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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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01.19.06 Arab TV airs audiotape said to be from bin Laden
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, January 19 The Arabic satellite channel Al Jazeera broadcast an audiotape today that it attributed to Osama bin Laden, in which he said that more attacks against the United States were being prepared, while offering the possibility of a truce under unspecified conditions. It was not immediately clear when the tape was made, but it was the first tape believed to be directly from the leader of Al Qaeda to be released in about a year, and its release came after the United States launched an airstrike in a Pakistani village aimed at Mr. bin Laden's second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri.
01.19.06 Five Al-Qaeda suspects arrested in Swat
SWAT, January 19 Security officials raided a house and a mosque in the northwestern town of Swat late and arrested five foreigners on suspicion of links with al-Qaida, security officials said. The suspects appeared to be Afghans and are believed to be involved in various militant activities and are still being questioned, said the officials. The names of the four apprehended suspects are Ammad Uddin, Farooq, Majeed Allah, and Sakhi Allah while the identity of the fifth one was kept confidential. [jang.com.pk]
01.19.06 Fifteen killed in double Baghdad bomb blasts
BAGHDAD (AFP) January 19 At least 15 people were killed and 46 wounded in a double bomb attack on Thursday in central Baghdad, an interior ministry official said. A suicide bomber walked into a coffee shop where he blew himself up killing 12 civilians and injured scores more, while a car bomb targeted an Iraqi police patrol passing nearby killing at least three, the official said. The almost simultaneous attacks came despite government efforts to tighten up security in the capital ahead of the release on Friday of final election results following last month¹s election. [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
01.19.06 Indonesian tests show toddler died of bird flu
JAKARTA (Reuters) January 20 An Indonesian toddler who died this week has tested positive for bird flu after initial results were inconclusive, a Health Ministry official said on Thursday. The boy's 13-year-old sister died of the deadly H5N1 virus last week, according to local tests. Both still need to be confirmed by outside laboratories recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO). [More>>thejakartapost.com]
01.19.06 Two senior Al Qaeda men killed in Bajaur raid
PESHAWAR, January 18 At least two senior Al Qaeda commanders and a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden¹s second in command, Dr. Ayman Al Zawahiri, are believed to have been killed in last week¹s attack in the Bajaur tribal region, credible sources said. Sources told Dawn that the pre-dawn US aerial assault on three compounds in Damadola, Bajaur, on Friday killed four foreign militants. Eighteen civilians, mostly women and children, were also killed in the deadly attack causing public anger and protest demonstrations. Pakistan condemned the attack and summoned the US ambassador to lodge a formal protest. The government, however, on Tuesday issued an official statement claiming the death of four foreign militants in the attack.
01.19.06 Russia to follow IAEA advice
MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) January 19 Russia will follow advice of the International Atomic Energy Agency on the Iranian nuclear issue when the governors of the UN's nuclear watchdog meet next, Russia's foreign minister said Thursday. As the Iran dispute continues to dominate global affairs, Sergei Lavrov said after talks with his French counterpart, Philippe Douste-Blazy, that the nuclear non-proliferation regime should guide the search for solutions to the Iranian issue and highlighted that it was central to Russia's construction of a power plant in Iran. [More>>rian.ru]
01.19.06 Thirty wounded, one seriously in bombing near old central bus station
January 19 A suicide bomber blew up near the old central bus station in southern Tel Aviv at around 3:45 P.M. on Thursday, wounding at least 30 people. Islamic Jihad said that it carried out the attack. The terrorist group has claimed responsibility for each of the six suicide bombings in Israel since a truce took effect last February. Police said that the suicide bomber was the only person killed in the explosion. [More>>haaretzdaily.com]
01.18.06 Ukraine detects new case of bird flu
January 18 Officials in the Ukraine say they have detected new cases of bird flu in the country. Officials say five birds found dead in Sevastopol were infected with the illness. Ukrainian health authorities are urging the public to exercise caution to prevent the sickness from spreading. Meanwhile, in Beijing today, donor countries and organizations pledged $1.9 billion to fight the spread of the bird flu virus. That was above the targeted $1.2 billion -- though most of the pledges were in the form of loans. Bird flu has been blamed for the deaths of some 75 people in East Asia since 2003. Four children died of the illness this month in Turkey -- though none of the deaths were believed caused by human to human transmission. [Radio Free Europe]
01.18.06 Italy hit by Russian gas shortage
January 18 Italy has had to dip into its gas reserves to make up for a shortfall in supplies from Russia, Italian energy group ENI has said. It says it had to use four million cubic metres of gas from reserves because supplies were 5% below demand. Russia has denied reports that it is holding back gas for its domestic market because of freezing conditions. Italy's Industry Minister Claudio Scajola has called a crisis meeting with energy firms to discuss the issue. The announcement by ENI came after news agencies reported that Russia's state-owned Gazprom had cut supplies by 20% to parts of Europe because of cold weather.
01.18.06 Unkosher in Washington
January 18 An editorial by Eliyahu Sterrn, Jerusalem Post, explains what hides under the curious black fedora worn by Jack Abramoff: The New York Times and ABC News just could not understand why Jack Abramoff, a master of public relations, would walk out of a courtroom where he pleaded guilty to three felony accounts wearing a Mafioso-styled black fedora. Whose sympathy exactly was he after? While the Times could not understand the bizarre spectacle, Jews recognized Abramoff's headgear all too well as a sign of Orthodox piety.
01.18.06 Bush administration one of the worst in history: Hillary
WASHINGTON (PTI) January 18 In what is seen as yet another indication of her being a factor in US presidential polls of 2008, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has ripped the Bush administration terming it as "one of the worst" in history. The Democratic Senator from New York, who is wife of former President Bill Clinton, also condemned the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives comparing it to a plantation where dissent is put down. [More>>expressindia.com ;
See also villagevoice.com editorial by Sydney H. Schanberg, January 17, "Empirical News" : Transfixed as I've become by the new empire spreading out of Washington, I offer some empirical news bits that have recently drawn my attention. President Bush, who for now has resisted accepting the "emperor" title and its crown and scepter, gave a speech last week to a select group of admirers in Lexington, Kentucky. It was one of those unilateral orations about his Iraq war and related subjects, such as the patriotic, secret spying on Americans that he authorized shortly after the 9-11 terrorist attack. Of course, it's no longer secret, because the treasonous New York Times outed the covert operation on December 16. But the president has acted swiftly, ordering a secret investigation into that heinous act. More reporters may be going to jail. The president says no mercy will be shown to those who comfort the enemy. Anyway, I'm watching his speech on CNN and suddenly the president utters one of those giggly little fibs he likes to tease America with. He says of the soldiers he has sent into battle: "When you put these kids in harm's way, we owe them the best equipment, the best training, and a strategy for victory."
Editorial note: This report appeared in major US media January 17 and a subsequent press release from the Bush administration complained that it had no idea what Hillary meant with regard to the plantation reference. We recorded this report from India to stress what other nations are picking up with regard to Bush administration problems. Indians, of course, can appreciate what is meant by a government run as a plantation, since that is how the British ran India and other colonies; the Dutch were particularly good at the practice in exploiting Indonesia.
01.18.06 Official US agency paints dire picture of 'out-of-control' Iraq
January 18 An official assessment drawn up by the US foreign aid agency depicts the security situation in Iraq as dire, amounting to a "social breakdown" in which criminals have "almost free rein." The "conflict assessment" is an attachment to an invitation to contractors to bid on a project rehabilitating Iraqi cities published earlier this month by the US Agency for International Development (USAid).
01.18.06 Ambush kills 10 guards in Baghdad
BAGHDAD, January 18 Ten security guards were killed after an ambush on their cars here today and a Malawian engineer in their convoy was kidnapped during the attack, according to an official from the Interior Ministry. News agencies reported that the guards were Iraqi. More than 400 foreigners and at least 36 journalists have been kidnapped in Iraq since 2003, along with thousands of Iraqis. Most foreigners have been released, but dozens have been killed.
01.18.06 North Korea secures China's support on nuclear issue
MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) January 18 North Korean leader Kim Jong Il secured Chinese support in resolving the international standoff over his regime's nuclear ambitions as he met with President Hu Jintao at the end of an unofficial eight-day visit to China Wednesday. According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Hu pledged help in fostering the resumption of the stalled six-nation talks on North Korea's nuclear program, which, along with the two Koreas and China, also involve the United States, Japan and Russia. He described the six-party talks as "the correct choice" for settling the nuclear dispute.
01.18.06 Indonesia to sell stakes in state-owned companies
JAKARTA (Dow Jones) January 18 The Indonesian government plans to start selling stakes in state-owned companies in the second half of this year in an effort to cut the budget deficit, a senior minister said on Wednesday. "We will start the privatization program in the second half of this year. We will sell a stake in 15 state owned companies," State Minister of State-owned Enterprises Sugiharto told reporters. He didn't mention the names of the companies, but analysts expect the government to sell stakes in mining and plantation companies, port operators and banks.
01.18.06 Sixth human bird flu death in China
BEIJING, January 18 A woman southwestern China has become the country's sixth human fatality from bird flu. The 35-year-old woman, identified only by the surname Wei, died January 11, the Health Ministry said. It said she lived in Jiangyang, a city in Sichuan province. The brief statement, carried by the official Xinhua News Agency, didn't say whether it was known how the woman contracted the disease. It was the ninth human case of bird flu reported in mainland China. [theaustralian.news.com ; See also chinabroadcast.cn]
01.17.06 World powers split over Iran nuclear program
VIENNA (AFP) January 17 World powers appeared split on how to handle the crisis over Iran's nuclear program, with Russia and China resisting European and US pressure for UN action and Tehran threatening reprisals. In London, Prime Minister Tony Blair's spokesman said he retained hope of a diplomatic solution in what one high-ranking official described as a "gradual sustained build-up" of pressure on Iran that could avert UN sanctions. The official dismissed as "vacuous" an offer by Tehran to resume talks this month, but conceded that there would be a "great deal of diplomacy to pursue" in order to build an international consensus to bring Iran into line. [More>>turkishpress.com]
01.17.06 Flu-hit Turkey reports 21st human case, as boy's health worsens
ANKARA (AFP) January 17 Turkey announced that another child was diagnosed with bird flu, raising to 21 the total number of human cases in the country, among them four teenagers already dead and a small boy in worsening condition. With the lethal virus now raging at the threshold of Europe, officials from half of the world's nations gathered in Beijing for a two-day meeting aimed at raising 1.5 billion dollars to help fight the disease. The Turkish health ministry identified the new case of H5N1 infection as a child from the remote eastern town of Dogubeyazit, near the border with Iran, from where the four dead also hailed. [More>>turkishpress.com]
01.17.06 Mass grave uncovered in Iraq
January 18 A mass grave containing the bodies of 22 people believed to have been killed during a failed Shia uprising has been found near one of Iraq's holiest cities, security officials say. Security sources on Tuesday said the remains of 22 people had been uncovered near the holy Shia city of Najaf, where a number of mass graves have been found since the fall of Saddam Hussein in April 2003. They are believed to be victims of a violent repression by Saddam's regime of a Shia uprising in 1991 following the Gulf War which rid Iraqi invasion troops from neighboring Kuwait. "The remains were found by accident at a building site in the Kifl region on the road between Najaf and Karbala," one source said. "A search is ongoing to find other bodies," the source said, adding that at least five mass graves dating back to 1991 have been found in the region in recent years. [More>>aljazeera.net]
01.17.06 US airstrike believed to have killed Qaeda men
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) January 18 A US airstrike in Pakistan last week killed at least four foreign terrorists, a Pakistani official said on Tuesday. Fahim Wazir, the chief government official in the region where the strike occurred, said at least 10 or 12 terrorists from outside Pakistan had been invited to attend a feast in the village of Damadola. Wazir said in a statement that militants had carted off the bodies of the foreigners before authorities arrived at the scene of the attack. US officials have said the airstrike on Friday was meant to kill al Qaeda No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri.
01.16.06 Egypt on Iran: We will not accept a new nuclear power
January 17 Egypt on Monday said it supported using nuclear technology for peaceful purposes but rejected the emergence of a nuclear military power in the region, in its first official reaction to the standoff over Iran's nuclear program.
01.16.06 CNN banned from Iran
TEHRAN (AFP) January 16 The US-based news channel CNN has been banned from working in Iran for having quoted President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as saying his country is seeking nuclear weapons, a government official told AFP Monday. During CNN's live translation of a press conference by Ahmadinejad Saturday, the president was quoted as saying that "we believe all nations are allowed to have nuclear weapons" and that the West should not "deprive us to have nuclear weapons." The president was, however, using a Farsi word that meant "technology" and not "weapons." [More>>iranfocus.com ; See cnn.com, " Reports: Iranian president asks end to CNN ban."]
01.16.06 Turkey, Syria carry out poultry culling
January 16 Turkey has extended the culling of poultry across the country after a girl died from suspected bird flu and her brother was diagnosed with the deadly H5N1 virus. Three children have already died from avian flu in Turkey, the first human victims reported outside East Asia since H5N1 re-emerged in 2003. The potentially deadly virus has been found in wild birds and poultry over a third of Turkey, especially in villages reaching from Istanbul at Europe's gates to Van near the Iranian and Iraqi borders. Turkish authorities have culled 600,000 wild birds and poultry to try to contain the crisis...If Fatma is confirmed to have died from the virus, it would bring the number of human cases in Turkey to 20...In a related development, Syria culled birds at a market near the Turkish border on Sunday to prevent the spread of bird flu across their 490km border, though the birds showed no sign of illness, a health official said. [Full story>>aljazeera.net]
01.16.06 Uzbekistan suspends US pro-democracy NGO, citing law abuse
TASHKENT (RIA Novosti) January 16 International NGO Freedom House will have its operations in Uzbekistan suspended for violating the country's law, the Justice Ministry said in a press release Monday. According to the ministry, a civil court in the capital, Tashkent, ordered the suspension after carrying out an inquiry into the ministry's allegations that Freedom House had grossly violated Uzbekistan's registration and licensing laws and failed to provide financial reports to Uzbek authorities. The U.S.-based pro-democracy NGO was accused, among other things, of letting local human rights organizations use its Internet facilities.
01.16.06 Twenty-six die in Afgjan suicide bombings
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, January 16 Bombers killed at least 26 people in two separate attacks in southern Afghanistan on Monday, further raising fears that militants here were copying the tactics of Iraqi insurgents. An attacker riding a motorcycle blew himself as a crowd left a wrestling match in Spin Boldak, killing 20 people and wounding at least 20 others, provincial governor Asadullah Khalid and witnesses said.
01.16.06 Saudi police arrest 5 suspected terrorists in capital
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) January 17 Saudi police arrested five suspected terrorists on Monday in raids in several neighborhoods in the capital and seized large quantities of explosives and money, security officials said. The officials said the five suspects - four Saudis and one foreigner - are believed to be part of a network preparing for a terror attack in Riyadh.
01.16.06 Gore says Bush broke the law with spying
January 16 Former vice president Al Gore accused President Bush of breaking the law by authorizing wiretaps on U.S. citizens without court warrants and called on Congress yesterday to reassert its oversight responsibilities on a "shameful exercise of power" by the White House.
01.16.06 Cronkite's Vietnam moment: 'US must leave Iraq'
NEW YORK, January 17 Walter Cronkite, the former network news anchor they called "the most trusted man in America", has added his voice to those calling for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, echoing an appeal he made in 1968 to President Lyndon Johnson to cut his losses in Vietnam. It has been 25 years since Mr. Cronkite, now 89, hard of hearing and slow of gait, has presided over the nightly news bulletins for CBS, but he is still employed by the network and his status as an affable and avuncular national sage is intact. So his comments, made at a gathering of television critics in California, will reverberate. They came as the Democrat congressman John Murtha, who shocked the White House in November by advocating a withdrawal from Iraq, reiterated his stance and predicted that all US troops would be out by year's end. [More>>independent.co.uk]
01.15.06 New Zogby Poll shows majority of Americans support impeaching Bush for wiretapping
January 15 By a margin of 52% to 43%, Americans want Congress to consider impeaching President Bush if he wiretapped American citizens without a judge's approval, according to a new poll commissioned by AfterDowningStreet.org, a grassroots coalition that supports a Congressional investigation of President Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003. The poll was conducted by Zogby International, the highly-regarded non-partisan polling company. The poll interviewed 1,216 US adults from January 9-12. The poll found that 52% agreed with the statement:
01.15.06 'Zawahiri was not here'
PESHAWAR, January 14 Osama bin Laden¹s second-in-command, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, was invited to a village in the Bajaur area but was not present there when aeroplanes, in a CIA-supported operation, hit three houses on Friday and killed 18 civilians, official sources said. "There is no indication that he (Zawahiri) was there," a senior official said. "Probably there was an intelligence botch- up." Most of the victims of the air strike on the houses at the foothills of Damadola village, about 25km to the northeast of Bajaur regional headquarters, Khaar, were women and children.
01.14.06 Pakistan hiding Al Qaeda?
January 14 There are too many inconsistencies in the airstrike on Damadola. I think Musharaff is not playing with a full deck of cards. In the following story one might wonder how the Pakistani official knew the target was not at the house : the star.com.my : QaedaNo. 2 away during attack-Pakistan official."l
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.
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