17 October 2008

NEWS Daily Headlines & Propaganda 20081017 human beings are free FRIDAY Mid-Night Edition Pt. 3, The Tangled Web of RUSSIA, GEORGIA, the EU & the USA

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Friday, 17 October 2008 see All News
Mid-Night Edition Pt. 3, The Tangled Web of RUSSIA, GEORGIA, the E.U. & the U.S.A.

RUSSIA, GEORGIA, the E.U. & the U.S.A. (and other significant guests)
...what a tangled web we are weaving...

[READERS: Be-Ware the propaganda matrix is in full gear!]

EU leaders not yet ready to forgive Russia

Full article: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/afp/20081016/twl-eu-summit-russia-diplomacy-6b0205e.html
Excerpt(s): Two months after the war in Georgia and a day after a false start to peace talks, EU leaders were not yet ready Thursday to negotiate upgrading ties to reflect Russia's hydrocarbon superpower status. Instead, after a two-day summit in Brussels, they put off making the decision in time for an EU-Russia summit on November 14 in France, allowing the bloc's leaders to digest an exhaustive report currently being drawn up. The 27-nation bloc had suspended talks in September on the so-called Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) after Russian troops and tanks rolled into Georgia on August 8 to push back a Georgian offensive to retake the breakaway republic South Ossetia.

EU delays decision on Russia partnership talks
Full article: http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE49F2IM20081016
Excerpt(s): European Union leaders were to delay on Thursday a decision on when to restart talks with Russia on a partnership pact, suspended after Russia's incursion into Georgia in August, officials said. A draft statement due to be approved by leaders at the final session of a two-day summit welcomed the withdrawal of Russian troops from buffer zones in Georgia but fell short of saying that partnership talks could start again. Asked when the EU would decide to resume the talks, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said: "I hope very much that will be before the Nov 14," referring to a long-scheduled EU-Russia summit in Nice, France. But the draft statement left the question open.

EU keeps Russia on waiting list
Full article: http://www.russiatoday.com/news/news/31954
Excerpt(s): EU keeps Russia on waiting list
The EU has decided to put off making a decision on the renewal of talks concerning a new EU-Russia partnership agreement. It's been put on hold since the conflict with Georgia in the summer. On day two of the EU summit in Brussels European leaders are discussing the world financial crisis and the situation around Georgia and South Ossetia... The thorny issue of Russia and Georgia remains very much in European minds with no less than three European cities dealing with the issue on Wednesday.The region's security and humanitarian challenges were on the agenda in Geneva, where EU and UN sponsored discussions with Russia and Georgia were held. But the high-profile meeting seems to have come unstuck over whether or not South Ossetia and Abkhazia should be given a voice... Moscow, which officially recognises both republics, says the talks can achieve nothing without them. They've now been postponed until next month to allow all sides to reach a resolve. Georgia refused to take part in the plenary session... The first day in Brussels didn’t make the situation on the new Russia EU agreement any clearer. What is clear though is that Russia and Georgia remain high on the European agenda and the European Union is likely to refrain from any harsh statements, keeping its own interests in mind, especially with the financial crisis as a backdrop.

US warship to dock at Georgia's Poti
Full article: http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=72384&sectionid=351020602
Excerpt(s): Georgia is to welcome an American guided missile destroyer to the country's port of Poti as the number of such disputed visits increase. On Friday, the USS Barry (DDG-52) is expected to berth at the seaport on a 'good will' visit to be the fifth US warship to have docked at the Georgian ports since Georgia fought a losing battle with Russia in August. Russia claims the trips serve ulterior purposes saying the vessels could be taking weapons to Georgia in line with Tbilisi's recent cause of regaining its firepower following the war with Russia thus gathering the required strength for another attack... The Georgian defense ministry would send its delegates to pay homage to the USS Barry which is expected to remain in the area until Monday.

UN court throws out Georgian claim against Russia
Full article: http://www.russiatoday.com/news/news/31944
Excerpt(s): The International Court of Justice in The Hague has rejected a request from Georgia to prosecute Russia over the conflict in the Caucasus. The court also called for both parties to do everything possible to protect human rights in areas hit by the conflict.

U.S. cyber warriors to protect Georgia?
Full article: http://www.russiatoday.com/news/news/31990
Excerpt(s): A delegation of Pentagon officials is still in Georgia trying to understand why the U.S.-trained and equipped Georgian army was defeated in just two days last August. That’s according to the latest issue of U.S. Congressional Quarterly Weekly. The major goal of the delegation is to estimate Georgia’s defence requirements. So far, there have been no official comments from the Bush administration on what military ammunition and equipment exactly the U.S. is planning to provide to Georgia, although the question is the subject of much speculation by American political and military experts.

AN NOTABLE ASIDE: World's biggest country becomes a little bit smaller
Full article: http://www.russiatoday.com/news/news/31858
Excerpt(s): Russia has officially handed over part of its territory to China, settling a border dispute that goes back centuries. Following an agreement signed in 2004, China has been granted the whole of Tarabarov island and part of Bolshoy Ussuriysky island. Both islands are situated in the Amur river.

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