In its latest “Asia insight” feature, Japanese news agency Nikkei speculates that Russia is “meddling” in Malaysia and other Asian countries with alleged “authoritarian streaks”.
After almost 7 years of propping up opposing sides in Syria's multi-year conflict, relations between Turkey and Iran are seemingly improving, with both parties working towards a political settlement to end the war in Syria via the Sochi process, and cooperating to counter their mutual regional enemy - Kurdish separatists.
Donald Trump officially became the 45th US president exactly a year ago this weekend following his inauguration ceremony. During his inaugural address, he promised to “make America great again” and to give power back to the ordinary “forgotten people” of his country.
Over 3 months after Iraqi Kurdistan held a referendum for independence, relations between the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) and Iraq remain strained, with economic sanctions still imposed on the autonomous Kurdish region.
Beijing may be considering dumping its US bond portfolio in reply to Trump’s trade threats, but can it really hurt the US Treasury market and crash the US dollar.
For decades, Russia has played a key role in Europe's energy market, with its state-backed gas giant, Gazprom, annually supplying Europe with billions of cubic meters of natural gas, while other Russian state-owned firms exported over 1.3 billion barrels of crude oil to Europe in 2016.
The latest salvo in the ongoing attempt to de-legitimize and demonize Russia-based media has arrived with a directive from the US Justice Department that Sputnik News in the US must register as a foreign agent.
This year French President Emmanuel Macron has declared he will crack down on “fake news” with new laws banning publication of “offending” information.
The third round of the FA Cup- the oldest football Cup competition in the world- took place last weekend. The biggest shock was the exit of Arsenal, the most successful team in the history of the competition- and the winners in three of the last four seasons- at the hands of Championship side Nottingham Forest.
It was the former Chancellor Norman Lamont who famously said of John Major’s government that it gave the impression of ‘being in office but not in power’. What I wonder does he think about Theresa May’s administration?
Oprah Winfrey, the American queen of TV talk shows, is reportedly set to run for the US presidency – and liberal Hollywood and media are ecstatic at the prospect.
With the Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) caliphate decimated, and the Syrian Army continuing to advance against other hard-line Islamist militants - mainly in the north-western province of Idlib - investor and business confidence is on the rise, with over 500 new corporations launching in 2017.
There seems little doubt that the surge in New Year protests across Iran was, at least in part, following a regime-change agenda set by the United States.
In the final days of 2017, anti-government protests erupted in Iran, with protestors expressing their discontent at the economic turmoil the country is facing, while also criticizing the government's foreign policy.
That Iran is not a free country is a self-evident truth. How could it possibly be free when it exists in the crosshairs of US imperialism?
Britain's dirty war in Ireland, waged throughout the course of the Troubles – the thirty year conflict from the late 1960s through to the late 1990s in the six partitioned counties of Ireland which remain under London rule, officially known as Northern Ireland – marked an especial low point in the country's sordid colonial history.
Don’t think the crazy Russophobia of 2017 can be surpassed? I’m not so sure. Let’s take a look at our special Sputnik crystal ball to see what 2018 has in store….
You know that the jig is up for the petrodollar when the best argument its apologists can come up with is that "the petrodollar system is bad, but a petroyuan system will be worse." Of course, the petrodollar won’t be dethroned tomorrow, but the writing is definitely on the wall.
The cardinal sin of Theresa May’s government lies in its inability to use proper tools for the right problems. Boris Johnson’s visit to Moscow clearly showed that in his quest to appease the Russophobes in London and Washington, the British minister forgot that aggressive negotiation tactics are useless, when dealing with Russian officials.
It was Britain’s Winston Churchill who famously opined, “The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.”
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