The world views America as a big powerful arrogant bully. This was not the case prior to 2001. At least it was not as bad as it is now.
Bush and his PNAC pals end 50 years of progress in just over 2 years. The entire world stands united on issue after issue as Bush drags the US out of treaty after treaty. Did he tell us about this during his campaign?
The Bush administration has turned the US into an immoral, imperialistic, self centered nation dedicated to the well being of the ultra rich corporate entities. The people of the world and the health of the planet can go to hell as far as Bush and PNAC are concerned.
International relations are at an historical low. Anti-Americanism is at an all time high. Desperate people are becoming terrorists at a record pace. All of this is a result of a failed arrogant aggressive elitist PNAC designed foreign policy.
$15 Billion AIDS Plan Wins Final Approval in Congress - TVNL points out the deception: ‘ And it is not without controversy; some advocates for AIDS patients say it provides too little money for a global fund to fight the disease, while others are upset about a provision that requires one-third of the prevention money in the bill to be set aside for programs that exclusively promote sexual abstinence until marriage.’
Gag Reflex - The prohibition on U.S. government funding of any organization that performs abortions or advocates for the liberalization of abortion laws in other countries nearly crippled President Bush's high-profile $15 billion AIDS initiative.
Congress set to slash Africa aid - AS US President George W Bush proclaims his commitment to Africa during this week's five-day trip, his Republicans in Congress are planning on cutting back the money allocated to his much-vaunted plans to tackle HIV/Aids and encourage development.- TVNL comment: This is happening while Bush is in Africa and while he is telling them about the money he is giving them for HIV/Aids! The press is telling us how great this is but they are not telling us that he is full of crap!
AIDS Activists Jeer Senior Bush Health Official - "Allowing Claude Allen, a man with such hostile viewpoints on the basic tenets of HIV prevention, to close the conference speaks volumes about the Bush administration's true agenda on these issues," said Terje Anderson, executive director of the National Association of People with AIDS.
Bush AIDS policy “misleading and inaccurate” - President Bush has manipulated science to support his political ideology, according to a new report, producing an AIDS policy that is misleading and inaccurate. - While this has stretched over a broad range of topics, most frightening is the administration’s Stalin-esque control of AIDS information and sexual education, which the report claims has led to an “altering of performance measures” to highlight the importance of abstinence only sex education and to make it easier for programmes that emphasised this form of education to be effective.
U.S. Cuts Off Financing for AIDS Program, Provoking Furor - he State Department has discontinued financing for a small but well-regarded AIDS program for African and Asian refugees because it contends that one of the groups involved in the project supports forced abortions and involuntary sterilization in China, officials said this week. - The decision to end the financing has raised a furor among AIDS and refugee groups. Relief workers fear that officials are bowing to pressure from anti-abortion factions within the Bush administration and allowing politics to interfere with desperately needed AIDS programs, assertions that the State Department denies.- The group, Marie Stopes International, offers abortion counseling and services. - State Department officials acknowledge that they have no evidence to suggest that Marie Stopes is involved in forced abortions or involuntary sterilization, and the group itself says it has been trying to end forced abortions in China and to expand voluntary family planning.
As Millions Die - In America, we think of AIDS simply as an epidemic. In fact, like the Holocaust, it is a moral challenge to the world, one we are failing. - "It's mass murder by complacency,"
Clinton brokers landmark Aids deal - Four companies that produce generic Aids drugs have agreed to reduce the cost of the drugs for millions of people in developing countries under a deal brokered by former US President Bill Clinton. - Aids organisations have hailed the deal as a breakthrough, with the potential to save millions of lives. - While Bush/PNAC talk Clinton acts!
US media blitz angers Castro - The Bush administration has stepped up anti-Castro propaganda with radio and TV broadcasts beamed to Cuba from an aircraft. - TVNL asks: What would we say if another nation did this to us?
Here's What's Being Said - The United States cannot turn back now. It has set itself on a path of no return. - Having stored up so many enemies, the bully must now remain forever a bully to ensure his own survival.
France Says It Is Target of Untruths - What a shock! Do you realize that since 1986 France used it’s UNSC veto 3 times; the US used it 33 times; yet we now eat Freedom Fries and dump our French wine into the street at the behest of the hypocrites in the GOP! Boy does the media owe France an apology. I believe that the press should be liable for all economic losses due to slander. This is not an example of 1/2 a story is a complete lie, it is an example of 1/100 of a story is a complete lie!
Japan ready to strike first if threatened: PM - TVNL Comments: This is the Bush/PNAC legacy; setting the world on edge. Having the most powerful military nation on the planet establish a first strike philosophy will go down in history as the single most destructive policy this planet has experienced to date.
Foreign policy by pique - The Bush administration intends that where nations stood on Iraq will define America’s future military relations with them, as well as political relations.
Warning to Bush from contrite cold war veteran - "If we can't persuade our allies and other comparable nations, we had better examine our reasoning," - Robert McNamara, the US defence secretary during the Cuban missile crisis and the first phases of the Vietnam war, has warned of the folly of American involvement in Iraq.
US 'is an empire in denial' - The United States is a "danger to the world" because of its denial that it is a military and economic empire - America's critical weakness, however, was its fatal lack of self-knowledge
Support for U.S. Fades, Survey Says - The war in Iraq has sent support for the United States to new lows in Muslim countries and significantly damaged the standing of the United Nations in those nations and elsewhere, according to a survey
US will destroy its enemies, says Cheney - The United States will not pursue deterrence or containment policies in its so-called war on terrorism but would instead seek to utterly destroy its enemies, said US Vice-President Dick Cheney. - TVNL asks: Does anyone remember Bush’s campaign promises? What exactly did he mean by “compassionate conservatism?” Why did he say that America won’t be a bully? Why did he then go ahead and pack the administration with PNAC jerks like Cheney and Rumsfeld?
North Korea threatens to counter US arms buildup - TVNL comment: Nice game you started Bush! Your wonderful approach to diplomacy has moved the world closer to all out war! Thank you. Your legacy will be fondly viewed by the ignorant and uninformed American populous thanks to the media and their dereliction of duty.
The American administration is a bloodthirsty wild animal - By Harold Pinter - "If you are not with us, you are against us," President George W. Bush has said. He has also said: "We will not allow the world's worst weapons to remain in the hands of the world's worst leaders." Quite right. Look in the mirror, chum. That's you.
US voted out of human rights body in symbolic rebuke - In a symbolic rebuke to the Bush administration, the member nations of the Organization of American States (OAS) have for the first time voted to exclude the US from representation on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, considered the most prestigious human rights monitoring body in the Western Hemisphere.
America's imperial delusion - The US drive for world domination has no historical precedent - Domestically, the real danger for a country that aims at world control is militarisation. Internationally, the danger is the destabilising of the world.- TVNL comment: Bush/PNAC are on their way to achieving both!
France Chides Washington Over 'My Way' World View- France's defense minister took a double swipe at the United States on Saturday, accusing her counterpart Donald Rumsfeld of American supremacism and U.S. industry of waging "economic war" on Europe.
BBC poll shows disapproval of Iraq war - The US-led military campaign in Iraq and the policies of President George W. Bush have been condemned in an 11-country opinion poll conducted by the BBC.
N. Korea Says Blockade Will Lead to War - North Korea warned Tuesday that any economic blockade by the United States and its allies against the communist state could lead to a war that would include Japan. - Rodong Sinmun: the United States is ``laying an international siege to the North and putting a blockade against it as a premeditated scheme to start a new war on the Korean peninsula.'' - TVNL comment: Bush; strong on international policy!
The U.S. and the Escalating Threat to the World - The U.S. and its Coalition of the Morally Bankrupt have used their invasion of Iraq as a means through which to achieve many goals apart from its primary goal of gaining control of Iraq and its natural resources. This war has been a vehicle through which the U.S. not only elevated propaganda to new heights at the expense of the truth, but actually undertook the murder of independent journalists.
Dangerously unpopular - Like all U.S. presidents, George W. Bush likes to say that for him it's all principle and steady-as-she-goes, and he pays no attention to opinion polls. But he had better pay attention to this one. A worldwide poll surveying opinions about the United States in 44 countries shows that the U.S. is widely feared and disliked. This is in striking contrast to the post-9/11 period when the people of the world admired and sympathized with America and Americans.
What Is Happening In America? - It is unquestionably the most radical government in modern American history, one whose ideology and actions have become so pervasive, and are so unquestionably mirrored by the mass media here, that the population seems to have forgotten what "normal" is.
EU 'has to play larger world role to avoid US domination' - The document also calls on member states to boost military capabilities: "The conclusion of the cold war has left the US in a dominant position," it says. It calls for efforts to make the UN more effective and advocates "pre-emptive engagement" to address security issues.
Okinawa governor demands U.S. troops leave - Although U.S. bases give a major economic boost to Okinawa's struggling economy, crimes and accidents involving U.S. military personnel in recent years have intensified demands for U.S. forces to leave or be relocated to other parts of the country. - TVNL asks: Are these the troops that we are supposed to be supporting?
Congolese War Called '9/11 Every Day' - Which war has claimed the most lives since World War II? Korea? Vietnam? - The answer is the continuing conflict in Congo. - The International Rescue Committee estimates that 3.3 million people have died throughout Congo, most of them from war-induced famine and disease. - And there is nothing resembling a weapon of mass destruction in the conflict. - Congo might receive more international attention if it were more strategically located. It is not a place where interests of the United States and other big powers intersect. -TVNL question: Well Mr. Bush, Well PNAC, where is your “compassionate” conservatism? When are we going to bring these people democracy? Hey George, were the Iraqi people in more need of our help than these people?
Britain/US try to weaken UN deal on cluster bombs - Britain and the United States are attempting to weaken the provisions of an international treaty requiring belligerents to clear up unexploded cluster bombs after the end of any conflict, according to the group Landmine Action. - TVNL comment: OUTRAGEOUS! I am so ashamed to be an American with this administration in the White House!
Mandela hints at Bush snub on Iraq - Mandela condemned Bush for launching the war against Iraq, saying he was wrong to bypass the United Nations and overthrow Iraqi President Saddam Hussein by force. - "Since the creation of the United Nations there has not been a World War since 1945. Therefore, for anybody, especially the leader of a superstate, to act outside the United Nations is something that must be condemned by everybody who wants peace," Mandela told reporters after a meeting with French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin.
The perils of our US alliance - According to the British historian Eric Hobsbawm, "the policies that have recently prevailed in Washington seem to all outsiders so mad that it is difficult to understand what is really intended". - One explanation is that according to ideological vigilantes on the political right, it is not possible to criticise the policies of the Bush Administration without being "anti-American."
America to build super weapons - US-based missiles to cover world - The Pentagon is planning a new generation of weapons, including huge hypersonic drones and bombs dropped from space, that will allow the US to strike its enemies at lightning speed from its own territory. - TVNL comment: The only thing that this administration wants to spend money on is Armageddon
US and Europe set for clash over terrorist trials - The European Union's executive commission warned on Friday that applying the death penalty to any of the suspects detained at the US base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba would risk undermining international support for the US-led war on terrorism.
Bush Vows Pre-Emptive Attacks Against Enemies - TVNL comment: Ladies and gentlemen, it is official, we have a mad man in the White House. This is now officially out of control. The U.S. has become the military version of the Warner Brothers cartoon character the Tasmainian Devil; where is Bugs Bunny when we need him?!
THE NEW AMERICAN ORDER - From here, from Paris and from other capitals, it appears that the administration of George W. Bush is operating only in its own reality. And sometimes the American press seems to be doing the same thing. British and French correspondents are "dissing" the American press as just another branch of the U.S. government. - TVNL comment: Pay attention to this one folks. Have you ever been in a relationship where everyone around you sees that the person you are with is no good for you, but you don’t see it? You ignore them and you tell them that they do not understand your partner. Then after years of abuse you finally break it off only to realize that your friends were right all along only it is too late to prevent all the damage done. Well America, we better start listening to our friends!
Even loyal Britain can no longer tolerate America's abuse of human rights at Camp X-Ray - The Bush administration is ignoring all protests about its attack on the judicial process. The American Bar Association pointed out US hypocrisy by reminding the administration that America has condemned other countries for using military tribunals in the past. They are also worried that the media -- a recognised watchdog which ensures a public and fair trial -- will not be allowed to witness the proceedings.
U.S., Indonesian jets in standoff - JAKARTA, Indonesia - In a tense encounter above the Java sea, U.S. fighter planes went into attack mode and locked their missiles on Indonesian warplanes deployed to intercept them, an Indonesian air force official said Friday. - TVNL comment: The U.S. has become the death star of the world and Bush/PNAC are our Darth Vader.
Bush pushes for next generation of nukes - In the 11 years since, the United States has worked to halt the spread of nuclear weapons around the world and has often touted its own self-imposed restraint as a model for other nations. - But the Bush administration has now taken a decidedly different approach.
Canadians vote Bush least-liked president - U.S. President George W. Bush is the most unpopular American president in recent memory among Canadians, with more than 60 per cent saying they have an unfavourable opinion of him, according to a new poll by Environics Research Group Ltd. - TVNL comment: What a shock! What could make them dislike him? Could it be...clieck here.
U.S. Policies Consistently Undermine Human Rights - Last year, President Bush removed the U.S. signature from the ICC treaty, which had been signed by former President Bill Clinton as one of his final acts before leaving office. This decision by the Bush administration clearly illustrated that Washington would only tolerate politically-motivated prosecutions that serve U.S. interests. By certifying that Colombia's human rights-violating armed forces can continue receiving military assistance for counternarcotics operations and by insisting that U.S. military and civilian personnel be provided immunity from the ICC, the Bush administration has once again undermined international human rights efforts.
Dire States - Americans are used to resentment of their global dominance. Since the war on Iraq, however, this hostility has begun to hit them where it hurts: in corporate balance sheets. David Usborne reports on the backlash being felt in the boardrooms everywhere from McDonald's and Nike to Microsoft and Coca-Cola
American-led Empire’s Planned Global Military Domination: - As the world grows more reluctant to follow Mr. Bush anywhere no matter what, fewer and fewer people believe we have been told the truth about Iraq’s WMD, and with Tony Blair now under full siege for misinforming the British Parliament Mr. George W. Bush Junior seems unaffected while pursuing the Oligarchy’s elite agenda for global hegemony.
When America goes it alone, we all pay - WE ARE, they tell us, living in a unipolar moment, when the United States has decided to eschew liberal internationalism and multilateralism for a winner-takes-all, me-first strategy. The whole political and strategic framework of containment has been tipped over for an aggressive, pre-emptive, first-strike doctrine that gives the rest of us very little to be part of, or little to attach ourselves to.
In Europe, Bush's America Is a Real Turnoff - "Bush wants to rule the world. He has big muscles, but the brain of a mouse." - "It was a betrayal of world opinion," - "We are much more doubtful of America's moral high ground."
Critics Assail Bush's Strategy of Restraint in Liberia - President Bush built lofty expectations around the world about his willingness to help stanch the bloodshed in Liberia, and now is facing widespread criticism for sending only a handful of troops, with no promise of combat forces, after five weeks of delay. - "When we're telling countries they have to be for us or against us, it hurts our credibility if we are not responsive when the rest of the world is saying there's something they need us to do."
America's worst side in Iraq - America is nearly two years into invasions in which we have killed more civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan than the number who died in the United States on 9/11. Yet we have no Osama, no Saddam, no weapons of mass destruction, no nuclear weapons plants, no peace.
Finally Fascist - The word ‘fascist’ inevitably conjures up horrifying images of Nazi swastikas, concentration camps, packed political rallies, people screaming while a lunatic Hitler orates loudly and gesticulates wildly. Hard to imagine any strain of such a hideous disease infecting America - the world’s shining beacon of democracy, liberty, hope, and freedom.
A Price Too High - "This is a dream for the jihad," said one high-ranking U.N. official. "The resistance will only grow. The American occupation is now the focal point, drawing people from all over Islam into an eye-to-eye confrontation with the hated Americans.
US should set disarming example: Elbaradei - The head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog has called on the United States to set an example to the rest of the world and cut its nuclear arsenal and halt research programs. - He also criticised US President George Bush's plan for a national missile defence shield, saying a small number of privileged countries want a nuclear protective shield. - He says the rest of the world would be left outside. - Elbaradei says if people do not stop applying double standards the world will end up with more nuclear weapons.
Study Finds Europeans Distrustful of U.S. Global Leadership - Europeans are increasingly uncomfortable with the United States' global leadership, with majorities in almost every nation opposing the direction of American foreign policy, a new poll has found. - TVNL Comment: This proves that our coalition of the willing is comprised of nations where the people are coalitions of people who have no say in the matter! These nations that are behind us are mostly populated by people who are not!
Iraq War Erodes World's Post-9/11 Sympathy for US - "After the war in Iraq, the United States looks to many like an occupying power in the region, which revives memories of European occupation in the early 20th century and further erodes any sympathy among people in the region," - Disquiet among U.S. allies in Europe centers on Washington's preference for pre-emptive action, its claim to military and economic primacy and its scorn for multilateral initiatives in areas including global warming and international justice.
Reasons to fear U.S. - However, two years after 9/11, the United States has yet to confront the roots of terrorism, has waged more war than peace and has continually raised the stakes of international confrontation. - On 9/11, the world reacted with shock and horror, and sympathy for the victims. But it is important to bear in mind that for much of the world, there was a further reaction: "Welcome to the club."
Rich and poor clash over farm aid - Europe and the United States have been accused of trying to break up a powerful new alliance of poor states bent on rewriting global trade rules. - The G21 is demanding the complete abolition of subsidies paid by rich countries to their farmers which, they say, locks the developing world out of international markets. - But aid agency Action Aid has accused the US delegation at Cancun of attempting to alternately cajole and bully poor nations into leaving the G21 - an accusation the Americans have denied.
Saudis consider nuclear bomb - Until now, the assumption in Washington was that Saudi Arabia was content to remain under the US nuclear umbrella. But the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the US has steadily worsened since the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington: 15 of the 19 attackers were Saudi. - TVNL Comment: the Bush/PNAC administration, with it’s arrogance, has created a global nuclear arms race. There will be nations developing or obtaining nuclear weapons simply to deter the US.
Bush steps up fight against European safety testing - President George Bush is mounting an intensive campaign to force European countries to drop safety tests expected to save thousands of lives each year - The documents - which include diplomatic cables signed by the US Secretary of State, Colin Powell - show that the Bush administration has threatened Europe with trade sanctions if it goes ahead with the tests, which are designed to protect workers and the public from highly toxic chemicals. - The tests are designed to identify the most dangerous chemicals threatening Europeans, including cancer-causing and "gender-bender" substances, so that they can be controlled.
U.S. Abortion Policy Hits Clinics Abroad -Study - President Bush's anti-abortion policy has hit clinics in poor countries hard, forcing some to close and leave entire communities without healthcare, according to a report issued on Wednesday. - Under the policy, known as the Mexico City rule by supporters and the Global Gag rule by opponents, foreign family planning agencies cannot receive U.S. funds if they provide abortion services or lobby to make or keep abortion legal in their own country.
Ignore Muslim anger at your peril, Musharraf warns Bush - U.S. must quell hatred of the west through positive action, not invasion - "There's so much hate, so much anti-western, anti-U.S. feelings, we have to show a positive," Gen. Pervez Musharraf told the Citizen in an interview. - "If we show one more negative, in the form of a military operation against another Muslim country, I think it's going to be disastrous."
London and World Protests Oppose Iraq Occupation - Tens of thousands of anti-war protesters staged demonstrations around the world on Saturday venting their anger at the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and calling for an end to the occupation. - Chanting "Troops out of Iraq and Blair out of Number 10," protesters in London demonstrated against Britain's continued military involvement. - Coordinated protests were held across western Europe and in Turkey and South Korea, but were only a faint shadow of huge pre-war peace rallies.
No wonder America has so many enemies - ERIC MARGOLIS - President Bill Clinton was impeached by a Republican-controlled Congress for lying about sex. President George W. Bush and aides lied the United States into a stupid, unnecessary colonial war that has so far killed more than 305 Americans and seriously wounded more than 1,400. It has also cost many thousands of Iraqi dead, and $1 billion US weekly. - Lying about sex is an impeachable offence; lying the nation into war apparently is not.
U.S. accuses Cuba of germ weapons program - The United States, yet to find evidence to back its charge that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, issued a new accusation on Thursday that Cuba had a ''limited'' biological arms program. - TVNL Comment: Please don’t tell us that we are going to invade Cuba!
Washington's Sour Sales Pitch - First, the government — not the broader American public — has been the main messenger to a world that is mightily suspicious of it. Further, the State Department, which oversees most efforts, seems to view public diplomacy not as a dialogue but as a one-sided exercise. The result is America speaking at the world, usually with simplistic and often offensive propaganda:
US imposes sanctions on Syria - The United States' House of Representatives has passed legislation to impose sanctions on Syria for alleged ties to terrorist groups and attempts to obtain nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. - TVNL Comment: The US keeps making the same mistaks.Sanctions have never proved successful in any respect. They have clearly resulted in the death and suffering amon civillian populations. Sanctions are used to set nations up for invasion. They weaken the county that has the sanctions imposed on it and then it uses any violations of those sanctions as an excuse to attack them.
Report: Unit Killed Hundreds in Vietnam - An elite unit of American soldiers mutilated and killed hundreds of unarmed villagers over seven months in 1967 during the Vietnam War, and an Army investigation was closed with no charges filed, The Blade reported Sunday. - Soldiers of the Tiger Force unit of the Army's 101st Airborne Division dropped grenades into bunkers where villagers -- including women and children -- hid, and shot farmers without warning, the newspaper reported. Soldiers told The Blade that they severed ears from the dead and strung them on shoelaces to wear around their necks. - William Doyle, a former Tiger Force sergeant now living in Willow Springs, Mo., said he killed so many civilians in 1967 he lost count. - The newspaper also said Army investigators learned about the atrocities in 1971 but took a year to interview witnesses. Two investigators pretended to look into the allegations while encouraging soldiers to keep quiet, soldiers told The Blade - TVNL Comment: But it is our freedom that terrorists hate! It is never our international policy or our military “intervention” or our support for brutal dictators all over the world or...
Muslim Leaders Confront Bush - In an unusual meeting in Indonesia, they tell the president that the U.S. should act more democratically in its foreign affairs. - In a rare face-to-face meeting with critics, President Bush got an earful Wednesday from Muslim leaders who denounced his policies of occupying Iraq and siding with Israel against the Palestinians.
Bush Shuts Off Beans to Cuba - Cuba is buying black beans from the U.S., but after the new Bush Administration initiatives, they won't be able to buy them from Michigan farmers. - "The U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba could be about $1 billion annually," - TVNL Comment: This hurts US farmers and the people of Cuba. America continues to punish the people of the world because we do not like their leader.
AP: Iraq Expense Leaving Others in Cold - With Billions of Dollars Pledged for Iraq, Is Enough Left for Poor Countries, AIDS Sufferers? - The $33 billion for Iraq over the next four years, including $20 billion from the United States, is more than 10 times the U.N. Development Program's annual funds of $2.8 billion for all underdeveloped countries. The amount is also nearly 10 times the pledges to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, which kill millions every year.
US develops lethal new viruses - A scientist funded by the US government has deliberately created an extremely deadly form of mousepox, a relative of the smallpox virus, through genetic engineering. - The new virus kills all mice even if they have been given antiviral drugs as well as a vaccine that would normally protect them. - The work has not stopped there. The cowpox virus, which infects a range of animals including humans, has been genetically altered in a similar way.
Socialists Decry U.S. Domination, Greed - Left-leaning politicians from the around the world wrapped up a three-day congress Wednesday with a call for a new world order and an end to the unilateral policies of the United States. - It decried what it called attempts to ``dismantle all forms of global governance, to minimize the role of the United Nations, to undermine multilateral institutions, to promote unilateralism and the consecration of the market, and to impose the will of the powerful to decide the future of mankind.''
EU poll: Israel 'biggest threat' to world peace - U.S. beats out 'axis of evil' in causing global instability - Over half of Europeans think Israel poses the "biggest threat to world peace," according to a controversial poll commissioned by the European Commission. - The same survey has the United States beating out Iran, Iraq and North Korea – the trio dubbed the "axis of evil" by President George W. Bush – as well as Afghanistan in a ranking of what countries contribute most to world instability.
Inuit battle to shut US air base - Inuit hunters are to ask Denmark's Supreme Court on Monday to close down one of America's most secretive and strategically important military bases. - Lawyers representing the Inuit claim that their very survival is at stake as the territory to which they were exiled no longer has sufficient food stocks to sustain them. - In 1953 the Danish authorities forcibly evicted the Inuit from their ancestral lands in Northern Greenland where for thousands of years they hunted whales, polar bears and other arctic creatures. - Their removal enabled the Americans to establish a vital arctic outpost.
UN votes against US Cuba embargo - The United Nations General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly for an end to the United States' 40-year-old economic embargo against Cuba. - The vote marks the 12th consecutive year that the assembly has called for an end to the blockade. - Only three nations voted against the motion - the US, Israel and the Marshall Islands. Two others abstained. - TVNL Asks: Do you see anything interesting about the combination of nations that once again stand in defiance of the entire world?
EU slaps $200m tariff on US imports - The European Commission decided to impose the duties in retaliation against US tax breaks for exporters, which have been criticised by the World Trade Organisation. - Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said: "The Commission hopes to pass a very clear message to the United States that their continued failure to implement three years after the expiry of the original WTO deadline is unacceptable." - The dispute arose after President Bush imposed tariffs of up to 30% in March 2002 in an effort to protect US steel producers from foreign competition.
House OKs repeal of nuclear research ban - The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted Friday to repeal a 10-year-old ban on researching low-power nuclear warheads. - The Bush administration pushed for the legislation, arguing that the United States must maintain the technology and skills needed to develop new weapons to counter threats of chemical, biological and nuclear attacks. Critics say it will undermine efforts to curb nuclear proliferation. - TVNL Asks: Has there been a more violent administration in history? They have been the least effective administration when it comes to diplomacy. Primitive and violent.
New Zealand anti-Americanism on the rise: poll - American music, food and clothing styles may still dominate New Zealand culture, but a new poll has found New Zealanders feel increasingly negatively toward the United States. - According to a Phillips Fox poll published in the National Business Review on Friday, the number of New Zealanders who said they felt "positive" toward the United States had dropped 25 percentage points in two years, from 54 to 29 percent. - This had been accelerated recently with the Iraq war and publicity about US millionaires buying up prime properties in New Zealand, and further reinforced by television and film portrayals of the United States as "a violent, racist, crime-ridden and sex-obsessed society," he said.
WTO Pressures U.S. Over Steel Tariffs - The World Trade Organization's highest court ruled on Monday that U.S. steel duties violated trade laws and the European Union threatened Washington with heavy sanctions if they were not quickly removed. - Brussels says it is ready to retaliate with some $2.2 billion of its own duties on U.S. goods, selected for the maximum political impact, and that these could be in force by early next month if Washington does not heed the WTO verdict. - ``We disagree with the overall WTO report. We are going to study it, look at its implications and go from there,'' said White House spokesman Scott McClellan.
Stop bullying: India to US - "India strongly favours total openness and transparency in world trade and the US and EU should stop their bullying tactics to enable the emergence of a more equitable world economic order," Rudy, a former Union minister of state for commerce, said at a seminar on 'Relavance of WTO in Indian Trade and Commerce', in Patna.
US firms told 'take UK jobs home' - GEORGE Bush's administration has called on US companies in Britain to relocate jobs to America in an astonishing move that could trigger a major trade war. - US-based multinationals have been told they will receive compensation from American trade authorities if they cancel contracts in Britain and take jobs home, according to CBI director-general Digby Jones.
China cancels U.S. trade trips - Country scraps trips to buy farm goods, soybeans after Bush administration puts quotas on textiles. - China denounced a move by the United States to cap selected textile imports Wednesday and scrapped missions to buy American farm goods, saying the U.S. measure sullied the spirit of free trade.
New Discord Rises Between U.S. and Allies - Powell bluntly dismisses a plan proposed by France, Germany and Britain to persuade Iran to abandon its alleged nuclear arms program. - n a visit to the European Union designed to repair transatlantic ties, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell on Tuesday signaled the emergence of a potential new rift between key European allies and the United States, this time over how tough a stance to take on Iran's nuclear program. - TVNL Comment: The Bush/PNAC administration have been a complete failure when it comes to diplomacy. They have failed at every single diplomatic endeavor that they have attempted.
China to raise tariffs on U.S. goods - China will raise tariffs on some American imports, the Commerce Ministry says, in a step that comes just days after a fresh trade spat sparked by a U.S. move to cap imports of selected Chinese textiles. - Putting some distance between the announcement and the U.S. move on textiles, Ma said the new tariffs were in response to U.S. duties on steel imports enacted a year and a half ago -- duties that the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has recently ruled illegal. - TVNL Comment: The Bush/PNAC adminisration is doing a great job! So far TVNL has yet to find one single action by this administration that has yielded positive results in the long run.
Official Warns Anti-U.S. Mood Is Growing - Anti-American and anti-Western sentiment is growing out of anger at the U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Germany's foreign spy chief said Thursday.
Trade Tensions Mount Between U.S. and World - Global trade tensions simmered on Friday as the EU stood firm on threats to slap sanctions on U.S. goods over steel and export tax break disputes and Norway warned of retaliation against Washington. - The European Commission is eyeing sanctions on $2.2 billion of U.S. goods in December in a fight over steel import tariffs imposed by President Bush. - It also plans punitive duties on up to $4 billion of U.S. goods gradually from March 2004 unless Washington repeals disputed tax breaks for U.S. exporters by the end of the year. - TVNL Comment: Ahh yes, we are all better off with Bush/PNAC at the helm. Everyone wants to kill us, we are losing friends all over the world and now nobody wants to do business with us! Bill Clinton? Who’s that? Oh, that’s the guy who cheated on his wife while the world became a nicer place to live. It’s much better to have a faithful husband war monger who destroys the environment, breaks the bank and alienates the world in charge!
Billionaire Soros stakes fortune on 'matter of life and death' - defeating George Bush - "The supremacist ideology of the Bush Administration stands in opposition to the principles of an open society, which recognise that people have different views and that nobody is in possession of the ultimate truth," he writes. "When President Bush says, as he does frequently, that freedom will prevail, he means that America will prevail. In a free and open society, people are supposed to decide for themselves what they mean by freedom and democracy, and not simply follow America's lead ... A chasm has opened between America and the rest of the world."
Supreme Court Considers Foreign Arrests - Decision Will Determine if Federal Agents Can Sneak Into Foreign Countries to Make Arrests - In theory, the lower court holding could conceivably interfere with the prosecution of al Qaeda suspects -- such as Osama bin Laden -- should they be captured overseas by U.S. agents or at the behest of U.S. agents without the cooperation of the nation harboring them.- TVNL Comment: It is called lawlessness. Breaking international law. Can other nations arrest people in the US? Will the US arrest Americans who are wanted by the law and now live in Israel?
Does Bush Know Why He is a Threat to World Peace? - America is no angel in the eyes of the world; they created most of the world's bloody dictatorial regimes that murdered millions of its citizens. Saddam Hussein is one such result of this policy but when he turned against the US it was the beginning of the end for him. The price for his removal has been enormous, an estimated one and a half million Iraqis (half of them children) died as a result of economic sanctions, strongly backed by the US, against Iraq. - Democracy is the answer usually given ... democracy, my foot!If the US really wanted true democracy for Iraq then it would not be imposing criminals on the Iraq people as leaders. Ahmed Chalabi, member of the US-backed Iraqi governing council, is a convicted embezzler with a 22-year jail sentence waiting for him in Jordan. The man has practically spent his entire life out of Iraq but in spite of there facts, he remains Washington's favourite for the highest office in Iraq.- Sounds democratic hmmm!
US doles out more WTO-illegal payments to companies - The Bush administration is to make $150 million in payments to U.S. steelmakers and other firms over the next two weeks under a program declared illegal by the World Trade Organization, a U.S. Customs official said Tuesday. - The "Byrd amendment" payouts could set the stage for the European Union, Japan and many other trading partners to retaliate on U.S. exports, just as President Bush is expected to lift steel tariffs in the face of another retaliation threat from abroad.
Scholars Slam U.S. Vision of Democracy for Mideast - International scholars and Islamist thinkers accused Washington on Saturday of trying to impose a flawed vision of democracy on the Middle East that was biased and doomed to failure. - "If the Americans are serious about spreading democracy, they should support all projects, and not single out for criticism a few countries such as Syria, Saudi Arabia and Egypt," prominent Kuwaiti Islamist and former parliamentarian Ismail al-Shatti said.
A new era of nuclear weapons - Bush's buildup begins with little debate in Congress - Congress, with only a limited debate, has given the Bush administration a green light for the biggest revitalization of the country's nuclear weapons program since the end of the Cold War, leaving many Democrats and even some hawkish Republicans seething. TVNL Comment: It is called the military industrial complex!
Challenging 'Pre-emption' - by Senator Robert C. Byrd - A lasting casualty is the international credibility and reputation of the United States of America. We have squandered the good will that had rallied to our side after the attacks of 9/11, attacks that struck just a few short blocks from where we sit tonight. At the end of that fateful day, the world was with us. The French newspaper Le Monde proclaimed, "We Are All Americans." But we squandered that good will. We turned our sights on Iraq and turned our back on the United Nations. As a result, in some corners of the world, including some corners of Europe and Great Britain, our beloved nation is now viewed as the world bully.
Observers Fault U.S. for Pursuing Mini-Nukes - Critics say American 'double standard' will undermine efforts to curb nuclear arms. - Research on a new generation of precision atomic weapons by the Bush administration threatens to undermine international efforts to stop the spread of nuclear arms and to tarnish recent successes, according to diplomats and nonproliferation experts. - The criticism focuses on the administration's decision to lay the groundwork for developing low-yield weapons — known as mini-nukes — while pursuing President Bush's doctrine of preemptive strikes against rogue states
USA: Holding human rights hostage - Given the USA's criticism of the human rights record of Cuba, it is deeply ironic that it is violating fundamental rights on Cuban soil, and seeking to rely on the fact that it is on Cuban soil to keep the US courts from examining its conduct.
N Korea gets tough on US - The editorial alluded to the US-led war on Iraq by saying, "last year witnessed ... tragic developments in the international arena as world peace was wantonly violated by the imperialists' strong-arm policy and their moves for aggression..." - TVNL Comment: They have a point!
Japan government considers pre-emptive military strikes - To counter the growing threat of terrorism, Japan's government plans to consider legislation that would relax a long-standing ban against a pre-emptive military strike, allowing troops to fire at suspicious vessels and armed spies - even outside the country's borders, a newspaper reported Wednesday. - TVNL Comment: The Bush/PNAC administration has set such a dangerous precedence and has bullied (scared) the world so much that is responding by becoming a dangerous planet of trigger nervous war mongering nations. It has also renewed a global nuclear arms race. This world is exponentially more dangerous as a result of the Bush/PNAC administration gaining control of the White House.
Egypt Muzzles Calls for Democracy - Reformers Say Billions in U.S. Aid Prop Up Authoritarian Rule - And they contend that, contrary to Bush's pronouncements, U.S. aid -- nearly $2 billion per year over the past two decades -- has propped up an unpopular government, its army and police, and helped suppress democracy. - TVNL Comment: This example of Amercican foriegn policy is EXACTLY why “terrorists” want to kill us! Not because they hate freedom, because they want freedom and we help to prevent that.
The U.S.-European Divorce - Bush's faith has been forced to the surface, accentuating the growing values gap between an increasingly liberal Europe and an increasingly conservative United States. - Hostile welcomes for President Bush have become a regular occurrence in a Europe increasingly hostile toward the United States. - In London last November, the president was called "the biggest warmonger on the face of this earth”. - The conservative Texan has become a lightening rod for hate, on a continent where many view the United States as a rogue state. - “He wasn't democratically elected, and he's ignored lots of international laws."”
CIA misinformed about Ansar - pub.tv2.no/nettavisen/english/article170292.ece - According to information provided TV 2 Nettavisen by German intelligence, they are convinced that the CIA information is wrong, and they allegedly fear that American authorities planted the information.- TVNL Comment: Even if the US authorities did not plant the information, the fact that they are suspected of doing so speaks volumes about how the US has lost the respect of the world.
I.M.F. Report Says U.S. Deficits Threaten World Economy - With its rising budget deficit and ballooning trade imbalance, the United States is running up a foreign debt of such record-breaking proportions that it threatens the financial stability of the global economy, according to a report made public today by the International Monetary Fund.
'US climate policy bigger threat to world than terrorism' - Tony Blair's chief scientist has launched a withering attack on President George Bush for failing to tackle climate change, which he says is more serious than terrorism. - TVNL Comment: Finally somebody other than TvNewsLies says what we have been saying all along!
Bush's dismal record speaks for itself - Under this administration, we are the only western nation to fail to sign the Kyoto Protocol for greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and the only nation among 130 to refuse to sign on the world ban on land mines. Of 192 nations that signed the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, only the U.S. and Somalia have not signed on. He withdrew from the World Court of Law. - We were the only country to be removed by the United Nations from the Human Rights Commission. He has broken more international treaties than any other U.S. president. He violated the Geneva Convention by refusing to allow inspectors access to U.S. prisoners of war. He was also the first president to refuse U.N. election inspectors during the 2002 elections.
Bogota envoy tells U.S. to listen - Resentments cloud today's meeting - You have two ears, one mouth. So "listen more than you talk." - That is Colombian Ambassador Luis Alberto Moreno's advice for President Bush and U.S. officials heading to his second summit with Latin American leaders today. - Moreno, a five-year veteran of dealing with Washington, wants U.S. officials to understand festering resentments of what some see as the United State's imperial power. - TVNL Comment: Never before in history has the world been so hostile towards an American administration. Under the Bush/PNAC leadership we have become despised and disrespected around the globe. Old friends now have to deal with rampant anti-Americanism from their populations and desperate oppressed people are signing up to become terrorists at a record pace. Why is the media pretending this is not happenning?
US sugar barons 'block global war on obesity' - Leading scientists accused the Bush administration last night of putting the interests of powerful American sugar barons ahead of the global fight against obesity. - TVNL Comment: If pedophiles were Bush/PNAC contributors the Bush/PNAC administration would find a way to make child pornography legal. The Bush/PNAC administration are corporate prostitutes.
Venezuela's Security & Defense Council confirms USA involvement in April 2002 coup d'etat - During an interview on State VTV program, " En Confianza," Lopez Hidalgo presented evidence of US Embassy complicity in the events of April 11, 2002, implicating a US citizen, who identified himself as a US Major and was captured in 2001 when, the General claims, the coup was in its planning stages. - TVNL Comment: Once again the US decides who runs other countries. This is why we are a target of terrorist. If we mind out business we would be better off. The citizens of this country and the men and women of our armed services will pay the price of the illegal and immoral actions of our government. We can not dictate how other nations should run their governments.
World Economic Forum: Clearing up after Bush - Main themes tied to putting right the wrongs, not moving on to fresh horizons - Instead of debating new ideas, the World Economic Forum is forced to dedicate its entire programme to compensating for the systematic outrages committed by the Bush regime.
America losing world's trust - America's allies and competitors are likely to interpret Kay's findings very differently: that America's word - or at least its intelligence findings - cannot be fully trusted.
To Germans, U.S. motives now suspect - Iraq war brings a role reversal that may not fade quickly - “Many of us don’t accept the American way of doing this, that you ask the world’s opinion and when you get an answer you don’t like, you say ‘to hell with the world.’
Vatican condemns Aids drug firms - "Humanity cannot close its eyes in the face of so appalling a tragedy." - It is the genocidal action of the drug cartels who refuse to make the drugs affordable in Africa even after they reported a $517bn profit in 2002." - TVNL Comment: Remember this”US wrecks cheap drugs deal -Cheney's intervention blocks pact to help poor countries after pharmaceutical firms lobby White House - Say what you want but TVNL declares that the Bush/PNAC administration are immoral and indecent people who care about nothing but money and power.
U.S. Image Abroad Will Take Years to Repair, Official Testifies - Margaret D. Tutwiler, in her first public appearance as the State Department official in charge of public diplomacy, acknowledged Wednesday that America's standing abroad had deteriorated to such an extent that "it will take us many years of hard, focused work" to restore it.
China to issue Human Rights Record of US - The Information Office of the State Council of China will issue on March 1 the Human Rights Record of the United States in 2003, in response to the latter's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices which contains "many distortions and denouncements". - An official with the Information Office said that the United States, as in previous years, acted again as "the world human rights police" by distorting the human right situations in more than 190 countries and regions across the world, including China. - However, the reports released by the US State Department on Wednesday once again "omitted" its own long-standing malpractice and problems of human rights. "Therefore, we have to, as before, help the United States keep its own human rights record," said the official.
Bush reneges on land-mine ban - ABOUT-FACE: The US military will be permitted to use 'smart' land mines in a policy change that breaks a pledge and extends the unilateralism of the Bush administration - The US, which has refused to sign on to a global land-mine treaty, has long been criticized for its mine policies and Friday's announcement brought a sharp response. - "This new land-mine policy is not just a gigantic step backward for the United States, it is a complete about-face," said Stephen Goose, executive director of the arms division of Human Rights Watch.
Chavez Supporters Protest U.S. Meddling, Reject Vote - Tens of thousands of supporters of President Hugo Chavez marched on Sunday to protest what they criticized as U.S. meddling and rally support for the leftist leader as he battles an opposition referendum challenge. - Waving revolutionary flags and "Out with the CIA" and "No to Yankee Invasion" banners, Chavez sympathizers streamed through the capital under the watch of National Guard troops and two military helicopters circling overhead. - TVNL Comment: Historic global hatred of the US thanks to the Bush?PNAC policies.
Venezuela would stop oil to U.S. if invaded -Chavez - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned the U.S. government Sunday that if it tried to invade Venezuela or impose a trade blockade against his country, he would shut off Venezuelan oil supplies to the United States. - In his speech, Chavez also called Bush an "asshole" for, he said, supporting a short-lived coup in 2002 that briefly toppled him. - TVNL Comment: Bush/PNAC; earning the trust and admiration of the world!
Polls: World Not Pleased With Bush - Just over half in Mexico and Italy had a negative view of Mr. Bush's role. In Britain, the closest U.S. ally in the war in Iraq, and in Canada, two-thirds had a negative view. - Just over half in Mexico and Italy had a negative view of Mr. Bush's role. In Britain, the closest U.S. ally in the war in Iraq, and in Canada,two-thirds had a negative view. - Three-fourths of those in Spain and more than 80 percent in France and Germany had a negative view of Mr. Bush's role in world affairs. - The AP-Ipsos poll found that people in the two countries bordering the U.S. and in five major European countries think the war in Iraq increased the threat of terrorism in the world. - TVNL Comment: They also have better news coverage of both American and international events.
Head-to-head: Is the US breaking the law? - The US continues to hold some 640 detainees at a military base at Guantanamo Bay Cuba. - Critics say that the detainees are being denied due process and that the US is breaking not only international law but is acting in ways that violate its own Constitution.
Kerry reaches out to a world where support for Bush is ebbing away - Hostility towards a second Bush term is generally assumed to be widespread throughout the world because of the Iraq war, the concept of pre-emptive strikes and bullying of small countries. On issues from the Kyoto agreement and the international criminal court to antipathy towards the UN, President Bush has alienated countries Washington would normally classify as allies.
Delegates from 57 Countries to March in Washington - Delegates from 57 nations plan to join Sunday's abortion rights march in Washington to show their opposition to Bush administration policies they consider harmful to women outside the United States. - "The Bush administration is not very much liked in Europe, to say it diplomatically," Harth said at a briefing with other women from the international contingent. "The rejection is not only on the international politics concerning the war, but it's on the war that the Bush administration is making on women." - When President Bush decided to block more than $100 million to the UN population fund, European nations decided to fill the resulting "decency gap" in money for international family planning and sex education, Harth said.
Canadians like U.S. but not its President - “There is a significant sense that George Bush the President, not Americans, is out of touch and doesn't view us as a friend,” said John Wright, senior vice-president of public affairs for the pollster.
U.S. Is Accused of Trying to Isolate U.N. Agency - The Bush administration, which cut off its share of financing two years ago to the United Nations agency handling population control, is seeking to isolate the agency from groups that work with it in China and elsewhere, United Nations officials and diplomats say.
U.S.: No Plans to Send Troops to Sudan - The Bush administration does not plan to send troops to Sudan to help protect the people in the Darfur region against pro-government Arab militias while applying economic pressure.
'Bush has handcuffed United Nations' - The United Nations "is living through the worst moment of its already forthcoming 60 years," Felipe Perez Roque said in a speech at the annual UN General Assembly session. "Who handcuffed the United Nations named by President Roosevelt? President Bush."
Challenging Rest of the World With a New Order - It is a characterization of Mr. Bush's foreign policy style often heard around the world: bullying, unreceptive, brazen. The result, critics of this administration contend, has been a disastrous loss of international support, damage to American credibility, the sullying of America's image and a devastating war that has already taken more than 1,000 American lives.
US 'hurting' anti-mine campaign - Anti-landmine campaigners meeting in Nairobi have accused the United States of setting a dangerous example by refusing to sign up to a worldwide ban.
U.S. Says It Has Withdrawn From World Judicial Body - The memorandum, issued in connection with a case the United States Supreme Court is scheduled to hear this month, puzzled state prosecutors, who said it seemed inconsistent with the administration's general hostility to international institutions and its support for the death penalty. - "It's a sore-loser kind of move," Professor Spiro said. "If we can't win, we're not going to play."
U.S. Obstructs Global Justice - When a United Nations commission of inquiry recommended this year that gross human rights abuses in Darfur be referred to the new International Criminal Court, Pierre-Richard Prosper, the U.S. ambassador at large for war crimes issues, made headlines by rejecting the idea. "We don't want to be party to legitimizing the ICC," he said. - But why not? Ninety-eight nations have signed the Rome Treaty, which created the court that the United States now opposes. President Clinton signed the treaty too, in the final days of his term, but the Bush administration quickly said it had no intention of seeking ratification.