In Japan, they think that Google doesn't know geography well. The Japanese government has banned regional administrations and government universities to use Google Maps. It turns out that the territories that Japan considers its own are marked on these maps in foreign languages. This is written by the Japanese media, reports the correspondent. RIA News" Ksenia Naka.
According to the Japanese government, one of the Senkaku islands is “wrong”: it has a Chinese name on Google. Four southern Kuril Islands are incorrectly marked: these turned out to be Russian territory. Finally, the Dokdo Islands are incorrectly named (among the Japanese, they are called Takeshima). Because of the last islands, Japan argues with South Korea.
Moreover, the Sea of Japan is for some reason designated as the East Korean.
And if so, then the government demanded that government agencies abandon the use of Google maps on official websites.
Northern optimists. According to the correspondent. ITAR-TASS Yuri Sidorov, the army and the people of the DPRK "are subjected to merciless punishment of those who insult the top leadership and the social system of the people's republic." This is stated in a published statement by the representative of the DPRK Committee for the Peaceful Unification of Korea.
The CMOC responded to the propaganda campaign that began in the Republic of Korea, based on the theses on “instability” and “the possibility of the fall of the regime in the North”.
Pyongyang is outraged by the reports of the Yenhap news agency and other RK conservative press that “are trying to set the public against the DPRK, citing critical assessments of the situation in the DPRK by a number of foreign media and experts.” The committee warned that all South Korean journalists involved in such actions, announcers and political scientists "will have to pay a high price for attempts to undermine the honor and dignity of the DPRK supreme leadership."
The statement further says that the dissemination of “absurd stories” predicting the fall of the regime ruling in the North is “the futile efforts of those who are trying to undermine the prestige of the DPRK against the background of the impressive successes of the republic achieved under the leadership of Kim Jong UN and inspiring optimism in the Korean people” .
Netanyahu against Rouhani. Israeli Prime Minister to meet with US President today. As expected, he will persuade him not to ease the pressure on Iran, reports RIA News".
Netanyahu calls the Iranian presidential declaration on striving for a political settlement of disagreements with the world community a “smoke screen” covering the military-nuclear program. The Israeli Prime Minister promised to “tell the truth” about Iran’s politics: “I’ll tell the truth in the face of sweet speeches and smiles. It is necessary to present the facts. The truth is vital for security and peace throughout the world and, of course, for the security of Israel. ”
The Israeli newspaper "Haaretz" writes about the main purpose of the prime minister's trip: "Netanyahu is going <...> with an urgent mission. He is determined to throw a tub of cold water on the romance beginning between the West, led by the United States and Iran, led by the sweet-tongued leader Hassan Rouhani. The prime minister is armed with intelligence data proving that even in this new era Iran is behind global terrorist activities. ”
The correspondent of “Haaretz” Barak Ravid quotes Netanyahu’s helpers on Twitter. They said that the head of the Israeli government would ask Obama not only not to relax the sanctions during the negotiations, but also to increase pressure on Iran.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that the decision to lift international sanctions against Iran could be made within a few months, if Tehran cooperates and opens nuclear facilities for inspections. This was announced by John Kerry in an interview with the “60 Minutes” program on CBS channel, RIA News".
The state secretary said: "It is likely that this agreement will be reached much earlier, and it all depends on how Iran is ready to openly approach its preparation." He added: "If this is a peace program, and we can all be convinced of this, relations with Iran can change radically for the better in the shortest possible time."
Responding to a question about what would be the basis for a change in attitude, Kerry called the opening of access to all facilities, including underground, and the signing of an additional protocol on the conduct of inspections. Also important is Tehran’s voluntary refusal to enrich uranium beyond the level required for the peace program.
Earlier, last Friday, the Iranian president in New York said that he hoped to solve the problem around the Iranian nuclear program in a short time (a period of three to six months was called).
Stones, eggs and shoes. Following the incident at Tehran's Mehrabad airport, where on September 28, Hassan Rouhani was thrown with stones, eggs and shoes, they detained two suspects. He writes about it "Lenta.ru" with reference to France Press.
According to police spokesman Said Montazer ol-Mehdi, law enforcement agencies have drawn attention to the unowned. Mehdi said that the throwers were not detained by the police, but by another security service.
More than seventy young conservatives took part in the action against Rouhani, recalls Lenta. It is noted that several hundred supporters met the Iranian president.
The “botany” reaction of the conservative public was due to the fact that Rouhani held talks with the US president and returned to Tehran from the meeting of the UN General Assembly. The talks of the head of state were supported by the majority of Iranian media and social movements, but there were also those who did not like them.
McCain compared Assad with Hussein. The military potential of the Syrian government should be weakened. The forces of “moderate opposition” in Syria must simultaneously be supported, says Senator John McCain. Only in this way can a break in the internal conflict in Syria be achieved and a political settlement be reached. The politician said this to the French edition of the Journal du Dimanche, reports the correspondent. ITAR-TASS Ivan Batyrev.
The senator stressed that after the decision to transfer the Syrian chemical arsenals weapons under international control, "a new situation has arisen in which everyone should be realistic".
According to D. McCain, now "Bashar Asad will use every month to gain time and deceive the world, using all the means to which Saddam Hussein resorted to him."
The senator believes that Syria’s refusal of chemical weapons does not mean that “Bashar Asad has become a negotiating partner.”
And then, from his own words, McCain drew a political conclusion: “We need a strategy to end this war as soon as possible, because the longer it goes, the worse it becomes. This strategy should weaken the military capabilities of the Bashar al-Assad regime, strengthen those abilities of moderate opposition, which will make it possible to achieve a breakthrough on the battlefield and, thus, create conditions for a negotiated way out of the conflict with the removal of Assad and his minions. ”
As for Assad, he also made a statement.
The ship goes to port. Syrian President would be willing to leave his post if it would help improve the situation in the country. He stated this in an interview with the Italian channel “RaiNews24”, stressing that “his presence is for the good of the country,” a correspondent reports. ITAR-TASS Vera Scherbakova.
"The ship is not left in the midst of the storm, my task is to bring it to the port, and not to throw it," said Assad. The president is going to decide next year on whether to run for election: “If I understand that the Syrian people want this, I will run. Otherwise, no. ”
Bashar Asad is confident that after the end of the crisis, "Syria will become better than before." He added to the above: “The only opportunity now is to defend the country and free it from terrorists and their criminal ideology.”
“If the rebels are armed, then this is no longer the opposition, but terrorists. And we cannot hold discussions with terrorists, with al-Qaeda and its supporters, or with those who call for military intervention in Syria, ”said Assad in an interview to Italian television, reports "Voice of Russia" with reference to the RIA "News».
“If they lay down their arms, then we are ready for a dialogue with them,” he added. According to the President of Syria, the SAR government will decide on the composition and level of its participation in the international conference “Geneva-2” after its “context and criteria” is known.
The ATS President noted that Damascus is ready to destroy chemical weapons, but the armed opposition makes it difficult to access its storage sites: “Our task is to provide data and facilitate the procedure (destruction of chemical weapons), but now there are technical problems. For example, how to get to places (storage of chemical weapons) in the presence of terrorists who are ready to put any obstacles in our way, and how to get rid of these materials. ”
All chemical weapons in the world. The President of Russia, after meeting with the American President at the G20 summit, set the task of transferring international control and destroying all remaining chemical weapons in the world. This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia in an interview with the newspaper "Kommersant", transmit "Vesti".
S. Lavrov also stressed that Moscow is ready to take a financial part in the elimination of Syrian arsenals of toxic substances.
Iraq: a new explosion. Yesterday in Iraq there was a major terrorist attack. The victims of the explosion in a Shiite mosque were 46 people, more than 50 suffered, transmit "Vesti". The incident occurred in Musayib (60 kilometers from Baghdad).
In a building during a memorial prayer, a suicide bomber blew himself up. In the mosque collapsed ceiling, under the rubble, as suggested by the police, there are still people.
About Ukrainian armored personnel carriers. The ship "Se Pacifica" with 42 Ukrainian BTR-4 for the army of Iraq was released from custody in India, writes "Duma.net".
The ship arrived at the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr. However ... the Arabs again refused to accept armored vehicles.
As the representative of the shipowner Alexander Varvarenko told “Dumskoy.net”, Iraq canceled the contract with Ukraine in early September. And we are talking not only about this party, but also about other planned deliveries. The Ukrainian budget has lost almost half a billion dollars.
Curious that this история - apparently has no end.
According to Varvarenko, all past week he tried to contact Ukrspets esport in order to understand what to do with the military cargo. But officials do not respond to phone calls. “They deliberately avoid contact,” the manager believes.
Dumskaya.net notes that the state-owned company owed the shipowner a million US dollars - this is not counting the penalty for almost four months of drift in the Persian Gulf and compensation for problems in India. But after all, returning armored personnel carriers to Ukraine is also worth the money. “To be honest, we are at a loss,” says Varvarenko.
Russia and Ukraine: the question of borders? Ukraine is not profitable to raise the issue of the Black Sea withdrawal fleet Russia from the Crimea. About this, giving an interview to a correspondent Golosa.ua, said deputy director of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies Tamara Guzenkova, writes Daniil Klyakhin.
“The agreement on the Black Sea Fleet is not a product of Kharkov initiatives, as many people think. A package agreement, which is inextricably linked with the so-called “Big Treaty” between Russia and Ukraine, which was signed and ratified in the 97-98 years. Therefore, if someone from the radical Ukrainian politicians starts trying to set the Black Sea Fleet theme on the shield in a practical sense, then Russia will have to raise such terrible layers of Russian-Ukrainian relations, which were more or less resolved by the “Big Treaty” ". And then it will be a question of returning to the issue of territorial boundaries. ”
The deputy director of RISI clarified that if Kiev officially demanded the withdrawal of the Black Sea Fleet from the Crimea, for Russia this would be a reason to initiate a reconsideration of Ukraine’s existence in today's borders, and at the same time tightening the Kremlin’s position on the Azov-Kerch Strait.
Nevertheless, let us add, the question of locating the Black Sea Fleet on the road of Ukraine to the European Union will inevitably interest the countries of Europe. Even if these questions are not raised by “radical Ukrainian politicians,” then Brussels will undoubtedly ask Kiev about the deployment of a naval force in a certain state outside Crimea. And in general, the desire to make Ukraine their own (for example, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said recently that Ukraine is “actually part of us”) expresses a clear desire of the top of the “common European” home to sever Ukraine’s ties with Russia.
The carrier of state secrets of the first category fled to Ukraine. The FSB operatives and the Accounting Chamber found financial irregularities amounting to 23,9 billion rubles, including inappropriate spending of budget funds in the amount of 2,5 billion rubles, in the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography (Rosreestre), reports ITAR-TASS With reference to the newspaper "Izvestia".
One of the central defendants in the inspection - the deputy head of the “Rosreestra”, Sergey Sapelnikov — also 7 of September, fled abroad. This official is a carrier of state secrets of the first category, and Rosreestr and special services did not give him permission to leave.
Sapelnikov dismissed from work and denied access to state secrets. At present, the special services and the Investigation Committee are deciding whether to declare the former official on the international wanted list.
Anonymous sources at the Ministry of Economic Development told Izvestia that Sergey, by car of his friend, crossed the border in the Bryansk region and drove to Ukraine.
As for the "Rosreestra", there could not comment on the situation. One unnamed source close to the agency suggested that Sapelnikov was already in the United States.
ITAR-TASS recalls that the Accounting Chamber and the FSB, at the request of the Ministry of Economic Development, checked how Rosreestr fulfills a sub-program for creating a real estate cadastre system. As a result, it turned out that more than half of the project budget was mastered with violations. Auditors of the Accounting Chamber announced the results of the audit: 2,5 billion rubles. - non-target costs; 5,8 billion rub. - spent inefficiently; 8,2 billion rub. - “unsuccessful expenses”; 5,1 billion rub. - the amount that Rosreestr had no right to spend at all. The Chamber found the main violations in the works supervised by S. Sapelnikov.
Lukashenko let Baumgertner go to his mom. As the "Voice of Russia" With reference to RIA “Novosti”, the preventive measure for the general director of Uralkali, Vladislav Baumgertner, was relaxed under the guarantee of his mother. This was stated by the President of Belarus.
“Let only the mother thanks, neither Putin, nor Lukashenka, nor Medvedev, only his own mother,” said Lukashenko in Zhlobin (Gomel region), answering the question of journalists.
Talking about Baumgertner changing the preventive measure before Lukashenka’s meeting with the Russian president, the Belarusian leader denied: “You know, Putin and I met a week ago, and the president of Belarus didn’t let anyone out.”
He explained that the mother of the general director of Uralkali appealed to him in writing and asked to mitigate the punishment for her son. Lukashenko said: “I did not take the decision. I expressed my opinion: in order not to violate the process, let the investigators take a decision. I don’t mind if the punishment is changed. ”
Investigators considered this problem and found it possible to send Baumgertner under house arrest. “He pays for the apartment itself, all the services, it’s not poor,” added Lukashenko. He also said that the mother lives with the head of Uralkali and “looks after her son.”
A Western journalist found a “soul” in the Russian opposition. В "Foreign Policy" Christian Caril’s material “The Struggle for the Soul of the Russian Opposition” appeared (the source of the short translation is "Inopressa").
“Earlier this month, the Russian opposition movement celebrated a remarkable event. Anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny challenged the Kremlin in the most important city of Russia — and won, according to many experts, a “moral victory,” writes the journalist. "... Navalny managed to get 27% of the vote, almost achieving the second round," - said Caryl.
The author of the article asks questions: “What, in the end, is the opposition? What kind of alternative political proposals does she make? ”
The author also gives answers: “The coverage by the Western media of the Russian opposition movement is mostly focused on activists who adhere to, basically, the Western development model based on genuine parliamentary democracy, civil liberties and market-oriented economy. However, more and more vocal groups of nationalists are also participating in the anti-Putin movement. ”
“One of the problems is the flow of immigrants from impoverished parts of the former USSR (especially from Central Asia). Russia now ranks second in the world in the number of migrants, immediately after the United States, ”the journalist writes. Continuing violence in southern Russia (especially in Dagestan and Chechnya) also ignites tensions. Navalny believes that these problems provide a good opportunity for opposition activities, says Caryl.
“This did not come as a surprise to those who have followed Navalny's political career for several years. He took part in events organized by the Russian March nationalist group <...> which made many in the anti-Putin camp look at him with a fair amount of suspicion. "
The author of the material Navalny himself does not refer to ultranationalists: “It is worth noting that I do not consider Navalny an ultranationalist ... Rather, it can be called a populist-conservative - a position which, in combination with its active anti-corruption activities, is positively perceived by people sharply opposed to radical change. "
Further, the journalist cites an opinion about Navalny, Lilia Shevtsova, a political analyst at the Carnegie Moscow Center: “He is the first leader of the young generation who tries to appeal to all groups of the population. But sooner or later he will have to choose a certain ideology. He will have to decide whether he is a liberal or a populist of nationalistic persuasion. And it will be a decisive choice not only for Navalny, but also for the entire opposition. ”
Shevtsova, the author of the article agrees: “I believe that she is right. Immigration and the complexities of a multicultural society challenge even sustainable democracies. For Russia, which in many respects is still in search of identity after the collapse of the USSR, this is a more difficult task. ”
Caryl gave advice to Mr. Navalny, and at the same time warned him: “It would be a good start to define“ Russianness ”through civil rather than ethnicity, and to propose a clear and comprehensive immigration reform ... Take opposing measures in such a multinational society as Russia, - it's like playing with fire. ”
Environmentalists in the detention center. The Leninsky District Court of Murmansk arrested for two months all the 30 environmentalists "Greenpeace" from the icebreaker "Arctic Sunrise", reports Interfax.
The Leninsky District Court of Murmansk sent six suspects in the attack on the Prirazlomnaya platform to the SIZO, and on Thursday last week they applied a similar preventive measure to 22 crew members.
Fifty thousand dollars for free thought. The short list of the three applicants for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought for 2013 will be announced today in the European Parliament, reports RIA News".
Edward Snowden, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Belarusian oppositionists Ales Bialiatski, Nikolai Statkevich and Edward Lobov, fifteen-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yusufzai are nominated for this award. Ethiopian opposition journalists Reiot Alem and Exinder Negazh, human rights activist from Turkey Erdem Gunduz continue the list of nominees. The award can also be received by the CNN television project entitled Ending Modern-Day Slavery, which tells about slavery and human trafficking in the world.
The award winner will be announced on October 10.
The benefits of war in British. The British Department of Defense has conducted a study on how to convince incredulous Britons of the need for war. The result of the study was a list of recommendations that facilitate the conduct of war and maintain the morale of the people, the correspondent reports "RT" Laura Smith.
Having studied the question, the British military department came to the conclusion: the British do not really want war, they simply do not understand what benefit it will bring them. Therefore, the military decided to clarify something to civilians. For this, a list of recommendations was compiled.
First recommendation: you need to make large investments in UAVs. If the British military will kill the enemy at a distance, the public will not strongly object.
Recommendation two: more contract soldiers should be involved, I mean mercenaries - instead of using regular armed forces. A mercenary may die, but his death will not cause a very strong reaction in society.
Third recommendation: you need to use more special forces. The death of the military elite does not bother the public so much: after all, special forces, by definition, perform more dangerous tasks.
In conclusion, it is proposed to reduce the death repatriation ceremony.
However, the British did not agree with the arguments of the ministerial military.
“War is simply unacceptable. You must completely stop participating in it. I think we should by all means avoid what they are doing and publish, trying to justify the war, ”said one Londoner.
Many people say: instead of trying to create an attractive image of war, you just have to avoid it.
Then the military went a different way: they began to draw in front of citizens of various kinds of threats.
"Strikes in Cyberspace". The main goal of the anti-cyber threat unit created in Britain will be to protect computer networks and databases from possible attacks. At the same time, if necessary, "the new structure will be able to strike in cyberspace and become a full-fledged element of the armed forces of the kingdom," "RT" With reference to the "BBC" statement by the Minister of Defense of Great Britain Philip Hammond.
According to him, the need to combat cyber threats will entail an increase in budget expenditures on investments in computer equipment and software. The costs are justified, he said, because only in 2012, cyber defense experts blocked about 400 thousands of attacks.
Hammond said: “The future forces us to overestimate investment priorities and think about new types of conflicts. About 90 years ago there was heated debate about whether to invest in development tanks and give up horses. Now we are talking about the need for new types of weapons. Disputes continue, the world is changing. The threats of tomorrow will not be on earth, in the air or at sea, they will come from space and the Internet. ”
According to unnamed experts, criminal activity in cyberspace annually causes more damage to the state than drug smuggling. This is the data report of the Committee on Home Affairs of the British House of Commons. “The Guardian” leads them.
According to the head of the committee, Keith Waza, in the United Kingdom, they are calm about network wars: their victims are hidden in the virtual space. However, in the UK, the threat of a hacker attack is more serious than a nuclear strike, says Mr Vaz.
By the way, Britain is preparing for a nuclear strike.
UK Secretary of Defense is afraid of nuclear blackmail. Britain is modernizing national nuclear forces, maintaining at the proper level the forces of deterrence of the sea-based, said Defense Minister Philip Hammond, reports corr. RIA News" Denis Voroshilov.
Speaking at the annual conference of the Conservative Party in Manchester, the minister said: “Refusing nuclear forces will unilaterally put the British at risk of nuclear blackmail. The conservatives will never allow this to happen. We will update the “Trident” program, we will support (combat readiness) of the sea-based deterrent forces. ”
The ruling coalition, he said, does not intend to agree to the proposals of political opponents to reduce the cost of nuclear forces.
“Our policy is to turn our sea-based containment forces into a strong and reliable structure. The worst world is the one in which no one holds back anyone, ”the Minister noted.
Hillary weighs factors. В "Los Angeles Times" Doyle McManus’s article “Another Clinton Presidential Campaign?” appeared (source: "InoSMI"). Supporters of Hillary Clinton are developing a plan for her election campaign, the author notes, while she herself has changed her hairstyle and states that she weighs all the “factors”.
In an interview recently published in New York Magazine, H. Clinton admitted that she was considering the possibility of participating in the presidential elections, but she needed to “weigh all the factors” before “making the final decision”.
In the meantime, her supporters began planning her campaign. The Ready for Hillary group gathered more than 1 a million likes on Facebook, and also compiled a list of Hillary’s supporters from among famous people. The latter includes, for example, personalities such as Bill Clinton’s campaign veteran James Carville, a congressman from the state of Georgia, aka “icon of human rights activists” John Lewis, actress Eva Longoria.
About Hillary talked with Bill. “She is not obliged to announce her decision either now or in three months or in six,” said Bill Clinton in an interview he gave to the PBS channel. At the same time, Bill admitted that the era when presidential campaigns lasted for a year was in the past: "Surprisingly, today they have become much longer."
If Hillary decides to follow the schedule she adhered to in her last election campaign, she will announce the decision to run at the beginning of 2015, a little more than a year later.
H. Clinton occupies the top position in public opinion polls today. In September, CNN conducted a poll, the results of which showed that 65% of Democrats would vote for Clinton, and only 10% would vote for Vice President Joe Biden.
In line with the constitution. The court of first instance in New Jersey passed a ruling obliging state authorities to allow same-sex marriage. This September 27 reported channel "CNN", transmits "Lenta.ru".
The court considered that “civil unions”, which can form same-sex couples, are discriminatory, since they do not allow partners to receive benefits and allowances from the federal budget. In making the decision, the court relied on the ruling of the US Supreme Court, which in June declared unconstitutional the provision of the Federal Marriage Protection Act, depriving same-sex couples of federal benefits granted to heterosexual couples.
Same-sex marriages in New Jersey must be recognized as valid from October 21 2013.
It is noted that the administration of the state governor announced its intention to challenge the court decision in a higher court.
Obama without guards, advisers and cooks. The day before the new fiscal year in America, the work of the US federal government was in limbo. At the same time, nearly a million civil servants are preparing on Tuesday to go on unpaid leave, writes Alexander Gasyuk ("Russian newspaper").
The United States now faces the interruption of the work of the government cabinet and all government agencies, with the exception of the departments responsible for national security. American politicians did not come to a compromise on the issue of the budget for 2014 year.
The House of Representatives, controlled by Republican oppositionists, voted in favor of the amendment to the resolution adopted on the eve, thereby deferring funding for a comprehensive reform of the US health insurance system. Members of the Democratic Party called the behavior of the Republicans irresponsible and accused them of wanting to thwart the internal political agenda of the Democratic president.
Republicans do not even hide the fact that the “party of elephants” sees the disruption of most of Obama’s initiatives as the main task. At the same time, the party claims that they are acting in the interests of ordinary Americans, the observer notes.
How is the channel "RT", the US fiscal year ends on September 30, and US departments have already submitted contingency plans.
The article notes that in the event of a budget collapse of 1,4 million soldiers will not lose their jobs, but will be left without salary. The same fate awaits about 800 thousands of civil servants of the military department.
Suspensions of payments to servicemen can be costly for those politicians who build their careers, relying on the support of the American army. According to Frnas-Press, one of the highest officials of the Pentagon said that the cessation of funding for the state apparatus would be "another blow to the morale of military personnel and civilian contingent", which is "rather low".
In the case of a budget collapse, Barack Obama will have to cut White House personnel by three-quarters. Personal guards and economic advisers, as well as those who prepare food and wash clothes, will end up on the list of dismissed persons.
Well, let us add, Barak will have to wear shirts and pants to the laundry room next door, and have a snack at McDonalds. As for drinks, the president brews beer himself. Economic advisers? These had to be fired long ago: after all, Obama became the face of the American crisis. Well, since the reduction will touch the personal security guards, then soon we will see Obama armed with a rifle or pistol and startling when the smallest political opponent from among the Republicans appears ...
The evil passion of a nuclear commander. Navy Vice Admiral Tim Jardine (the second highest officer in the management of US nuclear forces) was removed from office. The reason was his fascination with bets in the casino of Iowa, reports the television channel "Fox".
As transmits RBCJardin is still part of the Strategic Command, but he no longer has access to nuclear weapons. Obviously, his fate will be decided upon the results of the investigation.
In a career crash, the vice admiral is guilty himself.
One day, the casino discovered that the vice admiral was trying to cash out fake gaming chips.
Probably add on our own, the command decided that the next time the gambling vice-admiral would sell some nuclear warheads to some bearded Islamists.
The NSA and the CIA monitor everyone around the world, but first and foremost it is necessary to monitor their own people and in their own country.
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