Question: Has Bush caused the US to be dangerously compromised?
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. The Monroe Doctrine has been challenged in South America, with realignments away from the US. The disasters of Iraq, spreading Islamic terrorism, Hurricane Katrina and economic blunders represent an incompetence in Bush and his administration perhaps unparalleled in US history.
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5.27.06 Quake kills 3,000 people
May 27, 16:12 GMT More than 3,000 people have been killed and hundreds more injured after an earthquake shook the area around Indonesia's ancient royal city and tourist centre Yogyakarta. The city, on Indonesia's main island of Java, is near Mount Merapi, a volcano that has put people on alert for a major eruption this month. A vulcanologist in Yogyakarta said the quake was not caused by the volcano, but the tremor's impact could increase Merapi's activity. A government official said that 3,002 people had been killed.
5.27.06 Iranian foreign minister rejects US offer for talks on Iraq
(AP) May 27 Iran's foreign minister has rejected a US offer of direct talks on Iraq, as Tehran hardened its position against international pressure to stop uranium enrichment. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Friday that Iran changed its mind about holding talks with Washington on Iraq because the Americans raised "other issues." He did not elaborate, but the sides have been sparring over Iran's nuclear program and Tehran reportedly wants to talk directly to the US on that subject as well. Mottaki got a boost from his Iraqi counterpart, who said Iran has the right to peaceful nuclear research a stance that runs counter to US efforts to force Tehran to stop all nuclear activities amid fears it is seeking to develop atomic weapons. [More>>haaretz.com ; See related story, turkishpress.com (AFP) May 27, "Iran says ready to retaliate against any US strike."]
5.27.06 Iraq violence leaves 15 dead
May 27 At least 15 people have been killed in a series of attacks in Iraq, with the restive city of Baquba, where seven died, bearing the brunt of the violence. The US military said a marine was killed "in enemy action" in the western province of Al-Anbar on Friday, bringing the number of US military dead since the March 2003 invasion to 2,465.
5.27.06 Insurgents step up violence in Afghanistan
KANDAHAR, May 27 More than 20 people have been killed in fresh clashes in Afghanistan, and a human rights group reported yesterday that about 34 civilians died earlier this week in a US air strike on a southern village - double the official toll. A Taliban ambush on a police patrol in the Ghazni province left 10 militants and one policeman dead, said the local police chief, Abdul Rahman Sarjang.Another 13 insurgents and two police died on Wednesday in a battle in the Helmand province's Sangin district, said the local administrator Ghulam Muhiddin. [More>>independent.co.uk]
5.26.06 Bush, Blair concede missteps on Iraq
May 26 President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair last night acknowledged a series of errors in managing the occupation of Iraq that have made the conflict more difficult and more damaging to the U.S. image abroad, even as they insisted that enough progress has been made that other nations should support the nascent Iraqi government.
5.26.06 Iraq respects Iran's right to nuclear program
BAGHDAD (AFP) May 26 Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said on Friday that his country respected the right of Iran to develop nuclear technology but expressed concern over mounting tension in the region. "We respect the right of the Islamic Republic to acquire scientific knowledge (in this area), in respect of international law, and we have confidence in the wisdom of the Iranian leaders to find a solution to this problem," said Zebari following discussions with his Iranian counterpart. But he added: "We do not want any of our neighbors and of any friendly country possessing weapons of mass destruction. We confirm our respect for the right of Iran and all countries who (want nuclear power) with guarantees and promises to prevent an arms race in the region and deal transparently with the IAEA." [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
5.26.06 Explosives seized in Karachi raid
May 26 A large quantity of explosives have been seized by Pakistani police during a dawn raid in Karachi, reports say. Two men were arrested during the operation on suspicion of supplying bomb-making material. The suspects were detained during a search of a property in a residential district in the southern city, following a tip-off to authorities. City police chief Niaz Siddiqui did not specify to whom the men were suspected of supplying the material. Mr. Siddiqui said 425kg material including 100kg of sulphur and 325kg of sodium nitrate was recovered. [More>>bbc.co.uk]
May 25 Haganah.org.il posted this on their site today, confirming many of our independent research and monitoring of trends at Maravot News (See 5. 24.06 update, 5.23.06 "'Bin Laden' denies Moussaoui role" and 5.23.06 "Architect of New War on the West." )
At the moment there are 215 sites in our database with the status of ''active.' 162 of those sites receive vital services from at least one American company.
5.25.06 Kazakhstan oil piped into China
ALATAW PASS, Xinjiang, May 25 Crude oil from Kazakhstan poured into China Thursday morning through a newly completed petroleum pipeline linking the two countries. This is the first time for imported oil to be directly pipelined into China. Brownish oil sprang into a petroleum hub in Alataw Pass, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, at 3:10 a.m. Thursday, about 30 hours after Kazakhstan began pumping oil into the 960-km pipeline, customs officers at the Alataw Pass told Xinhua.
5.25.06 Russia's Putin objects to Cheney's criticism
SOCHI, Russia (AP) May 25 President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia wants good relations with the United States but he objected vigorously to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney's recent criticism of democratic backtracking. "We see how the United States defends its interests, we see what methods and means they use for this," Putin said at a press conference following the Russia-European Union summit, responding to a reporter's request for his reaction to Cheney. In a speech earlier this month in neighboring Lithuania, Cheney accused Putin's Kremlin of rolling back democracy and strong-arming its ex-Soviet neighbors. [More>>msnbc.msn]
5.25.06 Pentagon paper shows 'Cold-War mentality'
May 25 Beijing strongly resents, and firmly disagrees with, the latest Pentagon report that claims China is rapidly extending its military reach and potentially poses a threat to other countries in the region. The report, which exaggerates China's military strength and expenditure out of ulterior motives, is based on "Cold-War mentality," Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said yesterday. By spreading the "China threat" theory, the report has seriously violated principles governing international relations and intervened in China's internal affairs, he said. He noted that China is a peace-loving country and adopts a national defence policy of a defensive nature. "It is universally recognized that China is an important force in promoting peace in the Asia Pacific and the world at large," Liu said. [More>>chinadaily.com.cn ; See also aljazeera.net, May 25, "China says US is scaremongering."]
5.25.06 Fierce fighting engulfs Mogadishu, death toll soars
MMOGADISHU (AFP) May 25 Heavily armed gunmen fought pitched battles in the streets of the lawless Somali capital on Thursday, rocking the city with a fresh surge in the deadliest violence that it has seen in years. Islamic militia and fighters loyal to a US-backed warlord alliance pounded southern and northern Mogadishu with heavy machine gun, rocket, artillery and mortar fire, sending the death toll soaring and hundreds fleeing for safety.
5.25.06 Bin Laden on the move; new sightings in Pakistan
May 24 Pakistani government sources tell ABC News they have "credible reports" that Osama bin Laden and his entourage have moved down from high mountainous peaks along the Afghan border to a valley area 40 miles inside the Pakistan border. The officials say the reports put bin Laden around Kohistan's Kumrat Valley. Officials said the reports were validated by the release of bin Laden's audio tape yesterday, which appears to have been recorded only two weeks earlier. Such a quick turn-around suggests, say the officials, that bin Laden is much closer to civilization than he had been previously. [More>>abc.news.com]
5.25.06 Kuwaiti women launch historic election bid
KUWAIT CITY (AFP) May 25 Five Kuwaiti women made history on Thursday by becoming the first females to register as candidates for parliamentary elections, ending a 44-year-old ban on their political participation. "It's a historic day. It's a dream come true and the actual beginning of Kuwaiti women's participation in public life," leading women's rights activist Rula Dashti said after filing her papers at the election department. Registration opened on Thursday for the June 29 election in the oil-rich Gulf emirate that was called on Sunday in a bid to end a deep political crisis over an electoral reform bill.
5.24.06 New bird flu outbreak found in far-west China
(Reuters) May 24 China said on Wednesday it had confirmed an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu among wild birds in remote far-western Qinghai province and in Tibet. About 400 wild birds had been found dead "recently", Xinhua news agency said, quoting the Agriculture Ministry. An outbreak of the H5N1 strain at Qinghai Lake last May killed thousands of birds and that particular strain has since been found in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. "It is not unusual as it happened last year, but you need to be very careful to make sure people do not get infected," Roy Wadia, spokesman for the World Health Organisation in China, told Reuters by telephone.
5.24.06 Saddam nephew arrested
BAGHDAD (AFP) May 24 A nephew of deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has been arrested in Beirut on suspicion of crimes against the Iraqi people, the Iraqi Government said today. "The criminal Bashar Sabawi was arrested in Beirut in cooperation with Interpol," a government statement said without giving the date of the arrest.
5.24.06 Ballistic missiles in E. Europe threaten Russia chief of staff
MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) May 24 The deployment of ballistic missiles in eastern Europe poses a threat to Russia, the chief of the country's General Staff said Wednesday. General Yury Baluyevsky said U.S. plans to deploy ballistic missiles in eastern Europe, possibly in Poland and Romania, as part of its missile shield presented a certain danger to Russia. "The very fact of the deployment of the first-line missile defenses in this region is unequivocally intended to neutralize Russia's strategic potential," he said. Baluyevsky said Russia did not need a new round of the arms race, adding that President Vladimir Putin had also addressed this issue in his May 10 state of the nation address.
5.24.06 Iran requests direct talks on nuclear program
TEHRAN, May 24 Iran has followed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's recent letter to President Bush with explicit requests for direct talks on its nuclear program, according to US officials, Iranian analysts and foreign diplomats. The eagerness for talks demonstrates a profound change in Iran's political orthodoxy, emphatically erasing a taboo against contact with Washington that has both defined and confined Tehran's public foreign policy for more than a quarter-century, they said. Though the Tehran government in the past has routinely jailed its citizens on charges of contact with the country it calls the "Great Satan," Ahmadinejad's May 8 letter was implicitly endorsed by Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and lavished with praise by perhaps the most conservative ayatollah in the theocratic government.
5.24.06 Iran to launch a new suicide bombers garrison on Thursday
TEHRAN, May 24 Iran will launch a new suicide-bombers garrison on Thursday, according to the head of a group affiliated to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. Mohammad-Ali Samadi, spokesman for the Headquarters to Commemorate the Martyrs of the Global Islamic Movement, a government-orchestrated campaign to recruit suicide bombers, told the state-run news agency Mehr on Tuesday that the group planned to officially announce the existence of the new garrison in a ceremony in Tehranıs largest cemetery on Thursday afternoon.
5.24.06 Iran summons Canadian ambassador over dress code remarks
TEHRAN, May 24 On Wednesday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Canadaıs ambassador to Tehran to protest the Canadian prime ministerıs recent remarks about false reports that Iran planned to force a dress code on non-Muslims.
5.24.06 Sixty killed as US defends Afghan strike
May 24 The recent death toll in Afghanistan continued to rise as 60 Taliban rebels were killed while the US defended the airstrike that a human rights group says killed more than 30 civilians. Four Afghan soldiers and a policeman were also killed along with the 60 suspected Taliban in a major clash near Tirin Kot, the capital of the southern Uruzgan province on Wednesday. General Rahmatullah Raufi, who commands Afghan forces in the south, said: "We launched a massive search and clean-up operation after the attack in which our troops spotted and killed 60 Taliban." [More.>aljazeera.net]
5.24.06 Bush open to Israeli plan to set border
WASHINGTON (AFP) May 24 Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert prepared to address a joint session of the US Congress on Wednesday after winning qualified support from President George W. Bush for his scheme to set Israel's final borders unilaterally if necessary. Bush and Olmert also agreed on Tuesday at their first summit on the need to thwart Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program, as the US president reaffirmed Washington's pledge to defend Israel against any attack by Tehran.
May 24 An audio recording supposedly of Osama Bin Laden denies Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person convicted over the 9/11 attacks, was involved in the operation. The message said to be from the al-Qaeda leader came from a five-minute audio file on an Islamist website. The man said he had personally assigned 19 attackers and "brother Zacarias" was not one of them. Earlier this month, a US court jailed Moussaoui for life without parole for his role in the attacks.
A website, haganah.org.il, tracks terrorists use of the web. With regard to arresting the practice of terrorists, haganah.org.il says:
5.23.06 Egypt says Sinai militant trained in Palestinian territories
May 23 A man named by the Egyptian authorities as a member of a group behind bomb attacks in the Sinai peninsula received weapons and bomb-making training in the Palestinian territories, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said Tuesday. An Interior Ministry statement said Yousri Mohareb and his two brothers, part of the group the authorities have blamed for a series of attacks on tourist resorts since 2004, had communicated with Palestinian religious fundamentalists.
5.23.06 At least 22 dead in Iraq drive-by shootings, bombings
BAGHDAD (AFP) May 23 At least 22 people were killed on Tuesday in attacks including a car bombing on a busy Baghdad street, marring the first week of Iraq's new cabinet that has set restoring security as top priority. The car bomb in the southeastern district of Baghdad Jadeeda targeting a police patrol killed five people and wounded seven, an interior ministry official said. The neighborhood has been hit repeatedly over the past three days.
5.23.06 Wave of insurgent attacks kills 20 more in Afghanistan
KABUL (AFP) May 23 Fresh insurgent attacks across Afghanistan claimed nearly 20 more lives, officials said, adding to the death toll of around 300 killed in some of the heaviest fighting since the fall of the Taliban. Three policemen and 12 Taliban were killed when a convoy carrying a deputy provincial governor and a police chief came under attack in the south while three health workers and their driver died in a roadside bombing near the capital Kabul. In total more than 20 insurgency-linked attacks were reported in at least 12 provinces over the past two days. Many were outside the insurgency-hit south and southeast, the traditional hotspots for Taliban-linked violence. [More>>turkishpress.com]
5.23.06 UN sees more Myanmar refugees fleeing to Thailand
GENEVA (Reuters) May 23 About 400 refugees from Myanmar crossed into Thailand last week and many more could follow as the military targets the Karen ethnic minority, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said 2,000 Myanmar refugees that have fled the former Burma in the past three months had stretched Thai camps close to their limits. Spokeswoman Jennifer Pagonis said hundreds more members of the Karen group, a mainly Christian minority making up about 10 percent of the population of Myanmar, could flee the country if conditions don't soon improve. "UNHCR is expecting more refugees to seek safety in Thailand in the coming weeks," she told a UN news conference.
MADRID, May 23 From secret hideouts in South Asia, the Spanish-Syrian al-Qaeda strategist published thousands of pages of Internet tracts on how small teams of Islamic extremists could wage a decentralized global war against the United States and its allies. With the Afghanistan base lost, he argued, radicals would need to shift their approach and work primarily on their own, though sometimes with guidance from roving operatives acting on behalf of the broader movement. Last October, the writing career of Mustafa Setmariam Nasar came to an abrupt end when Pakistani agents seized him in a friend's house in the border city of Quetta and turned him over to US intelligence operatives, according to two senior Pakistani intelligence officials.
09.10.05 Stripped of havens, Al-Qaeda turns to 'media jihad'
5.23.06 Israel arrests Hamas chief as Olmert prepares to meet Bush
May 23 Israeli troops captured the West Bank commander of the military wing of Hamas in an early morning raid on Ramallah today. Ibrahim Hamed, 41, who Israel holds responsible for a series of suicide bombs that have killed more than 60 Israelis, was forced to surrender after troops, police and special forces surrounded a building near his home in the West Bank capital. An eyewitness said that the troops opened fire towards the building that was 200 metres from his house and called for his surrender.
5.23.06 Terror suspect apologizes for his role in the 2005 Bali bombings
DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) May 24 An Islamic militant told a court Tuesday he regretted his role in the 2005 Bali bombings that left 20 people dead. Abdul Aziz, 30, is one of four suspects facing trial in the suicide bombings on three crowded restaurants, which were blamed on the al-Qaeda-linked Jamaah Islamiyah terror network. He was charged with sheltering Noordin Top, the alleged masterminded of the attack, and of setting up a website that called on Muslims to wage war against "infidels." The site also gave step-by-step instructions on how to kill foreigners in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.
5.23.06 Jordan TV airs al-Qaeda confession
May 23 A suspected member of Al-Qaeda in Iraq confessed on Jordanian television Tuesday to murdering a Jordanian driver in Iraq and abducting two Moroccan embassy employees. The man, who identified himself as Iraqi national Ziad Khalaf al-Karbuli, said during the 15-minute tape that he shot to death Khalid Dassuki "with my personal revolver" in September in Iraq. "I fired two shots at his head," al-Karbuli said.
5.23.06 Doublespeak undermines war on terrorism: Amnesty
LONDON (Reuters) May 23 Doublespeak by nations like the United States and Britain has undermined their own war on terrorism and increased human rights violations from Colombia to North Korea, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Accusations that the United States with the complicity of some European nations while banning torture at home had been flying prisoners around the world for interrogation by countries with no such qualms had dented their moral authority, it said.
5.23.06 Tests on two dead Iranians show H5N1 bird flu
TEHRAN (Reuters) May 23 Tests in Iran on the bodies of a brother and sister who died after falling ill with pneumonia-like symptoms showed they had the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, an Iranian medical official said on Monday. The two a 41-year-old man and 26-year-old woman were among five members of the same family who became sick after returning from a trip to the town of Marivan, close to their home in the northwestern city of Kermanshah. The three surviving relatives were in hospital and one of them remained dangerously ill, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters. It was not clear when the brother and sister died. [More>>thestar.com.my ; See related story, thejakartapost.com, May 24, Another man dies in Sumatra village."]
5.23.06 Turkish pipeline damaged in Kurdish rebel bomb attack
ANKARA May 23 Armed Kurdish rebels blew up part of a natural gas pipeline in eastern Turkey early Tuesday, disrupting the flow of gas, a local official said. The blast occurred around 03:00 a.m. (0000 GMT) on rural ground near the remote town of Dogubayazit near the border with Greece, Rauf Ulusoy, the town's governor said. The explosion partly damaged the pipeline, and a team from the state-run gas company BOTAS were on site to repair the damage and prevent leaks, he added. Rebels from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) often carry out attacks against gas and oil pipelines as part of a long-running armed campaign against the Turkish state. [thenews.com.pk]
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, 2005 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.
02.08.06 Iran misunderstanding "Holocaust" means "whole burnt offering"
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