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Georgian PM Comments on Obama's NATO Remarks

PM Irakli Garibashvili said there is no need to create false expectations about Georgias immediate NATO membership and U.S. President Barack Obamas remarks in this respect were absolutely adequate and realistic.

President Obama said on March 26 in Brussels when asked about NATOs expansion to include Georgia and Ukraine: I think that neither Ukraine or Georgia are currently on a path to NATO membership and there has not been any immediate plans for expansion of NATOs membership.

We should not be in illusions, we should not have illusions, we should always assess existing situation realistically, PM Garibashvili said on March 27.

What President Obama said is absolutely adequate and thats the reality; NATO expansion is not planned at this stage. Our governments goal is to provide the public with correct information and not to create false expectations that was happening under the previous government, when expectations were artificially elevated, which was then followed by frustration; we are offering opposite to that. We want to explain what the reality is and, most importantly, we should be consistent, we should continue reforms, we should continue moving on the path of the EU, Garibashvili told journalists after he addressed a conference in Tbilisi on economic aspects of Georgias EU integration.

Expectations with respect to NATO should not be false and should not be exaggerated. President Obama said what is now a reality in the world, because many things are being changed in the world and things do not happen so simply in a day, he said.

Foreign Minister, Maia Panjikidze, said that Georgia is firmly on the NATO path and no one has said anything against that.

We pursued this path with the belief that Georgia will one day become a NATO member, she added.

State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Alexi Petriashvili said that President Obamas remarks mainly applied to Ukraine.

This in no way refers to the issue of whether to grant or not MAP [NATO membership action plan] to Georgia. The North-Atlantic Alliance, all of its 28 members and NATO leadership are convinced and unanimous that Georgias contribution to international security and the progress achieved by Georgia in consolidation democracy should be properly reflected in the decisions of NATO. This will definitely be a progress and definitely different from repetition of the NATO Bucharest summit decision what specifically it will be, it will be decided in coming months by the NATO through consensus and in consultations with Georgia, Petriashvili said.

At the 2008 Bucharest summit NATO refused to grant MAP to Georgia, which is considered to be a precursor to an eventual membership in the alliance; but at the same summit the NATO leaders instead pledged that Georgia will become NATO member sometime in the future provided that the country meets all the criteria.

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UNM Slams PM's Reaction to Obama's 'Unfavorable' NATO Remarks

UNM opposition party said that President Barack Obamas NATO remarks on Georgia and Ukraine were not favorable for Tbilisi, but there is no need for hysteria about it.

UNM leaders said that reaction of the Georgian PM Irakli Garibashvili on these remarks, however, was alarming.

Of course this comment in the context in which it was made was not favorable for our national interests, particularly because Georgia was mentioned in the context of Ukraine, said UNMs foreign secretary Giga Bokeria, who was secretary of National Security Council under ex-president Saakashvilis administration.

President Obama said on March 26 in Brussels when asked about NATOs expansion to include Georgia and Ukraine: I think that neither Ukraine or Georgia are currently on a path to NATO membership and there has not been any immediate plans for expansion of NATOs membership.

PM Garibashvili said on March 27 that there is no need to create false expectations about Georgias immediate NATO membership and U.S. President Barack Obamas remarks in this respect were absolutely adequate and realistic.

UNMs Bokeria said that unlike Ukraine, which at this stage has no ambition of joining NATO, Georgia has been considered as an aspirant country together with Bosnia and Herzegovina; Montenegro and Macedonia.

But these remarks [by President Obama] of course were not about the United States vision about future of Georgias NATO membership, neither it was about specific issue of granting MAP to Georgia so there is no need for any exaggerated hysteria about it, he said.

But the reaction of our government, in particular reaction of Prime Minister Garibashvili, to this disadvantageous for us remarks, was alarming, Bokeria continued. The Prime Minister actually told us that we should put up with some kind of reality. This reaction represents a demonstration of a policy that we have been seeing under the new government that is inconsistent, uncoordinated, unmotivated and non-ambitious policy and position.

Instead of thinking about how to work with our strategic partners and how to intensify communication in response to these unfavorable for us remarks, Prime Ministers immediate reaction was that we should put up with this. Thats not how the job can be done. If government of a country has no clear position and is not motivated, others will not do a job for us, he added.

He called on the government to put aside this short-term populism about mending ties with Russia and become fully focused on this risky, but potentially favorable for us moment in history, and to make step forward. Bokeria also said that foreign policy success of Georgia in terms of planned signing of the Association Agreement with the EU is a legacy inherited by the incumbent government from its predecessor.

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Obama says NATO needs to boost presence in eastern Europe

BRUSSELS: NATO needs to boost its presence in eastern European countriesthat feel vulnerable toRussiaafter its annexation of Crimea, US PresidentBarack Obamasaid on Wednesday.

Some defense experts have said the Crimea crisis could put NATO membership forUkraineand Georgia back on the agenda, but Obama said neither country was on a path to NATO membership and there were no immediate plans to expand the 28-member alliance.

Russias annexation of Ukraines Crimea region has made newer NATO members ineastern Europe, particularly in the Baltics, nervous about a newly assertive Moscow.

On atrip to Europethis week, Obama has been at pains to reassure these countries that the United States and the rest of NATO would defend them if they were ever attacked.

Speaking after a summit with EU leaders in Brussels, Obama said NATO foreign ministers meeting next week should make sure the alliance had up-to-date contingency plans to defend all allies, including those in central and eastern Europe.

NATO should also do more to ensure it puts in place a regular NATO presence among states that feel vulnerable to Russian pressure, Obama said.

He gave no details, but said: I think there are ways that we can do that that can be accommodated by our existing assets.

U.S. officials have said the Pentagon will more than double the number of US fighter jets on a NATO air patrol mission in the Baltic and do more training with Polands air force as it strives to reassure allies alarmed by the crisis inUkraine.

NATO Secretary-GeneralAnders FoghRasmussen, criticizing Russias reckless and illegal military actions in Ukraine, said he agreed with Obamas call for additional measures to enhance our collective defense, including updated and further developed defense plans, enhanced exercises, and appropriate deployments.

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BRUSSELS – NATO needs to boost its presence in eastern European countries that feel vulnerable to Russia after its annexation of Crimea, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.

Some defense experts have said the Crimea crisis could put NATO membership for Ukraine and Georgia back on the agenda, but Obama said neither country was on a path to NATO membership and there were no immediate plans to expand the 28-member alliance.

Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region has made newer NATO members in eastern Europe, particularly in the Baltics, nervous about a newly assertive Moscow.

On a trip to Europe this week, Obama has been at pains to reassure these countries that the United States and the rest of NATO would defend them if they were ever attacked.

Speaking after a summit with EU leaders in Brussels, Obama said NATO foreign ministers meeting next week should make sure the alliance had up-to-date contingency plans to defend all allies, including those in central and eastern Europe.

NATO should also do more to ensure it puts in place “a regular NATO presence” among states that feel vulnerable to Russian pressure, Obama said.

He gave no details, but said: “I think there are ways that we can do that that can be accommodated by our existing assets.”

U.S. officials have said the Pentagon will more than double the number of U.S. fighter jets on a NATO air patrol mission in the Baltic and do more training with Poland’s air force as it strives to reassure allies alarmed by the crisis in Ukraine.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, criticising Russia’s “reckless and illegal military actions in Ukraine”, said he agreed with Obama’s call for “additional measures to enhance our collective defense, including updated and further developed defence plans, enhanced exercises, and appropriate deployments.”

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EMCC Opens Baseball Season Friday

Bolstered by 18 sophomores and the return of six starters in the field, the East Mississippi Community College baseball team is set to open the 2014 campaign by competing in the two-day Carl McInnis Classic, hosted by Northwest Florida State College, Friday and Saturday in Niceville, Fla. Head coach Chris Roses experienced EMCC ballclub will take on the host Raiders of NWF State Friday at 11 a.m.

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Georgia Tech/FIU Researchers Study Foldable Antenna Designs

Doug Lung / RF Report 02.03.2014 10:23 AM Georgia Tech/FIU Researchers Study Foldable Antenna Designs Japanese origami provides basis for work By using origami geometries we can reconfigure antennas to whatever shape fits our purpose.

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The following is a list of prominent persons who are known to have attended one or more conferences organized by the Bilderberg Group. The list is currently organized by category. It is not a complete list and it includes both living and deceased people. Where known, the year(s) they attended are denoted in brackets.

European Union Commissioners who have attended include:

“What do Henry Kissinger, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Colin Powell, David Rockefeller and IBM Chairman Louis Gerstner have in common?

“They are among 120 dignitaries from Europe and the United States meeting at a secluded resort in Georgia as part of an organization called the Bilderberg Group.

“For four days that began Thursday, the group’s influential guests are part of an informal think tank on world issues.”

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No to War, No to NATO | The Nation

With President Obama announcing his new strategy for US/NATO escalation in Afghanistan, the April 3-4 NATO Summit in Baden-Baden and Kehl, Germany, and in Strasbourg, France, takes on added urgency — as will the demonstrations by thousands of protestors from over 20 European countries and the US.

Member states will attempt to use the summit as an occasion to celebrate the alliance’s 60th anniversary, France’s return to NATO, and perhaps offer a new “Strategic Concept” as an interventionist force around the world. Activists will articulate an alternative vision focused on securing global peace and confronting domestic challenges at home, including a call for the dissolution of NATO.

Beginning April 1, a diverse coalition of activists will participate in training camps, demonstrations, conferences, workshops, and non-violent blockades. At a moment when international cooperation on economic and human security interests is needed more than ever, the protestors view a US-led, expansionist NATO as destabilizing and dangerous. What was originally designed as a defense alliance against the Warsaw Pact has taken on a very different post-Cold War, global interventionist role.

Activists see a NATO with bases on every continent; a military force that organizers say accounts for more than 75 percent of global military expenditures and drains resources that might otherwise address needs like education, job creation, and poverty; “out of area” operations in Kosovo, Afghanistan, the Mediterranean Sea, and a training mission in Iraq; a destabilizing presence pushing a “missile defense” system, ignoring international law, expanding to Russia’s doorstep, and maintaining a first-strike option — all fueling a renewed arms race. (Recently, popular opposition to the proposed Czech-based radar system for US missile defense was a key factor in bringing down the ruling government there. Peace activist Jan Tamas led a hunger strike that galvanized opposition and he will be speaking at the “counter summit” in Strasbourg.)

Elsa Rassbach, a US citizen and filmmaker who has lived much of the time in Berlin since the mid-1990s, is a member of the International Coordinating Committee that is planning many of the activities of this broad coalition. She said that the need to respond to the occasion of NATO’s 60th anniversary has brought “a lot of different strands” together to collaborate since last June. “For example,” she said, “in the German peace movement — not only the large peace organizations and some Members of the German Parliament, but also smaller groups concerned about military bases used to conduct US/NATO wars, people concerned about atomic weaponsthe social movements — the fact that militarization is costing too much. German youth and people concerned with soldier resistance and conscientious objector issues. We’re bringing disparate movements and organizations together — both large and small — for the NATO action.”

Participants will include national and international groups representing the peace, human rights and anti-globalization movements, as well as students and youth groups. Also represented are trade unions, parliamentary Left and Green parties, and Attac. In all, 600 organizations from 33 countries — including Iraq, Afghanistan, Japan, Georgia, Brazil, Guinea, the Philippines and Turkey — have endorsed the campaign’s “No to War, No to NATO” appeal.

US participants include United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ), Code Pink, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Iraq Veterans against the War (IVAW), Peace Action, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and others.

Perhaps no issue will be more prominent at the Summit and the protests than the War in Afghanistan and Pakistan. EU and NATO troops and resources are key to President Obama’s new plan for escalation, and most Europeans are strongly opposed to the war (though many favor humanitarian aid, reconstruction projects, etc.) In Germany, for example, surveys suggest opposition as high as 70 percent.

Andreas Speck, member of the International Coordination Committee, and also the War Resisters’ International which is participating in non-violent, civil disobedience, said: “This Summit is really important to NATO for taking its next step in becoming a global intervention force — obviously, NATO’s operation in Afghanistan will be an important topic. We want to show that Afghanistan is no better than Iraq — it’s a war that is not justified and we are completely opposed to this military operation.”

Rassbach agreed. “We want Americans to understand that the reason this opposition to NATO is emerging is that NATO — originally supposed to be a defensive alliance — is being converted into a very aggressive force to intervene around the world, and Afghanistan is a prime example,” she said. “Afghanistan is a key test for the out of area’ intervention concept.”

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The following is a list of prominent persons who are known to have attended one or more conferences organized by the Bilderberg Group. The list is currently organized by category. It is not a complete list and it includes both living and deceased people. Where known, the year(s) they attended are denoted in brackets.

European Union Commissioners who have attended include:

“What do Henry Kissinger, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Colin Powell, David Rockefeller and IBM Chairman Louis Gerstner have in common?

“They are among 120 dignitaries from Europe and the United States meeting at a secluded resort in Georgia as part of an organization called the Bilderberg Group.

“For four days that began Thursday, the group’s influential guests are part of an informal think tank on world issues.”

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