By Pete Moore On August 16th, 2014 at 6:17 pm
What a fascinating documentary this is.
It was on 8th December 1991 that Boris Yeltsin and his Ukraine and Belarus counterparts met and signed the instrument to dissolve the Soviet Union. I came across this RT (nope, not doing that waltz again) film, using interviews with many people witnessed it, about the events leading up to, and on, that day. Anyone interested in modern European history might find it fascinating too. A couple of points stand out. Mikhail Gorbachev, as Russian President at the time, was kept entirely in the dark and knew nothing about the meeting or what would happen. Someone has already noted in these here parts (ehem) that Mikhail Gorbachev was no heroic reformer, and here we see in his own words that he tried – and failed – to defend the Soviet Union “to the last bullet”. We also see that Boris Yeltsin might have been a little in the dark too, because a worker at the remote facility who attended Yelstin when he arrived for the signing says that “it was clear he’d just come from a social function.” I think we know what he means.
If you watch it maybe you could park yourself on youtube’s bandwidth -
By David Vance On August 16th, 2014 at 2:48 pm
I have received an email from long term ATW commentator Agit8ed informing he that he has decided to leave the site. Some of you may be familiar with his reasons – it comes down to the language and tone used in recent discussions. This depresses me no end. I hate it when anyone leaves. I always wanted ATW to be a big enough tent for all. But it’s not. And I wonder should I carry on. I am in a lucky position insofar as I write what I want and feel no real need to justify anything but when people partake in the comments, things can turn ugly and that really bothers me. I’m going to think about it.
By The Troll On August 16th, 2014 at 4:57 am
First in, Last out…. something different
By The Troll On August 16th, 2014 at 4:28 am
The Republican Field for President just shrunk by one.
Governor Rick Perry of Texas just bit the dust. Perry was indicted on two Felony Counts. Abuse of official capacity, a first-degree felony, and coercion of a public servant, a third-degree felony. The Story is here. Right or Wrong, win, or lose any ambition he had of running just went down the drain. Texas is the most stable State in the Union, he had a great platform from it to run on, but….
The right does not forgive.
A defiant Perry calls felony indictment a ‘farce’
AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Saturday that the indictment against him was an “outrageous” abuse of power and vowed to fight it.
“This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power and I cannot and will not allow that to happen,” Perry said at a news conference on Saturday.
Perry spoke a day after a grand jury indicted the Republican on two felony counts of abuse of power for making good on a veto threat. He dismissed the prosecution as a “farce.”
A special prosecutor spent months calling witnesses and presenting evidence that Perry broke the law when he promised publicly to veto $7.5 million over two years for the Public Integrity Unit run by the office of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.
Lehmberg, a Democrat, was convicted of drunken driving, but refused Perry’s calls to resign.
By David Vance On August 15th, 2014 at 6:24 pm
As per a previous story below , Cliff Richards is much in the news today. Regardless of that story, he has recorded some great songs with fab words and this is one of them. We all have miss you nights.
By David Vance On August 15th, 2014 at 6:21 pm
Here’s a great new song from one of my favourite singer-songwriter, Henry Priestman. I love the life-affirming bounce to it, DO listen to it right through. I assure you it is truly excellent. Been a fan of Henry since 1978 so it’s been a great journey and he has been kind enough to talk to me on Facebook! Top chap.
By David Vance On August 15th, 2014 at 6:16 pm
Innocent until proven guilty. Got it? That’s the essence of our legal system in the UK.
Police investigating a child sex assault allegation made against Sir Cliff Richard have said “a number of people” have come forward with information as a result of publicity surrounding a search of his home. South Yorkshire Police would not say whether the callers included more alleged victims, or whether they were potential witnesses. The force also admitted it had “worked with” the BBC in advance of the raid on Sir Cliff’s flat in Berkshire, resulting in the BBC having a news crew at the property when police arrived and a helicopter hovering overhead.
I do not want to speculate in ANY WAY about this case BUT there are a few points to ponder;
1. Why were the police “working with” the BBC?
2. It seems to be open season on ANYONE who was in the media in the 70′s/80′s and I have to wonder how much of this is driven by the £££ involved?
3. Anyone guilty of child sex assaults should be made amenable to the law. Celebrity status should not be an impediment to such but nor should it be an indulgence of such.
By David Vance On August 15th, 2014 at 6:02 pm
Worried about the advance of ISIL across the Levant? Worried about the atrocities being carried out against Christians and other minorities in Iraq? RELAX – the EU has it sorted.
EU foreign ministers have condemned “atrocities and abuses” against religious minorities in Iraq, with Germany warning it cannot stand by and watch people being “slaughtered”. The emergency meeting in Brussels left it to individual states whether they would arm Iraq’s Kurds against Islamic State (IS) militants in the north. France and the US have already moved to supply the Kurds with arms. IS violence has driven an estimated 1.2 million Iraqis from their homes. After the talks, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he was flying to Iraq to meet Kurdish leaders and the government in Baghdad to discuss what support is most needed. “We cannot just watch as people are slaughtered there,” he said after the foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels. “If the current threat level persists, I can’t rule out that we will have to deliver weapons.”
Wow, that’s impressive stuff. So the mighty EU has issued — a statement. ISIL must be trembling at the news that Germany “might” do something “if” things continue. The EU offers soft power, and nothing else. It’s impotence has been exposed and whilst a few of the individual NATION states within it act, the entity itself simply trots out statements. ISIL will not be in the least bothered. We should be.
By David Vance On August 15th, 2014 at 5:57 pm
Yes, I know liberals were OUTRAGED when Islamic savages kidnapped 100′s of young CHRISTIAN girls in Nigeria and showed their bleeding hearts by….well, tweeting about it under #bringbackourgirls.
Well, as you can gather, Boko Haram did not listen and the girls did not come back. Today comes the news that Boko Haram remain as enthusiastic as ever about kidnapping;
Suspected Islamist Boko Haram fighters have abducted dozens of boys and men from a village in northeast Nigeria, according to witnesses. After loading them onto trucks and driving them off more 97 people are now missing. The kidnappings come four months after Boko Haram, which is fighting to reinstate a medieval Islamic caliphate in religiously mixed Nigeria, abducted more than 200 schoolgirls from the village of Chibok. They are still missing.
I guess liberals may find solace in the fact that Boko Haram are an equal opportunities kidnapper. Boys, Girls, women, men – these savages will kill and kidnap at will. It might seem a tad radical but in my view the only way you deter Boko Haram is you bomb them into the dirt and let’s face it – no-one wants THAT so prepare for more kidnapping, murder and terror.
By David Vance On August 15th, 2014 at 5:50 pm
If only the UK Government had listened to those shills on the Left who insisted that we should spend our way out of a spending induced recession…take a look at this current snapshot of the UK economy.
Our economy is far from perfect but it has moved from being a disaster (under Labour) to being decent. Anyone spotted Ed Balls Plan B? It seems to have gone missing in action. How about that triple dip recession? It seems to have sunk without trace.