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British Troops To Take Part In Nato Exercises In Eastern Europe

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK

More than 1,300 British troops are to take part in a major Nato exercise in Eastern Europe in a further show of strength by the Western alliance in th...

Puppets of Putin? Russian Secret Agents 'Have Infiltrated Greenpeace'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK

Russian secret agents have infiltrated Greenpeace and other campaign groups to co-ordinate the war against fracking, it has been alleged. After Rus...

Russian Aircraft Intercepted By RAF Typhoons

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK

British fighter planes were scrambled on Tuesday to intercept "multiple Russian aircraft" as part of Nato's on-going mission to police the airspace of...

How Myths and Narratives Are Dominating Events in Ukraine

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Politics
Larisa Sotieva

I have always admired the expressiveness of the Russian language. Popular turns of phrase that have become enshrined in everyday language reveal quite colourfully Russians' attitudes towards themselves and ongoing events. In particular I am struck by the way Russians reflect on failure with easy humour, as captured in the phrase 'they hoped for better, but it turned out as usual'.

Reasons to Be Fearful, Part 3,456,872

Nick Abbot | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK
Nick Abbot

Britain is offering 1,000 troops and the tanks they can still start to NATO so they can put on a show in Poland that they think will put Vlad the Insaner back in his box...

NATO Warns Ukraine Against Using Army

David Morrison | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Politics
David Morrison

Not before time, it appears, the West is reining in its clients in Kiev and urging them to refrain from using the Ukrainian army to put down opposition in the east of the country. Good sense has prevailed at last in Western capitals and further bloodshed will hopefully be avoided in Donetsk and Lugansk.

In Putin's Plan, Are the Baltic States Next?

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Politics
Jeffrey Gedmin

It's my second time in Tallinn in just four months. The weather in the Estonian capital in summer seems nearly as cold and rainy as late February. Tourists are out in ample numbers this time, wrapped in raincoats and scarves for strolls through the medieval old town. There's a sense of normalcy on the streets and in the tour groups. In the political class, though, there's angst-ridden chattering. ..

Nato and Ukraine

David Morrison | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Politics
David Morrison

Ukraine is not a member of NATO, but it is a NATO 'partner'. In fact, it has had co-operation agreements with NATO since it became an independent state in 1991...

US Global Hawk Drones Given Access To British Sovereign Airspace

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK

British sovereign airspace has been used by top secret US drones, according to the Ministry of Defence (MoD). On three occasions in the past month, an...

Living in the Land of FEAR

Rod Macfarlane | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Politics
Rod Macfarlane

I am all of a tremble, I am quivering in my boots, I am turning into a gibbering nervous wreck and overcome with FEAR!

Five Killed In Afghan Air Crash, Thought To Be Brits

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK

Five service personnel have been killed in a UK helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan, but the MoD could not confirm the nationalities of the decea...

A Few Glimpses of History

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

I have always been fascinated by history because I believe that if we know the past then we better understand the present, prevent painful history to be repeated and eventually anticipate the future. For a diplomat, understanding and respecting the history and culture of the host country is a prerequisite for any correct professional judgement.

Nato Raises Stakes As Ukraine Government Weakens

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK

Nato has announced it is to bolster its presence in eastern Europe in response to the crisis in Ukraine as preparations began for RAF jets to be sent ...

Afghanistan: Humanitarian Needs Remain Great

Sir John Holmes | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Politics
Sir John Holmes

Afghanistan is entering a new phase after the Afghan people went to the polls with so much enthusiasm a few days ago. Whatever the result of the election, with NATO troops continuing their withdrawal, it is clear that the burden of responsibility for the country now rests with the Afghans themselves. However, it is vital that the international community do not lose interest, and that western governments in particular do not now consider their responsibility to the Afghan people to be over.

Ex-Nato Chief Says Scottish Independence Would Be 'Cataclysmic

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics

Scottish independence could have a "cataclysmic" impact on the world, a former Nato general secretary has warned. Lord Robertson, a former UK defen...

Americans Polled Over Whether US Should Intervene If NATO Were Attacked By Russia

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK

During the Cold War, Britain could always rely on America should the Queen spot a regiment of Soviet tanks rolling up The Mall. Well… that was the t...

NATO Suspends 'All Civilian And Military Cooperation' With Russia

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK

NATO has suspended all "practical civilian and military cooperation" with Russia following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. The move was revealed ...

Apparently, Putin Wants To Conquer Finland Next

Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK

A former advisor to Vladimir Putin has said after the annexation of Crimea, the Russian president will not stop until he's conquered Belarus, the Balt...

Jessica Elgot

Five Things That Could Happen Now Russia Is Out Of G8

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK

The world's industrialised nations have turned their back on Russia, following Moscow's annexation of Crimea. Though the G8 cannot expel its member...

15 Years on From Serbia - Why Does the UN Still Exist?

Marko Kasic | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Politics
Marko Kasic

I have no standing in passing judgement on the actions of those entrusted with making enormously difficult decisions, most of which are far beyond my comprehension. However, I do believe I am entitled, just like every other person, to ask the question of why the UN has not been sacked?

This Is Not Cold War Russia, This Is Imperial Russia

Luke Coffey | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Politics
Luke Coffey

There has been a lot of rhetoric by politicians and commentators claiming that what we are seeing today is Cold War behavior and a resurgence of Soviet Russia. Not only is this view wrong, it completely misunderstands Vladimir Putin's intentions. What we see Russia doing in Crimea today is not Cold War Russia, it is Imperial Russia.

The Third World Fallacy: What It Really Means to Be From a Third World Country

Awoowe Hamza | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK
Awoowe Hamza

If you're expecting me to paint a picture of the struggles of those from developing countries to reinforce the first thought of an Aid commercial showing a young child that came to mind when you read the words 'Third World', then I am sorry to disappoint you.

The West Also Holds Responsibility for the Events in Ukraine

Scott Dickson | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Politics
Scott Dickson

It's a case of making your bed and sleeping in it. Why is anyone really surprised that Russia is intervening in Ukraine? The dully predictable outburst of anti-Russian sentiment in the media would suggest plenty of people are. Yet it would take only ten minutes on Wikipedia to be aware of the historical complexity of this region.

We Need to Intervene in Ukraine

James Snell | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

"But why is Ukraine so vital?" you may ask. "Well", I reply, in a fittingly grave and solemn tone, "because it is the latest manifestation of Russian aggression, and we cannot allow the sabre rattling (and unsheathing) of a tyrant like Vladimir Putin go unpunished."

Taliban Capture High Ranking British Dog

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK

The Taliban have captured a British colonel. Looking mournful, and dragged around by a lead, the militant group's captive is likely to tug heartst...