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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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8.04.05 Astronauts see deeper environmental destruction on earth
HOUSTON, August 4 Commander Eileen Collins said astronauts on shuttle Discovery had seen widespread environmental destruction on Earth and warned on Thursday that greater care was needed to protect natural resources. Her comments came as NASA pondered whether to send astronauts out on an extra spacewalk to repair additional heat-protection damage on the first shuttle mission since the 2003 Columbia disaster.. "Sometimes you can see how there is erosion, and you can see how there is deforestation. It's very widespread in some parts of the world," Collins said in a conversation from space with Japanese officials in Tokyo, including Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. [Full story>>jang.com.pk]
8.04.05 July 7 bombs used hair dye, say NYPD
August 4 The July 7 attackers used hair bleach and citric acid to prepare the explosives that killed 52 innocent people in London four weeks ago and set off their bombs with mobile phones, according to the New York Police Department. Precise details about the composition of the bombs and their method of detonation were made public yesterday at a conference in New York for business leaders and transport police at Police Plaza in Lower Manhattan.
8.04.05 Midnight blast kills two, injures four in Istanbul
ISTANBUL, August 4 Two women were killed and four other people injured when a blast -- possibly caused by a bomb -- shook a residential neighborhood in Turkey's biggest city Istanbul early Thursday, police and media reports said. The blast ripped through a roadside garbage container in the district of Pendik, on Istanbul's Asian side, shattering windows of nearby buildings, damaging cars and sending panicked residents into the streets shortly after midnight.
8.04.05 Jordan uncovers al Qaeda plot to attack US troops
AMMAN, Jordan, August 4 Jordan has arrested 17 militants linked to the al Qaeda network in Iraq and an affiliated Saudi group who were plotting to attack U.S. military personnel in the kingdom, security sources said on Thursday. They said interrogations of the suspects revealed six of them had ties to Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, head of the al Qaeda network in Iraq, while the others belonged to an underground Saudi group known as the Brigades of the Holy Shrines. "They were planning attacks on foreign officers in the kingdom," said one security source, referring to a plot to attack U.S. military personnel who frequent five-star hotels while on leave from duty in neighboring Iraq.
8.04.05 US, China show new partnership while North Korea stalls
BEIJING, August 4 North Korea stalled the six-party talks as they entered a record 10th day yesterday by refusing the final draft, but two other two key players, the United States and China, boasted about their unprecedented collaboration. Emphasizing repeatedly that North Korea had taken a lone stand in the negotiations, the United States left to China the job of cajoling the isolationist state to accept the draft on a joint statement on nuclear dismantlement. The Chinese willingly took on the role. All the other members, including South Korea, Japan and Russia, followed the United States in leaving China to make a last-ditch attempt to persuade North Korea. All six delegations gathered at Daioyutai State Guest house in the morning, but there was no word about their discussions before the time of going to press.
8.04.05 Bird flu may reach Europe but threat limited
PARIS (Reuters) August 4 David Evans reports: The discovery of bird flu in Siberia means migratory wildfowl may now carry the deadly virus to Europe, but the region is well set to limit the threat, the world animal health body said on Thursday. Authorities in Siberia say they have detected the same H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus that has swept large parts of Asia, killing more than 50 people in the region, mostly in Vietnam.
8.04.05 Zawahri says British policy to bring more destruction: Al Jazeera
DUBAI (Reuters) August 4 Al Qaedaıs second in command Ayman Al Zawahri warned Britons in a video aired on Thursday that Prime Minister Tony Blairıs policies will bring more destruction to London. He also warned the United States that Al Qaeda will continue to launch deadly attacks until US troops quit all Muslim countries.
8.04.05 British man found with 452 fake passports
August 4 A British national of Algerian descent was arrested yesterday at Don Muang airport with 452 fake passports. Pol Maj-Gen Suwat Thamrongsrisakul, the acting Immigration Police chief, said Mahieddine Daikh, 35, was nabbed at the departure lounge of the airport at 1am while he was about to board a flight for Amsterdam. Found in his possession were 452 passports for Spain, Belgium, Portugal and France _ 138 in one suitcase and 314 in another. Mr. Daikh said he bought the 138 fake passports for 3,000 (220,000 baht) from a Pakistani man at Koh Samui in Surat Thani and planned to sell them in London. He denied knowing anything about the 314 others, saying the Pakistani told him the suitcase contained 100 pairs of jeans. The man was initially charged with forgery. Police are looking for the Pakistani man mentioned by him. [Story & photo>>bangkokpost.net]
8.03.05 Evolution row reaches new heights as Bush backs 'intelligent design'
August 3 Geneviève Roberts reports on an interesting comment given by George W. Bush to Texas newspapers with regard to the ongoing controversy in the teaching of evolution in US schools. Conservatives on the one hand believe that all life was created by intelligent design, and on the other end of the spectrum there are those who follow a thesis that life is accidental, through natural selection, evolving as appropriate to meet the changing environment. Somewhere in the middle of the argument we can place certain viruses that respond to vaccines so quickly they can mutate before the intelligent doctors contriving vaccines against them can complete their designs. The question we need to keep before us is whether God would subscribe to teaching the Bush concept of intelligent design, whether God would bless those who bring contempt upon his creation [Enoch 52.6]. That is to say, the Bible is about a creation that evolves and polluting the creation is one of the concerns of its creator. George W. Bush has perhaps done more to aid in the pollution of that creation than any other man who has walked this earth. Bush certainly never hoped in Genesis 2.15: "And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it."
8.03.05 Europe expels imams preaching hatred
August 4 European countries have stepped up the expulsion of Muslim prayer leaders who preach hatred, since last month's deadly bombings in London. France has expelled two extremist Muslim prayer leaders and it plans to ship home eight others while Italian authorities have deported eight Palestinian imams for not holding the proper residency papers. Shaken by new attacks on European soil, the authorities have stepped up a policy of deporting Islamic clerics accused of whipping up hatred and violence in vulnerable, disenfranchised pockets of the continent's mostly moderate Muslim community. [More>>aljazeera.net]
SAN FRANCISCO (Maravot News, Mel Copeland) August 3 There may be no vacation break for Congress during the hot month of August. The heat is on the House of Representatives to judge whether the President misled the American people and the UN with regard to the invasion of Iraq. All of the warnings President Bush gave to Saddam Hussein along with representations to the UN and American people may have been staged: lies disguising the administration's previous decision to invade Iraq and depose Saddam Hussein. There is evidence in the Downing Street Memos that Representative Barbara Lee and 39 other representatives believe demands a Congressional hearing. A House Resolution, H.RES.375, signed by the concerned representatives, requests the President and directs the Secretary of State "to transmit to the House of Representatives all information in the possession of the President and Secretary of State relating to communication with officials of the United Kingdom between January 1, 2002, and October 16, 2002, relating to the policy of the United States with respect to Iraq." The period listed has to do with the time of the Downing Street documents.
8.03.05 Weather a likely factor in Air France accident
August 3 Investigators said Wednesday that a heavy rainstorm accompanied by lightning and strong winds may have played a factor in an Air France jetliner's skidding off the runway and bursting into flames in Toronto on Tuesday. But the officials, who gathered at a press conference at Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport, were not ruling out other factors either, saying the outcome of the accident ³defies belief.² All 309 passengers and crew members escaped within two minutes without serious injury. ³I'm afraid it's way too early to speculate, and anything like that would be a straightforward guess,² Steve Shaw, vice-president of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority, said. ³We look for several things. We're not going to rule out anything.² [More>>theglobeandmail.com]
8.03.05 Astronaut removes dangling cloth from Shuttle's belly
NASA, August 3 STS-114ıs third spacewalk is now in the history books. The excursion featured the first-ever on-orbit repair of a Space Shuttleıs heat shield and attachment of a stowage platform onto the Station. The orbital excursion began at 4:48 a.m. EDT and concluded at 10:49 a.m. EDT.
8.03.05 The cause of terrorism by Muslims
8.03.05 Zambia will deport terror suspect to UK
August 3 Zambia has agreed to deport to the UK a British terror suspect whose name was circulated to foreign security services after the July 7 suicide blasts that killed 52 London commuters. President Levy Mwanawasa said today that both Britain and the US had asked for the extradition of Haroon Rashid Aswat, a 31-year-old from Dewsbury in Yorkshire. Mr. Aswat is wanted by the United States for allegedly trying to organize an al-Qaeda training camp in Oregon in 1999. [More>>timesonline.co.uk]
8.03.05 Insurgents using more powerful bombs: US general
WASHINGTON (AFP) August 3 Insurgents are using more powerful, armor penetrating bombs in attacks like those this week that killed 21 US marines in western Iraq, a top general said Wednesday. "We are seeing larger amounts of explosives," said Brigadier General Carter Ham of the US Joint Staff. "We are seeing different techniques that are being used in an effort to counter the efforts of coalition and Iraqi security forces to protect folks while they are moving different types of penetrators, different techniques of triggering the events." [More>>turkishpress.com]
8.03.05 Mauritanian president deposed in coup
August 3 A group of army officers in Mauritania has announced the overthrow of President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya. The group identified itself as the Military Council for Justice and Democracy and announced the coup in a statement run by the state news agency on Wednesday. ³The armed forces and security forces have unanimously decided to put an end to the totalitarian practices of the deposed regime under which our people have suffered much over the last several years,² the statement said. The group said it would exercise power for two years to allow time to put in place democratic institutions. [More>>aljazeera.net]
8.03.05 Islamic Jihad head: We may recognize the State of Israel
August 3 An Islamic Jihad leader in the West Bank, Abdel Halim Izzedine, known as Abu Qassam, has told Haaretz that his organization supports the hudna temporary cease-fire but is forced to respond to Israeli provocations. "Israel forces us to react. If Israel stops the assassinations and arrests, we will observe the hudna," he said, adding that if a young Palestinian were to approach him and tell him he was on his way to carry out a suicide attack, he would try to dissuade him. In his first interview with an Israeli news outlet, Abu Qassam said his organization might recognize the State of Israel.
8.03.05 Fourteen US marines, reporter killed in Iraq
BASRA, Iraq, August 3 Fourteen US marines were killed in a rebel attack in western Iraq on Wednesday following the death of a US freelance journalist who was gunned down in a relatively calm part of the country. The attacks came as Iraqi politicians debated thorny issues in the draft constitution which must be put to parliament on August 15. The marines, along with an interpreter, were killed when their armored vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb during combat operations near Haditha, 260 kilometers (160 miles) northwest of Baghdad, the US military said. One other marine was wounded.
8.03.05 Basra blogger is abducted and murdered
August 3 A freelance American journalist who wrote about alleged corruption and lawlessness in the Iraqi city of Basra has been abducted at gunpoint and shot dead. Steven Vincent's body was recovered at the side of a road south of Basra late last night, several hours after he and his female translator were kidnapped as they left a currency exchange shop, within sight of a British military checkpoint. He had been shot three times in the chest. Nouriya Itais, the translator, who was also his fiancee, was shot four times and seriously wounded, according to a nurse in a Basra hospital. The news broke hours before 14 US Marines and an Iraqi interpreter were killed in lawless Anbar province in western Iraq. There is speculation that Mr. Vincent, who received death threats, was murdered in an attempt to silence him.
8.02.05 Whirlwind viewed by Mars Rover Spirit
August 2 Several images of wind gusts and whirlwinds were recorded May 25-31, 2005. This movie clip shows a dust devil growing in size and blowing across the plain inside Mars' Gusev Crater.
To view this and several other movie clips >>marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov]
8.02.05 Car bomb targets US convoy in Baghdad
August 2 At least 13 people have been reported killed in attacks in Iraq including a car bomb that exploded near a US military convoy in Baghdad. Police said five people were shot dead early on Tuesday when attackers opened fire as the victims left a city hospital where they had been to see the body of a Sunni cleric who was killed on Monday night. Late on Monday, Shaikh Akil al-Mahadidi, a cleric from al-Muhajirin mosque, and his brother were shot dead in the west of Baghdad. An Iraqi police colonel was killed in a drive-by shooting, and two employees of the Finance Ministry were shot dead on their way to work in Baghdad, an Interior Ministry official said. [More>>aljazeera.net]
8.02.05 Blasts rip through Turkish resort
August 2 Two explosions tore through rubbish bins and wounded six people overnight in the southern Turkish city of Antalya, a popular tourist resort, news reports said. It was not immediately clear what caused the blasts, which occurred within minutes of each other in the bins in separate locations in central Antalya, Turkey's fourth-largest city, the state-run Anatolian news agency said. Three cleaners were slightly wounded while emptying the first bin. In the second blast, another three people, including one tourist whose nationality was not known, were wounded, Anatolian said, quoting police sources. [More>>theaustralian.news.com.au]
8.02.05 Call it Bush's war, not a war on terror
August 2 (Letter to the editor, timesunion.com, by Anton G. Hardy) It is time we stopped calling the war in Iraq a "war on terror." We know too much now to keep going along with this deceit. We know that Saddam was not behind the 9/11 attacks...We know Bush and others in his administration were planning to invade Iraq well before 9/11. We know Bush used every means he could, including misrepresentation, to induce us into going into this war. So why don't we call it what is is, "Bush's war"? This is surely how history, looking back on these eight years, will regard it. [Full comment >>timesunion.com via saudipost.com]
8.02.05 What stands behind Uzbekistan's demand to withdraw US base?
MOSCOW (Alexei Makarkin for RIA Novosti) August 2 The Big Game for control over Central Asia has been going on for centuries. The US replaced Britain after it lost its imperial ambitions, and countries that appeared on the world map only in the 20th century have become independent players in this game.
8.01.05 Afghan troops unearth weapons cache as Tashkent tells US to leave airfield
August 1 Afghan security forces have seized thousands of missiles, mortar rounds and artillery shells in their biggest weapons haul in months, the Defense Ministry said. The suspected Taliban ammunition cache was found in the Khogyani district of central Ghazni Province, said Defense Ministry spokesman General Mohammad Zahir Azimi. The weapons dump included 2,000 surface-to-surface missiles, 3,000 mortar rounds, 500 artillery shells and 150 boxes of anti-aircraft ammunition, he said. "We suspect that the weapons were stored to be used during the elections," he said. On September 18 voters are set to elect a Parliament and provincial councils.
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.
07.27.05 New security system for Temple Mount: Why the Dome of the Rock is threatened
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