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, the Middle East and South America, with realignments away from the US. His mismanagement in diplomacy, wars, disasters and economics reflects an incompetence perhaps unparalleled in US history. Mel Copeland
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7.12.05 Mumbai blasts death toll reaches 200
MUMBAI (PTI) July 12 Mumbai was resiliently back on its feet on Wednesday even as the full extent of the havoc caused by yesterday's terror attack unfolded to reveal a death toll of 200 while the police claimed to have found "some leads" in their investigations.
Mumbai and the rest of Maharashtra remained on red alert and tight security prevailed in airport and railway stations, offices and commercial establishments including banks and the Sensex ignored terror attacks to notch more than 300 points to surge near the 11,000 mark. [More>>expressindia.com ]
7.12.05 Israel troops enter Lebanon as Hezbollah boasts soldiers capture
(AFP) July 12 Lebanon's Hezbollah militia has captured two Israeli soldiers prompting the first Israeli ground operation into Lebanon since its 2000 pullout. The seizure of the two soldiers, which Israel described as a "strong possibility" threatened to open up a new front in the troubled region after the capture of another Israeli soldier in Gaza two weeks ago plunged the region into chaos.
7.12.05 Iraq finds bodies of 20 kidnapped bus drivers
BAGHDAD (Reuters) July 12 Iraqi security forces said they had found the bodies of 20 bus drivers who had been kidnapped north of Baghdad earlier on Wednesday. Police had put the number of bus drivers kidnapped in Miqdadiya, 100 km (60 miles) northeast of the capital at 12, but Major General Ahmed al-Awad said 20 bodies had been found after gunmen snatched a group of drivers from a station. Awad told state television that security forces released three kidnap victims during a search operation. [More>>khaleejtimes.com ; See related stories, thenews.com.pk, July 12, "Over 34 killed in Iraq violence." and timesonline.co.uk, July 12, "Takeover by militants in west Baghdad 'is thwarted.']
7.12.05 One thousand terror suspects in US custody
WASHINGTON (Xinhua) July 11 About 1,000 terror suspects are in US custody worldwide, a Pentagon legal advisor disclosed Tuesday. According to the transcript of a testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Daniel Del'Orto, the Pentagon's principal deputy general counsel, told the committee that "I would say it's probably in the order of about 1,000 (detainees)." Among that total, some 450 prisoners are being held in the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, he said. In other words, the rest must be jailed in secret prisons elsewhere in the world, probably run by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). [More>>xinhuanet.com]
7.12.05 EU warns Turkey over free speech
July 12 The European Commission has told Turkey to reform its penal code after a court upheld a suspended jail sentence against a writer for insulting "Turkishness." The European Union's enlargement commissioner, Olli Rehn, said the court's verdict against Hrant Dink, a Turkish-Armenian journalist, showed that Turkey still fell short of the standards required for EU membership.
7.11.05 Series of blasts rock Mumbain railway stations, 40 killed
MUMBAI, India, July 11 At least 40 people were killed in a series of seven synchronised blasts in first class compartments of suburban trains and on platforms during the peak hour traffic here this evening. Eyewitnesses confirmed several causalities in the explosions that took place in a span of 30 minutes at suburban Matunga Road, Khar, Jogeshwari, Borivali and Bhayender railway stations. At Matunga station, the blast was so powerful that it not only ripped through the first class coach but also blew off a portion of the platform shed. Bodies were seen scattered on the tracks while many injured, some of them profusely bleeding, were attended to by fellow travellers on the platform before being rushed to nearby hospitals. Police suspect that it is a pre-planned subversive plot similar to the explosions that had rocked Mumbai in 1993 and 2002 and 2003. [More>>expressindia.com ; See also timesonline.co.uk, July 11, "More than 100 killed in Bombay train explosions" and related story, expressindia.com, July 11, "Five tourists killed in Srinagar attacks."]
7.11.05 Air raids kill 60 civilians in Afghanistan
KABUL (Xinhua) July 11 Air raids conducted by the US-led coalition forces in the southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan have left at least 60 civilians dead, a lawmaker from the restive province said Tuesday. "The aircraft pounded three villages namely Deh Jauze, Sarosah and Kakrak, 12 km away from Trinkot, the provincial capital of Uruzgan, Monday morning which lasted from 1:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.," Abdul Khaliq told Xinhua. About 30 more civilians were wounded in the air strikes, he added. On the other hand, the US military rejected the claim as baseless. "No, there was no civilian injured, and we have no report to support the claim," spokesperson of the coalition Tamara Lawrence told Xinhua. The US military in a press released issued on Monday said that the coalition attacks had left more than 40 extremists dead in villages 10 km away from Trinkot. More than 1,000 people mostly Taliban-linked militants have been killed in the ongoing insurgency since the beginning of this year. [More>>xinhuanet.com ; See another story, independent.co.uk, July 11, "Taliban use beheadings and beatings to keep Afghanistan's schools closed."]
7.11.05 At least 140 killed in Mogadishu battle hospital
MOGADISHU (Reuters) July 11 At least 140 people were killed in two days of fighting in the Somali capital which ended after one of the city's last holdout warlords surrendered to Islamist militias, a hospital official said on Tuesday. "Approximately 140 people have died and 150 were injured. It was a very heavy exchange with most of the people dying outside hospital," Ali Moallim, a senior administrator at Mogadishu's Madina hospital, told Reuters.
7.11.05 At least 34 killed in Iraq despite PM's plea
BAGHDAD (AFP) July 11 At least 34 people were killed across Iraq in bombings, shootings, and gunbattles on Tuesday, including 10 Shias gunned down in an apparent sectarian attack in Baghdad. The raging violence that came despite Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki's call for national unity renewed fears of a full-fledged civil war and prompted lawmakers to demand an explanation from the security ministers for the deteriorating situation. In Tuesday's deadliest attack 10 Shias carrying a coffin in a minibus were ambushed and shot dead by gunmen on a highway near Baghdad's restive Sunni neighborhood of Dura, a defense ministry official said. They were heading to the Shia holy city of Najaf to bury the corpse, the official said. The attack came less than two hours after the lifting of a curfew imposed on Dura on Monday.
7.11.05 In big shift, US to follow Geneva treaty for detainees
WASHINGTON, July 11 In a sweeping change of policy, the Pentagon has decided that it will treat all detainees in compliance with the minimum standards spelled out in the Geneva conventions, a senior defense official said today. The new policy comes on the heels of a Supreme Court ruling last month invalidating a system of military tribunals the Pentagon had created to try suspected terrorists, and just before Congress takes up the question of a replacement system in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today.
7.11.05 Kyrgyzstan moves to expel 2 US diplomats
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, July 11 Kyrgyzstan's Foreign Ministry has decided to expel two US diplomats from this central Asian state for "inappropriate" contacts with non-government organizations, an official said Tuesday. "A decision has been taken, but the diplomats remain in the country" for now, said Tursunbek Akun, head of the official Human Rights Commission. The US Embassy confirmed the expulsion decision. [thenews.com.pk]
7.10.05 Chechen PM hails terrorist No. 1 Basayev's killing
GROZNY (RIA Novosti) July 10 Chechnya's prime minister said Monday the killing of Russia's terrorist No.1 Shamil Basayev was an absolute success for Russia's security agencies. Basayev, who claimed responsibility for the 2004 Beslan school massacre and other atrocities, and a number of militants were killed in a special operation in the southern Russian republic of Ingushetia last night. "I have always said we should search for Basayev outside the republic as there was no place for him in Chechnya. This is linked not only with activities of the federal and the republic's law enforcement agencies who were hunting for him 24 hours a day but also with Chechens' resolute rejection of Wahhabism and terror," Ramzan Kadyrov said. He said he was convinced other notorious warlords, including Doku Umarov, would be eliminated soon, adding that relevant operations would be conducted both in Chechnya and neighboring regions. [More>>rian.ru ; See also turkishpress.com, July 10, "Chechen warlord Basayev killed: reports."]
7.10.05 UAE approves anti-slavery bill
July 10 Slavery and people-trafficking in the United Arab Emirates can be punished by life imprisonment, according to a bill approved by a government panel. The bill widens the definition of offences and increases the prison term to life for crimes against women, children or the disabled, or where the perpetrator is a guardian of the victim. "In the proposed law, human trafficking is defined to include all forms of sexual exploitation, involuntary servitude, enslaving, slave trading and all similar practices," state media quoted a government official as saying on Monday. The bill will be sent to the cabinet for endorsement.
7.10.05 Satellite launch ends in disaster
BANGALORE, India (Reuters) July 10 India's attempts to launch its heaviest satellite failed today when the rocket carrying it went into a tail-spin about a minute after blast off and disintegrated, a space official said. "We can not comment now on what went wrong," an official at the Indian Space Research Organisation, who did not wish to be named, said. Indian television channels showed the rocket bursting into flames after veering off its trajectory. The launch took place from the Sriharikota launch site off the country's southeastern coast in the Bay of Bengal.
7.09.05 Rampage through Sunni Baghdad neighborhood kills 42
BAGHDAD (AFP) July 9 Roving bands of masked gunmen went on the rampage Sunday in a predominantly Sunni Baghdad neighborhood, killing at least 42 Sunni Arabs in a gruesome sectarian attack despite a massive security crackdown. Witnesses said gunmen were killing people after setting up fake checkpoints in the neighborhood of Jihad and also raiding peopleıs homes. "They also went into certain Sunni houses and killed everyone inside," a witness who declined to be named told AFP.
7.09.05 Poll: Majority of Palestinians back kidnappings, Qassam fire
July 9 A sizable majority of Palestinians support the continued kidnappings of Israelis as well as persistent Qassam rocket fire as a means to pressure Israel to release Palestinian prisoners, according to a new poll commissioned by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Center, the results of which were released Sunday.
7.09.05 Fighting in Mogadishu kills 20
July 9 At least 20 people have been killed in fighting in Somalia's capital, witnesses tell Aljazeera's correspondent in Mogadishu. The toll looked set to rise further in the most serious flare-up since Islamists took over the Somali capital from US-backed regional commanders a month ago. Fighting inside the city subsided on Sunday, but clashes have erupted on a road on the outskirts of the war-torn nation's capital. Battles broke out early on Sunday between militiamen of the Islamic courts group, which controls most of the city, and force loyal to former police chief Abdi Qaidid near Banader hospital. The Islamic courts militiamen have surrounded the area for two weeks and closed off roads. The militia had told Qaidid's group give up its arms, but the demand was rejected. [More>>aljazeera.net]
7.08.05 Russia bans 'extremism'
July 8 Russia's lower house of parliament passed an anti-extremism law that human rights defenders say could be used to hobble opposition parties and the media. The State Duma, dominated by the pro-Kremlin United Russia party, passed the new law by 338 votes to 99 against, with one abstention, easily clearing the 226-vote hurdle. President Vladimir Putin, who is to host the Group of Eight (G8) summit in Saint Petersburg next weekend, must now add his signature for the law to go into effect.
7.08.05 Agent who led Bin Laden hunt criticizes CIA
July 8 The man who led America's hunt for Osama bin Laden has said the CIA was wrong to disband the only unit devoted entirely to the terrorist leader's pursuit - just at a time when al-Qaeda is reasserting its influence over global jihad. Shutting down the Bin Laden unit squandered 10 years of expertise in the war on terror, said Michael Scheuer, who founded the unit in 1995 and arguably knows more about Bin Laden than any other western intelligence official. He believes the unit was dismantled because of bureaucratic jealousies within the CIA, and that the closure delivers a further setback to a pursuit that has been squeezed for resources for the past two years.
7.08.05 Canada to fund global anti-terror finance tracking group HQ
(AP) July 8 An international organization that tracks funding to terrorist groups will be headquartered in Canada, the country's finance minister announced Friday. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said Toronto will house the headquarters of the Egmont Group an organization which represents more than 100 financial investigation units. The government will contribute C $5 million (US $4.5 million) over the next five years to help establish the group, which will analyze, investigate and prosecute terrorist financing and share financial intelligence on money laundering. [More>>haaretz.com]
7.08.05 Pakistan SBP new program to stop terrorist money transfers
KARACHI, July 8 The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Saturday directed all the banks and financial institutions to immediately inform the central bank about any suspicious act of transfer of money for terrorist activities or crimes. According to the SBP circular, all the banks and financial institutions must provide all the details including titles, numbers and the amount transferred if such doubtful transactions were performed. It was also learnt that the SBP has also amended its various laws to stop money laundering, under which all the necessary documents must be submitted to the banks before opening any new proprietorship accounts. The banks will now verify the computerize identity card from NADRA to detect any fake identity. [thenews.com.pk]
7.08.05 Iran says "terrorists" should not be let into Iraq
TEHRAN (Reuters) July 8 Iran, accused by the United States of stirring up an Iraqi insurgency, said on Saturday ²terrorist² groups should be stopped from entering Iraq because they created an excuse for foreign troops to stay. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also said in a speech to a meeting of ministers from Baghdadıs neighbours that surrounding states were committed to ensuring stability in Iraq. "It is necessary to stop the crossing of terrorist groups into Iraq who aim at creating insecurity, hatred and differences, and pave the way for the presence of foreign forces in Iraq," Ahmadinejad told the foreign ministers in Teheran. He did not say from where or how the groups were entering Iraq. [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
7.08.05 Military pounds Taliban den in Afghanistan, five rebels killed
KANDAHAR (AFP) July 8 Afghan and coalition forces have pounded a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan, killing five rebels and leaving an Afghan and three foreign soldiers wounded, the coalition said. The air and ground assault was launched in the early morning in the Panjwayi area in Kandahar province which has been the focus of intense military action in recent months, and continued more than 12 hours later. [More>>turkishpress.com]
7.08.05 American attacks on Mehdi Army cause uproar among Shia
July 8 US forces in Iraq have launched a series of bloody attacks on Shia militia forces in and around Baghdad, killing or wounding 30 fighters and provoking widespread anger in the Shia community. Iraqi government security forces, backed by the US troops and aircraft, moved into the vast Shia slum of al-Sadr City in eastern Baghdad at 3.15am yesterday in an attempt to arrest a commander of the Mehdi Army, the main Shia militia, called Abu Diraa. Iraqi police said nine people were killed including a woman. An Iraqi officer said the Americans had provided lists of people to be arrested in al-Sadr City.
7.08.05 Surprising jump in tax revenues curbs US deficit
WASHINGTON, July 8 An unexpectedly steep rise in tax revenues from corporations and the wealthy is driving down the budget deficit this year, even though spending has climbed sharply because of the war in Iraq and the cost of hurricane relief. On Tuesday, White House officials are expected to announce that the tax receipts will be about $250 billion above last year's levels and that the deficit will be about $100 billion less than what they projected six months ago. The rising tide in tax payments has been building for months, but the increased scale is surprising even seasoned budget analysts and making it easier for both the administration and Congress to finesse the big run-up in spending over the past year.
7.07.05 Mogadishu's rulers to kill people who don't pray
MOGADISHU (UPI) July 7 Mogadishu's new rulers, the Union of Islamic Courts, have promised to implement Islamic Sharia law and vowed to kill anyone failing to perform daily Salaad prayers. Mogadishu's Shabelle Media Network Radio reported on Wednesday that the Union of Islamic Courts intended to implement Sharia law throughout the country and particularly in Mogadishu, which they captured last month. One of the Union of Islamic Courts' founders is Sheikh Abdullah Ali. Ali said during a speech at the opening ceremony of an Islamic Sharia law court in Mogadishu's Gubta neighborhood that "when people accept practicing Islamic Sharia law everybody will enjoy life based on peace and prosperity."
7.07.05 Decree issued to release women from Pakistan jails
ISLAMABAD, July 7 Following years of demands by civil society organisations and human rights groups, Pakistanıs President General Pervez Musharraf on Friday issued a decree that will allow hundreds of women held for minor offenses to be freed from jails. Constitutionally known as "ordinance," the decree amends the existing criminal law to allow some 1,300 women incarcerated for adultery or minor crimes to walk out of prisons. State-run Pakistan Television (PTV) quoted President Musharraf as telling a womenıs delegation in Islamabad on Friday that his government was determined to ensure gender equality and to provide relief and comfort to women...According to the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, over 200 women were raped in Pakistan last year but none of the accused could be punished because of the existing complicated law. [Full story>>khaleejtimes.com ; See also tnenews.com.pk, July 7, " 1300 women prisoners being freed under amended women rights law."]
7.07.05 'Leading militant captured' after Sadr City battle
(AP) July 7 Iraqi forces backed by US aircraft battled militants in a Shia stronghold of eastern Baghdad early today, killing or wounding more than 30 fighters and capturing an extremist leader who was the target of the raid, Iraqi and US officials said. In another operation, Iraqi troops backed by US soldiers arrested a top regional commander of a Shia militia near Hillah, a US statement said. The moves appeared part of a crackdown on sectarian militias blamed for the escalation in Shiite-Sunni violence that has led to fears of civil war. The US military said the raid in eastern Baghdad was launched to apprehend "an insurgent leader responsible for numerous deaths of Iraqi citizens."
7.07.05 String of attacks on Iraqi mosques kill at least eight
BAGHDAD (AFP) July 7 At least eight Iraqis were killed and several wounded in a series of attacks on mosques in Baghdad and surrounding areas on Friday, one day after an attack near a Shia shrine, security sources said. Two civilians were killed and three wounded when a car bomb exploded near the Fakhri Shanshal Sunni mosque in Baghdad's western Jihad neighborhood.
7.07.05 Bomber's video shows hand of al-Qaeda
July 7 A video by Shahzad Tanweer, right-hand man to the lead London suicide bomber, Mohammad Sidique Khan, has lent weight to the theory that al-Qaeda was behind the bombings. Tanweer's last testament, like Khan's in September, features a statement from Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda second-in-command, bears the stamp of S. video production company, and includes a contribution by the American Adam Gadahn, believed to be running the group's propaganda operation. But it is also possible al-Qaeda has appropriated Tanweer's video as a publicity stunt. Though it probably helped train the London bombers, no evidence points to a controlling al-Qaeda mastermind behind the attacks.
7.07.05 Top IDF officials: Gaza raid won't halt rocket fire
July 7 The Israel Defense Forces has killed about 40 Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip in an effort to show the Palestinians there is a high price to pay for firing rockets and kidnapping an Israeli soldier, IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz told troops during a visit to an army base near Gaza on Friday. "The terrorists have paid a high price until now," he said as Israeli air strikes and shelling and Palestinian rocket fire continued Friday. "We will continue to operate to the extent necessary."
7.07.05 Federation Council backs Putin's right to anti-terror ops abroad
MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) July 7 Russia's upper house of parliament passed Friday a resolution giving the country's president the right to use the armed forces and secret services abroad to fight international terrorism. In line with the document, the armed forces and secret services can act abroad to stop terrorist activity in order to protect citizens' rights and freedoms, Russia's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. Russia's lower house of parliament passed the draft law Wednesday. With 226 votes necessary to pass the bill, 429 State Duma deputies backed the initiative, after which President Vladimir Putin submitted it to the Federation Council.
7.07.05 NY plot is uncovered in early stage
July 7 Authorities in Lebanon have arrested a man in connection with a plot to blow up part of the New York transportation system, officials said today. Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York Representative Peter T. King of Long Island confirmed a report in The Daily News today, which said that the man arrested in Lebanon and an unknown number of other people had discussed exploding a bomb to disrupt the system. The News said the plot focused on the Holland Tunnel, and said the plotters hoped that a bomb detonated under the Hudson River would crack the tunnel and flood Lower Manhattan.
7.07.05 Spain suffers first bird flu case
July 7 Spain has confirmed its first case of the lethal H5N1 strain of bird flu. The virus was detected in a great crested grebe that was found dead in the northern province of Alava, the agriculture ministry said. The Spanish authorities said there was no reason for alarm, and that the case should not affect poultry consumption. H5N1 has spread to birds in many European countries. The virus has killed more than 130 people since 2003 - mostly in East Asia. [More>>bbc.co.uk]
7.07.05 Turkey can play role in Iran controversy, El Baradei
ANKARA, July 6 Turkey can play an important role in a resolution to Iran`s nuclear program controversy, said International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) DG Mohamed El Baradei on Thursday. In an exclusive interview with Turkish private NTV channel, El Baradei underlined that Turkey is Iran`s neighbor, and a Muslim country.
7.07.05 Iran to host Iraq security talks
(AFP) July 7 Iran will host a regional conference on Iraq security this weekend, when the Islamic republic is likely to call for a withdrawal of foreign troops from it's neighbor. Officials from Iraq's neighbors, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Kuwait, Turkey, Egypt, and the Arab League, and the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) will attend the meeting. Manouchehr Mottaki, Iran's foreign minister, said in June when announcing plans for the event that "the co-operation of these countries on Iraq and security issues will be on the agenda. "A clear message will be sent from this meeting in that these countries support the implementation of security in Iraq."
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.
05.23.06 Architect of New War on the West and Bin Laden via As-Sahab website
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