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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...
  • PA Foreign Minister: ‘No Place’ for Israel on Middle East Map

    04/02/2006 8:11:09 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies · 618+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Apr 02, '06 | Scott Shiloh
    The Palestinian Authority’s new foreign minister, Mahmoud Al-Zahar of the Hamas told Xinhua, China’s official news agency, that he envisions a map of the Middle East that does not have Israel on it. Al-Zahar, who took office last week with the swearing in of the PA’s new Hamas government, said, "I dream of hanging a huge map of the world on the wall at my Gaza home which does not show Israel on it." Al-Zahar’s statement echoes that of Iranian Prime Minister Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in which he vowed “to wipe Israel off the map.” "I hope…to have our independent state...
  • Rice: New Iraq Will Help Stabilize Middle East

    03/26/2006 2:34:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 247+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, March 26, 2006 – The Iraqis are going through a historic process to form a government of national unity, and success in that country will provide a basis for a more stable Middle East, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday morning talk shows today. "We faced the outcome of an ideology of hatred throughout the Middle East that had to be dealt with," Rice said on NBC's "Meet the Press" today. "Saddam Hussein was part of the old Middle East. The new Iraq will be part of a new Middle East, and we will all be safer."...
  • Venezuelan Middle Class Flees Chavez Rule Of Hate

    03/04/2006 5:39:49 PM PST · by blam · 102 replies · 2,869+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-5-2006 | Sophie Arie
    Venezuelan middle class flees Chávez rule of hate By Sophie Arie in Caracas (Filed: 05/03/2006) Venezuela's once-thriving middle class is packing its bags and fleeing the country, afraid for the future as the socialist president, Hugo Chávez, calls on the slum-dwelling masses to rise up and seize wealth from those better off than themselves. Growing numbers of professionals, business owners and shopkeepers are fed up with the climate of hostility that the Left-wing president has encouraged in his effort to boost his populist credentials. President Hugo Chávez María Carolina García was blowing up helium balloons in her party-decorations shop in...
  • Bethlehem Christian minority concerned about Hamas

    02/20/2006 2:41:45 AM PST · by The Ghost of JG · 7 replies · 558+ views
    Spero News ^ | Monday, February 20, 2006 | Michele Green
    Christians living in Jesus' birthplace are bracing themselves as the militant Islamic group Hamas prepares to take power as the Palestinian Authority government after winning legislative elections in January. "There are many Christians who are afraid," said Shatha, a student at the Roman Catholic Bethlehem University. "Since Hamas is new to the government, I doubt they will be able to implement Islamic law," she said the day before Hamas was to take over the Palestinian authority on Feb. 17. "But it's possible they might in the future." Bethlehem's Christian community was already concerned after a member of the city council...
  • Carter's Trail of Disaster ... NOT Bush's Fault!(May 13, 2002 Newsmax article by Christopher Ruddy)

    02/12/2006 8:23:04 AM PST · by Jo Nuvark · 74 replies · 1,676+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 5/13/02 | Christopher Ruddy
    Jimmy Carter is off this week to save Cuba. With Carter on the loose, the American public needs to watch out. It seems that almost wherever he goes and whatever positions he pushes, Jimmy Carter leaves a wake of devastation and disaster. Carter, we should note, has been cozying up to North Korea for years. He helped the U.S. and the communist country come to agreement during the Clinton years to defuse a tense situation over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
  • CA: 2-fer -- Moving to the middle - Governor reaches out .. // Hail to the chief (of staff)

    12/05/2005 9:34:40 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies · 533+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 12/5/05 | Opinion/Editorial
    OPINION When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Democrat Susan Kennedy as his new chief of staff last week, it was a shrewd tactical move. State Republicans groused that Schwarzenegger's hiring of the former aide to Gray Davis and former executive director of the California Democratic Party is a betrayal of his constituency. Really? Isn't the constituency of the governor all the residents of California, rather than just the members of one political party? We think so, and so, evidently, does the governor. This is a welcome attempt to reach out to all voters. It affords the Democratic leadership the chance to...
  • Turin Medals Have Hole in the Middle

    11/30/2005 8:53:20 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 877+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/30/05 | AP
    TURIN, Italy - No, athletes at the Winter Games are not being rewarded with gold doughnuts — it just looks that way. The new medal design for the Olympics in Turin, unveiled Wednesday, features a hole in the center of the metal disc. While it may appear as though biathletes have been using them for target practice, the medals are actually meant to represent the open space of an Italian piazza, or city square. The medals have the Turin logo on one side and images from various sports and disciplines on the other. The red silk ribbon that goes around...
  • Kokomo, Ind., native rides again, on fourth deployment to Middle East

    10/24/2005 5:08:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 353+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 24, 2005 | Cpl. Micah Snead
    AL ASAD, Iraq (Oct. 24, 2005) -- The current operational tempo of the Global War on Terrorism means many Marines are deploying to combat zones on a yearly basis. Back-to-back combat tours can cause headaches for Marines and heartaches for their families, but for Sgt. C. Alexander Wolf, it’s just another day at the office. Wolf, the signals intelligence chief for 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), is on his fourth deployment to the Middle East, dating back to 2003. The Kokomo, Ind., native, works for the Wing’s intelligence division, whose duties range from intercepting and analyzing electronic communications signals to...
  • Bush: 'No Middle Ground' in War on Terror

    09/22/2005 4:14:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies · 378+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sep 22, 2005 | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2005 – Terrorists are testing American will and resolve in Iraq, and failing that test would mean dire consequences for the safety and security of America, President Bush said here today. Delivering remarks at the Pentagon, Bush said that the battle lines are drawn in Iraq, and there is no middle ground. "Either we defeat the terrorists and help the Iraqis build a working democracy, or the terrorists will impose their dark ideology on the Iraqi people and make that country a source of terror and instability to come for decades," he said. Iraqi security forces are...
  • Why we are here

    09/13/2005 9:37:19 AM PDT · by VirginiaMil · 2 replies · 563+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | September 13, 2005 | Col. John D. Folsom
    There has been much discussion among the American People of why our military and State Department personnel are deployed in Iraq. While some offer cynical views, mostly for partisan reasons, others are closer to the mark and deserve consideration. There are four main reasons that we are here:
  • Oil Denomination: The clash between United States and China starts

    07/04/2005 1:01:07 AM PDT · by Srirangan · 6 replies · 948+ views
    The oil war is openly declared now and the world shall stand to witness it. In what seems to be the clash of China and the United States over Unocal is already having its impact felt all over the world. United States is a nation driven by the politics of oil and influence. The mammoth growth of China is a reality and for the first time China is directly contesting America’s sphere of influence all over the world. With oil prices touching record high of 60 dollars per barrel the war is likely to intensify if anything else. But one...
  • Iraq's teenage prostitutes

    06/27/2005 3:46:31 AM PDT · by fco · 43 replies · 2,447+ views
    Salon ^ | Joshua Phillips
    Unveiling Iraq's teenage prostitutes Fleeing their war-torn homes, Iraqi girls are selling their bodies in Syria to support their families. - - - - - - - - - - - - By Joshua E. S. Phillips printe-mail June 24, 2005 | DAMASCUS, Syria -- You might not even notice the Manara nightclub if it weren't for the gradual flow of cars leading right to it. Just behind the Mosque of President Hafez Assad, the club's parking lot is crammed with cars, many bearing plates from neighboring gulf states. Inside, disco lights pierce the smoky air. Patrons pack the seats...
  • Al-Zarqawi: America's Agent in Iraq - (anti-American conspiracy theories in Arab capitals)

    06/21/2005 2:56:51 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 8 replies · 453+ views
    FRONT PAGE MAGAZINE.COM ^ | JUNE 21, 2005 | Steven Stalinsky
    The Iraq War is replacing the attacks of September 11, 2001, as fodder for conspiracy theories emanating from the Middle East - in particular, questions surrounding Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi. Does he exist? Where is he hiding? Is he actually an American or Jordanian agent? Is he dead? Print and television reports in the Arab and Iranian press regularly question Mr. al-Zarqawi's existence. A member of the former Iraqi Governing Council, Fadhl al-Rube'i, was interviewed on the Lebanese channel New TV, on May 16, 2004. He called Mr. al-Zarqawi mythical and a creation of the Pentagon's "disinformation" center. The spokesman for...
  • The Gang of 14, Blogged Down In the Middle

    05/29/2005 7:13:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies · 1,027+ views
    Washington Post .com ^ | 5/29/05 | Howard Kurtz
    The Gang of 14, Blogged Down In the Middle By Howard Kurtz Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, May 29, 2005 It was the perfect storm for the blogosphere, an issue on which both right-wingers and left-wingers could rise up in rare unison and smite the craven offenders. Both sides hated, castigated and otherwise took a dim view of the last-minute deal this week that averted a nuclear showdown over Senate filibusters. Let the mainstream media praise as bipartisan statesmen the mushy moderates who cobbled together the compromise. Many bloggers were infuriated, castigating the so-called Gang of 14 (and especially John...

    05/21/2005 6:14:03 PM PDT · by WJHII · 1 replies · 221+ views ^ | 03/01/2005 | N. Beaujon
    The Sky Is Falling, The Sky Is ….wait, that’s only the sound of Theocratic Dictatorships Toppling. BUSH’S REVERSE DOMINO THEORY- Let Freedom Ring. by N. Beaujon George Bush may be the worst threat to Fascism in history. Tragically, freedom is spreading and the world’s most beloved terrorist states are falling. What have Bush’s foreign policy wrought? The US has invaded and toppled Afghanistan’s repressive, fundamentalist Taliban regime. They have been replaced by the pro-western, articulate and uber snazzy dresser Hamid Karzai. Democratically held elections recently went off without a hitch and for the first time in 25 years women were...
  • Pepsico flipped off due to middle finger

    05/21/2005 1:04:44 AM PDT · by Brian Allen · 187 replies · 4,491+ views ^ | FRiday May 20 2005 | Joe Kovacs
    Rush Limbaugh sounds off on controversy as many urge boycotts, firing of president An apology by PepsiCo's president who likened the United States to a middle finger is apparently doing little to calm outrage caused by her remarks. In the wake of WorldNetDaily's coverage of Indra Nooyi's commencement speech to graduates at Columbia Business School in which she compared the U.S. to the middle finger with both positive and negative connotations, consumers are vowing to boycott the company, and the topic is being widely discussed on talk radio.
  • Pepsi president likens U.S. to middle finger (Food giant now doing damage control in wake of speech)

    05/20/2005 1:21:27 AM PDT · by An American Patriot · 144 replies · 3,589+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | May 20, 2005 | Joe Kovacs
    The remarks by Indra Nooyi, an India-born woman who also serves as PepsiCo's chief financial officer, came during a speech Sunday to graduates at Columbia Business School. Nooyi then went on to say the five major continents in the world can each be represented by a finger on the hand. She said Africa was the pinkie; She said our thumb is Asia; Europe was compared to the index finger; South America, including Latin America, was likened to the ring finger; She said her analogy "leaves the long, middle finger for North America, and in particular, the United States.
  • Iran plans to knock out U.S. with 1 nuclear bomb

    05/12/2005 2:20:35 AM PDT · by usa1776 · 83 replies · 2,432+ views
    WorldNetdaily ^ | April 25, 2005 | Joseph Farah
    WASHINGTON -- Iran is not only covertly developing nuclear weapons, it is already testing ballistic missiles specifically designed to destroy America's technical infrastructure, effectively neutralizing the world's lone superpower, say U.S. intelligence sources, top scientists and western missile industry experts. The radical Shiite regime has conducted successful tests to determine if its Shahab-3 ballistic missiles, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, can be detonated by a remote-control device while still in high-altitude flight. Scientists, including President Reagan's top science adviser, William R. Graham, say there is no other explanation for such tests than preparation for the deployment of electromagnetic pulse...
  • Henry Kissinger: Some atomic arm-twisting

    05/11/2005 1:34:21 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 24 replies · 659+ views
    The Australian ^ | May 11, 2005 | Henry Kissinger
    IF George W. Bush's first term was dominated by the war against terrorism, the second will be preoccupied with the effort to stem the spread of nuclear weapons. This challenge is more complex than the first. Do we oppose proliferation because of the rogue quality of the two regimes - Iran and North Korea - furthest advanced on the road towards acquiring nuclear weapons? Or is our opposition generic; does it extend to fully democratic countries? How far are we prepared to go in resisting proliferation? Is it possible for one country alone to become the sole custodian of the...

    05/06/2005 5:56:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies · 1,398+ views
    NY Post ^ | 5/06/05 | IAN BISHOP
    ABORTION STAND HALTS CLINTON'S SHIFT TO MIDDLE By IAN BISHOP Post Correspondent May 6, 2005 -- WASHINGTON — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is putting the brakes on her move to the political middle by opposing legislation that would bar helping underage girls cross state lines for an abortion without their parents' consent. Clinton — despite preaching moderation in recent speeches — will toe the Democratic line in the Senate in an effort to block a GOP-backed bill that just passed the House and makes it illegal for anyone to help a girl get a secret out-of-state abortion. "I don't believe...
  • Key role for NATO in Middle East?(Consider effects of Israel and Palestine joining Nato.Interesting)

    04/09/2005 8:34:24 AM PDT · by longtermmemmory · 15 replies · 386+ views
    Kathemerini ^ | April 2, 2005 | Aristotle Tziampiris
    NEWS Key role for NATO in Middle East? ReutersA Palestinian man gestures in front of an Israeli border policeman yesterday during a protest against Israel’s barrier in the West Bank village of Beit Surik. A key NATO role in the Middle East could help establish greater stability and improve prospects for peace.By Aristotle Tziampiris (1)NATO can play a key role in the stabilization and transformation of the Middle East. The longstanding alliance should in particular address the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. It is worth exploring not only the use of NATO training options, or dispatching NATO troops to police a future...
  • Egypt students rally for reform

    04/05/2005 7:10:42 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 7 replies · 326+ views
    BBC ^ | Apr 5th, 2005 | BBC NEWS
    Thousands of Egyptian university students have demonstrated angrily against the government, in the largest such protest yet to be staged. The students - mostly from the Muslim Brotherhood movement - marched at five campuses in Cairo and the Nile Delta. Hundreds of police prevented them from taking their protests outside university gates onto the streets. Islamists, liberals and nationalists want an end to Egypt's 24-year-old state of emergency. They also called for an end to the presidency of Hosni Mubarak. Mr Mubarak has been the country's leader since 1981. He is hoping to win a fifth term in office in...
  • The Risks of Regime Change: Middle Eastern Christians might end up more repressed under "democracy"

    03/23/2005 8:25:00 AM PST · by w6ai5q37b · 1 replies · 254+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | April, 2005 issue | Derek Hoffmann
    Recent U.S. Iraq policy has moved from toppling a genocidal autocrat to seeking to create a pluralist, prosperous Arab democracy and inducing neighboring regimes to replicate it. The mainstream media discuss what this might mean for the region at large, but what about for Christians in the Middle East? What does this policy portend for them? If one were to perform a risk analysis for churches as one does for corporations—something I do for a living—what would be the inherent risks for churches, particularly evangelical churches, in the Middle East at this time? Minority of a Minority Evangelicals in the...
  • A Worldwide Criminal Enterprise

    03/23/2005 7:09:31 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 7 replies · 429+ views
    CFP ^ | March 23, 2005 | Alan Caruba
    I don’t know when it first dawned on me that the study of history was the study of a worldwide criminal enterprise, but a look back at just the last century reveals that the Nazis had it in mind to control and loot all of Europe, while the Empire of Japan sought to do the same with China and Pacific Basin nations. If you go back in history, Pax Romana, imposed by the Roman Empire was, in essence, a huge extortion scheme in which the conquered nations paid Rome to "protect" them and provide some good roads. If you come...
  • In the Arab world, a blog can mean prison

    03/20/2005 6:59:01 PM PST · by F14 Pilot · 5 replies · 304+ views
    The Daily Star ^ | By William Fisher
    In democratic countries, personal Web sites known as Weblogs have grown exponentially over the past few years. In the United States, for example, there are literally millions of "blogs." Not yet in the Middle East, even though there are many parallels in the region with what has made the phenomenon explode in the United States. For example, blogging technology is available to anyone with access to the Internet, it is cheap, indeed free, and content can easily be created in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and other languages. While home-computer ownership is still embryonic, the deep suspicion of government-owned mainstream media has...
  • A Middle East democracy? (A European Commentator Who Gets it Alert)

    03/13/2005 10:29:52 AM PST · by longtermmemmory · 5 replies · 434+ views ^ | March 10, 2005 | Aristotle Tziampiris
    A Middle East democracy? By Aristotle Tziampiris (1) Anascent democratic movement is emerging in the Middle East that could constitute an historic turning point for the region and so deserves the full support of the international community and of the European Union in particular. Iraq’s recent elections are an example. Although marred by violence and the overwhelming non-participation of the country’s Sunni population, the polls were an unprecedented and largely positive development. In Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak unexpectedly announced proposals to amend the country’s constitution and allow multiparty presidential elections. If Parliament endorses and implements such reforms, it will mark...
  • Damn those Lebanese People!

    03/03/2005 10:15:52 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 6 replies · 660+ views
    CFP ^ | March 3, 2005 | J.B. Williams
    In honor of the clumsy, half-witted spineless mindset of Senators Kerry, Kennedy and Boxer, everyone calm down a dog-gone minute! Let’s not overemphasize what’s happening in Lebanon as we speak! I can just envision these socialist gutless windbags scrambling for an emergency DNC strategy session as I write. First the people of Afghanistan, then the people of Iraq and now the people of Lebanon, all throwing off the shackles of tyranny and fear as they take to the streets by the thousand, ousting tyrannical regime after tyrannical regime across the Middle East, demanding freedom and liberty..Good Lord, you’d think they...

    03/01/2005 9:31:11 AM PST · by ml/nj · 13 replies · 673+ views (via email) | March 1, 2005
                                         Communique: 1 March 2005       [View this article online]                                                                                                                                     [Discuss this topic on BackSpin] SEA CHANGE IN PALESTINIAN OPINION? Dear HonestReporting Subscriber,     Islamic Jihad holds a press conference Five Israelis were murdered and dozens injured when a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to a Tel Aviv nightclub on Friday night (Feb. 25). Syria-based Islamic Jihad admitted responsibility for the terrorist attack. Then on Monday (Feb. 28) in the West Bank, Palestinian terrorists opened fire on two Israelis, and the IDF found a car bomb packed with half a ton of explosives ― the largest...
  • Cease-Fire or Battle Lines? (Israel-Palestinian)

    02/11/2005 4:25:48 PM PST · by Nate1984 · 10 replies · 355+ views
    The Daily Campus ^ | Friday, February 11, 2005 | Nathan Anderson
    Early this Tuesday, a cease-fire was declared between newly elected Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli PM Ariel Sharon. Abbas promised with Sharon to "cease all violence against the Israelis and against the Palestinians, wherever they are," Israel agreed furthermore to release 900 Palestinian prisoners, to gradually withdraw from West Bank cities, and as a gesture of commitment, reopened a major Gaza checkpoint where six Israeli civilians had been killed last month in a terrorist attack. Abbas in return promised to stop glorification of terrorists and incitement against Israel on official Palestinian Authority media outlets. The western media was churning...
  • Bush Marches Into a Second Term, His Agenda Set by Mideast Foes

    02/02/2005 1:44:43 PM PST · by stevejackson · 2 replies · 287+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy, LLC ^ | February 2, 2005 | Michael Rubin
    Last week, George W. Bush took the oath of office and began his second term. With 150,000 troops still in Iraq, Iran developing nuclear weapons and new leadership in the Palestinian Authority, the Middle East will continue to dominate White House attention.To what extent will Bush's second term be different from his first? For better or worse, not much.Pundits who keep a scorecard of second-term appointments forget three factors: First, this president remains firm in his views. When he speaks about freedom, liberty and democracy, he is sincere. Second, the rank-and-file of not only the CIA, but also of the...