21:28 GMT +310 December 2016


    • Syrian pro-government forces walk amidst the rubble in old Aleppo's Jdeideh neighbourhood on December 9, 2016
      Last update: 20:04 10.12.2016
      20:04 10.12.2016

      West Deprived of 'Heavy Arguments' Against Russia, Damascus in Aleppo

      The full liberation of Aleppo will strengthen the position of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and lift the spirit of the Syrians who struggle for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Arab Republic, a French political scientist believes. Meanwhile, Russia's consistent strategy in Syria received praise from many of the regional players.

    • A general view shows the skyline of a central business district in Beijing
      Last update: 18:03 10.12.2016
      18:03 10.12.2016

      China Already Has 'Plan B' to Cope With Trump's 'Unpredictability'

      The Chinese are brilliant strategists and they have already worked out a plan B on how to deal with the "unpredictable" US President-elect Trump, Tom McGregor, Commentator and Editor at China Network Television told Radio Sputnik, adding that the selection of Iowa Gov. Branstad for US Ambassador to China sends a positive signal to Beijing.

    • A fighter from the Syrian pro-government forces mans a riffle inside a damaged house in the recently recaptured village of Joubah during an offensive towards the area of Al-Bab in Aleppo province, on November 25, 2016
      Last update: 11:54 10.12.2016
      11:54 10.12.2016

      Apple of Discord? Syrian Arab Army, Kurds and Turks Seeking to Liberate Al-Bab

      The struggle to liberate Aleppo is the centerpiece of the Russo-Syrian counter-terrorism operation in Syria, Husnu Mahalli, a Turkish expert on Middle Eastern affairs, told Sputnik. After having liberated Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army is likely to advance on Idlib and al-Bab, the expert asserts.

    • Censorship
      Last update: 08:08 10.12.2016
      08:08 10.12.2016

      Washington Post, State Dept. 'Fake News' Lists Threaten Freedom of Speech in US

      The lists of alleged "fake news" sites being disseminated by the Washington Post and other corporate media outlets as well as bureaucrats at the US Department of State are a direct threat to continued freedom of speech in the United States, US analysts told Sputnik.

    • A Turkish soldier on an armoured personnel carrier waves as they drive from the border back to their base in Karkamis on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern Gaziantep province, Turkey, August 27, 2016
      Last update: 19:46 09.12.2016
      19:46 09.12.2016

      Road to Al-Bab: 'It's in Turkey's National Interests to Team Up With Russia, Syrian Arab Army'

      From the very beginning Washington opposed Ankara's military operations in Syria, retired Turkish Air Force Lt. Gen. Erdogan Karakus told Sputnik. According to Karakus it's in Turkey's national interests to team up closely with Russia, Damascus in Syria.

    • MI6 chief Alex Younger speaks at MI6's Vauxhall Cross headquarters in central London, in this still image from video, Britain December 8, 2016.
      Last update: 19:33 09.12.2016
      19:33 09.12.2016

      Britain's New Intelligence Chief is Living in an Upside Down World

      by John Wight

      Just when we thought it could not get any worse for a British establishment that has been floundering around in a perfidious swamp of dishonor when it comes to its foreign policy in recent times, up pops the new head of MI6 in the shape of Alex Younger with an opening speech in his new role to prove us wrong.

    • Syrian pro-government troops hold a position in Aleppo's eastern Karm al-Jabal neighborhood as they advance towards al-Shaar neighbourhood on December 5, 2016 during their offensive to retake Syria's second city.
      Last update: 16:58 09.12.2016
      16:58 09.12.2016

      Losing Aleppo: Western Countries Panicking Over Their Lack of a Plan B in Syria

      Commenting on the West's threats to impose sanctions on Russia over Syria, former Canadian diplomat Patrick Armstrong told Radio Sputnik that Western leaders are panicking because they "don't have a plan B in Syria." The Western establishment has yet to understand that the global trend has changed, the analyst noted.

    • Statue of Liberty
      Last update: 13:45 09.12.2016
      13:45 09.12.2016

      After USSR's Fall: US Squandered Chance of Becoming World Leader in 21st Century

      The latest Sputnik.Polls survey has indicated growing skepticism about the US' role as a world leader among Europeans. Speaking to Sputnik, Spanish expert Pere Ortega and Turkish analyst Mehmet Ali Guller shed light on the reasons why the 21st century has not become the era of American dominance.

    • Carter Page, an adviser to US President-elect Donald Trump, speaks at the graduation ceremony for the New Economic School in Moscow, Russia.
      Last update: 21:28 08.12.2016
      21:28 08.12.2016

      'Public Diplomacy': Trump's Ex-Advisor Sent to Moscow 'to Test the Water, Build Bridges'

      Carter Page's December trip to Moscow has prompted a lively debate about the genuine purpose of the visit of US President-elect Donald Trump's former foreign policy advisor to Russia. Page's major goals are to test the water and, possibly, to start building bridges, Russian political analyst Dmitry Abzalov told Radio Sputnik.

    • Governor of Iowa Terry Branstad arrives to meet with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S
      Last update: 19:33 08.12.2016
      19:33 08.12.2016

      The Branstad Factor: Trump's Pick for Ambassador to China Sends Important Signal to Beijing

      Terry Branstad's selection as US ambassador to China signals that US President-elect Donald Trump attaches great importance to the US-China relationship, Russian academic Alexander Larin told Sputnik. For his turn, Chinese expert Liu Jianyong remarked that Trump needs some help to understand China better.

    • Syrian pro-government troops hold a position in Aleppo's eastern Karm al-Jabal neighborhood as they advance towards al-Shaar neighbourhood on December 5, 2016 during their offensive to retake Syria's second city.
      Last update: 16:02 08.12.2016
      16:02 08.12.2016

      How to Transform the Syrian Army Into a Force Capable of Ending the Conflict

      by Suliman Mulhem

      The Syrian army, backed by Russian warplanes, and an array of allied militias, is now in control of over 70% of the East Aleppo pocket. Although the complete liberation of Aleppo is inevitable, pro-government forces are in need of further improvements to help them score a decisive, nation-wide victory in a reasonable timeframe.

    • U.S. President-elect Donald Trump
      Last update: 21:47 07.12.2016
      21:47 07.12.2016

      Trump Unable 'to Pursue a Detente With Russia Single-Handedly'

      Although US President-elect Donald Trump has signaled willingness to establish a stable basis for US-Russian bilateral relations, the US establishment and NATO are likely to throw a wrench in the works, James W. Carden, former advisor to the US-Russia Presidential Commission at the US State Department, believes.

    • Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn attends an event commemorating the death of King Chulalongkorn, known as King Rama V, as he joins people during the mourning of his father, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, at the Royal Plaza in Bangkok, Thailand. (File)
      Last update: 20:24 07.12.2016
      20:24 07.12.2016

      'Unwanted Government': What's Really Behind Thai Student Jatupat's Facebook Post

      There is more to Thai activist Jatupat's infamous Facebook post than meets the eye, geopolitical analyst Tony Cartalucci told Sputnik, adding that Jatupat belongs to a Western-backed group of "student activists" engaged in undermining the Thai government. Cartalucci noted that the group's activities can be traced back to Soros's Open Society.

    • Donald Trump
      Last update: 15:28 07.12.2016
      15:28 07.12.2016

      'Patience Bears Sweet Fruit': Beijing Adopted Watch-and-Wait Policy Toward Trump

      US President-elect Donald Trump's "unpredictability" has prompted growing concerns among the US' longstanding allies and partners in both Europe and Asia. However, Beijing remains calm and unwavering regardless of Trump's tough rhetoric toward China.

    • Gold bars and a Swiss Franc coin are seen in this illustration picture taken at the Austrian Gold and Silver Separating Plant 'Oegussa' in Vienna November 7, 2014
      Last update: 21:02 06.12.2016
      21:02 06.12.2016

      Precious Metal's Slide: Russia, China Jump at Golden Opportunity

      While experts predict that gold prices will continue to slide in 2017, Russia and China are increasing their holdings of the precious metal at a growing pace. What lies behind this gold-buying spree?

    • Russian defense ministry's mobile hospital in Aleppo comes under gunfire attack
      Last update: 19:09 06.12.2016
      19:09 06.12.2016

      Western Media Coverage of Aleppo - Enough Is Enough

      by John Wight

      The killing and wounding of Russian medical personnel in a rocket attack on a military field hospital in Aleppo raises again the question of who is actively lending support to the terrorists in Syria, people depicted in the West as 'moderates' in a monstrous inversion of the truth.

    • French Prime Minister Manuel Valls speaks during the questions to the government session at the National Assembly in Paris, France, July 6, 2016
      Last update: 17:50 06.12.2016
      17:50 06.12.2016

      A Right-Wing Kind of Socialist: Manuel Valls Throws His Hat in the Ring

      Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has thrown his hat in the ring as presidential candidate from the Left. Valls, whom French journalist Christine Bierre dubbed "a more energetic Atlanticist version of Francois Hollande," aims to unify France's Left discouraged by the swift rise of the Right.

    • Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, center, speaks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel
      Last update: 14:51 06.12.2016
      14:51 06.12.2016

      Post Renzi Worries 'Fake and Orchestrated', EU Has a Troika Flavored 'Plan B' for Italy

      by Daniele Pozzati

      Following the downfall of Italian PM Matteo Renzi, several scenarios of what will happen next are on the table. Italian MEP Marco Zanni and geopolitical expert Dr. Daniele Scalea told Sputnik about the possibility of 'Greece 2.0' style crisis and the powerplay between Italy's interim government, the EU and the international creditors.

    • Media coverage
      Last update: 13:56 06.12.2016
      13:56 06.12.2016

      The Bent Truth or How Unfounded Syria Coverage Shapes Anti-Assad Sentiment

      by Suliman Mulhem

      Because of nation-wide fighting in Syria for the past few years, journalists have had little access to the country. As a result, unofficial networks and sources have played a large role in relaying developments in Syria to the international community. Many of these groups have manipulated events in Syria to suit their own political agendas.

    • US 100 dollar banknotes and Chinese 100 yuan banknotes are seen in this picture illustration in Beijing, China, January 21, 2016.
      Last update: 16:35 05.12.2016
      16:35 05.12.2016

      China's Growing Economic Power Sowing Panic in Washington

      by John Wight

      Donald Trump's decision to establish direct contact with Taiwan via a telephone conversation with the breakaway territory's president, Tsai Ing-wen, has predictably gone down like a lead balloon in Beijing. Question is: does the president-elect care?