The European Parliamentary (EP) elections of May 2014 came as a surprise to many in the mainstream media. They were shocked that right-wing parties could come to the fore in such a liberalized Europe, and the BBC was correct in assessing it as a "political earthquake". A closer examination into the EP elections reveals that conservatism is once more on the upswing in Europe, with the "success" of liberalism there ironically playing a major factor.
Aussie journalists will face prison time if they leak out sensitive information according to a brand new security law. If those in the media report Snowden-like revelations about particular spy missions they could face prosecution from the Australian government as stated by top criminal lawyers.
The prime concern of the US government is the security of state power and the corporate sector, but not the security of the American people, states Noam Chomsky, the prominent American political commentator, Institute Professor emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. According to the professor, security "in the normal sense" should not be a basic factor in policy formation.
The sharp cooling down of the Russian-American relations has been caused by the mistakes in the US foreign policy, Alexander Lukin, PhD in history and deputy head of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said during his interview to the Voice of Russia.
The US Department of State has made another attempt to exonerate Kiev from responsibility for what's happening in eastern Ukraine.
One US billionaire is suggesting that California be divided into a total of six individual states. "California needs a reboot. I think that with six Californias, it gives us a chance to make it our government. We can make it more local, better representation, closer to us," American billionaire Timothy Draper states in an official report.
Commenting on the Ukrainian crisis Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi urged to give up calls for a new Cold War and underlined that Europe should not be built in opposition to Russia.
The US is urging the EU to impose new sanctions against Russia. Otherwise, the Obama administration is prepared to act alone on this issue, Bloomberg informs with reference to participants of yesterday's closed-door meeting with participating ambassadors of the EU countries.
After three days of talks in Vienna US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif agreed on the half of the final draft on Teheran nuclear program deal, while the second part of the document should be completed by July 20.
Ukraine, Poland, and Lithuania are planning to create a joint military unit. It will be called UkrPolLitBrig, the press service of Petr Poroshenko reports.
Zagreb is hopeful economic sanctions on Russia can be avoided, Croatian Ambassador in Moscow Igor Pokaz said.
US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power shared with the world that she has won a debate with the Russian ambassador to international organizations Vitaly Churkin about the infamous group Pussy Riot, which took place in February. The Russian diplomat reminded his American counterpart, how the situation really evolved.
The recent scandal with the denial of British visas to more than half of the Russian delegation to FIA (Farnborough International Airshow) was characterized by the Russian foreign ministry as "clearly unfriendly." Representatives of the Russian companies hit by the denial – Rostekhnologii and United Aviation Corporation (OAK) – have also voiced suspicions that the move of the UK authorities might be a part of the unfair competition schemes used against the Russian industry by the US and the EU countries.
British Prime Minister David Cameron appointed Michael Fallon as Defense Secretary on Tuesday as part of a major reshuffle of his cabinet ahead of a national election in May next year.
Nine European Union member states will vote against imposing new sanctions on Russia at tomorrow's EU summit in a sign of a deepening split over the issue.
Defense Secretary Philip Hammond will become Britain's new foreign secretary after the surprise resignation of William Hague. The change is part of a major shakeup of Prime Minister David Cameron's Cabinet in advance of the general election next year.
The United States has once again accused Russia of continuing to support "armed separatists in Ukraine".
Qatar has signed an agreement with the United States for the purchase of $11 billion worth of US weapons, the Pentagon’s press secretary John Kirby said in a statement on Monday.
The White House will not comment on a bill calling for more sanctions against Russia, which was proposed by a group of senators a couple of months ago, White House spokeswoman Laura Lucas Magnuson told reporters.