What would it take for Russia to be #1?
Posted 06 September 2007 - 01:50 PM
"We warn the Israeli enemy government against this flagrant aggressive act, and retain the right to respond in an appropriate way,"
Posted 09 September 2007 - 10:51 AM
EU has become hostage to nationalistic sentiments of some members - Schroeder (Part 2)
MOSCOW. Sept 8 (Interfax) - Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has criticized the European Union for applying double standards in discussing problems of the U.S. missile defense system and sales of Polish meat to Russia.
Speaking in Moscow at a presentation ceremony of his memoirs, published in Russia on Saturday, Schroeder suggested that the European Union has become "a hostage to nationalistic anti-Russian interests of certain EU members."
"This concerns the Polish leadership and the leaders of a number of other EU countries," Schroeder said.
"The EU should reject these narrow-minded nationalistic interests to get rid of trends" obstructing the development of Russia's relations with the European Union and European integration, he said.
Speaking about the problem of the deployment of elements of the U.S. missile defense in Europe, Schroeder said, "Everything is being presented here as if this were only a problem for Poland, the Czech Republic and the U.S. and as if it were not a problem for the entire European Union.
"The lack of logic in these statements can be proven by the fact that the conflict over the sales of Polish meat to Russia is being described as a conflict at a European level," he said.
"Certain EU members use the European Union's position to resolve their own issues," Schroeder said.
"This is harmful to integration at a European level, because it is in Europe's interests to sometimes forget about the interests of individual countries. A lot will depend on whether we are able to convince our partners within the EU that membership of the European Union also requires that they remember common interests," he said.
Schroeder made his statement following remarks by two Russian political analysts, Vyacheslav Nikonov and Vitaly Tretyakov, who suggested that relations between Russia and the European Union "are experiencing an obvious crisis and have reached a dead end."
Nikonov, president of the Polity Foundation, compared the European Union to a caravan and cited an Oriental saying implying that "a caravan cannot go faster than the slowest camel."
"A number of very slow camels have appeared in the European Union of late, and some of them are even moving in a different direction," Nikonov said.
"These slowest camels are not only slowing down Russian-European integration, but are also complicating the situation within the EU itself," he said.
This crisis manifested itself especially vividly at the last EU- Russia summit, whose central subjects where "supplies of Argentine buffalo meat to Russia through Poland and the Estonian government's practice on excavating the graves of World War II heroes," Nikonov said.
"It is obvious that the agenda of the Russian-European relations should be different," he said.
Tretyakov said that the European Union's caravan "has lately been joined by some donkeys, the braying of which the caravan's leadership for some reason calls nightingale songs."
"Russian-European relations will take long to overcome this crisis, which will last at least several years or a period during which the current European leaders stay in power," Tretyakov said.
To uphold his point about a crisis in Russian-European relations, Tretyakov referred to the suspended negotiations on drawing up a new partnership and cooperation agreement. Tretyakov suggested that the existing one "will be simply extended."
Schroeder also said at the presentation ceremony that Russia does have certain problems, but without the politics pursued by the current Russian leadership, the domestic and foreign political situation could have worsened.
"We should think where Russia could have been today if the chaos of the 1990s had been perpetuated. Therefore we, the Europeans, should support Russia and stability inside Russia," Schroeder said.
"We should further expand our successful economic cooperation. To improve our security, we should combat international terrorism together, for instance, within the framework of joint peacekeeping missions," he said.
Posted 10 September 2007 - 01:56 PM
Sharif, who tried to return from exile to lead a campaign against President Pervez Musharraf, was ousted in a military coup by Musharraf in 1999.
Posted 10 September 2007 - 02:07 PM
The party will hold countrywide demon tomorrow against the government's move to deport Sharif
``No Pakistani can be denied the right to return to Pakistan,'' This is in ``direct confrontation with the Supreme Court,''.
Sharif was detained on three corruption cases pending against him,
Also i against Lepper who was against American defence system in Poland also were corruption charges.
Posted 10 September 2007 - 02:15 PM
The opposition leader is mounting a challenge to Musharraf, 64, who plans to run for a second-five year term in presidential elections before Oct. 15. Opposition to Musharraf's rule is at its strongest since he seized power almost eight years ago.
`Movement Against Musharraf'
. Musharraf ``is using brute force and all unconstitutional means to extend his term. Our struggle will continue until we succeed in removing Musharraf from power. There will be demonstrations and rallies against Musharraf from tomorrow.''
Posted 14 September 2007 - 02:19 PM
Now, guesting in Brooklyn, the Royal Shakespeare Company is giving us what director Trevor Nunn doubtless perceives as echt Chekhov: a mostly comic, indeed farcical, mounting of ``The Seagull,'' arguably Chekhov's saddest play.
You have your chance to decide who was right: Chekhov or Stanislavski.
Posted 17 September 2007 - 05:06 PM
Posted 17 September 2007 - 05:10 PM
The Duma on September 14 passed in its first reading a bill that would limit foreign control of enterprises in "strategic sectors" of the economy. The bill, which passed by a vote of 330-1, would block foreign firms from acquiring majority control of enterprises is in some 39 sectors, including aerospace and defense.
Posted 20 September 2007 - 05:04 PM
The legislation also would bar foreign companies, such as Gazprom or Algeria's Sonatrach, from controlling energy networks unless their home states agree with the EU to open up their domestic markets in "reciprocal" fashion
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