KhodorkovskyRussia’s Trial of the Century has come to a close with the final ruling declaring former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky guilty of embezzling over $25 billion dollars worth of oil from the Yukos oil company he founded and ran.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the head of the Iraqi government, has said that no American troops should remain in Iraq at the end of 2011.  “The last American soldier will leave Iraq…. This agreement is not subject to extension, not subject to alteration. It is sealed.” The Prime Minister also granted assurances that his nation will not be pulled into an alliance with Iran, even though that is what some Iraqi politicians want (Iran and Afghanistan have recently signed a memorandum of understanding which brings those two nations into closer cooperation).

Al-ShababWhile Nigeria reels from the latest round of Jihadist attacks, an Islamic terrorist organization in Somalia is serving notice to the United States: Convert, or else.

gavelAfter the recent revelation of Russian sleeper operatives in the United States and London, the winds of espionage continue to move eastward, as the Polish government has announced that they have discovered and sentenced a Russian spy.

KremlinAs reported previously, the Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA) hosted the 12th International Meeting of Communist and Workers Parties. Among the stated “102 delegates representing 51 participating Parties from 43 countries” was the Russian Communist Workers' Party – Revolutionary Party of Communists (RCWP-RPC) leader Viktor Tyulkin.