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Former Sen. Hart urges Dems to soften stance on Russia

FORMER U.S. SENATOR HART URGES PARTY TO SOFTEN STANCE ON RUSSIA

By Peter Duveen

PETER'S NEW YORK, August 29, 2008--Although Democrats have generally taken a hard line toward Russia regarding its conflict with neighboring Georgia, former U.S. Senator Gary Hart said yesterday he believed his party should consider a more toned down response to the dispute between the two nations.
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Earlier this month, Georgian troops attacked South Ossetia, where both Russian and Georgian peace keepers were stationed under an international agreement. Russia responded by invading Georgia and neutralizing its military. Both Democrats and Republicans have fallen over each other to condemn Russia's actions. But Hart, in statements made at a panel discussion sponsored by the National Democratic Institute and the Center for U.S. Global Engagement, said a "more nuanced" approach to the situation was more appropriate. Hart said he has been a participant in a recently formed commission to improve American-Russian relations. He said the commission would come out with a statement in the near future.

Georgia's President: It's about the future world order (on CNN)

Direct quote from his interview on CNN with Wolf Blitzer:

"This is about basic values of humanity... This is all about the future of the world order. And I think there are much bigger things that are at stake here than just Georgia. For me, it's all about my country. But for the wider world, it's about the future world order."

You can watch for yourself here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/08/10/georgia-president-mikhail_n_118018.html -it's around minute 5.

What we are hearing on the media here in Spain mentions nothing of Georgia's previous move on South Ossetia, as if this had no importance... world drive by crazies, this is what we get, wwIII provocations :S

Also, I couldn't rip the video to upload to youtube, but someone should definitely do so!

Russia may open the world to democratic freedoms, stem U.S. expansionism

Russian masterstroke protects Iran, American public
Mini-analysis

By Peter Duveen

PETER'S NEW YORK, August 13, 2008--Russia was able to accomplish more than to show its might in the recent action it took to protect an Eastern European enclave of disputed sovereignty (South Ossetia). It was able to open up a potential new front in the simmering conflict between the United States and Russia, and prevent American military resources from being squandered on an adventure in Iran. As a result, Russia may be the only force the American people can rely upon to stave off a disastrous expansion into the Middle East.

Commentators almost universally admit that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have left the American military overextended. The American economy is now in the worst shape it has been since the recession of the late 1970s. And the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming presidential elections will surely make any decision regarding action against Iran improbable. This may indeed be the respite Americans need to reshape foreign policy and reign in a federal government gone mad over foreign military exploits based on pretexts that have been shown to be entirely false.

The Pipeline War: Russian bear goes for West's jugular By Svetlana Skarbo and Jonathan Petre

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1043185/The-Pipeline-War-Russian-bear-goes-Wests-jugular.html

The Pipeline War: Russian bear goes for West's jugular
By Svetlana Skarbo and Jonathan Petre

Last updated at 1:00 PM on 10th August 2008

The war in Georgia escalated dangerously last night after Russian jets reportedly bombed a vital pipeline that supplies oil to the West.

After a day of heightening international tensions, Georgian leaders claimed that the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, which transports oil from the Caspian Sea to Turkey, had been attacked. But it is thought the bombs missed their target.

Their claims came after Russian jets struck deep into the territory of its tiny neighbour, killing civilians and ‘completely devastating’ the strategic Black Sea port of Poti, a staging post for oil and other energy supplies.

Reports last night also said that Russia had bombed the international airport in Tbilisi.

A bloodied woman lies injured in the ruins of an apartment block in Gori after another Russian air strike