March 2020 – March 2021 Europe and beyond

For months, many argue that our Covid (C-19) response is a planetary fiasco, whose size is yet to surface with its mounting disproportionate and enduring secondary effects, causing tremendous socio-economic, demographic and cross-generational, political and psychosomatic contractions and convulsions. However, worse than our response is our silence about it.  It is an established fact that […]

Warnings over energy greenwashing as households switch to eco tariffs en masse

80 per cent of gas and electricity switchers picked green energy tariffs in 2020. But just how green are they? Energy suppliers touting green tariffs are being accused of ‘greenwashing’ in a bid to tap into a boom in eco energy switching, experts have warned, as bill payers try to be more environmentally responsible. More […]

U.S. and Iran Agree to Indirect Talks on Returning to Nuclear Deal

The countries will negotiate next week through intermediaries in Vienna to try to bring both back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement. WASHINGTON — After weeks of failed starts and back-channel exchanges, Iran and the United States will, next week in Vienna, begin exchanging ideas about how to restore the 2015 nuclear deal. Initially, though, […]

If You Build It, They Will Bike: Pop-Up Lanes Increased Cycling During Pandemic

A study of European cities adds to a growing body of evidence that investments in cycling infrastructure can encourage bike commuting, which helps cut greenhouse gas emissions. Adding bike lanes to urban streets can increase the number of cyclists across an entire city, not just on the streets with new bike lanes, according to a […]

Lukashenko plays the Poland card and ratchets up tensions with Warsaw

The strongman is hunting for an ‘external enemy.’ WARSAW — Alexander Lukashenko has a lot of opponents at home, so now he’s making even more enemies abroad.  The authoritarian leader of Belarus has unleashed law enforcement against leaders of the country’s small ethnic Polish minority — accounting for about 3 percent of the country’s population […]

European countries where insulting the head of state can land you in prison

The great and the good have solid legal protection on much of the Continent.  Politicians in democracies are supposed to have thick skins — but those of a more fragile disposition (as well as some royals) have laws protecting them from brickbats in a host of European countries. A Polish writer is facing charges for calling President […]

Russia intends to blame “insidious” West for its vaccine failure on world stage

The Russian campaign to promote their Sputnik-V coronavirus vaccine, implying bribing government officials and medical experts to promote the drug abroad, as well as spreading fake news about Western vaccines, boomeranged against the masterminds behind this very campaign. First, the United States and the EU have openly accused Russia of large-scale circulation of lies and […]

MI5 Bolsters Security Amid Claims Kremlin is Showing ‘Active Interest’ in ‘Targeted’ Russians in UK

The British government and intelligence agencies were earlier accused of having failed to conduct a proper assessment of the Kremlin’s alleged attempts to interfere in “democratic processes” and the 2016 Brexit referendum in the Russia report, released last year by the UK parliament’s intelligence and security committee. MI5 has been boosting security protection offered to […]

MAKING MOUNTAINS WITHOUT MOLEHILLS

Disinformation is a fancy word for lying. Lying has an emotional element to it; disinformation lacks moral connotations; the concept is dry and matter-of-fact. Still – disinformation is actually just lying, deception, manipulation. EUvsDisinfo uses a definition on disinformation(opens in a new tab) as statements, verifiably false and intended to harm. This week, we can demonstrate in detail the […]