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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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09.18.05 Blair 'relished sending British forces to war'
September 18 For the full article and the serialisation of the most explosive political diaries since Alan Clark buy the Mail on Sunday An explosive political row erupted last night after Downing Street tried to censor a book by one of Tony Blair's most senior former aides, revealing shocking details of how the Prime Minister runs the country.
Two leaked letters obtained by The Mail on Sunday show how the diaries by respected former BBC journalist Price have thrown the Government into a panic. The first, sent by Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell to Price's publishers nine days ago, angrily accuses him of "betrayal" for refusing to be gagged. [More>>dailymail.co.uk]
09.17.05 Annan warns world of nuclear brinkmanship
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) September 17 UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, highlighting the growing threat of the spread of nuclear weapons and terrorism, warned the world on Saturday of the danger of "diplomatic brinkmanship." He was addressing the U.N. General Assembly session hours before Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was to unveil new proposals intended to ally international suspicions about Tehran's secretive nuclear program.
09.17.05 Has the world become revolted against Bush Bullying?
SAN FRANCISCO, September 17 (Maravot News, Mel Copeland, editorial) I received an email on the speech by Hu Jintao, President of China at the UN, which the email entitled, "A message of hope." Maravot News records news trends (those that will end up in the history books) and the email prompted the following answer: Thanks for the message. I saw it and thought about reporting it at Maravot News (China Daily and Xinhua are links in my sidebar, among many), but the President of Korea's speech carried the same conclusion: that a new era is before us, a trend reacting against Bush Bullying around the world. George W. Bush has sullied the US image so badly that new alliances have formed whose intentions are to create a new world order outside of the US. I have reported, for instance, on China's purchase of two new oil companies and she negotiated oil development rights with Venezuela and recently Ecuador. China has been busy in other countries in South America as well. (A late report: "China sets up new oil company.") India also has been quite active and she stands in the middle of the diplomatic battle between the two of driving the economy of this new world order. It is a competition between China and India. On the sidelines Pakistan is trying to continue a peace incentive with India while maintaining a good standing with the Bush administration. Pakistan gets F-16 fighters from the US to India's consternation but advocates for Iranian nuclear power plant development, defying US objections. South Korea is in a similar position as Pakistan on the Eastern Front, where hopes are that both Koreas will one day merge back together. China is the broker in the deal, and nuclear proliferation is the wild card being played by North Korea (as is Iran's today's reports at the UN reveal dismay that the Iranian president offered to spread nuclear technology to other Islamic nations, and another story has Rice again condemning Iran for developing nuclear capabilities). Today, Rice also repeated the US position that it is not against Iran's peaceful use of nuclear energy. Yet, using power politics she threatened Pakistan and India in not developing a pipeline from Iran through Pakistan to India and China. The threat has been ignored and the three are proceeding with the pipeline. [More>>Maravot News page 2]
September 16 In response to Maravot News inquiry Senator Feinstein offered this reply which included her statement on the floor of September 8, 2005. Senator Feinstein was formerly the Mayor of San Francisco and has experience both on the local and Federal levels. She reviews various aspects of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, as they became unveiled in the news media, and she provides recommendations which would appear to be a good outline as agenda for a 9/11-type commission to investigate this national disaster. While several organizations (many focusing through
Statement of Senator Dianne Feinstein
Mrs. FEINSTEIN: Mr. President, I come to the floor today heart-sick to speak about the absolute devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. This tragedy represents the worst natural disaster in our nation's history.
September 16 Steve Connor, Science Editor for The Independent : A record loss of sea ice in the Arctic this summer has convinced scientists that the northern hemisphere may have crossed a critical threshold beyond which the climate may never recover. Scientists fear that the Arctic has now entered an irreversible phase of warming which will accelerate the loss of the polar sea ice that has helped to keep the climate stable for thousands of years.
September 16 Efforts to recover from Hurricane Katrina offer the nation the opportunity to bridge the racial and economic divide that became painfully visible during the immediate aftermath of the storm, President Bush said during a national prayer service Friday. "Americans of every race and religion were touched by this storm, yet of the greatest hardship fell upon citizens already facing lives of struggle -- the elderly, the vulnerable and the poor," Bush told those gathered at the National Cathedral in Washington. "And this poverty has roots in generations of discrimination and segregation that closed many doors of opportunity."
09.16.05 Indonesia confirms fourth human death from bird flu virus; warns more likely
JAKARTA (Agencies) September 16 Indonesia on Friday confirmed its fourth human death from the bird flu virus, and warned that more cases in the sprawling country were inevitable. The woman, aged 37, died at a private hospital in South Jakarta last Saturday evening after being admitted there on Sept. 6 in a serious condition.
09.16.05 Sharon snubs Blair over war crime warrants
September 16 Ariel Sharon, the Israeli Prime Minister, has confronted Tony Blair about recent attempts by British human rights lawyers to have senior Israeli Defence Force generals arrested as they arrive in the UK, it was reported today. Israeli newspapers reported that the two men met on the sidelines of the UN summit in New York yesterday and Mr. Blair extended an invitation to his counterpart to visit the UK.
09.16.05 Candidate gunned down in Afghan vote countdown
KABUL (AFP) September 16 Less than 48 hours before Afghanistan¹s first parliamentary elections for a generation, a seventh candidate was on Friday reported killed by Taleban militants, underlining concerns that violence would mar the polls. Armed men dragged national assembly candidate Abdul Hadi from his house in Hazarjoft, a district in the restive southern province of Helmand, and gunned him down late on Thursday, provincial spokesman Mohammed Wali told AFP. ³It is the work of the enemies of Afghanistan,² Wali said.
09.16.05 US threatens North Korea with assets freeze
BEIJING (Reuters) September 16 The United States threatened to freeze North Korean assets if the reclusive state did not toe the line in talks aimed at ending its nuclear weapons programme and said it wanted to see progress within five days.
09.16.05 Iraq rebels kill worshippers outside mosque
TUZ KHURMATU, Iraq (AFP) September 16 A suicide car bomber killed 10 Shia worshippers as they left on Friday prayers in central Iraq, bringing the death toll to more than 20 on a third straight day of anti-Shia violence, police said. Police said the bomber blew himself up outside the Al-Rasul Al-Aadham mosque in Tuz Kurmatu, some 170 kilometres (105 miles) north of Baghdad, and that they had arrested a second man about to carry out an attack.
09.16.05 Yushchenko: Fired PM may have used office to wipe out $1.5 billion debt
KIEV, September 13 Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko may have abused office by arranging to wipe out $1.5 billion debt that her now-defunct company owed the state, President Viktor Yushchenko told The Associated Press Tuesday. The allegations were made in response to charges by Tymoshenko that Yushchenko's top aides, such as Petro Poroshenko, the national security chief, have been using powers for personal gain.
NEW YORK, September 16 President Roh Moo-hyun yesterday stressed the world must eradicate the legacies of imperialism and avoid "great power politics" in international affairs during his speech before the U.N. World Summit in New York. He called for the multinational body to undergo reform underscoring the importance of it regaining moral authority.
09.15.05 Bombs kill at least 31 after Baghdad's deadliest day
BAGHDAD (AP) September 15 Two suicide car bombers struck within a minute of each other and just a kilometre apart in south Baghdad shortly before noon on Thursday, killing at least seven policemen and raising the day¹s bombing death toll in the capital to at least 31. Earlier on Thursday, the day¹s first suicide car bombing killed sixteen policemen and five civilians in the same neighborhood, signaling a new round bomb violence one day after residents suffered through Baghdad¹s bloodiest day of the war.
KANSAS CITY, Mo., September 15 When forced to decide between caring for her 18-month-old granddaughter while the toddler's parents were stranded in New Orleans or showing up for her job, Barbara Roberts chose to be a grandma. For that, she was fired.
09.15.05 Pakistan busts biggest Al-Qaeda base in tribal region
PESHAWAR, September 15 Pakistan has busted the biggest Al-Qaeda base in the tribal zone of North Waziristan and recovered 15 truckloads of arms and ammunition, a general said on Thursday. The militant den was in a madrassa and a nearby compound owned by the son of a former minister of the hard line Taliban regime that ruled Afghanistan until late 2001, Lieutenant General Safdar Hussain told reporters. He said the owner, Sirajuddin Haqqani, whom he described as a senior Al-Qaeda insurgent, managed to escape from a nearby hideout, which was also raided. "We have recovered 15 truckloads of ammunition and weapons from there and arms and ammunition are still being recovered," he said.
09.15.05 Israel fears unfettered Al-Qaida infiltration into Gaza Strip
September 15 Border Policemen and Israel Defense Forces trackers in the southern Negev region early Thursday morning arrested 20 Palestinians residents of the Gaza Strip attempting to infiltrate into Israel along the border with Egypt. The Palestinians, who were arrested in three different incidents, said they exited the Strip through the Philadelphi route which borders with Egypt, and where Palestinians have been able to cross unhindered in and out of Egypt since Israel completed its withdrawal from Gaza.
09.15.05 US jets bomb Ramadi
September 15 US warplanes have bombed targets in the Iraqi town of Ramadi while US forces have clashed with fighters in the city, Aljazeera is reporting. US jets struck al-Bufarraj and Sufiya areas in Ramadi city at around 7.30am (0430 GMT) on Thursday, wounding an unknown number of civilians, independent Iraqi journalist Muhammad Hassan said. Fierce clashes erupted following the raids in the eastern gate of Ramadi, near the US military headquarters and in the big mosque area in the city centre. A US military base, nicknamed "the southern palace", in western Ramadi, also came under mortar attack, Hassan told Aljazeera. [More>>aljazeera.net]
09.15.05 Indian state moves to evacuate 100,000 in flood alert
MUMBAI, Maharashtra, India, September 15 The Indian state of Maharashtra issued a flood alert and moved to evacuate 100,000 people Thursday as heavy rains and water released from a dam swamped large parts of its eastern regions. More than 1,000 people died in the western state in August after record monsoon rains which caused widespread flooding and massive water damage to state capital Mumbai, India's financial centre. The area, 400 kilometres (250 miles) east of Mumbai, has been lashed by heavy rains over the past two days. The situation worsened after water was released from the Raju Sagar dam in neighboring Madhya Pradesh state to ease rising reservoir levels. [jang.com.pk]
09.15.05 Iran offers atomic know-how to Islamic states
TEHRAN (Reuters) September 15 Iran is ready to share its nuclear technology with other Islamic countries, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying on Thursday. ³The Islamic republic never seeks weapons of mass destruction and with respect to the needs of Islamic countries, we are ready to transfer nuclear know-how to these countries,² the official IRNA news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.
09.15.05 Japanese citizens missing in Hurricane Katrina area
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, September 15 A total of 156 Japanese nationals have been unaccounted for in Mississippi and Louisiana due to Hurricane Katrina which devastated the Gulf region in the United States, the Japanese Consulate General in Houston said Wednesday. [More>>japantoday.com]
09.15.05 Court tells Israel to reroute part of West Bank barrier
JERUSALEM (Reuters) September 15 Israel's top court ordered the government on Thursday to reroute part of its West Bank barrier to reduce Palestinian hardship, a ruling that could force it to remove a section already built on occupied land.
WASHINGTON (AP) September 14 The floodwaters in New Orleans still pose a health risk because of dangerous levels of sewage-related bacteria and toxic chemicals, according to government test results released Wednesday. A minimal number of air pollutants, such as methanol, isobutylene and freon have been found but at levels that officials don't believe pose health risks.
09.14.05 Chinese group buys Ecuador oil assets
(Reuters) September 14 EnCana Corp. is selling its oil assets in Ecuador to a Chinese consortium for US$1.42 billion in a deal it said reflects more its own plans to focus on North America than the Andean country's political instability, Reuters reported. The deal with a consortium led by Chinese giant CNPC leaves rival Indian bidder ONGC out in the cold on a major deal for the second time in less than a month. The two nations are locked in an intensifying battle for oil assets to fuel their booming economies. Encana has been trying to sell the assets for more than a year, but was holding out for a better price.
09.14.05 European Commission does not object to construction of North European Pipeline
BRUSSELS (RIA Novosti) September 14 The European Commission indirectly supported Wednesday the construction of the North European Pipeline between Russia and Germany. Francoise Le Bail, the spokeswoman for the European Commission, said Russia lacked developed infrastructure in the energy sphere and anything that was done to ease this problem could be called a good cause.
09.14.05 Bombs, gunmen kill over 150 in Baghdad
BAGHDAD (Reuters) September 14 A suicide bomber lured a crowd of Shia day labourers to his minivan and blew it up in Baghdad on Wednesday, killing 114 people and wounding more than 156 in Iraq¹s second deadliest bombing since the war began. The bomber drew the men to his vehicle with promises of work before detonating the bomb, which contained up to 500 pounds (220 kg) of explosives, an Interior Ministry source said. Another car bomber blew himself up in northern Baghdad, killing 11 people lined up to refill gas canisters, as a wave of bombings rocked the capital. Gunmen also dragged 17 people from their homes and killed them in Taji, a northern suburb. More than 150 people were killed in all the attacks, which police said appeared to have been carefully orchestrated. ³It has been a hectic day with bombs exploding across Baghdad. It is highly likely that these attacks were coordinated,² a police official told Reuters. Iraq¹s Al Qaeda claimed it was waging a nationwide suicide bombing campaign to avenge a military offensive on a rebel town. [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
09.14.05 Taliban kill seven, Afghan official says
September 14 Taliban rebels have reportedly shot dead seven Afghan civilians after finding a registration document for Sunday's milestone elections in their car, according to a provincial governor. The attack on Tuesday in the central province of Uruzgan is the latest in a wave of violence in the run-up to the parliamentary and provincial council polls that has left more than 1000 people dead this year. Governor Jan Mohammad Khan said the fighters stopped a vehicle with seven people inside in Gizab district. "They searched everybody, and found an official document, a car registration for election day, on one of them. Then the Taliban killed the seven people," Khan said.
09.14.05 Syria facing isolation over Iraq and Lebanon
September 14 US President George W. Bush warned Syria on Tuesday that it faces growing isolation because of its failure to stop foreign fighters entering Iraq and its actions in Lebanon. "These people are coming from Syria into Iraq and killing a lot of innocent people," Bush told reporters following a meeting at the White House with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. "They're trying to kill our folks as well.
09.14.05 Another embassy bomber gets death penalty
JAKARTA (Agencies) September 14 The South Jakarta district court sentenced to death Ahmad Hasan for his involvement in a deadly bombing at the Australian Embassy last year. It was the second death sentence in two days over the Sept. 9 attack which killed 12 people including the suicide bomber.
09.14.05 'Afghan commanders let bin Laden escape'
KABUL (Reuters) September 14 Osama bin Laden was provided safe passage to Pakistan in 2001 by Afghan commanders paid by Al Qaeda and sympathetic to its cause, a senior Afghan official told Reuters on Wednesday. Lutfullah Mashal, Afghanistan¹s Interior Ministry spokesman, said commanders helped the Al Qaeda leader escape from the Tora Bora mountains as US warplanes and Afghan forces attacked his hideout near the Pakistan border in late 2001. ²The help was provided because of monetary aid availed by Al Qaeda and also partly because of ideological issues,² Mashal said.
09.14.05 Militants blow Gaza barrier
September 15 Hamas militants blew a gaping hole overnight in a concrete barrier on the Gaza Strip's southern border, enabling Palestinians to continue surging into Egypt despite pledges to restore order, witnesses said. Under pressure from Israel, Egyptian authorities set a new deadline for all Palestinians to return to the Gaza side after revealing they had uncovered a tunnel stashed with weapons on the border.
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.
08.25.05 The photos Washington doesn't want you to see
August 25 Gary Kamiya offers a report everyone concerned about the cost of Iraq should examine : The grim reality of Iraq rarely appears in the American press. A photo gallery reveals the war's horrible human toll. This is a war the Bush administration does not want Americans to see. From the beginning, the U.S. government has attempted to censor information about the Iraq war, prohibiting photographs of the coffins of U.S. troops returning home and refusing as a matter of policy to keep track of the number of Iraqis who have been killed. President Bush has yet to attend a single funeral of a soldier killed in Iraq. Click here on a disturbing photo gallery, salon.com via spiegel.de; you may wish to compare these photos to this or this: the photo of a girl running from a napalm attack in Vietnam (from bbc.co.uk). The photo from the Vietnam era is of "Kim, her skin is burned so badly...
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.
09.11.09 When a nation lacks a competent leader it invites disaster the legacy of Bush
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