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May 31, 2011 ‘Frozen Conflict’ Between Azerbaijan and Armenia Begins to Boil

QUOTE: Since the early 1990s, Azerbaijan has been trying to regain control of Nagorno-Karabakh, a predominantly ethnic Armenian enclave within its borders, and secure the return of ethnic Azeris who were forced from their homes by war. A cease-fire has held since 1994...

New York Times
Oct 06, 2008 Newest Net Scam: Phony Grassroots Campaigns

QUOTE: There's no such thing as grassroots anymore. Everything is manipulated and fake. Sound cynical? Read on.

PC Magazine
Aug 20, 2008 NATO, Russia in war of words over Georgia

QUOTE: NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Tuesday that Russian forces were still inside Georgia, despite a European Union-brokered cease-fire agreement to withdraw -- and despite Moscow's saying it had begun pulling out Monday.

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 27, 2008 U.N. Blames Russia for Downed Drone

QUOTE: The United Nations report noted that the use of force by any third party, such as a fighter plane scrambled from Russia, is “fundamentally inconsistent” with Russia’s role as a peacekeeper and “undercuts the cease-fire and separation of forces regime.” It also raised “possible considerations under international law.”

New York Times
Apr 08, 2008 Moscow Killings Blamed on Racism: Non-Slavs Targeted, Rights Groups Say

QUOTE: The killing of [a Moscow man], which remains under investigation, is part of a wave of racially motivated murders in Moscow that has put the city's migrant communities on edge, particularly people from Central Asia, according to human rights groups. Easily singled out because of their non-Slavic appearance, Central Asian workers have borne the brunt of the attacks by skinheads and neo-Nazis.

Washington Post
Nov 02, 2007 Thousands Rally Against Georgia’s Once Popular President

QUOTE: Last year, Mr. Saakashvili and Parliament amended the Constitution to extend the Parliament’s term to next fall — officially, to align Parliament with the presidential election cycle — an act that the opposition said will make the legislature illegitimate when the term it was elected to expires in the spring.

New York Times
Jan 26, 2007 Kosovo Wins Support For Split From Serbia: U.S., European Allies Agree to Secession With Ongoing International Supervision

QUOTE: Nearly eight years after NATO warplanes intervened in a bitter ethnic conflict between Serbs and rebellious Kosovo Albanians in the former Yugoslavia, the United States and its European allies have agreed to support Kosovo's permanent secession from Serbia under continuing international supervision, according to senior U.S. and European officials. The decision is likely to lead, possibly as early as this summer, to the formal creation of a new Connecticut-size country in southeastern Europe with membership in the United Nations and, eventually, its own army

Washington Post
Jan 02, 2006 Russia Cuts Off Gas to Ukraine In Controversy Over Pricing: Move Raises Concerns About Energy Supply for Other European Countries

QUOTE: The state-controlled Russian energy giant Gazprom cut off the supply of natural gas to Ukraine...the standoff has a fraught political backdrop and could also have potentially far-reaching implications for Europe, which is increasingly dependent on Russia for natural gas.

Washington Post
Nov 18, 2005 Revival of Cossacks Casts Muslim Group Out of Russia to U.S.

QUOTE: Thousands of Muslims from a small ethnic group known as the Meskhetian Turks are fleeing this Black Sea region for the United States. The exodus is caused by what human rights groups call a campaign of persecution sanctioned by local authorities and spearheaded by the Cossacks, a Russian militia that fought for the czars and is being revived.

Washington Post
May 31, 2005 Russian Troops To Leave Georgia: Deal Struck on Pullout by 2008

QUOTE: Russia agreed Monday to a timetable for the withdrawal of its forces from two military bases in Georgia

Washington Post
Dec 10, 2003 A Documentary Records a Fierce Struggle for Power, Electric and Otherwise

QUOTE: Along the way the film captures the pathos of life without power; pensioners who could not afford to pay their monthly electricity bills of $24; the challenges of having the little power available go first to industrial plants reportedly owned by the relatives of Eduard A. Shevardnadze...

New York Times
Jan 21, 2003 Georgia Gov. in a Pickle Over Flag Pledge

QUOTE: If the Confederate battle flag rises again above Georgia, it would be the first time since the civil rights movement that a Southern state has resurrected a symbol so painful to many.

New York Times
Aug 23, 2002 Georgia School Board Requires Balance of Evolution and Bible

QUOTE: After an angry debate among parents, Georgia's second-largest school district adopted a policy last night that requires teachers to give a "balanced education" about the origin of life...

New York Times
Feb 28, 2002 Top Senate Democrats Question Bush's Handling of War Efforts

QUOTE: ...the Senate majority leader and two powerful committee chairman are questioning whether the White House is expanding its military effort without a clear explanation of its aims.

New York Times