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AFP: US dimisses Georgian elections as illegitimate Comments Off

Posted on August 30, 2011 by Sharon K. Gilbert

WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States on Monday dismissed elections in Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia as illegitimate, and renewed support for what it called Georgia’s internationally-recognized borders.

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Real Life Risk: Assad and Abdullah Join the Game Comments Off

Posted on August 21, 2008 by Sharon K. Gilbert

By SHARON K. GILBERT
August 21, 2008

WHILE the US media hold their collective breath awaiting Vice Presidential revelations from Obama and McCain, a strategic meeting is taking place in the resort town of Sochi, Russia.

This bustling vacation spot lies nestled against the majestic Caucasus Mountains, and serves as an important Russian access point to the Black Sea. Ironically, Sochi was once called the Kingdom of Egrisi and formed the western rank of ancient Georgia. Ceded to Russia following the Crimean War, Sochi grew prominent as a resort town during the reign of Joseph Stalin, who built a second home, or dacha, there. Vladimir Putin continued in Stalin’s tradition, at least where Sochi is concerned, investing large sums to modernize the city. Olympics fans may find the name ‘Sochi’ ringing bells. The sprawling resort has been named host city for the 2014 Winter Games.

So, why would such a beautiful, harmless city be at the center of geopolitics?

Read the full article at Sharon’s website

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