Open conversation. Polina Chernitsa ("Voice of Russia") spoke about the talks between the President of Russia and the Israeli Prime Minister.
“We have a common understanding that the continuation of the conflict in Syria may have the most disastrous consequences for the region,” said Vladimir Putin at a joint press conference with Benjamin Netanyahu. “To prevent a negative scenario can only be the earliest possible termination of the armed conflict and the transition to a political settlement. During this crucial period, it is especially important to avoid any actions that could shake the situation, ”the Russian president stressed.
In turn, the Israeli Prime Minister said that a long conversation took place in Sochi about the state of the Middle East region. “We openly explain our position to each other,” Netanyahu stressed.
He said that Israel "is committed to peace with its neighbors, but understands that today peace is being built only with strong states that are able to defend their borders." “It was and will be our task,” noted Mr. Netanyahu.
Secret consultations. The Palestinian newspaper Al-Manar writes about secret meetings in Ankara of the heads of special services and military departments of Turkey, Israel and a number of Arab countries, at which the failure of terrorist groups in Syria is discussed, reports SANA.
The newspaper writes that the meetings discuss ways to support Syrian militants and prevent desertion in their ranks, up to and including threats of physical elimination.
It is also noted that the militants surrender massively to the Syrian army in fear of being killed by their accomplices while crossing borders.
Sources confirmed that several days gathered in one of the headquarters of the Turkish special services to discuss the moral decline of the members of the groupings.
And the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan sent his representatives to a number of countries in the region to hold consultations and develop a plan to continue the conspiracy against the people and the state of the SAR, writes SANA. Sources say that the Turkish Prime Minister associated with the United States and Israel fears for the deterioration of the domestic political situation in the country.
Erdogan - resign! Turkish political scientists, journalists and writers have placed responsibility for the terrorist attacks in the Reikhanli on R.T. Erdogan’s government, writes SANA.
Local residents accused the Syrian Free Army of committing explosions and called for Erdogan and Davutoglu to resign. Erdogan’s erroneous anti-Syrian position led to the transformation of the border with Syria zone into a barracks, where militants are hiding and training, which negatively affects the security of the local population.
Erdogan's statement before leaving for the USA. Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday rejected a proposal for a joint with Damascus investigation of explosions on the Turkish-Syrian border, which thundered on 11 May, writes MIGnews.com.
Speaking at a press conference before leaving for the United States, Erdogan based his decision on the fact that "the current government in Damascus is illegal and does not recognize its people."
Heart and liver. A video appeared in the network: the commander of the Syrian "rebels" eats the human heart, reports "Sight" with reference to the American CNN channel.
In the video, a well-known rebel leader cuts a heart and a liver out of the body of a killed government soldier.
“By Allah, we will eat your hearts, you, soldiers of Bashar! You are dogs! Allah is great! Heroes of Baba Amr! We will rip out their hearts in order to eat them, ”the rebel says on the video, then bites off from the heart.
The representative of the opposition forces confirmed: the frames posted on the Web are genuine. He also stated that the incident was an isolated incident.
“This is not an ordinary man in the street who sits at home. He was killed two brothers, his mother and father were detained, and the rest of the family are among the displaced persons, ”said a spokesman for the opposition.
"Lenta.ru", referring to The Foreign Policy, cites the name and position of the cannibal: this is the commander of the "Omar Al-Faruk Brigade" Abu Sakkar. “The Foreign Policy” indicates that the record shows how Abu Sakkar cuts a heart and a liver from a fallen soldier of a government army, and then eats them. Moreover, he advises his comrades to follow his example.
As the newspaper notes, earlier Sakkar fought in the ranks of a large rebel organization in Homs, but was later expelled from there and organized his own unit, fighting for Quseir, located on the border with Lebanon.
According to State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell, reports correspondent ITAR-TASS Andrey Surzhansky, The United States brought to the attention of the Syrian opposition their concern about the video appearing with eating the heart.
“We are shocked by this video,” he said. “We clearly state that all parties to the conflict (in Syria) must follow international humanitarian law.”
Britain will give even more money to the Syrian opposition. Russia, as one of the leaders of the world community, has a duty to promote a political settlement of the situation in Syria. This position of the US government stated President Barack Obama. The American leader spoke at a joint press conference with Prime Minister David Cameron, which was the final chord of bilateral talks in Washington, broadcast "Vesti" with reference to ITAR-TASS.
“I think it’s not a secret to anyone that there remain persistent suspicions between Russia and other members of the G8, or the West as a whole. Several decades have passed since the end of the Cold War, but some of these suspicions still persist, ”Obama said.
Obama confirmed that Washington and London intend to jointly increase pressure on the Assad regime, as well as strengthen the moderate opposition of Syria. The United States will continue to work to establish the facts around the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Mr Cameron said that he had "very good talks with President Putin." Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States have a common interest in ensuring the stability and development of democracy in Syria, completing civil strife in it, and preventing "the growth of extremism and violence." According to Cameron, “we welcome President Putin’s agreement to join efforts aimed at reaching a political solution” in Syria.
According to Cameron, he insisted in Sochi that "Assad must leave." But Russia has a different point of view.
British Prime Minister said that London did not make the decision to proceed with the supply of weapons to the forces of the Syrian opposition. However, the UK will transmit to the Syrian opposition "armored vehicles, body armor and power generators." Moreover, the British authorities will double the volume of aid to the Syrian opposition in 2015.
Austria warns: to arm militants is wrong. In a message to EU member states, Austria warned of the dangerous consequences of the weapons of Syrian militants, writes SANA.
The message was published in the newspaper Dee Press. It stresses that Austria considers the supply of weapons to the militants of the Syrian opposition a violation of international law, EU laws, the UN Charter and the principle of non-interference in the affairs of sovereign states.
The message also warns against the danger of weapons falling into the hands of Dzhebkhat al-Nusra and other Islamist organizations.
SANA recalls that, apart from Austria, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania expressed categorical rejection of the armament of bandit groups in the SAR.
Brzezinski believes that intervention in Syria is not in the interests of the United States. Syrian conflict, the political scientist believes in the translation material published Mixednews.ru with reference to veteransnewsnow.com, is an interfaith war in an unstable region, has the potential to expand and directly threaten US interests, which will only intensify with the intervention of America.
The fight in Syria takes place between forces funded and armed by external sponsors, in particular, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Iran. Foreign religious groups that are not controlled directly by the sponsors are also involved in the war, namely, Sunni Salafis and Iranian militia linked to Iran, not to mention al-Qaeda militants who are extremely hostile towards the West. America’s involvement will only mobilize the most extreme elements of these factions against the US and will pose a threat that the conflict will spill over to the border countries and set fire to Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon. This risk was further aggravated by the recent Israeli bombardment of military facilities in Syria. Whatever their justification, the attack may convince some Arabs that there is an external conspiracy against them. This impression will only intensify if the United States enters the struggle.
The expansion of the regional conflict, the political analyst believes, could lead the United States and Iran into a direct clash. The confrontation between the United States and Iran connected with Syria can extend the conflict zone even to Afghanistan.
Russia will only benefit from the fact that the United States is again bogged down in the Middle East.
China will be outraged by America’s destabilization of the region, since Beijing needs stable access to energy from the Middle East.
The only solution Brzezinski sees is to seek the support of Russia and China in elections organized by the UN in Syria, in which Assad can be “persuaded” not to participate.
Al Qaeda flags. As Anna Dymova writes ("ANNA News"), the newspaper Sunday Telegraph published an article in which we are talking about participation in the Al-Qaeda Syrian war.
In the province of Rakka, after the seizure of a part of its territory by armed groups, black Al-Qaeda flags, known to the whole world, are flying over government buildings.
British journalists claim that among the spiritual leaders of armed groups are many sheikhs of the extremist Salafi movement. These religious leaders are calling for the restoration of sharia law and are promoting the introduction of so-called sharia courts with beatings, cutting off heads, hands and feet, and stoning.
Volga Wahhabis are fighting against Assad. In Tatarstan, there are attempts to recruit militants to be sent to Jihad in Syria. According to the correspondent Rosbalt The head of the Privolzhsky Center for Regional and Ethnic-Religious Studies of RISI, Rais Suleymanov, the number of people from the Volga region who are fighting in Syria against the government in Damascus, is estimated at 150-250 people.
Comrade Suleimanov recalled that a message was posted on social networks that a squad of "Tatar volunteers" had fallen into a difficult situation in Syria.
"It became known that 6 and 7 in May in the province of Aleppo, the Tatar detachment suffered heavy losses, 60% of people in the detachment died, and in addition, in the province of Damascus in the village of Harasta, another Tatar group was completely killed in the village," - It is reported on the activities of the Tatar Wahhabi militants.
“The sympathetic tone of presenting this information is striking,” comrade Suleimanov noted.
Russia and Azerbaijan: breaking the oil contract. Olga Samofalova ("Sight") said that the treaty that had been in force for seventeen years and provided Azerbaijan with preferential conditions for the transit of oil through Russian territory has now been broken.
The order to terminate the 5 contract in May was signed by Dmitry Medvedev. The document was published yesterday on the official portal of legal information. Medvedev instructed the Foreign Ministry to notify the Azerbaijani side about the decision.
As reported by Business-TASS, the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) stated that it did not receive notice of the termination of the agreement on the transit of oil via the Baku-Makhachkala-Novorossiysk pipeline.
According to the representative of Transneft, Igor Dyomin, the reason for the termination of the agreement is that for the last five years Azerbaijan has been pumping more than twice the amount of oil in Russian territory than it was laid down in the document.
As Demin explained, transit revenues did not cover the cost of maintaining the pipeline system in proper technological condition.
“Transneft” annually loses about 50 million dollars a year in this direction, company president Nikolai Tokarev said back in 2011.
Therefore, Moscow decided to terminate the agreement. Starting next year, transportation of Azerbaijani oil will be carried out on the basis of a commercial contract, Demin said.
No apartment, no pension. The son of Richard Sorge, who lives in Baku, turned out to be a homeless person. Reports about it "Lenta.ru" with reference to AZE.az.
He was left without an apartment and did not even receive a pension. Details not reported.
Who will get the Aini airfield? In Tajikistan, there is a backstage dispute over the Aini military airfield, located near Gissar. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Main Directorate of International Military Cooperation of the Ministry of Defense have already prepared a draft agreement on entering the object into the Russian military base in Tajikistan, but rumors are spreading in the Tajik media that Emomali Rakhmon is not averse to renting Aini to Americans, writes Rosbalt with reference to Nezavisimaya Gazeta.
In confirmation of this information, the fact that the transfer of the Russian airfield to the Tajik authorities so far refuses to consider is evidence of this.
Islamism is growing stronger in Kyrgyzstan. About twenty thousand supporters of the banned extremist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir are active in the republic. On this 13 May at a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Defense and Security, said Deputy Prime Minister for Security, Law and Order and State Border Issues Shamil Atakhanov, reports IA "REGNUM".
“Recently there has been a steady increase in non-traditional Islamist religious movements. Because of the increased danger on their part, a number of anti-terrorism exercises were conducted in all major regions of the country, ”Atakhanov emphasized.
According to him, supporters of Hizb ut-Tahrir are concentrated mainly in Talas and Chui oblasts, as well as in areas of Osh oblast.
Estonia: border project. At the proposal of the Estonian side, several points have been made to the draft border treaty being discussed by Russia and Estonia. Reports about it "Lenta.ru" with reference to "ERR".
In one of the points it is confirmed that the parties mutually refuse territorial claims. The other states that this agreement "without exception regulates matters relating to the state border."
The Estonian Foreign Ministry noted that the Russian side agreed with such formulations. According to the head of the ministry, Urmas Paet, the text of the treaty has been agreed, then it must be approved by the governments of both countries.
Lithuanian nationalists trampled on the Soviet flag. 14 May, the Lithuanian nationalists held an unauthorized action outside the building of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic. Reports about it "Lenta.ru" with reference to the REGNUM news agency. They trampled on a red cloth brought with a sickle and a hammer.
The action was arranged by representatives of the Union of Popular Youth. Thus, they decided to support young people who were detained earlier for trying to hang out a large anti-Soviet poster in Vilnius.
The leader of the SNM, Julius Punk, demanded an apology from the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, as well as the punishment of the police officers who conducted the detention.
As for stamping the flag of the USSR, according to the agency, the police did not interfere.
Obama opened to Putin. Barack Obama in a letter to Vladimir Putin proposed to develop a legally binding agreement on the exchange of information to confirm that the missile defense systems of the parties do not threaten the nuclear capabilities of the partners. Moscow does not mind, but intends to seek substantial guarantees of non-direction, writes RIA News" with reference to Kommersant.
The Obama message contains proposals for the development of trade and economic cooperation and touched upon issues of military-technical cooperation, including missile defense and nuclear issues. Putin said that he was preparing a response to the letter and was looking forward to meeting Obama in the near future.
In the letter, the President of the United States proposes "to develop a legally binding agreement on transparency, which would include the exchange of information in confirmation that our programs do not pose a threat to the forces of deterrence of each other."
Obama also speaks of further reductions in armaments and expresses his readiness to "take new decisive steps to move further away from obsolete nuclear concepts of the Cold War era."
Obama has no foreign policy. Bret Stevens ("The Wall Street Journal"source abbr. translation - "Inopressa") reminded readers of Henry Kissinger’s book Does America Need a Foreign Policy? published a few months before the September 11 2001 attacks. The title of the book, the columnist considers, is fundamental and prophetic. “It predicted Barack Obama and the America for which he is fighting,” writes Bret Stevens. The author explains:
“This America is somewhere between light anxiety and happy indifference to the fact that the world outside our shores is in an incredibly bad state. Is Iran close to getting a bomb? This is apparently inevitable. Syria's chemical weapons dangling everywhere, like rolling tennis balls? Their problem. Is Islamism spreading in the Arab world? This is a democracy, they themselves will understand. Is Vladimir Putin resurrecting the practice of sham trials? What a pity. Does China play the idea of war with Japan? Understand.
How American tax authorities put pressure on the opposition in the country. Employees of the US Tax Service (IRS) should be responsible for enhanced inspections against opposition organizations, said President Barack Obama, reports today correspondent RIA "News" Peter Martynychev.
Obama’s statement said: “The check revealed unacceptable and unforgivable things. Federal authorities should be worthy of public trust. I ordered the Minister of Finance to bring those responsible to justice. ”
Corr. RIA "News”Recalled that the tax service had previously apologized for the erroneous additional checks of organizations applying for the tax-free status of 75, the names of which included the words“ patriot ”or“ tea party ”.
Opposition Republicans and the conservative press said that the IRS was tackling the challenges of political struggle.
It clarifies "Lenta.ru" with reference to CBS News, the checks were conducted for at least 18 months — starting in 2010.
How freedom of speech is persecuted in the USA. The US presidential administration came under fire for an investigation launched by the country's Justice Ministry regarding the country's largest news agency, the Associated Press. The explanations of the authorities did not satisfy the opposition Republicans, numerous public organizations, as well as the journalists of “AR”, reports correspondent RIA "Novosti" Alexey Bogdanovsky.
History a question. The US Department of Justice 10 May was notified by the news agency that it had received printouts of calls from the 20 AR phone lines for April and May 2012. However, on what basis the investigation was conducted, the authorities did not report.
“AR” itself suspects that the Justice Ministry was trying to establish a source of information for the news from 7 of May 2012 of the year - material on the CIA’s activities in Yemen to prevent an explosion of an airplane heading for the United States.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said that the administration would not comment on the situation around the agency, but under the pressure of journalists said that Barack Obama supports press freedom. However, according to him, the White House does not know anything about the investigation, except what was reported in the press.
US Attorney General Eric Holder stated that the Justice Department was competent to investigate a “serious” leakage incident regarding the country's national security.
Public organizations harshly criticized the administration for the actions of the Ministry of Justice. The representative of the American Civil Liberties Union, Ben Weisner, said that the Justice Ministry’s actions are unacceptable: “Getting a wide range of telephone records to catch a person who has leaked from the government is an unacceptable abuse of power. Freedom of the press is the foundation of democracy, and this freedom often depends on confidential communication between reporters and their sources. ”
“Reporters Without Borders” called the actions of the US authorities against the agency “an exceptionally serious violation of the freedom of information.”
About their morals. Illinois arrested a 63-year-old man suspected of the brutal rape of a peacock. The dead body of a desecrated bird named Phil was found in David Beckman’s garage, reports MIGnews.com.
Beckman is also accused of drug possession, harassment of children, cruelty to animals, and beatings. He is imprisoned, he will be charged with 12 Jun.
On the curve of the western path went Brazil. The Brazilian government ruled that state authorities should not deny the marriage registration procedure to same-sex couples who want to seal their relationship, pass on "Vesti" with reference to Interfax.
The Brazilian National Council of Justice believes that it is wrong to issue documents on the conclusion of a civil union to homosexuals if they wish to receive a certificate of full marriage.
FSB uncovered an American intelligence officer. The Russian authorities have announced that they are sending Ryan Christopher Fogl, an employee of the US Embassy in Moscow, out of the country. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Fogle should leave Russia "as soon as possible." He is declared persona non grata, transmits "BBC".
“Such provocative actions in the spirit of the Cold War do not at all contribute to the strengthening of mutual trust,” the commentary said on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Earlier, the FSB of Russia reported that a CIA official, Fogl, was detained in Moscow: “On the night from 13 to 14 in May, counterintelligence agencies of the FSB of Russia detained a staff member of the Central Intelligence Agency Fogl Ryan Christopher, who works under the third secretary political department of the US Embassy in Moscow. "
A representative of the US Embassy in an interview with the BBC correspondent Steve Rosenberg declined to comment on this information. Later, the US Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, was summoned to the Foreign Ministry to give explanations.
Interfax it became known that the arrest of Mr. Fogl occurred in the south-west of Moscow, on the street. Academician Pilyugin, near Vorontsov Park.
A CIA officer detained in Moscow who worked under diplomatic cover offered an amount of $ 1 million a year to an employee of one of the Russian special services for cooperation.
In the operative shooting that got into the media, a hand holds a piece of paper - a copy of a note that says: “We are ready to offer you 100000 dollars and discuss your experience, expertise and cooperation. In this case, the payment can be much more if you are ready to answer specific questions. In addition, we offer up to $ 1000000 per year for long-term cooperation with the promise of additional bonuses for information that will help us. ”
The head of "Oboronservis" dismissed. As transmits Interfax With reference to the press service and information department of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the Board of Directors of Oboronservis OJSC yesterday decided to dismiss the company’s CEO Sergei Khursevich.
The proposal to release Khurssevich, who served as the general director of Oboronservis since June 2009, was forwarded from his post to the Minister of Defense by the Chief Military Prosecutor Sergei Fridinsky. The submission received by the Ministry of Defense pointed out numerous shortcomings and violations committed by the now former head of Oboronservis.
Sergey Fridinsky said that the management of Oboronservis OJSC not only knew about multi-billion embezzlements in this structure, but also counteracted the work of law enforcement agencies that conduct this business.
Three months left. Alexander Romanov (KM.ru) said that 19 may Russian officials, their spouses and minor children will have to "get to a low start." On this day, the three-month transition period begins, which is given to them for closing foreign accounts and selling shares.
There are three possible options for the servants of the people: voluntarily refuse from the position, transfer money to Russia and rewrite assets to a more distant relative. According to the observer, the most acceptable option for most bureaucrats is a rewriting of assets to third parties.
In Russia, civil servants - 1,7 million people. It is clear that not all of them had the opportunity to borrow foreign assets or open accounts, but their owners, obviously, will be quite a few.
It looks strict law on closer examination is not so terrible. He prohibits officials from directly owning foreign assets and accounts, but does not object to their beneficial ownership through foreign trusts. Vyacheslav Leontyev, a partner at the law firm Leontyev & Partners, drew attention to this peculiarity of his, forbes writes.
The ban also does not apply to adult children, grandchildren, parents and other relatives, through which civil servants can control assets.
"Tolerant and Weighted". Julia Tsoi ("News") said that the Ministry of Regional Development proposed to introduce a new ban for officials for the sake of strengthening inter-ethnic peace: henceforth, the so-called xenophobes will be banned from holding public office.
People who have committed xenophobic statements will be banned from holding public office. For intolerant statements, current officials will lose their seats.
This proposal was made by the Ministry of Regional Development in the Implementation Plan of the State Strategy on National Policy. The ministry believes that in this way it will be possible to avoid conflicts on religious and national grounds at all levels.
A member of the Public Chamber, Joseph Diskin, confirmed that such a proposal was made at a meeting of the ministry. It was supported by the meeting participants and recommended for inclusion in the strategy on national policy. Mr. Diskin explained:
“It will be easy to do this: there is a qualification collegium, which can express no confidence in the official or claimant to the state, if he allows himself to be thoughtless. If only social control mechanism can be applied to non-tolerant politicians, then in the case of officials it is a matter of administrative responsibility. Gospodosy should occupy only people tolerant and balanced. ”
Arctic news. The Arctic Council is on its way to becoming an interstate organization. This was announced today by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov following a ministerial dinner of the Arctic Council, reports ITAR-TASS.
“In the Arctic, we have a general feeling that the Arctic Council is doing the right thing,” he said. - We are on the way to turning this structure into an interstate organization. It accepts documents that are legally binding: on search and rescue at sea, on prevention of environmental pollution in the North. ”
How to transfer a resource "Oil of Russia" With reference to Business TASS, the Norwegian oil and gas concern Statoil does not intend to abandon plans to develop hydrocarbon fields in the Russian part of the Barents Sea in cooperation with Rosneft. This is stated in a statement released today by the Norwegian company as a result of the annual meeting of its shareholders held yesterday.
“The previously submitted proposals of two shareholders, which envisage the company’s refusal to develop oil sands in Canada and conduct activities in the freezing seas of the Arctic, were not accepted,” the meeting’s minutes read.
Vucic: Serbs, calm down. The first deputy head of the Serbian government, Alexander Vucic, visited the north of Kosovo to relieve tensions among the Serb community in the province. Vucic argues that the agreement was concluded in the interests of the Serbian community, as it gives it control over education and the judicial and legal system, reports "Sight" with reference to the BBC.
Vzglyad reminds that Serbian Prime Ministers Ivica Dacic and the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, initiated 19 April in Brussels, initialed a plan for an agreement on the status of Northern Kosovo. In early May, Serbs from the north of Kosovo sent a letter to the Russian government asking them to protect the constitutional order in Kosovo and Metohija and to help ensure the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1244.
On the issue of British membership in the EU. A bill on the future referendum on relations with the EU was submitted to the British parliament yesterday. The document determines the date of voting and the question that will be asked to the subjects of Her Majesty, conveys correspondent ITAR-TASS Vladimir Kalinin.
The referendum must pass no later than the end of 2017 of the year - provided that the Tories succeed in winning the election of 2015 of the year.
Voters will be asked a question with the answer “yes” or “no”: “Do you think that the UK should remain a member of the EU?”
"Lizards" will gather again. The burden of paying for a security operation to ensure the safety of the shadow summit with the participation of world leaders, which will have to happen in British Watford next month, will be placed on Hertfordshire taxpayers, writes Ben Indley (watfordobserver.co.uk; source of translation - Mixednews.ru).
The Bilderberg meeting (approximately 140 of influential figures) will be held at the Grove Hotel from 6 to 9 June. To ensure privacy, all 227 rooms at the Grove Hotel are booked at the time of the meeting.
Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill admitted that she had mixed feelings about whether the future summit would benefit the city. “I am concerned because it will attract people who have the potential to create unrest and spread violence, and they will certainly realize this potential. But I am sure that the police will be able to minimize this impact and give them the right to protest, ”she said.
The forum guest list is kept secret until it starts. It is known that Henry Kissinger and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands took part in past meetings of the Bilderberg club.
The annual meetings of the Bilderberg Club attracted earlier crowds of protesters who accused the group of seizing the democratic process. Among the most original allegations are the statements of the writer David Ike. He claims that the committee of the group consists of ... lizards ("reptiloid").
1945 Belgian bankruptcy. To be continued. The crisis resulted in a growing number of bankruptcies of the restaurant and hotel business. In Belgium, the number of bankrupt restaurants, cafes and hotels reached a record level. In total, 1945 enterprises went bankrupt, reports Alexander Shishlo ("Voice of Russia").
More than a thousand Belgian restaurants, cafes and hotels went bankrupt in 2012. Hundreds have become bankrupt since the beginning of 2013. Cafe owners turned out to be in a critical situation, whose establishments began to close one after the other - after the ban on smoking was introduced in Belgium in 2011. Clients were recruited by the changed price list.
The financial and economic crisis leads to the fact that the Belgians prefer to save money and put it off for rest. Being no less than a French gourmet, the average Belgian goes to restaurants less and less.
According to the forecast of the research bureau “Graydon”, in 2013 in Belgium, up to 12,5 thousand of small and medium-sized businesses will become bankrupt. In 2012, over 11 of thousands of enterprises closed in the country, most of which were restaurants, cafes and construction enterprises.
Daily strike of Amazon workers in Germany. For the first time in Germany yesterday, a strike by employees of the world's largest online retailer, Amazon, was held, in which about 1,7 thousand people participated. This was announced by the trade union of workers in the service sector "Verdi", who called for a strike, reports correspondent ITAR-TASS Vyacheslav Filippov.
Employees of the Amazon logistics centers located in the cities of Bad Hersweld and Leipzig took part in the 24-hour strike. Verdi believes that the company should conclude a tariff agreement with them in accordance with the standards established in retail and mail-based trading. Amazon, for its part, views warehouse workers as employees in the logistics sector, who receive a lower salary, respectively.
The activities of the "Amazon" in Germany, recalls the correspondent. ITAR-TASS, was sharply criticized after a documentary was shown on television about the controversial practice of hiring employees for the company.
Three hundred percent: in Pakistan, voter turnout. In the elections in Pakistan, turnout at some sites exceeded 100%. This was reported on the website of the local human rights organization FAFEN, whose employees were observers at the time of voting, reports "Lenta.ru".
The press release explained that they found an increased turnout at 49 polling stations across the country. Among them were 19 sites for women, 16 for men and 14 mixed. In total, the organization checked more than eight thousand sites.
And the Daily Times publication, citing the head of FAFEN, reported that the implausible turnout was recorded on at least 120 sites. At some of them, the turnout was over 300%!
Mayor Osaka knows how to satisfy American soldiers. Anton Urinovskiy ("Voice of Russia") told that the mayor of Osaka, the third largest city of Japan, and co-chairman of the Japanese Revival right-wing party, justified the practice of sexual slavery in Japan during the Second World War and offered to give the opportunity to meet the sexual needs of soldiers at US bases. A statement by Toru Hashimoto led to a scandal.
Speaking to reporters in Osaka, the mayor said that the practice of creating “consolation stations” (hiking brothels) during the Second World War, where women were forced to work as prostitutes, was a measure “necessary to maintain discipline”.
Mr. Hashimoto suggested using historical lessons for the present. Noting the rise in rape and other crimes committed by US troops in Japan, the politician suggested giving them a legitimate opportunity to realize sexual energy.
According to the newspaper Asahi, he initiated the creation of brothels near the bases of marines in Okinawa. Hashimoto told reporters that he had proposed this idea to the commander of the US Marine Corps Base, "Futenma" in Okinawa, but he refused to discuss it, citing its illegality.
The position of Hashimoto was supported by his fellow party member and its co-chairman, the former mayor of Tokyo Shintaro Ishihara.
According to The Japan Times, the main secretary of the Japanese cabinet, Yoshihide Suga, hastened to declare that Hashimoto is an opposition figure, and his words do not reflect the official position of the government.
At the Pentagon, Hashimoto’s proposal to create brothels was called "stupidity."
Observed Oleg Chuvakin
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