Al Qaeda Country In Syria, terrorists can establish full control over the northern territories of the country. If you believe the sources of the Free Syrian Army, Al-Qaeda intends to seize the border crossings on the Syrian-Turkish border, the correspondent reports "RT" Gayane Chichakian.
According to the Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat, citing a source in the Syrian army, al-Qaeda is going to establish control over the areas after Ramadan. The source noted that an Islamic state will be created in Syria.
Militants also intend to gain control over weapons coming from Turkey and profits from oil smuggling. According to some reports, the Front of Al-Nusra has already agreed with groups of smugglers on the division of profits in the Deir ez-Zor region in the east.
It is also reported that in some parts of the country, Al-Qaida has established checkpoints. There, the militants check whether people are fasting. The Syrians inspect languages. Those who fail the test are beaten.
American weapons spread out over Syria. Information that the weapons produced in the United States, will be in the hands of the militia, which is supported by Iran, was confirmed. Photos of Shiite fighters supporting Bashar Assad have been published on the Internet with Western weapons. Fears that Washington does not control its own arms supplies are intensifying, the correspondent reports. "RT" Gayane Chichakian.
How exactly the M16 and M4 with laser and holographic sights, as well as the M203 grenade launchers fell into the hands of soldiers fighting on the side of Assad, is not known. Philip Smythe, an analyst at jihadology.net, says that "if you like, you can get anything you want." The most important thing is money and connections. An employee of the Al Waref Institute for Humanitarian Studies, Mara Bukay, thinks that the weapons could have come to the military from the Lebanese army or from Iraq.
Syrian militants have American weapons. It is reported that members of the Al-Nusra Front, which is controlled by Al Qaeda, are also armed with American machine guns.
Britain supplies military equipment Rouhani and Assad. The UK government has issued over three thousand licenses for the sale of weapons, electronic and other equipment that may have a military purpose, 27 countries, writes Ekaterina Zabrodina ("Russian newspaper"). This became known from the report of the parliamentary committee on the control of arms exports.
As the head of the committee, John Stanley, noted, he and his colleagues were “stunned” by the scale of London’s military-technical cooperation with regimes that Western countries, including Britain, refer to as undemocratic and “extremely repressive.”
We are talking about the supply of weapons and equipment of dual use in Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, China and Syria with Iran.
“The export volume is colossal,” says Mr. Stanley. Every year he brings in an income of 12 billion pounds.
“After I received an answer to our request from the Ministry of Business Affairs, I first thought that someone had mistakenly attributed an extra zero. “Twelve billion is a gigantic amount,” he shared with reporters. “The picture is simply depressing.”
The maximum of contracts in the UK - with the Chinese (more than a thousand licenses worth 1,8 billion).
And the biggest surprise was the information about 62 contracts with Iran (mainly procuring encryption equipment) and cooperation with the Syrian government. It turns out that London supplies official Damascus spare parts for armored vehicles and electro-acoustic devices.
Idris gathered in the USA. The head of the "military council" of the so-called Syrian Free Army Selim Idris may visit the United States next week. This was reported by Elizabeth O'Beghi, an employee of one of the Washington-based non-governmental organizations involved in supporting the Syrian opposition. She holds the position of "political director" in the Emergency Working Group for Syria, reports "Voice of Russia" with reference to ITAR-TASS.
Idris is expected to visit New York for meetings at the UN headquarters. It is possible that he will also visit Washington. As O'Begie noted, Idris intends to demand from US officials the implementation of decisions on the provision of military assistance to the Syrian opposition.
Netanyahu mocked Rouhani. Iranian President called ridiculous statements by the Israeli Prime Minister about the readiness for independent action to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons, reports RIA News" with reference to France Press.
"This is ridiculous. Who are the Zionists to threaten us? ”Said Rouhani, noting that Iran’s reaction would prevent Israel from realizing its threats.
Israel faces a global economic boycott. As noted by James Wall (wallwritings.me; source of translation - Mixednews.ru), Justice Minister Tzipi Livni disappointed. She is so disappointed that she declared: if negotiations with Palestine do not begin soon, Israel will face a world economic boycott.
Speaking at an economic conference in Eilat, Tzipi Livni warned that the lack of progress in relations with Palestine could lead to a potential catastrophe for Israeli exports. She noted: “Europe is boycotting goods. Yes, it begins with goods, but the real problem lies in their attitude towards Israel, which is considered a colonial country. Therefore, the boycott is not limited to goods. It can spread to all of Israel. ”
During a speech in Eilat, Livni also said that she was impressed by the youth’s protest against the government’s decision to export natural gas. According to the minister, she endorses the desire of young people to think about the future, “but the time has come for young people to ask themselves: in what state do they want to leave gas reserves? in Jewish Democratic Israel? In a bi-national Arab state? Or in an apartheid state? ”
Expressions like “colonial country” or “apartheid state” are rarely used by loyal supporters of the government towards Israel.
Political realists suggested that Livni was involved in developing a strategy for starting negotiations. There are also suggestions that Livni plays the role of a “good cop,” demonstrating to Europe that there are reasonable leaders in Israel.
Purification through Twitter, or Indulgences of the 21st Century. According to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the head of the public relations council under the pontiff, Archbishop Claudio Maria Chelli, said that believers will receive absolution if they subscribe to Pope Francis on Twitter.
Forgiveness of sins can be obtained by obedience and regular reading of the Pope’s blog, notes "RT". The Vatican made a reservation that thanks to the microblogging alone in Twitter, absolution will not occur. The believer will also have to abide by all the Christian commandments, after all, indulgence - “not coffee from a vending machine,” the archbishop stressed.
This terrible independence. Scotland is preparing for a referendum on independence scheduled for September 2014. The British government is trying to keep her in the United Kingdom. Correspondent "RT" Polina Boyko talked about how Westminster is trying to intimidate the Scots.
In a recent statement by the British government, it says that if Scotland is separated, then the Scottish people visiting the UK will pay huge amounts for roaming. True, the Scottish government denied this, stating that roaming charges in the EU will be abolished in 2016.
Other horror stories scare the Scots that independent Scotland will have to re-apply for membership in the European Union. Britain declares that its postal services will not serve independent Scotland.
The Scots want to leave a pound sterling, but the chancellor of the UK Treasury, George Osborne, has already refused them.
The first minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, treats horror stories with humor: "In the debates we will get every horror story from our closet and deal with it, like in old horror films they are cracking down on Dracula."
One hundred thousand euros for the scenario of the best exit of Britain from the EU. The British Institute of Economic Problems promised a large monetary reward to the author of the best project for leaving the country from the European Union. Details - in the reportage "RT" Pauline Boyko.
The British Research Center "Institute for Economic Problems" asked economists to present a picture of the way out and suggest the best course of action. The winner of the competition is waiting for the amount of 100 thousand euros.
The jury includes former British Chancellor Nigel Lawson. He recently said that if a country leaves the EU, its economy will flourish.
The multiplication table is not for the British army. About forty percent of the recruits of the British army have reading and writing skills at the elementary school level. Such data promulgated the Parliamentary Committee for the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom, reports ITAR-TASS.
As follows from the report, last year 39% of recruits demonstrated the presence of a minimum "pass level" of education for "enrollment" in the ground forces. This minimum is determined at the level of average reading and counting skills of ... 7-8-year students. It is reported that recruits of the Navy and Air Force of the same call showed higher knowledge in the two indicated disciplines.
What did the werewolves do? Police in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland searched the apartments, offices and prison cells of alleged members of the Werewolf Commando international neo-Nazi terrorist group, reports Alexander Shishlo ("Voice of Russia").
Despite the scale of the operation, no arrests were made. The police did not manage to find evidence of the plans of terrorist attacks being carried out by neo-fascists.
Suspects - six people. It is known that for private communication, the alleged members of the group have developed a program for encrypting electronic correspondence. The name "Werewolf" was assigned to the Nazi special forces, which was supposed to lead a guerrilla war in the rear of the enemy troops.
Searches of alleged neo-fascists were conducted the next day after the arrest of Norwegian rock band Christian Vikernes in France. French law enforcement authorities have suspected this black metallist in the preparation of a terrorist act motivated by national hatred.
The authorities of the European Union countries are currently paying insufficient attention to solving the problem of growth in the society of nationalist and extremist sentiments, which are caused not only by the financial and economic crisis. So says an expert on social radicalization Matthew Goodwill. This is what he said to the Voice of Russia: “The supporters of the extreme right are mainly concerned about migrants and the growing ethnic diversity. In this they see a threat to their national identity, their values and culture. In other words, the reason is not only in the crisis and the deprivation associated with it. ”
Minus billion: Poland is eating up the crisis. The budget of the Ministry of National Defense of Poland will be reduced this year by 3,3 billion Polish zloty (about 1 billion dollars), reports "Voice of Russia" with reference to the RIA "News».
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said he was preparing an adjustment to the 2013 budget of the year. Current budget expenditures should be reduced by all ministries and departments to 8,5-8,6 billion PLN (about 2,6 billion USD). Analysts say that the government is forced to make drastic cuts in spending in the face of a significant decrease in the budget revenue.
The President of Romania was offered a career in Moldova. Traian Basescu, who visited Moldova, was asked to continue his political career there. With the proposal, as transmits "Lenta.ru" With reference to “Komsomolskaya Pravda” in Moldova, ”the mayor of Chisinau, Dorin Chirtoaca, spoke.
“When the presidential mandate of Traian Basescu is over, if he wants, he can receive Moldovan citizenship and, possibly, continue the struggle on this Prut bank with us,” the mayor said after meeting with the president. To the clarifying question, in what capacity could the Romanian president “continue the struggle”, Chirtoaca replied that “he could get any position he wanted in Moldova”.
“We can be a team to fight for justice in the Romanian territory,” added the head of the Chisinau administration.
Chirtoaca represents the Liberal Party, whose representatives are in favor of uniting Moldova with Romania. They insist that Romanian is officially recognized as the official language in Moldova.
Earlier, Dorin Chirtoaca stated that he was ready to switch places with the mayor of Bucharest.
It was popularly explained to children who shed the blood of the Lithuanian people. The scandal around the book with a circulation of three thousand copies telling children about stories flags of different countries, broke out in connection with the description of the symbolism of Lithuania, transmits newsru.com.
The author of the book “Flags of the World for Children” is a French writer Sylvie Bednar. The book says that the red color of the Lithuanian flag means blood “shed by the Lithuanian people in the struggle against the Russian and German conquerors”.
According to RIA "Novosti", United Russia Alexander Khinshtein criticized the book, after which the largest bookstores returned it to the publisher.
Having looked through the edition in a bookstore, Khinshtein wrote on Twitter: “The priority layout contains this book for children. Started flipping. It turns out that the red color on the Lithuanian flag is the blood shed by the Lithuanian people in the struggle against the Russian conquerors. ” “For such books I would tear off my arms and legs,” he noted, calling the authors fascists.
Publishing house "KompasGid", which released the book, responded to the statement of the deputy. Vitaly Zyusko, editor-in-chief of the publishing house, said: “Deputy Khinshtein didn’t find it necessary in his microblog to quote an exact quotation from the book. The exact quotation is: “Red is the color of blood shed by the Lithuanian people in the fight against the Russian and German conquerors”. In these few words, the author tried to summarize the entire centuries-old history of the liberation struggle of the Lithuanian people, starting from the deep Middle Ages and up to 1918, when the current Lithuanian flag was first adopted as the state flag. ”
The publisher urged colleagues, readers and outside observers to objectively look at the situation.
Russia and Ukraine will do Ruslana together. Russia and Ukraine have agreed to set up a joint venture for the production of the An-124 “Ruslan” aircraft. This was announced by the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Yuriy Boyko in an interview with the Ukrainian Channel Five, writes "Russian newspaper" with reference to RIA "News".
Boiko quotes his press office as saying: “It was decided to set up a joint venture for the construction of the An-124 Ruslan, this is the largest aircraft in the world. We received instructions from the prime ministers of both countries to sign the constituent documents already in September at a meeting of the Ukrainian-Russian committee on economic cooperation. ”
Indian army corps will be deployed on the border with China. India-Russia cruise missiles "BrahMos" will go to three army corps, the formation of which the armed forces of India are embarking on. The new mining and chasseurs formations will be deployed on the border with China, where for the first time Indian troops will be able to move from defensive to offensive operations, reports ITAR-TASS With reference to the newspaper "Indian Express".
The publication notes that, in accordance with the decision of the Governmental Committee on Safety, the number of new military contingents will be 50 thousand troops. Their formation and placement will take from six to seven years. 650 billion rupees will be allocated to this (over 100 billion dollars).
For the first time, India will deploy army corps in the northern and northeastern sectors of the actual control line, which serves as the border with China. In addition to BrahMos missiles, they will also be armed with ballistic missiles, light tanks, mountain guns and combat support helicopters. The corps will be given military transport aircraft S-130.
Russians hold back China and frighten Japan. Recently, in the Sea of Japan, China and Russia conducted the largest naval exercises, which made the United States and Japan nervous. And now Russia is conducting the largest military exercises in the east of the country after the collapse of the USSR, writes the Chinese site soundofhope.org 17 July. Reports about it "Military Parity".
This time the Russians transferred a thousand tanks to Siberia. In addition, dozens of warships and 130 aircraft participate in the maneuvers.
Russian Deputy Minister of Defense Anatoly Antonov said that the exercises were not directed against neighboring countries.
However, military analyst Alexander Khramchikhin believes that the ground part of the exercise is designed to contain China, and the maritime and air part of the maneuvers is conducted to intimidate Japan.
Will the Japanese do F-35? The Japanese government has decided to allow Japanese companies to participate in the production of fifth-generation fighter X-35, reports "RT" with reference to ITAR-TASS.
The decision of the Japanese government opens up the possibility for Japanese corporations (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Electric, IHI) to join the international consortium for the development and production of F-35, led by the corporation Lockheed Martin.
IHI will produce parts for the F-35 engine, and Mitsubish Heavy Industries will control the final assembly of the fighter. In total, Japanese companies can take part in the production of up to 40% of F-35 elements.
“RT” recalls that since 1967 in Japan, there was a ban on the export of weapons and defense technologies to all countries except the United States, but last year Tokyo decided to soften the embargo. Now the country can participate in international projects for the development and production of weapons with the participation of NATO countries, as well as Australia and South Korea.
Who will buy an interview with Kim Jong-un? An interview with the DPRK leader on the occasion of the anniversary of the end of the Korean War for foreign media will cost a million dollars. Reports about it "RT" with reference to the South Korean newspaper "The Chosun Ilbo".
“North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will demand a huge fee if the foreign press wants to interview him on the occasion of the 60 anniversary of the July 27 truce, which marked the end of the 1950-1953 Korean war,” the source said, adding that the amount could be 1 million.
According to the newspaper, the DPRK invited dozens of foreign journalists from the Associated Press, BBC, Kyodo News, and others to the celebrations.
About the NSA as a “defender of freedom”. Edward Snowden requested temporary asylum in Russia, and Vladimir Putin said that the American whistleblower could remain in the territory of the Russian Federation if he stopped publishing secret information. Reviewer "RT" Afshin Rattanzi believes that the United States themselves are complicating the situation, and right-wing American media are doing everything to present the special services in a favorable light.
According to the expert, since the beginning of the story of Snowden in the Western press published a huge number of unsubstantiated statements. “Right-wing newspapers write that the National Security Agency is a defender of freedom. If it did not spy on Skype and outlook.com, which became known after the revelations about Microsoft, the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan would have suffered more serious losses. What kind of nonsense? - says browser "RT". “The US authorities and corporations are trying to prove in every way that they need to be able to view our emails and phone calls to ensure our own security.”
The murder of Todashev is classified. This was told Valentin Bogdanov ("Vesti").
US intelligence agencies are not going to disclose details of the case of the murder of Ibrahim Todashev, who was shot by an FBI agent during an interrogation on May 22.
After the attacks came to him agents who wanted to learn about the explosions in Boston. Todashev testified, but then he lost his nerve and he attacked the detective with a knife, or a broom handle, and the agent opened fire. The American media wrote that Todashev did not have any weapons, but killed him for turning the table. “I want justice and that there is an investigation to the law of America. I want to judge these people. They are not FBI employees, they are bandits, ”said the father of the deceased.
The FBI does not comment on the situation.
We demand transparency! More than 60 US corporations have written in writing to the US government with a request to ensure maximum transparency of requests from government agencies interested in classified information about users of electronic services, reports correspondent ITAR-TASS Alexander Urusov.
“Apple,” “Microsoft,” “Facebook,” “Google,” and other 59 companies called on Barack Obama, congressmen, the attorney general, to allow them to inform the public about the requested information of this kind from the government. Representatives of corporations insist on the ability to publish data on the number of requests made.
"Information about how and how often government agencies use data is very important for American society," the document says.
"The Rule of Two Persons" and other rules. US Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said that the authorities are reviewing the current regime of access to classified information in order to prevent leaks, according to "Vesti" with reference to ITAR-TASS.
According to him, additional measures are being taken to tighten access to sensitive information, in particular, a rule is introduced for storing important documents only in parts on several computer servers.
The “two-person rule” will also come into force: a secret document will be available only after receiving the relevant permission from another security officer.
Ashton Carter also said that the US authorities continue to assess the damage caused by Snowden. According to some information, at his disposal could be from two hundred to several tens of thousands of secret documents.
Jimmy Carter for Snowden. Former US President Jimmy Carter believes that there is no democratic system in America today.
In this regard, he calls the revelations of Snowden useful. The words of the politician quoted the German television channel N24, reports "RT".
Lindsay Graham on "slap USA". Senator Lindsey Graham said in an interview with The Hill that the United States should boycott the Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014. The reason for this proposal was the situation around Edward Snowden, reports "RT".
“What they are doing now is outrageous. We definitely didn’t reset our relations with Russia in a positive way, ”the politician said in an interview with the newspaper. He also expressed his attitude towards the development of the situation: “If this guy is given asylum, it will be a violation of the rule of law and will be a slap in the United States.”
Interestingly, Senator John McCain criticized Graham’s idea: “There are many things we can do. But I think that the past experience with the cancellation of the Olympics was not very good. ”
However, not one McCain objected to Graham. A few hours after Graham’s statement, the US National Olympic Committee opposed his idea. The story of the Olympics-80 should not be repeated, according to American sports officials.
“If we have learned any lessons from the boycott of the Olympics in 1980, it is only an understanding that the boycotts do not work,” they quote "Vesti" With reference to ITAR-TASS, the published statement by the representative of the NOC, Patrick Sandusky. “We are aware of the seriousness of the situation, but we strongly disagree with the opinion that a boycott of the Olympic and Paralympic Games will serve the interests of the United States.”
The document emphasizes that the boycott of the Olympics in Moscow did not contribute to the successful resolution of contradictions between countries. Instead, he deprived hundreds of American athletes of the chance to compete at the Olympic Games, and millions of US residents - the opportunity to be proud of the achievements of athletes compatriots.
Also against the boycott of the Olympics-2014 spoke the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the US Congress, John Beyner.
Resonance affair. "I'll eat my rabbit schapka ..." As transmits Interfax, the prosecutor's office did not agree with the imprisonment of Alexei Navalny for a period until the conviction passed to him entered into legal force. The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation confirmed that the Kirov regional prosecutor’s office filed an appeal appeal against the sentence in the case of Alexei Navalny in the part concerning his detention. In addition, the Kirov regional prosecutor's office appealed to the measure of restraint and Peter Ofitserovu.
"Interfax" recalls that yesterday the court sentenced Navalny to five years in prison, and he was taken into custody in the courthouse. However, the sentence did not enter into force. Lawyers announced their intention to appeal to a higher court.
Lawyers of the opposition do not exclude that he will be released for the period of consideration of the forthcoming complaint against the conviction.
At the headquarters of the opposition, they noted that if the complaint of the prosecutor's office is satisfied, he will take part in the election of Moscow Mayor 8 September.
In the case of Navalny spoke State Department.
The US State Department believes that Russia should encourage the anti-corruption initiatives of the opposition leader Navalny - instead of sending him to the colony, said the representative of the US foreign ministry Marie Harf.
“We urge Russia to support serious efforts, such as those of Mr. Navalny, to strengthen the principle of government accountability and to fight corruption, thereby to stimulate the development of the modern economy,” Harf quotes the statement. correspondent RIA "Novosti" Alexey Bogdanovsky.
A State Department spokeswoman at the same time called on the Russian government to "ensure respect for basic freedoms, including freedom of speech and assembly."
According to the State Department, the trial of Alexei Navalny and Peter Ofitserov is politically motivated. The State Department is concerned about the “violations of legal procedure and legality demonstrated in the conduct of this process, when the judge intervened in the cross-examination of the defense and rejected the testimony of several defense witnesses.”
The topic of the sentence Navalny devoted review of Western newspapers from "Foreign Press".
A court in Kirov found Navalny guilty of embezzling a forestry enterprise’s property on 16 million rubles “as part of a process that many see as a way to stifle the voice of the popular leader of the Russian opposition,” The Guardian writes.
Alexey Navalny was found guilty in the framework of the loudest trial of President Putin’s opponent after the trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, said Bloomberg correspondents Denis Shadrin and Anton Doroshev.
“A conviction may trigger a new wave of protests against the Putin regime and increase pressure on Russian financial markets,” says Dmitry Malykhin, investment director of the Da Vinci CIS Opportunities Foundation.
The recognition of Navalny as guilty will be another “negative headline” for Russia, an additional reason for investors not to invest in the Russian economy, and for its residents to keep money offshore, says Standard Bank Group analyst Tim Ash. “Last week a Moscow court found William Browder and his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, who died in prison, guilty of tax evasion. Fear of persecution this year, economist Sergei Guriev and chess player Garry Kasparov left Russia, ”the newspaper reminds, stating that“ all these events create a bad image of Russia ”in the eyes of investors.
Lawyer Alexei Navalny, a lawyer whose opposition activities have caused the greatest resonance in Russia thanks to his fight against rampant state corruption, reminds readers of The New York Times David Hershenhorn. Navalny, who personally annoyed President Vladimir Putin by denouncing United Russia as a “party of crooks and thieves,” was found guilty on Thursday.
The author argues: "A prison term of any length will immediately move Navalny to the ranks of the legendary political dissidents of Russia - even if he is the first of them who used the Internet and social networks as the main weapon in the fight against the state."
The Kremlin did not even try to disguise the political motives of the prosecution. TFR spokesman Vladimir Markin said that Navalny himself framed himself under the blow of political activity, criticizing government officials, the journalist writes.
“In Moscow, many complain that Vladimir Putin does not consult with anyone else,” writes The Times correspondent Roger Boyz. According to him, the Russian president "whispers in his ear the ghost of Franz Kafka."
The author writes: “I will eat my rabbit schapka, if Navalny remains free and, as he hopes, can participate in the September elections of the mayor of Moscow.”
In a review of foreign newspapers from "InoSMI" The following is noted.
The Wall Street Journal noted that after the announcement of the sentence, the MICEX index fell by 1,5%.
The Australian newspaper “The Australian” quotes the words of the head of the diplomatic corps of the European Union, Catherine Ashton, who expressed concern about the severity of the sentence to Navalny and Ofitserovu.
The French edition of "Le Nouvel Observateur" headlines its material as follows: "Russia" kills Navalny as a politician. "
"Le Figaro" emphasizes the words of the judge, pronounced during the sentencing, about "the danger that Navalny poses to society."
The only representative of the Portuguese media in Russia, Publico columnist and SIC correspondent José Miljeshes, in a column in Publico writes: “Everyone who tries to form a serious opposition to Vladimir Putin goes to prison. In a country where the principle of “everything is for friends, and for others the law” rules, it is difficult to believe in justice. Former Defense Minister Serdyukov and his friends stole billions and remain at large. ”
Detroit became a bankrupt city. Detroit authorities have declared bankruptcy due to the inability to pay almost 20 billions in debt, reports correspondent RIA "Novosti" Alexey Bogdanovsky with reference to USA Today.
This is the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history. It became inevitable after negotiations with creditors failed, and the municipality allowed a "default" on 40-million debt payments in June. According to the plan, most lenders will receive only cents for every dollar invested, and municipal employees less than 10% of the pension and insurance payments due to them.
The population of the city is 700 thousand people, and after all sixty years ago more than 2 millions lived there. About 40 thousands of homes and land plots are empty, and 36% of residents live below the poverty line. Detroit leads in the number of murders among all US cities with a population of more than 200 thousand people.
In Chicago, will throw on the street more than two thousand teachers. In order to combat budget deficit, Chicago authorities have laid off about 2,1 thousands of teachers and other school workers, reports correspondent ITAR-TASS Andrey Bekrenev.
"The loss of these employees will have a negative impact on the quality of education in Chicago schools," said Karen Lewis, president of the city trade union of teachers.
This is not the first wave of massive layoffs of education workers in Chicago: in June, 850 people lost their jobs. Earlier it was reported that before the beginning of the next academic year 50 schools will be closed.
According to the authorities, they are forced to take such a severe measure in order to patch up the city budget, the gap in which amounts to almost a billion dollars.
Most of the schools that are being closed are located in disadvantaged areas where mainly Hispanics and African Americans live.
The initiator of the "reform" of school education in Chicago is the mayor of the city, Ram Emanuel. This man is the former chief of staff of the White House and a close associate of Barack Obama.
Deadly mistakes. The FBI is conducting an audit of old criminal cases. Experts have found that over the past forty years, 27 people have been sentenced to death by mistake of forensic experts.
The official results of the federal audit have not yet been published, so the number of people mistakenly sentenced to death may increase, writes "RT" with reference to the Washington Post. The investigation is currently ongoing and is expected to be announced at the end of August.
Experts believe that the materials of the audit of criminal cases will cause protests against the death penalty in the United States.
"I would donate 30 dollars ..." The PayPal payment system accrued more money to the account of a Pennsylvania resident than the annual gross national product of all countries together, multiplied by almost 1,500 times, writes Alexander Chernega ("Russian newspaper"). It happened, however, by a technical error. PayPal declined to comment on the situation.
A huge number of zeros in his account saw Chris Reynolds, a dealer in spare parts for old cars. “I feel like a million dollars. You can imagine my face when I checked the account: I expected to see a zero balance, but I saw so much money ... I don’t even know the numbers, ”said Mr. Reynolds, who discovered 92.233.720.368.547.800 dollars on the account.
"Quadrillionaire" told how he would spend money: "I would donate 30 dollars to the candidate for mayor - in general, I would spend on charity ..."
Perhaps we add from myself, you can’t call this guy particularly generous.
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