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https://plus.google.com/115551813965097541416 Kanwal Prakash Singh : Over the past 44 years, KP Singh artwork has been featured in many publications, on magazine covers,...
Over the past 44 years, KP Singh artwork has been featured in many publications, on magazine covers, and in books, and presented to many distinguished guests. Many one man shows of my artwork and participation in hundreds of art fairs introduced the outstanding and sacred architectural heritage of communities and cultures to many. When I began to pursue art full time, I could not have imagined the interest and excitement in pen and ink drawings of courthouses, colleges, places of worship, heritage sites in Indiana and other countries. Among the highlights that stand out are presentation of my artwork to President Ronald Reagan, President Bill Clinton, Senator Richard Lugar, His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Indiana Governors, Mayors of Indianapolis, and other dignitaries. I can not begin to count the corporations, businesses, colleges, and churches that have commissioned projects, honored friends, and used KP Singh artwork in fundraising campaigns. It was a great honor to have my drawings of Sikh sacred shrines at The Sikh Heritage Gallery at The Smithsonian Institute's Museum of Natural History. For me, my art was not about art images, but as visual introductions and celebration of history, heritage, culture, and spirit of people who created these magnificent landmarks. Often a brief history of the place and site is incorporated as a part of the composition and design, inviting the viewer to discover further the significant architectural monuments that surrounds them and challenging communities to respectfully integrate them into the fabric of towns and cities. For selected artwork: www.KPSinghDesigns.com
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https://plus.google.com/116639212513658706222 Reading Bakery Systems : Don’t miss CASBA 2015 in February! Thomas Lugar, Chairman of Thomas L. Green, will be honored for his...
Don’t miss CASBA 2015 in February! Thomas Lugar, Chairman of Thomas L. Green, will be honored for his long service and dedication to the biscuit & cracker industry, and his brother, Richard Lugar, former US Senator, will be making a guest appearance. 

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https://plus.google.com/109203235326868269676 Mike Snyder : Tough issues & great opportunities on deck in 2015, according to global statesman Richard Lugar http...
Tough issues & great opportunities on deck in 2015, according to global statesman Richard Lugar

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Lugar – A “Heavy and Difficult” World in 2015 - The MEK Group
In a world described as "heavy and difficult," it is time to “use our intellectual ability and our moral skills to persuade," said Sen. Richard Lugar.
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https://plus.google.com/111400352509015006160 Alexa Athens : Who is Karen Hudes? Karen Hudes studied law at Yale Law School and economics at the University of Amsterdam...
Who is Karen Hudes? Karen Hudes studied law at Yale Law School and economics at the University of Amsterdam. She worked in the US Export Import Bank of the US from 1980-1985 and in the Legal Department of the World Bank from 1986-2007. She established the Non Governmental Organization Committee of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association and the Committee on Multilateralism and the Accountability of International Organizations of the American Branch of the International Law Association. What did Karen Hudes blow the whistle on? In 2007 Karen warned the US Treasury Department and US Congress that the US would lose its right to appoint the President of the World Bank if the current American President of the World Bank did not play by the rules. The 66 year old Gentlemen’s Agreement that Europe would appoint the Managing Director of the IMF and US would appoint the World Bank President ended in 2010 http://www.imf.org/external/np/cm/2010/042510.htm In 1999 Karen reported the corrupt take-over of the second largest bank in the Philippines. Lucio Tan, a crony of Joseph Estrada, then President of the Philippines, acquired stock owned by government employees in Philippines National Bank (“PNB”) valued more than 10% of PNB’s outstanding capital without disclosure, as required by Philippines securities laws. Tan owned Philippines Airlines, in default on its loans from PNB. The government of the Philippines loaned $493 million to PNB after PNB’s depositors made heavy withdrawals. $200 million of a loan from the World Bank and a $200 million loan from Japan were cancelled. Estrada was ultimately impeached, and in 2007 an anti-corruption court in the Philippines required Estrada to refund graft he had plundered. The Bank’s Country Director in the Philippines reassigned Karen when she asked him to sign a letter warning the Philippines’ government that the Bank could not disburse its loan without a waiver from the Board of Executive Directors since the loan conditionality was not met. The World Bank’s Internal Audit Department refused to correct the satisfactory evaluation of the Bank’s supervision performance or the flawed report of the Institutional Integrity Department to the Audit Committee of the Board of Executive Directors. When the Audit Committee requested an audit of internal controls over financial reporting, KPMG, the external auditors, circumscribed the scope of their audit in violation of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards. Two days after informing the Board’s Audit Committee of the cover-up in the Philippines, Karen was reprimanded and placed on probation. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs requested the World Bank’s Audit Committee to look into the cover- up. Instead, the Chair of the World Bank’s Audit Committee requested an inquiry into the World Bank’s Institutional Integrity Department. The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations followed up with three letters to the World Bank. The World Bank forged documents and fired Karen in contempt of Congress. The World Bank also fired the Staff Association’s lawyer. The Staff Association stated that what had happened to Karen had damaged staff morale and prevented others from reporting misconduct. The World Bank’s Ethics’ Officer left in frustration after her request for an investigation by the World Bank’s Institutional Integrity Department was turned down. Mr. Paul Volcker headed the 2007 inquiry into the Institutional Integrity Department. The Volcker Panel was discredited after sixteen staff employed in the Institutional Integrity Department received significant damage awards in compensation for abuses of authority to intimidate them during the Volker Panel investigation. A staff-member of the EU’s anti-fraud agency, Office Lutte Anti-Fraude, on the Volcker Panel wrote to Karen: “My Director General and I met with a number of European Executive Directors of the World Bank a few weeks ago to discuss the Volcker Panel report. At the meeting there was also discussion about governance issues. My impression was that the European Executive Directors are well apprised of all relevant issues at the Bank and no further comment by OLAF is warranted even if it was within our legal competence.” Karen informed Senator Bayh, “[t]he ongoing cover-up is an indictment of the probity of US oversight at the Bank and I would encourage the Senate to request GAO to look into it.” Senators Richard Lugar, Evan Bayh and Patrick Leahy requested GAO to investigate “internal resistance to increased transparency and accountability at the World Bank.” http://citizenoversight.com/pdf/blwb.pdf In 2008 Karen’s Congressman, Representative Chris Van Hollen, noted “that [Karen\'s] claims and concerns have already been provided to the GAO…. and to the relevant congressional committees.” In 2009 GAO stated that it could not commence the inquiry “because of challenges we recently faced in gaining access to World Bank officials.” Senator Lugar asked what was delaying the GAO review during hearings on the World Bank’s capital increase. Mr. Pieter Stek, then Executive Director for the Netherlands, and Chair of the Board Committee on Development Effectiveness, said: “In a multilateral institution which should be governed by the rule of law and high standards of probity the charge of concealment from the Board of Executive Directors of information relevant to the exercise of its duty of supervising management and the persecution of the person who brings this to light is extremely serious. If correct, which I believe, this poisonous cocktail undermines good governance and ultimately the effectiveness of the Bank in fulfilling its mandate. I shall continue to assist Ms. Hudes in her efforts to have due process brought to bear, preferably by the Bank itself, on these issues of governance.” David Brooks wrote: “Then there are violations, when someone intentionally breaks the rules. Errors can be very hard for outsiders to detect. It was people inside the companies who were most likely to report fraud, because they have local knowledge. And yet 80 percent of these whistleblowers regret having reported the crimes because of the negative consequences they suffered. This is not the way to treat people who detect error.” http://brooks.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/13/living-with-mistakes/?comments#permid=34www.kahudes.net
Watch the video: World Bank Scandal & JFK killed over Gold Backed Dollars - Karen Hudes
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https://plus.google.com/111400352509015006160 Alexa Athens : Who is Karen Hudes? Karen Hudes studied law at Yale Law School and economics at the University of Amsterdam...
Who is Karen Hudes? Karen Hudes studied law at Yale Law School and economics at the University of Amsterdam. She worked in the US Export Import Bank of the US from 1980-1985 and in the Legal Department of the World Bank from 1986-2007. She established the Non Governmental Organization Committee of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association and the Committee on Multilateralism and the Accountability of International Organizations of the American Branch of the International Law Association. What did Karen Hudes blow the whistle on? In 2007 Karen warned the US Treasury Department and US Congress that the US would lose its right to appoint the President of the World Bank if the current American President of the World Bank did not play by the rules. The 66 year old Gentlemen’s Agreement that Europe would appoint the Managing Director of the IMF and US would appoint the World Bank President ended in 2010 http://www.imf.org/external/np/cm/2010/042510.htm In 1999 Karen reported the corrupt take-over of the second largest bank in the Philippines. Lucio Tan, a crony of Joseph Estrada, then President of the Philippines, acquired stock owned by government employees in Philippines National Bank (“PNB”) valued more than 10% of PNB’s outstanding capital without disclosure, as required by Philippines securities laws. Tan owned Philippines Airlines, in default on its loans from PNB. The government of the Philippines loaned $493 million to PNB after PNB’s depositors made heavy withdrawals. $200 million of a loan from the World Bank and a $200 million loan from Japan were cancelled. Estrada was ultimately impeached, and in 2007 an anti-corruption court in the Philippines required Estrada to refund graft he had plundered. The Bank’s Country Director in the Philippines reassigned Karen when she asked him to sign a letter warning the Philippines’ government that the Bank could not disburse its loan without a waiver from the Board of Executive Directors since the loan conditionality was not met. The World Bank’s Internal Audit Department refused to correct the satisfactory evaluation of the Bank’s supervision performance or the flawed report of the Institutional Integrity Department to the Audit Committee of the Board of Executive Directors. When the Audit Committee requested an audit of internal controls over financial reporting, KPMG, the external auditors, circumscribed the scope of their audit in violation of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards. Two days after informing the Board’s Audit Committee of the cover-up in the Philippines, Karen was reprimanded and placed on probation. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs requested the World Bank’s Audit Committee to look into the cover- up. Instead, the Chair of the World Bank’s Audit Committee requested an inquiry into the World Bank’s Institutional Integrity Department. The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations followed up with three letters to the World Bank. The World Bank forged documents and fired Karen in contempt of Congress. The World Bank also fired the Staff Association’s lawyer. The Staff Association stated that what had happened to Karen had damaged staff morale and prevented others from reporting misconduct. The World Bank’s Ethics’ Officer left in frustration after her request for an investigation by the World Bank’s Institutional Integrity Department was turned down. Mr. Paul Volcker headed the 2007 inquiry into the Institutional Integrity Department. The Volcker Panel was discredited after sixteen staff employed in the Institutional Integrity Department received significant damage awards in compensation for abuses of authority to intimidate them during the Volker Panel investigation. A staff-member of the EU’s anti-fraud agency, Office Lutte Anti-Fraude, on the Volcker Panel wrote to Karen: “My Director General and I met with a number of European Executive Directors of the World Bank a few weeks ago to discuss the Volcker Panel report. At the meeting there was also discussion about governance issues. My impression was that the European Executive Directors are well apprised of all relevant issues at the Bank and no further comment by OLAF is warranted even if it was within our legal competence.” Karen informed Senator Bayh, “[t]he ongoing cover-up is an indictment of the probity of US oversight at the Bank and I would encourage the Senate to request GAO to look into it.” Senators Richard Lugar, Evan Bayh and Patrick Leahy requested GAO to investigate “internal resistance to increased transparency and accountability at the World Bank.” http://citizenoversight.com/pdf/blwb.pdf In 2008 Karen’s Congressman, Representative Chris Van Hollen, noted “that [Karen\'s] claims and concerns have already been provided to the GAO…. and to the relevant congressional committees.” In 2009 GAO stated that it could not commence the inquiry “because of challenges we recently faced in gaining access to World Bank officials.” Senator Lugar asked what was delaying the GAO review during hearings on the World Bank’s capital increase. Mr. Pieter Stek, then Executive Director for the Netherlands, and Chair of the Board Committee on Development Effectiveness, said: “In a multilateral institution which should be governed by the rule of law and high standards of probity the charge of concealment from the Board of Executive Directors of information relevant to the exercise of its duty of supervising management and the persecution of the person who brings this to light is extremely serious. If correct, which I believe, this poisonous cocktail undermines good governance and ultimately the effectiveness of the Bank in fulfilling its mandate. I shall continue to assist Ms. Hudes in her efforts to have due process brought to bear, preferably by the Bank itself, on these issues of governance.” David Brooks wrote: “Then there are violations, when someone intentionally breaks the rules. Errors can be very hard for outsiders to detect. It was people inside the companies who were most likely to report fraud, because they have local knowledge. And yet 80 percent of these whistleblowers regret having reported the crimes because of the negative consequences they suffered. This is not the way to treat people who detect error.” http://brooks.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/13/living-with-mistakes/?comments#permid=34www.kahudes.net
Watch the video: World Bank Scandal & JFK killed over Gold Backed Dollars - Karen Hudes
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/proxy/ZplLzEvFl4fx5bz25SsO3jOIHfwxup2j5h8aXnqxvsNcttsAE6Ctcy2OnfSJNUsbtEI5BLgQ925Ene9yl7U4fOhENMA=w506-h284-n
Investing in Gold: http://FutureMoneyTrends.com/gold
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https://plus.google.com/111337376587938031795 cobobka : Wo die Rebellen ihre Waffen finden - oft unter ihren Füßen. Ich fasse den folgenden Englischen Text ...
Wo die Rebellen ihre Waffen finden - oft unter ihren Füßen. Ich fasse den folgenden Englischen Text in wenigen Worten zusammen. Es geht darum, dass nach dem Zusammenbruch der Sowjetunion nicht alle Waffen wieder mit in die Heimat geholt wurden. In den ehemaligen Staaten des Warschauer Paktes gab und gibt es noch geheime Waffenlager aus denen man sich, wenn man sie kennt, bedienen kann. Russland muss also keine Waffen liefern, sondern lediglich verraten, wo sich die alten Lager im Donbass, beispielsweise in Kohleminen, befinden.

Especially as the shattering scale of destruction becomes apparent – Poroshenko says that Ukraine lost two-thirds of its military equipment http://www.rferl.org/content/ukraine-poroshenko-truce-/26599248.html
(just one video of dozens
War in Ukraine. The town Lutugino. Here is the complete destruction of the Junta.) – Westerners who have been misled by the propagandist character of their media outlets are ready to believe that Russia must have been supplying the rebels with weapons and ammunition. While it is likely that some stuff crossed the border, there is another source that few Westerners are aware of.

What most Western commentators do not understand is that the USSR was preparing to fight World War II all over again with huge armies fleshed out with millions of conscripts and reservists. Millions of soldiers need immense quantities of weapons and ammunition and they need them to be ready and waiting for them as they are mobilised. Consequently there were arms dumps all over the western USSR. Most of these sites were named as the headquarters of a division which had a skeleton staff in peacetime but would receive a flood of reservists who would find everything they needed to go to war with waiting for them.

The Soviets divided their formations into 3 categories. As far as I can remember after thirty years, Cat I were fully manned, equipped and ready to go; Cat II were partly manned but fully equipped and Cat III were at much lower levels. The idea being that Cat I formations were ready to go immediately (when the Wall came down I remember learning that the units in East Germany were on 48 hours notice to move. A stance, by the way, that indicated they were not intending to attack; and since NATO wasn’t either, that’s probably why we’re all still here). The Cat II formations would be ready to go in a week or so, while the CAT III formations would take a few months.

The whole Soviet system was based on waves of attackers (echelons) attacking, one after another, seeking out the weak spots; reinforcing success. So the Cat I formations in, say, the DDR and Polish PR assumed support from Cat II formations in their rear, in the Belarussian SSR and Ukrainian SSR and so on; behind that were the reserves of Cat III divs in the RSFSR etc.

When the whole thing stopped, this system was torn apart. Russia assumed responsibility for the stuff in the Warsaw Pact countries and Ukraine, for example, nationalised what was in its territory. As to the forward-based Cat I formations, Russia wound up responsible for the equipment and moving it to Russia, as to the personnel, the conscripts went home and the various nationalities went to their own countries. In short, almost overnight a tank division all ready to go would be turned unto an understaffed pile of equipment waiting to be quickly moved into Russia. I don't think there were any Cat I formations in the Belarussian SSR and Ukrainian SSR; I think I remember that they were all Cat II there. These movements were accomplished quite quickly and the whole carefully constructed arrangement was destroyed. I used to explain what had happened with the analogy that Russia had got the spear head and Ukraine and Belarus had got the spear shaft; neither being much use without the other. But the enormous supply dumps necessary to bring Cat II divisions up to Cat I would have remained in Ukraine (and Belarus).

For some years Russia pretended that sites on its territory were actual divisions (I was in regular contact with our CFE and Vienna Document inspectors through this time) but the only things inspectors would ever find when they went to inspect the location of an so-called motorised rifle or tank division in the 1990s were fields of poorly maintained AFVs, officers and no troops. (we used to speculate that the secret that the Russians were guarding was that they had no soldiers – oh, they’re all out on a training exercise; oh yeah, with no officers and no equipment? But, as the CFE Treaty only covered equipment and the Russians were completely open about that, there was no problem.) Incidentally, training was impossible: I remember a Russian woman telling me that her brother was a company commander – he had two soldiers in his company! “Empty formations” was the expression used.

Then, suddenly one summer (I can’t remember the year: some time between the two wars in Chechnya), we received a blizzard of notifications (as required under the CFE Treaty) each saying something like “remove the xth MR Div from the list; enter the zth Storage Base at the same location”. When all this was completed, there was a much smaller number of divisions (which were gradually being transformed into independent brigade groups) and many storage bases. After thinking about it, we decided that the storage base idea was an attempt to provide employment in lieu of pensions for surplus officers. (In meetings at this time, the Russian military were always telling us that they simply could not afford the pension and housing obligations for the hundreds of thousands of unnecessary officers. Other ranks were easy to reduce, of course: as they’re conscripts, they can just be sent them home early). These changes also recognised the reality that the old Soviet formations had gone forever.

Things began to change after this. I well remember one of the inspectors returning from an inspection of a brigade at Buynaksk in 1998 or 1999 quite excited: here, at last, was a complete formation with all the necessary equipment and men and (very significantly) a commander who commanded the whole thing. No more pretending that a handful of listless officers and field full of equipment would some day magically fill up with conscripts and become a real division. This process seems to have started in the North Caucasus and is one of the several reasons for the much improved Russian performance in the second Chechnya war.

So at the end of this process the Russian Army 1. had the beginnings of a rational structure (brigade groups) 2. had abandoned the fantasy that it was a huge multi-division army with a temporary manpower problem 3. pseudo-divisions with insecure storage of weapons manned by dispirited officers were transformed into something more secure and purposeful and the process of disposing of obsolete and insecure weaponry could begin. With money and a stable government since 2000, other improvements have been made as well.

Nothing like this happened in the Ukrainian Armed Forces. So one can expect the territory of Ukraine to be littered with piles of poorly guarded weaponry and “empty formations”. A Russian official recently confirmed this when he said:
“When the USSR collapsed, the Ukrainian territory was replete with millions of guns, mines, artillery systems and other weapons. The area where the combat activities are held today, where Kiev leads its punitive operation, is no exception — there were weaponry warehouses which the militia seized.”
http://en.ria.ru/world/20140830/192480917/Ukraines-Militia-Uses-Soviet-Weaponry-From-Captured-Warehouses--.html
Slavyansk, in particular, is said to have a particularly large dump in an old mine.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/24/protesters-ukraine-weapons-cache-mine

In short, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are in the sorry state the Russian Armed Forces were in the 1990s but with another decade and a half of neglect. Much of this decayed equipment doesn’t work any more, but, if you cannibalise 100 tanks and get 10 runners, that’s a lot better than nothing. And, it should be remembered, the Donbass is full of mechanics, technicians, artificers and so forth. To say nothing of plenty of people who through conscription and the Afghan war, know how to operate them. Most of the weapons used in east Ukraine are from Afghan war vintage; the BM-21 Grad, arguably the most important weapon in the rebels’ arsenal and responsible for fearsome destruction, for example, has been around since the 60s. And finally, a characteristic of a lot of Soviet equipment was that it was easy to operate and very very rugged. (Remember that these guys actually got a T-34 that had spent the last 50 years sitting on a concrete slab in the rain and snow up and running: all the points illustrated at once!)

The other thing I recall that we learned when it was all over, was that, in contrast to the Western style of having dumps in floodlit spaces surrounded by fences, barbed wire, armed patrols and so on, making the site very noticeable but strongly protected, the Soviet style was to have something much more discreet in an out-of-the-way place and rely more on silence to secure it (an old mine, of which there are many in the Donbass, would be ideal). Given that the USSR military headquarters was in Moscow, it is quite possible that the Kiev government doesn’t even know where many of these dumps are. One service that Moscow could be providing is to tell the rebels where to look.

So, I have no difficulty seeing the rebels coming across (or being directed to) a dump and getting weaponry and ammunition; they have people who can get it working again and plenty of ex-Soviet Army veterans to make them work. On top of that is the equipment captured when Ukrainian conscripts abandon positions (quite a lot – this site attempts to make a photographic record http://lostarmour.info/armour/) and a few things bought or bribed. So far all they would have needed from Moscow is maybe some command and control equipment and target acquisition services.

So Ukraine's military problem today is that it has the two-decades decayed remnants of what was originally planned to be a first line of support for the best and most ready elements; never to be a stand alone force. And during this time Kiev has starved this remnant and sold off the best stuff abroad (Georgia got a lot from Ukraine). So, the rebels and the Kiev forces are much more evenly matched than would be the normal case in a rebellion against the centre. They are both learning on the job, but the rebels have much more motivation while Kiev has a larger stock of weaponry on which to draw.

Thus the rebels are doing better faster than would normally be expected and have a good stock of weapons and ammunition. This is one of the reasons why so many in the West believe that Russia must be helping them.

Quelle:
http://russia-insider.com/en/military_ukraine/2014/10/31/05-31-47pm/where_rebels_find_their_weaponry

US Senator Richard Lugar am 30.08.2005:

“[...] We discussed MANPADS, landmines and other very highly dangerous explosives. Ukraine has huge stockpiles leftover from previous times that are dangerous to people of this country as well as the possibility for proliferation to other countries,” Lugar said. “We are working to obtain funds to secure and destroy these weapons in cooperative threat reduction. We are encouraging the U.S. and Ukraine to work together and to obtain more funds. We came here to see the problem and the solution with our own eyes.”

By the late 1980’s, 75 percent of all Ukraine’s industrial capacity was used to produce Soviet weaponry, including strategic weapons. In June 1996, the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program successfully achieved the removal of all 1,240 deployed SS-19 and SS-24 strategic nuclear warheads from Ukraine.

“Vast stocks of conventional munitions and military supplies have accumulated in Ukraine. Some of this stockpile dates from World War I and II, yet most dates from Cold War buildup and the stocks left behind by Soviet withdrawals from East Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungry and Poland,” Obama said. “We need to eliminate these stockpiles for the safety of the Ukrainian people and people around world, by keeping them out of conflicts around the world.”

Estimates by the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency suggest a significant proliferation and public safety threat from the 7 million small arms and light weapons and 2 million tons of conventional ammunition stored in more than 80 depots across Ukraine. These depots were never designed to hold such large stockpiles and remain vulnerable to those seeking such weapons or their components, or to spontaneous detonation in some of the older and larger ammunition stockpiles. [...] "
http://fas.org/asmp/campaigns/MANPADS/2005/LugarObama.htm
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Eine Übersicht über die Waffenbestände der Ukraine findet man auch hier:
http://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/cp/ukraine
http://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/ukraine

2005 New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/16/international/europe/16ammo.html?pagewanted=all
Poroshenko Says No Military Solution To Conflict
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Ukraine must be ready to defend itself if the peace process with the pro-Russian rebels fails.
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Purdue forestry farm to be named for Richard Lugar
Purdue forestry farm to be named for Richard Lugar

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THINK-TANKS THINK OR STINK
Amjed Jaaved February 15, 2006
Think tanks are, ostensibly, non-profit, tax-exempt, non-political organizations which serve as centres for research and analysis on important strategic and political issues. There are thousands of think tanks mostly based in the USA or Europe.
The think tanks claim to be independent of government's influence. But, most think tanks have clear political leaning. They are covertly funded by sponsors of industry, major political parties, or governments themselves. They are headquartered at or near the seats of government to be able to influence policy makers in the legislatures.
Their "scholarships" are meant to generate ideas justifying the sponsors' line of thinking. Terms like "collateral damage", "axis of evil" and "weapons of mass destruction are figments of the independent-looking but servile think tanks.
Columnist John Chuckman (yellowtimes.org) calls them "phony institutes where ideologue-propagandists pose as academics", into which "money gushes like blood from opened arteries to support meaningless advertisings, suffocation of genuine debate". Tom Brazaitis, in Cleveland Plain Dealer, points out "So much money now flows in, that the top 20 conservative think tanks now spend more money than all of the 'soft money' contributions to the Republican Party".
Titles (like "senior fellow" or "adjunct scholar") imply that the resident experts of a think tank possess academic qualification in the area of claimed expertise. But, it is not always so. The experts claim to be clairvoyant enough to look into the future (futurism, Fayol's prevoyance. But, most of them do not know even simple forecasting techniques or social-research methods.
Think Tanks have an inherent tendency to make wild projections. They are sans students, sans peer review and academia pressure to correct their misprojections and miscalculations. Unlike a university which first does its research and then draws inferences, the think tanks act in the reverse. Jonathen Rowe has rightly observed that the term think tank is a misnomer_ “They don't think, they justify".
Research from think tanks is ideologically driven in accordance with the interests of their founders and financiers. The Washington-Post columnist, Joel Achenbach's apt remarks encompass summum bonum of a think tank. He says, "Washington is a thoughtful town. A friend of mine worked at a think tank temporarily and the director told him, when he entered, 'we are all white men between the ages of 50 and 55, and we have no places else to go’.
Look at the findings in the Stimson's Center's report, titled 'Nuclear terrorism and nuclear accidents in South Asia’ on dirty bombs. These findings are highly subjective and unsupported by credible evidence. In my article, "Beyond Dirty Bombs" (The Pakistan Observer, March 17, 2004), I have tried to look deeper into the findings. My suggestion was that the credible threat emanated from chemical and biological weapons, not from the so-called untested dirty bombs.
The dirty bomb was a hoax to discredit nuclear or threshold nuclear nations. Interestingly; the Stimson's report had even provided an "analysis of the effects of a nuclear accident and/or nuclear terrorism from a “dirty bomb” attack on Indian and Pakistani cities. The report predicted that "...dirty bomb detonation in Karachi, New Delhi, Mumbai and Islamabad" could result in "casualties that at the very minimum would number in the tens of thousands".  Interestingly, The Time Pentagon correspondent Mark Thompson asserts in his article “What Is A 'Dirty Bomb’”, "It's unlikely to kill 10,000 people".
The Stimson's report had been provided to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee whose chairman Senator Richard Lugar (Indiana) made it part of his campaign to extend the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program on nuclear proliferation to South Asia. The Stimsonian report concludes its preconceived notion with words ‘although India and Pakistan have established regulatory bodies to deal with the safety and security of their nuclear materials, these may not be sufficient to protect against every potential threat’.
There are think-tanks like "Dirty Little Secrets" (strategyworld.com) which are out-and-out anti-Pakistan propagandists. The think tank's "discussion board" window on India-Pakistan opens topics which have explicit anti-Pakistan overtones _ A topic for "discussion: "Does the U.S. have the capability to invade and occupy Pakistan". One participant in the discussion naively suggests, "If British can occupy united India, very well, occupy a small piece of India (i.e., Pakistan)". The discussion on topic "IAF versus PAF" also reflects shallowness of the views expressed. There is scant consideration of nuclear holocaust in case of a full-scale invasion of Pakistan from any quarters, unipolar or multi-polar.
In Asian context, the latest addition to the think tanks is the India-based Strategic Foresight Group. The disinformation dished out by Mumbai-based Strategic Foresight Group suggests that it, in reality, stinks (not thinks). The distorted facts in the think tank's report “Costs of Conflict between India and Pakistan” reflect that the report is funded and sponsored by Indian government or her intelligence agencies.
Look at the puerile revelations in the think-tank's report: (a) Pakistan has spread its tentacles throughout India. India has identified Inter-Services Intelligence activities in nine states besides ISI-sponsored Madaaris throughout the country.  The report even gives number of Madaaris in different states, besides claiming existence of 330 Madaaris on Indo-Nepal border. (b) “In addition to the Madaaris, 10,000 people are working for the ISI in various capacities”. (c) "In 1986, China 'transferred Pakistan enough tritium gas for ten nuclear weapons". (d) "By 2010, with its imminent collapse looming large, Pakistan would be forced to strike India to consolidate its own domestic failure. An impending defeat might lead the Pakistan military or the ISI, or the extremist elements to take over nuclear command and launch a nuclear strike on India".
The question arises: “Why is the think tank so much preoccupied with the ISI? Not all the think tanks are money-centred. For instance, RAND's corporation's mathematician Olaf Helmer improved Delphi forecasting by making it more than a hunch or a brainstorming fad. They applied this technique to make technological forecasting more accurate and meaningful.
The experts in Delphi technmiques may be posed questions like: when 100% reliable weather forecasts will begin to be available, when a cheap AIDS vaccine will be developed, when autos will begin to be powered by steam, when China will surpass the USA.  Panel may also be asked lighter questions like: when Hillary Clinton, Monica Lewinski, or for that matter any other American woman, shall become president of the USA.
One reason for mushroom growth and prosperity of the think tanks is that the “bewildered herd” of people in general has stopped thinking (Noam Chomsky’s Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda, Karachi, Vanguard, 2004, p.16).  In a “properly functioning democracy”, there are a “small percentage of the people”, a “specialized class of citizens” who … analyze, execute, make decisions and run things in the political, economic, and ideological systems. That’s a small percentage of the population”. 
Chomsky reminds, ‘Woodrow Wilson was elected President in 1916 on the platform “Peace without Victory”, right in the middle of the World War I.  The population was extremely pacifistic and saw no reason to become involved in a European War.  The Wilson administration established a government propaganda commission, called the Creel Commission, which succeeded, within six months, in turning a pacifist population into a hysterical, war mongering population which wanted to destroy everything German, tear the Germans limb from limb, go to war and save the world….After the war the same techniques were used to whip up a hysterical Red Square…’ (ibid., page 12).
Till the day, the people re-assume thinking for themselves; the think tanks will continue to stink.
 
 
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REAL THREAT: BIO-TERROR OR NUKES?
Amjed Jaaved June 24, 2006
Nuclear weapons are a safeguard of national security.  Pakistan’s nuclear capability prevented India from daring to convert her Bass tacks Exercise (literally, details of business) or military standoff (Operation Prakaram) into a walkover on Pak territory.
After a brief lull of a few months, international media again and again explodes with news about proliferation by Pakistan’s ‘Merchant of menace’.  Jonathen Power, in his article “Who did build Pakistan’s Nuclear bomb” (the Daily Times, June 23, 2006) casts doubts about integrity of Pakistan’s Munir Khan.  He says, “Munir was no saint.  He was chairman of the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency from 1986 to 87.  Back home he was engaged in subverting it…he was building up the contacts and knowledge he later milked to build the bomb at home”. Kenneth R. Timmerman’s Countdown to Crisis: The Coming Showdown with Iran (2005, Crown Forum, New York) is full of venom against Pakistan’s Dr Khan.
The Time magazine article ‘Merchant of Menace’, had reported that some uranium hexafluoride cylinders were missing from the Kahuta Research Laboratories.  Pakistan’ information minister and foreign-office spokesman had both refuted the allegation.  Masood Khan (foreign office) had told reporters, “The story is a rehash of several past stories”.
The Time focused on Pakistan, but not on loss of radio active material from Indian labs. India had formally reported (February 25, 2004) to the International Atomic Energy Agency 25 cases of “missing” or “stolen” radio-active material from its labs.  International media also missed due focus on: (a) interception by Taiwanese authorities of a ship, carrying dual-use aluminum oxide from India to North Korea.  The oxide is an essential ingredient of rocket casings and is, as such, prohibited for export to “rogue” countries. (b) Indictment of  a New-Jersey-based Indian engineer, Sitaraman Ravi Mahedevan in the USA for illegally exporting contraband, including blue-prints of solenoid operated valves for use in construction of North Korean nuclear facilities. (c) Illegal sale (August 2003) by MTS Corporation and five other companies of high-tech material-testing equipment to Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research.  (d) Illegal shipping nuclear blueprints for use in North Korean plants by Sitaraman Ravi Mahadevan (Oct 31, 2003). (e) Illegal export of graphite, which "had potential nuclear and military applications”, from the USA by Indian engineer Manoj (June 2006).(f) Theft of nineteen computers belonging to India’s top-secret establishments of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at Metcalfe House, New Delhi on October 6, 2003. 
India’s “bonafide disclosure” about theft of nuclear information and materials prompted several think tanks and PhD students in foreign universities to analyse implications of radioactive material falling into hands of so-called “terrorists”. 
Hypersensitive analysts postulated that the stolen radioactive material could be used in making “dirty bombs”.  A report by Henry Stimson Center, Washington lamented “…Nuclear and radiological terrorism remains a frightening possibility in India and Pakistan, and the source material for nuclear terrorism could come from illicit transactions of poorly protected materials originating outside the region, as well as material from within the region used for military or civilian purposes”.
The report even provided an “analysis of the effects of a nuclear accident and/or nuclear terrorism from a 'dirty bomb' attack on Indian and Pakistani cities. The Stimson Center… warns that depending on location and yield, a small nuclear explosion in either of the countries could cause more casualties than Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The report titled 'Nuclear terrorism and nuclear accidents in South Asia', also cautions that radioactive fallout from a dirty bomb in a major commercial center in either of the neighbors could have potentially disastrous economic, psychological and political ramifications”.
This report has been provided to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee whose chairman Senator Richard Lugar (R-Indiana) intends to make it part of his campaign to extend the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program on nuclear proliferation to South Asia.
The report concludes that “although India and Pakistan 'have established regulatory bodies to deal with the safety and security of their nuclear materials,' these may not be sufficient to protect against every potential threat”.
          Another report, authored by Kishore Kuchibhotla, a PhD student in biophysics at Harvard, and Matthew McKinzie, a nuclear physicist serving as a staff scientist with USA’s Nuclear Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, argued that “…three other types of events could prompt unintended escalation in South Asia: a terrorist use of RDDs (radiological dispersal devices); a terrorist detonation of a nuclear weapon; and the accidental explosion of nuclear arms -- for example at military bases in either India or Pakistan… The report points out that while nuclear weapons themselves are closely guarded, all sorts of radioactive material could be found in research laboratories and hospitals that could provide the basic materials for the making of a dirty bomb…. Nearly 10,000 radioactive sources are used throughout India of which about 400 are particularly worrisome...”  The report predicts that “…dirty bomb detonation in Karachi, New Delhi, Mumbai and Islamabad” could result in “casualties that at the very minimum would number in the tens of thousands”.
The general tenor of anti-Pakistan propaganda is that the nuclear weapons would surely fall into the hands of terrorists.  But, the history of terrorism reflects that “terrorists” are not interested in mass killing (or nuclear bombs which are a WMD).  Verinde Grover, in his Encyclopaedia of International Terrorism, points out that the terrorists strike symbolic targets (which could yield widespread publicity).
          It appears that the concern about the “dirty bombs” is overblown.  History of terrorism reflects that “terrorists” are interested in symbolic targets (which could yield widespread publicity), not in mass killing (vide Verinde Grover’s Encyclopaedia of International Terrorism). 
          A “dirty bomb” is not known to have been tested by any country or detonated by any “terrorist” anywhere in the world.  So, scope of its destructive power is shrouded in mystery.  However, fall-out of the tested A-bombs is well recorded.  The major powers declared moratoriums on nuclear-bombs testing only in 1992.  The pre-1992-period test scoreboard of the USA, former Soviet Union, France, and Britain is an explosion every 18 days, 21 days, 61 days, and 331 days (R.  Venkataraman Nuclear Explosion and its Aftermath). 
(To be continued)


 
REAL THREAT: BIO-TERROR OR NUKES? (II)
In Cold War era, news portals used to be flooded with revelations about “Soviet union’s stockpiles of bio-terror weapons”.  Testimonies by Soviet defectors were used by international media to criticise Russian bio-weapons programme­.  After defecting to the USA, Ken Alibek, deputy chief of Russia’s bio-weapon programme Biopreparat, reported in 1992 that the ‘Soviets had manufactured 40 tons of weaponised smallpox, a virus thought to have been eradicated from face of the earth”.  He further revealed that ‘Russia’s arsenal of disease included anthrax, plague, tularemia, brucellosis, Q fever and glanders’. 
Current medical research treats Alibek’s revelations are propaganda gimmicks.  In Cold War era, the Soviet Union was the target (Now, the target is the nuclear Pakistan or the nuclear-threshold Islamic countries). 
What is the truth about Russia’s bio-terror weapons? Russia has never tested or used weaponised smallpox.  Pamela Weintraub points out, in her Bio-terrorism (page 80), that it was the British forces that ‘first used small pox as a biological weapon during the French and Indian Wars (1754-67).  The British forces in North America distributed blankets used by small pox patients to American Indians adding the French.  The resulting epidemic killed more than 50% of many affected tribes’.
The Soviet Union or the terrorists are no fools to waste their time and money on weaponising smallpox. Pamela adds, “The threat of smallpox as a bio-weapon was dramatically reduced in 1796, when Edward Jenner showed that an infection caused by cowpox protected against smallpox, laying the intellectual framework for a vaccine”.
During his testimony before the USA’s Congress, Alibek said, “Hundreds of tons of anthrax formulation were stockpiled. Use of anthrax and other weapons was envisioned on a massive scale, to cause extensive disruption of vital civilian and military activity”.
Even anthrax is not as deadly as portrayed by Alibek in his dire scenarios.  It is useless as a potential weapon of mass destruction (However, it may be attractive to the ‘terrorists’ because of its localised impact). 
Meryl Nass, M. D. of the Department of Internal medicine and Emergency medicine, Park view Hospital, Brunswick, Maine (USA) has expressed scepticism about lethality of anthrax. _  In the former Soviet city of Sverdlovsk  (now Ekaterinburg), leakage of anthrax spores from a bio-weapons factory killed ‘no more than 100 people out of more than a million of those potentially exposed.although the citizens were not notified …and therefore did not receive prompt antibiotic or optimal medical therapy’ (page 17 ibid).
Nass points out that ‘anthrax does not spread from person to person.  And when it travels with the wind, it follows a narrow path, and does not spread out widely over long distances.  That is why there were so few cases in Sverdlovsk. Workers in American factories that were grossly contaminated with anthrax spores, who inhaled hundreds of spores each day almost never developed inhalation anthrax, the most deadly form of the disease.  Therefore, if anthrax is used, it will affect only a limited area, and relatively small numbers of people.  It is a good terrorist weapon, as any use will strike terror in millions or billions of people.  But, it is a bad weapon if you are trying to inflict a massive amount of casualties’.
According to Dr Nass, massive casualties could be caused, for instance in New York city, by releasing 50 kilograms of anthrax through ‘a plane going back and forth, making multiple loops over the city, with the wind exactly right’.  Nass sarcastically explains that such an exploit requires that ‘we (Americans) lose control of the air space over our cities’.
Most anthrax in nature is caused by transmission of B. anthracis spores from the hair of goats, sheep, cattle, horses and swine.  In 1876, Robert Koch (founder of the germ theory) proved microbial origin of the disease.  Later, Louis Pasteur developed vaccine for the disease. Besides the vaccine, the disease can be cured with medicines like penicillin (in combination with chloramphenicol), doxycycline, ciproflaxacin and  clindamycin.
Before the anthrax mailbag attack of 2001, there were only 18 cases of inhalational anthrax in the USA in the twentieth century (the last one was recorded in 1976). The cases related to ‘individuals exposed to material processed in textile mills, including goat hair and skin as well as wool.             
Investigations confirmed that Japan’s former doomsday-cult Guru Shoko Asahara was trying to develop botulinium toxin by utilising toxin on green mamba snake and poisonous mushroom spore (the Guru was sentenced to “for masterminding the deadly 1995 nerve/chemical gas (sarin) attack on the Tokyo subway and a string of other crimes that killed 27 people”).
An effective bio-terrorism facility in a basement or a kitchen could be built for $ 200,000 to 2 million. Regarding use of biological weapons by “terrorists”, Professor Ramesh Chandra points out in his Global Terrorism (volume 1, page 27), “The US government indicates that these weapons are well within the reach of terrorists.  According to the Central Intelligence Agency, ‘Terrorist interest in … biological weapons is not surprising, given the relative ease with which some of these weapons can be produced in simple laboratories…  Although popular fiction and national attention have focused on terrorist use of nuclear weapons, chemical and biological weapons are more likely choices for such groups’”.
No terrorist outfit has ever been able to develop or detonate a nuclear device. Conspicuously, the real threat is bio-terrorism, not nuclear proliferation.
It is much easier and cheaper to make a chemical or biological bomb than a “dirty bomb” (It is believed that the chemical bombs used by Saddam’s Iraq against Iran were made with Indian know-how).  Though a “dirty bomb” has never been used by any “terrorist”, a bio/chemical bomb was actually used by Japan’s former doomsday-cult Guru Shoko Asahara.  The Guru was awarded death sentence (February 27, 2004) “for masterminding the deadly 1995 nerve/chemical gas (sarin) attack on the Tokyo subway and a string of other crimes that killed 27 people”.
The cult’s quest for biological weapons was overshadowed by its chemical attack capability.  The cult members were trying to develop botulinium toxin by utilising toxin on green mamba snake and poisonous mushroom spores,
Regarding use of chemical/biological weapons by “terrorists”, Professor Ramesh Chandra points out in his Global Terrorism (volume 1, page 27), “The US government indicates that these weapons are well within the reach of terrorists.  According to the Central Intelligence Agency, ‘Terrorist interest in chemical and biological weapons is not surprising, given the relative ease with which some of these weapons can be produced in simple laboratories…  Although popular fiction and national attention have focused on terrorist use of nuclear weapons, chemical and biological weapons are more likely choices for such groups’”.
Not only sarin, but also several other chemical agents like mustard, tabun, soman and VX are capable of dual use as pesticides and as a chemical weapon.  Chandra (op. cit., page 30) points out, “chemical warfare agents ‘can quite literally be manufactured in a kitchen or basement in quantities for sufficient for mass-casualty attacks’.  Therefore, the costs for a small-scale terrorist operation could be significantly less than $ 5 million”.
 Experts agree that it is more difficult to manufacture sarin gas, used by the “terrorists” in Japan, than mustard, tabun, and soman, et al. To some experts, an effective bio-terrorism facility could be built for $ 200,000 to 2 million.
Biological weapons, too, are easier to manufacture than “dirty bombs”.  Viruses could cause smallpox, Venezuelan equine encephalitis and hemorrhagic fevers like Ebola.
It appears that disproportionate emphasis on mythical “dirty bombs” vis-à-vis chemical-bio bombs is meant to press and exploit non-major or threshold nuclear states.  There being no universally-acceptable definition of “terrorism”, any state individual or group could be dubbed a “terrorist”. 
To control “terrorism”, it is necessary that no strong state should try to exploit a weak state, using “aiding abetting terrorism” as a subterfuge.  In historical context, efforts to distinguish “terrorism” from civil disobedience, revolutions, crime, banditry, freedom movement, etc have foundered. 
The best approach to control “terrorism” appears to be the one presented by Dr Ihekwoaba D. Onwudiwe (University of Maryland) in his The Globalisation of Terrorism.  He used World Systems Theory (dividing countries into dominant/core and dependent/peripheral groups) to identify the “terrorism” problem. 
Onwudiwe does not classify “terrorists” as criminals or freedom fighters. But looks at terrorism as “consequence of how the world is ordered”.  He postulates, “There are dominant nations that control world resources and manufacturing practices, and which possess the ability to translate their economic resources into political and military strength used to maintain a world order that continues to benefit their best interests…They have the military might to enforce their will when challenged…Patterns of terrorism are strongly influenced by nature of the capitalist world economic system. …Terrorism is a response to the structure of the world system, a response to the global inequality that exists between nations, the only solution that will have any significant impact on the reduction and control of terrorism are those that restructure the world; that is policies that eliminate cross-national inequality and existing patterns of exploitation that extend from the core to the peripheral nations of the world.  Military interventions, attempts at ‘target hardening’, or other forms of social control such as economic sanctions, may work in the short run to contain terrorism, but only temporarily.  In the long run, however, these policies have been and will continue to be ineffective since they do nothing to remedy the conditions that set the state for terrorism: namely global inequality”.
It appears that “missing cylinders” or “dirty bombs’ are a hoax to exploit nouveau-nuclear or nuclear-threshold nations.  Real threat emanates from chemical or bio-weapons.  Solution to terrorism lies in a less exploitative world order.


 
 
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Early life and career[edit]
Hudnut was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 17, 1932. He attended the Darrow School in New Lebanon, New York, and graduated from Princeton University in 1954, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.[1] He earned a Master's Degree in Theology from the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and was ordained a clergyman in 1957.[2]
Hudnut is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church and was the senior pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis from 1964 to 1972. He led the congregation with a moderate but active stance through the social issues of the 1960s, including the Vietnam War and race relations.[3] He previously served churches in Buffalo, NY and Annapolis, MD.
In the 1972 Republican primary for Indiana's 11th congressional district, Hudnut defeated future Congressman Dan Burton.[4] After winning the general election against four-term Congressman Andrew Jacobs, Jr., he served only one term in the 93rd United States Congress. While in Congress he sponsored seventeen bills that became law,[1] but he lost his reelection bid to Jacobs.[2]
Hudnut has received honorary degrees from 13 colleges and universities.
Mayor of Indianapolis[edit]
Hudnut became the mayor of Indianapolis in 1976. taking over from Richard Lugar, who had been the architect of the Unigov legislation that merged the government structures of Indianapolis and Marion County. Hudnut's goal was to change the city from "India-NO-place" to "India-SHOW-place."[5] His mayorship was defined by economic development in Downtown Indianapolis, business, construction, and sports.
Hudnut's policies were entrepreneurial, and he hoped to attract economic development by taking risks with raising taxes and issuing bonds. He opposed deficit spending and kept the city's bond rating at AAA.[5] He aimed for job growth, a widened tax base, and law and order. The city spent large amounts on tax incentives, infrastructure improvements, and development projects to attract business to the downtown area.
Over the sixteen years of his term, more than 30 major building projects took place downtown, including renovations and expansions to Monument Circle, Indianapolis Union Station, the Indiana University School of Medicine, and the Indiana Convention Center. Many office buildings were constructed, and companies such as Eli Lilly and American United Life committed to staying in Indianapolis.[5]
Indianapolis became known as the Amateur Sports Capital of the World, due in part to Hudnut's efforts at marketing the city. While mayor, Indianapolis held the 1987 Pan American Games and the 1982 National Sports Festival. Hudnut formed the Indiana Sports Corporation, which directed sporting projects such as the Indianapolis Tennis Center, Major Taylor Velodrome, and the IUPUI Natatorium.[5] In 1980 Hudnut formed a committee on building a new stadium to attract an National Football League team.[6] With the newly built Hoosier Dome and other incentives, he secretly negotiated with then-Colts owner Robert Irsay to bring the Colts to Indianapolis from Baltimore. On March 29, 1984 he organized the team's middle-of-the-night departure to Indianapolis with Mayflower moving vans, and he called it "one of the greatest days in the history of this city."[7]
Hudnut was also president of the National League of Cities and a member of the board for over twenty years.[1] In 1988, Hudnut was named City and State magazine's Nation's Most Valuable Public Official. In 1985 he earned the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns and in 1986 a Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service.[1]
Hudnut was a presidential elector in the 1980 Presidential election.[8]
In 1990, Hudnut ran for Indiana Secretary of State, but lost to Joseph H. Hogsett. He chose not to run for a fifth term as mayor in 1991.[5]
Later life[edit]
Hudnut now lives in Maryland. He served at the Hudson Institute in Indianapolis 1992 to 1994; and was President of the Civic Federation in Chicago 1994 to 1996. In 2004, Hudnut took office as the mayor of the town of Chevy Chase, Maryland.[2] He held the Joseph C. Canizaro Chair for Public Policy for the Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C.[9] from 1996 to 2010. Since then, he has taught at the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University in the MPS Real Estate Program, and is currently Executive Director of the program.
Hudnut has written five books:[1]
Minister Mayor, 1987, about his political and religious experiences
The Hudnut Years in Indianapolis, 1976–1991, 1995, about city leadership
Cities on the Rebound, 1998, an analysis of future successful cities
Halfway to Everywhere, 2003, about America’s best suburbs
Changing Metropolitan America: Planning for a More Sustainable Future, 2008


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 AND YES CONGRESSMAN DAN BURTON, I HAVE  VOTED ON STATE HOUSE BILLS, AND LATER WORKED WITH GRASSROOTS AND WORK IN INDIANA WITH SENATE/HOUSE BILLS.
AND I SECURED MY ENTIRE BIRTH RECORD TO WHAT THESE THIEVES DID TO ME BEHIND MY BACK IN FELONY FRAUD USING MY OLD STOLEN BIRTH AND VITAL RECORDS PRIOR TO 1980 INVALID/VOID.
YES I WROTE SENATOR RICHARD LUGAR A LETTER ALSO.
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