A global elite gathering in the Crimea
Tuesday, 24 September 2013 15:12

NEARLY seventy years ago Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt sat at the round table in Yalta’s Livadia’s palace (pictured) and carved up the map of Europe. Last weekend, their ghosts must have been disturbed by the pow-wow of politicians, thinkers and businessmen who gathered in the same palace for the annual meeting of Yalta Eu...

Baba mondi
Monday, 23 September 2013 17:38


STORIES about religion in the Balkans are usually bound up with stories about identity, ethnicity and conflict. This is also true for stories about Islam, though they tend to be connected mainly to extremism or tensions between Islamic communities. Nemanja Pancic has sought to highlight the relatively little known story of the Sufi Bektashi o...

Breaking up with Peevski
Friday, 20 September 2013 16:57

A COUNTRY whose patron saint is Ivan Rilski, a hermit, Bulgaria has a tradition of introspection and withdrawal dating back to the Middle Ages that has at times led to the rejection of any temporal structure, including the entire world of politics. Five centuries of Ottoman rule and four decades of communist dictatorship didn’t help but today a...

What Vladimir Putin didn't tell the American people about Syria | Anna Neistat
Thursday, 12 September 2013 14:52

Russia's leader poses as a champion of the rule of law in a New York Times op-ed, but his record as Assad's backer is shameful

It's not what Vladimir Putin's New York Times op-ed says that's so worrisome; it's what it doesn't say. As a Russian and as someone who has been to Syria multiple times since the beginning of the conflict to investigate war...

Russia sends missile carrier to Mediterranean as Syria tension mounts
Thursday, 12 September 2013 14:22

Country's biggest naval deployment since USSR days sent to sea's east as US also beefs up maritime presence in region

Russia has dispatched a "carrier killer" missile cruiser and other ships to the eastern Mediterranean in its largest naval deployment since Soviet times.

The move comes as the US secretary of state, John Kerry, and his Russian...

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