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World and US News Links – August 30 to September 5, 2006

Posted by Admin on September 6, 2006

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[Dear Readers, as it seems I keep falling further behind the following list is a collection spanning several days. I have attempted to whittle the list down to things that are “new” or seem to be important developments, or are just plain interesting. I hope in doing this that it will allow me to “catch up” to the rest of the world, and bring you the links on a more timely basis again. Thanks for reading the Liberty Rocks blog! – Michelle K. (aka LibertyRocks)]

August 30 – September 5, 2006
WORLD NEWS:

TOP STORIES:

AUSTRALIAN CONSERVATIONIST, ENVIRONMENTALIST, GOODWILL AMBASSADOR, TV PERSONALITY, “CROCODILE HUNTER” STEVE IRWIN HAS PASSED AWAY:
[Picture at right: Steve Irwin poses a few years ago with wife Terri and daughter Bindi who is now 8 years old. Steve and Terri also have a 3-year-old, Bob, who is not pictured. Picture below from news.com.au; a more recent picture of Steve, with daughter Bindi.]


From LibertyRocks & Family:
Thank you Steve, for your dedication to teaching millions about the animals we share our world with. Thank you also for many hours of enjoyable and educational time spent with my children watching your show. You are already missed by so many around the world. May God comfort your wife, Terri, and give her strength, may He also watch over her and your children and ease their grief. May He also comfort your family, friends, and all of your fans as well who are grieving over your passing.
May you Rest in Peace…
– Michelle K. and Family

NEW AL-QAEDA VIDEOTAPE:
[NOTES: For much more coverage about the new tape released be sure not to miss the links in the National Blogs & Magazines Section…]

IRAN NUCLEAR CRISIS:

TERRORIST SHOOTS TOURISTS IN AMMAN, JORDAN

THE LATEST BRITISH ANTI-TERRORISM ROUND-UP:

QUOTE:

In a strange twist to Britain’s newest terrorism scare, a regional police force admitted Monday that it had sent officers for diversity training at an Islamic school in the British countryside that is at the center of a search for facilities nurturing Islamic radicals.

In a statement, the Sussex police said the Jameah Islameah school south of London “has been used by officers and staff undergoing advanced training for their role as diversity trainers to the rest of the work force, ” adding, “This has involved a series of one-day visits to the schools by groups of two or three trainers on up to 15 occasions over more than a year.”

– “Police Used Islamic Site for Training” – The International Herald Tribune

HEATHROW ( TRANSATLANTIC ) TERROR PLOT INFORMATION:

  • BRITS LAY MORE TERRORISM CHARGES” – Free Press News Services – The London Free Press – Quebecor Media Inc. – London, Ontario, Canada – 30 August 2006

ISRAELI HOSTAGES:

DENMARK TERRORISM ARRESTS:

VENEZUELA’S CHAVEZ JOINS “THE DARK SIDE”:

QUOTE:

DAMASCUS. — The governments of Venezuela and Syria signed 12 juridical cooperation instruments as part of President Hugo Chávez’ official visit to this Arab country.

– “Venezuela and Syria Sign Cooperation Agreements” – Granma International Online

2004 BESLAN SCHOOL MASSACRE:

  • RUSSIAN LAWMAKER MAKES BESLAN CLAIMS” – by Maria Danilova, Associated Press (AP) – The Washington Post – The Washington Post Company – Arlington, Virginia, US – 30 August 2006

2005 BALI BOMBINGS:

2002 BALI BOMBINGS:

WAR, TERRORISM, & POLITICS AROUND THE WORLD:

AFGHANISTAN:

AL QAEDA:

ALBANIA:

ARGENTINA:

AUSTRALIA:

BANGLADESH:

BOSNIA:

BRAZIL:

BRITAIN:

BULGARIA:

  • TEST OR TERRORISM” – FOCUS News – FOCUS Information Agency – Sofia, Bulgaria – 1 September 2006

QUOTE:

Sofia Police arrested Thursday Angel Zafirov, 26, a journalist from the Novinar daily who attempted to put a box containing bottles with the sign TNT on top, in Sofia subway. The man was arrested in 5 minutes. Six police teams reacted immediately after receiving the signal.

[. . .]

“What happened in Sofia subway is just a journalistic investigation aiming to show the level of security in the subway considering everything that happened in the big European capitals”, the Novinar daily’s editor-in-chief Miroslav Borshosh said. The newspaper’s leadership sent a declaration to the Prime Minister and Interior Minister insisting that Zafirov be released

Test or Terrorism” – FOCUS News

CANADA:

CHECHNYA:

CHINA:

COTE D’IVOIRE:

EGYPT:

QUOTE:

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — The country’s leading Muslim clerics led mourners in special prayers Thursday for Nobel Prize-winning author Naguib Mahfouz, some of whose work was condemned by Islamic extremists as sacrilegious.

– “Prayers held for Egyptian writer Mahfouz” – NewsFlash @ PennLive.com

ETHIOPIA:

GERMANY:

GEORGIA:

GREECE:

HAMAS:

HEZBOLLAH / HIZBULLAH:

INDIA:

INDONESIA:

IRAN:

IRAQ:

IRELAND:

ISRAEL:

ITALY:

JEMAAH ISLAMIYAH:

JORDAN:

KAZAKHSTAN:

KUWAIT:

KYRGYZSTAN:

LEBANON:

MOROCCO:

NEPAL:

QUOTE:

Nepal’s overseas job industry, the mainstay of the economy, came to a standstill on Friday, as it observed a ‘Black Day’ in memory of the brutal killing of 12 workers by Islamist militants in Iraq two years ago.

– “Iraq Killings: Nepal Observes ‘Black Day’” – The Times of India

NORTH KOREA:

PAKISTAN:

PALESTINE:

PHILIPPINES:

RUSSIA:

SOMALIA:

SOUTH AFRICA:

SRI LANKA:

SYRIA:

THAILAND:

TURKEY:

UNITED NATIONS:

UZBEKISTAN:

VATICAN CITY:

VENEZUELA:

VIETNAM:

YEMEN:

AROUND THE WORLD:

AUSTRIA:

QUOTE:

The investigation into the kidnapping of Natascha Kampusch has been complicated by the discovery of an obsolete computer in the house where she was held, Austrian police said today.

Officers have been surprised to find that the kidnapper, Wolfgang Priklopil, a communications technician, appeared to have relied exclusively on a Commodore 64.

– “Kidnapper’s Retro Computer Offers Scant Clues” – The Guardian Unlimited

CHINA:

IRAN:

JAPAN:

HISTORY & SOCIETY:

QUOTE:

After the German invasion of Poland, which led to the outbreak of World War II, General Wladyslaw Sikorski became prime minister of the Polish government in exile. Working from London, he commanded troops and ran a fomidable military intelligence.

Secret Service papers released for the first time by the National Archives in Kew, London – reveal claims of an attempt on his life in 1942.

– “Polish Soldier’s ‘Fishy’ Sabotage Tale” – BBC News

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY:

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

  • BROOKS & DUNN AND BRAD PAISLEY LEAD NOMINEES WITH SIX NOMINATIONS EACH FOR “THE 40TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS,” COUNTRY MUSIC’S BIGGEST NIGHT – Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, and Newcomer Carrie Underwood Receive Four Nominations; Rascal Flatts and Dolly Parton Score Three Nominations Each– Press Release – Country Music Association (CMA) – CMAAwards.com – Nashville, Tennessee, US – 30 August 2006
    [NOTES: This press release contains a complete list of all finalists for the 40th Annual Country Music Awards. Categories include; Entertainer of the Year, Single of the Year (Awarded to artist & producer), Album of the Year (Awarded to artist & producer), Song of the Year (Awarded to songwriter & primary publisher), Female Vocalist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Vocal Duo of the Year, Musical Event of the Year, Musician of the Year, Music Video of the Year, & the Horizon Award. The 40th Annual CMA Awards Show will be held on November 6, 2006 and will be broadcast on the ABC Television Network.]
  • CMA ANNOUNCES NEWEST MEMBERS OF COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME” – Press Release – Country Music Association (CMA) – CMAAwards.com – Nashville, Tennessee, US – 30 August 2006
    [NOTES: This year’s inductees are Harold Bradley, Sonny James, and George Strait. They will be inducted in to the Hall of Fame during the 40th Annual CMA Awards show on November 6, 2006. The Awards show will be broadcast on the ABC Television Network and will also be simulcast on radio stations. The News Releases contains short biographies for each musician. Also included are the names of previous inductees from 1961 – Present.]
  • CMA ANNOUNCES 2006 BROADCAST AWARDS FINALISTS– Press Release – Country Music Association (CMA) – CMAAwards.com – Nashville, Tennessee, US – 30 August 2006
    [NOTES: This Press Release contains a complete list of all 40th Annual CMA Awards Finalists for “Broadcast Personality of the Year” & “Station of the Year” in all market-size groups.]
  • MUSLIM ANGER OVER PLANS FOR FREDDIE MERCURY PARTY” – Associated Press – The Guardian – Guardian Newspapers Limited – London, England, UK – 1 September 2006

UNITED STATES NEWS:

TOP STORIES:
[NOTE: For information on the San Francisco Hit-and-Run Rampage,
please see this
LibertyRocks Focus Page.]

WORLD WAR II HERO “THE PIED PIPER OF SAIPAN”, GUY GABALDON PASSED AWAY:

  • WWII HERO GABALDON DIES” – by Matt Sedensky, Associated Press (AP) – The Houston Chronicle – The Hearst Corporation – 4 September 2006

QUOTE:

MIAMI – Guy Gabaldon, who as an 18-year-old Marine private single-handedly persuaded more than 1,000 Japanese soldiers to surrender in the World War II battle for Saipan, has died. He was 80 years old.

Gabaldon died of a heart attack Thursday at his home in Old Town, his son, Tech Sgt. Jeffrey Hunter Gabaldon, said Monday. [. . .]

– “WWII Hero Gabaldon Dies” – The Houston Chronicle

QUOTE:

GABALDON, GUY L.
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Headquarters & Service Company, 2d Marines, 2d Marine Division
Date of Action: June 15 – August 1, 1944
Citation:
The Navy Cross is presented to Guy L. Gabaldon, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving with Headquarters and Service Company, Second Marines, Second Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan and Tinian, Marianas Islands, South Pacific Area, from 15 June to 1 August 1944. Acting as a Japanese Interpretor for the Second Marines, Private First Class Gabaldon displayed extreme courage and initiative in single-handedly capturing enemy civilian and military personnel during the Saipan and Tinian operations. Working alone in front of the lines, he daringly entered enemy caves, pillboxes, buildings, and jungle brush, frequently in the face of hostile fire, and succeeded in not only obtaining vital military information, but in capturing well over one thousand enemy civilians and troops. Through his valiant and distinguished exploits, Private First Class Gabaldon made an important contribution to the successful prosecution of the campaign and, through his efforts, a definite humane treatment of civilian prisoners was assured. His courageous and inspiring devotion to duty throughout reflects the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

Approved by the Secretary of the Navy on November 23, 1960 (Upgraded from Silver Star)
Born: 3/22/1926 at Los Angeles, California
Home Town: Los Angeles, California

Full Text Citations for Award of the Navy Cross to U.S. Marines – World War II (1,033 Awards)” – Home of Heroes (Photo is from the same citation.)

NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL SHOOTING:

TERRORIST FUNDING CASES & INVESTIGATIONS:

TERRORISM CASE VS. SYED AHMED & EHSANUL ISLAM SADEQUEE:

  • CLOSED HEARING SCHEDULED IN TERRORISM CASE” – by Harry R. Weber, Associated Press (AP) – The Telegraph (Macon.com) – Knight Ridder (The McClatchy Company) – Macon, Georgia, US – 1 September 2006

BOMB-MAKING MATERIALS CASE OF WVU STUDENT ELI TYO:

3 TEXAS MEN ARRESTED IN MICHIGAN ORIGINALLY ACCUSED OF TERRORISM PLANNING:

VENEZUELA & U.S. AID CONTROVERSY:

HAMDANIA, IRAQ MURDER CASE:

SOLDIERS FACING DEATH PENALTY FOR IRAQ KILLINGS ON MAY 9:

LYNN STEWART TERRORISM CASE (LAWYER CHARGED WITH SUPPLYING INFO.):

BORDER SECURITY:

ON THE HOMEFRONT:

MILITARY NEWS:

FOREIGN RELATIONS:

LAWS, CRIMES & JUSTICE:

AROUND THE NATION:

ALABAMA:

CALIFORNIA:

COLORADO:

CONNECTICUT:

FLORIDA:

GEORGIA:

ILLINOIS:

MAINE:

MARYLAND:

  • MAN, WOMAN CHARGED IN BOMB THREAT” – Associated Press (AP) – Ch. 7 WJLA-TV (ABC) – Allbritton Communications Company – Arlington, Virginia, US – 5 September 2006
    [NOTE: Video report available at site.]

MASSACHUSETTS:

NEVADA:

NEW MEXICO:

OREGON:

SOUTH CAROLINA:

TENNESSEE:

VIRGINIA:

COLUMNS, OPINION PIECES & EDITORIALS:

QUOTE:

Something very odd is going on in the FBI, other federal law enforcement agencies, the Justice Department and perhaps the federal courts, too. Most people arrested on charges related to suspected terrorist activities aren’t being prosecuted.

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, a watchdog group that often concentrates on the Justice Department, examined the records of 6,472 terrorism-connected federal cases started since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Some 64 percent of the 4,910 “disposed of” were not prosecuted; another 9 percent were acquitted or saw charges dropped. [. . .]

– “‘Terrorist’ Arrests Don’t Tell the Story” – The Boston Herald

  • TERRORISM NOT DUE TO POLICY” – by Jordan Michael Smith – The Ottawa Sun – Sun Media Corporation (A Quebecor Media Company) – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – 4 September 2006
  • AMERICA MUST CONFRONT EXTREMISTS” by Donal H. Rumsfeld, United States Secretary of Defense – The Los Angeles Times – The Tribune Company – Los Angeles, California, US – 4 September 2006
  • NOT A LIVE AND LET LIVE MOVEMENT ANY MORE” – by Jennifer Roback Morse – Townhall.com – Salem Web Network – Arlington, Virginia, US – 4 September 2006

OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS:

PRESS RELEASES, STATEMENTS,
RESEARCH REPORTS & TRANSCRIPTS:

NATIONAL BLOGS, NEWSLETTERS & MAGAZINE WATCH:

HOT TOPICS ON THE ‘NET:

“REUTERSGATE”, “FAUXTOGRAPHY” & FAKING THE NEWS:

THE LATEST AL-QAEDA PROPOGANDA VIDEO:
[See Audio & Video Links section below for a direct link to the video at Google. Also, Special Thanks to Cindy @ FreeRepublic.com for the following links.]

OTHER NEWS & VIEWS:

QUOTE:

Al Jazeera, the first Arab language satellite news station to achieve wide acceptance, often gets labeled ‘pro-terrorist.’ In fact, Al Jazeera is considered, by many Islamic radicals, as a front for some Israeli Information War operation. [. . .]

– “Al Jazeera is an Israeli Conspiracy” – Strategy Page

QUOTE:

Terrorists do not only learn their trade at isolated camps and underground bombmaking faciilities, but also learn the ideas and methods that guide their work over the Internet. So FSM Contributing Editor James Forest, Ph.D., argues that we need to confront them where they’re active – online and with the vigor of the entire American population, not only that of the government.

– “The Internet and Global Terrorism” – Family Security Matters

QUOTE:

The Islamist jihad against the West took a chilling turn a little more than a week ago, when two FOX News journalists, Steve Centanni and his photographer Olaf Wiig – who had been kidnapped in gaza a few weeks earlier and held at gunpoint – were forced to convert to Islam as a precondition for their release, their captors telling them that they had to “convert to Islam or die”.

[. . .]

The central fact of this case is that although both Olaf Wiig and Steve Centanni have been released, they remain hostages in perpetuity – forced to live under a potential death sentence. Though their “conversion” saved them from immediate execution, any public repudiation of it would mark them as targets for murder as apostates.

According to international law forced conversion under threat of death is considere invalid and the same opinion could also be issued by an Islamic court. However, the jihadi interpretation is clear – once a convert to Islam any attempt to renounce it is punishable by death. In short, both FOX journalists are now hostages of Allah.[. . .]

– “Jihad Through Forced Conversion: FOX Journalists Centanni & Wiig – Hostages for Life” – PipelineNews.org

MULTIMEDIA LINKS (AUDIO & VIDEO):

  • VIDEO: “FARENHEIT 9/11” IN “THE CODE OF SILENCE”” – by Allahpundit – Hot Air – Hot Air Network, LLC – US – 2 September 2006
    [
    CAUTION: Please be advised that the video from the Rashedeen Army featured on this page contains disturbing images, and some live footage of our brave and courageous heroes, our U.S. soldiers, hurt, maimed and killed in Iraq. It also contains some profanity within a sound bite. May God bless our troops and keep them safe…. (Also contained in the video is praise for Michael Moore, which is obviously not as heart-wrenching, but disturbing none-the-less.)
    NOTES: Allahpundit credits Rusty Shackleford at the Jawa Report for the video clip. A related link from MichelleMalkin.com; “
    IRAQI GROUP USES MICHAEL MOORE FILM TO MOCK BUSH” – by Alister Bull, Reuters – ABC News – New York, New York, US – 18 August 2006]
  • MTV WORKERS GET NASTY: ‘I Hope Your Wife Gets Raped and Can’t Get an Abortion” – Video by the State of California College Republicans of protest outside of MTV Building back in 2000 regarding a fake draft card on the MTV Rocks the Vote Website. – TruthCaucus.com – August 30, 2006
  • [AUDIO NEWS REPORT] “RUMSFELD SPEECH ON TERRORISM GENERATES CONTROVERSY” – by Al Pessin – VOA News – Voice of America – 30 August 2006
    [NOTES: To read the text version of this news report please see: “
    Rumsfeld Speech on Terrorism Generates Controversy“]
  • INVITATION TO ISLAM – ADAM GADHAN” – Al Qaeda Propoganda Video featuring al-Zawahiri, and the “American Jihdaist” Adam Gadhan – Google Video – 2 September 2006
    [NOTES: Special Thanks to
    Cindy @ FreeRepublic.com for this important link. Please recall that throughout history those fighting in the name of Mohammed are known to offer 2 (sometimes 3) options… Convert or Die (or pay heavy taxes for your right to be non-muslim)…” The third option is rare, and is not currently on the table in this most recent “offer” from Al-Qaeda. – Michelle K.]
  • HEZBOLLAH IN VENEZUELA, PART I” – Video – Hot Air – Hot Air Network, LLC – US – 5 September 2006

~ DISCLAIMER ~
Opinions expressed in the items linked to in this post are that of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect my opinions. Some editorials (and articles) linked to on this site are done with the intention of furthering knowledge of differing opinions, and encouraging debate on important issues.

Also, please keep in mind that some news sources linked may require more scrutiny than others when relying on the truthfulness of information contained in them; particularly those news outlets such as Government Controlled News Agencies, or political party websites.

Thank you for reading the Liberty Rocks Blog – Michelle K.

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