Mapping Stereotypes

Alphadesigner extremely interesting web by Yanko Tsvetkov, freelance graphic designer and a visual artist from Bulgaria. Mapping Stereotypes Project is one of the projects conducted for him.

There is Europe and there is another Europe of stereotypes. Yanko Tsvetkov has mapped some of the stereotypes that have always pervaded the Old World. Tsevtkov’s aim was to describe how the citizens of world see other countries and what was an experiment is now a runaway success with more than half a billion visitors logging on to the artist’s Mapping Stereotypes website to view the charts.

Here are some of the maps, for the rest visit the web.

Europe according to the Greeks

L’europa Berlusconiana

Europe according to the Vatican

Hitchhiker's Guide to The Arab Spring


Standing NATO force for Europe proposed

Britain will propose creating a NATO rapid deployment force to defend mainland Europe while alliance troops serve further afield, in an effort to persuade member states to do more in Afghanistan. Reuter is reporting.

The Economist Debates The West’s Response to Russian Assertiveness

Yestarday The Economist has started debating the West’s response to renewed Russian assertiveness. This event will last for two-weeks as part of an ongoing, Oxford-style Online Debate Series.
The proposition is, “This house believes the West must be bolder in its response to a newly assertive Russia.” What’s your opinion? With Russia’s recent incursion into neighboring Georgia, many Western governments are worried about the renewed Russian assertiveness. Is Russia’s intention to upset the current international order, or is it responding directly to the widening sphere of American influence in former Soviet countries? Can the European Union speak with one voice and take the diplomatic lead? Or must America protect the world order by standing up to Russia to prove that any form of aggression comes at a cost? Is this the dawn of a new Cold War?
Moderating this debate will be Robert Lane Greene, International Correspondent for The Economist. Anne-Marie Slaughter, Dean, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs will be weighing in for the proposition and Dmitri V. Trenin, Deputy Director, Senior Associate, Foreign and Security Policy, Carnegie Moscow Center will be arguing against the proposition.  Opening statements post on Tuesday, September 9 followed by rebuttals September 12 and closing statements September 17. A winner will be determined by popular vote and announced on September 19.
It is free to comment and vote but you must register first.
If you want to take part in this debate go to this link



Russian oil and gas export interruptions

August 28, 2008

RUSSIAN FEDERATION – LONDON – Russia has cut oil and gas supplies to neighbours and indirectly to onward customers in recent years.

The following is a list of some supply interruptions and the reasons offered for them. The Swedish Defence Research Agency, a government-linked body, said in a report in March 2006 that Russia had cut off exports on around 40 occasions. Moscow denies that it uses energy as a political tool.



Russia Thanks Serbs For Support On Georgia

Russia’s ambassador to Belgrade has thanked Serbs for their “understanding of the situation in Georgia”. In a statement to Belgrade’s B92 television, Aleksandar Konuzin said Moscow was grateful for “the sympathy showed towards Russians and Russia’s citizens” during the armed conflict over the breakaway Georgia’s South Ossetia province.

Konuzin described it as “a humanitarian catastrophe caused by the criminal policy of the Georgian government” and praised the Serbs for “written and spoken expressions of your compassion regarding this sad situation”.
However, Serbian officials have so far remained cautious over the conflict in the breakaway province of South Ossetia. Belgrade’s watchfulness reflects concerns over possible unhelpful parallels being drawn between South Ossetia and Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in February and has so far been recognised by 45 countries. 
In a rare reaction, Serbia’s Minister for Kosovo, Oliver Ivanovic, described the South Ossetia conflict “as a direct consequence of Kosovo’s secession”. Ivanovic said Kosovo’s example was “inspiring to South Ossetia”.