Russia


Conflict In Syria Has Now Lasted Longer Than World War II

A recent meeting of the Humanitarian Task Force in Geneva gave detail to the ongoing fighting in Syria, with  Jan Egeland, the special Advisory to the UN Special Envoy for Syria declaring a horrific fact: “they have been through a seven-year war, longer the second World War”.  There had been a […]


More Than 200 Russian Citizens Detained During Anti-Putin Protests

Instead of celebrating, thousands of Russian citizens across the country spent Vladimir Putin’s 65th birthday protesting the Kremlin and his restrictive control of elections and free speech. Alexei Navalny directed the protest rallies. Navalny is currently Putin’s only tangible political opponent and is currently serving a 20-day jail sentence for […]


The United States Withdraws Membership From UNESCO

The US has announced that it will officially withdraw its membership from the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on December 31, 2018. The US State Department released a statement regarding its departure on October 12, stating that it will establish a permanent observer mission to UNESCO, citing […]


Closure For Victims And Families Of Beslan School Siege, Thirteen Years On

Thirteen years after the Beslan School siege, the Russian Federation has signalled its willingness to comply with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) April ruling that Russia used disproportionate force to end the attack. Accordingly, the state will pay €3 million in damages to 409 victims and family members […]


Russia’s Display Of Massive Firepower Concerns U.S. And NATO Allies

According to CNN, Russia is unleashing massive firepower right on NATO’s border. Under the watchful eyes of President Vladimir Putin, tanks, rockets, and aircrafts display their capabilities in choreographed war games named Zapad (the west). Russia is conducting the military exercise with Belarus. They claim that the exercise simulates an […]


The Kurdish Referendum: Fears Grow Over A ‘Destabilizing Impact’

Iraq’s Kurdish leader, Masoud Barzani, plans to take the Kurds to a landmark referendum. Despite the overwhelming international opposition to this plan, Barzani believes this referendum will bring the Kurds to independence. Kurdish nationalist movements have advocated for independence since the Orroman Empire broke down, giving birth to the modern […]


Putin And Lebanon PM Discuss Deepening Military Ties

During a meeting held this week in the Russian city of Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri discussed many agreements that expand and deepen relations between the two countries. Ahead of the meeting, Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency reported that Putin said signed agreements between […]


War Games Or Mind Games? Zapad 2017 And European Insecurity

Russia, in conjunction with Belarus, has begun to conduct its Autumn ‘war games’ session this week. Like all military institutions, Russia performs a large number of military training exercises and inspections on a rolling basis, oftentimes unscheduled or ‘snap’ exercises that test the actual readiness of its troops and equipment. […]