Georgia-Russia Update

Updates on the conflict in the Caucasus are coming in every day. The New York Times headlines ‘Georgia Claims on Russia War Called Into Question’ and ‘Georgia Fired More Cluster Bombs Than Thought, Killing Civilians, Report Finds’.

Tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday, BBC World is showing the Panorama special “Should we be scared of Russia?”. Interestingly, the Panorama website description of the 30 minute programme begins thus:

The sight in August of old people and children cramming onto tractors and into carts to flee from Russian tanks has rekindled notions of Russia as aggressor and oppressor.

The short war between Russia and Georgia began when Georgia invaded its Moscow-backed breakaway republic of South Ossetia last summer. Russian troops stationed there were killed and Russia retaliated by invading Georgia.

Whereas the BBC World News website description of the same programme begins thus:

A reinvigorated Russia is flexing its muscles on the world stage again, leaving a battered Georgia in its wake. Panorama speaks to those in Putin’s inner circle to find out what the Russians are really thinking and what it means for the rest of us.

The sight in August of old people and children cramming onto tractors and into carts to flee from Russian tanks has rekindled notions of Russia as aggressor and oppressor.

I’ve always been a fan of comparative discourse analysis.

p.s. BBC World News is showing “Should we be scared of Russia?” on:

Saturday 8th November at 0730 GMT. Repeating on Saturday at 1530 and 2030 GMT and on Sunday 9th at 0130, 0730, 1530 and 2030 GMT.

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One Comment to “Georgia-Russia Update”

  1. Nice post u have here :D Added to my RSS reader

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