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When the guns go silent who foots the bill? China is ready

Syria - Asia Times

President Vladimir Putin may be hammering out an endgame in Damascus, but Russia has no money to rebuild once the shooting stops, but Beijing does Sami Moubayed Asia Times All signals from the Trump White House indicate that the new US President is seemingly ready and willing to outsource the entire Syrian conflict to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, who will be given a free hand to… When the guns go… Read More »

Much Ado About Russia

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Vladimir Putin is looking for an apology from Fox News over Bill O’Reilly’s comment calling the Russian president “a killer.” David Krayden The Daily Caller I don’t know if he wants to sit down with O’Reilly over a few jiggers of Russian vodka or if he is insisting on a statement being read by the management in prime time. The words were… Much Ado About Russia Read More »

Ukraine Flare-Up Lays Bare Fears in Europe’s East

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Renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine is quickly turning into a litmus test of Russia’s intentions in backing Ukrainian separatist rebels, and the real willingness of the West, in particular the… Magdalena Grono ICG Fears over Washington’s wavering may also cause positions to harden in the… Ukraine Flare-Up… Read More »

Europe, this time we’re counting on you to save us

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 28: President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office of the White House, January 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. Also pictured, from left, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. On Saturday, President Trump is making several phone calls with world leaders from Japan, Germany, Russia, France and Australia. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Without you, we might all be speaking Russian soon. Alex Finley Politico Dear Europe, You’ve heard us… Europe, this time… Read More »

Why Putin needs Orbán

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - FEBRUARY 17:  Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban converse during a signing ceremony of several agreements between the two countries at Parliament on February 17, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. Putin is in Budapest on a one-day visit, his first visit to an EU-member country since he attended ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasions in France in June, 2014.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Russia looks to Budapest and the new Trump reality to bring down sanctions wall. Lili Bayer Politico BUDAPEST — As Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares to make a rare trip to the European Union Thursday, his choice of destination — Hungary — reveals a shift in the Kremlin’s strategy in Europe following the… Why Putin needs… Read More »

EU Leader Identifies Russia, China, Trump as Threats

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European Union President Donald Tusk says China, Russia and the U.S. administration of President Donald Trump are among the top external threats facing the… VoA His remarks came in a letter to 27 EU leaders before a summit Friday in… “Particularly the change in… EU Leader Identifies… Read More »

Why Russia is about to decriminalise wife-beating

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The Duma’s war on women It fits with traditional values, lawmakers say The Economist SHOULD it be a crime for a husband to hit his wife? In many countries this question no longer needs… But not in Russia, where the Duma (parliament) voted this week to decriminalise domestic violence against family members unless it is a… Why Russia is… Read More »

UN Braces as Trump’s Detente With Russia Upsets Balance of Power

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President Donald Trump’s outreach to Russia is reverberating through the United Nations, where U.S. allies worry that a partnership between Washington and Moscow could undermine a historic balance of power dating to the early days of the Cold War. Kambiz Foroohar Bloomberg For decades, the five veto-wielding members of the 15-nation Security Council have fallen into two camps — France, the U.K. and the U.S., referred to as the P3, on one side and Russia and China on the other. ... Read More »

Why is Russia so happy with Trump?

Russia - Al Jazeera

The Russian ruling elite is hoping it would be able to negotiate a new world order with Trump. Ivan Kurilla Al Jazeera News The inauguration of Donald J Trump as the 45th President of the United States caused anger, anxiety, and demonstrations across the world. Few were the countries that… Why is Russia so happy… Read More »

In the Baltics, waiting for history to start up again

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As the Trump era begins, Lithuanians are preparing for the worst. Vijai Maheshwari Politco VILNIUS, Lithuania — A large plaque located in a central square in Lithuania’s capital city enshrines a phrase uttered by U.S. President George W. Bush during a visit in 2002: “Anyone who would choose Lithuania as an… In the Baltics, waiting for… Read More »

Astana: What talks?

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With each round of peace talks, it is further clarified that Syrians under siege are not the key factor in negotiations. Malak Chabkoun Al Jazeera News Perhaps one of the biggest examples of the disconnect between Syrians inside Syria and Syrians sitting at the negotiating table in Astana this week is seen in a video produced by Shaam News Network, in which several… Astana: What… Read More »

How Europe’s elections could be hacked

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Russian hackers meddled in the U.S. election campaign. Alanna Petroff CNN Now they’re turning their attention to Europe. France, Germany and the… How Europe’s elections… Read More »

The Irish novel that seduced the USSR

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The Gadfly, an English-language book barely known in the West became a sensation behind the Iron Curtain, writes Benjamin Ramm. Benjamin Ramm BBC News One of the most popular English-language novels of the 20th Century is almost unknown in the English-speaking world – a global phenomenon in translation, now neglected in its original form. The Gadfly, by Irish writer… The Irish novel that… Read More »

Russia blocks Dailymotion over copyright infringement

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Russian authorities have ordered the blocking of video website Dailymotion after a reality TV station complained of copyright infringement, the channel’s owner said Wednesday. French Press Agency Daily Sabah A Moscow court “approved the demand by the Piatnitsa channel to block Dailymotion on Russian territory” on December 2, the station’s owner Gazprom Media said in a statement. The site was still accessible… Russia blocks Dailymotion over… Read More »

Human rights now face their gravest threat – Trumpism

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With a populist in the White House, only resistance can protect rights the world struggled to enshrine Natalie Nougayrède The Guardian Remember the 1990s? Anyone who cares about… Human rights now face… Read More »

Could Russian hacking pose a threat to Australian democracy?

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The Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee over the past two years might seem like a very American news story, inseparable from the lead characters of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and hyped as only the polarised media of that country can do it. Greg Austin The Conversation But when we look more deeply, we see a very threatening reality that concerns all governments, liberal democratic or authoritarian. Australia should take note. The UK parliament is… Could Russian hacking ... Read More »