Amnesty International has criticized the Lebanese government regarding the fact that it has prevented the Palestinian refugees living in Syria access to Lebanon's territory. According to the organization, such actions violate the human rights. In an interview to the Voice of Russia Lebanon’s Minister of Social Affairs Rashid Derbas comments on the situation with refugees in his country.
A large-scale NATO Naval drill called Breeze 2014 kicks off in the Western part of the Black Sea near Bulgaria's shore. Combat and auxiliary ships from Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Great Britain and other countries are taking part. Mass media's special attention has been drawn by USS Vella Gulf, a guided missile cruiser. Experts are trying to guess whether the US is attempting to use the military exercise as a "pressure factor" on Russia in regards to the situation in Ukraine. Andrey Boldyrev, a senior researcher of the Turkey department of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Science's Institute for Oriental Studies, believes that such forecast is not quite right:
The Verkhovna Rada has advised Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko to declare martial law in southeastern Ukraine. If this happens, it will let Ukrainian forces use nearly any weapon against the militia.
The Ukrainian economy has always been scarce and only ex-Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov’s cabinet managed to bring debts into balance. The current authorities in Kiev are surviving only due to the previous government’s achievements, ex-Deputy Prime Minister, ex-manager of the Ukrainian National Bank Sergey Arbuzov believes.
The US president, Barack Obama, while speaking in front of the student of West Point Military Academy announced that the leading role of the US has made it possible to organize a global boycott of Russia. Experts believe it to be a superiority complex. Barack Obama does not doubt that his country would be carrying the burden of global domination for a long time. The issue is how it is going to do that? Specifically, according to the president it could be done with the help of a dynamic economy and innovation business.
Isolation of Russia is just another one of Obama's senseless speeches to gullible Americans - political analysts
Belgium, a country located in the heart of the EU and the place where the headquarters of both the European Union and NATO are located, has once again launched on the political anguish of building the cabinet of ministers. Belgium's King Philipp has ordered Bart De Wever, the leader of the nationalists from the New Flemish Alliance party, which got the highest percentage of votes, to "study the issue of the most rapid formation of the new cabinet" and to report the results to His Majesty on June 3. Belgium’s Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo has already resigned. His cabinet is now only an acting institution.
The EU and the USA have stepped up the discussion to create a Trans-Atlantic free economic zone. It is expected that the trading union would support the suffering economies of the EU and the USA. Some experts believe that this is an attempt to offset the growing economies of Russia, India and China. But according to analysts, the issue lies not just in that. The idea itself has little chance of being implemented as the EU and the USA compete against each other.
The scandal around the US Vice President Joe Biden's youngest son is gathering momentum. German parliamentarians have criticized the appointment of the 44-year-old Robert Hunter Biden to the Board of directors of Ukraine's largest private oil and gas company, Burisma Holdings.
Night of Museums: third weekend of May marks the beginning of this annual event so beloved by the people of Russia’s capital. It is the tenth such event being held in Europe and eighth to be held in Moscow. About 300 cultural sites both in Old and New Moscow will be engulfed by night museum fever. Following specially prepared routes, visitors could explore about ten museums in a single night.
Animal heroes … The names of many of them are inscribed in history: some of them became famous during war times, and have received awards and titles, others saved people in peacetime, from water, fire, and even from under the ground. In different countries, there are many monuments for the brave ones. Many of them have appeared recently.
The first seeds germination experiment is about to be launched on Mars (Mars Plant Experiment, MPX). Greenhouse, small transparent cube, will be attached to the outer surface of the new Mars rover, that will be launched in mid-2020 and will land on the Red Planet in early 2021. Scientists hope that this study will be useful in the development of the Mars exploration program.
Legendary Russian interpreter Victor Sukhodrev has died in Moscow at the age of 81. He was widely known as the personal interpreter of Nikita Khrushchev, Leonid Brezhnev and other Soviet leaders. Sukhodrev's part in forming the image of top USSR officials and his quick wit are hard to overestimate.
Even if they won't be celebrating a total victory, right wing parties will for sure improve their standing in the May 25 elections to the European Parliament. The reason lies in the fact that Europeans are afraid of losing their national identity. And then we might see a slightly different Europe as a result.
The western backed junta in Kiev, installed in February of this year after years of planning by the US/CIA/USAID/NATO/EU and billions of dollars spent on NGOs, destabilization teams, installing and paying for puppets and training, arming and backing far right nazi paramilitary groups and paying mercenaries from the Greystone private CIA army, may finally be showing the first signs of what has to be its imminent demise. Unless the breakup of Ukraine was the plan all along (which may be a possibility) the imminence of that demise should have been forecasted as well as the fact that the Ukrainian people would never support nazis in power. Knowing US foreign policy and their disasters all over the world one might then assume that Ukraine was just another failed US operation of historic proportions carried out by ignorant myopic planners delusional in their own invincibility.
The Ukrainian armed forces have opened fire on journalists from Russia’s LifeNews TV channel near the city of Kramatorsk, where fighting broke out on Tuesday between self-defence forces and Kiev’s army. The shooting incident took place after the engagement, when the crew tried to enter Oktyabrskoye, a village some 20 kilometers from Kramatorsk.
Russian press reports that the country's Ministry of Finance is ready to greenlight a plan to radically increase the role of the Russian ruble in export operations while reducing the share of dollar-denominated transactions. Governmental sources believe that the Russian banking sector is "ready to handle the increased number of ruble-denominated transactions".
The western installed nazi junta in Ukraine is having problems that no amount of lies or spin from Washington will be able to fix. No matter how hard top western officials attempt to legitimize their NATO puppets and demonize and kill the citizens of Ukraine who are against the nazi coup government, their efforts are failing.
Experts deem that a second Cold War between Moscow and Washington is highly probable today, as the military conflict in Ukraine deepens. Although America’s economy is eight times Russia’s and post-Soviet Russia has not yet defined a global message could mobilize its allies around the world, the two power’s confrontation would be ruinous for the world order headed by the United States.
In eastern Ukraine, the majority of residents of Donetsk and Lugansk regions have voted for self-determination. Sunday’s referendum was held amid the ongoing punitive operation by the Kiev regime. The final results of the vote will be announced later on Monday. For more on this issue the Voice of Russia spoke to Dr. Marcus Papadoupulos, British political analyst, publisher and editor of Politics First magazine.