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    The art of protest in Putin’s Russia
    Oct09

    The art of protest in Putin’s Russia

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — The masked men, one of whom was waving the Ukrainian flag, beat out a defiant rhythm on large sheets of corrugated metal, while black, acrid smoke from a nearby stack of burning tires drifted steadily into the early morning sky. This chaotic scene took place in February, 2014, and would have been a typical picture at...

    Writer uses Nobel victory speech to condemn Kremlin over Ukraine
    Oct08

    Writer uses Nobel victory speech to condemn Kremlin over Ukraine

    A Belarussian writer spoke out against Russia’s “invasion” of Ukraine yesterday after winning the Nobel prize for literature for her depictions… …read more Source: The...

    A Nobel beacon for Belarus
    Oct08

    A Nobel beacon for Belarus

    BERLIN — For the world of literature, this year’s decision by the Nobel prize committee must be a bit of a surprise. After all, the short list was packed with heavyweights including Haruki Murakami, Philip Roth and Joyce Carol Oates. Yet it was the much less widely known Svetlana Alexievich from Belarus who carried the day for “her...

    Bulgaria’s President Warns against ‘New Fences’ in Europe
    Oct08

    Bulgaria’s President Warns against ‘New Fences’ in Europe

    President Rosen Plevneliev has stressed the need of coordinated international action to tackle the migrant crisis.Speaking at an international forum in Sofia, Bulgaria’s head of state has warned that “every new piece of fence, two-way border blockades, barbed wire, water cannons and tear gas used against refugees – and this [is...

    Belavia gearing up to launch Minsk-Odessa flight
    Oct08

    Belavia gearing up to launch Minsk-Odessa flight

    “We are doing some preparatory work on the Minsk-Odessa flight, undertaking an additional study into the demand for such a route. If it happens that the air service between Russia and Ukraine is discontinued, we will launch this flight as of 25 October,” Belavia’s representative said. …read more Source:...

    Mayor in Crimea extends warm invite to Donald Trump
    Oct08

    Mayor in Crimea extends warm invite to Donald Trump

    Donald Trump has a friend in Crimea. More specifically, the mayor of Yalta, one of the disputed land mass’ resort cities, who would like the Republican presidential candidate to visit if he wins next year’s presidential election. “We are following the elections process in your country with great interest,” Andrey Rostenko wrote in a...

    An odd way to make friends
    Oct08

    An odd way to make friends

    Jolly bombing weather RUSSIA’S behaviour in Syria resembles the fable of the scorpion who promises not to sting the frog that carries him across the river, but does so anyway—because it is his nature. The list of foreign powers stung by Russia continues to grow. This week Turkey protested after Russian fighters intruded into its airspace,...

    Europe’s last dictator
    Oct08

    Europe’s last dictator

    THE crisis in Ukraine has been painful for nearly everyone involved. Russia finds itself under sanctions and at loggerheads abroad. NATO faces as grave a challenge as any since the cold war ended. And Ukraine itself, dismembered and drained by war, struggles to recover even as the fighting in the east of the country grinds to a halt. Yet one...

    Who is Nobel literature prize-winner Svetlana Alexievich?
    Oct08

    Who is Nobel literature prize-winner Svetlana Alexievich?

    Belarusian journalist and Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich (© AP Photo/Sergei Grits) Who is Svetlana Alexievich? Svetlana Alexievich was born in Ukraine on 31st May 1948 to a Ukrainian mother and Belarusian father. Her family moved to Belarus, which was then a Soviet republic, when she was a child, and her parents worked as teachers. She...

    How to cooperate with Russia in Syria
    Oct08

    How to cooperate with Russia in Syria

    Russia’s rapid military build-up in Syria and provocative initial actions — including airstrikes focused on U.S.-supported anti-Assad rebels and incursions into NATO ally Turkey’s airspace — pose a serious challenge to three key American goals: stabilizing Syria, containing ISIL, and constructing a durable balance of power in the...

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