Austrian Justice Minister to Address Stephan Templ Case

Almost 70 years since end of World War II, Austria has largely shed its image as an engine for the Holocaust, and is instead better known these days as a civil, rule-of-law, wealthy country. Nevertheless, a series of recent events shows that the retrogressive anti-Semitic attitudes of the past continue to lurk deep inside the […]

Thailand: the Unconstitutional Monarchy

The United Kingdom (UK) is considered to be one of the planet’s pre-eminent constitutional monarchies. It’s not without its problems but its longevity & stability are based on the absolute split between the elected persons who make the laws and the head of state, the monarch, who acts as the functionary to sign them onto […]

How Europe Still Doesn’t Understand Russia’s Identity

Like many readers of this blog, I’ve been following closely the embarrassing fallout which took place following the publishing of Federica Mogherini’s issues paper on EU relations with Russia, which, to put it lightly, was a frighteningly naive conception of the situation from what should be a very important governing body. I strongly agree ECFR’s […]

Russia’s Gradual Return to Statism

Interesting note by Leonid Bershidsky in BloombergView: Herman Gref, head of Russia’s biggest bank, Sberbank, yesterday warned that $45 oil could be deadly for the Russian financial system. According to Sberbank calculations, such a low oil price — and the ruble’s commensurate low value — will require forming additional reserves of 3 trillion rubles ($45.8 billion) in […]

Public Appeal for Witnesses and Evidence of Human Rights Violations under the Coup Government of Thailand

The following press release from Amsterdam & Partners LLP was distributed to media today. LONDON, Jan. 9, 2015 – Amsterdam & Partners LLP announces a public appeal in Thailand for witnesses to come forward with evidence of human rights violations taking place under the current military coup government. This appeal for evidence relates to a […]

India’s Rare Earths Diplomacy

From an interesting article by Daniel McGroarty on RealClearWorld, it appears that India and China are once again at loggerheads over resources – this time the rare earth metals that India desperately needs as inputs in its growing defence industry. Russia, of course, is only too happy to step in. Some summits begin with a […]