Russia’s Brain Drain Is Astounding

By: ELENA HOLODNY Russia is experiencing another major brain drain. Although emigration trended downward from 1997 to 2011, there was a sudden spike in people leaving the country around the third term of President Vladimir Putin, according to Rosstat, Russia’s federal state statistics service. In 2012, almost 123,000 people left, and in 2013, more than […]

Syria’s Assad may flee to Venezuela, Cuba via Lebanon

Syrian president Bashar al Assad’s hold on power is looking more tenuous. “There is no doubt that the regime’s capacity is declining and that the FSA (Free Syrian Army) continues to become ever stronger and better armed,” said a European diplomat with regime and opposition contacts in Damascus. It is not even clear if Assad […]

Over 3,000 of Syria’s Armenians fled to ancestral homeland

As the passengers from battle-ravaged Aleppo disembarked at Yerevan’s Zvartnots airport, tearful relatives gripped them tightly in emotional embraces. “Thank God you’ve arrived safe and sound!” one cried out. Since fighting has gripped the city of Aleppo, where many of Syria’s ethnic Armenian community live, increasing numbers have been fleeing

Niger to Grant Asylum to One of Gadhafi’s Sons

Niger has announced that it will grant the fugitive son of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi asylum. Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou said Saadi Gadhafi, who fled Libya in August, will be given asylum for humanitarian reasons. Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) wants Saadi Gadhafi to go on trial for crimes he allegedly committed

Finland grants asylum to former Iranian diplomat

A former senior diplomat at Iran’s embassy in Helsinki, who resigned and joined the opposition, said Thursday he had been granted political asylum by Finland only weeks after applying for it. Hossein Alizadeh, deputy head of mission at the Iranian embassy until early last month, was at least the third Iranian diplomat this year to […]