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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Update, 6.10.06 6.08.06 Al-Qaida in Iraq's al-Zarqawi 'terminated'
BAGHDAD, June 8 Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida leader in Iraq who waged a bloody campaign of suicide bombings and beheadings, was killed overnight by F-16 jets dropping two 500-pound bombs, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Thursday. It was a long-sought victory in the war in Iraq.
US military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell showed what he said was a picture of al-Zarqawi after he was killed, and a videotape of an attack in which he said F-16 fighter jets dropped two 500-pound bombs on the site. "We had absolutely no doubt whatsoever that Zarqawi was in the house," Caldwell said. The spokesman said US and Iraqi intelligence found al-Zarqawi by following his spiritual adviser.
"Through a painstaking intelligence effort, we were able to start tracking him, monitor his movements and establish when he was doing his linkup with al-Zarqawi," he said. Caldwell also said US and Iraqi troops carried out 17 raids around Baghdad following al-Zarqawi's killing. Earlier Thursday, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had called a press conference to announce that "al-Zarqawi was terminated." At the White House, President Bush hailed the killing as "a severe blow to al-Qaida and it is a significant victory in the war on terror." [More>>msnbc.msn ; See also theaustralian.news.com.au, June 8, "Monster betrayed by closest allies."
Update 6.10.06, nytimes.com, 6.10.06, "At Zarqawi site, all that is left are questions" : ...the bodies of the six people, including a child, who American officers say died in the strike, were gone. The most useful bits of intelligence had been carted away. The crater, once a gaping cavern, had been reduced by bulldozer to a mere ditch.
Still, given the extraordinary destruction evident at the house, a number of questions lingered, including how anyone could have survived such an attack, even for a few minutes, as American and Iraqi officials say Mr. Zarqawi did. It seemed puzzling, too, surveying the destruction, how Mr. Zarqawi's head and upper body, shown on television screens across the world, could have remained largely intact...
washingtonpost.com, 6.10.06., "Death could shake Al-Qaeda in Iraq and around the world.'"
6.10.06 'Limited' cases of human transmission of bird flu
JAKARTA, June 10 A minister said Friday human-to-human transmission of bird flu probably occurred in the country's seven cluster cases, but ruled out a pandemic of H5N1 across the archipelago. "Limited human-to-human transmission may have occurred in small clusters in the country. It has not only happened in several regions in Indonesia but also in Azerbaijan and other places in the world," Coordinating Minister for the People's Welfare Aburizal Bakrie said after a meeting with agencies involved in curbing the spread of the disease. Other health officials, contacted separately, were cautious about whether intrahuman transmission had occurred. [More>>thejakartapost.com ; See related bird flu story, xinhuanet.com, 6.09.06, "New bird flu case in Xinjiang under control: ministry."]
6.08.06 Baghdad blasts kill 19 people
June 8 Nineteen people have been killed and more than 40 wounded in two bombings in eastern Baghdad, according to police. The first blast hit a police patrol in the New Baghdad area on Thursday. Two policemen and four civilians were killed in the attack. An hour later, shortly after Nuri al-Maliki, the prime minister of Iraq, announced that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had been killed, a bomb exploded at the entrance to a busy fruit market in the same area. Thirteen people were killed and several shops were severely damaged. [More>>aljazeera.net]
6.07.06 Somali Islamists declare war on 'infidels,' warlords set for battle
MOGADISHU (AFP) June 7 Islamists holding much of the lawless Somali capital declared war on "infidels" on Wednesday as a battered US-backed warlord alliance that they have been fighting girded for new clashes. With the two sides locked in a tense standoff outside the alliance's last remaining stronghold north of the city, and holdout warlords refusing to accept Islamic control of Mogadishu, elders frantically appealed for peace. Yet Muslim militia and the Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism (ARPCT) showed no signs of backing down from positions that led to four months of battles in the capital, leaving hundreds dead.
6.07.06 Europe 'colluded with web of CIA rendition flights'
June 7 Europe's top human rights body said today that it had uncovered a "spider's web" of secret flights used by the CIA to ferry terror suspects between Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. A report for the Council of Europe after a seven-month investigation into allegations of CIA-run secret prisons named 14 European states, including Britain, accused of colluding with the CIA "rendition" programme. It said that several countries participated actively, while others turned a blind eye.
6.06.06 'Bike bomb' kills three Afghans, suicide blast hurts three US troops
KABUL, June 6 Three people were killed in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday when a motorbike being rigged up as a bomb exploded, an official said, while three US soldiers were hurt in the latest in a string of suicide blasts. Explosives were being attached to the motorbike in a madrassa, or religious school, in central Ghazni province so that the vehicle could be used to carry out a bombing, possibly a suicide attack, provincial governor Shir Alam said. Eight other students were wounded in the blast, including the one working on the bike, he said, adding that a man was arrested. In Khost province further to the east three US soldiers were wounded when a suicide car bomb struck a convoy of coalition troops. [More>>metimes.com]
6.05.06 Afghan police kill 7 comrades, defect to Taleban
KANDAHAR (Reuters) June 5 Five Afghan police shot dead seven fellow officers as they slept, before defecting to join Taleban guerrillas fighting in southern Afghanistan, a provincial official said on Monday. Sunday nightıs incident outside Qalat, the provincial capital of southern province of Zabul, comes amid the bloodiest period in an insurgency raging since US-backed forces toppled the militantsı government in 2001...More than 400 people, most of them militants, dozens of Afghan security forces, and at least 17 civilians and four foreign troops were killed in the fighting last month. [Full story>>khaleejtimes.com ; See another article, turkishpress.com, June 6, "Three killed in Afghan suicide blast, 18 Taliban killed in clash."]
6.05.06 Islamists claim Mogadishu victory
June 5 An Islamist militia says it has seized Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, after weeks of fighting against an alliance of warlords allegedly backed by the US. The warlords have controlled the capital since they toppled Somalia's last effective government 15 years ago. Talks are taking place with fighters still loyal to the warlords, Union of Islamic Courts officials said. Interim Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Ghedi says his government wants to begin dialogue with the group. Earlier, Mr. Ghedi sacked four powerful Mogadishu-based warlords who had been serving as ministers. Nine of the 11 Mogadishu-based warlords have now left the city, reports the BBC's Mohammed Olad Hassan. [More>>bbc.co.uk]
6.05.06 Gunmen kidnap 50 in Baghdad
June 5 Men in police uniforms have abducted up to 50 employees of transport companies in Baghdad. An interior ministry official said they grabbed people working in the area, where several travel agencies are based and buses pick up passengers travelling mostly to Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. The victims, including two Syrians, were herded into about a dozen vehicles, according to witnesses. It was not known who was behind the attack. Police said the attackers carried out what appeared to be a coordinated operation.
6.05.06 WHO confirms another bird flu death in Indonesia
JAKARTA (Reuters) June 5 The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed an Indonesian teenager who died last week was infected with bird flu, a Health Ministry official said on Monday, taking the country's total of deaths from the virus to 37. Nyoman Kandun, a director general at the ministry, said the 15-year-old boy from Tasikmalaya in West Java had had contact with poultry. Indonesia has seen a steady rise in the number of human infections and deaths since its first known outbreak of H5N1 in poultry in late 2003. It has infected 48 Indonesians so far. [More>>thestar.com.my]
6.04.06 Da Vinci Code movie banned in Islamic countries
June 4 The Da Vinci Code is being banned in Islamic countries and regions. June 4, news.com.au, "Pakistan bans Da Vinci Code," says: Information Minister Mohammad Ali Durrani said today Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz had ordered the ban because of widespread resentment among Muslims as well as Christians, who make up 2.5 per cent of the population. Based on the best-selling novel by Dan Brown about a conspiracy by the Catholic Church to hide the supposed marriage of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene, the film has sparked furious protests around the world. "Islam teaches us to respect all the Prophets of Allah Almighty, and degradation of any Prophet is tantamount to defamation of the rest," Minister for Culture GG Jamal told state-run media...
6.04.06 Gunmen shoot dead Iraqi motorists
June 4 At least 20 people have been killed by gunmen in Iraq, who pulled them out of their cars and shot them "execution-style", police say. Children, students and elderly men were among those shot dead in the volatile Diyala province, north of Baghdad. In Basra, at least nine people were killed in clashes between police and Sunni worshippers at a mosque. The violence comes as a parliamentary session, which was due to vote on three crucial cabinet posts, was postponed. Deputy parliamentary speaker Khaled al-Attiya announced an indefinite delay amid speculation there was still no agreement on the interior, defence and national security posts. [More>>bbc.co.uk]
6.04.06 Widening tropics 'will drive deserts into Europe'
June 4 The world's tropical zones are growing, threatening to drive the world's great deserts into southern Europe and other heavily populated areas, alarming new research suggests. The study based on satellite measurements over the past quarter of a century shows that the tropics have widened by 140 miles since 1979. Scientists suspect that global warming is to blame. Up to now the most startling evidence that the world is heating up has come from the poles where ice sheets have disintegrated, sea ice shrunk, and glaciers started racing towards the sea. But new research published in the journal Science suggests that equally dramatic changes are under way in the hottest parts of the planet.
6.03.06 Initial response to Marine raid draws scrutiny
WASHINGTON, June 3 Marine commanders in Iraq learned within two days of the killings in Haditha last November that Iraqi civilians had died from gunfire, not a roadside bomb as initially reported, but the officers involved saw no reason to investigate further, according to a senior Marine officer. The commanders have told investigators they had not viewed as unusual, in a combat environment, the discrepancies that emerged almost immediately in accounts about how the two dozen Iraqis died, and that they had no information at the time suggesting that any civilians had been killed deliberately.
6.03.06 Afghan, coalition troops retake "lost" district, 15 Taleban killed
KABUL (AFP) June 3 Afghan and coalition forces have killed at least 15 Taleban fighters and driven the insurgents into the mountains after an combined air and ground assault to retake control of a southern district, officials said on Saturday. Coalition aircraft dropped troops into the remote Chora district in Uruzgan province late Friday and pushed Taleban fighters back into nearby mountains, the ministry said in a statement. "At least 15 Taleban bodies were found," it added. The troops met "limited resistance" from rebels as they fled, the US-led coalition said in a statement. [More>>khaleejtimes.com ; See also aljazeera.net, June 3, "Heavy losses for Taliban claimed."]
6.03.06 Five dead as Syrian forces battle militants in Damascus
June 3 Four gunmen and a guard were killed in Damascus on Friday when security forces foiled an attack near the premises of state-run television in the capital, the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said. Two militants and two members of the security forces were wounded during the shootout, SANA said. Authorities arrested four other militants. The clashes, which took place close to Umayyad Square in the heart of the Syrian capital, were the first of their kind next to a public building in Damascus since the standoff between the authorities and the banned Muslim Brotherhood in the 1980s.
6.03.06 Zarqawi tape rails against Shia
June 3 Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaeda's leader in Iraq, has called on fellow Sunnis to reject any reconciliation with Shia, according to an audio tape posted on the internet. The tape, posted on Thursday in a website often used by Iraqi insurgent groups, could not be authenticated. [More>>aljazeera.net]
6.03.06 Iran says breakthrough possible, welcomes unconditional talks
(AP) June 3 Iran said Saturday that a breakthrough in negotiations over its contentious nuclear program was possible and welcomed unconditional talks with all parties, including the United States. Iran's state-run television said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan that a settlement over the Islamic republic's nuclear program was possible, provided the International Atomic Energy Agency - the UN's nuclear watchdog - preserved Tehran's minimum right to atomic energy. "A breakthrough to overcome world problems, including Iran's nuclear case, would be the equal implementation of the law for all," the television quoted Ahmadinejad as telling Annan during a telephone conversation. Ahmadinejad's comment alluded to the fact that Iran is a signatory of the IAEA treaty that allows member states to pursue civilian nuclear activities. [More>>haaretz.com]
6.03.06 One Russian embassy official killed, four kidnapped in Baghdad
MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) June 3 The Russian embassy in Baghdad confirmed media reports Saturday that one of its officials had been killed and four abducted in the Iraqi capital. "A group of unidentified gunmen attacked the [Russian] embassy's vehicle at 1:45 p.m. Moscow time [9:45 a.m. GMT] in Baghdad's eastern Mansour district," embassy spokesman Igor Markov told RIA Novosti on the phone. Markov said one embassy employee had been killed and four kidnapped, but did not specify whether these people were diplomats. Earlier, the reports were confirmed by Russian Consul Alexander Potapov. [More>>rian.ru ; See more details, nytimes.com]
6.03.06 Police look for chemical bomb after terror suspect is shot in dawn raid
June 3 A 23-year-old man is recovering after being shot in a massive police raid to thwart a suspected chemical attack in Britain. In the biggest anti-terror operation mounted in the capital this year, 250 officers, some wearing protective biochemical suits, swooped on a family home in Forest Gate, east London, yesterday.
6.03.06 Massive terror attack averted: RCMP
June 3 A terror attack potentially three times more devastating than the Oklahoma City bombing has been averted, the RCMP alleged Saturday. A counterterrorism sweep Friday resulted in the largest arrest ever made by the nation's anti-terrorism forces and raised, for the first time, the spectre of homegrown terrorists striking Canadians from within our borders.
6.03.06 Iraq rejects US probe clearing troops of killings
BAGHDAD (Reuters) June 3 Iraq vowed on Saturday to press on with its own probe into the deaths of civilians in a US raid on the town of Ishaqi, rejecting the US militaryıs exoneration of its forces. Adnan Al Kazimi, an aide to Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki, said the government would also demand an apology from the United States and compensation for the victims in several cases, including the alleged massacre in the town of Haditha last year.
6.03.06 Iraqi police find 8 servered heads near Baqouba
BAGHDAD, June 3 Iraqi police on Saturday found eight severed heads north of Baghdad with a note indicating at least one of the men were killed in retaliation for the slaying of four Shiite doctors, authorities said. Notes found with the heads near a highway in the Hadid village near the volatile city of Baqouba, 60 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of Baghdad, said one of those killed was Abdul Aziz al-Sheik Hamad and accused him of killing four Shiite doctors and a former governor during the administrator of former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi. The heads were transferred in fruit boxes to the morgue in Baqouba. [thenews.com.pk]
6.03.06 Peretz orders probe of IDF killing of Egyptian troops
June 3 Defense Minister Amir Perez on Friday instructed security forces to coordinate a joint probe with their Egyptian counterparts into the killing of two armed men on the Israel-Egypt border earlier in the day. Egyptian police identified the two men killed after attacking Israel Defense Forces troops as Egyptian security personnel. A third armed man, also a security officer, fled back into Egypt after the attack on the IDF ambush. The reason for their infiltration into Israel was not immediately clear, said Essam el-Sheik, the head of Egyptian police in the border area.
6.03.06 US, ex-nuclear scientist in spy probe reach deal
WASHINGTON (Reuters) June 3 A former nuclear scientist once suspected of spying will get $1,645,000 in a settlement reached on Friday of his lawsuit accusing US government officials of disclosing personal information about him and the probe. As part of a settlement filed in federal court, the US government agreed to pay the scientist, Wen Ho Lee, $895,000 to cover his legal fees and costs "in full and complete satisfaction of all claims in this action." In addition to the money paid by the government, the news organizations of five reporters who had been held in contempt for refusing to disclose their sources for stories about Lee agreed to pay him $750,000, Lee's lawyer said.
6.03.06 Rumsfeld says Asia must include US in regional arrangements
SINGAPORE, June 3 U Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on Saturday urged Asian countries to include the United States in any new multilateral cooperation in Asia as he pledged U.S. commitment to maintaining the security of a region still plagued by the North Korean nuclear threat and concerns over China's growing military spending. "Now we see an expanding network of security cooperation in this region both bilaterally between nations and multilaterally among nations, with the United States as a partner. This is a welcome shift," Rumsfeld said in a speech at an Asian security meeting in Singapore. "The United States is, and always will be a Pacific nation...we must and we will lean forward and stay engaged in this part of the world." He also urged China and Japan to ease frictions in their disputes over the historical interpretation of World War II. [More>>crisscross.com]
6.03.06 Dark soya sauce healthier than red wine study
SINGAPORE (Reuters) June 3 Dark soya sauce, widely used in east Asia, may prove to be more effective than red wine and vitamin C in combating human cell damage, researchers in Singapore said. Scientists found that the sauce derived from fermented soya beans contains antioxidant properties about 10 times more effective than red wine and 150 times more potent than vitamin C, Singaporean Strait Times reported on Saturday. Antioxidants found in red wine, fruits and vegetables counter the effects of free radicals, unstable atoms which attack human cells and tissues.
6.03.06 Local test shows girl died from bird flu at Jakarta hospital
June 3 Laboratory tests conducted by the Health Ministry confirmed Friday that a seven-year-old girl who died late Thursday night in Jakarta contracted avian influenza. In Bandung, a nurse who treated confirmed bird flu patients has been quarantined after showing symptoms of the disease. If she is confirmed for H5N1, it would raise the worrisome possibility of human-to-human transmission of the virus. [More>>thejakartapost.com]
6.03.06 Passengers' fury as 200 are struck down on 'virus' cruise ship
June 3 A cruise ship had to return to the UK prematurely after hundreds of passengers were struck down by a virus. More than 2,000 Britons finally disembarked from the Sea Princess after it docked in the port of Southampton yesterday morning. The vessel, which is part of the Princess Cruises fleet, left Southampton for a seven-night European tour last Saturday. But it was forced to turn back and return to England a day earlier than planned after about 200 passengers became ill. They are thought to have contracted the highly contagious norovirus.
5.30.06 Key terror suspect arrested
BAGHDAD (AFP) May 30 The Iraqi Government said today it had captured a key terror suspect who allegedly confessed to hundreds of beheadings. Ahmed Hussein Dabash Samir al-Batawi was arrested by a terrorist combat unit in Baghdad yesterday, according to the prime minister's office. The unit also seized documents, mobile phones and computers that contained the names and addresses of other wanted terrorists and information on Islamic extremist groups, the Government said in a statement. "Al-Batawi is considered at the top of the terrorist list," the statement said. He had "committed the ugliest crimes against innocent civilians especially in Hurriyah neighborhood that witnessed many massacres." The Government said al-Batawi confessed under questioning that he beheaded hundreds of Iraqis in Baghdad and other Iraqi provinces. [theaustralian.news.com.au ; See also, thestar.com.my, May 29, "Iraqi army says captures aide of Zarqawi."]
5.30.06 Paris youths clash with police in worst violence since autumn
May 30 Police sent reinforcements to the troubled northern Paris suburbs today after a night of rioting revived fear of a return of the violence that raged through Franceıs immigrant housing estates last autumn. In another sign of Franceıs continuing racial tension the Government also ordered a high-level police inquiry into an anti-Semitic black extremist group which staged an aggressive march through the historic Jewish quarter of the capital at the weekend. Seven policemen were injured in the four hours of fighting last night in the town of Montfermeil which involved some 400 local officers and national riot police. In the fiercest clashes since last autumn, police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades against youths, many masked and wielding baseball bats.
5.30.06 US sending more troops into Iraq other recent developments
BAGHDAD (CBS/AP) May 30 US military commanders are moving about 1,500 troops from a reserve force in Kuwait into the volatile Anbar province in western Iraq to help local authorities establish order there.
5.30.06 Race to help Indonesia survivors as quake toll tops 5,400
BANTUL, Indonesia (AFP) May 30 Desperate Indonesian quake survivors were still waiting for aid despite pledges help would come fast, as the rising activity of a nearby volcano fuelled fears of an eruption. The death toll from Saturday's quake in Central Java province rose past 5,400, but the most urgent task was to get help to 200,000 rain-soaked victims, many of whom huddled under makeshift tents for a third night. Hopes appeared all but lost of finding any more survivors in the ruins after Saturday's 6.3-magnitude temblor.
5.30.06 Iraq's hostages by the numbers
May 30 More than 400 foreign hostages have been kidnapped in Iraq since April 2004 and up to 30 Iraqis are abducted daily, according to the US embassy in Baghdad. The embassy's Hostage Working Group (HWG) said in a document obtained by Aljazeera.net that: "More than 439 foreign nationals have been kidnapped ... over three every week." It said that 17 were women.
5.30.06 Terror group busted
KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia, May 30 A new terrorist group suspected of planning attacks on several neighboring countries has been uncovered following the arrest of 12 men. The recent capture of members of the Indonesian radical group, Darul Islam, was the Malaysian policeıs biggest success against terrorism since their crackdown five years ago on Kumpulan Militan Malaysia (KMM) which had links with the Jemaah Islamiah terror network. The Darul Islam group, comprising mainly Indonesians, had at least two locals. The 12 detained were nabbed off the coasts of Sandakan and Tawau following months of police surveillance. The police had learnt that several members of the group would be in ³transit² in Malaysia while on their way to neighboring countries, sources said.
5.30.06 European court bars passing passenger data to US
PARIS, May 30 The European Union's highest court ruled today that an agreement providing for the transfer of extensive personal data on air passengers to the authorities in the United States was illegal. The decision forces the two sides back to the negotiating table at a time when privacy safeguards are increasingly being debated. The European Court of Justice, in Luxembourg, overruled a May 2004 decision by the European Commission and the European Council, which represents national governments. The agreement, which took 18 months to negotiate and was set to last through the end of next year, gives American counterterrorism authorities access to 34 different types of information about passengers on all flights that originate from the 25 member states. [More>>nytimes.com]
5.30.06 Tense calm in Afghan capital after riots
KABUL (AFP) May 30 Armored vehicles and soldiers patrolled the streets of Kabul on Tuesday as the Afghan capital began assessing the damage and cleaning up after a day of rioting that left at least 14 people dead. Parliament met in a secret special session to discuss security in the volatile nation in light of Monday's events, in which scores of buildings were torched, looted and damaged. Police and soldiers were on alert for more demonstrations but reported no disturbances during a six-hour overnight curfew. The streets were emptier than usual as some residents appeared to be waiting before venturing out. The city's large expatriate community, many employed in the aid groups that set up here after the fall of the Taliban government in 2001, were taking particular care after some offices of foreign-based groups were attacked. [More>>metimes.com]
5.30.06 Losing battle: AIDS virus spreading says UN
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) May 30 The world continues to lose an ugly battle to HIV/AIDS that shows no sign of letting up after 25 million people have died a quarter-century into the epidemic, the head of the U.N.'s HIV/AIDS joint program said. "I think we will see a further globalization of the epidemic spreading to every single corner of the planet," UNAIDS head Peter Piot told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Geneva.
5.30.06 Yangtze river 'cancerous' with pollution
May 30 China's longest river is "cancerous" with pollution and rapidly dying, threatening drinking water supplies in 186 cities along its banks, including Shanghai, experts warned on Monday. Chinese environmental experts fear worsening pollution could kill the Yangtze river within five years, Xinhua news agency said, calling for an urgent clean-up. "Many officials think the pollution is nothing for the Yangtze," Xinhua quoted Yuan Aiguo, a professor with the China University of Geosciences, as saying. "But the pollution is actually very serious," it added, warning that experts considered it "cancerous." [more>>chinadaily.com.cn ; See another article, thenews.com.pk, May 30, "Contaminated water affectees in Faisalabad, Pakistan, reaches over 28,000."]
5.30.06 Taleban kill 3 Afghan women aid workers: official
KABUL, May 30 Taleban guerrillas on Tuesday shot dead three Afghan women working for a Western aid agency in northern Afghanistan, a provincial official said. The women, who worked for German-funded Action Aid, were victims of a drive-by shooting while travelling in a car to the northeast of Shiberghan, the capital of Jowzjan, a province where the Taleban are present but less active. Their driver was also killed. "Apart from the three women, the driver of the car also lost his life in the attack by Taleban fighters who were riding motorcycles," provincial governor, Juman Khan Hamdard, told media. [thenews.com.pk]
5.30.06 In the village of nowhere, a fate soon sealed
NUAMAN, West Bank For generations, first in caves hollowed from hillsides, then shepherds' tents and simple stone houses, the Shawarwa and Darawi families thrived here amid pine windbreaks, olive orchards and flocks of sheep. On a hill of their own, they worked, married and raised children.
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.
05.23.06 Architect of New War on the West and Bin Laden via As-Sahab website
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