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, the Middle East and South America, with realignments away from the US. His mismanagement in diplomacy, wars, disasters and economics reflects an incompetence perhaps unparalleled in US history. Mel Copeland
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6.15.06 'Beginning of the end' for insurgency
(AP) June 15 Documents and computer records seized after the raid on Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's hideout have given the Iraqi government the upper hand in its fight against al-Qaida in Iraq, the national security adviser said Thursday. National Security Adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie also estimated that a large number of US-led forces will leave Iraq by the end of this year, and a majority will be gone by the end of next year. "And maybe the last soldier will leave Iraq by mid 2008," he said.
"We believe that this is the beginning of the end of al-Qaida in Iraq," al-Rubaie said, adding that the documents showed that al-Qaida is in "pretty bad shape," politically and in terms of training, weapons and media. "Now we have the upper hand," he declared, speaking in English and Arabic at a news conference in Baghdad. "We feel that we know their locations, the names of their leaders, their whereabouts, their movements, through the documents we found during the last few days."
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, meanwhile, pressed forward with his carrot and stick approach of cracking down on violence in Baghdad while promoting national reconciliation with those willing to cooperate with the political process as Iraqis endured a second day of checkpoints and traffic jams.
Gunmen killed an engineer and kidnapped another, and a detergent worker was shot to death as he was headed to work elsewhere in western Baghdad, police said, but no major violence was reported in the capital, a day after a major security operation was launched. Elsewhere, however, gunmen stormed a Sunni mosque near Tikrit on Thursday, killing four people and wounding 15, including a fundamentalist Sunni cleric who has spoken out against the killing of Iraqis as part of the insurgency. [More>>Jerusalem Post] ; See also aljazeera.net, June 15, "'End' of al-Qaeda in Iraq" : ...But al-Qaeda in Iraq has vowed to fight on under its new leader, Abu Hamza al-Muhajir. The US military said on Thursday it believed that his real name was Abu Ayyub al-Masri. They said he was an Egyptian, had trained in Afghanistan and formed al-Qaeda's first cell in Baghdad...
nytimes.com, June 15, "US identifies successor to Zarqawi."]...The Americans said Mr. Masri joined the Egyptian militant group, Islamic Jihad, in 1982 and went to Afghanistan to train in the Al Farouq militant camp, where he received explosive training, in 1999 or 2000. If that timeline is accurate, it seems likely that Mr. Masri is now at least in his early 40s and that the photograph given out by the Americans is several years old.
Islamic Jihad was headed by Ayman Al-Zawahiri, a middle-class Egyptian physician who later became the deputy to Osama bin Laden in Al Qaeda. The Al Farouq camp, set up by Mr. Zawahiri and Mr. bin Laden, was one of the main Al Qaeda training camps before it was destroyed by the Americans during the war in Afghanistan in late 2001. General Caldwell said he was not sure whether Mr. Masri had developed a relationship with either Mr. Zawahiri or Mr. bin Laden. But, General Caldwell said, it was in Afghanistan that Mr. Masri developed a relationship with Mr. Zarqawi.
Mr. Masri, he said, came to Iraq in early 2003 and set up the original Al Qaeda cell in Baghdad. More recently, General Caldwell said, Mr. Masri was one of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia's senior operational commanders, supplying Al Qaeda commanders with suicide bombers and car bombs. He was responsible for all operations in southern Iraq, General Caldwell said. Mr. Masri is believed to be currently operating in Baghdad, General Caldwell said.
6.15.06 Zarqawi was a registered Lucknow resident
LUCKNOW, India (PTI) June 15 A probe has been ordered into how al-Qaeda terrorist Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi who was killed in a US air strike in Iraq last week was allegedly certified as a resident of the state capital.
See more details, article by Deep Singh, hindustantimes.com, June 14, "Zarqawi dead, but 'valid for unemployment allowance'" : To get a domicile certificate made, you need to give some proof.
But, when Abu Musab-al Zarqawi, chief of Iraq¹s al-Qaeda unit who was blown up by the US forces in Iraq recently, is certified as a resident of the city and eligible for claiming the unemployment allowance, you need no proofs to conclude that by greasing the palms of the brokers, virtually anyone stands a chance to avail the Rs 500-unemployment allowance.
On Wednesday, the officials of the district administration went into a tizzy after this correspondent got a certificate issued on Monday through a broker certifying that Zarqawi was a resident of A-1, Jal Sansthan Colony, Water Works Road, Lucknow.
...the certificate comes with an attestation by two gazetted officers, secretary, state transport Jamshed Alam Siddiqui and deputy transport commissioner Rajendra Prasad, both of whom have testified to have known Zarqawi for donkey¹s years. Besides, notary KK Jaiswal and a lawyer, PK Singh too were used for getting the affidavit cleared. What¹s more, the affidavit that also carried Zarkawi¹s photograph comes with a seal valid for unemployment allowance only¹.
Of course, Zarkawi wouldn¹t have been interested in the Rs 500 unemployment allowance that the state government proposes to give to the unemployed youths on June 16. And neither has Amit Tripathi, who as HT discovered was the actual resident of A-1, Jal Sansthan Colony that is shown against Zarkawi¹s name, got anything to do with Al-Qaeda...
Editorial note: If the information is correct, this could be a strong resource in tracking down further movements of al-Qaeda. The basic "who, what, when, where" information would be appropriate in the follow-up investigation of this report. It should be noted that Varanasi, located nearby down the Ganges river, is a major center of worship for Hindus and a popular temple there was bombed March 2006. While Lucknow seems some distance away from al-Qaeda's strongholds along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, the connection of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi to Lucknow in light of the Varanasi temple bombings is quite interesting indeed. See Maravot News 3.14.06, "Indian Muslim seminary [at Lucknow] issues fatwa against attacks on all religious shrines" and Maravot News 03.07.06 "Terror hits Varanasi, 12 killed" : ..(independent.co.uk story)...India was braced for violent reprisals after one of the holiest Hindu cities was targeted by a series of bomb attacks which left 20 people dead. One of the explosions in the city of Varanasi went off inside a temple when it was crowded with thousands of worshippers...
6.15.06 Afghan bus bomb kills 10, NATO vows to fight terrorism
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) June 15 A bomb ripped through a bus taking workers to an airport run by the US-led coalition in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing 10 people. The attack was claimed by the extremist Islamic Taliban movement, which is escalating violent assaults in the south of the country as NATO forces roll out a planned deployment there. Another three Afghans working for foreign organizations were killed in separate blasts in the south as the Taliban warned that it was targeting locals working for foreign groups, especially US forces.
6.15.06 Forty-six bombs explode in thirty minutes across Thailand
June 15 Forty-six bombs exploded within less than half an hour, killing two people and wounding 21, across southern Thailand today. One of the homemade devices went off at government offices in Yala minutes before Deputy Prime Minister Chitchai Wannasathit was due to arrive for an official visit. The attacks are believed to have been carried out by Muslim insurgents who have mounted a long-running but largely hidden campaign for independence of the country's three most southern provinces.
6.15.06 Sparrow Missile System stopped on way to China
June 15 A New Jersey businessman has pled guilty to shipping components of a medium-range missile guidance system to China rather than smelt them down as required under a contract with the Department of Defense. Michael Dorfmann, Vice President for Purchasing at State Metal Industries, Camden, N.J., pled guilty Tuesday to shipping Sparrow Missile system parts to China after obtaining them from the Department of Defense as surplus. He faces five years of federal probation and a quarter of a million dollar fine. State Metal also pled guilty. It faces three years of corporate probation and a quarter of a million dollar fine for violating export laws. The parts never arrived in China but were seized by Customs and Border Patrol during the process of export...
6.15.06 Seoul relays missile concerns to North Korea
June 15 The Seoul government told Pyongyang it was "gravely worried" over the communist state's move to test a long-range missile, sources said yesterday. News reports from Japan said there were signs since early May that North Korea was preparing to test a multiple-stage Taepodong 2 missile. The intercontinental ballistic missile could reach as far as the United States. The South Korean government reportedly sent the warning message through an unspecified channel last month upon seizing inside information of the missile test plan, the sources said. [More>>koreaherald.co.kr]
6.15.06 Turkey to officially inaugurate BTC pipeline on July 13
ANKARA, June 15 Turkey is preparing an elaborate ceremony to inaugurate the strategic Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline on July 13, the event's organisers said Thursday. Turkish authorities have invited almost 50 heads of state or government to the party, including US President George W. Bush, Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, an official source told AFP.
6.14.06 'Europeans increasingly mistrustful of US'
Madrid, June 15 (This story in thenews.com.pk is drawn from Pew Global Attitudes Project report, pewglobal.org, June 13, 2006, "America's image slips, but allies share US concerns over Iran, Hamas." Another take on the report is at guardian.co.uk, June 14, 2006, "Iraq war seen as biggest threat to peace." The better written Pakistani version is recorded here. The Pew report is quite extensive with lots of charts and well worth reviewing)
6.14.06 Finally, the reason Bush can't find Osama bin Laden
June 14 John in DC posted this tidbit in americablog.com : He had his name wrong all this time.
Editorial note: A copy of the report can be downloaded from americablog.com. The report is in Word which shows the name is not correctly spelled. The error seems symptomatic of Bush administration bungling in other spheres of governance.
6.14.06 Afghan forces kill 26 Taliban, four civilians die in rocket attacks
KHOST, Afghanistan, June 14 Afghanistan: Afghan and coalition forces killed 26 Taliban on the country's border with Pakistan Wednesday while four civilians were killed in rocket attacks in the same area, a provincial governor said. The rebels were killed in an operation in southeastern Paktika province that was launched in response to attacks in the Ziruk district, governor Mohammad Akram Khapelwak told. "Twenty-six Taliban have been killed so far in the fire fight. The operation is still ongoing," he said. "It was a joint Afghan forces and coalition operation," he said.
6.14.06 Cleric linked to 2002 Bali blasts is released
JAKARTA, June 14 A radical Islamic cleric, whom the Bush administration has portrayed as an important operative for Al Qaeda in Southeast Asia, walked out of prison on Wednesday morning, after serving just over a year for criminal conspiracy. American officials, who had long pressed Indonesia to prosecute the cleric, Abu Bakar Bashir, expressed disappointment over the release, as did officials in Australia, which lost 88 citizens in the bombings of two Bali nightclubs that killed 202 people in October 2002.
6.14.06 Paris court sentences "Chechen Network" terrorist group
PARIS (RIA Novosti) June 14 A Paris court Thursday handed down sentences against a group of 27 Islamic militants suspected of planning terrorist attacks in France in support of Chechen rebels. Paris Criminal Court sentenced 25 of the group known as the "Chechen Network" to jail terms of between six months and 10 years, and acquitted two of the men, most of whom were Algerian or French of Arab origin. The group had been plotting attacks on Russian targets in France, as well as police stations, a large supermarket in Paris and the Eiffel Tower. It got its nickname because some members had recruited militants for terrorist attacks in Russia's North Caucasus or had undergone training in the Pankisi Gorge in Georgia. [rian.ru]
6.14.06 Iranian FM describes international offer as "very positive"
MADRID (AFP) June 14 Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Wednesday a new international offer of incentives to encourage Teheran to stop uranium enrichment was ³very positive² and would be examined seriously. The offer of technical and commercial cooperation from the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany was a ³step forward², Mattaki said on his arrival in Madrid. "We are giving the package serious consideration. We will inform our colleagues in Europe and other parties of our views on the package," Mottaki told reporters ahead of talks on Iran¹s nuclear programme with his Spanish counterpart, Miguel Angel Moratinos. "We hope to create and prepare the ground for the continuation of our common efforts to reach a compromise," he said. [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
6.14.06 Israel army concedes old munition may be behind beach deaths
JERUSALEM (AFP) June 14 The military conceded on Wednesday that old Israeli ordnance could have been responsible for the death of eight Palestinians at a beach picnic in the Gaza Strip, hours after absolving itself of any blame. As the dispute over the cause of the tragedy continued to rage, the Palestinians called on the United Nations to launch its own investigation. Initial declarations by the chief of staff and defense minister that Israel was not behind last week's killings were greeted with skepticism by both UN chief Kofi Annan and the US-based Human Rights Watch, whose own on-site probe concluded an Israeli shell was the probable cause of the tragedy. But the officer leading the army's inquiry acknowledged in an interview with public radio that the investigation was still not complete and unexploded Israeli ordnance, or another device, could have been the cause of the blast. [More>>metimes.com]
6.14.06 World's junk washes up on deserted Scots island
June 14 It is the most remote place in Britain, a cluster of storm-lashed islands surrounded by the turbulent waters of the north Atlantic. Yet even St. Kilda, 40 miles and several hours by boat from the Western Isles of Scotland, is not immune to the rising tide of rubbish polluting the world's oceans. Discarded plastic containers that once held Brazilian mustard, Japanese detergent, Dutch yoghurt and French shower gel, as well as 149 mostly unidentified bottles were among more than 500 pieces of rubbish collected from the archipelago's only beach, Village Bay, on the main island of Hirta. Staff from the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), which manages the islands, a World Heritage site that is home to a million seabirds and just 17 humans, filled 13 bin bags from the 450-metre stretch of shingle during the two-day survey at the end of last month.
6.14.06 Japan buys votes to take control of whaling
June 14 Japan has succeeded in buying the votes that will give it control of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) later this week, in a major step towards bringing back commercial hunting of whales. The pro-whaling nation has gained the support of three more small countries to give it a definite majority in the IWC, and so begin in earnest its attack on the international whaling moratorium which has been in force for 20 years. Its takeover of the IWC likely to become clear on Friday will be a major reverse for the international environmental movement, which has long thought that the fight for one of its iconic causes - Save the Whale - had been largely won. It will be a considerable propaganda victory not only for the Japanese, but also for other nations who are determined to continue whale hunting in spite of international opinion, principally Norway and Iceland. [More>>independent.co.uk ; See related article, crisscross.com, May 24, 2006, "Research whaling fleet leaves to catch 26o whales in northwestern Pacific."]
6.13.06 A moon's telltale tail
June 13 The plumes of Enceladus continue to gush icy particles into Saturn orbit, making this little moon one of a select group of geologically active bodies in the solar system.
6.13.06 World stock markets battered
LONDON, June 13 Global equity markets staggered and slumped on renewed alarm over prospects for rising inflation and interest rates in the United States ahead of a fresh batch of data. European and Asian equities took a fresh battering as nervous investors eyed key US price data, due later on Tuesday, and as the Fed warned anew of the dangers of inflation. In early afternoon European trading, London's FTSE 100 index of leading shares slumped 2.34 per cent to 5489.20 points.
6.13.06 Blasts rock Iraq following Al Qaeda threats
KIRKUK, Iraq (AFP) June 13 At least 32 people were killed on Tuesday in Iraq, including 18 in five car bomb attacks in the oil city of Kirkuk, after warnings by Al Qaeda of vengeance for the death of Abu Mussab Al Zarqawi. Security measures in Baghdad were being beefed up in anticipation of Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki's long awaited new security plan for the capital, almost a week after the killing of the Al Qaeda in Iraq leader in a US airstrike. According to the defense ministry, the night curfew in the capital will begin two-and-a-half hours earlier at 8:30 pm (1630 GMT) and cars will be banned from the streets on Friday afternoon during prayer time. [More>>metimes.com ; See related article, cbsnews.com, June 13, "Bush makes surprise trip to Baghdad."]
6.13.06 Eleven killed in Gaza airstrike, Abbas slams 'state terrorism'
GAZA CITY, Gaza (AFP) June 13 Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel on Tuesday of engaging in state terrorism after nine civilians were among a group of 11 people killed in an airstrike on the Gaza Strip. The raid, the deadliest since the Islamists of Hamas won elections in January, turned the focus back on the conflict with Israel after a bout of factional violence that saw the parliament and cabinet offices set ablaze. Although two of the victims were confirmed as members of the hardline Islamic Jihad movement, the other nine were believed to be civilians and included two young brothers, four and eight, and their father. Around 42 other people, including six children, were wounded in the raid on the main north-south road in the narrow coastal territory, which came shortly before another explosion went off in the Beit Lahiya region of northern Gaza. [More>>metimes.com ; See related story, aljazeera.net, June 13, "israel to blame Hamas for beach deaths."]
6.12.06 Al-Qaeda names Zarqawi successor in Iraq
PARIS, June 12 Al-Qaeda in Iraq appointed a militant named Sheikh Abu Hamza al-Muhajer to succeed Jordanian-born Abu Musab al-Zarqawi who was killed in a US air strike, in an Internet message posted Monday. "The shura (consultative) council and Al-Qaeda in the Land of Two Rivers have both agreed to appoint Sheikh Abu Hamza al-Muhajer to succeed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in the leadership of the organisation," said the statement on Al-Hesba website, where Al-Qaeda's official statements usually appear. Its authenticity could not be independently verified.
6.12.06 About the popular jihadist AL-Hesba website
June 12 Of particular interest to Maravot News and many organizations tracking jihadist / terrorist use of the internet, there has always been the nagging question, "Why is the government allowing jihadists to use the internet to post their murders and murderous plans?" The fact is many jihadist websites have been used to track down terrorists and an article by jamestown.org., June 11, 2006 explores this reality in Stephen Ulph's report, "Intelligence War breaks out on the jihadi formums." The report is well worth reading:
6.12.06 Hussein's witnesses admit lying in their testimony
June 12 Four witnesses for the defense in the Saddam Hussein trial have admitted lying in their testimony, saying they had been bribed or threatened, according to statements read in court today. One of the witnesses said he agreed to testify on behalf of the defense after one of his sons was kidnapped. He said that a son of one of Mr. Hussein's co-defendants, Mohammad Azzawi Ali, told him, "You have three days to decide whether to testify or not, otherwise we'll kill your youngest son." Other witnesses told of being paid $500 and coached in their testimony. [More>>nytimes.com]
6.12.06 Nine killed in US raid near Baquba
June 12 Seven people with links to senior al-Qaeda leaders were killed in an air strike in Iraq on Monday, the US military said. The raid also left two children dead, the military stated, although an Iraqi witness gave a different account, saying the nine killed were all members of one family. The US military said three people were wounded and two others were detained in the attack near the city of Baquba, where Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed last week.
6.12.06 Al-Zarqawi lived for 52 minutes after bombing
BAGHDAD (AP) June 12 Abu Musab al-Zarqawi lived for 52 minutes after a US warplane bombed his hideout northeast of Baghdad, and he died of extensive internal injuries consistent with those caused by a bomb blast, the US military said Monday. Col. Steve Jones, command surgeon for Multinational Forces, said an autopsy concluded that al-Zarqawi died from serious injuries to his lungs. An FBI test positively identified al-Zarqawi¹s remains. Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, a spokesman for the US military in Baghdad, said US forces arrived about 28 minutes after a fighter jet bombed al-Zarqawi¹s hideout outside Baqouba on Wednesday. Medics secured al-Zarqawi¹s airway but his breathing was shallow and labored, and he expelled blood from his mouth. [More>>msnbc.com ; for background see Maravot News 6.10.06, "Al-Qaida in Iraq's al-Zarqawi 'terminated.'"]
6.12.06 Jordan MPs face military prosecutor after Zarqawi condolences
AMMAN (AFP) June 12 Four detained Islamist MPs were referred on Monday to the military prosecutor, accused of fueling national discord after they offered condolences to the family of slain Al Qaeda strongman Abu Mussab Al Zarqawi, the government said. Islamic Action Front (IAF) deputies Mohammed Abu Fares, Jaafar Horani, Ali Abu Sukkar and Ibrahim Mashukhi were detained on Sunday and questioned by the general prosecutor who decided to refer the case to the military prosecutor, government spokesman Nasser Jawdeh told a news conference.
6.12.06 Hindu-Muslim wedlock, up for deadlock
AHMEDABAD (PTI) June 12 The wedding between a Hindu girl and a Muslim man in Gujarat has run into trouble after the girl claimed that she was "forced into the marriage and kept in confinement." The girl, Hetal Dave, who had married Allauddin on April 22, returned to her parents¹ house on June 7 after her parents approached the Gujarat high court, police officials probing the case said. Both of them live in a village in Sabarkantha district but got married in Ahmedabad.
6.12.06 SCO to join int'l efforts to build anti-drug belt around Afghanistan
BEIJING (Xinhua) June 12 The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will join international efforts to build an anti-drug belt around Afghanistan to combat drug smuggling, said a senior Chinese diplomat here Monday. Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Li Hui made the remarks at a press briefing for the upcoming SCO summit slated for June 15 in Shanghai. "Afghanistan is a major source of drugs," Li said, adding SCO member states are major victims of drug crimes. "SCO is willing to actively join international efforts to build an anti-drug belt around Afghanistan, and conduct anti-drug cooperation with the country under the framework of SCO-Afghanistan liaison group," he said...Established in 2001, the SCO groups China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Since 2004, the organization has accepted Mongolia, Iran, Pakistan and India as observers. [Full story>>xinhuanet.com ; See SCO website, scosummit2006.org for further information and rian.ru, June 12, "Shanghai organization unlikely to expand soon Kyrgyz minister" : ...the participants decided it was too early to consider the expansion of the bloc and agreed to focus on the strengthening of the organization instead. The SCO was set up a decade ago to deal with Islamic extremism and other security threats in Central Asia, but has since expanded its scope to include cooperation in disaster relief and trade...]
6.12.06 Security forces kill 37 militants, including Taliban leader's relative
KANDAHAR, June 12 Afghan and US-led coalition forces killed 37 suspected rebels, including a relative of Taliban leader Mullah Omar, in three separate battles across southern Afghanistan, an Afghan army general said Monday. Omar's brother-in-law, Mullah Amanullah, was killed along with 14 other insurgents in Siachave village, Uruzgan province, when troops stormed the area late Sunday after a tip from tribesmen, said army commander Gen. Rehmatullah Raufi. Amanullah, whose body was recovered from the village, was the Taliban commander in Uruzgan province's Dihrawud district and responsible for numerous rebel attacks, Raufi said. Coalition military spokesman Maj. Quentin Innis could not confirm if Amanullah had been killed. [thenews.com.pk ; See also afghanislamicpress.com, June 12, "Coalition, Afghan forces kill 12 Taliban in Kandahar" and khaleejtimes.com. With regard to reports that Al-Qaeda and the Taliban derive revenues from hashish and heroine production, see an interesting article, dailytimes.com.pk, June 12, "Taliban ban 'un-Islamic' activities" : MIRANSHAH: Local Taliban and religious leaders in North Waziristan on Sunday issued public notices warning people of ³serious repercussions² if they do not shun "un-Islamic activities" like watching movies and listening to music. The announcement comes a day after the military bombed a militant hideout, killing up to 20 militants. The Taliban warned tribesmen to avoid hashish, heroin and wine, end all smuggling, ban all "un-Islamic" video and audio cassettes, ban dish antennas in houses and bazaars, and close all gambling dens. All such places of gambling will now be used for a "noble purpose," the announcement said. The Taliban also announced a ban on interest on loans, and staged fights between birds and animals. "Any person committing these atrocities from Monday will be punished accordingly if spared by the government," said the announcement. Sources said that most local tribesmen supported the announcement, believing its implementation would bring peace to the troubled tribal agency.
6.12.06 Report: War on terror flawed
June 12 The concentration on the war on terror is increasing the risk of terrorist attacks and distracting governments from greater threats, a British think tank has warned. The independent Oxford Research Group said the most likely causes of future conflicts are climate change, competition over resources, social and economic marginalization and increased militarization. "The war on terror is a dangerous diversion and prevents the international community from responding effectively to the most likely causes of future conflict," the report Global Responses to Global Threats: Sustainable Security for the 21st Century said.
6.12.06 China is arming world's worst regimes to fuel economic booms, says Amnesty
BEIJING, June 12 China's secret arms exports to some of the world's worst trouble spots are fuelling human rights violations and helping to sustain conflicts in countries such as Sudan, Nepal and Burma, Amnesty International says. As well as big conventional weapons such as tanks warplanes, ballistic missiles, frigates and submarines, China sells small arms and security equipment to armies and police forces. Arms exports are estimated to be worth nearly £550m a year and often involve the exchange of weapons for raw materials, such as Sudanese oil, to fuel China's rapid economic growth.
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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