In May last year US President Barack Obama announced on special press conference the death of most wanted and most hunted person in the world, Osama bin Laden, in Pakistani city of Abbottabad. At that moment we all wanted to know more, to dive deep into the details of covered SEAL mission, to see bin Laden corpse and to learn how US intelligence finally traced Al-Qaeda leader. Over the last year we saw that incredible picture of Obama’s closest team watching live stream of action in bin Laden compound, we hear the story how Al-Qaeda leaders body rests at the bottom of Arabian Sea, and got a chance to discuss the general details of what happen in the compound on that night. Now we have a chance to trace bin Laden’s journey from 9/11 to May 2011 in Abbottabad through the Peter L. Bergen newest book, Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search For Bin Laden – From 9/11 to Abbottabad.
SURREY – Committee To Protect Journalists, renewed independent and non-governmental organization devoted to promotion press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal, issued recent two important annual reports. According to CPJ’s report on journalist imprisonment in 2011 number of those put behind bars jumped worldwide and Iran is leader, while Pakistan is a worldwide deadliest nation. Continue reading
SURREY – For the first time in decades and especially in last five years Conservatives are able to form majority government and fulfill all their promises to Canadian people, but not only to them. Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, and his team will need to do more on improvement of Canadian picture on international scene and rediscover lost pride and role played in the past in all important issues for world causes and crises. In last five years Stephen Harper used four of his MP’s as Foreign Ministers and it seems that every single of them was not suitable enough to repair what was in need to repair and fulfill expectations of Canadian and international public.
Richard Holbrooke is one of the most active U.S. diplomats in last fifteens years, two of three last administrations used his services in highly important missions in Bosnia, on Kosovo and today in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In a moments when WikiLeaks is reporting about sever abuses of human rights in Iraq, what could leave a great impact on Afghanistan and Pakistan army and diplomatic leaders are reaching media in effort to supress effects. Both sides confirmed that Talibans are reaching officials in Kabul in some sort of peace talks, but Holbrooke is not confident to say that Karzai administration and Talibans are conducting peace negotiations.
U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton said in an interview to Fox News that someone in Pakistani government knows precise location of the most wanted world terrorist Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman Al-Zavahiri. In further explanation Mrs. Clinton said that knowledge would likely not to be in the top level of Pakistani’s government but it’s very possible to be in bureaucratic levels of administration.
“If there were a terrorist somewhere in a remote place in the United States, some sheriff, some local state policeman, somebody in our collective government would probably know there was something suspicious going on. I assume somebody in this [Pakistani] government from top to bottom does know where bin Laden is, and I’d like to know, too”, said Mrs. Clinton.
Mrs. Clinton is strongly confident that stronger relation between U.S. and Pakistan would give more results as it was in previous cases when joint forces captured several key al-Qaida officials. Those are given as reference on previous condition of bilateral relations inherited from previous governments in both states. Parts of U.S. political and social society are concerned about additional U.S. financial aid in Pakistan. State Secretary is firmly secure that bilateral relationship will even have a “long-term benefit” for the trouble U.S. economy as well.
“We’ve created a much closer, cooperative relationship between the United States and Pakistan in going after what are now common enemies. I don’t want to put a proximity or timeline on it … but I won’t be satisfied until we get [him],” she said.
She also wants to improve bureaucratic cooperation because that would help to gather quality information’s and help to capture bin Laden.
India and Pakistan are planning to launch international diplomatic campaigns to retrieve from United Kingdom historical artefacts taken colonial rule. India will launch campaign backed by UN and it will renew its long-time demand that Britain return the many historical artefacts and cultural objects.
This request for once more will include legendary diamond Koh-I-Noor, which is housed in London Tower and British Museum. British High Commission in New Delhi rejects India’s claims, but is unclear how they will deal with international backed campaign.
British government in this case always puts in forward law and regulations that any of artefacts which are “legally” acquired can’t be returned to the place of origin. Also if they accept to return artefacts, especially diamonds which are a part of Queen’s collections and crowns, Her Majesty’s fortune will be extremely devaluated and her status in royal world will be considerably damaged.
Many of the British museum and other cultural institutions will also stay out of their most representative collections and it wouldn’t be surprised if some of them would be forced to close their doors on temporary or permanent basis.
In a same tame Pakistan is planning to start own diplomatic campaign, with plausible joint activities with India, with same requests date in time before partition of India on two states in 1947.
Indian national agency responsible for the historical monuments ASI reveals that their campaign will be supported by UNESCO and other former British colonies.
“As efforts so far to reclaim stolen treasures have proved futile, UNESCO support is required for launching an international campaign to achieve this end. Not only India – various other countries like Mexico, Peru, China, Bolivia, Cyprus and Guatemala have also voiced the same concern to get back their stolen and looted antiquities and to join the international campaign”, said Mr. Gautam Sengupta, ASI director, to The National Newspapers.
India is looking to take back artefacts as Koh-I-Noor, which was taken from Lahore; Badshahnama, a historical document that belonged to the Mughal Emperor and builder of Taj Mahal Shah Jahan; a figure of mythical Huma bird that was part of the throne of Tipu Sultan; and the throne of Ranjit Singh who was the king of Punjab. According to antiquities collectors contacted by The National Newspapers the best way to retrieve mentioned artefacts will be to ensure enough money to collectors and to buy them on auctions.
Historian and columnist for New Delhi Sunday Guardian, Akheilesh Mittal, that disputes over ownership on artefacts is British tactic. He already take some action on this issue and wrote an letter to HRM Elizabeth II asking her to return those artefacts explaining that those artefacts are not important to Britain, but that they are highly important to India.
“If that had been the case, there was no reason why the British would not return Greek Elgin Marbles because of its sole ownership. Most of the objects are held like prisoners of war. They mean nothing to the British; they are important to Indians”, said Mr. Mittal.
On the other side of border in Pakistan culture minister Jilani stated that they already try to do something similar in 1979, and he thinks is a right time to try again. He is also in favour of international cooperation in this case what will presumably bring more results than individual actions.
It`s also expected that in this fight enormous roles will be played by Greece and Egypt, two countries highly interested in return of their expropriated historical artefacts. Egypt already has political and diplomatic fights with Britain for artefacts stolen by Howard Carter from Tutankhamen tomb, with France for several small and large important artefacts and with Germany for statue of Queen Hatshepsut.
After all we can conclude that this renewed request for return of expropriated historical values will be fight between Indian-Pakistani coalition against HM The Queen and her government.
In case of Egypt’s request for return of stolen goods I said that they request from Germany to return Queen Hatshepstut statue, there was suppose to stay “Queen Nefetiti”. I am really sorry for this inconvenience, my apology to everyone.