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World and US News Links – August 21 and 22, 2006

Posted by Admin on August 23, 2006

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August 21 & 22, 2006
WORLD NEWS:

TOP STORIES:

IRAN’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM:

MOSCOW MARKET BOMBING:

HEATHROW TERROR PLOT:

GERMAN TRAIN STATION BOMBING CASE:

RUSSIAN AIRLINER CRASH IN UKRAINE:

U.S. FOX NEWS REPORTER & NEW ZEALAND CAMERAMAN ABDUCTED IN GAZA:

WAR AND TERRORISM AROUND THE WORLD:

ALGERIA:

AUSTRIA:

AUSTRALIA:

AFGHANISTAN:

  • U.S. FORCES RAID SUSPECTED TERROR CAMP” – United Press International (UPI) – Washington D.C., US – 22 August 2006
    Summary:
    UPI reports that according to U.S. forces contacts, a suspected terrorist camp in the Khost province was raided by Afghan and coalition forces as part of an operation to capture a “known Al-Qaeda facilitator” operating in the region. Three suspects were arrested. According to the article arms and other weaponry was also confiscated.

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA:

QUOTE:

Remains of some 1,150 people [have] been exhumed from Bosnia’s biggest mass grave of Srebrenica Muslims massacred in 1995.

– “Bosnian Mass Grave Yields 1,153 Remains” – United Press International (UPI)

BRITAIN:

CANADA:

CHECHNYA:

CHINA:

QUOTE:

China has never exported arms to Hezbollah, a senior Chinese diplomat said today, although he did not rule out the possiblity that weapons may have been transferred to the Lebanese group by a third party.

– “China Denies Hezbollah Arms Export” – The Daily Telegraph

DARFUR:

DENMARK:

EGYPT:

GERMANY:

HAITI:

HAMAS:

HEZBOLLAH / HIZBULLAH:

INDIA:

INDONESIA:

QUOTE:

The Indonesian government said Tuesday it would continue with the plan to send peacekeeping troops to Lebanon despite calls from Israel that it cannot accept troop deployment from countries which do not have diplomatic ties.

– “Indonesia Insists on Sending Troops to Lebanon” – People’s Daily Online

IRAN:

IRAQ:

ISRAEL:

ITALY:

JAPAN:

LEBANON:

NIGERIA:

NORTH KOREA:

PAKISTAN:

QUOTE:

The Vermont peace activist whose crazy antics forced a trans-Atlantic plane to land in Boston had traveled to Pakistan several times after carrying out a hot and heavy Internet tryst with a Muslim man in that country.

– “Net tryst led woman to Pakistan” – The Boston Herald

PHILIPPINES:

RUSSIA:

SAUDI ARABIA:

SENEGAL:

SOMALIA:

QUOTE:

The international community should refrain from interfering in Somalia and maintain a United Nations arms embargo, says the UN envoy to Somalia, Francois Lonseny Fall.

– “Stay out of Somalia, says UN” – News24.com

SOUTH KOREA:

SRI LANKA:

  • POWERFUL BOMB DISCOVERED IN SRI LANKA” – The Times of India – Times Internet Limited – Gurgaon, Haryana, India – 22 August 2006
    Summary:
    Police discovered what they are calling a powerful bomb concealed in between cabbages and other vegetables in a box on the back of a bike in a busy shopping disctrict of Colombo. According to Constable Ranasinghe, the officer who found the bomb, an alert grocery store owner noticed the bike and alerted police. Also found was a remote-control device. The National Security Media Center stated that the bomb was planted on a road frequently used by politicians. The Centre feels the target may have been a “high-profile official”.
  • BOMB DEFUSED IN SRI LANKAN CAPITAL AFTER US RAID” – Reuters Today – The Reuters Foundation – London, England, UK – 22 August 2006
  • POLITICIAN SLAIN IN SRI LANKA” – South African Press Association (SAPA) & Associated Press (AP) – The Online Independent (IOL) – Independent News & Media – Cape Town, South Africa – 21 August 2006
    Summary:
    Sinnathamby Sivamaharajah, a former Tamil politician and managing director of Namathu Eelanadu Daily Newspaper was killed in the northern Jaffa province outside his home on Monday. He was a member of the Tamil National Alliance, which is a political party believed by many to be a proxy for the Tamil Tiger rebel group.
  • SRI LANKA: WARRING SIDES MUST LET AID REACH CIVILIANS” – Source: Human Rights Watch – Reuters AlertNet – The Reuters Foundation – London, England, US – 21 August 2006
  • SRI LANKA MILITARY, TIGER REBELS TRADE ARTILLERY FIRE ALONG BORDER” – Associated Press (AP) – FOX News – News America Group – New York, New York, US – 20 August 2006

TURKEY:

UGANDA:

UNITED NATIONS:

AROUND THE WORLD:

AUSTRALIA:

  • STUDENTS RELIVE BUS ORDEAL” – by Staff Writers & wires – The Advertiser via News.com.au – News Limited – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia – 21 August 2006
    Summary:
    A Marryatville High School student narrowly escaped death, and six other students and an adult were taken to a hospital with minor injuries after a school bus accident in which steel girders from the back of a truck “arrowed” into the bus. One student was grazed on the neck by the girder, and the article states that he or she escaped death by just a few centimeters. There are several absolutely incredible pictures in a slide show at the link, and after viewing one can understand why it is a miracle none of the students were killed. The accident happened in Adelaide on Monday morning.

BRITAIN:

CHINA:

CUBA:

QUOTE:

[Raul Castro] said it is always possible for someone to go crazy within the U.S. government.

Raul Castro Mobilizes Thousands of Troops” – RadioJamaica.com

EGYPT:

QUOTE:

Bus carrying Israeli Arab tourists overturns Tuesday afternoon between Nuweiba and Taba in Sinai; Egyptian authorities: At least 11 tourists killed. Magen David Adom [Israel’s Red Star of David – like the Red Cross] ambulances receive injured at Taba Terminal [on the Egypt/Israel border].

– “Sinai: 10 Israeli tourists killed in bus accident” – Ynet News

QUOTE:

Bus accident eyewitnesses: Egyptian rescue forces took long time to reach scene. Accident victims: There’s no water at Egyptian hospital, people are lying on floor

– “Eyewitness: People died in our arms” – YNet News

ETHIOPIA:

GAMBIA:

INDIA:

INDONESIA:

IRAN:

ISRAEL:

LIBYA:

PAKISTAN:

PHILIPPINES:

POLAND:

RUSSIA:

UKRAINE:

  • UKRAINE PM MAKES SECRET VISIT TO MOSCOW — MEDIA” – MosNews – MosNews.com – Moscow, Russia – 21 August 2006
    Summary:
    Ukrainian Media is reporting that Ukraine Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich has made a secret visit to Moscow on Saturday, which would make it his second trip to Russia this week. According to the Associated Press (AP) the Government’s press office would not comment and Yanukovich’s spokesman could not be reached for confirmation, either.

VENEZUELA:

HISTORY & SOCIETY:

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY:

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

SPORTS:

UNITED STATES NEWS:

ON THE HOMEFRONT:

OTHER TOP STORIES:

U.S. Arrests More than a Dozen People for Support of Terorrist Group LTTE [Sri Lanka Tamil Tigers]:

JonBenet Ramsey Murder Case:

Bombings in Vermont & New Hampshire:

  • POLICE IN VT., N.H. INVESTIGATING UP TO 12 BOMBINGS IN 2 STATES” – Associated Press via Ch. 3 WCAX-TV News – World Now – Burlington, Vermont, US – 21 August 2006
    Summary:
    According to authorities two juveniles and one adult have been arrested and will be charged later this week in both states, accounting for at least eight of the bombings being investigated. The suspects have not been identified, and officials say there will be no discussion of motive until charges are filed.
  • ANOTHER EXPLOSION IN WINDSOR COUNTY” – Ch. 3 WCAX-TV News – World Now – Burlington, Vermont, US – 20 August 2006
    Summary:
    Police in Royalton are investigating several recent arsons, and pipe bomb incidents, wondering if they are connected. Four homes in the area have been “torched” since Friday, one injuring two elderly residents of the home requiring them to be treated for smoke inhalation. Another incident involved the detonation of a pipe bomb at a pay phone on the camputs of the Vermont Law School. Early Sunday morning another bomb was detonated at the South Royalton High School softball fields, in the portable lavatory.

PREVIOUSLY MISSING EGYPTIAN STUDENTS:

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION:

US/MEXICO BORDER PATROL –

THE JILL CARROLL ABDUCTION:

BUSINESS & ECONOMY:

EDUCATION:

POLITICS & ACTIVISM:

QUOTE:

“It’s become the cult thing for kids to wear images of Che Guevara, representing a freedom fighter,” said [Emilio] Del Valle. “People should know what the history of a person is before they advertise this.”

“The Cuban community is really upset, and people are getting the wrong idea about what Guevara was really about,” said Fernandez, who is also Union City’s commissioner of public affairs. “So we started thinking, why can’t we do a counter t-shirt to show the Cuban view of who Che Guevara was?”

– “Murderer or Revolutionary? Anti-Che Guevara T-Shirts Combat Revered Rebel” – The Hudson Reporter

LEGISLATIVE, JUDICIARY & CRIME:

U.S. MILITARY:

AROUND THE NATION:

ARIZONA:

ARKANSAS:

CALIFORNIA:

COLORADO:

FLORIDA:

ILLINOIS:

  • ARSON LEAVES FOOD PANTRY SCRAMBLING” – Sting Wire Reports – The Chicago Sun-Times – Hollinger International – Chicago, Illinois, US – 21 August 2006
    Summary:
    New Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Harvey, Illinois has been the victim of an arson attack which destroyed the Food Pantry run by the Church. Other pantries have offered to assist the 400 families regularly served by the church, but most pantries are stocked low in the summertime, and there is a need for more food. If you can assist the New Mt. Olive Baptist Church food pantry, please call (708) 333-4589 or if you are close you may visit them at 15643 Wood St., Harvey, IL.
  • BOY SCOUTS TO INTEGRATE ISLAMIC FAITH” – United Press International (UPI) – The Washington Times – The Washington Times LLC – Washington D.C., US – 20 August 2006

IDAHO:

  • BOMB SQUAD CALLED TO DESTROY ANTIQUE DYNAMITE” – Associated Press (AP) via Ch. 6 KPVI-TV (NBC) – Oregon Trail Broadcasting – Pocatello, Idaho, US – 21 August 2006
    Summary:
    A customer discovered a bag full of 1940s-era dynamite and blasting caps alongside other items at a garage sale in Weiser, Idaho. The Nampa bomb squad was called in, they first evacuated the neighborhood, and they destroyed the explosives by setting fire to them. There was no information available concerning who owned the dynamite.

KANSAS:

  • STUDENT INJURED BY OBJECT THROWN [FIRED] AT SCHOOL BUS” – Ch. 9 KMBC-TV (TheKansasCityChannel.com) – Kansas City, MIssouri, US – 21 August 2006
    Summary:
    Please note the title of this article is deceptive as it states something was thrown at the school bus when in fact it was reported that someone fired a projectile, possibly a pellet or BB at a Rosedale Middle School bus on Monday afternoon. A student riding on the bus was hit in the head with the projectile, but is expected to recover. Police are still investigating, and do not have any suspects at this time (according to the article). The school is located in Kansas City, Kansas.

KENTUCKY:

MAINE:

NEW YORK:

PENNSYLVANIA:

TENNESSEE:

TEXAS:

WASHINGTON:

  • KOREAN-AMERICAN MISSIONARY BACK FROM 15 MONTHS IN CHINESE PRISON” – Associated Press (AP) – Seattle Post-Intelligencer – The Hearst Corporation – Seattle, Washington, US – 22 August 2006
    Summary:
    Rev. Phillip Jun Buck was welcomed back home by family and friends at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after spending 15 months in a Chinese prison for attempting to sneak North Korean refugees in China, into South Korea. Rev. Buck preaches at Bethany Church in Edmonds, and lives in Everett. He could have faced up to 20 years in prison but was instead sentenced to deportation and barred from returning to China.


EDITORIALS:
Disclaimer:
Liberty Rocks does not necessarily agree with
opinions presented by the authors in linked editorials.

QUOTE:

Should American taxpayers be forced to pay for a self-segregating school that teaches children to hate the United States? That is apparently what is happening in Los Angeles.

Academia Semillos del Pueblo (ASDP), a charter school partially funded by the Los Angeles Unified School District, claims it only wants to help disadvantaged Latinos to earn a quality education. The school’s true agenda, however, is far more radical and far more dangerous. Judicial Watch recently launched an investigation of the ASDP by filing a California Public Records Act request. Here is a small sampling of what we’ve uncovered so far: [. . .]

Mexican Separatist School in Los Angeles” – American Daily

QUOTE:

Unending immigration imports conflicting languages, barbaric rituals such as female genital mutilation, deadly diseases like tuberculosis and leprosy, cultural antagonisms and loss of a cohesive national identity. California is our national harbinger of things to come. Detroit’s Muslim population grows in antagonisms and segregation greater than anyone can imagine. One look at Britain, Belgium, Holland and France offers a scary glimpse into our future.

It is called Third World Momentum.

– America’s Hazardous Future – “NewsWithViews.com”

  • SABOTAGING US SOVEREIGNTY” – by Alan Caruba – CNS News – Cybercast News Service – Alexandria, Virginia, US – 21 August 2006

QUOTE:

The problem with the Bush administration is that not enough of its officials have read the U.S. Constitution. Take, for example, Section 2 of Article 2. When dealing with foreign nations, it says the President “shall have the power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur….”

So, why is President Bush and his administration seeking to establish a North American Union that would, in effect, abolish the borders between Canada, Mexico, and the United States of America?

– “Sabotaging US Sovereignty” – CNS News

  • RUSSIA IN BED WITH IRAN AND SYRIA” – by Barry Kasparov – The Sarasota Herald Tribune – The New York Times Company – Sarasota, Florida, US – 21 August 2006

QUOTE:

[…]But the most recent telling and damning evidence noted by Mr. Kasparov was Putin’s purposely omitting Hezbollah and Hamas from Russia’s list of national and international terrorists[emphasis added]. This clearly puts Russia in bed with Iran and Syria and 100 percent in support of Hezbollah and Hamas, their civilian-killing proxies. Aside from a comment by Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard on Fox News the other day, and a Fox News crawler the same day, I’ve seen no reference to this latest astounding development anywhere else, especially in the leftist media.

Russia in bed with Iran and Syria” – The Sarasota Herald Tribune

QUOTE:

A report issued recently by the Capital Research Center in Washington punctures illusions that tend to associate big corporations with right-wing or conservative causes. The report depicts a reality that is exactly the opposite.

CRC researchers examined contributions made in 2004 by the foundations of the nation’s top 100 corporations to nonprofit organizations. The result: corporate contributions to left-leaning groups totaled $59 million and to right-leaning organizations $4 million.

Corporate pandering to the left” – Townhall.com

  • OUR COVERT ENEMIES” – by Michael Barone – Townhall.com – Salem Web Network – Arlington, Virginia, US – 21 August 2006

QUOTE:

Our covert enemies are harder to identify, for they live in large numbers within our midst. And in terms of intentions, they are not enemies in the sense that they consciously wish to destroy our society. On the contrary, they enjoy our freedoms and often call for their expansion. But they have also been working, over many years, to undermine faith in our society and confidence in its goodness. These covert enemies are those among our elites who have promoted the ideas labeled as multiculturalism, moral relativism and (the term is Professor Samuel Huntington’s) transnationalism.

– “Our covert enemies” – Townhall.com

QUOTE:

When an Associated Press camerman filmed Palestinians in Nablus rejoicing the 9/11 attacks, he “was summoned to a Palestinian Authority security office and told that the material must not be aired,” according to the AP’s own account. Threats from Islamic terrorists on Arafat’s payroll quickly followed. One PA cabinet officer even stated that the PA could not “guarantee the life” of the cameraman if the footage was released.

The Associated Press never officially released the footage.

– “Thuggery & Trickery How Islamic Terrorists Manipulate the Media” – YAHOO! News

QUOTE:

[. . .]The Spectator poll suggests that the British public are more “neo-con” than Hurdite: 73 per cent of them think that “we are in a world war against Islamic terrorists who threaten the West’s way of life”, more than half believe Britain should pursue a “tougher” foreign policy and, at home, 69 per cent think the police want to see the 90-day plan enacted.

– “Reid is right terror policy must be made in Britain” – The Daily Telegraph

  • THE GREAT WAGE GAP” – by Paul Jacob – Townhall.com – Salem Web Network – Arlington, Virginia, US – 20 August 2006

QUOTE:

But it’s high time to dismiss the myth. As the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported this month, federal civil servants receive far, far more in wages and benefits than workers in the private sector. Indeed, twice as much.

The great wage gap” – Townhall.com

  • NEWS YOU CAN ABUSE” – by Rand Simberg – TCS Daily – Tech Central Station (DCI Group, L.L.C.) – Washington D.C., US – 14 August 2006


PRESS RELEASES, STATEMENTS, RESEARCH REPORTS & TRANSCRIPTS:

QUOTE:

The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the fate of reporter Elina Ersenoyeva, who was seized by masked men in the southern Russian republic of Chechnya on Thursday [17 August 2006]. Ersenoyeva is Grozny correspondent for the independent weekly Chechnskoye Obshchestovo (Chechen Society), which is based in neighboring Ingushetia.

– “Russia: Independent Journalist Kidnapped in Chechnya” – CPJ Press Freedom Online

NATIONAL BLOGS, ORGANIZATIONS & MAGAZINE WATCH:

AUDIO & VIDEO SELECTIONS:

  • PHOTO FRAUD IN LEBANON” – AISH.com – Aish HaTorah – Old City, Jerusalem, Israel – 21 August 2002

HUMOROUS NEWS:
(Because most of my news links are depressing, and we can all use a few good laughs!)

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