Politics to Seek a New Start

Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev announced at their much-anticipated first meeting Wednesday in London that Washington and Moscow would negotiate a new nuclear arms reduction treaty by year-end. The announcement to put together a replacement for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty did not come as a surprise after both sides earlier stressed the necessity […]

The G20 London summit.

The most frequently asked question ahead of the G20 summit in London was: Will it live up to our expectations? The answer depends on what you want from it. In fact, it would be completely wrong to judge an event by expectations. If you really want to know what was expected from the London summit, […]

Freedom of speech in Europe.

Whoever still believes freedom reigns in Europe is wrong. Yet since until recently it has enjoyed a reasonable degree of freedom, many people continue to believe Europe is still somehow “free.” The touchstone for liberty, the basic, most essential freedom, is always the freedom of speech. All other freedoms depend on it and are derived […]

India and test BrahMos.

India has successfully tested the latest land attack version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile at a firing range in Pokhran, a spokesman for Russian-Indian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace Limited said Sunday. The spokesman said that the missile had successfully hit its designated target.

Protesters will certainly liven up the G20 in London.

The thousands of protesters who regularly disrupt (G20 summit ) economic summits as predictably as birds fly south for the winter have been called many things in the past – from anti-capitalists to anti-globalists to black-flag anarchists who just want to hurl rocks and insults at riot police and upset the global village reverie. The […]

Someone goes home and someone starts an adventure.

The 19th Expedition crew to the International Space Station (ISS) will blast off on board a Soyuz carrier rocket on Thursday from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, a Russian Mission Control spokesman said. Lift off is scheduled for 2:47 p.m. Moscow time [10:47 GMT]. The Soyuz TMA-14 spacecraft is due to dock with the […]

China ready to discuss new reserve currency.

China is ready to discuss Russia’s proposal of a new global reserve currency as an alternative to the U.S. dollar at the G20 summit in London, a vice governor of the country’s Central Bank said on Monday. Russia earlier submitted a proposal to the G20 summit which could see the IMF examining possibilities for creating […]

Progress in U.S.-Iran ties.

President Barack Obama expects steady progress in relations with Iran as he pursues a policy of greater engagement than his predecessor George Bush. Speaking at the end of an hour-long prime-time news conference, the president held up ties with Tehran as an example of the need for patience while new policies take effect. “We did […]

AIG Bonuses.

Who wins when the politically potent AIG bonus issue takes on the U.S. Constitution? I hate to report that things aren’t looking good for the Constitution. Yesterday Congress passed a bill to tax AIG bonuses into oblivion. Sounds great, right? It turns out the legislation is probably unconstitutional (look up “bill of attainder”). Instead of […]

FedEx plane crashes.(video)

    FedEx plane… A FedEx cargo plane crash-landed and burst into flames early Monday morning at Narita International Airport, east of Tokyo, killing the two U.S. crew members aboard and causing widespread flight disruption at Japan’s largest international gateway. Transport ministry and other investigators believe the accident was partly caused by strong winds buffeting […]

Celts,and Copious Pints in Russia

“There are only about 200 Irish people in the city, so to be able to get so many joining in our party is very special.” Gerard Michael MacGregor, a film director and one of the organisers of the Irish Film Festival running this week (see page 11), said it was “a chance to have fun, […]

Resetting relations – comments of Russia.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov had a dinner in Geneva and then parted in a good mood. This was the first step in the serious preparations for the first meeting between President Dmitry Medvedev and his U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama, which will take place during the G20 summit […]