"We can see that the adopted bill has caused differences of opinion in society. The machine of lies managed to present the bill in a negative light and to mislead a certain part of the public. The false label of "Russian law" was attached to the bill, and its adoption in the first reading was presented in the eyes of a part of the public as a departure from the European course."- reads the statement.
The statement reads that "the radical forces were able to involve some of the youth in illegal activities." It thanks "the heroic law enforcement officers who responded to the violence with patience and the highest standards."
After visiting a "peaceful" Baghdad ...
McCain, who is a likely presidential candidate for the Republican Party in 2008, reiterated U.S. support for Georgia, which he said has made impressive progress since the 2003 Rose Revolution | Aug. 29, 2006 |
Statement by John McCain on the Crisis in Georgia | August 11, 2008 |
As the Soviet Union crumbled at the end of the Cold War, Georgia regained its independence in 1991, but its early years were marked by instability, corruption, and economic crises.
"Following fraudulent parliamentary elections in 2003, a peaceful, democratic revolution took place, led by the U.S.-educated lawyer Mikheil Saakashvili. The Rose Revolution changed things dramatically and, following his election, President Saakashvili embarked on a series of wide-ranging and successful reforms.
McCain's Ties with Lobbyist Scheunemann | Aug 15, 2008 |
State Department: We Hold Tools at Our Purview to Hold Anyone Accountable
Q: What is your feeling about the law on foreign agents?
Ned Price: You asked about the feeling here. The feeling here is one of deep concern. You have heard us express that sentiment consistently in recent days. It is a feeling of deep concern because of the potential implications of this draft law. This draft law would strike at some of the very rights that are central to the aspirations of the people of Georgia for a consolidated democracy, for Euro Atlantic integration and for a brighter future.
It would stigmatise, silence, independent voices and citizens is Georgia who wish to do nothing more than work together to build a brighter future, a future that is integrated with Europe, future that is democratic and free, where Georgia is an independent and sovereign country. We're so deeply concerned, troubled in fact, for what this could mean for the people of Georgia, but also because the United States has been a partner to Georgia over the course of recent decades.
Ever since Georgia declared its independence in the United States have been right there with it, supporting the aspirations of the Georgian people. And in the earliest days of independence those aspirations were notions. They were nothing more than an idea, in some cases. Over the course of ensuing decades, the people of Georgia have worked to realise those aspirations. They have made tremendous progress in becoming the democracy that they sought from the earliest days in integrating Georgia into the Euro Atlantic community and ensuring that Georgia stays on that path.
Now, however, we see a draft piece of legislation that would be a tremendous setback. This would be a setback to the aspirations of the people of Georgia. It would be a set back to the ability of the United States to continue to be a partner for the people of Georgia.
I made this point yesterday, I think it was, that anyone who is voting for this draft legislation would be responsible in part, for jeopardising those very Euro-Atlantic aspirations of the Georgian people.
We don't wish to see that happen - beyond the United States it is [also] the EU, UN of course, and most importantly the Georgian people, Georgian civil society groups, all of have issued strong statements of concern about this draft legislation.
No, no ... Georgia IS outside the European Union but not really in the jungle of barbarians. Contrary to Russians, Georgians can be pulled into fortress Europe ... just a little nudge needed from USAID Head Samantha Power [from an Irish author], her R2P experience removing Gaddafi and Assad is well documented.
Not every US aided Revolution goes over roses ....
Saakashvili Applies for Family Reunification in The Netherlands after escaping from Odessa, Ukraine | Jan. 2018 |
European Parliament urges Georgia to pardon and release ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili | 15 Feb. 2023 |
Similar laws have been adopted by many nations under threat from subversive activities from foreign states meddling in internal affairs. Preserving freedom under UN Charter, borders and sovereignty.
Colour revolutions to return sovereignty to Atlantic alliance ...
Carl Bildt: Neocon lobbyist? | by NordicStorm on Feb 21st, 2007 |
In January 2003, Bildt wrote an op-ed for the International Herald Tribune, No going back : Regime change in Iraq isn't optional, where Bildt argues for the removal of Saddam as the only possible option, on humanitarian grounds. He also gave a far more reasonable estimate for the war, at best "four to six weeks of difficult regime removal followed by four to six years of even more difficult regime reconstruction," than some people.
Bildt presents a reasonable and well thought-out argument to be sure, although Bildt concludes his op-ed with the remarkably not prescient "The next few weeks should be the beginning of the end of decades of war for the peoples of Iraq and for the region." But Bildt, identified in the article as "a former prime minister of Sweden" and as someone who "is a member of the board of the Center for European Reform in London as well as of the board of the Rand Corp.in the United States," failed to acknowledge his ties to CLI.
NATO's Eastern Agenda in a New Strategic Era | May 2003 |
As NATO expands to the East, it faces an evolving security environ- ment and potential security dilemmas. This study focuses on four critical areas: Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltic region, Ukraine, and Russia. Taken together, these regions represent the core of NATO's "Eastern agenda." The security dilemmas and challenges are examined within the context of the changing environment since September 11, 2001, and NATO's broader transformation.
The study is part of a larger project on the changing strategic environment in and around Europe and its implications for the United States and NATO. The project, sponsored by the Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, and by the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters, United States Air Force, was conducted in the Strategy and Doctrine Program of RAND's Project AIR FORCE. This report should be of interest to policymakers and specialists concerned with NATO policy and European security.
Research was completed in May 2003.
The war in Iraq is a personal matter for foreign minister Carl Bildt
The likelihood of support for the war was definitely small. The war hawks in the US wouldn't hesitate to run over the UN again, but the image of the champions of freedom chasing terrorists and WMDs twixt the Tigris and Euphrates would be difficult to maintain without support from a 'world organisation'.
So here's where a former Swedish PM, a coming Swedish FM, would prove useful.
Randy Scheunemann1., director of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq and former adviser to Donald Rumsfeld, asked Carl Bildt if he'd help with the war campaign. Carl Bildt was keen to help. In January 2003, the committee was established in Europe with an international panel of consultants.
Amongst them could be found two former presidents and three former foreign ministers from the Baltic states and central Europe, a former head of the German war machine, the English journalists Christopher Hitchens and Misha Glenny, a palestinian businessman living in New York, along with further assorted politicians and writers. Bildt shared the chairmanship with former Polish dissident Adam Michnik.
Note 1. Scheunemann drafted the "Iraq Liberation Act" that authorized $98 million for the Iraq National Congress. Randy was at the time John McCain's top foreign policy adviser.
By-passing the United Nations in the vision of Donald Rumsfeld, John Bolton, Paul Wolfowitz ...
Feminist foreign policy as envisioned by Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton, Annalena Baerbock ... #WeAreNato
Hillary Clinton Entertained Lanny Davis Back-Channel to Honduras Coup Plotters | The Intercept |
The Hillary Clinton emails released last week include some telling exchanges about the June 2009 military coup that toppled democratically elected Honduran president Manuel Zelaya, a leftist who was seen as a threat by the Honduran establishment and U.S. business interests.
At a time when the State Department strategized over how best to keep Zelaya out of power while not explicitly endorsing the coup, Clinton suggested using longtime Clinton confidant Lanny Davis as a back-channel to Roberto Micheletti, the interim president installed after the coup.
During that period, Davis was working as a consultant to a group of Honduran businessmen who had supported the coup.
US Policy Failure on Honduras, Zelaya Returns! | May 28, 2011 |
Zelaya was ousted from the presidency when he was kidnapped at gunpoint by the military on 28 June 2009. Although no hard evidence has yet emerged that the US government was directly involved in his overthrow, the Obama administration did everything it could to help the coup government to survive and then legitimate itself through elections that most of the rest of the hemisphere, and the world, rejected as neither free nor fair.