A daily program focusing on some of the most significant and controversial events rocking our world and making it more vulnerable. But only if we don't care to take a deeper look at what's going on...
Show hosts: Ekaterina Kudashkina
Ukraine is looking forward to creating a joint military unit with two NATO member countries -- Poland and Lithuania. Would that imply that NATO is openly stepping into the Ukrainian conflict? And what kind of missions would the unit get - provided it is created? Radio VR is discussing it with Mateusz Piskorski,Head of the European Center for Geopolitical Analysis, and Kirill Koktysh,political analyst, based with MGIMO University, in Moscow, Russia.
A need to decide on fresh sanctions against Russia placed the EU between a rock and a hard place. With the US pressing hard for punishing Moscow over its alleged role in Ukraine, EU nations feel the step could affect their economic growth. Nine EU states, including France, Germany and Italy, indicated they would block the decision to impose more sanctions on Russia.
BRICS countries are about to contest the global over-reliance on the US financial system and strengthen international legislation, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview on the eve of the Sixth BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil. Could BRICS countries challenge the old and crumbling unipolar world order? Is the Sixth BRICS Summit likely to suggest a solution?
Maidan has become the arena of a new stand-off, this time between the activists and the current government. Today Kiev authorities view their former allies who had fought to bring the current government to power as more of a burden. What could be the explanation for Kiev's sudden change of heart? What makes the oligarchs and Nazi in Ukrainian government clamp down on their once close allies? Radio VR is discussing it with Sergei Markov, the Director of the Institute for Political Studies in Moscow, Russia, and Johan Bäckman, Doctor of social sciences at the University of Helsinki, Finland.
This week has seen a surge of violence in the Middle East. Iraq and Gaza are ablaze. Is there any connection between Iraq and Gaza? Is it the birth of a greater Middle East? And what is the role of the greater world powers in the present turmoil? Radio VR is discussing it with Vytcheslav Matuzov, Chairman of the Society of Friendship and Business Cooperation with Arab Countries, and Saeed Naqvi, Distinguished Fellow at Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi.
Americans feel increasingly unhappy and neglected by their government and are losing interest in who and how is running their nation, opinion polls show. Why could that be and where could it take America? Radio VR looks at it with the US political and social analyst Dr. Mark Mason and Yuri Rogulev, head of the Franklin Roosevelt Center of American studies in Moscow.
The US Department of State seems to have given up all pretense. Its statements are becoming ever more contradictory and double-standard, too much so, even for a diplomatic service. War crimes are one issue on which the US's 'our-son-of-a-bitch' approach is just too sickening to bear.
Bahrain has urged the visiting US Assistant Secretary of State out of the country. How could that happen? And what could be the underlying cause for the scandal? Voice of Russia has discussed the issue with Mansoor Al-Jamri, founder and Editor-in-chief of the Al-Wasat newspaper in Bahrein, and Ghanem Nuseibeh, founder of the Cornerstone Global Associates consultancy and Senior Visiting Fellow at King’s College London.
Why was the Israeli government so quick in recognizing the creation of a Kurdish state in Iraq? What kind of new challenges does the newly emerging regional architecture pose to Israel?
We are focused on the US government's ways of promoting its policies across the global community. Why would the US State Department choose to offer something like free entertainment, sometimes, at press briefings? Or - could that be some smart strategy most of us are still unaware of? The Voice of Russia has invited Italian journalist Giullietto Chiesa and Ilya Fabrichnikov, Russian expert on political communications strategy, to talk about "infotainment" and how it is used to manipulate our minds.
How is the Middle East likely to change as a result of the ISIS operation in Iraq? And could it be a coincidence that the emerging new Middle East landscape is strikingly similar to the so-called Peters Map, first published by the Armed Forces Journal in June 2006? The Voice of Russia is discussing the consequences of the ISIS push in Iraq with Halil Karaveli, senior fellow at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center.
How good are the chances that people in the West come to realize that Washington's ambitions are turning our world into a global wreck? The Voice of Russia is discussing it with Giulietto Chiesa, Italian politician, ex-Member of the European Parliament, and Mark Mason, US political and social analyst based in California.
With the US seemingly working up tensions the world over, the Far East is another region facing the risk of major instability. The ultimate cause of potential conflict would be a standoff between the US and China that it would like to "contain". How great are the risks? Experts from Japan and China are sharing their vision with The Voice of Russia.