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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

Who is Randy Scheunemann?

McCain’s neocon warmonger by Pat Buchanan for World Net Daily He is the principal foreign policy adviser to John McCain and potential successor to Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski as national security adviser to the president of the United States. But Randy Scheunemann has another identity, another role. He is a dual loyalist, a foreign agent whose assignment is to get America committed to spilling the blood of her sons

Russia suspends cooperation with NATO

Press TV reports: Russia has halted cooperation with NATO as tension is running high between Moscow and the West after the Georgia conflict. NATO announced on Thursday that it had received notification from Russia that the country was halting military cooperation with the alliance. “We have received the notification from the Russians through military channels and they say that they have decided to halt international military cooperation events between Russia

Personal Note: Fay might play a bad trick on me (UPDATED)

Dear friends, Looks like Tropical Storm Fay is doing something which tropical systems are not supposed to do: its strengthening *overland* . Instead of behaving like any other tropical cyclone, Fay actually is strengthening and has succeeded in forming a well defined eye. The 5PM National Hurricane Center forecast is now predicting that Fay will become a hurricane and loop around Daytona Beach before making a second landfall in northeast

Washington’s Hypocrisy

By Dmitry Rogozin for the International Herald Tribune The U.S. administration is trying to stick the label of “bad guy” on Russia for exceeding the peacekeeping mandate and using “disproportionate force” in the peace-enforcement operation in Georgia. Maybe our American friends have gone blind and deaf at the same time. Mikheil Saakashvili, the president of Georgia, is known as a tough nationalist who didn’t hide his intentions of forcing Ossetians

Al Sayyid Hasan Nassrallah Speech on the second anniversary of the Resistance victory over ‘Israel’ in 2006

Al Sayyid Hasan Nassrallah Speech on the second anniversary of the Resistance victory over (Israel) in 2006 In the name of God In the beginning of this speech made due to the very important anniversary of the holy victory in Lebanon, I would like to deliver condolence to the families of the martyrs of the Lebanese army and the martyrs of our families in Tripoli, those martyrs who were killed

Inside the Battle for the Black Sea

By Noah Shachtman for Wired MagazineThis is the second post from naval blogger Galrahn. Go check out his site, Information Dissemination, when you’re done here. While most of the world has focused primarily on the ground conflict in Georgia, the Russian Black Sea Fleet has been active off the coast. By now, you may have heard some isolated reports — 4000 troops landed by sea at Ochamchire, a battle resulting

Hassan Nasrallah says the Georgians were defeated because of Israeli incompetance

Here is an interesting excerpt of an al-Manar summary of a recent speech made by Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah: Sayyed Nasrallah asserted that “the results of the war are evident even today, in both the military and political fields in Israel.” He said Israel is facing the worst leadership crisis in its history. “The entire front line of the army’s brass stepped down because of the war. Gal Hirsch, who

Fox TV: “Irregular, undisciplined, angry and humilited Georgian force”

I don’t even have a TV. Much less so one tuned to American stations. And even much less so one tuned to FOX TV. And sometimes, very rarely, I regret that. Like today. But one of my long time readers helped me out (thanks LH!) and send me this hilarious video of FOX TV reporters being shot at being their Georgian darlings. Before watching it, notice a couple of things.

Will American Insouciance Destroy the World?

By Paul Craig Roberts for Information Clearing House The neoconned Bush Regime and the Israeli-occupied American media are heading the innocent world toward nuclear war. Back in the Reagan years, the National Endowment for Democracy was created as a cold war tool. Today the NED is a neocon-controlled agent for US world hegemony. Its main function is to pour US money and election-rigging into former constituent parts of the

Saakashvili’s media onslaught: Is he losing the war?

Janet McBride for the Reuters Blog Ever since Russia launched a massive counter-offensive in response to Georgia’s attempt to retake the pro-Russian, breakaway region of South Ossetia, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has been omnipresent in Western media. He has appeared on CBS, CNN, BBC and pretty much every other English-language TV channel to accuse Russia of penetrating Georgia far beyond Ossetia, planning an assault on the capital and plotting his