Ari Rusila's Blog – April 2009 Archive (7)

Russia’s new Security and Energy Initiatives

Two new proposals related to European security and energy cooperation was made last week by Russia. During official state visit in Finland Russia’s President Dimitry Medvedev gave a key note speech in Helsinki on April 20th outlining a “new European security structure”. Same day Russia made public goals and principles of new framework for energy cooperation.



In a speech he delivered in Berlin last June, Medvedev suggested that an… Continue

Added by Ari Rusila on April 26, 2009 at 7:04pm — No Comments

Twitter revolution – no coup d’etat but big drama anyway

Twitter revolution did not change government in Moldova but created big drama instead including a couple of conspiracy theories and “fast-track” mini enlargement of EU with one million new EU citizens while Moldova possibly losing a quarter its citizens with same deal. So a relatively small improvised demonstration can lead its (mis)use for possible purposeful utilization of multidimensional aims of different players.

In my post "… Continue

Added by Ari Rusila on April 20, 2009 at 7:37am — No Comments

Will there be Rose Revolution II in Georgia?

Demonstrations against President Mikhail Saakashvili continued fifth day on April 13th in Georgia. Consolidated opposition demands president’s resignation, early presidential and parliamentary elections being held in the spring 2009.So far the participation to protests is not enough to implement Rose Revolution II but two new regional questions have potential to develop conflicts and change political geography once again.



Critics accuse Mr Saakashvili, who came to power on the… Continue

Added by Ari Rusila on April 14, 2009 at 7:44pm — No Comments

Twitter Revolution – Case Moldova

After Orange (Ukraine), Rose (Georgia) and Tulip (Kyrgyzstan) revolutions the first try of next generation demonstration took place in Moldova after last weekends parliamentary elections. Known now as “Twitter Revolution” the protest was self-organized by two youth movements – Hyde Park and ThinkMoldova – using their generation’s tools of social messaging network to gather 10,000-15,000 demonstrators on streets in Moldova’s capital Chisinau, ransacking presidential palace and parliament… Continue

Added by Ari Rusila on April 12, 2009 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Election in Moldova – NATO perspective blocked

Last week-end Moldova had parliamentary elections. The ruling Party of Communists won so no big change in politics is expected. Elections in EU’s border have however some significance as the new leadership will be the counterpart during period after EP elections influencing e.g. enlargement, partnership and security questions. Before Moldova (FYRO) Macedonia already had their voting and many ways very important elections in Ukraine are coming later.





Moldova is one of the… Continue

Added by Ari Rusila on April 8, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

$1tn G20 deal vs. MI(MA/E)C

While world is glowing with enthusiasm after G-20 efforts to restore world economy with an US$ 1.1 trillion program it may be some idea to put this act to scale with other ongoing program. The other one in my mind is expected to cost US$ 1.5 trillion in 2009.As side-effect consumption of the services and products of this later programme there is unforeseen amount of deaths and destruction worldwide.





The other programme – world’s annual military expenditures – is closely… Continue

Added by Ari Rusila on April 6, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Karzai's administration "Worse than Taliban"

I almost got stroke while reading yesterday a headline “Worse than the Taliban – new law rolls back rights for Afghan women” in the Guardian. Not due the act itself but because it reflects the substance and outcome of EU’s civil crisis management mission. First I thought it was April fools’ joke but it wasn’t and unfortunately the case is not so unique example among EU’s capacity building efforts in different missions.



On 31.3.2009 foreign ministers of 73 states had… Continue

Added by Ari Rusila on April 1, 2009 at 6:36pm — No Comments

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