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Alexander Yakovenko

Ambassador's view
Dr Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Deputy foreign minister (2005-2011).
​What I say in Foreign Office on Middle East peace process

It is important to uphold the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian groups and to continue indirect negotiations in order to maintain a sustainable peace.

October 25, 2014 04:19
What I say to the UK Foreign Office on ISIS

Russia firmly supports the efforts of the Iraqi government to combat terrorism in all its aspects. It is necessary to unite the efforts of the country’s political movements and parties to confront the common threat posed by the IS terrorist group.

October 22, 2014 14:28
FT cannot muster political will to publish Russian Ambassador’s letter on Ukraine

Since 3 October the Russian Embassy in the UK has been waiting for a positive response from the Financial Times on publishing a letter from Ambassador Yakovenko’s as part of the debate on Ukraine. We have only heard that it is under consideration.

October 13, 2014 12:46

Neil Clark

Neil Clark
Neil Clark is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and blogger. He has written for many newspapers and magazines in the UK and other countries including The Guardian, Morning Star, Daily and Sunday Express, Mail on Sunday, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, The Spectator, The Week, and The American Conservative. He is a regular pundit on RT and has also appeared on BBC TV and radio, Sky News, Press TV and the Voice of Russia. He is the co-founder of the Campaign For Public Ownership @PublicOwnership. His award winning blog can be found at He tweets on politics and world affairs @NeilClark66
Harold Wilson: The Russophile at Number 10

Imagine a British Prime Minister who was a Russophile, not a Russophobe, and defied US pressure to send UK troops to war. A British Prime Minister who worked for better relations with the East, visited Moscow, and was on good terms with Kremlin leaders.

October 24, 2014 14:51
​Very vicious circle: UK govt hypes terror threat its policies create

If the UK government really sought to keep the nation safe from terrorism, it would stop meddling in the internal affairs of Mideast states instead of hyping the Islamic terror threat, and at the same time, doing everything for it to be in place.

October 16, 2014 15:02
The world’s wildlife in peril and it’s time for urgent action

While global attention is focused on #IS, the so-called “terrorist threat,” and the US's latest military action in the Middle East, there was a news story this week which really should have been the lead story everywhere in the world.

October 03, 2014 13:14

Can Erimtan

Can Erimtan
Dr. Can Erimtan is an independent scholar residing in İstanbul, with a wide interest in the politics, history and culture of the Balkans and the Greater Middle East. He attended the VUB in Brussels and did his graduate work at the universities of Essex and Oxford. In Oxford, Erimtan was a member of Lady Margaret Hall and he obtained his doctorate in Modern History in 2002. His publications include the book “Ottomans Looking West?” as well as numerous scholarly articles. In the period 2010-11, he wrote op-eds for Today’s Zaman and in the further course of 2011 he also published a number of pieces in Hürriyet Daily News. In 2013, he was the Turkey Editor of the İstanbul Gazette. He is on Twitter at @theerimtanangle
​Blood & oil: Turks, Kurds, and the Islamic State

Over the past month the Islamic State's siege of Kobani (aka Ayn al-Arab) has been dominating the world news coverage, revealing Turkey's fraught relationship with its own Kurdish minority and with Kurds and Kurdish organizations across the wider region.

October 24, 2014 14:47
The Islamic State and Kurdish Nationalism

Despite massive support from the US-led coalition, the Syrian border town of Kobani is still besieged by ISIS jihadists while the Turkish Army remains steadfastly standing still just across the Syrian border.

October 16, 2014 13:19
​Turkish Army's waiting game: The siege of Kobani

Syria's war, which erupted as an orchestrated armed insurrection against the Assad regime, is a long-standing thorn in the side of the US. But lately it has taken a backseat with the emergence of Jihadi or "Al-Qaeda-linked" opposition groups.

October 09, 2014 15:29

Mahdi D. Nazemroaya

Mahdi D. Nazemroaya
Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya is a sociologist, award-winning author and geopolitical analyst. He is the author of The Globalization of NATO, a Research Associate at the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) and a member of the Scientific Committee of Geopolitica, a peer-reviewed journal of geopolitical science in Italy.
Eagles of Empire and economic terrorism: Are vulture funds instruments of US policy?

Is it a coincidence that the vulture funds are putting increasing pressure on Argentina as it prepares to develop the world’s second largest shale gas reserves? Are the vultures instruments of foreign policy?

October 24, 2014 10:10
Destabilization – US weapon in energy war

The US is doing its best to estrange the EU from Russia to get the upper hand in a free trade deal, and also, to manipulate European countries into buying America’s relatively more expensive natural gas.

October 08, 2014 14:42
​America’s Syria Chemical Weapons Redux: Regime Change Back on Agenda?

Is it a coincidence that just when the US has assembled its multinational coalition to fight ISIL, it conveniently mentions that Syria has violated the CWC?

September 25, 2014 07:32

Eric Draitser

Eric Draitser
Eric Draitser is an independent geopolitical analyst based in New York City and the founder of He is a regular contributor to Russia Today, Counterpunch, the Center for Research on Globalization, Press TV, and many other news outlets. Draitser also produces the 'Stop Imperialism' podcast available on iTunes and, as well as 'The Reality Principle,' available exclusively at Visit for all his work.
Journalists under attack, hypocritical Western media remains silent

The suspicious death of US-born journalist Serena Shim, and the deafening silence on the story in the US, is merely the latest example of the blatant double standard employed by the Western media.

October 24, 2014 06:33
‘Canadian govt to use Ottawa shootings to justify its preconceived M.E. agenda‘

Ottawa shootings are convenient for the Canadian authorities who are in an internal political conflict over their decision to join with the US in the Middle East in the “war on the Islamic State,” geopolitical analyst Eric Draitser told RT.

October 23, 2014 11:16
​Attack on Ghouta, 1 year on: ‘War is always main course for US’

This week marks the first anniversary of the infamous chemical weapons attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta.

August 21, 2014 10:51

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