Posts Tagged ‘ putin ’

Georgia Offers Fresh Evidence on War’s Start

Sep 16th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: World

The intercepts circulated last week among Western intelligence agencies, part of a Georgian government effort to argue that Georgia was under invasion and attacked defensively. Georgia argues that as a tiny and vulnerable nation allied with the West, it deserves extensive military and political support.



Russia’s Recognition of Georgian Areas Raises Hopes of Its Own Separatists

Sep 10th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: World

An association of nationalist groups, the All-Tatar Civic Center, swiftly published an appeal that “for the first time in recent history, Russia has recognized the state independence of its own citizens” and expressed the devout wish that Tatarstan would be next. The declaration was far-fetched, its authors knew: One of Vladimir V. Putin’s signal achievements as Mr. Medvedev’s predecessor was to suppress separatism. The Tatar movement was at its lowest ebb in 20 years.



Putin ’saves TV crew from tiger’

Sep 1st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

The Russian Prime Minister, taking a break from lambasting the West over its support for Georgia, apparently saved the crew while on a trip to a national park to see how researchers monitor the tigers in the wild.



Putin Suggests U.S. Provocation in Georgia Clash

Aug 29th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: World

In tones that seemed alternately angry and mischievous, the Russian Prime Minister suggested that the Bush administration may have tried to create a crisis that would influence American voters in the choice of a successor to President Bush.



Europe Wonders if It Can Square Its Need for Russia With a Distaste for Putin

Aug 18th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: World

There is a split between “old and new Europe” — roughly Western and Eastern Europe, said Clifford Kupchan, a director of the Eurasia Group. New Europe, backed by Britain and Scandinavia, is taking a harder line toward Russia, while old Europe “will only be reinforced in its view that Georgia and Ukraine are not ready for NATO.”



War games, Olympic Games and political games – the week in review

Aug 16th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

The big news of the week, rather surprisingly, wasn’t the Olympic Games. However, the media still found time to complain about the Chinese government. On the local front, Labor managed to hang on in the Northern Territory, Federal Labor actually made a decision, and Peter Costello waited some more for his book launch.



Strongman Putin on the blitz

Aug 16th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

The move by the Bush Administration to provide humanitarian aid to Georgia raises the stakes for everyone. It has its share of risks. But it puts the onus back on the Russians. It’s one thing to attack Georgian soldiers and to murder Georgian civilians. It’s another thing altogether to do that to the US Army or Marine Corps.



Russia Takes Gori

Aug 14th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Europe and the United States must make clear to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev — and the real power player, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin — that more aggression and lies will not be tolerated. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice must leave no doubt that there can be no military solution to the dispute with Russia.



Silent little girl in a red dress means red faces all round

Aug 14th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

The uncomfortable reality emerging from the duplicitous Lin Miaoke/Yang Peiyi incident, apart from any moral or aesthetic considerations, is how it represents a microcosm of China’s own two-faced approach to the Olympics and, indeed, the world in general.



No one can check the Russian bear

Aug 12th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Vladimir Putin has established a new tsarism. The Russian economy, due to the global resources boom, is itself booming. Putin’s Government is profoundly undemocratic, but it is strong. And the Russian people associate its strength with improved economic conditions at home and renewed respect abroad.