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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PETALING JAYA, Malaysia, April 30 The recent violent storms and killer lightning are linked to the country's rising temperature that has increased by 0.8°C in the last 35 years, experts said.
"These are the chain reaction resulting from the changes in the weather as it is all part of rising temperature or global warming. As we can see, the extreme weather, like flash floods, is causing disruptions to traffic, inconvenience to the public and damage to premises and homes," said Gurmit Singh who is also executive director of the Centre of Environment, Technology and Development Malaysia. [More>>thestar.com.my]
4.30.06 South Korean prosecutors indict officials of three domain providers
April 30 The prosecution yesterday indicted officials from three software companies for distributing programs that delete links to rivals' internet pages from client's computers. Ten staff members from Netpia Inc., Digital Names and Ieasysoft, three leading providers of domain service, were prosecuted without detention on charges of interfering with business and causing damage to internet users.
4.30.06 Woman has total feeling in new face
(AP) April 30 The French woman who received the world's first partial face transplant has complete feeling in the new tissue five months after the operation, she told a Sunday newspaper. Isabelle Dinoire, 38, also told the newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche that the hardest part of her recovery appears to be getting to know herself again. When asked if she has accepted her new face, she responded: "It's too difficult to explain."
LONDON (AP) April 30 Colin Powell Tells British TV That He Urged Bush Before the War to Send More Troops to Iraq. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell advised President Bush before the Iraq war to send more troops to the country, but the administration did not follow his recommendation, Powell said in an interview broadcast Sunday.
4.30.06 Bush violates hundreds of laws
April 30 post, afterdowningstreet.org, by Charlie Savage, The Boston Globe: WASHINGTON President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.
4.30.06 March in New York drew 350,000 protestors against Iraq War
April 29 Blog post by Jarrett Murphy to Village Voice "Powerplays" : Organizers of today's peace march are saying they had 350,000 in the streets, and who's to say otherwise? We called the NYPD on a lark, knowing they haven't done these estimates in about ten years. "We haven't done crowd estimates for 10 years," the guy who picked up said.
Editorial note: The Antichrist sign is interesting, since there is a correlation in the book of Daniel which refers to the Antichrist's reign of terror of 1,290 days (Daniel12.11). Bush's reign is now ~1,000 days. There is another comparison from Daniel, where the Muses may play:
I am not one that muses much over such correlations to prophesy, but Bush's manipulation of the truth, and lies, his claim to be "a War President," his manifestation of invading Iraq for oil and connection to power players, such as Halliburton and the Carlyle Group who could capitalize on the war effort ; his expressed desire to resolve differences through force, rather than diplomacy, and sheer disrespect for international and US laws and accords shows the world's most powerful leader in a perspective more akin to Daniel's list than any other before him. Bush certainly has magnified himself above God (though he claims to have launched the war, which he called a "crusade" on behalf of God). But the sign in the image above, "I thought the Antichrist was supposed to be charming and intelligent," recalls an ethics discussion in my correspondence with Wm. F. Buckley Jr. in the early 1990's that enticed this response from him (See "Rooting out his faith" for full context):
The conversation I had with Mr. Buckley involved my concerns over the policies of the Reagan-Bush Estate in financing their governments by borrowing money called Reaganomics leaving us then with a $5 trillion national debt, that George W. Bush has doubled (now approaching $9 trillion). The consequences of the Reagan-Bush Estate involved a greater shift of the wealth of this country to fewer hands and spawning hordes of homeless people (The homeless began to flood our streets in 1985).We had a temporary respite from Reaganomics when the Clinton administration attempted to pay down the national debt, following the lead of the "Contract with America" pushed by Newt Gingrich in 1994.
4.30.06 Kidnapped Indian found beheaded
KANDAHAR (Reuters) April 30 The kidnapped Indian telecommunications worker K. Suryanarayan was found beheaded in southern Afghanistan on Sunday and the Taliban said they had killed him. The man and his Afghan driver were kidnapped on Friday. Taliban insurgents said on Saturday they had taken both men and vowed to kill the Indian unless New Delhi withdrew all its workers from Afghanistan within 24 hours.
BAGHDAD (AFP) April 30 Baghdad on Sunday accused Iranian forces of having over the last 24 hours entered Iraqi territory and shelled Kurdish PKK guerrillas in the northern Arbil province.
4.30.06 Rebels hold out on Darfur peace
April 30 Rebels from Sudan's Darfur region are under increasing pressure to sign a peace agreement after the government said it will accept the terms. The African Union-brokered plan calls for pro-government Arab militias to be disarmed, and rebels fighters to be merged into Sudan's forces. Mediators in Abuja, Nigeria, gave both sides until the end of Sunday to agree.
4.30.06 Israel to speed building of barrier
April 30 Israel is moving to speed up the building of its controversial West Bank barrier after the government approved amendments to its route. Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister-designate, said at a cabinet meeting on Sunday: "We must go forward as quickly as possible. The decisions which we are taking will enable us to complete the security barrier as quickly as possible so that we can best prevent terrorist attacks." Tel Aviv was rocked by a suicide bombing two weeks ago. [More>>aljazeera.net]
4.29.06 Latin American leftists sign trade pact
April 29 The presidents of Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia have signed the People's Trade Treaty to counter a US-led drive to forge a Pan-American free trade area. Presidents Evo Morales of Bolivia, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, and Fidel Castro of Cuba signed the pact in Havana on Saturday to streamline commercial ties among the three governments. They are all opposed to US trade policies that they say overwhelmingly favour the United States. Castro described the accord as "an extraordinary document with profound humanitarian, social and economic content."
4.29.06 100,000 families are fleeing violence, Iraq official says
BAGHDAD, April 29 A new estimate by one of Iraq's vice presidents has put the number of Iraqi families fleeing sectarian violence at 100,000, far outstripping previous projections and raising the possibility that a total of a half-million people could be displaced. The estimate, made Friday by Adel Abdul Mahdi, a Shiite leader selected as one of two vice presidents, is much higher than other recent estimates. For example, the national security adviser, Mowaffak al-Rubaie, said in an interview last week that 13,750 families had been displaced, which could mean about 70,000 people. Yet both statements go far beyond estimates by American military leaders, who have said there is no "widespread movement" of Iraqis fleeing from sectarian fighting. [More>>nytimes.com ; See another story, washingtonpost.com, April 29, "In Iraqi town, trainees are also suspects" : ..."There's two kinds of Iraqis here, the ones who help us and the ones who shoot us, and there's an awful lot of 'em doing both," said Hoover, 26, of Newark, Ohio. "Is it frustrating? Yes, it's frustrating. But we can't just stop working with them."...
4.29.06 Olmert: Ahmadinejad is 'psychopath' who 'speaks like Hitler'
April 29 Interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert launched an unprecedented attack on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in an interview with a German newspaper published Saturday, labelling him an anti-Semitic "psychopath" who "speaks like Hitler."
4.29.06 Update Iran denies US terror report
TEHRAN (AFP) April 29 Iran rejected as "worthless" on Saturday a US State Department report labelling it the worldšs foremost state sponsor of terrorism. "Teheran regards this report as worthless and unimportant," foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told the official IRNA news agency. "The US labels the governments which are against its policies and those of Israelšs as terrorist nations. The United States is the biggest supporter of the Zionist regime, and is not a credible judge because it is responsible for the Zionist regimešs crimes," Asefi said. [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
4.28.06 US says Iran top terror sponsor
April 28 Iran is "the most active state sponsor of terrorism," according to the US state department's annual report on world terrorism. It finds that Iran's Revolutionary Guards and intelligence ministry are directly involved in planning and supporting terrorist acts. There was no immediate response from Tehran which is locked in a row with the US over its nuclear programme. The report also argues that al-Qaeda had been weakened.
4.28.06 Mission accomplished, May 1, three years on
April 28 David Swanson of afterdowningstreet.org posted this reminder: May 1 marks three years since George W. Bush staged his "Mission Accomplished" aircraft landing in San Diego Harbor and "delivered good news to the men and women who fought in the cause of freedom: their mission is complete and major combat operations in Iraq have ended."
4.28.06 Iraq war to be more expensive than Vietnam
April 28 The Iraq war has already cost the United States $320bn (£180bn), according to an authoritative new report, and even if a troop withdrawal begins this year, the conflict is set to be more expensive in real terms than the Vietnam War, a generation ago. The estimate, circulated this week by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS), can only increase unease over the US presence in Iraq, whose direct costs now run at some $6bn a month, or $200m a day, with no end in sight.
4.28.06 China raises bank lending rate to slow investment
April 28 China, the emerging economic powerhouse, raised benchmark bank lending rates for the first time in 18 months on Thursday, prompting sky-high world oil and commodity prices and some major stock markets to take a U-turn. The People's Bank of China raised one-year lending rates to 5.85 percent from 5.58 percent. The rate rise, effective from Friday, is seen as an attempt to slow rapid lending growth and skyrocketing investment.
4.28.06 Hyundai Motor chief arrested
April 28 Hyundai Automotive Group Chairman Chung Mong-koo was put behind bars yesterday after a court issued an arrest warrant on charges of embezzling and misusing more than 130 billion won ($137.2 million) of company funds. Executives of the nation's second largest conglomerate called an emergency meeting to cope with a management vacuum and possible damage to the car maker's domestic and global operations. Hyundai Motor Co., the group's flagship, said Vice Chairman and CEO Kim Dong-jin will assume full responsibility and operational control of the company. The prosecution on Thursday called for an arrest warrant against the 68-year-old chairman for the misappropriation of about 130 billion won to set up a slush fund, and for causing 390 billion won worth of damage to Hyundai companies through breach of trust. [More>>koreaherald.co.kr]
4.28.06 Bush approves Dubai's Doncasters purchase
WASHINGTON (Reuters) April 28 President George W. Bush approved Dubaišs $1.24 billion takeover of Doncasters, a British engineering company with US plants that supply the Pentagon, the White House said on Friday. The interagency Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States sent its confidential recommendation on the Dubai takeover of Doncasters to Bush on April 13. "The president this morning accepted the committeešs recommendation," McClellan said. "The committee recommended approval of the transaction after closely scrutinizing it and concluding that it would not compromise our national security." [More>>khaleejtimes.com ; See doncasters.com for more information about the company]
4.28.06 Online archive lets French wallow in the past
April 28 France has embarked on a collective nostalgia trip via a new internet archive that has allowed millions to travel back in time and call up television and radio favorites from their youth. The revolt of May 1968, newsreel of General de Gaulle, the confessions of Serge Gainsbourg and cult television shows of the 1960s are among the hits that have been flooding screens in offices and homes since yesterday, when the Institut National de lšAudiovisuel (INA) put online 100,000 broadcasts dating back as far as the 1940s, most of it free of charge.
4.28.06 Women preachers: Morocco's new weapon against Islamic extremism
RABAT, Morocco (AFP) April 28 In a project unknown in Islam, Morocco has just graduated its first team of women preachers to be deployed as a vanguard in the kingdom's fight against any slide toward Islamic extremism. "This is a rare experiment in the Muslim world," proudly stated Mohamed Mahfoud, director of the center attached to the Islamic affairs ministry that trained this first class of 50 women. Ministry spokesman Hamid Rono said that it was the "first [of its kind] in the Islamic world."
4.28.06 Twenty-one rebels killed, forty-three captured in restive Iraqi province
BAGHDAD (AFP) April 28 The US military announced that 21 rebels were killed and another 43 captured in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala after a series of attacks on military and police checkpoints the day before. The governor of the province, Rad Rasheed al-Mulla, also imposed a curfew in the province following the brutal attacks that left 16 people dead, including six Iraqi army soldiers. On Thursday, rebels carried out a number of attacks in and around the provincial capital of Baquba, largely on military and police checkpoints. [More>>turkishpress.com]
4.27.06 Italians grieve over 3 deaths in Iraq
ROME (AP) April 27 A bomb blast rocked an Italian convoy at a base in southern Iraq on Thursday, killing three Italian soldiers and a Romanian, the Defense Ministry said. The roadside bomb targeted a four-vehicle convoy on its way to relieve troops at an Iraqi police station in the city of Nasiriyah, the ministry said in a statement. One of the vehicles was destroyed, killing the four soldiers and seriously injuring at least one more passenger.
4.27.06 IAF missile strike kills senior Islamic Jihad militant in Gaza Strip
April 27 Israel Air Force aircraft fired three missiles at targets in the central Gaza Strip on Thursday, critically wounding two Palestinian militants, Palestinian health officials said. One of the militants later died in hospital. The Israel Defense Forces said the airstrikes were aimed at a cell en route to carrying out an attack. It did not identify the targets. It said two vehicles were targeted and one carrying rockets or explosives was hit. Pillars of smoke billowed from the destroyed vehicle as burned and dismembered bodies were removed. The Islamic Jihad militant group identified the men as Wael Akka Nasser , 27, and Ahmad Abu Najam, 23 senior field operatives in its military wing. [More>>haaretzdaily.com]
4.27.06 Secret flights investigation raises the veil
April 27 Europe wants answers, and an ongoing investigation into secret CIA flights provided some on Wednesday. Fully 1,000 clandestine flights crisscrossed the continent a new report says. In response, EU parliamentarians headed are off to Macedonia.
4.27.06 Danish reporters indicted for revealing secret report on Iraq
COPENHAGEN, April 27 Two Danish reporters who cited a secret government report casting doubt on the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq before the US-led invasion have been indicted for violating national security, the state prosecutor said Thursday. It is the first time in the history of modern Denmark -- an ardent champion of freedom of expression -- that journalists have been charged with divulging state secrets.
4.27.06 Egypt blames same bedouin group for all Sinai attacks
CAIRO (AFP) April 27 Egypt blamed suicide attacks in the Sinai Peninsula this week on local bedouins linked to an Islamic radical group also responsible for other bloody bombings in Red Sea resorts in the past 18 months. "The information indicates that the perpetrators of the terrorist attacks that occurred in Dahab and Al Gura are Sinai bedouins," interior minister Habib Al Adly told state television late on Wednesday. "They also have connections to previous incidents in Taba and Sharm El Sheikh," the minister said after five suicide bombers struck within 48 hours in the Peninsula.
4.27.06 35,000 chickens slaughtered after Norfolk, England bird flu outbreak
April 27 Workers were slaughtering 35,000 chickens on a Norfolk poultry farm today after some tested positive for bird flu. Police officers stood guard at the entrance to Witford Lodge Farm at Hockering, near Dereham, where a strain of bird flu was found in samples from chickens that had been found dead. Preliminary test results showed that the virus was likely to be the H7 strain, and not H5N1, which is a more virulent strain and a bigger threat to human beings. Further tests would be carried out today at the farm, which produces breeding stock for chicken farmers. [More>>timesonline.co.uk]
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, 2005 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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