Mozambique attacks

With no end in sight, the fighting that started in October 2017 has continued to increase in intensity. It has forced almost a fifth of the province’s people to leave their homes and reduced access to care and other services in the area to almost nothing.     Nearly 670,000 people have been forced from their… Continue reading Mozambique attacks

Nuclear testings – Russia 2020

The dummy-nuclear warheads all reached their designated targets on 12 December 2020 at a test range on the coast to the eastern Barents Sea, according to Russia's Defense Ministry.    Chizha test range is on the Kanin Peninsula in Nenets Autonomous Okrug and is a well-known target area for submarine-launched ballistic missiles from the waters… Continue reading Nuclear testings – Russia 2020

Estonia – Patarei fortification

Compared with other European countries, Estonia has a large percentage of foreign-born residents and their children. Only about two-thirds of the population are ethnic Estonians.   Russians are the most significant minority, comprising about one-fourth of the citizens. Prominent among other ethnic minorities are Ukrainians, Belarusians, and Finns.   What is behind the Patarei fortification and how many… Continue reading Estonia – Patarei fortification

Estonia

  Estonia  is a country in the northeastern side of Europe, the northernmost of the three Baltic states - the area includes some 1,500 islands and islets; the two largest of these islands, Saaremaa  and Hiiumaa, are off mainland Estonia’s west coast.    Estonia has been dominated by foreign powers through much of its history.… Continue reading Estonia

Estonia – Independence

Jaan Poska: “Today is the most important day of the past 700 years for Estonia, because today, for the first time, Estonia alone will determine the future fate of its people.” Elke volk het die reg om hulself te regeer in gebiede wat hulle sin is.   Estonia is daardie onafhanklikheid gegun as volk om oor… Continue reading Estonia – Independence

Siberië – Siberia

Dit is vrieskoud in die hartjie van sneeuwitjieland -  verby leeukoud.   Die koue beheer alles en selfs die koue bepaal opvoeding vir kinders, wat soms ver loop na bus of skool.  Primitiewe lewensverhale en oorlewing in die ongenaakbare koue maande van net sneeu.  In Oymyakon, the cold controls everything. The town is located in eastern… Continue reading Siberië – Siberia

Russia – Christians : Rusland Christelike geloof

Russia was placed 41st out of 50 countries with the highest levels of persecutions faced by Christians, according to the group’s 2019 World Watch List published.   China is 27th on the list, Nigeria 12th. Hoeveel van die moorde wat vandag in Suid-Afrika plaasvind is as gevolg van geloof en spesifieke Christelike geloof?   Interessant die tipe… Continue reading Russia – Christians : Rusland Christelike geloof

Christianity in Russia

  Moscow times reported in January 2019 that Russia was named in List of 50 Countries in Which Christians Face Persecution.    Russia has been ranked among the world’s 50 countries in which Christians face the most prosecution for the first time in seven years.   Open Doors, a group that tracks the persecution of Christians around… Continue reading Christianity in Russia

Russian carrier on fire – Admiral Kuznetsov

A massive fire broke out on Russia's only aircraft carrier as it underwent repairs in an Artic shipyard, Russian news agencies reported, wounding 11 service members.   Russia's Northern Fleet officials said the blaze on the ship, the Admiral Kuznetsov, has been contained, while authorities in Murmansk said 10 of those injured were hospitalised in intensive care… Continue reading Russian carrier on fire – Admiral Kuznetsov

Russian and Chinese naval vessels heading for South Africa

The Russian Navy is sending its Slava class missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov (055), accompanied by the Project Sliva class rescue tug SB-406 and tanker Vyazma. These vessels left the port of Malabo in Equatorial Guinea on 11 November as part of their long-distance voyage, having departed the Northern Fleet’s main naval base of Severomorsk on… Continue reading Russian and Chinese naval vessels heading for South Africa

US and Syria – oil fields

  The US push to claim Syrian oil fields is "banditry," the Russian Defense Ministry has said. A US military convoy was heading towards oil fields at Syria's Deir el-Zour, where Washington already maintains a small force. * On 25 October 2019 , the  U.S. Defense Department said that it planned to increase up its… Continue reading US and Syria – oil fields

Kurdish – Syria – Turkey – Russian (violation of human rights)

As "magtiger lande" (soos Rusland en Amerika) betrokke is, en daar word ooreenkomste aangegaan, sonder dat die bewoners wat daar woonagtig is, word gevra, hoe versoenbaar is dit vir een volk om binne ure hul grenslyn met 32 kilometer te verskuif, terwyl die ander land se soldate inbeweeg en grond/dorpies annekseer, eenvoudig net afvat?  Geen… Continue reading Kurdish – Syria – Turkey – Russian (violation of human rights)

Russian – Turkish – Kurdish – Syria (Sochi “Agreement”)

Tydens samesprekings in Sochi het die Russiese president Vladimir Poetin en sy Turkse eweknie Recep Tayyip Erdogan op 17 Oktober 2019 'n ooreenkoms gesluit oor die lot van noord-Sirië om 'n nuwe status quo in die streek te skep.  Was die "ooreenkoms" slegs om die Koerde hieruit te kry sodat die Turke daar oor kon… Continue reading Russian – Turkish – Kurdish – Syria (Sochi “Agreement”)

Russia in Africa – Summit October 2019

BRICS ....  Moet ons begin bekommerd raak of wees oor die Russiese "teenwoordigheid" of is dit minerale wat die Russe na SA en die res van Afrika trek?     Rusland is ook in Mosambiek betrokke by die noordelikste provinsie waar daar groot neerslae van gas is.   Te verstane as daar gekyk word hoe daar na… Continue reading Russia in Africa – Summit October 2019

Russia in Africa – BRICS – Mozambique (Cabo Delgado)

Russian mercenaries and military hardware have arrived in Mozambique to help the government fight jihadists in the latest example of an African country turning to Moscow for help.   The contingent of about 200 soldiers, including elite troops, three attack helicopters and crew in the southern African state reflects the Kremlin’s increased influence on the continent. … Continue reading Russia in Africa – BRICS – Mozambique (Cabo Delgado)

Russian Air Force Tu-160 Strategic Bombers in SA

  Russian Air Force Tu-160 Strategic Bombers To Make Unprecedented Visit To South Africa...  On 22 October 2019, two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack bombers will land at Air Force Base Waterkloof in what is the first known visit of the strategic bombers to Africa. The Director at African Defence Review has published on social  media an invite… Continue reading Russian Air Force Tu-160 Strategic Bombers in SA

The Saami people – Arctic Council

  Who are the Saami peoples.    The indigenous Saami peoples, these Northern old growth forests are essential to Saami reindeer herding, a traditional way of life that the Saami hope to continue into future generations.  The Saami are the indigenous people of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia The Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental… Continue reading The Saami people – Arctic Council

Russia – Sorm 1-2-3

  What is the issue? A Russian security researcher named Leonid Evdokimov uncovered that SORM hardware equipment used by Russian law enforcement authorities to intercept internet traffic had been exposing surveillance data of hundreds of Russians.   A Russian security researcher uncovered 30 SORM devices installed on the network of 20 Russian ISPs that were… Continue reading Russia – Sorm 1-2-3

Russia – SORM-1, SORM-2 and SORM-3

Reference Note on Russian Communications Surveillance - 2018.  James Andrew Lewis is a senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Before joining CSIS, he worked at the Departments of State and Commerce as a Foreign Service officer and as a member of the Senior Executive Service. Senior Vice President and… Continue reading Russia – SORM-1, SORM-2 and SORM-3