Daily Archives: August 11, 2008

Georgian President Calls For “Future World Order”

A New Order of the Ages?

You Tube | August 10, 2008

Posted by Kerrville911Truth

“It’s time to move from words to action because this is not going to go away. This nation is fighting for it’s survival, but we are also fighting for world peace and we are also fighting for a Future World Order.”

Georgia President Saakashvili Calls for Future World Order

Sex Abuse Case Against Jesuits In Mediation

OPB | Aug 10, 2008

By Andrew Theen

Portland, OR  – Attorneys for the Society of Jesus Oregon Province are in mediation with a Portland woman who alleges years of sex abuse at the hands of two Jesuit priests.  As Andrew Theen reports, if a settlement isn’t reached the case goes to trial in October.

The $15 million lawsuit accuses  Jesuit leaders in Oregon of fraud and negligence.  A Portland woman says she was sexually abused starting at age 7 for a couple of years in the 1960s.

One of the priests named was implicated in dozens of sex abuse cases in Alaska; the other was a target in a high-profile Archdiocese of Portland case.

Kelly Clark is a Portland attorney representing the victim.  He says “cases like this aren’t fun.”

Kelly Clark: “I don’t think it’s a particularly good thing for the Province of Jesuits or my client to go to trial.  But ultimately, if parties can’t agree on how to resolve a legal dispute that’s what juries are for.”

Oregon’s Jesuit leaders say they will continue to cooperate with the legal proceedings, and that their desire is to bring “healing and justice” to the victim.

Bush: China must end detentions, ensure freedoms

AP | Aug 9, 2008

By PAUL ALEXANDER

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Bush says he has “deep concerns” about the state of human rights in China, and urges Beijing to end detentions and guarantee freedom of press, assembly and worship for its citizens.

Bush is delivering the marquee speech of his three-nation Asia trip Thursday morning in Bangkok. But the White House released the text of the speech in advance, as the president flew from Seoul, South Korea, to Thailand.

The speech was intended to summarize Bush’s views of U.S. interests in Asia and his policies toward the crucial region during his presidency. But with his trip ending later this week in Beijing for the Olympic Games, his pointed remarks on China stand out.

He said America “stands in firm opposition” to many of China’s human rights policies.

Israel backs Georgia in Caspian Oil Pipeline Battle with Russia

DEBKAfile | Aug 8, 2008

Georgian tanks and infantry, aided by Israeli military advisers, captured the capital of breakaway South Ossetia, Tskhinvali, early Friday, Aug. 8, bringing the Georgian-Russian conflict over the province to a military climax.

Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin threatened a “military response.”

Former Soviet Georgia called up its military reserves after Russian warplanes bombed its new positions in the renegade province.

In Moscow’s first response to the fall of Tskhinvali, president Dimitry Medvedev ordered the Russian army to prepare for a national emergency after calling the UN Security Council into emergency session early Friday.

Reinforcements were rushed to the Russian “peacekeeping force” present in the region to support the separatists.

Georgian tanks entered the capital after heavy overnight heavy aerial strikes, in which dozens of people were killed.

Lado Gurgenidze, Georgia’s prime minister, said on Friday that Georgia will continue its military operation in South Ossetia until a “durable peace” is reached. “As soon as a durable peace takes hold we need to move forward with dialogue and peaceful negotiations.”

DEBKAfile’s geopolitical experts note that on the surface level, the Russians are backing the separatists of S. Ossetia and neighboring Abkhazia as payback for the strengthening of American influence in tiny Georgia and its 4.5 million inhabitants. However, more immediately, the conflict has been sparked by the race for control over the pipelines carrying oil and gas out of the Caspian region.

The Russians may just bear with the pro-US Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili’s ambition to bring his country into NATO. But they draw a heavy line against his plans and those of Western oil companies, including Israeli firms, to route the oil routes from Azerbaijan and the gas lines from Turkmenistan, which transit Georgia, through Turkey instead of hooking them up to Russian pipelines.

Saakashvili need only back away from this plan for Moscow to ditch the two provinces’ revolt against Tbilisi. As long as he sticks to his guns, South Ossetia and Abkhazia will wage separatist wars.

DEBKAfile discloses Israel’s interest in the conflict from its exclusive military sources:

Jerusalem owns a strong interest in Caspian oil and gas pipelines reach the Turkish terminal port of Ceyhan, rather than the Russian network. Intense negotiations are afoot between Israel Turkey, Georgia, Turkmenistan and Azarbaijan for pipelines to reach Turkey and thence to Israel’s oil terminal at Ashkelon and on to its Red Sea port of Eilat. From there, supertankers can carry the gas and oil to the Far East through the Indian Ocean.

Aware of Moscow’s sensitivity on the oil question, Israel offered Russia a stake in the project but was rejected.

Last year, the Georgian president commissioned from private Israeli security firms several hundred military advisers, estimated at up to 1,000, to train the Georgian armed forces in commando, air, sea, armored and artillery combat tactics. They also offer instruction on military intelligence and security for the central regime. Tbilisi also purchased weapons, intelligence and electronic warfare systems from Israel.

These advisers were undoubtedly deeply involved in the Georgian army’s preparations to conquer the South Ossetian capital Friday.

In recent weeks, Moscow has repeatedly demanded that Jerusalem halt its military assistance to Georgia, finally threatening a crisis in bilateral relations. Israel responded by saying that the only assistance rendered Tbilisi was “defensive.”

This has not gone down well in the Kremlin. Therefore, as the military crisis intensifies in South Ossetia, Moscow may be expected to punish Israel for its intervention.

Russia sinks Georgian warship and ‘bomb Tbilisi airport’ as refugees flee in panic

Despair: A woman holding her baby cries at her damaged home in Gori

Daily Mail | Aug 10,  2008

The Russian Defence Ministry claims to have sunk a Georgian warship which was attacking its navy ships in the Black Sea, according to Russian new agencies.

If confirmed, the incident could mark a serious escalation of the fighting that has raged between Georgia and Russia in the breakaway region of South Ossetia.

The ITAR-Tass news agency quoted a ministry spokesman as saying that Georgian missile patrol boats twice tried to attack Russian ships, which fired back and sank one of the Georgian vessels.

Russian troops took Tskhinvali, capital of the breakaway region of South Ossetia this afternoon after a three-day battle.

As routed opposition forces fled the area, the Georgian government called for a ceasefire with Moscow and claimed its troops had stopped fighting.

But Russian bombers still appeared to be shelling a military airport at Tbilisi.

As the crisis continued to deepen, the scale of the tragedy for the civilian population of the separatist province of South Ossetia became woefully apparent.

Cataclysmic Russian bombing has laid waste to major towns, including Tskhinvali and Gori with around 2,000 believed dead.

At least 40,000 people have been driven from their homes.


Wounded South Ossetians stay in a hospital shelter in the South Ossetian capital of Tshinvali

This afternoon, America warned Russia its onslaught in South Ossetia was ‘dangerous and disproportionate’.

The White House demanded an end to the Kremlin’s push amid fears that its forces would fight on into Georgia itself.

A spokesman for President Bush warned that any further military escalation in Georgia could have a ‘significant, long-term impact,’ on relations.

In a note to the Russian ambassador in Tbilisi, the Georgian foreign ministry said President Mikheil Saakashvili had ordered Georgian forces to cease fire.

‘All Georgian troops have been withdrawn from the conflict zone,’ it said.

‘Georgia expresses its readiness to immediately start negotiations with the Russian Federation on ceasefire and termination of hostilities.’

Russia poured troops and tanks across its southern border into Georgia and bombed Georgian targets after Tbilisi attempted on Thursday evening to retake South Ossetia, a small pro-Russian province which broke away from Georgia in the 1990s.

Tbilisi has accused Russia of opening a second front in Georgia’s other breakaway region of Abkhazia, on the Black Sea.

Georgian officials said Abkhaz troops backed by Russian air strikes had launched an operation to drive Georgian police from the Georgian-controlled Kodori gorge, a strategic foothold for Tbilisi in the region. ered the conflict, deploying a flotilla off Georgia’s Black Sea coast.

The navy said the ships later put into a Russian Black Sea port, though some reports from Georgia accused them of attempting to blockade the country.

The conflict has now reached the province of Abkhazia, where separatist rebels and the Russian air force launched an all-out attack on Georgian forces.

The president of Abkhazia has since decreed a 10-day ‘state of war’ in some border areas.

At least 40,000 refugees have been forced to flee since the violence which has reportedly killed 2,000 people – two of whom are thought to be journalists covering the conflict.

Yesterday Georgian leaders claimed that the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, which transports oil from the Caspian Sea to Turkey, had been attacked. But it is thought the bombs missed their target.

Their claims came after Russian jets struck deep into the territory of its tiny neighbour, killing civilians and ‘completely devastating’ the strategic Black Sea port of Poti, a staging post for oil and other energy supplies.
Reports last night also said that Russia had bombed the international airport in Tbilisi.

Georgian economic development minister Ekaterina Sharashidzne said: ‘This clearly shows that Russia has targeted not just Georgian economic outlets but international economic outlets as well.’

The pipeline is 30 per cent owned by BP and supplies 1 per cent of the world’s oil needs, pumping up to a million barrels of crude per day to Turkey.

It is crucial to the world’s volatile energy market and the only oil and gas route that bypasses Russia’s stranglehold on energy exports from the region.

As President Bush led the West in intensifying pressure on Russia to halt the bombing in Georgia last night, the two countries were edging closer to full-scale war over their conflicting claims for disputed territory.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown yesterday held what was described as ‘long and detailed’ talks with French president Nicolas Sarkozy, the current head of the European Union, regarding the conflict.

As the international community desperately tries to stave off a prolonged conflagration which could impact on energy supplies, foreign ministers were planning to hold an emergency meeting in Paris tomorrow.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner arrived at Tbilisi’s main civilian airport this evening to meet Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and mediate an end to the conflict.

He is expected to fly to Russia tomorrow.

Britons were urged against all but essential travel to Georgia as the Foreign Office upgraded its advice.

It is also advising against any travel at all in South Ossetia or Abkhazia.

Defence Secretary Des Browne insisted that efforts to secure a ceasefire had to take precedence over the the political blame game.

Mr Browne also signalled humanitarian assistance would be available, but warned continued fighting would hold that up.

Meanwhile Georgia have decided not to pull out of the Beijing Games despite the outbreak of war with Russia, the International Olympic Committee said today.

The Georgian Olympic committee confirmed today they would continue at the Games, even though their athletes will come face to face with Russian rivals in the beach volleyball on Wednesday.

The conflict is putting Russia’s relations with the West under fresh strain, with US president George Bush urging Moscow to halt its bombings in Georgia.

Georgia’s pro-West government also called for a ceasefire as two of its towns were hit by Russian air strikes.

But Russian President Dmitri Medvedev insisted Georgian troops must first withdraw from South Ossetia.


Russian peacekeepers drink beer at a checkpoint near the town of Tskhinvali, 62 miles from Tbilisi

The fighting erupted when Georgia launched a large-scale military operation to retake South Ossetia, a breakaway province which has had de facto independence since 1992.

Russia, which has moved troops into South Ossetia in response to Georgian military
action in the breakaway province, claims that 2,000 have already been killed.

Moscow insists it is merely trying to keep the peace in South Ossetia but Georgia has declared a state of war.

There has also been a build-up of troops around Abkhazia, another Georgian province which has been seeking international recognition of its independence since the early 1990s.

Factfile:

Russia

•     Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said on Sunday that more than 2,000 people, mostly Russian citizens, had died in the conflict zone.

•     On Saturday Russian Ambassador to Georgia Vyacheslav Kovalenko said at least 2,000 civilians had died in Tskhinvali alone as a result of fighting between Russian and Georgian forces, according to Interfax news agency. He said 13 Russian peacekeepers were killed and up to 70 injured in the fighting.

•     Sergei Sobyanin, the Russian government chief of staff, said 30,000 South Ossetian refugees had fled to Russia since early on Friday.

Georgia

•     Kakha Lomaia, the National Security Council secretary, said on Sunday that 40 civilians killed and more than 200 wounded but gave no details.

•     A source in the Georgian government told Reuters on Saturday 129 Georgian civilians and military were killed and 748 wounded.

•     Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said Russian aerial bombing had killed around 30 Georgian soldiers.

South Ossetia

•     South Ossetia’s President Eduard Kokoity on Friday said about 1,400 people had died in Tskinvali.

Pakistan’s spy agency supporting terrorism “is not new” says Karzai

Monsters and Critics | Aug 10, 2008

Kabul – Afghan President Hamid Karzai repeated allegations Sunday that Pakistan’s secret service was supporting the Taliban and their terrorist allies in fight against Afghan and international forces in his country, saying, ‘it is not something new.’

Karzai, speaking at press conference at his fortified presidential place in Kabul, accused Pakistan’s secret agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), for providing support to Taliban and their al- Qaeda associates in the fighting in Afghanistan.

‘The ISI involvement with terrorism is not something new,’ the president said, referring to the agency’s alleged hands in the July 7 bombing at the Indian embassy in Kabul that killed at least 54 people, including two Indian diplomats.

Officials from Indian government and the US authorities have also hinted that ISI had helped the planning of the deadly attack, a claim Islamabad vehemently denies.

‘Their (ISI) involvement may have been new for others,’ the president said, adding that his government had shared its concerns regarding ISI’s support for militants, international communities and countries in the region ‘for a long time in the past.’

Karzai said that Pakistani soldiers helped Taliban militants to reach to power in 1996 and they still had planned to keep Afghanistan as their ‘strategic depth’ and install their ‘puppet government’.

‘We are ready to die for another one thousands years, but we don’t want slavery,’ Karzai said, but stated that his government was ready to start a new round of talks with Pakistan.

‘We want to live in peace and harmony with each other,’ the president said, adding, ‘It is not for the benefit of anyone to raise a snake, because it can turn anytime and bite its owner.’

The relations between the two US allies on the war against terrorism have been on downward spiral, with Afghan officials accusing Islamabad of not doing enough to stop cross-border infiltration by militants from inside Pakistan.

Officials from the US-led coalition and NATO forces that together have around 70,000 troops in the country have recently openly said that Taliban-led militants were given safe havens in tribal areas of Pakistan, where they receive training, equipment and ideological instruction.

In order to overcome the bloody insurgency in the war-torn Afghanistan, Karzai said that he had always advised his international military allies to stop fighting the militants in Afghan villages and instead focus on ‘source of terrorism.’

Pakistan so far has strongly rejected allowing international military troops in Afghanistan to cross over into Pakistani territory to pursue militants. It says it has deployed around 100,000 troops on its border with Afghanistan to clamp down on insurgents operating in the area.