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  • Rice: Palestinians deserve to live free of 'occupation'[at an event of pro-Palestinian group]

    10/11/2006 6:46:16 PM PDT · by Sabramerican · 124 replies · 2,161+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 10/12/2006 | AP
    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says Palestinians deserve to live better than they do and be "free of the humiliation of occupation" in a state of their own. "I promise you my personal commitment to that goal," Rice said at a dinner marking the third anniversary of the American Task Force on Palestine. "There could be no greater legacy for America," Rice told the group, which describes itself as nonpartisan and supportive of a Palestinian state living side by side with Israel. "The Palestinian people deserve a better life ... free of the humiliation of occupation," she said
  • Bush to send interrogation compromise to Hill (Bush throwing the RINOs a life raft)

    09/18/2006 7:43:27 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 193 replies · 2,751+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 9/18/2006 | AP
    WASHINGTON - The White House told lawmakers it would send Congress a revised proposal late Monday for dealing with terrorism suspects as the number of GOP senators publicly opposing President Bush's initial plan continued to grow. A Republican-led Senate committee last week defied Bush and approved terror-detainee legislation that Bush vowed to block. Sen. John Warner, normally a Bush supporter, pushed the measure through his Senate Armed Services Committee by a 15-9 vote. John Ullyot, a spokesman for Warner, said the Virginia senator expected to receive another draft of the legislation. No details were immediately available.
  • Dumbed Down Cops (Bush Justice Department's Political Correctness Insanity Alert)

    04/09/2006 11:48:54 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 38 replies · 1,741+ views ^ | 04/10/06 | Joseph Farah
    If you don't believe your federal government is actively working to destroy your way of life, to subvert common-sense standards, to further racial injustice and double-standards, to deny individual rights in favor of group rights, just read on and see what is happening right now in Virginia. The city of Virginia Beach this week reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department – that's the federal agency headed by President Bush's pick of Alberto Gonzales – to lower the standards of math exams for local police recruits. Why, you ask, would Washington be interfering in the setting of standards for...
  • Bush hopes for 'moderate' Hamas [Sinners In Hell Hoping For Ice Shipment Alert]

    02/24/2006 9:14:38 PM PST · by conservativecorner · 80 replies · 1,385+ views
    The Australian ^ | Feb. 25, 2006 | Not Cited
    US President George W. Bush suggested overnight that being in government might have "a moderating influence" on the radical group Hamas in the wake of its victory in Palestinian legislative elections. "As democracy takes root, the responsibilities of governing will have a moderating influence on those who assume power in free elections. It's easier to be a martyr than a mayor or a cabinet minister," he said. President Bush's remarks came in a wide-ranging speech in which he defended his push for spreading democracy in the Middle East from critics who say the victory by Hamas harms US national security...
  • King Of Nepal Calls For Talks On Democracy

    02/19/2006 5:23:01 PM PST · by blam · 1 replies · 416+ views
    King of Nepal calls for talks on democracy (Filed: 20/02/2006) Nepal's King Gyanendra made his first formal approach to the country's estranged political parties yesterday, urging them to join talks and try to put democracy back on track a year after he seized absolute power and fired the government. "We, therefore, call on all willing political parties to come forth to fully activate, at the earliest, the stalled democratic process in the greater interest of the nation," King Gyanendra said in a national democracy day statement. The king also urged anti-monarchy Maoist rebels to shun violence and rejoin the mainstream....
  • SSDP Sues Department of Education in Freedom of Information Act Dispute

    02/07/2006 4:14:36 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 11 replies · 631+ views ^ | 2 6 06 |
    The nonprofit organization Students for Sensible Drug Policy announced late last week it has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Education alleging that the department is refusing to release state-by-state data on the number of students affected by a law barring them from receiving financial aid because they have a drug conviction unless SSDP pays a hefty fee for the service. The student group wants information about the impact of the Higher Education Act's (HEA) drug provision, authored by arch-drug warrior Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), and in effect since 2000. SSDP is part of a large coalition of student,...
  • Bush would cut or end 141 programs

    02/05/2006 8:29:44 PM PST · by ncountylee · 122 replies · 2,358+ views
    WaPo/Star-Telegram ^ | Feb. 05, 2006 | AMY GOLDSTEIN
    WASHINGTON - President Bush plans to propose a $2.7 trillion budget Monday that would shrink most parts of the government unrelated to national security while slowing spending on Medicare by $36 billion during the next five years, according to White House documents. The budget that Bush is to recommend to Congress will call for eliminating or reducing 141 programs, for a savings of $14.5 billion, across a broad swath of federal agencies, according to administration and congressional officials who have had access to budget documents. Wide-ranging as they are, those cuts pale in comparison with the White House's attempt to...
  • 2 SOTUs

    02/01/2006 9:18:58 AM PST · by JTN · 28 replies · 1,148+ views
    National Review Online ^ | February 01, 2006 | Veronique de Rugy
    Last night there were two State of the Union addresses, and they offered radically different visions for America's future. One vision endorsed smaller government, permanent tax cuts, and individual liberty. The other approach offered a much more statist and paternalistic future for America, one where every possible problem, no matter how small, requires federal government action. These two descriptions refer not to two addresses — one being George W. Bush's State of Union 2006 address and the other the Democratic response. Rather, these completely inconsistent messages were both part of the president's address. Speaking from a free-market script, the president...
  • New Federal Legislation that Would Rein in Rogue Anti-Drug Task Forces to be Introduced

    06/04/2005 12:40:31 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 28 replies · 1,107+ views ^ | 5 25 05 | drug policy alliance
    At a press conference and Congressional briefing on Wednesday, May 25th, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) will introduce federal legislation that could cut off hundreds of millions of dollars in federal law enforcement grants to local anti-drug task forces. The legislation, which is being co-sponsored by Representatives John Conyers (D-MI), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Donald Payne (D-NJ), and Ed Towns (D-NY), would prohibit states from spending federal Byrne grants on regional narcotics task forces unless they adopt laws preventing people from being convicted of drug offenses when the only evidence against them is the uncorroborated testimony of a law enforcement officer...
  • Bush's Foreign Policy Shifting (President Bush Champions Global Democracy Alert)

    06/05/2005 12:27:33 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 4 replies · 785+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 06/05/05 | Tyler Marshall
    President Bush's ambitious vision of global democratic reform has begun to dominate the administration's foreign affairs agenda, in some cases pushing aside urgent international issues. So far, the president's plan has been driven mainly by high-level rhetoric, symbolic gestures and a handful of modestly funded development programs. But collectively, this mix has started to shift the focus in relations with key nations. In the four months since Bush unveiled the approach in his second inaugural address, nearly every meeting with foreign officials and many of the changes taking place within the Bush administration, including several key appointments, has reflected the...
  • The Past and Future of American Grand Strategy [Bush critic gets it]

    05/18/2005 9:37:44 AM PDT · by Tolik · 57 replies · 3,920+ views
    Chapomatic and Ten O'Clock Scholar ^ | May 16, 2005 | Professor John Gaddis
    It's long but very interesting read. Please, don't get hung up at his obvious leftisms. Stay the course, please. The professor really gets it. He deserves applause for his intellectual honesty. And if he is not pure breed FReeper, he is a galaxy ahead of the irreconcilable, partisan, "Whatever it is, I'm against it" Left. His is a very valuable contribution to the debate, not that usual childish shrieks from the Left producing noise instead of feedback   I take allies whenever I see them. Chapomatic A Must Read On Grand Strategy I got this speech transcript from someone just now, and...
  • Castro fined $198,000 for rape

    04/30/2005 5:08:43 PM PDT · by LibFreeUSA · 357+ views
    Reuters / ^ | April 30, 2005 | Mora
    Can you imagggggginnnne something like this happening to you? You meet a nice Cuban guy in Miami, he tells you he hates castro, and somehow he doesn't look as ugly. Then he says he likes you, he loves you and eventually you fall in love with him. You marry him and he gets busted and hauled off to jail. For espionage against the United States of America. Only then do you learn he was using you and your bonafides in the community as his uhhh 'beard' so he could get around Miami and inform to castro's deadly agents about all...
  • Lazamataz's Opus: No longer a Republican (Vanity)

    04/26/2005 7:27:21 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 866 replies · 12,230+ views
    Now | Me
    Well, they went and did it.The Republicans look like they will wimp out, not exercise the so-called Nuclear Option, and Harry Reid will PERMIT two judges to be approved and disapprove four others. Does anyone think for a second the Democrats won't "go nuclear" in a heartbeat if the roles were reversed?This seals the deal for me. I am a Republican no more. It seems it does not matter if I vote Republican anyways, all I get is more liberalism. I am a man without a political party. I am a conservative without a home.Between Bushes enthusiastic embrace of illegal...
  • Secrecy Reigns within the Bush administration

    05/02/2005 9:02:32 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 17 replies · 1,005+ views
    <p>For years, a citizen who wanted to know the name and phone number of a Pentagon official could buy a copy of the Defense Department directory at a government printing office. But since 2001, the directory has been stamped ''For Official Use Only," meaning the public may not have access to such basic information about the vast military bureaucracy.</p>
  • A Shifting Focus on Terrorism [Condi outperforming Powell!]

    04/24/2005 4:36:43 AM PDT · by aculeus · 12 replies · 984+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 24, 2005 | Jim Hoagland
    A new look for President Bush's global war on terrorism sits atop Condoleezza Rice's early to-do list at the State Department. Expect fairly soon some useful new handles on the problem and a more coherent overall strategy to guide the struggle that the bureaucracy abbreviates as GWOT.
  • Washington Finally Gets It on Radical IslamThe ideology front...

    04/27/2005 7:14:03 AM PDT · by ParsifalCA · 12 replies · 961+ views
    theOneRepublic Journal ^ | 4/27/05 | Daniel Pipes
    Does the Bush administration really believe, as its leadership has kept repeating since right after 9/11, that Islam is a "religion of peace" not connected to the problem of terrorism? Plenty of indications suggested that it knew better, but year after year the official line remained the same. From the outside, it seemed that officialdom was engaged in active self-delusion. In fact, things were better than they seemed, as David E. Kaplan establishes in an important investigation in U.S. News & World Report, based on over 100 interviews and the review of a dozen internal documents. Earlier arguments over the...
  • Court tosses conviction of man who endorsed Bush's death

    04/08/2005 4:27:51 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 157 replies · 5,759+ views
    Associated Press via MercuryNews ^ | Fri, Apr. 08, 2005 | DAVID KRAVETS
    Mailing a letter to the White House supporting President Bush's death at the hands of terrorists is not illegal, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. The decision overturns the conviction and 18-month sentence given last year to an Oregon inmate who sent a rambling, poorly written letter to the president. It read, in part, "You will die too George W Bush real Soon they Promised That you would Long Live Bin Laden."
  • Wolfowitz Approved as World Bank President

    03/31/2005 11:26:03 AM PST · by Dont Mention the War · 99 replies · 3,508+ views
    Associated Press | March 31, 2005
  • Rival Kyrgyz MPs battle for power

    03/27/2005 10:53:07 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 567+ views
    BBC ^ | Sunday, 27 March, 2005, 13:14 GMT 14:14 UK | staff
    Rival Kyrgyz MPs battle for power Arguments break out in the assembly building in Bishkek Rival parliaments are meeting in Kyrgyzstan amid rowdy scenes and confusion over who has the right to be part of the interim government.The country's electoral body on Sunday backed the parliament elected in February's disputed polls that led to the removal of President Askar Akayev. On Thursday, the Supreme Court annulled the polls and said the previous parliament had authority. The acting president, Kurmanbek Bakiev, supports the court ruling. However, the new head of security, Felix Kulov, told deputies gathered in the capital, Bishkek,...
  • Bush decries border project

    03/24/2005 7:52:05 AM PST · by mikemikemikecubed · 504 replies · 14,174+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 24, 2005 | James G. Lakely
    <p>WACO, Texas -- President Bush yesterday said he opposes a civilian project to monitor illegal aliens crossing the border, characterizing them as "vigilantes." He said he would pressure Congress to further loosen immigration law. More than 1,000 people -- including 30 pilots and their private planes -- have volunteered for the Minuteman Project, beginning next month along the Arizona-Mexico border. Civilians will monitor the movement of illegal aliens for the month of April and report them to the Border Patrol. Mr. Bush said after yesterday's continental summit, with Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin at Baylor University, that he finds such actions unacceptable. "I'm against vigilantes in the United States of America," Mr. Bush said at a joint press conference. "I'm for enforcing the law in a rational way." The Minuteman Project was born out of a long-held perception among many residents that more Border Patrol agents are needed to handle the flow of illegal immigrants. Mr. Bush was criticized by both Republicans and Democrats earlier this month for failing to add 2,000 agents to the Border Patrol, as set out in the intelligence overhaul legislation he signed in December. The president's 2006 budget allows enough money to add only 210 agents for the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico. Mr. Bush said he will "continue to push for reasonable, common-sense immigration policy." He has proposed legislation to grant guest-worker status to millions of illegal aliens already in the United States. The legislation has attracted scant support in Congress, where it is widely regarded as another amnesty that will encourage even more illegal immigration.</p>
  • NYP: RADICALS ON THE ROCKS, a status report by Amir Taheri

    03/23/2005 11:04:45 AM PST · by OESY · 27 replies · 1,109+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 23, 2005 | Amir Taheri
    * Al Qaeda — which operated as an efficient organ of command and control — has been smashed to pieces. Just two of its former top 20 leaders, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, are believed to be still alive and free — and those two are in hiding, seemingly without regular organizational contact with Islamist cells anywhere in the world. Since December 2001, the two have managed to send a total of six authenticated messages from their hideouts.... * Targeted governments have begun to fight back. In Pakistan, more than 13,000 schools suspected of propagating extremist ideas have been...
  • Anti-Syrians outdo Hizbullah in street protests

    03/14/2005 9:59:12 PM PST · by Valin · 8 replies · 764+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 3/15/05 | Brian Whitaker
    The battle for the streets of Lebanon reached new heights yesterday when hundreds of thousands of anti-Syria protesters, some with Lebanese flags painted on their faces, swamped the centre of Beirut. Few had any doubt that it was the biggest demonstration the city had ever seen, or was likely ever to see, easily outstripping last week's pro-Syria rally, which drew a crowd of about half a million. The Lebanese opposition had been stunned by the size of Hizbullah's rally last week and spared no effort to out-do it yesterday. Buses were chartered to bring demonstrators to the capital from around...

    03/14/2005 9:03:31 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 48 replies · 1,500+ views
    Publius Pundit ^ | 3/14/2005 | Robert Mayer
    3/14/2005 Filed under: RevolutionsMiddle EastSyria Lebanon — “HUMAN TSUNAMI” COVERS BEIRUT UPDATE: Scroll to the end for all latest updates on the protests!Hizb’allah is showing up less and less in the wire — which may or may not be good. But right now, the focus is on the opposition and what moves they will make in face of the pro-Syria protest last week that brought Kharami back to the premiership. Yesterday, protestors got a little creative, by coordinating with each other to make a giant flag using colored boards. Various opposition groups as well as Hariri’s Tayyar Al Mustaqbal (Future...
  • 800,000 Pack Beirut For Opposition Rally (Anti-Syrian Protests)

    03/14/2005 7:14:22 AM PST · by MisterRepublican · 205 replies · 7,028+ views
    Yahoo! News Singapore ^ | March 14, 2005 | Agence France-Presse
    An emboldened Lebanese opposition mobilized more than 800,000 people to demand an end to Syrian military domination of Lebanon, hurling a potent challenge to the Syrian-backed government here. Beirut city official Mounib Nassereddine said the estimate of 800,000 did did not include demonstrators who were still arriving from all parts of the country ahead of the rally. Thousands of Lebanese had made their way throughout the morning to the capital by car, bus and boat, heading for Martyrs Square and the grave of former prime minister Rafiq Hariri, assassinated exactly one month ago in a bomb blast. Lebanese television aired...
  • Bush's Warning To The State Department - (time to clean your clocks!)

    03/11/2005 5:55:01 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 515+ views
    Bush gave a transformational speech Tuesday at the National Defense University at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC. I am sure we will see the Europeans and their like minded US compatriots in the Democratic Party and the Main Stream Media claim what he said there was just blather and nothing new if they comment on it at all. But this speech was quite a thing, really. Along with affirming that the USA has entered into a new century with a new foreign policy direction that Bush is not going to waver from, he also aimed a shot across the...
  • Blog Interview: Stephen Schwartz ~ On Wahhabism ,Saudia Arabia and Pakistan

    03/08/2005 7:12:14 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 576+ views ^ | Wednesday, March 09, 2005 | Chrenkoff
    For those who have been keenly following the war against the terrorists as well as those who finance and rouse them, Stephen Schwartz needs no introduction. Journalist and an author (most recently of "The Two Faces of Islam: The House of Sa'ud from Tradition to Terror"), he has been a vocal opponent of Wahhabism and an unmasker of many tentacles of the Terror International. He contributes frequently to Frontpage Magazine, the "Weekly Standard" and Tech Central Station. Today, I wanted to ask him about his take on the progress of the war on terror, what to do about Saudi Arabia,...
  • NYT: Unexpected Whiff of Freedom Proves Bracing for the Mideast

    03/05/2005 9:47:36 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 25 replies · 1,232+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 6, 2005 | NEIL MacFARQUHAR
    The leaders of about half of Egypt's rickety opposition parties sat down for one of their regular meetings this week under completely irregular circumstances. In the previous few days, President Hosni Mubarak opened presidential elections to more than one candidate, and street demonstrators helped topple Lebanon's government. The mood around the table in a battered downtown Cairo office veered between humor and trepidation, participants said, as they faced the prospect of fielding presidential candidates in just 75 days. "This is all totally new, and nobody is ready," said Mahmoud Abaza, deputy leader of the Wafd Party, one of Egypt's few...
  • Seize this moment ~~ Timothy Garton Ash ~~ To the EU

    03/04/2005 2:25:44 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies · 682+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | Thursday February 10, 2005 | Timothy Garton Ash
    Condi Rice is heralding a shift in long-term US policy to transform the Middle East Timothy Garton AshThursday February 10, 2005The Guardian We are told that Condoleezza Rice received her unusual first name because her parents liked the Italian musical term condolcezza , meaning "with sweetness". What might condoleezza mean? A gifted Italian translator emails me that "it doesn't immediately suggest sweetness to an Italian ear". Yet there's no doubt that the new US secretary of state has conducted an impressive charm offensive during her lightning tour of Europe. She has presented a more elegant face, spoken a more nuanced...
  • Glorious 'catastrophe' in the Middle East

    03/04/2005 12:57:31 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 18 replies · 1,389+ views
    Daily Star (Lebanon) ^ | Friday, March 04, 2005 | By David Ignatius
    There's an obscure branch of mathematics known as "catastrophe theory," which looks at how a small perturbation in a previously stable system can suddenly produce dramatic change. A classic example of the theory is the way a bridge, after bearing immense weight for many years, can suddenly collapse because of a new stress. We are now watching a glorious catastrophe take place in the Middle East. The old system that had looked so stable is ripping apart, with each beam pulling another down as it falls. The sudden stress that produced the catastrophe was the American invasion of Iraq two...
  • Saudis Join Call for Syrian Force to Quit Lebanon

    03/03/2005 6:49:09 PM PST · by Southack · 53 replies · 2,947+ views
    NY Times ^ | 3/3/2005 | HASSAN M. FATTAH
    Saudis Join Call for Syrian Force to Quit LebanonBy HASSAN M. FATTAH Published: March 4, 2005 EIRUT, Lebanon, March 3 - Saudi Arabia told Syria on Thursday to withdraw its troops from Lebanon, adding substantially to Syria's international isolation just a day after Russia joined Western nations in making a similar call. Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, went Thursday to Riyadh, the Saudi capital, hoping to secure Saudi support before a coming Arab summit meeting. But Saudi officials told Reuters and The Associated Press that Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdel-Aziz had delivered an unusually blunt rebuff. Egypt, the other key...
  • Poll: Major Change of Public Opinion in Muslim World

    03/03/2005 10:54:04 PM PST · by anymouse · 185 replies · 11,215+ views
    Terror Free Tomorrow Press Release ^ | March 4, 2005 | Matthew Joseph
    WASHINGTON, March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- In the first substantial shift of public opinion in the Muslim world since the beginning of the United States' global war on terrorism, more people in the world's largest Muslim country now favor American efforts against terrorism than oppose them. This is just one of many dramatic findings of a new nationwide poll in Indonesia released today. "In a stunning turnaround of public opinion, support for Bin Laden and terrorism in the world's most populous Muslim nation has dropped significantly, while favorable views of the United States have increased," said Kenneth Ballen, President of Terror...
  • Charles Krauthammer: After al Qaeda [China-led anti-American block ]

    01/21/2005 8:24:24 AM PST · by Tolik · 76 replies · 2,687+ views
    TownHall ^ | January 21, 2005 | Charles Krauthammer
    <p>Where are we? At this midpoint of the Bush administration, engaged as we are in conflict throughout the world, are we winning?</p> <p>The great democratic crusade undertaken by this administration is going far better than most observers will admit. That's the good news. The bad news is a development more troubling than most observers recognize: signs of the emergence, for the first time since the fall of the Soviet empire, of an anti-American bloc anchored by Great Powers.</p>
  • Revolution: Freedom, our most lethal weapon against tyranny.

    03/01/2005 10:40:54 AM PST · by billorites · 15 replies · 935+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 1, 2005 | Michael Ledeen
    Some ancient Chinese philosopher is said to have taught his students that one cannot understand an event simply by attempting to reconstruct a chain of causality leading up to it. Instead, one must immerse oneself in the context, to fully understand the moment in which the event took place. If you get the context right, you can understand what came before and what comes after. That sort of understanding is important both for historians and leaders. If that ancient wise man were alive today and were asked to summarize the unique characteristics of this historical moment, he would say "revolution."...
  • Terror pushes Syria to breaking point (another state sponsor of terrorism ready to crumble)

    02/28/2005 8:41:52 AM PST · by dead · 21 replies · 1,624+ views
    The Australian ^ | March 01, 2005 | Nicolas Rothwell, Middle East correspondent
    WITH anti-Syrian protesters massed in the heart of Beirut last night and the US redoubling its insistence that Syrian troops pull out of Lebanon, the regime in Damascus - which handed over Saddam Hussein's half-brother to authorities in Iraq at the weekend - has begun making extraordinary concessions under pressure. As Israeli Government officials provided comprehensive briefings to foreign diplomats yesterday, linking Syria to Friday's suicide bomb attack at a crowded Tel Aviv nightclub that disrupted almost three months of peace between Israelis and Palestinians, the picture of Syrian discomfort was complete. A military regime long used to coercing and...
  • Lebanon Revolution (Images of Freedom) i.e.: The 2nd Bush Doctrine

    02/28/2005 8:12:28 PM PST · by AKSurprise · 95 replies · 2,329+ views
    The Australian ^ | 02/15/05 - 02/28/05 | The Australian
  • (Pro-Syrian) Lebanese Government Quits

    02/28/2005 10:09:44 AM PST · by anotherview · 21 replies · 1,528+ views
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 28 Febraury 2005 | Roee Nachmias and Ali Waked
    Lebanese government quits Prime Minister Omar Karami announces government's resignation amid growing protests in the wake of former Prime Minister Hariri's killing By Roee Nachmias and Ali Waked Lebanon's Syrian-backed Prime Minister Omar Karami, who has been facing growing popular pressure following the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, said on Monday his government was resigning. Resigning Lebanese Prime Minister Omar Karami Photo: AFP "Out of concern that the government does not become an obstacle to the good of the country, I announce the resignation of the government I had the honor to lead," Karami told parliament in Beirut....
  • Just in: Lebanese (pro-Syrian) government resigns

    02/28/2005 8:57:15 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 967 replies · 30,843+ views ^ | 28 February 2005 | CNN
    <p>Just watching CNN. They Pro-Syrian government has just resigned. Huge celebrations in Beirut.</p>
  • In Belarus and Moldova, hopes for democracy

    02/27/2005 9:20:45 AM PST · by lizol · 7 replies · 511+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Thursday, February 24, 2005 | Judy Dempsey
    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia The popular uprisings in Georgia and Ukraine have raised the morale of the small opposition movements in Belarus and Moldova, and they said Wednesday that they were more determined than ever to continue the struggle for democracy. . "It will take time, but it will come," said Andrei Safonov, a political analyst and journalist from Transnistria, a separatist and internationally unrecognized enclave in eastern Moldova that is ruled by an authoritarian group backed by Moscow. . Civil society groups attending a conference in Bratislava on Wednesday, the day before President George W. Bush was to meet with President...
  • Bush's Vision and Leftist Myopia

    02/27/2005 8:46:48 AM PST · by kingattax · 5 replies · 646+ views ^ | February 25, 2005 | Paul Kengor
    No words can do justice to the march of freedom underway in the Middle East and what it took to lead us there. Liberals will not want to hear this, but they know it’s true: What has happened in formerly Saddam’s Iraq and the Taliban’s Afghanistan—which, hopefully, could propel a flowering of freedom in a region more resistant than any other—is a tribute primarily to the efforts of one man: George W. Bush. For students of international relations, the elections in Iraq, capping those in Afghanistan in October, serve as a case study of how individuals, as opposed to larger...
  • Why Not Here? (Brooks on Middle East)

    02/25/2005 9:13:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 816+ views
    NY TIMES ^ | February 26, 2005 | DAVID BROOKS
    OP-ED COLUMNIST this is the most powerful question in the world today: Why not here? People in Eastern Europe looked at people in Western Europe and asked, Why not here? People in Ukraine looked at people in Georgia and asked, Why not here? People around the Arab world look at voters in Iraq and ask, Why not here? Thomas Kuhn famously argued that science advances not gradually but in jolts, through a series of raw and jagged paradigm shifts. Somebody sees a problem differently, and suddenly everybody's vantage point changes. "Why not here?" is a Kuhnian question, and as you...
  • “Talk Is Cheap...Let’s Go Play!”

    02/21/2005 1:40:51 PM PST · by misterrob · 36 replies · 1,225+ views
    “Talk Is Cheap...Let’s Go Play!” Delivered to the California Libertarian Party Convention Chuck Muth President, Citizen Outreach Los Angeles, California February 19, 2005 Thank you. Let me begin my remarks by predicting that in the next two years, Republicans are going to blow it. When Ronald Reagan was in the White House, we were told government couldn’t be restrained because Democrats controlled Congress. When Republicans gained control of both Houses of Congress in 1994, we were told nothing could be done because the Democrats controlled the White House. When in 2000 Republicans gained control of the White House AND the...
  • Canceled spelling bee reinstated: Administrators thought it violated 'No Child Left Behind'

    02/02/2005 1:30:23 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 18 replies · 950+ views ^ | Wednesday, February 2, 2005
    A school superintendent in Rhode Island reversed a decision by administrators who canceled the district's annual spelling bee because they thought the event's awarding of just one winner violated the federal No Child Left Behind Act's aim that all children should succeed. John Tindall-Gibson, superintendent of schools in Lincoln, R.I., told the Woonsocket Call newspaper his job is to make sure schools aren't dull and dreary places. "These sorts of competitions can be motivational and exciting for students, so that's something we will have to consider," said Tindall-Gibson, who acquired his post after the decision was made to cancel the...
  • Peggy Noonan: Way Too Much God (Freepers let's tell her our thoughts)

    01/21/2005 4:19:45 AM PST · by Mikmur · 413 replies · 7,199+ views
    WSJ ^ | 1/21/05 | Peggy Noonan
    PEGGY NOONAN Way Too Much God Was the president's speech a case of "mission inebriation"? The inaugural address itself was startling. It left me with a bad feeling, and reluctant dislike. Rhetorically, it veered from high-class boilerplate to strong and simple sentences, but it was not pedestrian. George W. Bush's second inaugural will no doubt prove historic because it carried a punch, asserting an agenda so sweeping that an observer quipped that by the end he would not have been surprised if the president had announced we were going to colonize Mars. A short and self-conscious preamble led quickly to...
  • Atheist sues to prevent prayer at Bush inauguration

    01/08/2005 2:24:34 AM PST · by trussell · 110 replies · 2,374+ views ^ | Updated Thursday, January 6, 2005 | The Associated Press
    Atheist sues to prevent prayer at Bush inauguration The Associated Press (Updated Thursday, January 6, 2005, 4:45 PM) SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An atheist who sued because he did not want his young daughter exposed to the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is now filing a suit to bar the saying of a prayer at President Bush's inauguration. Michael Newdow, of Sacramento, notes that two ministers, the Reverend Franklin Graham and the Reverend Kirbyjon Caldwell, delivered Christian invocations at Bush's first inaugural ceremony in 2001.
  • GOP admits small government no longer its driving force

    01/02/2005 12:44:40 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 69 replies · 2,191+ views ^ | 12 31 04 |
    Republicans have given up the pretense that their party is the party of small government. “One of the most misunderstood parts of Hoosier culture is that Hoosiers are reluctant of change of any kind,” State Rep. Luke Messer told Brian Howey, publisher of Indianapolis Eye News, in an article that identifies an undercurrent in Indiana to have a constitutional convention. “If we have a strong leader, Hoosiers are willing to step up and make big changes. Bob Knight and Larry Bird were pretty big figures in Hoosier culture and they have been willing to make big changes. What we want...
  • Saudis to Begin Registration for Historic Elections Tomorrow (Men only, no women)

    11/20/2004 6:54:54 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 26 replies · 684+ views
    Arab News ^ | November 21, 2004 | Raid Qusti
    RIYADH, 21 November 2004 — Male Saudi citizens in the capital will begin registering tomorrow — (Monday, Nov. 22) — to vote in the coming historic municipal elections. According to the committee supervising the elections, an agreement has been reached with a private company for the installation of a computerized network which will store all data related to registration and ballot centers. The network will store the citizen’s name, his age, his ID number and place of birth. It will also record the ballot center at which he registers to vote. According to a spokesman, the network will not allow...
  • Dutch cell linked to filmmaker's murder slipped net

    11/17/2004 1:12:25 PM PST · by rang1995 · 8 replies · 642+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11/17/04 | Mark Trevelyan
    Dutch cell linked to filmmaker's murder slipped net By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN (Reuters) - European countries were on the trail of militants linked to the slaying of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh for months before the murder, but lacked evidence to break up the cell until too late, security sources say. The murder of Van Gogh, who had directed a film about violence against Muslim women, has heightened ethnic tension in the Netherlands and led to a series of tit-for-tat arson attacks against mosques and churches. The fact that the alleged killer was known to the authorities as...
  • Culture wars - Moral majority politics comes to Great Britain (Bush Victory Infectious!)

    11/12/2004 1:46:18 PM PST · by NYer · 35 replies · 3,081+ views
    New Statesman ^ | November 15, 2004 | Cristina Odone
    Moral majority politics, which helped sweep Bush to victory, are coming here. Muslims, conservative Catholics and evangelicals want to change Britain. Cristina Odone reports The schoolgirl talks eloquently about how she attends the Christian Union at her school, doesn't believe it is "right" to have sex before marriage, and regards the family unit as a sacred ideal. Is this teenager a hick who attends a creationist school in the Kansas plains? No, she is a middle-class, metropolitan student at St Paul's Girls' School in west London - for generations the top choice of the fee-paying chattering classes. The young Muslim...
  • Saddam, the ATM of Al Qaeda

    11/12/2004 11:09:57 AM PST · by Peach · 50 replies · 4,315+ views
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | November 12, 2004 | Christopher S. Carson
    Saddam, the ATM of Al Qaeda By Christopher S. Carson | November 15, 2004 The Report of the 9/11 Commission has been digested, and the news media outlets have seized upon it as confirmation of their view that al Qaeda is a kind of purely stateless entity that never had "operational links" with rogue states like Iraq. Somehow, goes the thrust of the Report, Osama bin Laden was for years able to finance, train and supply an international terrorist corporation that had ongoing jihad operations in fifty countries - by himself, on no more than a $30 million personal...
  • More than 10.3 million Afghans enrolled to vote[Democracy at work; 41% Women]

    08/24/2004 8:54:20 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 6 replies · 473+ views
    UN Watch Center via Payvand ^ | 8/24/04 | UN Watch Center
    23 August 2004 – At least 10.3 million Afghans have enrolled to vote in their country's upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections after the final registration sites closed last Friday, the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) has announced. That figure is expected to rise as registration details continue to be verified over the next few weeks at the Kabul headquarters of the Joint Electoral Management Body (JEMB), UNAMA spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva told reporters yesterday at a briefing. Mr. de Almeida e Silva said 10,353,380 people were confirmed as registered voters as of last Saturday, with women...