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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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12.16.05 Radiation alert at Chechen plant
December 16 Prosecutors in Chechnya have opened a criminal investigation after finding "catastrophic" levels of radioactivity at a chemical factory. Investigators say the radiation in one place reportedly 58,000 times the usual level poses a danger to people in the region's capital, Grozny. The case has also raised fears militants could take radioactive waste to use in a so-called "dirty bomb." The plant has reportedly not been secured since Russia bombed it in 1999. For years, rebels in Chechnya have been fighting a separatist struggle against Russian forces. [More.>bbc.co.uk]
12.16.05 Bush lets US spy on callers without courts
WASHINGTON, December 15 Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying, according to government officials. Under a presidential order signed in 2002, the intelligence agency has monitored the international telephone calls and international e-mail messages of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people inside the United States without warrants over the past three years in an effort to track possible "dirty numbers" linked to Al Qaeda, the officials said. The agency, they said, still seeks warrants to monitor entirely domestic communications. [More>>nytimes.com]
12.15.05 Sunnis join big Iraq election turnout
BAGHDAD (Reuters) December 16 Minority Sunni Arabs swelled the turnout in Iraq's largely peaceful election on Thursday, reversing a previous poll boycott that only increased their loss of power after the fall of Saddam Hussein. With nationalist insurgents supporting the poll and even vowing to protect Sunni Arab voters, there was only sporadic violence, well below normal Iraqi levels. Turnout in 10 hours of voting was at least 10 million, or 67 percent, the head of Iraq's Electoral Commission told Reuters, much higher than the 58 percent who voted in the previous election on Jan. 30, when most Sunni Arabs boycotted.
12.15.05 Bush defends US right to launch pre-emptive attacks
December 15 President George W. Bush said he would preemptively attack another country if he deemed it necessary hoping that Thursday's parliamentary election in Iraq would put pressure on the governments of Iran and Syria. Bush's comments came as quiet fell across most of Iraq as a draconian security lockdown and an informal cease-fire by many Sunni Arab rebels stifled all but sporadic violence. Bush, who embraced preemptive war as US strategy after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, did not identify any potential targets but said the Iraqi vote would put pressure on the governments of Iran and Syria.
12.15.05 France hid extent of Chernobyl contamination: report
PARIS, December 15 French authorities deliberately suppressed information about the spread of radioactive fallout from the May 1986 Chernobyl disaster over France, according to details of an experts' report leaked Thursday. Two independent physicists say in the report that the state-run Central Service for Protection against Radioactive Rays (SCPRI) knew of high levels of contamination in Corsica and southeastern France but kept the details under wraps. The study was commissioned by magistrate Marie-Odile Bertella-Geffroy, who since 2001 has been examining allegations that the atomic cloud from Chernobyl caused a surge in cases of thyroid cancer in parts of France. [More>>jang.com.pk]
Update, 12.15.05 US vaccine manufacturer mulling possibility of producing bird flu
JAKARTA (AP) December 15 US drug manufacturer Baxter Healthcare Corp. is considering working with Indonesia to try to produce a human vaccine for bird flu, a senior company executive said Thursday. Kim C. Bush, Baxter's president for vaccine production, made the comments after meeting with Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari who said she hoped a deal could be signed before January. "We will cooperate as long as Baxter agrees to make a vaccine for the Indonesian strain (of the H5N1 bird flu virus)," Siti Fadilah said. The H5N1 strain of bird flu has killed at least 71 people in Asia since 2003 nine of them in Indonesia. [More>>thejakartapost.com ; See related story (Reuters), thestar.com, "Romania sees bird flu spreading to Bulgaria." : Romania confirmed cases of deadly avian flu in birds in five more villages in and around the Danube delta on Thursday and warned migratory flocks could carry the virus south to neighbouring Bulgaria ; and chinabroadcast.cn, "China confirms one more human case of bird flu."]
12.15.05 French police snare Zarqawi-linked terror suspects
BAGHDAD (AP) December 15 French counterterrorism agents on Thursday arrested three people suspected of belonging to a terror group with "indirect links" to Al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a police spokeswoman said. The roundup near Paris came in connection with a similar sweep Monday near the capital and in the northern Oise region which netted 25 suspects, said national police spokeswoman Catherine Casteran. The three were believed to be part of a terror ring with "indirect links" to al-Zarqawi, she said. [More>>foxnews.com]
12.15.05 Update, 12.14.05 Kazakhstan set to open pipeline to China
December 15 Kazakhstan is due to open the valves Thursday on a major pipeline carrying oil to fuel-hungry China, establishing the energy-rich former Soviet republic's first oil export route that bypasses Russia. For the vast Central Asian nation, which is expected to become one of the world's largest oil exporters, the 625-mile pipeline opens a huge market. It is designed to carry 140 million barrels of oil annually to China. For China, the new route is a key achievement in aggressive efforts to secure foreign energy supplies for its booming economy.
12.14.05 Snipe hunting season has opened!
December 14 (Maravot News) Bob Fertik of ImpeachPAC, an organization that seeks to impeach George W. Bush, filed an interesting article complaining about the negative influence Practical Political Consulting has on his support of Tony Trupiano who is running for Michigan's 11th District, near Detroit. Fertik writes this comment concerning the affair:
Editorial note: That the American democratic arena has fallen to alien concepts on democracy is somewhat revolting. We invited Grebner to comment on this story and will post his comment if it arrives in time for this edition. This may be problematic of the bloody election to come.
12.14.05 Enemies of the State?
December 15 Nigel Morris, Home Affairs Correspondent, independent.co.uk, reports : Four men deprived of their liberty for four years on suspicion of being international terrorists disclose today that they have not once been questioned by police or security services since being arrested. The four, who were among 16 suspects detained without trial under post-11 September terror legislation, later overturned by the law lords, give harrowing accounts of the treatment they have suffered. All are now under virtual house arrest. Although three face deportation, The Independent has learnt that there is no prospect of the men ever being questioned over the offences they are alleged to have committed. In interviews with Amnesty International, the four - three Algerians and a Palestinian - say their detentions have harmed their physical and mental health. They also complain that their treatment has had a devastating impact on their wives and families. [More>>independent.co.uk]
12.14.05 Bush defends Iraq strategy on eve of parliamentary elections
WASHINGTON, December 14 A day before Iraq's first parliamentary elections, President Bush said today that Americans would have to remain patient and should expect more bloodshed as Iraqis struggled toward stability and democracy. In the last of four speeches laying out his strategy for winning the war and bringing American troops home, Mr. Bush struck a tone of realism and acknowledged more directly than he had before that his decision to invade Iraq was based in part on faulty intelligence.
12.14.05 Iran's Ahmadinejad's Holocaust remarks stir fresh uproar
BERLIN (Reuters) December 14 Remarks by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that the Holocaust was a myth stirred fresh uproar on Wednesday, and European countries said they could undermine efforts to end a row over Teheranıs nuclear programme. Ahmadinejad, who said last week that he doubted the killing of six million Jews by the Nazis, strengthened his comments on Wednesday.
12.13.05 Trying to communicate with the Lord of the Flies
December 13 (Maravot News) ABC News broadcasted this evening the dearth of electricity and sewage disposal for the citizens of Baghdad since the fall of Saddam Hussein, as they head towards the polls. One poignant clip showed children playing in a narrow walkway around the three sides of their school courtyard. The courtyard itself was flooded with sewage. Vignettes of the study showed children complaining about infections from the sewage. Other scenes of Baghdad showed streets flowing with sewage.
12.12.05 New Mehlis report implicates Syria
December 12 New evidence has reinforced investigators' belief that the Syrian and Lebanese intelligence services were probably involved in the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister, a UN inquiry says in its latest report. The 25-page report from the team of Detlev Mehlis, the German prosecutor, again accused Syria of trying to obstruct his inquiry when it demanded that he revise his findings after a key witness recanted his testimony. The report was delivered on the same day that a car bomb killed a prominent Lebanese journalist and lawmaker, Gibran Tueni. It was the latest in a string of assassinations of anti-Syrian figures in Lebanon, and many quickly accused Damascus of the slaying. [More>>aljazeera.net : See related report, timesonline.co.uk, "Syria blamed as another critic is murdered in car bombing."]
12.12.05 US rejects Al-Qaeda claim that bin Laden still leading
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) December 12 The US ambassador to Pakistan said on Monday he did not believe Osama bin Laden was still in operational control of Al Qaeda and the militant network was in "serious trouble." Speaking to reporters in Islamabad, Ryan Crocker contradicted comments in a video interview posted on an Islamist Web site last week in which Al Qaedaıs deputy leader, Ayman Al Zawahri, said bin Laden was still leading the groupıs war on the West.
12.11.05 On the trail of the CIA America's secret war
December 10 Since Sept. 11, the CIA has played a vital role in the war on terror. But what role is it? Operating in the shadows, American secret services have been given wide-ranging powers by the Bush Administration. And they include murder, abduction and torture. It's Saturday, Sept. 15, 2001, four days after the terror attacks in New York and Washington. US President George W. Bush withdraws with his closest advisors to Camp David in order to escape the chaos of the week and to develop the first plans to confront the new and unprecedented challenge facing the United States.
12.11.05 Encroaching seas test ingenuity of lowlands
VENICE, Italy, December 11 Robert Lee Hotz, Times Staff Writer, provides a comparative report: Venetians let the tide wash through their city while the Dutch strong-arm the ocean. Strategies for New Orleans can be seen in these watery battle fronts. The warning siren howls in the dark. As always, the flood arrives on the tide. Water slops over the rim of the city's canals, bubbles up through drains and, as the morning hours progress, surges into the ground-floor vestibules of palaces along the Grand Canal. It leaves stripes on sills, green and brown with a sticky scum of sewage.
12.11.05 Germany warns of fallout over Iranian leader's anti-Israel remarks
BERLIN (AFP) December 11 Germany will push for ³political consequences² in the United Nations and the European Union over Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejadıs verbal attacks on Israel, Vice Chancellor Franz Muentefering said on Sunday. "Whatever is said will one day be desired to be done," the employment and social welfare minister said after a meeting in Berlin with Paul Spiegel, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany.
12.11.05 Defense Minister official: No plan to attack Iran 'at the moment'
December 11 The senior Defense Ministry official for diplomatic policy refrained Sunday from ruling out a future Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear sites, saying that "at the moment" the emphasis was on international diplomatic pressure, and that the details in a British newspaper report saying plans were being prepared for such an operation appeared "more imaginary than real."
12.11.05 Four more US soldiers killed as Iraq edges nervously towards election day
BAGHDAD, December 11 Hamlet is not usually quoted in the mosques of Baghdad but on Friday, Imam Abdullah in the al-Mohsinin mosque in the Yarmouk district, paused dramatically in his address before telling worshippers that "the question for the Sunni people is to be, or not to be." He was urging them to vote in Thursday's election for the National Assembly. He said the Sunni had committed "a very great error when they did not vote in the January election." Their enemies had taken over the government. The Prime Minister permitted death squads to operate against the Sunni community.
12.11.05 Iran approves Russian participation in gas pipeline project
TEHRAN (RIA Novosti) December 11 Iran agrees to Russia's participation in a transnational project to build a pipeline transporting Iranian natural gas to Pakistan and India, a spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry said Sunday. Hamid Reza Asefi said, "Russia is a powerful state with advanced technologies. We agree to Russia's participation in the project to construct the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline." He expressed his hope that India and Pakistan would not object to Russia's involvement in the project. In late November 2005, Russian Industry and Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko said that Russia was interested taking part in the pipeline construction, and that Russian energy giant Gazprom was prepared to take on a share of the project risk. The estimated cost of the 2,500 kilometer (1550 mile) pipeline is $4.5 billion. [rian.ru]
12.10.05 It's called Apophis. It's 390 m wide. And it could hit Earth in 31 years times
December 07 In Egyptian myth, Apophis was the ancient spirit of evil and destruction, a demon that was determined to plunge the world into eternal darkness. A fitting name, astronomers reasoned, for a menace now hurtling towards Earth from outer space. Scientists are monitoring the progress of a 390-metre wide asteroid discovered last year that is potentially on a collision course with the planet, and are imploring governments to decide on a strategy for dealing with it. Nasa has estimated that an impact from Apophis, which has an outside chance of hitting the Earth in 2036, would release more than 100,000 times the energy released in the nuclear blast over Hiroshima. Thousands of square kilometres would be directly affected by the blast but the whole of the Earth would see the effects of the dust released into the atmosphere.
12.04.05 Many Iraqi voters want Americans to go home
BAGHDAD (Reuters) December 04 Anti-Western feeling is running high ahead of Iraqıs election this month and many voters think sending US troops home should be the priority of the next government, an informal survey by Reuters indicated. Campaigning for the Dec. 15 parliamentary election has not focused much on the US-led occupation, but one finding of a survey of dozens of voters by Reuters was the desire for foreign troops to leave the country. In the campaign, it has been some Sunni Arab minority parties who, in common with rebel groups from the once-dominant Sunni community, have made foreign troop withdrawal a prime demand. Other politicians, however, know they need US soldiers to stop the Sunni-led insurgency tipping Iraq into civil war, but many of their constituents think the troops make matters worse. [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
12.04.05 Crowd pelts Allawi at shrine
December 04 A crowd hurling shoes, stones and tomatoes has prompted Iyad Allawi, the former prime minister, to cut short a visit to Iraq's holiest Shia shrine during a campaign trip to the city of Najaf. A spokeswoman for Allawi, a secular Shia, said she had no information on the incident but confirmed that Allawi, who is challenging the ruling Shia Islamist Alliance bloc at next week's parliamentary election, had been in Najaf on Sunday. A police captain, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a large crowd of worshippers at the Imam Ali mosque hurled sandals and shoes at Allawi a grave insult in the Iraqi culture. A second police officer said some of Allawi's bodyguards fired in the air to disperse the crowd that threw stones, sticks, tomatoes and other projectiles at him. Police intervened to break up the disturbance, he said. [More>>aljazeera.net]
12.03.05 Woman with a new face looked in the mirror and said 'Merci'
December 03 The woman who received the worldıs first partial face transplant this week is eating, drinking and talking and is happy with her new features, her surgeons said yesterday. When Isabelle Dinoire woke up 24 hours after the pioneering operation, she touched the skin that had been grafted around her nose, mouth and chin, looked at herself in a mirror and said: ³Merci², according to Bernard Devauchelle, who led the medical team. Professor Devauchelle, head of the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery at Amiens University Hospital in northern France, told a press conference that the results had exceeded his expectations. ³She does not look as though she had a graft,² he said. ³She just looks as though she has a wound.² Matching the skin colour and texture of the donor and recipient had also ³surpassed our hopes², the surgeon added. [More>>timesonline.co.uk]
12.03.05 Mass grave found in Lebanon
December 03 Lebanese forces have unearthed at least 20 decomposed corpses in a grave in a town that was once the headquarters of Syrian intelligence, security sources say. Witnesses and security sources said on Saturday that the bodies, most now only skeletons in scraps of underwear, were found on an old onion farm in Anjar, a town in the east of the country used by Syrian intelligence as a jail and interrogation centre. They said the bodies had lain in the shallow grave for more than 12 years but it was not immediately clear who they were and how they had died. Security forces were using a bulldozer to dig for more bodies. It is the first such find directly linked to the Syrian presence, which ended in April after nearly 30 years. [More>>aljazeera.net]
12.03.05 Bird flu virus in Ukraine: report
KIEV, Ukraine (AFP) December 03 Bird flu cases of the H5 variety have been discovered in Ukraine's southern Crimea peninsula according to preliminary test results, the Interfax news agency reported today. The H5 virus strain was found among domestic chickens and geese in the Sovetskyi and Nizhnegorsky regions of the Crimea, agricultural ministry officials told the agency. [More>>theaustralian.news.com.au ; See also related story, thejakartapost.com, "Indonesia confirms eighth death from bird flu."]
12.03.05 One of al-Qaida's top five leaders killed
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) December 03 One of al-Qaida's top five leaders, a key associate of Ayman al-Zawahri, was tracked down with U.S. help and killed by Pakistani security forces in a rocket attack near the Afghan border, officials said Saturday. Hamza Rabia, believed to have become al-Qaida's operational commander after the arrest of Abu Farraj al-Libbi in northwestern Pakistan in May, ranks somewhere between third and fifth in the terror network's hierarchy, officials said. He was among five people who died in an explosion Thursday in the North Waziristan tribal area. Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said Rabia's remains were identified via a DNA test. [More>>abcnews.go.com]
12.03.05 Taipei skyscraper may have triggered quakes
December O3 Taipei 101 is a building with a lot to boast about. Standing 508 metres high, it is the world's tallest. And at 700,000 tons, it must be among the heaviest. But the sheer size of the Taiwan skyscraper has raised unexpected concerns that may have far-reaching implications for the construction of other buildings and man-made megastructures. Taipei 101 is thought to have triggered two recent earthquakes because of the stress that it exerts on the ground beneath it.
12.03.05 Ambush kills 15 Iraqi troops north of Baghdad
BAQUBA, Iraq (Reuters) December 03 Insurgents ambushed an Iraqi army patrol north of Baghdad on Saturday, killing 15 soldiers in a well-planned attack, a day after the Pentagon announced 10 US Marines were killed by a bomb west of the capital. The Iraqi soldiers were travelling in a five-vehicle patrol near Baquba, 60 km (40 miles) from Baghdad, when they were hit by a roadside bomb. Immediately afterwards, gunmen opened fire in what police described as a well-planned assault. Hospital officials in Baquba said 15 soldiers were killed and that they were all from southern Iraq where the population is largely Shia Muslim, potentially adding a sectarian element to the attack. [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
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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