Traditionally the Thai royal family is known to publicly stay out of the country’s politics. However, an unprecedented move by one royal member has created a political earthquake in the Southeast Asian nation. Sputnik spoke about it journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s much-touted Green New Deal proposes a nationwide mobilization to combat climate change, treating it as a crisis on par with the the Great Depression or Second World War. However, an activist told Sputnik Friday the resolution is vague, “a mirror through which anybody can see what they want to see.”
Recent suggestions made by Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos that Saudi Arabia might've had a hand in the release of his private text messages are "just bizarre," Ted Rall, an award-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist, told Sputnik.
Metropolitan police to be equipped with some new devices, including spit hoods or spit guards, that are meant to protect the officers from dangerous infections. Sputnik discussed the changes with Kirsty Brimelow, Barrister and Queens's Counsel.
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - French President Emmanuel Macron is sowing divide in Europe by recalling the ambassador from Rome for consultations only due to own personal frictions with the Italian leadership, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, the president of the Gaullist Debout la France (France Arise) party and a former presidential candidate, told Sputnik.
Despite the EU repeatedly claiming that further negotiations are not possible; British Prime Minister Theresa May has claimed that she can still force Brussels to make significant concessions and get her deal through parliament. Is this a real possibility or is she, as some have suggested, living in a fantasy world?
France has recalled its ambassador to Rome, Christian Masset, in response to "unprecedented attacks" by the Italian government. Sputnik has discussed the issue with Mario Borghezio, a Member of the European Parliament for Italy’s Lega party, and Claude Blanchemaison, a former French ambassador to Italy.
MOSCOW (Sputnik), Valentina Shvartsman - A record high number of some 9,200 people have registered for the first general elections in Thailand since the 2014 coup, set to take place in March, an official from the Election Commission of Thailand told Sputnik on Friday.
The EU and most of the bloc's member states have thrown their weight behind self-proclaimed interim President Juan Guaido, following the US’ suit. Speaking to Sputnik, former Ambassador Paul Webster Hare, a British diplomat for 30 years, shared his views on the controversy simmering around the Venezuelan political and economic crisis.
Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, has written to the prime minister, offering to throw Labour’s support behind her Brexit deal if she makes five legally binding commitments – including joining a customs union with EU. Sputnik spoke about it to the Leader of UKIP Scotland Donald MacKay.
"Mobile phones should be banned from the dinner table", "Don't cross the road while using your phone" and "Children should not be allowed access to phones before bed." Those are just some of the suggestions made by the UK's four chief medical officers. Sputnik spoke about it to Bob Patton, Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, University of Surrey.
Former Brazilian President Lula has had his jail term for corruption extended by a further 12 years. Sputnik spoke with Octavio Luiz Motta Ferraz, Reader in Transnational Law at King’s College London, to find out is this justified or is Lula merely the victim of a changing political climate in the country.
Last week, the Foreign Ministers of Germany, France, and the United Kingdom announced the creation of a special purpose vehicle to facilitate legal trade with Iran, bypassing US sanctions, known as Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX).
According to reports on Google's fourth-quarter earnings, the company spends more money on European fines than it does in taxes.
The only way for Virginia's Democratic Party to start moving forward from the mess that unfolded over the last several days is with the resignation of Gov. Ralph Northam, Rebecca Keel, an organizer and member of the Southerners on New Ground, told Sputnik.
On Thursday, representatives from over a dozen countries met in Uruguay for a conference of neutral nations on the Venezuelan crisis. Their goal is to find a common ground for dialogue in the situation that rapidly approaches either military intervention or civil war.
US President Donald Trump has delivered his second State of the Union address. Sputnik discussed the speech with Ric Simmons, a former federal prosecutor and law professor at Ohio State University.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to urge EU leaders to introduce changes to the terms of the Brexit agreement concerning the Northern Ireland backstop.
France recalled its envoy from Rome after Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio met with "yellow vests" representatives and supported the protesters. According to Paris, it was a provocation, while Di Maio stated that his meeting was legitimate as he had no ill intention. Sputnik has discussed the row with political analyst Nicola Mirkovic.
Admiral John M. Richardson, chief of Naval Operations of the US Navy, said on Monday that the US and China are conducting a dialogue on military activities in the South China Sea.