U.s. Olympians Address Russia Anti-gay Law In Advance Of 2014 Sochi Games

Russia/Vietnam relationship Russia is now looking to build up its relationship with Vietnam , much to the angst of China. Vietnam has long been a thorn in the side of Chinas back. China and Vietnam actually fought a war in 1979, and while China won easily, the Vietnamese have remained among the most vocal critics of Beijing. While China and Russia have been cooperating in their opposition to American influence, they are increasingly becoming rivals in other political arenas. Vietnam has become one of the largest customers of Russian-made weapons, and the Vietnamese arent simply buying assault rifles and grenadesthey have been purchasing planes, submarines, and other advanced pieces of equipment. The Russians have also been helping Vietnam build up its military infrastructure, including submarine docks. These moves have infuriated Beijing, while the United States has largely remained quiet. Most likely, American military planners see strong Vietnamese-Russian relations as a way to isolate China. United States reducing global military footprint These developments suggest that predictions of a multi-polar world are slowly coming true. Despite its abilities to make headlines in recent weeks, the United States has actually been looking to slowly reduce its global military footprint and involvement in numerous local situations. At the same time, China is looking to establish itself as a genuine world power and trying to assert itself as the leading power in Asia. Meanwhile, other emerging nations such as India and Brazil are also trying to ramp up their international presence. India recently launched a new aircraft carrier and has slowly been working to upgrade its military capacity to counter growing Chinese power. Brazil has been quieter on the military front, but has been more vocal in regional and global affairs, frequently challenging the United States and other countries. China building military presence Russias re-entrance to the world stage, however, may be the most important development.

Paul I of Russia biography

His parents were the future Peter III and Catherine II (there has been speculation that his father was actually court member Sergei Saltykov, though the rumor may have been spread to discredit Paul). As a presumptive heir to the throne, Paul was taken into the custody of Empress Elizabeth, his great-aunt. He was instructed by tutors and had little contact with either of his parents. Wait for the Throne In 1762, Peter III reigned for a few months before being overthrown by his wife, who became Catherine II . When he turned 18, Paul hoped for a role in government but was given little responsibility by his mother. As Paul grew older, Catherine consistently kept him from rising to power. Paul was further sidelined by being sent to live at the country estate of Gatchina in 1783. There, he passed the time with Prussian-style military drills. Catherine began to consider bypassing Paul in the succession in favor of his son, Alexander. However, when Catherine died in 1796, Paul seized his chance to take the throne. Reign of Paul I When Paul became Paul I at the age of 42, one of his first acts decreed that primogeniture would be followed in the future, instead of the current ruler being permitted to choose a successor. The change was viewed as a repudiation of his mother and her attempts to stop him from taking power.

Russia says to push for Mideast free of mass-destruction weapons

7 . Gallery Surf dogs Their responses were as varied as the athletes themselves. Five-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller called the law an embarrassment and the International Olympic Committees prohibition on athletes expressing political views while competing at Olympic sites hypocritical and unfair. I think its absolutely embarrassing that there are countries and people who are that intolerant and that ignorant, said Miller, 35, the countrys most decorated male Alpine skier. But its not the first time; weve been dealing with human rights issues probably since there were humans. Prospective Olympian Agnes Zawadzki, 19, a two-time and defending U.S. bronze medalist in figure skating, deferred to the U.S. Olympic Committee, which in July voiced disapproval of the law but made clear that its role was to prepare American athletes to perform at their best. Im not there to make a difference, Zawadzki said of the Sochi Games, should she earn a spot on the 2014 U.S. squad. I want to focus on myself and what I have to do well to compete well at the Olympics. Two-time U.S. figuring skating champion Ashley Wagner , 22, a Potomac graduate, spoke earnestly, conceding she was nervous discussing the issue given that she was just an athlete but was determined to do so as someone with gay family members and many friends in the LGBT community. I have such a firm stance on this, said Wagner, who narrowly missed the 2010 Vancouver Games . I really believe we all should have equal rights. I obviously do not support the legislation in Russia, but its not my place to go into Russia and tell them how to run their country. Signed by President Vladimir Putin in June, the law lays out heavy penalties for those deemed to promote homosexuality to anyone under 18.

Russia has been pushing to extend its influence in the Middle East. It initiated a U.N. deal to get Syria to abandon its chemical arms after Washington threatened military strikes to punish Damascus for a sarin gas attack on rebel areas. “We will seek to have this conference take place,” Lavrov said in an interview with the Russian daily Kommersant. Lavrov said Syria’s agreement to destroy its chemical weapons by next June should trigger a broader effort. “In the current situation, it is particularly important to make the … non-possession of weapons of mass destruction universal in this explosive region,” he said. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Syria’s government always viewed its long-undeclared chemical arsenal as a counterweight to the nuclear arms Israel is believed to possess. Israel has never acknowledged having atomic weapons. DIVIDED POWERS A plan for a meeting to lay the groundwork for the possible creation of a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction was agreed in 2010, co-sponsored by Russia, the United States and Britain. But Washington said the meeting would be delayed just before it was due to start at the end of last year. No new date has been announced.