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Georgia: Guantanamo Prisoners Pose NO Threat

Posted by Info on 30/03/2010

The Georgian government made the decision to accept several detainees as part of the strategic partnership with the United States. Three people is not any threat for the Georgian state.
One senior Ministry of Internal Affairs official underlined that the trio will live “normal lives” in their host country.

A special group of ministry representatives traveled to the Guantanamo prison in December 2009 to interview possible detainees for relocation. The Georgian government was satisfied that the men are not dangerous, although wanted to confirm that they were not “psychologically damaged.”
The men have already contacted their families, and are free to bring them to Georgia if they wish.

That it is often in the men’s best interests not to be identified. Family members at home could face retribution.
Another concern is the reaction in the host country.
The men are currently housed in Tbilisi and have been provided with language tutors to help them learn Georgian.
The Georgian government is not paying for the men’s accommodations or needs.

So far, however, ordinary Georgians, long used to riding the waves of larger powers’ foreign policies, appear to have responded to the trio’s arrival with equanimity.
The three men have, in fact, already contributed to the country’s rich culture of self-deprecating jokes.

A cartoon published on March 29 by the weekly newspaper Kviris Palitra illustrated their reaction to being transferred to Georgia, a country still struggling to recover from the 2008 war with Russia and years of economic decline.

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Shahidi or Black Widows = Women As Suicide Bombers – “Blood Revenge”

Posted by Info on 30/03/2010

Chechen terrorist groups have regularly recruited women to act as suicide bombersthe Black Widows.

These women are willing, even eager, to become martyrs, often driven by a desire for revenge on Russia after witnessing the deaths of children, husbands or other relatives in the two Chechen wars of the Nineties.

The principle of “BLOOD REVENGE” is extremely strong among ethnic groups in the North Caucasus and surviving family members often see it as a duty to avenge the killing of relatives.

Another cases knowed of women blackmailed and indoctrinated into taking part in attacks because they have run up unpayable debts or been raped and told they are disgraced in the eyes of Chechnya’s highly conservative society.

The Black Widows draw their name from the full-length black dress that many have worn at terrorist attacks, around which they wear belts packed with explosives and shrapnel. Nineteen of the 41 terrorists who took 700 hostages in 2002 siege at Moscow’s Dubrovka theatre were Black Widows.

Two Black Widows were also among the terrorists involved at Beslan’s School Number One in 2004, when 344 people died including 186 children. Reports at the time suggested at least one of the women expressed doubts and was blown up by a male accomplice. .

They strike particular fear among Russians, who find it hard to conceive the depths of hatred towards them because of sanitised media coverage of the Kremlin’s military campaign in Chechnya.

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