Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” will fly into theaters worldwide on Wednesday July 15 as excited fans await the release of the highly anticipated 6th film in the series. There has been much debate about how director David Yates has omitted some parts of the book, and has added other scenes. Diehard fans of […]

Poll of the polls…

U.S. President Barack Obama’s approval rating slipped to under 60 percent, according to CNN’s “poll of the polls” released Friday. According to the “poll of the polls,” an average of five national polls conducted in July, 57 percent of the Americans surveyed approve of Obama’s job performance, with 36 percent disapproving.

What crashed Iranian plane …

A search has begun for the black boxes from a passenger plane that crashed in northern Iran on Wednesday, killing all 168 people on board, the country’s ISNA news agency reported. The Russian-made Tupolev airliner was en route from Tehran to the Armenian capital, Yerevan, when it crashed 16 minutes after takeoff, on a farm […]

Dental tourism.

Dental tourism grows more and more popular in Moscow due to the economic crisis. It is twice as cheap to have one’s teeth fixed in the regions neighboring to Moscow. Dentistry went up 40-50% in price at the beginning of the summer in Russia. Dentists refer to imported materials growing more expensive. However, most dental […]

Obama and Transatlantic slave trade.

After outlining his bright hopes for Africa’s future, President Barack Obama got a glimpse on Saturday into one of the darkest chapters of its past — the transatlantic slave trade. Obama, America’s first black president, took his family for a poignant tour of Cape Coast Castle, a seaside fortress used by slave traders starting in […]

British Diplomat Caught In The Act.

    A British diplomat in Russia has resigned after a video allegedly showing him having sex with two prostitutes was posted on the internet, the Press Association reported. James Hudson stood down as deputy consul general in Yekaterinburg in the Urals following the furore about the clip. A link to the film, which lasts […]

Stalinism and Nazism.

Russia lashed out at a resolution likening Stalinism to Nazism adop,ted last week by the parliamentary assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. It had been proposed by ex-Communist states, Lithuania and Slovenia. “We consider unacceptable the fact that in the OSCE’s parliamentary assembly resolution there is an attempt to distort history […]

Series of very curious photos -G8 summit.

A series of very curious photos appeared on the Russian blogosphere on July 9. The photos, depicted the members of the G8 Summit – Nikolas Sarkozy, Dmitry Medvedev and Silvio Berlusconi in a state of alcoholic intoxication. The leaders of France, Russia and Italy. The lack of journalistic tact is a subject of a separate […]

Barack Obama acknowledged …

Barack Obama stated during his visit to Moscow that lifting the notorious Jackson-Vanik amendment would be one of the biggest priorities of his administration, Itar-Tass news agency reports. “US President Barack Obama acknowledged that it was the problem of the US administration. He said that lifting the amendment would be one of the priorities of […]

Latvia and rally by of ultra nationalists.

Despite a widespread and diffuse feeling that Latvia “needs a strong hand”, a rally by ultranationalists, including a group calling itself the heirs of Latvia’s pre-war fascist Pērkonkrusts (Thunder Cross) movement, failed to gather more than 60 or 70 persons at a rally in front of the Cabinet of Ministers building. The radical nationalists had […]

Russian exercises anger Georgia.

More than 8,000 troops are taking part in the manoeuvres near the Georgian border, which Georgia has called “a pure provocation from Russia.” Last month Nato angered Russia by staging exercises in Georgia itself. Although NATO and Russia have just agreed to resume military ties, analysts say the latest exercises are a clear warning from […]

Bernard Madoff’s in prison…

A federal judge rejected Bernard Madoff’s plea for leniency Monday, sentencing the 71-year-old swindler to spend the rest of his life in prison for an “extraordinarily evil” fraud that took a staggering toll on thousands of victims. U.S. District Judge Denny Chin cited the unprecedented nature of the multibillion-dollar fraud as he sentenced Madoff to […]