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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5.13.06 Questions raised for phone giants in spy data fuoror
May 13 The former chief executive of Qwest, the nation's fourth-largest phone company, rebuffed government requests for the company's calling records after 9/11 because of "a disinclination on the part of the authorities to use any legal process," his lawyer said yesterday. The statement on behalf of the former Qwest executive, Joseph P. Nacchio, followed a report that the other big phone companies AT&T, BellSouth and Verizon had complied with an effort by the National Security Agency to build a vast database of calling records, without warrants, to increase its surveillance capabilities after the Sept. 11 attacks...Legal experts said the companies faced the prospect of lawsuits seeking billions of dollars in damages over cooperation in the program, citing communications privacy legislation stretching back to the 1930's. A federal lawsuit was filed in Manhattan yesterday seeking as much as $50 billion in civil damages against Verizon on behalf of its subscribers. [Full story>>nytimes.com]
5.11.06 Drought affects 14 million in China
(Xinhua) May 11 A drought is threatening supplies of drinking water to more than 14 million Chinese, a national environmental protection official said Thursday. The drought has affected 16.3 million hectares of farmland in the China's northern, northeastern and southwestern regions, said Zhang Zhitong, executive director of the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters. The drinking water shortage had also affected 11.55 million head of livestock, Zhang said. Weather forecasters say there is no sign of the drought breaking in most parts of northern and southwestern regions in the foreseeable future. Beijing, with a permanent population of 15.36 million and more than four million transients, is suffering its worst drought in 50 years, with only 17 millimeters of rainfall reported in the past four months, down 63 percent from the same period last year. [More>>chinadaily.com.cn ; See related story, 5.03.06, "Record levels of fatal metals in yellow dust."]
5.11.06 Update, 5.09.06 Update, 5.08.06 Iranian president writes letter to Bush
May 8 Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has written a letter to President Bush with suggestions on how to resolve current international tensions, Iranian officials said today, but there was no immediate information about whether he was proposing a solution to differences over Iran's nuclear program. Iran and the United States have had icy relations since Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979 and the seizing of the American Embassy in Tehran, where American diplomats were held hostage for more than a year. The letter, which would be the first direct public communication sent by an Iranian president to an American president since their ties were severed, is being forwarded to Washington through the Swiss embassy, which represents American interests in Iran. [More>>nytimes.com ; report is carried by most newspapers in the Maravot News banner; See also thenews.com.pk, May 8, "White House 'unaware' of letter from Ahmadinejad." ;
Editorial note, May 8 : The Ahmadinejad letter does offer a foundation for discussion, contrary to Rice's assessment. Ahmadinejad repeatedly refers to Christian values being violated by the Bush administration and asks Bush to consider that both Ahmadinejad's and Bush's presidencies will be judged by those values. He provides a list of Bush's violation of Christ's teachings and invites him to return to a dialogue based upon Christ's teachings. With respect to nuclear energy, Ahmadinejad presents the argument that the development of science does not presuppose evil and defends the right to develop nuclear energy, for the sake of knowledge. Nuclear energy is, however, one of the things that comes out of Pandora's Box. Once it is let out of the box, it can be used for good or evil. Ahmadinejad's argument stresses the responsibilities of governments to provide for the welfare of their people and criticizes international agencies for not standing behind those values. He compares this need to governments that conduct war for riches, benefitting the rich at the expense of the poor. He uses the Old Testament prophets and Christ to argue the need for peaceful accords and quotes the Koran in the context that it supports those accords, for peace. He stays within the basic tenet of the Koran that views itself as an umbrella faith incorporating the teachings of the Old Testament and Christ. There is thus a good foundation for talks here, since it begins with ethics. The first step in the path to discussion, of course, is to agree not to lie. Not to lie would be a problem definitely for Bush and Ahmadinejad's continuing pogroms against Israel suggest that breaching the truth may be a problem for him as well. To review some issues in this regard, see "Why the crusade and jihad?" and "Philistia triumph thou because of me."
5.08.06 Car bombs continue to shake Baghdad
May 8 Iraq has suffered another violent day with many people being killed in different incidents across the country, including two car bombs in the capital. [More>>aljazeera.net]
5.07.06 Forty-three bullet-riddled bodies found in Baghdad
BAGHDAD, May 7 Iraqi police have found the bullet-riddled bodies of 43 men killed in apparent sectarian attacks, an interior ministry official said ON Sunday. He said 28 bodies were found in Baghdad's eastern Kharkh area, while another 15 were recovered from the western Rusafa district. "All men were handcuffed and shot in the head," he said, adding that the bodies had been recovered over the previous 24 hours. [More>>thenews.com.pk ; See related story, abcnews.go.com, May 7, "4 car bombings kill 17, hurt 44 in Iraq."]
5.07.06 Sniffer bees : New flying squad in war against terror
May 7 An interesting report by Martin Hodgson : Terrorists, beware the ultimate sting: a British company has developed a device to detect explosives at airports with the help of specially trained honey bees. In remarkable field trials completed this week, scientists have harnessed the insect's powerful sense of smell to track down samples of TNT, Semtex, gunpowder and other explosives hidden in shipments passing through a busy cargo airport. The project is the result of five years of government-funded research carried out by scientists from Rothamsted Research Centre in Hertfordshire.
5.06.06 China lashes out against US report on religious freedom critical of Beijing
BEIJING (AP) May 6 China on Saturday lashed out against a US report critical of Beijingıs policies on religious freedom, calling the assessment irresponsible and harmful to relations between the two countries. The report released this week by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom said the Chinese government "continues to engage in systematic and egregious violations of freedom of religion or belief." Along with Saudi Arabia, Iran and Sudan, China has been designated by the US State Department one of eight ³countries of particular concern² for denying religious openness based on commission recommendations.
5.06.06 Egyptian police identify two suicide bombers in Sinai blasts
CAIRO (AP) May 6 Police identified the suicide bombers who attacked international peacekeepers and police in the Sinai peninsula last month as 19-year-old Eid Salman Salem and Eid Hamad el-Tarawi, 25, the official Egyptian news agency reported.
5.06.06 Iraqi Kurds flee border region as tensions mount
May 6 Kurdish villagers are fleeing their homes in northern Iraq after shelling and incursions by Iranian forces and a massive build-up of Turkish troops as both countries move to crush separatist guerrillas. Government leaders in Iraqi Kurdistan say Iran has attacked Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerrillas in Iraq three times in the past two weeks, and Turkey insists it has the right under military law to carry out cross-border operations if need be.
5.06.06 British helicopter shot down in Iraq
May 6 A British military helicopter was brought down in Basra on Saturday, killing four people aboard and sparking clashes between troops and youths chanting militia slogans and hurling petrol bombs, officials said. Fire fighters said they had found four charred bodies in the wreckage. The helicopter burst into flames on impact and a thick cloud of black smoke billowed into the air. Police said it crashed into a building near the provincial governor's office, but there were no Iraqi civilian casualties on the ground. "A multinational forces helicopter was hit by a rocket and went down on houses in central Basra," Lieut. Colonel Kareem al-Zaidi, Basra police spokesman, said. He added there were no casualties on the ground. [More>>aljazeera.net]
5.06.06 Justice catches up with Khmer Rouge
May 5 A long-stalled war crimes trial for Khmer Rouge leaders, accused of causing nearly one third of Cambodia's population to perish on the Killing Fields, drew a step closer after an international panel of 30 judges and prosecutors was appointed in Phnom Penh yesterday. King Norodom Sihamoni, himself held captive by Khmer revolutionaries as a boy, chaired the Supreme Council of Magistracy which picked the new legal team from United Nations and Cambodian nominees.
5.06.06 Pakistan not doing enough on terrorism : America
KABUL (Reuters) May 6 Pakistan is not doing enough to help root out Taliban and al-Qaeda leaders who have found safe haven in its lawless tribal lands along the Afghan border, a senior US security official said on Saturday. Most al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders are in Pakistan, and while the United States did not know where Osama bin Laden was hiding, he was probably on the Pakistan side of the border, said Henry Crumpton, State Department coordinator for counterterrorism.
5.05.06 NASA and partners release new movies of Titan
May 4 New views of the most distant touchdown ever made by a spacecraft are being released today by NASA, the European Space Agency and the University of Arizona. The movies show the dramatic descent of the Huygens probe to the surface of Saturn's moon Titan on Jan. 14, 2005.
The data were analyzed for months after the landing and represent the best visual product obtained from the Huygens mission. It is the most realistic way yet to experience the Huygens probe landing. The movie "View from Huygens on Jan. 14, 2005," provides in 4 minutes and 40 seconds of what the probe actually "saw" during the 2.5 hours of the descent and touchdown.
"At first, the Huygens camera just saw fog over the distant surface," said Erich Karkoschka, team member at the University of Arizona, Tucson, and creator of the movies. "The fog started to clear only at about 60 kilometers [37 miles] altitude, making it possible to resolve surface features as large as 100 meters [328 feet]," he said. "But only after landing could the probe's camera resolve little grains of sand millions and millions of times smaller than Titan. A movie is a perfect medium to show such a huge change of scale." [More>>jpl.nasa.gov]
5.05.06 UN anti-torture body scrutinises US record
GENEVA (AFP) May 5 The UN's top anti-torture body opened its first public examination of the US government's record on torture since the United States began its "war on terror" following the September 11 attacks. Some 30 officials from the US State Department, the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security were expected to take part in the public hearings Friday and Monday.
5.05.06 Cold War is reheated as Cheney tells off Moscow
May 5 Dick Cheney, the US Vice-President, accused Russia yesterday of eroding a decade of democratic reform and blackmailing Europe with its energy reserves, in Americaıs sharpest rebuke to President Putin. Speaking at a summit of eight former Eastern bloc countries that have turned against Moscow, Mr. Cheney said that the Kremlin should embrace democracy or risk harming relations with more countries.
5.05.06 Taliban kill five including Afghan tribal chief
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) May 5 Five people including a key tribal chief and his son were killed in the latest spate of violence blamed on the Taliban in restive southern Afghanistan, officials said on Friday. Chieftain Haji Lala died along with his son and his bodyguard on Thursday when a roadside bomb planted by suspected Taliban rebels exploded beneath their vehicle in Helmand province, interior ministry spokesman Yousuf Stanizai said. [More>>metimes.com ; See related stories, aljazeera.net, May 5, "Kabul blast kills two Italian soldiers" and timesonline.co.uk, May 5, "Taleban tell British to expect a river of blood."]
5.04.06 Moussaoui judge : It's clear who won
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CBS/AP) May 4 US Judge Leonie Brinkema sent Zacarias Moussaoui to prison for life Thursday, to "die with a whimper," for his role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He declared: "God save Osama bin Laden, you will never get him." Brinkema and the unrepentant Moussaoui capped the two-month trial with an intense exchange that will mark the defendant's last public words before his incarceration in a maximum security prison in Colorado. A day earlier, a jury rejected the government's case to have Moussaoui executed, deciding instead to send him to prison for life without a chance of parole. Not all jurors were convinced that Moussaoui, who was in jail on immigration charges Sept. 11, had a significant part in the attacks, despite his boastful claims that he did. [More>>cbsnews.com]
5.04.06 Pope strongly condemns Chinese church
ROME, May 4 Pope Benedict XVI today issued an unusually strong condemnation of the state-controlled Catholic Church in China, noting that its consecration of two bishops without Vatican approval was an offense punishable by excommunication. "The Holy Father took notice of this with profound displeasure," said the Vatican statement by the pope's spokesman, Joaquin Navarro-Valls. "This represents a grave wound to the unity of the church, for which, as it is noted, there are severe canonical sanctions," that is excommunication for the offenders, in this case the bishops involved. [More>>nytimes.com]
5.04.06 Koran invokes violence, says Pell
May 5 Australia's highest ranking Catholic priest has told an American audience the Koran is punctuated with "invocations to violence" and the central challenge facing Islam lies in the struggle between moderate and extremist forces. Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell said reading Islam's holy book was vital "because the challenge of Islam will be with us for the remainder of our lives." In a speech to leading Catholic businesses in the United States, Dr. Pell said the September 11 terrorist attacks had been his wake-up call to understand Islam better.
5.04.06 Many Iraqis killed in US air attack
May 4 At least 13 people have died in an air assault by US forces in the Iraqi city of Ramadi just an hour after a bomber killed nine people outside a Baghdad court. Ali al-Ubaidi, a medic at the Ramadi hospital said: "US planes bombed a house in the Aziziya area of Ramadi city centre, killing 13 civilians." Four others were wounded, he added. The US military confirmed it had conducted the assault, but did not immediately give further information.
5.04.06 Drinkers shock at body in rum barrel
BUDAPEST, May 4 Hungarian builders who drank their way to the bottom of a huge barrel of rum while renovating a house got a nasty surprise when a pickled corpse tumbled out of the empty barrel, a police magazine website reported. According to online magazine www.zsaru.hu, workers in Szeged in the south of Hungary tried to move the barrel after they had drained it, only to find it was surprisingly heavy and were shocked when the body of a naked man fell out. The website said that the body of the man had been shipped back from Jamaica 20 years ago by his wife in the barrel of rum in order to avoid the cost and paperwork of an official return. [More>>theaustralian.news.com.au]
5.03.06 Dozens of bodies surface as Iraq parliament meets
May 3 Iraqi police have found 36 bullet-riddled bodies of men shot dead in apparent sectarian killings as lawmakers convened the first working session of parliament since it was elected in December. An interior ministry official said 14 bodies were found in eastern Baghdad Wednesday, while 20 other corpses were recovered from various areas in the capital late Tuesday. Two more bodies were found in the town of Al-Mussayib, 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Baghdad.
5.03.06 Afghan police kill four Taliban, militants gun down court official
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, May 3 Afghan police and troops killed four suspected Taliban in the south on Wednesday, a day after gunmen riding a motorbike shot dead a judge in the western province of Farah, officials said. The suspected Taliban were killed in an exchange of fire in Helmand province, provincial police spokesman Moheedin Khan said. He said that troops from the Afghan National Army stationed nearby also joined in the fighting.
May 3 The Turkish Army said Tuesday it reserves the right to venture into neighboring Iraq to pursue separatist Kurdish rebels based there, but denied reports that such operations were already under way. "All our activities ... are taking place within our borders," General Bekir Kalyoncu, head of operations at the general staff, told a group of reporters, Anatolia news agency reported. "If the conditions [for a cross-border operations] arise, Turkey will use its rights as any sovereign country," he said. "Those conditions are outlined in the UN Charter."
May 3 Record levels of harmful metals were contained in the yellow dust storms that blew in from China across the nation last month, the government said yesterday. The Ministry of Environment said the polluted dust that blanketed the peninsula last month contained a level of iron 12 times higher than that during a normal day in Seoul. The level was four times higher than that recorded in last year's yellow sand period.
5.02.06 Indians a target as kidnappings rise in Manila
MANILA (Reuters) May 2 Kidnapping is on the rise in the Philippine capital with gangs targeting Indian moneylenders for ransom, in addition to Chinese businessmen, a senior national police official said on Tuesday. Business rivalry and unpaid debt were among the key factors behind the abduction of Indian traders, Prudencio Banas, head of anti-kidnapping police task force, told reporters.
5.02.06 Iran says it has enriched uranium to 4.8%
TEHRAN (RIA Novosti) May 2 Iran has enriched uranium-235 to 4.8%, the country's vice president and head of the Atomic Energy Organization said Tuesday. Gholamreza Aghazadeh told the Iranian news agency ISNA that Iran was not planning to enrich uranium to more than 5%, as this level was enough to produce nuclear fuel [for a power station].
5.02.06 Iran will hit Israel if US does "evil" : agency
TEHRAN (Reuters) May 2 Iran will target Israel first if the United States does anything "evil," a senior commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards said on Tuesday. The United States says it wants Iranıs nuclear standoff with the West solved diplomatically but has refused to rule out military action. "We have announced that wherever America does something evil, the first place that we target will be Israel," Revolutionary Guards Rear Admiral Mohammad-Ebrahim Dehqani was quoted as saying by Iranıs student news agency ISNA. The Islamic Republic has never recognized Israel and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for the Jewish state to be "wiped off the map." [More>>khaleejtimes.com ; See also haaretzdaily.com and related story, iranmania.com, May 2, "Iran complains to Annan over threat of US attack."]
BAGHDAD (AFP) May 1 Baghdad accused Iranian forces Sunday of entering Iraqi territory and shelling Turkish-Kurdish PKK guerrilla positions, with the Kurds accusing Tehran of working with Ankara to attack their movement. "Iranian forces hit a border area called Haj Umran and then entered 5 kilometers into Iraqi territory and hit the area of Lollan with heavy artillery with 180 shells targeting PKK positions," an Iraqi Defense Ministry statement said.
5.02.06 Six killed in Iraq as Shias, Sunnis talk cabinet lineup
BAGHDAD (AFP) May 2 On Tuesday two Iraqis were killed as rebels bombed a minibus in central Baghdad's Shorjah market in an attack that also wounded five others, an interior ministry official said. In the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Bayaa, a roadside bomb killed one civilian and wounded four, while an Iraqi private security guard was shot dead near the restive city of Baquba, just north of the capital. Also west of Baquba, gunmen attacked a family traveling in a car, police said. One man was killed and two others were wounded in the attack.
5.02.06 Afghan suicide blast kills two, wounds Canadian
KABUL (Reuters) May 2 A suicide car-bomber attacked foreign troops near the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, killing himself and a passer-by and wounding a Canadian soldier, police said. Violence has intensified in Afghanistan in recent months with scores of people killed in clashes and roadside and suicide blasts as NATO members build up troop numbers in the dangerous south. The blast on a main road just to the northeast of Kabul killed a man with a donkey cart beside the road, said provincial police official Maulana Sayedkhail. He said he did not know the identity of the foreign troops targeted but another police officer, Ajab Gull, said a Canadian soldier had been wounded. [More>>thestar.com.my]
5.02.06 'Don't be scared' Bolivia tells companies after gas grab
May 2 President Evo Morales of Bolivia has ordered the military to seize 56 foreign-owned oil and gas fields in a nationalization move that hit shares of companies operating in the Latin American country today. Senor Morales called on the military to occupy the fields and gave warning he would throw out foreign companies who refused to recognize the nationalization of the countryıs oil and gas fields, which are the second largest reserves in the region after Venezuela.
5.02.06 Immigrants take to US streets in show of strength
LOS ANGELES, May 2 Hundreds of thousands of immigrants and their supporters skipped work, school and shopping on Monday and marched in dozens of cities from coast to coast. The demonstrations did not bring the nation to a halt as planned by some organizers, though they did cause some disruptions and conveyed in peaceful but sometimes boisterous ways the resolve of those who favor loosening the country's laws on immigration.
5.02.06 Dollar declines on trade deficit
May 2 The US dollar is having a sinking spell which is good news for US manufacturers and bad news for American tourists traveling abroad. Spurring the greenback's slide are recent statements by top economic policymakers, notably declarations about the need to reduce global trade imbalances. The dollar has suffered sharp losses against other currencies the past two weeks, and yesterday it hit a fresh, seven-month low against the Japanese yen. Although it rallied yesterday afternoon against the euro, it fell to an 11-month low against the European currency earlier in the day and is down nearly 6 percent against the euro since late February. [More>>washingtonpost.com]
5.02.06 Must looted relics be ignored?
May 2 Inscribed on Sumerian clay tablets more than 4,000 years ago, the Code of Ur-Nammu may be the earliest known recorded set of laws in the world: dozens of rules written in cuneiform about commerce and taxes, family law and inheritance. But many scholars won't go near the one largely intact version of the code, and the top American journal of cuneiform research won't publish articles about it. The reason? The tablet was bought by a private Norwegian collector on the open market and does not come from a documented, scientific excavation. According to the ethics policies of the leading associations for antiquities scholars, that means it is off limits.
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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