Taliban Academy

…one of the five suicide bombing facilities….owned
and operated by the Haqqani Network in Serai Darpakhel…
…The undertaking or affidavit ‘esteshahadi’ … picture of would-be bomber, his name, his father’s name….family occupation, father’s political
affiliation….experience, if any, in militant activities.

Announcing graduate studies in “how to be a suicide bomber.” The Unique Selling Point: campus recruitment is 100%, they would like many more students!!!
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It was one of the many non-descript buildings around, located at the
dead-end of a small street inside Serai Darpakhel. “Go straight and
there is the door on the left”, we were told by a guard outside the
street. But even then it was hard to find the iron door, opposite
a power transformer and a heavy generator to ensure uninterrupted power
supply. 

For the unsuspecting outsiders, there was nothing
unusual about this place, except that it was known to all those who
lived nearby. It was a facility to indoctrinate and train suicide
bombers.


Step inside and there is a courtyard with big columns, mats spread out, bedrolling piled up in one corner.
Nothing unusual. Stairs lead to the upper portion painted in light cream and brown colours.

Plastered on one of the walls is a white banner inscribed with kalma and beneath it ‘the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’.

This
was one of the five suicide bombing facilities, locals now say, owned
and operated by the Haqqani Network in Serai Darpakhel, frequented by
would- be-bombers in their teens and twenties; Afghans and Mehsuds
mostly but boys from Mohmand and Orakzai too would turn up.



Rarely were the religious indoctrinators, mentors or those running
the centres seen outside the iron gate that shielded the dead-end house
from passersby.

No -one living in Serai Darpakhel knew who they were, except that it was a centre for suicide bombers.

Even
those brought or enrolled at the centre for ‘esteshahadi’ or martyrdom
were not allowed to step outside till the completion of his mandatory
two-month stay inside the centre.

The undertaking or affidavit all ‘esteshahadi’ friends were required to sign was elaborate.

It
had a printed colour picture of the would-be bomber, his name, assumed
name, his father’s name, age, address, education, personal contact
number, family contact number, family occupation, names of
friends and acquaintances, father’s past and present political
affiliation, the number of members in the family and their monthly
income and experience, if any, in militant activities.

And the
seven rules the ‘esteshahadi friend’ were required to live by were
pretty stringent too. The use of cell phones were neither allowed nor
considered necessary, the undertaking said. For two months, neither
would the enroller be allowed to go outside nor was he allowed to go out
without permission, it read.

He was also required to make no
attempt to befriend anyone else except his other ‘fidayi brothers’
teachers and mentors. He was supposed to hand-over his personal
belongings to the centre in-charge and ask for things he might need from
him. 

Other than that, things inside the centre were kept tight with a
strict regimen of praying, spiritual and religious indoctrination and
cooking, locals say.

Even a man, who came looking for his son, was
turned away by the centre’s administrator, feigning ignorance about his
whereabouts, a local resident recalls. It was only after a lot of
contacts here and there, that the centre reluctantly let the boy go.

Not
very far from Serai Darpakhel, drive to the main Miramshah bazaar. And
there is the two-storey building of what once was the Government Girls
Higher Secondary School. When militants first moved in and started
bombing schools, this too was soon abandoned and later occupied and
converted by militants of all hue and origin into a facility for
training and distribution of dead bodies on their arrival from
battlefield or of those killed in drone strikes.

The 450 to 500
girls were later shifted to continue their studies at a degree college
inside the military cantonment in Miramshah. The militants,
surprisingly, had no objection to that.

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Link: http://www.dawn.com/news/1118706/startling-facts-about-suicide-bombers-training-den

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The Caliphate turns radioactive (literally)

This is so much fun. Just like we have nuclear India and Pakistan ready to wipe out each other (and the world), we can look forward to a nuclear Shia-stan and Sunni-stan ready to annihilate the other. And if this was not fun inducing enough we have Gaza rockets targeting the Israeli nuclear reactor.

At this point we would just like to consult with a state-of-the-art crystal ball to know how things will be in a decade or so. The World survived the World Wars I and II, do we really have the ability to survive WWIII?
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Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific
research at a university in the country’s north, Iraq told the United
Nations in a letter appealing for help to “stave off the threat of their
use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad.”

Nearly 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of uranium compounds were kept at
Mosul University, Iraq’s U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told U.N.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the July 8 letter obtained by Reuters
on Wednesday.




“Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the
sites that came out of the control of the state,” Alhakim wrote, adding
that such materials “can be used in manufacturing weapons of mass
destruction.”



“These nuclear materials, despite the limited amounts mentioned, can
enable terrorist groups, with the availability of the required
expertise, to use it separate or in combination with other materials in
its terrorist acts,” said Alhakim.


He warned that they could also be smuggled out of Iraq.


A U.S. government source familiar with the matter said the materials
were not believed to be enriched uranium and therefore would be
difficult to use to manufacture into a weapon. Another U.S. official
familiar with security matters said he was unaware of this development
raising any alarm among U.S. authorities.



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Link: http://www.reuters.com/assets/print?aid=USKBN0FE2KT20140709

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Hindu Brotherhood: a seat at the high table

….Obama’s desire to strengthen economic relations…..
cooperate in enhancing energy security; deepen security cooperation,
including in maritime security, counter-terrorism and intelligence
exchange; expand consultation and coordination on Afghanistan; and, work
more broadly for security and prosperity in Asia.

What is with all the letter writing in the age of the internet?

It is a grand photo-op with a most optimistic goal: South Asia must remain part of the far-West (and not drift into a dalliance with Russia, China etc..).

It was inevitable, in the age of the trader or the Vaishya (or in the insult mode: baniya). America and India would like to do business first – ensure a bit of shared prosperity in exchange for a docile land-mass (aka security). 

We feel this is a sensible move, considering that China is scaring the shit out of everybody and the Middle East and Africa and East Europe are…scaring the shit out of everybody.

Then again it must be remembered that islanding does not work in the long term. South Asians will need to learn to live with each other, to stick their necks out of the bloody (literally) enclaves, stop the stupid bickering and get on with good governance for everyone. Only then we can have true progress.
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Extending a formal invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a
visit to the US, President Barack Obama has expressed keenness to work
closely with him to make the bilateral relations a “defining
partnership” in the 21st century.


Thanking Obama for the invitation, Modi said he looks forward to a
result-oriented visit in September with “concrete outcomes” that impart
“new momentum and energy” to the strategic partnership.



Obama’s letter of invitation was handed over to Modi by Deputy Secretary of State William Burns when he called on him here.

In his letter, Obama reiterated his invitation to Modi to visit
Washington in September and to work closely with him to make India-US
relations a “defining partnership” for the 21st century, a PMO statement
said today.


While receiving the letter, Modi said he looked forward to a
“result-oriented visit with concrete outcomes that impart new momentum
and energy to India-US strategic partnership”, the statement said.


The Prime Minister was of the view that re-energising the partnership
between India and the US would send an important message to the region
and beyond.


Articulating his vision for India-US relations, Modi said that the
relationship between the world’s oldest and largest democracies should
not only be for the benefit of the two countries, but “should emerge as a
powerful force of good for peace, stability and prosperity in the
world”.


Burns conveyed Obama’s desire to strengthen economic relations,
including in next-generation technologies and manufacturing sector;
cooperate in enhancing energy security; deepen security cooperation,
including in maritime security, counter-terrorism and intelligence
exchange; expand consultation and coordination on Afghanistan; and, work
more broadly for security and prosperity in Asia.


Modi saw immense opportunities for deepening cooperation across the full
spectrum of the relationship and laid special emphasis on involving
youth in creating new avenues of promoting cooperation between the two
countries.


The Prime Minister reiterated his desire to strengthen relations with all neighbours, the statement said.


Modi recalled Obama’s telephone call soon after he became the Prime
Minister in May and expressed his appreciation for the President’s
detailed and thoughtful letter.


National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh,
US Charge d’Affaires Kathleen Stephens and Assistant Secretary of State
for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal were also present in
the meeting.

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Link: http://www.outlookindia.com/news/printitem.aspx?849274

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‘Master Licensed Locksmith Since 1968’

Young kids today have a hard time talking to a person. They
don’t look you in the eye. They are constantly on their phones, on
their iPads, on the internet…..They work at jobs they don’t really like. They
only get an identity when they buy a home they can’t afford, …..a thousand dollar suit…two hundred dollar sneakers… Can all this
shit give you an identity? 

A grand old man who is an immigrant, a family man, a liberal, a rebel who struck out on his own, one who does not want the US to be globo-cop. His advice for ambitious but challenged youngsters would be to learn something useful to do with their hands. In our opinion he represents most faithfully the American spirit and sense of purpose.
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I pass a tiny shop in Greenwich Village with a no-nonsense signboard
above that says ‘Greenwich Locksmiths’.
Just below this, an additional
tag-line reveals ‘Master Licensed Locksmith Since 1968’



Saeed Akhtar Mirza: Let’s start with your family. Tell me about your parents.
Philip Mortillaro: My father came as an immigrant from Italy
and my mother was from here. My father had a good job and my mother was
a seamstress. Both of them worked really hard to raise a family.




S: How did you get into the lock business?
P: I was in high school and it all started out when I was looking for
a summer job when I was 14 years old. All kids look for a summer job,
you know. Someone told me there was a hardware store and they were
looking for someone to help them move. It turned out it was not a
hardware store… they were locksmiths. I kind of offered to help them
move, and worked there all summer long. When the summer was over, they
asked if I wanted to go back to school or work with them and learn a
life-long trade. I chose the life-long trade.



S: Why?
P: I got to like what I had learned, so I started out as an
apprentice at 14th and 2nd Avenue. By the time I was 18, I opened my
own shop, and worked there till I was 20—till 1970. Then someone
offered to buy my shop…it was an open air space that had a license for
10 years. He gave me 25,000 dollars for it. That was a lot of money…a
lot of money! So I decided to travel…I bought a car and I travelled
all over the country … to San Francisco, Seattle, Idaho, Wisconsin
… then I came back here and bought another shop…the one right here.



S: What did your father think about your move to quit school and learn a trade?
P: He didn’t like it. He expected more from me.
S: Why?
P: It’s tough convincing the mindset of the poor immigrant. He works
with his hands and he expects his children to go to college—work with
their minds. My father never once visited my shop till the day he died.

S: That’s a pity.


P: Yeah. He couldn’t believe I could be proud of my work. Liking your
work is one thing, to be proud of it is another. Let me tell you a
story. I was about 21 years old and I got this call from a Japanese
gentleman. He had a problem with a door that had come apart. Now to fix
that sounds simple but it was not. The door had the lock and hinge in
the middle—most door have it on the side. It was a complicated job…but I
fixed it. The Japanese guy was surprised and smiled. You know what he
said? He said ‘Yankee Ingenuity’. Can you believe it? ‘Yankee
Ingenuity’! I felt so proud for a job well done. And we Yankees did have
ingenuity. We could make things. Fix things. Look at us now—we can’t
do a damn thing with our hands, we’ve lost our respect for it.



S: When you say America has lost respect for people who work their hands, is there a price being paid for that?
P: Of course there is. No one wants to work hard with their hands
anymore. We’ve let the Chinese, Japanese, Koreans make things for
us—and they do a damn good job of it. There is such an emphasis on kids
getting a college education—a finance degree or study to be lawyer or a
doctor. By the time they do so, many of them are up to their necks in
debt. They become adults in trouble rather than children in trouble.
Most of them don’t get the jobs they want and end up in the mail room
or some such hell-hole.

(He took a deep breath and then continued)


P: Let me tell you another story. I know this one lady, her daughter
didn’t go to college and became a beautician because she wanted to. She
worked hard and five years ago she bought her own shop. She did what
she wanted to and now has her own shop. She’s doing great and is
earning more than most college graduates, who start out in life with a
debt on their heads.

S: Are you saying a college degree has no value?
P: No. What I’m saying is that it isn’t everything. Can every kid
with a college degree get a job that he really wants? It isn’t
possible. So many of them are miserable—jumping out of windows, getting
into drugs. They think money is the answer. If only they have more
money! For me work has to come first. Not the money. When I look at a
job I try to figure out how am I going to do it—What’s the best way?
How to get it right? Kids today think differently: they want to know
how much does it pay? They don’t ask themselves what they’d really like
to do, just how much will they earn.



S: How did all of this money mania happen?
P: Through the government and the media—they sold a dream. And
everybody got sucked in. (Shakes his head) It’s entered our blood
stream.
Young kids today have a hard time talking to a person. They
don’t look you in the eye. They are constantly on their phones, on
their iPads, on the internet. They are scared. They can’t meet people.
They don’t meet people. They work at jobs they don’t really like. They
only get an identity when they buy a home they can’t afford, when they
wear a thousand dollar suit—two hundred dollar sneakers or shoes, most
of it on credit.
That’s the dream being sold by the media. Can all this
shit give you an identity? Look at me. I have an identity in this old
tee-shirt and this old pair of jeans. Everybody in the neighborhood
knows me. They know Philip, the locksmith.



S: Is Philip, the locksmith, happy?
P: You bet I am! I earn more than a hundred thousand bucks. I have
had three wives, two mistresses, I have five children, two
grandchildren. Isn’t that a life of a happy man? I’m better-off than
most guys with degrees.

S: Do you always compare yourself with them?
P: Not really. But sometimes I do because I worry where kids are
heading today. Not just kids, adults too. I worry about what we’ve done
to ourselves. Ever seen people on the streets? When they see a work of
art or a piece of architecture that they like, they don’t soak the
experience in: they just take pictures and move on. They are in such a
terrible hurry—fucking pictures. Can you believe it?

(I smile)
S: They have no time to stand and stare.
P: Yeah. I hope they have time to see the pictures they’ve taken.
S: How long do you think that people like you, who work with their hands—how long do you think they are going to last?
P: Depends on the part of the county. In other parts of the country
it will last for a little longer, over here I don’t know. I don’t even
know if any of my kids would take over from me.



S: What kind of an America would you like to see?
 P: Let me think. There were some things in the 60s that I didn’t
like. I didn’t like the Vietnam War. I didn’t like the racism. If you
were black in this country, you were fucked. You had to face a lot of
shit. It’s much better now. But the wars are still happening—we are
into too many wars. 



S: Why?
 P: I don’t know—we are a violent country. Look at our movies,
television, video games. There’s a lot of violence out there. When we
had the draft during the Vietnam War people questioned why their kids
were being sent. We questioned the war. 



We don’t have the draft
anymore. It was scrapped. So now we have an army that can’t question
and many of our soldiers are new immigrants. So we promise them a Green
Card after their stint. We promise them some kind of college
education, so now they do four years in the army just so that when they
get out, they can get to go to college or get a Green Card. So they go
to fight, they have no choice. 

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Link: http://www.outlookindia.com/printarticle.aspx?291329

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Bobby Jasoos

We are a die-hard Vidya Balan fan (she is married to a sid…roy kapoor), also this movie by Samar Shaikh celebrates Hyderabad in all its glory (ancient city, dainty customs). Strongly recommended for those who are fan of wholesome family movies.

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Balan is at a career zenith and her roles don’t always warrant a
high-priced leading man. Like the modern woman, she can do quite well by
herself.
Her Bilquis, though grounded in traditional values –
some overbearing, most of them strictly necessary – is an independent
minded, brilliant mix of the brave and the bold, so much like Balan’s
on-screen radiance, it’s impossible to not fall for her. 


The
screenplay by Sanyuktha Chawla Shaikh, directed with good eye for
subtleness by debutant Samar Shaikh, has Bobby in Moghalpura, Hyderabad,
in a family of six – two sisters, a brusque aunt (Tanvi Azmi), a
temperate mother (Supriya Pathak), and a tetchy dad (Rajendra Gupta). 

…Bobby is an amateur
detective – a fiction-inspired ‘jasoos’, fascinated by the idea of
stealth and disguise.

Balan plays dress-up in most of her locality-bound cases. An imam
with a hunchbacked posture, a balding, bucktoothed palmist, a ‘quite
ordinary’ orderly, a television producer with impossible bosoms, and
several low-key burqas help her in nailing down culprits like sons who
smoke, adulterous spouses or snooping facts on eligible marriage
proposals. 

Until one day, she is hired by Anees Khan (Kiran Kumar), a
shady character who wants her to track a girl named Nilofer, with only
the age and a birthmark in her hand as a lead….

The songs – there are three, with music by Shantanu Moitra – and the
cinematography by Vishal Sinha stay out of the way; they are
inconspicuous, but do their job well.

The other show-stealer, apart from Bobby, is the production design and the sensibility of the Hyderabadi lifestyle.

Samar Shaikh, who graduated from Assistant Directing (Dhoom, Badmaa$h Company) and storyboarding (Chakde! India, Dhoom 3), has a gift of keeping things in check without letting cliché step in – and that is a feat by itself.

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 Link: http://www.dawn.com/news/1118574/movie-review-bobby-jasoos-a-must-watch

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Indians for motorcycle maintenance (Harley)

….Matloff, agreed that age plays into it — because older
workers require higher pay…Temporary workers….don’t require
long-term health care for dependents….aren’t around long enough to
get significant raises….

….
The temps are also more docile, so it is easy on the managers.

The largest growth centers of many American companies (Apple is an exception) is in India. While the pain for US job-seekers is real, hiring Indians is reducing world-wide inequality. It can also be argued that by integrating India into the world economy the US is helping stabilize almost 20% of the world population at very little cost.

Still it is a very brave man who can/will attempt to counter the I was hired to train an Indian and then fired anecdotes. It is clear that the companies want to hire cheap, young  temps (foreigners) instead of expensive, aged natives who will stay put.

The future is even more terrifying…when all the jobs will be performed by robots. It seems that capitalism will require to re-invent itself in order to keep revolutions at bay.
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Kelly
Parker was thrilled when she landed her dream job in 2012 providing tech
support for Harley-Davidson’s Tomahawk, Wisconsin, plants. The divorced
mother of three hoped it was the beginning of a new career with the
motorcycle company.

The dream didn’t last long. Parker claims
she was laid off one year later after she trained her replacement, a
newly arrived worker from India. Now she has joined a federal lawsuit
alleging the global staffing firm that ran Harley-Davidson’s tech
support discriminated against American workers — in part by replacing
them with temporary workers from South Asia.



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The firm,
India-based Infosys, denies wrongdoing and contends, as many companies
do, that it has faced a shortage of talent and specialized skill sets in
the US. Like other firms, Infosys wants Congress to allow even more of
these temporary workers.

But amid calls for expanding the
nation’s so-called H-1B visa programme, there is growing push-back from
Americans who argue the programme has been hijacked by staffing
companies that import cheaper, lower-level workers to replace more
expensive US employees — or keep them from getting hired in the first
place.

“It’s
getting pretty frustrating when you can’t compete on salary for a
skilled job,” said Rich Hajinlian, a veteran computer programmer from
the Boston area. “You hear references all the time that these big
companies … can’t find skilled workers. I am a skilled worker.”Hajinlian, 56, who develops his own web applications on the side, said
he applied for a job in April through a headhunter and that the
potential client appeared interested, scheduling a longer interview.
Then, said Hajinlian, the headhunter called back and said the client had
gone with an H-1B worker whose annual salary was about $10,000 less.
“I didn’t even get a chance to negotiate down,” he said.

The H-1B programme allows employers to temporarily hire workers in
specialty occupations. The government issues up to 85,000 H-1B visas to
businesses every year, and recipients can stay up to six years. Although
no one tracks exactly how many H-1B holders are in the US, experts
estimate there are at least 600,000 at any one time. Skilled guest
workers can also come in on other types of visas.

An
immigration bill passed in the US Senate last year would have increased
the number of annually available H-1B visas to 180,000 while raising
fees and increasing oversight, although language was removed that would
have required all companies to consider qualified US workers before
foreign workers are hired.

The House of Representatives never
acted on the measure. With immigration reform considered dead this year
in Congress, President Barack Obama last week declared he will use
executive actions to address some changes. It is not known whether the
H-1B programme will be on the agenda.

Facebook CEO Mark
Zuckerberg is among the high-profile executives pushing for more H-1Bs.
The argument has long been that there aren’t enough qualified American
workers to fill certain jobs, especially in science, engineering and
technology. Advocates also assert that some visa holders will stay and
become entrepreneurs.

Critics say there is no across-the-board
shortage of American tech workers, and that if there were, wages would
be rising rapidly. Instead, wage gains for software developers have been
modest, while wages have fallen for programmers.

The liberal
Economic Policy Institute reported last year that only half of US
college graduates in science, engineering and technology found jobs in
those fields and that at least one third of IT jobs were going to
foreign guest workers.

The top users of H-1B visas aren’t even
tech companies like Google and Facebook. Eight of the 10 biggest H-1B
users last year were outsourcing firms that hire out thousands of mostly
lower- and mid-level tech workers to corporate clients, according to an
analysis of federal data by Ron Hira, an associate professor of public
policy at Rochester Institute of Technology. The top 10 firms accounted
for about a third of the H-1Bs allotted last year.

The debate
over whether foreign workers are taking jobs isn’t new, but for years it
centered on low-wage sectors like agriculture and construction. The
high-skilled visas have thrust a new sector of American workers into the
fray: the middle class.

Last month, three tech advocacy groups
launched a labor boycott against Infosys, IBM and the global staffing
and consulting company Manpower Group, citing a “pattern of excluding US
workers from job openings on US soil.”

They say Manpower, for example, last year posted US job openings in India but not in the United States.

“We
have a shortage in the industry all right — a shortage of fair and
ethical recruiting and hiring,” said Donna Conroy, director of Bright
Future Jobs, a group of tech professionals fighting to end what it calls
“discriminatory hiring that is blocking us … from competing for jobs
we are qualified to do.”

“US workers should have the freedom to compete first for job openings,” Conroy said.

Infosys spokesman Paul de Lara responded that the firm encourages
“diversity recruitment,” while spokesman Doug Shelton said IBM considers
all qualified candidates “without regard to citizenship and immigration
status.” Manpower issued a statement saying it “adopts the highest
ethical standards and complies with all applicable laws and regulations
when hiring individuals.”

Much of the backlash against the H-1B
and other visa programmes can be traced to whistleblower Jay Palmer, a
former Infosys employee. In 2011, Palmer supplied federal investigators
with information that helped lead to Infosys paying a record $34 million
settlement last year. Prosecutors had accused the company of
circumventing the law by bringing in lower-paid workers on short-term
executive business visas instead of using H-1B visas.

Last
year, IBM paid $44,000 to the US Justice Department to settle
allegations its job postings expressed a preference for foreign workers.
And a September trial is set against executives at the staffing company
Dibon Solutions, accused of illegally bringing in foreign workers on
H-1B visas without having jobs for them — a practice known as
“benching.”

In court papers, Parker claims that she was given
positive reviews by supervisors, including at Infosys, which she
maintains oversaw her work and the decision to let her go. The only
complaint: Her desk was messy and she’d once been late.
Neither Parker nor other workers involved in similar lawsuits and contacted by The Associated Press would discuss their cases.
Parker’s attorney, Dan Kotchen, noted that the case centers on
discrimination based on national origin but said that “hiring visa
workers is part of how they obtain their discriminatory objectives.”

Infosys is seeking a dismissal, in part on grounds that it never hired
or fired Parker. Parker was hired by a different subcontractor and kept
on, initially, after Infosys began working with Harley-Davidson.

A company spokeswoman said Infosys has about 17,000 employees in the
US, about 25% US hires. In filings to the US Securities and Exchange
Commission, the company said it has more than 22,000 employees with
valid temporary work visas, some not in the US.

Stanford
University Law School fellow Vivek Wadwha, a startup adviser, said firms
are so starved for talent they are buying up other companies to obtain
skilled employees. If there’s a bias against Americans, he said, it’s an
age bias based on the fact that older workers may not have the latest
skills. More than 70% of H-1B petitions approved in 2012 were for
workers between the ages of 25 and 34.
“If workers don’t constantly retrain themselves, their skills become obsolete,” he said.

Norm Matloff, a computer science professor at the University of
California, Davis, agreed that age plays into it — not because older
workers are less skilled but because they typically require higher pay.
Temporary workers also tend to be cheaper because they don’t require
long-term health care for dependents and aren’t around long enough to
get significant raises, he said.

Because they can be deported
if they lose their jobs, these employees are often loath to complain
about working conditions. And even half the standard systems analyst
salary in the US is above what an H-1B holder would earn back home.

Such circumstances concern Americans searching for work in a still recovering economy.

Jennifer Wedel of Fort Worth, Texas, publicly challenged Obama on the
visa issue in 2012, making headlines when she asked him via a public
online chat about the number of foreign workers being hired — given that
her husband, a semiconductor engineer, couldn’t find work.

Wedel said her husband eventually found a job in the health care industry, taking a $40,000 pay cut.
“It’s a slap in the face t
o every American who worked hard to get their
experience and degrees and has 10 or 15 years of experience,” she said,
adding that firms want that experience but don’t want to pay for it.
To her, the issue isn’t about a shortage of workers who have the right skills. Put simply, she said: “It’s the money.”

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Link: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Backlash-stirs-in-US-against-H-1B-visas/articleshow/37946545.cms

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Now we know (who you are)

The world of BPeeps (as we imagine it) is pretty pish-posh. An insight into the life-style that we would love to follow (if we had the money). For now we can only find release in idle envy and non-lethal barbs (no occupy movement for us).

The propaganda is intended to be soft (focused on women) but ends up looking a bit silly (in our opinion).
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Nice pix, gonad busting (slightly scary) lady.

Genuinely likeable case #1. Sana Mir is a role model for all of us.

We are not sure of the propaganda value of this picture. It used to be that rich people would employ domestics from the village (gaon). Now they have upgraded to imported labor from the Philippines. Also, what is an educationalist??

This is the place where the super-rich will send their kids to learn about the nice things of life. The music instructor plays the sophisticated piano (not the ridiculous harmonium) and he is dressed appropriately in a suit and a tie.

A cozy throne for the little emperor.

She is a health-specialist and she smokes? We really dig the rebellious spirit….if we were a cool teenage girl that is.

Looks like a villain in a Bond movie (why not females?).

Genuinely likeable case #2

The inevitable band of brothers, much better than smoking hookah together.

Artists smoking the hookah (this is also alarmingly popular amongst rebellious youth in the USA)

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Link: http://www.dawn.com/news/1118136/the-other-pakistan

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Total Information (South Asian Muslim) Management

“It’s entirely false that US intelligence agencies conduct electronic
surveillance of political, religious or activist figures solely because
they disagree with public policies or criticize the government”
….Three of the five American Muslims marked for surveillance are of Pakistan origin, community sources told Dawn.

Two
of the three – Asim Ghafoor, (Asok-mon informs that Asim is Indian origin, thanks Asok) Faisal Gill – are lawyers while the third,
Agha Saeed, heads a Muslim think-tank.

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The Intercept said it identified at least five persons, all American citizens, based on their email addresses. These include Indian-origin attorney Asim Ghafoor, who has represented clients in terrorism-related cases.” I believe that they tapped me because my name is Asim Abdur Rahman
Ghafoor, my parents are from India, I traveled to Saudi Arabia as a
young man, and I do the pilgrimage,” Ghafoor was quoted as saying by The Intercept.



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It is likely that these community leaders would be well known in the Brown world. It is unlikely that the surveillance stops with just these activists. Please take care. 


How do they know if someone is an islamist radical? They do not. The assumption is that if you are a muslim you are guilty until proven innocent. So they watch and wait….

This would normally be bad enough but it gets to be more sinister than that. They will purposefully introduce some radical element who will faithfully attend mosque sessions and make blood-curdling speeches. Some innocent boys (mostly) will be trapped and the sheeple will rest happy knowing that the authorities have taken so much trouble to nip the trouble-makers in the bud.

Of course there are as always romantic, hot-headed youth who are converging upon the Caliphate (as we speak) to fight the thousand year old war(s). And when they return home they are so imbued with propaganda that they would target Jewish fellow citizens.
In the meantime, Jews in Israel, Hindus in India, Buddhists in Sri Lanka, Burma and Thailand and Christians in the Philippines are killing Muslim fellow citizens (to the extreme point of de-recognizing muslims as citizens).

That leaves the Sikhs (and to a lesser extent Hindus and other browns) settled in the home of lunatics with bazookas. Some low-wattage person will always manage to find his way to a Gurudwara and shoot people down (because from a distance they look like muslims).

In summary, muslims are kiling muslims for being the wrong type of muslims. They are also killing non-muslims. Non-muslims are killing all types of people (but mostly muslims) fearing that muslims will take over the world.

Of course there are hundreds of valid reasons and thousands of invalid excuses for all of this. But please do not tell insult our intelligence by claiming that religion has nothing to do with all of this (the recent left-liberal world view).
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The FBI and National Security Agency
monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-American activists, academics
and a political candidate, according to a report co-authored by journalist Glenn Greenwald.




The report appearing in the online news site the Intercept said the
surveillance was authorised by a secret intelligence court under
procedures intended to locate spies and terrorist suspects.



The report, citing documents in an NSA spreadsheet leaked by former
contractor Edward Snowden, showed the emails of the individuals, but not
their names.


The Intercept said it identified at least five persons, all American citizens, based on their email addresses.


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They were Faisal Gill, a longtime Republican Party operative and
one-time candidate for public office; Asim Ghafoor, an attorney who has
represented clients in terrorism-related cases; Hooshang Amirahmadi,
an Iranian-American professor at Rutgers University; Agha Saeed, a civil
liberties activist and former professor at California State University;
and Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations.


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According to the report by Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain, the
spreadsheet shows 7,485 email addresses listed as monitored between 2002
and 2008.



Many of the emails appeared to belong to foreigners suspected of being
linked to Al-Qaeda, including Anwar al-Awlaki, the Yemeni-American
cleric killed in a 2011 drone strike.



But the journalists’ investigation also found a number of US citizens
monitored in this manner, which requires an order from the secret
intelligence court based on evidence linking them to espionage or
terrorist activities.



US officials, responding to the report, said communications are only
monitored with a “legitimate foreign intelligence or counterintelligence
purpose.”



“It is entirely false that US intelligence agencies conduct electronic
surveillance of political, religious or activist figures solely because
they disagree with public policies or criticise the government, or for
exercising constitutional rights,” said a joint statement from the
Justice Department and office of the Director of National Intelligence.


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“Unlike some other nations, the United States does not monitor anyone’s
communications in order to suppress criticism or to put people at a
disadvantage based on their ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation
or religion.”


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The statement added that a court order for any surveillance of this kind
requires “probable cause, based on specific facts,” which indicate that
the person “is an agent of a foreign power, a terrorist, a spy, or
someone who takes orders from a foreign power.


Both the Department of Justice and Director of National Intelligence
immediately denied that they conducted electronic surveillance of
political, religious or activist figures solely because they disagree
with public policies or criticize the government, or for exercising
constitutional rights.


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“It’s entirely false that US intelligence agencies conduct electronic
surveillance of political, religious or activist figures solely because
they disagree with public policies or criticize the government, or for
exercising constitutional rights,” the Office of the Director of
National Intelligence and the Department of Justice said in a joint
statement.



Unlike some other nations, the US does not monitor anyone’s
communications in order to suppress criticism or to put people at a
disadvantage based on their ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation
or religion, the statement said.


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“Our intelligence agencies help protect America by collecting
communications when they have a legitimate foreign intelligence or
counterintelligence purpose. With limited exceptions (for example, in an
emergency), our intelligence agencies must have a court order from the
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to target any US citizen or
lawful permanent resident for electronic surveillance,” it said.


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“These court orders are issued by an independent federal judge only if
probable cause, based on specific facts, are established that the person
is an agent of a foreign power, a terrorist, a spy, or someone who
takes orders from a foreign power,” it said.


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“No US person can be the subject of surveillance based solely on First
Amendment activities, such as staging public rallies, organizing
campaigns, writing critical essays, or expressing personal beliefs. On
the other hand, a person who the court finds is an agent of a foreign
power under this rigorous standard is not exempted just because of his
or her occupation,” the statement added.

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Link: http://www.outlookindia.com/news/printitem.aspx?848980

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Sikhs (UK): Gandhi ‘racist’, ‘sexual weirdo’

The reaction you can expect when a minority community has been denied justice by the uncaring majority. The Sikhs have waited patiently for a long 30 years…enough is enough.

There is also that subtle fear of being subsumed by the Hindu majority sooner or later.

That said it is ironic that the Sikh political leadership in Punjab is represented in the main by the Badal family (patriarch: Parkash Singh Badal) and is allied with the BJP. Thus you have the conservative groupings (Hindus and Sikhs) allying against (not-so-conservative) Hindus and Sikhs represented by the Congress. This bipolar state of affairs has changed dramatically with the arrival of the Aam Admi Party  which allied with an extreme Sikh organization- Dal Khalsa (another Hindu-Sikh alliance).

So it matters not much, how you cut the sacred goat, the situation in the Punjab is (thankfully) not Hindu vs. Sikh (more like Punjabis vs. troublemakers seated in Delhi). 

Coming back to accusations against Gandhi, Sikhs are quite conscious of (and are divided by) caste and sect even though  the religion forbids it. Also, racism is endemic to all of India and Sikhs can hardly claim any superiority on that account. Finally, the Panth is not known to be very comfortable with “sexual deviancy” as has been attested in person by gay Sikhs (neither are any of the other religious groups).They need to upgrade the soft-ware.

It is clear that statue or not, the memory of Gandhi will continue to be honored in Britain and in the West. Not the (perhaps equally deserving) leader(s) of the Muslims, Tamils and Dalits and many others. Gandhi was the (self-described) role model of Martin Luther King (junior) and Nelson Mandela. The Gandhi brand is uniquely strong (aided in part by the Gujarati bio-sphere) and it is too late for the partisans to change that.
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Sikhs
in UK have announced a massive campaign to oppose Britain’s plan to
build a statue of Mahatma Gandhi at London’s Parliament Square.
The Sikh Federation (UK) has written to Britain’s culture secretary Sajid Javid who is leading the project.

Bhai Amrik Singh, chair of the Sikh Federation in his letter to Javid
called Gandhi “a blatant racist, a sexual weirdo or worse a child abuser
and someone discriminating on the basis of the Hindu caste system,
which is now outlawed in the UK”.
Singh said “it would therefore be totally inappropriate to have a statue of Gandhi erected in Parliament Square”.

The Federation has also written to Philip Jackson, the British sculptor
who has been approached by the British government to begin work on
Gandhi’s statue asking him to boycott the project.

The
Federation is also writing to anti-racists groups, campaign groups
opposed to paedophilia and organisations that have been working in the
UK to have caste discrimination outlawed in the UK.

They are
being urged to unite to oppose the statue and write to all UK
politicians that support their causes “highlighting the other side to
Gandhi’s life that many choose to turn a blind eye”.

The plan
to have a Gandhi statue at Parliament Square in London was announced by
British foreign secretary William Hague and Chancellor of the Exchequer
George Osborne on Tuesday.

They intend to have the monument in
place early next year. Once installed, the statue will provide a focal
point for commemoration next summer of the 100th anniversary of Gandhi’s
return to India from South Africa to start the struggle for self-rule,
as well as the passing of 70 years since his death in 2018, and the
150th anniversary of his birth in 2019″.

The memorial will stand alongside those to other international leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Abraham Lincoln.

Hague said “Gandhi’s view of communal peace and resistance to division,
his desire to drive India forward, and his commitment to non-violence
left a legacy that is as relevant today as it was during his life. He
remains a towering inspiration and a source of strength. We will honour
him with a statue alongside those of other great leaders in Parliament
Square”.

Osborne added “As the father of the largest democracy
in the world, it’s time for Gandhi to take his place in front of the
mother of Parliaments. He is a figure of inspiration, not just in
Britain and India, but around the world. New Indian Prime Minister
Narendra Modi invoked his memory in his inaugural speech to Parliament. I
hope this new memorial will be a lasting and fitting tribute to his
memory in Britain, and a permanent monument to our friendship with
India”.

The Gandhi statue will be the 11th statue to be erected in Parliament square.

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Link:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/nri/other-news/Sikh-group-in-UK-calls-Mahatma-Gandhi-a-blatant-racist-sexual-weirdo/articleshow/38085777.cms

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Pretty woman meets dumb man


…Tichleman stepping over the
victim’s body several times as she is gathering her belongings..
..Tichleman stepped over Hayes at one point to finish a glass of
wine….
 

Yes we know that men rule the world. The highest paid CEOs, the most gifted mathematicians, even the highest profile chefs are all men. This is perhaps because of a hundred different reasons (men are pushed to the front by peers and families, men are encouraged to take risks, men have better access to higher-up men-mentors). However women have been overcoming odds and making significant progress. We can always hope that true equality* will come one day.

In our opinion though men are dumb (yes that is a broad generalization and mis-andrist). Even a smart man (a tech-giant executive in Sun, Apple, Google) can be mighty dumb (fond of impulsive purchases, really?). You meet a pretty girl and your brain switches off.

Thing is, women know that men are dumb. How to monetize this can be a challenge. If a person is capable AND she still prefers an easy life then it may even lead to a win-win situation. Then there are others who like to have a bit of adventure (of course adventures are risky and a modern girl ought to know all about video surveillance). It seems fair game that men should be ready to pay a price, even the ultimate price, for being dumb.
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A high
priced call girl killed a Google executive with a lethal dose of heroin
and then fled his yacht in California, authorities alleged on
Wednesday.


Alix Catherine Tichleman, 26, was remanded to a cell
after a hearing to face criminal charges including manslaughter,
prostitution, destroying evidence and transporting a controlled
substance, according to Santa Cruz County Superior Court.

Her bail was set at $1.5 million, and she is to return to court on July 16 for her next hearing.

Tichleman was taken into custody Friday by Santa Cruz city police, who
identified her as the woman in a surveillance video on the yacht where
51-year-old Forrest Hayes was found dead of an overdose in November.

The video shows Hayes suffering “medical complications” and passing out
after being injected by Tichleman — and then shows Tichleman leaving
the scene, instead of administering first aid or calling for an
ambulance, police said.

“Ms. Tichleman proceeds to gather her belongings including the heroin and needles,” police said in a release. “The video also shows Ms. Tichleman stepping over the victim’s body several times as she is gathering her belongings.”

Tichleman stepped over Hayes at one point to finish a glass of wine,
according to investigators, who added that she lowered a window blind
while leaving to hide the man from view.

His body was found the
next morning. The California woman was arrested on July 4 after being
lured to an upscale hotel by investigators under the pretense of meeting
a rich man willing to pay well for sex, according to the court.

Tichleman is a high-priced call girl who had an “ongoing prostitution relationship” with Hayes, police said.

She used a “Seeking Arrangements” website to connect with men and boasted of having more than 200 clients, investigators said.

Hayes reportedly met the woman through the website, where a visit on
Wednesday found a promise that a “Sugar Daddy” can find “Sugar Babies”
for “upfront and honest arrangements with someone who will cater to your
needs.”

An obituary in the local newspaper, The Santa Cruz
Sentinel, said Hayes had worked at Silicon Valley tech firms Sun
Microsystems and Apple before taking a position at Google.

The city of Santa Cruz is a beach community in Northern California, south of San Francisco.

Hayes was described as a family man inclined toward humor and impulsive purchases.

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Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/alleged-prostitute-charged-in-heroin-overdose-death-of-google-executive/article19530798/


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*even equality in depravity

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