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Question: Has Bush caused the US to be outflanked?
The main Trend we have seen at Maravot News is that Bush's hostile policies worldwide have created new alliances among the EU, China, India, Russia and the Middle East. Also, the Monroe Doctrine is being challenged in South America.
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01.05.06 Still shining after all this time
January 4 The most recent self-portrait of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit shows the solar panels still gleaming in the Martian sunlight and carrying only a thin veneer of dust two years after the rover landed and began exploring the red planet. Spirit's panoramic camera took this mosaic of images on the 586th sol, or Martian day, of exploration (Aug. 27, 2005), as part of a mammoth undertaking that resulted in the largest panorama ever acquired by Spirit [More>>marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov]
01.05.06 Bird flu outbreak reported in Ukraine
January 6 An outbreak of suspected bird flu has been discovered in a village near Simferopol on the Crimean peninsula, Ukrainian television reported overnight. A large number of fowl have died in Soniatchne village and preliminary analysis confirmed the presence of the virus, local officials told the Kanal 5 television station. It is not yet known if the latest outbreak is the deadly H5N1 strain which has killed almost 70 people, mainly in east Asia. The presence of the H5N1 strain was first confirmed in Ukraine's Crimea region in December, after bird flu was first detected in the peninsula's northeastern corner near a migratory site for wild birds [More>>theaustralian.news.com.au]
01.05.06 Gas truce sparks talk of EU energy pact
January 5 Russia and Ukraine agreed a five-year gas supply deal yesterday, easing fears of impending shortages in continental Europe and prompting talk of new EU policies to head off supply problems in the future. Reacting to the deal between Russia's Gazprom and Ukraine's Naftogaz, top EU policymakers signalled the need for less reliance on Russian gas and even raised the notion of a drawing up a common European energy policy.
01.05.06 Suicide bombers kill 85 in two Iraqi cities
KARBALA, Iraq (Reuters) January 5 Two suicide bombers killed at least 85 people and wounded more than 100 in the Iraqi cities of Karbala and Ramadi on Thursday in one of the countryıs deadliest days for months. The attacks raised fears of an escalation in sectarian tensions, coming as they did in one of Shia Islamıs holiest cities, Karbala, and the Sunni Arab stronghold of Ramadi.
01.05.06 Update, 01.04.06 PM Sharon suffers serious stroke, cerebral hemorrhaging
January 4, 2:30am Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a serious stroke and had been anesthetized, the director general of Hadassah Ein Karem hospital in Jerusalem said late Wednesday. The prime minister was reportedly in serious condition and was suffering from cerebral hemorrhaging. He is currently undergoing emergency neurosurgery in an effort to stop internal bleeding in his brain. A short while after 1 a.m., Sharon's personal physician, Dr. Shlomo Segev told reporters, "PM is in surgery; the surgery is going as planned. We need to be patient. I have nothing else to add."
01.04.06 Two patients tested positive for bird flu, Health Minister of Turkey
ANKARA, January 4 Turkish Minister of Health Recep Akdag has confirmed this evening that two of the three patients brought to the Van Yuzuncuyil University Medical Faculty from eastern city of Agri's Dogubayazit town tested positive for bird flu. The third patient's illness has not been diagnosed yet.
01.04.06 Air rage castaway sent £3,000 bill for detour
January 4 The airline that dumped a drunken passenger on a remote Atlantic island after he was allegedly abusive to its cabin staff has launched a legal claim to recover the £3,000 cost of the detour. David Wilson, 53, was cast away after Monarch Airlines claimed that he swore at its crew when refused a bottle of wine on a four-hour flight from Manchester to Tenerife, two days after Christmas.
01.04.06 Multiple attacks on Iraq's bloodiest day in weeks
BAGHDAD (Reuters) January 4 A suicide bomber killed 36 people and wounded 40 at a Shia funeral and gunmen ambushed a vital fuel convoy outside Baghdad amid a wave of attacks that made Wednesday Iraqıs bloodiest day in weeks. Car bombs also went off in the capital and in the recently peaceful Shia holy city of Kerbala, suggesting a level of coordination that may be a response by Sunni Arab insurgents to last monthıs largely peaceful parliamentary election. [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
01.03.06 Abramoff pleads guilty to 3 felony charges
WASHINGTON, January 3 Former high-powered lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty today to three felony charges in a deal with federal prosecutors that helps clear the way for his testimony about members of Congress and congressional staffers in a wide-ranging political corruption investigation.
01.02.06 Newsweek : How much power should president have? "Full speed ahead"
January 9 issue Evan Thomas and Daniel Klaidman, Newsweek, report: The talk at the White House in the days and weeks after 9/11 was all about suitcase nukes and germ warfare and surprise decapitation strikes. Every morning, as they crossed West Executive Drive on their way to work in the West Wing, Bush administration staffers recall seeing a plain white truck with a galvanized metal chimney. Sensors sniffing for pathogens or radioactivity, they guessed, though they couldn't be sure. Like just about everything else at that spooky time, the purpose of the truck was a secret.
01.02.06 Car bomber kills Iraq police recruits
January 2 At least 16 people have been killed in Iraq, including seven police recruits blown up by a car bomber as they travelled on a bus. The recruits, who had just joined the force, were killed on Monday when the car bomber rammed his car into their bus near Baquba, north of Baghdad, as they travelled to the Kurdish northern region for training. Thirteen other recruits were wounded. At least eight more Iraqis were killed by machine gun fire in attacks elsewhere in the country, including children in a car. [More>>aljazeera.net ; See separate story, turkishpress.com, "Turkish ambassador survives Baghdad ambush."]
01.02.06 Iraq oil exports slip; minister quits
BAGHDAD (Reuters) January 2 Iraq's oil exports hit their lowest level since the war, according to figures released on Monday, heightening a sense of crisis as fuel supplies grow scarce and political leaders struggle to form a government.
01.02.06 Assad "will not meet with UN hariri commission"
BEIRUT / DAMASCUS (DPA) January 2 Syrian President Bashar Assad will not respond to a request to meet with the United Nations commission into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, a high-ranking Syrian official said on Monday. Ahmed Haj Ali, an official with Syriaıs ruling Baath party and advisor to the countryıs Information Ministry, told DPA that no meeting with Assad would take place that implied a "premeditated intention" by the Syrian leader in regard to the Hariri killing.
01.02.06 Bush defines intercepts as 'limited'
WASHINGTON, January 2 President Bush yesterday defined as "limited" a once-secret program to intercept al Qaeda-linked calls to and from the United States, saying, "This is a limited program designed to prevent attacks on the United States of America, and I repeat -- limited," Mr. Bush told reporters after visiting wounded troops at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.
01.02.06 Citizens vow to make 2006 "The year of impeachment"
January 2 David Swanson of afterdowningstreet.org reports: ImpeachPAC today announced the formation of a Citizens Impeachment Commission to make 2006 the "Year of Impeachment."
01.02.06 Iran closes women's publication
TEHRAN, January 3 The Iranian Government has ordered the closure of a daily newspaper and banned a new women's biweekly from publication in the first media crackdown since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took office in August. "The Supervisory Board on the Press agreed to the temporary closure of Asia newspaper and Nour-e Banovan and ordered their cases sent to court," said the Culture Ministry in the ban. No reason was given for the closure and ban although a journalist at the economic daily Asia said the paper had been given a warning in recent months for printing photographs of women considered to have been improperly dressed.
01.02.06 'Iranian children prefer non-didactic Western stories'
LONDON, January 2 Iranian children's book author Hushang Moradi Kermani believes that Western children's stories are received warmly in Iran because the writers avoid giving explicit and direct advice, both in non-fiction and fiction stories, unlike Iranian authors...Commenting on the popularity of the "Harry Potter" stories among Iranian children, Moradi Kermani said that the young readers feel they have escaped from boring and repetitious advice while reading the books. Children don't like didacticism in stories because it makes them feel like they are reading another schoolbook," he said. [Full story>>iranmania.com]
01.02.06 Update, 01.01.06 Russia cuts gas supply to Ukraine, Europe at risk
MOSCOW (Reuters) January 1 Russia cut gas supplies to Ukraine on Sunday in a dispute that could hit deliveries to a wintry Europe just as Moscow takes over as chairman of the Group of Eight wanting to showcase its role as a reliable energy source. The Russian state monopoly Gazprom said it had cut supplies to Ukraine by a quarter the level of Ukraine's own imports after Kiev refused to sign a new contract requiring it to pay four times as much. [More>>thestar.com.my ; See also rian.ru, "Gazprom cuts gas supplies to Ukraine by 120mln cu m a day." ; Update 01.02.06, timesonline.co.uk, "Russia to increase gas supply to Europe." and nytimes.com, "Russia restores most of gas flow despite dispute with Ukraine." : MOSCOW, January 2 The Russian gas monopoly said tonight that it would restore most of the natural gas that it withheld from a giant pipeline running through Ukraine to Western Europe. The decision does not resolve the dispute between Russia and Ukraine over price increases for the gas, but is meant to answer European complaints that its fuel supplies were jeopardized. Officials of the monopoly, Gazprom, said they would pump 95 million of the 125 million cubic meters of natural gas that it withheld from the flow on Sunday. As the Russians described it, this was to make up for gas that was not getting to Europe because Ukraine was siphoning off gas for itself, a charge that Ukraine officials denied...]
01.01.06 Turkish child being tested for bird flu dies
ANKARA, January 1 A 14-year-old Turkish boy, one of six people tested for bird flu, died on Sunday in eastern Turkey and his sister was in a critical and worsening condition, doctors said. Authorities were still waiting for test results and could not immediately confirm whether the fatality was caused by bird flu. If confirmed, it would be the first human fatality in the country from the virus.
01.01.06 'US planning to strike Iran's nuke facilities'
JERUSALEM (PTI) January 1 The United States is mulling a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities this year and has informed NATO member states to make similar preparations, a report claimed on Sunday. Military action against Teheran to foil its nuclear ambitions is one among several options being considered by NATO members, military Intelligence officials familiar with the Iran file told German daily Der Spiegel. Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Oman are also being updated with the plan, with American officials saying a military operation is 'a possible option', without giving a timetable, Ynetnews reported citing the report. [More>>expressindia.com ; See separate articles, thestar.com.my, "Iran develops uranium separation machinery." and spiegel.de, "Is Washington planning a military strike?"] : Recent reports in the German media suggest that the United States may be preparing its allies for an imminent military strike against facilities that are part of Iran's suspected clandestine nuclear weapons program. It's hardly news that US President George Bush refuses to rule out possible military action against Iran if Tehran continues to pursue its controversial nuclear ambitions. But in Germany, speculation is mounting that Washington is preparing to carry out air strikes against suspected Iranian nuclear sites perhaps even as soon as early 2006.
01.01.06 Syria expels former vice president
DAMASCUS, January 2 Syria's Baath party has expelled former vice president Abdel Halim Khaddam, who has implicated the regime in the murder of Lebanese ex-premier Rafiq Hariri. The party, which has ruled Syria with an iron grip since 1963, said Mr. Khaddam's comments to Dubai-based satellite channel Al-Arabiya from his base in exile in Paris were a "slander which violates the principles of the nation. The national leadership has decided to throw Khaddam out of the party. It considers him a traitor. Khaddam has betrayed the party, the homeland and the (Arab) nation," the party leadership said. [More>>theaustralian.news.com.au ; See separate story, dailystar.com.lb, December 31, 2005, Khaddam: Assad threatened Hariri over extension." : BEIRUT: Syrian President Bashar Assad directly threatened former Lebanese Premier Rafik Hariri months before the latter's assassination, it was revealed Friday night in a devastatingly frank interview by a former Syrian vice president ; See another story, turkishpress.com, December 30, 2005, "Erdogan: It is our sincere hope that what took place in Iraq will not be repeated in Syria."]
01.01.06 Mladic arrest for Srebrenica massacre is 'imminent'
January 1 The arrest of Ratko Mladic, the Serb general wanted for the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica, is thought to be imminent after Serbia's Prime Minister, Vojislav Kostunica, in a surprising turnaround, called the indicted war criminal "a stone around Serbia's neck." Mr. Kostunica, a conservative nationalist who in the past was a warm friend of Radovan Karadzic, the former Bosnian Serbian president, also indicted over Srebrenica and also on the run, conceded for the first time yesterday that his government needed to deliver Mladic to the Hague war crimes tribunal to avoid being at a disadvantage in talks on the future of Kosovo. International negotiations on the hotly disputed Serbian province whose Albanian majority clamours for independence are due to start this month. [More>>independent.co.uk]
01.01.06 Justice deputy resisted parts of spy program
WASHINGTON, January 1 A top Justice Department official objected in 2004 to aspects of the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program and refused to sign on to its continued use amid concerns about its legality and oversight, according to officials with knowledge of the tense internal debate. The concerns appear to have played a part in the temporary suspension of the secret program. The concerns prompted two of President Bush's most senior aides - Andrew H. Card Jr., his chief of staff, and Alberto R. Gonzales, then White House counsel and now attorney general - to make an emergency visit to a Washington hospital in March 2004 to discuss the program's future and try to win the needed approval from Attorney General John Ashcroft, who was hospitalized for gallbladder surgery, the officials said.
01.01.06 Palestinian forces free hostage after shootout with abductors
January 1 Palestinian security forces on Sunday stormed a building where an Italian hostage was being held, freeing the man after a shootout with his kidnappers, security officials said. The hostage, identified as Alessandro Bernardini, was seen being taken out of the building to safety by security personnel. There were no immediate reports of casualties from the shootout. The Italian was kidnapped from a minibus traveling through the southern town of Khan Yunis early Sunday. Armed men stopped the minibus, forced the Italian out and sped away with him. [More>>haaretzdaily.com]
01.01.06 Five Italians kidnapped in Yemen
January 1 Five Italian men have been taken hostage by Yemeni tribesmen, one day after a German family of five was freed after a long ordeal, a security source says. "We have received a report of the kidnapping of five Italians, all men, in Sirwa in the region of Marib," the source said, requesting anonymity. He said the tribe that kidnapped them on Sunday "could not be identified as yet". The area is 170km east of the capital, Sanaa. A former German diplomat and his family, who were taken hostage by Yemeni tribesmen in the east of the country, were freed on Saturday after security forces laid siege to the kidnappers' hideout. [More>>aljazeera.net]
01.01.06 Youths burn more than 400 vehicles in scattered New Year's Eve unrest in France
PARIS (AP) January 1 Rowdy revelers in France torched 425 vehicles overnight in scattered New Yearıs Eve unrest that has become an annual problem in troubled neighborhoods, the national police chief said Sunday. Last year, 333 cars were burned. Police Chief Michel Gaudin also said there were no major clashes this year between youths and police overnight, as had been feared. In what has become an annual tradition every New Yearıs Eve, youths set several hundred cars ablaze in France as festivities get out of hand.
LISBON, May 21 Adam Porter reports: Labour politician and former UK environment minister Michael Meacher has slammed Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George Bush for starting a war, he says, to secure oil interests.
August 9 (Maravot News, Mel Copeland) A trend in combatting terrorism has to do with what constitute's extremist activity, including teachings by immams, publication of books and retail book stores, etc. Statements like (8.09.05) Bakri Mohammed's, "...it would be 'against Islam' for him to inform the police of any terrorist attacks that he knew were being planned in Britain..." are better understood through an examination of modern scholastic trends in reinterpreting the Koran. See:
SAN FRANCISCO, June 17 Update. While the Federal Reserve continues to increase interest rates, the Exponentially rising Federal Debt is not being reported. What is not being reported is the fact that interest rates are tied to the US National Debt. This year the deficit is expected to exceed $420 billion, and interest on the debt which exceeds $8.2 trillion, is about $1 billion per day. Because the annual deficits are financed via the bond market, and because the amount of the bonds being sold exceeds demand, it is necessary to raise interest rates to attract investors in the US bonds financing the US debt. This routine of increasing debt on an exponential scale was experienced under the administration of George H. W. Bush. I predicted increasing interest rates "to sell bonds" in my conversation with Wm. F. Buckley Jr. at that time, in 1993, and I have repeated the prediction with regard to the current Bush administration's excesses and need to sell more bonds to finance the extraordinary deficits. The rate increases will continue in order to sell the overabundant US bonds. In a few words, George Bush's debt is causing your mortgage rates to increase, and they will continue to increase until the US assumes fiscal responsibility. Click here for details on this trend.
09.11.09 When a nation lacks a competent leader it invites disaster the legacy of Bush
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