XIX World Festival of Youth and Students takes opens in Russia

October 14 XIX World Festival of Youth and Students starts in Russia. Delegates come to Moscow and Sochi, south Russian city located near Black sea. Sochi will be a center of event, More »

Puigdemont postpones declaration of Catalan independence to make a final offer of dialogue to Spain

The mandate to make Catalonia an independent state has been acknowledged, but the declaration of independence is postponed. This is the summary of Carles Puigdemont’s most important speech. With a one hour More »

Spanish Government Issues Veiled Death Threat To Catalan Leader

In a quite shocking escalation of the rhetoric in Spain, a spokesman for the ruling People’s Party just issued a (barely) veiled death threat to the President of Catalonia. “Let’s hope that More »

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

On 7 July 2017, the United Nations adopted a landmark agreement to ban nuclear weapons, known officially as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Here are some frequently asked questions about More »

US intelligence services control Ukrainian telephone talks

On October 7 The New York Times has published an article “Schooled in Scandal: What Makes Ukraine a Hotbed of Intrigue” by Andrew Higgins and Andrew E.Kramer. The article gives breaking news: More »

 

Russia | Police attack anti-capitalist march in Moscow

Communist and other leftist youth in Moscow had planned to hold their annual “Anticapitalism-2017” march on Sept. 23, highlighting the crisis conditions for young workers since the restoration of capitalism in Russia a quarter-century ago. This year’s event held special significance for many, as it fell during the 100-year anniversary of Russia’s 1917 socialist revolution.

Russia | The St. Isaac’s cathedral affair – Russia’s constitutional court approves state of lawlessness

by John Helmer

In a ruling of Russia’s Constitutional Court, issued on July 18, fifteen out of sixteen judges ruled that a state of lawlessness now prevails in the country, in which the constitutional rights of citizens to have courts adjudicate government decisions, with evidence and reasoning, have been abolished.

Russia | Russophobia and the Logic of Imperialism

As it stands today, the U.S./NATO imperialist bloc has its eyes set primarily on two countries: Russia and China. While NATO imperial terror, including economic sanctions and military action, in countries such as Ukraine, Syria, Iran, and North Korea constitute exploitative projects in their own right, they also function to encircle Russia and China. Given the importance of Russia as an object of imperial desire, clarity on the character of Russia is imperative in order to understand the current economic and political crisis of imperialism.

Russia | Kremlin ignores freedom of conscience violation

Two weeks ago Russian court sentenced a young man Ruslan Sokolovsky, who was carried away by the game “PokeGo” and caught Pokemon in the church. The court found him guilty of insulting the feelings of believers and sentenced to a conditional conclusion. The basis for the verdict was not only the very fact of entertainment in the Orthodox Church, but also video recordings from his personal blog.
The Russian service of the BBC has brought several fragments from the verdict. Among them were: “[Sokolovsky’s videos] contain information that contains signs of insulting the feelings of adherents of Christianity and Islam, formed through the denial of the existence of God,” [the blogger] denies the existence of Jesus and the Prophet Muhammad, thus committed the crime envisaged in part 1 of Article 148 of the Criminal Code. ”
The verdict aroused indignation of the authoritative Russian journalist Vladimir Pozner, who does not hide his atheistic convictions. In his blog he wrote that he wants to get an explanation, does he have a legal right to be an atheist in Russia or is it criminal? “Perhaps the Patriarch Cyril will say whether I offend his religious feelings, claiming that there is no God? Perhaps the chairman of the Constitutional Court will tell me if I have the right to think what I think and express what I say? Maybe the head of state will make it clear whether the court is waiting for me,” – the journalist wrote.
In response, a spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church expressed doubts in the depth of the journalist’s intelligence, and Dmitry Peskov, the Russian presidential press secretary, refused to condemn the violation of the principle of freedom of conscience, which the Russian court admitted.
Instead, Dmitry Peskov refused to comment on Pozner’s question at all. According to him, this is a rhetorical question that falls within the competence of Russian courts and has nothing to do with the president.

Russia | Western reporters in Kiev continue to ignore the rise of Neo-Nazism in Ukraine

by Bryan MacDonald

Oscar Wilde’s work thrived on tangents. After all, a writer gifted with such a repository of wisecracks needed space to deliver them. Thus, he observed things like how “the man who could call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one. It is the only thing he is fit for.”
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