The Chinese are ready to stand up for the Russians if the Russians stand up for them. The Kuril question has recently become a hot topic again. But this time it was not Japan that raised it, but the People’s Republic of China. Beijing offered the fraternal Russian people to side with Russia in the Kuril dispute. True, on the condition that Moscow takes the side of Beijing in a dispute over the Diaoyu Dao cliffs (also Senkaku).
According to "Lenta.ru" With reference to France-Presse, Moscow rejected Beijing’s offer to support it in negotiations with Japan regarding the ownership of the South Kuriles. According to the source, the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper, similar proposals began to come from China back in the 2010 year.
According to the newspaper, the Chinese authorities proposed to take the side of Russia, which refuses to recognize Japan’s claims to a group of islands in the southern part of the archipelago. Beijing hoped that Moscow, in response, would help it prove the right to the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, which Japan calls Senkaku and considers its own.
The proposal, we must add to this, is not the wisest. Not surprisingly, Moscow rejected it. Japanese claims to the South Kurils are ridiculous. Accepting China on its “side” means recognizing to the entire planet that the Japanese intentions to correct the political map of the world in the Kuriles region have grounds. The Kremlin hardly understands this. At the same time, taking the side of the Celestial Empire in the Sino-Japanese dispute over Senkaku means for Moscow to kindle a diplomatic conflict with Japan and its ally, the United States. In addition, the rights of China to these cliffs are very doubtful. The Middle Kingdom, however, breaks into hegemons ...
Syria, come on faster! The head of the joint mission of the UN and the OPCW, Zigrid Kaag, speaking yesterday before the UN Security Council, stated that the Syrian authorities need to accelerate the export of chemical weapons. This is reporting RIA News" with reference to Reuters.
“The deadlines are pressing, it is extremely important that Syria accelerates (removal of chemical weapons),” the agency quoted the source as saying, “Kaag”.
For that fought for it and ran. A group of British extremists, fighting on the side of the Syrian opposition, threatens the attacks of Great Britain. The targets can be financial institutions and public transport. Details - from the correspondent "RT" Laura Smith.
About the coming terrorist attacks said the British extremist group "Rayat at-Tawhid", operating now in Syria. It publishes its threats on the Internet. The radicals have their own Facebook page. This is where posters and campaign materials are published that collect the likes of users.
American intelligence, too, is worried about the growing radicalism. Scouts report that al-Qaeda organizes training camps for foreigners in Syria. These people, upon returning to their native lands, will engage in the commission of terrorist acts.
The Taliban captured the American dog. Afghan Taliban announced the capture of a dog belonging to the US military contingent in the east of the country at the end of last year. A video capture of a captured animal appeared on Facebook and on the Taliban website, reports "RT".
The Taliban claim that the four-legged prisoner belongs to the US military and is captured in battle along with the stock weapons. But the source of "France-Press" in the armed forces believes that the dog, most likely, was in Afghanistan along with the British contingent.
The animal on the video wags its tail and does not frighten the words “Allah-y-akbar!” According to the Mujahideen, the Americans called the dog Colonel (Colonel).
The International Security Assistance Force confirmed that the service dog was missing during the fight in December.
The Taliban claim that the Colonel is alive and well. His fate will be determined later.
"Horrible and wild." John Shipton, Secretary of the WikiLeaks Party in Australia, spoke about the Australian policy towards Julian Assange and explained why the United States is destroying countries from within. About this - in an interview with Shipton, taken by John Robles ("Voice of Russia").
“The attitude of the Australian government to Assange is terrible and wild. Three and a half years have passed, and so far nothing has been done. Even in Sweden, in the Aftonbladet newspaper, there is a debate about whether criminal prosecution (Assange) is a mistake. It is suggested that the case should be closed immediately. But the Australian government does not respond and does nothing. ”
Also comrade Shipton noted:
"... I am very confused by the fact that the Australian government fulfills all the requirements of the United States, even such as, for example, supporting the illegal war and the invasion of Iraq."
About Russia, he said the following:
“Russian diplomacy successfully manifested itself in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, as well as in the BRICS last year, in the Far East, in Syria and in Ukraine this year. The Russian president and foreign minister want peace and the continued development of countries. The United States and its allies want to limit development. That's the whole point. They want to have a country dependent on them so that it does not develop socially and industrially at all. ”
And a few more words:
“This is a US phenomenon. Since 1945, they have destroyed the 73 state and are responsible for the death of 26 by millions of people. This is a horror movie. Just all this is veiled. "
In Ukraine, according to Shipton, the internal destruction machine also worked:
“Yes, these are similar methods. First of all, the Ukrainian "color revolution" worked quite a bit, and then the Ukrainian people went to rapprochement with Russia. "
In Rio de Janeiro came to the explosions. Rio de Janeiro’s riots and clashes with the police escalated yesterday in Rio de Janeiro against the increase in public transport prices. According to the municipal health service, seven people were injured as a result of these events, correspondent ITAR-TASS Igor Varlamov.
The operator of the TV channel “Bandeirantes”, near which the explosive device worked, was taken to hospital in a state of coma. It remains unclear whether he was wounded by a police grenade or an improvised explosive device, which was used by militants from the Black Block factions.
Corr. ITAR-TASS recalls that the demonstration against the increase in the fare on a city bus from 2,75 to 3,00 announced on Saturday was real peacefully at first. The police intervened after the demonstrators, many of whom were masked and bandaged, broke into the station building, to which commuter trains arrive. Demonstrators smashed ATMs and ticket machines, broke turnstiles. Police used batons and tear gas grenades. A large number of protesters were arrested.
Ban Ki-moon ordered not to offend the blue. UN Secretary-General urged to stop attacking members of sexual minorities and subject them to discrimination. According to "Lenta.ru" With reference to the Associated Press, the head of the international organization said this, speaking in Sochi with an appeal to the International Olympic Committee.
He said: “We all must stand up against attacks on lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender people and intersex people. We must ensure that they are not arrested, imprisoned or subjected to discriminatory restrictions. ”
“Hate as such is not the place in the 21st century,” the UN Secretary General added.
The Sochi Olympics, in which gays and lesbians are among other people, have sharpened criticism of the recently adopted Russian law. More than 200 writers from all over the world and 27 Nobel Prize winners have demanded to cancel it. In addition, the parody ridicule of the law, shot actors Broadway. And on February 5, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child turned to the Russian authorities. According to members of the committee, instead of protecting children, the law only provokes violence and discrimination, Lenta.ru reports.
Corruption has taken possession of the world. “Five dollars. This amount is required by the port authority to allow the ship to enter the port. The captain of the ship calls the head office. Can we pay? No, bribes are illegal. The harbor master reduces his demand to 50 dollars. The captain refuses. A few days later the ship is allowed to the dock, the bribe remains unpaid. The delay costs the shipping company 2 million dollars, ”writes Michael Scapeinker (“ Financial Times ”; the source of abbr. Translation is "Inopressa").
Such situations were discussed at the conference on the problem of corruption in London "Chatham House". The conference was attended by business leaders, fighters against corruption, lawyers and academics from around the world. The mood of the participants was depressing, the journalist said. Corruption is ubiquitous, moreover, its forms are changing. “The corruption gene mutates,” one speaker said.
They said about Russia. No wonder, one Russian delegate noted, that the Olympics in Sochi are overshadowed by accusations of corruption. Russia was corrupt before the Games and will be corrupt after. To believe that everything will be different is the same as to expect from an alcoholic sobriety at a vodka festival.
Around - corruption. According to Transparency International, 20 countries, which account for 26,9% of world exports, have done little or nothing to enforce their anti-corruption laws. These include Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, Spain, Israel, Brazil ...
But at least some clearance is?
Very small, and comes from no states at all, but from ordinary citizens.
Ordinary people are fighting corruption - for example, in Ukraine and in India. There are Russian drivers with video cameras in cars, the author of the article writes, allowing them to challenge inspectors who stop them in order to receive a bribe.
This is not surprising, add from myself. The state is one of the main institutions that create favorable conditions for the prosperity of corrupt officials. Therefore, to believe that the state will effectively fight corruption is very, very naive. There is no difference whether it happens in Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Ukraine or in Romania with Bulgaria. Wherever there is a state, there is corruption. And the participants of the London event are right: only ordinary citizens can at least oppose corruption. Governments and their officials of all stripes and shades will not fight bribes, as they are the main corrupt officials who give a rotten example to others.
The person who signed the letter to Brezhnev died. In Slovakia, the initiator of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, Vasil Bilak, a former member of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, died. Reports about it "Lenta.ru" with reference to the Associated Press.
Comrade Bilak died on February 4 in Bratislava. He was 96 years old.
Lenta reminds that he was part of a group of five Czechoslovak communists who in 1968 turned to the USSR for help in canceling the liberal reforms of Alexander Dubcek. The rest of the authors of the letter to Leonid Brezhnev asking for military assistance are no longer alive.
In Hungary, approved the Russian loan. The Hungarian Parliament ratified an intergovernmental agreement with Russia on the construction of the Rosatom State Corporation of two new power units of the Paks NPP, reports correspondent RIA "News" Andrei Zolotov with reference to the Austrian news agency APA.
The deal on the construction of two new power units with a total power of 2,2, thousands of megawatts, with funding from a Russian loan, was signed in Moscow on January 14 following a meeting between Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Negotiations on the preparation of the transaction were held in confidence.
Hungarian Economy Minister Mihai Varga said that a loan of up to 10 billion euros will be repaid during 21 after the commissioning of power units in 2023. “We managed to reach an agreement that we could not get on the market,” said Varga.
French tax authorities pursue the old Jean-Marie Le Pen. The Paris Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation into Jean-Marie Le Pen, the former leader of the National Front. Prosecutors did not like the content of the property status filed by Le Pen. This site reported Mediapart, write "Vesti" with reference to ITAR-TASS.
Initially, the High Commission for the Publicity of Public Life, intended to control the income and property possessions of elected officials, expressed suspicions of infidelity. It was she who in November last year complained of Le Pen to the prosecutor's office.
The commission allegedly identified an unreasonable increase in Le Pen’s assets and assets in 2004-2009 years. The investigators had a task to establish the circumstances of enrichment of the honorary chairman of the National Front and the deputy of the European Parliament.
The investigation is conducted by a brigade for financial violations of the legal police of Paris.
“Vesti” reminds that comrade Le Pen has a large fortune, mostly inherited by him at the end of the 70s from a friend and ally of Hubert Lambert.
Thirty-eight percent of Latvian residents reminded Berzins of their taxes. A group of public figures of Latvia wrote an appeal to Andris Berzins with a request to abandon plans for the elimination of teaching in Russian. This was told by Maxim Lisovsky ("Voice of Russia").
The authors of the appeal to the president noted that in Latvia 38% of residents use Russian as the main language of family communication. Therefore, attempts to eliminate school education in their native language will lead to the disintegration of society.
“There is no doubt that the state has the means, even if 38% of the population is withdrawn as taxes, not only to maintain, but also to restore the previously purposefully destroyed educational system in Russian,” the address says.
The authors of the message addressed not only to the President of Latvia, but also to Prime Minister Laimdote Straujuma, Speaker of the Seym Solvite Aboltine and Minister of Education Ina Druviete, are asked to completely eliminate the elimination of education in Russian from the government’s plans.
They also asked to re-open the closed Russian classes and schools, to return to full teaching in Russian with in-depth study of the Latvian language as a separate subject. In Latvian schools, the authors of the letter suggested introducing Russian as a compulsory subject. They also asked to restore the system of training Russian-speaking teachers.
Tatyana Zhdanok, a member of the European Parliament from Latvia, Jacob Pliner, former deputies of the Latvian Parliament, Vladimir Buzaev and Valery Bukhvalov, surgeon Viktor Kalnberz, political scientist Einars Graudins, chairman of the board of Russian Society in Latvia Tatyana Favorskaya and a number of other public figures signed the letter.
Nazarbayev invented a new name for Kazakhstan. The President of Kazakhstan suggested considering the possibility of changing the name of the country to Kazak Eli. Told about it Interfax.
According to the head of state, the new name will allow Kazakhstan to differ from other countries of Central Asia, whose names also end in “-stan”.
“At the same time, foreigners show interest in Mongolia, whose population is only two million people, while in its name there is no ending“ -stan ”. Perhaps, it is necessary to consider the issue of transition to the name of our country “Cossack Yeli” with time, but first of all it is necessary to discuss it with the people, ”the president said at a public meeting in the Atyrau region.
"Yel" in Kazakh language - the state, fatherland, homeland. The name suggested by Nazarbayev literally means “Fatherland of the Kazakhs”.
That's it, add on my own. “... foreigners are showing interest ...” And they are apparently showing exclusively to those countries whose names do not end in “-stan”. Therefore, the problem of foreign investment, loans and anything else can be solved in such a simple way.
On the other hand, Nazarbayev could have thought about renaming after a year-old blooper from Mr. Kerry (US Secretary of State), to whom Central Asian names, apparently, are given with great difficulty. In February, 2013, speaking at the University of Virginia, John Kerry merged Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan into a single unit, pronouncing "Kyrgyzstan".
Then inevitably think about renaming the republic!
Kiev crime. Ukrainian police opened a criminal case on the fact of an explosion in the House of Trade Unions in the center of Kiev. This was reported by the acting head of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the capital of Ukraine, Valery Mazan, reports ITAR-TASS.
As a result of an explosion in the House of Trade Unions seized by the protesters, two people suffered yesterday. Eyewitnesses say that the box exploded, which was carried into the building under the guise of a first-aid kit. The police tried to get to the scene, but the protesters decided not to let them into the House of Trade Unions.
It is clear why they did not let me in, let us add from myself. Then the “oppositionists” will say that they tried to undermine the “regime” with this box.
Hooligans “Euromaidan” activists shot a like-minded person in the leg: the young man refused to wear their uniform. This tells "RT".
In the duty of the metropolitan police received a message from the doctor of the hospital №17. It turned out that an 24-year-old native of the Lviv region with abrasions on the body and a gunshot wound to his leg was taken to the hospital.
The victim arrived in Kiev from the Lviv region in search of work. There was no work, and then the young man went to the "euromaidan". There, for three weeks, he guarded the building of the Kiev city state administration, which was seized by the radicals. Activists demanded that he put on a special uniform. He refused. Then he was beaten, and then taken to a man called Yar. He shot his leg. “Then they took him by taxi to a sleeping area and threw him on the side of the road. He himself got to the nearest house, managed to ring the intercom, and then fainted. In himself, he came only in the hospital, ”- noted in the Interior Ministry.
Police opened a criminal case under the article "hooliganism".
Yanukovych flew to Sochi. Viktor Yanukovych went on a working visit to the Russian Federation yesterday. This was reported by the press service of the head of state, reports ITAR-TASS.
“The program of the visit envisages the participation of Yanukovich in the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in the city of Sochi,” the message says.
Yanukovych is scheduled to meet with Vladimir Putin.
The European Union, his mother for a leg through three rocker arms. Assistant US Secretary of State Victoria Nuland apologized for the rude remarks about the European Union, writes "Lenta.ru" with reference to France-Presse.
According to State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, Nuland personally apologized to her colleagues in the diplomatic corps of the European Union.
I had to apologize for the phrase “Fuck the EU”. She sounded in February 4's two-person telephone conversation recording on YouTube, which the authors of the video identified as Nuland and US Ambassador to Ukraine Jeffrey Payette. You can hear Nuland explaining to Payette that she gained UN support in order to “teach the EU a lesson.”
There are other interesting moments in the dialogue.
V. Nuland says that one of the opposition leaders, namely Vitali Klitschko, should not go to the government. In a public office, according to an employee of the State Department, Arseniy Yatsenyuk is better suited.
Jen Psaki noted that the conversation was a private conversation.
How did the recording of the conversation Payette and Nuland appear on YouTube? Psaki suggested that the record - the handiwork of Russian intelligence. Representatives of the White House, Jay Carney, expressed similar assumptions.
Again, add on my own, these Russians! And here they beat. However, the European Union and without Nuland knows what he is "f". The European Union knew this even without Snowden.
By the way, Psaki refused to confirm the authenticity of the video. State Department does not give up!
As transmits "Voice of Russia" with links to ITAR-TASS and RIANews", The State Department does not intend to confirm the authenticity of the record posted on the Internet, on which Victoria Nuland and Ambassador Jeffrey Payet allegedly speak rudely about the European Union and discuss the Ukrainian political crisis.
Jen Psaki did not confirm the authenticity of the record: “I do not intend to confirm this or to disclose the details of private conversations of diplomats. There is a difference between private conversations and the official position that we announce. ”
Of course, there is, add from myself. In private conversations, you are telling the truth, and in official communications ... uh-uh ... talking about democracy.
All these little words about who is good at the government of Ukraine, and who is not, will, of course, later turn into lush words about the “choice of the Ukrainian people.” No need to be Nostradamus to predict this.
Well, and the completion of the American-Ukrainian story - a few words about the meeting Nuland with Yanukovych.
Exceptionally peaceful Yanukovych. The President of Ukraine yesterday met with Victoria Nuland, during which he announced that measures would be taken soon to speed up the release of those detained during mass actions. This is stated on the website of the head of the Ukrainian state, reports RIA News".
The President said that he would do everything to prevent the escalation of the conflict, and that he is in favor of the speedy implementation of constitutional reform in compliance with all the necessary procedures for preparing the basic law. Yanukovych noted that all issues should be resolved exclusively through peaceful negotiations.
Earlier on the same Thursday, V. Nuland met with the leaders of the Ukrainian opposition. As RIA “Novosti” reminds, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Vitali Klitschko and Oleg Tyagnibok participated in the meeting.
Ukrainian Foreign Ministry disappointed. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine considers some of the assessments set forth in the resolution of the European Parliament adopted on Thursday to be biased and biased, and emphasizes that the unbalanced nature of the resolution does not contribute to the nationwide reconciliation in the country, reports correspondent RIA "Novosti" Viktor Avdeenko.
The deputies of the European Parliament agreed on a resolution calling for the preparation of sanctions against Ukrainian officials and businessmen, advocating the creation of a permanent mission in Ukraine and the need to provide financial assistance to Ukraine.
The Foreign Ministry commentary states:
“It is disappointing to be biased in the assessments of the European Parliament of the actions of the Ukrainian authorities and ignoring the overwhelming majority of the constructive efforts of the Ukrainian leadership to implement measures to establish confidence and establish a peaceful and inclusive dialogue with the opposition and civil society. The unbalanced nature of the resolution, as well as calls for the introduction of restrictive measures by the EU, do not contribute to the formation of national reconciliation and an atmosphere of trust in Ukraine, and therefore undermine the process of stabilizing the situation. ”
If we translate it into a simple philistine language, we add from ourselves, it will become clear: the text contains a message to go far away - approximately to where the State Department representative sent Brussels.
There is no sex, there is a portrait of Putin. Western journalists follow the fate of Sochi stray dogs, yogurt delivery to American athletes and coverage of the Olympics-2014. About this - in the new review "Foreign Press".
During the period of the "interim government" headed by Medvedev (this period no one remembers now), writes the author of an article in Die Zeit Johannes Vosvinkel, political scientists wondered if Putin would run in 2012 year. One of the powerful arguments “for” was that Putin could not miss the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Sochi, which he had acquired for Russia.
The multibillion-dollar performance on the Black Sea coast "should demonstrate Russia's return to the status of an economic and geopolitical superpower," the article says, and the Russian people should receive a message: "We are again a force."
But Putin has no clear ideology. Only "a rough coordinate system," writes Vosvinkel. These are the coordinates: the priority of a strong state over society, the buildup of the military budget, "of course, at the expense of health and education." Big goals and symbols seem more important to the Kremlin’s master than individuals.
“The Winter Olympics begins in Sochi on Thursday, regardless of whether Russia is ready for it or not,” Kaitlin Dewey and Max Fisher write in the blog “The Washington Post”.
The Olympic torch extinguished during the 44 times relay, including in the Kremlin. The preparation of the hotel center for thousands of visitors to the Gorki Plaza has not been completed. To the officials sound numerous allegations of corruption.
Correspondents point out the problems of foreign construction workers and evicted locals (one woman in the suburb of Sochi lives "in an aluminum booth"), as well as environmentalists and animal protection activists.
In one of the hotels there is no gender, but there is a portrait of Putin. Responding to a complaint from one of CNN's producers on the state of the hotel, the president of the organizing committee of the Olympiad called on him to look at the mountains and "believe".
The correspondent of The New York Times, David Hershenhorn, devoted an article to catching stray dogs in Sochi. “Employees of local animal welfare organizations say that many of them were domestic or are descendants of domestic dogs abandoned by families whose houses and parcels were demolished. As compensation, residents were provided with new apartments in high-rise buildings, where, as is often believed, keeping pets is undesirable, ”the author writes.
But Putin’s representative, Dmitry Peskov, explained “a really large number of dogs in Sochi” differently: “As you know, when a large construction is underway, there are always dogs, puppies, which the builders lure? Now, when the builders have already left these objects, unfortunately, the dogs have remained. ”
Homeless dogs were found at sports facilities, they even wandered into hotels for Olympic athletes and journalists, Hörschenhorn notes. Oleg Deripaska gave 15 thousands of dollars to open a receiver for animals on the ground allocated by local authorities. He also promised to give 50 thousands of dollars annually to support the shelter.
All dogs entering the receiver receive help from a veterinarian, they are vaccinated. Any dog can subsequently be picked up by anyone, including fans who come to the Olympics.
Parties quarrel yogurt delivery to American athletes participating in the Sochi Olympics, writes The New York Times.
A batch of 5 thousands of servings of Chobani yoghurt was stuck at a US airport. Politicians in the state of New York and Washington are indignant, saying that American athletes can be left without a protein-rich product. But the Russian authorities announced that the importation of yoghurt made in the United States was impossible: the Americans did not provide the proper documentation. The Obama administration intervened, and Senator Schumer wrote to the Russian ambassador.
However, the representative of the Russian Embassy in Washington, Yevgeny Khorishko, said that they would not make any special exceptions for yogurt: "You must follow the rules."
In response, Gary Finch, a spokesman for Chobani, and at the same time a member of the legislative chamber of the state of New York, said that Russia wants to start a cold war because of yogurt. And he added: "Whatever they choose as the subject of contention, we, of course, will win."
These Russians do not understand. It is known that in the culture of Asia they are very anxious about how to “save face”, writes The Daily Beast columnist Lisl Schillinger (the source of the short translation is "Inopressa"). The “all-pervasive Russian” version of this phenomenon is less well known: “... not so much to try to save face as sulk at those who made you lose it, and punish these tactless subjects.” This is called “offended” - “the age-old Russian national entertainment” in personal relationships, and not only in them. The author believes that this is one of the hidden forces rallying Russia.
The author considers Magnitsky's case as an example of how “offended at the macro level” can be: “... the Russian government, offended by the accusations of the American side, in retaliation forbade the Americans to adopt Russian orphans and compiled their own list of US citizens who are not willing to see in Russia.”
And here is the personal observation, i.e. the micro level.
In 1990, a journalist, author of the article, worked in a Russian magazine, and that case was accidentally frustrated by her colleagues. Criticized the font or usage. The chief whispered to her frightened: "You have very offended Vera Vladimirovna."
“I had to throw everything, run into the street and buy sneakers and Coca-Cola to smooth out the roughness,” recalls the journalist.
More recent example. Schillinger wrote a review on the very ironic, in her words, the book “Mastering the Art of Soviet Cuisine” Ani von Bremsen, Russian patriotic bloggers attacked them both. “They wrote that I should be shoved into a flood”, and regretted that their mother, Ani, was not eaten in the blockade.
Now, Schillinger recalls the wrath of bloggers when watching cautious reports from Sochi ...
Word piled up by Ms. Ulitskaya. “I, like many Russian citizens, are deeply concerned about the stricter restrictions on freedom of speech in my country, ever-expanding laws and arbitrary bureaucracy that affect all aspects of life in Russia,” is the beginning of an article by writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya, published in The Guardian, writes "Inopressa".
In the article, Ms. Ulitskaya explains what prompted her to sign an appeal about the strangulation of freedom of speech by Russian laws - the very ones that should be immediately abolished. Under this open letter, over two hundred writers from different countries put their signatures.
What discovery did Ulitskaya make? What worried her?
She writes: “I am concerned about the attempts of the authorities to impose on us a cultural ideology that in many respects imitates the style of propaganda of the Soviet times. I am frightened by the growing dependence of the judicial system on the same authorities. ”
Oh, let's add from ourselves, wherever there is a state, that is, on the entire planet Earth, in all countries, there is both propaganda and “dependence”, and even, we would say, the intertwining of the branches of power. Isn't the freedom in the very same Britain where the Guardian is published limited? The same "Guardian" suffered and suffers because of the publication of documents Snowden. Did you listen to the speeches of its chief editor, Alan Rasbridger? Or is it “not the case,” and Snowden is the enemy of the “Western people”? .. And where is it, pray tell, in what country is this the laws do not expand, but narrow? About this very ... mmm ... expansion wrote more Briton Herbert Spencer in "Experience." A century and a half ago he wrote. Read at your leisure, this is informative. A good portion of enlightenment is guaranteed. Jack London grew up on Spencer, and why do you evade reading?
Well, then in the article - predictably. About the channel "Rain". Ulitskaya says: "I believe that the media has the fundamental right to ask similar questions about our past, present and future." According to Ulitskaya, the issue of the blockade of Leningrad touched a nerve, as he grasped the essence of what is happening in Russia today. The state is trying to create a cloudless image of the past.
Many consider as absolute truth everything that they are told about the Russian stories and about today's Russia, and believe that there are no “mistakes, crimes or historical sins” on account of the Russian authorities. This is similar to “the unwritten chapter from the book of Orwell: we are right, we are always right, we are right in everything, and anyone who will challenge the correctness of this indomitable perfect force is cursed,” Ulitskaya asserts.
Big Brother, we add, is wherever there is a state. Nothing can be done about it. Times Novgorod veche - in the past. Big Brother rules the ball in Russia, but it is rampant in the EU, in the USA, in Australia, in Indonesia, and anywhere. Eric Blair, I mean, George Orwell, when he wrote "1984", meant not the USSR, but the USA. However, there is no fundamental difference: he wrote about the totalitarian model in general. And today we know that Western states, especially the United States, have far overtaken Russia in total surveillance and network control of citizens. And this is exactly what Orwell was talking about.
As for the “cloudless image of the past,” there are not only disadvantages in propaganda, but also pluses. A cloudless image of the past helps people build a happy present ...
And the last. Let us then begin to poke the nose of the USA on Indian reservations and the slavery of blacks, Italy on fascism, Germany on Nazism, and France and Britain to reproach in colonial politics. For long live objectivity!
Puski in America. Rick Gladstone's article "The Pussy Riot Participants Visited New York" was published in The New York Times (the source of the short translation is "Inopressa").
“In an interview with the editorial board of The New York Times, Alekhine and Tolokonnikova stated that they were not afraid of another prison sentence, and suggested that they could someday run for a political office in Russia,” the author writes. They also spoke in favor of a boycott or “other provocative actions” at the Winter Olympics.
“In addition, they expressed admiration for the political protest movement in Ukraine, expressing the hope that his spirit would spread in Russia,” the article says.
They arrived in New York on Tuesday and were among the celebrities at Amnesty International's charity concert on Wednesday, sharing the stage with Madonna, Yoko Ono, Sting and other pop singers. The goal of the concert was to expand public knowledge about those whom the organization calls prisoners of conscience.
“During their stay in New York, the girls met, in particular, with Samantha Power, the US Permanent Representative to the UN,” the article says.
This meeting with Power provoked the sarcastic remark of Russian permanent representative Vitaly Churkin, Gladstone notes. “Did she herself join the group or not?” I expected her to invite them to speak at the Washington Cathedral, ”he said at a briefing at the Russian mission to the UN.
The desire expressed by the “pushes” of “other provocative actions” at the Olympic Games, we add, describes them very accurately. Do not even need to comment. Words need to save. Words are like cartridges ...
Who will give a hand to mate McFaul? The gay rights organization calls for Obama to appoint an open homosexual to be ambassador to Russia, writes Al Kemen in The Washington Post (a source in the translation says "Inopressa").
For the Kremlin, Obama’s appointment to the American delegation in Sochi of several homosexual athletes in response to Putin’s signing of anti-anti-law laws did not go unnoticed, the correspondent writes.
Now, the Human Rights Campaign (“Campaign for Human Rights”), successfully lobbying for the interests of LGBT people, calls on Obama to take the next step. On Tuesday, she sent a letter to the president with the call to appoint an open homosexual to the place of the outgoing US ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul.
And what will America thereby declare?
Thus, America will tell the world that its "faith in international human rights is stronger than ever." So wrote in a letter to the president of the organization Chad Griffin.
But let us ask ourselves the question: who will give a hand to that “person with rights”, who will replace McFaul? Oh, now the readers of "VO" will answer ...
Putin is the first again. Vladimir Putin has been named the world's number one politician in the 2013 year. He headed the new "world" rating, created on the basis of a survey of the world's leading information media. The absolute majority of the largest world publications and news agencies spoke for Putin. And Barack Obama did not even enter the top three. This was told by Dmitry Khrustalyov ("Vesti").
For the first time, journalists took part in the survey. Two hundred and sixty-five news agencies and news media from 84 countries of the world received questionnaires. Three nominations: politics, science and culture. “We did not select agencies by the criterion of their fame, viability, influence. We took the largest associations and sent them to agencies, to everyone, without exception. All continents, all countries, all corners, even small ones, Africa, Asia, ”said Sergey Mikhailov, general director of ITAR-TASS.
According to the “World Ranking” poll, the Russian president received 133 from 175 votes and was recognized as the number one politician in the world. Vladimir Putin made the most significant contribution to global politics in 2013, cautioned the West against a military invasion of Syria and achieved the elimination of a chemical arsenal.
The top three included Pope Francis and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Barack Obama took the 4-place.
Insult memory. The inclusion of the monument to the heroes of the Brest Fortress by the CNN television channel in the rating of the ugliest monuments is unacceptable and offensive, the Russian Embassy in the USA said. Reports about it "Voice of Russia" with reference to ITAR-TASS.
“This monument is a symbol of the courage of the soldiers who were the first to meet the fascists on the border of our Motherland, this is the memory of the millions of soldiers who fell in the struggle for the freedom of the peoples of the world from the brown plague,” the statement said. “This is a monument to the heroes we honor.” “Such ratings are unacceptable from the point of view of the historical significance of the monuments, offensive to the memory of the fallen and simply do not fit into normal human perception,” Russian diplomats stressed.
As the Voice of Russia reminds, earlier, the CNN television company apologized for including the main monument of the Brest Fortress memorial complex (the monument to Courage) in the list of the ugliest monuments.
“We understand that the inclusion of the“ Brest Hero Fortress ”in the list compiled by our author offended the inhabitants of Belarus and Russia. This was done unintentionally, and we apologize, ”says the editor’s note on the TV channel’s website. The editors stressed that the list only pursued a goal in a joking way to acquaint readers with monuments from around the world.
Of course, the editorial board did not remove the monument from the list.
The chairman of the Writers' Union of Belarus and the head of the Public Council on Morality Nikolai Cherginets, the article notes, called the CNN rating part of a policy aimed at revising the history of the Great Patriotic War.
Vice-Speaker of the State Duma Sergey Neverov described the actions of “CNN” as “offensive and inadmissible”. “Such ratings are at the very least disrespect and blasphemy in relation to the memory of the millions who died, veterans and their descendants who saved the world from the fascist plague,” he said.
Artyom Kol ("Vesti") quoted the words of the retired army general Makhmut Gareyev, who had gone through the whole war: he liberated the Donbass, Kaliningrad, fought in the east with the Japanese.
“They attacked our country: suddenly, they bombed and fired, they destroyed our people. There is an unequal battle. Desperately fighting. So he should smile or what? ”
Historians recognize that Brest is more than just a memorial. This is a monument to the courage of soldiers who defended the fortress without food or water for more than a month. German Tanks approached Moscow, but fights did not stop here.
The retired general says:
“This is not just a random statement, innocuous, to which one could not pay attention: they say, someone spoke unsuccessfully. This is a whole system of information warfare to discredit our victory in the Great Patriotic War! ”
Channel "RT" clarifies that the authors of the text on “CNN” about the monument “Courage” still changed its description. In the original version, foreign journalists sneered that the face of the hero of the sculptural composition resembles the face of a person suffering from constipation ...
In the previous “Mosaic” we already wrote that the West completely lost its sense of humor. And now, after only two days, another confirmation of this fact was received. We used to think that there were too many psychiatrists in the USA, but now we have the impression that, on the contrary, there are too few of them. Or the qualification is not the same ...
Putin respects me. Barack Obama does not consider his relations with the president of Russia to be cold and notes the respect with which Putin treats him. This Obama himself said the American television channel "NBC". Excerpts from the interview led correspondent ITAR-TASS Ivan Pilshchikov.
The journalist asked the US president how he assesses the relationship between him and Putin. Mr Obama replied:
“I would not call them cold. The truth is that when we meet, there are a lot of mutual exchanges and unexpectedly a lot of humor, as well as many compromises. ”
And Obama gave himself a characterization on behalf of Putin (“he” in the cue is Putin):
“He always treats me with deep respect. I think he understands how important it is for Russia to work together with the United States in areas of mutual interest. ”
Well, let's add from ourselves, you can't praise yourself ... In general, when the president of any country (there is more than the USA) begins to publicly declare that he is respected by the presidents of other countries, this means nothing but a complete loss of course at sea politicians. We have already written in one of the articles in the "VO" that the United States is waiting for something in the spirit of the "Iron Heel." It looks like Obama's “you respect me” replica, which is not necessarily pronounced when you think for three, but when you drink alone in front of a mirror, Jack London’s forecasts confirm ...
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