On the evening of the first day of Eid [Al-Adha] I sat down to relax after a long day of travelling. I picked up the remote control to follow the latest world news. I tuned in to the English-speaking Russia Today television channel, waiting for what I thought was a commercial— accompanied by soft and dreamy music which seemed somewhat romantic to my ears—to end, only to discover that I was the one who was dreaming. Rather than a commercial, it became apparent that this was a disclaimer that Russia Today was undergoing “scheduled maintenance” between 8.00 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following day.
All eyes on Russia
Russia’s role in international politics began to improve since the era of Boris Yeltsin, remained active during the term of Dmitry Mevedev, and can no longer be overlooked at this time, during Vladimir Putin’s second presidency.Bakir Oweida
It is clear that Putin’s Russia has made its presence felt in the world’s political arena. The developments in the Arab world during 2011 and 2012 flung open the doors for Russia’s strong return to the region in 2013. Is it possible to imagine that the implementation of any resolution in the Middle Eastern political arena can pass without the Kremlin giving a response that exceeds words? I do not think so. By this, I do not just mean the resolutions drafted in the U.N. Security Council, as this is taken for granted, but also the ones put forward by regional powers.SHOW MORE