We need to raise
awareness about how the rich oil nations keep subsidising oil extraction whilst
agreeing that the world needs to cut emissions. Taxpayers cannot passively let
their governments do this.
The last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, burst the 25th-anniversary balloon of the symbolic end of the cold war by warning of a new one, fed by NATO's eastward expansion. An economically weak USSR lost the last one; a still weaker Russia will lose this one too.
Are reporters mere adjuncts of power and
spies? That is how ISIS treated the martyred journalists James Foley and Steven
Sotloff. To this day, the failure of the American news industry to expose the
Bush administration’s WMD myths before the invasion of Iraq is thrown in our
While it is true that the US has, for
once, signed up to a UN Security Council statement which calls for an
"immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire”, this might still be
considered a tactical step to prevent more strongly worded resolutions against
Israel being proposed in the Security Council.
In 2011 the UN General Assembly resolved to halve
the number of people who inject drugs being diagnosed with HIV. Silvia Petretti writes from
her own experience, and asks why the needs and rights of women who use drugs are
being overlooked at this year's International AIDS
The Ukraine and Gaza crises alike demonstrate the risks of aggressive policy based on short-term calculations. Vladimir Putin and Binyamin Netanyahu's war-as-politics invites damaging long-term consequences.
The Russian political establishment thinks that Ukrainians are 'traitors to Orthodox civilisation and Russian unity.’ But it is not only Putin’s Russia that is behind the challenge to democracy in Ukraine.
Ruslan Kutayev, human rights activist, has been sentenced to four years imprisonment in Chechnya for possession of heroin. His fellow campaigners are convinced that the charges were false. на русском языке
any of the big bookstores in London or Berlin and discover that they are
literally occupied by books about the Great War. But how does this affect
European attitudes to Russia’s involvement in Ukraine today?
All in all, the fall of an unpopular,
corrupt and ineffective government in Ukraine initiated by pro-EU demonstrators
has not helped strengthen European values overall or slowed the decline in the
popularity of the EU in the continent as a whole.