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CNN use footage of Tskhinvali ruins to cover Georgian report

In one of its news bulletins CNN has shown Russian tanks and ruined buildings which they claimed are in the Georgian town of Gori. Russian cameraman of the Russian TV channel, who did the footage in reality in South Ossetian city of Tskhinvali says CNN aired footage of Tskhinvali district close to former Russian peacekeepers headquarters, nearly all of them were killed by Georgians after the footage was made.

One quote by Putin which really says it all

“Of course, Saddam Hussein ought to have been hanged for destroying several Shiite villages, and the incumbent Georgian leaders who razed ten Ossetian villages at once, who ran elderly people and children with tanks, who burned civilian alive in their sheds — these leaders must be taken under protection.” Vladimir Putin, source: AP

The real meaning of the South Ossetian war: Russia strikes back

The amazing and tragic events in South Ossetia seem to baffle most Western experts. While a majority of them fall back on the ‘safe’ position of blaming Russia for everything others, in particularly on the Left, appear to be rather unsure of what to think of all this; many basically ignore the issue altogether. In contrast to the Leftist blogosphere or to the free and independent press, the corporate media

Russian forces reported to have seized the city Gori (UPDATED!)

Press TV reports: Georgia says Russian forces have occupied the Georgian city of Gori amid an armed conflict in the breakaway region of South Ossetia. “Russian forces are occupying Gori”, 76 kilometers west of Georgia’s capital Tbilisi, the secretary of Georgia’s security council, Alexander Lomaia, told AFP Monday. Lomaia said “Georgian armed forces received an order to leave Gori and to fortify positions near Mtskheta to defend the capital. This

Russian forces seize Senaki air base in Western Georgia

Russian forces, probably the airborne troops which were deployed to Abkhazia yesterday, have seized the Senaki air base (42°16′8″N 42°4′045″E) 40km away from the Abkhaz border. This military airport with its 2’400m (click on photo for better view) long runway will be able to accommodate any type of Russian fixed and rotary wing aircraft and will enable the Russian forces to establish a convenient forward HQ.

The Georgian war minute by minute – August 11

Russia Today reports: 11:24 GMT – Kiev doesn’t plan to provide military aid to Tbilisi – Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister. 10:48 GMT – Georgia’s preventing Russian citizens from leaving ‘totally illegal’ – Medvedev.| 10:44 GMT – Putin blames the U.S. for hampering Russian peace efforts in South Ossetia by airlifting Georgian troops from Iraq to Georgia. 10:38 GMT – Oil giant BP (British Petroleum) denies Georgian reports alleging Russian planes

Latest news roundup

Thanks to the absolutely fantastic work done by Pavel on his website, here is the latest news from the war in South Ossetia and Georgia: Russian VDV (airborne) enters Zudid region, Georgia to prevent Georgia-Abkhazia conflict escalation. Deputy head of the Russian peacekeepers Aleksandr Novitskiy announced Russia doesn’t want situatuin with Russian peacekeepers in Tskhinvali to repeat. USA transport aviation started to transfer 2000 Georgian soldiers from Iraq to

Extremely important statement by Vitalii Churkin at the UNSC (updated with transcript!)

Today, the Russian representative at the UNSC, Vitalii Churkin, made an extremely important, I would even say historical, statement at the UN Security Council. I am (desperately) trying to find the English language transcript of his statement, but for the time being all I can offer is the Russian language video of his statement: UPDATE !: (Note: An *immense* “thank you!’ to qwerty and jtapp for locating this transcript!) Transcript

Russian airborne troops land in Abkhazia; Gori bombed

According to the Interfax news agency (via the website Russian airborne forces have been airlifted to Abkhazia. They landed on military transport aircraft at the Sukhumi airport. Due to the Georgian blockade of Abkhazia, this is the first time in 15 years that aircraft have landed at the Sukhumi airport., quoting Agence France Presse, also reports that the Georgian city of Gori has been bombed by the Russian

Russian Navy ships approach Georgia’s sea border

RIA Novosti reports: A group of ships from Russia’s Black Sea Fleet including the flagship Moskva guided missile cruiser (click on photo for a better view) arrived on Sunday in the eastern part of the sea near the Georgian border, a high-ranking navy official said. “The purpose of the Black Sea Fleet vessels’ presence in this region is to provide aid to refugees,” the source in the Russian Navy’s headquarters

The Russians have shown that they can defeat a U.S.-trained force

Following the lead of the New York Times, now it is Stratfor’s turn to finally start deciphering the writing on the wall. Check this out:——- Editor’s Note: The following is an internal Stratfor document produced to provide high-level guidance to our analysts. This document is not a forecast, but rather a series of guidelines for understanding and evaluating events, as well as suggestions on areas for focus. As night falls

From Stupid to Moronic to Evil

By Paul Craig Robert for OpEdNews “Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.” John Stuart Mill Many years ago, during the 1970s if memory serves, neoconservative Irving Kristol, echoing John Stuart Mill, called his conservative party, the Republican Party, “the stupid party.” Kristol was referring to the Republicans’ inability to compete on the policy front. Jack Kemp

Latest news update

* Russian forces have reportedly entered into Georgia proper threatening the city of Gori. * South Ossetian forces claim to have penetrated into Georgia * The Russian Air Force has bombed the Tbilissi airport for the 2nd time * The Russian Navy has sunk one Georgian attack boat (part of a group of 4 who tried to attack the Russian units) * Abkhaz forces have attacked Georgian units * At

“One would think under those circumstances, we’d shut up.”

Is the New York Times (and the rest of the US power elites) finally seeing the writing on the wall? Check out this interesting commentary in the NYT: In Georgia Clash, a Lesson on U.S. Need for Russia By HELENE COOPER for the New York Times WASHINGTON — The image of President Bush smiling and chatting with Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin of Russia from the stands of the Beijing

FYI – UN Charter, Chapter VII, Article 51

Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security. Measures taken by Members in the exercise of this right of self-defence shall be immediately reported to the Security Council and shall not in any way affect the authority

Russian journalists beaten up in Georgia

Russia Today reports: A crew from Russia’s First TV Channel has been beaten up in the Georgian capital Tbilisi while filming a protest rally at the country’s parliament building. Reporter Maksim Bobrov said the men, wearing camouflage uniforms, “most likely represented some kind of a law enforcement body”. ”We were filming in the city centre at the parliament building where refugees from South Ossetia held their meeting”, he explained. “We

Chairman of Russia’s State Duma Security Committee Vladimir Vasilyev: US incited Georgia offensive

Press TV reports: The White House has orchestrated the current conflict between Russia and Georgia in South Ossetia, a high-ranking Russian official says. In a Friday press conference, Chairman of Russia’s State Duma Security Committee Vladimir Vasilyev said without US aid, Tbilisi would have been unable to start military operation in South Ossetia. Georgian military forces launched a large-scale military offensive against South Ossetia on Thursday evening. Russia, in response,

Georgian minister: We won’t cede to Russians

Ynews reports: Reintegration Minister Yakobashvili says Georgian troops ‘merely regrouping’, not pulling out of South Ossetia. ‘Russians didn’t expect us to fight with such determination and force,’ he adds “We’re changing strategies and tactics, but we will not give up,” Georgian Reintegration Minister Temur Yakobashvili told Ynet Sunday following reports that Russia expanded its bombing blitz against neighboring Georgia while Georgian troops pulled out of the capital of the contested