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  • Foreign Election Observers in U.S. to Increase Tenfold Since 2012

    08/24/2016 2:14:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 24, 2016 | 4:09 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    When Americans went to the polls four years ago, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) deployed 44 observers, a quarter of whom came from countries deemed by a leading democracy watchdog to be “not free” or “partly free.” This year, the OSCE plans to send more than ten times that number — and some civil rights groups in the U.S. say even that won’t be enough. Following a “needs assessment” visit earlier this year, the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) decided to send 100 long-term and 400 short-term observers to monitor the November...
  • OSCE chief monitor: Decision on Donbas should have backing of all 57 OSCE members

    05/15/2016 10:43:22 AM PDT · by · 2 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | 20:16 May. 13, 2016
    OSCE says it currently has no precedent for an armed mission Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug says that a decision on the possible deployment of an armed OSCE mission in Donbas, Ukraine's east, should have the backing of all 57 OSCE participating states during the OSCE Permanent Council. "The SMM is an unarmed monitoring mission. We are not a party to this conflict. We do not take sides. We do in fact have the political backing of all 57 OSCE participating states, representing every conceivable position and view in relation to this conflict. Our only objective is to bring...
  • Militants continue to violate Minsk agreement in eastern Ukraine[MANY PRAYER REQUESTS LAST 10 MINS]

    05/15/2016 9:28:32 AM PDT · by · 26 replies
    ukraine today ^ | May. 15, 2016
    Further attacks against Ukrainian forces near Avdiivka, Maryinka, Luhanske Russian-backed militants continue intensive shelling of Ukrainian army positions near the town of Avdiivka in Donetsk regions, reports the press centre of Anti-Terrorist Operation. "The illegal military groups do not stop their shelling of Ukrainian troops in the combat zone. Today we recorded eight cases of enemy's violating the ceasefire," the press centre said. Read also More Ukrainian servicemen wounded in Donbas The most aggressive militant attacks were observed in the direction of Donetsk, including the city suburbs. The Russian-backed militants used small arms, grenade launchers, heavy-calibre machine guns, and 82mm-calibre...
  • Remarks at OSCE Ministerial Meeting...John Kerry

    12/04/2015 4:58:31 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    U.S. Department of State ^ | December 3, 2015 | Secretary of State John Kerry
    John Kerry Secretary of State Kombank Arena Belgrade, Serbia December 3, 2015 SECRETARY KERRY: Well, thank you very much, Mr. Chairman, Mr. Secretary-General, colleagues, all. Before I address the priorities of the OSCE, let me just, first of all, say thank you to Sergey for his condolences to the American people regarding the events, and I want to express my personal condolences to the families of the victims of yesterday’s shooting in San Bernardino, California..... [....] And my friends, all you have to do is listen to that list and you understand that a year ago President Obama said we...
  • Putin Sends His Dirty War Forces to Syria

    09/10/2015 4:34:17 AM PDT · by bd476 · 70 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 10, 2015 | WRITTEN BY Michael Weiss and Ben Nimmo; Shane Harris
    The Kremlin isn’t sending just any troops to prop up the Assad regime. It’s dispatching units that spearheaded Russia’s slow-rolling invasion of Ukraine.Reuters confirmed Wednesday what The Daily Beast first reported last week—not only have Russian troops been deployed to Syria but they are indeed taking part in active combat operations, although against which of the manifold enemies of the Assad regime remains unclear.U.S. government sources told the news agency that two tank landing ships, aircraft and naval infantry forces have arrived in Syria in the past 24 hours, with the largest buildup occurring in Latakia, the northwest coastal province...
  • Fresh Fighting Follows Failed Cease-Fire In Southeast Ukraine [VIDEO]

    04/23/2015 11:59:36 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | 21 April 2015 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL
    A fragile cease-fire monitored by the OSCE in the southeastern Ukrainian village of Shyrokyne collapsed after just three days of quiet. Correspondent Zinaida Burskaya of RFE/RL’s Current Time TV was with volunteer fighters of the Ukrainian Azov Battalion as renewed fighting broke out on April 18.
  • Bill Clinton back at centre of ethics debate (Uranium, Kazakhstan, mining, profit, RATS, greed)

    01/31/2008 9:38:20 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies · 483+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 2/01/08 | Alex Spillius
    Bill Clinton back at centre of ethics debateBy Alex Spillius Last Updated: 3:02am GMT 01/02/2008 Bill Clinton used his influence with the president of Kazakhstan to help a business friend gain a lucrative uranium mining deal, it has been claimed. Bill Clinton: influence The report in the New York Times will raise concerns about possible conflicts of interest that the former president could face if he returns to the White House as "first gentleman" and raised the spectre of the financial scandals that dogged the Clintons in the White House. Mr Clinton has already began cutting his links to Ron...
  • OSCE official suggests finding fine line between free speech, countering Russian propaganda

    03/18/2015 3:07:23 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | March 18, 2015, 9:36 a.m. | Kyiv Post; Oleg Sukhov
    The Ukrainian government needs to find a “fine line” that would allow it to both protect free speech and fight Kremlin propaganda, a top official of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe said in an interview with the Kyiv Post. There has been a debate in Ukraine on whether pro-Kremlin media, which are inciting Russia’s war against Ukraine and fabricating lies, should be banned. While some argue that they are a threat to national security, others condemn such measures as an attack on free speech. “The Ukrainian government needs to find a very fine line with the help...
  • OSCE Representative calls for all killings and attacks on journalists to be investigated

    09/03/2014 6:53:40 AM PDT · by DTA · 26 replies
    OSCE ^ | 2014-09-03 | OSCE
    OSCE Representative appalled by death of Russian photographer in eastern Ukraine, calls for all killings and attacks on journalists to be investigated VIENNA, 3 September 2014 – OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović said today she was appalled to learn about the death of Russian photographer Andrei Stenin, and she urged the Ukrainian authorities to investigate the circumstances of his death. Stenin, a photographer with the state-run Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency, was reported missing on 5 August while covering the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine (see His remains were just recently discovered near Snizhne, in...
  • Ukraine says Russian envoy's role shows Kremlin in charge of separatists

    05/03/2014 12:08:30 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | May 3, 2014, 9:23 p.m. | Oksana Grytsenko
    While Moscow hails him for being an efficient mediator, Kyiv insists that Lukin sent the order to militiamen in Sloviansk from their Russian bosses. Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) released a transcript of an intercepted telephone conversation between Lukin and Igor Strelkov, head of the pro-Russian self-defense of Sloviansk. According to the SBU, Strelkov’s real name is Igor Girkin, a Russian national and colonel of Russian Military Intelligence. “I’m in Donetsk right now, in good company… You do sort of have a general idea about the task that I’ve been given, don’t you?” Lukin said. “Yes, I know, I’ve been warned…...
  • Death toll in Odessa rises to 46 people, 144 detained; OSCE observers free

    05/03/2014 3:42:36 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | May 3, 2014, 1:29 p.m. | Kyiv Post
    SBU: Russia behind kidnapping of OSCE military observers (VIDEO) Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) released a video that implicates Russia in the kidnapping of eight military observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The video allegedly shows telephone conversations between Russian Military Intelligence Colonel Igor Girkin – who allegedly leads the separatist movement in eastern Ukraine – and Vladimir Lukin, special representative of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Officials in Moscow have constantly denied involvement in the pro-Russian separatist movement in eastern Ukraine. However, the conversation recordings show Girkin and Lukin coordinating their actions while discussing a pending OSCE...
  • Ukraine crisis: Capture of German observers prompts tougher talk from Berlin

    05/02/2014 2:58:37 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 26 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 28 Apr 2014 | Justin Huggler
    The spectacle of German army officers being held prisoner and paraded before television cameras in eastern Ukraine could provoke a hardening of the German response to the ongoing crisis. Angela Merkel's government has reacted furiously after pro-Russian rebels showed off captured observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) for the cameras, calling it an act of "hostage-taking" and a "revolting spectacle", and demanding their immediate release.
  • Pentagon says Hagel told that Russia won’t invade

    04/28/2014 6:12:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2014 5:48 PM EDT
    The Pentagon says Russia’s defense chief has assured Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that Russia will not invade Ukraine. […] Hagel also asked for Russia’s help in gaining the release of seven inspectors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, who are being held in eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists. …
  • Ukraine, a developing story

    04/26/2014 3:53:58 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies ^ | 25 Apr 2014 10:36 AM | OSCE
    2/4 All members of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission and OSCE/ODIHR election observers are safe and accounted for 10:36 AM - 25 Apr 2014
  • International observation mission held hostage in Sloviansk

    04/25/2014 12:38:16 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | April 25, 2014, 10:08 p.m. | Oksana Grytsenko
    Eight members of a military monitoring mission were captured on April 25 and are held hostage in the city of Sloviansk by pro-Russian separatist forces, OSCE said on Friday. The monitors were traveling by bus from Kramatorsk to Sloviansk in Donetsk oblast, Ukraine's interior ministry said. “Communication with military observers in Donetsk lost,” OSCE said in its Twitter microblog. “The military verification team – led by Germans, and composed of eight members, (including) four Germans, one Czech, one Danish, one Polish and one Swedish.”
  • New attacks on media in eastern Ukraine, warns OSCE representative

    04/25/2014 11:50:28 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    .VIENNA, 24 April 2014 – OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic today warned about the continuing attacks on journalists and deterioration of media freedom environment in eastern Ukraine with new incidents involving media representatives. According to the latest media reports: ■Nikolai Ryabchenko, a journalist contributing to many local and international media outlets, was attacked today by unidentified people and his equipment was damaged while covering an attack on the city council in Mariupol; ■Stepan Chirich, a journalist with Russian NTV channel and citizen of Belarus, disappeared today in Dnepropetrovsk oblast. His whereabouts are unknown, but there have...
  • OSCE media freedom representative concerned by disappearance of journalists in eastern Ukraine

    04/25/2014 11:23:35 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    .VIENNA, 25 April 2014 – OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today expressed concern about the disappearance in Donetsk of Julia Shustraya and Mikhail Pudovkin, a journalist and a cameraman with LifeNews. According to media reports Shustraya and Pudovkin were apprehended by an armed group. Their current whereabouts are unknown. “I am very concerned by repeated attacks and disappearances of journalists. Journalists must be allowed to report freely and their safety ensured by all those in charge,” said Mijatović. In a letter sent today to Minister of Interior Arsen Avakov, Mijatović expressed concern and requested information on...
  • Breaking: Canada and Estonia Call For Emergency OSCE Meeting

    04/16/2014 2:27:22 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 5 replies
    Interpreter Live Blog ^ | 4-16-2014 | The Interpreter
    Chapter 3 of the Vienna Document is designed to reduce risk of international conflicts through "exchanging information on defense policy, force planning, budgets, procurements, and calendars." In other words, OSCE members now believe that the movement and position of Russian troops in eastern Europe constitutes an unusual situation, and one of which the international community has not been properly informed.
  • UKRAINE: Pro-Russian activists tried to get rid of the OSCE observation

    04/02/2014 6:59:12 PM PDT · by · 1 replies
    Channel TVi ^ | April 2 , 22:30
    Representatives of the OSCE tried to drive away in Kharkiv. Dozens of pro-Russian activists demanded that the monitoring mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe did not intervene in the situation in Ukraine. Protesters called for even begin work. Required the guests to leave Ukraine because they, in their opinion, biased . We recall that yesterday came to Kharkov observers. ***OSCE observers, headed by the Chairman of the monitoring mission in Ukraine Ambassador Adam Koberatsky arrived in Kharkov. The members of the mission will conduct monitoring of the social and political developments in the region and ways...
  • Merkel: Crimea grab ‘against international law’

    03/18/2014 8:45:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 84 replies ^ | 18 Mar 2014 15:35 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that Russia’s absorption of Ukraine’s Crimea region after a secession referendum and declaration of independence there violated international law. […] Merkel stressed that international organizations including the United Nations, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe shared that view. …
  • OSCE team blocked from entering Crimea

    03/06/2014 9:02:37 AM PST · by Army Air Corps · 5 replies
    The News (Poland) ^ | 6 March 2014
    Defence minister Tomasz Siemoniak says a 40-strong OSCE delegation, including two Poles, were blocked from entering Crimea by unidentified men wearing military uniform. "The mission has been detained, they cannot go further. They landed in Odessa and they were traveling by car from Odessa towards the Crimean Peninsula, but they were detained by unidentified men in fatigues," Siemoniak said on Wednesday afternoon, adding that they may be allowed to go back the way they came but would not be allowed in to Crimea, Reuters reports. OSCE spokeswoman Natacha Rajakovic has confirmed the observers were blocked from entering the region. The...
  • More Russians To Be Blacklisted By Washington

    07/12/2013 1:54:25 PM PDT · by KMR · 13 replies
    FORBES ^ | July 12, 2013 | Kenneth Rapoza
    The Magnitsky List of bad boy Russians is set for a version 2.0 and the Kremlin is not too happy about it. Victoria Nuland, nominated to be the next deputy U.S. Secretary of State, and Daniel Baer, President Barack Obama’s nominee for the post of U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), said Thursday that they were in favor of adding more Russians to the blacklist of Russians accused to aiding and abetting in the human rights abuse of 37-year-old Sergei Magnitsky in 2009.
  • State Department warns Texas AG not to arrest UN-affiliated election observers (list of locations)

    10/27/2012 5:32:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 65 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 10/27/12 | Doug Powers
    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has warned a group of UN-affiliated “international election observers” that they could be subject to criminal prosecution if they breach state laws by being within 100 feet of polling place entrances.The US State Department issued a warning as well. No, not to the election observers — to Texas:International election observers planning to visit Texas polling places have “full immunity” from being arrested in the United States, the State Department said when discussing a letter from the Texas Attorney General.“I’m not going to get into any kind of hypothetical situations or predict where this is going...
  • State Dept: Texas can’t arrest international election observers

    10/26/2012 4:02:02 PM PDT · by Snuph · 194 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 26, 2012 | Joel Gehrke
    International election observers planning to visit Texas polling places have “full immunity” from being arrested in the United States, the State Department said when discussing a letter from the Texas Attorney General. “I’m not going to get into any kind of hypothetical situations or predict where this is going to go other than to say we have every expectation that this will be worked out and to state the fact, which is that under U.S. law they are eligible for immunities,” said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. Reporters tried to get her to state explicitly that Texas could not arrest...
  • EDITORIAL: Blue helmets at the ballot box

    10/24/2012 6:55:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 24, 2012 | Editorial
    International inspectors are there to make sure you vote properlyThose who fear that voter fraud will play a corrupting role on Election Day shouldn’t worry. The Europeans are coming to save the day. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is sending 44 observers to monitor U.S. election procedures. According to the organization, teams of two will fan out to “follow campaign activities, the work of the election administration and relevant federal and state institutions, implementation of the legislative framework, and the resolution of election disputes.” The OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights has been poll...
  • UN to Monitor 'Republican Voter Suppression' this November

    10/23/2012 6:15:45 AM PDT · by tselatysr · 23 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-10-22 17:57:06 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:We can all breathe a sigh of relief. 150 observers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a United Nations-affiliated elections watchdog, will be on hand this November 6 to assure America's presidential balloting is fair and clean.Just in case you were wondering, no, they won't be monitoring Chicago's electoral corruption - where eager souls vote early and often, or that rise from the dead just for the occasion.According to The Hill, the NAACP, ACLU and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights approached the OSCE to express their concern that Republicans were engaging...
  • Officials from Azerbaijan, Albania, Kazakhstan Will Watch U.S. Election to Make Sure It's Free, Fair

    10/22/2012 12:39:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    cnsnews ^ | October 22, 2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev meets with President Obama at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington in April 2010. (AP Photo/File) ( – When American voters go to the polls next month, among those observing the election will be monitors from four countries judged by the veteran democracy watchdog Freedom House as “not free” and another six it regards as “partly free.”The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) observers will “assess these elections for compliance with international obligations and standards for democratic elections.”They will also look into voter-identification and other laws which critics have labeled “racially discriminatory.”In a...
  • International monitors at US polling places draw criticism

    10/20/2012 2:22:53 PM PDT · by Snuph · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/20/12 | Alexander Bolton
    United Nations-affiliated election monitors from Europe and central Asia will be at polling places around the U.S. looking for voter suppression activities by conservative groups, aconcern raised by civil-rights groups during a meeting this week. The intervention has drawn criticism from a prominent conservative-leaning group combating election fraud. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a United Nations partner on democratization and human rights projects, will deploy 44 observers around the county on Election Day to monitor an array of activities, including potential disputes at polling places. Liberal-leaning civil rights groups met with representatives from the OSCE this...
  • International monitors at US polling places draw criticism (October UN Surprise?)

    10/20/2012 9:34:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/20/12 | Alexander Bolton
    United Nations-affiliated election monitors from Europe and central Asia will be at polling places around the U.S. looking for voter suppression activities by conservative groups, a concern raised by civil rights groups during a meeting this week. The intervention has drawn criticism from a prominent conservative-leaning group combating election fraud. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a United Nations partner on democratization and human rights projects, will deploy 44 observers around the county on Election Day to monitor an array of activities, including potential disputes at polling places. Liberal-leaning civil rights groups met with representatives from the...

    04/08/2011 8:20:20 AM PDT · by bremmer · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/04/2011 | Bremmer
    The modern history is able to provide many eloquent examples of use of practice of double standards in an international policy. First, it concerns ambiguity of approaches of influential western powers and the leading international organizations as to the estimation of election campaigns, and other democratic processes taking place in the states of the former USSR. Therefore, at elections in the countries where the ruling political regime is pro-Western, the international observers recognize that elections meet the European and international standards. On the contrary if a ruling regime or the winner of election has not pro-Western orientation, observers, as a...
  • Muslim Groups To Discuss 'Islamophobia'

    08/13/2010 11:54:08 AM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 51 replies · 1+ views
    HARTFORD, Conn. -- Muslims and people of other faiths plan to gather at the Connecticut Capitol to discuss what they call "Islamophobia" across the country and concerns for their safety during the holy month of Ramadan.
  • Obama's Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism speaks out against "Islamophobia"

    07/01/2010 3:07:18 PM PDT · by Cindy · 23 replies · 1+ views
    JIHAD ^ | July 1, 2010 6:30 AM | Posted by Robert Spencer
    SNIPPET - quote: Obama's Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism speaks out against "Islamophobia" If Hannah Rosenthal really wants to end "Islamophobia," here is an easy way. She can call upon Muslims to: 1. Focus their indignation on Muslims committing violent acts in the name of Islam, not on non-Muslims reporting on those acts. 2. Renounce definitively not just "terrorism," but any intention to replace the U.S. Constitution (or the constitutions of any non-Muslim state) with Sharia even by peaceful means. In line with this, clarify what is meant by their condemnations of the killing of innocent people by...
  • OSCE RIP in Georgia

    07/06/2009 8:10:10 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies · 270+ views
    Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 7/1/2009 | Vladimir Socor
    On June 30 the OSCE officially terminated its Mission in Georgia, which had for 17 years monitored the situation in and around South Ossetia. Russia forced the OSCE to close the Mission by vetoing the prolongation of its mandate in the OSCE's Permanent Council. Also on June 30 the U.N. Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG), which had for 15 years monitored the situation in and around Abkhazia, began evacuating its personnel, following Russia's veto against that Mission's mandate in the U.N. Security Council (EDM, June 2, 12, 17). OSCE military monitoring officers on patrol in Georgia, in 2008 Moscow wants...
  • Albania passes law on former secret police

    12/23/2008 8:46:35 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 221+ views
    AP ^ | December 23, 2008
    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania on Monday passed a law removing from public posts people linked with the feared former Communist secret police, despite criticism from opposition parties and concerns within the international community. Lawmakers voted 74-2 for the law, while one abstained. The remaining 63 deputies in the 140-seat Parliament boycotted the vote. Prime Minister Sali Berisha said Albania needed "to cleanse itself from the communist calamity." The law applies to all former members and associates of the Sigurimi secret police, from November 1944 when Albania was liberated from Nazi occupiers until the collapse of Communism in December 1990....
  • Georgia, Russia And The New Administration

    11/10/2008 9:46:40 PM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies · 229+ views
    Forbes ^ | Melik Kaylan
    On Nov. 6, in a long expository article, The New York Times informed us that, according to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Tbilisi had (a) initiated the hostilities and (b) done so with indiscriminate bombing of the South Ossetian capital without regard to civilian casualties--despite Georgian claims to the contrary. All sides consider the OSCE to be a highly dependable, impartial, monitoring body with long experience in the region. Whatever the BBC is pretending to report there, their subtext sneaks through loud and clear--Georgia invaded first. If Georgia invaded first, Russia was provoked, Russia could not...
  • OSCE and Russian Observers to Monitor US Elections

    10/21/2008 9:02:33 PM PDT · by QenBirQeni · 3 replies · 526+ views
    Just so you people know, other countries are monitoring our elections thanks to an invitation by our Ambassador for limited observation, meaning they cannot interfere: WASHINGTON, 10 October 2008 - The OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) today opened a limited election observation mission to monitor the 4 November elections in the United States of America. ... The mission will assess the upcoming elections in the context of OSCE commitments and other international standards for democratic elections, as well as national legislation. The observers will focus mainly on federal legislation and its implementation, election reform issues, the...
  • Spiegel: OSCE observers fault Georgians in conflict

    08/30/2008 12:40:18 PM PDT · by lizol · 4 replies · 146+ views
    M&C ^ | Aug 30, 2008
    Spiegel: OSCE observers fault Georgians in conflict Europe News Aug 30, 2008, 9:52 GMT Hamburg - European observers have faulted Georgia in this month's Caucasus conflict, saying it made elaborate plans to seize South Ossetia, according to the German news magazine Der Spiegel on Saturday. In a report to appear in its Monday edition, it said officials of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) had said acts by the Georgian government had contributed to the outbreak of the crisis with Russia. Spiegel said OSCE military observers in the Caucasus had described preparations by Georgia to move into...
  • A Two-Sided Descent Into Full-Scale War

    08/27/2008 3:52:58 PM PDT · by F-117A · 33 replies · 191+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Sunday, August 17, 2008 | Peter Finn
    <p>TSKHINVALI, Georgia, Aug. 16 -- Nine days ago, late in the afternoon of Aug. 7, Georgian tanks, artillery and infantry began moving out of bases in Georgia and toward South Ossetia, a zone long held by separatists who are backed by Moscow.</p>
  • Georgia, Russia spar over South Ossetia at OSCE

    08/08/2008 11:40:31 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies · 122+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | August 8, 2008 | Matti Huuhtanen
    VIENNA, Austria: Russian and Georgian officials at a leading European security organized sparred Friday over who is to blame for the bloodshed in the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia. Georgia's ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Victor Dolidze, accused Russia of "clear, open, military aggression from one OSCE country to another — its neighbor, unfortunately."But Vladimir Voronkov, Russia's top delegate to the Vienna-based body, denied any Russian military involvement, saying that just 500 Russian peacekeepers were in the province. "I can't speak about any Russian forces present: This is a very obvious trick of the Georgian side to...
  • The Little Summit That Could... (Arab Dictatorships Boycott OSCE Conference In Israel Alert)

    12/18/2007 4:05:08 PM PST · by goldstategop · 2 replies · 165+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/19/2007 | Jerusalem Post Editorial
    'The time has come [for Arab states] to cease using international forums to vilify Israel and to publicly condemn those forces of hatred and violence that, ultimately, undermine everything they stand for," Deputy Foreign Minister Majallie Whbee, a Druse, said, rather impolitely, on Tuesday. Whbee's point was important not because he is not Jewish - the Arabs he addressed will no doubt write him off anyway as a loyal Israeli who holds a lieutenant-colonel's rank in the IDF - but because his audience was a group of European diplomats who were as embarrassed as Israel at the latest sign that...
  • Putin accuses US of undermining elections

    11/26/2007 1:56:57 PM PST · by knighthawk · 10 replies · 18+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | November 26 2007
    Moscow (26 November) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the United States of attempting to discredit next Sunday's parliamentary elections by pressuring international observers to boycott the election. Earlier this month, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe called off the observer mission due to Moscow's lack of cooperation, particularly over the issuing of visas. President Putin says this is an excuse and that Washington told them not to come. The US has expressed its concern about the crackdown on opposition protests. Riot police broke up anti-Kremlin demonstrations in Moscow and Saint Petersburg at the weekend and some...
  • Islamophobia began with end of Cold War, OSCE meeting hears

    10/09/2007 7:55:35 PM PDT · by Flavius · 40 replies · 528+ views
    afp ^ | 10/9/07 | AFP
    CORDOBA, Spain (AFP) — Islamophobia gathered pace in the West with the end of the Cold War, long before the September 11, 2001 attacks against the US, participants at a two-day OSCE conference that began in Spain Tuesday said. "After the end of the Cold War, certain people took Muslims and Islam to be the new scapegoat and enemy," Mustapha Cherif, an expert on Islam at the University of Algiers, told AFP on the sidelines of the gathering. "But after the senseless act of September 11, this has been amplified," added Cherif, who is known for his commitment to battling...
  • Poland Rejects OSCE Observers for Upcoming Vote

    09/21/2007 3:09:30 PM PDT · by lizol · 3 replies · 50+ views
    Javno ^ | Sept. 21, 2007
    Poland Rejects OSCE Observers for Upcoming Vote Poland said on Friday it didnt want observers from Europes main security watchdog to monitor its Oct. 21 parliamentary election. Poland said on Friday it didn't want observers from Europe's main security watchdog to monitor its Oct. 21 parliamentary election because it was a democracy, and added the OSCE shouldn't have asked it to invite them. Foreign ministry spokesman Robert Szaniawski said Poland was a solid democracy and added that the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) made a "faux pas" by asking Warsaw to invite observers to ensure the vote...
  • Putin Castigates U.S. Foreign Policy

    02/11/2007 2:37:37 PM PST · by A. Pole · 5 replies · 385+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | Monday, February 12, 2007 | Carl Schreck
    U.S. Defense Department / ReutersPresident Vladimir Putin and U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates taking their seats at the opening of a security conference in Munich on Saturday. President Vladmir Putin accused the United States of carrying out a reckless and dangerous foreign policy, in a blistering speech that some U.S. politicians likened to Cold War rhetoric.Senior Russian officials, however, insisted that honesty and openness -- not hostility -- were behind Putin's address to an international security conference in Munich on Saturday. Political analysts expressed doubt that the remarks would cast a chill on U.S.-Russia relations.Putin, issuing perhaps his harshest...
  • Main objective of OSCE mission in Moldavia is withdrawal of Russian military from Transdnestr

    09/22/2006 6:42:51 PM PDT · by joan · 4 replies · 326+ views
    Regnum ^ | September 21, 2006
    The problem of withdrawal of Russian armed forces and armament from the territory of the republic remains a priority of OSCE mission in Moldavia, Head of OSCE mission to Republic of Moldova Luis O’Neill stated Sep 20 at a press conference in Chisinau, REGNUM correspondent reports. “Commitments undertaken by the Russian Federation at the OSCE summit in Istanbul remain in force, and Mission is ready to exert help to Russia in this regard and insists that the process is continued.” According to O’Neill, 20,000 tons of ammunitions can be evacuated in six months, given the necessary political will is available."...
  • Moldova rejects Trans-Dniester referendum results to join Russia

    09/17/2006 11:17:43 PM PDT · by M. Espinola · 4 replies · 460+ views
    Xinhua ^ | September 18th, 2006
    Moldova termed as illegal a referendum in the Trans-Dniester region whose results showed a majority of the people there supported the region's eventual union with Russia, reports from the Moldovan capital Chisinau said on Sunday. Moldova's presidential office said Moldova would not accept the results of the "illegitimate" referendum, which was held earlier Sunday. According to Russia's Itar-Tass news agency, by 17:00 local time, preliminary results had shown that over 90 percent of the voters favored leaving Moldova and joining Russia. Moldovan Prime Minister Vasile Tarlev told Romania's press that he expected the Russian government would not accept the results...
  • The Shadow Party: FrontPage Interviews Co-Author Richard Poe

    08/29/2006 3:12:51 PM PDT · by Richard Poe · 189 replies · 4,379+ views ^ | August 29, 2006 | Jamie Glazov
    A new book by David Horowitz and Richard Poe has enraged the Left and alarmed many conservatives. It exposes the machinations of a radical clique working at the highest levels of government and finance to undermine American power. That book is The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party. It hit the New York Times bestseller list in its first week in print. Here to tell us about The Shadow Partyis co-author Richard Poe, our esteemed colleague at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, where he serves as director of research. Mr....
  • Georgian employee of OSCE arrested by Italian police for alleged heroin smuggling

    07/05/2006 4:50:38 PM PDT · by joan · 2 replies · 158+ views
    Calibre ^ | July 2, 2006
    Released : Sunday, July 02, 2006 1:18 PM TBILISI, Georgia-Italian police arrested a Georgian man working for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe for allegedly trying to smuggle 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of heroin in Italy, the Foreign Ministry said Sunday. The ministry did not say in its statement exactly when Zurab Lomashvili was arrested, but Italian newspaper L'Espresso said Lomashvili was driving in the seaside city of Pescara on June 24 when financial police, suspicious of his Macedonian number plate, ordered him to stop and searched the car. Authorities then took the car to a police mechanic...
  • Political Interests Saved Kosovos Thugs Interview with Detective Stu Kellock

    01/13/2006 8:22:42 AM PST · by tgambill · 11 replies · 323+ views
    Balkanalysis ^ | 13 January 2006 | Chris Deliso
    In this exclusive interview with one of Canada’s most experienced police detectives, Stu Kellock, readers get the inside story of how UN investigators in Kosovo sought to crack down on criminals and terrorists – but were systematically stopped, because of the perceived need to safeguard the interests of the Western political elite and their local protégés. Stu Kellock, the former head of UNMIK’s Regional Serious Crime Unit in Pristina, provides an extraordinary insider’s perspective on the difficult and oftentimes dangerous work of investigating organized crime in Kosovo. This article, which contains several minor bombshells regarding the interlinked topics of organized...
  • NATO Transported KLA Terrorists by Helicopter During Kosovo War

    01/10/2006 8:49:53 AM PST · by tgambill · 330+ views
    APIS Group ^ | 10 Jan 2006 | Andy Wilcoxson
    Col. Vlatko Vukovic, the commander of the 2nd Motorized Battalion of the 549th Motorized Brigade of the Yugoslav Army, resumed his testimony at the trial of Slobodan Milosevic on Thursday. The witness exhibited several documents including his unit’s logbook, daily reports, combat reports, and his unit’s war diary. These documents are contemporaneous, and show what orders the unit was given, and what the unit did from hour to hour during the entire duration of the Kosovo war. The documents show that the unit followed the orders it was given and that did not engage in any of the crimes alleged...