“BEYOND” is an exclusive documentary featuring photographer Joey L. Set in Varanasi, India. The documentary by filmmaker Cale Glendening follows Joey and his assistant Ryan as they complete their latest photo series- “Holy Men.”
Almost every major religion breeds ascetics; wandering monks who have renounced all earthly possessions, dedicating their lives to the pursuit of spiritual liberation.Their reality is dictated only by the mind, not material objects. Even death is not a fearsome concept, but a passing from the world of illusion.
Created by: Cale Glendening, Joey L., Ryan McCarney
Directed by: Cale Glendening
Edit/Color: Chris Dowsett, Cale Glendening, Joey L., Megan Miller, John Carrington
Graphic/Titles: James Zanoni
Original Score: Stephen Keech,Tony Anderson
All Photographs: Joey L.
Guiding/Translation: Raju Verma, Tejinder Singh
Special Thanks: Jesica Bruzzi / BH Photo, Kessler Crane
Sarah Palin’s on one of her rare trips outside the US, and told a reporter for India Today that the reason why the Republican ticket failed to win in 2008 was because she wasn’t at the top.
Speaking at the India Today Conclave in New Delhi, Palin was asked why the GOP ticket did not defeat then-Sen. Barack Obama (D). Palin said that Obama ran a strong campaign and effectively billed himself as a change candidate.
Pressed by India Today editor Aroon Purie that she also represented change, Palin replied, “I wasn’t at the top of the ticket, remember?”
Certainly not lacking in blissful self-confidence, is she? Especially when the truth is that her presence on the ticket was one of the biggest reasons for the GOP’s 2008 defeat.
President Obama’s state visit to India may not have cost $200 million a day, but it certainly is expensive for America’s commander in chief to travel abroad.
No matter what it cost, though, I’d hope most honest observers would admit this is very good news: On Day 1 of India visit, Obama showcases trade deals with US firms.
President Obama made a forceful case for free trade on the first day of his state visit to India, showcasing how trade with India can create US jobs.
He brought with him hundreds of US executives who finalized deals on the sidelines of the trip totaling nearly $10 billion in new US exports. The payoff for Mr. Obama’s argument: 50,000 new American jobs.
‘In our interconnected world, increased commerce between the United States and India can be and will be a win-win proposition for both nations,’ he said at a business summit in Mumbai. Noting that the US exports less to India than to the Netherlands – a country with fewer people than Mumbai – he said, “we can do better than that.”
The terrorist mass murderers who staged the Mumbai attacks were very well outfitted with the latest tech gadgetry.
MUMBAI, India – When the attackers arrived on the shores of Mumbai last month, they had studied satellite images of the city, were carrying handheld GPS sets and were communicating with their handlers via the Internet and satellite phone.
Many of the Indian police they encountered did not even have walkie-talkies.
The Mumbai gunmen not only overwhelmed security forces with their weaponry and willingness to die, but also with their sophisticated use of technology, security experts said.
The Prime Minister of India is calling Pakistan the ‘epicenter of terrorism,’ and hinting broadly that India’s patience is reaching its end.
NEW DELHI (AFP) – India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday called Pakistan “the epicentre of terrorism” and said the international community must deal with the problem.
“We have to galvanise the international community to deal with the epicentre of terrorism, which is located in Pakistan,” Singh said in a speech to parliament.
The prime minister said India had exercised “the utmost restraint so far” but added that should not be “misconstrued” as a sign of weakness. He said India “cannot be satisfied with mere assurances on an end to terror emanating from Pakistan.”
Pakistan is one epicenter of terrorism, it’s true, but not the only one. Our friends the Saudis are pretty accomplished at funding and exporting extremist Islam around the world, too, and it’s a continuing mistake to ignore them.
The United Nations Security Council has actually labeled four Pakistanis linked to the Mumbai atrocities as terrorists.
UNITED NATIONS – A U.N. Security Council panel has designated four men allegedly linked to the Mumbai attacks as terrorists subject to sanctions.
The four men hold leadership positions in the banned Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba that is accused of orchestrating last month’s attacks that left 171 dead in Mumbai.
The four are Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Lashkar’s operations chief; Muhammad Saeed, the group’s leader; Haji Muhammad Ashraf, its chief of finance; and Mahmoud Mohammad Ahmed Bahaziq, a financier with the group.
Following Condoleezza Rice’s appearance on CNN in which she stated unequivocally that “there was no doubt the Mumbai attacks were planned in Pakistan,” Pakistani security forces have raided one camp run by the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist gang.
Otherwise known as: keeping up appearances.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani security forces on Sunday raided a camp used by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), two sources said, in a strike against the militant group blamed by India for last month’s deadly attacks on Mumbai.
Local man Nisar Ali told Reuters the operation began in the afternoon in Shawai on the outskirts of Muzaffarabad, the capital of the Pakistani side of disputed Kashmir region.
“I don’t know details as the entire area was sealed off, but I heard two loud blasts in the evening after a military helicopter landed there,” Ali said.
An official with the Jamaat-ud-Dawa charity, which is linked to LeT, said security forces had taken over the camp.
(Hat tip: Thanos.)
It’s now been conclusively proven that the surviving terrorist from the Mumbai atrocities was from Pakistan.
Details are emerging about the horrific ordeals faced by many of the victims of the Mumbai atrocities: ’We were lined up and shot,’ Mumbai family tells ordeal.
Father Apoorva, a 57-year-old builder, is still recovering from his injuries. Still reeling with shock, the family was initially even hesitant to tell their name.
Instead, Parikh’s son Rohan, 22, a business student, recounted his father’s experience in an email.
His father had gone to the Oberoi that night for dinner with two of his closest friends, he said.
The three friends were at a restaurant on the first floor of the Oberoi when they heard gunshots. The hotel staff tried to rush the guests out of the kitchen exit.
‘As the guests tried to rush into the kitchen, one terrorist burst into the restaurant and began to shoot anyone that remained in the restaurant. At this point my father was in the kitchen and, along with his two friends, rushed to the fire exit.
‘They had barely descended a few steps when they were trapped from both ends by terrorists.
‘The terrorists then rounded up anyone alive (about 20 people) and made them climb the service staircase to the 19th floor. On reaching the 18th floor landing they made the people line up against a wall.
‘One terrorist then positioned himself on the staircase going up from the landing and the other on the staircase going down from the landing.
‘Then, in a scene right out of the Holocaust, they simultaneously opened fire on the people. My father was towards the centre of the line with his two friends on either side. Out of reflex, or presence of mind, he ducked as soon as the firing began.
‘One bullet grazed his neck, and he fell to the floor as his two friends and several other bodies piled on top of him. The terrorists then pumped another series of bullets into the heap of bodies to finish the job.
‘This time a bullet hit my father in the back hip. Bent almost in double, crushed by the weight of the bodies above him, and suffocating in the torrent of blood rushing down on him from the various bodies my father held on for 10 minutes while the terrorists left the area.
‘When he finally had the courage to wiggle his arms he found that there were four other survivors in the room. They communicated to each other by touch as they were too afraid to make a sound.
‘My father moved just enough to allow himself room to breathe and then lay still. The survivors passed over 12 hours lying still in the heap of bodies too afraid to move.
‘They constantly heard gunfire and hand grenades going off in the other parts of the hotel. They feared that any noise would bring the terrorists back.
‘After approximately 12 hours, the terrorists returned with a camera and flashlight and joked and laughed as they filmed what they thought was a pile of dead bodies.
‘They then moved to the landing below where they set up explosives. On their departing, my father decided that it was too risky to remain where they were, due to the explosives.’
The three survivors then climbed the rest of the stairs to reach an air-cooling plant room where they hid, drinking sips of water from the air-conditioning unit, till Friday, November 28, morning when a commando team rescued them and took them to hospital.
British tabloid The Mirror has a curious report that says the Mumbai terrorists were hopped up on cocaine and LSD.
The Mumbai terrorists may have pumped themselves full of drugs to keep going during their murderous three-day rampage.
Indian police sources say tests on the bodies of dead Islamic fanatics revealed traces of stimulant drugs.
One said: “We found injections containing traces of cocaine and LSD left behind by the terrorists and later found drugs in their blood. There was also evidence of steroids, which isn’t uncommon in terrorists. These men were all toned, suggesting they had been doing some heavy training for the attacks. This explains why they managed to battle the commandos for over 50 hours with no food or sleep.”
The source said one gunman is thought to have injected himself with large doses of stimulant so he could keep on fighting after he was seriously wounded.
I’m skeptical about this. Cocaine, not out of the question. Steroids, sure. But LSD? A powerful hallucinogen seems like a poor drug choice to fuel a terrorist massacre spree. Somebody in the Indian police is pulling The Mirror’s leg.