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Hugh Prysor-Jones, a former senior anchor of the BBC World Service, is a journalist specializing in international politics and finance.
Everyone in Moscow knew that the massive demonstration planned for March 1 was in some way meant to be dangerous. The mood harked back to the events that caused the 1917 Revolution, or the troubles on the streets that paved the way for Boris Yeltsin to seize power.
The Al Khansa Brigade is the all-female fighting force of the organization that calls itself the Islamic State (IS). Al Khansa, we are most unreliably informed, has 60 members, many of whom are British.
Moscow may be guilty of sins of omission, sitting on its hands while Ukraine collapsed. But Washington has been trying very hard to speed up the arrival of this moment.
On January 1, something like 20,000 people marched by torchlight through the center of Kiev to celebrate the 105th anniversary of the birth of the Ukrainian nationalist leader Stepan Bandera.
Every schoolboy knows nowadays that the headquarters of the Russian secret service, the FSB, is just outside the Moscow ring road by the Warsaw Highway. After Mr. Snowden’s revelations, secrecy as well as privacy seems to be becoming history and, as the French say, “nous sommes tous surveillés.”
Stenton’s article described the British experience in Mesopotamia almost a century ago when, during World War I, British forces wrenched what is now Iraq away from the collapsing Ottoman Empire.
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