Is Iraq going to civil war? The number of victims of demonstrators clashes with police in Iraq has reached 54 people, reports RIA News" with reference to France Press. The unrest was caused by the death of about 30 people during the dispersal of a demonstration in the village of Al-Huweija near Kirkuk.
The incident in Al Huweija occurred on Tuesday morning. The police invaded the Sunni demonstration campground, who were opposed to the Prime Minister’s course, and tried to disperse them. Shots were heard from both sides of the conflict.
Recently in Iraq, reminds RIA "News”, There is a rise in tensions associated with the confrontation of the largest Islamic communities - Sunnis and Shiites. During the rule of Saddam Hussein, the Sunnis occupied a dominant position in the government of Iraq, but after the invasion of the United States and the overthrow of Hussein, the Shiites pressed the Sunnis.
The site Kurdistan.ru It is indicated that the confrontation between demonstrators and army forces in Havij (Kirkuk province) threatens to develop into a civil war. The number of injured exceeded two hundred. Reported 36 dead. Part of the wounded was transported by ambulances of Iraqi Kurdistan for treatment from Kirkuk to the capital of Kurdistan - Erbil. There are reports of the transfer of part of the officers of the Iraqi army to the side of the demonstrators.
Attacks on demonstrators provoked a counterstrike. In Havij, attacks on army forces occurred. Killed 13 soldiers.
There were also clashes between the army and the demonstrators in Slemanbeg, Kirkuk province. Details unknown.
Yesterday, President Barzani made a statement in which he condemned the bloodshed and the use of the army to resolve domestic issues. Barzani ordered to prepare all the hospitals of Kurdistan to receive the wounded.
The provincial council of Kirkuk, together with all the provincial political parties, including Kurdish, at an urgent press conference spoke out against violence and condemned the army’s attack on the demonstrators.
The Prime Minister of Iraq, Nuri al-Maliki, ordered the creation of a commission to investigate the clashes.
Bishops are released from captivity. Two Christian bishops captured on April 22 by militants in Syria are released. This was reported by a representative of the church in Damascus. According to an association based in Rome to assist Christian churches in the Middle East, both bishops are now safe in Aleppo. The EFE agency notes that according to some data, the UN special representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, the Greek Foreign Ministry and the Russian Orthodox Church were involved in the negotiations on the release of the bishops. On the question of who needed the abduction, "Voice of Russia" responded Syrian human rights activist and personal friend of the abducted metropolitans, Vail Alas.
“I believe that the main goal was to incite interfaith hostility in Syria. Gangsters need to push Muslims and Christians in our country. And if we talk about who did it, then the answer to this question is clear. They were kidnapped by Chechen fighters from Jabhat al-Nusra, who call themselves the “Hare ed-Din al-Zarkali” detachment. Yesterday, two metropolitan met to try to free the two clergymen kidnapped in the Aleppo area three months ago. After long negotiations, the metropolitans agreed to release the captured priests, but they themselves fell into the trap of terrorists. Militants stopped the car, in which the metropolitan went and killed the deacon - their driver - and burned the car.
Vail Malas also explained that the opposition in Syria is terrorist. All their battalions, he said, bear the names of terrorists and jihadists, and all the militants joining the opposition take the names of the terrorists killed earlier. These people kidnap and kill everyone who calls for peace. Islamic preachers who are against the war, they also kill.
Golos Rossii reminds that earlier militants captured two Christian bishops near the Syrian-Turkish border. One of them is the head of the Diocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in Aleppo, Gregory Ibrahim, the second is the Metropolitan of the Greek Orthodox Church from the same city, Pavel Yazigi.
The opposition National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces stated that government forces were behind the abduction of the bishops.
Syria's economy is strong. Source SANA at the office of the Association of Arab Exporters and Importers in Syria, said that the Syrian economy is still strong, despite the difficult conditions the country is experiencing, and sabotage on infrastructure facilities.
State trade, industrial and agricultural enterprises continue to operate. The main products - bread, sugar, rice, as well as fuel and medicines are provided to citizens at discounted prices.
The source pointed out that bilateral treaties were signed with many countries; goods are being imported and exported, especially from neighboring countries. Production did not stop, despite attempts by armed groups to undermine it. The price increase is not due to the shortage of goods, but to the fact that some merchants use the crisis situation in the country for profit.
Chemical series failed? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not confirm the statements made by the chief analyst of Israeli intelligence, Brigadier General Itai Brun, that the Syrian regime actually used a chemical weapon against the Syrian rebels and the civilian population. About this, US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday at a NATO conference, reports MIGnews.com.
Kerry told reporters at a NATO conference in Brussels: “I talked to Prime Minister Netanyahu this morning. I think it would be fair on my part to report that he could not confirm this fact in our conversation. ”
Add from yourself: how can you call something a “fact” in case of refutation?
MIGnews recalls that previously the head of the IDF's military intelligence research and analysis department, Itai Brun, made a statement that President Asad was using chemical weapons against the 19 rebels in March. Speaking at a security conference in Tel Aviv, Brun said that based on photographs of the victims in Syria, the size of the pupils and foam from the mouth can be concluded that Assad's troops used the deadly nerve gas sarin as a weapon of mass destruction.
Amin Syed: Israel and the United States unleashed a civil war in Syria. The head of Hezbollah’s political council, Amin Syed, accused Israel and the United States of organizing a civil war in Syria, reports MIGnews.com.
Speaking in a village in the Bekaa Valley, Syed said: “Those who came up with the project for the destruction of Syria, those who are behind this project are Israel and the United States. The bloodshed in Syria is their work. ” He added: “Who needs the destruction of Syria, who is interested in it? Please, Israeli leaders openly declare to you that the fall of the Syrian president is their absolute goal and any alternative will be better for Israel. ”
Sheikh Sayed also said that the countries of the region are nothing more than tools in the hands of Israel and the United States.
Syed explained what Syria is to Hezbollah: “We consider Syria, the state and the people to be our strategic rear. Because the Syrian people supported the Lebanese Resistance, the enemies decided to attack this strategic rear. ”
Syed called on the Syrians to unite and "shed their blood for the benefit of Syria, not the Zionists and the Americans."
"The terrorist attack" in the White House. Obama is "wounded." Hackers cracked the “Associated Press” account on Twitter and spread false information about the terrorist attack in the White House, reports MIGnews.com.
In a fake tweet, it was said that there were two explosions in the White House, and the US President was injured: "Urgent news: two explosions in the White House, and Barack Obama was injured."
Responsibility for hacking was taken over by the Syrian Electronic Army, posting a message about this on its Twitter page.
Pepper, who understood the rights of Jews and non-Jews. Brigadier General Rafi Peretz, the chief rabbi of the Israeli army, believes that non-Jews in Israel should not have equal rights with Jews, writes Mixednews.ru with reference to the Iranian channel Press TV.
According to the rabbi, the idea of equal rights of Jews and goyim in Israel is contrary to the principles of the Torah.
True, many researchers believe that the current Torah was distorted and does not contain the original teachings of the prophet Moses.
The findings of Pepper, resembling outright racism, are contained in a book called The Laws of Mezuzah, published by the rabbinate of the Israeli army.
The authors of this book, which was distributed to Israeli military bases, are the rabbis captain Alexander Rons, captain Dov Berkovich and captain Ananias Shafran.
The book advocates the introduction of mezuzahs that would be fastened by Jews to the doorjamb at military bases as a sign of faith.
Russian pilot in captivity at the Taliban. Afghan Taliban are not reporting whether they are ready to release Pavel Petrenko, a Russian pilot who remains hostage, from captivity, according to "Vesti".
According to the Turkish Anatolian news agency, the Taliban militants were confident that there were American citizens aboard the Mi-8. The Turks, who were on board, are not interested in them as hostages. They promised to release them.
"Vesti" remind that the helicopter made an emergency landing in the province of Logar on April 21. The Taliban captured passengers and crew members - just 10 people.
Barricades on the South Korean border. As transmits correspondent RIA "Novosti" Daria Krutov, in North Korea collect anti-tank structures from logs, cobblestones and cement in the territory bordering South Korea. This is the agency "Renhap" with reference to the Chinese channel "Beijing TV".
This morning, this television channel showed how the military of North Korea is building huge concrete columns on the border territory. According to the channel, the barricades will hold back Tanks and other South Korean military equipment in the event of hostilities.
The TV channel noted that the construction of anti-tank barricades is not at all trivial, and suggested that the DPRK leadership is preparing for war.
The Chinese have Senkaku. The eight patrol vessels of the People's Republic of China entered the zone near the Senkaku Islands; "Vesti" with reference to ITAR-TASS.
Japanese border guards radioed a request to the Chinese patrol to leave the territorial waters of Japan.
Little New Zealand. In the previous "Geopolitical mosaic" it was told that a small child had been taken away from Russian parents in New Zealand. Today we received new information on this topic.
As the RIA News", the half-month-old girl, whom the authorities of New Zealand have taken away from Russian parents, does not have RF citizenship. This was stated by Nikolai Barabanov, Counselor of the Russian Embassy in New Zealand.
He said: “Her parents have Russian citizenship, and they had to come to the embassy and apply for citizenship to the child. It is issued in a simplified manner. But since the girl is not issued, then in fact the birth certificate she has is New Zealand. So she is a New Zealand citizen. ”
He was at a loss to clarify whether the child was returned to the family, as was previously announced. The diplomat said: “So far I have no information about this.”
As the Russian Foreign Ministry said earlier, the girl was officially taken out of the family due to the need to investigate the circumstances of the child’s injury.
NATO is disappointed with Moscow. In Brussels, the Russian-NATO Council was held at the level of foreign ministers. As before, the parties again did not agree on the well-known problem of the American missile defense system. Summing up the meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov once again reminded the Russian position that it does not change: cooperation in this direction can be carried out only with “clear, unequivocal guarantees” of the non-directionality of the European missile defense system against Russia, reports Newsru.com with links to Interfax, Gazetu.ru and Kommersant.
Comrade Lavrov noted that Moscow is studying the proposals that were passed by the Americans on the further development of the dialogue on missile defense, "taking into account what is happening in the plans of the United States and, of course, taking into account Russian interests."
NATO noted that in Brussels they are tired of the position of Moscow, which does not want to participate in the development of missile defense on an alliance basis, but at the same time rejects any counter proposals. One of the unnamed interlocutors of Gazety.ru (a senior NATO official) called the negotiation process on this topic “several years of disappointment.”
Brussels is perplexed about the fact that the missile defense issue has become a stumbling block for Moscow, and they doubt that in the near future they will be able to achieve progress in this area.
At the Russia-NATO Council, we managed to reach agreements on other topics. It was announced the expansion of cooperation in Afghanistan and the deepening of joint efforts of Moscow and the alliance in the fight against terrorism, indicates "Kommersant". They also discussed the problems of drug trafficking, the aggravation of the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the crisis in Syria.
The main result of the meeting in Brussels was an agreement on the start of the second phase of the trust fund for the maintenance of Russian helicopters in Afghanistan. The project involves ten countries that have transferred to the fund about 20 million dollars. With these funds, Afghan technicians are trained and Mi-17 serviced. At the second stage of the program, other types of helicopters (Mi-35) will be serviced.
After the explosions in Boston, the parties agreed to strengthen cooperation in the fight against terrorism. In June, Russian and NATO experts will test a jointly developed remote search system for Standex explosives in the Paris metro. Source "Gazety.ru" in NATO said that the second stage of testing will be held in St. Petersburg. The system is planned to operate during the Olympic Games in Sochi.
331 - for, 225 - against. French deputies approved a bill on same-sex marriages, now it remains to be signed by President Hollande. The opposition intends to seek the abolition of the law in the Constitutional Council, reports Interfax.
As French media reported, the 331 MP voted in favor of the law, the 225 MPs were not told by the law.
According to Figaro, the association of LGBT organizations in France, Enter-LGBT, took the news of the adoption by the French parliament of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage with delight. “This is a victory of equality and democracy. This release after years of struggle for equality, ”said the organization.
But the French opposition said it would seek the abolition of the adopted law in the Constitutional Council. A group of French senators filed an appeal to the Constitutional Council to declare the new law violating the constitution. Opposition senators believe that this law is contrary to the existing rules of international civil law. Also, in their opinion, “the definition of marriage, being a fundamental principle recognized by the laws of the Republic, cannot be changed by adopting an ordinary law”.
Yesterday, thousands of policemen and water cannons were pulled around the Bourbon palace, where the deputies met, about 1 were pulled together. Additional security measures are taken at the Elysée Palace and the residence of the Prime Minister. Paris police are preparing for large-scale protests.
As for Russia, its Foreign Ministry announced in February its intention to amend the agreement on the adoption of Russian children in countries where same-sex marriages are legalized. Russia will not allow homosexual families to adopt their orphans, Pavel Astakhov told Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
As reported today correspondent ITAR-TASS Sergey Shcherbakov, opponents of the legalization of same-sex marriage in France besieged the parliament building. In the direction of the police, cordoned off the area and stood in the way of the protesters, flying plastic bottles and firecrackers. However, we are talking about isolated groups of radical youth. Most protesters express discontent in a peaceful manner.
But in Lyon, police detained a 15 man during a protest rally. A crowd of people dissatisfied with the result of voting in the National Assembly, tried to block the movement of a major national highway.
Proponents of same-sex marriage legalization and minority rights activists gathered on the other side of the Seine, in the Marais quarter. "Finally, same-sex couples will receive recognition at the legislative level, along with everyone else," said representatives of the movement in support of "marriage for all."
The place was not chosen by chance: the mayor of this district, Christophe Girard, does not hide his belonging to the gay community and told reporters that he began to prepare for marriage with a partner.
Venezuela can apply sanctions to the United States. The Venezuelan government threatened the United States with sanctions of a “trade, energy, economic and political nature,” said the head of the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry, Elias Jaua, in an interview with local media on Monday, reports "Vzglyad.ru" with reference to ITAR-TASS.
The Minister rejected a statement by the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roberta Jacobson, who spoke in favor of a recount of votes cast in the early presidential elections in Venezuela. “We categorically reject Mrs. Roberta Jacobson’s statement,” Howa told Telesur, noting that the “gravest” in her words is that she “threatens Venezuela with imposing sanctions.”
In response to this, “we are ready to take measures of a commercial, energy, economic and political nature against the United States,” the head of the Foreign Ministry said.
According to the Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce, as a result of last year, imports from the United States to Venezuela grew by almost 43% and reached in monetary terms 17,6 billion dollars. The volume of bilateral trade amounted to 56,3 billion. Venezuelan exports reached 38,7 billion, of which 37,4 billion (i.e. almost all) were oil and oil products. To date, the US imports about 900 thousand barrels of Venezuelan oil per day.
Your home is a prison. As transmits correspondent RIA "News" Alexander SolovskyIris Varela, Minister of Corrections of Venezuela, believes that a prison cell awaits former presidential candidate Enrique Capriles. Iris blamed him for the riots and deaths that followed the vote count.
At a press conference broadcast on the state television channel VTV, the head of the Venezuelan penitentiary system said: “The only good news for you, Capriles, is that the prison that awaits you will have the opportunity to work. We'll see if we can change your fascist thinking and turn you into a person. ” Varela added with irony: "I guarantee that no one will touch you there."
She also said: “The rehabilitation sessions for rehabilitation will begin, which I think you need because your vices give rise to violence. You, whose eyes are full of hatred, look like a person under the influence of hallucinogens. ”
The crisis in the US is growing. Sequestration of the budget and the forced leave of employees of airports and airlines caused by it led to a delay of 1,2 thousand flights only on Monday, according to the Federal Civil Administration aviation USA.
According to the department, problems with insufficient number of staff to ensure full-fledged work have arisen at the airports of Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, reports today correspondent RIA "News" Peter Martynychev.
Elvis double was not going to poison anyone. Prosecutors dropped charges against Paul Curtis, suspected of sending ricin letters to American politicians. Reports about it "Lenta.ru" with reference to Reuters.
The decision to withdraw the charges was made on the basis that "during the investigation, new information was obtained." The prosecutor's office did not give any details.
The fact that the charges were dropped, it became known several hours after Curtis was released on bail. He was released from prison after not having found any trace of ricin during searches in his house and car.
On the other suspects in the case of sending letters, nothing is yet known. Meanwhile, according to the Associated Press, yesterday the police conducted a search of a certain Mississippi resident within the framework of this investigation.
As previously reported by the media, Curtis believed in the existence of a government conspiracy against him. He also believed that the authorities intentionally impede the activities of his company engaged in cleaning the premises.
Some details about the life of Mr. Curtis are in the last "The results of the week".
Johar can escape the death penalty. "Vesti" with reference to the Boston Gerald, it is reported that Johar Tsarnaev has a chance to avoid the death penalty. This is possible if he proves that his elder brother forced him to prepare for the terrorist attack.
Having placed the blame on Tamerlane, 19-year-old Johar will be able to count on a softening of the sentence: as a teenager who has been affected by an adult’s ill effects.
Under American law, Johar is a minor. It is still not known whether he knew that there was an explosive device in his backpack, and whether he consciously brought it into action.
American nest of Islamists. About failures of the American special services writes the Foreign Policy magazine, report "Vesti". The publication claims that for decades, Boston was the den of the Islamists, who recruited fighters for themselves. They also raised money for Chechen extremists.
An example is the organization Al Kifah Center, later renamed CARE International. In search of supporters and sponsors, its representatives calmly went to mosques and universities, and the money was sent to Chechnya. At the beginning of the two thousandth, due to the increased attention of the FBI, the organization fell apart, but the echo of its propaganda in Boston is still alive today.
Obama talked with Putin, and the Americans came to Dagestan. Yesterday, a group of employees of the US Embassy in Moscow arrived in Dagestan to interview the parents of the brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, reports "Lenta.ru" with reference to ABC News.
Russian authorities are assisting the FBI in investigating explosions. According to Zubaydat Tsarnaeva, her and her husband will be interrogated by Russian and American investigators. She stated that the only fault of her sons was that they were Muslims.
The arrival of American specialists in Dagestan was preceded by a telephone conversation between the presidents of the United States and the Russian Federation, during which Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin agreed to cooperate in investigating the Boston terrorist attack.
According to the channel, the Americans intend to find out what Tamerlan Tsarnaev was doing in Dagestan during his visit to this region in 2012. Basically, they are interested in whether he made acquaintances among local radicals engaged in building an “Islamic Emirate” in the North Caucasus. Earlier, representatives of the Islamists said that they are not fighting against the United States, and their only enemy is Russia.
The members of the Tsarnaev family have already stated that Tamerlan was carried away by the ideas of radical Islam while in Dagestan. What exactly prompted him to this, the Americans who have arrived there hope to find out.
Version of the supporters of the "conspiracy theory". Konstantin Kerubov ("Voice of Russia") reports that, after analyzing photos from the finish of the Boston Marathon, American bloggers found suspicious people in uniform from the private security organization "The Craft".
Conspiracy theorists have put forward alternative versions of what happened. On alarmist sites, Natural News and infowars.com (created by Alex Jones) rely on images for at least five people whose pants are part of a Battle Dress Uniform uniform and wearing the same black jackets on top. with a skull logo that resembles the informal emblem of the fur seal divisions. According to bloggers, the photographs depicted employees of the security company "The Craft International". Users found that they were near the scene, a minibus was standing nearby with a folded plate of special communications, and immediately after the attack the organization’s employees were spotted with a weapon and a Geiger counter.
Also, users noticed that the backpack in which the explosive device was activated was very similar to that carried by The Craft employees.
The version about the participation of this company in the attack was immediately picked up by alarmist Jones, who is widely known for his notions about the "conspiracy theory".
In the imagination of this guy can not refuse. He stated that the attack was planned by the US authorities in order to accuse the radical conservatives from the Republican Tea Party movement and push the increase in powers of law enforcement agencies. He next put forward a different version: the attack was intended to distract the public from the publication of a report on torture of prisoners in secret CIA prisons, which cast a shadow on the administration of both George W. Bush and Obama.
It’s possible that we’ll add that the third version is about to appear, according to which the attack was organized personally by Special Agent Obama at the command of his Russian curator Putin. Why should Jones not work on the Chechen roots of the famous Islamist Barak?
Raised by the Net and America. "InoPressa" made a review on the topic of the day under the heading: "It seems that" homegrown terrorists "brought up the Internet." Retell some episodes.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, reports "Le Figaro", claims that he independently learned how to make explosive devices using the Internet. Answering the question of the investigation about the accomplices and customers of the terrorist attack, Johar wrote that he and his brother Tamerlane acted alone. He also mentioned the “growing hatred of a brother for America and its“ unjust wars ”against Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
"The Washington Post" writes: "He was first responsible before the court during an unusual closed hearing: a federal judge and several lawyers went to his hospital."
The Daily Beast columnist Eli Lake wondered why the FBI was not very serious about Russia's request to check on Tamerlan Tsarnaev? US intelligence officials told a journalist: The FBI had good reasons, because the FSB has a habit of perceiving many of the actions of Chechens as suspicious and related to terrorism. According to their suggestion, the request for Tsarnaev was probably caused by the FSB fears that he would join the ranks of the Chechen rebels in Russia or support them, and not by any sense of a threat to US interests.
“The FSB is angry at many Chechens. Not all of them are terrorists, and even fewer among them are those who are dangerous for the United States, ”said Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and the National Security Agency.
FBI officials also noted: the FSB request was received at a time when Russian-American relations were tense. The United States suspected that Russian military intelligence was behind the bombings in Georgia, including the US embassy.
American investigators are studying Russian intelligence that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, during a trip to Russia in 2012, met with a possible fighter for whom the Russian authorities were shadowing, according to The Wall Street Journal. We are talking about at least six meetings of Tamerlane and a certain action movie. The article says that the Russian authorities conducted an operation against the militants. A friend of Tsarnaev was killed, and he left the country.
Senator Lindsay Graham called for a hearing on how the FBI approached the case of Tsarnaev. After all, the Russian authorities issued warnings about the threat of Chechen separatism, but US officials considered that Russia is taking advantage of this problem in order to target its political opponents.
Steffen Richter in Die Zeit points out that both brothers are so-called homegrown terrorists. Neither Tamerlane nor Dzhokhar lived in Chechnya during the two Chechen campaigns. They left the troubled Dagestan when the youngest was 9 years old, and the oldest was 16. Growing up brothers passed in the United States. Therefore, they should be considered as "homegrown terrorists."
The United States and the Chechen terrorists are two pair of boots. Mixednews.ru, ссылаясь на washingtonsblog.com, talks about the documentary evidence that al-Qaida’s support by the United States led to the 11 events of September 2011, and the United States is the world's largest sponsor of terrorism. Former FBI agent Colin Rowley (man of the year according to Time magazine for 2002 a year) draws attention to the fact that the neocons also supported Chechen terrorists in order to challenge Russia. Tell about it.
Bloggers refer to John Laughland's 2004 article in the British Guardian, under the heading "Chechen American Friends: Washington Neocons' Commitment to the War on Terror Loses in Chechnya, which they have made their own."
Comrade Laughland wrote: “The main organization defending the Chechen business is the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya (AKMCH). The list of self-styled "eminent Americans" who are its members is the payroll of the most prominent neo-conservatives who are so enthusiastically in favor of a "war on terror."
Here and Richard Pearl, the infamous Pentagon adviser, and Elliot Abrams, famous for the Iran-Contra affair, and Kenneth Adelman, the former US ambassador to the UN, incited to invade Iran, promising that it will become an “easy walk”, and Midge Decter, biographer of Donald Rumsfeld and director of the Heritage Foundation, and Frank Gaffney from the militarist Center for Security Policy, and Bruce Jackson, a former US military intelligence officer and once Vice President of Lockheed Martin, now President of the American Committee for NATO Affairs , and Michael Ledin from American of the Institute of Entrepreneurship, a former fan of Italian fascism, and now a leading supporter of regime change in Iran, and R. James Woolsey, a former CIA director, a leading member of the support group behind George Bush’s plans to reformat the Muslim world.
David Wiegel ("Slate"source of translation - "InoSMI"). In the article entitled “Today we are all Russians” and subtitled “Even the American neocons were for the Chechens before taking a stand against them” he writes with irony that if the Russian president today draws some attention to Washington, then he understand how quickly Americans can change their point of view.
“... A week ago, Putin was a dictator for them, representing an intangible threat. And today he is a visionary ally who said that two Muslim brothers with Chechen roots by the name of Tsarnaev will bring us trouble. Jacob Heilbrann asks if the bombings in Boston have become a rehab for Putin. My colleague Fred Kaplan reports that “the Russian special services are actively fighting against the Chechen radicals,” and concludes that “Boston can give two countries a chance to start all over again.”
Speaking about, the journalist writes that Putin could be right about Chechnya - this has not happened for many years.
During the second Chechen war, observers working in Russia, such as Anne Applebaum, returned from there with ominous stories about how the Yeltsin government paints all Chechens black and calls them terrorists.
In 1999, a group of foreign policy figures, “neo-conservatives,” created the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya. Having settled at the base of the center for the promotion of democracy “Freedom House”, this committee held meetings, published articles - in general, says the journalist, persistently heightened the awareness of citizens about how cruel these Russians are.
Then it's Putin time. “Putin didn’t come to us with clean hands about his attitude towards Muslims,” Stephen Schwartz wrote after the September 11 events on the pages of the Weekly Standard. “In their new efforts to find allies and supporters among Muslims, Americans can only harm our cause if they have the impression that they agree to ill-treatment a small and isolated people.”
Agitation for the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and statements of solidarity with moderate Chechens, thus, sounded at the same time. The American Peace Committee for Chechnya has achieved practical success. He held a peaceful summit in August 2002 of the year (in the territory of Liechtenstein). Some people listed as members of this committee, such as Eliot Cohen, say they once signed a letter on behalf of the organization. The long-term success of the American Peace Committee in Chechnya prevented Putin from calling his actions an integral part of the “global war on terror”.
In a Sunday speech, Boston conservative radio host Michael Graham asked Bill Kristol about what the Russians could teach America. “These are Russians,” Graham replied. “They are used to dealing with rude and cruel personalities.”
Kristol had to admit that the Russians did not act randomly on the issue with Tsarnaev: "They had a very detailed dossier about his contacts."
If the Conservatives want the Tsarnaevs to be considered “enemy combatants,” the author concludes, then they are fighters in the war that the Americans (as they thought) rejected many years ago.
Between Chechnya and the Czech Republic. Charlie Campbell ("Time"; source of translation - "InoSMI") quoted a line from Ambrose Beers: "War is the only way God can teach Americans geography." But, the journalist sarcastically remarks, despite all the lessons learned during the long war against terror, it would not hurt the Americans to learn more.
After the Boston bombings, the Czech embassy, the author recalls, issued a statement explaining that the suspects in the bombings are from Chechnya, not the Czech Republic. This happened after the anti-Czech statements filled social networks: a wave of obscene expressions flooded Twitter and Facebook. There were more restrained statements: “So the organizers of the terrorist attacks in Boston turned out to be 19-old Russians of Czech origin ... Why then?” Or this: “The guys who exploded in Boston were Czechs. Is this a 1980 year? ”
Tumblr even made a “shame list” of erroneous and malicious comments.
But the former secret services were also mistaken. For example, the ex-CIA agent, commenting on the progress of the operation to detain the alleged organizers of the terrorist attacks on CNN, confused Chechnya with the Czech Republic on the air.
Twitter users, as soon as their stupidity was discovered and ridiculed, removed messages about the Czech Republic from their microblogs.
And the parody site The Daily Currant released a satirical report about the Fox News interview with former US Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. She allegedly advises the US government to invade the Czech Republic.
Further, the author of the article, we note, gives information about Chechnya and the Czech Republic. He tries to enlighten Americans. But news users, often limited to reading only the first words in the headlines, are likely to again offer to attack the Czech Republic - to cover it with nuclear bombs and burn it with napalm. The first words of the title of the article to the network protest very much even have: "The Czech Republic after the explosions in Boston ..."
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