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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4.13.06 Rumsfeld rebuked by retired generals
April 13 The retired commander of key forces in Iraq called yesterday for Donald H. Rumsfeld to step down, joining several other former top military commanders who have harshly criticized the defense secretary's authoritarian style for making the military's job more difficult. "I think we need a fresh start" at the top of the Pentagon, retired Army Maj. Gen. John Batiste, who commanded the 1st Infantry Division in Iraq in 2004-2005, said in an interview. "We need leadership up there that respects the military as they expect the military to respect them. And that leadership needs to understand teamwork." Batiste noted that many of his peers feel the same way. "It speaks volumes that guys like me are speaking out from retirement about the leadership climate in the Department of Defense," he said earlier yesterday on CNN.
4.13.06 Pakistani raid strikes hideout, killing senior Egyptian Al Qaeda member
April 13 A senior Egyptian al Qaeda member was killed along with other militants during a Pakistani military raid of a hideout in the northern part of Pakistan, sources have told ABC News. Multiple intelligence sources in Pakistan confirmed to ABC News that they believed Abu Mohsin Musa, also known as Abdul Rahman, had died in the overnight raid. Rahman was one of the FBI's most wanted men with a $5 million bounty on his head. He was indicted in absentia in a New York court for his alleged involvement in the bombings of the United States embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and Nairobi, Kenya, on Aug. 7, 1998.
4.13.06 China hosts first Buddhism forum
April 13 Buddhists from more than 30 countries are in China for the World Buddhist Forum - communist China's first international religious gathering. Hundreds of monks and scholars are visiting the eastern city of Hangzhou, but Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has not been invited. China regards the exiled Tibetan leader as a separatist.
4.13.06 Girl, 12, has her heart returned after 10 years with replacement
April 13 A 12-year-old girl from South Wales is believed to have become the first heart transplant patient in the UK to have her donor organ removed and her own heart brought reinvigorated. Hannah Clark, who has also suffered from cancer, had the operation, carried out on 20 February, after her body rejected her donor heart. The procedure is important as it shows that surgeons can allow a heart with acute inflammation to rest itself by using a "piggy back heart" before reconnecting their own organ. Previously, patients died or had transplants before their hearts had a chance to recover. [More>>independent.co.uk]
4.13.06 Official: Iran far from full-scale uranium enrichment
(AP) April 13 Russia's nuclear chief said Thursday that Iran is far from being capable of industrial-scale uranium enrichment, the Interfax news agency reported.
4.12.06 Straw reiterates call for Iran to suspend enrichment
MOSCOW (AP) April 12 Russia joined Britain, Germany, France and the United States on Wednesday in criticizing Iran after its president said Teheran had successfully enriched uranium for the first time, a potential step toward developing nuclear weapons, reports said.
4.12.06 Iraqi Shiite mosque bombing kills 20
BAQUBA, April 12 At least 20 people were killed in a car bombing near a Shiite mosque in a restive area of Iraq late Wednesday, the latest in a wave of sectarian attacks plaguing the country.
4.12.06 Nine poultry farmers commit suicide
MUMbai (Reuters) April 12 Nine poultry farmers in India have killed themselves and more are facing a grim future after bird flu slashed demand for chicken meat, an industry group said on Wednesday. India has culled hundreds of thousands of birds to contain several outbreaks of the H5N1 avian flu virus in poultry since February, but the disease has continued to resurface, mostly in Maharashtra. The scare has decimated the country's $7.8 billion poultry industry, which says losses in the past two months have reached $2.2 billion...The suicides have been reported during the past 15 days from West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, the latter state being the epicenter of bird flu outbreaks in the country. The committee said there were 123,000 poultry farmers in India and about 70 per cent of them were in a 'dire situation.' [Full story>>expressindia.com]
4.12.06 US shelved evidence discounting Iraq's WMD paper
WASHINGTON (Reuters) April 12 The Bush administration publicly asserted that two trailers captured by U.S. troops in Iraq in May 2003 were mobile "biological laboratories" even after US intelligence officials had evidence that it was not true, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday. On May 29, 2003, President George W. Bush hailed the capture of the trailers, declaring "We have found the weapons of mass destruction."
4.12.06 Hamas 'willing' to recognize Israel
April 12 The Hamas-led Palestinian government is willing to recognize Israel if the latter withdraws fully from West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip, Al Jazeera. net has reliably learnt. Sources close to Ismail Haniya, the Palestinian prime minister, described the Hamas decision as a "significant change in policy."
Qadafi posed a similar question that the Apostle Paul asked St. Peter and the Apostolic Council of Jerusalem, having to do with the future of the Christian Church. The early church was Jewish and ministered through synagogues. When Paul expanded his ministry among nonJews (the Gentiles / nations) he was presented with the problem of how to observe Jewish Law, including purification rites. Certain foods were banned, such as pork, and all males had to be circumcised. While the Church in Jerusalem gave Paul authority to minister to the Gentile (impure) it had not resolved the purification laws as they apply to the Gentile, at least in the mind of Paul. When Paul shared food with Gentiles and began teaching "against the law of Moses" it came to the attention of the Church in Jerusalem and he was chastized for it. Paul had taught, for instance:
In 58 A.D. Paul explained the confrontation:
In the book of Acts we learn that the "faith vs works" issue between the Church of Jerusalem and Paul came to a head when Paulo was arrested and brought before King Agrippa. For Paul not only suggested taking the 'impure' into the Temple of Jerusalem as Quadafi has suggested with respect to Mecca but did it.
After the trial before King Agrippa, listed in Acts 2, Paul was sent to Rome for final judgment in having taught against / violated the Law of Moses.
4.11.06 Former Iranian president Rafsanjani: We are producing atomic fuel
TEHRAN (Reuters) April 11 Iran is producing enriched uranium from 164 centrifuges, influential former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Tuesday, a major step towards its goal of making nuclear fuel for power stations. Rafsanjani's comments to Kuwait's KUNA new agency came ahead of a planned announcement by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about progress in Iran's nuclear program, which media had speculated would be to say that Iran had produced low-grade uranium. The announcement is a serious setback to UN Security Council efforts to have Iran halt enrichment work. It could escalate a confrontation with Western powers leading to consideration of sanctions against the Islamic Republic. [More>>haaretzdaily.com ; See related stories, Jerusalem Post, (AP) April 11 19:30, "Enemies can't dissuade Iran from the path of progress : Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that Iran "will soon join the club of countries possessing nuclear technology." Speaking to a crowd in northeastern Iran, Ahmadinejad was quoted by the television as saying, "Enemies can't dissuade the Iranian nation from the path of progress that it has chosen." Ahmadinejad had promised on Monday to announce "good nuclear news"...and rian.ru, April 11, Russia's uranium enrichment offer to Iran still valid FM."]
4.11.06 Six children killed in rocket attack on Afghan school
KABUL (AFP) April 11 Six young children were killed and 14 others wounded when a rocket slammed into a primary school yard in Afghanistan on Tuesday, in an attack blamed on Taliban militants and their Al Qaeda allies. Two rockets were fired into Asadabad, the capital city of Kunar province, and one hit a school in the grounds of a mosque, killing six students aged between seven and 10, deputy police chief Mohammad Hassan Farahi said. He said that the rockets were fired from across the border in Pakistan, and it was not immediately clear what the target was. The mosque is close to an Afghan army base and a compound used by international troops. The second rocket did not cause casualties. [More>>metimes.com]
4.11.06 Drug companies 'inventing diseases to boost their profits'
April 11 Pharmaceutical companies are systematically creating diseases in order to sell more of their products, turning healthy people into patients and placing many at risk of harm, a special edition of a leading medical journal claims today. The practice of "disease mongering" by the drug industry is promoting non-existent illnesses or exaggerating minor ones for the sake of profits, according to a set of essays published by the open-access journal Public Library of Science Medicine. The special issue, edited by David Henry, of Newcastle University in Australia, and Ray Moynihan, an Australian journalist, reports that conditions such as female sexual dysfunction, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and "restless legs syndrome" have been promoted by companies hoping to sell more of their drugs. [More>>timesonline.co.uk]
4.11.06 Bomb blasts rock Karachi, 45 dead
KARACHI (Reuters) April 11 At least 45 people were killed and dozens more wounded in a bomb attack on a Sunni Muslim gathering in Karachi on Tuesday, officials said. Hospital sources said 45 people were killed and dozens wounded in the blast at Karachi's Mishtar Park during a prayer meeting attended by several thousand Sunni Muslims to celebrate the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad. [More>>expressindia.com]
4.11.06 President Musharraf says religious extremists harmed Islam
ISLAMABAD, April 11 President General Pervez Musharraf said Tuesday the West including China and America view Islam as religion of terrorism and extremism and extremist religious elements are responsible for it...Addressing an international Seerat conference here at the Jinnah Convention Islamabad Centre, the president said: "There are four anti-Islam misconceptions at international level and it is being theorized as to: Islam is religion of terrorism, Jihad (holy war) as militancy, womenıs status in Islam is very subordinate and Islam is at odds with modernization." President Musharraf however termed the four notions as altogether wrong and held extremist religious forces responsible for it.
4.11.06 Sicilian Mafia boss is caught after 40 years
PALERMO, Sicily (Reuters) April 11 Bernardo Provenzano, the undisputed chief of the Sicilian Mafia who had been on the run for more than four decades, was arrested while hiding in a farmhouse near Corleone in Sicily on Tuesday, officials said. "Thank God. The hunt is finally over," said Palermo police chief Giuseppe Caruso after agents nabbed Italy's most wanted man, scoring the state's biggest success against the Mafia in more than 13 years.
4.11.06 Rumors of war spark record high for Dubai oil
April 11 Dubai oil prices surged to a new record high following reports that Washington is planning military strikes against Iran, the world's fourth largest oil producer. The price of Korea's mainstay crude imports rose to $62.11 per barrel on Monday in New York, up $0.72 from the previous trading day. On the London market, Brent Oil traded at $68.46, equal to the record set last August after Hurricane Katrina shut down oil production in Mexico.
4.11.06 Russia should make 20-30 ballistic missiles a year expert
MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) April 11 Russia needs to produce up to 30 intercontinental ballistic missiles a year to maintain a strategic nuclear balance with the United States, a senior security expert said Tuesday. Alexei Arbatov, head of the international security center at the Russian Academy of Sciences, told RIA Novosti that if Russia continued to produce only 6-8 Topol-M missiles a year it would have only 150 such missiles and three nuclear submarines in 10-15 years.
4.10.06 'Pakistan tampered with 9/11 report'
ISLAMABAD (PTI) April 10 US media is investigating claims by a senior foreign office official that Pakistan spent thousands of dollars through its lobbyists to drop some of the negative findings about the country from the 9/11 Commission report. If this claim turns out to be true, it might land Pakistan in trouble in this country because it would amount to an attempt to improperly influence public officials assigned with ascertaining the truth about the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pakistani newspaper Daily Times reported from Washington today.
4.10.06 Chirac ditches jobs law after protests
April 10 French student leaders celebrated "a decisive victory" today after President Chirac announced that he was ditching a contentious new jobs law that would have made it easier for employers to sack young workers. The cave-in was announced in a brief statement from the Elysée Palace after two months of protests brought millions onto the streets of France. "The President of the Republic has decided to replace Article 8 of the law on equal opportunities with measures in favour of the professional insertion of young people in difficulty," it said. The decision is a major blow to the credibility of M. Chirac and his protégé Dominique de Villepin, the Prime Minister who had been groomed to replace M. Chirac in next year's presidential elections. [More>>timesonline.co.uk]
4.10.06 Eight killed, including four doctors, in new Afghan attacks
KABUL, April 10 Fresh attacks linked to Taliban insurgents killed eight people in insurgency-hit Afghanistan, officials said on Monday, with four of the dead working as doctors in a remote province. The four doctors and their driver all Afghans were killed in the normally calm western province of Badghis when unidentified attackers stormed a health clinic late on Sunday, a provincial governor said on Monday.
4.10.06 Lethal clashes continue in Turkey
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (AFP) April 10 Violent clashes between the Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants continued unabated on Saturday, causing deaths on both sides and sparking a short-lived hostage-taking in Istanbul. The last two weeks have seen a sharp surge in violence in the southeast, where the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has been waging an armed campaign for Kurdish self-rule since 1984. On March 25, Turkish army troops killed 14 presumed PKK rebels, sparking several days of riots in the southeast and a wave of deaths on both sides.
4.10.06 Hamas: Israel severing security ties with PA is 'declaration of war'
April 10 The Palestinian leadership reacted furiously Monday to Israel's decision to sever ties with the Palestinian government, with Hamas calling the move "a declaration of war," and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas accusing Israel of breaking international law. Prime Minister-designate Ehud Olmert said Sunday that Israel would end relations with the PA, which it now viewed as a "hostile" entity, and would act to prevent Hamas from becoming an established government. The decision comes two weeks after the new Hamas-led Palestinian government was sworn in by Abbas, and several days after Hamas offered Israel "quiet for quiet." [More>>haaretzdaily.com]
4.10.06 Iraqi Sunnis, Kurds reject Jaafari
April 10 Iraqi Sunni and Kurdish leaders have officially rejected the possibility of Ibrahim al-Jaafari remaining as prime minister in the next government. Al-Jaafari's Shia party, the United Iraqi Alliance (UIA), had made another attempt save their embattled candidate by setting up a committee to talk to Sunni and Kurdish groups. "We have sent a letter to our Shia brothers explaining that our position remains the same that of rejecting Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari's candidacy," said Dhafir al-Ani, of the Sunni-led National Concord Front. [More>>aljazeera.net ; See related background information, newamerica.net, Afshin Molavi, fellow bitterlemons-international.org, September 16.2005, "Iraq's Iranian connection" : ...The irony is not lost on many western observers. An oft-heard exchange goes: Q: Who won the US war in Iraq? A: Iran did. Former US ambassador to Croatia and advisor to the Iraqi Kurds Peter W. Galbraith puts it bluntly: "The US now has to recognize that [it] overthrew Saddam Hussein to replace him with a pro-Iranian state."
4.10.06 Bush: Iran report 'Wild Speculation'
WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) April 10 President Bush said Monday that force is not necessarily required to stop Iran from having a nuclear weapon, and he dismissed reports of plans for a military attack against Tehran as "wild speculation." Mr. Bush said his goal is to keep the Iranians from having the capability or the knowledge to have a nuclear weapon. "I know we're here in Washington (where) prevention means force," Mr. Bush said. "It doesn't mean force necessarily. In this case it means diplomacy."
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.
08.09.05 Understanding terrorists' use of the Koran what constitutes extremist activity
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:
6.17-05 Federal Debt not a concern of the press
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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