OSCE Report: A damning admission on the Georgian war

A report by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a multinational association of 56 member states whose monitors were in Georgia when the fighting broke out, demolishes the official US account of the August 2008 Russian-Georgian war, according to which the war was an act of Russian aggression.

by Alex Lantier
(WSWS)

The New York Times on Friday carried a front-page article headlined ‘Accounts Undercut Claims by Georgia on Russia War.’ The article cited a report by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a multinational association of 56 member states whose monitors were in Georgia when the fighting broke out, which demolishes the official US account of the August 2008 Russian-Georgian war, according to which the war was an act of Russian aggression.

The OSCE concluded that the conflict began on August 7 when US-trained Georgian troops shelled Russian peacekeepers and civilians in the capital of Georgia’s breakaway province of South Ossetia, Tskhinvali.

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Keynes with a neo-liberal twist? By William Bowles

10 November 2008

dollars“Just imagine saying, “production for use leads to stagnation; production for death leads to exchange value and profits.” Now don’t jump on me! Wait, I have to go into capital expansion and its being “the breath of capitalism” and, as yet, no forseeable future opportunities for capital reproduction to the magnitude needed for its expansion.”

The above excerpt from a short note from my compadre Patricia in the am triggered a thought about how the state, at least in the UK and in much of the EU, has reacted to the latest, and undoubtedly the worst crisis capital has yet faced. For unlike earlier crises, especially those of the 1970s which presaged the so-called neo-liberal revolution, the nature of Britain’s working class has undergone a profound transformation (along with other ‘advanced’ economies). And, at the risk of repeating myself, or anyway repeating the quote I’ve used before, I think it speaks reams about the real fear the ruling political class feels about the current situation.

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Nikita Petrov: US Wants To Resume Nuke Testing To Retain Bomb Making Skills

7 Nov, 2008, Moscow (UPI)

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is all for a resumption of nuclear tests. In a key speech at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, he said the United States could not maintain deterrence, reduce arms or modernize them without tests.

Gates pledged to set up a special group under James Schlesinger, a former U.S. defense and energy secretary, to draft measures for the direction and supervision of nuclear facilities in the country.

The arguments the Pentagon chief used to justify the resumption of tests are not new and are slightly cunning. He said the country ceased developing nuclear weapons in the 1980s and stopped producing nuclear munitions in the 1990s. With weapons developers and engineers gone, he said, the United States suffered a brain drain.

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GazaFriends: Dignitaries Depart with Dignity

9 November, 2008 For Immediate Release

Larnaca: Eleven members of various European Parliaments will return to the port of Larnaca on Tuesday, November 11 between 8:00 and 9:00 am on board the DIGNITY. The group had been part of a larger delegation of 53 parliamentarians who were prevented from entering Gaza earlier this month by the Egyptian government.

After being denied entry, they traveled to Gaza on the DIGNITY, a human-rights ship organized jointly by the Free Gaza Movement and the European Campaign to End the Siege. It was the third such voyage since August to challenge Israel’s stranglehold on the Gaza Strip.

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GazaFriends: European Parliamentarians Admonish Israel & Egypt for Border Closures to Gaza

10 November 2008, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RAFAH, GAZA STRIP, (10 November 2008) – A group of 11 European parliamentarians from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy and Switzerland today visited the Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, calling for an end to the ongoing blockade. The group had been part of a larger delegation of 53 parliamentarians who were prevented from entering Gaza earlier this month by the Egyptian government. After being denied entry they traveled to Gaza by sea on the Dignity, a human rights ship organized jointly by the Free Gaza Movement and the European Campaign to End the Siege. It was the third such voyage to challenge and break Israel’s stranglehold on the Gaza Strip since August.

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