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RIVALRIES AND CONFRONTATIONS between states in the information space are a feature of today's international relations. Information is becoming one of the priority instruments in fighting for global domination. We agree with experts who believe that there exist two principal forms of information warfare, technological and psychological, the former targeting information systems and communication channels and the latter, people's minds and public opinion.
The recent turmoil over Idlib has pushed the developments in Syrian Kurdistan out of political and mass media spotlight. However, it’s Idlib that will most likely host the final act of the drama, which has become known as the “civil war in Syria”.
IN RECENT YEARS, much has been said about radicalism and its varied offshoots. True, the number of terrorist acts climbs up, the popularity of extreme right political forces grows, and the wave of left radical and anti-globalist movements, migration crises and international tension is rising. This is how everyday realities look in many countries of the world.
Orange juice, jam and biscuits are on the table for a working breakfast served for the foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. Seated to either side of Sergey Lavrov are Foreign Minister of France Jean-Yves Le Drian (whom the Russian Foreign Minister was scheduled to meet one-on-one in the afternoon) and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (the meeting with him was yesterday, like with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres).
Russia and NATO are long-standing antagonists, even though the possibility of our country's accession to the North Atlantic Alliance was raised back in the days of President Clinton. Before that, the Soviet Union proposed the same in a note to that effect in 1954. Is genuine partnership possible now when NATO is expanding eastward and conducting large-scale exercises on our western borders, and the Alliance's military spending has been on the rise for several years in a row?
Before the start of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly, the United Nations’ official website published a number of interesting stories, one of which said that the president’s gavel, an inalienable part of official UN meetings which declares the beginning and end of meetings and the approval of the agenda or resolutions, was made of Icelandic pear wood in 2005. The choice fell on the wood from that country because the Althing, the “grandfather” of all modern parliaments, was convened in 930 in Iceland.
This autumn the Moscow art calendar is rich as ever and art lovers may find the Russian capital one of the hottest destinations. The State Tretyakov Gallery shows a moving retrospective by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: “Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into the Future” and the exhibition of the world-famous avant-garde artist Mikhail Larionov while the Pushkin Museum of Fine Art presents “Masterpieces of Edo Paintings and a Japanese installation artist Tadashi Kawamata.
Only good journalism can solve the problem of information warfare. United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications Alison Smale said this in an interview with the Editor-in-Chief of the International Affairs Journal Armen Oganesyan. She believes that good journalism, first of all, is objectivity. Moreover, in her opinion, much depends on the chosen tone. It is possible to start a dispute or a reasoned discussion, and the result will be different. She believes that “fake news” make relevant the question of what kind of control over the media should be carried out.
The visit of Polish President Andrzej Duda to Australia and New Zealand can be called multifaceted, affecting several key issues of Polish foreign policy. Duda's participation in the Polish-Australian energy forum in Sydney stressed Warsaw's interest in attracting as much foreign investment as possible, including that from Australia, to the energy sector for the development of this industry with the goal of turning Poland into a transit and distribution hub through which gas from the US and Norway will be supplied to European consumers.
International Affairs: The Second Eurasian Women’s Forum* is not too far off. What makes it different from the first forum? Is there much interest in it in the international community? Valentina Matviyenko: Yes, there is a tremendous amount of interest. This is understandable. Women play a dynamically increasing role in all spheres of public life. It is a global trend that nobody seriously denies. We women are not just an inseparable part but an increasingly significant motive force of the historical process.