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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4.19.06 Saturn's storms run rings around earths'
April 19 On Saturn, it may be a very long wait for the calm after a storm. As big and destructive as hurricanes on Earth can be, at least they don't last long. Not like those on Saturn, where storms may rage for months or years. Viewed from space, hurricanes on Earth and the huge atmospheric disturbances observed on Saturn look similar.
Earth's hurricanes and Saturn's storms each have swirling clouds, convection, rain and strong rotating winds. "Hurricanes on Earth are low pressure centers at the ground and high pressures at the top where the storms flatten out," says Dr. Andrew Ingersoll, member of the Cassini imaging team and professor of planetary science at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif. "Storms on Saturn could be like hurricanes if what we're seeing is the top of the clouds." The frequency of storms on Saturn seems to be about the same as on Earth, and the fraction of planet occupied by storms is also similar. Not surprisingly, since Saturn is so much larger than Earth - nine Earths would fit across its equator its storms are bigger.
Hurricane Katrina stretched more than 380 kilometers (240 miles) across, for example, while two storms the Cassini spacecraft spotted in February 2002 each extend more than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) in diameter, about the size of Texas or France. [More>>jpl.nasa.gov]
4.19.06 Scientists condemn US as emissions of greenhouse gases hit record level
April 19 The United States emitted more greenhouse gases in 2004 than at any time in history, confirming its status as the world's biggest polluter. Latest figures on the US contribution to global warming show that its carbon emissions have risen sharply despite international concerns over climate change. The figures, which were quietly released on Easter Monday, reveal that net greenhouse gas emissions during 2004 increased by 1.7 per cent on the previous year, equivalent to a rise of 110 million tons of carbon dioxide.
4.19.06 Rove loses a post in White House overhaul
WASHINGTON, April 19 The overhaul of the White House staff continued today as Karl Rove gave up his portfolio as senior policy coordinator to concentrate more on politics and November's midterm Congressional elections and Scott McClellan stepped down as the president's chief spokesman. Mr. Bush announced that the policy position will be taken by Joel D. Kaplan, who is now the deputy budget director.
4.19.06 Teachers beheaded in Baghdad in front of students
BAGHDAD (Reuters) April 19 Separate groups of gunmen entered two primary schools in Baghdad on Wednesday and beheaded two teachers in front of their students, the Ministry of State for National Security said. "Two terrorist groups beheaded two teachers in front of their students in the Amna and Shaheed Hamdi primary schools in Shaab district in Baghdad," a ministry statement said. A ministry official said he believed the attacks were aimed at "intimidating pupils and disrupting learning." [khaleejtimes.com] ; See update, thestar.com.my (Reuters)April 19, Iraq police, US deny teachers beheaded at school."]
4.19.06 Han becomes first female prime minister
April 19 The National Assembly yesterday endorsed the appointment of Han Myeong-sook as Korea's first female prime minister in a move hailed as a major step forward for women in the traditionally male-dominated society. Her nomination was approved by 182 lawmakers of the 264 who cast their ballots, a relatively strong endorsement that well exceeded the 132 votes required for confirmation. Seventy-seven voted against the appointment while three abstained. Two ballots were declared invalid. Han, a lawmaker of the ruling Uri Party and former jailed democracy activist, will now head the Cabinet and be the second only to President Roh Moo-hyun in power once Roh formally appoints her today. [More>>koreaherald.co.kr]
4.19.06 US urges all countries to cut nuclear ties to Iran
MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) April 19 The US deputy secretary of state on Wednesday called for all countries to sever nuclear ties with Iran, including construction of a nuclear power plant at Bushehr being built with Russian help. Speaking following a Moscow meeting of the deputy foreign ministers of the five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany, Nicholas Burns Burns also said Iran had crossed the line drawn by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN's nuclear watchdog, and the Security Council had to offer an adequate diplomatic response to defiant Tehran.
4.19.06 Us Troops kill suspected suicide bomber in Afghanistan
JALALABAD, Afghanistan, April 19 US forces shot dead a suspected suicide bomber Wednesday as he targeted a coalition convoy in eastern Afghanistan, while a policeman died in a separate incident, officials said. A man driving a small jeep tried to get between vehicles of the convoy on the main highway linking Jalalabad, the capital city of Nangahar province, to Torkham, a town on the Pakistani border, the official said.
4.19.06 Jordan-Palestinian ties take a dive
AMMAN, Jordan (AFP) April 19 Relations between Jordan and the Hamas-led Palestinian government took a sharp turn for the worse on Wednesday when Amman scrapped a visit by the new foreign minister saying that a Hamas arms cache had been discovered. Mahmoud Al Zahar had been due in Amman on Wednesday as part of a regional tour to raise funds for the Palestinian Authority (PA), which is facing a massive financial crisis after a cut in vital Western funding. But Jordanian government spokesman Nasser Jawdeh said that the visit was postponed until further notice "following the discovery of weapons, explosives and rockets in the hands of a Hamas group in Jordan." Zahar roundly denied that Hamas hid arms in any Arab country but played down the impact of the cancellation of his visit on relations with a key broker in the Middle East peace process. [More>>metimes.com]
4.19.06 Sudan man, chickens contract bird flu
April 19 One man and five chickens have been found with the bird flu virus in Sudan, the health ministry says. Magdi Salih, the head of the epidemics department, said on Tuesday that tests carried out by Sudanese authorities on the man and chickens had proved positive for bird flu, but he did not say if the virus was the deadly H5N1 strain. The infected chickens were found at two farms in Sudan's Khartoum and Jazeera provinces, one of which belonged to the infected man. [More>>aljazeera.net] ; See related story, thejakartapost.com (AP) April 20, "Indonesia confirms 24th human death from bird flu."]
4.19.06 Japan confirms 25th mad cow case
TOKYO, April 19 An expert panel of Japan's health ministry confirmed Wednesday that a dairy cow raised in western Japan has tested positive for mad cow disease, making it the 25th case of BSE in Japan. [More>>crisscross.com]
4.18.06 Two US 'spies' beheaded
MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (AFP) April 18 Pro-Taliban militants beheaded two tribesmen in North Waziristan for allegedly working for American forces, said a security official on Monday. Gunmen captured one of the tribesmen and killed him in Khar Qamar on Sunday, said the official. "They beheaded the man and fled in his vehicle," the official said on condition of anonymity. Residents also found a headless body in Madhakhel, said the official. "All those working as US spies will face the same fate," proclaimed a note found near the body. [dailytimes.com.pk]
4.18.06 Lieberman: US could attack Iran's nukes
Apriil 18 The US is probably incapable of completely destroying the Iranian nuclear program, but as a last resort it could attempt to knock out "some of the components" in order to "delay and deter it," Senator Joe Lieberman, the former Democratic vice presidential candidate and a serving member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has told The Jerusalem Post.
4.18.06 Ruined treasures in Babylon await an Iraq without fighting
BABYLON, Iraq, April 18 In this ancient city, it is hard to tell what are ruins and what's just ruined. Crumbling brick buildings, some 2,500 years old, look like smashed sand castles at the beach. Famous sites, like the Tower of Babel and the Hanging Gardens, are swallowed up by river reeds. Signs of military occupation are everywhere, including trenches, bullet casings, shiny coils of razor wire and blast walls stamped, "This side Scud protection."
4.18.06 Viewpoint: AL Arabiya as new favorite satellite TV
April 18 Alvin Snyder writes: The latest monthly television ratings in Saudi Arabia by the independent pollster IPSOS-STAT show Al Arabiya dramatically widening its lead over Al Jazeera as the number one satellite television news outlet for the Middle East. The United States government's choice to give Al Arabiya an exclusive interview with US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld could be an effect of the lead increase. At one time, Al Jazeera was the go-to news outlet for Middle Eastern viewers and the US used the popular network as a public diplomacy tool. However, it looks as if both viewers and US officials have found a new favorite.
4.17.06 Strong worldwide condemnation for bomb attack in Israel
PARIS (AFP) April 17 A Palestinian suicide attack that killed at least nine people in Tel Aviv on Monday provoked outrage in Israel, where the new parliament was being sworn in, as well as from observers around the world. Moderate Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas condemned what he called an act of terrorism while Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert vowed that Israel would react in the "necessary fashion."
4.17.06 Iraq's political crisis deepens
BAGHDAD (AFP) April 17 Iraq was thrown into deep political crisis on Monday after leaders canceled a much-awaited parliament session following their failure to resolve a bitter dispute over the prime minister. At least nine people were killed in violence across the country, while police recovered 12 bullet-riddled bodies in a notorious Baghdad district.
4.17.06 Bush's new Chief of Staff signals shake up
WASHINGTON (AP) April 17 Signaling a possible shake-up among President Bush's senior advisers, the new White House chief of staff told top presidential aides Monday to expect changes that ''refresh and re-energize the team.'' He invited anyone who is thinking of leaving before year's end to do so now.
4.17.06 US could attack Iran next year Russian expert
MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) April 17 The United States may attack Iran next year if it gains the support of the international community, a senior Russian international security expert said Monday. "If [the U.S.] ventures a military operation, it will conduct it next year after thorough political, military and propaganda preparations," Alexei Arbatov, head of the International Security Center in Moscow, told RIA Novosti.
4.17.06 India says it won't commit to US on atomic testing
NEW DELHI (Reuters) April 17 India said on Monday it would make no explicit commitment to the United States not to conduct fresh nuclear tests as part of a landmark civilian atomic cooperation agreement. New Delhi has refused to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), calling it discriminatory, but it did announce a unilateral moratorium on nuclear testing after it conducted atomic tests in 1998. The civilian nuclear agreement was finalized when President George W. Bush visited India last month. But a draft of the deal framed since suggested that the pact would be discontinued if India tested a nuclear device, the Indian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. [More>>expressindia.com ; See more details, aljazeera.net, April 17, "India: no ban on nuclear tests."]
4.17.06 Thousands evacuated as Danube reaches 111-year high
April 17 A state of emergency was declared across much of the Balkans today as the Danube, swollen by heavy rain and the spring snow melt, rose to a 111-year high. Mass evacuations were being planned in riverside towns for 1,000 miles from the north-west tip of Serbia-Montenegro, through its neighbor Romania to coastal Bulgaria. Authorities are optimistic that water levels will subside in the coming week but fears are growing over the health risks caused by sewage and mosquitoes.
4.17.06 The great betrayal: Pro-hunting Japanese seize control of whaling commission
April 17 Through a lengthy, covert operation, Japan is poised to seize control of whale hunting and that spells disaster for the endangered mammal. The environmental movement is facing one of its biggest-ever reverses, over one of its most cherished causes: Save The Whale. In a remarkable diplomatic coup, Japan, the leading pro-whaling nation, is poised to seize control of whaling's regulatory body, the International Whaling Commission (IWC), and so hasten the return of commercial whale hunting, which has been officially banned worldwide for the past 20 years.
4.16.06 Anatomy of a revolt
April 16 Evan Thomas and John Barry, Newsweek April 24, 2006 issue : What made a chorus of ex-generals call for the SecDef's head? The war over the warand how Rumsfeld is reacting. Gen. Eric Shinseki, former chief of staff of the Army, says he is "at peace." But reached last week, he didn't sound all that peaceful. In the winter of 2003, alone among the top brass, Shinseki had warned Congress that occupying Iraq would require "several hundred thousand troops." Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his deputy, Paul Wolfowitz, had rewarded Shinseki for his honesty by publicly castigating and shunning him.
4.16.06 Six die in US strike on al-Qaida safehouse
BAGHDAD (AP) April 16 Six people were killed during a raid Sunday as US troops stormed a house looking for an al-Qaida suspect south of Baghdad, the U.S. military said. In the capital, a bomb hidden in a shopping bag on a minibus killed at least three passengers. Iraqi politicians, meanwhile, continued talks over top posts in the next government ahead of a parliament session Monday. But there was little sign of progress, and some officials of the dominant Shiite alliance cast doubt on whether the session would take place.
4.16.06 Afghan clashes leave 14 Taliban dead
April 16 Suspected Taliban fighters have attacked two police checkpoints along a highway in southern Afghanistan, sparking clashes that left 14 fighters dead, the Afghan police said. The clashes in Zabul province followed heavy fighting on Friday in neighboring Kandahar province, that officials say left 41 militants and six police dead - the biggest battle in a recent upsurge of rebel violence that threatens the war-battered nation's new democracy.
4.16.06 Massive fraud hits tsunami aid
April 16 This was supposed to be the scene of the worldıs greatest aid effort, but endemic corruption has drained it of millions of pounds while leaving tens of thousands of tsunami victims stranded in tents. Banda Aceh was ground zero in the tsunami of Boxing Day 2004, which claimed more than 200,000 lives across the Indian Ocean. More people died here than anywhere else.
4.16.06 Pakistanis find H5N1 bird flu on another farm
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) April 16 The H5N1 bird flu virus has been confirmed at another Pakistani poultry farm, an Agriculture Ministry official said on Sunday. Authorities confirmed outbreaks of the H5N1 virus at two poultry farms in the Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) in February. The new outbreak was discovered on a farm near the capital, Islamabad. [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
4.15.06 US Defense secretary 'should go'
WASHINGTON, April 16 A former NATO commander Saturday joined six other retired generals in calling for Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's resignation. "I believe secretary Rumsfeld hasn't done an adequate job. He should go," General Wesley Clark told Fox News Channel in an interview. Gen. Clark said Mr. Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney had pushed the United States into Iraq, and said the invasion "had no connection with the war on terror."
4.15.06 Governor: 41 Taliban killed in battle
April 15 Forty-one Taliban and six police officers were killed in a battle in southern Afghanistan in an area where the Taliban's leader once lived, a governor said on Saturday. In the insurgency-hit Helmand province, an official was killed in a Taliban ambush on Saturday, police said. Nine police and several Taliban were wounded in Friday's fighting in Sangisar, a town 40 km (25 miles) southwest of Kandahar, said Asadullah Khalid, the provincial governor.
4.15.06 Dalai Lama meets with Muslim leaders at anti-terror summit
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) April 15 The Dalai Lama arrived in San Francisco on Friday to join Muslim leaders from around the world in an unprecedented summit on quelling violent religious extremism.. Tibetıs spiritual leader came in response to a prominent California Imam's invitation to help form a "United Nations of Religion" devoted to countering extremist violence.
4.14.06 Mashaal meets with al-Qaida leader
April 14 In an another sign of the Palestinian leadership growing alliance with al-Qaida, Damascus-based Hamas head Khaled Mashaal recently met in Yemen with a representative of Osama bin Laden's organization who is wanted by the US for his involvement in supporting and funding global terror, The Jerusalem Post has learned. During a visit to Yemen two weeks ago, the local Hamas branch organized a fund-raising event to recruit financial aid for the new Hamas-led Palestinian Authority government. During the event, Mashaal met with Sheikh Abd al-Majid al-Zindani suspected by the US as being a "loyalist to Osama bin Laden and supporter of al-Qaida" who even donated 200,000 Yemenite rials to Hamas, the equivalent of a little over $1,000.
4.14.06 US bans money going to Palestinian government
JERUSALEM (AP) April 14 The US government has barred Americans from doing business with the new Hamas-led Palestinian government, officials said Friday, the latest sign of US financial pressure against the Islamic militant group. In a memo obtained by The Associated Press, the US Treasury Department said "transactions with the Palestinian Authority by US persons are prohibited, unless licensed." In a memo obtained by The Associated Press, the US Treasury Department said "transactions with the Palestinian Authority by US persons are prohibited, unless licensed." It said the decision was based on "existing terrorism sanctions." [washingtonpost.com ; See also bbc.co.uk]
4.14.06 AT&T, Group challenge US spy program
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) April 13 AT&T Inc. and an Internet advocacy group are waging in federal court a privacy battle that could expose the reach of the Bush administration's secretive domestic wiretapping program. The Electronic Frontier Foundation said it obtained documents from a former AT&T technician showing that the National Security Agency is capable of monitoring all communications on AT&T's network.
4.14.06 Thirteen injured in bombings at Indian mosque
NEW DELHI, India (AP) April 14 Two bombs exploded at New Delhi's main mosque shortly after hundreds of worshippers offered Friday prayers, injuring at least 13 people, an official said. The two blasts occurred within 30 minutes of each other at the Jama Masjid mosque, said Police Chief K.K. Paul. "We are investigating what kind of explosive devices were used," Paul said. Thirteen people were injured, said Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
4.14.06 Iraq death toll mounts as sectarian attacks intensify
BAGHDAD (AFP) April 14 At least 42 Iraqis have been killed in attacks over the past 24 hours, security officials said on Friday, as politicians pressed four-month-old coalition talks amid the mounting sectarian unrest. Four Iraqis were killed when two roadside bombs went off next to two Sunni mosques in the restive city of Baquba, 60 kilometers (36 miles) northeast of Baghdad. Police said that three people were killed and two wounded in the first bombing next to Al Aqsa mosque, while another civilian died and three others were wounded in the second bombing near the Saad Bin Mahaz mosque. Both explosions occurred after Friday prayers near the sanctuaries located in the centre of Baquba. In the past few weeks dozens of people have died in a series of bombings and shootings in and around Baquba, the deadliest being a car bomb attack on a Shia mosque that left 26 people dead on Wednesday. [More>>metimes.com] ; See related stories, bbc.co.uk, April 14, "Iraqi construction workers killed" and independent.co.uk, April 14, "Six soldiers injured in Afghanistan and Iraq."]
4.14.06 China performs its first human face transplant
(Reuters) April 14 Chinese doctors have performed the country's first face transplant, the second operation of its kind in the world, Xinhua news agency said on Friday. The 30-year-old patient, attacked by a bear, had two thirds of his face replaced in an operation that lasted 14 hours and ended on Friday. "The surgery is even more complex than the first face transplant in France in November last year," said Han Yan, deputy director of the plastic surgery department of the Xijing Hospital in Xian, capital of Shaanxi province. Surgeons in France carried out the world's first such operation on Isabelle Dinoire, 38, whose lips and nose were torn off by her own dog. The Chinese patient was given a new cheek, upper lip, nose, and an eyebrow from a single donor, Xinhua said. The patient was attacked by a bear in 2004. [More>>chinadaily.com.cn ; See more details, timesonline.co.uk, April 14]
4.14.06 One killed in Islamist attacks on Alexandria churches
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (AFP) April 14 Three knife-wielding Muslims attacked worshipers at Coptic churches in Egypt's second city of Alexandria on Friday, killing one and wounding at least 12, police and medical sources said. The assailants, each armed with two knives, mounted almost simultaneous attacks on churchgoers in three separate neighborhoods and were later arrested, a police official said on condition of anonymity.
4.14.06 Afghanistan: Insurgency gains ground as Poppy-eradication efforts struggle
LONDON, April 12 Is the forced eradication of farmers' opium-poppy crops in the Pashto-speaking belt of southern Afghanistan leading to a rapid disintegration of government control and an increase in Taliban/Al-Qaeda power controlled by Pakistani insurgent elements? A new report by the Senlis Council based on interviews with local farmers, community leaders, security officials, and district and regional councils concludes that crop eradication and security objectives are at odds and that compensation to farmers is being mishandled. As a result, the report says, local confidence in government and foreign security forces is lessening, and insurgency is on the increase. The Senlis report claims that counternarcotics policies pursued in Afghanistan by the international community have been largely ineffective and contribute to a worsening of relations with local communities. As the eradication of poppy crops continues, it has led to support for the Taliban and Al-Qaeda insurgents among dissatisfied farmers instead of helping to "win their hearts and minds." Those findings by the Senlis Council, an international security and development think tank, are based on groundwork in the three southern Afghan provinces of Nangarhar, Kandahar, and Helmand.
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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