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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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December 29 An interview by David Swanson of Congressman John Conyers brings forth a statement on democracy from Conyers that can be compared to Demosthene's address, "On the Crown." The audio of Congressman John Conyers talks about the Bush Administration's national and international crimes, and their rule of law through "intimidation." The conversation was recorded by Swanson with the Congressman on December 29th and is well worth the hearing and also taking notes (for those who are studying Political Science or law). To listen to the 24 minute conversation, mp3, click here. The bills and and the report referred to in the conversation are here. David Swanson is a journalist affiliated with
12.30.05 Update, 12.29.05 Iraq Al Qaeda claims missile attack on Israel: website
DUBAI (Reuters) December 29 Al Qaeda in Iraq said it had launched missiles at Israel from Lebanon as part of a ³new attack² on the Jewish state, a statement posted on the Web said on Thursday. It appeared to be the first claim of responsibility from Al Qaeda for an attack on Israel from Lebanon. A senior Israeli security source questioned the claim.
12.30.05 Deadly attacks shake Baghdad
December 30 A car bomber and a mortar have killed five people and injured 10 others in two separate attacks in Baghdad, Aljazeera reports. On Friday the car bomber blew himself up next to a police patrol in a commercial area on al-Kifah street, killing three Iraqi civilians and injuring two police officers, Lieutenant Ali Mitaab said. The mortar landed in Baghdad's Shourja market and killed three Iraqi civilians and injured 21 others, police Lieutenant Thaer Mahmoud said. The market was closed because of the Friday holiday. [More>>aljazeera.net]
12.29.05 The future of the dollar
December 26 - January 2 issue The smart money is betting, once again, that the days of the almighty dollar are numbered. And just because this prediction was startlingly wrong for 2005 doesn't mean it's wrong again for 2006. After a yearlong bull run fed by rising U.S. interest rates, political disarray in the euro zone and sustained dollar buying by Asian central banks, the dollar is running out of fuel, say economists and investors. The latest warning shot came when the European Central Bank, led by president Jean-Claude Trichet, earlier this month raised its basic interest rate for the first time in 30 months, a move that could attract investors to the euro. After the first quarter of 2006 "things get dicier" for the dollar, says Anton Pil, global head of fixed income for JP Morgan Private Bank. "You'll start seeing the unwinding of dollar positions back into euros and yen... and then the debt cloud will re-enter the picture." [More>msnbc.msn.com ; See also Maravot News June 17, 1905, "Federal Debt not a concern of the press."]
12.29.05 China confirms 7th human bird flu case
BEIJING (Xinhuanet) December 29 The Ministry of Health on Thursday announced the country's seventh human case of H5N1 bird flu. The infected was a 41-year-old factory worker surnamed Zhou in Sanming City, east China's Fujian Province. She showed symptoms offever and pneumonia on Dec. 6 and was hospitalized two days later.She died on Dec. 21, according to a report released by the ministry. [More>>xinhuanet.com]
12.29.05 Govt talks resume; Shi'ite family massacred
DUKAN, Iraq (Reuters) December 30 Iraq's most powerful Shi'ite politician met the country's Kurdish president at a lakeside retreat on Thursday to sketch out plans for a grand coalition government capable of ending violent sectarian unrest. In an illustration of the size of the task the politicians face, 11 members of a Shi'ite family had their throats slit in an attack south of Baghdad. Police said insurgents had warned the family to move out of their largely Sunni neighbourhood.
12.29.05 Aid agencies predicted winter disaster now it is reality for people of Kashmir
JANDALY, Kashmir, December 30 ... According to Ishfaq Ahmed of the Kashmir International Relief Fund, 100 children have died of the cold in the past month in the towns of Muzaffarabad and Bagh alone, and the death toll in more remote regions must be higher.
12.29.05 US reports surge in Guantanamo hunger strike
WASHINGTON (Reuters) December 30 The number of Guantanamo Bay prisoners taking part in a hunger strike that began nearly five months ago has surged to 84 since Christmas Day, the U.S. military said on Thursday. Forty-six detainees at the prison for foreign terrorism suspects at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, joined the protest on the Christian holiday on Sunday, said Army Lt. Col. Jeremy Martin, a military spokesman. The prisoner population, which the Pentagon says numbers about 500, is believed to be uniformly Muslim. Only nine have been charged with any crime. [More>>thestar.com.my]
12.27.05 Afghanistan may demand war compensation from Russia
KABUL (Xinhuanet) December 27 The Afghan government on Tuesday hinted at demanding war compensation from Russia for the former Soviet Union's invasion of the country in 1979. "The government of Afghanistan is mulling over the issue," Presidential spokesman Mohammad Karim Rahimi told a questionnaire while his opinion was sought with regard to demanding war compensation from Moscow. He made the comment on the 26th anniversary of the ex-Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. Over 100,000 troops of the former Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan on December 27, 1979 and occupied the country till Feb.15, 1989. The poor central Asian state plunged into civil war following the withdrawal of the Red Army and experienced brutal factional fighting as well as Taliban's hard-line rule till the regime's removal by the US-led war in 2001. [More>>xinhuanet.com]
12.27.05 US puts sanctions on Chinese firms for aiding Tehran
December 27 Several Chinese companies involved in selling missile goods and chemical-arms materials to Iran have been hit with US sanctions, Bush administration officials said yesterday. The sanctions cover six Chinese government-run companies, two Indian firms and one Austrian company, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The penalties have been under consideration since April and were approved by Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick within the past several weeks. An announcement will be published in the US government's Federal Register in the next several days and perhaps as early as today, the officials said. The sanctions were imposed under the Iran Nonproliferation Act, which Congress passed in 2000 to deter international support for Iran's nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and missile-delivery systems. [More>>washtimes.com]
12.27.05 Taliban warn of human-bombing blitz
December 27 A top Taliban commander has said more than 200 fighters are willing to become attackers against US forces and their allies. In an interview late on Sunday with The Associated Press, the commander, Mullah Dadullah, ruled out any reconciliation with the government of Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president who is backed by the US, and claimed the country's new parliament, its first in more than 30 years, inaugurated last week, was "obedient to America." Dadullah spoke to the AP via satellite phone from an undisclosed location. He said he was inside Afghanistan. [More>>aljazeera.net]
12.27.05 Women, children found in Iraqi mass grave
KARBALA, Iraq (AFP) December 27 The remains of women and children, believed to be victims of Saddam Husseinıs ousted regime, have been found in a mass grave dug up by workers who were laying down pipes in Iraqıs southern city of Karbala, a local official said on Tuesday. "The skulls of children and women with long hair were found in the grave," Abdel Rahman Meshawi, a spokesman for Karbala province told AFP. Some 20 bodies have so far been recovered and taken to the local hospital for DNA testing, he said. The people appear to have been victims of Saddamıs bloody suppression of a Shia uprising in 1991. "Inhabitants who lost relatives when a Shia rebellion was crushed in 1991 have come in to help assist with the identification," he added. The mass grave was uncovered by chance on Monday some 500 metres (yards) away from Imam Husseinıs mausoleum, in the centre of the Shia town, some 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of Baghdad. [khaleejtimes.com]
12.27.05 Arab world's first parliament meets in Cairo
CAIRO (Reuters) December 27 The Arab worldıs first regional parliament held its inaugural meeting in Cairo on Tuesday but officials say it could be many years before the new institution gains enough clout to influence events in the region. The 88 members, four from the parliaments or advisory councils of each Arab League member, met at the leagueıs Cairo headquarters for a session addressed by Secretary-General Amr Moussa and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
12.27.05 Kuwait sentences al Qaeda-linked militants to death
KUWAIT (Reuters) December 27 A Kuwaiti court on Tuesday sentenced to death six suspected militants linked to al Qaeda for bloody attacks in the country. The six were among 37 Islamists on trial as members of the "Peninsula Lions" group believed to be linked to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda in Iraq and Saudi Arabia. They include 25 Kuwaitis, seven stateless Arabs, two Jordanians, a Saudi, an Australian and a Somali. A Reuters reporter who was at the court said none of the defendants were present when the verdict was announced. Other suspects received jail terms of between four months to 15 years, and one received a life term. [More>>thestar.com.my]
12.26.05 Bombs shake Baghdad
December 26 Fighters have killed 10 Iraqi policemen and soldiers in attacks north of Baghdad, while the capital itself was rocked by five large explosions that left at least eight dead. Monday was one of the bloodiest days in Iraq since the largely peaceful election on 15 December, when rival ethnic and sectarian groups took part in a vote for a new parliament. By nightfall, at least 20 people had been killed and more than 40 injured.
12.22.05 US suspends publication of Arab youth magazine
WASHINGTON, December 22 The US State Department announced it was suspending print publication of an Arab youth magazine once billed as a key component of US public diplomacy but derided by critics as pop-culture "brainwashing." A statement said the department was halting the print version of "Hi" magazine, which had been selling only 2,500 copies a month, "to assess whether the magazine is meeting its objectives effectively."
12.22.05 Blocked sewer leads to finding whole Jerusalem pool of Siloam
December 23 If the central sewage line for Jerusalem's Old City, which runs down the slope of the village of Silwan, had not gotten blocked a year ago, it would probably have been many years before we would have discovered the real dimensions of the historic Pool of Siloam in the second Temple Period. The pool, whose present small dimensions date from Byzantine times, is the outlet for the spring water coursing through the ancient Hezekiah's tunnel. It was once huge three to four dunams.
12.22.05 Saddam denounces White House "liars" at trial
BAGHDAD (Reuters) December 22 Saddam Hussein denounced American leaders as liars at a turbulent court hearing on Thursday and his once feared intelligence chief abused prosecutors before threatening to walk out. The former Iraqi president, on trial for his life, said the White House had lied to justify its 2003 invasion of Iraq by saying he had chemical weapons, and had lied again on Wednesday when it denied his claim he was tortured in US custody. He again alleged torture at Thursdayıs hearing and said he had twice been denied medical treatment while in captivity.
12.22.05 Probes reveal BLA's links with Al-Qaeda
ISLAMABAD, December 22 The initial investigations of the rocket attack on President Gen. Pervaiz Musharraf during his visit of Kohlo Balochistan revealed that the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) had links with Al-Qaeda outfit. The weapons being used by the Balochistan Liberation Army are similar to those being used by Taliban and Al-Qaeda forces in Afghanistan, according to well-placed sources.
12.22.05 Foreign tourists kidnapped in Yemen
December 22 Two foreign tourists, believed to be Austrians, have been kidnapped while visiting a tourist site in the northern Yemeni province of Marib, local officials and police say. The local officials in Marib, speaking on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to deal with security issues, said tribal gunmen on Wednesday kidnapped the two Austrian tourists and probably took them to an area called Abeda. Police officials, also speaking on condition of anonymity because they are not allowed to deal with the media, confirmed the kidnapping of two foreign tourists, but said they were not sure of the nationality of the two.
12.22.05 Over 2,500 Indians imprisoned in Saudi Arabia
NEW DELHI (PTI) December 22 As many as 2,548 Indians were imprisoned in Saudi Arabia during the last two years, government told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. While 1,444 Indian nationals were imprisoned last year,1,104 were jailed this year till December 9 as per the intimation received from the government of Saudi Arabia, Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed said in a written reply.
12.22.05 Military secrecy alarms Japan
December 23 A minister's criticism of the Chinese arms build-up departs from the offical line. Relations between Tokyo and Beijing worsened yesterday when the recently appointed Japanese Foreign Minister condemned the secrecy surrounding Chinaıs rising military spending.The remarks by Taro Aso, who expressed concern at a news conference that China was ³a neighbour with one billion people, has nuclear weapons, and has been expanding its military spending by double digits for 17 consecutive years," were denounced as ³highly irresponsible² by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
12.22.05 China says bird flu prevention measures pay off
BEIJING (Reuters) An intensive poultry vaccination campaign and enforced quarantine of bird flu outbreak areas have shown results in China's fight against bird flu, state media said on Friday. Only one county out of 31 to have reported the deadly H5N1 strain this year remained under isolation and there had been no new outbreaks for about three weeks, the China Daily quoted chief veterinarian Jia Youling as saying. Since October, China had also vaccinated more than 5 billion birds, the newspaper said, which has led to H5N1 being eradicated from the western region of Xinjiang.
12.22.05 Indonesia confirms two more human bird flu fatalities
JAKARTA (AFP) December 23 An Indonesian man and boy have been confirmed by World Health Organization tests as having died of bird flu, bringing the country's death toll from the virus to 11, a hospital spokesman said Thursday. Asked whether test results on the pair had been received from a Hong Kong laboratory, Sulianti Saroso hospital spokesman Ilham Patu told AFP: "It's been confirmed. We were informed of the results this morning. So we have now 16 confirmed cases and 11 deaths," he said. Five people have survived infection of the virus. [More>>thejakartapost.com]
12.21.05 Bird flu study shows virus evolution in action
WASHINGTON (Reuters) December 22 At first it looked like the 13-year-old girl was lucky. She only had a little pneumonia in one lung and doctors had treated her early with Tamiflu, a drug known to be effective against avian influenza. She "presented to a hospital in Dong Thap Province on January 22, 2005, with a one-day history of fever and cough," wrote Dr. Menno de Jong of the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh city and colleagues. And for several days, the drug seemed to be working. But then the girl began struggling to breathe and needed more and more oxygen. The pneumonia worsened and she died six days after being admitted.
12.21.05 CNPC, India's ONGC win bid for Syrian assets of Petro-Canada
December 22 The China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China's largest oil producer, and India's Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), have jointly reached an agreement with Petro-Canada to buy its oil assets in Syria, said sources with the CNPC Wednesday. This is the first bid jointly made by a Chinese oil company and an Indian company for overseas oil assets, said a personnel with CNPC. According to information published on the official website of Petro-Canada, both companies will buy assets for 484 million euros (576 million US dollars). [More>>chinabroadcast.cn]12.20.05 Audio of Bush saying wiretaps require a court order
12.21.05 Saddam claims he was beaten and tortured by Americans in detention
BAGHDAD (AP) December 22 Saddam Hussein again grabbed center stage at his mass murder trial with claims that Americans beat and ³tortured² him and other defendants while in detention. The deposed leaderıs lengthy complaint came Wednesday after witnesses graphically described how their captors administered electric shocks and used molten plastic to rip the skin off prisoners in a crackdown following an assassination attempt against Saddam in 1982. A US military spokesman in Baghdad called Saddamıs allegations ³completely unfounded² but said ³we are prepared to investigate.² [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
12.20.05 Audio of Bush saying wiretaps require a court order
December 20 Let's hope that in the debate over the President's claims on his legitimate right to conduct wiretaps without Congressional oversight include his recognition that a court order is required to do so, as evidenced in an audio provided by a post by Michael Jay in afterdowningstreet.org.
12.20.05 Gunmen storm city hall in Bethlehem
BETHLEHEM (Reuters) December 20 Palestinian gunmen briefly seized Bethlehem city hall, overlooking the Church of the Nativity, on Tuesday in a jarring interruption to Christmas preparations in the traditional birthplace of Jesus. The incident, five days before Christmas, was another sign of growing lawlessness in Palestinian territories and the turmoil within Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbasıs Fatah faction ahead of a January parliamentary election. About 20 gunmen from Fatahıs Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades fanned out on rooftops and in the offices of city hall, firing several shots in the air and forcing workers out. They demanded money and jobs for about 320 members. Masked gunmen carrying assault rifles appeared beside the glittering star set up on the roof ahead of festivities. [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
12.20.05 Israel threatens to cut off power to Gaza Strip
December 21 Israel is threatening to cut off the Gaza Strip's electricity supply if a Qassam rocket hits a vital Israeli infrastructure facility. On Sunday, after a Qassam rocket fired from Gaza landed not far from an Israel Electric Corporation power plant south of Ashkelon, Israel told the Palestinian Authority that it planned to shut off power for two hours in the early hours of Monday morning, as a warning of things to come if the Qassam fire did not stop. [More>>haaretzdaily.com]
12.20.05 Update,12.19.05 Threats can't pressure us: Ronen Sen, Indian Ambassador to Washington
December 19 Ashish Kumar Sen caught India's Ambassador to Washington in an exclusive interview for outlookindia.com. The ambassador, the former secretary of the Atomic Energy Commission of India, confirmed the position of India with regard to Bush administration attempts to manipulate India: Ambassador Ronen Sen's tenure in Washington has been eventful. In a little over a year, he oversaw a successful visit to the US in July by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and was instrumental in crafting a historic civil nuclear deal between India and the US. He's no stranger to matters nuclear, drawing upon his stint as secretary of the Atomic Energy Commission of India. Sen has earlier been ambassador to Russia, Germany and the UK. His clout in the UPA government is considered formidable, partly because of his proximity to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the close relationship he had shared with her husband and one-time prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. He spoke to Ashish Kumar Sen, prior to leaving Washington on a "working vacation" in India.
12.20.05 Update, 12.19.05 Vegans and Catholic workers on Bush hit list, according to New York Times report
December 20 Counterterrorism agents at the Federal Bureau of Investigation have conducted numerous surveillance and intelligence-gathering operations that involved, at least indirectly, groups active in causes as diverse as the environment, animal cruelty and poverty relief, newly disclosed agency records show. F.B.I. officials said Monday that their investigators had no interest in monitoring political or social activities and that any investigations that touched on advocacy groups were driven by evidence of criminal or violent activity at public protests and in other settings.
12.19.05 North Korea to build reactors
SEOUL, December 20 North Korea plans to build its own light-water atomic reactors and develop two other reactors that can produce large amounts of fissile material to boost its nuclear capabilities, official media said.
12.19.05 Bush says domestic spying program legal, to continue
WASHINGTON (Reuters) December 19 US President George W. Bush said on Monday he broke no laws in authorizing spying on Americans with suspected ties to terrorism and declared he would continue the practice despite concern that it infringes on civil liberties. Bush, facing a barrage of questions over the program at an end-of-year news conference, said he believed an investigation was under way by the Justice Department into who committed the "shameful act" of revealing the covert program to the press. He rejected any suggestion he was exercising "unchecked power" when he decided after the Sept. 11 2001 attacks to authorize eavesdropping on international telephone calls by Americans with suspected links to terrorism.
12.19.05 Most Korean protestors released in Hong Kong
December 19 The majority of Korean protesters detained by Hong Kong police were released yesterday but 12 remain under investigation, the Foreign Ministry here said. Nearly 1,200 protesters, of which more than 1,000 were Koreans, were taken by the Hong Kong police when rallies opposing the World Trade Organization conference held in Hong Kong turned violent on Saturday. Dozens of protesters and police were injured.
12.19.05 World records 136 tremors in one week of December
MUMBAI (PTI) December 19 Atleast 136 tremors were recorded all over the world by seismologists between December 9 and 16 and these shocks were concentrated all along plate boundaries and majority of them along the Pacific and Indian ones. Compared to earlier years, the earth is showing a pattern not experienced by humans although such unusual phenomena is not uncommon to the planet, Prof Chandrasekharam, Earth Science department of IIT here said while explaining the earthquake record for the period.
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.
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