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  • Backstage at the Crisis(Barf Alert)

    07/23/2006 2:09:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 698+ views
    Newsweak ^ | July 31, 2006 issue | Richard Wolffe
    The forward suite aboard Air Force One is a hushed and dimly lit space, a private sanctuary where the president can sleep, exercise and lead the free world from 30,000 feet. At the start of an eight-hour flight en route to Germany and a world summit in Russia, President Bush is deep inside his own head as he paces up and down the long hallway that leads from his study to his conference room. While Washington was sleeping the night before, yet another corner of the Middle East had erupted into violence, after Hizbullah launched a deadly ambush on an...
  • Bush Sexually Harasses Angela Merkel - Pictures!

    07/21/2006 9:14:23 AM PDT · by Sam Hill · 70 replies · 4,000+ views
    Sweetness & Light ^ | July 21, 2006 | N/A
    Yet another crime against humanity by the despicable tyrant, George Bush. Only this time it was caught on tape by our friends in the Russian news media.(I've included the time clocks so that you can see how long Ms. Merkel had to endure this humiliating sexual harassment.) That's right. Less than a second.Outrageous!
  • MSNBC: Find W's Merkel Back Rub Under 'Grope' and 'Creepy'

    07/21/2006 1:21:36 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 92 replies · 3,255+ views
    MSNBC-The Most/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein July 21, 2006 - 16:09 Alison Stewart is the too-cool host of MSNBC's 'The Most,' which as its promo page explains: "Give[s] viewers a look at 'the most' sought-after stories of the day. Every day, 'The Most' will report on the most searched stories on the Internet, the most viewed stories from a multitude of news sources, the most e-mailed stories or photo images, the most downloaded music or blogged-about subject matter and the most viewed television programs or movies." Ending her show this afternoon, Stewart focused on the brief, joshing back rub Pres. Bush administered to...
  • Bush's back rub magnified in cyberspace

    07/20/2006 9:07:21 PM PDT · by notes2005 · 55 replies · 3,979+ views
    AP ^ | July, 20 | By JAKE COYLE,
    NEW YORK - An impromptu back rub that President Bush gave German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now massaging millions of funny bones. A 5-second video and series of photographs recently posted on and various blogs show Bush surprising Merkel at the G-8 Summit by quickly rubbing the back of her neck and shoulders. The chancellor immediately hunches her shoulders, throws her arms up and grimaces, though she appears to smile as Bush walks away. The video has been one of the most popular clips on the Web and spawned countless remarks on the particulars of etiquette for world leaders....
  • Bush sexually harasses Angela Merkel at G8 while cameras roll!!!(Monbat alert!)

    07/19/2006 5:12:28 AM PDT · by Jameison · 26 replies · 2,186+ views
    Hotair ^ | 7/18/2006 | Allahpundit
    SHOCKING PHOTOS AND VIDEO HERE!!!!! I used to get in debates during my blog hiatus with some of Goldstein’s commenters about whether it’s worth trying to engage the left. For all the antagonism between him and the five or six douchebags he’s always arguing with, Jeff adamantly believes that it is. He’s written posts about women’s issues, of all things, inviting feminist bloggers by name to respond to his points. Not in a nasty “got somethin’ to say?” way, either. Just trying to start dialogue. As I’ve told him each and every time he’s done it: he’s nuts. And the...
  • Bush's unexpected squeeze of the German chancellor has the Internet howling (funny)

    07/19/2006 2:18:19 PM PDT · by pissant · 136 replies · 5,536+ views
    SF Gate ^ | 7/18/06 | Carla Marunucci
    It's not exactly "Presidents Gone Wild!" but for the normally staid Group of Eight Summit, a video of President George W. Bush sidling behind German Chancellor Angela Merkel and delivering an impromptu neck rub is, well, as wild as it gets. The scene, captured by a Russian TV camera, hit the Internet like a summer wildfire Tuesday, and it may be most memorable for the German chancellor's reaction. Bush applies his hands to Merkel's shoulders and neck while she's speaking with Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi; the chancellor hunches her shoulders, then throws her hands up to stop the unexpected...
  • The Summit On Something (humor)

    07/18/2006 10:22:07 AM PDT · by demkicker · 257 replies · 4,743+ views
    self | July 18, 2006 | demkicker
    <p>Mr. President, you’re gonna love this. Kofi Annan has called for a Summit Teleconference of some world leaders, including Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Bashar al-Assad and Ehud Olmert. And it starts in 15 minutes!</p> <p>He’s already called several members of Congress and a select few political and media figures to participate in a dialog to resolve the Middle East crisis and they’re meeting at the Capitol.</p>
  • Bush was Overheard Criticizing Annan at G8

    07/17/2006 6:28:09 AM PDT · by red meat conservative · 18 replies · 569+ views
    Red Meat Conservative ^ | July 17th | Daniel
    Al AP is reporting that Bush was overheard expressing his frustration with Kofi Annan and liberal world leaders during the G8 summit. He was unaware that the microphone was still on when he told Tony Blair, "see the irony is that what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this (expletive) and it's over." Bush also said that he felt like telling Annan to get on the phone with Assad instead of calling for a "cease fire". This clearly proves that it was Bush's hand that turned the tide of world opinion at the...
  • Pope backs G8 Middle East declaration

    07/18/2006 6:11:15 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 31 replies · 634+ views
    IOL ^ | 7/18/06
    Pope backs G8 Middle East declaration 18/07/2006 - 20:17:38 Pope Benedict XVI tonight lent his support to the G8 summit declaration on the Middle East, which blamed the militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah for the escalation in fighting and which urged Israel to exercise restraint. “I fully agree with the G8 communique,” the Pope said when he returned to his Alpine holiday retreat after an excursion in the mountains. “It seems to me that this indicates the road” to take, the pontiff said of the declaration issued by the Group of Eight leaders at their summit, which ended on Monday...
  • In pictures: G8 summit body language (Day in the Life of President Bush Alert!)

    07/17/2006 1:14:49 PM PDT · by wouldntbprudent · 155 replies · 5,234+ views
    BBC ^ | July 17, 2006 | Beeb
    Wouldnbprudent explains: This is a series of photos from the G8 conference with some "body language" expert telling you what they mean. Check it out!
  • A day in the life of President Bush (07/17/06):

    07/17/2006 6:36:54 PM PDT · by snugs · 243 replies · 6,874+ views
    The President and the first lady spent the weekend in in Russian where the President was attending the G8 Conference which concluded today. Today the President attended the sumit and also had some side line meetings. They arrived back in Washington this afternoon The Vice President attended a Fund Raiser on Friday for state Sen, Ray Meier, in Utica, N.Y. Today the Vice President spoke at a luncheon fund raiser for Jeff Lamberti, GOP candidate in the 3rd Congressional District, at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa. Today the Vice President also spoke to and met National Guard troops...
  • Bush Curses Hezbollah at G-8 Luncheon

    07/17/2006 5:22:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 343 replies · 7,227+ views
    AP via NewsMax ^ | July 17, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    It wasn't meant to be overheard. Private luncheon conversations among world leaders, picked up by a microphone, provided a rare window into both banter and substance - including President Bush cursing Hezbollah's attacks against Israel. Bush expressed his frustration with the United Nations and his disgust with the militant Islamic group and its backers in Syria as he talked to British Prime Minister Tony Blair during the closing lunch at the Group of Eight summit. "See the irony is that what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this (expletive) and it's over," Bush...
  • Bush, Putin butt heads over democracy

    07/16/2006 7:26:41 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 23 replies · 797+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 17 July 2006 | Joseph Curl
    ST. PETERSBURG -- President Bush and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, yesterday agreed in principle on contentious issues such as the Middle East, Iran and North Korea, but the leaders failed to clinch a key trade deal and clashed over democracy, with Mr. Putin declaring he does not want "the same kind of democracy as they have in Iraq." During a 30-minute press conference, notable for the chilly body language between the two presidents, the leaders acknowledged that they do not see eye to eye on a host of issues, but said they agreed that Iran should not acquire nuclear...
  • Bush caught out by open microphone

    07/17/2006 3:57:32 AM PDT · by Dundee · 135 replies · 4,826+ views
    The Australian ^ | July 17, 2006
    Bush caught out by open microphone US President George W. Bush has been caught out making candid comments on the Middle East crisis by an open microphone at a summit in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg. Mr Bush was caught saying that a key to defusing the Middle East crisis was for "Hezbollah to stop doing this s**t". "What they need to do is get Syria to get Hizbollah to stop doing this s**t, and it's over," Bush told British Prime Minister Tony Blair at a leaders' lunch at the Group of Eight industrial countries gathering here. The president...
  • Blair and Annan call for international forces to stop bombardment of Israel

    07/16/2006 11:26:24 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 129 replies · 3,264+ views
    AP News Alert ^ | July 17, 2006
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan call for deployment of international forces to stop bombardment of Israel.
  • G8 Summit and the pale rider photo

    07/16/2006 11:01:10 AM PDT · by PaxMacian · 6 replies · 418+ views
    G8 Summit Website ^ | 7/16/06 | G8
  • Bush backs Israel at divided G8

    07/16/2006 11:02:37 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 24 replies · 1,001+ views
    BBC News ^ | July 16, 2006
    The US president, in St Petersburg for the G8 summit, has insisted Israel is defending itself against terror and Hezbollah is the root of the crisis. George W Bush added that the Israelis had to be mindful of the consequences of their actions, as fresh air strikes and rocket attacks were reported. French President Jacques Chirac spoke out in defence of Lebanon. The leaders of the world's eight top economic powers have begun working meetings focusing on energy supplies. With global energy use likely to increase by 50% in the next 25 years, Russian President Vladimir Putin is keen to...
  • G8 SUMMIT Putin attacks Blair over Labour fund raiser Lord Levy

    07/16/2006 2:41:56 AM PDT · by familyop · 9 replies · 986+ views
    AFX News by way of Forbes ^ | 16JUL06 | AFX News
    SAINT PETERSBURG (AFX) - Russia President Vladimir Putin said he would raise questions about UK Labour Party fund raiser Lord Levy if Prime Minister Tony Blair brings up Russia's democracy record when the two men meet today. Putin was asked what he would say to Blair after the British ambassador to Moscow attacked Putin's governance last week. 'We carefully hear out all our partners. We take into consideration their views on such issues but we take our decisions ourselves,' Putin told journalists at the G8 summit. 'There are also other questions,' he told a British journalist. 'Questions, let's say, about...
  • G8 SUMMIT Blair accuses Iran, Syria of causing Middle East crisis

    07/15/2006 11:45:44 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 12 replies · 1,011+ views
    LSE ^ | July 15, 2006 | AFX News
    SAINT PETERSBURG (AFX) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair for the first time accused Iran and Syria of causing the latest crisis in the Middle East. Speaking after a bilateral meeting with US President George Bush, Blair said the two states wanted to 'inflate' tensions in the region. 'The fact is, there are those in that region, notably Iran and Syria, who don't want this process of democratisation and peace and negotiations to succeed,' he said. All week Blair has been refusing to get into what he calls the 'blame game' while Bush has been openly critical of the links...
  • Russian "nyet" to US beef, pork meant no WTO deal (but deal expected by October)

    07/15/2006 10:32:42 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 8 replies · 601+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 15, 2006 | Tom Doggett
    ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - A dispute over access for U.S. meat to the Russian market helped frustrate U.S.-Russian talks on a deal for Russia to join the World Trade Organization, America's top trade negotiator said on Saturday. After intense, late-night negotiations this week, U.S. and Russian officials failed to reach a trade deal in time for the Group of Eight summit this weekend in St. Petersburg, where Russia had hoped to sign a trade accord with the United States. But officials on both sides said they hoped a deal could be struck in the next few months. While progress...
  • KGB alive and well to bring us the G8

    07/15/2006 12:37:33 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 6 replies · 600+ views
    The Australian ^ | 07/15/06 | Peter Wilson
    VLADIMIR Putin would like it to be seen as the "energy security" summit, or the "Russia regains its pride" summit, or perhaps even the "Putin leads the world" summit. But this weekend's gathering in StPetersburg of leaders of the Group of Eight nations would more accurately be called "the KGB summit". The streets are crawling with FSB officers, the modern incarnation of the KGB, trying to impose remarkably tight security for the first G8 summit in Russia. The host himself is a former KGB agent. Dozens of his ministers, regional governors and top Kremlin aides are former KGB men, as...
  • Bush blocks WTO entry for Russia

    07/15/2006 8:42:42 AM PDT · by oxcart · 79 replies · 2,744+ views
    AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | 07/15/2006 | By TERENCE HUNT
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — In a chilly summit prelude, President Bush blocked Russia's entry into the World Trade Organization on Saturday and President Vladimir Putin mockingly said Moscow doesn't want the kind of violence-plagued democracy the United States has fostered in Iraq. Alternately joking and poking at each other, the two also showed differences at a news conference on the explosion of violence in the Mideast. Bush held Israel blameless for its punishing attacks in Lebanon and said it was up to the militant group Hezbollah to lay down its arms. Putin was critical of Israel's use of force and...
  • Harper touts Canada as 'energy superpower' in pre-G8 speech to business crowd

    07/15/2006 7:57:48 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 8 replies · 445+ views
    CP via ^ | Saturday, July 15, 2006 | Bruce Cheadle
    Harper touts Canada as 'energy superpower' in pre-G8 speech to business crowd Bruce Cheadle Canadian Press Saturday, July 15, 2006 LONDON (CP) - Canada is an emerging "energy superpower" that's the most attractive investment opportunity in the world, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told a London business audience Friday. On the eve of a G8 conference in St. Petersburg, Harper used his address to the Canada-U.K. Chamber of Commerce to establish Canada's bona fides on the oil and gas front. Energy security is supposed to be one of the key themes as Russia, for the first time, plays host to...
  • Bush Tells Putin to Model Iraq's Democracy

    07/15/2006 6:44:02 AM PDT · by avacado · 9 replies · 634+ views
    CNN ^ | July 15, 2006 | AP/CNN
    President Bush in his meeting with Russia's Putin, suggests to Putin that Russia should model Iraq's democracy. ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (CNN) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected a suggestion from U.S. President George W. Bush that his country should emulate democracy in Iraq. During a joint news conference Saturday in St. Petersburg, Bush said he raised concerns about democracy in Russia during a frank discussion with the Russian leader. "I talked about my desire to promote institutional change in parts of the world, like Iraq where there's a free press and free religion, and I told him that a...
  • Bush, Merkel dine on roast pig at homely fest

    07/15/2006 1:17:21 AM PDT · by snowsislander · 19 replies · 2,750+ views
    TRINWILLERSHAGEN, GERMANY - US President George W. Bush dined on a roast pig shot in his honour as hunting horns sounded on the final evening of his visit to Germany on Thursday. Bush himself cut the first slices of piping hot meat at a barbeque held at a defunct collective farm popular with East Germany's communist leaders in the village of Trinwillershagen. The president, dressed in an open necked blue-checked shirt, appeared in a jovial mood, mingling with guests and drinking what seemed to be beer. It was not clear whether this was real beer or a non-alcoholic beverage, as...
  • KGB alive and well to bring us the G8

    07/14/2006 2:35:10 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies · 508+ views
    The Australian ^ | July 15, 2006 | Peter Wilson
    VLADIMIR Putin would like it to be seen as the "energy security" summit, or the "Russia regains its pride" summit, or perhaps even the "Putin leads the world" summit. But this weekend's gathering in StPetersburg of leaders of the Group of Eight nations would more accurately be called "the KGB summit". The streets are crawling with FSB officers, the modern incarnation of the KGB, trying to impose remarkably tight security for the first G8 summit in Russia. The host himself is a former KGB agent. Dozens of his ministers, regional governors and top Kremlin aides are former KGB men, as...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush and Laura (overseas) - 7.14.06

    07/14/2006 4:38:07 PM PDT · by MJY1288 · 201 replies · 2,958+ views
    Yahoo, White House
    Today, The President and First Lady are in Russia for the G8 Summit this weekend, Today the President participated in a roundtable discussion with civil society in Russia, while the First Lady toured a Pediatric Center in St. Petersburg, Russia and later met with Vladimir Putin at his home for an informal dinner
  • Bush snubs Putin by meeting opposition groups first

    07/14/2006 7:51:28 PM PDT · by Valin · 4 replies · 597+ views
    The Times ^ | 7/14/06 | Jenny Percival
    President Bush reinforced his concerns about his Russian counterpart's record on democracy today when he went straight to meetings with local activists on his arrival in St Petersburg for this weekend's G8 summit. Mr Bush was due to meet Vladimir Putin later but first held discussions with representatives from non-governmental organisations who say the Kremlin has tried to curtail their activities. Some of the groups blame Mr Putin for an erosion of civil liberties and claim this is proof that the country is not fit to be a member of the G8. The US President, who warned Mr Putin yesterday...
  • President Bush refrains from calling on Israel to cease operations in Lebanon

    07/14/2006 12:44:55 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 20 replies · 520+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | July 14, 2006
    ALARM - Lebanon: Bush refuses to ask for the end of the Israeli operations SAINT PETERSBOURG (Russia) - American president George W. Bush refused Friday to make pressure on Israel so that it stops his operations in Lebanon but wished that the Hebrew State save the civil populations, declared his spokesman.
  • How Russia Got Into the Democratic Club (G8)

    07/14/2006 11:06:30 AM PDT · by sergey1973 · 5 replies · 458+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | July 14, 2006 | Stephen Boykewich
    ST. PETERSBURG -- When an ailing, barely reelected President Boris Yeltsin was struggling to contain Russian fury in 1997 over NATO expansion into former Soviet states, U.S. President Bill Clinton had a solution: Let Russia into the Group of Seven. "It's real simple. As we push Ol' Boris to do the right but hard thing on NATO, I want him to feel the warm, beckoning glow of doors that are opening to other institutions where he's welcome," Clinton told his aides in 1997, according to a memoir by Strobe Talbott, then the U.S. president's top Russia aide. It turned out...
  • Britain Hits Back At Russia As G8 Tension Escalates

    07/13/2006 6:58:39 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 888+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-14-2006 | Graeme Green
    Britain hits back at Russia as G8 tension escalates By Graeme Wilson (Filed: 14/07/2006) Tensions between Tony Blair and Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, over human rights and energy security surfaced yesterday as the Prime Minister prepared to fly out to this weekend's G8 summit in St Petersburg. Downing Street offered a robust response after Mr Putin criticised Anthony Brenton, Britain's ambassador to Moscow, for interfering in Russia's "internal" affairs by attending an opposition conference. Mr Putin criticised the ambassador for interfering in domestic affairs The Prime Minister's spokesman said that Mr Brenton had made clear he was not attempting...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush and Laura (overseas) - 7.13.06

    07/13/2006 6:08:54 PM PDT · by ohioWfan · 363 replies · 4,825+ views,; Reuters | 7.13.06 | ohioWfan
    At the invitation of Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Bush traveled to northeastern Germany in advance of his participation in the G-8 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. Chancellor Merkel hosted President Bush today in the towns of Stralsund and Trinwillershagen, which are in the Chancellor's electoral constituency. The visit, which took place in what had been communist East Germany, underscores our two nations' commitment to advancing freedom and prosperity, and to strengthening the transatlantic partnership.The President and the Chancellor took part in a joint press conference in the Straslund Town Hall, and the President also spoke in the historic market square....
  • A Day in the Life of President and Laura Bush (overseas, photos): 7.12.06

    07/12/2006 5:10:50 PM PDT · by GretchenM · 155 replies · 3,575+ views, ^ | Wednesday July 12, 2006 | GretchenM
    The president and first lady departed DC for several days in Germany and Russia. He will meet with Germany's Cancellor Merkel in Germany and then head to the G8 (Group of Eight industrial democracries) summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. Secretary of State Rice is in Paris for a "world powers meeting" regarding Iran's nuclear program. The Secretary of Defense is in Iraq.
  • Bush spends days with his new German ally, Angela Merkel

    07/12/2006 12:38:29 PM PDT · by Michael81Dus · 56 replies · 1,617+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | William Douglas
    ROSTOCK, Germany - The huge headline in Wednesday's edition of the German national newspaper Bild blared the question that inquiring minds in Germany wanted to know: "What Does Bush Find So Fascinating About His Girlfriend Angela?" President Bush, who arrived Wednesday evening in this Baltic Sea coastal region of what once was communist East Germany, has formed a fast friendship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that has made them the new odd couple of international politics. He's the architect of the pre-emptive-strike war on Iraq and defender of the U.S.-operated prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She leads West Europe's biggest...
  • G8 summit: It's really about Russia

    07/09/2006 7:37:47 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 611+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 6 July 2006, 17:44 GMT 18:44 UK | Paul Reynolds World affairs correspondent, BBC News website World affairs correspondent,
    By Paul Reynolds World affairs correspondent, BBC News website Russia's relations with the West have deteriorated in recent months The G8 summit of industrialised nations being hosted by Russia is likely to be more interesting for what it says about the West's relationship with Russia than for any outcome of the meeting itself.It may be that it is now in the interests of both sides to calm some recent heightened language. They have, for example, some common interests, including Iran's nuclear programme, North Korea and international terrorism. Russia might also want to signal that it is a reliable energy...
  • A day in the life of President Bush & VP Cheney (7/1/06): photos & news

    07/01/2006 5:25:29 PM PDT · by Wolfstar · 217 replies · 3,291+ views
    PRESIDENTIAL NEWS OF THE DAY: President Bush will spend the Fourth of July holiday with troops and their families at Fort Bragg in the state of North Carolina, where he says he will thank them for their service in what he calls freedom's cause. The President's 60th birthday is coming up this Thursday. So the Associated Press published some GWB quips about his age: "Security is strong at the airports. I hope they stop taking off the shoes of the elderly. I must confess, they haven't taken off my shoes lately at the airport." — Jan. 23, at Kansas State...
  • Risky Russky Business (Analysis of Putin's Russia Politics and Business)

    06/28/2006 2:15:09 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 24 replies · 628+ views ^ | June 28, 2006 | Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld and Alyssa A. Lappen
    The West’s need for Russia’s energy and cooperation regarding Iran, Iraq, China, and the “War on Terrorism” will likely lower the standard demanded for a full membership in the G8 group, to allow Moscow’s ascendance to the rich nations’ club, at the St. Petersburg meeting in July. “In the six years since he pledged to uphold democracy as a 'dictatorship of law,' President Vladimir Putin has increased the role of the police and security services in governing Russia and wielded the power of the courts for political ends,” says the Director of the London based Foreign Policy Centre, Stephen Twig....
  • Iranian Alert - June 18, 2006 - Bad news for US on Iran at the G8 Summit

    06/18/2006 5:10:25 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 5 replies · 941+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 6.18.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Bad news for US on Iran at the G8 Summit. Amir Taheri, Arab News explains why the US is unlikely to getting help on Iran at next month's G8 Summit in Russia.   Khomeini's Grandson requests US military action in Iran. The Telegraph reported that the grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini, the inspiration of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, has broken a three-year silence to back the United States military to overthrow the country's clerical regime.   Iran prepares to respond to thePerm-5 proposal. The Washington Post reported that Iran's foreign minister said the government likely would suggest...
  • The Utopian Nightmare

    09/15/2005 10:26:49 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies · 685+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | September/October 2005 | William Easterly
    This year, economists, politicians, and rock stars in rich countries have pleaded for debt relief and aid for the world’s poorest countries. It certainly sounds like the right thing to do. But utopian dreams of alleviating poverty overlook some hard facts. By promising so much, rich-world activists prolong the true nightmare of poverty. ___ The past has prepared all the materials and means in superabundance to well-feed, clothe, lodge, train, educate, employ, amuse, and govern the human race in perpetual progressive prosperity—without war, conflict, or competition between nations or individuals.” These words were not uttered by a hopeful world leader...
  • Group Applauds Bush, G8 on 'Global Warming'

    08/03/2005 5:48:52 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 2 replies · 293+ views
    CNSNews ^ | 8/3/05 | Monisha Bansal
    He may be disdainful of the Kyoto global warming treaty, but President Bush is nevertheless a "force to be reckoned with" when it comes to plotting the best way to cut the production of greenhouse gases, according to conservative climate change experts assembled by a Washington, D.C. think tank on Tuesday. Last month's meeting among the leaders of the world's industrialized democracies proved that point, said Roger Bate, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. "The G8 brought climate change discussions closer to current U.S. policy than European policy," Bate noted. "The Bush administration already acknowledged as much about global...
  • Fair trade tests G8 goodwill on Africa

    07/10/2005 7:36:12 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 653+ views
    Reuters (via Yahoo) ^ | Jul 10, 2005
    When the ink dried on G8 pledges to double aid for Africa, what was missing was a commitment to make life viable for cotton farmers and fishermen who are hurt by heavily subsidized U.S. and European rivals. Economic self-interest took a back seat when Group of Eight leaders signed off on debt relief and an extra $50 billion per year for under-developed regions at the Gleneagles golf resort in Scotland on July 8, half of it for Africa. But the goodwill faded when the eight men were asked to stop government support for exports of farm produce so that needier...
  • G8 Summit Push to Force Abortion on Africa

    07/10/2005 8:10:38 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies · 428+ views
    LifesiteNews ^ | 07.07.05
    G8 Summit Push to Force Abortion on Africa Working document encourages aid being made conditional on Africans accepting abortion GLENEAGLES, July 7, 2005 ( - The G8 summit taking place in Scotland today and tomorrow gathers leaders of eight leading developed nations, with a major focus of this year's summit being alleviating poverty in Africa.  However, the key working document for the Africa-related discussions of the G8 calls for "greater access to . . .  safe abortions" threatening that if this is not carried out, "the numbers of deaths (of pregnant women) will accelerate."The G8 consists of Canada, France,...
  • G8 Aid to Palestinians Won't Solve Problem, Israel Says

    07/10/2005 2:28:25 AM PDT · by mastercylinder · 14 replies · 401+ views ^ | July 08, 2005 | Julie Stahl and Jerusalem Bureau Chief
    Jerusalem ( - Israel welcomed the G8's decision on Friday to give billions of dollars in aid to the Palestinian Authority but warned that money alone wouldn't solve the Palestinians' problems. British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced on Friday that leaders of the G8 nations meeting in Scotland had agreed to give $3 billion in economic aid to the Palestinian Authority "in the years to come." Blair said the aid would be given "so that two states, Israel and Palestine, two peoples and two religions, can live side by side in peace." Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's spokesman Dr. Ra'anan...
  • G8 Pushes Abortion

    07/09/2005 11:58:32 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 9 replies · 317+ views
    Focus on the Family ^ | 7/9/05 | Kim Trobee
    Summit of world leaders includes advocacy of greater access to abortion in Africa. It's not just economic matters under discussion at the G8 meetings in Scotland — abortion is on the agenda, too, with a major report calling for "greater access to . . . safe abortion" for women in Africa. The bulk of the document calls for debt relief, fair trade and basic health services, but John Smeaton of the U.K.-based Society for the Protection of Unborn Children said there is also a more sinister agenda. "There are various bodies who are promoting the inclusion of abortion on demand,"...
  • A day in the life of President Bush (7/9/05): many photos

    07/09/2005 2:00:57 PM PDT · by Wolfstar · 355 replies · 4,661+ views
    PRESIDENTIAL NEWS OF THE DAY: While the First Lady and daughter Jenna are on an African trip, there was no public word about where President Bush and the dogs are spending the weekend. However, it's safe to say he's spending at least part of the time reviewing material on potential Supreme Court nominees. It has been a momentous week just past, and next week promises to be hectic. Here's a few notes from today's top stories... President George W. Bush, who kept something of a low profile at the G8 summit that closed Friday at Gleneagles, Scotland, appears nonetheless to...
  • Doug Giles: Jihadists-R-Us

    07/09/2005 2:22:56 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 6 replies · 414+ views ^ | 7/9/05 | Doug Giles
    As eight of the most powerful world leaders were convening in Gleneagles, Scotland for the G8 Summit trying to figure out how to battle poverty, salvage human lives, stop the AIDS epidemic in Africa and keep our globe from warming . . . what does militant Islam do to help? Well, they set off four bombs in the heart of London killing 50+ people and seriously injuring over 700. Being the tough guys and mighty combatants that they are, these “warriors of god” intentionally targeted civilian men, women and children who were stuck in mass transit being armed only with...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos) - 7.8.05

    07/08/2005 5:34:20 PM PDT · by MJY1288 · 209 replies · 3,158+ views
    netscape | 7/8/05
    Today President Bush attended the last day of the G-8 Meeting and Arrived back at Andrews Air Forse Base in Maryland and immediately went to the British Embassy in Washington D.C. to sign the guest book and offer condolences to the victims of terrorist attacks on London yesterday. The Ambassador expressed his appreciation for the outpouring of sympathy and support by the American people, and he thanks President Bush for the gesture
  • Radio Address by the President to the Nation, 07-09-05

    07/09/2005 9:05:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies · 504+ views
    The WhiteHouse,gov ^ | 07-09-05 | George W. Bush
    For Immediate ReleaseOffice of the Press SecretaryJuly 9, 2005 President's Radio Address      Audio      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Thursday morning, terrorists struck at the heart of one of the world's great cities in a series of bombings that hit London's subway and bus system as thousands of commuters headed to work. We in America know the sense of loss that our British friends feel at this moment. We extend our sympathies to those who suffered terrible injuries, and we pray for the families mourning the loss of loved ones. In this dark hour, the people of Great Britain can know...
  • G8: Oil is a key to stability

    07/09/2005 8:21:31 AM PDT · by Lessismore · 3 replies · 247+ views
    Russia Journal ^ | July 08, 2005 | By Igor Tomberg
    MOSCOW — Even the terrorist attack in London has not distracted the G8 leaders from discussing the key problem of global economics. It is the stable provision of oil to global markets and ways to prevent the skyrocketing oil prices from threatening economic growth. It became clear shortly before the summit that the energy problem would be the main issue on its agenda. In mid-June, U.S. President George W. Bush said that he would speak at the summit about cutting global demand for oil, in particular in Asia whose oil requirements are one of the reasons for the current high...
  • Tony Blair Says Leaders Must Faces Terrorism's Root Causes

    07/09/2005 1:38:05 AM PDT · by TheOtherOne · 66 replies · 1,344+ views
    AP ^ | AP-ES-07-09-05 0410EDT
    Tony Blair Says Leaders Must Faces Terrorism's Root Causes The Associated Press Published: Jul 9, 2005 LONDON (AP) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Saturday it is crucial to address terrorism's underlying causes, which he identified as deprivation, lack of democracy and ongoing conflict in the Middle East. Thursday's bomb attacks on London demonstrate the pressing need for world leaders to tackle problems like poverty, he told British Broadcasting Corp. radio. He said leaders had taken on some of those issues at the G-8 summit of the world's wealthy nations in Scotland this week. "I think this type of...