Opinion: Orientalism reanimated or colonial thinking in Western analysts’ comments on Ukraine

Over the last few months, pro-Russian commentators in many Western countries have been portraying the Ukrainian events using a mix of stereotypes that scarily resemble the rhetoric once typical of racist and imperialist ways of thinking. As a result of such stereotypes, Ukrainians (but also Georgians, Moldovans, Poles, Lithuanians, Latvians, Estonians) have fallen victims to a new form of Orientalism, a distorted way of thinking that people in the West exhibit all too often when talking about other parts of the world. […]

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Moscow’s plan to decoy the West

Moscow seems to be making effort to patch up its relations with the West after a fall-out over Ukraine by trying to refocus attention away from Eastern Europe and onto the Middle East. Experts say, however, that the trick might not work. […]

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Foreign affairs

Israel’s foreign minister in Vilnius: Nuclear proliferation in Middle East a “horror film”

Israel‘s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who paid a working visit to Lithuania, said the nuclear programme of Iran was a threat to the whole world and compared the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East to a horror film. […]

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Lithuania to focus on Ukraine’s human rights situation at UN Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council holds its 27th regular session from 8 to 26 September in Geneva. During the session, Lithuania and other member states of the European Union will pay particular attention to the human rights situation in Ukraine and the Middle EastSyria, the occupied Palestinian territory and Iraq – as well as the right to liberty, development and privacy in the digital age, non-discrimination on grounds such as race and gender, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. […]

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Opinion: In Wales, NATO will have to decide what it is

The NATO summit on 4-5 September in Wales can be considered the most important meeting of NATO member state leaders since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States of America. Paradoxically enough, at the beginning of planning the meeting, it was not entirely clear what the leaders should discuss. […]