West Backs Away from Georgia in Hope of Gaining Russian Support on Larger Objectives Elsewhere

The United States and the European Union have both changed their positions on the conflict in Georgia, informing Kiev the West needs to seek greater cooperation with Russia, according to a usually well-informed online intelligence service, Stratfor.

Its sources report that Georgia was given this message on the sidelines of a ministerial meeting of NATO in Brussels on March 5. The report says that Georgian Prime Minister Nikoloz Gilauri was told that NATO cannot protect his country militarily from Russia, even though Georgia is still promised eventual membership in the alliance. The warning reportedly came from both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner.


Financial Crisis Especially Harsh on Illegal Immigrant Populations in the U.S. and EU

Illegal immigrants are prime victims of the economic collapse on both sides of the Atlantic. They are among the hardest-hit categories amid layoffs and rising unemployment.

Ukraine will “Make It.” Despite Political and Economic Crisis, a Strange Calm Exists

Ukraine will make it. Even with all the dire news and statistics pouring out through media about Ukraine, about its economic woes and about the power struggle between Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and President Victor Yuschenko, the country is defying expectations by not falling apart.