Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had much to say to CBS's 60 Minutes about his unfortunate predicament four years into a devastating civil war, most importantly, that by popular demand he's not going away anytime soon.
Hungarian President János Áder was welcomed in Ankara on March 12th by master-of-ceremonies Turkish President Erdoğan with the usual Ottoman-flavor costume extravaganza and a tour of the mine-is-bigger-than-yours palace. Unfortunately, bad weather did not allow for the horse dressage show. Both leaders share a dislike for judicial independence and a soft spot for constitutional amendments.
It is a well known fact that Kim Jong-un loves visiting his country's commercial facilities, especially the ones that involve food like this recent one to the "Kumkop General Foodstuff Factory for Sports Persons". At the facility Kim stressed the imperative for "a dynamic drive for developing and producing foodstuff including chewing gum which is badly needed by the Sportspersons and suited to the constitution of the Koreans". Typically a single chewing gum is a daily meal f
Turkish filmmaker Mustafa Altıoklar, has figured out a clever way to combat Erdogan's zero tolerance on criticism: be subversively literal. Facing charges of "insulting" then-Prime Minister Erdğan when he said he "should be certified insane", Altıoklar has retorted in court that he actually made a medical diagnosis and thus can in no way be considered as an insult. In this spirit, next time somebody is inclined to insult the great man and jeoperdize his freedom, he or she sho
As you know North Korean dear-leader-junior Kim Jong-un's daily schedule is cramped with visits to state military & commercial facilities to inspect their standards of excellence, inspire their personnel with his presence and take some good photos to show that to the world. But mostly to have some variety in his lunching.
If you are the Finance Minister of a beleaguered country, on the brink of an economic collapse, which by your proclamations is going through a humanitarian crisis and thus deserving of more lenient treatment from its creditors, then maybe it's not the best of ideas to be photographed for a glossy Parisian magazine living the high life at the foothills of the Acropolis. But that is exactly what Greek FM Yanis Varoufakis did last week for the Parisian Paris Match. A predictable
After an ten day absence that generated speculation about his health, Russian president Vladimir Putin was again seen in public today with Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev for talks in St Petersburg. Putin, like any PR-savvy celebrity, dismissed the rumors with humor. And truth be told, he did look reasonably healthy, if you consider the glow of overzealous botox a sign of good health. On Sunday, prior to his miraculous reappearance, in an interview aired on Russian TV on
Italian PM Matteo Renzi paid Moscow a visit the other day to meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin, the first by a EU leader following the all the Ukraine brouhaha. Considering that Italy's anemic economy could use the lifting of the export ban that the European sanctions on Russia triggered, as well as help with the Libya quagmire, and on the other hand the official EU stance towards Russia's belligerence, Renzi had to walk a fine line between cajolement and steadfastne
North Korea and Russia declare 2015 a year of bilateral friendship. The new BFFs have much in common like spunk (i.e. territorial aggression), consistency (i.e. one-party system), excellent communication skills (i.e. propaganda), fierce (i.e. disdain for human rights) and panache (i.e. larger than life leaders). Time then to comb each other's hair, polish each other's nukes & stroke each other's their oversized egos.
Senate Republicans have once again, after they invited Netayahu to speak to Congress without informing the White House, bypassed Obama in order to meddle in the country's foreign policy. This time 46 of them sent a quite patronizing letter to the Iranian supreme leader basically saying that the nuclear deal currently being negotiated will be dead on arrival. This is not just a breach of protocol but a serious affront to the separation of powers. What's got into them? Have the