NIGHTWATCH: Afghanistan Election Results, US Interference in Election, Abdullah is 100% Tajik and 100% Funded by Iran

Afghanistan: Update. The Independent Election Commission posted the final results of the first round of the presidential election. The top two candidates are Dr. Abdullah, who received 45% of the votes and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai who received 31.56%. The Commission indicated that 7 million people voted, or about 58% of the registered voters. Comment: An …

NIGHTWATCH: Polio Re-Emergent, Pakistan Central, CIA Partly to Blame

Pakistan: The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that Pakistan’s failure to stem the spread of polio has triggered a global health emergency. The WHO is recommending all residents must show proof of vaccination before they can leave the country and should present a polio vaccination certificate. The WHO’s emergency measures also apply to Syria …

NIGHTWATCH: Afghanistan-Russia-India, Good-Bye ISAF

India-Russia-Afghanistan: India, Russia and Afghanistan quietly have created a triangular arrangement for providing arms aid to Afghanistan after NATO withdraws. None of the countries have made an official announcement. Only a small number of news services, including The Moscow Times and Pakistani newspapers, have published articles about it. The arrangement was finalized in February when …

NIGHTWATCH: Russia, Crimea, Ukraine, & The Nazi Hydra – Beginning of a Long War to Eradicate 21st Century Nazis?

Russia: President Putin met the CEO of Siemens at his residence outside Moscow today. Siemens promised to continue working with the Russian firm Gazprom and to continue doing business in Russia. Comment: The Wall Street Journal published an insightful article describing how German firms have been working behind the scenes all month to maintain Russian …

NIGHTWATCH: Learning Estonian – Language as Liberty

Russia-Estonia: On 19 March at the U.N. Human Rights Council a Russian diplomat said Russia is concerned about Estonia’s treatment of its ethnic Russian minority. He said, “Language should not be used to segregate and isolate groups.” comparing language policy in Estonia to language policy in Ukraine after the ouster of Yanukovych. Comment: Estonia requires …

NIGHTWATCH: Ukraine-Crimea Update

Russia-US: The Russian president’s website posted the following summary of talks between the Russian and US presidents. “Text of report in English by Russian presidential website on 6 March”

NIGHTWATCH: Russia & Crimea, Ukraine & the West

Ukraine: In the past two days, events moved quickly again; this time in Crimea. The first reports of separatist actions indicated armed men without identifying insignia seized the airport at Simferopol, the regional capital. Russian news reports said Russian soldiers seized the airport that serves Sevastopol, the location of the Russian navy base.

NIGHTWATCH: Pakistan-Saudi Arabia Military Pact — Implications for China, India, Iran, And All Others

Pakistan – Saudi Arabia: The initial features of a bilateral strategic security and defense agreement between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have been agreed upon, according to unconfirmed sources. Under the agreement, Pakistan reportedly will provide all possible support to the Saudi army for defense of Saudi soil in any case of foreign aggression. Rumors in …

NIGHTWATCH: India Begins Military Support for Afghanistan — Robert Steele Comments

India-Afghanistan: Indian Minister of External Affairs Slaman Khurshid said on 15 February that India will provide helicopters to Afghanistan. “We are giving them helicopters and we will be supplying them very soon,” Khurshid told reporters accompanying him on a day-long visit to the Afghan city of Kandahar, where he inaugurated an agricultural university built with …