Latin America

BRICS Flame Continues To Shine

Just as the fizz seems to be going out of the BRICS grouping, the member countries have scrambled to put their act together. Apropos the crisis in Syria, which is arguably, the “hottest” issue in international politics today, the BRICS showed up worrying signs of an identity crisis of its […]

Russia and the Changing World

ORIENTAL REVIEW republishes the latest article by Vladimir Putin, Russian PM and front-runner of the presidential campaign due to culminate next Sunday, March 4, 2012. The article focuses on different aspects of the Russian foreign policy. In my previous articles I have discussed some of the key foreign challenges that […]

US Will Punish Its NATO Allies, Not Iran

Will the economies of Greece and Italy finally collapse without Iranian oil? Having declared that the US-EU friendship will depend on whether Brussels supports Washington in its bid for imposing sanctions against Iran, the US president left Europe with no choice. The European Union, desperate to at least slow down […]

BRICS’ Rising Profile

The 3-4 November 2011 G-20 summit at Cannes that grappled with various raging issues governing the world economy particularly the Euro zone crisis also brought into focus the rising profile of BRICS as a major player towards resolving global issues including the financial crisis. As rightly pointed out by Russia’s […]

Revolt In Libya a Message to Chavez

The Libyan rebels’ August 23 attack on the Venezuelan embassy and compound in Tripoli went largely unreported, though fatalities were narrowly averted as Venezuelan ambassador Afif Tajeldine and the embassy staff moved to a safer location at the last moment and left Libya shortly thereafter. It transpired in the wake […]

The Myth of Russian Mafia in Latin America

Back in the Cold War days, the US propaganda ignited fears of Soviet expansionism and espionage in Latin America to frighten the continent’s governments into cooperating with Washington in the fight against the fictitious threat posed by the USSR and the Eastern bloc. Under the resulting arrangement, the CIA, FBI, […]