Archive for October, 2003
BAGHDAD, Iraq – More U.S. soldiers have died in combat in Iraq since May 1, when President Bush declared an end to major combat operations, than died during main phase of the war, the U.S. military said on Tuesday.
The death toll is a milestone, graphically illustrating the extended character of a war that many Americans believed was nearly finished after just a few weeks of combat. With a stubborn insurgency that is becoming more sophisticated and deadly in its attacks, it’s also a sobering reminder of the distance left to go in Iraq.No comments
By Renato Redentor Constantino
TODAY and abs-cbnnews.com
October 27, 2003
Yvette e-mailed that she was still in Hargeisa and was safe, which was a relief.
Only days ago, a British couple was killed inside their residence in a town in Somaliland. Before that, Annalena Tonelli, a well-loved Italian aid worker, was murdered in the tuberculosis hospital she ran in Borama, the hometown of Somaliland’s president.
Alexander Martin Remollino
of the FILIPINO YOUTH FOR PEACE
US President George W. Bush’s visit to the Philippines marks the first of a series of state visits that will also span Thailand, Japan, and Australia. These are countries that supported Bush’s wars against Afghanistan and Iraq.
The attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq were staged supposedly to eliminate their threats of terrorism. Afghanistan was allegedly harboring international terrorist Osama bin Laden, suspected of ordering the September 11, 2001 attacks carried out not by Afghans but by Saudis. The Saddam Hussein regime, ostensibly a threat to world peace, was allegedly building weapons of mass destruction.
Gov’t prepares VIP treatment to greet visiting Bush
The Macapagal-Arroyo administration is on a high gear in the last stretch of preparations for the Oct. 18 state visit of U.S. President George W. Bush. But the preparations, which include surveillance of militant groups and threats to use rubber bullets against anti-Bush demonstrators, are turning out to be costly prompting legislative critics to urge that the money should be used instead where it is most needed.
BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO
Protesters display “No Bush” posters during a rally near the U.S. Embassy in Manila on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, to begin a 10-day countdown leading to President Bush’s visit to the Philippines. Bush is to meet with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, one of America’s staunchest allies, ahead of a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders in Thailand.
By Conrado de Quiros
Philippine daily Inquirer
October 1, 2003
I don’t know if you believe in signs. But at the very time Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo went to Rome to seek enlightenment, the whole place was plunged into darkness. According to reports, the blackout paralyzed the city-state, freezing transportation and communication, and throwing Ms Macapagal-Arroyo’s schedule into disarray. It messed up as well the lives of journalists, who could not send stories to their home offices. For once though, the Filipinos in Rome found their cell phones useful in more ways than to send text jokes with. The fuzzy light the phones emitted was enough to help them wind their way in their hotel rooms, or wherever they were when the power outage struck.