A very happy and a prosperous 2011 to all the readers of Canary Trap. As we enter the new year, we bring you the top 10 posts of 2010 from different categories (Corruption, Politics, Security and Intelligence, History, Media Analysis).

It has been an eventful year for Canary Trap and we have tried our best to keep our readers updated regarding all the issues that made headlines.

From the Telecom Scam, controversy surrounding the Nuclear Liability Bill, Mining mess in Karnataka, David Headley case, Terrorism in India, Bhopal gas tragedy case, Paid news phenomenon, crisis in the Indian intelligence agencies, important political developments, to the revelations made by Wikileaks, Canary Trap has always been ahead in giving out information. Our list of guest bloggers is also expanding and we will be publishing a wide range of opinions on important issues in 2011.

So, here’s a list of Canary Trap’s top 10 posts of 2010:

1. Is Headley US’s another Ali Abdel Saoud Mohamed?
Category: Security and Intelligence
Date: January 7, 2010
Excerpt:
David Headley’s case is frighteningly similar to another US informant, which the US would never want to forget. Ali Mohamed — former Egyptian army officer turned CIA operative, Special Forces advisor, and an FBI informant — is one of the most dangerous intelligence operator who compromised the US intelligence community before the fateful September 11, 2001 attacks. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE….

2. Who leaked classified US info on Indo-Pak War in 1971?
Category: History
Date: January 13, 2010
Excerpt:
Jack Anderson, an American investigative journalist, first reported about the US tilt towards Pakistan under secret orders from then President Richard Nixon. Anderson got the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 1972 for his reports on US’ tilt away from India. The United States administration had ordered a high-level inquiry into the special reports by Anderson in The Washington Post on December 14 and December 16, 1971. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE…

3. Tapping, trapping and Telecom Scam
Category: Corruption
Date: April 28, 2010
Excerpt:
The intercepted calls also exposed the extent of lobbying done for ministerial berths and the helplessness of none other than the Prime Minister in preventing corrupt people from occupying high offices. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE…

4. This, is “News”
Category: Media Analysis
Date: May 15, 2010
Excerpt:
Yes it’s a trade; it’s always been one. All it has done is metamorphosed from the practice of a skill to the far more realistic you-scratch-my-back-and-I-scratch-yours stage. Nah, that’s a dirty phrase. It just trivializes the effort that goes into sustaining the mystic of morality while manufacturing opinion. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE…

5. Is the new GoM on Bhopal gas tragedy a farce?
Category: Politics
Date: June 15, 2010
Excerpt:
The 55-page PMO documents gathered using Right to Information Act (RTI) shows manifest collusion between ministers, officials and Dow Chemicals to protect it from the liabilities of industrial catastrophe of Bhopal. The documents reveal how some of the ministers who have been made part of Group of Ministers (GoM) by the Prime Minister have been acting to safeguard the interest of the US corporation in question, which is liable for Bhopal disaster. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE…

6. Mining Mess: Open letter to Manmohan Singh
Category: Corruption
Date: August 7, 2010
Excerpt:
It is ironic that while iron ore worth Rs 100 crores is being pilfered and looted by private interests each day in a cosy crony capitalistic relationship, NMDC is looking for fresh investment for iron ore in Australia! Add to that the proposed allotment of iron ore to private barons worth trillion of dollars for petty royalty and not to NMDC, the tragedy of a poor nation suffering at the hands of corrupt politicians is complete. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE…

7. Why banning BlackBerry is not the answer?
Category: Security and Intelligence
Date: August 15, 2010
Excerpt:
Given the Indian Government’s record in illegally tapping phones there is a huge possibility of them using the access to BB devices to monitor communications of business leaders, journalists, social activists, political rivals, and bureaucrats among others. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE…

8. CWG, Kalmadi, Indian Media and Paid News
Category: Media Analysis
Date: August 26, 2010
Excerpt:
A leading English newspaper sent a proposal to Kalmadi for positive coverage of the CWG in November 2009. The entire deal was worth Rs 12.19 crore. The media group wanted an “Official Newspaper” status for its flagship newspaper. The proposal stated: “We do not solicit any financial assistance from CWG for the above activities apart from the regular advertising support for encouragement.” CLICK HERE TO READ MORE…

9. Is Ratan Tata’s SC petition on 2G tapes a bad strategy?
Category: Corruption
Date: November 29, 2010
Excerpt:
Ratan Tata would be well advised to sack the lobbyist, withdraw the petition from the Supreme Court and let the tapes remain in the public domain. Otherwise he risks damaging his reputation forever which will be a sad thing. As for the tapes, they will remain in public domain (the Internet is too vast to be covered by a court injunction). CLICK HERE TO READ MORE…

10. Telecom Scam: Is Swan Telecom being let off?
Category: Corruption
Date: December 30, 2010
Excerpt:
None of the people involved in the cover up have answered the question as to who was the owner of Tiger Trustee from 2/3/07, the date on which the application was filed to 18/10/07, the date on which pan-India license was given to Reliance Communication and on which date the company Tiger Trustee was transferred to Balwa and Goenka for a paltry investment of 4.99 crores? CLICK HERE TO READ MORE…