Bhutto Dealt Nuclear Secrets to North Korea, Book Says

Former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, on a state visit to North Korea in 1993, smuggled in critical data on uranium enrichment — a route to making a nuclear weapon — to help facilitate a missile deal with Pyongyang, according to a new book by a journalist who knew the slain politician well.

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Video: The Nuclear Great Game – 52min. documentary

When Pyongyang declared it had an advanced nuclear programme, the shock waves reverberated worldwide. But how was a state teetering on the verge of bankruptcy able to develop such a sophisticated programme? How did North Korea obtain the necessary nuclear components to threaten world peace? This week’s astonishing documentary exposes how it was China who conspired to assist Pakistan and North Korea in becoming nuclear states. Without this crucial aid, neither would have been able to develop nuclear warheads on their own. Why did America turn a blind eye to this covert nuclear trade?

The Hugo Chavez Story from Mud Hut to Perpetual Revolution

Chavez, 53, the country’s first dark-skinned leader, has used Venezuela’s immense oil wealth, says Jones, to improve life for millions of impoverished shantytown residents through health and education programmes such as no other leader ever attempted. For Washington, though, the “Bolivarian revolution” (named after Simon Bolivar, the leader of the independence struggle against Spain) is a threat to stability in a region long regarded as America’s “back yard”. Not only has Chavez bonded with Castro, but he has built an alliance with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the nuclear-obsessed Iranian leader.

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Video: On The Map with Avi Lewis: The Chavez Mystique

The ultimate Bush basher and Latin enemy number one for the US. On The Map goes behind the caricature of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a complicated and contradictory figure at the heart of a profound shift underway in Latin America. Avi talks to Mark Weisbrot with the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and Jennifer McCoy, Director of the Americas Program at The Carter Center. Watch all the stories at www.cbc.ca/onthemap

Russia army unit sent to Abkhazia

Russia is sending a unit from the army’s railway force to the breakaway province of Abkhazia, the country’s defence ministry has said.

The 300 unarmed troops are needed to help carry out repairs on the network, said the head of Abkhazia’s railways.

The move has been denounced by Georgia which says Russia is planning a military intervention in the province.

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Video: Abkhazia appeals for Russian military help

Putin Calls U.S. `Frightening Monster,’ Urges French Solidarity

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin compared the U.S. to a “frightening monster” and urged France to distance itself from its American ally.

“How can one be such a shining example of democracy at home and a frightening monster abroad?” Putin said in an interview with French newspaper Le Monde transmitted live to journalists in Paris yesterday.

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United States uncertain why China is boosting its high tech weapons arsenal.

Is it really that hard to figure out? China is boosting it high tech weapons arsenal in order to take on America. China understands that at some point there will be confrontation between the countries. Most likely it will be over Taiwan. China is positioning itself to defeat America or at least prevent America for interfering.

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The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen on a tour of Asia, which included Indonesia, has been quoted expressing his professional interest in China’s weapons resources and direction – “Chinese strategic intent — why China is developing these capabilities and how the country intends to use them once they’re developed — remains unclear”

China is building a modern military and spending vast amounts on high technology weapons capable of offensive use. Its espionage activities have not ceased as it seeks the latest commercial and military secrets from potential opponents in future battles.

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Video: Redstorm Rising (January 2, 2008)

CNN’s Lou Dobbs reports about Communist China using it’s trade dollars to build up their Military Industrial Complex.

Iran Achieves a Four-Front Missile Command, Breakthrough on Nuclear Missile Warheads

There are two significant developments going on at the same time concerning Iran. Iran is now in command of missiles stationed in Syria, Lebanon, Gaza and Iran. Next, Iran has achieved a breakthrough in missile design in order to accommodate nuclear warheads.

From the article:

Military experts comment that Tehran’s centralized control of four hostile missile fronts will virtually neutralize the American and Israeli anti-missile defense systems in the region; the Arrow and the Patriot missile interceptors could handle incoming missiles from one or maybe two directions – but not four.

Iran’s program for developing missiles capable of delivering nuclear payloads has gone into high gear and reached an advanced stage. They believe the Iranians have beaten most of the technical difficulties holding it up.

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Only fools want China influencing our [Canadian] future

Those Canadians who hope to see the new Asian giants rival the U.S. in a few decades as the great global engine and the new big market for Canada simply do not realize that such a change would be an unmitigated disaster for us.

China is a brutal one-party dictatorship, a mixture of totalitarianism and unbridled capitalism that is as tough on its restive provinces as it is on its foreign suppliers and markets.

India is a strife-ridden giant that might follow a path to peaceful economic expansion, but it is a relatively new democracy.

However both of these rising powers develop in the next few decades, one thing seems certain: neither has interest in Canada as anything other than a source of raw materials, oil, and food, and as a market for their goods produced by cheap labour. Canadians historically have always feared being hewers of wood: China and India want only timber from us.

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How America Can Survive the Rise of the Rest

Despite some eerie parallels between the position of the United States today and that of the British Empire a century ago, there are key differences. Britain’s decline was driven by bad economics. The United States, in contrast, has the strength and dynamism to continue shaping the world — but only if it can overcome its political dysfunction and reorient U.S. policy for a world defined by the rise of other powers.

FAREED ZAKARIA is Editor of Newsweek International. This essay is adapted from his book The Post-American World (W. W. Norton and Company, Inc., © 2008 by Fareed Zakaria).

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Video: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World

Hezbollah’s Shadow War

For their part, Hezbollah’s leaders remain coy on specifics, but have not disputed the characterization that their capabilities are greater than prewar levels. In mid-2007, Nasrallah said his militia has missiles “able to hit every point in occupied Palestine.” Still, finding independent sources on Hezbollah has proven difficult. Western military assessments tend to agree that Hezbollah has, in fact, been smuggling armaments into Lebanon by Iran and Syria (LAT) in violation of the UN arms embargo. The U.S. State Department accuses both countries of providing military, logistical, and financial support to Hezbollah, long listed as a terrorist group by both the United States and European Union. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the bulk of Hezbollah’s arsenal of anti-tank and anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missiles, and unmanned aerial vehicles originated in either Iran or Syria. Senior Israeli security officials have produced alleged evidence of Iranian-made weapons that have been found in Gaza and Lebanon (AP).

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Video: Hezbollah Attack by Proxy