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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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LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) February 13 Gunmen on a motorcycle on Monday killed an elderly Pakistani doctor who had been detained three years ago for suspected Al Qaeda links, police said. Ahmad Javed Khawaja, 72, was attacked after he finished his morning prayers at a mosque and was walking to his clinic in the eastern city of Lahore, said Mohammed Ali, a police official in Lahore. The attackers fled and no one has been arrested, Ali said, adding that the shootingıs motive was not known.
02.12.06 Indonesia holds preacher in terror hunt
February 13 Indonesian police have detained a Muslim preacher in the eastern town of Poso in the hunt for one of Southeast Asia's most wanted Islamic militants. Police in the province of Central Sulawesi on Monday said authorities detained the preacher because of his suspected links to Noordin M. Top, a Malaysian accused of playing a key role in a spate of bombings in Indonesia. Rais Adam, a police spokesman for the province, said: "A Muslim religious teacher was detained in Poso last Thursday." He gave no details on the preacher's suspected links to Top. A police official in Jakarta said the man had been detained under the country's anti-terrorism laws. [More>>aljazeera.net]
02.12.06 Northern China wetlands drying up
(Reuters) February 13 The wetlands along northern China's biggest river system are drying up because of the thirst of an expanding population and a fast-growing economy, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday. 12 main sections of wetlands along the reaches of the Haihe River, which used to cover 3,800 sq km (1,465 sq miles), have shrunk by more than 80 percent over the past five decades to just 538 sq km (207 sq miles), according to Xinhua. The Haihe is formed by five large rivers that spread out like a fan over vast areas of northern China and converge near Tianjin, a bustling port city southeast of Beijing. One of China's three main river valleys, its basin covers an area of 320,000 sq km (125,000 sq miles).
02.12.06 Iran: Israeli crimes outstrip Holocaust
February 12 Iran has said Israel's treatment of the Palestinians constituted a greater crime than the Nazi Holocaust. The statement from the Iranian foreign ministry on Sunday was the latest in a series of remarks from Tehran suggesting that the genocide was exaggerated to boost Israeli interests. Hamid Reza Asefi, the foreign ministry spokesman, told a news conference: "I believe the crimes committed by the Zionist regime are greater than the Holocaust. "Unfortunately, the Zionist regime is blackmailing the Europeans with the Holocaust." [More>>aljazeera.net ; See related story, haaretzdaily.com, "Iran's Jews slam Ahmadinejad's Holocaust denial remarks." : ...Haroun Yashayaei, the head of Iran's Jewish community, sent a letter of complaint to Ahmadinejad two weeks ago. "How is it possible to ignore all of the undeniable evidence existing for the exile and massacre of the Jews in Europe during World War Two?" said a copy of Yashayaei's letter faxed to Reuters on Sunday...Iran's Jewish community has slumped to some 25,000 members from about 85,000 at the time of the revolution. Iran's population is about 69 million.
02.12.06 British imam praises London Tube bombers
February 12 A leading imam in the mosque where the July 7 bombers worshipped has hailed their terrorist attack on London as a ³good² act in a secretly taped conversation with an undercover reporter. Hamid Ali, spiritual leader of the mosque in West Yorkshire, said it had forced people to take notice when peaceful meetings and conferences had no impact. He also praised the bombers as the ³children² of Abdullah al-Faisal, a firebrand Muslim cleric, who was convicted of inciting murder and racial hatred in 2003.
02.12.06 British troops videoed 'beating Iraqis'
February 12 Details emerged last night of a shocking video which appears to show a group of British soldiers brutally beating and kicking defenceless Iraqi teenagers in an army compound. The footage is said to show eight soldiers pulling four teenagers off the street following a riot and dragging them into their army base, before beating them with batons, as well as punching and kicking them. An urgent Military Police investigation was under way last night into the events shown in the video. The Ministry of Defence issued the following statement: 'We are aware of these very serious allegations and can confirm that they are the subject of an urgent Royal Military Police investigation. We condemn all acts of abuse and treat any allegation of wrongdoing extremely seriously.' [More>>guardian.co.uk]
LONDON (PTI) February 12 The United States is drawing up plans for bombing raids backed by submarine-launched ballistic missile attacks against Iran's nuclear sites as a last resortı to block Tehran from developing nuclear weapons, a media report said today. Central command and strategic command planners are identifying targets, assessing weapon-loads and working on logistics for an operation, The Sunday Telegraph reported. The war strategists are reporting to Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, as the US is updating plans for action if the diplomatic offensive fails to thwart the Islamic republic's nuclear bomb ambitions, the report said. [More>>expressindia.com ; See details at telegraph.co.uk : ..."This is more than just the standard military contingency assessment," said a senior Pentagon adviser. "This has taken on much greater urgency in recent months"...
02.12.06 Katrina report spreads blame
February 12 Hurricane Katrina exposed the US government's failure to learn the lessons of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as leaders from President Bush down disregarded ample warnings of the threat to New Orleans and did not execute emergency plans or share information that would have saved lives, according to a blistering report by House investigators.
02.12.06 China announces eighth bird flu death
(AFP) February 11 China announced that a 20-year-old woman in the central province of Hunan had died of bird flu, bringing the country's death toll from the virus to eight. The victim, a farmer surnamed Long from Suining County, showed symptoms of fever and pneumonia on January 27 after culling poultry raised in her home and died on February 4, the health ministry said, Xinhua News Agency reported...Long was the 12th human case of bird flu reported in China, eight of whom have died...[Full story>>chinadaily.com.cn]
02.12.06 US presents to Japan breakdown of costs to move marines to Guam
TOKYO, February 12 The United States has presented to Japan a breakdown of the costs that would be incurred in transferring the U.S. Marine Corps command and about 6,000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam, Japanese government sources said Saturday. [More>>crisscross.com ; See more details at japantimes.co.jp, "$5.6 billion eyed for new Guam facilities."]
02.11.06 Turkish youths 'threaten to kill' Catholic friar
ISTANBUL, February 11 A group of Turkish youths threatened to kill a Catholic friar, grabbing him by the throat and shouting "God is Greatest," just days after a Catholic priest was shot dead in Turkey, the friar said Friday. Martin Kmetec, a Franciscan friar from Slovenia, opened the door of his house on Thursday to find seven or eight angry men in their 20s. "He took me by the throat and pulled me inside and said 'we're going to finish you off' ... he also said Allahu Akbar (Arabic for God is Greatest)," Kmetec told Reuters by telephone from his church in the province of Izmir. Kmetec closed the door on the youths, who said they were nationalists, but left after trying to break the door down. A local police spokesman said they were investigating the matter.
02.11.06 Zawahiri relative killed in US attack last month: Musharraf
ISLAMABAD, February 11 A close relative of Al-Qaeda deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri was among five foreign militants killed in a US air strike on a tribal village last month, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said on Saturday. "Among the people who were killed in Bajur, one of them was a close relative of Zawahiri," Musharraf was quoted as saying by his spokesman Major General Shaukat Sultan. Musharraf added that one of the dead was an "important person" with a five million dollar bounty on his head, however Sultan said it was not clear if the president was talking about Zawahiri's relative or another person. Zawahiri was also expected to be at the house targeted by the missile attack but he failed to show, Sultan told, quoting Musharraf, a key US ally in the "war on terror." [jang.com.pk]
02.11.06 'Bush is certainly not welcome in India'
NEW DELHI (PTI) February 11 Seven political parties, including CPI, CPI(M) And Samajwadi Party, on Friday decided to oppose the forthcoming visit of US President George W. Bush to the country. "Under President Bush, the US continues to occupy Iraq and oppress its people. It threatens Syria and has targeted Iran on the issue of its nuclear programme. It backs the naked oppression of the Palestinian people by Israel. "He is certainly not welcome in India," a joint statement of CPI, CPI(M), RSP, AIFB, CPI(ML) Liberation, JD(S) and SP said after a decision in this regard was taken at a meeting on Thursday.
02.11.06 Militant linked to southeast Asia terror held
JAKARTA (AP) February 11 An Islamic militant with suspected links to a Southeast Asian terrorist group has been detained in central Indonesia, police said Saturday. Brig. Gen. Bambang Suwedi said an Islamic teacher in the town of Poso in Central Sulawesi province was arrested Thursday morning. Bambang said police acted on reports that the teacher, known only as Sahal, had links to Malaysian fugitive Noordin Top, an operative with the al-Qaida linked Jemaah Islamiah group, which has been blamed for bombings since 2000 that have left more than 245dead. "He (Sahal) was questioned by the anti-terror unit in Jakarta," said Bambang, who leads a special police task force on the conflict in Poso, where religious clashes have left 1,000 dead 1999. [More>>thejakartapost.com]
02.11.06 Global warming: passing the 'tipping point'
February 11 A crucial global warming "tipping point" for the Earth, highlighted only last week by the British Government, has already been passed, with devastating consequences. Research commissioned by The Independent reveals that the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has now crossed a threshold, set down by scientists from around the world at a conference in Britain last year, beyond which really dangerous climate change is likely to be unstoppable.
02.11.06 Two more bird flu cases in Greece
ATHENS (AP) February 11 The Greek agriculture ministry said today it had isolated a second case of the H5 flu virus in a wild goose on an island in the Aegean Sea. It said samples have been sent to a special EU laboratory in Weybridge outside London to see if the virus was the deadly H5N1 strain, which has already caused about 90 death since 2003, mostly in Asia, and which was this week confirmed to be in northern Nigeria. The ministry said the infected goose was found in the island of Skyros. Greece has been on a bird-flu alert since Thursday when the H5 virus was confirmed in three dead swans near the northern port of Salonika. [More>>theaustralian.news.com.au ; See related bird flu stories, thejakartapost.com, "Indonesian woman dies of bird flu." and chinadaily.com.cn, "China announces eighth bird flu death" ; jang.com.pk, "Bird flu reaches Greece, Italy, Bulgaria." ; khaleejtimes.com, "Italy records EU's first bird flu cases" : ...Italyıs Health Minister said on Saturday a total of 17 dead swans had been found in the southern regions of Calabria, Apula and Sicily...]
02.10.06 Malaysian among militants involved in 2002 West Coast terror plot, officials say
KUALA LUMPUR (AP) February 10 A Malaysian recruited by Al Qaeda to become a pilot for a second wave of Sept. 11-style attacks on the United States pulled out of the plan after he witnessed the carnage of the first assaults, Southeast Asian officials said on Friday. US President George W. Bush in a speech Thursday outlined some of the details of an alleged plot to hijack an airliner and fly it into a skyscraper in Los Angeles, and said cooperation between Washington and several Asian countries helped expose it. The plan never appeared close to the stage where it could be put into execution. And scores of arrests in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks severely curtailed the ability of Al Qaeda and its Southeast Asian affiliate, Jemmah Islamiyah, to operate. Adding details to Bushıs outline, security officials and terrorism experts in Southeast Asia on Friday said Malaysian engineer Zaini Zakaria was among three men Al Qaeda was preparing to take part in an attack on the US West coast. [More>>khaleejtimes.com ; See also timesonline.co.uk, "The al-Qaeda pilot who got cold feet." and related story:
02.10.06 Ex-CIA official faults use of data on Iraq
February 10 The former CIA official who coordinated U.S. intelligence on the Middle East until last year has accused the Bush administration of "cherry-picking" intelligence on Iraq to justify a decision it had already reached to go to war, and of ignoring warnings that the country could easily fall into violence and chaos after an invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein. Paul R. Pillar, who was the national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia from 2000 to 2005, acknowledges the US intelligence agencies' mistakes in concluding that Hussein's government possessed weapons of mass destruction. But he said those misjudgments did not drive the administration's decision to invade.
02.10.06 Brown: FEMA was 'doomed' to fail
WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) February 10 Top Department of Homeland Security officials were told that New Orleans' levees were breached the day that Hurricane Katrina roared ashore, former disaster chief Michael Brown said Friday, contradicting previous statements by agency officials who said they did not know the levees were toppling until the next day. "I find it a little disingenuous," Brown, who at the time headed the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told a Senate oversight committee. "For them to claim that we didn't have awareness of it is just baloney."
02.10.06 Worshippers die in Iraq mosque attack
February 10 Also on Friday, a dozen men wearing Iraqi police uniforms snatched a Sunni Arab cleric from his Baghdad home, while abducted Jill Caroll, the US reporter, appealed to supporters in a new tape to do whatever necessary to secure her freedom. The car which targeted the Iskan al-Shaabi mosque was parked about 10 metres from the place of worship in the southern Dora neighborhood when it exploded after 1pm, shattering glass in the building and causing casualties inside and outside, said police Lt. Thaer Mahmoud. At least eight people were killed and 21 wounded, according to Dr. Muhannad Jawad of Yarmouk General Hospital.
02.10.06 Iraqi army units pursue Al-Qaeda fugitives
KIRKUK, Iraq (AFP) February 10 Iraqi army units are searching for Al-Qaeda members in a remote hilly area where the fugitives are believed to have fled after falling out of favor with tribal leaders in former strongholds. For the past two days Iraqi Army units, with U.S. air support, have been moving through the hilly Hamreen region, southwest of the city of Kirkuk, which they say has become a major insurgent stronghold. [More>>dailystar.com.lb] ; See related story, timesonline.co.uk, "Murder of sheikh provokes Sunnis to turn on al-Qaeda" : Regarded as untouchable by the Sunni populace, Sheikh Naser Abdul Karim al-Miklif believed that he had no need for bodyguards. Leader of the huge al-Bu Fahad tribe in Anbar province, the seat of the Sunni insurgency, he was revered by insurgents and local residents alike as a man faithful to the interests of his people. His position of power was unmatched. Yet three weeks ago, driving alone through the centre of Ramadi in his maroon Mercedes after attending a tribal wake, the sheikh was killed, riddled with bullets by assassins who fired from two passing Opels.
02.10.06 Twelve militants dead in southern Russia amid Beslan repeat fears
MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) February 10 Twelve militants thought to have been plotting a terrorist atrocity similar to the 2004 Belsan school massacre have been killed in southern Russia after troops and police stormed a building where they been holed up since Thursday night, the Interior Ministry said Friday. A local police chief said law enforcers had opted for action in the Stavropol Territory village of Tukui Mekteb due to fears that the militants were planning a repetition of the bloody attack on a school in the North Caucasus town of Beslan in September 2004, which claimed the lives of 331 people, including 186 children. [More>>rian.ru]
02.10.06 Bird flu kills again, spreads to new country
BAKU (Reuters) February 10 Avian flu was blamed for another death in Indonesia on Friday and spread to a new country after Azerbaijan said the lethal H5N1 strain had been found in wild birds on the Caspian Sea. The virus was discovered in birds in the west African country of Nigeria earlier this week, capping what a senior United Nations official called a devastating spread from southern Asia over the past seven months. [More>>thestar.com.my]
02.09.06 Newspaper suspended over cartoons no let up in fury Bush & Rice told to shut up
(Reuters) February 10 Malaysia will suspend the publishing licence of a daily newspaper after it printed the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that have enraged Muslims worldwide. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi ordered the licence of the publisher of the Sarawak Tribune to be suspended indefinitely with immediate effect. The publisher was not immediately available for comment.
02.09.06 Death toll from Hangu bombing rises to 31
HANGU, Pakistan, February 9 At least 31 people were killed in a suspected suicide attack on a Shiite procession in northwest Pakistan and in ensuing riots, police and security officials told. [jang.com.pk ; See more details, khaleejtimes, "Religious violence leaves 34 dead in Pakistan, Afghanistan."]
02.09.06 Local tests show two Indonesian women have bird flu new case in China Africa spreading like wildfire
JAKARTA (Reuters) February 9 Two Indonesian women from an area just east of the capital are in hospital after local tests showed they had the H5N1 bird flu virus, a senior Health Ministry official said on Thursday. Hariadi Wibisono, director of control of animal-borne diseases at the ministry, said the two women one aged 27 and the other 22 were being treated at a Jakarta hospital designated for bird flu patients. [More>>thejakartapost.com ; See related stories:
02.09.06 Fatah gunmen kidnap Egyptian envoy in Gaza
February 9 Two masked gunmen believed to be members of the Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades kidnapped Egypt's military attache to the Palestinian Authority on Thursday as he traveled in his car to the Egyptian diplomatic mission in Gaza City, according to reports from an Egyptian diplomat and the Palestinian prime minister. The gunmen shot out the tires of Hussam Almousaly's car, then seized him, the diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Witnesses said Almousaly was abducted 200 yards from his office, which is under 24-hour guard. The motive for the abduction, the first in Gaza in nearly three weeks, was not clear. [More>>haaretzdaily.com]
02.09.06 US wants India as partner for its new global plan
NEW DELHI (AP) February 9 The United States may invite India to join its new plan on global cooperation in nuclear fuel reprocessing and also seek to bring New Delhi into an international group pushing for new generation nuclear reactors, said officials on Thursday. US officials on Wednesday briefed the Indian government about the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership - or GNEP - plan that would eventually allow American companies to sell fuel to others on the condition that it would be returned to the United States for reprocessing. [More>>expressindia.com]
02.08.06 Indonesia invites North Korean leader to Jakarta
Jakarta (AP) February 8 President Susilo Bambang Yodhoyono has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Il to Jakarta for talks on how to reduce tension with South Korea, presidential spokesman Dino Patti Djalal said on Wednesday. Kim Jong Il, who rarely travels abroad, has said he "welcomed" the offer and also invited Yudhoyono to North Korea, Dino said. He said possible dates for both trips were still being discussed. The invitation was passed to North Korea by Indonesia's special envoy to the Koreas during a trip to both countries last weekend, he added said.
02.08.06 Iraqi city draped in black as Shi'ites mourn saint
KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) February 8 The Iraqi holy city of Kerbala was shrouded in black on Wednesday as hundreds of thousands of Shi'ite pilgrims converged to mourn the death of the Prophet Mohammad's grandson here 1,300 years ago. Most shops were shuttered and draped in black cloth as a sea of black-clad pilgrims thronged the streets carrying black, green and red flags symbolizing mourning, Islam and the killing of Imam Hussein in battle. City officials said an estimated 2 million pilgrims were in Kerbala to mark Ashura, the main event in the Shi'ite calendar.
02.08.06 First bird flu in Africa
PARIS (AFP) February 8 The H5N1 strain of avian flu has occurred among poultry in northern Nigeria, marking the first time the disease has been detected in Africa, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said today. The outbreak, reported to the OIE by Nigerian authorities, occurred on a commercial chicken farm in the village of Jaji, Kaduna state, the agency said in a statement. "The OIE/FAO (Food and Agricultural Organisation) reference laboratory for avian influenza in Padova, Italy, has characterized the isolate as a highly pathogenic H5N1," it said. [More>>theaustralian.news.com.au ; See another bird flu story, chinadaily.com.cn, " China reports another bird flu outbreak."]
02.08.06 Chirac slams media "provocation" in printing cartoons
PARIS (AFP) February 8 French President Jacques Chirac on Wednesday accused newspapers printing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) of ³provocation,² after yet another French publication put the contentious caricatures on its pages. "Anything that can hurt the convictions of another, particularly religious convictions, must be avoided. Freedom of expression must be exercised in a spirit of responsibility," Chirac told his cabinet, according to a government spokesman. "I condemn all manifest provocation that might dangerously fan passions," he said.
02.08.06 Iran Revolutionary Guards say Merkel thinks she is Hitler
TEHRAN, February 8 Iranıs Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps have said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel sees herself as former German dictator Adolf Hitler. The IRGCıs spokesman, Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri, told the Persian-language website Hemaseh, "The way Europe is dealing with the case of Iranıs peaceful nuclear energy program shows the weaknesses and uselessness of countries such as Britain, France, and Germany. This weakness is in particular clearly noticeable in speeches by newcomers such as the German Chancellor."
This is the first use of the term, "whole burnt offering" in the Scriptures:
The Scriptures including the Old Testament (Torah, including the Books of Moses) and the New Testament Gospels include as part of the teachings "Blessings and Curses," the precepts of which were first applied to Israel and then through the example of Israel to the nations of the world. There are essentially three events involved: 1) Scattering Israel to all the nations, 2) Redemption of Israel, 3) Judgment of the nations that persecuted Israel, and 4) Final Blessing for Israel and the nations via the Peace of Jerusalem.
Judgment and Scattering of Israel
The scriptures prophesied the diaspora of the Jews and included in those prophesies was the precept of the Holocaust. A denial of the Holocaust that did happen would, it seems to me, be a challenge to the author of the scriptures that His prophesies and laws are not true.
The precepts concerning the scattering of Israel and burning have to do with the original promise to Noah in Genesis 9.15, where God promised "...and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.. " ; thus, the punishment and purification of man would be applied through fire. This curse of fire upon the earth occurs when Israel is redeemed from all the nations and restored to the Holy Land. The redemption of Israel is connected with the redemption of mankind; i.e., the nations. Many verses among the prophets describe the promised redemption of Israel from the nations, but let this suffice:
Redemption of Israel
Judgment of the nations
At the time Israel is redeemed, God turns his wrath upon the nations that persecuted Israel. We may recite the last prophet in the Old Testament, Malachi, to introduce this event:
Peace of Jerusalem
These issues and remedies are addressed in detail in Philistia Triumph thou because of me.
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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