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Post-Paris Politics: Countering and (Maybe) Defeating ISIS

William Bradley | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

More than a week of cacophonous media and political gabble after the shocking Isis attacks on Paris make it clear that US presidential campaigns are no place to look for answers on this shocking and complex episode of new world chaos.

The U.S. Should Join Hands With Russia to Fight ISIS

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Any rational person would have to agree that the world stands a better chance of effectively fighting IS together, than separately.

Scrotum-Nailing Artist Lights Fire To Russian Security Service Doors

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 11.10.2015 | World

Provocative Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky took a canister of gas to the headquarters of Russia's FSB security service in Moscow on Monday, doused th...

Turkey and Qatar: Close Allies, Sharing a Doomed Syria Policy

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

In recent years, Turkey and Qatar have found much common ground on a host of foreign policy issues. Both Ankara and Doha have sponsored a variety of Sunni Islamist groups, seen as conduits for their geopolitical influence in the fluid Middle East. However, both countries have experienced setbacks from their engagement in some of the region's conflicts, most notably in Syria.

Kremlin: Russian Ban On Flights To Egypt Will Last Months

AP | Annum Masroor | Posted 11.10.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow's ban on all flights to Egypt in the wake of a Russian plane crash will last for at least several months, the Kremlin chie...

Russia's Intervention in Syria: Protracting an Already Endless Conflict

Charles Lister | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Charles Lister

Russia's intervention in Syria has introduced a dangerous new dynamic into an already volatile and complex conflict. Rather than advancing its self-proclaimed objective of fighting terrorism, many more Russian strikes have targeted moderate rebels -- "vetted" and supported by the United States -- as well as other expressly Syrian opposition groups backed variously by Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar.

Chest Thumping and Chess Playing in Syria

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.13.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Political pundits in the U.S. are working overtime trying to get in to the mind of Vladimir Putin and explain to the world why Mr. Putin has decided to jump into the fray in Syria.

Several In Aborted Moscow Bombing Plot Were Trained By ISIS, Police Say

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.12.2015 | World

MOSCOW, Oct 12 (Reuters) - A group of Russians arrested with a bomb were preparing to attack Moscow's public transport system and included people tra...

Discover Moscow's Local Secrets

Global Yodel | Posted 10.07.2015 | Travel
Global Yodel

In contrast to many European cities and capitals, in Moscow everything is always open and working virtually around the clock. You will always find a place where you can drink, eat, take a walk or go to the gym, even late at night.

Russia Backs Syrian Forces In Major Assault On Insurgents

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.07.2015 | World

By Sylvia Westall and Dominic Evans BEIRUT, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Syrian troops and militia backed by Russian warplanes mounted what appeared to...

Astoria Characters: The Man Fully Invested in Finance

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 10.06.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

There's not much to see in Korsa K. Nzidee's office because he's just moved into it.

Putin Drops the Bombs and Deals the Cards in Syria and Ukraine

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The challenge of Putin as well as ISIS requires an answer beyond avoidance and containment. The threat is immediate but also the challenge to the rule of law and the ideology upon which free and democratic states have prospered as societies and economies over the last few decades.

The 25 Best Value Cities in the World

trivago | Posted 09.25.2015 | Travel

Building your dream vacation can be a very expensive undertaking, especially if you plan on hitting some of the world's most famous sights and cities. To help travelers create a fun (and affordable) itinerary for 2016, we analyzed the world's most popular cities to determine which 25 destinations will get you more bling for less cha-ching.

The Pentagon Is Preparing New War Plans For A Baltic Battle Against Russia

Foreign Policy | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics

For the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the U.S. Department of Defense is reviewing and updating its contingency plans for armed c...

Iran Exposes the Myth of GCC Unity

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.10.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

If GCC officials slowly pivot toward the perception that their long-term interests reside in an improved relationship toward Iran, such a strategic shift would be seen in Riyadh as an erosion of GCC unity against an emboldened Iran.

The Minsk Process: Belarus Diplomacy at Center of Ukrainian Peace Initiative

Christopher Atamian | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Christopher Atamian

The Minsk protocols seemed tenuous at best and the future of the region uncertain. Yet as autumn rolls around, the conflict has been largely contained and its outcome is being decided around a negotiating table instead of on a battle field.

The US Embassy Moscow Fire of 1977

ADST | Posted 09.02.2015 | World

Diplomats working in the USSR had to contend with a wide range of difficulties -- poor bilateral relations, KGB surveillance, tough living conditions, Russian winters. For those serving in 1977, you could add one more thing to that list -- a massive fire.

The 10 Worst Cities on the Planet

Trippy | Posted 09.01.2015 | Travel

We admit it: even though we love to travel more than anything else in the world, some places just rub us the wrong way.

Russia's Moskva River Catches Fire, Spews Black Smoke Over Moscow

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.13.2015 | World

An oil slick on the Moskva River in Moscow caught fire Wednesday afternoon, sending a plume of heavy black smoke skyward in the southern part of the c...

Russia Destroys Western Food To Mark 1 Year Of Sanctions

AP | Katie Nelson | Posted 08.12.2015 | World

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Homeless In Moscow Get Free Movie Nights As Temporary Retreat

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 07.24.2015 | Good News

A night at the movies is a treat everyone should get to enjoy. Friends on the Streets, a Moscow charity organization, has set up a cinema to screen mo...

Moscow's Muslim Population Flourishes Despite Animosity

Al Jazeera | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.23.2015 | Religion

Moscow, Russia - Surrounded by movable metal fences and police, they placed their prayer rugs and shreds of wallpaper on the cold asphalt along ...

What a Million-Dollar Home Looks Like Around the World

GOBankingRates | Posted 07.14.2015 | Business

In Shanghai, China's most expensive city, a luxury property priced at $1 million would be about the size of a small one-bedroom apartment in the U.S.

UN at 70, Ready to be Retired?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Should we pronounce the UN a failure, or perhaps give it a ceremonial gold watch and retire it? The UN and its adjunct organs and agencies have made much progress, before the 50th Anniversary, but also since.

Sport and Society for Arete -- Hockey in Russia

Richard Crepeau | Posted 05.28.2015 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

It may be my imagination, but it seems as though every time I leave the country for a few weeks, the world of sport goes through some sort of convulsion or some extraordinary developments take place.