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Question: Has Bush caused the US to be outflanked?
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. Also, the Monroe Doctrine is being challenged in South America.
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6.27.05 Car bomb kills four, wounds 33 in crowded Baghdad market
BAGHDAD (AFP) June 27 Four people were killed and at least 33 wounded when a car bomb ripped into a crowded market in southeastern Baghdad on Monday, interior ministry and medical sources said. The blast occurred in the capital¹s Baghdad Jadida district, a predominantly Shiite area that hosts the multi-ethnic market, an interior ministry source said. [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
6.27.05 Iraqi PM plans for security in two years
June 28 Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said security in his country could be established within two years, a task which U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld believes may take up to 12 years. Back in Iraq, dozens of Iraqis were killed or wounded by attacks across the country. Following talks with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Jaafari said factors such as building up Iraq's own security forces, controlling its porous borders and pushing ahead with the political process would all play a part. "I think two years will be enough, and more than enough, to establish security in our country," he told a news conference. [More>>dailystar.com.lb]
LUCKNOW, India June 26 The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Monday ordered a woman raped by a relative to separate from her husband and marry the rapist. The victim, Imrana, 28, wife of Noor Ilahi, was allegedly raped by her father-in-law, Ali Muhammad in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh. AIMPLB, set up in 1972 to protect the rights of Muslim women in the country, said the marriage would have to come to an end. Member AIMPLB Begum Naseem Iqtedar Ali said, "According to the rulings of the Qur¹aan, Imrana¹s conjugal relationship with her husband stood dissolved since she has been raped by the latter¹s blood relative." Speaking to reporters, she said, "Here a sacred relationship had been violated, the consequences of which have to be borne by Imrana and her husband," she said. The ruling are binding on all Muslims in the country, but it was a ruling by a group of local Muslim clerics that Imrana, should marry her rapist and treat her husband as her son. [jang.com.pk]
6.26.05 Mars rover "Spirit" climbs to the top spectacular view of valley below
April 28 Spirit has been getting a workout trying to climb the most difficult terrain encountered so far by the two rovers that landed on Mars in 2004. Like a hiker walking on loose scree, the rover's wheels began to slip near the top of the "Columbia Hills."
Spirit Approaches "Methuselah" Outcrop on Mars
Normally, a rocky slope tilted 12 degrees to 15 degrees would pose little difficulty. The rovers usually perform well on rocky terrain. In this case, however, the rocks were 25 to 30 centimeters (10 to 12 inches) tall and interspersed with loose sand. When a more direct ascent failed, rover drivers told Spirit to zigzag up the hill, much the way trailbuilders traverse from side to side to get up a slope. "Even though we weren't trying to drive directly up the slope, the wheels were digging in," said rover driver Chris Leger, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "We could see potato-size rocks that could get stuck in the wheels so we decided to look for another route."
As the rover backed down the slope, scientists discovered an interesting rock outcrop and decided to stop and take a closer look. For now, Spirit is camped on more level terrain. Scientists nicknamed the outcrop "Methuselah." [More>>marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov]
6.26.05 Mars rover looks back at 'Purgatory Dune'
June 21 The wheels of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity dug more than 10 centimeters (4 inches) deep into the soft, sandy material of a wind-shaped ripple in Mars' Meridiani Planum region during the rover's 446th martian day, or sol (April 26, 2005).
6.26.05 Multiple suicide bombers hit Iraq police, army
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) June 26 Three suicide bomb attacks around the northern city of Mosul killed more than two dozen people on Sunday, many of them from the Iraqi security forces, as insurgents kept up pressure on the US-backed government. In the space of a few hours a suicide car bomber wrecked a police headquarters, an attack on an Iraqi army base killed at least 15 people and four police were killed when a bomber walked into Mosul¹s General Hospital and blew himself up. The third attack, on a police post inside the hospital, damaged the emergency ward where casualties had been brought from the previous incidents. Six policemen and nine civilians were wounded, police told a Reuters reporter at the scene. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the assault on the hospital but the earlier two bombings were claimed by Al Qaeda¹s Iraq wing, led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. [More>>khaleejtimes.com; See also aljazeera.net, "Many killed in Mosul blasts."
6.26.05 'Iran can promulgate Islamic civilization worldwide' - Ahmadinejad
June 26 In a statement published by the Iran Daily (IRNA), the new president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, spoke of spreading Islamic civilization worldwide: "Iran has high capacities and can promulgate Islamic civilization worldwide," he said, noting that the interaction between the Majlis and his future government will fulfill the ideals of the late Imam Khomeini and the leader as well as the demands of the people. He said his government will consider the parliament as its best supporter and advisor, and believes the parliamentarians are sympathizers and assets of the Islamic Revolution. Ahmadinejad expressed hope that the executive branch can manage to utilize the potentials of the Majlis effectively and that the Majlis and the government would be at the service of the people. "Today all the people are happy, not because they selected a particular individual but because they once again created an epic," he said.
6.26.05 New, advanced weapons for India?
NEW DELHI (PTI) June 26 Ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Washington, the US has indicated its interest for cooperation with India in advanced weaponry and missile defence. This was reinforced during talks visiting US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns had with Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran and senior officials here this week. Bilateral security cooperation is expected to be one of the key areas for discussions Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee will have with his American counterpart Donald Rumsfeld during his ongoing visit to the US.
6.26.05 Rice tells Israel to stop expanding West Bank settlements
JERUSALEM (AP) June 26 US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has turned up the pressure on Israel to stop expanding West Bank settlements, cautioning in her recent visit that Washington wouldn¹t accept new construction, Israeli officials said on Sunday. The US Embassy and Israeli Foreign Ministry refused to comment. But the scolding meshes with US President George W. Bush¹s criticism of settlement expansion after meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas last month. Israeli officials present at a meeting where Rice leveled the criticism said she did not threaten any particular penalty for settlement expansion. But they said she was displeased by construction she saw when traveling from Jerusalem to the West Bank town of Ramallah for meetings with Palestinian leaders a week ago. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of their positions.
6.26.05 Bowing to US pressure, Israel to curb arms deals
June 26 Ze'ev Schiff, reports: Israel has decided to comply with all of Washington's demands in a bid to end the crisis with the United States over arms exports. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz last week agreed to comply with the Americans' demands regarding the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) deal with China and changes in the supervision of Israel's arms exports. On Friday, Sharon instructed an Israeli delegation leaving Sunday for Washington to agree to American demands. The delegation is expected to draft a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on weapons exports with the United States.
6.26.05 'One World, One Dream' slogan for Olympics
June 26 With the dream of uniting the world around the Rings in 2008, the Beijing Olympic Games has a new slogan -- One World, One Dream. The slogan, presented at a grand ceremony Sunday held at the Workers' Gymnasium in the Chinese capital, replaces the previous one "New Beijing, Great Olympics", which had been used during the city's bid for the 2008 Games.
6.26.05 Rurgas to join Gazprom-BASF north European gas pipeline project
ST. PETERSBURG (RIA Novosti) June 26 German gas company Ruhrgas intends to join Gazprom and BASF in the project to build a north European gas pipeline, Russian President Vladimir Putin said today at a meeting with German businessmen.
6.26.05 Wood 'heard two executions'
June 26 A blindfolded Douglas Wood heard two Iraqi hostages being executed - one at his feet - during his 47 day ordeal at the hands of his captors in Iraq. The freed Australian hostage has told how he heard the two executions at the second house in which he was held. "Over a period of about five days three Iraqis turned up, the first of which was the only one that got out alive," he told the Channel 10. "He came out with me and the other two were shot while I was there."
6.25.05 US in talks with Iraq rebels
June 26 Hala Jaber provided an interesting report that you ought to read. The story has two important dynamics: 1) the fact that several groups of insurgents met with US officials on several occasions, with an apparent motive of the insurgents being to obtain 'a statement from the Bush administration on a timetable for pullout' and 2) "After a discussion about Al-Qaeda activities, the Americans bluntly advised the Iraqis to ³cease all support, logistics and cover for Zarqawi¹s group. 'Only if links to Al-Qaeda were severed would the Americans be ready to discuss Iraqi demands. Our response was that we will never abandon any Muslim who has come to our country to help us defend it,' the commander said..." [Full story> >timesonline.co.uk]
6.25.05 New Iranian president-elect vows 'Islamic society'
TEHRAN (AFP) June 25 Hard line Teheran mayor Mahmood Ahmadinejad swept to a shock landslide victory in Iran¹s presidential election on Saturday, spelling an end to years of hard-fought social reform and setting the Islamic republic on a collision course with the West. Iran¹s all-powerful supreme leader boasted the United States had been ³humiliated deep inside² by the election, which saw moderate cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjan in favour of resuming dialogue with Washington trounced by Ahmadinejad.
See also haaretzdaily.com for the Reuters story: "I vote for Ahmadinejad beca
"[Rafsanjani][ will prevent society from going backwards and he will give us some freedom," said businessman Morteza, 46...;
Another story, dw-world.de, "Iran-EU talks enter Last Chance Saloon" : Germany, Britain and France will attempt once more to persuade Iran to halt uranium enrichment at a meeting in Brussels next week. However, the Islamic state is calling the summit "Europe's last chance". The European Union will try to coax Iran back from the nuclear brink this week, warning Tehran it could be hauled before the UN Security Council if it carries out a threat to resume key atomic activities. The Islamic state suspected by the United States of wanting to build atomic weapons is calling the meeting "the last chance for the Europeans" to come up with something worth bargaining for.
Editorial note: The photo of Iranian voters walking to the polls over an American flag illustrates the extent to which the Bush administration has compromised the hope for more moderate governments in the Middle East. The belligerence and bellicose behavior of George W. Bush has only driven the hopes of reconciliation with Iran into the pit. It may be that Bush has been hoping for a rise in the conflict with Iran so that he can launch another invasion into the Middle East to secure his interests in oil. After stabilizing Iraq, in theory with Aghanistan under his control to the east of Iran Bush could move his forces into Iran. To do that he would have to neutralize Syria.
6.25.05 Eight policemen, five Shiite vendors killed in Iraq; other violence
BAGHDAD (AFP) June 25 The bodies of eight Iraqi policemen, five Shiite poultry vendors and a Shiite Baghdad municipal official were found in three separate areas in and around the capital on Saturday, said security sources and relatives. The policemen, who had been manning a checkpoint on the road between the restive city of Ramadi and the Syrian border to the west, were found at 8:00 am (0400 GMT) after they had been kidnapped by armed men the day before, Lieutenant Colonel Ziad Khalaf said.
6.25.05 More deaths in fierce Afghan fighting
June 25 Afghan forces scouring mountains in the country's south have found the bodies of another 76 suspected rebels, bringing to 178 their death toll in some of the deadliest fighting since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. "Our forces have collected the bodies of 76 more rebels from the battlefield," ministry spokesman Zahir Marad said, adding that the corpses had been scattered across a wide mountainous area in and around the Miana Shien district of Kandahar province. Fifty-six suspected rebels have also been captured since Tuesday in a blistering barrage by Afghan and US forces against rebel camps, Marad said. [More>>aljazeera.net; See also turkishpress.com story, "Afghans say Taliban commanders sealed off in military offensive."
6.25.05 Italy orders arrests over CIA-linked abduction of Egyptian imam
ROME, June 25 An Italian judge has ordered the arrests of 13 people in the purported CIA abduction from Milan of an imam who was sent to Egypt, the Milan prosecutor's office said. The imam was believed to have been taken as part of U.S. anti-terrorism efforts. The 13 are suspected of seizing Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, known as Abu Omar, from a Milan street on February 17, 2003, and sending him to Egypt where he was reportedly tortured, said Milan prosecutor Manlio Claudio Minale. The US Embassy in Rome and the CIA in Washington declined to comment.
6.25.05 Chance of bird flu between humans increases Vietnam
HANOI (Reuters) June 25 Vietnam's agriculture ministry was quoted as saying on Saturday that the mutation of a bird flu virus was increasing the infection possibility between humans. State-run media cited a ministry report as saying laboratory test results overseas and at home showed the antigen structure of virus is changing.
6.25.05 Second BSE case in US 'nosurprise' to Japanese scientists
TOKYO, June 25 Japanese scientists expressed no surprise Saturday at news of a second case of mad cow disease being confirmed in the United States, and probably the first case involving an American-born cow, saying they already knew about the danger of contamination in the country. "When the United States was saying there is no BSE contamination in a U.S.-born cow, all experts knew there is," said Yasuhiro Yoshikawa, a professor at the University of Tokyo and the head of the prion research panel, a part of Japan's Food Safety Commission. BSE, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, is the scientific name of the disease.
6.25.05 US using India to counter Chinese power in Asia
WASHINGTON (PTI) June 25 (This article illustrates the contradictory foreign policy or lack of a foreign policy by the Bush administration with regard to the need for energy to fuel the Indian and Chinese economies, whether it be oil from Iran or nuclear power plants: Maravot News) The proposed gas pipeline involving Iran, India and Pakistan is posing a major foreign policy challenge for the US as it tries to balance its interests in South Asia with its objective to contain Tehran, a major US daily said here.
St. PETERSBURG (RIA Novosti) June 25 Russia will hopefully export 50 million tons of oil to the U.S. annually, President Vladimir Putin said Saturday. Russia intends to promote oil and natural gas production and increase exports of energy carriers, particularly, to the United States, Putin said at the meeting with U.S. businessmen. "By late June, Russian Industry and Energy Minister Khristenko, Economic Development and Trade Minister Gref, U.S. Secretary of Energy Bodman and Secretary of Commerce Gutierrez should submit a report on practical projects of Russian LNG supplies to the U.S. and increase of Russian oil exports by means of developing new fields and infrastructure," Putin said. "As a result, the U.S. could annually import 50 million tons of Russian oil without extra investments," the president added. He said that it would contribute to the world and U.S. economic stability. [rian.ru]
6.25.05 Russia ready to hit terrorist bases
MOSCOW, June 25 Russia is prepared to use warplanes to destroy terrorist bases abroad, Air Force commander Vladimir Mikhailov was quoted as saying today. "As for terrorists and our fighter jets, if we have high-precision weapons and know the whereabouts of a terrorist gang, why not smash it, even if it's outside Russia?" Interfax news agency quoted him as saying. Russia, which strongly opposed US-led attacks on Iraq in 2003, has battled rebels in the Muslim province of Chechnya for over a decade. Moscow says Chechen rebels receive support and funding from international extremist organizations. Mikhailov, on a visit to the Volga region town of Engels, said Russia's need to strike terrorist bases abroad was linked to aspects of US foreign policy, but he did not go into details. [More>>theaustralian.news.com.au]
6.25.05 'China trade war must be avoided Greenspan
WASHINGTON (Agencies) June 25 Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan urged Congress on Thursday to find a ³less destructive² outlet for its frustration over China¹s trade and exchange-rate policies, saying a proposal to slap tariffs on Chinese imports would have ³extraordinarily negative² consequences for the world economy. Greenspan and Treasury Secretary John Snow sought to head off legislation that would impose tariffs of as much as 27.5 per cent on Chinese imports if China fails to change its fixed exchange-rate system within two years.
6.25.05 Landslides, floods kill 567, leave 165 missing in China
June 25 The death toll from this year's floods has continued to rise with 567 people now confirmed dead and a further 165 missing. In total, more than 2.45 million people have been evacuated to safety from floods, landslides and mud slides, the result of torrential rains, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said on Friday. Direct damage caused by the calamities was estimated at up to 22.9 billion yuan (US$2.7 billion). "So far this year, the loss is worse than average, but still below the figures in 1991 and 1998" when devastating floods wreaked havoc across eastern and central China, a source with the ministry, said. [More>>Chinadaily.com.cn]
6.25.05 Why China CNOOC wishes to acquire Unocal
June 24 ...In a letter sent to the Chairman of Unocal, CNOOC Limited Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Fu Chengyu stressed that the approach is friendly and the company is seeking a consensual transaction with Unocal. This proposal is being submitted in accordance with the sale process initiated by Unocal.
June 3 Residents of a Palestinian village have staged a protest against the separation barrier being built by Israel in the West Bank. Israeli occupation troops confronted the protesters on Friday. The two sides clashed when the demonstrators tried to advance towards the territories being razed in preparation for extending the barrier wall.
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.
6.17-05 Federal Debt not a concern of the press
SAN FRANCISCO, June 17 Update. While the Federal Reserve continues to increase interest rates, the Exponentially rising Federal Debt is not being reported. What is not being reported is the fact that interest rates are tied to the US National Debt. This year the deficit is expected to exceed $420 billion, and interest on the debt which exceeds $8.2 trillion, is about $1 billion per day. Because the annual deficits are financed via the bond market, and because the amount of the bonds being sold exceeds demand, it is necessary to raise interest rates to attract investors in the US bonds financing the US debt. This routine of increasing debt on an exponential scale was experienced under the administration of George H. W. Bush. I predicted increasing interest rates "to sell bonds" in my conversation with Wm. F. Buckley Jr. at that time, in 1993, and I have repeated the prediction with regard to the current Bush administration's excesses and need to sell more bonds to finance the extraordinary deficits. The rate increases will continue in order to sell the overabundant US bonds. In a few words, George Bush's debt is causing your mortgage rates to increase, and they will continue to increase until the US assumes fiscal responsibility. Click here for details on this trend.
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