Globetrotter Visits Every Country On Earth Without Flying

Is it possible to visit every country on earth without once taking an airplane? Graham Hughes, a 31-year-old globetrotter from England, has done so and holds a Guinness World Record to prove it. RFE/RL correspondent Charles Recknagel speaks with him from Liverpool about his adventures.

‘With A Heavy Heart…’ — Secret JFK Speech Could Have Signaled Start Of WWIII

WASHINGTON — It could have been the start of a war the likes of which the world had never seen.

Films and history books have documented the the hair’s-width margin that separated the United States and the Soviet Union from nuclear conflict during 13 days in October 1962, the height of the Cuban missile crisis.

But a speech drafted by U.S. President John F. Kennedy, and newly released to the public, throws what may be the starkest light yet on just how close the sides came to starting World War III.

via ‘With A Heavy Heart…’ — Secret JFK Speech Could Have Signaled Start Of WWIII.

China, Thailand Welcome Twitter’s Censorship Policy

hailand and China have welcomed Twitter’s controversial new censorship policy.

Thailand’s Technology Minister Anudith Nakornthap said on January 30 that Twitter ‘s new policy was a “constructive” development and praised the website for “cooperating with governments to make sure basic rights are not violated through the use of social media.”

With Launches In Balkans and Beyond, Al-Jazeera Building New Spheres Of Influence

Until recently, the Al-Jazeera satellite television network had been best known to global audiences as a worldwide provider of news programming in Arabic and English.

But this month, the Qatar-based company went regional, launching a station broadcasting in local languages in the Balkans, with headquarters based in Bosnia-Herzegovina’s capital Sarajevo. And its growth is set to continue, with similar channels planned for Turkey and East Africa.

via With Launches In Balkans and Beyond, Al-Jazeera Building New Spheres Of Influence.

Vladimir Putin: Russia’s Last Tsar?

At a conference last week in Moscow of the Kremlin-backed United Russia party, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin proposed current President Dmitry Medvedev to head the party list for the Duma (parliament) elections in December.

Medvedev generously responded by proposing Putin as United Russia’s candidate for the Russian presidential election in March 2012.

The cat was finally out of the bag: the outcome is clear, and so the presidential election is effectively already over.

via Vladimir Putin: Russia’s Last Tsar?.

English Tea ‘Antiriot’ Brews Online – RFE/RL


Parts of London ablaze, people screaming, mobs advancing. OK, it’s time to pull out the big guns. Cue “Operation Cup of Tea.”
No, it’s not the next James Bond movie. It is a massive online campaign in response to this week’s violence in England, in which scores of buildings and stores were demolished and more than 1,000 people arrested. The new initiative, which describes itself as an “antiriot,” recruits the calming, classically British beverage in a bid to end the violence.

English Tea ‘Antiriot’ Brews Online – Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty © 2011.

The Tymoshenko Reality Show – RFE/ RL

For Ukrainians, the brief 24-hour respite from the reality show that is the trial of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is over. The case resumed today in a Kyiv courtroom.

The Tymoshenko Reality Show – Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty © 2011