INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos Syria shuts off internet access across the country | World news The government has previously cut phone lines and internet access in areas where regime forces are conducting major military operations. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images Syrian officials shut down nationwide internet access on Thursday and closed Damascus airport as rebels mounted offensives nearby and tried to advance on the capital from four directions. Phone networks were also crippled in much of the country, causing fear and confusion on both sides and fuelling claims that a new rebel push was gaining momentum. Syria's information minister blamed "terrorists" for the outage, but the communications shutdown was seen as an attempt to stymie rebel moves as militias try to co-ordinate an assault on Damascus. Opposition groups have also been advancing in northern Syria, particularly near the second city, Aleppo, where the downing of two regime aircraft with surface to air missiles this week has given impetus to a rebel campaign that had become a series of attritional battles.
India and Pakistan -- On the Nuclear Threshold - Mozilla Firefox By Joyce Battle National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 6 For more information contact: Joyce Battle 202/994-7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org Washington, D.C. – This briefing book contains material from the National Security Archive's project on U.S. policy toward South Asia, which is documenting nuclear developments in India and Pakistan from the 1950s to the present. The project is creating a comprehensive history of nuclear developments in South Asia, including weapons programs in India and Pakistan, as well as international efforts to curtail proliferation in the region. China's role as a leading provider of sensitive technology to Pakistan has repeatedly strained U.S. This project receives generous support from the W. Briefing Book Documents The documents in the briefing book date from 1961 to 1983. During the early 1960s, India under Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru strongly advocated global disarmament, but was apprehensive about China's nuclear weapons program.
République des Philippines 1 Situation géographique 2 Données démolinguistiques On comptait 93,8 millions d’habitants en 2010, dont la plupart sont des descendants de Proto-Indonésiens et des Malais qui ont occupé les îles par vagues successives. 2.1 Les ethnies philippines Les ethnies philippines sont très nombreuses, mais les groupes numériquement les plus importants sont les Tagalogs (ou Filipino), les Visayas (ou Cebuano), les Ilocano (ou Iloco), les Ilongo (ou Hiligaynon), les Bicol, les Waray-Waray, les Métis (ou Mestizo), les Bilocano (Albay), les Pangasinan, les Maranao, les Magindanaw , les Tausug et les Chinois Han-Min. Ces populations se sont métissés au cours de leur longue histoire avec des Indiens, des Chinois, des Arabes, des Espagnols et des Américains, le tout ponctué par des visites de marchands et de commerçants d'outre-mer. 2.2 Les langues philippines Le linguistique américain Robert A. Voici quelques exemples entre différentes langues philippines (source: Wikipedia) : 2.3 Le filipino (tagalog)
Arab spring leads surge in events captured on cameraphones | World news In 2011, cameraphones entered the mainstream of photojournalism due to a combination of the Arab uprisings, the Occupy protests and improved technology. The Guardian, wire agencies and major broadcasters used many more cameraphone and video images. The New York Times said its use has increased a hundredfold. "That's largely because of the Arab spring", said Michele McNally, assistant managing editor for photography at the New York Times. She said citizen media was an "instant document" of an event rather than a replacement for skilled photojournalism. Al-Jazeera's citizen media service Sharek received about 1,000 cameraphone videos during the Egyptian uprising against Hosni Mubarak. Riyaad Minty, its head of social media, said: "Post Egypt, in places like Libya, Yemen and Syria, citizens posting online have been the primary lens through which people have been able to see what is happening on the ground. "Globally our sales figures this year were up 250%.
South Asia | Indian PM defends Pakistan talks Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said his country had no choice but to hold peace talks with Pakistan. He said the alternative was to go to war which was not in anyone's interest. Speaking in parliament, Mr Singh said he believed that Islamabad had made some progress in its investigation into last year's Mumbai attacks. The leaders of the two countries met recently in Egypt and agreed to restart talks, but the move was heavily criticised in India. 'Harsh reality' "I say with strength and conviction that dialogue is the best way forward," Mr Singh said on Wednesday. "The harsh reality of the modern world power structure is that when it comes to matters of our own self interest… we have to help ourselves. The BBC's Sanjoy Majumder in Delhi says a joint statement issued after the meeting between Mr Singh and his Pakistani counterpart, Yousuf Raza Gilani, in Egypt two weeks ago had led to a major political fallout in India. Mr Singh said there was no option but to engage with Pakistan.
Managing the Danger from Pakistan's Nuclear Stockpile Pakistan has a large and growing nuclear arsenal. The United States has provided substantial assistance to improve the security of Pakistan’s arsenal, such that today it is largely safe and secure during peacetime. The greater danger, however, is Pakistan might place its nuclear forces on alert during a crisis with India. Such a move would disrupt many carefully designed security procedures and expose Pakistan’s nuclear weapons to much greater risks of theft or unauthorized use. Perversely, US security assistance to Pakistan’s nuclear program could exacerbate the very fears that would push Islamabad, in a crisis, to alert its forces. As a result, the United States should take care to ensure that security assistance does not reinforce Pakistani fears that such assistance is a “Trojan horse” intended to compromise the security of Pakistan’s arsenal. For the full text of this paper, please download the PDF version.
Pakistan, India to exchange nuclear data ISLAMABAD, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan and India will exchange lists of nuclear installations and facilities on Saturday in spite of tension over the 2008 Mumbai attacks that has disrupted the dialogue process between the two countries. The two countries exchange the list of nuclear sites on the first day of every new year under an agreement signed in 1988 and came into force in January 1991. The first exchange took place on Jan 1, 1992, under the Agreement on Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear Installations and Facilities between Pakistan and India. The lists will be handed over to officers of the Pakistani and Indian high commissions in Islamabad and New Delhi. This will be the 20th consecutive list exchange between the two countries. Pakistan and India conducted tit-for-tat nuclear tests in 1998. India conducted its first nuclear test in 1974, followed by five more in 1998. Neither India nor Pakistan is a signatory to the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
India and Pakistan: what the most-favoured-nation decision means Author: Rajiv Kumar, FICCI Pakistan’s decision to grant India most favoured nation (MFN) trading status opens up many potential benefits for both countries; existing trade arrangements will be improved and new opportunities will emerge as bilateral trade is normalised. At present, a great deal of trade occurs via Dubai, a situation which is inefficient and fraught with illegalities effectively functioning as behind-the-border barriers to trade. Indian products that arrive in Pakistan through this process include tyres, auto components, pharmaceuticals, engineering products, pans, chemicals and some textiles. Intra-industry trade should increase as the MFN agreement takes effect, and a large number of multinational corporations will likely set up their plants to serve both markets. At present, there is some justified concern in Pakistan that its local industries will be adversely affected by a surge in exports from India.
PM Urges Zardari to Stop India-targeted Terrorism Pushing Pakistan to act against India-directed terrorism, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday told President Asif Ali Zardari that expeditious conclusion of the Mumbai terror attack trial in that country will be a "major"Confidence Building Measure in bilateral relations. During a meeting between the two leaders that lasted more than half-an-hour, Singh underlined India's terrorism-related concerns. Singh "underlined our terrorism-related concerns” and pressed for an expeditious conclusion of the 26/11 trial. Singh was accompanied by External Affairs Minister S.M. Singh told Zardari action in the Mumbai attack trial in Pakistan will be a major CBM, help in bridging the trust deficit and build public support for the kind of relationship India would like to see between the two nations. Zardari reiterated his invitation to the Indian leader to visit Pakistan and Singh thanked him for the gracious invitation.
Indian foreign minister to visit Islamabad for talks ISLAMABAD: The foreign ministers of Pakistan and India will hold talks in Islamabad next week as the nuclear-armed rivals seek to advance the delicate process of normalising ties. India’s SM Krishna will visit the Pakistani capital from September 7 to 9 for meetings with his counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar, the foreign ministry said in a statement. The trip comes after President Asif Ali Zardari met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of a summit in Tehran on Thursday. The two countries resumed peace talks in February last year after New Delhi suspended them in the wake of terror attacks on India’s financial capital Mumbai in November 2008 that left 166 people dead. Analyst Hasan Askari warned the meeting was unlikely to yield anything substantial beyond an agreement to continue talks.