The instigators of war. An official source in the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrant Affairs said that the media’s statements about Washington’s decision to arm terrorist groups in Syria confirm the US’s role in fueling the crisis.
As a source in the Foreign Ministry said SANAIt is already obvious that the United States aims to continue the violence and terrorism in Syria. Destabilization of the situation in the region serves the benefit of the aggressive plans of Israel.
"But the resilience of the Syrian people and the prowess of the SAR Armed Forces will fail the plans of the US-Israel alliance and its puppets in Syria."
Oppositional disappointment. As transmits "RT", hundreds of Syrians who fought against Bashar al-Assad are now moving to the side of the army. According to many, the opposition is losing the war, and the number of those who prefer to surrender is growing in order to return to normal life. These people can take advantage of the declared general amnesty in Syria.
According to The Telegraph, disillusioned with the Syrian “revolution” and weakened as a result of the conflict, an increasing number of militants are turning to the government.
Families of the retreating fighters move to government-controlled territories. They are much safer for life than the areas under the authority of the armed opposition.
“Our promise is: if you really want to protect the Syrian people, put weapon and protect the people of Syria in the right way - through dialogue, ”said Ali Haider, Minister for National Reconciliation. The ministry has created a system in which militants can surrender their weapons in exchange for safe passage on the territory controlled by the government.
According to the British edition, the headquarters of the Ministry of National Reconciliation in Damascus is overflowing with members of the families of militants, who are desperately asking to forgive their relatives. They say that the only thing their men want is to go over to the side of the government and get back to normal life.
The opposition is still split. There have been changes in the ranks of the leaders of NKRSs, but there is still no unity in the organization. Correspondent "RT" Paul Scott figured out who the Syrian opposition consists of.
The national coalition of Syrian revolutionary and opposition forces consists of at least 11 of various groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood. There is a coalition of secular and democratic forces of Syria, the People’s Democratic Party, the Supreme Council of the Syrian Revolution, and others.
NKRS is internationally recognized as a representative of the Syrian people. However, it does not include all the groups opposing Assad. For example, "Front Nusra" is not included. But the NKRS says today that the Front stole the revolution.
The Kurdish front and the "people of jihad." Clashes between Kurdish self-defense detachments and extremist groups that have plans to create an “Islamic Emirate” in Syria, in northeastern Syria, threaten to develop into a sharp inter-ethnic conflict, correspondent ITAR-TASS Dmitry Zelenin.
According to the Lebanese newspaper As-Safir, neighboring Turkey and NKRS are being pushed towards this country in order, they say, “to prevent the emergence of Kurdish autonomous power”.
Hundreds of mercenaries are transferred by rail on the Turkish side of the border to areas where hostilities are taking place. From time to time Turkish artillery fires warning shots at their positions, while UAVs are on duty in the sky.
However, self-defense forces released a number of Kurdish villages captured by Islamists in 24 hours. On the border with Iraq, Kurdish troops came close to the checkpoint in Abu Kemal and Yarubiya, which eight months ago were captured by bandits.
The front stretched for tens of kilometers, and the number of battles killed during the week exceeded 70 people.
Kurdish people's committees do not intend to cede their territory to the Islamists.
As regards the latter, the statement of the leader of “Dzhebhat al-Nusra” Abu Mohammed al-Dzhulani appeared in the Arab media. He warned that "people of jihad" will not allow elections in Syria, and promised to "establish sharia law everywhere."
"Dangerous than the Nazis." The head of the intelligence service of the IDF said that Syria is becoming the "center of world jihad", reports "RT". Islamists are trying not only to overthrow the Assad government, but also to create a state based on Sharia law. Major General Aviv Kohavi believes that Syria is a danger to the entire Middle Eastern region: after all, extremists from all over the world are coming there.
Israeli media quotes the words of the head of military intelligence: “A giant jihad center is developing in our neighborhood.” Kohavi believes that extremists will try to turn Syria into an Islamic state.
In turn, Ribal Assad, a cousin of the Syrian president, argues that the Syrian rebels, led by jihadists, are "more dangerous than the Nazis."
The number of jihadists in Syria has increased. According to the International Center for the Study of Radicalism (ICRS), hundreds of Muslims from Europe now adhere to the opposition. Most have British passports. Since the beginning of the civil war, about 5,5 thousand foreign mercenaries have been to Syria. Al-Qaeda fighters are fighting in the ranks of the Syrian opposition, and among them are those who fought against American troops in Iraq.
Rand Paul does not believe the White House. At a peace conference in New York on the settlement of the situation in Syria, opposition leaders are hoping to agree on arms supplies with the United States. And Senator Rand Paul has criticized the supply of weapons to Syrian militants, reports "RT".
He believes that if the United States provides weapons to the "despotic regime in Egypt," then it should also be supplied to "Islamist rebels in Syria." The politician explained the logic of Washington: “In Syria, there are 17 of various rebel movements, the largest of which is the Front of An-Nusra.” His militants are radical, they preach the idea of jihad and are associated with al-Qaeda. But politicians in Washington are still eager to supply them with weapons. ” The senator noted that he did not believe the promises of the American authorities that the American weapons would not fall into the hands of the militants.
“How can we ask our brave boys and girls in some countries to fight against al-Qaeda, and in others - on its side?” - Comrade Paul is amazed.
Rand Paul had earlier ironically exposed the double standards of his native government. He explained: “After all, this is how the United States supports those associated with Al-Qaida. And according to the resolution 2001 of the year on the use of military force against terrorists, we have the right to pursue the Taliban, Al-Qaida and related armed forces. It turns out that now we are the very "related armed forces," because we will fight with Al-Qaeda against Bashar al-Assad.
The Muslim Brotherhood received an ultimatum. The Egyptian military command yesterday presented an 48-hour ultimatum to the Muslim Brotherhood, writes "Lenta.ru" with reference to Reuters.
Until mid-Saturday, the Islamists have the opportunity to join the political settlement plan.
“We will not do anything first, but, of course, we will harshly respond to any calls for violence or black terrorism from the leaders of the Brothers or their supporters. We pledge to protect peaceful demonstrators, regardless of their preferences, ”said a spokesman for the Egyptian military.
The strike in response to death. All flights to and from Tunisia are canceled today, "Lenta.ru" with reference to Reuters.
So the airport staff in the Tunisian capital responded to the call of the country's largest trade union to hold a general strike. The protest is held in response to the murder of one of the leaders of the Tunisian opposition, Mohamed Al-Brahmi, which took place on July 25.
The killing of al-Brahmi caused mass demonstrations in the country. In the capital, police used tear gas to push the demonstrators back from the Ministry of the Interior. In Sidi Bouzid, protesters set fire to two local branches of the Nahda Party (the Renaissance Party).
No one took responsibility for the murder. Native politicians are suspected of the “Revival Party”. Its head, Rashid Gannuchi, stated that the attack on the oppositionist was intended to "stop the Tunisian democratic process and destroy the only successful model in the region, especially after the violence in Egypt, Syria and Libya."
It is noted that al-Brahmi was in the party "Popular Movement", which sharply criticizes the government of Tunisia. The Islamists who came to power did not succeed either in the economy or in the social sphere.
Internet for reindeer. The Norwegian Space Center together with the company "Telenor Satellite Broadcasting" launched a project to create a new satellite system, writes Alexei Zabrodin ("Russian newspaper").
The system will cover the Arctic regions that are outside the range of geostationary communications satellites (the latter are put into orbit near the equator and can carry out full-fledged broadcasting only up to 75 degrees of northern latitude).
According to the director of the Norwegian Space Center Bo Andersen, the output will be the creation of a new satellite network. Mr. Andersen says that spending on the “Arctic Internet” will be 330-650 million dollars. The network in the arctic zone can be launched after 2020, subject to funding expected from private and public sources.
As noted, there is no urgent need for the World Wide Web in the Arctic. However, experts say, it will soon appear. Under the conditions of ice melting, fishing, shipping and oil companies are becoming more active here.
"Fuck off moron!" The French parliament voted yesterday to repeal the 1881 law of the year, which introduced responsibility for rudeness against the President of the Republic, reports "Lenta.ru" with reference to Reuters.
Previously, any rudeness against the head of state was considered an offense. And now the offended president will have to prove the fact of slander or defamation in court.
The new law was adopted after the decision of the European Court of Human Rights, which determined that France violated the rights of a demonstrator fined for a poster with the text “Fuck off, dumbass!” The poster was addressed to President Sarkozy.
The ECHR decided that France violated the demonstrator’s right to express its opinion about the head of state.
“Ribbon” reminds that the above expression has become popular in France since N. Sarkozy himself used it - in relation to a person who did not want to shake the presidential hand.
It is noted that Francois Hollande did not resort to the possibility of condemning his critics - for example, for nicknames like “Jello”.
Let politics follow economics. The German business community is dissatisfied with the level of development of relations between Berlin and Moscow. A group lobbying for Germany’s economic interests in Eastern Europe criticized politicians and the media for its negative image of Russia, the correspondent notes "RT" Peter Oliver.
Dr. Rainer Lindner, director of the Eastern Committee of the German economy, which measures the "economic temperature" of relations between the two countries, stressed that the level of political interaction between Germany and Russia lags far behind economic relations.
“Our turnover in 2012 was 80 billion euros, and I think we are moving in that direction,” said the scientist. - Our business wants to have a basis, close ties economically. We are actively developing relations in the field of energy. 30% of energy resources come from Russia, and we are talking not only about Germany, but also about the European Union as a whole. We also want to export our machinery, our cars to Russia. What we do. ” Lindner added: “We have created many jobs in Russia. 1,5 million jobs in Germany depend on Russian-German trade relations. ”
Shale gas is not yet, and the debts are already there. The agreement with the Chevron concern on shale gas production will force the Ukrainian government to pay the company a debt in the amount of 2,7 million, plus accruals. This was announced at a press conference by MP, the chairman of the VRU Committee on Environmental Policy, Environmental Management and the Elimination of the Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster Irina Seh, reports day.kiev.ua with reference to iPress.
Where are the debts? According to the deputy, Ukraine owed Chevron money for holding seminars, conferences and meetings, at which the public was convinced of the safety of shale gas production.
“They have not signed the agreement yet, and we already owe them. This is the so-called compensation costs. The fact that they promise to improve the infrastructure, to build roads, but at the same time as compensation, they will pump 10 for free our gas for years to cover their expenses. During this time, Ukraine will not receive a single cubic meter of its gas, ”said Tatiana Timochko, chairwoman of the All-Ukrainian Ecological League.
Building technologies in the service of medicine. Ilya Klimov ("Vesti") told that Moldavian doctors, in order to show the poverty of local medicine, posted a video on the Internet. A child is operated on with an industrial drill and wire cutters. The shocking video was filmed in the operating room by the doctors themselves.
Surgeons claim that they are desperate to wait for the hospital management to purchase normal medical instruments. Instead of a drill, a drill is used, and drills for it are purchased on the construction market. Bone tumors are removed with a hammer and chisel.
Prime Minister Yuri Leanca ordered the perpetrators to be found and punished, but it immediately became clear that the use of a construction tool was a common practice. The Minister of Health who arrived at the hospital urgently did not find a construction tool there.
Nikolay Starchuk, director of the city children's clinical hospital. V. Ignatenko, declares: “Surgeons want the most expensive equipment. We can not buy it. It costs hundreds of thousands of euros. In all hospitals where there are departments of traumatology, use such tools. Industrial drills are not only used in construction, they are universal. "
The topic of health care in the former USSR has long become geopolitical. In particular, the current healthcare in Latvia does not hold water in comparison with the former Soviet one.
Lost the USSR - lost and medicine. There is a catastrophe in Latvia’s health care, and in the USSR, this republic was ahead of America in the number of beds and doctors. About this in an interview with "Vesti.lv" said the Latvian academician, surgeon Viktor Kalnberz, reports newsbalt.ru.
"... Mortality has increased, in Latvia 600 suicides occur every year - that is a lot for a small country."
Tuberculosis was completely defeated, and now he "looked up again." And polio appears. The number of sexually transmitted diseases is also increasing.
“However, what to expect if for the state priority is not health, but defense. But once we were ahead of America in the number of beds, doctors, nurses at 10 thousands of people! ”
Victor Kalnberz notes:
«History distorted and remade by different methods. It can be called the annexation of Latvia to the USSR occupation - this is one method. But there is another - silencing previous achievements. "
The First Riga Hospital survived the war with Napoleon, the 1905 and 1917 revolutions, the First and the Second World War, says Kalnberz. But in independent Latvia, the hospital did not survive the “optimization of health care”. In 2009, it was turned into an outpatient structure.
The Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedics, which Kalnberz headed 35 for years, was a major scientific and medical center. In the USSR, he led in three areas: external fixation, endoprosthetics and biomechanics.
“Serious earnings were given by my external fixation devices. We sold them to Afghanistan for $ 500. This device was proposed to be included in the list of mandatory for civil defense. Latvia was already independent when I received a secret letter from the Russian Ministry of Defense, which referred to the order of 52 thousand (!) Vehicles. But we were not allowed to take up this order, because it supposedly would support the defense power of Russia, although this is not Tanks and not airplanes, but humanitarian aid itself. ”
Academician spoke about the creation of the Latvian-American company for the production of hip joint endoprostheses involving engineers from the WEF plant, the production of which was vetoed by an order from the Ministry of Health. Businessmen who wished to buy this production also gave a turn to the gate: the plant we created was part of the medical structure, and it was forbidden to pass them on to private owners.
“Now endoprostheses are made in Belarus. There are no queues for arthroplasty, it is free. I am writing about this in my book, which, as I was told, has already been given to Alexander Lukashenko. I respect the person who has preserved and developed medicine. ”
Kuriles: joint development? It became known that the Russian government proposes to the Japanese authorities to create a joint zone of economic development in the "northern territories". This was done with the filing of the agreements on the rapid resumption of negotiations on the "territories", which were reached during the summits in April and June, reports "InoTV" with reference to Nihon Keizai Shimbun.
Cooperation is expected in the energy sector and in the field of infrastructure renewal. The goal is to accelerate the creation of a favorable climate for solving the “northern territories” issue on the basis of joint development of the area.
The idea of joint development of the Kuriles was suggested by the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Morgulov at a meeting on June 20 in St. Petersburg with the Senior Deputy Foreign Minister Masadzi Matsuyama. According to those present at the meeting, Deputy Minister Matsuyama replied: "First, we must begin an active conversation aimed at resolving the problem of returning the four islands."
North Korea blamed South Korea. The DPRK's armed forces may again occupy the territory of the inter-Korean industrial complex in Kesong. This was reported by South Korean reporters who covered the negotiations on the future of the only joint venture created by the North and the South, reports correspondent ITAR-TASS Vladimir Kutakhov.
The authorities of the DPRK issued a warning after the sixth round of negotiations on the normalization of the industrial park came to a standstill. At the end of the round, the head of the DPRK delegation distributed copies of the proposals with which the North Korean delegation spoke, and stressed that it was South Korea that was to blame for the fact that no agreement had been reached.
China continues to abolish visas. From 1 in August, citizens of Russia and more 44 states will be able to visit the Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou without a visa. Such an opportunity is provided at 72 hours, provided that the passenger is in transit to a third country, for example, to Hong Kong or Macau. Guangzhou became the third city after Beijing and Shanghai in the People's Republic of China, where foreign transit passengers do not need a visa, reports Evgeny Soloviev ("Russian newspaper").
The deputy governor of the province, Zhao Yufang, promised that the authorities would do everything possible to attract tourists. Great hopes feed representatives of travel agencies. They are ready to offer foreign guests short-term tours of Guangzhou, as their colleagues in Beijing and Shanghai are doing now.
The Canton Trade and Economic Fair is held in Guangzhou annually. Now it is enough for Russian businessmen to enter to buy tickets Moscow - Guangzhou - Hong Kong - Moscow.
The northern cities of Tianjin and the administrative center of Sichuan province, Chengdu, may soon join the three cities of China with visa-free transit.
Chinese maritime police visited Senkaku. The ships of the newly established Chinese maritime police today for the first time entered the zone near the uninhabited Senkaku Islands. This was reported by the Japanese Maritime Security Authority, which performs the functions of the coast guard, reports correspondent ITAR-TASS Vasily Golovnin.
According to him, four ships of the Chinese Maritime Police were seen in the waters of Senkaku. So far, Japanese border guards are not taking action against this group.
The Maritime Police Directorate was established in China on July 23. Its functions include the "protection of the country's sovereignty over territorial waters."
Bo Xilai will be shot? Bo Xilu, the disgraced Chinese politician, was charged with several articles, including corruption and embezzlement of public funds. Now he can face a serious punishment - up to the death penalty, reports Daria Kozlova ("Vesti").
As stated in the investigative documents, the actions of the defendant caused “extremely great” damage to the interests of the state.
“I am glad that he was charged,” says a 50-year-old Chinese citizen. - We, ordinary people, are always against corrupt officials. He is wasting our money instead of rebuilding the country and helping the poor. ”
“If the government does not win corruption, China has no future, we will perish,” said another resident of the Middle Kingdom. “It's good that Bo Xilai will stand trial.”
There is a different opinion. Many in China believe that the process reflects the political struggle in the country: the central government regains control of regional political elites. “When corruption becomes the norm, any politician can be accused of embezzling state property — just to remove him from the political scene,” says political analyst Zhang Lifan. - From all that happens, we can draw one conclusion: he just lost the struggle for power! This is a political process, not a criminal case. ”
Morales accepted the apologies of the Europeans. The President of Bolivia accepted an apology from France, Spain, Italy and Portugal for the incident with his plane, reports Newsru.com with reference to Reuters.
“Although we were not very satisfied with the apologies of the four countries, we accepted them, thus going to meet them, because we are interested in continuing our relationship,” the president told reporters.
Morales noted that Bolivia "retains the right to continue actions taken in international organizations" in order to prevent a repetition of such events, ITAR-TASS reports.
"Memory of the World." Ernesto Che Guevara’s manuscripts were included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Program. This provoked outrage from members of the US Congress and some former US officials. These gentlemen said that the UN has tarnished its reputation, recognizing the property of the revolutionary who killed many innocent people, reports "RT".
“This idiot called himself the“ murder machine, ”he served the totalitarian regime,” Roger Noriegu, former US Under Secretary of State responsible for Latin American countries, quotes The Washington Free Beacon.
“The fact that he is an icon for the left is simply ridiculous,” says an American diplomat. “And the fact that his works are honored for inclusion on the UNESCO list once again testifies to the hypocrisy and deep ignorance of this institution.” The UN should be ashamed of having perpetuated this devilish myth for future generations. ”
Venezuela cyberattacks. The cyber attack was carried out on a number of sites related to the authorities of Venezuela, reports correspondent RIA "News" Dmitry Znamensky with reference to the Nuevo Herald.
Within a few days, hackers broke into the sites of the Venezuelan army, the Air Force, the National Guard (a total of 12 websites of government agencies). The site of the Venezuelan exchange was hacked. According to the hackers themselves, the presidential administration’s website was also unavailable for some time, also because of their actions.
Responsibility was assumed by the factions Anonymous Venezuela and Venezuelan Hackers. They promise to continue the action in the future. Required by the hackers of the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro.
According to the correspondent of RIA "News", The sites are already working as usual, however, some are loaded for a long time.
60 anniversary of the assault on the barracks of Moncada. Cuba celebrates today 60 anniversary of the assault on the barracks of Moncada. The main celebrations will be held in Santiago de Cuba, reports correspondent RIA Novosti Oleg Vyazmitinov.
The celebration will be attended by the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, the leader of Uruguay, José Mujica and the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales.
To participate in the celebrations in Santiago, which is called the "cradle of the Cuban revolution", veterans of the assault and members of the expedition of the yacht "Granma" arrived, at which the revolutionaries at one time reached the island.
In honor of the 60 anniversary, a postage stamp was issued. The delegation laid a wreath at the grave of Cuba’s national hero José Martí and flowers at the graves of the revolutionaries who died in the city’s Santa Ifigenia cemetery.
The US Congress split in half. The House of Representatives of the US Congress rejected a bill designed to limit US intelligence programs to collect data, writes Vladislav Vorobyov ("Russian newspaper").
An amendment restricting the activities of the NSA was proposed by Justin Emesh, a Republican from Michigan. Not all members of Obama's party members were ready to close their eyes to the permissiveness of the said special services. But in the end, Obama and the NSA won: 205 congressmen voted for the amendments, and 217 voted against.
The 111 Democrats are now opposing Obama. And from among the Republicans 94 of the legislator voted "for", "against" - 134.
The White House is interested in the Russian status of Snowden. The US wants Russia to clarify Edward Snowden’s status, White House spokesman Jay Carney said. According to him, the US authorities still insist on the extradition of Snowden; "Vesti" with reference to ITAR-TASS.
The American authorities are daily discussing the situation with Snowden with Moscow.
Unanimously! The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously endorsed Lindsay Graham’s proposal to sanction countries assisting Edward Snowden, reports "RT" with reference to Interfax.
Graham suggested that the State Department coordinate with the congressmen the introduction of punishments against states that help Snowden avoid extradition to the United States.
"RT" notes that Ambassador Michael McFaul wrote on Twitter: "The United States does not ask for extradition, but for the mere return of Mr. Snowden." However, the head of the Human Rights Council under the President of Russia, Mikhail Fedotov, explained that Snowden is not legally located in Russia: “He did not cross the airport’s transit zone,” he said. Legally, the Russian Federation cannot issue it anywhere, extradite it and generally do something with it. He is not with us. ”
Themselves to blame. Regarding the issue of extradition of Snowden, the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation stated that in Washington “they are trying to prove the unprovable and purposefully mix up the concepts,” reports "RT".
"I would not want to put our American partners in an awkward position, but since they say such things, then we have to publicly say that it was Washington that categorically rejected many Russian proposals for concluding an extradition treaty in the past," the employee quotes Interfax. Russian Foreign Ministry.
Increasingly, we add, the United States has to bend down and stand in an uncomfortable position.
Browder is on the international wanted list. The CEO of Hermitage Capital has been put on the international wanted list. This is reported in the press center of the Russian Interior Ministry, transmits "RT" with reference to ITAR-TASS.
“At the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, the Russian Interpol Bureau has sent a request to the organization’s general secretary to declare Browder William Felix, a citizen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, to be internationally searched, the agency’s website said.
Disarmament will not. The US House of Representatives approved an amendment to the law on military appropriations for the 2014 year. It is blocking Obama’s plan to reduce American nuclear weapons, reports "InoTV" with reference to The Washington Times.
The publication refers to Obama's Berlin speech, where the president announced plans to further reduce the number of US nuclear warheads by a third.
Republican Mike Rogers, the author of the amendment, said: “We must stop this urgent move to zero ... The President proposes dangerous and irreversible changes to our nuclear potential. The congress should make sure that we carefully redraw the last guarantor of the security of the nation. ”
The Americans gathered unequivocally to signal Putin. Julian Peke, Jeremy Herb ("The Hill", USA; source of translation - "InoSMI") bring the views of US lawmakers, saying that Vladimir Putin is causing them more and more outrage. Senators demand that Obama firmly take on Russia.
They do not like that “this country” sentenced to five years “the harshest criticism of Putin”, that she “posthumously condemned the deceased whistleblower”. Moreover, the Kremlin is considering the question of granting asylum to NSA exposer Snowden.
“That's enough,” declared Democratic Senator from New York State Charles Schumer. He announced - and presented a resolution calling for the transfer of the September G20 summit from St. Petersburg (this is in Russia) to some other country, unless Russia gives Snowden. “It’s time to send President Putin,” he added, “a very clear signal of Russia's reprehensible behavior, and this resolution is precisely designed to do this.”
Senator Lindsey Graham, who prepared this resolution with Schumer, made a splash in the media, saying on Capitol Hill that Obama should refuse to participate in the Sochi Olympics 2014 of the year if Snowden is granted asylum. “I’d just send the most unambiguous signal to the Russians,” said Graham. “It could help because their actions are outrageous.”
Similar feelings are shared by members of the House of Representatives.
“I’m totally disappointed in Russia,” says Massachusetts Democrat Jim McGovern. “Every day the human rights situation is getting worse there.”
In defense of America. America and Russia use the judicial system as a political tool, writes Austrian political scientist Andreas Unterberger in the Freie Welt. However, there is a difference between countries. Russia under Putin, leads opinion Unterbergera "InoTV", completely lost those rudiments of a democratic state of law that she was able to acquire thanks to Gorbachev and Yeltsin. About America, despite the powers of its special services, this can not be said, the author of the article believes.
In defense of America, you need to add, he writes, that in the case of Snowden, a clash of two values occurred: the protection of citizens from terrorism and the protection of the private sphere. Unterberger considers the first one more important.
The author switches to Russia and China, pointing out that these countries are also spying: there are simply no whistleblowers like Snowden.
Unterberger also believes that, no matter how the United States behaves in the case of Snowden, "all this does not go to any comparison with how Putin destroys democracy."
In America, no one is jailed on dubious charges just because he is a political danger to President Obama. "In Russia, on the contrary: a political challenge to President Putin is the right way to jail," the political scientist said.
For Putin, the possibility of a democratic change of power is unthinkable, the author believes. He writes: “Who wants such a shift is already a criminal. Under communism, they were basically considered mentally ill. Although such a move did not even occur to Putin, he may still come. ”
Where to go to invest? Since the financial crisis of 2008, it has been much more profitable for investors to invest in US banks than in commodity companies from BRIC countries. This conclusion was made by the newspaper "The Financial Times", writes "Lenta.ru".
On the eve of the crisis, the capitalization of American banks was lower than the cost of the main commodity companies of BRIC. By the beginning of 2013, they were already one and a half times more expensive - this happened against the backdrop of a recovery in the American economy and lower prices for a number of commodities.
Shares of American companies on the market feel more confident than securities from developing countries. The S&P 500 has climbed more than 2013% since the beginning of 20, while the MSCI Emerging Markets Index has dropped 9,6%.
What raw materials company FT used for the calculations is not known. The article mentions the Brazilian companies Petrobras and Vale and the Russian Rosneft. Capitalization in five years fell by 75, 51 and 2,4% respectively. Meanwhile, Citigroup fell by 72% in the same time, Bank of America fell by 45%, and Wells Fargo went up by 60%.
By the way, in the FT rating there is news about Gazprom.
As transmits "Oil of Russia" referring to Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in the Global 500 rating published for 2013, Gazprom took the 57 position, losing 26 positions over the year and dropping out of the 50 largest companies in the world. It is noted that data on the capitalization of companies on 28 March were used to compile the rating, and on April 2 Gazprom cost even less: the capitalization of the gas giant fell below $ 100 billion.
In the list of world corporations in terms of capitalization, Gazprom was between Walt Disney and McDonald's.
Interviewed "NG" experts ratings are not surprised.
“The situation reflects the reluctance of investors to invest in the company in the long term. The reason is simple and clear - Gazprom is investing huge amounts of money into projects that will never pay off, says a partner of the consulting company RusEnergy, Mikhail Krutikhin. - The list can be quite long, but it is enough to bring such projects as the construction of an LNG plant in Vladivostok, the development of Yakut fields with the prospect of export to China, the South Stream, etc. The concern, as directed by the country's leadership, is invested in insanely expensive and inefficient from an economic point of view, projects, and therefore there is no confidence in it from investors and will not appear in the coming years. ”
CIA against the weather. The US Central Intelligence Agency is studying the prospects for climate control on Earth. Scientific research in this area has already been funded by the CIA in the amount of 630 thousand dollars, writes Alexander Gasyuk ("Russian newspaper"). Russian experts are sure: this is a long-time dream of Washington - to gain access to offensive climate weapons.
A study by American analysts of climate change and how to manage it will take 21 a month. In addition to the CIA, the project deals with the National Academy of Sciences, the Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA.
The technologies studied with the support of the CIA look threatening. We are talking, for example, about limiting the flow of sunlight to the Earth by spraying special particles in the stratosphere, controlling solar radiation, moving clouds.
A report by the US National Intelligence Council states that "climate change and climate change policies can affect domestic stability in a number of key states and have significant geopolitical consequences."
The meetings of the participants in the new “geo-engineering project” held in May and June were completely closed to the public.
Russian experts do not doubt the dual purpose of these scientific works. In a conversation with RG, the chief editor of the National Defense magazine Igor Korotchenko said that research on the subject of climate weapons in the United States leads not only the CIA, but also the Pentagon, and finances work on closed budget items.
According to the expert, with the successful creation of climate weapons, the main tasks for the latter could be “economic destabilization of certain countries” through provoking large-scale droughts or monsoon rains and tornadoes.
Chairman of the globe. Every second Australian is sure that Putin rules the world. This is evidenced by data from a survey conducted by an Australian news agency "Sevennews".
A total of 5 thousands of Australian citizens were interviewed. 47% of them are convinced that the world is ruled by Vladimir Putin. Total 31% believes in the supremacy of Barack Obama. Some 12% do not doubt the world power of the British crown.
Well, let's add on our own, David and Barak were given the wrong names at birth, and Vladimir the right ones.
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