Kevlar seams of Russian doll

Protests against the “zeroing” of the country’s Constitution are scheduled for July 15 in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In St. Petersburg, the Libertarian Party, the Spring movement and Open Russia have applied for a rally. About a thousand participants are waiting for the rally. Given the high share of protest voting in the northern capital, […]

China’s Latest Crackdown in Hong Kong Will Have Global Consequences

On June 30, China passed a new national security law in Hong Kong that upended the city’s politics and threw the tech community into disarray. The law’s draconian provisions criminalize a range of activities and give law enforcement agencies power to carry out sweeping surveillance and censorship measures. Not only is the law designed to […]

China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Road-Rail Connection Launched Amid Violent Border Clashes

China and Uzbekistan have opened a new transport corridor between one other, which could eventually form a key link in a much shorter inter-continental route connecting China to the Middle East and Europe. Tashkent trusts that the new corridor complements rather than competes with already-established trans-Eurasian transport routes via Kazakhstan and Russia (Podrobno.uz, June 6). […]

An Impending Assault On Idlib

While the world has been distracted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province remains volatile. The region, which has seen a period of relative calm, is on the brink of another major government offensive. Turkey has long sought the fall of the Assad regime and has conducted numerous incursions into northern […]

Azerbaijan To Purchase Turkish-Manufactured Combat Drones

The Azerbaijani government announced on Monday that it would purchase unmanned aerial combat vehicles from Turkey after receiving approval from its parliament. Speaking to a local TV broadcaster about the purchase of new weapons and military vehicles for the armed forces, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Defense Zakir Hasanov said his country sought to purchase Turkish-made combat […]

Moscow’s Pursuit of Artificial Intelligence For Military Purposes

Moscow is consistently investing in research and development (R&D) programs with the goal to adopt and diversify its application of artificial intelligence (AI) for military purposes. This covers a broad spectrum of military uses for AI, including robotic systems, improved command and control (C2), enhanced weapons, as well as for demining operations (see EDM, June […]

Libya Is A European Emergency

Over the past few years, international diplomatic efforts have failed to stop the fighting between the Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj in Tripoli and the forces supporting General Khalifa Haftar in the east of the country. Today, foreign interventions are mostly those of Turkey in the west, supporting the […]

Terrorussia: tandem of drugs and terror at service of Russian security forces

While Russia is rejoicing over the successful failure of the constitutional amendments vote to the accompaniment of deafening falsifications, the New York Times releases another piece of incriminating evidence against the Kremlin over bounties paid to Taliban for terrorist attacks on U.S. troops in Afghanistan. It was very interesting to see the identity disclosed of […]

Russia’s Black Sea naval fleet defiant over constitutional amendments vote

The first ones to take their stance opposing the changes were 28 crewmen of the Vasily Bykov patrol ship. Reports are coming about the Sevastopol-based Black Sea naval fleet showing teeth amid the ongoing vote for Russian constitutional amendments that would allow Vladimir Putin to retain power, resetting the count of his presidential terms. Reports […]