Terrorist attack in Damascus: honor teacher killed. As the SANA, in the quarter of Al-Mazraa, a prominent Arab religious leader Muhammad Saeed Ramadan Al-Buti was killed in a suicide bomber attack in the Al-Iman mosque. The explosion occurred at a time when Al-Buti was giving a lecture to students in a madrasa.
Anastasia Popova ("Vesti") says that the Syrian secret services are trying to figure out who is behind the murder of a prominent theologian.
The victims of the terrorist attack, besides him, were more than forty people, almost a hundred more were injured. The opposition rejects its involvement in the terrorist attack.
The Al-Eman Mosque in Damascus over the past year has become home to refugees from many suburbs of the capital. Al-Buti came here twice a week. The explosion thundered several minutes after he finished lecturing.
Almost all of the dead are students. Al-Buti, a Kurd by birth, taught that to serve in the army is right, that you need to protect your homeland, that there are concepts of honor and valor. Al-Buti was one of the most influential and beloved Sunni preachers in Syria. He is a man who, from the very beginning, called for an end to the violence and an end to the war. Al-Buti was a staunch supporter of President Assad. He liked to quote Bernard Lewis, who believed that the Arab world could not be joined to the West, unless it was split and divided. The teacher believed that religion can not cover up atrocities and can not be used for political purposes. He condemned the armed opposition for the destruction of temples, including Shiite shrines and mosques to the cries of "Allah is Great."
“Al-Buti - Ph.D., graduated from Al-Azhar University, dean of one of the faculties of Damascus University, a member of the Royal Society of Islamic Civilization of Jordan, a member of the Supreme Council of Oxford University in the UK. He wrote about 60 works on sharia, ethics, literature and theological sciences. He was one of the brightest representatives of the Syrian intelligentsia, who was repeatedly threatened with reprisals. But despite this, he decided not to run. He stayed in Syria and continued to cry out to the world. ”
CCA members are trying to create a state system. The participants of the Free Syrian Army created their own judicial system, reports MIGnews.com with reference to The Daily News. Court cases will be considered in those court buildings that were previously used by the government of the northwestern province of Idlib.
Captured soldiers of the Syrian army, people involved in various crimes (for example, theft), will now appear in court. The court system will be headed by Ali Yusuf Juma. He argues that the processes will be conducted objectively.
“We will consider all cases, including those related to Assad. If Assad's soldier lodges a complaint against a fighter of the Free Syrian Army, we will call them to trial on general grounds. We make no distinction between civilian and military. “We do not sentence all to the death penalty indiscriminately,” Mr. Yusuf said. “But Assad oppresses all the people and still continues to do it.”
Bomb Iran? Bomb, please. Ivan Gladilin (KM.ru) said that Barack Obama recognized for Israel the right to independently decide on the use of force against Iran. The President of the United States said this, having arrived in this country on a visit.
“Israel can never give up its right to self-defense even to our greatest friend, and Israel has no better friend than the United States,” said Mr. Netanyahu. “Bibi is absolutely right when he makes it clear that every country must make decisions about engaging in any military action,” Mr. Obama replied.
So, I. Gladilin concludes, the US does not forbid Israel to bomb Iran even now, but Israel must decide and act independently. As for the United States, they are prone to a diplomatic solution to the problem. It seems that Netanyahu failed to fulfill the maximum program - to persuade Barack Obama to a joint military action against Iran. However, the public is not aware of what the two leaders have agreed behind the scenes.
"... if they make a huge mistake and attack, Iran will align Tel Aviv and Haifa with the land." The spiritual leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, in his speech on the occasion of the beginning of the New Year on the Iranian calendar, said that the Zionist leaders threaten Iran with a military attack. “If they don’t know, let them know that if they make a huge mistake and attack, Iran will align Tel Aviv and Haifa with the earth,” he warned.
He stated transmits SANAthat the Zionist entity has not yet reached such a level as to become an enemy of the Iranian people. The leader of the Islamic Revolution added: “If we are talking about the enemies of Iran, then the Iranian people understand that this is about the United States. But there are other enemies. We do not highlight them. One of these enemies is Israel. ”
Comrade Khamenei further stressed that the British government is fulfilling the will of the American administration and does not have its own position. Therefore, the United Kingdom also cannot be the prime enemy of Iran, like other countries that are only tools in the hands of the United States. He also noted that the erroneous French policy towards Iran has continued since the time of Sarkozy. This, in his opinion, proves the lack of wisdom among French politicians.
Shot in Ahmadinejad. Tatevik Sargsyan ("Sight") reports that the American Secret Service agent almost shot the President of Iran. This happened during the UN Assembly in New York in September 2006. This is the story of the just-published book, an excerpt from which was published yesterday by the British newspaper The Daily Mail.
When the special agent was putting the gun in the car in the motorcade of then-president George W. Bush, it accidentally fired. The bullet almost hit Iran’s leader, the authors write in the book “Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry.” “A US secret service agent apparently accidentally fired a gun at the moment Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad got into the car outside the hotel.” InterContinental ”, is told on the pages of the book. When the shot rang out, "everyone froze." “The Iranians looked at us, and we looked at the Iranians. The agent began to apologize. Ahmadinejad just turned his head and got into the car. ”
The Bush administration was worried that Ahmadinejad might claim that the US Secret Service was trying to kill him. But Mahmoud Ahmadinejad never commented on this incident.
The book will be available in April.
Abdullah Ocalan called for peace talks. EU head of diplomacy Catherine Ashton and European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Füle welcomed the peace initiative of the leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Abdullah Ocalan, imprisoned in Turkey, reports from Brussels correspondent RIA "News" Alexander Shishlo.
Yesterday, Ocalan urged his supporters to withdraw military units from Turkish territory and begin peace talks. The head of the military wing of the PKK, Murat Karailan, said that the separatists are ready to comply with the call for an end to the armed struggle against the Turkish government.
“This is another important step towards ending the conflict, which has already claimed too many lives. We look forward to concrete follow-up, "said Ashton and Füle, in a joint statement by the RIA"News».
The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Association, eighty-five years after its establishment, received the status of a non-governmental organization. This was reported yesterday by Nagwa Hussein Ahmed Khalil, the country's social security minister, reports from Cairo correspondent ITAR-TASS Dina Drunk.
According to her, in accordance with the law on the activities of NGOs from 2002, the Islamist group meets all the requirements. After the necessary verification, it was entered in the register of non-governmental organizations. Now the ministry will monitor its sources of funding.
It should be noted that the registration documents "Brothers" filed only two days ago and immediately received a positive response. In general, the Egyptian bureaucratic machine stretches the process of registering various associations for months and years.
It is curious that, as analysts write, the registration of the “Muslim Brotherhood” as an NGO prohibits it from engaging in politics - in accordance with the same law of 2002.
Georgians will travel to Mali. As reported by Georgi Dvali (Kommersant), Georgia will send military specialists to Mali to participate in the EU reorganization and training mission of the local army personnel. With the request to connect to the EU mission in Mali, Catherine Ashton addressed the leadership of Georgia back in December.
“The government discussed the issue and made a political decision to join the EU mission,” said Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania. He made it clear that the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ivanishvili was caused by "the vital interest of Georgia to move even closer to the EU, including in terms of defense and security."
The final decision on the form of participation of Georgia in the operation has not yet been made. “The number of employees traveling to Africa has not yet been definitively determined. Perhaps we will send doctors, engineers, specialists of different profiles, and so on, ”a source in the country's defense department told Kommersant.
What happens in Europe with former presidents. Nicolas Sarkozy is charged in the "Betancourt case." The judges decided on the basis of hours of interrogation and confrontation with the participation of Sarkozy, which ended last night in the Palace of Justice in Bordeaux. This stunning news was a surprise to the lawyer of ex-President Tieri Erzog, who immediately called him “unfair and inconsistent from a legal point of view.” He stressed that he intends to appeal the charge, according to "Vesti"referring to ITAR-TASS.
According to investigators, in the 2007 year, Nicolas Sarkozy took advantage of the weakened state of health of Lillian Betancourt, heir to the L'Oreal empire, to get money from her to finance the election campaign.
Nothing offered. US Secretary of State John Kerry did not offer backstage deals to rescue the economy from “default” to the Cyprus authorities. This is emphasized late Thursday in a conversation with correspondent ITAR-TASS Dmitry Kirsanov a senior US State Department official who asked not to be named in the press.
She said that “there are no“ Kerry secret deals ”, there are no negotiations with Cyprus”.
So she commented on the media report that Kerry allegedly called on Thursday the Minister of Finance of Cyprus Michalis Sarris and offered assistance in saving the leading banks of the republic in exchange for control of gas fields on her shelf. In addition, the US administration allegedly demanded that Nicosia should introduce a 15-percent one-time tax in the republic on all foreign bank deposits, which, as a correspondent notes. ITAR-TASS, delivers a direct blow to Russian interests.
As previously reported correspondent. ITAR-TASS in Nicosia Alexei Berezhkov, information about this alleged American bondage initiative was spread by Cypriot TV channel Sigma.
Incidentally, "Vesti"referring to ITAR-TASS, they report that the international rating agency Standard & Poor's downgraded Cyprus’s long-term credit rating by one point - from CCC + to CCC–. The rating outlook is negative.
Moscow and Nicosia: a review of foreign media from "Foreign Press".
"German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is known for harsh rhetoric, has finally found an opponent to be like herself," writes the New York Post correspondent, saying that Vladimir Putin was able to convince the parliamentarians of Cyprus to abandon the draconian tax on bank deposits. Of course, the vote of Cypriot lawmakers against this initiative was a challenge to the German leader. After all, the measure supported by Merkel, assumed taxation of all bank deposits on the island.
“What Russia wants to impose on Cyprus” is the title of Adeline Raynal's article in the La Tribune. In the current situation, Russia is able to put conditions in Cyprus in exchange for financial assistance.
The author writes that from 25 to 50% of all bank deposits in Cyprus are of Russian origin. Basically it is the money of individuals wishing to avoid taxes in their homeland. Putin is calling for an end to the outflow of capital, but for that he needs to know who has accounts in Cyprus. At the end of 2012, Cyprus refused to provide Moscow with a list of Russian investors on the island, the journalist writes, but today Russia has stronger positions, and getting the list can be one of its conditions.
Another condition is access to the development of gas fields off the coast of Cyprus.
The third possible demand of Russia is to get a port at its disposal in order to open a military base on the island.
As for getting out of the crisis, the archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II offered the state a huge church condition to save the country. Giampaolo Cadalana writes about this in La Repubblica. “Real estate, land, bank shares, even a brewing company — the property of the Orthodox Cypriot church is enormous, and Chrysostom II put it at the disposal of the government in order to save banks and the country from collapse after refusing measures proposed by Europe,” says the publication.
Chrysostomos also offered to respond to Europe as follows, if she insists on a hard line: “We will threaten them with a way out of the euro area and return to the Cypriot lira.”
Offshore zones in the Far East? In the article "Russia is thinking about an alternative to Cyprus on its own territory" ("The Wall Street Journal", USA; source of translation - "InoSMI") Andrey Ostroukh and Alexander Kolyandr write that Russia, involved “in a global scandal with a plan to save Cyprus,” may think about creating its own offshore zones in the Far Eastern region.
On Thursday, Dmitry Medvedev criticized the “absurd” plan proposed by the eurozone, according to which billions of dollars would be written off from deposits in banks in Cyprus. He further noted that Russia needs to offer business its own offshore zone in the region, which is located approximately 7 thousands of kilometers east of Moscow.
“It’s time to return to the topic of creating your own offshore companies in the Russian Federation - special jurisdictions, where there will be a special tax rate. Maybe the money will come back to us. And then there are some bad special jurisdictions, now Cyprus has become such - it means there are good ones from which no one is driven, there BVI (British Virgin Islands), for example, or some Bahamas, or something else, ”Medvedev said during the government meeting, adding that such an initiative would contribute to the development of the Far Eastern region.
Other offshore news. As the Interfax, Rosneft completed the purchase of 100% TNK-BP. The transaction was recorded in the offshore zones of the Caribbean islands in Europe and in Cyprus.
“Ten years ago, a new oil company, TNK-BP, was born. At the same time, another company, Rosneft, began rapidly to emerge from the shadow of its competitors.
Ten years later, TNK-BP became an object for absorption and will soon go to history. Ten years later, Rosneft bought TNK-BP and announced that it had become the world's largest public oil and gas company in terms of production and hydrocarbon reserves. ”
Ten years later, TNK-BP became an object for absorption and will soon go to history. Ten years later, Rosneft bought TNK-BP and announced that it had become the world's largest public oil and gas company in terms of production and hydrocarbon reserves. ”
The difficult financial situation in Cyprus did not affect the deal. Igor Sechin said: “The completion of the purchase of TNK-BP represents a historical moment that is more important for us at the corporate level than the events in Cyprus, especially since we took all the measures in a timely manner. And the events in Cyprus do not affect our business. ”
The head of Rosneft noted that the purchase of TNK-BP will make it possible to achieve new successes: the company’s projected level of oil production in 2013 will exceed 206 million tons, gas - 47 billion cubic meters, processing will reach 95 million tons, revenues will reach 4,9 trillion rubles.
The share of state-owned oil companies in the Russian fuel and energy complex will reach 40% compared to the current 23,5%. Moreover, Rosneft will have the opportunity to expand abroad, as TNK-BP has a portfolio of assets in exploration, production, processing and marketing in Belarus, Ukraine, Vietnam and Brazil. At the same time, Rosneft reached an agreement on partnership in Russia and abroad with Exxon, Eni, Statoil, BP and is in talks with the Japanese and the Chinese to expand cooperation.
To the shores of the Indian Ocean! Olga Samofalova ("Sight"), referring to ITAR-TASS, reports that ONGC, the Indian oil and gas corporation, intends to offer Russia to hold an oil pipeline to the republic through Afghanistan and Pakistan. And the largest gas company in India, GAIL, offers to extend the future Russian gas pipeline through China to India.
The ONGC oil pipeline project proposed by Russia is “one of the new promising projects that could contribute to a significant increase in bilateral trade,” said Ajay Bisariya, head of the Eurasian Department of the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, speaking at the seminar on “Strategic contours of the Russian-Indian trade and economic cooperation. "
A GAIL delegation was also present at this seminar. She suggested that the Russians extend the future gas pipeline through China to India. “At present, this idea is being discussed,” said Siddharta Sarkar, director of quality management at GAIL.
Award for the Russian physicist. Mikhail Antonov ("Vesti") told that the Russian scientist Alexander Polyakov became the winner of the largest scientific award in the field of fundamental physics. In Geneva, the ceremonial presentation of cash rewards and metal balls, symbolizing the award. The amount of the award is 3 million dollars.
The founder of the special prize in fundamental physics is co-owner of the Mail.Ru Group company Yury Milner.
If the “black hole” evaporates, where does the information that it first swallowed go? This paradox, which shook the foundations of quantum physics, has now found resolution in the theories that say that particles are actually strings, fluctuating not only in our four-dimensional space-time. But how many dimensions are actually in the Universe, the laureate of the main prize Alexander Polyakov can only guess.
“It always reminded me of the implementation of the idea of Plato, who spoke. That we are like people sitting in a cave. We see the reflection of the outer shadows on the wall of the cave. And we do not understand that there (the outside) there is a whole world, ”says a specialist in quantum field theory.
Yuri Medvedev ("Russian newspaper") reports that the Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Polyakov is the son of literary critic, Professor Mark Yakovlevich Polyakov and the chemist, Professor Ada Alexandrovna Polyakova. Scientist - a former employee of the Institute of Theoretical Physics. Landau, now works at Princeton University (USA).
The most important achievement of Polyakov is the discovery of magnetic monopoles, or so-called solitons. Alexander Polyakov is one of the world's leading experts in the field of string theory, explaining many of the questions of the universe.
In addition to Alexander Polyakov, the prize was awarded to British physicist Stephen Hawking and a group of CERN scientists, under whose leadership a new elementary particle was discovered at the Large Hadron Collider, which is in many ways Higgs boson.
The names of the first prize winners were named by Yuri Milner, all the following were chosen by the winners of previous years. They are including three people from Russia: Alexey Kitayev (California Institute of Technology), Andrei Linde (Stanford University), Maxim Kontsevich (Institute for Higher Scientific Research, France).
Does the Estonian army command the templar? The commander of the Estonian Defense Forces, Major General Riho Terras, is a member of the Templar Order. Eesti Ekspress writes about this, it reports "Lenta.ru". In addition to him, there are several other high-ranking military officials in the order. The article states that the Templars control "a significant part of the country's armed forces."
What proves the publication of the membership Terrace in the ancient order? The newspaper quotes an excerpt from a certain letter Terrace: "We support two principles in our activity: the development of the moral and spiritual level among our members and charity in the public interest of education and culture."
Unhealthy Estonians will be able to repay their homeland. The Estonian government has decided to establish softer requirements for the health of draftees and military personnel. Reports about it "Lenta.ru" with references to DELFI and BNS.
The text of the document says that the draftee will be able to undergo military service with a disease that requires treatment, if the nature of this disease does not interfere with the performance of his duties. In particular, the decree will allow to recruit people who are allergic to food. The armed forces are ready to organize their special food. The changes will also affect the requirements for the state of health of military personnel - they will introduce new standards depending on the type of troops and the nature of the service. As noted in the accompanying note to the document, it will allow those young people who “for one reason or another have undermined their health” to attend the service.
The ruling, if adopted, will take effect on April 1.
Earlier, the deputy head of the department of military service of the Ministry of Defense, Captain Riina Nemvalts, stated that the military department "is not trying to recruit the necessary number of conscripts at any cost." Meanwhile, according to the newspaper Postimees, 60% of Estonian recruits are now unable to serve for health reasons.
A “wedding general” appeared in Georgia. Yesterday, the Georgian parliament unanimously adopted in the first reading amendments to the Constitution, curtailing the powers of the president of the country, reports RBC. The head of state will lose the opportunity to single-handedly, without the approval of the parliament, dissolve the government.
The Kommersant newspaper notes that the President of Georgia for the new status resembles a "wedding general." Analysts talk about the decline of the Saakashvili era and predict the emergence of a new leader in the United National Movement party.
The scandal between India and Italy. Sergey Strokan told about him (Kommersant).
The scandal was caused by the refusal of Rome to hand over Delhi to Italian marines, who mistakenly shot Indian fishermen. Coming crisis in relations between India and the EU. The Indian Supreme Court banned the Italian ambassador from leaving the country before 2 in April, which put the EU in front of the problem: how to resolve the conflict in the interests of the member country and not to quarrel with the third Asian economy, attractive to European investors.
Delhi suggests that India should move the conflict with Rome into the plane of its relations with the EU. The head of the Takshashila Institution, an independent research center, Nitin Pie called on the Indian authorities to "bring to the attention of Brussels, Berlin, Paris and London that Delhi will place the entire European Union responsible for the behavior of Italy."
Confirming that the EU leadership is beginning to understand the need to take a tougher stance towards Delhi, was a new statement by Catherine Ashton: "Any restrictions on the freedom of movement of the Italian Ambassador to India will be contrary to international obligations under the Vienna Convention."
NASA: Chinese are not allowed. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration strengthens security at its facilities, blocking access to them by citizens of a number of countries. This was stated by its director, Charles Bolden, at the hearings in the US Congress. The measures were strengthened after the arrest of 16 in March at the Chinese airport named after Dulles, a native of China, Bo Jiang, who had previously worked at NASA under a contract. The arrest was made by the FBI agents at the moment when Bo Jian was already sitting on the plane that was going to fly to Beijing, reports Finance.ua with reference to ITAR-TASS. As Congressman Frank Wolfe reported at the hearing, Bo Jiang tried to take a huge amount of documentation related to information technology to the PRC.
It was decided to close access to the NASA electronic database for citizens of the People's Republic of China and a number of other countries working at various facilities of the US space agency. To what extent this measure will be temporary, the test will show, which, according to Bolden, is designed to find out whether there is a risk of leakage of documents, in particular, relating to export controls. So far, a foreigner has been denied access to the NASA database by 281, of which 192 are citizens of the PRC.
A moratorium has also been introduced on providing access to NASA facilities for citizens of Myanmar, Eritrea, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Uzbekistan.
Arctic thoughts of Japan. In Japan, he was appointed ambassador for the Arctic issues, which should strengthen the ground for the country to become a permanent observer in the Arctic Council, reports "War and Peace" with reference to the Barents Observer.
Waiting for the expansion of commercial use of sea routes in a warming climate, the Japanese government appointed the ambassador for cultural exchange, Masuo Nishibayashi, at the same time ambassador for Arctic issues. Mr. Nishibayashi will attend the meetings of the Arctic Council as soon as Japan receives a pass to this organization. “... Japan would like to assure the Council that it has the mood and the ability to make a useful and significant contribution to the work of the Council as a permanent observer,” the statement said from 2012 of the year.
Julia Gillard apologized for what was half a century ago. The Australian Prime Minister apologized on behalf of the state to single mothers who were forced to give away their children for adoption to full families in 1950 — 1970's. Reports about it "Lenta.ru" with reference to The Australian.
About 800 people affected by past policies attended the event in the parliament, ABC News reports. “We condemn the shameful practice that deprived you, mothers, of your basic rights and obligations, namely, to love and care for your children,” said Julia Gillard.
To support single mothers without children, the government will set up a fund in the amount of 5 million Australian dollars. With this money, women will be able to receive psychological help, as well as some services, including the search for their biological children. Another 1,5 million Australian dollars will be allocated to the national archival service for the organization of an exhibition on the policy of coercion to abandon children.
Lenta recalls that in February 2012 of the year, the Australian Senate issued a report stating the policy of depriving single mothers of children in 1950-1970's and recommended that the Prime Minister apologize for the actions of the authorities. The document says that single Australian mothers were often forced to sign documents on the refusal of children by deception, either they did it under the influence of drugs, or women were forcibly sent to hospital for treatment, and then deprived of their parental rights. By the way, such a policy enjoyed the support of the church and charitable organizations.
From 1951 to 1975 a year about 150 thousands of mothers abandoned their children. It is no longer possible to find out which of them did it voluntarily, and who - under duress.
New Zealand: EU scenario for Cyprus? The government of New Zealand pushes a solution to the problem of bankruptcy, according to which small depositors will lose part of their savings, which will be used to finance the rescue package to banks, reports Mixednews.ru with reference to scoop.co.nz.
For the so-called "Open Banking Resolution" in favor Finance Minister Bill English. If the bank is bankrupt, then in accordance with the "OBR" all of its depositors simultaneously lose some of their savings. They will go to save the bank.
Interrupted negotiations. Alexander Korchnitsky (Utro.ru), referring to the "Associated Press", said that the Venezuelan government broke off negotiations with the United States to improve relations.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua accused Assistant US Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Robert Jacobson of supporting presidential candidate from the opposition Enrique Capriles. “We want normal relations with the United States based on mutual respect. I hope they will improve, and the US intervention will stop, ”the Foreign Minister said at a press conference. The authorities of Venezuela, according to Howa, "suspended all negotiations that began at the Jacobson call in November last year." The dialogue will resume only after it becomes clear what kind of relations with Venezuela the United States is counting on, the minister said. At the same time, he noted that diplomatic and consular relations between the two countries will continue.
Ownership rights in Colorado are limited. weapons. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed a law restricting the rights of weapon owners in the state. According to BBC News, the new law prohibits completing semi-automatic rifles with shops with a volume exceeding 15 cartridges. The law introduces mandatory checks of people who want to buy weapons, passes "Lenta.ru".
This step was welcomed by representatives of the liberal public, believing that such measures would avoid mass killings.
The Conservatives of Colorado, on the contrary, criticized the actions of the governor and immediately submitted to the local parliament two bills on the abolition of the restrictions imposed. The Republicans of Colorado expressed confidence that the current state governor and the composition of parliament "will incur electoral responsibility" for gun restraints.
Does not waste time and the NSA.
NSA begins a lawsuit with the governor of the state of New York As the correspondent RIA "Novosti" Larisa SaenkoThe US National Rifle Association reported that it is suing New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, accusing him of violating the US Constitution, the second amendment of which guarantees the Americans the right to protect life and property with arms in their hands.
The National Rifle Association intends to defend the second amendment of the Constitution and all law-abiding residents of the state of New York. Governor Cuomo and the legislature violated the democratic process of passing laws, infringing on the rights of gun owners without public hearings and public opinion. We will not tolerate disrespect for the rights of New Yorkers and the constitution, "- said in a statement received by RIA" Novosti ".
In January, Comrade Cuomo signed a law on arms control, limiting the store’s capacity to seven rounds, prohibiting insane people from having weapons and demanding arms dealers to report all sales to the authorities. True, yesterday the American media reported that the governor is ready to go to soften the law, which should gain legislative force from 15 in April of this year. He intends to lift the limit on the size of a small arms shop, in which, however, it will be impossible to hold more than seven cartridges, regardless of its capacity.
Microsoft: tens of thousands of queries. Microsoft, for the first time yesterday, disclosed data on the number of user information requests from law enforcement agencies in the United States and other countries, reports correspondent ITAR-TASS Alexander Urusov.
The corporation noted: "In this report, we provided information about the requests of law enforcement agencies, since we consider it important to inform the public about the access of these structures to customer bases."
The requested data related to Outlook, SkyDrive, Xbox Live, Messenger, Skype, etc. In 2012, the corporation received a total of over 75,3 thousand requests from US and other government agencies, responding to 78% of them. Fully disclosed data were only in 2,2% of cases. Statistics show that foreign companies turned to Microsoft 59 thousand 592 times. The corporation cooperated including with France, Germany, Turkey, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, etc. This statistic does not take into account requests for information from owners of Skype profiles. In this segment, 4 ths. 713 requests were received.
The list of requested data could include both IP addresses, last names, postal addresses, and personal correspondence, documents and photographs, that is, all user content stored on company’s servers.
“Before answering the request, we demand to provide us with court orders or equivalent documents, then check the legality of the request, carefully review it and, after making expert conclusions, decide to open the information,” explained Microsoft.
Two thousand grave mistakes. American, who was imprisoned in the 23 prison of the year on the erroneous charge of murder, 21 March was released in the courtroom. Reports about it "The Wall Street Journal", writes "Lenta.ru". David Ranta was acquitted by the court of Brooklyn due to the lack of direct evidence of his guilt.
Ranta was sentenced to 37 years in prison in 1991. According to the investigation, a year earlier, Ranta, trying to rob a courier who was carrying jewelery, fired a pistol at the Hasidic Rabbi Haskel of Werzberger. The rabbi, who was a random witness to the robbery, died four days later. The convict denied his guilt and appealed the verdict twice, but they were rejected.
In 2011, the investigation was resumed. By this time, several witnesses refused to testify. One of them, who was 1990 years old in 13, said that the investigators had forced him to testify. Later, two other witnesses refused to testify. In addition, during the investigation of the case numerous violations were committed.
According to a study conducted by two American universities and published in 2012, more than 1989 people mistakenly convicted of serious crimes have been released since 2000 in the United States.
From what the other day America will die. Art Kashin from UBS writes: “Republics have the potential to live in 200 years”, reports Mixednews.ru with reference to "Business Insider". Kashin reminds of the prophetic (it is possible that a fictitious) quotation by Alexander Tytler (1747-1813) from a book titled “The Decline and Fall of the Athenian Republic”:
“Democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can exist only as long as voters do not discover that they themselves can “nagolosit” bounty at the expense of the treasury. And from this point on, the majority always votes for those candidates who promise them more bounty at the expense of the state, which in the end always ends with the collapse of democracy due to the loss of financial responsibility, after which the dictatorship always follows. The average lifespan for the great civilizations of the world before their downturn was 200 years. These nations developed in such a sequence: from slavery to spiritual faith, from faith to great courage, from courage to freedom, from freedom to abundance, from abundance to egoism, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from addiction back to slavery. ”
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