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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Two American journalists found a dead protester on Rustaveli Ave left to die, after having been apparently beaten to death by police. Only because of the journalists’ indignation and insistence did medical assistance arrive. Nonetheless, it was too late, now realizing the man was stone cold dead. It is clear that no attempts were made to provide CPR, the police and medics quickly focused on threatening the journalists and preventing them from taking more photos of the dead body.
They then instructed an ambulance to relocate, as they wanted to block security forces and other media from having a clear view of the body laying lifeless on the curbside. Apparently the intention was to prevent the now shouting American journalist from being heard, blocking him pointing to the drenched and cold body as “being a human being and not a piece of trash.”Jeffrey K. Silverman, freelance journalist, 20 years in Georgia was first on the crime scene; photo (s) taken by Ian F. Carver.
A protester lies lifeless on the streets of Tbilisi - Photo by Ian Carver
Sunday, May 22, 2011
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Sunday, May 15, 2011
Van Hoeylandt claims to be a former Rhodes Scholar, a former manager at the ultra-exclusive consulting firm McKinsey & Co., and at one time, a journalist covering the Rwanda massacre (:it is likely that nobody has checked whether his CV claims are true or not:.). He is known to have high-ranking friends, especially inside the USEmbassy (it is believed the USAmbassador is an admirer). Van Hoeylandt always speaks in a low slow voice, to convey an impression of calm and sophistication. He also has gained attention by squiring around Kabula blonde bombshell half his age. He is always dressed to perfection. ARF is a temporary fund, meaning that after a certain number of years it will be dissolved and the principal and earnings will be redistributed among the participating investors. Source believes the term of the fund is eight years. A number of sucker multinational donors have invested money in this fund, captivated by Van Hoeylandt's charm and impeccable "credentials." Chief among these, of course, is USAID (in Afghanistanalways willing to throw money at anybody with a "bright idea"), which invested million in 2004 through a now terminated agriculture project. Other investors are Asian Development Bank, the Canadian development organization, and others. This despite the fact that venture capital funds in general have had an embarrassing record in these parts of the world. It is unclear total level of donor involvement versus that of private investors, but total capitalization of fund is million, so USAID alone contributed 25% of the total. Van Hoeylandt has set up a very tricky scheme, whereby donors are in a more disadvantageous position compared to the private investors. Payments to the private investors take precedence over any payment to donor investors. The donor funds were there to "protect" the investments of the private investors.
The USAID "investment" was of an even more unusual nature. It appears that there is no requirement that it will ever be repaid. In other words, what may remain from that million will be divvied up among the private investors. If they just don't lose the money, they stand to make a million dollar bonanza. It is unclear if other donor "investments" obey this same pattern. Naturally, Mr. Van Hoeylandt is the leading private investor in the fund. Others are reputedly "Afghan-Americans" with links to the warlords. The cavalier generosity of the donors was not limited to investment. They also provided quite a bit of money in operational grants. It should be noted that managers of the fund have been assigned very high salaries, to "compensate them for the difficulty of prudently handling these investments in this inhospitable environment." Van Hoeylandt, as General Manager of ARF, assigned himself a by no means meager income of 100,000 per year plus many other benefits, and several other key managers have salaries above 80,000. The donor operational grants went to pay for this, the fund itself did not have to do anything on its own. Number of investments made by the ARF to Afghan business as of late November 2006: 0
AND THEN THEY WONDER WHY AFGHANS WANT THE TALIBAN BACK.
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Friday, May 6, 2011
(See screengrab from the Georgian public broadcasting showing Cobra light armored vehicles at the police force parade in Batumi, May 6)
These are the specs...
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Unfortunately there is no body, as they took it several hundred miles (at least) and dropped it in the sea - so they say. No doubt some grainy photos or video will be released showing something getting dropped in the sea, somewhere. Thrown in the sea about 800 miles from where he was "killed" - the bloggers are all over this story, having a field day. As one commentator put it - the crap's coming out faster than we can shovel, and it's probably going to hit the fan very soon.
Whatever they do next can be easily blamed on retaliation for the so-called "killing" of Bin Laden, never mind that he's been dead for years.
Anyway - it's all over the news unfortunately, and everyone seems to be thanking their own personal god (the one which kills all their enemies) that he is dead. So much for "thou shalt not kill" - They should read Mark Twain's "War Prayer" - everyone should.
They said they did a super-quick DNA test (presumably they had a lock of his beard or something to match it against?) and also identified him through facial features (nose? check! two ears? check!). It's all bullshit. They reckon this 6' 3" guy with one of the most instantly recognizable faces in the world had been staying at this nice house (which happens to be near an army base) for the past 6 months. I did see another report which said he'd been killed a week ago, but I really can't be bothered to read about it. All I can think is that some big shit is about to hit the fan and they have the perfect excuse now - retaliation for the death of Bin Laden.
India's just pissed the US off by not inviting Boeing/Lockheed to bid for a huge fighter jet order (the US Ambassador to India actually resigned the same day it was announced) so maybe some shit will fly to India. And who knows what is going to happen with Syria? Aren't there now plenty of humanitarian grounds for a UN resolution to be drawn up to do a Libya on them, which would draw Iran into the fight, then who knows what Russia and China will do, who have already lost out on big deals with Libya. Does not Russia park their ships in Syria these days?
It's like a lot of geopolitical earthquakes going on all at once - like it's building up for the big one. All what can be is pretty mundane, like all the Joe six-pack of the world say after these international events: Leaders of the world are "lying to us." Nothing new, they "know more than they say." in brief, all what is being said is nothing but a good old time "conspiracy theory."
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