Roberto Abraham Scaruffi: August 2008

Friday, 29 August 2008

YOU are insane! YOU are criminals! 你們沒面子! 你們沒面子!

YOU are insane!
YOU are criminals!
And even totally idiot,
because now the whole world knows what you are!
现在,大家知道你們只是瘋狂的蟑螂! [*** new address ***]

My sister’s “literary” site is rich of first-hand information on these State-organised psychotic and criminal louses:

Thursday, 28 August 2008

La Chine affirme ses ambitions navales

La Chine affirme ses ambitions navales

UN: Lebanon-Syria Border Still Wide Open to Smugglers; Israel: Hizbullah Building Network of Fortified Bunkers

Barak Ravid and Yoav Stern
Lebanon's eastern border with Syria is wide open to smugglers, according to a report submitted to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday by a task force he appointed to study the issue. The report harshly criticizes both Lebanon and Syria, saying there has been no improvement over the past year despite promises by both countries to address the issue. There are several well-known unofficial border crossings, which is where much of the smuggling occurs. Israel says Hizbullah has built a network of sophisticated underground bunkers in some 150 villages throughout south Lebanon in recent months. These bunkers can hold up to 15 fighters, plus rockets and rocket launchers. Neither the UN forces in Lebanon nor the Lebanese Army has done anything to stop construction of these bunkers. (Ha'aretz)

Syria, Iran warm to Russia as US tensions grow

China's Unease With Russian Actions Strains Ties

China's Unease With Russian Actions Strains Ties
China expressed unease about Russia's recognition of two Georgian separatist regions, weakening a pillar of Putin's policy of forging close ties with Beijing as a counterbalance to Washington. A U.S. Navy ship carrying aid avoided a Georgian port where Russian troops are present.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich: "Wake Up America!"

Rep. Dennis Kucinich: "Wake Up America!"
Former presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich delivered one of the most passionate addresses Tuesday night. "Wake up, America. We went into Iraq for oil. The oil companies want more," Kucinich said. "War against Iran will mean $10-a-gallon gasoline. The oil administration wants to drill more, into your wallet. Wake up, America. Weapons contractors want more. An Iran war will cost 5 to 10 trillion dollars."

Italy Will Remain Silent In Showdown With Russia

As the EU finds itself in a showdown with Moscow over Georgia, one key EU state is rarely heard in the debate: Italy. The reason is not only that Italy is a major trading partner with Russia, but Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, more than any other current European leader, has made partnership with Moscow a priority. RFE/RL speaks with Giovanni Gasparini, senior fellow for security and defense at the Rome-based Istituto Affari Internazionali, to learn more.

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

U.S. avoids Russia-held Georgia port

The United States has canceled plans to try to dock a military ship carrying humanitarian aid in the Georgian port of Poti, where Russian forces are posted on the outskirts, a U.S. Embassy spokesman said Wednesday.

The Wild Weapons of DARPA

By Nick Turse

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

The World from Berlin: 'Russia Is Preparing for the Endgame in the Caucasus'

On Tuesday Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ignored all Western pleas and recognized the independence of Georgia's breakaway regions. German commentators are divided on how far Moscow is really prepared to go in its determination to regain its sphere of influence and many warn that isolation could cost Russia dearly.











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Governing Coalition Collapses in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 25 -- Pakistan's ruling coalition broke apart Monday amid a political battle over the presidency, paralyzing the U.S.-backed government at a time when Taliban insurgents here and in neighboring Afghanistan appear to be gaining ground.
(By Candace Rondeaux, The Washington Post)

Cheney To Visit Georgia Next Week

Vice President Cheney will travel next week to war-ravaged Georgia as part of a swing through several former Soviet republics, making him the highest-level U.S. emissary to visit the country since hostilities between Russia and Georgia broke out this month, officials said yesterday.
(By Dan Eggen, The Washington Post)

Georgia and Kosovo: A Single Intertwined Crisis

Georgia and Kosovo: A Single Intertwined Crisis
August 25, 2008 2028 GMT
By George Friedman

Monday, 25 August 2008

Cognitive Neuroscience Research and National Security

Defense Intelligence Agency Seeking "Mind Control" Weapons

Former president denies allegations

Former president denies allegations
The China Post news staff
Saturday, August 23, 2008

Taiwan's ex-top intelligence chief to be grilled for alleged cover-up

Taleban winning war, says Zardari

Pakistan's Taleban have "the upper hand", Benazir Bhutto's widower and presidential hopeful, Asif Ali Zardari. tells the BBC.

The Smash of Civilizations

By Chalmers Johnson

Sunday, 24 August 2008

That Troubled Terrorism List

That Troubled Terrorism List

The administration’s first priority should be to to fix the terrorist watch list so that warning signs of an attack are not lost in the chaos again.

U.S. and Global Economies Slipping in Unison

The integrated global market spreads prosperity, but it also spreads hurt when times go bad.

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Russland kritisiert NATO-Präsenz im Schwarzen Meer

Nebraska law allows abandonment of teens

Nebraska's new "safe-haven" law allowing parents to abandon unwanted children at hospitals with no questions asked is unique in a significant way: It goes beyond babies and potentially permits the abandonment of anyone under 19.

Black hole star mystery 'solved'

Astronomers shed light on how stars can form around a massive black hole, defying conventional wisdom.

Iranian Rocket Test A Failure?

Iranian Rocket Test A Failure?
August 18 -- Following Iran's test of a new rocket designed to place satellites in space, Canadian military analyst Houshang Hassanyari said, "Iran still doesn't have the satellite launch technology used by Western countries... Iran still--at least with its latest rocket launch--cannot compete with countries like France, the U.S., or even Israel." [audio in Persian / article in English]. On August 20, "Jane's Missiles and Rockets" editor Doug Richardson said, "I think it unlikely that Iran has succeeded with its satellite launch; to the best of my knowledge, no satellites entered orbit during last weekend" [audio in Persian].

'Falun Gong and the Future of China'

'Falun Gong and the Future of China'
Why did the Chinese authorities react so strongly against an exercise society?

Friday, 22 August 2008

The Eurasian Corridor: Pipeline Geopolitics and the New Cold War

Tibetan Monks Confined During Games



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Tsevishen-shtotisheh telefonistkeh



Tsegait zich in moyl

Iraq Takes Aim at Leaders of U.S.-Tied Sunni Groups

Iraq’s Shiite-dominated government is driving out many leaders of Sunni citizen patrols, which have been a major pillar in the decline in violence.

Inflation Is Stinging U.S. Workers Harder

Inflation Is Stinging U.S. Workers Harder
Inflation is rising faster than the wages of U.S. workers compared with that of Europeans. However, economists say the euro zone faces a "major risk" of a wage-price inflationary spiral if businesses increase prices to cover labor costs.

Pakistan Violence Grows Despite Military's Efforts

Pakistan Violence Grows Despite Military's Efforts
Two suicide bombers blew themselves up at the gates of Pakistan's main munitions factory, killing at least 59 workers, in a sign of how the Islamic militancy is worsening even as Pakistan's military intensifies a campaign against it.

Assad: Syria may host Russian missiles in its territory

Assad: Syria may host Russian missiles in its territory
Syrian President Bashar Assad has pledged to support Russia in its conflict with Georgia and said that Damascus was ready to consider deploying Russian Iskander missile systems in its territory, in response to the US missile shield in Europe.

Syria to Russia: Put your missiles on our soil
Russian media on Thursday quoted Syrian President Bashar Assad as saying ahead of a two day visit to Moscow that Syria was ready to negotiate hosting Russian surface-to-surface Iskander missiles on its soil, which Moscow says are capable of penetrating any missile defense.

Russia says ready to supply Syria with defensive weapons
"We are ready, and Dmitry Medvedev has confirmed this, to review a Syrian request to purchase new types of weapons," Sergei Lavrov said following the meeting between Medvedev and Assad. "We will supply Syria primarily with weapons of a defensive nature that will not disturb the strategic balance in the region," he added.

Israel warns Russia over weapons sale to Syria
Israel has warned Russia that further weapons sales to Syria would upset the power balance in the Middle East.

French troops 'killed by Nato jets'

French troops 'killed by Nato jets'
Reports that 10 French soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan after being mistakenly attacked by Nato aircraft are to be "looked into," officials for the military alliance have said.

Did NATO Friendly Fire kill French Soldiers in Afghanistan?
According to a wounded soldier, the NATO airstrikes meant to enable soldiers out of the ambush have missed their target and hit french soldiers, along with fire from Afghan soldiers in positioned downstream.

Friendly Fire May Have Killed French
The French troops quoted by Le Monde claimed that once they fell into the ambush they had to hold up for four hours for assistance. NATO aircraft finally arrived, they said, but some of the bombs missed the enemy and hit the troops.

The Puppet Masters Behind Georgia President Saakashvili

The Puppet Masters Behind Georgia President Saakashvili
By F. William Engdahl
Mihkail Saakashvili was deliberately placed in power in one of the most sophisticated US regime change operations, using ostensibly private NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations) to create an atmosphere of popular protest against the existing regime of former Soviet Foreign Minister Edouard Shevardnadze, who was no longer useful to Washington when he began to make a deal with Moscow over energy pipelines and privatizations.

Thursday, 21 August 2008

De la Géorgie au Bassin de Sibérie Occidentale. En attendant que les propagandes se dissipent…

L’armée chinoise aurait tiré sur la foule au Tibet, selon le dalaï lama

L’armée chinoise aurait tiré sur la foule au Tibet, selon le dalaï lama
Le chef spirituel tibétain affirme dans une interview au Monde que l'armée chinoise a tué 140 personnes au Tibet lundi.

Concern Raised Over Suspicious Deaths Of 24 Bio-Scientists

Concern Raised Over Suspicious Deaths Of 24 Bio-Scientists
‘Suicide’ of Bruce Ivins makes it 24 bioterrorism experts who have died over last seven years

Still a 'Fellow Dissident'?

As Egypt's Hosni Mubarak continues to hound an advocate for democracy, the Bush administration is nearly silent.

Detenidos en Pekín seis estadounidenses a favor de la independencia del Tíbet

19:37 - miércoles, 20 de agosto de 2008

India: Arrests, Revelations and Implications

India: Arrests, Revelations and Implications
August 20, 2008 2009 GMT
By Fred Burton and Scott Stewart

Apocalypse Later

A Futurologist Looks Back at 2008
By John Feffer

Thousands More U.S. Troops to Afghanistan

The U.S. commander there, in an exclusive interview, calls for a further buildup to counter the Taliban.

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Taliban Escalate Afghan Fighting

Insurgents have taken advantage of a wavering NATO commitment, a flailing Afghan government and disarray in Pakistan.

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

A New Breed of Monk Rises in Myanmar

A New Breed of Monk Rises in Myanmar
Sitagu Sayadaw represents a new breed of Buddhist monk who eschews traditional asceticism in favor of tactics more familiar to televangelism. His celebrity enables him to dole out global disaster aid and prod the nation's ruling junta, if gently.

Georgia and the Caucasus



Tsedraiter kop


Tsebrech a fus!

Source: Secret IDF material went unguarded in Georgia

Source: Secret IDF material went unguarded in Georgia
Former Israeli soldier returns disillusioned from training Georgian soldiers for company owned by Brig.-Gen. Hirsch in preparation for war with Russia; says confidential army material such as charts, officers' names was revealed to foreign troops

Russia seizes US vehicles

Russia seizes US vehicles
"Russian soldiers" held blindfolded Georgian servicemen at gunpoint and commandeered US Humvees in a dramatic sequence of events in the key Black Sea port of Poti.

L'inquiétant projet du Pentagone: Un vaccin contre la grippe aviaire dans un contexte de guerre biologique

Thousands Flee Fighting In Pakistani Tribal Districts

Pakistani authorities say that recent fighting between the military and Taliban insurgents in the Bajaur tribal district has displaced at least 250,000 ethnic Pashtuns from the region.

Kurdish Control of Kirkuk Creates a Powder Keg in Iraq

The explosive ethnic quarrels over the oil-rich city is a major barrier to creating stable political structures in Iraq.

As Oil Giants Lose Influence, Supply Drops

It is harder than ever for the major Western oil companies to find new prospects, even though they are awash in profits and eager to expand.

In Musharraf’s Wake, U.S. Faces Political Disarray

American officials must now deal with an elected coalition in Pakistan that has so far proven unwilling or incapable of confronting the Taliban insurgency.

Russia Shows Few Signs Of Pulling Out of Georgia

Russia Shows Few Signs Of Pulling Out of Georgia
Russia's military raised new doubts over whether Moscow intends to abide by a cease-fire accord in Georgia. There was little sign of a pullback, and some Russian units thrust deeper into Georgia. Rice headed to Europe to talk with NATO allies to urge a unified response on Russia.

Pope urges fight against racism

Pope urges fight against racism
By David Willey, BBC News, Rome

Philippine rebels in new attacks

Separatist rebels battle troops in a number of southern Philippine towns, amid unrest over an autonomy deal.

China 'yet to approve protests'

China has received 77 applications to protest during the Olympics - but none have been approved, officials say.

Double Standards in the Global War on Terror

Anthrax Department
By Tom Engelhardt

'Brilliant And Brutal Display' Of Chess

Michael Binyon, a former Moscow correspondent and now columnist for the British daily "The Times," says Russia set out to provoke Georgia into a war. And, as he writes in a recent column, "from the day that the Russian tank brigade raced through the tunnel into South Ossetia, Russia has not made one wrong move."

The West's Coalition Of The Impotent

The first step for the West to reestablish a realistic approach to the region is to acknowledge that in the short run, it is condemned to be a passive bystander, argues Jan Techau. He says the West also finally needs to frame a serious common strategy for constructive cooperation with Russia.

The Dangerous Neighbor: Vladimir Putin Takes on a Powerless West

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin approached the crisis in Georgia coolly and efficiently, prompting admiration even from some American observers. But Moscow's brutal strike against Georgian President Saakashvili has divided the Western world, with the split running straight through the European Union.

The Real World Order

The Real World Order
August 18, 2008 1835 GMT
By George Friedman

Monday, 18 August 2008

The Lost Leonardo Da Vinci

The Lost Leonardo Da Vinci
An Art Detective's Quest To Find A Lost Leonardo Da Vinci Masterpiece
Aug. 17, 2008

Valerie Plame Wilson: No Ordinary Spy

Valerie Plame Wilson: No Ordinary Spy
In Her First Interview, Former CIA Officer Speaks To Katie Couric
Aug. 17, 2008

Report: Russia put missiles in Georgia

The Russian military moved missile launchers into the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia ahead of a pledged pullout, The New York Times reported Monday, citing U.S. officials.

Resilient Sunni Stronghold Tests the Iraqi Army's Best

Bombs, Booby Traps Require U.S. Assistance
(By Sudarsan Raghavan, The Washington Post)

In Kashmir, Fears of Increasing Militancy

NEW DELHI, Aug. 17 -- On a recent four-month trek through hundreds of Kashmiri villages, separatist leader Yasin Malik called on people to adopt his new Gandhian philosophy of nonviolence. Malik, a secular Muslim, soon became an icon of peace to many youths in this turbulent region that India and...
(By Emily Wax, The Washington Post)

New Unit of DIA Will Take the Offensive On Counterintelligence

The Defense Intelligence Agency's newly created Defense Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Center is going to have an office authorized for the first time to carry out "strategic offensive counterintelligence operations," according to Mike Pick, who will direct the program.
(By Walter Pincus, The Washington Post)

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to resign

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to resign

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- President Pervez Musharraf announced Monday he was resigning to avoid an impeachment battle with Pakistan's ruling coalition that would harm the nation.


Musharraf tritt zurück

Der pakistanische Staatschef erklärte in einer TV-Rede seinen Rücktritt. Vermutlich will er nun "ins Exil" nach Saudi-Arabien gehen.

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Tsatskeleh der mamehs!






Trog gezunterhait!



Once the Atlantic Alliance is shattered, America's lifeline to the world is kaput

Putin's Winning Hand
Once the Atlantic Alliance is shattered, America's lifeline to the world is kaput
By Mike Whitney
There are no military installations in the city of Tskhinvali. In fact, there are no military targets at all. It is an industrial center consisting of lumber mills, manufacturing plants and residential areas. It is also the home to 30,000 South Ossetians. When Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili ordered the city to be bombed by warplanes and shelled by heavy artillery last Thursday, he knew that he would be killing hundreds of civilians in their homes and neighborhoods. But he ordered the bombing anyway.

Bashir's Willing Accomplices

The New Republic
by Martin Peretz
Why hasn't the Muslim world lifted a finger for Darfur?
Post Date Thursday, August 15, 2008

Arqueólogos hallan una mítica entrada al submundo maya

Es un complejo subterráno de cuevas

Chen Shui-bian offre des excuses publiques dans l'affaire des 300 millions

Chen Shui-bian offre des excuses publiques dans l'affaire des 300 millions
Vendredi 15 août 2008
L’ancien chef de l’Etat, Chen Shui-bian, a présenté des excuses publiques hier, admettant qu’il avait enfreint la loi en omettant de déclarer 300 millions de dollars taiwanais récoltés à l’occasion des 4 dernières grandes campagnes électorales, et que son épouse, Wu Shu-jen, a placés sur un compte en Suisse.

Maoist leader becomes Nepalese PM

Nepal's Maoist leader Prachanda is elected as prime minister, months after the country abolishes its monarchy.

Friday, 15 August 2008

Hands Tied in Washington: Russia's Strategy Paralyzes US Government

The Bush Administration has warned that ties with Russia are imperiled, but the truth is that the US can undertake little more than symbolic action against Moscow. As much as Russia's actions have irritated the Americans, no one is interested in an escalation.

The Russian-Georgian War: Implications for the Middle East

15 August 2008
Ariel Cohen

Russia’s Conflict Worries Wall Street

As a military conflict between Russia and Georgia ends its first week, a number of big Wall Street banks are beginning to reassess the stability of their businesses in Russia.

Signs of Ethnic Attacks in Georgia Conflict

A pattern of violence by ethnic Ossetians against ethnic Georgians is emerging and has been confirmed by some Russian authorities.

World Economy Shows New Strain

World Economy Shows New Strain
The world economy is slowing sharply after months of resilience in the face of U.S. economic weakness, with Japan, the U.K. and the euro zone all flirting with recession. It's unclear how emerging economies will cope with a downturn in the developed world.

Opinion: Russia Capitalizes on New World Disorder

The war in the Caucasus is a truly global crisis. Russia's action against the western-looking Georgia testifies to an extreme craving for recognition and is reminiscent of the Cold War. It reveals the reality of the chaotic new world order -- a result of the failures of President Bush's foreign policy.

Is Perpetual War Our Future?

Learning the Wrong Lessons from the Bush Era
By Andrew Bacevich

Who Controls Pakistan's Powerful ISI?

The United States in the past month has confronted Islamabad with evidence of complicity between Pakistan's military and Taliban militants. The evidence reportedly links Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency to last month's suicide bombing at the Indian Embassy in Kabul -- highlighting allegations of covert ties between Pakistani intelligence agents and militants operating out of Pakistan's tribal areas.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Bush, Sending Aid, Demands That Moscow Withdraw

President Bush made his strongest warning to Russia yet over the conflict in Georgia as he sent American troops to oversee a humanitarian mission.

Crisis? What crisis?

Michael West 12:00AM
Australia's biggest bank is breezing through the biggest crisis in financial markets in decades ... how is this so?

How to Create a Successful Web Site For Nothing (or Almost Nothing)

Indian government sees growth approaching 8%

Indian government sees growth approaching 8%

Dalai Lama Blasts China on Paris Visit

Dalai Lama Blasts China on Paris Visit
The Dalai Lama told French lawmakers that China was engaged in a continuing crackdown in the Tibet region that included "arrests, summary executions and lethal torture."

Fight in Georgia Exposed Weak Points in Kremlin's Aging Army

Fight in Georgia Exposed Weak Points in Kremlin's Aging Army
The Kremlin's campaign in Georgia shows that Russia's military has improved from its dilapidated state in the 1990s, but analysts said the aging equipment and tactics also underscored how much more work Moscow faces in its quest to turn its army into a world-class fighting force.

US forces to deliver Georgia aid

US President Bush says military aircraft and naval forces will send humanitarian aid to Georgia, following its conflict with Russia.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

The Jihadist Threat and Grassroots Defense

The Jihadist Threat and Grassroots Defense
August 13, 2008
By Fred Burton and Scott Stewart

Fear in Georgia: The Ghost Town of Gori

The war is over but people are still afraid. The Georgian town of Gori which came under attack from the Russian air force has become a ghost town. But slowly refugees are making their way back home.

Georgien meldet neue Bombardements

Russland bestätigte die Meldung bislang nicht. Trotzdem wollen die USA Russland aus der UN isolieren. Ist das der Beginn eines neuen kalten Krieges?

Fatah Torture Turning PA Into Hamas-Like Police State

Le président du Liban sur la route de Damas

Le président du Liban sur la route de Damas
Alors que le président libanais, Michel Sleimane, se rend à Damas pour tenter de normaliser les relations du Liban avec la Syrie, un attentat perpétré mercredi matin a causé la mort d'au moins 16 personnes, à Tripoli, dans le Nord du pays.

Russian Steel Firm to Buy John Maneely

August 13, 2008 -- 2:37 a.m. EDT
Russian Steel Firm to Buy John Maneely
Russia's Novolipetsk Steel agreed to buy steel pipe and tube manufacturer John Maneely for $3.53 billion.

The Philippines: Competing with China and Vietnam

The Philippines: Competing with China and Vietnam

Opulence and chaos meet in an African boomtown

Opulence and chaos meet in an African boomtown

Japan's economy contracts in April-June quarter

U.S. credit system remains crippled a year after crisis erupted

U.S. credit system remains crippled a year after crisis erupted
For all the efforts in Washington to fix the problems on Wall Street, borrowing is more expensive and lending is restricted.

Ill and in pain, detainee dies in U.S. hands

Ill and in pain, detainee dies in U.S. hands
Lawyers say their client was denied adequate medical care while in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and demanded a criminal investigation.

Russia's Periphery

Georgia Conflict Map


Roman temple found under church

Israeli archaeologists have uncovered the ruins of a Roman temple beneath the foundations of a church.

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

The Russo-Georgian War and the Balance of Power

The Russo-Georgian War and the Balance of Power
August 12, 2008 1508 GMT
By George Friedman

Tensions au Cachemire

Tensions au Cachemire
La tension s'accroît entre Musulmans et Hindouistes au Cachemire indien. Lundi 10 août, une manifestation s'est soldée par la mort de dix personnes. A l'origine de cette manifestation sans précédent dans la région, le blocage de la seule route entre Jammu et Srinagar, par des hindouistes radicaux.

Moscow orders end to Georgia battles

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev ordered an end to the military operation in Georgia on Tuesday.

Italia quiere usar al Ejército para inspeccionar los lugares de trabajo

10:21 - martes, 12 de agosto de 2008

Taliban Is Seizing, Destroying More NATO Supplies

Taliban Is Seizing, Destroying More NATO Supplies
Taliban insurgents have stepped up a campaign to seize and destroy supplies destined for NATO troops in Afghanistan, driving up the cost of the war and signaling a new setback in the nearly seven-year-old campaign.

Georgian army flees in disarray

Georgian army flees in disarray
Georgia said the Russian army was in charge of several towns and its tanks appeared to moving towards the capital Tbilisi

Russian troops deep into Georgian territory

Russia has taken its first steps deep into Georgian territory while the president of its beleaguered neighbour made an international plea for help, saying the world had a 'moral duty to stop this madness'.

Georgia Appeals for Help As Russia Occupies Towns

Georgia Appeals for Help As Russia Occupies Towns
Russia captured the central city Gori as its troops rolled deep into western Georgia, seizing a military base and several towns. Georgian President Saakashvili said the Russian forces had effectively cut his country in half. Moscow's massive assault marks a watershed in an increasingly assertive foreign policy.

Russian troops in Georgia advance

Russian forces enter Georgia from the breakaway region of Abkhazia, as the conflict between the neighbours appears to be broadening.

Monday, 11 August 2008





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Illusions of Victory

How the United States Did Not Reinvent War… But Thought It Did
By Andrew Bacevich

Toward A New Paradigm For The Post-Soviet Petrostates

Economies and geopolitical clout growing faster than a speeding bullet! Presidents more powerful than a locomotive! Able to ignore demands for political reform at a single bound! Look! On the shores of the Caspian! Nations in transition? Developing countries? No! It's the post-Soviet petrostates!

Russia Confirms Troop Advance Farther Into Georgia Proper

Russia's Defense Ministry says its troops have advanced from the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia farther into Georgia proper.

Don't Put Too Much Faith in High-Tech Passports

Aug 11, 9:01 am
Don't Put Too Much Faith in High-Tech Passports
Two European researchers have found a way to defeat the chips being placed in passports to eliminate fraud. It’s another reminder never to place blind faith in technology. Hackers know what's inside this Adam Laurie and Jeroen van Beek, at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, showed the Business Technology Blog how to capture and [...]

Kämpfe im Kaukasus dauern an

Price of oil rises on Russia-Georgia conflict

Oil prices rebounded Monday on concerns a widening conflict between Russia and Georgia over a the breakaway province of South Ossetia could disrupt supplies in the region.

Abkhazie: Moscou lance un ultimatum à Tbilissi

Abkhazie: Moscou lance un ultimatum à Tbilissi
Alors que les troupes abkhazes pro-russes affirmaient lundi avoir « bloqué » les forces géorgiennes dans une région disputée de la république séparatiste d'Abkhazie, l'armée russe, qui y a envoyé des renforts, a sommé les forces géorgiennes de déposer les armes.

Scientists closing in on invisibility cloak

Scientists say they are a step closer to developing materials that could render people and objects invisible.

Ancient city uncovered in Afghanistan

Ancient city uncovered in Afghanistan

Centuries-old shards of pottery mingle with spent ammunition rounds on a wind-swept mountainside in northern Afghanistan where French archaeologists believe they have found a vast ancient city.

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Deadly violence hits west China

Seven militants and a security guard are killed after a series of bombings in China's north-western region of Xinjiang, state media says.

Georgia move fails to halt raids

Russian raids on Georgia continue despite Tbilisi's announcement of a ceasefire, after Moscow says clashes in breakaway South Ossetia are continuing.

Shanghai Carries No Torch for Beijing

Shanghai Carries No Torch for Beijing

Russia Appears to Expand Assault,

Russia Appears to Expand Assault, While Georgia Pulls Back Troops
Russia appeared to expand its military campaign to new regions of neighboring Georgia Sunday as Tbilisi pulled back its battered troops. Efforts at a cease-fire failed, as Russia dismissed Western appeals to curtail the assault.

Georgien lässt von Südossetien ab

Die Truppen haben sich aus der abtrünnigen Provinz zurückgezogen – und gruppieren sich neu. Russische Bomber greifen unterdessen Ziele in ganz Georgien an.

Russland errichtet Seeblockade gegen Georgien

Killed Syrian Aide Gave Anti-Aircraft Missiles to Hizbullah

Vers une nouvelle alliance entre Cuba et la Russie?

Q & A: Behind the battle for South Ossetia

Q & A: Behind the battle for South Ossetia

Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia region is experiencing the worst outbreak of hostilities since it won de facto indepdence in 1992. NBC News' Moscow producer explains the issues behind the violence.

Blasts, clash kill 5 in China's far west

Suspected Muslim separatists armed with homemade grenades drove a taxi into a government office complex in far west China and police killed five in renewed violence.

Bush sharpens China criticism

President Bush is stepping up his public criticism of China's human rights practices, adopting a more confrontational posture than he suggested he might take leading up to the Olympic Games.

Russia expands bombing blitz in Georgia

Russia expanded its bombing blitz Sunday against tiny neighbor Georgia, a U.S. ally, targeting the country's capital for the first time.

Can Israel Find the Water It Needs?

Innovations in Israel show how other water-starved countries could solve their food crises.

Georgia and Russia Nearing All-Out War

As Russia moved in more forces and continued aerial bombing, it appeared determined to occupy the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Georgien zieht sich aus Südossetien zurück

Krieg im Kaukasus eskaliert

Die Kämpfe um Südossetien halten unvermindert an, auch in Abchasien kam es zu Gefechten. Russlands Regierungschef Putin wirft Georgien "Völkermord" vor.

Russia Prepares for Naval Blockade of Georgia

Russia Prepares for Naval Blockade of Georgia
Ships are grouping in the Black Sea near the Georgian aquatic border. A unnamed naval source has said that the move is necessary to prevent arms deliveries to Georgia by sea. He added that the naval blockade of Georgia will help avoid escalation of military actions in Abkhazia. Radio station Echo of Moscow reports that several Georgian Internet publications have confirmed that the Russian Black Sea fleet is regrouping.

Корабли Черноморского флота прибыли к морской границе с Грузией

Корабли Черноморского флота прибыли к морской границе с Грузией

Владимир Лукин призвал к созданию международного трибунала по Южной Осетии

Владимир Лукин призвал к созданию международного трибунала по Южной Осетии
Уполномоченный по правам человека в России Владимир Лукин выступил с предложением создать специальный международный трибунал для наказания отдавших приказ разрушить Цхинвали. "Тот, кто отдал приказ о ночном уничтожении Цхинвала, тот, естественно, является главным ответственным", - отметил Лукин. По его мнению, правозащитный аспект в ситуации вокруг Южной Осетии - самый главный. Также правозащитник предостерег граждан России переводить проблемы преступников в межнациональные.

Абхазия начала военную операцию в Кодорском ущелье

Абхазия начала военную операцию в Кодорском ущелье
Президент непризнанной республики Абхазия Сергей Багапш заявил, что Сухуми начал военные действия в Кодорском ущелье, часть которого контролируется грузинскими войсками. МИД Грузии в свою очередь сообщил о появлении в водах Абхазии кораблей российского военно-морского флота. Тем временем президент США Джордж Буш обратился к России с призывом прекратить боевые действия в зоне грузино-осетинского конфликта.

Тбилиси начинает переговоры об организации гуманитарного коридора

Тбилиси начинает переговоры об организации гуманитарного коридора

Blasts in China's Xinjiang region

Several explosions hit the north-western Chinese province of Xinjiang, and gunfire is heard, state media reports.

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