FROM Daniel Hamilton
Oil, Democracy, and Russian Tanks in Georgia The most obvious lesson from these days of fighting is that the U.S. and Russia look at the same events with utterly different emphases and interpretations, whether they’re talking about historical background, diplomatic objectives or even who fired first. One of the reasons for Russia’s current sense of power is the vast wealth it’s accumulating from oil and natural gas. Georgia does not have oil resources of its own, but there is a major pipeline running through it to the Middle East. There also are plans afoot for a pipeline running in the other direction…toward China.
Oil, Democracy and Russian Tanks in Georgia Saying that neighboring Georgia has been punished enough, the President of Russia has ordered a halt to military operations. But there's still no formal ceasefire, and the President of France, current leader of the European Union, is shuttling between Moscow and Tbilisi. The US says it's reviewing humanitarian actions and that Russia needs to make good on its promise . Is Russia testing the US and Europe and their support for an emerging democracy? Is it trying to reconstitute the former Soviet Union? We get the latest on the confrontation that threatens to destabilize an already volatile part of the world, and hear about new international realities, including the role of oil.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.