11, 2011

For the tenth anniversary of 9/11:

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Shilpa Shetty’s ‘The Desire’ to be screened at New York film fest

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 4, 2011

‘The Desire,’ a Hindi feature film scripted and directed by R. Sarath, has


been selected to the New York City International Film Festival, 2011. It will be screened on August 24. Produced by Sunanda Shetty under the banner of Ten Golden Star, and co-produced by Shi yun, the film is perhaps the first Indo-Chinese collaborative production.

Shilpa Shetty and Chinese actor Xia Yu play the lead roles. Anupam Kher, Jayapradha, Vikram Gokhale, and Asif enact important characters in the movie. Sankar Ehsan Loy and Viswamohan Bhat have composed the music. Shot in Kerala, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh in India and in various locales in Malayasia,

The Hindu : Arts / Cinema : Shilpa Shetty’s ‘The Desire’ to be screened at New York film fest.

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110 Stories Project Promises To Show Twin Towers From Anywhere (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 21, 2011

A full rebuilding of the site is still several years away, and if demand for office space improves. Here is a progress report on the main features of the new center: http://ram­kshrestha.­wordpress.­com/2011/0­5/08/a-wor­ld-trade-c­enter-prog­ress-repor­t/
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Early French Reaction To News That DSK Case May Collapse

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 1, 2011


Reaction in France to the bombshell news from U.S. that prosecutors’ case against former International Monetary Fund

Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, June 6, 2011. (Photo: Eric Feferberg / AFP Getty Images)

head Dominique Strauss-Kahn for attempted rape and sexual assault was nearing collapse has thus far been muted—though that’s certain to change when the nation’s talking heads awake and learn of the late-breaking information out of New York. However, awaiting response from the pundits, politicians, and average news junkies who will inevitably air analyses of this latest twist in the extremely high-profile affair, here’s a preview of what we’ll be inclined to to hear—or not:

  • Caution, caution, then a bit more caution: Because the May arrest and indictment of Strauss-Kahn provoked claims of his innocence that were as categorical as the opposing condemnation that the notorious sexual predator should have been unmasked years ago, French reactions aired in hindsight Friday are bound to be more measured. Indeed, awaiting the still slumbering talking heads who assumed the role of lead bloviators the first time around, France’s media have thus far played the story about as straight as possible—and with a degree of wait-and-see that was rare in May. “Accusations Against DSK May Fall Apart” headlined le Monde online, an almost literal translation of the New York Times story that le Monde dispassionately details. (Daily rival Libération went the same route, with almost an identical headline.)Similarly, news radio station France Info led with the stunning news early Friday, but was equally carefully in recounting the contents of the original Times piece, and remained strictly conditional about the doubts and consequences it involves. Meanwhile, in deference to the numerous unexpected twists in—and intemperate reactions to— the DSK case already, France Info‘s only editorial addition to the dramatic news of prosecutors’ questioning aspects of the victim’s credibility was the sage comment, “what a mess”.
  • Shift targets of suspicion: As the various elements of his dilemma gradually lined up against him, Strauss-Kahn’s French backers found it increasingly difficult to continue flatly refuting the charges against him  as fabrication, a conspiracy, or a French-bashing miscarriage of justice. As a result, his supporters fell back to reminders about presumption of innocence—and attacks of an American justice system that they (and many others in France) found brutal in its humiliating presumption of guilt. It’s that theme we’re likely to see reprised in the early hours of Friday—and explode if American courts decide to dismiss the charges or relax the conditions of DSK’s release during a new hearing expected Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

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New Year, Old Battles For US Leaders

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 3, 2011

As millions of Americans welcome in 2011 with celebrations and fireworks, U.S. politicians are greeting the new decade with some familiar promises.

Far removed from raucous New Year celebrations like the one in New York City’s Times Square, U.S, President Barack Obama had a somber message for the American people.

“We’re still just emerging from a once-in-a-lifetime recession that’s taken a terrible toll on millions of families,” said President Obama.  “We all have friends and neighbors trying to get their lives back on track.”

In his weekly address, Mr. Obama promised to work harder to strengthen the country’s shaky economy recovery, and said recent economic data suggests the situation is starting to improve. Read the rest of this entry »

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WikiLeaks Nepal Document: UN chief to appoint Haiti cholera panel

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 18, 2010

An expert scientific panel will be appointed to investigate the origin of the cholera outbreak in Haiti, says the United

UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon touched on a wide range of subjects including Haiti, WikiLeaks and the Ivory Coast elections in a year-end speech in New York on Friday. (Associated Press) Read more:

Nations secretary general.

Details of the independent panel, which will include world-renowned microbiologists and epidemiologists, among others, will be rolled out as soon as possible, Ban Ki-moon told reporters in New York on Friday in his year-end speech.

“We want to make the best efforts to get to the bottom of this outbreak and get the answers the people of Haiti deserve.”

Since it emerged in late October, the disease has spread throughout much of Haiti, killing 2,535 people and sickening 114,497more. The UN says up to 650,000 people in Haiti could get cholera over the next six months.

There is widespread belief in Haiti that UN peacekeepers from Nepal are the source of the disease. A French epidemiologist, who studied the outbreak on behalf of the Haitian and French governments, came to the same conclusion.

In his wide-ranging speech Ban also touched on the recent elections in the Ivory Coast. Ban said Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo must step down and hand power over to opposition leader Alassane Ouattara. Read the rest of this entry »

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The 8 Sexiest Subway Systems In The World (PHOTOS, POLL)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 21, 2010

I have been to Moscow, London, Parish, Beijing and Spain Metros. I think the Moscow one is the best.
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