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Press TV – Bush interested in Georgia to sell McCain Sunday, 31 August, 2008

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Press TV – Bush interested in Georgia to sell McCain.

Duma State Deputy Sergey Markov

The following is Press TV’s exclusive interview with Russia’s Duma State Deputy Sergey Markov.

Press TV: Mr. Markov, looking at the situation, this conflict has so far produced a spiral of action-reaction from both sides. The larger danger here is one side taking an action and the other side reacting strongly to it, perhaps militarily. Is this where this is ultimately heading?

Markov: I wouldn’t agree. I think that the real part of the conflict is Russia and the United States, and they did react already. Too much. Now they change by using strong words but no actions. Russia withdrew its troops, and we see that the US reaction is also not so sharp. That’s why we can predict that maybe there will be no development in this conflict. It is really a conflict between Russia and the United States because of the United States initiative. We predicted that maybe the Washington administration will make another provocation. Maybe they will give weapons to the war criminal, Mikhail Saakashvili, but we believe that before this criminal regime of Mikhail Saakashvili will be armed and equipped again, the election campaign in the United States will be over and the new president will be not so interested in this war in the Caucasus because the main goal is the election of John McCain and stopping Barack Obama in the United States presidential elections. (more…)

Who risks more, Russia or West? Saturday, 30 August, 2008

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Press TV – Who risks more, Russia or West?.

The following is Press TV’s exclusive interview with Vladimir Sotnikov from the Centre for International Security in Moscow.

Press TV: Tbilisi has ended ties with Moscow. How does this move add to the tension that already exists between Russia and Georgia?

Sotnikov: I would like to say that this is wholly Georgia’s decision to stop the diplomatic relations between the Russian Federation and Georgia and Georgia is to blame. I think for Georgians it will be bad to do during this diplomatic crisis which followed after the short war between Russia and Georgia and it would be better to keep up the diplomatic relations and to conduct negotiations. As the ordinary Georgians say it’s better to have a close friend which is your neighbor than to have a close friend which is an outside power.

Press TV: There is a military build up in the Black Sea and Russia is also seeking military bases in South Ossetia. What are the West and Russia both demanding from these moves?

Sotnikov:According to the situation which is now in the Black Sea, we have several NATO warships and Russian Black Sea fleets now is in position. I think that the NATO seeks a situation where it can control the movements of the Russian fleet in the Black Sea and Russia would like to prevent the possible breaking up of this truce by Georgia and the possible situation when Georgians could again be in a state of war with South Ossetia and Abkhazia. (more…)

Americans bewitched by Obama’s fairy tails Friday, 29 August, 2008

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Press TV – Americans bewitched by Obama’s fairy tails.

By Afshin Rattansi

As Barack Obama made his speech before nearly 84,000 of his supporters at a Denver stadium as the official Democratic nominee, Press TV asked the former Alaska senator, Mike Gravel about the Illinois senator’s promises.

Press TV: Mike Gravel, what’s your thoughts about Obama’s speech?

Gravel: Well it is a political speech and where there is the political speech by the person campaigning for president of France…of Britain…it is what you should expect and its so typically American and as you pointed out you know these conventions paid for not only by Corporate America, I mean, they got enough power to go ahead and appropriate federal funds for this and state funds and local funds so the taxpayers pay for this pep rally not as much as the Corporate America. In fact, you see, what is worse than that, you can not find out the details of these corporate sponsors for ninety days. So you can not really make a case for this.

You were rattling off some names earlier but there is a lot more detail than that to be discovered and it would be by the time it comes up. This is capitalism at its best and at its worst. (more…)

‘Neocons only want state contracts without bid’ Friday, 29 August, 2008

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Press TV – ‘Neocons only want state contracts without bid’.

By Afshin Rattansi ,Press TV, Tehran

American essayist and politician Gore Vidal believes there has never been democracy in the United States. In his opinion the political system in the country is a machine of brainwashing…

Press TV: Gore Vidal perhaps they have been reading your work and some how misinterpreted it. I hear that Democratic National Committee has designed the podium where Obama is due to speak like ancient Rome. Is that a wise move?

Vidal: We have an old American expression “that’s asking for it.” I think to pretend or to bring out some Roman columns is a little too pointed and a little too delicate right now, we should be much more worried about the end of the Roman Empire which was bankruptcy due to the overextended wars which meant overextended military power and that of course brought that great experiment to an end.

Press TV: They also say it is the most expensive in history. What do you think Senator Obama owes his financial backers who are financing his campaign? (more…)

Duma deputy warns of ‘McCain paranoia’ Friday, 29 August, 2008

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Press TV – Duma deputy warns of ‘McCain paranoia’.

By Afshin Rattansi, Press TV, Tehran

The following is an exclusive Press TV interview with Russian Duma Deputy Sergei Markov on Russia’s recognition of the breakaway Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states:

Q: I noticed across the wires that the United States says Russia’s recognition is unacceptable.

A: I think now the United States’ administration work not for the United Stats’ interests but for the interest of Republican presidential candidate John McCain and Dick Cheney, who without any real cause started the war in Iraq and is ready to start a war with Iran. They want to create an impression of the cold war with Russia. From our point of view South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which have never in their entire history been a part of independent Georgia, have more right to independence than Kosovo. The United States imposed independence of Kosovo on Serbia. It was not a matter of vote. (more…)

US believes it can ‘do no wrong’ Wednesday, 27 August, 2008

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Press TV – US believes it can ‘do no wrong’.

By Afshin Rattansi

Press TV’s Afshin Rattansi interviews former Director of CIA Regional and Political Analysis, Bill Christison, on the failures of US foreign policy and the possibility of change under a new US president.

Press TV: I understand the US media is very concerned about Obama’s choice for Vice-President. Obama is a man who supports more troops in Afghanistan do you think his campaign workers know that so many Afghan children have been killed by US-backed forces in the past 24 hours?

Bill Christison: I doubt that most of them do. And those who know don’t really care that much. It’s a terrible tragedy that the United States is continuing this war in Afghanistan. This is a war that unquestionably when it started in 2001, 9 out of 10 human beings living in Afghanistan did not know anything about Osama bin Laden. Despite the efforts of so many people trying to prevent this war from happening, thousands of Afghan people have been killed and now the democratic contender for the presidency in the United States wants to make a bigger war in Afghanistan than there is today. I have to confess to you, a great many people in the United States will support this war. I want to emphasise that I personally and many other Americans are totally against it but I think people in other countries have to realise that an equal or perhaps greater number of Americans want to continue this war in Afghanistan. There are too many people in the United States that think the war in Afghanistan is a “good” war, even though they will admit that the War in Iraq was not a good war. But it is a tragedy that so many children were killed. This is not the last time this will undoubtedly happen more until the US government reaches some meaningful understanding of what’s going on in the world today and changes almost every aspect of its foreign policies in the Middle East and Central Asia. (more…)

Time for political horses to leave Pakistan Wednesday, 27 August, 2008

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Press TV – Time for political horses to leave Pakistan.
By Afsaneh Ostovar, Press TV, Tehran

In a televised public address on Monday Aug 18, Pakistan’s Pervez Musharraf pronounced his resignation as president in order to not face the impeachment threat posed by Pakistan’s new government.

He said his resignation would serve the interest of his nation and prevent a domestic crisis in the country. The country will enter a new stage as Musharraf’s successor will be elected by Pakistan’s parliament and four provincial assemblies in early September.

The following is an exclusive interview with Dr. Ghulam Taqi Bangash, Professor of History and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Peshawar University.

Q. Despite his claims that he would never give in to pressure, Pervez Musharraf stepped down. What made him resign?

A. Politicians tell lies. If you trace his rule, you will find many such lies. At a time when the law and order situation was terrible and the country was in an economic mess, he told the public that everything is fine and nothing is wrong and that it was only a propaganda by his opponents. (more…)

Press TV – Biden’s record on US wars Wednesday, 27 August, 2008

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Press TV – Biden’s record on US wars.
By Junot Castelyn and Will Young, Press TV, Tehran

Barack Obama’s choice of Joe Biden for his running mate presents a reassuring face to those concerned about Obama’s relative naivety. What is tragic for the antiwar movement is that Biden’s long years as a Washington foreign policy insider reflect deep-rooted support for US military intervention to achieve geopolitical aims.

IRAQ

Unlike Barack Obama, Biden supported Republicans in holding that Iraq posed both “a long term threat and a short term threat” to the United States. Biden was reminded of the statement in an interview last year, long after the disinformation on Iraqi WMD had come to light. He replied, “that’s right, and I was correct about that.”

Biden, along with most Democrats, also voted in favor of the war funding bill in May 2007. At the time, Biden was himself running for president and criticized Obama for voting against the bill. Biden tried to hedge his bets, saying he “didn’t like” the bill he had just voted for, effectively saying he had voted for a bill he didn’t agree with.

Since the botched invasion and the subsequent pains of occupation, Biden has been an advocate of the fatally flawed “three-state solution” which Iraqis have criticized as a recipe for wars over borders, resources and multicultural cities like Baghdad and Kirkuk.

AFGHANISTAN

Borrowing the terminology of the Bush administration, Biden advocates what he calls a “strategic surge” in Afghanistan. “We need more troops-but not many” and “the right kind of troops,” Biden said, echoing Barack Obama’s criticism of Iraq as a “dumb” war.

His military hardware want list for the Afghan project reads like a Lockheed Martin promotional catalogue. Biden believes that US forces need “more fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters for mobility, more surveillance drones, more satellite tasking, more [armored vehicles] for troop protection.”

Years on the CFR have not gone to waste in developing in Biden a high-handedness well suited to the US military-industrial complex, “the Afghans are patient people, but they’re not seeing an effort worthy of a superpower.”

IRAN

On Iran, Biden is equivocal. In line with mainstream American opinion, he is opposed to Iran’s nuclear program but vague on the military option. Though refusing to rule it out, Biden has called it a “bad option” – reminiscent of the Iraq war funding bill which Biden voted for but “didn’t like.”

In perhaps the only foreign policy issue which clearly differentiates him from the Republicans, Biden has said that talking about regime change has, “accelerated [Iran’s] efforts to get the bomb”.

But Biden’s foreign policy expertise didn’t extend to knowledge of Iran’s cultural make-up. “America needs to show the Arab world that we’re not bent on its destruction,” he declared in 2001. Iranians are Persians, not Arabs.

ISRAEL AND PALESTINE

Just like Obama with his speeches to AIPAC and the Knesset, Joe Biden has passed the initiation rite into the highest reaches of US politics by giving his unequivocal support to Israel.

“I am a Zionist. You don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist,” Biden told Israel’s Shalom TV in 2007. In the same interview, Biden gave a stark justification of supporting Israel in terms of economising on the US military presence in the Middle East.

“Imagine our circumstance in the world were there no Israel. How many battleships would there be? How many troops would be stationed?” he asked.

In other remarks, Biden has said Palestinians have to accept Israel’s refusal on the right of return for Palestinian refugees, saying that this would “destroy the Jewish nature of the [Israeli] state.” Balancing this, he also said that Israel would have to dismantle “most” of its settlements in the occupied territories.

Barack Obama’s Iraq war pullout smokescreen gave him a critical edge in his defeat of Hillary Clinton. The danger now is that Joe Biden’s long years serving the Senate Council on Foreign Relations blur the truth of his consistent support for US wars.

Consequences of Musharraf resignation Sunday, 24 August, 2008

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Press TV – Consequences of Musharraf resignation.Sun, 24 Aug 2008 13:11:29 GMT
By Arash Zahedi, Press TV, Tehran

Pakistani parliament member Mushahid Hussain

The following is an exclusive Press TV interview with Pakistani parliament member Mushahid Hussain on the latest political developments in Pakistan:

Q: I’m joined live by Mushahid Hussain from Islamabad. Mr. Hussain welcome to Press TV. Whose is going to be the next president?

A: Well, I think the ruling coalition has a problem on that issue, and I would reckon that the main partner of the coalition, the Pakistan People’s Party of Mr. Zardari will decide the presidential candidate. And so far as I know and I can say is that Mr. Zardari himself has been giving what I would call presidential looks. Whether these will really mature into a quest for presidency, only time will tell.

Q: What consequences will the resignation of President Musharraf have?

A: Well I think that the most significant consequence of President Musharraf’s resignation is that he was the glue who held the coalition together because he was the common enemy of Mr. Sharif and Mr. Zardari. They were united by their hatred toward President Musharraf. Now that he is no longer there, I think that the future of the coalition is bleak, and that I find as the most significant consequence, politically at home, of President Musharraf’s resignation. (more…)

US seeks control over Pak nukes Sunday, 24 August, 2008

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Press TV – US seeks control over Pak nukes.

Sun, 24 Aug 2008 12:58:01 GMT
By Kaveh Taghavi, Press TV, Tehran

Hamid Gul

The following is Press TV’s exclusive full-length interview with Hamid Gul, a retired general who served as head of the Pakistani military’s Inter-Service Intelligence, on his opinion about the reason behind the recent escalating violence in Pakistan.

Press TV: Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif are seemingly bracing for a long-term political struggle there, would this provide the militants with the opportunity to perhaps fan the flames of violence and insecurity in Pakistan?

Gul:Well, actually this political turmoil is going to destabilize Pakistan as much as the American pressure is doing because American pressure is on Pakistan’s government to engage Islamic forces against, what they describe as militants, people who want to do Jihad inside Afghanistan along with their brethren.

So, this is a very complex situation and at this time we need stability the most, and these two coalitions have come together. It was a good omen for Pakistan. But unfortunately it is slipping out of hand. (more…)