1. Federalization is Russian Design to Weaken Ukraine, Not Save It

    Russia’s solution for the crisis in Ukraine would only destabilize the country further and prevent it from deepening ties with the West.

    Russia's proposal to federalize Ukraine can hardly be seen as a sincere attempt to solve the crisis in that country. If implemented, such a scheme would almost certainly expand Russian influence into its former satellite state…
  1. Algeria’s Aging Leader Bouteflika Expected to Win Reelection

    While the elections are mostly a ceremonial affair, it is quite likely that a majority of Algerians wants Abdelaziz Bouteflika to stay.

    Algeria's septuagenarian leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika is widely expected to win an election on Thursday that would allow him to start a fifth presidential term. While elections in the North African country are more a…
  1. Saudi Spy Chief, Architect of Kingdom’s Syria Policy, Replaced

    Prince Bandar bin Sultan is removed from his post as Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief just two years after he was appointed.

    Saudi Arabian spy chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan was removed from his post, state media reported on Tuesday. According to the Saudi Press Agency, Bandar, who was appointed in 2012 mainly to oversee the kingdom's…
  1. Assad Hails “Turning Point” in War as Rebels Advance on Latakia

    While opposition fighters advance on his Alawite homeland, the Syrian leader nevertheless claims victory is within reach.

    Syrian president Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday that the civil war in his country was at a "turning point." At the same time, opposition fighters were advancing on his Alawite homeland in the northwest of Syria. Speaking at Damascus University, Assad "pointed out that there…
  1. Jeb Bush Replaces Chris Christie as Mainstream Republican Favorite

    With the New Jersey governor embroiled in a political scandal, the former president’s brother emerges as a contender for 2016.

    New Jersey governor Chris Christie's presidential prospects appear to have faded since he became involved in a political scandal. In his stead, Jeb Bush, the former governor or Florida, has…
  1. Ukraine Separatists Reject Amnesty Offer, Demand Referendum

    Pro-Russian activists in the east of Ukraine refuse to back down unless the government in Kiev agrees to call a referendum.

    Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine rejected an offer of amnesty from the government in Kiev on Tuesday, raising fears of an armed confrontation that could, in turn, prompt Russia to intervene. Earlier this week, activists in Luhansk, a city close to the…
  1. Crimea Annexation Could Kill Russia’s South Stream Pipeline

    The Black Sea pipeline could fall victim to European countries’ efforts to reduce their dependence on Russian gas.

    Russia's invasion and annexation of the Crimea last month could have repercussions for its plans to lay a pipeline on the bottom of the Black Sea. Britain's The Telegraph newspaper reports that the European Commission has warned Bulgaria not to intervene if it decides to block the project. Bulgarian foreign minister…
  1. Hungarians Reelect Nationalist Premier, Boost for Far Right

    Prime Minister Viktor Orbán wins a parliamentary election that also saw gains for the far right.

    Hungarians reelected the nationalist prime minister Viktor Orbán in a parliamentary election on Sunday, early results showed, and turned out in greater numbers for the far right Jobbik party. While Orbán's national conservative Fidesz party lost support compared…