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Karzai Is the Winner – For the Present

The best outcome of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s visit to Washington has been that US President Barack Obama finally cracked the whip on his AfPak team. When the AfPak special representative Richard Holbrooke turned up at Andrews Airbase at 6.00 am to receive Karzai whom he once not too long […]

Brazilian President Lula: Heading for Moscow

Nil NIKANDROV (Russia) Brazil is central to the Kremlin’s politics of increasing assertiveness in Latin America. From this standpoint Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva who plans to visit Moscow on May 13-14 — a pragmatic and predictable leader remaining a patriot of his own country despite the onslaught […]

Declaring War Against Afghan Drug

There are tens of thousands of drug-related deaths in Russia each year. Getting on top of the heroin problem means going back to the source in Afghanistan. Twenty years ago, not many in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia’s fourth largest city famous for Volga car and 900-year-old traditional architecture, had even heard […]

The “Evil Guys List”? “Free Journalism” in the Service of US Foreign Policy

F. William Engdahl (Germany) An organization calling itself Reporters Without Borders (RWB; French: Reporters sans frontières, or RSF) has just named Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, China’s President Hu Jintao, Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kazakhstan’s Nursultan Nazarbayev and Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko to their list of Forty Worst Predators of Press […]

Russia and its ‘Allies’ at the End of WWII

Tomorrow the battalions of allied forces from the USA, France and Great Britain will march down the Red Square together with the Russian regiments. For the first time in history they will take part in the traditional military parade to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Great Victory over Nazism. […]

Pirate-Captured Tanker Freed by Russian Navy

The crew of a large Russian anti-submarine ship has freed an oil tanker seized by Somali pirates on Wednesday. All 23 Russian sailors from the hijacked vessel have escaped the incident unscathed. As a result of the rescue efforts, 10 pirates have been captured and one killed. “The large submarine-hunter […]