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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...