'We Strive to Be a Compassionate, Decent, Hopeful Society'
Following is a transcript of President Bush's State of the Union address, as recorded by The New York Times:
Following is a transcript of President Bush's State of the Union address, as recorded by The New York Times:
"In a complex and challenging time, the road of isolationism and protectionism may seem broad and inviting, yet it ends in danger and decline," Bush said.
LONDON -- Envoys from nearly 70 nations and international bodies vowed Tuesday to maintain their financial support for Afghanistan, which is still plagued by violence and poverty more than four years after the fall of the Taliban.
The five-year plan known as the Afghan Compact, which will be signed here, is a blueprint to improve governance, the economy and security in the country, which is still trying to recover from years of devastating conflict that began with the invasion by Soviet forces in 1979.
LONDON (Reuters) - Afghanistan received promises of economic and military support from Western nations at a conference in London on Tuesday in return for pledges to fight corruption and the illegal opium trade.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 30 — Afghanistan is expected to sign an agreement this week with more than 60 donor countries that outlines an ambitious five-year plan for social, economic and political change, as Kabul seeks to move beyond the Taliban era.
30 January 2006 – On the eve of an international conference aimed at putting Afghanistan on a solid course towards stability, a visionary yet practical development strategy for the country was made public today by the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA).
(London, January 30, 2006)—International donors gathering in London this week to discuss Afghanistan’s development should do more to address the serious problems with insecurity and lack of development facing ordinary Afghans, Human Rights Watch said today.
Jan. 29, 2006 — The attack on the Iraqi convoy carrying "World News Tonight" co-anchor Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt was a reminder of the dangers all journalists face in a war zone.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff and camera operator Doug Vogt were in serious but stable condition on Sunday after suffering head injuries when their Iraqi military vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb.
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States said it would announce a big financial aid package for Afghanistan at a key conference in London next week on the country's future.
Three key points seem important about Hamas' victory. The first is that the election campaign was not a referendum on making war or peace with Israel. Hamas did not win because it promised to wipe out Israel. It won because it held out the promise of redressing some of the terrible imbalances and chaotic distortions that have come to define Palestinian domestic society in the past few years. These include corruption and incompetence in the Palestinian Authority governance system, lawlessness at the local level, and a humiliating inability to protect Palestinian communities' basic day-to-day ability to function because of the sustained onslaught of Israeli occupation policies. Hamas won because Palestinians think it can do a better job than Fatah in bringing order and self-respect to the business of daily life.
Trud agrees. "As usual, the US position on this issue is inconsistent. The US is promoting democracy in the region but when free elections yield the results Washington does not like, the will of the majority of the population may be disregarded." "Nevertheless, the people's choice will have to be accepted sooner or later - there is no other way."
"I've made it very clear that the United States does not support political parties that want to destroy our ally Israel, and that people must renounce that part of their platform," he said.
"There was a peaceful process as people went to the polls, and that's positive," Mr. Bush said. "But what's also positive is that it's a wake-up call to the leadership. Obviously people were not happy with the status quo. The people are demanding honest government. The people want services."
The election results stunned U.S. and Israeli officials, who have repeatedly stated that they would not work with a Palestinian Authority that included Hamas, which both countries and the European Union have designated as a terrorist organization.
The UK takes control of Nato forces in Afghanistan in May, with soldiers due to oversee reconstruction efforts.
"We've seen that part of the terrorists' strategy is to place operatives inside of our country," Mr. Bush said after his visit to the N.S.A. headquarters at Fort Meade, Md.
Exit Polls Suggest Fatah Party Is Leading
Critics accuse the world community of spending the aid on propping up their own operations or pursuing their own agendas. However many donors believe the corruption-tainted government does not have the capacity to handle the huge amount of cash coming in.
What is bird flu? Everybody's had the flu at some time in their lives, with its familiar symptoms: aches, chills, fatigue and cough. So why is the "bird flu" making so many headlines?
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's opposition Conservative Party won Monday's federal election but did not gain enough seats to have a majority in Parliament, all four national television networks predicted.
Public opinion polls showed the Conservatives poised to oust Prime Minister Paul Martin, 67, replacing him with a 46-year-old political strategist from western Canada, Stephen Harper.
"The gap between people who feel that if they work hard, they have a chance of bettering their lives, and those who actually feel that they are just condemned to a life of needlessness and hopelessness. A person who's hurting halfway around the globe, his pain is eventually going to affect me."
Former president Bill Clinton thinks Americans should be concerned about foreign policy issues, and, more importantly, bringing the citizens of the world together.
"All the terrorists and the enemies of Afghanistan are because of Pakistan. They are receiving their training there and they are being sent to Afghanistan for attacks."
Aziz said Pakistani officials were given no notice before the Jan. 13 attack that killed at least 13 civilians, including women and children. The attack was apparently aimed at al-Qaida's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, who wasn't there.
The US gives $2 billion a year to Egypt and $3 billion a year (actually much more) to Israel. The US budget is something like $2 trillion. Isn't rebuilding Afghanistan to the point where it doesn't fall into chaos again and threaten the world as a result worth as much as helping Egypt and Israel remain at peace?
NEW YORK, Jan 20 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks suffered their biggest loss in nearly three years on Friday, plummeting on disappointing earnings from blue chips Citigroup Inc.
``Death to Pakistan, death to ISI,'' the protesters shouted on Saturday, referring to Pakistan's main Inter-Services Intelligence agency.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan's president told a senior American official Saturday the United States must not repeat airstrikes like the one that apparently was aimed at al-Qaida but killed civilians in a remote village, as officials sought to soothe public outrage over the attack.
MAMOUN FANDY: It would feed into the whole conspiracy theory in the Arab and Muslim world that actually the mighty United States does not want to get bin Laden and Zawahiri because it wants to continue its campaign against the Muslim world. And all Muslims are puzzled why the mighty United States with all satellite intelligence and everything else, they cannot pinpoint these two guys. So they must have an ulterior motive. There is something larger.
“Fighting terrorism is central to the human rights cause,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “But using illegal tactics against alleged terrorists is both wrong and counterproductive.”
LONDON -- Russia and China agreed with the United States and its European allies Monday that Iran must fully suspend its nuclear program, but the countries stopped short of demanding referral to the U.N. Security Council, Britain's Foreign Office said.
JERUSALEM, Jan. 17 - Israel's acting prime minister, Ehud Olmert, said Tuesday that he would be willing to restart peace talks with the Palestinians if they met the longstanding Israeli demand to break up armed factions.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 - Two leading civil rights groups plan to file lawsuits Tuesday against the Bush administration over its domestic spying program to determine whether the operation was used to monitor 10 defense lawyers, journalists, scholars, political activists and other Americans with ties to the Middle East.
"It will take many, many more years before we can defend ourselves with our own means, before we can feed ourselves or work for our development with our own means," Karzai said.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY) has denounced the New York State and New York City Department of Education’s decision to schedule the beginning of mandatory statewide tests for third, fourth and fifth grades during the Islamic holidays of Eid-ul-Adha (Celebration of Sacrifice).
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO is studying options to ensure it can still expand operations to southern Afghanistan by the middle of the year even if the Netherlands decides not to take part, diplomats told Reuters on Monday.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. --Afghanistan suffers from a "lack of robust resources" for reconstruction, U.S Sen. Jack Reed said Sunday after his three-day trip to the central Asian nation.
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (CNN) -- About 2 million Muslims from around the world were gathering under heavy security Sunday for the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to the birthplace of the Prophet Mohammad.
The security chief at Kabul airport has accused Afghan officials of colluding with drug smugglers and ordering the release of arrested suspects.
''Turkey was the first country in history that Afghani female students were sent to. Afghani girls received education in Turkey in the 1920s. The children of those girls now remember Turkey and one of its famous folk poet Yunus Emre,'' remarked Karzai.
President Bush announced plans yesterday to boost foreign-language study in the United States, casting the initiative as a strategic move to better engage other nations in combating terrorism and promoting freedom and democracy.
Karzai is the first Afghan head of state to visit Turkey since former Afghan King Zahir Shah in 1957. Karzai briefly visited Turkey in 2002 as interim leader of the Afghan government.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's powers were transferred to his deputy Wednesday after he was rushed to the hospital to undergo emergency surgery for a brain hemorrhage.
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The government said Monday it has ordered the U.S. Embassy, the U.N. and other organizations to remove security barriers that are blocking streets in Afghanistan's capital and causing traffic jams.
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