Unreported by the US media, another of Dubya's "aquaintances" is about to stand trail for fraud. Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was ordered today to stand trial "following an investigation into alleged fraud in the purchase of movie and television rights at Mediaset, his media empire. David Mills, the estranged husband of the Tony Blair's culture secretary, Tessa Jowell, will also have to stand trial for his part in the alleged fraud."
Speaking at Batajnica airport, US Ambassador Michael Polt said US Air Forces Europe will sponsor the training of Serbian pilots at the US Air Force Academy. The first pilots could arrive for training as early as 2007, Polt said, adding that the Serbian armed forces would continue their close co-operation with the National Guard in the US state of Ohio.As ever, the "long war on Terra" can and will be used to justify just about anything.
From now on, 23 June will be a special day in relations between the two militaries, Polt said. It signifies the start of a new era in co-operation amid the global fight against terrorism and trafficking in people, weapons and drugs, he added.
The father of the young soldier held captive by Palestinian gunmen increased the pressure on Israel's government yesterday by urging them to negotiate his son's release.That's gonna upset the Militant Right.
"In the end it will be necessary to pay a price for Gilad's freedom," said Noam Shalit, whose 19-year-old son was seized from Israeli territory two weeks ago. "I don't understand why the government is delaying negotiations on this price."
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Secret Service on Friday revealed four more visits to the White House in 2001 by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, including one to see a domestic policy aide to Vice President Dick Cheney.Oh dear.
The newly released records of Abramoff's access to the White House bring the total number of his known visits to seven.
One Abramoff White House visit, according to Secret Service logs, was on April 20, 2001, to see Cesar Conda, at the time Cheney's assistant for domestic policy.
Five days after the Conda meeting, one of Abramoff's former lobbying colleagues, Patrick Pizzella, was nominated by the president as assistant secretary of labor. The Secret Service logs do not state why Abramoff met with Conda.
One log entry indicates Abramoff visited the White House family residence on Dec. 10, 2001, for two hours, as part of a large holiday party. The Secret Service entry for Abramoff's name that day reads, ``POTUS,'' ``WH,'' ``RESIDENCE,'' and lists the number of people present as 326, according to the documents. POTUS refers to the president of the United States.