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11.04.05 Dalai Lama visits Stanford, espouses new creed for Buddhism: "the end justifies the means"
November 4 A San Francisco KTVU Channel 2 TV presentation, 9:30pm, reported by Bob MacKenzie, on the Dalai Lama's visit to Stanford University recorded the Buddha Incarnate (according the Tibetan Buddhist tradition) commenting on two important issues to Buddhists: the War in Iraq and "when war is justified." With regard to the justification of war, the Dalai Lama conceded that there are times when war is justified but was vague as to the terms. The leader-in-exile from Tibet, a nation violently appropriated by China, seems to have been attempting to reconcile Buddha's teachings with his own dilemma and the problematic situation of George W. Bush's [unprovoked] invasion of Iraq. He conceded that it is too early to judge the Iraq War and we must wait a couple of years to determine whether Bush's invasion of Iraq was good or bad. This point of view reduces to the old idea that "the end justifies the means," which is the touchstone of Bush's plot towards Iraq's oil and other objectives. While Maravot News could not locate a link to the MacKenzie report, a cbs5.com report, "Dalai Lama spreads message of nonviolence at Stanford visit," carries the conversation from the Dalai Lama:
That the Dalai Lama expressed a point of view in agreement justifying Bush's Iraq War is a puzzle that Buddhists will probably debate for eons to come and no doubt toss out the regrets earlier expressed at Kalinga. (For those who are not history buffs, In the 3rd century BC [268 BC], Ashoka the great Mauryan ruler of the same dynasty, sent a powerful army to annex Kalinga into his empire. The battle of Kalinga was fierce and bloody. It led to much destruction and carnage. Kalinga was subdued by Ashoka at Dhaulagiri near Bhubaneshwar, but so was his heart, because after seeing the aftermath of the war, he felt great remorse. Seeing the ephemeral nature of everything earthly and the uselessness of running after it, he converted to Buddhism and spent the rest of his life spreading the light of Buddhist teachings far and wide.) [See>>indyahills.com ; for those interested in the evolution of Buddhist thought, The Tapestry of One, may be helpful. In that document the concepts, "the end justifies the means" and "it's everyman for himself" may be explored in more detail, particularly as they relate to the teachings of Christ and any divine mission in Iraq.]
11.04.05 Thousands protest against Bush at Summit in Argentina
MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina, November 4 Thousands of protesters turned up to demonstrate today against President Bush, who is attending a gathering of Western Hemisphere leaders in this resort today. The president arrived here on Thursday night after one of the worst weeks of his presidency, only to be greeted by strong anti-American sentiment and taunts from Venezuela's populist president, Hugo Chávez.
11.04.05 Ishihara says US can't win war with China, calls US forces incompetent
WASHINGTON, November 4 Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara used a speech in the US capital Thursday to convey his views on China, arguing that economic containment is the best strategy because the United States would "certainly" lose a war with China, which he said would not hesitate to sacrifice its people on a massive scale when fighting against an enemy... The governor, an outspoken politician known for his nationalistic views, also said U.S. ground forces, with the exception of the Marines, are "extremely incompetent."
11.04.05 Suburbs burn in worst night of Paris riots
November 4 The poor suburbs of Paris were set ablaze in the worst of eight consecutive nights of rioting, with 500 cars torched and a gym and primary school razed. Police today reported that the wave of unrest has now spread to at least 20 provincial towns. An army of 1,300 police reinforcements moved into the streets of the impoverished north-east of Paris last night, to enforce a belated pledge by Dominique de Villepin, the Prime Minister, to stop the rioting that has engulfed the largely Muslim ghettos.
11.04.05 update, 11.03.05 Riots in Parisian suburbs take dangerous new turn
AULNAY-SOUS-BOIS, France (AP) November 4 France¹s prime minister has vowed to restore order to the Parisian suburbs as police deployed for a feared eighth night of clashes after violence took a dangerous new turn, with rioters shooting at police and firefighters, and attacking trains and symbols of the French state. Facing mounting pressure and criticism, Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin told parliament Thursday that restoring order was his "absolute priority."
11.04.05 Musharraf criticizes West for quake aid shortfall
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (AFP) November 4 Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Friday accused the West of double standards for failing to meet the country¹s quake aid needs, adding that he would delay buying US fighter jets to focus on relief efforts. Musharraf, who met quake survivors in stricken Kashmir during the Muslim holiday of Eid Al Fitr, said the world had given less money than it had after the Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricane Katrina in the United States because there were no Westerners involved.
11.04.05 Israeli troops beat Al Jazeera cameraman: TV official
DOHA (AFP) November 4 Al Jazeera satellite news channel said one of its cameramen was beaten and arrested by Israeli troops while filming a protest on Friday against the separation barrier being built by Israel in the West Bank. "Nabil Al Mazzawi was filming one of the Israeli soldiers who was beating activists during a protest," the Doha-based channel¹s editor-in-chief Ahmad Sheikh told AFP.
11.04.05 Six Iraqi policemen killed
November 4 Fighters firing mortars and guns have attacked a checkpoint in northern Iraq, killing six policemen and wounding 10, an official says. The Friday attack on an Iraqi police checkpoint occurred in Buhriz, a town 55km (35 miles) north of Baghdad. The fighters first fired mortar rounds and then arrived at the scene in eight cars to open gunfire on the policemen, a police officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity out of concern for his safety. The violence came as Shias began the three-day religious holiday of Eid al-Fitr which ends a month of fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Most of Iraq's Sunni Arabs began to celebrate the Eid holiday on Thursday based on their different interpretation of the lunar calendar. [More>>aljazeera.net]
11.04.05 Egyptian blogger arrested
CAIRO (AP) November 4 Egyptian police have detained a blogger for his anti-Islamic and anti-government writings and confiscated his books and copies of his articles, his family and other bloggers said Thursday. Abdolkarim Nabil Seliman, a 21-year-old law student at Al-Azhar University, was arrested on Oct. 26. His whereabouts are not known.
11.04.05 update, 11.03.05 New bird flu outbreak confirmed in Liaoning, China
November 4 China reported its fourth bird flu outbreak in three weeks Thursday, saying the virus killed nearly 9,000 chickens in a northeastern village, prompting authorities to cull 369,900 poultry. The outbreak occurred October 26 in Jiangtai village in the town of Badaohao, in Heishan county of Liaoning province in northeast China, the Agriculture Ministry said in a report posted on its website on Thursday.
11.03.05 United protest groups against Bush administration continue across country
WASHINGTON, November 3 Demonstrations against the Iraq War continue across the country, following Cindy Sheehan's placement of Camp Casey outside the President's ranch in Texas in August 2005 (See Maravot News08.13.05, "Anti-Iraq War protest at Bush ranch in Texas."). Following disruptive marches across the US November 2, protesters plan a Stand-Down at recruiting stations on November 18, 2005. The principal groups sponsoring the event include Code Pink Women for Peace, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, Progressive Democrats of America and Iraq Pledge of Resistance; however, the protests have ramified, with new groups appearing each day. Conspiracy issues involving the Bush administration continue to add fuel to the protests. That many people Christians and non-Christians are questioning the Bush administration's lies associated with the Iraq War goes to the heart of both secular and nonsecular values. The philosopher and statesman Cicero over 2,000 years ago set a guideline for all democracies: "Leaders have an obligation to tell the people what they have a right to know." The failure to do so can set the demise of a republic, as was the case during Cicero's time, when Julius Caesar put an end to the Roman Republic and established himself as dictator of Rome and its empire. While wars continue, we all know that there are international standards and covenants that provide for reconciliation of international differences without bloodshed. And of course the protesters remind us all that Christ was a Peacemaker and never condoned lying. Whether Bush agrees with Cicero or not George W. Bush always stands accused by a foundation of the Protestant faith espoused by Bush et al. that rests on this, expressed by the Apostle Paul:
Belial (meaning lawlessness) is a vile, worthless person, reckless of God and man, first described in Deut. XIII.13 , Judges xix.22, 1 Samuel ii.12. Paul used the term in place of Satan. Many in this country and around the world are viewing George W. Bush as the American Belial.
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We welcome, and will provide coordination and support as possible, for all manner of protests and demonstrations at recruiting centers. We want to especially encourage and assist nonviolent resistance actions, such as civil resistance or civil disobedience. As we recognize and support soldiers who take great risks to refuse fighting in this unjust war, so it is our moral responsibility to share that risk to the extent that we can, by preventing even more young Americans from being placed in such jeopardy particularly in light of the lies and abusive practices being used in the recruiting process.
Our violation of these unjust practices is undertaken in a spirit of nonviolence and love, with compassion and respect for all we encounter. But our nonviolence will not be mistaken for lack of resolve: we cannot stand by while our schools and communities are militarized by the "No Child Left Behind Act," or as potential recruits are deceived by clauses that allow the armed forces to disregard the terms of their contract..."
11.03.05 Bush 'operating secret gulag in eastern Europe'
WASHINGTON, November 3 The Bush administration has been accused of operating secret detention facilities beyond the reach of the law and outside official oversight at bases in two eastern European countries. The facilities said to be located in Poland and Romania are part of a larger "gulag" used by the US to hold prisoners seized in the so-called war on terror. Using the flight logs of a plane used by the CIA for transporting prisoners and other unspecified information, a leading human rights group said it believed the facilities were located in the two former Soviet bloc countries and first used in 2003.
11.03.05 Iraqi Shia cleric slams al-Qaida
November 3 A cleric close to Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr has called on Iraqis to unite and fight Al-Qaida during prayers being held to mark the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr. Iraqis must "unite to fight terrorism and to get rid of people like Al-Qaida," said the cleric Hazem al-Araji. These groups "sometimes act in the name of Ansar as-Sunna (partisans of the Sunnis), but they are enemies of the Sunnis,² he said on Thursday.
11.03.05 Pirates use 'flag-hopping' to plunder world's fish stocks
SYDNEY, November 3 The world's fish stocks are being plundered by pirates using "flags of convenience" to mask their illicit activities, according to a report. Fishing vessels using those flags - which are often purchased online for a few hundred pounds - are responsible for illegal fishing worth £700m a year, the report released yesterday concludes. They are also accused of endangering the marine environment and abusing their crews.
11.03.05 Qaeda says Morocco hostages to be killed, warns envoys
DUBAI, November 3 Supporters of Al-Qaeda's front man in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said they have decided to kill two Moroccan embassy staff they are holding hostage, in an Internet statement posted Thursday. They warned diplomats in Baghdad of a similar fate. "After examining the cases of the detainees, the court decided that they were without doubt loyalists of the oppressors and elements of the apostate regime in Morocco," said the statement whose authenticity could not be independently verified.
11.03.05 Italian FM says won't attend pro-Israel protest outside Iranian embassy in Rome
November 3 Italy's foreign minister said he will not participate in a pro-Israel rally in Rome on Thursday evening to avoid damaging Italian national interests. Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini issued a statement a few hours before the torch-lit demonstration outside the Iranian embassy to protest remarks by the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that Israel should be "wiped off the map."
11.03.05 Libby pleads not guilty in CIA leak case
WASHINGTON (AP) November 3 Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff pleaded not guilty Thursday in the CIA leak scandal, marking the start of what could be a long road to a trial in which Cheney and other top Bush administration officials could be summoned to testify.
11.03.05 US forces capture leader of an insurgent group in Iraq
WASHINGTON, November 3 US forces have captured the leader of an insurgent network responsible for kidnappings and bombings in the restive Iraqi city of Ramadi, the US military said Thursday. Issa Daham Abed Al-Julibawi was taken into custody on Tuesday for illegal weapons possession and identified by another detainee, the US Marines said in a statement.
11.03.05 ADB sees heavy economic toll if bird flu spreads
MANILA (Reuters) November 4 The Asian Development Bank (ADB) estimates a year of shock to demand from an outbreak of bird flu in humans would cause up to $283 billion in damage to Asia's economies and could push the world into recession. In a report released on Thursday, the Manila-based bank said even a mild pandemic would hurt consumption, investment and trade in the region, with Hong Kong and Singapore likely to be worst hit because of their export-driven economies. [More>>thejakartapost.com]
11.03.05 CSIS: terror cell busted
TORONTO, November 3 Canadian counter- terrorism investigators have dismantled a suspected terrorist cell in Toronto whose members included an al-Qaeda-trained explosives expert, the National Post has learned. The cell consisted of four Algerian refugee claimants who had lived in Canada for as long as six years and were alleged members of a radical Islamic terror faction called the Salafist Group for Call and Combat. The central figure of the Toronto-area cell was a former al-Qaeda training camp instructor who studied bomb-making at Osama bin Laden's Al Farooq and Khaldun training camps in eastern Afghanistan.
11.03.05, Seventh night of violence hits Paris suburbs
PARIS (AFP) November 3 Violence broke out in impoverished Paris suburbs for the seventh straight night, with rioters clashing with police and leaving a trail of torched cars and vandalized premises. In Aulnay-sous-Bois in the worst-affected area of Seine-Saint-Denis, a police station was briefly besieged by gangs of youths while a gymnasium and a garage were set ablaze and a commercial centre vandalized, a fire service spokesman said.
11.02.05 Paris rioting spreads
November 3 The French Government was reeling overnight after nearly a week of suburban rioting outside Paris spread to other areas around the capital, laying bare what observers said was the country's failure to address deep problems of poverty and immigration. Gangs of stone-throwing youths torched cars and clashed with police overnight in several towns north and west of Paris in an escalation of dusk-to-dawn violence that erupted following the death of two teenagers in the northeastern suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois. More than 34 people were arrested and 60 vehicles torched in the rampages, prompting President Jacques Chirac to call for calm and vow to investigate the teens' deaths.
NEW YORK (Reuters) November 3 Thousands of protesters staged rallies on Wednesday across the United States against the policies of President George W. Bush, including the war in Iraq and response to Hurricane Katrina.
11.02.05 Al Qaeda chief escapes US base
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) November 2 Security has been tightened at the US military prison in Afghanistan following the escape of a suspected al-Qaeda leader, a U.S. official said Wednesday, as Indonesian terror officials accused Washington of failing to inform them of the breakout. Omar al-Farouq, born in Kuwait to Iraqi parents, was considered one of Osama bin Laden's top lieutenants in Southeast Asia until Indonesian authorities captured him in 2002 and turned him over to the United States. He was one of four suspected Arab terrorists to escape in July from the detention facility at Bagram, the main U.S. base in Afghanistan. It was not clear how long he had been held in Afghanistan. [More>>abcnews.go.com]
11.02.05 Defiant Iran steps up nuclear programme
November 2 Iran today set itself on a collision course with the West by announcing that it was escalating its contentious nuclear programme. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the republic's new hardline President, has reportedly given orders for a fresh batch of uranium to be brought to the plant in Isfahan for processing from next week. Reports suggest that Iran has produced 6.8 tonnes of enriched uranium theoretically enough for a single bomb since resuming activity at the plant in August, in defiance of an agreement with Europe.
11.02.05 Car bomb kills at least 20 Iraqis as violence continues
BAGHDAD (AP) November 2 A suicide car bomb killed about 20 Iraqis and wounded 61 in a town south of Baghdad on Wednesday, and four US service members died in the western city of Ramadi in a car bomb attack and the crash of a military helicopter, officials said. The suicide attack by Sunni-led insurgents occurred at 4:55 p.m., heavily damaging an area with an outdoor market, a restaurant, a mosque and a bus stations in Musayyib, a mostly Shiite town about 60 kilometers (40 miles) south of Baghdad, said police Capt. Muthana Khalid. [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
11.02.05 Afghan ambush kills five policemen
November 2 Five Afghan policemen have been killed in a battle near Afghanistan's southern border with Pakistan, the latest in a spate of attacks on the fledgling security force, an official said. The police were ambushed late on Tuesday as they were driving in the mountains of Helmand province's Dishu district, said Ghulam Muhiddin, the provincial administrator. A purported spokesman for the Taliban, Qari Mohammed Yousaf, said fighters beheaded the men after the battle, but this could not be confirmed. Yousaf spoke to The Associated Press by satellite telephone from an undisclosed location. His exact tie to the Taliban leadership is not clear. [More>>aljazeera.net]
11.02.05 Violence across Ethiopian capital
November 2 At least 23 people have been shot dead in a second day of violence in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. Hundreds of heavily armed police and troops deployed across the city as the sounds of heavy machine guns and loud explosions reverberated. Doctors told reporters of more than 150 people coming to hospital wounded in clashes between stone-throwing opposition supporters and police. The opposition resumed protests this week over polls they say were rigged. They are the worst disturbances in Africa's second most populous country since protests ignited after the May elections when some 36 people died and hundreds were arrested. [More>>bbc.co.uk]
11.02.05 China bans poultry imports from 14 countries
BEIJING (AFP) November 2 China has banned imports of poultry products from 14 countries including Thailand and Japan until further notice in a bid to protect itself from the bird flu threat, state media reported Wednesday. The import ban, announced by the ministries of commerce and agriculture and other agencies, took effect Tuesday and will stay in force until the government explicitly announces it has been lifted, the Beijing News said.
11.02.05 Pakistan quake toll leaps to more than 73,000
ISLAMABAD (AFP) November 2 Pakistan on Wednesday raised its death toll from last month¹s catastrophic earthquake to more than 73,000, making it one of the deadliest tremors in recent history. The new figure was a jump of more than 16,000 from the number given on Tuesday and the United Nations has warned it could rise still further unless the international community gives more cash to relief efforts.
11.02.05 Terrorist strikes near Mufti's house, 7 killed
SRINAGAR, November 2 A suicide bomber blew his car at a checkpoint, killing seven including two policemen and four civilians, near the residence of outgoing Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. The attack came the same day when Ghulam Nabi Azad takes the oath as the new Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan based militant organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the attack. The militant detonated the bomb in his explosive laden Maruti car, when he was stopped at a checkpoint at Nowgam on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway at 11:20 am after the police received a tip-off about the attack. [More>>expressindia.com; See an update on the Delhi bombing story, expressindia.com, "Linkage to Delhi blasts traced to Muzaffarabad."]
11.02.05 China, Viet Nam to jointly explore oil, gas
HANOI, November 2 Visiting President Hu Jintao yesterday became the first foreign leader to address Viet Nam's parliament, as he called for closer links between Beijing and Hanoi. Hu said the two neighbors are both at a "crucial stage" of reform and development, a stage that demands more co-operation and mutual trust...Hu said China-Viet Nam relations have entered a new era of "all-round friendship and co-operation," and reiterated China's pursuit of peace, mutual benefit and dialogue over divergences in diplomacy with neighboring countries.
11.01.05 GOP angered by closed Senate session
WASHINGTON, November 1 The US Senate went into a rare closed session today after Democrats invoked a seldom used rule to back their demands for greater oversight by the Republican-controlled body, particularly on the Bush administration's use of intelligence in taking the country to war in Iraq.
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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