Israel hit the Syrian base. The representative of the White House confirmed to CNN that the Israeli Air Force fighters struck the 31 of October on the base of the Syrian government forces, located near Lattakia, reports correspondent ITAR-TASS Andrey Bekrenev.
The purpose of the air strike, according to a representative of the American administration, was a warehouse with missiles and other military equipment. Israelis feared that this equipment could be transferred to Hezbollah.
A thorough check is needed. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed concern about the use of chemical weapons in northeastern Syria on the border with Turkey. The ministry believes that the information should be carefully checked, the channel said "RT".
“Information on the use of chemical weapons by extremists certainly needs thorough verification and investigation. At the same time, we recall once again that the UN Security Council’s resolution 2118, unanimously adopted, places a special responsibility on the countries neighboring with Syria in terms of preventing the ingress of chemical weapons into the hands of non-state actors ”, - noted in a statement on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Syrian chemical weapons production equipment destroyed. All equipment for the production of chemical weapons, declared by Syria, destroyed. This is stated in a statement issued by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, reports correspondent ITAR-TASS Maria Fedorova.
OPCW experts inspected 21 from 23 facilities declared by the authorities in Damascus in Syria.
"The organization is satisfied, she confirmed and saw destroyed all the declared equipment intended for the production, combination and filling of chemical weapons from all 23 objects."
As for the equipment from the two remaining objects, it was moved to the already inspected ones.
The ultra-right are preparing for the triumph. Numerous radical parties in Europe and the United States are gaining popularity among the population, notes Ksenia Fokina ("Voice of Russia").
In the US, the Ku Klux Klan's goals are close to the European ultra-right. KKK leader Frank Ancona explains it this way: "Representatives of other races who come to the US, especially illegal migrants, are not assimilated here." Another movement of the ultra-right spectrum in the United States is the National Socialist Party. There are also oath-keepers who advocate for the American way of life. Professor of the University of Michigan Stephen Chermak says about the latter: “They are pronounced nationalists, anti-globalists, suspicious of the authorities, advocating for personal freedoms, especially for the right to carry weapons and for tax cuts. They believe in conspiracy theories that threaten national security and personal freedoms, and they believe that the American way of life and their personal security are constantly under threat. ”
In Europe, in recent years, nationalist parties have passed a triumphal march through national parliaments. For the first time they received a significant number of votes in elections in France, Great Britain, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Greece and other countries. Starting with the National Front, Marine Le Pen in France and graduated from the Austrian Freedom Party, they gained popularity due to their attitude towards migrants, security issues, social problems and the national economy.
The leader of the "National Front" Marine Le Pen says about the joint efforts with the ultra-right parties in Europe. According to the politician, the EU is waiting for the fate of the USSR: the collapse and return of the participating countries to the "cooperation of sovereign states."
Together with Gert Wilders, the leader of the ultra-rightist “Freedom Party” (Netherlands), M. Le Pen is going to create a pan-European parliamentary coalition. Sociologists punish her 30% in the new convocation of the European Parliament.
The popularity of the far right and in the UK. There the British National Party (BNP), which acts under anti-immigrant slogans, is rapidly gaining weight. Its leader, Nick Griffin, and another member of the party in 2009, won seats in the European Parliament. "Work in Britain - British workers!" - The most innocent party slogan.
Two years ago, the True Finns party gained 19,1% of Finland’s support. The party with the deceptive name "Swedish Democrats" won 20 seats in the Riksdag. 12% of votes won the Danish People's Party.
And in Germany, rising unemployment can change the balance of power. Elections of the 2014 of the year can be a springboard for the party “Alternative for Germany” to local landtags, and in 2017 to the Bundestag. So says Theo Sommer from Die Zeit.
Suspicious beards. The leader of the National Front, Marine Le Pen, was disturbed by the appearance and behavior of the French released from al Qaeda captivity in the Islamic Maghreb. He writes about it "Lenta.ru" with reference to "Le Monde".
M. Le Pen shared with the media the impressions that she received while viewing the recording of the meeting of the hostages at the airport, notes “The Local”.
“Honestly, these shots threw me into doubt ... Their clothes seemed amazing to me ... They seemed very indecisive and withdrawn. The two beards were trimmed in a very strange way. ”
Le Pen went away from the answer to the question of whether she believes that the French hostages were converted into Islam in captivity. According to her, she is not a psychiatrist. The head of the "National Front" clarified that we are talking about her personal impressions. True, she is sure that most French people thought the same.
Lenta reminds that Marine Le Pen is not the first time to make anti-Islamic statements. In 2010, she compared Muslim migrants with Nazi occupiers. She stated:
“First, we began to increase the number of women in headscarves, they were replaced by burqas, and now the streets are filled with praying Muslims. This must be honestly said. This is occupation. Without tanks and soldier, but occupation. And people suffer from it. ”
"Hostile atmosphere" of London. Walter Oppenheimer ("El Pais"; the source of the abbr. Translation - "Inopressa") said that London will create a "hostile atmosphere" in order to force illegal immigrants to leave the UK.
The government, criticized from the “right flank,” but constrained by EU laws, has chosen to tighten pressure on illegal immigrants in unprecedented ways. Thus, the government chose the easiest way, says the journalist. “This is not so much about reducing the number of immigrants, as about creating the impression that they are fighting with immigration,” he writes.
Interior Minister Theresa May says the goal of the new Immigration Act is “to create a truly hostile atmosphere for illegal immigrants.”
The author writes that it was decided to create an "army of scammers under duress." Under the new law, doctors, homeowners, bank employees, and priests will be required to assist the government. Why exactly they? Thus, it is intended to make it difficult for immigrants to have access to medical care, banking services, and "marriages to legalize their position."
The author believes that illegal immigrants nevertheless will not leave: "... no matter how difficult it is for them to live in Britain, in their homeland their life was even worse."
At the same time, the government is going to simplify the deportation of detained illegal immigrants. May proposes to introduce the principle: "First deportation, then appeal."
Well, some details. The new law will oblige homeowners to make sure that the tenant is in the country legally. The church will notify the Ministry of Internal Affairs about the desire of citizens of countries outside the EU to marry, and then the ministry will decide whether they can get married. Further, the Ministry of Health wants people with a short-term residence permit to pay for access to public health services.
But how can a simple homeowner know that there is a visa-free regime with the Republic of Cyprus in Britain, but not with Northern Cyprus? The author also writes: “Many doctors do not agree at first to find out whether the immigrant is obliged to pay, and then provide him with first aid.”
Jewish grave for Muller. The chief of the secret state police of the Third Reich, Heinrich Muller, died at the end of the war and was buried in a mass grave at a Jewish cemetery in the center of Berlin, the newspaper Bild claims. This tells correspondent RIA "News" Semyon Nekhoroshkin.
According to Bild, the Gestapo chief died at the end of the war. The newspaper refers to the head of the German Resistance Memorial, Professor Johannes Tuhelya.
“Heinrich Müller did not survive the end of the war. His remains were buried in a Jewish cemetery in the Mitte district of Berlin in 1945, ”said Tuchel, adding that this was confirmed by information from various archives that he received. The corpse was discovered in August 1945 in a temporary burial near the Reich ministry. aviation. Müller was identified by his general's uniform and photo ID: they were found in his left breast pocket.
Fifteen years for treason. The Harju County Court sentenced former Estonian security officer (Estonian Security Police, which deals with the protection of constitutional order, the fight against terrorism and counterintelligence) Vladimir Weitman to 15 years in prison for treason. Reports about it "Lenta.ru" with reference to Postimees.
According to the newspaper, the former security official was suspected of collaborating with the Russian special services. He allegedly transmitted information to them until his dismissal from Capo.
On the arrest of Weitman became known 9 August. State Attorney Inna Ombler said that he had several searches and found large sums of money. According to her, the detainee expressed readiness to cooperate with the investigation and reveal the identity of those through whom he maintained contact with the Russian special services.
Congestion at the border. On the Ukrainian-Russian border, at checkpoints in Donetsk and Lugansk regions, there were lines of trucks. Reports about it "Lenta.ru" with reference to ITAR-TASS.
“There are congestion. They are associated with new measures to ensure transit, ”noted the Southern Customs Department of the Federal Customs Service of Russia, adding that more than 350 trucks had accumulated at the border.
According to Native Azov Azov, the decision of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation to cancel the action of international road transport books (TIR), which guaranteed the payment of customs duties, allowed to transport goods in sealed containers and simplified border procedures. Now these documents are not accepted without additional security measures provided for by the Customs Code of the Customs Union.
The explosion at Tiananmen Square. Chinese police have arrested five people involved in a recent explosion and a car fire in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, reports "Lenta.ru" with reference to France-Presse.
The state television of the People's Republic of China reported that the arrests of those suspected of involvement in the “terrorist act” were made 10 hours after the incident. Names and national identity of the arrested have not yet been disclosed.
"Tape" reminds that October 29 on Tiananmen Square drove an SUV with Uighur numbers. Inside there were three people. The car crashed into the crowd, exploded and caught fire. Five people died: passengers and a car driver, two bystanders. Almost 40 people were injured.
“Why are we doing this?” Alan Grayson, a member of the House of Representatives, is behind the arrival of a Pakistani family in the United States who survived the attack of an American UAV. This man is one of the ardent opponents of the military program of drones. In an interview "RT" He said that the Pakistani army can do an excellent job with militants on its own.
According to the parliamentarian, Pakistan is in third place in terms of the volume of military aid allocated by the United States. The country receives approximately 1 billion dollars a year. Grayson wonders:
“Why are we doing this in the presence of alternative ways that will not harm innocent people and arouse the anger of the international community?” Considering that we are giving Pakistan a billion dollars a year, why not the Pakistani army to arrest one hundred, two hundred, even five hundred militants who, we believe, could pose a threat to the United States? ”
Hot news from Yemen. October 30 strong explosion thundered at the US Embassy in Sanaa. An intensive exchange of fire took place in the diplomatic mission area, writes "Russian newspaper" with reference to ITAR-TASS.
In addition, in the Shiite district of Sa'ada province, activists of the rebel Shiite group Abdel Malik al-Housi shelled a mosque. There are dead and wounded.
Four soldiers died and several were injured as a result of an attack by extremists on an army checkpoint in Abyan province in southern Yemen. This was announced on 31 of October by satellite TV channel "News Arabia", reports correspondent RIA "News" Margarita Kislova.
It is assumed that a local al-Qaida cell was involved in the attack.
Test F-35. The United States conducted the first F-35 weapons tests. The car managed to hit a conventional target at the United States Air Force base in the Mojava Desert, writes "Russian newspaper" with reference to ITAR-TASS.
The Pentagon intends to acquire the 2443 aircraft.
Rage "google". Dominic Rusch, Spencer Ackerman, James Ball (“The Guardian”; short source. - "Inopressa") told that the companies “Google” and “Yahoo” are outraged by the secret interception of NSA data on their lines.
Google and Yahoo reacted indignantly to the news that the US National Security Agency was secretly intercepting data on the main lines of communication through which information about their users spreads around the world. “This story is likely to further complicate the already difficult relationship between technical companies and Washington. Internet giants are furious because of the damage inflicted on their reputation after Snowden’s revelations, ”the newspaper said.
The authors of the article cite the words of David Drummond, Google’s legal director, “We don’t give any government, including the US government, access to our systems. We are deeply outraged by the degree to which the government seems to have reached, intercepting the information going through our private fiber optic networks, and this indicates the need for immediate changes. ”
The publication clarifies: “The Washington Post report suggested that the code name of the data interception program was MUSCULAR, but The Guardian became known from other documents received from Snowden that this concept refers to the system that provides the initial processing of information received from the cables of the NSA or the Center for Government Communications (DSP) ".
The data collected with the help of MUSCULAR goes to the databases of the NSA and the DSP or systems like the search tool “XKeystore”, the authors write.
Shane Harris, Noah Shachtman, John Hudson ("Foreign Policy"; source of abbreviated translation - "Inopressa") They report that former intelligence officers apprehended with concern the message published in The Washington Post about the hacking of the US NSA communications lines of data centers of network companies and the abduction of private correspondence of millions of users.
New revelations will certainly worsen the already tense relations of the Obama administration with technology companies. “Why did you have to spoil relations with“ Google ”by hacking into its data center?” The former intelligence officer wonders.
Representatives of "Google" and "Yahoo" said that the NSA acted without their knowledge. But interviewed experts in the field of data transfer strongly doubt this. Almost all the methods that the NSA could use were supposed to arouse suspicion.
Meanwhile, US intelligence officials insist: these actions are due to US security protection.
"The NSA is an external intelligence service," commented Vanya Weins, a spokeswoman for the agency, on the publication. “We are focused on finding and processing intelligence information solely on the importance of foreign intelligence assets.”
Thanks to the scandal caused by the revelations of Comrade Snowden, we add from ourselves, the United States is now “leading” in the list of global network spies. Because of the "propaganda" in the media, other spy states retreated to the third or forty-fourth plan. Some did not like being in the shadows. Among those noted Israel.
Second among equals? In the article “Israel, like the USA, is a superpower on listening” (“Haaretz”; source of publication is "InoSMI") Amir Rapoport writes that the shock that gripped the German leadership and the leaders of other European countries after the scale of the American listening system became known was an example of either incredible naivety or playing oneself.
Further, he says that the second superpower to wiretap is, apparently, Israel.
“In terms of technological capabilities, Israel is even ahead of the United States. This is due to the fact that the main unit of technological control of military intelligence AMAN (known as the “8200 Division”) and Israeli high-tech companies have been pioneers in everything related to the preparation for the new era of telecommunications in the past two decades. Even at the dawn of a new technological era, the Israelis used the most advanced means of tracking and listening. ”
The author writes that in the field of knowledge and technology for listening and tracking, the United States leads, and with a huge margin from other states. Russia and China are moving fast in this area. But today, Israel is in second place, the author insists.
America is unhappy with Israel. US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki presented the US response to Israel’s statement about building 1500 housing units in East Jerusalem, reports MIGnews.com.
"We do not believe that the continuation of settlement activities or construction in East Jerusalem are those steps that create favorable conditions for (Palestinian-Israeli peace) negotiations," Psaki said at a press briefing for journalists. She added: “During the negotiations on the two states, we do not approve of connivance in terms of settlement activity or construction in East Jerusalem.”
According to "Lenta.ru" With reference to The Jerusalem Post, senior US diplomats and White House officials met with representatives of influential US Jewish organizations to convince them not to push for new sanctions against Iran. Susan Rice (Obama's national security adviser), her deputies Ben Rhodes and Tony Blinken, and US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met with Jewish lobbyists in Washington.
All of them demanded that lobbyists stop trying to push new sanctions through the Senate at a time when relations between the United States and Iran began to improve after three decades of discord. As the newspaper notes, the conversation of diplomats and lobbyists was going on "in raised voices."
The Jewish lobby, recalls Lenta, is considered the most influential in Washington. His financial capabilities, the former British Foreign Secretary Jack Stro called "unlimited". With money leverage, lobbyists influence congressmen and senators who need to be re-elected.
USA: a general drop in ratings. A record low reached the rating of the President of the United States. This is evidenced by the published results of a sociological study conducted by the Wall Street Journal and NBC, reports correspondent ITAR-TASS Ivan Pilshchikov.
According to the study, 51% of respondents consider Obama's work unsatisfactory. And for the first time in 40 years, only 30% of respondents said they were optimistic about the US political system.
Extremely low and the popularity of the Democratic Party. And the Republican Party is also not honored by the people. Total 22% of respondents indicated that they treat the latter positively. The support of the Democratic Party was 37%.
According to researchers, such weak indicators are associated with American discontent with the recent budget crisis.
America is no longer listening to the IMF and the World Bank. Barack Obama ordered to stop wiretapping communications of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, whose headquarters are located in Washington, reports RIA News" with reference to Reuters.
An unnamed White House source said that the decision to stop electronic espionage from the US NSA for international financial organizations was given a few weeks ago simultaneously with the order to limit similar activities at the UN headquarters in New York.
Congress vs NSA. US lawmakers are beginning to take action in response to the scandal around US spyware. The Senate Intelligence Committee approved by eleven votes to four a bill introducing additional restrictions on the activities of the NSA, reports correspondent ITAR-TASS Andrey Shitov.
According to the draft law, massive interception of the contents of telephone conversations and electronic correspondence is prohibited. Collection of data on such communications is permitted only under certain conditions. Moreover, criminal liability is imposed: imprisonment for up to 10 years. Punishment may follow deliberate, unauthorized access to data collected under the US Foreign Intelligence Act.
Finally, the oversight role of the US Congress is being strengthened and the approval of appointments to the posts of director and inspector general of the NSA is being introduced in the senate.
Attempts by the ITAR-TASS correspondent to clarify in the offices of the legislators whether the bill applies to foreign and international communications have not yet been successful.
Infographic source: "Voice of Russia"
Snowden will talk to the Germans. Edward Snowden expressed his willingness to tell the staff of the German prosecutor’s office and parliamentarians details about the German chancellor’s wiretap. About this yesterday told the Bundestag deputy from the Green Party, Hans-Christian Strebele, reports "Lenta.ru" with reference to Reuters.
Strobele met with Snowden in Russia. According to the politician, the American made him understand that he knew “a lot” and could come to Germany and give testimony there.
Today Strobele intends to tell the details about the meeting with Snowden and make public the letter that the American wrote to the German government. The politician has already posted in his microblog a photograph with E. Snowden, and the ARD channel showed a video of their handshake. Judging by the plot, notes "Lenta", the meeting was held in the hotel "Marco Polo Presnya" in Spiridonevsky lane.
"Reuters" indicates that 74-year-old Strobele is a member of the parliamentary committee, whose responsibilities include overseeing the work of the special services. His visit took place the day after the representatives of Germany and the United States met in Washington to discuss the scandal over the wiretapping of Angela Merkel’s phone. November 18 this issue will be discussed in the Bundestag. The opposition, to which the Strobele party belongs, is going to seek an open investigation.
Lenta reminds that Snowden received temporary asylum in Russia in August. As his lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said, Edward got a job. He will be engaged in supporting one of the non-state network projects. Details not reported.
Mustache, beard, cap. Edward Snowden walks through the Russian capital, trying to remain unrecognized, writes Vladimir Ardaev ("Voice of Russia").
The famous whistleblower hit the camera lens on the embankment of the Moscow River opposite the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
The material notes that he changed his appearance: no points, but there is a mustache and a beard. On the head of a Muscovite - a light cap.
In another shot, Snowden rolls a shopping cart from the supermarket.
Russia will fight US violations of human rights. Senator Ruslan Gattarov prepared a proposal to create a PACE resolution in connection with the investigation of the facts of disclosure of personal information of EU citizens in favor of third parties in the United States, reports RIA News".
"The documents received by journalists from former employees of the US special services and other sources at the national level contain information about unofficial mass disclosures by the special services of the European Union countries, as well as private individuals, personal data and other information of EU citizens in favor of third parties in the US" - A member of the Russian delegation to PACE Gattarov told RIA Novosti correspondent.
In his opinion, there are unacceptable violations of the basic rights of citizens, which are guaranteed by the national constitutions of the PACE countries, the EU Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and the EU Charter on Human Rights.
The proposal for the preparation of the resolution emphasizes that "such violations undermine the entire legal system of data protection, and their secret nature and wide scale seem to directly threaten the integrity and effectiveness of the European legal regime."
To approve a proposal for drafting a resolution, it is necessary that at least twenty PACE parliamentarians sign under it.
The American Ministry of Finance added to the lists of Russian mafia. The US Treasury Department imposed visa bans on six people and four companies allegedly associated with the fraternal organization “The Brotherhood Circle” (“Eurasian Crime Syndicate”). This is reported "Vesti".
Among the "sanctioned" citizens was the Russian singer Grigory Leps, aka Grigory Viktorovich Lepsveridze, aka GRISHA (specified in the report of the American Ministry of Finance).
Americans consider Vladislav Leontyev and Gafur Rakhimov to be key figures of the criminal group: these people came under sanctions back in February of 2012.
According to the US financial department, Leontyev was involved in various crimes, including drug trafficking. As for Leps, he allegedly transported money on his behalf.
PR director of Lepsa Maya Serikova noted that the singer is on tour and what is happening for him was a complete surprise. On the air of “Russia 24”, she called the situation “ridiculous and absurd”, and also stressed that Leps has “no accounts in America”.
“Grigory Leps is now in Blagoveshchensk, until November 15. All the information we have learned from journalists and from the Internet. Nobody personally put him in such fame, ”she said.
Also, the US Treasury blacklisted Russian companies MS Group Invest OOO and Gurgen House FZCO, suspected of “cash flow”. Now, the US authorities will block property belonging to members of these organizations and freeze financial transactions with their participation, Vesti notes.
Textbook tolerant history. In the new single textbook of the history of Russia there will be no concept of a separate October revolution. From the “great” and “socialist” it will turn into a continuation of the “Great Russian Revolution”, launched in February 1917, transfers Interfax.
Initially, historians formulated the task of denying the October Revolution recognition of it as “great” and “socialist”. But many citizens came out in favor of somehow keeping mention of it.
“As a result, the textbook speaks of the great Russian revolution, which took place in its development several stages (in parenthesis: including the October Revolution). There is no word either “great” or “socialist,” said Sergei Zhuravlev, a member of the team of the Historical and Cultural Standard, in an interview with Dozhd TV channel.
He stressed that the formulations and personalities included in the concept of a single textbook are the result of public consensus.
The Russian Historical Society has completed work on the concept of a single history textbook and submitted it to President Putin for approval.
Who developed a uniform standard for teaching history in school? Interfax calls the working group headed by Naryshkin, Education Minister Dmitry Livanov and Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky. Based on this concept, new history textbooks for secondary schools will be developed.
By the way, in addition to changing the interpretation of the events of October 1917, the term “Tatar-Mongol yoke” was revised in the textbook. As Interfax notes, this wording will be replaced with an ethnically more neutral one - the “yoke of the Golden Horde”. Replacement adopted under pressure from scientists of Tatarstan.
The saddest thing here is not even this historical tolerance, let us add on our own, but the task initially posed by historians according to the latest definition of the October Revolution. Such a task is at least a manipulation of the public consciousness, and at the most a method of activity of the “Ministry of Truth”. After all, it is well known how society can bend before paper authority and the regalia of scholars. Since they say - not "great" and not "socialist", it means they know. The message is accepted by the masses. And in the end, we have nothing but a modest national desire to leave this or that “mention” ...
Another time, reformers and references are crossed out.
And in the third they will write that Hitler was overpowered by the United States with the help of Russians.
What is not a "mention"?
Great and terrible. The magazine "Forbes" put the Russian president on the first line of his annual list of the most powerful people on the planet, pushing the US president to second place, reports “Russian service“ BBC ”.
“Who is stronger — the powerful head of a rusting, but still daring superpower, or a hand-in-chief commander of the most influential country in the world?” The authors of the list ask themselves, referring to Putin and Obama.
Regarding Putin, the publication notes that he has strengthened control over Russia, and the use of the word "dictator" in relation to him no longer seems strange. But against the background of the recent congressional crisis, Obama is more and more like a “lame duck”.
In the third place on the Forbes list is the President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, in the fourth place, Pope Francis, and in the fifth, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, notes Bi-Bi-si.
As transmits RIA News", magazine experts could put Vladimir Putin in the first place in the ranking of the most influential people in the world for his role in resolving the Syrian issue. That is what the chief editor of Forbes, Michael Nor, said.
“I cannot say exactly why Putin was the first. This is a collective expert opinion, but I can assume that the decision was made at the height of the budget crisis in the United States, during the shatdaun, when Barack Obama gave up the slack. In addition, the US president was unable to take the initiative when a scandal erupted in the world over the actions of American intelligence, at a time when Vladimir Putin is decisively acting on the international arena. So, this year he played a key role in resolving the Syrian issue. That is why, in my opinion, the experts chose the president of Russia, ”said Nor on the Russia 24 channel.
“In total, we evaluated 150 candidates by four main criteria: first, the financial resources available to the leaders, secondly, we took into account how much the candidates wanted to be in power and how actively they used their influence last year, in which areas it spread, ”the expert added.
We note at the conclusion of the review that this year the experts simply did not have a choice.
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