Archive of ‘Russia’ category

The Abkhazia push-back

A week ago, I was sitting with this american friend of mine, who couldn't , for the life of him, figure out why the US backed Kosovo's independence. "It's causing a crisis in the balkans. Why antagonize Russia?", to which i responded, 'because Russia has been antagonizing you for the longest time. Do you wanna go over the list? Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Ukraine, Belwarus, Venezuela? Pushing back, after all of this, is expected. Hell, it's a little too late if you ask me!"

My friend looked unconvinced, and I didn't get why until I saw this piece of news:

Georgia
decried Russia’s decision to restore economic and transport links to
the breakaway Black Sea region of Abkhazia, which plans to ask Russia
to recognize its independence, citing Kosovo as a precedent.

“This
will be viewed as the economic annexation of Abkhazia, which is part of
Georgia,” Temur Iakobashvili, Georgia’s minister for reintegration
issues, said Thursday by telephone in the capital, Tbilisi.

“This once again proves that Russia has a political and economic stake in the peace talks.”

Georgian
President Mikheil Saakashvili has accused Russia of backing separatist
regimes in Abkhazia and another region, South Ossetia. Both regions
broke away during wars in the 1990s and have pro-Russian leaderships
and Russian peacekeepers. Saakashvili has pledged to bring them back
under federal control. Most of their citizens hold Russian passports.

So the US backs the Pro-US Kosovo's independence from Pro-russia Serbia, and Russia hits back immedietly with Pro-Russia's Abkhazia's independence from Pro-US Georgia . Who said the cold war is over? The Russians are still playing, and unlike the US, they seem to be playing to win!

Putin is Time Magazine's Person of the Year

 

Cause, you know, people who aren't despotic dictators the world over were busy..

Fuck, even Al Gore would've been better than this guy.

Anyway, Article on him here, and interview with him here. The interview is telling. Here is a Money quote:

What do you think are American misconceptions about Russia?
Well, you know, I don't believe these are misconceptions. I think this
is a purposeful attempt by some to create an image of Russia based on
which one could influence our internal and foreign policies. This is
the reason why everybody is made to believe, like, it's O.K. to pinch
the Russians somewhat. They are a little bit savage still, or they just
climbed down from the trees and probably need to have their hair
brushed and their beards trimmed.

Chip on shoulder much? No wonder he is such a dick! 

Putin's democracy

His political opponents are beaten up, arrested, and some even assassinated . Now there is a world leader that people the world over respect, unlike Bush the  muslim-babies-killing talking monkey!

Oh, and guys, there is a "thing" called Chechnya where, you know, muslims are getting killed? Makes you pissed at Russia, right? No? Wait, I forgot, they have to be muslims killed by the US or Israel to matter, right? Russia is our friend, or at least Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran's friend. Delightful people, all of them!