Friday 1 May 2015
April 22, 2015
Ottoman Lands: 100 Years Ago And Now
The Ottoman Empire arose from the ashes of Byzantine Europe in the mid-15th century and grew to dominate not just the Anatolian peninsula, but large swaths of Southeastern Europe, the eastern Mediterranean, North Africa, the Caucasus, and Middle East. It was twice halted in battle at the gates of Vienna, in the 16th and 17th centuries, sparing then-Christian Europe from near-certain defeat. By the 19th century, though, the empire had entered into terminal decline and was frequently referred to as the "sick man of Europe." Following defeat in World War I, it was formally abolished in 1922. More than a dozen independent countries emerged from territories the Ottoman sultans once ruled.
April 10, 2015
Timeline Of Smolensk Plane Crash
Five years after the crash of a Polish government jetliner near the Russian city of Smolensk that killed 96 people, including then-Polish President President Lech Kaczynski, key facts remain unknown or disputed. The high-level delegation, carrying not just the president but also his wife as well as the head of the central bank and commander of the armed forces, was flying the Russian-made Tupolev-154M jet to a memorial ceremony at Katyń to commemorate the thousands of Polish army officers killed by Soviet secret police in 1940.
March 31, 2015
Iran Nuclear Talks Timeline: How We Got Here
After decades of hard-line positioning, economic sanctions, and failed attempts to come to terms, the effort to negotiate an agreement on Iran's controversial nuclear program has come to a head. Here are the many steps that got us where we are today.
February 19, 2015
Euromaidan's Bloodiest Day
As the sun came up over Kyiv's Independence Square on February 20, 2014, weary protesters perhaps thought the bloodiest violence was over, with 28 people killed in clashes with police in the previous two days. Little did they know worse was yet to come. Here's how the day unfolded.
February 18, 2015
Russia's Arctic Push
Russia has been ramping up its military presence in the Arctic, reopening abandoned Soviet-era bases, boosting its troop presence, building new facilities, and refurbishing infrastructure and air fields across a region that stretches from Russia's borders with Norway and Finland to the seas off Alaska. The push reflects a new emphasis under President Vladimir Putin on the Arctic as a region of strategic importance that is also rich in oil and gas reserves. The push comes as melting sea ice opens up those Arctic energy resources, prompting a scramble by Russia and other Arctic nations -- Denmark, Canada, the United States, and Norway -- to stake competing territorial claims. Mouse over and click each dot to see details of Russia's Arctic expansion.
February 17, 2015
Map: Massacre On The Maidan
As February 20, 2014, dawned, Kyiv's pro-European protest movement was still tense, two days after violent clashes left as many as 28 people dead in the single bloodiest day of the protests to date. But February 20 descended into even greater bloodshed. It is still not clear what started it, or who gave the order, but by the end of the day more than 50 demonstrators had been shot dead in downtown Kyiv. Many in the new Ukrainian government -- former Euromaidan protest leaders themselves -- say the massacre could only have happened with a direct order by former President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled as the total protester death toll topped 100 (17 law enforcement members also died). Click on the map below to learn more about the tragic day.
February 12, 2015
World Press Freedom Index 2015
February 10, 2015
Russians' Views Of The World
In a recent poll by Russia's independent Levada Center, Russians were asked about their current view of the United States, European Union, Ukraine, Belarus, and China. Below are the percentages expressing a negative view of each, compared with the numbers from a year earlier.
February 04, 2015
Cancer: Europe And Beyond
Some 8 million people die from cancer every year. Although the disease can strike at any time in a person's life, the risk generally increases with age, making greater prevalence in some countries with higher life expectancies more likely. Other factors include alcohol and cigarette consumption, availability of screening and treatment facilities, and quality of treatment. According to The Lancet medical journal, over the next two decades any reductions in infection-related cancers will be "offset by an increasing number of new cases that are more associated with reproductive, dietary, and hormonal factors" around the world.