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          Prison Management Systems Market Investigation and Growth Forecasted Until the End of 2026      Cache   Translate Page      

Prison management systems help maintain the records of prisoners and the various cases registered against them. These solutions capture the details of inmates along with biometric details such as photographs, facial expressions, thumb impressions, and others. Nowadays, companies are offering prison management systems with advanced modules such as demographic data capture, scheduling, reporting, workflow control, case management, and medical facility management.

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The prison management systems market is expected to witness significant value growth during the forecast period owing to an increase in the demand for law enforcement equipment and increasing demand for the cloud-based prison management solutions.

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The prison management systems market is classified on the basis of component, application, and region. On the basis of component, the market is subsegmented into hardware infrastructure and software infrastructure. Furthermore, by application, the global prison management systems market is segmented as video surveillance, intrusion detection, access control, alarms & notification, prison administration, and prisoner information management. The video surveillance subsegment accounted for a relatively higher share because of an increase in the demand for advanced video surveillance equipment in various developed and developing nations.

A detailed analysis has been provided for every segment in terms of market size analysis for the prison management systems market across different regions. This section provides a detailed analysis that covers key trends.

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Key Segments

By Component

Hardware Infrastructure

IT Infrastructure



Network Switch

Network Router


Surveillance Infrastructure



Access Control Infrastructure

Biometric Readers

Card-Based Readers

Electronic Locks



Security Lighting

Software Infrastructure


Prisoner Information Management

Prison Document Management

Prisoner Movement Management

Prisoner Cash Management

Other Software


Installation and Deployment Service

Training Services

Professional Service

By Application

Video Surveillance

Intrusion Detection

Access Control

Alarms & Notification

Prison Administration

Prisoner Information Management


Key Regions

North America



Latin America



Rest of Latin America








Rest of Europe

SEA & Others of APAC







Rest of SEA




GCC Countries


South Africa

North Africa

Rest of MEA

Key Companies

Axis Communications AB

Bosch Security and Safety Systems

Cisco Systems, Inc.


Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

IBM Corporation

Montgomery Technology, Inc.

NEC Corporation

Thales Group

Tyler Technologies Inc.

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вынуждена была прекратить поддержку, а сами сербы, хотя дрались отчаянно, против Империи поделать ничего не могли. Так что, кончилось плохо. Восстание подавили, понятливым (кто сложил оружие) посулили умеренную автономию, непокорных нещадно вырезали, край наполовину разрушили, Карагеоргий бежал в Россию, где принялся обивать пороги, прося все же помочь, но тщетно: у старших братьев были более важные дела. А тем временем в Сербии силою вещей назревал новый бунт: местные элиты,

видя, что турки ничему не научились и все посулы похерили, всерьез опасались за себя, в связи с чем, были намерены добиваться обещанной, но так и не предоставленной автономии силой. А во главе этих конспираторов стоял "кнез" (авторитетный человек) Милош Обренович,  один из самых известных воевод Карагеоргия, но при этом, в отличие от беглого вождя, фанатичного "самостийника", человек, умевший мыслить конструктивно. И вот когда полыхнуло, с севера в родные места помчался Карагеоргий, чтобы доделать незавершенное.

Это очень озаботило турок, у которых в это время возникли другие проблемы, и они, выйдя на Милоша, сделали продуктивное предложение: хрен с вами, будет вам чего хотите, но прекращайте делать глупости, - и никакого Карагеоргия. Или, если пойдете на принцип, пойдем и мы, и тогда уж не обессудьте: сотрем. Затем поговорили о гарантиях, и через какое-то время белградский паша получил от Милоша голову на блюде, в ответ вручив Милошу фирман на официальную автономию с правом наследования поста главы субъекта федерации.

С этого шага и начался, как говорят китайцы, путь в тысячу ли. Первый Обренович оказался очень лояльным Центру вассалом, он вел себя безупречно, ежедневно клялся в верности султану, аккуратно платил дань и даже послал сколько-то бойцов в помощь против Али-паши Тепелинского,  но в ответ, ценя такое отношение, Стамбул давал субсидии, превышающие сербскую дань, и закрывал глаза на все, что происходило в Сербии, вплоть до выдавливание оттуда турок. Ну и...

Ну и вот так вот, год за годом, не спеша,  числясь в любимчиках трона, Милош, многими названный "предателем", строил вертикаль власти, формировал современную армию, укреплял экономику, устанавливал контакты с зарубежом, - короче говоря, закладывал основы будущей независимости. Чисто по принципу Дмитрия Донского: "А переменит Бог Орду". И в сегодняшней Сербии, где память убитого им Карагеоргия чтут свято, память Милоша, хотя был он очень не сахар, чтут не меньше.

Вот что говорит нам на сей счет г-жа История, которую уже ничем не удивишь, потому что она видела все. Каждый выбирает дорогу по себе, лишь бы вела к цели, и если цель одна, правильная дорога та, которая к цели привела. Все. Остальное частности. Возвращаясь же к сюжету, остается сказать, что бородатенький "звР", катящий бочку на покойного Ахмат-хаджи, не только черноротое хамло, но и беспросветный дурак, не понимающий элементарного, - а дураков бьют вдвойне...

          Global Vacuum Coating Machines Market 2019 by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2024; New Report Launched      Cache   Translate Page      

Lewes, DE -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/12/2019 -- This report studies the Vacuum Coating Machines market.

When coating materials are heated in vacuum, they are evaporated and formed as thin films on substrate surfaces. Such processes are called vacuum coating.

Vacuum deposition or vacuum coating is a family of processes used to deposit layers of material atom-by-atom or molecule-by-molecule on a solid surface. These processes operate at pressures well below atmospheric pressure. The deposited layers can range from a thickness of one atom up to millimeters, forming freestanding structures. Multiple layers of different materials can be used, for example to form optical coatings. The process can be qualified based on the vapor source; physical vapor deposition uses a liquid or solid source and chemical vapor deposition uses a chemical vapor.

The machines or systems used to perform vacuum coating are the main focus of this report.

Scope of the Report:
Middle Atlantic ranks the top in terms of market size of Vacuum Coating Machines within USA, it consists of 21.30% of the national market in 2016. West comes the second, with 20.20% of the USA market. South, SouthWest, New England, MidWest together consists of 58.50% of the USA Vacuum Coating Machines market in the same year.

Applied Materials ranks the first in terms of revenue share in USA market of Vacuum Coating Machines, occupies 35.52% of the USA market share in 2016; While, Veeco Instruments, with a market share of 8.46%, comes the second; All the other manufacturers which are not included in the report together consist of approximately 31.79% of the USA market in 2016.

This report focuses on the Vacuum Coating Machines in global market, especially in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East and Africa. This report categorizes the market based on manufacturers, regions, type and application.

Market Segment by Manufacturers, this report covers
Applied Materials
Buhler Leybold Optics
Von Ardenne
Veeco Instruments
Jusung Engineering
Showa Shinku
Hanil Vacuum
Lung Pine Vacuum
Denton Vacuum
Mustang Vacuum Systems
CVD Equipment Corporation
Hongda Vacuum
SKY Technology

Market Segment by Regions, regional analysis covers
North America (United States, Canada and Mexico)
Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia and Italy)
Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India and Southeast Asia)
South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia etc.)
Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa)

Market Segment by Type, covers
Vacuum Evaporation Coating Machine
Vacuum Sputtering Coating Machine
Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) Coating Machine

Market Segment by Applications, can be divided into
Optical & Glass

The content of the study subjects, includes a total of 15 chapters:
Chapter 1, to describe Vacuum Coating Machines product scope, market overview, market opportunities, market driving force and market risks.
Chapter 2, to profile the top manufacturers of Vacuum Coating Machines, with price, sales, revenue and global market share of Vacuum Coating Machines in 2017 and 2018.
Chapter 3, the Vacuum Coating Machines competitive situation, sales, revenue and global market share of top manufacturers are analyzed emphatically by landscape contrast.
Chapter 4, the Vacuum Coating Machines breakdown data are shown at the regional level, to show the sales, revenue and growth by regions, from 2014 to 2019.
Chapter 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, to break the sales data at the country level, with sales, revenue and market share for key countries in the world, from 2014 to 2019.
Chapter 10 and 11, to segment the sales by type and application, with sales market share and growth rate by type, application, from 2014 to 2019.
Chapter 12, Vacuum Coating Machines market forecast, by regions, type and application, with sales and revenue, from 2019 to 2024.
Chapter 13, 14 and 15, to describe Vacuum Coating Machines sales channel, distributors, customers, research findings and conclusion, appendix and data source.

Spanning over 136 pages "Global Vacuum Coating Machines Market 2019 by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2024" report covers Market Overview, Manufacturers Profiles, Global Vacuum Coating Machines Sales, Revenue, Market Share and Competition by Manufacturer (2017-2018), Global Vacuum Coating Machines Market Analysis by Regions, North America Vacuum Coating Machines by Country, Europe Vacuum Coating Machines by Country, Asia-Pacific Vacuum Coating Machines by Country, South America Vacuum Coating Machines by Country, Middle East and Africa Vacuum Coating Machines by Countries, Global Vacuum Coating Machines Market Segment by Type, Global Vacuum Coating Machines Market Segment by Application, Vacuum Coating Machines Market Forecast (2019-2024), Sales Channel, Distributors, Traders and Dealers, Research Findings and Conclusion, Appendix. This report Covered Companies few are - Applied Materials, ULVAC, Buhler Leybold Optics, Shincron, AIXTRON, Von Ardenne, Veeco Instruments, Evatec, Optorun, Jusung Engineering, Showa Shinku, IHI.

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Lewes, DE -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/12/2019 -- Hookah tobacco (also known as waterpipe tobacco, maassel, shisha, narghile, or argileh) is smoked with a hookah (waterpipe). Hookah tobacco comes in different flavors, such as apple, mint, cherry, chocolate, coconut, licorice, cappuccino, and watermelon.

The hookah tobacco market is very concerted market; the revenue of top eight manufacturers accounts about 86% of the total revenue in 2016. The high-end products mainly come from USA and Middle East.

Geographically, the US hookah tobacco market has been segmented into Pacific, South Atlantic, Northeast, East North Central, West South Central and other. The Pacific region held the largest share in the US products market, its revenue of the market exceeds 24% in 2016.

In particular, this report presents the global market share (sales and revenue) of key companies in Tobacco and Hookah business, shared in Chapter 3.

This report presents a comprehensive overview, market shares, and growth opportunities of Tobacco and Hookah market by product type, application, key manufacturers and key regions and countries.

This study considers the Tobacco and Hookah value and volume generated from the sales of the following segments:

Segmentation by product type: breakdown data from 2014 to 2019, in Section 2.3; and forecast to 2024 in section 11.7.
Fruit Flavor
Mixed Flavor
Herbal Flavor

Segmentation by application: breakdown data from 2014 to 2019, in Section 2.4; and forecast to 2024 in section 11.8.
Offline Sales
Online Sales

This report also splits the market by region: Breakdown data in Chapter 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
United States
Southeast Asia
Middle East & Africa
South Africa
GCC Countries

The report also presents the market competition landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis of the major vendor/manufacturers in the market. The key manufacturers covered in this report: Breakdown data in in Chapter 3.
Al Fakher
Social Smoke
Alchemist Tobacco
Al-Tawareg Tobacco
Haze Tobacco

In addition, this report discusses the key drivers influencing market growth, opportunities, the challenges and the risks faced by key manufacturers and the market as a whole. It also analyzes key emerging trends and their impact on present and future development.

Research objectives
To study and analyze the global Tobacco and Hookah consumption (value & volume) by key regions/countries, product type and application, history data from 2014 to 2018, and forecast to 2024.
To understand the structure of Tobacco and Hookah market by identifying its various subsegments.
Focuses on the key global Tobacco and Hookah manufacturers, to define, describe and analyze the sales volume, value, market share, market competition landscape, SWOT analysis and development plans in next few years.
To analyze the Tobacco and Hookah with respect to individual growth trends, future prospects, and their contribution to the total market.
To share detailed information about the key factors influencing the growth of the market (growth potential, opportunities, drivers, industry-specific challenges and risks).
To project the consumption of Tobacco and Hookah submarkets, with respect to key regions (along with their respective key countries).
To analyze competitive developments such as expansions, agreements, new product launches, and acquisitions in the market.
To strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their growth strategies.

Spanning over 135 pages "Global Tobacco and Hookah Market Growth 2019-2024" report covers Scope of the Report, Executive Summary, Global Tobacco and Hookah by Players, Tobacco and Hookah by Regions, Market Drivers, Challenges and Trends, Marketing, Distributors and Customer, Global Tobacco and Hookah Market Forecast, Key Players Analysis, Research Findings and Conclusion.

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          Global Linear Vibration Motor Is Expected to Grow at a CAGR of 0.4% and Reach 1 Million USD in 2024; Finds New Report      Cache   Translate Page      

Lewes, DE -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/12/2019 -- Linear Vibration Motor is a form of electric motor in which the stator and the rotor are linear and parallel. It can be used in a wide range of products, like cellphones, loudspeakers, game devices, GPS, and so on. Linear vibrator motors are also the main actuators for haptic feedback which is an inexpensive way to increase a product's value, and differentiate it from competition.

Scope of the Report:
Linear vibration motor is a huge market, and this industry continuously increases, with the development of global economy.

China is the largest market of linear vibration motor, which occupies average 80 percent of global Linear vibration motor procedures per year. Other main regions which take important part in this industry include Japan and South Korea.

According to the research, the most potential market in the main countries of linear vibration motor industry is China, determined by its rapid growth of number of procedures. Besides, Japan, South Korea should also be focused by the investors.

The linear Vibration Motor market is consolidated in nature. Various players are adopting competitive strategies such as collaborations, acquisitions and capitalizing untapped opportunities in the emerging economies of India and China, to sustain and gain market penetrartion across the globe. Some key players of this market include Nidec, AAC Technologies, Samsung, KOTL, Sanyo, DMEGC, JAHWA.

The worldwide market for Linear Vibration Motor is expected to grow at a CAGR of roughly 0.4% over the next five years, will reach 1 million US$ in 2024, from 1 million US$ in 2019, according to a new study.

This report focuses on the Linear Vibration Motor in global market, especially in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East and Africa. This report categorizes the market based on manufacturers, regions, type and application.

Market Segment by Manufacturers, this report covers
AAC Technologies

Market Segment by Regions, regional analysis covers
North America (United States, Canada and Mexico)
Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia and Italy)
Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India and Southeast Asia)
South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia etc.)
Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa)

Market Segment by Type, covers
Moving-coil Type
Moving-iron Type
Moving-magnet Type

Market Segment by Applications, can be divided into
Game device

The content of the study subjects, includes a total of 15 chapters:
Chapter 1, to describe Linear Vibration Motor product scope, market overview, market opportunities, market driving force and market risks.
Chapter 2, to profile the top manufacturers of Linear Vibration Motor, with price, sales, revenue and global market share of Linear Vibration Motor in 2017 and 2018.
Chapter 3, the Linear Vibration Motor competitive situation, sales, revenue and global market share of top manufacturers are analyzed emphatically by landscape contrast.
Chapter 4, the Linear Vibration Motor breakdown data are shown at the regional level, to show the sales, revenue and growth by regions, from 2014 to 2019.
Chapter 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, to break the sales data at the country level, with sales, revenue and market share for key countries in the world, from 2014 to 2019.
Chapter 10 and 11, to segment the sales by type and application, with sales market share and growth rate by type, application, from 2014 to 2019.
Chapter 12, Linear Vibration Motor market forecast, by regions, type and application, with sales and revenue, from 2019 to 2024.
Chapter 13, 14 and 15, to describe Linear Vibration Motor sales channel, distributors, customers, research findings and conclusion, appendix and data source.

Spanning over 119 pages "Global Linear Vibration Motor Market 2019 by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2024" report covers Market Overview, Manufacturers Profiles, Global Linear Vibration Motor Sales, Revenue, Market Share and Competition by Manufacturer (2017-2018), Global Linear Vibration Motor Market Analysis by Regions, North America Linear Vibration Motor by Country, Europe Linear Vibration Motor by Country, Asia-Pacific Linear Vibration Motor by Country, South America Linear Vibration Motor by Country, Middle East and Africa Linear Vibration Motor by Countries, Global Linear Vibration Motor Market Segment by Type, Global Linear Vibration Motor Market Segment by Application, Linear Vibration Motor Market Forecast (2019-2024), Sales Channel, Distributors, Traders and Dealers, Research Findings and Conclusion, Appendix. This report Covered Companies - Nidec, AAC Technologies, Samsung, KOTL, Sanyo, DMEGC, JAHWA.

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U.S. plans 'very significant' additional Venezuela sanctions: officialAbrams did not elaborate on the fresh measures but his warning came a day after the U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on Russian bank Evrofinance Mosnarbank for helping Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA evade U.S. financial restrictions. Abrams said Washington was also preparing to withdraw more U.S. visas from Venezuelans with close ties to President Nicolas Maduro. Washington has taken the lead in recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's rightful president after the 35-year-old Congress chief declared Maduro's 2018 re-election a fraud and announced an interim presidency in January.

          Global Laser Coding and Marking Equipment Market Will Grow at a CAGR 8.1% and Reach USD 2880 Million by 2024; Finds New Report      Cache   Translate Page      

Lewes, DE -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/12/2019 -- Laser Coding and marking equipment are machines that print production date, barcode, trade mark and other product information on product surfaces and packages. Laser Coding and marking equipment are widely used in industrial fields such as Packaging, Electronics & Microelectronics, Medical and further constructions.

Europe has the largest global export quantity and manufacturers in Laser Coding and Marking Equipment market, while the North America is the second sales volume market for Laser Coding and Marking Equipment in 2017.

According to this study, over the next five years the Laser Coding and Marking Equipment market will register a 8.1% CAGR in terms of revenue, the global market size will reach US$ 2880 million by 2024, from US$ 1810 million in 2019. In particular, this report presents the global market share (sales and revenue) of key companies in Laser Coding and Marking Equipment business, shared in Chapter 3.

This report presents a comprehensive overview, market shares, and growth opportunities of Laser Coding and Marking Equipment market by product type, application, key manufacturers and key regions and countries.

This study considers the Laser Coding and Marking Equipment value and volume generated from the sales of the following segments:

Segmentation by product type: breakdown data from 2014 to 2019, in Section 2.3; and forecast to 2024 in section 11.7.
Fiber Laser
CO2 Laser
UV Laser
Others (YAG Laser, etc.)

Segmentation by application: breakdown data from 2014 to 2019, in Section 2.4; and forecast to 2024 in section 11.8.
Machine Tool
Electronics & Microelectronics

This report also splits the market by region: Breakdown data in Chapter 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
United States
Southeast Asia
Middle East & Africa
South Africa
GCC Countries

The report also presents the market competition landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis of the major vendor/manufacturers in the market. The key manufacturers covered in this report: Breakdown data in in Chapter 3.
Han's Laser
TYKMA Electrox
Control print

In addition, this report discusses the key drivers influencing market growth, opportunities, the challenges and the risks faced by key manufacturers and the market as a whole. It also analyzes key emerging trends and their impact on present and future development.

Research objectives
To study and analyze the global Laser Coding and Marking Equipment consumption (value & volume) by key regions/countries, product type and application, history data from 2014 to 2018, and forecast to 2024.
To understand the structure of Laser Coding and Marking Equipment market by identifying its various subsegments.
Focuses on the key global Laser Coding and Marking Equipment manufacturers, to define, describe and analyze the sales volume, value, market share, market competition landscape, SWOT analysis and development plans in next few years.
To analyze the Laser Coding and Marking Equipment with respect to individual growth trends, future prospects, and their contribution to the total market.
To share detailed information about the key factors influencing the growth of the market (growth potential, opportunities, drivers, industry-specific challenges and risks).
To project the consumption of Laser Coding and Marking Equipment submarkets, with respect to key regions (along with their respective key countries).
To analyze competitive developments such as expansions, agreements, new product launches, and acquisitions in the market.
To strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their growth strategies.

Spanning over 162 pages "Global Laser Coding and Marking Equipment Market Growth 2019-2024" report covers Scope of the Report, Executive Summary, Global Laser Coding and Marking Equipment by Players, Laser Coding and Marking Equipment by Regions, Market Drivers, Challenges and Trends, Marketing, Distributors and Customer, Global Laser Coding and Marking Equipment Market Forecast, Key Players Analysis, Research Findings and Conclusion.

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Бесплатный wi-fi, на всей территории государства и монета с мультипликационным героем - Пикачу. Все это есть на небольшом острове Ниуэ в Южной части Тихого океана.

Официально Ниуэ - самоуправляемое государственное образование в свободной ассоциации с Новой Зеландией. Представляет собой остров, площадью - 261,46 км². Находится в Полинезии, недалеко от острова Тонга.

В 1900 году Ниуэ попал под защиту Британской империи, однако через год, он был аннексирован Новой Зеландии.

Остров живет, по-большей части, на дотации покровителя, лишь за редким случаем пополняя государственную казну доходами от экспорта фруктов.

Орган законодательной власти Ниуэ - Законодательная Ассамблея, в которую входит 20 депутатов. Выборы проходят так: каждый из 14 поселков, выбирает одного представителя, который станет депутатом и войдет в Государственный парламент. Еще 6 депутатов избираются по общему списку согласно местной Конституции. На первом заседании избирается Главный председатель Парламента и клерк Ассамблеи. Если на пост спикера не нашлось подходящей кандидатуры, то все его функции исполняет клерк.

Несмотря на столь высокие должности и "громкие названия", здание Парламента со стороны больше похоже на недорогую виллу. Сами поселения напоминают небольшие дачные поселки.

Официальной валютой является новозеландский доллар. На одной из партий юбилейных монет находится знаменитый герой анимэ - Пикачу. Монета настоящая, несмотря на то, что многие отрицают либо её существование, либо её ценность. Вы сможете приобрести её в качестве сувенира.

В Ниуэ нет ни одного города, лишь 14 небольших поселений. Даже столицей является - поселок Алофи.
Ниуэ - первое государство в Мире, с бесплатным wi-fi, на территории всей страны. Даже проплывающие мимо суда, могут им бесплатно воспользоваться. Все благодаря американскому предпринимателю - Уильяму Севичу, которые взамен получил доменное имя (.nu).

По мнению ученых, остров был заселен еще в 1 веке до н.э., но узнали о нем только в 1774 году, а открыл его Джеймс Кук.
Второе, не официальное название острова - Savage (остров дикарей). Так его прозвал Кук, из-за чрезмерной агрессивности местных аборигенов.

В стране нет действующей армии.
Здесь есть всего одна дорога, опоясывающая весь остров.

Население - около 1300 человек и с каждым годом эта цифра становится все меньше, так как большинство молодежи уезжает в поисках "лучшей жизни" в Новую Зеландию или Австралию.
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As the first scene of Cold War by Paweł Pawlikowski fades in, Polish folk music fills the ears. As the descendant of Polish highlanders, I have heard these songs since birth. They’re something you can usually only truly experience in person; yet, as the melancholy men belt out their traditional tune, there seems to be no wall between the viewer and the performers. The cinematography, too, is stunning. The movie is in black-and-white, yet each frame is so well-defined it could stand alone in an art gallery. With each scene retaining visual freshness, Pawlikowski does justice to the awe-inspiring landscape of Poland.

Through this gloomy ambiance Pawlikowski tells a story of tumultuous romance. It begins with auditions for the newly formed Mazurek Ensemble, a touring highlander music ensemble, of which Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) serves as both director and composer. One woman, Zula (Joanna Kulig), stands out from the rest of the auditionees: she shares in the communal misery, yet has some unique drive. Wiktor is taken aback after she sings a Russian folk song and reveals a breathtaking voice: “She has something in her,” Wiktor says. “Energy. Temperament. This is something original.” It’s clear he isn’t just talking about her musical talent — he’s fascinated by her as a whole. So begins their love story.

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There are several time jumps in the movie, sometimes of more than five-year periods, but rather than causing a disconnect, the shifting raises the stakes — between every endearing reconnection, every catastrophic fight, every uncontrollable tragedy, the viewer knows time is rapidly running out. From the most painful moments in the film — such as when Wiktor waits in vain on a street corner in Berlin for Zula to run away with him, or when he travels to Yugoslavia to see her but is dragged from the Mazurek performance and deported before they can even speak — an inevitable question arises: how many years will pass until they see each other again?

The viewer yearns for the interludes between the misery, the moments when Zula and Wiktor are together. Despite their constant flings with others, Zula’s oath at the beginning of the movie that she will be with Wiktor “always, everywhere, and until the end of the world” never comes under any doubt. No words are needed to show this: as they gaze into each others’ eyes across a crowded reception hall, the viewer can see their pure passion for each other taking control. Even as the disasters caused by the Cold War and by their interpersonal conflicts worsen exponentially as the movie progresses, they keep finding their way back to each other, and the tragically enchanting ending immortalizes this love.

Phenomenal acting and directing make such a captivating story possible. Both Kot and Kulig put on spectacular performances and have strong, genuine chemistry. The rest of the cast is just as brilliant, and even characters with no lines entirely sell each scene. Pawlikowski clearly thought through every aspect of this movie in extraordinary detail.

Though enchanting, this seems to be a world where no one smiles, no one stirs, no one chats. Sure, there are moments of dancing, laughter, and gaiety, but they are infrequent, and not all of these moments provide total reprieve from the sorrow that paralyzes every single character. But it so well depicts authoritarian Communism’s draining effects on a country that by all rights should be happy and full of life, sparing the movie from any expository dialogue to show that things are not as they should be.

By any standards, Cold War is virtually impeccable. It is one of those rare films that makes tears roll both because of artistic pureness and authentic sadness. Beautiful through and through, Cold War stays with the viewer long after the credits roll.

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dangers of putting on makeup

  • The US Food and Drug Administration barely regulates the cosmetics industry: just 11 ingredients are forbidden in cosmetic products in the US. In Europe, more than 1,300 compounds are barred. 
  • The retail chain Claire's came under fire last week after asbestos, a known cancer causer, was found in eye shadow and foundation sold there. 
  • But experts say the Claire's discovery is part a larger issue: the US beauty industry is not subject to many rules, and some of the ingredients makeup-makers use could make people sick. 

Dr. Shruthi Mahalingaiah used to love shopping at Sephora. She bought so much makeup, she said, that she even got "little random gifts" with her purchases.

"I had drawers full of makeup, all sorts of makeup," Mahalingaiah told Business Insider.

But today, she no longer sets foot in the store. Ever since she started studying the health effects that chemicals in cosmetics can have on people, Mahalingaiah — a gynecologist at Boston Medical Center — has paired her former beauty routine way down. 

"Cosmetic molecules used in the shine or luminescence are often derivatives of PFAS and PFOAs," Mahalingaiah said. 

These chemicals are endocrine disruptors, which mans they can subtly change how our bodies work by shifting the way our hormones operate. Such hormone disruptors have been linked to metabolism issues, low sperm counts in men, and early menopause in women. They can also do long-term damage to a developing fetus, subtly reducing a baby's brain power and upping the odds of a premature birth.

PFAS chemicals are not the only problematic ingredients in makeup: Asbestos, a known cancer-causer, was found in Claire's eye shadows and face powder last week.

"It wasn't surprising to me, because there's no regulation," Mahalingaiah said. 

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to use the three Claire's products that tested positive for asbestos, but the agency has said it "does not have authority to mandate a recall."

On Tuesday, however, outgoing FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced that Claire's is complying with the FDA's voluntary recall request.

claire's voluntary recall

But Leo Trasande, a public-health expert from NYU's Langone Health network, thinks the FDA could do a lot more to communicate the health risks of cosmetics to the public and test for dangerous compounds in makeup products.

"This is quite late in the game for FDA to rush out and insist that this is a problem," Trasande, who recently wrote a book on endocrine-disrupting chemicals, told Business Insider.  "They've known that this is a problem for some time. There is no level of asbestos that is safe." 

The US hasn't enacted new cosmetics regulation in over 80 years

The US law that regulates cosmetics — the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act — hasn't changed since it was enacted in 1938. While Europe has banned over 1,300 chemicals from the products for sale there, the US forbids just 11. Congress wrote drafts of new cosmetic rules in 2011 and 2018, but neither set was enacted.

Today, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are once again discussing the potential health risks from products we're putting on our lips, eyes, and bodies. 

"Cosmetics have largely fallen into a regulatory black hole," Scott Faber, the senior vice president of government affairs at the Environmental Working Group, said in sworn testimony before the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy on Tuesday. "Cosmetics manufacturers do not have to register with FDA, do not have to report ingredients, do not have to report adverse events."

This is different from how the FDA treats drugs, medical devices, and food. 

beauty products dangerous chemicals

The lack of regulation essentially means that manufacturers of makeup, shampoo, lotion, and other personal-care products in the US can put almost anything they want into those items, including compounds known to raise cancer risk, like coal tar, formaldehyde, and lead

To make matters murkier, producers are permitted to label their products with ingredients like "fragrance" or "parfum" instead of disclosing the specific chemicals that make up those elements of a product, since those formulations are considered trade secrets. So fragranced beauty products could easily contain a toxic compound without consumers ever knowing. 

How much toxin is too much?

chemicals in makeup

Because cosmetics are designed to make people attractive to others, they often mimic one of nature's best-known phenomena: the glow women get when pregnant.

"Thick eyelashes, thick eyebrows, flushed cheeks, big lips, all of this happens under the effects of estrogen," Mahalingaiah said, adding, "it might be the effect a person putting on the makeup might want, but through a pathway that's maybe not the healthiest." 

Scientists know that exposure to asbestos raises a person's cancer risk, but the effects of the hormone-disrupting chemicals that can be found in makeup aren't as clear. Researchers are still trying to figure out, for example, how compounds in anti-aging products bind to the estrogen receptors in our bodies. But there are signs that women who use more cosmetics may see health consequences like early menopause, more hot flashes, painful cases of endometriosis, and long-term damage to their DNA, which can lead to cancer

"Why do we always need to look fertile and pregnant?" Mahalingaiah asked. 

Beyonce Pregnant

Research on endocrine disruptors also suggests that the chemicals could subtly slow down people's metabolisms and contribute to chronic health issues like obesity and infertility, even in small doses. This is true for people of all ages and sexes, including unborn babies.

Take phthalates, for example: the ingredients that keep products like shampoo fresh.

"Phthalates disrupt the function of the male sex hormone," Mahalingaiah said.

Studies show that men exposed to high concentrations of those chemicals in the womb can have lower testicular volume, less semen, and lower semen quality than other men. 

The best solution may be to simply use fewer products

Mahalingaiah said she recently performed an at-home urine test on herself, and found elevated concentrations of parabens (one of the most common estrogen-influencing ingredients in beauty products) in her body. She also found the sunscreen ingredient benzophenone-3 (BP-3), which can mess with the way hormones typically function.  

To the dismay of her three young daughters, Mahalingaiah said she threw away her 100-shade eyeshadow palettes, since PFAS chemicals are often used to make those cosmetics shimmer.

Mahalingaiah now recommends that any step in a person's beauty routine that isn't obviously beneficial to their health (like putting on sunscreen) should probably be re-examined. 

"My piece of advice would be thinking about why [people] think they need a lot of makeup," she said. "People are using makeup primers, and then base coats, and then these other coats, and then the spray that locks it all in."

sparkily makeup chemicals are dangers to health

Each additional product a person uses could raise the risk that their endocrine system gets disrupted, she said. Even so-called "natural" beauty products, which purport to have fewer fragrances and plasticizers than others, can still masquerade as a healthier alternative with largely the same ingredients.

"How much science do you need, when there are known carcinogens or toxicants, to make a choice to reduce exposure?" Mahalingaiah asked. "How much data do you need?" 

Still, she admits that she still falls for the shimmering, radiant formulations chemists have come up with on occasion.

"I haven't thrown everything out," Mahalingaiah said. "I just reduce the frequency of use." 

Trasande said he, too, has made changes in his home because of his research findings — he has thrown out etched and scratched kitchen plastics, and he tries to circulate more fresh air through his home to clear out toxins.

Trasande suggests consumers vet their own personal care products through a database like EWG's Skin Deep

Once you stop using endocrine-disrupting chemicals, studies suggest concentrations of them in your body can diminish quickly. A 2016 study of 100 14- to 18-year-old girls showed that when they stopped using personal-care products with ingredients like phthalates, parabens, triclosan, and BP-3, their urine concentrations of those chemicals dropped 27–45% in just three days.

Mahalingaiah said it's important for consumers to think about how to reduce their exposure: "What do you really need? Can you do with less?" she asked.

Making do with fewer products, of course, will also save you some cash.

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Trappist Blogging
in Honor of Thomas Merton's
100th Birthday:
Essay 5 of 6 on
"Fire Watch, July 4, 1952,"
the epilogue of 
The Sign of Jonas

Part One:  Fear of the Dark
In Yuri Norstein's enchanting animated short
Hedgehog in the Fog (1975), our hero ventures
into the fog drawn by a beautiful vision.  It is
a classic hero story, where the hero embarks
on a quest that leads to deeper self-knowledge.
Hedgehog in the Fog shares much in common
with Thomas Merton's "Fire Watch," where
Merton's solitary trek through the monastery
 leads to revelation.

Defying traditional expectations, Thomas Merton depicts the dark as spiritually good.  This is in the nature of a paradigm shift—and it’s not easy to cause a shift in anything as hidebound as a 2,000- year-old religion anchored to a set of ancient sacred texts.

In the very first paragraph of “Fire Watch, July 4, 1952,” Merton writes:

“You (God) have seen the morning and the night, and the night was better.”

Merton’s God blesses the darkness.  This is a concept that would seem to fly in the face of much scripture:

The hero's journey continues.
Top frame: The hedgehog sees a beautiful
vision of a white horse in the fog.  Middle
frame:  Unseen by the hedgehog, the horse
sniffs a leaf that that the hedgehog has
dropped.  Bottom frame:  Safely home, the
hedgehog is haunted by the vision of
the horse.  In "Fire Watch," Merton
pursues an unattainable intimacy,
yearning to receive answers from God
to his existential questions.
“And God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.  And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.”  (Note:  Light good, dark bad.)
Genesis 1:3-4

“So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was thick darkness in all the landof Egypt three days… but all the people of Israelhad light where they dwelt.”  (Note:  Light good, dark bad.)
Exodus 10:22-23

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.”  (Note:  Light good, dark bad.)
Isaiah 9:2

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  (Note:  Light good, dark bad.)
John 1:5

“Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.”  (Note:  Light good, dark bad.)
Romans 13:12

While positive passages about darkness exist in the Bible, they are few and far between.  Negative views of darkness overwhelmingly predominate.

The hero's journey continues.
Wandering lost in the fog, hoping to see the
horse again, the hedgehog is frightened by
mysterious beasts of the night:  an owl, a
bat, and an elephant, dimly seen.  As he
wanders through the monastery at night,
Merton evokes a haunted house:  "Shadows
move everywhere... There are faint sounds
in the darkness, the empty choirstalls creak
and hidden boards mysteriously sigh."
But Merton saw through this darkness surrounding darkness to realize that the light-dark dichotomy was always intended as metaphor, and that sometimes metaphors must change with the times.  Darkness served as a favorite image in ancient times because it was universally known and feared.  Our contemporary fears of darkness are much milder by comparison.  If fear begins to seize us, we can simply flick on a light switch, performing our own, “Let there be light.”

When the books of the Bible were written, intense anxieties about the night, the darkness, and the wilderness were very real and reasonable. Communities banded close together to protect themselves from the dangers that lurked outside.  Assurances of safety dissolved when the sun sank below the horizon. The civilized space contracted.  People gathered together within known, familiar spaces... and they barred the doors.  The wilderness outside the city walls, home to dangerous animals and bandits, advanced closer in the darkness.  Any venture out into the dark carried considerable risk.  Better to wait inside for the night to pass and a new day to dawn.

A twentieth century man living in the first full century of electric illumination, Thomas Merton was open to finding new metaphors to express the old truths.  For him, the night was simply an unexplored space—like the terra incognita at the edge of an old map.  With less to fear, he was more aware that God was fully present in the dark, blessing the night just as he blessed the day.

At the close of “Fire Watch,” Merton prophetically speaks for God:

The Voice of God is heard in Paradise:
“What was vile has become precious.  What is now precious was never vile.  I have always known the vile as precious for what is vile I know not at all.”
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
Thomas Merton

In the new metaphor, there’s nothing to fear in the dark.  The night assumes a new dignity, now recognized as precious before God.

The hero's journey continues.
Despite his fears, the hedgehog ultimately finds only kindness and
compassion in the fog.  Left: A dog (with very scary jaws) returns the
hedgehog's lost bag to him.  Right: When the hedgehog falls into a
stream, a fish offers him a ride back to safety.  In "Fire Watch,"
Merton writes that the animals in the wilderness outside the monastery
are misunderstood.  "That is why some people act as if the night and the
forest and the heat and the animals had in them something of contagion,
whereas the heat is holy and the animals are the children of God..."

The hero's journey at its most sublime.
Perhaps the most beautiful of all the images in Hedgehog in the Fog,
the hedgehog uses a firefly to light his way as he moves forward
through a cathedral of trees.  The world appears sacred.  In "Fire Watch,"
Thomas Merton writes:  "Now the huge chorus of living beings rises up
out of the world beneath my feet:  life singing in the watercourses,
throbbing in the creeks and the fields and the trees, choirs of millions
and millions of jumping and flying and creeping things.  And far above
me the cool sky opens upon the frozen distance of the stars."

Watch Hedgehog in the Fog...
Purchase the The Complete Works of Yuri Norstein DVD at Amazon or other vendor.
Purchase Masters of Russian Animation 2 DVD at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
Rent Masters of Russian Animation 2 at Netflix or other rental service.

Reference Source
The Sign of Jonas by Thomas Merton

Click here for the entire six-part Fire Watch series.

© 2015 Lee Price

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"Las armas modernas rusas desmienten la noción de que Rusia es un país subdesarrollado"

Un reciente artículo de la Agencia Sueca de Investigación de Defensa afirmó que Rusia está perdiendo su capacidad de crear armas nuevas y que todos sus desarrollos se basan en el legado soviético.

No obstante, el experto militar Konstantín Sivkov opina que las afirmaciones del analista sueco que escribió el artículo son "un completo disparate", especialmente en lo relacionado a los avances rusos en el ámbito de los medios de lucha radioelectrónica.

El experto aclaró al medio Vzglyad que, a diferencia de otros tipos de armas, los medios de lucha radioelectrónica pueden ser efectivos solo cuando se desarrollan para contrarrestar sistemas ofensivos modernos.

Puesto que en la época de la URSS no existían muchos de los tipos de armas estadounidenses, era imposible crear medios de lucha radioelectrónicaadecuados.

Con ello, Sivkov destacó que Rusia usó ciertos fundamentos científicos soviéticos para crear determinados tipos de armas, pero se trata de tecnologías completamente distintas.

"Se están formando nuevos proyectos. Sí, al igual que EEUU, teníamos ciertos proyectos soviéticos en temas de hipersonido, y en un período breve de tiempo logramos crear armas hipersónicas", dijo el experto militar.

De acuerdo con él, eso ha sido posible porque fueron salvaguardadas algunas escuelas técnicas con su personal. Dichas escuelas científicas si son un legado de la Unión Soviética, señaló Sivkov.

Además, destacó que la superioridad de los medios de lucha radioelectrónica rusos sobre los estadounidenses es una prueba de que los proyectos soviéticos siguieron desarrollándose en Rusia.

El objetivo de estas afirmaciones es explicar a los europeos por qué "la avanzada Europa occidental se quedó en la retaguardia de Rusia no solo en el ámbito de los medios de lucha radioelectrónica, sino también en el de misiles".

"Occidente se quedó a la zaga de Rusia en muchos ámbitos armamentísticos. En estas circunstancias resulta que las armas rusas desmienten la noción de una Rusia subdesarrollada que tiene Occidente. Resulta que el subdesarrollado es el propio Occidente", constató Sivkov

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В издательстве «Комсомольская правда» выходит книга военного обозревателя Виктора Баранца о том, как готовилась и проходила операция по возвращению полуострова в состав России. Накануне выхода корреспондент «АиФ» задал автору несколько вопросов.

Севастополь, март 2014 г.
Севастополь, март 2014 г. © / Валерий Мельников / РИА Новости

По заказу Шойгу

Екатерина Мирная, «АиФ»: Виктор Николаевич, как появилась идея написать эту книгу?

Виктор Баранец: Это было в конце марта 2014 года, вскоре после референдума и вхождения Крыма в состав России. Министр обороны Сергей Шойгу в своей служебной библиотеке встречался с группой военных обозревателей. Рассказывал про «вежливых людей». И неожиданно предложил: «Хорошо бы написать книгу о том, как всё было. Чтобы потомки помнили». И посмотрел почему-то на меня. Я ответил: «Готов». После этого мне была предоставлена возможность собирать материал для книги не только в Минобороны и Ген­штабе, но и в Крыму, на Черноморском флоте, в сухопутных частях, участвовавших в операции. В том числе и в некоторых подразделениях спецназа.

– Судя по всему, вы получали немало секретной информации и от наших спецслужб. А как же закон о гостайне?

– Это была самая трудная часть моей работы. Надо было так изловчиться, чтобы не выдать источники информации и способы её получения. И не подставить тех, кто сегодня работает в недрах разведки – от Украины до США. Приходилось вносить в текст десятки правок по требованию моих консультантов в Минобороны, Генштабе, ГРУ, в штабе Черноморского флота. И при этом не исказить суть событий. Много полезных советов на сей счёт мне дал тогдашний (а ныне покойный) начальник ГРУ генерал-полковник Игорь Дмитриевич Сергун.

– И когда книга была готова?

– Где-то в феврале 2015-го.

– Почему же она мариновалась до сих пор?

– О том, как шла книга, можно написать отдельный роман. Первый её вариант был сдан в издательство «Красная звезда». Но, как только начали печатать, поступила команда «Стоп!». Была назначена комиссия из представителей «заинтересованных ведомств». Она потребовала от меня внести ещё кучу правок и даже убрать некоторые главы, а заодно добавить новые. Ещё через полгода выяснилось, что в «Красной звезде» книгу печатать нельзя из-за ведомственных ограничений. Надо было искать «граждан­ское» издательство. Я его нашёл. Там книгу приняли, похвалили и даже собрались печатать двухтомником. Но вдруг – отказ.

– Почему?

– Не было «зелёного света» сверху. В итоге ради спасения некоторых эпизодов документальной части книги (особенно это касалось конфиденциальных моментов и частной жизни некоторых моих героев) пришлось переложить часть текста на художественную основу. Для этого потребовался ещё год.

Кубанские казаки в Крыму.

– И вы «втиснули» в книгу ещё и сюжет о жизни севастопольской семьи, в которой отец и сын служили на российском Черномор­ском флоте, а зять и внук – в ВМС Украины.

– Это не выдумка. В Севастополе мне помогли найти такую реально существующую российско-украинскую семью (кстати, таких там очень много). И я исследовал отношения в ней на фоне Крымской весны. Потому книга и называется документально-художественной. Когда окончательный вариант был готов, через несколько недель я получил письменное «добро» на издание книги.

– То есть вы нашли компромисс с цензурой.

– Дело в том, что в книге есть немало фрагментов, показывающих работу Путина, его помощников и советников, Администрации Президента во время Крымской весны. Или то, как Верховный главнокомандующий направлял работу Минобороны и Генштаба. Здесь важно было правильно расставить акценты, выверить множество деталей, чтобы не допустить ляпов даже в мелочах. Вопрос вовсе не в цензуре, а прежде всего в объективности. И если хотите, даже в большой политике. Мне важно было не ошибиться даже в цвете папки или карандашницы на рабочем столе Путина в Кремле. И, конечно, по возможности как можно правдивее показать логику мыслей и состояние чувств президента в тот крайне сложный исторический момент, когда он брал на себя гигантскую ответственность за возвращение Крыма.

Владимир Путин.

Экспромт или план?

– Ну и как, по-вашему, у Путина созревало решение помочь Крыму вернуться?

– Мне тоже важно было понять, было ли это «экспромтом», как утверждал Обама, или всё-таки президент постепенно выстраивал свой план сообразно той обстановке, которая складывалась как на Украине, так и на полуострове. Предвидел ли Путин, чем и как потом обернётся для него и для страны то решение, которое он долго и основательно обдумывал, прежде чем принять его и взять на себя всю ответственность за последствия? Я попытался ответить и на эти вопросы.

Кстати, по ходу работы появилась необходимость раскрыть ещё одну сюжетную линию. А суть её в том, что борьба за возвращение Крыма началась ещё в те времена, когда он оказался в составе Украины. Потребовалось отразить и эту тяжёлую и трагичную борьбу, о которой многие уже забыли или вообще не знают. И тут нельзя было обойтись без фигур первого президента Крыма Мешкова, адмиралов Касатонова и Балтина,которые в своё время погорели на посту командующего из-за того, что спасали Черномор­ский флот и Крым для России.

Пик популярности Ельцина пришёлся на 1991 год.

– Это ещё при Ельцине?

– Конечно. Касатонову, к примеру, тогдашний президент Украины Кравчук предлагал стать командующим ВМСУ Украины и сулил много благ. По сути – покупал, за что надо было стать предателем. Но ­получил резкий отказ. А Балтину Ельцин приказывал сдать некоторые корабли и береговые объекты флота Украине, но был открытым текстом послан. Да-да! Есть свидетели! В книге есть и рассказ жены Балтина о том, как её пыталась похитить украинская разведка. А однажды националисты подожгли дом, в котором адмирал жил в Севастополе, и его жена в одной ночной рубашке среди ночи сбежала из дома в штаб флота. Есть и её рассказ об этом. Представьте, какой гвалт поднялся бы в мире, если бы подобное произошло с женой командующего флотом США.

Игорь Владимирович с сыновьями на фоне портрета отца - адмирала флота Владимира Касатонова.

– Судя по названию глав вашей книги, в ней есть одна, которая называется «Майдан». Какое отношение она имеет к Крыму?

– Уже давно не секрет, что американская политика на Украине породила майдан, а майдан, в свою очередь, создал те условия, которые и вынудили народ Крыма восстать против киевской хунты и вернуться в Россию. Как однажды заметил секретарь Совета безопасности РФ­ Николай Патрушев, «толч­ком для проведения в Крыму референдума о воссоединении с Россией стала политика, которую на Украине проводили США. Мы должны их «поблагодарить». Именно Вашингтон инициировал процесс антиконституционного государственного переворота на Украине». Граждане Крыма отвергли майдан, они не хотели такого же братоубийства у себя на полуострове. Майдан стал тем перекрёстком, на котором разошлись пути Крыма и Украины.

– Были разговоры, что американцы «имели виды» на Крым и зондировали возможность обустройства там военной базы…

– Имели виды – это мягко сказано. Они уже «садились» там. В одной из школ Севастополя под видом благотворительного ремонта штатовцы обустраивали центр военно-технической разведки. Больше скажу. Наша разведка перехватила письмо посла США в РФ Макфола в Госдеп, в котором он настаивал на скорейшем «освоении» Крыма и писал, что для США Крым будет значить больше, чем 10 авианосцев.

– И когда, по вашим данным, у Путина впервые родилась мысль, что надо помочь Крыму вернуться?

– Думаю, в тот момент, когда сторонники майдана нарушили соглашение с Януковичем и в Киеве начался госпереворот. Тогда Крым уже изо всех сил взывал о помощи. Судя по той информации, которую я получил от наших спецслужб, американцы радовались, что смещением Януковича они объявили Путину шах. Но в итоге получили мат в виде возвращения Крыма в Россию.

Члены отряда самообороны Крыма на блокпосте на дороге Симферополь - Севастополь.

Члены отряда самообороны Крыма на блокпосте на дороге Симферополь - Севастополь. Фото: РИА Новости/ Андрей Стенин

Румынский вариант на Украине

– Как Янукович пытался выкрутиться из ситуации в дни переворота?

– Он издал целый пакет указов, но рвавшаяся к власти хунта отвергла их. Тогда же наступил момент, когда его пребывание в Киеве стало опасным для жизни. Боевики создали группу «Чаушеску», задачей которой было убийство президента по румынскому варианту. Его внука пытались похитить из детсада. И Янукович решил покинуть Киев, рванул сначала на Харьков, а потом на Донецк в сопровождении двух с лишним десятков офицеров личной охраны во главе с генералом Кобзарём.

– И по дороге обратился к Путину с просьбой о спасении?

– Да. Для этого пришлось проводить даже спецоперацию. Ведь СБУ была поставлена задача арестовать либо ликвидировать законного президента. За ним устроили погоню. Обо всём этом в киевском суде рассказывали офицеры СБУ. Но нашим бойцам из Сил спецопераций, которыми тогда командовал Алексей Дюмин, удалось спасти Януковича. О мужестве и профессиональных действиях этого офицера мне рассказывали и в Кремле, и в Минобороны, и в Генштабе. Подтверждали и некоторые офицеры ССО. Именно за Крым Дюмин был награждён звездой Героя России. Кстати, в пиковый момент именно спецназовцы сыграли решающую роль в разблокировании здания Верховного совета Крыма: именно там их первый раз назвали «вежливыми людьми».

– Как всё же Янукович убежал от СБУ и помогали ли ему «солсберийские туристы» Петров и Боширов, как это утверждала украинская разведка?

– Насчёт Петрова и Боширова – полная чушь! Те офицеры личной охраны Януковича, которые вернулись из Крыма в Киев, давали подробнейшие показания на слушаниях в Оболонском суде. И ни один, а их набралось полтора десятка, ни разу не упомянул ни Петрова, ни Боширова. Начальник личной охраны Януковича генерал Кобзарь признался, что держал телефонную связь только с Дюминым. Всё. В автокортеже, в котором Янукович двигался в сторону российской границы, не было ни одного российского офицера. Это подтвердили и все «личники» Януковича.

После этого в СБУ назначили расследование обстоятельств побега Януковича из Киева. Мне удалось добыть копию материалов этого расследования – любопытнейший документ!

– А как он к вам попал?

– Отвечу словами Януковича: мне помогли «патриотично настроенные офицеры». И я им очень благодарен.

Ну откуда я мог знать, например, что происходило во время Крымской весны в СБУ, чей глава Наливайченко «носил в клюве» американским разведчикам секретные документы? Или от кого я мог получить стенограмму секретного заседания Совета национальной обороны Украины в пиковый момент событий в Крыму? Киевские информаторы рассказали много любопытного и о том, как Порошенко наезжал в те дни в посольство США в Киеве и какие разговоры там вёл, иногда напиваясь «до поросячьего визга». Американцы уже тогда готовили его в президенты.

Кстати, недавно Тимошенкоприказала своему штабу поднять все уголовные дела на Порошенко. А он, говорят, в свою очередь, тайно отправил в Москву эмиссара, который должен за любые деньги добыть копию уголовного дела, по которому сама Тимошенко должна Мин­обороны России 400 млн долларов. Эти деньги с неё в своё время требовал бывший министр обороны РФ Сердюков.

Лидер партии «Батькивщина» Юлия Тимошенко фотографируется с людьми после своего выступления во Львове.

– С кем, по вашим данным, Путин проговаривал возможность инициирования возвращения Крыма?

– Это дипломаты, военные, историки, юристы, помощники, советники, политологи. И, конечно же, крымчане. Судя по той информации, которую я получил, Путин особенно заботился о юридической стороне возвращения полуострова – чтобы всё было строго в рамках и российских, и международных законов. Потому и появился референдум. А уж перед тем, как отдать приказ министру обороны на подготовку и проведение охранной операции в Крыму, Верховный обстоятельно поговорил с Сергеем Борисовичем Ивановым (он был тогда главой администрации). В книге вы тоже найдёте рассказ об этом.

Как работает дезинформация

– Кто всё же разрабатывал план переброски в Крым войск и кто осуществлял задуманное?

– План скрытной переброски дополнительного контингента российских войск в Крым разрабатывался в Генштабе при участии министра обороны. Затем его доложили Путину. Он его утвердил. Огромную роль в операции сыграли заместители министра обороны Панков и Булгаков. Одновременно был введён в действие и план информационного прикрытия операции. В СМИ появлялись сообщения о таких действиях нашей армии, которые отвлекали внимание ино­странных разведок от южного направления, а то и дезинформировали их. Был забавный момент. По каким-то неведомым каналам ино­странные журналисты получили информацию, что из Москвы на Урал уходит эшелон с суперсекретной техникой, а там её должны испытывать. Западные журналисты, естественно, поделились со своей разведкой. Та бросилась на Урал. Где выяснилось, что в эшелоне были банальные стройматериалы.

– Что происходило в это время на флоте?

– Об этом можно судить по докладной записке тогдашнего командующего Черноморским флотом вице-адмирала Витко, которую он направил министру обороны. Я привожу этот документ полностью – уже можно. Витко рассказывает о тяжёлой ситуации, которая сложилась в Крыму вокруг флота. Националисты пытались захватывать некоторые объекты флота, нападали на офицеров и матросов, членов семей военнослужащих. Ситуация накалилась до того, что командование флота вынуждено было разработать план частичной эвакуации людей с полуострова. А на командующего готовилось покушение, которое удалось предотвратить только благодаря бдительности часового у штаба. Тогда же командование украинского флота намеревалось «дать русским бой» на море. Чтобы предотвратить такое развитие событий, украинские корабли решено было заблокировать в бухте Донузлав. С этой целью поперёк горловины был уложен на дно списанный крейсер «Очаков»

Навал «Беззаветного» на «Йорктаун», 1988 год.

«Стояли не на своей земле»

– Как же разведка США прошляпила такую масштабную операцию?

– Руководство Минобороны и Генштаба сумело добиться её уникальной секретности. Такой штрих: ни один приказ не отдавался в письменном виде или по телефону. Только устно. Все прослушки американскими разведками наших телефонов в Москве не дали результата. Обама рвал и метал. Директор Национальной разведки США докладывал ему, что удалось запеленговать лишь два разговора Путина по телефону, да и то в одном случае тот поздравил какого-то юбиляра, а в другом принёс соболезнование вдове покойного.

Рустам Арифджанов.

– Почему, на ваш взгляд, украинцы не стреляли в наших?

– На этот вопрос лучше всего ответил один из украинских офицеров в киевском суде: «Потому что мы стояли не на своей земле!» А ведь тогдашний и. о. министра обороны Украины Тенюх публично признался, что отдавал приказ открывать огонь на поражение. Этот приказ тоже был перехвачен нашей разведкой. А потом каким-то чудесным образом из Киева поступил приказ того же Тенюха, который запрещал стрелять в русских. Пока украинские командиры выясняли, какой же из приказов выполнять, ополченцы нейтрализовали их части при помощи «вежливых людей». И всё обошлось без крови. Это был результат ещё одной блестящей операции наших спецслужб. Он помог спасти жизни, может быть, тысяч людей.

– А что вы ответите на вопрос, который неизбежно возникнет у многих читателей вашей книги: зачем выпячивать роль Россий­ской армии во время тех событий и давать нашим противникам ещё один повод обвинять Россию в оккупации Крыма?

– Категорически не принимаю такую постановку вопроса. Ибо было бы большим лукавством с моей стороны умышленно «заретушировать» или же умалить эту роль по неким конъюнктурным политическим соображениям. Не думаю, что мы должны стесняться очевидного факта: наши «вежливые люди» сыграли историческую роль в возвращении Крыма. Они вместе с крымским ополчением не только уберегли полуостров от местного кровавого майдана и зреющей гражданской войны, но и обеспечили все условия для мирного волеизъявления крымчан на референдуме. Эта моя книга – своего рода дань благодарности его величеству российскому солдату и гражданину Крыма, восстановившим историческую справедливость.

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Tuesday, March 19 Virginia Commonwealth University screens the first film for its 2019 Cinematheque, and it’s a doozy: the meditative 1972 sci-fi masterpiece by legendary Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky, “Solaris.” Yes, the Soviet answer to Kubrick and Clarke’s “2001:” Or as a former Richmonder in Moscow says: “Groovy Soviet ’70s leather jackets and mesh shirts, a planet that is a living organism scanning the minds of all who come close, and a journey deep into the nature of memory and existence. … It’s said that Tarkovsky initially want to have the entire movie take place not on a spaceship but in one apartment in Moscow.” The film is free and open to the public. 7 p.m.
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Сын иммигрантов из России ведет свой канал Crazy Russian Son. Вот один из выпусков - как говорить на английском с русским акцентом. А что, все так и есть.

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“Here is a book you should have, Mr. Director.” With that, Jacqueline Kennedy handed CIA director Allen Dulles a copy of “From Russia with Love” by Ian Fleming, the latest novel in the series featuring lethal British agent James Bond.Their 1957 encounter in Palm Beach, Florida, reflects the continuing close cooperation between government professionals in Britain and the United States. The term “Special Relationship” aptly describes the understanding. [...]
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With Russia consistently capturing Washington's attention, it seems fitting that an opera composed by the country's greatest composer, based upon one of its most fabled novels, makes a return to the Kennedy Center after a 30 year absence. And what a return it is.

Washington National Opera's (WNO) Eugene Onegin is exquisite! The entire evening soars like a dream with pitch-perfect performances led by the immaculate Anna Nechaeva as Tatiana. Both intimate and sweeping, delicate and bold, this production captures the infatuation of young love with the tempered wisdom of age and loss.

The opera is based on the classic Russian novel of the same name by Alexander Pushkin. Set in a backwater town in Russia, a young bookworm named Tatiana meets the cosmopolitan Onegin. After professing her love to him in a letter, she is rejected as he claims to not be one for marriage, yet alone love. The consequences of his declaration effect Onegin in a way he could have never imagined.

Eugene Onegin, despite the ad campaign for this production, is not overly tragic. Yes, Onegin's action and decision have some disastrous consequences, but when you put it into the perspective of the opera's early 1800s setting, that was life. The timelessness of Pushkin's story is how it captures falling in love, losing love, and the resiliency that it can lead to, as evidenced by Tatiana's trajectory.

Nechaeva makes a strong, and that is an understatement, WNO debut as Tatiana. Elegant, divine, and possessing a beautiful soprano voice, she is the heart of this production. Thanks to Michael Levine's atmospheric set design and Christine Binder's emotionally warm and welcoming lighting design, her Act I, Scene II aria where she professes her love for Onegin in a letter takes on a dream-like quality.

As if the production could not soar any higher, enter Igor Golovatenko as the titular character. Cool and calm, with deep internal rumblings, he and Nechaeva are perfectly matched as the fateful would-be couple. His commanding baritone is at its heartbreaking best in the final scene where Onegin and Tatiana's fate is finally rectified.

Setting in motion Onegin's fate is Lensky, portrayed in another powerful performance by Tenor Alexey Dolgov. His friend, and later the subject of his scorn, Lensky is a bookish character in love with Tatiana's sister. When that love is threatened by Onegin, his rapture commands action. Dolgov plays this perfectly, with his character's anger and torment seeping through every moment of Act II's climax.

Throughout the opera a series of secondary characters help to advance the story's themes of love. Mezzo-Soprano Victoria Livengood is Tatiana's nanny and confident, Filippyevna. The bond between her and Nechaeva radiates warmth, providing some of the opera's lighter moments.

Bass Eric Halfvarson plays Prince Gremlin, a character whose identity I'll leave undescribed, so as to not be a spoiler. Suffice it to say, though he doesn't appear until Act III, his Aria, combined with the beauty of Tchaikovsky lyrics is a poignant declaration of love. Easily one of the production's highpoints, and whose themes generated much applause from the audience. It's a small role, but a consequential one in it's message.

Robert Travino makes another strong WNO debut as the production's conductor. Tchaikovsky's score is quite majestic in the way it captures the range of emotions in Pushkin's story. Both lively and introspective, the score is remarkable for the subtleties it captures in every moment.

Now enough cannot be written about the production's design team. Levine's environmental set design is atmospherically sparse - capturing both the barren quality of Tatiana's home and grandeur of the society life that greets Onegin's later on. In Act I fall leaves, resplendent in warm reds, oranges, and yellows fill the stage. The celebration of a youthful fall transforms into the cold imperialism of adulthood when leaves are cleared away and the set's original egg-shell color is allowed to emit a coolness marking the passage of time.

Much was made at Saturday's opening that this was Eugene Onegin's first production at Washington National Opera in more than 30 years. Hopefully we won't have to wait that long for another production. For the bond created by the actors and the audience, the emotional intelligence of the creative team's designs, combined with the splendor of Tchaikovsky's score, make this a production not to be missed!

Performed in Russian with English subtitles

Runtime: Three hours with one intermission

Washington National Opera's Eugene Onegin runs thru March 29th at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566. For tickets please click here.

Photo: Anna Nechaeva. Credit: Scott Suchman.

          Leftist logic: Russia shouldn’t interfere in our elections, but let’s let all illegal immigrants vote      Cache   Translate Page      

In one fell swoop, the “Demoncrat” Democrats went from declaring their two-years-in-the-making Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy, which was a dogmatic stance against foreign interference in elections, to voting to allow all illegal immigrants (non-citizens) to freely vote in our U.S. elections. Unbelievable. Well, not really. Not considering that the Democrats live by their own insane rules that only apply when they say they apply. Still, this gets much, much better, so keep reading.

          Russia, US, China race to militarize space      Cache   Translate Page      

In a thinly veiled attempt to gain control of the internet, the Russian State Duma has passed two bills designed to do two things: ostensibly halt the spread of “fake news” and keep people from spreading information that “disrespects” the government. But Russians aren’t having it.
On Sunday, thousands took to the streets across the country to protest the government’s “digital sovereignty bill” that will require all Russian telecoms companies to reroute internet traffic through the state telecom regulator, Roskomnadzor. It means censorship and what protesters are now calling the rise of the “internet iron curtain”.

On March 7, the Russian State Duma—the lower house of parliament—passed the two bills, and now they go up for a second vote later this month. If passed, they will be signed into law by President Putin. In Moscow alone on Sunday, some 15,000 took to the streets, Reuters reports.

Everyone saw it coming. The precursor to all of this was the April 2017 ban on VPNs used to bounce IP addresses around and mask location. That year, Putin signed into law that bill, prohibiting the use of internet proxy services.

Then, in April 2018, they banned Telegram, the messaging app that the authorities hate because it’s encrypted and makes it more difficult for them to monitor. Of course, the Kremlin’s spin is that it’s being used by terrorists, but that’s today’s justification for nearly every infringement on privacy rights (and not just in Russia). Dissent is what they’re after much more than terrorists.

          Turkey says done deal on Russia missile ignoring U.S.' warning      Cache   Translate Page      

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey's deal to buy Russian S-400 missile defense systems had "nothing to do" with the security of the U.S.

He said in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir that it is very clear why Turkey has bought this air defense system, under what conditions it has bought them and how it will be used, adding that the "issue was not about the S-400s" but about Turkey "taking actions on its own accord," especially in Syria.

          Will Trump’s Hawks Dare to Risk Israel?      Cache   Translate Page      

It was the eleventh, and perhaps the most important meeting between President Putin and PM Netanyahu on 27 February, writes the well-informed journalist, Elijah Magnier: “The Israeli visitor heard clearly from his host that Moscow has no leverage to ask Iran to leave – or, to stop the flow of weapons to Damascus … Moscow [also] informed Tel Aviv about Damascus’s determination to respond to any future bombing; and that Russia doesn’t see itself concerned [i.e. a party to such conflict] ”.

This last sentence requires some further unpacking. What is going on here is the mounting of the next phase of the Chinese-Russian strategy for containing the US policy of seeding hybrid disorder – and of pouring acid in to the region’s ‘open wounds’. Neither China nor Russia wish to enter into a war with the US. President Putin has warned on several occasions that were Russia to be pushed to the brink, it would have no choice but to react – and that the possible consequences go beyond contemplation.

          1983 Book by Jewish Historians Celebrates Jewish Role in Mass Murder of Russians Under Bolshevism      Cache   Translate Page      

Alain Brossat and Sylvie Klingberg’s Revolutionary Yiddishland: A History of Jewish Radicalism was first published in France in 1983. A revised edition appeared in 2009 and an English translation in 2016. Intended for a mainly Jewish readership, the book is essentially an apologia for Jewish communist militants in Eastern Europe in the early to mid-twentieth century.

Brossat, a Jewish lecturer in philosophy at the University of Paris, and Klingberg, an Israeli sociologist, interviewed dozens of former revolutionaries living in Israel in the early 1980s. In their testimony they recalled “the great scenes” of their lives such as “the Russian Civil War, the building of the USSR, resistance in the camps, the war in Spain, the armed struggle against Nazism, and the formation of socialist states in Eastern Europe.”[A1]

          FLORES – Will Trump Veto? U.S Congress Drafts Bill Banning Recognition Of Russia’s Crimea      Cache   Translate Page      

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives of the United States has, after a long time in committee, approved a bill banning the US government from recognizing Crimea as a Russian region.

The decision was made unanimously on March 7th, according to the website of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

The text of the “Law on the non-recognition of the annexation of Crimea” was submitted to Congress on January 16th and was only now sent to the House of Representatives for consideration. If the bill is supported by both houses of Congress, it will be sent to president Trump for final ratification or veto.

At this point in time, it appears likely that the bill will pass both houses, given the political climate. The question remains as to whether Trump will veto the bill or not. Also at his disposal is the line-item veto – parts of the bill can be struck out by Trump, and then ratified.

          Merkel refuses to send Navy ships to Russia’s shores, rebuffs US pressure – report      Cache   Translate Page      

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has allegedly stood up to pressure from Washington as she declined a proposal by Vice President Mike Pence to send German Navy ships towards Russia’s Crimea, Bloomberg reports, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter.

          How Putin Ressurected Russian Army From The Ashes In Just 20 Years Time      Cache   Translate Page      

          MAJOR: Ukrainian Soldiers Kill Their Commander After Being Forced To Commit War-Crimes – Non-Combat Losses Now Exceed 10,000      Cache   Translate Page      

Ukrainian servicemen shot and killed their commander, Sergei Sobko, in the aftermath of being forced to commit war-crimes for a Ukrainian media public relations spectacle. The killing happened immediately after an incident where the commander was scolding the troops in his command for drinking alcohol. This was announced by the official representative of the operational command of the DPR, Eduard Basurin.

According to Basurin, it happened on March 6th in the 128th separate mountain-assault brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, where the lieutenant at night allegedly discovered that a group of soldiers were drunk. The soldiers may have been engaged in heavy drinking as a coping mechanism to deal with the unit’s increasingly problematic activities at least since the end of February.

“There was a negative reaction to a remark of the platoon commander, and during the verbal skirmish, two sergeants used firearms and shot their commander at close range,” Basurin told Russian media.

          “Nearly all the leaders of the liberal opposition [in Russia] are either fully Jewish or have Jewish background”       Cache   Translate Page      

It’s obvious that there is a strong Jewish influence in the West opposed to Russia, particularly noticeable among the Israel Lobby and the neocons — Victoria Nuland‘s family ties and her role in the Ukrainian revolution come to mind.

There are many reasons for this, certainly including Russia’s alliance with Iran and Syria at a time when Israel and the Israel Lobby are doing all they can to promote war with both. Quite simply, Jewish hostility stems from the fact that Russia under Vladimir Putin has proved to be far more nationalistic than is good for the Jews or for Israel.

An article in The Jerusalem Post, excerpted below, notes the very prominent role of Jews within Russia in opposing Putin — Putin refers to the opposition as a “fifth column” in Russia. But, in addition to foreign policy differences, there are also overtones of festering resentment about the role of Jewish oligarchs under Yeltsin in looting the country. Nemtsov, as noted in the article, was second in command to Yeltsin.

          Pence Asked Merkel to Provoke Russia by Sending Warships to Crimea      Cache   Translate Page      

The U.S. leaned on German Chancellor Angela Merkel last month to conduct a naval maneuver in Russia’s backyard aimed at provoking President Vladimir Putin, according to three people familiar with the talks.

At a Feb. 16 meeting at the Munich Security Conference, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence urged Merkel to send German warships through a narrow channel between the Crimean peninsula and mainland Russia to show Putin that Western powers won’t surrender their access to those waters, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.


Merkel refuses to send Navy ships to Russia’s shores, rebuffs US pressure – report

          Russiagate Grand Wizard Deceives Audience About Assange      Cache   Translate Page      
          Top US General Seeks More Troops In Europe To Confront Russia      Cache   Translate Page      

Speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the NATO Supreme Allied Commander-Europe, argued that the US needs to send even more troops and warships to Europe to “stay ahead of Russia.”

Even though Russia’s military spending is actually scheduled to decrease in the next few years, Gen. Scaparrotti argued that the “growing” Russian threat justified even more US spending on Europe. This has, of course, been a common argument for Pentagon officials, and is why the US such a massive number of troops in Eastern Europe in the first place.

“I’m not comfortable yet with the deterrent posture that we have in Europe in support of the National Defense Strategy,” Scaparrotti told SASC Chair Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., adding:

“Of concern is my intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capacity given that increasing and growing threat of Russia. I need more ISR.”

The Pentagon seems determined to continue using Russia as an excuse to increase military spending going forward, or eventually start a huge war with a military confrontation there.

          Pentagon relaunches Cold War-era Assault Breaker program to fend off Russia & China – report      Cache   Translate Page      

The Pentagon has dusted off a Cold war era concept to deal with large attacking forces, revamping it to fight Russia and China. While all the technologies are in place, the new-look program will come to fruition only in 10 years.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is resurrecting the decades-old Assault Breaker concept, Aviation Week reported Monday. The concept, once intended to prevent hordes of Soviet tanks from steamrolling NATO forces in western Europe, is now refurbished to fight China and Russia (again). Or, at least, to dissuade them from launching any “surprise attacks” on the US and its allies.

The original Assault Breaker project, conceived in late 1970s, focused on creating precision-guided munitions and submunitions, which could identify and destroy the armored targets of the Soviets.

          Russia HITS BACK at 'paranoid' claims Moscow trying to interfere in European elections      Cache   Translate Page      

FURIOUS Kremlin officials described accusations of Russian meddling in Europe’s upcoming parliamentary elections absurd on Wednesday as they demanded the bloc’s leaders to provide detailed evidence to back up the claims.

Moscow is believed to have meddled in France’s presidential election in 2017 and faced accusations of doing the same in the 2016 Brexit referendum. Paris openly accused two state-owned outlets of behaving like “organs of propaganda and influence”. Responding to accusations of Russian interference in the upcoming EU elections in May, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said: “The elections have not yet taken place and we are already suspected of meddling.”

He told a press conference in Luxembourg: “What about the presumption of innocence? If after the elections European leaders can provide evidence that Russia interfered in the vote, then we’ll look into it.

“But in their eyes we’re already guilty.”

Mr Medvedev slammed the claims as “aberrant paranoia”.

          Russian Oil Firms Ready To Cut Production      Cache   Translate Page      
At an energy ministry meeting earlier this month, Russia’s oil majors confirmed that they would be sticking to the production cuts that Russia had pledged in the OPEC+ deal, Vagit Alekperov, president and CEO of Russian oil producer Lukoil, said on Tuesday. At the meeting on March 1, Russian oil firms unanimously agreed that they would fulfill their commitments and will cut production as agreed, Russia’s TASS news agency quoted Alekperov as saying on the sidelines of the CERAWeek in Houston today. There was some “special opinion”…
          JAMES BOND On the Trail of a Russian Ruse in ORIGIN #7 Preview      Cache   Translate Page      
From Jeff Parker and Ibrahim Moustafa.
          Trump Insider Says GOP Not Ready for Investigations      Cache   Translate Page      
Trump adviser David Bossie told ABC News that a growing realization is taking hold of Republican Washington that the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign will only be the start of investigatory pressures on the White House. There will be need, he said, to address the inquiries […]
          Comment on Pelosi: Impeachment ‘Not Worth it’ by the Q      Cache   Translate Page      
Pelosi 1952, "I think separate but equal is settled law and it would just be too divisive to make southerners all drink out of the same fountains, swim in the same pools and dine at the same restaurants." Pelosi 1964 "Geez, I think the Negro should realize the tremendous progress he has made in getting rid of Jim Crow and integrating colleges, but this Voting Rights Act is just too divisive and non partisan so I told LBJ to table the legislation which he did." Pelosi, 1994"I recommended to DA Garcetti that, since it maybe a mainly black jury, he needs to plea bargain down to involuntary manslaughter because we don't want another King style riot and its just too divisive if OJ is put on trial." Talk about a "Profile in Courage" Sticking up for the Constitution even if it means losing AN election is the duty of the politicians, not getting elected. This same bullschite thinking got Trump elected by going with the "safe" HRC. And look how that turned out. Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey then telling Lester Holt and the Russian Secretary that he fired Comey over the Russian investigation. That's one of the charges of impeachment against Nixon, calling off the FBI investigation under the guise of "national security"
          Weak (punk, Spain) announce debut album “The Wheel”      Cache   Translate Page      

Spanish punk act Weak have announced their debut album, The Wheel, which is set to be released in early April via White Russian Records. To give you an idea of what to expect from the album the band is streaming “The Wheel” and “Parachutes.”  You can give those songs a listen below, and pre-order the album here.

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           Comment on Pompeo Accuses Cuba and Russia of Propping Up Venezuelan Ruler by Mark Schumacher in LV       Cache   Translate Page      
Why not? We sure took good care of Kadafi right? I have a feeling Cuba is behind alot of what's going on there as well.
           Comment on Pompeo Accuses Cuba and Russia of Propping Up Venezuelan Ruler by Bluwater       Cache   Translate Page      
But it's A-OK for Amerika to depose a Venezuelan ruler?
          Traditional Estonian Cuisine – What Estonians Eat      Cache   Translate Page      

Food: What do Estonians eat? Hearty, simple, country food is how traditional Estonian cuisine can be described.  Like many countries in Europe, Estonia’s cuisine has been influenced by foods from the neighbouring countries as well as the cuisines of the countries that used to rule Estonia, i.e. Germany, Russia, Denmark and Sweden.  The German influence […]

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          Review: ‘Eugene Onegin’ at Washington National Opera      Cache   Translate Page      

Of all the grand tear-jerkers, those epic romances that make you want to tear your heart out and roast it on the barbecue, Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece Eugene Onegin stands out. Packed with beautiful melodies, misprized love, a fatal duel between lifelong friends, gorgeous dance numbers, and an evocation of Russian folk life (back when it wasn’t […]

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          13 New ID@Xbox Titles Announced Ahead of GDC 2019      Cache   Translate Page      

Microsoft has announced 13 new ID@Xbox titles ahead of GDC 2019. The list of new games include Beholder 2, Boomerang Fu, CrossCode, Dead Static Drive, Door Kickers: Action Squad, HyperDot, Mowin’ & Throwin’, StarCrossed, Stela, The Forgotten City, Totem Teller, UnderMine and Unrailed.

Here is the lineup of Xbox games that will be at GDC 2019:

Afterparty (Night School Studio) – Xbox Game Pass
In Afterparty, you are Milo and Lola, recently deceased best buds who suddenly find themselves staring down an eternity in Hell. But there’s a loophole: outdrink Satan and he’ll grant you re-entry to Earth.

Beholder 2 (E-Home Entertainment/Alawar Premium Limited) – Announced Today for Xbox One
You are a newly employed department officer within the Ministry of a totalitarian State. While you are poised to have an illustrious career and possibly become Prime Minister someday, the way up won’t be easy. So, how high up the career ladder will you climb? The choice is still yours to make!

Boomerang Fu (Cranky Watermelon Pty Ltd) – Announced Today for Xbox One & Windows 10
Boomerang Fu is a frantic physics-based boomerang brawler for 1-6 players. Choose from an adorable cast of cheery food characters to slice and dice with boomerangs. Discover a ridiculous range of power-ups like wildfire, disguises and telekinesis. Stack them together between rounds to form dangerous combinations.

Buildings Have Feelings Too (Merge Games Ltd/Black Staff Games)
Buildings Have Feelings Too is a light-hearted city builder where you take the role of a building. Help other buildings establish businesses, improve the neighborhood and eventually create a thriving city! Resource management and friendship, all wrapped in buildings with their own personalities and dreams.

Cake Bash (High Tea Frog) – Xbox One X Enhanced
Fight to be the tastiest cake! Cake Bash is a party game for up to four players with very unique hazards – bash your friends, dash away from danger and have a delicious time!

Cat Quest II (PQube/The Gentlebros)
Cat Quest II is an open world action-RPG set in a fantasy realm ruled by animals. Play as a cat and dog as you explore both their kingdoms solo, or with a friend! Quest in a world plagued by war, and go on a catventure like never before!

CrossCode (Deck13 Interactive/Radical Fish Games) – Announced Today for Xbox One, Xbox One X Enhanced
A retro-inspired 2D Action RPG set in the distant future. CrossCode combines 16-bit SNES-style graphics with butter-smooth physics, a fast-paced combat system, and engaging puzzle mechanics, served with a gripping sci-fi story.

Dead End Job (Headup GmbH/Ant Workshop) – Xbox One X Enhanced
Dead End Job sends you into a madcap, Ren & Stimpy-esque world to bust up ghosts. It’s a procedurally generated twin-stick shooter that straps a vacuum pack to your back and puts a plasma blaster in your hand. For you, it’s just another day in the office.

Dead Static Drive (Fanclub) – Announced Today for Xbox One, Xbox One X Enhanced
Grand Theft Cthulhu. An existential road trip adventure game through a nightmare, nostalgic Americana world. Drive through a fictional USA, stopping in small towns, gas stations, and rundown city limits. What starts as a road trip evolves into a game of survival against a progressively oppressive world.

Devil’s Hunt (1C Publishing EU/Layopi Games) – Xbox One X Enhanced
Based on original novel by Paweł Leśniak “Equilibrium,” this third-person action game resurrects the everlasting fight between light and darkness, good and evil, as full-fledged war between Angels and Demons seems imminent and our world is the proposed battleground.

Door Kickers: Action Squad (Killhouse Games/PixelShard) – Announced Today for Xbox One
Door Kickers: Action Squad is an old school side scroller with a touch of strategy and tactics on top of the ridiculous SWAT style action. Literally kick the doors down, blast the bad guys and rescue hostages in explosive Single Player and Coop Multiplayer – with Couch play included.

Family Man (No More Robots/Broken Bear Games)
When pushed to the limits of your own morality, how far would you go for your family?  You owe the mob money and have 30 days to repay. Will you flip burgers and scrape the money together… or get your hands dirty, for more cash, but push your family away?

Hunt: Showdown (Crytek) – Xbox One X Enhanced
Hunt: Showdown is a competitive first-person PvP bounty hunting game with heavy PvE elements, from the makers of Crysis. Set in the darkest corners of the world, it packs the thrill of survival games into a match-based format.

HyperDot (GLITCH/Tribe Games) – Announced Today for Xbox One & Windows 10, Xbox Play Anywhere
Dodge everything in minimal action arcade game, HyperDot.  Quickly evade enemies and test your skills in over 100 hand-crafted trials during campaign mode, outlast your friends in multiplayer battles, or build complex challenges with the custom level editor.

Lonely Mountains: Downhill (Thunderful/Megagon Industries) – Xbox One X Enhanced
Just you and your bike! Take it on a thrilling ride down an unspoiled landscape while descending multiple unique mountains – each offering several different trails to explore. Race, jump, slide and try not to crash while finding your own way down the mountain.

Minion Masters (BetaDwarf) – Xbox Play Anywhere, Xbox One X Enhanced
Dive into 1v1 – or bring a friend to 2v2 – battle in this dangerously addictive fast-paced hybrid of deckbuilder, MOBA, and tower-defense.

Mowin’ & Throwin’ (House Pixel Games) – Announced Today for Xbox One
Mowin’ & Throwin’ is a surprisingly fun pure party game experience where you control lawn gnomes in a chaotic contest to wreck each other’s yards. Go head to head or team up with a real-life friend to take down your other friends.

Operencia: The Stolen Sun (Zen Studios) – Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Play Anywhere, Xbox One X Enhanced
Operencia: The Stolen Sun embraces everything you love about classic first-person dungeon-crawlers, enhancing the old-school turn-based RPG experience with modern sensibilities set to a backdrop inspired by Central European mythology.

Raji: An Ancient Epic ( Head Games) – Xbox One X Enhanced
Raji: An Ancient Epic is an action adventure game set in Ancient India. Raji, a young girl is chosen by the gods, to stand against the demonic invasion of the human realm, her destiny to rescue her younger brother and face the demon lord Mahabalasura.

Silver Chains (Headup GmbH/Cracked Heads) – Xbox One X Enhanced
Silver Chains is a first-person horror game with a strong emphasis on story and exploration. Search for clues within an old abandoned manor to unravel the truth about the terrible events which have happened here.

Sparklite (Merge Games Ltd/RedBlue Games)
Sparklite is a roguelite brawler-adventure. Using an arsenal of gadgets, guns, and gear, they will battle foes in top-down action combat, solve puzzles, and explore dangerous corners of the world in search of missing gyrocopter parts in an effort to save the Sparklite.

StarCrossed (Whitethorn Digital/Contigo Games Inc.) – Announced Today for Xbox One
StarCrossed is an action arcade game with a magical girl aesthetic and a cooperative twist. Join our cast of 5 space-faring heroes as they travel from planet to planet, working together to strengthen their bond and defeat a looming evil that threatens the galaxy!

Stela (SkyBox Labs) – Announced Today for Xbox One & Windows 10, Xbox One X Enhanced
Stela is a cinematic, atmospheric platformer about a young woman witnessing the final days of a mysterious ancient world.

The Forgotten City (Modern Storyteller) – Announced Today for Xbox One, Xbox One X Enhanced
A re-imagining of the award-winning, critically acclaimed mod with over two million downloads on Xbox One and PC. Like Russian Doll or Groundhog Day in a mythological Roman city, where everyone will die again and again, unless you break the cycle. Cleverly exploit a time loop to solve an ancient mystery. Re-write history.

The Sojourn (Iceberg Interactive/Shifting Tides) – Xbox One X Enhanced
The Sojourn is a thought-provoking first-person puzzle game in which you traverse the parallel worlds of light and darkness in search of answers to the nature of reality. Venture into an enchanting world and face life’s obstacles by solving dozens of unique puzzles through four beautifully crafted chapters.

Totem Teller (Grinning Pickle) – Announced Today for Xbox One, Xbox One X Enhanced
Join a wandering muse in search of inspiration. Gather listeners and retell stories in beautiful, broken places. Recover lost folklore or discard it forever. These stories are yours. Truth is in the telling.

UnderMine (Thorium Entertainment) – Announced Today for Xbox One & Windows 10
Raise up your pickaxe and delve deep into the UnderMine, uncovering its secrets, one peasant at a time. In this action-adventure roguelike, mine gold and discover new combinations of items to take on traps and monsters awaiting below. Rescue friends to unlock permanent upgrades and be the peasant that makes it out alive.

Unrailed! (Daedalic Entertainment/Indoor Astronaut) – Announced Today for Xbox One & Windows 10
Unrailed! is a multiplayer co-op game where you work together with your friends to gather resources and build a train track across endless procedurally generated worlds. Master random encounters with its inhabitants, upgrade your train and keep it from derailing!

Void Bastards (Humble Bundle/Blue Manchu) – Xbox Game Pass
You make the decisions in Void Bastards, a new kind of strategy-shooter. Lead your ragtag prisoners through derelict spaceships and myriad other dangers. Make the right choices about what to do, where to go and when to fight. Master combat, manage ship controls, scavenge supplies, craft improvised tools and more!

Xenosis: Alien Infection (NerdRage Studios) – Xbox One X Enhanced
You are a deep space salvage hunter who discovers the remains of the Starship Carpathian. The ship’s AI will be worth a lifetime of credits. As you dock the port locks down, you are trapped inside. You receive a harrowing transmission from somewhere. A warning, you are not alone.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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          "This is the information revolution. We have taken it very badly so far. Information seems to be..."      Cache   Translate Page      

This is the information revolution. We have taken it very badly so far. Information seems to be getting in the way all the time. Human beings have had to guess about almost everything for the past million years or so. Our most enthralling and sometimes terrifying guessers are the leading characters in our history books. I will name two of them: Aristotle and Hitler. One good guesser and one bad one.

The masses of humanity, having no solid information to tell them otherwise, have had little choice but to believe this guesser or that one. Russians who didn’t think much of the guesses of Ivan the Terrible, for example, were likely to have their hats nailed to their heads.

We must acknowledge, though, that persuasive guessers–even Ivan the Terrible, now a hero in Russia–have given us courage to endure extraordinary ordeals that we had no way of understanding. Crop failures, wars, plagues, eruptions of volcanoes, babies being born dead–the guessers gave us the illusion that bad luck and good luck were understandable and could somehow be dealt with intelligently and effectively.

Without that illusion, we would all have surrendered long ago. But in fact, the guessers knew no more than the common people and sometimes less. The important thing was that they gave us the illusion that we’re in control of our destinies.

Persuasive guessing has been at the core of leadership for so long–for all of human experience so far–that it is wholly unsurprising that most of the leaders of this planet, in spite of all the information that is suddenly ours, want the guessing to go on, because now it is their turn to guess and be listened to.

Some of the loudest, most proudly ignorant guessing in the world is going on in Washington today. Our leaders are sick of all the solid information that has been dumped on humanity by research and scholarship and investigative reporting.

They think that the whole country is sick of it, and they want standards, and it isn’t the gold standard. They want to put us back on the snake-oil standard.


Your Guess Is as Good as Mine - Kurt Vonnegut (2005)

h/t @protoslacker

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Московский Центр Карнеги 
Если читать расследование OCCRP беспристрастно, то единственный вывод, который можно из него сделать, новым никак не назовешь: финансовые институты, в которых 10 лет назад комплаенс был поставлен далеко не так жестко, как сегодня этого требуют европейские законодатели, могли использоваться для отмывания денег. Этот вывод не оригинальнее вывода, что ножом можно зарезать человека. Однако никому еще не приходило в голову сваливать вину за преступления на создателей его орудия

Расследование ОССRP, громко озаглавленное «Прачечная "Тройки"», о группе «Тройка Диалог» Рубена Варданяна, известно уже, наверное, всем. Но остается немало вопросов, как интерпретировать описанные в нем факты и что из них следует.

Суть подозрений

Вкратце содержание расследования сводится к следующему. 

Во главе группы «Тройка Диалог» до ее продажи Сбербанку стоял «банкир с армянскими корнями» Рубен Варданян, широко известный в России и за рубежом, в частности, своими филантропическими проектами. «Он имел репутацию дружественного к Западу российского капиталиста» (дословный перевод).

Группа «Тройка Диалог» начиная с 2004 года создала десятки компаний, зарегистрированных в офшорных зонах (далее для удобства «сеть»). О том, что именно «Тройка Диалог» является их создателем, говорят как имеющиеся у журналистов документы, подтверждающие заказ их создания и оплату их содержания, так и то, что корреспонденция по ним велась с адреса электронной почты

Часть компаний сети была зарегистрирована на номинальных владельцев – в расследовании приводится пример одной компании, зарегистрированной на сезонного рабочего («у которого общие с Рубеном Варданяном армянские корни» – тоже дословный перевод фразы из расследования). Этот сезонный рабочий отрицает, что знал о регистрации компании на его имя.

С 2006 по 2013 год компании сети получили в совокупности $4,6 млрд, перечислили $4,8 млрд и провели внутренних транзакций на $8,8 млрд.

Финансовые данные по компаниям сети получены при утечке знаменитых панамских бумаг, а также из других источников. Проводившие расследование журналисты располагают этими данными и готовы их предоставить.

Компании сети участвовали во множестве договоров на поставку различных товаров – от продуктов питания до автозапчастей. Журналисты утверждают, что это были фиктивные договоры, то есть деньги по ним переводились, а поставка товаров не производилась. Источник информации о том, что поставка не производилась, в расследовании не указан.

Среди контрагентов компаний сети в период 2006–2013 годов (переводивших деньги компаниям сети и получавших деньги от них) числятся компании, которые подозреваются в причастности к трем известным широкой публике операциям: похищению через бывшие компании фонда Hermitage из бюджета РФ $230 млн; выводу за рубеж средств, заработанных на незаконном сговоре по повышению стоимости авиатоплива (так называемое «шереметьевское дело»); отмыванию средств, принадлежавших российским страховым компаниям, через фиктивные договоры перестрахования (афера Тихомирова).

Также компании сети проводили сделки с компаниями, принадлежащими известному виолончелисту Сергею Ролдугину, известному другу президента России Владимира Путина. По крайней мере одна из сделок сети с компанией Ролдугина не состоялась, и по ней компанией сети в пользу компании Ролдугина был уплачен очень крупный штраф.

Компании сети участвовали в инвестиционных операциях – в частности, инвестировали в грузинскую систему водоснабжения и в региональные энергетические компании в России.

Компании сети перечисляли средства многим известным адресатам, в том числе делали переводы в фонд британского принца Чарльза, платили за приезд в Россию другого Принца (певца), оплачивали обучение детей ряда российских бизнесменов в школах за рубежом.

Также одна из компаний сети выдала длинный кредит родственнице высокопоставленного сотрудника «Ростехнологий» на приобретение недвижимости в Испании. 

Расследование представлено по-журналистски ярко и дает богатейшую почву для спекуляций. Его пересказали многие уважаемые СМИ, добавляя акценты, соответствующие общей политике того или иного издания и вкусам авторов статей. Большинство таких материалов сделано авторами добросовестными, но мало понимающими в деталях финансовых транзакций, истории рынков и устройстве российской финансовой экосистемы того времени. Поэтому они были посвящены не исследованию реальности, а отражению страхов перед коррупцией и выражению неприятия незаконных действий на финансовых рынках. 


Дисклеймер к расследованию написан Дрю Салливаном – соредактором расследования (Дрю – бывший аэрокосмический инженер, работавший на проекте «Шаттл», лауреат множества журналистских наград). Он пишет, что, хотя через сеть компаний, связанных с группой «Тройка Диалог», с 2004 года прошли существенные суммы денег, имеющие сомнительное происхождение, (1) нельзя утверждать, что какие-либо из этих транзакций были незаконными, поскольку законы стран домицилирования этих транзакций сильно различаются и различались в те годы; (2) нельзя утверждать, что соответствующие структуры «Тройки» знали о преступности источников данных средств; (3) для России того времени операции через систему офшорных компаний, перемещавших между собой средства на основе технических договоров, были рыночной нормой, а целью подобных операций была защита конфиденциальности владельцев и собственности от рейдерских атак.

Тем не менее структура второго по величине в России инвестиционного банка в расследовании названа «Прачечной», а материалы как будто нацелены на дискредитацию конкретного человека – Рубена Варданяна. Вплоть до того, что в расследовании обыгрывается и «национальный вопрос» – армянские корни российского инвестиционного банкира упоминаются так, как будто имеют отношение к делу.

Атаки на Рубена Варданяна случались и раньше – например, в 2009 году оппозиционер Алексей Навальный обвинял Варданяна в использовании якобы невозвратного и нерыночного кредита Сбербанка для частичного финансирования строительства бизнес-школы «Сколково». Обвинения оказались безосновательными (кредит был выдан аж под 13% в долларах, проценты полностью выплачены, кредит погашен – вряд ли Сбербанк найдет в своем портфеле более удачную операцию). Но Навальный, игнорируя факты, продолжает повторятьсвои обвинения и по сей день. Так что Варданяну не привыкать. 

Однако в отличие от того случая расследование OCCRP делали профессиональные журналисты – врать они не привыкли, поэтому описанные факты можно принять на веру. Важно другое – как эти факты интерпретировать и что из них следует. Читая расследование, мы погружаемся в реальный мир инвестиционного бизнеса – мир, где рациональность превалирует над этикой и эстетикой, где исполнение законов является необходимым злом и потому производится иногда на грани фола – но все же не за гранью.

Мультисемейный офис

В своем ответе OCCRP Рубен Варданян заявляет, что компании сети представляли собой основу созданного в 2004 году в группе «Тройка Диалог» сервиса – так называемого мультисемейного офиса. Это система комплексного обслуживания финансовых и инвестиционных операций HNWIs – состоятельных частных лиц.

То, что «Тройка» оказывала подобные услуги, было широко известно. Частью такого сервиса было создание и обслуживание офшорных компаний клиентов. Клиент обращается за помощью в структурировании своих активов, ему советуют запарковать их на компании в зоне льготного налогообложения, он, как правило, просит такую компанию создать, а потом и администрировать – оформлять бумаги, отправлять приказы, оплачивать сборы и так далее.

Стоит такая услуга пару тысяч долларов за компанию в год, хороший мультисемейный офис администрирует сотни, если не тысячи компаний: его юристы заказывают их создание, они же оплачивают счета, они же ведут переписку по поводу компаний и сделок клиентов – создается впечатление, что это «их» компании.

У «Тройки Диалог» наверняка было еще много своих офшоров. Группа проводила операции с ценными бумагами на десятках рынков и обслуживала тысячи клиентов. Основная задача оператора рынка ценных бумаг – это снижение налогов на операции (рынки глобальны, и торговать ценными бумагами можно из зон с наилучшим налогообложением) и разделение рисков – клиентов и своих собственных (рынки волатильны, убытки часты, убыток одного клиента не должен задеть других).

Брокеры, управляющие и банкиры создают по офшорной компании (а то и по нескольку) под каждую лицензию, каждую биржу или рынок, каждый проект IB, каждый фонд, каждый тип сделок, часто – под каждого крупного контрагента. Семьдесят компаний – это не число. Я много лет консультирую клиентов – промышленные холдинги, банки, частных инвесторов – по вопросу структурирования активов, и почти всегда мне на стол попадают запутанные структуры из десятков офшоров; «так исторически сложилось», говорят клиенты.

Офшоры – неотъемлемая часть финансового мира. Использование офшорных компаний не просто легитимно во всем развитом мире, это стандарт оперирования инвестиционных структур. Офшоры служат не только и не столько для сокращения налоговой нагрузки, но и для более качественного структурирования собственности (офшорные зоны используют британское право, в котором права акционеров можно прописать максимально гибко, систему управления компанией подстроить под свои нужды, а бюрократия при этом будет минимальной).

Для России офшоры всегда выполняли еще одну важную роль – перевешивая денежные средства и имущество на офшор, клиенты защищали (насколько возможно) свое имущество от атаки бандитов или силовиков. Именно ради такой защиты многие клиенты семейных офисов просили (и просят) организовать их компаниям номинальных владельцев и директоров – не только чтобы не светиться в реестрах и не попасться на карандаш местному рейдеру или коррумпированному следователю, но и чтобы физически не иметь возможности отдать активы, если попросят: «Они тебе паяльник, а ты им – мол, ничего не могу сделать, не я подписываю, надо обращаться в банк».

Мировая финансовая система отреагировала на такой спрос давно и очень активно. White label и Back-to-Back – это термины, обозначающие прикрытие своих активов с помощью крупной финансовой структуры. Эти услуги охотно оказывают крупнейшие швейцарские банки. В офшорных юрисдикциях тысячи людей (от юристов до крестьян) работают профессиональными номинальными директорами и владельцами компаний. Россия официально признает эту практику – в законах об амнистии и о безналоговой ликвидации компаний субъектом называется бенефициарный владелец, вне зависимости от личности номинала.

Но любой номинал может представлять серьезную опасность для активов, если он вдруг решит сыграть в бенефициара. Поэтому в банковской практике принято в документах по счету компании с номинальным владельцем (в так называемой форме «А») указывать также владельца настоящего и получать у него подтверждение всех транзакций. Номинала, разумеется, предупреждают, что он не имеет права совершать никаких операций без ведома бенефициара.

Армянский рабочий

Тут стоит вспомнить об «армянских сезонных рабочих» из расследования OCCRP. С высокой вероятностью, клиент «Тройки» назначил такого номинала в офшорную компанию вовсе не для отмывания денег. Для отмывания денег (как и для обычных операций самой «Тройки») нет никакого смысла использовать номинального директора, которого можно легко найти на территории России, изобличить как номинала и который моментально все расскажет следствию. Гораздо проще использовать кипрского или кайманского крестьянина, юриста или секретаря – предложение таких услуг всегда было избыточным. 

Причин привлечь «армянского сезонного рабочего» могло быть несколько. Клиент не говорит по-английски, но хочет иметь доступ к номиналу. Клиент имеет какое-то отношение к номиналу (в расследовании упоминается, что один из номиналов имел родственника – партнера «Тройки Диалог»). Клиенту нужно, чтобы документы подписывались быстро. К слову, идея, что «армянский рабочий» подпишет документы с меньшим количеством вопросов, чем кипрский юрист и тем более кипрский секретарь или крестьянин, несостоятельна. Мой опыт показывает, что и там и там в большинстве случаев количество вопросов – ноль, особенно если бенефициар заранее подписал indemnity letter – письмо об освобождении номинала от ответственности.

Наконец, совершенно несостоятельна версия, что армянский рабочий был не в курсе своей роли. Представьте себе, что некий рейдер находит компанию, на которой держатся активы и которая принадлежит такому рабочему. Найти рабочего несложно (как выяснили журналисты). Рейдер находит его и быстро выясняет, что тот ничего не знает. Далее за 1000 рублей рейдер подписывает у него документы на передачу ему компании (или подделывает подпись – рабочий ведь все равно ничего не знает) – все, актив ушел. Даже самые глупые клиенты так делать не могли. Номиналы всё отлично знали, получали за свою роль деньги (наличными на 99%) и были предупреждены о правилах поведения. Ну и, конечно, их предупреждали, чтобы не болтали лишнего. Поэтому «армянский рабочий» и не сказал журналистам, что был в курсе ситуации, и никогда не скажет, просто по принципу «а вдруг чего».

Отдельный вопрос – могли ли текущие подписи такого номинала (равно как любого другого номинала) подделываться в самом семейном офисе или клиентом? Грустный ответ – могли и, скорее всего, время от времени подделывались. Только это не имеет никакого отношения к отмыванию денег – это говорит только о лени и халатности младших юристов, которые иногда вместо того, чтобы тратить время на получение подписи, подмахивают сами или вставляют скан в pdf-файле: «А чего такого, он бы все равно подписал».

Сеть обскура

На словах (предлагая прокомментировать расследование) журналисты OCCRP сказали мне о «множестве запутанных внутренних транзакций сети», назвав их obscure – мутными. Я ответил тогда, что большое количество транзакций – это «плохой знак». Но на деле в расследовании упоминаются не слишком большие цифры и, главное, не слишком большой внутренний оборот сети.

Имея более $4 млрд на входе и столько же на выходе, внутренние транзакции сети составили менее $9 млрд. Даже если предположить, что внутри семейного офиса «Тройки» шло только управление ликвидностью и свободные средства «продавались» своему же брокеру или сторонним банкам (а я точно знаю, что так и было, это делала не только «Тройка», но и все банки, это совершенно законные операции), внутренний оборот уже будет больше.

Но, разумеется, внутренних транзакций было намного больше – клиенты торговали бумагами, брали и давали займы, инвестировали средства и возвращали их, делали back-to-backs в большом количестве (давали заем самой «Тройке» и тут же получали его в другом месте) и прочее. Так что идею отмывания денег через множественные транзакции внутри сети можно забыть – если там и было отмывание, то обороты о нем не свидетельствуют.

Более того, если мои приблизительные подсчеты (на основе данных, которые мы, работая в «Ренессанс Управление инвестициями», собирали по рынку) верны, то «Тройка Диалог» проводила в день операции по клиентским счетам на сотни миллионов долларов. За семь изучаемых лет ее оборот должен был превысить $0,5 трлн (а скорее всего, и $1 трлн). То есть выделенные OCCRP операции составили около 1% оборотов бизнеса.

С одной стороны, непонятно, какие еще страшные тайны скрываются в оставшихся 99%. С другой – выделять очевидно клиентские транзакции на 1% всего объема бизнеса и объявлять их отмыванием по причине их наличия все же несколько необоснованно.

Следы преступлений

Внутри этого 1% объема транзакций «Тройки» расследователи нашли следы денег, поступавших от компаний, которые были замечены в «деле Магнитского», «шереметьевском деле» и «деле  Тихомирова». Во всех трех случаях компании, участвовавшие в отмывании денег, переводили деньги в сеть «Тройки», а затем, предполагают расследователи, эти деньги уходили дальше, бенефициарам преступлений.

Следует признать, что это вполне возможная ситуация. В тот момент, когда совершались эти переводы, все три громких дела еще не были ни громкими, ни делами. По «делу Магнитского» оперировали те же компании, что и до того оперировали активами фонда Hermitage – им даже не надо было открывать счета в «Тройке», они были там уже много лет. Движение средств по этим счетам было business as usual.

В 2008 году комплаенс и в банках был не на высоте: счета открывали по интервью, проведенному сейлзом, еще существовали компании с акциями на предъявителя. В российских брокерах оформление документов клиентов было достаточно формальным: пакет, конечно, собирался, но в основном – уставных документов, источники доходов описывались со слов и не подтверждались, не всегда делалась даже проверка на компрометирующие сведения в интернете. Инвестиционный банк был идеальным средством для вывода и отмывания денег – настолько идеальным, что банк совершенно не должен был быть в курсе происходящего.

Выходившие через «Тройку» средства по делам страховщиков и заправщиков были невелики в масштабе деятельности группы. Расследователи утверждают, что из $230 млн украденного налога на прибыль компаний Hermitage преступники $130 млн вывели через «Тройку». Это значительная сумма, но, полагаю, здесь данные ошибочны. Вывод средств по делу Hermitage уже многократно изучен и описан. Преступники перед выводом средств за рубеж совершили в России около 10 тысяч транзакций, чтобы скрыть следы. И следы, разумеется, были скрыты, в том числе от банкиров.

Большие объемы средств были выведены через молдавские банки и Trasta Commerzbanka (кстати, невольно участвовали в выводе CitiBank и Credit Suisse – и ничего не заметили). На операции через «Юкио банк» просто не могло остаться больше половины суммы, с учетом того, что до OCCRP никто «Юкио» не упоминал в связи с этим делом. Скорее всего, в эти $130 млн входят как минимум частично старые торговые обороты компаний фонда Hermitage, не имеющие отношения к отмыванию.

Нельзя исключать, что кто-то в «Тройке» мог знать о характере проводимых через ее систему денег (а как это исключить?), но все же это представляется маловероятным: никакого специального содействия этим транзакциям от «Тройки» не требовалось, зачем бы преступники стали посвящать в свои дела сотрудников брокера? Напомню, точно так же преступники использовали целый ряд европейских банков высшей лиги, чьи контрольные процедуры по закону были намного жестче. 


Самое неприятное в расследовании все же не то, что компании сети связывают с известными преступлениями, а то, что по компаниям сети проходили (по утверждению журналистов – фиктивные) договоры купли-продажи физических товаров на большие суммы. Журналисты предполагают, что таким образом из компании в компанию передавались денежные средства. На первый взгляд это кажется махинацией. Но при более внимательном изучении трактовка журналистов вызывает большие вопросы.

В финансовом мире, если необходимо передать деньги из офшорной компании в компанию другого владельца, традиционно используется схема кредита с прощением. В офшорном мире она не облагается налогами и не запрещена, не требует никаких искусственных построений, не вызывает вопросов.

Правда, возможна ситуация (редко, но возможна), когда надо не просто передать средства, а сделать вид, что получатель их честно заработал. Это может делаться, чтобы обелить преступные доходы, а может – чтобы просто избежать лишних вопросов, например в банке (типа «а чего это вам долг простили?»). Но для такой цели универсальный способ – это сделка с ценными бумагами или валютой, еще удобнее – с деривативами: выписать их можно задним числом, курсы – подобрать, размеры не ограничены, если под рукой брокер (как в случае с «Тройкой Диалог»), то система работает вообще идеально. Зачем кто-то будет использовать громоздкую схему с товаром (при которой банк может попросить накладные, а к договору надо прилагать акты приема-передачи, и много другой бумажной канители)? 

Картинка не складывается. Возможно, клиентами «Тройки» были бизнесмены, которые в реальности торговали физическим товаром; они могли пускать через компании, которые «Тройка» им администрировала, часть расчетов (например, осаждать прибыль). Возможно, такие контракты – творчество самих клиентов (что умели, то и делали). В этом случае клерки семейного офиса просто проводили оплату, не влезая в тонкости поставок товара (это и по сегодняшним меркам нормальная практика, а уж 10 лет назад никому бы и в голову не пришло спрашивать про товар – чай, не банк, а семейный офис). Возможно, я ошибаюсь, и юристы «Тройки» советовали клиентам перебрасывать деньги по таким договорам, но это вряд ли, уж очень неграмотными должны быть такие юристы. 

Надо заметить, что как раз про фиктивные сделки с ценными бумагами в расследовании нет почти ничего, за исключением одного случая отмены сделки со штрафом (в связи с компанией Ролдугина). Так что, скорее всего, результаты расследования свидетельствуют об отсутствии (или малом использовании) практики фиктивных договоров в семейном офисе «Тройки». 

Два принца и виолончели

Перечисление денег принцу Чарльзу и певцу Принцу за концерт, платежи за школы и прочие расходы вообще не стоит упоминания в контексте работы семейного офиса. Это, видимо, включено в расследование для создания художественного эффекта – имена и суммы формируют завершенный образ бандита из советского фильма: днем он грабит, а ночью ведет шикарную жизнь. Многие клиенты семейного офиса действительно ведут шикарную жизнь, но чтобы это увидеть, не надо расследовать финансовые данные и искать скрытые офшоры, достаточно походить по центру Москвы или почитать реестры владельцев яхт, самолетов, вилл на лучших курортах Европы или домов в центре Лондона.

То же самое относится к инвестиционной деятельности – не важно, грузинское водоснабжение или РАО ЕЭС были объектом инвестиций. Инвестировать – это прямая задача инвестиционного банка, удивительно было бы не встретить таких операций в «Тройке Диалог».

Особняком, конечно, стоит движение денег из сети в сторону компании, принадлежащей известному виолончелисту Сергею Ролдугину. Бдительные расследователи задают вопрос: с учетом дружеских отношений между Ролдугиным и президентом России не может ли быть указанный платеж взяткой? Но на этот вопрос ответ дать невозможно: взятка отличается от спонсорского взноса или пожертвования мецената только одним – ответным действием получателя.

Кто стоял за Ролдугиным в этот конкретный раз и что он сделал в ответ, скорее всего, никому и никогда уже не узнать. Можно лишь с большой долей вероятности утверждать, что платеж (будь то пожертвование или взятка) сделан не от имени самой «Тройки». «Тройке» нечего было просить и нечего было получать на самом верху.

В момент, когда проводилась транзакция, «Тройка Диалог» вела самое активное сотрудничество с РГК «Ростех», была доверенным партнером в таких сложных проектах, как ВАЗ и КамАЗ, сотрудники «Тройки» активно консультировали руководство «Ростеха». По российской табели о рангах в случае нужды Варданян обращался бы туда, а не через голову своего лучшего стратегического клиента. Так что почти наверняка движение денег в сторону компании Ролдугина происходило по распоряжению клиента. Возможно, когда-нибудь мы узнаем какого, возможно – нет.


Если читать расследование беспристрастно, то единственный вывод, который можно из него сделать, новым никак не назовешь: финансовые институты, в которых 10 лет назад комплаенс был поставлен далеко не так жестко, как сегодня этого требуют европейские законодатели, могли использоваться для отмывания денег.

Этот вывод не оригинальнее вывода, что ножом можно зарезать человека. Однако никому еще не приходило в голову обвинять фирму Solingen в убийствах, а ножи продолжают свободно продаваться: в этом случае законодателям еще не пришло в голову сваливать вину за преступления на создателей его орудия.

В финансах же ситуация, к сожалению, становится все напряженнее. Правоохранительные органы ведущих стран не в состоянии самостоятельно бороться с преступниками, отмывающими деньги и уклоняющимися от налогов, в том числе потому, что в целом ряде государств система отмывания денег и ухода от налогов восходит на верхние этажи власти. В этой борьбе уже пожертвовали банковской тайной, в ней все чаще пытаются использовать возможности финансовых институтов. Но требовать от последних чего-либо большего, чем следование букве закона, по меньшей мере необоснованно – банки и брокеры созданы не для ловли бандитов, а для ведения финансовых операций.

В этом смысле сознательный акцент расследования OCCRP на финансовом институте похож на путь наименьшего сопротивления. Искать не там, где спрятано, а под фонарем. В результате под репутационным ударом оказывается один из очень немногих инвестиционных банков, внесших беспрецедентно большой вклад в развитие российского рынка, промышленности, финансового сектора, создавший в России стандарты ведения инвестиционного бизнеса, которые во времена его существования были не хуже, чем в развитых странах.

В расследовании смешиваются вопросы «кто нарушил закон» и «с помощью чего он нарушен», возмож

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Вкусный новый рецепт, который попробуем повторить у себя на кухне. Еще один вариант пирожков с картошкой. Много начинки и вкусное тесто. Не жарьте картофель, а сделайте из сырого картофеля начинку для пирожков, с луком, зеленью и обжаренной грудинкой.

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Для теста:
Мука - 540 г
Вода (теплая) - 210 мл
Дрожжи сухие - 1 ч. ложка
Соль - 1 ч. ложка
Сахар - 1 ч. ложка
Масло растительное - 40 мл + для смазывания заготовок
Для начинки:
Картофель - 5 шт.
Грудинка (бекон) - 100 г
Лук репчатый - 1 шт.
Зелень укропа - по вкусу
Соль - по вкусу
Перец черный молотый - по вкусу
Масло растительное - для жарки

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Для начала подготавливаем всё для теста.
В теплую воду добавляем ложку муки, дрожжи и сахар. Перемешиваем и даём постоять минут 10.
После чего вливаем в муку воду с дрожжами, добавляем соль и растительное масло. Замешиваем мягкое тесто. 
Готовое тесто накрываем в чашке пленкой и убираем в теплое место на 1 час.
За это время спокойно приготовим начинку.
Грудинку (бекон) режем на тонкие пластинки и обжариваем на сковороде с растительным маслом. Готовые кусочки бекона нарезаем тонкой соломкой.
Картофель натираем на терке тонкой соломкой. Промываем тёртый картофель холодной водой и хорошо отжимаем.
В чашку с картошкой натираем лук на крупной терке. Добавляем соль и черный перец.
Туда же добавляем грудинку и нарезанную зелень укропа. Перемешиваем, и начинка для пирожков готова.
Тесто делим на 8 частей (у меня получилось по 100 г). Смазываем каждую заготовку растительным маслом и даём постоять под пленкой 10 минут.
Теперь раскатываем тесто в хорошую лепешку (старайтесь края раскатать тоньше, чем середину). Выкладываем начинку, по 1,5-2 ст. ложки на каждую лепешку.
Формируем пирожки с картошкой. Напоминают чебуреки, только картофельной начинки много. 
Обжариваем пирожки с картошкой в разогретом растительном масле (в небольшом количестве). Одну сторону - на среднем огне, а когда перевернем - убавляем огонь до минимума, накрываем крышкой и жарим пирожки до готовности.
Большие и вкусные пирожки! В начинке всё отлично сочетается: картошечка пропарилась, грудинка, укроп и черный перец - очень вкусно!

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MetroBet profiles a pair of Monday night NHL games including the Senators at Flyers and Sharks at Wild.


Ottawa Senators at Philadelphia Flyers

Moneyline: Senators +225, Flyers -295

Puckline: Senators +1.5 goals (-115), Flyers -1.5 goals (-105)

Betting Total: 6.5 goals (Over -130, Under +110)

Time (Eastern): 7 p.m.

Those looking to back the Philadelphia Flyers (33-27-8) on Monday night won’t get a great price, as the dreadful Ottawa Senators (23-40-6) are in town, but they look like a solid addition to any moneyline parlay. 

Philly’s offense has ramped things up in the absence of standout rookie netminder Carter Hart, scoring 30 goals in their last seven games. The play of right wing Jakub Voracek has stood out in particular, as he’s tallied 11 points in his team’s last five tilts. Center Sean Couturier has found the twine in three of his last four games, and captain Claude Giroux is in the midst of a seven-game point streak.

Brian Elliott has been serviceable between the pipes since Hart was felled by a minor injury. The team has been mum regarding a return date for Hart, but he is apparently inching closer to getting back into the lineup.

The Flyers have won six of their last seven games as a home favorite, per, and are 17-6 over their last 23 contests. They should take care of business against a tired Ottawa team that’s 5-15 in their last 20 games at the end of a four-games-in-six-nights situation.

Prediction: Flyers win, 4-2

The play: Flyers moneyline and Sharks moneyline Parlay

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San Jose Sharks at Minnesota Wild

Moneyline: Sharks -135, Wild +105

Puckline: Sharks -1.5 goals (+220), Wild +1.5 goals (-270)

Betting Total: 6.0 goals (Over -120, Under EVEN)

Time (Eastern), TV: 8 p.m., NBCSN

The San Jose Sharks (41-19-8) continue to roll over their competition, even without Evander Kane (mid-body), as they’re a perfect 4-0 without the left winger. The slumping Minnesota Wild (33-28-8) look like the Sharks’ next victim on Monday night. 

San Jose returns to the road, where they have won seven of the last nine tilts, off a perfect four-game home stand. The Wild faithful have been disappointed in recent games at the Xcel Energy Center, as Minnesota, who have lost three of their last four overall, is 1-7 in their last eight tries there. 

Right wing Timo Meier has picked up the slack since Kane left the lineup, scoring five goals in a four game span. Left wing Marcus Sorensen has added four of his own, and center Tomas Hertl has a pair in his current four-game point streak.

Sharks goalie Martin Jones, who has stopped 104 of the last 113 shots he’s faced (.920 save percentage), is more than capable of dispatching Minnesota’s 24th-ranked offense. San Jose is the best bet of the night. 

Prediction: Sharks win, 4-2

The play: Flyers moneyline and Sharks moneyline Parlay

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Born in 1802, Alexandre Dumas would write some of the most popular books of 19th-century literature. His works, such as The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, are still cultural touchstones today. The grandson of a French aristocrat and a slave of African descent, Dumas climbed the steep ladder of French society through the power of his pen. But in Dumas’s own estimation, his masterwork was to be a massive undertaking on culinary history, one he called Le Grand Dictionnaire de cuisine. Sadly, he never saw it published. The writer’s pet project, which he referred to as “the pillow of my old age,” was released posthumously in 1873, three years after his death.

That he was an accomplished cook and gastronome was evident during Dumas’s lifetime. As a journalist, Dumas published a conversational piece, “Causerie Culinaire,” in 1858. Roughly translated as “A Chat About Cooking,” it was a contemplation of Dumas’s gastronomic life, covering everything from his childhood to a recipe for Neapolitan macaroni. Dumas would follow with other columns on cooking, published in various French daily and weekly papers. The diaries of his contemporaries, such as George Sand, also record the suppers given by la famille Dumas, where Dumas père was occasionally to be found toiling in the kitchen.

In 1869, Dumas gathered his cookbooks and research and moved to the western coast of France to his seaside retreat in Roscoff on Cape Finisterre. There, he set upon the task of writing his gastronomic magnum opus. Early the next year, he sent the manuscript, an 1,150-page tour de force with hand-drawn illustrations, to his friend, the publisher Alphonse Lemerre. But the Franco-Prussian War broke out in July 1870. As a result, the book was set aside by Lemerre, who, mainly a publisher of poetry, was probably utterly confounded by the prospect of editing Le Grand Dictionnaire. Dumas died on December 5, 1870. While Lemerre did publish Le Grand Dictionnaire three years later, he never released a second edition. However, he published an abridged Petit Dictionnaire later.


Dumas dedicated Le Grand Dictionnaire to his dear friend Jules Janin, a novelist, journalist, and theater critic. In the form of a letter, Dumas takes his friend through the history of French cuisine, recounting the offerings at various royal tables and including tidbits of culinary trivia. For example, Dumas claims that bayonnaise—later called mayonnaise—was invented in the kitchens of the Duke of Richelieu (a legend that is as often repeated as it is disputed). He writes of holding suppers in the 1840s, where he served a particularly delicious salad. The salad was so well-regarded that one of his regular guests, unable to attend a dinner, had it brought to him under the protection of an umbrella.

The preface to the Dictionnaire also includes a “Letter to Readers.” Dumas recommends the “gluttony of delicate souls,” his jovial euphemism for a dinner party. The exemplary host, he advises, gathers together three to nine guests: “never less numerous than the Graces, never more than the Muses.” Along with advice, Dumas regales his readers with descriptions of epic Roman banquets, where guests brought their own golden napkins and feasted on hundreds of tiny birds, such as ortolans. He proceeds to draw elaborate epicurean fantasies of the culinary exploits of the Western world. The United States gets a fleeting mention. “After Paris, the city with the most restaurants is San Francisco,” Dumas writes. “It has restaurants from every country, even China.”

The entries in the Dictionnaire read like a culinary encyclopedia, beginning with “Absinthe” and ending with “Zest.” There’s a recipe to cook elephant, and the entry on celery contains the tenuous claim that people in classical times wore it in garlands during meals to minimize the effects of wine. The book contains a variety of recipes, from the mundane and doable apricot cream cheese to gourmand adventures such as a dish made with sixty rabbit tongues.

But Le Grand Dictionnaire de cuisine is more than a cookbook. Dumas meant it to be a formidable inquiry into both gustation and gastronomy, utilized by enthusiasts and culinary professionals alike. The entries cover ingredients, cooking tools, and cooking techniques. In an early instance of product placement, there are several pages dedicated to the history of mustard as a condiment. At the end, Dumas thoroughly endorses the mustard-maker Bornibus.


Alan and Jane Davidson, translators and editors of Dumas on Food, a 1978 English abridged edition of Le Grand Dictionnaire, wrote that the French received the Dictionnaire with kindness, but little critical interest. Dumas’s declining fame might have been to blame. The work also had factual errors and an inconsistent format. The Davidsons note that Dumas wrote only half a page on the subject of milk, while the South American wild bird hocco received two. Cheese has two pages, but ambergris, a whale secretion used as flavoring, has five: a curious imbalance for a culinary work aimed at the French public.

Dumas’s historical novels, featuring swashbuckling musketeers and aristocratic scandals, brought him lasting fame. But he had hoped Le Grand Dictionnaire de cuisine would be the crowning jewel in his literary oeuvre. In a twist worthy of a novel, the gastronomic swan song of this 19th century literary maverick is almost constantly overlooked today.

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          Why You Should Closely Follow The Road Traffic Signs?      Cache   Translate Page      

Road traffic signs are posted for safety but are often ignored by even the most seasoned drivers. Whereas ignoring some signs can result in a ticket or no consequence at all, it is important to remember the game of Russian roulette you play every time you run a stop sign.

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          Utah Symphony Family Series Present Kid-Friendly Programming      Cache   Translate Page      

In conjunction with Ballet West II and Story Pirates, Utah Symphony continues its Family Series by providing marvelous symphonic music in family-friendly performances. Ballet West II will join Utah Symphony in Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf," a short ballet written to introduce children to orchestra instruments, on March 16 at 11 AM & 12:30 PM Abravanel Hall. The "Story Pirates: Symphony Extravaganza!" will have a performance on April 20 at 11 in Abravanel Hall. Tickets, priced from $9 to $26, are available for purchase through or by calling (801) 533-6683.

The Utah Symphony Family Series features mid-day Saturday performances for affordable family outings. These kid-friendly performances add wonder and excitement for every age with captivating stories, enchanting music, and entertaining visuals. The Utah Symphony Family Series' goal is to inspire young minds and introduce famous symphonic works in a friendly and visually-entertaining setting.

Utah Symphony and dancers from Ballet West II will bring Prokofiev's timeless musical tale of a boy and his forest friends' bravery to life. Audience members can hear the young hero strut to the melody of the strings, the bird flit to the flute, the cat slink with the clarinet, and all the characters find their voice in the different sections of the orchestra. The entire family will enjoy the experience of this musical fable for the child in all of us.

Utah Symphony Associate Conductor Conner Gray Covington will be conducting the music during the ballet "Peter and the Wolf." Maestro Covington is in his second year at Utah Symphony and will have conducted 200 performances by the end of his second season. These "Peter and the Wolf" performances will also feature choreography from Ballet West II Choreographer Christopher Sellars. In last year's performance of Ballet West's "Cinderella," Mr. Sellars received praise for his role as "Jester" in the production. Now, he brings his choreography to Abravanel Hall to enliven the music from "Peter and the Wolf."

The ballet "Peter and the Wolf" was written by Segei Prokofiev in 1936 for a children's theatre in Moscow, Russia. Although Prokofiev is known for other ballets such as "The Love of Three Oranges," "Lieutenant Kijé," and "Romeo and Juliet," his children's ballet "Peter and the Wolf" is performed almost every year by the world's most prestigious symphonies.

Prokofiev always intended for the ballet to be educational for children, and he explained, "Each character of this tale is represented by a corresponding instrument in the orchestra...Thereby, the children learn to distinguish the sonorities of the instruments during the performance of this tale."

The second Family Series Concert is the nationally-recognized education and media organization Story Pirates believes that kids have the best ideas. This year Story Pirates will perform with the Utah Symphony for the first time. This Symphony Extravaganza presents well-recognized symphonic music filtered through the wild imaginations of kids and performed by Story Pirates' cast of professional actors and improvisers.

Household cats take flight when they hear On the Beautiful Blue Danube, four ninja sisters battle a monster to the tune of Night on Bald Mountain, kids in the audience decide what sort of character would sound like a tuba, and so much more. By combining timeless music with kids' creativity, anything can happen in this musical adventure.

          Dmitry Bivol Looked Sharp Title Defense      Cache   Translate Page      
New York (March 8, 2019) – Russian, WBA World Light Heavyweight champion, DMITRY BIVOL (now 16-0 11KO’s) looked sharp in his fifth title defense against tough, union laborer, and Long Island’s own JOE SMITH JR. (24-3 20KO’s). Smith Jr. took the champion the full 12-rounds but the champion worked his way to a unanimous decision…
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Исследование крупнейшего оператора фискальных данных «Платформа ОФД» показало, какие подарки женщинам на 8 марта стали наиболее популярными.
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Глава Государственного департамента Майк Помпео сообщил, что Соединённые Штаты будут продолжать оказывать давление на Тегеран до тех пор, пока Иран не начнёт «вести себя как нормальная страна».
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Федеральное управление гражданской авиации Соединённых Штатов (FAA) не намерено приостанавливать полёты на лайнерах Boeing 737 MAX после катастрофы в Эфиопии. Об этом сообщается в заявлении ведомства.
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          150th Anniversary of the 142nd PA Volunteer Infantry      Cache   Translate Page      
This week marks the sesquicentennial of the formation of 142nd PA Volunteers.

During the summer of 1862, Union victory in the War Between the States was anything but assured. In fact, until this point it was the Confederate forces who were racking up victory after victory on the battlefield. Federal losses during the Peninsular Campaign in Eastern Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley in West-Central Virginia, and New Orleans and Shiloh in the Western Theater shed a dark shadow across the White House and the Governor's mansions of the Northern states during that spring and summer.

In response to the military losses suffered by the Federal Army, the Commander in Chief, Abraham Lincoln, made a call for 150,000 additional troops.

To the Governors of the several States:
The capture of New Orleans, Norfolk, and Corinth by the national forces has enabled the insurgents to concentrate a large force at and about Richmond, which place we must take with the least possible delay; in fact, there will soon be no formidable insurgent force except at Richmond. With so large an army there, the enemy can threaten us on the Potomac and elsewhere. Until we have reestablished the national authority, all these places must be held, and we must keep a respectable force in front of Washington. But this, from the diminished strength of our Army, by sickness and casualties, renders an addition to it necessary in order to close the struggle which has been prosecuted for the last three months with energy and success. Rather than hazard the misapprehension of our military condition and of groundless alarm by a call for troops by proclamation, I have deemed it best to address you in this form. To accomplish the object stated we require without delay 150,000 men, including those recently called for by the Secretary of War. Thus reenforced our gallant Army will be enabled to realize the hopes and expectations of the Government and the people.

The 142nd PA was among the hundreds of new regiments that formed across the Union in the summer of 1862 at the urging of the President.

Pennsylvania's Governor, Andrew Curtin, was among the Union Governors who replied back to President Lincoln:

Andrew Gregg Curtin
(Photo: Camp Curtin Historical Society)

The undersigned, governors of States of the Union, impressed with the belief that the citizens of the States which they respectively represent are of one accord in the hearty desire that the recent successes of the Federal arms may be followed up by measures which must insure the speedy restoration of the Union, and believing that, in view of the present state of the important military movements now in progress and the reduced condition of our effective forces in the field, resulting from the usual and unavoidable casualties in the service, the time has arrived for prompt and vigorous measures to be adopted by the people in support of the great interests committed to your charge, respectfully request, if it meets with your entire approval, that you at once call upon the several States for such number of men as may be required to fill up all military organizations now in the field, and add to the armies heretofore organized such additional number of men as may, in your judgment, be necessary to garrison and hold all the numerous cities and military positions that have been captured by our armies, and to speedily crush the rebellion that still exists in several of the Southern States, thus practically restoring to the civilized world our great and good Government. All believe that the decisive moment is near at hand, and to that end the people of the United States are desirous to aid promptly in furnishing all reenforcements that you may deem needful to sustain our Government.

Andrew Gregg Curtin was the wartime Governor of Pennsylvania, serving as Republican from 1861-1867. The Bellefonte, PA native became an ally of President Linoln's in the war effort and was excellent at being able to secure funding and troops to protect his state from the Confederate troops sneaking back and forth across his southern border.
Statue of Gov. Curtin on one of the corners of the Pennsylvania State Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park
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Curtin came from a political family and was a lawyer before entering the political arena himself. After the war, he became Minister to Russia, a Democratic US Congressman, and was a member of the Committee on Foriegn Affairs and the Committee on Banking and Currency.

After his time in Congress, Curtin resumed his law practiced until his death in 1894. He is buried in Union Cemetery in his hometown of Bellefonte.


The men of the 142nd were mustered into service at Camp Curtin, an army camp near Harrisburg, PA. Camp Curtin was established soon after Ft. Sumter was fired upon, when men throughout Pennsylvania converged on the state capital to volunteer their services. At that time, Governor Curtin ordered his state militia commander to seize the grounds of the Dauphin County Agricultural Society. Although it was supposed to be named "Camp Union", when the Camp was opened on April 18, 1861, Maj. Joseph Knipe changed the name to honor the State's Governor. Over the course of the War, over 300,000 troops passed through Camp Curtin, making it the largest Federal camp.  

Even though the camp trained such large numbers of soldiers, at least two Somerset County men from Co. F were less than impressed with their short stay. 

In his Saturday, August 23, 1862 diary entry, 1st Sgt Jacob Zorn wrote that "Camp Curtin (on as windy as day as this) is one of the dirtiest and dustiest places Ive ever Been theres no end to dust" (sic)

The next day's entry is no better: "Gov. CURTIN passed through Camp today and plenty of women visiting. but most of them are in my opinion doubtful characters" (sic)

Capt. Albert Heffley only briefly mentions Camp Curtin in passing, after the regiment has already been moved to Washington, DC. "Camp Curtin is a very dirty place. The boys did not like it there a bit."

Though they might not have enjoyed their time at Camp Curtin, it was the launching pad for the 142nd PVI. It is where they came together, elected officers, and received their gear to get them through the next four years of bloody and dirty conflict. This would be the most peaceful time of their military service. In only a few shorts months, bullets and cannonballs would do what they do in all wars: steal young men from their friends and family far too early.

Works Cited:

Abraham Lincoln: "Executive Order - Call for Troops," June 30, 1862. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project.
Berlin Area (PA) Historical Society. Civil War Diaries of Capt. Albert Heffley and Lt. Cyrus P. Heffley. Apollo, PA: Closson Press, 2000.

Camp Curtin Historical Society and Civil War Roundtable. History of Camp Curtin.

Croner, Barbara M. A Sergeant's Story - Civil War Diary of Jacob J. Zorn 1862-1865. Apollo, PA: Closson Press, 1999.

"Curtin, Andrew Gregg." Online by Tara L. Belcher and Lindley Homol, Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

          «На земле решать проблему легче, чем в воздухе»: по всему миру временно запрещают полёты Boeing 737 MAX      Cache   Translate Page      
Preview Ряд стран временно запретили эксплуатацию самолётов моделей Boeing 737 MAX. Такое решение вынесли надзорные органы Евросоюза, а до этого аналогичные меры приняли ведомства Великобритании, Германии, Франции, Австрии. Российская авиакомпания S7, у которой в парке есть 737 MAX, также решила приостановить их использование.
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Подкомитет по космосу в комитете верхней палаты конгресса США по торговле, науке и транспорту начнёт расследование авиакатастроф с участием самолётов Boeing 737 MAX. Об этом сообщил глава подкомитета сенатор-республиканец Тед Круз.
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          Лобов подтвердил, что Макгрегор хочет провести реванш с Нурмагомедовым      Cache   Translate Page      
Preview Российско-ирландский боец Артём Лобов рассказал, хочет ли экс-чемпион UFC в двух весовых категориях Конор Макгрегор провести ответный поединок с действующим обладателем титула в лёгком весе Хабибом Нурмагомедовым.
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          Делом о разбойном нападении на ветерана ВОВ в Подольске займётся СК      Cache   Translate Page      
Старший помощник руководителя ГСУ СК России по области Ольга Врадий сообщила, что дело о разбойном нападении на ветерана Великой Отечественной войны в Подольске передано в Главное следственное управление СК России по Московской области.
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          Лобов признался, почему ушёл из UFC      Cache   Translate Page      
Preview Российско-ирландский боец Артём Лобов рассказал, почему принял решение покинуть Абсолютный бойцовский чемпионат (UFC).
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          Кросби считает, что Овечкин имеет шанс побить рекорд Гретцки по голам в НХЛ      Cache   Translate Page      
Канадский форвард клуба Национальной хоккейной лиги (НХЛ) «Питтсбург Пингвинз» Сидни Кросби считает, что российский нападающий «Вашингтон Кэпиталз» Александр Овечкин может побить рекорд лиги по заброшенным шайбам, который в настоящее время принадлежит Уэйну Гретцки.
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          Директор Третьяковской галереи рассказала о выставке Ильи Репина      Cache   Translate Page      
Директор Третьяковской галереи Зельфира Трегулова в беседе с «Российской газетой» рассказала о масштабной ретроспективе Ильи Репина, которая откроется в Новой Третьяковке 16 марта.
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          В Роспотребнадзоре рассказали о ситуации с заболеваемостью корью в Крыму      Cache   Translate Page      
Preview С начала 2019 года в Крыму и Севастополе зафиксировали 38 случаев заболевания корью.
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          США анонсировали новые санкции против Венесуэлы      Cache   Translate Page      
Соединённые Штаты готовят дополнительные санкции в отношении Венесуэлы, заявил спецпредставитель США по Боливарианской Республике Эллиот Абрамс.
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          «Прорабатывается сценарий вторжения»: как отзыв американских дипломатов скажется на ситуации в Венесуэле      Cache   Translate Page      
Preview Последние события вокруг Венесуэлы свидетельствуют о том, что обстановка в стране становится критической, отмечают в экспертном сообществе. По мнению аналитиков, ситуация с отзывом американских дипломатов может привести к военному вторжению. Ранее Каракас дал сотрудникам посольства 72 часа на то, чтобы покинуть территорию страны. В свою очередь, госсекретарь США Майк Помпео заявил, что дипломаты уедут в течение недели.
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          На газопроводе в ХМАО произошло возгорание      Cache   Translate Page      
Preview На газопроводе «дочки» «Газпрома» в Ханты-Мансийском автономном округе (ХМАО) произошло возгорание.
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          Малиньяджи пообещал отправить Лобова в больницу      Cache   Translate Page      
Preview Экс-чемпион мира по боксу в двух весовых категориях Пол Малиньяджи ответил на заявление Артёма Лобова о том, что российско-ирландский спортсмен сломает американцу челюсть в случае проведения поединка.
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          В Севастополе могут появиться государственные приюты для животных      Cache   Translate Page      
Preview В севастопольском заксобрании зарегистрировали законопроект «О некоторых вопросах в области обращения с животными в городе Севастополе». Некоторые его пункты могут начать действовать с 2020 года. Из документа следует, что исполнительная власть должна создавать приюты для животных и обеспечивать их функционирование.
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          СМИ: На Урале организатор банды автострахователей сбежал из-под суда      Cache   Translate Page      
Preview В Свердловской области организатор банды автострахователей Руслан Рамазанов сбежал из-под суда, сообщает URA.RU со ссылкой на Ленинский суд Екатеринбурга.
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          Мэй сожалеет о провале сделки по брекситу в парламенте Британии      Cache   Translate Page      
Preview Премьер-министр Великобритании Тереза Мэй выразила сожаление в связи с тем, что палата общин парламента не поддержала соглашение с Евросоюзом по брекситу.
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          Мэр Москвы подписал распоряжение о материальной помощи пострадавшим от радиационных воздействий      Cache   Translate Page      
Preview Мэр Москвы Сергей Собянин подписал распоряжение «Об оказании в 2019 году единовременной материальной помощи гражданам, пострадавшим вследствие радиационных воздействий».
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          Лобов: Малиньяджи никогда не получит боя с Макгрегором      Cache   Translate Page      
Preview Российско-ирландский боец Артём Лобов выразил мнение, что поединок между экс-чемпионом UFC Конором Макгрегором и чемпионом мира по боксу Полом Малиньяджи никогда не состоится.
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          Туманное будущее      Cache   Translate Page      
«Он совершил невероятное — смог переключить алжирцев из режима разрушения собственной государственности в режим созидания и построения сильной страны, которая играет весомую роль на международной арене. Даже экстремисты попритихли и как будто бы приняли его. И это находило отклик среди населения. Недаром Бутефлика столько раз переизбирался, причём побеждал своих конкурентов на выборах с колоссальным перевесом: все свои кампании он выигрывал, перешагивая 70%-ный порог».
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          Лобов о возможном поединке с Малиньяджи: с удовольствием сломаю ему челюсть      Cache   Translate Page      
Preview Российско-ирландский боец Артём Лобов прокомментировал возможный поединок с бывшим чемпионом мира по боксу в двух весовых категориях американцем Полом Малиньяджи.
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          «Конор хочет реванша с Хабибом»: Лобов о повторном бое Макгрегор — Нурмагомедов, боксе без перчаток и уходе из UFC      Cache   Translate Page      
Preview Бывший чемпион UFC в двух весовых категориях Конор Макгрегор очень заинтересован в ответном поединке с действующим обладателем титула в лёгком весе Хабибом Нурмагомедовым. Об этом в интервью RT заявил российско-ирландский боец Артём Лобов. Он также рассказал о причинах своего ухода из Абсолютного бойцовского чемпионата, возможном бое с Зубайрой Тухуговым и гонораре в Bare Knuckle FC.
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          В Челябинской области проводят проверку по факту смерти женщины в результате падения куска льда      Cache   Translate Page      
Preview В Челябинской области организовали доследственную проверку по факту смерти женщины в результате падения куска льда с крыши здания, сообщает URA.RU со ссылкой на пресс-службу СУ СК России по региону.
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          Теннисист Медведев уступил Краиновичу в матче третьего круга турнира в Индиан-Уэллсе      Cache   Translate Page      
Preview Российский теннисист Даниил Медведев не сумел пройти в следующий раунд турнира серии «Мастерс» в Индиан-Уэллсе (США), уступив сербскому спортсмену Филипу Краиновичу.
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          Посольство США: арест Калви портит бизнес-климат России      Cache   Translate Page      
Preview Пресс-секретарь посольства США в России Андреа Калан заявила, что арест американского инвестора Майкла Калви подрывает усилия по привлечению инвестиций в Россию и развитию деловых связей.
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          Парламент Британии вновь отверг соглашение с ЕС по брекситу      Cache   Translate Page      
Preview Британские парламентарии повторно отвергли проект соглашения с Евросоюзом об условиях брексита. 391 депутат отклонил проект, внесённый в нижнюю палату парламента премьер-министром Терезой Мэй, 242 поддержали его.
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          Александр Емельяненко ответил на критику после ареста      Cache   Translate Page      
Preview Российский боец смешанных единоборств Александр Емельяненко ответил на критику в свой адрес посредством социальной сети Instagram.
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          СМИ: Трамп провёл разговор с главой Boeing      Cache   Translate Page      
Preview Президент США Дональд Трамп провёл разговор с президентом и главным исполнительным директором авиакорпорации Boeing Деннисом Мюленбургом после сообщений об отказе ряда стран от лайнера 737 MAX.
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          Almanac: George Orwell on journalism      Cache   Translate Page      
“The fat Russian agent was cornering all the foreign refugees in turn and explaining plausibly that this whole affair was an Anarchist plot. I watched him with some interest, for it was the first time that I had seen a person whose profession was telling lies—unless one counts journalists.” George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia
          Источник: в торговом центре в Люберцах произошёл пожар - RT на русском      Cache   Translate Page      
Источник: в торговом центре в Люберцах произошёл пожар  RT на русском

Пожар произошёл на территории торгового центра в Люберцах в Московской области, сообщает ТАСС со ссылкой на источник в экстренных службах.

          Trump: Russian Actions in Ukraine Pose ‘Extraordinary Threat’ to U.S. National Security      Cache   Translate Page      
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WASHINGTON – Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election might be nearing an end, but the political and legal battle over his work has barely begun. Lawmakers from both parties plan to press for access...
          Thorgan Hazard se rapproche de Dortmund      Cache   Translate Page      
Le frère d'Eden pourrait rejoindre le Borussia.
           Comment on Nicaraguans Try Talking: Venezuela, Not So Much by Paul Haeder       Cache   Translate Page      
James Petras: Conclusion Washington has succeeded in securing non-reciprocal agreements with weak countries. This was the case in post-war Europe, post-Gorbachev Russia and among Latin America’s current colonized regimes. In contrast, Washington’s rejection of reciprocal agreements with Russia, China, Iran, Cuba and Venezuela has been a failure. US trade wars with China have led to the loss of markets and allowed China to pursue global agreements through its massive billion-dollar ‘Belt and Road’ infrastructure projects. US one-sided hostile policies toward Russia have increased ties between the Kremlin and Beijing. Washington has lost opportunities to work with neo-liberal oligarchs in Russia in order to undermine President Putin. Washington has failed to negotiate reciprocal ties with North Korea which would ‘de-nuclearize’ the peninsula in exchange for lifting economic sanctions and opening the door for a capitalist restoration. Demanding unilateral concession and submission has led to uniform failures; whereas negotiated compromises could have led to greater market opportunities and long-term political advances. President Trump and his top policy makers and negotiators have failed to secure any agreements. The Democratic Congress has been as ineffective and even more bellicose – demanding greater military pressures on Russia, expanded trade wars with China and fewer negotiations with North Korea, Iran and Venezuela. In a word, failed negotiations and non-reciprocal diplomacy has become the hallmark of US foreign policy.
           Comment on Nicaraguans Try Talking: Venezuela, Not So Much by Paul Haeder       Cache   Translate Page      
Amazing writer here on the lo down: US-Venezuela: Non-Negotiations a Formula for Defeat Over the past half-decade (2015-2019) Washington has succeeded in restoring client regimes in Latin America, by military coups, political intervention and economic pressure. As a consequence, the White House has successfully ‘negotiated’ one-sided political, economic, social and diplomatic outcomes in the region … with the exception of Cuba and Venezuela. President Trump has broken negotiated agreements with Cuba to no advantage; US threats have led to Cuba securing greater ties with Europe, China, Russia and elsewhere without affecting Cuba’s tourism business. The Trump regime has escalated its political and economic propaganda and social war against Venezuela. Multiple overt coup efforts have backfired beginning in April 2002 and continuing to February 2019. While the US succeeded in the rest of Latin America in consolidating hemispheric hegemony, in the case of Venezuela, Washington has suffered diplomatic defeats and the growth of greater popular resistance. US interventionist and sanctions policies have sharply reduced the presence of its middle- and lower-middle-class supporters who have fled abroad. US propaganda has failed to secure the support of the Venezuelan military which has become more ‘nationalist’ with very few desertions. The White House appointment of the convicted felon Elliott Abrams, known as the ‘butcher of Central America’, has certainly undermined any prospect of a favorable diplomatic settlement. US sanction of political and military leaders precludes efforts to co-opt and recruit leaders. The US appointed as its ‘interim ruler’ one Juan Guaidó who has little domestic support – widely seen domestically as an imperial stooge.
          Czy polscy Żydzi potępią żydowskiego rasistę i ksenofoba?      Cache   Translate Page Netanjahu: Izrael dla Żydów - i tylko dla Żydów!!!”..”Co wolno Żydom, to nie gojom. Premier Izraela Benjamin Netanjahu deklaruje, że jego państwo to twór całkowicie nacjonalistyczny. Jak powiedział, Izrael ,,nie jest państwem wszystkich swoich obywatele'', ale ,,wyłącznie Żydów''.Netanjahu odpowiedział w ten sposób izraelskiej aktorce, Rotem Seli. Seli pytała, kiedy ktoś z rządu Izraela przyzna, że 17 proc. ludności Izraela - Arabowie - też jest obywatelami i to równymi innym, zgodnie z równością wszystkich ludzi.”..”Netanjahu stwierdził w odpowiedzi, że... równi Arabowie może i są, ale Izrael to nie jest ich państwo. ,,Izrael nie jest państwem wszystkich swoich obywateli. Zgodnie z przyjętym podstawowym prawem narodowym Izrael to państwo narodowe Żydów - i tylko ich'' - stwierdził Netanjahu. “..(źródło)Rabin kapelan: Tora pozwala izraelskim żołnierzom na gwałt”...”Gaid Eisenkot, szef sztabu izraelskiej armii nominował naczelnym kapelanem izraelskiej armii pułkownika Eyala Karima, który w przeszłości bronił prawa żołnierzy do gwałcenia kobiet w czasie wojen.Rabin pytany w 2012 roku o możliwość gwałcenia kobiet w czasie wojny w świetle Tory odparł, że trzeba to traktować tak, jak jedzenie niekoszernej żywności. "Skoro naszym celem jest sukces w wojnie, Tora zezwala żołnierzom na zaspokajanie ich złych żądz, pod warunkiem, że ma to na celu zwycięstwo" - mówił rabin.”. (więcej )„Rabin Owadia Josef, duchowy przywódca partii Szas wchodzącej w skład koalicji rządzącej Izraelem oznajmił, że "goje rodzą się po to, by służyć Żydom". – Po co goje są tak naprawdę potrzebni? Będą pracować, będą orać, będą zbierać plony. My zaś będziemy tylko siedzieć i jeść jak panowie - zapowiedział rabin podczas przemówienia w synagodze. Potem porównał osoby, które nie są Żydami do... zwierząt pociągowych - pisze "Rzeczpospolita". „....”Zdaniem rabina, gdyby goje nie mogli służyć Żydom "nie mieliby po co istnieć". Tłumacząc zaś długowieczność ludzi pochodzenia nie-Żydowskiego rabin Josef użył plastycznej metafory porównując takich ludzi do... osłów. – Wyobraźcie sobie, że zdechł wam osioł. Stracilibyście w ten sposób pieniądze. To jest taki sam sługa. Właśnie dlatego goj otrzymuje długie życie. By dobrze pracować dla Żyda - mówił rabin. „.....(więcej )Dla Polaków [śmierć] to była po prostu kwestia biologiczna, naturalna… śmierć, jak śmierć… A dla Żydów to była tragedia, to było dramatyczne doświadczenie, to była metafizyka, to było spotkanie z Najwyższym. ~Prof. Barbara Engelking-Boni, kierownik Centrum Badań nad Zagładą Żydów ( więcej )„Rabin Owadia Josef, duchowy przywódca partii Szas wchodzącej w skład koalicji rządzącej Izraelem oznajmił, że "goje rodzą się po to, by służyć Żydom". – Po co goje są tak naprawdę potrzebni? Będą pracować, będą orać, będą zbierać plony. My zaś będziemy tylko siedzieć i jeść jak panowie - zapowiedział rabin podczas przemówienia w synagodze. Potem porównał osoby, które nie są Żydami do... zwierząt pociągowych - pisze "Rzeczpospolita". „....”Zdaniem rabina, gdyby goje nie mogli służyć Żydom "nie mieliby po co istnieć". Tłumacząc zaś długowieczność ludzi pochodzenia nie-Żydowskiego rabin Josef użył plastycznej metafory porównując takich ludzi do... osłów. – Wyobraźcie sobie, że zdechł wam osioł. Stracilibyście w ten sposób pieniądze. To jest taki sam sługa. Właśnie dlatego goj otrzymuje długie życie. By dobrze pracować dla Żyda - mówił rabin. „... ( )Michał Cichy portretuje "Gazetę Wyborczą" oraz Adama Michnika i Helenę Łuczywo „...”Adam Michnik nigdy nie był redaktorem naczelnym "Gazety". Należy to wydrukować wersalikami. On był ideologiem "Gazety"”...”Misja Heleny, która jest stuprocentową Żydówką, polegała zawsze na chronieniu polskich Żydów przed jakimkolwiek złym losem. To zadanie wykonała w stu procentach. Była komendantką ŻOB w latach 90. Nie można się dziwić, że ona ze swoim zapleczem kulturowym i genetycznym nie była specjalnie wrażliwa na to, że mordowano księży po 1981, czy że generał Fieldorf był ofiarą mordu sądowego, w którym brała udział sędzia Wolińska. Misją Łuczywo było ratowanie sędzi Wolińskiej i wszystkich, obojętnie jak zapisanych w historii Polaków żydowskiego pochodzenia przed jakimkolwiek nieszczęściem. Także przed naprawdę istniejącym tutaj antysemityzmem. „...”Nie można mieć pretensji do Heleny Łuczywo, która była córką funkcjonariusza komunistycznej cenzury, Ferdynanda Chabera, że jej punkt odniesienia obejmował to środowisko, z którym miała do czynienia. „..”Tak się składa, że ludzie Agory byli w większości pochodzenia żydowskiego. Nie było to ani żadnym przypadkiem, ani żadnym powodem do wstydu. Ale nie można oczekiwać od ludzi z takim backgroundem, że nagle staną się piewcami Narodowych Sił Zbrojnych. „..”Ja jestem przeciwko indywidualizacji. Uważam, że każdy z nas powinien być indywidualnie wolny, ale każdy z nas powinien mieć także świadomość swojej przynależności i tego, jaką formę to nakłada na nasze życie. Dobrze, że wspomniał pan o wydarzeniach Marca ’68. Pozwolę sobie wygłosić krótką definicję tego, co znaczy pokolenie. Pokolenie to coś takiego, co formuje się pod wpływem zwrotnego punktu w historii, w momencie kiedy mamy mniej więcej 22 lata. Michnik i Helena w marcu 1968 roku mieli dokładnie 22 lata. Byli w sytuacji rocznika Krzysztofa Kamila Baczyńskiego czy Tadeusza Różewicza w roku 1944. Nie ma się co dziwić, że powstańcy warszawscy do dziś nimi pozostają i do dziś toczą walki na barykadach. Tak samo nie można się dziwić, że Michnik ciągle mentalnie jest w marcu 1968 roku. Zdziwiłbym się, gdyby on był w stanie się od tego uwolnić. Trauma, której wtedy doznał, nie polegała na tym, że państwo komunistyczne wzięło się za komandosów. Polegała na tym, że państwo komunistyczne za pośrednictwem Mieczysława Moczara sięgnęło po kombatantów Armii Krajowej i zyskało sobie wśród nich autentyczne poparcie na glebie antysemityzmu. To jest przerażenie, które Michnika po dziś dzień nie opuściło. „...”Jeśli chodzi o moralizm, Michnik naprawdę uważa się za moralistę. To jest wielowymiarowa postać, którą da się opisać tylko przy użyciu wyrafinowanych oksymoronów. On jest wyjątkowo oksymoroniczny, bo jest skrajnie amoralnym moralistą. Moim zdaniem źródłem największej nienawiści do Michnika jest to, że uważa się go za kogoś w rodzaju fałszywego proroka, za faceta, który zachowuje się jak kaznodzieja, mówi innym, jak należy się zachowywać, co jest moralne, a co nikczemne. Najpiękniejszy oksymoron opisujący to, o czym mówimy, na który natknąłem się w swoim życiu, brzmi: "otyły dietetyk". Michnik jest otyłym dietetykiem. Wszyscy to widzą poza nim samym. Michnik wygłosił kiedyś zdanie, które mi się bardzo mocno wryło w pamięć: "Nie jest bez znaczenia, kogo udajesz; nawet jeżeli jesteś hipokrytą, to jeżeli udajesz świętego, a masz naturę węża i lubisz tylko syczeć uwodzicielsko, a później dusić albo gryźć, to jeżeli udajesz świętego, mając taką naturę, to i tak jesteś troszkę lepszy, niż gdybyś nie udawał". Istnieją pewne pożytki nawet z hipokryzji. Adam potrafił ją wykorzystywać także do dobrych celów. Na przykład do ucywilizowania SLD. „...”*Michał Cichy, ur. 1967, historyk, specjalista od XVII i XX wieku. Wieloletni współpracownik Muzeum Holokaustu w Waszyngtonie. Dziennikarz i publicysta "Gazety Wyborczej" od chwili jej powstania. W latach 1993 - 1998 kierownik działu kultury "Gazety" i redaktor nieistniejącej już "Gazety o Książkach". W latach 1997 - 2002 współtwórca i sekretarz Nagrody Nike. „ (więcej )Jan Hartman „ Ty chamie, polski chamie! „..”Jak ja to znam. Jak ja to znam. Miliony was, chamy, miliony. I co my mamy z wami zrobić? Ale przyjdzie na was czas. A jak nie na was, to na wasze dzieci. Weźmiemy szturmem wasze szkoły, zwabimy was podstępem do teatrów, wyślemy wasze dzieci w świat. I pewnego dnia zniknie ta zabobonna, prostacka i kruchciana Polska, dławiąca się pychą, jakąż to ona jest „prawdziwą” i „wierną” jest. I narodzi się Polska ludzi przyzwoitych, kulturalnych, wiedzących coś o świecie i zdolnych do myślenia społecznego i obywatelskiego. Brzydzących się okrucieństwem i przemocą. I ja o taką Polskę będę walczył, jak potrafię. Tak pomszczę swojego psa „...( )Czy gwałt jest dozwolony w czasie wojny?”...”Żydowski dziennikarz i bloger, Yossi Gurvitz przypomina wypowiedź rabina Eyal Qarim, który służąc w Armii Izraelskiej (IDF) w randze pułkownika jako kapelan wojskowy, na pytanie: “jak wygląda w świetle Tory sprawa gwałtów dokonywanych przez żołnierzy podczas wojny”, odpowiedział, że “podczas wojny wszelkie zakazy przeciwko moralności są unieważnione”. ...”Gurvitz przypomina słowa, które przed dziewięcioma laty wyraził rabin Qarim i podkreśla, że nie zostały one zdementowane przez żadnego jego następcę ani dowódcę Armii Izraelskiej. Co więcej, Qarim służąc w specjalnej jednostce Sayaret Matkal – będącej jednostką sił specjalnych IDF, podlegającej wyłącznie Sztabowi Generalnego Sił Obronnych Izraela – był typowany na Naczelnego Rabina Armii Izraelskiej.Rabin Qarim posunął się w swym wyjaśnieniu jeszcze dalej niż zezwalając “jedynie” na dokonywanie gwałtów przez żołnierzy. Pisze on, że “wojny izraelskie różnią się od innych wojen tym, że są wojnami dobrymi (mitzwah)” – czyli z samej racji, że walczą Żydzi – wojny są dozwolone a nawet nakazane przez Prawo (Halacha). Rabin Qarim wyjaśnia szerzej ten – wydaje się obowiązujący w Armii Izraelskiej – Kodeks Etyczny:”“Tak samo jak zakazy przeciwko ryzykowaniu swoim życiem są podczas wojny łamane dla dobra innych, tak i łamanie zakazów przeciwko moralności jest [podczas wojny] koszerne (kashrut). Spożycie wina, z racji tej, że zostało dotknięte przez goja, w czasie pokoju jest zabronione, ale jest dozwolone podczas wojny, aby podtrzymywać ducha żołnierza. Spożycie zakazanej żywności jest dozwolone podczas wojny (a niektórzy mówią nawet wtedy gdy dostępna jest żywność koszerna), aby utrwalać kondycję żołnierza, nawet gdy jej spożycie jest zakazane w czasie pokoju. Tak samo też, podczas wojny nie obowiązują niektóre zakazy dotyczące seksualnych związków, i chociaż fraternizowanie się z kobietami-gojkami jest poważną sprawą, to podczas wojny jest dozwolone, gdyż zrozumiały jest ciężar, który żołnierz dźwiga. A ponieważ sukces całej wojny jest naszym celem, Tora zezwala na osiąganie [seksualnej] satysfakcji poprzez “diabelską chuć” (w oryginale: yetzer ha’ra - czyli gwałt), ponieważ celem jest sukces wojny.”Yossi Gurvitz zauważa, że w myśl rabina Qarim, gwałt jest nie tylko dopuszczalny, lecz stanowi niemal podstawę w osiągnięciu celu, jakim jest wygranie wojny prowadzonej przez Żydów.Mając nadzieję, że słowa wypowiedziane przez rabina Qarim zostały potępione, Gurvitz wysłał list do dowództwa armii izralskiej, z czterema pytaniami czy:- “Gwałt na kobiecie podczas wojny jest zgodny z Kodem Etyki Armii Izraelskiej?”- “Jeśli nie, to dlaczego prominentny wojskowy rabin promował je?”- “Jeśli nie, to czy IDF ma zamiar przenieść do cywila pułkownika Qarim, lub postawić mu zarzuty?”- “Jak rzecznik prasowy IDF ma zamiar wyjaśnić możliwy do zaistnienia uszczerbek wizerunku na arenie międzynarodowej, wynikły z nauczania pułkownika Qarim?”Ku swemu zaskoczeniu, Guravitz uzyskał odpowiedź. Była ona jednak krótka i nie odpowiadała na zadane pytania, co świadczy, że dowództwo armii izraelskiej jest w pełni świadome obranej doktryny wojennej, tak dobitnie wyszczególnionej przez rabina Qarim. IDF w liście odpowiedziało, że “Qarim pisząc swoje słowa nie był oficerem w służbie czynnej”, a do reszty konkretnych pytań Yossi Gurvitza nie ustosunkowano się, ponieważ “są one pozbawione szacunku do IDF, państwa Izrael i żydowskiej religii”. (więcej )Gwałty dokonywane na niewolnicach W Kerithoth 11a i 11b faryzeusze dają specjalne pozwolenie na gwałt na “posiadanych służących”, gojowskich neofitkach, niewolnikach w domu faryzeuszy [3]. Jest to opcja, która niewątpliwie powodowała to, że wielu faryzeuszy podnosiło wzrok znad studiowania Tory. Chociaż Miszna (oryginalne prawo werbalne) jasno twierdzi, że każdy człowiek, który wymusza stosunek seksualny na kimś spoza małżeństwa podlega karze, to Gemara (późniejszy komentarz) zdecydowanie się z tym nie zgadza. Naucza, że kiedy niewolnica śpi, jest moralnie niewinna. Taka jest przeważająca opinia Talmudu, mówiąca, że jeśli faryzeusz naruszy ją kiedy śpi, jej niewinność staje się także jego.Powyższy fragment mówi dalej: “. . . w naszym przypadku nawet wyklucza się tego kto śpi, bo oni zależą od siebie”. Jeśli służąca nie śpi a faryzeusz ją zgwałci, zgodnie z prawem jest winien. Ale jeśli penetruje ją bez orgazmu w jej ciele, Talmud nazywa to “tylko kontaktem seksualnym” bez konsekwencji moralnych. Faryzeusz mógł uciec także przed winą gwałcąc służącą w akcie oralnym lub analnym. W tym przypadku jest on “niewinny, tak jakby spała. . . bo w przypadku służącej jest się winnym jedynie jeśli jest to naturalny stosunek, ale nie w przypadku stosunku perwersyjnego, bo napisane jest ‘cieleśnie’.”Ale “pójście na całość” z ich niewolnicami było tym co większość faryzeuszy napawdę chciała. Talmud im to dał: “Zaczekaj” – radzi – “do czasu kiesy zaśnie snem ‘niewinnego’. Wtedy też będziesz niewinny!”” ( więcej )Przybylski „Monogamia nie jest żydowska. Przyjęliśmy ją pod wpływem katolików – powiedział rabin. Miało to nastąpić około 1000 lat temu w Niemczech. „....„Kampanię na rzecz przywrócenia wielożeństwa w religii judaistycznej rozpoczęła ortodoksyjna organizacja Habayit Hayehudi Hashalem. – Tora nie zabrania mężczyźnie posiadania więcej niż jednej żony – zapewnia szef grupy rabin Jehezkel Sopher. „....”samo Państwo Izrael, jak i Naczelny Rabinat tego kraju surowo zakazują poligamii. „....”Z podobnym apelem w USA wystąpił Kody Brown. Jeden z najbardziej znanych poligamistów, który ma cztery żony „....”Brownowie planują złożyć dziś w sądzie w Utah pozew, w którym dowodzą, że prawo zakazujące bigamii jest sprzeczne z konstytucją. „....”Chcemy tylko wieść nasze prywatne życie zgodnie z naszymi przekonaniami – podkreśla Brown. – W tym kraju obowiązuje wolność wyboru. My też powinniśmy ją mieć „....”Może mieć wiele kochanek, wiele pozamałżeńskich romansów i nie być narażony na zarzuty prokuratorskie. Ale w chwili gdy zaczyna mówić o nich jako o żonach, staje się kryminalistą „Amerykańscy eksperci od dawna ostrzegali, że sukcesy homoseksualistów w walce o prawo do małżeństwa zachęcą do tego samego poligamistów. ”......I oskarża Amerykę o obłudę. „ ….(więcej „Seks z wrogiem dozwolony. Rabin potwierdza dopuszczalność seksu z wrogiem”....”Agentki izraelskiego Mosadu mogą - w ramach działań służbowych - uprawiać seks z wrogiem bez obaw o religijne potępienie. Rabin Ari Szwat orzekł, że taki seks, jeśli służy dobrej sprawie, jest dopuszczalny. „...”Rabin, którego opinię przedstawił w poniedziałek dziennik "Jedijot Achronot", określił warunki, od których spełnienia uzależnił dopuszczalność takiego kontaktu z wrogiem: agentka musi podczas seksu wydobyć od terrorysty ważne informacje, prowadzące do jego ujęcia lub umacniające bezpieczeństwo Izraela. „...”Lepiej, żeby agentki, wysyłane na takie misje, były niezamężne - wskazał rabin Szwat. Zdając sobie sprawę, że nie zawsze jest to możliwe, orzekł też, że mężowie agentek, wysłanych na "seksmisję", muszą się z nimi rozwieść, jako że zostali zdradzeni. Nic nie stoi jednak na przeszkodzie, żeby taki mąż ponownie ożenił się ze swoją chwilowo byłą żoną.Rozprawa rabina Szwata, odwołująca się do Żydówki Estery, która użyła swych wdzięków wobec perskiego króla Kserksesa, by zapobiec pogromowi Żydów, jest zatytułowana "Zakazany seks dla dobra bezpieczeństwa narodowego"....(więcej )W święto Purim w 1994 r. oficer armii Izraela i ortodoksyjny Żyd z Brooklynu, Baruch Goldstein zmasakrował 40 palestyńskich cywilów, w tym dzieci, gdy klęczeli w modlitwie w meczecie. Był uczniem rabina Meira Kahane, który powiedział CBS News, że Talmud uczy, iż Arabowie to psy. Profesor Ehud Sprinzak na Uniwersytecie Jerozolimskim określił filozofię Kahane i Goldsteina: Oni wierzą, że popełniają przemoc przeciw gojom, po hebrajsku nie-Żydom (New York Daily News 26.2.1994). (Goje to nie-Żydzi wszelkiego koloru, wyznania, narodowości.) Podobnie wypowiadali się rabin Yitzhak Ginsburg (Musimy przyznać, że krew żydowska to nie to samo co krew goja – New York Times6.6.1989) i rabin Yaacov Perrin (Milion Arabów nie jest wart żydowskiego paznokcia – New York Daily News 28.2.1994).Shahak wnioskuje: nie ma już wątpliwości, że najokropniejsze akty ciemiężnicze na Zachodnim Wybrzeżu [w Palestynie] motywuje żydowski fanatyzm religijny. Szahak cytuje oficjalną egzortę naczelnego kapelana armii Izraela: Gdy nasze siły napotkają cywilów w czasie wojny, podczas ścigania lub w obławie i jeśli nie ma pewności, że są niezdolni zaszkodzić naszym siłom, to zgodnie z Halachą mogą, a nawet muszą być zabici […] W żadnym wypadku nie można wierzyć Arabowi, nawet jeśli robi wrażenie cywilizowanego […] gdy nasze siły nacierają na wroga, mają one pozwolenie, a nawet nakaz Halachy, żeby zabijać nawet […] cywilów wyglądających na dobrych. Urodzony w Polsce, Szahak był profesorem Uniwersytetu Hebrajskiego w Jerozolimie. Za obronę praw prześladowanych Palestyńczyków, judeocentrycy okrzyknęli go antysemitą, kłamcą i oszustem. Na Szahaka powołuje się słynny niezależny reporter, Robert Fisk (Independent 3.12.1997).”...”Judaizm i Talmud motywowały bolszewizm: tyle jest w samym fakcie bolszewizmu, w faktach, że tak wielu Żydów jest bolszewikami, a ideały bolszewizmu zgadzają się z najwspanialszymi ideałami judaizmu – pisała wiodąca w USA żydowska gazeta Jewish Chronicle (4.4.1918). Gazeta American Hebrew pisała w 1920 r.: Co wydarzyło się w Rosji, stanie się rzeczywistością na całym świecie, dzięki tym samym żydowskim umysłowym i fizycznym siłom. Żydowski pisarz Oscar Levy w przedmowie do książki The World Significance of the Russian Revolution(Światowe Znaczenie Rewolucji Rosyjskiej): Niemal nie ma wydarzenia w historii Europy, które nie wywodziłoby się od Żydów. My, dzisiejsi Żydzi nie jesteśmy nikim innym niż uwodzicielami świata, jego niszczycielami, podpalaczami, rewolucjonistami. To też nie był ewenement. W 1881 r. rzecznik żydowski Goldwin Smith, profesor historii Uniwersytetu w Oksfordzie powiedział z dumą: My Żydzi uważamy swą rasę za wyższą niż ludzka i cieszymy się nie tyle na ostateczną unię z innymi rasami, co na nasz tryumf nad nimi.W 1858 r. naczelny rabin Europy oświadczył: Wojny są żniwami Żydów, bo wybijamy przy tym chrześcijan i zbieramy ich złoto. Zabiliśmy już ich sto milionów, a końca jeszcze nie ma! Było to przed wojną domową chrześcijan przeciw chrześcijanom w Ameryce, bolszewickim zniszczeniem Rosjan i przed bratobójczymi wojnami światowymi. Samuel Roth (1893-1974), pisarz skazany w USA za rozpowszechnianie pornografii, oświadczył drugiemu Żydowi: Przyszliśmy do świata udając ucieczkę przed prześladowaniami, a ze wszystkich żałosnych annałów człowieka jesteśmy najbardziej morderczymi prześladowcami.Judeocentrycy byli przykrzy dla otoczenia także podczas pokoju. Żydowski historyk Heinrich Graetz należał do myślicieli potępiających powszechną wśród rabinów na ziemiach polskich tradycję kabalistyczną. Żydowska mniejszość w Polsce miała nadaną przez króla Bolesława Pobożnego w 1264 r. autonomię, w ramach której Żydzi rządzili się wg prawa talmudycznego. Graetz dowodził, że narzucone przez rabinów postępowanie szkodzi mniejszości żydowskiej wśród chrześcijan – przekręcanie faktów, chytre mamienie ludzi, szukanie przyjemności i poczucia wyższości z udanych oszustw stoją w konflikcie z rzetelnością i prawością. Pisałłum przyswoił sobie tę krętą dialektykę szkół talmudycznych i posługiwał się nią do wyprowadzenia w pole mniej sprytnych osobników. Co prawda, trudno było zażyć z mańki kutych na cztery nogi współwyznawców, ale świat nieżydowski, z którym obcowali, poczuł ku swojej szkodzie tę przewagę pomysłowego ducha Żydów polskich.”...'Editio Princeps dzieł wszystkich Kodeksu Prawa Talmudycznego oraz Miszne Tory Majmonidesasą pełne nie tylko najbardziej obraźliwych nauk przeciw wszystkim nie-Żydom, lecz także dobitnych ataków na chrześcijaństwo i Jezusa (po imieniu którego autor dodaje pobożnie „Niech zginie imię nikczemnika“) – pisze Szahak. Imię Jezus w hebrajskim interpretowano jako akronim od klątwy „niech jego imię i pamięć jego będą wymazane“, której używa się w najbardziej skrajnych obelgach – dodaje Szahak. Napotkał on w pracach Żydów ortodoksyjnych, (np. grupy Neturei Karta, dzięki którym dowiadujemy się o udziale elit syjonistów w Szoa) wyrażeniejezusowy Herzl w znaczeniu przeklęty Herzl (czołowy syjonista XIX/XX w.).Szahak znalazł jezusowy Nasser i jezusowy Arafat w religijnych pismach syjonistów. Żyd, który przyjął chrześcijaństwo i poświęcił całe swoje życie i fortunę na zdemaskowanie Talmudu, dr Benjamin Freedman pisał: Od urodzenia Jezusa […] nie zanotowano bardziej zjadliwego, podłego i oszczerczego bluźnierstwa przeciw Jezusowi i chrześcijaństwu niż mamy w 63 tomach Talmudu, które lżą Chrystusowi i chrześcijanom w języku niewiarygodnie wstrętnym, plugawym, nieprzyzwoitym, sprośnym i nikczemnym. Podobną opinię wystawił b. rabin Drach, który przyjął chrzest: Talmud zawiera mnóstwo wymyślonych, absurdalnych przesad, oburzających nieprzyzwoitości, a ponad wszystko okropne bluźnierstwa przeciw wszystkiemu, co reprezentuje chrześcijaństwo (De l’Harmonie entre Paris 1844 tom 1 s. 163-164). Kiedy w 1923 r. żydowski badacz przetłumaczył Talmud na węgierski, rząd oskarżył go o pornografię i korupcję moralności publicznej. Węgierski sąd orzekł: Okropności zawarte w tłumaczeniu przez Alfreda Luzsenzsky znajdują się bez wyjątku w Talmudzie. Jego tłumaczenie jest dokładne, ponieważ oddaje ustępy, które są tekstem Talmudu, w ich właściwym znaczeniu.Dla rabina Morrisa Kertzera, dyrektora ds. międzyreligijnych Amerykańskiego Komitetu Żydowskiego, Talmud to podręcznik używany w szkoleniu rabinów oraz podstawa żydowskiego prawa religijnego (Look Magazine 17.6.1952). Wg Talmudu, Jezusa skazał na śmierć prawidłowy sąd rabiniczny za bałwochwalstwo, namawianie innych to tegoż i obrazę rabinatu. Pisząc o egzekucji Jezusa, źródła talmudyczne nie kryją zadowolenia z odpowiedzialności za ten czyn i nie wspomną nawet udziału Rzymian. Jeszcze gorsze są popularne przekazy, brane niemniej jednak dość poważnie, np. notoryczny Toldot Jeszu, bo obok ww. zbrodni oskarżają Go o czarną magię. Sama nazwa Jezus kojarzyła się i nadal kojarzy Żydom ze wstrętnościami. Ww. Maccoby pisze w swej książce: Talmud zawiera szereg dosadnych wzmianek o Jezusie […] na pewno nie pochlebnych. Michael Hoffman cytuje wstrętne obelgi w Talmudzie pod adresem Bogurodzicy (Sanhedrin 106a, Szabat 104b notka 2), Jezusa (Gitin 57a, Sanhedrin 43a, Sanhedrin 106) oraz Ich obojga (Kala 51a).W Talmudzie, Abhoda Zara 20a zabrania nawet chwalenia chrześcijan, żeby nie wyszło, jak dobry jest goj. Ale to nic przy nakazach zabijania, bo chrześcijanie to bałwochwalcy (Hilhot Mahalot) i grzeszą czcząc Jezusa Chrystusa (Hilhot Melahim), więc nawet nie wspomnij Boga chrześcijan (Hilhot Akum V 12). Zabijanie chrześcijan i kadzidło jednakowo cieszą Boga (Sefer Or Israel 177b), a po zburzeniu Świątyni Jerozolimskiej jedyną niezbędną ofiarą jest ich eksterminacja (Zohar III 227b). Zohar (I 25a): Jeśli nie ma ryzyka nakrycia, trzeba niszczyć chrześcijan. Żyd przelewający krew chrześcijan składa ofiarę Bogu (Alkut Simoni 245c), a ich eksterminacja to niezbędna ofiara (Zohar (II 43a). Nie zapobiegaj śmierci chrześcijan (Czoszen Ham 425. 5), niech umrą (Hilhot Akum X 1).Talmud zdemaskowanyMorderców oczekuje wysokie miejsce w niebie (Zohar I 38b i 39a) i nie wolno zaprzestać tępienia gojów, zostawić ich w spokoju ani im ulec (Hilhot Akum X I). W judaizmie Rzym znaczy chrześcijaństwo: ze zniszczeniem skorumpowanego Rzymu, zbawienie i wolność przyjdą do Wybranego Narodu Boga (Synag. Jud. X 212). Iore Dea (158. 1), Aboda Zara (26b Tos) i Szulhan Aruk nakazują zabijać nawet dobrych gojów. Keritut (6b. 78) i Baba Mezia 114 nazywająludźmi Żydów, ale nie chrześcijan, czy gojów, którzy są bestiami. Makot 7b uniewinnia mordercę chrześcijanina. Przyrost naturalny chrześcijan trzeba znacznie zmniejszyć (Sohar II 64b).Judaizm urągająco przekręca wyrażenia odnośnie chrześcijan. Ewangelia to Księgi Bezeceństwa, Sakramenty – Ofiary Gnojowe, a chrześcijanka pracująca dla Żydów w sabat –sabatowy brud. Święci to zniewieścieli lub wróżki, a święte to dziwki. Niedziela to dzień niedoli, Boże Narodzenie – eksterminacja, Wielkanoc – ścinanie lub szubienica. Kościół to dom próżności, dom Zła, w którym trzeba niszczyć bałwany lub nazywać je pogardliwie (Iore Dea 146. 15). Szabat 116a nakazuje palić książki chrześcijan. Tę zbrodnię nienawiści, ściganą przez ADL w przypadku profanacji symboli judaizmu, popełniły rzesze uczniów w Or Yehuda k. Tel Awiwu (20.5.2008), kiedy w odpowiedzi na apel burmistrza, Uzi Aharona, spaliły egzemplarze Nowego Testamentu podarowane Żydom etiopskim miasta przez misjonarzy. Aharon powiedział Associated Press: Na pewno nie potępiam palenia książeczek, a w wywiadzie radiowym nazwał zbrodnię wyrzucaniem zła spośród nas.Niszcząc chrześcijaństwo, Żyd ma chronić tajemnice judaizmu. Iore Dea (157. 2 Hag) zezwala podstępnie udawać wyznanie chrześcijańskie. Zohar (I 25b): Żyd sprzyjający chrześcijanom nigdy nie powstanie z martwych. Goj, który zagląda do Talmudu i Żyd, który mu w tym pomaga, zasługują na śmierć (Sanhedrin 59a i Abhoda Zara 8 6). Żyd ma złożyć fałszywą przysięgę, kiedy goj zapyta, czy Talmud zawiera coś przeciw niemu (Szaalot-Utszabot Jore Dia 17). Jeśli Żyd musi wyjaśnić coś z ksiąg rabinicznych, może złożyć jedynie fałszywe wyjaśnienie, pod karą śmierci (Livore David 37). Wolno zabić Żyda-donosiciela, nawet zanim doniesie (Szulczan Aruk Czoszen Ham 388). Żydzi mają ukrywać swą nienawiść do chrześcijan (Iore Dea 148. 12 H) i jednoczyć się w niszczeniu zdrajców wśród siebie (Czoszen Ham 338. 16).Modlitwa Kol Nidre, odmawiana trzykrotnie za rabinami przez stojącą kongregację tuż przed ceremonią Dnia Pokuty, najuroczystszego święta Żydów, koduje talmudyczne unieważnienie z góry umów, przysiąg, obietnic czy zobowiązań Żyda (Szulczan Aruk Edit I 136). Nedarim 23a 23b poucza, że unieważnienie pokrywa jeden rok aż do następnego Dnia Pokuty, a prawo do niego nie zostało opublikowane. Universal Jewish Encyclopedia (tom VI s. 441) wyjaśnia, że Kol Nidre mimo okoliczności jej składania nie ma wartości duchowej.Żyd ma co dzień modlić się, Dzięki Boże, że nie stworzyłeś mnie gojem, kobietą albo niewolnikiem (Menahot 43b-44a). Kiedy przyjdzie Mesjasz, każdy Żyd będzie miał 2800 niewolników (Simeon Hadarsen 56 D). Jahwe stworzył gojów w ludzkiej formie, żeby Żydowi musiały służyć zwierzęta. Tak więc goj jest zwierzęciem w ludzkiej postaci, skazanym na służbę Żydowi dzień i noc (Midrasz Talpiot 225). Trzeba zabić goja za uderzenie Żyda (Sanhedrin 58b). Abhoda Zara 22a: Nie zadawaj się z gojami, bo rozlewają krew. Abhoda Zara 15b i 22a-22b: Goje mają stosunki seksualne ze zwierzętami. Iore Dea 198. 48: Żydówka spotykająca chrześcijanina plugawi się. Goje – jak krowy i osły (Zohar II. 64b) oraz bestie (Ketubot 110b), a stosunek seksualny z chrześcijaninem – jak z bestią (Sanhedrin 74b Tos). Potomstwo gojów to zwierzęta (Jebamot 98a i Ketubot 3b), a nieżywy chrześcijanin – jak utracona krowa czy osioł (Iore Dea 337. 1). Dziewczynki nieżydowskie od urodzenia są nieczyste (Abodah Zara 36b).Ortodoksyjny Żyd nie musi być uczciwy, jeśli to korzystne dla niego lub Żydostwa, bo oszukiwanie gojów raduje Boga (Szulczan Aruk Orak Czaim 539). Baba Batra (54b): Goje są poza ochroną prawa i Bóg wystawił ich pieniądze dla Izraela (Baba Kama 37b). Cała własność gojów należy do Żydów (Szulczan Aruk Czoszen Ham 348), lecz gojowi nie wolno kraść, rabować, brać niewolnic itp. – ani od innego goja ani od Żyda (Tosefta, Abhoda Zara VIII 5). Natomiast Żyd może to wszystko robić gojom. Żydowi wolno oszukiwać ich (Iore Dea 157. 2 H), nie płacić za pracę (Sanhedrin 57a) oraz zatrzymać nadpłatę, uzyskaną z pomyłki goja jak i znalezioną jego własność (Czoszen Ham 226. 1 i 193. 7). Kala (1b. 18): Żyd może kłamać i krzywoprzysięgać, by podejść goja, nawet wykrętami (Szabout Hag 6b i Baba Kama 113a). Baba Kama 113b: Imienia Boga nie profanuje Żyd, kłamiąc chrześcijanom. Żyd zawsze musi próbować oszukać chrześcijan (Zohar I 160a), a jeśli go nie nakryją, dodawać do sumy rachunku (Szulczan Aruk Czoszen Ham 348). Bóg nie oszczędzi Żyda, który wydaje swą córkę za starca, wybiera żonę dla swego niemowlęcia lub zwraca znalezioną rzecz gojowi (Sanhedrin 76a).Pogarda dla gojów łączy się z pogardą dla pracy na roli. Jebamot 63a głosi, że rolnictwo jest najniższym z zajęć. To by tłumaczyło historyczną niechęć Żydów do zajmowania się produkcją żywności. W Izraelu widziałem hektary za hektarami wspaniałych hodowli namiotowych i pól – wszędzie drobni robotnicy z Azji, w chustach chroniących od żaru i kurzu. W Europie XVII w. wieśniacy doświadczyli talmudycznych przykazań; znienawidzili nadzorców żydowskich w pasożytniczej służbie magnatom ziemskim i powstali – nie z antysemityzmu, tylko wskutek nienawiści Żydów do rolnych sług. Pogromy Chmielnickiego w XVII w. (przykład polskiego antysemityzmu wg żydowskich polonofobów) nie były ani polskie ani wymierzone tylko w Żydów. Kozak Chmielnicki dążył do utworzenia państwa kozackiego, popierając okrucieństwa tak na Żydach jak i na katolikach. Jego zwycięstwa nad Polakami skłoniły robotników rolnych na Ukrainie do zabójstw także polskiej szlachty, ziemian i jezuitów.Podobnie zboczone są przykazania Talmudu o zachowaniach seksualnych. Nadarine 20 B i Szulhan Aruk Czoszen Ham 348: Żyd może robić z nie-Żydówką, co zechce; może ją potraktować jak kawał mięsa. Sanhedrin 54b, Sanhedrin 55b i Ketubot 11b zezwalają na małżeństwo i pożycie seksualne z trzyletnią dziewczynką i pedofilię. Stąd ogrom przypadków tego rodzaju, o które propaganda jot stale oskarża kler katolicki.Na początku l. 1960-tych podczas rebelii hippisowskiej amerykańskie media zaczęły lansować dragi, pornografię i model wolnej miłości, przyczyniając się do powstania pokolenia seksualnych libertynów. Po kilku latach, media pchnęły rewolucję seksualną w stadium homoseksualizmu.Pedofilia (seks z chłopcami i dziewczynkami oraz dziecięca pornografia) jest najnowszą ukrytą obsesją, która ogarnia Amerykę i świat – pisał w 2006 r. katolicki ks. Ted Pike. Ostrzegł on Amerykanów w 2005 r., kiedy senator Edward Kennedy porzucił swe poparcie dla lobby homoseksualizmu na korzyść lobby pedofilii.Talmud a pedofiliaWg ks. Pike, który porusza temat w książce Israel: Our Duty, Our Dilemma (Izrael: Nasz Obowiązek, Nasz Dylemat), stadium pedofilii ma podstawę w Talmudzie. Obszerne urywki Talmudu sankcjonują pedofilię, mimo że Talmud charakteryzują zaciekłe rabiniczne dyskusje i rozdzielanie włosa w nieskończoność: nie ma nawet sugestii niezgody ws. przeważającej opinii (wyrażonej w wielu jasnych urywkach), że pedofilia jest nie tylko normalna lecz również zakonna![…] Nawet tłumacze Talmudu wersji Sancino z 1936 r. nie śmieli opatrzyć tekstu sugestią najmniejszej krytyki, komentując jedynie: Oczywiście wtedy małżeństwa zawierano o wiele wcześniej niż obecnie (Sanhedrin 76a). Przypis 5 w Sanhedrin 60b odrzuca prawo rabina Zery (w Jebamot 60b s. 404) do niezgody: Jak mogliby [rabini], wbrew opartej na zakonie opinii Rabina Simeona ben Johaia, zabronić małżeństwa małej prozelitki.Pike zauważył sprzeczność moralną: Jeśli Żydzi chcą czcić nadzmysłową mądrość i moralny kompas faryzeuszy i ich Talmudu, muszą też zaakceptować prawo swych największych starożytnych mędrców do gwałtu na dzieciach. Do dziś żaden synod judaizmu nie odrzucił ich ohydnej praktyki. To samo można powiedzieć o innych nieprawościach Talmudu.Ww. rabin ben Johai, cieszący się większym autorytetem wśród wierzących Żydów niż Mojżesz, usankcjonował pedofilię, zezwalając na stosunki seksualne z dziewczynkami: Prozelitka [nowo nawrócona] w wieku poniżej 3 lat i 1 dnia ma pozwolenie wyjść za mąż za kapłana (Jebamot 60b s. 402). Następni rabini ustanowili to halachą (Jebamot 60b s. 403). Talmud zezwala rabinom poślubić dziewczynkę w wieku 3 lata i 1 dzień przez akt gwałtu. Wg Sanhedrin 55b, 69a-69b oraz notki 11 w Jebamot 60b, można ją poślubić spółkowaniem, a jeśli brat jej zmarłego męża spółkuje z nią, poślubił ją. Jebamot 57b mówi, że można ją zaręczyć spółkowaniem. Przykład kapłana Finehasa, który poślubił 3-letnią dziewicę, Talmud podaje jako dowód, że takie dziecinadają się do współżycia (Jebamot 60b).Talmud uczy odwrotnej logiki odnośnie chłopców: dojrzała kobieta może zgwałcić 8-latka, bo nie jest to akt seksualny, więc nie rzuca winy na kobietę, bo chłopiec nie jest mężczyzną. Definicja dojrzałości seksualnej chłopca po 9-tym roku życia (Sanhedrin 55a) zdejmuje moralną i prawną odpowiedzialność z gwałcicielki syna w wieku poniżej 8 lat; Sanhedrin 69b zezwala rabinowi poślubić ją: Wszyscy zgadzają się, że połączenie z chłopcem w wieku od 9 lat i 1 dnia jest prawdziwe, a połączenie z chłopcem poniżej 8 lat nie jest (Sanhedrin 69b). Przypis 1 do Ketubot 11b: stosunku małego chłopca nie uważa się za akt seksualny. Sanhedrin 55b dodaje: Chłopiec w wieku 9 lat i 1 dzień, który żyje z żoną swego zmarłego brata, nabywa ją (jako żonę). Talmud uczy, że kobieta może poślubić 9-letniego chłopca i mieć z nim seks.Przypisy 3 i 5 w Sanhedrin 55a definiują wiek gotowości do małżeństwa chłopca 9 lat, a dziewczynki 3 lata. Faryzeusze znali traumę dziewczynek upokarzanych seksualnie. Żeby utrudnić zadośćuczynienie, ofiara musiała udowodnić oddanie judaizmowi i miała tylko godzinę na skargę, dokładnie w dniu osiągnięcia dorosłości, pisze Pike. Nawet godzina spóźnienia odbiera prawo do skargi (Ketubot 11a). Talmud broni tych surowych reguł jako konieczności, bo nieletnia małżonka mogłaby zbuntować się przeciw judaizmowi i wydać odszkodowanie już jako nie-Żydówka, a na takie bluźnierstwo rabini nie mogą pozwolić. Nawet gdyby jakiejś kobiecie udało się spełnić warunki skargi, nie miała szansy z rabinami; Kiedy dorosły mężczyzna ma stosunek z małą dziewczynką, to jest nic, bo jeśli ona ma mniej niż 3 lata i 1 dzień, to tak, jakby ktoś włożył palec do oka, tj. jak wyjaśnia przypis łzy napływają do oka raz po raz, tak samo dziewictwo powraca do małej dziewczynki w wieku poniżej 3 lat (Ketubot 11b).Talmud deklaruje niewinność ofiar pedofilii obu płci, a apologeci przytaczają to jako dowód jego zadziwiającego moralnego zaawansowania, kontrastującego z prymitywnymi społeczeństwami, które ukamieniowałyby i dziecko i dorosłego sprawcę. Apologeci twierdzą, że akceptacja pedofilii ma w Talmudzie rytualną i duchową konotację i dziś nie praktykuje się zwyczajów rabinów sprzed 1800 lat. Pike neguje to: naprawdę rabini dla własnej ochrony chcieli koniecznie udowodnić niewinność obu stron pedofilii – dziecka a jeszcze bardziej pedofila. Odebrali chłopcu prawo „rzucenia winy“ na napastnika, a od dziewczynki domagali się współudziału w seksie. Tym sposobem odmówiwszy dziecku znaczącego moralnego czy prawnego zadośćuczynienia, Talmud odsłania, po czyjej jest stronie: rabina-gwałciciela. Sanhedrin 76b błogosławi ojca, który żeni swe dzieci zanim osiągną pokwitanie, a wyklina tego, który czeka dłużej. Niewydanie zamąż córki zanim będzie miała 12 i pół roku jest tak potępione, jak zwrot rzeczy zgubionej przez nie-Żyda, za co Bóg nie oszczędzi winnegoUltraortodoksyjna społeczność haredyjczycy wzięła się za pedofilię, donosi żydowski Forward(2.10.2008): Po latach uciszania kwestii pedofilii wśród ultraotodoksyjnych Żydów, przywódcy tej społeczności wystąpili publicznie […] poniżanie seksualne dzieci wypłynęło […] w głośnych przypadkach Yehudy Kolko i Avrohoma Mondrowitza. Kolko oskarżono o kilka przypadków w l. 2006-2007, ale nie trafił do więzienia. Mondrowitza oskarżono o 5 przypadków pederastii i 6 poniżenia seksualnego w 1985 r., ale znalazł azyl w Izraelu. Przywódca zboru w Brooklynie, Dov Hikind dowodził w Forward, że społeczność ultraortodoksyjna stała się ostoją pedofilów. Ludzie nie skarżą, skoro Talmud, największe objawienie Boga przez faryzeuszy i ich sąd Sanhedryn, mówi, iż pedofilia nie jest złem. Rabini odpowiednio radzą rodzicom i poszkodowanym dzieciom, pisze Forward. Ujawnianie przypadków pedofilii jest u ultraortodoksów zbrodnią o wiele większą niż popełnianie jej; przywódcy zboru nie mogą oskarżać przeciw halasze. Hikind przyjął lawinę ludzi ze skargami na pedofilów, chce działać: W sierpniu wyznaczono rabina Benziona Twerskiego, psychologa i szanowanego członka zboru, na przewodniczącego grupy działania, ale zrezygnował doznawszy przytłaczającej presji i zastraszania.Po latach terapii i próbie samobójstwa, Szaija Brizel napisał książkę (Milczenie Ultraortodoksów) o zboczeniach swego ojca, Jakowa Icka Brizela, oddanego chasyda z miasta Bnei Brak, największego skupiska haredejczyków w Izraelu (Haaretz 1.2.2000). Brizelowie są potomkami założycieli tej sekty. Jakow wykorzystywał seksualnie chłopców, których uczył w jesziwie oraz miał stosunki z mężczyznami. Nieznajomi ultraortodoksyjni mężczyźni dotykali prywatnych części Szaija w synagodze i w jesziwie, widocznie zakładając, że chłopiec odziedziczył zboczenie. Gdy zaprotestował, sprawę wyciszono. Najwyżsi rabini nic nie zrobili. Miejscowy rabin Landau i mędrzec od halachy Hausner wiedzieli, a milczeli. Dyrektor jesziwy nie doniósł na policję, ale przyznał Szaiji rację przed publikacją książki: Z kilkoma rabinami […] byliśmy zajęci wyciszaniem sprawy […] żeby jej nie opublikowano. Rabin chasydzki w mieście Kirjat Gat przyjął Jakowa do grona swych zwolenników, choć wiedział o jego zboczeniach.Z braku władzy odwoławczej u ultraortodoksów, niektórzy chłopcy skarżyli się swym ojcom w listach. Ukrywszy mikrofon, Szaija wypytywał hierarchów i rodzinę, dlaczego ukrywali przestępstwa ojca. Matka przyznała, że kiedy dowiadywała się o tych listach, chciała rozwodu, ale chmary rabinów zjawiały się, żeby czasem nie zepsuła dobrego imienia Brizelów. Mogli pogodzić się z gwałtami jednego ze swoich na nieletnich, ale rozwód był dla nich nie do przyjęcia. Szaija był gotów zrezygnować z publikacji, pod warunkiem, że rodzina poda go do sądu rabinicznego i sprawa wyjdzie na jaw tam. Nikt w rodzinie nie odważył się podjąć wyzwania. Szaija przeprowadził się do innego zboru chasydzkiego, ale po publikacji książki rabin zadeklarował go persona non grata. Ten rabin wylądował tam po eksmisjach z kilku innych zborów, za każdym razem podejrzany o pedofilię na uczniach. W dniu publikacji Szaija spotkał się z dyrektorem jesziwy, rabinem Awrahamem Waznerem: Powiedział mi, że publikacja książki jest milion razy gorsza od uczynków mego ojca.Czcząc Talmud i Kabałę, haredyjczycy przyciągają Żydów, którzy obawiają się asymilacji. Ich siła w Knesecie rośnie, dominują nowy sąd międzynarodowy Izraela, Sanhedryn. Do 75% mieszkańców niektórych dzielnic Jerozolimy to haredyjczycy. Stanowią większość osadników i władz lokalnych na terenach okupowanych przez Izrael, kontynuując zabór ziemi, ścierając się z Arabami, a nawet policją Izraela. Stosując coraz większą przemoc, bezustannie prześladują chrześcijan w środkowym Izraelu i na Zach. Brzegu. Popiera ich bogata sekta lubawiczerówz siedzibą w Nowym Jorku.Piotr Bein”... (więcej )Izrael Szahak:Goje uważani są za skończonych łgarzy i zabrania im się zeznawać przed sądami rabinackimi. Pod tym względem posiadają oni, teoretycznie, status żydowskich kobiet, niewolników i osób niepełnoletnich. W praktyce jednak ich status jest znacznie gorszy, bowiem dzisiaj w pewnych sprawach kobiety żydowskie mogą zeznawać przed sądem rabinackim, który „daje im wiarę”, natomiast gojowi nie uwierzy nigdy.Jako przykład posłużmy się tu fundamentalną księgą ruchu Habbad, jednego z najważniejszych odłamów chasydyzmu, zatytułowaną Hatanja. Według tej księgi wszyscy nie-żydzi są stworami na wskroś szatańskimi, „w których nie ma nic dobrego”. Nawet embrion żyda różni się jakościowo od embrionu goja. Samo istnienie nie-żydów nie ma najmniejszego sensu, podczas gdy wszystko, co zostało stworzone na Ziemi, ma służyć wyłącznie dobru żydów.Talmud wyraźnie zabrania dawania gojom prezentów. Jednakże władze rabiniczne zakaz ten uchyliły, ponieważ między biznesmenami przyjęte jest wymienianie między sobą podarunków. Ustanowiono więc, że żyd może wręczyć swemu „znajomemu gojowi” prezent, ponieważ nie będzie to traktowane jako dar, lecz jako forma inwestycji, która w przyszłości może przynieść pewien zysk. Wręczanie prezentów „nieznajomym gojom” jest zabronione. Reguła ta rozciąga się również na dawanie jałmużny.Zgodnie z halachą żydowi nie wolno dopuścić (o ile potrafi temu zapobiec), by jakikolwiek goj został mianowany na najskromniejsze nawet stanowisko, dzięki któremu mógłby sprawować władzę nad żydami.Małżeństwo żydowskie dotyczy dwóch osób pochodzenia żydowskiego. Tradycyjnie małżeństwo z gojem uważane jest za tragedię i często rodzice po takim ślubie praktykowali żałobę i wyrzucali dziecko na zawsze ze swego życia. Nawet dziś, gdy małżeństwa z osobami nieżydowskiego pochodzenia to 50% związków zawieranych przez Żydów, wielu rabinów nie chce brać udziału w mieszanych ślubach. ~ Piotr Nowik.W naszym domu przyjście Mesjasza traktowano nadzwyczaj dosłownie. (…) Wszyscy krzywdziciele i wrogowie Izraela zginą, a pozostaną przy życiu jedynie dobrzy goje, których przywilejem stanie się teraz służenie Żydom. Wedle Talmudu, kraj Izraela rozciągnie się na wszystkie narody. ~ Isaac Bashevic Singer, laureat nagrody Nobla.Jedyną drogą prowadzenia wojny w sposób moralny jest droga żydowska: niszczyć miejsca święte. Zabijać mężczyzn, kobiety i dzieci.~ rabin Manis Friedman, główny rabin izraelskiej armii.Dusze nie-Żydów (gentiles) są kompletnie innego i niższego rzędu. Są one całkowicie diabelskie i nie mają jakichkolwiek wartości i możliwości odkupieńczych. [..] Jeśli pojedyncza komórka pochodząca z ciała Żyda posiada w sobie boskość, jest częścią Boga, to każdy łańcuch DNA [z komórki ciała Żyda] jest częścią Boga. Wobec tego, w żydowskim DNA jest coś specjalnego.[…] Jeśli Żyd potrzebuje wątroby, czy można wziąć ją od przechodzącego obok nie-Żyda, aby ocalić Żyda? Tora prawdopodobnie by na to pozwoliła [bowiem] życie Żyda ma nieskończoną wartość. Jest coś nieskończenie bardziej świętego i unikalnego w życiu Żyda niż w życiu nie-Żyda. ~ rabin Yitzhak Ginsburg z sekty Chabad-Lubavitch, której wiernym fanem był Lech Kaczyński (tutaj jego jedna ze słynnych na ten temat wypowiedzi).Jesteśmy wybranym przez boga narodem… Większość Żydów nie lubi się do tego przyznawać, ale naszym bogiem jest Lucyfer, więc nie kłamałem, jesteśmy jego wybranym narodem. Lucyfer jest bardzo żywy. Żydzi są najinteligentniejszym narodem na świecie, więc jeśli jest dla nich korzystne zmienić nazwisko, czynią to. To jest wszystko na ten temat. Oni mieszają się z waszym społeczeństwem, które jest zupełnie skorumpowane, więc gdy to jest korzystne dla Żydów głupi goj nie zdaje sobie sprawy z tego, że ci Żydzi, którzy mają nie-żydowskie nazwiska są Żydami. ~ Harold Rozenthal.Jeżeli mamy do czynienia z sytuacją, że goj stwarza zagrożenie dla Izraela, to wolno go zabić. Dotyczy to nawet przyzwoitego goja, który nie ponosi odpowiedzialności za to, że stwarza tę sytuację zagrożenia. (…) Jest uzasadnienie mordowanie dzieci jeśli jest jasne, że one dorosną i zrobią nam krzywdę, i w takiej sytuacji mogą być zamordowane umyślnie, a nie tylko w walce z dorosłymi. ~ rabini Icchak Szapira i Josef Elitzur.Materiał, z którego stworzono nie-Żydów pochodzi z odpadów boskich. W rzeczywistości, oni sami pochodzą ze śmieci (odpadów), a to że jest ich znacznie więcej niż Żydów, jest potwierdzeniem tego, gdyż przecież ilość odpadów jest zawsze większa niż liczba ziaren. […] Wszyscy Żydzi są naturalnie dobrzy, a nie-Żydzi – naturalnie niedobrzy. ~ rabin Shenyr Zalman.Nie można w sposób uprawniony mówić o religii judeo-chrześcijańskiej. Albo się jest żydem, albo się jest chrześcijaninem – Rabin Rene-Samuel Sirat.Dla nas nie można być jednocześnie żydem i chrześcijaninem – Rabin Jakub Kaplan.Sam Bóg opowiada się za niewolnictwem – rabin Morris Raphall.”. (wiecej )-------Mój komentarzPolscy Żydzi powinni zaprotestować przed ambasadą Izraela przeciwko żydowskiemu rasiście i szowiniście Netanjahu .Polscy Żydzi, którzy wyrośli w polskiej kulturze tolerancji i braku ksenofobii powinny jasno odciąć się od prymitywnej ksenofobi Netanjahu.Coby było, gdyby Polacy powiedzieli Michnikowi, Engelking, Śpiewakowi, Hartmanowi, Holland, teściowi prezydenta Dudy, Wasserman że Polska to nie jest ich kraj i że są obywatelami drugiej gorszej kategorii.Marek Mojsiewiczvideo"Izrael tylko dla Żydów", a czy "Polska dla Polaków"? 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          Pompeo blames Russia, Cuba for Venezuelan crisis; Rosneft rejects accusations      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday blamed Russia and Cuba for causing Venezuela's political crisis by supporting President Nicolas Maduro and said he had urged India not to help Maduro's government by buying Venezuelan oil.

          US condemns Cuba, Russia for backing Venezuela's Maduro      Cache   Translate Page      

US condemns Cuba, Russia for backing Venezuela's MaduroTop US diplomat Mike Pompeo took aim at Cuba and Russia on Monday for their support of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who Washington wants to remove from power. The secretary of state rejected Maduro's assertion that the US was responsible for a widespread blackout, instead pointing the finger at the socialist nature of the Venezuelan leader's government. "Nicolas Maduro promised Venezuelans a better life and a socialist paradise.

          The Polar Bear Expedition : the heroes of America's forgotten invasion of Russia, 1918-1919 by Nelson, James Carl, author.      Cache   Translate Page      
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          The back channel : a memoir of American diplomacy and the case for its renewal by Burns, William J. (William Joseph), 1956- author.      Cache   Translate Page      
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          The Persian gamble : a novel by Rosenberg, Joel C., 1967- author.      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Johnstone: Pelosi Tacitly Admits That Russiagate Is Bullshit      Cache   Translate Page      

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via,

In an interview with the Washington Post yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that she opposed the impeachment of President Trump. This comes shortly before Mueller’s investigation into Trump-Russia collusion is expected to wrap up.

“I’m not for impeachment,” Pelosi told the Post.

“This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.

The response to Pelosi’s remarks has been swift and strong.

“Wrong!” exclaimed MSNBC’s Russiagate con man Malcolm Nance via Twitter. “What the hell is wrong with the @SpeakerPelosi Congress that they absolve themselves of their duty! Nothing is criminal anymore?! Trump can do and say like a dictator as he pleases? All of his crimes are OK even if you see them? This requires a public outcry. #Disgraceful”

“I like Speaker Pelosi but this is NOT the right approach,” tweeted Michael Avenatti of Stormy Daniels fame. “If Trump has committed impeachable offenses, he must be charged and he must face a trial in the Senate. Would the Repubs take this approach? Hell no! And this is why we get outplayed.”

“Sorry, Madam Speaker,” tweeted Esquire’s Charles P Pierce. “If you really believe the president* is an unprecedented threat to the Constitution, your oath demands that you begin the process to remove him. It’s your job.”

The House’s most virulent Russiagater, however, sang a different tune.

“If the evidence isn’t sufficient to win bipartisan support for this, putting the country through a failed impeachment isn’t a good idea,” said Congressman Adam Schiff told CNN yesterday.

As you might expect, those voices in alternative media who’ve been voicing skepticism of the Russiagate narrative since the beginning have been having a ball with this one.

“BREAKING: The Democrats’ Congressional leadership is realizing that their two-year Russia conspiracy theory is not going to pan out,” tweeted journalist Aaron Maté, who has been in my opinion the single most lucid Russiagate critic for a long time now.

“If Trump is literally controlled by Putin to the point where Trump is forced to act in the best interests of Russia *at the expense of the US*  -  which has been the prevailing claim not of Dem fringes but its mainstream  -  how can it be morally justified not to impeach him???” tweeted journalist Glenn Greenwald in response to Pelosi’s comments.

How indeed? Pelosi’s comments go completely against the narrative that mainstream Democrats have been selling America for over two years now, and this close to the Mueller report amount to a rejection of that narrative. Her statement is a tacit admission that she knows Russiagate is bullshit, has always been bullshit, and will continue to be bullshit.

“Is it possible that Putin has something on Pelosi?” Greenwald joked.

Or perhaps Democratic politicians and their media allies have been knowingly feeding the party base and cable viewers unadulterated, deranged, unhinged bullshit that they now can’t carry through on with the power in their hands because it was all self-serving, manipulative dreck? Anyone who has ever believed Trump is controlled and blackmailed by Putin to the point that Putin makes Trump treasonously sacrifice America’s interests for Russia’s — and there are a lot of you — should be marching in fury in the streets over Pelosi’s refusal to impeach Trump.”

But, of course, they will not. There will be no protest against Pelosi’s opposition to impeachment because those who would lead it know there will never be any evidence that could possibly lead to a bipartisan willingness in the Senate to remove him from office.

Anyone who’s paid close and intellectually honest attention to the Russiagate circus has known since the beginning that Trump was never going to be impeached for a treasonous conspiracy with the Russian government, despite the endless fantasies inflicted upon the blinkered Maddow muppets day after day after day for over two years now. Back in 2017 I said that “Mueller will continue finding evidence of corruption throughout his investigation, since corruption is to DC insiders as water is to fish, but he will not find evidence of collusion to win the 2016 election that will lead to Trump’s impeachment,” because it was obvious to anyone who knew anything. And that has proven to be the case with uninterrupted consistency.

If those who have been driving the Russiagate conspiracy theory really believed what they’ve been pushing, they would be up in arms at Pelosi’s remarks. Instead, we see responses like Russiagate grifter Bill Palmer publishing a hilarious article titled “Nancy Pelosi is playing rope-a-dope with Donald Trump on impeachment”, explaining that her remarks were actually a brilliant 57-D chess maneuver designed to “play this Trump fool like fiddle.”

“Instead, by answering the question in this manner, Pelosi accomplishes two things,” says the Palmer Report, where sitting US senators and top Harvard law professors go for the important updates they need to continue fueling Russia hysteria in America.

“First, she manages to put off the question until she and her allies have managed to carve Donald Trump up. Second, she’s messing with him. She just insulted him by saying he’s not worth the trouble of impeachment. Pelosi is looking to bait Trump into publicly feuding with her over the question of impeachment. That way it’ll be Trump introducing the concept, not her. And that’ll serve to help put the impeachment process on the right track. Just don’t call it ‘impeachment’ quite yet.”

So that tells you a bit about where the Russiagaters are at today.

This all comes out, by the way, at the same time as a new Wall Street Journalreport that Trump once attempted to personally cajole German Chancellor Angela Merkel into ceasing to buy gas from Russia out of fear that “it will make Europe’s largest economy excessively reliant on Russian energy.” Hardly the behavior you’d expect from a Putin puppet, but then neither are the rest of the many, many other actions that this administration has taken against the interests of Moscow.

It is right and appropriate that those few voices on the left who’ve been sharply critical of Russiagate from the beginning are now taking some time to gloat at and mock its peddlers with increasing scorn. The centrists who chose to spend more than two years forcing everyone’s energy into this blatant psyop which escalated a cold war against a nuclear superpower were wrong, and the leftists who objected to it were right. Trump’s term is more than halfway over, and Russiagaters chose to suck all the oxygen out of the room for this brainless, fruitless, worthless endeavor instead of allowing space for progressive reform and for criticism of Trump’s actual pernicious policies from the left. And they did it on purpose.

Mock the Russiagaters. Mock them ruthlessly, and never, ever let them forget the horrible thing that they did. Never stop making fun of them and reminding them how stupid and crazy they acted during this humiliating period of American history. And never stop using it as a weapon against them. They were wrong, so they should not be leading the way on what passes for America’s political left today. Skepticism was the only appropriate response to Russiagate in a post-Iraq invasion world, and those on the left who made that appropriate response should be treated with infinitely more respect and deference than those who did not.

They were wrong, we were right, and now even Nancy Pelosi is all but admitting it. Never let them forget it.

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          Working class: Achievements and the unfinished war for emancipation      Cache   Translate Page      
The Great October Revolution

Michael D. Yates has probed the questions in chapter 4 of his recently released book Can the Working Class Change the World?(Monthly Review Press, New York, October 2018). The chapter – “What hath the working class wrought?” – proclaims: 

“A signal achievement of the working class and peasantry in the global South, both in those countries that made socialist revolutions and those that did not, is the assault they made upon colonialism and imperialism. Before substantive changes could occur in the lives of the masses of people, the control wielded by colonial powers had to be broken and imperialism had to at least be weakened. Workers and peasants did this throughout the impoverished nations of the world.”

No other class has made this achievement, has delivered this duty to millions of millions. It’s unprecedented. It’s historic. It’s a service to humanity, to the peoples of the world. Because imperialism and colonialism are scourges on the face of the earth, threats to the survival of life on this planet. The two – imperialism and colonialism – assault peace, and distort the lives and aspirations of peoples to make life dignified and prosperous. The two unceasingly carry on war against dreams and initiatives to make life humane.

What has the assault on imperialism and colonialism achieved? Peoples, billions in number, in countries once colonised know the answer. First, they can plan their next journey – towards a society free from exploitation, towards a life with dignity. Now, they have a stand on the world stage, a voice once unheard and ignored. It’s broadly the same assertions, declarations, charters, and proclamations, including the United States Declaration of Independence and the English and United States Bills of Rights made: All women and men are equal, all men and women are endowed with certain unalienable rights that include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It’s an achievement that lays a foundation for building up humanity’s eternal yearning: freedom, freedom from all exploitation, all distortions, all trampling, all muzzling down, all chains, and this freedom is a prerequisite for building up a life happy, peaceful, and prosperous.

The proletariat in Soviet Russia made a far more advanced declaration almost immediately after the Great October Revolution as it declared: Abolish all exploitation, completely eliminate the division of society into classes, mercilessly crush the resistance of the exploiters, establish a socialist organisation of society. [[i]

The declaration, forgotten most of the time by the mainstream media, and even by a part of the pro-people political forces, is one of the most significant political achievements the exploited have so far made as it laid the legal foundation for rights of all the exploited, against all sorts of exploitation, and invalidated all claims of the exploiting classes. The revolutionary political document declared sovereign power of the working people. The historic document declared the abolishing of private ownership of all land, and parasitic sections of society; supremacy of the power of the working people over the exploiters; the complete conversion of all banks, factories, mines, railways, and other means of production and transport into the property of the workers’ and peasants’ state; complete break with the barbarous policy of bourgeois civilisation, which has built the prosperity of the exploiters; freedom of humanity from the clutches of finance capital and imperialism; and democratic peace between nations on the basis of free self-determination of nations. The Declaration is fundamentally different from all declarations of rights the bourgeois and feudal political systems, compromises between them issued until today. 

It directly and unequivocally stood for the rights of the exploited. The declaration made assault on exploitative property relations, and declared measures for empowering the working people to resist the exploiting classes. [[ii]]

“Struggles against [the] class enemy” [of the exploited], writes Professor Michael Yates, “have resulted in tremendous and posi­tive changes in the lives of the oppressed and expropriated.” He refers to the lives of nearly all workers during capitalism’s early days in Europe, to the condition of the peasantry in pre-1949 revolution in China. Improvements in these areas are monumental. 

However, the economist does not miss the fact of life: 

“And yet, work­ers and peasants are nowhere close to their full liberation”. This is the unfinished war of the working class.

It’s – the struggle of the exploited for emancipation – a long struggle. None can ignore this fact. A complete and permanent victory will follow long, innumerable struggles against capital and all its accomplices in lands across the globe, developments within struggles of the exploited and within the decaying force – the imperialist world order.   

The chapter focuses on accomplishments “the work­ing class has achieved in its struggle against exploitation, the first aspect of capitalist oppression.”

On “the second element of this subjugation, expropriation,” the chapter claims: 

“[L]abour unions and political orga­nisations have done some good. Most unions and political parties are committed to racial, ethnic, and gender equality. It is common for collective bargaining agreements to contain broad no-discrim­ination clauses. […] [T]he race, ethnic, and gender composition of union leadership mirrors the share of these groups in the larger population. [….] A few unions, notably those with majority women membership, have female presidents, and both women and minorities now have greater access to better-paying jobs than was once the case. The gap between the wages of women and men is lower in the rich European countries than in the United States, and this can be largely attributed to the demands coming from the labour movement and worker-centred political parties.”

However, as self-criticism, the chapter says boldly: “[T]he labour movement in the global North has done very little to oppose the theft of peasant lands in the global South.”

Absence of resistance to theft of the peasant lands in the global South is not the only area of failure of the labour in the global North. Along with the buying/leasing in of vast tracts of lands in Africa and the establishment of export processing/special economic zones by powerful capital in countries of the global South, powerful parts of world capital are exporting environmentally harmful technology, industrial waste and commodities, and medical products harmful to the health of the global South. The labour in the global North has also failed to organise effective resistance to this assault by capital. It’s part of labour’s unfinished war against the world capital.

These failures originate in (1) capital’s power to corrupt a section of labour leadership, and (2) labour’s lack of success in formulating a revolutionary theory on the related area. It’s an exhibit of the level of political awareness and struggle the labour is waging in the global North. 

However, Michael Yates writes, “[i]n their own countries, the Northern labour has championed policies and programmes, as well as collective bar­gaining provisions, that make workplaces healthier spaces and countries less polluted.”

He mentions the Great October Revolution in Russia:

“The Revolution was successful, in that the Bolsheviks man­aged to consolidate state power. However, this was only after years of civil war, aided and abetted in the most brutal manner by the imperial powers, mainly Great Britain and the United States.”

Although the revolution, the economist writes, was not successful in consolidating the Soviet power and building a working class society, great gains were “made for the work­ers and peasants of Russia, and after the Second World War for the countries in the Soviet bloc. Guaranteed employment, excellent education and healthcare, run by the state and free of charge, subsidised rent and food, exceptional art, literature, music, and science, and a considerable erosion of patriarchy are some of the Revolution’s major achievements, not to mention its primary responsibility for the defeat of the Nazis in the Second World War.”

Regarding the question of the absence of success in some areas by the revolution in Russia, Lenin’s observation should be mentioned: 

“[W]e have sustained the greatest number of reverses and have made most mistakes. How could anyone expect that a task so new to the world could be begun without reverses and without mistakes! [[iii]

Michael Yates cites socialist revolutions in China, Vietnam, and Cuba as achievements of the working class. In China and Vietnam, Professor Michael Yates writes, “great improvements were made in schooling, health, and overall social welfare for the masses of people. Cuba’s Revolution has made tre­mendous advances in the lives of the people. Education, healthcare, organic farming, urban agriculture, and medical research in Cuba are world class. Progress against racism, patriarchy, and homophobia in the country is also remarkable.”

Cuba is spectacular in terms of time. Cuba is unprecedented in terms of political atmosphere. Cuba is exemplary in terms of the existing world order. Why? Anyone can ask. Russia and China are vast landmasses, are rich with huge natural resources. China had Soviet Russia on its back. Cuba had nothing of those. Cuba is still braving an imperialist economic blockade. Cuba is encountering a hostile world market. Moreover, Cuba is at a stone’s throw distance from the most powerful imperialist power. In addition to these, Cuba was standing alone during the time – the time of Gorbachev. It was a time of betrayal. It was a time of setbacks. It was a time of fallen “heroes.” It was a time when survival was a success. Cuba stood bravely. Cuba stood with the Red Flag. Cuba not only strode the current, but also made achievements with its political process – a form of democracy with people’s participation. 

It’s striking performance by ordinary people with the Red Banner, the colour of the exploited. In the history of the world, no other class has survived and performed at this level within such a hostile world environment. And, Cuba is referenced not to belittle revolutions in Russia and China, but to highlight the sense of dignity, courage, tenacity and achievements of the working class.

The chapter of the book begins with a reference to a 2016-general strike by the workers in India: the largest such a strike in the world. About 180 million workers in every Indian state, in all sectors and in nearly every occupation, walked out. Tens of millions of women struck.

The chapter reminds with a modest tone: “Nothing remotely similar could take place in today’s United States, or in any rich capitalist country.” 

This is a fact of working class life, which in many terms depends on capital, making the struggle, and gains and setbacks uneven, almost unpredictable. “And yet, from capitalism’s birth centuries ago, those harmed most by its imperatives have resisted. Their defeats have been many, their victories too few”, says Michael Yates in the chapter that takes an account of gains and losses. Hence, the labour educator says: 

“[The working class through] their struggles have changed the world. Peasants have resisted with their own organised violence the expropriation of their farms and common lands. Wage workers, including those unemployed, have marched, picketed, boycotted, struck, sat-in, sabotaged, stole and destroyed their employers’ materials, and petitioned governments. They have contested capital’s power in every institution of their societies, from schools to media to religion. There have been times when both peasants and workers have engaged in armed battle with both capitalists and governments. In a few cases, alliances of workers and peasants made revolutions – in Russia, China, Cuba, Vietnam. Women were critical in all these alliances.”

No other class has struggled so much, has paid so much. And, all these struggles, all these payments – supreme sacrifices in innumerable numbers – were for the entire humanity, for freeing humanity from the clutches of capital, the most barbaric and brutal force human history has encountered. This is a major gain in this world, which demands a radical change.

Michael Yates writes: “Unions are a universal response of the working class to capital’s oppression. [….] Not only do they win higher wages [and] benefits […], unions also weaken the control employers have over hiring, promotion, layoffs, discipline, the introduction of machin­ery, the pace of work, and plant closings.” This is no less important gain for the working class. 

Citing data, he discusses unionisation/union density and its positive impact in countries across the Americas, Europe, and in many countries in the global South. He says: “Three critical functions of labour unions are that they give work­ers a voice on the job, guarantee due process, and educate their members about a wide variety of important subjects.”

The labour economist, one of his many duties, recollects, “I have had personal experience as a labour arbitrator, and on more than one occasion I reinstated a fired employee, with full back pay, after determining that the company had wrongfully dis­charged him.” Hence, one of the gains by the working class: “Every year, unions win thousands of arbitrations”. On the global scale, in struggles against the world capital, the total number of arbitrations won is huge, which is not a negligible achievement by a class in chains.

One of the achievements of the working class is told in mainstream literature as it refers to an argument: “[A]t a crucial moment in history– the period between WWI and WWII and then in the early post-war years – in some countries, […] the labour movement and its political allies were able […] to force capital into a historical compromise, whereby labour accepted the capitalist organisation of the economy, but in exchange obtained not only a recognition of its prerogatives as labour market intermediary […], but also protection against all sorts of social risks, and a growing expansion of social rights.”[[iv]] This tells of an achievement and of an unfinished war.

For union organisers, the chapter presents, in brief, a good lesson, as it says:

“The formation of a union is a collective effort, and engaging in it, confronting the boss, is bound to make workers think about what they have done and what they hope to achieve. That is, labour unions are bound to raise the consciousness of those who form them. At the same time, labour organisers always try to educate prospective members, and the union itself provides educational materials and may even have developed more formal educational programmes for the rank and file. The best unions insist that new members learn the history of the union, the provisions of the relevant labour laws, the political platform of the union, and the details of bargaining and filing grievances. They might have special meetings, short courses, and longer schooling opportunities for the rank and file. Good unions also work hard to involve members in every facet of union work. Active participation in grievances, strikes, picket­ing, boycotting, and political agitation helps to further strengthen working-class consciousness, making workers stronger in their convictions and willing to live the precept that an injury to one is an injury to all. A working-class way of looking at the world begins to take shape, and this prepares workers for whatever struggles ensue during their lives.”

This is absent in many unions, especially in many countries dominated by lumpenocracy in the global South. In these economies, dominating capital engages hoodlums to organise/control unions. At the same time, a group of non-governmental organisations, on behalf of capital, organises “unions” – a trick with workers, and a bitter reality made possible by a vacuum of revolutionary working class politics and unionisation. In some cases, organisations with medieval ideology organise “unions” in countries. In other cases, a group of big unions from the global North organises “unions” in the countries of the global South with the purpose of taming the working class. In all these mal-efforts, huge money is spent, employees with a fat salary are engaged, and ludicrous foreign trips for these employees, the so-called “union organisers”, are organised. All these efforts forget the slogan of class struggle, shy away from imparting lesson of class politics. It’s an area, where the working class faces one of its unfinished wars.

Burning examples of working class initiatives are, among many, in the landless peasantry’s fights in Brazil, and in Shankar Guha Niyogi’s heroic struggles in India. 

Niyogi, the martyr from the rank of the working class, initiated a struggle while adventurism was taking a high toll. Shankar Guha Niyogi was the founder of the Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha, a labour union in Chhattisgarh. After the formation of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) (CPI (M-L)) on 22 April 1969, he was associated with the CPI (M-L) for some time. However, CPI (M-L)’s failure to adapt Niyogi’s mass line-based activities to the party line of boycott of mass line and mass organisations led to his expulsion from the party. He went underground and began taking his ideas and method of work to the ordinary workers through a Hindi weekly, which he named Sphulinga (Spark), inspired by Lenin’s Iskra. He continued the work of organising the people through movements, e.g. movement for the construction of the Daihan dam, movement of the peasants of Balod for irrigation water, movement of the adivasis (indigenous people) against the construction of the Mongra dam. 

Unions organised by Niyogi include Chhattisgarh Mines Shramik Sangh, whose red-green flag carried the message: red for workers’ self-sacrifice and green for the peasantry. The first struggle of miners under Niyogi’s leadership was a struggle for dignity: do not obey the agreement signed by the leaders, lackeys of factory management. Many struggles by the workers, police atrocities, martyrs, and victories by the workers are marks of struggles led by Niyogi. Unique forms of struggles, organising cultural activities, and establishing athletic clubs, schools and hospital – Shaheed (Martyr) Hospital – for the workers are signatures of his struggle and organisation. On 28 September 1991, assassins hired by class enemies – capitalists – murdered Niyogi, a comrade to follow.       

One important section of the chapter is on labour politics. In this section, Michael Yates writes: 

“[U]nions […] sooner or later they must confront government. The state, at every level, is intertwined with capital, labour’s primary adversary. [….] The largest and most powerful states have virtually unlimited taxing and spending power. Governments make and enforce laws; they have the only legitimate (in the sense of being formally legal) police power. The courts ultimately determine the meaning of the laws. Important components of government regulate a wide array of activities and groups of workers that might concern business […] The state has the power to regulate and influence financial markets […] States wage wars. No matter what the government does, capital exerts its economic power to limit tax liabilities and receive as much public spending as pos­sible, to influence the selection of judges, or to counter anything that challenges its social power. Given all of this, unions have little choice but to be politically engaged.”

The chapter cites an example: “Unions have embraced a range of political programmes and phi­losophies.” It presents a brief history of the labour politics in the US. At the same time, it says: “Around the world, some working-class entities opposed active involvement in what we might call bourgeois politics.” 

Instead of being engaged with bourgeois politics, the working class is to get engaged with politics of its class that crosses all divisive lines of colour, caste, and creed, if the class has to complete its unfinished war, a commitment to the humanity.

Struggles, achievements, and the unfinished war of the working class declare its position, as Lenin said:

“We have made the start. When, at what date and time, and the proletarians of which nation will complete this process is not important. The important thing is that the ice has been broken; the road is open, the way has been shown. [….]

“[W]e have begun it. We shall continue it. […]

“We shall go through the whole ‘course’, although the present state of world economics and world politics has made that course much longer and much more difficult than we would have liked. No matter at what cost, no matter how severe the hardships of the transition period may be – despite disaster, famine, and ruin – we shall not flinch; we shall triumphantly carry our cause to its goal. (op. cit.)


* Farooque Chowdhury writes from Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

* Note: This is part five of a seven-part series review of Can the Working Class Change the World?.


[i]“Declaration of Rights of the Working and Exploited People”, V I Lenin, Collected Works, vol. 26, Progress Publishers, Moscow, erstwhile USSR, 1972

[ii]Farooque Chowdhury, “The Great October Revolution: Declaration of Rights of the Working and Exploited People”,

[iii]“Fourth anniversary of the October Revolution”, Collected Works, vol. 33, Progress Publishers, 1976

[iv]Lucio Baccaro, “Labor, Globalization and Inequality: Are Trade Unions Still Redistributive?”, International Institute for Labor Studies, ILO, discussion paper, DP/192/2008, Geneva, 2008

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          WILD DIVISION Wins Radio Monte Carlo J/70 Winter Series      Cache   Translate Page      
J/70s sailing at Sochi, Russia(Sochi, Russia)- Over the March 1st to 3rd weekend, the final stage of the Russian J/70 League Radio Monte Carlo Winter Series took place off Sochi, Russia, with sailing taking place on the capricious Black Sea. Hosting the event for the twenty J/70 teams from across Russia was FGBU “Yug Sport”.  For the third year in a row, the winner was the Chechen Republic’s WILD DIVISION, skippered by Alexander Bozhko (one of the premiere crew members on Valeriya Kovalenko’s famous Russian J/70 called ARTTUBE RUS1)!

In early March, the weather in Sochi changes rapidly and is very inconsistent.  Storms and cold with giant waves one day, perfect sunny warm spring weather the next.  Not surprisingly, Sochi’s weather gods lived up to that reputation for the first day of racing for the anxious crews watching the ferocious weather offshore.  It was so nasty, the boats were never rigged; not surprising considering there were 10-15 foot waves at the harbor mouth and 20-35 kt winds!

“To our great regret, the finale began very poorly,” commented the Chief Judge of the competition, Nikolai Yushkov. “The first day was stormy, such that we could not even get out sailing. The waves were huge, breaking way over the pier, the wind was very strong, and, of course, there was no point in breaking the boats.”

On Saturday, the wind abated, dropping into the 10-20 kts range. Although the waves were still big, the organizers decided to go sailing. As a result, they turned out five races, with varying winds and difficult conditions. When the wind strengthened in the afternoon, and breakdowns began to occur on the boats, the racing was stopped- with the hope that the weather would improve on Sunday.

J/70s sailing off Sochi, Russia“Thankfully, the Good Lord heard us and gave us a most magnificent day on the final Sunday,” continued Nikolai Yushkov. “We had nine races. There was a beautiful wind, the perfect direction; the sun came out, which warmed all the participants. The day was very productive overall. The struggle for the top of the podium was very hard. The winners of the Winter Series will show themselves well in the National Sailing League, they will be able to race and fight for prizes.  They are very good sailing teams.”

The winner of the Winter Series was the WILD DIVISION Team from the Chechen Republic Sailing Federation. Throughout the winter season, the team stayed among the leaders of the series. “At various stages of the series, we changed the composition of the team, we trained hard, we tested how to improve our boathandling,” said Bozhko, the team’s skipper. “And, in the finals, the team really wanted to win. On the first day, there was a strong wind, but we managed. We were able to show a good result; we managed to get three 2nds!”

In the six races on Sunday, the WILD DIVISION crew won three races, took two 2nds. Such consistency enabled them to bypass all their rivals and their Chechen team won the gold medals for the overall series.

J/70 Sochi Winter Series winners“We decided to perform our best in the Sochi J/70 Winter Series, to show the world that sailing in the Chechen Republic has not been forgotten! In fact, it is developing,” said the President of the Chechen Sailing Federation, Hassan Hajiyev. “The federation is very young, it is only 2.5 years old. The team is the innovation of Alexander Bozhko. Alex gathered our team together and he trained them.  Now, our Chechen Sailing Federation is taking the first steps to develop sailing in Chechnya. So, we hope to encourage the young guys, the young girls in this beautiful sport, that includes not only physical exertion, but also the human intellect, it is like chess on the water. This is very important for human development. A yachtsman must know geography, physics, and geometry. Accordingly, the preparation of the children must be at the same level, we must begin to teach them from the beginning such intellectual challenges!”

Second place in the series finals was taken by the crew of ZID ART Sailing team from Moscow. Last season, the team sailed in the Premier Division of the National Sailing League and won the right to move to the top division.

J/70's sailing off Sochi, Russia on Black Sea“For us, the Winter Series was a serious training process and preparation for the Higher Division of the NPL,” said the skipper of the team Zoran Paunovich. “What we wanted to achieve, we achieved. We risked a lot, we tried many different options. A lot of things happened to us. We tried to find ways out of such situations, and to a greater degree succeeded. The first race day here, we demonstrated that we could win in such tough conditions. And, the second racing day showed, that in good conditions, we can not only win, but also lose. This year, we plan to be in the top ten of the NPL Supreme Division. We also want to participate in the J/70 European Championship in Italy in June of this year, but without any special ambitions. This year should show what we are ready for and what we can do!”

Another debutante of the Winter Series, the M*Sailing Team from Rostov-on-Don, was ranked third. The result was excellent, but the team that led in several stages probably wanted more.

“Today the weather was atypical for Sochi. Twisted, twisted, there were some holes, puffs from the right and left,” said the skipper Andrey Malygin. “There were no unambiguous solutions. And, the one who read the weather better, he won. All teams were even, everyone prepared for the final.  All the teams had their best sailors pushing hard. I think our result is normal; there were a couple of errors. But, in general, everyone is happy!”  For more Russian J/70 Sailing League Sailing InformationAdd to Flipboard Magazine.

          Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - March 12, 2019      Cache   Translate Page      
Robert Palladino
Deputy Spokesperson
Department Press Briefing
Washington, DC
March 12, 2019

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    2:42 p.m. EDT

    MR PALLADINO: Good afternoon, everybody.

    QUESTION: Good afternoon.

    MR PALLADINO: Afternoon. At the top today, we are privileged to have with us our Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams. He’ll be – make a few remarks and be willing to take some questions. At the conclusion of the briefing, we also have some subject matter experts from our Bureau of Consular Affairs. If there are additional questions on matters pertaining to American citizens that you’d like to dive into a little bit, we’ll make them available as well.

    QUESTION: American citizens anywhere or in Venezuela?

    MR PALLADINO: We’re talking – that’s for Venezuela we’re talking about today. Okay? Great. Mr. Abrams, thanks.

    QUESTION: Then you’re going to --

    MR PALLADINO: We have a normal briefing as well.

    MR ABRAMS: Thank you. Happy to be here for my daily briefing. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: You are becoming quite a fixture up there.

    QUESTION: You’re setting a good example.

    MR ABRAMS: Oh.

    QUESTION: There may be an opening for a spokesman. (Laughter.)

    MR ABRAMS: I wouldn’t touch that with a 20-foot pole. (Laughter.)

    On January 23rd and January 24th, we announced and began a process of bringing back to the United States the great majority of Americans who work at the U.S. embassy in Caracas. The decision announced yesterday is, in a sense, a follow-on to that initial decision and is the product of the same considerations for the conditions in Caracas, which make it so difficult to continue keeping the embassy staffed there, and for the general situation in Caracas.

    If you think back, it’s only six weeks ago, but the situation in Caracas has deteriorated very considerably in that period and especially in the last few days since the blackouts began on Friday. So the Secretary made that decision.

    You may have seen the interviews he did this morning. I’ll just read one paragraph: “We made the decision yesterday that it just was prudent to get these folks back. The situation there is deteriorating. The Maduro regime’s horrific leadership over the last year[s] has just made life there so difficult, it began to make it more difficult for the United States to take the actions that it needed to do to support the Venezuelan people. So we concluded this was simply the right step to take,” and it “was the right time to take it.”

    I should say that this does not represent any change in U.S. policy toward Venezuela nor does it represent any reduction in the commitment we have to the people of Venezuela and to their struggle for democracy. You will see very soon a significant number of additional visa revocations. You will see in the coming days some very significant additional sanctions and the international group, of which we are a part – that includes most EU countries, the Lima Group, Canada, the U.S. – continues to do its work.

    Why don’t I stop there and we’ll take some questions.

    MR PALLADINO: We’ll start with Associated Press.

    QUESTION: Thanks. I’m curious to know what the Secretary meant by saying that the presence of – continued presence of any American diplomats in Caracas was a constraint on policy. He didn’t quite explain. What exactly did their presence constrain, number one?

    Number two, you talked about the blackouts and all this kind of thing, but presumably there are no family members there. It was very, very – only a handful of staffers still at the embassy. Presumably, they have generators, right?

    MR ABRAMS: Generators require fuel, the embassy requires water.

    QUESTION: Okay.

    MR ABRAMS: The embassy’s own situation also had a – let’s say a finite number of days.

    QUESTION: Okay. All right. So can you explain what exactly the constraint was on – what kinds of policies were being constrained by the presence --

    MR ABRAMS: Well, I don’t --

    QUESTION: Especially because yesterday, the Secretary said that – when he was asked about support for – U.S. support for Juan Guaido, said that as long as our team is on the ground in Caracas, you’d continue to provide the same kinds of support that you do. Well, now that’s gone or very soon will be gone, so I don’t understand how these – those mesh.

    MR ABRAMS: Well, we will – we will – obviously it makes it more difficult to meet with all Venezuelans when the – we – when the team is not on the ground. I’m kind of reluctant to sort of try to parse the Secretary’s words, but let me just say that in every decision we made – every decision, decisions on diplomatic activities, on visas, on sanctions – the safety of that staff was a key consideration. And that was something that weighed very heavily on our mind every day, literally every day. So I think that’s – I think that was what the Secretary was referring to, and I’ll just leave it at that.

    QUESTION: Okay, but when you said it doesn’t reflect a change in policy --

    MR ABRAMS: No.

    QUESTION: -- it means that it was not intended to be some kind of hint or harbinger of military intervention or some kind of use of force?

    MR ABRAMS: Nothing has changed. We continue to say, because it is true, all options are on the table.

    QUESTION: But?

    MR ABRAMS: But they did not change yesterday.

    MR PALLADINO: There we go. Let’s go Michelle, CNN.

    QUESTION: So just hours before this statement came out from the Secretary we heard from the Secretary on Venezuela and he made no mention of the need to get people out. In fact, he really didn’t talk about U.S. people at the embassy there. So what changed between the time we spoke to him and close to midnight when he put this out?

    MR ABRAMS: He made his final decision. We have been talking about this literally – literally – every day. I’ve only been here six weeks, but that was right after the decision to move most of the people from the embassy back to the United States. We have had daily phone calls, daily meetings about this question, been before the Secretary, and he made his decision.

    QUESTION: And then that line that Matt mentioned, “constraint on U.S. policy” – that reads like a threat. I mean, it’s obviously curious. So should Maduro see that line as a threat?

    MR ABRAMS: I can only repeat what the President has said: All options are always on the table.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to AFP.

    QUESTION: Yes. Just to – thank you. Just to follow on on this constraint thing, is there a link between the decision of withdrawing all the diplomats and some actions you might want to take to make sure the aid, which is at the border, come inside Venezuela?

    MR ABRAMS: No.

    MR PALLADINO: Reuters.

    QUESTION: Hello, Mr. Abrams. Two questions. One is: Who do you leave the embassy to? Do you appoint a protective power? What happens to the embassy, how do you ensure, number one.

    MR ABRAMS: Right.

    QUESTION: Number two: We understand that the decision was made because the talks with the Venezuelans collapsed late yesterday and that that – this is according to the Venezuelans – that’s what led to this. Did you – did the U.S. get any kind of direct threat from Maduro’s government that something was going to happen?

    MR ABRAMS: On the first part, normally we would get a protecting power, and that is, I think, what we’ll do here, and we are in discussions now about that. What will happen to the embassy grounds, the embassy physically, let’s say, is something that we then discuss with the protecting power, with potential protecting powers. So we don’t have a final answer on that, and when we do we’ll announce it.

    On the regime, you know on --

    QUESTION: Are you in discussions with other countries to – as to who will be the protecting power?

    MR ABRAMS: Yes. We are in discussions.

    QUESTION: But it hasn’t been decided who?

    MR ABRAMS: Right. About – we are trying to decide on a protecting power. January 23rd, the Secretary said the United States does not recognize the Maduro regime as the government of Venezuela. Accordingly, the United States does not consider former President Nicolas Maduro to have the legal authority to break diplomatic relations with the United States or to declare our diplomats persona non grata. So from our point of view, the regime cannot make a decision about whether we stay or go. And as a matter of fact, the National Assembly yesterday said we have the legal authority to stay, and they are the legitimate government of Venezuela. But the regime also cannot, in our view, provide security for the embassy, and the situation in Caracas is deteriorating. So our decision was made really fundamentally without regard to what the regime wants or thinks.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go with Los Angeles Times.

    QUESTION: Thank you. Just to follow on Lesley, so there were talks going on between the Venezuelans and you guys about creating an interest section or something like that and then the Venezuelans gave you 72 hours to leave. Is that not true?

    MR ABRAMS: No, we have had – as you know, we’ve talked about this before. I have – I had a couple of meetings with the de facto regime Foreign Minister Arreaza. And those meetings were essentially about exactly this. So this subject has been out there for a long time. But we made a decision at one point, and you talked about it here – I’ve certainly talked about it in public – that an interest section was really not appropriate. You do an interest section where there is no government that you consider legitimate. There is a legitimate government in Venezuela, from our point of view. Maybe that would have satisfied some demands of the regime, but it was not something that the Untied States was going to do. So that really was off the table.

    QUESTION: And 72 hours? The deadline?

    MR ABRAMS: Well, as I said, we do not believe the regime, on the one hand, has the ability to tell us when to leave, on the other hand, doesn’t have the ability to protect us if we stay.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to Washington Post.

    QUESTION: Mr. Abrams, the Maduro government’s attorney general announced that Juan Guaido is going to be investigated for – on suspicion of sabotage in the blackout. Does the departure of the U.S. diplomats put him in a weaker position at all, at a time when he would seem to be under greater threat?

    MR ABRAMS: First, we’ve seen that as well, and it’s a threat against Interim President Guaido. They have made such threats before. They’ve talked about going after him on one basis or another, and we also know that the supreme court, the TSJ, has essentially been packed by the regime. So that’s a – that report is of real concern. I don’t think the regime is going to base its decision on that, on our presence or absence, any more than it made the decision on whether to arrest him upon his return on the basis of whether we were there or not there. I think it’s largely a matter of how they think the public, the Venezuelan public, will react.

    QUESTION: You have any warnings to the government or any message to them?

    MR ABRAMS: We have --

    QUESTION: Should they be contemplating arresting him on this?

    MR ABRAMS: I think – I hope they’re aware of the fact that there are 54 countries, some important countries, that consider Juan Guaido to be the legitimate interim president of Venezuela. And I think not only we but the other 53 will react immediately. There are a number of diplomatic and financial and economic steps that governments can take. We’ve taken many of them; other countries haven’t. I would think that the arrest, incarceration of Juan Guaido would lead a lot of countries to react very quickly.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to EFE.

    QUESTION: Thank you. I want to ask you a question about the possible scenario of the Maduro government collapses. The Spain’s foreign minister today said that the U.S. asked Spain to receive Venezuelan ministers loyal to Maduro in case the Venezuelan Government collapses. So I wanted to ask you if the U.S. has actually made this petition to Spain, and what were the terms in which these petitions were made?

    MR ABRAMS: This is an old discussion. When I was assistant secretary of state for Latin America, and there were a lot of military regimes, the question of what to do with dictators arose, and it was actually Felipe Gonzalez, who was prime minister at the time, who said maybe Spain can help by taking some of these people. We’ve had some conversations with Spain. I wouldn’t say we made a request, they made an answer. We have certainly had conversations. We’ve had them with a couple of other places too, because this question may arise, and we have talked about off-ramps and we have talked about wanting some of the regime officials to leave the country as part of a transition.

    So the question therefore obviously arises: well, where would they go? And they may prefer to go to Cuba or Russia, but there are other places, and so that is a conversation we’ll continue to have. Unfortunately, none of the people at the top of the regime have yet made that decision, the decision that they should make. And as we’ve said before, we are willing to help them out in those circumstances.

    QUESTION: Can I ask a follow-up of – on that? You mentioned that they’re – the U.S. Government with Spain and a couple other places. Which ones are these other --

    MR ABRAMS: I’m not going to say, because it has not been as public as it has in the case of Spain.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to Washington Times.

    QUESTION: Thanks for coming out to talk with us. Big picture question regarding all the – all of the options on the table. Can you discuss the military option for a minute? And specifically, has the administration asked the Pentagon to draw up such an option? And assuming that it has, are you satisfied with the option that the Pentagon has, which is headed by an interim defense secretary, provided at this point?

    QUESTION: He’s a legitimate interim defense secretary. (Laughter.)

    MR ABRAMS: The President has said all options are the table. They are. Further than that it would be foolish for me to go, and I’m not going to do it.

    MR PALLADINO: Bloomberg.

    QUESTION: Mr. Abrams, can you talk a little bit more about the finite resources that the embassy is facing? I mean, it seems to be a suggestion that they’re running out of fuel and water. What were the constraints on the embassy?

    MR ABRAMS: It’s a difficult situation for the embassy. It’s a difficult situation for Venezuelans, of course, far more. I don’t believe the embassy is at this point connected to any water system. So there’s a question of how would you get fresh water. Obviously, there are continuing blackouts on and off. So the question then is: How are your generators working, and do you have enough fuel? There’s also a question of communications. If there’s no electricity, there are no communications, which obviously speaks immediately to the safety of our people.

    So the deterioration of the general situation in Caracas doesn’t affect the embassy exactly as it effects Venezuelans, but it does affect the embassy.

    QUESTION: But were you – was there any concern that there was some new or imminent security threat that the embassy might be overrun, that the Maduro regime was unable or unwilling to provide or to guarantee security?

    MR ABRAMS: We do not think that the regime is really able to provide security, and I would note that in his most recent public statement, former President Maduro spoke about calling upon the colectivos to come forward. Now, that – that’s calling for armed gangs to take over the streets, and it is obviously going to be a great worry to Venezuelans, but we noted it.

    QUESTION: I’m sorry, was that part of the – was that the deciding factor?

    MR ABRAMS: That – actually, that statement by Maduro came today. So it was not part of the decision. But the background was – and as you know, they’ve been using colectivos more in Caracas, along the borders. Perhaps it is a sign of Maduro’s lack of confidence in his own security forces. But it is by definition a breakdown of law and order.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go Wall Street Journal.

    QUESTION: Thank you. You said that the decision to remove embassy personnel doesn’t represent a policy change by the United States, but you have acknowledged that it would make it more difficult to meet with Venezuelans, both the Maduro regime and the Guaido government. So functionally, how is the U.S. going to proceed without an embassy staff on the ground? Are you just – are you going to remove them to nearby countries? Are they coming back to the States? What is the plan?

    MR ABRAMS: Who to nearby countries? The Americans?

    QUESTION: Yes.

    MR ABRAMS: The Americans will come back here to Washington, which is what the much larger group of Americans from the embassy in January did. I am very – I am one of the beneficiaries of this, because my team is made up in great part of people from Embassy Caracas, and the WHA team on Venezuela was also greatly enriched by their presence. Now, obviously people in the summer will go on to whatever forward assignments they had.

    We will – as I said, it’ll be harder, because we’re not going to be able to do the face-to-face meetings we were doing. Admittedly, we were not able to do a lot of face-to-face meetings because the embassy staff had become quite small. But it wasn’t – so it will be something that we’re going to have to try to accomplish outside of Venezuela or by telephone or by emails and other forms of communication.

    QUESTION: And are you able to give us even just rough estimates of the number of people we’re talking about?

    MR ABRAMS: No, we – I’m told we just – by the Diplomatic Security people we just don’t do that.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to Fox.

    QUESTION: At the top you said that significant sanctions would be coming in the coming days. Can you elaborate a little bit on that? Are they targeting financial institutions or country-specific? The Secretary said yesterday a handful of nations are providing aid and comfort to the Maduro regime.

    MR ABRAMS: Well, we did, you know, Friday sanction a Russian-Venezuelan bank, one that was basically 50/50 owned by Russian and Venezuelan state institutions. There will be more sanctions of financial institutions – I think I would leave it at that – and more visa revocations coming very soon.

    QUESTION: Like today?

    MR ABRAMS: Possible. Possible.

    QUESTION: How about Turkey?

    MR PALLADINO: No, no Turkey. Voice of America, please.

    QUESTION: Well, Turkey and Venezuela is actually a thing.

    QUESTION: Yes.

    MR PALLADINO: Turkey and Venezuela. Okay.

    QUESTION: Yes, that’s what I – that’s what I mean.

    MR PALLADINO: Go ahead, Laurie. Okay, go ahead.

    QUESTION: Thank you. To follow up on this question, Turkey’s support for – is prominent among those countries supporting the Maduro regime, including through the gold trade. What – do you have a comment on that and are you considering the possibility of secondary sanctions?

    MR ABRAMS: Well, those are two different questions. We – Turkey’s support for the Maduro regime obviously is completely contrary to U.S. policy and very unhelpful, and we will continue to take a look at the ways in which that support takes place, and in the context of sanctions by Treasury. Maybe I should leave it at that.

    MR PALLADINO: Okay, fair enough. Voice of America.

    QUESTION: Thank you. So a follow-up on Nick’s question. Is yesterday’s sanction against the bank based in Russia a secondary sanction? And is it the beginning of more sanctions against foreign financial institutions? That’s number one, and number two: Can you please give us a sense if there is any diplomatic effort to bring China on board? Thank you.

    MR ABRAMS: The bank – the sanctions of Friday on the Russian-Venezuelan bank were not secondary sanctions. We have not done any secondary sanctions. The – we will continue to make efforts to bring China aboard. We have told – in various places have told the Chinese that we think if their concern is in essence getting their money back, they’ll never get it back from the bankrupt Maduro regime and from a basically destroyed Venezuelan economy. As the Secretary explained yesterday, the only way they’ll get it back is when Venezuela returns to prosperity, which it won’t do under Nicolas Maduro. Obviously they haven’t changed their policy yet, but we will continue to talk about that.

    QUESTION: Will they be subject to potential sanction?

    MR ABRAMS: Well, we have not done secondary sanctions. That’s always one of the options on the table.

    MR PALLADINO: Last one. Let’s – someone new. (Off-mike.)

    QUESTION: Really?

    QUESTION: NTN24, Emiliana Molina, Mr. Abrams. So removing U.S. diplomats and bringing them back to D.C., is this perhaps a show of lack of confidence from the U.S. in Juan Guaido’s government to restore democracy, and what does this mean for his government? Some experts are saying that this looks bad for Guaido.

    MR ABRAMS: It certainly is not a display of any lack of confidence in him. The fact is that today the regime has the guns. The National Assembly and Interim President Guaido are trying, through exclusively peaceful means, to bring democracy back to Venezuela, and that is obviously something we and dozens of other countries support. It is a reflection of the deterioration that we see on the ground in Venezuela, and it is in essence a follow-up to the major part of the decision, which was made on January 24th, to take most of the embassy staff. It’s – we left a few people there, not many, but it’s really the same logic. Our support for Interim President Guaido is absolutely undiminished, and I think, more importantly, the support of the Venezuelan people for him is undiminished.

    MR PALLADINO: Perfect. All right.

    MR ABRAMS: Okay.

    MR PALLADINO: Mr. Abrams, thank you very much.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MR ABRAMS: Thank you. Should I say see you tomorrow?

    MR PALLADINO: Yeah. No, no, no, no, no, no, no. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: Or later this afternoon. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: Robert, are some of these experts (inaudible)?

    MR PALLADINO: Some of our subject matter experts remain in the room, and so let’s get through some of our other issues today and then I’d be happy to make them available if you’ve got some specific questions that you’d like to ask on the subject of consular services in Venezuela, okay?

    QUESTION: You’re going to make them sit through the whole press briefing?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m going to apologize in advance. You are going to have to listen to some other things, it’s true, so all right. Thank you. All right.

    Let’s start with this: We are outraged to hear reports that the Iranian regime sentenced Iranian human rights defender and women’s rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes. This sentence is beyond barbaric. Her alleged crime was advocating for Iranian women’s rights and for defending other Iranian women who were arrested by the regime for peacefully protesting the mandatory hijab law. Nasrin was sentenced in absentia without a fair trial by the notorious revolutionary court, which is led by Judge Moghiseh, an accused human rights violator.

    In addition, just this week, the regime cynically announced that as they enter the fifth decade of the Iranian Revolution, they would appoint Ebrahim Raisi, a man involved in mass summary executions of prisoners of conscience, as the head of the regime’s judiciary. The Iranian regime makes a mockery of the entire legal system in Iran, placing innocent people at the mercy of accused human rights violators. We condemn Nasrin’s sentence in the strongest possible terms and call on all of our partners and allies to speak out and demand the release of this courageous human rights defender and all those arbitrarily detained immediately. The Iranian people deserve a government that respects their legitimate demands and the human rights of all in Iran, not one that subjects them to prosecution in a justice system led by accused human rights violators.

    And we are pleased to have a group of teachers and students from Oakton, Virginia with us today. They’re in the back row. Welcome. They’re visiting the State Department as part of their history course and they are here to learn about American foreign policy. So welcome, we’re happy that you could join us, and – yeah, don’t ask questions. Perfect, all right. (Laughter.)

    Great. Questions?

    QUESTION: Yeah. Robert, I mean, this is going to be for the end. I would just like to know from the consular – roughly how many Americans or people, dual American citizens they estimate – I know that there’s no exact figure. You can never be exact, but like, is it tens of thousands, hundreds of – I mean, what’s the population? And how much of a difference is this going to be mean with – it was only a handful of people at the embassy in Caracas anyway, so there couldn’t – must have been very limited what they could do for people who needed assistance. So I mean, is – what’s the actual impact on that?

    And then more broadly on Venezuela, not for the CA people, although maybe: What is the – what’s the current standing of this debate over TPS or some other kind of – if that’s determined not to be applicable in this Venezuela situation, some other mechanism that would allow Venezuelans to stay in the U.S. beyond what Special Representative Abrams has spoken about, the 74,000 who are already in this asylum pipeline?

    MR PALLADINO: Regarding American citizens, I will defer on some of the more specifics on what we’re able to do to some of the folks that we have with us today, but we – I can say at the top that we will hold the Maduro regime directly responsible for the safety and welfare of United States citizens that are in Venezuela, and like our travel advisory says, we – U.S. citizens – U.S. citizens residing in or traveling in Venezuela should strongly consider departing Venezuela. That’s something we’ve said previously and something that we reiterate. We’re pursuing all possible possibilities to secure travel options for U.S. citizens, and we will be announcing additional information for foreign government partners in the days that follow. We continue to advise American citizens to avoid demonstrations and large gatherings and to monitor local media for updates.

    To repeat, the travel advisory in Venezuela remains the same, and that is Level Four, do not travel. And I’ll leave it at that.

    QUESTION: TPS or some other --

    MR PALLADINO: I don’t have any updates on that issue today. I don’t want to get ahead. It’s something that’s being looked at, I know, but I don’t have any information to --

    QUESTION: But what exactly is being looked at? Some alternate mechanism? Has it been – has it actually been decided at some – by – has it actually – has the administration actually decided that TPS in the case of Venezuela is not the right – is not the applicable vehicle or mechanism for --

    MR PALLADINO: I don’t have any policy announcements to make on that. It’s just something – I don’t have any policy announcements to make.

    QUESTION: I have a follow-up just – I don’t know if I didn’t hear properly. Are you saying you’re pursuing all options as to get U.S. citizens out of Venezuela?

    MR PALLADINO: No, no. That’s something we do to help facilitate, not --

    QUESTION: To facilitate.

    MR PALLADINO: Yes, there’s no – yes.

    QUESTION: Okay.

    MR PALLADINO: Okay. Correct.


    QUESTION: So with the situation deteriorating enough to now pull everybody out of the embassy, do you feel it necessary to put out additional information to all American citizens there, or do you feel like the “do not travel” sort of stands for itself?

    MR PALLADINO: Well, we routinely look at our travel information, and given that circumstances are changing, I would not think it – I would think – I would expect that additional information would be updated and provided in short order. I don’t think it’s going to change from Travel Four, that said, okay – from Level Four.

    QUESTION: Yeah, the advice that you – the advice that you last gave to – that you strongly, whatever that exact wording is, urge them to --

    MR PALLADINO: Yeah, “do not travel” was our – that’s our advice, okay?

    QUESTION: That’s – okay, that’s – but for those who are already there, I mean, the current language you said is, like, strongly suggest that they leave or something to that effect. Is that language from the alert going to be updated to, like, get out now?

    MR PALLADINO: That’s – I don’t want to preview what’s being done. It’s being looked at and reviewed, and in short order – safety of American citizens is one of the highest priorities of the State Department. It’s something that we are constantly reviewing, and as situations on the ground change, we review these things regularly and update them.


    QUESTION: Robert, after the American diplomats leave, will the local staff remain or will they – will they still be going into work and maybe protecting the property? And if not, will you be giving things like any remaining food and water that you have to them to take home, or can you tell me what --

    MR PALLADINO: I don’t have any additional information on that topic.

    (Inaudible.) Please, go ahead, Christina.

    QUESTION: Thanks. Can you give us – can you give us some guidance on when we might see the evacuation start? I’m hearing the end of the week. Does that sound about right? Is there an evacuation plan in the works? Can you give us, like, an update on where that is? Commercial? Are we going to send transports down?

    MR PALLADINO: We’re not going to get – the Secretary last night in his statement and tweet indicated this week, and we’re not going to get into details on when exactly or how exactly that will be transpiring.

    QUESTION: And just a follow-up, my colleagues asked a couple times but it wasn’t quite answered – Mr. Abrams didn’t quite answer the question when he was asked whether there had been some sort of new specific threat from the Maduro regime. He kept saying we don’t trust them to protect our diplomats, but can you say definitively, yes or no, if there had been some sort of new threat in the last couple hours that prompted this decision by the Secretary?

    MR PALLADINO: I have nothing beyond what Mr. Abrams said. I don’t.


    QUESTION: Did you accept the premise of her first question, which was that this is an evacuation, or did you just not --

    MR PALLADINO: This is – no. This is – I did not. This is – we’re withdrawing U.S. personnel.

    QUESTION: Right, but do you consider it to be an evacuation?


    QUESTION: Are you going in – is this Saigon ’75?

    MR PALLADINO: We’re withdrawing our personnel in an orderly fashion. The security of our people is paramount.

    Please. Said, please.

    QUESTION: Robert, thank you. Change topics. Okay.

    QUESTION: Could I just have one real quick question? Will the embassy be closed? Will that be the way to describe it? How would you describe --

    MR PALLADINO: I would not say it’s closed, no.

    QUESTION: How – when --

    MR PALLADINO: I would say – the legal status of the embassy – I would say we’re withdrawing from the embassy, but I believe closure is a matter of legality, and that’s not something that we have decided. So this is interim, I would say.

    QUESTION: One more on Venezuela?

    MR PALLADINO: Said, please go ahead.

    QUESTION: Yes, thank you. Changing topics, very quickly, Israel is set to deport the Human Rights Watch director for the West Bank because of a tweet, I guess. He’s a U.S. citizen. Are you aware of that? And what will you do to help him stay and conduct his job?

    MR PALLADINO: We are aware of those reports, and yes, the answer is --

    QUESTION: And what are you offering him? Aid? Help? Has he come – has he gone to the – not the consulate but the embassy?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not aware of anything like that, Said.

    QUESTION: Okay. All right. Let me move on to another --

    QUESTION: Well, wait a second. Let’s stay.


    QUESTION: Just are you talking to the Israelis about this? Would you – or is it – is it that you come to the defense of American citizens any – in all countries except Israel?

    MR PALLADINO: That is not true. The United States has no greater --

    QUESTION: Okay. Well --

    MR PALLADINO: Let me finish – has no greater responsibility, priority than the safety of American citizens, the welfare of our citizens overseas. In this particular case, I’m not going to talk about specifics. But I can say, as a matter of general principle, we value freedom of expression, even in cases where we do not agree with the political views espoused, and I’ll stop there.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    QUESTION: But did he --

    QUESTION: Okay, let me just follow-up --

    MR PALLADINO: Go ahead.

    QUESTION: -- on another issue on the Palestinian-Israeli issue. The government signed agreement, the Israeli Government, to build 23,000 housing units in occupied East Jerusalem. And also, there’s been such an uptick in settlements and so on. I know that you stick to your policy, but has there been – I mean, past administrations would issue concern from time to time, say, “We’re concerned about the acceleration of settlement building,” and so on. What is your position on this latest thing, since we haven’t heard anything from this administration on settlements?

    MR PALLADINO: The President has made his position on settlements clear. This is something we’ve talked about before. The Israeli Government has also made clear that its intent is to adopt a policy regarding settlement activity that takes into account the President’s concerns, that takes those into consideration. And that’s something that we welcome.

    QUESTION: And do you think that they have – I mean since this President’s been in office for the past two years, that they took his concern into consideration?

    MR PALLADINO: We welcome the Israeli Government’s decision to take the President’s views into consideration, and I would just reiterate what the President has said repeatedly, that the administration is committed to pursuing a comprehensive peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    MR PALLADINO: Laurie.

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

    QUESTION: The Western press yesterday ran headlines like, “Iran’s Rouhani in Iraq for His Third Visit to Offset U.S. Sanctions.” Is it still your position that Iraq has to abide by the Iran sanctions?

    MR PALLADINO: As far as sanctions go, as you know, a waiver was granted to Iraq to allow it to continue to pay for its electricity imports from Iran. And that has helped Iraq limit electricity shortages in the south since the re-imposition of sanctions that took place in November. And we’re going to continue to discuss Iran-related sanctions with our partners in Iraq to ensure continued compliance. And finally, any decisions related to those sanctions waivers, they’re at the discretion of the Secretary of State, and I would leave it there.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: And there are two issues in specific. One has to do with banking and reports that Iraq and Iran will establish a joint bank, which will allow Iran to circumvent sanctions. And the second has to do with a railroad from Iran to Basra, which would allow Iran to send military supplies to its proxies in Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria. Is that compatible with your understanding of sanctions?

    MR PALLADINO: Laurie, I don’t have any information on these proposals that you’re identifying today, so I’m going to refrain from talking on them.

    QUESTION: Robert --

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

    MR PALLADINO: Yep. Let’s go --

    QUESTION: Could you give us your reaction, the U.S. reaction, on President Bouteflika of Algeria not to seek a fifth term but to stay – to postpone the election and to stay in power, at least until the end of the year and probably after that?

    MR PALLADINO: We support efforts in Algeria to chart a new path forward based on dialogue that reflects the will of all Algerians and their aspirations for a peaceful and prosperous future.

    QUESTION: That’s all?

    MR PALLADINO: Well, we respect the rights of the Algerians to assemble and peacefully express their views, and we’re closely monitoring reports that Algeria’s elections have been postponed. We support the right of the Algerian people to vote in a free and fair election, as we do around the world.

    QUESTION: You think it’s a good thing that he’s not seeking a fifth term?

    MR PALLADINO: We support efforts in Algeria to chart a new path forward, and I’ll leave it at that.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: Robert?

    MR PALLADINO: Please. Afghanistan.

    QUESTION: Ambassador Khalilzad tweeted a short while ago that they’re – the – the two parties agreed in – in draft to some sort of proposal on the U.S. withdrawal as well as the Taliban providing safe haven in Afghanistan to terror groups. Can you share any more details on what that draft looks like, whether it’s – there’s a timetable now on U.S. withdrawal?

    MR PALLADINO: I did see those tweets. Special Representative Khalilzad and a team representing agencies across the United States Government concluded today talks with the Taliban delegation in Doha, and that’s what he was tweeting about. These have been the most substantive talks with the Taliban to date. We’ve received reports back from Special Representative Khalilzad that they’ve had meaningful progress. The Taliban have agreed that peace will require both sides to fully address four core issues, and they are: counterterrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, intra-Afghan dialogue, and a comprehensive ceasefire.

    In this round of talks, we were able to move to agreement in draft on the first two principles – counterterrorism assurances and troop withdrawal. And when that agreement, in draft, is finalized, the Taliban and an inclusive Afghan negotiating team that includes the Afghan Government and other Afghans will begin intra-Afghan negotiations of a political settlement and comprehensive ceasefire.

    And I’d also add that Special Representative Khalilzad will be returning to Washington. He’ll be consulting with Secretary Pompeo as well as the interagency and also partner countries in this process. Much work remains to be done. As Special Representative Khalilzad has said before, “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.”

    QUESTION: So you can’t share any details then of what was agreed to in that draft?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not going to be able to go into details on the results of the just concluded and ongoing talks.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: Second part of this though, as you said and as the ambassador tweeted, once this agreement in draft is finalized, then those intra-Afghan party talks will begin. Is that a commitment from the Taliban that they will engage, once this agreement is finalized, with the Afghan Government?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not going to be able to go into more details on the agreement itself, because they’re private conversations, and we want to give the parties time to work things out and to work out these issues in private. But intra-Afghan dialogue that includes the Afghan Government as well as the Taliban and other Afghans encourages – is something that we’re very much focused on and remains part of what we’re pursuing.

    QUESTION: Can I ask you, on a separate topic, your statement at the beginning on Iran and the sentencing of a women’s rights activist: Why didn’t you issue a similar statement when Saudi Arabia arrested women rights activists there, including a State Department International Women of Courage Award winner, Samar Badawi?

    MR PALLADINO: We’ve – I mean, this particular case really was barbaric. Many others have spoken out on this as well. Thirty-eight – this is a – basically, a lawyer representing women clients that’s been sentenced to 38 years and 148 lashes. That kind of barbarism is something that must be called out.

    In regards to other countries, Secretary Pompeo – we’ve spoken about – we speak about human rights, frankly, when we engage – when we travel the world engaging partners, allies. We do this regularly. It’s something that we stand for. It’s something that we’ll continue to do.

    QUESTION: But why not do it from the podium in a similar fashion?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not sure what specific case you’re referring to. We choose different ways to communicate our – to promote the value – human rights values. It’s something we’re going to continue to be outspoken about and we raise this regularly with all partners.

    Sure, Janne. Please, go ahead.

    QUESTION: Thank you very much, Robert. On South Korea, not North Korea this time.


    QUESTION: Okay. The – reported by the South Korean Channel A News, the former unification minister of South Korea, Jeong Se-hyun, said that the United States National Security Advisor John Bolton is a very unlucky person. I think the insulting language about John Bolton is a (inaudible) about – against the American people. How do U.S. react diplomatically?

    MR PALLADINO: Yeah, I haven’t seen that report and I’m – I have no reaction. Okay.

    QUESTION: Because he blaming about Hanoi talks, so John Bolton made the decisions break down this U.S.-North Korea summit. Can you find that out?

    MR PALLADINO: I would just say that the lead negotiator for the United States of America is the President of the United States, and that’s the President’s decision.

    QUESTION: Robert --

    QUESTION: That’s President’s decision. Okay. Thank you.

    QUESTION: Can I ask about the Ethiopian Airlines crash? It’s my understanding that Ethiopia has a lot of control over the investigation, at least at this point. Is the State Department working with Ethiopian authorities to make sure U.S. investigators have access to black boxes?

    MR PALLADINO: In response to the Government of Ethiopia’s request, we have sent a team from the United States National Transportation Safety Board. That includes the Federal Aviation Administration personnel as well. And they’re assisting in the investigation to determine the cause of death. Officials from the United States are also coordinating with INTERPOL and Ethiopian authorities in support of efforts to identify the remains of victims. These are some of the steps that the United States Government is taking to assist, and we – again, we extend our deepest condolences to all those families and the friends of those that lost their lives on that tragic accident.

    QUESTION: On Syria, Robert --

    MR PALLADINO: Please, right there.

    QUESTION: Thank you. If we can move to North Korea. Given the UN panel of experts’ findings on North Korea and sanctions, is the administration concerned that North – that the sanctions regime is not being enforced?

    MR PALLADINO: We made progress in Hanoi at the summit, and although we did not reach an agreement with North Korea, we were able to exchange detailed positions and to narrow the gap on a number of issues. Also made clear the United States expects complete denuclearization before sanctions relief. So I’d say that in response to your question, the United States and the international community have a shared understanding of what final, fully verified denuclearization entails, as well as meaningful progress, what that will constitute, what that goal looks like. And we remain ready to move forward. And I’ll leave it at that.

    QUESTION: Can I just follow quickly? Does the administration believe that there should be more economic pressure applied on North Korea?

    MR PALLADINO: We remain ready to engage North Korea. We are looking – I’m sorry, what was your question again? Increased? So we – our policy’s been explained many times; the President explained that these sanctions are the world’s sanctions and that they will be maintained until denuclearization is achieved. And I’ll leave it at that for now.

    Let’s go – last question. Michel, please.

    QUESTION: Yeah. You tweeted on Syria and building a statue of Hafez Assad in Daraa. Can you make the statement on camera, please?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m sorry, can you say it one more time, Michel?

    QUESTION: On Syria. You tweeted on building a statue of Hafez Assad in Daraa. Do you remember?

    MR PALLADINO: When was this?

    QUESTION: Before noon today.

    MR PALLADINO: Before noon. Of course. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: If you can make the statement on camera, please.

    MR PALLADINO: (Laughter.) And what is your question? Help me establish --

    QUESTION: If you can make the statement on camera, please.

    MR PALLADINO: I need the tweet in front of me. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: Okay. I will retweet it. You can --

    MR PALLADINO: All right, I’ll do it afterwards. If you want me to read the tweet, I’d be happy to do that. All right. All right.

    QUESTION: Quick question on Israel?

    MR PALLADINO: Shri, go ahead. Oh, I’m sorry, not Shri. Shri, go ahead. There’s your hand there.

    QUESTION: I wanted to know if you have an update on the exemption from Iran sanctions for India on oil purchases. It’s been six months since they were granted, and I think the foreign secretary is – Gokhale is scheduled to discuss them with his U.S. counterparts.

    And a second question: Is the U.S. concerned that China might block the UNSC 1267 listing request for Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar? Because Beijing made some comments yesterday that would suggest that China was potentially going to put a hold on it or block it.

    MR PALLADINO: As you point out, Foreign Secretary Gokhale is in town for high-level meetings this week at the State Department. He met with Secretary Pompeo yesterday. He’s got meetings at the White House, Department of Defense, as well as on Capitol Hill on a range of diplomatic and security issues.

    Regarding Masood Azhar, the United States and India work closely together on counterterrorism efforts, and that includes at the United Nations. And our views on Jaish-e-Mohammed and its founder are well known. JEM is a United Nations-designated terrorist group. Azhar is the founder and the leader of JEM, and he meets the criteria for designation by the United Nations. JEM has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace.

    Now, the United Nations sanctions committee, their deliberations are confidential, and as such we don’t comment on specific matters, but we’ll continue to work with the sanctions committee to ensure that the designation list is updated and accurate.

    Regarding your specific question on China, I would say that the United States and China share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace, and that a failure to designate Azhar would run counter to this goal.

    And with that, we’ll end.

    QUESTION: The National Security Advisor John Bolton welcomed the foreign – Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi. Do you have any readout of that?

    MR PALLADINO: The national security advisor works at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and I’d have to refer you to the White House for a readout on his call, but thanks. I don’t have a readout for you.

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          The Persian gamble / Joel C. Rosenberg.      Cache   Translate Page      
cover imageFrom the New York Times bestselling author of The Kremlin Conspiracy comes this latest international thriller about a terrifying nuclear alliance among three world powers--Russia, Iran, and North Korea--and the man who must halt their deadly strategy. Shot out of the air in enemy territory in the middle of the greatest international crisis since the end of the Cold War, former U.S. Secret Service agent Marcus Ryker finds himself facing an impossible task. Not only does he have to somehow elude detection and capture by Russian special forces, but he must convince his own government to grant safe harbor to the one man responsible for the global mayhem--Russian double agent and assassin Oleg Kraskin. While frantically negotiating with his contacts in the White House, Marcus learns that the unstable North Korean regime plans to use the international chaos as a smokescreen to sell nuclear weapons to Iran. With the fate of the entire free world on the line, Marcus makes a deal with the U.S. government--he will go back to work as an international operative and track down the WMDs before they end up in the hands of those with the determination and the means to use them. Marcus and Oleg worked together once before to avert a world war. Can they now find a way to stop world destruction?-- Publisher's description.
          Mike on (News Article): War games: America ‘keeps getting its ass handed to it’ by simulated Chinese, Russian attacks      Cache   Translate Page      

Happened a lot at Ft. Erwin (probably still does) when armor/infantry units transitioned there to train-up on how to counter tactics used by Soviet units. I think a lot of those units got their asses handed to them on a plater.  

My unit jumped into NTC back in 1982, though we started the exercise with what became known as "death jump."  I believe it was called Gallant Eagle.  Anyway here were high winds on the drop zone and we had a lot of injuries, and I believe four deaths.  If I remember correctly, we won that time around.   

          Ambasciatore di Kiev vuole incontrare Al Bano: "Rischioso che un artista flirti con i regimi"      Cache   Translate Page      

"Sono disponibile sin da subito ad accogliere Al Bano Carrisi e spiegare meglio il motivo per cui è pericoloso per gli artisti, soprattutto per quelli molto conosciuti, flirtare con i regimi dittatoriali sanguinari sia che si tratti del Cremlino, della Siria o di altri paesi". Lo ha affermato l'ambasciatore ucraino in Italia Yevhen Perelygin, dopo che il governo di Kiev ha inserito il cantante italiano nella lista degli individui che considera una minaccia alla sicurezza nazionale. Lo riferisce una nota dell'ambasciata.

"Vorrei fare un tentativo di convincerlo che la tesi propagandistica russa sul 'ritorno della Crimea nella Russia' di fatto legittima ed incoraggia l'invasione militare russa in Crimea ed in Donbass nonché allontana la pace in Ucraina", ha aggiunto il diplomatico in una nota, sottolineando che "gli artisti anno un potere di influenza sul pensiero altrui e devono saperlo usare con equilibrio".

Perelygin ha ricordato che "tutto il mondo democratico, incluso il Governo italiano, nel 2014 ha riconosciuto l'aggressione armata della Russia contro il mio paese e il tentativo dell'annessione della parte del territorio dell'Ucraina, un paese sovrano e indipendente".

VIDEO - Al Bano nella lista nera dell'Ucraina, l'artista: "Terrorista io? Canto la pace e ammiro Putin, che male c'è?"

          "La Russia non è un partner strategico dell'Ue". M5s e Lega votano contro la risoluzione all'Europarlamento      Cache   Translate Page      

Gli eurodeputati di Lega e M5S hanno votato contro la risoluzione sulla Russia approvata oggi in aula a Strasburgo, in cui si afferma che Mosca non può più essere considerata un "partner strategico" dall'Ue.

A votare contro il testo, oltre gli eurodeputati di Lega e Cinquestelle, anche una minoranza degli eurodeputati Pd.

Nel testo approvato in aula si legge tra l'altro che l'Ue "dovrebbe prepararsi ad adottare ulteriori sanzioni, incluse sanzioni personali mirate", se Mosca continuerà a violare il diritto.

          Al Bano: "Con Putin solo una stretta di mano. Non sono un bombarolo, canto la pace. Sono un uomo libero, ho le mie opinioni"      Cache   Translate Page      

Al Bano è stato inserito dall'Ucraina nella lista degli individui che considera una minaccia alla sicurezza nazionale. La lista nera è compilata e aggiornata dal ministero della Cultura in base alle richieste del Consiglio di Sicurezza e Difesa nazionale dell'Ucraina, dei servizi di sicurezza ucraini e del Consiglio della Tv e Radio nazionali. In un'intervista al Corriere della Sera, il cantante racconta il momento in cui ha appreso la notizia:

"Mi sono stupito che questa cosa arrivi dal ministero della Cultura, dato che tutti sanno che ho sempre cantato la pace. Ora chiederò chiarimenti all'ambasciata. Devono dirmi da cosa nasce questo mio essere bombarolo: non ho mai fatto del male all'Ucraina, ho cantato lì ed è andato sempre tutto bene, non ho mai parlato delle loro questioni politiche, le mie canzoni non hanno mai istigato a violenza e terrorismo".

Sono passati cinque anni dall'ultima esibizione di Al Bano in Ucraina. Il cantante parla delle proprie amicizie russe, tra cui quella con Putin, che potrebbero essere state sospette in Ucraina.

"Ho cantato per lui quattro volte, ma è una conoscenza da strette di mano. Non ci ho mai parlato. Zero. Io conosco solo gli impresari che mi procurano i concerti. In Russia, ne faccio sette o otto l'anno, neanche tanti, considerando la vastità del Paese. Poi, certo, arrivo, mi presentano le autorità, ma posso dire che li conosco come conosco l'ex presidente ucraino, come si chiamava? Viktor Janukovyc. Me l'hanno presentato, gli ho stretto la mano. Fine".

Al Bano ricorda la prima volta in cui ha conosciuto personalmente Putin:

"Era il 1986, era ancora solo capo del Kgb. Venne a vedermi a Leningrado a un concerto con Romina. Il giorno dopo, passò in hotel, trovò solo me, mi strinse la mano e si complimentò. Questo è il contatto più intimo che abbiamo avuto. [...] Apprezzo i suoi valori religiosi e il suo piglio forte, ma un uomo è libero di avere le sue opinioni".

Il cantante non esclude la possibilità di risolvere la questione e di tornare a esibirsi in Ucraina:

"Io non ho fatto la guerra a nessuno. Voglio che loro siano in pace con me. Dopodiché, vado dove sono desiderato e grazie al cielo, di Paesi ce ne sono tanti".

          Russia Set to Gain Ground in Ukrainian Elections      Cache   Translate Page      
By Andrea Snyder

Russia will likely gain political ground in Ukraine regardless of the outcome of the upcoming 2019 Ukrainian Presidential and Parliamentary Elections scheduled respectively for March 31 and October 27. The majority of the leading presidential candidates are amenable in some degree to the Kremlin. Current Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is the candidate most aligned with the West but his popular support has slipped due to his inability to deliver on key anti-corruption reforms as well as a sustained disinformation campaign by Russia. If Poroshenko wins the election, it will likely only be by a slim margin and his political bloc still stands to lose seats in the subsequent parliamentary elections. His opponents, by contrast, are populists willing to offer concessions to the Kremlin or politicians openly favorable towards Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia thus stands to advance its core strategic objectives in Ukraine - namely, reasserting political control over the Government of Ukraine and preventing its integration with the West. Russia must also extort or otherwise gain access to a supply of freshwater for the occupied Crimean Peninsula. Many of the presidential and parliamentary candidates are likely willing to support these types of concessions in exchange for limited economic or military deals with the Kremlin. Russia has deliberately cultivated these relationships with a wide range of politicians, shifting away from its prior tactics of investing in one major candidate or political party in Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Western-oriented political reformists are active and still have a chance to make progress in the 2019 Ukrainian Parliamentary Election. The U.S. should engage with and support these reformists, who are facing pressures in advance of both elections, in order to counter Russia. Preserving reformers within the Government of Ukraine - particularly the Ukrainian Parliament - will be critical to Ukraine’s ability to withstand subversion by Russia and defend its pursuit of closer ties with the EU and NATO.

[1] [“Electoral Orientation of Ukraine’s Population: The Last Week of February 2019,”] Social Monitoring Center, March 4, 2019,;
[“Monitoring Electoral Mood of Ukrainians: February 2019,”] Rating Group Ukraine, March 4, 2019, http://ratinggroup(.)ua/research/ukraine/monitoring_elektoralnyh_nastroeniy_ukraincev_fevral_2019.html; [“Electoral Orientations and Protest Structures of Ukrainians in the Active Phase of the Election Campaign,”] Institute for Analysis and Forecasting, March 4, 2019,; [“Electoral Orientation of Ukrainian Citizens (March 2019),”] Sofia Center for Social Studies, March 2019,; [“Public-Political Mood of the Population of Ukraine: February 2019, No. 2,”] Blue Dawn Monitoring, February 22, 2019, https://www.slideshare(.)net/UkrN/blue-dawn-monitoring-2019-2; [“Four Leaders of the Presidential Race Have Been Identified,”] Advanced Legal Initiatives, February 16, 2019,
[2] [“Biography of Petro Oleksiyovych Poroshenko,”] Ukrainian Central Election Commission, February 7, 2019,; Photo Credit: [“Official Portrait of Petro Poroshenko,”] Digital Image, March 15, 2014, Accessed on Presidency of Ukraine,
[3] “Ukraine's Poroshenko: Billionaire Candy Man, Veteran Politician,” Voice of America, May 25, 2014,
[4] Agata Wierzbowska-Miazga and Tadeusz Olszanski, “Poroshenko, President of Ukraine,” Centre for Eastern Studies, May 28, 2014, https://www.osw.waw(.)pl/en/publikacje/analyses/2014-05-28/poroshenko-president-ukraine.
[5] [“Biography of Yulia Volodymyrivna Tymoshenko,”] Ukrainian Central Election Commission, January 25, 2019,; Photo Credit: Thomas Barthelet, “Tymoshenko 2010,” Digital Image, November 17, 2009, Accessed on Flickr,
[6] [“Biography of Yulia Volodymyrivna Tymoshenko,”] Civil Movement Chesno, February 25, 2019, https://www.chesno(.)org/politician/26674/.
[7] “Russia and Ukraine Agree Gas Deal,” The Guardian, January 18, 2009,
[8] Taras Kuzio, “Ukraine’s Populists Push Through Anti-IMF Yet Pro-EU Message,” Kyiv Post, November 8, 2018,
[9] [“Election Program of Yulia Volodymyrivna Tymoshenko,”] Ukrainian Central Election Commission, February 25, 2019,
[10] Ariana Gic, “Yulia Tymoshenko is a Threat to Pro-EU Reforms in Ukraine,” Emerging Europe, February 1, 2019,
[11] [“Biography of Volodymyr Olekcandrovich Zelensky,”] Ukrainian Central Election Commission, January 30, 2019.; Photo Credit: Kvartal95 Official, [“Volodymyr Zelensky 2018,”] Digital Image, July 24, 2016, Accessed on Wikimedia Commons,
[12] [“Zelensky Announced His Decision to Go to the Presidency (Video),”] UNIAN, January 1, 2019, https://www.unian(.)ua/elections/10396374-zelenskiy-zayaviv-pro-rishennya-yti-u-prezidenti-video.html.
[13] Mykola Vorobiov, “Oligarchs and Their Media Outlets Influence Ukrainian Presidential Elections,” Eurasia Daily Monitor Vol. 16, No. 19 (February 2019),; “Rule by Oligarchs: Kiev Appoints Billionaires to Govern East,” Russia Today, March 4, 2014, https://www.rt(.)com/news/ukraine-oligarch-rule-governors-512/.
Bermet Talant, “Kolomoisky Rails Against Ukraine and Poroshenko,” Kyiv Post, November 23, 2018,
[14] [“Election Program of Volodymyr Olekcandrovich Zelensky,”] Ukrainian Central Election Commission, February 27, 2019,
[15] Ibid.
[16] Ibid.
[17] Konstantin Skorkin, “How a Comedian Will Change Ukraine’s Election,” Carnegie Moscow Center, January 1, 2019, https://carnegie(.)ru/commentary/78218.
[18] [“Biography of Yuriy Anatolievich Boyko,”] Ukrainian Central Election Commission, January 22, 2019,; Photo Credit: Vadim Chuprina, “Boiko Yurii Wiki,” Digital Image January 29, 2019, Accessed on Wikimedia Commons,
[20] Shaun Walker, “Ukrainian Businessman Dmytro Firtash Arrested After Extradition Ruling,” The Guardian, February 21, 2017,; Vorobiov, “Oligarchs and Their Media Outlets,”
[22] [“Election Program of Yuriy Anatolievich Boyko,”] Ukrainian Central Election Commission, February 27, 2019,
[23] Roman Kravets [“Odd-Man-Out: Why Lyovochkin and Medvedchuk Are Preparing for the Election Without Akhmetov,”] Pravda, November 20, 2018,; [“Leader of the Ukrainian Party ‘Nashi’ Withdrew His Candidacy from the Elections,”] Radio Svoboda, March 7, 2019, https://www.svoboda(.)org/a/29809132.html.
[24] [“Biography of Oleksandr Yuriyovych Vilkul,”] Ukrainian Central Election Commission, January 25, 2019,; Photo Credit: Catrifle, [“Oleksandr Yuriyovych Vilkul 2017,”] Digital Image, January 31, 2018, Accessed on Wikimedia Commons,
[26] [“Leader of the Ukrainian Party ‘Nashi’ Withdrew His Candidacy from the Elections,”] https://www.svoboda(.)org/a/29809132.html.
[27] [“Biography of Oleh Valerievich Lyashko,”] Ukrainian Central Election Commission, January 25, 2019,; Photo Credit: Vadim Chuprina, [“Lyashko, Oleg Valerievich,”] Digital Image, November 9, 2015, Accessed on Wikimedia Commons,,_%D0%9E%D0%BB%D0%B5%D0%B3_%D0%92%D0%B0%D0%BB%D0%B5%D1%80%D1%8C%D0%B5%D0%B2%D0%B8%D1%87_0076_%D0%A7%D1%83%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%BD%D0%B0_%D0%92%D0%B0%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%BC_%D0%90_(cropped).jpg.
[28] [“Biography of Oleh Valerievich Lyashko,”] Ukrainian Central Election Commission, January 25, 2019,
[29] Oleksiy Bratuschak, [“Lyashko Becomes a Mascot of Akhmetov,”] Pravda, May 9, 2018,
[30] Andrew Wilson, “Ukrainian Elections: Poroshenko and Proliferating Populists,” European Council on Foreign Relations, May 23, 2018, https://www.ecfr(.)eu/article/commentary_ukrainian_elections_poroshenko_and_proliferating_populists.
[31] “Europe Is Divided by a Line of Blood,” EU Today, October 13, 2017, https://eutoday(.)net/news/politics/2017/europe-is-divided-by-a-line-of-blood.
[32] “‘There Will Be No EU in 5 Years, Only Ukraine’ – Radical Party MP,” Russia Today, March 4, 2016, https://www.rt(.)com/news/334573-lyashko-eu-schengen-dissolution/; Volodymyr Yermolenko, “Ukraine’s New Populists: Who They Are and Why They’re Dangerous,” Atlantic Council, May 17, 2018,
[33] [“Biography of Anatoliy Stepanovich Hrytsenko,”] Ukrainian Central Election Commission, January 15, 2019,; Photo Credit: Antje Wildgrube, “42nd Munich Security Conference 2006: Anatoliy Hrytsenko, Minister of Defense, Ukraine,” Digital Image, February 4, 2006, Accessed on Wikimedia Commons,,_16.00_-_18.00-Grytsenko.jpg.

          Comment on Is Russia Planning A Nuclear War? by Dale      Cache   Translate Page      
I must correct one, potentially deadly mistake you made in the article. Using fire to heat a greenhouse will, indeed, produce carbon monoxide. But plants do not use carbon monoxide, they use carbon DIOXIDE. Big difference! If you fill your greenhouse with carbon monoxide you've just created a death trap. Carbon Monoxide is odorless and colorless, meaning that you won't know it's there. However, it bonds with the hemoglobin in your blood 30 time more readily than oxygen bonds with your blood. Your body will absorb carbon monoxide instead of oxygen and you will die. That's why firefighters wear air packs when fighting fires. We want to avoid the carbon monoxide. Don't use an open fire to heat your greenhouse, especially not a charcoal fire. If you must use fire, make certain that the greenhouse is well-vented to allow the carbon monoxide to escape and fresh oxygen to enter.
          Is It Time To LOCK HER UP Roger Stone Yet? Maybe Almost!      Cache   Translate Page      

When we last left Roger Stone, he was trying to convince federal judge Amy Berman Jackson to put him in jail in advance of his trial, or at least he seemed to be trying to do that.

Berman Jackson gag ordered Stone in February after he accidentally oopsie allowed one of his interns to post a picture of the judge with a crosshairs next to her face, after which he behaved like an adult for approximately eight seconds before "remembering" that accidentally oopsie the new version of his Gateway Pundit Guest Blogger book, The Myth Of Russian Collusion: The Inside Story Of How Donald Trump REALLY Won, had just come out, right in the middle of this era of Roger Stone being ball-gagged, we mean gag ordered! The book itself is not new, but Stone wrote a new introduction about how Robert Mueller is a hunter of witches and blah blah Deep State blah blah blah blah blah blah, which definitely would violate a gag order in the case of Mueller v. This Latest Shitmouthed Witch, now wouldn't it?

So Stone and his lawyers decided to let Berman Jackson know about the book's "imminent release" (finally) on March 1 -- the date Stone had called the "publishing date" on Instagram -- over a week after she issued her gag order on February 21, and nine days after the new version became available on Amazon, on February 19. (That is not the definition of "imminent release," we don't think?)

Berman Jackson noted last week that Stone and his lawyers could have told the Court about this little "upcoming" (by which we mean "right now") book re-release approximately eleventy times, and that it sure seemed like he was doing this whole song-and-dance with the Court in order to drum up publicity for his stupid book, and she was NOT PLEASED WITH THAT.

So last night, Stone's lawyers dropped their response, in advance of a status hearing on Thursday where Berman Jackson might finally decide to put Stone in a fucking jail cell where he belongs. (She also may set a trial date!) Their response, mostly, was "Nuh uh! We weren't trying to hide this book thing from you! NO PUBLICITY! NO PUBLICITY! YOU ARE THE PUBLICITY!" Also they are very sorry, and say that "Having been scolded, we seek only to defend Mr. Stone and move ahead without further ado." So ... no harm, no foul, right?

Stone's lawyer Bruce Rogow says it didn't even cross his mind until after Berman Jackson issued the gag order that Stone's new introduction to the re-release of his book might be an issue, but Politico notes that if you dig into the emails they submitted, you see Roger Stone freaking out before the gag order was imposed that the book release might cause problems:

"Recognize that the judge may issue a gag order any day now and while we will appeal it, that could take a while," Stone wrote to Skyhorse Publishing editor Michael Campbell on Feb. 15. "I also have to be wary of media outlets I want to interview me but don't really want to talk about the book. These are weird times."


And the Washington Post quotes other communications submitted by Stone's lawyers, because do you really think Wonkette felt like reading all this shit ourselves?

On Feb. 21, after the order was entered, attorney Grant Smith wrote Rogow that the book "will be published march 1. See date below. Need to see if this breaks the order."

Smith followed up with Tony Lyons at Skyhorse Publishing on Feb. 26. "The mere publication of the new portions of the book could land Roger in jail for contempt of the judge's order."


You'll remember that Amy Berman Jackson is the same judge who did LOCK HER UPS to Paul Manafort before his trial, because he just couldn't stop committing crimes while he was on pre-trial release. (She also sentences Manafort tomorrow morning bright and early!) So let's just all say a prayer that she is fuckin' through with Roger Stone's shit now, and will put him in jail where he belongs ASAP.

Make it so, Judge!

[Stone lawyers' response / Politico / Washington Post]

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          NRA Having Just A Terrible Time, Isn't That Sad?      Cache   Translate Page      

Pity poor Wayne LaPierre! The guy just wants to flog murder machines and watch the cash roll in, and he keeps getting dragged into stupid bullshit. The then National Rifle Association president only got paid $1.5 million in 2017, and that is not nearly enough to compensate him for having to clean up every time that Loesch woman sticks a Klan hood on a cartoon train. The NRA is supposed to be a cash cow, that keeps up a steady hoofbeat of fear, while quietly making its leadership very, very fat. It's not supposed to be the attack dog for a modern day red scare that calls grieving mothers "tragedy-dry-humping whores." What happened to KILLING THEM SOFTLY, DAMMIT? That's what Wayne wants to know!

The New York Times reports that all is not well in Gun Land. Some of the old guard are nervous that appointing themselves the clenched fist of the culture war is making it harder to pull crumpled bills out of their cleavage.

In recent weeks, in a rare airing of internal debate at the N.R.A., two prominent board members expressed concerns about NRATV to The New York Times. Their statements were released through the N.R.A. itself, amid what was described as an internal review of NRATV and its future.

"Since the founding of NRATV, some, including myself and other board members, have questioned the value of it," Marion Hammer, the group's most formidable lobbyist and a key adviser to its chief executive, Wayne LaPierre, said in a statement. "Wayne has told me and others that NRATV is being constantly evaluated — to make sure it works in the best interest of the organization and provides an appropriate return on investment."

Former NRA President Marion Hammer is the biggest gun lobbyist in Florida. She's got to fend off the pesky Parkland kids, and having those NRATV nutjobs poking the bear every day is not helping, Mister! Particularly since the rest of the past presidents managed to get their pictures taken all over Moscow with an actual Russian spy.

Former NRA President David Keene with Maria ButinaMaria Butina social media

It's a delicate balance, between banging the money drum, and trying to quietly disburse that blood money among the vampires. Particularly when the guys doing the banging are literally in bed with Nosferatu. The line between the NRA and its longtime drummers at the advertising company Ackerman McQueen is sometimes ... blurry.

Mr. LaPierre's wife, Susan, has worked for an Ackerman subsidiary, and there has come to be a revolving door between the two companies, with many employees having worked by turns for both NRATV and Ackerman.

Oliver L. North, the [current] N.R.A. president, has a contract with Ackerman, though the N.R.A. would not disclose its size. As part of the relationship, Mr. North, a former Fox News pundit, hosts media programming and special events, like the show "American Heroes," which recently began airing on NRATV.

The N.R.A., a nonprofit, has also directed $18 million since 2010 to a private company jointly owned by executives of Ackerman and the N.R.A., according to records and interviews.

And the nice thing about paying $40 million to Ackerman McQueen in 2017 is that they don't have to disclose how much of it went to Mrs. LaPierre. Or Ollie North. Or any of the other NRA friends and relatives that cycled on and off its payroll. Very convenient.

Newly elected New York Attorney General Letitia James has vowed to take a look at the NRA's finances. Perhaps she'll be able to work out what the NRA charitable foundation bought when it paid $100 million in tax-deductible contributions to the NRA lobbying group, over and above the $5 million loan in 2017.

The NRA also has a history of "forgetting" to put information about conflicts of interest on its tax filings. For instance, they just forgot to mention that they were buying millions of dollars worth of ammo -- $3.1 million in 2017 alone -- from the family business of longtime director and former NRA President Pete Brownell. The Wall Street Journal reports:

In a November tax filing, the NRA Foundation, which is controlled by the NRA board and sends most of its money to the NRA, disclosed for the first time a longstanding arrangement under which it buys millions of dollars in products from Crow Shooting Supply. That company is controlled by Pete Brownell, CEO of an Iowa gun retailer who was a longtime NRA director and NRA president from 2017 to early 2018.

It's an easy mistake to make for eight years in a row.

Brownell is on the left.From Maria Butina's social media

Likewise, the NRA Foundation just plum "inadvertently omitted" to mention that it had paid board member H. Wayne Sheets $685,000 in 2016 through his fundraising firm HWS Consulting. This inadvertent omission carried over into 2017, when it failed to disclose a payment of $710,000. But now the Journal pointed that out, and they'll go forth and sin more until 2023, when the contract expires. Or maybe it will get renewed! Because the NRA Foundation is in dire need of cash since their membership dues dropped 21 percent in 2017. Another couple years like that, and this gravy train might have to hang up its hood, like a stinky old diesel relegated to the shed by a younger, browner, cleaner import.



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Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.

There's so much fuckery in Trump's $4.75 trillion budget, we don't have nearly enough time to go through everything. Politico has a list of some of the winners and losers, the former being his golf buddies and Betsy DeVos, and the latter being poor people, the sick, and the elderly (thanks to massive cuts in Medicare and Medicaid previously sold as TrumpCare). WaPo notes that the administration is living in a complete fantasy believing that the economy is doing fine, counter to the analysis from every math geek who's ever used an abacus. Yesterday, OMB Director Russ Vought told reporters that it wasn't actually the Trump tax cuts (for the super rich) that ballooned the national debt, it was Obama. Earlier in the day, Vought appeared on CNBC to bitch and moan about the Mexican-Muslim taco truck invasion of the southern border, arguing that WALL was more important than sick, old, and/or poor people, and stated, "We're tired of being right." US TOO, BUDDY. Meanwhile, the GOP revolt over Trump's border wall has flipped Congress on its head as members consider measures ranging from overriding Trump's national emergency declaration, to limiting the presidential power to declare national emergencies.

In a bigass profile in WaPo, Nancy Pelosi finally said what's been hinted at for two years -- that she doesn't want to impeach Trump "unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan ... because it divides the country. And he's just not worth it." Some Democrats pushed back strongly on Pelosi's remarks, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez noting Trump met "the Lindsey Graham standard" for impeachment "multiple times." In speaking with Politico, House Oversight Chair Elijah Cummings called impeachment a "political process," and added, "You've got to have bipartisanship. Right now you've got 40 something percent of the country pleased, I guess, with what the president's doing. I think Pelosi realizes this."

Dick Cheney ripped Mike Pence a new asshole at a private meeting in Georgia over the weekend at a forum for a conservative think tank, according to a leaked transcript of the event. The war hawk criticized the Trump administration's foreign policy as being more limpwristed than Obama, complaining that Trump's idea to demand protection money from allies "sounded like a new York state real estate deal." Pence responded by reportedly asking, "Who wrote these softball questions?"

In a rare showing of bipartisan rebuke of the Trump administration, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have invited the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to Washington to address a joint session of Congress later this spring. The invite comes as Trump moves to charge US allies protection money to the tune of "cost plus 50."

Massachusetts Democratic Senator and 2020 candidate Elizabeth Warren suddenly found her ads calling for Facebook to be broken up taken down by Facebook. Facebook issued a statement saying the ads violated their policy of using its logos in advertising. Though the ads were later restored, they kind of proved Warren's point that Facebook is too goddamn big. Politico is stirring the pot this morning with a story about Warren taking money from Silicon Valley employees and selling her books on Amazon ... over the last decade.

Senators Ed Markey and Josh Hawley say they plan introduce a bill to amend the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The bill would reportedly extend protections of children up to 15-years-old, and bar platforms from targeting ads at kids under 13. Roll Call notes it's unlikely to become a law even though multiple states and the EU have already moved forward with strict data privacy regulations aimed at keeping companies from fiddling with kids' heads. Here's an example of COPPA laws in action.

Democrats have chosen Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for their 2020 nominating convention. In a tweet, the party stated Milwaukee was "more than equipped."

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says her office was "thorough and professional" when it "thoroughly and appropriately" investigated sexual harassment allegations from a female staffer against Gillibrand's longtime driver and military adviser. In a brief scrum with reporters, Gillibrand said she has full confidence about the "professional and thorough" investigation that was now "thorough and complete." He must be a good man, and thorough.

Former Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke is headed to Iowa to help state Senate candidate Eric Giddens in a special election while simultaneously reaching out to former Obama people and courting activists. Beto hasn't announced #HesRunning (yet), but political wizards think it's just a matter of time.

Former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams clarified remarks she made at SXSW stating she hadn't decided if #ShesRunning in 2020, and said the possibility was "on the table." Abrams's initial remarks were that she kept a spreadsheet with gigs she wanted, and 2028 would have been the earliest she would run for president.

According to court records, a Roy Moore supporter pleaded the Fifth 65 TIMES when asked if he had tried to bribe the lawyer representing one of Moore's accusers to drop the client and issue a damning statement to Breitbart. What initially started as a defamation suit has grown to engulf Steve Bannon's rightwing shit rag. SCANDAL!

Those rascally radicals in antifa have dug up racist and anti-Semitic chat logs from from Bennet Bressman, the statewide field director for Nebraska's uber rich Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts. The 22-year-old Bressman says the logs, which date back to last year, were from a long time ago and no longer reflect who he is as a person, though screenshots of Bressman's social media accounts show him teaching people about "chad nationalism," joking about running down Black Lives Matter activists with his white car, dropping n-bombs and racial stereotypes, as well as old fashioned gay-hatin'. [Logs]

Current Florida man and former Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage started cold calling radio shows (again) to say those damn dirty Democrats get all their money from the JEEWWZZ, and that Rep. Ilhan Omar "completely vindicated" his long history of hate mongering. [Audio]

As British Prime Minister Theresa May faces the rapidly approaching zero for a "no-deal" Brexit scenario, the EU and UK agreed to a changes over the Irish backstop and permanent customs union. HOWEVER, the EU signaled the changes are by no means an end to negotiations just as a number of British MPs sounded off about their reluctance to support May's deal. If you're confused, don't worry, so is everyone else.

A new UN report says North Korea is cleverly avoiding oil, coal, and weapons sanctions, and hacking foreign banks to make some quick cash -- and that's on top of all the shady weapons testing programs they've quietly started back up. The report even includes photos of North Korean ships disguised as trading vessels illegally transferring energy and materials on the high seas, as well as the regime's smuggling of weapons to Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, possible gold-mining in the Republic of Congo, and supplying Uganda with military training and weapons.

Lawyers for Roger Stone say they "clumsily" tried to tell the court about Roger Stone's book, and that they'd like to "move ahead without further ado," HOWEVER emails from Stone to his publisher show Stone bitching about a gag order interfering with his book sales, arguing for more money, and demanding fewer copies of the book be printed.

The Senate Intel Committee met with Simona Mangiante, the wife of George Papadopoulos, to ask about her old boss, ALLEGED Russian spy Joseph Mifsud. Mangiante told WaPo that she was "happy to provide information," emphatically adding, "Definitely not because I am a Russian spy." [No, she said that!]

Tucker Carlson refused to apologize for sexist and misogynist comments made to a shock jock's radio show unearthed by Media Matters. Tucker likened the campaign to have him and Jeanine Pirro "You're Fired" to a "mob" in a defiant monologue, and stated he planned to "fight it" while crying on the shoulder of Sean Hannity. Media Matters later released MORE damning audio of Tucker where he claims "white men" were responsible for "creating civilization," waxes philosophical about THE BLACKNESS of the Obamas, and whines that Iraqi people aren't "human beings" because they "don't use toilet paper or forks," and that they're actually, "semiliterate primitive monkeys," Shortly after Tucker's monologue, Fox News host Brit Hume tweeted, "Doing well is the best revenge," and linked to Tucker's TV ratings. Meanwhile, Variety's Brian Steinberg noted Tucker didn't have many ads during his show, and that's not a good sign (for him).

Two of the most prominent NRA board members tell the New York Times that NRATV's hard-right turn into fear mongering of apocalyptic race riots, ALLEGED grift, and shady Russian fuckery has forced them to reconsider what the hell they're all doing. Apparently Dana Loesch putting Thomas the Tank in a KKK hood was a little too much, even for gun fetishists chumming red meat.

After the Westboro Baptist Church decided to take a field trip to the Virginia state capitol and protest the state's first and only openly transgender lawmaker, Del. Danica Roem, the lead singer of heavy metal band Lamb of God organized a counter-protest with free kazoos. Several hundred people turned out in support of Roem, who herself fronts a local heavy metal band, and chased out the hate group out within 30 minutes.

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          Russia to ‘unveil secret submarine in 2020 which is armed with SIX nuclear devices and can spark radioactive tsunamis’      Cache   Translate Page      
RUSSIA will deploy underwater submarines armed with nuclear drones capable of causing a 300ft radioactive tsunami, state media reports The so-called Poseidon strategic missiles, carrying up to 200 megaton warheads, will be deployed by 2020 and could wipe out the likes of Los Angeles, according to reports. Putin’s military plans to deploy the weapons on […]
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OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER will let Manchester United’s defenders prove themselves before deciding whether to splash out this summer. The Old Trafford boss-in-waiting has £80million to spend on a centre-back but his priority is a right winger. SunSport last month revealed United’s interest in England ace Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund. Solskjaer is also monitoring Juventus […]
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MODEL Helga Lovekaty wears the red of Liverpool — but Bayern Munich footballer James Rodriguez will be hoping that is as far as her support goes. Russian Helga, 26, posed in racy red lingerie ahead of the huge Champions League game between the Merseysiders and the Germans at the Allianz Arena. Last month’s first leg […]
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At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

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According to The Sun, Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will opt against strengthening the defence in summer in order to seal a move for £100million-rated Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho. The Red Devils were keen on landing a centre-back last summer, with both Leicester City’s Harry Maguire  and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly on their radar. But it will take more than £75million – the current world record for a centre-back – to land the Senegalese defender and Solskjaer – who is set to be named permanent manager – wants to focus funds on securing a right-winger. That is the Norwegian’s

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The Huntington Theatre Company's 2019 Breaking Ground festival of new plays will be held April 12 - 14, 2019 at the Huntington's home for new work, the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The festival is a vital part of the Huntington's new play development efforts and highlights the work of locally-based Huntington Playwriting Fellows and national writers in partnership with the Huntington. Over the last decade, Breaking Ground plays have gone on to appear at the Huntington as well as theatres in Boston, across the country, and internationally.

Readings are free and open to the public, though not to reviewing members of the press. Advance reservation is required. RSVP at

The three-day festival will include:

Saturday, April 13 at 8pm; South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

  • Deal Me Out written by MJ Halberstadt, directed by Rebecca Bradshaw
    Sunday, April 14 at 7pm; South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

Of this year's festival, Huntington Theatre Company's Director of New Work, Charles Haugland says, "The new plays in this year's Breaking Ground festival each highlight their playwright's distinct voice - from Brenda Withers' riotous and insightful send-up, to MJ Halberstadt's clever and surprising comedy, to Maurice Parent and Melinda Lopez's arresting look at education and identity. We look forward to showcasing these brilliant writers from the Boston community and to spending an evening in the company of each of their plays."

Breaking Ground is supported by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Harry Kondoleon Playwriting Fund, and the Stanford Calderwood Fund for New American Plays.


The Kritik

Written by Brenda Withers

Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel

Friday, April 12 at 8pm

South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA


In an imagined corner of 19th century Russia, a provincial theatre critic struggles to write his first honest review. A send-up and celebration of the theatre, the truth, and all things Chekhovian, The Kritik joyfully examines how candor, corruption, and community affect the creative process.

Brenda Withers is a playwright, actor, and founding member of the Harbor Stage Company on Cape Cod. Her plays include The Deer and the Antelope, Northside Hollow (with Jonathan Fielding), The Ding Dongs, and String Around My Finger, and have been developed and presented at places such as Portland Stage, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Urbanite Theatre, Amphibian Stage, and Gloucester Stage. Onstage she has appeared at theatres including Actors Theatre of Louisville, McCarter Theater Center, PS122, the Folger, and Hartford Stage. Her work has been awarded an Edgerton Award and the Clauder Prize, and she's enjoyed playwriting residencies with New Georges and the Camargo Foundation. She studied drama and religion at Dartmouth College.

Mr. Parent

Written by Melinda Lopez & Maurice E. Parent

Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian

Saturday, April 13 at 8pm

South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA


When an actor turns to teaching for a steady paycheck, he learns that it's less of a job and more of a constant, visceral reminder of one's own success and/or failure. Mr. Parent is a hilarious, joyful, and heartbreakingly honest peek into the kids, adults, and systems of the Boston Public Schools. Based on the real-life adventures of favorite Boston actor Maurice Parent, Mr. Parent asks, "What does it mean to show up for our kids - and ourselves?"

Melinda Lopez is the playwright-in-residence at the Huntington Theatre Company, a Huntington Playwriting Fellow, and is currently working on a new translation of Yerma to be produced by the Huntington May 31 - June 30, 2019. She is also developing a radio drama, Mariel, set in 2018 and 1980, during the Mariel Boatlift. She is the author of Mala, (ArtsEmerson, Guthrie Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Elliot Norton Award for Best New Play, Arts Impulse Award for Best Solo Performance: Emerson Stage) now available on Audible; Back the NIght (Boston Playwrights Theatre); Becoming Cuba (Huntington Theatre Company, North Coast Rep); and Sonia Flew (Elliot Norton Award, Huntington Theatre Company, and many others). Ser Cuba and Sonia Se Fue are available in Spanish translation and were presented at the 2018 National Theatre Festival in Camaguey, Cuba.

Ms. Lopez is one of the Mellon Foundation National Playwright Residents (at the Huntington) and a Mass Cultural Council Fellow in Dramatic Writing (2019), and is also an actress. She is active in providing humanitarian aid for the people of Cuba and was mentioned by President Obama in his speech to the Cuban and American people in 2016. Mayor Martin J. Walsh declared October 29, 2016 "Melinda Lopez Day in the city of Boston" in her honor.

Maurice Emmanuel Parent is a Boston-based actor, director, educator, and arts administrator with nearly 20 years of experience. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of The Front Porch Arts Collective, a professional, black-led theatre company committed to advancing racial equity in Boston through theatre. As an actor, Mr. Parent has performed across the nation and overseas, working with artists such as Leslie Uggams, Jonathan Groff, and director Liesl Tommy. In Boston he's performed on nearly every professional theatrical stage, winning two Elliot Norton Awards, three Independent Reviewers of New England Awards (IRNE), and one Arts Impulse Award. Mr. Parent's directorial debut Breath and Imagination was recently nominated for a 2019 IRNE Award. He has been an educator for 14 years, having spent nearly six years as a performing arts specialist in the Boston Public School system. Mr. Parent is currently a professor at Tufts University and Boston University, and is the 2018-2019 Monan Professor in Theatre Arts for Boston College.

Deal Me Out

Written by MJ Halberstadt

Directed by Rebecca Bradshaw

Sunday, April 14 at 7pm

South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA


Before beginning their longstanding weekly board game night, a group of social outcasts sets out to kick out the friend who has been grating on their nerves. A play about what happens when friendships are at odds with firmly held beliefs, Deal Me Out has the risky conversations people are afraid of having.

MJ Halberstadt is a playwright and teacher, and can usually be found knitting geometric patterns on his couch in Brookline, MA. His work seeks humor within social commentary, often as it relates to LGBTQ stories and privilege. He is a 2017-19 Huntington Playwriting Fellow, recipient of the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script (The Launch Prize), commissioned playwright at SpeakEasy Stage, and adjunct professor of screenwriting at Emerson College. His work has been produced by Arctic Group, Bridge Repertory Theater, Fresh Ink Theater, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Pingree School, and others. He has received support from Assets 4 Artists, BU's Creative Writing Global Fellowship, Company One's PlayLab, Flat Earth Theatre, KCACTF, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Museum of Science Boston, and NOMTI. He is a Playmaker Emeritus of Bridge Repertory Theater, alumnus of Emerson College (BA) and Boston University (MFA), and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. Learn more at


The Huntington Theatre Company is a national leader in the development of new plays and has produced 120 world, American, or New England premieres. The cornerstone of activity is the Huntington Playwriting Fellows (HPF) program, a two-year fellowship for selected local writers. A three-year, $245,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation adds local playwright Melinda Lopez to the Huntington's full-time staff as playwright-in-residence. The annual two-week Summer Workshop and Breaking Ground Festival of new plays allows selected HPFs and national writers to develop their plays in two and three dimensions.

The Huntington Playwriting Fellows (HPF) program creates relationships between a local community of writers and a nationally prominent producing theatre, forges those bonds through authentic conversation and artistic collaboration, and encourages dialogue between local artists. Huntington productions of plays by HPFs include Sonia Flew, Becoming Cuba, and Mala by Melinda Lopez; Milk Like Sugar and Luck of the Irish by Kirsten Greenidge; A Guide for the Homesick by Ken Urban; The Atheist, Brendan, and The Second Girl by Ronan Noone; Stick Fly and Smart People by Lydia R. Diamond; Ryan Landry's "M" and Psyched by Ryan Landry; Before I Leave You by Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro; The Cry of the Reed by Sinan Ünel; and Shakespeare's Actresses in America by Rebekah Maggor.

Since 2003, the HPF program has invited writers to participate in two-year residencies, during which playwrights receive a modest honorarium, join in a biweekly writers' collective with artistic staff, attend Huntington productions and events, and are eligible for readings and support through the annual Summer Workshop and Breaking Ground festival of new plays.

The primary focus of the program is creating relationships with writers at all stages of their careers, from emerging talent to established professionals. The program provides a framework for an in-depth, two-year artistic conversation and a long-term professional relationship. The Summer Workshop, which began in 2012, was developed from conversations at convenings with HPFs past and present to solicit ideas about how to improve and expand the program.

Since 2009, the Huntington has instituted an open application process with submissions from any writer primarily based within commuting distance of Boston; applications are currently solicited every 18 months. The theatre selects two to three writers whose terms overlap with adjacent cohorts.

The Huntington Theatre Company is Boston's leading professional theatre and one of the region's premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent and produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions. The Huntington runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington has long been an anchor cultural institution of Huntington Avenue, the Avenue of the Arts, and will remain so on a permanent basis with plans to convert the Huntington Avenue Theatre into a first-rate, modern venue with expanded services to audiences, artists, and the community. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form.

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Broadway In Boston, Boston's mainstage for Broadway, has unveiled the upcoming 2019-2020 Lexus Broadway Season during its annual announcement event at the Citizens Bank Opera House. Ten theatrical productions will take center stage at the Citizens Bank Opera House and the Emerson Colonial Theatre, an Ambassador Theatre Group venue, in the upcoming Season. Approximately 1000 people from around the city gathered for the annual celebration including Broadway In Boston's Season Ticket holders, group leaders, arts and business leaders, city officials, partners, sponsors and the Boston media. Highlights from the day included live performances from cast members of THE BAND'S VISIT, MEAN GIRLS, ANASTASIA and SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical.

Broadway In Boston is proud to be Boston's leading theatrical presenter and producer of Broadway since 1984 and celebrates the more than six million theatergoers who have experienced over 300 Broadway In Boston productions in many of the city's historic theatres including the Citizens Bank Opera House, Emerson Colonial Theatre and The Wilbur Theatre. Over on Warrenton Street, at the Charles Playhouse, a Broadway In Boston venue, Blue Man Group and Shear Madness continue their impressive, long-standing Boston residencies.

"Our commitment to present programming that excites and entertains continues in the 2019/2020 Lexus Broadway In Boston Season as 10 of the most highly anticipated Broadway productions come to our historic stages," said Tivon Marcus, Vice President of Broadway In Boston. "This year we will see productions straight from Broadway, Best Musical Tony Award winners, blockbusters and other titles that hit close to home. We can't wait for New England audiences to experience another Broadway Season as we celebrate our 35th anniversary."

The Citizens Bank Opera House will play host to seven of Broadway's biggest productions, direct from Broadway, in the upcoming Season, which will mark the 15th Anniversary of the restoration and reopening of the theatre. Fittingly so, Disney's THE LION KING, the inaugural production that welcomed New England audiences back to the Citizens Bank Opera House in 2004, will kick off the 2019-2020 Lexus Broadway In Boston Season. Coming to Boston this fall, COME FROM AWAY will take you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Kicking off the New Year is CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages and is now on tour across North America. It tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. We're making fetch happen in 2020! In MEAN GIRLS, Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Direct from Broadway, MEAN GIRLS is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including book writer Tina Fey ("30 Rock"), composer Jeff Richmond ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"), lyricist Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde) and director Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon). Spend an evening in the company of unforgettable strangers at THE BAND'S VISIT-now one of the most celebrated musicals ever. It rejoices in the way music brings us to life, brings us to laughter, brings us to tears, and ultimately, brings us together. Inspired by the beloved films, ANASTASIA is the dazzling show that transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing con man and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. Closing out the 2019-2020 Lexus Broadway In Boston Season is SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical, the story of Boston's own, Donna Summer. She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn't know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed.

L'Chaim! Over on Boylston Street, Broadway In Boston's long and storied history at the Emerson Colonial Theatre continues with the new production ofFIDDLER ON THE ROOF, the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter, introducing a new generation to the uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life! JERSEY BOYS is making its way back to Boston. It's the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard... and the radio just couldn't get enough. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story - a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. CHICAGO, now in its 23rd year, is set amidst the razzle dazzle decadence of the 1920s. It's the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on the side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago's slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today's tabloids.

Broadway In Boston is also pleased to announce that Lexus will continue as the official name-in-title sponsor of the Broadway In Boston Season for the sixteenth year in a row. Lexus' passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 241 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models and two F performance models. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.

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Genres: Amateur, Homemade, All sex, Russian
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The idea is that the girl's phrase in the finale of the collection: "Bitch! .. fucking, my heart's gonna stop fucking! .." - should sound in everyone's hearts after watching this compilation. And some even during the viewing even

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Release Year: 2018
Genres: Amateur, Homemade, All sex, Russian
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The girls shout "finish", "now I will finish" in a fit of sexual caresses. Watch and enjoy home porn videos.

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From Crimethinc

The Politics of Waiting and the Spectacle of Investigation

For almost two years now, faithful Democrats have waited for special counsel Robert Mueller to file his report about collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russian attempts to interfere in the US election, not to mention Trump’s involvement in obstruction of justice. Whenever Trump’s activity provokes them or a subterranean rumbling within the Justice Department emboldens them, the faithful take to the streets and social media with hand-held cardboard signs and internet memes to proclaim that Mueller Time is close at hand. Yet even if the Mueller investigation concludes with Trump’s impeachment, the spectacle of the investigation has served to immobilize millions who have a stake in systemic social change, ensuring that what comes next in the United States will be politics as usual—not liberation.

When you’ve fallen on the highway
And you’re lying in the rain,
And they ask you how you’re doing
Of course you’ll say you can’t complain
If you’re squeezed for information,
That’s when you’ve got to play it dumb
You just say you’re out there waiting
For the miracle, for the miracle to come

-The 20th century’s greatest messianic thinker, Leonard Cohen

Within weeks of the beginning of the investigation, there were already think pieces and t-shirts proclaiming “It’s Mueller Time.” Let’s take the t-shirts at their word: maybe it’s been Mueller Time all along. Maybe Mueller Time is not a specific date that is about to arrive, but the era we’ve been experiencing these past two years.

In that case, Mueller Time is not an hour on the clock, but a way of experiencing time, a kind of time—like crunch time or quality time or go time, but the opposite of all of them. It is not a scale of time, like geologic time, or a time zone, like Eastern Standard Time—Mueller Time is more like the End Times, perpetually anticipated.

To be precise, Mueller Time is the political suspended animation in which the Democrats have waited for a repeatedly deferred deus ex machina to deliver them from this unbearable pres(id)ent. This condition of waiting, itself, rather than any of the grievous injustices that have taken place during it, is the very essence of hell.

Dante, the Marco Polo of the Abyss, located Limbo, the residence of those who wait, in Inferno, not in Purgatory. Waiting is not transformative or redemptive—it is the sort of sin for which the punishment is the crime. “Limbo” shares a Latin root with liminal—it is homeland of those who tarry on the threshold, those who are on the fence.

If you can get people used to waiting, you can get them used to anything.

To understand Mueller Time better, we can begin with its namesake. “Miller time” is a time to take a load off, to ease our pain by drugging ourselves into oblivion. It’s a profound expression of despair—“I can only relax in this world by deadening my senses”—disguised not just as relief but as celebration. What is the glee with which Democrats invoke Mueller Time if not an admission of their own abject powerlessness and dependence? “Rejoice,” says the Democrat, “Justice will be done! And thank goodness, as usual, the FBI will take care of everything.”

Miller Time and Mueller Time are both chronotopes, to use the term popularized by literary theorist Mikhail Bakhtin: they are specific relationships to time. You cannot understand a group of people without understanding how they experience the passing of time. Peering between chronotopes produces strange refractions, like looking through a glass of water. How different the world appears to a person whose activism consists chiefly of waiting, in contrast to how it appears to those for whom waiting and acting are opposites! It is the difference between spectator and athlete, between the consumer and the inventor, between those who suffer history as if it were weather and those who make history as a side effect of understanding themselves as the protagonists of their time.

And Miller Time and Mueller Time are both marketed chronotopes. Miller Time is the “5 o’clock somewhere” that unites wage labor and intoxication in a mutually reinforcing false opposition—but even more importantly, it is the branded colonization of that time. Likewise, Mueller Time is not just the “he’ll get his” which all people of conscience wish for Trump, but a particular deferral of responsibility. Both are successful advertising campaigns that concentrate capital in certain hands precisely by inducing people not to take their problems into their own hands.

“The politicians’ stubborn faith in progress, their confidence in their ‘mass basis,’ and, finally, their servile integration in an uncontrollable apparatus have been three aspects of the same thing.”

-Walter Benjamin on how Social Democrats permitted the Third Reich to come to power in Germany

All this is familiar to those who were raised as Adventists, believing that the outrageous sinfulness of the prevailing world order indicates the imminence of the Resurrection and the necessity of repentance before authority. Mueller Time is the redemption, the arrival of the Millennium, when the legitimate authorities will reassert their dominion and the obedient will be rewarded for their patience. Good Christians have awaited this for two thousand years; they have made a religion out of waiting. You’ll get pie in the sky when you die.

To keep people waiting for salvation indefinitely, it helps to shift every once in a while from one source of dramatic tension to another. Some hoped Trump would run the country “like a business.” Now that the signature forms of evil associated with capitalism—nepotism, profiteering, corruption, race baiting, sexual harassment, misinformation—characterize the presidency, Democrats are proposing to return to the good-old-fashioned signature forms of evil previously associated with government: bureaucracy, clientelism, experts deciding the fates of millions behind closed doors. All the things that helped Trump come to office.

For the purposes of relegitimizing government, it is ideal that Robert Mueller is not just a “good” authority figure, but specifically, a white male Republican—an FBI director who first made a name for himself overseeing the killing of Vietnamese people. He is everything the average Democrat would oppose if Trump had not moved the goal posts by pursuing the same Republican agenda by potentially extra-legal means. Mueller represents the same FBI that attempted to make Martin Luther King, Jr. commit suicide, that set out to destroy the Occupy movement. Under Mueller’s leadership, the FBI determined that the number one domestic terror threat in the United States was environmental activism.

Mueller Time is a way of inhabiting the eternally renewed amnesia that is America. This is the real “deep state”—the part of each Democrat’s heart that will accept any amount of senseless violence and murder and oppression, as long as it adheres to the letter of the law.

“Definitions of basic historical concepts: Catastrophe—to have missed the opportunity. Critical moment—the status quo threatens to preserve itself. Progress—the first revolutionary measure taken.”

-Walter Benjamin

What will be the fruits of Mueller’s labors?

Rank-and-file Democrats still don’t understand how power works. Crime is not the violation of the rules, but the stigma attached to those who break rules without the power to make them. (As they say, steal $25, go to jail; steal $25 million, go to Congress.) At the height of Genghis Khan’s reign, it would have been pointless to accuse the famous tyrant of breaking the laws of the Mongol Empire; as long as Trump has enough of Washington behind him, the same goes for him. Laws don’t exist in some transcendent realm. They are simply the product of power struggles among the elite—not to mention the passivity of the governed—and they are enforced according to the prevailing balance of power. To fetishize the law is to accept that might makes right. It means abdicating the responsibility to do what is ethical regardless of what the laws happen to be.

In the struggle to control the law-making and law-enforcing apparatus of the US government, neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have secured a solid majority. They remain at an impasse. The most likely explanation for Mueller’s delays is that he has been biding his time, waiting to see if the balance of power in the US government would shift enough that there could be some consequences to his report.

The wait
The wait
The wait
The wait

The wait
The wait
The wait
The wait

-Killing Joke, “The Wait”

Ironically, the only thing that could guarantee that Mueller’s report will have an effect would be if this impasse were disturbed by forces outside the halls of power—for example, by a real social movement utilizing direct action. If millions of people were in the streets preventing the Trump administration from accomplishing its agenda, then the power brokers in Washington would consider sacrificing Donald Trump to preserve business as usual.

In standing back and waiting, affirming the authority of the FBI and Congress to take care of matters, Mueller’s fans make it less likely that his investigation will pose a serious threat to the administration. The rank and file Democrats are left gazing at their screens, watching the bureaucratic equivalent of the spinning wheel of death.

In this case, the more you clap your hands, the less Tinkerbell exists.

I’m in the waiting room
I don’t want the news—I cannot use it
I don’t want the news—I won’t live by it

But I don’t sit idly by
I’m planning a big surprise
I’m gonna fight for what I wanna be
And I won’t make the same mistakes
Because I know how much time that wastes

-Fugazi “Waiting Room”

The arc of history is long, but it curves towards—death. There is no excuse to delay. Tomorrow will use you the way we use today.

What would it mean to stop waiting?

It would mean to stop looking to others to solve our problems, no longer permitting a series of presidents, Speakers of the House, FBI directors, presidential candidates, and other bullies and hucksters to play good cop/bad cop with us.

It would mean figuring out how to deal with the catastrophes that Trump’s presidency is causing directly, rather than through the mediation of other authority figures. It would mean building up social movements powerful enough to block the construction of a border wall, to liberate children from migrant detention facilities and reunite them with their families, to feed the hungry and care for the sick without waiting for legislators to give us permission to make use of the resources that we and others like us maintain on a daily basis.

Remember when we shut down the airports immediately after Trump took office? It would mean doing more of that, and less sitting around waiting on politicians and bureaucrats. That was our proudest moment. Since then, we have only grown weaker, distracted by the array of champions competing to represent us—the various media outlets and Democratic presidential candidates—all surrogates for our own agency.

Let’s stop killing time. Or rather—let’s stop permitting it to kill us.

“We live the whole of our lives provisionally,” he said. “We think that for the time being things are bad, that for the time being we must make the best of them and adapt or humiliate ourselves, but that it’s all only provisional and that one day real life will begin. We prepare for death complaining that we have never lived. Of all the people I know, not one lives in the present. No one gets any pleasure from what he does every day. No one is in a condition to say On that day, at that moment, my life began. Believe me, even those who have power and take advantage of it are plagued with anxieties and disgusted at the dominant stupidity. They too live provisionally and spend their whole lives waiting.”

“Those who flee the country also spend their lives waiting,” Pietro said. “That’s the trouble. But one mustn’t wait, one must act. One must say Enough, from this very day.”

“But if you do not have the freedom to act?” Nunzio said.

“Freedom is not a thing you can receive as a gift,” Pietro said. “You can be free even under a dictatorship on the simple condition that you struggle against it. A person who thinks with his own mind and remains uncorrupted is free. A person who struggles for what she believes to be right is free. You might live in the most democratic country in the world, but if you are lazy, callous, and servile, you are not free—in spite of the absence of violence and coercion, you are a slave. Freedom is not a thing that can be begged from others. You must take it for yourself, in whatever share you can.”

-Ignazio Silone, Bread and Wine

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ProtonMail es un servicio de correo electrónico web con una característica diferencial: la de cifrar todo el correo para proteger la privacidad de los usuarios que se envían esos mensajes.

La opción no gusta en Rusia, cuyo Servicio de Seguridad Federal (antes KGB) ha bloqueado ProtonMail junto a otros servicios similares que según esta agencia han facilitado el envío de mensajes con amenazas de bomba y no ha ayudado a averiguar quién estaba tras esos mensajes.

Pueden acceder a su correo, pero no recibir ni enviar nuevos mensajes

Un blog ruso ha filtrado esa orden oficial, que en total bloquea 26 direcciones de internet entre las cuales están varias que se encargan de cifrar la conexión de los usuarios de Tor.

Orden La orden de bloqueo con el listado de direcciones de internet bloqueadas. Entre las afectadas están direcciones de servidores utilizados por ProtonMail para ofrecer su sistema de correo cifrado.

Los proveedores de internet rusos han sido obligados a ejecutar ese bloqueo mediante un sistema llamado BGP Blackholing que ordena a los routers que proporcionan conexión a internet que envíen cierto tráfico a la basura en lugar de enviarlo a su destino.

El bloqueo no es total, y los usuarios pueden acceder a su bandeja de entrada de ProtonMail, pero no pueden enviar o recibir correos. Las IPs bloqueadas no son las de su front-end, su página de inicio oficial, sino que pertenecen a esos servidores que se encargan del envío y recepción de correos electrónicos.

Tele Telegram ya sufrió las iras del gobierno ruso, y ahora la afectada es ProtonMail.

La agencia responsable del bloqueo acusa a este y otros servicios de facilitar el envío de amenazas de bomba. Varias fueron enviadas a la policía a finales del mes de enero, algo que provocó la evacuación de varias escuelas y edificios gubernamentales.

Las razones del gobierno parecen legítimas, pero el director ejecutivo de ProtonMail, Andy Yen, explicaban en TechCrunch cómo esto forma parte de ese prolongado intento de Rusia por coartar la libertad de expresión de internet. Ya hubo una operación similar contra Telegram en abril de 2018, y ahora la víctima de ese bloqueo es ProtonMail.

Vía | TechCrunch


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Did you see this:

Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among more than four dozen people charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating scandal that involved wealthy individuals paying up to $6.5 million to place their children into elite universities, according to court records revealed Tuesday.
The alleged scam -- which placed students into top colleges such as Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, University of Southern California, UCLA and the University of Texas -- was run by William Rick Singer, from California, who helped parents get their children admission through bribes, court documents unsealed in Boston showed. Officials have been investigating the case for more than a year.

From CNN:

"This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud," Lelling said. "There can be no separate college admission system for the wealthy, and I'll add that there will not be a separate criminal justice system either."
He added, "For every student admitted through fraud, an honest, genuinely talented student was rejected."
Athletic coaches from Yale, Stanford, the University of Southern California, Wake Forest and Georgetown, among others, are implicated in the case. The extensive case involved arrests in six states across the country, and accused the defendants of committing crimes between 2011 and 2019.
"The charges brought forth today are troubling and should be a concern for all of higher education," the NCAA said in a statement. "We are looking into these allegations to determine the extent to which NCAA rules may have been violated."

That really is disgusting.  As a parent, you can understand the temptation.  But we all know wrong from right and Loughlin and Huffman should be ashamed.  Think of the people who earned those spots but didn't get in.  It's so unfair. 

Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Tuesday, March 12, 2019.  The Iraq War continues -- and Tulsi Gabbard brings some reality to late night TV.

NEW: Speaker Pelosi on impeachment: "They wanted me to impeach President Bush for the Iraq War. I didn’t believe in it then, I don’t believe in it now. It divides the country. Unless there is some conclusive evidence that takes us to that place."
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Nancy Pelosi didn't end the Iraq War.  She didn't impeach Bully Boy Bush,  She didn't do much of anything.  She spoke a lot in front of the media.  Most of the time, the media covered for her.  Even in 2007, she had huge cognitive problems (we covered the time Rahm Emanuel had to rescue her publicly).  Adam Schiff and others are wasting time with investigations and wasting tax payer monies.  Impeachment will not happen under Nancy.

She didn't want accountability for the Iraq War and if something that monumental goes unanswered for, nothing else will be.

Part of Nancy's reasoning, as we've explained before, is the timeline issue.  Impeachment attempts will take you right into an election cycle at this point.  And an impeachment attempt, she fears, will energize the Republicans (not just the base) where as it will alienate swing voters and some Democrats.

War is never questioned, apparently, just used to turn out votes for both of the two major political parties.  Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) reports:

 As had been previously reported late last week, President Trump has unveiled a budget plan which, in addition to cutting social spending across the board, would seek a huge increase in military spending, centered almost entirely on war funding.

US military spending is always by far the largest on the planet, several times the amount of the next highest spending, China. But while other nations like China and Russia are scaling back their budgets, the Pentagon’s budget, as ever, continues to rise.

Trump’s proposal would bring the overall defense budget for 2020 to $750 billion. This includes a $544 billion base-line defense budget, which is not in and of itself a huge increase. But on top of that will be a nearly $100 billion in the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) Fund, and a $9 billion “emergency” funding request meant to make up for the money already taken from the military to build the border wall.

And it goes beyond just the US.

What Wikileaks reveals about the Blair and Brown governments – next 3 tweets.