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          White Wolf Announces Vampire: The Masquerade - Heritage Board Game      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

For decades, players have played around in the World of Darkness via either the tabletop version or LARP version of Vampire: The Masquerade. Now, a new way to experience all that vampire goodness is coming. Vampire: The Masquerade - Heritage is a new board game coming for the World of Darkness universe that lets you play over 700 years worth of human/vampire relations and change. And being a legacy game, each playthrough is guaranteed to be a new experience.

From the announcement:

White Wolf Entertainment, in cooperation with board game publisher Nice Game Publishing GmbH, has unveiled a new chapter in the Vampire: The Masquerade storytelling universe — Vampire: The Masquerade - Heritage, a new Legacy-format game of Vampire clan politics and historical manipulation. In Heritage, designed by Babis Giannios — a long-time Vampire Storyteller, players take on the role of an ancient vampire, shaping over 700 years of kindred and human history through political machinations, subversion and secrecy. With first demo sessions being available at SPIEL ‘18, and set for full release at SPIEL '19 in Essen, Germany, Vampire: The Masquerade - Heritage will challenge players to make decisions that shape history, while expanding the influence of their vampire clans.

Vampire: The Masquerade - Heritage is a 2-4 player Legacy-styled board game that takes 20-40 minutes to play. During the game, players build a bloodline from characters who complete history-based missions and challenges via Vampiric Battlegrounds. Gameplay includes the use of Intrigue cards, which change the rules of the game in thematic ways to fit characters and clans. Vampire clans grow in strength as they build a chronicle spanning 700 years of blood-soaked history. Humans can also be “embraced” and turned into fellow vampires, with new abilities and a new name. These newly embraced vampires are represented in-game by flipping their human card to the Vampire side, and returning them to their sleeve. To allow for this innovative gameplay, Vampire: The Masquerade - Heritage will come with more than 60 pre-sleeved character cards. To reach the conclusion of the 700-year timeline, players will scramble to unravel ancient mysteries and make the most of their allies and influence gathered throughout the campaign.

“We’re happy to be working with Nice Game Publishing to further expand the gameplay universe of Vampire: The Masquerade,” said Martin Ericsson, Lead Storyteller at White Wolf. “Seeing how they plan to take the popular Legacy format board game and bring Vampire into that style of play is something we are eager to see, and we’re sure our fans will be excited to play Heritage when it arrives in stores.”
 
“At Nice Game Publishing, our goal is to find, fund, and publish unique and exciting ideas for board game experiences. Vampire: The Masquerade - Heritage fits this perfectly,“ said Simon Schwanhäußer, CEO of Nice Game Publishing GmbH. “We’re both excited and honored to have the chance to craft a whole new tabletop experience for fans of the Vampire universe, and we will handle this beloved franchise with the care and craftsmanship it deserves.”

Features of Vampire: The Masquerade - Heritage include:

  • Shape 700 years of kindred and human history through a tabletop Legacy-styled game system
  • Avoid the Inquisition, uphold the Masquerade, and resist the Beast are just a few of the Vampire Battlefield challenges you’ll encounter
  • Embrace and enhance dozens of unique characters to build your bloodline
  • Gather influence and forge alliances in a mystery that spans centuries

Seven clans, dozens of unique, pre-sleeved character cards, special “vampiric battlegrounds” and more than 100 historical missions

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          'We shall not fail!' — The US Navy's new submarine fleet commander vows to take on Russia and China      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

As the new commander of US Submarine Forces took the reins Friday, he stressed that America will continue to dominate beneath the waves.

Vice Adm. Charles A. Richard relieved Vice Adm. Joseph E. Tofalo as head of US Submarine Forces and Allied Submarine Command Friday at a ceremony aboard the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Washington, according to a Navy release.

"The mission of our Submarine Force today is clear," Richard said. "We are back in a world in the midst of major power competition. In that competition our strength undersea is a key advantage that we have. That will not change on my watch. With so much at stake, we cannot let up and must execute our mission with a continued sense of urgency."


          China slaps further tariffs on US goods      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
China is slapping additional import tariffs of 25 per cent on $US16 billion ($A22 billion) worth of US goods. Reported by SBS 2 hours ago.
          Pentagon is moving toward establishing Trump’s Space Force      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon is moving toward fulfilling President Donald Trump’s request to establish a Space Force, in what would be the first new branch of the military in more than 70 years.

In a speech at the Pentagon Thursday at 11:15 a.m., Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to lay out the administration’s plan. The Pentagon is also expected to release a Congressionally-mandated report on the issue.

But the calls for a separate military branch have been met with strong reluctance in some parts of the Pentagon amid concerns that it doesn’t need the burdens of a new bureaucracy. The move could significantly reorganize the military and potentially strip the Air Force of some of its key responsibilities.

Last year, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a memo to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, that he opposed “the creation of a new military service and additional organizational layers at a time when we are focused on reducing overhead and integrating joint warfighting functions.”

On Tuesday, however, Mattis said that military leaders “are in complete alignment with the president’s concern about protecting our assets in space to contribute to our security to our economy and we’re going to have to address it as other countries show a capability to attack those assets.”

Congressional approval would be needed to stand up an entirely new military branch. A Space Force, dedicated to space the way the Navy is to the sea, would be the first new military service since the Air Force was created in 1947. But Mattis said that creating a new combatant command for space, such as one that governs the Pentagon’s Special Operations “is certainly one thing that we can establish.”

He added that the plan for how best to implement it was still ongoing: “I don’t have all the final answers yet. We’re still putting it together.”

Defense One, a news outlet focused on the military, recently reported that the combatant command would be led by a four-star general and there would also be an agency focused on buying satellites, citing a draft copy of a report due to Congress soon.

For years, the Pentagon has been warning about how space has become a contested domain of war-just like the land, air and sea. And it has become increasingly concerned that its assets in space are vulnerable to attack.

Military leaders have said repeatedly that modern warfare depends on space. The Pentagon and intelligence community has a host of sensitive satellites that perform all sorts of vital national security tasks, such as missile warning, precision-guided munitions, military communications, intelligence. But how best to protect those assets-and deter other potential adversaries from attacking them-has touched off an intense debate in Washington.

Last year, some members of Congress proposed creating a “Space Corps” inside the Air Force, similar to how the Marine Corps is part of the Navy Department. Senior Pentagon officials opposed the measure, and the plan was shelved.

Trump’s Space Force plan would go even further, creating a new branch, with both a new member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a political appointee serving as a service secretary.

During a speech in June, Trump directed the “to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the Armed Forces.” And he said that “we are going to have the Air Force, and we are going to have the Space Force-separate but equal.”

Military officials are concerned about the threats posed by China and Russia in particular. In 2007, China destroyed one of its dead weather satellites with a missile. Then a few years later it fired another missile, this time into the deeper orbit where the Pentagon parks its most sensitive satellites.

That made it clear to the Pentagon that space, long seen as a peaceful domain, was a place where wars could be fought and won.

“There’s not a mission today that we do in the military that doesn’t in some way depend upon space,” Air Force Sec. Heather Wilson said an event last month at The Washington Post. “But we built that architecture in space at a time when it was benign. We built the glass houses before the invention of stones. So now, we have to adjust and make sure that we can defend what we do in space and deter anyone from challenging us there.”

But the plan to create an entirely new branch of the service has rankled some in the Pentagon, who say it is unnecessary, and that the Air Force has for years looked after the nation’s interests in orbit.

Earlier this year, Gen John Hyten, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, said that rather than going through the difficulty of new organizational constructs, “I believe the leadership we have now can execute the missions that we need to.”

Since then, the White House has continued to press forward for a Space Force, giving the issue momentum and the weight of the executive branch.

“We have the direction from the president, and we’re underway,” Mattis said Tuesday.


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          Airbnb Cancels Great Wall of China Sleepover Contest Following Public Backlash      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Home rental website Airbnb has canceled a contest it advertised earlier in August, called “Night at the Great Wall,” in which four people and their guests would have gotten the chance to sleep in a “home” set in one of the architectural marvel’s towers.
          Magna stock plunges after cautious outlook amid tariff uncertainty      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Magna International Inc. has lowered its expectations for the second half of 2018 amid uncertainty surrounding tariffs and trade negotiations between the United States and other countries, including Canada and China.


          Russia, China, Not ‘Our Friends’ - US Strategic Command Chief      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
“You can’t call them [Russia and China] our friends if they’re building weapons that can destroy the United States of America,” the US top nuclear commander said Tuesday.
          China to impose additional tariffs on $16B worth of U.S. goods      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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China is imposing additional tariffs of 25 per cent on $16 billion US worth of U.S. imports from fuel and steel products to autos and medical equipment, the Chinese commerce ministry said, as the world's largest economies escalated their trade dispute.


          Acarbose Market Report 2018: Segmentation by Type (Type I, Type II, Others) by Application (Acarbose Tables, Acarbose Capsules, Acarbose Chewable Tables, Others)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Acarbose Market Report 2018: Segmentation by Type (Type I, Type II, Others) by Application (Acarbose Tables, Acarbose Capsules, Acarbose Chewable Tables, Others) Global Acarbose market research report provides company profile for Livzon Pharmaceutical Group, Hebei Huarong Pharmaceutical, Zhejiang Hisun Pharmaceutical, Zhebei Pharmaceutical, Bayer, CKDBioCorporation, Hangzhou East China Pharmaceutical and Others. This market study includes data about consumer perspective, comprehensive analysis, statistics, market

          Embargo - EU will Finanzkanäle trotz Iran-Sanktionen offen halten      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Auch die Türkei und China wollen sich dem Iran-Embargo nicht beugen
          Porcelain picture frame, vintage China frame, roses and gilt China frame by heartandhomehandmade      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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This delightful porcelain frame is square with a circular aperture for a picture or photograph. The background is white with swags of pink roses or peonies and blue ribbon swags.
There is no glass but the frame could easily be used without. It is in excellent condition for its age with no chips. The back has the original silk and board backing and is designed to stand rather than be hung on a wall. The top of the stand requires some new tape to secure it as the existing tape is loose.
The frame measures 16cm (6 1/4”) square and the round aperture is 9.5cm (3 3/4”) across.
It would make a lovely pair with the other porcelain frame listed in my shop as they are the same size. I would be happy to offer a discount for the two so please get in touch.


          Porcelain picture frame, vintage China frame, roses and gilt China frame by heartandhomehandmade      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

22.00 GBP

This delightful porcelain frame is square with a circular aperture for a picture or photograph. The background is white with swags of pink roses or peonies and a gilded feather border and gold leaves between the swags.
There is no glass but the frame could easily be used without. It is in excellent condition for its age with no chips although there is some slight wear to the gilding. The back has the original silk and board backing and is designed to stand rather than be hung on a wall.
The frame measures 16cm (6 1/4”) square and the round aperture is 9.5cm (3 3/4”) across.
It would make a lovely pair with the other porcelain frame listed in my shop as they are the same size. I would be happy to offer a discount for the two so please get in touch.


          Pakistan defends its economic partnership with China amid US criticism       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Pakistan on Wednesday defended its economic partnership with China, amid fears that the terms of opaque multi-billion dollar investments by Beijing could be exacerbating Islamabad's economic woes as it considers a fresh Internation Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout.

“We have noted recent media reports questioning the viability of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), claiming that it would create an unbearable debt burden for Pakistan,” the government said in a statement issued to the media.

“Such media reports are often one-sided, distort facts, and are based on irresponsible statements by individuals who either have no understanding of CPEC or are driven by ulterior motives,” the statement continued.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an ambitious plan by Beijing to build infrastructure in Pakistan, mainly energy and transport, connecting the western Chinese region of Xinjiang with the Arabian Sea.

It is part of China's massive “Belt and Road” initiative seeking to revive ancient trade routes through a massive rail and maritime network via $1 trillion in investments across Asia and Europe.

But the opaqueness of the CPEC terms has led to concerns as Pakistan faces a looming balance-of-payments crisis, with analysts saying it will need to take urgent action, potentially seeking a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

“It is because of the favourable financing arrangements that Pakistan opted for Chinese investment under CPEC,” said the statement issued by the caretaker administration.

“China stepped forward to support Pakistan's development at a time when foreign investment had dried up, and economic activity was being crippled by energy shortages and infrastructure gaps,” it said, calling CPEC a “win-win”.

Chinese energy companies have “raised funds from Chinese banks and investors”, and these do not constitute any debt obligation on Pakistan, the statement said.

“CPEC projects are financed through a composite financing package comprising long-term government-to-government concessional and preferential loans, as well as grants from the government of China. Repayments on these loans would not commence in the immediate future,” it added.

The details come after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced concerns in July over any IMF bailout being used to repay Islamabad's debts to China, with whom Washington is engaged in a trade war.

On Tuesday Pakistan's likely future finance minister Asad Umar announced that the decision on a possible IMF loan would be taken by “the end of September”.

“There is a general perception that we have picked up very expensive loans from the Chinese. I personally don't think so,” he told reporters in Islamabad.

“They are like most commercial loans,” he said, denouncing the “lack of transparency” by the previous government on the subject.

China's financial largesse, in the form of the Belt and Road project, has raised concerns over the vulnerability of poorer nations to such massive debt.

Last year Sri Lanka was forced to hand over majority control of its Hambantota port to China after being unable to repay its loans.


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          No relief for people likely in first 100 days of PTI government       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

ISLAMABAD: The incoming Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government plans to offer profitable dollar bonds to overseas Pakistanis, place China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) agreements before parliament, but is unlikely to offer any relief to the people in the first 100 days in office.

Speaking at the first formal press conference after the recent elections, the likely new finance minister Asad Umar said that offering any relief or subsidy to the people in first 100 days was like giving lollipops. He said the first 100 days would also not see a decision that would change the destiny of the nation, but a clear direction on what “we promised and where we are headed for stock-taking”.

Read: What awaits the next setup

He complained that the local and international media did not quote him accurately in recent reports about the need for $12 billion foreign financing, privatisation of 200 companies, including the Pakistan International Airlines and Pakistan Steel Mills, and so on. He said there was no discussion so far on revising budget and non-transparency in foreign loans was the real challenge.

Mr Umar said the PTI so far did not have access to real data, nor did it have any outside view of the latest situation but based on the best available information, one thing was clear that the requirement was reasonably urgent to examine all available options to finance external account. “The situation is such that we don’t have the luxury of choosing one option, but will have to plan all options in parallel, including the IMF support within six weeks.”

Asad Umar says CPEC agreements will be placed before parliament, expats to be offered profitable dollar bonds

The PTI leader said Sukuk bond, Eurobond, bilateral and multilateral options were on the table, but most importantly his party wanted to tap into overseas Pakistanis’ potential in a big way. “The Pakistanis abroad have a sentimental relationship with PTI and Imran Khan and we plan to give them debt instruments with returns better than what they are getting at present so that they could also take a pride in nation building.”

See: How the Pakistani economy survived a second transition of democracy

He said it could be on the pattern of dollar-denominated bond of the Central Directorate of National Savings and the people abroad also wanted its tradability. Secondly, he added, overseas Pakistanis would also be offered equity instruments, for example, in real estate, but by taking risk away from those who had bad experiences of their investments. “There is no size decided, nor market assessed” and it would depend on the situation and demand, he said in response to a question.

Mr Umar said all agreements should be transparent and placed before parliament unless some real secret was involved. He said his party had been demanding that the CPEC and LNG agreements should be presented in parliament and it would now ensure that economic decision-making was transparent.

In reply to question, he said that after a lot of efforts at the level of parliamentary committees he had been able to access the details about the CPEC agreements and there was nothing in those agreements to hide. “Yes, we will bring them before parliament to ensure transparency.”

At the same time, Mr Umar said there was no question of going back on any international commitment or reopening any agreement unless some clear wrongdoing or corruption appeared and there should not be any problem to take them up with the Chinese government which was aggressively fighting corruption which was neither in the interest of China nor Pakistan. Likewise, he said the LNG agreement with Qatar would also be presented before parliament.

He said the Chinese ambassador held a meeting with PTI chairman Imran Khan and had a follow-up session with him in which matters relating to taking the CPEC to the next level were discussed without any specific proposals. He said no loans were discussed with the Chinese, but “we have an assurance that China as a friend would stand by us”.

He criticised the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government for presenting an unrealistic budget and reckless spending for political means and borrowing heavily which had increased fiscal deficit for the last financial year to 7.1 per cent from a target of 4.1pc. “We never have such expansionary monetary and fiscal policies, while current account deficit reached an unsustainable level, from $2 billion a year when the problem started to $2 billion a month when the PML-N left.”

Mr Umar said the availability of bankable data on everything was the real challenge and even power production and supply numbers were unrealistic, adding that commercial loans were not a problem, but the problem was with transparency in all sectors and agreements.

He said the situation in Pakistan was dire at present and required tough decisions for course correction, adding that it would be unfair so say that Pakistan had never been to dire situations like this before and it came out of problems in the past and there was no reason not to overcome challenges this time.

Mr Umar claimed that no real reforms had taken place over the past five years and it was not only failure of the government but also the IMF as the two together “kept glossing over the challenges with Panadol to bring down fever instead of curing the disease with real reform”.

He said all the loss-making entities would be taken out of the control of line ministries that protected the status quo and placed under a wealth fund whose ownership would remain in the name of the president of Pakistan. There would be no need for seed money and would keep getting financing from the finance ministry as before.

He said there was no truth in reports about deals to free former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. He said the best relief for the people could be real reforms that included reduction in indirect taxes which have touched 90pc now and increase recoveries from direct taxes. He said Imran Khan would not distribute jobs in D-Chowk, but increase revenues, reduce expenditures and open up six areas for investments and job creation.

Published in Dawn, August 8th, 2018


          China to slap additional tariffs on $16 bln worth of U.S. goods      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
China is imposing additional import tariffs of 25 percent on $16 billion worth of U.S. goods, ranging from oil and steel products to autos and medical equipment. Tara Cleary reports.

          Chinese exports accelerate even as Trump escalates trade war      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
China's exports surged more than expected in July despite U.S. duties and its closely watched surplus with the United States remained near record highs, as the world's two major economic powers ramped up a bitter dispute that some fear could derail global growth. David Pollard reports.

          U.S. finalizes next China tariff list      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The United States will begin collecting 25 percent tariffs on another $16 billion in Chinese goods on Aug. 23, the U.S. Trade Representative's office said on Tuesday as it published a final tariff list targeting 279 imported product lines. Grace Lee reports.

          Prestasi ekonomi selepas PRU14 belum dapat dinilai sepenuhnya      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

 
Prestasi ekonomi selepas PRU14 belum dapat dinilai sepenuhnya



Prestasi ekonomi selepas Piliharaya Umum Ke-14 (PRU14) belum dapat dinilai sepenuhnya berdasar data ekonomi semasa.

Timbalan Menteri Hal Ehwal Ekonomi, Mohd Radzi Md Jidin berkata, data ekonomi sebenar adalah setakat suku pertama 2018, manakala petunjuk ekonomi jangka pendek yang lain hanya setakat Mei.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika menjawab pertanyaan lisan daripada Ahli Parlimen Sabak Bernam, Datuk Mohd Fasiah Mohd Fakeh mengenai prestasi ekonomi selepas PRU14 dan kesan khusus dari segi pelaburan langsung asing (FDI).

Dari sudut pelaburan, jelas beliau, Malaysia telah menarik FDI mencecah RM41 bilion pada tahun lepas manakala FDI pada suku pertama tahun ini berjumlah RM12 bilion berbanding RM3.4 bilion pada suku  keempat 2017.

FDI bagi suku kedua 2018 pula akan diterbitkan pada 17 Ogos 2018, tambahnya.

“Meskipun data ekonomi makro menunjukkan prestasi ekonomi negara dalam keadaan kukuh, namun situasi di sebalik petunjuk ekonomi utama mencerminkan keadaan berbeza dan memerlukan  perhatian.

“Masih terdapat ketidaksamaan pertumbuhan antara negeri, jurang antara kumpulan pendapatan , terutama pendapatan 40 peratus terbawah atau B40, kadar pengangguran belia yang tinggi dan kenaikan kos sara hidup,” katanya.

Seterusnya,  Mohd Radzi menyatakan petunjuk kewangan yang terkini  juga masih merekodkan  aliran keluar modal semenjak tahun lepas lagi.

Beliau berkata, ini berikutan respons kepada pelbagai faktor, khususnya kelonggaran dasar monetari  Amerika Syarikat (AS) yang telah meningkatkan kadar faedahnya dan ketegangan perdagangan antara AS dan China.

Kerajaan baharu telah mengambil beberapa langkah bagi mengukuhkan ekonomi dan kewangan negara , termasuk  menghentikan amalan kewangan tidak telus dan tidak terurus di samping  mengkaji semula keutamaan projek pembangunan, terutama projek mega yang tidak telus dan mampan, katanya.

Menurut beliau, walaupun, pertumbuhan ekonomi dijangka terkesan berikutan pelaksanaan dasar pembaharuan, di samping persepsi awal pelabur asing yang mengambil langkah berhati-hati, kesan ini dijangka bersifat sementara dan akan kembali pulih dalam masa terdekat.

Reformasi institusi akan memberi keyakinan kepada pelabur asing bahawa negara sedang bergerak daripada model lama kepada model yang lebih telus, menyeluruh dan inklusiif serta yakin ia dapat  terus  mengekal FDI yang ada di samping menarik pelaburan baharu, tambahnya.


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On Aug 3 China lost its position as the world s second biggest stock market to Japan Understandably trade war fears along with a slowing economy have been taking its toll on China s stocks as the Chinese government is now striving hard to protect the economy On Jun 26 the benchmark
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China not conducting any mining activity in Arunachal Pradesh: India
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NEW DELHI: India has clarified that China is not conducting any mining activity in Arunachal Pradesh but reiterated strongly that China's claim on 90,000 sq km ...

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The Star Maker
author: Laurence Yep
name: Josiah
average rating: 3.21
book published: 2010
rating: 2
read at: 2012/07/29
date added: 2018/08/08
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Finely tuned in to the realities of the Chinese-American culture in which he was raised, author Laurence Yep has constructed a very nice story about a boy's struggle to find his place in a big family, nestled away in the Chinatown section of a big city in the 1950s. As stated in the preface to The Star Maker, Laurence Yep drew from his own youthful experiences of that era to provide material for this story, though exactly which parts really happened and which are imagined isn't expressly stated. Laurence Yep had established his writing credentials long before this book, and he comes through again here with a story both sensitively rendered and capable of keeping readers guessing until the end, surely hoping to see Artie finally land on top and his prideful cousin Petey be taken down a peg or two. If well-defined characters are the most vital component of a story with the potential to capture the interest of readers, then The Star Maker has everything it needs to be a success.

Artie's family, including the extended branches of aunts, uncles and cousins, is a fairly tight-knit group, though not all of the kids share their elders' views on family unity. Whenever the family gets together, Artie feels trodden on by his cousin Petey, who at age eleven is three years older than he. Petey has a lot of cool stuff in his room, but he always gets mad if any of his cousins beat him at one of his games, and everyone knows that if Petey gets mad then he won't let you play with his fun assortment of toys. In fact, he seems to enjoy refusing his cousins access to his belongings. Sometimes Petey's smug attitude is a little more than Artie can stand, but Artie really puts his foot in his mouth at a family party one night when he boasts that not only is he planning to buy fireworks for the upcoming Chinese New Year, he's also going to purchase them for every one of his cousins. Petey is all too happy to spread news of Artie's rash promise around, and it looks like Petey is going to have yet another victory to rub Artie's face in when the New Year rolls around. How could Artie possibly earn the money to buy fireworks for all of the kids in his large family?

Sometimes, though, there's a level of understanding between members of one generation and the next that defies common comprehension. Like Artie, Uncle Chester grew up as the smallest, youngest member of his family, and was often teased because of it. Chester knows what it's like to be defeated at every turn by a relative like Petey, and he's decided that the time has come to put the arrogant eleven-year-old in his place and give Artie the nice moment of personal triumph that he deserves. Uncle Chester's intentions are good, but he still has a few problems of his own to deal with that date back to the teasing he received as a kid, and old habits of financial negligence and irresponsibility are hard to break quickly even with the sincere help of a boy like Artie. There's more incentive for Uncle Chester to right his ship than just to please his nephew, though, and if the family will band together and throw their support behind the uncle that everyone likes to be around, then maybe Chester's story can find a happy ending after all. And if Uncle Chester can find happiness and security, then he's going to make sure that Artie has both of the same.

"And sometimes when you hear something often enough, you believe it. So I guess that's why he thinks he's a bum―even when he's not."

The Star Maker, P. 71

There's much to like about The Star Maker, but I would say that its greatest value is in how it compares and contrasts the stories of Artie and Uncle Chester, each with their own unpleasant memories to deal with and figure out how to rise above as they try to help each other. Uncle Chester can see history possibly repeating itself with Artie, and he wants to make sure that the boy doesn't form any of the barriers of self-recrimination and self-doubt that he, himself, has had such a tough time breaking through because of the teasing he endured when he was younger. Negative emotions left unchecked can eventually harden on a person like cement, and then they're very difficult to break free of later. A small victory against someone like Petey could do wonders for Artie, and Uncle Chester isn't afraid to make sacrifices to get it to happen, a selfless approach to interacting with others that Artie observes and emulates. Perhaps being like the "black sheep" of the family can be a good thing after all.

My favorite part of The Star Maker is when the fireworks go off in the dark night sky at the Chinese New Year, popping and crackling and showering the air in front of Artie's family with dazzling sparks as they welcome the new year together. Not all of Artie's problems have been solved, and Uncle Chester still has room for improvement, as well, but I think that is the point of the story. What's life without continuing to make adjustments and improvements, getting better with time as one sees what works and what doesn't and then learning from it? The future is a bright place for Artie, and not just because of the fireworks lighting up the night sky. He has a nice life with his family, full of possibility and sure to be packed with surprises. What more could he want than that?

I liked this book, and Laurence Yep's tender portrayal of a time and place that is clearly very important to him will make a connection to readers who have their own large families and family traditions that bond the generations together and allow them greater understanding of each other. The Star Maker is well worth taking the time to read, in my opinion, and there's a good chance that I would give it two and a half stars.

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          China is using robotic doves to spy on citizens      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
China has for years been using robotic doves—drones that look and fly like real birds—to surveil the skies over its provinces, marking one of the most peculiar parts of the nation’s widespread civilian surveillance program.

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Xiong Jan Nan will defend her ONE strawweight title against Samara Santos in the main event of ONE: Beyond the Horizon. The event takes place from the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China on September 8. With a professional record of 15-1, Xiong began her career competing in professional boxing and was inspired by her father, […]

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China can prevent the 1/2 degree rise, by curtailing their use of fossil fuels -- Zhou et al should lead by example.
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Pakistan has received 12 bailouts from the International Monetary Fund since the late 1980s as a result of debt blowouts and balance-of-payment imbalances. Now, the... Read More

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           Filmmaker JP Dutta roped in 300 army personnel for Paltan war scenes!       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

After Border and LOC Kargil, JP Dutta is all set for the release of his third war film Paltan which yet again has many Bollywood actors featuring in it. But besides that, it also has platoon of army personnel. The filmmaker has roped in 300 army personnel for the war sequence of the film that was shot in Ladakh.

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The cast of the film had shot for two months and the army personnel had also taught the actors how to wield the guns as well as helped them with the body language of army men.  Speaking on the same, JP Dutta shared, "The movie focusses on the action and existential angst that our soldiers faced during the war time. Who better than the real army officers themselves to showcase the true emotions? The ministry of defense was very supportive throughout the making and to shoot with real army men as part of our own crew helped us a lot. In no time, they all gelled with us and even helped the actors get into the skin of their characters. From training them to hold the real guns properly to aping army character traits, the real army personnel helped us and I am hugely grateful to them.”

Paltan is based on the Nathu La military clashes of 1967, which took place along the Sikkim border. The film showcases the untold story of the Indian forces who fought an intense battle to ward off a Chinese infiltration. The battle of Nathu La was a historic victory for the Indian army, because of which Sikkim is a part of our country. Considering the equations India and China share in today’s time, Paltan will induce a strong sense of patriotism amongst the audience.

It stars Arjun Rampal, Jackie Shroff, Sonu Sood, Harshvardhan Rane, Gurmeet Choudhary, Sonal Chauhan, Monica Gill, Luv Sinha amongst others. Presented by Zee Studios and produced by J P Dutta Films, Paltan is slated to release on September 7.

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Offerta limitata : acquistando il Breeze 4k in omaggio 2 batterie e il controller dedicato  !!

Il nuovo drone compatto Breeze di YUNEEC ha aperto un nuovo segmento nei multirotori. Dotato di una fotocamera 4K di alta qualità che può essere mossa in verticale, che consente di produrre foto e video che non sono in alcun modo inferiori a quelle fat-cam.

Ti invitiamo a visionare questo video prima di concludere la lettura della descrizione.


Con le sue dimensioni ridotte di soli 24 cm di diametro e un peso di soli 385 grammi, questa fotocamera volante è ormai dichiarato un "drone selfie"; inoltre lo potrete portare comodamente con voi in qualsiasi momento. il dorne e la fotocamera sono controllati in modo semplice e intuitivo dal vostro smartphone (iOS o Android).

Il Breeze dispone di sensori GPS flusso ottico e IPS, che le permettono di rimanere molto stabile in aria sia all’interno sia all’esterno.

Non è richiesta alcuna esperienza di volo precedente. Con le sue modalità avanzate di volo - selfie, viaggio, Orbit, pilota e Seguimi - Funzioni integrate di social media consentono registrazioni da inviare direttamente a Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram e altri siti tramite l’applicazione Breeze.

Il multirotore brushless viene fornito completo di protezioni elica per spazi ristretti, eliche di ricambio, una scatola di trasporto, un caricatore e una batteria 1150 mAh LiPo che permette tempi di volo di 12 minuti per carica.


L’applicazione gratuita è compatibile con iOS e Android e può essere ottenuto sia dalla AppStore di Apple e il Play Store di Google. Breeze dispone di GPS e di sensori Optical Flow che puntano verso il basso e permettono il posizionamento in ambienti interni, ormai un must per droni moderni.  Ha 5 modalità di volo automatiche: Pilot, Selfie, Orbit, Journey e VisionTrack. 

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- Condivide foto e video direttamente ai mezzi di comunicazione sociale•
- Controllato tramite un dispositivo intelligente (  Android iOS )
- Portata circa . 100m
- Perfetta stabilità interni ed esterni grazie al flusso ottico
- Sensori GPS e sistema di posizionamento interno ( IPS )
- Modalità di volo : Pilot , selfie , mi segua , Orbit / POI 
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- Batteria ricaricabile , intercambiabile 1150 mAh LiPo
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- Dimensioni 196 x 196 x 65 mm
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- Tempo di volo fino a 12 minuti
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- Velocità massima orizzontale 5 m / s (limitata dal software )
- Massima velocità di salita 1 m / s
- Macchina fotograficaTemperatura di funzionamento 0 ° C - 40 ° C
- Sensore 1 / 3.06 CMOS
- Pixel effettivi 13 megapixel
- Risoluzione foto 4K - 4160 x 3120 pixel ( 13 MP)
- FOV 117 °
- Velocità otturatore 1/30 - 1 / 8000s
- Compatibile con smartphone iOS ( > 8.0 ) o Android ( > 4.2.2 ) con banda wifi da 5 GHz

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Guangzhou Yiyang Promotional Gift Co,. Ltd ,established in 2006, we are located in Guangzhou city,as a well-known manufacturer with profound expertise and experience in China,we export all kinds of ,lanyards,fabric wristband,luggage belt,card holder,badge reel to overseas markets. We have up-to-date technology,equipment and raw materials which reach EU standard,we also have our own dyeing and printing plant with strict quality control system,which we have been successfully implementing since our establishment. Looking forward to cooperation with you.
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Jiangyin Power Sky International Trade Co.,Ltd is one of professional Clothing Manufacturers and Garment Factory in China. It provides tailored services for countless groups to produce the best clothing in China. For many years, Jiangyin Power Sky International Trade Co.,Ltd has been focusing on the custom-made clothing industry and established clothing customization website to provide more clients with clothing customization services. Jiangyin Power Sky International Trade Co.,Ltd has a professional and excellent product research and development team, innovative fashion is a design concept, and the harmonious combination of sports and comfort is the pursuit of design. We carefully develop all kinds of men’s clothes ,women’s clothes ,kid’s wear and so on! Jiangyin Power Sky International Trade Co.,Ltd is established in Convenient logistics in jiangsu, with advanced domestic production equipment, skilled production workers, improving the quality of production! With a sound and reasonable service system, efficient and responsible management team, will certainly be able to provide you with a high level of clothing products and service!
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We are a Foundry Company in China ,have 30-year expert in the casting industry,Botou is the hometown of casting in China. We are located here. Covering 30,000-square-meter Area., Botou Dongli Casting Co. Ltd, located in the west of Botou City, is one of the most competitive enterprises in China. Our company covers an area of 30,000 square meters, and the production area is 15,000 square meters, fixed assets are $1 million. We can provide you with inexpensive but high quality casting products. We can customize the products according to different customers' needs. Our products include: Manhole cover, Various valves, Drain strainers & stoppers, Gratings, Grill baskets & toppers, Lamp sockets, Park benches, Sand casting parts, Streetlights, Trash cans .And so on all kinds of cast products.
          China targeted Dianne Feinstein staff member      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

China's intelligence service sought to recruit a Chinese-American staff member for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a lawmaker who had access to the most sensitive U.S. secrets, but Beijing gained no secrets in the case.

The California Democrat said in a statement that the FBI notified her five years ago that a ...

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New York, Aug 9 (IANS) US stocks closed mixed as investors monitored the latest development of US-China trade conflicts.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Wednesday was down 45.16 points, or 0.18 per cent, to 25,583.75. The S&P 500 erased 0.075 point, or 0.03 per cent, to 2,857.70, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Nasdaq Composite Index increased 4.66 points, or 0.06 per cent, to 7,888.33.

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced on Wednesday a 25 per cent charge on $16 billion worth of US goods, including auto and crude oil.

The announcement came after the US government released a finalised list of $16 billion worth of Chinese goods that will be charged with higher tariffs.

This earnings season has been stronger than analysts had expected.

Second quarter earnings are expected to increase 23.5 per cent from the same period last year. Excluding the energy sector, the earnings growth estimate declines to 20.4 per cent.

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          Reality Check: Are Trump’s China Tariffs Working?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
China's U.S. trade surplus dropped slightly, but total export growth beat forecasts.
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The successful candidate will be responsible for delivering Humber College EAP curriculum in China at the STBC campus to the students in the Offshore English...
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E’ durata circa un mese, l’esperienza di Ciro Ginestra alla guida del Bisceglie. L’ex attaccante era pronto a vivere la sua prima avventura tra i professionisti in qualità di tecnico, ma l’aria di smobilitazione che regna nel club pugliese, lo ha spinto alle dimissioni. “Sono […]

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          China: Mujer de 67 años embarazada de gemelos rechazó consejo médico de abortar      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Aseguró estar decidida a llevar a término su gestación, lo que la convertiría en la mujer de más edad en dar a luz. Las autoridades de salud comunicaron a hospitales que no le den atención médica sin consultarles primero.
          U.S. finalises next China tariff list targeting $16 billion in imports      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

U.S. finalises next China tariff list targeting $16 billion in importsThe United States will begin collecting 25 percent tariffs on another $16 billion in Chinese goods on Aug. 23, the U.S. Trade Representative's office said on Tuesday as it published a final tariff list targeting 279 imported product lines. The action is the latest by U.S. President Donald Trump to put pressure on China to negotiate trade concessions after imposing tariffs on $34 billion in goods last month. China has vowed to retaliate to an equal degree.



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China is imposing additional import tariffs of 25 per cent on another $16 billion worth of US goods as the 'trade war' between the world's two largest economies escalates. China's Commerce Ministry says the tariffs will apply to goods ranging from oil and steel products to automobiles and medical equipment, hours after the US announced it will impose 25 per cent duties on the same amount of Chinese goods. It is the second round of duties imposed by the countries as Washington and Beijing exchange blows in an intensifying trade dispute.
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          Analysts: Rooftop market to drive stronger-than-expected 2018 solar uptake in China      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): China’s decision to slow the pace of solar-power development and cut financial aid to the industry has plunged the global solar market into uncertainty. But some industry insiders see bright spots in China’s domestic solar industry in 2018. Longgen Zhang, CEO of China-based polysilicon producer Daqo New Energy Corp., told […]
          Did China put on a show of its Starry Sky-2 hypersonic vehicle just to impress the US?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Strategic competition with the United States is pushing China to speed up the development of new hypersonic vehicles and driving its desire to showcase its achievements in the field, observers said.The China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics on Monday ann
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  • Việt Nam chưa mua vũ khí ‘khủng’ của Mỹ? (VOA) - Một nhà nghiên cứu kỳ cựu nhận định rằng Việt Nam có thể không mua ngay các loại vũ khí “khủng” của Mỹ, ít ngày sau khi quan chức ngoại giao Hoa Kỳ xác nhận với VOA tiếng Việt rằng Hà Nội có các hợp đồng mua các thiết bị quân sự với quốc gia cựu thù trị giá tới gần 100 triệu đôla.
  • Việt Nam phải ngụy trang khi sang Mỹ mua vũ khí? (VOA) - Vào tháng Tám năm 2017, đài VOA dẫn lại một phát hiện độc đáo trong bài viết có tựa đề “Quan chức Việt Nam đòi Mỹ ‘lại quả’ từ các hợp đồng mua vũ khí”. ‘Lại quả’ là một từ lóng thuộc về dân làm ăn khuất tất, chạy chọt và hối lộ ở miền Bắc Việt Nam.
  • Vụ bắt cóc Trịnh Xuân Thanh trở thành chuyện lớn tại châu Âu (RFI) - Kinh tế Iran dưới sức ép của Donald Trump, thương mại Pháp thâm thủng nghiêm trọng, một người thợ làm vườn ở California làm run rẩy tập đoàn hóa chất đa quốc gia Monsanto là những tựa lớn của báo chí Pháp hôm nay bên cạnh hồ sơ « Trịnh Xuân Thanh bị Hà Nội đánh thuốc mê và bắt cóc », chiếm một phần ba trang quốc tế của Le Monde.
  • VNTB - Cái bắt tay đầy 'tham nhũng' giữa Hà nội và Slovakia (VNTB) - Ánh Liên (VNTB) Điều buồn cười trong mối quan hệ giữa Slovakia và Hà nội không nằm ở việc cựu Bộ trưởng Nội Vụ Slovakia chối phăng việc tiếp tay cho bên kia, hay thậm chí là chính trường Slovakia rối loạn vì vụ bắt cóc táo tợn Hà Nội. Mà những sự thể có phần rắc rối ngày hôm nay đáng lẽ phải được ngăn chặn từ 4 năm trước, qua sự cảnh báo thông tin của fanpage Corruption Slovakia embassy in Hanoi (Tham nhũng ở Đại sứ quán Slovakia tại Hà nội) - fanpage chỉ có 30 lượt thích.
  • Ai đang cản trở EVFTA? (BoxitVN) - Nguyễn Anh Tuấn - Như trong bài viết, tác giả đã nêu rất rõ rằng, hiệp định EVFTA không những ích nước lợi dân Việt Nam nói chung, mà còn có lợi ích thiết thực cho chính họ (nhóm đương quyền hiện nay). Rõ ràng họ cũng đang rất “máu” kí được Hiệp định để hòng thoát khỏi tình trạng mong manh dường như sắp đổ vỡ về tài chính – kinh tế vốn đe dọa đến cái ghế của họ từng ngày. Thế nhưng…, như mang một cố tật tâm lý giống ...
  • Tuyên bố của nhóm "lão mà chưa an" về Luật Đặc khu (VNTB) - Chính phủ Việt Nam đã trình dự thảo “Luật Đơn vị hành chính - kinh tế đặc biệt Vân Đồn, Bắc Vân Phong, Phú Quốc” (Luật Đặc khu) để Quốc Hội thảo luận và thông qua trong kỳ họp thứ V, Quốc hội khoá XIV, từ ngày 21-5-2018 đến 15-6-2018. Do sự phản đối mạnh mẽ của nhân dân, ngày 11-6-2018 Quốc hội đã quyết định lùi thời gian xem xét thông qua dự án luật này sang kỳ họp thứ VI, dự kiến vào tháng 10-2018.
  • Khủng hoảng Đồng Tâm: chìa khóa giải quyết đang nằm trong tay ai? (BoxitVN) - Nguyễn Đăng Quang - Cuộc khủng hoảng Đồng Tâm vẫn đang bế tắc. Người dân đã 2 lần gửi TÂM THƯ đến HNTƯ7 và Kỳ họp lần 5 QH vừa qua, nhưng không có ai trả lời họ. Mới đây, cụ Lê Đình Kình, người được coi là thủ lĩnh của người dân Đồng Tâm, với danh nghĩa người bị hại trong biến cố Đồng Tâm, đã gửi tới Ủy ban Tư pháp Quốc hội và bà Lê Thị Nga, Chủ nhiệm Ủy ban này một “Thư công dân gửi ĐBQH”. Thư ...
  • Trả lời thẳng: tại sao dày đặc cảng biển, khu kinh tế nhưng miền Trung… vẫn chưa giàu? (BoxitVN) - Trúc Giang - Theo thông cáo mới nhất từ Văn phòng Quốc hội, dự án luật Đơn vị hành chính – kinh tế đặc biệt (còn gọi là Luật Đặc khu) chưa được Ủy ban Thường vụ Quốc hội xem xét vào kỳ họp tháng 8 này. Thiếu sức mạnh của “hậu phương công nghiệp”? Thay vì hưởng ứng lời tuyên bố đầy phấn khích của bà chủ tịch Quốc hội “Một đồng rót vào đặc khu để hút về hàng chục, hàng trăm đồng”, thì cần trả lời câu hỏi rất quen ...
  • Đi tìm nguyên nhân đưa đến thảm họa tuyển sinh (BoxitVN) - Trần Đình Thu - Dù xảy ra thảm họa tuyển sinh kinh hoàng nhưng hiện nay do ông Bộ trưởng Nhạ vẫn khăng khăng phương án Bộ ông ấy làm là đúng, nên cộng đồng mạng cần có những bài phân tích để vạch ra cái sai lầm của Bộ ông ấy, để ông bớt ngủ gục trong Quốc hội đi. Và đây là một bài như thế. Nhắc lại một chút. Trước 2015, học trò Việt có 2 kỳ thi rất vất vả, nên đến năm 2015, nhu cầu thực tiễn đòi hỏi ...
  • Sức mạnh mềm của Trung Quốc ở Việt Nm ra sao? (RFA) - Các nhà lãnh đạo Việt Nam khi đi chữa bệnh ở nước ngoài thì họ không sang Trung Quốc nữa. Người cuối cùng làm việc đó là ông Lê Đức Anh nguyên Chủ tịch nước, năm nay đã 97 tuổi.
  • Phiếu tín nhiệm – sự phức tạp của đẳng thức xã hội (BoxitVN) - Tô Văn Trường - “Vì quy chế lấy phiếu tín nhiệm hiện nay chưa được đầu tư xây dựng phù hợp vẫn còn mang tính dân chủ hình thức nên việc lấy phiếu tín nhiệm đại biểu ở Quốc hội đến bây giờ vẫn không thể được như mong muốn của cử tri vì cách làm như kiểu của Quốc hội ta giống như một người ban ngày “ăn chay” song  tối lại “ngủ mặn”! Và, nếu có việc các đại biểu được tự do bỏ phiếu kín thì kết quả đó ...
  • ‘Đánh’ mãi như thế làm sao đỡ? (VOA) - “Bí mật quốc phòng”, “an ninh quốc gia” giúp Thượng tướng Phương Minh Hòa (cựu Tư lệnh Quân chủng Phòng không – Không quân),  Trung tướng Nguyễn Văn Thanh (cựu Chính ủy Quân chủng Phòng không – Không quân) chỉ bị cảnh cáo...
  • Việt Nam cách chức, giáng quân hàm tướng công an (RFA) - Thủ tướng Việt Nam Nguyễn Xuân Phúc vào ngày 8/8 đã ký quyết định cách chức thứ trưởng đối với hai tướng công an Trần Việt Tân và Bùi Văn Thành, đồng thời đề nghị giáng quân hàm hai tướng này.
  • Mỹ sẽ đánh thuế thêm 16 tỷ đô la hàng Trung Quốc (VOA) - Mỹ sẽ bắt đầu đánh thuế lên thêm 16 tỷ đô la hàng hóa nhập khẩu của Trung Quốc kể từ ngày 23/8, văn phòng của đại diện thương mại Mỹ cho biết hôm 7/8 khi họ công bố danh sách chung quyết các mặt hàng bị đánh thuế.
  • Trung Quốc sẽ áp thêm thuế lên 16 tỉ đôla hàng của Mỹ (VOA) - Trung Quốc sẽ áp thuế quan bổ sung 25 phần trăm lên 16 tỉ đôla giá trị hàng hóa nhập khẩu của Mỹ từ nhiên liệu và các sản phẩm thép cho tới xe hơi và thiết bị y tế, Bộ Thương mại Trung Quốc cho biết, trong khi hai nền kinh tế lớn nhất thế giới leo thang tranh chấp thương mại.
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  • Website của BBC bị chặn ở Trung Quốc (BBC) - Khi website bị chặn, BBC kêu gọi chính phủ Trung Quốc tuân thủ Tuyên bố Nhân quyền của Liên Hợp Quốc về quyền cá nhân tự do biểu đạt và tiếp nhận thông tin.
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  • Chứng rụng tóc (VOA) - Tại sao chúng ta bị rụng tóc? Khắc phục bằng cách nào? Mời quý vị cùng tìm hiểu với bác sĩ Nguyễn Ý Đức.

          Competitions: Trans Plan 2018: IMMERSIVE EVOLUTION      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Registration Deadline: Sep 30, 2018; Submission Deadline Oct 5, 2018

[Overview] 

TRANS PLAN is an international student design competition organized by A2G (Architecture Gallery at the Faculty of Architecture University of Manitoba). The competition is open to all students registered in a spatial design (architecture, interior, landscape, urban, and so on) and or an exhibition design programs.

The challenge of TRANS PLAN 2018 is to design an immersive installation that evolves throughout the duration of the exhibition. The winning entry, selected by the jury, will be installed at A2G for public viewing for 50+/- days in the fall of 2018.

[Design Brief]

Can space evolve through its contextual and environmental agency? Can we devise an atmospheric and/or spatial evolution? Can we stage evolutive conditions as the main experience of a space?

In relation to a ‘responsive’ or a ‘streaming/feeding' conditions, an ‘evolutive’ condition may assume dimensions/dynamics of accumulation or aggregation; together with its transmogrifying nature, it can discuss a sense of commitment and responsibility. The challenge of the competition is to [1] devise an algorithmic substructure/system for evolutive space and experience and to [2] plan out the logistics of fabrication and installation at A2G.

The proposed set up  (installation) is expected to be immersive and evolve over the duration of the exhibition, 50+/- days. The initial setup itself can be an immersive experience itself and or a form of discourse around the topic.

The proposal must be designed with the efficient and effective use of materials and fabrication/installation process in mind and all parts used in the proposal must be locally sourceable. A total budget of up to $1,500 CDN will be allocated as the project’s material budget, and basic woodworking and digital fabrication will be accessible at the faculty’s facility.

[Jury 2018]

  • Clay Odom | School of Architecture Advanced Interior Design U. of Texas at Austin | USA 
  • Darcie Watson | DFZ, Ryerson University | Canada   - Joel Letkeman | Aarhus School of Architecture | Denmark 
  • Johan Voordouw | Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism | Canada 
  • Peter Hasdell | The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design | China 
  • Shane Williamson | Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design | Canada 

[Technical Advisor]

  • Jae-Sung Chon | Environmental Design Program University of Manitoba | Canada 

[Schedule]

  • August, 2018___Competition announcement 
  •  September 30th, 2018___Registration deadline (11:59 pm CST) 
  •  October 5th, 2018___Submission deadline (11:59 pm CST) 
  •  October 12th, 2018___Announcement of results 
  •  Fall 2018 (date TBA)___Installation & Exhibition 

[Eligibility] 

  •  Full-time students registered at a post-secondary (or equivalent) education programs in spatial design and or exhibition design 
  •  Individual or Team (no limit in number) 
  •  All selected/shortlisted entries will be asked to verify their registration status 

 [Registration & Submission] 

 Visit the competition website for details 

 [Submission Requirements] 

1. Design Panel 

  • A single PDF file with up to two A1 size boards in portrait orientation 
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The Uninhabitable Earth
Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think.

By David Wallace-Wells

In the jungles of Costa Rica, where humidity routinely tops 90 percent, simply moving around outside when it’s over 105 degrees Fahrenheit would be lethal. And the effect would be fast: Within a few hours, a human body would be cooked to death from both inside and out. Fossils by Heartless Machine
July 9, 2017

I. ‘Doomsday’
Peering beyond scientific reticence.

It is, I promise, worse than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today. And yet the swelling seas — and the cities they will drown — have so dominated the picture of global warming, and so overwhelmed our capacity for climate panic, that they have occluded our perception of other threats, many much closer at hand. Rising oceans are bad, in fact very bad; but fleeing the coastline will not be enough.

Indeed, absent a significant adjustment to how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth will likely become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century.

Even when we train our eyes on climate change, we are unable to comprehend its scope. This past winter, a string of days 60 and 70 degrees warmer than normal baked the North Pole, melting the permafrost that encased Norway’s Svalbard seed vault — a global food bank nicknamed “Doomsday,” designed to ensure that our agriculture survives any catastrophe, and which appeared to have been flooded by climate change less than ten years after being built.

The Doomsday vault is fine, for now: The structure has been secured and the seeds are safe. But treating the episode as a parable of impending flooding missed the more important news. Until recently, permafrost was not a major concern of climate scientists, because, as the name suggests, it was soil that stayed permanently frozen. But Arctic permafrost contains 1.8 trillion tons of carbon, more than twice as much as is currently suspended in the Earth’s atmosphere. When it thaws and is released, that carbon may evaporate as methane, which is 34 times as powerful a greenhouse-gas warming blanket as carbon dioxide when judged on the timescale of a century; when judged on the timescale of two decades, it is 86 times as powerful. In other words, we have, trapped in Arctic permafrost, twice as much carbon as is currently wrecking the atmosphere of the planet, all of it scheduled to be released at a date that keeps getting moved up, partially in the form of a gas that multiplies its warming power 86 times over.

Maybe you know that already — there are alarming stories in the news every day, like those, last month, that seemed to suggest satellite data showed the globe warming since 1998 more than twice as fast as scientists had thought (in fact, the underlying story was considerably less alarming than the headlines). Or the news from Antarctica this past May, when a crack in an ice shelf grew 11 miles in six days, then kept going; the break now has just three miles to go — by the time you read this, it may already have met the open water, where it will drop into the sea one of the biggest icebergs ever, a process known poetically as “calving.”


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But no matter how well-informed you are, you are surely not alarmed enough. Over the past decades, our culture has gone apocalyptic with zombie movies and Mad Max dystopias, perhaps the collective result of displaced climate anxiety, and yet when it comes to contemplating real-world warming dangers, we suffer from an incredible failure of imagination. The reasons for that are many: the timid language of scientific probabilities, which the climatologist James Hansen once called “scientific reticence” in a paper chastising scientists for editing their own observations so conscientiously that they failed to communicate how dire the threat really was; the fact that the country is dominated by a group of technocrats who believe any problem can be solved and an opposing culture that doesn’t even see warming as a problem worth addressing; the way that climate denialism has made scientists even more cautious in offering speculative warnings; the simple speed of change and, also, its slowness, such that we are only seeing effects now of warming from decades past; our uncertainty about uncertainty, which the climate writer Naomi Oreskes in particular has suggested stops us from preparing as though anything worse than a median outcome were even possible; the way we assume climate change will hit hardest elsewhere, not everywhere; the smallness (two degrees) and largeness (1.8 trillion tons) and abstractness (400 parts per million) of the numbers; the discomfort of considering a problem that is very difficult, if not impossible, to solve; the altogether incomprehensible scale of that problem, which amounts to the prospect of our own annihilation; simple fear. But aversion arising from fear is a form of denial, too.

In between scientific reticence and science fiction is science itself. This article is the result of dozens of interviews and exchanges with climatologists and researchers in related fields and reflects hundreds of scientific papers on the subject of climate change. What follows is not a series of predictions of what will happen — that will be determined in large part by the much-less-certain science of human response. Instead, it is a portrait of our best understanding of where the planet is heading absent aggressive action. It is unlikely that all of these warming scenarios will be fully realized, largely because the devastation along the way will shake our complacency. But those scenarios, and not the present climate, are the baseline. In fact, they are our schedule.

The present tense of climate change — the destruction we’ve already baked into our future — is horrifying enough. Most people talk as if Miami and Bangladesh still have a chance of surviving; most of the scientists I spoke with assume we’ll lose them within the century, even if we stop burning fossil fuel in the next decade. Two degrees of warming used to be considered the threshold of catastrophe: tens of millions of climate refugees unleashed upon an unprepared world. Now two degrees is our goal, per the Paris climate accords, and experts give us only slim odds of hitting it. The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issues serial reports, often called the “gold standard” of climate research; the most recent one projects us to hit four degrees of warming by the beginning of the next century, should we stay the present course. But that’s just a median projection. The upper end of the probability curve runs as high as eight degrees — and the authors still haven’t figured out how to deal with that permafrost melt. The IPCC reports also don’t fully account for the albedo effect (less ice means less reflected and more absorbed sunlight, hence more warming); more cloud cover (which traps heat); or the dieback of forests and other flora (which extract carbon from the atmosphere). Each of these promises to accelerate warming, and the history of the planet shows that temperature can shift as much as five degrees Celsius within thirteen years. The last time the planet was even four degrees warmer, Peter Brannen points out in The Ends of the World, his new history of the planet’s major extinction events, the oceans were hundreds of feet higher.*

The Earth has experienced five mass extinctions before the one we are living through now, each so complete a slate-wiping of the evolutionary record it functioned as a resetting of the planetary clock, and many climate scientists will tell you they are the best analog for the ecological future we are diving headlong into. Unless you are a teenager, you probably read in your high-school textbooks that these extinctions were the result of asteroids. In fact, all but the one that killed the dinosaurs were caused by climate change produced by greenhouse gas. The most notorious was 252 million years ago; it began when carbon warmed the planet by five degrees, accelerated when that warming triggered the release of methane in the Arctic, and ended with 97 percent of all life on Earth dead. We are currently adding carbon to the atmosphere at a considerably faster rate; by most estimates, at least ten times faster. The rate is accelerating. This is what Stephen Hawking had in mind when he said, this spring, that the species needs to colonize other planets in the next century to survive, and what drove Elon Musk, last month, to unveil his plans to build a Mars habitat in 40 to 100 years. These are nonspecialists, of course, and probably as inclined to irrational panic as you or I. But the many sober-minded scientists I interviewed over the past several months — the most credentialed and tenured in the field, few of them inclined to alarmism and many advisers to the IPCC who nevertheless criticize its conservatism — have quietly reached an apocalyptic conclusion, too: No plausible program of emissions reductions alone can prevent climate disaster.

Over the past few decades, the term “Anthropocene” has climbed out of academic discourse and into the popular imagination — a name given to the geologic era we live in now, and a way to signal that it is a new era, defined on the wall chart of deep history by human intervention. One problem with the term is that it implies a conquest of nature (and even echoes the biblical “dominion”). And however sanguine you might be about the proposition that we have already ravaged the natural world, which we surely have, it is another thing entirely to consider the possibility that we have only provoked it, engineering first in ignorance and then in denial a climate system that will now go to war with us for many centuries, perhaps until it destroys us. That is what Wallace Smith Broecker, the avuncular oceanographer who coined the term “global warming,” means when he calls the planet an “angry beast.” You could also go with “war machine.” Each day we arm it more.

II. Heat Death
The bahraining of New York.

In the sugar­cane region of El Salvador, as much as one-fifth of the population has chronic kidney disease, the presumed result of dehydration from working the fields they were able to comfortably harvest as recently as two decades ago. Photo: Heartless Machine
Humans, like all mammals, are heat engines; surviving means having to continually cool off, like panting dogs. For that, the temperature needs to be low enough for the air to act as a kind of refrigerant, drawing heat off the skin so the engine can keep pumping. At seven degrees of warming, that would become impossible for large portions of the planet’s equatorial band, and especially the tropics, where humidity adds to the problem; in the jungles of Costa Rica, for instance, where humidity routinely tops 90 percent, simply moving around outside when it’s over 105 degrees Fahrenheit would be lethal. And the effect would be fast: Within a few hours, a human body would be cooked to death from both inside and out.

Climate-change skeptics point out that the planet has warmed and cooled many times before, but the climate window that has allowed for human life is very narrow, even by the standards of planetary history. At 11 or 12 degrees of warming, more than half the world’s population, as distributed today, would die of direct heat. Things almost certainly won’t get that hot this century, though models of unabated emissions do bring us that far eventually. This century, and especially in the tropics, the pain points will pinch much more quickly even than an increase of seven degrees. The key factor is something called wet-bulb temperature, which is a term of measurement as home-laboratory-kit as it sounds: the heat registered on a thermometer wrapped in a damp sock as it’s swung around in the air (since the moisture evaporates from a sock more quickly in dry air, this single number reflects both heat and humidity). At present, most regions reach a wet-bulb maximum of 26 or 27 degrees Celsius; the true red line for habitability is 35 degrees. What is called heat stress comes much sooner.

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Actually, we’re about there already. Since 1980, the planet has experienced a 50-fold increase in the number of places experiencing dangerous or extreme heat; a bigger increase is to come. The five warmest summers in Europe since 1500 have all occurred since 2002, and soon, the IPCC warns, simply being outdoors that time of year will be unhealthy for much of the globe. Even if we meet the Paris goals of two degrees warming, cities like Karachi and Kolkata will become close to uninhabitable, annually encountering deadly heat waves like those that crippled them in 2015. At four degrees, the deadly European heat wave of 2003, which killed as many as 2,000 people a day, will be a normal summer. At six, according to an assessment focused only on effects within the U.S. from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, summer labor of any kind would become impossible in the lower Mississippi Valley, and everybody in the country east of the Rockies would be under more heat stress than anyone, anywhere, in the world today. As Joseph Romm has put it in his authoritative primer Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know, heat stress in New York City would exceed that of present-day Bahrain, one of the planet’s hottest spots, and the temperature in Bahrain “would induce hyperthermia in even sleeping humans.” The high-end IPCC estimate, remember, is two degrees warmer still. By the end of the century, the World Bank has estimated, the coolest months in tropical South America, Africa, and the Pacific are likely to be warmer than the warmest months at the end of the 20th century. Air-conditioning can help but will ultimately only add to the carbon problem; plus, the climate-controlled malls of the Arab emirates aside, it is not remotely plausible to wholesale air-condition all the hottest parts of the world, many of them also the poorest. And indeed, the crisis will be most dramatic across the Middle East and Persian Gulf, where in 2015 the heat index registered temperatures as high as 163 degrees Fahrenheit. As soon as several decades from now, the hajj will become physically impossible for the 2 million Muslims who make the pilgrimage each year.

It is not just the hajj, and it is not just Mecca; heat is already killing us. In the sugarcane region of El Salvador, as much as one-fifth of the population has chronic kidney disease, including over a quarter of the men, the presumed result of dehydration from working the fields they were able to comfortably harvest as recently as two decades ago. With dialysis, which is expensive, those with kidney failure can expect to live five years; without it, life expectancy is in the weeks. Of course, heat stress promises to pummel us in places other than our kidneys, too. As I type that sentence, in the California desert in mid-June, it is 121 degrees outside my door. It is not a record high.

III. The End of Food
Praying for cornfields in the tundra.

Climates differ and plants vary, but the basic rule for staple cereal crops grown at optimal temperature is that for every degree of warming, yields decline by 10 percent. Some estimates run as high as 15 or even 17 percent. Which means that if the planet is five degrees warmer at the end of the century, we may have as many as 50 percent more people to feed and 50 percent less grain to give them. And proteins are worse: It takes 16 calories of grain to produce just a single calorie of hamburger meat, butchered from a cow that spent its life polluting the climate with methane farts.

Pollyannaish plant physiologists will point out that the cereal-crop math applies only to those regions already at peak growing temperature, and they are right — theoretically, a warmer climate will make it easier to grow corn in Greenland. But as the pathbreaking work by Rosamond Naylor and David Battisti has shown, the tropics are already too hot to efficiently grow grain, and those places where grain is produced today are already at optimal growing temperature — which means even a small warming will push them down the slope of declining productivity. And you can’t easily move croplands north a few hundred miles, because yields in places like remote Canada and Russia are limited by the quality of soil there; it takes many centuries for the planet to produce optimally fertile dirt.

Drought might be an even bigger problem than heat, with some of the world’s most arable land turning quickly to desert. Precipitation is notoriously hard to model, yet predictions for later this century are basically unanimous: unprecedented droughts nearly everywhere food is today produced. By 2080, without dramatic reductions in emissions, southern Europe will be in permanent extreme drought, much worse than the American dust bowl ever was. The same will be true in Iraq and Syria and much of the rest of the Middle East; some of the most densely populated parts of Australia, Africa, and South America; and the breadbasket regions of China. None of these places, which today supply much of the world’s food, will be reliable sources of any. As for the original dust bowl: The droughts in the American plains and Southwest would not just be worse than in the 1930s, a 2015 NASA study predicted, but worse than any droughts in a thousand years — and that includes those that struck between 1100 and 1300, which “dried up all the rivers East of the Sierra Nevada mountains” and may have been responsible for the death of the Anasazi civilization.

Remember, we do not live in a world without hunger as it is. Far from it: Most estimates put the number of undernourished at 800 million globally. In case you haven’t heard, this spring has already brought an unprecedented quadruple famine to Africa and the Middle East; the U.N. has warned that separate starvation events in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen could kill 20 million this year alone.

IV. Climate Plagues
What happens when the bubonic ice melts?

Rock, in the right spot, is a record of planetary history, eras as long as millions of years flattened by the forces of geological time into strata with amplitudes of just inches, or just an inch, or even less. Ice works that way, too, as a climate ledger, but it is also frozen history, some of which can be reanimated when unfrozen. There are now, trapped in Arctic ice, diseases that have not circulated in the air for millions of years — in some cases, since before humans were around to encounter them. Which means our immune systems would have no idea how to fight back when those prehistoric plagues emerge from the ice.

The Arctic also stores terrifying bugs from more recent times. In Alaska, already, researchers have discovered remnants of the 1918 flu that infected as many as 500 million and killed as many as 100 million — about 5 percent of the world’s population and almost six times as many as had died in the world war for which the pandemic served as a kind of gruesome capstone. As the BBC reported in May, scientists suspect smallpox and the bubonic plague are trapped in Siberian ice, too — an abridged history of devastating human sickness, left out like egg salad in the Arctic sun.

Experts caution that many of these organisms won’t actually survive the thaw and point to the fastidious lab conditions under which they have already reanimated several of them — the 32,000-year-old “extremophile” bacteria revived in 2005, an 8 million-year-old bug brought back to life in 2007, the 3.5 million–year–old one a Russian scientist self-injected just out of curiosity — to suggest that those are necessary conditions for the return of such ancient plagues. But already last year, a boy was killed and 20 others infected by anthrax released when retreating permafrost exposed the frozen carcass of a reindeer killed by the bacteria at least 75 years earlier; 2,000 present-day reindeer were infected, too, carrying and spreading the disease beyond the tundra.

What concerns epidemiologists more than ancient diseases are existing scourges relocated, rewired, or even re-evolved by warming. The first effect is geographical. Before the early-modern period, when adventuring sailboats accelerated the mixing of peoples and their bugs, human provinciality was a guard against pandemic. Today, even with globalization and the enormous intermingling of human populations, our ecosystems are mostly stable, and this functions as another limit, but global warming will scramble those ecosystems and help disease trespass those limits as surely as Cortés did. You don’t worry much about dengue or malaria if you are living in Maine or France. But as the tropics creep northward and mosquitoes migrate with them, you will. You didn’t much worry about Zika a couple of years ago, either.

As it happens, Zika may also be a good model of the second worrying effect — disease mutation. One reason you hadn’t heard about Zika until recently is that it had been trapped in Uganda; another is that it did not, until recently, appear to cause birth defects. Scientists still don’t entirely understand what happened, or what they missed. But there are things we do know for sure about how climate affects some diseases: Malaria, for instance, thrives in hotter regions not just because the mosquitoes that carry it do, too, but because for every degree increase in temperature, the parasite reproduces ten times faster. Which is one reason that the World Bank estimates that by 2050, 5.2 billion people will be reckoning with it.

V. Unbreathable Air
A rolling death smog that suffocates millions.


By the end of the century, the coolest months in tropical South America, Africa, and the Pacific are likely to be warmer than the warmest months at the end of the 20th century. Photo: Heartless Machine
Our lungs need oxygen, but that is only a fraction of what we breathe. The fraction of carbon dioxide is growing: It just crossed 400 parts per million, and high-end estimates extrapolating from current trends suggest it will hit 1,000 ppm by 2100. At that concentration, compared to the air we breathe now, human cognitive ability declines by 21 percent.

Other stuff in the hotter air is even scarier, with small increases in pollution capable of shortening life spans by ten years. The warmer the planet gets, the more ozone forms, and by mid-century, Americans will likely suffer a 70 percent increase in unhealthy ozone smog, the National Center for Atmospheric Research has projected. By 2090, as many as 2 billion people globally will be breathing air above the WHO “safe” level; one paper last month showed that, among other effects, a pregnant mother’s exposure to ozone raises the child’s risk of autism (as much as tenfold, combined with other environmental factors). Which does make you think again about the autism epidemic in West Hollywood.

Already, more than 10,000 people die each day from the small particles emitted from fossil-fuel burning; each year, 339,000 people die from wildfire smoke, in part because climate change has extended forest-fire season (in the U.S., it’s increased by 78 days since 1970). By 2050, according to the U.S. Forest Service, wildfires will be twice as destructive as they are today; in some places, the area burned could grow fivefold. What worries people even more is the effect that would have on emissions, especially when the fires ravage forests arising out of peat. Peatland fires in Indonesia in 1997, for instance, added to the global CO2 release by up to 40 percent, and more burning only means more warming only means more burning. There is also the terrifying possibility that rain forests like the Amazon, which in 2010 suffered its second “hundred-year drought” in the space of five years, could dry out enough to become vulnerable to these kinds of devastating, rolling forest fires — which would not only expel enormous amounts of carbon into the atmosphere but also shrink the size of the forest. That is especially bad because the Amazon alone provides 20 percent of our oxygen.

Then there are the more familiar forms of pollution. In 2013, melting Arctic ice remodeled Asian weather patterns, depriving industrial China of the natural ventilation systems it had come to depend on, which blanketed much of the country’s north in an unbreathable smog. Literally unbreathable. A metric called the Air Quality Index categorizes the risks and tops out at the 301-to-500 range, warning of “serious aggravation of heart or lung disease and premature mortality in persons with cardiopulmonary disease and the elderly” and, for all others, “serious risk of respiratory effects”; at that level, “everyone should avoid all outdoor exertion.” The Chinese “airpocalypse” of 2013 peaked at what would have been an Air Quality Index of over 800. That year, smog was responsible for a third of all deaths in the country.

VI. Perpetual War
The violence baked into heat.

Climatologists are very careful when talking about Syria. They want you to know that while climate change did produce a drought that contributed to civil war, it is not exactly fair to saythat the conflict is the result of warming; next door, for instance, Lebanon suffered the same crop failures. But researchers like Marshall Burke and Solomon Hsiang have managed to quantify some of the non-obvious relationships between temperature and violence: For every half-degree of warming, they say, societies will see between a 10 and 20 percent increase in the likelihood of armed conflict. In climate science, nothing is simple, but the arithmetic is harrowing: A planet five degrees warmer would have at least half again as many wars as we do today. Overall, social conflict could more than double this century.

This is one reason that, as nearly every climate scientist I spoke to pointed out, the U.S. military is obsessed with climate change: The drowning of all American Navy bases by sea-level rise is trouble enough, but being the world’s policeman is quite a bit harder when the crime rate doubles. Of course, it’s not just Syria where climate has contributed to conflict. Some speculate that the elevated level of strife across the Middle East over the past generation reflects the pressures of global warming — a hypothesis all the more cruel considering that warming began accelerating when the industrialized world extracted and then burned the region’s oil.

What accounts for the relationship between climate and conflict? Some of it comes down to agriculture and economics; a lot has to do with forced migration, already at a record high, with at least 65 million displaced people wandering the planet right now. But there is also the simple fact of individual irritability. Heat increases municipal crime rates, and swearing on social media, and the likelihood that a major-league pitcher, coming to the mound after his teammate has been hit by a pitch, will hit an opposing batter in retaliation. And the arrival of air-conditioning in the developed world, in the middle of the past century, did little to solve the problem of the summer crime wave.

VII. Permanent Economic Collapse
Dismal capitalism in a half-poorer world.

The murmuring mantra of global neoliberalism, which prevailed between the end of the Cold War and the onset of the Great Recession, is that economic growth would save us from anything and everything.
But in the aftermath of the 2008 crash, a growing number of historians studying what they call “fossil capitalism” have begun to suggest that the entire history of swift economic growth, which began somewhat suddenly in the 18th century, is not the result of innovation or trade or the dynamics of global capitalism but simply our discovery of fossil fuels and all their raw power — a onetime injection of new “value” into a system that had previously been characterized by global subsistence living. Before fossil fuels, nobody lived better than their parents or grandparents or ancestors from 500 years before, except in the immediate aftermath of a great plague like the Black Death, which allowed the lucky survivors to gobble up the resources liberated by mass graves. After we’ve burned all the fossil fuels, these scholars suggest, perhaps we will return to a “steady state” global economy. Of course, that onetime injection has a devastating long-term cost: climate change.

The most exciting research on the economics of warming has also come from Hsiang and his colleagues, who are not historians of fossil capitalism but who offer some very bleak analysis of their own: Every degree Celsius of warming costs, on average, 1.2 percent of GDP (an enormous number, considering we count growth in the low single digits as “strong”). This is the sterling work in the field, and their median projection is for a 23 percent loss in per capita earning globally by the end of this century (resulting from changes in agriculture, crime, storms, energy, mortality, and labor).
Tracing the shape of the probability curve is even scarier: There is a 12 percent chance that climate change will reduce global output by more than 50 percent by 2100, they say, and a 51 percent chance that it lowers per capita GDP by 20 percent or more by then, unless emissions decline. By comparison, the Great Recession lowered global GDP by about 6 percent, in a onetime shock; Hsiang and his colleagues estimate a one-in-eight chance of an ongoing and irreversible effect by the end of the century that is eight times worse.

The scale of that economic devastation is hard to comprehend, but you can start by imagining what the world would look like today with an economy half as big, which would produce only half as much value, generating only half as much to offer the workers of the world. It makes the grounding of flights out of heat-stricken Phoenix last month seem like pathetically small economic potatoes. And, among other things, it makes the idea of postponing government action on reducing emissions and relying solely on growth and technology to solve the problem an absurd business calculation.
Every round-trip ticket on flights from New York to London, keep in mind, costs the Arctic three more square meters of ice.

VIII. Poisoned Oceans
Sulfide burps off the skeleton coast.

That the sea will become a killer is a given. Barring a radical reduction of emissions, we will see at least four feet of sea-level rise and possibly ten by the end of the century. A third of the world’s major cities are on the coast, not to mention its power plants, ports, navy bases, farmlands, fisheries, river deltas, marshlands, and rice-paddy empires, and even those above ten feet will flood much more easily, and much more regularly, if the water gets that high. At least 600 million people live within ten meters of sea level today.

But the drowning of those homelands is just the start. At present, more than a third of the world’s carbon is sucked up by the oceans — thank God, or else we’d have that much more warming already. But the result is what’s called “ocean acidification,” which, on its own, may add a half a degree to warming this century. It is also already burning through the planet’s water basins — you may remember these as the place where life arose in the first place. You have probably heard of “coral bleaching” — that is, coral dying — which is very bad news, because reefs support as much as a quarter of all marine life and supply food for half a billion people. Ocean acidification will fry fish populations directly, too, though scientists aren’t yet sure how to predict the effects on the stuff we haul out of the ocean to eat; they do know that in acid waters, oysters and mussels will struggle to grow their shells, and that when the pH of human blood drops as much as the oceans’ pH has over the past generation, it induces seizures, comas, and sudden death.

That isn’t all that ocean acidification can do. Carbon absorption can initiate a feedback loop in which underoxygenated waters breed different kinds of microbes that turn the water still more “anoxic,” first in deep ocean “dead zones,” then gradually up toward the surface. There, the small fish die out, unable to breathe, which means oxygen-eating bacteria thrive, and the feedback loop doubles back. This process, in which dead zones grow like cancers, choking off marine life and wiping out fisheries, is already quite advanced in parts of the Gulf of Mexico and just off Namibia, where hydrogen sulfide is bubbling out of the sea along a thousand-mile stretch of land known as the “Skeleton Coast.” The name originally referred to the detritus of the whaling industry, but today it’s more apt than ever. Hydrogen sulfide is so toxic that evolution has trained us to recognize the tiniest, safest traces of it, which is why our noses are so exquisitely skilled at registering flatulence. Hydrogen sulfide is also the thing that finally did us in that time 97 percent of all life on Earth died, once all the feedback loops had been triggered and the circulating jet streams of a warmed ocean ground to a halt — it’s the planet’s preferred gas for a natural holocaust. Gradually, the ocean’s dead zones spread, killing off marine species that had dominated the oceans for hundreds of millions of years, and the gas the inert waters gave off into the atmosphere poisoned everything on land. Plants, too. It was millions of years before the oceans recovered.

IX. The Great Filter
Our present eeriness cannot last.

So why can’t we see it? In his recent book-length essay The Great Derangement, the Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh wonders why global warming and natural disaster haven’t become major subjects of contemporary fiction — why we don’t seem able to imagine climate catastrophe, and why we haven’t yet had a spate of novels in the genre he basically imagines into half-existence and names “the environmental uncanny.” “Consider, for example, the stories that congeal around questions like, ‘Where were you when the Berlin Wall fell?’ or ‘Where were you on 9/11?’ ” he writes. “Will it ever be possible to ask, in the same vein, ‘Where were you at 400 ppm?’ or ‘Where were you when the Larsen B ice shelf broke up?’ ” His answer: Probably not, because the dilemmas and dramas of climate change are simply incompatible with the kinds of stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, especially in novels, which tend to emphasize the journey of an individual conscience rather than the poisonous miasma of social fate.

Surely this blindness will not last — the world we are about to inhabit will not permit it. In a six-degree-warmer world, the Earth’s ecosystem will boil with so many natural disasters that we will just start calling them “weather”: a constant swarm of out-of-control typhoons and tornadoes and floods and droughts, the planet assaulted regularly with climate events that not so long ago destroyed whole civilizations. The strongest hurricanes will come more often, and we’ll have to invent new categories with which to describe them; tornadoes will grow longer and wider and strike much more frequently, and hail rocks will quadruple in size. Humans used to watch the weather to prophesy the future; going forward, we will see in its wrath the vengeance of the past. Early naturalists talked often about “deep time” — the perception they had, contemplating the grandeur of this valley or that rock basin, of the profound slowness of nature. What lies in store for us is more like what the Victorian anthropologists identified as “dreamtime,” or “everywhen”: the semi-mythical experience, described by Aboriginal Australians, of encountering, in the present moment, an out-of-time past, when ancestors, heroes, and demigods crowded an epic stage. You can find it already watching footage of an iceberg collapsing into the sea — a feeling of history happening all at once.

It is. Many people perceive climate change as a sort of moral and economic debt, accumulated since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and now come due after several centuries — a helpful perspective, in a way, since it is the carbon-burning processes that began in 18th-century England that lit the fuse of everything that followed. But more than half of the carbon humanity has exhaled into the atmosphere in its entire history has been emitted in just the past three decades; since the end of World War II, the figure is 85 percent. Which means that, in the length of a single generation, global warming has brought us to the brink of planetary catastrophe, and that the story of the industrial world’s kamikaze mission is also the story of a single lifetime. My father’s, for instance: born in 1938, among his first memories the news of Pearl Harbor and the mythic Air Force of the propaganda films that followed, films that doubled as advertisements for imperial-American industrial might; and among his last memories the coverage of the desperate signing of the Paris climate accords on cable news, ten weeks before he died of lung cancer last July. Or my mother’s: born in 1945, to German Jews fleeing the smokestacks through which their relatives were incinerated, now enjoying her 72nd year in an American commodity paradise, a paradise supported by the supply chains of an industrialized developing world. She has been smoking for 57 of those years, unfiltered.

Or the scientists’. Some of the men who first identified a changing climate (and given the generation, those who became famous were men) are still alive; a few are even still working. Wally Broecker is 84 years old and drives to work at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory across the Hudson every day from the Upper West Side. Like most of those who first raised the alarm, he believes that no amount of emissions reduction alone can meaningfully help avoid disaster. Instead, he puts his faith in carbon capture — untested technology to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which Broecker estimates will cost at least several trillion dollars — and various forms of “geoengineering,” the catchall name for a variety of moon-shot technologies far-fetched enough that many climate scientists prefer to regard them as dreams, or nightmares, from science fiction. He is especially focused on what’s called the aerosol approach — dispersing so much sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere that when it converts to sulfuric acid, it will cloud a fifth of the horizon and reflect back 2 percent of the sun’s rays, buying the planet at least a little wiggle room, heat-wise. “Of course, that would make our sunsets very red, would bleach the sky, would make more acid rain,” he says. “But you have to look at the magnitude of the problem. You got to watch that you don’t say the giant problem shouldn’t be solved because the solution causes some smaller problems.” He won’t be around to see that, he told me. “But in your lifetime …”

Jim Hansen is another member of this godfather generation. Born in 1941, he became a climatologist at the University of Iowa, developed the groundbreaking “Zero Model” for projecting climate change, and later became the head of climate research at NASA, only to leave under pressure when, while still a federal employee, he filed a lawsuit against the federal government charging inaction on warming (along the way he got arrested a few times for protesting, too). The lawsuit, which is brought by a collective called Our Children’s Trust and is often described as “kids versus climate change,” is built on an appeal to the equal-protection clause, namely, that in failing to take action on warming, the government is violating it by imposing massive costs on future generations; it is scheduled to be heard this winter in Oregon district court. Hansen has recently given up on solving the climate problem with a carbon tax alone, which had been his preferred approach, and has set about calculating the total cost of the additional measure of extracting carbon from the atmosphere.

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Hansen began his career studying Venus, which was once a very Earth-like planet with plenty of life-supporting water before runaway climate change rapidly transformed it into an arid and uninhabitable sphere enveloped in an unbreathable gas; he switched to studying our planet by 30, wondering why he should be squinting across the solar system to explore rapid environmental change when he could see it all around him on the planet he was standing on. “When we wrote our first paper on this, in 1981,” he told me, “I remember saying to one of my co-authors, ‘This is going to be very interesting. Sometime during our careers, we’re going to see these things beginning to happen.’ ”

Several of the scientists I spoke with proposed global warming as the solution to Fermi’s famous paradox, which asks, If the universe is so big, then why haven’t we encountered any other intelligent life in it? The answer, they suggested, is that the natural life span of a civilization may be only several thousand years, and the life span of an industrial civilization perhaps only several hundred. In a universe that is many billions of years old, with star systems separated as much by time as by space, civilizations might emerge and develop and burn themselves up simply too fast to ever find one another. Peter Ward, a charismatic paleontologist among those responsible for discovering that the planet’s mass extinctions were caused by greenhouse gas, calls this the “Great Filter”: “Civilizations rise, but there’s an environmental filter that causes them to die off again and disappear fairly quickly,” he told me. “If you look at planet Earth, the filtering we’ve had in the past has been in these mass extinctions.” The mass extinction we are now living through has only just begun; so much more dying is coming.

And yet, improbably, Ward is an optimist. So are Broecker and Hansen and many of the other scientists I spoke to. We have not developed much of a religion of meaning around climate change that might comfort us, or give us purpose, in the face of possible annihilation. But climate scientists have a strange kind of faith: We will find a way to forestall radical warming, they say, because we must.

It is not easy to know how much to be reassured by that bleak certainty, and how much to wonder whether it is another form of delusion; for global warming to work as parable, of course, someone needs to survive to tell the story. The scientists know that to even meet the Paris goals, by 2050, carbon emissions from energy and industry, which are still rising, will have to fall by half each decade; emissions from land use (deforestation, cow farts, etc.) will have to zero out; and we will need to have invented technologies to extract, annually, twice as much carbon from the atmosphere as the entire planet’s plants now do. Nevertheless, by and large, the scientists have an enormous confidence in the ingenuity of humans — a confidence perhaps bolstered by their appreciation for climate change, which is, after all, a human invention, too. They point to the Apollo project, the hole in the ozone we patched in the 1980s, the passing of the fear of mutually assured destruction. Now we’ve found a way to engineer our own doomsday, and surely we will find a way to engineer our way out of it, one way or another. The planet is not used to being provoked like this, and climate systems designed to give feedback over centuries or millennia prevent us — even those who may be watching closely — from fully imagining the damage done already to the planet. But when we do truly see the world we’ve made, they say, we will also find a way to make it livable. For them, the alternative is simply unimaginable.

*This article appears in the July 10, 2017, issue of New York Magazine.

*This article has been updated to provide context for the recent news reports about revisions to a satellite data set, to more accurately reflect the rate of warming during the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum, to clarify a reference to Peter Brannen’s The Ends of the World, and to make clear that James Hansen still supports a carbon-tax based approach to emissions.


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Por um Museu dos Descobrimentos
Luís Filipe Thomaz
6/8/2018, 6:241.503

Os Descobrimentos portugueses não inauguraram o Paraíso na Terra, mas deram origem ao mundo moderno tal como o temos, com os defeitos e virtudes inerentes a toda a construção humana.

A intenção de organizar um “Museu das Descobertas” anunciada pelo presidente da Câmara de Lisboa suscitou uma reacção histérica. Se me perguntam se concordo com a ideia, respondo: plenamente. Se me perguntam pelo nome, não. Prefiro “Museu dos Descobrimentos”.

A nossa língua é rica em subtis cambiantes semânticos, pelo que, ao contrário do francês ou do italiano, faz uma diferença entre descoberta e descobrimento. Descoberta usa-se sobretudo para coisas materiais e pode ser meramente fortuita: a descoberta do fogo na Pré-História, a do magnetismo terrestre pelos chineses da época Sung (960-1279), a da radioactividade pelo casal Curie, ou do ouro na Austrália, no século XIX.

O abaixo-assinado contra o projecto do museu que por aí circula enferma de muita ignorância. Em primeiro lugar, da nossa própria língua, em que achamento, descoberta, descobrimento e invenção têm sentidos vizinhos mas não coincidentes.

Ao invés descobrimento denota um processo activo e voluntário de exploração geográfica, como em 1972 mostrou Armando Cortesão no seu artigo “Descobrimento” e Descobrimentos na revista Garcia de Orta. Eu dediquei-lhe um artigo relativamente extenso que enviei para publicação na revista Brotéria, onde, espero, sairá logo que haja paginação disponível. Aqui, não pretendo senão deixar um breve apontamento.

O abaixo-assinado contra o projecto do museu que por aí circula enferma de muita ignorância. Em primeiro lugar, da nossa própria língua, em que achamento, descoberta, descobrimento e invenção têm sentidos vizinhos mas não coincidentes. O que o autarca lisbonense quereria dizer era certamente “Museu dos Descobrimentos”, termo consagrado por largo uso, que é datável de c. 1470, para significar o que até aí era designado por enquerer, saber parte, colher certa enformação, haver manifesta certidão, etc. São tudo expressões que denotam um processo minucioso de colheita de informações, activo e interactivo, que ultrapassa em muito a ideia de achar, encontrar, topar com, que só se aplicaria com inteira justeza a terras desconhecidas e despovoadas.

Argumentam-me que as Américas haviam sido, muitos séculos antes de Colombo, descobertas pelos chamados “índios” que as habitavam. É verdade. Tão verdade que me recorda a elegia que os soldados de Jacques de Chabannes, senhor de La Palisse, morto em combate a 25 de Fevereiro de 1525 na batalha de Pavia, compuseram em sua honra: un quart d’heure avant sa mort, il était encore en vie…

Descobrir é um verbo pessoal, que conota um sujeito pensante, cujo ponto de vista, necessariamente subjectivo, assume. Michel Chandeigne publicou há anos em Paris um livro intitulado L’expédition de Gonneville et la découverte de la Normandie par les Indiens du Brésil: de facto, em 1505, Binot Paulmier, senhor de Gonneville, ao regressar do Brasil onde aterrara por acaso numa viagem cujo destino era a Índia, trouxe para Honfleur o filho de um morubixaba (chefe tribal) chamado Essoméricq, que acabou por adoptar e casar com uma sobrinha sua. Foi assim que ele descobriu a Normandia — que, bem entendido, existia muito antes de ele dela ter tomado conhecimento. É, porém, evidente que não foi Essoméricq, nem nenhum dos índios do Brasil, quem descobriu o caminho marítimo para a Europa, onde chegou graças aos conhecimentos náuticos dos normandos, arrimados por seu turno aos dos pilotos portugueses que haviam contratado a peso de ouro.

É porque descobrir envolve as ideias de “reconhecer, explorar, cartografar” que se pode aplicar a regiões de cuja existência se sabia há muito, mas imperfeitamente. Foi o que se passou, por exemplo, com o Amazonas, percorrido do Peru até a foz em 1541-42 por Francisco de Orellana, e de novo em 1560 por Lope de Aguirre: em 1639 foi, uma vez mais, a mando de Felipe IV, descido pelo jesuíta Cristóbal de Acuña, que inquiriu diligentemente das populações ribeirinhas, seu modo de vida e seus costumes, do que deu pormenorizada conta no seu livro, expressivamente intitulado Nuevo descubrimiento del Gran río de las Amazonas, impresso em Madrid em 1641.

Historicamente mais grave é o erro crasso de afirmar que 60 ou 70 anos antes de Vasco da Gama, no reinado de Yung Lo (1403-25), já o almirante chinês Cheng Ho descobrira, ou estivera prestes a descobrir, o caminho marítimo para a Europa pela via do Cabo: nenhuma das fontes de que dispomos para a história dessas viagens menciona a sua presença a sul de Mogadoxo e Brava, na Somália, a milhares de quilómetros do Cabo da Boa Esperança, sitas no hemisfério norte, onde reinam ainda as monções que a cada seis meses se invertem.

Não é, todavia, crível que alguma vez o tivesse podido alcançar: com efeito utilizava juncos, navios de fundo chato, concebidos para manobrarem nos esteiros, estreitos e canais do Extremo Oriente, mas incapazes de bolinar; e à latitude do Cabo reinam todo o ano os ventos gerais de oeste, que colhem o navio pela proa. Não é por acaso que a maioria dos naufrágios portugueses que a História Trágico-Marítima registra tenham tido lugar na costa do Natal, com naus, que embora providas de quilha arvoravam pano redondo, exceto no mastro da mezena, e mui dificilmente conseguiam bolinar, que os ventos dominantes e as correntes rechaçaram para nordeste, acabando por dar à costa.

Se os portugueses puderam explorar tanto as costas atlânticas como os mares do Oriente até o longínquo Japão, foi porque possuíam técnicas de navegação adequadas, nomeadamente a navegação por latitudes, aplicável em praticamente qualquer ponto do Globo.

Tecnicamente, se alguém estava apetrechado para descobrir o caminho marítimo para a Europa, não eram os chins, mas os árabes do Omão e da Costa Suahíli; mas não o descobriram…

Se os portugueses puderam explorar tanto as costas atlânticas como os mares do Oriente até o longínquo Japão, foi porque possuíam técnicas de navegação adequadas, nomeadamente a navegação por latitudes, aplicável em praticamente qualquer ponto do Globo. Embora o processo de determinar a latitude pela altura meridiana do sol tivesse sido inventado por Hiparco (190-125 A. C.), foi a mando de D. João II que dois técnicos judeus, Mestre José Vizinho e Mestre Rodrigo o simplificaram e adaptaram à náutica. Requeria a utilização de tábuas astronómicas que dessem a declinação do sol para todos os dias do ano, mas os portugueses dispunham das dos Libros del Saber de Astronomia de Afonso X, o Sábio, de Castela, traduzidos de textos árabes que retomavam e aperfeiçoavam as da época helenística.

Nos descobrimentos portugueses convergiu assim o saber acumulado por gregos, árabes, judeus, italianos, normandos e até chineses: a vela latina, que permitia bolinar, fora inventada no Mar Vermelho, varrido todo o ano por ventos do quadrante norte; a técnica de construção de cascos capazes de resistir aos mares mais agitados provinha sobretudo das costas do Mar Norte, frequentemente batido pelos temporais; as propriedades da agulha magnética haviam sido descobertas na China, mas a arte de a fazer girar sobre um eixo articulado dentro de uma bússola vinha de Itália. De Itália e de Maiorca viera a carta-portulano, com suas múltiplas linhas loxodrómicas, rumadas pela agulha magnética, indispensável para a navegação por rumo e estima, de que gradualmente se passou à navegação por diferenças de latitude e, finalmente, por latitudes e longitudes.

É verdade que a longitude (que jamais se pode determinar pelos astros, devido à rotação da Terra) apenas pôde ser medida com exatidão quando c. 1725 John Harrison inventou o cronómetro. Na prática, portanto, fazia-se a estimativa do caminho percorrido, convertendo as léguas em graus de longitude, o que não é fácil: devido à convergência dos meridianos para os polos, o grau de longitude apenas é equivalente ao de latitude sobre o equador; alhures, há que multiplicá-lo pelo cosseno da latitude para obter a sua medida exata. Mesmo assim chegava-se, muitas vezes, a resultados surpreendentemente precisos: no atlas de c. 1537 conservado no Archivio di Statod e Florença e atribuído a Gaspar Viegas, o primeiro a conter uma escala de longitudes, as ilhas de Maluco estão debuxadas a 145° E do Cabo Verde, no Senegal, o que é de uma aproximação espantosa, pois a diferença real de longitude entre os dois pontos é de exactamente 144°; e um relato do naufrágio da nau S. Paulo em Samatra em 1571 afirma que a ilha de Amesterdão, entrevista já por Elcano em 1522 e agora avistada de novo, “jaz norte-sul com o Cabo Comorim”, no que erra por apenas 30′.

É de protótipos portugueses que derivam tanto os planisférios impressos na Europa no século XVI, como os mais antigos que se conhecem na China e no Japão. Devido aos Descobrimentos o Renascimento português apresenta um cunho decididamente experimentalista, em contraste com a tendência arcaizante e livresca da maioria das correntes do humanismo europeu, incapazes de se desmamar dos Antigos.

É importante notar que os Descobrimentos Portugueses não só revelaram paragens mal conhecidas ou desconhecidas, como permitiram uma correta concepção do mundo. Havia quem exagerasse as dimensões do globo, reduzindo a “terra habitada” (o Velho Mundo) a um dos dois ou quatro supercontinentes existentes, demasiado distantes entre si para se poder passar de um a outro. Ligada a essa concepção arcaica e errada aparecia geralmente a noção da inabitabilidade da zona tórrida, entre os trópicos de Câncer e de Capricórnio, devido ao excessivo calor; como o Homem fora criado no hemisfério norte e não podia passar ao oposto sem atravessar aquela inóspita zona, a zona temperada do sul era “habitável mas desabitada”.

Foram os descobrimentos portugueses que arredaram definitivamente essas concepções erróneas. A habitabilidade das regiões intertropicais começou a tornar-se evidente logo em 1444, quando Nuno Tristão, ultrapassando a faixa saariana, chegou à “Terra dos Negros” (Senegal) em plena zona tórrida.

É de protótipos portugueses que derivam tanto os planisférios impressos na Europa no século XVI, como os mais antigos que se conhecem na China e no Japão. Como muito bem vincou Joaquim Barradas de Carvalho, devido aos Descobrimentos o Renascimento português apresenta um cunho decididamente experimentalista, em contraste com a tendência arcaizante e livresca da maioria das correntes do humanismo europeu, incapazes de se desmamar dos Antigos.

Como todas as grandes transformações históricas, os Descobrimentos — de que os portugueses foram em parte obreiros, em parte meros catalisadores, compendiando o saber dos seus predecessores — acarretaram, é certo, sofrimentos para muita gente, através de efeitos laterais que vão da intensificação da escravatura à difusão da sífilis americana no Velho Mundo, passando pela da varíola no Novo.

Não inauguraram, por isso, o Paraíso na Terra; mas deram origem ao mundo moderno tal como o temos, com os defeitos e virtudes inerentes a toda a construção humana. Qualquer pessoa, porém, o pode repudiar e recorrer por exemplo a coups-de-poing de pedra lascada ou polida em vez de facas, para descascar a fruta…

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Garagem da Rua da Palma despejada até ao fim de Agosto para avançarem obras da mesquita da Mouraria
Samuel Alemão
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6 Agosto, 2018

“Não sei se vou conseguir sair daqui. O prazo que nos estão a dar termina no fim do mês, mas é quase impossível cumpri-lo. Não temos a solução resolvida. Não sei o que vamos fazer da nossa vida”. A voz tranquila de David Carvalho, 53 anos, sentado do outro lado da secretária, no escritório repleto de papelada, não denuncia o grande aperto por que o empresário e a sua família passam por estes dias. O gerente da garagem Almeida Navarro, Lda, firma que ocupa o número 256 da Rua da Palma desde 1917, não sabe ainda como lidar com o que parece a inevitabilidade de uma saída forçada, até 31 de Agosto. Existia uma ordem para abandonar o local até ao fim de Julho, mas foi conseguido o adiamento por um mês.

O prazo imposto pelo senhorio, a Câmara Municipal de Lisboa (CML), para que libertem o velho edifício está relacionado com os planos de demolição do mesmo com o objectivo de levar por diante a construção da polémica obra de construção da Praça da Mouraria e da mesquita que se lhe sobreporá – projecto cujo estudo prévio, da autoria da arquitecta Inês Lobo, foi aprovado por unanimidade em reunião de vereação, a 25 de Janeiro de 2012. Na mesma situação encontram-se, pelos menos, dois comerciantes e a Confederação Portuguesa das Colectividades de Cultura, Recreio e Desporto (CPCCRD). Outro comerciante e um gabinete de contabilidade terão, entretanto, chegado a acordo com a edilidade para abandonar voluntariamente os espaços que ocupavam.

Desde que o projecto foi tornado público, em 2013, era ainda a presidência da autarquia da capital ocupada por António Costa, têm-se feito ouvir as vozes da contestação à Praça e Mesquita da Mouraria. Primeiro, pelo facto de a construção do futuro templo islâmico da comunidade bangladeshi, orçado em cerca de três milhões de euros – incluindo o valor das expropriações – , vir a ser suportada pelos cofres do município. E, mais tarde, a partir do final de  2015, pela oposição de António Barroso, proprietário de dois imóveis situados na Rua do Benformoso – também eles condenados à demolição, tal como outros dois prédios no mesmo arruamento, um municipal e outro de um particular -, descontente com o valor da indemnização que lhe coube. A CML oferecia 530 mil euros, mas Barroso reclamava cerca de 1,9 milhões.

Apesar da sua frontal recusa em resignar-se aos valores propostos, ambos os prédios de António Barroso foram alvo, a 23 de Maio de 2016, da posse administrativa por parte da Câmara de Lisboa, justificando-se tal acto com o “inquestionável interesse público” do projecto que ali se pretende levar por diante – prerrogativa legal legitimada, um mês e meio depois, a 14 de Julho, pelo Tribunal Administrativo do Círculo de Lisboa, que assim declinou os fundamentos de uma providência cautelar então entreposta pelo empresário.

Passados dois anos, porém, o dono dos imóveis continua a dirimir argumentos com a câmara através de via judicial, com processos de cariz administrativo e cível. E a ocupar os prédios dos quais já foi formalmente expropriado. Isto apesar de, desde então, a câmara ter disponibilizado os 613.700 euros estipulados, por tribunal arbitral, como valor justo de indemnização ao inconformado senhorio.

Já após tomar conhecimento dessa decisão, ainda no verão de 2016, a Câmara de Lisboa ainda chegou a fazer uma proposta de compensação financeira a António Barroso, aproximando-se um pouco mais dos montantes pretendidos pelo proprietário expropriado: oferecia então 953.800 euros, dos quais haveria ainda que deduzir 90.700 euros de indemnizações para os inquilinos. O valor foi, todavia, recusado pelo empresário, por o considerar ainda escasso, face ao investimento por si feito ao longo dos anos e ao valor de mercado dos imóveis, naquele momento.

Uma avaliação solicitada, naquela altura, a uma instituição bancária, garantia o senhorio a O Corvo, havia estimado um imóvel em 170 mil euros e o outro num montante ligeiramente superior a 900 mil euros. As razões para o descontentamento mantinham-se, dessa forma, inalteradas. Por isso, em paralelo à contestação do processo administrativo de declaração da utilidade pública invocada na expropriação, António Barroso apresentou também uma queixa judicial cível visando impugnar a decisão da Câmara de Lisboa. Ambos os processos mantêm o seu curso.

Do outro lado quarteirão que a autarquia quer deitar abaixo, para construir uma praça e a Mesquita da Mouraria, entre os números 248 e 262 da Rua da Palma, prevalece também a indefinição. Apesar de, nesse caso, a Câmara de Lisboa ser a senhoria, também ali há que realizar o processo de expropriação – com a respectiva compensação financeira – dos inquilinos da designada “Parcela Nº1” deste processo urbanístico. E se, em teoria, tal se assemelharia mais fácil de conseguir do que no caso da Rua do Benformoso – onde, além de António Barroso, houve que indemnizar um outro particular -, na realidade, o processo tem-se revelado de difícil prossecução. Até porque alguns dos inquilinos se queixam de uma alegada postura pouco dialogante por parte do município.

A começar pela Garagem Almeida Navarro, Lda, da qual David Carvalho e a família dependem para sobreviver. “Da parte da Câmara de Lisboa, temo-nos deparado com uma atitude de quero, posso e mando e que não parece ter abertura para mudar e perceber a nossa situação. Onde é que, neste momento, com a indemnização que nos querem dar, vou conseguir encontrar uma garagem como esta?”, questiona, apontando para o recinto com cerca de 1200 metros quadrados, repleto de automóveis. São à volta de sete dezenas e ocupam quase toda a superfície, garantindo um lugar de estacionamento a muitos particulares e empresas da zona. “Muita gente aqui à volta não tem alternativa de parqueamento”, assegura David, que assegura nem sequer saber qual o tarifário do parque subterrâneo do Martim do Moniz, situado a poucas dezenas de metros. Mas tem ideia que é bem mais caro.

Uma situação que se deverá agravar, diz, se se concretizar o encerramento deste negócio, do qual a sua família tomou conta em 1992, depois de o progenitor, Armando Carvalho, regressar de terras brasileiras, onde David nasceu. “O meu pai, de 87 anos, está em casa, doente com isto tudo. Ele investiu todo o dinheiro de uma vida de trabalho lá no Brasil e agora acontece uma coisa destas. Uma pessoa fica doente com isto tudo”, desabafa o empresário garagista, sem, contudo, revelar a diferença financeira que impede o acordo com a Câmara de Lisboa. “Neste momento, não é oportuno”, diz. “Durante anos e anos, quem realizou obras de manutenção da garagem, quem aqui investiu, fomos nós. Agora, querem tirar-nos daqui para fora desta forma. A gente precisa desta espaço para trabalhar. Se isto acaba, o que é que vou fazer, com esta idade?”, interroga-se.

Também Rui Xia, empresário luso-chinês do ramo da bijuteria, diz não compreender o que considera ser “uma atitude estranha” neste processo por parte da autarquia da capital. Ocupa desde há cinco anos a loja do número 262 da Rua da Palma e queixa-se que, desde que foi notificado da necessidade de abandonar a fracção, em Janeiro de 2017, “nunca mais a câmara disse nada, não dão uma resposta concreta”. O empresário assegura que o espaço é imprescindível para a sua actividade comercial, pois “nesta zona da cidade já não se encontram lugares como este”, sobrando como alternativa a deslocação para a periferia, o que afectaria de forma substancial o negócio.

“Fizemos obras na loja, várias vezes, e agora até queríamos realizar melhorias que iam deixar o espaço mais bonito, mas não podemos”, lamenta Rui Xia, que diz pagara de renda “mais ou menos 300 euros”. Agora, e apesar de ainda ter a mercadoria dentro da loja, será forçado a encontrar novo local. “Isto é muito complicado”, desabafa. Uma outra comerciante chinesa, ocupante da loja 254A da Rua da Palma, estará a passar por uma situação idêntica, mas escusou-se a prestar declarações a O Corvo.

De igual modo, também os responsáveis pela direcção da Confederação Portuguesa das Colectividades de Cultura, Recreio e Desporto (CPCCRD) declinaram comentar a O Corvo a situação actual do processo de expropriação em curso.

O Corvo questionou a Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, a 31 de Julho, sobre o estado do projecto da praça e da Mesquita da Mouraria, mas não obteve resposta às perguntas enviadas, até ao momento da publicação deste artigo.


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China's exports surged more than expected in July despite U.S. duties and its closely watched surplus with the United States remained near record highs, as the world's two major economic powers ramped up a bitter dispute that some fear could derail global growth. David Pollard reports.

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The United States will begin collecting 25 percent tariffs on another $16 billion in Chinese goods on Aug. 23, the U.S. Trade Representative's office said on Tuesday as it published a final tariff list targeting 279 imported product lines. Grace Lee reports.

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Stocks were mixed Wednesday despite a recent wave of upbeat corporate earnings as a new round of tariffs between the US and China dragged energy companies lower. The dollar and Treasury yields fell. 

Here's the scoreboard:

Dow Jones industrial average25,583.55 −45.36 (-0.18%)

S&P 500: 2,861.20 +2.75 (+0.096%)

Nasdaq Composite 7,888.33 +4.66 (+0.06%)

  1. Another $16 billion worth of US exports to China — including oil products and cars — will be subject to a 25% tax. After the Trump administration followed through with a 25% tariff on an additional $16 billion of Chinese goods, Beijing retaliated in kind. The latest tariffs, which bring the running total of targeted goods to $50 billion for both China and the US, are set to take effect August 23.
  2. Washington rolled out punitive sanctions against Moscow for the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March. The measures came amid pressure from Congress and months after the UK issued sanctions penalizing the Kremlin for the poisoning, which took place on British soil.
  3. Saudi Arabia's central bank ordered its fund managers to dump Canadian bonds, stocks and cash. The move came after Canada's foreign ministry criticized Saudi Arabia for its arrests of prominent human-rights activists and called for their release. Saudi Arabia's state airline is also set to suspend flights to and from Toronto Pearson International beginning next week. 
  4. Earnings season rolls on. 21st Century Fox and Roku report after the bell — follow Business Insider here for live updates. 

And a look at the upcoming economic calendar:

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  • If Tesla goes private at over $80 billion, it would be the largest buyout in history.
  • But we don't know enough about a potential deal to rule out a less expensive strategy.
  • CEO Elon Musk could be thinking only about financing the possible exit of Tesla retail investors while converting institutional stakes into private shares.


It looks like Tesla CEO Elon Musk is serious about taking Tesla private

Already, the gyrations among observers of the company have begun — for good reason, given that the deal would come in at north of $80 billion if Musk's $420-per-share valuation is to be believed. That would be combined with Tesla's existing debt.

Bloomberg's Matt Levine has thrashed through the mechanics, such as they are. He basically hits on the salient issue, which is how Tesla current group of shareholders could transition from owning a public company to owning a private one:

So Tesla would be owned by the same number of shareholders, in the same proportions as now? But it would somehow be … private? I don’t … think … that’s how … any of this … like, if you have thousands of retail shareholders, you’re still giving them quarterly 10-Qs. That’s what being public means. It means being open to unlimited numbers of retail shareholders. And the securities laws, in their wisdom, say that if you do that then you need to give them quarterly earnings information.

Musk owns 20% of Tesla and says he isn't selling. Big institutional investors such as Fidelity and T. Rowe Price own other major chunks. The Saudi sovereign wealth funds and China's Tencent have about 10%. I doubt they'd be selling, either.

Retail investors have about 15%, and they could be key to how a deal gets done. 

I'm gyrating myself here, but it sounds like what Musk wants to do is create a sort of bridge financing plan to shift major public shareholders and himself — 80% of the pie — to private status. If I work with round numbers and concentrate on just the equity piece of $70 billion, assuming that only Tesla's $1.8 billion in junk bonds could be tricky, then that takes care of around $56 billion in public value.

That's assuming all the big investors think $420 per share is too low and would be willing to hang in there for the long term.

So Musk only needs to finance $14 billion on the equity side to buy out 100% of whatever skittish retail investors might want to exit. 

That looks much less intimidating than $80 billion. 

I'm not financially deep-dish enough to know how $80 billion in financing would need to be generated for, say, a day or two to facilitate the transaction. I'm pretty sure some type of vehicle would need to be legally established. 

This pretend money would I guess by agreement value Tesla at $420 per share. The risk would be that every retail investor dashes, but that seems unlikely, especially if the major shareholders consent to the deal and the Tesla board approves it. Follow the leaders.

At that point, Tesla's ongoing value would be gauged by follow-on investment in some kind of special fund, whatever happens with its debt (Maybe it all gets paid off via some additional financing?), and the frequency and scale of transactions in the private markets, which Musk suggested could be six-month "liquidity events."

What makes this work, potentially, is the size of Musk's and his big investors' stakes relative to the deal size. Presumably, all or most have to go along with the idea. Short-sellers would have to cover up to the buyout price.

Yes, this all sounds quite crazy. But also doable.

 

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  • More than a dozen former Argentine government officials and business executives have been arrested in a large scale corruption scandal.
  • The investigation is throwing Argentina upside down just as it gears up for economic recovery. 
  • Watch the Argentine peso trade in real time here.

Just as Argentina looked poised for a shot at economic recovery, a corruption scandal is roiling the embattled country.

More than a dozen former government officials and business executives were arrested after police raids last week in a case involving illegal payments for favors including public-works contracts that took place over a decade under President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

The century bond, which marks debts due in 2117, fell to a record low Wednesday. Its yields, which move opposite of prices, rose to as high as 9.37%. They have jumped by about 38 basis points since the end of July, when the corruption allegations came to light.

The Argentine peso also fell to a two-week low. It was trading down as much as 1% to 27.6710 against the dollar around 2 p.m. ET. Argentina's central bank, which has been struggling to effectively combat 30% inflation, had a day earlier held its key interest rate unchanged at 40%. 

Last Wednesday, Buenos Aires-based newspaper La Nacion published the notebooks of a former driver in the Fernandez administration that detailed how he transported roughly $160 million in bribe payments from construction companies to government officials from 2005 until 2015. 

Fernandez, who was president during much of that period, has been indicted in the case but enjoys immunity from prosecution as an Argentine senator. Prosecutors on Tuesday questioned President Mauricio Macri's cousin, who is a construction executive.

Argentina scored the largest bailout in IMF history earlier this year after its currency hit an all-time low. The $50 billion loan, which is part of a three-year standby program, was extended in attempt to rein in soaring twin deficits in the country and to stabilize the peso.

Moody's rating agency called the scandal "credit negative for Argentine corporations."

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Saudi Arabia puts Canada on blast for its human rights violations... wait.
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China’s retaliatory tariffs are no good for Washington farmers: The farmers are anxious. More than $480 million worth of Washington agricultural exports are impacted by Chinese tariffs, reports KING 5. China struck back against Trump’s latest tariffs. It slapped $16 million of tariffs on American goods.

New Yorker sued by WA AG for fake charities: This guy, a New York stockbroker, is heavily involved with organized crime. He’s being sued by Washington State attorney general Bob Ferguson for setting up six fake charities. He’s allegedly done this same thing in eight other states. He hasn’t been charged criminally in Washington State, reports the Seattle Times.

What the fuck is going on between Canada and Saudi Arabia? Good question, glad you asked. The two are in some sort of a human-rights tiff. Canada’s ambassador rebuked Saudi Arabia for arresting human-rights and women’s-rights activists. Saudi Arabia clapped back immediately and expelled the ambassador, giving him 24 hours to get his ugly, yella, no-good keister off its property. Then, Saudi Arabia announced it was canceling all flights to and from Toronto. Now it’s barring all of its citizens from receiving treatment in Canadian hospitals. Saudi Arabia has put Canada’s human-rights policies on blast. Meanwhile, they executed a man by crucifixion today. The worst part? The United States says it’s caught in the middle of this quarrel between its two allies. Doesn’t seem like too hard of a choice here, America.

Durkan loves the Showbox too! But will she act? She’s sending representatives to talk with a real-estate developer about the future of the venue today. She’s not ready to support Council Member Kshama Sawant’s legislation to expand the Pike Place Historic District to cover the Showbox. This extension would include other businesses other than the Showbox, such as a restaurant and a strip club.

Attack the fire from the air: Washington firefighting crews are finding quick successes by utilizing aircraft. According to the Washington Department of Natural Resources, there have been 830 fires so far on the land it oversees. A typical fire season averages 817 fires, according to KING 5. Crews have been knocking out these fires with their “Huey Helicopters, along with eight single-engine Fire Boss aircraft.”

BREAKING: We’re all too familiar with how initial reports like these play out.


Election night breakdown: What do you mean you weren’t keeping up with SECB all night? Yeah, there’s a lot to read, but we had a lot to say. The short list: We got banned from the GOP election night party (but then got let in), Dino Rossi won, Joey Gibson lost, the Washington version of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t manage to make it through to the next round, and we had to listen to Coldplay on our Uber ride home. There’s probably more. Why don’t you take the morning and catch up?

Election nights outside Washington: It’s still too close to call in the Kansas Republican Primary — a mere 191 votes separate the candidates. This is why voting matters! The Ohio special election is also too close to call. The Republican candidate, Troy Balderson, had a lead of 1,754 votes as of this morning but there are still more than 3,000 ballots yet to be counted. It’s heated!

The Seattle Times write-up about the Automated Fingerprint Identification System levy omits one small detail: That it isn’t just about fingerprint identification. Nah, sorry, voters ignorantly (an assumption) voted to give the Seattle Police Department facial recognition technology. Everything will be fine, right? The police having a database full of our scanned faces can’t possibly be bad… can it?

Don’t get my hopes up, National Weather Service: I am currently sweating in a Capitol Hill Starbucks. It isn’t even 6:30 a.m. yet. Someone was already arrested in here this morning. That’s not about the heat, but it’s been a day already. The good news is that there’s apparently a significant cool down on the way. Maybe even light showers? I won’t believe it until I see it.


But... it's not the end of the week yet, is it? Beat the hump day slump, beat the heat.


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Amazon continues to thrive off our thirst for convenience: It’s steadily introducing drive-up grocery pick-up at Whole Foods locations. So far, it’s only available in Sacramento, California, and Virginia Beach, Virginia. It’s also only available to Prime Now members, but you could’ve guessed that. Additionally, only Prime Now members will be saved in the Rapture.

New York Republican charged with insider trading: Representative Chris Collins, an outspoken Trump supporter, is having a rough day. Looks like there may be another seat open for the blue wave to scoop up.


Everyone bands together to ban Alex Jones — except Twitter: Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO, says Alex Jones, notorious conspiracy theorist and flagrant asshole, hasn’t violated Twitter’s rules. YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, and Apple have already banned Jones. This just confirms that Twitter truly is the cesspool we love to hate and cannot bear to stop using.

Maryland man goes to take driving test, forgets about all the drug-dealing paraphernalia in the car: The man, 22, was just trying to get his driver’s license. Nerves must’ve gotten to him — trust me, they got to me like two times during the, uh, two driver’s tests I took — because he forgot about the pound of marijuana in the car. He also forgot about the loaded Glock and the $15,000 in drug-related money. He didn’t get his license. He did get arrested, though.

Tonight's best Seattle entertainment options include: The Trap Kitchen Cookout Tour: Compton 2 Tha 206 (a pop-up lauded by the likes of Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, and Snoop Dogg), the opening of That Summer, which reveals footage of Edith and Edie Beale not shown in the 1975 documentary Grey Gardens, and The Phantom of the Opera, which Christopher Frizzelle calls "fog-machine technology’s greatest achievement."

Now, what you're eating for breakfast today:

For Lissa: A blueberry scone with raspberry jam and a side of cherries.

The Bunny Mug proves it is my truest friend. Lissa writes: "The Bunny Mug extends its congratulations to you as you join the Stranger for realz!"

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From DeeDee: "I call these Cheater Deviled Eggs: boiled eggs with a dab of aioli on the top. Slice of deli turkey and some grapes on the side. Creamer with some coffee mixed in to drink."

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A crazy good breakfast for Ken.

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Rudolpho rewarded himself with this after his bike ride to work. You're living your best life, Rudolpho.

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Did you make this, Jim???

"English muffin, peppered Spam, red bell pepper and onions, fried egg with harissa spice, cheddar cheese, avocado."

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Harry sent me a picture of his breakfast and then quickly realized it contained sensitive work information. He pivoted and sent me this as a follow-up. It takes a keen eye to see what he's having for breakfast this morning.

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My 13-year-old brother is fueling up before his Junior Lifeguards practice this morning and football practice this afternoon.

That chocolate milk means hes bulking up. Hes trying to be the hot one in the family.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzBhG0WkUrM Asura , a fantasy epic based on Buddhist mythology touted as the most expensive Chinese film ever made, has been pulled from theaters after a dismal opening weekend. On the film's official Weibo account (roughly China's version of Twitter), producers offered "deepest apologies to viewers who did not get a chance to watch the film, as well as to all the Chinese and international participants who were involved in its production over the past six years." The Weibo post did not give a specific reason for the decision, according to The South China Morning Post. The Guardian describes Asura as a combination of "complex special effects, big-name stars and [a] huge crew." "Named after the triple-headed demigods of Buddhist mythology, Asura stars 18-year-old heartthrob Wu Lei as a shepherd who turns out to be the reincarnation of one of the heads of a warrior king – also called Asura – aiming to invade heaven (Tony Leung Ka-fai and Carina Lau Kar-ling
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Beijing warned it would match the Trump administration step for step should it move ahead with new tariffs on Chinese imports, as trade data showed the country is shoring up its economy for a long trade conflict with the U.S.

          Ford Celebrates 10 Millionth Mustang, Banks on Its Appeal      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Ford Mustang — an iconic American symbol of cool — reached a major milestone Wednesday as the 10 millionth vehicle rolled off an assembly line at a Detroit-area plant. Ford marked the occasion for the car, celebrated in American song and film and recognized the world over as a quintessentially American cultural export, with a big party and parade at the Michigan headquarters — complete with a flyover from World War II-era P-51 Mustang fighter jets that are the car's namesake. It is a key moment for Ford, which is banking on the Mustang's wide appeal to help it grow global market share. US sales of the model are declining, but they are accelerating overseas. "The Mustang is the best-selling sports coupe in Germany, as well as in the United States," Ford CEO Jim Hackett boasted in remarks to revelers assembled at Ford headquarters. As it celebrates the milestone, Ford is appealing to the sense of nostalgia for the vehicle that exemplified the love of the open road and shares its a name with the horse that still roams free in the American West. The 10 millionth Mustang was painted the same "Wimbledon White" as the first one to roll off the assembly line in 1964. "I can think of no other American car that captures the love affair with the automobile that Americans have had," automotive historian John Heitmann of the University of Dayton told AFP. 'Freedom vehicle' The Mustang germinated an entire subgenre of cars. From a technical standpoint, the original 1965 model was not meant as a muscle car intended to attract those who gravitate to fast wheels. It was in fact one of the original so-called "pony cars" — a smaller, affordable, practical sibling of flashy sports cars intended to appeal to young professionals, including women. But the Mustang became an icon almost from the start, in no small part thanks to marketing that would rival a modern-day iPhone launch. It debuted in the spring, at the 1964 New York World's Fair, far before other companies that announced their latest offerings in the fall. It was hyped up in advance and automotive industry journalists were on hand. Automotive historian Bob Merlis, at the time a teenager, witnessed the World's Fair launch. "It was almost like pandemonium. People were so excited about this car," Merlis said. "It was sort of a counterpoint to the very square, staid station wagon ethos that Americans grew up with in suburbia," he recalled. "It represented some kind of a freedom vehicle. It embodied that." The car captured the public imagination, reflected in its popularity on the big screen. The Mustang made its first appearance in 1964 in a chase scene with Sean Connery's James Bond in "Goldfinger," and American film star Steve McQueen drove a Mustang in the 1968 thriller "Bullitt" — cementing the car's cool factor. It even appealed overseas, appearing in the 1966 Oscar-winning French film "A Man and a Woman" by Claude Lelouch. And Wilson Pickett immortalized the car in "Mustang Sally," a rhythm and blues classic from 1966. Global draw Ford has been playing up that nostalgic past. At this year's Detroit auto show, the company unveiled a new limited-edition Bullitt Mustang, along with McQueen's original. For its celebration, Ford highlighted the loyalty of Mustang owners who are known to form clubs and restore older models. Owners were called upon to bring one Mustang for every model year to Ford headquarters, and they responded enthusiastically. The company held a 20-mile (32 km) parade Wednesday morning from its headquarters in one Detroit suburb to its Mustang assembly plant in another. "It's been part of my life for a long time," Mike Magri, owner of five different Mustangs since 1988, told AFP. But Mustangs soon will be one of only two passenger cars from Ford -- along with a crossover Focus — sold in North America. All other Ford offerings will be trucks and SUVs. Ford sold only about 81,000 of the sporty model in North America last year, a mere 0.5 percent of the market, according to Autodata. But Mustang sales are growing overseas. Since Ford began exporting Mustangs in 2015, it has become the world's best-selling sports coupe, according to the company's figures — including in China, which by 2025 is projected to have twice the share of the global car market compared to the US. Ford's head of global markets, Jim Farley, said the vehicle's largest dealer in the world is in Stockholm, Sweden. "Now, you see Mustangs on the streets in London and you see Mustangs in Beijing," Farley told employees at the plant.
          China, Germany Defend Iran Business Ties as US Sanctions Grip      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
China and Germany defended their business ties with Iran on Wednesday in the face of President Donald Trump’s warning that any companies trading with the Islamic Republic would be barred from the United States. The comments from Beijing and Berlin signaled growing anger from partners of the United States, which reimposed strict sanctions against Iran on Tuesday, over its threat to penalize businesses from third countries that continue to operate there. “China has consistently opposed unilateral sanctions and long-armed jurisdiction,” the Chinese foreign ministry said. “China’s commercial cooperation with Iran is open and transparent, reasonable, fair and lawful, not violating any United Nations Security Council resolutions,” it added in a faxed statement to Reuters. “China’s lawful rights should be protected.” The German government said U.S. sanctions against Iran that have an extra-territorial effect violate international law, and Germany expects Washington to consider European interests when coming up with such sanctions. The reimposition of U.S. sanctions followed Trump’s decision earlier this year to pull out of a 2015 deal to lift the punitive measures in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program designed to prevent it from building an atomic bomb. Iran’s highest authority, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said meanwhile the country had nothing to be concerned about, a report on his official website said in an apparent reference to the imposition of the U.S. sanctions “With regard to our situation do not be worried at all. Nobody can do anything,” Khamenei said recently, the website reported. “There is no doubt about this.” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, speaking in a meeting with North Korea’s foreign minister, said that America could not be trusted, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency. “Today, America is identified as an unreliable and untrustworthy country in the world which does not adhere to any of its obligations,” Rouhani said. Tuesday’s sanctions target Iran’s purchases of U.S. dollars, metals trading, coal, industrial software and the auto sector. Trump tweeted on Tuesday: “These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level. Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States.” Europeans withdraw European countries, hoping to persuade Tehran to continue to respect the deal, have promised to try to lessen the blow of sanctions and to urge their firms not to pull out. But that has proved difficult: European companies have quit Iran, arguing that they cannot risk their U.S. business. Among those that have suspended plans to invest in Iran are France’s oil major Total, its big carmakers PSA and Renault, and their German rival Daimler. Danish engineering company Haldor Topsoe, one of the world’s leading industrial catalyst producers, said on Wednesday it would cut around 200 jobs from its workforce of 2,700 due to the new U.S sanctions on Iran, which made it very hard for its customers there to finance new projects. The chief executive of reinsurance group Munich Re said it may abandon its Iran business under pressure from the United States, but described the operation as very small. Turkey, however, said it would continue to buy natural gas from Iran. “Simplistic idea” In Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted by an Iranian newspaper as saying that a U.S. plan to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero would not succeed. U.S. officials have said in recent weeks that they aim to pressure countries to stop buying oil from Iran in a bid to force Tehran to halt its nuclear and missile programs and involvement in regional conflicts in Syria and Iraq. “If the Americans want to keep this simplistic and impossible idea in their minds they should also know its consequences,” Zarif told the Iran newspaper. “They can’t think that Iran won’t export oil and others will export.” Rouhani hinted last month that Iran could block the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route, if the U.S. attempted to stop the Islamic Republic’s oil exports. Trump responded by noting that Iran could face serious consequences if it threatened the United States. “The Americans have assembled a war room against Iran,” Zarif said. “We can’t get drawn into a confrontation with America by falling into this war room trap and playing on a battlefield.” Iran has dismissed a last-minute offer from the Trump administration for talks, saying it could not negotiate while Washington had reneged on the 2015 deal to lift sanctions. In a speech hours before the sanctions were due to take effect on Tuesday, Rouhani rejected negotiations as long as Washington was no longer complying with the deal. “If you stab someone with a knife and then you say you want talks, then the first thing you have to do is remove the knife,” Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state television.
          Trudeau standing firm on Saudi Arabia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir leaves the stage after speaking during the opening session of the 8th Ministerial Meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum in Beijing, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Saudi Arabia's foreign minister says there is nothing to mediate when it comes to the diplomatic dispute between his kingdom and Canada and is stepping up retaliation including selling Saudi-owned Canadian assets. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ AP/Mark Schiefelbein

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          Trevor Booker To Play In China      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Veteran NBA power forward Trevor Booker has announced that he’ll play in China during the 2018/19 season. “Although I know I belong in the NBA, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be heading to China this upcoming season,” Booker wrote in a tweet. “The summer didn’t pan out as I hoped, but I assure you […]
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           US Secretary of State sees 'Belt and Road' creating 'strategic dependency'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo accused China of trying to create "strategic dependency" through its global Belt and Road infrastructure initiative, reports Bloomberg News.Speaking to the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, Mr Pompeo said the US believes in "strategic partnerships, not strategic dependency," a criticism of China's cheap financing for infrastructure projects in its Belt and Road scheme."With American companies, citizens around the world know that what you see is what you get: honest contracts, honest terms and no need for off-the-books nonsense," Mr Pompeo said. "We will help them keep their people free from coercion or great power domination."Mr Pompeo said the US is working to build "higher-standard" bilateral trade deals, though many Asia analysts and even House Speaker Paul Ryan say the US decision is a mistake.While we work with our partners to craft better and higher-standard bilateral trade agreements, our companies are continuing to advance US economic interests by growing their presence in the region," he said.Mr Pompeo is also seeking to ensure that countries remain committed to maintaining economic sanctions against North Korea.

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           Trade war will hurt S'pore, but ASEAN will uphold WTO rules      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan has conveyed the country's concerns to both the US and China about the rising trade tensions between the two powers, reports Channel News Asia.Speaking to the press conference at the end of Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting, Dr Balakrishnan explained that any trade war or unilateral sanctions has "disproportionate impact" on Singapore.Singapore has good relations with both the US and China, he said, and has "courteously and directly" expressed its position to both of them, he said, in response to questions from reporters."Obviously, we don't control the agenda of their decisions, but for what it is worth, we conveyed our concerns."Dr Balakrishnan's comments come amid escalating trade tensions between the US and China. In early July, the US imposed 25 per cent tariffs on US$34 billion of Chinese goods, prompting retaliatory tariffs on an equivalent volume of US exports to China. In response, China said it was prepared to impose new tariffs on US$60 billion worth of American goods.Dr Balakrishnan said Singapore believes in a multilateral, rules-based system, and noted that "in an ideal world", everyone resolves their differences on trade through the World Trade Organisation (WTO), or at least in a WTO-compliant fashion."It's not exactly identical to what the US or China may want, but Singapore gets to state what we believe in, because we say the same thing to both sides, they know that we are being transparent and honest, and we are not playing games," he said.He added that this position is "entirely consistent" with that of the ASEAN regional bloc.Nevertheless, he said, people acknowledged that there has been some progress, and the June 12 Singapore Summit did "change the tone of the conversation".Dr Balakrishnan also described ASEAN and China's arrival at a single draft negotiating text on the South China Sea code of conduct as a "significant milestone".He added that the single draft made a "big difference" to the tone of the discussion on the topic this time, as compared to previous ASEAN meetings.Asked if ASEAN if is at risk of becoming an arena for big power rivalry to play out, Dr Balakrishnan said: "We have no intention of allowing that to happen. We will be united, we will be relevant, we will maintain centrality and we will continue to convene these regional and extra-regional platforms."Dr Balakrishnan also revealed to reporters that an agreement has been reached to conclude negotiations on the ASEAN-European Union comprehensive Air Transport Agreement by the end of the year. Negotiations for an ASEAN-European Union Free Trade Agreement will also be negotiated.

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          PES 2018 UEFA & Conmebol Transfers & Super Chinese League, Liga MX For PTE 5.0, 5.1 August 2018/19      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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          China, Germany defend Iran business ties as US sanctions grip - Reuters      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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BEIJING/BERLIN (Reuters) - China and Germany defended their business ties with Iran on Wednesday in the face of President Donald Trump's warning that any companies trading with the Islamic Republic would be barred from the United States.
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          Guerra comercial: medios estatales chinos acusaron a Donald Trump por "extorsión"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Estados Unidos y China se aplicaron aranceles sobre productos por valor de 34.000 millones de dólares en julio. Además, la Casa Blanca implementará tarifas adicionales sobre bienes del gigante asiático por valor de 16.000 millones de dólares
          2:00PM Water Cooler 8/8/2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Today's Water Cooler: China trade, Deval Patrick, reports from yesterday's midterms (especially OH-12), "Witch Hunt," consumer credit, 3D printing, Lada, International Cat Day

          Comment on Open Thread, Aug 7, 2018 by Hickory      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Some people think that since coal has declined in USA over the past 10 years (since fracking), it must be so everywhere. But the USA has been very fortunate to have very much Nat Gas which has replaced coal for electricity production, with lesser contribution by very strong wind and solar resource in the USA. Many other countries who use coal don't have the luxury of such easy/inexpensive replacement. Of the top ten coal consuming countries, only two have plentiful alternatives- USA and Russia (Russia could use Nat gas if they had too). That leaves China, India, Germany, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey and Poland. Many of these countries are in extremely poor shape when it comes to energy security. For example, %net imports of energy consumption as of 2015 is Germany 64%, Japan 95%, S. Korea 87%, India 36%, Turkey 81%. Don't expect these countries to miraculously do without coal anytime soon. https://yearbook.enerdata.net/coal-lignite/coal-world-consumption-data.html you can click on the map to see a particular country graph- try India
          Comment on World Natural Gas 2018-2050: World Energy Annual Report (Part 3) by kolbeinh      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Why does Xi Jinping have to tell the oil companies to increase production and reserves - did they not know that already? Targeting more shale gas is understandable though given that it can be extracted in an economic sound way. The shale gas reserves in China are huge but somewhat difficult to produce I have heard. BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s state energy giants pledged this week to expand domestic oil and gas exploration and production and increase in particular natural gas supplies following an instruction from President Xi Jinping to boost national energy security. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-oil-xi/china-state-firms-to-expand-domestic-oil-gas-exploration-after-xis-call-idUSKBN1KT1B1
          Comment on World Natural Gas 2018-2050: World Energy Annual Report (Part 3) by kolbeinh      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Crude oil is exempted according to Argus. Not sure if that includes condensate, but all other products are due for 25% import tax. China will impose a 25% tax on most energy commodity exports from the U.S. starting Aug. 23, including oil products, liquefied petroleum gas and coal, but is exempting crude oil, Argus reports. https://www.argusmedia.com/en/news/1731873-china-drops-us-crude-from-tariff-retaliation-list
          Oil drops on China import data, weighing on equities      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Oil prices slumped on Wednesday after Chinese import data showed a slowdown in demand and weighed on world equity markets, which traded near break-even as U.S. technology shares extended recent gains.

          Trump's trade battle with China hits home in Arkansas town      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) — A Chinese company’s announcement two years ago that it would spend more than $1 billion and hire hundreds of workers for a paper mill on the outskirts of this rural college town was seen as a much-needed shot in the arm for the region’s economy.
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          China, Germany defend Iran business ties as US sanctions grip      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

China and Germany defended their business ties with Iran on Wednesday in the face of President Donald Trump's warning that any companies trading with the Islamic Republic would be barred from the United States. The comments from Beijing and Berlin signalled growing anger from partners of the United States, which reimposed strict sanctions against Iran on Tuesday, over its threat to penalise businesses from third countries that continue to operate there. "China has consistently opposed unilateral sanctions and long-armed jurisdiction," the Chinese foreign ministry said. "China's commercial cooperation with Iran is open and transparent, reasonable, fair and lawful, not violating any United Nations Security Council resolutions," it added in a faxed statement to Reuters. "China's lawful rights should be protected." The German government said US sanctions against Iran that have an extra-territorial effect violate international law, and Germany expects Washington to consider European interests when coming up with such sanctions. The reimposition of US sanctions followed Trump's decision earlier this year to pull out of a 2015 deal to lift the punitive measures in return for curbs on...
          French glamour club PSG turns to China for fans... and funds      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
After three pre-season tours in a row to the United States, French glamour club Paris Saint-Germain turned to Asia in search of new fans and business deals ahead of the new season.
          US to raise tariffs on $16bn of China goods on Aug 23      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The US said it will begin imposing 25% duties on an additional $16bn in Chinese imports in two weeks, escalating a trade war between the world's two biggest economies.
          ¿El primer avión hipersónico de China? Beijing dice que la prueba fue todo un éxito      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
China asegura que probó con éxito su primer avión hipersónico, lo que representaría un gran avance en la tecnología aeroespacial e intensificaría la presión sobre Estados Unidos. ¿Qué significa realmente este paso y qué incluyó la prueba?
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          Maggior numero di tornei vinti nel 2018: Fabio Fognini è al secondo posto insieme a Federer e A. Zverev      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Fabio Fognini è al secondo posto per il maggior numero di tornei vinti nel 2018. Maggior numero di titoli ATP vinti nel 2018 4 – Rafael Nadal 3 – Roger Federer 3 – Fabio Fognini 3 – Sascha Zverev 2 – Marco Cecchinato 2 – Juan Martin Del Potro 2 – Roberto Bautista Agut 2 […]
          Wall St falters on trade tensions and sinking oil prices      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

China announces retaliatory tariffs on $US16 billion worth of US imports as Wall Street finishes mostly lower with US-China trade tensions intensifying.


          Which country gives the most aid to Pacific Island nations? The answer might surprise you      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

There are plenty of heated arguments and unanswered questions about aid in the Pacific, especially when it comes to China's role. Now the Lowy Institute has crunched the numbers.


          Global Markets: Oil drops on China import data, weighing on equities      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil prices slumped on Wednesday after Chinese import data showed a slowdown in demand and weighed on world equity markets, which traded near break-even as U.S. technology shares extended recent gains. China announced retaliatory trade tariffs in response to the United States’ decision to impose 25 percent tariffs on another $16 […]

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COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA – President Donald Trump’s tariffs against China are causing a South Carolina television maker to lay off nearly all of its employees because of the sudden increase in the price of components for its products. Element TV Company will let 126 workers go, most of them on Oct. 5, leaving behind a […]

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          China Slaps 25% Tariff on U.S. Solar Cells It Rarely Imports      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
China plans to impose a 25 percent tariff on imports of U.S.-manufactured solar cells as part of its $60 billion retaliation against President Donald Trump’s proposed $200 billion in import tariffs. China is the world’s biggest manufacture of solar cells, which are assembled into photovoltaic panels, and the U.S. exports few, if any, to China. Noticeably absent from the latest list is polysilicon, the main ingredient in solar cells, which the U.S. does export to China.
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Also forgot to mention that I was at Citi afield last night and all of the Mets Home caps have the glued on flag and are made in China which was really disappointing. I haven’t worn the one I got from Lids just in case I decide to return it if the ballpark had better stock.

          Book Review: Dark Side of the Moon      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The following review is a special for BlackFive readers provided by Elise Cooper. You can read all of our book reviews and author interviews by clicking on the Books category link in the right side bar. Dark Side of the Moonby Alan Jacobson is another “OPSIG Team Black” adventure. This story will literally take people to a new dimension. Readers will feel they are on a journey on F-18 fighter planes and a trip to the moon while combating espionage, the dark secrets of the moon, and kidnapping. Jacobson commented, “After reading this article about Apollo 17 bringing back moon rocks I had an idea that maybe they could be used for military purposes. Since I do not write science fiction I needed to do a lot of research and worked with some awesome people. I talked with an engineer who worked on the Space Shuttle and is currently working on a NASA project. The different organizations that cooperated were NASA, JPL, Lockheed, and SPACEX. People helped me work out the logistics of how the mission should be carried out. Even though it was quite an endeavor, given the opportunity I would do it again. Mainly, because I have been fascinated with space, growing up with Star Trek and the Apollo missions.” Readers find out that after returning to the earth in 1972 Apollo 17 brought back some classified items. Discovering its importance, a NASA engineer leaks the information to foreign governments. Now there is a race to the moon to find an element called Caesarium. If found it can be used to produce a weapon with an ultimate magnitude of destruction, that has important military applications. In order to stop China and Russia Hector DeSantos and Aaron Uziel (Uzi) join with two astronauts on a mission called Operation Containment. They must prevent Caesarium from being brought back. Meanwhile back on earth, Karen Vail and company have determined that the mission has been sabotaged and they must find out the mole who did it. Karen Vail and her colleague Alexandra Rusakov will have to find the mole and destroy the spy ring that planted malware on the ships that are now headed for the Moon. To complicate matters Hector’s father is kidnapped and will be used as leverage. The author likes to venture out and write new stories. His last book, Darkness of Evil, and his next book will delve into serial killers. “As a writer, I want to keep fresh and different. I want to challenge my characters and myself to acclimate to new environments. Karen Vail has been to Paris, England, and Spain maneuvering through the different cultures, places, laws, and law enforcement. I think this current book about moon elements is extremely relevant. Space can help with our military readiness that includes determining logistics. We need to maintain our superiority in space and should applaud our President’s efforts to reinvigorate our space program. We need a moon base to collect natural resources and use it as a spring board to get to another planet.” Space is coming to the forefront once again. This believable story shows the importance of America keeping its space superiority. It also highlights how Karen Vail must maneuver through lies, betrayals, and disloyalties to find the culprits.

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The following review is a special for BlackFive readers provided by Elise Cooper. You can read all of our book reviews and author interviews by clicking on the Books category link in the right side bar. Second Strike by Peter Kirsanow has Special Operator Michael Garin returning to save the day again. This Superman quote applies, Garin “fights the unending battle for truth, justice, and the American way.” He will once again face off against his nemesis, Russian Special Operator Taras Bor in this action-packed thriller. Mike Garin was not written as an anti-hero. “I wrote him as someone who is sure about the righteousness of his cause. He sleeps very well at night. Never apologetic for defending America. I wanted him to be a Gary Cooper type, the old-fashioned gun slinger who is on the side of right. I met many operators and my brother-in-law used to be one. They believe in America and understand what must be done to keep it as the greatest country in the world. Garin was inspired in part by a couple of operators I’ve known, but he’s chiefly a combination of the attributes of my brother-in-law and my late father, one of the world’s great badasses. In fact, Nikolai “Pop” Garin is my father. The existential struggle between Garin and his nemesis Taras Bor is a metaphor between the existential struggle of America and its chief enemies. In future books readers will find out something about Bor that will surprise them and put some things in perspective.” At the center of the plot is the ongoing geopolitical tension between Russia and America. Just weeks after thwarting an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack by the Russians and Iranians, Garin and company realize that Russia is planning something else, a massive cyber-attack using ISIS wannabes. It is a warning of sorts that hammers the point home, America does not have a response doctrine to a massive attack of either magnitude. Without government support, Garin turns to three people for help: Congo Knox, a former Delta Force sniper; Dan Dwyer, the head of a sprawling military contracting firm; and Olivia Perry, an aide to the national security advisor. As the tension mounts up Garin must stop the attack or millions will die. Kirsanow commented, “Because of my job I am at a lot of committee hearings. The first book, Target Omega, was inspired by a 2010 hearing on EMP. For this book, I happened on a committee meeting regarding cyber-attacks. It was shortly after that where China hacked the Office of Personal Management. My assistant on the Committee of Civil Rights had her file hacked. It affected so many people I know. The administration at the time did nothing to protect those individuals. The opening scene in this book refers to how previous administrations let problems fester. If we do not have plans to deal with these dangers it amounts to ‘defense malpractice.’” This story has never ending action. Readers will be on the edge of their chairs as they quickly turn the pages to see how Garin thwarts Bor and the Russians.

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The following review is a special for BlackFive readers provided by Elise Cooper. You can read all of our book reviews and author interviews by clicking on the Books category link in the right side bar. A Dying Noteby Ann Parker brings to life San Francisco during the late 1800s. As a co-owner of the Silver Queen Saloon the main character, Inez Stannert, had a stake in an upscale brothel. This sixth book of the series has a change of venue from Leadville Colorado to San Francisco California. Besides the change of setting there is a change of professions for Inez and her ward, Antonia Gizzi. Parker noted she changed the setting because “I live in the Bay area. This is a new setting for me because the past five books were placed in Leadville Colorado. Also, it was a hot bed for labor activity with the Waterfront and printer organizations. This allowed me to write in about a possible musicians’ labor union. I think at some level I was going to have her leave, as Inez says that Leadville was just a stop along the way and that she and her ward were supposed to go to San Francisco.” Inez is content to settle into her new life until the body of a musician washes ashore upon the banks of San Francisco’s Mission Creek Bay. She recognizes the victim, someone who came to her for piano lessons. As Inez begins her investigation, she is confronted by her shady past in the form of Leadville silver baron Harry Gallagher. He gives her one-week to discover the murderer, or he will expose her past associations and threatens to ruin her socially/financially. Time grows short as Inez uncovers long-hidden secrets and unsettled scores that affect lives and reputations. Inez is a strong woman protagonist. “I spoke with and learned from Women Writing The West who influenced me to set my story in the historical West. Inezis a woman with a mysterious past, a complicated present, and an uncertain future. I based her name on my paternal grandmother’s maiden name. My family actually thought she would have got a kick out of it. What the fictional and real women had in common is a will of iron, strong women. They powered through from their difficulties. She was a woman of her times. Women who came to the West made a life for themselves. They tended to be pretty strong willed emotionally, spiritually, and physically.” Realizing the death might have something to do with union organizers, Inez is not content to sit back and do nothing. The victim, Jamie Monroe, wanted to establish unions, including one geared for musicians. He was also working to secure enough money to marry Carmella Donato, the daughter of Nick Donato. He is the partner of Inez, as well as a well-respected businessman, and an accomplished musician who tries to find employment for musicians who frequent his establishment. Throughout the story readers get tidbits of information about San Francisco. They will visit the eloquent Palace Hotel, and the dangerous areas of the Barbary Coast and Chinatown. Besides a good mystery, information about places, clothing, businesses, transportation, and education makes the story interesting.

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UTRECHT - Kunsthandel Schoonheim in de Utrechtse Vinkenburgstraat gaat dicht. Het bedrijf bestaat al sinds 1876 is daarmee één van de oudste, zo niet de oudste winkel van de stad. Het is de derde winkel in korte tijd die stopt.

Vijf jaar geleden werd het bedrijf overgenomen door Galerie De Vink. Eigenaar Erik Geytenbeek laat vanaf zijn vakantieadres weten dat hij nu stopt omdat hij na 20 jaar toe is aan een nieuwe uitdaging. 

RADIO CENTRUM OOK DICHT
Met het vertrek van Schoonheim verliest de Vinkenburgstraat in korte tijd twee markante winkels. Ook Radio Centrum gaat sluiten. De twee winkels liggen recht tegenover elkaar. Radio Centrum is een begrip in de elektronicawereld. De winkel heeft een enorm assortiment aan kabeltjes, stekketjes, weerstanden en batterijen. Menig hobbyist is er al jaren kind aan huis, voor allerlei onderdelen.

De winkel sluit omdat het de concurrentie met goedkope internetwinkels niet aankan. Met name uit China komen producten die goedkoper zijn dan de inkoopprijs die Radio Centrum zelf moet betalen, aldus de eigenaar.

WALK OF FAME
De Vinkenburgstraat is een opvallend winkelstraatje in het hartje van de stad. De straat kent nog weinig beeldbepalende winkelketens, maar of dat zo blijft is nog maar de vraag. In de Vinkenburgstraat ligt ook de Walk of Fame, tegels met de handafdruk van Nederlandse filmhelden.

POTTEN & PANNEN
Eerder deze week werd bekend dat ook Potten & Pannen ermee stopt. De winkel aan de Nachtegaalstraat was volgens de eigen website een van de eerste kookwinkels in Nederland. Het is nog niet duidelijk waarom de winkel dicht gaat.

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Venezuela under President Nicolás Maduro has further descended into crisis and chaos since Maduro was re-elected in May in an election marked by low turnout and lack of options to vote for. Since the election, though, new workers’ struggles have arisen and spread, though the local and international media have ignored them. This resistance poses an alternative to both the corrupt and repressive Maduro government and the right-wing opposition backed by the U.S. which has opposed reforms and popular power since former President Hugo Chavez came to power.

On August 4, after the interview below was completed, Maduro survived an attack during a speech in Caracas. Drone aircraft carrying explosives reportedly flew close to the president and his entourage and detonated. Maduro was unhurt. The government blames the attack on opponents working with the U.S. and Colombia to topple Maduro.

Gonzalo Gómez is a Venezuelan revolutionary, member of the socialist organization Marea Socialista, co-founder of the independent left-wing website aporrea.org, and a veteran of union and popular struggles in Venezuela for over 40 years. In mid-July, he was interviewed by Carlos Carcione about the situation in Venezuela and the next steps for socialists in the country. The interview was translated into English by Eva María.

ACCORDING TO the information we have, struggles by workers have begun in the country over wage demands and working conditions. Other large protests are taking place over the collapse of public services, such as electricity, water and telecommunications, as well as the situation with public transportation and roads, and also the CLAPs [boxes with food essentials distributed by the government to low-income families] that are not arriving. Could you tell us what the situation is like?

AFTER THE May 20 elections [won by Nicolas Maduro], there has been an escalation of conflicts and demands from workers and from many social sectors in the country. This process has not stopped. On the contrary, it is increasing with new sectors joining every day.

Striking nurses in Caracas demand a fair wage and relief from the crisis
Striking nurses in Caracas demand a fair wage and relief from the crisis

Among the most outstanding are the mobilizations that the nurses of public hospitals and maternity hospitals have been leading for more than two weeks. They are demanding a fair salary; some slogans call for salaries to match the level of the Canasta Básica [the basic needs for a household], which is also what the Constitution [of 1999, which Maduro is attempting to re-write] states.

It’s necessary to bear in mind that the salary today is less than what it costs to get to work. And this also leads to the demand for the improvement of health services: there are no medical supplies, no medicines, inadequate medical equipment — and to top it off, doctors are leaving the country.

However, the government reportedly granted increases to the military that are known to be very close to the Canasta Básica or higher for the upper ranks. These motivated nurses to say “We want a salary like the military’s,” and others to say, “We want to make what Tisbay Lucena [the president of the National Electoral Council] makes in two weeks.”

The nurses are taking to the streets and have the support of patients and their families. They are opting for street protests because the government is in a de facto shutdown in the health sector due to a lack of resources and starvation wages.

This situation of crisis and abandonment is suffered by the vast majority of public-sector workers, as well as throughout the country. For example, workers in the university sector are also going out to protest over wages.

Leaders of the official trade unions try to make agreements behind the backs of the workers with increases that are negligible and completely unsatisfactory. The workers remain unaware of these “agreements,” and the struggles continue.

Workers at the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology and many satellite institutions in this ministry have joined protests and struggle. And just as in the health sector, the demand for higher wages is merged with the demand to improve the conditions of the services they provide.

Electricity workers, telephone workers for CANTV in some regions, some postal workers are taking action. And some who have not yet taken to the streets are beginning to issue statements and demands addressed to the government, as well as protests through communiqués about the situation in which they find themselves, mainly in the public sector.

Then there is also a tendency towards workers in related sectors working together, and in some cases, coordinating struggles. This marks the prospect of a general national struggle for wages and also for the improvement of public services.

For workers in other countries to understand the situation, it should be said that Venezuelan workers and their families would be living on these wages with one or two eggs a day or with a can of tuna a day per household.

The government provides care packages with some food products, called CLAP boxes, to a part of the population. These create a clientelist relation with the government, but they are not part of peoples’ salaries. The system is also very insufficient. People can’t freely decide what food or products they buy. Such measures have been typical of neoliberal governments for social control of the poor.

This has to be put in the context of a collapsing situation. You can’t get transportation to work or you don’t have cash to pay for it, and then you go to work in shifts or part-time. The workers are dividing up a few days a week because they can’t even successfully get to work consistently. The economy is collapsing, and so is Venezuelan society and the state.

We at Marea Socialista are going to be involved in these struggles, bringing our solidarity, our support and our proposals, and helping to amplify the demands and experiences.

We believe that each of these struggles must achieve its objectives. We must not allow them to be repressed, and we should push for them to coordinate into a national struggle for higher wages.

The focus is now in the struggle for wages, but the communities and neighborhoods are also coming out to demand the basic functioning of public services that are currently in disarray: lack of water, constant blackouts, interruptions in phone service, inconsistency in garbage pickup, etc.

WHAT DO you think is the current political situation in the country?

THE GOVERNMENT doesn’t guarantee the normal functioning of the country, nor the living conditions of the people, nor does it really manage to govern. It does not stop hyperinflation. It simply contributes to chaos.

It behaves like an authoritarian government toward the people, but it has no authority to bring order to the economy or to put a stop to the corruption of which it is a part.

The situation is so serious that even some sectors of the PSUV [United Socialist Party of Venezuela, the ruling party] are aware of what is happening and criticisms of the government of Nicolás Maduro are beginning to multiply. Because what the government is doing is equivalent to the effects of neoliberal governments. Because of the precariousness of wages, because employment has no meaning or value, and there is an exodus of professionals and workers.

They are reducing the functioning of the state apparatus to a minimum, albeit without abandoning corruption, to the obvious detriment of living conditions, which is clear in the case of the health sector.

The government attributes all this to a supposed “economic war” against it, but we all know that capital has always sought profit at the expense of everyone else, and it is the government that has the power to influence a set of variables. If the government does not give the necessary wage increases, then they must be held responsible. If it does not provide basic services, the same thing applies.

And we are not only talking about the National Executive, because the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) forged by Maduro — though we can consider it to be illegitimate — is supposed to be supra-constitutional and universal, but even it isn’t capable of fixing things.

All they are trying to do is adjust the political regime to the requirements of capitalist accumulation of the ruling bureaucracy into the new global framework, guarantee themselves freedom to engage in embezzlement, contain the people under social and repressive control, and ensure impunity for their power elite.

Another example of the bureaucratic disaster is PDVSA [the state oil company]. Oil production has fallen to an all-time low. The Maduro government is bankrupting the company — if it’s not already bankrupt.

Basic industries, including the steel sector, are going through a historic decline in production, producing what was previously produced in a few days over the course of a year.

The government can only keep itself in power while we are overwhelmed by appalling corruption. It does nothing to recover the country’s embezzled resources, because the government itself is knee-deep in corruption, whose haul is equivalent to almost a decade of imports.

And on the other hand, the government has prioritized the payment of an illegitimate foreign debt and is pledging the country’s little oil production in exchange for Russia’s and China’s financial aid in the future, putting at risk national and state sovereignty over PDVSA.

This shows that the only plan they have is to unload the crisis on the population. They seek to distract us with calls for electoral processes in very dubious conditions. But the government isn’t carrying out its duty to solve national and working people’s problems.

In sum, we have a disastrous combination of factors: authoritarianism and the degradation of democracy; the collapse of the functioning of the state for social and economic affairs; a frightening setback in the standard of living of the people in contrast to what had been achieved during the Bolivarian Revolution; as well as rampant corruption linked to a mafia pattern of accumulation, which cannot be fixed with this government, nor with a government of the old oligarchy.

This is why I sometimes comment that “La V se ha cuarteao.” [The Fifth Republic is going the way of the Fourth.] The people who have begun to rebel in Venezuela are doing so because daily life is already impossible and because they are reacting against the dismantling of everything. The gravity of the current situation leads us to say that the country must go through a refoundation.

WHAT DO you propose as a way out?

WE HAVE to start from these struggles because they mean a shift in the national situation.

The workers and the popular sectors have started to respond. They have gone from a situation in which uncertainty, demoralization, fear and a desire to flee the country prevailed to the terrain of struggle. People are going out to fight in the streets because they are cornered by a government that does not want and cannot offer alternatives.

These struggles must be coordinated and extended nationally. But the solution will not come as long as we keep doing the same things we’ve done up to this point. We need an emergency plan that is really on the side of the workers and the popular sectors, not that of the bureaucracy, the corrupt and those who take advantage of the crisis to do business and become an elite of predatory power.

This emergency plan would have to guarantee a salary at the level of the Canasta Básica of goods and updated periodically to keep up with hyperinflation, so that wages don’t plummet. This would just be putting into effect what is established in Article 91 of our Constitution [established by Chávez in 1999, in contrast to the one Maduro is trying to draft].

Initially, at least, it can start with what the nurses who are fighting are demanding. For example, we want to get paid at the same level as military officers.

Among other things, we need to recover the funds embezzled from the country, which amount to billions of dollars. The assets and accounts of the corrupt must be confiscated. We also insist on the cessation of payments of the foreign debt and the initiation of a public and citizen audit of this debt, as it is illegitimate and the product of corrupt dealings.

As for other ways we can get the needed resources. First, we can get them from the production of the state-owned companies themselves, especially the food industry, which the government has left practically inactive and whose products are diverted to smuggling circuits or to parallel markets.

This recovery isn’t going to be guaranteed by the corrupt bureaucracy, but rather by the effective participation and control of workers, peasants and communities.

For this plan to be carried out, then, another government is needed, one that is willing and able to carry this plan forward. Neither nor the right-wing opposition, which represents big capital and has leached off the corrupt state, want to apply these solutions. We need another political direction.

This is why we are fighting to build Marea Socialista. At the same time, we say that the workers who are fighting and those who are critical of the government must create a new political alternative for the country that embraces one of our most characteristic slogans: Neither bureaucracy nor capital!

In the international and regional context, the people have also come out to fight and are strongly questioning governments. Some of these governments are using left-wing rhetoric, but empty of content, and in the name of that, they are snatching democratic and social conquests from the peoples and even committing real massacres. This is what is happening in the case of Ortega in Nicaragua.

Governments like Ortega’s and Maduro’s end up becoming instruments of counterrevolution against their people, and today, they are actually implementing a counterrevolution in our countries.

We, in the heat of the struggles, find ourselves needing to build the political vehicles to oppose these leaders and their parties at the same time as we continue to fight the old bastions of right-wing power.

That is why we are trying to build alternatives and new political references with a national reach. But we need and seek to develop international connections with those with whom we share strategic outlooks and who want to struggle alongside us.

Hence our relationship with and our effort to build a new international space as Anticapitalistas en Red, which has been bringing together several revolutionary, democratic, anti-capitalist and anti-bureaucratic political organizations in Latin America and other parts of the world.


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Algunos memes populares comparan las imágenes de Xi Jinping y el expresidente Barack Obama con escenas de dibujos animados similares.China rechazó la solicitud de Walt Disney para exhibir en el país “Christopher Robin”, una película en la que aparece el oso Winnie the Pooh. Internautas han comparado en el pasado el aspecto de Pooh con el presidente Xi Jinping.
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NEW YORK — A late gain for U.S. stocks slipped away Wednesday as a four-day winning streak ended. Energy companies sank along with the price of oil.

The price of crude oil fell more than 3 percent Wednesday. Big dividend payers and industrial companies slipped. Gains for Microsoft, Facebook and Alphabet helped technology companies finish higher. Banks and health care companies also rose.

The U.S. and China both announced new tariffs: later this month each country will put a 25 percent tax on $16 billion in goods imported from the other. Both countries placed tariffs on $34 billion in imports earlier this month, and they have threatened much larger tariffs to come.

But investors have been focusing on rising company earnings instead. Karyn Cavanaugh, senior markets strategist at Voya Investment Management, said U.S. companies are expecting bigger profits in spite of the tariffs.

"That speaks to me a lot louder than a lot of negative headlines," she said. "Companies have gotten very good at minimizing their costs and being very efficient with what they have."

The S&P 500 index dipped 0.75 points to 2,857.70. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 45.16 points, or 0.2 percent, to 25,583.75. The Nasdaq composite rose 4.66 points, or 0.1 percent, to 7,888.33. The Russell 2000 index of smaller stocks lost 1.42 points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,686.88.

The Trump administration plans to tax Chinese industrial products such as steam turbines and iron girders starting Aug. 23. China's government said it will put tariffs on U.S. goods including cars, crude oil and scrap metal starting on the same date.

Oil futures fell sharply. U.S. crude oil lost 3.2 percent to $66.94 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the standard for international oil prices, fell 3.2 percent to $72.28 a barrel in London.

Exxon Mobil lost 0.7 percent to $80.73 and Chevron dipped 1 percent to $123.88.

Snap, which runs the Snapchat video app, fell 6.8 percent to $12.23 after it said daily users fell during the second quarter. It's the latest technology company to have its stock drop after announcing discouraging user totals, joining Facebook, Twitter and Netflix.

Match Group, the parent of online dating companies including Match.com and OKCupid, bucked that trend. Its stock jumped 17.3 percent to $45.60 after Match reported big gains in subscribers, especially for Tinder. Its adjusted profit and revenue beat Wall Street projections.

Drugstore and pharmacy benefits manager CVS raised its annual profit forecast and rose 4.2 percent to $68.17. CVS said prescriptions sales grew, although it took a loss after it wrote down the value of its Omnicare pharmacy services business by almost $4 billion.

In April, construction equipment company Caterpillar said it doubted it would top its first-quarter profit for the rest of this year. Investors were concerned that that might hold true for the rest of corporate America, but so far it hasn't.

A month ago analysts expected the companies of the S&P 500 to earn $160.32 per share in 2018. That's risen by almost a dollar, to $161.29 a share. Their estimates for 2019 have risen by a bit more than a dollar, to $177.52 a share from $176.38.

Twinkie maker Hostess Brands plunged 17.6 percent to $11.49 after it said its results were hurt by cuts in promotional support and inventory from a major retailer and higher costs, including for transportation.

Pizza maker Papa John's fell 5.2 percent to $38.94 after it said North American sales fell again. The company also cut its forecasts for the year. Papa John's is in a public spat it with founder John Schnatter, who was ousted as chairman in July after a report he used a racial slur in a conference call.

Domino's, a rival pizza delivery company, climbed 3.4 percent to $286.92.

Walt Disney fell 2.2 percent to $113.98 after the entertainment company's profit and revenue fell short of analysts' estimates.

Cars.com and Avis Budget Group both sank after cutting their sales forecasts. Rental car company Avis skidded 15.2 percent to $32.85 while Cars.com, an online auto marketplace, dipped 2.6 percent to $27.29.

Struggling rival Hertz jumped 24 percent Tuesday after a better-than-expected quarterly report. Hertz fell 7.3 percent to $18.11 Wednesday.

Bond prices turned higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.96 percent from 2.97 percent.

In other commodities trading, wholesale gasoline fell 4 percent to $2.02 gallon. Heating oil lost 2.5 percent to $2.12 a gallon. Natural gas rose 1.8 percent to $2.95 per 1,000 cubic feet.

Gold rose 0.2 percent to $1,221 an ounce. Silver gained 0.4 percent to $15.43 an ounce. Copper remained at $2.75 a pound.

The dollar fell to 110.96 yen from 111.43. The euro inched up to $1.1619 from $1.1594.

The German DAX fell 0.1 percent and France's CAC 40 lost 0.4 percent. In Britain, the FTSE 100 index rose 0.8 percent.

Japan's Nikkei 225 index gave up early gains and closed 0.1 percent lower. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index added 0.4 percent while South Korea's Kospi edged 0.1 percent higher.

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AP Markets Writer Marley Jay can be reached at http://twitter.com/MarleyJayAP His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/marley%20jay

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22 de febrero de 2017

La trampa de la moderación en una sociedad polarizada

Por Artemio López

La estrategia del espacio oficialista PAIS de obtener más del 40 por ciento de los votos y superar por 10 puntos o más al segundo no funcionó.

Para agregar más dificultades a este yerro estratégico --algunas de cuyas causas recurrentes en la región, señalaremos más adelante--, en la segunda ronda prevista para el 2 de abril ya podría trasladarse por completo al banquero Guillermo Lasso el 16 por ciento que obtenía la candidata de derecha conservadora Cynthia Viteri Gimenez, la tercera en preferencias de primera vuelta.

El perfil de los votantes de Viteri Gimenez y Lasso es similar y ambos candidatos estuvieron cerca de ir en una sola lista, pero la vanidad más que las diferencias ideológicas lo impidieron.

Hay en cambio incertidumbre en el rumbo que tomarán los votantes de Paco Moncayo, representante de la izquierda que obtenía poco menos del 7 por ciento pero debe tenerse en cuenta que la mayoría de ellos fueron votantes del actual presidente, Rafael Correa que rechazan la candidatura de Moreno.

No es predecible tampoco la actitud del casi el 10 por ciento de electores blancos y nulos, muchos desencantados con la figura moderada de Lenin Moreno que, en busca del "ciudadano medio independiente" , se diferenció de manera creciente de Rafael Correa durante casi toda su campaña, salvo muy tardíamente y de manera poco convincente, sin actitud.

En líneas generales Lenin y su estrategia de campaña sucumbieron en el altar del "ciudadano independiente y moderado", esa construcción sin fundamento teórico de la Patria Consultora, segmento que al decir de la "consultoría creativa", resulta siempre decisor fundamental en las elecciones y cuyo intento de captación produjo y produce estragos sobre las dirigencias de los populismos regionales cuando llega la inexorable hora de elegir candidatos que sucedan a los líderes fundadores.

El resultado de esta elección en Ecuador confirma la tendencia de los medios dominantes replicada en toda Latinoamérica. de impulsar el crecimiento de los candidatos pro mercado sustentados no tanto en sus cualidades sino en el rechazo a los gobiernos que el sistema de medios hegemónicos define como"populistas o centroizquierdistas estatizantes".

Ese rechazo desplegado por los medios hegemónicos y tomado como eje de campaña por la oposición, tiene una misma matriz conceptual en toda la región: estigmatizar por “autoritarismo”, “corrupción”, despilfarro” a los oficialismos y como contraparte, la palabra que más resuena y de hecho conformó un eje medular también de la campaña del banquero Lasso --paradojalmente el gran defensor del statu quo ante en Ecuador-- fue “cambio”.

La oposición ecuatoriana insistió también y en línea con la visión del Departamento de Estado en la región, en un señalamiento muy crítico a los acuerdos económicos de Rafael Correa con China que, según especulan los medios dominantes y políticos opositores, "dejó endeudado al país hasta 2021" por venta anticipada de petróleo, principal insumo económico de Ecuador.

Por motivos no muy claros, al menos para nosotros, Rafael Correa, pudiéndolo hacer, evitó presentarse nuevamente e incluso propició una cláusula transitoria en la Constitución Nacional en ese sentido.

No solo eso: también permitió, en lo que ayer se reveló como un error conceptual o una concesión al paradigma de la consultoría tradicional y los medios dominantes, que el candidato oficialista fuera Lenin Moreno, quien no era su favorito.

No extrañó entonces que las tensiones internas entre “correistas” y “morenistas” emergieran inevitablemente durante la campaña a pesar de que el Presidente respaldó a Moreno, y lo hizo aunque no existiera reciprocidad sino hasta muy llegado el último tramo de campaña.

Es evidente, entonces, que no hay fórmulas infalibles en los espacios políticos populares o populistas de América Latina para garantizar la sucesión. Lula, CFK, Chávez y Evo, todos optaron por estrategias relativamente distintas y ninguna de ellas ha sido del todo exitosa,

Todas, sin embargo conceptualmente acordaron en elegir candidatos a la medida de las exigencias de los medios hegemónicos y la consultoría tradicional : moderados y en busca del ciudadano medio independiente ligeramente conservador, con los matices lógicos de acuerdo a cada formación económico social específica .

Si según la célebre sentencia de don Carl Philipp Gottlieb von Clausewitz "la guerra es la continuación de la política por otros medios", sin duda la estrategia electoral y los candidatos que la encarnan también lo son y disociar ambas dimensiones resulta un severo error conceptual de costos notables : Cerrar el ciclo de gobiernos popular - democráticos en la región.

Claro que no solo la sucesión y su candidato moderado fueron un problema en Ecuador.




Ecuador: Evolución de la Pobreza y la Indigencia en la última década

La caída del precio del petróleo desde 2014 hasta acá --de más de U$S 100 a menos de U$S 50-- , la ralentización del crecimiento que llegó apenas al 1,5 por ciento, el estancamiento en la generación de empleo que cayó un 0,5 por ciento y leve suba de la pobreza e indigencia --ver gráfico--, impactaron y predispusieron a que muchos ecuatorianos que antes no daban demasiada importancia a las siempre presentes denuncias de corrupción, tomaran como ciertas las tan hípermediatizadas como “oportunas" confesiones realizadas por un alto ex funcionario de la petrolera gubernamental, que involucraban explícitamente al actual vicepresidente y candidato a reelegir, Jorge Glas.

Lenin Moreno, con el estandarte de la autonomía y la moderación, fue permeable a los argumentos de los medios hegemónicos y la oposición por ellos editorializada y no pudo modificar la sensación de "cuesta abajo" en la que cayó la campaña oficialista en los últimos meses según propalaba el aparato de los medios dominantes.

Cuando lanzó su candidatura, Moreno gozaba en las encuestas --que luego se revelaron falsas-- , de una amplia imagen positiva, "votos propios ", "perfil componedor" , y era el que, según esos estudios, garantizaba el triunfo, ya que , apoyado en esos atributos personales, sintonizaba con la demanda de cambio que ya se vislumbraba preponderante en los medios dominantes como demanda central de la "opinión pública-da". Otra gran falacia, visto los resultados de ayer.

Moreno y sus estrategas, guiados por esta caracterización inadecuada, autonomizaron su campaña e imagen de la figura de Correa bajo la fórmula retórica "yo soy el que toma las decisiones" " yo decido" y otras de similar calado y sin embargo, a medida que se acercaba la fecha de la elección, las mismas encuestas que lo levantaron entre pares por ser un candidato "moderado y autónomo " , comenzaron a mostrar su caída rápida y vertical en popularidad, revelándose que en rigor eran instrumentos de la estrategia opositora, mayormente articuladas con los medios dominantes, como se sabe frontalmente opositores a la Revolución Ciudadana.

La estrategia de Lenin de moderación y autonomía de la figura de Rafael Correa resultó errada y tardíamente se volvió a la defensa del “modelo” de la Revolución Ciudadana (lema del correismo) , pero ya tarde, el giro no pudo ser consistente con la efectiva polarización ciudadana .

Este giro tardío de campaña se reveló incompatible con el propio perfil conciliador de Lenin, que lo emparentaba demasiado como una copia de los candidatos opositores a tal punto que la mímesis fue capaz de provocar el rechazo electoral de segmentos de izquierda y un aumento del voto nulo y blanco que habían acompañado a la Revolución Ciudadana, pero ahora rechazaban la autonomía y moderación de Moreno, al que observaban idéntico a sus adversarios conservadores .

El resultado evidencia que el aporte personal de la moderación leninista no existió o fue mínimo e insuficiente, ya que los todos los sondeos indicaban una base “dura” del 35 por ciento para PAIS, más allá de cualquier circunstancia socio económica o candidato.

Guillermo Lasso, por su parte, no genera demasiadas expectativas ni siquiera a sus propios votantes, muchos de ellos conscientes del riesgo que implica votar a un banquero de presidente, pero en coyunturas de gran polarización como la que vive Ecuador, el rechazo al oficialismo empuja el “cambio”, aun cuando no haya certezas de qué clase del cambio se propone.

De todos modos, el lunes empieza otra elección, otra campaña y otro proceso electoral. Lasso profundizará sus ataques al gobierno buscando unificar detrás suyo al voto opositor. La duda es qué hará el oficialismo que, aunque “ganó”, está claro que tiene que cambiar la estrategia si quiere quedarse en el poder.

¿Se alejará nuevamente Moreno de Correa? ¿Profundizará la polarización y su defensa del modelo para recuperar electorado perdido? ¿Buscará atemorizar a los votantes con el ajuste económico que sin duda llevará adelante Lasso?

El segundo tiempo acaba de empezar y para imaginar las polémicas al interior del oficialismo no debe olvidarse la conclusión que de manera contundente Rafael Correa sacó tras el triunfo de Macri en las elecciones de Argentina:"Scioli perdió por alejarse de Cristina".

Sabias palabras.

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Dall’Atanasio di Mostar a Henryk di Medjugorje

            

Introduzione

Diversi media hanno recentemente pubblicato la notizia che il vescovo in pensione di Varsavia-Praga e arcivescovo ad personam Henryk Hoser ha dato inizio al suo incarico di Visitatore Apostolico a Medjugorje. L’informazione stessa ha causato molte reazioni nel mondo virtuale. Ancora una volta, si è aperto uno scontro tra coloro che considerano le apparizioni di Medjugorje come verità assoluta e coloro che le considerano non autentiche. Insieme a questa notizia è stato pubblicato un altro articolo secondo cui il vescovo di Mostar-Duvno, Ratko Perić, in qualità di vescovo nel cui territorio si trova la parrocchia di Medjugorje, ha ricevuto l’arcivescovo Hoser e Luigi Pezzuto, nunzio apostolico in Bosnia-Erzegovina. Poiché egli ha espresso in questa occasione il suo rispetto per la decisione della Santa Sede, ha offerto all’arcivescovo Hoser la sua collaborazione, gli ha augurato l’abbondante aiuto di Dio nell’adempiere alla sua missione e ha poi ribadito in modo chiaro e inequivocabile qual è stata la costante posizione della Curia diocesana di Mostar, che non considera nessuna «apparizione», nessun «messaggio», nessun «segreto» e nessuna «pergamena» come autentici, compresi i primi sette o dieci giorni delle cosiddette apparizioni, le reazioni si sono trasformate in insulti e ostilità aperti.

Regina della pace o Regina dei disordini


Anche solo una rapida occhiata ai commenti fatti su alcuni dei portali più popolari, sia laici che religiosi, porta a concludere che in essi c’è pochissima compostezza e obiettività, e invece una grande quantità di sarcasmo, amarezza e insulti grossolani. Dal punto di vista laico, i toni in genere vanno dalla ridicolizzazione alla diffamazione di entrambe le parti, il che è comprensibile, in base all’approccio e alle credenziali dei commentatori. Tuttavia è molto triste osservare come sui cosiddetti portali religiosi, così come nei profili ufficiali e personali sui social network, il maggior numero di commentatori-credenti pronuncino insulti scandalosamente maleducati. A questo proposito, ciò che è particolarmente triste è il modo in cui i sostenitori delle apparizioni di Medjugorje, quelli che fanno facilmente riferimento alla Gospa di Medjugorje [cioè la Madonna] come Madre e Regina della Pace, assumono un atteggiamento così scomposto e intollerante da far gelare il sangue nelle vene a causa dei loro attacchi contro il vescovo Perić, che vanno dall’augurio che crepi, alle accuse di essere un agente del KGB, un materialista incallito e un non credente o addirittura Satana incarnato.

«Fra» Bože Radoš e il diavolo, ovvero l’amore verso i nemici alla luce della verità di Medjugorje


In questo contesto, molto scalpore ha destato in particolare un video, più precisamente un’accusa al vescovo Perić di non essere altro che il diavolo. Si tratta di un video postato sul profilo Facebook di Bože Radoš, che è ben noto ai sostenitori delle apparizioni di Medjugorje e che arbitrariamente si definisce «Fra» Bože Radoš. È un ex membro dell’Ordine francescano, che a causa della sua disobbedienza è stato dimesso 20 anni fa e sospeso da tutte le facoltà sacerdotali, ma tuttavia continua a indossare l’abito francescano e ad usurpare il ministero sacerdotale. Negli archivi del vecchio sito web delle diocesi di Mostar-Duvno e ​​Trebinje-Mrkan si legge: «Bože Radoš, congedato per decreto del Generale, il 28 febbraio 1998, confermato dalla Santa Sede il 23 marzo 1998, sospeso dal celebrare i sacramenti il ​​30 dicembre 1998. È illegalmente residente nel canonicato parrocchiale di Čapljina e svolge illegalmente il ministero in altri luoghi dell’Erzegovina».
I suoi attacchi contro il vescovo Perić non sono una novità, perché sono una costante delle sue attività pastorali illegittime, così come delle attività pastorali di alcuni altri (spesso dimessi e sospesi) francescani. Ciò può essere confermato, tra l’altro, dalla sua pubblicazione, scritta insieme agli altri «frati di Čapljina», dal titolo Il diavolo in Erzegovina. Pubblica accusa al vescovo Ratko Perić, che è un libretto pubblicato dall’Associazione di fedeli cattolici dell’Erzegovina «Mir i dobro» (Pace e bene) a Čapljina, nel 2002. Il contenuto del libretto è, giusto per informazione, tragicomico, mentre la «pace» e il «bene» non vi si ritrovano nemmeno in tracce.
Inoltre, a quale livello di manipolazione i «Frati» di Čapljina e alcuni altri «frati» della stessa mentalità e attività di «Fra» Bože sono disposti ad arrivare, lo si può vedere dal fatto che uno di loro in passato – «Fra» Stanko Pavlović – prima di essere dimesso dall’Ordine dei Frati Minori, osò fingere di essere un vescovo ed ebbe l’ardire di amministrare il sacramento della Confermazione ai candidati di Čapljina.
E’ bene aggiungere che «Fra» Bože Radoš è un ospite gradito in quei media che fanno molto per promuovere le cosiddette apparizioni di Medjugorje, e i suoi insulti contro il vescovo in questi contesti sono regolarmente presentati come coraggio e saggezza, e mai come arroganza e disobbedienza. Inoltre, a giudicare dalle sue frequenti apparizioni e attività su Facebook, non possiamo sottrarci all’impressione che, a causa delle sue numerose esibizioni e auto-promozioni, non abbia molto tempo per il rosario e il breviario.
Coerentemente con il suo modo abituale di offendere il vescovo nel modo più crudo, «Fra» Bože ha anche pubblicato il summenzionato video, che è stato visto oltre 30.000 volte dalla sua messa on-line, ha ricevuto oltre 250 commenti ed è stato condiviso circa lo stesso numero di volte. Va anche notato che «Fra» Bože ha un gran numero di seguaci, cioè che la maggior parte dei commentatori approva e supporta questo modo di esprimersi e gli insulti al vescovo Perić, e aggiunge i propri, allo stesso indirizzo. Tuttavia, grazie a Dio, c’è un buon numero di persone che esprimono il loro orrore di fronte a colpi così bassi, e ancor più ce ne sono di quelli che esprimono il loro profondo dolore per il fatto che una persona di Chiesa usi tale vocabolario, specialmente quando questo viene fatto da un «frate».

«Io sono per la pace, ma essi, appena parlo, sono per la guerra»


Ciò che vogliamo sottolineare qui è proprio questo tipo di brutto e crudo vocabolario che viene spesso usato da alcuni frati dell’Erzegovina e dai loro cloni ideologici per squalificare il vescovo Perić e chiunque non riconosca le apparizioni di Medjugorje. Ma, ancora di più, vogliamo anche sottolineare in modo autocritico che questo tipo di vocabolario provoca nervosismo e crudezza in coloro che sentono il bisogno di reagire a questo. In questa luce, siamo consapevoli che anche noi abbiamo oltrepassato il limite delle argomentazioni espresse con compostezza e siamo entrati nell’arena del ridicolizzare e sminuire «Fra» Bože e simili «frati», insieme a tutti coloro che sostengono le apparizioni di Medjugorje. Guardando agli altri in questa luce e guardando a noi stessi, possiamo osservare che questa Regina della Pace di Medjugorje è strana, così strana che lei annulla la sua stessa essenza, perché invece che per la pace, sembra che sia per la guerra. È simile a ciò che leggiamo nel salmo: «Troppo tempo ho abitato con chi detesta la pace. Io sono per la pace, ma essi, appena parlo, sono per la guerra» (Sal 120,6-7). E queste due parti probabilmente non sarebbero mai d’accordo su chi è il nemico della pace, chi parla di pace e chi è per la guerra.
Il tema delle apparizioni di Medjugorje dovrebbe, ovviamente, essere aperto a qualsiasi discussione, anche a quelle sarcastiche, perché, per sua natura, è qualcosa che non è affatto e non può mai essere considerato una credenza obbligatoria. Eppure in pratica risulta essere un’area molto pericolosa, della quale solo pochi, e raramente, osano parlare criticamente. Pertanto, è del tutto comprensibile perché alcuni dei «frati» erzegovinesi ricoprano di insulti il vescovo Perić o, come direbbero le Scritture: «La sua bocca era più dolce del burro, ma la guerra era nel suo cuore: le sue parole erano più morbide dell’olio, ma erano spade sguainate» (Sal 55,21). In questo modo, il comandamento dell’amore di Cristo verso i nostri nemici è completamente svalutato, ancor peggio è corrotto nella misura in cui si iniziano a odiare sia gli amici che i fratelli. Ci sembra che questo sia uno dei problemi fondamentali del fenomeno di Medjugorje e, in questa luce, ci permettiamo di ripetere, ancora una volta, che in tutto questo non vediamo alcuna ragione obiettivamente giustificata per chiamare la Gospa di Medjugorje Regina della Pace ma piuttosto colei che incita costantemente alla guerra.

Le colorite bugie di Medjugorje


In altre parole, gli argomenti del vescovo Ratko Perić e le prove indiscutibili fornite dall’ufficio della Curia di Mostar durante tutto il tempo delle apparizioni sono completamente accettabili per noi, poiché indicano chiaramente che le apparizioni di Medjugorje sono una semplice menzogna e manipolazione delle masse. Pertanto, è abbastanza comprensibile che, durante il suo incontro con l’arcivescovo Hoser, il vescovo abbia presentato pubblicamente e chiaramente la sua posizione, anche se sa che colui che è stato nominato Visitatore Apostolico è per il momento completamente schierato con i francescani e ha accettato senza dubbio solo la loro versione dei fatti, mentre di fronte a un bel po’ di frutti negativi di Medjugorje sta semplicemente chiudendo gli occhi. Pertanto, riteniamo necessario esaminare alcune delle cose particolarmente evidenti emerse in questi giorni, per tentare di interpretarle in un modo che appaia ragionevole.
Prima di tutto, vogliamo dire che abbiamo già affrontato la questione della credibilità delle cosiddette apparizioni di Medjugorje nel testo intitolato Gli Zeloti di Medjugorje, o come la «Gospa» contraddice la Madonna [croatoinglese] e che non c’è bisogno di aggiungere qualcosa a questo. La grande quantità di prove presentate dall’ufficio della Curia di Mostar porta semplicemente alla conclusione che il fenomeno di Medjugorje è una fabbricazione, quindi qualsiasi ulteriore discussione su questo sarebbe interessante solo se qualcuno fosse in grado di smentire queste prove. Insieme a questo, vogliamo solo sottolineare qui che il lavoro svolto finora dall’arcivescovo Hoser riguardo a Medjugorje ci sembra che sia stato assolutamente imperfetto, perché ha fatto il lavoro che gli è stato affidato in modo superficiale, prevenuto e poco serio. Ne abbiamo già parlato nei testi: Il fanatismo di Medjugorje e l’inviato papale arcivescovo Hoser e Con quale autorità l’arcivescovo Hoser proclama Medjugorje santuario? Anche riguardo a questi testi non sentiamo alcun bisogno di aggiungere o cancellare nulla. Tuttavia, sentiamo di dover commentare alcune nuove circostanze, che sono principalmente incentrate sul vescovo Perić, l’arcivescovo Hoser e papa Francesco, o sulla Santa Sede, come attori principali.
Ci poniamo la domanda: come si può comprendere correttamente la decisione della Santa Sede di nominare un visitatore apostolico e quindi, probabilmente, sollevare completamente il vescovo Perić dalla sua giurisdizione sulla parrocchia di Medjugorje? Anche se il mandato dell’arcivescovo Hoser è stato assegnato ad nutum della Santa Sede, e sebbene sia esclusivamente di carattere pastorale, non crediamo che, con questa nomina, al vescovo Perić sia lasciata una qualche autorità per amministrare quella parrocchia, che, de facto, diventa una parrocchia sotto la giurisdizione della Santa Sede. Questo potrebbe sembrare ingiusto verso il vescovo Perić, anche come un segno di declassamento e di critica, ma in realtà non deve essere così.
Prima di discutere cosa intendiamo con questo, vorremmo dire alcune parole sul vescovo Ratko Perić e su come vediamo il suo ruolo nel contesto del fenomeno di Medjugorje.

Il ruolo del vescovo Perić nel fenomeno di Medjugorje


Il vescovo Perić e i suoi più stretti collaboratori, così come il suo predecessore, il vescovo Žanić e i suoi collaboratori, hanno fatto molto per rivelare le menzogne ​​di Medjugorje, anche se molto lentamente. Mentre c’è ancora un numero molto più grande di coloro che accettano senza dubbio le apparizioni di Medjugorje come credibili, non si deve ignorare il fatto che molti stanno facendo sempre più domande e arrivano a una delle due conclusioni: che si tratti di una semplice manipolazione, oppure che non si tratti delle apparizioni della Madonna, ma di apparizioni del diavolo, come direbbe «Fra» Bože. Tuttavia, questa volta non nella persona del vescovo Perić, ma di «colui che divide», dalla testa ai piedi.
In questa luce, il ruolo del vescovo Perić e dei suoi più stretti collaboratori è lodevole, perché essi hanno dimostrato un’incredibile forza e fedeltà nella difesa dell’ortodossia, mentre i sacrifici e gli insulti che hanno dovuto sopportare e continuare a sostenere confermano il loro livello di preoccupazione nel difendere la Madre di Dio e la Madre della Chiesa dalla Regina della Pace di Medjugorje, che sta diffondendo turbamento attorno a sé. Per noi quindi, come abbiamo già detto in un precedente testo [croatoinglese], il vescovo Perić, a causa della sua chiarezza e forza, è simile a sant’Atanasio, che in difesa della vera fede dovette fuggire in esilio cinque volte a causa degli attacchi degli eretici ariani del suo tempo. Ancor meglio, a lui appartiene il titolo di «Atanasio di Mostar», attribuitogli per le stesse ragioni dal presidente della Conferenza episcopale croata, l’arcivescovo Želimir Puljić.
Queste parole di lode all’Atanasio di Mostar e ai suoi collaboratori non sono un segno di piaggeria o adulazione. Al contrario, è nostra ferma convinzione che essi meritano questo riconoscimento per i loro veramente grandi sacrifici, dato che spesso vengono lasciati soli a lottare per la vera fede contro tutti gli altri. E non solo con la sfida di Medjugorje, ma anche in molti altri campi, come la lettera circolare del vescovo Ratko Perić del 22 ottobre 2016, con il titolo: «Un promemoria ai confessori» [presentazione in italiano], in cui, unico vescovo di lingua croata, fornisce istruzioni chiare e ortodosse nell’interpretazione dell’esortazione di Papa Francesco Amoris laetitia, senza le esitazioni e i timorosi silenzi o attese che hanno avuto la maggioranza dei vescovi nel mondo. Siamo certi che tale chiarezza riguardo agli insegnamenti originali della Chiesa e il coraggio nella loro difesa sono stati largamente raggiunti dal vescovo Perić nella sua già citata battaglia con Medjugorje.
Tuttavia, vogliamo sottolineare che proviamo un certo rispetto, e forse persino un sentimento di apprezzamento, verso quei francescani che sono pronti a difendere la Gospa di Medjugorje con tutte le loro forze, perché in tutta questa storia stanno anche subendo umiliazioni e innumerevoli colpi (ma è anche vero che loro stessi ne sono regolarmente responsabili). A noi, sembrano semplicemente fanatici pronti a morire per la loro verità. Eppure, tutto questo non è qualcosa che possa essere facilmente ignorato, indipendentemente dal fatto che siamo convinti che la loro verità sia in realtà una semplice bugia. Tuttavia, anche se sono pronti a cadere nelle più basilari forme di disobbedienza, riteniamo che tali azioni da parte loro siano più comunemente derivate da una solida convinzione di agire correttamente.
Ancora una volta, torniamo al problema dell’amore cristiano e ancor più all’amore verso i nemici, perché la storia di Medjugorje mostra uno scandaloso livello di intolleranza, che oscura così il volto misericordioso del nostro Maestro e il cuore tenero di sua e nostra Madre e, di conseguenza, gli eventi attorno a Medjugorje appaiono agli osservatori esterni come un circo. E poi, questo paradigma di Medjugorje, purtroppo, viene copiato in molti altri settori della Chiesa, facendo così perdere alla Chiesa la reputazione, la credibilità e il valore della sua missione.
Desideriamo sottolineare ancora una volta che la responsabilità di una tale situazione non dipende dal vescovo Perić e dai suoi collaboratori, come spesso è asserito dai sostenitori delle apparizioni di Medjugorje, ma solo da coloro che hanno dato inizio alle bugie, coloro che hanno perseverato in queste bugie e attraverso la manipolazione dei media hanno permesso che queste si diffondessero in tutto il mondo. Poiché è il vescovo responsabile della parrocchia di Medjugorje, il vescovo Perić ha dovuto reagire a tali menzogne ​​a causa del suo ministero, e sosteniamo che ha fatto esattamente ciò che ci si aspetterebbe da qualsiasi vescovo della Chiesa cattolica.
La nomina dell’arcivescovo Hoser a Visitatore Apostolico ha poi declassato il vescovo Perić; e l’aver scelto una persona che accetta senza riserve le apparizioni di Medjugorje lo ha umiliato; e l’intervento diretto della Santa Sede ha squalificato tutti i suoi sforzi verso la verità; e tutto ciò ha avuto luogo un anno e mezzo prima del suo ritiro regolare per allontanarlo deliberatamente dalla scena pubblica così da preparare il terreno a un nuovo vescovo che sia sostenitore delle apparizioni di Medjugorje. Il tempo dirà se le cose stanno così. Tuttavia, a noi sembra che le cose potrebbero evolvere molto rapidamente in una direzione gradita al vescovo Perić.

Il fenomeno di Medjugorje tra l’Atanasio di Mostar e Henryk di Medjugorje


Innanzitutto, bisogna essere onesti e ammettere che, in sostanza, il vescovo Perić (non a causa di una sua responsabilità o di eventuali omissioni da parte sua) è stato solo nominalmente vescovo della parrocchia di Medjugorje. Parimenti, bisogna essere onesti e ammettere che non tutti i frati di Medjugorje hanno ostacolato la giurisdizione dell’Ufficio della Curia di Mostar. Tuttavia, in linea di principio e in considerazione delle intricate circostanze, si può dire che i frati di Medjugorje hanno guidato la parrocchia come hanno voluto, senza riconoscere l’autorità del vescovo e senza rispettare le sue decisioni. E spesso non hanno rispettato nemmeno l’autorità e le decisioni del Generale dell’Ordine e l’autorità e le decisioni della Santa Sede.
Tra l’altro, questa affermazione può essere comprovata dal fatto che con l’esplicita o tacita benedizione dei francescani, senza alcuna previa conoscenza e approvazione dell’Ordinario del luogo, sono nate molte comunità di carattere sospetto, dal Nucleo Centrale legato all’attuale movimento New Age dell’ex iniziatore e cervello dell’«operazione Medjugorje», «Fra» Tomislav Vlašić, fino ad una serie di altre comunità religiose, carismatiche e caritatevoli non riconosciute, considerate pericolose per la comunione ecclesiale.
Lo stesso vale per l’acclamato Festival Internazionale della Gioventù – lo Mladifest, che si tiene ogni anno dal 1° al 6 agosto, al quale affluiscono decine di migliaia di esaltati pellegrini di Medjugorje, anche se probabilmente nessuno di loro sa da quale tipo di evento blasfemo si sia sviluppato, ragion per cui non potrebbe avere il sostegno di nessuno dei vescovi del mondo. I suoi fondatori e gli organizzatori, naturalmente, non hanno bisogno di tale sostegno, perché lo trovano nelle vaste folle che vi partecipano, che non chiedono altro che di sentire qualcosa in quell’oasi di pace. L’evento a cui ci riferiamo è legato a una presunta rivelazione della Gospa di Medjugorje del 1984, in cui la Gospa informava i veggenti di essere nata il 5 agosto e che proprio in quell’anno, in quella data, avrebbe celebrato i suoi 2.000 anni. Entusiasti di questa rivelazione, i veggenti, secondo la testimonianza della veggente Marija Pavlović, decisero di preparare una grande torta di compleanno per la Gospa, decorata con candeline e molte rose di zucchero, e di portarla sulla collina delle apparizioni. La Gospa fu così toccata da questo regalo di compleanno che prese persino una delle rose di zucchero che le era stata offerta spontaneamente da uno di loro. Su una tale bizzarra mescolanza di naturale e soprannaturale, da cui è nato lo Mladifest, non c’è nulla da aggiungere, tranne che il vescovo Perić non approverebbe un’attività così pagana neanche morto. Ma ovviamente nessuno gli ha mai chiesto di farlo.
La nostra intenzione nel sottolineare tutto questo è di mostrare come in realtà le mani del vescovo Perić fossero legate, cioè, come contro una tale macchina di propaganda, capace di trasformare, senza scrupoli, un vescovo coscienzioso in un mostro, non avesse alcuno spazio di manovra per un’amministrazione regolare di Medjugorje. Proprio per questa ragione crediamo che le cose ora, e non solo in senso pastorale, si muovano nella giusta direzione.
Anche se l’arcivescovo Hoser nella sua precedente visita a Medjugorje non ha notato nessuna delle cose che abbiamo detto, ma al contrario ha fornito un sostegno senza riserve ai francescani, nella misura in cui dopo soli tre giorni a Medjugorje si è identificato con loro rivolgendosi ai fedeli con il saluto «Noi Medjugorjani», siamo convinti che presto comincerà a cambiare idea. Infatti, non appena i problemi pastorali lo costringeranno a compiere la minima mossa che non sia accettabile per i francescani e il settarismo diffuso, incontrerà ostruzionismo e opposizione. Ecco perché pensiamo che la nomina di un visitatore apostolico, e specialmente di un tale visitatore apostolico, sia un atto dello Spirito Santo, perché le intenzioni di molti cuori saranno rivelate attraverso di lui.
Inoltre, dato che il fenomeno di Medjugorje esiste per provocare tensione o la creazione dell’impressione generale che tutti coloro che credono nelle apparizioni di Medjugorje, specialmente i (disobbedienti) francescani erzegovinesi, siano martiri perseguitati a causa della cattiva coscienza e della malevolenza del vescovo Perić, la nomina di un visitatore apostolico farà quindi cessare la causa di tutte queste ingiustizie. Quindi, sarà interessante osservare cosa accadrà.

La nomina di un visitatore apostolico: un errore o una decisione saggia della Santa Sede?


Prevediamo che questo sarà l’inizio della fine dell’interesse delle masse per la destinazione di Medjugorje e quando le fonti di questo turismo religioso si prosciugheranno ci aspettiamo che anche i francescani stessi abbandoneranno la Regina della Pace. Inoltre, poiché i veggenti sono già nei loro anni maturi, è prevedibile che, dopo la loro morte, anche la sola menzione delle apparizioni non sarà abbastanza interessante, perché i pellegrini avranno appreso che la Gospa appariva su richiesta e che lei era così premurosa che posticipava persino il momento prestabilito, secondo i bisogni mutevoli dei clienti.
Certo, bisogna anche essere preparati a uno scenario di tentativi di continuare a tenere in vita la favola di Medjugorje, perché la secolare intraprendenza dei francescani potrebbe trovare nuove modalità, ad esempio, di provocare tensioni con la Santa Sede, secondo il metodo già collaudato e di successo, se e quando i rapporti con l’arcivescovo Hoser diventassero tesi. Oppure potrebbero pregare la Gospa perché conceda la grazia a dei nuovi arrivati, cosicché inizi ad apparire ad altri che facciano in modo che le apparizioni continuino di generazione in generazione. Ci aspettiamo che la decisione finale verrà presa solo dopo che avranno considerato attentamente ciò che a loro conviene di più.
In questa luce, è bene menzionare le parole di Henryk di Medjugorje prima della sua partenza dalla Polonia, cioè prima di venire a Medjugorje e iniziare il suo ministero come visitatore apostolico, sulla questione della mafia che fiorisce a Medjugorje, in particolare quella di Napoli, come da lui sottolineato. Non dubitiamo che la mafia abbia veramente trovato il suo posto a Medjugorje, eppure ci chiediamo: chi ha aperto loro le porte e chi le tiene ben aperte? Inoltre, temiamo che la mafia menzionata dall’arcivescovo Hoser sia solo un bambino prematuro rispetto ad un’altra, nascosta nell’involucro carismatico-caritatevole, che mons. Željko Majić, il vicario generale della diocesi di Mostar-Duvno, come persona ben informata, menziona nel suo acuto e interessante articolo intitolato: Razlikovati pšenicu od kukolja (Distinguere il grano dalla zizzania). Se questa mafia ha preso alla gola influenti dignitari vaticani di alto rango, che hanno il potere e l’interesse di chiamare bugie la verità, forse il tempo lo dirà, ma molti piccoli ciottoli lanciati lungo la strada portano a quella fonte oscura.
Per non sbagliare, qui sottolineiamo chiaramente che non stiamo pensando a papa Francesco o all’arcivescovo Hoser, ma piuttosto intuiamo che un futuro prevedibile mostrerà che la decisione del papa è molto più saggia e molto più profonda di quanto possa sembrare in questo momento. Cioè, a noi, come osservatori, mancano molti pezzi per completare il mosaico, mentre lui ha un quadro completo o almeno più completo e, in questa luce, sa perché sta facendo quello che sta facendo. Potremmo dire che l’ingenuo e inoffensivo Henryk di Medjugorje è ideale per servire allo scopo del papa nel realizzare ciò che intende, lontano dalle luci delle telecamere.
Questa conclusione può essere sostenuta dal fatto che il papa ha ripetutamente, in modo diretto e sarcastico, parlato pubblicamente delle apparizioni di Medjugorje, come menzionato da mons. Željko Majić nel suo articolo. Così, il 14 novembre 2013, nella sua omelia mattutina durante la Messa, ha detto: «Io conosco un veggente, una veggente che riceve lettere della Madonna, messaggi della Madonna. Ma, guarda, la Madonna è madre! E ama tutti noi. Ma non è un capo ufficio della posta, per inviare messaggi tutti i giorni». E il 9 giugno 2015, sempre nell’omelia dell’Eucaristia mattutina, ha detto: «Ma dove sono i veggenti che ci dicono oggi la lettera che la Madonna manderà alle 4 del pomeriggio? E vivono di questo». Che questa affermazione non sia stata detta in modo spericolato, ma piuttosto meditato, si può vedere nel fatto che l’ha ripetuta quasi per intero tre anni e mezzo dopo, il 13 maggio 2017, quando ha detto: «Preferisco la Madonna come madre, nostra madre, non la Madonna capo dell’ufficio telegrafico, che invia messaggi ogni giorno alla tale ora. Questa non è la madre di Gesù. E queste presunte apparizioni non hanno valore. Questo lo dico come opinione personale». Insieme a questo, si dovrebbe aggiungere un estratto della sua conversazione con l’Unione dei Superiori Generali il 25 novembre 2016, quando ha detto: «Questa moda della Madonna come una superstar, che come protagonista si pone al centro, non è cattolica» (L’Osservatore Romano, 10.2.2017, p. 4). Anche se in nessuna di queste affermazioni il papa ha menzionato esplicitamente Medjugorje, dal contenuto dei messaggi e dalle circostanze delle apparizioni di Medjugorje, è più che ovvio che si riferiscono ad esso [nota del traduttore: in realtà, il 13 maggio 2017 il papa ha detto nella maniera più chiara ed esplicita che si riferiva a Medjugorje].
Giungiamo a questa conclusione anche per il fatto che il papa ha nominato l’arcivescovo Hoser ad nutum Sanctae Sedis, il che significa che il suo ministero può durare anni, ma che può in qualsiasi momento, appena la Santa Sede lo decida, anche cessare. Ciò significa che l’arcivescovo Hoser non sarà nelle condizioni di prendere facilmente iniziative di comune accordo con i francescani, cosa che probabilmente vorrebbe fare con tutto il cuore in questo momento, ma, prima di agire, dovrà pensare se le sue mosse saranno gradite al papa, tenendo sempre presente che il papa non vede il fenomeno di Medjugorje con gli stessi occhi di Hoser. Inoltre, il papa ha ulteriormente limitato il suo ministero, avendo stabilito che è puramente pastorale, come affermato nel comunicato stampa dell’Ufficio stampa della Santa Sede del 31 maggio 2018, e ha quindi chiarito che non deve più lasciarsi andare ad affermazioni al di fuori di questo contesto, come ha invece fatto in precedenza.

A mo’ di conclusione


Detto questo, crediamo veramente che la decisione del papa sia molto più saggia e di vasta portata di quanto sembra ora, e che, in quanto tale, equilibri sia il lato dottrinale che quello pastorale del fenomeno di Medjugorje. In altre parole, sembra che papa Francesco abbia aperto un nuovo capitolo, forse finale, di Medjugorje, che esteriormente potrebbe sembrare andare a favore dei sostenitori delle apparizioni di Medjugorje, facendo presagire il riconoscimento di Medjugorje come santuario, il che appare anche come un declassamento del vescovo Perić e un netto rifiuto di tutto ciò che egli ha fatto negli ultimi decenni. Ma è possibile che, in realtà, attraverso le facoltà sufficienti ma molto limitate date all’arcivescovo Hoser, stia solo cercando di creare una situazione ordinaria e regolare a Medjugorje, sapendo bene che l’interesse per il fenomeno di Medjugorje sarà significativamente ridotto, con i fiumi di quei pellegrini che sono alla ricerca di miracoli più che di Dio, così come in tutti quei potenti gruppi di ambito carismatico-caritatevole di gola spirituale, i cui motivi di esistenza cessano nel momento in cui l’interesse per i loro «prodotti» diminuisce.
Che noi si sia visto giusto o meno, desideriamo comunque esprimere al vescovo Perić la nostra profonda gratitudine per la sua perseveranza nella vera fede, al tramonto del suo ministero episcopale, parafrasando le parole della Sacra Scrittura: Hai combattuto la buona battaglia; hai (quasi) terminato la tua corsa (episcopale), hai conservato la (tua e nostra) fede! (2 Tim 4,7). Con ulteriore gratitudine a lui e ai suoi collaboratori, aggiungiamo: Ora mi resta solo la corona di giustizia che il Signore, giusto giudice, mi consegnerà in quel giorno; e non solo a me, ma anche a tutti coloro che attendono con amore la sua manifestazione (2 Tim 4,8).

Di Snježana Majdandžić-Gladić, 29 luglio 2018, tradotto dal croato, Vjera i djela (La fede e le opere, portale di teologia cattolica)
Di più:

https://www.vjeraidjela.com/dallatanasio-di-mostar-a-henryk-di-medjugorje/

Cardinale Schönborn: La Chiesa ha "riconosciuto ufficialmente i buoni frutti di Medjugorje”


Per la prima volta nella storia delle presunte apparizioni di Medjugorje, l'annuale Festa della Gioventù (dal 1° al 6 di agosto) è iniziato con una Messa celebrata dal nunzio apostolico di Bosnia e Herzegovina, arcivescovo Luigi Pezzuto.

Le date del festival risalgono a una [falsa] rivelazione di Medjugorje secondo cui Nostra Signora sarebbe nata il 5 agosto dell'anno 16 a.C. [e pertanto avrebbe avuto 9 anni quando Cristo nacque nel 7 a.C.].

Il cardinale pro-gay di Vienna Schönborn ha inviato i suoi saluto alla Festa di quest'anno.

Secondo lui, la nomina da parte di papa Francesco di un inviato permanente a Medjugorje è "segno di grande apprezzamento e riconoscimento". La Chiesa ha "riconosciuto ufficialmente i buoni frutti di Medjugorje”, ha aggiunto.

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                                Pena di morte





Malgrado quanto noi giornalisti ci sforziamo di far credere, spesso e volentieri i giornali non rappresentano affatto l’opinione pubblica.

Il problema della pena di morte è uno di quelli in cui sembra più profonda la frattura tra gente e media. Questi, quasi senza eccezioni, respingono indignati anche solo la prospettiva di dibattere una questione che giudicano talmente anacronistica e incivile da non meritare alcuna attenzione.

Nei giornali in cui mi è capitato di lavorare, ho visto cestinare, con ribrezzo, le molte lettere dei lettori sull’argomento. Eppure, tutti i sondaggi mostrano che, se si andasse a un referendum popolare, certamente il risultato sarebbe per la reintroduzione del plotone di esecuzione o del boia, almeno per i crimini particolarmente esecrabili.
Ce ne sono riprove concrete: stando al rapporto annuale di Amnesty International, la pena di morte contrassegna ancora il diritto penale di ben 99 Stati (l’80 per cento delle esecuzioni riguarda Paesi che hanno la pretesa di essere modello ad altri come gli Stati Uniti, l’Urss, la Cina), senza che movimenti importanti di opinione ne chiedano l’abolizione. Nei circa 30 Stati dell’Unione nordamericana in cui si è conservata l’esecuzione capitale, tutte le iniziative per cancellarla sono state vanificate dalla volontà popolare. Questa, in certi casi, ne ha addirittura imposto la reintroduzione. Ma si sa che i cantori della democrazia -giornalisti e politici in prima linea- sono selettivi: per loro, la maggioranza delle opinioni e dei voti è «nobile manifestazione della volontà popolare» quando va nel senso da loro auspicato; e diventa «disprezzabile rigurgito reazionario» quando si esprime in modo non gradito ai loro pregiudizi e schemi.

Il fatto è che, dalla più remota antichità sino a qualche intellettuale dell’Europa occidentale del Settecento che cominciò ad avere dei dubbi, la pena di morte fu pacificamente ammessa da tutte le culture di tutte le società del mondo.

Ed è falso che quel curioso personaggio che fu Cesare Beccaria ne abbia chiesto l'abolizione.
Dei delitti e delle pene”, capitolo ventotto: «La morte di un cittadino non può credersi necessaria che per due motivi...».
Quel che Beccaria respinge è soprattutto la tortura e poi la pena di morte “facile”, come era applicata ai suoi tempi, ma non la esclude in modo assoluto, non la dichiara illecita: al punto che, in alcuni casi, la dice «necessaria». Del resto, l’alternativa che Beccaria propone (per spaventare di più, precisa) è «la schiavitù perpetua». Il che non sembra un guadagno per la civiltà e il reo.

E’ poi falso che il mantenere l’esecuzione capitale sia “di destra” e l’abolirla “di sinistra”: tra i paradossi ignorati dai nostri rassicuranti schematismi, c’è il fatto che questa pena era stata abolita per volontà di Luigi XVI pochi anni prima della                        Rivoluzione francese. E fu questa a reintrodurla, proprio per impulso della “sinistra” giacobina, facendone un tale uso che ghigliottina e rivoluzione sono inseparabili - e, per una volta tanto, giustamente – nell’immaginario popolare.

Il dottor Guillotin fu addirittura pregato da quei “progressisti” di perfezionare la sua macchina, così da passare dalla fase artigianale a quella industriale: c’è rimasto così l’agghiacciante prototipo di uno strumento capace di troncare sino a 60 teste contemporaneamente.

Inoltre, con grande imbarazzo dei terzomondisti occidentali, per i quali la barbarie è sempre e solo dalla parte dell’uomo bianco, appena raggiunta l’indipendenza, praticamente tutte le ex colonie africane ed asiatiche si affrettarono a reintrodurre la pena di morte - magari con sistemi “tradizionali” in quei luoghi come l’impalamento, il rogo, l’immersione in acqua bollente, lo strangolamento lento - anche là dove gli Europei, in accordo con il diritto penale della madrepatria, l’avevano abolita.
Del resto, tra i più entusiasti praticanti del patibolo non c’erano forse tutti i Paesi del “socialismo reale”, quelli del marxismo al potere del primo, del secondo o del terzo mondo che siano? E non certo soltanto in lontani tempi staliniani: nei primi cinque anni della perestrojka di Gorbaciov, i tribunali sovietici hanno mandato sulla forca o sul patibolo oltre 2000 rei di delitti comuni.

Checché ne sia della legislazione civile, il problema si fa delicato per un credente quando ci si sposta sul piano religioso.
La Chiesa cattolica (in accordo, del resto, con quelle ortodosse e protestanti, ad eccezione di piccole sette ereticali, combattute dai riformati stessi) non ha mai negato che l’autorità legittima abbia il potere di infliggere la morte come pena.
E’ “de fide” la proposizione di Innocenzo III, ribadita dal Quarto Concilio del Laterano del 1215, secondo la quale l’autorità civile «senza peccato può infliggere la pena di morte, purché sia mossa non dall’odio ma dalla giustizia e non proceda senza precauzione ma con prudenza».
Questa dichiarazione dogmatica ribadisce tutta la tradizione cattolica precedente e riassume quella futura.

Sinora, infatti, nessuna affermazione solenne del Magistero è venuta a modificarla. Se la Chiesa si è sempre rifiutata di mettere direttamente qualcuno a morte, non così lo Stato Pontificio, in quanto istituzione politica; e si sapeva bene che cosa significasse la consegna degli eretici ostinati al “braccio secolare”.
Del resto, le Chiese nate dalla Riforma avevano ancor meno riguardi e spesso procedevano direttamente a eseguire le loro sentenze di morte senza affidare il reo, per l’esecuzione, all’autorità civile. Anzi: mentre per la Chiesa cattolica il boia era un male necessario, nella gerarchia della oppressiva “Città cristiana” che Calvino instaurò a Ginevra, il carnefice era un personaggio di rango, un notabile ossequiato e chiamato “Ministro del Santo Evangelo”.
Né gli mancava il lavoro: nei quattro anni dal 1542 al 1546 Calvino mandò a morte 40 persone solo per motivi di fede.

Oggi, come si sa, la situazione è cambiata. Malgrado nulla, sul piano dogmatico, sia stato modificato; non solo teologi, ma anche intere Conferenze episcopali si sono spinte sino a definire «contraria allo spirito cristiano», «in disaccordo col Vangelo» ogni esecuzione capitale.
Come al solito, dei credenti si segnalano per zelo, superando la stessa polemica laicista nello scagliarsi contro una presunta bi-millenaria “barbarie oscurantista” e “infedeltà al Cristo” da parte di una Chiesa che non avrebbe dichiarato illecito il supplizio inflitto ai rei dagli Stati.
Questo è uno dei luoghi privilegiati per la “strategia del rimorso” di cui parlammo, portata avanti da una propaganda anticristiana coll’aiuto entusiastico di molti cattolici “adulti e aggiornati”.
In realtà, la questione è davvero gravissima: se ogni esecuzione capitale è un delitto, un omicidio abusivamente legalizzato (come molti teologi e anche episcopati ora dicono) la Chiesa, per tanti secoli, se ne è resa complice.
Confortatori dei suppliziandi come un san Cafasso non sono che farisaici fiancheggiatori di una violenza illecita. Non basta, ché anche Antico e Nuovo Testamento - i quali o raccomandano o non vietano la pena di morte - sono trascinati sul banco degli accusati.
Se qui, davvero, ci si è sbagliati, le conseguenze per la fede sono rovinose, coinvolgendo l’autorità della Chiesa e della Scrittura stessa.
Bisognerà cercare di capire.

Sarà bene precisare subito, a scanso di equivoci, quanto chiariremo meglio in seguito: quel che tentiamo con il discorso iniziato non è di certo una sorta di “elogio del boia” alla Joseph De Maistre, con magari un nostro schierarci a favore della reintroduzione della pena di morte nei Paesi del mondo (e sono ancora una minoranza) che l’hanno cancellata. Ne siamo ben lontani.
Quel che ci interessa è mostrare che anche qui, come in moltissimi altri campi, abbiamo dimenticato quel saper distinguere (“distingue frequenter!”) che, così giustamente, preoccupava coloro che sapevano ragionare sul serio prima della sedicente “èra della Ragione”.

Nel caso in questione, molto spesso non si sa più distinguere tra legittimità del patibolo e sua opportunità; tra un diritto della società di mandare a morte un suo membro ed esercizio di quel diritto. Ma, soprattutto - lo dicevamo - ciò che deve preoccupare un credente è l’atteggiamento della Chiesa: la quale, sempre, nel suo Magistero più alto, ha affermato la legittimità della pena di morte decretata dalle autorità riconosciute e ne ha concesso alla società il diritto.

Dopo il Concilio, questo diritto è contestato a diversi livelli.
Prendiamo (un esempio tra i moltissimi possibili) il “Dizionario di antropologia pastorale”, frutto del lavoro dell’associazione dei moralisti cattolici di lingua tedesca, uscito in Germania e in Austria nel 1975 con tutti gli imprimatur e grazie a un finanziamento dell’episcopato. In quest’opera, che non esprime la voce di un privato teologo ma la posizione “cattolica” di un’intera area, si legge: «Il cristiano non ha il minimo motivo di invocare la pena di morte o di dichiararsi favorevole ad essa».

Il documento di una commissione teologica dell’episcopato francese dichiarava nel 1978 ogni esecuzione capitale come «incompatibile con il Vangelo» (anche se, in un sussulto di prudenza, i teologi estensori del documento lo intitolavano “Elementi di riflessione" e giungevano alla loro conclusione - contraria alla Bibbia e alla Tradizione - con avveduti giri di parole).

In modo altrettanto capzioso si sono espressi, negli Stati Uniti e nel Canada, quei “Church-intellectuals”, quegli “intellettuali clericali” che – nell’anonimato - elaborano i documenti che poi gli episcopati presentano con la loro firma.

Nel 1973, Leandro Rossi, direttore del "Dizionario di Teologia Morale" (anche qui, con ogni approvazione ecclesiastica) iniziava così la voce “Pena di morte”:
«E’, questo, uno dei classici temi ove le posizioni si sono capovolte nell’èra contemporanea, anche se non universalmente e definitivamente. Il processo di umanizzazione ebbe origine, purtroppo, non nell’ambiente cristiano ma laico e vide i cattolici rimorchiati a fatica da quanti si mostravano più coerenti con l’indirizzo umanizzante del Vangelo. Siamo in uno di quei casi, insomma, nei quali non è la Chiesa che ha donato al mondo, bensì quella che ha ricevuto da questo».

Simili posizioni sono gratificanti per i preti che le esprimono i quali, però, non sembrano vederne tutte le devastanti conseguenze: non in un periodo solo, ma per tutta intera la sua storia, dagli inizi sino ad oggi, la Chiesa - nel magistero solenne dei Papi e dei concili, ma anche nei Padri, nei grandi teologi che furono anche santi come Tommaso d’Aquino, nei suoi uomini più prestigiosi e autorevoli, senza eccezione - la Chiesa, dunque, ha dichiarato legittima quell’esecuzione capitale che sarebbe invece, per le posizioni di oggi, un delitto, un crimine, un tradimento del Vangelo.

Come è stato osservato: «Se davvero è così, come difendere la Chiesa dalla colpa di complicità con i capi di governo, responsabili di innumerevoli assassini quante appunto sarebbero state le esecuzioni capitali di tutti gli individui uccisi in nome di una falsa “giustizia”?».

Al di là del piano dottrinale, per scendere alla prassi: «Come attenuare (sempre nell’ipotesi che ogni pena di morte sia assolutamente ingiusta, criminosa) le responsabilità dei Papi che per oltre un millennio, nei loro Stati, non hanno agito diversamente da tutti i magistrati civili delle altre nazioni?».
Insomma, un’ombra oscura si proietta su tutto quanto l’insegnamento e la prassi cattolici: «Come prendere più sul serio una morale che oggi biasima come gravemente illecito, come un tradimento della missione stessa del Cristo, quanto fino a ieri aveva ritenuto non solo legittimo ma in qualche caso doveroso?».

Sembra che anche su questo tema certa teologia - o anche certi episcopati, ammesso che il loro pensiero sia davvero espresso dai documenti che gli “esperti” preparano per loro - non veda, o peggio, non si curi delle conseguenze che, sulla fede della gente, hanno simili variazioni dottrinali. Ma sembra anche che qui si verifichi quel fenomeno paradossale e contraddittorio che contrassegna certa teologia odierna: la quale protesta di volersi basare solo sulla Scrittura ma al contempo l’aggira, la rimuove, l’ignora (o la tratta un po’ infastidita) quando non risponde al suo “spirito” che dice essere lo “spirito dei tempi”, in sintonia con quello del Cristo stesso.

In effetti, non vale la pena spendere troppo parole per dimostrare come, nell’Antico Testamento, la pena di morte sia non solo permessa da Dio ma da Lui comandata. Tanto che la normativa elaborata dai maestri di Israele in base alla Torah prescriveva l’esecuzione capitale per ben 35 reati: dall’adulterio alla profanazione del sabato, dalla bestemmia all’idolatria, sino alla ribellione (anche solo a parole) contro i genitori. Basti ricordare, tra i molti brani possibili, il versetto della Genesi (9,6) in cui Jahvè dice a Noè: «Chi sparge il sangue dell’uomo, dall’uomo il suo sangue sarà sparso, perché ad immagine di Dio Egli ha fatto l’uomo».
Si veda poi il capitolo trentacinque del libro dei Numeri dove è ribadito, per i casi lì specificati, non il diritto ma il dovere della pena di morte, precisando: «Queste vi servano come norme di diritto, di generazione in generazione, in tutti i luoghi dove abiterete» (Nm35,29).
Per la Legge di Israele, l’uccisione di certi colpevoli è motivata da Dio stesso in base a princìpi religiosi, prima ancora che di opportunità sociale. Ed è chiaro che il «Non uccidere!» del Decalogo vuol dire «Non assassinare, non uccidere ingiustamente» e non riguarda la pena legale di morte: è rivolto al singolo e non a chi ha legittima autorità sul popolo.

Tutto questo (che è forse duro per le nostre orecchie: ma è pur sempre, per il credente, Parola di Dio, quella Parola alla quale si dice, ora più che mai, di volere essere fedeli) è messo sbrigativamente da parte dalle nuove posizioni che dicevamo. Oppure, si cerca di risolvere il problema, dicendo che il Nuovo Testamento supera l’Antico, che lo spirito evangelico abroga la legislazione mosaica. Ma, anche in questo modo, non si prende sul serio la Parola, in questo caso quella di Gesù stesso, il quale dichiara di «non essere venuto per abrogare la legge ma per completarla», avvertendo che «non passerà neppure uno jota della Legge».

In effetti, il Cristo non contraddice Pilato, ricordandogli solo da dove gli viene questa autorità (che dunque gli riconosce) quando il governatore domanda: «Non sai che io ho il potere di metterti in libertà o di metterti in croce?» (Gv 19,10). Né contraddice, secondo Luca, il “buon ladrone”, facendogli anzi la promessa più grande, quando questi dice che «giustamente» egli e il suo complice sono stati condannati a quella pena: «Noi riceviamo il giusto per le nostre azioni».

Come è stato notato: «In Atti 5,1-11, appare che dalla pena di morte sin da subito non aborrì la comunità cristiana primitiva, poiché i coniugi Anania e Saffira, rei di frode e di menzogna ai danni dei fratelli nella fede, comparsi davanti a san Pietro ne furono colpiti».

Ma è soprattutto Paolo che dà lo “Jus gladii”, il diritto di usare la spada del boia, ai prìncipi e li chiama «ministri di Dio per castigare i malvagi», se necessario mandandoli a morte. E non si dimentichi il capitolo tredici della Lettera ai Romani -un tempo famoso, ora spesso taciuto con qualche imbarazzo - soprattutto dove si dice: «Vuoi non avere da temere l’autorità? Fa’ il bene e ne avrai lode, poiché essa è al servizio di Dio per il tuo bene. Ma, se fai il male, allora temi, perché non invano essa porta la spada; è infatti al servizio di Dio per la giusta condanna di chi opera il male» (Rm 13,3-4).

Di queste chiare parole paoline non sembra lecito sbarazzarsi con argomenti sconcertanti - e dettati chiaramente dal desiderio di liberarsi di una parola scritturale contraria alla propria tesi - come quelli usati dal già citato “Dizionario di antropologia pastorale“: «Paolo, in Romani 13, ha sicuramente pensato alla prassi della decapitazione dei grandi criminali in uso nell’impero romano. Tuttavia, ciò che gli premeva raccomandare - facendo tale allusione - era solo l’obbedienza verso la legittima autorità statale...».
Escamotage sorprendente, forse un po’ penoso: in effetti, non venne in mente, per duemila anni, a nessuno dei grandi teologi e a nessuno dei pastori e dei Concili che, anche basandosi su Romani 13, non negarono legittimità alla pena di morte inflitta con regolare processo dalle autorità costituite. Non dimenticando che questo riconoscimento ecclesiale non era di certo fatto a cuor leggero, tanto che il diritto canonico colpiva di irregolarità (di divieto, cioè, di accedere agli Ordini Sacri) il carnefice, i suoi aiutanti e persino il giudice che, pur rispettando la legge, avesse pronunciato una sentenza di morte.

Ma questo orrore del sangue non poteva far dimenticare non soltanto le prescrizioni bibliche ma anche altre considerazioni oggi rimosse e che tenteremo di esporre nel frammento che segue.
Come ci pare di avere dimostrato (e non ci voleva molto sforzo, i testi essendo chiarissimi e notissimi), la pratica della pena di morte da parte della società è imposta da Dio stesso nella Legge dell’Antico Testamento ed è ammessa da Gesù e dagli Apostoli nel Nuovo Testamento.
Come è costretto a riconoscere lo stesso, insospettabile “Catechismo Olandese”, «non si può sostenere che il Cristo abbia abolito esplicitamente né la guerra né la pena di morte».
Non si riesce a capire su cosa si basino quei teologi e quei biblisti che giudicano qui la Chiesa «infedele alla Scrittura».
Quale Scrittura? Forse, the “Wish-Bible”, la “Bibbia del desiderio”, la Bibbia così come l’avrebbero scritta loro, oggi.
C’è, piuttosto, da registrare una differenza importante nel passaggio dall’Antico al Nuovo Testamento: per la Legge data a Noè e a Mosè, la condanna a morte dei rei di certi delitti era un obbligo, una necessaria obbedienza alla volontà di Dio. Invece, per il Nuovo Testamento (così come l’ha inteso tutta la grande Tradizione, sin dai Padri della Chiesa) l’esecuzione capitale è indiscutibilmente legittima, ma non è detto che essa sia sempre opportuna. L’opportunità dipende da un giudizio variabile a seconda dei tempi. Una cosa è il diritto riconosciuto all’autorità che, per dirla con Paolo, «non invano porta la spada»; altra cosa è l’esercizio di quel diritto.
Per quel che vale il nostro giudizio, nella società e nella cultura dell’attuale Occidente secolarizzato reintrodurre il patibolo là dove è stato abolito non sarebbe affatto opportuno; meglio, dunque, non esercitare quello che pure resta un diritto della società.

Non stiamo, qui, ad attardarci sulle statistiche, le quali secondo alcuni confermerebbero e secondo altri negherebbero l’efficacia della minaccia della morte nel prevenire il crimine.
Di certo, non mancano di logica le affermazioni che traiamo da un editoriale della “Civiltà Cattolica” del 1865, significativamente intitolato “La Frammassoneria e l’abolizione della pena di morte”, e dove i gesuiti si schierano, ovviamente, per il mantenimento - nei nuovi codici italiani - del pur terribile istituto.
Scriveva dunque quella vera e propria “voce del Papa” che era il celebre periodico:
«Noi, qui, non tanto intendiamo di mostrare la licitezza, convenienza e necessità relativa della pena di morte, cosa che supponiamo dimostrata e conceduta dalla gente savia e dabbene, quanto di dichiarare che mentre i savii ed onesti parteggiano per la conservazione di questa pena, ne sono in realtà gli abolitori. Il che si dimostra facilmente colla ragione e col fatto».
Continua, in effetti, “la Civiltà Cattolica“:
«Colla ragione: giacché, qual è lo scopo inteso da quelli che vogliono mantenuta la pena di morte? Evidentemente lo scopo da essi inteso si è di diminuire e, se si può, di togliere affatto di mezzo gli assassinii. Or chi non vede che così essi intendono direttamente ad abolire la pena di morte? E non già ad abolire la pena di morte soltanto per gli assassini, come vogliono i liberali, ma per gli assassinati ancora, o meglio per gli assassinabili innocenti, dei quali i liberali nulla si curano. E’ dunque evidente che i conservatori della pena di morte cooperano efficacemente all’abolizione totale della pena di morte degli innocenti in prima e, poi, necessariamente ancora dei rei e degli assassini».

Ma, in fondo, simili considerazioni - pur non irrilevanti - sono secondarie rispetto a quello che, per un cristiano, è il problema primario: «Se Dio solo dà la vita, è lecito all’uomo toglierla ad altri uomini? Esiste un diritto alla vita di tutti, anche dell’assassino, diritto che mai possa essere violato?».
In verità, coloro che danno a queste domande delle risposte nel senso sfavorevole alla pena di morte, ammettono però il diritto della società di rinchiudere in prigione i colpevoli di reati. Ora: se Dio ha creato l’uomo libero, come possono gli uomini togliere questa libertà ad altri uomini? Esiste un diritto alla libertà (diritto «innato, inviolabile, imprescrittibile», dicono i giuristi) che qualunque giudice infrange nel momento in cui condanna un suo simile anche soltanto a un’ora di reclusione coatta.
Ma la vita, si dice, è valore superiore alla libertà. Se ne è così sicuri? Gli spiriti più nobili e più sensibili lo negano. Come l’Alighieri. Non dice nulla il verso famoso: «Libertà vo’ cercando, che è sì cara / come sa chi per lei vita rifiuta»?

Ma non si esce dalle contraddizioni (e non si riesce neppure a capire perché tutte le culture tradizionali - e, dunque, religiose - non abbiano sentito come innaturale, illecita e quindi impraticabile la condanna capitale) se non in una prospettiva che vada al di là di quella orizzontale mondana. Una prospettiva, cioè, religiosa. E cristiana in particolare.
Quella prospettiva, cioè, che distingue tra vita biologica, terrena e vita eterna; che è convinta che il solo diritto inalienabile dell’uomo sia salvare non il corpo, ma l’anima; che distingue tra vita come fine e vita come mezzo.
Pur rifuggendo dalle lunghe citazioni, questa volta è il caso di riprodurne una, visto che ogni parola è qui meditata alla luce di una visione cattolica che sembra oggi persa totalmente di vista. La citazione è di quel singolare, solitario laico cattolico che è lo svizzero Romano Amerio. Leggiamo, dunque: «L’opposizione alla pena capitale deriva oggi spesso dal concetto dell’inviolabilità della persona in quanto soggetto protagonista della vita mondana, prendendosi l’esistenza mortale come un fine in sé che non può essere tolto senza violare il destino dell’uomo. Ma questo modo di rigettare la pena di morte, benché si guardi da molti come religioso, è in realtà irreligioso. Dimentica, infatti, che per la religione la vita non ha ragione di fine ma di mezzo al fine morale della vita che trapassa tutto l’ordine dei subordinati valori mondani».
«Perciò» continua Amerio «togliere la vita non equivale punto togliere all’uomo il fine trascendente per cui è nato e che ne costituisce la dignità. Nel rifiuto della pena di morte vi è un sofisma implicito: che cioè l’uomo, e in concreto lo Stato, abbia il potere, uccidendo il delinquente, di troncargli il destino, di sottrargli il fine ultimo, di togliergli la possibilità di adempiere il suo officio d’uomo. Il contrario è vero».
«In effetti», prosegue lo studioso cattolico «al condannato a morte si può troncare l’esistenza terrena, non però togliergli il suo fine. Sono le società che negano la vita futura e pongono come meta il diritto alla felicità nel mondo di qua che devono rifuggire dalla pena di morte come da un’ingiustizia che spegne nell’uomo la facoltà di felicitarsi. Ed è un paradosso vero, verissimo, che gli impugnatori della pena di morte stanno in realtà per lo Stato totalitario, giacché gli attribuiscono un potere molto maggiore che non abbia, anzi un potere supremo: quello di troncare il destino di un uomo. Mentre, nella prospettiva religiosa, la morte irrogata da uomini a uomini non può pregiudicare né al destino morale né alla dignità umana».

Lo stesso autore, tra molte altre testimonianze sconcertanti sulla perdita della consapevolezza, all’interno stesso della Chiesa, di che cosa sia davvero il “sistema cattolico”, cita l’“Osservatore romano“ che, il 22 gennaio 1977, scriveva, tra l’altro, a firma di un autorevole collaboratore: «La comunità deve concedere la possibilità di purificarsi, di espiare la colpa, di riscattarsi dal male, mentre l’estremo supplizio non la concede».
C’è da capire Amerio che commenta: «Così dicendo, proprio il giornale vaticano nega la gran verità che la pena capitale medesima è una espiazione. Nega il valore espiatorio della morte che nella natura mortale è sommo, come sommo (nella relatività dei beni di sotto) è il bene della vita al cui sacrificio consente chi espia.                
D’altronde, l’espiazione del Cristo innocente per i peccati dell’uomo non è connessa con una condanna a morte?». E, dunque, «l’aspetto più irreligioso della dottrina che respinge la pena capitale risulta nel rifiuto del suo valore espiatorio, il quale nella veduta religiosa è invece massimo».

In effetti, la Tradizione ha sempre visto un candidato sicuro al paradiso nel delinquente che, riconciliato con Dio, liberamente accetta il supplizio come espiazione della sua colpa. Tommaso d’Aquino insegna: «La morte inflitta come pena dovuta per i delitti, leva tutta la pena dovuta per i delitti nell’altra vita. La morte naturale, invece, non la leva».
Molti rei reclamavano addirittura l’esecuzione capitale come loro diritto. Dunque, il suppliziato pentito, munito dei sacramenti, è un “santo”: in effetti, il popolo si disputava le sue reliquie (e aveva forgiato un proverbio che “la Civiltà Cattolica” che citavamo ricorda: «Di cento impiccati, uno dannato»).

Non sono, questi, che colpi di sonda “religiosi” in una materia che, oggi, anche dei credenti sembrano affrontare con la tipica superficialità laica, illuministica. Altre cose si potrebbero e dovrebbero aggiungere, a completamento delle ragioni della Chiesa (di quella, s’intende, ancora consapevole di Scrittura e Tradizione): ad esempio, l’idea (che è biblica, paolina anch’essa) della società non come aggregato di individui ma come corpo, come organismo vivente che ha dunque il diritto di troncare da sé membra che giudica infette; il concetto della legittima difesa che non riguarda solo l’individuo, come crediamo noi individualisti, ma anche il corpo sociale; il concetto della riparazione dell’ordine della giustizia e della morale infranto.

Legittima, dunque, la pena capitale, per la Chiesa, nella prospettiva di fede che è sua. Ma anche opportuna, oggi? Per giustificare il nostro rifiuto della possibilità di tornare al patibolo nella cultura attuale, la sintesi migliore è ancora quella di Romano Amerio: «La pena di morte diventa barbara in una società irreligiosa che, chiusa nell’orizzonte terrestre, non ha diritto di privare l’uomo un bene che per lui è tutto il bene».
Un “no” al patibolo, dunque: motivato però non dalla religione, ma dalla irreligione contemporanea.

di Vittorio Messori

tratto da:
Vittorio Messori, Pensare la storia. Una lettura cattolica dell’avventura umana, Paoline, Milano 1992, p. 412-424.

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Ando hablando como cabro chico, mi mujer me mira insultante, se “chorea”, me quita una servilleta que tengo ahorcada en la mano y dice:

“No se con quien” miechica” estoy hablando, con un niño, a mi  marido, un  imbécil o un chalao”

No alcanzo a decirle que yo tampoco lo sé, se da media vuelta  y me deja ver sus piernas que se alejan…

Siento un triste grande, hormonas viejas, arrinconadas sin memoria.

Tengo una mujer hermosa…

Tengo miedo Carajo… más de 50 años que me pongo la misma ropa y uso las mismas herramientas…las herede de otro que también fue congraciado de otro…y ese de otro…

Historia y dialéctica colectiva…

En las grandes capitales, ciudades del mundo, en toda Europa  se chorrean con:

“Estado de Derecho, soberanía, Constitución, desempleo, solidaridad, refugiados, inmigrantes, igualdad de género, terrorismo, medio ambiente, torturas, desaparecidos, democracia, crímenes, policías, matar de géneros, seguridad, exilio, Putin, Maduro, Da Silva, Síndrome Trump, Irán, Corea del Norte, China, socialismo, política de alianzas, educación política, enseñanzas revolucionarias, Independencia, Dictadura del proletariado, Social Demócrata, Ignorancia, pobreza, incomunicación, petróleo,  huelgas, fascismo, Reyes ladrones, amantes de la Monarquía, Litio, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, mi paisito”

“Alicia va en el coche carolin”

El Estado de Derecho que conozco es un Estado policial que controla el hacer de las organizaciones de los trabajadores…En los escaños legislativos, la mayoría, la tiene los representantes de la clase alta y de los vasallos…sobre todo de los ignorantes…lo legislativo se abriga en la ignorancia del 60%.

Lo judicial, fue el único poder del estado permitido  vivir  y en paños menores por el fascismo chileno…más de 5000 Habeas Corpus fueron presentados a sus Usías…en 10 años fueron recibidas solamente 10…Hoy, dejan en libertad a violadores de los derechos humanos…

Soberanía…se come?  Mi pueblo no ha tenido nunca  la oportunidad de poseer el lápiz para escribir su país…Una vez lo tuvo, le saco punta, la mina era chiquitita…no se puedo ni zurcir hojas de papel.

Defender la supuesta soberanía la practicaron matándose bolivianos, peruanos y chilenos…el Imperio Anglo sajón reía.

El terrorismo ha sido para los Imperios “ orden para matanza”…

A Grecia la tienen en llamas, de la misma manera que tuvieron el centro y sur de mi paisito…  Incendios inventados que dejaron Irak arrodillado…

Los aromas de eucaliptus que detienen la sequedad y el avance de la arena, no pueden detener las fauces de cemento, de ripio, de fierro, del “pilatreros parceleros”..

Ando hablando como cabro chico, me pille cantando “los tres chanchitos desobedientes”

Perforan la tierra, la piedra…chupan todo…hasta mis encías se esconden, los dientes se asoman disfrazados, mi vientre se chupa pá fuera…Todo será un Atacama, un Tamarugal, un pimiento mustio,  testigo del hacer del trabajador, testigo de matanzas, de injusticias aberrantes..

Nos venden antes de escribir  nuestra historia…nos pasan “gatos por liebre”,  nos lleva una vida  adobar conejos… estamos transferidos…

Los medios manipulan el intelecto, el conocimiento, el sentido común es un chicle…

El polvo amargo de las Torres gemelas tiene el mismo origen que los escombros de Trípoli, Kabul, Gaza, Damasco…

“Hasta el viejo hospital de los muñecos”

La muerte que acecha en Damasco contamina traidora y cobarde en Nicaragua, Venezuela, Ecuador, Brasil, Argentina…

No supimos, no pudimos entender, el golpe de Estado en Honduras…país Chapulin colorao, que le abrió al Imperio, otra vez el  “patio trasero”.

Pocazo nos sirve ahora, hablar de Internacionalismo.

Honduras fue el comienzo de cuetes mexicanos.

“El que no salta es momio”…

Educación política, enseñanzas de las revoluciones…Conquistar el poder a través de una encarnizada lucha de clases.

Para que exista “lucha de clases”, el campo de batalla tiene que ser por supuesto disparejo, pero no tanto que nos obligue estar las 24 horas en funerales propios…siento que el socialismo no significa ganar a toda costa…No hay más importante que la vida en general…por eso la importancia vital en las políticas de alianzas…

Hay que ser sabio…como lo fue Ho Chi Min…El partido Comunista vietnamita era tan pequeño como la estatura de sus militantes…pero lograron aunar todas las fuerzas, argumentando las usurpación milenaria de su propia identidad…

China…estando en guerra  con Japón y en plena guerra civil, después de 22 años de lucha, el Ejército Rojo vence a los Nacionalistas que estaban apoyados por el Imperio gringo e Europeo….Y China es grande…era tan precaria la vida, que no se comieron entre ellos porque les daba arcadas. Lo digo de esta manera, para que se entienda lo que puede suceder en una guerra…Guerra maldita.

La Revolución de Octubre en Rusia, tuvo derroteros parecidos…

Cuba…El Granma sabía lo que podía ser su embarcadero…Han pasado muchos años…”Que la revolución tenía que estar en manos del proletariado…No, del Campesinado…Tendremos que maestrear las abejas… ¿Tenemos a todo el 26 de julio? …”

Interrogantes, ideas, dudas…pero se logró una unidad de acción, se logró la identificación del enemigo inmediato.

Los tiempos son diferentes y las realidades, desigualdades  más iguales que nunca…el hambre se multiplica.

Mi creencia esta de “Conferencia”…se tomaran problemáticas trascendentales…yo salto como loco e invito a mi exilio que lo haga también. En una de esos, nos ven y reconocen las pilchas de la Unidad Popular.

Quien soy yo para criticar esto o aquello, si arranque a los 5 años después del golpe…pero, no puedo callarme me escuece la lengua…

No me entra, sacando a Cuba, que nuestro Sur, tenga que decir…”Hoy estarás conmigo en el paraiso”…

El Imperio es infernal, criminal.

Uno se pone muy complicado, tenemos que estar en un continuo “puesto al día”, de lo contrario nos sobrepasaría la historia…

El Foro de Sao Paulo, las elecciones en Cuba, la “juvenizacion” de su Constitución son un sembradero de desafíos que se tiene que enfrentar…se tiene que tener las herramientas para ello.

Eso se consigue  con la comunicación, la organización, el dialogo, el enfrentamientos de las ideas, las revoluciones, las traiciones, nuestra propia muerte….todo es parte de la enseñanza

El hacer política, el ser participe en la construcción de país es una pega enorme…aquellos que insultan a la política, que no creen  en ella, a sus gestores no tienen idea ni por donde les cae el pan…Son simples arbustos que nacieron en los enfrentamientos de clases, en la pobreza, en la ignorancia y que necesariamente, desgraciadamente ocupan un espacio concreto y servil que se doblan a favor de cualquier viento.

(Ellos Juran que los llevaran a Marte.)

Como enfrentamos a esa bestia arrugada…

Cansarse de ser mártir, que el sentido común, la honestidad sea nuestro punto de mira…Como dijera Ernesto…: tenemos que ir formando al “Hombre Nuevo ”…Ese que entiende, que lo de él, termina cuando comienza lo del  otro…con esa mentalidad se podrá construir un mundo maravilloso.

“Sal de ahí chivita chivita, sal de ahí de ese lugar”



Alejandro Fischer Alquinta.

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          VOA Asia - 20180809 - August 08, 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
China is slapping additional tariffs of 25 percent on $16 billion worth of U.S.imports from fuel and steel products to autos and medical equipment. The move was announced by the Chinese commerce ministry as the world's largest economies escalate their trade dispute
          Daemon X Machina Producer Kenichiro Tsukuda Introduces The Story, Talks Mecha Genre      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Nintendo of America revealed a new interview with producer Kenichiro Tsukuda from Marvelous, who talked about the story of Daemon X Machina, and more.

The post Daemon X Machina Producer Kenichiro Tsukuda Introduces The Story, Talks Mecha Genre appeared first on Siliconera.


          #9 Una investigación relaciona el uso de algunos tintes para el pelo y un aumento en el riesgo de cáncer de mama      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

#4 Magufadas de campeonato: macrobiótica, medicina tradicional china, páginas web chorras y, cómo no, mentar la bicha: Monsanto.

Una buena mezcla de verdades (el amianto o el tabaco producen cáncer) con chorradas ("salvo ls productos ecologicos no o muy poco manufacturados, lo demas da cancer") para que se cague al personal. En fin...

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          New Sanctions Kick In: Trump Declares (Trade) War On Iran...And EU! (Liberty Report)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

As promised, a new and sweeping round of US sanctions against Iran will kick in today. Though the EU has sworn to do its best to protect European companies from US sanctions, there is little doubt the Europeans can resist US demands. What's next?



Part of Trump's agenda is to cause a rebalancing of international trade and the withdrawal of US troops around the world. His actions here antagonise Europe and will help him to focus on US domestic reconstruction. Iran could be simply a tool to help the Trump agenda.

Related:

MAJOR: China Ditches U.S Oil, Turns To Iran In Defiance Of Sanctions

China Rejects U.S. Request to Cut Iran Oil Imports

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 9th, 2018.]
          Keiser Report (E1263): Emerging & Declining Superpowers       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

In this Summer Solution episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy contrast the situation with China, a perhaps emerging superpower, to the United States, a possibly declining superpower. As the US grew powerful as an empire of debt, extracting resources and equity from economies colonized by their debt rather than their military armies, what happens when China begins doing the same? Lots of complaints from U.S. officials who want American lenders to take over debt markets the U.S. has overlooked in the past few decades. They look at the case of Africa where Chinese mobile phone manufacturers and tech entrepreneurs are radically altering the telecom landscape left wide open to them after the departure of Nokia. What happens when the African consumer becomes wealthy enough to transform the Chinese global power play?



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 9th, 2018.]
          Alex Jones Predicted the Censorship That He and Countless Others Are Now Experiencing      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   



Alex Jones Predicted the Censorship That He and Countless Others Are Now Experiencing

Reviewer: HaarFager872 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 28, 2012 Subject: Everyone Should View This Alex Jones shows where several big corporations such as Time/Warner, Google, Yahoo, etc., are forcing the internet to be censored all over the world: China, the U.K., the United States and many other countries. People need to know this because it is a reality. If you'll think this thing through and see where it's leading, you'll begin to see what it will mean for each and every user of the internet. They're censoring the internet for a purpose - their own insidious purpose. Become informed and prevent them from taking away your right to surf the web - the complete and free open web. Share the link to this informative piece with every internet user you care about. I have.

Related:

November 30, 2008 - Rampant Un-American Censorship of the 9/11 Truth Movement:

http://911debunkers.blogspot.com/2008/11/microsoft-corporation-censors-911.html

Brandon Tatum: Candace Owens Attacked And Alex Jones Banned - I stand with @RealAlexJones This behavior by apple is unacceptable:

http://911debunkers.blogspot.com/2018/08/brandon-tatum-candace-owens-attacked.html

The Social Media Ban of Alex Jones is Tommy Robinson Part 2!!!:

http://trumpisright.blogspot.com/2018/08/the-social-media-ban-of-alex-jones-is_6.html

Youtube Bans Infowars (I Condemn This And It Needs to Stop) - Disgusting. We need some trust busting - Alex Jones and Infowars Banned from Corporate Monopoly Apple Services and Facebook - Their claim is BS but this will likely just make him stronger in due time. - Facebook bans InfoWars for 'hate' as Leftists attempt to silence conservative voices before the elections:

http://trumpisright.blogspot.com/2018/08/youtube-bans-infowars-i-condemn-this.html


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 8th, 2018.]
          Con problemas de salud abogada detenida en China      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Crece la preocupación por la salud de la abogada china Li Yuhan, que sufre de múltiples problemas de salud en medio de una ola de calor tras 10 meses de detención preventiva en la provincia nororiental de Liaoning. El caso de Li, en el que se la acusa de “provocar disputas y crear problemas”, fue […]
          #24 Las criptomonedas se vuelven a desplomar: pierden un 20% en solo dos semanas      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

#11 El "botón" de Bitcoin se pulsó hace casi una década, desde entonces se "imprimen" una cifra de bitcoins conocida de media cada 10 minutos.

Si las granjas chinas deciden dejar de aprovechar esa oportunidad otros cogerán su relevo, el control que tienen es meramente a hacer su trabajo, a procesar bloques, y a recibir su recompensa. La que corresponde cada 10 minutos de media basado en un algoritmo que se autoajusta, sin intervención humana alguna.

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          #12 El Boeing 747 AAC, un «avión portaviones» capaz de transportar diez «microcazas» que nunca llegó a existir      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

#11 Cruceros lanzamisiles, fragatas de escolta y antisubmarinas, destructores versátiles, los portaviones ligeros, y por supuesto submarinos. Todos ellos en sus múltiples clases. El tema es que ya no hay batallas navales entre potencias como en la segunda guerra mundial, ni paises que no tengan alguna base otan aérea cerca de su frontera. A China por ejemplo, que no tiene tantas bases por el mundo, sí que le pueden ser más útiles, y por eso han construído alguno últimamente. Pero vamos, es un viejo debate lo de los portaviones, casi desde el fin de la II Guerra Mundial.

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          20:15 Indiens Superreiche - Zwischen Elend und Luxus - Film von Olivier Le Hallard      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Nur in den USA und in China gibt es mehr Milliardäre als in Indien. Die Ursprünge ihrer Vermögen unterscheiden sich ebenso wie die Wertevorstellungen und Lebensentwürfe der Superreichen. Der 23-jährige Evan Luthra etwa benutzt das Startkapital seines Vaters, um in neue Ideen der Software-Industrie zu investieren. Er liebt den Luxus, trifft sich an den angesagtesten Plätzen der Welt mit dem jungen Geldadel und ist in allen sozialen Netzwerk aktiv. Abhimanyu Alsisar, der Neffe des Maharadschas von Jaipur, betreibt eine Kette von Luxus-Hotels in den alten Palästen Indiens und investiert in Musik-Events. Kalpana Saroj entstammt der niedrigsten Kaste Indiens und hat sich als mittellose Frau von ganz unten zur Multimillionärin hochgearbeitet. Sie vergisst aber nie ihre soziale Herkunft und hilft mit medizinischer Versorgung und Geldgeschenken mittellosen Bauern ihrer Heimat. Der Erbe und Geschäftsführer von Indiens größter Bekleidungs-Kette, Gautam Singhania, liebt schnelle Autos, nimmt in Europa an Rennen teil und baut sich auf dem Firmengelände seine eigene Rundstrecke. Noch schneller mag es Vijay Mallya mit eigenem Formel-1-Rennstall, der aber seine Heimat nicht mehr betreten kann, weil ihm dort wegen betrügerischem Bankrott und Steuerhinterziehung eine langjährige Gefängnisstrafe droht. Der Film begleitet Indiens neue Maharadschas bei der Arbeit als auch in ihrem privaten Umfeld voller Luxus in einem Land, dessen Bevölkerungsmehrheit noch immer unter der Armutsgrenze lebt.
          Boomerang: Wacky Races - Autorennen Total      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
09.08.2018 20:15 - 20:30
Hong Kong Phooey
1. Staffel, Folge 40: Die Rennfahrer treffen bei einem spannenden Abenteuer in China auf den Gaststar Hongkong Phooey.
          #5 Yeren: el yeti de China      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Y el gamusino...

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          Airbnb axes competition to spend night in China's Great Wall      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Airbnb axes competition to spend night in China's Great Wall#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 Airbnb has axed a competition that offered a chance to stay the night on the Great Wall of China.The holiday rentals site had worked with historians and designers in Beijing to turn one of the landmark's ancient watch towers into... Reported by New Zealand Herald 1 hour ago.
          Delegación China conoce beneficios de inversión de empresas en el estado      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Delegación China conoce beneficios de inversión de empresas en el estado


Teotihuacán en Línea. Toluca. El Secretario de Desarrollo Económico, Alberto Curi Naime, mostró a una delegación de miembros de la Academia de Comercio Internacional y Cooperación Económica del Ministerio de China (CAITEC), así como a miembros de la Cámara de Comercio y Tecnología de aquel país (CCTMC) y de la Embajada de China en México, las ventajas que en conectividad, movilidad, mano de obra, educación, infraestructura  y apoyos ofrece el Estado de México para la instalación de empresas en sus distintas regiones.
“Nada nos dará más gusto que tener mayores inversiones de China, un país con quien nos interesa mantener una extraordinaria relación y del cual somos el principal socio comercial en América Latina y el principal destino de su inversión en esta parte del mundo”, afirmó Curi Naime.
Durante el encuentro, expresó que las ventajas competitivas que tiene el territorio mexiquense para el crecimiento de los capitales extranjeros son, entre otras, la mayor población del país con 17.5 millones de habitantes, así como la mayor población económicamente activa (PEA) con un 14.2 por ciento nacional.
En este sentido, reconoció que la ubicación geográfica del Estado es privilegiada por encontrarse en el centro del país, y que junto con la Ciudad de México representa el mayor mercado de consumo con más de 26.3 millones de consumidores.
En la reunión de trabajo, el titular de la SEDECO expuso como fortalezas que tiene el territorio mexiquense su infraestructura comercial y de servicios, como el Aeropuerto Internacional de Toluca, el Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de México, en el municipio de Texcoco, la más extensa red carretera del país con más de dieciséis mil kilómetros, así como su infraestructura ferroviaria que permite unir a los puertos más importantes del Pacífico y del Atlántico, entre ellos Veracruz y Lázaro Cárdenas y por vía carretera con Tuxpan y con el Puerto de Manzanillo para la entrada y salida de productos, lo que convierte al Estado de México en el nodo de distribución de carga más grande de la República mexicana.
Señaló, además, que con el Tren Interurbano que en breve estará en funcionamiento, se tendrá una muy rápida comunicación entre las ciudades de Toluca y México, de tal manera que en 39 minutos cualquier persona podrá trasladarse de un lugar a otro.

Cheng Hui, Directora de la CAITEC, y los demás miembros de la delegación extranjera establecieron el compromiso de difundir entre los inversionistas de su país, la información y describir las facilidades, ventajas competitivas y apoyos que promueve el Estado de México para todos aquellos empresarios interesados

          Huawei adelanta a Apple y Samsung      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Huawei adelanta a Apple y Samsung


Teotihuacán en Línea. En el segundo trimestre de este año, la empresa china Huawei alcanzó el segundo puesto entre los fabricantes de teléfonos inteligentes, después de Samsung y por encima de la compañía estadounidense.
El fabricante chino de dispositivos electrónicos Huawei Technologies, que ya adelantó al gigante estadounidense Apple en ventas de teléfonos inteligentes, aspira a convertirse en el mayor vendedor de ‘smartphones’ para finales del año 2019, superando a la empresa surcoreana Samsung, que actualmente lidera este ‘ranking’.
Según dijo el pasado viernes el director ejecutivo de la empresa china, Richard Yu, “Es posible” que Huawei se convierta en número uno entre los fabricantes de smartphones. para el cuarto trimestre del próximo año”. Su pronóstico es que las ventas totales de la compañía para el 2018 podrían alcanzar más de 200 millones de celulares.
Yu atribuyó el éxito de la compañía china a las altas ventas de la serie Huawei P20, del que ya se vendieron más de nueve millones de unidades desde su lanzamiento hace cuatro meses.
En el segundo trimestre de este año, Huawei vendió unos cincuenta y cuatro millones de teléfonos inteligentes, lo que equivale al cuarenta y un por ciento más que en el lapso abril-junio de 2017, según la compañía analítica Canalys.
De esta forma, el conglomerado chino superó a Apple, que con 41 millones de celulares vendidos ocupó el segundo puesto en ese periodo. Entre tanto, Samsung continúa a la cabeza, a pesar de que sus ventas cayeron un ocho por ciento para situarse en 73 millones de unidades vendidas.

Según Bloomberg, en total, el fabricante chino cuenta con 16 % del mercado mundial de celulares, mientras que las ventas de Samsung alcanzan a 21 % y las de Apple se sitúan en 12 %.

          Eric Branstad ‘likely’ to manage Trump’s 2020 Iowa campaign      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Eric Branstad, the state director for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, is signalling he will likely manage Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign in Iowa. Branstad is the oldest son of Terry Branstad, the former Iowa governor who is now U.S. Ambassador to China. “When dad was in the Oval Office a few weeks ago, he said […]
          China and Russia’s dangerous liaison      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The west ignores the alliance forming between Moscow and Beijing at its peril
          Darum darf der neue „Winnie Puuh“-Film nicht in China laufen      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Der neue „Winnie Puuh“-Film darf nicht in China laufen – die angebliche Ähnlichkeit des chinesischen Präsidenten Xi Jinping mit dem tollpatschigen Bären soll der Grund sein. Das Verbot könnte aber auch noch eine andere Ursache haben. Er ist klein, weich und ziemlich tollpatschig. Der Bär Winnie Puuh gilt allgemein als ziemlich harmlos. Dennoch hat die …
          8/9/2018: TIMES NATION: UPA-2 saw higher PLA transgressions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

New Delhi: China’s People’s Liberation Army transgressions into Indian territory on the 3,488-km long border, large parts of which are disputed, have been lower in the tenure of the NDA government as compared to UPA-2 tenure, official data...
          8/9/2018: TIMES GLOBAL: China stamp hints at relaxation of two-child policy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Beijing: A new “pig family” postal stamp has stoked debate about whether China may further loosen its family planning policy next year as couples delay parenthood and the world’s most populous nation greys. China Post, on its official website on...
          8/9/2018: TIMES GLOBAL: China keen to join TAPI gas pipeline project: Pak official      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Islamabad: China is exploring building a spur from Pakistan’s territory once the multi-country TAPI natural gas pipeline project begins operating, a Pakistani official said, with the financial close of the project’s first phase expected next...
          #98 Apple se hunde en China: ya hay 4 marcas Android que la superan      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

#69 Claro, porque comparas el iPhone con uno chino barato. Pero compáralo con un móvil del mismo precio de cualquier otra marca y veremos que es mediocre. En cuanto a calidad de los materiales, prestaciones, memoria, etc. Es puro hype y por eso invierten en ello esas cifras desorbitado, porque venden marketing, experiencia subjetiva del usuario, sentimiento de pertenencia, etc.

» autor: Gastibeltza


          8/9/2018: TIMES GLOBAL: China bans ‘Winnie the Pooh’ film      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
China has denied Walt Disney Co’s request to allow screening in the country of “Christopher Robin”, a movie featuring Winnie the Pooh, a source said on Tuesday. It is unclear why the Chinese government denied the request. However, the decision has...
          Biopharmaceutical Logistics Market Will Observe a Phenomenal Growth by 2025: Industry Growing Key Players       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(EMAILWIRE.COM, August 10, 2018 ) This report studies the global Biopharmaceutical Logistics market, analyzes and researches the Biopharmaceutical Logistics development status and forecast in United States, EU, Japan, China, India and Southeast Asia. Read Detailed Index of full Sample Study at:...
          Die TIENS Group eröffnet einen neuen Hightech-Experience-Store in Shenzhen      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Technical Recruiter      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
MA-Charlestown, About NTT DATA Inc. NTT DATA is a leading IT professional services provider and a regional operating unit of Japan-based NTT DATA Corporation, the 6th largest IT services provider in the world with $130 billion in revenues and over 130,000 employees across 50 countries in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, China and Asia Pacific. NTT DATA represents the North America business, which serves clients
          Backpack Travel Bag Market is Booming Worldwide by Key Players: Samsonite, Osprey, VF Corporation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A new independent 116 page research with title ‘Global Backpack Travel Bag Market Report 2018 guarantees you will remain better informed than your competition. The study covers geographic analysis that includes regions like North America Country (United States,  Canada), South America, Asia Country (China,  Japan,  India,  Korea), Europe Country (Germany,  UK,  France,  Italy), Other Country … Continue reading Backpack Travel Bag Market is Booming Worldwide by Key Players: Samsonite, Osprey, VF Corporation

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          Tarpaulin Market- A Comprehensive Study by Key Players: Heytex, Sioen Industries, Sattler Group      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A new independent 116 page research with title ‘Global Tarpaulin Market Report 2018 guarantees you will remain better informed than your competition. The study covers geographic analysis that includes regions like North America Country (United States,  Canada), South America, Asia Country (China,  Japan,  India,  Korea), Europe Country (Germany,  UK,  France,  Italy), Other Country (Middle East, … Continue reading Tarpaulin Market- A Comprehensive Study by Key Players: Heytex, Sioen Industries, Sattler Group

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          Smart Machines Market will Reach 410 million $ by 2022: Key Players Include: Aethon , Cerner , Clearpath Robotics      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A new independent 116 page research with title ‘Global Smart Machines Market Report 2018 guarantees you will remain better informed than your competition. The study covers geographic analysis that includes regions like North America Country (United States,  Canada) , South America , Asia Country (China,  Japan,  India,  Korea) , Europe Country (Germany,  UK,  France,  Italy) … Continue reading Smart Machines Market will Reach 410 million $ by 2022: Key Players Include: Aethon , Cerner , Clearpath Robotics

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          Fish Oil Market Rising Demand, Growth, Trend & Insights for next 5 years      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

HTF MI broadcasted a new title “Global Fish Oil Sales Market Report 2018” with 120 pages and in-depth assessment including key market trends, upcoming technologies, industry drivers, challenges, regulatory policies, with key company profiles and strategies of players such as TripleNine Group, COPEINCA, Austevoll Seafood ASA, China Fishery Group, FF Skagen A/S, Pesquera Diamante S.A., … Continue reading Fish Oil Market Rising Demand, Growth, Trend & Insights for next 5 years

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          Global High-Performance Polymers Market 2018 Sales, Supply, Demand & Analysis Forecast to 2025      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

High-Performance Polymers Market 2018 This report studies the global High-Performance Polymers market status and forecast, categorizes the global High-Performance Polymers market size (value & volume) by manufacturers, type, application, and region. This report focuses on the top manufacturers in North America, Europe, Japan, China and other regions (India, Southeast Asia, Central & South America, and … Continue reading Global High-Performance Polymers Market 2018 Sales, Supply, Demand & Analysis Forecast to 2025

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          Wayne Gretzky Named Global Ambassador for Beijing Kunlun Red Star      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Gretzky will focus on youth development in China, including a planned KRS-Gretzky Hockey School that will provide advanced training for players aged 8-17 in Beijing and the...
          F&B: Busser - Winter 2018-2019 - Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Corporation - Teton Village, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          F&B: Busser/Foodrunner - Winter 2018-2019 - Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Corporation - Teton Village, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Maintain cleanliness of work areas, tables, chairs, china, glass, silverware, etc. throughout the shift. We are hiring Bussers/ Foodrunners for the following...
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          Comment on Will the Trump Administration Attack Iran? by euhuguenin      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
No, Iran is not going to haul off and attack Israel, either in Syria or Israel proper. It's government in Tehran is many things, but stupid is not one of them. What Israel is attempting to do is create a false flag, to be blamed on Iran, as the justification for attacking it, and bringing it the US in on its side, militarily. And unfortunately, Netanyahu's ventrilloquist dummy, here in the US, AKA President Trump, has just made it very painfully clear this morning, that the US's withdrawal from the P5+1, and the sanctions which will ensue, are the US government's prelude to a war against Iran. Just because something isn't the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do, is no guarantee that it will not do it, and President Trump's speech about the US withdrawing from the P5+1 deal, is no exception to this very dark reality. He is making claims about Iran's actions and capacities which bear absolutely no basis in reality. The IAEA, which is staffed by amazinglingly bright people, has looked at the suspected facility, and said that there is no "there" there. And if that is what the IAEA is telling the world, I would very much tend to believe them. What Netanyahu and Trump are doing is tantamount to calling members of the IAEA, in their inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities, idiots and liers, and members of this organization is neither. With a potential corruption indictment hanging over his head, Netanyahu is going to want to jump start this war as quickly as possible, which is most probably the reason President Trump made the decert announcement today, rather than wait until this coming Saturday, 12 May, which was the actual deadline. Look for this war to generate the revival of the draft in this country, and this time, the US military will be coming after both our young women, as well as our young men. And here is how I see the forces lining up; China, Russia, and Iran on one side, with the US; NATO, Saudi Arabia, and Israel on the other. There is no way that this will be allowed to stay regional; my sense is, it will go global in a heartbeat. Memo to Israeli Defense Minister Ya'alon: the American people have gotten extraordinarily tired of the demands, bullying, and blackmail the American government has received from the fully nuclear armed, viciously apartheid, theocracy which is what Israel has become in the 21st century. And we have one word for you: enough!! We will provide you no more American military to get slaughtered or maimed for life in the process of "neutralizing" all your alleged existential threats in the Middle East. And of course, as we both know, that includes all of your neighbors in the region. And on top of that, sir, we would appreciate it greatly if the US government immediately pull all financial and military aid from your country immediately, as all this aid is completely illegal under the Symington Amendment. We the people would like to see this accomplished and immediately, sir. The days of the host/parasite relationship between the Us government and that of Israel may well be coming to a very abrupt halt, and it is damn well about time, sir!!!
          First State Dinner: A Chance For Melania Trump To Put Her Stamp On The White House      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Fifteen months into the Trump presidency, the first state dinner, in honor of French President Emmanuel Macron, will be a big moment for first lady Melania Trump, who has kept a lower profile than many of her predecessors. "It's much more than just a dinner," said Kate Andersen Brower, author of First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies and a forthcoming book about vice presidents. When it comes to state dinners, every choice from the china to the shape of the tables and the number of guests makes a statement that reflects the tastes of the first family, and especially the first lady. And a whole lot of people are watching. C-SPAN even provides live special coverage of some dinners. "Laura Bush said she wasn't nervous before her own wedding but she was nervous before the first state dinner with the Mexican president," said Brower. "I think it's a lot of pressure." Bush wrote about the preparations in her book Spoken From The Heart, making the comparison to her
          とある日本さん より ブラジル・サンパウロ市「地下鉄の駅名に日本を取り入れます!」 中国人「ブラジルはけっこう親日国」「不買運動でもする?」 へのコメント      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
中国駅はなくても China town駅はけっこうあちこちあるやろ。
          Ancient Royal Princess      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Ancient Royal PrincessIn Qing dynasty of ancient China, this royal princess is walking in the summer palace. Please choose the most beautiful cheongsam and accessories to dress her up! Have fun!

          8/9/2018: National News | Politics: China spending ‘overstated’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

An Australian think-tank says China’s aid dominance in the Pacific has been overstated, but Foreign Minister Winston Peters says the debt burden caused by China is a serious issue. Together, Australia and New Zealand are responsible for 55 per cent of...
          Gree anuncia que irá abrir nova Fábrica em Manaus      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Durante a Eletroar Show, que aconteceu na semana passada em São Paulo, a Gree Electric Appliances anunciou que vai abrir uma nova fábrica no Brasil. As instalações do novo complexo vão ficar no polo industrial de Manaus e visam duplicar a capacidade de produção no país. Além da China, onde a marca possui 8 fábricas, […]

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ファーウェイ 米市場から撤退を計画か、1200人雇用も「業務はない」 2018年08月08日 14時36分   THE EPOCH TIMES   韓国メディアETnewsはこのほど、米政府に規制されている中国通信大手の華為技術(ファーウェイ)が米市場からの撤退を計画していると報じた。    

海外メディアによると、国家安全保障上などの理由で、トランプ米政権に活動を規制された中国通信大手、

華為技術(ファーウェイ)は米市場からの事業撤退を計画している。これに対して、ファーウェイ側は米国国内で

「業務がないため、撤退などと言えない」と示し、実質上の撤退を認めた。


韓国メディア「etnews」(6日付)によると、ファーウェイに近い関係者が、同社は3、4か月前から米市場から

撤退を計画していたと話した。「ファーウェイの米市場でのモバイル事業が事実上、すでに中断されている上、

米国内にある事務所から退去する計画だ」


米フォーブス誌は今年4月の報道で、ファーウェイの幹部は「米市場は同社のグローバル戦略の一部ではなくなった」

と発言したため、今年末までファーウェイが米市場から撤退すると予測した。


同報道によると、ファーウェイは、テキサス州プレイノ市に米国事業の本部を構えるほか、シリコンバレーや

ニュージャージー州の各地で13カ所の事務所を設けている。従業員が1200人いるという。


米政府に続き、欧米各国が中国当局に近い関係にあるファーウェイに対して警戒を強めた。


オーストラリア政府は6月、国家安全保障が脅かされる恐れがあるとして、次世代通信「5G」の導入にあたり、

ファーウェイの参入を禁止した。


また、ロイター通信によると、イギリス政府は7月下旬、ファーウェイ製品に期限を過ぎたソフトウェアを

使用されており、「技術的欠陥」で英国の情報通信ネットワークに安全リスクをもたらしているとの見解を示した。


市場調査会社IDCは7月末、今年第2四半期(4~6月期)の世界のスマートフォン出荷量では、ファーウェイ

(5420万台)がアップルの4130万台を抜き、2位となったと発表した。


ファーウェイ米国撤退を報じた韓国メディア

화웨이 美 사무소 전면 철수한다 - 전자신문
http://www.etnews.com/20180803000311


「ファーウェイが米国から撤退」と報じた韓国メディア、ファーウェイの否定の仕方がすごかった―米華字メディア 2018年8月8日(水) 6時20分   Record china
2018年8月6日、米華字メディア・多維新聞は、「ファーウェイ(華為)が米国市場撤退」と報じられた問題について、
同社が報道を否定するコメントを出したことを伝えた。

記事によると、韓国ETNewsは6日、「米政府と議会の封殺を受け、ファーウェイは米国のオフィス拠点を撤去し、
米国市場からの撤退を決めた」と報道。さらに、「ファーウェイはシリコンバレーに1000人を上回る規模の
研究開発センターを設置しているが、この先、どうするかについての情報は出ていない」と報じたという。

記事は「報道が出た後、ファーウェイはすぐさま否定した」とし、同社が「米国市場にもともと業務はなく、
市場撤退などとは言えない」などとコメントしていることを伝えた。


 
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Feminine Hygiene Products Market- Key Trends Governing the Market

The global feminine hygiene market is likely to witness stellar growth in terms of revenue over the assessment period. Some primary reasons like rising per capita disposable income & changing temperament of the female population towards personal hygiene is creating ample scope for market expansion. Moreover, availability of economic feminine hygiene products has enabled ladies from all income categories to afford products for their use. On the contrary, alleged cases of women suffering from allergies and infections due to the composition of these products are leading to product recalls. Population in the emerging economies, being less aware of the benefits of feminine hygiene products, is introducing threats for the manufacturers to further expand. Wide array of applications for female hygiene products is apprehended to aid in market expansion and create lucrative opportunities for the manufacturers. With commercial ads and social media influencing the milennials, they play a vital role in spreading awareness of feminine hygiene products.

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Feminine Hygiene Products Market- Product Quality Enhancements to Attract a Larger Customer Base

With the advent of numerous companies in feminine hygiene market, customers seek for new products with additional features or enhanced appeal. Women, after using tons of varieties, are on the lookout for products which are a step ahead in terms of features offered. Apart from a larger customer base acquisition, it also helps the market players to retain their stronghold in the market. For instance- Unicharm Corporation, a Japan based company manufacturing feminine hygiene products, launched various innovative products with enhanced attributes to furnish the dynamic needs & revitalize its domestic market. In addition to that, use of organic raw material is also foreseen as a major trend which is upgrading the portfolio of the products, thereby fostering revenue of the feminine hygiene market.

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          Edible Insects Market- Budding Appetite for Animal-Based Food to Fuel Demand      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Companies to Provide Food-grade Certified Insects to Fortify Consumption

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/08/2018 -- To fit in the bill of relish for animal-based food and to furnish altering consumption patterns of the ever-increasing population, insects are being used a primary source of food. Lower ecological footprint used for production of insects is one of the primary reasons boosting the growth of edible insects market. Implementation of new technologies in the process of edible insects manufacture is encouraging its consumption. These insights are extracted from a new report, titled "Global Market Study on Edible Insects: Consumption of Insects as a Whole to Gain Maximum Traction During 2017 – 2024," recently added to the exhaustive repository of Market Research Reports Search Engine (MRRSE).

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In a bid to attain customer retention, companies are offering information on nutrient contents of edible insects. This builds up the personality of the brand and allows the consumers to be aware of the nutritional profile of edible insects. Various companies operating in the edible insects market are focusing on various preservation methods for storing edible insects. They are doing this to keep the edible insects fresh and healthy for consumption. Additionally, various companies are also focusing on developing edible insect ingredients.

Edible Insects Market- Companies to Provide Food-grade Certified Insects to Fortify Consumption

As compared to its food ingredients counterfeit, edible insects is poised to pick up the steam amid the consumer marketplace & is likely to be consumed on a large scale. In case of Asian countries such as Thailand & China, edible insects are being sold as a whole for consumption. Edible insects have also acquired a striking position in the fast food culture in these regions, thereby triggering their demand from various fast food joints.

With the all in all sprouting preferences for edible insects, major brands are forging ahead by introducing different types of packed edible insects including dried, BBQ, and raw form. Major brands are making deliberate attempts to provide food-grade certified insects to be highly reliable for consumption. Activities involved in harvesting of insects require minimal investment and is one of the best way for procurement of daily earnings. Companies are still making meticulous efforts to upgrade the nutritional profile of edible insects, which is further foreseen to elevate the consumption levels.

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Furthermore, the demand for edible insects market is also growing in the wake of numerous health benefits offered by them. Rise in globalization is another predominant factor reviving potential opportunities for the market players of edible insects. Asia Pacific is foreseen to be the largest region accounting for maximum edible species. In this region, the ever-growing population with subsequently rising food demands is envisioned to increase the dependency on edible insects. Harvesting, gathering, & processing insects has evolved as a primary business pursued in some countries as the investment involved is very less. Various types of insects which are considered edible include caterpillar, orthoptera, beetles, true bugs, etc. Nevertheless, beetles are predicted to be consumed on a large scale in the foreseeable future.

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          Asset Tracking and Inventory Management Solutions Market- Surging Adoption by Enterprises for Optimizing Production to Accentuate Demand      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Asset tracking and inventory management solutions market has been witnessing significant demand owing to rising demand from industries across APAC & Middle East

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/08/2018 -- Since ages, inventory management systems are believed to assist businesses to supervise stocks of expendable substances across diverse surroundings. Such solutions influence supplier as well as customer data, which further helps improvising planning and forecasting for the futuristic sales roadmap. Several other insights have been covered in a research report titled "Asset Tracking and Inventory Management Solutions Market–  Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2018 – 2026" that has been added to the research report library of Market Research Report Search Engine (MRRSE).

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Asset tracking and inventory management solutions market has been witnessing significant demand owing to rising demand from industries across APAC & Middle East. Several new entrants across markets of India & China are developing related software for efficient inventory management. Moreover, asset tracking & inventory management solutions also help in the direction of operational cost-cutting of various organizations by making use of available resources.

Asset Tracking and Inventory Management Solutions Market- Proliferation of Retail to Pose as a Prominent Growth Catalyst

Retail sector is all set to trail other industries in terms of demand in the light of high return on investment, saving of costs, and less time to track misplaced assets. With the help of these systems, details like assets being delivered, in stock, expired and other details can be easily be tracked, providing a great margin of convenience altogether. This, in turn, poses as a prime opportunity for providers of asset tracking system market to penetrate into e-commerce. APAC and MEA are anticipated to forge ahead in the global market with surging adoption of asset tracking and inventory management solutions by industries in these realms.

Significant penetration of software systems is expected to establish remunerative opportunities for the market players to tap onto.  Commercial incorporation of asset tracking and inventory management solutions in the retail domain with an objective of gathering real-time data, facilitating omni-channel fulfillment, is anticipated to create lucrative opportunities for asset tracking and inventory management solutions market in the foreseeable future. Transportation and logistics segment is expected to prosper among all other end users in the market and this trend is likely to be seen over the forecast timeline.

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The report comprehends profiles of premier brands operating in the global asset tracking and inventory management solutions market. Those companies have been profiled on the basis of various pointers including company overview, market strategies, SWOT analysis, financial overview, and breakthrough developments. Some of the prominent market leaders of asset tracking and inventory management solutions are ASAP Systems, Chekhra Business Solutions, Datalogic S.P.A., EMS Barcode Solutions, LLC, Epicor Software Corporation, GigaTrak, JDA Software, Lowry solutions Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Oracle Corporation, RedBeam, Inc., Honeywell International Inc., SAP SE, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., Tenna, LLC, Trimble Inc., TVL, Inc. (WiseTrack), Ubisense Group PLC , Wasp Barcode Technologies, Inc., Zebra Technologies Corporation, Jolly Technologies, Brilliant Info Systems Pvt. Ltd. and Windward Software.

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          Global Smart Cities Market Overview 2018: Industry Sales, Supply, Consumption, Analysis and Forecast Till 2026      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

MRRSE offers an 8-year forecast for global Smart Cities market between 2018 and 2026. In terms of value, market is expected to register a CAGR of 19.8% during forecast period.

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/08/2018 -- This research report provides detailed analysis of Smart Cities market and offers insights on the various factors driving popularity of Smart Cities and its features. The report includes an extensive analysis of key industry drivers, restraints, market trends and market structure. The market study provides comprehensive assessment of stakeholder strategies and imperatives for succeeding in the business. The report segregates the market based on application, and component across different regions globally.

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The Smart Cities market is anticipated to witness moderate revenue growth during the forecast period, owing to the Increasing transition towards urbanization, governmental initiatives, and the increasing penetration of advanced technologies such as IoT, cloud computing, big data etc.

The report starts with an overview of the smart cities market in terms of value. In addition, this section includes analysis of key trends, drivers and restraints from the supply, demand and economy side, which are influencing the smart cities market.

On the basis of application, smart cities market is segmented into smart security, smart building, smart transportation, smart governance, smart energy, smart healthcare, smart water network system, and smart education.

On the basis of component, smart cities market is segmented into hardware, software and services

A detailed analysis has been provided for every segment in terms of market size analysis for smart cities market across the different regions. The section provides a detailed analysis covering key trends.

The next section highlights detailed analysis of smart cities market across various countries in the region. It provides a market outlook for 2018–2026 and sets the forecast within the context of smart cities market, including latest technological developments as well as offerings in the market. This study discusses key trends within countries contributing to growth of the market, as well as analyses degree at which drivers are influencing this market in each region. Key regions and countries assessed in this report include North America (U.S., Canada), Latin America (Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Rest of Latin America), Europe (Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Russia, and Rest of Western Europe), SEA and others in Asia Pacific (India, Australia & New Zealand, ASEAN, and Rest of APAC), Japan, China and MEA (GCC Countries, Turkey, South Africa, North Africa and Rest of MEA). This report evaluate the present scenario and the growth prospects of the smart cities market across various regions globally for the period 2018 –2026. We have considered 2017 as the base year and provide data for the trailing 12 months.

In order to offer an accurate forecast, we started by sizing the current smart cities market, which forms the basis of how the smart cities market will grow in the future. Given the characteristics of the market, we triangulated the outcome of different types of analyses, based on the technology trends.

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As previously highlighted, the global smart cities market is split into a number of segments. All segments in terms of application, component and different regions are analysed in terms of basis point to understand individual segment's relative contributions to smart cities market growth. This detailed level of information is important for identification of various key trends of the global smart cities market. Also, another key feature of this report is the analysis of all key segments in terms of absolute dollar opportunity. This is traditionally overlooked while forecasting the market. However, absolute dollar opportunity is critical in assessing the level of opportunity that a provider can look to achieve, as well as to identify potential resources from a sales and delivery perspective in the global smart cities market.

Key Segments Covered in the report smart cities market are:

Application

Smart Security

Smart Building

Smart Transportation

Smart Governance

Smart Energy

Smart Healthcare

Smart Water Network System

Smart Education

Application

Hardware

Software

Services

Key Regions covered:

North America Smart Cities Market

U.S.

Canada

Latin America Smart Cities Market

Brazil

Argentina

Mexico

Rest of Latin America

Europe Smart Cities Market

Germany

France

U.K.

Spain

Italy

Russia

Rest of Western Europe

SEA and other of APAC Smart Cities Market

India

Australia & New Zealand

ASEAN

Rest of APAC

Japan Smart Cities Market

China Smart Cities Market

MEA Smart Cities Market

GCC Countries

Turkey

South Africa

North Africa

Rest of MEA

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          Optical Sorters Market Size, Historical Analysis, Emerging Technologies, Trends and Industry Set for Rapid Growth with 10.4% of CAGR by Forecast 2026      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The optical sorters market is expected to reach US$ 3,350.2 Mn by 2026. The market is projected to expand at a CAGR of 10.4% from 2018 to 2026.

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/08/2018 -- The Optical Sorters Market  report provides analysis of the optical sorters market for the period 2016 to 2026, wherein the years from 2018 to 2026 is the forecast period, 2017 is considered as the base year, and data for 2016 has been provided as historical information. The report covers all the trends and technologies playing a major role in the expansion of the optical sorters market during the forecast period. It highlights the drivers, restraints, and opportunities expected to influence the expansion of the market during this period. The study provides a holistic perspective on the expansion of the market, in terms of revenue (in US$ Mn) and volume (Units), across different geographical regions, namely, North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America. The report highlights the key trends affecting the market on a global scale. Furthermore, region-wise, prominent countries/regions covered in the report include the U.S, Canada, Germany, France, the U.K, India, China, Australia, GCC countries, South Africa, and Brazil.

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This report analyzes and forecasts the optical sorters market at the global and regional level. The market has been forecasted based on revenue (US$ Mn) and volume (Units) from 2018 to 2026. The study includes drivers and restraints of the global optical sorters market. It also covers the impact of these drivers and restraints during the forecast period. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, wherein component, type, end-use, and countries/regions are benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate, and general attractiveness.

Global Optical Sorters Market: Taxonomy

This research study on the global optical sorters market provides a detailed cross-segment and cross-country analysis based on the different segments including component, type, and end-use. Based on component, the optical sorters market is segmented into products and services. By type, the market is divided into camera, laser, NIR, X-ray, combined, and others. In terms of end-use, the optical sorters market is classified into food processing, tobacco processing, waste recycling, mining and others. Furthermore, based on region, the market is divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America.

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Global Optical Sorters Market: Research Methodology

Secondary research sources that are typically referred to include, but are not limited to, company websites, annual reports, financial reports, broker reports, investor presentations, and SEC filings, internal and external proprietary databases, and relevant patent and regulatory databases, national government documents, statistical databases, and market reports, news articles, press releases, and webcasts specific to companies operating in the market, national government documents, statistical databases, and market reports, Factiva, etc.

Primary research involves e-mail interactions, telephonic interviews, and face-to-face interviews for each market, category, segment, and sub-segment across geographies. We conduct primary interviews on an ongoing basis with industry participants and commentators in order to validate the data and analysis. Primary interviews provide first-hand information on the market size, market trends, growth trends, competitive landscape, and outlook, etc. These help us to validate and strengthen secondary research findings. These also help develop the analysis team's market expertise and understanding.

Global Optical Sorters Market: Competitive Dynamics

The report highlights well-established players operating in the market including TOMRA Systems ASA, Buhler AG, Satake Corporation, Key Technology, and Cimbria. These key players are looking to capture larger market share by expanding their current optical sorters offerings in emerging economies. For instance, in May 2018, Satake Corporation launched FMSR Series optical sorters in Brazil for a wide range of applications. Two models, FMSR03-L (3 chutes) and FMSR02-L (2 chutes) use RGB technology to remove unwanted products, including irregular-shape defects and discoloration from small products such as coffee beans.

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          Global High-Voltage Switchgear Market - Segmented by Product Standard, Component, Application and Geography - Growth, Trends, and Forecast Till 2026      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The high-voltage switchgear market is projected to expand at a CAGR of 5.0% during the forecast period and reach US$ 18,898.7 Mn by 2026.

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/08/2018 -- This comprehensive report by MRRSE analyzes the high voltage switchgear market at the global and regional level. The report provides an analysis for the period 2016–2026, where 2017 is considered to be the base year and 2018 to 2026 is the forecast period. An in-depth and unbiased market assessment has been made to offer readers in-depth and accurate analysis. The report analyzes all the major trends likely to influence the growth of the global high voltage switchgear market from 2018 to 2026. It also analyzes drivers, restraints, and opportunities in the market. The study provides a perspective of the high voltage switchgear market in terms of value and volume (US$ Mn and Units) across five regions: Asia Pacific, South America, North America, Middle East & Africa, and Europe.

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The report includes a detailed value chain analysis, which provides an extensive view of the global high voltage switchgear market. Porter's Five Forces analysis is also provided in the report to understand the competitive scenario in the global high voltage switchgear market. The study incorporates market attractiveness analysis, wherein the product standard, component, insulation type, and application segments are benchmarked based on size, growth rate, and attractiveness. The report also includes attractiveness analysis for each region in order to provide the overall competitive scenario in the high voltage switchgear market.

The overview section in the report analyzes the market trends and dynamics that include drivers, restraints, and opportunities for the current and future high voltage switchgear market. A market outlook analysis has also been provided in the report. Additionally, the report offers analysis of business strategies adopted by the key players in the high voltage switchgear market. The introduction chapter provides a snapshot of different trends and services related to high voltage switchgears.

Global High-Voltage Switchgear Market: Scope of the Report

In terms of product standard, the global high voltage switchgear market has been segmented into IEC, ANSI, and others. Based on component, the global market has been classified into circuit breakers, relays, and others. In terms of insulation, the global high voltage switchgear market has been categorized into air-insulated switchgears (AIS), gas-insulated switchgears (GIS), and others (oil and vacuum). Based on application, the global market has been divided into power generation, oil & gas, utility sector, and industrial. The report provides region-wise breakdown of the high voltage switchgear market and categorizes it at various levels, thereby providing valuable insights at micro and macro levels.

The report also highlights the competitive scenario in the global high voltage switchgear market, ranking the major players according to key developments and geographic presence. The insights for the global market are the result of extensive primary interviews, secondary research, and in-house expert panel reviews. These market estimates have been analyzed by considering the impact of different economic, political, social, legal, and technological factors.

In terms of country, the market in North America has been classified into the U.S., Canada, and Rest of North America. Europe has been analyzed for Germany, France, the U.K. and Rest of Europe. Asia Pacific has also been segmented into China, Japan, India, Australia, and Rest of Asia Pacific. Middle East & Africa covers GCC, South Africa, and Rest of Middle East &Africa. South America comprises Brazil and Rest of South America. This report provides all the strategic information required to understand the high voltage switchgear market along with its products, components, and applications. Additionally, the report provides insights related to the components and different applications for the regions mentioned above.

Global High-Voltage Switchgear Market: Research Methodology

The research methodology is a combination of primary research, secondary research, and expert panel reviews. Secondary sources include annual reports, company websites, SEC filings and investor presentations, national government documents, internal and external proprietary databases, statistical databases, relevant patent and regulatory databases, market reports, government publications, and statistical databases.

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Global High-Voltage Switchgear Market: Competitive Dynamics

The research study includes profiles of leading companies operating in the global high voltage switchgear market. Market players have been profiled in terms of attributes such as company overview, financial overview, SWOT analysis, business strategies, and recent developments. Key players in the global high voltage switchgear market are ABB Ltd., Eaton Corporation, Fuji Electric Co. Ltd., General Electric, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Schneider Electric SE, Siemens AG, Crompton Greaves Ltd., Hyosung Corporation, and Toshiba Corporation, among others. These companies focus on expanding business through strategic acquisitions and partnerships with several end-use industries.

The global high voltage switchgear market has been segmented as follows:

Global High-Voltage Switchgear Market

By Product Standard

IEC Standard

ANSI Standard

Others

By Component

Circuit Breakers

Relays

Others

By Insulation

Air-insulated Switchgears

SF6

Non SF6

Gas-insulated Switchgears

SF6

Non SF6

Others (oil & vacuum)

By Application

Power Generation

Oil & Gas

Utilities Sector

Industrial

By Region

North America

U.S.

Canada

Rest of North America

Europe

Germany

France

U.K.

Rest of Europe

Asia Pacific

China

Japan

India

Australia

Rest of Asia Pacific

Middle East &Africa

GCC

South Africa

Rest of Middle East & Africa

South America

Brazil

Rest of South America

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          Global 3D Sensor Market Overview 2018: Industry Sales, Supply, Consumption, Analysis and Forecast Till 2026      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The market for 3D sensors is forecast to reach US$ 2,556.6 Mn by 2026 from US$ 1,292.2 Mn in 2016, recording a CAGR of 7.2%.

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/08/2018 -- This comprehensive report by MRRSE analyzes the 3D sensor market at the global and regional level. The report provides analysis over the period 2016–2026, wherein 2018 to 2026 is the forecast period and the base year is 2017. An in-depth and unbiased market assessment has been made to offer readers in-depth and accurate analysis. The report emphasizes on all the major trends and services playing a key role in the growth of the 3D sensor market during 2018 - 2026. It also focuses on market drivers, restraining factors, and opportunities of the 3D sensor market during the said period. The study provides a complete perspective about the 3D sensor market's growth throughout the research study in terms of value (in US$ Mn and million units) across various geographies, including Asia Pacific, South America, North America, Middle East & Africa (MEA), and Europe.

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The report includes detailed value chain analysis, which is focused on providing a widespread view of the global 3D sensor market. Porter's Five Forces analysis is also provided to understand the competitive scenario in the market. The study incorporates market attractiveness analysis, wherein the market segments for type, technology, and end-use are benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate, and attractiveness in terms of opportunity. In order to give a complete analysis of the overall competitive scenario in the 3D sensor market, every geographic region mentioned in the report is provided with attractiveness analysis.

A market overview chapter in the report explains the market trends and dynamics that include the restraining factors, drivers, and opportunities for the current and future 3D sensor market. A market outlook analysis has also been provided globally in the report. Additionally, the report also provides analysis of different business strategies being adopted by market leaders of 3D sensors. Market introduction chapter assists in gaining an idea of different trends and services related to 3D sensors along with their devices.

Global 3D sensor Market: Scope of the Report

The study provides a decisive view on the global 3D sensor market, by segmenting the market on the basis of type, technology, and end-use. The report provides detailed breakdown of the 3D sensor market region-wise and categorizes it at various levels, thus providing valuable insights at micro and macro levels.

The report further highlights the competitive scenario within the 3D sensor market, thus ranking all the major players according to the key recent developments and their geographic presence. The insights for the 3D sensor market are the result of our extensive primary interviews, secondary research, and in-house expert panel reviews. These market estimates have been analyzed by considering the impact of different economic, political, social, legal, and technological factors.

On the basis of country, the North America market is bifurcated into Mexico, the U.S., and Rest of North America. Furthermore, the Europe market is analyzed across Italy, France, Germany, and Rest of Europe. The 3D sensor market in APAC is also segmented at country level which includes China, Japan, India, and Rest of Asia Pacific. Middle East & Africa region covers the GCC, South Africa, and Rest of Middle East & Africa. Similarly, South America region includes Brazil and Rest of South America. This report provides all the strategic information required to understand the 3D sensor market along with its devices and end-use. Also, the report provides insights related to the components and different end-use according to the various geographical regions mentioned above.

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Global 3D Sensor Market: Research Methodology

The research methodology is a perfect combination of primary research, secondary research, and expert panel reviews. Secondary sources include annual reports, company websites, SEC filings and investor presentations, national government documents, internal and external proprietary databases, statistical databases, relevant patent and regulatory databases, market reports, government publications, statistical databases, etc.

Primary research involves telephonic interviews, e-mail interactions, and face-to-face interviews for detailed and unbiased reviews on the 3D sensor market, across geographies. Primary interviews are usually conducted on an ongoing basis with industry experts and participants in order to get latest market insights and validate the existing data and analysis. Primary interviews offer new and fresh information on important factors such as market trends, market size, competitive landscape, growth trends, etc. These factors help to validate and strengthen secondary research findings. Moreover, the data collected and analyzed from secondary and primary research is again discussed and examined by our expert panel.

Global 3D Sensor Market: Competitive Dynamics

The research study includes profiles of leading companies operating in the global 3D sensor market. Market players have been profiled in terms of attributes such as company overview, financial overview, business strategies, and recent developments. Key players in the 3D sensor market includes - Infenon Technologies, Omnivision Technologies, Occipital, Inc., PMD Technologies AG, Microchip Technology, Cognex Corporation, Intel Corporation, Ifm electronic GMBH, LMI Technology, NXP Semiconductors, and Texas Instruments. Companies are focusing on expanding their business through strategic acquisitions and partnerships with several end-use industries.

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          Research Study on Global Fiber Optic Connectors Market Highlights Recent Trends and Future Opportunities During Assessment Periods 2017-2028      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The global fiber optic connectors market is expected to witness a CAGR of 11.0% from 2018 to 2028. In 2017, the market was worth US$ 4,698.6 Mn and is projected to rise to a valuation of US$ 14,491.0 Mn by the end of 2028.

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The global digital ecosystem has been continuously evolving over the last few years. The worldwide ICT sector has witnessed some key disruptions of late and governments of various economies are devising and implementing smart and inclusive regulations to govern sector penetration and facilitate technology connectivity to all parts of the world. Even as the world of technology prepares for a massive revolution with unimaginable advancements powered by machine intelligence, here are some of the key drifts presently trending the global ICT sector:

Mobile as the new internet accessibility engine: Currently, about three-fourths of internet usage is through mobile phones, with an increasing usage witnessed in low-income and middle-income countries. Yet, over half the world's population is bereft of mobile broadband internet services. Mobile data providers have accepted this challenge and are targeting niche, unpenetrated markets with high-speed connectivity offerings to increase their customer base.

Cloud computing to shoot beyond the sky: Cloud is a potent catalyst in all technological advances of the 21st Cloud is transforming the way enterprises handle big data, and ICT companies are looking to deploy new mechanisms and tools to "speak to data" and acquire the relevant information capable of impacting cross sector business growth.

Swifter integration of networks and technologies: ICT will continue to disrupt industries and with an increasing shift in focus towards cross-functional platforms that integrate networks, devices, and technologies, a structured integration of communication applications and protocols is fueling new service offerings.

An app-led technology universe: If mobile is at the heart of the ICT revolution, mobile apps are the arteries that pump in the necessary innovation for survival. The rise of start-ups offering a plethora of mobile apps is set to revolutionize the entire paradigm of the global ICT sector.

Cyber readiness is the norm: A rapid digitalization has also upped the risk of cybercrimes and cyber-attacks. Mobile companies are working to build secure ICT servers and networks and cyber readiness is of paramount importance today while introducing new products and services in the global market.

Research Methodology

PMR utilizes robust methodology and approach to arrive at market size and related projections. The research methodology for this report is based on 3 dimensional model. We conduct about 45-60 min duration detailed interviews with product manufacturers; apart from this we also collect market feedback from industry experts. To validate this data, we interact with senior panel members having more than 10 years of experience in relevant field. The panel members help in validating the findings and fill the gaps if any. In addition, we leverage on our existing pool of information, paid database and other valid information sources available in public domain. Usually industry interactions extend to more than 50+ interviews from market participants across the value chain.

Data Collection

PMR collects data from secondary sources including company annual reports, association publications, industry presentations, white papers, and company press releases apart from these we leverage over paid database subscriptions and industry magazines to collect market information and developments in exhaustive manner. After being done with desk research, detailed questionnaire and discussion guide is formulated to initiate primary research with key industry personnel; the discussion aims at collecting key insights, growth perspectives, prevalent market trends and quantitative insights including market size and competition developments. Both of these research approaches help us in arriving at base year numbers and market hypothesis.

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Data Validation

In this phase, PMR validates the data using macro and micro economic factors. For instance, growth in electricity consumption, industry value added, other industry factors, economic performance, growth of top players and sector performance is closely studied to arrive at precise estimates and refine anomalies if any.

Data Analysis and Projection

Data analysis and projections were made based on proprietary research frameworks and statistical analysis, which was further validated from industry participants. These frameworks include Y-o-Y growth projections, macro-economic factor performance, market attractiveness analysis, key financial ratios, and others.

For public companies we capture the data from company website, annual reports, investor presentations, paid databases. While for privately held companies, we try to gather information from the paid databases (like Factiva) and based on the information we gather from databases we estimate revenue for the companies. In addition, the team tries to establish primary contact with the companies in order to validate the assumptions or to gather quality inputs.

Standard Report Structure

Executive Summary

Market Definition

Macro-economic analysis

Parent Market Analysis

Market Overview

Forecast Factors

Segmental Analysis and Forecast

Regional Analysis

Competition Analysis

Market Taxonomy

The global fiber optic connectors market has been segmented into:

By Type

Lucent Connectors (LC)

Mechanical Transfer Registered Jacks (MTRJ)

Subscriber Connectors (SC)

MPO Connectors

Straight Tip (ST) Connectors

Ferrule Connectors (FC)

Others

By Region

North America

Latin America

Western Europe

Eastern Europe

Middle East and Africa

SEA & Other APAC

Japan

China

By Application

Telecommunication

Data Centers

Military

Television and Broadcasting

Aerospace and Avionics

Test and Measurement

Others

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Elon Musk certainly isn't one to keep ideas to himself, and that extends to machinations of his electric vehicle company Tesla. The CEO has announced a wish to take the public company private, citing the expected benefits to its long-term mission.

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          Australia Holds Key Rate as Central Bank Sounds Caution on China      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Australia’s population hit 25 million this year which highlights how quickly the numbers of migrants reaching the country have risen. That inward flow of migrants coupled with robust demand from China for the country’s primary exports has helped to keep Australia’s growth trajectory on an expansionary path for decades.


          A Chinese Food Experience On Dublin's Northside Is All That And Dim Sum      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Hands up who's guilty of ordering the same thing from the Chinese time and time again? Yep, we know it's nice, but it's a sad fact that the majority of Irish people don't really know what real Chinese food tastes like. If you're suspicious that I'm talking about you, then listen up: there's a foodie experience you can try that will broaden your tastebuds when it comes to Oriental flavours. The Traditional Chinese Food Experience is hosted in Dublin and Naas, and is organised by Frank, a Tipp man who married a Chinese gal and fell in love with the food and culture to boot. It started off as a Meet Up group, but Frank also does private events and corporate dinners (prices for those vary), so last week I roped my family into exploring something a bit different for dinner. For €26 per person you head to M&L Chinese on Cathedral Street (opposite is their charming sister spot The Vintage Teapot), where Frank orders dishes off the "secret" Chinese menu and shares gas tales of life in China and the history of its food and culture. I'm no stranger to M&L Chinese – it's up there as one of the best spots in Dublin for authentic Asian grub


          Record of Discussion of the Meeting of the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee Currency Board Sub-Committee held on June 28      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The following is issued on behalf of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority:
 
(Approved for issue by the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee on July 17)
 
Report on the Currency Board Operations (April 17 – June 14)
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     The Sub-Committee noted that during the review period, the Hong Kong dollar (HKD) traded within a range of 7.8427 – 7.8500 against the US dollar (USD). Since the first triggering on April 12, the weak-side Convertibility Undertaking (CU) was triggered 19 times and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority bought HK$70.4 billion under the weak-side CU. The Aggregate Balance and the Monetary Base fell correspondingly after the multiple triggering of the weak-side CU, with the Monetary Base declining to HK$1,643.77 billion at the end of the review period. The HKD firmed again towards the end of the review period, in part underpinned by seasonal demand for the HKD (e.g. corporate demand for dividend payments) and interbank demand in preparation for sizable initial public offering (IPO) activities. 
 
     The Sub-Committee noted that largely reflecting IPO-related demand, reduced interbank liquidity following triggering of the weak-side CU, expectation of US rate hikes and seasonal liquidity demand, HKD interbank interest rates picked up across the curve during the review period. 
 
     The Sub-Committee further noted that, in accordance with the Currency Board principles, all changes in the Monetary Base had been fully matched by changes in foreign reserves.
 
     The Report on Currency Board Operations for the period under review is at the Annex.
 
Monitoring of Risks and Vulnerabilities
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     The Sub-Committee noted that in the US, although solid growth performance led the Federal Reserve Board (Fed) members to suggest a Dot Plot Median Forecast of four rate hikes in 2018, the Fed might need to weigh between rising inflationary pressures and downside risks to growth from trade conflicts further down the road. 
 
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     The Sub-Committee noted a study which examined the lower interest rate sensitivity of HKD money demand since the global financial crisis.
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一直有朋友问我环球时报中文版和英文版有何不同,每每解释得口干舌燥。不说了,先拿 Businessweek 的英文版和与大陆版权合作的中文版做个示范吧。 下图商业周刊英文版的封面报道是写百度的,它提出了这么一个问题: What does it take to be China’s dominant search engine? (如何才能成为中国最大的搜索引擎)     像恐怖片海报一样的封面上打出了两个大字:

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