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. Maravot.com is read by 24,000 visitors per month from around the world. Mel Copeland
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8.07.06 'Forty killed' in Israeli strike as diplomats try to break deadlock
August 7 The Prime Minister of Lebanon wept today as he told Arab League ministers that an Israeli air strike had just killed 40 civilians in the border village of Houla. "One hour ago there was a horrible massacre in the village of Houla, a deliberate massacre, in which there were more than 40 martyrs," said Fouad Siniora at the emergency meeting of Egyptian, Syrian and Jordanian foreign ministers in Beirut. Mr. Siniora called for help to seek "an immediate and unconditional ceasefire" and wiped away tears as pleaded for his country not to become an "arena for conflicts and confrontations whatever the justification." [More>>timesonline.co.uk ; See also independent.co.uk, August 7, "While the UN fiddles...the Middle East burns." and nytimes.com, August 7, "Death toll was incorrect, Lebanon's leader says."]
8.07.06 In Afghanistan, a crackdown on imported pleasures
KABUL, August 7 Behind an unmarked door on a quiet residential street, half a dozen young Chinese women in miniskirts shimmy to disco tapes or sit entwined with beefy European men. Next to the fully stocked bar, a plastic Christmas tree pulses with tiny lights. Behind a desk in a spartan government office, a bearded official says he is swamped with job applicants for a proposed department to promote virtue and discourage vice, which would send out religious monitors to uncover and correct un-Islamic behavior in the populace. Both scenes coexist in a confused, newly democratic Muslim society grappling with a five-year influx of foreign troops and visitors, who have provided aid and protection but have also brought alcohol, prostitution and other tempting taboos to the deeply traditional and long-isolated country.
8.07.06 Pakistan floods kill 120, one million homeless in India
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) August 7 Flash floods triggered by torrential rains have killed at least 120 people in Pakistanıs North West Frontier province, and forced hundreds of thousands out of their homes in neighboring India, officials said on Monday. The floods played havoc in five districts of Pakistanıs NWFP, including two which were badly hit by a devastating earthquake last year, submerging hundreds of villages and causing extensive property dama. "The situation is worse than last year, as the rains triggered more flash floods this time in our five districts," NWFP Information Minister Asif Iqbal Khan told Reuters.
8.06.06 Bashir calls for jihad against Israel
JAKARTA (AFP) August 6 Thousands of Indonesians held street rallies today to condemn Israel's offensive in the Middle East as hardline cleric Abu Bakar Bashir called for a "jihad" force to battle the Jewish state. In Jakarta, the capital of the world's most populous Muslim nation, more than 3000 people protested outside the UN mission over its failure to halt the violence.
8.06.06 Israel says catches Hezbollah man over abduction
JERUSALEM (Reuters) August 6 The Israeli army said on Sunday it had captured one of the Hezbollah guerrillas who took part in the abduction of two Israeli soldiers on July 12. The seizure of the soldiers in a cross-border raid sparked Israel's war against the guerrilla group in Lebanon. "We can confirm that one of the Hezbollah (fighters) we have captured and interrogated was involved in the kidnapping of our soldiers," an army spokeswoman said. She declined to give any details of the capture. Israeli commandos have carried out at least two helicopter-borne raids deep into Lebanon. Israel said it seized several Hezbollah members in one raid, on the town of Baalbek last week. Hezbollah denied those seized belonged to the group. [thestar.com.my]
8.06.06 At least 11 dead, 13 hurt, in massive Hezbollah rocket barrage across north
August 6 At least 11 people were killed Sunday afternoon and 13 wounded, four of them seriously, in a direct hit on an open area in the northern community of Kfar Giladi, as Hezbollah renewed its rocket fire against Israel with what was described as an enormous barrage. The condition of two of the victims suffering from serious wounds deteriorated after arriving at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. Following the attack Hezbollah continued shelling that same area for a prolonged period, but no additional casualties were reported. [More>>haaretz.com ; See also aljazeera.net, August 6, "Hezbollah in deadly rocket attack."]
8.06.06 Afghan raids 'kill 17 militants'
August 6 Seventeen Taleban militants have been killed by Afghan security forces in the southern Helmand province, police say. A police spokesman said Afghan police killed three of the militants in a gunfight on Saturday in the Garmser district of Helmand. Police, Afghan and Nato soldiers then raided the area, killing 14 others. Militants have recently stepped up their insurgency against the government and foreign forces, particularly in south and east Afghanistan. In a separate incident on Sunday, a car bomb struck a US military convoy in neighboring Kandahar, injuring one US soldier. [More>>bbc.co.uk]
8.06.06 Iran's plot to mine uranium in Africa
August 6 Iran is seeking to import large consignments of bomb-making uranium from the African mining area that produced the Hiroshima bomb, an investigation has revealed. A United Nations report, dated July 18, said there was "no doubt" that a huge shipment of smuggled uranium 238, uncovered by customs officials in Tanzania, was transported from the Lubumbashi mines in the Congo. Tanzanian customs officials told The Sunday Times it was destined for the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, and was stopped on October 22 last year during a routine check.
8.05.06 New book assails 9/11 investigation panel considered Pentagon probe
WASHINGTON (AP) August 4 The Sept. 11 commission was so frustrated with repeated misstatements by the Pentagon and FAA about their response to the 2001 terror attacks that it considered an investigation into possible deception, the panelıs chairmen say in a new book. Republican Thomas Kean and Democrat Lee Hamilton also say in "Without Precedent" that their panel was too soft in questioning former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and that the 20-month investigation may have suffered for it.
8.05.06 Baghdad's chaos raises questions on US plan
BAGHDAD, August 5 Over the past year, as American commanders pushed Iraqi forces to take over responsibility for this violent capital, Baghdad became a markedly more dangerous place. Now the Americans are being forced to call in more of their own troops to bring the city under control. The failure of the Iraqis to halt the slide into chaos in Baghdad undercuts the central premise of the American project here: that Iraqi forces can be trained and equipped to secure their own country, allowing the Americans to go home. A review of previously unreleased statistics on American and Iraqi patrols suggests that as Americans handed over responsibilities to the Iraqis, violence in Baghdad increased. [More>>nytimes.com]
8.05.06 Hezbollah to stop fighting if Israel does
BEIRUT (AFP) August 6 A Hezbollah cabinet minister said Saturday his group's guerrillas would accept a ceasefire only once Israel halts attacks and pulls out of southern Lebanon. "We are in a defence situation. When the Israeli aggression ceases, very simply, we will stop (fighting) on condition that no Israeli soldier remains inside Lebanese land," Energy Minister Mohamad Fneish said. "We will not accept that they stay" inside Lebanese territory, he told reporters before attending a cabinet meeting. Fneish was reacting to news from French President Jacques Chirac's office which said earlier Saturday that France and the United States had agreed on a draft UN resolution on the Middle East conflict. [theaustralian.news.com.au]
8.05.06 Leave or be bombed, Israel tells Lebanese city
BEIRUT (Reuters) August 5 Israel said on Saturday it planned to bomb "Hezbollah rocket launching sites" in Sidon and warned the inhabitants of south Lebanon's biggest city to leave. The Israeli army announced its intentions as a senior US official was meeting Lebanese leaders on a possible deal to end Israel's 25-day-old war with Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon. US Assistant Secretary of State David Welch said after meeting Prime Minister Fouad Siniora that the solution lay in a "lasting political framework backed by an international force." An Israeli army spokesman said leaflets dropped on Sidon, whose normal population of 100,000 has been swollen by refugees from war zones further south, had warned all residents to leave. [More>>thestar.com.my ; See related story, turkishpress.com, August 5, "Israel commandos target Hezbollah leaders in Tyre."]
8.05.06 Arab world unified in supporting Lebanon: AL chief
CAIRO (Xinhua) August 5 Arab League (AL) Secretary General Amr Moussa said on Saturday that the entire Arab world was now moving in one direction in support of Lebanon against the Israeli aggression, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported. Moussa made the remarks in Cairo during an interview with the BBC earlier in the day, said the report. The AL chief is expected to visit Saudi Arabia, Syria and Lebanon soon. Moussa said that his regional tour, which has taken him to Jordan on a two-day visit, was aimed to consult with Arab countries over the Lebanon crisis and show support for the Lebanese people's steadfastness in defiance of Israel's military offensive. [More>>xinhuanet.com]
8.05.06 Taller mountains blamed on Global Warming, too
August 4 The mountains in Europe are growing taller and melting glaciers are partly responsible, scientists say. Heavy glaciers cause the Earth's crust to flex inward slightly. When glaciers disappear, the crust springs back and the overlaying mountains are thrust skyward, albeit slowly. The European Alps have been growing since the end of the last little Ice Age in 1850 when glaciers began shrinking as temperatures warmed, but the rate of uplift has accelerated in recent decades because global warming has sped up the rate of glacier melt, the researchers say...This is happening in the Alps. As the glaciers melt and the mountains are freed of their heavy burdens, the surface of the Earth springs back very slowly. This effect is well studied and it occurs in North America, too. [Full story>>livescience.com via msnbc.msn.com]
LONDON (AFP) August 5 Iran will supply Hezbollah with surface-to-air missile systems in the coming months, boosting the guerrillas' defences against Israeli aircraft, according to a report by specialist magazine Jane's Defence Weekly on Friday, citing unnamed Western diplomatic sources. In a meeting, held late last month, the Lebanese Shiite Muslim militia called on Tehran to "accelerate and extend the scope of weapon shipments from Iran to the Islamic Resistance, particularly advanced missiles against ground and air targets."
8.04.06 Israeli air raid kills 33 civilians in Lebanon
BEIRUT (Reuters) August 4 An Israeli air strike killed at least 33 farm workers in northeastern Lebanon on Friday and Hezbollah fired scores of rockets into Israel in a worsening conflict that world powers have failed to halt. Most of the dead and 20 wounded were taken to nearby Syria after the raid near Qaa in the Bekaa Valley. At least three rockets hit a farm where workers, mostly Syrian Kurds, were loading plums and peaches on to trucks, local officials said. It was the second deadliest strike in Lebanon after an air raid killed up to 54 civilians in the village of Qana on Sunday. Israeli aircraft also destroyed four bridges on the main coastal highway north of Beirut, disrupting efforts to aid civilians displaced or trapped by the conflict in Lebanon.
8.04.06 Hundred thousand Iraqi shiites demonstrate for Lebanon
BAGHDAD (AFP) August 4 More than 100,000 white-clad Shiites marched through Baghdad in a noisy rally in support of Lebanon's Hezbollah militia, as US commanders warned of a slide towards civil war. The street leading from the office of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's movement in the Sadr City district was filled with demonstrators bearing yellow Hezbollah flags and portraits of the Shiite group's leader, Hassan Nasrallah.
8.04.06 NATO escapes two bombs in Afghanistan, 25 Taleban killed
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) August 4 Two bombs exploded Friday near NATO patrols in an area of southern Afghanistan that saw a series of bloody attacks a day earlier, while security forces said they had killed 25 rebels. The violence further highlighted the dangers facing a NATO force that took command of the countryıs volatile south on Monday and which has lost seven soldiers in rebel attacks since then. However Afghanistanıs US-backed President Hamid Karzai assured his countrymen that a plan was in place to secure war-weary Afghanistan. The early morning bombs exploded in restive Kandahar province as NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) patrols passed, but caused no damage or casualties to the force, a spokesman said.
KABUL (AFP) August 4 About 400 South Korean Christians were flown out of Afghanistan's capital Friday following orders to leave after their presence caused security fears in the Islamic country. The Afghan government put on special flights to take them from Kabul to the northern city of Mazar-I-Sharif and western Herat from where they would leave the country by land - the same way that they entered, a South Korean official said.
Editorial note: Islamic democracy. The underlying story on Islamic democracies is that in spite of George W. Bush's mission of spreading democracy specifically in Iraq and Afghanistan the Afghan view of democracy does not provide for "freedom of worship." This freedom was perhaps the main foundation in America's experiment in democracy. Also, in the American view of democracy there can be no state-sponsored religion, as is the case in Afghanistan.
Maravot News has been following the trend towards democracy in Islamic nations. The main part of this trend includes Women's Rights. President Ahmadinejad of Iran recently stirred up Islamists by suggesting that women could attend football (soccer) games, an act contrary to Islamic tradition. Saudi Arabia is reknown for its failure to provide basic human rights, including the "slavery" of children from India and, as recently recorded, "temporary marriages" which are popular in Indonesia. Apparently Saudi men find a way to participate in extra-marital love affairs by engaging in "temporary marriage" contracts. Today, the following story appeared with regard to a Saudi woman being arrested for demonstrating on behalf of women's rights on a causeway linking Saudi Arabia with Bahrain:
One can search the Maravot News archives to find many issues involving the abuse of women by sharia courts. One court in India required a married woman who had been raped by her father-in-law to divorce the husband and marry the man that raped her! Islam and democracy have much work ahead, in terms of reconciliation, before them [See sandesh.org for a June 30, 2005 article on the subject: "The rights, issues and the reality of Muslim Women."].
In connection with the complaints against the Bush administration, today afterdowningstreet.org published Conyer's Report Newly Updated: "Constitution in Crisis." The site contains links by which the 350 page report may be downloaded. The contents include: The Constitution in Crisis; The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, Manipulation, Torture, Retribution, and Coverups in the Iraq War, and Illegal Domestic Surveillance.Understanding the confusing views of democracy.
Today the president of Iran is attending an Islamic conference in Malaysia. Maravot News has reported on radical Islamists from Malaysia and Indonesia sending forth 'suicide bombers' to all the nations that have been cooperating with America and Israel.
In view of today's story in Iranfocus.com "Radical Islamists attack British embassy in Iran capital" and yesterday's story of Ahmadinejad repeating his position, calling for the destruction of Israel, we find it difficult to agree with Bush's method of spreading democracy (through military might). What he has done through his crusade is to intensify the international Islamic terrorist coalitions against America. Where America used to enjoy the respect of the world for its fairness and ideals of justice, it now faces complaints of War Crimes, placing it in the same context as Hitler's Nazi Germany which also began its crusade in spreading democracy: to Poland, Austria and Czechoslovakia, to free Germans from the yoke of the countries where they were living. The Nazi freedom campaign was a ruse and after their blitzkriegs they switched their campaign to the heinous solution of ridding the world of Jews.
Who are against Israel What is fearful now is Ahmadinejad is spreading the same views Hitler espoused. And on the other side of the coin is George W. Bush who fantasized atop the aircraft carrier Lincoln on May 2, 2003, like a new Caesar, that he had defeated Saddam Hussein, saying "Mission Accomplished." Saddam, who had formerly been supported by the US in his war against Iran, had turned against the US. Saddam's reasons for turning against America are the same as those being expressed by other Middle East leaders: for supporting Israel. We may recall in the first Iraq War that as Saddam was launching SCUD missiles against Israel he expressed the view that "Israel claims all the lands to the Euphrates River," that Israel is a threat to her neighbors all the way from the Nile River to the Euphrates. The concern refers to a promise in the Old Testament where Abraham and all of his children were promised the land from the "river of Egypt" (Identified by Israel as the wadi presently running on its southern border) and the Euphrates. Saddam expressed a common concern and misconception in the Middle East as to the mission of Israel, which has been fermenting ever since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
Arabs don't want Israel in their midst. The only nations to have accepted Israel are Egypt and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. And though we may hope for a peaceful settlement, where Israel and its neighbors can live peacefully together, the ongoing conflict with the Palestinians has only served to intensify hatred against Israel and those who support Israel. Ultimately we have to find a peaceful settlement between Israel and its Arab neighbors. Attacking Iraq did not help that venture and only reinforced those who were against the US and Israel in their resolve.
Bush attacked Iraq without defining his mission or understanding what he was attacking. By the results we can see that he had no concept of installing a government in Iraq to replace that which he deposed. Where there is an absence of power there is always chaos. The three-year results suggest, in fact, that Bush's planning was on the level of that practiced by the hordes who raped and pillaged cities in ancient times. And where Bush speaks of having brought democracy to Iraq the world speaks of Iraq's civil war. Where Bush speaks of "Mission Success" we can see that the issues Saddam Hussein had with America of fighting those who support Israel are now being echoed among leaders throughout the Islamic World.
When the United Nations created Israel in May 1948 it made deals with the surrounding "freed" colonies of the former Ottoman Empire. This included Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and Iraq. In simple terms, in exchange for restoring Jews to the land of Israel, each of those nations was given self-rule. The UN created the map we see today, as modified by the tribalism and conflicting forces there seeking power today. Each has its own interests and each is willing to kill for those interests. It's not the same sense of democracy we Americans understand.
Bush's War booty: More blood than oil The world has suspected ever since Bush invaded Iraq that he and his avaricious friends were after the oil and war profiteering opportunities. He and his cronies have certainly profited from the war. The oil booty is another matter, at the moment, since Iraq is producing less oil now than when it was under US embargo under Saddam Hussein. The net issue from the Bush venture for oil is that more blood has flown in Iraq than oil.
America must ask, "What have we created?" We are responsible for the actions of our leaders. We are responsible for the international conflict Bush created.
Resistance fighters versus terrorists. Iran has today acknowledged supplying Hezbollah with missiles and today's reports say they intend to continue to do so. Support for Hezbollah is now becoming the new cause in the Middle East, eclipsing for the moment the cause of supporting (the democratically elected) terrorist group, Hamas, in Gaza. Hezbollah began the present episode in sympathy (we presume) for the Palestinian crisis, in Gaza, by kidnapping two Israeli soldiers. Israel responded by attacking Hezbollah to recover its kidnapped soldiers. That action has been viewed as "overkill" by the Islamic sympathizers, while they defer to Hezbollah acts of righteousness, as a "resistance movement" against Israel. We find, in fact, that in the Islamic World, there is a disconnect with regard to the differentiation between "resistance activities" and "terrorist activities." If they conclude that Israel (Jewry) is the enemy any actions against Israel would be justified under the criteria of "resistance." Islamists tend to parrot the views of Osama bin Laden, who justifies the murder of anyone who is an infidel or assisting an infidel. This includes the justification of murder of women and children. The bin Laden deviates have been reviving a practice described by Marco Polo (1254-1324) and other Crusade era historians, such as
Islamists have concluded that the highest level of resistance would be through martyrdom, preferably now as a suicide bomber. The rewards of a suicide bomber / martyr are immediate admission to Paradise, served by seven virgins (we presume the women suicide bombers operate under a similar promise).
There was no military resolution of the Crusades in the Medieval era, but the Old Man of the Mountain was killed, according to Marco Polo, and his sect disbanded. Unfortunately, through his bungling, Bush seems to have resurrected the Old Man of the Mountain and his murderous sect. And unfortunately there is no current consensus among the Islamic communities on how to differentiate between a resistance fighter and a terrorist. The president of Iraq, in his recent visit to the US, was criticized by Congress, in fact, for not addressing Hezbollah as terrorists.
The Bush democracy of Iraq does not have much going for it, as a democracy. We can ponder on the statement made by one of our greater allies in the Middle East, Turkey, where Turkish Foreign Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul said the "Tragedy in Lebanon unfortunately raises questions about US legacy of leadership." The weight of Bush's incompetence in Iraq is tipping the scales of humanity ever more against America.
While Malaysia has offered to send troops in support of a UN mission to Lebanon, we may wonder at Ahmadinejad's conversations in the Organization of Islamic Conference today and the grim actions that may result from them.
8.03.06 Candle in the dark
The scattered light around planet-sized Titan (5,150 kilometers, or 3,200 miles across) makes the moon's solid surface visible in silhouette. Enceladus (505 kilometers, or 314 miles across) enjoys far clearer skies than its giant sibling moon.
This view shows the unlit side of Saturn's rings. [saturn.jpl.nasa.gov]
8.03.06 European Space Agency (ESA) records unusual movie of Venus
August 1 This false-colour movie was built with ultraviolet images taken by the Venus Monitoring Camera (VMC) on board ESA's Venus Express spacecraft on 22 May 2006. The spacecraft was flying over the northern hemisphere approaching the planet, over distances ranging between about 39 100 and 22 600 kilometres from the surface.
August 3 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday the solution to the Middle East crisis was to destroy Israel, Iranian state media reported. In a speech during an emergency meeting of Muslim leaders in Malaysia, Ahmadinejad also called for an immediate cease-fire to end the fighting between Israel and the Iranian-back group Hezbollah. "Although the main solution is for the elimination of the Zionist regime, at this stage an immediate cease-fire must be implemented," Ahmadinejad said, according to state-run television in a report posted on its Web site.
8.03.06 Iran collaborating with Pyongyang on missiles, think tank reports
August 3 North Korea has been constructing new underground missile bases and silos along its east coast in recent years to deploy intermediate-range rockets targeting Japan and U.S. military facilities on the archipelago, a state-run think tank said yesterday. It also said North Korea has been working closely with Iran to develop its long-range ballistic missiles, possibly using Chinese technology, and is building bases to prepare for their deployment. "The new bases clustered along the east coast, in particular, are short- and medium-range missile bases aiming at Japan and US military installations in Japan," said a report written by Yun Deok-min, a security expert at the state-funded Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security.
(AAP) August 4 Suicide bombers from South-East Asia are being sent to attack Jewish interests in countries who are in support of Israel, including possibly Australia, a Muslim group claims. The world wide campaign is reportedly being funded by two unnamed Australian-Indonesian businessmen. The Asian Muslim Youth Movement (AMYM) claims it has thousands of jihadists who are prepared to join the fight against Israel.
8.03.06 Seven killed in Hezbollah blitz
August 3 At least seven people have been killed and many injured during a series of rocket attacks on northern Israel by Hezbollah fighters. Over 100 rockets landed inside northern Israel within the space of one hour on Thursday afternoon, Israeli officials said. In Maalot, three Israeli Arabs were killed when a rocket landed near their car. Three people were also killed during rocket attacks on the town of Acre. It was not clear where the seventh person died.
8.03.06 Canadian soldier, 10 Taliban killed in Afghanistan
KANDAHAR (AFP) August 3 A Canadian soldier was killed in southern Afghanistan Thursday, the fourth NATO fatality since the alliance took command of the area this week, while police said that 10 Taliban died in a raid. The soldier was killed and another Canadian was injured when an improvised bomb of the sort often used by the Taliban struck their vehicle before dawn on a main road in southern Kandahar province, a statement said. Three more Canadian troops from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were injured by a second roadside bomb blast hours later in the same area, the statement added. [More>>metimes.com ; See also washingtonpost.com, August 3, "Four NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan."]
WASHINGTON, August 3 "The grave tragedy that has been unfolding before our eyes in Lebanon, and the inability of the international community to bring it to an end after three weeks of suffering, unfortunately raise questions about the United States and its proud legacy of leadership for freedom and justice,'' indicated Turkish Foreign Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul in his article published in Washington Post newspaper on Thursday.
8.03.06 UK ambassador warns of civil war in Iraq
August 3 Britain's outgoing ambassador in Baghdad has warned that civil war is the most likely outcome in Iraq, according to a report. In a confidential memo to ministers, William Patey also predicted the break-up of Iraq along ethnic lines. The assessment was contained in Mr. Patey's final telegram from Baghdad before he left the Iraqi capital last week - details of which were obtained by the BBC.
8.03.06 Move to reduce US dependence on foreign oil
August 3 Senator Evan Bayh has introduced the Vehicle and Fuel Choices for American Security Act to increase the use of alternative fuels and cut our dependence on foreign oil. Bob Fertik, of democrats.com, says, "Despite the widening war in the Mideast and the heat wave at home Senate Republicans want to go home without acting on this urgent bill!" Senator Evan Bayh introduces his bill with the following:
8.03.06 General Motors to set up second plant in India
MUMBAI (Reuters) August 3 General Motors Corp is building a second plant in India as it steps up the pace to grab 10 per cent of the country's fast-expanding market for passenger vehicles by 2010. State and company officials are slated to sign a formal agreement on Thursday evening, according to a media invitation. The factory, to be located in Maharashtra, would have a capacity of more than 100,000 units and would require an investment of about 20-22 billion rupees ($428-$471 million), industry sources estimate.
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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