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.”
Bitcoin definitely deserves the "Best Investment of 2017 Award," but as any financial professional will you, "past performance is not indicative of future results."
Joseph Goebbels, whose name is synonymous with the ‘art’ of propaganda, once opined, “It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle.”
The Trump Administration’s National Security Strategy contains many references to defending against and waging information warfare, even if the latter point isn’t directly referred as such, though this important element of the policy document has thus far been overlooked by most analysts.
The renewed fear mongering campaign in the media about a supposed “Russian threat” to the world’s undersea cables is really just a cover for expanding the US and NATO’s naval presence all along the Afro-Eurasian coastland in order to monitor China’s maritime Silk Road trade routes and enter into a future position for subverting them.
NATO's expansion eastwards in the wake of the Soviet Union's demise is the West's original sin, reflective of an agenda of domination and intimidation rather than peace and stability, much less democracy. It is proof that for Western ideologues the Cold War never ended.
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