Tuesday 21 June 2016
June 21, 2016
In Northern Ireland, Border Looms Large In Brexit Vote
A Brexit would place Northern Ireland along the United Kingdom's only external land border with the EU. Many along that currently invisible dividing line worry it would hit cross-border trade -- and there have even been warnings it could endanger the peace deal that ended the province's long years of sectarian violence.
June 21, 2016
Confessions Of A Ukrainian 'Political Prisoner'
Following his recent release in a prisoner swap, Hennadiy Afanasyev, a photographer from Crimea convicted in Russia of plotting terrorist attacks on the Moscow-occupied peninsula, tells why he decided to recant his testimony implicating fellow Ukrainians.
June 20, 2016
Explainer: The ‘Holy And Great Council’ Of Orthodox Churches
The first gathering of the "Holy and Great Council" of Orthodox churches in more than a millennium has been in preparation for 55 years, but infighting began even before the event could begin this week on the Greek island of Crete.
June 19, 2016
Russian Return To ‘Soviet Riviera’ Brings Hope, Concern To Breakaway Abkhazia
Russian vacationers are the lifeblood of Abkhazia, and the breakaway Georgian region is getting an infusion as the number of visitors from its giant patron grows. But a dispute over whether to let foreigners buy property in the lush Black Sea territory reflects concerns over the extent of Russia’s clout.
June 18, 2016
Paris Terrorist's Video Underscores Live-Streaming Challenges For Social Media
The challenge of preventing terrorists from glorifying attacks and spreading propaganda on the Internet is becoming more difficult as global social-media platforms bring live video-streaming capabilities to hundreds of millions of users.
June 17, 2016
Beyond Balcony-Rental Boom, Formula One Race Offers Few Rewards For Azerbaijanis
Azerbaijan is about to host its first Formula One race, the latest international event in the authoritarian government's multiyear effort to showcase the former Soviet republic. For many in Baku, the race has created inconveniences while offering few rewards.
June 16, 2016
Kremlin Propaganda In Czech Republic Plays Long Game To Sow Distrust In EU
Sowing distrust and disbelief in Europe and its institutions is the main aim of Russian propaganda in the Czech Republic, according to a new study. And unlike the attention-grabbing tactics used during the Soviet era, Moscow is playing a sophisticated long game.
June 15, 2016
Gay Couple In Moscow Face Prosecution Over Orlando Tribute
A gay couple in Moscow could be charged with holding an unsanctioned protest after paying tribute to the victims of a mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. The pair came to the U.S. Embassy with flowers, candles and a sign saying "Love Wins."
June 14, 2016
Russian 'Young Leader' Outrages With Homophobic Orlando Rant
The head of a Russian NGO with ties to a regional government has triggered a firestorm with a homophobic rant that enthusiastically supported the massacre of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Florida -- and regretted that dozens of the wounded "didn't croak."
June 14, 2016
Russian Fan Violence Puts Spotlight On Ultranationalist Supporters Chief
The fan disturbances and the reactions of some officials seem to suggest there is only a small degree of separation between some parts of the Russian ruling apparatus, its official Supporters Union, far-right views, and soccer hooliganism.