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  • White House extends olive branch as Iran president Rouhani inaugurated

    08/04/2013 10:52:50 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 25 replies
    thequardian.com ^ | 8/4/13 | Matt Williams and agencies
    In a statement marking the formal handing over of power to the moderate cleric from his hardline predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the White House congratulated the Iranian people for "making their voices heard" and calling for "change". It added that should the new government in Iran move towards meeting its "international obligations", then it would find a "willing partner in the United States".
  • High-octane Olive Branch, Petal offenses go toe-to-toe for 6A title (Mississippi HS Football)

    12/02/2011 9:19:24 AM PST · by Sybeck1 · 4 replies
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 12/2/2012 | Chris Van Tuyl
    Scott Samsel has taken in the Mississippi High School Activities Association state championship atmosphere at Jackson's Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium many times as a spectator. There were, of course, exceptions. In 1993, he brought his Independence squad to face Forest for the Class 3A title. Despite leading at halftime, the Wildcats lost by six points. "We just weren't a very good passing team, and I said when I left the stadium that day if I'm ever fortunate enough to get back, we're going to be able to throw the football," Samsel said. "I just didn't anticipate it taking 18 years."...
  • Take Your Olive Branch and Shove It, Democrats

    11/03/2010 6:08:00 AM PDT · by chickadee · 30 replies
    Gouverneur Times ^ | 11-3-10 | Michelle Malkin
    On the eve of a historic midterm election upheaval, President Barack Obama tried to walk back his gratuitous slap at Americans who oppose his radical progressive agenda. "I probably should have used the word 'opponents' instead of 'enemies' to describe political adversaries," Obama admitted Monday. "Probably"? Here is an ironclad certainty: It's too little too late for the antagonist-in-chief to paper over two years of relentless Democratic incivility and hate toward his domestic "enemies." Voters have spoken: They've had enough. Enough of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner's rhetorical abuse. Enough of his feints at bipartisanship. Whatever the final tally,...
  • Olive Garden, Red Lobster to Move Into Middle East

    10/20/2010 10:50:41 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 10/20/2010 | Sandra Pedicini
    Never-ending pasta bowls and Cheddar Bay biscuits are on their way to the Middle East. Orlando-based Darden Restaurants on Tuesday revealed plans to open Red Lobsters, Olive Gardens and LongHorn Steakhouses in seven Middle Eastern countries. It will be Darden's first foray into international territory other than in Canada, where Darden operates some restaurants, and Japan, where a separate company runs 25 Red Lobsters. Darden has an agreement with Americana Group, which will develop at least 60 restaurants in Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates during the next five years. The first should open...
  • White House vows to play nice with Fox News

    10/18/2009 3:45:39 PM PDT · by Marty62 · 220 replies · 9,492+ views
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | Oct. 18, 2009, 4:47PM | By ANN SANNER
    WASHINGTON — White House advisers pledged on Sunday to book administration officials on Fox News despite claims by the president's inner circle that the cable network is a GOP mouthpiece whose programming “is geared toward making money.” Last week, White House communications director Anita Dunn said Fox News operates “almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party.” On Sunday, Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama's chief of staff, said, “It is not a news organization so much as it has a perspective.” In response to the criticism, Fox News executive Michael Clemente on Sunday accused...
  • Iran offers olive branch?

    04/02/2009 3:02:14 PM PDT · by Flavius · 7 replies · 591+ views
    upi ^ | 4/2/09 | upi
    Iran is a nation that seeks peace and constructive dialogue, the Iranian president said amid a thawing diplomatic climate.
  • U.S. holds out olive branch to non-violent Taliban

    03/31/2009 10:59:24 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies · 580+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 31, 2009 | Sue Pleming and David Brunnstrom Sue Pleming And David Brunnstrom
    THE HAGUE (Reuters) – The United States offered Taliban fighters who renounce violence in Afghanistan an "honorable form of reconciliation" on Tuesday as part of a revamped strategy to tackle a deepening insurgency. Traditional U.S. foe Iran, attending an international conference on Afghanistan, pledged help in tackling the huge opium trade in its neighbor but stressed it remained opposed to U.S. and other foreign troops there. The conference in the Netherlands is a chance for NATO and other U.S. allies to consult on the Afghan strategy unveiled by President Barack Obama last week stressing the need to cooperate with regional...
  • Clinton offers olive branch to Taliban (after the Taliban just killed dozens in Pakistan)

    03/31/2009 4:23:30 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 17 replies · 714+ views
    reuters ^ | 3/31/2009 | reuters
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday at a U.N. conference on Afghanistan that Taliban members in Afghanistan who abandoned extremism must be granted an "honorable form of reconciliation." "We must also support efforts by the government of Afghanistan to separate the extremists of al Qaeda and the Taliban from those who have joined their ranks not out of conviction, but out of desperation," Clinton said at an international conference on Afghanistan in the Hague. "This is, in fact, the case for a majority of those fighting with the Taliban," she told delegates from more than 70 countries...
  • Palin offers olive branch on gas taxes

    03/19/2009 8:00:35 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 14 replies · 840+ views
    ADN ^ | March 18th, 2009 | SEAN COCKERHAM
    JUNEAU -- Gov. Sarah Palin surprised state legislators Wednesday by indicating she is willing to negotiate how much the state taxes natural gas in order to attract oil companies to a pipeline project. "We are open to changes in the state's fiscal structure to allow this project to happen. ... We are open to whatever it takes to make sure that this project happens for our state and for our country," Palin told reporters.
  • Russia 'stops missile deployment in Europe because of Obama'

    01/28/2009 5:53:02 AM PST · by Islander7 · 26 replies · 948+ views
    Times on Line ^ | Jan 28, 2009 | Times Staff
    Russia held out an olive branch to President Barack Obama today by suspending plans to deploy missiles in Europe, according to a report in Moscow. An official from Russia's General Staff in Moscow told Interfax news that the move had been made because the new United States leadership was reconsidering plans to establish a missile defence shield in eastern Europe. Deployment of Iskander short-range missiles, which can carry nuclear warheads, was being suspended in Russia's Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad in response, the unidentified official said. The news emerged ahead of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's appearance later today at the annual...
  • Olive Branch Hotel (MS) GM Quits Ahead of White Power Meeting

    10/30/2008 4:03:45 PM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 13 replies · 1,284+ views
    MYFOX13 ^ | 10/30/2008
    Whispering Woods Manager Received Threats OLIVE BRANCH, Miss The general manager of a Memphis-area conference center hotel has resigned, saying he received threats over a white power group's planned meeting at the facility next month. Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is promoting the Nov. 7-9 event billed as the "European American Unity and Rights Conference" at the Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center. Whispering Woods manager Travis Murray said Wednesday he quit after his work telephone number and work e-mail address were distributed in an e-mail by the Memphis-based civil rights group Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, which...
  • Win streak on line for South Panola vs. Olive Branch (Tigers bring nation-best 80 straight wins)

    10/03/2008 7:00:23 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 17 replies · 813+ views
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 10/3/2008 | Jason Smith
    They've won a nation-best 80 consecutive games, five straight MHSAA Class 5A state titles and are ranked No. 14 nationally by USA Today. Yet South Panola coach Lance Pogue isn't the least bit overconfident when it comes to the Tigers' Region 1-5A showdown tonight against Olive Branch at Pool Field. "We've got to hold up and match how physical they are. If we can hold up to that, I think we'll have a chance," said Pogue, whose Tiger program hasn't tasted defeat since the 2002 MHSAA Class 5A championship game. Olive Branch (4-1), ranked No. 4 in The Commercial Appeal's...
  • Rice Offers Iran Prospect of Normal Ties

    01/23/2008 10:24:23 AM PST · by cowdog77 · 45 replies · 631+ views
    Reuters ^ | 01/23/08 | Sue Pleming
    DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday she believed the nuclear stand-off with Iran could be resolved diplomatically but that Tehran must not be allowed to become a nuclear weapons power. Just one day after getting agreement on a draft U.N. Security Council resolution against Tehran, Rice offered the incentive of a "more normal relationship" and expanded trade if Iran gave up sensitive nuclear work, according to the prepared text of her speech to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. "Ultimately, though, we believe that we can resolve this problem through diplomacy," Rice said...
  • Rush responds to Huck peace offering

    12/23/2007 1:15:52 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 122 replies · 284+ views
    Rush responds to Huck peace offering Rush Limbaugh — responding to Mike Huckabee's peace offering — said today that he doesn't need to talk with the former Arkansas governor. "I saw his comments and accept them as honest, sincere and genuine," Limbaugh wrote in an e-mail. Still, the conservative talk show host indicated his continued displeasure at the anonymous remarks Thursday from a Huckabee backer suggesting he takes his cues from the "D.C./Manhattan chattering class" that sparked this conflagration. "What was somewhat stunning about all this is that NO ONE in the GOP field, including advisers and staff, could possibly...
  • Huck offers olive branch to Rush, asks for him to get in touch

    12/22/2007 2:16:35 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 223 replies · 276+ views
    Huck offers olive branch to Rush, asks for him to get in touch SIOUX CITY, Iowa — The best-talking Republican politician in America has a message for the best-talking conservative voice in the country: Let's talk to one another. Mike Huckabee, taking questions from reporters after a town hall meeting here, responded to the torrent of criticism that Rush Limbaugh unleashed during his broadcast yesterday by turning the other cheek — and then heaping on the praise. "I love Rush Limbaugh; I've always loved his show," Huckabee assured. "I think he’s been great for the conservative movement." The former Arkansas...
  • U.S. Soldiers extend olive branch

    12/25/2006 10:31:19 AM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 594+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Spc. Alexandra Hemmerly-Brown
    Story and photo by Spc. Alexandra Hemmerly-Brown210th MPAD LSA ANACONDA -- The olive tree. It has long held deep-seeded symbolism in several cultures; the crown of Olympic champions in ancient Greece, a sign of peace in Christian and Jewish faiths, and an icon of the Prophet Mohammed in Islam. Shajarat zaytun in Arabic, the olive tree is very hearty and long-lived, and can survive in conditions of almost total neglect. The tree is not especially remarkable in appearance or stature, but its meaning and practical use is where this little tree leaves its mark. A few centuries of symbolism...
  • (Ole Miss) Rebel recruit arrested

    12/16/2006 8:01:41 AM PST · by Sybeck1 · 13 replies · 1,894+ views
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 12/16/06 | The Commercial Appeal
    Olive Branch's Smith charged with possession Ole Miss football commitment Cannon Smith was released from the Collierville Jail on a $7,500 bond Friday morning after being charged Thursday night with speeding and possession of ecstasy. Smith, 19, a senior quarterback at Olive Branch High whose given name is Frederick B. Smith, was driving a 2005 Mercedes late Thursday in Collierville when he was pulled over by police, Collierville Police Chief Larry Goodwin said late Friday night. An 18-year-old male passenger in the car was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Goodwin said the passenger was released...
  • U.S. willing to give Pyongyang [North Korea] written security guarantee: sources

    12/14/2006 12:41:32 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 17 replies · 633+ views
    Excerpt - SEOUL, Dec. 14 (Yonhap) -- In a major incentive for North Korea, the United States is willing to provide the communist regime with a written security guarantee if it agrees to take concrete actions to end its nuclear weapons program at next week's six-way talks, diplomatic sources here said Thursday. The U.S. offered the olive branch at a meeting between its chief nuclear envoy Christopher Hill and his North Korean counterpart Kim Kye-gwan in Beijing late last month, according to the sources. The offer came as the two Koreas, the U.S., China, Russia, and Japan are set to...
  • Schwarzenegger's election-year olive branches (Susan Kennedy, 'cut'n'run & the Prison Guards/CCPOA)

    06/22/2006 9:08:36 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 333+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 6/22/06 | Shane Goldmacher
    Just six months ago it would have been almost inconceivable that the state's powerful prison-guards lobby would back Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's bid for re-election. The union had just finished spending $2.9 million to torpedo the governor's special-election agenda, lampooned Schwarzenegger's attempts at prison reform and was openly hostile to the state's top prison official, a Schwarzenegger appointee. "It was awful," says Ray McNally, the long-time political adviser of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA). But the union's icy relations with the Republican governor have slowly thawed. That's no accident. This year, Schwarzenegger has launched an ambitious election-year outreach effort....
  • This visit is important (Greek Orthodox priests and seminarians to visit Vatican)

    02/23/2006 1:54:02 PM PST · by NYer · 39 replies · 604+ views
    Catholic Outsider ^ | September 23, 2006 | Alejandro Bermudez
    Today, the Vatican press office has announced that a group of priests and seminarians from the Theological College of “Apostoliki Diakonia” of the Orthodox Church of Greece are due to visit the Vatican starting tomorrow.Why is this visit important? Because the major obstacle to achieve unity with the Orthodox is the incredible anti-Catholic animosity transmitted from generation to generation among Orthodox priests.It is true that Greek Orthodoxs do not hold the kind of animosity seen among Russian Orthodox, but it is still a significant issue.The group includes 31 mostly young priests and seminarians from the faculty of theology and other...
  • Tories Move To Heal White House Rift

    02/15/2006 5:17:12 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 573+ views
    Tories move to heal White House rift By Alec Russell in Washington and George Jones, Political Editor (Filed: 16/02/2006) The Tories will today seek to end an extraordinary rift with their natural allies in the White House with a staunch statement of support for President George W Bush over the need to stop Iran having a nuclear weapon. At the start of a two-day visit to repair relations, Liam Fox, the Conservative defence spokesman, will tell a Washington think-tank that Britain remains America's "most reliable and effective ally". Dr Fox: coming to America In a speech to the Heritage Foundation,...
  • Sunnis offer peace deal

    02/02/2006 6:49:02 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 23 replies · 1,139+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Feb 2 2006 | Sharon Behn
    Iraq's Sunni leadership presented the majority-Shi'ite government yesterday with a 10-point ultimatum that they said would either end the violence or lead to a national strike and widespread street demonstrations. It was the first time the Sunni minority has publicly offered conditions to end a bloody insurgency that has left thousands of Iraqis dead. However, it was not clear how much control the political parties have over the insurgents, who include foreign terrorists and disgruntled former members of dictator Saddam Hussein's military. At the top of the list of demands was the resignation of the interior minister and his entire...
  • Why we should take Osama's olive branch ,It's the first step in winning the peace

    01/29/2006 9:15:24 AM PST · by Pikamax · 74 replies · 1,658+ views
    SFGate ^ | 01/29/06 | John Arquilla
    Osama bin Laden's offer of a truce has sunk from sight without leaving a ripple, but it should have made waves. When the audiotaped proposal was made 10 days ago, the White House dismissed it out of hand. That was a politically logical move, given the need to appear tough on terror at all times. An image of strength and determination may be particularly important in the months ahead because Republican Party leaders have put security issues at the heart of their 2006 congressional election campaign strategy. But there are reasons why bin Laden's overture should be carefully weighed and...
  • Al Qaeda's Olive Branch

    01/23/2006 4:06:14 AM PST · by unionblue83 · 11 replies · 624+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 23 january 2006 | Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
    By now, there can be no doubt that al Qaeda's message to the West has been distilled down to two simple concepts. The first is that the terrorist group can be appeased. The second is that, if they aren't appeased, Westerners face grave consequences. The latest Osama bin Laden audiotape, released on January 19, makes these points explicit and shows how bin Laden intends to fashion his message for Western ears. In the tape, bin Laden offers a truce in return for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. "We have no objection to responding to a long...
  • Bin Laden 'Truce' Offer Reveals Terror Network in Tatters

    01/20/2006 7:33:26 AM PST · by teddyballgame · 15 replies · 1,411+ views
    HumanEventsOnline ^ | 1/20/06 | Editorial
    Osama bin Laden's taped message is the strangest evidence to emerge that the U.S. is winning the "information war" with al Qaeda and is new proof that al Qaeda's famed media unit is in tatters, says Rich Miniter, author of Disinformation: 22 Media Myths That Undermine the War on Terror. (Click here to order from Amazon.) It was not long ago that the propaganda arm of al Qaeda could easily get videotapes onto al Jazeera in hours. But the new tape played on al Jazeera took upwards of five weeks to move from bin Laden to al Jazeera. Could al...
  • Bin Laden Warns of Attacks, Offers Truce

    01/19/2006 7:44:00 AM PST · by blogblogginaway · 86 replies · 2,783+ views
    breitbart.com ^ | Jan. 19, 2006 | breitbart.com
    Al-Jazeera aired an audiotape purportedly from Osama bin Laden on Thursday, saying al-Qaida is making preparations for attacks in the United States but offering a truce to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan. The voice on the tape said heightened security measures in the United States are not the reason there have been no attacks there since the Sept. 11, 2001, suicide hijackings. Instead, the reason is "because there are operations that need preparations, and you will see them," he said. "Based on what I have said, it is better not to fight the Muslims on their land," he said. "We do...
  • [Israel's] Ties with Pat Robertson may resume

    01/14/2006 12:47:44 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 408+ views
    AP ^ | 1/14/6
    Israel is reconsidering its decision to break off contacts with Pat Robertson over the construction of a Christian heritage park, after the US evangelist apologized for saying Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's massive stroke was divine retribution, a spokesman said Saturday. Israel and Robertson had been close to finalizing a deal to build the multimillion dollar tourist attraction when the broadcaster said last week that Sharon had been punished by God for pulling Israel out of the Gaza Strip in September. The comments prompted Israel to call off talks with Robertson over the deal. Robertson issued an apology, which Israel accepted...
  • Morales Extends Conciliatory Hand to U.S. (Evo Alert)

    01/11/2006 8:04:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 294+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/11/06 | Michelle Faul - ap
    PRETORIA, South Africa - Bolivia's leftist President-elect Evo Morales extended a conciliatory hand to the United States on Wednesday, saying he forgives past humiliations and welcomes dialogue even as he believes U.S. officials may be plotting against him. Bolivia's first elected Indian leader criticized Mexican President Vicente Fox, telling The Associated Press in an interview that Fox was hostile toward him and all indigenous peoples in the Americas, including those of Mexico. Morales said he believes claims by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez that the United States is plotting to overthrow Morales, but welcomes reports that U.S. officials are interested in...
  • Insurgents seek dialogue with U.S., role in new Iraq

    12/13/2005 11:06:11 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 41 replies · 1,621+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Dec 13 2005 | LIZ SLY
    Homegrown Iraqi insurgent groups are reaching out to the United States in the hope of launching a dialogue that would draw them into the political process and end their 2 1/2-year rebellion, according to U.S. officials and Iraqis close to the insurgency. Spurred by fears of the growing influence of Iran and encouraged by signals from Washington that the United States will start drawing down troops next year, insurgents who see themselves as fighting for an Iraqi nationalist cause are looking for ways to distance themselves from the religious radicals who have dominated the insurgency, with a view to establishing...
  • Europeans Search for Conciliation With U.S

    12/08/2005 7:54:16 PM PST · by Pikamax · 8 replies · 487+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/09/05 | Glenn Kessler
    Europeans Search for Conciliation With U.S. Some States Are Assuaged By Rice on Prison Policy By Glenn Kessler Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, December 9, 2005; Page A16 BRUSSELS, Dec. 8 -- European foreign ministers attempted to make peace with the United States Thursday over the controversy concerning treatment of terrorist suspects, with many saying they were satisfied with visiting Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's explanations of U.S. policy. But lingering concerns were evident when Dutch officials said they would press to set up a prison of their own in Afghanistan so that any suspects captured by Dutch troops there...
  • Poland Germany clear up differences

    12/08/2005 3:08:36 PM PST · by lizol · 6 replies · 338+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 8.11.2005
    Poland Germany clear up differences During her first official visit to Poland, German Chancellor Angela Merkel wasted no time in reassuring Warsaw that Berlin is set to soothe disagreements over history and Iraq. She also stressed her commitment to create a warmer atmosphere in relations with Poland which have been tense in recent months. Talks with Poland’s conservative Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz centred on stalled EU budget talks and relations with Russia. Poland has expressed outrage over a German–Russian natural gas pipeline deal which would run along the Baltic Sea floor, bypassing Poland. Merkel was very explicit when she told...
  • Moscow, Vienna praise relations, look toward new cooperation

    12/02/2005 4:55:32 PM PST · by jb6 · 3 replies · 237+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 02/ 12/ 2005
    MOSCOW, December 2 (RIA Novosti) - The Austrian chancellor and Russian prime minister met in Moscow Friday, praising relations between the two countries and calling each other important and strategic partners, while looking toward a new document to replace the shared cooperation agreement that expires next year. Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel said it was time to "start a new life" and "give [cooperation] new dynamics". Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov affirmed Moscow's intention to strengthen relations with Austria, which takes over the rotating EU presidency next year. "We regard Austria as an important and promising partner in Europe," Fradkov said
  • Merkel in Poland to smooth ties

    12/02/2005 8:48:26 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 8 replies · 421+ views
    BBC ^ | 12/02/05 | Jan Repa
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is paying her first official visit to Poland - a country she described as Germany's "second big neighbour". Mrs Merkel's appointment has been generally well received in Poland. Her predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder, was widely perceived as too critical of America, too close to Russia, and too focused on Germany's domestic agenda. Since assuming office last week, Mrs Merkel has visited France, Britain and Brussels. Poland was next on the list. Mrs Merkel says wants Germany to improve relations with Washington and to act as a mediator in internal EU disputes. She has said she will not...
  • Orthodox-Catholic consultation reviews relations between churches

    10/30/2005 2:27:24 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies · 349+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | October 28, 2005
    Washington DC, Oct. 28, 2005 (CNA) - More than a dozen clerics and theologians gathered in Washington last week to consider and discuss the advancements in Orthodox-Catholic relations, in particular in the last 40 years.The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation held its 69th meeting Oct. 20-22 at Georgetown University. It was co-chaired by Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk of Cincinnati and Bishop Savas of Troas, the Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Bishop Savas substituted for Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh, who is still recovering from a recent fall.Fr. Brian Daley, SJ, began the session with a public lecture entitled “Forty Years of...
  • Labor olive branch to Christians (Australia)

    10/29/2005 1:06:06 AM PDT · by Dundee · 4 replies · 296+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 29, 2005
    Labor olive branch to Christians OPPOSITION Leader Kim Beazley has moved to soothe relations between Labor and Christian churches, linking his moral values to the fight against the Government's planned industrial relations laws. He told church leaders that a post-September 11 world had distorted the message of faith in God. The devoutly religious Mr Beazley also criticised a distortion of Christian faith which he said had occurred in the United States. "In the post-September 11 age when religion is at the centre of public fears of terrorism, we must be able to challenge the ugly, violent distortions of genuine faith,"...
  • Pakistan to accept quake relief from India

    10/10/2005 9:58:59 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 761+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 10/10/05 | AP
    NEW DELHI - Pakistan said Monday it will accept relief aid for earthquake victims from its longtime rival India, a move that carries immense political implications for the neighbors who have fought three wars. India's Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran said his country would send tents, food, blankets and medicine to the hard-hit Pakistani portion of Kashmir. The announcement came after Pakistani Foreign Ministry said Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh telephoned Pakistan's high commissioner in New Delhi and "reiterated his offer to send relief aid to us for earthquake victims." High Commissioner Aziz Ahmed Khan met Singh and then contacted the...
  • IRA DESTROYS ITS WEAPONS

    09/25/2005 6:13:21 PM PDT · by Stoat · 56 replies · 2,129+ views
    Sky News ^ | September 25, 2005
      A cache of IRA weapons IRA DESTROYS ITS WEAPONS  The IRA has finally destroyed all weapons used to run its 30 year campaign of murder and mayhem.  The international inspectors overseeing the weapons decommissioning are about to confirm they have supervised a full disarmament. It comes two months after the IRA said it had formally ordered an end to its armed struggle.A report on IRA decommissioning will be presented to the British and Irish Governments tomorrow.General John De Chastelain, head of the International Commission on Decommissioning, will make his findings public at a press conference later.Separate statements are expected...
  • Chavez Will Try to Improve U.S. Relations (Fears U.S. will protect people from him, "the tyrant")

    09/18/2005 6:37:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies · 537+ views
    ABC News ^ | September 18, 2005 | SAM DOLNICK, AP
    Sep. 18, 2005 - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Saturday that he would attempt to improve his relations with Washington, which have been rocky in recent months. "Sometimes I make mistakes, I tend to respond to any official from the government of Mr. Bush who verbally attacks Venezuela," Chavez said during a speech at a Manhattan church, his last public event in New York before heading to Cuba to meet with his close ally Fidel Castro. Chavez said the Rev. Jesse Jackson and U.S. Rep. Jose Serrano, D-N.Y., who sat with him at the church, had advised him "not to...
  • Musharraf breaks new ground, meets Jewish leaders in NY

    09/18/2005 2:29:26 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 301+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | September 18, 2005
    Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf held an unprecedented meeting with leaders of the American Jewish Congress as part of his campaign to press for moderation in the Muslim world. Musharraf is the first leader of a Muslim nation which has no diplomatic relations with Israel to hold a public dialogue with Jewish leaders, officials of the Council for World Jewry said. The Pakistan military general was given a standing ovation and big round of applause as he stepped into the conference room for the meeting-cum-dinner at a leading hotel in New York. "I cannot imagine that a Muslim and that too...
  • Israeli and Pakistan foreign ministers hold first high-level meeting

    09/02/2005 6:21:36 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 1 replies · 143+ views
    web.israelinsider.com ^ | September 1, 2005
    Israeli and Pakistan foreign ministers hold first high-level meeting By Associated Press September 1, 2005 The Israeli and Pakistani foreign ministers were holding the first acknowledged high-level talks between the two countries in a meeting in Turkey, in the first diplomatic spinoff from Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, an Israeli official said Thursday. The meeting was arranged at the initiative of Pakistan's president, General Pervez Musharraf, who asked Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to arrange it, said Israeli Foreign Ministry officials. Pakistan, a Muslim country which has taken a hard line against Israel, was encouraged to meet the...
  • Israel's Relationship With Pakistan Warms

    09/01/2005 7:08:43 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 3 replies · 213+ views
    AP/Yahoo News ^ | 09/01/2005 | STEVE WEIZMAN
    JERUSALEM - Israel hailed a diplomatic breakthrough Thursday with Pakistan as the first fruit of its Gaza pullout and a harbinger of warmer ties with other Muslim nations, after the first public meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries. Yet the sudden public embrace of Israel by the world's second-largest Muslim nation worried Palestinians, who warned that such a prize was premature as long as Israel controls Gaza's borders, expands West Bank settlements and tightens its hold on Jerusalem. Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom met publicly for the first time with Foreign Minister Khursheed Kasuri of Pakistan, a...
  • Israel Extends an Olive Branch: Hamas Shoots At It

    08/19/2005 6:59:11 AM PDT · by Warhammer · 16 replies · 472+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | Aug 19, 2005 | Frank Salvato
    "The armed struggle is the only strategy that Hamas possesses...As long as Palestinian lands remain under occupation, Hamas won't lay down its weapons." -- Khaled Mashaal, leader of the terrorist organization Hamas. "Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son." -- Dean Wormer, Animal House (1978) The world has been witness to an extraordinary, emotional event: the Israeli pull-out from the Gaza Strip. This political gamble by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon marks substantive forward movement on the Road Map for Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The question now is whether the Palestinian militants -- and...
  • Koizumi tailors key statement / Prime minister aims to improve relationswith China, South Korea

    08/18/2005 6:34:19 PM PDT · by Lessismore · 2 replies · 176+ views
    Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi expressed anew Japan's remorse and apology for actions committed during World War II in his statement to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the war's end Monday, also stressing the country's forward-looking stance in apparent efforts to mend strained relations with China and South Korea. Government sources said Koizumi's statement is "the government's basic guideline aimed at acknowledging the past and contributing to future peace and prosperity." However, Koizumi's visit to Yasukuni Shrine remains a flashpoint and it is unclear if Koizumi's statement could lead to restored relations with Beijing and Seoul. On Monday night, Koizumi said...
  • Indonesia signs peace treaty with Aceh rebels

    08/15/2005 7:17:15 AM PDT · by Valin · 1 replies · 188+ views
    Times Online ^ | 8/15/05 | Sam Knight
    The Indonesian Government and rebels from the province of Aceh signed a peace treaty this morning in Helsinki that could bring to an end South East Asia's longest running war. The signing of the treaty this morning, in which the separatist rebels known as the Free Aceh Movement, or GAM, renounced their claim for full independence in return for an amnesty and participation in Indonesian politics, came after seven months of negotiations. More than 10,000 people are believed to have died in Aceh's war of independence against the Indonesian Government over the last 30 years. More than 4,000 people, including...
  • Aceh Rebels Sign Peace Agreement

    08/15/2005 3:56:08 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 130+ views
    BBC ^ | 15 August 2005 | Staff
    The two sides acknowledged there was still a lot to be done The Indonesian government and rebels from the Free Aceh Movement (Gam) have signed a peace deal aimed at ending their near 30 year conflict. Representatives from each side signed the official document in Helsinki. "This is the beginning of a new era for Aceh," said former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, who mediated the talks. "Much hard work lies ahead." Efforts to end the conflict resumed after the huge tsunami last December, which destroyed vast swathes of Aceh. In the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, big screens were set up...
  • Iraqi PM in Landmark Iran Visit

    07/16/2005 9:41:06 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 312+ views
    BBC ^ | July 16, 2005
    Iraqi PM in landmark Iran visit BBC Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari has begun the first top-level visit to Iran since the two neighbours waged an eight-year war in the 1980s. More than 10 ministers are accompanying Mr Jaafari to open what Iranian media have called a new chapter in ties. They are expected to discuss security and the control of their long border. A new friendship is blossoming between Tehran and Baghdad to the consternation of the US, still bogged down in Iraq, says the BBC's Frances Harrison. After decades of no diplomatic relations, Iraq now has a prime...
  • German Opposition Pledges Revived U.S. Ties in Election Program

    07/10/2005 8:02:33 PM PDT · by phoenix_004 · 2 replies · 480+ views
    AP ^ | Jul 10, 2005 | Stephen Graham
    BERLIN (AP) - Germany's opposition aims to oust Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder with a program to boost Europe's largest economy and "reinvigorate" relations with the United States, according to a draft obtained Sunday by The Associated Press. The program, to be formally endorsed Monday by the Christian Democratic Union and its Bavarian sister party, includes an increase in sales tax and looser rules for companies to hire and fire staff. It also rules out Turkish membership in the European Union. The parties are also trying to win back voters by invoking Germany's strained relations with Washington. Schroeder ran for re-election in...
  • GIs: Saddam Wants to Make Friends with Bush

    06/20/2005 7:42:23 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 13 replies · 698+ views
    NewsMax/AP ^ | 6/20/05 | Limbacher
    Thrust unexpectedly into the role of prison guards for Saddam Hussein, a group of young American soldiers found the deposed Iraqi leader to be a friendly, talkative "clean freak" who loved Raisin Bran for breakfast, did his own laundry and insisted he was still president of Iraq, says a report published on Monday. GQ magazine's July issue says Saddam greatly admired President Reagan and thought President Clinton was "OK," but had harsh words for both President Bushes, each of whom went to war against him. "The Bush father, son, no good," one of the soldiers, Cpl. Jonathan "Paco" Reese, 22,...
  • New French foreign minister seeks good ties with US (Surrender Monkey Alert)

    06/13/2005 6:33:15 AM PDT · by indcons · 12 replies · 524+ views
    Arab Times/Reuters ^ | 13th June 2005 | Reuters
    PARIS (Reuters) - France's new foreign minister pledged in comments published on Monday to press on with recent efforts to improve relations with the United States after the chill caused by the Iraq war. In a wide-ranging interview with Le Figaro newspaper, Philippe Douste-Blazy signalled no major change in foreign policy following his appointment on June 3, despite French voters' rejection of the European Union constitution on May 29. Relations with Washington became strained when Dominique de Villepin, who is now France's prime minister, led opposition to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. But ties began improving under Douste-Blazy's...
  • Bush, Erdogan aim to get US-Turkish relations back on track

    06/12/2005 9:36:04 AM PDT · by Lessismore · 5 replies · 355+ views
    Turkish Press ^ | 06-08-2005 | AFP WASHINGTON
    US President George W. Bush and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan highlighted their desire to overcome differences over the Iraq war that created tensions, as they met here. Ankara had been one of Washington's closest allies until 2003, when it refused to allow US troops to use its territory as a launching pad for their invasion of Iraq, cooling relations between the two NATO members. After meeting with Erdogan at the White House, Bush praised democracy in Turkey as "an important example for the people in the broader Middle East." The White House also expressed support, ahead of the...