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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10.01.06 Why is the national debt out of control?
September 9 (Commentary by John W. Schoen) With the federal government beginning a new fiscal year Monday, the national debt now stands at about $8.5 trillion or about $540 billion bigger than it was a year ago. Like a number of readers, Charley in Alabama wants to know: who's to blame for this big pile of debt? And how are we ever going to clean it up?
Yes, just like your credit card, the national debt eventually has to be paid. And, just like your credit card, the interest has to be paid now.
10.01.06 Report: Nissan to move production of 2 vehicles to Japan from US
TOKYO, October 1 Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. plans to move production of two vehicles to Japan from the United States as a way to save costs on automobiles produced in smaller quantities, a news report said Sunday. Nissan will move production of the Quest minivan and the Infiniti QX56 sports utility vehicle to two factories in Japan from the company's plant in Canton, Mississippi, over 2008-2009, Japan's Nihon Keizai business daily said. The paper did not identify its sources.
10.01.06 Stung by criticism, Bush calls for offensive 'across the world'
WASHINGTON (AFP) September 30 US President George W. Bush called for fighting America's enemies "across the world" as he stepped up his counteroffensive following charges that his policies were breeding a new generation of Islamic terrorists. The call, delivered in his weekly radio address, was aimed at countering a rash of accusations that the Bush administration had seriously mishandled the war in Iraq and created fertile ground for Islamic extremism. [More>>turkishpress.com ; See related story, expressindia.com, October 1, "Bush signs a law to take on friends of Iran" : US President George W. Bush has signed into law a new set of sanctions targeting foreign countries that continue nuclear cooperation with Iran and sell it advanced weaponry. Yesterday's new sanctions, passed earlier by the Senate after clearing the House of Representatives a day earlier, came as Iran and the European Union are engaged in delicate negotiations designed to persuade Iran to halt its enrichment work and avoid a major international showdown.
10.01.06 Forces kill two top al-Qaeda fugitives
SANAA, Yemen (Reuters) October 1 Yemeni forces killed two al-Qaeda fugitives who had been sentenced to death for an attack on the French oil tanker Limburg in 2002, officials said. They said forces killed Fawaz al-Rabe'ie and Mohamed Daylami who were two of 13 al-Qaeda militants who escaped their Yemeni jail last February. Forces raided a building in the capital Sanaa where Rabe'ie was holed up and killed him. They also killed Daylami who was hiding in another building and arrested Rabe'ie's aide. Several fugitives who fled the jail have since surrendered to authorities or were captured by police.
10.01.06 IDF completes withdrawal of troops from Lebanon
October 1 The leader of the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon hailed as "significant progress" the pullout of Israeli forces from southern Lebanon on Sunday, but said the pullout would not be complete until Israeli soldiers left one remaining divided border village. "Significant progress has been achieved today," Maj. Gen. Alain Pellegrini, commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, said in a statement. He said the Israeli army had withdrawn its troops from the south except for the area of Ghajar. "I expect that they will leave this area in the course of the week, thus completing the withdrawal in line with the (UN) resolution 1701," he said. [More>>Jerusalem Post ; See related story, metimes.com, October 1, "Israel warns Hezbollah after pullout."]
10.01.06 The laughing 9/11 bombers
October 1 Film of the ringleader of the September 11 hijackers reading his ³martyrdom² will inside Afghanistan at Osama Bin Laden¹s headquarters has emerged five years after the Al-Qaeda outrage. It is the first time that a videotape has appeared of Mohammed Atta who flew an American Airlines plane into the north tower of the World Trade Center at a training camp in Afghanistan. It fills in a significant gap in the timing of the build-up to the attacks on the United States.
10.01.06 US kept spying data from Blair
October 1 Tony Blair was angered by America¹s refusal to share intelligence on Iraq with Britain, according to a revealing new book by Bob Woodward, the veteran journalist who exposed the Watergate scandal. The prime minister protested to President George W. Bush about the way intelligence was routinely marked NOFORN (no foreigners), denying access to the US¹s closest ally. In State of Denial, published tomorrow, Woodward reveals that raw intelligence gathered by British operatives in Iraq and fused with the Americans¹ own data was stored on the classified Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNET).
9.30.06 Detainee bill shifts power to president
WASHINGTON, September 30 With the final passage through Congress of the detainee treatment bill, President Bush on Friday achieved a signal victory, shoring up with legislation his determined conduct of the campaign against terrorism in the face of challenges from critics and the courts. Rather than reining in the formidable presidential powers Mr. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have asserted since Sept. 11, 2001, the law gives some of those powers a solid statutory foundation. In effect it allows the president to identify enemies, imprison them indefinitely and interrogate them albeit with a ban on the harshest treatment beyond the reach of the full court reviews traditionally afforded criminal defendants and ordinary prisoners.
9.30.06 New bird flu cluster found in Surabaya
September 30 The 21-year-old sister of a boy who died of bird flu earlier this month also has contracted the disease, a Health Ministry official said Friday. Meanwhile, another person suspected of having bird flu was admitted to a hospital in Bandung, West Java, where two brothers died this week. The head of the ministry's bird flu information center, Runizar Ruesin, said the sister, currently being treated at Dr. Soetomo Hospital in Surabaya, East Java, had contact with sick and dead fowl, as did her 11-year-old brother. He died on Sept. 18. [More>>thejakartapost.com]
9.30.06 Oil minister: Venezuela to cut oil production by 50,000 barrels a day
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) September 30 Venezuela said Friday it will cut oil production by 50,000 barrels a day to try and stem the recent fall in crude prices, while President Hugo Chavez said an "appropriate'' price for oil was US$50 to US$60 a barrel. There was no significant response on world oil markets, however, and analysts said the decision was unlikely to have much impact because the quantity is small and Venezuela is already believed to be under producing.
9.30.06 Suicide bomber kills 12, injures 42 near Afghan Interior Ministry
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) September 30 A suicide bomber killed at least 12 people and wounded more than 40, many just arriving for work, in a busy pedestrian alley next to Afghanistan¹s Interior Ministry on Saturday, officials said. The blast was the second major suicide attack in Kabul this month, underscoring the dangers creeping into the once relatively calm capital as militants step up attacks across the country. Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary said the bombing killed 12 people, including two women and a child, and wounded 42. Dr. Salam Jalali, a Public Health Ministry official, said 54 had been hurt. He said the wounded had been taken to six different Kabul hospitals, complicating officials¹ efforts to keep track of the casualties. [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
9.30.06 Khomeini letter written in 1988 describes Iran's nuclear plans
September 30 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, former Supreme Leader of Iran, wrote in 1988 that Iranian military leaders were seeking nuclear weapons, according to a letter released Saturday by former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani. Khomeini reportedly sent the letter to political leaders during the Iran-Iraq War. In it, he describes why he was forced to agree to a cease-fire which, as he described it, was like "drinking poison."
9.30.06 Baghdad shut down for the day
September 30 Cars and pedestrians have been ordered off the streets of Baghdad after the Iraqi government announced a day-long curfew. "We received intelligence tips about car bombs and suicide bombers entering Baghdad and trying to make attacks today and we are targeting them now," Brigadier Qassim Mussawi, military spokesman for the prime minister's office, said. "What happened today is a precautionary measure to prevent harm to civilians and to prevent terrorists from targeting them. Security forces are restoring their control over Baghdad and all the provinces," he said. Civilian flights to and from Baghdad airport have also been stopped during the curfew which will last until 6am on Sunday. [More>>aljazeera.net]
9.30.06 India accuses Pakistan for Mumbai blasts
MUMBAI, India, September 30 Indian police said on Saturday they had found evidence that Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba carried out the July 11 serial blasts in Mumbai and Pakistan's military spy agency was behind the plot. "We have solved the July 11 bombings case. The whole attack was planned by Pakistan's ISI and carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba and their operatives in India," A.N. Roy, Mumbai¹s police chief, told a news conference. He said 15 to 20 kilograms (33 to 44 pounds) of the explosive RDX "was brought (into India) by a Pakistani man." The bombs were "kept in bags and then camouflaged by newspapers and umbrellas" in the trains, he said. Roy said that Indian police had found no evidence that Al-Qaeda was involved in the explosions. [More>>thenews.com.pk ; See also turkishpress.com, September 30, "Pakistan rejects Indian claim on bombings."]
9.29.06 Al-Qaeda and Iraq prompted Madrid bombings
September 29 The war in Iraq and al-Qaeda provided the stimulus for the March 11, 2004 terrorist attacks in Madrid which left 191 dead and 1900 injured, according to a Spanish secret police report quoted today by El Pais. "The thinking" behind the Madrid attacks "is the same as that followed by the al-Qaeda strategists and those behind the war in Iraq," the 443-page report from the intelligence agency said. The report recalled the threats made by "al-Qaeda leaders like (Osama bin Laden's right-hand man Ayman) al-Zawahiri'' in 2003 against the countries which, like Spain, were taking part in the international military coalition led by the United States in Iraq. [More>>theaustralian.news.com.au]
9.29.06 Iraqi gunmen murder relatives of Saddam trial judge
BAGHDAD (AFP) September 29 Gunmen murdered two relatives of the judge in Saddam Hussein's genocide trial, officials said Friday, as Al Qaeda threatened to plunge Iraq into even greater bloodshed. A spokesman for the Iraqi government said that an unidentified gang had opened fire late Thursday on a car carrying members of the judge's family in a flashpoint district of western Baghdad. It was not immediately clear whether the relatives fell victim to a targeted assassination designed to intimidate Judge Mohammed Al Oreibi Al Khalifa or simply to a bitter civil conflict that claims around 100 lives per day. [More>>metimes.com]
9.29.06 Breast cancer cases rise 80% since Seventies
September 29 It is the disease women fear more than any other, and its incidence is soaring. Breast cancer cases have hit a new record, official figures show, and the increase shows no sign of slowing. A total of 36,939 women were diagnosed in England in 2004, an 81 per cent increase in incidence of the cancer since 1971, after statistical adjustment for the ageing of the population. Over the year, 41,000 cases were diagnosed in the UK.
9.29.06 Report: Abramoff team had 485 contacts with White House
WASHINGTON (AP) September 29 Jack Abramoff had hundreds of contacts with White House officials, but they brought mixed results for the convicted lobbyist's clients, according to a congressional report. The draft report of the House Government Reform Committee said the documents largely Abramoff's billing records and e-mails listed 485 lobbying contacts with White House officials over three years, including 10 with top Bush aide Karl Rove.
9.29.06 US congressmen accuse UN agency of sponsoring terrorists
September 29 Two United States congressman on Thursday accused a United Nations agency that gives relief to Palestinians of allegedly distributing funds to members of terrorist organizations. Representatives Steve Rothman (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) lambasted the United Nations Relief Works Agency for allegedly appropriating money to employ members of Hamas and for distributing funds to Palestinian refugees with connections to terrorist groups.
9.28.06 Jets to be sold to Mexico, Brazil, pilots trained in Venezuela
BUENOS-AIRES (RIA Novosti) September 28 Russia's state-owned arms exporter said Thursday it will soon sign deals to export Sukhoi warplanes to Mexico and Brazil, and will open helicopter maintenance and pilot training centers in Venezuela. Rosoboronexport's regional department head, Sergei Ladygin, said: "We hope that Sukhoi planes will soon appear in Latin American countries."
9.28.06 Forty tortured bodies found in Baghdad
BAGHDAD (Xinhua) September 28 The Iraqi police found at least 40 bodies in different neighborhoods of Baghdad during the past 24 hours, a well-known police source said on Thursday. "Our patrols found up to 40 bodies during the past 24 hours in different parts of Baghdad," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. The bodies were blindfolded, bound and showing signs of torture with bullet holes on different parts of their bodies, the source said. The almost daily gruesome body findings, assassinations and explosions in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities were seen as a major setback for the Iraqi government's efforts to stem violence and achieve national reconciliation. [>xinhuanet.com ; See also:
9.27.06 Saudis plan 560-mile fence across border with Iraq
DUBAI (AP) September 27 In a sign of regional concern over terrorism, Saudi Arabia is pushing ahead with plans to build a fence along its entire 900 kilometer (560 mile) border with Iraq to prevent terrorists from entering the kingdom from the chaotic north. The barrier, which will likely take five to six years to complete, is part of a US$12 billion package of measures including electronic sensors, bases and physical barriers to protect the oil-rich kingdom from external threats, said Nawaf Obaid, head of the Saudi National Security Assessment Project, an independent research institute that provides security advice to the Saudi government.
9.27.06 US operation kills Iraq terror suspects, women
BAQUBA, Iraq (AFP) September 27 A US military operation targeting a group linked to Al Qaeda north of Baghdad killed four suspects as well as four civilians Wednesday, while another 12 people died elsewhere in the country. The strike north of the capital happened in the early hours of the morning in the city of Baquba, the military said in a statement. "Coalition forces killed four suspected terrorists and wounded two others during a raid ... targeting a terrorist tied to extremist leaders of Al Qaeda in Iraq in ... Diyala and Salaheddin provinces," it said. In the course of the raid, US forces came under heavy fire and aircraft "fired multiple rounds" to neutralize the threat, it said. "Upon a search of the objective buildings ... they also found four women killed and another wounded as a result of the airstrike." [More>>metimes.com]
9.27.06 Sobering conclusions on why Jihad has spread
September 27 In announcing yesterday that he would release the key judgments of a controversial National Intelligence Estimate, President Bush said he agreed with the document's conclusion "that because of our successes against the leadership of al-Qaeda, the enemy is becoming more diffuse and independent." But the estimate itself posits no such cause and effect. Instead, while it notes that counterterrorism efforts have seriously damaged and disrupted al-Qaeda's leadership, it describes the spreading "global jihadist movement" as fueled largely by forces that al-Qaeda exploits but is not actively directing. They include Iraq, corrupt and unjust governments in Muslim-majority countries, and "pervasive anti-US sentiment among most Muslims."
9.26.06 Eighteen killed in Afghanistan suicide attack
(AP) September 26 At least 18 people were killed today when a suicide bomber struck outside the compound of a southern Afghan provincial governor. The dead included several Muslim pilgrims seeking paperwork to travel to Mecca. The attacker was stopped by Afghan soldiers at the compound's security gate in Lashkar Gah where the bomber detonated his suicide vest, said Ghulam Muhiddin, spokesman for the Helmand provincial governor. Nine Afghan soldiers and nine civilians were killed, said Rahmatullah Mohammdi, director of the hospital in Lashkar Gah. Seventeen people were wounded, he said. [More>>independent.co.uk ; See other details, aljazeera.net]
9.26.06 Bird flu deaths reach new high of 51
September 26 More possible cases of bird flu have been identified in families in West Java and North Sumatra, triggering fears of new disease clusters, as the national death toll hit a record of 51 Monday. A 23-year-old male resident of Bandung died Sunday afternoon. His 20-year-old brother is in critical condition in an isolation room at Hasan Sadikin General Hospital. "Based on the symptoms, we suspect they are a new cluster," said Fatimah Resmiati, the head of the environmental health department at the West Java health office, Monday. Fatimah added that the elder brother died before he could be taken to a hospital for testing. [More>>thejakartapost.com]
9.25.06 Islamic Jihad in French
September 25 Haganah.org posted a link to a jihadist blog in French. For those of you who can read French the site may be of interest to you. Hopefully there are personnel in the US government who can read French. The site may be relevant because the last Al Qaeda tape threatened France and France has the largest population of Muslims in Europe. The site is: minbar-sos.
9.25.06 Catastrophic mudslide could last 100 years, say scientists
September 26 Mud, gas and boiling water that have been gushing out of the ground in East Java since May, submerging half a dozen villages and 20 factories, could continue for a century with "catastrophic consequences," European experts said yesterday. Efforts to seal the channels through which the mud is escaping are unlikely to succeed, and it is impossible to tell how much fluid remains underground, according to a University of Oslo geology team. "It's unlikely to stop permanently for a long time," Adriano Mazzini told a press conference in Jakarta. "It's hard to say when the overpressure will have been fully released. It could be one, 10 or 100 years. But to seal it will be very, very difficult." According to Mr. Mazzini, unless the flow stops soon, the affected land, which has already starting sinking, could subside significantly. "It will be catastrophic," he said.
9.25.06 Terrorist who escaped US custody reported killed in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) September 25 British forces said they killed a top terrorist leader Monday, identified by Iraqi officials as an al Qaeda leader who had escaped from a U.S. prison in Afghanistan and returned to Iraq. Omar Farouq was killed in a pre-dawn raid by 250 British troops from the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment on his home in Basra, 340 miles southeast of Baghdad, British forces spokesman Maj. Charlie Burbridge said. Farouq was killed after he opened fire on British soldiers entering his home, Burbridge said. "We had information that a terrorist of considerable significance was hiding in Basra; as a result of that information we conducted an operation in an attempt to arrest him," Burbridge told The Associated Press by telephone from southern Iraq.
9.25.06 Afghan woman activist shot dead
September 25 A senior Afghan women's affairs official has been shot dead in an attack in Kandahar that was claimed by the Taliban. Safia Ana Jan, head of the women's affairs department in the province of Kandahar, was killed by armed men on motorbikes as she got into her car outside her home on Monday, her nephew said.
9.24.06 Karazi says US underfunding Afghanistan
NEW YORK, September 24 The $300 billion the United States has spent prosecuting the war in Iraq could have been better used stabilizing Afghanistan against the resurgence of the Taliban, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in an interview broadcast Sunday. "Three hundred billion dollars? You give that to Afghanistan and we will be heaven in less than a year," Karzai said on NBC¹s "Meet the Press."
9.24.06 Spy agencies say Iraq War worsens terror threat
WASHINGTON, September 24 A stark assessment of terrorism trends by American intelligence agencies has found that the American invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks. The classified National Intelligence Estimate attributes a more direct role to the Iraq war in fueling radicalism than that presented either in recent White House documents or in a report released Wednesday by the House Intelligence Committee, according to several officials in Washington involved in preparing the assessment or who have read the final document.
9.24.06 Assad: I want peace with Israel, but failure may lead to war
September 24 Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview published Sunday that he hopes to achieve peace with Israel, but cautioned that a Middle East deadlocked in conflict could end up in war. Asked what he thought of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's call for Israel to wiped off the map, Assad said Syria wanted peace with Israel, not to see it destroyed. "But my personal opinion, my hopes for peace, could one day change. And if this hope disappears, then war may really be the only solution," Assad told German magazine Der Spiegel. [More>>haaretz.com ; See also SPIEGEL Interview with Syrian President Bashar Assad: spiegel.de, September 24, "America must listen."]
9.24.06 A combative Clinton defends record on fighting terrorism
September 24 Former president Bill Clinton angrily defended his administration's counterterrorism record during a Fox News interview to be aired today, while accusing "President Bush's neocons" and other Republicans of ignoring Osama bin Laden until the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Clinton had planned to discuss his climate change initiative during his appearance on "Fox News Sunday," but he turned combative after host Chris Wallace asked why he hadn't "put bin Laden and al-Qaeda out of business." Clinton shot back that "all the conservative Republicans" who now criticize him for inattention to bin Laden used to criticize him for over-attention to bin Laden.
9.24.06 NATO forces kill more than 60 suspected insurgtents in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) September 24 NATO aircraft have killed more than 60 suspected insurgents over the last several days in an increasingly volatile southern Afghan province, the military alliance said Sunday. Afghanistan's Ministry of Defense said 40 Taliban fighters were killed by NATO airstrikes in Helmand that "completely destroyed" a militant base in the district of Grishk on Saturday. Maj. Luke Knittig, a NATO spokesman, said the alliance also estimated that about 40 fighters were killed. [More>>foxnews.com]
9.24.06 9,500-year-old decorated skulls found in Syria
DAMASCUS (AFP) September 24 Archaeologists said Sunday they had uncovered decorated human skulls dating back as long as 9,500 years ago from a burial site near the Syrian capital Damascus. "The human skulls date back between 9,500 and 9,000 years ago, (on which) lifelike faces were modelled with clay earth ... then colored to accentuate the features," said Danielle Stordeur, head of the joint French-Syrian archaeological mission behind the discovery.
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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