In Maxim Kantor’s opinion, the 39 deaths in the Moscow metro bombings on 29 March are victims of that fight between bulldogs under the carpet, as Churchill described Russian politics. The victims are always the poor, never the bulldogs. And guess who gains by the tragedy?
The most expensive and advanced scientific instrument in human history is aiming to revolutionise our understanding of the universe. Ransom Stephen explains what precisely is happening and what outcomes can be expected
Writer Travis Jeppesen reflects on the tactic of "bad writing" and the creative process involved in the writing of his upcoming novel, The Suiciders. UPDATE: Now with an extract from Jeppesen's The Suiciders
LRA rebel group denies any involvement in mass killings in Congo. Burmese opposition decides to boycott election. North Korea feared responsible for sunk South Korean ship. Afghan offensive in Kandahar to be launched in June. All this and much more, in today’s security briefing.
Nuclear weapons were at the heart of the Cold War. Yet the broader impact of the arms race on politics and society has been forgotten. This is unfortunate, argues Holger Nehring, as the impact of the shared fear of total war that the nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union created lies at the core of the problems in the transatlantic relationship. President Obama’s attempts to create a nuclear weapons free world and his willingness to sign a new agreement on the reduction of intercontinental nuclear weapons with his Russian counterpart President Medvedev only hides this uncomfortable reality.
There are two views of why the environment is a mess and what we should be doing to help it shining through Ian McEwan's latest novel, Solar. But there is one unexplored, but possibly crucial, configuration.
A brief theoretical look at how Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari's philosophy of becoming-wolf can be applied to art theory and critique in the context of openDemocracy's up-coming event, One or Several Wolves: multiplicities and packs in art.
In conversation with oDRussia’s Deputy Editor, a former British Army officer reflects on Tolya’s experience as a conscript in the Russian army. To what extent will the proposed military reforms help with dedovshchina, or institutionalised bullying?
openDemocracy Russia now puts together in one document the 9 letters written by Tolya (probably not his real name), a private in the Russian army. Tolya preferred to serve in the army rather than study at university. These letters were written some time ago, but few publications give such a clear indication of the state of affairs in the Russian military.
In this third excerpt from the Moving Parts series Ruchir travels to the town of Khhair with cousins Guddu and Pintu, where Ruchir learns about the systematized corruption involved in the Indian construction business.
Moscow Metro blasts kill 37. Israel closes the West Bank as U.S.-Israeli relations worsen. President Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan. Violence in Iraq as coalition talks begin. Thai protests continue as protest leaders meet with PM. All this and more, in today’s security update.