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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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7.02.05 Ahmadinejad suspected of involvement in 1989 attack in Vienna
VIENNA (AP) July 2 Iranıs newly elected president, accused of being a main participant in the taking of American hostages in 1979, faced fresh allegations on Saturday that he played a key role in the slaying of an Iranian Kurdish leader in Vienna a decade later. Peter Pilz, a top official with Austriaıs Green Party, told the newspaper Der Standard that Austrian authorities have "very convincing" evidence linking Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the 1989 execution-style attack.
7.02.05 US : Photo not of Iran Chief
WASHINGTON, July 2 U.S. investigators have concluded that Iranian president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is not the glowering Islamic militant seen escorting an American hostage in a 1979 photograph that was widely publicized this week, officials said Friday. [More>>latimes.com via mehrnews.ir/]
7.01.05 "Talking Points" paper identifies specific US crimes for which Bush may be impeached
July 1 A paper provided by David Swanson of afterdowningstreet.org identifies legal arguments that may result in the impeachment of President Bush. The "Talking Points" paper argues:
1. secretly decided to go to war;
2. decided to deceive and mislead the Congress and the American people with false claims about both weapons of mass destruction and ties between Saddam Hussein and 9-11;
3. secretly diverted $700 million from the War in Afghanistan and started bombing Iraq to provoke a war;
4. agreed to go to the UN only to "legalize" an illegal invasion and then walked out of the U.N. when inspections worked.
Items 2 and 3 are both impeachable offenses. The Bush Administration's conspiracy to deceive Congress culminated in a fraudulent letter to Congress on March 18, 2003, claiming continued UN inspections would endanger the national security of the United States. http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/611
This fraud violated the federal anti-conspiracy statute, 18 U.S.C. § 371, which makes it a felony "to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose..."; and The False Statements Accountability Act of 1996, 18 U.S.C. § 1001, which makes it a felony to issue knowingly and willfully false statements to the United States Congress.
President Bush did not declare war until March 2003. Congress did not authorize military action until October 11, 2002. But Bush began an air war six weeks before that authorization and increased "spikes of activity" five months before. This means that additional communications to Congress from the President, claiming that he had not yet begun the war, may be felonious, and that Bush violated the Constitutional requirement that Congress authorize any war.
These criminal actions constitute High Crimes under Article II, Section 4 of the United States Constitution: "The President, Vice President, and all civil officers of the United States shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors." [Full document>> a pdf copy of the "Talking Points." ]
Editorial note: An inquiry initiated by Senator John Conyers (June 17, "Democrats urge inquiry on Bush, Iraq,") has the semblance of a large boulder rolling down a mountain. The "Talking Points" paper reveals the gravity of the problem:
Following Conyers' inquiry, July 1 China and Russia made a joint declaration slamming [the Bush administration's] unilateral action in invading Iraq. Their joint declaration makes note that "Russia is the second-biggest oil exporter (see 6.25.05 "Russia hopes to annually export 50 million tons of oil to US Putin") and China is the world's fastest growing economy," both arguments suggesting the ability of the two powers to apply economic sanctions to stop "countries [the US] from throwing their weight around on the world stage." Bush's alienation of the nations may be turning back against us. Congress is facing midterm elections and many may feel squeezed by this boulder gathering speed on its way down the mountain.
7.01.05 China-Russia declaration slams unilateral action
MOSCOW (Reuters) July 1 Russia and China issued a veiled condemnation of the United States on Friday by signing a joint declaration criticizing countries that seek to throw their weight around on the world stage. "International society should rid itself of ... striving towards monopoly and domination in international affairs," said the document, signed by China's President Hu Jintao and Russian President Vladimir Putin after Kremlin talks.
7.01.05 Supreme Court Justice O'Connor resigns
WASHINGTON, July 1 Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman Supreme Court justice and a decisive swing vote for a quarter-century on virtually all the major legal issues of our time, announced her resignation today.
7.01.05 Aide to Iraq spiritual leader killed, bomber targets PM office
BAGHDAD (AFP) July 1 A top aide to Iraqıs Shia spiritual leader was among 18 people killed in insurgent attacks across the country on Friday, including a bombing near an office of Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafariıs party. The unrest followed the release of figures showing that Iraqi deaths from attacks had fallen in June following one of the bloodiest months since Saddam Hussein was toppled in April 2003, although the US death toll was higher. A senior advisor to Shia spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Sheikh Kamaleddin al-Ghuraifi, was shot dead with two others in Baghdad on his way to Friday prayers, the defense ministry and Sistaniıs office said.
7.01.05 Baghdad mayor threatens to resign over lack of funds
July 1 Baghdad's mayor threatened to resign if the government fails to provide the funds and support needed to implement development projects in the capital, complaining Baghdadis were suffering from water shortages. Meanwhile, an Iraqi politician received death threats a day after launching a party that would represent the "resistance."
7.01.05 Top Iranian official among hostage-takers
WASHINGTON (AP) July 1 If the newly elected Iranian president turns out to have been a main participant in the holding of American hostages in Tehran, he won't be the first top Iranian official with a role in the 1979 crisis.
7.01.05 Blair may snub US on climate
July 1 Paul Brown, environment correspondent for The Guardian, reports: Tony Blair is contemplating an unprecedented rift with the US over climate change at the G8 summit next week, which will lead to a final communique agreed by seven countries with President George Bush left out on a limb.
7.01.05 Pakistan nabs three alleged terrorists
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) July 1 Three men suspected of ties to Usama bin Laden's terror network have been arrested in Pakistan, a major newspaper reported Friday. The suspects were traveling in a vehicle when they were caught Thursday in Mardan, a deeply conservative town in northwestern Pakistan, according to The Jang, Pakistan's largest circulation newspaper. That is the same region where Pakistani intelligence agents on May 2 caught Abu Farraj al-Libbi, reputedly No. 3 in the Al Qaeda terror network. The Jang said an army officer supervised this operation, but gave no other details. [More>>foxnews.com]
7.01.05 US freezes assets of Syrian interior minister and intelligence chief
July 1 The United States, turning up the heat on Syria, moved to freeze the assets of the country's interior minister and a military intelligence chief, accusing them of abetting terrorism and destabilizing the region. In its latest move to isolate Syria financially, the Treasury Department named Syria's Interior Minister Ghazi Kanaan and Rustom Ghazaleh, a military spy chief who had responsibility for neighboring Lebanon, as "Specially Designated Nationals" under an anti-terrorism presidential order.
7.01.05 Germany's Schroeder loses confidence vote, looks to new elections
BERLIN (AFP) July 1 German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder lost a parliamentary confidence vote he engineered, raising the prospect of early elections that could usher in the country's first female leader. The Bundestag lower house defeated the measure with the help of deputies from Schroeder's coalition of Social Democrats and Greens who followed the chancellor's call to abstain in his bid to bring the general election forward by 12 months.
7.01.05 Muted hope for budget deal in UK presidency
July 1 Britain takes over the European Union presidency today, with France refusing to budge on farm subsidies and Jack Straw playing down hopes of reaching agreement on the budget.
7.01.05 China to build thermonuclear fusion reactor
July 1 Yu Zheng of Xinhua, filed this report: A leading Chinese plasma physicist said Thursday China might build its own thermonuclear experimental reactor, which would be expected to supply sustained electricity for the world's most populous country. While building their own sophisticated devices in thermonuclear reaction, Chinese scientists have already participated in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), a testing step between today's plasma physics studies and tomorrow's electricity-producing fusion power plants.
7.01.05 NASA to pull out of International Space Station?
MOSCOW (RIA Novosti political commentator Andrei Kislyakov) July 1 The International Space Station seems set to become a purely Russian venture. Despite declarations to the contrary, it seems that the United States is likely to pull out in the near future.
7.01.05 Sanyo to cut more than 10,000 jobs in Japan, abroad
TOKYO (AFP) July 1 Money-losing Japanese consumer electronics maker Sanyo Electric will cut more than 10,000 jobs, or one-tenth of its workforce, in Japan and abroad over the coming years, a newspaper report said on Friday. Three thousand of the jobs will be trimmed from Sanyo's semiconductor and other operations in Japan, where it has 38,000 employees, in the current financial year to March 2006, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported. The group also plans to shed several thousand jobs overseas as it consolidates and closes factories in China, Indonesia and other places, it said...With a slimmed down workforce, Sanyo plans to focus its resources on solar batteries and other promising businesses in the fields of energy and the environment, and digital electronics fields, it said...[Full story>>thejakartapost.com; See also a substantially abbreviated version of this story at japantoday.com]
7.01.05 China, EU ready to explore 'open skies'
July 1 China and the European Union (EU) are set to negotiate an "open skies" agreement to meet the growing demand for passenger and cargo air routes. A cargo plane of Holland's Martinair Cargo lands on Tianjin Municipality on October 13, 2005. [newsphoto/file]
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 Qurıaan, Imranaıs conjugal relationship with her husband stood dissolved since she has been raped by the latterıs 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; See expressindia.com story, June 29, 2005, "'Maulana' Mulayam defends Imrana's fatwa" : Despite the hue and cry by several womenıs organizations, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh on Wednesday supported the edict in the Imrana case, saying the decision taken by the Muslim religious leaders must have been well-thought. This story continues in expressindia.com article 7.01.05, "Imrana skips Shariyat court, Muslim body stands by its edict" : A day after pledging to abide by Shariat laws, the woman who alleged that she was raped by her father-in-law, on Friday failed to appear before the religious court to present her case. ³Neither Imrana nor her parents appeared before the court to pursue the case,² Mufti Zulfiqar, one of the nine members of the court, said. The court, which has been asked by Islamic seminary Darul-Uloom, Deoband, to decide the future relationship of the victim with her in-laws, was, therefore, not in a position to start proceedings in the case, mufti Zulfikar said...; See article posted in khaleejtimmes.com 7.01.05, "Indian Women's groups slam Muslim fatwa on rape" and asianage.com article, "Two Muslim panels reject fatwa."]
7.01.05 Saddam Hussein's book a best seller
AMMAN, Jordan (Reuters) July 1 Move over Harry Potter. In Amman's downtown bazaars, the best-selling book these days is Saddam Hussein's bootlegged novel Get out of here, curse you! Banned by Jordan on the grounds the 186-page tale of an Arab tribesman who defeats foreign invaders could harm relations between Jordan and Iraq. Saddam's latest novel has become so popular booksellers say they can't keep up with demand.
..."You can't ban books in Jordan anymore. We have satellite and Internet," said vendor Hassan Abu Ali. "If I find copies I will sell thousands."
June 29 Sam Knight, Times Online, reports: A photo has emerged which it is claimed links the President-elect of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, with the taking of 60 American hostages during the US embassy siege in Tehran in 1979.
The possible role of Mr. Ahmadinejad in the embassy takeover, which lasted 444 days and remains a significant sore between America and Iran, came to light in the run-up to the presidential elections on June 17. Mr. Ahmadinejad is known to have been member of the "Office for Strengthening of Unity Between Universities and Theological Seminaries" or the OSU, the main student group behind the takeover, but his precise role in the hostage-taking was unclear. [More>>timesonline.co.uk; See also iranfocus.com story, "AP photo shows Iran's new President as 1979 US hostage-taker" : LONDON, Jun. 29 - Iran Focus has learnt that the photograph of Iranıs newly-elected president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, holding the arm of a blindfolded American hostage on the premises of the United States embassy in Tehran was taken by an Associated Press photographer in November 1979.
Prior to the first round of the presidential elections on June 17, Iran Focus was the first news service to reveal Ahmadinejadıs role in the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran. The identity of Ahmadinejad in the photograph was revealed to Iran Focus by a source in Tehran, whose identity could not be revealed for fear of persecution;
Fox News posted its version of the story June 30, "Ex-hostages say Iran's new president was captor in 1979;"
The Washington Post June 30 article, "Iran leader linked to '79 embassy crisis" : Americans held in the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Iran said yesterday they clearly recall Iranian President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad playing a central role in the takeover, interrogating captives and demanding harsher treatment for the hostages.
"As soon as I saw his picture in the paper, I knew that was the bastard," said retired Army Col. Charles Scott, 73, a former hostage who lives in Jonesboro, Ga. "He was one of the top two or three leaders," Col. Scott said in a telephone interview. "The new president of Iran is a terrorist." The new president's hard-line political views and his background as a student radical in the Iranian Revolution are well known.
See related story by iranfocus.com, "Iran's new President has a past mired in controversy" : ...According to other OSU officials, when the idea of storming the US embassy in Tehran was raised in the OSU central committee by Mirdamadi and Abdi, Ahmadinejad suggested storming the Soviet embassy at the same time. A decade later, most OSU leaders re-grouped around Khatami but Ahmadinejad remained loyal to the ultra-conservatives.
...In the early 1980s, Ahmadinejad worked in the "Internal Security" department of the IRGC and earned notoriety as a ruthless interrogator and torturer. According to the state-run website Baztab, allies of outgoing President Mohammad Khatami have revealed that Ahmadinejad worked for some time as an executioner in the notorious Evin Prison, where thousands of political prisoners were executed in the bloody purges of the 1980s.
In 1986, Ahmadinejad became a senior officer in the Special Brigade of the Revolutionary Guards and was stationed in Ramazan Garrison near Kermanshah in western Iran. Ramazan Garrison was the headquarters of the Revolutionary Guards' "extra-territorial operations," a euphemism for terrorist attacks beyond Iranıs borders.
In Kermanshah, Ahmadinejad became involved in the clerical regimeıs terrorist operations abroad and led many ³extra-territorial operations of the IRGC." With the formation of the elite Qods (Jerusalem) Force of the IRGC, Ahmadinejad became one of its senior commanders. He was the mastermind of a series of assassinations in the Middle East and Europe, including the assassination of Iranian Kurdish leader Abdorrahman Qassemlou, who was shot dead by senior officers of the Revolutionary Guards in a Vienna flat in July 1989. Ahmadinejad was a key planner of the attack, according to sources in the Revolutionary Guards...;
Iranfocus June 30 update, of reports by press covering the topic, "Iran leader linked to 1979 hostage crisis" ;
Aljazeera.net covers the story with its June 30 article, "Abductors deny Iran leader siege role" : Iranian veterans of the 1979 seizure of hostages at the US embassy in Tehran have denied claims that President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad played a role in the siege. Their comments come after several former US hostages who were held for 444 days by student followers of revolutionary leader Ayat Allah Ruhollah Khomeini said they were sure Ahmadinejad was a key player in the abduction.
"Mr Ahmadinejad was never one of students following the path of the imam that took the spy den (US embassy). He was never there," said Mohsen Mirdamadi, a former hostage-taker who went on to become a member of parliament. He said a picture circulating on the internet and the printed media portraying a thickly bearded hostage-taker leading out a blindfolded American hostage did not show Ahmadinejad
...Abbas Abdi, who like Mirdamadi is regarded as one of the instigators of the embassy seizure, also denied that Ahmadinejad had anything to do with the operation. "I say again: No Sir, he was not one of them. What I say is very clear. If you ask me if I know somebody and I say 'no' that is all I can say."
Hashem Aghajari, another veteran of the siege and leading political dissident, said: "Ahmadinejad was a member of the OCU but as far as I know he was not involved in the US embassy [takeover]."
...The BBC's World Affairs editor John Simpson had added to the speculation when he wrote on the BBC's website earlier this week that he instantly recognized the new president from his role in the siege. "When I read a profile of him in the English-language Tehran Times, I realized where I must have seen him: in the former American embassy in Tehran," Simpson said...
Editorial note: To read about the hostage crisis, go to http://www.jimmycarterlibrary.org/documents/hostages.phtml. A list of the hostages taken by Ahmadinejad and his fellow terrorists is at: http://www.jimmycarterlibrary.org/documents/list_of_hostages.phtml.
What is the Bush administration's response to this news? Is a US-Iran war looming on the horizon?
George W. Bush couched his speech on June 29 in the context of World War III, building from words he quoted from Osama binLaden. Right wing Christian zealots often described as "born again Christians" believe that the Biblical "Last Days" are here now, that Jesus will appear in the clouds of heaven and take up the saved to heaven, leaving the world in a final apocalyptic battle (described in Malachi chapter 4.0, the last book of the Old Testament and the Book of Revelation, chapters 19-21). The Koran which endorses both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible refers to this event as the "Day of Judgment." Because Bush began his invasion of Iraq with reference to the word, "Crusade," a greater conflict than that of invading Iraq is implied. The extent of his "crusade" may soon be unveiled in light of his and Ahmadinejad's speeches. See below, June 30 reports, "Bush says war is worth sacrifice" and Pakistan's newspaper, jang.com.pk, "Bush terms Iraq war as World War III."
The language used by Ahmadinejad appears to reflect "Baathist" ideals, a view similar to that expressed by Osama binLaden. Aljazeera.net June 23, "The Iraqi Baath party" describes the history and goals of the "pan-Arab revolution" : " ...The three men, Fayiz Ismail, Wasfi al-Ghanim and Sulayman al-Eisa - returned to Syria and joined political scientist Zaki al-Arsoozi, who was intent on founding al-Baath (renaissance) party. Al-Arsoozi's desire was to restore Arab pride. The men joined the party and pledged to carry the Baathist name back to Baghdad. Upon their return to Baghdad in 1949, they established the Iraqi Baath Party.
...The party promoted its ideology of pan-Arab secular nationalism with socialist leanings. In early 1988, the Baath Party began calling for parallelism between regional (qutri) and national (qawmi) goals. Territorially and politically divided Arab countries were merely regions of a collective entity - The Arab Nation, according to party rationale. The Baath movement in one country was considered merely an aspect of, or a phase leading to, "a unified democratic socialist Arab nation".
The crucial test of legitimacy for any Baath government would be whether or not their policies and actions were compatible with the basic aims of the revolution. The Baath party embraced the principles of "unity, freedom, and socialism". Although the party's efforts to create a unified Arab nation faced many problems, it did not abandon its goal of Arab unity. But Arab unity was to become a long-term ideal rather than a short term objective..."
The terms, "pan-Arab revolution" and "crusade" are disquieting terms to say the least. That President Bush has had recent inquiries, with regard to the Downing Street Memos, accusing him of lying to the US Congress (an impeachable offense) is interesting in the perspective that Iran may have a president-elect who appears to be denying his participation in the terrorist hostage taking. If inquiries should reveal that both George W. Bush and Ahmadinejad are liars, the world would certainly be in a quandary.
In the final analysis, the Bush story is all about the control of oil, using America's military might as their private army against foreign governments. Iraq would not have been invaded were it not for its oil. Next to Iraq is Iran, which has developed only 30% of its oil deposits, as noted in the May 29 article below.
6.29.05 Iran's proven oil reserves put at over 132b barrels
TEHRAN (MNA) June 28 Exploratory operations have been performed on only some 30 percent of the oil deposits in the country, thus, more exploratory works should be carried out in this regard, noted vice chairman of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC). NIOC has the required potentials and abilities to explore oil and other hydrocarbonaceous resources in the 1,000,000 square kilometers of the oil deposits in the country, Iranian Students News Agency quoted Mehdi Hosseini as saying.
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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