UN General Assembly boosts cybercrime war

UN, Tuesday   A press release document has opened a new page in the global discussion on international in­formation security, which was launched 20 years ago. The is­sue of international security was placed on the UN’s agenda in 1998 at Russia’s initiative. “It is notable that break­through decisions aimed at strengthening IIS have been adopted in the anniversary year of 2018. These decisions aim to protect the interests of all coun­tries in the sphere of cyber se­curity...

Cybercrime war gets UN General Assembly boost

Bristle, Sunday   As the world approaches the end of the year 2018, the war to combat cybercrime in the world had received a major boost fol­lowing the recently adoption of two Russian-proposed resolu­tions, including a resolution on combating cybercrime, by the UN General Assembly. On December 17, the UN General Assembly adopted, by majority vote, the resolution on Countering the Use of Infor­mation and Communications Technologies for Criminal Purposes. The resolution was...

Russia, Iran and Turkey agree to launch Syrian constitution committee by January

GENEVA TOP diplomats from Russia, Turkey and Iran have agreed to ensure that a 150-strong committee to draft a new Syrian constitu­tion will convene for the first time early next year as they wrapped up a meeting in Geneva on Tuesday. “We have agreed to take efforts aimed at convening the first session of the Syr­ian constitution committee early next year. These steps will lead to the launch of a vi­able and lasting Syrian-owned, Syrian-led, UN-facilitated political process,’’ ...

Russia not seeking arms race, but a balance of power - Putin

MOSCOW RUSSIA is not inter­ested in an arms race and only seeks keeping the balance of forces, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at his annual news conference yesterday. “Generally, this is sim­ply an element of contain­ing and balancing parities in the strategic balance. This is what it is. This means keep­ing the parity and nothing more than that,” the Russian leader said, speaking about the newest breakthrough mis­sile defense systems developed by Russia. “We do not...

Spectacular concert as children lit up Russian Culture Centre

By Mary Ramadhani   It was a thrilling moment as Angelic voices and laugh­ter of happily excited and highly spirited children filled the Russian Cultural Center venue in Dar es Salaam last weekend. And, their eager parents were beaming with pride on how far their precious babies have accomplished, while anxious but yet excited teach­ers did final arrangements, waiting for their pupils to give their best performance of children’s songs in Rus­sian language. Children of...

The return of Russia to Africa

By Johan Burger   After decades of a bipolar world in which the US and the Soviet Union com­peted for global hegemony, we entered a unipolar era with the collapse of the USSR and the US imposing its will across the globe virtually unchallenged - until the rise of China. Now the geopolitical tectonic plates are shifting once more as the US loses ground and influence, the European Union shows signs of fractur­ing, and new players scramble to gain the high ground. Johan Burger’s...

Russian performers capture Dar with soothing melody

The theater was filled with rounds of applause after two young artists transported enthusiastic and entertained audience adults and children alike, to another dimension through the harmonious melody produced by their instruments. This event happened at the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Dar es Salaam on Thursday evening.

Rosatom says Mkuju Uranium project due 2022 after global price appreciation

By The Banker reporter   Tanzania’s uranium production may start in 2022 if global prices for the commodity appreciate due to rising demand thanks to Chinese and Indian growing economies. Rosatom’s Regional Vice-President for Central and Southern Africa Viktor Polikarpov said its local subsidiary, Uranium One and Mantra Resources have amicably agreed with authorities to put the project on hold pending better global prices for the commodity. “Demand is expected to firm up...

Just one moment for Leo Tolstoy

This September 9 was the 190th birthday of Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy, the famous Russian novelist and moral philosopher who wrote War and Peace (1865-69) and many other works of literature including Hadji- Murad (1912), Anna Karenina (1877-78), The Cossacks, Confession. It came and passed quietly as has often happened. Drawing from reports by various agencies and his own ‘reference library’, long-serving Tanzanian journalist Saidi Nguba reports: Leo Tolstoy was born on September...

China, Russia agree to advance sub-national cooperation

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia CHINESE President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Pu­tin, on Tuesday called for promoting sub-national cooperation to cement bilateral relations and benefit the two peoples. The two heads of state made the re­marks while attending a roundtable meeting on regional cooperation be­tween the two countries on the side­lines of the fourth Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), which is running from Tuesday to Thursday in Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East. ...

When Hitler began to bow

THE world always commem­orates various landmarks, be it wars, political; social and economic achievements, in­novations and even birthdays of people who made tremen­dous contribution towards social and economic develop­ment. The atomic bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshi­ma and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9 in 1945 respectively by US Armed Forces towards the last stages of World War II, resulting into mass killings and huge destruction, is being remembered annually. The ethical and...

Moscow and Tokyo continue to work on peace treaty

MOSCOW and Tokyo will continue to work on the peace treaty in a constructive and friendly manner, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. He reiterated that earlier yesterday Russian Pres­ident Vladimir Putin presented the initiative to sign a peace treaty between Russia and Japan until the end of the year without any preliminary conditions. “It is planned to sign the peace treaty first, and then, proceeding from relations of peace, friend­ship and cooperation, reach...

Iran, Urusi zakubali matumizi ya kijeshi

Serikali za Shirikisho la Urusi na Jamhuri ya Kiislamu ya IRan zimekubaliana kwa kauli moja ya kuunga mkono kuchukuliwa hatua za kijeshi ili kukomboa jimbo la Idlib linaloshikiliwa na waasi nchini Syria.  Marais Hassan Rouhani wa Iran na mwenzake, Vladimir Putin wa Urusi, walitamka hayo kwenye mkutano uliofanyika mjini Tehran pamoja na wenzao Rais wa Uturuki, Recep Erdogan. Aidha, kwa upande wake, Rais Erdogan ameongeza kwa kutoa mwito wa kusimamisha mapambano yanayoendelea...

Russia ilivyopotezea visa vyake na England

  Wakati vumbi linatuama baada ya Fainali za Kombe la Dunia Russia 2018, Ufaransa wametwaa ubingwa wake. Russia ilipata sifa kufanikisha fainali hizo kuanzia mpangilio wake, viwanja, usafiri, huduma na matokeo ya mashindano yenyewe. Lakini kwa kweli hapakuwa na vumbi Russia, bali ni hewa safi. Hii ni kinyume cha matarajio ya watu mbalimbali, hasa tangu kuteuliwa kwa Russia kuwa mwenyeji. Hizo ni fainali za kwanza kuchezwa Ulaya ya Mashariki na za 11 kwa Ulaya na...

OPCW wins new powers to undermine authority of UN Security Council

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is the Hague-based enforcement body for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and has been operating since 1997. It has 193 UN states as members. Its mission is to oversee global compliance with the convention, which prohibits the use of chemical weapons (CW) and requires their destruction. The inspectors have the power to say whether chemical weapons have been used following a fact-finding visit. Until the watchdog’s...

The big US mistakes with Russia

By Jonathan Power, former foreign affairs columnist for the International Herald Tribune.   Two mistakes, committed on President Barack Obama’s watch, were the triggers for the end of the long post- Cold War period of good relations with Russia They were the attack on Libya by the US, France and the UK and the subsequent killing of its long-time dictator, Muammar Gadhafi. The second was the crisis in Ukraine. Russia was very angry about the first. Having been persuaded by...

Why Russia stays defiant in face of US sanctions

By Poul Owere @TheCitizenTz powere@tz.nationmedia.com   Dar es Salaam. When US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladmir Putin met in Helsinki four weeks ago, there was renewed hope from some quarters that relations between the two countries could improve. That hope lasted briefly, and by last week, tension had risen a notch higher. On Wednesday, Washington announced it would impose fresh sanctions on Russia accusing Moscow of using a nerve agent...

World Cup 2018: Great business and lessons from Russia

By Alpha Nuhu   The 2018 FIFA World Cup staged in Russia went along way to prove that football remains the most powerful and most popular sport in the world, and one of the most profitable industries. Despite all the five African teams that quali­fied for 2018 World Cup – Egypt, Morocco, Ni­geria, Senegal and Tunisia – exiting in the group stages, Tanzania and the rest of Africa followed up the game to the end, with great interest, as media coverage – newspapers and...

2018 FIFA World Cup ‘sparked upsurge in global diplomacy’ – Lavrov

DVORIKI VILLAGE The 2018 FIFA World Cup, held in Russia between June 14 and July 15, sparked a blast-off in the global diplomacy, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said yesterday. “It is no exaggeration at all to say that it was an upsurge and a blast-off in the global diplomacy,” Lavrov said addressing participants of the national Educational Youth Forum dubbed the Terra Scientia in Russia. “I believe it was a magnificent achievement that hundreds of thousands of foreign...

BRICS looks to a second golden decade of global cooperation

BEIJING With the 10th BRICS summit took place in South Africa yesterday, the bloc of emerging-market economies is opening a new chapter in their all-round cooperation after a successful decade. At their three-day gathering in Johannes­burg, the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will join hands to further pro­mote common development amid changes on the international scene. Furthermore, building on the achievements of the previous BRICS summit in Xiamen,...