The Success of Russia’s Propaganda: Ukraine’s ‘Banderovtsy’

A protester during the Euromaidan in Kyiv, February 2014. [Source: Ivan Bandura]

Russian President Putin was absent from Tuesday’s official ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by the Red Army’s 322nd Rifle Division, opting instead to attend a local tribute at Moscow’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre amid ever-deepening tensions between Russia and the West. The Kremlin’s delegation at the Polish ceremony was… Continue Reading ➤

The Hong Kong Protests in Context

Hong Kong protests

In September, Emily Ting, along with Hong Kongers across the globe, changed her Facebook profile picture to a yellow ribbon: a symbol of solidarity with the democracy movement. Hers was not the only colour of ribbon, however. Throughout Hong Kong, there was a veritable rainbow of colours, from blue, showing support for the police and… Continue Reading ➤

A selfie is not enough, Mr. Bergoglio

[source: Wikimedia]

To say it clear: the Catholic Church does not support gay marriage. The Catholic Church is disgusted by homosexual acts. The Church thinks homosexuals have a sinful, disordered nature, and that they can be tolerated only as long as they don’t have sex, of any kind, ever. The Catholic Church wants homosexuals to live a… Continue Reading ➤

The Western Image of Order

Roosevelt in 1902 [source: Wikimedia]

The peoples of this planet desire both peace and order, but we have become gridlocked in our thinking about how to achieve this. European and North American nations have simply assumed that the world would naturally adopt westernisation as the way forward; Islam has been locked for over a thousand years in its faith that the… Continue Reading ➤

King Charles III

Prince Charles arrives at Andrews Air Force Base in the United States, 1981 [source: Wikimedia]

The great West End blockbuster of the moment is Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III. It portrays a chain of events after the unthinkable but inevitable moment when Queen Elizabeth dies. Bartlett’s story contains all the tragic drama of Shakespeare’s portrayals of hollow crowns, complete with an array of allusions to Richard II, King Lear, Macbeth… Continue Reading ➤

Oman’s Precarious Future

Qaboos in Oman, 1998 [source: Wikimedia]

Oman is an oasis of stability and moderation in the Middle East. Perhaps problematically for Western liberal democrats, this is thanks to Sheikh Qaboos bin Said al Said, Oman’s absolute monarch. He took power in 1970 in a British-supported coup against his father, the previous Sultan. It was a country only in name: a collection… Continue Reading ➤

Russia: Aggressor in the Baltics?

Московский Кремль [source: Pedro J Pacheco]

NATO’s 10-day TRIDENT JUNCTURE 14 exercise came to a close on Monday 17 November amidst growing fears that the Kremlin’s alleged military intervention in Ukraine will be followed by a campaign of intimidation and psychological diminishment in the Baltics, in what is seen as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plan to reaffirm Russia’s status in its former sphere… Continue Reading ➤