Western governments are turning full circle over Ukraine- from hailing the protesters in Maidan as revolutionaries to wondering who is going to foot the bill for the bankrupt country they have now inherited. One day Russia is warned "to stay out" of Ukraine, the next commentators fret about whether Moscow will continue to supply it with subsidized gas, and if not, who will.
The Difference Between Ukraine and Egypt
- 27 February 2014
- David Hearst
UAE investments in Serbia promise much, but can they deliver?
- 22 February 2014
- Alastair Sloan
In October last year, the United Arab Emirates stepped in to bail-out the debt-ridden Serbian economy. The deal promised billions in loans and investments, averting a looming debt crisis and promising revitalisation of the agriculture, aerospace and construction industries. Although some high profile partnerships have now come good, scepticism still remains that all the money will actually be paid, particularly in the agriculture sector.
The writing is on the wall for the Western media
- 20 February 2014
- Yvonne Ridley
Outraged media gathered to protest outside the Egyptian Embassy in London yesterday over the detention and prosecution of journalists for alleged "terrorist" offences. The disgraceful behaviour of the unelected Cairo rulers in rounding-up journalists who dare criticise the regime and then labelling them as terrorists merely for doing their job bears all the hallmarks of a dictatorship which has no time for press freedoms.
Arm in arm: Russia swaps weapons for power
- 19 February 2014
- Luke Rodeheffer & Lewis King
Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Egypt's contender to the presidency and leader of the recent coup-d'etat, headed to Moscow in early February for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Al-Sisi's visit to the Russian Federation, his first foreign visit since the coup, comes on the heels of a major foreign policy victory for the Kremlin in Geneva, where Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov invited Syrian rebel leader Ahmad Jarba to Moscow for peace talks, demonstrating that Russia is the only player in the Syrian conflict that can appeal to both sides.
Myths and facts about Turkey's Gülen movement
- 18 February 2014
- Dr Ertan Aydin
The recent crisis in Turkish democracy, caused by the attempted bureaucratic coup by followers of the Gülen Movement against the civilian government, has led to a plethora of Western media articles about Turkish politics. What is extraordinary about the content of such coverage is the persistence of a set of recycled stereotypes about freedom of speech, separation of powers and the democratisation process.