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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8.20.06 Malaysia frees Islamic militant suspects held without trial, rights activist says
KUALA LUMPUR (AP) August 20 Malaysia last week freed three suspected Islamic militants imprisoned without trial for more than four years, a human rights activist said Sunday. The authorities had also earlier deported four Indonesian detainees to their home country where they were then released, said Chang Lih Kang, a spokesman for Malaysia's leading human rights group, Suaram. Officials at the Internal Security Ministry could not be reached Sunday for confirmation of the report.
8.20.06 Lebanon truce put to test as Annan blames Israel
BEIRUT (AFP) August 20 A fragile truce to end a month-long war in Lebanon was facing its biggest test Sunday after an Israeli commando raid against Hezbollah which UN chief Kofi Annan charged was a violation of the ceasefire deal. Israel insisted it would continue to act to prevent alleged cross-border arms smuggling to Hezbollah and Syria, while Lebanon warned it could stop its historic troop deployment in the south of the country.
8.20.06 Insurgents ambush Shiites on pilgrimage
BAGHDAD (AFP) August 20 Gunmen ambushed Shiite pilgrims as they marched through Baghdad on Sunday, killing 20 and wounding 300, a year after a stampede claimed nearly 1,000 lives on the deadliest day in post-war Iraq. Bursts of gunfire and explosions rocked the Iraqi capital as hundreds of thousands of Shiites headed to the mausoleum of Imam Musa Kadhim, whose death 12 centuries ago is marked by major Shiite pilgrimage every year.
8.20.06 Seventy-one Taliban killed in Afghanistan
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, August 20 Seventy-one Taliban rebels have been confirmed killed in a major clash in southern Afghanistan. Taliban were killed in clashes involving police and NATO-led forces in southern Afghanistan, a district governor and a military official said Sunday. Scores of Taliban fighters attacked a bazaar in the Panjwayi district of southern Kandahar province late Saturday, they said. After the fighting, 64 Taliban bodies were found in the town and seven elsewhere, the governor said. Four Afghan policemen were also killed in clashes. [thenews.com.pk] ; See related stories, turkishpress.com, August 20, "Around 90 killed in bloody Afghan weekend." and independent.co.uk, August 20, Taliban's terror tactics reconquer Afghanistan" : "If we die, we are martyrs if we live, we are victors," say the Taliban in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province. They have taken control of the area in less than two weeks. For, with ever accelerating speed, the Taliban are reconquering south-west Afghanistan from the government, American and Nato forces sent to fight them.
8.20.06 Terrorism fears mount in Germany after train bomb plot
August 20 German politicians and security officials warned of a growing terrorism threat over the weekend as police arrested a Lebanese student suspected of planting a bomb on a train last month that failed to detonate. A German court on Sunday issued an arrest warrant for Youssef Mohammed, a 21-year-old Lebanese student nabbed in Kiel by police in a swoop on Saturday. He stands accused of membership in a terrorist organization and of attempted murder. Mohammed is suspected of planting one of two crude bombs in two abandoned suitcases that were discovered on July 31 on separate trains in the western German cities of Dortmund and Koblenz. Police say they were set to go off 10 minutes before the trains arrived in the two cities. The explosives failed to detonate, but if they had, police say they would have killed a "high number" of people. It has now emerged that Mohammed along with an accomplice, who are believed to be part of a wider Islamic network, had come close to exploding the two makeshift train bombs last month.
8.20.06 Katrina: disaster profiteers pocket millions in deals
WASHINGTON, August 20 'Downright criminal.' That's the verdict of a report into New Orleans' reconstruction, and the huge contracts handed to non-local firms. A year after Hurricane Katrina, the reconstruction of the devastated Gulf coast is being severely hampered by waste and inefficiency overseen by "disaster profiteers" who are making million of dollars, according to a watchdog group. The group claims the inefficiency along with the companies' political connections follows a pattern similar to what happened in Afghanistan and Iraq.
8.20.06 Ten show of signs of bird flu in W. Java
August 20 A young boy with symptoms of bird flu was rushed to Garut hospital in West Java on Saturday, raising the official number of people suspected of having bird flu from Cikelet village to 10 and pushing health authorities to widen an investigation into a potential bird flu cluster. The new patient, a five-year-old boy identified as R, is a resident of Rancamareme hamlet and the brother of a young girl also identified as R, who died two weeks ago after showing bird flu symptoms. No blood test was conducted on the girl to confirm that she had died of the disease.
8.18.06 Update 8.17.06 Bush is crap, says Prescott
August 17 John Prescott has given vent to his private feelings about the Bush presidency, summing up George Bush's administration in a single word: crap. The Deputy Prime Minister's condemnation of President Bush and his approach to the Middle East could cause a diplomatic row but it will please Labour MPs who are furious about Tony Blair's backing of the United States over the bombing of Lebanon. [More>>independent.co.uk ; August 18 update, independent.co.uk, "Labour agrees: Bush Is crap" : The Independent asked a group of Labour MPs what they though of John Prescott's outburst.
Editorial note: "Failed policies and incompetence" seem to be a rising charge against the Bush administration, in addition to his changing list of reasons [lies] for waging war in Iraq. The Bush administration's latest reason for their continuing war in Iraq now includes the recognition that Iraq is a key supplier of oil that must be kept in American control and if the US leaves Iraq will become a hotbed for terrorists. See August 18 article, "Early pullout from Iraq will create 'terrorist state' : Bush."
The invasion of Iraq to disarm Saddam Hussein's "Weapons of Mass Destruction" is the most infamous lie. Associated with this claim was another that Saddam Hussein was connected to Al Qaeda. At the same time Bush shifted the war effort against Osama bin Laden and his terrorist al-Qaeda organization from Afghanistan to Iraq, allowing al-Qaeda to grow stronger and, through the invasion of Iraq, adopt the cause of "defending Iraq" against "the Bush Crusaders." A month after the invasion in 2003 Bush naively claimed "Mission Accomplished" on the aircraft carrier "Lincoln."
In 2005 the reason for waging war in Iraq turned to "spreading democracy in the Middle East," with Iraq being the kingpin of the venture. Seeing the failures of democracy in Lebanon and Palestine which democratically installed governments the US had deemed "terrorists" (Hezbollah and Hamas), the administration has contrived the concept that if we leave Iraq it may elect a government hostile to the US, which will breed terrorists and endanger our supply of oil. There are more substantial facts, however, that point to Bush's Crusade as the cause against which terrorists have rallied, spreading from Afghanistan to their training ground in Iraq and throughout the world.
Capitalizing on the "fear of terrorism and 9/11" is a signature of the Bush administration. The argument that only Bush would save us from terrorists began in his campaign against John Kerry and continues to be used. The tactic was also used by Hitler who used fear and intimidation to centralize power. Bush's appropriation of powers not vested in the Presidential Office is another issue fueling the cause of impeachment.
There is a rising tide to impeach Bush and Cheney, with the latest event, "Camp Democracy," being scheduled for September 6 in the mall of Washington D.C. Preceding the tent city of Camp Democracy organizers of the event are calling for a nationwide protest on September 1, 2006. They "encourage you to hold a vigil for impeachment on Friday evening, Sept. 1st, preceded or followed by a meeting to discuss and plan for Camp Democracy." They have also organized internet protests on websites and blogs, asking those who participate to place in front of their lead page the "Impeach" image. [More>>afterdowningstreet.org]
8.18.06 Israel to Moscow: Hezbollah used Russian-made missiles against IDF
(AP) August 18 Israel has complained to Russia that Russian-made anti-tank missiles have reached Hezbollah guerrillas who used them against Israel Defense Forces troops in south Lebanon, government officials said Friday. An Israeli delegation traveled to Moscow earlier this week to deliver the complaint, said Asaf Shariv, a senior adviser to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. The anti-tank missiles proved to be one of Hezbollah's most effective weapons in combat with Israeli soldiers in Lebanon. Such missiles killed at least 50 of the 118 soldiers who died in the 34-day war that ended this week.
8.18.06 Hezbollah hands out compensation
BEIRUT (AP) August 18 At a school in south Beirut's Bourj el-Barajneh neighborhood, Hezbollah on Friday started handing out one hundred dollar bills to residents who lost their homes in the Israel-Hezbollah conflict US $12,000 to each claimant. Applicants who had signed up for the aid earlier in the week showed up at the school, showed identification papers and only had to sign a receipt. Hezbollah workers handed residents stacks of bills from a suitcase.
8.18.06 After Lebanon war, unexploded bombs continue to sow death
TEBNIN (AFP) August 18 Kneeling in the rubble, the deminer gently handled a tiny metallic tube, trying to defuse one of the thousands of bomblets littering southern Lebanon. These deadly leftovers of weeks of fighting between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas continue to kill and maim nearly a week after both sides silenced their guns, creating what one munitions expert called a "humanitarian catastrophe" as thousands displaced by the war return home. "This has the potential to be a huge humanitarian issue," said Marc Garlasco, senior military analyst at Human Rights Watch.
8.18.06 Airline plot police uncover 'suitcase bomb-making kit'
August 18 Police investigating the alleged terrorist plot to blow up transatlantic flights found a suitcase yesterday containing items which could be used to make a bomb. The BBC reported that the discovery was made during a search in King's Wood, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. The corporation reported a police source as saying the suitcase contained "everything you would need to make an improvised device."
8.18.06 Pakistan gives US forces location of Al Qaeda plot suspect
ISLAMABAD (AFP) August 18 Pakistan has informed US-led coalition forces that an Al Qaeda kingpin linked to an alleged plot to blow up airliners is based in eastern Afghanistan, senior security officials said on Friday. The Pakistani officials said the unnamed Al Qaeda member of Middle Eastern origin was based in Afghanistanıs volatile eastern province of Kunar, which borders Pakistanıs militant-infested northwestern tribal areas.
8.18.06 Lebanon to receive 'urgent' assistance with oil spill
PIRAEUS, Greece (AFP) August 18 International experts Thursday promised Lebanon immediate help in cleaning up a massive Mediterranean oil spill caused by Israeli bombing of a power plant, but said that the scale of the environmental threat remained unknown. Senior officials from the United Nations, the European Union, and regional states meeting in the Greek port city of Piraeus unveiled a plan to clean up oil-clogged parts of the Lebanese coastline an operation slated to cost over €50 million ($64 million).
8.18.06 Vehicles banned from Baghdad during pilgrimage
BAGHDAD, August 18 Iraqi authorities will impose a complete ban on vehicles in Baghdad for two days ahead of a major Shiite pilgrimage, national police chief Major General Adnan Thabit said Friday. The ban begins at 9:00pm (1700 GMT) on Friday. One year ago almost 1,000 pilgrims were killed in a stampede on one of Baghdad`s bridges. Thabit told AFP a security operation had been put in place to prevent any repetition of the tragedy. [turkishpress.com]
8.17.06 Rice: No expectation UN force is going to physically disarm Hezbollah in south Lebanon
August 17 US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was quoted in an American newspaper Thursday as saying that the UN force expected to deploy in south Lebanon will not be tasked with forcibly disarming Hezbollah. "I don't think there is an expectation that this [UN] force is going to physically disarm Hezbollah," Rice told USA Today. "I think it's a little bit of a misreading about how you disarm a militia. You have to have a plan, first of all, for the disarmament of the militia, and then the hope is that some people lay down their arms voluntarily."
WASHINGTON (Xinhua) August 16 US President George W. Bush on Wednesday rejected calls from Democrats for an early withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, saying such a pullout would "create a terrorist state in the heart of the Middle East."
8.17.06 Lebanese army crosses key river
August 17 Lebanese troops have crossed the strategically important Litani river, moving into some areas of southern Lebanon for the first time in decades. The troops were warmly welcomed in southern villages, many of which were badly damaged in more than a month of conflict between Hezbollah and Israel. France is to send 200 extra troops to bolster the UN force in the south. Israel says it has passed control of half of its positions there to the UN, which is set to enforce the ceasefire. Israel, Hezbollah and the Lebanese government have all pledged to uphold a UN Security Council ceasefire resolution requiring the withdrawal from southern Lebanon of Israeli troops and Hezbollah fighters. An expanded international force is to work alongside the Lebanese army in the south. But despite France's initial commitment, Paris is still debating whether to send significant numbers of troops, and, along with other likely UN contributors, wants its role in the region clearly defined. [More>>bbc.co.uk ; See also lefigaro.fr, August 17, "Liban : les contours de la force multinationale peinent à se dessiner" : A quelques heures dıune réunion de lıOnu sur le déploiement de la future force multinationale au Liban, les éventuels contributeurs hésitent et réclament plus de garanties sur la sécurité, à commencer par la France. Qui participera à la future Finul élargie ? Jeudi soir, 49 pays se réunissent au siège de lıOnu, à New York, pour préciser les conditions du déploiement dıune force multinationale au Liban. Mais à quelques heures de la réunion, le doute plane toujours sur lıidentité des futurs pays contributeurs et sur lıampleur de leur implication...
8.17.06 Al-Hariri: Syria worse than Israel
August 17 The leader of Lebanon's largest parliamentary bloc has said the Syrian president's attack on Lebanese politicians is worse than the destruction wreaked by Israel. Saad al-Hariri, the head of the al-Mustaqbal or Future, bloc and son of the slain former prime minister, Rafiq al-Hariri, said on Thursday that Bashar al-Assad had disdained Arab kindness towards Syria and his speech on Tuesday was like a "heavy strike" against Lebanon.
8.17.06 At least 18 killed in Iraq violence
BAGHDAD (AFP) August 17 At least 18 people were killed around Iraq Thursday, including seven by a car bomb in Baghdad's most populous Shiite district of Sadr City, security officials said. Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki said that the car bomb killed "seven people when an Opel car was detonated." Medics and an interior ministry official said that another 26 people were wounded. The official said that the bomb went off in the district's Rashaad market.
8.17.06 Federal judge orders halt to warrantless wiretapping
DETROIT (AP) August 17 A federal judge ruled Thursday that the government's warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional and ordered an immediate halt to it. US District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit became the first judge to strike down the National Security Agency's program, which she says violates the rights to free speech and privacy as well as the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution. "Plaintiffs have prevailed, and the public interest is clear, in this matter. It is the upholding of our Constitution," Taylor wrote in her 43-page opinion.
8.17.06 Afghan spy chief urges Pakistan action on enemies
KABUL (Reuters) August 17 Pakistan is the main source of Afghanistanıs insecurity, the countryıs intelligence chief said on Thursday, adding that there could be no peace here if the war against Islamic militants was not shifted to include Pakistan. In the strongest comments by an Afghan official yet, director-general of intelligence Amruallah Saleh said enemy training sites and organizational and financial resources all lay inside Pakistan.
8.17.06 Man says he drugged, had sex with Ramsey
BANGKOK (AP) August 17 The American suspect in the killing of JonBenet Ramsey told investigators that he drugged and had sex with the 6-year-old beauty queen before accidentally killing her, a senior Thai police officer said Thursday. An autopsy on Ramsey said a blood screening showed no drugs or alcohol in her body but said she had vaginal abrasions.
8.16.06 Iraq troops fight militias, car bomb hits capital
KARBALA, Iraq (AFP) August 16 Iraqi security forces fought with Shiite militias in several southern cities Wednesday as the embattled government tried once more to impose its authority on the divided country. Government troops regained control of the holy city of Karbala after killing 10 members of a Shiite cleric's private army, arresting 281 more, and imposing a strict curfew on the town. But soldiers clashed with militia fighters elsewhere, including in Iraq's second city of Basra, where masked gunmen fired rocket-propelled grenades at the governor's headquarters, a witness said.
8.16.06 Al Qaeda No. 3 UK plot mastermind
ISLAMABAD, August 15 'Al-Qaedaıs No. 3' was the mastermind behind the plot to blow up transatlantic flights, an intelligence source said, here on Tuesday. "It is not Osama bin Laden and itıs not Aiman Al Zawahiri, but someone close to the rank of Abu Faraj Al-Libbi," the source said. It is an Afghanistan-based Al Qaeda connection, the source said requesting he not be named. "It is the top hierarchy," he said. Abu Faraj Al-Libbi, a third-tier Al Qaeda operative was believed involved in an attempt to assassinate President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and was arrested from Mardan in May 2005. Seventeen people had died in the attempt in Rawalpindi in December 2005.
8.16.06 54,700 dead or missing in N. Korea floods: aid group
SEOUL, August 16 About 54,700 people are dead or missing and 2.5 million others are homeless after devastating floods in North Korea last month, an independent South Korean humanitarian group said Wednesday. "The number of victims, either dead or missing, totaled 54,700. There were some 2.5 million people left homeless," Good Friends, a long-term aid partner for North Korea, said in a statement. [turkishpress.com]
8.16.06 Leanese army readies to move south
August 16 Lebanon as the United Nations plans to send an initial force of 3,500 troops to the region to enforce the truce between Israel and Hezbollah. The Lebanese army will begin moving 15,000 troops south of the Litani River on Thursday in line with a UN resolution to end the fighting, a senior Lebanese political source said on Wednesday. "As we speak, the army is readying the force," the source said, adding that Lebanese units would stay out of areas occupied by Israeli troops until UN peacekeepers move in.
August 16 Syrian President Bashar Assad said Tuesday Hezbollah's "victory" in the recent war with Israel had destroyed US plans to reshape the Middle East, adding it was an honor for his country to support the Lebanese group. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier described Assad's speech as a "negative contribution" and canceled a trip to Syria planned for later in the day. Assad also aimed sharp criticism at Israel and said peace in the region would remain elusive for the foreseeable future.
8.16.06 New bout of violence kills 25 in Afghanistan
KABUL, August 16 A district police chief and five cops were shot dead by suspected Taliban militants in the western Farah province on Tuesday. The newly appointed Gulistan district police chief Nisar Ahmad was on his way to Farah City, capital of the province with the same name, when his car was ambushed by a group of Taliban. The officer and five constables died on the spot while four other policemen suffered injuries, said the press office at the Interior Ministry in Kabul. The injured were rushed to hospital and their condition is out of danger. Claiming responsibility for the ambush, Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi said eight cops had been killed in the attack.
8.16.06 Net users' growth: India on top
NEW DELHI (PTI) August 16 People in India are taking onto the world wide web in a big way outpacing anyone else across the globe including big brothers like the US, China, Japan and Germany in terms of the online population. The total online population in India, measured in terms of people aged over 15 years accessing Internet, rose 7.8 per cent to 18.02 million in June, from 16.71 million three months ago in March, a latest survey from US-based technology research firm Comscore Networks reveals.
8.16.06 Russia regrets fisherman's death, but blames Japan, crew
MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) August 16 Russia's Foreign Ministry expressed deep regret over the death of a Japanese fisherman Wednesday, but said Japanese authorities and the fishermen themselves were responsible for the incident. A row broke out between Moscow and Tokyo after Russia shot dead a Japanese crew member on a fishing vessel allegedly poaching in Russian territorial waters. "The Russian Foreign Ministry deeply regrets the death of one of the crew members," the ministry said in a statement.
8.16.06 Terrorists, be afraid of www
August 16 Alice Miles comments: The web and al-Qaeda may be the same age, but the power of one will eventually beat the other. The World Wide Web had its 15th birthday this month. It is no coincidence that over the same period of time, radical Islamist terrorism has emerged as Western democracyıs deadly new threat. Al-Qaeda and the web are the same age. Before the web, terrorism remained local. It had to. There were limited physical and secure ways of reaching sympathizers farther afield, of channelling money, of propagandizing and recruiting internationally. Before the early 1990s, and al-Qaedaıs move to Sudan, Osama bin Ladenıs operations were local, and limited.
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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