Posts Tagged ‘Russia’

IS group claims deadly church attack in Russia’s Dagestan

Five women were shot dead in an apparent radical Islamist attack on an Orthodox church in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan on Sunday, as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the assault.

Scores dead as Russian plane crashes near Moscow

A Russian passenger plane believed to be carrying 71 people crashed Sunday afternoon near Moscow, shortly after takeoff from one of the city's airports. No survivors were immediately reported.

Western interventions in the Middle East failed – French PM

Entire cities have been destroyed by seven years of intense warfare in Syria [Xinhua]

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has called the West’s method of democratization by force a mistake and said that change must happen over time.

“Military interventions like we have seen in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya to impose democracy through fire failed to achieve their objectives,” Philippe said at the opening of the 2018 World Government Summit in Dubai.

Philippe’s comments are poignant because they fall within the scope of the Summit’s theme – Shaping Future Governments – and come at a time when Syria, Iraq and Libya appearing to be crumbling states after US-led coalition invasions and regime change.

More than a third of Iraq was controlled by terrorist forces like the Islamic State while dozens of militias impose their style of rule today with a weakened central government.

In Libya, different factions backed by different regional states continue to war over control of the country and its vast resources.

In Syria, while the Islamic State has been largely defeated new conflict has arisen with regional players like Turkey and Iran taking military action to protect their interests.

In just these three conflict zones, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and there has been an exodus of millions of refugees to Europe and neighboring Middle Eastern countries.

Philippe said that democratization cannot be exported. He pointed to the examples of European states which took centuries to progress toward democracy and libertarianism.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies

Social media firms must tell users exposed to Brexit propaganda, MP says

Head of inquiry into Russian interference in EU referendum cited new research on influence of Kremlin-backed outlets

The head of a parliamentary inquiry into allegations of Russian interference in the EU referendum has said social media companies should notify British voters who may have been exposed to falsehoods and propaganda spread during the campaign.

Damian Collins, chair of the digital, culture, media and sport select committee, was speaking after he and other MPs travelled to Washington to grill the global policy leads at Google, Facebook and Twitter.

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Russia considers response to Olympic bans

WADA has alleged that 1,000 Russian athletes were involved in doping in the 2012 and 2014 Olympics [Xinhua]

Russian lawmakers said Friday that they will seek to reform Olympic associations after 47 of the country’s athletes lost a last-minute appeal to attend the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld a previous International Olympic Committee (IOC) decision to bar the athletes from the Games, saying the IOC could invite or decline inviting athletes.

Earlier in the week, the same CAS had lifted doping bans on some 15 Russian athletes who had tested positive for illegal drug use during the Sochi Olympics in 2016.

But the IOC still refused them entry saying that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had uncovered further incriminating evidence that CAS had not seen.

The IOC rejection comes on the heels of a ban in December of all Russian athletes stemming from allegations of widespread doping during the 2016 Sochi Winter Olympics.

But Russian athletes who are tested clean for doping will be allowed to participate in Pyeongchang under a neutral flag; they are prohibited from flying their national colors

Members of the Russian State Duma said they are preparing an official response to the IOC and CAS.

“It’s clear that the CAS accepted the IOC’s points emphasizing that the IOC has an absolute freedom in deciding whom to invite to the Olympic Games,” Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov told the Russian TASS news agency.

He said the athletes are considering legal action against these Olympic bodies.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies

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