Congress against Obama. - About point attacks on the forces of Assad. - Russia has found sarin applicants in Syria. - Militants do not want peace, but want weapons. - Fijians in rented Russian equipment. - The anti-corruption committee took over the former president of Mursi. - Muslim Brotherhood will be rescued by al-Qaeda. - A black cat ran between Karzai and Obama. - Sarkozy - President-2017? - In Berlin, the police attacked a man’s apartment with a toy gun. - Russian diplomats criticize Estonian Minister of Defense. - “There is no ideological struggle between Russia and America,” says Oleg Kalugin. - A word to Mikhail Saakashvili. “Does the CIA not trust the Pentagon?” - Award for honesty. - Venezuelan proposal. - Corruption is sweeping across the planet.
Congress against Obama. The decision of the President of the United States to provide military assistance to Syrian militants blocked intelligence committees of both houses of Congress, reports the channel "RT".
As it turned out, the decision was made by the committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives in June, but kept secret. This writes the edition of "The Hill". The newspaper also explains the motivations of the legislators: they fear that the weapon could get to the terrorists, including those associated with Al-Qaida.
And if such a thing, the "hawks" have found another way out of the situation.
About point attacks on the forces of Assad. The United States and ten other countries that form the “core” of the “Group of Friends of Syria” should proceed to delivering targeted attacks on the forces of Assad. Such an opinion is contained in a joint written statement circulated by the chairman of the committee on armed affairs, Carl Levin, and a member of the intelligence committee, Enges King of the Senate of the US Congress, reports correspondent ITAR-TASS Dmitry Kirsanov.
The two made a five-day trip to Jordan and Turkey, during which they discussed the situation in Syria with the officials of these countries and the American diplomats and military leaders who are there.
Levin and King believe that events in the SAR have threatened the “interests of US national security.” According to them, the stability of our allies, Turkey, Jordan and Israel, as well as "strategic partners in the region" is at stake. According to senators, the flow of refugees from Syria takes a significant amount of resources from Turkey "and threatens to overwhelm Jordan."
Mr. Levine and Mr. King believe that the armed conflict in Syria has in fact turned into a war involving third parties, including Iran and Hezbollah. “Expanding their influence in the region, naturally, does not meet our interests,” congressmen note.
By the way, Russia named senators are characterized as a “major sponsor” of Assad.
In this regard, Mr. Levin and King call on the eleven states of the “Group of Friends of Syria” to carry out “comprehensive planning of additional steps that can be taken to increase military pressure on the Assad regime.” “Such plans may include options for limited targeted strikes on Assad’s terror apparatus, including airplanes, helicopters, missiles, Tanks and artillery - in coordination with the Syrian opposition in the conflict zone, ”the correspondent quoted as saying. ITAR-TASS.
Finally, the authors of the document are convinced that the Obama administration needs to expand the scale of military training and equipment of the Syrian opposition forces and "convene a meeting of political and military leaders, intelligence leaders of countries that are committed to putting an end to the existence of the Assad regime." The goal of the summit would be to develop options for concrete actions.
Russia has found sarin applicants in Syria. Russian experts working in Syria found out that the chemical weapons used in the Syrian province of Aleppo were non-industrial. This was stated yesterday to journalists by the permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Vitaly Churkin. "The results of the analysis clearly indicate that the projectile used in Khan al-Assal was not produced at the plant and contained sarin", - quotes the words of Comrade Churkin Interfax.
“The projectile used is non-standard for chemical weapons. Hexogen, used as a bursting charge, is usually not used in the production of standard ammunition. Thus, there is every reason to believe that it was the fighters of the armed opposition who used chemical weapons in Khan al-Assal, ”the permanent representative emphasized. He also added that the Russian side conveyed the results of the analysis to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
According to Churkin, the shell exploded in Khan al-Assal could have been made by the rebels from the Bashir al-Nasr group.
In Washington, of course, expressed doubts about the truth of Russian data on the use of chemical weapons. “We really have doubts that the weapons were used in areas not controlled by the Syrian government,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said at a briefing.
The new leadership of the Central Committee PASV. In Damascus, under the chairmanship of the Regional Secretary of the Party of the Arab Socialist Revival of President Al-Assad, a plenum of the PASV Central Committee was held, SANA.
President al-Assad presented a political analysis of the situation in the country and the war unleashed against the Syrian people. He also analyzed the Arab and international positions regarding the situation in Syria and the role of the party at the current stage.
The President added that one of the most important tasks at the upcoming stage is to strengthen the national unity of the Syrian society. The party, the president said, should adapt to real conditions through improving the culture of dialogue and strengthening the traditions of voluntary social activities.
At the plenum of the Central Committee, a new regional leadership of the PASV was elected.
PASV Regional Secretary - President al-Assad. Members of the regional leadership: Vail Al Khalki, Muhammad Jihad Al-Lyahham, Ammar Saati and other comrades.
North Korea is in solidarity with Syria. DPRK Foreign Minister Pak Yi Chun confirmed that his country is watching what is happening in Syria, realizing the scale of the conspiracy against this Middle Eastern state. On behalf of his country, he expressed solidarity with the SAR, its people and army, SANA.
The DPRK Foreign Minister held a meeting with Charge d'Affaires at the UAR Embassy in Pyongyang, Haisam Saad. The minister said that the DPRK is absolutely confident that the United States, Israel and its allies will not be able to break Syria.
According to Pak Yi Chun, the DPRK leadership is satisfied with the victories of the Syrians over the terrorist groups.
The minister added that his country fully supports Syria, its leadership and people, and wishes the UAR to win and get out of the crisis.
Comrade Saad commended the DPRK’s position in support of Syria in these difficult times. According to him, this proves the existence of true friendship between the two countries.
Militants do not want negotiations, but want weapons. Ahmad Jarba, the new leader of the National Coalition of Syrian opposition Revolutionary Forces, said he expects arms supplies from Saudi Arabia, the channel reported "RT".
Jarba said that Syrian militants are not going to participate in peace negotiations in Geneva until their martial law improves.
“Under such conditions, a conference in Geneva is impossible. If we are going to Geneva, we should be strong on the ground, and not in such a weak position as now, ”he explained on Sunday.
Ahmad has connections in Saudi Arabia. The support of this state could give militants an advantage over the troops of Assad. “We are moving in this direction,” Jarba said. - I think that now the situation is better than before. I think that these weapons will soon arrive in Syria. "
Thus, let us add, the militants need a conference in Geneva only as a fixation of their amplification and a reason for the removal of Assad from power. At the same time, the “oppositionists”, crammed by Assad, cannot boast of success on the fronts.
Fijians in leased Russian gear. The Government of the Republic of Fiji reported that 380 will also send servicemen to the border zone between Syria and Israel. The number of peacekeeping contingent of the Pacific state will be 562 person. It is expected that the military with Fiji will fly to the Middle East in the coming weeks, the channel "RT".
Foreign Minister Fiji Ratu Inoki Kubuabola said that during his visit to Moscow, an agreement was reached to provide Russian peacekeepers with a rental outfit.
Syria, Iran, Sudan and others. Ellen Nakashima («The Washington Post»; source abbr. translation - "Inopressa") writes that in the Sudan and Iran found American devices for network surveillance.
Made in the US, surveillance devices on the Internet were found in Iran and Sudan, and in Syria there were more of them than previously thought. This is stated in the report of the Citizen Lab, an interdisciplinary research laboratory at the University of Toronto, referenced by The Washington Post.
We are talking about the products of the Blue Coat Systems company in California: ProxySG and PacketShaper - devices that allow you to “view certain types of encrypted traffic”, filter and analyze content.
6 devices were discovered in Iran, 3 in Sudan, 4 in Syria. Ellen Nakashima clarifies that the devices are used "in state and commercial computer networks," and one such device is enough to handle the "traffic of thousands of individual users."
Citizen Lab has found the Blue Coat Systems equipment still “at least in a dozen” of other states. China, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, Cote d'Ivoire are called.
“In Syria, Blue Coat devices are used to censor websites and monitor the correspondence of dissidents, activists and journalists. How exactly technology is used in Iran and Sudan remains unclear. However, experts say that this tool can become a tool for spying on opponents for repressive regimes, ”the newspaper notes with reference to experts.
Saddam's stepbrother died. Saddam Hussein's stepbrother Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan, former head of the Iraqi Security Service, died in a prison hospital, a resource told 8 on July newsru.co.il.
According to the press service of the Ministry of Justice of Iraq, al-Hassan, against whom the death sentence was issued, died in a hospital in one of the prisons of Baghdad from cancer.
Former President Mursi engaged the anti-corruption committee. The Egyptian Anti-Corruption Committee launched an investigation against President Mursi deposed by the army. Reported it correspondent ITAR-TASS Dmitry Tarasov With reference to the Egyptian television channel "CBC".
The former head of ARE is charged with “illegal enrichment” and “use of official position”.
In addition, the courts filed lawsuits with accusations against the ex-leader of Egypt of treason and actions leading to the death of citizens.
Warrant to close. Egyptian prosecutor's office issued a warrant to close the Cairo headquarters of the Islamist Freedom and Justice Party, reports newsru.co.il.
“Incendiary bottles, knives and firearms were found in the headquarters building. All this should have been launched against participants of the protests that began on June 30, ”an unnamed police source commented on the decision of law enforcement agencies.
Muslim Brotherhood will be rescued by al-Qaeda. On this subject argues American opposition journalist Kurt Nimmo (Infowars.com; source of translation - Mixednews.ru).
According to the Arabic-language website Veto Gate, Al-Qaida, led by al-Zawahiri, is planning retaliatory attacks on the army and opposition forces of Morsi — all over Egypt.
Earlier, in December 2012, it was reported that M. Mursi convened “3000 jihadists from Afghanistan, Chechnya, Bosnia, Somalia and Iran to form an Islamic army to attack the police and the army of Egypt”, reminds Raymond Ibrahim with reference to “ Al-Khabar News. According to his sources, Mursi soon after taking office as president, released those convicted of jihad from the country's two most famous terrorist organizations, the Islamic Jihad and the Islamic Group.
“Now that the Islamists have tasted the power — the Salafi, the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaeda — one should not expect them to surrender without a fight,” Ibrahim writes.
Protest against lies. Six al-Jazeera correspondents left this channel in protest against false coverage of events in Egypt, reports "RT" with reference to ITAR-TASS. As the journalists explained to the Egyptian TV channel ONTV, the management of the channel forced them to "tell lies about what is happening in Egypt and thereby undermine the authority of the motherland and the army."
On July XNUM, at a press conference by Colonel of the Egyptian Army Ahmed Mohammed Ali, the journalists in attendance demanded that the Qatari TV channel’s correspondent be expelled from the hall. The reporter had to leave the premises.
“RT” recalls that Al-Jazeera was repeatedly accused of pretentious coverage of what is happening in Egypt and one-sided presentation of information in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Egypt as an ungovernable state. The unstable situation in Egypt is devoted to a new review of Western newspapers from "Foreign Press".
The bloodshed deepened the split among ordinary Egyptians, write Ben Hubbard and Karim Fahim - correspondents of The New York Times. In the capital of Egypt, popular unrest does not abate, on Monday a demonstration of Islamists was executed there.
One would expect that the assault, launched by the army in the early morning and costing at least 54 lives, would cause the Egyptians to unite in grief and rage. But people have very different views on the causes of slaughter. It is curious that each of the warring camps claims that the United States is helping their opponents, the article says.
“Reciprocal accusations increasingly darken the revolutionary uprising that once declared a commitment to pluralism,” say journalists. For example, they talked to “a quiet employee of the travel bureau” Wael Ali, who believes that in order for Egypt to get out of the political crisis, it is necessary to close the TV channels that are critical of the government, imprison the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and separate them from politics.
The people of Egypt are more polarized than ever, confirms the Los Angeles Times.
On Monday, more than fifty people were killed when the army and police opened fire on a sit-in strike during their morning prayers. The protesters called for the release of Mohammed Mursi, while the military claimed that they had responded to a "terrorist group" armed with firearms and "Molotov cocktails." "Stunned, but not stopped by violence, the Islamists immediately called for a national uprising," writes article author Jeffrey Fleischman.
“Egypt: a bloody step back,” said the official representative of the Muslim Brotherhood, Gekhad El-Haddad, as an article for The Washington Post.
The author highlights the main, in his opinion, facts: 1) the army justifies the violence with the same words that the Mubarak regime used to use; 2) repressions began from the first seconds of the coup; 3) Mursi, on the contrary, did not authorize the use of force against protesters; 4) The West actually contributes to chaos.
“You cannot call yourself neutral when you justify and finance a military coup against an elected president,” writes El-Haddad.
The political organizations associated with the Muslim Brotherhood have been conducting their campaigns in the Middle East under the slogan "Islam is the way out!" For 30 for years, writes Renault Girard in Le Figaro.
Since its founding in the 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood has been perfected as an opposition. They were able to convince the population (mostly uneducated and religious) that they are true servants of the Most High. After the overthrow of regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, the Brothers won the election.
And why did they so quickly arouse the hatred of the masses? The author believes that the fault is their extreme incompetence in the economic sphere.
“A country cannot be ruled like a tent in a bazaar,” Girard writes. - In the modern world there are such concepts as value added, balance of payments, velocity of money and others. A government that does not understand this has no chance of creating a stable economic environment. ”
In addition, the "Brothers" do not want to understand all the meanings of the word "democracy." They have forgotten that election victory alone is not enough: it is necessary to build a state of law.
“To rule in the name of God is an illusion,” the author of the material is convinced. “In reality, there is only a government of people.”
A black cat ran between Karzai and Obama. The US military can completely leave Afghanistan - due to deteriorated relations between Obama and Karzai, reports newsru.com with reference to The New York Times.
Relations between Obama and Karzai began to deteriorate after failed talks between the American side and the Taliban. Karzai believes that the US planned "separate peace talks" with the Taliban, ignoring the participation of the Afghan government in them.
What displeased Obama? The American president is not satisfied with the talks with the president of Afghanistan. The United States can accept the "zero option": the complete withdrawal of all troops from Afghanistan. However, in Washington they say that the decision has not yet been made.
Sarkozy - President-2017? Anais Ginori («La Repubblica»; source abbr. translation - "Inopressa") writes about "sarcomania" in France.
Badges, T-shirts and cash to raise the morale of the party - this is how Sarkozy’s new political campaign began, Anais Ginori writes.
“When at five in the evening, Nicolas Sarkozy appears on Vozhirar Street (the headquarters of the Union for the Popular Movement party is located there), a crowd of fans is waiting for him there:“ Nicolas, come back! ”This is a new slogan printed on bags, badges and T-shirts distributed among young party members. Few people doubt the ex-president’s intention to return to politics, anticipating his revenge on rival Francois Hollande. But the upcoming elections are not soon, in the 2017 year, and today the most important thing is not to lose the popularity that has been regained by a charismatic leader, at least in the camp of the right, who are currently orphaned, ”the newspaper writes.
“Sarkozy doesn’t say either yes or no. But still he writes on his Twitter page: "You can count on me whenever the need arises." After losing the election in May 2012, he said he was leaving politics. Currently, the former has to deal with numerous judicial investigations, ranging from bribes received from elderly billionaire Lilian Betancourt to the record compensation provided to entrepreneur Bernard Tapie. Sarkozy is involved in the investigation of the notorious financial resources received from Gaddafi through an intermediary, and of the excessive cost of surveys that were ordered during his time as head of state, ”the author says.
“But the main reason for Sarkozy’s return to the political arena was the decision of the French Constitutional Council to deny the party Union for a Popular Movement compensation in the amount of 11 million euros for campaigning. Sarkozy called it “a serious decision that has no precedent in stories Fifth Republic.
It is noted that over the Internet more than 2,5 million euros were collected in support of the party. This is an encouraging signal for the ex-president, the author writes.
In Berlin, the police attacked the apartment owner of a toy gun. Police special forces in Berlin stormed the apartment of an 24-year-old student, and then confiscated the portrait of Hitler in her in a brown uniform and with a swastika. Reports about it "Lenta.ru" with reference to Berliner Morgenpost.
Bursting into the student's apartment, the police ordered him to lie on the floor, despite the fact that he did not resist, said “Focus”. Special Forces searched the premises. Search results: toy gun and portrait height 2,8 meters and width 1,9 meters.
Confiscation outraged the student. He stated that he intended to seek the return of a portrait to him with the help of lawyers. He told the media that he painted this picture himself. Thus, he wanted to express his protest against the ban on Nazi symbols and at the same time demonstrate what creative freedom is.
However, in Germany the use of Nazi symbols is a crime. Paragraph 86 of the Criminal Code of Germany prohibits the use of flags and emblems of the Third Reich, symbols of organizations, uniforms and slogans.
Russian diplomats criticize Estonian Minister of Defense. The Russian Foreign Ministry accused the Estonian Defense Minister of propaganda of Nazism. Discontent in Moscow was caused by Urmas Reinsalu’s support for the rally of the Union of Fighters for Freedom of Estonia, which includes veterans of the SS 20 Estonian division, writes Alexander Korchnitsky (Utro.ru).
At the Russian embassy in Estonia, Reinsalu was accused of trying to level the Soviet Union, which had liberated Europe from Nazism, and fascist Germany.
“Speaking of the extremely heavy losses suffered by“ all the peoples of the time ”from“ the regimes of the communist Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, which occupied Estonia during the Second World War, ”the author does not recall such flagrant crimes as total destruction by the fascists, by the way, mostly with his hands their Estonian accomplices, who lived on the territory of Estonia, the communities of two “disabled” peoples, Jewish and Gypsy, ”the diplomatic mission said in a statement.
The diplomats stressed that during the years of independence of Estonia, the authorities of the republic have never paid tribute "to a decent level" to the veterans of the Estonian Rifle Corps of the Red Army. “But the veterans who wore the uniforms of the Waffen SS and other Nazi formations were welcomed by the country's leaders, including by handing them state awards. Therefore, actions of this kind cannot be regarded as anything other than the deliberate imposition of pro-Nazi sentiments in Estonian society through the glorification of former SS men and local collaborators. ”
Details on the very strange greeting of the Estonian Minister of Defense were given in the previous issue. "Mosaics".
“There is no ideological struggle between Russia and America,” says Oleg Kalugin. The situation around Snowden correspondent "Voices of Russia" Kim Brown was commented by former KGB general Oleg Kalugin, currently a member of the board of the International Spy Museum.
When asked by the reporter whether the information on NSA surveillance, both for US citizens and for Russia and allies in the EU, was a surprise for the former KGB man, Kalugin replied:
“No, I did not. This practice has existed in the United States for more than a decade. They monitor not only the real and potential "enemies", but also their allies, in order to make sure that they remain so. This is what intelligence does. People working there should be able to anticipate possible changes in the world that may affect the country, and take appropriate measures. This is nothing extraordinary. The fact that Snowden, who worked for one of these organizations, revealed their secrets - this is, of course, a slap in the face for all those who work in intelligence, both in the United States and in the West. However, his revelations about the fact that the US is spying on its allies are not so news. Europeans are not so naive, and surely they knew about it before. However, when such things become known to the general public, it gives rise to unnecessary rumors and conversations. This undermines the friendly relations between the United States and its Western partners. ”
Had such an informant with similar American secrets to the KGB, he would have been a “find,” the former general noted.
“... Before, in Soviet times, the possibility of exposing the ugly nature of Western imperialism would be a real gift for intelligence and the government of the USSR as a whole. Today, I did not see much joy or triumph in the Russian media. On the contrary, President Putin spoke briefly about the Snowden case, and there was no noticeable pleasure in the fact that the American came to Russia to seek asylum. And this is a very important characteristic of the current political situation in the world. The cold war is really over. There is no longer any ideological struggle that was the main mechanism of influence during the Cold War. This situation has once again demonstrated that Russia does not intend to attack the United States in one way or another. ”
According to Kalugin, today Russia does not want to disturb the relative calm and peace established in relations between states. The Soviet ideology is "dead," says the ex-general. Russia is a country “having its own practical interests, a country that does not want splits, which wants to be a single and mighty power,” Kalugin believes.
A word to Mikhail Saakashvili. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili on July 5 said that the codes for reconnaissance UAVs purchased by Georgia from Israel shortly before the war with Russia 2008 of the year were at the disposal of Moscow. Thus, the head of state for the first time confirmed the publication of the site “WikiLeaks”, notes newsru.co.il.
“The UAV codes that we acquired from Israel hit the enemy under suspicious circumstances. Having lost several aircraft, we came to the conclusion that we could not count on anyone, and we created our own UAVs with our software superior to that of Israel, ”he said at a speech in front of the teachers of Tbilisi Technical University.
According to the Georgian side, at least three Hermes-2008 UAVs of Israeli production were lost in the skies over Abkhazia in the spring of 450.
In February, 2012 WikiLeaks published messages exchanged between employees of Stratfor Global Intelligence.
One of the messages, dated 26 February 2009, concerned Russian-Israeli relations. According to Stratfor, Israel handed over to Russia data on UAVs delivered to Georgia, and in return received secret codes from the Russian side for the Tor M-1 air defense systems delivered to Iran. Iran received 29 complexes at the end of 2006 of the year. In the first case, we are probably talking about the data transmission system from the UAV to the operator.
A little later, Mr. Saakashvili spoke on the topic of Russian respect for Georgia.
The President of Georgia acknowledged that the Russian leadership treated the republic with a certain amount of respect. About this 9 July reports "Lenta.ru" with reference to "News-Georgia". True, Saakashvili simultaneously expressed dissatisfaction with the attitude to the republic by the head of the Rospotrebnadzor, Gennady Onishchenko.
“I want to admit today that Putin treated us with great respect - he considered us as an enemy, we know, - what Onishchenko is about today. Why? Because we were a country with our heads up, because we had great international support, ”Saakashvili said.
The President of Georgia expressed the opinion that now the weight of Georgia from the point of view of Russia has decreased. “A lower-ranking official of Onishchenko was attached to us, who periodically gives us cuffs,” he complained.
What statements of Onishchenko were the reason for the critical speech of Saakashvili, is not specified.
Lenta notes that at the end of last year, the head of Rospotrebnadzor, answering questions about Georgia in an interview with Izvestia, used the expression “little quasi-state”, and in 2006, when the Russian wine was withdrawn from the sale of Georgian wine, he used a complicated turnover "national-territorial entity, bordering on Russia in the south and industrial production of alcohol-containing solutions."
Obama's visit to Moscow is preparing McFaul. Ambassador Michael McFaul is preparing for the arrival of Barack Obama to Russia.
“They are busy preparing President Obama’s visit to Moscow and St. Petersburg in September. I am really looking forward to this visit ", - quoted "Vesti" his tweet.
As Interfax reminds, some media previously reported that Obama may cancel his visit to Russia because of Edward Snowden.
Does the CIA not trust the Pentagon? In the special services of the United States seriously concerned about the problem of leakage. Admiral William Makreyven ordered to remove information about the elimination of bin Laden from the computers of the Department of Defense. Information about the secret operation to eliminate the "terrorist number XXUMX" will be stored at the CIA "RT".
"The documents related to the liquidation of bin Laden were transferred due to the fact that the secret operation was conducted under the leadership of the head of the CIA," said the spokesman for the intelligence agency Preston Golson. According to him, the reports that the documents on the operation were moved to the CIA in order to avoid their disclosure are not true.
According to the McRaven's report, the data on the operation were placed under reliable protection so as not to disclose the names of those who destroyed the "terrorist number one."
Award for honesty. Former security officers spoke positively about the actions of Edward Snowden. They praised him for deciding to declassify information about the surveillance of the American government for citizens of the United States and other states, reports "RT".
The members of the integrity and intelligence intelligence organization, Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence, agreed that Snowden should be awarded the Sam Adams Prize for the truth. Many members of the organization themselves served in the American intelligence services and swore an oath to "support and defend the US Constitution against internal and external enemies."
Former NSA officer Thomas Drake, who received the Sam Adams Award for Truth in 2011, called Snowden's actions “an incredibly brave act of civil disobedience.”
“Drake knows what he is talking about. He himself reported on fraud and abuse in the US government, as well as serious violations of the fourth amendment to the Constitution. It prohibits arbitrary searches and arrests, and also requires that arrest warrants have a basis and are authorized by the court. He was charged under the espionage law. After a long trial, Thomas Drake was acquitted on all counts. ”
In the past, the winner of the award was Julian Assange.
Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence was founded in 2002 year. It includes supporters of the idea that special agents must find the courage to resist the authorities.
Comrade Adams was the first to report in 1967 that the United States threatened the lives of more than half a million Vietnamese citizens. This number almost doubled the official data of the American military command in Saigon.
Venezuelan proposal. Edward Snowden is determined to accept President Nicholas Maduro’s offer of political asylum in Venezuela. The conviction was expressed in an interview with Reuters by the Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald. ITAR-TASS.
Greenwald’s conclusion is based on personal correspondence with Snowden. According to the British journalist, Snowden believes that Caracas is better than Nicaragua and Bolivia to cope with the task of “delivering it safely from Moscow to Latin America and protecting it upon arrival in Venezuela.”
However, the journalist believes that the situation with Snowden is far from a denouement.
As for Venezuela, it has not yet received confirmation that Snowden made the decision to arrive in the country. This was announced yesterday by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the South American Republic, Elias Howa.
“It is necessary for Snowden to confirm his desire to obtain asylum in Venezuela, after which it will be necessary to establish contact with the government of the Russian Federation in order to make this refuge possible,” the Foreign Minister recalled.
The minister said Venezuela received a request from the US authorities to extradite Snowden. “However, we are not obliged to do this, besides, it is not located on our territory, we cannot issue it,” said Howa.
In the US, Snowden was charged in absentia with violating the law. He faces up to ten years in prison.
Venezuela is not afraid of retaliation by the United States in the situation with Snowden, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said last night in an interview with the Latin American television channel Telesur, correspondent RIA Novosti Oleg Vyazmitinov.
“Well, if the consequences (the decision to grant asylum to Snowden) would not exist. But if they are, we are ready to meet them, ”said Howa.
Patino about the American error. Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño believes that the UK authorities are making a mistake by not giving Julian Assange the right to leave the territory of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, reports correspondent RIA "News" Dmitry Znamensky.
“Maybe someday the United Kingdom realizes that it is making a huge mistake and violates human rights in relation to who deserves freedom,” said Patino in an interview with the portal “Democracynow”.
According to Patiño, during a recent conversation with the head of the British Foreign Office, William Hague, he directly asked a colleague: “What are you waiting for? Are you waiting for Mr. Assange to grow old and die in our embassy? ”
Patiño believes that respect for international asylum agreements and the human right to take advantage of this asylum would be a sure way out.
The Ecuadorian minister recalled that the wording on the right to “use of asylum” at one time was included in the text of the relevant declaration at the initiative of the UK
By the Australian ballot will be attached magnifying glass. The Australian Election Commission ordered forty thousand magnifying glasses. With their help, voters in the state of Victoria will be able to read the fine print on the ballots. The length of the last - 1,02 meters. Reports about it "Lenta.ru" with reference to ABC News.
The magnifying glass will be needed by those who can not see the font, the size of which will be 6 points, notes The Sydney Morning Herald. The choice of small size is due to the fact that the printing house can not print sheets longer than a meter.
According to the law, all parties participating in the voting should be listed in one list. The election commission expects the newsletter with a list of parties and independent candidates to be the largest in the entire history of the state. In case all batches are registered, the bulletin will indicate the 57 batches.
Corruption is sweeping the planet. Transparency International has prepared a report on corruption in the world, reports "Lenta.ru" with reference to the NPO website. According to the study, in the overwhelming majority of countries in the world, people believe that corruption is occurring. More than half of 114 thousands of people surveyed in 107 countries came to this opinion.
In many countries, citizens do not trust precisely the organizations and institutions designed to fight corruption. In 36 states, the police are considered a particularly corrupt structure, and in 20 countries, the judicial system enjoys such a reputation.
Most respondents stated that their governments are not making sufficient efforts to combat corruption. This opinion, for example, adheres to 59% of citizens of the countries of the “Big Twenty”.
Governments and politicians everywhere lose confidence. In the 51 state, political parties are named the most corrupt institution, and 55% of respondents believe that “government activity is guided by groups defending their own special interests.”
If in 2008, 31% of respondents noted the effectiveness of government measures to combat corruption, in 2013, this figure dropped to 22%.
As for Russia, it writes "Lenta.ru"On July 10, the Global Barometer of Corruption appeared on the 9 year on the Transparency International website 2013. There, a special section presents data based on sociological surveys of Russian citizens.
According to researchers, 49% of the population considers the anti-corruption program of the Russian authorities ineffective.
All spheres of public life are corrupt, according to Russians. 77% of respondents indicated the corruption of political parties, 92% - the corruption of civil servants, 89% - the police, 84% - the judicial system, 83% - the legislative branch.
The only consolation is, we add, that this is a planetary trend.
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