Saturday, December 04, 2010

REVELATIONS: Wikileaks and The Caucasus (

By Liana Aghajanian on November 28, 2010 7:08 pm

Wikileaks, the international organization publishing confidential and unavailable documents from anonymous sources released more than 250,000 classified US diplomatic cables to El Pais, Le Monde, Der Spiegal, Guardian and the New York Times news organization today and has so far released a miniscule 220 documents on their own site, with more on the way.
The documents have revealed a slew of information on how the U.S views the world.
“Never before in history has a superpower lost control of such vast amounts of such sensitive information — data that can help paint a picture of the foundation upon which US foreign policy is built,” the editorial staff of
Der Spiegel wrote. “Never before has the trust America’s partners have in the country been as badly shaken.”
What does this mean for the countries of the Caucasus?

Here’s a summary:


more links:

* US embassy cables: A wedding feast, the Caucasus way:

* A Caucasus Wedding by Kerkko Paananen:

* From Wikileaks, A Caucasus Wedding Feast to Remember:

* Reading during a short break some recent wikileaks documents, I found one very useful for somebody interested in the history of the former communist space, but also in perceptions and misperceptions. This is the cable about a wedding in Dagestan, with short sociological and historical observations about the society, the puzzle of ethnic minorities, the origin of the new stake-holders. more here:

* Cable Intermezzo: A Caucasus Wedding:

* Wedding in the Caucasus: The US Ambassador Learns that Cognac Is Like Wine:

* US-Depesche zu Hochzeit im Kaukasus: High-Society-Gelage mit Geldregen:

* WikiLeaks-revealed details of Russian Caucasus wedding are disputed, laughed off:

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