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Israel's quandary over the rising Iranian nuclear threat, Indian and Pakistani leaders meet and unusually critical commentaries in China's state-run media.

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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attends an unveiling ceremony of new nuclear projects in Tehran in this February 15, 2012 file photo

Boxed In – The New York Times examines Israeli reaction to the latest International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report that sanctions have not slowed Iran’s nuclear program. “With the report that the country has already installed more than 2,100 centrifuges inside a virtually impenetrable underground laboratory, and that it has ramped up production of nuclear fuel, officials and experts here say the conclusions may force Israel to strike Iran or concede it is not prepared to act on its own,” it said.

Talking Points — India’s Firstpost assesses Thursday’s meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran. “[It] was remarkable as much for what was not discussed as for what was,” it wrote. Pakistan’s Dawn agrees: “[It] achieved little beyond [Pakistan] reiterating the desire for close bilateral relations and improved trade and the Indian leader saying little …”

Unusual Dissent – Following Xinhua news agency’s frank assessment that the government’s “failure to minimize deadly man-made accidents” endangers “the people’s trust,” China’s state-run Global Times follows up with another critical commentary. Headlined “Rumors More Credible than Officials for Many Netizens,” it calls for “change in the long-standing mechanisms of information release, in which the authorities pay little attention to interaction with the public.”

Shifting Allegiances – The BBC interviews former Taliban fighters in Herat, Western Afghanistan, who are now siding with the government. One former commander said he joined the Taliban during the arrival of U.S.-led troops, as “they offered security at a time of insecurity.” His “alliance with the Taliban was not ideological but practical,” and it is pragmatism that has led him to switch sides, as he feels the government has become the stronger side. With foreign combat troops set to depart in 2014, he said, “we Afghans have to take the country for ourselves.”

Islam and Russia – Reuters reports on growing signs of insurgency in Russia’s largely Muslim Caucasus mountain lands, with 185 insurgency-related deaths and 168 injuries recorded in the first half of 2012 alone. Meanwhile, the Economist considers whether Tatarstan, another Muslim-majority region in Russia, which has for years been held up as “model of stability and tranquillity,” might be under threat from tensions between traditional Muslims and and the “rising influence” of Salafists, who follow a fundamentalist form of Islam.

Search Ended – Al Jazeera English writes that Australian officials have acknowledged there is no “realistic prospect of survivability” for 44 asylum seekers who went missing at sea en route to Australia, when their overcrowded boat sank in choppy seas. Reigniting the long-running debate on asylum in Australia, Richard Marles, the junior Foreign Minister, said “the emergency highlighted the need for Australia to urgently establish detention camps in the Pacific island states of Papua New Guinea and Nauru to hold asylum seekers who reach Australia by boat.”

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RebelSoldier
RebelSoldier

Isreal has enough A bombs for about 200 major cities around the globe and the nuclear submarines, thank you Germany, to send them on their journey. Instead of feeling safe they live in paranoia about their neighbors' aspirations in the nuclear arena. Why? I can only think that twentieth century history has damaged the national morale to such an extent that perhaps the greatest threat it faces is from its' own fears. Our fears can become our reality if we have the capability to act on them unhindered by anyone, and apparently because of the West's blood guilt in the slaughter of the Jews in the 1940's, they will be allowed to rush like lemming to their own ruin. If the misery the Jewish state has inflicted on the natives in this "Jewish homeland" had not been so cruel, one would be more pained by the irony. Unintended consequences is pretty much the entire history of Man.

JohnWV
JohnWV

Please gentle

moderator, this is relevant and needs to be said.

Israel

has ICBM nukes and openly threatens Iran, actually campaigns for war

against Iran. Israel, not Iran, is the warmonger. This

excerpt from Times of India of June 18, 2012 may contribute to

understanding of Israel's behavior.

RABBI

OVADIA Rabbi

Ovadia Yosef is the former Chief Rabbi of Israel and the spiritual

leader of the Shas party Israels “kingmaker” party . In a sermon

given on Saturday on laws concerning what non-Jews are permitted to

do on Shabbat, Yosef said: "Goyim [non-Jews] were born only to

serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world – only to

serve the People of Israel. Why are gentiles needed? They will work,

they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat."

According to Yosef, death has "no dominion" over non-Jews

in Israel. "With gentiles, it will be like any person - they

need to die, but [God] will give them longevity. Why? Imagine that

one’s donkey would die, they’d lose their money. This is his

servant... That’s why he gets a long life, to work well for this

Jew.”

MENACHEM

BEGIN

"Our race is the Master Race. We Jews are divine gods on this

planet. We are as different from the inferior races as they are from

insects. In fact, compared to our race, other races are beasts and

animals, cattle at best. Other races are considered as human

excrement. Our destiny is to rule over the inferior races. Our

earthly kingdom will be ruled by our leader with a rod of iron. The

masses will lick our feet and serve us as our slaves."

JohnWV
JohnWV

NO

MORE WARS! Israel has ICBM nukes and openly threatens Iran; actually

campaigns for war against Iran. Israel, not Iran, is the threat, the

warmonger. Resolution lies with lifting all sanctions and

compensating Iran for damages from the $$$ billions we will no longer

be giving the Jewish state. American foreign policy must again serve

American interests, not the Jewish state's relentless pursuit of

invulnerability, territorial conquest and apartheid supremacist

empire. NO MORE WARS!

JohnWV
JohnWV

However

did we get it all so backwards? As a signatory to the Non

Proliferation Treaty, Iran has an internationally recognized right to

develop and implement nuclear technology. Israel rejected the NPT and

has no such right. Yet, the Jewish state has ICBM nukes and openly

threatens Iran; actually campaigns for war against Iran. Israel, not

Iran, should be sanctioned and forced to reveal its nuclear

machinations to IAEA inspection. However did we get it all so

backwards?

JohnWV
JohnWV

Iran

is only Israel's current fixation. America's entire electoral system

has been corrupted by Netanyahu's Israel, AIPAC, Israel Firsters and

ingenious distribution of enormous amounts of Jewish money. Our

representative democracy is nearly defeated and the destruction of

America as we know it well underway. Termination of the criminal

treachery and treason demands immediate priority. The Government of

the United States must again serve American interests, not the Jewish

state's relentless pursuit of invulnerability, territorial conquest

and apartheid supremacist empire in, and beyond, the Mideast.