In the last days of 2014, Moscow was once again the scene of protests. Fifteen years have now passed since Vladimir Putin came to power in Russia. Recent years have seen striking examples of efforts to control the narrative – not least in the Ukraine – and have brought the role played by the global broadcaster RT to international attention.
The year began with protests in Bahrain, with demonstrators demanding the release of the country’s main Shia opposition leader. It can be instructive to compare the unfolding news with reports filed over 3 years ago.
A hundred years ago, the world was at war. Men of multiple nationalities were dying on the Western front, doing ‘their bit’ for the war effort. But not everyone supported it. In Dublin, crowds protested against compulsory military service in defence of the British Empire.