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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9.05.06 Four dead in Lebanon 'assasination' bid
September 5 Four people have been killed and four others wounded in what is believed to be an assassination attempt on a leading Lebanese intelligence officer. A remote-controlled bomb exploded on Tuesday morning as a two-vehicle convoy carrying Lieutenant-Colonel Samir Shehade, from the interior ministry's intelligence branch, passed through the Sidon area in southern Lebanon, Aljazeera's correspondent Bushra Abdul Samad said. The four killed were bodyguards and aides to Shehade, an officer who was instrumental in the investigation into the assassination of Rafiq al-Hariri, a former Lebanese prime minister, in February 2005. In August last year, Shehade was involved in the arrest of four pro-Syrian Lebanese generals on suspicion of involvement in the death of al-Hariri. [More>>aljazeera.net]
9.05.06 Iraq parliament to debate federal break-up
BAGHDAD (AFP) September 5 Iraq's parliament reopened Tuesday after a month-long recess marred by mounting sectarian violence, with deputies slated to discuss breaking up the country into semi-independent regions. At the top of the agenda was the controversial issue of whether to allow Iraq's provinces to merge into larger autonomous regions, a move that some Sunni Arab lawmakers fear could tear the country apart. Other groups, however, strongly support a plan that would create virtually independent zones in the oil-rich Shiite south and Kurdish north, and leave the Sunnis economically isolated in the barren western desert. [More>>metimes.com]
9.05.06 Palestinians storm parliament in Gaza over salaries
GAZA CITY, Gaza (AFP) September 5 Thousands of armed demonstrators broke into a government compound in Gaza Tuesday, smashing windows in a violent protest on the fourth day of a strike called by President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction over non-payment of civil service salaries. Chanting Abbas' widely-used moniker "Abu Mazen! Abu Mazen!" the protestors broke into the courtyard of the compound that houses the parliament building, firing shots into the air from automatic rifles. They also pelted windows in the parliament building with stones before heading toward Abbas' residence in the city. [More>>metimes.com]
9.05.06 NATO troops kill up to 60 Taliban in Afghanistan
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) September 5 NATO and Afghan forces have killed up to 60 Taliban rebels in fighting in southern Afghanistan. "We have killed 50 to 60 Taliban over the course of 24 hours," NATO spokesman Major Quentin Innis told AFP on Tuesday. Most of the rebels were killed when they attempted to flee an area in Kandahar province's Pashmol district near Panjwayi, where NATO and Afghan forces have been hunting them since Saturday, the spokesman said. [More>>turkishpress.com]
9.05.06 New oil field in Gulf may yield billions of barrels
September 5 What could be a major discovery of domestic oil in the Gulf of Mexico was announced today by a trio of companies led by Chevron Corporation. The discovery, in the deepest water yet explored in the Gulf, could be the biggest domestic oil field since the northern Alaska field opened a generation ago. The news pushed the price of crude oil to a five-month low of $68.38 a barrel in midday trading, although tensions in the Middle East and the threat from hurricanes remained as concerns for traders. The new fieldıs location near the coast of the United States makes it particularly attractive, said J. Larry Nichols, the chairman of Devon Energy Corporation of Oklahoma City, which holds a 25 percent interest in the find. The discovery ³could not have happened in a better place,² he said in a news conference. [More>>nytimes.com]
9.03.06 Capture a 'severe blow' to al Qaeda in Iraq
BAGHDAD (CNN) September 3 Al Qaeda's number two operative in Iraq, Hamed Juma Faris al-Suaidi, has been arrested, the US military and Iraq's national security adviser announced Sunday. Al-Suaidi, also known as Abu Rana and Abu Humam, is said to be No. 2 in the terrorist group al Qaeda in Iraq, behind Abu Ayyub al-Masri. Al-Masri succeeded Abu Musab al-Zarqawi after he was killed during a US airstrike in June. "This is a very important development," Iraq's Planning Minister Barham Salih told CNN. "It comes in the wake of killing of Zarqawi and also a number of Zarqawi associates. Deliberate intelligence work both by Iraqi forces and as well as multinational forces have dealt a very severe blow to al Qaeda organization in Iraq."
9.03.06 NATO reports 200 Taliban killed in Afghanistan
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, September 3 Afghan and NATO forces killed more than 200 Taliban fighters in a major operation in southern Afghanistan, NATO said Sunday. Four soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed and seven others were wounded in the fighting in Kandahar province, a statement from the alliance said. "Reports indicate that more than 200 Taliban fighters have been killed since Operation Medusa began early Saturday morning. This figure was arrived at by reviewing information from ISAF surveillance and reconnaissance assets operating in Panjwayi and Zhari districts, as well as information reported by various Afghan officials and citizens living nearby," it said.
9.03.06 Annan tells Iran Holocaust is undeniable
TEHRAN (Reuters) September 3 UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan told Iranians the Holocaust was "an undeniable historical fact" on Sunday after meeting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who caused outrage in the West when he said it was a "myth." Annan also condemned an exhibition of Holocaust cartoons in Tehran that was staged by an Iranian newspaper in retaliation for the September publication of caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Mohammad in Danish and other European newspapers. Those drawings angered many Muslims and prompted attacks on European embassies, including missions in Iran. "I think all of us in this room remember the uproar the Danish cartoons created particularly in this region," Annan said, adding that the right to freedom of expression had to be exercised with sensitivity and responsibility.
9.03.06 Crime boss brokered nuclear-delivery missile sale to Iran
September 3 The British government was warned more than two years ago that Iran had illegally acquired a missile system capable of carrying nuclear warheads. It has emerged that a foreign government delivered the warning to Britain in early 2004. Separately, it has been disclosed that the system was sold to Iran by a former senior member of the Ukrainian security service. The deal was brokered by an organized crime boss and, it is feared, contributed to the Iranian nuclear programme that is now the subject of an international confrontation.
9.03.06 Al-Qaeda deputy urges Americans to convert to Islam
DUBAI (AFP) September 3 Al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri urged Americans to convert to Islam in a video featuring a converted US national sought by the FBI, who spoke particularly to American soldiers, but the US said it reflected the terrorists' "twisted view of Islam."
"Our brother Azzam the American is trying to lead his own (people) from obscurity towards the light. Listen to him," insisted Zawahiri, who wore a white tunic and turban. In an Arabic translation of a poorly audible English statement, a man previously identified by the FBI as Adam Yahiye Gadahn said: "I call on all Americans and other infidels to embrace Islam." Gadahn, who recited Koranic verses in fluent Arabic, was also dressed in white tunic and turban. "I call especially on those who have fought for the illusory Crusader plan of (US President George W.) Bush in Afghanistan, Iraq and everywhere else, to convert to Islam," he said. "Time is running out. Choose the right path before it is too late, before you meet the sad end that thousands have (already) known," Gadahn added.
...In May 2004, then US attorney general John Ashcroft said Gadahn was an Al-Qaeda supporter who translated documents for the group. Last September, in a video broadcast by US television network ABC, he threatened Al-Qaeda terror attacks on Los Angeles, California and Melbourne, Australia. The video shown Saturday was entitled "An invitation to Islam" and produced by Al-Sahab, which specialises in recordings for militant Islamist groups, and Al-Qaeda in particular. [Full story>>turkishpress.com ; See also msnbc.msn.com]
Editorial note: The new message of Islam: Convert or die! It appears that the new message of Islam is "Convert or die." The message can be answered by Christians by asking the Islamic "teacher" to open the Koran and read the verse that acknowledges Jesus Christ as the Messiah:
Christ is the Greek word for Messiah, the Hebrew term applied exclusively in the Old Testament and New Testament meaning "anointed one." The Koran repeats in many passages that it was written to confirm that the Jewish Scriptures (Old Testament) are true. The Old Testament and in particular Christ advocated "loving one another and forgiveness." The murder of those who do not believe in the scriptures was certainly not part of the message of the Bible. Since God cannot contradict himself, the only way to reconcile the Koran is to accept the Bible as truth. But the teachers of the Koran don't understand this, nor do they understand the common Arabic and Hebrew term, "Messiah." See Why the Crusade & Jihad?
9.02.06 Kidnappers of Fox reporters vow to target any 'infidel' visiting Palestinian areas
(AP) September 2 Palestinian militants who held two Fox News journalists hostage for almost two weeks threatened in an online message to abduct non-Muslims visiting the Palestinian territories and kill them unless their demands were met. The statement, posted Saturday in the name of the Holy Jihad Brigades on a Web site frequently used by militants, said the group would kill any hostages it takes unless they converted to Islam, paid a ransom or Muslim prisoners were exchanged for their release. "Any infidel blood will have no sanctity," the group said in a new Web statement. Either Islam, death or something given in return, the group added, apparently referring to a ransom or a swap for prisoners. [More>>haaretz.com]
9.02.06 Asian pilgrims killed as Pentagon warns of Iraq civil war
BAGHDAD (AFP) September 2 Iraqi insurgents slaughtered 14 south Asian Shiite pilgrims and 18 Iraqi civilians after the Pentagon warned that the country was close to falling into a sectarian war. Suspected Sunni gunmen dragged a group of Pakistani and Indian travellers off a bus crossing the desert towards the Shiite holy city of Karbala and shot dead 11 Pakistani and three Indian men. "They were coming in a big bus with children and women. The attackers freed the women and children and shot dead the men, execution-style," said interior ministry spokesman Brigadier General Abdul Karim Khalaf Saturday. Karbala city health director Salim Kadhim confirmed the death toll, and said the bus had taken a route past Ramadi, a stronghold of Sunni Arab rebels, who are often blamed for murderous attacks against Iraq's Shiite majority. [More>>turkishpress.com]
9.02.06 UN warns of soaring Afghan opium
September 2 Poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is expected to soar by 59% this year, providing 92% of the world's supply of opium, the United Nations says. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime predicted a 6,100-tonne harvest of opium, with much of the rise coming in Taleban strongholds in the south. The US is the main backer of a huge drive to rid Afghanistan of opium. But a top US drugs official warned on Saturday Afghanistan could be "taken down by this whole drug problem." The $2.7bn drugs trade accounts for about a third of Afghanistan's economy. The Vienna-based Office on Drugs and Crime said in its report that poppy cultivation in Helmand province alone, which has seen a sharp rise in Taleban-led attacks on international troops, had risen by 162% since last year. [More>>bbc.co.uk ; See related story, thenews.com.pk, September 2, "Peace agreement signed in N. Waziristan" :MIRAN SHAH: In the North Waziristan, the political administration and local Taliban signed Saturday a peace agreement. The agreement was prompted by a 'Grand Jirga' established for the upkeep of peace in Waziristan...
9.02.06 Fourteen terror suspects arrested in London
September 2 Police have arrested 14 men following anti-terror raids in south and east London. The men were arrested late last night and in the early hours of today on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. Searches are being carried out at homes in south, east and north London, Scotland Yard said. The suspects are in custody at a central London police station...the arrests were not linked to the recent alleged plot to blow up transatlantic airliners or the July 7 bombings in London. [Full story>>independent.co.uk]
9.02.06 Iraqi casualties are up sharply, study finds
WASHINGTON, September 2 Iraqi casualties soared by more than 50 percent in recent months, the product of spiraling sectarian clashes and a Sunni-based insurgency that remains ³potent and viable,² the Pentagon said in its latest comprehensive assessment of security in Iraq. During the period from the establishment of the new Iraqi government on May 20 until Aug. 11, the average number of weekly attacks jumped to almost 800. That was a substantial increase from earlier this year and almost double the number of the first part of 2004.
9.01.06 Sunni, Shiite factions carve up Baghdad
BAGHDAD (AP) September 1 Four years ago this was a city where people mixed freely where, in most parts of town, no one cared if a neighborhood was majority Sunni or Shiite. Loyalty to Saddam Hussein was more important than religious identity. But now a battle for Baghdad is well under way between the two major Muslim sects. Death squads are slaughtering people daily, and an estimated 160,000 Iraqis have fled their homes mostly here in the capital. Out of that violence, a new but not better city is emerging. Many Iraqis fear that the result will be a Sunni west and a Shiite east, with the broad Tigris River snaking through the middle as the sectarian boundary.
9.01.06 'Pakistan hiding Osama to bargain with US'
AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN BORDER (AP) September 1 The al-Qaeda terror camps are gone from Afghanistan, but the enigma of Osama bin Laden still hangs over these lawless borderlands where tens of thousands of US and Pakistani troops have spent nearly five years searching for him. Villagers say the CIA missed by only a few kilometres when it targeted bin Laden's top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, with a missile strike in January. Then in May, US Special Forces arrested one of al-Zawahri's closest aides, suggesting the trail has not gone entirely cold.
9.01.06 Scores die in Baghdad rocket attacks
September 1 At least 46 people have been killed in a series of rocket attacks on homes and shopping areas in a Shia area of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Police sources said more than 100 people were wounded during the near-simultaneous strikes on Thursday evening and the death toll was expected to rise as bodies were pulled from the rubble. "Buildings have been flattened... and there are still people trapped," a police officer said, adding that a final death toll was unlikely to be known until daylight. [More>>aljazeera.net ; See also metimes.com (AFP) September 1, "Shiites warn against revenge after Baghdad bloodbath" : BAGHDAD Muslim preachers warned worshipers Friday against carrying out reprisals that could push Iraq into civil war, after bombs and mortar shells killed 67 civilians in Shiite areas of Baghdad. More than 400 Iraqis were killed this week as a surge of violence raged around Iraq, including scores slaughtered in insurgent bombings in Shiite markets and neighborhoods of the strife-torn capital...
9.01.06 Kurdish leader bans Iraqi flag
ARBIL, Iraq, September 1 The leader of northern Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region has ordered officials not to fly the Iraqi national flag, in a further sign of the country's separatist tensions. "According to the Kurdistan Administration of Iraq's decree number 60, we decide to hoist the flag of Iraqi Kurdistan officially on all offices and government institutions in the Kurdistan region," a statement from Kurdish president Massud Barzani's office in Arbil said Friday. The order said that "regions in Iraq's Kurdistan which have been hoisting the Baathist flag should lower it and hoist only the Kurdistan flag." Iraq's Kurdish minority associates Iraq's red, white and black banner with the ousted leader Saddam Hussein's hated Baath party, although it has been retained as the national flag by the post-Saddam government in Baghdad. [More>>turkishpress.com]
9.01.06 In latest push, Bush cites risk in quitting Iraq
SALT LAKE CITY, August 31 President Bush said Thursday that withdrawing now from Iraq would leave Americans at risk of terrorist attacks "in the streets of our own cities," and he cast the struggle against Islamic extremists as the costly but necessary successor to the battles of the last century against Nazism and Communism. ³The war we fight today is more than a military conflict,"ı Mr. Bush said in a speech to veterans at an American Legion convention here. "It is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century."
9.01.06 Annan wins Assad pledge to deny arms to Hezbollah
DAMASCAS (AFP) September 1 UN chief Kofi Annan said on Friday he has won a Syrian pledge to respect an arms embargo against militant group Hezbollah, on the latest leg of a Middle East tour aimed at shoring up a truce in Lebanon. Syria President Bashar Al Assad, whose country is widely believed to funnel arms to the Lebanese Shia group, vowed to help implement UN Security Council Resolution 1701, he said.
9.01.06 California sets global example with historic deal to reduce emissions
September 1 The state of California is embarking on a ground-breaking effort to curb global warming, following an agreement between Arnold Schwarzenegger, the state's movie star Republican Governor, and the Democrat-dominated state legislature, to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 per cent by 2020. The agreement, the result of months of fractious negotiation and considerable bad blood between Mr. Schwarzenegger and his fellow Republicans, sets California far apart from the Bush administration, which has rejected the Kyoto Protocol and questioned the very existence of global warming.
8.31.06 UN chief in Syria, blasts Israel over cluster bombs
DAMASCUS (AFP) August 31 UN chief Kofi Annan lambasted Israel Thursday for using cluster bombs during its war with Hezbollah as he arrived in Syria for talks on shoring up the truce in Lebanon. "Those kinds of weapons shouldn't be used in civilian and populated areas ... and [we need to] move very quickly to disarm them," Annan said in Jordan, before heading off to Syria, the main backer of Hezbollah along with Iran.
8.31.06 Explosions kill more than 40 Iraqis
August 31 More than 40 people have been killed in bomb attacks in Iraq, including 24 at a busy market in Baghdad. Police said that at least 24 people were killed and 35 wounded in a roadside bomb attack at the popular central Baghdad market of Shorja on Wednesday. A bomb in the nearby Karrada district killed two people and wounded 21 around the same time. A bomb went off near a busy petrol station, drawing a police unit in response. Five officers were then wounded in a second explosion, when a car bomb detonated. [More>>aljazeera.net]
8.31.06 Bombing spree in Thailand's south kills 1
BANGKOK (DPA) August 31 More than a dozen bombs were set off simultaneously Thursday at banks in Yala and Betong cities, two commercial centres in Thailand's troubled deep South, killing at least one people and injuring 20, officials said. "There were 10 explosions at 11:30 a.m. [0430 GMT] at banks in Yala and another five at banks in Betong, which killed at least two people," said Army Colonel Somkuan Saengpattalanate, spokesman for the Southern Peacekeeping Command.
8.30.06 Jimmy Carter agrees to meet former Iranian President Khatami
WASHINGTON (Xinhua) August 30 Former US President Jimmy Carter has agreed in principle to meet Iranian ex-President Mohammad Khatami when the former Iranian leader visits the United States this week, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. Carter's term as president was dominated by the rupture in relations following the 1979 Iranian revolution and the takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran, where 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days until the day he left office.
8.30.06 Iraq bombings kill 53 amid surge in bloodshed
BAGHDAD (AFP) August 30 Insurgents killed at least 53 Iraqis and wounded scores more in a series of bombings Wednesday, including one in a crowded Baghdad market and another at a military recruitment center. The blast in the Shurja market left 24 dead and 35 wounded and came just two hours after rebels targeted an Iraqi army recruitment center in the Shiite town of Hilla, south of Baghdad, killing 12 volunteers and wounding 38. The Baghdad market blast came despite a massive security crackdown in the violent Iraqi capital, rattling windows one kilometer (half-a-mile) away as a plume of dust and smoke climbed above the skyline. [More>>metimes.com ; See related story, turkishpress.com, August 30, "Iraqi minister cancels truce with Shiite militia."]
8.30.06 Kurd rebels vow to turn Turkey 'into hell'
August 30 A Kurdish rebel group that claimed responsibility for a string of attacks on Turkish holiday resorts in which three people died and 10 Britons were injured, vowed yesterday to turn Turkey "into hell" as part of their separatist campaign. The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) said on its website that it had carried out the attack on the seaside town of Antalya on Monday, the deadliest of a series of blasts that rocked the country over the weekend. Three people were killed and dozens injured when a bomb ripped through a crowded shopping centre in the centre of the resort, tearing façades off buildings in one of Turkey's most popular holiday destinations.
8.30.06 Amnesty: 'War on terror' spawns new patterns of disappearances
LONDON (AP) August 30 Amnesty International said on Wednesday that the international "war on terror" has led to new patterns of disappearances in South Asia, where authorities are removing suspects secretly and without explanation. The human rights group said in a new report that Pakistan had overseen the "enforced disappearance" of several hundred people as part of the "war on terror," and that the country was broadening its sweep to detain other opponents. In Sri Lanka, the report said, there was a new pattern of state agents seizing opponents, after new emergency regulations giving security forces new powers were introduced a year ago as part of the ³war on terror.²
8.30.06 North Korean leader said to be in China
August 30 North Korean leader Kim Jong-il may currently be in China, news reports said yesterday. Citing unidentified government officials, reports said that the South Korean government received intelligence information that a special North Korean train entered China through the border along the Aprok River. Government officials refused to confirm the reports, saying that they were checking them.
8.30.06 Siniora: Lebanon will be last country to make peace with Israel
August 30 Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said Wednesday that he refused to have any direct contact with Israel, and that Lebanon would be the last Arab country to ever sign a peace deal with it. "Let it be clear, we are not seeking any agreement until there is just and comprehensive peace based on the Arab initiative," he said. Siniora was referring to a plan that came out of a 2002 Arab League summit in Beirut. It calls for Israel to return all territories it conquered in the 1967 Six-Day War, the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital and a solution to the Palestinian refugee problem all in exchange for peace and full normalization of Arab relations with Israel. Israel has long sought a peace deal with Lebanon, but Beirut has hesitated as long as Israel's conflicts with the Palestinians and Syria remained unresolved. [More>>haaretz.com ; See related story, dailystar.com.lb, August 30, "Iranian VP visits Lebanon as aid package takes shape."]
8.30.06 Clerics in India tell Muslims insurance policies are anti-Islamic
LUCKNOW, India (AP) August 30 One of South Asiaıs most influential Islamic seminaries has issued an edict telling Muslims not to buy life insurance policies because they violate Islamic law. Clerics at the Dar-ul-Uloom seminary said Muslims should not invest in life insurance as life is given by Allah and to insure it or assure it, is a crime in the eyes of Allah.
8.30.06 FBI releases crime statistics from across the US
August 30 Preliminary figures from the FBI indicate that, as a whole, law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. reported an 2.5 percent increase in violent crimes in 2005 compared to 2004. These crimes include murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Look up recent violent crime figures from your community. [More>>msnbc.msn.com]
8.29.06 Battle between militia and Iraqi army left 81 dead: officials
BAGHDAD (AFP) August 29 Fighting between Shiite militiamen and Iraqi government troops in the central town of Diwaniyah left at least 81 people dead, according to an AFP tally of official accounts. "We killed 50 gunmen in the clashes and this incident resulted in the deaths of 23 of our soldiers and injuries to 30 of them," Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said in a statement issued as head of the Iraqi armed forces. Diwaniyahıs health director Hamid Jaathi said the townıs two hospitals had also received eight civilian dead and treated 61 wounded bystanders after Mondayıs 12-hour gunbattle between security forces and the Mahdi Army militia.
8.29.06 Annan calls for Hezbollah to free IDF soldiers, Israel to end Lebanon blockade
August 29 ...Annan arrived in Israel on Tuesday afternoon, after a visit to Lebanon during which he called on Hezbollah to free the two IDF soldiers it is holding and for Israel to end the sea and air blockade imposed on Lebanon at the start of the conflict..."We need to resolve the issue of the abducted soldiers very quickly," Annan said. "We need to deal with the lifting of the embargo sea, land and air which for the Lebanese is a humiliation and an infringement on their sovereignty."
8.29.06 Turkey launches manhunt after deadly resort blasts
ANKARA, Turkey (AFP) August 29 Turkish police are hunting for at least two suspects after a powerful explosion killed three people in a popular Mediterranean resort on a second day of attacks against tourist destinations. Monday's blast in Antalya at the height of the tourist season occurred opposite a market near a municipal building in the city's bustling centre, lined with restaurants, cafes and bars. Three Turkish men were killed and 20 others were wounded, one of them critically.
8.29.06 Four dead in Afghanistan blasts
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) August 29 A series of bomb blasts linked to the Taliban killed two civilians and two policemen in southern Afghanistan Tuesday, a day after one of the deadliest suicide attacks of the year. Two of the blasts were targeted at foreign troops helping to round up rebels, including from the extremist Taliban movement ousted in late 2001 and their allies in the Al Qaeda terror network. The first narrowly missed a convoy of Canadian soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) outside the troubled southern city of Kandahar, which has been hit by regular attacks. No soldiers were hurt but two civilians were killed, Navy Lieutenant Sue Stefko said. [More>>metimes.com]
8.29.06 Bush takes 'full responsibility' for Katrina failures
August 29 President Bush visited New Orleans today on the first anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster and said that he took full responsibility for the failures of federal agencies to cope with the catastrophe. In an emotional speech in a New Orleans high school gymnasium, Mr Bush admitted government failures "at all levels" but said that billions of dollars had been assigned for a recovery effort which he likened to rediscovering the soul of New Orleans.
8.29.06 Rumsfeld lashes out at Bush's critics
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) August 29 Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Tuesday accused critics of the Bush administration's Iraq and counterterrorism policies of trying to appease "a new type of fascism." In unusually explicit terms, Rumsfeld portrayed the administration's critics as suffering from ''moral or intellectual confusion'' about what threatens the nation's security and accused them of lacking the courage to fight back. In remarks to several thousand veterans at the American Legion's national convention, Rumsfeld recited what he called the lessons of history, including the failed efforts to appease the Adolf Hitler regime in the 1930s.
8.29.06 Ahmadinejad offers Bush TV debate
August 29 The Iranian president has challenged his US counterpart to a live television debate. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made the offer to George Bush on Tuesday. Thursday is the deadline set by the UN Security Council for Iran to suspend all uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities, and Iran faces possible sanctions if it fails to comply. Ahmadinejad said: "I suggest we talk with Mr. Bush, the president of the United States, in a live television debate about world issues and ways out of these standoffs. We would voice our opinions and they would too. The debate should be uncensored, above all for the American public."
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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