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Amy Goodman Arrested at RNC

Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar were arrested by the Minneapolis Police Department. Charged with conspiracy to riot. Footage from Rick Rowley and Brandon Jourdan. FOR IMMEDIATE September 1, 2008 Contact: Dennis MoynihanMike Burke ST. PAUL, MN—Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman was unlawfully arrested in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota at approximately 5 p.m. local time. Police violently manhandled Goodman, yanking her arm, as they arrested

Bolivia cements Iran ties amid US dismay

Press TV reports: Bolivia’s President Evo Morales says his official visit to Iran aims at raising Tehran-La Paz political relations to a much higher level. In a meeting with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Bolivia’s visiting president pointed to the two countries’ opposing stance against imperialism and said that his visit is ‘a symbol of unity and solidarity among Iranian and Bolivian nations.’ “In addition to promoting political relations, this visit

Full videos of the CNN and ARD interviews with Putin, in Russia and with English subtitles! (UPDATED!)

(a big thank you! to Slava for finding this here) CNN interview part 1: CNN interview part 2: CNN interview part 3: ARD interview part 1: ARD interview part 2: ARD interview part 3: UPDATE: I just found this info on the Internet: “Free press” at work in Germany: Only 9 minutes of the 1 hour interview with Putin were broadcasted by German state TV ARD. Also on thier website

CNN’s English transcript of Putin interview (a must read!) (UPDATED)

(thanks to AA who located this!) (CNN) — CNN’s Matthew Chance interviewed Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday. Matthew Chance: Many people around the world, even though you’re not the president of Russia anymore, see you as the main decision maker in this country. Wasn’t you that ordered Russian forces into Georgia and you who should take responsibility for the consequences? Vladimir Putin: Of course, that’s not the case.

Snapshots from life in the Imperial Homeland

First, check out this ad put out by the group the Israel Project and which was aired during the DNC in Boulder: Then, check out the email Blackwater USA is sending out in preparation for a possible landfall of Hurricane Gustav on or near New Orleans: Security for Hurricane Gustav Blackwater is compiling a list of qualified security personnel for possible deployment into areas affected by Hurricane Gustav.Applicants must meet

Russia remains a Black Sea power

By M K Bhadrakumar for the Asia Times If the struggle in the Caucasus was ever over oil and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO’s) agenda towards Central Asia, the United States suffered a colossal setback this week. Kazakhstan, the Caspian energy powerhouse and a key Central Asian player, has decided to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Russia over the conflict with Georgia, and Russia’s de facto control over two major Black

Official Russian transcript of the interview of Vladimir Putin by CNN

Интервью Председателя Правительства Российской Федерации В.В.Путина американской телекомпании “Си-Эн-Эн” Сочи, 28 августа 2008 г. М.ЧАНС: (как переведено) Спасибо, господин Путин, за то, что согласились дать это интервью. Многие люди в мире считают Вас – хотя Вы уже сейчас не являетесь Президентом, Вы являетесь Премьер-министром – главным руководителем в этой стране и считают, что именно Вы отдали приказ о вводе российских войск в Грузию. Действительно ли это так? В.В.ПУТИН: Это, конечно,

Ahmadinejad: ‘Regional states can solve Caucuses crisis’

Press TV reports: Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said the Georgian crisis can be solved by the regional countries without any foreign interference. “The regional countries are able to resolve the issue if countries from outside the region do not interfere in the case,” Ahmadinejad said in a press conference in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on Thursday. “The Islamic Republic enjoys a friendly relation with all the regional nations and has deep

Russia is loosing the diplomatic war

Following the recent meeting of the G7 Russia was hoping to get some support from the SCO conference in Dushanbe. It did hot happen. While the Russian media and Russian politicians did try to put the best spin possible on the declaration adopted at the conference, the fact is that while it did speak about the Russian role in the Caucasus it did not endorse or support the Russian military

The Black Sea Fleet flagship Moskva enters to port of Sukhum

For a better look at the Moskva guided missile cruiser, click on the picture below. I would note that while the Mosvka’s primary mission might be to monitor the movement of NATO vessels in the Black Sea (which be conducted from the Sukhum port mainly by electronic means), the Moskva also provides advanced anti-air capabilities to Abkhazia as it is equipped with long range anti air radars and missiles.

Another great cartoon by Carlos Latuff

Carlos Latuff’s cartoon are, I think, the best ones out there. Check them out here. I mostly find out about them on Tony’s Palestinian Pundit blog (truly a ‘must visit daily’ for anyone interested in the Middle-East). Here is the latest Latuff (click on the image for better resolution):

Why I had to Recognise Georgia’s Breakaway Regions

By Dmitry Medvedev for the Financial Times (via Information Clearing House) On Tuesday Russia recognized the independence of the territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. It was not a step taken lightly, or without full consideration of the consequences. But all possible outcomes had to be weighed against a sober understanding of the situation – the histories of the Abkhaz and Ossetian peoples, their freely expressed desire for independence, the

Russia recognizes South Ossetia and Abkhazia

Commentary: WOW! I did not see that coming at all. Sure, I did notice that both chambers of the Russian parliament passed a resolution calling on President Medvedev to recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia *unanimously*, but then, considering that by now all the parties in the Russian parliament were basically ‘anti-Western’ (bad expression, but you know what I mean) I was not too surprised. My guess was that Medvedev would