The EU Commission has deemed the Nord Stream 2 project "not necessary"; the pipe was aimed at supplying Russian natural gas to the EU countries via the Baltic Sea and Germany.
"We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not fearful men, not descended from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes which were for the moment unpopular."
The US’ decision to have RT register as a “foreign agent” wasn’t surprising in and of itself, but the suddenness of the imposed deadline suggests that Washington doesn’t want the broadcaster to comply with these new regulations and that the government is looking for a “legal pretext” to shut the company down.
Anti-Russian hysteria in the US is at its zenith, Facebook and Twitter are joining the war games and it's becoming apparent where this is all headed.
Though the purge and arrest of dozens of leading Saudi officials, ministers and princes by 32-year old crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have taken many by surprise, considering Saudi Arabia exists at the epicenter of a range of crises within the world's most tempestuous region, it is a demarche which assumes the character of just another day.
We live in an age where racial prejudice is rightly regarded as a Quite Awful Thing. Celebrities publicly declare their support for "anti-racist" campaigns, and those who make what are deemed to be "racist" comments face severe career consequences. The trouble is though, "anti-racist" standards are not applied equally.
On 2 November 1917 the British government in the form of the country's then foreign secretary, Sir Arthur Balfour, addressed a letter to Lord Rothschild, a leading figure within the British Jewish community.
The US’ obsession with “proving” alleged “Russian meddling” in the 2016 election and America’s subsequent institutional destruction as a result will go down in history as representing the suicide of this former superpower’s soft power.
Catalan independence is not worth dying for. The region is not suffering oppression nor is it colonized. The Catalan independence movement is being driven by nothing more than cultural nationalism and economic self-interest. It is the self-determination of fools.
Just when you thought the anti-Russian conspiracy theories couldn't possibly get any loopier, they just did.
The US has a serious addiction problem. George W Bush previously warned about its “addiction to oil”. Current President Trump this week declared the nation’s addiction to opiate drugs an “emergency”. While his predecessor Barack Obama’s calls for firearms controls following numerous mass shootings fueled concerns of “gun addiction”.
Hillary Clinton's recent appearance at the Times/HSBC/Waterstones-sponsored Cheltenham Literary Festival, where she urged the west to "get tough" on Putin, Russia and its media outlets, was proof once again that these UK "festivals" have little to do with promoting great writing, but quite a lot to do with promoting neocon geopolitical narratives.
The deaths of four US soldiers in Niger, West Africa would no doubt have passed unremarked without the controversy concerning Trump's phone call to the widow of one of the men involved. However their deaths open up the wider question of US presence in Africa and US Africa Command within Washington's global strategic and military apparatus.
For five years, the Western journalists in Moscow and our own home-grown liberal commentators admired Pyotr Pavlensky. His “artistic performances,” such as nailing his scrotum to Red Square (“Fixation”) or setting the entrance to the Russian security service FSB ablaze (“The Threat”) were seen as an elaborate chess game with “Putin’s regime.”
Chinese premier Xi Jinping's opening speech at the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party was the most bullish and assertive by a Chinese leader since the era of Mao, no doubt drawing parallels with President Obama's controversial "pivot to Asia" speech in 2011 as Beijing's long overdue riposte.
In moving to reassert control of the city of Kirkuk from the Kurds, who hitherto had controlled the city under the aegis of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the Iraqi government has acted in full accordance with its legal and moral rights.
How low can you go? This week US authorities took the petty step of pulling down Russian Federation flags from diplomatic properties in Washington DC and San Francisco. But the action speaks volumes about how the United States’ international image is flagging to unprecedented lows.
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