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POLITICS: Rice to Russia: Try Democracy, Free Press

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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.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Meanwhile, in the United States, there is a headlong rush to install electronic voting machines which 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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[edit on 20-4-2005 by driley]

posted on Apr, 20 2005 @ 06:50 PM
Eh... what's the title got to do with story?

Anyhow, we do as we say and say as we do!

In case you're wondering who we is, it's U.S. Americans.

Just in case you're wondering.

P.S. We can't help that we're the envy of the world and that the rest of the world is just plain jealous of our accomplishments.

posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 03:57 PM
I'm just sayin' Rice should try having a functional democracy in the US before she lectures other people.

Oh, yeah, and an independant media -- what a great idea! The FCC should totally consider that.

posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 05:32 PM
I've never thought for a moment that Rice actually believes in democracy and free press. If she ran her own country, she'd probably be a totalitarian dictator who censors the media and has her own secret police.

Everyone in the U.S. government who talks too much is a liar.

posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 06:43 PM

Originally posted by sweatmonicaIdo

Everyone in the U.S. government who talks too much is a liar.

Strike the words "too much" and we probably have agreement.

Seriously, I wonder why US officals think they can get away with lecturing other nations. I'm no supporter of the People's Republic of China, but their annual report on human rights abuses in the United States makes a good case that the US would do well to clean its own house first.

China on US human rights

posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 07:13 PM
Yes to the sentiments of the harshest Rice critics above.

Like China getting stuck into the US for human rights abuses, this is another case of the pot calling the kettle black.

*MA, too quick. Read the post above yours.*

What I mean is, China getting stuck into the US is the pot calling the kettle black. But then, is the US getting stuck into China the pot calling the kettle black? Maybe all pots and kettles are black, and it's a fact of life.

Rice will know, but I thought Rice could be white or brown.

Go Pravda.

[edit on 21-4-2005 by MaskedAvatar]

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