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Picks of the Week: Russia-Georgia War; No Help for Workers

POSTED: 06:43 PM ET, 09/19/2008 by Derek Kravitz

In a regular feature of Post Investigations, our editors have combed through the in-depth and investigative reports from news outlets across the nation and selected the notable projects of the week.

Get the complete list (in no particular order) after the jump.

NY Times: Phone Records Paint 'Complicated' Picture of War

Cell phone recordings allegedly documenting a troop movement near the Russia-Georgia border have raised new questions about the five-day war in August that Georgia and Russia each say was started by the other side, The New York Times reports.

Georgian officials allowed The Times to gather audio files of phone calls that allegedly detail a troop buildup by the Russians into a separatist enclave in the sovereign South Ossetia, nearly a full day before Georgia's attack on South Ossetia's capital in early August.

The Times hired an independent Ossetian linguist in Russia to translate the recordings and found the translations authentic, reporting that they paint a "more complicated picture of the critical last hours before war broke out."

Russian officials said the conversations simply detail a routine troop rotation, which the Georgians claim is prohibited by a treaty between the two countries.

Charlotte Observer: N.C. Labor Laws Failing to Help Workers

Very few of the roughly 800 people who file complaints in North Carolina about worker's compensation claims or unsafe working conditions get their jobs back and investigators sometimes dismiss cases without interviewing workers, an investigation by the Charlotte Observer found.

North Carolina's Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act prohibits employers from firing or punishing employees for filing a worker's compensation claim or complaining about unsafe working conditions.

But only 1 percent of complainants get their jobs back and the state hasn't taken an employer to court on behalf of a worker in seven years, the Observer found.

By Derek Kravitz |  September 19, 2008; 6:43 PM ET Top Picks
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"phone calls that allegedly detail a troop buildup by the Russians into a separatist enclave in the sovereign South Ossetia, nearly a full day before Georgia's attack on South Ossetia's capital in early August."

Oh My Gosh! This proves everything that the Jew Media has been beating us over the head with!

Posted by: Jew Media | September 19, 2008 8:07 PM

Oh My Gosh! This proves everything that the Jew Media has been beating us over the head with!
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Silence! You filthy negroid goyim! Anti-Shmoot! Anti-Shmoot!

Posted by: Upset Jew | September 19, 2008 8:11 PM

just another neocon jew propaganda fable.

Posted by: jack | September 19, 2008 8:14 PM

I wish that more of us could see the empty
end of this dialogue.The slavic people are not poodles nor obediant poodles.

Posted by: dwight | September 19, 2008 9:13 PM

I wish to appologise for my English or lock of it as I am not a native of English land Than You

Posted by: dwight | September 19, 2008 9:19 PM

I would've included the Sarah Palin Baby Name Generator: http://politsk.blogspot.com/2008/09/sarah_13.html

Posted by: Maria Orlando | September 19, 2008 11:27 PM

Don't we have a capable spy satellite system which could tell us unambiguously whether there was a Russian troop build up?

Posted by: Drasko Jovanovic | September 19, 2008 11:55 PM

"I would've included the Sarah Palin Baby Name Generator:"

nothing liberal women hate more then a successful woman

Posted by: fake ld | September 20, 2008 3:56 AM

"I would've included the Sarah Palin Baby Name Generator:"
Posted by: Maria Orlando

Nothing liberal women hate more then a successful career woman with a family.

on topic: oh the NYT has something to say, how cute. I remember when they were pushing WMDs being found in Iraq. Lemme know when they get some credibility to back their claims. Same goes with the US & Georgian governments.

Posted by: fld | September 20, 2008 3:59 AM

Some five hundred Russian and Georgian peacekeepers were deployed in South Ossetia in accordance with the 1992 and 1996 agreements between South Ossetia and Georgia, with Russia acting as a mediator. OSCE observers were also deployed in the region since 1992. Obviously, neither Russian nor Georgian peacekeepers lived on a permanent basis at their checkpoints and in their trenches. Those troops were rotated on a regular basis, including their APCs, trucks and jeeps. Any major movements by Russian forces would have been detected by NATO satellite reconnaissance, by residents of North Ossetia, by numerous journalists in the province, as well as by OSCE observers. "Phone records" or not, you can't sneak in 150 tank and 10,000 troops along the only road in the area without everyone noticing. Unless those sneaky Russian bastards copied Star Trek's transporter technology in installed it on every rusty T-72.

Posted by: Veniamin Nikolayev | September 20, 2008 4:38 AM

The fact that they had all these troops and tanks just WAITING to attack Georgia is indicative of the Russian plans.

Posted by: Mike | September 20, 2008 1:49 PM

When Fau 2 were falling on London, the English speaking world was far better educated regarding value of phone calls.

Was it not for Russian soul taking Fritz's out of his boots at Stalingrad, those phone calls would of being eventually played as an valid excuse for Fau 2, remember?

Posted by: Miron | September 20, 2008 2:34 PM

The official UN report came out and it specifically states that Georgia started this conflict, but yet she is somehow the victim. I wonder if Poland agreeing to missile defense had anything to do w. it?

and to FLD: T-72 must be what the Georgians were using because as far as i know Russian military already exports T-93's, (meaning they were using the t-96 ; P )which make America's M1-Abrahams look like a piece of wwII tech.

Posted by: Dimmox | September 20, 2008 6:06 PM

I just want the Bush goberment out of the White house as soon as posible.

This goberment is just looking for war all over the plane; with everyone that do not agreet with their form of goberning.

Could them use the great America power to meke friends not enemies?

Posted by: Jacinto | September 20, 2008 7:08 PM

Who wrote this? Time to license these reporters I say!!!!

Posted by: garynj33 | September 21, 2008 2:03 AM

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