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World and US News Links – September 20 and 21, 2006

Posted by Admin on September 22, 2006

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September 20 & 21, 2006
WORLD NEWS:

TOP STORIES:

MILITARY TAKEOVER IN THAILAND:

IRAN NUCLEAR CRISIS:

61st UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING:

IRANIAN PLANE WITH HIGH-RANKING OFFICIALS ON-BOARD FORCED TO LAND IN TURKEY:

AHMADINEJAD FIELDS QUESTIONS FROM THE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS:

THE POPE & ISLAM:

  • PAKISTANI MUSLIM CLERICS CALL FOR POPE’S REMOVAL” – Reuters Today – Reuters Group plc – London, Engalnd, UK – 21 September 2006
  • VENEZUELA’S CHAVEZ URGES POPE TO BE MORE CAREFUL WITH HIS WORDS” – Associated Press (AP) – The International Herald Tribune (IHT) – The New York Times Company – Neuilly-sur-Seine, France – 20 September 2006
    [NOTES: This coming from a man who disrepects the leader of the country in which he is a guest? The pope quoted an ancient text, and Chavez calls President Bush the “devil”, saying he can still “smell the sulfer” and he’s giving advice to the Head of the Catholic Church? Forgive me while I take a moment to stop laughing… Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! But hold on a second, maybe we should contemplate what Chavez is saying since he is one “Cross-Worshipping Infidel” that apparently is great buddies with the world’s most fanatic Muslim leaders — what is it about him that the radicals love? Could it be his penchant for dictatorial power that gives them the basis of truly “understanding” each other? How exactly does Chavez appease these Islamic leaders? Enquiring minds want to know…]
  • SOME SAY APOLOGIES BY POPE ARE TOO MUCH” – by Ian Fisher, The New York Times – The International Herald Tribune (IHT) – The New York Times Company – Neuilly-sur-Seine, France – 20 September 2006
  • AL-QAIDA TO POPE: WAR AGAINST CHRISTIANITY WON’T END UNTIL ISLAM WINS” – by Lee Keith, Associated Press (AP) – The Evening Bulletin – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US – 19 September 2006

TRIAL OF SADDAM HUSSEIN:

NOVEMBER 9, 2005 – AMMAN, JORDAN HOTEL BOMBING:

  • WOMAN SUICIDE BOMBER SENTENCED TO HANG” – by Rana Sabbagh-Gargour – The Times Online – Times Newspapers Ltd. – London, England, UK – 21 September 2006
    [NOTES: Failed female suicide bomber Sajida Al-Rishawi, 35, an Iraqi, has been sentenced by a Jordanian military court to death by hanging for her role in the November 9, 2005 bombing attacks on 3 hotels in Amman, Jordan that killed 60 people. Six others were tried in absentia and also received the death penalty. Deceased al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi had claimed responsibility for the attack. Al-Zarqawi was tried by the court as a fugitive, but the case against him was dismissed after his death in Baaqouba, Iraq this past June. Al-Rishawi’s lawyer in the case, Hussein Masri is quoted in the article as saying, “The verdict against my client was expected because neither the suspect, nor her family and party that put her in this position, were able to provide me with any supporting evidence to boost my position,” adding that he, “cannot make up the evidence.” Mr. Masri will be filing an appeal against the guilty verdict to be heard by the Court of Cassation within the next 30 days. The ruling is expected to be upheld, for lack of contrary evidence. Al-Rishawi originally confessed on Jordanian television after she was arrested stating that she intended to carry out the attack with her husband, Ali Shammari, but her suicide bombing belt failed to detonate. Al-Rishawi argued during the trial that her confession was obtained under duress, and that her marriage to Shammari had never been consummated. Her lawyer had tried to acquire a ruling for a psychological test of Al-Rashawi stating that her family had a history of Schizophrenia, but his request was denied. More details are included in this in-depth article.]

50th SESSION OF IAEA GENERAL CONFERENCE:

MUMBAI TRAIN BLASTS:

WAR, TERRORISM, AND POLITICS AROUND THE WORLD:

AFGHANISTAN:

AUSTRALIA:

BAHRAIN:

BRITAIN:

CANADA:

QUOTE:

ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO – Six people have been decontaminated after being exposed to a unknown substance at Brock University.

Police told the St. Catharines Standard newspaper that a worker in the mailroom found an unknown white substance in an envelope around 10:30 a.m. this morning.

Police say there were notes containing veiled threats in the envelope but are not disclosing any more details.

The newspaper says the people exposed to the powder have been decontaminated, but haven’t left the 12th floor of the Schmon Tower were[sic] the envelope was found.
[. . .]

– “At Least Six Overcome by Fumes After Opening a Package at Brock University” – Canada.com

CUBA:

ETHIOPIA:

FRANCE:

GEORGIA:

HEZBOLLAH/HIZBULLAH:

INDIA:

INDONESIA:

IRAN:

IRAQ:

ISRAEL:

JAMMU & KASHMIR:

JORDAN:

MYANMAR:

NORWAY:

PAKISTAN:

PALESTINE & the HAMAS:

PHILIPPINES:

SAUDI ARABIA:

SERBIA:

SOMALIA:

TURKEY:

VENEZUELA:

YEMEN:

AROUND THE WORLD:

AUSTRALIA:

BRITAIN:

CHINA:

QUOTE:

An ancient watchtower in northwest China, with a history of more than 1,200 years, has been destroyed by a TV production company shooting Kongfu scenes.

The best preserved ancient Tang Dynasty (618-907) watchtower in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region was sprayed black by staff from Guangdong CHS Media Holding Co. Ltd. on a location shoot.

The ancient tower is an important cultureal site [. . .]

[The company did not obtain permission to shoot there from the local cultural relic protection bureau.]

Experts from the local cultural relics bureau checked the tower and found the damage was serious: the north wall of the watchtower, the best preserved part for over 1,200 years, was stained black over an area of 60 square meters; the other walls had been trampled on and damaged.

[. . .]

This is not the first time the company has destroyed a cultural site. The same company stained a precious Buddhist stone carving in East China’s Zhejiang Province in May.[. . .]

1,200-year-old Relic Site Destroyed by TV Production Company” – People’s Daily Online

KAZAKHSTAN:

UKRAINE:

NATURE, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY:

UNITED STATES NEWS:

TOP STORIES:

RESPONSE IN THE U.S. TO CHÁVEZ’S SPEECH:

WOMAN DRAGGED TO HER DEATH IN COLORADO:

  • ARREST MADE IN COLO. DRAGGING DEATH” – by Kim Nguyen, Associated Press (AP) – The Rocky Mountain News – E.W. Scripps Company – Denver, Colorado, US – 21 September 2006
    [NOTES: Arrested man is the male in the picture below to the left.]
  • ARREST MADE IN DRAGGING DEATH – Suspect may be illegal immigrant” – by Kirk Mitchell & Katharine Bernuth, Staff Writer – The Denver Post – Media News Group – Denver, Colorado, US – 21 September 2006
  • DRAGGING DEATH PROBE – Photo Leads to People Whom Investigators Classify as Witnesses” – by Bianca Prieto – The Rocky Mountain News – E.W. Scripps Company – Denver, Colorado, US – 20 September 2006
  • Click on picture to see full-size - Photo from Douglas Co. SheriffPHOTO MAY BE CLUE IN GRUESOME DEATH” – by John Ingold, Staff Writer – The Denver Post – Media News Group (MNG) – Denver, Colorado, US – 19 September 2006
    [NOTES: Click on the Photo to the Right to see it full-size. The Douglas County Colorado Sheriff’s Office is hoping to identify the couple in the photo at right which was found near the victim’s body. They do not know for certain if the picture is connected to the crime. The victim is described as “a woman with fair-to-medium skin, possibly white, Hispanic, or Native American. She is about 5 feet tall, 130 to 140 pounds with shoulder-length auburn hair. Her eyes are hazel or green. If you recognize the people in this photo or have any information about this crime please contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 303-660-7505. (You can click on the picture to see a larger version.)]

FORMER NAZI GUARD WHO WED A JEWISH MAN IS DEPORTED:

CONTAMINATED SPINACH INVESTIGATION:

EXPLOSION AT CATHOLIC CHURCH IN TEXAS:

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION:

OTTAWA MAN DEPORTED FROM U.S. TO SYRIA ALLEGEDLY TORTURED, CANADA ASKING QUESTIONS:

ON THE HOMEFRONT:

FOREIGN RELATIONS:

MILITARY NEWS:
[For more military news be sure not to miss the Official U.S. Publications Section below…]

  • NAVY CONTRACTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO SABOTAGE” – by Tim McGlone – The Virginian-Pilot (PilotOnline.com) – Landmark Publishing – Norfolk, Virginia, US – 21 September 2006
  • WIFE DEFENDS AWOL HUSBAND AT ANTI-WAR RALLY” – by Nathan Burchfiel, Staff Writer – CNS News – Cybercast News Service – Alexandria, Virginia, US – 21 September 2006
    [NOTES: CNS also has on their site a “Fact-o-Rama” Information sheet discussing whether a member of the military’s actions is really; “
    AWOL or Desertion?“]
  • WAIPO, HI: MILITARY COMPUTERS FOUND IN ILLEGAL DUMP – Defense Officials Say Computers Will Be Removed” – Ch. 4 KITV-TV (ABC – TheHawaiiChannel.com) – Hearst-Argyle – Honolulu, Hawaii – 20 September 2006
    [NOTES: Among numerous items such as tires, construction waste, stripped copper wire, and a few 50-gallon barrels, an environmentalist also found computers formerly belonging to the U.S. Military according to stickers and papers found with them at an illegal dump site in Waipo, Hawaii. The Dept. of Defense is conducting an investigation to figure out how the computer equipment ended up there. It is checking records to see when the items were last owned (they estimate the items are at least 10 years old), and whether they had paid a waste company to dispose of the items and what company they had contacted. County officials are also investigating the other items found. They are asking anyone with information about the dump site to contact the State of Hawaii’s hazardous materials unit.]

POLITICS & ACTIVISM:

LEGISLATIVE, JUDICIARY & CRIME:

BUSINESS & ECONOMY:

EDUCATION:

QUOTE:

A science teacher was suspended for allowing students to use the same instrument to draw blood from their fingers as part of a class project, district officials said Tuesday.

About 50 students in two science classes at Salina High School South used the same lancet, or small pin, to prick their fingers on Monday, said Carol Pitts, spokeswoman for the Salina school district.

[. . .]

Pitts said there was additional concern that some of the students may have come in contact with blood when they washed the science experiment slides. She said it was unclear what experiment the classes were doing, but they may have been checking blood glucose levels.

[The Students will be tested for HIV and Hepatitus as a result of the incident.]

Science Teacher Suspended for Letting Students Use Same Tool to Draw Blood for Project” – The International Herald Tribune (IHT)

AROUND THE NATION:

COLORADO:

MINNESOTA:

  • ST. CLOUD, MN: BRIEFING: 3 JUVENILES HELD IN SCHOOL-RELATED [SHOOTING] HOAX” – Associated Press (AP) – The St. Paul Pioneer Press (TwinCities.com) – The McClatchy Company – St. Paul, Minnesota, US – 20 September 2006
  • RICE CO., MN: BRIEFING: MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN COURTHOUSE [BOMBING] PLOT” – Associated Press (AP) – The St. Paul Pioneer Press (TwinCities.com) – The McClatchy Company – St. Paul, Minnesota, US – 20 September 2006
    [NOTES: This brief article is the second on the page (Scroll Down to title). 45-year-old Allan Talmage Weatherford has entered a plea of guilty to charges of unlawful possession of a destructive device. He was accused of threatening to blow up the Rice County Courthouse and Law Enforcement Center in Faribault, MN. Weatherford’s plea was part of a plea agreement. He now faces eight to 10 years in prison. “U.S. attorney Rachel Paulrose called Weatherford’s conduct “an unfortunate incident of domestic terrorism”.” Weatherford was originally indicted on six counts after being arrested in March. According to the article police searched his farm twice and found a pair of propane cylinders with a mix of fuel oil and fertilizer which a lab investigation said was not of high enough quality to cause an explosion. They also found another device which was made with a carbon dioxide cartridge, black powder and a fuse. The AP report also states that investigators uncovered 13 firearms, including a .50-caliber assault rifle. Weatherford was prohibited by federal law to own firearms.]

WISCONSIN:

ONLINE MAGAZINES & ORGANIZATIONS:

  • DANCING WITH THE DEVIL [CHAVEZ & CHOMSKY]” – by Ben Johnson – FrontPage Magazine – Los Angeles, California, US – 21 September 2006
  • INDONESIA: MEDICAL UPDATE ON BEHEADING SURVIVOR” – Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) – US – 21 September 2006 [WARNING: The two pictures shown are slightly disturbing. One is the scar across the girl’s face which is mostly healed. The Second Picture was taken a while ago apparently right after surgery when the gash across her face and neck is still raw, but closed. It is still a miracle, IMHO, that this girl survived. Her story is astounding, and a brutal example of how Radical Muslims treat “infidels” — even children.]

QUOTE:

The sole survivor of a radical Muslim attack on four Christian high school girls has successfully undergone medical treatment. When Noviana Malewa and her three friends were walking home from school on October 29, 2005, they were assaulted by a group of jihadists wielding machetes. Three of the girls were decapitated by the assailants, yet Noviana survived a severe slash to her head and neck in an unsuccessful beheading attempt. Today, Noviana still deals with emotional and physical torment from the brutal attack.

Suffering from nerve damage and a dislocated jaw, Noviana had problems with her right eye winking spontaneously, as well as the involuntary twitching of the right corner of her lip. She was also treated for the severe and sudden pain she experienced in her head. VOMedical was pleased to provide her much-needed medical support.

After being under close police protection for several months, intense negotiations took place to transport Noviana from her hiding place to the location of her hospitalization. Noviana incurred many complications from the machete wound extending from her right cheek to the back of her neck, and recently received surgery in Surabaya, Indonesia to relieve the symptoms and heal the scarring.

[Cont’d…]

– “INDONESIA: Medical Update on Beheading Survivor” – Voice of the Martyrs (VOM)

  • ALLAH’S SOCIALISTS” – by Aaron Hanscom – FrontPage Magazine – Los Angeles, California, US – 20 September 2006

COLUMNS & EDITORIALS:

NATIONAL BLOG WATCH:

HOT TOPICS IN THE “BLOGOSPHERE”:

CHÁVEZ AT THE UN:

OTHER NEWS & VIEWS:

QUOTE:

If this doesn’t make you angry you have no soul. Murdered film maker Theo Van Gogh’s son, Lieuwe van Gogh, is now being brutalized and threatened. And the Dutch police seem uninterested in providing him with protection.

And of course, in Lieuwe van Gogh’s country citizens do not have the right to possess weapons to protect themselves, even if you are marked for death by Muslim barabarians. [. . .]

– “Does This Make You Angry?” – Catholic Friends of Israel Blog

PRESS RELEASES, STATEMENTS,
RESEARCH REPORTS & TRANSCRIPTS:

OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS:

FROM THE WHITE HOUSE:

AMERICAN FORCES INFORMATION SERVICE ARTICLES
(via the U.S. Department of Defense):

FROM THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI):

FROM THE DEPT. OF DEFENSE (DOD):

  • patriot-icon-10.gifDoD IDENTIFIES MARINE CASUALTY” – News Release No. 937-06 – U.S. Government, Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) – DoD.gov – Washington, D.C., US – 21 September 2006
    [NOTES: The Dept. of Defense has announced the death of a Marine who passed away while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province of Iraq. Prayers of comfort are being offered for the family and friends of Sgt. Christopher M. Zimmerman, 28, of Stephenville, Texas who was assigned to 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Thank you for your service to our country and the cause of Freedom Sgt. Zimmerman, may you rest in peace. – Sincerely, Michelle K. & Family.]
  • NAVY AVIATOR MISSING IN ACTION FROM VIETNAM WAR IS IDENTIFIES (SIC)” – News Release No. 936-06 – U.S. Government, Department of Defense (DoD), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) – DoD.gov – Washington, D.C., US – 21 September 2006
    [NOTES: Prayers of comfort for the family & friends of Lt. Cmdr. James E. Plowman, U.S. Navy, of Pebble Beach, California who was laid to rest in home soil yesterday at the Arlington National Cemetery. Lt. Cmdr. Plowman went missing with a fellow officer after departing from Kitty Hawk in their A-6A Intruder for a night strike against an enemy target in North Vietnam. A nearby pilot reported two missile warnings on his radar screen immediately before contact was lost with Plowman’s aircrat which was flying over the Ha Bac Province as they departed the target area. Investigations into the crash, which was recalled by two local villagers who both also recalled seeing human remains at the original crash site. Another investigation was conducted in 1996 which included an excavation during which was found human remains amid the scattered wreckage. Remains were also recovered from a local villager who claimed he found the remains while scavenging the crash site for scrap metal. Among other methods mitochondrial DNA was used in the identification of Sgt. Plower’s remains. Thank you for your service to our country Sgt. Plowman, may you rest in peace, home at last… Sincerely, Michelle K. & Family.]
  • DoD NEWS BRIEFING WITH LT. GEN. EIKENBERRY FROM THE PENTAGON” – Official News Transcript – U.S. Government, Department of Defense, Office os the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) – DoD.gov – Washington, D.C., US – 21 September 2006
  • NAVY CHIRSTENS LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP FREEDOM” – News Release No. 931-06 – U.S. Government, Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) – DoD.gov – Washington, D.C., US – 20 September 2006
  • NATIONAL GUARD (IN FEDERAL STATUS) AND RESERVE MOBILIZED AS OF SEPTEMBER 20, 2006” – News Release No. 930-06 – U.S. Government, Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) – DoD.gov – Washington, D.C., US – 20 September 2006
  • DoD NEWS BRIEFING WITH GEN. JONES FROM THE PENTAGON” – Official News Transcript – U.S. Government, Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secreatary of Defense (Public Affairs) – DoD.gov – Washington, D.C., US – 20 September 2006

FROM THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE:

FROM THE DEPT. OF STATE:

FROM THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA):

MULTIMEDIA LINKS (AUDIO & VIDEO):

MISCELLANEOUS WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

  • “Guinness World Records Online” – < http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/ >
    [NOTES: I used to have a copy of the Guinness Book of World Records as a child. I found it fascinating to read through. Yesterday my kids and I spent some time looking around the Guinness website. There are a wide variety of topical records online to view from the Human Body to Science & Tech records, to “Modern Society” which includes all sorts of information on records pertaining to food & drink, People & place and much, much more. Some video presentations are also available of record holders in all groups. Definitely some fascinating stuff here, and lots of fun.]

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