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World and US News Links – September 11 – 16, 2006

Posted by Admin on September 16, 2006

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September 11-16, 2006
WORLD NEWS:

TOP STORIES:

SADDAM & AL QAEDA LINKED:

QUOTE:

WASHINGTON — A deputy prime minister of Iraq yesterday offered a sharp contradiction of the conventional wisdom here that Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and Al Qaeda had no connection before the 2003 war, flatly contradicting a recent report from the Senate’s intelligence committee.

In a speech in which he challenged the belief of war critics that Iraqis’ lives are now worse than under Saddam Hussein, Barham Salih said, “The alliance between the Baathists and jihadists which sustains Al Qaeda in Iraq is not new, contrary to what you may have been told.” He went on to say, “I know this at first hand. Some of my friends were murdered by jihadists, by Al Qaeda-affiliated operatives who had been sheltered and assisted by Saddam’s regime.”

A Kurdish politician who took his high school exams from inside a Baathist prison, Mr. Salih said he was the target of the alliance between jihadists, Baathists, and Al Qaeda in 2001, when a group known as Ansar al-Islam tried to assassinate him. In 2002, envoys of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, one of the two Kurdish parties sharing sovereignty over northern Iraq between the two Iraq wars, presented the CIA with evidence that the organization that tried to kill Mr. Salih had been in part funded and directed by Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard.

Those words directly contradict a recent report from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that declassified a 2005 CIA assessment of Iraq’s pre-war ties to Al Qaeda and found that none existed. In an interview after the speech yesterday, Mr. Salih said he was unaware of the CIA assessment. But he added, “There were links between Ansar al-Islam and Al Qaeda. The information at time [in 2002] was quite different. Now, we could not prove this in a court of law, but this is intelligence.” [. . .]

– “Iraqi Official Testifies to Links Between Saddam and Al Qaeda” – The New York Sun

MONTREAL SCHOOL SHOOTING:

IRAN NUCLEAR CRISIS:

QUOTE:

French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said on Tuesday that Iran had “made itself into an outlaw nation” and must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons.

“Iran does not have the right to try and acquire a nuclear weapon,” Sarkozy said as he addressed a gathering sponsored by the French-American Foundation in Washington, DC. [. . .]

– “Sarkozy Shoots Down Iran Nuke Plans” – NDTV.com

1998 OMAGH BOMBING TRIAL (BRITAIN):

NAM (NON-ALIGNED MOVEMENT) SUMMIT IN CUBA:

QUOTE:

[. . .] Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Raul [Castro] spoke of the need for unity at a time, which is “characterised by the one superpower’s irrational attempts to control the world.”

Speaking with the “experience of a country that has witnessed more than 45 years of blockade and aggression of all kinds,” Raul said the world needed to be united in defence of the principles and purposes upon which the Non-Aligned Movement was extablished.

Referring to the US phrase of “sixty or more dark corners of the world”, Raul said the majority of all of these countries “cited as possible targets of future attacks are here.”

He defended the right of Iran to the “peaceful use of nuclear energy” and denounced what he called the “hypocrisy of the US Government, which while supporting Israel’s bid to increase its nuclear store, is threatening Iran in an attempt to prevent the peaceful use of nuclear energy.”[. . .]

– “At NAM Kick-off, Raul Blasts US” – The Indian Express

  • CHÁVEZ THINKS THAT COLOMBIAN AMBASSADOR WAS “DRUNK”” – El Universal – Diario El Universal S.A. – Caracas, Venezuela – 15 September 2006

    QUOTE:

    Colombian ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) Carlos Ospina “is nuts or was drunk” when saying that Venezuela planned to enrich uranium along with Iran, President Hugo Chávez told a Bogotá radio.

    “Some statements coming from Bogotá hinder a bit (bilateral relations). Colombian ambassador to OAS has said something terrible. I do not know whether he was drunk. Is it that he drinks rum or is nuts? Chávez told the envoi of radio “la FM” to the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Havana.

    – “Chávez Thinks That Colombian Ambassador was “Drunk”” – El Universal

QUOTE:

[. . .] In his opening speech at the NAM Summit on Monday, Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said, “We believe it is indispensable for us to close ranks in defending our rights. The risks, threats and difficulties that we are facing are similar and with a common origin,” a veiled reference to the US.

“We must show our strength to the world, our ability to collectively cope with the enormous challenges imposed on us by a world governed by the most powerful,” he said at the meeting of high-ranking officials who are undertaking final preparatory work on the documents for the Summit.

“Today we can say with absolute confidence that NAM is more necessary than ever, and that this association is the essential forum to discuss our main problems and continue fighting so that our just demands are heard in the unfair and unequal world we are living in.

“NAM is more necessary now than ever and its members must get involved in its revitalisation and strengthening to be able to discuss and solve their most acute problems,” he said.

NAM Slams Terror, Defends Iran’s N-action” – The Hindustan Times

RUSSIAN MILITARY HELICOPTER CRASH (IN SOUTHERN RUSSIA):

POPE BENEDICT XVI UPSETS MUSLIMS:

2002 BALI BOMBINGS:

WAR, TERRORISM, AND POLITICS AROUND THE WORLD:

AL AQSA MARTYR BRIGADE:

AL QAEDA/AL QAIDA:

AFGHANISTAN:

  • EXPLOSION AT FUNERAL KILLS 6 IN AFGHANISTAN” – by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press (AP) – The San Jose Mercury News – Knight Ridder (The McClatchy Company) – San Jose, California, US – 12 September 2006

ALGERIA:

AUSTRALIA:

AUSTRIA:

  • REPORTS: POLICE PROBING POSSIBLE PACKAGE BOMB CHECKING SMS MESSAGES” – Associated Press (AP) – The International Herald Tribune (IHT) – The New York Times Company – Neuilly-sur-Seine, France – 13 September 2006
    [NOTES: The Austrian Media is reporting that a possible package bomb was left outside an Islamic youth group’s headquarters in Vienna, and that it contained cryptic references to Nazism.]

BRAZIL:

QUOTE:

Authorities said on Tuesday they believed the killing of the police commander who led Brazil’s bloodiest-ever prison massacre was a crime of passion and not the work of professional hit men.

Col. Ubiratan Guimaraes, 63, was found dead on Sunday at home in Sao Paulo. He bled to death from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.[. . .]

– “Death of Brazil Massacre Leader – Crime of Passion?” – Reuters AlertNet

BRITAIN:

BULGARIA:

CANADA:

CHILE:

CHINA:

CUBA:

ECUADOR:

EGYPT:

ETHIOPIA:

  • ETHIOPIA SAYS THREE REBELS BLOW THEMSELVES UP” – Reuters AlertNet – Reuters Group plc – London, England, UK – 16 September 2006
  • ETHIOPIA: 50 CIVILIANS ARRESTED IN JIGJIGA” – Garowe Online News – Garowe, Somalia – 12 September 2006
    [NOTES: Unidentified sources stated told Garowe Online that at least 50 individuals both male and female have been arrested by the Ethiopian Military and taken to Garabhase (a large military base that houses the Ethiopian federal troops). No reason for the arrest was made clear, but those arrested are suspected of being sympathizers with the ONLF, “a Somali Rebel Group that has been fighting against the Ethiopian government for sel-determination” according to the Garowe Online report.]

FRANCE:

  • AHMADINEJAD ENVOY MEETS CHIRAC” – Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) – Ministry of National Guidance (Iranian Gov’t) – Tehran, Iran – 13 September 2006

GAZA:

GERMANY:

HEZBOLLAH/HIZBOLLAH:

INDIA:

IRAN:

IRAQ:

IRELAND:

ISRAEL:

JAMMU & KASHMIR:

JAPAN:

QUOTE:

TOKYO — Police are investigating a Japanese company on suspicion of illegally exporting to the United States hundreds of high-tech measuring devices that can be used in the development of nuclear weapons, a news report said Tuesday.

Investigators worry that the devices may have ended up in an unnamed third country for use in a weapons program, the report said.

Mitutoyo Corp. is suspected of understating the specifications of more than 1,600 of the devices sent to the U.S. so they would be exempted from examinations that would have revealed the company did not have permission to export them, the national Sankei newspaper reported, citing unidentified police officials. [. . .]

– “Japan Firm Said Suspect in Export Scam” – The Washington Post

JORDAN:

LEBANON:

MOROCCO:

PALESTINE:

PAKISTAN:

PALESTINE:

PHILIPPINES:

POLAND:

RUSSIA:

SAUDI ARABIA:

SOMALIA:

QUOTE:

About 50 jihadist leaders have left Pakistan for Somalia since a pro-al-Qaeda militia movement took control of the capital there, say Pakistani officials.

Alexis Debat, a terrorism analyst and former advisor on counter-terrorism to the French prime minister, told a Washington briefing Tuesday that the assessment came from a senior official in Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI.

[. . .]

Debat also said the ISI confidently believed al-Qaida’s second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, to be hiding somewhere in a 25 square-mile area between Bajaur in Pakistan and Kunar in Afghanistan.

[. . .]

He said Islamic religious schools or madrassas were providing “the base for the take over of the tribal areas’… local administration by the local Taliban.”

– “Pakistani Militants Head for Somalia” – United Press International (UPI)

QUOTE:

Hundreds of militias armed with war vehicles loyal to the Mogadishu-based Islamic Courts Council have reached villages in the Jubba valley of southern Somalia.

Independent reports have confirmed that the Islamist militias are led by Sheikh Hassan Turki, a man the U.S. government suspects of having links to international terror networks.[. . .]

– “Somalia: Islamist Militias Reach Jubba Regions” – Garowe Online News

SRI LANKA:

SUDAN:

SWEDEN:

SYRIA:

THAILAND:

TURKEY:

UKRAINE:

  • UKRAINE TO PURSUE EU ENTRY” – by Dan Bilefsky – The International Herald Tribune (IHT) – The New York Times Company – Neuilly-sur-Seine, France – 14 September 2006

UNITED NATIONS (UN):

VENEZUELA:

QUOTE:

Venezuela’s Social Democracy party (PODEMOS) supports Hugo Chávez recent proposal to set up only one political force in the country, its general secretary Ismael Garcia told Prensa Latina Tuesday while on a working visit in Managua.

“We fully agree with the initiative. Anything that contributes to our country’s unity is beyond particular partisan interests,” Garcia stated.

– “Venezuela Ponders Single Party Rule” – Prensa Latina

  • VENEZUELA DEPENDENT ON HIGH OIL PRICE” – by Peter Millard, Dow Jones News Wires, Associated Press (AP) – The Houston Chronicle – The Hearst Corporation – Houston, Texas, US – 11 September 2006

YEMEN:

AROUND THE WORLD:

BRITAIN:

CHINA:

CÔTE D’IVOIRE:

NEW ZEALAND:

PHILIPPINES:

ROMANIA:

RUSSIA:

SCOTLAND:

HEALTH & MEDICINE:

HISTORY & SOCIETY:

NATURE, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY:

RELIGION:

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

SPORTS:

UNITED STATES NEWS:

TOP STORIES:

9/11 – Never Forget…

GREEN BAY, WI SCHOOL MURDER PLOT FOILED:

MAILBOX “BOTTLE BOMB” SPREE IN NEW YORK:

  • BOTTLE BOMBS FOUND IN MAILBOXES” – Ch. 9 WSYR-TV (ABC) – Clear Channel Broadcasting, Inc. – Syracuse, New York, US – 12 September 2006 [Video report available at link.]

QUOTE:

The US Postal Inspection Service says three bottle bombs have exploded in mailboxes in the Fulton and Mexico areas. the latest explosion happened on Friday.

The Postal Service says the bombs may be inside soda bottles, and may have liquid in them. So far, the three explosions were witnessed by postal workers, and no bottle bombs have been removed intact.[. . .]

Bottle Bombs Found in Mailboxes” – Ch. 9 WSYR-TV (ABC)

KHATAMI’S VISIT TO THE U.S.:

JOSE PADILLA CASE:

PENIS PUMP “BOMB” CASE:

  • ‘BOMB WHISPERER’ CASE DROPPED” – Associated Press (AP) – The Seattle-Post Intelligencer – The Hearst Corporation – Seattle, Washington, US – 13 September 2006

FORMERLY MISSING EGYPTIAN STUDENTS:

ON THE HOMEFRONT:

FOREIGN RELATIONS:

POLITICS & ACTIVISM:

LEGISLATIVE, JUDICIARY & CRIME:

EDUCATION:

  • LOWELL, MASS., TEACHER CHARGED WITH RAPE” – Associated Press (AP) – The Boston Globe – Boston, Massachusetts, US – 13 September 2006
    [NOTES: High school math teacher at Lowell High School and prominent chess player, Severine Wamala, 45, has been arrested on felony rape and incest charges. Wamala is facing 19 counts of incest and 11 counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, according to Detective Lt. Richard Sprinkle. Wamala organizes the NorthEast Chess tournaments around the region as well as running the High School Chess Club. Wamala’s two sons, and his daughter are nationally ranked Chess Players according to various web sites as reported by the AP.]
  • STRIKING DETROIT TEACHERS, SCHOOL DISTRICT REACH TENTATIVE CONTRACT DEAL” – Associated Press (AP) – FOX News – News America Group – New York, New York, US – 12 September 2006

AROUND THE NATION:

CALIFORNIA:

DELAWARE:

  • TEENS CHARGED IN EXPLOSION” – by Terri Sanginiti – Delaware Online (The News Journal) – Gannett Co. Inc. – Wilmington, Delaware, US – 12 September 2006

FLORIDA:

ILLINOIS:

LOUISIANA:

  • PART OF BERT KOUNS REOPENED OUTSIDE PILGRIMS PRIDE PLANT – Ammonia leak causes plant evacuation” – Ch. 3 KTBS-TV – Shreveport, Louisiana, US – 12 September 2006
    [NOTES: The Pilgrim’s Pride Cold Storage Plant in Shreveport was evacuated on Tuesday due to a leak from an anhydrous ammonia tank. Fire Department officials said that approximately 7,000 to 8,000 pounds of the substance leaked from the tank. The anhydrous ammonia is used to cool the plant. Firefighters cut off the valve to the tank and let it drain out while pouring water on it to keep the fumes down. No evacuations of any other businesses in the area were conducted.]

MARYLAND:

NEVADA:

NEW JERSEY:

NEW YORK:

OHIO:

SOUTH CAROLINA:

TENNESSEE:

TEXAS:

  • SUBSTANCE MAILED TO LAMAR [UNIVERSITY] DECLARED NOT HAZARDOUS” – by Jennifer Steeley, Staff Writer – The Examiner Online – The Examiner – Southeast Texas, US – 12 September 2006
  • SUBSTANCE CAUSES SCARE AT LAWMAKER’S OFFICE” – Ch. 13 KTRK-TV (ABC) – ABC, Inc. – Houston, Texas, US – 11 September 2006
    [NOTES: The FBI, the Houston Fired Department & Galveston Health Department are investigating a case after Texas Dist. 11 State Senator Mike Kackson received a suspicious package in the mail from an inmate on Monday afternoon. Preliminary tests showed the substance to be sugary. Further tests will be conducted. Officials say there is no threat posed by the package to workers at the lawmaker’s office or to the general public.]
  • WOUNDED TEEN, 2 OTHERS ORDERED HELD” – by Melody McDonald & Diane Smith, Staff Writers – The Fort Worth Star-Telegram – Knight Ridder (The McClatchy Company) – Fort Worth, Texas, US – 12 September 2006

QUOTE:

Three teenagers, including a 15-year-old South Hills High School student who was shot by a police officer, will remain in the juvenile detention center while authorities continue to investigate a melee Friday at the school.

– “Wounded Teen, 2 Others Ordered Held” – The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

UTAH:

VIRGINIA:

ONLINE MAGAZINES:

COLUMNS & EDITORIALS:

NATIONAL BLOG WATCH:

HOT TOPICS IN THE “BLOGOSPHERE”:

A SPY FOR SADDAM IN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (AP)?:

OTHER NEWS & VIEWS:

PRESS RELEASES, STATEMENTS,
RESEARCH REPORTS & TRANSCRIPTS:

 

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