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Georgia and European Values Says NATO

by Oui Fri Dec 24th, 2021 at 07:45:25 AM EST

Complicated: Guide to Saakashvili's Jail Controversy

Portraits of TV cameraman Lekso Lashkarava are placed next to a broken camera during his funeral in Tbilisi on July 13

Violence by hate groups grips Tbilisi

Hate groups rampaged through the streets of Tbilisi for hours on July 5, the day that LGBTQ+ activists planned to hold a public march. In the most emblematic scene of the day's brutality, a violent crowd gathered at the downtown offices of Tbilisi Pride, the group organizing the LGBTQ+ event. Some of the men climbed the walls, reaching the rainbow flag-decked balcony on the third floor. They tore off the flags from the railing and threw them down to the cheering crowd.

"They kept kicking me in my face," recounted Davit Koridze, an RFE/RL reporter, who was attacked along with a colleague. "Police stood 10 meters away...they saw us being attacked by 10 men, heard us screaming but did nothing."


A Brief History of Georgian-American Relations | SWP-Berlin |

Georgia and the United States can now look back at almost three decades of shared relations. Although a significant development process is observed over the course of that period and the political actors have changed on both sides, echoes of earlier episodes are found throughout the present relationship, whether through continuity, evolution or explicit distancing. A review can therefore tell us a great deal about the state of the relationship today.

The Beginnings

Under President Eduard Shevardnadze, who ruled from 1992 to 2003, Georgia was already turning increasingly to the West and especially the United States. Since the demise of the Soviet Union, and in particular since the centralisation of Russian foreign policy under President Vladimir Putin, Moscow has regarded the South Caucasus as significant for the stability of its North Caucasus republics and of Russia as a whole. This is associated with claims to a sphere of influence in the region. Tbilisi sought to escape that influence, and benefitted from Washington’s efforts to install its own liberal values in the post-Soviet states. That in turn drew criticism from Mos­cow, which felt Washington was encroaching into its own neighbourhood where it asserts overriding interests. That basic constellation is a defining factor in the region’s geopolitical configuration to this day.

NATO: Georgia Will Be Rewarded (2012)

NATO Envoy: 'Test is Being Passed by Georgia' | Civil.ge - Oct. 18, 2012 |

Parliamentary election has been a litmus test for Georgia’s democracy and “a very important part of this test has been passed”, James Appathurai, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, said in Tbilisi on October 18.

He said that NATO foreign ministers would likely recognize it when they meet in December, but NATO had yet to decide what might be further steps forward in relations with Georgia.

Appathurai, who met in Tbilisi with Secretary of National Security Council Giga Bokeria and acting Foreign Minister in outgoing government Grigol Vashadze on October 18, will also meet with incoming PM Bidzina Ivanishvili.

He said that ongoing democratic transfer of power following the elections “is the sign and a demonstration of Georgia becoming a normal country.” He also said that this change was also made possible because of reforms ongoing in Georgia over the years.

“The Secretary General communicated this both to President Saakashvili and Mr. Ivanishvili that elections were and are a litmus test and a very important part of this test has been passed,” Appathurai said while speaking at a news conference after meeting with Vashadze.

Georgia’s Dilemma: Former President Saakashvili Arrested in absentia | Sept. 23, 2014 |

Georgian Court Sentences Saakashvili In Absentia | RFERL - Jan. 8, 2018 |

Mikheil Saakashvili blasts corruption in Ukraine | Al Jazeera - Feb. 9, 2018 |


Tel Aviv to Tbilisi: Israel's role in the Russia-Georgia war

United Europe: Twelve Stars and Spirit of Crusaders

The symbolism of the EU flag and why a true Christian would not tear it down and burn it

In 1950, the Council of Europe, which had been established for just one year, decided to adopt a flag expressing the spirit of European unity.

The commission reviewed many flag projects. The majority of them contained the image of the cross, as the cross, as a Christian symbol, was considered unifying for the European countries. The argument was also made that the Crusaders marched under flags with the cross on them and fought as a united Europe.

"A great sign appeared in the sky - a woman who was wearing the sun. The moon was at her feet and a crown with twelve stars on her head. " (Revelation, 12,1)

I am writing this to convince the reader of a resemblance that is completely vivid and impossible not to see: that is, the flag of the Council of Europe and the European Union is a symbol of St. Mary and, therefore, Christianity, and of the region and the world of the Christian values.

One way or another, it is a fact that the flag of the Council of Europe, and later of the European Union, represents pure Christian symbolism, following the rules of iconography. It should be noted that despite this fact, Turkey did not protest this flag design. It is doubtful that the Turks, distinguished for their excellent scholars of theology and Christianity, did not know what such a flag symbolized, yet they unconditionally supported the adoption of this flag by the Council of Europe, perhaps because Muslims and their Koran also acknowledge the existence of St. Mary as the mother of the "prophet" Isa (Jesus), and they revere her as much as Christians do.

I wanted to tell this story because, on July 5, 2021, in Georgia - a country of ancient Christianity on the path of democratic development - certain groups who present themselves as defenders of Christianity and Orthodoxy, tore down this Christian symbol from the pedestal and desecrated and burned it!

In general, desecrating any flag, even that of an enemy or an occupant (for example, of the Russian Federation), is unethical and unworthy behavior, but it is especially surprising when people who commit violence in the name of Christ at the same time desecrate a symbol representing Christian sanctities.

The long saga of Mikheil Saakashvili ...

NATO Summit of Bucharest - A Declaration of War - Part 2

NATO: Russia Stationing Ballistic Missiles On Our Borders!

Saakashvili became Ukrainian citizen and served under chocolate king Poroshenko as governor of Odessa before he fled the country for asylum in the Netherlands before moving back to Washington DC.

I wanted to tell this story because, on July 5, 2021, in Georgia - a country of ancient Christianity on the path of democratic development - certain groups who present themselves as defenders of Christianity and Orthodoxy, tore down this Christian symbol from the pedestal and desecrated and burned it!
Why does he single out Georgia, and ignore England?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Dec 24th, 2021 at 08:11:22 AM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Dec 24th, 2021 at 09:18:31 AM EST
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Georgia: Police storm opposition headquarters to arrest leader Nika Melia | Amnesty Int'l - Feb. 23, 2021 |

Hundreds of riot police in Georgia have clashed with supporters of the opposition United National Movement, as they moved in to arrest the party's leader. Tear gas was fired at Nika Melia's supporters who had been camped out at the party headquarters for a number of days.

NATO Communiqué - Summer 2021

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Dec 25th, 2021 at 08:57:12 AM EST
Divided Georgia: A Hostage to Polarization | Carnegie Endowment |

Georgia's domestic political discourse has been angry and divisive since the late 1980s, when competitive politics was allowed for the first time as the Soviet Union began to unravel.

Politics and society remained largely polarized throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. For the past decade, politics has been dominated by a bitter confrontation between the two main political parties, Georgian Dream and the United National Movement (UNM), and their respective founders and de facto leaders, Bidzina Ivanishvili and Mikheil Saakashvili.

Politicians from these two parties, with highly partisan television channels as their platforms, regularly use hate speech and abusive language toward one another. Accusations of "treasonous" actions, public slurs about politicians' private lives, and efforts to humiliate the other side have become commonplace and contribute to the country's democratic backsliding.

Saakashvili drama turns to courtroom | EurAsiaNet - Oct. 13, 2021 |

    A political murder, illegitimate pardon and order to beat-up opposition leader ...

America worries about harm to its envoy of forward democracy ...

Press statement Ned Price: Treatment of Former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili

Georgia's future as a democracy, and therefore its potential membership in the EU and NATO, is at stake | CEPA - Oct. 19, 2021 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Dec 25th, 2021 at 09:04:31 AM EST

Experts warn: Moscow could launch an attack over Christmas | MoA - Dec. 25, 2021 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Dec 25th, 2021 at 12:32:10 PM EST
So they're not sending insurrectionists to prison.  Now where else am I seeing that?
by rifek on Sun Dec 26th, 2021 at 07:56:28 PM EST
Immigration from Europe and the destiny of the Indigenous People across the New World. The Significance of Disease in the Extinction of the New England Indians  

The Dakota 38 execution was the largest mass execution in the United States and took place on December 26, 1862

On the day after Christmas in 1862, 38 Dakota men were hanged under .order of President Abraham Lincoln. The hangings and convictions of the Dakota 38 resulted from the aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 in southwest Minnesota.

In addition to the 38 men hanged the day after Christmas, there were terrible injustices committed against 265 others in the form of military convictions and inhuman injustices to more than 3,000 Dakota people who were held captive, then forced to march west out of Minnesota.

It was (and remains) the largest mass execution in U.S. history. But that year, after more than 20,000 casualties at Shiloh and 25,000 at Antietam during the Civil War, headlines did not take much notice of another 38 deaths, especially given the prevailing sentiment at the time about Manifest Destiny and Indian Removal.

[Source: Isaac V. D. Heard, History of the Sioux War and Massacres of 1862 and 1863, NY: Harper & Bros., 1863]

Histories of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862

Writing when white hatred of the Dakota was at a fever pitch, Heard clearly presented a minority opinion: "The treaties are born in fraud, and all their stipulations for the future are curtailed by iniquity." Although he insisted that another reason for the war was traditional Indian hatred of the inevitable white frontier advance, he nonetheless saw the Dakota as victims who deserved humane treatment.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Dec 27th, 2021 at 08:33:20 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Dec 28th, 2021 at 08:09:38 PM EST

LULAC, Nation's Largest and Oldest Latino Civil Rights Organization  Questions Why Officers Opened Fire Inside A Crowded Store

A 'shy girl' from Chile, shot by LAPD while shopping, died in her mother's arms | Los Angeles Times |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 29th, 2021 at 01:36:58 PM EST

Gideon Greif chaired an international commission of historians that denied the genocidal nature of the Srebrenica massacre in a July report.

Greif has centered his works around the Holocaust, but he has also published works that critics argue inflate the number of Serbian victims of the Independent State of Croatia during World War II.

The Independent State of Croatia was a Nazi puppet state that massacred Serbs, Jews and Roma.

    The slogan gained notoriety in WWII when it was used by Nazi collaborators from the Ustaše movement as the equivalent of the German "Sieg Heil." The Ustaše primarily targeted Serbs living on Croatian territory, who were killed, persecuted, and sent to concentration camps. The most notorious of the camps, Jasenovac, saw at least 83,000 Serbs, Roma, and Jews lose their lives. At the end of the war, the Ustaše were defeated by the Communist resistance forces who set up their own rule in multinational Yugoslavia.

The commission was appointed by Milorad Dodik, who is currently serving as the Serb member of Bosnia's presidency and who has pushed for the secession of the Serb-majority Republika Srpska from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In July of this year, the UN high representative in Bosnia, Valentin Inzko, made the denial of the Srebrenica genocide a criminal offence.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 10:56:58 AM EST
The massacre was televised, no doubt whatsoever. Yugoslavia a spot where cultures and religion meets.

When nations are at war or in denial, these should be placed on probation and not allowed to become a full member of the EU. Keep the corruption and hot heads out!

How Holocaust Memories Continue to Divide the Serbs and the Croats

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 10:57:38 AM EST
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"Warning! Whitewashing of Ustaše history in progress": Strong reactions to Kolinda's statement

"We are here to pay tribute to all the victims of the war, both in Poland, which was the first to start fighting against Nazism, and in all other countries that stood up for freedom and peace in Europe and in the world. The Croatian people, in proportion to the population, contributed the most to the anti-fascist struggle in Europe, in which more than half a million Croatian citizens actively participated," Grabar-Kitarovic wrote on her official Twitter account.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 10:59:29 AM EST

Hall of Shame for Visitors who do not see Gaza or the West Bank.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 12:56:57 PM EST

ME Envoy Tony Blair ... worthless ... the Queen sees it differently from her throne.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 12:57:59 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 12:59:18 PM EST
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If you managed to handle Sir Benito, you shouldn't have any problem with Sir Tony.

Why does anybody take these British honours seriously, anyway?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 04:33:59 PM EST
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 09:36:48 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 03:11:01 PM EST

Men in power have a choice, the oppressed barely.

In pursuit of peace: The Elders' visit to Israel and Palestine

Jimmy Carter calls situation in Gaza 'intolerable' eight months after war | The Guardian - May 2, 2015 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 03:11:54 PM EST
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In the footsteps of Tony Blair, America's poodle ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 09:11:16 PM EST

    We were one of the first to recognize Ukraine's independence after the end of the Cold War, which marked a new era in your country's life with great optimism. Back in the summer of 1990, visiting Kyiv, Margaret Thatcher said: "Britain has come to stay here for a long time."

(Post-) Imperium -- A Eurasian Story | Carnegie Endowment |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 09:12:55 PM EST
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Margaret Thatcher Speech at Ukrainian Government lunch in Kiev - June 9, 1990

The message which we bring you with this Britain festival in Kiev is one of friendship, of coming together to celebrate the end of the division of Europe. It is also a message of pride and confidence in our achievements.

Whatever form the new Europe takes, its foundation will remain the individual nations and peoples, each proud of their identity and their history and wanting to preserve them, while also being ready to work together to make themselves more prosperous and more secure. That is the spirit in which we come to Kiev: certainly not the first invasion in the history of the Ukraine, but definitely the most friendly!

But we don't want it to be just a one-off occasion, which after this month is over is little more than a pleasant memory. We want it to be the beginning of much closer and more regular contacts of every sort--trade, joint ventures, artistic and cultural events and so on.

If I may put it this way: Britain in one form or another is here to stay. That should be the pattern of the future.

We are particularly pleased that this event is taking place in the Ukraine and in Kiev. Kievian Rus was the first of the Russian states and Kiev itself is known as the mother of Russian cities. You were traditionally one of the great political and cultural centres of Eastern Europe and I am sure that will be so again as the barriers between East and West fall away.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 09:13:49 PM EST
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The Early History of Kiev

The organizing center of Kievan Rus, the first great Slavic state, Kiev arose in the ninth century as a commercial hub on the trade routes connecting Europe, the Eastern Christian empire known as Byzantium with its capital at Constantinople, the glorious Abassid Moslem empire ruled from Baghdad, and the Khazar state of the lower Volga and northern Caucasus. At its zenith in the eleventh century, Kiev was the ruling center of the largest political entity in medieval Europe and one of the world's most splendid cities. Its population for the year 1200 has been estimated at fifty thousand or more. By comparison, Paris had about fifty thousand inhabitants at that time, while London had an estimated population of thirty thousand.

Slavic Tribes in VII - IX Century

Check the map ... Donbas and Crimea are not part of East Slavic people but are connected to the Turkic people.

Russia as Ukraine's 'Other': Identity and Geopolitics

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 09:36:03 PM EST
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Re: Russian-Ukrainian gas deal - what's behind it?

The pro-nuclear lobby is currently pushing very hard through Europe; in UK the debate has been more or less officially reopened a few months ago (and at the moment BBC coverage is quite indulgent, on the verge of being partisan), and it even resurfaced in Italy, as it happens every time the oil prices go up (this time with a peak-oil twist). The awful truth is that nuclear looks like a good solution to Kyoto-induced constraints and oncoming oil scarcity.

So I would excuse "conspiracy-theorist" reactions, they are just picking up the general feeling that the pro-nuclear lobby might have a chance in the next couple of years.

by toyg on Thu Jan 5th, 2006

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 2nd, 2022 at 11:11:59 AM EST
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German SS and Ukrainian collaborators perpetrated the massacre of Jewish citizen in Kiev

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 11:07:40 PM EST
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Is China Really a Threat? Noam Chomsky Slams Biden for Increasingly Provocative Actions in Region

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 10:51:28 PM EST
The US has been on a Warfare footing since 1940.  With the closing of 'Little Georgie's Great Mesopotamian Adventure' there's a ~$500 billion/year hole in the Military Industrial Complex's income statements.  Ramping up a new Cold War with China - and Russia! - is a marvelous way to fill it.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Jan 2nd, 2022 at 03:59:31 PM EST
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Unless one is anti-Russian, one cannot be an Irish patriot? What a bs ... modus operandi of American rightwing rhetoric ...

Taoiseach says Sinn Féin is in 'destructive opposition mode' | Irish Times |

The Taoiseach has said he would not rule out working with any party after the next election but accused Sinn Féin of being in "destructive opposition mode".

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin also said he found it extraordinary that Sinn Féin had been "absolutely silent" on the Russian build-up of troops on the Ukrainian border, accusing it of being "anti-European Union".

A number of opinion polls have seen Sinn Féin open up a clear lead as the most popular party in Ireland under leader Mary Lou McDonald.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 3rd, 2022 at 10:31:32 AM EST
To be honest, since the latest "Russian build-up" was denied by Pentagon and even Ukrainian military in November and more Russian troops have left the area since then, it's quite obvious that talking about this imaginative build-up can be considered as a kind of "proof of loyalty" to the US State Department EU.
by pelgus on Mon Jan 3rd, 2022 at 10:44:19 AM EST
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The Russian Boogie-Man has been very useful for US Imperialism.  

Ditto also too for China.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 04:25:17 PM EST
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Are the EU and NATO prepared for war over Crimea and the Donbas?

EU Commission: Key findings of the 2021 Report on Turkey | Oct. 19, 2021 |

The fundamentals of the accession process

There are serious deficiencies in the functioning of Turkey's democratic institutions. Democratic backsliding continued during the reporting period. Structural deficiencies of the presidential system remained in place. Key recommendations of the Council of Europe and its bodies remain to be addressed. The Parliament continued to lack the necessary means to hold the government accountable. The constitutional architecture continued to centralise powers at the level of the Presidency without ensuring a sound and effective separation of powers between the executive, legislative and the judiciary. In the absence of an effective checks and balances mechanism, the democratic accountability of the executive branch remains limited to elections.

The Donbas: Europe's last war

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 10th, 2022 at 01:04:31 PM EST
Over the years, the European Union has squandered the chance to bring more democracy to Turkey. The UK and France played a role in delays and the animosity by Israel to most neighbouring countries. The key to peace in Europe would have been not to follow the dictate of the US and NATO, but come to the conclusion Western Russia and Turkey are more important than many former Eastern European corrupt Soviet satellite nations now part of the EU-27. Kazakhstan is a lost cause, as is Georgia and the Ukraine will be more of a headache worse than Poland, Hungary, and Austria combined.

The Teetering of US Global Power | Oct. 2013 |

Posted earlier in my new diary: Almaty - Kazakhstan

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 10th, 2022 at 01:07:35 PM EST
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Ukraine ex-leader Petro Poroshenko accused of 'treason' | DW News - Dec. 20, 2021 |

The National Bureau of Investigation has accused the former leader of "committing treason" and supporting "terrorist organizations" -- the latter of which is a reference to pro-Russian separatists in eastern breakaway provinces.

Investigators said Poroshenko helped separatists in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions sell around $55 million (€48.7 million) worth of coal to Kyiv. The transactions allegedly took place while he served as president in 2014 - 2019.

The case against Poroshenko is related to similar charges that were filed against pro-Russian lawmaker Viktor Medvedchuk. He has been under house arrest for several months.

What happens next?

Poroshenko did not immediately respond to the accusations. He left the country on Friday, although his European Solidarity party has denied any wrongdoing.

His party also says that Poroshenko does not pose a flight risk, and that he is slated to return to Ukraine following the New Year holidays.

Further reading ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 10th, 2022 at 01:11:48 PM EST

Translation via Google:
Because there is little to shake the corrupt, except underdog Poroshenko.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 10th, 2022 at 01:13:06 PM EST
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Never think out of the box, be as predictable as possible for your foe ...

NSC Advisor Jake Sullivan seeks advice from Russia hawks ahead of talks on Ukraine | Axios |

A group of Russia experts urged National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan to send more arms to the Ukrainians when he spoke with them ahead of this week's high-stakes diplomatic meetings with Russian officials, participants told Axios.

  • "It's always smart to engage with outsiders. There's never a downside," said Michael McFaul, a National Security Council official under President Obama who later served as ambassador to Russia.
  • "Jake is not afraid to interact with specialists, including those who may disagree with him," said McFaul, who declined to confirm last Monday's videoconference or his participation in it.
  • Officials routinely meet with outside Russia experts with a diverse set of views and have welcomed "their expertise as we address this crisis," NSC spokesperson Emily Horne told Axios.

Between the lines: Private meetings also can dissuade potential critics from publicly airing their grievances -- and second-guessing -- if a diplomatic engagement falters.

USIP one of the many "think-tanks" where experts always agree with one another ...

Syria Drama In the Making - the Bush and Obama Years 2005-2013

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 10th, 2022 at 08:19:49 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 10th, 2022 at 08:22:00 PM EST
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A cartoon about the Cuban Missile Crisis
depicting Fidel Castro holding a certificate reading:

    "Box office 'take'
     promise by U.S.
    not to invade Cuba" ...

as Nikita Khrushchev stores missiles in backstage prop room. [Getty images]

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 10th, 2022 at 08:35:10 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 11th, 2022 at 04:46:24 PM EST
The European Community was created by the treaty to establish the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC). The bedrock is solidarity and the goal te maintain peace between nations.

Schuman declaration May 1950 -- 70 Years of Solidarity

The French-German conflict of Alsace-Lorraine was definitely put to rest. It is a matter whether we survive, not about pleasantries of economics or anti-corruption.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 12th, 2022 at 01:19:08 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 12th, 2022 at 01:20:14 PM EST
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Russian Spokesperson Schools American Media

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 12th, 2022 at 02:51:59 PM EST
Nuland Sets Out the Lines for Talks

How many pinnocchios will she earn ...

Nuland's Role In Maidan Revolt

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 12th, 2022 at 02:52:41 PM EST
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The NATO BSter Telling Press He Wants Dialogue

Brussels will reopen the Russia desk and NATO returns to be represented in Moscow. What a complete joke that man is .... could shake hands with British PM.

Many years of NATO aggression to bully Russia into submission has poisoned the sphere for any useful diplomacy and Europe is the worse for it. Policy set out by NATO and supported by the Atlantic Council was to declare Russia a pariah state and end a working relationship. No mr. Stoltenberg, by neglecting and ridiculing your adversary, Russia will not vanish.

Enlarging NATO: Reckless or Requisite

In Cold War Echo, Obama Strategy Writes Off Putin | New York Times - April 20, 2014 |

Kerry Preaching Policy Contra Russia @Atlantic Council | May 2014 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 12th, 2022 at 02:53:29 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 12th, 2022 at 07:33:27 PM EST

As agreed during the latest contacts between EU High Representative Josep Borrell and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, the EU and US continue to advance their close cooperation and coordination to confront common security challenges. In the framework of these joint efforts, European External Action Service Secretary-General Stefano Sannino and US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met to discuss Russia's military build-up in and around Ukraine and related diplomatic efforts, in Brussels on Wednesday.

This follows previous contacts between High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, as well as Deputy Secretary Sherman's debrief to the EU Political and Security Committee in Brussels on Tuesday on the US-Russia talks in Geneva earlier this week.

Secretary General Sannino and Deputy Secretary Sherman reiterated that the EU and the US stand together for shared principles and values. They reconfirmed EU and U.S. support for Ukraine's sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity and emphasised the need for Russia to de-escalate and fully implement the Minsk agreements.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 12th, 2022 at 07:34:40 PM EST

Almost President of Poland with First Lady Anne Appelbaum

The Central European Realignment by DoDo on Oct. 29, 2008

CIA Man, Former FM Radek Sikorski's Fall from Grace In Poland

Poland's parliamentary speaker, Radoslaw Sikorski, has been quoted as saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to Poland's then leader in 2008 that they divide Ukraine between themselves.

Poland's former FM Sikorski: Putin Offered to Divide Ukraine With Poland in 2008 | Oct. 20, 2014 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 12th, 2022 at 07:57:12 PM EST

Rethinking the Danger of Escalation: The Russia-NATO Military Balance | Carnegie - Jan. 25, 2018 |

The downturn in relations between Russia and the West in the aftermath of the collapse of the Ukrainian government of Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014 and the Crimean referendum to join the Russian Federation has resulted in the worst crisis in East-West relations since before the end of the Cold War. The West has accused Russia of illegally occupying a part of Ukraine and launching an undeclared war in its eastern provinces. Russia has countered with charges that the West was not willing to recognize the legitimate will of the people of Crimea and had been pursuing regime change in Kyiv. Amid mutual accusations, both sides have moved beyond the post-Cold War security framework in Europe, which they have realized is now a thing of the past.

In an atmosphere of crisis permeated by mutual recriminations and suspicions, both sides--NATO and Russia--have engaged in a series of military activities along the line of contact. These maneuvers in turn have triggered multiple warnings from both sides of a sharp deterioration in European security, a growing threat of a military confrontation between Russia and NATO, and an urgent need to deescalate the situation in order to avoid a catastrophic war with disastrous consequences for all. An emerging conventional wisdom maintains that the new Cold War in Europe, if allowed to continue unchecked, runs the risk of escalating into a hot war unless steps to reduce tensions are taken swiftly.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 12th, 2022 at 08:22:00 PM EST

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