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Erdoğan likely to push Trump to reverse ‘double whammy’


Erdoğan likely to push Trump to reverse ‘double whammy’


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has repeatedly shown the ability to influence and manipulate U.S. President Donald Trump, though two resolutions passed by the U.S. House on Tuesday highlight the Turkish leader’s lesser influence among U.S. lawmakers. 

After a December 2018 phone call between the two presidents, Trump announced that U.S. troops would withdraw from Syria. The move was soon reversed, but it shocked Washington’s foreign policy establishment and led to the resignations of two key U.S. officials, Defense Secretary James Mattis and counter-Islamic State (ISIS) envoy Brett McGurk. 

After the two met during the June G-20 summit in Japan, Trump told reporters that he appreciated Turkey’s position on its purchase of Russian S-400 air defence missiles. In the months since he has refrained from applying the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act against Turkey, which its deal with Russia should have triggered. 

Last month, following another phone talk with Erdoğan, Trump again announced U.S. troops would be leaving Syria, allowing Turkey to go forward with its long-planned offensive against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and its affiliate People’s Protection Units (YPG). Turkey views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which has led an insurgency in Turkey since 1984 and is labelled a terrorist group by the United States and European Union, as well as Turkey. 

“Erdoğan has learned to manipulate Trump and Erdoğan has been able to influence Donald Trump’s personal talking points,” said Aaron Stein, director of the Middle East programme at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. 

Stein said Turkish officials identified Trump as their preferred U.S. presidential candidate back in October 2016. “I thought Donald Trump would be an Islamophobe that would work against Turkish interests,” he said. 

“But the Turks rightly concluded that Trump was corruptible and not very smart, and therefore he was manipulable - he could be a transactional partner that would work toward Turkey’s interests,” Stein added. “It took three years, but they ultimately got it.”

The two leaders are set to meet in Washington on Nov. 13, and observers expect Erdoğan to seek to reverse or neutralise two House resolutions passed this week, which the New York Times described as a rebuke to Trump and one analyst described as a “double whammy” against Turkey.  

The first resolution marks an official recognition of the Armenian Genocide. The House move, which came on the anniversary of the birth of the Republic of Turkey, is not unprecedented. In 1975 and in 1984, the House also adopted resolutions acknowledging the Armenian Genocide. And in April 1981, President Ronald Reagan issued a Presidential Proclamation on the matter. 

The second House resolution, which like the first must be approved by the Senate to become binding, calls for sanctioning Erdoğan and other Turkish officials involved in the Syria offensive, as well as Turkish banks linked to the defence sector, and penalising Turkey for its purchase of Russian S-400 missiles.

Russian officials told Turkey on Tuesday that Syrian and Russian forces had successfully cleared the YPG from a strip of land along Turkey’s border, as per last week’s agreement between Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and that joint Russian-Turkish patrols could begin.

Stein said he expected Russia would soon integrate the YPG into the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad, which would raise security issues for Turkey and give Assad and Putin some leverage over Erdoğan. 

Turkey’s offensive in northeast Syria has thus far displaced some 180,000 people, and many, including former U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power, have described Turkish actions there as ethnic cleansing, in part because Erdoğan has repeatedly expressed his desire to settle mostly Syrian Arab refugees in the area, much of which has had a Kurdish majority in recent decades. 

“Erdoğan has said he wants to move 2 million people into these areas. I think that would be tantamount to ethnic re-engineering,” said Stein.

Stein does not foresee Ankara being able to implement that plan, nor does he see a coherent Turkish approach in northeast Syria, but rather the significant influence of Russia. Reports this week have said Turkey is also considering buying Russian Su-35 fighter jets. Also this week, Pentagon officials said Turkey’s S-400s are expected to be operational by the end of the year. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has cautioned U.S. officials to think carefully before sanctioning Turkey and pushing Ankara further toward Russia. In the Washington Post last week, Ilhan Omar, a member of the House of Representatives, also argued against sanctioning Turkey, saying that while Turkey’s Syria offensive had been a disaster, sanctions tend to be incoherent and counter-productive. 

“I don’t understand the point of collapsing Turkey’s economy or even threatening to do it for an invasion of Syria,” said Stein, though he did understand punishing Turkey for its S-400 purchase. 

“Turkey has met the threshold for CAATSA sanctions,” said Stein, pointing out that Ankara even aired live video of the arrival of the S-400s, “rubbing the nose of the Americans in the faeces of this deal”.

There have been reports that Trump is negotiating with Turkish officials behind the scenes in an effort to secure the purchase of U.S.-made Patriot missiles to replace the S-400s. Still, most U.S. officials would prefer not to sanction Turkey. 

“People don’t want to alienate a NATO ally,” said Stein, who said it was possible Turkey would buy Patriots at next month’s summit. 

“But a negotiation entails a give and take on both sides, and Turkey never gives, it only takes,” said Stein, who thinks Turkish officials do not realise how few defenders they have left in the White House. 

“Erdoğan played his cards right,” Stein added. “He got another face-to-face meeting with Trump where he can present his case, and when he gets a meeting with Trump, Trump usually capitulates to his point of view.”


Turkey says Armenian genocide bill 'an insult', summons U.S. envoy


Turkey says Armenian genocide bill 'an insult', summons U.S. envoy


(Updates with Erdoğan comments in third paragraph, foreign minister in sixth.)

Turkey slammed a U.S. decision recognising the mass killing of Armenians early last century as genocide and summoned the country's ambassador.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan  said the resolution, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives by 405 votes to 11 on Tuesday, was devoid of any truth. It was approved on the anniversary of the formation of the Turkish republic.

“We see such an accusation as the greatest insult made to our nation," Erdoğan said in a speech to his party deputies in parliament. “A country whose history is filled with stains of genocide, slavery and exploitation has no right to say something or to lecture Turkey.”

Turkey and the United States have been embroiled in a political dispute over a Turkish military incursion into northern Syria that began in early October. U.S. President Donald Trump paved the way for the operation by withdrawing troops from the border region, sparking criticism in Congress that he had abandoned the Kurds. Ankara says Kurdish forces that it has been battling in Syria are terrorists allied with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an autonomy-seeking armed group in Turkey.

Most scholars recognise that genocide was committed by the Ottoman Empire from 1915. An estimated 1.5 million Armenians died. Turkey denies that such a slaughter took place and has lobbied governments and parliaments around the world to refrain from recognising the events as genocide.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry demanded an explanation from Ambassador David Satterfield during a meeting on Wednesday. Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said the resolution amounted to "revenge" for Turkey's military operation.

Earlier on Tuesday, the U.S. House also voted 403 to 16 to impose economic sanctions on Turkey for the Syria incursion. Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG) militants there have been staunch allies of the United States in the fight against Islamic State (ISIS).

“If we ignore history, then we are destined to witness the mistakes of the past be repeated,” Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House, said before Tuesday’s vote. “Recent attacks by the Turkish military against the Kurdish people are a stark reminder of the danger in our own time.”

“If only Turkey had taken the lead to address sadness that haunts Armenians to this day over 1915. If only Turkey had taken the lead to address Kurdish grievances and abuses they suffered regardless of the militants of the mountains. If only Turkey had stayed out of Syria,” Ziya Meral, senior resident fellow at the U.K.-based Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research, said in comments on Twitter.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry also criticised the House resolution envisaging economic sanctions on the country.

The bill “is incompatible with the spirit of our NATO Alliance,” the ministry said in a separate statement. “It also contradicts with the agreement reached on Syria with the U.S. Administration on 17 October,” it said in reference to an agreement on a cessation of hostilities in northern Syria reached with the White House two weeks ago.

U.S. officials have failed to discern the difference between a NATO ally and terrorists and “should understand that they cannot achieve anything with the threats of unilateral sanctions”, it said.

The sanctions bill envisages freezing the assets of senior Turkish political and military leaders and blocking their travel to the United States. It would prohibit arms transfers to Turkey if the weapons could be used in Syria, mandates an investigation of Erdoğan’s personal wealth and would impose punishment on state-run Turkish bank Halkbank.

Erdoğan said the resolution was aimed at targeting him, his family and his ministers directly, adding that he strongly rejected it.

The bill faces potential obstacles in the Senate, where leading Republicans have called for a delay in order to give time for the Trump administration to find a diplomatic solution with Turkey.


В каких странах СНГ самые высокие пенсии?



В России с ее балльной системой пенсии самые высокие в СНГ – хотя, конечно, и не такие, как хотелось бы самим россиянам. Средний размер в сентябре 2019 года немного превышал 14 тысяч рублей – и из стран Содружества к ней более-менее близко по этому показателю подобрались только белорусы и казахстанцы. 

При расчетах мы не смотрели на уровень зарплат по странам или на уровень ВВП – просто изучили средние пенсии и перевели их в рубли.


В Армении с недавних пор действует обязательная накопительная система формирования трудовых пенсий, но она довольно номинальна. Суть в том, что граждане в принудительном порядке отчисляют из зарплат 2,5%, а государство докладывает еще 7,5%. Это отчасти и формирует итоговые выплаты. 

Они, в свою очередь, складываются из основной пенсии и трудовой – а она напрямую зависит от стажа. То есть в Армении, в отличие от многих других стран, влияние уровня зарплаты на пенсию совсем не так велико. Вот как рассказывали о формуле расчета в минтруда Армении:

«Начисляемая пенсия складывается из основной пенсии (16 000 драмов) и трудовой части пенсии, которая зависит от стажа, стоимости одного года стажа (до 10 лет это 800 драмов, после 10 лет – 500 драмов), переменного коэффициента, который равен 0,1 для одного года стажа при стаже в 10 лет и 0,01 за год при стаже до 40 лет. Для иллюстрации простейший пример расчета пенсии: при трудовом стаже в 10 лет пенсия составляет 24 000 драмов. Эта цифра получена следующим образом: 16 000 + 800 × (0,1 × 10) × 10 = 24 000». 

Минимальный стаж может быть 10 лет, а возраст для обоих полов – 63 года. Однако есть способы получать выплаты и раньше – к примеру, в 55 лет. Но для этого придется сильно постараться с отчислениями в накопительный фонд – к 55 годам накопленных денег должно быть столько, чтобы человек мог получать сразу пять базовых ставок (16 тысяч драмов = 80 тысяч драмов) ежемесячно – и так до конца жизни. 

80 тысяч драмов – цифра отнюдь не фантастическая. Средняя зарплата по стране составляет около 120 тысяч – это всего 15 тысяч рублей, а средняя пенсия и того меньше – 40 тысяч драмов, то есть 5,2 тысячи рублей.


Пенсионная система в Азербайджане отчасти похожа на российскую. Там есть три основных вида пенсий: трудовая по возрасту, пенсия по инвалидности и по потере кормильца. Около 50% местных пенсионеров получают первую. Она складывается из трех разных видов – минимальной пенсии, страховой и накопительной. Здесь уже большую часть выплат, как и в России, формирует страховая. Только вот что она, что накопительная рассчитываются по среднему размеру отчислений в фонд социального страхования – 25% зарплаты ежемесячно граждане должны перечислять туда. Точнее, обычно это делают их работодатели. 

Вскоре в стране будет самый высокий возраст для выхода на пенсию среди стран СНГ – к 2027 году он достигнет 65 лет для обоих полов. Сейчас он постепенно повышается – в 2019 году, например, составляет 64–61 для мужчин и женщин. И если мужчины достигнут потолка уже к 2021 году, то женщины – к 2027-му. Минимальный стаж – 25 лет, тоже вне зависимости от пола. 

Средний размер пенсии тоже не самый низкий для СНГ – в августе 2019 года он составлял 232 маната, или 9073 рубля. В 2020 году правительство планирует поднять планку до 11 500 рублей, но это пока только планы.


В Белоруссии более-менее стандартный вариант начисления пенсий – они зависят от выслуги лет и средней зарплаты. Для того, чтобы получать полноценную ежемесячную выплату, отработать нужно минимум 25 и 20 лет для мужчин и для женщин.

Размер же выплат будет составлять около 55% от среднемесячного дохода за карьеру. 

Пенсионный возраст в стране постепенно повышается с 2017 года – закончится этот процесс к 2022-му. Мужчины будут выходить на пенсию в 63 года (сейчас 61), женщины – в 58 (сейчас 56).

Средний размер пенсии для стран СНГ вполне достойный – на сентябрь 2019 года он составлял 446,8 рубля, или 13 807 российских рублей


В Казахстане довольно сложная система расчета пенсии. Как и в России, ее размер складывается из нескольких факторов, главные из которых – трудовой стаж и размер дохода. С их учетом государство может назначить своим гражданам один или несколько видов пенсий: базовую, трудовую или же накопительную. 

Тем, кому назначили пенсию до 1998 года, пришлось довольствоваться базовым вариантом – с надбавками, конечно. Остальным же с тех пор рассчитывают трудовую и накопительную пенсии. Основная часть выплат для рядовых работников приходится на трудовую – ее могут получить те, кто отработал 25 или 20 лет (для мужчин и для женщин соответственно) и достиг возраста 63 и 59 лет соответственно. Причем в 2018 году в стране повысили пенсионный возраст для женщин – теперь он постепенно растет с шагом полгода в год и в 2027 году достигнет тех же 63 лет, что и у мужчин.

Весомый вклад вносит и размер дохода человека. Надбавку за него высчитывают, основываясь на трех самых «высокооплачиваемых» годах стажа, итоговый размер пенсии при этом не может превышать 75% от среднемесячного дохода. 

Что касается среднего размера пенсии, то в стране на июнь 2019-го он составлял 85 785 тенге, или 14 215 рублей.


В Киргизии на пенсию могут выйти 63-летние мужчины или 58-летние женщины, отработавшие 25 и 20 лет соответственно. Система расчета следующая: совсем маленькая базовая часть, ее размер зависит от стажа, плюс страховая – она уже формируется исходя из суммы отчислений с зарплаты. 

Средние значения по стране невелики – всего 5820 сомов5280 рублей


В Таджикистане ситуация с пенсиями самая сложная на территории бывшего СНГ. Местные пенсионеры самые бедные. Страна сама по себе, конечно, тоже не богатая – она в конце списка и по размеру ВВП, но с пенсиями ситуация аховая. Средний размер пенсии на начало ноября 2019 года – 303 сомони, это 1978 рублей в месяц. Максимальный с сентября 2018-го составляет 850 сомони (5523 рубля). То есть больше этой суммы в стране не получает ни один пенсионер. 

Возраст для расчета трудовой пенсии в стране составляет 63 и 58 лет для мужчин и женщин соответственно, минимальный стаж – 20 и 15 лет. С этим все довольно просто. Туманна лишь картина с расчетом итоговой ежемесячной выплаты. В законе говорится лишь, что «пенсионный капитал будет исчислен посредством автоматизированной программы», а затем поделен на возраст дожития – 180 месяцев, или 15 лет. Как именно компьютер считает этот «пенсионный капитал», кажется, не понимают и сами таджики. К тому же мужчины в стране живут 74–76 лет, то есть на несколько лет меньше рассчитанного. Часть денег они, таким образом, получить попросту не могут.


В Молдавии, как и в большинстве других стран СНГ, идет поэтапное повышение пенсионного возраста. Мужчины его уже достигли – 63 года, женщины доберутся до него к 2028 году. Причем страховой стаж, который потребуется для полноценной пенсии, самый жесткий в СНГ – как минимум 34 года придется отработать и мужчинам, и женщинам после 2024 года, чтобы получать достойную пенсию. 

Формула следующая: общий срок стажа умножается на накопительный коэффициент (1,35%) и умножается на месячный усредненный доход. Подобная математика позволяет населению получать в среднем по 1895 леев, или по 6,7 тысячи рублей.


В Узбекистане пока самый низкий порог выхода – 60 и 55 лет, такой же, какой совсем недавно был в России. Но и там его поднимают – с 2022 года будет постепенный рост до 63–58 лет для мужчин и женщин соответственно. Необходимый стаж – 25–20 лет. С пенсионной системой в стране все непросто – ее вовсю пытаются реформировать, но пока выходит, судя по всему, не очень удачно: в последний раз правительство публиковало средние цифры по размерам пенсий еще в 2017 году – тогда это были 492 тысячи сумов. По курсу того года – примерно 3,5 тысячи рублей.


Хоть страна и вышла из СНГ, не рассмотреть ее было бы преступлением. Возраст выхода на пенсию на Украине до недавних пор был невысок – 60 лет для мужчин и 58 для женщин. Сейчас все изменилось – в стране идет реформа, и возраст выхода привязали к трудовому стажу: чем больше работал, тем раньше можешь начать отдыхать. К примеру, при стаже в 16 лет пенсию можно будет получить лишь в 65 лет, при 26-летней карьере – в 60 лет. Причем планка необходимого стажа тоже растет – и к 2028 году она достигнет 35 лет. То есть с каждым годом 60-летним украинцам придется иметь в трудовой книжке на год стажа больше, чем их предшественникам. 

Расчет ведется по довольно замысловатой формуле, в которой перемножаются три показателя: коэффициент стажа (например, при 35 годах работы он составит 0,35), индивидуальный коэффициент зарплаты (иными словами, это ваша средняя зарплата, поделенная на среднюю зарплату по стране за три года) и средняя зарплата по стране (снова, да). На выходе получается что-то вроде 3020 гривен (8022 рубля). Но это цифры Пенсионного фонда Украины, реальные могут быть и ниже.






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Смесь для иммунитета "Имбирь-лимон-мёд"


Это цитата сообщения Женская_кладовочка Оригинальное сообщениеСмесь для иммунитета "Имбирь-лимон-мед".

Смесь для иммунитета "Имбирь-лимон-мед".

Имбирная смесь с лимонами и медом поможет поддерживать иммунитет, особенно в то время, когда все вокруг начинают болеть простудными заболеваниями.


✔имбирь (корень) – 120 г,
✔лимоны свежие – 4 шт.,
✔мед – 150 мл.

Рецепт приготовления:

Корень имбиря очистите от кожуры, затем натрите на терке. Выложите массу в миску.
Свежие лимоны очистите от кожуры, затем порежьте кубиками. Выложите лимоны в миску к имбирной массе.
Измельчите массу блендером.
Залейте в миску мед.
Выложите массу в удобную банку и уберите в холодильник.
Можно употреблять каждый день по столовой ложке. А можно использовать смесь для приготовления чая.





Nurse Navigator - Cardiovascular Admin

When you join Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, CA, you are aligning yourself with an organization whose values drive our philosophy of care. Our focus on delivering quality, service, and cutting edge care, enables Huntington Hospital to be an organization committed to patient outcomes-not the bottom line. More importantly, it empowers you to enact change and deliver the results that continuously improve our ability to provide our community with care.

The Nurse Navigator (NN) serves as an advocate and coach for the patient ensuring they receive appropriate support and medical care during the post-discharge phase or identified outpatient high risk within the Cardiology network. The NN will collaborate with the multidisciplinary team to identify patients with high risk health practices and develop self-management and wellness plans to assist in improving health risk and behaviors. The nurse will address patient needs throughout the care continuum to reduce gaps in the care process and provide individual and group education, wellness activities, health assessments, and screenings. The nurse will also improve timeliness of care access and coordinate complex care processes with multidisciplinary team and facilitate interaction with primary care and/or other providers as needed, by either direct communication or serving as a resource. The nurse will oversee the registry data. This position may require flexibility of hours.Education:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or RN with Bachelors in Health Administration Required; MSN or Master's in Healthcare Administration, Preferred. Diploma or transcripts on highest degree earned required.


Minimum 5 years RN experience required. Bilingual in English & Spanish or English & Armenian is strongly preferred. Chronic disease management and/or care coordination background strongly preferred.


Current active unrestricted RN license issued by State of California.

Current American Heart Association BLS Provider required.


Motivational interviewing skills strongly recommended, excellent rapport building skills with patients and providers, understanding of community resources, an ability to ""meet people where they are"" and a capacity to serve as a member of the team. Strong working knowledge of evidence-based practice. Patient-centered focused, detail oriented and flexible. Must be able to work independently and with a team. Able to project a positive attitude and be self motivated. Exemplary communication, coordination and problem solving skills.

Innovating the delivery of healthcare as the San Gabriel Valley region's only Level II Trauma Center and Level III NICU, Huntington Hospital is a 635-bed non-profit regional medical center. We deliver nationally recognized care across over 90 service areas to our community and beyond.

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Конафа - Восточная Сладость - Десерт из Теста Фило - Рецепт от Эгине - Heghineh Cooking Show


Конафа - Восточная Сладость - Десерт из Теста Фило - Рецепт от Эгине - Heghineh Cooking Show

Business Inquiries
Heghineh Store
Heghineh in Armenian
Heghineh in English
Heghineh Music
Mayrik by Heghineh
Arqa's Channel

450 г тесто фило (тесто катаифи)
200 г сл масло (растопленного)

350-400 г грецких орехов (слега поджаренные)
100-150 г медовые печенье (или 2 ст л сахар)
2-3 ст л ром или коньяк
Корица, кардамон, молотая гвоздика по вкусу

Сироп (я немножко изменила на свой вкус)
2 ст воды (500мл)
1.5 ст сахару (обычно добавляют 2 ст но получается слишком сладко)
2 ст л мёда (это вместо остального сахара)
1 ст л лимонный сок
1 ст л розовой воды
1 ст л апельсиновый сироп (orange blossom syrup) это можно не добавить

Приготовление сиропа
Воду с сахаром смешать и варить где то от 7-10 минут или пока чуточку загустеет
Добавить лимонный сок, розовую и апельсиновую воду , хорошенько размешать и убрать с огня
Добавить мёд в готовый сироп, смешать и всё!

Духовку заранее разогреть
Печь при температуре 180°С 35 минут или до золотистого цвета.

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Brooklyn Christians Stand in Solidarity with Lebanon


By Tim Harfmann

Christians in Brooklyn are taking a stand and praying for their endangered brothers and sisters in Lebanon.

Paul Moshy is one of many attending a prayer service at Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral in Brooklyn Heights. He's worried about his loved ones who are still in Lebanon.

"I heard Lebanon needs its support of the people. I came right in. I just hope to God my family and everybody else over there is safe,” said Moshy.

The prayers come amid turmoil in the country. Protests began nearly three weeks ago against widespread corruption.

The unrest prompted Maronite Brooklyn Bishop Gregory Mansour to hold the service.

“We are coming to pray for Lebanon. Simple. We are not doing any politics,” Mansour told Currents News.

Bishop Mansour was joined by members of other Christian denominations, including Armenian Orthodox Archbishop Danielian.

"As Christians, it is our primary duty to pray, to pray together for all those who are in different parts of the world,” said Danielian.

At the Vatican, Pope Francis has encouraged the protestors while pushing both sides to respect the dignity and freedom of everyone in Lebanon, saying "I urge everyone to seek solutions in the way of dialogue."

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Journée d’étude : La presse de langue arménienne en France et la création d’un espace transnational


La Bibliothèque Nubar de l’UGAB (Paris) et l’université Paris-Diderot, avec le soutien du réseau Transfopress, réseau international prenant pour objet la presse allophone (, et de la Bibliothèque universitaire des langues et civilisations (BULAC), s’associent pour organiser une journée d’étude sur le phénomène de la presse en langue arménienne comme presse allophone, en prenant pour terrain d’études la France. 


  • 9h Accueil des participants
  • 9h15-9h30 Introduction par Talar Chahinian (UCI) et Stéphanie Prévost (Université de Paris / LARCA)
  • 9h30-9h50 État des collections de périodiques arméniens en France par Boris Adjemian (Bibliothèque Nubar de l’UGAB)

PANEL 1 : Les périodiques de langue arménienne en France comme patrimoine culturel
Présidence de séance : Valentina Calzolari-Bouvier (Université de Genève)

  • 9h50-10h10 Arpi Totoyan (Paris) – La réédition de Midk yev Arvest, supplément littéraire du quotidien Haratch (1976-2009) (en arménien)
  • 10h10-10h30 Vazken Khatchig Davidian (Faculty of Oriental Studies, Université d’Oxford) – In Search of « Monsieur Pierre » : Teotig’s Everyone’s Almanac in Exile and the Recovery of Cultural Memory (1920s)
  • 10h30-10h50 Discussion
  • 10h50-11h10 Pause-café

PANEL 2 : Les périodiques de langue arménienne en France, espaces de mobilisation
Présidence de séance : Houri Berberian (University of California Irvine)

  • 11h10-11h35 Vahé Tachjian (directeur de Houshamadyan) et Méliné Pehlivanian (Staatsbibliothek, Berlin) – La presse arménienne à Paris et à Berlin, entre bolchevisme et nazisme (années 1930-1940)
  • 11h35-12h Sophie Toulajian (Ens Lyon/Larhra) – Hay Baykar, périodique protestataire dans le sillon de mai 68 : de « Libération Arménienne » au « Mouvement National Arménien » (1977-1988)
  • 12h-12h25 Lerna Ekmekçioğlu (MIT, Boston) – Hai Guine, Organ of the French Armenian Women’s Union, & Gender (1947-1949)
  • 12h25-12h50 Discussion
  • 12h50-14h20 Pause-déjeuner

PANEL 3 : Repenser les identités linguistiques et littéraires par la presse
Présidence de séance : Mélanie Keledjian (Inalco)

  • 14h20-14h40 Talar Chahinian (UCI, Los Angeles) – The Armenian Press and the Forging of a New Literati in Post-WWI France
  • 14h40-15h Tork Dalalyan (Académie des Sciences d’Arménie, Erevan) – La normativisation et le développement de l’arménien occidental dans le quotidien Haratch (en arménien)
  • 15h-15h20 Discussion
  • 15h20-15h40 Pause-café

PANEL 4 : Enjeux actuels de la presse périodique arménienne en France
Présidence de séance : Boris Adjemian (Bibliothèque Nubar de l’UGAB)

  • 15h45-16h05 Jiraïr Tcholakian (Paris) – Nor Haratch :
  • expériences et réflexions d’un rédacteur en chef
  • 16h05-16h25 Ari Topouzkhanian (Lyon) – Des caractères en plomb à la PAO : la contribution du mensuel Panpère au développement de la presse arménophone en diaspora
  • 16h25-16h45 Tigran Zargaryan (Fundamental Scientific Library de l’Académie des Sciences d’Arménie, Erevan) – Preserving & Digitising the French Armenian-Language press in Armenia. Views from the National Library
  • 16h45-17h05 Discussion
  • 17h05-17h30 Conclusions générales – Claire Mouradian (EHESS) et Diana Cooper- Richet (UVSQ/ Transfopress)

Comité d’organisation

  • Boris Adjemian (Bibliothèque Nubar de l’UGAB)
  • Talar Chahinian (Université de Californie)
  • Mélanie Keledjian (Inalco)
  • Stéphanie Prévost (Université de Paris)
  • Adrineh Zinali (BULAC)

Comité scientifique

  • Boris Adjemian (Bibliothèque Nubar de l’UGAB)
  • Valentina Calzolari Bouvier (Université de Genève)
  • Talar Chahinian (Université de Californie)
  • Bénédicte Deschamps (Université de Paris)
  • Mélanie Keledjian (Inalco)
  • Nicolas Pitsos (BULAC)
  • Stéphanie Prévost (Université de Paris)
  • Isabelle Richet (Université de Paris)
  • Taline Ter Minassian (Inalco)
  • Khachig Tölölyan (Wesleyan University)

Informations pratiques

  • INALCO, 65 Rue des Grands Moulins, Paris 13e, Auditorium du Pôle des langues et civilisations
  • Métro ligne 14 – RER C : Bibliothèque François Miterrand
  • Tram T3a : Avenue de France


Узбекская дилемма: вступать или не вступать в ЕАЭС?


Судьба Узбекистана во многом уже связана с ЕАЭС. (Фото Дэвида Триллинга)

 За пределами Узбекистана очень часто рассуждают о том, что должна делать страна, но внутренние оживленные дискуссии среди представителей элиты – гораздо более редкое явление.

В прошлом месяце появился неожиданный участник продолжительной дискуссии о том, должен ли Узбекистан вступить в Евразийский экономический союз, в котором доминирует Россия.

Министр торговли США Уилбур Росс, выступая на мероприятии в Вашингтоне, проводимом Американо-Узбекской торговой палатой, выразил сомнения касательно этой перспективы, заявив, что это может помешать планам Ташкента по интеграции в мировую экономику.

«Стремление к членству в Евразийском экономическом союзе может осложнить и замедлить процесс вступления [во Всемирную торговую организацию], нарушив сроки, определенные лидерами Узбекистана», – сказал Росс в своем выступлении 22 октября.

Несколько дней спустя прилетела «ответка» от российского премьер-министра Дмитрия Медведева, который назвал высказывания американского чиновника «странными».

«И тем более странно эти заявления слышать от американской администрации, которая всячески вносит сумятицу в организацию мировой торговли, ведет торговые войны и по сути дезорганизует международный торговый оборот», – сказал Медведев.

Было еще одно «постороннее» лицо, которое чуть ранее подняло этот вопрос.

2 октября председатель Совета Федерации (верхней палаты парламента) России Валентина Матвиенко в ходе трехдневного визита в Узбекистан рассказала, что президент Шавкат Мирзиёев обязался окончательно принять решение по этому вопросу.

«Мы знаем, это озвучено, что президент Узбекистана принял решение и прорабатывается вопрос о присоединении Узбекистана к Евразийскому экономическому союзу», – сказала Матвиенко, обращаясь к своему узбекскому коллеге.

За пределами Узбекистана очень часто рассуждают о том, что должна делать страна, но внутренние оживленные дискуссии среди представителей элиты – гораздо более редкое явление.

Например, предпринимательница Азиза Умарова опубликовала пост – «крик души» – на своей странице Facebook с хэштегом #backtoussr.

«Боюсь, мы даже не имеем достаточного кадрового потенциала вести переговоры с россиянами. По опыту других замечу, что вероятно, мы и технические регламенты на экспорт продукции в свою пользу отвоевать не сумеем», – написала Умарова, которая ранее сообщила о своем намерении баллотироваться в парламент от президентской Либерально-демократической партии Узбекистана.

Умарова сказала, что ЕАЭС обречет Узбекистан на изоляцию и зависимость от экономически неблагополучной России.

«Обратного хода нет. Вообще никакого. Никакого тихого развода», – написала она.

Однако чиновники вели себя осторожнее. Они изучили, «куда дует ветер», прежде чем занять какую-либо позицию.

Два дня спустя после заявления Матвиенко первый зампред сената Садык Сафаев, который до этого фактически действовал как доверенное лицо президента в вопросе о вступлении в ЕАЭС, попытался снизить информационный шум.

«Ничего нового, сверхрезонансного здесь не прозвучало. Три года назад началась реализация обновленной внешней политики Узбекистана – более открытой, более прагматичной, менее политизированной, менее идеологизированной, – сказал Сафаев. – Естественно, Узбекистан внимательно изучает перспективы, возможности вступления в эту структуру. Там есть свои плюсы и минусы».

Судьба Узбекистана во многом уже связана с членами ЕАЭС, в который также входят Армения, Беларусь, Казахстан и Кыргызстан. Более миллиона граждан Узбекистана живут и работают в двух крупнейших странах блока – России и Казахстане. Эти государства также являются важными покупателями сельскохозяйственной продукции Узбекистана.

Экономист Дильфуза Рахимова опубликовала в правительственной газете «Народное слово» статью о том, как гарантированное свободное передвижение товаров, услуг, капитала и рабочей силы внутри объединения поможет укрепить прогресс, достигнутый за последние три года.

«В 2016-2018 годах товарооборот между Узбекистаном и странами ЕАЭС благодаря двусторонним соглашениям увеличился на 52% до 9,65 млрд долларов, что эквивалентно примерно 30% внешней торговли Узбекистана», – написала Рахимова в редакционном материале 29 октября.

Противники ЕАЭС приводят контраргумент, что Китай в 2017 году стал главным торговым партнером Узбекистана, обогнав Россию.


Так или иначе, это что-то новенькое для Узбекистана: внутри страны наблюдаются оживленные споры вокруг ЕАЭС, которые напоминают дебаты по Brexit, охватившие всю Великобританию после референдума в июне 2016 года.

Через неделю после того как Матвиенко уехала из Узбекистана, лидер партии Milliy tiklanish («Национальное возрождение») осудил сторонников вступления как желающих возродить СССР и ослабить суверенитет Узбекистана.

«Мы категорически против вступления в так называемый экономический союз, который преследует политические цели», – заявил в интервью сайту лидер Milliy tiklanish Алишер Кадыров.

Бахром Исмаилов, известный юрист, поддерживающий вступление в ЕАЭС, сказал, что членство – это вопрос прагматизма.

«Трудовые мигранты ежегодно тратят около двух миллиардов долларов на регистрацию и продление разрешения на работу. Если Узбекистан вступит в ЕАЭС, нашим гражданам не придется обращаться за разрешением на работу в странах [организации]. Эти деньги вернутся в экономику Узбекистана», – сказал Исмаилов.

Политолог Фархад Толипов считает, что миграцию не следует рассматривать как основание для вступления.

«Трудовая миграция в силу своей негативной природы не может быть фактором интеграции. Проблема трудовой миграции из Узбекистана прекрасно решается на двустороннем уровне», – сказал Толипов.

Источник статьи:   EURASIANET


Is Turkey-Qatar alliance in danger?


Is Turkey-Qatar alliance in danger?


Pro-government Turkish news outlets have begun attacking Qatar-owned Al Jazeera’s coverage of Turkey’s Syria offensive, pointing toward potential trouble in the supposedly cosy Turkey-Qatar alliance. 

Turkey and Qatar have in recent years become close allies and strategic partners. When the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and their allies placed a blockade on Qatar in mid-2017, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan dispatched emergency food supplies and troops to Qatar and committed to expanding Turkey’s military presence there. 

When the Turkish lira tumbled in August 2018, Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani promised $15 billion in Qatari investment for Turkey. 

“Today, that seemingly unshakable alliance is now under threat – from within,” Turkish pro-government Daily Sabah said in an editorial on Monday, expanding on a similar complaint made in a lengthy analysis by state-run broadcaster TRT World at the weekend. 

“Al Jazeera English, Qatar's flagship news channel, has been spreading anti-Turkey propaganda,” said Daily Sabah. “Under the pretext of independent and objective journalism, the network has succumbed to bias and fake news to mis-portray known terrorists and fugitives from law as oppressed activists. Jumping on the Western media's Turkey-bashing bandwagon, the network smeared last month's Turkish operation into northeastern Syria.”

Turkey’s position is that the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and its affiliate the People’s Protection Units (YPG) are extensions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which has led an insurgency in Turkey for 35 years and is labelled a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union, as well as Turkey. 

This, Ankara argues, made the Kurdish entity along the Syrian border an existential threat and necessitated Turkey’s incursion, despite the fact that the SDF played a crucial role in the U.S.-led effort to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS). 

The TRT World analysis detailed anti-Turkey reporting in both Al Jazeera and Saudi-owned Al Arabiya, pinning the former’s as worse. 

“Al Jazeera English goes a step further and even describes the PKK parent organisation as simply ‘Kurdish fighters’- completely whitewashing it of its bloody history,” said the report

“By labelling the YPG as ‘Kurds’ or ‘Kurdish forces’, they are de-facto elevated to the role of representatives of the Kurdish people as a whole.”

Since its Oct. 9 launch, Turkey’s offensive in northeast Syria has led to hundreds of deaths and displaced some 300,000 people. International media and Western news outlets have in recent weeks charged Ankara with ethnic cleansing, war crimes and worse.

The SDF has used the word genocide to describe Turkey’s actions, as have a number of British newspapers and at least one U.S. senator. 

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives appeared to doubly punish Turkey for its offensive, voting for sanctions against Erdoğan and other officials for the Syria offensive and passing a resolution to officially acknowledge the Armenian genocide, which Turkey officially denies. 

All of this appears to have put Turkey’s NATO allies in an uncomfortable position. The Times reported on Monday that the UN had decided against looking for traces of white phosphorous in a recent attack by Turkey-backed rebels, which it said suggests NATO members seem reluctant to investigate possible war crimes committed by Turkey and its partners in Syria. 

Daily Sabah went on to say that Al Jazeera had charged Turkey with deporting Syrian refugees, “without a shred of evidence”. Last week, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said Turkey had been deporting Syrians and warned against any future returns to a conflict zone. 

The editorial said that while Al Jazeera Arabic continued to provide the necessary nuance on Syria, Al Jazeera English sought to reshape regional geopolitics. 

“A small group of people within Al Jazeera English are deliberately dismantling the network's own legacy and undermining the Turkey-Qatar partnership in an attempt to dictate the Gulf nation's foreign policy,” said Daily Sabah. 

Dr. Ali Bakeer, an Ankara-based political analyst, pointed out that he wrote an article for Al Jazeera English last month defending Turkey’s Syria offensive, so the site appears not to have taken a fully anti-Turkey position on the issue. 

Yet Bakeer did view Daily Sabah as a poor choice of medium for airing grievances between allies. “I think that whatever the problem regarding the coverage of Al Jazeera English, the Qataris would have certainly preferred that such an issue should have been conveyed through the appropriate channels,” he told Ahval. 

David Roberts, lecturer at King’s College London and non-resident fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, sees Ankara being overly sensitive in this case, as about 90 percent of the time Al Jazeera staffers make their own editorial decisions.   

“I tend not to get excited about ‘Al Jazeera slanders x or y,’ kind of stories,” said Roberts, author of Qatar: Securing the Global Ambitions of a City State. 

“They are a bureaucracy and all bureaucracies are punchy and resilient in their own ways,” he explained. “I rarely believe that the Qatar government has forced Al Jazeera to do anything. I think it's more likely that Al Jazeera people decided by themselves, to curry favour with Qatari bosses, or they just thought their story was right.”

Either way, Turkey’s pro-government media is not taking any chances, perhaps because Turkey expects to open a new military base in Qatar by the end of the year. 

“The Turkey-Qatar partnership's future is at stake,” said Daily Sabah. “Before it is too late, Al Jazeera needs to weed out all individuals seeking to poison that alliance behind the smokescreen of independent journalism.”


Being Kurdish in Turkey


Being Kurdish in Turkey


Şirin is smiling in this photograph. He is posing like many other Kurdish youth: holding a phone in one hand, and throwing up a peace sign with the other. He is a handsome young man. The photograph seems to have been taken at a construction zone with plenty of greenery in the background. What is most striking about this picture is Şirin’s hopeful smile.

Şirin Tosun
Şirin Tosun

Şirin Tosun was 19 years old. This photograph may have been taken a few months before his death. He was working as a steward for a bus company based in the majority-Kurdish city of Diyarbakır in southeastern Turkey. To help support his family, he travelled with them to northwestern Turkey as a seasonal worker to harvest hazelnuts. One day, the weather was rainy, so he took a break from picking hazelnuts and went into the city with his friends. He and his friend were heading home at night, when a bus with a Diyarbakır license plate drove by them.

The bus stopped and they spoke Kurdish with each other. A group of six people passing by heard them speaking Kurdish, and began to attack Şirin and his friend for speaking Kurdish. After hurling insults and curses, they threw bottles. One of the people in the group fired at Şirin at close range, and Şirin sustained a head injury. After being hospitalised, he remained in intensive care for 50 days before passing away last week. A 19-year-old boy with a beautiful smile, Şirin was murdered for speaking his mother tongue.

Another Kurd, 74-year-old Ekrem Yaşlı, was also attacked for committing the “faux pas” of speaking Kurdish in Turkey last week. He was in the hospital to take care of his 71-year-old wife who was having eye surgery. When another caretaker heard them speaking Kurdish, he exclaimed, “This is the Turkish Republic” and struck the old man in the head with a soda bottle. None of the bystanders reacted to the 22-year-old attacker. Despite the elderly couple’s complaints and the huge gash in Yaşlı’s head, the case was closed because “tangible evidence was not found to support intangible claims.”

The same state that invaded my home with masks and Kalashnikovs because of Tweets I sent calling for peace decided that the gash on Yaşlı’s head was intangible. This is the Turkish Republic, after all!

We Kurds understand well what “This is Turkey” means. In the summer of 1996, I was sitting at the front of a bus travelling from Ankara to Diyarbakır that was attacked and almost set on fire. People from Diyarbakır remember this event well. When our bus crashed, we assumed that people were coming to help the victims, which included people in shock as well as some who had lost their lives. It turns out that the approaching voices we heard were actually coming to throw stones at us, and set us on fire. Having survived the front-end collision, I still remember crying, covered in shards of glass, hearing people I assumed were there to help saying, “Should we burn them?”

With the help of a few members of parliament in Ankara, our bus was taken to a police station, and the military guarded the group of 50 Kurdish people, including children and pregnant women, so we would not be set on fire. We left two days later. The voices of the people that tried to burn us saying, “This is Turkey,” continue to echo in my head until this day.

We hear the mantra “This is Turkey” at sporting events, when we travel to western Turkey for work or vacation, when we drive to southern beaches with our Diyarbakır license plates… we have always heard it.

These days, people are arguing over claims that Turkish novelist Aslı Erdoğan said, “Turks have been taught to hate Kurds.”

People have attacked her from both the right and the left, with the same sentiment of “This is Turkey.” It later became evident that Erdoğan had never made that statement. But the fact that she never said those words does not diminish their truth. It does not diminish the pain that people have been subject to for 100 years due to their differing identities, religions, beliefs, and ethnicities. It doesn’t change the fact that “Armenian” is used as a curse word, that Kurdish deaths are accepted…

I do not know what Turks have felt, or how they have been taught to insult and hate Kurds, and they will have to conduct some reflection and find the answer to this themselves.

But it is not just the Turks that are the problem. We Kurds have also been taught to hate ourselves. We were taught to hate our mothers, our fathers, our own language and culture. We were made to feel that we would only exist if we dedicated our existence to Turkishness. Kurdish children have grown up in this country with anger and pain, but everyone probably looked the other way.

Yes, “This is Turkey.” But do Turks want to continue living this way? Are you happy? Do you want to continue hating your neighbours, colleagues, classmates, hairdressers, doctors, teachers, and repairmen, simply because they refuse to give up their Kurdish identity? Has Şirin’s murder made the country better? Or the assassination of Armenian journalist Hrant Dink in 2007, because he was accused of “insulting Turkishness”? Is this the future you want for your children? Is our children’s fate destined to repeat the past century, where they are either to kill or be killed?

Don’t you realize that you are degrading Turkishness, rather than elevating it? Yes, this is Turkey, and I believe that there can be a Turkey where I don’t have to give up my Kurdishness. But many persistently insist on trying to this belief away from me.


Turkey’s green light in Syria now flashing yellow


Turkey’s green light in Syria now flashing yellow


The initial rise in President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s popularity that greeted Turkey’s success in securing a green light from Donald Trump to attack the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria quickly transformed into cautious negotiations with other actors in Syria. 

Faced with economic sanctions that Turkey, and his political position, could not endure, Erdoğan agreed to a pause in the assault on the People’s Protection Units (YPG) forces to allow them to withdraw from the 32 km safety zone along the Syrian border with Turkey.

Subsequently, Erdoğan had to accommodate his ambitions to the agenda of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, and by extension, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s goal to re-establish his control of the entire country.   And we can expect Iran to assist Assad in that and encourage a reconciliation of the YPG/SDF with Assad’s regime.  And though promised to depart, U.S. forces remains in northeast Syria with a mandate to secure potentially lucrative oil fields.

Military operations are expensive, and though the use of irregular militias reduces the casualties Turkey might face, the financial burden is not eased much by their use.  At the same time, foreign investors are still holding back on investing in Turkey, seen by many as less financially stable following the incursion into northern Syria than before.  The Turkish people overwhelmingly support Erdoğan’s efforts against the YPG, but the political gains may be fleeting if the economy does not show signs of improvement soon.  Also, by claiming success against the YPG, Erdoğan opens himself to a call from his opponents to focus on domestic economic issues now that he’s handled the terrorist abroad.

Economic growth will be hard to come by, in part due to the threat of sanctions.  Even if the U.S. Congress does not proceed with sanctions, either because the Senate under Mitch McConnell’s leadership won’t vote on sanctions or because President Trump blocks their implementation, the potential for sanctions will make foreign investors and domestic business hesitant to undertake new projects.  Business investors like predictability, and in U.S.-Turkey relations, that is in short supply.

There are other concerns as well.  The lopsided vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on an Armenian Genocide resolution, 405-11, shows that Turkey, or at least Erdoğan, has few friends remaining in the U.S. Congress.  The apparent lack of coordination with Turkey in tracking down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, even though he was only 5 kilometres from the Turkish border, raises doubts about the degree to which the U.S. and Turkish militaries trust each other.  Among policy makers, some suspect, without evidence, that Turkey was at least aware of Baghdadi’s location, if not actively protecting him, much like suspicions some U.S. officials had about Pakistani military intelligence personnel protecting Osama bin Laden given his location near Pakistan’s military academy.  Such suspicions, speculation without evidence or merit, are corrosive in the relations between two nations. 

In response to the Baghdadi raid, Erdoğan recently hinted that Turkey could pursue terrorists in foreign countries and assassinate them, as the Americans did.  This ignores the fact that Erdoğan alone names those opponents as terrorists while Baghdadi was labelled a terrorist by every nation in the world.  To suggest that hunting down a vile murderer is akin to sending assassination squads after political opponents living abroad may play well with his most ardent supporters, but no reasonable person sees them as comparable in any way.  Any such, action undertaken in the U.S. would be destructive to what remains of positive U.S.-Turkish relations.

Turkey’s burgeoning partnership with Russia also calls for caution.  Turkey may engage in joint patrols with Russian forces in some border areas, but the anti-Assad militia fighters it uses as ground forces have already clashed with regime forces. 

Assad’s forces would certainly like to eliminate the opposition fighters that Turkey is using, and they for their part would like to re-ignite their actions against the Syrian regime. So Turkey now finds itself depending on Russia to work with it to secure its southern border as it had previously worked with the U.S. to restrain the SDF/YPG.  For how long the various sides can be held back from avenging themselves on others remains to be seen.

The YPG/PYD has already reached an accommodation of sorts with Assad’s regime. They know that plans for a semi-autonomous Kurdish enclave within northern Syria are dead, for now.  However, they to for Assad to use them as a counterweight against the anti-regime militias now supported by Turkey.  How they will operate against Turkish forces and its allied militias, as the U.S. would not allow, remains an open question.

Overhanging all of this is President Erdoğan’s commitment to return one million or more Syrian refugees from Turkey to Syria.  But to do so, he will need the agreement or at least acquiescence of the different factions and actors in northern Syria, as well as that of the refugees themselves.  Of course, he could try to force them back into Syria, but that would only intensify the denunciations of his policies by European, Arab (excepting Qatar), and North American politicians, and further reduce willingness for their nationals to invest in Turkey.

In sum, just as the death of Baghdadi does not solve the problem of ISIS, the green light from Trump to Erdoğan (better seen as the removal of multiple stop signs) does not signal an easy path forward for Turkey in Syria.  Without the U.S. as its partner, Turkey will increasingly enjoy the gentle and warm embrace of a partnership with Putin’s Russia.  Given all the curves in the road and the competing vehicles on the road, Erdoğan must proceed with caution to avoid a crash. 


“Măciuca lui Dumnezeu. Care nu bate cu parul...”


FUMIGENE DE WEEKEND (110) “Românii au cheltuit anul trecut 27 euro de persoană pentru cultură”, de cinci ori mai puțin decât media europeană, arată INS. Cu banii ăștia poți cumpara maximum șapte pachete de țigări. Iar cei mai mulți dintre ei se duc, oricum, pe plata “serviciilor TV”. “Curat mecanism de tâmpenie”, cum ar zice Caragiale STOP Barometrul de consum cultural arată că 67% dintre români nu au mers niciodată la o piesă de teatru. Și asta pe meleagurile Festivalului Internațional de Teatru de la Sibiu, unul dintre cele mai mari din Europa. Ai zice, la o primă vedere, că e vorba de oamenii de la țară, numai că adevărul e altul: “Țara te vrea prost” STOP Și USR-ul la fel, din moment ce, pe lângă lipsa acută de finanțare din partea statului, mai bat și ei un cui în sicriul culturii, cu propunerea de a interzice companiilor de tutun să sponsorizeze orice: evenimente artistice, proiecte culturale, programe sociale. Pentru că așa le-a spus lor o păsărică, pe numele ei Ramona Brad, că ar fi “moral”. Morală ruptă-n fund STOP Să te mai mire atunci că un “consultant artistic” al Teatrului din Timișoara caută adresa de e-mail a lui Moliere, “pentru a clarifica chestiuni legate de drepturi de autor”? Ei bine, da, domnița cu pricina chiar “voia să comunice cu acel Moliere" care a scris, între altele, Bolnavul închipuit și Mizantropul. Iar noi, în țara care i-a închipuit pe Conu Leonida și Coana Chirița, începem să dăm din mizantropie în fandaxie, ba chiar în stenahorie și ipohondrie...STOP Bref, “televizorul rămâne principala sursă de cultură și divertisment a românilor”, 92% dintre intervievați urmărindu-l cel puțin o dată pe săptămână, iar 79% zilnic. Vai, mama noastră! Mai ales dacă vine USR la putere, în frunte cu nesăratul Barna, “o eroare de casting”, cum l-a definit Paleologu STOP Apropos, stimați cititori, ați observat? Suntem în plină campanie electorală, deși nu există dezbateri între candidați, bannere, afișe... Dacă te uiți la autobuzele RATB, ai impresia că la prezidențiale candidează Chef Antonio și partenerul lui... În rest, obișnuitul scandal între Iohannis și Dăncilă, Teodorovici și Cîțu, Ponta și Orban etc. STOP Și totuși, Raed Arafat anunță pe FB, că “va prezenta un punct de vedere referitor la filmul (ascuns-n.n.) din noaptea tragediei de la Colectiv abia...după alegerile prezidențiale” pentru că “eventualele ieșiri publice” nu ar face “decât să aducă un element perturbator acestor momente" (!?) STOP Imaginile sunt cutremurătoare, dar nu atât haosul sau ieșirea “organului” care înjură morții șochează, cât liniștea cu care Arafat, medic de urgență, vorbește liniștit și misterios la telefon, fără nicio tresărire de salvator STOP ISU, pompieri, salvări, elicoptere, dotări, prerogative, funcții, apanaje...vedete, cu Arafat în frunte, care dă arogant sentințe despre orice, de la vapat la sistemul 112, și găsește explicații pentru toate marile eșecuri proprii, de la Colectiv la Iovan. Mai nou, cică elicopterul pentru stins incendiile din Apuseni ar fi decolat abia după trei zile pentru că, după zisele subsecretarului de stat, “în București a fost ceață”. Așa e, dar numai diminețile. Omul ăsta chiar crede că stăm cu toții la televizor? Și feseniștii ziceau în ianuarie 1990 că nu se poate transmite marșul partidelor istorice din cauza ceții, deși soarele bătea în geam să-l spargă, nu alta STOP Sanda Vișan comentează că, din 2015, când s-a promulgat legea privind reducerea riscului seismic, “instituția asta numita ISU a căpătat o vizibilitate publică nemăsurată. Nu mai erau doar cei care alergau să stingă incendii, ci și cei care puneau la index, cel puțin simbolic, spații de utilitate publică...Așa am închis cinematografe și teatre, precum Studio, Patria, Teatrul Mic și Foarte Mic. Era să închidă și Nottara”... STOP Tot ea adaugă că “sălile închise se tot degradează din 2015, că nu le-a contraexpertizat nimeni și nici nu le-a consolidat bogata primărie. Toate aceste lovituri aduse culturii în București nu au fost contestate public, fiindca instituția ISU devenise peste noapte măciuca lui Dumnezeu”. În concluzie, “i-am creditat că-s profi și acum descoperim că-s și ei varză, ca toate institutiile publice” STOP La rândul ei, Oana Gheorghiu scrie: “nu ne puteam imagina că serviciul nostru de intervenție în situații de urgență, atât de promovat ca un serviciu de elită, acționează ca o gloată dezorientată. Ce m-a șocat însă cel mai tare, văzând imaginile, a fost DOCTORUL Raed Arafat. Acolo erau oameni în suferință, lipsiți de îngrijire medicală, unii agonizând. Doctorul Arafat nu s-a uitat măcar spre ei, nu și-a suflecat mânecile să ajute... o făceau niște oameni care nu erau nici medici, nici nimic. Știu, coordona acțiunea!  Era ocupat cu vorbitul la telefon nu se știe cu cine și de ce, în timp ce era în mijlocul unui haos” STOP Concluzia? “E momentul să plecați domnule Arafat. Ar fi trebuit să o faceți demult, căci prea mulți oameni au murit în Apuseni, la Siutghiol, în Colectiv și în cine știe câte alte locuri neștiute. Ați mințit, dezinformat, n-ați învățat nimic și nici pe alții nu i-ați lăsat să învețe. V-ați agățat cu toată forța de scaun, ați răspuns cu aroganță și ton autoritar oricărei încercări de a vă arăta adevărul.... acum chiar e momentul să plecați, nu vă mai crede nimeni, indiferent de tonul pe care veți vorbi” STOP Tutunul a fost doar începutul. “Activiștii cer UE să oprească lobby-ul industriilor de petrol și gaze, la fel ca în cazul tutunului”, scrie Politico. Pe modelul 2035 fără tutun, un grup de ONG-uri a publicat un “studiu” în care arată că, pentru a tempera entuziasmul Bruxelles-ului în materie de reglementări pe energie și climă, primele cinci companii de profil (BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell și Total) au cheltuit din 2010 încoace  250 milioane euro și s-au întâlnit cu membrii Comisiei Juncker de 325 de ori. Așa, și? Unde scrie că cetățenii europeni, persoane fizice sau juridice, nu au voie să discute cu autoritățile de reglementare? STOP “Studiul a fost făcut de o alianță a grupurilor care fac campanie pentru reducerea influenței corporațiilor în politică și acționează pentru protejarea mediului: Corporate Europe Observatory, Food & Water Europe, Friends of the Earth Europe și Greenpeace EU”. Altfel spus, prietenii Gretei STOP  De la “tobacco free”, la “fosile free politics”, cu obiective inspirate din Convenția cadru pentru controlul tutunului, făcând lobby împotriva  dreptului companiilor din energie și gaz de a face lobby și încercând să le scoată din organismele de experți și cercetare. Totul pe fondul “European Green Deal” anunțat de noua Comisie în domeniul climatic. CEFIC, o asociație a industriei petrochimice, zice că de fapt activiștii vor să introducă în Europa, pe ușa din dos, fractarea gazelor de șist pe model SUA. Leit  Bloomberg - farma, nu-i așa? STOP Unele județe românești se apropie de Japonia, dar nu economic, ci ca îmbătrânire. În Țara Soarelui Răsare, vârsta medie este de 46,4 ani. Cel mai “tânăr” județ din România este Iași, cu o vârstă medie de 38 de ani, iar cel mai “bătrân” Teleorman, cu 44,2 ani, arată INS. Potrivit Hotnews, “cu o speranță de viață tot mai mare, cu o natalitate în recul și o migrație netă negativă, pe fondul pensionării apropiate a generației baby boomer, presiunile pe cheltuielile cu sănătatea, îngrijirea socială și pensii vor crește consistent”. Ce ne pasă nouă?, ar zice USR, al cărui “proiect de țară”, apud Ungureanu, e antivapatul STOP Barometrul de consum cultural a chestionat și cât de liberi se simt românii la 30 de la căderea comunismului. În țara Codruței și a lui Coldea, 84% dintre intervievați nu au încredere în cei din jur și consideră că este mai bine să fii prudent. 66% consideră că în România oamenii sunt liberi să spună ce gândesc, fără frică de consecințe, în timp ce 17% nu sunt de acord STOP Comisia Europeană a confundat România cu Bulgaria, la MCV. “Conform birocraţilor care adună informaţii în raportele de monitorizare a justiţiei, bulgarii merită să li se ridice MCV-ul, dar românii nu”, deși “toţi indicatorii arată opusul”. Ciudat. “Poate o fi făcut vreo greşeală o dactilografă a Comisiei”, opinează România curată STOP Nu doar că suntem mult peste Bulgaria, dar “România a progresat cel mai mult din toate ţările nou intrate. Suntem pe locul 1 la schimbare pozitivă, cu peste 1 punct progres în ultimii zece ani. Situaţia este identică şi pe indicatorii de corupţie. România a înregistrat în aceşti zece ani cel mai mare progres din Europa, în vreme ce Bulgaria a stagnat”. Car’va să zică “e vițeversa”, aidoma și la fel ca în “Două loturi” STOP Unul din doi angajați români consideră că stresul la locul de muncă este ridicat, arată BestJobs. Mediul de lucru dezorganizat și haotic, supraîncărcarea și primirea de responsabilități care ies din aria de competență sunt principalii factori de stres. E-mailurile sau SMS-urile de la superiori în afara orelor de program contribuie la agravarea situației, nivelul de stres fiind dublu față de acum trei ani STOP Astfel, nu e de mirare că “65% dintre angajați sunt încântați că au colegi de muncă roboți”, potrivit unui raport Oracle şi Future Workplace, care relevă că cei din India (89%) şi China (88%) au mai multă încredere în roboţi decât în manageri. Nici Franța și Anglia nu sunt departe, cu peste 50% STOP Creatorul plasturilor cu nicotină spune că “forțele anti-vaping încearcă să ucidă industria țigaretelor electronice care ar putea salva vieți”. Jed Rose a descoperit plasturii cu nicotină în anii ‘80, iar cercetările lui actuale arată că “unii consumatori nu sunt satisfăcuți cu plasturii sau pilulele și au nevoie să simtă și să vadă altceva când încearcă să se lase de fumat” STOP Rose crede că relatările intenționat greșite din ultima perioadă - pacienții inhalând, de fapt, ulei de canabis, ilegal-, conferă celor din sănătatea publică acoperirea și scuza de a strivi o industrie: “e păcat că această isterie anti-vaping se răspândește în SUA ca focul, fără nici un fundament rațional” STOP “Țigările din Ucraina vor avea prețuri ca în UE”, scrie presa din Suceava despre intențiile guvernului din țara vecină și despre pericolul ca marii producători să își închidă fabricile. Paradoxal, pentru noi chestia asta ar fi o veste bună, pentru ca s-ar reduce contrabanda STOP Trump face pași înapoi. După ce, prins în isteria anti-vaping, a declarat că vrea să interzică electronicele cu arome, acum vrea să anunțe că nu mai interzice mentolul STOP Altă istericală. “Distruge vapingul planeta?” Nu mai rău decât sticlele de plastic. Dar, Juul e clar o țintă. “Se estimează că 2 milioane de capsule Juul nereciclabile sunt aruncate anual, nefiind colectate cum trebuie”, scrie presa americană. Între timp, Juul anunță concedierea a 500 de angajați STOP În timp ce UE se dă în bărci cu macronisme, refuzând aderarea Macedoniei (după ce i-a cerut să-și schimbe numele), Serbia, situată geografic în inima Europei, a semnat aderarea la Uniunea Economică Euroasiatică (EEU), cu Rusia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan și Kyrgyzstan. EEU a fost concepută de Putin ca alternativă la piața UE, scrie Cursdeguvernare. Nasol STOP „Mâncarea ucide mai mulţi oameni decât alcoolul şi fumatul!”, avertizează profesorul Nicolae Hâncu, subliniind că alimentaţia şi somnul sunt elemente cheie pentru sănătate, scrie uti24. “Alimentaţia răspunde de 14 milioane de morţi în lume, anual. Alcoolul şi fumatul împreună fac 12 milioane de morţi”, menţionează specialistul. Și cănd te gândești că, în fond și la urma urmei, “c-o moarte toți suntem datori”, inclusiv experții...(HEXAVALENT)


St Hieron and his thirty-three Companions, martyred at Melitene (290)

Hieron was a farmer from Tyana in Cappadocia, known for his great bodily strength as well as purity of soul. Hearing of his prowess, imperial soldiers came to draft him into the army. Knowing that he would be required to make sacrifice to the idols, Hieron drove them off with only a wooden stave, then hid in the wilderness. Later, however, he went to the Governor voluntarily and openly confessed his faith in Christ. For this his right hand was cut off and he was imprisoned with thirty-two other believers. As they awaited their end, Hieron strengthened the others in the Faith. All were beheaded together outside Melitene in Armenia.


Студентка Политеха победила в конкурсе-фестивале «Наследие великих мастеров»

q5SZZzzBAcY В Чеченском государственном педагогическом университете 30 октября - 4 ноября прошел очный этап фестиваля-конкурса «Наследие великих мастеров». Мероприятие было поддержано Федеральным агентством по делам молодежи.
Приятно сообщить, что первокурсница из группы 191Р91, направление подготовки Архитектура, Мазманян Мариам стала победителем.


CNS' Syria Withdrawal Coverage Becomes A Little Less Pro-Trump

 Cache's interest in defending President Trump over withdrawing U.S. troops from northern Syria, thereby permitting Turkey to attack the Kurds that once were U.S. allies, has waned as the media in general has lost interest in the story.

On Oct. 21, Patrick Goodenough detailed a backtracking on Trump's withdrawal (though, of course, he didn't call it that): "As U.S. troops are being redeployed from Syria to western Iraq, there were indications at the weekend that President Trump may be prepared to leave a residual force across the border in eastern Syria, in a bid to keep a lid on ISIS and help to ensure that oilfields in the area to not fall into hands of the Iranians, whose forces are in Syria to bolster Bashar Assad’s regime." The same day, James Carstensen touted a German plan to create an "internationally controlled security zone" in Syria.

More stuff came in over the next couple days:

  • Goodenough reported on a "bipartisan Senate bill" seeking to move U.S. military operations out of Turkey .
  • Dimitri Simes reported on a Turkish pact with Russia to attack the Kurds.
  • Goodenough went for the default pro-Trump narrative by highlighting how "The U.S. special envoy for the Syrian conflict pushed back Tuesday on the charge that, had President Trump not pulled back a small number of U.S. troops from northeastern Syria this month, Turkish forces would not have crossed the border to attack Syrian Kurdish fighters."
  • A follow-up story by Goodenough reported how "Russian troops rolled into Kobane in northeastern Syria on Wednesday, on a mission to oversee the withdrawal of Syrian Kurdish fighters and their weapons from the area in line with an agreement reached by the Russian and Turkish presidents a day earlier."
  • Goodenough also repeated an attack line from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the Obama administration "invited" the Russians to intervene militarily in the Syrian civil war by having "them come in and pretend to be chemical weapons inspectors."

CNS then turned the narrative to the U.S. trying to capture Syrian oil:

Then things flipped back to Goodenough making Turkey the bad guy:

Meanwhile, CNS did publish an op-ed by conservatives Ken Blackwell and david Phillips asserting that "Turkey is practicing genocide again" in northern Syria and that "by allowing ethnic cleansing to remove the Kurds from northern Syria, the U.S. may be seen as an accomplice to Erdogan’s war crimes." But it also published a couple of pieces by managing editor Michael W. Chapman trying to retroactively justify Trump's withdrawal by dismissing the Kurds as terrorists and, perhaps even worse, a bunch of commies.

In the first, on Oct. 23, Chapman ranted:

Although many liberal news outlets and some politicians have described President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria as a “betrayal” of the Kurds, our allies in fighting against ISIS in the region, it is important to note that the Kurdistan Worker’s Party, or PKK, is a “Marxist-Leninist separatist organization” that was designated as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization” by the U.S. State Department in October 1997.

The next day, Chapman served up a somewhat altered version of the first article that walked back that one a bit:

Although many liberal news outlets have described President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria as a “betrayal” of the Kurds -- our allies in the fight against ISIS -- the Kurds who make up the People's Protection Units (YPG), are a direct offshoot of the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) in Turkey, which was designated a terrorist organization in 1997.

This does not apply to all the Kurds in Syria but specifically to those in the YPG.

But as actual foreign policy experts point out, the links between the PKK and the YPG are not as clear-cut as Chapman portrays them; the YPG denies direct links with the PKK though there is some overlap and shared goals. Perhaps Chapman can write another article walking back things a bit more.


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Из аэропорта Анапа в зимний период откроются чартерные рейсы в Дубай

Из аэропорта Анапа в зимний период откроются чартерные рейсы в Дубай

В рамках зимнего расписания полетов c 27 октября 2019 года по 28 марта 2020 года из Международного аэропорта Анапа планируется выполнение чартерных рейсов в Дубай (ОАЭ). Всего будет выполнено три авиарейса: вылеты 26 декабря 2019 года, 2 и 9 января 2020 года. Чартеры организованы туристическим оператором Anex Tour и авиакомпанией Azur Air. Путевки можно приобрести в туристических агентствах Анапы, Геленджика, Новороссийска, Крыма и др.



Кроме этого, Международный аэропорт Анапа планирует ввести еще одно направление в зимнем расписании полетов — «Анапа — Ереван». Его будет обслуживать авиакомпания Armenia Airways. Дата начала полетов будет объявлена позже.

Международный аэропорт Анапа продолжит обслуживать регулярные рейсы в города России — запланировано до 10 ежедневных рейсов в Москву, основные из которых выполнят авиакомпании «Аэрофлот» и «Глобус».

Впервые в зимний период авиакомпания S7 Airlines еженедельно, по субботам, обеспечит авиасообщение между Анапой и Новосибирском.

Отметим, что самыми популярными направлениями из Анапы в 2019 году являются Москва, Санкт-Петербург, Екатеринбург, Новосибирск и Тюмень. Также популярностью пользуется новое международное направление «Анапа-Стамбул», открытое с апреля этого года.

Инфраструктура Международного аэропорта Анапа готова к обслуживанию пассажиров и авиакомпаний в период действия зимнего расписания полетов.

Напомним, что с 1 мая 2019 года Международный Аэропорт Анапа перешел на круглосуточный режим работы.

Материал подготовлен редакцией


Chủ tịch Quốc hội tiếp Phó Chủ tịch Quốc hội Armenia

( - Chiều tối 5/11, tại Nhà Quốc hội, Chủ tịch Quốc hội Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân đã tiếp Phó Chủ tịch Quốc hội Armenia Vahe Enfiajyan đang có chuyến thăm Việt Nam.

Tăng cường quan hệ hợp tác Việt Nam-Armenia

( - Chiều 5/11, tại Nhà Quốc hội, Ủy viên Bộ Chính trị, Phó Chủ tịch Thường trực Quốc hội Tòng Thị Phóng đã hội đàm với Phó Chủ tịch Quốc hội Armenia, Chủ tịch Nhóm Nghị sĩ hữu nghị Armenia-Việt Nam Vahe Enfiajyan đang có chuyến thăm, làm việc tại Việt Nam.

Irán apuesta por los productos petroquímicos y derivados ante las sanciones


Marina Villén

Teherán, 6 nov (EFE).- Irán ha apostado por desarrollar los productos petroquímicos y derivados para afrontar las sanciones al petróleo impuestas hace un año por Estados Unidos, explica a Efe Reza Padidar, alto cargo en varios organismos del sector energético iraní.

'La cantidad de nuestros productos petroquímicos actualmente es de 56 o 57 millones de toneladas al año y estamos ampliando a 65 millones para el próximo año', aseguró el presidente de la Comisión de Energía de la Cámara de Comercio de Teherán y vicepresidente de la Federación de la Industria del Petróleo de Irán.

Padidar adelantó en una entrevista en su despacho de Teherán que la idea es llegar 'en los próximos tres años a entre 80 y 100 millones de toneladas' de productos petroquímicos, una forma de diversificar la economía, muy afectada por las sanciones de EEUU.

EEUU impuso sanciones al petróleo iraní en noviembre del año pasado, tras retirarse unilateralmente del acuerdo nuclear de 2015, con la intención de reducir sus exportaciones a cero y, aunque este objetivo no se ha logrado, es cierto que las ventas se han reducido drásticamente.

Las cifras de exportaciones y los destinatarios se mantienen ‘en secreto’, confirmó a Efe el presidente de la Comisión de Energía de la Cámara de Comercio de Teherán, quien consideró que es algo lógico debido a las sanciones para ‘evitar problemas a los compradores’.

Las exportaciones de Irán alcanzaron antes de las sanciones una media de 2,5 millones de barriles de petróleo al día y, según estimaciones no oficiales, en la actualidad se han reducido a unos 400.000 barriles, debido asimismo a que en abril pasado EEUU canceló las exenciones a la compra de crudo iraní otorgadas a ocho países.

Por ello, las autoridades iraníes están haciendo especial hincapié en el sector petroquímico, que está produciendo unos 37 o 38 tipos de materia prima petroquímica, según los datos de Padidar, aunque también hay restricciones.

‘Las compañías de petroquímica del sector privado reciben dinero en la venta de pequeños cargos pero con los grandes el intercambio se hace mediante trueque’, detalló el responsable, quien apuntó con resignación que en vez de dinero se recibe materia primera o equipamientos, entre otros.

Se está trabajando también en los productos derivados del petróleo como la gasolina, el diésel o el mazut, para reflotar una economía que, según el Fondo Monetario Internacional, se va a contraer este año un 9,5 %.

‘Hemos ampliado nuestras refinerías, tanto para el crudo como para el gas natural, con el objetivo de poder convertirlos en productos de valor añadido’, subrayó Padidar, quien también es miembro de la Comisión de Energía del Parlamento iraní, en representación del sector privado.

En la bolsa de energía se están colocando más de 25 millones de litros de gasolina y entre 40 y 50 millones de litros de diésel diarios, un negocio realizado por el sector privado iraní y solo para los países vecinos.

‘Nuestra capacidad de exportación de los productos petroquímicos y derivados a los países vecinos y a la Comunidad de Estados Independientes (CIS) puede al menos suministrar más del 50 por ciento de los ingresos de divisa que tenía para nosotros el crudo’, aseveró.

Los países vecinos como Irak, Afganistán, Armenia y Turquía importan también electricidad o están interesados en hacerlo, lo que abre otra oportunidad de negocio.

El vicepresidente de la Federación de la Industria del Petróleo de Irán afirmó que todo esto puede reducir en los próximos años a cero la dependencia del petróleo y alcanzar unos ingresos de hasta 80.000 millones de dólares anuales, superiores a los que se obtenía con el crudo.

‘Estas son las medidas más importantes que se están llevando a cabo: no exportar la materia prima, sino convertirla en productos intermedios o finales’, agregó.

Evidentemente, Irán sigue exportando petróleo de modo opaco, mediante el trueque y el pago en divisas nacionales, ya que, como indicó Padidar, las sanciones ‘no pueden reducir a cero estos intercambios, porque el contrabando siempre ha existido’.

No obstante, el responsable reconoció que ‘se ha reducido intensamente la cantidad de la exportación de crudo’ y que esto ha afectado a la economía, que todavía ‘depende en una importante medida de la venta del petróleo’.

Con todo, se mostró relativamente optimista,,porque mediante ‘las consultas con los países vecinos y el truque de mercancías por derivados del petróleo, en los últimos meses nuevamente se ha creado esa oportunidad para que Irán pueda impulsar su economía y acceder a ganancias petroleras’. EFE



Jueves 12 diciembre 2019, Jueves de la II semana de Adviento, feria o Bienaventurada Virgen María de Guadalupe, memoria libre.



La formación sacerdotal ante los desafíos del final del segundo milenio

El sacerdote en su tiempo

5. «Todo Sumo Sacerdote es tomado de entre los hombres y está puesto en favor de los hombres en lo que se refiere a Dios» (Heb 5, 1).

La Carta a los Hebreos subraya claramente la «humanidad» del ministro de Dios: pues procede de los hombres y está al servicio de los hombres, imitando a Jesucristo, «probado en todo igual que nosotros, excepto en el pecado» (Heb 4, 15).

Dios llama siempre a sus sacerdotes desde determinados contextos humanos y eclesiales, que inevitablemente los caracterizan y a los cuales son enviados para el servicio del Evangelio de Cristo.

Por eso el Sínodo ha estudiado el tema de los sacerdotes en su contexto actual, situándolo en el hoy de la sociedad y de la Iglesia y abriéndolo a las perspectivas del tercer milenio, como se deduce claramente de la misma formulación del tema: «La formación de los sacerdotes en la situación actual».

Ciertamente «hay una fisonomía esencial del sacerdote que no cambia: en efecto, el sacerdote de mañana, no menos que el de hoy, deberá asemejarse a Cristo. Cuando vivía en la tierra, Jesús reflejó en sí mismo el rostro definitivo del presbítero, realizando un sacerdocio ministerial del que los apóstoles fueron los primeros investidos y que está destinado a durar, a continuarse incesantemente en todos los períodos de la historia. El presbítero del tercer milenio será, en este sentido, el continuador de los presbíteros que, en los milenios precedentes, han animado la vida de la Iglesia. También en el dos mil la vocación sacerdotal continuará siendo la llamada a vivir el único y permanente sacerdocio de Cristo» [9]. Pero ciertamente la vida y el ministerio del sacerdote deben también «adaptarse a cada época y a cada ambiente de vida... Por ello, por nuestra parte debemos procurar abrirnos, en la medida de lo posible, a la iluminación superior del Espíritu Santo, para descubrir las orientaciones de la sociedad moderna, reconocer las necesidades espirituales más profundas, determinar las tareas concretas más importantes, los métodos pastorales que habrá que adoptar, y así responder de manera adecuada a las esperanzas humanas» [10].

Por ser necesario conjugar la verdad permanente del ministerio presbiteral con las instancias y características del hoy, los Padres sinodales han tratado de responder a algunas preguntas urgentes: ¿qué problemas y, al mismo tiempo, qué estímulos positivos suscita el actual contexto sociocultural y eclesial en los muchachos, en los adolescentes y en los jóvenes, que han de madurar un proyecto de vida sacerdotal para toda su existencia?, ¿qué dificultades y qué nuevas posibilidades ofrece nuestro tiempo para el ejercicio de un ministerio sacerdotal coherente con el don del Sacramento recibido y con la exigencia de una vida espiritual correspondiente?

Presento ahora algunos elementos del análisis de la situación que los Padres sinodales han desarrollado, conscientes de que la gran variedad de circunstancias socioculturales y eclesiales presentes en los diversos países aconseja señalar sólo los fenómenos más profundos y extendidos, particularmente aquellos que se refieren a los problemas educativos y a la formación sacerdotal.

El Evangelio hoy: esperanzas y obstáculos

6. Múltiples factores parecen favorecer en los hombres de hoy una conciencia más madura de la dignidad de la persona y una nueva apertura a los valores religiosos, al Evangelio y al ministerio sacerdotal.

En la sociedad encontramos, a pesar de tantas contradicciones, una sed de justicia y de paz muy difundida e intensa; una conciencia más viva del cuidado del hombre por la creación y por el respeto a la naturaleza; una búsqueda más abierta de la verdad y de la tutela de la dignidad humana; el compromiso creciente, en muchas zonas de la población mundial, por una solidaridad internacional más concreta y por un nuevo orden mundial, en la libertad y en la justicia. Junto al desarrollo cada vez mayor del potencial de energías ofrecido por las ciencias y las técnicas, y la difusión de la información y de la cultura, surge también una nueva pregunta ética; la pregunta sobre el sentido, es decir, sobre una escala objetiva de valores que permita establecer las posibilidades y los límites del progreso.

En el campo más propiamente religioso y cristiano, caen prejuicios ideológicos y cerrazones violentas al anuncio de los valores espirituales y religiosos, mientras surgen nuevas e inesperadas posibilidades para la evangelización y la renovación de la vida eclesial en muchas partes del mundo. Tiene lugar así una creciente difusión del conocimiento de las Sagradas Escrituras; una nueva vitalidad y fuerza expansiva de muchas Iglesias jóvenes, con un papel cada vez más relevante en la defensa y promoción de los valores de la persona y de la vida humana; un espléndido testimonio del martirio por parte de las Iglesias del Centro y Este europeo, como también un testimonio de la fidelidad y firmeza de otras Iglesias que todavía están sometidas a persecuciones y tribulaciones por la fe [11].

El deseo de Dios y de una relación viva y significativa con Él se presenta hoy tan intenso, que favorecen, allí donde falta el auténtico e íntegro anuncio del Evangelio de Jesús, la difusión de formas de religiosidad sin Dios y de múltiples sectas. Su expansión, incluso en algunos ambientes tradicionalmente cristianos, es ciertamente para todos los hijos de la Iglesia, y para los sacerdotes en particular, un motivo constante de examen de conciencia sobre la credibilidad de su testimonio del Evangelio, pero es también signo de cuán profunda y difundida está la búsqueda de Dios.

[9] Ángelus (14 enero 1990), 2: L'Osservatore Romano, edición en lengua española, 21 de enero de 1990, pág. 4.
[10] Ibid., 3: l.c.
[11] Cf. Proposición 3.



de feria (morado) o de la memoria (blanco).
MISAL: para la feria ants. y oracs. props. / para la memoria 1ª orac. prop. y el resto de la feria o del común de la BVM, Pf. I o III Adv. o de la memoria.
LECC.: vol. II.
- Is 41, 13-20.
Yo soy tu libertador, el Santo de Israel.
- Sal 144. R. El Señor es clemente y misericordioso, lento a la cólera y rico en piedad.
- Mt 11, 11-15. No ha nacido uno más grande que Juan el Bautista.
o bien:
cf. vol. IV.

Liturgia de las Horas: oficio de feria o de la memoria.

Martirologio: elogs. del 13 de diciembre, pág. 717.
CALENDARIOS: Jaca, Huesca y Santander: Dedicación de la iglesia-catedral (F).
Teatinos: Beato Juan Marinonio, presbítero (MO).
Tarazona: Beatos Martín de San Nicolás y compañeros, mártires (MO). Zaragoza: (ML).
Canónigos Regulares de Letrán: Beato Hartman, obispo (MO).
Madrid: Santa María de Guadalupe (ML-trasladada), o San Dámaso, papa (ML).
Orden de San Juan de Jerusalén: Aniversario de la ordenación episcopal de Mons. Jean Laffitte, prelado (2009).
Segovia: Aniversario de la ordenación episcopal de Mons. Ángel Rubio Castro, obispo, emérito (2004).
Solsona: Aniversario de la ordenación episcopal de Mons. Xavier Novell Gomá, obispo (2010).


Jueves de la II semana de Adviento

Antífona de entrada Cf. Sal 118, 151-152
Tú, Señor, estás cerca y todos tus caminos son verdaderos; hace tiempo comprendí tus preceptos, porque tú eres eterno.
Prope es tu, Dómine, et omnes viae tuae véritas; inítio cognóvi de testimóniis tuis, quia in aetérnum tu es.

Oración colecta
Señor, aviva nuestros corazones para que preparemos los caminos a tu Unigénito, y, por su venida, merezcamos servirte con un corazón puro. Por nuestro Señor Jesucristo.
Excita, Dómine, corda nostra ad praeparándas Unigéniti tui vias, ut, per eius advéntum, purificátis tibi méntibus servíre mereámur. Per Dóminum.

En la memoria:
12 de diciembre
Bienaventurada Virgen María de Guadalupe.

Oración colecta propia. El resto de la feria o del Común de la B. V. Maríaen Adviento.

Monición de entrada
Hacemos memoria en esta celebración de la bienaventurada Virgen María de Guadalupe de México, cuyo maternal auxilio implora con humildad el pueblo en la colina del Tepeyac, cerca de la ciudad del distrito federal, donde se apareció varias veces al indio san Juan Diego. Ella brilla como una estrella que invita a la evangelización de los pueblos, y es invocada como protectora de los pueblos indígenas y de los pobres de toda Latinoamérica.

Oración colecta
Oh, Dios, Padre de las misericordias, que pusiste a tu pueblo bajo el singular patrocinio de la santísima Madre de tu Hijo, concede a cuantos la invocan con el título de Guadalupe, que busquen con fe decidida el progreso de los pueblos por los caminos de la justicia y de la paz. Por nuestro Señor Jesucristo.
Deus, Pater misericordiárum, qui sub sanctíssimae Matris Fílii tui singulári patrocínio plebem tuam constituísti, tríbue cunctis, qui beátam Vírginem Guadalupénsem ínvocant, ut, alacrióri fide, populórum progressiónem in viis iustítiæ quáereant et pacis. Per Dóminum.

Lecturas del Jueves de la II semana de Adviento, feria (Lec. II).

Yo soy tu libertador, el Santo de Israel
Lectura del libro de Isaías.

Yo, el Señor, tu Dios, te tomo por la diestra y te digo:
«No temas, yo mismo te auxilio».
No temas, gusanillo de Jacob, oruga de Israel, yo mismo te auxilio -oráculo del Señor-, tu libertador es el Santo de Israel.
Mira, te convierto en trillo nuevo, aguzado, de doble filo: trillarás los montes hasta molerlos; reducirás a paja las colinas; los aventarás, y el viento se los llevará, el vendaval los dispersará.
Pero tú te alegrarás en el Señor, te gloriarás en el Santo de Israel.
Los pobres y los indigentes buscan agua, y no la encuentran; su lengua está reseca por la sed.
Yo, el Señor, les responderé; yo, el Dios de Israel, no los abandonaré.
Haré brotar ríos en cumbres desoladas, en medio de los valles, manantiales; transformaré el desierto en marisma y el yermo en fuentes de agua.
Pondré en el desierto cedros, acacias, mirtos, y olivares; plantaré en la estepa cipreses, junto con olmos y alerces, para que vean y sepan, reflexionen y aprendan de una vez, que la mano del Señor lo ha hecho, que el Santo de Israel lo ha creado.

Palabra de Dios.
R. Te alabamos, Señor

Salmo responsorial Sal 144,1bc y 9. 10-11. 12-13ab (R.: 8)
R. El Señor es clemente y misericordioso, lento a la cólera y rico en piedad.
Miserátor et miséricors Dóminus, longánimis et multæ misericórdiæ.

V. Te ensalzaré, Dios mío, mi rey;
bendeciré tu nombre por siempre jamás.
El Señor es bueno con todos,
es cariñoso con todas sus criaturas.
R. El Señor es clemente y misericordioso, lento a la cólera y rico en piedad.
Miserátor et miséricors Dóminus, longánimis et multæ misericórdiæ.

V. Que todas tus criaturas te den gracias, Señor,
que té bendigan tus fieles.
Que proclamen la gloria de tu reinado,
que hablen de tus hazañas.
R. El Señor es clemente y misericordioso, lento a la cólera y rico en piedad.
Miserátor et miséricors Dóminus, longánimis et multæ misericórdiæ.

V.Explicando tus hazañas a los hombres,
la gloria y majestad de tu reinado.
Tu reinado es un reinado perpetuo,
tu gobierno va de edad en edad.
R. El Señor es clemente y misericordioso, lento a la cólera y rico en piedad.
Miserátor et miséricors Dóminus, longánimis et multæ misericórdiæ.

AleluyaCf. Is 45, 8
R.Aleluya, aleluya, aleluya.
V. Cielos, destilad desde lo alto al Justo, las nubes lo derramen, se abra la tierra y brote el Salvador. R.
Roráte, cæli, désuper, et nubes pluant iustum; aperiátur terra, et gérminet Salvatórem.

EVANGELIOMt 11, 11-15
No ha nacido uno más grande que Juan el Bautista
Lectura del santo Evangelio según san Mateo.
R. Gloria a ti, Señor.

En aquel tiempo, dijo Jesús al gentío:
«En verdad os digo que no ha nacido de mujer uno más grande que Juan el Bautista; aunque el más pequeño en el reino de los cielos es más grande que él.
Desde los días de Juan el Bautista hasta ahora el reino de los cielos sufre violencia y los violentos lo arrebatan. Los profetas y la Ley han profetizado hasta que vino Juan; él es Elías, el que tenía que venir, con tal que queráis admitirlo.
El que tenga oídos, que oiga».

Palabra del Señor.
R. Gloria a ti, Señor Jesús.

Papa Francisco, Discurso 20-enero-2018
¡Nos hace bien saber que no somos el Mesías! Nos libra de creernos demasiado importantes, demasiado ocupados –es típica de algunas regiones escuchar: «No, a esa parroquia no vayas porque el padre siempre está muy ocupado»–. Juan el Bautista sabía que su misión era señalar el camino, iniciar procesos, abrir espacios, anunciar que Otro era el portador del Espíritu de Dios. Ser memoriosos nos libra de la tentación de los mesianismos, de creerme yo el Mesías.

Oración de los fieles
Oremos al Padre, por mediación de Jesucristo, nuestro Sacerdote y Salvador.
- Para que toda la Iglesia trabaje para hacer presente en nuestro mundo el reino de Dios. Roguemos al Señor.
- Para que todos los hombres sepan reconocer los signos de la venida y presencia de Cristo entre nosotros. Roguemos al Señor.
- Para que los pobres y los necesitados confíen en la providencia del Padre, que no los abandona. Roguemos al Señor.
- Para que cada uno de nosotros experimente la seguridad en Dios Padre que nos dice: «No temas, yo mismo te auxilio». Roguemos al Señor.
Que todos vean y reconozcan, Señor, lo que ha hecho tu mano por nosotros. Tú, que vives y reinas por los siglos de los siglos.

Oración sobre las ofrendas
Acepta, Señor, este pan y este vino, escogidos de entre los bienes que hemos recibido de ti, y concédenos que esta eucaristía, que nos permites celebrar ahora en nuestra vida mortal, sea para nosotros prenda de salvación eterna. Por Jesucristo nuestro Señor.
Súscipe, quaesumus, Dómine, múnera, quae de tuis offérimus colláta benefíciis, et, quod nostrae devotióni concédis éffici temporáli, tuae nobis fiat praemium redemptiónis aetérnae. Per Christum.

En verdad es justo darte gracias, es nuestro deber cantar en tu honor himnos de bendicion y de alabanza, Padre todopoderoso, principio y fin de todo lo creado.
Tú nos has ocultado el día y la hora en que Cristo, tu Hijo, Señor y Juez de la historia, aparecerá, revestido de poder y de gloria, sobre las nubes del cielo.
En aquel día terrible y glorioso pasará la figura de este mundo y nacerán los cielos nuevos y la tierra nueva.
El mismo Señor que se nos mostrará entonces lleno de gloria viene ahora a nuestro encuentro en cada hombre y en cada acontecimiento, para que lo recibamos en la fe y por el amor demos testimonio de la espera dichosa de su reino.
Por eso, mientras aguardamos su última venida, unidos a los ángeles y a los santos, cantamos el himno de tu gloria:
Santo, Santo, Santo…

Antífona de la comunión Tit 2, 12-13
Llevemos ya desde una vida honrada y religiosa, aguardando la dicha que esperamos: la aparición gloriosa del gran Dios.
Iuste et pie vivámus in hoc saeculo, exspectántes beátam spem et advéntum glóriae magni Dei.

Oración después de la comunión
Señor, que fructifique en nosotros la celebración de estos sacramentos, con los que tú nos enseñas, ya en nuestra vida mortal, a descubrir el valor de los bienes eternos y a poner en ellos nuestro corazón. Por Jesucristo nuestro Señor.
Prosint nobis, quaesumus, Dómine, frequentáta mystéria, quibus nos, inter praetereúntia ambulántes, iam nunc instítuis amáre caeléstia et inhaerére mansúris. Per Christum.


Elogios del día 13 de diciembre
emoria de santa Lucía, virgen y mártir, la cual, mientras vivió, conservó encendida la lámpara esperando al Esposo, y llevada al martirio en Siracusa, en Sicilia, mereció entrar con él a las bodas y poseer la luz indefectible (303/304).
2. En Porto Romano, san Aristón, mártir (c. s. IV).
3. En la península de Sulcis, en Cerdeña, san Antioco, mártir (c. s. IV).
4. En Armenia, santos Eustrato, Auxencio, Eugenio, Mardario y Orestes, mártires (c. s. IV).
5. En Neustria septentrional, san Judoco, presbítero y eremita, quien, siendo hijo de Jutael, rey de Armórica, y hermano de san Judicael, para no ser obligado a suceder a su padre abandonó la patria y se dedicó a la vida eremítica (c. 669).
6. En Cambrai, de Austrasia, san Auberto, obispo (c. 670).
7. En Estrasburgo, de Burgundia (hoy Alsacia), santa Otilia, virgen y primera abadesa del monasterio de Hohenburg, fundado por el duque Aldarico, su padre (s. VII).
8*. En Nápoles, de la Campania, beato Juan (Francisco) Marinoni, presbítero de la Orden de Clérigos Regulares, vulgo Teatinos, el cual, junto con san Cayetano, se entregó a la reforma del clero y a la salvación de las almas, e instituyó un Monte de Piedad para ayudar a los pobres (1562).
9. En el monasterio de la Visitación, de Moulins, en Francia, muerte de santa Juana Francisca Frémiot de Chantal, cuya memoria se celebra el doce de agosto (1641).
10*. En Fermo, del Piceno, en Italia, beato Antonio Grassi, presbítero de la Congregación del Oratorio, varón humilde y pacífico, que con su ejemplo impulsó a los hermanos a observar la Regla (1671).
11. En el pueblo de Tjyen-Tiyou, en Corea, santos Pedro Cho Hwa-so, padre de familia, y cinco compañeros (Sus nombres son: san Pedro Yi Myong-so y Bartolomé Chong Mun-ho, padres
de familia; Pedro Son-ji, padre de familia y catequista; José Pedro Han Chae-kwon, que fue catequista; y Pedro Chong Won-ji, adolescente.), mártires, los cuales, tentados por las promesas y tormentos del mandarín para que dejaran la religión cristiana, resistieron hasta la decapitación (1866).


Հոկտեմբեր ամսվա իմ հաշվետվությունը

Հայերենից անգլերեն թարգմանություններ Աշոտ Տիգրանյանի հոդվածը Դպիրում ‹‹Վադուլ Լուի Վոդեի դասերը. Հայկական իրականություն վերադառնալիս – The Lessons of Vadul Lui Voda (returning to Armenian reality)›› Տնօրենի օրագրից – Ամենակարևորը 30-ամյակի այս փոփոխությունների մեջ դուք փորձեք տեսնել այն, ինչ-որ հեղինակային է, այն, ինչ-որ ձերն է – The post important thing in the changes of the 30th […]

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After the Soviet Empire: Legacies and Pathways


The break-up of the Soviet Union is a key event of the twentieth century. The 39th IIS congress in Yerevan 2009 focused on causes and consequences of this event and on shifts in the world order that followed in its wake. This volume is an effort to chart these developments in empirical and conceptual terms. It has a focus on the lands of the former Soviet Union but also explores pathways and contexts in the Second World at large. The Soviet Union was a full scale experiment in creating an alternative modernity. The implosion of this union gave rise to new states in search of national identity. At a time when some observers heralded the end of history, there was a rediscovery of historical legacies and a search for new paths of development across the former Second World. In some parts of this world long-repressed legacies were rediscovered. They were sometimes, as in the case of countries in East Central Europe, built around memories of parliamentary democracy and its replacement by authoritarian rule during the interwar period. Some legacies referred to efforts at establishing statehood in the wake of the First World War, others to national upheavals in the nineteenth century and earlier. In Central Asia and many parts of the Caucasus the cultural heritage of Islam in its different varieties gave rise to new markers of identity but also to violent contestations. In South Caucasus, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan have embarked upon distinctly different, but invariably conti Read more...


Huuhkajien Armenia-ottelussa tapahtuneen räjähderikoksen esitutkinta valmis – epäilty edelleen vangittuna

Turussa pelatussa ottelussa heitettiin räjähde katsomossa.

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For centuries the sacred khachkars of Djulfa stood tall along the banks of the River Aras — hulking and ornately carved 16th-century headstones, an army 10,000 strong, steadfastly guarding the world's largest medieval Armenian cemetery.



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Russia Marring Armenia through an MP “elected” in Crimea 

"Clearly, the Putin regime is acting in accordance with its nature, values and interests, however these have nothing in comment with the nature, values and interests of the new democratic state...

World: FPMA Bulletin #3, 10 April 2018

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, World, Zambia


↗ International prices of wheat and maize rose in March for the third consecutive month and averaged more than 10 percent above their levels in December 2017. Prices were mainly supported by concerns over the impact of prolonged dryness in key-growing areas of the United States of America and Argentina, coupled with strong demand. International rice prices remained relatively stable.

↗ In South America, severe dry weather and strong demand underpinned the domestic prices of grains in key exporting country, Argentina, while the price of yellow maize spiked also in Brazil in March.

↗ In East Africa, in the Sudan, the strong upward surge in prices of coarse grains faltered in March but they remained at record or near-record highs, reflecting the removal of the wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the local currency.

↗ In Southern Africa, in Madagascar, prices of locally-produced and imported rice declined in February from the record highs reached in January with the harvesting of the minor season paddy crop and following an appreciation of the Malagasy Ariary.


World: FPMA Bulletin #2, 9 March 2018

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe


↗ International prices of wheat and maize increased further in February, mainly supported by weather-related concerns and currency movements. Export price quotations of rice also continued to strengthen, although the increases were capped by subsiding global demand for Indica supplies.

↗ In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, continued to increase in February and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of the wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

↗ In Southern Africa, in Madagascar, prices of rice hit record highs at the start of the year, as a result of tight supplies following a sharp drop in the 2017 output to a substantially below-average level and a weaker currency.

↗ In West Africa, prices of coarse grains continued to generally increase in February and reached levels above those a year earlier despite the good harvests gathered in late 2017, due to a strong demand for stock replenishment, coupled with localized production shortfalls and insecurity in some areas.


World: FPMA Bulletin #1, 16 February 2018

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat and maize were generally firmer in January, supported by weather-related concerns and a weaker US dollar. Export price quotations of rice also strengthened mainly buoyed by renewed Asian demand.

  • In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, rose sharply for the third consecutive month in January and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

  • In West Africa, prices of coarse grains were at relatively high levels in January, despite the good harvests gathered in late 2017, due to strong demand for stock replenishment and insecurity in some areas.


World: FPMA Bulletin #11, 11 December 2017

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Key messages

↗ International prices of wheat and maize remained relatively stable in November, reflecting good supply conditions, while export quotations of rice strengthened amid increased buying interest and currency movements.

↗ In East Africa, prices of cereals in November continued to decline in most countries with the ongoing 2017 harvests and were at levels around or below those a year earlier with a few exceptions. By contrast, in the Sudan, prices surged and reached record highs in some markets, mainly underpinned by the sharp depreciation of the Sudanese Pound in the parallel market.

↗ In Central America, after the sharp increases recorded in the previous month, prices of white maize eased in November as market flows returned to normal, after disruption caused by severe rains in the previous month. Good domestic availabilities kept prices at levels below those a year earlier.


World: Education in Emergencies - ECHO Factsheet

Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Country: Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

Key messages

Education is lifesaving. Education is crucial for both the protection and healthy development of girls and boys affected by crises. It can rebuild their lives; restore their sense of normality and safety, and provide them with important life skills. It helps children to be self-sufficient, to be heard, and to have more influence on issues that affect them. It is also one of the best tools to invest in their long-term future, and in the peace, stability and economic growth of their countries.

Education in emergencies actions can help prevent, reduce, mitigate and respond to emergency-related academic, financial, social, institutional, physical and infrastructural barriers to children's education, while ensuring the provision of safe, inclusive and quality education.

In 2017, the EU dedicates 6% of its annual humanitarian aid budget to education in emergencies, one of the most underfunded sectors of humanitarian aid. In 2018, this amount will increase to 8%.

4.7 million girls and boys in 52 countries have benefited from EUfunded education in emergencies actions between 2012 and 2017.


World: FPMA Bulletin #10, 10 November 2017

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Key messages

  • The benchmark US wheat price declined in October mostly because of higher supply prospects while maize quotations firmed due to rain-induced harvest delays. International rice prices strengthened in October, mainly reflecting seasonally tight Japonica and fragrant supplies.

  • In East and West Africa, cereal prices declined in October with the 2017 ongoing or recently-started harvests. However, concerns over crop outputs and civil insecurity kept prices at high levels in some countries, particularly in Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Sudan.

  • In Central America, heavy rains in October led to unseasonal increases in maize and bean prices. They remained, however, at levels well below those a year earlier as a result of adequate domestic supplies, following the overall good outputs in 2016 and the 2017 first season harvests.


World: FPMA Bulletin #9, 10 October 2017

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat increased in September mostly because of weather-related concerns, while maize quotations fell further on crop harvest pressure. International rice prices remained generally firm, supported by seasonally tight availabilities of fragrant rice and strong demand for higher quality Indica supplies.

  • In East Africa, prices of cereals remained at levels above those of a year earlier in most countries, particularly in Ethiopia reflecting seasonal tightness amid concerns over the impact of the Fall Armyworm infestation on the main harvest and in South Sudan mainly due to the ongoing conflict.

  • In Asia, prices of rice in Bangladesh increased again in September and reached record highs, with seasonal patterns exacerbated by the reduced 2017 main season output and concerns over the impact of the July-August floods on the second season crop, to be harvested from November.


A Genocide Unrecognized is a Genocide Supported

In recent events on Tuesday, October 29th, 2019, The Armenian Genocide was recognized in the US. by resolution (H.Res.296) in the House Congress which is a big deal and something that the Armenian Diaspora and Armenia were waiting for a very long time. The gratitude and appreciation we feel is something that we are grateful … Continue reading A Genocide Unrecognized is a Genocide Supported

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) to the U.S. Educational system, culture and values. Deadline : 31 December 2019


The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) to the U.S. Educational system, culture and values. Deadline : 31 December 2019

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) brings future leaders to the U.S. to experience the U.S. educational system, share their culture, and explore U.S. culture and values.

Application is open November 4th, 2019 through December 31st, 2019.

Global UGRAD is administered by World Learning on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by World Learning.

Since 2008, World Learning has provided this opportunity to over 2,200 Global UGRAD students.  Participants leave the U.S. with the tools to become leaders in their professions and communities. Global UGRAD alumni go on to receive Fulbright grants, obtain prestigious international internships, and work in business and government in their home countries and regions.

Countries: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Zimbabwe



Program Goals

To promote mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries.

  • Provide a fulfilling exchange experience to drive academic, cross-cultural, and leadership competencies for students from Global UGRAD countries.
  • Enhance students’ academic knowledge and professional skills needed to pursue long-term academic and career goals.
  • Cultivate students’ comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the U.S.
  • Facilitate opportunities for students to establish social networks with U.S. host institutions and local communities.
  • Empower students to engage constructively in the civic life of their local and global communities.               CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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the Right Time to Condemn Armenian Genocide?


Last week, the U.S. House voted to recognize the Ottoman Empire’s 1915 massacre and displacement of 1.5 million Armenians as genocide. This angered the government of Turkey, which has consistently denied that genocide occurred. The vote in the house was a bipartisan and overwhelming 405-11. Of the dissenters, by far the most attention has been …

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Ilhan Omar: Increasing Muslim Power Through the Equalization of Hatreds (Judean Rose)

Halil Mutlu with Omar in September
If Ilhan Omar has her way, all tragedies will be equalized, with none being more supreme than any other. That is the thrust of her influence and voting power on recent resolutions in Congress. There was the October 29th resolutionrecognizing the Armenian genocide by Ottoman Turks during WWI. On this occasion, Omar offered a rare abstention, in a vote that ran an overwhelming 405-11 in favor of the resolution.
Then there was the March 7thresolutionthat was meant to condemn antisemitism, and in specific, remarksby Omar perceived by most to be antisemitic. The vote was supposed to give expression to a more mainstream Democratic Party belief that antisemitism and Omar’s remarks are wrong. Instead, Omar’s name was left out of the final text of the resolution, which many called “watered-down” and which condemned all forms of hatred, including Muslim discrimination.
What happened with the resolution is that instead of being censured, Omar got off, scot-free. And the Democrats showed they’re weaklings made of tissue paper. Omar planned things to come out this way, all the way back to when she said Israel “hypnotized the world,” and “It’s all about the Benjamins.”
Do you know how Omar characterized the “antisemitism” resolution in her statement to the media? She said she was “tremendously proud” of the resolution condemning “Anti-Muslim bigotry.”
“Today is historic on many fronts. It’s the first time we have voted on a resolution condemning Anti-Muslim bigotry in our nation’s history. Anti-Muslim crimes have increased 99% from 2014-2016 and are still on the rise,” said Omar in a joint statement with Rashida Tlaib and Andre Carson.
So there you have it: the resolution to condemn antisemitism turned into a resolution to condemn all hatred. But it didn’t stop there. Today it is a resolution that condemns anti-Muslim bigotry!
In the final draft, moreover, Omar is neither named nor censured.
The effect of this “antisemitism resolution” is to make mainstream the idea that Jews are not special and deserve no category or resolution of their own. If you buy into the “antisemitism resolution,” the suffering of the Jews in the Holocaust is not a bigger deal or somehow more significant than that of Muslim suffering in the world today. Or in fact anyone’s suffering at all, at any time in history.
Jews. Are. Not. Special.
Now let’s look at the vote on the Armenian genocide. This was long overdue. But it’s tricky, because Turkey doesn’t like us to talk about its expulsion and murder of some 1.5 million people. They just play the denial game. And the US relationship with Turkey is complicated, delicate.
But everyone knows genocide is bad, (except for Omar, apparently) and so the resolution finally passed in a big way. Explaining her abstention, Omar tweeted:
“A true acknowledgement [sic] of historical crimes against humanity must include both the heinous genocides of the 20th century, along with earlier mass slaughters like the transatlantic slave trade and Native American genocide, which took the lives of hundreds of millions of indigenous people in this country.”
In other words, we can’t talk about a single genocide, without talking about all the other genocides, giving them equal time. Because no one’s tragedy is worse than any other. They are all the same. So if you are wary of Muslims in a world beset by Islamist terror, it’s exactly like the hatred of the Jews that caused the Holocaust. So all hatred? Equally bad. Jews not special. Armenians not special.
Muslims, on the other hand, are maybe a bit more special. Because some animals are more equal than others. We know this because of the September $1,500 donation to Omar’s campaign by top Erdogan ally (and cousin) Halil Mutlu, co-chairman of the Turkish American Steering Committee (TSAC), just one month before the vote on the resolution. Hey, “it’s all about the Benjamins,” so why shouldn’t Omar take money from the Turks to vote against recognition of the Ottoman persecution of the Armenian people?
From the Daily Caller:
“Omar and the activist, Halil Mutlu, were also photographed together at an event for the Turkish American Steering Committee (TASC), a U.S.-based nonprofit that has for years waged public relations campaigns in support of Turkish government policies and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“Mutlu, who Turkish media outlets have reported is Erdogan’s cousin, is co-chairman of TASC, according to the group’s website.
“Founded in 2015, TASC has orchestrated a public relations push to cast doubt on whether the Ottoman empire committed genocide against Armenians more than a century ago.”
There is no doubt that this donation was a kind of bribery. $1,500 is, of course, a modest amount for an abstention on a vote that is important to a Turkey that wants to revise history to save face. But it is still wrong. And no less than we'd expect from someone like Omar. A woman who commits adulterywhile wearing a hijab.

In addition to seeing the questionable nature of her behavior, we need to realize that nothing Omar does is by accident. Her actions regarding the two resolutions is a concerted plan to minimize the power of seminal events like the Holocaust and the Armenian genocide, by saying they are similar to other instances of bigotry and hatred. In this way, lesser events like the Arab Nakba, rise in importance, while the significance of monumental evils like genocide are diminished.

Omar's careful campaign to neutralize and defuse the power of genocide helps discrimination against Muslims gain traction as a talking point. Once that concept takes hold as valid and justifiable in the eyes of the public, it can serve to move forward progressive political aims such as the elimination of the State of Israel. The tautology works like this: In a Jewish state, Jews are sovereign over the land. This means they are preeminent above Muslims, which makes Israel a discriminatory endeavor that must cease to exist.

As society adopts the fallacy that discrimination against Muslims is bigger than it really is, there's a bonus in it for the cunning Omar and her cadre, too. Omar and her ilk will be watching on with satisfied smiles, as voters race to elect yet more Muslims to positions of power. It's the only thing society can do to correct what they now perceive as a huge societal wrong: anti-Muslim discrimination.

Something Omar would have you know, has been too long shunted aside.
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11/05 Links Pt1: ‘I like your frame on this’: Warren nods as supporter claims US backs 'genocide in Palestine'; It’s Time to Close Down UNRWA; Israel’s Supreme Court rules HRW Director can be deported over BDS

From Ian:

‘I like your frame on this’: Warren nods as supporter claims US backs 'genocide in Palestine'
Elizabeth Warren nodded along with an attendee at her town hall event while he claimed the American military supported genocide.

The Massachusetts senator and 2020 presidential hopeful took questions from the crowd in Grinnell, Iowa, on Monday, with one attendee saying, “Right now, the United States is bombing at least seven countries. We support genocides in Palestine and in Yemen. The U.S. military is actually the biggest polluter of any organization in the world.”

He continued, “United States sanctions on Venezuela caused over 40,000 deaths, and we also have sanctions on many other countries like Iran, North Korea, and you can name many more.”

The attendee asked Warren, “I’m wondering, as president, will you stop U.S.-supported murder, whether it’s through sanctions, arms support, or boots on the ground?”

Warren responded, “I like your frame on this.”

Republican Jewish group’s campaign slams Democrats as a ‘disgrace’ — in Yiddish
The Republican Jewish Coalition on Sunday launched a $10 million campaign — an unprecedented amount in partisan Jewish advertising — with online ads depicting 2020 Democratic US presidential candidates as a “disgrace.”

Videos titled “Shanda,” Yiddish for “disgrace,” blast the Democrats for saying they would consider reducing aid to Israel.

“The radical Left has taken the reins of the Democratic Party, and their policy proposals will devastate our national security, our alliance with Israel, our economy, and our health care system,” Matt Brooks, the RJC’s executive director, said in a statement announcing the release of the 15- to 30-second ads.

The placement of the videos on Facebook, YouTube and other media will cost $50,000. Brooks confirmed to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency a report in Axios that the RJC had budgeted $10 million for its 2020 efforts.

In the spots, “leading Democrats” are accused of “turning their back” on Israel. They show House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who is Jewish.

It’s Time to Close Down UNRWA
UNRWA’s top official, Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl, was accused of appointing as an adviser a woman with whom he was romantically involved. The pair traveled on business class flights across the globe. Deputy Commissioner-General Sandra Mitchell was accused of bullying and of manipulating the system to find a well-paid job for her spouse, Robert Langridge, who was promoted. Chief of Staff Hakam Shahwan was accused of behaving like a thug, placing people loyal to him in positions of power, and lobbying to take over UNRWA operations in Jerusalem.

Perhaps not surprisingly in view of the above, the agency has adopted a culture of secrecy about itself. It employs about 30,000 people (compared to the UNHCR’s 11,000 for the rest of the world’s 17 million refugees and displaced persons). Most of its staff are Palestinians and many are known members of Hamas (indeed, Hamas membership helps one get a UN job). Peter Hansen, UNRWA’s former Commissioner-General (1996–2005), admitted in an interview with CBS that there are Hamas members on the UNRWA payroll. For example, the chairman of UNRWA’s Palestinian workers’ union, Suhail al-Hindi, is a member of Hamas’ new political leadership.

Retired IDF Col. Yoni Fighel, a former military governor in the territories, notes that as long as UNRWA employees are members of Hamas, they are going to pursue the interests of that organization within the framework of their job.

The agency was threatened with closure after the Trump administration implemented severe cuts following reports that proved rockets had been hidden inside UNRWA schools. UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who sat on the ethics findings for months, claims he is “committed to acting swiftly on the corruption allegations.”

The UN originally made clear that UNRWA’s mandate would be short-term, indicating that the refugee issue should be solved expeditiously through repatriation or resettlement. In the words of former UN Secretary-General Trygve Lie, “The refugees will lead an independent life in countries that have sheltered them. Except for the ‘hardcore’ cases, the refugees will no longer be maintained by an international organization as they are at present. They will be integrated into the economic system of the countries of asylum and will themselves provide for their own needs and those of their families.”

Palestinian residents of Arab states — all of whom are considered refugees by UNRWA — should become citizens of those states, as they are in Jordan.

Israel’s Supreme Court rules HRW Director can be deported over BDS
In a landmark anti-BDS ruling the High Court of Justice has paved the way for Israel to deport Human Rights Watch’s local director Omar Shakir for his support of boycott activity against Israel.

Human Rights Watch is weighing an appeal to a larger judicial panel of the verdict by a three judges. If not appeal is lodged, Shakir could be asked to leave the country within 20-day.

The ruling is a victory for those who hold that advocates of the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment Movement are acting against the state and are not engaged in legitimate criticism of Israel. Opponents view it as part of a movement to suppress human rights advocacy in Israel.

Shakir, who is a US citizen, immediately tweeted that if the HCJ decision is upheld, Israel will “join ranks of Iran, N Korea & Egypt in blocking access for @hrw official. We wont stop. And we wont be the last.”

Minister for Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan [Likud] expressed his satisfaction over the verdict.

"I applaud the decision of the Supreme Court that accepted my Ministry and the Interior Minister's position that a work visa should not be given to a foreign boycott activist who wants to harm Israel and its citizens," he said in a statement.

"Omar Shakir is a BDS activist who took advantage of his stay in Israel to harm it, something no sane country would allow. Israel sees great importance in the activities of real human rights organizations, granting hundreds of visas every year to human rights activists. HRW is welcome to appoint another representative in Israel in place of Shakir if it chooses to do so," he added.
NGO Monitor: Resource Page on Omar Shakir (HRW) Court Case
On November 5, 2019, the Supreme Court rejected Shakir’s appeal and upheld the ruling of the Lower Court that his work visa will not be renewed.

In October 2016, Human Rights Watch (HRW) hired Omar Shakir to serve as its “Israel and Palestine Country Director.” Shakir has been a consistent supporter of a one-state framework and advocate for BDS (boycotts, divestment, sanctions) campaigns, fitting the longstanding HRW practice of hiring anti-Israel activists to serve in key positions relating to Israel.

In May 2018, due to Shakir’s BDS ties, the Israeli Ministry of Interior chose not to renew his work visa. HRW and Shakir have been challenging this decision in Israeli courts. In April 2019, he lost his case in the Jerusalem District Court and immediately appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court. The hearing took place on September 24, 2019. While Shakir regularly assails Israel for its “lack of democracy,” in fact, the Israeli courts allowed him to remain in the country during his appeal process despite having no obligation to do so.

Omar Shakir’s background and history of anti-Israel activity exemplifies the organization’s troubling ideological approach to Israel and retreat from the universal principles of human rights.1

Guardian fails to challenge the lies of HRW’s Omar Shakir
The Guardian is adept at amplifying, and failing to critically scrutinise, the unsubstantiated claims and accusations of anti-Israel NGOs, and today’s article about the Israeli Supreme Court decision on Human Right Watch’s regional director Omar Shakir – a long time BDS activist – follows this pattern.

First, as we predicted in a tweet before the article by Oliver Holmes (“Israel can deport Human Rights Watch official, court rules”, Nov. 5th) was published, the piece uncritically cites Shakir’s simply unhinged response to the court’s decision:
Shakir wrote on Twitter that if he was kicked out, Israel would join the ranks of Iran, North Korea and Egypt in blocking access to Human Rights Watch staff. “We won’t stop. And we won’t be the last,” he said.

The truth is that democracies all over the world reserve the right to deny entry to those seen as intent on harming the state. Moreover, there are in excess of 350 NGOs (such as HRW) operating freely in Israel, even those who continually deligitimise the state, support BDS and even reject Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.

The denial of a work visa to one employee of one of these NGOs – after careful consideration by the country’s internationally respected supreme court – wouldn’t even minimally change the democratic nature of Israel. The human rights organisation Freedom House continually ranks Israel as the only truly free and democratic country in the region, and the suggestion that this status will change due merely to the supreme court’s decision on Shakir’s work visa is risible.

In a subsequent paragraph in the article, Holmes makes the following claim about the broader effort by Israel to fight BDS – a movement, let’s remember, whose leaders oppose the continued existence of a Jewish state.
'A unity government is dead, and Israel is on its way to a 3rd election'
There is virtually no chance, and if there is no dramatic breakthrough in negotiations, Israel will be facing its third general election in a year, senior political officials from the Likud, Blue and White, Yisrael Beytenu, and the New Right were saying Monday.

According to one official, the two sides are farther apart than ever, particularly since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spokespeople were questioned by police last week.

The same official said that Blue and White was waiting for Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit to decide whether or not to indict Netanyahu. Mendelblit is expected to make his decision in early December. For Blue and White, even if Mendelblit were to drop the count of bribery, any indictment would be the final nail in the coffin of any possibility of forming a government with Netanyahu, he explained.

On the other hand, the official said, Netanyahu wants to remain prime minister, even if he is indicted. Therefore, he will not step down, and will apparently retain the support of the Likud and the smaller right-wing parties when and if he is under indictment.

The official said that as of Monday night, it was clear that neither the Likud nor the right-wing bloc would oust Netanyahu and would prefer to hold a third election, even at their detriment.

He also said that Blue and White leader Benny Gantz's position was shaky and even if he wanted to adopt the compromise put forth by President Reuven Rivlin, he would not be able to negotiate it.

"A unity government is dead, and Israel is on its way to a third election," the official said.
Sderot youth challenge MKs to take up their cause
In the middle of Sderot, near the Gaza border, 120 chairs sat empty on a lawn on Sunday, waiting for MKs to fill them.

The chairs were set up by young residents of Sderot to represent the 120 MKs who they say they feel abandoned them as rockets continue to be fired at them from Gaza on a regular basis, including on Friday.

“Elections are important and coalition negotiations are important,” organizers wrote. “Even investigations are important, recordings are important, indictments are important. And also a memorial ceremony [for former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin] is important.”

“Hey, how did we forget?” they continued. “A plane for the prime minister is important and so are demonstrations outside the attorney-general’s house, but wait, rockets on the residents of the South are not a little important.”

The residents said they’re sick of promises that are not being fulfilled.

“After a Shabbat full of fireworks in the sky, after the horror show organized by terrorists on the other side of the fence, we decided to stop being quiet.”

Dvir Sasi, a spokesman for the protest, said: “We welcome all the MKs to come to us and explain the situation to us, and listen to us, and tell us their solution.”

What does conviction of IDF soldier mean for ICC war crimes battle?
Twenty months into the Gaza border conflict, the IDF courts issued their first conviction of a soldier for shooting one of the approximately 350 Palestinians who have been killed.

At the same time, the sentence was a mere one month of community service since the conviction was not for a more serious charge, like manslaughter, but essentially for the low-grade offense of violating the rules of engagement for opening fire.

Why was this the result, and what does all of this mean for the broader big battle before the International Criminal Court (ICC) over whether Israel’s legal system complies with international law or whether it has committed war crimes?

Official and unofficial statements from the IDF were short on details, leaving some critics to speculate about potential improper intentions.

Essentially, they said that the unnamed IDF soldier had violated open fire regulations in shooting toward the 15-year-old Palestinian Othman Helles as he was climbing the Gaza security fence, but that IDF investigators could not establish for sure one way or another whether that soldier’s bullet was the one that killed him.

What does this mean? How can the IDF know the soldier fired illegally toward Helles without knowing whether his bullet was the “kill-shot”?
JPost Editorial: Recognize the Armenian genocide
About 105 years ago, the Armenian genocide began. Members of the Armenian community living in the Ottoman Empire were systematically exterminated at the orders of the governing authorities. As many as 1.5 million Armenians, an ethnic minority, were rounded up and murdered or deported to the deserts of Syria to die.

The Armenian genocide was well known in its time. The German military attaché to the Ottoman Empire described it as “total extermination” and other accounts provided graphic details of the horrors the survivors went through. Women were sold into slavery and raped, children were left to starve. In a prelude to the Holocaust and the crimes of ISIS, the slaughter of Armenians was an opening to a hundred years of similar mass murder events.

As a state founded in the wake of genocide, Israel knows too well what it means to be a small minority subjected to massacre and the systematic murder by a government. Like Armenians, Jews had to live as minorities under regimes such as the Germans or the Poles, enjoying “protection” so long as they did not get in the way of the state’s interests.

In late October, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution to recognize the Armenian genocide. It overwhelmingly passed with 405 votes and affirms that the US will record the genocide and provide “solemn remembrance of one of the great atrocities of the 20th century.” The US was moved to act because of recent tensions with Turkey.

Turkey protected Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Turkey protected ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – and Trump should have known.

In his national address announcing that US Special Forces had killed Baghdadi, President Donald Trump commended Turkey while turning a blind eye to Turkey’s collusion with ISIS. While Trump thanked “the Syrian Kurds for certain support they were able to give us,” he downplayed the importance of intelligence provided by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which was critical to the mission.

We know that Turkey institutionalized support for jihadis after Syria’s President Bashar Assad attacked Syrian rebels in Ghouta using chemical weapons in September 2013, and that Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency (MIT) provided weapons, money and logistical support to jihadi groups that evolved into ISIS. Wounded ISIS warriors regularly showed up at Turkish hospitals in Gaziantep to receive medical care.

Baghdadi founded ISIS in the spring of 2014. ISIS attacked Mosul and Sinjar in June, terrorizing Yazidis and Kurds. Over five years, the so-called ISIS caliphate grew to the size of Great Britain, with eight million people under its control.

According to the SDF, “Turkey provides all kinds of support to the terrorist groups. These forces, trained and funded by Turkey, are engaged in a planned ethnic cleansing against our people.” Turkish-backed jihadis in the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) commit crimes on a daily basis in Turkish-occupied areas of Syria such as Afrin, Azaz, Bab, Jarablus and Idlib.
MEMRI: Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad: It Is Possible That Al-Baghdadi Has Been Kidnapped, Hidden, Or Had His Appearance Surgically Altered; Israel Has Been Behind The Scenes Throughout The War; Erdoğan Is Our Enemy
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad was interviewed on Syria TV on October 31, 2019. He said that the extremist Wahhabi doctrine represented by Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and ISIS will continue to exist even after ISIS is gone and that Al-Baghdadi had been released from American prisons in Syria in order to lead ISIS. Questioning whether Al-Baghdadi was really killed by the Americans, President Al-Assad suggested that he may have already been dead or that he may have been kidnapped, hidden, or had his appearance surgically altered. He said that the American operation to kill Al-Baghdadi was a trick and that American politics rely on imagination and resemble Hollywood. Later in the interview, President Al-Assad said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is Syria's enemy and that U.S President Donald Trump is the best president America has ever had because he is transparent about American policy and America's interest in Middle Eastern oil.

In addition, President Al-Assad said that even though Turkey is occupying parts of Syria, negotiating with it would not suggest that Syria could also negotiate with Israel, because Syria does not recognize Israel as a state or the Israelis as a people the way it does Turkey and the Turks. He also said that Syria wants to gradually regain sovereignty in Kurdistan. Furthermore, President Al-Assad said that Israel's influence is ever present in Syria, that Israel's involvement in the Syrian civil war is a given even though it is not openly apparent, and that everything that has taken place in Syria has served the interests of Israel through proxies, agents, flunkies, or the United States. The English-subtitled version of the interview was uploaded to the Syrian Presidency's YouTube channel.
Halkbank Says It Will Seek Dismissal of US Indictment, Judge’s Recusal
A lawyer for Turkey’s state-owned Halkbank, which has been criminally charged by US prosecutors with helping Iran evade sanctions, said in a letter on Monday that it would seek to dismiss the case and have the judge assigned to it recuse himself.

In a letter to US District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan, Andrew Hruska, a lawyer for Halkbank, said the bank was not agreeing to appear in court on the charges. He asked that he be allowed to represent the bank for the limited purpose of arguing the dismissal and recusal motions.

A hearing is scheduled in the case on Tuesday, and prosecutors have said they may seek a fine against Halkbank if it refuses to appear.

A spokesman for the office of Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman, which is prosecuting the case, declined to comment. Hruska did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan brought the criminal charges against Halkbank on Oct. 16. The bank called the charges an escalation of Washington’s sanctions on Ankara over its military incursion in Syria, while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called them an “unlawful, ugly” step.

Hruska said in Monday’s letter that the bank’s “incidental contacts with the US are insufficient to establish… jurisdiction” in the New York federal court.
Khaled Abu Toameh: Fatah official: Abbas won't seek reelection
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is not planning to run in the next presidential election, senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub said in an interview with Palestine TV on Monday.

Rajoub’s announcement contradicts a statement by another senior Fatah official, Hussein al-Sheikh, who recently said that the only candidate of Fatah in the presidential election will be the 84-year-old Abbas.

“President Abbas is the only candidate of Fatah and honorable Palestinians,” Sheikh said.

Rajoub, who also heads the Palestinian Football Association, described Abbas as a “national treasure.” Abbas, he revealed, does not want to run in the election, and he won’t agree to be a candidate.

“Let us make him the sheikh of the tribe and the spiritual father of the democratic process,” Rajoub said. “In two months, President Abbas will celebrate his 85th birthday.”

In September, Abbas announced in a speech before the United Nations General Assembly that he intends to call for “general elections” in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem.

Rajoub, a former head of the PA’s Preventive Security Force in the West Bank, is seen by some Palestinians as a potential successor to Abbas. However, Rajoub did not say in the interview whether he intends to present his candidacy in the presidential election.

Rajoub’s announcement that Abbas won’t seek another term in office is likely to trigger a “war of succession” between several veteran PLO and Fatah officials who see themselves as suitable candidates to succeed the PA president.

Abbas himself has not said whether he intends to contest the next election. Moreover, he still hasn’t announced a date for holding new presidential and parliamentary elections.

The last Palestinian presidential election was held in 2005, when Abbas was elected for a four-year term. The last parliamentary election, held in 2006, resulted in a Hamas victory.

Rajoub expressed hope that Abbas would set a date for the new elections before the end of this year.
PMW: “The most despicable plot” – Palestinian reactions to the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration
The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Zionist leader Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”

Every year, PA officials condemn the Balfour Declaration and seem to compete in calling it names, denying its legitimacy, and refuting the validity of Jews’ right to a national home in “Palestine” as Palestinian Media Watch has reported. This year is no exception. Here are some examples of statements by PA officials and others about Balfour’s “ominous promise”:

PA Minister of Culture Atef Abu Saif stated that the Balfour Declaration is an “invalid promise” that Britain had no right to give, and that the Jews had no right to receive. He called it “a mark of disgrace in the history of humanity” and a “historic mistake,” and predicted that Israel/the Jews will disappear like previous “invaders”:
Minister Abu Saif: “Palestine belongs to the Palestinians, and the invaders will go away as those who preceded them went away...

He added: ‘The ominous promise, in which the one giving the promise permitted giving what is not his to one who has no right, was a mark of disgrace in the history of humanity. The historic mistake will only be corrected when the right returns to its owners.’”

[Donia Al-Watan, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 2, 2019]

The PA claims of the illegitimacy of Britain’s actions and Israel's creation is illustrated by this image printed by the official PA daily, which shows the British and the Israeli flags in a no entry sign on the Balfour Declaration together with an image of Balfour and “Palestine”:

The PLO factions issued a joint statement on the anniversary that named the Balfour Declaration “the most despicable plot in the history of the peoples.” The PLO claimed that the “ominous promise” was the result of the convergence of interests of the “colonialist states” Britain and the US and the Zionist movement. The PLO repeated the PA claim that the colonial powers used the Jewish people as a pawn in the Middle East to gain control in the region, steal its resources, and prevent the Arab countries from developing:
Fatah: “We will defend our holy sites with our blood and our souls” “Jerusalem is ours”
Text: “The deal of the century will never pass. We will defend our holy sites with our blood and our souls” PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "This is not allowed. This cannot happen. This is a decisive moment, a dangerous moment for us. Our entire future is at stake. If Jerusalem is lost, what will you say afterwards?" Text: “Jerusalem is ours and you will never have a place in it” PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "This is a crucial moment that demands that every Palestinian present themselves immediately to quickly discuss the fate of the eternal capital [Jerusalem]. In politics: It’s the capital. In religion: It’s the capital. In geography: It’s the capital." Text: “The shining rage will uproot the tyranny from our land” PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "Here we are sitting, here we are remaining. We will never repeat the mistakes of the past. We will not repeat the mistakes of 1948 or the mistakes of 1967. We are remaining here – occupation, settlements, whatever – We are remaining here!" Song lyrics: "The home is ours and Jerusalem is ours" Text: “The home is ours and Jerusalem is ours. And with our hands we will liberate it, Allah willing” Text: “Fatah Al-Asifa” (The Fatah logo includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.) [Official Fatah Facebook page, July 28, 2019]

Khaled Abu Toameh: Hamas Joins Iranian Plan to Foil Arabs' Anti-Corruption Protests
Alnehaiwi added that the "popular revolutions against the [Iranian] occupiers and [Arab] executioners are a luminous point and milestone that will serve the interest of the Palestinian issue." Noting that Hamas did the right thing when it sided with the Syrian people in their uprising against the regime of President Bashar Assad, the political analyst said:
"Hamas may regret its support for Iran. Hamas will lose a great deal if it continues to side with Iran and stands against the people who have revolted against [Iranian] occupation and the executioners."

Such criticism, however, is unlikely to deter Hamas from pursuing its agenda of promoting Iran's interests in the region. The Arabs who are risking their lives to demand good governance and an end to corruption are now being targeted by Iran and its puppets in the Gaza Strip, Lebanon and Iraq.

It now remains to be seen whether the Arabs who have finally woken up to realize that Iran -- and not Israel -- is the real threat to their well-being will be able to keep up the momentum and continue their uprising against corruption and Iranian dominance over their countries.

By continuing to align itself with Iran, Hamas is leading its people straight toward even greater suffering. The only way for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to alleviate their misery is by revolting against their "leaders" in Hamas. Instead of firing rockets at Israel and demonstrating at the Gaza-Israel border, Palestinians ought to learn from their brothers in Lebanon and Iraq who their real enemies are: Iranian-backed dictators and fake Palestinian leaders, who only know how to lead their people towards further suffering.
Hamas Encouraging Youth Drug Use as Qatar Support Comes to an End
As the year comes to an end, the Gaza Strip is preparing to return to the familiar, suffocating financial crises that is sure to result from Qatar’s ending its grant to poor families. Qatari envoy in the Strip, Mohammed al-Emadi, has informed Hamas and other terror factions there that his government is having difficulties renewing the grant, Al-Akhbar reported Tuesday.

These funds did not cover all of Gaza’s poor families, and the most each lucky family received was $100 each month, but it was a reliable stopgap measure to stave off the explosion that’s sure to come without this charity. There will be two more payments until the end of 2019, Al Emadi told the local leaders, after which they are on their own.

Over the weekend, Hamas made it clear that it was blocking the security escalation with Israel and is not interested in keeping it up. But then, on Monday, Yahya Sinwar, the Hamas leader in Gaza, bragged that he had been the one to determine in recent years whether or not there would be war.

Kan 11 TV on Monday night provided a glimpse into the other wars Hamas has been waging: internal leadership wars, a cruel, Darwinian effort to literally “thin the herd” with violent border fence riots, and an unofficial operation to induce as many as 200,000 Gazan youths to using drugs, mostly hashish and opiates – to help them forget the hardships of their daily lives.
Hamas official: Egypt has barred Haniyeh from traveling abroad for past 3 years
Egyptian authorities have barred Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh from traveling outside the Gaza Strip and Egypt for almost three years to prevent him from meeting with their political rivals, a senior official in the terror group said in an interview published Tuesday.

The last time Haniyeh traveled beyond Gaza and Egypt was in late 2016 and early 2017 before he was elected Hamas head.

“The Egyptians are not permitting the head of the politburo to travel abroad because they do no want him to meet their political rivals,” Musa Abu Marzouk, a senior official in the terror group, told Dar al-Hayat, an Arabic-language news site. “This ban [has been in place] for about the last three years.”

Hamas, which frequently meets with Egyptian intelligence officials mediating between the terror group that rules the Strip and Israel, also maintains close ties with countries that Cairo views as foes such as Qatar and Turkey.

In chilling detail, ex-envoy to US Oren warns of Israel-Iran ‘conflagration’
Former Israeli ambassador to the US Michael Oren has described in chilling detail how a conflict between Israel and Iran could easily be sparked and descend into a massive conflagration, devastating Israel and other countries in the region.

Israel is already girding for a war with the Islamic Republic, and has carried out hundreds of strikes against Iran-linked targets in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. A single miscalculation during one of those airstrikes could draw retaliation by Iran, Oren wrote in a column published in The Atlantic on Monday.

“The senior ministers of the Israeli government met twice last week to discuss the possibility of open war with Iran,” he began. “Israeli troops, especially in the north, have been placed on war footing. Israel is girding for the worst and acting on the assumption that fighting could break out at any time. And it’s not hard to imagine how it might arrive. The conflagration, like so many in the Middle East, could be ignited by a single spark.”

An Israel Defense Forces bombing run could inadvertently hit a sensitive target, or an Israeli official could step out of line and say something to embarrass Iran following an attack, Oren wrote.

“The result could be a counterstrike by Iran, using cruise missiles that penetrate Israel’s air defenses and smash into targets like the Kiryah, Tel Aviv’s equivalent of the Pentagon. Israel would retaliate massively against Hezbollah’s headquarters in Beirut as well as dozens of its emplacements along the Lebanese border. And then, after a day of large-scale exchanges, the real war would begin,” he continued.
The Revolt Against Iran
Unsurprisingly, Iran and its allies in Iraq and Lebanon are blaming recent unrest on the usual suspects: a conspiracy of foreign actors that includes the United States, Saudi Arabia, and the Zionists.

How will this end? In 2008, civil unrest led to Hezbollah’s armed seizure of Beirut. Hezbollah and Iran have poured thousands of fighters and billions of dollars into neighboring Syria to help crush the rebellion against their Syrian ally. In 2009, Iran’s green movement protests over stolen elections finally ebbed in the face of torture, beatings, and detentions meted out by the regime. “We in Iran know how to deal with protests,” Iran’s second-most powerful man assured Iraqi officials this month. “This happened in Iran and we got it under control.”

Ten years ago, when Iran saw its largest uprising since the 1979 revolution, Obama was not only reluctant to express solidarity with Iranians, he also refused to acknowledge the rigged elections, dismissed advisers who urged active assistance, and blocked CIA resources earmarked for supporting democratic uprisings. In The Iran Wars, former Wall Street Journal reporter Jay Solomon reveals how Obama’s peculiar reticence was largely motivated by his worry that American involvement would ruin his secret overtures to Tehran in hopes of brokering an agreement. While President Trump has also expressed a desire to strike a deal with Iran, he has already retweeted two videos of Iraqi demonstrators storming the Iranian consulate in Karbala. Whether this administration is able to leverage these protests into successful policy beyond tweets remains to be seen. And perhaps more importantly, it is too early to tell whether the nascent political revolts in Lebanon and Iraq can survive the backlash from Iranian-backed militias and snipers long enough to evolve into a meaningful, organized political opposition.
Rep. Cheney to Introduce Legislation Mandating Full Dismantling of Iran Nuclear Deal
Rep. Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) will soon introduce new legislation that would compel the Trump administration to eradicate the remaining vestiges of the landmark Iran nuclear deal, the lawmaker told the Washington Free Beacon.

Cheney's legislative effort comes as GOP hawks in Congress have launched an offensive against the Trump administration's decision to again grant Iran sanctions waivers that permit it to conduct sensitive nuclear work, including at an underground bunker site that once housed the regime's atomic weapons program.

The legislation is yet another sign of mounting frustration among hawkish Republicans over the Trump administration's mixed signals on Iran. Critics allege the administration is backtracking on its own "maximum pressure" campaign on Iran in order to preserve possible diplomacy with Tehran down the road.

The Free Beacon reported last week that the Trump administration's State Department had signed off on the nuclear waivers, despite public and private pressure from anti-Iran voices on Capitol Hill. The debate marks one of the clearest divides yet between typically faithful Trump administration supporters in Congress and those inside the administration.

Cheney told the Free Beacon that the waivers have helped legitimize Iran's nuclear infrastructure and paved a way for it to continue working on sensitive nuclear issues with help from countries such as China and Russia.
The Islamic Zealots Who Seized U.S. Embassy 40 Years Ago Today Weren't 'Students'
These were first and foremost religious zealots blindly following the will of clerics (Ali Khamenei and Mousavi Khoeini among them) who often visited the hostages, too. Many attended Amir Kabir University, "strictly allied with Khomeini and the new Mullah establishment," according to Mark Bowden in Guests of the Ayatollah (2006). As Bowden puts it, they "were all committed to a formal Islamic state and were allied, some of them by family, with the clerical power structure around Khomeini."

Bruce Laingen, who was the chargé d'affaires at the embassy, wrote in his journal that Khoeni was "the clerical link with the 'students' at the embassy since the day of the seizure and . . . the link before that, too, in the planning for the seizure." On July 21, 1980, he wrote with certainty that Khoeni was Khomeini's "liaison with the 'students' of the embassy" and that there "can be no question of the extent to which the clerical forces are solidly in control."

The term "students" was inaccurate and misleading in 1979, and it is all the more so now. After four decades, the time has come finally to get it right.

40 Years On: How US-Iran Hostility Affects the World Today
With anti-American slogans and effigies mocking President Donald Trump, thousands rallied outside the former US embassy in Tehran on Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis. Amid renewed tensions with Washington, state television showed rallies taking place in several other cities, including Mashhad, Shiraz and Esfahan, four decades after revolutionary students stormed the diplomatic mission. "They will continue their enmity against us. They are like a lethal scorpion whose nature is to have a poisonous sting," the head of the army, General Abdolrahim Mousavi, said in a speech at Tehran. "We are ready to crush this scorpion and will also pay the price."

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11/04 Links Pt1: The missing billions of the Palestinian Authority; The delusional one-state solution; Netanyahu: Arab Countries Now See Israel as an ‘Indispensable Ally’ Against Iran

From Ian:

PMW: The missing billions of the Palestinian Authority
Since its creation, the Palestinian Authority has received tens of billions of dollars of international aid. Just since 2011, the European Union, the United States, and other countries have provided the PA with hundreds of millions of dollars and euros of aid.

While the PA has constantly complained about its financial difficulties, scrutiny of the PA’s own financial records for the years 2011 - 2018, shows that the PA transferred from its coffers over 7 billion shekels to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), some of which was then given to terrorist organizations. In that same period, the PA also spent over 440 million shekels to fund its non-functioning institutions.

Funding to the PLO and internationally designated terrorist organizations

The PLO, which is also headed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, is an umbrella organization for several Palestinian groups. The largest and most dominant member is Abbas’ Fatah party. Other members include groups designated as terror organizations by the US and the EU such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Palestinian Liberation Front. PLO members are entitled to and receive funding from the PLO.

While international donors have demanded that the PA show financial transparency, the PLO is not subject to any financial regulation or demands of transparency. Accordingly, it is impossible to know what happens with billions of dollars of donor money the PA has given and continues to give today to the PLO.

Only on sporadic occasions are the financial workings of the PLO exposed. In June 2018, a senior PFLP official, Maher Mazhar, complained that the PFLP was not getting its monthly allocations from the PLO.

Denying the claim of the PFLP, PLO Executive Committee member and Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad confirmed that Abbas and the Palestinian National Fund - the financial branch of the PLO - are responsible for funding the PFLP, and stressed that the allocations had not been stopped:

“PLO Executive Committee member [and Fatah Central Committee member] Azzam Al-Ahmad denied that the allocation from the Palestinian National Fund to any Palestinian organization, including the Popular Front [for the Liberation of Palestine] (PFLP), has been stopped. In a telephone conversation with Al-Ahmad from Amman, he said: ‘There is no truth to the rumors that [PA] President Abbas or any other party has stopped the allocation to the PFLP.” [Ma’an, (Independent Palestinian news agency), June 17, 2018]
The delusional one-state solution
Events like the Jaffa Riots of 1921 (95 dead) and the Riots of 1929 (249 dead) were a common fixture. When all out war inevitably emerged in 1948 due to Arab rejection of a Jewish state, it ended with the permanent exile of up to 90% of Palestinians from Israeli-controlled territory. Nothing unusual here. Population transfers are a common result of intrastate ethnic conflict. Those wishing to alleviate Palestinian hardship should consider this when contemplating a situation that would result in a power struggle similar to what emerged following the British Mandate.

And a power struggle it will be. One-staters envision shared governance between Jews and Arabs, who will work together under a liberal democratic framework, but the Palestinians have proven unable to do this even amongst themselves. Two years after Israel withdrew from Gaza, Hamas overthrew the PLO and instituted a totalitarian Islamist regime.

Things are not much better in the West Bank, where President Mahmoud Abbas is now in his 15th year of a four-year term. The “occupation” cannot be blamed. After all, pre-state Israel somehow managed to uphold democratic norms under the brutality of the British Mandate. Democracy is simply not presently part of the Palestinian lexicon.

The same goes for the “liberal” part of “liberal democracy.” Polls by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center show that the Palestinians hold beliefs vehemently at odds with an inclusive society. A majority support honor killings, and 93% of the population harbors antisemitic views, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

Before the one-state solution as envisioned by Palestinian advocates is even discussed, Palestinians have a very long way to go. Looking at examples from the broader region, there’s good reason to believe that an Israeli-Palestinian utopia will forever remain a pipe dream.

Understandably, as US President Donald Trump continues to delay his vision for resolving the conflict, ideas counter to the mainstream two-state solution will be discussed. Some are worse than others, but few are as bad as the one-state solution.
Trump’s Middle East shake-up led to killing of al-Baghdadi
As it turns out, the killing of both Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his heir apparent, Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, was a direct result of Trump’s shake-up of the pre-existing order in northern Syria and northern Iraq. While it should be obvious, it bears repeating: the media and the American people are not privy to the vast trove of intelligence the commander in chief has at his fingertips. This is particularly important in the complex and multidimensional Middle East, where alliances and verbal agreements are the rule, rather than the exception.

We think in black-and-white terms, but the truth is often closer to gray and white, or black and gray. I have many theories as to just how our US special forces pulled off this miraculous assault against the No. 1 terrorist in the world, but overall, I would venture that what it boils down to is that the president caught al-Baghdadi off-guard.

Al-Baghdadi was no doubt celebrating America’s pullout from the region and got careless. Essentially, it flushed him out into the open. He was planning a new barrage of terror, especially against the Kurds and Yazidis. What he was not prepared for was the determination and steadfastness of Trump. He miscalculated regarding our president and suffered the consequences.

By taking out al-Baghdadi and al-Muhajir, Trump has now sent the clearest message yet to all of our enemies, including Iran and North Korea, that he means business. This was and is a major turning point in his presidency, and it is a crying shame that he can’t seem to get one iota of credit for it from his political opponents.

In the final analysis, the American people will ultimately decide how much credit to give him. I am a firm believer they will be much kinder and wiser judging his record in hindsight.

Netanyahu: Arab Countries Now See Israel as an ‘Indispensable Ally’ Against Iran
The Arab world’s perception of Israel is undergoing a seismic shift, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

Addressing a 200-strong crowd in Jerusalem at the kick-off event of the Christian Media Summit and inauguration of the Friends of Zion Museum’s new media center, Netanyahu said Israel has gone from being perceived as an enemy in the region to being seen as an “indispensable ally.”

“Something very big is happening: the transformation of Israel in the minds of many in the Middle East. It’s no longer being perceived as an enemy. We’ve become an indispensable ally against the enemy of militant Islam,” he said.

As evidence, Netanyahu cited the lack of violence following US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and then later of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

“People said there would be a tremendous convulsion. But what happened? Nothing,” said Netanyahu.

The Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem is an interactive facility that harnesses Christian support to combat BDS and antisemitism.

The impetus behind the Arab world beginning to band together with Israel, said Netanyahu, was Iran. Israel’s goal, he said, was “to make sure that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons and that its march toward an empire and conquest has stopped.”

Netanyahu praised US President Donald Trump’s decision to impose hefty economic sanctions on Iran to curb its nuclear program, but said that “if Israel was not here, Iran would already have nuclear weapons.”

Thanks to the Likud, Israeli Arabs Are Flourishing
During Benjamin Netanyahu’s long tenure in office, and contrary to widespread perceptions that he is anti-Arab, the Jewish state’s Arab citizens have seen major social and economic improvements. Netanyahu himself displayed his characteristic savvy and tenacity in pushing through an important 2015 measure to increase government investment in Arab communities. Drawing on an interview with Ron Gerlitz—a staunchly leftist activist who advised the government in devising and implementing these policies—Netta Ahituv explains what they have accomplished. (Free registration required.)

Over the past seven years, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics, the number of Arab students enrolled in universities and colleges in Israel has risen by 80 percent. Over five years the number of Arabs studying computer sciences, and the number of Arab students pursuing master’s degrees in all fields have both jumped 50 percent, while the number studying for a PhD has soared 60 percent.

In the last decade, the number of Arabs working in high-tech has increased eighteenfold, and one-quarter of them are women. . . . The proportion of Arab doctors in Israel has climbed from 10 percent in 2008 to 15 percent in 2018, and 21 percent of all male doctors are Arab, according to the Health Ministry. Educational institutions in Arab locales are receiving unprecedented levels of funding—including 130 million shekels ($37 million) for informal-education programs. Moreover, public transportation is finally making inroads into the smaller Arab towns, to the point where the Bank of Israel recently declared that the gap in access to such transport between Jewish and Arab locales with fewer than 20,000 residents has shrunk considerably.

In the interview, Gerlitz notes that some of the ministries that have contributed the most to these improvements have done so under the direction of right-swing politicians, such as Likud’s Yisrael Katz and the Orthodox Shas party’s Aryeh Deri. And he notes other kinds of good news as well, including major changes in the labor market:

Government investment, on the one hand, and a new spirit in Israeli Arab society, on the other, has led to Arabs enrolling in higher education and working in both the public and private sectors; [in fact], the proportion of Arab civil servants rose from 5.7 percent in 2007 to 11.3 percent in 2017.
Arabs and Jews speak up for Israel and foster coexistence
Israel is often accused by her enemies of being an apartheid state. Nothing could be farther from the truth. As one who grew up under the apartheid system in South Africa, I can attest to this. Arab citizens of Israel are accorded the same rights as any other citizen. They travel on our public transportation in safety without the fear of being attacked. They walk freely around our neighborhood streets, play with their children in the local parks, attend the local movie theaters, eat in Israeli restaurants, and are treated in all Israeli hospitals.

Until not long ago, some of the Hamas terrorist officials were sending their relatives to be treated in Israeli hospitals. The practice was stopped at the behest of the Hamas leadership, who forbade their citizens from seeking treatment in Israel – despite medical services in Gaza being woefully inadequate.

In Jerusalem, many of the main pharmacies are staffed and managed by Arab citizens. Arab women wear the Hijab and are often seen shopping in Israeli shopping malls and supermarkets with their husbands and families. Many of the doctors and specialists in Jerusalem are from the Arab sector. A friend’s daughter gave birth to her child at Hadassah-University Medical Center, on Jerusalem’s Mount Scopus. She shared a ward with another expectant mother who also happened to be Arab. The obstetrician was a Muslim Arab from East Jerusalem.

“He was outstanding,” our friend told us. “Apart from being an excellent doctor, he was also so kind and considerate. In fact, my daughter was so impressed with him that she asked if she could come and see him at his consulting rooms in East Jerusalem. Unsurprisingly, he advised against it. He told her that it would not be safe for her to come to the neighborhood where he worked.”

Many years ago, a few years after the Six Day War, I lived in Jerusalem for a short while. In those days relations between Jewish and Arab citizens were particularly cordial to the extent that we young people would patronize some of the Arab discotheques. This was before the days of fundamentalism (on both sides). We spent many Saturday nights learning the moves of the exotic oriental disco music. Both Arabs and Jews mingled on the dance floor and had a great time. We shopped in the Arab shuk, and would regularly visit the souvenir stores of Bethlehem and Beit Jala.

Despite the feeling of gloom and hopelessness, there are chinks of light. One of my first voluntary activities was to coach young Israelis. I ended up coaching two remarkable young people. One was an Israeli Arab from a virulently ant-Israeli town in the north, where “A” was brought up to hate Israelis and Jews. When the IDF offered young Arab youths the opportunity to attend an engineering course for free, A decided to sign up.

“After all,” he told me, “anything we could take from the Israelis for free was almost considered an obligation.”

A recounted his first encounter with Israelis. He was surprised and almost shocked to discover how friendly and “nice” the personnel were.
JPost Editorial: Gaza policy
Ten rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at the South on Friday night. Although they were fired after a month of relative calm, it’s hard to say they came out of the blue. Israelis, and particularly residents of the western Negev, are aware that rocket attacks from Gaza can happen at almost any time.

The main difference with the rockets this weekend was that they did not seem to be fired for any particular reason. There had been no Israeli operation in the area and no casualties in the ongoing “March of Return” border protests. The rockets, one of which scored a direct hit on a home in Sderot, were reportedly fired by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and not Hamas, which controls the Strip.

Although this is not the first time, this should be of concern because the large number of rockets launched indicates that Hamas might be losing its grip to more radical terrorist organizations, and that an internal struggle among these terrorist groups could result in them trying to gain points by attacking Israel or even trying to drag Israel into an escalated conflict.

Until now, Israel has seen Hamas as in control and responsible for what happens in Gaza. But it should be kept in mind that PIJ is affiliated with Iran and relies on the Islamic Republic for funds and weapons. In this sense, the events in the South cannot be seen in isolation from the tension with Iranian-proxy Hezbollah on the northern border.

The general opinion seems to be that Hamas is not interested in another mini-war with Israel – what would be the fourth serious conflict since 2008 – and Israel does not want another war on its southern border.

The fact that there is not a fully functional government following two rounds of elections – and a serious possibility now of a third round – might act as an encouragement to the terrorists in Gaza. It will be clear to the Palestinian extremists that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not want to face a third election in a state of war on the southern border.
Only Decisive Action on the Ground, Not Precision Firepower from Afar, Can Defeat Israel’s Enemies
In its conflicts fought in the past two decades with Hamas in Gaza and Hizballah in Lebanon, the IDF has a used a strategy based on the combination of precision weapons with detailed intelligence. David M. Weinberg, basing himself on a recent, extensive report, argues that this doctrine has proved to be a failure, and calls for a return to the military principles that served the Jewish state so well in the first three decades of its existence:

In most clashes, a deleterious dynamic has repeated itself. At first, Israel successfully launches a salvo of firepower based on accurate intelligence gathered over a long period of time. Then follows a decline in the quality of targeting intelligence with an attendant reduction in the number of targets that justify a strike, and a recovery by the enemy and a continuation of its attacks against Israel.

Subsequent Israeli frustration leads to attacks on targets with high collateral damage or on useless targets, alongside an immense effort to acquire new quality targets, which can lead to an occasional success but does not alter the general picture. What follows is a prolonged campaign—leading to public anger and frustration—and a maneuver by ground forces that is not sufficiently effective to bring the enemy to the point of collapse.

Consequently, a return to combat along more traditional lines is inevitable in many cases. This means maneuvering into enemy territory, locating and destroying enemy forces (or capturing them, thus undermining the myth of the self-sacrificing jihadist “resistance”). Only this will break the spirit of the enemy.

Consider this, too: while no large conventional armies today threaten Israel, the situation could change. If a radical Muslim Brotherhood regime should rise in a country like Egypt, or if the Syrian army is rebuilt after that country’s civil war, the IDF must be ready. Bear in mind that building ground forces is a complex process that takes time. Neglecting IDF ground-maneuver capabilities is therefore a dangerous gamble.
Caroline Glick “The Joint Arab List is Unified to Wipe Israel Off the Map”
The Joint Arab List is a political party in Israel’s parliament. It currently has 13 seats.

The only way the Anti-Bibi Netanyahu forces can form a government without Netanyahu is if it has the support of this Joint Arab List party. Yet how can any Israeli, or Israel supporter, support having this list or these politicians in an Israeli government or even in Israel’s parliament?

Nobody else is saying the truth about this party like Caroline.

Israeli Transportation Ministry Pushing ‘Sovereignty Through Transportation’
Israel’s Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich is pursuing a policy that would bolster the road and rail infrastructure in Judea and Samaria with the goal of creating de facto annexation of the territories, according to a report by Israel Hayom.

The program, described by the ministry as “sovereignty through transportation,” would see the road connecting Jerusalem to Gush Etzion expanded at a cost of about NIS 1 billion ($283 million). A major new road from Gush Etzion southward would be built at a similar cost under the plan.

According to Smotrich’s office, this new policy, which includes additional projects, is designed to “end the current isolation of Judea and Samaria when it comes to transportation planning, so that the area is just like any other region in Israel.”

To promote this agenda, Smotrich has also created a special bureau for Judea and Samaria planning in his ministry. He has also had Judea and Samaria transportation projects integrated with national projects so that the residents of those areas can have their concerns addressed over the long term.

This means that a variety of issues that have previously been ignored by state agencies will have proper oversight, including road safety. It would also allow residents of Judea and Samaria to use the same general monthly or daily public transportation passes used all over Israel, known as the Rav Kav.
EU slams Israel for okaying 2,342 settler homes, road that ‘fragments’ West Bank
The European Union on Monday condemned Israel after construction plans for 2,342 settlement homes were green-lighted last month.

The bloc said its position on Israel building in the West Bank remains unchanged: “All settlement activity is illegal under international law and it erodes the viability of the two-state solution and the prospects for a lasting peace.”

The EU also criticized the decision to approve the expansion of a road that connects settlements to Jerusalem while bypassing Bethlehem, referred to by locals as the tunnel road, saying it is “entrenching the fragmentation of the West Bank.”

The Peace Now settlement watchdog has speculated that the project would “dramatically increase the number of settlers in the Bethlehem area.”

The bloc made its statement after the Civil Administration’s High Planning Subcommittee — the Defense Ministry body responsible for authorizing settlement construction — published on Thursday the protocol from a meeting it held earlier this month when it made the approvals, capping off a record year for such plans since US President Donald Trump took office.

The quarterly session was the last held during the 2019 calendar year, during which plans for 8,337 homes were advanced — the most since 2013. Each of Trump’s nearly three years in office saw an increase in settlement approvals, with 6,742 green-lit in 2017 and 5,618 advanced in 2018.
This Ongoing War: In Washington, a step towards bringing the Sbarro bomber to justice
So did the legislators ask King Abdullah II to extradite Tamimi so she can be put on trial for the terrorism charges she faces in Washington? We still don't know and it's not for lack of trying. But at least we know now this isn't because Jordan is free of the obligation to hand her over. We know the State Department has an actual view on this. That view is the Jordanians surely are obliged and that justice demands it.

Jordan's government tracks what was published in yesterday's Country Report about Jordan and Ahlam Tamimi. We know because it's a front page item in today's Jordan Times, the English-language newspaper said to be controlled by the government (and which blocks us on Twitter):

The US Department of State has hailed Jordan as a “committed partner” in counterterrorism and countering violent extremism (CVE). In its Country Reports on Terrorism 2018, the Department of State commended Jordan’s “leading role” in the global coalition to defeat the Daesh terror group...

Hailed and commended, yes. As for the State Department report saying the US regards the extradition treaty as valid, that part the authoritative Jordanian daily's editors simply ignore. They just choose not to report it. And for those laboring under the illusion of a free, liberal and fair-minded Hashemite Kingdom, you might want to glance at "20-Jan-18: Shutting down media critics in Jordan isn't quite the challenge it might seem to be". According to Freedom House, Jordan has one of the world's most unfree news industries, media and human rights environments.

Nonetheless, what's just happened amounts in our eyes to a welcome step in the direction of overdue justice.
Jordanians held in Israel to be sent home, Amman set to return envoy after row
Two Jordanian nationals who were recently detained by Israel will return to the Hashemite Kingdom in the coming days, authorities in both countries said Monday.

Ayman Safadi, Jordan’s foreign minister, made the announcement on Twitter Monday afternoon. It was later confirmed by Israeli authorities, who pointed to the importance of Jerusalem’s ties with Amman.

Heba al-Labadi and Abdel Rahman Miri were detained several months ago over suspicions of ties to terror groups and held without charge, sparking a diplomatic row between Jerusalem and Amman.

Jordan recalled ambassador to Israel Ghassan Majali last week to protest the pair’s detention.

“Heba al-Labadi and Abdel Rahman Miri will return home before the end of the week,” Safadi tweeted.

“The government has worked to secure their release since the first day [they were arrested] in accordance with strict instructions from his Majesty King Abdullah II to take all measures necessary to bring them back safely,” he added.

Israel detained Labadi, 32, and Miri, 29, at the Allenby crossing in the Jordan Valley on August 20 and September 2, respectively. The Palestinian Authority Prisoners Affairs Commission has said that both of them were held under administrative detention orders.

Administrative detention is a measure that allows Israel to detain certain suspects for months at a time without indicting them or presenting details of the accusations against them.
'We'll turn Israeli cities into ghost towns,' Hamas leader warns
If Blue and White leader Benny Gantz "dares" to order a "foolish operation" against the resistance movement in the Gaza Strip, he will "rue the day he was born," leader of the Hamas in Gaza Yahya Sinwar declared on Monday.

Sinwar was speaking in response to remarks Gantz made about a possible military response to rockets fired from the Gaza Strip toward southern Israel.

In a meeting at which Hamas' politburo leader Ismail Haniyeh and UN Special Coordinator for the Gaza Strip Sergey Mladenov were also present, Sinwar called Gantz "the next leader of the occupation."

According to a report on the Al Ghad TV station, at a separate meeting with young people in Gaza, Sinwar said, "If Israel continues to tighten the siege on Gaza, we'll shoot rockets at Tel Aviv for six months straight. We'll turn the cities of Israel into ghost towns."

Over the past few days, Sinwar had made a number of stringent anti-Israeli declarations. In an interview Sunday, he said that a prisoner exchange deal was not currently possible because of the political situation in Israel and the "leadership vacuum it has created."

Sinwar also said that "They don't even have a government that can agree on a budget, or a limited government to discuss security issues such as the Iranian threat, for example."
How Hezbollah Recruits Palestinian Terrorists
A lot of attention has been devoted to the Islamic State’s use of the Internet to inspire or direct international terrorist attacks. But little has been written about how Hezbollah uses similar approaches to recruit and execute attacks. A new study published this month in the CTC Sentinel explores this development by analyzing several cases of Hezbollah’s alleged social media efforts to recruit Israeli Arabs and Palestinians to kill Israelis.

From the end of 2015 through 2017, both the Islamic State and Hezbollah recruited terrorists outside their base countries using social media and encrypted communications platforms to help people form cells and conduct terrorist attacks abroad. Several high-profile Islamic State virtual plots were carried out successfully, killing people in Europe and beyond during this period. Hezbollah, on the other hand, has thus far failed to execute an attack using Palestinians recruited online. But foiled, covert plots still point to a major, yet poorly understood, terrorist threat to Israel. By hiding behind anti-Israel Facebook groups, Hezbollah can oversee plots from afar, at a limited cost to the organization.

The latest study compares and contrasts six publicly available cases of Palestinians recruited by Hezbollah handlers online. In each case, Hezbollah operatives develop ties with individual Palestinians through anti-Israel Facebook groups. After establishing a relationship, the Palestinian recruit is instructed to continue discussions over encrypted email and other communications platforms. The recruit is then asked to form cells with other trusted people in the West Bank. According to the analysis, all of the recruits and cell members were young men from across the West Bank between the ages of 18-32. The sole exception was 49-year-old Mustafa Ali Mahmoud Basharat — who did not make it very far in the planning process before Israel foiled that plot.

In most cases, Hezbollah used secure platforms to send instructions on how to build explosive devices. Palestinian recruits usually conducted surveillance of Israeli military targets, unless Israeli authorities disrupted the cell early on the planning process. Hezbollah’s instructions ranged from kidnapping Israelis, carrying out bombings, and conducting shooting attacks against Israeli military targets. In one case, a Hezbollah-led cell started to build explosives to use in a suicide bombing targeting an Israeli bus.
It’s Time for the US and NATO to Give Turkey the Boot
No wonder. Despite a long, friendly relationship with Turkey, Ankara under Islamist strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan has become increasingly belligerent towards the United States and our allies, especially Israel, and, most recently, the Syrian Kurds.

Turkey’s invasion of Syria this month to subdue US Kurdish allies has generated condemnations from Western European and Arab nations, as well as from Russia, India, China, and, surprisingly, even Iran

But this is only the latest dust-up: Erdogan’s Turkey is guilty of a string of international offenses.
In 2015, Turkey, unprovoked, shot down a Russian fighter jet.
To Egypt’s annoyance, Turkey supports its enemy, the radical Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.
Erdogan frequently issues antisemitic calumnies, is a reliable foe of Israel, and in 2010 attempted to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza, which ended in the deaths of 10 Turkish activists.
Turkey deployed a team of thugs to the streets of Washington, DC to abduct anti-Erdogan Turkish activists.
Turkey illegally occupies most of Cyprus.
After buying American F-35 fighter jets, Erdogan contracted with Russia to purchase anti-aircraft batteries against stern US objections.
Erdogan runs Turkish politics with an authoritarian fist, just a short step from totalitarianism

To make matters worse, Turkey is a member of NATO, and the alliance’s only Eurasian member; all others are North American or European, but Turkey has been in the group since 1952. Under Erdogan’s leadership, Turkey has moved further from the goals and policies of other NATO members, often standing in stark opposition to the body’s will, as it is currently doing in Syria.

US Vice President Mike Pence insisted that “the United States of America is not going to tolerate Turkey’s invasion of Syria any further.” Defense Secretary Mark Esper is encouraging NATO members to take “diplomatic and economic” measures against Turkey. President Donald Trump threatened Erdogan with devastating economic sanctions, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noted that “military action” may be needed.
Turkey’s Erdogan May Call Off US Trip After Congress Votes: Officials
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may call off a visit to Washington next week in protest at votes in the House of Representatives to recognize mass killings of Armenians a century ago as genocide and to seek sanctions on Turkey, three Turkish officials said.

Erdogan is due in Washington on Nov. 13 at President Donald Trump’s invitation, but said last week that the votes put a “question mark” over the plans.

“These steps seriously overshadow ties between the two countries. Due to these decisions, Erdogan’s visit has been put on hold,” a senior Turkish official said, adding that a final decision had not been taken.

Turkish sources say Trump and Erdogan have a strong bond despite anger in Congress over Turkey’s Syria offensive and its purchase of Russian air defenses, and despite what Ankara sees as Trump’s own erratic pronouncements.

Those personal ties could be crucial given NATO member Turkey’s purchase of Moscow’s S-400 missile defense system, which under US law should trigger sanctions.

Turkey is already suspended from the F-35 fighter jet program in which it was both joint producer and customer, and the offensive it launched against Kurdish forces in northeast Syria on Oct. 9 set the stage for further US retaliation.
Turkish pro-gov media orders Qatar to 'weed out' critical journalists
In a withering attack on Al Jazeera and Qatar, the pro-government Daily Sabah slammed Al Jazeera English for being critical of Turkey’s foreign policy and demanded that it “weed out” journalists.

Turkey, which Amnesty International calls “the world’s largest prison for journalists,” appears to be using its far-right nationalist media to try to order Qatar to muzzle Al Jazeera in English. The lead editorial at Daily Sabah calls the network a “threat against the Turkey-Qatar alliance.”

The editorial begins by noting that Turkey and Qatar are “strategic partners” and accuses Israel and other countries of “ganging up” on Qatar. But the Turkish newspaper accuses Al Jazeera English, “Qatar’s flagship news channel,” of “spreading anti-Turkey propaganda under the pretext of independent and objective journalism.” Turkey’s pro-government media now accuses Qatar’s media of “jumping on the Western media’s Turkey-bashing bandwagon” and “smearing last month’s Turkish operation into northeastern Syria.”

The US State Department slammed Turkey on Saturday as one of the “worst offenders” in crimes against journalists. Amnesty International says Turkey has arrested hundreds of people for being critical of Turkey’s invasion of Syria. The Daily Sabah article now reflects Turkey’s demands that regional media of other authoritarian states abide by Turkey’s demands and control critical journalists. There can be no critique of Turkey’s military operation, either in Turkish media or abroad.
Turkey vows to return jihadists to countries that revoked their citizenship
Turkey said Monday it would send jihadist prisoners back to their countries of origin, regardless of whether they had been stripped of citizenship.

Interior Minister Soleyman Soylu said Turkey had nearly 1,200 foreign members of the Islamic State terror group (IS) in custody, and had captured 287 during its recent operation in northern Syria.

“Of course, those that are in our hands, we will send them back to their countries,” he said, state news agency Anadolu reported.

“However, the world has devised a new method. They say ‘Let’s strip them of their citizenship… Let them be tried where they are.’

“It is impossible for us to accept this view… We will send Daesh (IS) members to their countries whether they strip them of their citizenship or not,” he added.

It remains unclear whether Turkey will be able to do so in practice.

Western countries have often refused to accept the repatriation of citizens who left to join IS in Syria, and have stripped many of their citizenship.

Although under the New York Convention of 1961, it is illegal to leave someone stateless, several countries, including Britain and France, have not ratified it, and recent cases have triggered prolonged legal battles.
JCPA: The Mystery Successor of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
U.S. intelligence officials told the New York Times that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi paid sums of money to the “Hurras al-Din“ (Guardians of Religion Organization) which is affiliated with al-Qaeda, to provide protection for ISIS members and their families, who fled Deir ez-Zor and Mosul.

The main difference between ISIS and al-Qaeda was that ISIS initiated the establishment of the Caliphate through the occupation of huge territories in Iraq and Syria and founded the “Islamic State,” whose capital was Raqqa. Al-Qaeda, meanwhile concentrated on establishing its affiliates in various parts of the world.

As a result of ISIS’s success, terrorist branches in various parts of the world such as Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and other South Asian countries, such as the Philippines and Myanmar abandoned al-Qaeda and swore allegiance to ISIS instead.

The death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a severe blow to the morale of ISIS, but ISIS has already lost leaders such as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, so the death of the latest leader may be a temporary blow from which the organization can recover.

The new leader of ISIS will find it very difficult to re-take control of the vast territories the “Islamic State” lost in Syria and Iraq and will have to devise a new strategy.

The dream of the Islamic Caliphate ended even before Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death.

ISIS’s new leader is now expected to become the number one target of U.S. intelligence, who the U.S. will also seek to assassinate because ISIS and its new leader pose a threat to U.S. national security.
Protests in Iraq Have Turned against Iran
At the beginning of last month, anti-corruption demonstrations spread through Iraq. They were put down, violently, by the government, sometimes with the help of the Iran-backed militias that have come to exert increasing influence in the country. The deaths of protestors at the hands of these militias have, however, only stoked popular anger and diverted much of it toward the Islamic Republic itself. David Adesnik and Nicholas Wernert write:

From the onset of the unrest, Tehran has played an integral role in shaping Baghdad’s response. After the first protests, Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, the organization’s expeditionary branch, flew to Baghdad and—in place of the prime minister—chaired a meeting of Iraq’s top security officials.

The U.S. has supported the elected Iraqi government’s efforts to assert the rule of law over the militias, yet their parliamentary factions serve as key power brokers in Baghdad. The current protests also demonstrate Iraqi voters’ complete loss of confidence in their prime minister, in part because of his failure to resist Tehran.

Until now, the U.S. government has been extremely hesitant to designate Iraq’s Iran-backed militias as terrorist organizations, fearing a potential popular backlash. Yet Iraqis’ own resentment of Iran’s proxy forces is now obvious. Washington therefore should designate these groups [as terrorists] under human-rights as well as counterterrorism authorities in order to highlight their atrocities and demonstrate that America stands with the Iraqi people.
Iraqi security forces open fire on protesters, killing 5
At least five people were killed as Iraqi security forces opened fire on protesters in Baghdad on Monday, a Reuters witness said, as thousands continued to gather in the largest wave of anti-government protests for decades.

A Reuters witness saw one man shot dead, his body carried away by fellow protesters, when security forces opened fire with live rounds on demonstrators near Baghdad's Ahrar bridge.

A Reuters cameraman saw at least four others get killed.

However, security and medical sources put the toll at one dead and 22 wounded, adding that rubber bullets and tear gas, not live ammunition, were used. The Interior Ministry could not be immediately reached for comment.

More than 250 Iraqis have been killed in demonstrations since the start of October against a government they see as corrupt and beholden to foreign interests.
‘Death to America! Death to Israel!’ Iran marks 1979 takeover of US Embassy
Reviving decades-old cries of “Death to America,” Iran on Monday marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 student takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran and the 444-day hostage crisis that followed as tensions remain high over the country’s collapsing nuclear deal with world powers.

Demonstrators gathered in front of the former US Embassy in downtown Tehran as state television aired footage from other cities across the country.

“Thanks to God, today the revolution’s seedlings have evolved into a fruitful and huge tree that its shadow has covered the entire” Middle East, said Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi, the commander of the Iranian army.

However, this year’s commemoration of the embassy seizure comes as Iran’s regional allies in Iraq and Lebanon face widespread protests. The Iranian Consulate in Karbala, Iraq, a holy city for Shiites, saw a mob attack it overnight. Three protesters were killed during the attack and 19 were wounded, along with seven policemen, Iraqi officials said.

Associated Press video showed a fire burned the consulate’s gate as demonstrators threw gasoline bombs and climbed its walls, some waving an Iraqi flag. Iranian media only reported a “protest outside” of the diplomatic post, adding that things had returned to normal.
Iran announces fresh violations of nuclear deal with extra, advanced centrifuges
Iran on Monday broke further away from its collapsing 2015 nuclear deal with world powers by announcing it’s doubling the number of advanced centrifuges it operates, calling the decision a direct result of President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement.

The announcement — which also included Iran saying it now has a prototype centrifuge that works 50 times faster than those allowed under the deal — came as demonstrators across the country marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 US Embassy takeover that started a 444-day hostage crisis.

By starting up these advanced centrifuges, Iran further cuts into the one year that experts estimate Tehran would need to have enough material for building a nuclear weapon — if it chose to pursue one. Iran long has insisted its program is for peaceful purposes, though Western fears about its work led to the 2015 agreement that saw Tehran limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

Tehran has gone from producing some 450 grams (1 pound) of low-enriched uranium a day to 5 kilograms (11 pounds), said Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.

Salehi dramatically pushed a button on a keyboard to start a chain of 30 IR-6 centrifuges at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility, where he was being filmed, increasing the number of working centrifuges to 60.
Iran remains worst state-sponsor of terror, works with al-Qaeda
The US State Department’s new report on terrorism lists the Islamic Republic of Iran as the top international state-sponsor of terrorism and cites Tehran’s work with facilitating the activities of Sunni terrorist organization al-Qaeda.

“Iran remains the world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism,” noted the document titled, “Country Reports on Terrorism 2018” that was released on Friday. “The regime has spent nearly one billion dollars per year to support terrorist groups that serve as its proxies and expand its malign influence across the globe. Tehran has funded international terrorist groups such as Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. It also has engaged in its own terrorist plotting around the world, particularly in Europe.”

The report said that “Tehran continued to allow an AQ [al-Qaeda] facilitation network to operate in Iran, which sends fighters and money to conflict zones in Afghanistan and Syria, and it has extended sanctuary to AQ members residing in the country.”

“At the same time, the United States and its partners continued to pursue al-Qa’ida (AQ) globally, and the United States applied maximum pressure on Iran-backed terrorism, significantly expanding sanctions on Iranian state actors and proxies and building stronger international political will to counter those threats,” the State Department said.

Germany and the EU have refused to designate Hezbollah’s entire organization a terrorist group. According to German intelligence reports reviewed by The Jerusalem Post, 1,050 Hezbollah members and supporters operate in Germany. The Hezbollah operatives raise funds for Hezbollah in Lebanon, recruit new members and spread antisemitic and jihadi ideologies in Europe. The Netherlands, Canada, the US, Israel, Britain and the Arab League proscribed Hezbollah’s entire entity a terrorist organization.

“Hezbollah remained Iran’s most powerful terrorist partner and the most capable terrorist organization in Lebanon, controlling areas across the country,” wrote the State Department’s counterterrorism experts. “Iran’s annual financial backing to Hezbollah – an estimated US $700 million per year – accounts for the overwhelming majority of the group’s annual budget. Hezbollah’s presence in Lebanon and Syria continued to pose a threat to Israel.”
European Union warns Iran over nuclear deal after uranium claims
The European Union on Monday warned that it could back away from supporting the Iran nuclear deal, after Tehran announced a major increase in enriched uranium production.

Following a series of steps away from its commitments under the 2015 accord, the head of the Iranian atomic energy agency said Monday that production of enriched uranium had reached five kilos a day and two new advanced centrifuges had been developed.

Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini, said that the EU’s backing for the deal depends on Tehran keeping up its end of the pact.

She said the bloc “took note” of the announcement but would wait for confirmation by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency before responding.

“We have continued to urge Iran to reverse such steps without delay and to refrain from other measures that would undermine the nuclear deal,” Kocijancic told reporters in Brussels, saying the EU “remained committed” to the nuclear deal.

“But we have also been consistent in saying that our commitment to the nuclear deal depends on full compliance by Iran.”
Iran's decision to speed up uranium enrichment 'unacceptable,' says German FM
Iran's announcement that it has developed advanced machines to speed up its uranium enrichment jeopardizes an agreement with world powers, Germany's foreign minister said on Monday, urging Tehran to return to the original accord.

"Iran has built very advanced centrifuges, which do not comply with the agreement," German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told a news conference in response to a question about the announcement.

"They have announced in early September that they would not comply with the nuclear accord and we think this is unacceptable," he said through an interpreter.

On Monday, Iran broke further away from its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers by announcing it was doubling the number of advanced centrifuges it operates, calling the decision a direct result of US President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the agreement.

The announcement – which also included Iran saying it now has a prototype centrifuge that works 50 times faster than those allowed under the deal – came as demonstrators across the country marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 US Embassy takeover that started a 444-day hostage crisis

By starting up these advanced centrifuges, Iran further cuts into the one year that experts estimate Tehran would need to have enough material for building a nuclear weapon – if it chose to pursue one.

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Historic Armenian monuments were obliterated. Some call it 'cultural genocide'


For centuries the sacred khachkars of Djulfa stood tall along the banks of the River Aras — hulking and ornately carved 16th-century headstones, an army 10,000 strong, steadfastly guarding the world's largest medieval Armenian cemetery.


Este es el precio de la gasolina por ciudades desde este jueves

En Tunja se sigue pagando el galón más caro del país, mientras que en Armenia subió 6 pesos.

11/7/2019: Sport: Kenny concern as FAI’s cash crisis leaves U-21s’ hopes up in the air

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Egalitatea de gen în creșterea animalelor, subiect de discuție în cadrul unui atelier ce se desfășoară la Budapesta


În perioada 6–7 noiembrie 2019, la Budapesta, Organizația Națiunilor Unite pentru Agricultură și Alimentație (FAO) organizează un atelier de lucru pentru a crește gradul de sensibilizarea cu privire la problemele de gen în sectorul zootehnic și de a spori cunoștințele participanților pentru a dezvolta programe și politici vizate în Europa și Asia Centrală.


Potrivit organizatorilor obținerea egalității între femei și bărbați este o condiție prealabilă pentru dezvoltarea rurală durabilă și o producție agricolă durabilă, inclusiv pentru realizarea securității alimentare și eliminarea sărăciei. Întrucât creșterea animalelor este al doilea cel mai mare contribuitor la economia agricolă globală, cu o importanță din ce în ce mai mare, sectorul are o mare implicare în această activitate.


Printre participanți se numără experți FAO, care lucrează în domeniul zootehniei, reprezentanți ai organizațiilor guvernamentale și neguvernamentale din țările regionale.


 „Toate inițiativele și intervențiile FAO în sectoarele agricole cheie, inclusiv creșterea animalelor, ar trebui să asigure beneficiul egal al femeilor și al bărbaților. Pentru aceasta, ar trebui să dotăm personalul tehnic al FAO și partenerii noștri cheie cu instrumente și abordări care să le permită să identifice și să abordeze diferite nevoi, constrângeri, contribuții și priorități ale femeilor și bărbaților care lucrează în acest sector”, a declarat Dono Abdurazakova, specialist în protecția socială FAO.


În cadrul evenimentului s-a discutat despre creșterea animalelor ca și condiție de trai pentru majoritatea oamenilor din mediul rural, cu femei care se confruntă cu mai multe constrângeri în accesarea resurselor productive și a proceselor de luare a deciziilor. De asemenea, s-a discutat despre provocările din sector care au consecințe semnificative asupra productivității și securității alimentare a gospodăriilor ce se ocupă de creșterea animalelor, iar capacitatea de a identifica și aborda problemele de gen contribuie la eficacitatea intervențiilor de dezvoltare și sustenabilitate a acestora.


Informațiile prezentate în cadrul sesiunilor atelierului, denotă că femeile sunt implicate în special în producția de animale mici (păsări de curte, ovine și caprine), muls și procesarea laptelui. La nivel global, aproximativ 400 de milioane de femei alcătuiesc două treimi din persoanele care dețin animale cu venituri mici. În Europa și Asia Centrală, atât bărbații cât și femeile au un rol activ în producția de animale, iar femeile sunt actorii cheie în conservarea diversității zootehnice. Cu toate acestea, rolurile lor în creșterea animalelor sunt adesea trecute cu vederea, ceea ce în cele din urmă afectează productivitatea sectorului.


Ca un exemplu recent de acțiune care să răspundă egalității de gen, în perioada 2016-2019 a fost implementat un proiect regional FAO privind conservarea și dezvoltarea raselor de bovine adecvate pentru muls și producția de carne. Acest proiect a contribuit la creșterea abilităților femeilor care dețin vite în Armenia, Georgia și Ucraina, prin colectarea și analizarea datelor dezagregate pe sexe, ca parte a unei evaluări solide a sistemelor de producție a animalelor.


Acest lucru a dezvăluit nu numai contribuția importantă a femeilor la creșterea bovinelor, în special în anumite segmente ale lanțului valoric al jurnalului, dar și inegalități de gen grave în ceea ce privește proprietatea asupra pământului și bovinelor, accesului la mașini și echipamente, precum și la extindere servicii, formare profesională și educație profesională. Aceste rezultate au oferit o justificare suplimentară pentru implementarea de acțiuni puternice pentru reducerea diferenței de gen în sectorul zootehnic și a mijloacelor de trai aferente din Europa și Asia Centrală.


Studiile socio-economice efectuate în aceste trei țări, au fost prezentate la atelier, împreună cu informațiile relevante despre gen și animale din alte state.


Atelierul va ajuta participanții să înțeleagă mai bine realitățile diferite ale femeilor și bărbaților din sectoarele zootehnice și să-și îmbunătățească cunoștințele despre planificarea, implementarea și monitorizarea programelor / proiectelor, strategiilor și politicilor de dezvoltare, astfel încât femeile și bărbații care lucrează în fermele de animale să poată beneficia de acestea. Ca urmare a acestei instruiri, participanții vor fi încrezători să aplice în mod independent abordarea FAO de integrare a genului atunci când lucrează cu sisteme de creștere a animalelor.


La sfârșitul atelierului a fost formulat un plan de lucru pentru identificarea activităților fezabile la nivel regional și național, menite să reducă diferența de gen în sectorul zootehnic.


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Beyond Music Volume 1 / Same Sky Releases Music Video For “Our Colors” - A Celebration Of Cross-Cultural Friendship




BEYOND MUSIC has unveiled the music video for “Our Colors” - an original collaborative song that celebrates global friendship and cultural richness, and includes nearly all of the 23 BEYOND MUSIC artists that participated in this first-of-its-kind new project. BEYOND MUSIC Volume One / Same Sky brings together 23 artists from 17 countries who have met and networked through the new online collaborative platform ( to create a definitive global music album, overseen and produced by 2019 GRAMMY Producer of the Year nominee Larry Klein.  

Watch the video for “Our Colors” here:

Today, Billboard premiered the video and spoke with Larry Klein about the making of it. Read the article here:

"Our Colors" was created with the collaboration of almost all BEYOND MUSIC artists during the recordings of Same Sky at the prestigious "Studios La Fabrique" in France and offers a fascinating look into the recording process. It began with a string arrangement by Danish violinist Andreas Bernitt, who said the following:  

"Meeting the other BEYOND MUSIC artists at Studios La Fabrique in France was a life changing experience - so much special multicoloured talent gathered in one place! I wanted to create something special, through which, we could all connect - and contribute with our different cultural and musical backgrounds."

Andreas invited the BEYOND MUSIC artists to play something on top of his string line to ensure all artists left their musical fingerprint on this song.

BEYOND MUSIC Founder Regula Curti and CEO Konstanze Wiedemann expanded on the song’s message: “The fundamental spirit of BEYOND MUSIC is unity in diversity. Music has the power to embrace everyone by honoring their culture, race, tradition and style. ‘Our Colors’ celebrates each musical expression, vocally or instrumentally, for its distinct and unique characteristics. By unifying diverse human sound colors makes music more brilliant and affecting.” 

Tina Turner, Co-Founder and ambassador of BEYOND MUSIC said: “I see humanity in this way. By honoring each other’s ethnic, religions, and cultural backgrounds, we become stronger and happier, brightening the cosmic masterpiece of artwork that is our world.”

Recently, the project’s producer Larry Klein appeared on Southern California’s KPFK, as well as KPCC’s The Frame to discuss working on the project. Read more at GRAMMY.comTape-Op and Forbes as well. 

Go behind the scenes with all of the musicians and team that brought these songs to life: 

And learn more about the BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT, the artists involved, and the songs here:

The songs on Same Sky were first created via BEYOND MUSIC’s online platform ( that invited musicians from all over the world to collaborate virtually and to go beyond their borders. Behind BEYOND MUSIC is the non-profit Swiss BEYOND FOUNDATION, which aims to bring together cultures of the world through music in order to foster mutual dialogue and respect. BEYOND MUSIC received 110 song submissions from artists from 48 countries and 55 genres, and selected 10 winning songs to be recorded for the first volume of what will be an on-going project. 

Listen to the album in full here:

Artistic Director and producer of the album Larry Klein assembled a top-class studio band, of all-star musicians session players including Dean Parks, Ed Harcourt, Adrian Utley, Manu Katché, Clive Deamer and Dan Lutz, who have collectively played with Sting, Peter Gabriel, Michael Jackson, Patti Smith, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Radiohead, Portishead and beyond.


BEYOND MUSIC Volume One Same Sky featured artists:

Abdullah Alhussainy, Egypt

Beshar Al Azzawi, Iraq

Mariana Baraj, Argentina

Andreas Bernitt, Denmark

Heather Bond, USA

Moshe Elmakias, Israel

Danielle Eog Makedah, Cameroon

Brice Essomba, Cameroon

Sandro Friedrich, Switzerland

Sheryl Gambo, Congo

Jivan Gasparyan Jr., Armenia

Eduard Glumov, Kazakhstan

Mor Karbasi, Israel

Max Keller Music, Switzerland

Elly Kellner, Netherlands

John Lumpkin II, USA

Syssi Mananga, Belgium/Congo

Kane Mathis, USA

Kate Northrop, USA/Switzerland

Bijayashree Samal, India

Sasha Shlain, Russia

Ingrid White, Cameroon

Msafiri Zawose, Tanzania



BEYOND MUSIC,, is an online platform that invites professional musicians, singers, composers and songwriters from all genres to collaborate worldwide. Cross-genre, cross-culture, cross-generation. The platform is financed by the Swiss BEYOND FOUNDATION, established in 2007 by the couple Regula and Beat Curti, a registered non-profit organization, supporting projects that unite cultures through music in order to foster cross-cultural understanding, awareness, dialog and respect. With their projects, the BEYOND FOUNDATION wants musicians from all over the world to inspire each other, to work together and to create a worldwide team spirit of togetherness and compassion.


Аудиосериал "Остров" завершен! Слово автору Игорю Орлову

Дорогие наши слушатели! На студии FabulaNova завершена поистине эпохальная работа! Все серии финального сезона аудиосериала Игоря Орлова «Остров» опубликованы! 
Озвучены четыре сезона, сорок четыре серии захватывающей, полной тайн и неожиданных поворотов Истории…

Поклонники сериала уже знают, как это «вкусно» - фантастическая детализация звуковой картины, прекрасная игра актеров и, конечно, интригующий, закрученный сюжет, в котором там и тут разбросаны подсказки... Однако, вряд ли у кого-то получилось собрать воедино всю картину. Финал расставит все по местам, и вы, конечно, узнаете кто стал победителем реалити-шоу, но куда более интересно будет узнать кто и почему срежиссировал такое развитие событий. А на десерт – бонусная серия «P.S.», в которой актеры расскажут о сыгранных ролях, о судьбе своих героев,  их характере и мотивах. И этот бонус – еще одна находка автора, которая обязательно доставит вам удовольствие.
Поздравляем автора сценария и режиссера Игоря Орлова с потрясающей работой и передаем слово создателю сериала.

Друзья! Ровно 7 лет назад, а именно 27 октября 2012 года были написаны первые строчки черновика будущего аудиосериала «Остров». Тогда я и представить себе не мог, что работа над этой сериалом, продлится столько лет! Скажу честно, у меня не было конкретных планов на количество серий и уж тем более на количество сезонов аудиосериала. Я подчинялся своей интуиции, и если работа не шла, то я откладывал черновик в стол. Идея с десятью главными героями пришла не сразу. В самом же начале мне хотелось просто развить линию Мэри и Элси...и делать это до тех пор, пока Элси… На этом я остановлюсь, и не буду раскрывать сюжет сериала, т.к. надеюсь на то, что слушателей не знакомых с сериалом, еще будет не мало! Как всегда в своих работах, и «Остров» не исключение, я старался, что бы ты Слушатель мог бы не только Услышать эту историю, но и Увидеть её моими глазами, и увидеть - именно изнутри! Характеры моих героев, не случайны. Все они собирательные образы каждого из нас и все они, так или иначе, присутствуют в нашей реальной жизни. Их Судьбы пересекаются в разные периоды этой Истории. Кто-то мимолетно в самом начале, а кто-то обязан своему первому появлению поступком, совершенным другим героем! Удивительным образом все ниточки и цепочки событий приводят нас к одному из десяти участников шоу... Но так ли это на самом деле? Мой дорогой слушатель, если я дальше стану продолжать рассказывать свою Историю, то прослушивание книги не доставит тебе истинного удовольствия от того, что ты знаешь финал!
Низкий поклон всем Актерам, принимавшим участие в этой многолетней работе! Спасибо, что верили в меня, всячески поддерживали и доверяли моему вкусу и видению того, что и как должно быть озвучено! Если б ни вы, то пожалуй, и не было бы этой…Истории! Я надеюсь, что все это время, тебе слушатель, было интересно находится с моими героями... И возможно, ты хотел бы быть: таким же храбрым как Тони Аартон, мудрым как Отец Адам Вайт, сильным как Льюис Эштон, прагматичной как Маргарет Брук, наивным как Николас Портулас, целеустремленной как Кэтти Грейс, жизнерадостной как DJ. Алекса, музыкальной как Эрика Хортэс Вун, справедливой как Шерон Перри и даже иногда, тебе хотелось бы быть похожим на находившемся в постоянном поиске себя сержанта Бадди Риччи и его коллегу по «Красному Лагерю» Хэнка Мултона. У Хэнка незавидная роль в сериале... Но на что пошёл бы ты, мой дорогой Слушатель, случись с тобой такая трагедия?
Отдельное спасибо студии FabulaNova и лично Михаилу Виноградову! Спасибо моим друзьям и коллегам по творческому цеху, я всех вас уважаю и люблю за то, что вы есть в моей жизни!
Спасибо Студии EagleSound…Спасибо моим Родителям…и всем Вам…Мои Дорогие Слушатели!!!
Очень волнуюсь… Жду ваших рецензий о проделанной работе! Всегда ваш, Игорь Орлов.


Free Democrats party leadership, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia discuss key domestic, foreign political issues

The party’s president valued the contribution of the United States to the reinforcement of democratic institutions in Armenia and asked to convey his gratitude to the U.S. House of Representative for adoption of Resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide.

AFF chairman Arthur Vanetsyan claims false information spread about him by certain mass media aimed at discrediting him

After my resignation I am trying not to make any public statements, president of the Armenian Football Federation Arthur Vanetsyan told the reporters today.

Any encroachment against football is inadmissible: AFF chairman urges all to unite and have good football

“I see some interest in raising noise over some topics, but you know what, any step made against football in the football world is not made against Artur Vanetsyan but against Armenian football while each encroachment against Armenian football is inadmissible. Let us all unite and have good football,” Vanetsyan said.

Armenia’s Investigative Committee has released a clarification over the interrogation of ARF-D Artsvik Minasyan

We want to stressed that according to the acquired information Artsvik Minasyan has no relation to the embezzlement and falsification of documents. The company was created when Minasyan was environment protection minister...

Results of the 14th International Microelectronics Olympiad summed up

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October 22, 2019. Moscow, Russia. PJSC RusHydro (ticker symbol: MICEX-RTS, LSE: HYDR; OTCQX: RSHYY) announces operating results for the 3rd quarter and 9 months of 2019, of the parent company and subsidiaries of RusHydro Group reflected in consolidated financial statements.

Key highlights:

  • Operating results in 3Q 2019 reflected production increase on the back of rainfall flooding and increased water inflow to the following reservoirs: Volga-Kama cascade – 142% of the normal level, Sayano-Shushenskoye – 116% of the normal level, Zeyskoye – 113% of the normal level, Bureyskoye – 149% of the normal level and Kolymskoye – 161% of the normal level.
  • In 3Q’19, total production by hydropower and pumped storage plants amounted to 27,168 GWh (+4.6%), total output by thermal power plants – 6,036 GWh (-2.6%) and production of alternative renewable energy facilities – 91 GWh (+4.5%);
  • In 9M’19, total production by hydropower and pumped storage plants amounted to 68,824 GWh (-10.1%), total output by thermal power plants – 22,755 GWh (+0.1%) and production of alternative renewable energy facilities – 308 GWh (-4.5%);
  • Total electricity generation by the Boguchanskaya hydropower plant in 9M’19 amounted to 11,785 GWh (+14.6%)¹;
  • Total production of RAO ES East Subgroup’s power plants in 9M’19 amounted to 24,615 GWh (+0.3%), heat output by thermal power plants – 18,967 thousand GCal (-3.1%);
  • Sales by RusHydro Group’s electricity retail companies in 9M’19 amounted to 14,051 GWh (-4.5%);
  • As of third decade of October, water storage at reservoirs of the Volga-Kama cascade is 23% above the average level; at the reservoirs of the Far East – slightly above the normal level; at the reservoirs of Siberia and in the South of Russia – at the normal level.

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The underlying factors of the production change in the nine months of 2019 were:

  • water inflows to the reservoirs of HPPs on the Volga-Kama cascade, South of Russia and Siberia close to the normal level;
  • water inflows to the reservoirs in the Far East above the long-run average;
  • growth of electricity generation by thermal power plants in the Far East on the back of electricity consumption growth by 2.2%;
  • growth of electricity sales to UES of Siberia from UES of the East by 11.5% (to 389 GWh) as compared to the same period last year;
  • decrease of electricity sales to China by 3.1% (to 2,376.4 GWh).

Center of Russia

In the beginning of 2019, hydropower plants of the Volga-Kama cascade were operating under the winter period regime of pre-flooding reservoir drawdown. The water reserves of the cascade’s reservoirs are higher by 17% and by 28% as compared to the normal level and last year, respectively.

In the first quarter of 2018, inflow to most of the reservoirs on Volga and Kama was close to the normal level. Total water inflow to the reservoirs of the Volga-Kama cascade reached 24.9 km3 (normal level - 21.3 km3).

In the second quarter, water inflows to the reservoirs of the HPPs of the Volga-Kama cascade were predominantly below the normal level: inflows to Uglichskoye, Rybinskoye, Gorkovskoye and Nizhnekamskoye reservoirs were 20-40% below, inflows to Ivankovskoye, Cheboksarskoye and Saratovskoye reservoirs were 60% below, while inflows to Volgogradskoye reservoir were 80% below the normal level. At the same time inflows to Sheksnskoye, Kuybishevskoye, Kamskoye and Votkinskoye reservoirs were at the normal level.

In the third quarter, water inflows to the majority of reservoirs on the Volga-Kama cascade were at the normal level. Inflows to Kuybishevskoye and Kamskoye reservoirs were 1.4 and 2.3 times the normal level, respectively on the back of rainfall flood. By the end of third quarter water storage at the reservoirs of the cascade were 18% above the normal level.

Total water inflow to the reservoirs on Volga and Kama in 3Q was 51.3 km3, 39% above the normal level. Total electricity production by the hydropower plants of the Volga-Kama cascade and Zagorsksaya pumped storage in the third quarter of 2019 increased by 3.3% to 10,171 GWh, in the nine months of the year production amounted to 29,258 GWh as compared to corresponding period of 2018.


South of Russia and North Caucasus

Water inflow to the reservoir of Chirkeyskaya HPP in 1Q 2019 was 20% above the normal level. Average daily water inflow to the reservoir of Chirkeyskaya HPP in the months of January and February 2019 was 75.7 m3. The HPP is operating under water economy regime to preserve high water level in the reservoir as water reserves in the snow deposits of the Sulak River are below the normal level.

In the second quarter of 2019, water inflow to Chirkeyskaya HPP was close to the normal level. By the beginning of the third quarter water storage at the reservoirs of the HPPS of the Sulak cascade were 5% above the normal level and 4% above the level observed during the same period last year.

In the third quarter water inflow to the reservoir of Chirkeyskaya HPP was 35% below the normal level. By the end of third quarter water storage at the reservoir was at the normal level.

In 3Q 2019, total electricity production by the hydropower plants in the South of Russia and North Caucasus decreased by 0.2% to 2,489 GWh as compared to the corresponding period last year, in nine months of the year  - amounted to 5,804 GWh.



Water inflow to the reservoirs on the rivers of Siberia in the first quarter of 2019 was higher than normal level by 15%. 

In the second quarter of 2019 water inflows to Novosibirskoye and Sayano-Shushenskoye reservoirs was 20% below the normal level. By the end of the spring flooding season the reservoir was filled to the normal reservoir water surface of 113.5 m allowing enough water storage for the low water season as well as for upcoming heating season.

Water inflow to the Sayano-Shushenskoye reservoir in the second quarter was 30% below the normal level as low air temperatures delayed the start of spring flooding. By the end of June inflows increased significantly following extra rainfall and snowmelt in the mountains allowing filling the reservoir up to the normal level.

In the third quarter of 2019, water inflow to Novosibirskoye reservoir was 20% above the normal level, to Sayano-Shushenskoye reservoir – 15% above the normal level. At Sayano-Shushenskoye reservoir following extended cold front, flooding season shifted to the summer before transitioning to rainfall flood allowing filling of the reservoir under normal conditions. Starting from August 16 additional water was discharged through spillways. In the third quarter, the HPP operated under maximum capacity for the first time in its history. This became possible thanks to effective coordination with the System Operator.

Overall electricity production by the hydropower plants in Siberia increased by 4.3% in 3Q 2019 to 9,813 GWh, in the nine months of the year production amounted to 20,478 GWh. Boguchanskaya HPP produced 4,426 GWh in 3Q 2019 and 11,785 GWh in nine months of the year - an increase of 7.4% and 14.6% over the corresponding period last year respectively.


Far East

The spring flooding season in the Far East is expected at the end of April – beginning of May.

In the first quarter of 2019, water inflow to Kolymskoye and Zeyskoye reservoirs was 25-40% above the normal level. Water inflow to the cross section of Bureyskaya HPP decreased following a landslide that occurred in December of 2018. The situation has been restored in February 2019 following formation of an outlet. Since then 1.16 km3 of water has entered the segment of the reservoir adjacent to the dam. In the first quarter of 2019, the facility was operating under normal conditions, in the pre-flooding reservoir drawdown regime.

In 2Q 2019, water inflow to Kolymskoye reservoir was 35% above the normal level while inflow to the Zeyskoye reservoir is below the normal level. Inflow to the Bureyskoye reservoir was 60% above the normal level. Up to 50% of the inflow was accumulated in the reservoir.

In 3Q 2019, water inflow to Kolymskoye and Zeyskoye reservoir was 90% and 20% above the normal level, respectively. In July the water level on Kolyma River was well above the normal level and the reservoir was quickly filled to the normal water surface level. Flood on the Kolyma River began in August. While short, it was very powerful as the peak inflow on August 6 was measured at 11,414 m3/sec. Such inflow occurs once in every 1,000 years. Optimal reservoir regime control, allowed to decrease the flood’s peak by 40% reducing its effect on the lower Kolyma. In the Amur region, following substantial rainfall, emergency situation was introduced. On Zeyskaya HPP, the extra water inflows from the flooding were accumulated in the reservoir. On July 23, at the peak of the flooding average daily inflow was measured at 11,510 m3/sec with only 732 m3/sec discharged from the spillway at the HPP. Effective operation of Zeyskaya HPP prevented significant flooding in the region.    

Total electricity generated by hydro and geothermal power plants in the Far East (not included in the RAO ES East subgroup) increased by 15.8% in the third quarter of 2019 and by 5.3% in the nine months of 2019 to 4,270 GWh and 11,073 GWh respectively against the same periods last year.

Total electricity generated by RAO ES East subgroup in the third quarter of 2019 amounted to 6,420 GWh, a decrease of 3.3% as compared to the same period last year. JSC Far Eastern Generating Company’s (DGK) share of electricity generated was 74% or 4,770 GWh, a decrease of 4.8% against the same period last year. Increase of production by HPPs located in UES of East, increase in electricity consumption by 4.7% to 9,880 GWh as well as decrease in electricity sales to UES of Siberia by 22.4% to 105 GWh were the main drivers behind the decline.  

In nine months of the year, total electricity generation by RAO ES East subgroup increased by 0.3% to 24,615 GWh against the corresponding period of 2018. Increase is primarily driven by growth of electricity consumption in the Far East Federal District by 2.2% to 34,507 GWh, increase of electricity sales to UES of Siberia by 11.5% to 389 GWh as well as decrease of electricity sales to China by 3.1% to 2,376 GWh against the same period last year.

Heat output by thermal plants of RAO ES East Subgroup in the third quarter of 2019 increased by 13.2% to 2,168 GCal  as compared to the corresponding period last year. The increase came on the back of lower air temperatures aided by losses in heat networks that suffered from rainfall flood in Primorsky and Khabarovsk Krai. In nine months of 2019 heat output decreased by 3.1% against 9M 2018 to 18,957 GCal.

Heat output by thermal plants of RAO ES of the East Subgroup, ‘000 GCal

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Electricity generation by the Sevan-Hrazdan cascade of hydropower plants in Armenia in the third quarter of 2019 decreased by 23.1% to 133 GWh, in nine months of the year – increased by 6.0% to 390 GWh as compared to the corresponding period of last year. The power generation by the plants of the cascade is dependent on water inflows of the Hrazdan river and water discharge from Sevan Lake.

Electricity retail

Total electricity output by RusHydro Group’s energy retail companies in 3Q 2019 was in line with 3Q 2018 at 10,069 GWh, in 9M 2019 electricity output amounted to 34,826 GWh, a decrease of 3.9% as compared to the corresponding period last year. The decrease came mainly on the back of climate factor as well as termination of supply agreements with customers.

Total electricity output by RusHydro’s retail companies, operating in Chuvashia, Ryazan and Krasnoyarsk regions in the third quarter of 2019 decreased by 1.6% to 4,127 GWh as compared to 3Q’18. In the nine months of the year, total output decreased by 4.5% as compared to the corresponding period last year and amounted to 14,051 GWh. Increase in output at ESC RusHydro is driven by new supply agreements as well as increase in electricity consumption by JSC Polyus Krasnoyarsk and Yandex DC Vladimir LLC.

Electricity output by PJSC DEK (energy retail company operating in the Primorskiy Krai, Khabarovskiy Krai, Amur region and Jewish Autonomous region, the main supplier of electricity to the population in the second non-price zone of the wholesale energy market) in the third quarter of 2019 amounted to 4,137 GWh, an increase of 3.4% as compared to 3Q’18. Favorable performance is primarily driven by increase in consumption by industrial consumers and households. In nine months of 2019 electricity output increased by 0.2% to 15,020 GWh as compared to the same period last year as a result of increase in consumption by industrial consumers.

Total electricity output by RusHydro’s companies located in the isolated energy systems in the Far East Federal District amounted to 1,805 GWh in 3Q 2019, a decrease of 3.7% as compared to the same period last year. In nine months of 2019 total electricity output decreased by 12.1% to 5,755 GWh as compared to the same period last year.

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Water inflows forecast

According to the forecast of the Hydrometeorology Center of Russia, the following dynamics of water inflows to the major reservoirs are expected in the 4th quarter of 2019:

  • Total water inflows to the majority of reservoirs on Volga and Kama and on the rivers of Siberia are expected to be close to the long-run average;
  • Inflows to reservoir of the rivers of North Caucasus are expected to be 20-50% below the long-run average;
  • Inflows to Zeyskoe and Kolymskoye reservoirs in the Far East are expected to be at the long-run average, to Bureyskoye reservoir – 55-60% above the normal level.

¹ The Boguchanskaya hydropower plant is part of the Boguchanskiy Energy and Metals Complex (BEMO), a 50/50 joint venture (JV) between RusHydro and UC RUSAL, and is not part of RusHydro Group. According to RusHydro’s shareholding in the JV (50%), the results of the plant are reported in the official financial statements in “Share of results of associates and jointly controlled entities”. Operations of the HPP have been put into the press-release for general reference.

² Includes generation by HPPs of PJSC RusHydro, Kolymskaya HPP and Viluyskie HPPs, part of RAO ES of East Subgroup.


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