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The Continuing Obsession with Russia

... expand after 1999, with the Baltic states, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia following in 2004, Albania and Croatia in 2009, Montenegro in 2017 and, for good measure, even North Macedonia in 2020. To rub it in, the US now wishes Georgia and the Ukraine to join. This all connects to US aims. If once upon a time, NATO was designed to to ‘keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down’, it now exists to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the EU down. US Exceptionalism ...

11.02.2022 14:33:26

The Complex World Order

... a global hegemon. That was a simple world, at least on the surface. However, beneath the surface, the world was never simple. Fractal – a Complex World Order Image: Lydia Williams, Unsplash CC0 The spat in 2021 about submarines between France, the UK, the U.S. and Australia is a demonstration that the world order has changed profoundly again. Brexit. The rise of China. India rising, now surpassing the UK. The fall of Kabul. The large CPTPP trading area created even after the USA quit. Immense, ...

05.10.2021 18:16:18

Renewable Energy in the Russian Arctic and Beyond: Can a Region Dominated by Oil and Gas Contribute to Russia’s Paris Agreement Targets?

In fall 2020, U.K. energy giant BP announced plans to slash its oil and gas production targets by 40% in the coming decades as the company makes an aggressive shift towards renewable energy targets. This shift is representative of a larger trend among energy producers worldwide. Pressure from consumers and investors, as well as the dramatic decline in demand for oil and gas products due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has prompted major oil-producing nations and companies to rethink their approach to energy...

05.07.2021 12:37:45

Sputnik V in the International Arena

Over a year since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic in March 2020, the disease is far from under control. Although global case rates on the whole have declined, 15 countries remain near or at the peak of their infection curve. Even countries well below their peak daily infection rates – such as the United Kingdom and Morocco – recently have witnessed an uptick in cases. Just this summer, the virus’ global death toll surpassed 4 million. Fortunately, scientists’...

29.06.2021 14:28:20

NATO’s Cypriot Trick

... of making NATO the world policeman. Let us look a little more closely at the history behind this. Following the Suez debacle in 1956, Britain had already moved its Middle East Headquarters from Aden to Cyprus, while the U.S. was taking over from the UK and France in the Middle East. Although, to some extent under U.S. pressure, Britain was forced to bring Makarios out of exile and begin negotiating with Greece and Turkey to give up its colony, the U.S. opted for a NATO solution. It would not do to ...

22.06.2021 18:59:18

The Dangers Of Parachute Journalism

A little learning is a dang’rous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring. (Pope)Hot on the heels of an article by a Henry Foy, entitled ‘Russia’s death toll likely to be far above official tally’, published in Nikkei Inc.’s The Financial Times (once known for its balance and seriousness) on 13 May, comes another new Cold War ‘report’ – devoid of analysis – in the same newspaper, entitled – more in the style of a tabloid paper than a serious one – ‘Moscow on the Med: Cyprus and its Russians’...

20.05.2020 11:04:54

Is the deadlock being reached NOW?

... negotiate all the conditions of Brexit. So, it makes sense for both parties to proceed, if it is possible to proceed from the deadlock… Source: hesun.ie To negotiate with the EU successfully and to reach a deal that would be satisfactory for the UK, you need leverage. You need at least some leverage to pressure the EU as I believe the EU will not make concessions voluntarily but only when they see that they have to do so. British Prime Minister now lacks completely the leverage. Why? The reason ...

27.09.2019 17:48:24

What these British are waiting for? I mean Brexit.

... broad was the topic. Once I asked my British-Indian friend: ‘What has been the news talking about before Brexit?’. And he was like: ‘Well, how one politician was eating the sandwich…’ In brief, nothing interesting and nothing special was in UK politics before Brexit. The United Kingdom was following previously the EU, NATO, the US, so an independent move (Brexit) was met with enthusiasm and interest from the global community. Indeed, for 2 years Brexit has become the concentration of the ...

18.09.2019 12:59:52

Boris gearing up for General Elections in Fall of 2019

Right from his start as Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson prepares for quick general elections. Boris started his first day with big lofty promises: better education; fantastic new infrastructure; “caring for the whole country” incl. rural districts; brand new wideband into “every” ...

30.07.2019 11:58:07

Scotland's Independence - the Irish Border ... and the US

It is great foot-work of Scotland to communicate the message of Independence to the EU Resistance to Scottish Independence will come – and perhaps even also from a corner not in England, but across the pond. The UK is a key US ally. Scotland has a strategic location for UK sea-air control of the northern entrance to the North-Sea, of Scandinavia and the North Atlantic. Source: s.yimg.com Scotland’s Independence will mean severely breaking up the unity and ...

17.06.2019 13:25:44

Maximize chances for Ireland amid Brexit calamity

... instance, the City of Dublin can gain a lot of business, as the City of London leaves the EU. Now we have the first proof that my vision for Ireland is correct: Google big-tech, on the verge of Brexit, suddenly moves a finance center of business from the UK to Ireland Just a few days before the Brexit deadline, Google quickly moves a pivotal finance-company to the EU-member, Republic of Ireland, even in spite of the heavy fine, which the EU imposed on Google in Ireland. This bears proof to my assessment,...

04.04.2019 16:14:31

Paris, Kremlin’s new ally in Europe?

It didn’t take much time to Prime Minister Theresa May to react to the apparent poisoning of former Russian spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter Youlia. A few days after the Salisbury Hospital confirmed identification of the nerve agent to which the Skripals and other collateral victims were exposed, the British Prime Minister announced before the House of Commons a set of retaliation measures in response to what she called “a use of military-grade nerve agent in Europe with sarcasm, contempt and...

15.03.2018 23:32:21

A British View on the US – Russian Strategic Arms Control Process

As a first step one would need to define what is meant by engaging the UK in the arms control, disarmament & nuclear non-proliferation process taking place between the US and Russia. The UK’s case in the arms control, disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation process is a complicated one because of the 1958 & 1959 ...

31.01.2014 20:52:00

European Energy Woes

... does not undermine its energy security, but for a region which will dependent on imports for 80% (some sources even indicate 88-90%) of its energy needs by 2025-2030, it will naturally be more susceptible to risks. Any setbacks, or sudden events, ala Fukushima or Arab Spring will have serious repercussions. If something happens, Europeans will not be able to sustain themselves via own reserves or domestic production, due to this heavy import dependence. In reality, we are talking about a market which ...

14.06.2013 00:32:00

Putin, Pottery and Media Pundits

During my analysis of UK media perspectives on the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, I have noticed several patterns: articles about Medvedev’s presidency invariably include a paragraph or two naming Putin as the ‘real power’ in Russia; almost every article ...

08.04.2013 12:05:00

Shale Revolution – Full Steam Ahead!

... most open and friendly for shale production in the West, but Europe is currently concerned about water pollution and other side-effects of fracking. On 1 April and 27 May 2011 two earthquakes with magnitudes 2.3 and 1.5 were felt in the Blackpool area, UK; these earthquakes were suspected to be linked to hydraulic fracture treatments at ‘Preese Hall Well’ operated by Cuadrilla Resources Ltd. Production was resumed only on 13 December 2012 after UK wide suspension was lifted. Nevertheless,...

15.03.2013 18:00:00

Depardieu, Instagram and Ramzan Kadyrov’s ‘adorable side’

Recently in the British press there has been extensive coverage of Ramzan Kadyrov, the Chechen President. While my main research focus is representations of Vladimir Putin in UK print media, it is interesting to observe how another ‘Russian’ leader is portrayed, in reference to both masculinity and international politics. Over the past few weeks the British press have covered two stories on Kadyrov – the ...

15.03.2013 12:03:00

History and the evolution of British perspectives on Russia

... it is the product of a chain of decisions on what is counted as ‘news’, as well as editorial changes designed to produce stories to pique our curiosity. Despite the potential for a wide range of stories about Russia, we can see that the UK print media frequently choses to produce news items which use Putin and masculinity as a ‘lens’ through which to analyse developments in Russia. Despite the fact that we have more information on Russia and the Russians than ever before,...

12.03.2013 16:37:00

«Eastern Siberia Oil & Gas Conference»

... wealth in places like Brazil. In Russia success has also been achieved as upon their arrival into local areas, GDP per person on average has grown by 5 times or as high as 10 times in poorer regions (e.g. Jewish Autonomous District). In Yakutia and Chukotka GDP per person has grown from just 100,000 rubles per annum to 1.1 million. But, local salaries will need to keep growing as in areas like the Far East, where conditions are difficult and getting access to goods is even more difficult, simple items ...

05.02.2013 15:42:00

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Poll conducted

  1. In your opinion, what are the US long-term goals for Russia?
    U.S. wants to establish partnership relations with Russia on condition that it meets the U.S. requirements  
     33 (31%)
    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
     30 (28%)
    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
     24 (22%)
    U.S. wants to establish alliance relations with Russia under the US conditions to rival China  
     21 (19%)
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