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Full Text of Letter to Ottawa Police in Volgemut Case

The following is the full text of the letter sent by Robert Amsterdam of Amsterdam & Partners LLP to Chief Peter Sloly of the Ottawa Police (see press release here). URGENT Chief Peter Sloly Ottawa Police Services 474 Elgin Street Ottawa, Ontario slolyp@ottawapolice.ca September 28, 2021 RE: Aleksandra Nicole Volgemut, DOB: October 28 2018 Dear […]

Amsterdam & Partners LLP Retained by Tanzanian Political Prisoner Freeman Mbowe

The following press release was distributed to media today. Freeman Mbowe, a Tanzanian opposition politician and chairman of the Chadema party who was arrested in nighttime police raid this past July, will be represented by international lawyer Robert Amsterdam, founding partner of Amsterdam & Partners LLP, in coordination with local defense counsel. The arrest of […]

Departures Podcast with Max Siollun, author of ‘What Britain Did to Nigeria: A Short History of Conquest and Rule’

Since Britain’s annexation of Lagos in 1861 up until independence in 1960, the history of colonialism in Nigeria has almost always been told from London’s perspective – often exaggerating the benevolent intentions and downplaying and blameshifting the abuses, ethnic violence, and social disarray the occupation created. Every listener to this podcast knows that we love […]

Departures Podcast with Robert Draper, author of ‘To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq’

The chaotic withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and rapid fall of Kabul to the Taliban brought back in sharp focus the misguided policies of the George W. Bush administration that led the US into the War on Terror. In “To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq,” Robert Draper, a […]

Departures Podcast with Shaun Breslin, author of ‘China Risen? Studying Chinese Global Power’

China’s rise on the global stage has sparked both envy and fear across the globe. Much has been written about how China might reshape the international order, but few have taken the time to delve into the myriad Chinese actors and interests that collectively make up China’s newfound global influence rather than viewing Beijing as […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – August 17, 2021

Today in Russia: Moscow’s change in tone about the Taliban; Russia ready to work with Taliban, which it says is “restoring order; Russia jails 4 Crimean Tatars for “extremism”; Russia’s battle for the Black Sea; Russia’s inflation battle paying dividends in bond market; Hackers against drugs

Departures Podcast with Sarah Berman, author of ‘Don’t Call it a Cult: The Shocking Story of Keith Raniere and the Women of NXIVM’

In “Don’t Call it a Cult,” Vancouver-based investigative journalist Sarah Berman tells the story of the bizarre cult known as NXIVM. Founded by longtime pyramid scheme mastermind Keith Raniere in 1998 who referred to himself in the group as the “Vanguard,” the group roped in many rich and prominent individuals from socialities Buffy and William […]

Departures Podcast with Andrew Bacevich, author of ‘After the Apocalypse: America’s Role in a World Transformed’

By many measures, 2020 was a year to forget. With natural disasters, a climate crisis, a vicious pandemic, a massive economic crisis, a cruel and dishonest president, unprecedented demands for racial justice and its corresponding ugly backlash, US society has been taken to the brink. For Prof. Andrew Bacevich of Boston University, these events represent […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 15, 2021

Today in Russia: Prosecutor wants 6-year suspended sentence for Calvey; Election monitor decries new restrictions on live polling feeds; Proekt and more declared undesirable foreign agents; Russian swimmers suspended from Tokyo games over doping allegations; Get out, stay out of Central Asia, Russia tells US post-Afghanistan on post-Afghanistan presence in the region; Biden and Merkel to discuss Nord Stream 2

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 7, 2021

Today in Russia: USA to Russia: the Black Sea is for everybody; Biden’s Russian hacking ‘moment or reckoning’; 19 bodies found from Kamchatka plane crash; Russia ready to activate Tajik military base as spillover from Afghanistan looms; American lawyer detained in Russia; Labor shortage in Moscow hurts construction industry