In January 2015, shortly after the terrorist attack on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the leaders of the West gathered in Paris where they solemnly declared the attack to be an attack on free speech.
It's not just the right-wing Donald Trump who is being bullied into toeing the "War Party's" line on Russia. In Britain, exactly the same thing is happening to the left-wing Jeremy Corbyn.
The Russian President is long overdue for a visit to one of the centerpiece regions of the emerging Indo-Pacific century, and the overlap of infrastructure, trade, and institutional interests there should give President Putin more than enough reasons to seriously consider taking a trip to South Asia.
Not only Iranian politics but the whole of Southwest Asia enter another era after the heart attack, this past Sunday, that killed Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, 82, president from 1989 to 1997 and a stalwart of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
What would George Orwell have made of 2016? Some of the biggest news stories of the year, promoted by pro-Establishment media, were either false, such as the claims made in December that a 'Holocaust' was taking place in eastern Aleppo, or not backed up by any hard evidence, such as the allegations that Russia interfered in the US election.
At first glance, Obama inflicted unprecedented diplomatic harm on the US' top ally, but it won't leave any lasting impact because Trump is now inspired to do all that he has to in the next four to eight years in order to repair the perceived damage and turbo-charge relations with Tel Aviv to their best-ever level in history.
A quarter of a century ago, on the night of December 25, 1991, the red flag was lowered from the Kremlin cupola – and the USSR was no more. Arguably what President Putin later described, in 2005, as "the biggest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century" doubled as the most comprehensive fall of an empire in modern history.
Alarm bells about a new arms race between the US and Russia went off this week around the world. President-elect Donald Trump reportedly told US news media "let's bring it on" after Russian leader Vladimir Putin earlier called for a "strengthening" of his country's nuclear capability.
On Saturday December 17, "March for Aleppo" protests were held in Paris, Berlin and London. "There is a Holocaust going on and we urgently need the international community to take action to save lives," claimed the Syria Solidarity Campaign on their Facebook page.
Russia's decision to host summits on Syria and Afghanistan is aimed at furthering the prospects for the emerging Multipolar World Order.
The recent barrage of reports alleging that the Syrian Arab Army is committing "atrocities" against the liberated people of Aleppo stems from unsubstantiated Twitter accounts and melodramatic YouTube videos.
The fact of registration and authorization of users on Sputnik websites via users’ account or accounts on social networks indicates acceptance of these rules.
Users are obliged abide by national and international laws. Users are obliged to speak respectfully to the other participants in the discussion, readers and individuals referenced in the posts.
The websites’ administration has the right to delete comments made in languages other than the language of the majority of the websites’ content.
In all language versions of the sputniknews.com websites any comments posted can be edited.
A user comment will be deleted if it:
The administration has the right to block a user’s access to the page or delete a user’s account without notice if the user is in violation of these rules or if behavior indicating said violation is detected.
Users can initiate the recovery of their account / unlock access by contacting the moderators at email@example.com
The letter must contain:
If the moderators deem it possible to restore the account / unlock access, it will be done.
In the case of repeated violations of the rules above resulting in a second block of a user’s account, access cannot be restored.
To contact the team of moderators, write to firstname.lastname@example.org