The world was stunned when Russia invaded Crimea, but should it have been? Author and journalist Oliver Bullough says President Vladimir Putin never kept secret his intention to restore Russian power – what’s less clear, he says, is how long the country’s rise can continue. On 16 August 1999, the members of Russia’s parliament –… Continue reading Vladimir Putin: The rebuilding of ‘Soviet’ Russia
Our new era is one defined by ideological clashes, nationalistic resurgence, and territorial occupation – an era in some ways similar to the tragic periods of confrontation in 20th-century Europe. The decision by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to annex Crimea ended the post-Cold War era in Europe. Since the late Gorbachev-Reagan years, the… Continue reading Confronting Vladimir Putin’s Russia
MOSCOW — The sudden collapse of the Kremlin-backed government in Ukraine has for now delivered a profound setback to President Vladimir V. Putin’s strategy to deepen political and economic ties with the country and thus keep it from embracing Europe. Even as Russia celebrates the closing of Olympic Games that defied some dire expectations, Mr.… Continue reading Deeply Bound to Ukraine, Putin Watches and Waits for Next Move
A church in the central French town of Vierzon may be converted to a mosque, as Muslims across Europe are converting empty churches to fit their faith – but some locals are worried about the threat of radicalism. Vierzon has six churches, and in order to balance the books, the diocese is selling one of… Continue reading Catholic church in France may become Mosque
A new report has begun to spread its wings with claims that a French secret serviceman, acting on the express orders of Nicolas Sarkozy, was responsible for the killing of former Libyan dictator Colonel Qaddafi.
LOS ANGELES – An actress in an anti-Islam film that triggered violent protests across the Muslim world sued a California man linked to its production on Wednesday for fraud and slander, saying she had received death threats after the video was posted on YouTube. Actress Cindy Lee Garcia, who also named Google Inc and its… Continue reading Cindy Lee Garcia, Actress in ‘Innocence of Muslims’, Sues Producers and YouTube
Muslim leaders have urged France to take firm action after a French magazine’s publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed on Wednesday. “We reject and condemn the French cartoons that dishonor the Prophet,” the acting head of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, Essam Erian, said, as cited by Reuters. “If the case of Kate… Continue reading Muslim leaders call French Mohammed cartoons ‘new insult’
A French satirical magazine has published controversial caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed on Wednesday as worldwide protests continue against a US film. France announced it would close embassies and schools in around 20 countries, fearing violence.
“This is the start of a serious movement that must continue all over the Muslim world in defense of the Prophet of God (PBUH)… As long as there’s blood in us, we will not remain silent over insults against our Prophet (PBUH).” – Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah From Pakistan…
Iran’s supreme leader opened the fifth day of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran by blasting the UN as an “overt dictatorship.” The remarks were made in the presence of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.