posted on Apr, 20 2005 @ 06:16 PM
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with President Putin and said that he must relax his grip on centralized power and permit and independent
media. "For the U.S.-Russia relationship to really deepen and for Russia to gain its full potential, there needs to be democratic development," Rice
said in a televised interview.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday that Russia's president must relax his tight grip on power and encourage an independent media.
In her first trip to Russia since becoming secretary of state, Rice also assured Russian President Vladimir Putin that deepening relations between the
United States and former Soviet states do not pose a threat to Moscow.
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Meanwhile, in the United States, there is a headlong rush to install electronic voting machines
have been demonstrated to have security issues and which do not have a paper trail that would permit a recount. And, of course, questions remain
about the difference in exit polling results and election tallies in the 2004 election -- which in similar circumstances in the Ukraine was cause to
overturn the election.
In addition, the PATRIOT ACT has given new and extraordinary powers to the Federal government.
In media news, the FCC's deregulation program has resulted in one of the smallest number of media owners in history.
All of which makes one wonder just who Condi thinks she is to lecture Putin.
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