2006-03-01

Night Flashes

Stratfor (subscription service) is reporting that Israel's Likud party shows a slight gain against Kadima, although Kadima still enjoys a comfortable lead over Likud ... Debka reports that President Bush has stated with "unprecedented clarity" that "We shall not let Iran have the means, the knowledge to make nuclear weapon. This would destabilize the world". The President made his remarks during a visit to Afghanistan, before departing for India and Pakistan ... meanwhile, Iran Focus quotes an Iraqi official as fingering the Tehran regime in the Samarra shrine blast: 'The deputy governor of the Iraqi province of Saladin, where the holy city of Samarra is situated, said preliminary investigation was pointing to Iran’s role in the bombing of the city’s revered Shiite shrine last week. “The investigations carried out so far about the explosion in the resting place of Imam al-Hadi and Imam Hassan al-Askari in Samarra point to the involvement of the Iranian regime’s Intelligence Ministry”, Abdullah Hossein Jabbara announced. ' ...

56 countries printed those Mohammed cartoons, says Freedom for Egyptians ... the cartoons got the most coverage in Muslim countries, notes Tim Blair - and "Not a single major US daily went near them." ...