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Syrian Alawites flee Sunni onslaught for coastal cities also populated by Russians, Iranians

Giant portraits of Bashar and Hafez Assad hang on a building in downtown Latakia.  /DH Flood photo

Special to NICOSIA — Tens of thousands of Alawites have relocated to the coast of Syria in what could form the basis of a minority state led by President Bashar Assad. Syrian opposition sources said Alawites were leaving major Syrian cities including Damascus for the provinces of Latakia and Tartous. The opposition said the [...]

July 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Iran,Mideast,Russia,Syria,Top Stories | Read More »

Assad regime in ‘its last days’; family said to be in Moscow

Syrian President Bashar Assad meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin in December 2006.  /AP/File

Special to LONDON — President Bashar Assad, his military and security forces straining to contain Sunni rebels, was expected to flee Syria. Diplomats said Assad could decide to seek safe haven in Russia, the president’s leading ally. Neither Assad or his younger brother, Maher, has been heard from since the July 18 attack. On [...]

July 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Exclusives,France,Mideast,Russia,Syria,Top Stories,World Links | Read More »

Congress slaps Moscow’s Rosoboronexport on military aid to Syria


Special to WASHINGTON — Congress has blocked U.S. procurement of military equipment from Russia amid its continued assistance to Syrian President Bashar Assad. The House of Representatives passed a bill that severed contacts between the Defense Department and Russia’s state-owned arms agency Rosoboronexport. The House said the Kremlin delivered nearly $1 billion worth of [...]

July 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Exclusives,Russia,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Military | Read More »

Escape from the USSR and immigration to USA: We did it our way, and legally

Ellis Island.

Lev Navrozov The year was 1969. To an outsider, it would seem that the occupants of that white stone house on the hill, acres of birch trees, a cherry orchard, and surrounded by a high fence are happily enjoying their life. We worked at home. Rarely, my wife, chief editor of the Soviet branch of [...]

July 20th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Columnists,COMMENTARY,Exclusives,Lev Navrozov,Life,Russia,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Politics | Read More »

Iran, Hizbullah cited in attack on Israelis in Bulgaria

At least seven people were killed and many more wounded on Wednesday in an attack on a bus packed with Israelis at a Black Sea airport in Bulgaria.

Special to LONDON — Iran was believed to have sponsored an attack on a bus full of Israelis in Bulgaria. Western diplomatic sources said Iran and its chief proxy, Hizbullah, bombed a bus of Israeli students who had just arrived in Bulgaria on July 18. The sources said Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps employed [...]

July 19th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Bosnia,Bulgaria,Exclusives,Hizbullah,Iran,Israel,Mideast,Terrorism,Top Stories,World Links | Read More »

Olympic uniform controversary brings bipartisan ‘gotcha moment’

U.S. Olympic athletes rower Giuseppe Lanzone, left, and swimmer Ryan Lochte are pictured wearing the 2012 US Olympic team uniforms, made by Ralph Lauren.  /Reuters

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — With the London Summer Olympics fast approaching, the eyes of America are on Team USA, or more precisely on the manufacturer’s labels on their uniforms. What looked like a proud sporting moment when designer Ralph Lauren unveiled a really classy looking blue navy blazer, white pants and slightly improbable [...]

July 18th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Columnists,COMMENTARY,England,Exclusives,John Metzler,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Culture,U.S. Politics | Read More »

Moscow puts hold on military exports to Syria

The Russian-made Yak-130 combat air trainer.

Special to WASHINGTON — Russia was said to have withheld delivery of an advanced military aircraft to Syria. The State Department has determined that the Kremlin decided to halt the export of certain combat platforms to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. A senior official said Moscow made the decision over the last [...]

July 18th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Exclusives,Mideast,Russia,Stateside,Syria,Top Stories,U.S. Intelligence | Read More »

Soviet health care almost aborted our son

Soviet health care: No medicine and no care.

Lev Navrozov In 1972, my wife, our son, my mother, and I were on our way to the United States from Italy, where we had spent almost six months waiting for our American visas to be processed. All other Russian émigrés who also received their visas chose to go to the United States by plane. [...]

July 17th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Columnists,COMMENTARY,Exclusives,Lev Navrozov,Life,Russia,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Culture,World Links | Read More »

Stealth jihad has taken root in Europe, now coming to America

Muslims pray on the streets of Paris.

Special to By Geert Wilders Geert Wilders spoke at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado on July 1. The following is the complete transcript of his speech. Thank you, dear friends, ladies and gentlemen, for inviting me to the Western Conservative Summit. It is always a pleasure to come to America. I was [...]

July 16th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Daily Brief,Exclusives,Life,Netherlands,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Culture,U.S. Politics,World Links | Read More »

Bury Lenin, skip the state honors and hold his cult accountable


Jeffrey T. Kuhner Finally, Russians are considering burying Vladimir Lenin. Since his death in 1924, the Bolshevik leader’s embalmed body has been lying in a glass coffin in a mausoleum on Moscow’s Red Square. For many, he is the shining symbol of Soviet communism — a martyr to the utopian cause of socialist revolution. However, [...]

July 13th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Columnists,COMMENTARY,Exclusives,Jeffrey Kuhner,Life,Russia,Top Stories | Read More »

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