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Distinguished readers,

Welcome to our brand new portal in the media world. As an analytical information portal, we consider "New Times” to be a response dedicated to challenges of our times.

By analyzing the developments and processes of the world’s political, international and inter-governmental relations, as well as the actions taken thereof, our goal is to draw our readers` attention – in an unbiased, objective and reasoned manner – to the importance of these issues. In our opinion, there are serious problems on this front. There is no doubt that the complexity and intensity of the events and processes that have occurred over the last two decades, following the collapse of one of the two opposing poles in the 20th century, have made it even more difficult to realize their importance.

Politicians, political analysts, socio-political figures and other experts of this field are well aware of the existence of monopoly and its intentional use in the global information provision. They have become frequent witnesses to the propaganda of monopolistic media that serve no social or political importance.

In fact, sometimes this propaganda is handled in such an unrestricted and crude manner that it doesn’t go unnoticed by those uninvolved in politics. In most cases there isn’t a single mention about these events that have caused significant impact on processes. Certainly, there are reasons as to why such approaches exist. We won’t be mistaken if we suggest that, today, our world is being dominated by information. Thus it becomes impossible to disagree with the idea that a just, sensitive and unbiased approach to information is of the essence.

We think that the principle of justice, rightly defended in the West, is undoubtedly the first and crucial among universal values. Proper implementation of principles is impossible without justice.

President Ronald Reagan’s quote from his speech made in 1983 is worth paying attention to: "America must be just. If America is not just, it will never be great." Indeed, without an just approach to global processes and events, proposed values alone, will not allow us to reach the goals set.

Clearly, the attempt of superpower nations to regulate all processes upon their own interests and their indifferent attitude towards the interests of close and partner countries has several negative consequences. Such behavior not only impacts international relations and inter-governmental ties, but also weakens mutual confidence among countries, leads to tension in international relations and creates the tendency for countries to merge in blocks etc.

As a result, it becomes not only very challenging to maintain our long-term desires of mutual respect, understanding, cooperation as well as stability and prosperity among relations, but also difficult to fully implement noble principles stipulated in hundreds of agreements, deals, conventions, statutes, charters and other documents signed and adopted by international and regional organizations.

Regardless of their political and ideological platform, the world’s power nations have made tremendous efforts in creating an international law mechanism. Their aim was to prevent a repetition of two dreadful world wars of the 20th century, which had catastrophic consequences and had exposed humanity to their calamities, and to create a legal framework for inter-governmental and international relations. A number of international organizations were established to ensure peaceful, negotiation-based solutions to misunderstandings, conflicts and other problems among states.

Notwithstanding the difficulty of the path, several major steps were taken. Although not entirely effective, numerous documents, including statutes, charters, conventions and agreements stipulating international law, its norms and principles were agreed upon, signed and adopted. Indeed, much historically relevant work was carried out.

One might have supposed that international law, which was established through special efforts of the world powers, was going to be easily carried out by them as well. The long awaited justice would be ensured worldwide.

However, evidently, this desire continued to remain just a desire. A simple yet very logical question arises here: Shouldn’t at least the implementation of fundamental provisions of international norms and principles – result of tremendous efforts and long-term processes that were accepted worldwide – guarantee good neighborhood, friendship, cooperation and ultimately stability, security, prosperity and development for humanity? Even though, statements, speeches, articles, material, documents regarding international norms and principles are signed daily, unfortunately, this goal is yet to be achieved.

Winston Churchill’s statement that "UK doesn’t have permanent friends, it has permanent interests”, has the same sincerity that international law was established only to serve major powers. It can be concluded that international law was founded to serve power. It makes it an unwritten norm that, a great number of events and processes prove this thesis to be very close to reality. This creates another question: How long will it take? It would be very difficult for us to go back to the history of international relations to attempt to define the changes that have occurred so far. A thorough and fundamental analysis of today’s processes enables us to conclude that there have not been major changes.

It is mostly rhetoric form and methods that change. If we had to enumerate universal values, then the principle of justice, as the core of international relations, would be the most crucial among these values.

Another obvious truth is evident here. On the one hand, without justice in inter-governmental and international relations, the issue of ensuring universal values will always remain on the agenda and serve certain geo-political interests, but on the other hand, geo-political interests becoming a major factor in inter-governmental and international relations will sooner or later lead to tension, cold war and more dangerous situations.

This creates contradiction even for the interests of superpower nations. Avoiding this and not taking it into consideration is a strategic mistake. The historical fate of empires is both the proof and the lesson. It is important to realize this and draw conclusions; it is never too late to draw conclusions.

It is for this reason that we launched "New Times”, the analytical information portal.

We hope that by joining our efforts of studying and analyzing regional and global processes we can make our contribution to the formation of a just position. We wish everyone success in accomplishing this vital mission.

New Times

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