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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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10.26.05 Shalom: Téhéran constitue un "danger évident et actuel"
(avec AFP, en Francais) October 26 Israël considère l'Iran comme un danger "évident et actuel," a affirmé aujourd'hui le ministre Israélien des Affaires étrangères, Sylvan Shalom, en réaction aux propos iraniens sur l'éradication de l'Etat d'Israë. "Nous pensons que l'Iran essaie de gagner du temps (...) afin de pouvoir développer une bombe atomique," a affirmé M. Shalom en affirmant que Téhéran constitue un "danger évident et actuel." [lefigaro.fr]
10.26.05 Iran sheltering bin Laden sons and Al Qaeda members: report
BERLIN, October 26 Iran is providing refuge to around 25 leading members of the Al Qaeda terror group including three of Osama bin Ladenıs sons, a German magazine reported on Wednesday. Cicero magazine said Saad, Mohammed and Othman bin Laden as well as other Al Qaeda members from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, north Africa and Europe were living in and around Tehran under the protection of Iranıs Republican Guard. The magazine quoted a "top-ranking Western secret service agent" as saying the Al Qaeda members were free to move around.
TEHRAN, October 26 Iranıs hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad charted his governmentıs unyielding course vis-à-vis the state of Israel while totally rejecting the Middle East roadmap to peace as a diversion from the crusader wars between the Islamic world and World Arrogance, or the United States. Speaking at a seminar entitled "World without Zionism," Ahmadinejad said that Israel was the product of an ideological war between the "Arrogant World Order" and the "Islamic rule," adding that the Jewish state had to be wiped off the face of the earth.
10.26.05 Bird flu deaths are being reported from more places
October 26 "Indonesia investigates possible bird flu deaths on Bali Island," reported today in thejakartapost.com; "Fresh bird flu outbreak in China, with India on alert," is in today's thestar.com.my; see also chinadaily.com.cn; "Lethal H5N1 virus confirmed in Croatia bird flu case," is also in today's thestar.com.my; and today theaustralian.news.com.au reports, "Suspected bird flu on Reunion Island."
10.26.05 Florida still suffers electrical shutdown from Wilma
October 26 Maravot News has been shutdown since hurricane Wilma wiped out the electrical grid in Florida. Our web server, Verio, located in Florida, momentarily restored service Tuesday morning, and finally restored service Wednesday Morning. Millions of Floridians are still believed to lack electricity.
10.25.05 Cheney drawn into CIA spy leak investigation
October 25 A senior White House aide at the centre of a CIA leak investigation learnt the identity of an undercover agent from his boss, Dick Cheney, it was claimed today. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the Vice-President's chief of staff, gave evidence to a grand jury that he first heard the name of covert agent Valerie Wilson, nee Plame, from journalists at around the time that her name was printed in a newspaper column. But according to The New York Times today, lawyers involved in the case say that notes in Mr Libby's own handwriting show that in fact he first heard of Mrs Wilson from Mr Cheney.
10.25.05 The return of the Bush Quiz
October 24 Paul Slansky's Quiz posted in newyorker.com begins:
10.25.05 Wilma slams both Florida coasts
MARCO ISLAND, Florida, October 24 Hurricane Wilma roared across Florida on Monday, its 125-mph winds leaving at least six dead and a swath of downed trees, power outages and blown-out windows that stretched from the tony beachfront neighborhoods of Naples, through the state's rural middle to the downtown buildings of Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
10.25.05 Fourth bird flu victim in Indonesia, disease spreads
JAKARTA (Reuters) October 25 Indonesia confirmed on Tuesday a fourth person in the country had succumbed to bird flu while China said hundreds of farm geese had died, the latest outbreak of a disease that seems to defy efforts to halt its spread. The deadly H5N1 virus first surfaced in Asia but appears to be spreading quickly to the West. Russia confirmed more bird flu cases in poultry on Monday, further raising fears the disease could spread across Europe on the wings of migratory birds. The European Union was poised on Tuesday to ban all imports of captive wild birds after a parrot died of the H5N1 strain in Britain. More dead birds were found and taken for tests in Germany, Croatia, Hungary and Portugal as suspect cases multiplied. Some experts believe the first human-to-human mutation of H5N1 is likely to occur in Asia. [More>>thestar.com.my; See thejakartapost.com for more details on the fourth Indonesian death; chinadaily.com.cn, "Major Chinese cities on high alert of bird flu." : The recent H5N1 bird flu outbreak in Liangying Village of east China's Anhui Province has been brought under control. A total of 550 poultry died in the outbreak. Experts from the Ministry of Agriculture have been sent to help disease control in the village. So far, the affected area has been sterilized. No human infections or no new poultry bird flu deaths were reported in the province. The provincial animal disease control center has taken a series of measures to demand mandatory immunity in all poultry farms
10.25.05 Bird flu experts continue hunt for UK source of virus
October 25 Veterinary officers in Europe are expected to announce a temporary ban on live bird imports later today, as efforts continued to trace the source of Britain's first case of bird flu. Talks are continuing in Brussels to agree the one-month ban, which will prohibit all commercial imports of exotic and domestic birds in the wake of the bird flu crisis. Britain has led the calls for the ban after the death of an imported parrot, diagnosed with the potentially-lethal H5N1 strain of the virus at a quarantine centre in Essex. The Belgian Environment Minister, Bruno Tobback, said that the UK had been the only EU country to oppose a ban on importing birds at a meeting in March and accused Britain of performing a U-turn.
10.25.05 Deadly blasts hit Kurdish Iraq city
October 25 Two explosions have struck the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaymaniya, killing at least nine people. The first explosion on Tuesday targeted the convoy of Mulla Bekhtyar, a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), in the western Sarjnar area. PUK sources confirmed that a car bomb hit Bekhtyar's convoy, but he survived the assassination attempt, Iraqi journalist Muhammad Faiq told Aljazeera. Two of Bekhtyar's guards were injured.
10.25.05 BBC squares up to Al Jazeera
October 25 The BBC World Service is to go head-to-head with Al Jazeera when it launches a new Arabic-language television channel. The BBC's Arabic channel, due to launch in 2007, forms part of a £30 million package of new initiatives unveiled by the broadcaster today. The move follows a request from the Foreign Office, which funds the World Service.
10.25.05 Iraq constitution approved
BAGHDAD (AFP) October 25 Iraq's first post-Saddam Hussein constitution has been approved, the independent electoral commission said, as it announced the final results of this month's landmark referendum. The new charter passed by a simple majority after opponents failed to muster the two-thirds majority in three of Iraq's 18 provinces necessary to block ratification, commission spokesman Farid Ayyar said Tuesday.
10.25.05 US pushes for further sanctions on Syria
BEIRUT / NEW YORK, October 25 On the eve of a critical UN Security Council meeting expected to demand immediate cooperation from Syria in the probe into the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, thousands of Syrians in Damascus protested accusations of Syria's involvement. While the United States said it would discuss possible action against Syria with members of the Security Council, France said it wanted to await full conclusions from the UN team before deciding whether to support sanctions.
10.25.05 'Pakistan quake: God's wrath for Afghan invasion'
ISLAMABAD (PTI) October 25 Cashing in on the devastation inflicted by the October 8 earthquake, Islamists in Pakistan have termed the temblor as God's wrathı on the country for the decision to desert Taliban and back the American invasionı of Afghanistan. Riaz Hussain Pirzada, a treasury member belonging to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Q, but considered close to Islamist alliance Muthahida Majlis Amal (MMA), told the National Assembly yesterday that the quake was God's wrathı for Pakistan's support of the US campaign.
10.25.05 Three bombers strike at Baghdad Hotels
BAGHDAD, October 24 A suicide bomber on Monday drove a cement mixer packed with explosives into the front courtyard of two prominent Baghdad hotels popular with foreigners, but failed to destroy his apparent targets when the vehicle became snagged in barbed wire as it headed for the main entrances. The huge explosion that followed was the last in a sequence of three vehicle bombs in the late afternoon that detonated in the area within minutes, killing at least five Iraqi police officers and an Iraqi civilian and wounding scores of others.
10.23.05 Mars rover "Opportunity" dodges drifts in Erebus Crater
NASA, October 21 This image taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is a portion of a mosaic acquired by the panoramic camera.
10.23.05 Croatia kills thousands of birds
AGREB, Croatia, October 23 Croatian authorities continued today to kill thousands of domesticated birds in an area where dead swans infected by bird flu were found, national radio reported. Special veterinary teams were carrying out the cull, begun Saturday, in a three-kilometre radius around a lake in eastern Croatia where the swans were found. "All teams are on the spot and we expect to finish this laborious work today or Monday at the latest," said Mate Brstilo, head of the government's crisis panel monitoring the disease. "Euthanised poultry will be buried on the spot within the quarantined area," he added. It is expected that more than 10,000 chickens and other poultry will be killed in the quarantined area around the eastern village of Zdenci. The farmers will be paid compensation for their culled poultry. [theaustralian.news.com]
See today's report, khaleejtimes.com, "Flu fear as migrating birds drop dead in Iran" : ...The student news agency ISNA said some 5,000 birds have been found dead in West Azerbaijan province which borders Turkey, Iraq and Azerbaijan.]
10.23.05 Wilma to accelerate toward Florida
CANCUN, Mexico (CNN) October 23 Hurricane Wilma moved away from Mexico's Yucatan on Sunday and was expected to gain speed toward southern Florida, where hurricane warnings were in effect. The Category 2 storm is expected to reach Florida on Monday as a strong Category 2 or possibly 3 hurricane, said Ed Rappaport of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. The Florida landfall should be about daybreak Monday, Rappaport said.
10.23.05 'Dust people' starve in Zimbabwe ruins
October 23 Some all them the ³dust people², others the ³people with no address². President Robert Mugabeıs government has a more graphic term: ³Sniff out the rats who have sneaked back in² is the name of the latest campaign by police and soldiers against the city dwellers whose homes they demolished earlier this year but who have refused to flee. Thousands of Zimbabweans are now living like animals in the midst of rubble, crawling in and out of hovels less than 3ft high, fashioned from cardboard boxes and broken asbestos.
10.23.05 Nanocar: World's smallest car produced
NEW DELHI (PTI) October 23 American scientists at Rice University in Houston have constructed the worldıs smallest car a single molecule Nanocarı that contains a chassis, axles and four buckyball wheels. The Nanocar is described in a research paper that is available online and due to appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Nano Letters.
10.23.05 Iraqis back attacks on UK, US forces: Poll
(AP) October 23 Forty-five percent of Iraqis believe attacks on US and British troops are justified, according to a secret poll said to have been commissioned by British defense leaders and cited by The Sunday Telegraph. Less than 1 percent of those polled believed that the forces were responsible for any improvement in security, according to poll figures. Eighty-two percent of those polled said they were "strongly opposed" to the presence of the troops. The paper said the poll, conducted in August by an Iraqi university research team, was commissioned by the Ministry of Defense. Britain has more than 8,000 troops stationed in the south of Iraq, and has had 97 soldiers killed, the most recent the victim of a roadside bomb on Tuesday night. [chinadaily.com.cn; See also aljazeera.net and cnn.com, "Ten killed in latest Iraq attacks."]
10.23.05 UK police arrest man in connection with July 7 bombs
LONDON (Reuters) October 23 British police have arrested a man from northern England over alleged comments he made to a Sunday newspaper about the July 7 bombings in London, the capital's police force said on Sunday. The 27-year-old man from West Yorkshire was arrested late on Saturday on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism, a police spokesman said, without giving details. "The arrest is made in connection with the ongoing investigation into the four bomb attacks in London on July 7 and comments alleged to have been made to a national newspaper," London's Metropolitan Police said in statement. [More>>thestar.com.my; See more details, sky.com : ... Police have arrested a man who was reportedly asked to join the London suicide bombers.]
10.23.05 Hariri probe arrests suspect linked to president
BEIRUT (AFP) October 23 Lebanese authorities have arrested a Sunni Muslim who according to a UN report telephoned President Emile Lahoud minutes before the murder of former premier Rafiq Hariri, officials said on Sunday. Mahmoud Abdel-Al, who is also member of the Islamic charity Al-Ahbache that is believed to have strong links with Syria, was arrested on Saturday on the order of the Lebanonıs top prosecutor Said Mirza, judicial sources told AFP. His detention is sure to wrench up the pressure even more on the embattled pro-Syrian Lahoud, who has faced impassioned calls from opponents to step down ever since the murder of the five-time premier in a February Beirut bomb blast.
10.23.05 Palestinian, Lebanese groups clash
(Reuters) October 23 At least four people have been wounded in clashes between Palestinian fighters and Lebanese armed men just outside Lebanon's largest Palestinian refugee camp, witnesses said. They said several cars were set ablaze on Sunday in the skirmishes between Jund al-Sham, one of several Palestinian Islamist groups in the southern Ain el-Hilweh camp, and the Lebanese Popular Nasserist Group. It was not clear what sparked the clashes in a poor Neighborhood between the camp and Sidon proper, but armed groups sporadically clash over authority inside the tense camp, which the Lebanese army does not enter. A Reuters reporter saw masked Jund al-Sham fighters emerge from Ain al-Hilweh and occupy rooftops in the neighbourhood. Several residents fled the area, fearing the clashes might worsen. [aljazeera.net]
10.23.05 Iran's supreme leader insists US seeking world domination
TEHRAN (AFP) October 22 Iran's supreme leader accused the U.S. on Friday of seeking global domination and vowed his country would not give into demands to abandon its disputed nuclear program. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also alleged that Washington was stirring Sunni-Shiite violence in Iraq, and criticized Muslim countries who commit the "bad deed" of recognizing Israel.
10.23.05 Afghan magazine editor sentenced to two years for blasphemy
KABUL (AFP) October 23 A court in Afghanistan has convicted the editor of a womenıs magazine of blasphemy after complaints his articles questioned Islam, and sentenced him to two years in jail, a media rights group said on Sunday. The Afghanistan Independent Journalists Association said it would complain to President Hamid Karzai about the sentencing of editor Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, who has been in jail since his arrest two weeks ago. ³This trial was against the law, the arrest was against the law since the beginning,² the associationıs president, Rahimullah Samander, told AFP.
LISBON, May 21 Adam Porter reports: Labour politician and former UK environment minister Michael Meacher has slammed Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George Bush for starting a war, he says, to secure oil interests.
August 9 (Maravot News, Mel Copeland) A trend in combatting terrorism has to do with what constitute's extremist activity, including teachings by immams, publication of books and retail book stores, etc. Statements like (8.09.05) Bakri Mohammed's, "...it would be 'against Islam' for him to inform the police of any terrorist attacks that he knew were being planned in Britain..." are better understood through an examination of modern scholastic trends in reinterpreting the Koran. See:
SAN FRANCISCO, June 17 Update. While the Federal Reserve continues to increase interest rates, the Exponentially rising Federal Debt is not being reported. What is not being reported is the fact that interest rates are tied to the US National Debt. This year the deficit is expected to exceed $420 billion, and interest on the debt which exceeds $8.2 trillion, is about $1 billion per day. Because the annual deficits are financed via the bond market, and because the amount of the bonds being sold exceeds demand, it is necessary to raise interest rates to attract investors in the US bonds financing the US debt. This routine of increasing debt on an exponential scale was experienced under the administration of George H. W. Bush. I predicted increasing interest rates "to sell bonds" in my conversation with Wm. F. Buckley Jr. at that time, in 1993, and I have repeated the prediction with regard to the current Bush administration's excesses and need to sell more bonds to finance the extraordinary deficits. The rate increases will continue in order to sell the overabundant US bonds. In a few words, George Bush's debt is causing your mortgage rates to increase, and they will continue to increase until the US assumes fiscal responsibility. Click here for details on this trend.
09.11.09 When a nation lacks a competent leader it invites disaster the legacy of Bush
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