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Structural Indicators for Monitoring Education and Training Systems in Europe – 2019: Overview of major reforms since 2015

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The Eurydice report contains more than 35 updated structural indicators on education policies for the 2018/19 school/academic year in six policy areas: early childhood education and care (ECEC), achievement in basic skills, early leaving from education and training (ELET), higher education, graduate employability and learning mobility. It additionally provides a short overview of the major reforms since the start of the 2014/15 school/academic year in the said policy areas. The indicators provide information on the national policies and structures that contribute to achieving the  benchmarks  set  in  the strategic  framework  for  European  cooperation  in  education  and  training ('ET2020'). EU  and  Member  States’  performance  on  the  ET2020  benchmarks  are  analysed  in  detail  in the European Commission's Education and Training Monitor.The Eurydice project on Structural Indicators for Monitoring Education and Training Systems in Europe contributes to the contextual informationforthis  analysis.  It  provides  yearly  data  since  2015,  which  illustrate  the  main  policy  developments  in education and training systems across Europe. The 2019 update of the structural indicators covers all EU Member States, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia and Turkey. (Summary: Eurodyce, DIPF author)
          

Adobe aims to tap $128 billion opportunity in 2022

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Los Angeles: Adobe's stock went up after the software major announced robust earnings forecast for its fiscal 2020 that exceeded analysts' expectations.

The total addressable market for Adobe Experience Cloud is expected to increase to $84 billion by 2022, driven by increased demand for data and insights, content and personalisation, commerce, customer journey management and advertising, Adobe said on Monday.

The company forecasts revenue to reach $13.15 billion in the year beginning December 1 and digital Media segment revenue to grow over 19 per cent (year-over-year).

"Our strategy to unleash creativity, accelerate document productivity and power digital businesses is driving our growth and represents a $128 billion opportunity in 2022," said Shantanu Narayen, President and CEO, Adobe.

"Our expanding universe of customers, strong global brand, market-leading products and continued innovation positions us for a stellar 2020," he added.

At its core, Adobe's Creative Cloud strategy is about unleashing creativity for all, which is driving an increase in Creative Cloud total addressable market for 2022 to approximately $31 billion across creative professionals, communicators and consumers.

Adobe continues to benefit from the paper-to-digital transformation.

With trillions of PDFs created every year and approximately two billion Adobe mobile and reader users, the total addressable market for Adobe Document Cloud is expected to grow to $13 billion by 2022, said the software major.

Based on strong quarter-to-date performance, Adobe indicated it is raising its Q4 fiscal year 2019 Digital Media net new annualized recurring revenue (ARR) target to approximately $475 million, an increase of $25 million above its prior target.

Adobe also affirmed it is on track to achieve Q4 revenue of $2.97 billion.


          

M:tel net profit lifts 43% for 9-mths

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(Telecompaper) Bosnia and Herzegovina operator M:tel generated a net profit of BAM 63.4 million for the first nine months of the year, a 43 percent improvement from the year before...
          

The Bananas Twist Ending of Last Christmas, Explained

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It doesn’t even have to do with the part about the Bosnian genocide.
          

Urve Palo allkirjastas Hiinaga kolm majanduslepet

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Ettevõtlus- ja infotehnoloogiaminister Urve Palo allkirjastas esmaspäeval Budapestis Hiina Rahvavabariigi ministritega kolm vastastikuse mõistmise memorandumit edaspidise koostöö parendamiseks kahe riigi vahel. Esimene lepe, siiditee algatuse memorandum, on vajalik praktiliseks koostööks, majanduskasvuks ning majanduslike sidemete loomiseks Eesti ja Hiina vahel. „Eesti jaoks tähendab lepe väljavaateid välisinvesteeringuteks ning annab täiendavaid võimalusi Rail Balticu raudteeühenduse sidumiseks ida-lääne transpordikoridoriga,“ ütles minister Palo. Digitaalse siiditee lepe tugevdab kahe riigi vahelist koostööd infotehnoloogias. Memorandum toob välja erinevad koostöö arendamise valdkonnad Eesti ja Hiina vahel, sealhulgas e-kaubanduse ökosüsteemi areng, digitaalsed teenused ja tehnoloogiaalane teabevahetus ning logistika- ja kaubandusteabe ühenduvuse hõlbustamine. E-kaubanduse kokkulepe soodustab kahepoolset kaubanduse edendamist ja koostööd ning toetab kaubandussuhteid. Eesmärk on luua ühine elektroonilise kaubanduse koostöö kord, ergutada ettevõtjaid elektroonilises kaubanduses rohkem koostööd tegema ja toetada elektroonilise kaubanduse levikut ärisuhetes. „Eesti ja Hiina majandussuhted on jätkuvalt kasvavad. Traditsiooniliste valdkondade nagu tööstus ja turism kõrval saame üha enam rääkida digitaalsest koostööst ning online-kaubandusest,“ rääkis Palo. Minister tõi välja, et väga edukas on olnud Hiinaga ärisuhete edendamisel Omniva, kes rajab uut logistikakeskust, et teenindada üha kasvavaid kaubamahtusid. „Ma ei näe põhjust, miks ei võiks Omniva edu laieneda ka teistele ettevõtetele, kasutades ära Eesti geograafilist atraktiivsust, kiiret asjaajamist ning head ärikeskkonda,“ lisas ta. Minister tõi välja ka turismi mahu kasvu viimastel aastatel. „Kui veel 2000-ndate keskel külastas Eestit aastas ligikaudu paartuhat Hiina turisti, siis praeguseks on neid ligi kümme korda enam. Ja nagu ütles täna oma kõnes Hiina peaminister Li Keqiang, kasvab turistide arv veelgi,“ lausus Palo. Peaminister Jüri Ratase ning ettevõtlus- ja infotehnoloogiaminister Urve Paloga on Budapestis kaasas ka Ettevõtluse Arendamise Sihtasutuse (EAS) poolt korraldatud äridelegatsioon, millesse kuuluvad Estonia Klaverivabriku, EVR Cargo AS, Pagaripoisid OÜ, Sillamäe Sadama ja Eesti Energia AS esindajad. Äridelegatsioon osaleb paralleelselt Kesk- ja Ida-Euroopa riikide ning Hiina juhtide kohtumisega toimuval ärifoorumil, kus kohtutakse ka Hiina ettevõtjatega. Taust: 11 Euroopa Liidu riiki (Eesti, Läti, Leedu, Bulgaaria, Tšehhi, Horvaatia, Ungari, Rumeenia, Poola, Sloveenia ja Slovakkia), 5 Lääne-Balkani riiki (Albaania, Bosnia ja Hertsegoviina, Montenegro, Makedoonia ja Serbia) ning Hiina Rahvavabariik alustasid nn 16+1 koostööd 2012. aastal. Kord aastas toimub tippkohtumine. Eesti ja Hiina vahelisi tegevusi koordineeritakse kahe riigi vahel 1993. aastal sõlmitud kaubandus-majanduskoostöö lepingu all toimiva ühiskomisjoni kaudu.
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Grain and Flour Market in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro...

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Miller Magazine, reminder on a release on 2016 Corn is the most interesting grain product in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro. According to the corn production data of Albania between the seasons of 2006 and 2014, it can be seen that approximately 215 thousand tonnes to 380 thousand tonnes were produced.  This amount of 366 thousand tonnes corn in 2011 weakened to 360 thousand tonnes in 2012. Production increasing up to 372 thousand tonnes in 2013, reached to 380 thousand tonnes by showing a 8 thousand-ton increase.Another important grain product made in Albania is wheat. It is seen that the wheat production is made at variable amounts between 230 thousand tonnes and 280 thousand tonnes. Wheat production recorded as 335 thousand tonnes in 2009, weakened to 280 thousand tonnes by decreasing since 2010 until 2014. Another important product after wheat is oat. Oat whose production was 22 thousand tonnes in 2006, increased to 30 thousand tonnes in 2014 by increasing since 2009. (Feed generated with FetchRSS)
          

Bosnian war survivors protest Peter Handke's Nobel prize win

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Protesters on Tuesday demonstrated against the Nobel Committee's decision to award Austrian writer Peter Handke its prize in literature, stating that awarding him 'equals awarding war crimes.' Handke has long been criticized for his defence of the Serbs during the 1990s wars that devastated the Balkans.


          

'I'd wiped out half a family': F-16 pilot grapples with guilt after a bungled bombing mission in Iraq killed at least 4 civilians

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  • A former Dutch F-16 fighter pilot who bombed a civilian home in Iraq said he is grappling with his actions that led to the deaths of at least four civilians in 2015.
  • The pilot, who goes by the pseudonym "Stefan," recounted the events surrounding his bombing mission to two Netherlands-based journalists in the De Telegraaf.
  • "You think to yourself: 'It can't be, surely?' I felt nauseous when I heard the news," Stefan said. "I feel jointly responsible. I dropped that bomb and pressed the button. I ended the lives of people who had nothing to do with [our mission]. It was slap in the face. It went against everything we were there for."
  • Stefan said he viewed drone footage of the bombing on YouTube and struggled with the incident, which was researched by The New York Times. The Times's story included pictures of the civilian family members who were killed.
  • "One evening I was sat clicking on the internet. I saw the photo and thought: that's my target," Stefan said. "At that moment, I knew it would have been self-torture to look further — but I thought if I looked away at that point, that it would be cowardly."
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A Dutch F-16 fighter pilot who bombed a civilian home in Iraq thought to be an ISIS car bomb factory said he has been grappling with causing the deaths of at least four civilians on September 20, 2015.

The pilot, who goes by the pseudonym "Stefan," recounted the events surrounding his bombing mission to two Netherlands-based journalists, Olof Van Joolen and Silvan Schoonhoven, in the De Telegraaf.

"I was the mission commander, I'd done all the planning," he said in De Telegraaf. "Everything until the debriefing was successful."

It was weeks after the mission when he received word that his targets may have not been against Islamic State militants in Mosul, but civilians who were held captive under ISIS's rule in the city. The family members he had killed included the Mayada Razzo, according to an extensive New York Times investigation in 2017.

Videos taken by drones of the bombings were previously uploaded to US Central Command's YouTube channel with the caption "COALITION AIRSTRIKE DESTROYS A DAESH VBIED FACILITY NEAR MOSUL, IRAQ," referring to the acronym for improvised explosive devices fashioned from vehicles.

Basim Razzo, Mayada's husband who was a Huawei account manager who studied engineering at Western Michigan University, told The Times that he only needed to see the first few seconds to confirm he was looking at his family's homes. Razzo's wife, brother, 21-year-old daughter, and 18-year-old son were killed in the bombing that was initially believed to be a factory that produced weapons for ISIS militants.

Razzo eventually returned to the neighborhood, according to The Times: "I'm numb. I'm just numb," he said in 2017.

"You are murderers," Razzo said in a comment of CENTCOM's now-deleted YouTube video, according to The Times. "You kill innocents with cold blood and then start creating justification."

CENTCOM — the combatant command which overseas US operations in the Middle East, Northeast Africa, and South Asia — still has videos of previous airstrikes in their YouTube channel, but have since disabled a feature allowing commenting on videos.

"I will NEVER forget my innocent and dear cousins who died in this pointless airstrike," a 16-year-old cousin of Razzo's daughter reportedly added in the comments.

'I felt nauseous'

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Three weeks after the bombing, Stefan said he received a call saying that the US was investigating the incident.

"After a few months it turned out that the target had indeed been incorrect," Stefan recounted to De Telegraaf. "Somewhere along the way, there was an error in the intelligence process."

"You think to yourself: 'It can't be, surely?' I felt nauseous when I heard the news," Stefan added. "I feel jointly responsible. I dropped that bomb and pressed the button. I ended the lives of people who had nothing to do with [our mission]. It was slap in the face. It went against everything we were there for. We were just there to help the Iraqi people."

A military report of the incident obtained by The Times indicated that the US-led coalition believed the homes were used as an ISIS command center. According to Razzo, the location was briefly used by ISIS forces, but was later abandoned after the militants took over the entire city. Despite finding "no overtly nefarious activity," the coalition deemed that a total of 95-minutes of drone footage of the neighborhood warranted a military strike.

Stefan said he viewed the drone footage of the bombing on YouTube and struggled with Razzo's story in The Times, which included pictures of his family members who were killed.

"One evening I was sat clicking on the internet. I saw the photo and thought: that's my target," Stefan said. "At that moment, I knew it would have been self-torture to look further — but I thought if I looked away at that point, that it would be cowardly."

"I'd wiped out half a family, to put it bluntly," he added. "There was one guy who had survived. Then I saw a name and a face and a picture of the children, taken a day before it had happened. A little later I put an end to that. I didn't sleep for two nights. Then life went on."

The pilot's account has sparked a rift in the Dutch military

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The pilot admitted civilian casualties were always a possibility in the fog of war, and that it was "frustrating" to find that delicate balance between decisive action and accounting for non-combatants in combat.

ISIS took control Mosul, one of the largest cities in Iraq, in 2014. For three years, roughly 600,000 civilians who resided in the city were forced to abide by ISIS's crude laws until being liberated by a joint Iraqi, Kurdish, and US military campaign.

"War isn't just dirty; it's also a rational game," Stefan reportedly said.

"We really didn't want Baghdad to fall," he added, referring to Iraq's capital. "More people would have died — civilians included. Doing nothing is even worse. War is a game that we play because all else has failed."

Stefan, who has since left the Royal Netherlands Air Force, said he considered reaching out to Razzo and his remaining family. But he says that he faces bureaucratic challenges.

"The Ministry of Defence doesn't want to link a pilot to the deployment. It's not allowed," he reportedly said, adding that he "sometimes [wants] to write a letter."

"Maybe they think I'm some kind of blunderer because I killed half a family," Stefan said. "Maybe it would help if they knew I'm really upset about it too."

In an interview with Business Insider, journalist Schoonhoven said Stefan's candid account has sparked a rift in the Dutch military. Despite possible reprisals from the military, Schoonhoven said the pilot was "quite open" about detailing his experience.

"For him, it's excruciating," Schoonhoven said. "He has to live with having killed the family members."

'This was a war situation'

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Schoonhoven said he and his colleague discovered Stefan's account while researching for their upcoming book, "Missie F-16," about the Dutch F-16's role during the various conflicts in Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The aircraft is scheduled to be retired and replaced with the US-designed F-35 aircraft.

"We wanted to write a journalistic book, not a book about heroic stories," Schoonhoven said to Business Insider. "We wanted to present the dark side of flying war planes and dropping bombs."

The Dutch have been heavily active in countering ISIS. Unlike some hesitation in joining the US coalition in Afghanistan, nearly all parliamentary parties voted to participate in the campaign against ISIS. The country deployed military advisers, special forces teams, and F-16s that flew "almost daily" in Iraq and eastern Syria for the anti-ISIS campaign, according to the Ministry of Defence.

Schoonhoven and Van Joolen's research indicated that the F-16s flew over 3,000 sorties and dropped over 2,000 bombs.

Dutch Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld admitted on Tuesday that the military was responsible for the deaths of roughly 70 civilians in two bombing runs in the region, according to local media reports. Bijleveld, who claimed she was not informed of the civilian deaths by her predecessor, Jeanine Hennis, passed a no-confidence vote and offered her "sincere apologies."

"As Minister, I am responsible, also for the actions of my predecessor," she said, according to Netherlands-based NL Times.

"Our actions were aimed at preventing as much collateral damage as possible, and especially civilian casualties," she reportedly said in a letter to parliament. "However, this was a war situation where these risks can never be completely excluded."

SEE ALSO: Some US troops guarding oil fields in Syria are reportedly still waiting for military orders — including when and how they could attack the enemy

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Special Agent: Linguist

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As an FBI Special Agent with Linguistics/Foreign Language expertise, you'll have a career like no other. You may have been raised speaking a language other than English, taught it for a few years or even participated in intensive learning before going overseas to use it. You know that your language skills can make a difference, whether your specialty is Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, Farsi, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Uzbek Korean, Portuguese or another foreign language.

We need Special Agents with a wide range of education, backgrounds, languages and other specialized skills in order to get ahead of threats. As a Special Agent with foreign language skills, you may be asked to translate audio or written materials in a foreign language into English, interpret during a crucial interview or provide cultural expertise relating to an investigation.

You will use your cultural and linguistic acumen to tackle some of society's toughest challenges. Your ultimate mission: to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

Whether you are currently working in the public sector, at a large corporation or at a small private company, we need your experience! We're looking for proficiency in all languages and dialects.

Being a Special Agent can be a lifelong career of uncommon days and amazing experiences.

What you'll need to succeed:

BA/BS degree (preferably in linguistics or language).

Written and verbal proficiency in a language or languages other than English and the ability to communicate clearly in English with colleagues both internally and externally.

Native/fluent experience in a particular language and culture.

In addition:

Exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills.

Be detail-oriented, yet keep a strategic focus.

Ability to objectively evaluate information and make sound judgements.

Honesty and integrity must be the foundation of who you are.

The drive and commitment to make a difference in the communities you serve.

All applicants are evaluated on core competencies of collaboration, communication, flexibility/adaptability, initiative, interpersonal ability, leadership, organizing/planning and problem solving/judgment.

The FBI Special Agent position requires significant commitment and dedication from you and your family, but it's an experience you will never forget. As a Special Agent, you will join an ---elite team of people committed to the highest standards. Our team has a mission like no other, and our people are sought after as some of the best in their fields. It's no wonder so many corporations appoint FBI alumni in distinguished roles.

Key Requirements

You must:

Be a U.S. citizen.

Be at least 23 years old and not have reached your 37th birthday on appointment.

Have a Bachelor's degree or Master's degree from a U.S.-accredited college or university.

Be able to obtain a Top Secret Clearance.

Have two years of full-time professional work experience (see work experience waiver for exceptions).

Meet the FBI's Employment Eligibility requirements.

Possess a valid driver's license with at least six months driving experience.

Meet all FBI physical requirements, be physically fit to complete training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, and maintain a high level of fitness throughout your career.

Commit to serving as a Special Agent for a minimum of three years.

Successfully complete approximately 20 weeks of employment as a Special Agent trainee, while housed at the FBI Academy.

Work a minimum of a 50-hour workweek, which may include odd hours, and be on call 24/7, including holidays and weekends.

Be willing and able to participate in arrests, execute search warrants, raids and similar assignments.

          

Sales: Special Agent: Linguist - Centerville, Utah

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As an FBI Special Agent with Linguistics/Foreign Language expertise, you'll have a career like no other. You may have been raised speaking a language other than English, taught it for a few years or even participated in intensive learning before going overseas to use it. You know that your language skills can make a difference, whether your specialty is Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, Farsi, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Uzbek Korean, Portuguese or another foreign language. We need Special Agents with a wide range of education, backgrounds, languages and other specialized skills in order to get ahead of threats. As a Special Agent with foreign language skills, you may be asked to translate audio or written materials in a foreign language into English, interpret during a crucial interview or provide cultural expertise relating to an investigation. You will use your cultural and linguistic acumen to tackle some of society's toughest challenges. Your ultimate mission: to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States. Whether you are currently working in the public sector, at a large corporation or at a small private company, we need your experience! We're looking for proficiency in all languages and dialects. Being a Special Agent can be a lifelong career of uncommon days and amazing experiences. What you'll need to succeed: BA/BS degree (preferably in linguistics or language). Written and verbal proficiency in a language or languages other than English and the ability to communicate clearly in English with colleagues both internally and externally. Native/fluent experience in a particular language and culture. In addition: Exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills. Be detail-oriented, yet keep a strategic focus. Ability to objectively evaluate information and make sound judgements. Honesty and integrity must be the foundation of who you are. The drive and commitment to make a difference in the communities you serve. All applicants are evaluated on core competencies of collaboration, communication, flexibility/adaptability, initiative, interpersonal ability, leadership, organizing/planning and problem solving/judgment. The FBI Special Agent position requires significant commitment and dedication from you and your family, but it's an experience you will never forget. As a Special Agent, you will join an ---elite team of people committed to the highest standards. Our team has a mission like no other, and our people are sought after as some of the best in their fields. It's no wonder so many corporations appoint FBI alumni in distinguished roles. Key Requirements You must: Be a U.S. citizen. Be at least 23 years old and not have reached your 37th birthday on appointment. Have a Bachelor's degree or Master's degree from a U.S.-accredited college or university. Be able to obtain a Top Secret Clearance. Have two years of full-time professional work experience (see work experience waiver for exceptions). Meet the FBI's Employment Eligibility requirements. Possess a valid driver's license with at least six months driving experience. Meet all FBI physical requirements, be physically fit to complete training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, and maintain a high level of fitness throughout your career. Commit to serving as a Special Agent for a minimum of three years. Successfully complete approximately 20 weeks of employment as a Special Agent trainee, while housed at the FBI Academy. Work a minimum of a 50-hour workweek, which may include odd hours, and be on call 24/7, including holidays and weekends. Be willing and able to participate in arrests, execute search warrants, raids and similar assignments. ()
          

BOSNIA: Condannato Susnjar, uno dei boia di Visegrad

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La Corte di stato della Bosnia Erzegovina ha condannato in primo grado Radomir Šušnjar a vent'anni di carcere per crimini di guerra contro la popolazione civile di Višegrad durante l'offensiva serbo-bosniaca del giugno 1992.

L'articolo BOSNIA: Condannato Susnjar, uno dei boia di Visegrad sembra essere il primo su East Journal.


          

Special Agent: Linguist

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As an FBI Special Agent with Linguistics/Foreign Language expertise, you'll have a career like no other. You may have been raised speaking a language other than English, taught it for a few years or even participated in intensive learning before going overseas to use it. You know that your language skills can make a difference, whether your specialty is Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, Farsi, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Uzbek Korean, Portuguese or another foreign language.

We need Special Agents with a wide range of education, backgrounds, languages and other specialized skills in order to get ahead of threats. As a Special Agent with foreign language skills, you may be asked to translate audio or written materials in a foreign language into English, interpret during a crucial interview or provide cultural expertise relating to an investigation.

You will use your cultural and linguistic acumen to tackle some of society's toughest challenges. Your ultimate mission: to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

Whether you are currently working in the public sector, at a large corporation or at a small private company, we need your experience! We're looking for proficiency in all languages and dialects.

Being a Special Agent can be a lifelong career of uncommon days and amazing experiences.

What you'll need to succeed:

BA/BS degree (preferably in linguistics or language).

Written and verbal proficiency in a language or languages other than English and the ability to communicate clearly in English with colleagues both internally and externally.

Native/fluent experience in a particular language and culture.

In addition:

Exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills.

Be detail-oriented, yet keep a strategic focus.

Ability to objectively evaluate information and make sound judgements.

Honesty and integrity must be the foundation of who you are.

The drive and commitment to make a difference in the communities you serve.

All applicants are evaluated on core competencies of collaboration, communication, flexibility/adaptability, initiative, interpersonal ability, leadership, organizing/planning and problem solving/judgment.

The FBI Special Agent position requires significant commitment and dedication from you and your family, but it's an experience you will never forget. As a Special Agent, you will join an ---elite team of people committed to the highest standards. Our team has a mission like no other, and our people are sought after as some of the best in their fields. It's no wonder so many corporations appoint FBI alumni in distinguished roles.

Key Requirements

You must:

Be a U.S. citizen.

Be at least 23 years old and not have reached your 37th birthday on appointment.

Have a Bachelor's degree or Master's degree from a U.S.-accredited college or university.

Be able to obtain a Top Secret Clearance.

Have two years of full-time professional work experience (see work experience waiver for exceptions).

Meet the FBI's Employment Eligibility requirements.

Possess a valid driver's license with at least six months driving experience.

Meet all FBI physical requirements, be physically fit to complete training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, and maintain a high level of fitness throughout your career.

Commit to serving as a Special Agent for a minimum of three years.

Successfully complete approximately 20 weeks of employment as a Special Agent trainee, while housed at the FBI Academy.

Work a minimum of a 50-hour workweek, which may include odd hours, and be on call 24/7, including holidays and weekends.

Be willing and able to participate in arrests, execute search warrants, raids and similar assignments.

          

Special Agent: Linguist

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As an FBI Special Agent with Linguistics/Foreign Language expertise, you'll have a career like no other. You may have been raised speaking a language other than English, taught it for a few years or even participated in intensive learning before going overseas to use it. You know that your language skills can make a difference, whether your specialty is Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, Farsi, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Uzbek Korean, Portuguese or another foreign language.

We need Special Agents with a wide range of education, backgrounds, languages and other specialized skills in order to get ahead of threats. As a Special Agent with foreign language skills, you may be asked to translate audio or written materials in a foreign language into English, interpret during a crucial interview or provide cultural expertise relating to an investigation.

You will use your cultural and linguistic acumen to tackle some of society's toughest challenges. Your ultimate mission: to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

Whether you are currently working in the public sector, at a large corporation or at a small private company, we need your experience! We're looking for proficiency in all languages and dialects.

Being a Special Agent can be a lifelong career of uncommon days and amazing experiences.

What you'll need to succeed:

BA/BS degree (preferably in linguistics or language).

Written and verbal proficiency in a language or languages other than English and the ability to communicate clearly in English with colleagues both internally and externally.

Native/fluent experience in a particular language and culture.

In addition:

Exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills.

Be detail-oriented, yet keep a strategic focus.

Ability to objectively evaluate information and make sound judgements.

Honesty and integrity must be the foundation of who you are.

The drive and commitment to make a difference in the communities you serve.

All applicants are evaluated on core competencies of collaboration, communication, flexibility/adaptability, initiative, interpersonal ability, leadership, organizing/planning and problem solving/judgment.

The FBI Special Agent position requires significant commitment and dedication from you and your family, but it's an experience you will never forget. As a Special Agent, you will join an ---elite team of people committed to the highest standards. Our team has a mission like no other, and our people are sought after as some of the best in their fields. It's no wonder so many corporations appoint FBI alumni in distinguished roles.

Key Requirements

You must:

Be a U.S. citizen.

Be at least 23 years old and not have reached your 37th birthday on appointment.

Have a Bachelor's degree or Master's degree from a U.S.-accredited college or university.

Be able to obtain a Top Secret Clearance.

Have two years of full-time professional work experience (see work experience waiver for exceptions).

Meet the FBI's Employment Eligibility requirements.

Possess a valid driver's license with at least six months driving experience.

Meet all FBI physical requirements, be physically fit to complete training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, and maintain a high level of fitness throughout your career.

Commit to serving as a Special Agent for a minimum of three years.

Successfully complete approximately 20 weeks of employment as a Special Agent trainee, while housed at the FBI Academy.

Work a minimum of a 50-hour workweek, which may include odd hours, and be on call 24/7, including holidays and weekends.

Be willing and able to participate in arrests, execute search warrants, raids and similar assignments.

          

Special Agent: Linguist

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As an FBI Special Agent with Linguistics/Foreign Language expertise, you'll have a career like no other. You may have been raised speaking a language other than English, taught it for a few years or even participated in intensive learning before going overseas to use it. You know that your language skills can make a difference, whether your specialty is Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, Farsi, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Uzbek Korean, Portuguese or another foreign language.

We need Special Agents with a wide range of education, backgrounds, languages and other specialized skills in order to get ahead of threats. As a Special Agent with foreign language skills, you may be asked to translate audio or written materials in a foreign language into English, interpret during a crucial interview or provide cultural expertise relating to an investigation.

You will use your cultural and linguistic acumen to tackle some of society's toughest challenges. Your ultimate mission: to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

Whether you are currently working in the public sector, at a large corporation or at a small private company, we need your experience! We're looking for proficiency in all languages and dialects.

Being a Special Agent can be a lifelong career of uncommon days and amazing experiences.

What you'll need to succeed:

BA/BS degree (preferably in linguistics or language).

Written and verbal proficiency in a language or languages other than English and the ability to communicate clearly in English with colleagues both internally and externally.

Native/fluent experience in a particular language and culture.

In addition:

Exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills.

Be detail-oriented, yet keep a strategic focus.

Ability to objectively evaluate information and make sound judgements.

Honesty and integrity must be the foundation of who you are.

The drive and commitment to make a difference in the communities you serve.

All applicants are evaluated on core competencies of collaboration, communication, flexibility/adaptability, initiative, interpersonal ability, leadership, organizing/planning and problem solving/judgment.

The FBI Special Agent position requires significant commitment and dedication from you and your family, but it's an experience you will never forget. As a Special Agent, you will join an ---elite team of people committed to the highest standards. Our team has a mission like no other, and our people are sought after as some of the best in their fields. It's no wonder so many corporations appoint FBI alumni in distinguished roles.

Key Requirements

You must:

Be a U.S. citizen.

Be at least 23 years old and not have reached your 37th birthday on appointment.

Have a Bachelor's degree or Master's degree from a U.S.-accredited college or university.

Be able to obtain a Top Secret Clearance.

Have two years of full-time professional work experience (see work experience waiver for exceptions).

Meet the FBI's Employment Eligibility requirements.

Possess a valid driver's license with at least six months driving experience.

Meet all FBI physical requirements, be physically fit to complete training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, and maintain a high level of fitness throughout your career.

Commit to serving as a Special Agent for a minimum of three years.

Successfully complete approximately 20 weeks of employment as a Special Agent trainee, while housed at the FBI Academy.

Work a minimum of a 50-hour workweek, which may include odd hours, and be on call 24/7, including holidays and weekends.

Be willing and able to participate in arrests, execute search warrants, raids and similar assignments.

          

Special Agent: Linguist

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As an FBI Special Agent with Linguistics/Foreign Language expertise, you'll have a career like no other. You may have been raised speaking a language other than English, taught it for a few years or even participated in intensive learning before going overseas to use it. You know that your language skills can make a difference, whether your specialty is Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, Farsi, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Uzbek Korean, Portuguese or another foreign language.

We need Special Agents with a wide range of education, backgrounds, languages and other specialized skills in order to get ahead of threats. As a Special Agent with foreign language skills, you may be asked to translate audio or written materials in a foreign language into English, interpret during a crucial interview or provide cultural expertise relating to an investigation.

You will use your cultural and linguistic acumen to tackle some of society's toughest challenges. Your ultimate mission: to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

Whether you are currently working in the public sector, at a large corporation or at a small private company, we need your experience! We're looking for proficiency in all languages and dialects.

Being a Special Agent can be a lifelong career of uncommon days and amazing experiences.

What you'll need to succeed:

BA/BS degree (preferably in linguistics or language).

Written and verbal proficiency in a language or languages other than English and the ability to communicate clearly in English with colleagues both internally and externally.

Native/fluent experience in a particular language and culture.

In addition:

Exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills.

Be detail-oriented, yet keep a strategic focus.

Ability to objectively evaluate information and make sound judgements.

Honesty and integrity must be the foundation of who you are.

The drive and commitment to make a difference in the communities you serve.

All applicants are evaluated on core competencies of collaboration, communication, flexibility/adaptability, initiative, interpersonal ability, leadership, organizing/planning and problem solving/judgment.

The FBI Special Agent position requires significant commitment and dedication from you and your family, but it's an experience you will never forget. As a Special Agent, you will join an ---elite team of people committed to the highest standards. Our team has a mission like no other, and our people are sought after as some of the best in their fields. It's no wonder so many corporations appoint FBI alumni in distinguished roles.

Key Requirements

You must:

Be a U.S. citizen.

Be at least 23 years old and not have reached your 37th birthday on appointment.

Have a Bachelor's degree or Master's degree from a U.S.-accredited college or university.

Be able to obtain a Top Secret Clearance.

Have two years of full-time professional work experience (see work experience waiver for exceptions).

Meet the FBI's Employment Eligibility requirements.

Possess a valid driver's license with at least six months driving experience.

Meet all FBI physical requirements, be physically fit to complete training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, and maintain a high level of fitness throughout your career.

Commit to serving as a Special Agent for a minimum of three years.

Successfully complete approximately 20 weeks of employment as a Special Agent trainee, while housed at the FBI Academy.

Work a minimum of a 50-hour workweek, which may include odd hours, and be on call 24/7, including holidays and weekends.

Be willing and able to participate in arrests, execute search warrants, raids and similar assignments.

          

Special Agent: Linguist

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As an FBI Special Agent with Linguistics/Foreign Language expertise, you'll have a career like no other. You may have been raised speaking a language other than English, taught it for a few years or even participated in intensive learning before going overseas to use it. You know that your language skills can make a difference, whether your specialty is Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, Farsi, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Uzbek Korean, Portuguese or another foreign language.

We need Special Agents with a wide range of education, backgrounds, languages and other specialized skills in order to get ahead of threats. As a Special Agent with foreign language skills, you may be asked to translate audio or written materials in a foreign language into English, interpret during a crucial interview or provide cultural expertise relating to an investigation.

You will use your cultural and linguistic acumen to tackle some of society's toughest challenges. Your ultimate mission: to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

Whether you are currently working in the public sector, at a large corporation or at a small private company, we need your experience! We're looking for proficiency in all languages and dialects.

Being a Special Agent can be a lifelong career of uncommon days and amazing experiences.

What you'll need to succeed:

BA/BS degree (preferably in linguistics or language).

Written and verbal proficiency in a language or languages other than English and the ability to communicate clearly in English with colleagues both internally and externally.

Native/fluent experience in a particular language and culture.

In addition:

Exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills.

Be detail-oriented, yet keep a strategic focus.

Ability to objectively evaluate information and make sound judgements.

Honesty and integrity must be the foundation of who you are.

The drive and commitment to make a difference in the communities you serve.

All applicants are evaluated on core competencies of collaboration, communication, flexibility/adaptability, initiative, interpersonal ability, leadership, organizing/planning and problem solving/judgment.

The FBI Special Agent position requires significant commitment and dedication from you and your family, but it's an experience you will never forget. As a Special Agent, you will join an ---elite team of people committed to the highest standards. Our team has a mission like no other, and our people are sought after as some of the best in their fields. It's no wonder so many corporations appoint FBI alumni in distinguished roles.

Key Requirements

You must:

Be a U.S. citizen.

Be at least 23 years old and not have reached your 37th birthday on appointment.

Have a Bachelor's degree or Master's degree from a U.S.-accredited college or university.

Be able to obtain a Top Secret Clearance.

Have two years of full-time professional work experience (see work experience waiver for exceptions).

Meet the FBI's Employment Eligibility requirements.

Possess a valid driver's license with at least six months driving experience.

Meet all FBI physical requirements, be physically fit to complete training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, and maintain a high level of fitness throughout your career.

Commit to serving as a Special Agent for a minimum of three years.

Successfully complete approximately 20 weeks of employment as a Special Agent trainee, while housed at the FBI Academy.

Work a minimum of a 50-hour workweek, which may include odd hours, and be on call 24/7, including holidays and weekends.

Be willing and able to participate in arrests, execute search warrants, raids and similar assignments.

          

Second man admits trying to rob Arsenal’s Ozil and Kolasinac

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LONDON: A second man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to trying to rob Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac of their watches in a moped ambush.
Jordan Northover, 26, admitted trying to steal the expensive items from the Premier League footballers in northwest London on July 25, a court heard.
Ashley Smith has already pleaded guilty to his role in the attempted raid involving Ozil, 31, and Kolasinac, 26.
New CCTV footage released by the police shows Kolasinac standing beside his close friend Ozil’s gold-trimmed black Mercedes G class 4x4 before the two attackers pull up.
Despite being threatened with what appears to be a knife, the burly Bosnia defender remains unfazed.
The full-back, nicknamed the “Tank,” then chases off the pair, who were disguised by helmets and dark clothing.
German midfielder Ozil, remains in his vehicle with his wife Amine before speeding off and taking refuge in a Turkish restaurant after being pursued by the raiders.
Police said a key breakthrough came when a moped without number plates was spotted by a member of the public.
At a previous court hearing, the value of one of the watches was given as £200,000 ($258,000).
Chief Inspector Jim Corbett said: “Northover and Smith attempted this brazen robbery after traveling around streets nearby, looking for people to rob.
“Northover didn’t hesitate to draw a weapon when making demands, but he didn’t bargain on being challenged and the pair went away empty-handed.”
World Cup winner Ozil and full-back Kolasinac were left out of Arsenal’s squad for their opening Premier League game but have since returned to action.
Ozil told the Athletic website in October that his main concern at the time was his wife’s safety.
“They told him (Kolasinac) directly, ‘Give us your watch’. Sead’s reaction was really, really brave because he attacked one of the attackers,” Ozil said in the interview.
“The second one was in front of my car on his moped so I couldn’t drive.
“We were newly wed and I was scared about my wife. I was scared about Sead. I wasn’t thinking about myself. I was worried they were going to open my wife’s door and they tried, so I reached across her to keep it closed.”

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London man admits trying to rob Arsenal starsOzil defends controversial picture with Erdogan
          

8658th Security Council Meeting: Situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Security Council extends european-led stabilization force in Bosnia and Herzegovina for one year, unanimously adopting Resolution 2496 (2019) at 8658th meeting.
          

UN / BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

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The High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina said the international community must help the country to go forward rather than backwards, and decried those who would try to deny the genocide that took place in Srebrenica in 1995. UNIFEED
          

CEDH : Bosnie, terre des discriminations

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Deux nouveaux arrêts de la Cour européenne des Droits de l'Homme condamnent la Bosnie-Herzégovine.
Après plusieurs arrêts sommant la Bosnie-Herzégovine à changer sa constitution afin d'éliminer la discrimination à l'égard des minorités nationales (des Juifs, des Roms ou encore des citoyens se déclarant Bosniens...) et des minorités au niveau des entités (ex. des Bosniaques en Republika Srpska ou des Serbes en Fédération bosno-croate), la CEDH a condamné le pays en octobre dernier pour deux autres formes de (...)

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Crimes de guerre : Radomir Susnjar condamné à 20 ans de prison

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Au terme d'une longue procédure judiciaire, Radomir Šušnjar dit Lalco, après son extradition de France en 2018, a été condamné par la justice de Bosnie-Herzégovine à 20 ans de prison pour crimes de guerre commis contre plusieurs dizaines de civils à Visegrad en 1992.
Avec d'autres militaires serbes membres de la formation Osvetnici, il a été inculpé par la justice bosnienne du massacre de 59 civils bosniaques, y compris des femmes et des enfants. Enfermés dans une maison, située dans la rue Pionirska à (...)

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International community urged to deliver on promise for better future for Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Current trends and public pronouncements by some political leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina indicate an effort to roll back reforms implemented since the end of the Balkan wars two decades ago, the UN Security Council heard on Tuesday.
          

11/7/2019: World: Author protest

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Bosnian war survivors, including mothers who lost husbands and sons in the Srebrenica massacre, protested yesterday in Sarajevo, urging the Nobel Committee to reverse its decision to award the 2019 Nobel Prize in literature to Austrian writer Peter...
          

Kerrostalobunkkereita ja Bosnian sotaa runollisella kierteellä – Nämä kuusi romaania kilpailevat Finlandia-palkinnosta

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Croatia Bosnia Marco Polo Road Atlas

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Swedish princess urges Bosnia’s leaders to address pollution

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Swedish Crown Princess Victoria has urged Bosnian leaders to tackle their country’s environmental problems, saying it’s a key challenge they will have to confront if the Balkan country wants to join the European Union
          

Bosnian war survivors protest Peter Handke’s Nobel prize win

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Several dozen survivors of Bosnia’s 1992-95 war staged a protest in Sarajevo to call on the Nobel Committee to reverse its decision to award the 2019 Nobel Prize in literature to Austria’s Peter Handke
          

[TOP PICK] Adriatic Metals (ADT-AX)

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They have a developing tier-one deposit that they major would fight over. Downside is they haven't proven the huge upside, though they have proven the high grade. Also this is Bosnia, a post-conflict country without a mining code. This is a risky investment but offers great potential. He owns a lot of it. (Analysts’ price target is $1.74)
          

Sales: Special Agent: Linguist - Centerville, Utah

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As an FBI Special Agent with Linguistics/Foreign Language expertise, you'll have a career like no other. You may have been raised speaking a language other than English, taught it for a few years or even participated in intensive learning before going overseas to use it. You know that your language skills can make a difference, whether your specialty is Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, Farsi, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Uzbek Korean, Portuguese or another foreign language. We need Special Agents with a wide range of education, backgrounds, languages and other specialized skills in order to get ahead of threats. As a Special Agent with foreign language skills, you may be asked to translate audio or written materials in a foreign language into English, interpret during a crucial interview or provide cultural expertise relating to an investigation. You will use your cultural and linguistic acumen to tackle some of society's toughest challenges. Your ultimate mission: to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States. Whether you are currently working in the public sector, at a large corporation or at a small private company, we need your experience! We're looking for proficiency in all languages and dialects. Being a Special Agent can be a lifelong career of uncommon days and amazing experiences. What you'll need to succeed: BA/BS degree (preferably in linguistics or language). Written and verbal proficiency in a language or languages other than English and the ability to communicate clearly in English with colleagues both internally and externally. Native/fluent experience in a particular language and culture. In addition: Exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills. Be detail-oriented, yet keep a strategic focus. Ability to objectively evaluate information and make sound judgements. Honesty and integrity must be the foundation of who you are. The drive and commitment to make a difference in the communities you serve. All applicants are evaluated on core competencies of collaboration, communication, flexibility/adaptability, initiative, interpersonal ability, leadership, organizing/planning and problem solving/judgment. The FBI Special Agent position requires significant commitment and dedication from you and your family, but it's an experience you will never forget. As a Special Agent, you will join an ---elite team of people committed to the highest standards. Our team has a mission like no other, and our people are sought after as some of the best in their fields. It's no wonder so many corporations appoint FBI alumni in distinguished roles. Key Requirements You must: Be a U.S. citizen. Be at least 23 years old and not have reached your 37th birthday on appointment. Have a Bachelor's degree or Master's degree from a U.S.-accredited college or university. Be able to obtain a Top Secret Clearance. Have two years of full-time professional work experience (see work experience waiver for exceptions). Meet the FBI's Employment Eligibility requirements. Possess a valid driver's license with at least six months driving experience. Meet all FBI physical requirements, be physically fit to complete training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, and maintain a high level of fitness throughout your career. Commit to serving as a Special Agent for a minimum of three years. Successfully complete approximately 20 weeks of employment as a Special Agent trainee, while housed at the FBI Academy. Work a minimum of a 50-hour workweek, which may include odd hours, and be on call 24/7, including holidays and weekends. Be willing and able to participate in arrests, execute search warrants, raids and similar assignments. ()
          

Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Tuzla TPP’s Unit 7 Building Permit

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The Cantonal Court in Sarajevo has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the environmental group Ekotim, which initiated an administrative dispute against the Federal Ministry of the Environment and Tourism and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) power utility Elektroprivreda BiH, in order to annul the environmental permit for construction of the new 450 MW unit 7 of the Tuzla thermal power plant (TPP), states a press release from Elektroprivreda BiH.
          

Unit 1 of BiH’s Gacko TPP Offline Due to Moisture Problems

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Unit 1 of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) Gacko thermal power plant (TPP) has been shut down since this morning due to moisture in the generator zone. “An analysis showed that the cause of the moisture occurred due to heavy rainfall in the area of Gacko and its surroundings,” said Đoko Milović, the Director of Power Generation and Development of the TPP, reported Biznis.ba.
          

BiH: ERS’s HPPs Post a Loss of EUR 2.96m in First 9 Months of 2019

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Hydro power plants (HPP) in Bosnian power utility Elektroprivreda Republike Srpske’s (ERS) system made a loss of KM 5.8 million (EUR 2.96 million) in the first nine months of this year. The profit of the HPPs on the Vrbas and Drina rivers could not cover the minus of KM 11.8 million (EUR 6 million) incurred by the HPPs on the Trebišnjica river, reported Capital.ba.
          

BiH’s Elektrokrajina Turns to Net Loss in First 9 Months of 2019

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Elektrokrajina, the largest electricity distribution company of Elektroprivreda Republike Srpske (ERS), one of the three power utilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), generated a net loss of KM 3.6 million (EUR 1.84 million) in the first nine months of 2019, while in the same period last year it generated a net profit of KM 231,846 (EUR 118,587.04), states the company’s financial report published on the Banja Luka stock exchange.
          

Chinese to Build Thermal Power Plant in BiH's Sanski Most

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The Chinese company China Energy Engineering Corporation Limited International and the Posušje-based company Lager have sent a letter of intent to the municipal authorities of Sanski Most in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) expressing interest in building a thermal power plant (TPP) in the municipality, reported SEEbiz.eu.
          

Design Works Launched on BiH-Croatia South Gas Link

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A consortium led by the UK-based Mott MacDonald has started drawing up the design for the 160 kilometre-long Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)-Croatia South Interconnection gas project, said BiH’s gas TSO, BH-Gas, on Monday. 
          

Preparatory Works for Construction of BiH’s 450 MW Tuzla 7 TPP Launched

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Preparatory works for the construction of a new 450 MW unit 7 of the Tuzla thermal power plant (TPP) started on Friday, announced Elektroprivreda BiH, the largest power utility in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). The value of the preparatory works, which will last for 12 months, is KM 18.9 million (EUR 9.66 million). Meanwhile, NGOs warn that the plant is not ready for construction as numerous controversies accompany the project, including an infringement case under the Energy Community Treaty. 
          

Baralija v. Bosnia și Herțegovina. Incapacitatea rezidentei unui oraș de a alege și de a fi aleasă în cadrul alegerilor locale pentru o perioadă îndelungată de timp. Încălcare // 2019

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

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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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Explore Islamic Bosnia tour with Shaykh Suliman

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Travel Express offers this October Bosnia tour with Shaykh Suliman Gani. Discover Islamic Heritage in Bosnia, A unique opportunity to experience the Islamic heritage in Bosnia. The tour shows Islamic sites in different places in Bosnia. Travel Date: 25th to 29 October. All Packages Include All Transportation / Ziyaarah. Tour. Entrance Fees. Modern Bus with AC. English speaking Bosnian Guide alongside. Shaykh Suliman Gani. 4* Accommodation BB In Sarajevo and HB in MOstar. Taxes. Flights is also Include. Special extra features & activities.
          

11/05 Links Pt2: Three Reasons why a Corbyn Government would Threaten Jewish life in Britain; ADL's negation of Muslim Jew-hatred pandemic - sorry, it won't wash; New Israel Fund’s war on Jewish life

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From Ian:

Three Reasons why a Corbyn Government would Threaten Jewish life in Britain
2. Security of Jewish Community Buildings

It is a horrifying reality that in 2019, Jewish communities across the world live in fear of violent terror attacks. The traumatic scenes outside of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, or the recent attack on the Halle synagogue in Germany, are ones we fear being repeated in the UK. When a kosher shop became a target in France’s wave of terror attacks in 2015, it struck a raw chord with many in Britain’s Jewish community. I recall the Friday night sabbath dinner conversation — what if I had been one of those hostages? How worrying that it is only the small English Channel separating us from the wave of terror against Jewish communities in Europe? This fear only increased with the stabbings of Jews outside a synagogue in Marseille later that year and the subsequent murders in Paris of Sarah Halimi and Mireille Knoll in further antisemitic incidents.

I recently enrolled my daughter at a nursery school based at a synagogue. Upon visiting the nursery — as much as I wanted to meet the staff, see the space and learn about the daily schedule — the thing I spent the most time checking-out was the security set-up for the building. From the age of one, my daughter will be attending daycare with a guard at the front door and constant security presence. That is not the desires of an over-protective parent — it is a necessary precaution of 21st century Jewish life. In this environment, the Jewish community relies on a supportive government who understand and sympathise with these very real security threats — a government that will help overcome any administrative or regulatory hurdles to protecting Jewish community centres, schools and places of worship.

I can recall hearing this support loud and clear from successive political party leaders over the past decades, whether Labour, Conservative or Lib Dems. I have never once heard Jeremy Corbyn utter his commitment. In fact, when I searched out looking to find and consolation that Jeremy Corbyn might understand the nature of anti-Jewish terrorism, I only found the opposite. Down the road from my home is a Jewish community building named Balfour House. I recall visiting it as a teenager when taking part in a youth volunteering programme. In 1994, the building was bombed in an antisemitic incident, and one backbench MP spent the subsequent years campaigning for the release of two of the terrorist attackers. His name was Jeremy Corbyn.
CAMERA: Jeremy Corbyn’s Antisemitism Crisis A Timeline
An antisemitism crisis has engulfed the Labour Party in the UK, and party leader Jeremy Corbyn is at its center. Corbyn and his supporters insist he is entirely innocent. “He does not have an antisemitic bone in his body,” one of his Labour allies has said.

Others aren’t so convinced. “What is racist bone and how do you know whether another person has one?” asked renowned British author Howard Jacobson at an Intelligence Squared debate on the Labour leader’s fitness to be prime minister. To left-wing author James Bloodworth, meanwhile, the problem isn’t in the bones. “While I genuinely believe that Corbyn does not have an antisemitic bone in his body,” Bloodworth wrote, “he does have a proclivity for sharing platforms with individuals who do; and his excuses for doing so do not stand up.”

A poll in the summer of 2018 found that an overwhelming majority of British Jews, and a plurality of the general British public, believe Corbyn is antisemitic. Even Labour members who feel there is a deliberate campaign to exaggerate antisemitism charges against Corbyn and his party acknowledge that the party has a “genuine problem” with antisemitism.

While there has been some coverage in the U.S. press of the antisemitism scandal across the Atlantic, it has rarely been detailed and comprehensive — perhaps owing to the frequency of revelations about Corbyn’s past associations and statements. This timeline seeks to fill in the gaps left by coverage of Corbyn’s antisemitism scandal (it does not focus on antisemitic comments by other Labour members and activists, although those play a significant role in the Labour crisis).

Revealed: UK Labour Party Candidate Said She Would Celebrate Deaths of Blair, Bush and Netanyahu; Slandered Pro-Israel Students
A UK Labour party candidate in the upcoming December parliamentary elections has been found to have said she would celebrate the deaths of former British Brime Minister Tony Blair, ex-US President George W. Bush and current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and also to have slandered pro-Israel student activists.

The Jewish Chronicle reported that Zarah Sultana, who was nominated last week to contest the parliamentary seat for Coventry South, had once posted on social media that she did not agree it was wrong to “celebrate the death of any person regardless of what they did.”

“Try and stop me when the likes of Blair, Netanyahu and Bush die,” she wrote.

“The sooner they meet their creator the better,” she added. “The concepts of justice and accountability don’t truly exist in this life. Only in the next.”

She also appeared to endorse terrorism, saying, “I wrote ‘right to non violent resistance.’ Best believe that was an error and I meant to write ‘violent resistance.’”

Furthermore, Sultana libeled supporters of Israel, posting, “There will come a time in the near future where those (who) lobby for Israel feel the same shame and regret as South African apartheid supporters.”

“It is not progressive to champion a state created through ethnic cleansing, sustained through occupation, apartheid and war crimes,” she added.

While she was at university, Sultana attacked pro-Israel students, writing, “Those within the student movement who go to Zionist conferences and trips should be ashamed of themselves. You’re advocating racist ideology.”



US Jewish groups demand freedom for Jonathan Pollard
Several major American Orthodox Jewish organizations wrote pleas to US President Donald Trump to terminate Jonathan Pollard's parole so that he can care for his ill wife.

Agudath Israel of America, the Orthodox Union, and the Coalition for Jewish Values each sent their own petition to the president.

Agudath Israel Executive Vice President Rabbi David Zwiebel wrote that his organization has argued for Pollard's release for years, "and we now plead on humanitarian grounds for the commutation of his sentence and the termination of his parole.”

"In order to simply accompany his wife to her doctor ‘s appointments and her chemotherapy sessions, which assistance she very much needs, Mr. Pollard is required by his parole conditions to give three days advance notice and submit a formal written request to leave Manhattan and go to wherever she needs to be taken. Unless he receives written permission, which is not automatic but can be denied and must be negotiated each and every time, he cannot accompany her,” Rabbi Zweibel added.

Orthodox Union President Mark Bane wrote that the parole conditions preventing Pollard from leaving his home between 7 PM and 7 AM would prevent him from being able to assist his wife in the event of an emergency.
ADL's negation of Muslim Jew-hatred pandemic - sorry, it won't wash
Absent significant cognitive dissonance, anyone keeping abreast of the ongoing global jihad carnage—from Afghanistan to India to Yemen—even Germany—would not be surprised that “white supremacist” killings remain a marginal epiphenomenon. Just in the past 30 calendar days through November 2, 2019, there were (at least) 72 Islamic jihadist attacks (tabulated here) in 19 countries, during which 352 persons were killed, and 304 injured.

Perusing, or drilling down on the most recent U.S. Department of State (USDOS) “Country Reports on Terrorism 2018” (just published November 1, 2019), confirms, again, this irrefragable truth, as summarized by City Journal’s Seth Barron, when he reviewed the 2017 report:

…[A]lmost all the world’s extremist violence is concentrated in a handful of regions, where very few white people live

Methodical key word searches of the (11/1/19-released) 2018 USDOS 332pp. report reveal, tellingly, the following references:

83 for “jihad-jihadist”; 14 for “Communist”, with another 8 for “Marxist”, including the Basque ETA, often dubbed “Nationalist”; 4 for “Nationalist” itself, but this includes only the
(1) Marxist Palestinian PFLP,
(2) the Kurdish Marxist-Maoist PKK, and Marxist Turkey-based Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front,
(3) the jihadist spearheaded “ethno-nationalist insurgency” in southern Thailand, and
(4) so-called “regional nationalist groups” in Bosnia Herzegovina—which also includes jihadists who attempted to “travel to foreign battlefields”;
5) a solitary—one—"white supremacist” reference to Sweden, in this full context—"Sweden faces ‘a new normal,’ with an estimated 2,000 ‘Islamist extremists’ and 1,000 ‘white supremacist and leftist violent extremists’ present in the country.”
Jonathan Tobin: New Israel Fund’s war on Jewish life
According to the Forward, the rationale for the New Israel Fund’s push to create an alternative philanthropic system can be explained by what a Philadelphia psychologist named Roy Idelson considered to be a reasonable request. He wanted his local umbrella Jewish philanthropy – the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia – to allow him to use its foundation to donate money to an entity of his choice, IfNotNow.

A number of federations and many others operate foundations that allow their supporters to create so-called “donor-advised” philanthropic funds to funnel money to non-profit groups of the individual’s choice. The arrangement is profitable for federations since they make money by fees earned by managing the donor’s money and hopefully increasing it by wise investment decisions.

But, to its credit, the Philadelphia federation refused Idelson’s request.

The reason was that giving money to IfNotNow was contrary to the interests of the community. IfNotNow is, contrary to the Forward’s description of its activities, not just critical of Israeli policies but avowedly neutral about Zionism.

Idelson was outraged and now thinks that Philadelphia’s federation – and others that share its policies – aren’t operating a big enough tent. That’s why he’s supporting the New Israel Fund’s new project. The NIF is seeking to create an alternative to federations by allowing donors to give money to exactly the kind of groups that mainstream philanthropies want no part of.

The NIF’s Progressive Jewish Fund, which was launched late last month, will do just that. That’s good news for groups like IfNotNow, which hope to reap more donations, in addition to the New Israel Fund, which will profit from such gifts.
Ocasio-Cortez apologizes for blocking ex-lawmaker Hikind on Twitter
US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Monday she is sorry for blocking a former Brooklyn elected official from her Twitter account after he was critical of her.

In a statement, the Democrat said she had reconsidered her decision, as part of the settlement of a federal lawsuit that Dov Hikind had brought against her this year.

“Mr. Hikind has a First Amendment right to express his views and should not be blocked for them,” she said. “In retrospect, it was wrong and improper and does not reflect the values I cherish. I sincerely apologize for blocking Mr. Hikind.”

Hikind, a former New York state Assemblyman, said he was blocked from Ocasio-Cortez’s extremely popular @AOC campaign account, which has 5.7 million followers, after he criticized her comments comparing border detention camps to concentration camps.

Hikind was pleased with the representative’s comments. “I couldn’t ask for much more at this point,” he said.

He said he hoped it would be the beginning of a dialogue between himself and Ocasio-Cortez.


Jewish group accuses NDP MPP Joel Harden of supporting Palestinian ’terrorist leader’
A Jewish advocacy group called Monday for an apology from an Ontario New Democrat who tweeted in support of a member of a terrorist group.

Joel Harden, who represents Ottawa Centre in the provincial legislature, tweeted last week about the treatment of a senior official with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which Canada has listed as a terrorist entity.

“Saddened, sickened and disgusted by the continued abuse of Khalida Jarrar, my parliamentary colleague, by Israeli occupation forces,” Harden wrote.

He urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to demand her immediate release.
Sut Jhally Is Not the Victim
It’s kind of pathetic when a privileged college professor — who has been allowed to organize two anti-Israel rallies at a state’s “flagship” university — complains of being censored and silenced by people who disagree with him and have done an effective job of pointing out factual misstatements in his attacks on Israel.

But that’s exactly what Sut Jhally, chairman of the communications department at UMass Amherst, has done. In a recent email to Mondoweiss, an anti-Zionist website, Jhally complained about the efforts of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis (CAMERA) to hold him accountable for his incessant and counter-factual propagandizing against Israel.

In the statement published on November 1, 2019, Jhally complains that he has been “a long-standing target of CAMERA mostly as a result of the films I have been involved in.” He then states: “They have filed formal complaints to the university and have written long exposes about my ‘shameless propaganda.’” Jhally explains, “When I say ‘they,’ it is actually one sorry individual, Dexter van Zile, who has written every piece and filed every complaint.”

Jhally, who has admitted publicly that he views college classrooms as a good place to promote his anti-Israel propaganda because they provide a “captive audience” of students who can be forcibly exposed to his films and then tested on them afterwards, wrote this statement after UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy condemned the BDS movement on October 21.

Subbaswamy said he would not interfere with an anti-Israel event organized by Jhally scheduled to take place on November 12, but lamented that such a one-sided event was scheduled. Jhally organized a similar event at UMass Amherst in May 2019.
Anti-BDS Maccabee Task Force to expand to 11 universities in Europe
In the past two decades, one of the most critical frontlines of pro-Israel advocacy has been the college campus. Today, a number of passionate and dedicated organizations work in this space to counter the virulent anti-Israel movement found at many universities in North America.

With this presence, some US-based pro-Israel organizations are now turning their sights on Europe in an attempt to tackle what many feel is a significantly more difficult environment for supporters of Israel.

The Maccabee Task Force has recently announced that it will expand into 11 universities in Europe in six countries.

“This year we will be on over 100 North American campuses; we are almost on all the campuses that meet of criteria of support. What we saw abroad was a significant need,” said CEO David Brog, noting that MTF focuses on campuses with a “serious” BDS threat and ones that will produce “tomorrow’s leaders and influencers.”

Launched in 2015, the Maccabee Task Force goal is focused on combating the BDS movement by investing directly in Jewish and pro-Israel organizations, while building a broader consensus supporting Israel on campus.

After its initial foray into six campuses in 2016, the Maccabee Task Force has rapidly expanded each school year, with a current presence on 80 campuses across North America.

“We had another very good year last year. We were able to support more than 1,200 pro-Israel events on our 80 campuses,” said Brog. “We were able to bring 1,500 campus leaders and influencers to Israel. That, to us, is a significant investment. Nobody else is bringing that number of campus leaders to Israel, and these are primarily non-Jews as well.”
Cultural BDS: Artists Are Under Attack
The malicious demonizing of Israelis has inevitably led to a dramatic rise in antisemitism and violence against Jews everywhere. BDS exploits classic antisemitic tropes associating Israelis with theft, blood libel, and the cause of war. Brandeis University and the AMCHA Initiative studies reveal a direct correlation between BDS activities and antisemitism on US college campuses, and a 2019 poll from the Institute for Jewish Policy Research found an established link between the BDS movement and antisemitism in Great Britain.

Critics accuse President Donald Trump of exciting antisemitism on the extreme right. There is no doubt, however, that antisemitism is coming from both sides of the political spectrum, and that BDS is leading the rise on the left.

Utterly absent in BDS rhetoric is a call for artists to foster peace and reconciliation. Artists are routinely shunned for their attempts to bring both sides together or any sign of a balanced perspective.

Support for peace typically comes from entertainers who refuse to boycott the Jewish homeland. Music legend Leonard Cohen donated proceeds from a 2009 Tel Aviv concert to organizations working for peace. Ian Anderson, lead singer of the rock band Jethro Tull, donated earnings from three separate concert tours to charities including the Polyphony Foundation, which brings together Arab and Jewish children for the study and performance of classical music.

BDS has demonized Israelis and artists, fomented antisemitism, and made peace a more distant dream.

If you think BDS is a nonviolent campaign with humanistic goals, think again.
Demi Lovato, the Portland Trailblazers and you
Of all the enemies of the State of Israel, only one often harms more non-Israelis than Israelis: the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

The BDS movement is so ineffective at damaging the Israeli economy that it can more accurately be categorized as an anti-associated-with-Israel group, not an anti-Israel group. Every day, Israel-supporting Americans, now including singer Demi Lovato and the Portland Trailblazers basketball team, become the targets of the BDS movement’s hate-filled agenda.

Lovato, a Christian with Jewish ancestry, traveled to Israel in early October, where she was baptized in the Jordan River, visited the Western Wall, met with special-needs children and toured Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum. She posted pictures about these experiences to her 74 million Instagram followers.

She did not take a political position, meet with Israeli leaders or discuss regional issues. There are unconfirmed reports that she was paid approximately $150,000, partly by the Israeli Foreign Ministry, to take the trip in exchange for posting on Instagram.

For these actions, she was excoriated on social media. CodePink, a “women-led grassroots organization,” claimed on Twitter that Lovato’s actions were “unacceptable” and that she was “legitimizing apartheid.” Lovato, whose career hinges on her likeability, rushed to apologize.
Report Shows Uptick in Anti-Israel Activity on American College Campuses
Anti-Israel activity on college campuses in the United States increased during the 2018-19 academic year, according to an Israel on Campus Coalition report that shows there was a record number of anti-Israel disruptions at pro-Israel campus events.

During the academic year, campuses on the East Coast experienced more anti-Israel events than any other region, including an increase in anti-Israel activity at Ivy League schools such as Columbia University, Brown University and Cornell University.

Harvard University experienced a rise in anti-Israel events over the past two academic years.

Overall, 28 BDS and other anti-Israel campaigns were run on college campuses—an increase of a few more over the 2017-18 academic year and a decrease of 16 over the 2014-15 academic year.

“As the BDS movement has become more established over time, anti-Israel tactics have become increasingly hostile as Israel’s detractors double down on efforts to make campuses inhospitable to Jews and Zionists,” according to the report.

The 2018-19 academic year consisted of the highest recorded number of anti-Israel interruptions at pro-Israel events at 23, an increase of five from the previous academic year.
A Fraternity of Silence
In the 1940s, the ADA formed a council on dental education in an attempt to improve the field. The organization hired a consultant named Harlan H. Horner, who published a report in 1940 suggesting all the ways dental schools could do better. One important step was admitting fewer Jews.

“He wrote that 36% of the dental students come from four states—New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Pennsylvania—and those students are all from the same ‘immigrant background,’” Brickman said, the quotation marks audible in his tone. “In other words, they’re Jewish. Maybe a few are Italian. And this is not good. We need representation of all people; if you’re a dental school in Georgia you need good ol’ country boys! You shouldn’t have any Jews! Some of this made sense: He wanted students from everywhere. It sounds real good. But he obviously had an agenda.” The ADL leaked the story to The New York Times, and the American Dental Association issued a statement saying no worries; they’d never agree to Horner’s recommendations. “This was in the middle of the war, and they said Jewish boys were fighting like the other boys,” Brickman said. But the Horner commission had already approached individual dental schools urging them to take action. One of the schools was Temple; when Brickman visited its archives, he said, “I found a letter the dean of the dental school wrote to the president saying that his number one accomplishment was improving the school’s horrible physical plant, and number two was that four years ago, 72% of the freshman class was of the Jewish persuasion and now, only 24% were. They said it wasn’t anti-Semitism or anything against the Jews, it’s just that we were admitting too many students from New York state. But the number of Jews went from 72% to 24%.”

Brickman went through old yearbooks from dozens of dental schools to see how Jewish student populations changed in the wake of the Horner commission. “I looked at names and fraternities,” he said. “And if it was a name that you couldn’t really tell, but he was married to Sadie Goldberg, I knew a boy was Jewish.” Sure enough, he found that the numbers of Jews in dental schools—“even Columbia!”—plummeted. “It was a conspiracy, no question about it,” he said.
Rivlin urges 'anti-Semitism czars' to urgent action
"Anti-Semitism is not a Jewish problem alone. It is a problem for all humanity. We are engaged in a bitter joint fight against any expressions of anti-Semitism – from the Right, the Left or from radical Islam," President Reuven Rivlin said Monday at a meeting with special envoys from Europe and the US charged with leading the fight against anti-Semitism in their home countries.

Officials who attended the meeting at the President's Residence included European Commission Coordinator on Combating Anti-Semitism Katherina von Schnurbein; US Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating anti-Semitism Elan Carr; UK Special Envoy for post-Holocaust issues Lord Eric Pickles; German Government Commissioner on Anti-Semitism Dr. Felix Klein; and French Special Representative on Racism, Anti-Semitism and Discrimination Frédéric Potier, all of whom provided Rivlin with overviews of their work.

"Your clear voices and the work you do are crucial, particularly at such a challenging and hostile time,” the president told the representatives.

"Anti-Semitism is anti-Semitism is anti-Semitism. There are no gray areas and there is no option other than zero tolerance. One can criticize us so long as it is criticism. The moment it turns to boycotts and actions against Israel that are influenced by anti-Semitism – we will not accept it," he said.

Carr said, “Many leaders around the world understand that anti-Semitism is not only against the Jews, but against society as a whole. It is a great honor to work alongside such leaders for a better and more just world, and I am proud to call them partners.

"It is important that you know that my country, headed [by my] boss President Trump, and my boss Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, stand with you in the struggle for the security of Jewish people around the world and for the State of Israel," Carr added.
European MP: We need to increase security ‘wherever Jewish life takes place’
Europe needs to do much more to protect its Jewish community, including stationing police outside every Jewish institution, according to the new head of the working group on anti-Semitism in the European Parliament.

“In front of every synagogue, every Jewish school — anywhere where Jewish life takes place — there should at least be the awareness of the police, and depending on the risk assessment there also has to be the presence of the police [so that it] can act if there’s an attack,” Karoline Edtstadler said.

“Unfortunately, there is a pressing need for this. We can argue about whether police presence in front of synagogues is good or bad, but it’s clearly a necessity,” she added.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Times of Israel, Edtstadler, a former deputy interior minister in Austria who entered the European Parliament earlier this summer, also said Brussels should support Israel as the only democracy in the Middle East and not assume the role of a greater “moral authority” that can force its views and positions on Jerusalem, especially regarding the conflict with the Palestinians.

“There are three kinds of anti-Semitism: the old-fashioned kind, a new imported one, and anti-Zionism. It took a long time before people dared speaking about the imported anti-Semitism, but it’s a fact,” Edtstadler said, alluding to Jew-hatred among immigrant communities.

“Anti-Zionism, which targets Israel, is the most difficult one, because you have to be well-educated to find out about it. We can never stop fighting anti-Semitism. It will exist forever,” she added.
German students allegedly sing antisemitic songs after Buchenwald visit
Just hours after visiting the Buchenwald concentration camp as part of a school trip, three 14-year-old high school students reportedly started playing antisemitic songs and singing along with the lyrics.

According to a German police press statement, the students are being investigated for alleged incitement.

The police said that the three were on the school bus returning from the trip when they turned on the music and began to sing along. The incident occurred on October 15, but was reported to police over the weekend, according to the statement.

According to Deutsche Welle, the students are from Theo Koch School in the western city of Grunberg.

In a short statement to the press, Hessen’s Minister of Culture Alexander Lorz stressed that “hate speech and insults are no trivial offense.”

“The teenagers must be made very clear that we do not tolerate such a thing in our country,” he added.
I’m an Indian Immigrant. I was Accosted in Bonn, Germany, Because I was Mistaken for a Jew
As a foreigner moving to Germany, I sensed the Antisemitism early on. I knew the perpetrators all too well. They were mostly men my age, the majority of them from the Middle East or Muslim-majority North Africa.

As I strolled Cologne’s inner city for the first time some ten years ago, the Jew-hatred stared right at my face.

It was not the well-disguised Antisemitism that my progressive and woke German friends and colleagues displayed. Like the time when one of them claimed that Palestinian suicide bombers killing innocent Jews were mere “freedom fighters.” Or things you heard between the lines every time Jews or the Jewish State was mentioned in an academic debate.

The Jew-hatred on the street was free from polite inhibitions you generally expected from educated Germans mindful of their historical responsibility and guilt. These men, mostly from Turkey or the Middle East, do not know such restraints. They praised Hitler, glorified the Holocaust, and called for the destruction of Israel. Harmless conversations in cafés or streets often veered towards wild claims of Jewish conspiracies.

Even for Indian migrants like me, with no ax to grind on the issue of the Middle Eastern conflicts, it was clear that something was deeply wrong here. In the wake of the 2012 Gaza conflict and the ensuing antisemitic hate-fest on the streets of Cologne prompted me to mobilize fellow Indians living in Germany and the West. If immigrants fueled Antisemitism on German roads, then we immigrants had to take it head-on.

The overwhelming support I got from the Indian community led to the creation of the social media initiative ‘Indians For Israel.’ My subsequent visits to Israel and my interactions with the German Jewish community only strengthened my commitment.
Flyers slammed as anti-Semitic, racist distributed in Philadelphia
Flyers described by local US media as anti-Semitic and racist have recently been placed on cars in parts of South Philadelphia.

The page-long flyer makes several false claims about the Jewish community and African Americans, the local CBS affiliate reported Sunday.

“In general it profiles a really negative light on people of the Jewish faith, and their business dealings. It is anti-Semitic, and in my opinion it was trying to galvanize the African American community, to kind of be against the Jewish community,” Betsy Oliphant Ross, who found one of the flyers, told ABC6. She said she was “disturbed” by the flyer she found on Friday afternoon.

More flyers were discovered on Saturday and Sunday.

State Rep. Joanna McClinton called the flyers “hate-filled” and “unacceptable.”

Police reportedly are looking for video from security cameras in the area to try to find the person or persons who left the flyers.
Multiple Jewish residents of Borough Park assaulted on same night
Several Jewish members of Borough Park's Jewish community were attacked on Friday night.

The first attack occurred on New Utrecht Avenue and 53rd Street at around midnight. A few men exited their vehicle and chased two ultra-Orthodox boys as they were walking down the street. The two boys escaped unharmed after being chased, which was caught on CCTV camera.

The same assailants returned to their vehicles and drove to 48th Street, within range of the Bobover Bais Midrash, where they punched an ultra-Orthodox man as he sat in his vehicle. The men once again fled the scene after being caught on film.

Additional reports of assault on two other ultra-Orthodox residents of Borough Park occurred Friday night, one on 14th Avenue and 51st Street, and separately, another on 14th Avenue and 55th Street.

This series of assaults come amid reports of rising antisemitic sentiment and attacks on Jews in the United States, in addition to numerous incidences of defacement of Jewish-owned properties, gravestones and community institutions.
Suspect arrested after Minnesota school tagged with swastika
US police have arrested a suspect in a Minneapolis suburb after a swastika and other offensive graffiti were found at an elementary school.

In an email to Edina School District families, Superintendent John Schultz wrote that “when an act of hatred occurs anywhere in Edina, it affects our entire community.”

Police said the arrest occurred Monday after the suspect was caught on security video. The vandalism at Concord Elementary School happened over the weekend.

The Star Tribune reported that Schultz said the district has turned to the Jewish Community Resource Council for guidance as they work through the issue.

“We strongly believe that these types of incidents are carried out by individuals who do not reflect the sentiments of the community as a whole,” he added. “They remind us, however, that we must be vigilant in our work around equity and cultural understanding. The future-readiness of our students depends on their ability to work collaboratively with others from vast numbers of cultures, religions and backgrounds.”
Utah school principal, teacher placed on leave after student dresses as Hitler
The principal and a teacher at an elementary school in Utah have been placed on paid administrative leave after a student dressed in an Adolf Hitler costume and participated in the school’s Halloween parade.

The student at the Creekside Elementary School in Kaysville, Utah, wore a brown long-sleeved shirt with a red swastika armband on the sleeve, in photos that circulated Friday on social media. He also appeared to be wearing a Hitler mustache.

The Davis School District apologized for the incident in a statement, the local Fox affiliate reported.

“The Davis School District apologizes for what took place yesterday. It does not tolerate speech, images or conduct that portray or promote hate in any form. The district is taking the matter very seriously and is investigating every aspect of the situation,” the statement said. “It does not tolerate speech, images or conduct that portray or promote hate in any form.”


How the Jew Whom Hitler Blamed for Kristallnacht Outsmarted His Captors
When, a Polish Jew named Herschel Grynszpan walked into the German embassy in Paris and assassinated an official in retaliation for the Nazis’ persecution of his family, Adolf Hitler immediately used it as a pretext to launch violent attacks on Jews throughout the Third Reich. Saturday marks the 81st anniversary of these pogroms, which came to be known as Kristallnacht. Stephen Koch, whose biography of Grynszpan was reviewed in Mosaic, explains how Grynszpan—arrested by the Gestapo in 1940—foiled Nazi plans to use him as a pawn:

Hitler had decided to turn [Grynszpan] into the defendant in a major show trial in Berlin, “proving” that World War II had been started by the “World Jewish Conspiracy,” using the “evil” Herschel as their trigger. . . . Enormous amounts of Nazi money, time, and energy went into planning this charade. Hitler was kept constantly informed. The star witness was to be no less than the former French foreign minister Georges Bonnet, a covert Nazi fellow-traveler and major player in Munich, who promised the Nazis to tell the world that, yes, indeed, France went to war in 1939 only because of relentless, irresistible, warmongering pressure from “the Jews.”

The trial . . . never took place because Herschel Grynszpan kept it from taking place. As a prisoner of the Nazis, Herschel had quickly grasped that he was being primed for more anti-Semitic propaganda. To prevent that disgrace, he concocted an extraordinarily ingenious lie. He claimed that he had not really killed the German diplomat for any political reason at all. His “protest” had merely been his cover for a deeper secret: the unspeakable truth that he’d killed the diplomat in the midst of a homosexual lovers’ quarrel.

This inspired falsehood was certain to turn into the trial’s most scandalous news story. It made an enraged Goebbels advise Hitler to postpone the whole thing. It stayed postponed forever.
World War II pilot’s heroic Holocaust secret revealed
It was a secret that Royal Air Force pilot Halsey Roscorla took to his grave in 1966 – a secret that would not surface for more than half-a-century.

But this week, the full story of his heroism was revealed by the ahead of Remembrance Day on Monday by Royal Star and Garter, a British charity that cares for military veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia.

Roscorla’s family never learned of his heroic action since he never spoke of his time in the military to his wife, Joan, or children, Anne and Charles.

When he died in 1966 at the age of 47, his family thought his military stories were gone forever. But in 2005, pieces of his remarkable story came to light after a chance sighting of a photograph and film footage in a news report. That fateful night, Charles was watching the television news when he spotted a familiar photograph.

“In our photo album drawer at home, there is a series of pictures of planes lined up on a runway, and [it’s] looking like refugee children going into these planes,” he recalled. “I’ve known them forever. And we turned on the news one night in 2005, and it was a celebration of the refugee children being picked up at Prague airport.

“Children who had been in camps to be brought to this country, they were taken to Windermere. It was the 60th anniversary. My wife Martine and I [said] ‘Oh! What was that?’” the 68-year-old recalled.
Hall of Famer Staubach to be honored for support of Israel
Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach will be honored “for his work as a strong supporter of Israel and other Zionist causes.”

The Bnai Zion Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in the United States that identifies and funds capital projects in Israel, will present the Dallas Cowboys great with its 2019 American-Israel Friendship Award at an event in Dallas on Monday.

Staubach wrote in a commentary published in the Dallas Morning News ahead of the awards ceremony that “(M)y Catholic roots have always helped me see the importance of an Israeli homeland.”

The Heisman Trophy winner called the purchase of Israel Bonds while a student at the U.S. Naval Academy, because they were affordable, “my first link to Israel.”

He also wrote: “Israel is a very special place that represents so many faiths. It covers everyone and everything, and you don’t have to be Jewish to understand its singular status and to support it as a nation and an idea.”
Heschel quote to be centerpiece of public mural in Buenos Aires
A quote from the late Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel will be the centerpiece of a mural painted in a public square in Buenos Aires.

The Buenos Aires city government and the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary held a contest to design the mural to honor human rights activist Rabbi Marshall Meyer. It will be located in the north of the city, close to Meyer’s Bet El synagogue.

Meyer, who was mentored by Heschel, explained his commitment to social justice causes and the reason for publicly demonstrating that commitment by saying that “when you march for fair causes, you are praying with your feet.” That vision was taught to Meyer by Heschel, an activist who spoke about that idea after he marched from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 with Martin Luther King.

Meyer, a New York native who worked in Buenos Aires from 1958 to 1984 to revitalize the Conservative movement, spoke out for liberty while working in Buenos Aires during the military dictatorship government in Argentina from 1976 to 1983.

A graffiti design of the phrase “Marchar es como rezar con los pies” (“Marching is like praying with your feet”) was proposed by artist Ariel Mintzer, 29.
As Israel celebrates Aliyah Day, 2019 figures point to a peak year
For the fourth straight year, Israel is marking Aliyah Day, celebrating the ingathering of the exiles and the contribution of Jewish immigrants to the state.

According to official statistics, 2019 has so far been a good year for aliyah, with 28,629 olim making Israel their home as of October. Only a decade ago, the number of olim for roughly the same period in 2009 stood at 17,179.

In 2014, more than 27,000 olim arrived in Israel, and a year later the number rose to 31,858, marking a record for the period of 2009-2019.

The number of olim in 2018 was close to that record, standing at 30,381, and 2019 may end with an even higher figure.

The breakdown of the numbers for the period of January through October 2019 is as follows: 12,722 from Russia; 5,247 from Ukraine; 2,470 from the United States; 276 from Canada; 143 from Australia; 1,996 from France; 469 from the UK; 350 from Brazil; 321 from South Africa; 93 from Venezuela; 127 from Mexico and 143 from Turkey.

According to government agencies, olim also arrived from Muslim countries, including 57 from Iran.

Even Thailand and Japan are represented in this year's figures, with 14 olim arriving from former and 5 from the latter.




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As an FBI Special Agent with Linguistics/Foreign Language expertise, you'll have a career like no other. You may have been raised speaking a language other than English, taught it for a few years or even participated in intensive learning before going overseas to use it. You know that your language skills can make a difference, whether your specialty is Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, Farsi, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Uzbek Korean, Portuguese or another foreign language. We need Special Agents with a wide range of education, backgrounds, languages and other specialized skills in order to get ahead of threats. As a Special Agent with foreign language skills, you may be asked to translate audio or written materials in a foreign language into English, interpret during a crucial interview or provide cultural expertise relating to an investigation. You will use your cultural and linguistic acumen to tackle some of society's toughest challenges. Your ultimate mission: to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States. Whether you are currently working in the public sector, at a large corporation or at a small private company, we need your experience! We're looking for proficiency in all languages and dialects. Being a Special Agent can be a lifelong career of uncommon days and amazing experiences. What you'll need to succeed: BA/BS degree (preferably in linguistics or language). Written and verbal proficiency in a language or languages other than English and the ability to communicate clearly in English with colleagues both internally and externally. Native/fluent experience in a particular language and culture. In addition: Exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills. Be detail-oriented, yet keep a strategic focus. Ability to objectively evaluate information and make sound judgements. Honesty and integrity must be the foundation of who you are. The drive and commitment to make a difference in the communities you serve. All applicants are evaluated on core competencies of collaboration, communication, flexibility/adaptability, initiative, interpersonal ability, leadership, organizing/planning and problem solving/judgment. The FBI Special Agent position requires significant commitment and dedication from you and your family, but it's an experience you will never forget. As a Special Agent, you will join an ---elite team of people committed to the highest standards. Our team has a mission like no other, and our people are sought after as some of the best in their fields. It's no wonder so many corporations appoint FBI alumni in distinguished roles. Key Requirements You must: Be a U.S. citizen. Be at least 23 years old and not have reached your 37th birthday on appointment. Have a Bachelor's degree or Master's degree from a U.S.-accredited college or university. Be able to obtain a Top Secret Clearance. Have two years of full-time professional work experience (see work experience waiver for exceptions). Meet the FBI's Employment Eligibility requirements. Possess a valid driver's license with at least six months driving experience. Meet all FBI physical requirements, be physically fit to complete training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, and maintain a high level of fitness throughout your career. Commit to serving as a Special Agent for a minimum of three years. Successfully complete approximately 20 weeks of employment as a Special Agent trainee, while housed at the FBI Academy. Work a minimum of a 50-hour workweek, which may include odd hours, and be on call 24/7, including holidays and weekends. Be willing and able to participate in arrests, execute search warrants, raids and similar assignments. ()
          

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‏Learn French 6,000 Words یک راه آسان و سرگرم کننده برای زبان فرانسه است . این برنامه شامل 6000 هزار کلمه با تصویر برای نشان دادن کلمات می باشد . رونوشت آوایی و تلفظ ضبط شده به زبان مادری و ترجمه آن به فارسی شما را کمک خواهد کرد تا 6000 کلمه پرکاربرد فرانسوی را که در 15 موضوع اصلی و 140 موضوع فرعی دسته بندی شده اند را براحتی فرابگیرید.‏برخی از ویژگی های نرم افزار Learn French 6,000 Words اندروید :‏✤ 6000 کلمه با تصاویر برای نشان دادن کلمات، رونوشت آوایی و تلفظ ضبط شده توسط زبان مادری.‏✤ پوشش واژگان در 15 موضوع اصلی و 140 موضوع فرعی‏✤ کل لغات علاوه بر زبان فارسی به 59 زبان دیگر ترجمه شده است :‏✔ English ✔ Afrikaans ✔ Albanian ✔ Amharic ✔ Arabic ✔ Azerbaijani ✔ Belarusian ✔ Bengali ✔ Bosnian ✔ Bulgarian ✔ Catalan ✔ Chinese ✔ Traditional Chinese ✔ Croatian ✔ Czech ✔ Danish ✔ Dutch ✔ Estonian ✔ Tagalog ✔ Finnish ✔ French ✔ Georgian ✔ Greek ✔ Hebrew ✔ Hindi ✔ Hungarian ✔ Icelandic ✔ Igbo ✔ Indonesian ✔ Irish ✔ Italian ✔ Japanese ✔ Kazakh ✔ Korean ✔ Latvian ✔ Lithuanian ✔ Macedonian ✔ Malay ✔ Mongolian ✔ Nepali ✔ Norwegian ✔ Persian ✔ Polish ✔ Portuguese ✔ Brazilian Portuguese ✔ Romanian ✔ Russian ✔ Serbian ✔ Slovak ✔ Slovenian ✔ Spanish ✔ Swahili ✔ Swedish ✔ Thai ✔ Turkish ✔ Ukrainian ✔ Urdu ✔ Vietnamese‏✤ انجام 7 بازی سرگرم کننده برای یادگیری به شیوه ای منحصر به فرد و جذاب‏✤ بدون اتصال به اینترنت برای استفاده از برنامه و استفاده کاملا آفلاین‏✤ دارای 3 سطح دشواری: مبتدی، متوسط ​​و پیشرفته.‏✤ انتخاب زبان اصلی برنامه از میان 59 زبان مانند : فارسی ، آلمانی، انگلیسی، فرانسوی، ترکی، روسی، کره ای، عربی، تایلندی، ژاپنی، ایتالیایی، اسپانیایی، و غیره
          

, آموزش زبان آلمانی به فارسی

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‏Learn German 6,000 Words یک راه آسان و سرگرم کننده برای زبان آلمانی است . این برنامه شامل 6000 هزار کلمه با تصویر برای نشان دادن کلمات می باشد . رونوشت آوایی و تلفظ ضبط شده به زبان مادری و ترجمه آن به فارسی شما را کمک خواهد کرد تا 6000 کلمه پرکاربرد آلمانی را که در 15 موضوع اصلی و 140 موضوع فرعی دسته بندی شده اند را براحتی فرابگیرید.‏برخی از ویژگی های نرم افزار Learn German 6,000 Words اندروید :‏✤ 6000 کلمه با تصاویر برای نشان دادن کلمات، رونوشت آوایی و تلفظ ضبط شده توسط زبان مادری.‏✤ پوشش واژگان در 15 موضوع اصلی و 140 موضوع فرعی‏✤ کل لغات علاوه بر زبان فارسی به 59 زبان دیگر ترجمه شده است :‏✔ English ✔ Afrikaans ✔ Albanian ✔ Amharic ✔ Arabic ✔ Azerbaijani ✔ Belarusian ✔ Bengali ✔ Bosnian ✔ Bulgarian ✔ Catalan ✔ Chinese ✔ Traditional Chinese ✔ Croatian ✔ Czech ✔ Danish ✔ Dutch ✔ Estonian ✔ Tagalog ✔ Finnish ✔ French ✔ Georgian ✔ Greek ✔ Hebrew ✔ Hindi ✔ Hungarian ✔ Icelandic ✔ Igbo ✔ Indonesian ✔ Irish ✔ Italian ✔ Japanese ✔ Kazakh ✔ Korean ✔ Latvian ✔ Lithuanian ✔ Macedonian ✔ Malay ✔ Mongolian ✔ Nepali ✔ Norwegian ✔ Persian ✔ Polish ✔ Portuguese ✔ Brazilian Portuguese ✔ Romanian ✔ Russian ✔ Serbian ✔ Slovak ✔ Slovenian ✔ Spanish ✔ Swahili ✔ Swedish ✔ Thai ✔ Turkish ✔ Ukrainian ✔ Urdu ✔ Vietnamese‏✤ انجام 7 بازی سرگرم کننده برای یادگیری به شیوه ای منحصر به فرد و جذاب‏✤ بدون اتصال به اینترنت برای استفاده از برنامه و استفاده کاملا آفلاین‏✤ دارای 3 سطح دشواری: مبتدی، متوسط ​​و پیشرفته.‏✤ انتخاب زبان اصلی برنامه از میان 59 زبان مانند : فارسی ، آلمانی، انگلیسی، فرانسوی، ترکی، روسی، کره ای، عربی، تایلندی، ژاپنی، ایتالیایی، اسپانیایی، و غیره
          

All About Croatia

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"Croatia is a country of great potential and greater opportunities."
--Understanding Croatia: A Collection of Essays on Croatian Identity by Božo Skoko

How much do you know about Croatia, its wine, cuisine, history, and culture? Maybe you know Croatia was used to film certain locations in the Game of Thrones TV series. Maybe you've read of various celebrities vacationing at the beaches on the Dalmatian coast. However, your knowledge may not extend much beyond that. Hopefully, more people will become aware of the fascinating aspects of Croatia, and seek out its food and wine, and maybe even journey there.

Located on the Balkan peninsula, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, the Republic of Croatia is a member of the European Union and it borders the countries of Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Montenegro. Croatia, with a population of 4.5 million, has become a popular tourist destination, and nearly 20 million tourists, a a record-breaking number, visited in 2018 with all signs that 2019 will be even greater.

In September 2019, I made a journey to Croatia, part of a media trip, traveling from Zagreb to Dubrovnik, and numerous locations between those two cities. Over the course of ten days, I experienced much, from wineries to restaurants, from museums to ancient Roman ruins, from the beach to the mountains, from medieval fortifications to a farmers market. It was informative and fun, delicious and educational. I ate and drank plenty, though got ample exercise through extensive walking. My memorable experiences have spawned numerous story ideas and will lead to even more in the future.

Currently, I've posted 18 articles on Croatian wines, food, history & culture, totaling about 25,000 words, with more articles planned for the near future. I've also referenced Croatian wines, generally as a category, in other articles on my blog. I strongly suspect some of the Croatian wines I've reviewed in these articles may end up on my 2019 Annual Top Ten Wine lists. Plus, some of my other Croatian experiences may end on other of my 2019 Annual Favorite lists.

To help bring more visibility to Croatia, I've compiled all of the links to my Croatian wine, food, history & culture posts into this single article. This post will be a repository of those articles, listed in chronological order from the newest to oldest, and I'll update it when I write a new article about Croatia. This should be helpful to my readers who want to delve deeper into the fascinating country of Croatia.


Zagreb: Bornstein Bar--Part 5 (Forthcoming)
Bura Winery (Forthcoming)
Grgic Winery (Forthcoming)
Korak Winery (Forthcoming)
Terra Madre Winery: From Pošip Sur Lie to Wine Tourism
Rizman Winery: First in Komarna & A Taste of Tribidag
Ten Reasons To Drink Croatian Wine
Proto Restaurant in Dubrovnik: A Seafood Paradise
Volarević Winery: Organic Rakija & The Complexity of Plavac Mali
Rant: How To Promote Croatian Wine
Croatia: A Brief Introduction
Bound For Croatia

"..., for the Croatians of every degree are an amiable, open-hearted, open-handed people, who give to hospitality a very high place among the cardinal virtues and take a sincere pleasure in exercising it."
--The Times (London), August 9, 1884
          

Генсек НАТО признал украинских моряков трусами за нарушение присяги

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eTwinningu kogemus Taani lasteaedadest

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Eesti lasteaiaõpetajad Jelena Rattik, Tiiu Tommula ja Elo Sepp naasesid hiljuti Taanist, kus toimus eTwinningu koostööseminar lasteaiaõpetajatele.

Seminaril osales kokku 41 inimest Eestist, Taanist, Norrast, Leedust, Põhja-Makedooniast, Tšehhist, Sloveeniast, Maltalt, Bosnia ja Hertsegoviinast ja Belgiast.   

Seminari alustati tervitustega kohalikelt lasteaedadelt. Seejärel tutvustati, mis seminaril toimuma hakkab ja mis on kokkusaamise eesmärk. Räägiti Taani kontekstis põhjamaisest traditsioonilisest pedagoogikast. Taani lasteaedade õppekavas on esmakordselt sees termin “teadus” ja rõhku pannakse tehnoloogia mõistmisele. Nende jaoks on oluline, et lapsed oleksid loovad nii mängus kui õppimises, teeksid koostööd tehnoloogiliste vahenditega, arendaksid kriitilist mõtlemist, oleksid inimlikud inimesed. 

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Siis tegelesime haridusrobotite Ozobottidega. Osalejad ise pidid aru saama, mida sellega teha tuleb ja kuidas see töötab. Eestlastel raskui ei tekkinud, oleme Ozobotte kasutanud. Pärast seda pandi lauale robootikakomplekt LittleBits. See oli suures osas füüsika, ühendasime juppe ja patareid, et see asi tööle läheks. Mõni andur näitas temperatuuri, mõnel hakkas ventilaator tööle jne. 

Pärast jagati osalejad kahte gruppi vastavalt sellele, milline on tase ja kogemus eTwinningu projektide tegemisel. Algajatele seletati, kuidas eTwinningu keskkond töötab. Edasijõudnutele, keda ei olnud palju, räägiti headest praktikatest ja mis teeb ühest projektist hea projekti. 

Järgmisel päeval olid lasteaedade külastused.  Meid jagati nelja gruppi ja eestlased otsustasid, et lähme kõik erinevatesse lasteaedadesse ja pärast jagame nähtut. Nende külastuste eesmärk oli näidata, kuidas Taani lasteaiad kombineerivad tehnoloogiat ja teadust õppetööga. 

Esimene lasteaed oli omapärase ehitusega, oli tunne, nagu oleks kuskil puuonnis, kus on ääretult põnev. Lasteaias oli 3D printer, BeeBot-robotid ja Easi mikroskoop, mida saab juhtida tahvelarvutist. Toodi näiteid, kuidas neid õppetöös kasutatakse. Põnev oli rohelise ekraani (ingl green screen) kasutamine õppetöös ja seda protsessi nägime ka pärast rühmas. Rühmad ise olid pisikesed, aga hästi liigendatud. 

Teises lasteaias polnud nii palju tehnoloogilisi vahendeid, aga nad rääkisid, et on oluline, et lapsed õpiksid kriitilist mõtlemist, kuidas asju ning nähtuseid lahti kodeerida. Näiteks kuidas jõuab lehmast saadud piim meieni. Lapsed pidid panema pildid õigesse järjekorda. 

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Õuealad olid lasteaedades suured ja lastel on palju vabadust. Ühel lasteaial oli ronimispuu, kuhu otsa lapsed võivad ronida, aga nad ise peavad enda võimeid tundma. Kui laps alla kukub, siis teab ta järgmine kord, kui kõrgele ta minna tohib. Võib öelda, et nad ei hellita lapsi liigselt, vaid lapsed ise õpivad enda võimeid ja oskusi tundma. Õuealal ja kohati ka siseruumides ei olnud suurt korraarmastust, mis tekitas pingevaba ja lapsekeskse õhkkonna. Oli kohe näha, et seal on kindlasti lapsed. Õppetegevustes polnud ei lastel ega ka õpetajatel kiire, kõige jaoks võeti aega. 

Silma jäid mõned ootamatud asjad: lasteaedade ruumid on väiksed, kuid ruumi on rohkem. Lauad on õpetajale mugaval kõrgusel ja pisikesi pudinaid kõrgetel taburettidel vaadata oli päris hirmus.  Aga nad ei kukkunud sealt alla, vaid nihelesid rahulikult ja õpetajad ei muretsenud. Üllatas, et lastel olid tehnikavidinad käepärast ja mitte ainult tunnis tegutsemiseks.

Järvest ja metsast toodi kaasa loodusmaterjale ja neid uuriti pisikese munakujulise digimikroskoobiga. Lapsi viiakse metsa ja järjepidevalt - kord kuus nädal aega on iga rühm metsas, hommikul viiakse ja õhtul tuuakse. Metsad on sealkandis muinasjutulised. Nagu ka meil, kus metsa on.
 
Teises lasteaias mängis õpetaja 2-3aastastega COSMO mängu. Umbes 10 cm läbimõõduga plastikust eri värvi põlevate kivikestega sai muusikat teha, aga ka reaktsioonikiiruse mänge mängida. Väiksed patsutasid mõnuga kivikesi, proovisid ka kaaslase omi. Õpetaja küsis pidevalt laste arvamust, mida edasi teha (muusikat? mis pille?).

Õueala oli suur ja elu nagu seikluspargis, ronimiseks oli kõikvõimalikke puid, roikaid, kaste. Äkki tuli väike 5aastane poiss ja läks lahti metalliotsimise mäng. Metalliotsijaga tuli leida liivast lusikaid.  Asjad olid mõnusalt liivased, lillepeenras oli digimikroskoop, millega sain muinasjutulise pildi lille sisemusest. Kohe ilmus välja ka õpetaja tahvelarvutiga. 

Seal tekkis mõte, et meilgi hakataks tehnoloogi vahendeid rohkem igapäevaselt kasutama, kui hirmud vabaks lastakse - kui juhtub midagi, siis ei juhtu midagi. Kuna tehnika on meil õpetaja palgaga võrreldes kallis, siis tehnikat  kasutades on kuklas mõte, et kui katki läheb, mis siis saab? Kas jaksan oma taskust kinni maksta, et tüli ei tekiks? Lihtsam on loobuda kasutamisest. 

Pärast lasteaedade külastusi said grupid jälle kokku ja oli aeg leida projektipartnereid ning hakata eTwinningu projekti planeerima. Üllatas, et tehnoloogilisi vahendeid projektides kohe ei kasutatud, ehkki seminari fookus oli just tehnoloogia kasutamisel eTwinningu projektides. Ma tahtsin, et projekt oleks minu jaoks väljakutse ja et ma ise õpiksin ka midagi. Leidsime siiski ka tehnoloogiahuvilisi ja tegime projekti “Space Class”, kus kasutatakse kosmose-teema õpetamisel tehnoloogilisi vahendeid. Veel loodi projektid “Welcome to my country” ja “Playing today and yesterday” koos Taani, Slovenia, Norra, Bosnia ja Hertsegoviina, Belgia ja Eesti partneritega. 

Alguse sai ka projekt “Stories of names”. Igal lapsel on nimi ja lugu, kuidas nad oma nime said. Projekt on nimedest, et lapsed õpiksid kirjutama oma nimesid, illustreeriksid need ära, küsiksid vanematel oma nimede lugu ja Twinspace’is siis jagavad kõik neid omavahel. Projektiga on liitunud partnerid seitsmest riigist, loodame, et sellest tuleb edukas projekt. 

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Taanis toimunud seminar oli suurepärane võimalus näha, kui efektiivselt saab tehnoloogiat ja teadust õppeprotsessis ära kasutada. Kindlasti püüame edaspidi oma töös tehnoloogiat rohkem õppimisel ära kasutada. 

 

Muljeid eTwinningu seminarilt Taanist jagasid Jelena Rattik, Tiiu Tommula ja Elo Sepp. Autorite fotod. 

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Bosnia outraged after Macron calls it a 'ticking time-bomb'

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Officials in Bosnia expressed outrage Thursday to remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron in which he described the country as a "ticking time-bomb" and the greatest concern for Europe in the Balkans due to what he said was its "problem of returning jihadists."
          

Migranti, Lamorgese: “Entro inizio del 2020 modifiche ai dl Sicurezza saranno in Cdm”

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In audizione al Comitato Schengen la ministra dell'Interno ha fatto un punto sui flussi migratori diretti verso l'Italia e fornito dati che fanno pensare a un novo consolidamento della rotta balcanica: dall’inizio dell’anno, ha spiegato, sono stati rintracciati 3.537 migranti irregolari entrati in Italia dalla Slovenia. la causa: "Un cambio di politica nel rilascio dei visti attuato dalla Serbia e dalla Bosnia"

L'articolo Migranti, Lamorgese: “Entro inizio del 2020 modifiche ai dl Sicurezza saranno in Cdm” proviene da Il Fatto Quotidiano.


          

Evolve WMMA | Invicta Champ Pam “BAM” Sorenson Goes For Gold in Bosnia

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Invicta FC Featherweight Champion, Pam “BAM” Sorenson has been selected to represent the USA at the 2019 WAKO Kickboxing World Championships. She will be traveling to Sarajevo, Bosnia along with team mate Nate “The Natural” Richardson and coach Chris Cichon. In the latest Evolve WMMA podcast episode…  Sorenson discusses the event with teammate Richardson and Coach Cichon.  [ Read More ]
          

CSM Ploiesti, salba de medalii la turneul international „Arad Trophy”

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Sectia de gimnastica ritmica de la CSM Ploiesti a bifat noi performante internationale, cu ocazia participarii la o noua editie a „Arad Trophy”. Turneul international de la Arad a avut la start peste 250 de gimnaste din noua tari: Azerbaidjan, Bosnia si Hertegovina, Belarus, Ungaria, Italia, Moldova, Serbia, Slovacia si Romania. Sportivele pregatite de Simona Puiu si Liliana Baescu…
          

Nuestro Recomendado

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Es tan malo nacer en una zona de peligro. Sólo estoy buscando un lugar al que pueda llamar mi hogar” reivindica la banda bosnia Dubioza kolektiv en el tema “Cross the line”, lanzada hoy en colaboración con el cantante Manu Chao, con el que homenajean a quienes tienen que abandonar sus países.

“Es un himno a la determinación, al coraje y a la fuerza necesarios para que uno abandone su patria y encare los retos de un futuro incierto”, describió el grupo bosnio su canción, en un comunicado.

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