Question: Has Bush caused the US to be dangerously compromised?
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. 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.
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3.26.06 Iraqi police find 30 bodies, most beheaded
BAGHDAD (AP) March 26 Police found 30 corpses, most beheaded, near a village north of the capital Sunday night, in the latest wave of sectarian killings engulfing Iraq. At least 16 people were killed during a clash involving U.S. forces at a Shiite mosque in Baghdad. Elsewhere in the capital, American troops raided an Interior Ministry building on Sunday and briefly detained about 10 Iraqi policemen after discovering 17 Sudanese prisoners in the facility, Iraqi authorities said. The short-lived raid was reminiscent of a U.S. raid last November that found detainees apparently tortured, but in this case the Americans quickly determined the Sudanese were being legitimately held and had not been abused, said Maj. Gen. Ali Ghalib, a deputy interior minister. [More>>abcnews.go.com]
3.26.06 Afghan court drops trial of Christian, doubts his sanity
KABUL (AFP) March 26 An Afghan court on Sunday dropped its case against a Christian who faces execution for converting from Islam, referring the matter to Kabul's top prosecutor for a final decision, an official said. The Supreme Court had decided not to pursue its case against Abdul Rahman after hearing testimony that he was mentally disturbed, court spokesman Wakil Omari said. The attorney general's office in the capital would now decide if the case against Abdul Rahman, 41, should be pursued or dropped. Its investigation was likely to include medical tests, Omari said. [More>>metimes.com]
3.26.06 Scientists find skull of human ancestor
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) March 26 Scientists in northeastern Ethiopia said Saturday that they have discovered the skull of a small human ancestor that could be a missing link between the extinct Homo erectus and modern man. The hominid cranium found in two pieces and believed to be between 500,000 and 250,000 years old "comes from a very significant period and is very close to the appearance of the anatomically modern human," said Sileshi Semaw, director of the Gona Paleoanthropological Research Project in Ethiopia.
3.26.06 Gadhafi criticizes 'backward' Middle East societies
March 25 Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi lashed out at what he described as "backward" societies in the Middle East, arguing that government heavy-handedness in dealing with political opposition stemmed from the violent nature of that dissent. "You ask us, ''Why do you oppress opposition in the Middle East?'" Gadhafi told attendees at a Columbia University panel discussion on democracy late Thursday, speaking in Arabic during a live video appearance.
3.25.06 Near Paul Revere country, anti-Bush cries get louder
HOLYOKE, Mass., March 25 To drive through the mill towns and curling country roads here is to journey into New England's impeachment belt. Three of this state's 10 House members have called for the investigation and possible impeachment of President Bush. Thirty miles north, residents in four Vermont villages voted earlier this month at annual town meetings to buy more rock salt, approve school budgets, and impeach the president for lying about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction and for sanctioning torture. It would be a considerable overstatement to say the fledgling impeachment movement threatens to topple a presidency -- there are just 33 House co-sponsors of a motion by Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) to investigate and perhaps impeach Bush, and a large majority of elected Democrats think it is a bad idea. But talk bubbles up in many corners of the nation, and on the Internet, where several Web sites have led the charge, giving liberals an outlet for anger that has been years in the making.
3.25.06 Arab leaders to push for troop withdrawal from Iraq : draft
KHARTOUM, March 25 Arab leaders will urge Iraqis to form a national unity government which would lead to the withdrawal of coalition forces, said a draft of a resolution to be issued at their Khartoum summit. The 22 leaders will urge for "a quick formation of a national unity government in Iraq which would help in achieving security and stability, preserve the unity of Iraq and its people and pave the way for the withdrawal of foreign troops," said the draft. This would be the first time Arab leaders call collectively for the withdrawal of the coalition forces from the war-torn country. [jang.com.pk ; See more details at aljazeera.net]
3.25.06 Russian spy agency denies Pentagon report
MOSCOW, March 25 Russia's foreign spy agency denied Saturday that Moscow gave Saddam Hussein information on U.S. troop movements and plans during the invasion of Iraq, while analysts speculated the Pentagon claim was tied to a growing rift between the West and the Kremlin. A Pentagon report Friday cited two captured Iraqi documents as saying Russia obtained information from sources "inside the American Central Command" in Qatar and passed battlefield intelligence to Saddam through the former Russian ambassador in Baghdad, Vladimir Titorenko
3.25.06 Battle for Baghdad 'has already started'
March 25 The battle between Sunni and Shia Muslims for control of Baghdad has already started, say Iraqi political leaders who predict fierce street fighting will break out as each community takes over districts in which it is strongest. "The fighting will only stop when a new balance of power has emerged," Fuad Hussein, the chief of staff of Massoud Barzani, the Kurdish leader, said. "Sunni and Shia will each take control of their own area." He said sectarian cleansing had already begun.
3.25.06 Al-Qaeda trial lands FBI in dock for criminal ineptitude
March 25 They filed into court three weeks ago the grieving families, the press, the curious public, the jury expecting to see the Bush Administration lay out in devastating detail why Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person convicted in the US for his connection to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, should be put to death.
3.24.06 Bush: I am a war president
March 24 (Maravot News, Mel Copeland) In 2004 George W. Bush reiterated that he is a "War President" to remind people that he is a War President as opposed to a "Peace President." I wondered why he chose the characteristic of war versus peace when he said it. In his latest seance with the News Media he stated that the US troop withdrawal from Iraq would be determined by "future Presidents and leaders of Iraq." At least from 2004 forward Bush had no plans of US withdrawal from Iraq, and his concept of Democracy in Iraq (and we presume the Middle East, including Afghanistan) was "a constitution that recognizes minority rights and freedom of religion."
3.24.06 Iraq hostages 'were saved by rift among kidnappers'
March 25 The British hostage Norman Kember and his two Canadian colleagues owe their freedom to a rift among their Iraqi kidnappers, a western security source close to the rescue operation said yesterday. The source said their guards got cold feet when more senior and ruthless members of the group turned up at the house in Baghdad and took away a fourth hostage, Mr. Kember's American colleague, Tom Fox, and shot him dead.
3.24.06 Leave or face elimination: Musharraf to militants
ISLAMABAD (PTI) March 24 Amidst escalating violence in the tribal region perpetrated by al-Qaeda and Taliban militants, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said the presence of 'foreign elements' violated the sovereignty of the country and asked them to leave forthwith, failing which they would be 'eliminated'...According to Pakistani security officials, over 400 foreign fighters of al-Qaeda and Taliban were present in the remote Waziristan tribal agency. [Full story>>expressindia.com ; See related stories, thestar.com.my, March 24, "Pakistani forces kill up to 20 militants," more details at aljazeera.net, March 24, "Pakistani troops kill 20 rebels," and khaleejtimes.com (Reuters) March 24, "Pakistani pamphlets link militants to Hindus, Jews" : TANK, Pakistan Pakistan¹s military airdropped pamphlets this week over towns in restive tribal regions near the Afghan border urging tribesmen to shun ²foreign terrorists², saying they were part of a Hindu and Jewish plot. The pamphlets were dropped over Wana, the main town in South Waziristan, and Miranshah in North Waziristan as part of a campaign to win support among tribesmen who have shown sympathy for both Taleban and remnants of Al Qaeda living among them...
3.24.06 Cars and shops set ablaze as Paris riots continue
PARIS, March 24 Shops and cars were set ablaze and police stoned in the tourist heart of Paris last night after a jobs law protest by tens of thousands of young people degenerated into random violence. Scores of hooded youths ran riot around Les Invalides after a tense, but mostly peaceful, march protesting at the law passed by the Prime Minister, Dominique de Villepin, making it easier to hire, and fire, people under 26. Flames spread from cars to two shops as riot police pleaded with peaceful demonstrators to leave the area around the Foreign Ministry, which began to resemble a battlefield.
Thursday's violence came at the end of a demonstration by tens of thousands of high school and college students protesting a new job law. The unrest intensified a political crisis that now threatens to unravel President Jacques Chirac's government much the way previous French governments have been felled by strikes and street protests when they attempted even modest reforms of the country's costly welfare state... [See background 3.23.06 Youths from multi-racial troublespots join riots]
3.24.06 Outraged by English, Chirac storms out of summit
BRUSSELS, March 24 Under mounting political pressure at home, the French President, Jacques Chirac, yesterday stormed out of an EU summit in a fit of pique over a fellow Frenchman's decision to speak in English. Already at the heart of a row over economic protectionism in Europe, M. Chirac gave the EU's spring summit a combustible start, quitting the opening session in protest at a perceived insult to the French language. [More>>independent.co.uk]
3.24.06 Bombing targets Sunni faithful in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AFP) March 24 A bombing outside an Iraqi mosque left at least five Sunnis dead and 17 wounded on Friday, the latest in a series of sectarian attacks, as three Westerners rescued after a four-month hostage ordeal prepared to fly home.
3.24.06 UN agency concerned over threats against Palestinians in Iraq
(AP) March 24 The United Nations refugee agency said Friday it was concerned about deteriorating conditions for Palestinians in Iraq, citing death threats against Palestinian families in one Baghdad neighborhood. The UN's High Commissioner for Refugees said it did not know who was behind the threats, but in the sectarian strife that has roiled Iraq, many Shiites and Kurds have come to view the Palestinians living in Iraq as sympathetic to the Sunni-dominated insurgency. There is also resentment over privileges they received under Saddam Hussein's rule.
3.24.06 US to slap sanctions on Belarus
WASHINGTON, March 24 The United States on Friday denounced a crackdown on protesters in Belarus, demanding they be freed "without delay," and vowed to impose sanctions on officials in Minsk. "We strongly condemn the actions by Belarussian security services in the early-morning hours of March 24," said White House spokesman Scott McClellan. The spokesman said Washington would follow the European Union and impose "targeted travel restrictions and financial sanctions" that could target officials up to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.
3.24.06 US witness says he supplied computers for Al Qaeda
LONDON (Reuters) March 24 A US informant, testifying at the trial of seven Britons accused of planning bombings in the UK, told a London court on Friday he had supplied computers to help Al Qaeda. Mohammed Babar, 31, a Pakistan-born American who has admitted terrorism-related offences in New York, also said he had met a number of the accused Britons in Pakistan and southern England and had shown one of them a stash of hidden weapons.
3.24.06 Han set to become first female P.M.
March 24 South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun yesterday selected Han Myeong-sook, a feminist lawmaker in the ruling Uri Party, as the next prime minister. If approved by the National Assembly, she will become the first woman in the history of this traditionally male-dominated country to hold the top Cabinet post.
3.24.06 Bird flu spreads to Jordan
AMMEN, Jordan (Reuters) March 24 The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu has spread to Jordan but there are no human cases, Jordan's Health Minister Said Darwazeh said today. He said at least three dead turkeys at a domestic farm in Ajloun had tested positive for the disease but none of the humans tested in the area was infected. [More>>theaustralian.news.com.au ; See related bird flu story, chinadaily.com.cn, March 25, "Bird flu confirmed in woman's death in Shanghai."]
3.23.06 US blocks assets of al-Manar
March 23 The US treasury has frozen the assets of the Lebanese satellite channel al-Manar. The treasury also blocked any US assets of al-Nour Radio and Lebanese Media Group, which it said was the parent company of al-Manar and al-Nour. It said both media outlets had facilitated the activities of Hizb Allah, the Lebanese resistance group which the US brands a terrorist organisation, including giving support by fundraising and recruitment. The treasury's action prohibits transactions between Americans and the companies in addition to freezing any assets they may have under US jurisdiction. [More>>aljazeera.net]
3.23.06 Woman named Syrian vice-president
DAMASCUS, March 23 Syria has named a veteran former culture minister, Najah Al Attar, as its first woman vice-president, the official SANA news agency reported on Thursday. "Mrs. Najah Al Attar was sworn in as vice-president in charge of cultural policy by head of state Bashar Al Assad," SANA said...She has a doctorate from Edinburgh University and has published a number of books...The nominations followed the resignation in June last year and subsequent self-imposed exile in France of former vice-president Abdel Halim Khaddam. Khaddam was branded a traitor by Damascus for suggesting that Assad knew about the February 2005 slaying of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri. [Full story>>metimes.com]
3.23.06 Clerics want Chrisitian convert's death
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) March 23 Senior Muslim clerics said Thursday that an Afghan man on trial for converting from Islam to Christianity should be killed regardless of whether a court decides to free him. Abdul Rahman, a 41-year-old former medical aid worker, faces the death penalty for becoming a Christian under Afghanistan's Islamic laws. His trial, which began last week, has caused an international outcry. US President George W. Bush said Wednesday he was "deeply troubled" by the case and expects the country to "honor the universal principle of freedom."
3.23.06 US, British troops rescue Iraq hostages
BAGHDAD (AP) March 23 US and British troops Thursday freed three Christian peace activists in a rural area of Iraq without firing a shot, ending a four-month hostage drama in which an American among the group was shot to death and dumped on a Baghdad street. Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, the U.S. military spokesman, said the hostages were being held by a "kidnapping cell" in a house, and the operation to free the captives was based on information from a man captured by US forces only three hours earlier. "They were bound, they were together, there were no kidnappers in the areas," Lynch told a news briefing. He also said military operations concerning other hostages were ongoing, "probably as a result of what we're finding at this time." [More>>abcnews.go.com]
March 23 France is facing disturbing signs of renewed violent unrest in its poor suburbs, ignited by the deepening student protests against a new jobs law for the young. There were running battles between police and lycee (sixth-form) pupils in several parts of the northern Paris suburbs yesterday in the same deprived areas where five weeks of nationwide rioting began last October.
The degree of real political commitment of the suburban youths to the wider student cause is open to doubt. In recent days, small, multi-racial groups of teenagers from the banlieues have been joining the university demonstrations, burning cars and fighting the riot police but also mugging the older, middle-class students. [More>>independent.co.uk ; See also liberation.fr, March 23, "Forte mobilisation anti-CPE à Paris."]
3.23.06 Blair: Iran meddling "furiously" in Iraq
LONDON, March 23 British Prime Minister Tony Blair accused Iran on Wednesday of meddling ³furiously² in Iraq and said that the ruling theocracy had a terrorist ³ideology² at its heart. Blair also hinted at an Iran-Al-Qaeda axis and said that for them, Britain and ³democratic² countries were the enemy. "The conventional view is that, for example, Iran is hostile to al-Qaeda and therefore would never support its activities. But as we know from our own history of conflict, under the pressure of battle, alliances shift and change. Fundamentally, for this ideology, we are the enemy," the British Prime Minister said. [More>>iranfocus.com]
3.23.06 F.B.I. agent says Moussaoui could've helped Al-Qaeda hunt
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, March 23 The confession given by al-Qaeda terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui last year could have helped track down several Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers if investigators had heard it when he was arrested in the month before the attacks, a former FBI agent testified Thursday. In particular, Moussaoui's admission that he received more than $14,000 in wire transfers from a man using the name Ahad Sabet could have allowed the FBI to backtrack through Western Union, cell phone, calling-card and motor vehicle records, as well as leases, to identify at least five of the 19 hijackers, former agent Aaron Zebley said at Moussaoui's death penalty trial. [More>>nytimes.com]
3.23.06 Pakistan outraged by Kabul killings
March 23 Islamabad has lodged a protest with Kabul over the killing of 16 Pakistanis in Afghanistan, claiming they were executed while on holiday by Afghan soldiers. Pakistan said those killed, mostly men of the Noorzai tribe, were visiting Afghanistan for a traditional New Year holiday. However, an Afghan army officer, General Abdul Raziq, said on Thursday that his forces had killed 16 members of the Taliban on Tuesday night in mountains 8km east of the town of Spin Boldak near the Pakistani border. Afghan authorities said they were investigating the killings. [More>>aljazeera.net]
3.23.06 Terror suspect 'was involved in al-Qaeda plot to obtain a dirty bomb'
March 23 An alleged Islamist terrorist accused of planning attacks on targets in Britain was involved in a plot to buy a ³dirty bomb² from the Russian mafia, the Old Bailey was told yesterday. Salahuddin Amin was said to have been entrusted by senior figures in a terror cell in Pakistan to act as a go-between in their planned purchase of the radioactive device.
3.23.06 Somalia clashes leave 60 dead
March 23 Two days of fierce clashes between rival militias in the northern part of the Somali capital have killed at least 60 people. Medical workers said at least 20 people were killed in fighting on Thursday, while the toll from Wednesday rose to 40 after families took their wounded to hospitals after clashes subsided at night...Witnesses and medical sources said the clashes were sparked on Wednesday when armed men allied to Bashir Raghe Shiral, a member of the Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism (ARPCT) and rival fighters who back Abukar Omar Adan of the Islamic courts clashed over land ownership. [Full story>>aljazeera.net]
3.23.06 Labourers at Burj Dubai site halt work for second day
DUBAI (AP) March 23 A labour strike on Dubai¹s Burj Dubai construction site dragged into its second straight day on Thursday, as some 2,500 workers refused to return to work after a night rampage two days ago in which they smashed cars and offices. The workers, employed by the Dubai-based firm Al Naboodah Laing O¹Rourke, have idled construction on several buildings surrounding the Burj Dubai, a skyscraper expected to be the world¹s tallest when it is completed in 2008...Al Jumairi said the labourers were demanding overtime pay, better medical care and humane treatment by foremen. He said Al Naboodah had agreed to some of the demands, but not all. The workers agreed to their employment conditions when they signed contracts, he said. [Full story>>khaleejtimes.com] ; previous reports by Khaleejtimes.com included complaints of "slave-labor-like conditions"; See khaleejtimes.com, March 23, "Violent protest by more than 5,000 workers over 'ill treatment.'"]
3.23.06 Cambodian girl 'died of bird flu'
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AFP) March 24 Initial tests on a three-year-old Cambodian girl who died after playing with sick birds show she was infected the deadly H5N1 type of bird flu, officials of the health ministry and the UN World Health Organisation say. The girl, whose name was not immediately available, died on Tuesday, a few days after playing with birds in the province of Kampong Speu, about 45km west of the capital Phnom Penh, said Ly Sovann, chief of the disease control bureau of Cambodia's Health Ministry. [More>>theaustralian.news.com.au ; See related bird flu stories, rian.ru, March 23, "Five people dead of bird flu in Azerbaijan."], Jerusalem Post, March 23, "Israel to give PA bird flu medication," and haaretzdaily.com, March 23, "Officials confirm avian flu killed birds in Jordan Valley coop" : The Agriculture Ministry said on Thursday that dead birds found in a poultry coop in the Jordan Valley tested positive for the deadly strain of avian flu, confirming the virus was continuing to spread across the country...
3.23.06 Experts predict fierce global market competition for Russian gas
MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) March 23 Global competition for Russian natural gas will increase now that the country has signed a memorandum on energy cooperation with China, experts said Thursday. Europe will have to compete with China and Asian markets in the future to get Russian natural gas, said Yevgeny Satskov, an analyst at Metropol brokerage. "Previously, only Europe and the United States competed for Russian natural gas supplies. Now China and Asia-Pacific nations will join the competition," he said. [More>>rian.ru ; See earlier reports:
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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