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The main Trend we have seen at Maravot News is that Bush's hostile policies worldwide created new alliances among the EU, China, India, Russia and the Middle East. The Monroe Doctrine has been challenged in South America, with realignments away from the US. The disasters of Iraq, spreading Islamic terrorism, Hurricane Katrina and economic blunders represent an incompetence in Bush and his administration perhaps unparalleled in US history. Mel Copeland
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3.16.06 Update, 3.11.06 Police battle Sorbonne protestors
March 11 French riot police have grappled with protesters at the Sorbonne in Paris in unrest over a new labour law, making it easier to sack young employees. Police stormed the university early on Saturday to drive out at least 150 people, mainly students, some of whom had been inside for three days. They used tear gas and batons to clear the main building in under 10 minutes, correspondents report.
Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy has cut short a visit to France's Caribbean Antilles Islands because of the student unrest, his entourage said. The First Employment Contract (CPE) passed by parliament on Thursday is a two-year contract for under-26-year-olds which employers can break off at any time without explanation. [More>>bbc.co.uk ; See also liberation.fr, "Le ton se durcit après l'évacuation de la Sorbonne." ]
lefigaro.fr (AFP) March 14, "Students and schools do not relax the pressure" The mobilization of young people against the CPE still widened Tuesday with two-thirds of the disturbed universities and the entry into the scene of high-school pupils, without causing Jacques Chirac and nor Dominique de Villepin to bend...There were 41,000 students from the universites and high-schools on Tuesday, according to police.
3.16.07 US says launches biggest air assault in Iraq
BAGHDAD (Reuters) March 16 The US military said on Thursday it launched its biggest air offensive in Iraq since the 2003 invasion to root out insurgents near a town where recent violence raised fears of civil war. A military statement said the operation involving more than 50 aircraft and 1,500 Iraqi and US troops as well as 200 tactical vehicles targeted suspected insurgents operating near the town of Samarra, 100 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad.
3.16.07 Jordan king warns strike on Iran catastrophic for region
AMMAN (AFP) March 16 Jordan's King Abdullah II warned on Wednesday that a strike on Iran would cause the region "to explode" and deplored Israel's raid on a Palestinian prison. "A strike against Iran would cause the whole region to explode," the Jordanian monarch told AFP in comments on the crisis between the West and Tehran over its nuclear activities. "The threat to regional security and stability will be grave if force is utilized to resolve this problem. Dialogue, patience and diplomacy are the only solution," he added.
3.16.07 Taliban chief warns suicide attacks will set Afghanistan aflame
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) March 16 The fugitive leader of Afghanistan's ousted Taliban regime warned on Thursday that the movement would step up its campaign of suicide attacks and turn the country into a "flaming oven." The Taliban, toppled from government in a US-led offensive four years ago, had lists of "impassioned" people ready to carry out suicide attacks against Afghan and foreign forces, a statement attributed to Mullah Mohammad Omar said.
3.16.07 Belarus officials claim US, Georgia backing coup attempt
MINSK (RIA Novosti) March 16 Senior Belarusian officials said Thursday they had evidence of an American-backed plot to overthrow the country's current regime during Sunday's presidential elections, and said any attempts at disruption would be classified as terrorism. Security service head Stepan Sukhorenko showed a press conference in the capital, Minsk, a video of an interview with a man he said was one of those involved in the plot. The man said he had been at a training camp in Georgia at which training was provided by "four Arabs [and] officers of the former Soviet army."
3.16.07 Update, 3.15.06 Stray dog dies of bird flu type A in Azerbaijan Dead poultry in Israel
BAKU (RIA Novosti) March 15 Azerbaijan's government commission for preventing a bird flu epidemic said Wednesday that a type A strain of the avian flu virus had been detected in a stray dog found dead in the country's capital Baku a week ago. The commission also reported a substantial decline in the number of bird flu cases in poultry and fowl due to the departure of migratory birds from Azerbaijan. Earlier this month, the republic's Health Ministry reported three human victims of the lethal H5N1 sub-strain. [rian.ru ; See related bird flu story, khaleejtimes.com, "India battles bird flu; virus spreads in Europe" : MUMBAI Health workers went door-to-door looking for people with bird flu symptoms in western India on Wednesday, while the virus pushed deeper into Scandinavia. Indian officials said they were checking if the latest outbreak which occurred in backyard poultry in Jalgaon district of Maharashtra state was the deadly H5N1 strain that has killed about 100 people, most of them in Asia.
3.15.06 In Iran, dissenting voices rise on its leader's nuclear strategy
TEHRAN, March 15 Just weeks ago, the Iranian government's combative approach toward building a nuclear program produced rare public displays of unity here. Now, while the top leaders remain resolute in their course, cracks are opening both inside and outside the circles of power over the issue. Some people in powerful positions have begun to insist that the confrontational tactics of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have been backfiring, making it harder instead of easier for Iran to develop a nuclear program
3.15.06 Saddam Hussein calls on Iraqis to rise up
March 15 Saddam Hussein testified for the first time at his trial today but his calls for Iraqis to stop their sectarian violence and turn their guns on the "American invaders" instead prompted the chief judge to close the courtroom to press and public. Even as judge Raouf Abdel-Rahman yelled at him to stop making political speeches, Saddam read from a prepared text and insisted that he was still Iraq's president. "Let the people unite and resist the invaders and their backers. Donıt fight among yourselves," he said. Praising the insurgency, he added: "In my eyes, you are the resistance to the American invasion." [More>>timesonline.co.uk]
3.14.06 Scientists develop 3-nanometer transistors
March 14 Korean scientists succeeded in developing a 3-nanometer-wide transistor, the smallest of its kind in the world. Dr. Choi Yang-kyu's team and the National Nano Feb Center at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology said yesterday that they co-developed a tiny, three-dimensional transistor measuring 3 nanometers in width, scientifically dubbed a "fin field effect transistor (FinFET)." The FinFET is one of the key technologies for producing terabyte-scale next-generation semiconductor devices, KAIST said. Three nanometers amounts to 1/40,000 of the width of a single hair of an adult.
3.14.06 Climate change 'irreversible' as Arctic sea ice fails to re-form
March 14 Sea ice in the Arctic has failed to re-form for the second consecutive winter, raising fears that global warming may have tipped the polar regions in to irreversible climate change far sooner than predicted. Satellite measurements of the area of the Arctic covered by sea ice show that for every month this winter, the ice failed to return even to its long-term average rate of decline. It is the second consecutive winter that the sea ice has not managed to re-form enough to compensate for the unprecedented melting seen during the past few summers.
3.14.06 Iraqis find 87 bodies within 24 hours
BAGHDAD (AP) March 14 Police in the past 24 hours have found the bodies of at least 87 men killed by execution style shootings in a gruesome wave of apparent sectarian killing, the Interior Ministry said Tuesday. They include at least 29 bodies stacked in a mass grave in an eastern Shiite neighborhood. Much of the bloodshed the second wave of mass killings in Iraq since bombers destroyed an important Shiite shrine last month followed deadly weekend explosions in a teeming Shiite slum in which 58 people died and more than 200 were wounded.
3.14.06 Urgent: Martial law imposed in volatile Iran cities
LONDON, March 14 Iranian authorities have imposed a de facto martial law in several volatile cities in the north-western province of Kurdistan as restive youths used the occasion of Iranıs traditional ³fire festival² to hold anti-government protests, residents told Iran Focus by telephone on Tuesday. Agents of the paramilitary police, the Revolutionary Guards, and plainclothes agents of the secret police, the Ministry of Intelligence and Security, moved in to take control of the cities to limit unrest as people took to the streets. There is a heavy police presence at every major junction, square, and highway in and around the cities of Sanandaj, Piranshahr, and Mahabad and security forces are attempting to arrest any individual seeking to take part in protests.
3.14.06 Pakistanis accused of aiding Taliban with missile parts
March 14 American and Nato forces are following up reports that the Taliban have received vital components for shoulder-fired Stinger missiles from Pakistani officials enabling them to be used against helicopters in Afghanistan. It is claimed that the missiles have been fitted with new battery packs allegedly provided by the Pakistani intelligence service, ISI, in the past four months. Western sources say they are not sure whether the supplies, needed to make the US-made missiles operational, were provided by rogue elements within the Pakistani secret service, or approved at a high level. However, the effect of re-arming the Stingers could be to make Nato aircraft vulnerable while Britain is deploying almost 6,000 soldiers in southern Afghanistan. [More>>independent.co.uk ; See related stories, metimes.com, "Ten killed in new violence in Afghanistan." and khaleejtimes.com (AFP) "Biggest-ever weapons cache surrendered in Afghanistan."]
3.14.06 Osama's deputy lived in Lodi? Informant says al-Zawahiri visited Lodi in late '90s
March 14 An FBI informant testified Monday in a federal terrorism trial that Osama bin Laden's chief deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, spent time in Lodi in 1998 and 1999 and frequented the community's mosque, a claim that a defense attorney described as outlandish. The Chronicle has reported that al-Zawahiri, who is suspected of involvement in a number of crimes including the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, appears to have visited Bay Area mosques in the late 1980s or 1990s, raising money while traveling under a fake name. But he has not been linked to Lodi or to such recent visits.
3.14.06 Gunmen ired over siege take 9 hostages, burn Gaza UK office
March 14 Palestinian gunmen, responding to the nine-hour Israel Defense Forces siege of the Jericho prison, abducted nine foreign nationals in the Gaza Strip and West Bank on Tuesday and set fire to the British Council offices in Gaza. The abductions came in the midst of the raid of a West Bank prison, in which troops demanded the surrender of the leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a radical PLO faction. The kidnappers in Gaza are from the PFLP, police said.
3.14.06 First Afghan bird flu cases feared deadly
KABUL, March 14 Afghanistan has detected its first known cases of bird flu and there is a high risk it is the deadly H5N1 strain, United Nations and Afghan officials said Monday. Three cases of H5 bird flu were detected in poultry farms in the capital Kabul and two in the eastern province of Nangarhar, said Azizullah Osmani, spokesman for the Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Ministry. "Some samples we tested yesterday are positive for H5 but to determine the sub-type the samples have been sent to Italy," Osmani told a news conference. [More>>dailystar.com.lb] ; See related bird flu story, expressindia.com, "New bird flu cases reported in Maharashtra."]
3.14.06 Iran to review oil contracts in event of UN sanctions minister
TEHRAN (RIA Novosti) March 14 Iran will review oil contracts with other countries if the UN Security Council imposes sanctions, the country's oil minister said Tuesday. Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh said Tehran could make the move if sanctions were imposed over the country's controversial nuclear program. He also said talks with Japan on Japanese companies' involvement in developing the Azadegan oil fields in southern Iran were continuing, and dismissed the possibility of the contract being transferred to another country, such as China.
LUCKNOW, India (AP) March 14 A prominent Muslim seminary has issued an edict declaring terrorist attacks on all religious sites and the killing of innocent people to be anti-Islamic, a cleric said on Tuesday. The fatwa, or religious order, was issued after a series of bomb blasts rocked the Hindu holy town of Varanasi last week, killing 20 people. It was announced Monday by the Darul-Ifta Firangi Mahal in Lucknow, a well-known Muslim seminary.
3.13.06 Iranian pact with Venezuela stokes fears of uranium sales
BUENOS AIRES, March 13 A recent deal between Iran and Venezuela provides for the exploitation of Venezuela's strategic minerals, prompting opposition figures to warn that President Hugo Chavez's government could be planning to provide Tehran with uranium for its nuclear program. The deal was part of a package of agreements, most of which were announced during a visit last month to Caracas and Cuba by Iranian parliament Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel. The two countries also established a joint $200 million development fund and signed bilateral deals to build homes and factories, and exploit petroleum.
3.13.06 The war dividend: The British companies making a fortune out of conflict-riven Iraq
March 13 British businesses have profited by at least £1.1bn since coalition forces toppled Saddam Hussein three years ago, the first comprehensive investigation into UK corporate investment in Iraq has found. The company roll-call of post-war profiteers includes some of the best known names in Britain's boardrooms as well many who would prefer to remain anonymous. They come from private security services, banks, PR consultancies, urban planning consortiums, oil companies, architects offices and energy advisory bodies.
3.13.06 Taliban chief orders captives killed
March 13 Mullah Mohammad Omar, the Taliban leader, has ordered the murder of four foreigners kidnapped in Afghanistan on Saturday. The men, said to be three Albanians and a German, were captured in southern Afghanistan, a Taliban spokesman said. Mullah Omar's order was read by telephone late on Sunday to a Reuters reporter at the border town of Spin Boldak, in Kandahar province. Qari Mohammad Yousuf, a Taliban spokesman, quoted the order as saying: "These people had come to Afghanistan at America's behest, therefore they should be sentenced to death." Earlier on Sunday, Yousuf had said four Albanians and four Afghans were being held. [More>>aljazeera.net]
3.13.06 Afghans ordered out of Waziristan
March 13 The authorities in a Pakistani tribal region are repeating calls for thousands of Afghan refugees to return home. The North Waziristan tribal area bordering Afghanistan has been the scene of military attacks this month in which officials say nearly 200 pro-Taliban fighters have been killed. Officials have blamed unrest in the region on Afghans, thought to number several thousand, who first moved there when the Soviet Union occupied their country in the 1980s.
3.13.06 Executing Saddam plotters was legal, says defendant
BAGHDAD (AFP) March 13 A former Iraqi judge on trial for crimes against humanity said on Monday that he had sentenced 148 Shia villagers to death after they "confessed" to trying to kill Saddam Hussein under orders from Iran. Awad Ahmed Al Bander Al Saadun, the former head of Iraq's revolutionary tribunal, who is on trial with Saddam and six other defendants over the killing of the 148 inhabitants of Dujail in the 1980s, said that he was acting within the law.
3.13.06 Pakistani Qaeda suspect held in Afghanistan
JALALABAD (AFP) March 13 Afghan security forces have captured a Pakistani national suspected of links with Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants in eastern Afghanistan, an official said on Sunday. The man, identified as Haji Nader was captured on Thursday after authorities received intelligence that the man was crossing the border into the eastern province of Kunar, said Mohammad Hassan Farahi, local security director. He said there was ³strong and trusted intelligence² that the man was involved in several anti-government operations and that he was entering Afghanistan to train militants. According to intelligence sources in the capital Kabul, the suspect is from Dir district of NWFP. [dailytimes.com.pk]
3.13.06 Arabs lag behind in digital revolution
DOHA, March 10 The Arab world is lagging behind in the digital revolution, with Internet users making up less than 4 percent of its population, according to participants in a telecommunications development conference in Doha. "The Arab presence on the Internet is almost zilch ... not more than a few Websites providing information or personal sites," said Syrian telecommunications and technology minister Amr Salem.
I was surprised to learn that all the "Arab world" websites were served through Europe and the US. Since al-Qaeda particularly Al-Qaeda Iraq has communicated its hostage taking and murders and bombings through websites and the number of "Arab world" users are so few, it is astonishing that such sites that publish Al-Qaeda's monstrous postings are permitted to aid the terrorists; and it is more alarming that the US has not been able to track down the whereabouts of major Al-Qaeda leaders by following ISP addresses! That Mullah Omar, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and Osama bin Laden have not been located is, in light of this report, quite absurd. Every post and E-mail on the internet can be traced to an ISP. ISP owners that harbor terrorist's posts should be well known by the Bush administration, one should think.
3.12.06 Scores killed in Baghdad attacks
March 12 Scores of Iraqis have been killed and many wounded in attacks in and around Baghdad. Police said that eight people were killed and 10 wounded when a car bomb exploded in the Shia-dominated Sadr City district of Baghdad on Sunday. A policeman at the scene said the car bomb had exploded near a market, while a mortar bomb had landed on another market in Sadr City a few minutes later. It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties in that incident. Elsewhere in Baghdad, US forces were fighting a fierce battle with Iraqi fighters in a western neighborhood. [More>>aljazeera.net ; See also bbc.co.uk, "Triple Baghdad bombing kills 36."]
3.12.06 Dash to Baghdad left top US generals divided
March 13 The war was barely a week old when Gen. Tommy R. Franks threatened to fire the Army's field commander. From the first days of the invasion in March 2003, American forces had tangled with fanatical Saddam Fedayeen paramilitary fighters. Lt. Gen. William S. Wallace, who was leading the Army's V Corps toward Baghdad, had told two reporters that his soldiers needed to delay their advance on the Iraqi capital to suppress the Fedayeen threat in the rear.
3.13.06 Al-Hariri murder: Woman held in Brazil
March 13 Brazilian police have arrested a Lebanese woman wanted for bank fraud and suspected of links to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri, officials said. Acting on an anonymous tip, police arrested Rana Abdel Rahim Koleilat, 39, on Sunday at the Parthenon Accor Hotel in Brazil's Sao Paulo city, police inspector Nicanor Nogueira Branco said in an official statement.
3.12.06 Several killed in suicide attack on senior Afghan politician
KABUL (AFP) March 12 At least four people, including two attackers, were killed on Sunday in the Afghan capital in a suicide car bombing targeting the head of the country's senate, who escaped unharmed, the interior ministry said. "There was a suicide attack this morning. Four people have died. The attack targeted Sebghatullah Mujadidi, who was not hurt," interior ministry spokesman Yousuf Stanizai said. The dead included two attackers and two passers-by, one a young girl and the other an old man, Stanizai said. Mujadidi, a former Afghan president, now heads the upper house of parliament. [More>>metimes.com]
3.12.06 Afghanistan fast losing its treasures to looters
March 13 Up to four tones of ancient Afghan artefacts have been seized in Britain after an unprecedented wave of looting from archeological sites in Afghanistan that has exceeded the plundering of treasures in post-invasion Iraq. "All the attention has been on Iraq but this is a far, far bigger problem," said Detective Sergeant Vernon Rapley, who heads the art and antiques unit of London's Metropolitan Police.
3.11.06 Pakistan troops kill 30 militants in raid on hideout
PESHAWAR, Pakistan, March 11 Pakistani security forces backed by helicopter gunships attacked a hideout of militants in a tribal region near the Afghan border, killing up to 30 guerrillas, the military said on Saturday. Military spokesman Major-General Shaukat Sultan said the overnight attack in the North Waziristan tribal region was ordered after intelligence reports suggested that militants were gathered in a compound along with a huge cache of arms, ammunition and explosives. "According to initial information, around 25 to 30 miscreants, including foreigners, have been killed," he told Reuters. He did not give the nationality of the slain foreigners. [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
3.11.06 Russia says deal "impossible" if Iran ignores IAEA demands
LONDON, March 11 Russia has said that a deal with Iran over the Islamic Republicıs nuclear program is "impossible" unless Tehran suspended its uranium enrichment activities, a request that has been outright rejected by Iranian officials, the Russian News & Information Agency quoted a Russian negotiator as having said on Saturday.
3.11.06 Religious leaders urge West, Islam to repair ties
March 11 Muslim and Christian scholars and clerics agreed at a conference in Copenhagen Friday that the West and Islam must use dialogue to repair ties frayed by the crisis over the Prophet Mohammad cartoons. In London, The leader of the world's largest Muslim body criticized the European Union for what he described as an unsatisfactory response to the furor over cartoons. Ekmeleddine Ihsanoglu, Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, said that by simply regretting that Muslims found the cartoons offensive, EU foreign ministers had not gone far enough at a meeting in Brussels last week.
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.
02.08.06 Iran misunderstanding "Holocaust" means "whole burnt offering"
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