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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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