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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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08.24.05 Gumpy Old Man seeks help in Iraq
August 24 Reporting the news is really a challenge these days, because of the many sources of the news and, of course, many points of view (There are a few sources that will provide more than one point of view).
As an aside, this evening's news (abc) quoted Pat Robertson as apologizing for having recommended the assassination of President Chavez of Venezuela, saying "...I said it out of frustration." This is a good argument Islamic terroristic-preaching imams can use as well, to escape prosecution, I suppose. What's good enough for American radical Christian clerics should be good enough for radical Muslim clerics?
08.24.05 Chevron documents show payments for attacks on Nigerian villages
August 24 This article posted at earthrights.org August 3, 2005 has recently been moving through some blogs: ...new documents show that Chevron paid the Nigerian soldiers who carried out the attacks: a receipt shows a payment of 15,000 Nigerian naira for "Services carried out by Capt. [redacted] and 22 Soldiers whom left from Escravos/Madangho to [illegible] attacks from Opia village" on January 4, 1999. (Escravos is a Chevron facility.) The document is available on ERI's website.
Tim Willard is a Co-Chair of Montgomery County Greens.
08.24.05 Rescuers look for Peru airliner victims
LIMA, Peru (AP) August 24 Rescuers combed a jungle marsh Wednesday for victims of a Peruvian airliner that split in two after an emergency landing during a hailstorm, killing at least 41 people. Fifty-seven people escaped the burning wreckage, wading away through knee-deep mud. TANS Peru Flight 204 was the world's fifth major airline accident in August, making it the deadliest month for plane disasters in three years. The Boeing 737-200 was carrying an estimated 100 people on a domestic flight from the Peruvian capital of Lima to the Amazon city of Pucallpa.
08.24.05 Republican Congressman breaks ranks, joins demand for documents on Downing Street Memos
August 24 Congressman Jim Leach (R, Iowa) has informed Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D, California) that he will cosponsor her Resolution of Inquiry into Bush Administration communications with the U.K. about Iraq at the time of the Downing Street Memos. Leach is the first Republican member of Congress to publicly support a demand for an inquiry into the Bush Administration's pre-war claims. The 131 congress members who have signed Congressman John Conyers' letter to the President about the Downing Street Memo are all Democrats. The 11 Senators who have asked the Senate Intelligence Committee to do the investigation it committed to in February 2004 but never did are all Democrats.
08.24.05 Clarke unveils 'hate speech' acts that allow deportation
August 24 Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, will deport and exclude several "preachers of hate" from the UK within the next few days after the Government published a list of proscribed acts designed to target foreign nationals who promote or glorify terrorism. The list also outlaws the expression of views which encourage serious crime or "foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK". Any foreign national who expresses such views, verbally or in writing, can now be excluded or deported from Britain. Mr. Clarke said that he will now make use of the new rules, which were announced today after a two-week consultation period. "We have a number of names that we are considering at the moment. All our foreign posts throughout the world are looking at their particular country," the Home Secretary told the BBC this afternoon. [More>>timesonline.co.uk]
08.24.05 With eyes on Iraq, Arabs fear spread of federalism
AMMAN, Jordan (AFP) August 24 As Kurds and Shiites in Iraq push for a federal constitution, fears are rising in the Arab world that the urge to create separate states could spread in countries with religious and ethnic minorities, analysts said.
08.24.05 Sunnis continue to object to Iraq constitution; insurgents attack minister, 4 guards killed
BAGHDAD (AFP) August 24 Iraqi leaders on Wednesday tried to persuade furious Sunni Arabs to sign the draft constitution, a day before the charter goes to parliament where conservative Shiites and secularist Kurds can ensure its victory. President Jalal Talabani and other senior Iraqi leaders were locked in intense talks with the Sunni Arab negotiators after they expressed anger over the charter with some even calling it ²illegal."
...The Sunnis however do not have many options due to their weak position in parliament after largely boycotting the January elections. If they do not budge, the majority Shiites and secularist Kurds will ensure that the draft is approved Thursday as the two groups enjoy a comfortable majority in the legislative body. Iraqıs interim rules stipulate that voting by simple majority in the parliament can pass the draft.
...Iraqıs deputy justice minister Bosho Ibrahim was ambushed by gunmen in Baghdad Wednesday, an interior ministry official told AFP. The Kurdish minister escaped unharmed but his four bodyguards were killed and five others wounded. [Full story>>khaleejtimes.com; See also dailystar.com.lb, "Iraqi Sunnis warn against adopting draft charter" : Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari said that almost all issues dogging the draft constitution were resolved, but Sunnis warned it was divisive and would be rejected when put to the nation. As Jaafari expressed confidence, a suicide bomber blasted a U.S.-Iraqi center in the restive town of Baaquba killing seven people, including one US soldier and a contractor. "We have agreed on 151 of the 153 articles in the constitution, including the federal status of the government and the status of regions and provinces," Jaafari said, without specifying where the disputes remained. He said issues concerning human rights, which included women's rights, have also been agreed upon. "We have made an important stride," he said.]
08.24.05 Gunfights erupt in Iraqi capital
August 24 Gun battles have erupted in the streets of Baghdad after insurgents attacked an Iraqi police patrol. At least three police officers and two civilians died in the ambush, and dozens more were wounded, police said. Police sealed off the area and fought running battles with masked insurgents in a crowded area of western Baghdad, witnesses said. The gunmen used assault rifles and rocket propelled grenades to launch the heaviest close-range attacks in months. About 40 insurgents could be seen on the streets of the al-Jamia district. At least three police cars and seven civilian vehicles were damaged in the fighting, the Agence France Presse news agency reported. [More>>bbc.co.uk]
08.24.05 Musharraf says Khan gave centrifuges to North Korea: report
ISLAMABAD (AFP) August 24 Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has confirmed that the countryıs disgraced nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan provided North Korea with centrifuges and their designs, a report said on Wednesday. Musharraf, who was speaking to Japanıs Kyodo news agency, said the high-technology equipment handed over by Khan did not play a major role in giving Pyongyang a nuclear weapons capability. ³Yes, he passed centrifuges parts and complete. I do not exactly remember the number,² Musharraf was quoted as saying when asked to comment on reports that Islamabad told Tokyo that Khan gave about 20 centrifuges to North Korea. [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
08.24.05 Iraq's most wanted fixes sights on homeland
AMMAN, August 24 After months eluding capture by US forces, Iraq's most wanted militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi appears to have opened a new front in his fight against the West with strikes on his pro-US homeland of Jordan. The Jordanian government said on Wednesday the one-legged extremist's group was behind the firing of Katyusha rockets which whizzed over two US warships moored in the Red Sea port of Aqaba, killing a Jordanian soldier. Zarqawi's group, seen as the front operation of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, has also claimed in an Internet statement that its "brothers launched the rockets on the targets which were groupings of American Crusader forces moored in Aqaba." The attack brought back memories of the October 2000 suicide strike on the USS Cole destroyer in Yemen's southern port of Aden which killed 17 US sailors and was claimed by Al-Qaeda. The strike is believed to be the first time his Al-Qaeda Organisation in the Land of Two Rivers has attacked outside Iraq since the insurgency began after Saddam Hussein's ouster in April 2003, a fact sure to worry governments in Jordan and elsewhere in the Middle East.
08.24.05 Freak weather batters Europe
August 24 Extreme weather is afflicting Europe, with swaths of Portugal and Spain ablaze in the drought while Austria and Switzerland suffer floods after torrential rain.
08.24.05 White House: Bush, Hu Jintao to meet September 7
DONNELLY, Idaho (AFP) August 24 Chinese President Hu Jintao will meet President George W. Bush on September 7 during his first visit to Washington since becoming his country's supreme leader, the White House said, AFP reported. Hu, who previously travelled to the US capital on a 'coming out' trip in May 2002 when he was vice-president, will arrive as US concern mounts over China's economic posture and at a key stage of the North Korea crisis.
08.24.05 Wal-Mart's Korean stores target of organizing effort
(Bloomberg) August 24 Labor leaders from around the globe are preparing a union campaign at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s 16 outlets in Korea as part of a broader effort to organize more of the retailer's 1.6 million workers worldwide. Officials from Union Network International, a Swiss-based federation representing more than 15 million workers in 150 countries, plan to visit Korea next month to set up an organizing effort to begin by the year's end, UNI General Secretary Philip Jennings said today.
08.23.05 Sean Penn in Iran
August 23 Sean Penn, Special to the Chronicle, filed a five-day report. In June, Sean Penn and two friends traveled to Tehran. It was Penn's first trip to the country. What he found was a culture in conflict. Although the nation is ruled by a very conservative, tradition-bound government, Penn talked to many younger Iranians who have a strong interest in Western culture and want their own country to liberalize its policies on individual rights...The stadium was hung with banners. One translated, "We shall always support the Palestinians." Another, "Resistance against the conspiracies of America and Israel will disappoint them to predominate over Iran's nation." This phrase is attributed to "the grand, great leader." Bit by bit, the stadium filled until 10,000 worshipers created a sea partially of white and black turbans (the black represents the Seyed or direct descendent of the prophet Mohammed) pale and dark shirts. Chanting echoed throughout the building. Government officials fill the front rows. Military arrived in groups, in the belief that their prayers will be answered in multiples. Many, as simple conscripts, seemed less focused on the proceedings. And behind them, the sea of the devout.
08.23.05 Islamic group threatens to strike Bangladesh again
DHAKA (Reuters) August 23 A banned Islamic militant group blamed for hundreds of bomb blasts last week across Bangladesh has threatened to strike again unless the government introduces Islamic rule in the country. If Dhaka authorities failed to establish Islamic law or tried to arrest any member of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, "(we) will take direct action," the group said in a statement on its website "jihadunspun.com". "Everybody is the enemy of Islam who wants to launch democracy as an institutional form," said the English-language statement seen by Reuters on Tuesday. "Therefore we invite the ruling party and also the opposition to initiate the rule of Islam within a short time in Bangladesh." [More>>expressindia.com]
08.23.05 Hang-gliding heroin smuggler is shot down
August 23 A hang-gliding heroin smuggler has been shot down by soldiers over the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan, one of the world's busiest drug trafficking frontiers. Tajik border guards shot the glider down with machine guns and recovered 18kg (39lb) of heroin from the vehicle, officials said. There are conflicting reports about the nature of the glider, with some sources saying it was a hang-glider and others reporting that it was a para-glider with a small, improvised engine. Tajik authorities said that the pilot escaped when the glider came down about 230km (142 miles) south east of Dushanbe, the capital of the former Soviet republic, whose landscape is almost entirely made up of mountains and deep, narrow gorges...Tajik authorities say they have intercepted more than 800kg of heroin this year, a fraction of the enormous quantities of the drug that are made in Afghanistan, which is thought to supply 90 per cent of the world's opium. [Full story>>timesonline.co.uk]
08.23.05 Arab TV rejects claims of Israeli propaganda
DUBAI (AFP) August 23 Arab satellite news channels Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiyya have been forced to fend off accusations they served up Israeli propaganda with their coverage of the evacuation of the Gaza Strip settlements. "We understand when the international media fall into the trap of the Jewish settlers and run live coverage of the evacuation," said Abdel-Bari Atwan, editor in chief of the London-based newspaper Al-Quds al-Arabi.
08.23.05 Britain's biggest Muslim group faces "extremism" charges
LONDON (AFP) August 23 The most respected voice of Britainıs 1.6 million Muslims is under fire for pandering to radicalism, just as it is being called upon to play a bridge-building role in the wake of the London bombings. The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) is a coalition of some 400 organizations, making it a privileged dialogue partner for Prime Minister Tony Blairıs government after the July 7 attacks in the capital.
August 23 Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson has called for the United States to assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, calling him "a terrific danger" bent on exporting Communism and Islamic extremism across the Americas. "If he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it," Robertson told viewers on his "The 700 Club" show Monday. "It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war." [More>>cnn.com; See cnn.com update, "US dismisses Chavez assassination call."
08.23.05 Unfinished draft of constitution submitted in tense Iraq
BAGHDAD / WASHINGTON, August 23 An incomplete draft of new constitution was submitted minutes before Mondayıs midnight deadline, Iraqi National Assembly Speaker Hajem Al Hassani announced. The 72-member constitution committee will have another three days to debate the unresolved details of the structure of federalism in the document, he said. The interim National Assembly will meet to consider the final draft after the new three-day deadline passes. ³God willing, we will convene within the next three days to finish this issue once and for all,² Al Hassani said. Some Sunni members of the drafting committee remain opposed to the degree of power that the constitution would give to provincial governments. [More>>khaleejtimes.com; See related article, thestar.com.my, "Iraq's Sunnis aim to defeat constitution in vote." : Iraq's once-dominant Sunni Arab community was left with a stark choice on Tuesday rally behind a Shi'ite-Kurdish draft constitution within 72 hours, or try to defeat it at a referendum in October. With all sides digging in their heels, a deal by Thursday looked highly unlikely and a battle loomed over the referendum, in which Sunni "No" votes could block the adoption of the charter. An Iraqi man tears an advertising poster, calling for Iraqis to register for the constitutional referendum, as Iraqi Sunnis demonstrate against the draft constitution in the city of Ad Dawr near Tikrit, 175 km north of Baghdad, August 23, 2005. (REUTERS/Amir Al-Amori)
08.23.05 Triple car bombs hit US troops in Iraq
RAMADI, August 23 Three car bombs exploded in quick succession near US forces in Ramadi, west of Baghdad, on Tuesday in an apparently coordinated strike by insurgents, police and witnesses said. In the first blast, a car blew up as a U.S. convoy was passing through the center of the Sunni Arab city, police said. One U.S. army vehicle was damaged in the explosion and three Iraqi bystanders were wounded, the police said. It was not clear if any U.S. troops were wounded or killed in the attack. [More>>jang.com.pk]
08.23.05 Exclusive: Illegal settlements are next
August 23 Israel is likely to begin dismantling unauthorized settlements in the West Bank within 90 days of the evacuation of the northern Samaria settlements, a senior government official told The Jerusalem Post. According to the official, the evacuation of the Gaza settlements has "changed the rules of the game," both in regard to Israel's expected reaction to any Palestinian terrorist attacks which Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has said would be harsher than in the past and also in regard to the unauthorized settlements. The official referred to a "momentum" that had been established over the last few days that the IDF was keen to capitalize upon. A few months ago, before the Gaza evacuation, dismantling the outposts appeared to some as an almost inconceivable task.[ More>>Jerusalem Post]
08.23.05 China's $4.18 billion bid for oil firm accepted
August 23 The nation's largest oil and gas producer, China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), yesterday reached an initial agreement with PetroKazakhstan Inc. to buy the Canadian-registered company for $4.18 billion, topping the bid from an Indian rival. "CNPC, through its wholly owned subsidiary China National Petroleum Corporation International (CNPCI), has participated in acquiring PetroKazakhstan (PK)," the Beijing-based oil giant said in a statement yesterday...The deal is expected to close in October, said the Calgary-based oil company, which produces 7 million tons of crude oil annually. [Full story>>chinadaily.com.cn]
08.23.05 Southern China on high alert as pig disease spreads
August 23 China's far south is on high alert after one person was killed and three were infected by a pig-borne disease that has killed nearly 40 in the southwest, Reuters cited Xinhua News Agency as reported. The latest victim of the disease, caused by the Streptococcus suis bacterium, had handled infected pork, Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday. The three infected patients, all butchers, also likely had contact with tainted meat. [More>>chinadaily.com.cn]
The movement begun by Cindy Sheehan's establishment of Camp Casey neighboring the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas is at a new crossroad.
An opposing group, "Against Cindy Sheehan," just departed in a caravan from San Francisco to tour California and then lodge against Sheehan. There is some question as to whether lying by the president of the United States is an acceptable model of democracy. It may be that the "Against Cindy Sheehan" caravan will have some new precepts justifying deception as a normal means of leadership in America and how that example will bring freedom to the world. In the Maravot News8.20.05 issue we also address the consequences of deception by leaders elected by the people. The foundation acknowledged by Cicero, " Leaders have an obligation to tell the people what they have a right to know," is the crux of the issue here.
The Camp Casey movement plans a march on Washington D.C. September 24-26. More alliances are being formed and the latest effort is a petition, "A people's petition for an Iraq Peace Process."
08.23.05 Bush: Iraq withdrawal would weaken US
DONNELLY, Idaho (AP) August 23 President Bush charged Tuesday that anti-war protesters like Cindy Sheehan who want troops brought home immediately do not represent the views of most U.S. military families and are "advocating a policy that would weaken the United States."
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 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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