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The situation in Yemen has recently taken a bad turn both for Saudi Arabia and its allies from the so-called “Arab NATO” - countries, which formally joined the Saudi invasion of Yemen in 2015. Since then, this coalition, backed by the United States, has been fighting the opposition Houthi movement, the so-called Shia Muslim local religious minority, which Riyadh claims is getting military and financial support from Iran. There are three factors hampering the military campaign, being conducted by the Saudi-led coalition.
In the walkup to the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, marked on August 29 in keeping with a pertinent resolution by the UN General Assembly, the “Where the Wind Blew” documentary was shown and discussed by members of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation. On August 29, 1991, the Soviet Union shut down its nuclear test range in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan, where it had tested its nuclear weapons during the Cold War era.​
In the years of the Cold War, Turkey positioned itself at the vanguard of the free, i.e. Western world, confronting the so-called “evil empire”. Many Turks, especially in the hinterland, truly believed that the words “communism” and “terrorism” meant the same, while newspapers wrote about the "oppressed" status of millions of Turks in the USSR. But everything changed at the end of the 20th century. The 1990s became a period of unprecedented growth in bilateral trade, as Turkish contractors rushed to tap into Russian expanses by erecting a variety of buildings of disputable architectural value.
  • Category: Analytics |
  • Date: 28-08-2019, 12:23
  • Views: 312
Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko, newly appointed Russian ambassador to Serbia, has told to Serbian media on Thursday that outgoing Kosovo’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj’s statement about Moscow advocating the division of Kosovo was “ridiculous.” The ambassador said that option “has never officially been on the table.” "We have never initiated a similar idea of territorial correction. There were such proposals on the margins, including a period of status negotiations, but they were never officially on the negotiating table, "Bocan-Kharchenko said during his television appearance on Serbian N1 TV.”
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 27-08-2019, 12:43
  • Views: 318
A discussion of Russia’s return to the G8, initiated by the French President Emmanuel Macron and quickly supported by his US counterpart Donald Trump, has intensified in the West. Even though Germany, and especially Britain, appear less enthusiastic about the prospect, the whole debate means that all attempts to "isolate" Russia in the world have fallen flat. Moreover, as the developments of the past few years show, no key international problems, from strategic stability to regional conflicts (above all in Syria) can possibly be solved without full-fledged Russian participation.​
In the wake of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s landslide victory in the recent parliamentary elections, observers are now discussing the prospects of a new phase in the role their country is playing in the world. Indian experts believe that "the world is moving in the direction of multi-polarity, albeit asymmetric, which in the long haul can turn into a US-Chinese bipolar system."
In August 1939, the Soviet troops, led by the then unknown Commander Georgy Zhukov, inflicted a crushing defeat on forces of the Kwantung Army of Japan in the Mongolian steppes during the Battle of the Khalkhin Gol River, thereby changing the direction of Japanese expansionism towards Pearl Harbor and the Asian colonies in Europe. The Battles of Khalkhin Gol, which began two years before the fascist invasion of  the USSR, is rightly seen as one of the forerunners of the Soviet military successes in Europe during World War II. Having suffered a serious setback, militaristic Japan lost all hope of capturing Siberia and the Far East over a short-term perspective and focused on the Asia-Pacific theater of operations.
At present, it makes no sense for anyone to discard membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the US’ exit from it will not become fatal, -said the Russian Minister of Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin commenting on a statement made by US President Donald Trump to the effect that Washington could leave the WTO.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 21-08-2019, 12:33
  • Views: 228
​Does our history only appear overheated, while it is essentially calmly predetermined? Is it directional or conceivable, dialectic and eclectic or cyclical, and therefore cynical? Surely, our history warns. Does it also provide for a hope? Hence, what is in front of us: destiny or future?Theory loves to teach us that extensive debates on what kind of economic system is most conductive to human wellbeing is what consumed most of our civilizational vertical. However, our history has a different say: It seems that the manipulation of the global political economy – far more than the introduction of ideologies – is the dominant and arguably more durable way that human elites usually conspired to build or break civilizations, as planned projects. Somewhere down the process, it deceived us, becoming the self-entrapment. How?​
  • Category: Analytics |
  • Date: 19-08-2019, 16:25
  • Views: 167
On July 31, the US Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee cut interest rates – the first such move in 11 years. During the past 18 months, President Donald Trump has regularly criticized the country’s central bank for refusing to lower interest rates, calling the Fed’s policy the main reason for America’s current economic slowdown. Trump’s critics, in their turn, accuse him of trying to manipulate the Federal Reserve’s policy in a bid to secure the best conditions for his re-election 2020 re-election campaign. How can the state of the country’s economy and finances influence the choice the American voters will make next year?