To understand Britain’s cowardice in standing up to Vladimir Putin, just follow the money.
On Monday, a freelancer photographer called Steve Back snapped a photograph of a document being carried cavalierly in the open by British officials entering Downing Street. The document was a list of suggested countermoves by Westminster to play against the Kremlin for Russia’s recent invasion of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. Some of the items tracked with what other European and American counterparts were thinking. Let’s not fuel up the NATO jets quite just yet; let’s send a monitoring team from the UN and/or OSCE to Crimea (Robert Serry, a UN envoy was nearly kidnapped earlier this week by armed gunmen in Simferopol); let’s draw up financial and energy contingency plans to help the embryonic new government in Kiev.
Spain’s about to become the most repressive country in the EU when it comes to abortion rights—even as it has embraced gay marriage. It’s a disconnect that is the canary in the coal mine for Europe’s women.
With an extremely restrictive abortion ban heading towards a vote, Spain is on the verge of becoming the first country within the European Union to actually move backwards on abortion rights.For a country that has enjoyed a fairly liberal social and sexual culture in recent decades, the backtracking on abortion—the proposed law would make the procedure illegal except in cases of rape or endangerment to the mother’s life— is all the more shocking.
The former president and his supermodel wife are suing over leaked transcripts recorded during his presidential tenure, including one in which Bruni jokes about her husband’s politician’s salary.
While current French President Francois Hollande might be migrating from bed to bed, former—and possibly future—president Nicolas Sarkozy is a “kept man” in the clutches of his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, according to newly-leaked tapes recorded during Sarkozy’s presidential tenure. The former president and his wife are taking legal action over the secret audio recordings that purport to relay the power couple’s private interactions and potentially incriminating conversations between Sarkozy and his advisers.
East Ukraine’s major cities are being torn apart by pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian factions as Crimea vows to hold a referendum next week to vote on joining Russia.
The Ukrainian city of Odessa, famous for its cultural sophistication, talented literary figures and old shadowy alleys, is now torn in two. The fault lines run between citizens, neighbors and friends, with each half wanting a very different future for their country. On Thursday morning, a few thousand pro-Russian activists gathered outside Odessa’s regional administration building to demand that authorities turn Odessa into an autonomous federal district.
South Africa’s legal system and the double amputee’s condition may get him off the charge of murdering his girlfriend.
South Africa’s former Olympic golden boy, Oscar Pistorius, went on trial for murder this week. The entire world was rocked last Valentine’s Day when Pistorius admitted to shooting and killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. While it's undisputed that Pistorius was the triggerman, what lies at the center of the murder trial is whether he intentionally shot and killed this beautiful young woman, or as he claims, he mistakenly believed there was an intruder breaking into his home so he fired four shots through a locked bathroom door in an effort to protect himself and Steenkamp from serious harm.
Raul Castro’s visit to Venezuela, to prop up the government of Chavez’s handpicked successor amid violent anti-government riots, has caused more resentment than rejoicing.
Deplaning at Venezuela’s Maiquetía airport on Wednesday morning, Raul Castro, was met with all the pomp and circumstance befitting a visiting head of state from a closely allied nation. Well, almost. As the Cuban flag was hoisted in recognition of his arrival, something quite unexpected happened—it fell off the pole.Local interpretations of this unexpected turn of events have varied. Was it a signal from disgruntled elements in the armed forces that are rumored to resent the ever-increasing presence of Cuban “advisors”? Was it opposition sabotage? Incompetence? An act of God perhaps? Or maybe just an oddly poetic coincidence?The only thing certain is that it could have been much worse.
When the latest Russian aggression ends, Ukraine will still be a borderland caught between East and West. To find peace and prosper Ukraine must reconcile itself to that historic role.
A peculiar aspect of Ukrainian identity has been the perceived need to prove our own existence. I vaguely remember some sort of heritage day in grade school at PS 229 in New York City. The teacher corrected me when I described myself as Ukrainian—I was Soviet, she said, or Russian. That was fine with me at the time, though I also remember a look of horror on my mother’s face when I relayed the episode.Looking back at the history of Ukraine, a country whose name is usually translated as “border land,” one finds instances of Poles referring to Ukrainians as “Eastern Poles” and Russians referring to them as “Little Russians.
The Israeli military seized a boatload of advanced Iranian weapons—and then launched a sophisticated PR campaign to tell the world why they shouldn’t trust Tehran.
On Wednesday morning, the Israeli Navy announced that it had stopped an Iranian cargo vessel with advanced weapons destined for fighters in Gaza. By Wednesday afternoon, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz was telling members of the U.S. Congress that the interception of the sophisticated rockets revealed the “real nature of Iran”—never mind the recent thaw in relations between Washington and Tehran.The timing of the Steinitz’s briefing to the House Foreign Affairs Committee was fortuitous.
Liz Wahl wasn’t just disgusted by the Kremlin-funded TV network’s handling of Ukraine, she says in an exclusive interview. RT’s coverage of the entire world “made me feel sick.”
American journalist Liz Wahl just made Vladimir Putin’s enemies list.Wahl, an American anchor for RT-America, a cable news network funded by the Russian government, stunned viewers Wednesday, when, at the end of her 5 PM broadcast, she announced her resignation from the channel.The announcement was stunning. But Wahl’s decision to quit the network was a long time coming. In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, she says that, “When I came on board from the beginning I knew what I was getting into, but I think I was more cautious and tried to stay as objective as I could.
“Il Mio Papa”—the brainchild of Silvio Berlusconi’s publishing empire—will give avid papaphiles 66 pages of colorful pope paparazzi shots.
Just when you thought he couldn’t get any more popular, Pope Francis ups the ante. The 77-year-old pontiff, rounding the corner to his one-year-anniversary at the helm of the Catholic church, is now the subject of a supermarket aisle fanzine called Il Mio Papa or “My Pope” complete with a smiley centerfold pin-up style photo of the pope clad in windswept vestments.The 66-page color magazine, which is starting with a print run of 500,000 a week and costs just 50 cents, is the brainchild of Silvio Berlusconi’s Mondadori publishing arm, which has a string of gossip rags dedicated to Italian starlets and glitterati.
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