[The Wire] UPDATE on the Philippine conflict: Russian special forces involved

(pp) – Since tensions of Germany and the Philippines increased, experts on the Southeast Asia region had warned, that an intervention in the Philippines would lead to a chain reaction and in the worst case an uncontrolable multi-party conflict. Recent reports on the arrest of 20 heavyly armed Russian nationals in the Philippines, allegedly a special forces unit, seem to validate the experts’ concerns.

In the meantime, the international community is paralysed. Neither the European Union nor the United Nations or state governments seem to seriously work towards a political solution of the conflict.