Targeted strikes to punish Assad will only perpetuate the conflict – and that's exactly what the American government wants.
Russia is not a particularly homophobic culture, but its government is looking to divert attention from recent political discontent.
Usually, comparisons to Nazism are idle and misplaced. But the new anti-gay legislation in Russia, a supposedly progressive democracy, is truly reminiscent of the anti-Semitic Nuremberg Laws.
Laurie Penny meets the Russian punk-protest group.
Up to 2.5m Britons watch the Kremlin-funded TV channel, which is so strongly critical of Western governments it's known as the "anti Fox News". But does it have a blind spot when it comes to Russia's own failings?
Human rights researcher Tanya Lokshina tells how she was blackmailed over her pregnancy.
It's now 21 years since the end of the Soviet Union, but Russia's politics are still strikingly teenage in nature.
A population that lives in fear of state violence, and a 99 per cent election tally that could have come from the Soviet era - welcome to Putin's Russia.
The trial of Pussy Riot is encouraging Russians to talk openly about corruption. But how is their message being received in a country where feminism is still a dirty word?