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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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12.02.05 New US-Iraqi operation launched in Ramadi
BAGHDAD (AFP) December 02 US and Iraqi forces in Iraq launched a new operation in Ramadi on Friday, the day after militants staged a symbolic attack on the town, as a new report suggested the insurgency could get stronger. Approximately 200 Iraqi Army soldiers and 300 Marines are taking part in Operation Shank, the fifth operation over the last few weeks targeting insurgents in the area around Ramadi, west of Baghdad. The offensive came a day after residents of Ramadi reported on Thursday a sudden insurgent presence on the streets, with dozens of fighters roaming unchecked through Ramadi and putting up Al Qaeda posters. [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
12.02.05 Iran and Russia sign $1 billion defence deal
MOSCOW (Reuters) December 02 Russia plans to sell more than $1 billion worth of tactical surface-to-air missiles and other defence hardware to Iran, media reported on Friday. Moscow is already at odds with the West over its nuclear ties with Tehran but has sought to use its warm relations with Iran to be recognized as a key mediator between the West and the Islamic Republic.
12.02.05 Torture in China 'widespread'
December 02 A United Nations rights investigator said today torture was still widespread in China and accused authorities of trying to obstruct his work on a historic 12-day fact-finding mission. "Torture is on the decline but it is still widespread," Manfred Nowak, the UN Human Rights Commission's special rapporteur on torture, told a press briefing at the end of his trip.
12.01.05 Blair faces allegations of complicity in torture
December 02 Pressure is mounting on the White House to answer claims that the CIA is using UK airports to fly terrorist suspects for torture in secret prisons in Europe. Elizabeth Wilmshurst, the former Foreign Office lawyer who resigned over the Iraq war, warned Tony Blair last night that he cannot duck the questions crowding in about the flights which could mean Britain has been complicit in torture. In The Independent, Ms. Wilmshurst, now a fellow of Chatham House, said the Prime Minister could not justify breaking the international convention against torture by saying the "rules of the game have changed" because of the war on terrorism. Britain's European partners stepped up the pressure for details to be disclosed about hundreds of secret flights by CIA-operated jets...Twenty-six planes apparently used by the CIA have made 307 flights in Europe since 9/11. Of these, 94 had stops in Germany and 76 in Britain, at Luton, Glasgow, Prestwick and Northolt. The UK government has denied prisoners are being held on a US-operated base on British-owned Diego Garcia.
12.01.05 IDF soldiers arrest Al Jazeera TV reporter based in West Bank
(Reuters) December 01 Israel Defense Forces troops operating in the West Bank town of Hebron on Wednesday arrested a reporter for the Web site of the Arabic satellite channel Al Jazeera television station. Awad Rajoub, 29, was arrested at his home, Walid al-Amari, Al Jazeera bureau chief for the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem, said on Thursday. Israel has not explained the arrest, he told Reuters. "We are checking to find out why they arrested him." An IDF spokeswoman said that Awad was being held "for security reasons." [haaretzdaily.com ; See also aljazeera.net : A journalist working for Aljazeera.net has been arrested by Israeli forces from the occupied West Bank....]
12.01.05 Rebels launch brief assault in western Iraq city
BAGHDAD (Reuters) December 01 Insurgents launched a brief assault west of Baghdad on Thursday, firing mortar rounds and rockets at a US base and local government buildings, the day after Washington unveiled its new strategy for victory in Iraq. Residents said heavily armed men wearing masks attacked a US garrison in the centre of Ramadi, a rebellious city 110 km (65 miles) west of Baghdad, and fired on nearby council offices before seizing several streets. Leaflets were distributed saying that Al Qaeda in Iraq, the group led by Jordanian militant Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, was taking control. But after a couple of hours, most of the militants dispersed and the city appeared to return to relative calm. [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
12.01.05 Two US allies leaving Iraq, more may go
(AP) December 01 Two of America's allies in Iraq are withdrawing forces this month and a half-dozen others are debating possible pullouts or reductions, increasing pressure on Washington as calls mount to bring home U.S. troops. Bulgaria and Ukraine will begin withdrawing their combined 1,250 troops by mid-December. If Australia, Britain, Italy, Japan, Poland and South Korea reduce or recall their personnel, more than half of the non-American forces in Iraq could be gone by next summer.
12.01.05 Blasts kill five militants in N. Waziristan
PESHAWAR, Pakistan, December 02 Five suspected militants, including three Uzbek nationals, blew themselves up while making bombs in a North Waziristan house early on Thursday, official said. But residents of Haisori village, 4 kms off Miranshah headquarters of the agency, said the explosions were caused by missile attacks by US aircraft, a charge the political administration and Pakistan Army flatly rejected. Political Agent of North Waziristan, Syed Zaheerul Islam said the explosives were stored to make improvised explosive devices or IEDs. Other officials said the razed house was owned by a local tribesman Sadeeq, son of Karamat. [More>>jang.com.pk]
12.01.05 US is said to pay to plant articles in Iraq
WASHINGTON, December 01 Titled "The Sands Are Blowing Toward a Democratic Iraq," an article written this week for publication in the Iraqi press was scornful of outsiders' pessimism about the country's future.
12.01.05 Most Americans doubt Bush: poll
WASHINGTON (AFP) December 01 A MAJORITY of Americans doubt US President George W. Bush has a strategy for Iraq that will achieve victory, according to a new poll released after Mr Bush laid out his Iraq policy. The CNN/Gallup poll showed that 55 per cent did not believe Mr Bush has a plan that will achieve victory for the United States in Iraq, while 41 per cent thought he did. The survey was conducted by telephone among 606 Americans after Mr Bush's televised speech at the US Naval Academy, although CNN noted that only 10 per cent had seen it live and two-thirds had not heard or read news coverage about it. It showed, however, that six in 10 Americans believe US troops should not be withdrawn from Iraq until certain goals are achieved, while 35 per cent said they want a timetable for their pullout. [More>>theaustralian.news.com.au ; See also related story washingtonpost.com, "An offering of detail but no new substance" ]
12.01.05 Six charged with terror offences in Belgium
BRUSSELS, December 01 Six people have been charged with terrorism offences in Belgium in an investigation into a woman who carried out a suicide attack in Iraq last month, prosecutors said on Thursday. One of the six was freed on conditional release. They were among 15 people arrested on Wednesday -- 14 in Belgium and one in France -- in raids linked to the bomb attack in the Baghdad region on November 9 which killed up to six people.
12.01.05 Bird flu reappears in Romania
BUCHAREST, Romania (AFP) December 01 A New case of the H5 strain of bird flu has been detected in a duck and a chicken at Periprava in the Danube Delta. "As from today, Thursday, we are going to start the slaughter of about 1500 birds at Periprava," said Ioan Boieru, the sub-prefect of the south-east Tulcea region of Romania. "We are counting on the good cooperation of breeders, since they will all be compensated."
12.01.05 View from Titan's surface
November 30 Images from the European Space Agency's Huygens probe descent imager/spectral radiometer side-looking imager and from the medium resolution imager, acquired after landing, were merged to produce this image.
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11.30.05 Gunmen kill 9 in Iraq; Bush to flag war strategy
BAGHDAD (Reuters) November 30 Masked men shot dead nine Iraqis near Baghdad on Wednesday, underscoring the country's dire security situation two weeks before elections and as President George W. Bush was due to unveil a comprehensive new strategy. In a speech to be delivered at the U.S. Naval Academy later on Wednesday, Bush was to lay out plans for boosting the funding and training of Iraqi security forces, putting them in charge of fighting insurgents and allowing U.S. forces to slowly withdraw. Amid intense and mounting criticism at home over how the war in Iraq is going, Bush is scheduled to make a series of speeches in the run up to Iraqi elections on Dec. 15 in an effort to show U.S. forces are on top and that victory is possible.
11.30.05 Saudi women score twice in first poll run
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) November 30 Two Saudi businesswomen swept to a surprise victory in chamber of commerce elections on Wednesday in the first polls in which women stood as candidates in the conservative Muslim kingdom. "Iım happy, but Iım still under shock," Lama Al Suleiman, one of the two winners, told AFP. She was summing up the feelings of many election activists and watchers who had expected, at best, one woman to be elected to the board of directors of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
11.30.05 Korea starts DMB mobile television service today
November 30 Major Korean broadcasting companies will begin land-based mobile television services today, allowing people on the move to view multimedia broadcasting programs anytime and anywhere via cell phones and other communication devices. The terrestrial digital media broadcasting, as the service is better known here, however, debuts amid lingering doubts over its demand and as the nation's mobile operators are reluctant to market DMB-enabled handsets and terminals in the absence of a clear profit revenue model for them. Further, service providers have yet to show they can provide attractive contents and services instead of re-runs of their programs on fixed-line channels. Nonetheless, the launch of the mobile television service, the world's first, marks a step forward in Korea's initiative to integrate broadcasting and communication and usher in the ubiquitous era of communications. [More>>koreaherald.co.kr]
11.30.05 Suspected Indonesian bird flu patient dies in hospital
JAKARTA (AFP) November 30 A 25-year-old Indonesian woman suspected of suffering from bird flu has died in a Jakarta hospital, its spokesman said Wednesday. Sri Wahyuni, who returned positive results to initial tests for the deadly H5N1 avian influenza strain carried out by the Indonesian health ministry, died at Sulianti Saroso Hospital Tuesday, said spokesman Ilham Patu. Further tests are being conducted at the World Health Organization laboratory in Hong Kong to confirm whether Wahyuni is Indonesia's eighth bird flu fatality and 13th case in the world's fourth most populous country. More than a dozen deaths are suspected to have occurred here, with an overstretched health system battling to respond to outbreaks and animal health experts also struggling to keep track of numerous clusters of bird infections. [More>>thejakartapost.com]
11.30.05 Myanmar government attacks ethnic villages, 1,000 flee
MAE SOT, Thailand (Reuters) November 30 Myanmar troops have launched attacks on ethnic rebel villages near the Thai-Myanmar border, setting fire to homes and forcing 1,000 civilians to flee, a rebel leader said on Wednesday. Government forces raided six villages in Karen and Kaya states over the weekend, burning 100 homes and rice barns, Mhan Shar La Pan, secretary-general of the Karen National Union, told Reuters by telephone from his base in Myanmar. "They have arrested some villagers and fired artillery at civilians who had fled," he said, adding that he had no reports of casualties.
11.29.05 Russian gas dispute puts European supply at risk
November 30 Vital gas supplies to Western Europe are under threat because of an acrimonious dispute between Russia and Ukraine over that countryıs recent embrace of the European Union and Nato. The row is focusing attention on the Westıs growing dependence on Russian gas, and raising fears that the Kremlin has started to use its status as a leading energy producer as an instrument of foreign policy. Russia wants to triple the price of the gas it sells to Ukraine, starting from January 1, in part because the country has shifted its allegiance to the West.
11.29.05 Iranian pilgrims, German woman seized in Iraq
BAGHDAD (Reuters) November 29 Four Iranian pilgrims and a German woman were missing in Iraq on Tuesday after being seized by gunmen, in an apparent return to the dire security conditions foreigners faced from hostage takers in the country last year. The abductions follow the seizure of four foreign aid workers -- two Canadians, a Briton and an American -- who were snatched from their vehicle in western Baghdad on Saturday. The six Iranians, four men and two women, were taken on Monday with an Iraqi woman as they were returning from a visit to a Shia Muslim holy site, Iraqi police said. The three women were later released, but it was not clear under what circumstances. Teheran has asked Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafariıs government to assist in securing the release of the remaining four hostages, Iranian television reported. [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
11.29.05 China reports two new bird flu outbreaks
(Reuters) November 30 China has confirmed two new outbreaks of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu in poultry as the virus continues to take its toll on Asia, heightening concern among health experts searching for ways to contain it.
11.29.05 Ex-Powell aide rips Bush on Iraq, detainees
WASHINGTON (AP) November 29 A top aide to former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Monday that wrongheaded ideas for the handling of foreign detainees arose from White House and Pentagon officials who argued that ³the president of the United States is all-powerful² and the Geneva Conventions irrelevant. In an Associated Press interview, former Powell chief of staff Lawrence Wilkerson also said President Bush was ³too aloof, too distant from the details² of postwar planning. Underlings exploited Bushıs detachment and made poor decisions, Wilkerson said.
11.29.05 EU members face sanctions over secret CIA prisons
November 29 The dispute over CIA detention centres threatened to open a fresh rift within Europe last night after the European Commission warned that any country found to be hosting the secret prisons could be penalized. Meanwhile, the United States said that it needed more time to respond to allegations about the centres - the first time, at least in public, that Washington has not simply refused to comment on the issue. Franco Frattini, the European commissioner for justice and home affairs, warned that any countries found to be allowing the CIA to operate the detention centres - part of a global secret gulag used to hold al-Qa'ida suspects and other "ghost detainees" - could have its voting rights suspended. [More>>independent.co.uk]
11.29.05 Global warming set to hit Europe
PARIS, November 29 Europe is facing the worst climate change in five millennia as a result of global warming, the European Environment Agency (EAA) has warned in a report. Europe's four hottest years on record were 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2004, the agency said. "Ten per cent of Alpine glaciers disappeared during the summer of 2003 alone," the report said. "At current rates, three-quarters of Switzerland's glaciers will have melted by 2050. Europe has not seen climate changes on this scale for 5,000 years." The report was issued at the agency's headquarters in Copenhagen, coinciding with the first full day of debate at key UN talks on curbing the greenhouse gases that stoke global warming. [More>>theaustralian.news.com.au]
11.29.05 Pneumonia cases rocket in Pakistan quake zone
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) November 29 Hundreds of people, most of them children, have contracted pneumonia in Pakistanıs earthquake-stricken zone as harsh winter weather sets in, health officials said on Tuesday. But the United Nations and government officials denied reports of any cold-related deaths so far in the region where more than 73,000 people were killed in the Oct. 8 earthquake.
11.28.05 China: Bird flu virus in humans mutating
(AFP / Xinhua) November 29 The H5N1 strain of bird flu seen in human cases in China has mutated as compared with strains found in human cases in Vietnam. Chinese labs have found that the genetic order of the H5N1 virus seen in humans infected in China is different from that found in humans in Vietnam, Xinhua news agency reported Monday. In China's human cases, the virus has mutated "to a certain degree," health ministry spokesman Mao Qun'an was quoted as saying. "But the mutation cannot cause human-to-human transmission of the avian flu," he noted.
11.28.05 Saddam trial adjourned after brief witness testimony
BAGHDAD (Reuters) November 28 Saddam Hussein argued with the judge and complained about Iraq's "occupiers" when his trial for crimes against humanity reconvened in Baghdad on Monday with the prosecution presenting the first witness testimony.
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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