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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7.05.06 Planes fly near North Korean missile landing area: report
TOKYO, July 5 About a dozen passenger planes were flying in the area and at about the same time that North Korea's missiles splashed down in the Sea of Japan, a press report said Wednesday. The planes were flying from European countries to Japan about the same time that six missiles, test fired from North Korea, splashed down, a Japanese news agency quoted the Japanese Defence Agency as saying. North Korea fired six missiles into the northern Sea of Japan near Russia's far eastern maritime province for about five hours until 8:30 am (2330 GMT Tuesday), the agency said...Most Japan-bound planes from Europe pass over a point called IGROD in the Sea of Japan. Five of the six missiles landed some 200-400 kilometers (125-250 miles) northwest of the point. The other missile, believed to be a long-range Taepodong-2, splashed down some 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of the point. [Full story>>thenews.com.pk ; See also foxnews.com, July 5, UN Security Council meets after North Korea launches 7th missile."]
7.04.06 Shuttle lifts off on 4th July
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) July 4 After two weather delays and last-minute foam trouble, Discovery and a crew of seven blasted off Tuesday on the first shuttle launch in a year, flying over objections from those within NASA who argued for more fuel-tank repairs. The majestic shot NASA's first on Independence Day was only the second shuttle flight since the Columbia was brought down 3 1/2 years ago by a chunk of insulation foam breaking off the fuel tank. [More>>abcnews.go.com]
7.04.06 Stolen lives identity thief finds easy money hard to resist
July 4 By the time of Shiva Brent Sharma's third arrest for identity theft, at the age of 20, he had taken in well over $150,000 in cash and merchandise in his brief career. After a certain point, investigators stopped counting. The biggest money was coming in at the end, postal inspectors said, after Mr. Sharma had figured out how to buy access to stolen credit card accounts online, change the cardholder information and reliably wire money to himself sometimes using false identities for which he had created pristine driver's licenses. But Mr. Sharma, now 22, says he never really kept track of his earnings.
7.03.06 Ba'asyir says Indonesian holy warriors should go to Israel
JAKARTA (AP) July 3 A reputed leader of an al-Qaeda-linked terror group said Monday that Indonesia should send Islamic holy warriors to Israel to punish it for unleashing airstrikes in Palestinian territories. "Israel is the enemy of Allah," militant cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir told hundreds of members of the Muslim-based Crescent Star Party in the capital Jakarta. "That is why Indonesia should send holy warriors there."
7.03.06 Iraqi Shias divided over peace plan
BAGHDAD (AFP) July 3 Iraq's dominant Shia leaders appeared divided on Monday over Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki's much-touted national reconciliation plan that aims to curb violence by offering amnesty to rebels. Abdel Aziz Al Hakim, the powerful head of parliament's largest bloc, said that he favored extending an amnesty to insurgents who may have killed US troops an idea strongly opposed by Maliki. "Yes they should be covered regardless of their religious or ethnic affiliations," Hakim said when asked if he would support extending the reconciliation and amnesty plan to those who may have attacked or killed US-led troops.
7.03.06 Taliban killed in convoy ambush
July 3 Up to 20 suspected Taliban have been killed after ambushing a military convoy in southern Afghanistan, the multinational force in the country said. Thirty men, firing guns and mortars, attacked the convoy on Sunday in the Sangin district of the southern Helmand province. The patrol had found a weapons cache in the area. Earlier Afghan police reported 11 gunmen had been killed in the firefight. "The coalition attacked the engaging enemy element as well as a second group attempting to reinforce the original group," said a military statement. The military said two soldiers were wounded and airlifted to a medical facility, where they were in stable condition.
7.03.06 Qinghai-Tibet passenger train arrives in Lhasa
LHASA, Tibet (Xinhua) July 2 A train carrying about 600 passengers from Golmud, northwest China's Qinghai Province, arrived at the Lhasa Railway Station at 00:31 a.m. on Sunday, marking the end of a maiden train run on Qinghai-Tibet Railway which was opened Saturday morning. The train, coded "Qing 1," left Golmud at 11:05 a.m. on Saturday and ran across the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, dubbed the "roof of the world," before arriving in Lhasa, capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region. Those on board the maiden train included role models of builders of the railway, representatives from the government, journalists from official media including the Xinhua News Agency and the China Central Television. Yu Hong, a 38-year old official with the State Council, told Xinhua that passengers on the train not only enjoyed the beautiful landscape during the trip, but also got moved by the warmheartedness of Tibetans. "A lot of local ethnic farmers and herdsmen waved their hands to greet us while waiting along the railway to watch the train passing by," Yu said.
7.03.06 MI5 conducts secret inquiry into 8,000 al-Qa'ida 'sympahizers'
July 3 Up to 8,000 suspected al-Qaeda sympathizers are being investigated by MI5 and the police in an operation to identify future terrorists, The Independent has learned. The huge covert inquiry, known as project Rich Picture, is aimed at finding people who are being groomed for terrorism, and at identifying the Islamist extremists carrying out the recruitment. The nationwide investigation follows intelligence suggesting there is a very small, but significant number of British-born and Britain-based Muslims, who are prepared to carry out bombings and other terrorist attacks in this country.
7.03.06 Ex-Guantanamo prisoners go on trial in France
PARIS (Reuters) July 3 Six Frenchmen who were released from the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay over the past two years will stand trial in France on Monday over "associating with criminals in relation to a terrorist organisation." The six men, aged between 24 and 38, were captured during the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan late in 2001 and held by American forces on suspicion of fighting for the ousted Taliban regime. Some of them returned to France in July 2004 and some in March 2005.
7.03.06 Minister Ramon: IDF operations in Gaza will be 'far far worse' if Shalit harmed
July 3 Justice Minister Haim Ramon on Monday warned of a harsh military response in the Gaza Strip if an abducted Israeli is harmed by his Palestinian captors. Ramon made the threat after the militants holding Israel Defense Forces Corporal Gilad Shalit implied the soldier would be killed if Israel does not begin releasing Palestinian soldiers by Tuesday morning.
7.03.06 Veterans for Peace draft "Declaration of Impeachment" using "Declaration of Independence"
July 3 David Swanson of afterdowningstreet.org, and allied organizations supporting the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice-president Dick Cheney, urge the reading of a slightly revised version of the hallowed "Declaration of Independence" which listed the grievances of the American colonies against King George III. By changing a few words, from "king" to "president" and "Bush administration" the new document protesting the excesses of "King George" brings home the scope of the Bush administration's excesses. The "Declaration of Impeachment" can be read at afterdowniingstreet.org, July 3, "On the Fourth, read the Declaration of Impeachment." For comparison purposes open the "Declaration of Independence" at ushistory.org and an article by americanrevolution.com: "Insane George III."
The argument was part of a 2 1/2 year correspondence with Wm. F. Buckley Jr., including other documents, "Duty and Profit," "Immoral Coercion," etc.
7.03.06 Bin Laden warns Iraqi Shia of revenge
July 1 Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda's leader, has purportedly issued an internet message warning Iraqi Shia of retaliation if they continued to attack Sunnis. "It is not possible that many of the people of the south (Shia) violate, alongside America and its allies, [the Sunni cities of] Ramadi, Falluja, Mosul ... that their areas would be safe from retaliation and harm," said the speaker on the audiotape posted on the net. In what would be his second message in two days if confirmed, bin Laden said the Islamic community was depending on Islamist fighters in Iraq as well as Somalia.
7.01.06 Baghdad market blast kills scores
July 1 A huge explosion has ripped though a busy Baghdad market, killing at least 66 people, officials say. About 100 others were injured in the car bomb attack in Sadr City, a Shia area frequently targeted by insurgents. The explosion left a scene of carnage and devastation, with the dead and injured lying amid the wreckage of cars, shops and market stalls. The new government has been battling to improve Baghdad security, and last weekend unveiled a national unity plan. But the attack was the worst incident in the capital for weeks. Reports say the car bomb was detonated as a police patrol passed, causing both police and civilian casualties. The bomb was clearly aimed at causing the maximum possible casualties, says the BBC's Jim Muir in Baghdad. It was detonated at one of the busiest times of the day in a popular market in a densely-populated area.
6.30.06 Seventeen Taliban killed; guard kidnapped
KANDAHAR (AFP) June 30 Seventeen Taliban rebels were killed and 14 were arrested in southern Afghanistan, while militants kidnapped an Afghan security worker, police and officials said today. Fourteen Taliban militants were killed when Afghan and US-led coalition forces destroyed their hideouts in the mountainous eastern province of Nuristan today, the US military said in a statement. "A coalition patrol tracked a band of 14 extremists travelling with AK-47s and rocket propelled grenades," the statement said.
CAIRO (AP) June 29 Osama bin Laden praised slain al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as the "lion of holy war" in a new videotape posted on the Internet on Friday.
"Our Islamic nation was surprised to find its knight, the lion of jihad (holy war), the man of determination and will, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, killed in a shameful American raid," bin Laden said.
It was the fourth message put out this year by al-Qaida leader bin Laden. All have featured his voice in audiotapes. New video images of him have not appeared since October 2004.
The authenticity of the video could not be immediately confirmed. It bore the logo of As-Sahab, the al-Qaida production branch that releases all its messages, and was posted on an Islamic Web forum where militants often post messages. Typically, the CIA does a technical analysis to determine whether the speaker is who the tape claims and the National Counterterrorism Center analyzes the message's contents. In the tape, bin Laden's voice sounded breathy and fatigued at times.
"Even if we lost one of our greatest knights and and princes, we are happy that we have found a symbol for our great Islamic nations, one that the mujahedeen will remember and praise in poetry and in stories secretly and aloud," bin Laden said. [More>>Detroit Free Press ap.org via msnbc.com]
6.29.06 Supreme Court blocks trials at Guantanamo
WASHINGTON (AP) June 29 The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Bush overstepped his authority in ordering military war crimes trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees. The ruling, a rebuke to the administration and its aggressive anti-terror policies, was written by Justice John Paul Stevens, who said the proposed trials were illegal under US law and international Geneva conventions.
6.29.06 Hamas ministers arrested as hostage crisis escalates
June 29 Israeli troops have arrested 64 Hamas officials including nine Cabinet ministers as the Middle East crisis sparked by the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier continued to escalate. As Israeli artillery battered northern Gaza today, jets dropped leaflets on militant strongholds warning families to stay indoors ahead of an expected land incursion. Israel is now preparing a massive ground offensive in Gaza. In response, the armed Palestinian group holding the kidnapped soldier, Corporal Gilad Shalit, threatened to kill him if Israel continues to escalate violence. [More>>timesonline.co.uk ; See also xinhuanet.com, June 29, "New violence between Israel, Palestine." The site contains a record (links to stories) of xinhuanet.com reports on the issue.]
6.29.06 Officials capture suicide bombers
KANDAHAR (AAP) June 29 Afghan officials said Thursday they had captured two Pakistani nationals who were part of a 20-member team that entered southern Afghanistan to carry out suicide attacks. Two other men from the same group were killed Wednesday when they detonated a car bomb near a US-led coalition convoy in southern Zabul province, while 16 other Pakistani nationals were still at large, a police official said. Ghulam Rasoul Aka, police chief of Zabul's Sari Safa district where the Pakistani pair were seized, said his information was based on the confession of the detained men.
6.29.06 India space agency set to launch heaviest satellite
SRIHARIKOTA, India (Reuters) June 29 India¹s space agency is set to launch its heaviest satellite, a move that will catapult the country into the multi-billion dollar launch market. The new communications satellite weighs 2.2 tonnes and is due to lift off in mid-July from Sriharikota, India¹s space port on the southeastern coast. India has launched similar class of satellites using Ariane rockets from Kourou in French Guyana.
6.29.06 'Playboy' editor, model named suspects
JAKARTA (AP) June 29 Playboy magazine's editor-in-chief and first centerfold model in Indonesia were formally named by police as suspects in an indecency case against the publication. Indonesian authorities said they were investigating model Kartika Gunawan, a woman who posed in lingerie in a premiere edition in April, and Erwin Arnada. They could be prosecuted and if found guilty imprisoned for two years and eight months. Under Indonesian law, declaring someone a suspect is a formal step in a police investigation, indicating there is enough initial evidence to build a case for trial.
6.28.06 NASA's Cassini spacecraft marks mission halfway point
June 27 As the Cassini spacecraft reaches the halfway mark in its four-year tour of the Saturn system, discoveries made during the first half of the mission have scientists revved up to find out what's in store for the second act. Cassini has been orbiting Saturn since June 30, 2004, studying the planet, its rings and moons.
Owen added, "Examining this world frozen in time, we find evidence that Earth may have begun with the same methane-ammonia atmosphere that marked the birth of Titan. Because of our world's closeness to the Sun, Earth has oceans of liquid water, which Titan lacks. The resulting chemistry in Earth's warm environment ultimately led to the origin of life, whereas on Titan we find only a frozen echo of early Earth: methane, nitrogen, and a suite of small organic molecules. Our planet's carefully balanced, warm global climate is the underlying reason that we are investigating Titan, instead of Titanians investigating Earth." Cassini's tour of the Saturnian system is about to take on a new pace. "This summer we will begin our express-ticket ride. [More>>saturn.jpl.nasa.gov]
6.28.06 Putin orders hunt for killers of Russian envoys in Iraq
Moscow (AP) June 27 President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian special services to hunt down the killers of four Russian hostages in Iraq, news agencies reported Wednesday. "The president has ordered the special forces to take all necessary measures to find and destroy the criminals who killed Russian diplomats in Iraq," news agencies said, citing the Kremlin press service. The order follows Monday¹s confirmation by the Foreign Ministry that four Russians working at the embassy in Iraq had been killed; they were seized in early . Earlier Wednesday, the lower house of the Russian parliament passed a statement decrying the murders and saying that ³occupying² countries are losing control in Iraq. Russia has strongly opposed the U.S.-led military campaign in Iraq. [More>>msnbc.msn.com ; See also aljazeera.net and:
6.28.06 Israel threatens to kill exiled Hamas leaders
JERUSALEM, June 28 Israel threatened to kill exiled Syrian-based leaders of the ruling Palestinian Hamas movement Wednesday, blaming them for the kidnapping of a soldier by militants in the Gaza Strip. "Hamas's and Islamic Jihad's leaders and general headquarters are in Damascus in locations the Syrians know perfectly well," Israeli Public Security Minister Avi Dichter told public radio. "We have transmitted clarifications and warnings through diplomatic channels to the Syrians on this matter, but they have chosen to disregard them. This therefore gives Israel full permission to attack these assassins," he said.
A number of Israeli officials have said Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal, who is exiled in Syria, was in their sights over the kidnapping of the soldier in an attack near the Gaza border on Sunday. Israel compared the 50-year-old Meshaal to Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, and called for international pressure on Syria to expel him. Meshaal is one of Israel's most wanted men and famously survived a bungled assassination attempt by Mossad agents who tried to poison him in 1997 in Jordan. A close aide to Meshaal told media in Amman that the Hamas supremo spurned the volley of Israeli threats. [More>>thenews.com.pk ;
See also haaretz.com, June 28, "PM: Israel won't balk at 'extreme action' to rescue IDF soldier" : Israel Defense Forces tanks and troops rolled into southern Gaza before dawn Wednesday, encountering little resistance from Palestinians, in a bid to pressure Palestinian militants into releasing an IDF soldier seized Sunday in an attack on a military position near the Gaza border.
Speaking after the launch of the operation, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned that Israel would not balk at "extreme action" to retrieve Corporal Gilad Shalit. But, the prime minister maintained, Israel has no plans to reoccupy the Strip, from which it withdrew in 2005, after 38 years of occupation. "All the military activity that started overnight will continue in the coming days," Olmert said. "We do not intend to reoccupy Gaza. We do not intend to stay there. We have one objective, and that is to bring Gilat home," he said...
JAKARTA, Indonesia, June 28 Rivers awash in chemical pollutants and untreated sewage, denuded forests and smog-choked cities are putting the Indonesian public at risk in an increasingly toxic environment, a new government report says. The 295-page State of the Environment Report 2005, released Tuesday by the Office of the State Minister for the Environment, listed 65 environmental watershed areas in critical condition up from only 22 in 1992 amid the sustained exploitation of the environment.
6.28.06 Iraq: Samarra shrine bomber caught
June 28 Authorities in Iraq say they have captured an al-Qaeda fighter wanted for February's bombing of a Shia shrine which led to sectarian violence in the country. Mouwafak al-Rubaie, Iraq's national security adviser, on Wednesday identified the arrested man as Yusri Fakhir Muhammad Ali, a Tunisian also known as Abu Qudama. Al-Rubaie said the man was seriously wounded in a clash with security forces north of Baghdad a few days ago in which 15 other foreign fighters were killed. Abu Qudama has reportedly confessed to the bombing. The national security adviser said Abu Qudama entered Iraq in November 2003. He was part of a group including two other Iraqis and four Saudis who carried out the attack on the Askariya shrine, along with the group's leader, Haitham al-Badri, the al-Qaeda leader in Salah al-Din province who al-Rubaie said masterminded the bombing. [More>>aljazeera.net]
6.28.06 Two suicide bombers killed in attack on US convoy in Afghanistan
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) June 28 Two suicide bombers killed themselves in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday when they detonated a car bomb near a US convoy, without causing any other casualties, police said. The Taliban movement waging an insurgency against the government claimed responsibility for the failed attack in Zabul province that follows two other suicide blasts in the past two days. The Zabul police chief said that the men detonated the car bomb "seconds ahead" of the arrival of a US military convoy. However, police in the capital said that the intended target was not clear. [More>>metimes.com] ; See also independent.co.uk, June 28, "Two British marines killed in Afghanistan grenade attack."]
6.27.06 Israel gears up for Gaza blitz over kidnapped soldier
TEL AVIV, June 27 Thousands of Israeli troops massed on the Gaza border Tuesday, poised for an offensive to free a kidnapped soldier likely to trigger a sharp escalation in the Middle East conflict. "If we start with kidnappings, Israel has no problem entering the Gaza Strip and kidnapping half the Palestinian government," an Israeli minister said. The 19-year-old Israeli corporal, who also holds French nationality, was snatched on Sunday in a raid on an army post on the Gaza Strip border in which two other Israeli servicemen and two Palestinian fighters were killed.
6.27.06 Hamas 'implicitly accepts Israel'
June 27 Palestinian militant group Hamas has agreed to a document backing a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel, officials say. The initiative, devised by Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, implicitly recognizes the Jewish state. Hamas's charter currently calls for Israel's destruction by force and rules out peace negotiations with it. The deal comes amid heightened tension with Israel following the capture of an Israeli soldier by militants on Sunday. Israeli tanks and troops have massed on the border and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has warned that a large scale military operation is rapidly approaching. [More>>bbc.co.uk ; See another story, sky.com, June 27 16:43, "Reports of blast in Gaza Strip.']
6.27.06 Sunni group endorses Iraq reform plan
June 27 One of Iraq's largest Sunni Arab groups has endorsed the prime minister's national reconciliation plan, and the government announced new benefits paving the way for freed detainees to return to their normal lives. The political measures came a day after bombs killed at least 40 people at markets in two Iraqi cities, while key politicians said seven Sunni Arab groups opposed to the government offered them conditional truce.
6.27.06 Russia will not join ultimatums over nuclear issue: Putin
MOSCOW (AFP) June 27 Russia will not join any ultimatums over the problem of nuclear proliferation, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday in a thinly veiled reference to US-led pressure on Iran. "We do not intend to join any sort of ultimatum, which only pushes the situation into a dead end, striking a blow against the authority of the UN Security Council," Putin told Russian diplomats in Moscow in the presence of journalists. "I am convinced that dialogue and not isolation of one or another state is what leads to resolution of crises," Putin said. [More>>khaleejtimes.com ; See also nytimes.com (Reuters) June 27, "Iran's supreme leader sees no benefit in US talks."]
6.27.06 Unidentified floating object near International Space Station
MOSCOW, June 27 An unknown floating object close to the International Space Station ISS has concerned ground control, according to reports from the US Space Agency NASA on Tuesday. The object is approximately 2.8 kilometres away from the International Space Station, said the Russian flight control centre in Moscow, citing a NASA source. The situation is quite serious, but does not yet require a dodge manoeuvre, said Russian flight trajectory expert Alexander Kireyev.
6.27.06 Glaciers are melting at their fastest rate for 5,000 years
June 27 Mountain glaciers are melting faster now than at any time in the past 5,000 years because of an unprecedented period of global warming, a study has found. Ice cores taken from mountains as far apart as the Andes in South America and the Himalayas in Asia have revealed how climate change is leading to a full-scale retreat of the world's tropical glaciers. Scientists have warned that human activities over the past 100 years may have nudged the global climate beyond a critical threshold which could see most of the highest ice caps disappearing within the near future. Melting glaciers in South America and Asia not only contribute to rising sea levels, they are also vital sources of freshwater for many millions of people who live within their range at lower altitudes, the scientists said.
6.27.06 Virus hackers held in UK and Finland
June 27 Three men suspected of bombarding business computers with e-mail viruses were arrested today following an investigation into internet fraud involving police in Britain and Finland. The trio a 63-year-old from England, a 28-year-old from Scotland and a 19-year-old from Finland are accused of creating trojan viruses attached to spam emails which opened a back door allowing access to commercial information on infected PCs.
6.27.06 Chameleon-like snake found in W. Kalimantan, Indonesia
June 27 Scientists have discovered a snake with the ability to spontaneously change color in West Kalimantan province, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said Monday. The snake, given the scientific name Enhydris Gyii but known locally as the Kapuas-Mud Snake, was found by a German researcher with the collaboration of two American scientists, who spent a year to verify it as a new-found species, the WWF announced Monday.
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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