THE HIMALAYAN TALK: INDIAN GOVERNMENT FOOD SECURITY PROGRAM RISKIER

http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c The government of India has announced food security program ahead of elections in 2014. We discussed the issue with Palash Biswas in Kolkata today. http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c Ahead of Elections, India's Cabinet Approves Food Security Program ______________________________________________________ By JIM YARDLEY http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/indias-cabinet-passes-food-security-law/

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICAL OF BAMCEF LEADERSHIP

[Palash Biswas, one of the BAMCEF leaders and editors for Indian Express spoke to us from Kolkata today and criticized BAMCEF leadership in New Delhi, which according to him, is messing up with Nepalese indigenous peoples also. He also flayed MP Jay Narayan Prasad Nishad, who recently offered a Puja in his New Delhi home for Narendra Modi's victory in 2014.]

THE HIMALAYAN DISASTER: TRANSNATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT MECHANISM A MUST

We talked with Palash Biswas, an editor for Indian Express in Kolkata today also. He urged that there must a transnational disaster management mechanism to avert such scale disaster in the Himalayas. http://youtu.be/7IzWUpRECJM

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS LASHES OUT KATHMANDU INT'L 'MULVASI' CONFERENCE

अहिले भर्खर कोलकता भारतमा हामीले पलाश विश्वाससंग काठमाडौँमा आज भै रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मूलवासी सम्मेलनको बारेमा कुराकानी गर्यौ । उहाले भन्नु भयो सो सम्मेलन 'नेपालको आदिवासी जनजातिहरुको आन्दोलनलाई कम्जोर बनाउने षडयन्त्र हो।' http://youtu.be/j8GXlmSBbbk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS LASHES OUT KATHMANDU INT'L 'MULVASI' CONFERENCE

अहिले भर्खर कोलकता भारतमा हामीले पलाश विश्वाससंग काठमाडौँमा आज भै रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मूलवासी सम्मेलनको बारेमा कुराकानी गर्यौ । उहाले भन्नु भयो सो सम्मेलन 'नेपालको आदिवासी जनजातिहरुको आन्दोलनलाई कम्जोर बनाउने षडयन्त्र हो।' http://youtu.be/j8GXlmSBbbk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS BLASTS INDIANS THAT CLAIM BUDDHA WAS BORN IN INDIA

THE HIMALAYAN VOICE: PALASH BISWAS DISCUSSES RAM MANDIR

Published on 10 Apr 2013 Palash Biswas spoke to us from Kolkota and shared his views on Visho Hindu Parashid's programme from tomorrow ( April 11, 2013) to build Ram Mandir in disputed Ayodhya. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77cZuBunAGk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALSH BISWAS FLAYS SOUTH ASIAN GOVERNM

Palash Biswas, lashed out those 1% people in the government in New Delhi for failure of delivery and creating hosts of problems everywhere in South Asia. http://youtu.be/lD2_V7CB2Is

Palash Biswas on BAMCEF UNIFICATION!

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS ON NEPALI SENTIMENT, GORKHALAND, KUMAON AND GARHWAL ETC.and BAMCEF UNIFICATION! Published on Mar 19, 2013 The Himalayan Voice Cambridge, Massachusetts United States of America

BAMCEF UNIFICATION CONFERENCE 7

Published on 10 Mar 2013 ALL INDIA BAMCEF UNIFICATION CONFERENCE HELD AT Dr.B. R. AMBEDKAR BHAVAN,DADAR,MUMBAI ON 2ND AND 3RD MARCH 2013. Mr.PALASH BISWAS (JOURNALIST -KOLKATA) DELIVERING HER SPEECH. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLL-n6MrcoM http://youtu.be/oLL-n6MrcoM

Imminent Massive earthquake in the Himalayas

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICIZES GOVT FOR WORLD`S BIGGEST BLACK OUT

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICIZES GOVT FOR WORLD`S BIGGEST BLACK OUT

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS TALKS AGAINST CASTEIST HEGEMONY IN SOUTH ASIA

Palash Biswas on Citizenship Amendment Act

Mr. PALASH BISWAS DELIVERING SPEECH AT BAMCEF PROGRAM AT NAGPUR ON 17 & 18 SEPTEMBER 2003 Sub:- CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT ACT 2003 http://youtu.be/zGDfsLzxTXo

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Who’s Right About Iran Attack: Doomsayers or Naysayers?

Who's Right About Iran Attack: Doomsayers or Naysayers?

There are a considerable number of Middle East analysts and bloggers 
who dismiss the idea that Israel will attack Iran.  My good friend Max 
Blumenthal doesn't believe it for a minute.  He says there'd be too much "blowback."  Others point out that operationally Israel doesn't have the means to 
carry out such a complex military operation without direct U.S. 
assistance, if not participation.  At this point in the argument, many 
say the U.S. simply won't play.
I'm not a military analyst so I can't say that Israel can go it 
basically alone and attack Iran using the resources it has on hand from 
its own military stockpile (which include much U.S.-supplied weaponry 
like bunker buster bombs).  But while I believe that Israel's military 
is nowhere near as sturdy and quasi-invincible as it once was (long 
ago), the IDF has shown itself in the past to be quite good at 
improvisation and taking audacious risks.  That's why I believe that if 
Israel truly wanted to attack it would figure out ways of doing so.
These naysayers generally argue that the real purpose of the current 
round of saber-rattling is a sort of psychological warfare against Iran.  The hope is that by turning the screws with ever more draconian 
sanctions and threats of war, that Iran will at some point come to its 
senses and agree that discretion is the better part of valor.  At that 
point, a chastened Iran will return to the realm of the reasonable and 
become an obedient servant of U.S. and Israeli interests in the region 
(or something close to that).
There's only one problem with this–and it's a big one.  I think Iran 
is a hardened target not just physically but psychically.  The Iranians 
lost hundreds of thousands in the Iran-Iraq War which they fought for 
eight years.  Persia in general is a place that has known wars for 
millennia.  Does anyone think that Israel, even with its nuclear 
weapons, can spook them?  I just don't see it.  The only way I can see 
Iran changing course in the context of military action is if Israel can 
strike a blow and bring the regime to its knees.  But barring dropping a nuclear weapons on Teheran, it can't do that.  Not even if it wanted 
to.
Likewise, some argue that the Israeli drumbeat of war is meant to 
persuade the Russians and Chinese, who have resisted the newest round of sanctions, that if they continue doing so the only alternative is war. 
 Some see Israel in this scenario as Uri Avnery does, as the U.S. Rottweiler, whom we unleash in order to scare recalcitrant Security Council members into voting our way.
There is only one problem with this overall concept.  And it's a big 
one.  No one believes or cares.  If the U.S. and Israel want to turn 
this into a Las Vegas poker hand bluff, I think the Russian and Chinese 
are willing to wait them out to see what kind of cards they're holding. 
 If you think about it, why would they care that Israel would bomb Iran?  They realize, just as much of the world realized in 2003, that once 
the U.S. invaded Iraq, it would only be a matter of time before the 
decision came back to haunt us–and it did.  Similarly, the Recalcitrant 
Ones would like nothing better than to watch Israel sink into a Persian 
miasma, while taking us along with them.  It would leave them sitting 
pretty to pick up the pieces after we messed up things royally.
Yes, it's true that China might be concerned that its energy supplies could be cut off in the event of an Iranian shut-down of the Straits of Hormuz.  But the question is whether the Chinese might be willing to 
withstand such a short-term hit in order to allow the U.S. and Israel to so embarrass themselves that China will come out of it in an event 
stronger position regionally and internationally.  The general rule is 
if your competitor wants to bet the store and make a fool of himself in 
the process, you clear out of the way and give him plenty of room.
This means that one of two things can happen: either Bibi Netanyahu 
and Ehud Barak are bluffing and don't really intend to go to war.  If 
that's true, I'm afraid they are fools and will find this strategy an 
abject failure.  Or the doomsayers are right and the Dynamic Duo do 
intend to strike Iran.  I'd say I'm a doomsayer who wants to be proven 
wrong, but is increasingly doubtful I will be.
On a slightly different subject: I adapted this from an Israeli tweet that noted the dichotomy between the J14 social justice movement and an Iran attack.  My take:
Bibi to J14: if you don't have bread, go eat Jericho IIIs.
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