The scandal related to recent revelations from FIFA chief Joseph Blatter is gathering pace. Recently, Blatter stated that a secret agreement was made to host the World Cup 2018 in Russia. Blatter spoke about the World Cup in 2022, but it was Russia that got all the media hype. In Russia, may people took Blatter's words as words of "betrayal"
In what has been dubbed "an apology" Blair even took to CNN in an interview with his pal Fareed Zakaria to - sort of - explain himself. It was no "apology", but a weasel worded damage limitation exercise as more and more revelations as to disregard for law - and to hell with public opinion - surface.
Last week, the Ambassador of the "Kingdom of the Netherlands" in Moscow was rightfully criticized and ridiculed on these pages for making some utterly stupid remarks about the Crimea. The arrogant stupidity of Mr. Ron van Dartel is indicative of the perversity pervading the entire Dutch ruling class
November 7, 1917, the Great Socialist Revolution in Russia. Medieval and feudal values were swept aside and people's power was internationalized, creating public services of excellence, making available public resources as universal property, implementing regimes of social mobility and externalizing the Revolution to the four corners of the Earth.
Serbian EU integration process seems to inevitably go towards its total fiasco. This has of course been rather foreseeable for years, yet ‘EU integration’ was an ideological mantra, stubbornly repeated by all Serbian governments since 2000. This might have been, however, changed rapidly last month.
French publication Charlie Hebdo has published cartoons of the crash of the Russian aircraft in Egypt. Russia's reaction followed immediately and it was sharply negative, of course. Many Russian publications showed a strange reaction to the cartoons and started reprinting them. The Kremlin administration did not leave the news out of attention
Turkey has always enjoyed very strong ties of friendship and alliance with Russia, which is one of its most strategic neighbors. These relations had recently reached their zenith in politics, economics and trade under the AKP and Erdogan's direction. Although it is also a NATO member, Turkey also kept away from the crisis during the Ukraine problem
The British authorities knew that Sharm el-Sheikh airport security was weak ten months ago. They sent a team of experts to bolster screening measures. Stories abound of tourists paying twenty pounds to avoid security checks, a few weeks ago. Chatter was picked up that ISIL was planning a terrorist attack. Why was this not shared with the Russians?