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  • Push for (Tony) Blair as new EU president

    06/16/2007 10:45:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 719+ views
    The Financial Times (London, England) ^ | June 15 2007 | George Parker in Brussels, John Thornhill in Paris and James Blitz in London
    Tony Blair, the British prime minister, could end up swapping Downing Street for a job as the first full-time European Union president, under a plan being actively touted by Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president. Mr Sarkozy is understood to have discussed the idea with other EU leaders ahead of next week’s European summit, Mr Blair’s last major international event as prime minister. His support for Mr Blair taking on a big European job is a remarkable sign of Anglo-French rapprochement since Mr Sarkozy replaced Jacques Chirac as president last month. German diplomats say Mr Sarkozy put his plan to Angela...
  • Free Trade For Colombia

    05/23/2007 10:14:39 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 2 replies · 413+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 23 May 2007 | Dick Morris
    The recent deal between Congress and the White House clears the way for the ratification of free-trade agreements with Panama and Peru, two American allies in Latin America. But what about Colombia? Colombia has risked the lives of its police and military and sustained huge casualties in an effort to do us a favor by keeping drugs off our streets. Our military aid to Colombia has not been frittered away on useless hardware or used to line some general’s pockets, but has paid for a military that has disarmed the drug dealers’ personal armies — 30,000 have been disarmed —...
  • A Stand-Up Guy Steps Down In Britain

    05/10/2007 6:13:50 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 9 replies · 500+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 10 May 2007 | Staff
    Transition: Tony Blair is to announce on Thursday that he will step down as British prime minister at the end of June. Here's hoping for a successor as distinguished. Not that Blair's been perfect or that we haven't had our differences with him. The Third Way economic nonsense he advocated in the early years and his insistence that the U.S. tackle global warming were not well thought-out positions. But in the global war on terrorism, Blair has been an ally without peer. He has understood what so many haven't been able or willing to grasp: Islamofascism is a threat to...
  • For Columbia, A Chill on Hill

    05/10/2007 6:42:51 AM PDT · by Truth29 · 7 replies · 707+ views
    New York Post ^ | May 10, 2007 | Robert D. Novak
      FOR COLOMBIA, A CHILL ON HILL By ROBERT D. NOVAK May 10, 2007 -- COLOMBIA'S President Alvaro Uribe re turned to Bogota this week in a state of shock. His three-day visit to Washington to win over Democrats in Congress was described by one U.S. supporter as "catastrophic." Colombian sources said Uribe was stunned by the ferocity of his Democratic opponents, and Vice President Francisco Santos publicly talked about cutting U.S.-Colombian ties. (snip) dictator Hugo Chavez can only exult in Uribe's embarrassment as he builds an anti-U.S. bloc. (snip) A truer portent of the Colombian reaction to the rebuff...
  • US ex-imam jailed over fake plot

    03/08/2007 12:04:06 PM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 9 replies · 386+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, March 8, 2007
    Munir Akram was the target of the fictional plot The former imam of a mosque in the US state of New York has been jailed for 15 years after being caught in a sting operation involving a fake plot.Yassin Aref was convicted in October along with Mohammed Hossain, who is still awaiting sentence. The two men had agreed to take part in the plot, which appeared to target Pakistan's ambassador to the UN. They were convicted among other things of supporting terrorism, lying to FBI agents and money laundering. In a speech before the sentencing, Aref claimed he was...
  • Donation ‘From The Heart’ Saves Wounded Ally

    03/01/2007 5:07:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 298+ views
    Servicemembers donate blood used in life-saving surgery at the base hospital By Combined Joint Task Force - 76 Combined Press Information Center BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, March 1, 2007 — As the life of an Afghan National Army soldier hung in the balance Feb. 25, U.S. soldiers, sailors and Marines serving at Forward Operating Base Asadabad responded to his injury with an outpouring of blood. A total of 11 American servicemembers, including military policemen, embedded trainers, Asadabad Provincial Reconstruction Team members and artillerymen from 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, each donated a pint of blood used in life-saving surgery at...
  • Vice Chairman: Pakistan Strong, Dedicated Ally in War on Terror

    02/07/2007 5:10:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 221+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Tech. Sgt. Sean P. Houlihan, USAF
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2007 – Pakistan has proven to be a dedicated ally of the United States since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in an interview. “Pakistan was right there after United States and coalition forces began major combat operations in Afghanistan with substantial assistance to the United States,” Navy Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani said Feb. 5 aboard an Air Force C-17 traveling back to Washington after an eight-day overseas trip that included stops in Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan. “They have been a good and strong partner...
  • Cheney heads to Australia to say thanks

    01/29/2007 6:26:44 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 17 replies · 443+ views
    Australian AP ^ | 29 Jan 2007 | Staff
    US Vice-President Dick Cheney will travel to Australia next month to thank the nation and Australian troops for their efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. A statement issued by the White House said Mr Cheney would travel to Australia and Japan during the week starting February 19. "He will meet with [Japanese] Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and [Australian] Prime Minister John Howard to discuss issues of mutual interest including Asian security and the global war on terror," it said. US President George Bush had asked his Vice-President to visit the two allied nations to thank them for their efforts in Iraq...
  • Ethiopia Declares War on Somali Militia

    12/24/2006 6:35:40 PM PST · by The_Reader_David · 137 replies · 4,448+ views
    Comcast News ^ | December 24, 2006 | MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN
    OGADISHU, Somalia - Ethiopia sent fighter jets into Somalia and bombed several towns Sunday in a dramatic attack on Somalia's powerful Islamic movement, and Ethiopia's prime minister said his country had been "forced to enter a war." It was the first time Ethiopia acknowledged its troops were fighting in support of Somalia's U.N.-backed interim government even though witnesses had been reporting their presence for weeks in an escalating battle that threatens to engulf the Horn of Africa region. Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi went on television to announce that his country was at war with the Islamic movement . ....
  • Iran Nuclear: Punitive Measures could be Inevitable says Italian Foreign Minister

    10/18/2006 3:09:57 AM PDT · by familyop · 1 replies · 315+ views
    AKI (Italy) ^ | 16OCT06 | Ebc/Aki
    Rome, 16 Oct. (AKI) - Should Iran continue to refuse incentives offered by six world powers in exchange for a freeze on sensitive nuclear work, punitive measures against it will be inevitable, Italian foreign minister Massimo D'Alema told a conference on 'Security of the Mediterranean' in Rome on Monday. "It is inevitable that the international community will issue measures" against Iran, said D'Alema, recalling how the country had ignored a UN 31 August deadline threatening it with sanctions if it did not stop uranium enrichment work that world powers fear is aimed at building nuclear weapons. The foreign minister also...
  • Is Israel in America’s Interest?

    10/13/2006 4:13:35 AM PDT · by familyop · 107 replies · 2,019+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 13OCT06 | Martin Kramer
    The question of whether Israel is or is not an asset to the United States is one we rarely bother to ask ourselves. Time and again, we see prominent Americans -- presidents of the United States at the forefront -- emphasizing their special relationship with Israel. In polls of American public opinion, Israel scores very high marks, while sympathy for the Palestinians, never very high, continues to drop. Why should we even ask ourselves whether Israel is an asset or a liability to the United States? Isn’t the answer obvious? Most supporters of Israel, when pressed to go a bit...
  • Rumsfeld Arrives in Montenegro to Meet With Leaders

    09/26/2006 7:55:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 324+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | John D. Banusiewicz
    PODGORICA, Montenegro, Sept. 26, 2006 – Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld arrived here today for meetings with Montenegrin leaders. This is Rumsfeld’s first visit to the country, and he’s the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Montenegro since it achieved its independence earlier this year. On the 10-hour flight here from Washington, Pentagon Press Secretary Eric Ruff said the secretary will discuss with Montenegrin leaders the role they envision for their country in fighting terrorism. “The Montenegrins have indicated that they would like to be part of the effort to fight the global war on terror,” Ruff said. “They have indicated...
  • Pakistan: Friend or Foe? (The U.S. shouldn't prop up President Musharraf's military regime.)

    09/06/2006 2:41:09 AM PDT · by John Carey · 9 replies · 483+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | September 5, 2006 | Selig S. Harrison
    PAKISTAN'S President Pervez Musharraf is supposedly a key U.S. ally in the "war on terror." But is he, in fact, more of a liability than an asset in combating Al Qaeda and the increasingly menacing Taliban forces in Afghanistan? Since 9/11, the Bush administration has been propping up Musharraf's military regime with $3.6 billion in economic aid from the U.S. and a U.S.-sponsored consortium, not to mention $900 million in military aid and the postponement of overdue debt repayments totaling $13.5 billion. But now the administration is debating whether Musharraf has become too dependent on Islamic extremist political parties in...
  • Indian defence minister pays homage to country's WWI dead

    09/03/2006 10:53:39 PM PDT · by BLACKSTEEL_NYC · 310+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | September 4, 2006
    NEUVE-CHAPELLE, Pas-de-Calais (AFP) - Indian Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee paid homage to the thousands of Indians killed in Europe in the First World War. Mukherjee on Sunday laid a wreath at a memorial at Neuve-Chapelle in northern France to Indian soldiers killed in the 1914-1918 conflict. Hamlaoui Mekachera, India's minister for veterans, was also present. The memorial bears the names of around 5,000 Indian soldiers killed in a 1915 Allied offensive against the Germans at Neuve-Chapelle. Around 90,000 soldiers from India, at the time a British colony, fought in World War I, with around 8,150 killed in 1914-1915 in France...
  • What Israel has done for US lately

    08/12/2006 9:20:24 PM PDT · by familyop · 75 replies · 1,471+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 13AUG06 | YOSSI KUPERWASSER
    Many pundits in Washington, among them supporters of Israel, anticipated better results from the month-long war against Hizbullah. They were hoping for Israel to put Iran and Syria on the defensive by using IDF military might to eradicate Hizbullah much faster. Some have already concluded that this was an opportunity squandered. The truth is that the last month has not been "a walk in the park" for Israel. We have been fighting a ruthless, well-armed and well-trained, albeit small, army that has spent the last six years preparing for this war while we have been busy on many other fronts....
  • Soldier killed in Afghanistan is named [British NATO soldier]

    08/07/2006 1:31:34 AM PDT · by familyop · 1 replies · 303+ views
    Reuters UK ^ | 07AUG06 | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - A British soldier killed in an operation against Taliban guerrillas in southern Afghanistan was named on Monday as Private Andrew Barrie Cutts. He was killed on Sunday during a pre-planned operation against insurgents in Musa Qualeh in Helmand province, the Ministry of Defence said. The latest death brings the number of NATO soldiers killed since it took over the south from the United States to eight. Seventeen British forces personnel have been killed in Afghanistan since November, 2001, five not in combat. Defence Secretary Des Browne paid tribute to Cutts, from the Royal Logistic Corp based in...
  • Britain Leads EU Charge to Undermine US Climate Change Policy

    07/22/2006 6:12:32 AM PDT · by intl trader · 7 replies · 2,702+ views
    Financial Times ^ | July 17, 2006 | Lawrence Kogan
    In a startling report revealing a tale of transatlantic espionage not witnessed since the glory days of 007, the London-based Financial Times recently detailed how Britain, supposedly America’s closest European ally, has been leading a multi-year European undercover ('back-door') effort within the United States to undermine U.S. climate change policy. While this is not surprising, it does smack of interference with another nation's policies. It also happens to confirm prior ITSSD research, readily accessible on its website.
  • (Tony) Blair to quit in a year and a bit

    07/20/2006 3:54:54 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies · 697+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | Thursday July 20, 2006 | Press Association
    Tony Blair will quit Downing Street in "a year and a bit" according to a remark attributed to Alastair Campbell, the Prime Minister's former press supremo. This suggests that Mr Blair will stay put until the Labour Party conference next year. He has already told his G8 colleagues, before leaving them at St Petersburg last week: "See you next year." The report will anger many Labour MPs - and probably frustrate his expected successor Chancellor Gordon Brown - who presumably would like to see him retire much earlier than that. Some Labour MPs now believe he is a liability to...
  • Japan - Koizumi announces plan to pull Japan's troops from Iraq

    06/19/2006 9:47:08 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 8 replies · 610+ views
    Kyodo News (Japan) ^ | June 20, 2006
    Excerpt - Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi announced a plan on Tuesday to withdraw Japanese ground troops from the southern Iraq city of Samawah, ending their aid and reconstruction mission that started with the dispatch order issued in January 2004. At a meeting of executives of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party before making the announcement, Koizumi said of the Iraq mission, ''A chapter has been finished. I will announce the withdrawal today.'' Koizumi held a news conference on the withdrawal of the Ground Self-Defense Force troops after meeting with leader of the LDP's ruling coalition partner, New Komeito, as well as...
  • Jordanian Sting Operation Yielded the Vital Lead (Zarqawi dead) - DEBKA

    06/11/2006 8:15:14 AM PDT · by FreedomNeocon · 17 replies · 944+ views
    Debka ^ | 6-11-06 | Debka
    The final breakthrough in the long pursuit of the most blood-stained terrorist of them all, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, came from Jordan. The source was Ziyad Halaf al Karbouli, also known as Abu Hufeiza, one of the lowlifes Zarqawi employed to attack and rob the convoys plying Baghdad’s main supply route across the Jordanian border and murdering their Iraqi or Jordanian drivers. Foreigners riding along were taken hostage. DEBKA-Net-Weekly reveals that he was picked up – not by chance, but in consequence of a well-laid Jordanian sting operation set up and executed by King Abdullah’s old unit, The Riders of Justice...
  • Colombia halts Latin America's march to the Left

    05/29/2006 8:32:26 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 9 replies · 636+ views
    Uk Telegraph ^ | may 30, 2006 | Jeremy McDermott
    Colombians granted their Right-wing president a second four years in office yesterday, backing his assaults on the booming drugs trade. Alvaro Uribe, Washington's staunchest ally in Latin America, changed the constitution last year to allow himself to seek re-election and becomes the first Colombian president to win a second term for more than a century. His victory, with 62 per cent of the vote, halts a trend in the continent that has seen Left-wing leaders elected in Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile and Uruguay. The Oxford-educated president campaigned on his uncompromising security policy, under which murder rates have fallen by a...
  • Colombia's Uribe, a key U.S. ally, re-elected in landslide

    05/28/2006 6:05:16 PM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies · 444+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 28, 2006 | JOSHUA GOODMAN
    BOGOTA, Colombia - Law-and-order President Alvaro Uribe was re-elected in a landslide Sunday in Colombia's most peaceful elections in more than a decade, strengthening the U.S. ally's mandate to crack down on armed groups and drug traffickers. The Harvard-educated Uribe's win marks the first time in more than a century that an incumbent Colombian leader has been elected to a second term and bucks a trend of leftist leaders taking office across South America in recent years. With 85 percent of ballots counted, the conservative Uribe scored a stronger than expected 62 percent of the vote, easily surpassing the 50...
  • Fox declares Mexico border control ally

    05/26/2006 9:38:25 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 732+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 5/26/06 | Jim Sanders
    Speaking to the California Legislature, Mexican President Vicente Fox on Thursday applauded passage of a sweeping immigration reform bill by the U.S. Senate and said his country is willing to share in border control. "Mexico wants to be part of the solution, not part of the problem," Fox said in a 20-minute speech to a joint session of the state Senate and Assembly, marking his first official visit to California's Capitol in five years. "We are your partners in security against terrorism," Fox said. "We are your allies in the war on drugs and crime. We are your partners in...
  • Harper singles out Hamas, Iran in Holocaust speech [Oh, Canada!]

    04/25/2006 7:05:55 PM PDT · by familyop · 18 replies · 581+ views
    Canadian Press, CTV ^ | 25APR06 | Canadian Press, CTV
    OTTAWA -- Canada won't ignore threats from Iran and the Hamas-led Palestinian government against Israel, warns Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Harper made the pledge Tuesday as he spoke at a Parliament Hill ceremony in remembrance of victims of the Holocaust. The prime minister said the world should never again stand by and ignore signs of trouble when they appear. "We will not ignore them when they are done by Hamas. We will not ignore them when they are from the government of Iran," Harper told several hundred people beneath the Peace Tower. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has made repeated threats...
  • Russia will deliver air defense systems to Iran - top general

    04/20/2006 12:30:47 AM PDT · by familyop · 23 replies · 983+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 19APR06 | RIA Novosti
    MOSCOW, April 19 (RIA Novosti) - The chief of the General Staff said Wednesday that Russia would honor its commitments on supplying military equipment to Iran. "We discussed supplies of military equipment to Iran, including the Tor M1, in the framework of bilateral cooperation, but it does not fall into the category of strategic weapons," Army General Yury Baluyevsky said after talks in Moscow with NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe General James Jones. "And I can assure you it will be delivered under the control of the relevant organizations," he said. At the end of 2005, Russia concluded...
  • Bush: NATO Key U.S. Ally in Anti-terror War

    03/20/2006 3:25:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 259+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 20, 2006 – President Bush today praised NATO for its help in Iraq and Afghanistan and made suggestions for dealing with the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan. "NATO is effective, and that's one of the things that's really important for our citizens to understand -- that our relationship with NATO is an important part of helping us to win the war on terror," Bush said in a statement to reporters after meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer at the White House. Bush lauded NATO's assistance in Afghanistan, where it has deployed 10,000 troops, and in Iraq,...
  • Arab ally senses Bush no longer has control in Washington

    03/09/2006 2:48:04 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 313 replies · 4,370+ views
    Financial Times ^ | March 9, 2006 | Edward Alden and Holly Yeager
    The decision by the United Arab Emirates on Thursday to order state-controlled Dubai Ports World to end its control over US port facilities marks the lowest point yet in the relationship between President George W. Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress. Mr Bush had warned repeatedly that blocking the deal would send a dangerously discriminatory message to the world. He threatened repeatedly to veto any congressional legislation. But with his public approval ratings at record lows and his Republican party abandoning him, one of the US’s closest allies in the Arab world concluded that he was no longer in control in...
  • Yemen executes suspected al-Qaida ally

    11/27/2005 2:35:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 728+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/27/05 | Ahmed Al-Haj - ap
    SAN`A, Yemen - A suspected al-Qaida ally was executed by a Yemeni firing squad Sunday after being convicted of killing a prominent politician and plotting a deadly attack on three American missionaries in 2002. Ali al-Jarallah was blindfolded and shot in the courtyard of the central prison in the capital, San`a, in the presence of judiciary officials, several reporters and the victim's lawyer. Al-Jarallah was convicted in 2003 of helping plot the attack that killed three missionaries in a Yemeni hospital. He also was convicted of murdering Jarallah Omar, the Yemeni Socialist Party's deputy secretary-general, a few days earlier, and...
  • Republicans slam deal to build power plants in India

    11/01/2005 6:58:50 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 9 replies · 532+ views
    Taipei Times Taiwan ^ | Tuesday, Nov 01, 2005
    NY TIMES NEWS SERVICE , WASHINGTON Tuesday, Nov 01, 2005,Page 7 Senior Republicans in Congress are angry with the Bush administration for proceeding with a deal to help India build civilian nuclear power plants without involving Congress so far, especially given that Congress will have to change one or more laws to make the deal viable. "As it stands, the situation is both strange and unusual in that the Indian authorities know more about this important proposal than we in Congress," Representative Henry Hyde, an Illinois Republican, chairman of the House International Relations Committee, complained last week in an unusual...
  • Terror in quake-hit Jammu & Kashmir unacceptable, says US

    10/21/2005 6:18:28 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 1 replies · 322+ views
    The Times of India ^ | Friday, October 21, 2005 03:34:18 pm | The Times of India
    WASHINGTON: Terming as unacceptable acts of terrorism committed in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the killer earthquake, the US has said the need of the hour was to save innocent lives and overcome the natural disaster which has ravaged the state. Testifying before the US House' Asia-Pacific subcommittee yesterday, Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca said, "there are those who are cynically using the situation" caused by the earthquake to conduct violent terrorist acts as "demonstrated by the assassination of Jammu and Kashmir state Education Minister Ghulam Nabi Lone." "This is unacceptable. The real battle going on in...
  • New Polish government will remain close ally

    09/27/2005 1:49:02 PM PDT · by twinself · 19 replies · 398+ views
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | 09/27/2005 | unknown
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Center-right parties victorious in Poland's weekend election are expected to keep their distance from Russia and retain a pro-U.S. stance but talk tough about what they want from Washington in return. The conservative Law and Justice Party, which initial results showed in the lead Monday, and its expected coalition partner, the free market Civic Platform, support warm ties with the United States. Both parties have also indicated they might extend Poland's deeply unpopular military mission in Iraq past a Dec. 31 deadline, although they did not campaign on the issue. They stress that in return they...
  • Mauritania says to remain US ally after coup

    08/12/2005 11:00:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 338+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Aug 12, 2005 | Nick Tattersall
    Mauritania's new prime minister said he wanted democratic elections as soon as possible after last week's coup and vowed the Islamic Republic would remain a U.S. ally in the fight against terrorism. A military junta seized power on August 3 in Mauritania, which straddles black and Arab Africa and is due to start pumping oil next year. The coup ended 21 years of rule by authoritarian leader Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya. The 17-member military council, which includes some of Taya's closest aides, has promised a referendum on changes to the constitution in a year, followed by legislative and presidential elections...
  • The trouble with Jimmy Carter

    08/06/2005 3:18:34 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 113 replies · 3,698+ views ^ | Friday, August 5, 2005 | by Klaus Rohrich
    Jimmy Carter, the peanut farmer and former U.S. President, has a huge problem: his mouth. The things emanating from that orifice are bizarre in the extreme, considering that Carter was arguably the worst president in the history of the United States. His most recent foot-in-mouth episode involves his running commentary on George W. Bush’s veracity and the "atrocities" committed by American soldiers in the war on terrorism. Carter maintains that had the U.S. not waged war against the Taliban who were sponsors of Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network, or deposed Saddam Hussein, then the Islamic terrorists would have no...
  • How to offend 'a fantastic ally'

    07/22/2005 2:31:25 PM PDT · by lizol · 34 replies · 1,015+ views ^ | July 22, 2005 | Jeff Jacoby
    How to offend 'a fantastic ally' Jeff Jacoby July 22, 2005 WARSAW -- Tears well in Maria Buczyk’s eyes as she talks about her 83-year-old mother. “She lives in Chicago and she’s quite sick,” Buczyk says in a voice tense with emotion. Eugeniusz, her husband, pats her shoulder comfortingly. “I really need to see her.” We are standing in a courtyard of the American embassy in Poland. The Buczyks are waiting in line to apply for visas so they can travel to the United States. This is their third time going through the process; they were turned down twice before,...
  • Myers Promises Transformation Aid to Slovak Military

    07/19/2005 6:10:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 254+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | July 19, 2005 | Jim Garamone
    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, July 19, 2005 – The United States will help the Slovakian military as it transitions to an all-volunteer force, Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers said here today. Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also thanked Slovakia for military help in Iraq and Afghanistan. Myers met with Slovakian President Ivan Gasparovic, State Secretary Marvin Fedor, Member of Parliament Robert Kalinak and Army Lt. Gen. Lubomir Bulik, the chief of the Slovakian military, during meetings here. Slovakia has a 100-soldier unit serving with the Multinational Division Central South, based in Hillah, Iraq. The Slovak's are engineers,...
  • Bush, Australian PM Reaffirm Commitment to War on Terror

    07/19/2005 6:00:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 263+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | July 19, 2005 | Sgt. 1st Class Doug Sample, USA
    WASHINGTON, July 19, 2005 – President Bush today met with Australia Prime Minister John Howard, a man he called an "old friend" and whose country has become an important U.S. ally in the war on terror. "Australia and the United States share a commitment to freedom," the president said. "We understand we compete against an ideology of hatred, an ideology that murders the innocent in order to achieve objectives. "We know we must be steadfast and strong when it comes to bringing to justice those who would kill innocent life, like those who got killed in New York City and...
  • A moment of clarity - (Do the Brits "get it" now?)

    07/14/2005 8:13:54 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 435+ views
    JEWISH WORLD REVIEW.COM ^ | JULY 14, 2005 | Ruben Navarrette Jr.
    When our British counterparts did broach the subject in private conversations, you'd hear things such as "Well, that's your problem" or — with the memories of terrorist attacks by the Irish Republican Army in the 1970s and '80s still fresh in their minds — "Well, now you understand." You could even get into an argument over whether Tony Blair and the British government had been right to send British troops to fight in the U.S.-led war to root out terrorists in Afghanistan. The message was clear — that the Americans had somehow brought the Sept. 11 attacks upon themselves by...
  • Departing troops excited but kids turn crazy

    07/04/2005 3:40:55 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 280+ views
    The Australian ^ | 5th July 2005 | Suzette Planincic
    FOR 36 Australian troops preparing to embark for Iraq yesterday, their concern was less the debate over the nation's involvement in the conflict than getting the job at hand done. Military Police corporal Gavin Lynch said the mission was the culmination of three years of hard work and training, and said he was excited by his impending adventure. "I appreciate what Australia's doing for the people of Iraq and I'm happy to be a part of it," the father of two said at a farewell ceremony in Brisbane. Corporal Lynch was one of 36 troops from the Sixth Battalion, the...
  • Two Polish soldiers wounded in Iraq

    06/29/2005 9:42:20 AM PDT · by lizol · 3 replies · 234+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 29.06.2005
    Two Polish soldiers wounded in Iraq 29.06.2005 Polish soldiers have been attacked in central Iraq. Two soldiers from the multinational forces surveying the south central zone of Iraq under Polish command, have been wounded in an explosion of a hand grenade in the town of Divaniya. They have been hospitalised immediately and their life is not in danger. The Polish patrol accompanied by an Iraqi unit set out to the town to supervise the implementation of the projects aimed at helping civilians. Initial information shows that the assailants hidden near the city hospital hurled the grenades at the patrol, in...
  • Vietnam's China Problem

    06/26/2005 3:02:06 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 7 replies · 507+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 27, 2005 | Editorial Leader
    The Far East: Some may cry "sellout," but President Bush and the leader of Vietnam had good reasons to celebrate 10 years of normal relations in the aftermath of a bitter war. And one of those reasons is China. The U.S. and Vietnam are drawing closer for the same reasons that Victor Davis Hanson, in a column that ran on this page Thursday, cited for warmer ties between the U.S. and Japan. China's Wal-Mart earnings may be a generally good thing in helping build its private sector, but they're also strengthening that regime beyond its borders. Year after year of...
  • America's irreplaceable ally

    06/16/2005 7:01:11 PM PDT · by Sabramerican · 82 replies · 2,105+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jun. 16, 2005 | Caroline Glick
    Column One: America's irreplaceable ally Caroline Glick, THE JERUSALEM POST Jun. 16, 2005 In an in-depth article entitled "How we would fight China" published in the June issue of The Atlantic Monthly, military correspondent Robert D. Kaplan analyzes the encroaching specter of a cold war between the US and China. He also sets out the strategies and tactics that the US military's Pacific Command is constructing to contend with the emerging reality. In his words, "the center of gravity of American strategic concern is already the Pacific, not the Middle East." From the US military's perspective, "the current epoch of...
  • New Questions About Al Qaeda Training Camps in Pakistan

    06/08/2005 5:56:55 PM PDT · by Saberwielder · 29 replies · 1,570+ views
    ABC7 ^ | June 8, 2005 | ABC News
    New Questions About Al Qaeda Training Camps in Pakistan ( By ABCNEWS Original Report June 8 — The arrest of two suspected al Qaeda agents in Lodi, Calif., today raises new concerns about the existence of al Qaeda training camps inside Pakistan. According to an FBI affidavit, one of the suspects, Hamid Hayet, admitted to attending an al Qaeda training camp in Pakistan for six months in 2003 and 2004. His father, Umer Hayat, also in custody, told agents that he had visited other operational training camps around Pakistan. "Wiping out the training camps in Afghanistan was one of the...
  • Bush Promises Susilo Full Military Ties (Indonesia)

    05/27/2005 1:35:13 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 381+ views
    The Jakarta Post ^ | May 27, 2005 | Reiner Simanjuntak
    President George W. Bush said that his administration supported the resumption of full military ties between the United States and Indonesia, saying that such relations "would be in the interest of both countries". Bush said the resumption in February of a U.S. military training program for Indonesian Military officers was an important step. "It makes sense. We want young officers from Indonesia coming to the U.S. We want there to be exchanges between our military corps, that will help lead to better understandings," he said in a brief press conference at the White House on Wednesday afternoon (Thursday in Jakarta),...
  • Two Polish soldiers wounded in Iraq

    05/19/2005 12:14:31 PM PDT · by lizol · 1 replies · 215+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 19.05.2005
    Two Polish soldiers wounded in Iraq 19.05.2005 Two Polish soldiers have been wounded in an explosion of a mine trap in Iraq. The Polish convoy was attacked on the road from Basra to Baghdad. The soldiers’ life is not in danger. The convoy was returning to its base in Divanya from Baghdad, when the mine exploded, wounding two soldiers. They were transported to a hospital in Baghdad by medical service helicopters.
  • Straw (UK) At Odds With US Over Brutality Of Terror War Ally

    05/15/2005 5:33:22 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 381+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-16-2005 | Alec Russell/Nick Allen
    Straw at odds with US over brutality of terror war ally By Alec Russell, in Washington and Nick Allen, in Moscow (Filed: 16/05/2005) One of America's main allies in the fight against terrorism was accused yesterday of slaughtering women and children "like rabbits", placing the Bush administration in a quandary over its support for President Islam Karimov, the strong man of Central Asia. Witnesses said that women and children were among the demonstrators shot by soldiers in Uzbekistan, a former Soviet republic which has become crucial for America's attempt to keep control in neighbouring Afghanistan. Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary,...
  • Sudan joins US in 'war on terror'

    05/03/2005 6:54:42 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies · 296+ views
    The Hindu ^ | 5-3-05 | Guardian News Service
    Washington, May 1. (Guardian News Service): Sudan's Islamist regime, once shunned by Washington for providing a haven for Osama bin Laden as well as for human rights abuses during decades of civil war, has become an ally in the Bush administration's "war on terror". Only months after the then US secretary of state, Colin Powell, accused Khartoum of genocide in Darfur, Sudan has become a crucial intelligence asset to the CIA. In the Middle East and Africa, Sudan's agents have penetrated networks that would not normally be accessible to America, one former US intelligence official told the Guardian. Some of...
  • Israel And Freedom For Jonathan Pollard

    04/28/2005 1:50:07 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 125 replies · 2,599+ views
    Jerusalem Post / Israel News Agency ^ | April 28, 2005 | Caroline Glick / Joel Leyden
    Israel And Freedom For Jonathan Pollard By Caroline Glick The Jerusalem Post - With INA Publisher's Note Below Jerusalem ---- April 28......Jonathan Pollard is one of the most polarizing figures of our times. Pollard, a former intelligence analyst in US naval intelligence, has now served 20 years of a life imprisonment sentence following his conviction for transferring classified US intelligence materials relating to Arab ballistic missile and nonconventional weapons programs to Israel from May 1984 until his arrest in November 1985. For his contribution to Israel's security and for his long suffering in prison, Israel considers Pollard a national hero....
  • Pullout 'propaganda'? (Poland, Iraq)

    04/18/2005 12:46:16 PM PDT · by lizol · 15 replies · 405+ views
    The Warsaw Business Journal ^ | 18th April 2005 | Andrew Kureth
    Pullout 'propaganda'? From Warsaw Business Journal by Andrew Kureth A government statement that Polish troops will disengage from Iraq by the end of the year has been derided as a political stunt. Last week Defence Minister Jerzy Szmajdziński confirmed an earlier proposal that Poland should withdraw its troops when its Security Council mandate runs out at the end of the year. "We are carrying out our exit strategy from Iraq," Szmajdziński told reporters after a cabinet meeting. "At the time of the expiry of the Security Council's mandate - meaning at the end of 2005 - the operations of the...
  • „We’ve been dealt the best cards in 300 years”

    04/16/2005 2:06:11 PM PDT · by lizol · 7 replies · 554+ views
    „We’ve been dealt the best cards in 300 years” an interview with Radek Sikorski (an interview with Radek Sikorski - LIKELY POLISH DEFENCE MINISTER). Radek Sikorski was born in 1963 in Bydgoszcz. In 1981-1989 he lived in Great Britain and studied political science, philosophy and economy at Oxford University, graduating with Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees. In 1986-1989, he was a war correspondent for the „Spectator” and „Observer” in Afghanistan and Angola, and later the Warsaw correspondent for „The Sunday Telegraph” (1990 - 1991). From 1990 to 1992, he was Rupert Murdoch’s advisor for investments in Poland....
  • The $ millionaire and his Indian Dream

    04/14/2005 8:05:36 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 2 replies · 518+ views
    The Indian Express ^ | Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 1407 hours IST | Harish Dugh
    To plug themselves into the American Dream, Indians are on an unstoppable quest to reach the shores of the New World. The modern day Eldorado is sandwiched between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and Indians are dying to reach there. Now an oxymoron. The contradiction surfaces when after earning fame and fortune, when the good life is finally theirs’, when they can sit back, kick off their shoes and relax they, surprisingly, come back to India to, well, chase the Indian Dream. While they are content to make their millions abroad, it seems Indians have no love lost for their...