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  • Georgian ex-President Eduard Shevardnadze dies at 86

    07/07/2014 2:24:10 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 7 July 2014 | BBC
    Former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze has died aged 86, media reports say. Mr Shevardnadze became foreign minister of the Soviet Union in 1985. In 1992, he was appointed head of state of the newly independent republic of Georgia. He led the country out of instability and civil war but in November 2003 was toppled in the "Rose Revolution" sparked by opposition allegations of irregularities in parliamentary polls.
  • The real people behind people power (is Bush orchestrating the revolutions in former Soviet states?)

    04/05/2005 7:37:04 AM PDT · by dead · 14 replies · 828+ views
    The Guardian via SMH ^ | April 6, 2005 | John Laughland
    The US is turning on old friends in Europe, writes John Laughland. Before he denounced the "prevailing influence" of the US in the "anti-constitutional coup" that overthrew him, President Askar Akayev of Kyrgyzstan used an interesting phrase to attack those who were stirring up trouble in the drug-ridden Ferghana Valley. A criminal "third force", linked to the drug mafia, was struggling to gain power. Originally a label for covert operatives shoring up apartheid in South Africa before it was adopted by the US-backed "pro-democracy" movement in Iran in November 2001, the third force is also the title of a book...
  • Bush Urges Russia to Close Bases in Georgia - US to train Georgian troops

    02/25/2004 6:59:17 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 349+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 25, 2004 | David Morgan
    President Bush urged Moscow to abandon two Soviet-era military bases in Georgia as he met on Wednesday with the newly elected leader of the strategically placed Caucasus state. Sitting with President Mikhail Saakashvili in the Oval Office, Bush told reporters he would help build good relations between Georgia and Russia. He said Russia should honor a promise to remove the bases, which it made during the 1999 Istanbul summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. "The Istanbul commitment made it very clear that Russia would leave those bases," Bush said after a closed-door meeting with Saakashvili, whose...
  • President takes over in Georgia (Georgia PM's Death from "Faulty Gas Heater")

    02/03/2005 8:21:53 AM PST · by bd476 · 35 replies · 828+ views
    BBC News World Edition ^ | February 3, 2005
    President takes over in Georgia Mr Zhvania played a prominent role in the Rose Revolution Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has said he is taking charge of the government following the death of his prime minister on Thursday. Zurab Zhvania, 41, was found dead in an apartment in Tbilisi, apparently poisoned by gas from a faulty heater. Officials say security guards found his body after breaking into a flat owned by friends early on Thursday. Mr Saakashvili told a crowd in Tbilisi that he was "taking responsibility for leading the executive". "I am ordering the government to return to work," he...
  • Vladimir Putin, the Bumbling Imperialist

    11/30/2004 6:22:38 AM PST · by OESY · 1 replies · 585+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 30, 2004 | GEORGE MELLOAN
    ...Vladimir Putin... has again exhibited his contempt for democratic rule and his tin ear for the angry opposition in the world's democracies.... Ukraine was starved into submission by Stalin 72 years ago, but when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the Ukrainians voted overwhelmingly for independence. It was not, however, an independence willingly accepted by Russian hardliners.... The massive outpouring of demonstrators in what they call the "Orange Revolution" is an attempt to replicate the "Rose Revolution" in Georgia... Serbia... the Berlin Wall, the "Velvet Revolution" in Czechoslovakia and the Solidarity victory in Poland. There was one significant failure too,...
  • The Plot to Hijack the CIA

    10/21/2004 7:43:59 PM PDT · by TapTheSource · 104 replies · 3,328+ views
    Anti-communist analyst note: [As the presidential candidate John Kerry already twice stated in his "honest" responses during the presidential debates he wants our nuclear research stopped and he wants to send money to Russia to "protect the 'former' Soviet era nuclear weapons" from being 'lost' or 'stolen' by Russian Mafia. Please consider the following article in that light of the fact even though it has been written 10 years ago - it was as important then as it is today.Published with permission given by Inside Story Communications. HM note]. The Plot To Hijack the CIA Is nuclear terrorism about to...
  • Georgia hints Shevardnadze not safe from prosecution

    02/06/2004 11:43:31 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 157+ views
    gazeta.ru ^ | 04 February 2004
    Georgia's top prosecutor suggested on Wednesday ousted president Eduard Shevardnadze was not immune from prosecution for corruption despite assurances given by the leaders who toppled him. Mikhail Saakashvili, who ousted the Soviet-era veteran in a bloodless coup in November, promised Shevardnadze personal immunity from prosecution as a condition for his resignation. In televised remarks, Prosecutor General Irakly Okruashvili refused to rule out moving against Shevardnadze in an anti-corruption campaign in the Caucasus state that elected Saakashvili president by a landslide last month. A day after acting Transport Minister Merab Adeishvili's arrest on charges of financial wrongdoing and abuse of power,...
  • Georgia's Saakashvili Looks to the West

    01/26/2004 9:48:58 AM PST · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 95+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | January 26 2004 | STEVE GUTTERMAN/AP
    TBILISI, Georgia - Two months after the bloodless ouster of Georgia's longtime leader, newly elected President Mikhail Saakashvili vowed to lift the troubled country out of its post-Soviet malaise and set it on a westward course. Mikhail Saakashvili took the helm of the troubled Caucasus Mountain nation Sunday in an inauguration ceremony packed with symbolism, raising a European Union flag alongside Georgia's new banner and saluting soldiers he said will help strengthen and unify the fractured country. "Georgia is not just a European country, but one of the most ancient European countries," Saakashvili said in a speech after taking the...
  • Russia Says U.S. Planned Shevardnadze's Exit Long Ago

    12/08/2003 2:14:07 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 113+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 06, 2003
    <p>Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said Saturday Moscow believed the United States might have planned for Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze's ouster weeks before a peaceful revolution toppled him.</p> <p>Ivanov also harshly criticized Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for saying during a visit to Tbilisi Friday that Moscow was in breach of its obligation to withdraw forces from Georgia, and suggested Rumsfeld was ignorant of the essence of the deal he was speaking about.</p>
  • U.S. Eyed in Shevardnadze's Resignation (Soros money involved)

    12/06/2003 6:57:27 PM PST · by Destro · 146+ views
    story.news.yahoo.com ^ | Sat Dec 6, 5:53 PM ET | MARA D. BELLABY
    U.S. Eyed in Shevardnadze's Resignation Sat Dec 6, 5:53 PM ET By MARA D. BELLABY, Associated Press Writer MOSCOW - Russia's foreign minister has accused the United States of playing a role in the resignation of Georgian leader Eduard Shevardnadze last month, according to an interview published Saturday in the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper. "I think there are enough facts proving that what happened in those days wasn't spontaneous, it didn't arise suddenly," Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov was quoted as saying. "Of course, there were preparations and the U.S. ambassador was involved, as Shevardnadze himself admitted." Ivanov also said that a...
  • Putin Is Not Amused By the Coup in Georgia

    12/02/2003 6:13:02 AM PST · by OESY · 5 replies · 188+ views
    WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | December 2, 2003 | GEORGE MELLOAN
    <p>Emissaries from Washington will arrive in Tbilisi this week to a warm welcome. The U.S. policy of spreading democracy played an important role in toppling Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze 10 days ago. American, IMF and World Bank officials are on their way with aid offers for the new regime. No one is burning American flags.</p>
  • Shevardnadze blames Soros for his downfall

    11/30/2003 7:46:03 AM PST · by hope · 16 replies · 231+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11-30-03
    Nov. 30, 2003 Shevardnadze blames Soros for his downfall By ASSOCIATED PRESS Former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze accused multibillionaire philanthropist George Soros of donating millions of dollars to an uprising earlier this month that forced him to resign. Shevardnadze said in a newspaper interview that he could not point to specific countries that had backed the uprising. Instead, international groups, such as the Soros Foundation, had financed the opposition, he said. Three weeks of protests culminated in Shevardnadze's resignation on Nov. 23. Shevardnadze has previously accused U.S. ambassador Richard Miles of encouraging the opposition, an allegation U.S. officials denied. In...
  • Shevardnadze feels betrayed by the West

    11/27/2003 11:55:58 AM PST · by Destro · 15 replies · 102+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 27/11/2003 | Julius Strauss
    Shevardnadze feels betrayed by the West By Julius Strauss in Tbilisi (Filed: 27/11/2003) Eduard Shevardnadze, the deposed Georgian president and an embittered, broken man, told The Telegraph yesterday that he had "rescued the world" from the brink of nuclear catastrophe by ending the Cold War, only to be betrayed by the West. Speaking at his official residence on a hill overlooking Tbilisi, the man who was once one of the world's most feted politicians said he had been let down. "If the Cold War had not stopped there would have been a Third World War," he said. "We rescued the...
  • David Warren: Georgia's peaceful revolt shows Mideast what is possible

    11/26/2003 6:10:56 AM PST · by Tolik · 9 replies · 91+ views
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | November 26, 2003 | David Warren
     'We're supportive of what the Georgian opposition party did to restore the integrity of Georgian democracy, in terms of using peaceful demonstrations to overturn a fraudulent parliamentary election," said Clare Buchan, White House deputy press secretary, with all the eloquence of which the bureaucracy is capable. She clarified that, as President George W. Bush said last week, the U.S. is better and better disposed toward democratic revolutions.As if they were on top of things for a change, the U.S. State Department was first to recognize Nino Burjanadze, the acting president after that wily "grey fox," Eduard Shevardnadze, "resigned." New elections...
  • Powell had role in departure of Georgian leader Shevardnadze

    11/25/2003 6:43:07 AM PST · by PeteFromMontana · 1 replies · 86+ views
    USA Today.com ^ | 11/25/2003
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Colin Powell played a discreet off-stage role in the resignation of Georgia's president, Eduard A. Shevardnadze, making a critical weekend telephone call to signal the longtime leader and U.S. favorite that his time was running out.</p>
  • U.S. extends support to Georgian government

    11/23/2003 8:09:20 PM PST · by Pikamax · 1 replies · 144+ views
    <p>U.S. extends support to Georgian government WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States offered its support Sunday to the interim leadership of Georgia after a tumultuous weekend, during which the president of the former Soviet republic resigned as his opposition threatened to storm his residence. (Related item: Georgian leader resigns amid protests) Secretary of State Colin Powell called opposition figure Nino Burdzhanadze, who will lead an interim government until new elections can be held, "to offer our support and to encourage her and her colleagues to proceed in a manner consistent with Georgia's Constitution," said State Department spokesman Richard Boucher.</p>
  • Shevardnadze Quits in Georgia 'Velvet Revolution'

    11/23/2003 4:33:28 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 201+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | Sun Nov 23, 2003 | Elizabeth Piper
    Shevardnadze Quits in Georgia 'Velvet Revolution' Sun Nov 23, 3:07 PM ET Add World - Reuters to My Yahoo! By Elizabeth Piper TBILISI, Georgia (Reuters) - Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze announced his resignation Sunday, bowing to opposition protesters who stormed parliament and declared a "velvet revolution" in the former Soviet republic. "I see that all this cannot simply go on. If I was forced tomorrow to use my authority it would lead to a lot of bloodshed. I have never betrayed my country and so it is better that the president resigns," Shevardnadze said on television. Shevardnadze's white-haired head was...
  • State of emergency in Georgia

    11/22/2003 11:50:05 PM PST · by Bobby777 · 8 replies · 192+ views
    CNN.Com / World ^ | Sunday, November 23, 2003 Posted: 12:39 AM EST (0539 GMT) | CNN.Com
    <p>TBILISI, Georgia (CNN) -- Georgian demonstrators are maintaining an all night vigil outside the nation's parliament after a state of emergency was declared by President Eduard Shevardnadze.</p> <p>Tens of thousands of Georgians are demanding Shevardnadze's resignation and parliamentary speaker and leading opposition figure Nino Burdzhanadze appeared on television to declare herself an interim leader.</p>
  • Georgian President Resigns

    11/23/2003 8:16:31 AM PST · by PeteFromMontana · 84 replies · 615+ views
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  • Georgian President Says He's Ready to Negotiate (Shevy playing a game?)

    11/23/2003 6:41:12 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies · 142+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | Sun, Nov 23, 2003 | Elizabeth Pipe
    Georgian President Says He's Ready to Negotiate 30 minutes ago Add World - Reuters to My Yahoo! By Elizabeth Piper TBILISI, Georgia (Reuters) - Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze said Sunday he was ready to discuss key opposition demands, including an early presidential election, if protesters calling on him to resign quit government buildings. It was the first clear signal that a solution might be in sight to end three weeks of political turmoil that has dragged impoverished Georgia deeper into crisis. Shevardnadze's comments came amid signs that even some of the security forces were moving over to the opposition side....
  • Georgian Survivor Shevardnadze in Biggest Challenge

    11/23/2003 6:31:07 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 125+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | Sat Nov 22, 2003
    Georgian Survivor Shevardnadze in Biggest Challenge Sat Nov 22, 3:44 PM ET TBILISI (Reuters) - Eduard Shevardnadze, whose wily skills helped him oversee the end of the Cold War and restore post-Soviet order in his homeland, faced his biggest challenge on Saturday after his rivals proclaimed his overthrow. In scenes reminiscent of the fall of Communism over a decade ago, protesters stormed parliament and forced him to flee after a parliamentary election which the opposition said was rigged. Shevardnadze, who survived two assassination attempts in the 1990s, responded by declaring a state of emergency and accusing his opponents of mounting...
  • Opposition Takes Over Parliament Amid Street Protests; Shevardnadze Calls State of Emergency

    11/22/2003 7:56:59 PM PST · by xzins · 6 replies · 141+ views
    tbo.com ^ | Nov 22, 2003 | Misha Dzhindzhikhashvili
    Opposition Takes Over Parliament Amid Street Protests; Shevardnadze Calls State of Emergency By Misha Dzhindzhikhashvili Associated Press Writer Published: Nov 22, 2003 TBILISI, Georgia (AP) - The opposition seized Georgia's parliament Saturday, chasing out President Eduard Shevardnadze and declaring an interim government as tens of thousands of supporters thronged the streets of the capital. Shevardnadze, backed by his head of police, declared a state of emergency. Protesters said they were determined to topple the president, who has long claimed that his leadership is key to maintaining stability in the Caucasus region, located on vital oil routes. Georgia's mountains have also...
  • Opposition Takes Over Parliament Amid Street Protests; Shevardnadze Calls State of Emergency

    11/22/2003 2:58:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 220+ views
    Associated Press /breaking ^ | November 22, 2003 | Misha Dzhindzhikhashvili
    TBILISI, Georgia (AP) - The opposition seized Georgia's parliament Saturday, chasing out President Eduard Shevardnadze and declaring an interim government as tens of thousands of supporters thronged the streets of the capital. Shevardnadze, backed by his head of police, declared a state of emergency. Shevardnadze has long claimed that he is key to maintaining stability in the Caucasus region, located on strategically vital oil routes. Georgia's rugged mountains have provided shelter for insurgents fighting in neighboring Chechnya, and the United States has helped train Georgian military forces to try to uproot them. Facing a possible confrontation with the army and...
  • Georgia president denounces 'coup'

    11/22/2003 7:44:23 AM PST · by PeteFromMontana · 2 replies · 150+ views
    Opposition supporters in Georgia have seized the parliament building in the capital Tbilisi after weeks of protests over disputed elections. Crowds led by main opposition leader Mikhail Saakashvili broke into the building as parliament convened. Nino Burjanadze, outgoing speaker of parliament, says she has become interim president. President Eduard Shevardnadze has condemned the events as a "coup" and declared a state of emergency. Pressure has been mounting on the 75-year-old president to resign since the 2 November parliamentary elections, won by his party and its allies despite the country's economic crisis. I will not resign Eduard Shevardnadze He was addressing...
  • 2 Photos explaining why NATO opens its borders to more and more Moslems

    11/18/2003 2:22:21 PM PST · by Truth666 · 10 replies · 183+ views
    self, BBC ^ | 03/11/18 | self, BBC
    What is now going on in Georgia is a good illustration of one of the main reasons for that NATO tactic. When the situation is no more under control the moslems will be used as shock troops. From BBC : An estimated 10,000 supporters of Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze have gathered in the capital, Tbilisi. The leader of the Revival Party, Aslan Abashidze - who is allied to Mr Shevardnadze's political bloc - is expected to address the crowd. Tuesday's gathering by pro-Shevardnadze demonstrators was the first of its kind since the 2 November election. Most of those attending had...
  • Shevardnadze: US Has Not Requested Use of Bases

    03/25/2002 3:13:56 PM PST · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 156+ views
    VOA News ^ | March 25 2002
    Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze says he has not been asked by the United States to allow the use of military bases in Georgia for attacks on Iran and Iraq. Mr. Shevardnadze told journalists in Tbilisi Monday that no one has made any requests for the use of Georgian facilities for such operations. There has been considerable speculation in Georgia that U.S. plans to send troops to train Georgian military units in anti-terrorism operations were intended to gain an opening for an expansion of the anti-terror war. Mr. Shevardnadze says there is no firm date for the arrival of the U.S....