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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8.02.06 One killed, eight wounded in attacks throughout North
August 2 A 52-year-old man was killed while riding his bicycle in Kibbutz Sa'ar, near Nahariya, when a Hizbullah-fired rocket scored a direct hit on a house on Wednesday afternoon.Bringing another city under Hezbollah's sights, A Khabar-1 rocket landed near Beit She'an Wednesday. Israel, which claims the rocket is Iranian-made, confirmed the hit and said at least seven people were wounded. Beit Shean is about 70 kilometers (42 miles) south of the Lebanese border and marks the farthest town to date to come under fire.
8.02.06 Isreali 'hackers' target Hezbollah TV
(AFP) August 2 A series of pictures and statements, apparently from Israeli-backed hackers, have appeared on Lebanon's Hezbollah-run television station, some showing pictures of corpses and others labelling the group's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, as a liar. One of the images shown on al-Manar television portrayed the body of a fighter lying face-down, wearing khaki trousers with a text in Arabic beneath: "This is the photograph of a body of a member of Hezbollah's special forces."
8.02.06 Eighteen Taliban, one cop killed in Afghan clashes
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, August 2 Eighteen Taliban militants and one policeman have been killed as Afghan forces and coalition aircraft raided an insurgent hideout in the south, police said on Wednesday. The fighting took place late Tuesday near the Helmand province town of Garmser, where Afghan forces have been hunting insurgents following last month's brief takeover of the town by the Taliban. Local police chief said Afghan forces, backed by coalition aircraft, attacked a Taliban position in the village of Habibullah, near Garmser. Police found the bodies of 18 insurgents, believed to have been killed in coalition air strikes, and four Taliban were wounded. An Afghan policeman was also killed during the battle, he added. Police also confiscated eight AK47s, four rocket-propelled grenades and four motorcycles, he said. [thenews.com.pk]
8.02.06 Wave of counterfeits sweeps France as forgers crack the euro code
August 2 After initial discouragement, counterfeiters have cracked the code of the euro and continental countries - especially France - face a rising tide of fake bank notes and coins. In the first half of this year, 300,000 dud euro notes were withdrawn from circulation. About 30 per cent of them, 90,000 notes, were discovered in France. Most 80 percent were printed in other countries. After the introduction of the euro in 12 countries on 1 January 2002, police detected a fall in the amount of counterfeit notes and coins in circulation in euroland. The notes were claimed to be the most advanced in the world, incorporating anti-faking devices from holograms to special inks.
8.02.06 Much undone in rebuilding Iraq, audit says
NASIRIYAH, Iraq, August 2 A flailing Iraq reconstruction effort that has been dominated for more than three years by U.S. dollars and companies is being transferred to Iraqis, leaving them the challenge of completing a long list of projects left unfinished by the Americans. While the handover is occurring gradually, it comes as U.S. money dwindles and American officials face a Sept. 30 deadline for choosing which projects to fund with the remaining $2 billion of the $21 billion rebuilding program.
8.01.06 Bomb attacks on Iraqi forces kill 43
BAGHDAD (Reuters) August 1 Bombs killed at least 43 people on Tuesday, including 23 Iraqi soldiers, in the latest blow to the new government's efforts to inspire confidence in the country's security forces. A roadside bomb attack on a bus filled with soldiers on a road between Tikrit and Baiji, north of Baghdad, killed at least 23, the army said. A source at the joint Iraqi-US military coordination centre in Tikrit said the toll could rise. "The bodies are being removed from the bus," he said. In Baghdad, a suicide bomber in a car targeted soldiers collecting their salaries from a bank, killing at least 10 people, including an elderly woman. The attack took place at the same spot in the district of Karrada where a car bomb and mortars killed at least 27 people last week. [More>>thestar.com.my; See another Reuters story, khaleejtimes.com, August 1, "Soldiers targeted by bombers as 50 die in Iraq." and related story, washingtonpost.com, August 1, "Hill democrats unite to urge Bush to begin Iraq pullout."]
8.01.06 Six foreigners arrested for engaging in 'short-term marriages'
BANGOR, West Java, Indonesia, August 1 Police in Bogor have arrested six tourists from Saudi Arabia and six Indonesian women for engaging in the practice of "short-term marriages." Bogor Police chief Sr. Comr. Sukrawardi Dahlan said Tuesday residents of Cisarua district in Bogor, West Java, had complained about the practice of such short-term relationships between foreigners and local women. "They have violated Indonesian marital regulations," he was quoted by Antara news agency as saying. He did not go into detail on the violation. He said the police would begin cracking down on the practice. [More>>thejakartapost.com ; See related story, nytimes.com, August 1, "Indonesian province embraces Islamic law."]
8.01.06 Israel sends troops after Hezbollah
(Reuters) August 1 Israel thrust into southern Lebanon today and pounded towns and villages in two other areas, meeting fierce resistance from Hezbollah guerrillas who reportedly killed three soldiers. Three weeks after the war erupted when Hezbollah snatched two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid, a senior Israeli cabinet member said the army needed up to two more weeks to finish its offensive. European Union president Finland, echoing the growing international calls for a ceasefire, said Israel's plans to sweep further into Lebanon were unacceptable and would only fuel more Arab support for Hezbollah fighters.
8.01.06 FBI satellites spot terror camps
WASHINGTON (PTI) August 1 Pakistan's claims that it does not have terrorist training camps in its territory is being strongly contested by FBI which has told a US court that satellite pictures pointed towards such a camp. In the trial of 23-year-old Pakistani American Hamid Hayat, who has been accused of terrorism-related charges, Defence Intelligence Agency's expert Eric Benn has stated that there was as much of a seventy per cent 'probability' that the satellite images pointed to a militant training camp in near Balakot in northeast Pakistan. Much to Pakistan's embarrassment, Benn told the district court in California that although he did not 'detect any formal weapons training, including firing ranges, targets, rocket launchers or explosives testing, it did not mean they were not taking place. The structures and trail in the remote terrain fit the 'signature' of 'militant training,' as opposed to regular training of Pakistani armed forces, he said. [More>>expressindia.com]
8.01.06 Nato soldiers killed in Afghanistan
August 1 Afghan fighters have attacked a patrol of Nato-led soldiers in southern Afghanistan, killing three of them and seriously wounding another. A spokesman for the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed that the three killed were British. Insurgents, armed with rocket-propelled grenade launchers, ambushed an ISAF vehicle north of Helmand province on Tuesday morning. Britain has nearly 4,000 soldiers deployed in Helmand. The confirmation of the latest death takes to nine the number of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan this year. The attack came a day after Nato took command of the south from the US-led coalition, with a mission to stabilize the region. [More>>aljazeera.net]
8.01.06 Iran irate over nuclear deadline
TEHRAN (AFP) August 1 Iran reacted angrily to a UN Security Council resolution ordering the Islamic to freeze sensitive nuclear work by the end of the month. UN Resolution 1696, which dangles the threat of sanctions unless Iran halts uranium enrichment and other work that could help build a nuclear bomb, was welcomed by the United States and its allies but decried as "destructive and totally unwarranted" by Iran's UN ambassador.
8.01.06 Castro hands power to brother temporarily
HAVANA, Cuba, August 1 Fidel Castro has temporarily handed over power to his brother Raul due to intestinal surgery, Cuban television reported, the first time the communist leader has ceded control of the island nation in 47 years. Castro's secretary, Carlos Valenciaga, read a letter Monday night that he said was from the president announcing the news. In it, the Cuban leader said that stress had forced him into surgery and that he would be in bed for several weeks after the operation. Castro, who has led Cuba since the 1959 revolution, turns 80 on August 13.
7.30.06 Olmert, Halutz and Peretz apologize for Qana deaths
July 30 Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that he needed 10 days to two weeks to finish the offensive in Lebanon, a senior Israeli government official reported Sunday. Olmert met with Rice on Saturday night to discuss the 19-day-old offensive in southern Lebanon. Their meeting came before the IAF strike in Qana early Sunday.
7.30.06 New maximum-security jail to open at Guantanamo Bay
July 30 The controversy over the US-run detention centre at Guantanamo Bay is to erupt anew with confirmation by the Pentagon that a new, permanent prison will open in the Cuban enclave in the next few weeks. Camp 6, a state-of-the-art maximum-security jail built by a Halliburton subsidiary, will be able to hold 200 prisoners. Commander Robert Durand, a spokesman for Joint Task Force Guantanamo, said the $30m, two-storey block was due to open at the end of September. He added: "Camp 6 is designed to improve the quality of life for the detainees and provide greater protection for the people working in the facility."
7.30.06 Blair courts US stem-cell scientists
July 30 Tony Blair has launched a drive to attract American bioscience companies to Britain in an attempt to capitalize on restrictions imposed by President George Bush on US government funding for stem-cell research. Blair is to use his trip to America to propose a joint UK-California conference in London to highlight the opportunities Britain can offer stem-cell scientists. Today, the prime minister is due to meet executives from the biggest biotech companies in California specializing in stem-cell research and to highlight Britainıs favorable regulatory regime and government incentives available to investors.
7.30.06 Britain's teeming sea
July 30 Warmer sea temperatures are attracting a record number and range of exotic sea life to Britain's coastline. Global warming and hotter summers mean some unusual species are appearing in Britain's traditionally colder waters, according to leading scientists. Dr. Simon Vauxhall, a lecturer in oceanography at the University of Southampton, said: "We are seeing a pattern of the typical fish species, such as cod and haddock, exiting the warmer waters and being replaced by more unusual species. This is occurring for two reasons; one, generally ocean temperatures have been rising. This is largely down to the effect of global warming. Second, this summer has been just a particularly warm summer in itself. The warm surface water heated by the sun attracts these new species."
7.30.06 Audit finds US hid cost of Iraq projects
BAGHDAD, July 30 The State Department agency in charge of $1.4 billion in reconstruction money in Iraq used an accounting shell game to hide ballooning cost overruns on its projects there and knowingly withheld information on schedule delays from Congress, a federal audit released late Friday has found. The agency hid construction overruns by listing them as overhead or administrative costs, according to the audit, written by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, an independent office that reports to Congress, the Pentagon and the State Department. Called the United States Agency for International Development, or A.I.D., the agency administers foreign aid projects around the world. It has been working in Iraq on reconstruction since shortly after the 2003 invasion.
7.30.06 Chavez pledges unreserved solidarity with Iran
TEHRAN (Xinhua) July 29 Visiting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Saturday that Venezuela would stand alongside Iran under any circumstances. "Venezuela will stand alongside Iran at any time, under any circumstances," Chavez told reporters following a welcome ceremony hosted by his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "History has shown that as long as we stay united, we can remain resistant and defeat imperialism," he added. The Venezuelan president arrived here Saturday afternoon for a two-day visit, heading a high-ranking political and economic delegation. It is his fifth visit to the Islamic republic during his presidency. [More>>xinhuanet.com]
7.30.06 Iraqi Shia leader rejects role for US reinforcements
NAJAF, Iraq (AFP) July 28 One of Iraq's most influential Shia leaders rejected Friday the use of US forces to stabilize Iraq's security situation, as the Pentagon announced an increase in troops numbers. Abdel Aziz Hakim told a rally in the holy city of Najaf that Iraqis should handle their own security, despite the mounting death toll in Baghdad, which is in the grip of a dirty war between rival Sunni and Shia death squads. The Pentagon announced that 3,500 US combat troops who had been due to return home after a 12-month tour will be held back in Iraq for 120 days to help the US-led coalition restore order to the war-torn capital.
7.26.06 Russia rebuffs US call to rethink $1 billion Venezuela arms dealS call to rethink $1 billion Venezuela arms deal
RYAZAN REGION, Russia (RIA Novosti) July 26 Russia's defense minister ruled out Wednesday reconsidering $1 billion in contracts on supplies of military planes and helicopters to Venezuela. Tom Casey, a deputy spokesman for the US State Department, said Tuesday that President George Bush's administration wanted Russia to review the deals. He said the weapons purchases Venezuela planned exceeded the country's demands and did not contribute to regional stability.
7.26.06 Thirty soldiers hurt in heavy clashes around Bint Jbail
July 26 Some 30 Israel Defense Forces soldiers were wounded Wednesday in fierce gun battles with Hezbollah in the southern Lebanese town of Bint Jbail. The IDF later successfully retrieved its wounded, even as the heavy clashes continued. The troops became involved in close-quarter fighting with Hezbollah guerillas in the early hours of Wednesday, despite taking control of the town a day earlier. The fighting has been going on since. [More>>haaretz.com; See related story, nytimes.com, July 26, "Israel suffers bloodiest day of fight with Hezbollah" : AVIVIM, Israel, July 26 Israel suffered its worst casualties in southern Lebanon today since the current conflict with Hezbollah started, when at least eight soldiers were killed and many were wounded in ground battles, according to unofficial reports from military officers, who were not yet authorized to speak publicly about casualties and had not yet received a full account of the dayıs toll...
7.26.06 Chirac backs peacekeepers for Lebanon, rebukes Iran and Syria
PARIS (AFP) July 26 French President Jacques Chirac backed an international peacekeeping force for Lebanon on Wednesday and took a swipe at Iran and Syria, which he accused of stirring unrest in the Middle East. In an interview with Le Monde newspaper, he detailed his strategy to bring an end to the Israel-Lebanon conflict, but key elements showed a split between the French and US positions.
7.26.06 Al Qaeda organized deadly attack on US consulate: suspect
ISLAMABAD (AFP) July 26 An Uzbek national arrested in Pakistan has told interrogators that Al-Qaeda organized this yearıs deadly suicide attack on the US consulate in Karachi, a security official said Wednesday. Five people including an American diplomat were killed in the suicide bombing outside the US mission on March 2, the eve of a visit to Islamabad by US President George W. Bush.
7.26.06 Iraq soldiers' families score victory in legal battle
July 26 Tony Blair will have to disclose detailed evidence on his reasons for invading Iraq after the families of British soldiers killed there won a dramatic legal victory today. In what the familiesı lawyers described as "a stunning victory," the Court of Appeal ruled that they were entitled to seek a judicial review of the Governmentıs refusal to hold an inquiry into why Britain entered the conflict. The three appeal judges headed by the Master of the Rolls, Sir Anthony Clarke, concluded that there was "force" in the argument that the circumstances leading up to the invasion were insufficiently clear as to warrant investigation, as did the lawfulness of the invasion itself and whether it caused the menıs deaths. The applicants are relatives of four servicemen who died in military action between 2003 and 2005 who are seeking to force a full public inquiry into why Britain entered the conflict. [More>>timesonline.co.uk]
WASHINGTON (AP) July 25 A powerful Republican committee chairman who has led the fight against President Bushıs signing statements said Monday he would have a bill ready by the end of the week allowing Congress to sue him in federal court. "We will submit legislation to the United States Senate which will...authorize the Congress to undertake judicial review of those signing statements with the view to having the presidentıs acts declared unconstitutional," Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said on the Senate floor.
July 24 The Cassini spacecraft, using its radar system, has discovered very strong evidence for hydrocarbon lakes on Titan. Dark patches, which resemble terrestrial lakes, seem to be sprinkled all over the high latitudes surrounding Titan's north pole.
7.25.06 "I've lost count of the people I know who have been killed'
July 25 Ali al-Hamdani, who is half Shia and half Sunni and works for The Times in Baghdad, describes life in the western district of Jihad where sectarian warfare rages The anxiety starts the moment you wake. The drone of the generator (if you are lucky enough to have one) reminds you that youıll have to spend hours searching for petrol on the lawless streets the normal electricity supply functions less than four hours a day. Distant bomb blasts raise the familiar questions: how will I get to work? Which roads are open, and which have been closed by fighting?
7.25.06 Olmert: No halt to Lebanon offensive
July 25 The Israeli prime minister has said Israel is determined to continue its military campaign in Lebanon, as he met with US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice to discuss the conflict. Ehud Olmert said there would be no stopping in the two-week offensive and that "severe measures" would be taken against Hezbollah.
7.25.06 Coalition soldier, seven rebels killed in Afghanistan
KABUL (AFP) July 25 A coalition soldier has been killed in eastern Afghanistan while troops from the US-led force shot dead seven rebels, the coalition said, reporting the latest Taliban-linked attacks. In the capital Kabul a suspected bomb exploded underneath a taxi on a road frequently used by US-led coalition troops, killing the cab driver and wounding four civilians on Tuesday. The foreign soldier, whose nationality was not released, was killed on Monday in a district of Kunar province on the border with Pakistan where Taliban insurgents are very active. [More>>turkishpress.com]
7.25.06 Thailand confirms bird flu outbreak
BANGKOK (Reuters) July 25 Thailand has been struck by its first outbreak of the H5N1 avian influenza virus in eight months, the Government said today. "Laboratory test results have confirmed that 31 chicken samples collected from Pichit province had the H5N1 virus," government spokesman Surapon Suebwonglee said. The northern province is one of seven "red zone" provinces where surveillance was stepped up this month. All chickens in the affected area had been culled and there were no reports of humans infected by the virus, which has killed at least 132 people since late 2003, 14 of them in Thailand. [More>>theaustralian.news.com.au]
7.25.06 Indonesia, Malaysia step up measures to contain spread of haze
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (Bloomberg) July 25 Malaysia and Indonesia are stepping up measures to fight forest fires to minimize the spread of a smoke haze that's threatening air quality in the two countries and in neighboring Southeast Asian nations. Malaysia will revoke the trading license of any plantation company found guilty of burning trees to clear land, Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Peter Chin Fah Kui was quoted as saying by his aide Teh Song Chuan on July 21.
7.25.06 US to reduce military presence in Central Asia: official
ALMA ATA (Xinhua) July 24 The United States will reduce its military presence in the Central Asian region as the cooperation between the two sides in various fields such as politics, economics and culture is being strengthened continuously, a visiting senior U.S. general said on Monday. The United States has no intention to set up permanent military bases in the Central Asian region, Gen. John P. Abizaid, head of the U.S. Central Command, told reporters after talks with senior officials in the Kazakh capital, Astana. "Over time, I would imagine that the level of cooperation would go up, but the level of presence will go down," Abizaid said
7.25.06 Iranian president to meet with Tajik, Afghan counterparts
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan (RIA Novosti) July 25 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday arrived in Tajikistan for talks with the leadership of the post-Soviet Central Asian nation as well as with his Afghan counterpart. Ahmadinejad will have a scheduled meeting with Tajik President Emomali Rakhmonov. Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai will join the two men Wednesday. The trilateral talks are expected to produce a joint communique and a number of cooperation agreements in areas such as energy, transport, commerce and tourism. Originally, they were to have taken place in the Iranian capital of Tehran in January this year, but Karzai was unable to attend.
7.25.06 'F-16s+N-reactor to Pak=disaster'
wASHINGTON (PTI) July 25 A prominent American lawmaker asked Bush administration to scrap the sale of F-16s to Pakistan, saying the acquisition of the US-made fighter jets plus the plutonium reactor reportedly being built by Islamabad equals a catastrophe. "In a 'dear colleagueı' letter written in the wake of reports about the plutonium reactor, Gary Ackerman, the cochair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans said, 'at any time this news would be unwelcome.'
7.25.06 Musharraf warns India against any military action
KARACHI (DPA) July 25 President Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday reiterated Pakistanıs continuing cooperation in the war against terrorism but warned against any offensive action. "Nobody dare take punitive action against Pakistan or cast an evil eye on it," Musharraf told a business gathering in this port city. Musharrafıs remarks came amid suggestions by some Indian political parties of punitive retaliation for the July 11 serial blasts in Mumbai that killed over 200 people.
7.25.06 SE Asian nations condemn Israel
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, July 25 Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi led Southeast Asian countries in a chorus of condemnation against Israel's "excessive" military operations in Lebanon. Abdullah, the chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), called for an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East, warning that the situation threatened international peace and security. His comments came shortly before US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is currently holding crisis talks in the Middle East, was due to attend a regional security forum here. "We should not tolerate Israel's excessive military reprisals against Lebanon," Abdullah said as he opened the bloc's annual meeting of foreign ministers in Kuala Lumpur. [More>>bakutoday.net via tajikistannews.net; See related stories:
7.25.06 Teen girl killed, at least 16 wounded as Hezbollah rockets slam into northern cities
July 25 A 15-year-old girl was killed and over a dozen people were wounded Tuesday as Hezbollah gunners renewed their bombardment of villages and cities across northern Israel, launching an estimated total of 55 rockets. In Maghar, a 15-year-old girl was killed when a rocket directly struck a residential home in a Muslim neighborhood in the Galilee village. Magen David Adom medical crews reported that the girl's 30-year-old brother was seriously hurt and her 12-year-old sister was moderately wounded. Two more rockets landed in the village, lightly wounding two people; 20 more people suffered from shock. Close to noon Tuesday, Hezbollah also fired 16 rockets at Haifa and the surrounding suburbs. The attacks wounded 11 people and sent an additional 17 into shock. [More>>haaretz.com ; See also dailystar.com.lb, July 25, "Hezbollah fighters defend key southern town" : Israeli soldiers and paratroopers advanced on the Southern Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil Monday but were repelled by Hezbollah fighters, as the death toll rose to over 370 Monday with the deaths of at least seven more civilians and three Hezbollah fighters. The political adviser to the UN peacekeeping force in the South, Milos Strugar, said Monday that the Israeli Army was "a few kilometers [inside] the UN-demarcated Blue Line," in the area of Maroun al-Ras.
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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