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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7.17.06 Today's headlines on the Middle East War
July 17 There are many points of view on the ongoing war in the Middle East. The media, of course, report the news from their point of view and leaders' attitudes towards the war are, of course, from their point of view. An insight into President Bush's point of view in the Israeli war against Hezbollah in Lebanon was reflected in several headlines around the world. TV news broadcasts were featuring the plight of ~25,000 Americans stranded in Lebanon while other nations were being evacuated. We begin with Bush's expletive:
7.17.06 President Hu urges efforts to ensure global energy security
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (Xinhua) July 17 The international community should take joint efforts to ensure global energy security, Chinese President Hu Jintao said here on Monday. "To ensure global energy security, we need to develop and implement a new energy security concept that calls for mutually beneficial cooperation, diversified forms of development and common energy security through coordination," Hu said in a written speech to the outreach session of the G8 summit. While global energy security is crucial to the economic growth and people's livelihood of all countries, the world peace and stability, and common development, "few countries can achieve energy security without joining in international cooperation," he stressed. [More>>xinhuanet.com]
7.17.06 Four 'Al-Qaeda fighters' killed in Afghanistan
KABUL (AFP) July 17 The US-led coalition in Afghanistan said that it killed four suspected Al Qaeda fighters in a raid on Monday while a suicide attack in the troubled south destroyed a justice headquarters and killed three people. Three other alleged members of Osama Bin Laden's terror network were arrested in a raid in the eastern province of Khost about 15 kilometers (nine miles) from the Pakistan border, the coalition said. It said that it was not sure if the man that the raid was targeting, whose name and nationality were not revealed, was among those killed or captured.
7.17.06 Forty-one killed in Iraq market attack
(AP) July 17 Dozens of heavily armed attackers raided an open air market today in a tense town south of Baghdad, killing at least 41 people and wounding about 90, Iraqi and US officials said. Most of the victims were believed to be Shiites. The attack in Mahmoudiya began around 9 am with a brief mortar barrage, followed by an armed assault by dozens of gunmen. They killed three Iraqi soldiers at a checkpoint, then stormed the market firing automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenades, according to police Capt. Rashid al-Samaraie. Iraqi troops arrested two suspects in a nearby house and seized weapons, including a sack of grenades, the US military said. In Baghdad, Shiite lawmakers from two parties, including one led by radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr stormed out of a parliament session to protest the Mahmoudiya killings. [More>>independent.co.uk ; See also aljazeera.net, July 17, "iraq market attack kills 55."]
7.17.06 Eight dead, 40 missing in tsunami
JAKARTA (AFP) July 17 Eight people were killed, 40 were missing and another 40 were injured after a tsunami smashed into the south of Indonesia's Java island following a strong undersea earthquake, the Indonesian Red Cross said. "So far at least eight people have died and 40 others are seriously injured," Putu Suryawan of the Red Cross disaster relief division said, adding the figures were gathered from three southern coastal areas. Witnesses said up to 20 were dead. Mr. Suryawan said residents had reported about 40 more people, who were building a dam when the tsunami struck, were missing. Three Red Cross ambulances and 15 volunteers had left for the disaster zone. [More>>theaustralian.news.com ; See related stories thejakartapost.com, July 17, "Nine people dead in West Java's southern coast after tsunami" : BANDUNG (Antara): Nine people are reportedly dead in West Java province Monday after an earthquake-triggered tsunami swept the province's southern coast. Five people were found dead in Cipatujah beach in Tasikmalaya regency while another four were found in Pangandaran seaside resort, Ciamis regency. The Meteorology and Geophysics Agency office in Bandung said the 6.8-magnitude was centered some 33 kilometers below the Indian Ocean.
7.16.06 Eight people killed as Hezbollah rockets slam into Haifa Nasrallah says more rockets coming
July 16 At least eight people were killed Sunday morning as rockets fired by Hezbollah guerillas in Lebanon struck the northern port city of Haifa. Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday said the Israel Defense Forces offensive on Lebanon had not depleted its large stockpile of rockets, and warned that the Islamic group could strike almost anywhere in Israel. "We will continue. We still have a lot more and we are just at the beginning," Nasrallah said in a taped televised address on Al-Manar. "We promise them surprises in (any) confrontation." Nasrallah threatened "direct confrontation" if IDF ground forces entered Lebanon, adding that his guerrillas have "complete strength and power" despite Israel's five-day bombardment.
7.16.06 Britain sends aircraft carrier to Beirut
July 16 The aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious was being prepared last night to sail to the coast of Lebanon to rescue British people stranded by Israeli airstrikes. Des Browne, the defence secretary, ordered preparations for an urgent evacuation. An estimated 10,000 British citizens and up to 15,000 dual nationals are in Lebanon, which has been bombarded for four days in an escalating crisis triggered by the abduction of two Israeli soldiers. Illustrious was being readied for the mission in Gibraltar and will be joined by HMS Bulwark, an amphibious assault warship. [More>>timesonline.co.uk]
7.16.06 Thirty-seven Taliban killed in southern Afghanistan attacks
KANDAHAR, July 16 At least 37 Taliban rebels have been killed in fighting with Afghan and US-led coalition troops in southern Afghanistan, an official said Sunday, taking the death toll to almost 100 in three days. "Twenty seven Taliban were killed during a joint Afghan and coalition operation in Sangin district of Helmand province," said Mohammad Nabi Mullahkhil, the police chief in Helmand. All of the deaths occurred on Saturday after 60 rebels were reported killed on Thursday and Friday. [thenews.com.pk] ; See also
7.16.06 Taliban gets smart in Afghanistan's propaganda war
KABUL, Afghanistan (AFP) July 16 The calls come through nearly every two hours, always from a satellite phone and usually with some new claim of an attack that the reporter must check with the US-led coalition force in Afghanistan. Sometimes they turn out to be false. Many times, they are true but exaggerated. "I get between six to 10 calls a day from one or the other of the two Taliban spokesmen," said one journalist based in the southern city of Kandahar, a focus of the movement's insurgency launched after it was ousted in 2001. "It is mainly them who tell us first of incidents," he adds. This increasingly sophisticated propaganda strategy used by the Taliban marks a remarkable departure from one of the pillars of the movement when it ruled most of Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001.
7.16.06 Update, 7.15.05 Gunmen abduct 50 people, Iraqi Olympic chief
BAGHDAD (Reuters) July 15 Gunmen wearing camouflage uniforms abducted the head of Iraq¹s national Olympic committee and 50 other people including bodyguards and committee staff as they met in Baghdad on Saturday, police sources said. Police said the body of one of the guards was found dumped in a street in Karrada in central Baghdad shortly afterwards, not far from the conference centre where the officials had been meeting. The guard had been shot in the head.
7.15.06 Rebels killed in Afghanistan
July 15 Afghan and coalition forces say they have killed nearly 60 rebels in major clashes with insurgents in southern Afghanistan over the past two days. The clashes come amid stepped up US-led military efforts to crush armed extremists, primarily the Taliban, behind an insurgency in Afghanistan. Afghan army and coalition forces attacked around 40 rebels on Thursday and Friday in the southern Uruzgan province "in an effort to disrupt and deny enemy operations in those areas," a coalition statement said. "Patrol reports and debriefings concluded that an estimated 31 enemy extremists were killed during engagements in Chora, Kala Kala, and Khorma villages," it said. Another 10 were killed on Saturday in an early morning air assault on "several known extremist targets" in Sangin, in the southern Helmand province, one of the areas worst hit by a Taliban insurgency and where more than 2,300 British troops are based. [More>>aljazeera.net]
7.15.06 Six hurt as rockets land in Tiberias, 35 km from Lebanon
July 15 Three Katyusha rockets landed Saturday in the city of Tiberias, located 35 kilometers from the Lebanese border. A residential building suffered a direct hit, sustaining damage. The owners of the residence were abroad. Two rockets landed adjacent to a stadium in Tiberias and near the town's Club Hotel. Six people were lightly injured from rocket shrapnel.
7.15.06 Arab FMs hold emergency summit
CAIRO (AP) July 15 Foreign ministers of 18 Arab countries held an emergency summit in Cairo Saturday over Israel's expanding assault on Lebanon, but squabbles over the legitimacy of Hezbullah's attacks on Israel including the capture of two Israeli soldiers that sparked the 4-day battle - appeared likely to keep participants from reaching a consensus, delegates said.
7.15.06 Russia rules out 'crusades' on Iran
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AFP) July 15 Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a common strategy to resolve the Iranian nuclear standoff but stressed that Moscow would not take part in any "crusades."
7.15.06 Russia sees 'real' threat of wider conflict in Middle East
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, July 15 Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov warned Saturday of a "real threat" that the Middle East crisis could drag other countries in the region into the conflict. "There is a real threat of the involvement of other states in this conflict," he told reporters here just ahead of a G8 summit of world leaders likely to be dominated by Israel's military offensives in Lebanon and Gaza. On the one hand, the capture of prisoners and shelling the territory of another state is absolutely unacceptable," Ivanov said, referring to the Shiite Hezbollah militia in Lebanon. "On the other hand, the use of military force on such a scale and against such targets I think is also unacceptable, or at least disproportionate," he added, referring this time to Israel. [More>>turkishpress.com]
7.15.06 China confirms natural gas discovery in South China Sea
BEIJING (Xinhua) July 15 China's Ministry of Land and Resources has confirmed the discovery of huge natural gas reserves in South China Sea. In a circular released on Thursday, the ministry announced the discovery of natural gas reserves exceeding 100 billion cubic meters in a prospect well named LW3-1-1. It may be the largest offshore natural gas discovery ever made in China, said the ministry. The discovery is also one of the several great oil and gas discoveries ever made in the first six months of 2006 around the world, said Ian Cross, vice president of International Petroleum Information, IHS, a famous global technological information provider.
7.14.06 IDF officer: Army to bombard Hezbollah HQ in Beirut
July 14 The Israel Defense Forces is planning to bomb Hezbollah headquarters in a densely populated area of south Beirut on Friday, a senior General Staff official told Haaretz. The IDF said it has dropped leaflets warning civilians of the impending attack and that many of them have left the Shi'ite Dahiya quarter of south Beirut, where thousands of people live in multi-story residential buildings.
7.14.06 Israel pounds Lebanon as world scrambles to avoid war
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) July 14 Israel pounded Lebanon for the third straight day on Friday, targeting Hezbullah's power base and the airport in relentless attacks that have killed about 60 people and left world powers scrambling to avert all-out war in the region. Lebanon is virtually cut off from the outside world after Israel imposed an air and sea blockade on its northern neighbor, forced the closure of Beirut international airport, and bombed the main highway to neighboring Syria. "War Comes Back to Lebanon," was the stark headline in the English-language Daily Star newspaper. The international community was struggling to contain the conflict, issuing urgent appeals for restraint and sending envoys to the region to avoid another full-scale war in the turbulent Middle East. [More>>metimes.com]
7.14.06 Residential building in Safed, Israel sustains direct hit
July 14 A Katyusha rocket landed in Yesud Hama'ala on Israel's northern border on Friday afternoon. MDA reported several people were wounded in the attack. Thirteen people were wounded in the latest bombardment of rockets on Safed and Nahariya on Friday afternoon. A rocket landing in Safed hit a residential building. Two of the wounded in Safed sustained moderate wounds, the other eight were lightly wounded. The wounded in Nahariya were all reported to be in light condition. Rockets also reportedly landed near Hatzor, Bar'am, Mahanayim, Horfesh, though no one was reported wounded. Nahariya also sustained another barrage of five Katyusha just an hour earlier, causing a brush fire in an open area. Western Galilee fire fighters were working to control the flames. [More>>Jereusalem Post]
7.14.06 Saudi Arabia harshly criticizes Hezbollah for escalating Mideast crisis
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) July 14 In a significant move, Saudi Arabia, the Arab world¹s political heavyweight and economic powerhouse, accused Hezbollah guerrillas without naming them of "uncalculated adventures" that could precipitate a new Middle East crisis. A Saudi official quoted by the state Saudi Press Agency said the Lebanese Hezbollah¹s brazen capture of two Israeli soldiers was not legitimate. The kingdom "clearly announces that there has to be a differentiation between legitimate resistance (to Israel) and uncalculated adventures."
7.14.06 US Senate to vote on Stem Cell Research bill, but Bush vowed to veto it
July 14 Bob Fertik, of DefCon, an advocacy group for stem cell research, believes that a vote scheduled in the US Senate Tuesday, July 18, 2006, will be passed, but in spite of that the president will ignore the desire of the Senate and veto the bill. He says: "The health of people you love may depend on a crucial Senate vote next Tuesday. This vote on stem cell legislation could enable scientists to find a cure for Alzheimer's, juvenile diabetes, Parkinson's, and other crippling and deadly diseases.
7.14.06 Attack on Pakistani Shiite leader
KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) July 14 A suspected suicide bomber blew himself up outside a key Shiite leader's house in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi Friday, injuring the cleric and killing a male relative, police said. The religious leader targeted in the attack, Hassan Turabi, escaped a similar assassination attempt in April. "There was a huge bomb blast outside our home and a cousin of mine has died while my father is being treated in hospital," his son, Murtaza Turabi, said.
7.14.06 Delhi blasts mastermind behind Mumbai blasts
MUMBAI, India (Xinhua) July 14 The mastermind behind the pre-Diwali blasts in Delhi in October last year is suspected to be the brain behind Tuesday's serial explosions in Mumbai's suburban trains, police sources said Thursday. Rahil, a Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative who is suspected to have planned and executed the pre-Diwali Delhi blasts that killed over 60 persons in October last year, is thought to be the key person involved in planning Tuesday's blasts, they said. Mumbai police has shortlisted Rahil and his associate Imtiaz along with one Zaibuddin Ansari as the prime suspects on the basis of information gathered from independent sources and intelligence agencies, police sources said.
7.14.06 Two Palestinians die as 1,000 wait at shut Egypt-Gaza border crossing
RAFAH, Egypt, July 14 As the Israeli military forces on Friday kept up their attacks on Lebanon and Gaza, two Palestinians died while waiting to be allowed through a closed border crossing between Egypt and Gaza. Nearly 1,000 Palestinians are stranded at the Rafah crossing, which has been sealed by Israel. They are growing increasingly desperate. Just outside the big, dusty grates that mark the entrance to the no-man's land between the two countries, some 500 refugees sit in make-shift tents awaiting word from the Israelis about when they can go home. On Friday morning, 24-year-old Palestinian Maher Wadi died there. As his body was allowed through the crossing and into Gaza for burial, Farouk Salam looked to the sky, muttering, "where is the justice?" [More>>metimes.com]
7.14.06 Leaders inaugurate strategic BTC oil pipeline
CEYHAN, Turkey (AFP) July 13 The leaders of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey have formally inaugurated the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline, a major US-backed project conceived 12 years ago to supply oil to Western markets that bypasses Russia and Iran. The four-billion-dollar (3.145-billion-euro) conduit will bring oil from the Caspian Sea fields, the world's third largest reserve, to Turkey's Mediterranean port of Ceyhan, from where tankers will transport the crude to energy-hungry Western markets.
7.14.06 Bush snubs Putin by meeting opposition groups first
July 14 President Bush reinforced his concerns about his Russian counterpart's record on democracy today when he went straight to meetings with local activists on his arrival in St. Petersburg for this weekend's G8 summit. Mr. Bush was due to meet Vladimir Putin later but first held discussions with representatives from non-governmental organizations who say the Kremlin has tried to curtail their activities. Some of the groups blame Mr. Putin for an erosion of civil liberties and claim this is proof that the country is not fit to be a member of the G8.
July 14 Former US ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV and his wife, former CIA agent Valerie Plame, said today Vice President Dick Cheney and other Bush administration officials knowingly lied and abused their power to "exact personal revenge" against the couple for criticizing Bush's rationale for going to war. Plame, at a joint news conference with her husband at the National Press Club in Washington, said she would "much rather" be a CIA operative than a plaintiff in a lawsuit. Plame's identity as a classified CIA operative was allegedly leaked to the press by top officials of the Bush administration and yesterday she and her husband filed a civil lawsuit in US District Court accusing Cheney, presidential adviser Karl Rove and former top Cheney aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby with violating their constitutional rights and invading their privacy. [More>>washhingtonpost.com]
7.13.06 Israeli jets bomb Palestinian foregin ministry
GAZA CITY, Gaza (AFP) July 13 Israeli jets bombed the Palestinian foreign ministry in Gaza on Thursday, causing heavy damage and wounding 10 children, ratcheting up the pressure on the Hamas government over an abducted soldier. Warplanes fired two missiles into the building, targeting foreign minister Mahmoud Al Zahar's offices and causing serious damage to the recently renovated five-storey building, the neighboring finance ministry, and 15 other houses. The attack came just hours before Israel bombed Beirut's international airport and killed at least 40 Lebanese, opening a new front in the Middle East crisis after Hizbullah captured another two soldiers on its northern border. [More>>metimes.com]
7.13.06 Israeli reprisals bash Lebanon, 47 civilians killed
BEIRUT, Lebanon (Reuters) July 13 Israel struck Beirut airport and blockaded Lebanese ports on Thursday, intensifying reprisals that have killed 47 civilians since Lebanese Hizbollah fighters seized two Israeli soldiers and killed eight a day earlier. Hizbollah retaliated for Israeli "massacres" by firing 60 rockets at Nahariya in northern Israel. A civilian was killed and 27 were wounded, including children, Israeli medics said. The violence was the worst between Israel and Lebanon since 1996 when Israeli troops still occupied part of the south. It coincided with a major Israeli offensive into the Gaza Strip to retrieve a captured soldier and halt Palestinian rocket fire.
7.13.06 Government told to get serious about stopping sharia inroads in society
JAKARTA, July 13 Scholars and politicians are urging a cohesive and systematic approach to combat the sharia-style ordinances they fear will undermine the country's political, economic and social spheres. Politician Eva Kusuma Sundari warned there was a highly systematic, coordinated movement behind the enforcement of a crop of sharia-inspired bylaws and it was able to infiltrate the grassroots. "It still needs to be confirmed, but in politics, there are no coincidences," the legislator from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) said during a discussion Wednesday. "There have been different groups with the same method, the same argument and the same agenda that is to back the fundamentalist movement. These groups defended radical groups who have committed destruction, and backed sharia-inspired bylaws." The divisiveness of the religiously charged issue also has been apparent among legislators.
7.13.06 Iranian president for talks with Europe, warns US
TEHRAN (RIA Novosti) July 13 Iran's president said Thursday that Tehran is ready to hold talks with European negotiators but the United States should refrain from raising tensions around the country's controversial nuclear program. "Iran is in favor of talks with Europe in an atmosphere of the law and justice to ease tensions around the Iranian nuclear program," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said. He added that the Islamic Republic took a positive view on the proposals from Iran-6 negotiators, but said the United States was trying to make a problem out of this issue. "We can resolve this problem with Europe, but we need time for talks to accomplish this goal," the president said.
7.13.06 Taliban storm Afghan district, 19 killed
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) July 13 Scores of Taliban insurgents attacked a southern district headquarters but 19 of them died when they were driven back by Afghan and coalition forces, officials said, as a bomb exploded in a city in the north on Thursday. Police in Kabul said meanwhile that they arrested a man planting a bomb near the information ministry on Thursday, just a week after a series of small bomb blasts struck the capital.
7.13.06 'Al-Qaeda' praises Mumbai blast
MUMBAI (AP) July 13 Mumbai police detained about 350 people in connection with the Mumbai train bombings, as the government vowed on Thursday to wipe out terrorism and catch those behind the carnage that left 200 people dead. The detentions came as a man claiming to represent al-Qaeda reportedly claimed that the terror network had set up a wing in Kashmir. There was no way to immediately verify the claim, which if true would be the first time Osama bin Laden's network has claimed to have spread to Indian territory. The government also issued a statement after a Cabinet meeting, saying it is committed to combating terrorism in the wake of the eight explosions on Tuesday in Mumbai¹s local train network. At least 200 people were killed and more than 700 injured...Kashmir's Current News Service reported that it received a telephone call from a man, who identified himself as Abu al-Hadeed, an Arabic name. The man, however, spoke in Urdu, the language of most Muslims in the Indian subcontinent...[Full story>>expressindia.com]
7.13.06 Muslims and Hindus unite in backlash against terrorists who bombed Mumbai
July 13 The message was scrawled in chalk on a brick wall in a slum outside Bandra station, just 50 metres from where the first bomb went off in a packed commuter train on Tuesday. "We condemn the ones who did a terrorist bomb here," it said in English. "The culprits should be hanged to death." It was a message from the wrong side of the tracks. As the death toll from the Mumbai bombings was confirmed at more than 200 yesterday, suspicions about who was responsible centred on Islamic militants. The simple message chalked on the wall was the heartfelt response from a dirt-poor Muslim suburb of Mumbai where the people had watched in horror as the bomb went off and immediately rushed to help the injured.
7.12.06 Mumbai blasts death toll reaches 200
MUMBAI (PTI) July 12 Mumbai was resiliently back on its feet on Wednesday even as the full extent of the havoc caused by yesterday's terror attack unfolded to reveal a death toll of 200 while the police claimed to have found "some leads" in their investigations.
Mumbai and the rest of Maharashtra remained on red alert and tight security prevailed in airport and railway stations, offices and commercial establishments including banks and the Sensex ignored terror attacks to notch more than 300 points to surge near the 11,000 mark. [More>>expressindia.com ]
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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