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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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01.31.06 Update, 01.29.06 The rumour is that Iran will carry out a nuclear experiment in March... Iran to continue exporting oil..
January 29 Teheran is getting ready to counter a ³preemptive strike² by USA and Israel. The Air Force Command of the Revolutionary Guard has ordered its Shahap-3 Missile Units to keep their mobile missile ramps in motion in preparation for such an attack. Responding to this order, in darkness of the night the primary missile ramps have been moved to Kirmanshah and Hamedan, and the reserve ramps to Isfahan and Fars regions.
01.30.06 Update, 01.28.06 Post-Katrina promises unfulfilled Newsweek : Katrina's paper trail
January 28 Nearly five months after Hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans, President Bush's lofty promises to rebuild the Gulf Coast have been frustrated by bureaucratic failures and competing priorities, a review of events since the hurricane shows. While the administration can claim some clear progress, Bush's ringing call from New Orleans's Jackson Square on Sept. 15 to "do what it takes" to make the city rise from the waters has not been matched by action, critics at multiple levels of government say, resulting in a record that is largely incomplete as Bush heads into next week's State of the Union address. [More>>washingtonpost.com ; See related stories, wwltv.com, "Nagin [mayor of New Orleans] says White House balked at price tag of rebuilding plan." ; Update January 30, msnbc.msn.com, "Katrina's paper trail Newsweek."] and Maravot News Historical trend on the New Orleans debacle]
01.30.06 Iraq health minister says dead teenager had bird flu
SULAIMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) January 30 An Iraqi girl who died on Jan. 17 in the Kurdish city of Sulaimaniya, had bird flu, Iraqıs health minister said on Monday, despite the World Health Organisation (WHO) having initially ruled that out. "The test of Tijanıs blood emphasized that she had bird flu from the kind that kills humans," Health Minister Abdul Muttalib Mohammed Ali told a news briefing in Sulaimaniya, referring to the teenager, Tijan Abdel-Qader...The WHO said on Saturday it was also carrying out tests on the girlıs uncle, who died last Friday. Sulaimaniya is close to Iraqıs border with Turkey, which has reported an outbreak of the deadly avian virus among people. Iraqi officials have said previously that the girl lived close to a lake that is a haven for migratory birds flying south from Turkey, where more than 20 people have been confirmed as having the H5N1 virus. [Full story>>khaleejtimes.com]
Updates: 01.30.06, 01.29.06, 01.28.06 Melting ice starts rush for Arctic resources ; Debate on climate shifts to irreparable change
January 28 It is covered by thick ice, plunged into darkness for much of the year, and blasted by freezing winds. But the Arctic Ocean is being transformed by global warming from a no-manıs-land into the front line of a scramble for resources. The melting of the ice pack is opening up vast reserves of offshore oil and gas, new shipping routes and fishing grounds, according to experts at the World Economic Forum. But the scramble for Arctic wealth is complicated by the lack of agreement on which countries have legal claim to the territory, as well as border disputes, including those between Russia and the US. [More>>timesonline.co.uk ; See also independent.co.uk, "Canada issues warning to US over Arctic passage." and related story, nytimes.com, "Climate expert says NASA tried to silence him." and Historical trend on the New Orleans debacle.
01.29.06 Blair and Bush 'conspired to go to war regardless of United Nations'
January 29 Tony Blair knew that George Bush was only "going through the motions" of offering support for a second UN resolution in the run-up to the Iraq war, it was claimed last night. According to reports in The Mail on Sunday, the Prime Minister and the US President decided to go to war regardless of whether they obtained UN backing. The allegations will undermine claims that the final decision to go to war was not made until MPs voted in the Commons a day before military action. It will also bolster claims that the President and Mr. Blair decided to go to war months before military action began.
01.29.06 ABC News' Bob Woodruff and Cameraman in stable condition after Iraq attack
January 29 "World News Tonight" co-anchor Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt are both out of surgery and in stable condition following surgery at a U.S. military hospital in Iraq. The two and an Iraqi soldier were seriously injured when their convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device in Iraq today.
01.29.06 Bombs kill 20 Iraqis, target churches
January 29 At least 20 Iraqis have been killed in attacks and bombings, including six coordinated car bombs set off near churches, while a roadside bombing has wounded a US television news anchor and his cameraman. At least 16 Iraqis were killed on Sunday in Iraq in a series of attacks which were followed by the bombings by churches in Baghdad and Kirkuk.
01.29.06 Zahar: Israel must change its flag
January 29 A senior Hamas leader indicated Sunday that his group's landslide victory in Palestinian legislative elections changed little in its stance toward Israel. Mahmoud Zahar's comments came after Minister Shaul Mofaz said in Sunday's cabinet meeting that Hamas was, at this point, acting "responsibly," and added that he believed that the organization would soon attempt to rein in terror.
01.29.06 'Suicide bombers' among nine arrested in Afghanistan
ISLAMABAD, January 29 Afghan security forces have arrested nine people, including would-be suicide bombers and two Pakistan nationals, for allegedly planning attacks, a provincial governor said Sunday. The nine were arrested in a series of search operations over the past few days in insurgency-hit southern Kandahar province, governor Asadullah Khalid said.
01.29.06 Force alone won't defeat extremism
WASHINGTON (PPI) January 29 President General Pervez Musharraf, a crucial United States ally in the war on terrorism, has a message for US President George Bush. Interviewed after the recent US airstrike against alleged Al-Qaeda targets in Bajaur Agency, he discounted importance of capturing or killing Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri.
01.29.06 Suspected Turkish Al-Qaeda militant held in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, January 29 Pakistani security forces arrested a suspected Turkish Al-Qaeda militant in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, a security official said Sunday. The man, seized on Saturday, identified himself as Mohammad Yusuf and said he was a Turkish national, a security official told AFP on condition of anonymity. The 25-year-old was apprehended when security forces stopped a vehicle at a check point at Shah Alam, five kilometers (about three miles) from Wana, the main town in the South Waziristan region, he said.
01.29.05 Update, 01.28.06 The fears of the West, China and Saudi oil; China's use of cars accelerating rapidly
January 27 An economic expert said that if China becomes a country using cars at the same rate of Western countries, it would need to consume the total annual Middle East oil production. A World Bank report urged China to change its current growth pattern since it would lead to daily and disastrous environmental threats because of the coal consumption in its economic production.
Update 01.29.06, 01.26.06 Indonesian vendor dies of bird flu hospital; Bird flu confirmed in Cyprus
JAKARTA (Reuters) January 26 An Indonesian chicken seller whom local tests showed had been infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus has died, a hospital official said on Thursday. If confirmed by outside laboratories recognized by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the case would take total known deaths in Indonesia from avian flu to 15. "The 22-year-old man died at 2 p.m. He was the vendor from a traditional market and the only positive case that we were treating today," said Ilham Patu, a spokesman of the Jakarta hospital designated to deal with bird flu patients. [More>>thestar.com.my ; See related story, khaleejtimes.com, "Bird flu found in northern Cyprus" : NICOSIA (AFP) : Bird flu has been detected in poultry in the Turkish-held north of Cyprus, but it was not yet clear whether it was the highly infectious strain of the virus that is deadly to humans, a senior Turkish Cypriot official said...; Update January 29, bbc.co.uk., Deadly bird flu found in Cyprus."]
01.28.06 Washington was warned by Israel; Now we wait for the 'Hamas Effect' to hit Amman and Cairo
January 29 An editorial by Aluf Benn analyzes the "wave of democracy" spawned by Washington in the Middle East. He reviews how the Shah of Iran, criticized by Washington, collapsed, leaving a hostile regime in place. He says .." Israel saw in Bush's democratization initiative a pretension of naive Americans who had no idea of the reality in the region. Israel still remembers the Shah of Iran, who fell from power after America reprimanded him for the infringement of human rights, and was replaced by a hostile regime seeking to annihilate Zionism and make atom bombs.
01.28.06 Chavez warns US over spy case
January 28 Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela, has warned he could jail US Embassy officials caught spying after accusing them of links to Venezuelan officers suspected of espionage for the Pentagon. The charges of US spying are the latest test of relations between the United States and Chavez, a fierce critic of Washington who wants to bring socialist revolution to the world's fifth-largest oil exporter. Chavez, a close ally of communist-run Cuba, calls George Bush, the US President, "Mr. Dange" and has often charged Washington with planning to overthrow him since he survived a 2002 coup he says was backed by the US government.
01.28.06 Iran warns US, Britain of reprisals
TEHRAN, January 28 Iran's Revolutionary Guards chief Saturday warned the United States and Britain that Iran would respond with its missiles if attacked, a clear threat to Israel, which lies within easy range of such a launch. "The world knows Iran has a ballistic missile power with a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,300 miles)," Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi said on state-run television.
01.28.06 Fatah activists enter PA Chairman Abbas' compound, pray at Arafat's grave
January 28 Hundreds of Fatah activists, angry at their party's election defeat, entered the compound of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday to pray at the grave of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. The group, which included several gunmen, were allowed into the compound by guards and peacefully proceeded toward Arafat's tomb in an empty lot inside. Abbas' security force formed a cordon around the activists to prevent them from approaching the nearby building that holds the Palestinian leader's office. As the protesters marched toward the compound they chanted: "Abu Amar, we are defending you with our souls," referring to Arafat by his nickname.
01.28.06 India changes tune, defends Iran
NEW DELHI, January 27 India on Friday distanced itself from US-led calls to isolate Iran at next weekıs meeting of the IAEA after controversial remarks on the issue by Washingtonıs envoy to Delhi enraged the nation as seldom seen before. The Indian foreign ministry, facing a barrage of criticism for apparent obsequiousness towards Washington that ranged from allies in the Left Front to former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, appeared to have rowed back from its recent bonhomie with the United States.
01.27.06 New coalitions forming against the US due to Bush's medaevil policies
January 27 (Maravot News a letter sent to Senator Feinstein)
01.27.06 Iran to develop relations with Latin America
TEHRAN, January 27 Chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Borujerdi said on Friday that the political, revolutionary and anti-imperialistic developments in Latin America as well as its great economic potential form the main grounds for boosting Iranıs relationship with Latin American countries. Upon arriving in Tehran after his one-week visit to Bolivia where he attended the swearing-in ceremony of the new Bolivian President Evo Morales, Borujerdi referred to his victory as a new turning point in the modern history of Latin America.
01.27.06 GDP nosedive could handcuff Bush
January 27 A surprising government report this morning showed US economic growth slowed considerably in the fourth quarter of 2004, an indication that skyrocketing energy prices were hitting consumers' wallets and slowing spending. The Department of Commerce report showed that the nation's economy grew at an anemic 1.1 percent the worst performance in three years. [More>>abcnews.go.com] ; See related stories, xinhuanet.com, "China's economy grows 9.9 percent in 2005" and xinhuanet.com, January 25, "China, India still highest-growth economies: UN report" : The world economy will grow by slightly more than 3 percent in 2006, with China and India still the highest-growth economies, according to a report released by the United Nations (UN) here on Wednesday. The slowing trend in the world economy following 2005 reflects a maturing of the recent global economic recovery, the UN's World Economic Situation and Prospects 2006 reports.
01.27.06 World has very limited extra capacity for oil production
LONDON (AFP) January 28 The additional capacity of the world's leading oil producers is very limited at present. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) which produces 40 percent of global oil supplies with the ability to pump significantly more fuel. While Iraq's spare capacity is similar to that of Saudi Arabia, it does not have the ability to supply the extra oil owing to violence and sabotage to energy facilities in the troubled country. Iran, which is pushing for a cut in OPEC production, would anyway be unlikely to hike its own output owing to rising tensions over its nuclear ambitions. Outside OPEC, other large producers are also pumping at full speed, including the United States and Russia. Analysts estimate the world's total extra production capacity is about 1.5 million barrels per day (mbpd) but could reach 2.0 mbpd by the end of 2006.
01.27.06 Hamas supreme leader 'returning from exile'
January 27 Khaled Mashal, the exiled supreme leader of Hamas and one of Israel's most wanted men, has signalled his intention to return to the Gaza Strip following the organisation's landslide victory in the Palestinian parliamentary elections. The European Union is said to be facilitating Mr. Mashal's return from Damascus next week, when he will begin talks with President Mahmoud Abbas over a possible political partnership with the ousted Fatah party to form a new government.
01.27.06 Fatah members, protesting Hamas win, storm Gaza streets
January 27 As leaders worldwide offered varied responses to Hamas's landslide victory in Palestinian Legislative Council elections, thousands of members of the ruling Fatah Party burned cars and shot in the air in demonstrations across the Gaza Strip, demanding the resignation of corrupt officials and insisting that Fatah form no coalition with Hamas.
01.26.06 Columbia dismantles false passport ring
BOGOTA, Columbia (Reuters) January 26 Colombia arrested 19 members of a passport-forging ring with links to Islamic militant groups Hamas and al-Qaida that enabled foreign nationals to travel in the United States and Europe under false documents, the attorney generalıs office said Thursday. "Some of the suspects are wanted for extradition by the United States for collaborating with terrorist groups Hamas and al-Qaida," Deputy Attorney General Alberto Otalora told reporters. [More>>msnbc.msn.com ; See more details, in Spanish, elespectador.com, "Autoridades colombianas capturaron a ocho personas solicitadas en extradición por EE.UU" : En total, fueron 19 las personas capturadas. Entre éstos figuran dos agentes activos y uno inactivo del DAS, quienes harían parte de una red que falsificaba documentos para personas pertenecientes a Al Qaeda y Hamas.
01.26.06 Kerry will try Alito filibuster
WASHINGTON, January 26 Senator John Kerry will attempt a filibuster to block the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, CNN has learned. Kerry, in Davos, Switzerland, to attend the World Economic Forum, was marshaling support in phone calls during the day, he told CNN.
01.26.06 Bush: To be a peace partner, Hamas must give up violence
January 26 Following reports on Thursday of Hamas's expected victory in the PLC elections, the organizations supporters clashed with Fatah loyalists outside the Palestinian parliament building in Ramallah. The Hamas members broke into the building and raised its flag over the parliament. Both sides threw stones and broke windows. The riots reportedly spread throughout Ramallah. By early Thursday morning it had become clear that Hamas had shocked prognosticators by winning 75 parliament seats, including virtually all 66 seats in electoral districts.
01.26.06 Deadly freeze stretches gas supplies to eastern Europe
January 26 The exceptionally cold weather in eastern and central Europe has claimed scores of lives, forcing factories to suspend work and stretching some countries' gas supplies to breaking point. Parts of Ukraine, Romania, the Baltic republics and the Czech Republic were reporting temperatures of minus 30C as the biting cold that held Russia in its grip for so long gradually moved westwards and towards the south of Europe.
01.26.06 Spyware developer arrested over online money theft
TOKYO, January 26 Police said Thursday they have arrested the developer of a spyware program that was used in the theft of 216,000 yen from a Japan Net Bank account last year...which is designed to steal data from computers..attaching the spyware in an email sent to a jewelry company in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, in June last year and stealing its ID and PIN code...[Full story>>crisscross.com]
01.25.06 Russia to mine on the moon by 2020
January 26 Russia is planning to mine a rare fuel on the moon by 2020 with a permanent base and a heavy-cargo transport link, a Russian space official says. "We are planning to build a permanent base on the moon by 2015 and by 2020 we can begin the industrial-scale delivery ... of the rare isotope Helium-3," Nikolai Sevastyanov, head of the Energia space corporation, was quoted by ITAR-TASS news agency as saying at an academic conference.
01.25.06 The case for impeachment It's not just for radicals anymore
SAN FRANCISCO, CA., January 25 Steven T. Jones, The San Francisco Guardian, "outlines the case for impeaching President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney...The article, written by City Editor Steven T. Jones, cites top Constitutional lawyers and scholars as well as political figures to make the case that Bush and Cheney have abused executive authority to the point where they may well have committed impeachable offenses.
01.25.06 White House declines to provide Storm Papers
WASHINGTON, January 25 The Bush administration, citing the confidentiality of executive branch communications, said Tuesday that it did not plan to turn over certain documents about Hurricane Katrina or make senior White House officials available for sworn testimony before two Congressional committees investigating the storm response.
01.25.06 South Korean President Roh cautions Washington hawks
January 25 President Roh Moo-hyun yesterday warned there will be conflict between Seoul and Washington if the United States tries to pressure or bring down the North Korean regime. "There is no difference in views between Korea and the United States ... but the Korean government does not agree to the opinions of some in Washington who wish for a collapse of the North Korean regime or their attempts to pressure it," Roh said in his New Year news conference at Cheong Wa Dae. "If the U.S. government tries to solve a problem through such a method, there will be differences in views between Korea and the United States." Visible strains have appeared between Seoul and Washington lately over the latter's financial countermeasures against alleged money counterfeiting by the communist regime. [More>>koreaherald.co.kr]
01.25.06 US officials stashed cash and wasted money in Iraq
January 25 American officials in charge of reconstruction spending in Iraq kept millions of dollars in cash in their bathroom lockers and filing cabinets, according to the latest audit of financial practices in the country. One officer went to the Philippines and gambled away thousands of dollars of tax payer's money on a junket with the Iraqi Olympic Team.
01.25.06 Indonesia reports new case of bird flu
JAKARTA, January 26 Indonesia reported another suspected case of bird flu on Wednesday as World Health Organization officials visited markets in the teeming capital to try to find ways to contain the virus. The 22-year-old market vendor from south Jakarta was being treated in the capital's infectious disease hospital, said senior health official Hariadi Wibisono. Details of his condition was not released. Local tests confirmed he had contracted bird flu, but blood and swab samples from the man had been sent to World Health Organization (WHO) sanctioned-laboratory in Hong Kong for further confirmation, said Wibisono.
01.25.06 It's either a nuke deal or Iran pipeline Pakistan to US
WASHINGTON (PTI) January 25 Asserting that it is against proliferation of nuclear weapons, Pakistan has sought US cooperation in the field of civilian-nuclear energy as being done in the case of India and hoped to get a positive response during President George W. Bush's visit to the region in March. At a luncheon meeting with Bush at the Oval Office here yesterday, visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said "we are against proliferation of nuclear weapons by anybody."
01.25.06 Amazon pipeliine plan fuels concern
January 25 Environmentalists have been caught off guard by South American leaders' plans to build a massive natural gas pipeline through the Amazon rain forest from Venezuela to Argentina. The plan, unveiled earlier this month by the region's left-leaning leaders, was short on details, but one thing seemed certain: The $20 billion pipeline would destroy part of the environmentally sensitive Amazon, the world's largest wilderness.
01.25.06 Four Jordanians jailed for trying to join Iraq insurgents
AMMAN, Jordan (AFP) January 25 Four Jordanians on trial for trying to join the insurgency in Iraq were sentenced on Wednesday to between four and five years in jail, judicial sources said. The state security court, a military tribunal, condemned Iyad Al-Aswad, 34, and Omar Al-Falugi, 19, to five years behind bars for trying to infiltrate Iraq via Syria to fight against US troops. But the court reduced the teenagerıs sentence to three years ³to give him a chance to mend his ways².
01.25.06 Iran: We'll put Israel in 'eternal coma'
TEHRAN, January 25 Were Israel to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, Iran would respond so strongly that it would put the Jewish state into "an eternal coma" like Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's, the Iranian defense minister said Wednesday. "Zionists should know that if they do anything evil against Iran, the response of Iran's armed forces will be so firm that it will send them into eternal coma, like Sharon," General Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said. Najjar said the United States and Israel have been trying to frighten Iran, but neither country would dare attack to Iran. [More>>Jerusalem Post ; See also iranfocus.com."]
01.25.06 Double bomb attack in Iran leaves eight dead and dozens wounded
TEHRAN (AFP) January 25 Eight people were killed and dozens more wounded in a double bomb attack Tuesday in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz, where a visit by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was cancelled at the last minute. A government spokesman later said Ahmadinejad had ordered a probe into what was described as a brutal act carried out by unnamed "international terrorists." Witnesses said the first bomb to rock the city dominated by ethnic minority Arabs and capital of oil-rich Khuzestan province was in front of a private bank and busy commercial area. The second was in front of a government building. The latest toll was eight dead and 46 injured, local hospital director Mansour Soltanzadeh told official media.
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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