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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5.22.06 Police on alert for suicides after stocks slide
MUMBAI, updated May 23 Police are watching out for possible suicides by brokers and investors after a steep market slide wiped out billions of dollars in share values, officials said on Monday...The Bombay Stock Exchange Ltd, which had a market value of $657 billion last week after falling 10 per cent in the previous two sessions, slid as much as another 10 per cent in early trade on Monday following sales of stocks held by brokers as security on behalf of their clients. [Full story>>expressindia.com]
5.22.06 Germamy, China agree Iran should not have nuclear bomb: Merkel
BEIJING (AFP) May 22 Germany and China agree that Iran should not be allowed to build nuclear weapons, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said here after meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. "We talked about Iran and both (of us) agreed Iran should not have the capability to make nuclear weapons and shouldn't proliferate weapons of mass destruction," Merkel told a joint press conference with Wen. German officials had said in the lead-up to Merkel's trip that Germany would like to see China more closely involved in the international efforts to solve the nuclear crisis in Iran. More>>turkishpress.com ; See also chinadaily.com.cn, May 22, "China, Germany ink 19 agreements, including development of a high-speed railway transport in China." and a related story, nytimes.com, May 22, US is proposing European shield for Iran missiles."]
5.22.06 Jordanian diplomat killed in latest Gaza City gun battles
May 22 A Jordanian diplomat was killed Monday and seven other people were wounded as a new Hamas-led security force exchanged heavy fire with gunmen near the Palestinian parliament building in Gaza City, in a fresh outbreak of internal violence. The death brings to eight the number of people killed in Palestinian internal fighting this month. Hospital officials identified the dead man as Jordanian citizen Khaled Radaida, 55, administrative assistant to the Jordanian ambassador in Gaza. Three bullets hit the windshield of Radaida's vehicle, marked with Jordanian diplomatic license plates.
5.22.06 Afghan air raid kills up to 80 Taleban, at least 16 civilians
KANDAHAR (AFP) May 22 Up to 80 Taleban rebels and at least 16 civilians were killed on Monday during a coalition air and ground attack on a village in southern Afghanistan, officials and witnesses said. The US-led coalition said it called in warplanes after troops who were trying to capture insurgents in Kandahar province came under fire, while a governor said some of the militants had hidden in local peopleıs houses. Bloodied men, women and children who streamed into a nearby hospital using vehicles that withstood the bombing said dozens of civilians died and scores more were wounded.
5.22.06 British troops to start leaving Iraq 'in months'
May 22 Britain and Iraq announced an accelerated timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops from much of Iraq today during a surprise visit by Tony Blair to show his support for the country's new government. Britain could return two southern provinces to Iraqi security control within in a few months. Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq's new Prime Minister, said that he expected as many as 16 of the 18 provinces to be "Iraqi-ised" under the control of Iraqi forces by the end of this year. The timetable will increase pressure on the United States to set its own deadlines for withdrawal, which Bush Administration officials have steadily refused to do for fear of handing a propaganda victory to al-Qaeda linked insurgents. [More>>timesonline.co.uk]
5.21.06 Al-Qaida linked group claims attack on PA intelligence chief
May 21 A previously unknown group that links itself to al-Qaida has claimed responsibility for a failed attempt Saturday to kill the chief of the Palestinian Authority intelligence service in the Gaza Strip, General Tareq Abu Rajab, according to a Web statement posted Sunday. The group, called the Qaida Organization of the State of Palestine, also vowed to target other senior officials, including Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. "Your brothers in the Qaida Organization of the State of Palestine were capable of reaching the workplace of... Abu Rajab," said the statement, which was not posted on Web sites usually used by militant groups, including al-Qaida. "The Mujahideen were able to plant a bomb in the elevator," it added. The statement's authenticity could not be immediately verified. [More>>haaretz.com]
5.21.06 Afghan car bombing kills civilians
May 21 A car bomber has struck near a multinational force base in Kabul, killing at least two civilians plus the bomber, the latest in a series of attacks by anti-government insurgents. The car bomb exploded on Sunday on a main road about 100 metres from a multinational force military base used to train Afghan security forces, the interior ministry said, adding that two people were also wounded. [More>>aljazeera.net]
5.21.06 Deadly bombs rock Iraq as new cabinet meets
BAGHDAD (AFP) May 21 At least 20 people were killed in insurgent violence on Sunday, 13 of them in a Baghdad restaurant bombing, as Iraq's new national unity government met on its first full day in office. Another 18 people were wounded when the blast ripped through the crowded diner in the upmarket Karada district, highlighting the importance of plans set out by Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki for a special security force for the capital. "We have a plan, we agreed on this plan even before this meeting, this plan will start with protecting Baghdad," Maliki said. "We will form a special new force to secure Baghdad." [More>>metimes.com]
5.20.06 Iraq forms government but security posts unfilled
BAGHDAD (AFP) May 20 Iraq on Saturday formed its first full term post-invasion government, a unity coalition aimed at uniting a country torn by sectarian bloodshed but still lacking permanent ministers in key security posts. The cabinet of 37 ministers was approved at a session of parliament after being presented by new Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki, who was confirmed in his post and announced a national plan to bring Iraq out of its security crisis.
5.19.06 Plot thickens over Ben Nevis piano
May 19 A day after conservationists thought they had solved the mystery of why a piano is sitting at the top of Ben Nevis, there has been a new twist in the tale. Kenny Campbell, a woodcutter from Ardgay in the Highlands, told The Times earlier this week how he had carried a 226lb musical instrument alone up to the 4,418ft summit of Britain's highest mountain, strapped to his back.
Wrappers from a packet of McVitie's biscuits that Mike Clark and his team of Dundee removers washed down with a bottle of whisky to celebrate their achievement have been found nearby, with a telltale sell-by date, says the John Muir Conservation Trust.
It was the trust which first appealed for someone to explain the piano, after finding it beneath rocks as they cleared away some of the many cairns that confuse weary walkers on the pathway to the summit. The instrument was in surprisingly good shape, its iron frame complete with strings. Nigel Hawkins, Trust director, said: "We are delighted to have solved the mystery of the piano on Ben Nevis. An organ was carried up by Kenneth Campbell in 1971 but we can say definitely that it was not an organ that was found as there was an iron frame with metal strings.
"The biscuit wrapper which said 'Best before 13 December, 1986,' which we found in the cairn gives further proof that this was the piano Mike and his friends took up the mountain. We get 120,000 visitors every year, and all of them were walking right past a piano."
Mr. Clark, 51, a retired removal man, said: "We did the exploit to raise money for the cystic fibrosis charity and also to get in the Guinness Book of Records, but their representatives were late in arriving and said they needed verification that we had carried the piano up the mountain. [More>>timesonline.co.uk ; See jmt.org (John Muir Trust) for more details.]
May 19 A new dress-code law reportedly passed in Iran this past week mandates the government to make sure that religious minorities, Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians, will have to adopt distinct color schemes to make them identifiable in public, the Canadian National Post reported on Friday. Jews, under the new law, will have to wear a yellow band on their exterior in public, while Christians will be required to don red ones. Furthermore, according to the law, the Iranian government has envisioned that all Iranians wear "standard Islamic garments" designed to remove ethnic and class distinctions.
5.19.06 Sao Paulo governor says violence a warning to rich
SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) May 19 Sao Paulo's state governor said gang violence that has rocked Brazil's business capital Sao Paulo in the past week should serve as a warning to Brazil's richer classes that the country's deep social inequalities were tearing it apart. Governor Claudio Lembo, in a full-page interview published in leading newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, also denied police were carrying out massacres to quell the violence, in which 152 people have been killed since last Friday. "All this has been a big wake up for Brazil. The social situation is the cancer for crime and it is bigger than we imagined," he said.
5.19.06 Senators left out of loop make their pique known
WASHINGTON, May 19 There were two types of senators at Thursday's confirmation hearing for Gen. Michael V. Hayden: the briefed, and the briefed-nots. The former were mostly polite. The latter, especially Democrats, threw the Congressional equivalent of a temper tantrum. General Hayden, President Bush's nominee to run the Central Intelligence Agency, invoked what he termed "a very crude airman's metaphor" in suggesting he believed lawmakers should have been informed earlier by the White House of its secretive domestic eavesdropping program, which he oversaw when he ran the National Security Agency.
5.19.06 Thousands march in Turkey to denounce Islamic gunman's attack
ANKARA, Turkey, May 19 More than 15,000 Turks, from students to judges still in their robes, marched in the capital to support secularism and to condemn a courtroom shooting that killed one judge and wounded four others. A gunman opened fire on Wednesday inside Turkey's highest administrative court, shouting, "I am a soldier of God." The suspect, now under arrest, claimed his attack was retaliation for a recent ruling against a teacher who wore an Islamic-style headscarf. Yesterday judicial officials, academics, union leaders, students and workers marched to the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern and secular Turkey, in a show of loyalty to secularism. They laid a wreath decorated with red and white carnations, the colours of the Turkish flag. Many carried the flag. Some were tearful, kissing the marble stones of the mausoleum. [More>>independent.co.uk ; see related story, dailystar.com.lb, May 19, "Turkish police arrest three more suspects in courtroom shooting." and aljazeera.net, May 19, "General spurs Turkish protests" : Turkey's military has called on the public to keep up protests in defence of secularism after a judge was shot dead in a court that regularly resists Islamist pressure. The military, which has intervened in domestic politics in the past, made its call after protests on Thursday against the killing turned into a demonstration against the government, which has its roots in political Islam.
5.19.06 Top Taleban commander 'arrested'
May 19 A top Taleban leader, Mullah Dadullah, has been captured in Afghanistan, Afghan officials have told the BBC. The senior military commander was said to have been detained by international troops in southern Kandahar province. Mullah Dadullah was a member of the Taleban's 10-man leadership council before the US-led invasion in 2001. Kandahar's governor said three members of the council had been arrested but did not give names. The Taleban deny Mullah Dadullah has been captured. There has been no official confirmation of the arrest from the Afghan government or US military. [More>>bbc.co.uk ; See related story, thenews.com.pk, May 19, "Taliban death toll from Afghan battle rises to 100."]
5.19.06 Blast kills Sinai bombing suspect
May 19 A man suspected of involvement in a series of deadly bombings in the Egyptian tourist resort of Sinai has died after accidentally blowing himself up during a skirmish with police, officials say. Arafat Ali was attempting to throw a bomb on Friday at police who had surrounded his hideout in Rafah, on the border with Gaza, when it exploded, security sources said. Sources said he was second-in-command of a group called Tawhid wal Jihad, which the authorities say had carried out a series of attacks in Sinai since October 2004. Nineteen people, mainly Egyptians, died in the group's last attack in Dahab, while scores more were killed in bombings at resorts in Taba and Sharm el-Sheikh. [More>>aljazeera.net]
5.19.06 Denmark confirms H5N1 bird flu in domestic poultry
COPENHAGEN (AFP) May 19 Danish authorities on Friday confirmed the countryıs first case of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu in domestic farmyard birds. "We have completed our analysis and we can confirm it is H5N1," the director of Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research, Jan Mousing, told AFP. This is the first reported case of H5N1 in tame poultry in the Scandinavian country. The country has reported 47 cases of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in wild birds since March. [More>>khaleejtimes.com ; See related story, thenews.com.pk, May 19, "Two more bird flu deaths confirmed in Indonesia, takes toll to 32."]
5.18.06 More than 70 dead in Afghan battles
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) May 18 Taliban rebels fought two fierce battles with coalition and Afghan forces in southern Afghanistan, leaving 13 police, a Canadian soldier and nearly 60 insurgents dead. British gunship helicopters and Canadian artillery were called in to lend close air support during one of the clashes, which came weeks before NATO-led peacekeepers are due to take over operations in the troubled region. In a separate incident on the other side of the country in western Afghanistan, a US anti-narcotics adviser was killed Thursday when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed car into his Land Cruiser. [More>>turkishpress.com]
5.18.06 Iraq undecided over security posts as violence persists
BAGHDAD (AFP) May 18 At least 19 people were killed in violence across Iraq on Thursday as last-minute political dealings continued on key security portfolios ahead of this weekend's expected unveiling of a new cabinet. In the deadliest attacks, a car bomb in a busy commercial street in the capital's central Waziriyah neighborhood killed at least seven people and set security vehicles ablaze. And seven people from the same family all died in a drive-by shooting of a minibus, part of a wave of violence that has underscored the need for a permanent government and strong leadership in the defense and interior ministries. Although prime minister designate Nuri Al Maliki said on Wednesday that he would submit his cabinet lineup for approval by parliament on Saturday, political groups have shown continuing discord. [More>>metimes.com]
5.17.06 Euro shares in biggest fall since 2002
May 18 European shares suffered their biggest points fall since September 2002 overnight to close at a more-than three-month low as strong US inflation data sparked fresh fears over rising interest rates. The session's slide wiped over 180 billion euros off the value of Europe's top 300 companies. Stocks have now lost 7 per cent since last Wednesday. Auto stocks were the worst hit as exporters were hurt by dollar weakness although the greenback rebounded on the inflation data and the French finance minister Thierry Breton saying the euro must not be allowed to strengthen too much.
5.17.06 Russian MP proposes full SCO membership for Iran
MOSCOW (RIA Novotsti) May 17 A deputy speaker of the Russian parliament Wednesday proposed that Iran be granted full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. "Iran wants to become a permanent member [of the regional security organization] and we must assist it to enhance the SCO and protect Iran," said Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who also heads the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR). Iran, which currently holds observer status in the organization along with Pakistan, India and Mongolia, has already received an official invitation to attend the SCO summit slated for June 15 from China, the organizations president this year.
5.17.06 Six bird flu cases confirmed in Indonesia
JAKARTA (Reuters) May 17 The World Health Organisation confirmed six more human cases of bird flu infections in Indonesia on Wednesday, including five members of a family whose case has triggered fears of human-to-human transmission. "There are six confirmations. One from Surabaya and five from Medan. One from Medan is still alive," said Sari Setiogi, the WHO's Indonesia spokeswoman. [More>>nytimes.com]
5.16.06 Twenty-three die in Iraq attack
May 16 At least 23 people have been killed in a shooting and bombing attack in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, police say. Five people were shot dead by gunmen at a car park in the city's busy north-eastern Shaab area. When people, including nearby police units, rushed to the scene, a car bomb was detonated, killing a further 18. At least 33 others were wounded in the attack, police said. The car park is often used by worshippers at a nearby Shia Muslim prayer hall.
5.15.06 Iraq War images uncensored
May 15 David Swanson posted a collection of photos from the Iraq War that he says "is the most complete we are aware of. Many of them are being made public here for the first time. Many of them are extremely gruesome. These must not be censored, because this is what a war really looks like, and that is something citizens need to see in order to cast informed ballots and lobby our representatives for or against war...This first page is the worst." [More>>afterdowningstreet.org]
5.15.06 Halliburton accused of avoiding public
May 15 Halliburton, the US oil services company which is accused of profiting from US-administered war zones, is under attack from shareholders who say it is trying to hold a secretive annual meeting. Halliburton, which was once headed by Dick Cheney, the current US vice president, earned a record $2.4 billion last year. Its annual meeting, previously held in Houston, has regularly drawn protests. This year the meeting will be held in out-of-the-way Duncan, Oklahoma. Halliburton says it moved its meeting to this company town of 22,500 to honour its southern Oklahoma roots. The company's critics accuse it of running to a prairie outpost to hide.
5.15.06 Federal source to ABC News: We know who you're calling
May 15 Brian Ross and Richard Esposito Report: A senior federal law enforcement official tells ABC News the government is tracking the phone numbers we call in an effort to root out confidential sources. "It's time for you to get some new cell phones, quick," the source told us in an in-person conversation. ABC News does not know how the government determined who we are calling, or whether our phone records were provided to the government as part of the recently-disclosed NSA collection of domestic phone calls. Other sources have told us that phone calls and contacts by reporters for ABC News, along with the New York Times and the Washington Post, are being examined as part of a widespread CIA leak investigation. [More>>abcnews.com]
5.15.06 Weak US dollar weighs on markets
May 15 Weakness in the US dollar has continued to overshadow global stock markets as investors off loaded exporters on fears that corporate earnings will decline. Commodity markets have also slumped, with traders beginning to ask if recent record prices were justified.
5.15.06 Talabani rejects incomplete Iraq cabinet as violence kills 24
BAGHDAD (AFP) May 15 Iraqi President Jalal Talabani insisted on Monday that he would not accept the formation of an "incomplete" government, with the key interior and defense ministry posts still undecided five months to the day since the country's landmark election. Attacks across the country killed at least 24 Iraqis, including schoolteachers and six members of a single family, while the US military announced the deaths of six servicemen on Sunday, two killed when their helicopter was shot down south of the capital.
5.15.06 Pakistan says bin Laden probably in Afghanistan
ISLAMABAD (AFP) May 15 Pakistan said Monday that Osama bin Laden was likely to be in Afghanistan, rejecting a reported claim by Kabulıs foreign minister that the Al Qaeda chief is hiding in Pakistani territory. In the latest verbal salvo between the neighbors and allies in the US-led "war on terror," Islamabad dismissed criticism by new Afghan Foreign Minister Rangeen Dadfar Spanta of its attempts to catch Bin Laden.
5.15.06 US restores diplomatic ties to Libya
May 15 The United States has decided to restore full diplomatic relations with Libya and remove it from the list of countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced this morning. The two countries have not had full diplomatic relations since 1972, three years after Col. Muammar el-Qadaffi seized power in a coup.
5.15.06 Isreali court upholds law banning many Palestinians from joining Israeli spouses
JERUSALEM, May 15 The Supreme Court on Sunday upheld a law that bars many Palestinians from living in Israel with Israeli spouses and children, a landmark ruling that security concerns outweigh harm to those affected. Critics accused the court of defending racist legislation aimed at restricting the number of Arab citizens in Israel. But the government said there was evidence that some West Bank Palestinians who married Israeli Arab women took part in terror attacks.
5.15.06 Contact between Koreas grows
May 15 A flurry of inter-Korean contacts began yesterday, despite the gloom surrounding multilateral negotiations on North Korea's nuclear ambitions which have been stalled for six months. A representative of former President Kim Dae-jung left for Mount Geumgang yesterday afternoon to discuss his upcoming visit to Pyongyang in June with North Korean officials.
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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