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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9.21.06 Ten 'terrorists' executed in Iraq
September 21 Ten people, officially described as terrorists, sentenced to death for taking part in beheadings and bombings. "According to a judicial decision, 10 'terrorists' of the group led by Sheikh Zhana Abdel Karim Barzanzi were executed today in Arbil," a security official said on Thursday. Barzanzi, a Kurdish graduate in mechanical engineering, was one of the 10 who were convicted in March of leading a cell linked to the Islamist group Ansar al-Sunna. The official said that during their interrogation the group had admitted to beheading people and carrying out bomb attacks in Arbil and Dohuk. In Baghdad, meanwhile, six policemen were killed when their station was hit with mortar and gunfire, also on Thursday. In a separate incident, the US military said an American soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in the capital. [More>>aljazeera.net]
9.21.06 Suits say US impeded audits for oil leases
WASHINGTON, September 21 Four government auditors who monitor leases for oil and gas on federal property say the Interior Department suppressed their efforts to recover millions of dollars from companies they said were cheating the government.The accusations, many of them in four lawsuits that were unsealed last week by federal judges in Oklahoma, represent a rare rebellion by government investigators against their own agency. The auditors contend that they were blocked by their bosses from pursuing more than $30 million in fraudulent underpayments of royalties for oil produced in publicly owned waters in the Gulf of Mexico.
9.20.06 View of earth from Saturn
September 20 (extract of Cassini-Huygens press release) ...Capping off the new batch of observations, Cassini cast its powerful eyes in our direction and captured Earth, a pale blue orb, and a faint suggestion of our moon. Not since NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft saw Earth as a pale blue dot from beyond the orbit of Neptune has Earth been imaged in color from the outer solar system.
9.20.06 Celts descended from Spanish fishermen, study finds
September 20 Don't tell the locals, but the hordes of British holidaymakers who visited Spain this summer were, in fact, returning to their ancestral home. A team from Oxford University has discovered that the Celts, Britain's indigenous people, are descended from a tribe of Iberian fishermen who crossed the Bay of Biscay 6,000 years ago. DNA analysis reveals they have an almost identical genetic "fingerprint" to the inhabitants of coastal regions of Spain, whose own ancestors migrated north between 4,000 and 5,000BC. The discovery, by Bryan Sykes, professor of human genetics at Oxford University, will herald a change in scientific understanding of Britishness.
9.20.06 At UN, Chavez calls Bush 'The Devil'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) September 20 (Chavez' comments appear in newspapers around the world) Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez took his verbal battle with the United States to the floor of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, calling President Bush "the devil.'' The impassioned speech by the leftist leader came a day after Bush and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sparred over Tehran's disputed nuclear program but managed to avoid a personal encounter.
9.20.06 Saudis fear fall in oil demand
September 20 Saudi Arabia has said it could become a victim of "selective" global environment policies, and called a balance between a cleaner environment and development to be struck. The kingdom, whose economy heavily relies on its oil income, said the using new technology was the best solution to achieve economic development without harming the climate.
9.20.06 More than 1,000 Taliban killed in offensive: NATO commander
WASHINGTON, September 20 NATO forces killed over 1,000 Taliban fighters in an offensive in southern Afghanistan that has forced their retreat, NATO's supreme commander said Wednesday. Despite the heavy losses, however, General James Jones predicted that Taliban fighters would attempt to regroup and establish themselves in other areas, possibly farther to the west. "It remains to be seen how much more capacity they have for this kind of fight," Jones told reporters here. "I think they will look for other areas." Jones said NATO allies, who rebuffed a request for an additional 2,500 troops earlier this month, have come forward with most of the extra troops he asked for. But he acknowledged that the force needs more helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. [More>>turkishpress.com]
9.19.06 Thai military imposes martial law in Bangkok after coup
BANGKOK, September 19 Thailand's military suspended the constitution around the country and imposed martial law in Bangkok, a spokesman for the coup leaders said Tuesday. "In order to maintain law and order, the Council for Political Reform has declared, first, that the Constitution of 1997 has been terminated," Major General Prapas Sakuntanak said on national television.
9.19.06 Yemen arrests 'major terrorist' over US attack plot
SANA'A, Yemen, September 19 Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Saleh announced on Tuesday the arrest of a "terrorist" allegedly linked to his main election rival and to Osama Bin Laden accused of plotting attacks against US interests. "We have arrested a major terrorist who was planning operations against American installations and the Movenpick hotel," Saleh said at a press conference on the eve of the presidential poll. He said the suspect was a bodyguard for Faisal Bin Shamlan, his main challenger in tomorrow`s presidential race.
9.19.06 Somalia sees Al Qaeda behind first suicide bombing
BAIDOA, Somalia (AFP) September 19 Somalia's weak government sought help Tuesday in probing the country's first-ever suicide bombing, an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate the interim president that officials pin on Al Qaeda. Authorities boosted security around the government seat of Baidoa where wreckage from two car bombs, at least one of which was driven by a suicide attacker, still littered the street outside parliament.
9.18.06 Iran says Pope's speech 'in line with' US policy
TEHRAN (Reuters) September 18 Iranıs Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday that Pope Benedictıs remarks on Islam were in line with what he said was the United Statesı crusadeı against the religion, state television reported. The Popeıs first big crisis since his election 17 months ago was sparked by a speech in Germany on Tuesday when he repeated criticism of the Prophet Mohammad by a medieval scholar who said everything the Prophet brought was evil. "The Popeıs remarks were the latest chain of the crusade against Islam started by Americaıs (President George W.) Bush," Khamenei said in a televised speech. "The Great Satan (United States) is playing its role in this issue." [More>>khaleejtimes.com ; See also:
9.18.06 Iraq violence kills 28 as government expresses hope
BAGHDAD (AFP) September 18 At least 28 people were killed across Iraq Monday, including four members of a Shiite family shot dead by gunmen as they attempted to flee their homes north of Baghdad. After receiving repeated threats in their home in the restive provincial capital of Baquba, the family packed their belongings in a pickup truck and fled, only to be stopped on the road by gunmen who riddled their car with bullets, killing four and wounding five.
9.18.06 Further Nato fatalities in Afghanistan
September 18 Four Nato soldiers and several Afghan civilians have been killed by a bomber in the southern province of Kandahar. The bomber blew himself up as a crowd of children gathered to receive pads and pens from Canadian troops on Monday. Afghan police said about two dozen children were hurt by the blast.
9.17.06 Iraq militants threaten reprisals against Vatican
DUBAI (AFP) September 17 Two armed Iraqi groups threatened the Vatican with reprisals, in statements posted on Sunday on the Internet, even as the pope said he was "deeply sorry" about the anger caused by his remarks on Islam. "Know that the soldiers of Mohammed will come sooner or later to shake your throne and the foundations of your state," said the group Asaeb Al Iraq Al Jihadiya (League of Jihadists in Iraq), which often posts online video footage including attacks on American targets in the country.
9.17.06 Many dead in northern Iraq blasts
September 17 At least 23 people have been killed and 65 injured in a series of bombings in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. In the deadliest attack, a suicide bomber blew up a truck killing 18 people close to offices of Kurdish political parties and a police station. Hours later, a joint US-Iraqi security patrol was targeted in an attack which left three civilians dead. Two further roadside bomb attacks were reported, as well as a suicide car bomb attack at an Iraqi army checkpoint. At least one person was killed in another blast that targeted the house of a local tribal leader. [More>>bbc.co.uk ; See also aljazeera.net, September 17, "Many killed by Kirku car bombs."]
9.17.06 Iraq stumbling in bid to purge its rogue police
BAGHDAD, September 17 Shiite militiamen and criminals entrenched throughout Iraqıs police and internal security forces are blocking recent efforts by some Iraqi leaders and the American military to root them out, a step critical to winning the trust of skeptical Sunni Arabs and quelling the sectarian conflict, Iraqi and Western officials say. The new interior minister, Jawad al-Bolani, who oversees the police, lacks the political support to purge many of the worst offenders, including senior managers who tolerated or encouraged the infiltration of Shiite militias into the police under the previous government, according to interviews with more than a dozen officials who work with the ministry and the police. No one expected a housecleaning to be easy, and some headway has been made in firing people. [More>>nytimes.com]
9.17.06 Early US missteps in the Green Zone
September 17 Adapted from "Imperial Life in the Emerald City," by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, copyright Knopf 2006. After the fall of Saddam Hussein's government in April 2003, the opportunity to participate in the US-led effort to reconstruct Iraq attracted all manner of Americans restless professionals, Arabic-speaking academics, development specialists and war-zone adventurers. But before they could go to Baghdad, they had to get past Jim O'Beirne's office in the Pentagon.
9.16.06 Yemen authorities arrest four militants who planned to carry out attacks in capital
SAN'A, Yemen (AP) September 16 Authorities arrested four al-Qaida members Saturday who were believed to be planning to carry out attacks in the capital, Sanıa, Yemenıs interior minister said. Interior Minister Rashad Rashad al-Eleimi said the suspects also had links to the four suicide bombers, who had planned to blow Yemeni oil installations on Friday but were killed as the attack was foiled.
CHANDIGARH, India (PTI) September 16 Observing that the Islamic world should be ready to face healthy criticism, Bhartiya Janashakti Party chief Uma Bharati said she did not consider as wrong the comments made by Pope Benedict XVI on Prophet Mohammed. "I don't consider [the] Pope's criticism wrong. Healthy criticism should be allowed," Bharati said. "Those who run Islam should be ready to face healthy criticism unless the existence of the community is threatened," she said. She added, "Whether I agree to the views of the Pope or not is debatable." Bharati said that Islamic fundamentalism has increased because of jihadis. "The fundamentalists are responsible for linking jihad with Islam," she said.
9.16.06 Serious errors of both fact and judgment
September 16 Even his critics agree that the Pope did not intend to cause offence to the worldıs Muslims. In quoting a work edited by the highly respected Lebanese-born scholar Theodore Khoury, he was trying to assert his academic credentials in the university where he once taught.
9.16.06 Islamic movement head: Jerusalem destined capital of caliphate
September 16 Islamic Movement leader Sheik Ra'ad Salah said that Jerusalem will soon become the capital of an Islamic nation and that Israel's occupation of the Temple Mount is nearing its end, Israel Radio reported on Friday. Salah told a crowd of 50,000 people in the northern town of Umm al-Fahm that comatose former-prime minister Ariel Sharon and President Moshe Katsav, who is currently under investigation for alleged sex crimes, were "paying the price" for damaging Jerusalem's al-Aqsa Mosque.
9.16.06 Yemen bounty for attack masterminds
September 16 The president of Yemen has set a bounty of around $25,500 for the capture of "terrorists" believed to be behind a foiled attack on the countryıs oil and gas facilities. The announcement by Ali Abdullah Saleh comes days before presidential and municipal elections. "They [attackers] were targeting security, stability and development in this country. Had they succeeded in [hitting] their target, that would have been a great economic crisis," Saleh told a campaign rally on Saturday.
9.16.06 7,000 Afghan, coalition troops launch new Afghan operation
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFP) September 16 Around 7,000 soldiers with the Afghan and US-led coalition forces launched a major new anti-Taliban offensive in eastern and central Afghanistan. Operation Mountain Fury involved about 4,000 Afghan police and soldiers and 3,000 troops with the US-dominated coalition, the coalition said in a statement. It was focused on eastern Paktika, Khost and Ghazni provinces and on central Logar, which adjoins the capital. Mountain Fury had been in preparation for weeks and launched its main "manoeuvre" phase Saturday, the statement said Saturday. [More>>turkishpress.com ; See related story, thenews.com.pk, September 16, "Blast near Kabul kills three Afghan aid workers."]
9.16.06 Jordan's Abdullah warns US mistakes since 2001 fueling terrorism
AMMAN, Jordan, September 16 Jordan's King Abdullah II said Saturday terrorists were exploiting US mistakes since the September 11, 2001 attacks to promote instability in the Middle East, according to a published report. Abdullah made the remarks in an interview with the pan-Arabic daily al-Hayat published on the day he and his wife, Queen Rania, left for a five-day visit to the United States, where he also is expected to address the United Nations General Assembly.
9.16.06 Iraqi forces find 47 more bodies around Baghdad
BAGHDAD (Reuters) September 16 Iraqi police found 47 bodies around the capital Baghdad in the past 24 hours, most of whom appeared to have been the victims of sectarian violence, police said on Saturday. Most of the bodies were found with their hands bound and some bore signs of torture, shortly signs of sectarian death squads who ³execute² people briefly after their kidnapping. The US military has confirmed a ³spike² in such killings this week despite a major month-old security crackdown, Operation Together Forward, that has seen US troops have their service time in Iraq extended to reinforce the capital.
9.15.06 Algerian group 'joins' al-Qaeda
September 14 Algeria's main Islamist group said it had joined al-Qaeda, reaffirming its proclaimed allegiance to Osama bin Laden's organisation. Abd al-Malek Droudkel, known as Abu Musab Abdel-Wadoud, leader of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), also urged other Islamist groups around the world to join forces to defeat the US. "After nearly a year of contacts, we are happy to announce to the Muslim nation and our Muslim brothers the good news ... the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat in Algeria has joined al-Qaeda organisation," Droudkel said in a statement, dated September 13, posted on GSPC website.
9.15.06 'Muslim nations must have nukes'
ISLAMABAD (AP) September 15 Muslim nations in the Middle East should arm themselves with nuclear weapons to deter Western enemies from attacking them, former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Friday. "They should have tanks, warplanes, warships, guns and missiles," Mahathir said. "Yes, they need to have nuclear weapons too, because only with the possession of such would their enemies be deterred from attacking them."
9.15.06 Iraq to build trenches around Baghdad
BAGHDAD (AFP) September 15 Iraq said on Friday it will dig trenches around Baghdad and seal off dozens of roads with access to the capital as a new security measure to restrict insurgent movements. "As a new security measure, access to the capital will be permitted only through 28 roads," Interior Ministry spokesman Brigadier General Abdel Karim Khalaf told AFP, adding these roads will have new checkpoints. "Dozens of other minor roads with access to the capital will be sealed by trenches and barbed wire."
9.15.06 US diplomats begin viewing Lebanon war as success
WASHINGTON, September 15 Foreign Ministry officials say that American diplomats' criticism of Israeli conduct during the war stems from excessively high expectations of the IDF's performance. Far removed from the military and political squabbles rocking Israel, something has changed in the way Washington leaders are assessing the outcome of the Lebanon war. The war is no longer seen as a "failure," but as an "achievement" and even a "success." The terms are still cautious, but American diplomats are describing the progress in Lebanon optimistically. A senior State Department official told Haaretz on Wednesday that US President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's promises to change the status quo were fast becoming a reality. There is a chance to change the atmosphere, he said. [More>>haaretz.com ; See related story, metimes.com (AFP) September 15, "Analysis: Israel army in disarray over war failures" : JERUSALEM A general resigns, a colonel is disciplined and a military command battered by an unrelenting storm of criticism: the Israeli army is in disarray as it struggles to cope with the failures of the war in Lebanon. A month after the 34-day war against Shiite militia Hezbollah ended, nothing has halted the flood of criticism against the military and political leadership over their handling of a deadly conflict that failed to achieve its main aims. Two days after Israel's northern army commander resigned, it emerged that embattled army chief Dan Halutz disciplined the head of an armored brigade for criticizing a superior in front of his subordinates during the war
9.15.06 Massive surge in disappearance of Arctic sea ice sparks global warning
September 15 Arctic meltdown is speeding up... sea ice is vanishing faster than ever before... polar bears face extinction... and America's top climate scientist warns we only have a decade to save the planet. The melting of the sea ice in the Arctic, the clearest sign so far of global warming, has taken a sudden and enormous leap forward, in one of the most ominous developments yet in the onset of climate change. Two separate studies by NASA, using different satellite monitoring technologies, both show a great surge in the disappearance of Arctic ice cover in the last two years.
9.15.06 EU replaces US as biggest trading partner of China
HAMBURG (Xinhua) September 14 The EU replaced the United States as China's biggest trading partner last year, said Xu Kuangding, chairman of the China Federation of Industrial Economics (CFIE) on Thursday. As one of the keynote speakers at the opening of a Sino-European economic summit, Xu said Sino-European trade, with a volume of 217.3 billion US dollars, has exceeded the Sino-US trade volume by some 5.7 billion dollars.
9.15.06 Bush strongly defends plan on Prisoners
WASHINGTON, September 15 President Bush today strongly defended his ideas about questioning and trying terrorist suspects and signaled that his resolve has not softened despite opposition by several key Republican senators..."Obviously, we have a little work to do in the Senate," Mr. Bush said at a Rose Garden news conference. He said several times that he was willing to work with the lawmakers before they adjourn later this months for the campaign season
Since we are dealing with UN Conventions and Treaties, it would appear that the proper approach on the matter is to obtain an opinion (resolution) from Congress and then call for an international convention to change Article 3 of Geneva Convention relative to the treatment of prisoners of war to make it "clearer." Any nation attempting to unilaterally reinterpret and apply the law, thinking to escape the Geneva Convention, takes the world back to the pre-Geneva Convention days of WWII. That is to say, "It's everyman for himself, no rules." Hitler too scoffed at international conventions and the Nurmburg Trials proved him and his regime wrong. Other leaders since then have found that no leader can commit international crimes, hiding behind the laws of his own nation, and escape the International Court of Justice. Those who believe President Bush is above this court and its scrutiny may wish to read "Current docket of the Court."
9.15.06 France calls for action on Darfur
September 15 Alarmed by reports from aid organisations and human rights groups about escalating violence and a growing humanitarian crisis, France is calling for the deployment of UN troops in Darfur even against the wishes of the Sudanese government if need be. France's Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy has raised the possibility of sending UN peacekeeping troops to Darfur, even in the face of resistance from Sudan. The international community has been struggling to respond to the conflict which has seen up to 300,000 people killed and over 2.5 million people displaced over the past three and a half years.
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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