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  • No deal to recognize Israel, Hamas says

    09/24/2006 1:10:41 AM PDT · by familyop · 8 replies · 448+ views
    CBC News (Canada) ^ | 22SEP06 | CBC News
    Hope for a Middle East peace breakthrough faded on Friday when the militant group Hamas contradicted President Mahmoud Abbas's declaration that a new Palestinian unity government would recognize Israel. Speaking at the United Nations on Thursday, Abbas said a coalition being negotiated between his Fatah party and Hamas, the militant group that heads the Palestinian government, would recognize the Jewish state. Such a move would be a huge reversal for Hamas, which is formally dedicated to the destruction of Israel. On Friday, Hamas political advisor Ahmed Yousef told the Associated Press that "there won't be a national unity government if...
  • CIA in middle of election-year battle

    09/16/2006 1:45:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 583+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/16/06 | Katherine Shrader - ap
    WASHINGTON - The CIA believed it was operating lawfully in detaining and interrogating 96 suspected terrorists at locations from Thailand to Europe, until the Supreme Court this summer demolished that legal foundation. The CIA is now squarely in the middle of election-year politics as Congress tries to write new definitions that could reshape the intelligence agency's program. "At the end of the day, the director — any director — of the CIA must be confident that what he has asked an agency officer to do under this program is lawful," CIA Director Michael Hayden wrote employees on Thursday. President Bush...
  • What Is Not The Matter With The Middle Class

    09/08/2006 4:29:10 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 12 replies · 768+ views
    American Prospect Magazine ^ | 5 September 2006 | Stephen Rose
    For more than a decade, the Democratic Party -- the self-proclaimed party of the middle class -- has consistently lost the middle class at election time. In 2004, voters with family incomes between $30,000 and $75,000 went for Bush by 6 percentage points, while Congressional Democrats lost this group by 4 points. Among white middle-class voters (one-third of the electorate), Bush won by 22 points and Congressional Republicans by 19 points. What's the matter with the middle class? Democrats like to pin their defeats on national security and culture issues alone, but the progressive economic message is also to blame....
  • The "running out of oil" myth, and the inside story on illegal immigration

    09/05/2006 7:05:37 AM PDT · by seasoned traditionalist · 61 replies · 2,465+ views
    Renew America ^ | September 4, 2006 | Wes Vernon
    Next time you stop at the pump and pay through-the-stratosphere prices to fill your car's tank, just ponder this: We are not — repeat, we are not running out of oil. There is no good reason you should be paying through the nose. There are only bad reasons for it. If you are also angry about illegal aliens pouring over the border, you should know that illegal immigration is the price we are paying to keep to keep gas prices from going even higher, maybe two or three times higher.
  • Middle school dons name of Medal of Honor recipient

    08/29/2006 7:39:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 20 replies · 586+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Master Sgt. Steve Valley
    HOLIDAY, Fla.(Army News Service, Aug. 29, 2006) – What began last year as a suggestion by retired Maj. Gen. Fred Raymond came full circle last Friday during a dedication ceremony of the new Paul R. Smith Middle School in Holiday, Fla. More than 500 family, friends, Soldiers, veterans, legislators, county officials and students were present. Raymond recommended to the Pasco County School Board in September 2005 that the new school be named after Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant 1st Class Paul R. Smith. Smith’s parents, widow and two children live in Holiday, and his 12-year old son David is now...
  • Huachuca City detains 2 Middle Eastern men with 1000 cell phones; Feds release them (AARRGG!!)

    08/16/2006 10:44:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 56 replies · 1,606+ views
    Arizona's Counter-Terrorism Information Center has advised Arizona's law enforcement officials that there is a possible increase in suspicious purchases of prepaid cell phones. Tucson Police have been searching for two men, of Middle Eastern descent for allegedly trying to buy around 50 disposable cell phones at a local Sam's Club. Those men are wanted for questioning, but not criminal charges. The Counter-Terrorism center is also monitoring the case. Tuesday, two new claims. An inside source says at a Tucson Family Dollar store, two men have also been trying to buy cell phones from that chain. And there's news from Huachuca...
  • Tucson authorities looking for 2 Middle Eastern men

    08/14/2006 6:46:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 134 replies · 2,608+ views
    Law enforcement sources confirm to News 4 that Tucson Police have issued an "attempt to locate" on two Middle Eastern men in their 20's who purchased nearly 50 phones from Sam's Club and Wal-Mart in Tucson. Sources say the men made the purchases on Saturday and Sunday. There's been a number of arrests nationwide with very similar circumstances. News 4 is not linking this case with the national cases, but we do want to point out how similar they are. Arrests have been made in Michigan and Ohio and there are reports of large numbers of cell phones being sold...
  • Official Discusses Middle East Conflicts, Conditions

    08/07/2006 5:46:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 281+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2006 – The activities in the Hezbollah-Hamas battlespace are being manipulated by Iran, directed by Syria and executed by Hamas in Palestine and Hezbollah in Lebanon, a senior U.S. military official, speaking on background, said today. The official also spoke about conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said three major movements are coursing through the Middle East. The first is Iran’s posturing for leadership in the region. Iran’s prominence in the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict, the official said, points to the problem a nuclear-armed Iran would pose to the region and world. Iran’s sponsorship of Hezbollah and its moves...
  • Bush Calls for Lasting Middle East Cease-Fire, End of Status Quo

    07/31/2006 6:00:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 20 replies · 447+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, July 31, 2006 – The current Middle East crisis between Israel and Hezbollah is part of a larger struggle between the forces of freedom and terror, President Bush said today in Miami.   “For decades, the status quo in the Middle East permitted tyranny and terror to thrive,” Bush said during a speech at the U.S. Coast Guard Integrated Support Command. “And as we saw on September the 11th, the status quo in the Middle East led to death and destruction in the United States, and it had to change.”   Bush said America must continue to oppose...
  • President discusses struggle between freedom, terror in the Middle East

    07/31/2006 5:36:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 222+ views
    U.S. Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment take a break in Ramadi General Hospital during a patrol outside Combat Operation Post Hawk's perimeter near Ramadi, Iraq, July 14. Department of Defense photo by Cpl. Trenton E. Harris. BAGHDAD -- During a radio address to the nation Saturday, President George W. Bush discussed U.S. involvement in the Middle East. Although a majority of the radio address was focused on confronting the Israel-Hezbollah conflict, the president said as the international community works to resolve that crisis, we must recognize that Lebanon is only the latest flashpoint in a broader struggle...
  • No End To Fighting As Rice Tours Middle East

    07/24/2006 6:10:09 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 276+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-25-2006 | Patrick Bishop - George Jones
    No end to fighting as Rice tours Middle East By Patrick Bishop and George Jones, Political Editor (Filed: 25/07/2006) Condoleezza Rice arrived in Israel last night with no sign that America's belated diplomatic intervention would bring an early end to the violence in Lebanon. The US secretary of state had earlier visited Beirut where she said she was "deeply concerned" by the plight of the Lebanese people who have been suffering the consequences of two weeks of Israeli attacks. Lebanon's Prime Minister Fouad Siniora greets Condoleezza RiceThe White House announced that it was sending helicopters and ships to provide humanitarian...
  • Missile Defence Unready For Middle East Crisis

    07/19/2006 2:56:11 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 332+ views
    New Scientists ^ | 7-19-2006 | Paul Marks
    Missile defence unready for Middle East crisis 12:23 19 July 2006 news service Paul Marks As rockets and artillery shells continue to devastate Israeli and Lebanese towns, aerospace companies are developing antimissile shields that could one day defend against such attacks. Hezbollah has used Katyusha rockets to hit targets inside Israel, including the coastal town and naval port of Haifa, killing at least 25. Meanwhile, Israeli artillery bombardments and bombs have hit targets inside Lebanon, destroying infrastructure and leaving more than 270 dead. Prototype missile defence systems offer the promise of intercepting incoming rockets and artillery shells in flight....
  • The Prisoners' "Peace" Plan (Media bias ALERT)

    06/06/2006 2:53:33 AM PDT · by ml/nj · 11 replies · 313+ views ^ | June 5, 2006
    The media refer to a plan in which Israel is recognized and violence eschewed. But does the plan really say that? Much of the Western media has been referring to a document signed by Palestinian terrorists in Israeli jails as a breakthrough in the peace process. A New York Times headline "Palestinian Leader Plans a Vote on Accepting Israel" refers to Palestinian President Abbas' initiative to hold a referendum on the so-called "prisoners' plan" characterizing it as a "coexistence plan." The Times states: The proposal calls for a Palestinian state alongside Israel, based on the borders that existed before the...
  • Middle East Trip Gives Civilian Leaders New Insights Into U.S. Military

    05/01/2006 4:16:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 334+ views
    TAMPA, Fla., May 1, 2006 – Civilian leaders returned here yesterday from a whirlwind trip through Southwest Asia with a fresh new perspective about U.S. military operations under way and the caliber of the men and women serving the country in uniform. The 47 business, academic, civic and organizational leaders, all participants in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, agreed that it's one thing to draw conclusions based on what they read in newspapers and see on TV, but quite another to draw their own firsthand conclusions. The group members visited Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar to observe ongoing operations. They met...
  • Abizaid: Staying Power Critical for Security in Middle East

    04/30/2006 11:17:26 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 261+ views
    SOUTHWEST ASIA, April 30, 2006 – It's critical that the American people muster up the will to see the conflict here through to victory, the commander of U.S. Central Command told civilian business, civic and academic leaders visiting here yesterday. Army Gen. John Abizaid, commander of U.S. Central Command, tells participants in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference it's critical that the United States complete its mission in Southwest Asia. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Larry Chambers, USGC  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Military officials asked that the visit's exact location not be released. Army Gen. John Abizaid...
  • Maritime Ops in Middle East Have Deterrent Effect

    04/27/2006 5:36:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 192+ views
    MANAMA, Bahrain, April 27, 2006 – Maritime operations in the Middle East are all about anti-terrorism activities, the deputy commander of coalition forces serving with Naval Forces Central Command said here. British Royal Navy Commodore Simon T. Williams said maritime operations have an active and passive deterrence role in what Americans call the Central Command area of operations. "The main effect is trying to change the risk calculus for terrorists," he said in an interview. The command, which has ships from 17 different nations, has task forces covering the seas from the southern border of Kenya to the Pakistan-India border....
  • Bahraini king supports Iran's peaceful N-issue [Islamist propaganda alert.]

    04/23/2006 2:10:16 PM PDT · by familyop · 3 replies · 243+ views
    IranMania ^ | 23APR06 | IranMania
    LONDON, April 23 (IranMania) - According to IRNA, Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani in Manama on Sunday held talks with Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa on the latest developments in the region, situation in Iraq and Iran's nuclear program. The Bahraini king said that Bahrain supports Iranian program to produce nuclear energy, adding that all states are seeking to diversify their energy resources. He said other states in the region should also take steps towards using nuclear energy. Al-Khalifa said that there is no weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the Middle East except in...
  • Governors Praise Troops Following Middle East Visit

    04/19/2006 5:27:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 331+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 19, 2006 – Four state governors just returned from Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait shared glowing reports today about the operations they observed there, but reserved their highest praise for the men and women in uniform they met, including National Guard troops from their states. Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack shares a meal with Iowa Army National Guard soldiers deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom during Vilsack's visit to Kuwait. Photo by Spc. Debralee P. Crankshaw, USA   The four governors -- Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and West Virginia Gov. Joe...
  • Oklahoma City Bombing - 11 Years Ago Today

    04/19/2006 5:52:31 AM PDT · by Richie Rich · 18 replies · 581+ views
    Bizblogger ^ | 04/19/06 | Richie Rich
    The BBC re-published an online article today that they first published 11 years ago. Note the following paragraph: The State Department would not discuss the possibility of this being a terrorist attack but the FBI and Oklahoma police put out an alert for three men believed to be of Middle Eastern origin driving a brown Chevrolet pick-up truck. Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman and ten of his supporters are currently on trial for the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993. We all know today that the government dropped its search for any connection to Middle East terrorists, despite strong evidence...
  • Collins: Why control of Iraq’s oil matters

    04/10/2006 2:16:03 PM PDT · by mnwo · 4 replies · 647+ views
    The Washington Times Insight Magazine ^ | 04/10/2006 | Congressman Mac Collins (Ret. R-GA)
    Collins: Why control of Iraq’s oil mattersCommentary by U.S. Rep. Mac CollinsRecently, I had dinner with Prince Turki Al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, and one of the other guests asked the Prince an interesting question. The guest was a prominent Georgia Democrat and he wondered aloud “why the Republicans didn’t just admit that the war in Iraq was all about oil?” I sat back, so as not to interrupt the gentleman, and then asked the Prince a question of my own: “Keeping in mind the strength of al Qaeda in Iraq today, and their relationship with Syria...