NATO vs Russia: Dangerous Games

It seems that the Black Sea has recently become more and more an arena of confrontation between NATO and Russia. Another confirmation of this was the large-scale military exercises Sea Breeze 2021, which were recently completed in the region, which Ukraine hosted, writes Alexi Ivanov, Moscow correspondent. The Sea Breeze — 2021 exercises are the most […]

Spy phones ‘in gangsters’ back pockets’ betray hundreds to police

A global sting in which organised crime gangs were sold encrypted phones that law enforcement officials could monitor has led to more than 800 arrests and the confiscation of drugs, weapons, cash and luxury cars, officials said on Tuesday. The operation by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Australian and European police ensnared suspects in […]

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 […]