Medvedev signs six-point truce with Georgia + Russia will pull out troops on Monday

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RussiaToday

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a French-brokered peace plan to end hostilities in Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia. The ceasefire deal was signed by the Georgian President on Friday — although Russia’s Foreign Minister says there are slight differences between the two versions.

Russia will pull out troops on Monday – Medvedev

Russia will begin withdrawing its army from the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict zone on Monday, according to President Dmitry Medvedev. It means troops will return to the positions they held before the outbreak of fighting.

Obama & McCain about Georgian conflict

The U.S. presidential candidates have been weighing in with their opinion of the conflict in Georgia. While Barack Obama and John McCain disagree on almost everything else, they seem to have found common ground in the Caucasus. But the U.S. electorate is not universally convinced.

Shevardnadze on Saakashvili’s ‘big mistake’

In an exclusive interview with RT, Georgia’s first president after the collapse of communism, Eduard Shevardnadze, said it was ‘a big mistake’ by Mikhail Saakashvili to send Georgian troops into South Ossetia.

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Commonsense and the Russo-Georgian War By Timothy V. Gatto

Margolis: It’s like August, 1914 – US missile deal enrages Russia

Putin’s Winning Hand By Mike Whitney + video

This is a tale of US expansion not Russian aggression

Russia-Georgia conflict is over control of oil

Fox News cuts American child for thanking Russian troops + PR campaign + evidence of Georgian ‘genocide’

All the Propaganda That’s Fit to Print: The New York Times, Again, Tells It Like It Ain’t

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The Pentagon’s alarming project: Avian Flu Biowar Vaccine by F. William Engdahl

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by F. William Engdahl
Global Research, August 14, 2008

There is alarming evidence accumulated by serious scientific sources that the US Government is about to or already has ‘weaponized’ Avian Flu. If the reports are accurate, this could unleash a new pandemic on the planet that could be more devastating than the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic which killed an estimated 30 million people worldwide before it eventually died out. Pentagon and NIH experiments with remains in frozen state of the 1918 virus are the height of scientific folly. Is the United States about to unleash a new racially selective pandemic through the process of mandatory vaccination with an alleged vaccine “against” Avian Flu?

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Operation Sentinel: The High-Tech Police State Takes Shape

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by Tom Burghardt
Global Research, August 14, 2008
Antifascist Calling…

Operation Sentinel, a new program unveiled by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), would encircle Manhattan with thousands of surveillance cameras that photograph every car or truck entering and exiting the city across its network of bridges and tunnels.

Information captured by this intrusive project would be stored in a huge database for an undisclosed period of time. Additionally, a network of sensors installed at toll plazas would allegedly be able to capable detect radiological materials that could be used in potential terror plots, the New York Times reports.

However, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) has denounced the proposal as “an attack on New Yorkers’ right to privacy.” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman lambasted this outrageous proposal saying,

“The NYPD’s latest plan to track and monitor the movements of millions of law-abiding people is an assault on this country’s historical respect for the right to privacy and the freedom to be left alone. That this is happening without public debate, and that elected officials have had no opportunity to study this program is even more alarming.” (“NYCLU: NYPD Plan to Track Millions of Law-Abiding People is an Assault on Privacy Rights,” New York Civil Liberties Union, August 12, 2008)

Last month I reported on a high-tech surveillance system under development by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) called “Combat Zones That See” (CTS).

The 2003 program was predicated on the notion that once thousands of digital CCTV networks were installed across occupied or “homeland” cities, CTS would provide occupying troops–or police–with “motion-pattern analysis across whole city scales.”

Based on complex algorithms linked to the numeric recognition of license plate numbers and scanned-in human profiles, CTS would furnish troops–or cops–real-time, “situational awareness” of the “battlespace.”Despite repeated attempts by NYCLU to obtain information on Operation Sentinel, NYPD and DHS have refused to provide any information about their mega-surveillance system. While all traces of CTS disappeared from DARPA’s website, portions of the program have resurfaced with a vengeance, courtesy of the NYPD and DHS.

According to New York Times reporter Al Baker,

Data on each vehicle–its time-stamped image, license plate imprint and radiological signature–would be sent to a command center in Lower Manhattan, where it would be indexed and stored for at least a month as part of a broad security plan that emphasizes protecting the city’s financial district, the spokesman, Paul J. Browne, said. If it were not linked to a suspicious vehicle or a law enforcement investigation, it would be eliminated, he said. (“City Would Photograph Every Vehicle Entering Manhattan and Sniff Out Radiation,” The New York Times, August 12, 2008)

While preventing terrorists from detonating a radiological dirty bomb or a nuclear device in Manhattan–or anywhere else for that matter–is certainly a salutary government function, the misuse of such a system for illegal surveillance of the citizenry cannot be ruled out in advance nor dismissed out of hand as mere paranoia.

In addition to civil liberties concerns–no small matter after all, given the repressive nature of NYPD and DHS–Operation Sentinel’s grandiose scheme bank on technological systems which do not exist.

The Times dryly notes, the proposed plan “relies on integrating layers of technologies, some that are still being perfected.” In other words, the program is rife with potential abuse by enterprising security contractors, many with documented histories of promising much, delivering little and with substantial cost overruns borne by the public.

The department currently deploys portable radiation vehicles known as TRACS, or Tactical Radiation Acquisition and Characterization System, which the Times claims can detect radiological agents such as cesium and cobalt, and differentiate “between dangerous ones and ones used in products like smoke detectors or medical devices.”

However, as I reported in June, another system under development, the “Advanced Spectroscopic Portal” or ASP, allegedly a more “advanced” system than those currently used, failed, as do today’s systems, to differentiate between the components of a radiological dirty bomb and natural radiation emitters such as kitty litter, ceramics and bananas!

As I noted, the ASP program is already tens of millions of dollars above the original estimate provided by Raytheon, other contractors and DHS. Why therefore, would any sane person believe that the system currently under consideration would be anymore functional or cost effective? Unless that is, Operation Sentinel’s real purpose is to enhance an already-formidable surveillance state.

NYPD Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and his staff have been “urging the creation of a London-style surveillance system for the financial district that relies on license plate readers, movable roadblocks and 3,000 public and private security cameras below Canal Street, all linked to a coordination center at 55 Broadway. Known as the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, the center is to open in September,” according to the Times.

NYPD spokesperson Paul J. Browne “could not say, when the program [Operation Sentinel] would be completed,” though “the Lower Manhattan Initiative is expected to be in place by 2010.” Since 2007, NYPD have been using CTS-type CCTV systems to read license plates linked to databases for (unspecified) “intelligence purposes.”

And if the illegal handling of the 2004 Republican National Convention protests are an indication of Operation Sentinel’s intended purpose, New York City residents’ outrage with the proposal are fully justified.

The Times revealed their own proclivities on this score when they prominently featured the “analysis” of so-called “terrorism expert,” Steven Emerson, the executive director of the Washington-D.C.-based Investigative Project on Terrorism, a right-wing think-tank with close ties to the Bush administration and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani.When civil libertarians (unnamed by the “newspaper of record”) voiced concerns over the intrusive nature of Operation Sentinel and the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, Emerson dismissed their apprehensions out of hand,

“It is one tool of ensuring that if there is somebody on a terrorist watch list or someone driving erratically, or if a pattern develops that raises suspicions, it gives them an opportunity to investigate further and–if need be–track down the drivers or the passengers,” he said. “The bottom line is they can’t frisk everybody coming into Manhattan; they cannot wand everyone, as they do at airports. This is a passive collection of data that is not as personally invasive as what they do at airports.”

An Islamophobe with a long record of blaming Muslims and the left for every act of terrorism under the sun, Emerson demonstrated his bona fides in 1995 when he claimed that “Arab terrorists” were responsible for the horrific bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City.

The blast claimed 168 lives, including 19 children in a daycare center while wounding hundreds of others. Attentive readers may recall that the Murrah building bombing was in fact, carried out by a neo-Nazi gang linked to Timothy McVeigh and the Aryan Republican Army.While Emerson claims Operation Sentinel is “a passive collection of data,” as the American Civil Liberties Union reports, there are currently more than one million names in an FBI-administered database known as the Terrorist Screening Center. Such an unwieldy monstrosity is hardly a tightly-focused list of potential “threats”!

But let’s be clear: Operation Sentinel, and a host of other programs cooked-up by Bush regime war criminals and their corporatist allies is another sordid scheme to keep Americans terrorized, while destroying our civil liberties under cover of “homeland security.”

© Copyright Tom Burghardt, Antifascist Calling…, 2008

The url address of this article is: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=9832

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Annals of Homeland Security: Crony Capitalism, Nuclear Terror & the “Advanced Spectroscopic Portal”

Deconstructed – The Reality in Iraq

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This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

CaseyJPorter

The latest film, Deconstructed, continues to show the realities of war.
Featuring statements from former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Former President Bill Clinton, The O’Reilly Factor host Bill O’Reilly, among many others. This is a look into the arrogance and lies of those who promoted, and continue to promote this war interlaced with combat footage straight from Iraq. Included are scenes of Soldiers not only speaking their minds, but speaking the truth about the continued occupation of Iraq.

Also featured are some of the harsh realities of combat and in the midst of that combat, good Soldiers continuing to make the best out of it by helping their “adopted” child at their combat outpost. This is an honest look into the minds of Soldiers, and an honest look into their lives during a deployment.

This is Deconstructed.

Deconstructed“, posted with vodpod

h/t: Casey J Porter

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IVAW Ft. Hood Soldiers Speak Out

A.O. – Area of Operations in Iraq by Casey J Porter

Fossil fuels for fossil thoughts By Rand Clifford

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Sent to me by Jason Miller from Thomas Paine’s Corner. Thanks, Jason.

By Rand Clifford
8/17/08

Part II

Petroleum might be the most insidious thing that ever happened to mankind. The ultimate power and control drug…so many things were made too easy by underground oceans of energy waiting to be exploited, offering in turn an easy way for the ruthless to exploit millions of people, reaching even far into the future. Petroleum presents a crucial test of mankind: If you are clever enough to exploit the the resource…are you wise enough to avoid destroying Earth’s life-support systems with it? The cleverness is no problem; as for the wisdom, it’s becoming clear that may be our fatal deficit.

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See No Hemp, Hear No Hemp, Speak No Hemp By Rand Clifford

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Part II: Fossil fuels for fossil thoughts By Rand Clifford

Sent to me by Jason Miller from Thomas Paine’s Corner. Thanks, Jason.

By Rand Clifford
8/10/08

Part I

Molders of public opinion work in such insidious ways that their actual methods and means usually go unnoticed. While inculcation of propaganda, lies, and disinformation do much of the shaping, simple omission has profound effect—might even be the favorite because it is, after all, nothing. It’s hard to imagine nothing ever accomplishing so much, but consider that for most people under common awareness manipulation, whatever corporate media (CorpoMedia) omits, to a large extent doesn’t exist.

Flag-draped coffins streaming home in the dead of night from our war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan are under media blackout, and so mean as little to most Americans as the actual reasons for the invasions, or even the hideous war crimes themselves. By its nature, omission is all but limitless; its application by CorpoMedia has grown to enormous proportions as celebrities and sports overpower hard news. So this article focuses on omission of—the calculated disappearing of a single thing that for thousands of years has profoundly benefitted the health and well-being of people all over the world, and today offers so much more: Cannabis hemp.

6/26/08, the Economist newspaper published: Better Living Through Chemurgy. http://www.truthabouttrade.org/content/view/11985/54/ A decent article overall, at the end of paragraph one it points out that chemurgy is an ugly word; subtle implications being that there might actually be something ugly about chemurgy itself? Chemurgy is a branch of applied chemistry focused on preparing industrial products and consumer goods from agricultural raw materials. The term first appeared in William J. Hale’s 1934 book The Farm Chemurgic. The National Farm Chemurgic Council was formed a year later to foster greater industrial use of agricultural raw material—something ugly in ravenous petrochemical empire eyes….

The Economist article lauds American scientist George Washington Carver for developing hundreds of industrial products from peanuts…then comes disinformation: “In the 1930s, Henry Ford started using parts made from agricultural materials, and even built an ‘all-soy car’”. Sorry, not “all-soy”—Ford made a car in 1941 of mostly resin-stiffened hemp fiber, with hemp plastic windows, and powered by hemp ethanol. Soy resins were used, but it has always been known as Ford’s Hemp Car. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxlj6fgQ-ZU

Ford loved American farms, which by the mid-twenties were in an economic crisis that would worsen into the great depression. Ford knew that creating new markets for farm products was essential, and with his political and financial backing, the Farm Chemurgy movement started taking off. Ford also knew that with widespread cultivation, hemp could be an economic powerhouse—and that ethanol from hemp, or any other fermentable vegetable matter, was the fuel of the future, something widely agreed upon at the time in the automotive industry.

A favorite quote of Ford’s: “There’s enough alcohol in one year’s yield of an acre of potatoes to drive the machinery necessary to cultivate the fields for one hundred years.” His first Model-T was designed to run on hemp alcohol.

Rudolf Diesel designed the diesel engine to be powered by vegetable oils, such as from hemp seed; at the 1900 world’s fair he ran his new engine on peanut oil.

To the stupendous misfortune of virtually everything but Big Oil, the chemurgy movement was stifled by Big Oil. A new National Energy Program was the subject of many bills in Congress, focused on utilizing part of Americas vast agricultural capacity for production of alcohol fuels. Big Oil responded with withering lobby power, including slogans such as the government’s proposed energy program “robbing taxpayers to make farmers rich”. Then, as now, whatever Big Oil wants, Big Oil gets. Ford’s vision of cheap, clean and renewable biofuels spooked early oil barons into keeping oil prices in the range between $1 and $4 per barrel—prices so low that no other energy sources could compete. But once they were sure the competition had been killed off, the price of oil began to soar. They were not only able to eliminate competition from alcohol fuels…but were instrumental in diddling government into effectively banning hemp cultivation—an incredible robbing of the people to protect entrenched corporate profits that still endures.

Food, fuel, fiber, paper, plastics, medicines…cannabis hemp could turn sunshine, water and carbon dioxide into many thousands of pollution-free products with today’s technology. Nothing else grows so prodigiously. Hemp can be grown in all 50 states, needs no petrochemical inputs, actually improves the soil, and could be a powerful resource for mitigating global warming. However, it’s becoming obvious that the elite want catastrophic global warming to help further their population reduction plans—more on this in a moment.

Chemurgy attracting such renewed attention is certainly encouraging. Though after reading more than a dozen new articles on the subject, I saw no mention of hemp…until I hit an article written by a hero regarding modern hemp awareness, Jack Herer. His book on “Hemp and the Marijuana Conspiracy”: The Emperor Wears No Clothes has seen many printings since its debut in 1985. A true modern classic, Herer’s book points out that not only has the word “hemp” been removed from all high school textbooks…he found that the Smithsonian Institution had also removed “hemp” from all exhibits, replacing it with “other fibers”—even though at the time referred to in the exhibits, hemp made up about 80% of the fibers used, while the fibers mentioned by name, such as cotton and jute, played minor roles. Herer questioned a museum curator about the absence of “hemp”, and was told: “Children don’t need to know about hemp anymore, it confuses them.” Well, when it comes to CorpoMedia, it seems a similar decision has been made for the entire population. The fact that the National Congress of State Legislators has passed sweeping pro-hemp legislation, and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture also vigorously support commercial production of hemp—as well as more than 15 states, most recently Vermont, having passed pro-hemp legislation…prime omission material for CorpoMedia. Same thing as Congressman Ron Paul’s “Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2007″ which has been comatose in the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security since April 20, 2007.After all, what standard, PAC-fed politico from the world’s leading trafficker of heroin and cocaine wants to appear “soft on drugs”? http://www.druggingamerica.com/ciadrugs/index_cia_right.html

Chemurgy without hemp is almost like fire without heat. Hemp alone could produce more products than all other touted chemurgic candidates combined! Any serious mention of chemurgy should boldly list hemp as the absolute superstar, but as usual…there’s the political stench of Big Oil and its petrochemical empire. Their latest subterfuge involves giving “biofuels” a bad name. By using their legendary clout to help ramrod ethanol from corn, they have not only contrived the outrageous “food-versus-fuel” controversy, but also greatly expanded the massive dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico fed by petrochemical runoff from all the new acres of corn—all the while enhancing their profits with soaring use of petrochemical fertilizers and other petrochemical inputs. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/5924145.html It takes as much if not more fossil energy to produce a gallon of corn ethanol as the energy available from that gallon. The energy equation is helped somewhat by corn byproducts, but the bottom line in this heavily taxpayer subsidized boondoggle is: corn is one of the very worst crops we could choose for making ethanol, and hemp is probably the very best; incredible political complications muddy this reality, but under the mud things are very clear.

So why not utilize hemp for biofuels, the most perfect solution available for not only the fuel AND food crisis, but also as a premier scrubber of greenhouse gas? This monumental question has the simplest of answers: entrenched profit, and agenda. Hemp would force profits of Big Oil and its Petrochemical Empire to leak down to farmers…to the people—anathema to the elite. Wealth must flow up, they insist, not down, so THEIR government (CorpoGov) keeps hemp buried with the “marijuana” contrivance, while CorpoGov (and Wall Street) reap trillions from the trafficking of heroin and cocaine, denying average people of the most valuable of crops to supposedly protect them from the “menace of marijuana”. Could there be a better example of hypocrisy as a cornerstone of CorpoGov? Could there by a better example of the sense of it all than Ron Paul’s federal hemp farming legislation being mummified in the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security? In all other industrialized nations this has been an agricultural consideration, meaning ALL other industrialized nations now benefit from hemp farming. But here in the home of Big Oil….

If instead of the obscene prohibition of more than 70 years, American farmers had been “allowed” to grow hemp, we might not be facing the intentional scuttling of America to make way for the elite’s New World Order. Perhaps America’s wealth would not be concentrated in so few hands, and Big Oil with their Petrochemical Empire would not so dominate CorpoMedia and Corpogov. Perhaps the Industrial Military Complex would not be the domestic and global monster it has become, and with goading White House psychopathology, might not have us at the brink of WWIII with imminent attack on Iran. You’ve seen the propaganda about Iran being the most evil incarnation this side of Nazi Germany…but along with Prescott Bush, who helped finance Hitler? http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2004/sep/25/usa.secondworldwar

And who can say that BushCo under direction of Dick Cheney is not as bad as they’ve ever come? Look closely at the reality of 9/11, especially what it has set in motion, by design. If sheer human suffering is the benchmark…with their terminal legacy of depleted uranium munitions, along with all the outright murders—including 3,000 of their own citizens in one fateful day in September, doesn’t it seem that BushCo/Cheney are treading beyond the brutality that capitalist propaganda whores falsely attribute to “Uncle Joe” Stalin?

Back to hemp: if we rally the intelligence, dedication, and some of the spirit that got America going in the first place…nothing like hemp offers so much in reducing Big Oil and their Empire of CorpoGov and Industrial Military Complex and Global Predatory Capitalism. This is the only reason hemp remains banned in America…. Regional economies, wealth enriching its actual producers, healing of the planet’s life-support systems—even if we find the spirit, do we still have time?

Back to global warming: the sheer wealth and propaganda utilized by Big Oil to make it seem like what is happening is not really happening, that should be a dead giveaway. If global warming caused primarily by runaway consumption of fossil fuels were not happening—were not dramatically accelerating as climate science professionals plus irrefutable evidence say, why would so much elite wealth be thrown at denying it? A main reason is that, for the elite, global warming is a maximum ally. How else could their planned 90% reduction of human population be so effortlessly achieved?

Such is the essence of Part II….

Rand Clifford is a writer living in Spokane, Washington, with his wife Mary Ann, and their Chesapeake Bay retriever, Mink. Rand’s novels CASTLING, TIMING, VOICES OF VIRES, and PRIEST LAKE CATHEDRAL are published by StarChief Press: http://www.starchiefpress.com

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Fossil fuels for fossil thoughts By Rand Clifford (Part II)

King Hemp Part I: From DEA Deadly Birdseed, Toward Power to the People By Rand Clifford

King Hemp: Part 2: Battle Lines: Natural, Or Synthetic…Life, Or Death? By Rand Clifford

King Hemp Part 3: We Got Mugged, So Let’s Get Hemp Back By Rand Clifford

King Hemp IV: Rope and Dope By Rand Clifford

King Hemp V: Industrial Disease By Rand Clifford

Ralph Nader: Corporations should be our servants, not our masters

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2008 Presidential Candidate, Ralph Nader continues his engaging interview on the facts that face us during this crucial election.

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Nader for President 2008

www.votenader.org/

The Termi-Nader

Ralph Nader Posts & Videos

US must share power in new world order, says Turkey’s controversial president

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Stephen Kinzer
The Guardian
Saturday August 16 2008

In his first interview with a foreign newspaper since becoming head of state, Abdullah Gül tells Stephen Kinzer of his vision for his country as a bridge between nations

Days after Russia scored a stunning geopolitical victory in the Caucasus, President Abdullah Gül of Turkey said he saw a new multipolar world emerging from the wreckage of war.

The conflict in Georgia, Gül asserted, showed that the United States could no longer shape global politics on its own, and should begin sharing power with other countries.

“I don’t think you can control all the world from one centre,” Gül told the Guardian. “There are big nations. There are huge populations. There is unbelievable economic development in some parts of the world. So what we have to do is, instead of unilateral actions, act all together, make common decisions and have consultations with the world. A new world order, if I can say it, should emerge.”

Turkish president Abdullah Gül talks to Stephen Kinzer | World news | The Guardian.

h/t: Cem Ertür

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Iranian President Ahmadinejad to Turkish TV – Interview

Commonsense and the Russo-Georgian War By Timothy V. Gatto

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By Timothy V. Gatto
http://liberalpro.blogspot.com
08/15/08

Let me start this article with a supposition. How long do you think it would take Russia to conquer Georgia if that were their intent? I believe that if the war started at say midnight, than the next midnight, Georgia would cease to exist. They might last a little longer if it was a spur of the moment decision, but if Russia was earnestly trying to take over little Georgia, it would have already been a done deal.

Now for all of you Americans that get your news from the American media, you don’t have a clue to what’s really going on. I’ve decided to tell you what I know from what people on the ground are writing. Before you get into that though, let me say that the Bushmaster and his little statement that he will not allow the Georgians to be defeated, is a little like the Captain of the Titanic saying he won’t let his ship go down. He doesn’t have a chance in hell of altering the circumstances. Especially when NATO doesn’t want to get involved and we are fighting a two-front war in the Middle-East.

From what I’ve read, from those that know a great deal more than I do about the situation in Georgia, is that the Bush Administration, along with the nation of Israel has been selling weapons and sending thousands of military advisors to Georgia for the last few years. Georgia has spent, or has been given credits of over 3 Billion dollars to bolster its military.

On the other hand, the Russians have been acting as peacekeepers in the two regions that have been virtually autonomous of Georgia to keep the Georgians out. These provinces’ of Abkhazian and South Ossetia are Russian speaking provinces. It’s true that Russia gave them Russian passports, but that was a matter of convenience for people, as their relations with Georgia were practically non-existent.

I happen to side with the Russians so far. They have shown a great deal of restraint in not invading Georgia proper. That’s all subject to change. Meanwhile, America has no business arming Russian Border States. That’s the long and short of it.

timgatto@hotmail.com  – http://liberalpro.blogspot.com

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Margolis: It’s like August, 1914 – US missile deal enrages Russia

Putin’s Winning Hand By Mike Whitney + video

This is a tale of US expansion not Russian aggression

Russia-Georgia conflict is over control of oil

Fox News cuts American child for thanking Russian troops + PR campaign + evidence of Georgian ‘genocide’

All the Propaganda That’s Fit to Print: The New York Times, Again, Tells It Like It Ain’t

Russia-Asia cooperation a nightmare for US hawks

“Gori in ruins”? See for yourself + Paul Craig Roberts on Russia Today + Georgia is a US Project

Inventing Your Own History As It Happens By John Steppling

Wag the Dog: How to Conceal Massive Economic Collapse

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Don’t Forget Yugoslavia By John Pilger

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By John Pilger
08/15/08 “ICH”

John Pilger digs beneath the received wisdom for the break-up of Yugoslavia and points to a largely ignored memoir by the former chief prosecutor in The Hague – and an echo from current events in the Caucasus.

Even as Blair the war leader was on a triumphant tour of “liberated” Kosovo, the KLA was ethnically cleansing more than 200,000 Serbs and Roma from the province. Continue reading

Iranian President Ahmadinejad to Turkish TV – Interview

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http://www.memri.org

August 14, 2008

Iranian President Ahmadinejad to Turkish TV In Advance of Turkey Visit: Our Attitude Toward Israel is Shared By Turks And By ‘Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine – Because These Are the True Words [Of Allah]’; ‘I Wish They Had Free Elections in America… Whatever Government Comes, It Must Leave the Middle East’

CNNTurk and NTV television interviewed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in advance of his visit to Turkey. The following is the transcript of the interview: [1]

To view the clip of the interview, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKUuGNNanjY.

“The Two Countries [Turkey and Iran] are Culturally Close and the Two Peoples Share Many Similarities”

NTV: “You will be meeting with [Turkish] President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Erdogan tomorrow in Istanbul. What are your expectations, and with what files are you going to Turkey?”

Ahmadinejad: “Salutations to you and to the great, believing, and patriotic people of Turkey. There are historical and cultural ties between the great, faithful, and patriotic Turkish and Iranian people. You can find Turkish and Iranian relations in the depth of their history and in their sacred ties. The two countries are culturally close and the two peoples share many similarities. The two counties have good and friendly and further developing relations. We have trade relations, cultural relations and I am happy to say that we also have growing political relations.

“At the invitation of my dear friend and brother Abdullah Gul, I will be visiting Turkey – our sister – and we will have discussions on many issues, [such as] bilateral matters, the cooperation between our two countries, agreements – the old ones that we signed and new ones that we will sign – and on developing our relations. Also there are regional issues; we will exchange views on those.

“[We will discuss] terrorism and our joint effort to fight it. We will talk about cooperation between Iran and Turkey, as well as cooperation between us, Iraq and Syria. We are talking about global issues and we have dialogue, as two influential countries. We will have intense work to do with our brothers the [Turkish] president and prime minister.”

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MEMRI: Latest News.

h/t: Cem Ertür

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Ahmadinejad DID NOT threaten to “wipe Israel off the map.”