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Eurovision: If Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra triumph it won’t be a sympathy vote, says an expert

Catherine Baker, University of Hull

Voting in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest on May 14 in Turin may look different for one specific reason – neither Russia or Belarus are taking part.

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Ukraine: Nato and the US aim to destroy the Russian military – it looks as if they may have the means to do it

Frank Ledwidge, University of Portsmouth

Nothing like a coherent strategy emerged from 20 years of Nato’s war in Afghanistan; at best there were long lists of aspirations with no clear objectives or assessments of the resources needed to achieve them. But, two months after the Russian invasion, it looks very much as if the US and Nato are beginning to develop a coherent plan for Ukraine. Military strategy has been described as a synthesis of ends, ways and means. Last week, senior US and UK officials clarified the objectives – the ends.

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Behind Russia’s ‘digital iron curtain’, tech workarounds thrive

Russia blocks numerous media outlets, social media sites

Demand for VPNs, encrypted messaging apps surges

Internet seen increasingly split along geopolitical lines


March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As a busy tour guide in St. Petersburg, Vsevolod Gavrilov never paid much attention to the day’s headlines, instead tracking travel influencers on social media platforms and messaging his friends on the Telegram app.
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How the war in Ukraine will affect food prices

The war in Ukraine will continue to push up food prices as the supply from the ‘Breadbasket of Europe’ is cut in the short term and, possibly, the long term.

Alfons Weersink, University of Guelph and Michael von Massow, University of Guelph

Even before the Russian army crossed into Ukraine, food prices had been on the rise for the past year. But the world has seen large jumps in the cost of food over the the last two months.

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The cost of war: how Russia’s economy will struggle to pay the price of invading Ukraine

Renaud Foucart, Lancaster University

The invasion of Ukraine has placed Russia on the verge of bankruptcy. Interest rates have doubled, the stock market has closed, and the rouble has fallen to its lowest level ever.

The military costs of war have been exacerbated by an unprecedented level of international sanctions, sustained by a large coalition of countries. Russian citizens, now unable to spend at IKEA, McDonald’s or Starbucks, are not allowed to convert any of the money they do have into foreign currency.

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Ukraine crisis highlights Big Tech’s potential to disrupt daily life

Companies reduce access amid sanctions, political pressure

Google Pay, Apple Pay outages hit ordinary Russians

People rely on Facebook, YouTube for information

March 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As Russians lose access to some popular Big Tech products, the Ukraine crisis has highlighted the companies’ mushrooming role in everyday life worldwide – and their potential to disrupt it. Continue reading


Could the Ukraine invasion spark a global financial crisis?

Nasir Aminu, Cardiff Metropolitan University

The Russian assault on Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities has intensified uncertainty in the world economy. To condemn Putin’s war, western leaders announced some restrictive economic measures to target Russian financial institution and individuals.

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Swift: ejecting Russia is largely symbolic – here’s why

The source of much confusion.
Sergei Elagin

Alistair Milne, Loughborough University

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is horrifying. Western leaders, fearing a broader war, are responding primarily with economic sanctions. A prominent economic sanction has been Russia’s exclusion from the international payments messaging system Swift, presented as a powerful means of undermining its economy.

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Azerbaijan issues permit to conduct world’s first clinical trials of vaccine combination – Sputnik V and the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Clinical trials of the combination of Sputnik V and AstraZeneca vaccines will begin in February 2021

The studies will assess the immunogenicity and safety of combined vaccine usage

The joint research is important in developing an approach to combat future mutations Continue reading


U.S. Senators call for panel to investigate Russian hacking

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