My column is out at Truthdig, looking at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s muscular new role in the Eastern Mediterranean and Syria: Excerpt: “Even as Damascus pushes back against the rebels militarily, Putin has swung into action on the international and regional stages. The Russian government persuaded U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to support an [...]
Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Fullilove's Rendezvous with Destiny, about FDR and the five envoys who took America into World War II, is in stores. Which science-fiction novels should economists read? In Saudi Arabia, some...Show More Summary
PARIS — Given that no one is officially denying it, it’s fairly safe to say that Russia’s domestic security service recently slammed America’s foreign spy service face-first into the Moscow pavement — blond wig and all — in the person...Show More Summary
Release of "Mission to Moscow": >"Mission to Moscow" was made at the behest of F.D.R. in order to garner more support for the Soviet Union during WWII. It was from the book by Joseph E. Davies, former U.S. Ambassador To Russia. The movie...Show More Summary
About 66 pounds of cream puffs were removed from stores in the Russian Urals city of Chelyabinsk on Monday after a salmonella outbreak was reported there."The police have found 12 outlets selling these products. About 30 kilograms [about 66 pounds] of cream puffs were removed from sale. Show More Summary
Nearly two years after losing almost all its players and coaches in a plane crash, Russian hockey team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl sent 18 young players across the Atlantic Ocean to a small Pennsylvania town to be put through a grueling five-week training regimen by American fitness coach Steve Saunders.
In this quiet Pennsylvania town in the heart of Amish country, where life moves at a pace from bygone times, Russia’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team has set its sights squarely on the future, looking to move beyond a past marred by tragedy.
The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted on Tuesday to pass a bill that will be highly unpopular in Moscow, not to mention Damascus. The bill heads first to the Senate, then to the House ( where it will meet opposition ), and finally to the president. Show More Summary
Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev said he saw no reasons to declare populist Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky persona non grata in the central Asian state following his remarks on Kyrgyzstan.
Earlier today, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov commented on his country's fifth place finish in this year's Eurovision Song Contest. At a press conference, Lavrov denounced supposed voting irregularities, claiming that Russia's points were "stolen," and called the anomaly "an outrageous act," promising Russian retaliation. Netizens were deeply amused.
This weekend was the 58th Eurovision song contest, a campy, nationalistic song contest that briefly united Europe (and places we wouldn't traditionally consider Europe) for one night of singing in Malmö, Sweden. Unfortunately, as the...Show More Summary
Galina Herndon, 2013 Poster Artist From: decaturartsfestival.comThis year’s Arts Festival poster features a painting by Galina Herndon of Roswell, Georgia. Born and raised in the Ural Mountains of Russia, Galina began oil painting in 1999, following in the footsteps of her artistic parents and grandparents. Show More Summary
A policeman was killed and a soldier wounded after unknown assailants opened fire on them in Buinaksk, a city in Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan, a spokesman for the republic’s Interior Ministry said.
No, a Ford Expedition did not drive from Russia to Canada via the North Pole, but that's exactly what a team of intrepid explorers accomplished recently. Using specially-modified buses with massive tires, the group slowly drove 2,485...Show More Summary
The visa requirement for travel between the European Union (EU) and Russia should be scrapped as soon as possible, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland said Tuesday.
Nestled on the Baltic Sea and often described as one of the most Western cities in Russia, St. Petersburg has a new place of honor as one of the top travel destinations in the world, according to the 2013 Travelers’ Choice Destinations awards released Tuesday by the popular online travel website TripAdvisor.
Magnitude M 4.8Region NEAR EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKADate time 2013-05-21 19:37:53.0 UTCLocation 52.88 N ; 158.51 EDepth 80 kmDistances 9 km SE of Vilyuchinsk, Russia / pop: 25,204 / local time: 08:37:53.0 2013-05-22
A solution in Syria can be found through sound mediation by Turkey and Russia, both of which know the country best, which are trusted and have enjoyed bilateral relations with it for many years.
Today was the second day at the EFPT Aqualeto Cup in Russia. No wind and no competition until now, but Steven van Broeckhoven and Julien Mas are entertaining the crowd.