Sunday, April 29, 2012

Why put a bio weapons lab in Tbilisi Georgia? Bechtel National!!!

Will the US Government use Georgia as staging area for bio warfare against Iran?

Bechtel Inc.
4, Freedom Square Tbilisi, Georgia

Joni Simonishvli

Why put a bio weapons lab in a place of all places, Tbilisi Georgia?

According to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE, Organisation Mondiale de la Santé Animale), Georgian and U.S. microbiologists and virologists are conducting joint research into the cholera virus in Georgia. Bodies participating in this project include the United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID, Fort Detrick) and the Georgian Institute of Bacteriophage, Microbiology and Virology. This project is thus best classified as being military rather than public health in nature, according to international experts and local alike. 

It's really strange that USAMRIID (a military research organization which studies the possibilities of using microorganisms as biological weapons) is the Georgian side's main partner in this research. According to the Italian information resource "Wanted in Rome", it is being conducted in a secret laboratory near Tbilisi, in Alexeevka village, another peculiarity in work supposedly designed for public health benefit.

Officially this facility, called the "Central Laboratory for Animal Health" was opened in September 2004. Its construction reportedly cost more than 100 million USD but further information about its activities is completely classified. It is also clear that the construction cost increased due to shoddy workmanship and the grave public health concerns this raised. Now it has been renamed a Central Reference Lab – which is even more impressive than one designed to deal with bird flu and hoof and mouth disease – all part of the subterfuge.
"The construction of this laboratory in Georgia was driven by its geographical position and need," U.S. Ambassador to Georgia John Bass said in a recent interview. However, as one journalist with close knowledge of this facility has confirmed it real nature, “unless you've got a lab flying the stars and stripes next to a mountain of cute dead bunnies, such a story is hard to sell”. The one thing we do know about it is that, according to all the official sources, the lab will not be used for bio weapons research, as was initially reported in the Georgian press, U.S.-Funded 100 mln Bio Lab Opens in Tbilisi,

According to European and American journalists, the laboratory in Georgia is part of a chain of such institutions established by the Americans in Eastern Europe. Thailand, Egypt and Kenya are strategically important for the United States nowadays, as Thailand is the USA’s Asian foothold, Egypt is a bulwark against further uncontrolled Arab revolutions and Kenya is the American influence-spreading base in East Africa and the Indian Ocean. Georgia’s proximity to the Russian and Iranian borders was most likely the key factor in the decision to construct a laboratory on its territory. It is likely not happenstance that the facility is very near Tbilisi International Airport.

Three years after the construction of the laboratory an African swine fever epidemic suddenly broke out in Georgia. Coincidence or not, there have also been isolated outbreaks of rabbit fever and other deadly diseases in recent years, which is not usual for this region. The outbreak of swine fever mainly impacted the region of Samtskhe-Javakheti, where the ethnic Armenian population is concentrated. In addition, a new strain of swine flu, H3N2, was identified in Georgia in early 2011.

Experts consider the cholera virus to be the biological weapon of the future, mainly because of its ability to infect a significant number of people in a short time, the possibility of re-infection throughout life, and the 50 percent mortality rate of those left without treatment and the lack of an effective vaccine which can be widely produced at short notice.

Naturally, this fact could have significant application for US foreign policy in the region – and if so, this would not be the first time that the US government has engaged in bio warfare or illegal wars and genocide. One only needs to revisit the plight of the American Indians, who were deliberately given blankets from smallpox hospitals as part of a campaign of wholesale murder of Native Americans.

However, how may not be a bad time to cut loose a bio infection, as so many people are looking in so many other directions, US elections are growing closer and the Israeli lobby is running out of steam for preemptive bombing attacks against Iran. Moreover,  it may serve a political payoff, and even help the NATO and US war effort in the Arab World; the PR machine is being slowed down a bit these days by the flack coming from unintended consequences of possible US military operations. There are better ways to get the same results in taking over the oil resources of the Arab world - and the most bang for the buck, at least for stockholders in Bechtel National.  There may no longer be any choice but to get nasty - anything is possible, even anthrax type attacks, and naturally it will be assumed that one of the crazy Arab leaders who had a weapons program must have had a few petri dishes which were overlooked, the US and its NATO allies would never had cut lose with bio weapons. 

In the final analysis of what is not fairly certain a bio weapons program under the flimsy disguise of civilian ersearch, however, one must keep in mind that “to build counter-agents you must first have the weaponized grade material or "infecting agent", which means that they have to predict or know what someone might use (the storage vats they have in Georgia are important for this) and then build a counter-agent. The question is, “if the counter agent is already prepared, and if not it is just a matter of timing.”

You may not find a lab flying the stars and stripes next to a mountain of cute dead bunnies, but soon you may find piles of bodies of dead Georgians and others living in its neighborhood in the Near East as a result of this collaborative joint effort. Don't worry, as Bechtel has made provision for getting rid of bodies on site that is up to the standards of German efficiency in the final solution. 

But all of this is open source stuff, and currently in line with known US policy. It's easy to argue that because Georgia is amok with chem-bio nasties that make it the ideal place to spend millions soaking up all those idle brains and empty labs and putting them to (good/bad) OUR use. It is easier to argue, however, Georgia is grey zone for bio weapons research that can be used for political ends – including and bio warfare against Iran and the Arab world.

Nonetheless, just many dots do you need to connect, even the last part is about the bio lab -reference lab, as in open sourced documents. This begs the question, "what did I miss? It says Central Reference Laboratory. I read the entire thing word-for-word. I like the brains before brawn. However, there is no way Georgians will have brains before brawn, when easy money and US foreign policy is involved.  Now three years of military study for officers, is that enough.

Hmmmm. I know that the CRL has two BioSafety Level-3 areas and three BioSafety Level-2 areas. One day it will be fully operational for research. I would really like to doubt our Georgian and American government would put our most sensitive future research in the hands of the Georgians. It is simply not going to happen. Why create future bio-agents when we have the knowledge from the cold war and specimens already frozen if some crazy leader wanted to go biological in a fight. The modern fight is PR, Air Force 2st, Army 3nd, sprinkled with Special Forces in hot zones.

The bigger story is that the lab still does not work, and at this rate, with Italians now involved, known for their efficiency, even to the level of Turkish companies, and lab might not work until 2013. Meanwhile Bechtel National has "gotten rich" and the world is a less safe place than ever before. Why put a bio weapons lab in a place of all places, Georgia?

Detail article in Georgian

გამარჯობათ , ვარ უცხოელი ურნალისტი  ჯეფრი სილვერმენი მაქვს სტატია ამერიკის ბიოლოგიოურ საიდუმლო ლაბორატორიებთან დაკავშირებით და თუ დაინტერესდებით მომწერეთ მეილზე და გადმოგიგზავნით>
biologiuri iaraRis axali Taoba nacrisfer zonaSi!

amerikuli laboratoriebis saidumlo qseli saqarTvelosa da yofili sabWoTa kavSiris qveynebSi did eWvs badebs. es laboratoriebi namdvilad emsaxureba TavdacviT da mSvidobian mizans, rogorc amas aSS-is mTavroba da Bechtel National-i irwmunebian Tavdacvis grZelvadiani xelSekrulebis safuZvelze, Tu maTi saqmianoba did safrTxes qmnis, an aris Tu ara saziano da momakvdinebeli? zogi adamiani amtkicebs, rom am laboratoriebSi tardeba kvlevebi yvelaze saSiS iaraRze, romelic odesme Seqmnila.

kavkasiis regioni aSS-sTvis idealuri adgilmdebareoba iqneboda misi “nacrisferi zonis” kvlevis wyaros „auTsorsingisTvis“ (saqmianobis gareT gatanas). qarTveli sagamoZiebo Jurnalistebis informaciiT, bevri kiTxva arsebobs Tbilisis saerTaSoriso aeroportis axlos arsebuli dawesebulebis garSemo.
Tumca, sanam sakiTxs CavuRrmavdebiT, unda vicodeT, rom iaraRis dasamzadeblad saWiro yvelaze “mimzidveli” virusebisa da baqteriebis umravlesoba bunebrivad cxovrobs am regionSi. amrigad, kavkasiis regioni aris is adgili, sadac SesaZlebelia maTi siRrmiseuli Seswavla bunebriv pirobebSi.
garda amisa, es aris regioni, romelic cnobilia „Savi bazris“ ekonomikiTa da trefikingiT, korufciuli mTavrobebiTa da adgiliT, sadac demokratiisa da samoqalaqo sazogadoebis ararseboba aadvilebs msofliosgan bevri ramis damalvis SesaZleblobas, rom araferi vTqvaT,  zogadad - qarTuli sazogadoebisgan da imaTgan, vinc am STambeWdavi da saidumlo dawesebulebis siaxloves cxovrobs.
Tbilisis aeroportis axlos mdebare uzarmazari nageboba TiTqmis amoqmedebulia. aSS-is samxedroebma Tavdapirvelad daaxloebiT 150 milioni aSS dolari daxarjes am kvleviTi laboratoriis asaSeneblad da es xarjebi aseve moicavda arakvalificiuri muSaxelis gadamzadebas.
am laboratoriaSi adgilobriv da saerTaSoriso Jurnalistebs ar uSveben da xSirad araswor informacias awvdian laboratoriis saqmianobis Sesaxeb. aSS-ma izruna - moespo gadamowmebis meqanizmi, romelic  SesaZleblobas miscemda saerTaSoriso sazogadoebas kavkasiis regionSi amerikelebis mier mSenebare axali laboratoriebis Sesaxeb informaciis mosapoveblad da amiT ugulebelyo SiSi faqtori, rac amerikuli samxedro strategiis interesSi ar Sedis.
ras warmoadgens es laboratoria da ratom badebs is amden eWvs? is mdebareobs aleqseevkaSi, romelic warmoadgens mitovebul sabWoTa samxedro bazas. amJamad, is aris patara dasaxleba, Tbilisis gareubanSi, sadac sul ramodenime aTasi kaci cxovrobs. es xalxi, axali nagebobidan sul raRac erTi milis radiusis moSorebiT arian daSorebulebi. Tbilisis biolaboratoria –ra aris aq sanerviulo?
amerikelebma axali laboratoria saqarTvelos xelisuflebasTan erTad aaSenes Tbilisis gareubanSi, saerTaSoriso aeroportis axlos, aSS-s Tavdacvis უწყების, “beqtel nacionalisa” (Bechtel National)  da sxva kontraqtorebis daxmarebiT. informaciis wyaro, romelic am laboratoriaSi muSaobs, ambobs, rom am dawesebulebas qarTvelebi ar marTaven.
adgilobrivebma 2004 wels gaaprotestes laboratoriis mSenebloba, zogierTs gaJonvis eSinoda, zogic eWvobda, rom axal laboratoriaSi biologiur iaraRs Seqmnidnen. saqarTvelos mwvaneTa partiis lideri giorgi gaCeCilaZe am gamosvlebis erT-erTi xelmZRvaneli iyo. igi ewinaaRmdegeba am laboratoriis mSeneblobas da SeSfoTebulia misi gasaidumloebiTa da araswori informaciis gavrcelebiT.
axal laboratoriaSi ucxoeli Jurnalistebi arc amerikelma TanamSromlebma da arc saqarTvelos mTavrobis warmomadgenlebma SeuSves. gamoZiebis mimdinareobis periodSi maT damabneveli informacia miawodes maT, ise rom rTuli yofiliyo am Temaze statiis dawera, Tundac mecnierul doneze, radga arc erTi myari argumenti ar iyo mocemuli. 
magaliTisTvis, janmrTelobis dacvis ministrma (romelic am proeqtze formalurad agebs pasuxs) ganacxada, rom axal laboratorias araferi aqvs saerTo birTvuli iaraRis gauvrceleblobasTan, maSin rodesac sawyobSi aRmoCenil iqna amerikis SeerTebuli Statebis Tavdacvis safrTxis Semcirebis saagentos ((DTRA) mier damzadebuli didi plakatebi, romlebic axsna-ganmartebas iZleva, Tu rogor unda moxdes paTogenebis dacva gavrcelebis Tavidan asacileblad.
internetSi ganTavsebuli statiebidan mkiTxvels SeuZlia aseve Seityos, rom proeqtis adreul etapze laboratorias marTavda saqarTvelos Tavdacvis saministro, maSin rodesac, is axla jandacvis saministros daqvemdebarebaSia. amerikelma senatorma riCard lugarma, romelsac mniSvnelovani wvlili miuZRvis birTvuli iaraRis gauvrceleblobis saqmeSi, saqarveloSi misi erT-erTi vizitis Sesaxeb angariSSi es laboratoria moixsenia rogorc “biologiuri iaraRis sawyobi”.   
amerikis Tavdacvis safrTxis Semcirebis saagento, romelic aSS-s Tavdacvis saministros eqvemdebareba, aris mTavari organizacia, romelmac daafinansa es proeqti da akontrolebs mas da msgavs dawesebulebebs kavkasiaSi, ukrainasa da uzbekeTSi. proeqti, rogorc es oficialurad saxeldeba, miznad isaxavs daavadebebis afeTqebis kerebis swrafad aRmoCenas, iqneba es SemTxveviTi, bunebrivi Tu winaswar ganzraxuli (terorizmi).
saagentom, (DTRA), romelic cnobilia rogorc Nunn-Lugar – saqmianoba daiwyo yofili sabWoTa kavSiris qveynebSi masobrivi ganadgurebis iaraRis aRmofxvris mizniT. axla ki zrunavs Seqmnas damcavi meqanizmi daavadebebis afeTqebebis winaaRmdeg, iqneba es bunebrivi Tu terorizmis Sedegad warmoqmnili. aSS cdilobs ori mimarTulebis gaerTianebas. axali biologiuri fari aris sapasuxo qmedeba ganviTarebis etapze, romlis detalebi kvlavac bundovani rCeba.  
ratom saqarTveloSi?
aleqseevkis laboratoriaSi dabinavdeba saSiSi paTogenuri mikroorganizmebi, romlic sabWoTa periodSi Savi Wiris winaaRmdeg brZolis sistemis narCenebs warmoadgen. am narCenebs mniSvnelovani roli hqonda biologiuri iaraRis kvlevis procesSi, rogorc amas amtkicebs kaliforniis Statis montereis iaraRis gauvrceleblobis centris mkvlevari reimond zilinskasi.
aleqseevkis laboratoriaSi paTogenebis Senaxvis erT-erTi mizezi aris is, rom TbilisSi erT dros arsebobda didi dawesebuleba, sadac maimunebze atarebdnen kvlevebs paTogenuri mikroorganizmebis gamosacdelad. arsebobda aseve vaqcinis qarxana “biokombinati,” romlis iaraRis sawarmod gardaqmna ramodenime saaTSi iyo SesaZlebeli. es qarxana mogvianebiT daxura amerikulma saagentom, Tumca Tbilisis Savi Wiris winaaRmdeg brZolis sadgurSi daculi paTogenuri mikroorganizmebis didi koleqcia cocxlad Seinaxes da axlaxan gadaitanes axal biologiur laboratoriaSi, romelsac  oficialurad ewoda “centraluri daniSnulebis laboratoria” – jandacvisa da mikrobiologebisaTvis nacnobi termini. Tumca, “biomoSuSva” ufro Sesatyvisi iqneboda am laboratoriis saqmianobis asawerad.
termini gansazRvravs laboratorias, sadac cocxlad inaxeba bunebriv pirobebSi warmoqmnili virusebisa da baqteriebis nimuSebi, imisTvis rom eqimebma da medicinis muSakebma isini Seadaron pacientebis sisxlis nimuSebs. aseTi laboratoria mniSvnelovania daavadebebis uecari afeTqebisas (rogoricaa globaluri epidemia) swrafi reagirebis mosaxdenad. amrigad, aucilebelia iseTi laboratoriis arseboba, sadac inaxeba mikroorganizmebis cocxali nimuSebi da romelic axlos aris im adgilTan, sadac amas saWiroeba moiTxovs.

mecnierebi, romlebic “centraluri daniSnulebis laboratorias” gamoiyeneben, amboben, rom am laboratoriaSi kvlevebic Catardeba. biologiuri iaraRis gauvrceleblobis eqspertebs aucileblad daainteresebT am kvlevebis arsi maSin, Tuki laboratoria imuSavebs nivTierebebis genetikurad modificirebaze, am SemTxvevaSi namdvilad arsebobs mizezi  gangaSis asatexad.   

aSS-is Tavdacvis saagentoA
leqseevkis laboratoria erTaderTi ar aris saqarTveloSi. arsebobs kidev ramdenime msgavsi dawesebuleba. maT mSeneblobas awarmoebs Bechtel National-i (saerTo Rirebuleba 2009 wlis gazafxulis monacemebiT ganisazRvra 180 aSS. dolaris odenobiT). kompaniis xelmZRvanelobam uari Tqva am proeqtis Sesaxeb saubarze, xolo aSS-is Tavdacvis safrTxis Semcirebis saagentos qarTveli warmomadgeneli uxerxulobaSi Cavarda, rodesac cdilobda eWvebi gaefanta imis Sesaxeb, rom axali laboratoriis momavali saqmianoba gaurkvevel miznebs emsaxureba.   

saagentom (DTRA), romelsac is warmoadgens, saqmianoba daiwyo ambiciuri gegmiT - Nunn-Lugar - gaenadgurebina sabWoTa kavSiris masobrivi ganadgurebis iaraRi. es idea gardaiqmna yofili sabWoTa kavSiris qveynebSi koleqtiuri safrTxis Semcirebis farTo programad – daculi yofilio saSiSi teqnologiebi da mecnierebi dakavebuliyvnen sasargeblo saqmiT, im mizniT rom isini “cud xelSi” ar Cavardniliyvnen.

bevri paTogeni, rogorebicaa tularemia (mwvave infeqciuri daavadeba) da Savi Wiri, რომლებიც bunebrivad saxlobენ kavkasiis regionSi, gardaqmnes iaraRad amerikis SeerTebul Statebsa da sabWoTa kavSirSi. paTogenebi, romlebsac saukunis ganmavlobaSi agrovebdnen Tbilisis Savi Wiris sadgurSi, CarTuli iyo biologiuri iaraRis sabWoTa programaSi. amieridan paTogenebs da kvleviT instituts daemateba axali dawesebuleba Tbilisis gareuban aleqseevkaSi RirebulebiT 150 milioni aSS. dolari (es ar aris saboloo fasi da, savaraudod, gaizrdeba arakvalificiuri muSaxelis mier daSvebuli xarvezebis gamosasworeblad).
garda amisa, axali laboratoria Sendeba baTumSic da kidev ramdenime patara sadguri amoqmeddeba saqarTvelos teritoriaze. es dawesebulebebi im qselis Semadgeneli nawilebia, romelic emsaxureba gamoaaSkaravos daavadebebis afeTqeba,  rac aSS-s gasuli wlis kongresis angariSSi moxseniebuli aqvs rogorc “udidesi safrTxe”. saqarveloSi arsebul sxva laboratoriebs aseve afinansebs didi britaneTis Tavdacvis saministro, romelic ikvlevs mcenareul paTogenebs rogorc iyo amerikuli simindis burtyla bugris (mcenaris daavadeba) SemTxvevaSi sabWoTa periodSi.
rTulia am proeqtis Sesaxeb sruli informaciis mopoveba da aSS-მა, romelic xelSekrulebis erTaderTi oficialuri xelmomweri saxelmwifoa, bevri ibrZola daebloka yvelanairi gadamowmebis sistema biologiuri iaraRis TemasTan dakavSirebiT. gadamowmeba SesaZleblobas miscemda msoflio sazogadoebas - codnoda ra saxis kvlevebi Catardeboda aleqseevks laboratoriaSi, raTa gafantuliyo SiSi, rom aSS raime safrTxis Semcvel saqmianobasTan aris dakavSirebuli. bevri adgilobrivi darwmunebulia, rom amerikelebi Seqmnian biologiur iaraRs da mas sazogadoebriv jandacvasTan dakavSirebuli kvlevis fasadis miRma damalaven. igive gaakeTa sabWoTa kavSirmac!
axali laboratoria oficialurad gaixsna 2011 wels da fiqroben, rom cocxali kulturebis paTogenu rma koleqciam mas Semdeg gadainacvla Tbilisis centrSi arsebuli Zveli laboratoriidan aleqseevkaSi. samSeneblo da aRWurviTi samuSaoebi isev grZeldeba.
gavrcelebis winaaRmdeg
ruseTi da amerikis SeerTebuli Statebi cdiloben axali gegmebi SeimuSaon iaraRis gavrcelebis sawinaaRmdegod mimarTuli kampaniis gasagrZeleblad. START xelSekrulebas birTvuli iaraRis Semcirebisa da gavrcelebis winaaRmdeg vada gauvida. rusuli biologiuri iaraRi ki aSS-is DTRA-m ganadgura da dRes ruseTi irwmuneba, rom mas biologiuri iaraRi aRar gaaCnia.
meore mxriv, gavrcelebis winaaRmdeg mimarTuli brZola grZeldeba ბიოლოგიური იარაღის Semcveli uSualo safrTxeebis gamo. gasuli wlebis ganmavlobaSi ruseTTan TanamSromloba Sesustda, rac nawilobriv ganpirobebuli iyo kremlSi gaCenili eWviT. oficialuri moskovi fiqrobs, rom aSS-s strategiuli interesebi gaaCnia, romelic mas surs ganaxorcilos safrTxis  Semcirebis TanamSromlobis sababiT.
TanamSromelTa qseli – Tavdacva saxalxo jandacvis winaaRmdeg
cxovelTa janmrTelobis msoflio organizaciis informaciiT, (OIE, Organisation Mondiale de la Santé Animale), qarTveli da amerikeli mikrobiologebi da virusologebi, saqarTveloSi atareben erTobliv kvlevas qoleris virusze. proeqtSi monawile mxareebi arian aSS-s samxedro samedicino infeqciur daavadebaTa kvleviTi instituti (USAMRIID, Fort Detrick) da saqarTvlos baqteriofagis, mikrobiologiisa da virusebis istituti. es proeqti ufro samxedro  daniSnulebisaa vidre - sazogadoebrivi janmrTelobis.  

ucnauria is, rom aSS-s samxedro samedicino infeqciur daavadebaTa kvleviTi instituti (USAMRIID) - samxedro organizacia, romelic swavlobs mikroorganizmebis gamoyenebas biologiur iaraRSi - aris qarTuli mxaris mTavari partniori am kvlevaSi. italiur sainformacio wyaroze – “romSi iZebneba”-ze dayrdnobiT, kvleva warmoebs saidumlo laboratoriaSi TbilisTan axlos, sofel aeqseevkaSi, rac aseve uCveulo garemoebaa sazogadoebrivi janmrTelobisTvis sasargeblo Sromis Casatareblad.

oficialurad, es laboratoria saxelwodebiT “cxovelTa janmrTelobis centraluri laboratoria” gaixsna 2004 wlis seqtemberSi. misi mSenebloba 100 milioni dolari dajda, magram informacia laboratoriis saqmianobis Sesaxeb ucnobia.

am laboratorias saxelwodeba Seecvala da ewoda “centraluri daniSnulebis laboratoria”, rac ar aRwers im dawesebulebas, romelic ikvlevs qaTmis grips, saxsrebs an piris Rrus daavadebebs. es yvelaferi simarTlis damalvis meqnizmis nawilia.

“am laboratoriis saqarTveloSi mSeneblobas dasabami misca misma geografiulma mdebareobam da saWirobam”,- ganacxada interviuSi aSS-is elCma saqarTveloSi jon basma. erTaderTi, rac Cven viciT oficialuri wyaroebidan, aris is, rom am laboratorias ar gamoiyeneben biologiuri iaraRis gamosakvlevad, rogorc Tavidan daiwera qarTul presaSi: U.S.-Funded 100 mln Bio Lab Opens in Tbilisi,

evropeli da amerikeli Jurnalistebis TqmiT, es laboratoria saqarTveloSi im jaWvis Semadgeneli rgolia, romelic daaarses amerikelebma aRmosavleT evropaSi. tailandi, egvipte da kenia strategiulad mniSvnelovani qveynebia amerikis SeerTebuli StatebisTvis. tailandi aSS-is dasayrdenia aziaSi, egvipte aris damcveli fari SemdgomSi mosalodneli arabuli revoluciebis winaaRmdeg. kenia ki warmoadgens amerikuli zegavlenis gavrcelebis bazas aRmosavleT afrikasa da indoeTis okeanis teritoraze.
saqarTvelos siaxlove ruseTis da iranis sazRvrebTan iyo is mTavari faqtori, romelmac gadamwyveti roli Seasrula gadawyveilebis miRebaSi -am teritoriaze aSenebuliyo es laboratoria. SemTxveviToba ar aris isic, rom es laboratoria Tbilisis saerTaSoriso aeroportis axlos mdebareobs.

laboratoriis aSenebidan 3 wlis Semdeg afrikuli Roris gripis epidemiam moulodnelad ifeTqa saqarTveloSi. gasul wlebSi aseve dafiqsirda kurdRlis gripisa da sxva momakvdinebeli daavadebebis SemTxvevebic, rac iSviaTia am regionisTvis. Roris gripma ZiriTadad daazarala samcxe-javaxeTis regioni, romelic ZiriTadad dasaxlebulia eTnikuri somxebiT, garda amisa, 2011 wlis dasawyisSi gamovlinda Roris gripis axali tipic H3N2.

eqspertebi momavlis biologiur iaraRad qolers viruss miiCneven, vinaidan, mas SeuZlia mokle droSi moicvas mosaxleobis didi nawili, arsebobs xelmeored daavadebis da 50% sikvdilianobis  riskic maTTvis vinc ver axerxebs mkurnalobas an aucreli rCeba.
am garemoebam SesaZloa gavlena iqonios aSS-is sagareo politikaze am regionSi da es ar iqneba pirveli SemTxveva, rodesac aSS-is mTavroba awarmoebs biologiur oms. magaliTad gamodgeba amerikeli indielebis bedi. rogorc cnobilia, adgilobriv amerikelebs, genocidis Semadgeneli kampaniis nawilad, saavadmyofoebidan daurigdaT yvaviliT daavadebuli pacientebis sabnebi. 
iqneb jobs Tavi davaneboT biologiuri infeqciebiT dainteresebas, radgan msoflios mosaxleobas sxva ufro mniSvnelovani problemebi awuxebs. es sakiTxi, dasaSvebia, politikuri TamaSis sagani gaxdes da garda amisa, daexmaros Crdiloatlantikur alianss da aSS-is saomar moqmedebebSi arabul samyaroSi. PR- manqana am dReebSi SedarebiT Senelda, aSS-is samxedro operaciebis moulodneli marcxis gamo. SesaZloa sxva arCevanic ar iyos, garda imisa, rom gavborotdeT – yvelaferi SesaZlebelia - infeqciuri daavadebebis afeTqebac ki da, bunebrivia, amas CaTvlian erT-erTi ugunuri arabi lideris qmedebad. 

daskvnisTvis, imisTvis, rom amoqmeddes raimes sawinaaRmdego meqanizmi, pirvel rigSi, unda arsebobdes saomari masala an “damainficirebeli,” rom winaswar warmovidginoT an vicodeT, vis risi gamoyeneba SeuZlia sawinaaRmdegod moqmedi saSualebis Sesaqmnelad. kiTxva sxva rameSi mdgomareobs - aseTi saSualeba ukve arsebobs Tu misi Seqmna ubralod drois sakiTxia.?

es ar aris  laboratoria, sadac mkvdar kurdRlebs naxavT, magram am erToblivi proeqtis Sedegad, male ipoviT saqarTveloSi an samezobloSi mcxovrebTa cxedrebis grovebs.  

laboratoriis Seqmnis idea srul SesabamisobaSia aSS-is politikasTan. mizezi advili misaxvedria: saqarTvelo aris fsiqikuri aSlilobis qveyana qimiur-biologiuri cdebis Casatareblad da idealur adgils warmoadgens milionebis dasaxarjad moclili tvinis dasasaqmeblad da carieli laboratoriebis asamuSaveblad, rac, saboloo jamSi, “sargebels” an savalalo Sedegebs moitans.  

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Fraud and Vote Rigging in Georgian Parliamentary Elections?

ISFED’s survey indicates opportunity for “Election Fraud in Georgian Elections"

Potential vote rigging in scheduled Georgian elections, US government funded survey, ISFED, indicates

TBILISI – democracy is alive and well in Georgia, best that money can buy, and based on an earlier survey this year, just over four in ten votes will be in question (41 percent). Many of these votes may not be case by those entitled to case them, as mistakes in the register have provided an windfall for massive vote rigging, and if the poll is to be believed, this will be used to the benefit of the ruling party of President Mikhail Saakashvili and possibly others, even some parties are thought  to be politically supported by other US funded organizations, such as  NED, National Endowment for Democracy, and other outside financial supporters, including high valued US and European lobbying firms. 

Based on the seemingly “official” figures, Georgia has 3,565,000 million registered voters. The total population is recorded as 4,369,000. The question remains, just how many of these people are suspected to have died and are living outside of Georgia proper, which is something that merits serious debate, as even the claims by the quoted survey has not been totally verified by other reliable researchers.

Nonetheless, after carefully studying the voter list, the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy, a NGO, which has been monitoring the election process in Georgia for years, has started that 41 percent of the registered voters, in other words, 1,460,000 people have been incorrectly included on the list.

Naturally in keeping with “making hay whilst then sun shines” opportunities, a door is open to the illegal casting and counting of these votes, and throwing the election one way or another. Nino Lomjaria, Head of ISFED explains that the organization arrived at this number last fall by examining the public voters lists published in August 2011. The figures are based on a selective survey of list all over Georgia, and have been extrapolated from that sample.

The survey shows that more than 99% of the population, an absolute majority, is registered in the list, so non-registration of votes is not a problem.  Furthermore, the instance of dead voters is still being included on the voters list is also very minor. In fact, they number less than 1% of the registered voters,” Nino Lomjaria says, adding that the main problem is of a different kind.
“When we investigated, in nearly 41% of cases we were unable to find any trace of the registered voter at the address specified, which means that nearly 41% of voters are not living at the addresses at which they are registered on the common list. In 9.1% of these cases, we can definitely say that this is the result of internal migration. In another 6.8% of these cases we can definitely say that the voter is an external migrant, who has gone abroad. In the remaining 25% of such cases we could find no one who knew the registered voter or had any information about where they were. There are also cases in which the flat where a voter is registered at is either closed or empty”, she explains.
The number of improver or illegal registrations is alarming. It is clear, and based on the documented history of election fraud in Georgia, before and after 2003, that this is a potential time bomb. It means that potentially 40-41%, four out of ten votes in the forthcoming parliamentary election could be fraudulently cast, and this does not include the ballot box stuffing and voters voting at many different places, with fake ID that was common in the last election, as documented by the Georgian Human Rights center and other Human Rights Watchdogs.

It is clear that that the government can use this for its advantage, as can other political parties. Those working outside of Georgia can be registered at polling stations with relative ease, and then, someone else can actually vote in their place and even get paid. 

A final question remains, just how many Georgians there actually are in the world, and if the official census is for the purpose of knowing how many citizens there are or the number of votes that can be cast, illegal or otherwise. It is clear, the current government of Georgia has an absolute advantage when it comes to vote rigging and its track record makes the Russians look beginners in their recent presidential election.

It does appear that the upcoming election may have problems, regardless of how many votes will be actually cast for the ruling National Party, or even for those outside funded and supported political parties that can pay the most. Some go as far as to claim that the parliamentary elections of October 2012 will be rigged on the same level as was when Georgia W. Bush was first elected president of the US in the State of Florida, thanks to massive vote rigging.  
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Free, Fair and Competitive Elections in Georgia - wishful thinking!


Freedom is never given to you – you must fight hard to get it and harder to keep it!

Tbilisi – “Georgia, the showcase of democracy, beacon of democracy, best democracy the “American People” could buy” – this is what the Western policy planners seem to have thought for a long time, as they were the ones puffing the country in this way. But since the 2003 Rose Revolution, which brought a US trained reformer Mikhael Saakashvili to office, this US funded experiment on the border of Russia has not lived up to this billing.
Georgian democracy is stillborn and the government is a self-selecting clan which preserves its power through various complex networks of patronage – or at least that is how things are panning out during the present period of transition, according to some pundits and policy experts.

In spite of all efforts to reform, and the introduction of new blood (sometimes by spilling the blood of other clan members), the government and the ruling National Party have successfully monopolized power and grabbed money flows. The influx of development money, designed to produce the opposite outcome, has merely bolstered the regime and its present character. Now few can challenge the existing political machinery since it can prove hazardous to their health and security if they do.

What went wrong?

Was this all that was ever really planned, notwithstanding the debacle of the 2008 Georgian- Russian war and the economic and political freefall it produced? Many questions remain, but for now the public focus is on the arrival of a new savior. Bidzina Ivanishvili, consistently branded "the oligarch" by government-controlled TV stations, has contrarily been featured on the front page of Forbes as a symbol of the next stage of democratic development. He has been presented as the man who can ensure that for the first time since it regained its independence from the Soviet Union, Georgia will achieve a peaceful transition of power.

However, the government’s response casts doubt on this optimistic assertion. No-one will be safe - all will be pawns in the great blame-game to be fought out on the streets of Tbilisi and possible remote Georgian regions.

Saving a Sinking Ship

Backed by the best PR money could buy, BGR-Garbara, LTD, Bidzina Ivanishvili and his Georgian Dream Party, together with Irakli Alasania, leader of Our Georgia-Free Democrats and a few other opposition parties, are trying to spearhead a democratic takeover. The government is not going to roll over and die though. Alasania claimed on March 20 that he now has evidence to that President Saakashvili is setting up paramilitary groups in the Georgians regions, an allegation which was recently supported by Moscow.

It is clear that the government will cling to power at any cost, even if this means risking the possibility that an angered US government will cut off all funding to Georgia – as recently proposed in a bill presented in Congress. Just think of how tempting the offer would be for a Georgian prisoner if given the opportunity for freedom on condition he or she join up with the paramilitaries.

The Ivanishvili-Alasania team has international backing, not only in the halls of Congress, the Republican Institute and some Cold War veterans in the US State Department, but even behind the walls of the Kremlin, if you listen to certain media sources. In response polls commissioned concerning the political future in Georgia, and run by the National Democratic Institute, NDI, continue to be leaked at the most ill-timed moments for the opposition. On March 27, the Georgian news agency, InterPressNews (IPN), reported segments of the NDI-commissioned survey dealing with political parties.

A European commentator recently pointed out in term a leaked poll, “I don't know, maybe the recent National Democratic Institute poll, funded by the Democratic Party in the US, is correct, nearly half (47 percent) still support the ruling United National Movement, and the ruling party does not have to do anything to retain power.” According to the leaked report nearly half of respondents claimed  they would vote for the ruling National Movement party if the parliamentary elections were held tomorrow, followed by Ivanishvili-led opposition coalition with 10%. The same poll, also published by, nearly one quarter, 23% of respondents are undecided, 10% refused to answer and 5% said they would vote for none of the parties.
The propaganda is working. In the news, Bidzina is consistently called "the oligarch", as he is in the computer graphics on the studio walls at the government controlled TV stations.” But the polls do not ask what the people would do if Saakashvili resorted to violence to destroy any opposition, which is what seems to be being threatened at present.

Georgia may even be turning into a US presidential primary election issue. The Democratic Party in the US  in the US have not forgotten the Georgians for McCain lobby, high ranking ministers visiting IDP camps with “McCain 1” license plate numbers on their SUVs, and how the advisors of the Georgian president and the United National Movement were running the PR for McCain, and the inconvenient situation Saakashvili put the US Administration in thanks to his ill-timed and poorly executed attempt in August 2008 to retake South Ossetia from separatists, if that that the intention in the first place. The result was a war that boosted the chances of John McCain in his failed bid for president. 
The war did serve its function, covering up a multitude of sins involving “gun runners” and connections to a former FBI director who had to arrive to Tbilisi to clear up the damage behind close door meeting, and the fallout over Georgia being used as a logistical base for proxy wars in Africa and a gun show which would put the infamous “fast and furious” weapons walking program to shame. It brought also an influx of new development money for poor IDPs and others affected by the war, which merely kept the government members’ feeding frenzy going. The interesting question will be how much of this is seen as a good thing by the various US presidential aspirants, and who will feel they have more to gain by opposing it.

God only knows

One way or another, things are starting to heat up. Last week’s allegations of armed groups being formed in Western Georgia, and now the controversy over McDermott's Democracy in Georgia bill, indicate that calculated pressure is being exerted by the US authorities on their ally, the current Georgian regime, ahead of the anticipated reinstatement of Ivanishvili's citizenship, which he will need in order to run in Georgia's parliamentary election, scheduled for this October. McDermott’s bill should get some traction, and spur public debate on important issues.

It is about time that the US tied foreign aid to the level of democracy in recipient countries anyway. US presidential elections are coming up (just a month after Georgia’s parliamentary elections) and it is unlikely that the Obama administration wants to see the situation in Georgia descend into complete chaos in the event that the government loses its grip. Think back to August 2008, when the Russian army invaded Georgia and McCain jumped on the opportunity to present his hawkish and resolute foreign policy credentials – even though he thus demonstrated he was a product of a bygone era and senile.

Furthermore, Georgian Dream has also secured new and better media equipment, currently en route to Georgia, which includes up to 12 absolutely state-of-the-art cameras with live external streaming devices. No longer can the government rely on an effective propaganda monopoly. This vector of opposing forces is one the Georgian government cannot ignore, and Saakashvili, a smart political operator who used those skills to take power in the first place, knows this very well.
Signs are growing that the Georgian authorities will use whatever means they can to stop Bidzina Ivanishvili in his tracks. Whether by fair play or foul they simply have too much to lose by simply restoring his citizenship and letting him participate in the closest thing to a free and fair election that Georgia ever could muster. Given past history in Georgia, the likelihood is that as the pressure mounts, Misha is likely to do increasingly crazy things to try and discredit the opposition.
He could paint Ivanishvili and his partners as Russian backed revolutionaries or simply distract the population by focusing on some concocted external or internal threat, such as the Khurcha incident on the day of the May 2008 Georgian parliamentary elections (in which the government shot at its own citizens and pretend it was a separatist attack designed to disrupt the poll), the phony “live news reports” of a Russian invasion broadcast on Imedia TV, a well-crafted media hoax designed to scare the population, etc. 

The government knows it is being watched, and as explained by the US Ambassador to Georgia, Richard Norland and who was recently confirmed by the US Senate. It is clear from recent testimony to the Senate, they would be pretty foolish to try anything that the US disapproves of, given the new bill being presented to Congress, which ties US military and development assistance for fiscal year 2013 to the conduct and competitiveness of Georgia’s elections in October. 

One bad move on the part of the government and the show could be over. But what does the Georgian government thinks it can get away with, and what is it willing to risk? Too many people in Misha's circle have blood on their hands and will not give up the power which is their main or only source of livelihood; even it is the family business with some, without more blood being spilt. Many of them have demonstrated their willingness to kill before (for example, Culture Minister Nika Rurua was once exiled from the country for his long involvement with murderous gangsters only to be rehabilitated by Saakashvili without any renunciation of his crimes), and "Bacho" Akhalaia, the current Minister of Defense that once worked in the prison system and tortured prisoners for the fun of it, causing riots which resulted in prisoners being gunned down.

Such people have no place a democratic society, as confirmed by reports from the US Embassy and Human Rights organizations; they, including closely knit clans will likely not hesitate to kill and torture again. Ivanishvili will have to maneuver carefully to prevent his supporters and the masses he seeks to win over from being threatened or killed, while also looking out for his own life (example of the late Badri Patarkatsishvili, another man branded as “oligarch” in the same way, can be recalled here).

A further complication is that Putin's Russia still takes the moral high ground over the war in 2008. The Kremlin is eager to see Georgia’s elections held, but conducted in such a way that the words "NATO" and "integration" are erased from the vocabulary of Western diplomats and policy makers – in other words, in the way they always have been, without being recognized as such the official observers. Saakashvili, its ostensible enemy, is the man with the power to ensure this happens.

Russia will continue to enjoy considerable leverage in Georgia regardless of who is in power, largely because Saakashvili has sold many of the important former state industries to Russian companies even since the 2008 war, and in reality NATO expansion into what remains of Georgian territory is too provocative an idea for the West to promote too seriously. The US may want to bring in Ivanishvili sooner rather than later, but its chances of doing so without creating more problems than it is worth are decreasing by the day.


Some may consider that Georgia is in a pretty sorry state when its people have to resort to placing their hopes in the hands of a person worth 6.4 billion USD, but with no experience of elective office or any discernible program. This just goes to show the extent to which real democracy and rule of law is absent in Georgia. On the other hand, if someone with so much money can’t change the situation, who on Earth possibly could? 

Ivanishvili’s wealth, and the fact that he is not Saakashvili, is his so-called competitive advantage, and among the cards that he can really play. However, Georgians do have the democratic right to elect someone for these reasons alone, if they so choose, but if the international community had accepted the democratic will of the Georgian people during the days of President Zviad Gamsakhurdia, the first democratically elected president, who alienated everyone except the voters by doing what he told the voters he would do, we would not be facing the present problem.

All USAID, European donors have done, through their successive attempts to replace a democratically elected government with a “democracy” controlled by themselves, is create a band of leeches focused 100% on maintaining the money flow and a facade “Potemkin” democracy which they argue needs more money to be made to work because Georgians are too stupid to do anything on their own.

The intrinsic weakness of any such enterprise will always bring about such a result. Georgians who are entitled to vote in other countries aren’t incapable of democratic conduct and don’t rig elections – check crime statistics, if you will. The best way to help build democracy would be to cut all funding for the fake NGO "democracy" and instead establish a truth commission to prosecute the criminals/junta, starting from the assumption that as Georgia is puffed as a beacon of democracy, its politicians should obey the same standards accepted in the countries the Georgian people regard as democratic.

Time may soon prove that democracy cannot be bought by either side; it must be taken. As Jeffrey K. Silverman a Georgian human rights commentator who has lived in Georgia for 20 years recently pointed out, “If Georgians want to have democracy, they must take it, organize, and exercise their Constitutional rights. If they continue to accept the situation foisted on them and hope for miracles they will never have neither democracy nor independence.”

Ivanishvili is also a real threat but the US will not be able to install him without a fight which will do it more harm than good and supporting a genuine democracy in Georgia. The US will then have a loyal friend for life with the Georgian people. Since 2003 Georgians have fallen into a pattern of apathy and acceptance of networks of patronage, and the NGO community is not helping them but reinforcing the pattern.

The one positive element in this impending conflict is that if the US fails to remove Saakashvili peacefully, as may well turn out to be the case, it may be left with no alternative but to promote real democracy in Georgia, by taking the steps outlined above – demonstrating to the people that it is up to them to make their country work, and the US will help them fulfill their democratic responsibilities on principle. Only when the US accepts and applies its own principles will real progress be made in Georgia – and when the US has more to gain by accepting than denying this, a genuine alliance will be formed which will withstand any of the contrary winds of political fortune.
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