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CRAWFORD, Texas (AFP) — US President George W. Bush said Tuesday that he and First Lady Laura Bush were sad to hear of Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa’s death, praising him as “a champion of democracy” in Africa.

“On behalf of the United States, we extend our sincere condolences to President Mwanawasa’s wife, his family, and all Zambians during this difficult time,” Bush said in a statement released from his Texas ranch.

“President Mwanawasa was a champion of democracy in his own country and throughout Africa. As president of Zambia, President Mwanawasa launched a sweeping anti-corruption campaign and dedicated himself to improving the welfare of all Zambians,” said Bush.

“As Chairman of the Southern African Development Community, President Mwanawasa worked tirelessly to uphold the values of good governance, speaking out against human rights abuses and threats to democracy when many others were silent,” said the US president.

Mwanawasa, a trenchant critic of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe who won praise for his handling of Zambia’s inflation-prone economy, died Tuesday in hospital in France aged 59.

Mwanawasa, who had been receiving treatment at the Percy Military Hospital near Paris, never recovered after suffering his second stroke in a little over two years at the end of June.

Copyright © 2008 AFP. All rights reserved.

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Greg Mitchell Tue Jul 22, 8:23 PM ET

An ABC-TV outlet in Houston, and now the Houston Chronicle, have posted a video taken at a political fundraiser for Pete Olson, featuring George W. Bush last week — capturing some embarrassing/revealing moments after, he noted, he had asked cameras to be turned off. 

The first moments form the July 18 event find him speaking almost incoherently in admitting, for once, that his friends in big business had screwed up: “There’s no question about it. Wall Street got drunk —that’s one of the reasons I asked you to turn off the TV cameras — it got drunk and now it’s got a hangover. The question is how long will it sober up and not try to do all these fancy financial instruments.”

Then, making light of the foreclosure crisis, he said: “And then we got a housing issue… not in Houston, and evidently not in Dallas, because Laura’s over there trying to buy a house. [great laughter] I like Crawford but unfortunately after eight years of sacrifice, I am apparently no longer the decision maker.”

No one is saying how ABC’s Miya Shay got the video or how it emerged.

Greg Mitchell’s new book is So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits — and the President — Fails on Iraq. He is editor of Editor & Publisher.

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The United States African Foundation has given Zambia a grant of $1 million to fund five agricultue projects.

Zambia’s Ambassador to the United States of America, Dr. Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika received the grant along with a commemorative plaque at a ceremony in Washington DC Friday.

Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika thanked the United States African Development Foundation for its continued support to grassroot groups and small businesses in Zambia.

This is according to a statement released to ZNBC news Saturday by Zambia’s First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the Zambian Mission in Washington DC, Ben Kangwa.

The projects to benefit from the grant include the Chinjara Livestock Cooperative Society Milk Project in Chipata, Eastern Province.

The Cooperative will use the funding valued at 2-hundred and 35, united states dollars for purchasing livestock, creating a revolving loan for future purchase of livestosck, buying a refrigerated truck and training in breeding and veterinary care.

Part of the grant will also be used for improving marketing and distribution of milk.

Other projects include the Mpika Dairy Farmers Cooperative in Northern Province, Mpongwe Bulima Organics Cooperative a groundnut cooperative with a membership of 1-hundred and two on the Copperbelt and the Mumbwa District Farmers Association Paprika Project in Central Province.

The President and CEO of the Zambia Agribusiness Technical Assistance Centre Likando Mukumbuta also signed for a grant that is designed to fund small enterprises to create jobs and income at grassroots level.

 Source: ZNBC


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By Belliah K Theise

At the time I was beginning to give Western politics a credit and thought African politics  were disgusting, I mispoke.  The truth is;  politics sucks in general.  What is happening within the democratic party  is worse than polio. I thought Zimbabwean under  Mugabe s politics sucked, No No No, Power is so sweet regardless the country.

First of all, you get the insider of the republicans writing the stink about Mr G Bush.

Scott McClellan, who served as the White House Press Secretary from 2003-2006, has written a book which essentially throws his former employer under the bus.

I can say, Mr Bush is a real good comedian. He makes me laugh.  He Can do well as the headmaster or comedian. I think politics is not his career.

Below is a picture of him chest bumping an Air Force Academy grad.


Here’s another one of him giving his best “I just scored a touchdown instead of brokering world peace” pose.

On the other hand, the three candidates are going through the tough screening, Republican candidate John McCain is having fun talking about how he is going to win Iraq war when nominated  as president ” I will never surrender in Iraq” Brags McCain. Mr Bush is secretly helping John McCain to raise funds for his campaign. Big stink.

Republican presidential hopeful Senator John McCain poses with U.S. President George W. Bush Tuesday before Bush's departure from Phoenix. Bush was attending a fundraiser for McCain.“Bush, still struggling with record-low approval ratings, held the first of three private fundraising events aimed at helping McCain’s cash-starved campaign keep pace with Democratic presidential front-runner Barack Obama. ”

Democratic candidates are still cat fighting over the nomination. God knows how many fire fighters will be needed to stop the fight.

The screening goes on……

  The screening includes what type of socks one wears in the morning. what you eat for lunch, who hang out with a candidate for dinner. How many concubines the candidate  had  through out his /her life, how many wives/husbands …. Disclosure of your personal finances, religion , including the kind of tooth brush one uses. etc etc. I wish African leaders could go through the same screening.

Below is the story of what happened with the share of delegates. I do not like this picture at all, it is so scary to see the two candidates together. No peace in their faces. This is not good at all. I am scared.

Debate that stretched almost all of  Saturday, the Rules and Bylaws Committee finally came to an agreement, can be well narrated below:

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WASHINGTON – “Democratic Party officials agreed Saturday to seat Michigan and Florida delegates with half-votes, ruling on a long-running dispute that has threatened the party’s chances in November and maintaining Barack Obama‘s front-runner status as he moves closer to the nomination.

The decision was a blow to Hillary Rodham Clinton as she was on the verge of watching Obama make history as the first black Democratic presidential nominee. It prompted an irate reaction from boisterous Clinton supporters in the audience and her chief delegate counter, Harold Ickes.

Ickes angrily informed the party’s Rules Committee that Clinton had instructed him to reserve her right to appeal the matter to the Democrats’ credentials committee, which could potentially drag the matter to the party’s convention in August.

“There’s been a lot of talk about party unity — let’s all come together, and put our arms around each other,” said Ickes, who is also a member of the Rules Committee that approved the deal. “I submit to you ladies and gentlemen, hijacking four delegates … is not a good way to start down the path of party unity.”

The resolution increased the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination to 2,118, leaving Obama 66 delegates short but still within striking distance after the three final primaries are held in the next three days.

The deal was reached after committee members met privately for more than three hours, trying to hammer out a deal, and announced in a raucous hearing that reflected deep divisions within the party.

“How can you call yourselves Democrats if you don’t count the vote?” one man in the audience shouted before being escorted out by security. “This is not the Democratic Party!”

The sticking point was Michigan, where Obama’s name was not on the ballot.

Clinton’s camp insisted Obama shouldn’t get any pledged delegates in Michigan since he chose not to put his name on the ballot, and she should get 73 pledged delegates with 55 uncommitted. Obama’s team insisted the only fair solution was to split the pledged delegates in half between the two campaigns, with 64 each.

The committee agreed on a compromise offered by the Michigan Democratic Party that would split the difference, allowing Clinton to take 69 delegates and Obama 59. Each delegate would get half a vote at the convention in Denver this summer, according to the deal.

The deal passed 19-8. Thirteen members of the committee supported Clinton, so she wasn’t even able to keep her supporters together.

The committee also unanimously agreed to seat the Florida delegation based on the outcome of the January primary, with 105 pledged delegates for Clinton and 67 for Obama, but with each delegate getting half a vote as a penalty.

Proponents of full seating continuously interrupted the committee members as they explained their support of the compromise, then supporters of the deal shouted back.

“Shut up!” one woman shouted at another.

“You shut up!” the second woman shouted back.

Jim Roosevelt, co-chair of the committee, tried repeatedly to gavel it to order. “You are dishonoring your candidate when you disrupt the speakers,” he scolded.

Obama picked up a total of 32 delegates in Michigan, including superdelegates who have already committed, and 36 in Florida. Clinton picked up 38 in Michigan, including superdelegates, and 56.5 in Florida.

Obama’s total increased to 2,052, and Clinton had 1,877.5.

A proposal favored by Clinton that would have fully seated the Florida delegation fully in accordance with the January primary went down with 12 votes in support and 15 against.

Tina Flournoy, who led Clinton’s efforts to seat both states’ delegations with full voting power, said she was disappointed by the outcome but knew the Clinton position had “no chance” of passing the committee.

“I understand the rules. … I can tell you one thing that has driven these rules was being a party of inclusion,” Flournoy said. “I wish my colleagues will vote differently.”

Alice Huffman, a Clinton supporter on the committee, explained that the compromise giving delegates half votes was the next best thing to full seating.

“We will leave here more united than we came,” she said.

Some audience members heckled her in response. “Lipstick on a pig!” one shouted.

“We just blew the election!” a woman in the audience shouted. The crowd was divided between cheering Obama supporters and booing Clinton supporters.

“This isn’t unity! Count all the votes!” another audience member yelled.”

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By Oleg Shchedrov


SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Seven years after he said he had peered into the Russian leader’s soul, U.S. President George W. Bush made clear he still had a strong bond with Vladimir Putin as they met for the last time as heads of state. The personal chemistry between Bush and Putin has weathered severe rows between their two countries and was on display again as the U.S. leader held a farewell summit on the Black Sea a month before Putin steps down.

Speaking to reporters at Putin’s vacation retreat, Bush said they worked to “find ways to be agreeable when we disagree”. 

“You’re not afraid to tell me what’s on your mind. And when it’s all said and done, we can shake hands,” Bush told Putin on Saturday. 

Putin spoke warmly of “George”. 

“I always appreciated his superior human qualities: honesty, openness and ability to hear a partner,” said Putin, standing beside the U.S. leader at a news conference after their meeting on Sunday. “This is worth a lot.” 

Bush has been lambasted by critics at home as naive in his generous assessment of Putin, against a backdrop of clashes between Moscow and Washington over Iran’s nuclear program, Kosovo’s independence and NATO’s expansion plans. 

Washington has enraged Moscow by quitting a Cold War treaty limiting missile defenses and preparing to deploy elements of its new missile shield in Europe. Moscow has irked Washington by pulling out of a pact limiting conventional forces in Europe. 

More than once, Putin and Bush have intervened to restore calm at points when other politicians and diplomats had started saying relations had passed the point of no-return. 


On Sunday, Bush stood by his initial view of the Russian leader: “A lot of times in politics you have people look you in the eye and tell you what’s not on their mind,” Bush said. “He (Putin) looks you in the eye and tells you what’s on his mind.” 

The two men “have a lot in common”, one Kremlin official said. “They both respect commitment to values and simple, straightforward style.” 

The two let down their hair during the informal part of the summit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Saturday night. 

“Bush looked great, he not only danced on stage but also did not leave it until he shook hands with nearly every member of a big folk dancing team which performed for them,” a Kremlin official who attended the dinner said. 

“I’m only happy that our press corps didn’t see me try to dance the dance I was asked to do,” Bush told Putin when the two met the next day. 

“We had a chance to see that you are a brilliant dancer,” Putin replied. 

When Putin moves out of the Kremlin, Bush will have to deal with his protege Dmitry Medvedev for several months until he himself leaves the White House. 

“My first impressions are very positive, a smart fellow,” he told the news conference after meeting Medvedev. “You can write down, I was impressed and looking forward to working with him.” 

(Additional reporting by Matt Spetalnick in Sochi and Conor Sweeney in Moscow; editing by Andrew Roche)