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  • US Vows to 'Work With' Palestinian Arab 'Unity' Government

    06/02/2014 1:22:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    arutz 7 ^ | 6/2/14 | ova Dvorin and AFP
    Washington said Monday it will work with the Palestinian Arab unity government and maintain aid, while "watching closely" to ensure it respects the principle of non-violence, AFP reports. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Washington believes Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has "formed an interim technocratic government... that does not include members affiliated with Hamas." "With what we know now, we will work with this government," Psaki said. Abbas has insisted that a 'unity' government would be based on what he called"the four Palestinian principles": recognizing Israel, recognizing the terms of international agreements, and the explicit rejection of violence...
  • Netanyahu vows tough line for White House talks

    03/02/2014 11:11:04 PM PST · by kingattax · 14 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 3-2-14 | JOSEF FEDERMAN
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister headed to Washington on Sunday for a high-stakes meeting with President Barack Obama about U.S.-led Mideast peace efforts, vowing to maintain a tough line in the face of heavy international pressure to begin making concessions to the Palestinians. Benjamin Netanyahu's defiant tone set the stage for what could be a difficult meeting Monday with Obama. But with the clock ticking toward an April target date for a preliminary agreement, the Israeli leader could soon be forced to begin laying out a clearer vision for a future peace deal with the Palestinians. Shortly before takeoff,...
  • Libya attack: Obama vows justice for killed US envoy

    09/12/2012 3:02:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 105 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9/12/12 | BBC
    US President Barack Obama has vowed to bring to justice those who killed the US ambassador to Libya during protests against a film that mocks Islam. But he told reporters that the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi would not break the bonds between the US and the new Libyan government. His election rival Mitt Romney criticised his handling of the crisis. Ambassador J Christopher Stevens reportedly died of smoke inhalation after a crowd stormed the consulate. Three other Americans were also killed and the consulate set ablaze, in what the White House described as a "complex" attack. Unconfirmed...
  • Boston mayor vows to keep Chick-fil-A out of city

    07/20/2012 1:56:33 PM PDT · by Mind Freed · 44 replies
    The mayor of Boston is vowing to block Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in the city after the company's president spoke out publicly against gay marriage. Mayor Thomas Menino told the Boston Herald on Thursday that he doesn't want a business in the city "that discriminates against a population." Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press this week that his privately owned company is "guilty as charged" in support of what he called the biblical definition of the family. The fast-food chicken sandwich chain later said that it strives to "treat every person with honor, dignity and respect --...
  • Email, Faith, and Patriotism

    03/20/2011 10:01:20 AM PDT · by Truelove · 9 replies
    Vanity - Personal | 110320 | Truelove
    Okay, so today I got another of those emails. You know the kind, the If-you-don't-forward-this-you're-unpatriotic type of chain mails. This one involved the fact that, according to the email, many US Courts are taking the “so help me God” out of the swearing in statement for witnesses. Also, according to the email, NBC News took a poll and had an “overwhelming” show of support for leaving it in. The implication here is that good Christians everywhere should be outraged. I'm not. That's the problem. I have no intention of forwarding this to anyone and I won't even turn a hair...
  • Obama vows to shift economy into overdrive

    01/21/2011 12:09:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 48 replies
    yahoo ^ | 1/21/11 | afp
    SCHENECTADY, New York (AFP) – President Barack Obama claimed the role of champion of US businesses Friday, vowing to slip the economy into "overdrive" and enlisting corporate America in his crusade to create jobs. Obama named General Electric CEO and Chairman Jeffrey Immelt to head a new Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in his latest conciliatory gesture to the business sector following a Republican mid-term election rout. "The past two years were about pulling our economy back from the brink," Obama said after touring a GE plant in upstate New York, which manufactures hardware for solar, steam and wind power...
  • New Speaker Vows to Share Power - a Tricky Proposition (with the RATS? Uh, oh.)

    01/04/2011 6:19:02 AM PST · by Libloather · 362 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1/04/11 | NAFTALI BENDAVID And PATRICK O'CONNOR
    New Speaker Vows to Share Power—a Tricky PropositionJANUARY 4, 2011 By NAFTALI BENDAVID And PATRICK O'CONNOR When John Boehner takes over one of the most powerful jobs in Washington this week, he says his first order of business is to make himself less powerful. On Wednesday the new speaker of the House of Representatives plans to offer a package of rule changes that, he says, will give minority-party members more of a say and decentralize power. In short, Ohio Republican Mr. Boehner is promising he'll be a different figure from many speakers throughout history—from Republican Joseph Cannon a century ago...
  • Geithner vows U.S. will not devalue dollar

    10/18/2010 7:19:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    reuters ^ | 10/18/10 | Jim Christie and David Lawder
    (Reuters) - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner vowed on Monday that the United States would not devalue the dollar for export advantage, saying no country could weaken its currency to gain economic health. "It is not going to happen in this country." Geithner told Silicon Valley business leaders of devaluing the dollar. Geithner broke his silence on the dollar's protracted slide ahead of this weekend's meeting of finance leaders from the Group of 20 wealthy and emerging nations in South Korea, where rising tensions over Chinese and U.S. currency valuations are expected to take center stage. "It is very important for...
  • Holder Vows Equal Enforcement, Calls Allegations To Contrary "Simply False"

    10/04/2010 7:16:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 10/4/10 | Mike Levine
    Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday pushed backed against those who accuse the Justice Department of enforcing civil rights laws based on race, saying people need to just "look at the facts." "The notion that we are enforcing any civil rights laws -- voting or others -- on the basis of race, ethnicity or gender is simply false," Holder said. For more than a year, Republicans and others have been questioning why the Obama administration reversed course on a federal lawsuit against two members of the New Black Panther Party, who were videotaped outside a
  • Janet Napolitano vows to keep up fight (Janet Incompetano PC Style Of Course)

    09/10/2010 9:00:03 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/10/10 9:43 AM EDT | MIKE ALLEN
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will mark the ninth anniversary of 9/11 with a speech Friday in New York vowing to keep up the fight against terrorists and to “to enlist the nation in its own collective security.” “[W]e can’t guarantee there won’t be another successful terrorist attack,” Napolitano will tell first responders and emergency workers. “The threats we face are evolving, and enemies like al Qaeda and its affiliates are determined. … Today, on the eve of the ninth anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history, I can pledge to you this: we will do everything...
  • WikiLeaks: Group vows to put more documents online

    07/26/2010 1:04:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 1+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/26/10 | Raphael G. Satter - ap
    LONDON – It has no headquarters and its public face — a wiry, silver-haired Australian with a physics Ph.D. — carries his desktop computer in a backpack as he moves from place to place. WikiLeaks is a bare-bones organization on a mission to root out the secrets of the high and mighty, from Sarah Palin to the Church of Scientology. Its founder, Julian Assange, said his group's biggest coup so far — the publication of tens of thousands of classified U.S. military reports on Afghanistan — will likely unleash a new wave of leaks. "It is our experience that courage...
  • Obama vows country will fight oil spill disaster

    06/15/2010 2:16:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 368+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/15/10 | Erica Werner - ap
    PENSACOLA, Fla. – Laying the groundwork for an evening speech to the nation, President Barack Obama walked a pristine stretch of sand on Florida's shoreline Tuesday and pledged to "fight back with everything we've got" against the spreading oil lurking offshore. In a speech at Pensacola's Naval Air Station, Obama took note of the painful contrasts around him: "The sand is white. The water's blue," he said. And yet, he added, "those plumes of oil are off the coast." Obama's challenge was spelled out clearly in a sign held up by one of the passersby who watched the president's motorcade...
  • The Validity of Homosexual Vows of Chastity in Religious Life

    04/14/2010 2:22:26 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 21 replies · 642+ views
    New Oxford Review via Pertinacious Papist Blog ^ | April 09, 2010 | Fr. Regis Scanlon
    Friday, April 09, 2010 The Validity of Homosexual Vows of Chastity in Religious Life By Regis Scanlon We are all too painfully aware of the problems that homosexuality in the priesthood has caused the Catholic Church. When the John Jay College of Criminal Justice conducted its research into clerical sex abuse for the U.S. bishops in 2004, it found not a pedophilia crisis but what Dr. Paul McHugh, former psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, described as a pattern of "homosexual predation on American Catholic youth." The first question that comes to mind is: Should the Church accept homosexuals into diocesan...
  • Israel Minister Vows To 'Liquidate' Gaza Hamas Rulers

    03/28/2010 3:16:18 AM PDT · by Strategy · 25 replies · 1,554+ views
    AFP ^ | March 28, 2010
    AFP - A senior minister on Sunday warned that Israel would "liquidate" the Islamist Hamas-run government in Gaza following deadly weekend clashes that killed two Israeli soldiers. "Sooner or later we will liquidate the military regime of the pro-Iranian Hamas which controls the Gaza Strip," Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, from the governing rightwing Likud party, told public radio. "I am not setting a timetable, but we will not tolerate this regime continuing to strengthen itself militarily and providing itself with an arsenal of rockets that threaten our territory," he added.
  • Obama vows to beat 'blizzard' of opposition on health care(vows crusade on GoP-held StoneWallistan)

    02/06/2010 3:26:29 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 615+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/6/10 | Stephen Collinson
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama vowed Saturday to salvage his health reform drive and crusade for change despite a "blizzard" of opposition, as he left a snow-buried White House to rally wavering Democrats. Obama motorcaded through deserted Washington streets during a historic winter storm to fire up a party rocked by panic and disaffection after the president's reform drive hit a roadblock ahead of mid-term polls in November. "(It's) good to be among friends. So committed to the future of this party and this country ... a blizzard ... Snowmageddon here in DC!" Obama told Democratic National Committee members...
  • Social forum ends with vows to fight capitalism

    01/29/2010 7:33:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 957+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/29/10 | Alan Clendenning - ap
    PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil – Leftists who converged in Brazil to protest what they view as uncontrolled capitalism ended the World Social Forum on Friday with vows to take advantage of the financial crisis to promote a global socialist agenda. Activists at the annual countercultural gathering against the World Economic Forum under way at the Swiss ski resort of Davos said the meltdown proves the business titans attending the economic forum shouldn't be permitted to help reshape the global economy. About 30,000 people attended the 10th annual social forum .. They railed against unfettered capitalism they claimed is responsible for corporate...
  • Obama vows to make job growth his top priority

    01/27/2010 6:30:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 1,783+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/27/10 | Jennifer Loven - ap
    WASHINGTON – Declaring "I don't quit,'" an embattled President Barack Obama vowed in his first State of the Union address Wednesday night to make job growth his topmost priority for the year and urged a divided Congress to come together around new stimulus spending and short-term economic relief. He said he would still pursue ambitious longer-term changes to health care, energy, education and beyond. "Change has not come fast enough," Obama said before a politician-packed House chamber and a TV audience of millions. "I do not accept second-place for the United States of America. As hard as it may be,...
  • Obama vows greenhouse gas emissions cuts (17% by 2020)

    11/25/2009 12:39:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 911+ views
    BBC News ^ | 11/25/09 | BBC
    President Barack Obama is to pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the US in several stages, beginning with a 17% cut by 2020, the White House has said. The offer will be made at December's UN climate talks in Copenhagen, which Mr Obama will attend. But he does not plan to be there for the crucial last days, when delegates including other world leaders are hoping to pull together a deal. The talks aim to draw up a new treaty to supplant the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. UN climate chief Yvo de Boer said his attendance could be vital for...
  • Holder vows that Guantanamo defendants will not be released in U.S.

    11/14/2009 9:53:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies · 1,156+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11/13/09 | Susan Crabtree
    Attorney General Eric Holder has pledged not to allow the release of dangerous detainees in the United States if they are found not guilty in federal court or if their case is thrown out on a technicality. Holder made the assurances in a written response to a question posed by Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) obtained by The Hill. The 55-page document provided answers to questions from several senators on the Judiciary Committee in advance of a Wednesday oversight hearing on Justice Department policies and practices.
  • Obama vows "relentless" U.S. pursuit of al Qaeda

    10/06/2009 1:21:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 1,508+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/6/09 | Tabassum Zakaria
    MCLEAN, Virginia (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed the United States would keep relentless pressure on al Qaeda and ensure extremist networks, which he called a "principle" threat, do not find safe havens overseas. "We know that al Qaeda and its extremist allies threaten us from different corners of the globe -- from Pakistan but also from East Africa and Southeast Asia; from Europe and the Gulf," Obama said in a visit to the National Counterterrorism Center. "And that's why we're applying focused and relentless pressure on al Qaeda," he said, citing intelligence-sharing, disruption of terrorism financing, and...
  • Obama Vows Deep Cuts In Spending [Flashback Urging be Fiscally Tough As Conservative Republicans]

    08/08/2009 9:39:44 AM PDT · by Son House · 17 replies · 609+ views
    ABC News ^ | September 22, 2008 | By MIKE GLOVER
    Urging members of his own party to be just as fiscally tough as the most conservative Republicans, Obama said the $700 billion economic bailout plan proposed by the Bush administration and congressional leaders is forcing a renewed look at federal spending. As president, Obama said he would create a White House team headed by a chief performance officer to monitor the efficiency of government spending. "I am not a Democrat who believes that we can or should defend every government program just because it's there," Obama said at a rally. "We will fire government managers who aren't getting results, we...
  • Obama Vows Swift Overhaul As Chrysler Enters Bankruptcy

    04/30/2009 8:18:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies · 1,048+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 4/30/09 | Peter Whoriskey, Brady Dennis and Kendra Marr
    Chrysler, the nation's third-largest automaker, filed for bankruptcy protection yesterday, with President Obama promising that court relief would give the company a "new lease on life." The administration's efforts to avert a bankruptcy filing were frustrated by some hedge funds, which Obama referred to as "a small group of speculators," that rejected the government's final offer to settle their claims against Chrysler out of court. Now largely under government control, Chrysler will seek in court to strip itself of its overwhelming debts. Then, according to the administration plan, the company will get roughly $10 billion in new government aid and...
  • Obama vows to shut Guantanamo in 60 Minutes interview

    11/16/2008 5:34:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 131 replies · 3,582+ views
    new.au.com ^ | November 17, 2008 | Agency Press France
    US President-elect Barack Obama says he will shut down the "war on terror'' internment camp at Guantanamo Bay and rebuild "America's moral stature in the world,'' in a major interview aired overnight. "I have said repeatedly that I intend to close Guantanamo, and I will follow through on that,'' the Democrat, who takes office on January 20, told the CBS program 60 Minutes. "I have said repeatedly that America doesn't torture. And I'm going to make sure that we don't torture. Those are part and parcel of an effort to regain America's moral stature in the world,'' Senator Obama said....
  • Why having an affair could save your marriage.

    06/09/2008 9:23:11 AM PDT · by BoneHead · 79 replies · 245+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 06/09/2008 | By Laura Clout
    Having an affair can help to save a struggling marriage, according to a new, controversial self-help book. Mira Kirshenbaum, who has over 30 years' experience as a marriage therapist, says the 'right kind' of affair can be a positive thing, acting to "jolt people from their inertia". The author of When Good People Have Affairs, published this week, argues that because society has so far failed to have a sympathetic discussion of infidelity, the positive sides of cheating have been ignored. However, she insists that most cheating spouses should never own up, because revealing the infidelity is more damaging than...
  • McCain vows to fight U.S. farm subsidies, tariffs

    05/19/2008 9:14:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 236+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/19/08 | JoAnne Allen
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Monday vowed to aid small farmers by targeting agricultural tariffs and subsidies doled out to agribusiness. "If I am elected president, I will seek an end to all agricultural tariffs, and to all farm subsidies that are not based on clear need. I will veto any bill containing special-interest favors and corporate welfare in any form," McCain said in remarks prepared for delivery to the National Restaurant Association in Chicago. McCain, an Arizona senator, said one of the biggest obstacles to opening up foreign markets to American farmers is found in...
  • Al-Maliki vows crackdown in Baghdad

    04/03/2008 11:21:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 147+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/3/08 | Qassim Abdul-Zahra - ap
    BAGHDAD - Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Thursday he planned to launch more security crackdowns like the one in Basra against "criminal gangs" in Baghdad. Addressing a news conference, he singled out Sadr City and Shula — two Mahdi Army militia strongholds in Baghdad — as likely targets in the future crackdowns, saying they were under the sway of "criminal gangs." Al-Maliki did not mention by name the Mahdi Army militia, which is led by radical Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr. Sadr City and Shula are militia strongholds and any attack by government troops there is likely to trigger a backlash...
  • Iraq vows to "crush terrorists" after 99 killed

    02/02/2008 11:48:52 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 11,127+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/2/08 | Michael Holden
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's prime minister vowed on Saturday that attacks by two female bombers which killed 99 people in Baghdad would not derail improved security, but angry residents demanded the government do more to protect them. Nuri al-Maliki said Friday's nearly simultaneous bombings at two crowded pet markets, the deadliest attacks in the city since April, would not herald a return to the savage violence that took Iraq to the brink of sectarian civil war. The U.S. military said there were indications the women were mentally handicapped, and probably unaware they were being used as human bombs. It blamed...
  • Romney vows to carry on with campaign

    01/29/2008 9:05:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 218 replies · 1,220+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/29/08 | Glen Johnson - ap
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Republican Mitt Romney, his family and supporters vowed to carry his campaign into the vote-rich Super Tuesday contests next week after narrowly losing Florida's primary to rival John McCain. In his concession speech Tuesday night, Romney issued a call to arms to conservatives to support him, vowing to cut federal spending, end illegal immigration and teach children "that before they have babies, they should get married." But it was his wife, Ann, who took the microphone after Romney delivered nine minutes of prepared remarks, who explained the reasons for continuing. "We feel as though the conservatives...
  • Bhutto vows protest against Musharraf (the 13th)

    11/09/2007 10:41:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 138+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/9/07 | Simon Gardner
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto will defy President Pervez Musharraf and go ahead with a pro-democracy rally next week, an aide said on Saturday, as Washington called on Pakistan to end its state of emergency. A defiant Bhutto, who was kept under house arrest in Islamabad on Friday to prevent her from leading a protest in the adjoining garrison town of Rawalpindi, plans on Tuesday to set off in a motorcade from Lahore to the capital. Police maintained a strong security presence at Bhutto's Islamabad residence early on Saturday, complete with barbed wire and concrete barriers, despite...
  • Gates, Pace Vow to Pursue, Defeat 9/11 Perpetrators

    09/11/2007 12:46:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 122+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told grieving family members at the Pentagon’s west wall today that the military would continue to pursue and defeat America’s enemies, especially terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda, which instigated the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. (Video) Mazie Lawson meets with reporters after the Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony at the Pentagon on the sixth anniversary of the attacks. Lawson said she still grieves for her daughter, Cecelia E. Richard, a federal civilian employee who was among the 184 innocent people killed during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the...
  • Iran vows to use 'smart' bomb on enemies

    08/26/2007 10:57:40 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 49 replies · 1,313+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/26/07 | Ali Akbar Dareini - ap
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran vowed Sunday to use a new 2,000-pound "smart" bomb against its enemies and unveiled mass production of the new weapon, state television reported. The government first announced development of the long-range guided bomb Thursday, saying it could be deployed by the country's aging U.S.-made F-4 and F-5 fighter jets. "We will use these (bombs) against our enemies when the time comes," Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said on state television Sunday. Iran often announces new weapons for its arsenal, but the United States maintains that while the Islamic Republic has made some strides, many of these...
  • Clinton vows to improve health care

    08/23/2007 8:09:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies · 863+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/23/07 | Holly Ramer - ap
    LEBANON, N.H. - Hillary Rodham Clinton promised Thursday that as president she would improve health care quality by raising standards for providers, educating patients and requiring insurers to reward innovation. While rivals Barack Obama and John Edwards have proposed detailed health care overhaul plans, Clinton is taking an incremental approach. She started with a speech in June on reducing costs, followed by Thursday's address on quality, and will outline her plan for universal health care coverage next month. "My order here is deliberate," said Clinton, a New York senator. "In order to forge a consensus on universal health care, we...
  • Gonzales vows to repair Justice's image

    07/23/2007 2:34:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 526+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/23/07 | Lara Jakes Jordan - ap
    WASHINGTON - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says he's staying at the Justice Department to try to repair its broken image, telling Congress in a statement released Monday he's troubled that politics may have played a part in hiring career federal prosecutors. Senators already skeptical of Gonzales' ability to lead the department were preparing to hammer him about the firings of eight U.S. attorneys and conflicts between his earlier statements and the testimony of a former aide. The attorney general's comments were included in 26 pages of prepared testimony released on the eve of his scheduled appearance before the Senate Judiciary...
  • Fresh clashes as Pakistan cleric vows death before surrender (Red Mosque)

    07/06/2007 10:26:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 518+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/6/07 | Rana Jawad and Masroor Gilani
    ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Fresh clashes and blasts rocked Islamabad early Saturday after a Pakistani cleric besieged in a mosque in the capital vowed that he and his followers would prefer death over surrender. But in a blow to the hardline cleric, police seized control of Jamia Faridia, a separate Islamic seminary affiliated with the Red Mosque. "Police stormed into Jamia Faridia and arrested dozens of students and shifted them to an unknown place," a senior security official told AFP. Authorities feared that male students from the Faridia seminary, two miles (three kilometres) from the Red Mosque, would open another front...
  • Putin issues sharp warning to US, vows to counter 'imperialism'

    05/31/2007 10:38:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 64 replies · 1,406+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/31/07 | AFP
    MOSCOW (AFP) - President Vladimir Putin issued an acerbic warning Thursday to the United States, saying the recent test of a new Russian missile was a direct response to US actions and condemning "imperialism" in world affairs. "Our American partners have quit the ABM Treaty," Putin told reporters after meeting his Greek counterpart, referring to the landmark 1972 US-Soviet treaty limiting the missile defenses of the Cold War superpower foes. "We warned them then that we would come out with a response to maintain the strategic balance in the world. Yesterday we conducted a test of a new strategic ballistic...
  • Sarkozy Wins, Vows to Restore Pride in France [Surprisingly, first order was not to surrender]

    05/07/2007 7:21:59 AM PDT · by bedolido · 13 replies · 1,052+ views
    Washingtonpost ^ | 5-7-2007 | John Ward Anderson and Molly Moore
    PARIS, May 6 -- Nicolas Sarkozy, the combative son of a Hungarian immigrant, was elected president of France on Sunday, promising a new generation of leadership to transform the country, restore its self-respect and reinvigorate ties with the United States and Europe. Sarkozy, a member of the ruling party and France's former top law enforcement officer, defeated Socialist Segolene Royal, who waged a determined battle to become France's first elected female head of state, by a 53 percent to 47 percent vote, according to final results. Voter turnout was a near-record 84 percent.
  • Amnesty raps China on human rights vows

    04/29/2007 6:30:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 209+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/29/07 | Scott McDonald - ap
    BEIJING - China has failed to live up to promises to improve human rights for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing despite reforms to the death penalty system and more freedoms for foreign reporters, Amnesty International said in a report Monday. The report catalogs a wide range of persistent abuses, from extensive use of detention without trial to the persecution of civil rights activists and new methods to rein in the domestic media and censor the Internet. The London-based group welcomed the new rules for foreign journalist and the referral of all death sentences to China's Supreme Court since the start...
  • Bush vows new attempt to overhaul U.S. immigration (before summer recess)

    03/12/2007 10:09:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 821+ views
    LA Times ^ | 3/12/07 | Maura Reynolds
    GUATEMALA CITY -- President Bush promised today to launch a new push to overhaul of U.S. immigration laws and faced tough questions about deportation during a visit to Guatemala. Bush said he wanted to get a comprehensive immigration deal, similar to one that stalled last summer, through Congress before its summer recess. It would be the first time Bush has pushed such legislation since Democrats took control of both houses after November elections. "It seems like to me we've got to get this done by August," Bush said at a joint news conference with Guatemalan President Oscar Berger. But he...
  • Calderon vows to restore Mexico's appeal (aims to keep Mexicans from wanting to leave home)

    03/06/2007 4:09:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 456+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/6/07 | Lisa J. Adams - ap
    MEXICO CITY - Mexican President Felipe Calderon won't be fighting for migration reform when he meets with President Bush next week. Instead, he will be be spelling out what he intends to do to keep Mexicans at home. Calderon, who was inaugurated on Dec. 1, has pledged to take 100 actions in his first 100 days in office, many of which represent the first steps toward "curing" Mexico's long tradition of illegal migration to the U.S. If implemented, his proposals could help transform Mexico from a labor-exporting country with relatively low growth, productivity and wages into an investment-rich, job-producing economy...
  • Couple Shares Re-enlistment 'Vows' at Taji

    02/06/2007 4:54:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 294+ views
    Defense News ^ | Sgt. Jon Cupp
    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Thomsen & U.S. Army Sgt. Karla Thomsen Couple Shares Re-enlistment 'Vows' at Taji By Sgt. Jon Cupp 1st Brigade Combat Team 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs CAMP TAJI, Iraq, Feb. 6, 2007 — Justin and Karla Thomsen do just about everything together - even go to war. So, it was no surprise that the two 1st Cavalry Division noncommissioned officers re-enlisted together here Jan. 25. Staff Sgt. Joshua Thomsen is a chemical operations specialist with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment from Oxnard, Calif. His wife, Sgt. Karla Thomsen, is a joint network node...
  • Calderon vows war on organized crime

    01/22/2007 11:33:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 245+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/22/07 | Mark Stevenson - ap
    MEXICO CITY - President Felipe Calderon pledged Monday to wage a permanent war against organized crime by coordinating more closely with local police and giving all law enforcement better training, equipment and intelligence work. Calderon has largely relied on federal police and soldiers for a series of massive anti-crime sweeps in several Mexican states, but he has said future efforts will need to rely more on local police. "In order to win the war on crime, it is indispensable that we work in a united manner," Calderon told a national gathering of state governors and top public safety officials. His...
  • Hezbollah vows 'very big action' ahead (threatens to bring down Lebanese govt. in the coming days)

    01/19/2007 4:32:09 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 1,215+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/19/07 | Sam F. Ghattas - ap
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah promised Friday that his opposition alliance would intensify its campaign to bring down the government, pledging to mount an "effective" action in the coming days. In an interview with his group's Al-Manar television, Nasrallah said Hezbollah's consultations with its allies were drawing to a close and they would release a statement shortly that spelled out the steps to be taken. "I believe this action will be effective, very important and very big," he said. He would not divulge the plan but urged all Lebanese to support it. Since Dec. 1 Hezbollah and its...
  • Conservatives To Renew Their Marriage Vows (UK)

    12/11/2006 5:44:05 PM PST · by blam · 227+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-11-2006 | Philip Johnson
    Conservatives to renew their marriage vows By Philip Johnston Last Updated: 3:50pm GMT 11/12/2006 Gimson Unbound: Duncan Smith crosses no man's land View the Conservatives' policy report The Conservatives today launched a bid to return marriage and family to the centre of public policy-making as they unveiled a nightmare audit of social breakdown in Britain. ‘Hoodies’ on an estate. Iain Duncan Smith says that community disintegration is endemic and he blames family breakdown A report from the Social Justice Policy Group set up by David Cameron, the party leader, paints a grim picture of an entrenched underclass inhabiting a nether...
  • Five non-religious arguments for marriage over living together

    10/08/2006 4:16:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies · 839+ views
    Catholic Educators Resources ^ | October 2006 | DENNIS PRAGER
    There are enormous differences between being a "husband" or a "wife" and being a "partner," a "friend" or a "significant other". I have always believed that there is no comparing living together with marriage. There are enormous differences between being a "husband" or a "wife" and being a "partner," a "friend" or a "significant other"; between a legal commitment and a voluntary association; between standing before family and community to publicly announce one's commitment to another person on the one hand and simply living together on the other. But attending the weddings of two of my three children this...
  • Arnold's broken vows: A rendezvous with reality?

    09/24/2006 2:25:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 308+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 9/24/06 | Harrison Sheppard
    SACRAMENTO - Throughout his tenure as a politician, Arnold Schwarzenegger has made a lot of promises. From candidate to governor, he has pursued a grand vision with vows to tackle everything from reforming the state pension system and the redistricting process to protecting money for education and increasing the minimum wage. But in the ensuing three years - and as he faces a November re-election bid - many of those promises have been abandoned or ignored. While there is no dispute that Schwarzenegger has kept some of his vows, others that he has vigorously pursued have been blocked by contentious...
  • Cheney Praises Troops, Vows U.S. Will Win Anti-Terror War

    08/31/2006 6:09:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 346+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Aug 30, 2006 | Gerry Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2006 – The United States is fighting terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq to keep its pledge to the people there and to prevent future attacks on America, Vice President Richard B. Cheney said at a troop rally at an Air Force base yesterday. “We maintain forces in those countries because we’re a nation that keeps its word and because we understand what is at stake in that part of the world,” Cheney told servicemembers gathered at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. Following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, American and allied military forces displaced...
  • U.S. General Vows Crackdown on Baghdad Violence

    07/20/2006 4:28:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 242+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 20, 2006 – Iraqi and coalition security forces will redouble efforts to stem a recent spate of bombings, murders and kidnappings conducted in and around Baghdad, a senior U.S. military officer said today. "We will do whatever it takes to bring down the level of violence in Baghdad," Army Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV told reporters during a Baghdad news briefing. Caldwell, a spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq, quoted from a joint statement issued yesterday by U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad and Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of Multinational Force Iraq, addressing the recent...
  • Uganda: (Catholic) Priest Follows His Heart And Weds

    07/19/2006 8:13:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 163 replies · 2,549+ views
    All Africa ^ | July 14, 2006 | Jim Onyango
    Recently married Catholic Priest Father Godfrey Shiundu has broken his vows of celibacy. Drum East Africa's Jim Onyango talked to him. We reproduce the interesting story below. I was living a double life, but now my conscience is clear," says Catholic Priest Father Godfrey Shiundu, 38, of his recent marriage. "I knew it was wrong to have a girlfriend while serving God as a priest, but I couldn't leave her because I love her with all my heart." Father Shiundu opened a can of worms when he tossed the mandatory celibacy rule out of the window and married his sweetheart...
  • Soldier makes vow to Iraqi family

    07/12/2006 4:49:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 628+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Pfc. Paul J. Harris
    BALAD, Iraq (Army News Service, July 12, 2006) When an Iraqi child was killed July 2 by an insurgent mortar attack in her family’s courtyard in Abu Hishma, Staff Sgt. Donald White made a promise to help find the killer. White and his team were near the area when they heard the mortar impact and radioed the command post to see if it was counter-fire coming from nearby Logistical Support Area Anaconda. “Upon arriving at the scene there was absolute chaos – Iraqis running to and from the explosion site. The driver of a white car was desperately trying to...
  • Bush Vows Troops Will Not Have Died in Vain

    07/04/2006 1:01:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 326+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 4, 2006 – President Bush today promised the nation's men and women in uniform he would not allow "the sacrifice of 2,527 troops who have died in Iraq to be in vain by pulling out before the job is done." Speaking at Fort Bragg, N.C., the president said the U.S. strategy in Iraq is clear: to help the Iraqi people build a country that can govern itself, sustain itself and defend itself as a free nation, "Our troops will help the Iraqi people succeed because it's in our national interests," he said. "A free Iraq in the heart...