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  • Cambodian prime minister criticizes Michelle Obama visit

    03/26/2015 6:55:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    upi ^ | 3/26/15 | Elizabeth Shim
    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, March 26 (UPI) -- Michelle Obama's tour of Asia to promote girls' education was marked by blunt criticism from Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who said the first lady was "playing around" and using hopeful rhetoric about making improvements but not guaranteeing aid. The Phnom Penh Post reported that Hun Sen told U.S. embassy personnel and USAID workers Wednesday that Obama's Saturday visit with 10 schoolgirls in the Cambodian city of Siem Reap, part of the White House's "Let Girls Learn" initiative, was good but not enough. He said the U.S. government should promise scholarships – if...
  • Hillary Clinton criticizes Obama's foreign policy 'failure'; strongly defends Israel

    08/10/2014 10:22:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/10/14 | Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News
    Ahead of a possible presidential run, Hillary Clinton appears to be distancing herself from what she called President Barack Obama's foreign policy "failure": the decision not to intervene during the early stages of the Syrian civil war. In an interview with The Atlantic published on Sunday, the former secretary of state says the "failure" of the United States to those protesting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad led to the rise of al-Qaida-inspired groups like ISIS, the militants currently creating havoc in Syria and Iraq. “The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who...
  • State Dept Criticizes Israeli Strike on Power Plant: ‘Deeply Troubled By Humanitarian Impact’

    07/29/2014 5:59:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 7/19/14 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said her department was “deeply troubled” by Israel’s strike on a Gaza power plant, continuing an ongoing trend of Kerry’s State Department obliquely criticizing Israel’s actions. “We’re deeply troubled by the humanitarian impact of reduced electricity in Gaza,” Psaki told reporters, “particularly for emergency services, and urge all parties to respect the civilian nature of these facilities.”
  • Durbin Criticizes Free Enterprise: ´Created Unfairness and Injustice´

    04/01/2014 2:09:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 4/1/14 | Susan Jones
    In a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said free enterprise isn´t always best. Government must step in. "The free enterprise system is a strong system," he said, but it "created unfairness and injustice when it came to health care, which we are addressing with this Affordable Care Act." In passing that law, Durbin said Democrats "rejected the free enterprise approach to health care and said let´s have something that basically respects families." He also criticized Republicans for embracing free enterprise: "Let me tell you a free enterprise idea when it came to health care. Before
  • U.S. criticizes Israel's treatment of African migrants in annual human rights report

    05/24/2012 7:27:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 5/24/12 | Natasha Mozgovaya
    Secretary of State Hilary Clinton presented on Thursday the State Department's 2011 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices that criticizes Israel for its treatment of African migrants, an issue vigorously debated in Israeli public discourse lately. The report states that Sudanese and Eritrean asylum seekers, which are about 85 percent of African migrants in Israel "were not allowed access to asylum procedures but were given renewable 'conditional release' documents that deferred deportation and had to be renewed every few months." The report quotes statistics provided by the UNHCR, showing that during the year out of 4,603 new asylum applications 3,692...
  • US Flip-Flops, Criticizes Shalit Deal US officials retracted praise of Israel's

    10/18/2011 12:07:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 10/18/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    n an apparent about-face, US officials criticized Tuesday evening the deal brokered for the freedom of Gilad Shalit, which set hundreds of terrorists, including those who had murdered Americans, free. The criticism came after it became clear that the released terrorists included those who had murdered Jews with United States citizenship. Earlier on Tuesday, US President Barak Obama had said he was pleased with the deal that set Shalit free despite his own nation’s strict policy of not negotiating with terrorists for the release of its citizens. Obama also expressed the hope Israel and officials in Ramallah would take the...
  • North Korea criticizes Canada for boycott

    07/30/2011 2:25:18 PM PDT · by Clive · 14 replies
    Sun Media ^ | 2011-07-30 | Bryn Weese
    OTTAWA -- Now this is rich. Canada has been blasted at the United Nations by none other than the brutal and dangerous dictatorship of North Korea for boycotting the Conference on Disarmament while the backwards terrorist state is the temporary chair. But Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said he'll wear North Korea's criticism of Canada's principled foreign policy as a "badge of honour." At a meeting of the General Assembly in New York Thursday, Canada voiced its concern that the disarmament body of the UN is "effectively broken" and again was critical of the move to make North Korea the...
  • Obama admin criticizes Bahraini government for violating citizens’ rights

    02/16/2011 4:55:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    washington times ^ | 2/16/11 | Ben Birnbaum
    The Obama administration is stepping up its criticism of the Bahraini government, as anti-regime protests in the U.S.-allied Persian Gulf nation entered their third day on Wednesday. “What the president believes … is that Bahrain, like all the countries in the region, needs to respect the universal rights of its citizens, their right to protest, their right to have their grievances heard,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday. “They should refrain from violence on both sides,” he said. “We are obviously watching events from Bahrain and around the region very closely.” Protests in Bahrain, which hosts the U.S....
  • Obama sharply criticizes Egyptian govt's move

    02/10/2011 6:50:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 108 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 2/10/11 | Ben Feller - ap
    WASHINGTON – Bristling with impatience, President Barack Obama on Thursday openly and sharply questioned whether Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's pledge to shift power to his vice president is an "immediate, meaningful or sufficient" sign of reform for a country in upheaval. Without naming Mubarak, Obama issued a written statement that criticized the leader for not offering clarity to his people or a concrete path to democracy. He called on Egyptian government leaders to do so, declaring: "They have not yet seized that opportunity."
  • Report criticizes California electricity surcharge program

    02/03/2011 12:31:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 2/3/11 | Patrick McGreevy
    Reporting from Sacramento — California electricity users have paid $700 million in surcharges for research on clean and efficient energy production, but not all of the money may have been well spent and the program should be overhauled or killed, state officials say in a new report. Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor has concluded .. about 10% of the money collected by the California Energy Commission was spent on research not directly related to the purpose of the surcharges. Questionable grants .. research on deforestation, salmon habitat restoration and "the potential impact of climate change on bird distribution," .. ... The...
  • White House criticises BP CEO over yacht race

    06/19/2010 1:38:39 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 67 replies · 1,303+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 19, 2010
    (Reuters) - The White House renewed its sharp criticism of BP (BP.L) (BP.N) CEO Tony Hayward after he attended a yacht race off the English coast on Saturday as his company struggles to plug its huge Gulf of Mexico oil leak. "This has just been part of a long line of PR gaffes and mistakes," White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said in an interview taped for ABC's "This Week" week program, referring to Hayward. Sheila Williams, a spokeswoman for the energy giant, said Hayward attended the boat race at the Isle of Wight, saying he was spending some...
  • Palestinian Official Criticizes Israeli Prime Minister for Invoking Bible in Comments on Jerusalem

    05/13/2010 1:35:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies · 329+ views
    cns news ^ | 5/13/10 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said Wednesday he found “distasteful” Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s invoking of the Bible to highlight the longstanding Jewish claim to Jerusalem. The veteran P.A. official made the comment after Netanyahu noted during a special parliamentary session marking “Jerusalem Day” that the words “Jerusalem” and “Zion” appeared in the Old Testament, the Jewish Tanakh, 850 times.
  • Flashback: Obama Criticizes Bush on the Economy(March 2008)

    12/11/2009 1:07:41 PM PST · by Son House · 4 replies · 452+ views
    msnbc ^ | March 17, 2008 | Aswini Anburajan
    Obama claimed that the economy was "teetering on a potential crisis"...and pointed a finger at President Bush, accusing him of poor fiscal management. "History will not judge President bush kindly," Obama said...arguing that Bush appeared nonchalant over the potential crisis in remarks last week. "When I saw the president in his press conference, almost lighthearted and joking about some of these issues, I think it did not instill the kind of confidence in the American people and certainly it didn't instill any confidence in me that the Administration is taking the situation seriously," Obama said. He also argued that a...
  • US envoy criticizes coverage of Obama China visit

    11/20/2009 10:29:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies · 488+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 11/20/09 | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN
    BEIJING – Washington's ambassador to Beijing hit out Friday at negative U.S. media coverage of President Barack Obama's visit to China, saying it failed to take into account important progress on many issues. Although producing no breakthroughs on key issues, Obama's first state visit to the Asian giant that ended Wednesday was heralded by both sides as a success. The trip was the top news story in China, drawing strong interest from the Chinese public who, surveys suggest, are largely positive in their view of the American president.
  • Al-Qaida criticizes Obama's upcoming Cairo speech (al-Zawahri No. 2 lashes out at Obama)

    06/02/2009 2:49:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 658+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/2/09 | Maamoun Youssef - ap
    CAIRO – Al-Qaida's deputy leader on Tuesday criticized President Barack Obama's upcoming speech to the Islamic world in Cairo, saying it will not change the "bloody messages" the U.S. military is sending Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan. Al-Qaida has repeatedly lashed out at Obama since he was elected, a move some analysts believe indicates the terrorist organization is worried he will be effective in improving the U.S. image in the Muslim world. Obama has pitched his speech at Cairo University on Thursday as a key part of that process. "His bloody messages were received and are still being received by...
  • (Mexico's UN) Envoy criticizes flu 'discrimination' of Mexicans

    05/08/2009 12:27:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 406+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/8/09 | Frank Jordans - ap
    GENEVA – Nations need common rules for responding to flu outbreaks to prevent discrimination and unfair trade restrictions, Mexico's U.N. envoy said Friday, complaining that Mexican citizens and exports were being unfairly singled out. Some countries have "developed some attitudes which I will straightforward qualify as discriminatory against Mexicans," Luis Alfonso De Alba said. The World Health Organization is looking into the measures countries take in combatting the outbreak and the justifications they give, but WHO has no plans to make the findings public, said spokesman Gregory Hartl.
  • CBS Criticizes GOP Governors for Opposing Stimulus

    02/19/2009 11:19:25 AM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies · 1,167+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 2/19/09 | Kyle Drennen
    On ThursdayÂ’s CBS Early Show, co-host Harry Smith opened the show by declaring: "As President Obama heads on his first foreign trip, some state governors are saying 'thanks, but no thanks' to the stimulus money, even in these desperate times. We'll ask one of them why." Later, co-host Maggie Rodriguez interviewed Republican South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford and asked: "Even if it takes a while to get the money, how do you justify, let's say, not taking it to your constituents when in your state, for example, in December had the third highest unemployment rate in the country. Don't you...
  • McCain criticizes U.S. war effort in Afghanistan (It's Surge Time!)

    07/15/2008 10:33:07 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 184+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/15/08 | Steve Holland
    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) - Republican presidential hopeful John McCain sharply criticized the flagging U.S. war effort in Afghanistan on Tuesday and vowed to turn it around if elected, starting with sending more U.S. troops. "That's no way to run a war," said McCain, complaining that security in Afghanistan has deteriorated and the status quo is not acceptable. McCain waded into the debate over what to do in Afghanistan, a war begun after the September 11 attacks that Democrats charge has been neglected by the Bush administration as it concentrates on Iraq. An attack on a U.S. base near the...
  • McCain calls for greenhouse-gas cuts, criticizes Bush administration

    05/13/2008 9:14:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 111 replies · 469+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 5/13/08 | Matt Stearns
    WASHINGTON – Sen. John McCain called Monday for reductions in carbon emissions and criticized the Bush administration for failing to lead the fight against climate change. "We have many advantages in the fight against global warming, but time is not one of them. … We stand warned by serious and credible scientists across the world that time is short and the dangers are great," the Arizona Republican said in a speech delivered at a wind-energy facility in Portland, Ore. "The most relevant question is whether our own government is equal to the challenge." McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, proposed...
  • Obama criticizes McCain on taxes ('He was against Bush's tax cuts and now he is for them')

    03/13/2008 11:35:34 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 477+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/13/08 | Charles Babington - ap
    CHICAGO - Democratic Sen. Barack Obama said Thursday that Sen. John McCain reversed his position on President Bush's deep tax cuts in order to win the Republican presidential nomination, one of his sharpest criticisms yet of the Arizona senator he hopes to face this fall. Criticizing GOP efforts to extend major tax cuts from Bush's first term and to eliminate the estate tax, Obama said: "These are all steps that John McCain rightly said were irresponsible when they first came up." "He made a decision to reverse himself on that," Obama told reporters as he flew from Chicago to Washington...
  • McCain criticizes Romney's conservatism

    02/04/2008 7:13:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 108 replies · 79+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/4/08 | Libby Quaid - ap
    NEW YORK - Republican John McCain assailed Mitt Romney's conservative credentials on the eve of the Super Tuesday presidential primaries, going on national television with a new campaign ad that claims Romney "was against Ronald Reagan before he was for him." McCain had eased up on his criticism of the former Massachusetts governor since winning the primary in Florida last week and had begun acting like a general election candidate, focusing his harsh rhetoric on Democratic rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. But with hours to go before voting began in more than 20 states from coast to coast,...
  • Argentine Congress criticizes US gov't (President Cristina Fernandez plays the victim card)

    12/19/2007 8:39:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 82+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/19/07 | Debora Rey - ap
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Argentina's Congress criticized the United States on Wednesday over an alleged cover-up involving a cash-stuffed suitcase that U.S. prosecutors say was bound for President Cristina Fernandez's campaign. U.S. prosecutors say a Venezuelan-American man who brought $800,000 to Argentina for Fernandez's campaign was offered $2 million by Venezuelan agents to keep quiet and help cover up the source of the money. Fernandez describes herself as the victim of dirty politics by the U.S. intended to undermine Argentina's relationship with Venezuela. But the U.S. insists its prosecutors act independently and have pursued the case without influence from the...
  • CA: Audit criticizes executive pay at California State University

    11/06/2007 11:34:27 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 73+ views
    The state auditor is criticizing the California State University's practice of giving large salary increases to top executives and awarding outgoing administrators hefty paychecks for doing almost no work. The audit urges the CSU board of trustees to change its policies. It says some administrators benefited from questionable compensation, moving reimbursements and deals to purchase homes near universities. State lawmakers sought the audit after media reports that the trustees gave more than $4 million to departing executives over 10 years - despite their doing little work. Trustees defended the CSU's compensation practices by saying they are needed to attract the...
  • Obama criticizes private Iraq guards

    10/06/2007 7:08:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 651+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/06/07 | Jim Davenport - ap
    AIKEN, S.C. - White House hopeful Barack Obama on Saturday said private security contractors in Iraq are raising the risk for U.S. troops because Iraqis don't distinguish between the forces. He also criticized the pay disparity between soldiers and private contractors. "You've got young men and women signing up to serve, willing to spill blood for America. How could they be treated less well than private contractors?" Obama told a crowd of more than 1,400 at a high school gymnasium in this early voting state. "And these private contractors, they go out and they're spraying bullets and hitting civilians and...
  • Al-Qaida criticizes Hamas

    09/09/2007 6:42:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 477+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/9/07 | Omar Sinan - ap
    CAIRO, Egypt - An al-Qaida commander who escaped from a U.S. prison in Afghanistan appeared in a new videotape Sunday criticizing Hamas and other Islamic groups that he said prioritized nationalism and electoral politics over jihad, or holy war. Hamas is focused on the creation of an independent Palestinian state rather than al-Qaida's vision of a worldwide Muslim community ruled by Islamic law. Like al-Qaida, the Palestinian movement advocates violence to achieve its goal, but has also participated in elections alongside the moderate Palestinian Fatah group. "We caution some of the Islamic groups, among them Hamas, which are risking the...
  • IAEA chief criticizes U.S. military aid

    08/25/2007 9:02:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 333+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/25/07 | AP
    VIENNA, Austria - The head of the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog criticized U.S. moves to assist in the supply of weapons to its allies in the Middle East, saying the money would be better spent on regional development projects. In an interview with the Austrian newsweekly Profil, to be published Monday, Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, said a U.S. strategy to support a weapons buildup in countries such as Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt was not helpful for improving security in the Middle East. "Pouring more money into arms is not going to resolve the...
  • Argentina criticizes US border fence ("an insult to all Latin Americans")

    07/31/2007 9:35:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies · 1,094+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/31/07 | AP
    MEXICO CITY - A U.S. plan to expand fences along the Mexican border to stem illegal immigration is an insult to all Latin Americans, Argentine President Nestor Kirchner said Tuesday during a visit to Mexico. "It's not just an insult to our sister nation of Mexico, but to all the nations of Latin America and all the nations of the world," the leftist president said to the applause of Mexican lawmakers. President Bush and Congress have approved plans for a 700-mile fence along the border. The Department of Homeland Security is committed to completing 370 miles by the end of...
  • Giuliani Sees Progress Since Sept. 11, but Criticizes Bush’s Way of Pursuing Al Qaeda

    07/19/2007 9:32:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 368+ views
    NY Times ^ | 7/20/07 | Marc Santora
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, July 19 — Saying he still believes that the United States is safer than it was on Sept. 11, Rudolph W. Giuliani on Thursday nevertheless criticized the way the Bush Administration pursued Al Qaeda and suggested that the United States failed to put enough pressure on Pakistan to pursue terrorists. In two interviews while campaigning in Iowa, Mr. Giuliani discussed the National Intelligence Estimate released Tuesday by the White House, which found that a hands-off approach by Pakistan’s president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, toward Pakistan’s tribal areas had set the stage for Al Qaeda’s resurgence. “Did we not...
  • (Hillary) Clinton criticizes Libby prison commute

    07/03/2007 1:19:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies · 1,328+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/3/07 | Mike Glover - ap
    KEOKUK, Iowa - Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton drew a distinction between President Bush's decision to commute the sentence of White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby — which she has harshly criticized — and her husband's 140 pardons in his closing hours in office. "I believe that presidential pardon authority is available to any president, and almost all president's have exercised it," Clinton said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "This (the Libby decision) was clearly an effort to protect the White House. ... There isn't any doubt now, what we know is that Libby was...
  • Former Iraqi premier criticizes U.S. (Ayad Allawi)

    04/01/2007 8:59:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 576+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/31/07 | Steven R. Hurst - ap
    BAGHDAD - Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, a secular Shiite just back from barnstorming for support among Sunni Arab leaders across the Middle East, appears determined to make another run at the premiership. His platform: Iraq cannot survive under the current Shiite leadership, and Sunnis must have a much larger role in government. The Sunni-dominated Arab League believes this, as well, but the idea is opposed by the Shiite-led government in Iraq. Most Shiite lawmakers cannot abide Allawi's secular positions and it appears unlikely he could form a sufficiently large parliamentary coalition to retake the prime minister's office. Iraq's...
  • Mitt Romney criticizes main rivals

    03/01/2007 10:53:24 PM PST · by do the dhue · 224 replies · 1,309+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | 3/2/7 | GLEN JOHNSON
    HAMPSTEAD, N.H. - Mitt Romney suggested last week that he and his fellow Republican presidential contenders would avoid the "rancor" that flared between Democrats after one of Barack Obama (news, bio, voting record)'s fundraisers questioned Hillary Rodham Clinton's honesty. This week, with polls showing him running third, the former Massachusetts governor took sharper aim at his leading rivals, Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record) of Arizona and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. McCain, Romney told New Hampshire voters on Thursday, was devising an immigration policy that was the "wrong course" for the nation. And Giuliani's positions on abortion,...
  • CA: On tape, Schwarzenegger criticizes both Democrats and Republicans

    02/05/2007 7:53:18 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 296+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 2/5/07 | Tom Verdin - ap
    SACRAMENTO Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez appeared to forge an especially effective political bond over the past year, working together on landmark efforts to rebuild California's infrastructure and tackle global warming. Privately, however, the Republican governor believed Nunez was at times a passionless and thin-skinned political operator who would tell Schwarzenegger one thing behind closed doors and say something else in public, according to audio recordings released late Sunday. "Fabian is so much a what do you call it? A political operator, coming from the union background," Schwarzenegger said during a conversation about negotiations over infrastructure...
  • Annan criticizes global warming doubters

    11/15/2006 7:15:53 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 1,575+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/15/06 | Charles J. Hanley - ap
    NAIROBI, Kenya - Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the U.N. conference on climate change Wednesday that those who would deny global warming or delay taking action against it are "out of step" and "out of time." "Let no one say we cannot afford to act," Annan declared. The United States is among those who contend that reducing global-warming gases would set back economies too much. The U.N. chief lamented "a frightening lack of leadership" in fashioning next steps in reducing global emissions. "I would want leaders around the world to really show courage and to know that if they do, their...
  • U.S. criticizes U.N. Rights Council

    11/10/2006 6:15:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 467+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/10/06 | Justin Bergman - ap
    UNITED NATIONS - The United States sharply criticized the new U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday, calling it a "disappointment" and saying it has failed to address serious violations in its first few months of operation — particularly in Sudan's Darfur region. Sudan responded with a harsh condemnation of the U.S. human rights record and said Washington had no right to judge the effectiveness of the U.N. agency. The barbs came during the Human Rights Council's first annual report to the General Assembly. The U.S. is not a member of the council, which was created earlier this year to replace...
  • Inspector general criticizes Calif. legal aid group

    09/14/2006 7:09:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 328+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 9/14/06 | Erica Werner - AP
    WASHINGTON A federally funded California nonprofit that gives legal help to Central Valley farmworkers and others violated federal prohibitions against political behavior, soliciting clients and other activities, an inspector general's report said Thursday. The report was requested by Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of Tulare, who's been critical of California Rural Legal Assistance and also of the federal Legal Services Corporation that funds it. The report found that California Rural Legal Assistance, which claims to provide free legal help to 20,000 poor rural Californians each year, apparently flouted congressional reforms blocking actions like lobbying and advocacy, getting involved in class-action litigation...
  • CA: Governor tours border in copter - Criticizes GOP's legislative inaction

    06/22/2006 9:27:09 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 378+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 6/22/06 | Phillip J. Lavelle
    After a helicopter tour of the U.S.-Mexico border here, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger launched a broadside yesterday against House Republican leaders for threatening to scuttle a sweeping overhaul of immigration laws. “It would be totally inexcusable for them to say, 'This year we couldn't do it,'” Schwarzenegger said at a news conference minutes after landing near the border fence, yards away from Tijuana, on a National Guard Blackhawk helicopter. The Republican governor had just completed a 23-minute aerial tour that took him from Brown Field east nearly to Otay Mountain and then west to seaside Border Field State Park. After landing...
  • CA: Governor criticizes federal government's response to levees

    04/22/2006 9:38:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 432+ views
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sharply criticized the Bush administration Saturday for refusing his request to declare a pre-emptive federal disaster for California's fragile levees. President Bush offered California some aid Friday, issuing a rare directive letting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers help with badly needed levee repairs. "I think the response that the federal government has given us is unacceptable," the governor told reporters at an Earth Day event on a San Pedro beach. "We need the federal government to come in and help us so we can build the levees as quickly as possible." Schwarzenegger said the state would...
  • POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Kerry Criticizes Bush

    04/07/2006 6:30:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 673+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | Beth Fouhy - ap
    NEW YORK - Democratic Sen. John Kerry, a potential 2008 candidate, lashed out at former rival George W. Bush and his advisers on Friday, calling them incompetent and labeling the White House team "the Katrina administration." "These guys are the most incompetent people I've ever seen in Washington in all the time I've been in public life," Kerry said via teleconference to the National Action Network, an advocacy group founded by Al Sharpton. "The problem with it is their incompetence is hurting people, it's hurting real people." Kerry criticized a House bill that would punish those who aid illegal immigrants...
  • Mugabe Criticizes Whites As 'Supremacists'

    03/31/2006 10:38:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 775+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | Angus Shaw - ap
    HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe criticized his nation's tiny white community Friday, saying few were repentant of colonial-era injustices against blacks or had integrated with blacks. Mugabe said he and veterans of the guerrilla war that ended white rule and led to independence in 1980 were determined to fight "to the end" unrepentant whites who still believed in the supremacy of their race. "White supremacists refuse to accept the equality of mankind," Mugabe told mourners at the state funeral of assistant police commissioner Winston Changara, 52, a former fighter in the independence war, who died in Harare on...
  • Report criticizes ex-Canada PM for scandal (Jean Chretien)

    11/01/2005 11:06:16 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 340+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 11/01/05 | Beth Duff-Brown - ap
    TORONTO - An investigative report on a corruption scandal that nearly toppled Canada's minority government cleared the prime minister Tuesday of any wrongdoing but held his predecessor accountable for misspending tens of millions of dollars in public funds. There is no evidence that former Prime Minister Jean Chretien was personally aware of a kickbacks scheme orchestrated by Quebec businessmen, Justice John Gomery concluded in a report released after a 20-month investigation. But Chretien must bear political responsibility for a program he created that allowed senior members of his Liberal Party to funnel millions of dollars into their Quebec coffers, Gomery...
  • U.S. criticizes draft of U.N. reforms

    08/02/2005 8:16:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 349+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/2/05 | Nick Wadhams - AP
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The United States strongly criticized a revised blueprint charting reforms of the United Nations on Tuesday, saying the document is too long, poorly organized and doesn't focus on President Bush's main concerns. Britain's U.N. Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry, speaking on behalf of the European Union, reacted far more favorably. He called the latest draft a good basis for the final document and said he hoped much of it was in its final form. Diplomats have haggled for weeks over the language of the draft outcome document which is supposed to be approved by world leaders at...
  • Barbara Boxer criticizes Iraq war in SF speech - 'Our troops deserve more,' senator says

    07/07/2005 4:23:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 45 replies · 1,814+ views
    SF ^ | 7/06/05
    Boxer criticizes Iraq war in SF speech 'Our troops deserve more,' senator says Bay City News Wednesday, July 6, 2005 Sen. Barbara Boxer offered a major foreign policy speech on the war in Iraq before hundreds of her constituents in San Francisco today. The situation in Iraq is spiraling out of control, she said, and the pool of people willing to fight in the insurgency against American troop presence there seems bottomless. She described herself as "distressed, angry and frustrated'' over the continuing unrest in Iraq and the mounting death toll with no apparent end in sight. "Iraq was a...
  • China Criticizes U.S. Actions on Unocal Bid

    07/04/2005 6:01:48 PM PDT · by crushelits · 18 replies · 623+ views ^ | Monday, July 4, 2005 | Peter S. Goodman
    SHANGHAI, July 4 -- The Chinese government on Monday sharply criticized the United States for threatening to erect barriers aimed at preventing the attempted takeover of the American oil company Unocal by one of China's three largest energy firms, CNOOC Ltd.Four days after the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a resolution urging the Bush administration to block the proposed transaction as a threat to national security, China's Foreign Ministry excoriated Congress for injecting politics into what it characterized as a standard business matter. "We demand that the U.S. Congress correct its mistaken ways of politicizing economic and trade issues...
  • Panel criticizes Spanish gov't over bombs (3/11)

    06/22/2005 7:21:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 218+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/22/05 | Daniel Woolls - AP
    MADRID, Spain (AP) - The Spanish government in power at the time of the Madrid train bombings underestimated threats from Islamic militants and responded to the massacre by misleading voters in the face of an imminent election, a panel of lawmakers said Wednesday. Seven of eight parties represented in Spain's Parliament voted Wednesday to approve a 300-page report investigating the March 11, 2004, attacks, which killed 191 people and wounded more than 1,500. The conservative Popular Party - which ruled at the time of the attack and which was blamed in the report for releasing misleading information - abstained from...
  • Blix criticizes U.S. nuke policy, Bolton

    05/10/2005 9:21:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 709+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/10/05 | Charles J. Hanley - AP
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Washington isn't taking "the common bargain" of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty as seriously as it once did, and that's dimming global support for the U.S. campaign to shut down the North Korean and Iranian nuclear programs, the former chief U.N. weapons inspector said. Undersecretary of State John R. Bolton, by questioning the value of treaties and international law, has also damaged the U.S. position, Hans Blix said. "There is a feeling the common edifice of the international community is being dismantled," the Swedish arms expert said. Blix, now chairman of the Swedish government-sponsored Weapons of Mass...
  • Cuba's Castro criticizes new OAS leader ("insolent,interventionist")

    05/05/2005 9:00:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 257+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/5/05 | John Rice - AP
    HAVANA (AP) - Cuban President Fidel Castro criticized the Organization of American States and its new Chilean secretary-general, accusing him of using "insolent, interventionist" language to suggest change is needed in communist Cuba. Castro used a three-hour appearance on Cuban state television late Wednesday to lambaste the United States and several other governments around the region that he said were servile toward the United States. Jose Miguel Insulza, a former socialist interior minister in Chile, was widely considered the third and last choice of U.S. officials in the months-long struggle for leadership of the OAS. But Castro appeared to be...
  • Clinton criticizes Bush energy bill

    04/29/2005 9:52:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies · 913+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/29/05 | Brooke Donald - AP
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Former President Clinton lashed out at the Bush administration's energy policies Friday, criticizing them as "dumb economics" during a wide-ranging speech to a friendly crowd at Brown University. But Clinton encouraged Americans to support democracy in Iraq, and said they should encourage the Bush administration to work with the rest of the world in bringing peace to the region. The former president said those who opposed going to war with Iraq had to put those feelings aside. "You should want it to work now," he said. Clinton - received enthusiastically by more than 4,000 students, politicians...
  • Castro Criticizes EU Over Guantanamo Probe

    04/17/2005 8:45:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 282+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/17/05 | Andrea Rodriguez - AP
    HAVANA - President Fidel Castro on Sunday mocked the European Union for failing to back Cuba's call for a U.N. investigation into U.S. treatment of terror suspects at the Guantanamo Bay. Cuba asked the U.N. Human Rights Commission in Geneva last week to ask Washington to authorize an independent investigation into the situation at the U.S. naval base in eastern Cuba. Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque called on European nations to back the resolution asking for an inquiry. The European Union "does not have any intention of doing so," EU spokeswoman Krisztina Nagy said. Castro scorned the rejection Sunday....
  • U.N. official criticizes review of charges

    04/01/2005 7:37:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 243+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/1/05 | Leyla Linton - AP
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The embattled head of the United Nations' internal watchdog on Friday bitterly criticized a decision to launch an outside review of allegations that he showed favoritism in recruiting and promoting employees. Dileep Nair, head of Office of Internal Oversight Services, released a statement saying he was the victim of a smear campaign by the U.N. staff union designed to discredit his office. The favoritism charge is separate from a complaint made against Nair earlier in the week by the independent committee probing allegations of misconduct in the world body's defunct oil-for-food program in Iraq. That report...
  • CA: Schwarzenegger criticizes state unions

    03/14/2005 8:51:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 391+ views
    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger criticized state unions for not acting in the public interest and said he does not have a gripe with nurses or teachers, just the unions that represent them. In an interview on MSNBC's "Hardball," California's Republican governor complained about a state law that prohibits schools from contracting out to mow lawns, repair roofs and do other fixes at schools. "It cost the California school system, our education system, $300 million extra," Schwarzenegger said. "Do you think that's to the public's interest or is it to the unions' interest? Think about that." The California...