Trump calls Putin to congratulate him on re-election

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

President Donald Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to congratulate him on his re-election to a fourth term, and they discussed arranging a meeting against the backdrop of heightened tensions between their two nations over election meddling.Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that the meeting could happen soon and they would likely follow up on Putin’s recent declaration that he does not want an arms race with the United States.“I suspect that we’ll ...

Poisoning case explains why Putin is so brazen

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Britain’s MI5 and MI6 have declared they are astonished by the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, his daughter Yulia, as well as first responders in Salisbury last week. The most remarkable aspect of the attempted execution of the former agent is the use of an exotic nerve agent which indicates beyond reasonable doubt that the attack was orchestrated by a state actor, and makes Russia the most obvious candidate. Indeed, by all accounts, the British government is preparing to ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Lies as the distinguishing feature of Syria, Russia and Iran

Thursday, 15 March 2018

The cruel Syrian war launched by Bashar al-Assad on his people seven years ago under the name of counterterrorism demonstrated that the culture of lies connects the three allies Russia, Iran and the Syrian regime. The Syrian regime’s indiscriminate shelling of Eastern Ghouta, targeting hospitals and blocking access to humanitarian convoys, confirms what is already obvious to everyone: That Russia is not committing to enforcing the UN Security Council Resolution that it had agreed to ...

Randa Takieddine

Is propaganda Russia’s great export?

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Russia fancies itself a great global power. Yet the country’s GDP in 2017 was smaller than that of Italy, Canada, even South Korea. To say nothing of how that GDP is generated: Russia is essentially a large gas station that also sells weapons now and again. Where the Soviet Union was once the second largest industrial power in the world, the country now is basically one large rust belt with the odd military base or pipeline here or there. Okay, that is slightly unfair. None of the official ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Putin says grandfather cooked for Stalin and Lenin

Monday, 12 March 2018

Vladimir Putin's paternal grandfather worked as a cook for both Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin, the president said in a film posted on the internet on Sunday. In the two-hour documentary, called Putin, the president said Spiridon Putin was a valued member of Stalin's staff. The wartime Soviet leader, who died in 1953, conducted extensive purges during his around three decades in power. "(He) was a cook at Lenin's and later at Stalin's, at one of the dachas in the Moscow area," ...

Will Syria be another Afghanistan for the Russians?

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Have the Russians dived in the Syrian mud? Are they bleeding due to all these traps below the ashes? The Russian Defense Ministry said yesterday that a Russian military transport plane crashed in its Hmeymim airbase near Latakia killing all 39 people on board. This “accident,” as the Russians described it – thus denying it was a direct “attack” – reminds us of other Russian losses in Syria.ALSO READ: Putin’s threats, their timing and the Cold War ...

Mashari Althaydi

Trump vows to counteract any Russian meddling in November elections

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday there was interference by Russia and probably by other countries in the 2016 US election, and the United States would counteract any attempt at meddling in the November 2018 elections. "Well the Russians had no impact on our votes whatsoever, but certainly there was meddling and probably there was meddling from other countries and maybe other individuals," Trump said at a joint news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stephan ...

Russian military plane crash in Syria kills 39

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

A Russian military transport plane crashed in Syria on Tuesday killing all 39 people on board, Russian officials said, an incident that sharply raised the death toll from the Kremlin’s intervention in the Syrian war. President Vladimir Putin, who is running for re-election later this month, declared in December that the Russian mission in Syria was largely completed, but casualties continue to mount. The Kremlin said in a statement that the plane, a ...

Putin’s threats, their timing and the Cold War

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Last Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin bragged about his political and military achievements in such an unprecedented manner by using new presentation methods and modern techniques to explain all about Russian weapons. However, the speech was mainly reminiscent of the old Cold War rhetoric, bitterness, memories and defeats.How he blatantly voiced his vision may be shocking. However, this vision has been clear for many years and it has been expressed by Russia's policies and stances ...

Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi

Vladimir Putin: Hour of the strong man

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

The belief has been that the age of the strong leaders ended with the past century. Their emergence was linked to extraordinary developments in the fabric of wars of independence or world wars. Observing latest developments demonstrate that the challenges of this century are no less demanding than the previous one, even if the circumstances and factors have changed.It appears that our time is awaiting a strong man. One who is able to open the windows of hope, garner good will, bridge distances ...

Ghassan Charbel

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