Russia

What is Merkel’s Mideast role in Trump-Putin era?

Against the backdrop of US President Donald Trump’s conservative nationalistic policies, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is being described by the media as the new leader of the free world. Uri Savir Al Monitor Her open-minded and humanitarian views and policies on the immigration of Middle East refugees to Germany despite numerous terror attacks by Islamist terrorists in her country have gained respect in many liberal capitals in… What is Merkel’s Mideast… Read More »

Two and a half minutes to Midnight

Finally the telephone has rung and Gentiloni, after a long and nervous wait, managed to hear the voice of the new US President, Donald Trump. Manlio Dinucci Voltaire The thrust of the telephone call – informs Palazzo Chigi – [is] the “historical friendship and collaboration between Italy and the US”, in the context of “Nato’s fundamental importance”. However, the Italian… Two and a half… Read More »

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

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

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

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 »

Why Putin needs Orbán

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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 »

The Irish novel that seduced the USSR

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 »