A US expert claims Russia is "withering" before our eyes, slamming the country's invasion of Ukraine as "pathetic" amid the assassination attempts against three pro-Russian officials in the last fortnight alone. The former US Defence Secretary, James Mattis, hit out at the "immoral" and "operationally stupid" war started by Vladimir Putin against Ukraine at the Seoul Forum 2022 on Friday (July 1). He said: “We have a saying in America, we say that nations with allies thrive, nations without allies wither and we’re watching Russia wither before our eyes right now. READ MORE: Anti-Putin campaigners 'using porn sites to show Russians the truth about Ukraine war' “The tragedy of our time is that Putin is a creature straight out of Dostoevsky. He goes to bed every night angry, he goes to bed every night fearful, he goes to bed every night thinking that Russia is surrounded by nightmares and this has guided him." Mr Mattis' comments were made after Russia made the … [Read more...] about Russia and Putin ‘withering’ amid three assassination plots, US expert claims
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Dilbar is one of the world’s largest superyachts. The 512-foot vessel weighs almost 16,000 tonnes and boasts a swimming pool, two helicopter pads, a sauna, a beauty salon, and a gym. According to the US Treasury, it is worth around £650 million. In April, after Russia’s illegal invasion of my country, the German authorities seized Dilbar as it was docked in Hamburg. They moved to act because the owner is Alisher Usmanov, a Russian oligarch once estimated to be the richest person in the UK . Following the invasion, Mr Usmanov, who used to co-own Arsenal Football Club, was placed on Western sanctions lists because of his close ties to Vladimir Putin, the Russian president. The US Treasury said his links to the Kremlin “enrich him and enable his luxurious lifestyle”. It is not yet known what will happen to Dilbar. Legions of lawyers are now reportedly involved. But for Ukraine, it is very clear. The superyacht and all of its 1,000 sofa cushions should be confiscated from … [Read more...] about The West should confiscate Russian assets – and use them to rebuild Ukraine
Russia’s brutal and unprovoked aggression against Ukraine is causing enormous human suffering and destruction and is the gravest threat to Euro-Atlantic security in decades. When Nato meets this week, its approach to Russia should be focused on strengthening our deterrence and defence posture in the eastern flank towards a modern forward defence, taking into account geographical and national specificities . We need to scale up the multi-domain Allied presence, in particular land troops, which should be boosted to the size of a brigade. We must also ensure we have interoperable combat-ready forces in place, with timely reinforcements by Allied forces, plus enhanced command-and-control arrangements, strengthened air and missile defence, prepositioning of ammunition, equipment and fuel, and improved infrastructure and military mobility. Transatlantic links and the US presence is crucial to strengthen our security. Russia’s criminal war in Ukraine, started on February 24, is just … [Read more...] about Nato must strengthen its presence in Eastern Europe in response to Russia’s criminal aggression
Ruth Davidson shuts down Nicola Sturgeon during fiery FMQs Sign up for FREE now and never miss the top politics stories again SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said her government will propose the timescale and question for a second referendum on Scottish independence by next spring. Ms Sturgeon claimed challenges of the coronavirus pandemic will act as an accelerant rather than as a brake on the Scottish National Party ( SNP )’s ambitions. She promised that by next spring she will publish a draft bill for an independence referendum, which will set out “clearly and unambiguously to the people of Scotland” both the question to be asked and the timing of the vote. Trending … [Read more...] about Nicola Sturgeon blunder: SNP to get ‘taste of their own medicine’ with Shetland Islands
Joe Biden mistakenly said Switzerland would be joining Nato instead of Sweden in his latest gaffe during the transatlantic alliance’s summit in Madrid on Thursday. The US president praised the “historic” applications of Finland and Sweden , but went on to incorrectly refer to Switzerland. Mr Biden immediately caught his mistake, joking: “My goodness, I’m getting really anxious here about expanding Nato.” The blunder came in a rare solo press conference as he hailed the Nordic nations’ dramatic shift from decades-long foreign policy in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine . “We’ve invited two new members to join Nato. It was a historic act,” he told reporters, before relating an earlier phone call with the president of Finland. He said: “We got on the telephone, he suggested we call the leader of, Switzerland – Switzerland, my goodness – I’m getting really anxious here about expanding Nato, of Sweden.” Switzerland is not a Nato member and has a long-standing … [Read more...] about Joe Biden mixes up Sweden and Switzerland in Nato gaffe
Marta Kauffman remembers being bothered: Why were so many people picking on Friends? Created by Kauffman and David Crane, the series about a group of close friends was an instant smash when it premiered in 1994, and thanks to syndication and streaming, it has remained one of TV's most popular shows since it left the air in 2004 after 10 seasons. Despite its success, though, the comedy was repeatedly criticised for its lack of diversity, with numerous observers wondering how the characters existed in a predominantly white environment even though the series was set in New York City. Kauffman felt Friends was being unfairly singled out, claiming there was too much attention on the near-absence of black people and other people of colour: "It was difficult and frustrating." But now, Kauffman says, she gets it. READ MORE: Lisa Kudrow is ready for a Friends revival under one condition David Schwimmer sets the record straight on Jennifer Aniston romance rumor Jennifer … [Read more...] about Friends’ lack of diversity ’embarrassed’ its co-creator. So she made a $6.4m decision
Feargal Sharkey describes his dogged group of fishermen and clean river campaigners as "a bunch of bloody-minded, arrogant, cantankerous, ugly, middle-aged old men, far too used to getting their own way in life". The former singer and music industry executive may well be all of those things, but he has also become one of Britain's most effective pollution campaigners, taking on the Environment Agency and water industry and pushing Britain's rivers to the top of the news agenda. Once a Top of the Pops regular who set hearts aflutter with Teenage Kicks in 1978, his current domain is Amwell Magna, the oldest fly-fishing club in England, where he is the chairman. And a beautiful stretch of water it is. The Hertfordshire club has two and a half miles of wildlife-rich river, "the last bit of the Lea that actually looks like a river", Sharkey says, before it becomes a grim, London-bound drainage canal. Fishing is a kind of meditation, the only thing that helps his racing mind … [Read more...] about Feargal Sharkey warns London is ‘perilously close’ to running out of drinking water
Published 6 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing A Chinese attack on Taiwan is not imminent, the top US general says, but the US is watching "very closely". China is clearly developing the capability to attack at some point, but deciding to do so would be a political choice, Gen Mark Milley told the BBC. China says Taiwan is a breakaway province that must be re-unified with the mainland, by force if necessary. It has accused the US of supporting Taiwan's independence, and vowed to "resolutely crush" any such attempt. There has been a marked escalation recently between China and the US - Taiwan's most powerful ally. China has been sending scores of warplanes into Taiwan's air defence zone, while the US has sent naval ships through Taiwan's waters. In May, US President Joe Biden said China was "flirting with danger" by flying its warplanes close to … [Read more...] about Taiwan: China attack not imminent, but US watching closely, says Gen Milley
The world is currently witnessing biodiversity loss at a rate and scale unprecedented in human history. Over 1 million species are at risk of extinction. Many are disappearing before we have had a chance to discover them. Climate change, pollution and disappearing habitats are among the forces that have pushed nature toward a cliff edge. The situation is so severe that scientists say we are facing the " sixth mass die-off " — the scale of which has not been seen since the dinosaurs were wiped out 65 million years ago. Yet 2022 presents a window of opportunity, with the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in Canada set to bring together world leaders to discuss a road map to deal with the crisis in nature. In our latest Global Ideas web special we take a deep dive into why protecting biodiversity is so critical, and what the concrete and effective solutions are to tackling the problem. 'Biodiversity loss is the greatest threat to humanity' What impact does … [Read more...] about Nature in crisis: How can we prevent biodiversity loss?
Published 6 days ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Russia-Ukraine war Russia is reported to have missed a deadline to make a debt payment, because of sanctions imposed on it. Since Russia invaded Ukraine a wide range of measures have been announced, to limit its ability to pay for the war. What are sanctions? Sanctions are penalties imposed by one country on another, to stop it acting aggressively, or breaking international law. They are among the toughest actions nations can take, short of going to war. How is Russia being sanctioned? Western countries have targeted wealthy individuals, banks, businesses and state-owned enterprises. Financial measures Russia is believed to have defaulted on a debt for the first time since 1998 , after missing a key deadline. It has the money to make a $100m (£81m) payment, … [Read more...] about What are the sanctions on Russia and are they hurting its economy?