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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7.23.06 Car bombs in Baghdad, Kirkuk kill dozens
BAGHDAD (AP) July 23 Bombs exploded Sunday in Baghdad and the northern oil center of Kirkuk, killing more than 60 people and dramatically escalating tension as the prime minister left for Washington for talks on reversing the country's slide toward civil war. The blasts occurred as Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led coalition mounted a major crackdown on the country's most feared Shiite militia, the Mahdi Army, blamed by Sunnis for many of the sectarian kidnappings and killings that threaten to tear the country apart.
7.23.06 US plan seeks to wedge Syria from Iran
WASHINGTON, July 23 As Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice heads to Israel on Sunday, Bush administration officials say they recognize Syria is central to any plans to resolve the crisis in the Middle East, and they are seeking ways to peel Syria away from its alliance of convenience with Iran. In interviews, senior administration officials said they had no plans right now to resume direct talks with the Syrian government. President Bush recalled his ambassador to Syria, Margaret Scobey, after the assassination of Rafik Hariri, a former Lebanese prime minister, in February 2005. Since then, America¹s contacts with Damascus have been few, and the administration has imposed an array of sanctions on Syria¹s government and banks, and frozen the assets of Syrian officials implicated in Mr. Hariri¹s killing.
7.23.06 Pak-based terrorists, real culprits: Patil
PUNE, India (PTI) July 23 The interrogation of three suspects arrested in connection with the July 11 blasts in Mumbai has confirmed that Pakistan-based terrorist groups were behind the attacks, Deputy Chief Minister RR Patil said in Pune on Saturday. The three men have revealed the role played by terrorist groups in Pakistan and others based in neighboring countries in the blasts, Patil told reporters but refused to give details. The Anti-Terrorist Squad arrested Kamal Ansari and Khalid Aziz Sheikh from Bihar and Mumtaz Ahmed alias Magbul Ahmed Choudhury from Navi Mumbai on Friday. [More>>expressindia.com]
7.23.06 Peretz: Israel supports deployment of multi-national force in Lebanon
July 23 Defense Minister Amir Peretz said Sunday that Israel would agree to the deployment of a multi-national force in Lebanon, and suggested that NATO troops be deployed to lead such a force. "Israel's goal is to see the Lebanese army deployed along the border with Israel, but we understand that we are talking about a weak army and that in the midterm period Israel will have to accept a multinational force," he said, according to his office. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert asked Vice Premier Shimon Peres to set out on an urgent tour of the United States and European countries, to put forward Israel's stance in the conflict. [More>>haaretz.com]
7.23.06 Israel and Hezbollah trade fire as Syria issues warning
TYRE, Lebanon (AFP) July 23 Israeli jets have blitzed Lebanon and Hezbollah fired off more deadly rockets in a new bout of tit-for-tat attacks as the conflict continued to spiral despite international efforts for a ceasefire. As a host of top European diplomats descended on the region, Syria fueled fears the fighting could spread, issuing a stark warning that it would intervene if Israel invaded Lebanon. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is also heading to the Middle East with Washington increasingly estranged from European and Arab allies over a conflict that has killed close to 400 people and triggered a major humanitarian crisis.
7.23.06 Israel 'breaking humanitarian law'
July 23 A senior United Nations official has accused Israel of breaking humanitarian law as he toured ruins in Beirut left by devastating Israeli air raids on residential areas. Jan Egeland, the UN emergency relief coordinator, spoke during a visit to the Haret Hreik district of Beirut where Israeli air raids had struck just hours before, destroying a headquarters of Hezbollah. "It is horrific. I did not know it was block after block of houses...It makes it a violation of humanitarian law," Egeland told journalists. He said it was hard to distinguish between military and civilian targets in the predominantly Shia Muslim neighborhood.
7.23.06 "Ministry of vice' fills Afghan women with fear
July 23 Afghanistan's notorious Department for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, which was set up by the Taliban to enforce bans on women doing anything from working to wearing nail varnish or laughing out loud, is to be re-created by the government in Kabul. The decision has provoked an outcry among women and human rights activists who fear a return to the days when religious police patrolled the streets, beating or arresting any woman who was not properly covered by a burqa or accompanied by a male relative.
7.23.06 Iran's Ahmadinejad tells Israel to 'pack up' and leave
TEHRAN, July 23 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Sunday for Israel to "pack up" and move somewhere outside the Middle East, sources reported. "I advise them to pack up and move out of the region before being caught in the fire they have started in Lebanon," said Ahmadinejad, who has repeatedly called for the Jewish state to be relocated elsewhere on the planet. Iran refuses to recognize Israel and opposes any two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [More>>thenews.com.pk ; See related story, rian.ru, July 23, "Iran prepared for nuclear talks without preconditions."]
7.23.06 India-Iran gas pipeline deal in trouble: Iranian foreign minister
NEW DELHI, July 23 An ambitious deal to build a gas pipeline between India and Iran through Pakistan has run into trouble, Iran¹s foreign minister was quoted as saying on Sunday. Oil ministers from the three countries are set to meet in Teheran early next month over a pricing dispute and ways to build the 2,775-kilometer (1,735-mile) line across rugged terrain and heavily militarized frontiers...Iran wants the gas price linked to international oil prices, and is offering India gas at US $7.20 per million British thermal units, with a 3 percent annual increase, an Indian official said earlier this month. But India says it¹s only ready to pay up to US $4.25 per million Btu for the desperately needed gas, the official said. The US $8 billion pipeline was scheduled to be running by 2011. [Full story>>khaleejtimes.com]
7.23.06 Venezuela leader hails cooperation prospects with Russia
MEXICO CITY (RIA Novosti) July 21 Venezuela's president praised Friday prospects of cooperation with Russia, mainly in the energy sphere. Hugo Chavez told the national radio that Russia, which possessed high technologies and a vast experience in natural gas production and transportation, had been invited to join the construction of the world's longest gas pipeline across South America. Chavez, who is due to visit Russia July 25-27, also said Venezuela was interested in military and technical cooperation with Russia.
BAGHDAD, July 22 (extract of article by Patrick Cocburn, independent.co.uk) ...invoking the sanctity of human life, George Bush wielded the presidential veto for the first time in his presidency to halt US embryonic stem cell research in its tracks..and talked of preventing the "taking of innocent human life." How hollow that sounds to Iraqis. More people are dying here probably more than 150 a day in the escalating sectarian civil war between Shia and Sunni Muslims and the continuing war with US troops than in the bombardment of Lebanon.
7.21.06 Army set to call up thousands of reservists; IAF planes pound Lebanon's main road link to Syria
July 20 GOC Northern Command Major General Udi Adam said Friday that Israel is at war and that human life is important, but now is not the time to count the dead. The Northern Command believes that the fighting in the north will continue for several more weeks, with additional casualties and fatalities. "We must change our way of thinking. Human life is important, but we are at war, and it costs human lives. We won't count the dead at present, only at the end. We'll cry for the dead and will encourage the fighters. There are more places like Meron A-Ras, and unfortunately we'll have to reach them."
The information provided in hagana.org's list includes the many changes in the Hezbollah sites, as well as ownership information through "Whois" searches on domain names. Such searches provide addresses and other information on those who set up and run terrorist sites. No doubt such agencies as Network Solutions who issue and control domain names can even provide credit card information on those who set up and own the sites, since domain names are usually paid for in advance through credit card transactions. As indicated in earlier editorials by Maravot News most of the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who host such web sites are located in the US and Britain, but many now are being routed through Malaysia and South Asia.
7.21.06 Hezbollah "heroes" hailed in Iran for their "great job"
TEHRAN (AFP) July 21 Top Iranian cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Friday hailed Lebanon¹s Hezbollah as ³heroes², but rejected mounting allegations that Iran and Syria were behind the Shiite movement¹s conflict with Israel. "The Hezbollah forces have done a great job and have resisted well. They and their leader, our dear brother Hassan Nasrallah, are heroes," the influential cleric and former president said in his Friday prayer sermon in Tehran.
7.21.06 US troops kill five, including child, in Iraq raid
BAQUBA, Iraq (AFP) July 21 US troops in Iraq killed two suspected insurgents, two women, and a child when they called in air support during a raid on an alleged hideout north of Baghdad on Friday, a military statement said. A further 23 people, including several more women and children, were wounded in the assault, which the US said targeted "terrorists associated with senior Al Qaeda in Iraq network members." An Iraqi police officer had earlier said that US troops killed six people in the raid northwest of Baquba, and an AFP photographer saw six bodies in the city's hospital following the operation. "As the troops began to secure the area, they received small arms fire from the rooftop of one of the initial target buildings," the US statement said, adding that soldiers had shouted warnings before calling in air support. [More>>metimes.com]
7.20.06 Baghda's morgues received 33,728 corpses since 2003
BAGHDAD, July 20 Baghdad¹s central morgue has received a total of 33,728 corpses most of whom unidentified since 2003, as a result of Iraq¹s deteriorating security conditions, an Iraqi Ministry of Health official said on Thursday. Sabah Al Husseini said that in 2003 Baghdad¹s central morgue received a total of 6,012 bodies, 8,053 bodies were received in 2004, and a total of 10,105 corpses were received in 2005, while a total of 9,558 bodies were received during the first half of 2006.
7.20.06 Have spies been helping the enemy find its targets?
BEIRUT, July 20 This article offers a different perspective on Hezbollah Maravot News.
7.20.06 Israel battles guerrillas as humanitarian disaster looms
BEIRUT (AFP) July 20 Israeli troops battled Lebanese guerrillas and warplanes bombed a suspected Hezbollah bunker on Thursday as Lebanon issued a desperate plea for international help after the bloodiest day of the conflict. With no signs of a ceasefire in sight, alarm bells were being sounded about the risk of a humanitarian catastrophe as Israel pressed on with its relentless campaign to crush the Shia Muslim Hezbollah. At least 72 people were killed in Lebanon on Wednesday, the highest single-day toll since the offensive was launched nine days ago, sending thousands of Lebanese streaming from their homes to find safe havens.
7.20.06 Ethiopia sends troops into Somalia
July 20 Ethiopia is tracking movements of Islamist militias in Somalia and has said it will "crush" any attack on the country's interim government. Berhan Hailu, the Ethiopian minister of information, told Reuters in Addis Ababa: "We will use all means at our disposal to crush the Islamist group if they attempt to attack Baidoa, the seat of the transitional federal government." Ethiopia was prompted to deploy its troops as Islamist militias moved towards Baidoa on Wednesday, causing fears of further conflict. "Ethiopia is closely monitoring the jihadist Islamist group which has now returned to Mogadishu after a warning from Ethiopia not to attack Baidoa, the seat of the transitional government," Hailu said. [More>>aljazeera.net]
7.20.06 Kyrgystan risks becoming narcotics transit-state drugs tsar
BISHKEK, Kyrgystan (RIA Novosti) July 20 Kyrgyzstan's drug control chief issued a stark warning Thursday that the Central Asian country could be becoming a transit-country for narcotics as up to five metric tons a year cross its borders. Police say one of the largest drug trafficking routes in the region passes from Afghanistan, the world's biggest opium producer, through Kyrgyzstan and then on to Russia and western Europe.
7.19.06 Sunda Straits hit by 6.2 magnitude quake
JAKARTA (Bloomberg) July 19 Indonesia was hit by an earthquake measuring 6.2 in magnitude, striking the Sunda Straits separating the country's Sumatra island from Java island, the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said. The temblor, which swayed buildings in the capital Jakarta, is the second major quake in three days.
Note Krakatoa has reemerged from the sea and is active, building a dome and Mayon Volcano in the Phillipines has been active for the past five days. inq7.net,July 17, "Farmers to be 'forcibly' evicted from Mayon danger zone," reports: ...Rescue officials on Wednesday warned farmers to leave the fertile slopes of the volcano as it spewed lava for a fifth straight day amid fears of a major eruption.
The farmers work on the lower slopes of the cone-shaped, 2,462-meter (8,077-foot) central Philippines mountain thought at risk of an explosive eruption and whose lava flow has lengthened to about three kilometers (1.8 miles)...
See also quakeinfo.ucsd.edu. Jakarta was shaken July 19 and a 5.1 magnitude quake shook the border area between Pakistan and Iran, according to thestar.com.my, July 19.
7.19.06 Europe gasps as heatwave temperatures soar
PARIS (AFP) July 19 Much of western Europe sweltered under tropical temperatures, as a heatwave claimed its seventh victim since the start of the week. Authorities in the eastern French town of Macon said a 53 year-old road-labourer died overnight of "malign hyperthermia" after working outside in temperatures of 33 degrees Centigrade (91.4 Fahrenheit).
7.19.06 Hamas PM slams Israel for 'reshaping' Middle East
GAZA CITY, July 19 Palestinian prime minister Ismail Haniya, head of the Hamas-led government, on Wednesday slammed Israel for trying to "completely reshape" the Middle East through its Gaza and Lebanon offensives. "What Israel is doing is seeking to completely reshape the region according to the American and Israeli vision," Haniya said in a speech to parliament. "This situation reinforces our convictions that what Israel is doing in Gaza goes beyond the problem of the Israeli soldier and in Lebanon, beyond the problem of the prisoner soldiers," he added.
7.19.06 Massive wave of Katyusha rockets strikes northern Israel
July 19 A Hezbollah rocket attack on the northern town of Nazareth killed three Israelis on Wednesday afternoon, bringing to 16 the death toll from rocket strikes since the crisis in Lebanon began a week ago. Another 12 people sustained light wounds in the attack, and were evacuated to the Italian Hospital in the town.
7.19.06 Isreli jets hit central Beirut
July 19 Israeli jets have hit central Beirut for the first time and dozens more people have been killed in continuing air attacks across south Lebanon, raising the toll there to about 295 people. A truck in al-Ashrafiya district in central Beirut was struck by fire from an Israeli warship on Wednesday, the first time that central Beirut city had been hit. Aljazeera's correspondent, Katia Nasir, reported that air raids had killed more than 55 people and destroyed much in the south during the day. The fighting has killed about 295 people in Lebanon and 25 Israelis, mostly civilians. In al-Srifa, at least 15 houses were completely demolished, the head of al-Srifa town municipality told Aljazeera. News reports said at least 12 villagers, including several children, were killed and 30 wounded. [More>>aljazeera.net ; See also metimes.com (AFP) July 19, "55 killed in Lebanon blitz as foreigners flee."]
7.19.06 Hundreds of Iranian troops fighting in Lebanon
July 19 Ira Stoll, staff Reporter to the New York Sun, reports: Hundreds of Iranian Revolutionary Guard personnel are on the ground in Lebanon fighting Israel, security sources say. " have no doubt whatsoever that they are there and operating some of the equipment," an Arab diplomatic source told The New York Sun yesterday. Another foreign source, based in Washington, said the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps contingent in Lebanon is based in Beirut and in the Bekaa Valley. He said the troops usually number a few dozen, but that the size of the force increased in connection with the hostilities that have broken out between Israel and Iran's proxy, Hezbollah, over the past week.
7.19.06 About 20 Sunnis are kidnapped in Baghdad
BAGHDAD, July 19 An average of more than 100 civilians a day were killed in Iraq last month, the United Nations reported Tuesday, registering what appears to be the highest official monthly tally of violent deaths since the fall of Baghdad. The death toll, drawn from Iraqi government agencies, was the most precise measurement of civilian deaths provided by any government organization since the invasion. It represented a substantial increase over the figures in daily news media reports. Contributing to the trend cited by the United Nations, a suicide car bomber killed at least 53 people and wounded at least 105 in the holy Shiite city of Kufa on Tuesday after he lured a throng of day laborers to his van with the offer of work. [More>>nytimes.com] ; See related articles, independent.co.uk, July 19, "Civil war spreads across Iraq as bomb at Shia mosque kills 59.' and abcnews.go.com, July 19, "Civilian toll in Iraq spiked to nearly 6,000 in May and June, UN says."]
7.18.06 Cassini's unusual views from the Saturn ring plane
July 18 Cassini is capturing unusual views as it orbits Saturn's ring plane. It currently is following Mimas into the unlit side of the ring plane. Before it entered the dark side it captured this view of Mimas with Enceladus in the background. This view captures objects being lit from many sources of light:
7.18.06 IDF: One week to remove threat in North
July 18 Forty to fifty percent of Hezbullah's military capability has been destroyed in the six days of the IDF counter-attack following last Wednesday's Hezbullah raid in northern Israel, The Jerusalem Post has learned. The IDF, it is understood, believes it needs another week or so minimum to achieve its military goals in terms of alleviating Hezbullah's capacity to threaten Israel. The IDF further believes, it is understood, that it will be given at least that long to continue its actions, in light of the G8 nations' essential support for Israel and those nations' branding Hezbullah and Hamas as being responsible for the current escalation. Operations in Lebanon, the Post has learned, are costing Israel NIS 50-100 million a day.
7.18.06 Newly founded 'Army of Suicide Bombers' marches in Gaza
July 18 About 100 veiled and heavily armed Palestinian women marched through the streets of Gaza City Tuesday. The militant women belong to a unit recently founded by the Popular Resistance Committees. The 'Army of Suicidal Bombers,' as it is dubbed, consists entirely of women. A message released by the PRC states that the objective of the new unit is to protect "Palestinian land." The procession was led by the mother of Abu Yusuf Al-Kuka a PRC founder assassinated by Israel two months ago. She was carrying an RPG missile launcher on her shoulder. A spokeswoman for the unit said that the ASB was founded in order "to aid the men in their war against the enemy." The militant women burned Israeli, US, British, and EU flags. [More>>haaretz.com]
7.18.06 Iran's Hezbollah says ready to attack US, Israel
TEHRAN (Reuters) July 18 Iran's Hezbollah, which claims links to the Lebanese group of the same name, said on Tuesday it stood ready to attack Israeli and US interests worldwide. "We have 2,000 volunteers who have registered since last year," said Iranian Hezbollah's spokesman Mojtaba Bigdeli, speaking by telephone from the central seminary city of Qom. "They have been trained and they can become fully armed. We are ready to dispatch them to every corner of the world to jeopardize Israel and America's interests. We are only waiting for the Supreme Leader's green light to take action. If America wants to ignite World War Three ... we welcome it," he said.
7.18.06 Lashkar-e-Qahar threatens blasts in Delhi, Mumbai
MUMBAI (AP) July 18 Lashkar-e-Qahar, the terrorist group that claimed responsibility for the Mumbai train bombings, warned on Tuesday that it was planning attacks against government and historic sites in India in an e-mail to a national TV channel. Lashkar-e-Qahar said in the e-mail that 16 people took part in the July 11 attacks in Mumbai, and that one of them was killed.
7.18.06 Indonesia tsunami toll crosses 340, hundreds missing
PANGANDARAN, Indonesia (Reuters) July 18 The death toll from a tsunami that smashed into fishing villages and resorts on Indonesia's Java island has crossed 340, and over 200 more people are missing, officials said on Tuesday. At least four non-Indonesians were among the dead and 54,000 people were displaced, they said. At least four non-Indonesians were among the dead and 54,000 people were displaced, they said. No warnings had been reported ahead of the waves, which struck on Monday afternoon, despite regional efforts to establish early warning systems after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that left 230,000 killed or missing, including 170,000 in Indonesia.
7.18.06 Suicide bomber kills 59
KUFA, Iraq (Reuters) July 18 A suicide pulled his van into a busy market, lured labourers with job offers and blew himself up, killing scores in one of the worst attacks in Iraq since the new government was installed in April. The blast in the Shiite city of Kufa killed 59 people and sparked clashes between police and angry protesters, dealing a fresh blow to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's efforts to promote national reconciliation and avoid a slide towards civil war.
7.18.06 No more half soultions
July 16 Mohammed, a blogger in Iraq, sees similarity between the chaos in Lebanon and Israel and that of Iraq. He anticipates an expansion of the war through the Middle East because of the tendency of leaders to accept "half solutions." He begins:
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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