Scott Horton interviews Mark Ames on the geopolitics, history, and future of the Russo-Georgian conflict, heavily opposed Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili, Georgia’s significance in the oil industry, and NATO.
14 May 09 | AntiWar Radio
Mark Ames, journalist for The Nation and eXiled Online, discusses recent history leading up to the current mess in former Soviet Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili’s downward spiral, the broken Georgian economy, rumors that U.S. advisers participated to some extent in Georgia’s invastion of S. Ossetia last summer, Georgia’s relationship with Israel and America’s relationship with Russia. (22:50):
Mark Ames is the author of Going Postal: Rage, Murder and Rebellion From Reagan’s Workplaces to Clinton’s Columbine and Beyond (Soft Skull) and The eXile: Sex, Drugs and Libel in the New Russia (Grove). He is a regular contributor to eXiled Online and The Nation magazine.
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- Russia Threatens Action on West/U.S. Backed War Games in Georgia (17 Apr 09)
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