Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Can you get Democracy Now on your local NPR or college radio station? It is an excellent alternative source of info, affiliated with Pacifica. We get it here in ultra-conservative Colorado Springs, so surely it's available where you are...

...After the Soviet Union dissolved, there remained areas in which, despite the fact that new states were created, there were tensions. One of those is the Ossetia or South Ossetia, which is where we've seen the fighting, and the other one, inside Georgia, is Abkhazia. There were agreements signed in the early 1990s that sort of solidified these as semi-independent territories. In one, there is a UN peacekeeping force, and then in South Ossetia, there is essentially independence, and, you know, they sort of ran their operations separate from the Georgian government.

And then, tensions began to increase over the past few months, because the president of Georgia has promised to retake--his words--retake the--particularly South Ossetia. That was a problem, because, by now, 90 percent of Ossetians there were holders of Russian passports. They had voted to become part of the Russian Federation. There was clear movement in the direction of this enclave, closer and closer ties with Russia...


In Chicago:

  • Chicago WRTE 90.5 FM Noon M-F
  • Chicago WZRD 88.3 FM 7am & 8am Tues-F
  • Chicago WLUW 88.7 FM at Loyola University 9am M-F
  • Chicago CAN TV, Ch. 19 7am M-F
by asdf on Thu Aug 14th, 2008 at 10:52:57 PM EST
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We get it here in ultra-conservative Colorado Springs, so surely it's available where you are...

Thanks for the kind thought.  I live in Mountain Home, Ar.  I have no local NPR.  The closest is through Missouri State University's repeater in West Plains, Mo and it gets drowned out by Christian Radio half the time and is fading in and out the rest of the time.  My best receiver is in my Camry.  In the house I have to listen via the internet.  We are supposed to get a relay station when the switchover to digital is completed, but I doubt we will get Democracy Now, which I can listen to on KPFA or KPFK, via the web.  I probably should do pod casts.

But I don't worry so much about what I get.  I have pretty robust bullshit detectors and reality distortion deconvolvers.  The concerns I have been expressing go to what the US body politic has at their disposal for forming opinions and making decisions.  

My biggest concern has been that this "adventure" would be used to raise the profile of NATIONAL SECURITY in the elections, to Obama's disadvantage.  Surprisingly, it appears McCain could be vulnerable, if anyone drove home the reality of this fiasco.  It looks like Move-On or other 521s will have to do the heavy lifting for his campaign on this, if it gets done  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Aug 14th, 2008 at 11:38:05 PM EST
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There are an infinite number of good places for informed or alternative viewpoints out there.  That's not the issue.  The issue is those big-name, all-pervasive sources from which most people in the English speaking world get their news were neither informed or providing alternative viewpoints on this situation.  I mean, I can hang out at Russian Live Journal blogs all day, listen to Pacifica and Worldview, but that doesn't excuse the fact that scored of well-paid influential journalists were not doing their jobs.

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.
by poemless on Fri Aug 15th, 2008 at 10:59:08 AM EST
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