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          Чому «Нацдружини» будуть спостерігачами на виборах президента України?      Cache   Translate Page      
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Members of the far-right Ukrainian party National Corps raise flaming flares in front of a private house. Credit: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images

Завдяки слабкості процедур, агресивні ультранаціоналісти успішно зареєструвалися як спостерігачі на виборах.

          Why Is a Militia Monitoring Ukraine’s Presidential Election?      Cache   Translate Page      
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Supporters of the Ukrainian far-right party National Corps burn flares in front of the private house which supposedly belongs to Svynarchuk. Credit: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images.

Aided by lax rules, violent ultranationalists have successfully registered as election observers. 

          Alleged tapped phone call between Tymoshenko, Kolomoisky sparks insults in parliament (VIDEO)      Cache   Translate Page      

The closer it gets to the March 31 presidential election, the more scandals and dirty tricks come into play. With actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy leading the race, President Petro Poroshenko and ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko are competing for second place and a chance in the April 21 runoff. And their teams are openly warring with each […]

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          Daily Digest: Top news of Tuesday, March 12      Cache   Translate Page      

Now is the best time to get a subscription to the Kyiv Post. We are offering a 24% discount in celebration of our 24th year in business!  Highlights from the Kyiv Post print edition Find all the stories in our March 7 print edition here. Latest news: Colonel Serhiy Kryvonos, the first deputy commander of Ukrainian […]

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          Senior military commander appointed to National Security and Defense Council      Cache   Translate Page      

Colonel Serhiy Kryvonos, the first deputy commander of Ukrainian Special Operations Forces, has been appointed by President Petro Poroshenko as deputy secretary at the National Security and Defense Council on March 12. The surprise nomination took place less than a week after Kryvonos stood down as a presidential candidate for upcoming March 31 elections in […]

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          21 Crimeans convicted for evading service in Russian army in 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

Military conscription of local residents in the Russian Armed Forces continues in occupied Crimea, while 21 people were sentenced to imprisonment for evasion from military service in 2018, according to the UN monitoring mission on human rights in Ukraine. Russia continues to suppress freedom of expression and criticism, as well as expression of the view […]

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          The Epoch Times: How Ukrainian technology boosted China’s naval development      Cache   Translate Page      

In 2012, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy launched its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. The project attracted close interest from the media and experts, as the Liaoning was built in Ukraine in the twilight of the Cold War, before being sold to China in 1999 originally on the condition that it not be refitted […]

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Strong gusts of wind have damaged windows and part of the facade of the Kyiv Court of Appeal, with the storm claiming part of its archival documents which were supposed to be destroyed due to storage expiration, the court said. “As a result of a significant deterioration in weather conditions and due to strong gusts […]

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          UNIAN: Leader of one of world’s largest drug syndicates arrested in Kyiv      Cache   Translate Page      

Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU), together with Israeli Police, blocked the activity of a major international drug trafficking network, the largest in the last decade. Read more here.

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          How Russia annexed Crimea’s gas      Cache   Translate Page      
March 18, 2019 -- #RussiaCrimea #CrimeanRepublic On March 18, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law incorporating Crimea into Russia, stunning the international community and ending the independence of the Crimean Republic, which was transferred to Ukraine by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in 1954. Graphic shows Ukraine’s lost Exclusive Economic Zone and gas and oil fields.
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          The Jews Of Donetsk Still Living In The Midst Of Ukraine's Ongoing Armed Conflict - Jewish Chronicle - UK      Cache   Translate Page      
...In Donetsk’s synagogue, the acting rabbi is Odessa-born Arie Shvartz. This is now the fifth year of the war, but the Chabad emissary has not left the city once, not even for a single day. He is not afraid to go out wearing his kippah and he says that he has never personally experienced antisemitism in Donetsk. “It is very important for people to come to the synagogue,” he says…
          VIDEO – Ukrainian Neo-Nazis Clash With Citizens At Poroshenko Rally      Cache   Translate Page      

According to the latest data, twenty-two policemen were injured on March 9 in the city of Cherkassy in the central part of Ukraine in clashes with activists of the neo-nazi National Corps organization who tried to break through to the place where the president Petro Poroshenko spoke during an election rally .

          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.

          Édition, librairie, agent... La Foire du Livre de Londres décerne ses prix      Cache   Translate Page      
LBF 2019 — La première journée de la Foire du Livre de Londres terminée, les professionnels se sont dirigés tantôt vers la sortie et un repos bien mérité, tantôt vers la scène où sont annoncés les lauréats des International Excellence Awards. Décernées conjointement avec la Publishers Association, ces récompenses viennent saluer le travail remarquable des professionnels du livre, dans plusieurs domaines.

London Book Fair 2019
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Voici la liste complète des lauréats, dans les différentes catégories :

Le prix de l'éditeur académique et professionnel :
De Gruyter (Allemagne)
L'éditeur de livre audio de l'année :
Booklava (Émirats arabes unis)
Le prix de la librairie de l'année, sponsorisé par Gardners :
Fang Suo Commune (Chine)

Le prix des initiatives éducatives :
Tata Trusts (Inde)
Le prix des ressources éducatives et pédagogiques, sponsorisé par The China Publishing & Media Journal :
Virtual Reading Gym (Afrique du Sud)
Le prix du meilleur journaliste international pour le secteur du livre :
Porter Anderson – Publishing Perspectives (États-Unis)
Le prix de la bibliothèque de l'année :
Espoo City Library (Finlande)
Le prix de l'initiative de traduction littéraire :
Tulika Publishers (Inde)
Le prix de l'agent littéraire :
Pierre Astier - Astier-Pecher Literary & Film Agency (France)
Le prix du festival littéraire :
Book Arsenal Literature Festival (Ukraine)
Le prix du professionel de la gestion de droits :
Rose Janssens - Clavis Publishing (Belgique)

Prix destinés à l'Indonésie uniquement :

Prix de l'éditeur de littérature générale :
PT. Bestari Buana Murni
Prix de l'éditeur jeunesse, jeunes adultes et pédagogique :
Bentang Pustaka

Prix ouverts à tous les pays :

Accessible Books Consortium International Excellence Award : Éditeurs
EDITORIAL 5 (Brésil)
Accessible Books Consortium International Excellence Award : Initiative
eKitabu (Kenya)

Prix réservés au Royaume-Uni :

Prix de l'édition inclusive, avec le soutien de la Publishers Association :
Jacaranda Books

Jessica Kingsley, fondatrice de Jessica Kingsley Publishers, a reçu le 2019 London Book Fair Simon Master Chairman’s Award.

Rappelons également que l'éditrice suédoise Dorotea Bromberg, cofondatrice de la maison d'édition Brombergs, a reçu The London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award 2019, récompense qui salue l'ensemble de sa carrière.

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          Député ukrainien – Le Maïdan a été une tragédie pour le pays       Cache   Translate Page      
Le député de la Verkhovna Rada (parlement ukrainien), Vadim Rabinovitch, a analysé à l'antenne de la chaîne de télévision « 112 Ukraine » les changements économiques survenus dans le pays à la suite de la « révolution orange » et du coup d'État de 2014. Selon lui, à la suite du premier Maidan [la révolution orange de 2014 NDLR], l'Ukraine a perdu dix pour cent de son PIB. « Et qu'est-ce que c'est moins 10 % du PIB – pour comparaison, pendant la (...) - International

          Trump: Russian Actions in Ukraine Pose ‘Extraordinary Threat’ to U.S. National Security      Cache   Translate Page      
          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.

          Discover Ukraine Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Market – 2019, Upcoming Trends, Growth Drivers and Challenges 2023      Cache   Translate Page “Ukraine – Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband – Statistics and Analyses” report has been added to its Research Database. Scope of the Report: Ukraine’s mobile operators open up potential of IoT services  Ukraine’s telecoms market has attracted investors from Turkey and Russia and although there remain considerable difficulties resulting from the annexation of Crimea from Russia and … Continue reading Discover Ukraine Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Market – 2019, Upcoming Trends, Growth Drivers and Challenges 2023
          Higher freight costs take the shine of export log prices. Domestic supply is abundant, China demand stable, India prices under pressure      Cache   Translate Page      

At Wharf Gate (AWG) prices for logs delivered to ports around New Zealand decreased on average -NZ$5 per JASm3 in March from the highest February prices. This decrease in AWG prices is due to increased ocean freight costs for export log cargo.

Most CFR log prices in China were flat to a modest increase of +US$1 per JASm3. ‘A’ grade export now sells for up to US$143 per JASmin China and US$155 per JASmin India.

The domestic market for logs has continued the very stable start to 2019. There has been some capacity taken out of the pruned market with the closure of the Waverley sawmill, but other mills producing clear sawn timber are already at capacity.

Due to the drop in the AWG sale prices for export sawlogs the PF Olsen Log Price Index decreased -$3 in March to $134. The index is currently $6 above the two-year average, $9 above the three-year average, and $17 higher than the five-year average.

Domestic Log Market

Log Supply and Pricing

Prices for domestic log sales in March are mostly unchanged from February as most supply is locked in for the quarter. The settled weather around the country has caused log supply to increase with some mills and in particular those buying pruned logs, reporting an abundance of log supply.

Sawn Timber Domestic Demand

Most mills continue to report that 2019 sales levels are above 2018 levels. The continued fine settled weather in New Zealand is the likely cause of this solid demand. There was also a reduction in demand in 2018 as business was unsettled after the outcome of the New Zealand general election. But as usually happens, business realises there isn’t actually much change and gets on with their activities.

Sawn Timber Export Demand

The Australian market remains slow with reduced housing starts, and the Asian demand is increasing after the aforementioned Chinese holiday.  

The European clearwood market remains strong with some New Zealand supply about to be reduced after the closure of the Waverley sawmill.

The stable markets led to a less interesting market report, but the stability is good for the New Zealand forest industry.  

Export Log Markets


Total softwood log stocks increased across China during the Lunar New Year holiday period to just over 4.1 million m3. Daily uplift from the ports has steadily increased since this holiday period with current estimates between 60-70,000 mper day. The rate of offtake over the next month will likely determine the market direction for the next three to six months. Over 2018 the total softwood log market remained balanced with the number of days inventory supply in the 40-50 range. Log exporters expect a similar balanced position to be sustained through 2019.

The China log market is currently sitting at a sensitive point. Based on current CFR log prices and the China retail prices the log buyers cannot make a profit from New Zealand radiata logs. This does make Chinese log buyers quite discerning in log quality to ensure they are getting the quality of the grade they purchase.

It is unlikely alternative supply can increase dramatically in the short term, so the New Zealand log exporters expect further modest CFR price increases over the short term. Any pressure from competition will likely come initially in the lower grades as this volume can easily be replaced in construction markets with Uruguayan or other lower-cost logs.

While the US has delayed indefinitely an increase in tariffs on China goods, there is still a lot of negotiation to occur before a deal is concluded and tariffs lifted by either side. Once a deal is agreed, it is expected an easing of tariffs will be stepped rather than a complete removal. This means the sentiment about log supply from the US hasn’t changed.

Due to favourable pricing relative to New Zealand logs, Southern Yellow Pine (SYP) volumes have recovered overall slightly since Q4 2018. The current volume is approximately 50,000 JAS m3 per month which is still less than half of the Q1 2018 monthly volume. There was a recent reduction in supply due to snowstorm events. The current returns are supressed due to trade tariffs, but log volumes close to port and low-cost freight due to an imbalance in the container trade are keeping this business viable. Should the New Zealand radiata price hold, or slightly increase, the SYP price may improve slightly, underwriting some volume growth.

Log Supply to China from Uruguay was adversely affected in 2018 by increases in ocean freight costs. Uruguay is now able to provide some positive market return for forest owners as the freight market dropped around 10 USD per JAS mfor Q1 2019. Due to the increasing price for NZ radiata, logs from Uruguay can now sell for a slightly higher CFR price, improving the viability of exports and increasing available volume. South American exporters now have a much-improved understanding and management of quality control after earlier significant issues. They have also improved stowage for ship loading. South America led by Uruguay, currently export about seven vessels per month with the potential to increase more if New Zealand radiata logs maintain the current price level. Brazil is also starting to export in bulk with several vessels shipped in 2018 and a regular program expected in 2019. It will be interesting to see how these markets cope with expected ocean freight increases.

Courtesy: Pacific Forest Products (PFP)


Movement of log stocks off Kandla Port has increased and the older stock has now been sold. The CFR price for New Zealand ‘A’ grade pine logs are in the US$155 per JASm3 range and forecast to increase marginally.

The lumber prices remain around Rs491 per CFT but the strengthening of Indian Rupee to 70-71 range with the USD has provided some bottom-line respite to sawmillers.

There is currently a strong demand for the cheaper 3m short length logs to reduce the average basket price.

The much-welcomed decision of the Indian government to reduce the GST to 2% on finished apartments and houses is likely to give a boost to the construction sector. Log sellers expect the effect on demand to occur shortly after the general elections in May 2019. Over this election period the market for NZ pine logs will not be significantly affected, however, the hardwood log trade is expected to slow down.

The recent removal of several Indian banks (Corporation Bank, Dena Bank, Allahabad) from the regulator watch list, the Prompt Corrective Action (PCA), should marginally improve funding and LC issues for sawmillers and log importers.

There is a market move by the Kandla Timber Association (Pine Cell) to make a concerted effort to increase the NZ pine sawn timber to Rs501 per CFT.

New Zealand pine continues to face competition from the following global trade aggressively targeting the Indian market.

  • Southern Yellow Pine CFR 120 USD for 10” (25cm) small end diameter (SED) and above. (NZ A grade logs have a 30cm SED).

  • South Africa Pine CFR 125 USD per metric tonne for pruned logs with a 30cm SED.

  • Kiln dried (KD) pine sawn timber from the Ukraine and Eastern Europe at 220 USD per m3.

  • There have been some arrivals of taeda and ellioti pine sawn timber from Brazil recently.

Due to the Kandla prices remaining low (around Rs491 per CFT) they are able to sufficiently service the Bangalore and Hyderabad markets (Rs 511/- per CFT) covering the cartage costs. Sawmills importing logs via Tuticorin Port have reduced production by approximately 30% while they wait for prices to increase. The demand for New Zealand logs and vessel shipments from New Zealand to Tuticorin are likely to remain subdued for the next few months.

Exchange rates

Over the last month the NZD has continued to trade within the 0.672 and 0.690 range against the USD. This means there has been little effect on AWG prices offered by log exporters.


The Chinese Yuan (CNY) appreciated slightly against the USD through February.


Ocean Freight

Exporters have different freights costs relative to last month as there were some cheaper spot vessels available last month. Freight costs seem to have bottomed out and there has been steady increases over the last month. Freight demand is expected to increase with the usual increased activity after the Chinese Lunar New Year which will increase vessel daily charge rates.

Ocean Freight from NZ to Kandla is in range of 34 to 37 USD per JASm3.

Vessel congestion at the North Island load ports remains an issue particularly in Gisborne and Tauranga, where there is regularly two to three vessels parked at anchorage waiting for a berth. This congestion is due to a number of factors – increased log volumes requiring more vessels, port labour shortages, and in Tauranga fumigating logs for vessels can at times tie up a berth.

Singapore Bunker Price (IFO380) (red line) versus Brent Oil Price (grey line)

Source: Ship & Bunker

The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) is a composite of three sub-indices, each covering a different carrier size: Capesize (40%), Panamax (30%), and Supramax (30%). It displays an index of the daily USD hire rates across 20 ocean shipping routes. Whilst most of the NZ log trade is shipped in handy size vessels, this segment is strongly influenced by the BDI.

The graph of the BDI over the last year below shows the recent bottoming-out then increase in the BDI.


PF Olsen Log Price Index - March 2019

Due to the drop in the AWG sale prices for export sawlogs the PF Olsen Log Price Index decreased -$3 in March to $134. The index is currently $6 above the two-year average, $9 above the three-year average, and $17 higher than the five-year average.

Basis of Index: This Index is based on prices in the table below weighted in proportions that represent a broad average of log grades produced from a typical pruned forest with an approximate mix of 40% domestic and 60% export supply.

Indicative Average Current Log Prices – March 2019

Log Grade $/tonne at mill $/JAS m3 at wharf
  Mar-19 Feb-19 Dec-18 Nov-18 Mar-10 Feb-19 Dec-18 Nov-18
Pruned (P40) 175-195 175-195 175-195 170-195 185-190 185-192 178-186 186-192
Structural (S30) 130 130 130 130        
Structural (S20) 115 115 115 115        
Export A         151 156 142 147
Export K         143 148 135 139
Export KI         136 141 127 132
Export KIS         129 134 122 124
Pulp 50 50 50 50        

Note: Actual prices will vary according to regional supply/demand balances, varying cost structures and grade variation. These prices should be used as a guide only..

A longer series of these prices is available here.

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          В Украине прокомментировали российскую ноту      Cache   Translate Page      

Министр иностранных дел Украины Павел Климкин прокомментировал ноту, направленную Москвой из-за нарушения Киевом договора о дружбе, сообщает РИА Новости. В документе говорится о том, что "только сама Украина систематически нарушала договор", заметил Климкин в Facebook. "Например, соглашение об ассоциации с ЕС — это, по их убеждению, тоже грубое нарушение. Как и все, что мы делаем, ...

Сообщение В Украине прокомментировали российскую ноту появились сначала на Зеркало.az.

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MARUV, chanteuse ukrainienne qui a renoncé à participer à l’Eurovision pour représenter l’Ukraine, supportera le représentant russe. Son refus de se présenter s’explique par le fait que la télévision ukrainienne lui a demandé d’annuler ses concerts prévus en Russie.
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Windstorm kills at least 3 in Ukraine

DF-Xinhua Report

A severe windstorm hit several regions in central, southern and northern Ukraine on Sunday and Monday, claiming the lives of at least three people and injuring four others, the State Service for Emergencies said.

   An 11-year-old girl and a 28-year-old woman were killed by falling trees in two separate incidents in Vinnytsya region in central Ukraine, it said.

   Besides, a woman died and her daughter was critically injured in the town of Korosten in northern Zhytomyr region after they were struck by a dislodged part of the roof of a local supermarket.

   In southern Mykolayiv region, two children and an adult were injured after a tree uprooted by the windstorm fell on a passenger bus with 15 people on board.

   The State Service for Emergencies issued an orange alert, the second highest in the country four-tier warning system, for 15 regions in different parts of Ukraine, saying they could be hit by a windstorm by the end of Monday. 

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          CNN Travel features the abandoned Duga Radar site near Chernobyl      Cache   Translate Page      
(Source: CNN Travel via Heath Hall) (CNN) — The peaceful untouched forest north of Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, is a perfect spot to enjoy the outdoors — save for one fact. It contains the radiation-contaminated Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, established in 1986 after the world’s worst nuclear disaster sent a wave of radiation fallout across Europe. Since […]
          We Resist: Day 782      Cache   Translate Page      
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One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures (plus the occasional non-Republican who obliges us to resist their nonsense, too, like we don't have enough to worry about) is keeping on top of the sheer number of horrors, indignities, and normalization of the aggressively abnormal that they unleash every single day.

So here is a daily thread for all of us to share all the things that are going on, thus crowdsourcing a daily compendium of the onslaught of conservative erosion of our rights and our very democracy.

Stay engaged. Stay vigilant. Resist.

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Earlier today by me: What the F#@k Is Even Happening and Nancy Pelosi: "I'm Not for Impeachment." and Bernie Sanders, Where Are Your Taxes?

Here are some more things in the news today...

Let's start out with some good news. Rebekah Entralgo at ThinkProgress: Democrats Introduce Latest Version of DREAM Act, Offering Protection to More Young Immigrants.
Eighteen years after the original Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act, was introduced, House Democrats formally unveiled their new-and-improved version Tuesday.

While previous iterations of the bill focused narrowly on providing a path to citizenship only for undocumented youth brought to the United States as children, the new version does this in addition to expanding it to include immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). With the inclusion of TPS and DED recipients, the DREAM Act has rebranded to the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, to reflect the government's longtime goal to make good on its promise of providing permanent solutions to legal immigrants who have been living at the whims of the federal government for decades.

Like the DREAM Acts that came before it, the Dream and Promise Act would grant undocumented immigrant youth — known as "Dreamers" — conditional permanent resident status for 10 years and cancel any removal proceedings so long as they: have been continuously physically present in the United States for four years preceding the date of the enactment of the bill, were 17 years or younger when they first arrived in United States, pass a background check, have a clean criminal record, and graduate from high school or an academic equivalent.

...The bones of the DREAM Act have largely remained the same since 2001, when the bill was first introduced in the House by former Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) and in the Senate by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT). What makes the Dream and Promise Act different, however, is that it for the first time includes protections for TPS and DED holders.

There's an unprecedented level of urgency with this version of the DREAM Act because the Trump administration has pulled the legal rug out from under thousands of immigrant families.
I know I'm the brokenest of broken records, but I'll say once more: Regardless of the chances of this legislation becoming law during the Trump administration, this is worth doing, because it's the right and necessary thing to do.

Donald Trump may reject this legislation, because of his vile nativist agenda, but that very agenda is what obligates the attempt.

Speaking of which...

Travis Gettys at Raw Story: Trump Administration 'Very Seriously' Considering Plan to Designate Some Mexicans as Terrorists. "The president told Breitbart News that his administration was 'very seriously' considering a policy change that would label Mexican drug cartels or some of their factions as Foreign Terrorist Organizations. 'We are, we are,' Trump told the website. 'We're thinking about doing it very seriously. In fact, we've been thinking about it for a long time.' The president appeared to admit the change was intended to gin up fear of Mexican immigrants to justify his proposed border wall and other controversial anti-immigration policies. 'It's psychological, but it's also economic,' Trump said. 'As terrorists — as terrorist organizations, the answer is yes. They are.' Trump then cited an inflated statistic to justify his fear-mongering about gang violence across the border."

Absolutely chilling.

Fabiola Sanchez and Scott Smith at the AP: U.S. Pulling Last Diplomats from Venezuela Amid Power Crisis.
The U.S. said late Monday that it is pulling its last remaining diplomats from Venezuela, saying their continued presence at the country's embassy in Caracas had become a "constraint" on U.S. policy as the Trump administration aggressively looks to oust socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

The announcement came from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a tweet shortly before midnight comes as Venezuela struggles to restore electricity following four days of blackouts around the country.

...Pompeo said the remaining diplomats would be out of Venezuela by the end of the week but gave no indication of future policy steps despite past warnings that "all options" — including the use of military force — are on the table for removing Maduro.
Fucking hell. Unless I'm somehow misreading this, it sounds like the Secretary of State is ordering the removal of diplomats because they are trying to stop the administration from taking extreme measures, including the possibility of military force, in pursuit of regime change. That blows my mind. The Trump Regime is truly out of fucking control.

To wit:


William Booth and Karla Adam at the Washington Post: Ahead of Crucial Brexit Vote, Key Lawmakers Won't Support Theresa May's Plan. "Prime Minister Theresa May presented a Brexit deal with some new add-on language to a skeptical Parliament for a landmark vote on Tuesday. But the British leader faced strong headwinds, as crucial blocs of lawmakers signaled they will not support her withdrawal agreement. Before May rose to speak, Britain's attorney general told lawmakers that May's hard-fought changes might not go far enough — an assessment that increased the odds that her Brexit deal will fail again and that the nation won't depart on schedule on March 29."

Nicholas Nehamas and Lily Dobrovolskaya at the Miami Herald: Wanted in Russia, He Partied at Mar-a-Lago — and Invested in Cheap South Florida Homes.
Last year, [Donald] Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club hosted a black-tie 'Safari Night' fundraiser for a favorite charity of one of his older sisters. The event included Chinese dancers, a silent art auction, and one unusual guest: Sergey Danilochkin, a Russian real estate investor who had settled in South Florida after authorities in his home country accused him of taking part in a massive tax fraud linked to the most contentious corruption case of the 21st century.

Party-goers had no idea they were rubbing shoulders with a wanted man. While the guests sipped cocktails and studied photos of African wildlife, Danilochkin, who is also an aspiring journalist, filmed the bustling ballroom on a smartphone and posted the footage on YouTube. Holding a flute of champagne and wearing a dark suit, the Russian émigré addressed the camera in his native tongue, alluding to the uncanny way Russians seem to turn up in the president’s orbit.

"The most interesting thing," Danilochkin said, "is that we met a lot of people here who speak Russian."
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[Content Note: White supremacy] Madeline Peltz at MediaMatters: Unearthed Audio Shows Tucker Carlson Using White Nationalist Rhetoric and Making Racist Remarks. I'm sure we're all shocked that a toxic chauvinist is also a white supremacist.

[CN: Abduction; sexual assault] Melanie Eversley at the Grio: Ohio Police Officer Indicted for Sexually Assaulting Women. "Andrew Mitchell, 55, a 31-year-veteran of the police force in Ohio's state capital, is charged with holding two women against their will and demanding sexual favors in exchange for their freedom, the Columbus Dispatch reported. Mitchell is charged with three counts of deprivation of rights while using his police authority — with two of those counts involving one woman — two counts of witness tampering, and one count each of obstruction of justice, as well as making false statements, the Dispatch reports."

Ryan Mac at BuzzFeed: Facebook Removed Elizabeth Warren's Ads Calling for Its Breakup; Then It Put Them Back Up. "Facebook briefly removed and then restored four ads on Monday from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, which advocated for the breaking up big technology companies, for violating its terms of service. On Monday, the social networking company confirmed that it had removed the ads, all of which featured a video with a thumbnail image incorporating Facebook's logo. 'We removed the ads because they violated our policies against use of our corporate logo,' a Facebook spokesperson said. 'In the interest of allowing robust debate, we are restoring the ads.'" Shady.

What have you been reading that we need to resist today?
          When Kremlin and Patriarchate cry wolf together      Cache   Translate Page      

Source: Kyiv Post By Giacomo Sanfilippo In recent weeks a number of conflicting news items related to Ukraine have appeared in various sources which combine to demonstrate the scope of “Byzantine symphonia” in its 21st-century Russian reincarnation. As I noted previously on these pages, the expression denotes a religious-political ideology from Orthodox Byzantium according to which church and [...]

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          Чому «Нацдружини» будуть спостерігачами на виборах президента України?      Cache   Translate Page      
People dressed in camouflage raise flaming flares in front of a building.

Members of the far-right Ukrainian party National Corps raise flaming flares in front of a private house. Credit: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images

Завдяки слабкості процедур, агресивні ультранаціоналісти успішно зареєструвалися як спостерігачі на виборах.

          Why Is a Militia Monitoring Ukraine’s Presidential Election?      Cache   Translate Page      
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Supporters of the Ukrainian far-right party National Corps burn flares in front of the private house which supposedly belongs to Svynarchuk. Credit: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images.

Aided by lax rules, violent ultranationalists have successfully registered as election observers. 

          Ukraine bans Italian singer Al Bano as a national threat to the country      Cache   Translate Page      

He is a friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin

          Paul Manafort, After Receiving 47 Month Sentence, To Learn Punishment In D.C. Case       Cache   Translate Page      

President Trump's onetime campaign chairman Paul Manafort is due back in federal court on Wednesday for sentencing in his criminal case in Washington, D.C.

The hearing in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia comes less than a week after Manafort was sentenced to just under four years in prison in a federal case in Virginia.

Manafort's appearance for sentencing in D.C. on Wednesday could then close out his two-year fight with Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller.

One question that continues to hang over this saga, though, is whether the president might neutralize whatever sentence Manafort receives by deciding to pardon him — a move that Trump himself has refused to rule out.

Tax and fraud case over. Onto conspiracy

One front of Manafort's legal battle concluded last week in Virginia, where a federal judge sentenced him to 47 months in federal prison and ordered him to pay $25 million in restitution.

A jury there convicted him last year of bank and tax fraud related to consulting and lobbying work he did in Ukraine.

Now he faces sentencing in a second case brought by Mueller's team. Manafort pleaded guilty to two conspiracy charges revolving around undeclared foreign lobbying work he did on behalf of pro-Russian Ukrainian political figures.

The matter was set to go to trial in September of 2018 before Manafort struck a last-minute plea deal under which he agreed to cooperate with the government. But that agreement collapsed after Mueller's team accused Manafort of lying to investigators late last year.

After weighing the evidence, Judge Amy Berman Jackson agreed with the special counsel's office that Manafort lied about three subjects — a $125,000 payment; his contacts with a Russian associate, Konstantin Kilimnik, who the FBI says has ties to Russia's intelligence services; and about matters related to another ongoing investigation.

The judge disagreed with the special counsel's office assessment that Manafort lied on two other subject areas.

Manafort faces a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in Washington. The decision on how long to put Manafort away lies in Jackson's hands.

Manafort's total punishment

Jackson also can decide whether any sentence she imposes is added to the 47 months that Manafort has already received, or whether he may serve the sentences simultaneously.

The Virginia sentence, which was 20 years below the upper limit of the federal guidelines range, touched off a national discussion about disparity in sentencing. It is common, however, for defendants in tax fraud cases to be sentenced below the guideline range, according to U.S. Sentencing Commission statistics.

In the D.C. case, Mueller's office has not taken a position on sentencing — as is its standard practice. But it emphasizes that Manafort "repeatedly and brazenly violated the law" and argued that his sentence "must take into account the gravity of this conduct."

"His crimes continued up through the time he was first indicted in October 2017 and remarkably went unabated even after indictment," the special counsel's office said in its sentencing memo.

"Manafort engaged in witness tampering while on bail and, even after he was caught for engaging in that scheme, Manafort committed the additional crimes of perjury and making false statements after he entered his guilty pleas," the office added.

Manafort's attorneys, on the other hand, have pushed back against the special counsel's portrayal of their client as a "hardened criminal" who deserves no mercy.

Manafort, who will turn 70 next month and suffers from gout, has accepted responsibility for his crimes by pleading guilty, his attorneys say. And they observe that he has not been charged with any crimes related to Mueller's primary mandate — Russia interference in the 2016 election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.

"In light of his age and health concerns, a significant additional period of incarceration will likely amount to a life sentence for a first time offender," they write in their sentencing memo.

They also requested that any sentence in D.C. run simultaneous to Manafort's Virginia sentence.

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          Putin signs law to stop soldiers divulging proof for the Hague about Russia’s war against Ukraine      Cache   Translate Page      
Had the law now passed been in force in July 2014, crucial information about the secret transportation to Ukraine of a Russian BUK missile carrier and its use in downing  Malaysian Airliner MH17 would have never come to light
          Russia rewards Berkut officers who tried to crush Euromaidan, while revenging itself on Maidan political prisoner Kolomiyets      Cache   Translate Page      
While ex-Berkut officers, involved in trying to crush Ukraine’s Euromaidan protests, have been given awards in Russian-occupied Sevastopol ‘for courage and heroism’, Russia has ensured the harshest of prison conditions for Ukrainian political prisoner Andriy Kolomiyets, sentenced by a Russian-controlled court to 10 years’ imprisonment for being on Maidan in 2014
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Concern about the proposed involvement of the far-right ‘National Militia’ paramilitaries as Ukrainian election observers has intensified following both their threats to use physical force “to prevent violations” and the involvement of the party they are linked with [National Corps] in violent scuffles at the weekend
          Russia holds 100 Ukrainian political prisoners & POWs, but accuses Ukraine of persecuting Crimeans      Cache   Translate Page      
Russia’s Human Rights Ombudsperson’s complaint that Ukraine is persecuting Crimeans comes as around 80 Ukrainians are illegally deprived of their liberty in occupied Crimea or Russia, as well as 24 POWs Unlike Moskalkova, we can name the victims of persecution
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Transparency International Ukraine (ТI Украина)призывает руководителей СБУ, ГФС, Военной прокуратуры ГПУ и НАБУ безотлагательно начать проверку действий сотрудников, фигурирующих в расследовании о хищ...

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          More than half of Ukraine’s population view Russia in positive light, says poll      Cache   Translate Page      
Meanwhile, 82% of Russians positively treat Ukrainians, according to the Kiev International Institute of Sociology
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The presidential candidate said that the Verkhovna Rada is silent about the information on the scandal around the Ukroboronprom state enterprise
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According to the minister, cases of bribery have occurred in the Kiev, Kharkov and Odessa Regions, as well as in the cities of Kiev and Odessa
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In total, 6,800 foreigners were denied entry to Ukraine since the beginning of 2019, according to the border guard service
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Google was let off the hook by a top Russian official Tuesday over a spat involving how Crimea is displayed to Google Maps users in Russia.

Vasily Piskaryov, a leading member of the lower house of the Russian legislature, the State Duma, said Google has complied with Moscow's demand that ...

          Commentaires sur Mila Kunis : « J’ai quitté l’Ukraine pour échapper à la haine antisémite » par nigeria football news websites      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Съёмки сериала «Слуга народа – 3» окончены      Cache   Translate Page      
Шоумен, лидер «Студии Квартал 95», кандидат на пост главы украинского государства Владимир Зеленский заявил, что съёмки третьей части сериала «Слуга народа», в которой он сыграл главную роль, наконец-то закончились. Так пишет, ссылаясь на Interfax Ukraine. В частности, об этом он написал на своей странице в социальной сети Facebook.
          Большинство жителей Донецкой области не видят смысла в предстоящих президентских выборах      Cache   Translate Page      
Больше половины жителей Донецкой области не уверены в своём желании принимать участие в предстоящей президентской гонке. Так пишет, ссылаясь на Interfax Ukraine. Об этом рассказали представители исследовательской компании Seetarget. Данная информация была получена в ходе опроса, который длился в период с 28 февраля по 7 марта 2019 года.
          Жители Донецкой области на посту президента Украины видят Бойко      Cache   Translate Page      
Жители Донецкой области считают, что следующим президентом Украины должен стать сопредседатель политической силы «Оппозиционная платформа – За жизнь» Юрий Бойко. Так пишет, ссылаясь на Interfax Ukraine. Об этом заявили представители исследовательской компании Seetarget. Они провели опрос, участие в котором приняли 804 респондента.
          Кривонос стал первым заместителем секретаря СНБО      Cache   Translate Page      
В Совете национальной безопасности и обороны Украины произошли кадровые изменения. Так пишет, ссылаясь на Interfax Ukraine. Об этом стало известно сегодня, 12 марта, на встрече действующего президента Петра Порошенко, секретаря Службы национальной безопасности и обороны Александра Турчинова и бывшего заместителя командующего Сил специальных операций Вооружённых сил Украины Сергея Кривоноса.
          Представители ЦИК, ГПУ, СБУ и МВД пришли к единому видению процесса обеспечения честных выборов в Украине      Cache   Translate Page      
Сегодня, 12 марта, в Киеве состоялся брифинг, участие в котором приняли генеральный прокурор Юрий Луценко, министр внутренних дел Украины Арсений Аваков, глава Центральной избирательной комиссии Татьяна Слипачук, а также глава Службы безопасности Василий Грицак. Так пишет, ссылаясь на Interfax Ukraine. Присутствующие обсудили вопрос обеспечения процесса проведения честных и справедливых выборов главы украинского государства.
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Глава Генеральной прокуратуры Украины Юрий Луценко призвал представителей избирательных комиссий отказаться от махинаций, направленных на фальсификацию результатов предстоящих выборов президента нашей страны. Так пишет, ссылаясь на Interfax Ukraine. Он отметил, что каждый член комиссий будет представлять определённого кандидата на высокий пост.
          Anathema on Metropolitan B. Gudziak      Cache   Translate Page      
On 11 March 2019, by authority of the apostolic and prophetic office, the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate pronounced an anathema – excommunication from the Church – on Borys Gudziak. On 18 February 2019, Francis appointed him Metropolitan of Philadelphia (USA).
B.Gudziak, not only as President of UCU in Lvov (Ukraine), promoted gender immorality, which is rebellion against God and God’s law. He holds the ecclesiastical post illegitimately. If he refuses to repent and dies in this state, he will be eternally condemned as a heretic.
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Les amants maudits de Spirit Lake - Claire Bergeron - Editions Druide - Opération Masse Critique de Babelio

Contraints de quitter l'Ukraine en 1914, c'est vers une terre de liberté que croyaient voguer la jeune Alyona Loveneck, une violoniste prodige, et son frère Vitaly.

Ce livre, reçu dans le cadre de Masse Critique de Babelio, me convenait tout à fait. Passionné par la Grande Guerre, j'ai découvert une nouvelle facette de celle-ci. Une facette dont on n'a pas parlé, mais qui a pris pied au final sur tous les continents : les camps d'internement.

La guerre de Louise 1914-1921, récit-documentaire aborde ce sujet pour les civils franças déportés en Allemagne. Ce livre-ci, sous forme de roman, nous relate les déportations des civils ukrainiens, turcs, allemands... venus trouver refuge au Canada et qui ont été envoyés dans des camps au début de la Guerre, suite à la réaction hostile des autochtones qui ont vu en eux des ennemis et non des personnes fuyant leur pays.

Au final, l'histoire m'a séduit autant par son aspect romancé que par son fond historique. Je dois avouer que j'ai été agréablement surprise car le résumé me laissait envisager une simple romance impossible entre deux personnes sur fond historique. Un sujet largement traité dans de nombreux livres.

L'histoire de ce couple maudit est beaucoup plus fouillée et nous emmène très loin dans le temps. Bonne lecture.



          Russian men won the apple machine to change the name of iphone7-huangshexiaoshuo      Cache   Translate Page      
Russian men won the apple machine to change the name to "iPhone7" according to the Russian "Metro newspaper" reported that the 20 year old Ukraine man Alexander ·. In order to get free iPhone 7 mobile phone, his name changed to iPhone 7. Ukraine man Alexander ·. Recently, a Ukraine electronic products store launched a […]
          After He's Out Of The White House, Will Trump Plead Ignorance About The Illegality Of Taking Foreign Bribes?      Cache   Translate Page      

I admit I watch a lot of Maddow and pretty much embrace all the Russian conspiracy stuff she's constantly peddling. But I never needed her to tell me that Trump's is the swampiest presidency since Warren G. Harding's. Maybe Ulysses S. Grant's? Except in Trump's case, it's clearly the man at the top who's the most corrupt of all. And one thing that I never doubted for a second is that Trump takes bribes-- from any and all sources... including from abroad, a major no-no. He's been taking money from Russia, Ukraine, various pieces of the former Soviet Union, Saudi Arabia, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, China... anywhere he could get them from. Friday, The Guardian published a piece by Jon Swaine, Trump inauguration took money from shell companies tied to foreigners, that lays out some of the evidence regarding just the Inauguration aspect.

Short version of Swaine's exhaustive report: Shell companies were created to mask foreign bribes that poured into the pockets of Trump and his corrupt family. "The Guardian," he wrote, "has identified the creators of three obscure firms that contributed money to Trump’s inaugural committee, which collected a record $107 million as he entered the White House in 2017. There was a lot more foreign money than the 3 instances Swaine dug into.
The three companies each gave $25,000 to Trump’s inaugural fund. At least one of the contributions was made for a foreign national who appears ineligible to make political donations in the U.S.

A spokesman for Thomas Barrack, the chairman of Trump’s inauguration committee, declined to comment. The contributors denied wrongdoing.

Federal prosecutors in New York and the attorney generals of New Jersey and Washington DC have in recent weeks issued subpoenas to the committee, demanding records and information on its contributors and spending.

U.S. election law prohibits non-resident foreigners from contributing to political campaigns, including inaugurations. Donors or campaigns who “knowingly and willfully” breach this rule may be fined or prosecuted.

One of the $25,000 donations to Trump’s inauguration was made through a Delaware shell company for a wealthy Indian financier based in London, who appears to not hold US citizenship or residency.

Another was made by a company formed in Georgia by a lobbyist with connections to the Taiwanese government. His wife said the firm was funded by Chinese investors. One of their daughters was later given an internship in Trump’s White House, which they said was unrelated to the donation.

A third $25,000 contribution was made through a company formed anonymously in New York by an Israeli real estate developer who has helped other foreign developers with legal issues in the U.S. The Israeli developer said he held U.S. residency, commonly known as a “green card,” which permitted him to contribute legally.

Ann Ravel, a former commissioner at the federal election commission (FEC), said the use of anonymous companies was the biggest problem for authorities trying to ensure transparency and legality in political donations.

“We need stronger regulation,” said Ravel. “But our campaign finance system is structured to not let us find out who is behind these contributions.”

Authorities including Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US election, are looking into issues around foreign money in American politics and possible attempts to buy influence with Trump’s administration.

A Washington-based lobbyist, Sam Patten, admitted last year that he illegally funnelled $50,000 to Trump’s inauguration from a Ukrainian oligarch. Patten, a former colleague of the convicted ex-Trump aide Paul Manafort, pleaded guilty to lying to Congress and failing to register as a foreign agent.

One $25,000 contribution to Trump’s inaugural fund came from a shell company tied to Cyrus Vandrevala, a Mumbai-born financier based in London. Vandrevala has said he funds property developments in India, where Trump owns luxury towers.

Vandrevala’s father-in-law, Niranjan Hiranandani, is one of the wealthiest figures in Indian real estate. He currently serves as president of an influential real estate industry lobby group in the country.

In an interview published days after Trump’s inauguration, Hiranandani said he hoped the new president would not hinder India’s real estate industry by restricting US visas. He suggested it was unlikely Trump would “want to do something that can have a negative impact on his ongoing projects in India.”

Vandrevala, 46, has an Indian passport and declares his nationality as Indian, according to business records obtained from authorities in Delhi. A source familiar with his arrangements said he did not hold U.S. citizenship or a “green card.”

The contribution appears to have paid for two VIP tickets to Trump’s inauguration. He and his wife, Priya, attended the event in Washington and also enjoyed a “private breakfast” with Trump, according to an article in the UK’s Asian Lite newspaper, which was written by a veteran Indian reporter who knows the Vandrevalas.

Another British-Asian newspaper, Eastern Eye, reported Vandrevala was “friendly with Trump’s daughter Ivanka.” Editors did not respond to questions about the source of that information. The White House did not respond to an inquiry.

The link between the contribution and Vandrevala is hidden in the public record. FEC filings list a $25,000 donation from a limited liability company (LLC) calling itself Sierra Vista. Its stated address is a suburban office park in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

Vandrevala’s U.S. investment company, Intrepid Capital Partners, has an office at the same complex in Wayne. Separately, an LLC named Sierra Vista 1 has also cited the office park as its address in business records.

Sierra Vista 1 was formed in Delaware, a state renowned for its low-tax and high-secrecy regime, in which companies are not required to disclose the names of officers, directors or owners.

The only person named in paperwork filed to Delaware when Sierra Vista 1 was set up in 2014 was John Teaford, a businessman who has worked on several Vandrevala ventures since the 1990s.

An executive at Intrepid Capital Partners, who requested anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media, said Sierra Vista 1 was an investment vehicle funded with Vandrevala’s money.

Vandrevala did not respond to emails and messages left at his office in London. Reached by telephone and asked whether he handled Sierra Vista’s payment to the inauguration for Vandrevala, Teaford said: “I probably did.”

Intrepid Capital Partners has a property arm, ICP Real Estate, which was created to finance developments in India. It claimed to be amassing a $7bn investment fund for building homes and has targeted the cities of Mumbai and Pune, both of which are home to Trump-branded towers.

Donald Trump Jr, the president’s eldest son, has described India as “the biggest push for our organisation.” The Trump company lists four Indian developments in its portfolio. A visit to the country last year by Trump Jr incurred almost $98,000 in publicly funded security costs.

Two months before election day in 2016, a new shell company was registered in Georgia. The company, Jan Castle LLC, was formed by a man named David Sean, who paid the $100 fee and signed the simple one-page form required by the state.

Sean listed his office address as a numbered “suite” on a street that runs past a country club in Sandy Springs, one of the country’s wealthiest suburbs.

The state’s paperwork said explicitly that a physical address was required-- a mailbox was not acceptable. But Sean’s address was, in fact, a mailbox inside a shipping store on a strip mall. Sean, a Taiwanese-American businessman, is based more than 2,000 miles away in southern California and is also known as Pong Hsiang.

Shortly before Christmas in 2016, Jan Castle LLC contributed $25,000 to Trump’s inauguration fund.

Sean, 59, said he was a US citizen. He declined to discuss the activity of Jan Castle or the status of any other people involved in the company, and the Guardian was unable to locate records on either.

But Sean’s wife, Joann, said in a brief telephone interview in late January that Sean created Jan Castle for three Chinese investors. Sean later denied his wife had said this. The company’s original filing to Georgia identified someone named Jianning He as its “organizer,” but gave only the same mailbox address as contact information.

Sean rejected requests over several weeks to discuss the contribution to Trump’s inauguration. Eventually he agreed to a meeting in person, but then changed his mind. Finally, in a series of text messages, Sean said: “I refuse to collude with Chinese communists and insist [on] investment with no condition attached.”

He went on to say: “My company objective is to take back stolen trillion dollar from communist China and put into manufacturing sector in United States. And I will work hard to achieve this mission objective til the day I am perished from the earth.”

Sean, who describes himself as an enthusiastic Trump supporter, also provided copies of complaint letters he said he had sent to the FBI, the CIA, the FEC and the IRS, requesting that each agency investigate the author of this article.

One of Sean’s daughters carried out a White House internship last year. She posted photographs to social media, including one of her class of interns posing with Trump. Sean said the internship had no link to the contribution.

During the 1990s, Sean worked in Taiwan as a consultant for the Hsinchu Science Park, according to his résumé. The park was developed by the Taiwanese ministry of science and technology from the 1980s as its answer to Silicon Valley.

Later, according to the résumé, Sean became a “US federal government relations consultant.” Records filed to Congress say that from 2012-14, he registered as a lobbyist in Washington, representing his own financial advisory firm.

In some lobbying filings, Sean registered jointly with an associate named Johnny Lu, who was said to be an “international trade consultant.”

Lu, who is also known as Lu Zhongying, is an adviser to Taiwan’s overseas community affairs council, according to a Taiwanese government spokeswoman in California. Lu did not respond to messages left with his family. A cellphone registered in his name did not accept incoming calls.

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The pair told an ethics watchdog they were lobbying on issues such as international trade and foreign investment in the US. They reported lobbying the White House, Congress, and government agencies including the bureau of export administration and the federal trade commission. They did not list any foreign clients.

Records obtained from state authorities across the US show Sean has used at least 10 mailboxes around California, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Wyoming to open many other companies over the past two decades. The purpose of some of the companies was unclear. One named Johnny Lu as president.

In 2015, Sean created a company named Global Prosperity Foundation Corp from the mailbox near Atlanta. He told regulators it would “facilitate communication with US major trading partner’s trading organizations and promote the investment advantages of United States” [sic]. It was closed shortly before the donation to Trump’s inaugural fund was made.

Another $25,000 came into Trump’s inaugural fund three days before the president’s swearing-in from a company named New York State Property Management Corporation. The company gave as its address a house in the Long Island town of Hewlett, close to John F Kennedy airport.

A company with that name is registered with New York authorities at a small office building elsewhere in the region. The Guardian traced the firm back to Elon Lebouvich, an Israeli businessman in his mid-40s, who is involved in New York real estate.

According to court records, Lebouvich has also gone by other names, including “Allen Lebo”, and has served as a representative for a family of wealthy Moroccan investors in US legal disputes. A member of the family declined to discuss their relationship.

Lebouvich is currently developing a $5m retail property in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, according to sources familiar with his work. According to city records, the building is owned by an LLC controlled by the 74-year-old mother of Lebouvich’s attorney. The attorney and his mother declined to comment.

In a brief telephone interview, Lebouvich said his $25,000 contribution paid for two tickets to the inauguration for “me and somebody else.” He would not say who used the second ticket. When asked if he was entitled to contribute, he said: “I don’t have the time to talk about it” and ended the call.

In a subsequent email, Lebouvich said he had held permanent US residency for about five years, which would mean he was entitled to contribute. He declined to discuss the contribution and threatened legal action.

The FEC has seemed unwilling to actively guard against foreign contributions in US politics. In 2017, two dissenting commissioners said the FEC had failed to properly investigate a complaint alleging foreigners donated $55,000 through LLCs to a campaign group supporting a congressman.

The commission is understaffed. All four current commissioners have served well beyond their six-year term limits. For the past year, the FEC has operated with four commissioners instead of six because Trump has not filled two vacant seats.

Ellen Weintraub, the FEC chairwoman and the only sitting Democratic commissioner, has frequently criticised her colleagues for what she views as an unwillingness to adequately regulate campaign finance, including the threat of foreign money.

In a letter to Congress sent last September, Weintraub said the FEC was “naively and dangerously” ignoring the reality of foreign interference and had no plan to counter it.

“This situation will not improve until this commission has at least four members who are willing to enforce existing law barring foreign-national political involvement and address dark money,” Weintraub wrote.

          Syria, Skripal and MH17: how Bellingcat broke the news – podcast      Cache   Translate Page      

In 2012, Eliot Higgins began blogging about the news from his front room in Leicester. Seven years later, his investigative website Bellingcat has been responsible for revealing key aspects of some of the world’s biggest stories. And: Jonathan Freedland on the result of Theresa May’s meaningful vote

Eliot Higgins first became known for his investigations into the Syrian civil war, which he published on his blog Brown Moses. Higgins then went on to found Bellingcat, an investigative website that uses open source tools to expose the truth behind global news stories.

Higgins, who is the subject of a new documentary, tells Anushka Asthana how he and his international team of volunteers have gone about investigating some of the biggest stories of recent times, including the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine and the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in the UK. He examines the importance of this type of work in an era of fake news and the impact it has had on his professional and personal life.

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Total Page Views Since March 11, 2011: 1,559,869
Total Page Views from the U.S.A.: 1,173,020
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(Most to Least: France, United Kingdom, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, China…)

Daily Average Page Views for 2922 Days: 534
Weekly Average Page Views for 417 Weeks: 3,741
Monthly Average Page Views for 96 Months: 16,249

Yearly/Daily Average Page Views for Eight Years: 

2011: 27,602          (Daily Average: 93)
2012: 150,261        (Daily Average: 411)
2013: 311,281        (Daily Average: 853)
2014: 221,619        (Daily Average: 607)
2015: 174,027        (Daily Average: 477)
2016: 238,884        (Daily Average: 653)
2017: 192,632        (Daily Average: 528)
2018: 218,493        (Daily Average: 559)
2019:   24,903        (Up to March 11: 361)

Monthly Blog Page Views:


March            318
April               975
May             3,845
June            2,515
July             2,553
August         2,988
September   3,067
October        4,622
November     4,934
December     ­1,785

(Began March 11 (296 Days): Daily Average: 93)


January       3,542
February      3,386
March          7,338
April           17,248
May            14,195
June           12,211
July            15,887
August        12,493
September   13,933
October       20,047
November    14,202
December    15,779

(366 Days: Daily Average: 411; Total Average Page Views: 269)


January        26,597
February      17,613  
March          29,966  
April            25,008
May             42,878
June            22,399
July             19,433
August         17,449
September   19,701
October        27,550
November     29,571
December     ­33,116

(365 Days: Daily Average: 853; Total Average Page Views: 476)


January    23,112
February   17,433  
March       17,802
April         16,655
May          20,687
June         16,387
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August      14,525
September 20,958
October     19,934
November  16,352
December  ­19,712

(365 Days: Daily Average: 607; Total Average Page Views: 511) 


January      17,264
February     20,014
March         20,808
April           16,353
May            15,973
June           11,660
July            13,337
August        11,871
September   12,838
October       12,369
November    10,714
December    10,826

(365 Days: Daily Average: 477; Total Average Page Views: 504)


January      15,182
February     11,255
March         11,778
April           10,166
May            20,385
June           29,314
July            39,839
August        27,863
September   24,507
October       22,459
November    18,209
December      7,927

(366 Days: Daily Average: 653; Total Average Page Views: 529)


January      11,553
February       8,172
March         16,555
April            20,586
May            16,217
June           11,992
July            16,142
August        15,176
September   16,516
October       17,173
November    14,353
December    28,197

(365 Days: Daily Average: 528; Total Average Page Views: 529)


January      24,151
February     40,533
March         50,751   (Dec. 2017 – Mar. 2018 = 143,632 total page views)*
April             8,899
May              9,474
June             7,864
July            17,482
August        12,692
September   12,475
October       12,516
November    10,833
December    10,823

(365 Days: Daily Average: 599; Total Average Page Views: 538) 
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January        8,043
February     13,398         
March 11      3,629


TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012
1. Illinois Pension Reform Is Without Legal and Moral Justification

2. Illinois Senate Bill 1, the So-called “Pension Reform” Bill (or Attempt to Break a Constitutional Contract with Public Employees and Retirees)

3. Thinking about voting for Daniel Biss in the next Illinois gubernatorial election?

FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012

5. The Continuing Demoralization of University and College Adjunct Faculty

6. A Pension Discussion with Eric Zorn, a Columnist for the Chicago Tribune

SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2016

TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2012
8. A Pension Discussion with Eric Zorn, Pt. 2

9. English IV: Literature & Composition AP

10. Morality & Justice

          Movie review: ‘Woman at War’ is an offbeat eco-thriller      Cache   Translate Page      
Quirky doesn’t begin to describe “Woman at War” and its climate change crusading protagonist who divides her time between directing a choir and plotting terrorist attacks on corporations she blames for destroying the environment. Think Unabomber, but much more genial and infinitely more maternal given her eagerness to adopt an orphaned preschooler from Ukraine. She also doesn’t kill or maim, unless you consider blacking out smelting plants injurious.Like a [...]
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Russian Defense Ministry: Ukraine manufacturing false misleading clue investigation crash MH17 Beijing September Beijing – in 26, according to the Russian satellite network reported that the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Kona Schenker J said at a news conference in Ukraine, to provide an objective investigation MH17 airliner crash avoidance data, and making a false misleading […]
          Hoàng Kim Đồng      Cache   Translate Page      

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          Ukraine found in violation of the prohibition of torture over treatment of life prisoners      Cache   Translate Page      
The European Court of Human Rights has issued a crucial judgement slamming Ukraine’s treatment of people sentenced to life imprisonment and ordering the Ukrainian government to reform a system that gives life prisoners no hope of release
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          Movie review: ‘Woman at War’ is an offbeat eco-thriller      Cache   Translate Page      
Quirky doesn’t begin to describe “Woman at War” and its climate change crusading protagonist who divides her time between directing a choir and plotting terrorist attacks on corporations she blames for destroying the environment. Think Unabomber, but much more genial and infinitely more maternal given her eagerness to adopt an orphaned preschooler from Ukraine. She also doesn’t kill or maim, unless you consider blacking out smelting plants injurious.Like a [...]
          These were the 50 most violent cities in the world in 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • In 2018, 42 of the world's 50 most violent cities were in Latin America. Four were in the US, with another in Puerto Rico.
  • The region is the world's most violent, excluding war zones, with bloodshed driven by organized crime and exacerbated by chronic instability, poverty, and corruption.

In 2018, Latin America retained the ignominious distinction of being home to most of the cities on Mexico's Citizens' Council for Public Security's annual ranking of the world's most violent cities, released on Tuesday.

Of the 50 cities on the list, 42 are in Latin America. Fifteen were in Mexico, 14 in Brazil, and six in Venezuela. Two Colombian cities were on the list, as were two Honduran cities, and El Salvador, Guatemala, and Jamaica all had one. San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, was also on the list.

Four US cities were listed: St. Louis, Baltimore, Detroit, and New Orleans.

Read last year's list: These were the 50 most violent cities in the world in 2017

The list is limited to cities with more than 300,000 people and doesn't include cities in war zones, such as Syria or Ukraine. The council said that went assessing cities, it sought to include "localities that form a unique urban system, clearly distinguishable from others, independent of the geographic-administrative divisions inside the countries."

Violence in Latin America is in large part driven by drug trafficking and organized crime. Insecurity is also exacerbated by political instability, poverty, and poor economic conditions. Corruption, abuses by officials, and impunity also facilitate crime.

Mexico has seen profound increases in deadly violence in recent years, driven in large part by the fragmentation of criminal groups. This year Mexico displaced Brazil as the country with the most cities on the list, despite Brazil having some 80 million more residents. One of Mexico's most popular tourist cities, Los Cabos, topped the list last year but is not on it this year, which the council attributes to one criminal group winning control of the area.

See the 2016 rankings: The 50 most violent cities in the world in 2016

Incomplete data also challenges the council's tabulations, particularly in Venezuela, where the government has in the past not released homicide data, and where other estimates, such as those by newspapers, are incomplete or inconsistent.

Venezuela's "growing inability to count its dead" underscores the very serious crises it faces, the council states.

Here's the top 50:

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50. New Orleans, Louisiana, had 36.87 homicides per 100,000 residents.

In 2018, New Orleans had a population of 393,292 people and 145 homicides.

29. Chihuahua, Mexico, had 37.50 homicides per 100,000 residents.

In 2018, Chihuahua had a population of 938,713 people and 352 homicides.

48. Teresina, Brazil, had 37.61 homicides per 100,000 residents.

In 2018, Teresina had a population of 861,442 people and 324 homicides.

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          Доставка букетов      Cache   Translate Page      
Цветочный интернет магазин SendFlowers Ukraine ориентирован на широкий круг почитателей букетов в качестве самостоятельного подарка или дополнения к основному презенту: - Композиции в официальном стиле. Подходят для подарка деловым партнерам, руководству, сотрудникам. - Романтические букеты. Удовлетворяют всем возможным запросам влюбленных и дополнены трогательными презентами – мягкими игрушками, десертами. - Цветы к торжествам – дни рождения, юбилеи, памятные даты. Классические и фантазийные композиции, всевозможные варианты оформления и индивидуальные заказы – мы с удовольствием воплощаем оригинальные идеи. Не повторяться и не повторять – наш девиз. С таким подходом мы разрабатываем каждую позицию ассортиментного ряда. С ценами и ассортиментом продукции можно ознакомиться на сайте
          CP of Greece, We denounce the imperialist intervention in Venezuela. Solidarity with the Venezuelan People!      Cache   Translate Page      

We, Communist and Workers Party of the world, decisively denounce the imperialist plans, the undermining tactics and the menaces unleashed by the USA, the EU and their allied governments in Latin America, aiming at overthrowing the legally elected President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro; at subjugating the people of the country into their imperialist interests; and at looting the country’s wealth-producing resources.
After the failed provocation prepared by the USA using the imperialists’ puppet Guaidó on February 23rd in the Colombian borders, under the pretext of “humanitarian aid”, new scenarios are promoted for a coup or even an imperialist military attack, while simultaneously they continue the effort to organize more provocations that will give a pretext for the escalation of the intervention.
We strongly condemn every coup and imperialist military attack scenario of the USA and of their allies!
We decisively state that they will find against them not only the people of Venezuela but also the Communist and Workers Parties, the working class’ and people’s movement all around the world!
We vehemently condemn the statements of John Bolton, National Security Advisor of the USA, according to which the government of the USA follows the Monroe Doctrine that considers the whole of Latin America as their exclusive zone of interest.
Latin America belongs to its peoples!
Loyal to the principles of Proletarian Internationalism we express our solidarity with the people of Venezuela; only the people of Venezuela have the capacity to decide on the internal affairs of its country. We express our solidarity with the Communist Party of Venezuela, the Communist Youth of Venezuela and other Venezuelan anti-imperialist forces that struggle under difficult conditions to defend the people’s interests.
Down with Imperialism!
People Will Prevail!

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          These were the 50 most violent cities in the world in 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • In 2018, 42 of the world's 50 most violent cities were in Latin America. Four were in the US, with another in Puerto Rico.
  • The region is the world's most violent, excluding war zones, with bloodshed driven by organized crime and exacerbated by chronic instability, poverty, and corruption.

In 2018, Latin America retained the ignominious distinction of being home to most of the cities on Mexico's Citizens' Council for Public Security's annual ranking of the world's most violent cities, released on Tuesday.

Of the 50 cities on the list, 42 are in Latin America. Fifteen were in Mexico, 14 in Brazil, and six in Venezuela. Two Colombian cities were on the list, as were two Honduran cities, and El Salvador, Guatemala, and Jamaica all had one. San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, was also on the list.

Four US cities were listed: St. Louis, Baltimore, Detroit, and New Orleans.

Read last year's list: These were the 50 most violent cities in the world in 2017

The list is limited to cities with more than 300,000 people and doesn't include cities in war zones, such as Syria or Ukraine. The council said that went assessing cities, it sought to include "localities that form a unique urban system, clearly distinguishable from others, independent of the geographic-administrative divisions inside the countries."

Violence in Latin America is in large part driven by drug trafficking and organized crime. Insecurity is also exacerbated by political instability, poverty, and poor economic conditions. Corruption, abuses by officials, and impunity also facilitate crime.

Mexico has seen profound increases in deadly violence in recent years, driven in large part by the fragmentation of criminal groups. This year Mexico displaced Brazil as the country with the most cities on the list, despite Brazil having some 80 million more residents. One of Mexico's most popular tourist cities, Los Cabos, topped the list last year but is not on it this year, which the council attributes to one criminal group winning control of the area.

See the 2016 rankings: The 50 most violent cities in the world in 2016

Incomplete data also challenges the council's tabulations, particularly in Venezuela, where the government has in the past not released homicide data, and where other estimates, such as those by newspapers, are incomplete or inconsistent.

Venezuela's "growing inability to count its dead" underscores the very serious crises it faces, the council states.

Here's the top 50:

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50. New Orleans, Louisiana, had 36.87 homicides per 100,000 residents.

In 2018, New Orleans had a population of 393,292 people and 145 homicides.

29. Chihuahua, Mexico, had 37.50 homicides per 100,000 residents.

In 2018, Chihuahua had a population of 938,713 people and 352 homicides.

48. Teresina, Brazil, had 37.61 homicides per 100,000 residents.

In 2018, Teresina had a population of 861,442 people and 324 homicides.

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          The Today Show Celebrates Communist Holiday      Cache   Translate Page      

Reprinted From The American Spectator.

On Friday morning I was sitting alone gumming a bowl of oatmeal in the breakfast area of a Hampton Inn in Pontiac, Illinois, when I was assaulted by an absurdity on the widescreen TV. There I was, calmly minding my own business, keeping my big mouth shut for a change, opening it only for the next scoop of tastelessness. Just then, a group of maniacs from the Today show ruined my tranquility by babbling obliviously and ecstatically about International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day? Seriously? Had I slipped back in time a hundred years ago to, er, Leningrad, March 8, 1919? Judging from the giggling guy and gals on the screen, I had not. I checked my phone. It was March 8, 2019. And I was in America.

Some Today show dingbat gushed feigned excitement about the great holiday. Sitting to his left were two or three fashionable ladies likewise sharing his jubilation. The male host turned over the segment to a lady reporter outside the building, who was flanked by two young women prattling on about the liberation of the “music industry” from some sinister male dominance that obviously has deprived the likes of Madonna and Barbra Streisand of millions of dollars in riches. Behind them all was a gaggle of girls cheering about something else that had something to do with International Women’s Day.

It was confusing. All of these women and yet — and yet — no Comrade Clara.


That’s right. No Comrade Clara. Where was Clara Zetkin?

It was then that I realized that, no, I hadn’t slipped into a time-warp overnight somewhere along Rt. 55 on my way from Eureka College to the Union League Club in Chicago later that day — both places where, ironically, I would deliver lectures celebrating America’s defeat of international communism in the last century.

I guess the celebration is premature.

Recall, dear leaders, that we Americans won the Cold War and defeated the likes of Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, and Clara Zetkin.

Because of the laws of nature, Clara wasn’t at Today’s studios on Friday. Never hopping an elliptical a day in her life, never doing a Pilates workout, and surely never prancing around in yoga pants, Clara died 86 years ago. She died in Moscow, of course. She was there in the rollicking 1930s, the cusp of Stalin’s wondrous five-year plans, and just missed his Great Purge and mass famine imposed upon the Ukraine.

But Clara was there in New York on Friday in spirit. And it seems unfair that the folks at Today offered no acknowledgment of this matron of International Women’s Day. Not even a photo!

Of course, let’s be honest, and sadly serious for a moment. Most of these modern products of our universities have no idea who Comrade Clara was, or would give a rip, and would surely hurl cries of “McCarthyism” at me for raising the specter of the old German socialist-Marxist. Clara will not be condemned. Communism will not be condemned. I will be condemned. As usual, anti-communism will be condemned.

Swimming along with the cultural tide, infused by the Zeitgeist, choked by what R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. calls the Kultursmog, they only know what they’ve been taught. More so, they are victims of their progressive professors’ many sins of omission — chief among them the utter failure to teach the lessons, the damage, and the outright horrors of communism.

They’ve been duped.

Hence, as a public service, I’d like to here pause to enlighten them on the origins of the communist holiday they commemorated last week.

Clara Zetkin was a big-time German pinko. A Marxist theorist and proud feminist-socialist, she also claimed the banner hoisted today by the likes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her charming congressional colleague from Dearborn, Michigan, Ms. Tlaib — that is to say, Clara was a “democratic socialist.”

And International Women’s Day was Clara’s thing. If you doubt me, take a glance at the piece (including the accompanying photo of the women carrying the banner, “WOMEN OF THE WORLD UNITE”) on “The Origins of International Women’s Day” in People’s World, longtime flagship publication of American communism and successor to the Daily Worker. Right from the horse’s mouth:

Within the last twenty years, many thousands of women worldwide have begun to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD). However, the way in which the day is marked often bears little resemblance to the original IWD purpose and origins. This is a great misfortune.

How so? What was the motivation for “IWD?” The People’s World writer provides an accurate answer:

IWD was founded at the beginning of the last century to both highlight and celebrate the struggle of working women against their oppression and double exploitation.

Today, this fight has not been won — their struggle is still our struggle. Thus, it is timely to remind women and men in the labor movement and elsewhere of the inspirational socialist origins of IWD in the hope that it will ignite again a progressive socialist feminist women’s movement rooted in an understanding of the class basis of women’s inequality. We can learn from our history, but first we must rediscover it.

Assisting in that rediscovery,People’s World notes (correctly) that the first historic demonstration launching IWD took place on March 8, 1908 by “women workers” on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. From there, Clara and the European worker-masses rose up:

Meanwhile, news of the heroic fight of U.S. women workers reached Europe — in particular, it inspired European socialist women who had established, on the initiative of the German socialist feminist Clara Zetkin (1857-1933), the International Socialist Women’s Conference.

This latter body met for the first time in 1907 in Stuttgart alongside one of the periodic conferences of the Second [Communist] International (1889-1914).

Three years later in 1910, Zetkin proposed the following motion at the Copenhagen Conference of the Second International: “The Socialist women of all countries will hold each year a Women’s Day, whose foremost purpose it must be to aid the attainment of women’s suffrage. This demand must be handled in conjunction with the entire women’s question according to Socialist precepts.”

The motion was carried. March 8 was favored.

From there, notes People’s World, the Bolsheviks got into the full swing and adopted International Women’s Day as a national holiday that would last throughout the entirety of the USSR:

In 1917 in Russia, International Women’s Day acquired great significance — it was the flashpoint for the Russian Revolution. On March 8, (Western calendar) female workers in Petrograd held a mass strike and demonstration demanding peace and bread. The strike movement spread from factory to factory and effectively became an insurrection.

The Bolshevik paper Pravda reported that the action of women led to revolution, resulting in the downfall of the tsar, a precursor to the Bolshevik revolution. “The first day of the revolution was Women’s Day… the women… decided the destiny of the troops; they went to the barracks, spoke to the soldiers, and the latter joined the revolution… Women, we salute you.”

In 1922, in honor of the women’s role on IWD in 1917, Lenin declared that March 8 should be designated officially as Women’s Day. Much later, it was a national holiday in the Soviet Union and most of the former socialist countries.

There you go. That says it all, doesn’t it? It was a national holiday in Lenin’s and Stalin’s USSR.

Well, it looks like our intrepid “progressives” in the United States have picked up the torch. They are poised to make IWD a national holiday in the United States, too.

International Women’s Day marchers, unite! Today show producers and hosts and reporters, unite! To borrow from Trotsky’s and Stalin’s Pravda, “We salute you!”

Where is Clara today, as the women of Today honor her legacy? Clara Zetkin is buried in the wall of the Kremlin, where she was placed nearest the rotting bosom of Vladimir Lenin. There for the red funeral with tears in their eyes were Lenin’s widow and Stalin himself.

That was the genesis of International Women’s Day.

Ladies, if you bite from the fruit of International Women’s Day, you are eating the fruit of a poisoned tree. You are a sucker.

          - Eine Präsidentenwahl als Lachnummer?      Cache   Translate Page      
Eigentlich ist Wolodymyr Selenskyj Komiker. Doch jetzt könnte er tatsächlich der nächste Präsident der Ukraine werden. Sein überraschender Aufstieg wirbelt die Politik des Landes durcheinander. Was ist sein Geheimnis?
          BOTANICA      Cache   Translate Page      

Synopsis: A garden-center employee fears his possible infertility and realizes that sometimes you have to swallow your pride to let love overcome.

Director: Noël Loozen
Writers: Joeri Kloppert, Noël Loozen
Stars: Sytske van der Ster, Guido Pollemans, Jiri Loozen, Olivia Lonsdale, Victor Peeters
Cinematographer: Tim Kerbosch
Production company: Halal Amsterdam
Production: Max de Wolf

Festival list:

Nederlands Film Festival, Netherlands (20 – 29 September, 2017)
Gouden Kalf Competition
Warsaw Film Festival, Poland (13 – 22 October, 2017)
Short Film Competition
Brest European Short Film Festival, France (7 – 12 November, 2017)
Special program
Exground Filmfest, Germany (17 – 26 November, 2017)
Supporting film screening
Porny Days – Film Kunst Festival, Switzerland (24 – 26 November, 2017)
Short Film Competition
International Short Film Festival Leuven, Belgium (2 – 9 December, 2017)
European Competition
Eindhovens Film Festival, the Netherlands (6 – 10 December, 2017)
Official Selection
Zubroffka – International Short Film Festival, Poland (6 – 10 December, 2017)
World Wide Shorts Competition
Limburg Film Festival, the Netherlands (12 – 14 January, 2018)
Korte Film Competitie
La Boca Erotica Film Festival, Spain (February, 2018)
Landshut Short Film Festival, Germany (14 – 19 March, 2018)
Official Competition
Aspen ShortsFest, United States (3 – 8 April, 2018)
Official Competition
Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, the Netherlands (11 – 15 April, 2018)
Dutch Competition
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, United States (12 – 18 April, 2018)
Official Selection
cellu l’art Short Film Festival, Germany (24 – 29 April, 2018)
International Competition Won: Youth Award
Cinema Perpetuum Mobile International Short Film Festival, Belarus (28 April – 1 May, 2018)
Thematic program: Taboo
Maryland Film Fest, United States (2 – 6 May, 2018)
Shorts Selection
Seattle International Film Festival, United States (17 May – 10 June, 2018)
Short Film Competition
Figari Film Fest, Italy (16 – 24 June, 2018)
International Short Film Competition
Palm Springs International ShortFest, United States (19 – 25 June, 2018)
Official Selection
NexT – International Film Festival, Romania (22 – 26 June, 2018)
International Competition
Valencia International Film Festival Cinema Jove, Spain (22 – 29 June, 2018)
Short Film Competition
Lago Film Fest International Festival of Short and Documentaries, Italy (20 – 28 July, 2018)
International Competition
Indie Street Film Festival, United States (21 – 25 July, 2018)
Official Selection
Lviv International Short Film Festival Wiz-Art, Ukraine (6 – 12 August, 2018)
International Competition
La Guarimba International Film Festival, Italy (7 – 11 August, 2018)
Short Fiction Competition
En Plein Public, Netherlands (8 – 24 August, 2018)
Official Selection
Zomerparkfeest, the Netherlands (9 – 12 August, 2018)
Short Film Program
Concorto Film Festival, Italy (18 – 25 August, 2018)
Special Program : Deep Night
Portobello Film Festival, United Kingdom (30 August – 6 September, 2018)
Dutch Focus
Quebec City Film Festival, Canada (13 – 22 September, 2018)
International Competition
Calgary International Film Festival, Canada (19 – 30 September, 2018)
Official Selection
Middle Coast Film Festival, United States (21 – 23 September, 2018)
Official Selection Won: Best Actor
Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival, United States (27 – 30 September, 2018)
Official Competition
Edmonton International Film Festival, United States (27 September – 6 October, 2018)
Official Selection
Timishort Film Festival, Romania (3 – 7 October, 2018)
International Competition
Drunken Film Fest Oakland, United Stated (7 – 12 October, 2018)
Official Selection
BRNO 16 International Short Film Festival, Czech Republic (10 – 13 October, 2018)
International Competition
Adelaide Film Festival, Australia (10 – 21 October, 2018)
Official Selection
15 Short Film Festival, United States (14 October, 2018)
DTLA Film Festival, United States (17 – 21 October, 2018)
shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival, Switzerland (18 – 29 October, 2018)
International Competition
Filmets Badalona Film Festival, Spain (19 – 28 October, 2018)
Official Selection
Kurz.Film.Spiele International Short Film Festival, Germany (20 – 21 October, 2018)
Official Competition
Tofifest – International Film Festival, Poland (20 – 28 October, 2018)
ShortCut Film Competition
Soria International Film Festival, Spain (11 – 25 November, 2018)
Out of competition
Fish & Chips International Erotic Film Festival, Italy (17 – 20 January, 2018)
Official Competition Special Mention
Pendance Film Festival, Canada (31 January – 3 February, 2018)
Official Selection
gLocal Film Festival, Italy (5 – 10 March, 2019)
Fish&Chips special
Skepto Film Festival, Italy (3 – 6 April, 2019)
Fish&Chips special
Formentera Film - International Festival, Spain (16 – 19 May, 2019)

Cast: Noël Loozen

          'Please let us stay in New Zealand', says family being deported to Ukraine      Cache   Translate Page      
An Auckland restaurant owner from Ukraine is pleading with MPs to stop her and her family from being deported in July.
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This Ones For You

Today I have been "Reading Between The Lines" so many articles that show me this country and this planet are heading in the right direction .

Too many to innumirate.
Russia and Turkish petrol pipeline into Eastern Europe ( bypassing Ukraine and the Dark Nobility base of operations).
The cause for attempt at WWIII in our middle east conflict

The new Mexican Prez. Obgregon (AMLO ) Dismantling the old corrupt guard although the news story doesn't present it that way ( Dismantling democracy... Right)

The arrest of 38 Hollywood liberals elites caught in a bribery scam within Ivy League schools to place their entitled children.( a large national roundup. They'll be spanked... Not as hard as they deserve)

Venezuelans taking water from the sewers due to 4 days and counting electrical blackouts( so much for socialism)

Leftist leaning schools within America are being called out for their political leanings and the unbalanced amount of leftists on staff.
Little by little Americans are becoming aware and slowly we will take back our country( tries).

So yes...
You tube will be replaced
Facebook has lost 15 million members
And the Beat Goes On.
We Are Sitting or Standing Poised And Perfect Where We Are.
Everything Is In Divine Order.
I have learned not to follow anyone's narrative but what I am aligned with and what my heart believes.
Happy Trails To All

To quote the immortal words of Kung FU Panda... Skidoosh ( that translates to
Boom Boom Boom... Buh Bye Bad Actors
Take A Bow... It's Curtain Call4Y'All )


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          США намерены увеличить военную помощь Украине в 2020      Cache   Translate Page      
Соединенные Штаты Америки намерены в 2020 году выделить Украине 250 млн долларов военной помощи. Об этом говорится в сообщении на Facebook-странице посольства Украины в США. Сообщается, что в официально обнародованном проекте оборонного бюджета США на 2020 год значится предоставление Украине 250 млн долларов на усиление безопасности и обороны в рамках программы помощи по безопасности (Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, USAI)...
          Pentagon: Ukraine soll 250 Millionen US-Dollar Militärhilfe erhalten      Cache   Translate Page      
Die USA planen für das kommende Jahr, 250 Millionen US-Dollar (etwa 221 Millionen Euro) im Rahmen der Militärhilfe für die Streit- und Sicherheitskräfte der Ukraine bereitzustellen.
          Klar, parat, skyd      Cache   Translate Page      
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          How Much Czar Alexander II Assassination affected Future of Russia?      Cache   Translate Page      
Russia – a huge country somewhere far away, a country with almost no history of real democracy, a country, which is currently responsible, directly or indirectly, for many negative political processes in the modern World, a country, which decided to revise the established borders and order by capturing territories of the neighboring countries – Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine.

But why the country with huge territory and enormous natural resources has not turned to the prosperous establishment, but merely managed to supply oil, gas, gold, and educated human resources to the World, remaining almost permanently on the list of the “outlaws”, together with N. Korea, Venezuela, and Iran.

But maybe, just maybe, the reason, at least partially, the reason of the unfortunate past can be attributed to this day in the history, the event that happened exactly 136 years ago.

This day, March 13, 1881 (March 1 – Old Style), Czar Alexander II, the ruler of Russia since 1855, was killed in the streets of St. Petersburg by a bomb, thrown by a member of the revolutionary “People’s Will” group. The People’s Will, organized in 1879, employed terrorism and assassination in their attempt to overthrow Russia’s czarist autocracy. They murdered officials and made several attempts on the czar’s life before finally assassinating him.

As czar, Alexander did much to liberalize and modernize Russia, including the abolishment of serfdom in 1861. However, when his authority was challenged, he turned more repressive, and he vehemently opposed movements for political reform. Ironically, on the very day he was killed, he signed a proclamation–the so-called Loris-Melikov constitution–that would have created two legislative commissions made up of indirectly elected representatives, offering the substantial step towards democratic constitution.

Alexander II Reforms

Alexander II’s ‘great reforms’ stand out as among the most significant events in nineteenth century Russian history. Alexander became known as the ‘Csar Liberator’ because he abolished serfdom in 1861. Yet 20 years later he was assassinated by terrorists.

Why did Alexander decide to introduce a program of reforms, and why did these reforms fail to satisfy the Russian people?

The reforms were a direct response to Russia’s defeat in the Crimean War and were intended to liberate Russian society from some of its most archaic practices, improve the economic and military efficiency of the war and preserve the existing socio-political structure by a process of modification. The essentially conservative nature of Alexander’s reforms is betrayed by the continuity in policy from the reign of his predecessor Nicholas I (1825-1855). Yet this conservatism, far from guaranteeing the safety of the aristocracy, jeopardised the stability of Russia because it left a 50-year legacy of social and political dissatisfaction to Alexander’s successors.

Emancipation: The Fundamental Reform

The need for reform was evident well before the reign of Alexander II. The Decembrist Revolt of 1825 occurred just as Nicholas I acceded to the throne. Although it was unsuccessful, the uprising demonstrated that the autocracy could not continue to ignore demands for reform indefinitely. The condition of the peasantry was perhaps the most prominent weakness in Russian society. The Pugachev Revolt (1773-75) had served as a reminder of the threat that a dissatisfied peasantry could represent.

Nicholas I introduced a series of minor reforms which improved the conditions of state and crown peasants and which were intended to serve as a model to the dvoriane (nobility) as to how they should treat their private serfs. Most landowners, however, took little notice of these measures and continue to extract feudal dues and labour services from their serfs without regard for their welfare. It is clear that Nicholas I abhorred serfdom: in 1842 he declared to the Council of State: ‘There can be no doubt that serfdom in its present situation in our country is an evil… [It] cannot last forever … The only answer is thus to prepare the way for a gradual transition to a different order…’ However, the conservatism of the autocracy was such that it would not compel the dvoriane by abolishing serfdom unilaterally. It took the shock of Russia’s disastrous performance in the Crimean War, the concomitant death of Nicholas I and the accession of Alexander II to alter the situation.

Alexander II had served on the committees of inquiry into serfdom and he was acutely aware of the weakness of the Russian state. Defeat by Britain and France now demonstrated that Russia was lagging behind her European counterparts. In the autumn of 1856 Yuriy Samarin, a prominent Slavophile, articulated the concerns of political society when he wrote that 'We were defeated not by the external forces of the Western alliance but by our own internal weakness.' Criticisms of serfdom were echoing from many quarters. General Dimitry Milutin, later Minister for War (1861-1881), advised the new Tsar that reform of the Russian army was impossible while serfdom continued to exist. Only by reforming the very foundations of Russian society could effective military capacity be restored and great power status recovered Serfdom was also condemned as economically inefficient. K. D. Kavelin, a liberal university professor, wrote a critique of serfdom in 1856 in which he observed that 'In the economic sphere, serfdom brings the whole state into an abnormal situation and gives rise to artificial phenomena in the national economy which have an unhealthy influence on the whole state 'organism of the state’. It was argued that serfdom impeded the emergence of a modern capitalist economy because the existence of an inelastic labour force and the absence of a money economy retarded industrial development It was further argued that serfdom was an inefficient and unproductive form of agriculture because, essentially, it was forced labour, and so the serfs had no incentive to do any more than subsist.

Despite these powerful arguments in favor of abolishing serfdom, it was still difficult for Alexander II to overcome the inertia of the dvoriane on the issue The Csar had to conjure up the specter of widespread peasant revolt in order to persuade his reticent nobles that there was no alternative to Emancipation. In a speech to the Tver nobility, he declared that 'It is better to abolish serfdom from above than to wait for the time when it begins to abolish itself from below.'

Other Reforms

In response to the overwhelming defeat (1856) suffered by Russia in the Crimean War and to attempt to keep pace with military advances in other European countries, Alexander II appointed Dmitry Milyutin to carry out significant reforms in the Russian armed forces. The changes included universal military conscription, introduced for all social classes on 1 January 1874. Prior to this new regulation, as of 1861, conscription was compulsorily enforced only for the peasantry. Conscription had, prior to this reform, been 25 years for serfs that were drafted by their landowners, which was widely considered to be a life sentence. Other military reforms included extending the reserve forces and the military district system, which split the Russian states into 15 military districts, a system still in use over a hundred years later.

The building of strategic railways and an emphasis on the military education of the officer corps comprised further reforms. Corporal punishment in the military and branding of soldiers as punishment were banned. The bulk of important military reforms were enacted because of the poor showing in the Crimean War.

A new judicial administration (1864), based on the French model, introduced security of tenure. A new penal code and a greatly simplified system of civil and criminal procedure also came into operation. Reorganization of the judiciary, to include trial in open court, with judges appointed for life, a jury system and the creation of justices of the peace to deal with minor offences at local level.

Alexander's bureaucracy instituted an elaborate scheme of local self-government (zemstvo) for the rural districts (1864) and the large towns (1870), with elective assemblies possessing a restricted right of taxation, and a new rural and municipal police under the direction of the Minister of the Interior.

The Impact of Alexander II's Reforms

Significant though the reforms of Alexander II were, they failed to create popular support for the Tsarist regime. In 1862, Alexander granted Poland limited autonomy, but the Poles were traditionally hostile to the Russian Empire and in 1863 they rebelled. The Polish Revolt was countered with repression, the orthodox policy of Tsarist autocracy. In 1866, Karakazov, a former student of the University of Kazan, fired a pistol shot at the Tsar. This unsuccessful attempt on Alexander's life resulted in the replacement of Golovnin, the Minister of Education, by the conservative Dimitry Tolstoy, who acted to restrict access to university education.

Russian intellectuals interpreted Alexander's reforms as an attempt to perpetuate the existing political system. Historical opinion has for the most part agreed with this assessment. Florinsky, for example, has suggested that the reforms were nothing more than ‘halfhearted concessions on the part of those who (with some exceptions) hated to see the disappearance of the old order and tried to save as much of it as circumstances would allow’. The response of the Russian intelligentsia was the Populist 'going to the people' in 1874. When this failed, propaganda gave way to terrorism, which culminated in the assassination of Alexander II in 1881. Although it did not achieve its objective of igniting a revolution in Russia, Populism was nevertheless significant. It made a start in developing the political consciousness of the people and its terrorist actions inspired later insurrectionists. The Social Revolutionaries, descendants of Populism, were the most important insurgent group at the turn of the century.

No Constitution for Russia

Alexander II's death caused a great setback for the reform movement. One of his last acts was the approval of Mikhail Loris-Melikov's constitutional reforms. Though the reforms were conservative in practice, their significance lay in the value Alexander II attributed to them: "I have given my approval, but I do not hide from myself the fact that it is the first step towards a constitution." In a matter of 48 hours, Alexander II planned to release these plans to the Russian people. Instead, following his succession Alexander III under the advice of Konstantin Pobedonostsev chose to abandon these reforms and went on to pursue a policy of greater autocratic power.

The assassination triggered major suppression of civil liberties in Russia, and police brutality burst back in full force after experiencing some restraint under the reign of Alexander II, whose death was witnessed first-hand by his son, Alexander III, and his grandson, Nicholas II, both future emperors who vowed not to have the same fate befall them. Both used the Okhrana to arrest protestors and uproot suspected rebel groups, creating further suppression of personal freedom for the Russian people. A series of anti-Jewish pogroms and anti-Semitic legislation, the May Laws, were yet another result.

Finally, the csar's assassination also inspired anarchists to advocate "'propaganda by deed'—the use of a spectacular act of violence to incite revolution."

The downfall of the Romanovs came in 1917 under Nicholas II, largely due to the incompetence of the tsar, a reactionary but weak leader, who not only alienated the lower classes, but also the nobility, who were critical of the influence of the Tsarina and Grigori Rasputin on government affairs. There is no doubt that Nicholas faced a number of great difficulties when he came to the throne, but his lack of leadership and political authority exacerbated these differences, and despite measures which may have temporarily appeased radicals (such as the October Manifesto of 1905), Nicholas II’s mishandling of domestic politics largely contributed to the downfall of the Romanov monarchy.

The legacy of Alexander II is mixed - despite emancipating the serfs, he laid upon them a great burden in the form of redemption dues. Alexander II’s death did result in a reactionary government under Alexander III, but this reactionism, and the problems it later caused for Nicholas II, may not be sufficient enough to explain the reasons for the downfall of the Romanovs in 1917.

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          Should Nadia Savchenko Starve to Death to Win her Case in Russian Court?      Cache   Translate Page      
Ukrainian pilot and parliament deputy Nadia Savchenko has told a Russian court she will continue her dry hunger strike after a tense hearing in which the judge postponed the verdict in her closely watched case until March 21. A defiant Savchenko declared that she would recognize neither the court nor its verdict, before she stood on a bench inside the cage for defendants and raised her middle finger in the direction of the judge.

Savchenko emphasized that she is willing to continue the no-food, no-water hunger strike no matter what happens, saying, "You must understand that we are playing with my life; the stakes are high and I have nothing to lose."

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Savchenko, 34, wore her trademark T-shirt with the Ukrainian trident symbol at the March 9 hearing in the court in the southern Russian city of Donetsk, near the border with the home country she has vowed to return to "dead or alive."

She is accused of acting as a spotter who called in coordinates for a mortar attack in eastern Ukraine in July 2014 that caused the deaths of two Russian journalists covering the conflict between Kyiv’s forces and Russia-backed separatists.

These facts are proven totally wrong (Savchenko was captured by pro-Russian terrorists about two hours BEFORE the stated time, and no way she could not be performing the action she is accused for). While the Russian court claims that she voluntary crossed the border to Russia and was arrested there, this theory also does not hold any reasonable grounds. Savchenko was captured in Ukraine and taken to Russia illegally by force, tied up. The defense team provided documented evidence to show that Nadia was already in captivity at the time of the artillery strike she is accused of directing.

However, Russian prosecutors are not much bothered by flaky statements, not supported by any evidence. They have asked the court to sentence her to 23 years in prison and impose a fine of 100,000 rubles ($1,400). Nadia Savchenko is formally charged with murder, attempted murder, and illegally crossing Russia's border.

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In the brief hearing on March 9, Savchenko's lawyer read out her closing statement, which she had been prevented from reading at a hearing on March 3. He then asked the court to deliver its verdict immediately. The judge responded by saying the verdict would come only on March 21 and 22. At trials in Russia, it sometimes takes the judge more than a day to read out the lengthy verdict in the courtroom.

Savchenko has been on a dry hunger strike -- refusing all food and water -- since March 4.

After the hearing, Savchenko lawyer Nikolai Polozov said on Twitter that the court had denied permission for Savchenko's family and Ukrainian doctors or Ukrainian consular officials to visit her before the sentencing hearing.

Polozov told Reuters that Savchenko's "life is in danger" and added, "As lawyers, our main task now is to enable Ukrainian doctors to get to her."

In her handwritten final statement, which was posted on Facebook after the previous hearing, Savchenko expressed hope for an agreement that would return her to Ukraine after the verdict but warned she would continue her hunger strike and vowed to return "dead or alive."

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Here is an English translation of this remarkable document of courage and strength.

I accept neither guilt, nor the verdict, nor the Russian court. In the case of a guilty verdict there will be no appeal. I want the whole democratic civilized world to realize that Russia is a third-world country, with a totalitarian regime and a petty tyrant-dictator, where human rights and international law are spat upon.

It is an absurd situation when those who abduct people subject them to torture then act as if they have a right to judge them! How can one talk about a fair trial? In Russia, there are no trials or investigations -- only a farce played out by Kremlin puppets. And I find it superfluous to waste time in my life participating in it!

And so there will be no appeal, but this is what will happen: After the verdict I will continue my hunger strike for 10 more days, until the verdict comes into force -- and this is regardless of the translation [of the verdict] into Ukrainian, because they can drag that out for a long time, too. In 10 days I will begin a dry hunger strike [refusing both food and water], and then Russia will have no more than 10 days to return me to Ukraine, where they abducted me! And I don’t care how they justify it! I have heard that [Ukrainian President] Petro Oleksiyovych Poroshenko is quite adept at diplomacy. I hope his diplomatic skills will suffice to reach agreement in Russia with a certain idiot -- after all, he promised my mother that I would be home in time for the May holidays of 2015.

And while they are bargaining over me, my life will be draining away and Russia will return me to Ukraine in any case -- it will return me, dead or alive!

Throughout these 10 days, day and night, my sister will be standing at the jail gates, and she will wait and see whether they release me or not. And if you put her in jail, my mother will come and take her place. She is 77, will you put her in jail, too? In that case my friend will take her place, and after her -- Ukrainian after Ukrainian! And remember -- you can’t shove everybody in here. And while my compatriots are standing there, simple, honest, and decent Russians living in nearby homes will bring them hot tea, sandwiches, and warm blankets, because each one of them understands that tomorrow their child could be in my place, in this prison of all peoples called Russia!

That is how Maidans (revolutions) start! Do you need that?! You fear it like the plague! So it is better for the Kremlin to return me to Ukraine as soon as possible, and alive!

And those in the world with democratic values ought to learn their history lessons before it's too late and remember that there was a time when Europe was tolerant toward Hitler, and America wasn’t decisive enough, and this led to World War II. Putin is a tyrant with imperial manners and a Napoleon and Hitler complex put together. The [Russian] bear doesn’t understand human language, he understands only the language of force. Therefore, unless we become more decisive and determine the right priorities on time, we will soon have World War III.

And I, as a politician now, won’t shake Russia's hand in the political arena. It is not right to extend a hand to someone who kept you in handcuffs and your people in chains. But every time I make a political decision, I will always think how it would affect ordinary people, both in Ukraine and Russia. Because in Russia, in spite of everything, there are many honest, kind, and decent people.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told journalists in Moscow on March 8 that there had been no negotiations with Kyiv regarding a possible prisoner swap involving Savchenko.

"This cannot happen -- either in theory or in practice -- until the court's decision," Zakharova said.

Nadezhda is the Russian version of Savchenko's first name, which means "hope." Yes, there is hope, that she will survive, however, being for 2.5 weeks on dry hunger strike (refusing both liquids and solid food) means inevitable death. Based on some experts, this is what Putin is trying to achieve – or get big bonus from the West in a shape of the lifting sanctions, or kill her not by the court verdict.

At the weekend Savchenko’s mother, Maria, issued an emotional video appeal to world leaders to put pressure on Russia to free her daughter. “I’m so nervous, I forgot what it’s like to sleep,” she said. “I pray, help us. Save her from that jail. Put all your efforts towards it,” she said.

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On Monday, John Kerry, the US secretary of state, called on Russia to release Savchenko, saying her detention showed a “disregard for international standards, as well as for Russia’s commitments under the Minsk agreements”.

Members of the European Parliament have requested that Russian President Vladimir Putin and 28 other officials be put under sanctions over the detention of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko.

Massive protests and demonstrations over the Nadia Savchenko, Ukrainian hero, are arranged all over the World, especially in locations, where there is massive Ukrainian and Russian population. US Congressmen and Senators are receiving thousands letters from the US citizens, requesting strong political support of the Federal Government to apply pressure on the criminal regime of Putin in the modern Russia.

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          How Valentine’s Day is Celebrated in 28 Countries around the World?      Cache   Translate Page      
Every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from? Find out about the history of this centuries-old holiday, from ancient Roman rituals to the customs of Victorian England.

The Legend of St. Valentine

The history of Valentine’s Day – and the story of its patron saint – is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and, most importantly, romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.

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Origins of Valentine’s Day: A Pagan Festival In February

While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat’s hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.

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Valentine’s Day: A Day of Romance

Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”–at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England. Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.

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What would you do if your beloved gave you a wooden spoon on Valentine's Day?

Although you might be confused if you are used to chocolates in a heart-shaped box, if you happen to have grown up in Wales, that would be perfectly normal. Young men there typically present "love spoons" to their paramours, a tradition inspired by Welsh sailors creating homemade gifts for their sweethearts while at sea. The "love spoon" exchange, along with many other global Valentine's Day traditions, shows that old-fashioned romance is not dead.

Countries around the world have one-of-a-kind customs that range from Estonia's "love bus" rides for singles to mass weddings in the Philippines. While the actual practices can vary in date and target audience (some traditions specifically celebrate the singles among us!), citizens of many countries set aside time to commemorate some sort of commitment. In some places, the difference in approach to the day is even more stark, as public displays of love and affection are outright banned on February 14.

While you probably will not want to adopt all of the cultural customs highlighted below, read and consider those, which may refresh your romantic relationship, show your creative approach, and make this day unforgettable for your partner and yourself. Or, maybe, make up your own unique ritual to show your love and affection.

1.       USA
In the United States of America, there have been many varieties of cards given over the course of the years, some of which have often been rude or even quite cruel in their humor. In the times of the Civil War, cards were flagged with rich colors accompanied by patriotic and/or political motifs. Early American valentine cards were especially lithographed and hand-colored, beautiful and distinctive in design, produced with intricate lace paper and decorated with such ornaments as beads, sea shells, cones, berries and all manner of seeds. Cards were also available decorated with seaweed or moss, in addition to dried and/or artificial flowers, all of which were attached to a string which was pulled and could then be suspended, thereby creating a three-dimensional picture. Many early American cards were imported from abroad, given the poor quality of American paper at the time which was not particularly suitable for embossing. Today, American children usually exchange valentines with their friends and there may even be a classroom party.

2.       Canada
Valentine’s Day festival is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Canada. Valentine's Day balls and parties are organized all over the country where people express love for their spouses and sweethearts and enjoy to the hilt. Roses, chocolates, candies and cards are the most popular gifts for the romantic occasion. As a tradition, children in Canada exchange Valentine's Day gifts with their friends. In several schools, classroom Valentine's Day Parties are organized where children put all the valentines in a decorated box. Later, teacher or a child distributes the cards. Kids are encouraged to prepare handmade valentine. Many children also gift fancy Valentine’s Day card to parents and teachers. Songs, skits, plays and concerts are also organized by schools and societies to celebrate Valentine's Day. Students in senior school hold Valentine's Day dance parties to cherish the joyful festival.

3.       United Kingdom
The aura of mystery is alive and well on Valentine's Day in the U.K. In a tradition dating back to the Victorian era, Brits traditionally send anonymous valentines to their romantic interests. The Victorians believed signing your name on the card was considered bad luck. The U.K. also claims responsibility for starting the practice of giving roses on Valentine's Day, since that flower was traditionally seen as the favorite of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.

4.       Australia
During the Australian gold rush period, miners who were suddenly in possession of money from the new-found wealth of the Ballarat Mines were willing to pay a princely sum for elaborate valentines and merchants in the country would ship orders amounting to thousands of pounds at a time. The most extravagant Australian valentines were made of a satin cushion, perfumed and decorated in an ornate manner with flowers and colored shells. Some might even be adorned with a taxidermied humming bird or bird of paradise. This treasure, contained within a neatly decorated box, was highly valued, being both fashionable and extremely expensive.

5.       Wales
So it's not technically a Valentine's Day tradition, but rather than professing their love on February 14, the Welsh celebrate St. Dwynwen's Day on January 25. Wales Online explains that St. Dwynwen is the "Welsh patron saint of lovers" and men traditionally give women hand-carved wooden spoons as a romantic gesture. The custom is thought to have originated when Welsh sailors carved designs into wooden spoons while at sea to bring back to the women at home.

6.       Scotland
In Scotland, Valentine's Day is celebrated with a festival. At this festival, there is an equal number of unmarried males and females, each of whom write their name (or a made-up name) on a piece of paper which is then folded and placed into a hat for the ladies and one for the men. The females then draw a name from the hat containing the men's names and vice versa. Of course, it is highly likely that the two drawn names will not match, in which event, it is usually expected that the male partner with the female who selected his name. This rite having been completed, the company split up into couples and gifts are given to the ladies. The females would then pin the name of their partner over their hearts or on their sleeves. A dance often follows and, at the end of the festival, it is not unusual for marriages to take place. According to another Scottish custom, the first young man or woman encountered by chance on the street or elsewhere will become that individual's valentine. Valentine's Day gifts in Scotland are frequently given by both parties in the form of a love-token or true-love-knot.

7.       Germany
In Germany, it has become customary for the young man of a courting couple to present his beloved with flowers on February 14. Valentine gifts in Germany are usually in the shape of love tokens, complete with endearing messages. However, these are not distributed solely on Valentine's Day, but on any occasion. Even early German baptismal certificates or marriage certificates were considered at one time to have been valentines, but were more likely simply decorative and pictorial documents which contained lovely verses.

8.       France
In France, a custom known as "drawing for" once occurred. Unmarried individuals, both young and not so young, would go into houses facing each other and begin calling out across from one window to another, pairing-off with the chosen partner. If the young man failed to be particularly enthralled with his valentine, he would desert her. As a result, a bonfire would be lit later where the ladies could burn images of the ungrateful sweetheart and verbally abuse him in a loud tone as the effigy burned. This ritual was eventually abandoned since it left much room for nastiness, ridicule or even outright malice and the French government finally handed-down a decree officially banning the custom. Elegant French greetings cards known as cartes d'amities, which contained tender messages, were given not totally as a Valentine but chiefly as a result of a fashion which was popular in England at the time.

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9.       Italy
In Italy, Valentine's Day was once celebrated as a Spring Festival, held in the open air, where young people would gather in tree arbors or ornamental gardens to listen to music and the reading of poetry. However, over the course of the years, this custom steadily ceased and has not now been celebrated for centuries. In Turin, it was formerly the custom for betrothed couples to announce their engagements on February 14. For several days ahead of time, the stores would be decorated and filled with all manner of bon-bons.

10.   Austria
Austria has some rather obscure courtship customs that may or may not be associated with Saint Valentine's Day. Nonetheless, it is customary for a young man to present his beloved with a bunch of flowers on February 14.

11.   Spain
In Spain, it is customary for courting couples to exchange gifts on Valentine's Day and for husbands to send their wives bouquets of roses.

12.   Slovenia
In Slovenia, February 14 is considered a great day for working in the fields, according to many reports. St. Valentine is one of the patron saints of spring, so what better time to get out on the farm or vineyard after the long winter and start working on the future harvest? All isn't lost for lovers, though. Roughly a month later, Slovenians traditionally celebrate St. Gregory's Day, March 12, as a romantic holiday.

13.   Poland
Many Polish people celebrate Valentine’s Day (Walentynki), a day associated with romance and love, on February 14. Valentine’s Day focuses on love, romance, appreciation and friendship. Chocolates, candies shaped in red hearts, and other gifts are given to loved ones on Valentine’s Day. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Women’s Day are also observed in Poland, in which friends, partners, and family members received gifts, cards or flowers.

14.   Ukraine
When the so-called Iron Curtain fell down, people of the Former Soviet Union saw that there are a lot of nice European and American holidays and have eagerly adopted some of them. There is no point in describing Ukrainian St. Valentine's Day as there is practically no difference from the Western holiday of the same name.

15.   Estonia & Finland
All aboard the love bus! While Estonia celebrates Friend's Day on February 14, the country also has an interesting tradition for single people. Those not romantically attached on Valentine's Day can take a ride on the love bus — yes, it’s really called that — in the hopes of meeting someone special. And even if you don't meet your match aboard the bus, taking the ride with your other pals is your Friend's Day consolation prize. In Finland, February 14 is also known as Friend's Day — a holiday traditionally celebrated with your entire squad, not just your significant other. Cards and gifts are still in order, but for everybody. Even if Friend's Day sounds a lot like a kinder name for Singles Awareness Day, there are still plenty of people in the Nordic country, where public displays of affection are rare, who celebrate their romantic relationships on February 14: it's a popular day to get engaged, and stores are full of heart-shaped Valentine's Day paraphernalia.

16.   Denmark
Although Valentine’s Day is a relatively new holiday in Denmark (celebrated since the early 1990s according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark), the country has embraced February 14th with a Danish twist. Rather than roses, friends and sweethearts exchange pressed white flowers called snowdrops. Another popular Danish Valentine’s Day tradition is the exchange of “lover’s cards.” While lover’s cards were originally transparent cards which showed a picture of the card giver presenting a gift to his sweetheart, the term is now synonymous with any card exchanged on Valentine’s Day. On February 14th, men also give women gaekkebrev, a “joking letter” consisting of a funny poem or rhyme written on intricately cut paper and signed only with anonymous dots. If a woman who receives the gaekkebrev can correctly guess the sender, she earns herself an Easter egg later that year.

17.   Japan
Japanese women do not wait for men to make the first move, at least on Valentine’s Day. For one day of the year, Japanese women traditionally give men gifts and affection, instead of the other way around. One particularly popular gift is chocolate — homemade honmei-choco for the object of your desire or store-bought giri-choco as a non-romantic sign of affection for friends and coworkers. The nation's men return the favor on March 14, known as White Day, when guys give women white chocolate or other white gifts.

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18.   China
The equivalent to Valentine’s Day in China is Qixi, or the Seventh Night Festival, which falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month each year. According to Chinese lore, Zhinu, a heavenly king’s daughter, and Niulang, a poor cowherd, fell in love, married and had twins. When Zhinu’s father learned of their marriage, he sent his queen to bring Zhinu back to the stars. Upon hearing the cries of Niulang and the children, the king allowed Zhinu and Niulang to meet once a year on Qixi. During Qixi, young women prepare offerings of melon and other fruits to Zhinu in hopes of finding a good husband. Couples also head to temples to pray for happiness and prosperity. At night, people look to the heavens to watch as stars Vega and Altair (Zhinu and Niulang, respectively) come close during the star-crossed pair’s annual reunion.

19.   South Korea
Many women in South Korea (as in Japan) spend Valentine's Day showering men with gifts, and the men do the giving on White Day, March 14. But South Korea takes things a step further with a third holiday. On April 14, known as Black Day, single friends gather to eat noodles and celebrate their (lack of) relationship status. The holiday takes its name from the noodle dish, which includes white noodles in a black bean sauce. Black Day celebrations are spirited and fun, but somber in origin — the black food symbolizes sorrow.

20.   Taiwan
Valentine's Day is celebrated in Taiwan on February 14, but there is also a special Valentine's Day on July 7 of the lunar calendar, based on an ancient Chinese folktale (**). Both dates are equally as important. Many men purchase expensive bouquets of roses and other flowers for their sweethearts on these days. According to Taiwan tradition, the color and number of the roses holds much significance. For example, one red rose means "an only love," eleven roses means "a favorite," ninety-nine roses means "forever," and one hundred eight roses means "marry me."

21.   India
Valentine's Day celebration is a recent phenomenon in India but has caught the fancy of people to a great extent. Though some see it as a western import and hesitate to celebrate, there exist a large and growing number of those who love the feeling behind the beautiful and romantic festival. Especially to the Indian youth February 14 signifies love - a day when people express their affection for others. Just as several other countries, people in India too celebrate the Valentine's Day by exchanging cards and gifts.

22.   Iraq
Exchanging over-the-top gifts for Valentine's Day may seem like a Western tradition, but Iraqis also celebrate February 14 in style. In Iraq, huge teddy bears, red roses, and traditional Valentine's Day cards are common. Al Arabiya explains that on Valentine's Day, all of Baghdad appears to be overtaken by the color red. That said, conservative Muslims don't celebrate the day and view it as a Western holiday.

23.   Saudi Arabia
Valentine's Day is officially banned in Saudi Arabia. In the days before February 14, it’s illegal to sell roses and love-themed greeting cards in the desert kingdom, where conservative Muslims believe the holiday promotes alcohol consumption and premarital sex. If you happen to be there, you're likely to encounter officers from Saudi Arabia's Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, especially if you engage in any public displays of affection (those are also punishable by law). One shop owner in Saudi Arabia told WorldPost that there's a sort of underground market for red roses; customers place the orders over the phone, and the secret gifts are hidden in the back of the store, in case police inspect the retailer. Saudi Arabia isn't the only country to clamp down on Valentine’s Day. Iran, Malaysia, and Indonesia have enacted similar bans.

24.   Philippines
How would you feel about sharing your wedding day with another couple? We think of brides and grooms as loving the spotlight, but that's not necessarily the case on Valentine’s Day in the Philippines, where couples line up for mass weddings on February 14. On Valentine's Day in 2013, 200 couples married in one ceremony in Quezon City, for example, and a total 4,000 couples were married throughout the country, Xinhua reports.

25.   Brazil
Brazil celebrates its version of Valentine's Day, Dia dos Namorados, in June. The holiday on June 12 is timed to coincide with St. Anthony’s Day on June 13. St. Anthony of Padua died on June 13, 1231 and is considered by some to be the patron saint of marriage. Dia dos Namorados, which roughly translates to "Lovers' Day," or "Boyfriends' /Girlfriends' Day," is celebrated with gifts and decorations similar to those traditionally found on Valentine's Day. Celebrating in June also leaves more time in February for Carnival, the raucous annual festival timed to coincide with the beginning of Lent.

26.   Argentina
One day isn't enough to celebrate Valentine's in Argentina, land of Tango.  Argentinians take a week to celebrate the occasion.  In addition to February 14th they set aside seven days in July for “sweetness week.”  From the 13th to the 20th, lovers and friends will exchange candies and kisses. This week typically ends with “Friendship Day”.

27.   Chile
Chile is known as “the land of poets”, and it is true that Chileans are really romantic too. The “Dia de San Valentin” is anticipated greatly by lovers. Chileans love to celebrate and Valentine’s Day is a special occasion for couples, who celebrate with true excitement. It’s typical to walk around the city and see decorations all around as shops, malls and streets are beautifully decorated with flowers, balloons, and heart garlands. Restaurants, pubs, clubs, travel agencies and hotels engage in huge marketing promotions to offer incentives to lovers to do something really special. Flowers, chocolates, love letters and jewels are typical gifts. Going out for a romantic dinner is also a tradition for couples and public concerts enhance the romantic mood throughout towns and cities across the country.

28.   South Africa
Like many parts of the world, South Africa celebrates Valentine’s Day with festivals, flowers and other tokens of love. It’s also customary for women in South Africa to wear their hearts on their sleeves on February 14th; women pin the names of their love interest on their shirtsleeves, an ancient Roman tradition known as Lupercalia. In some cases, this is how South African men learn of their secret admirers.

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اتهمت روسيا اليوم (الثلاثاء) أوكرانيا بانتهاك معاهدة بين الدولتين قائمة منذ أكثر من عقدين. وقررت أوكرانيا الانسحاب من معاهدة الصداقة والتعاون والشراكة التي وقعت عام 1997. وقالت وزارة الخارجية الروسية في بيان إنه “من الواضح أنه ليس خطأ موسكو حيث أعلنت عن استعدادها مرارا للتفاوض والنقاش بشأن المقترحات الخاصة بتحديث الإطار القانوني، بما في ذلك […]

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Chemonics International, an international development consulting firm, seeks a Program Development Officer (PDO) for the Ukraine Confidence Building Initiative II (UCBI II) funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI). The position will be based in Kyiv, Ukraine.
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Chemonics International, an international development consulting firm, seeks a Program Development Officer (PDO) for Outreach and Communications for the Ukraine Confidence Building Initiative II (UCBI II) funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI). The position will be based in Kyiv, Ukraine.
          В проекте оборонного бюджета США заложены $250 млн на помощь Украине      Cache   Translate Page      

В официально обнародованном проекте оборонного бюджета США на 2020 год предусматривается предоставление Украине 250 млн долларов на цели усиления безопасности и обороны в рамках программы «Инициатива помощи Украине в сфере безопасности». Об этом сообщает Посольство […]

Сообщение В проекте оборонного бюджета США заложены $250 млн на помощь Украине появились сначала на ХВИЛЯ.

          Стало известно, почему в Украине растут цены на овощи      Cache   Translate Page      

Рост цен на сырые продукты питания в феврале ускорился (до 4,6% г / г) прежде всего за счет цен на тепличные овощи, которые выросли из-за неблагоприятных погодных условий в Турции — основном поставщике этих овощей […]

Сообщение Стало известно, почему в Украине растут цены на овощи появились сначала на ХВИЛЯ.

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Tweets (Tulsi Gabbard). She is literally the only sane choice from either party.

"Bernie Sanders-Style Politics Are Defining 2020 Race, Unnerving Moderates" (Martin/Ember) (((('donors'))) and their employees are terrified, not that a progressive Democrat will lose, but that she or he might win):
"And about the Republican strategy, led by Mr. Trump himself, to pin the “socialism” label on the Democrats in 2020?

Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii said it was mostly just his party’s elite “donor class” that had anything to fear from a sweeping, progressive agenda.

Well, them and the arbiters of conventional political wisdom, he added.

“What we’ve learned from last two presidential elections is that nobody knows anything,” Mr. Schatz said of the election of former President Barack Obama and Mr. Trump. “The people who write op-eds and stroke their chins and tell us how to win are the people who have been getting it wrong for almost two decades now.”"
"Power Failure and Blackout: An Update on the Situation in Venezuela" (Strether).  "Venezuela Denounces US Participation in Electric Sabotage".  Little Marco knew more about the details than he should have known, and also seemed able to predict that this would happen.  "The Psychosis of the Neocons: Senator Marco Rubio “Makes Fun” of the Suffering of the Venezuelan People" (Nimmo).

Speaking of Albright:  two devils: tweet (William Owen):
"500,000 dead Iraqi children and a coup in Venezuela "
"Another Failed Coup in Venezuela?" (Ciccariello-Maher) (Guido's a big bust, and is now more valuable to the CIA as the short end of a false flag):
"On Monday, Guaidó made a less-than-triumphant return to Venezuela and, despite his violation of a travel ban, the government has opted not to arrest him for now. If anything, Maduro will protect him at all costs: Amid threats on Guaidó’s life, the Lima Group has warned of dire consequences should anything happen to him. If Guaidó were to be killed, however, it would almost certainly be at the hands of a Venezuelan right-wing eager to provoke military intervention (the government has dismantled similar plots in the past)."
"Trudeau, Bolsonaro, et al: “Informed Consent” and the Political Contempt for Human Life" (Deutsch).  Bolsonaro, Guido, Trudeau, peas in a pod and the statesmen of our time.  "The hidden key to the SNC-Lavalin scandal" (Garossano).

"Macron Calls for “European Renaissance” in Controversial Alt-Right Pivot" (Durocher).  "Macron publishes platform for European elections calling for EU police state" (Lantier).  "Algeria: The Iceberg That Could Sink Emmanuel Macron" (McConnell). It is useful for people to see what a Khazarocracy looks like:  "Act 17: Police soak Yellow Vest demonstrators with water cannon, fire teargas (VIDEO)".  Tweet (Sarah Abdallah):
"Meet the unarmed protesters who have been mutilated by Putin’s thugs. Oh no wait... These are demonstrators disfigured by Macron’s police in France. Nothing to see here. "
"Rouhani and Imran Khan Discussion Action Against al Qaeda":
"Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has urged Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to take “decisive” action against the al-Qaeda* linked Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group which claimed responsibility for the deadly 13 February terror attack against IRGC forces on a highway in eastern Iran near the Pakistani border.

‘We are awaiting your decisive action against these terrorists,” Rouhani told Khan in a phone call on Saturday, as quoted by Press TV.

The Iranian leader added that Iran was “fully ready to cooperate with the Pakistani Army and government to eradicate these terrorists, whose presence is not in favour of us, you or the region.”

“We should not allow decades of friendship and fraternity between the two countries to be affected by the actions of small terrorist groups, the source of whose financing and arms is known to us both,” Rouhani stressed.

Tehran earlier accused Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States of facilitating terrorist violence against Iran.

Khan reportedly responded that Pakistani forces had closed in on the terrorists’ hideouts, and that there would soon be “good news” for Iran.

“It is in Pakistan’s own interest not to allow our territory to be used by terrorist groups, and the Pakistani army is prepared to confront the terrorists more decisively with the information provided by Iran,” the Pakistani prime minister said, according to Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency."
"Mueller's Manafort Scam: 4 Years In The Slammer For Helping Ukraine Against Russia!"(McCarthy).  It can't be repeated enough that there is wrongdoing, but it all involves Ukrainians, the people who have set up much of #Russiagate.  The short sentence reflects the fact that what Manafort did is standard, bipartisan, operating procedure in Washington, done by all these political camp followers peddling influence, and the only reason Manafort ended up in a courtroom was the need to find somebody to take the fall for #Russiagate, simply to prove that it exists in some form, so the Democrats could maintain their precious ((('donor'))) model of grifting.  He's a terrible fellow, and indubitably a crook, but also a victim.

"Trump and the Gordian Knot, Year Two" (Armstrong).  It remains unclear if Trump, what with all those circumcised dicks in his mouth, has completely given up on MAGA and decided to take a break from sanity to collect more shekels, or whether the most recent round of nonsensical behavior is just some kind of head fake before he returns to electioneering mode.  Despite everything, he still hasn't crossed any Rubicons.

Yank and Yang and dine:  tweets (Daniel Schulman). Trump consistently invites the local human trafficker/pimp to dine with him and his fancy pals, and the pimp sets up an office to sell seats at the same table.  This strikes as more of a real scandal than the entirety of #Russiagate.

"The Trump-Yang Voter Explained" (Wallace).  "Andrew Yang Rejects Support From White Nationalists" (Wallace).  There are two big elephants in the room - the Anthropocene, and the massive job losses which are going to occur very soon due to various forms of automation.  It is striking that both are completely ignored by most of the political classes, and Yang is the only one even mentioning the massive social effects of the job losses.

"Syria Preparing Its Missiles for the Next Battle with Israel" (Magnier).  It would be hilarious if Israel reached its inevitable ignoble end as a result of some desperation Bibi campaign stunt.

The English language has an expression 'if the shoe fits', and the Khazars, as part of their Jewish pseudoscience of psychoanalysis, have the concept of projection.  "Did pro-Israel lobby funding influence Democrats' responses to Ilhan Omar?" (Perkins).  "The Shameful Attack that Backfired" (Zogby).  Tweet (Roosh):
"PornHub employee appears on Reddit AMA criticizing their forced incest porn trend to say that it is "antisemitic rhetoric." Thing is, no one brought up the Jews. She quickly edited her comment. "
It is not uncommon for the guilty to misinterpret what they hear as an accusation that in fact has not been made.  Omar has in fact been extremely careful throughout in what she says, as devastating as it has turned out to be, because the Khazars and their beshekeled stooges consistently rushed to fill in the blanks.  It is interesting that the things that she didn't say, the words they put in her mouth to make a better story - largely as bait to the Americans who see a visible Muslim - the quintessential elements of 'anti-Semitism', are actually 100% true.  Note from the Mandel tweet that he actually admits everything, but claims it is just self-defense for the poor universal victims buying a little respite from the haters (and a series of wars which have ruined the lives of millions of people).

More 'emperor's new clothes' truth, and gleeful responses to finally hearing it:  "Ilhan Omar Blasts Obama For "Caging Of Kids" Along Border, 'Getting Away With Murder' Overseas" (Durden).

"Meghan McCain Ridiculed After Accusing Jewish Cartoonist Of Anti-Semitic Cartoon Of Her" (Scarce).

"More Power to You Miss Omar" (Margolis) (such a 'nice' people!):
"The prescient and courageous Pat Buchanan said it years ago: the US Congress was ‘Israeli occupied territory.’ His political career was ruined.

So was my mother’s career. She was one of the first American female journalists to cover the Mideast in the early 1950’s. After extensively reporting the unknown fact that there were nearly one million Palestinian refugees driven from the new state of Israel, she was silenced by advertisers pulling ads from the papers she wrote for and, finally, threats to throw acid in my face. Her career was ruined."
"If US sanctions Turkey, can India be far behind?" (Bhadrakumar) (but was it really Melania?):
"The Turks harbour the suspicion that the failed coup in July 2016, which was masterminded by the Turkish Islamist preacher Fetullah Gulen living in Pennsylvania in exile for the past two decades, had covert American support.

Last week, incidentally, US First Lady Melania Trump visited a pre-kindergarten class in Oklahoma, which Ankara believes is linked to supporters of Gulen. Turks believe that the White House was taunting Erdogan."
"“Canada’s Dershowitz”, Apologist for Israeli War Crimes, nominated for Peace Prize" (Engler). Cotler.  A total monster, a man so evil that most of us can't even comprehend it.  Blood pours from his fangs, so he is a perfect winner.

Although it is not, of course, in the (((media))), the fish-in-a-barrel murder tactics of the 'nice' people - I just can't get over how consistently 'nice' they are! - continues, week by week:  tweets (Billy):
"My former doctor, a wonderful human being from London, Ontario, Canada, was shot by Israeli security forces. He was there to treat casualties and conduct research on 3D printed tourniquets. He never approached the fence."
"Why is there so little media skepticism about Leaving Neverland and its allegations against Michael Jackson?" (Walsh).  Both alleged 'victims' have separately been completely debunked.  Oprah Winfrey is working overtime to sell this drivel, and she is essentially an employee of David Geffen, with this movie part of the massive Geffen-protection racket of distraction.  Geffen is infamous for being the big 'Hollywood' pedo ringleader, and the strategy - which includes the Atlantic take-down of Singer (also guilty as hell, but a relatively small fish) - has been very successful, with Geffen never mentioned except on the gossip sites.  The same (((people))) are still finding ways to make money off poor Michael.
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"The Trump Challenge: How Many Circumcised Cocks Can You Fit in Your Mouth?" (Anglin):
I can handle a little bit of kikesucking. But this is now officially out of control. It has become unreasonable."
"Has Trump Gone Full Neocon??" (Whitney).  Note how Bolton was supposed to be in Canberra but managed to muscle his way to Hanoi:  "Bolton’s Act of Sabotage" (Macilwain).

"Dual Loyalty as Racism" (Mykytyn).  One of these things is was not like the others:  "bigotry, discrimination, oppression, racism, and imputations of dual loyalty".  "Transgender Prof: Excluding Men From Women's Sports Is Like Excluding Black Women".  A lot of this is starting to sound like an reductio ad absurdum trick to undermine identity politics.

"Ilhan Omar: Obama’s a ‘pretty face’ who got ‘away with murder’" (Fredericks).  She's fearless, and has reached the point of just taunting them with a never-ending stream of truth bombs.

It was striking, and clarifying, how the Khazars went automatically to their bastion of bullying power, the Holocaust, in their dirty attacks on truth.  You'd think they might have just a smidgen of shame, but they don't:  "Oh, Here We Go Again, or, “The Holocaust”: Bringing White People to Heel Since 1967".  The idea that 'dual loyalty' charges are impossible now because the Nazis might have made similar charges in the 1930s is ridiculous, all the more so when such charges are so obviously true (much more so now with the existence of Israel).  (((Their))) loyalties, and the shameless way (((they))) flaunt them, are actually quite amusing:  "If he fails in his bid to serve as government chief, Farhi plans to return to Israel, he told Ynet News."

"Presstitutes Turn Blind Eye to UN Report on Venezuela" (Roberts).

Sabotaging the power grid in Venezuela is the kind of useless trouble making that you would expect from punks like Abrams and Bolton.

"Assad's Tehran Visit Signals Iran's Victory in Syria " (Cartalucci):
". . . the world is witnessing a 21st century rendition of the British Empire's withdrawal from around the globe, stubbornly being thrown out of one corner of its realm after the other until relegated as Washington's subordinate. For Washington, there is no other Western power for it to hand the torch of Western imperialism over to. Once it is evicted from around the globe, it will struggle to find a relevant or more constructive role to play in these regions ever again.

By virtue of Washington's shortsightedness and its inability to adapt to the world as it really is versus how Washington desires it to be - Washington has proven itself unfit to lead the "international order" it presumes dominion over.

In a global order predicated on "might makes right," Washington is now faced with the reality of no longer being mightiest, and thus no longer "right.""
"Pentagon Gives Erdogan An Ultimatum: Don't Expect Our F-35s If You Buy Russian S-400s" (Durden).  So the threat is you can't have our pilot-killing joke of a plane leaving you free to buy far superior tech from the Russians?

"On Int’l Women’s Day, Thousands of Ultra-Orthodox Assault Women of the Wailing Wall".  It is always going to be amazing that Israel is one of the most profoundly hateful places on the planet but solely through Khazar control of the (((media))) manages to pinkwash itself into some kind of world beacon of intersectional love and understanding.

"Did secret nuclear talks with Donald Trump trigger the killing of Jamal Khashoggi? Security expert's claim gives a chilling explanation for Saudi activist's shocking slaughter" ('Owen Wilson').  These are the real impeachable offenses of Trump and his boss, President Jared.

"Saudi investment fund hires US PR firm to create distance from crown prince" (Pecquet).

"Cover-up in India’s 1984 Golden Temple Massacre? British Involvement Revealed" (Miller).  Might have to wait for Corbyn to get the information.

"Pence Urged Germany To Provoke Russian Navy " (Durden):
"Interestingly, Merkel's stance wasn't based on any principled desire to promoted peace or prevent needless provocations which could potentially spark regional war between Ukraine and Russia and western allies, but out of concern it essentially "wasn't enough"."
"Over 30 New York scholars and activists spied on by former Mossad agents".  The amount of effort put into this kind of thing is amazing, and has completely failed, even backfired.

"Chelsea Manning Jailed For Refusing To Testify About Wikileaks" (Durden). MI6 gloatingBackground.

"Zuckerberg Has 70+ Personal Guards, Spends $10 Million Each Year in Security While He Shills For Open Borders" (Pomidor Quixote).  "Government to Facebook Pipeline Reveals a Corrupt Mix of Social Media and the State" (Agorist).

(((They))) are going after Winstanley now:  tweet:
"Comrades, friends, well wishers: I'm inundated and I can't keep up with all the outraged texts, calls and emails sending solidarity. Please be patient a little while longer: the truth will be revealed soon."
Tweet (Wedaddy):
"🇩🇿 Algeria: based on the massive turnout today, it's no longer a matter of debate; Algeria is in the midst of peaceful homegrown civic uprising against the clan & the Algerian deep state "
Tweet (Savvy and Realistic Democrat):
"Who says Realistic Democrats aren't ambitious? My policy agenda: • (means-tested) • Trope Police, to sniff out hurtful tropes against military aid packages • Rehab programs for ALL imprisoned parents of truant children (means-tested) • "

          Photos: An Ancient Ceremony to Celebrate the End of Winter (21 photos)      Cache   Translate Page      

Maslenitsa is an ancient ceremony—a farewell to winter celebrated since pagan times in the Slavic regions of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, and other countries. Maslenitsa, or Pancake Week, is both a folk and religious holiday tied to Shrovetide, the carnival before Lent. Some traditional festivities include the burning of effigies of “Lady Maslenitsa,” family visits, snowball fights, and the cooking and eating of blini, pancakes, or crepes. Below, some images of Maslenitsa this year from Russia, Belarus, and Kyrgyzstan.

A young woman poses for a photo in front of the burning Bastille fortress, a symbol of the 1789 French Revolution built of wood pallets, during the celebration of Maslenitsa, the eastern-Slavic Shrovetide, in the village of Nikola-Lenivets, Kaluga region, Russia, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) southwest of Moscow, on March 9, 2019. ( Mladen Antonov / AFP / Getty)

          Ukrainian Faith Community Nursing: Meeting the Challenge to Care      Cache   Translate Page      
imageABSTRACT: Ukraine has been an independent country since the fall of Communism in 1991. Its history has been and continues to be marked by war. Through the story of one patient, this article describes the ministry of faith community nursing in the capital city, Kiev. Through an ongoing partnership, the Association for Christian Nurses and Volunteers-Welfare Organization (BLAGO) teaches nurses and volunteers the principles of faith community nursing, with the goal of establishing faith community nursing practice in each state/oblast.
          Gazprom Stops Transit of Gas to Turkey Through Bulgaria      Cache   Translate Page      
Gazprom stops transit of gas to Turkey through Bulgaria. The company has sent an official letter to the Bulgarian government stating that it will stop supplying gas on the Trans-Balkan Corridor through Ukraine until January 2020, the Turkish version of the Russian Sputnik News site reports. Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova has confirmed the existence of such a letter, quoted by Novinite....
           Kommentar zu Ist Jean-Claude Juncker komplett der Trunksucht verfallen? von TTIP: Was die Medien Ihnen verschweigen! – Rss News       Cache   Translate Page      
[…] Die Präsidenten Finnlands und der Ukraine, Sauli Niinistö und Petro Poroschenko, stützten den offensichtlich stark angetrunkenen Juncker. Mehr dazu hier im Artikel: “Ist Jean-Claude Juncker komplett der Trunksucht verfallen?“. […]
          Избирательная кампания в Украине: европейские наблюдатели показали "желтую карточку"      Cache   Translate Page      

Первый промежуточный отчет Европейской сети организаций по наблюдению за выборами (ENEMO) о ходе избирательной кампании в Украине, представленный во вторник, 12 марта, подтвердил наличие условий в стране для проведения демократических выборов.

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          Ukraine thử thành công tên lửa hành trình chống hạm ‘Thần biển’      Cache   Translate Page      
Ukraine thử thành công tên lửa hành trình chống hạm ‘Thần biển’ Tập đoàn vũ khí Ukroboronprom của Ukraine vừa tuyên bố thử thành công tên lửa hành trình chống hạm mới có tên Neptun (Thần biển), Sputnik ngày 30/8 đưa tin. Tên lửa Neptun do Cục Thiết kế Nhà nước Luch của Ukraine phát […]

All-Ukrainian Scientific and Practical Internet Conference “Regional Media of Ukraine: History, Current State and Development Prospects.”  


          Manafort Back in Court for Additional Sentencing      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort is due to be sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Washington on two conspiracy charges. Judge Amy Berman Jackson can order Manafort to spend up to 10 years in prison. Last week, another federal judge sentenced Manafort to 47 months for tax and bank fraud. It is up to Jackson to decide whether Manafort can serve his new sentence at the same time, or whether the punishment she imposes will begin after he is done with the prison time from the other case. Jackson ordered Manafort to jail last year, revoking his previous house arrest over allegations of witness tampering. The case is part of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. election. However, the charges against Manafort are not related to his work on the Trump campaign, but rather his work on behalf of a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine. Manafort pleaded guilty in an agreement with Mueller's team to fully cooperate with the Russia probe, but Jackson ruled he violated the terms of the plea deal by lying to investigators.
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Evento da Apple, Ulysses 15, Twitter Twttr, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, falha de segurança no Box, Facebook processa desenvolvedores, bug no Windows 7, controle gamer do Google, Flickr + Creative Commons, bikes elétricas da Yellow, Tesla não fechará concessionárias.

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          Показатель инфляции в Украине в феврале практически соответствует прогнозу НБУ      Cache   Translate Page      

Фактический показатель инфляции в Украине в феврале на уровне 8,8% в годовом выражении практически соответствует прогнозу Национального банка Украины, опубликованному в январском инфляционном отчете.

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          Ukraine to hold aerial survey of dolphins in Black Sea      Cache   Translate Page      

In the summer of 2019, the project of the European Union starts, which provides for conducting a special extended international dolphin aerial survey in the Black Sea with photo and video recording, the press service of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine reported. Scientists from Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Monaco participate […]

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          UkrInform: Sushchenko sends greetings to Georgians, Ukrainian diaspora      Cache   Translate Page      

Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, who was illegally convicted in Russia, has conveyed greetings to Ukrainians in Georgia and Georgians. He wrote this in a leaflet to Ukrainian activist Yuliia Frunze from Tbilisi, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. Read more here.

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          About 90 percent of IDPs ready to take part in presidential elections      Cache   Translate Page      

About 90 percent of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Donbas are ready to take part in Ukraine’s presidential elections, Head of the All-Ukrainian Platform of Donbas, Head of the Public Council under the Ministry of Temporary Occupied Territories and IDPs Henandiy Borisichev has said. “We travel a lot around the country and hold many meetings […]

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          8 persons to be added to existing sanctions list of EU’s ‘Azov sanctions’      Cache   Translate Page      

The eight persons, sanctioned by the European Union because of armed aggression against Ukrainian sailors in the Kerch Strait, will be added to the existing list of individuals sanctioned by the EU in March 2014 for actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. There is no separate new package of […]

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          UkrInform: Ukraine, Turkey intend to strengthen naval cooperation in Black Sea      Cache   Translate Page      

Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak and Turkish Ambassador to Ukraine Yağmur Ahmet Güldere discussed defense cooperation, in particular, its strengthening in the Black Sea region. Read more here.

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          UNIAN: Ukraine reports three separatist attacks in Donbas in past day      Cache   Translate Page      

Russian-led forces mounted three attacks on Ukrainian soldiers in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, in the past 24 hours. Read more here.

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          UkrInform: US House of Representatives passes Crimea Annexation Non-recognition Act      Cache   Translate Page      

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Crimea Annexation Non-recognition Act by an overwhelming majority. Read more here.

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          CEC of Ukraine sets up all district commissions in foreign constituency      Cache   Translate Page      

The Ukrainian Central Elections Commission (CEC) has set up 101 election commissions in the foreign electoral district for the upcoming presidential election. The CEC made the decision on March 12, after analyzing requests from presidential candidates Yuiry Boiko, Anatoliy Hrytsenko, Ruslan Koshulynsky, Yulia Tymoshenko, and the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry regarding the composition of elections commissions […]

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          The Trump Dossier and the Poisoning of Sergei Skripal      Cache   Translate Page      
More than a year ago, in the small British town of Salisbury, agents of the GRU (military intelligence of Russia) poisoned a former Russian double agent and former GRU colonel, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia, who came from Moscow to visit her father. (For simplicity, we will use the well established abbreviations of the GRU, KGB, etc., even if their current names are different.)

Skripal was recruited in 1995 by Pablo Miller, a British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS, better known by the acronym "MI6") agent in Madrid. MI6 assigned Skripal his spy nickname: "Forthwith." After a successful espionage service under diplomatic cover in Madrid, Tallinn, and Warsaw, Miller retired and settled in the small town of Salisbury in the south of England, about 80 miles from London.

Skripal was at that time sitting in a Russian prison. In 2010, an exchange of spies took place in Vienna (Russia gave up four convicts for espionage, including Skripal, the United States ten.) Skripal accepted the offer of his former curator and settled near him in the same town of Salisbury.

What is missing in the Skripal poisoning case is the motive. If one looks at what happened superficially, there was basically no need for the intelligence services of Russia to kill Skripal. Yes, there is every reason to believe that after Putin came to power in 2000, Russia managed to eliminate objectionable former Russian citizens who moved to the U.K. at a speed of about one loud murder per year. However, all these killings have a clear motive: all the victims of the Kremlin were viewed as active opponents of Putin's regime.

However, Skripal was never an opponent of the Kremlin. On the contrary, he strongly supported the policies of President Putin, and, although he received a pension from the British government, he remains a citizen of Russia and does not hide his satisfaction with the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea.

Skripal is a person of outstanding intelligence and analytical skills, fluent in several languages. However, he found himself having difficulty understanding the exact motives of the Kremlin. According to the doctors, after Skripal woke up (five weeks after the poisoning), he needed a "difficult psychological correction" to finally come to terms with the idea that his former colleagues from the GRU had attempted to assassinate him and his daughter.

Russia's participation in the poisoning looked irrational and illogical. Why did the Kremlin wait eight years after Skripal's pardon to deal with him? Skripal lived in Salisbury openly, under his own name, and there was no need to look for him. Why was it necessary to wait so long, and wait until his daughter suddenly came to him? Why break the centuries-old unwritten rules scrupulously followed by all the intelligence agencies of the world, which indicate that a spy exposed and pardoned by the head of the state is no longer dangerous? Why does Putin need all these problems just two weeks before the presidential elections in Russia? Why does Russia need all this headache just a few months before the World Cup?

The answer can be only one: the reason why the Kremlin had to deal with Skripal was much more serious than the World Cup and Putin's guaranteed re-election combined.

It had to be so serious that two GRU colonels — Alexander Chepiga and Alexander Mishkin — were sent to Salisbury (perhaps they also had accomplices). Mishkin is a military doctor who knew perfectly well that the A-234 substance given to him was a unitary (that is, ready-to-use) chemical weapon (as opposed to its binary version, better known as "Novichok").

At the time when Pablo Miller was recruiting spies for Great Britain, Christopher Steele was the head of MI6 in Moscow. After returning to London and retiring in 2009, Christopher Steele founded private intelligence corporation "Orbis Business Intelligence." Allegedly, Pablo Miller, a former recruiter, curator, and now one of Skripal's friends and neighbors, got a job at Orbis.

Therefore, when Christopher Steele received an order for fabrication of the "dossier" on Trump, the fate of an unsuspecting and innocent Skripal was sealed.

The story could have evolved quite differently if Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 presidential election. Then there would be no investigation of the "Russian case" by the Mueller team, the White House, or the U.S. Congress. However, Trump won the election, and it became clear to the Kremlin that sooner or later, the investigation by the new White House administration would reveal the true role played by the Russian intelligence services in the 2016 presidential election, including the stuffing of compromising materials on Trump through Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Christopher Steele, being the head of the Russian Desk at MI6, was the personal curator of Alexander Litvinenko, and in 2006, he took an active part in the investigation of Litvinenko's poisoning with radioactive polonium-210 in London. In his investigation, Steele utilized all of his extensive contacts, including those among the Russian spy agencies.

Ten years later, in 2016, a retired Steele maintained contact with some "friendly" Moscow intelligence officers. These "friends" played with him in the dark and used him as the disinformation channel to spread the GRU's dossier on Trump. Through a chain of intermediaries (Fusion GPS and Perkins Coie), the dossier had reached Hillary Clinton, who was the main paymaster.

Why did Steele, with all of his experience, miss this obvious disinformation campaign in 2016?

Christopher Steele is known to be an extremely left-wing mind, and he quite aggressively tried to help his transatlantic ideological soulmate, Hillary Clinton, to win the presidential election.

Unlike the Litvinenko and FIFA cases, the order for dirt on Trump was unquestionably political. Steele understood that the choice of his company from a variety of other similar firms was based precisely on his ideological preferences. Therefore, Steele included in the "Russian dossier" not only obvious disinformation (for example, the "visit of Trump's lawyer Cohen to Prague"), but also many other vivid, unlikely, and highly desirable moments for the paymaster (for example, Trump's scene with prostitutes in Moscow hotel).

Why did Steele, well acquainted with the methods of Russian intelligence, allow the GRU to fool him this time? Steele had a sincere desire to believe that everything the "reliable Russian sources" had thrown at him was right.

In an attempt to monetize the dirty work, Steele was selling the "Russian dossier" not only to Hillary Clinton, but also to...

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In the wake of a massive blackout, the Venezuelan regime is using military personnel to prevent access to morgues and hospitals, in an effort to hide the weekend's death toll

So far, just at the University Hospital of Maracaibo, the Venezuelan blackout has left a toll of 296 dead, among them 80 babies, as the massive power outage now enters its fifth day.

The hunger precipitated by Venezuela’s socialist regime is eerily reminiscent of the situation in Ukraine in Stalinist times.

Without electricity, there is no internet or cell phones, so there is a lack of information on the total number of deaths. There is already talk of genocide, which follows patterns of previous dictatorships that sought to hold on to power at all costs.

Since the government is the only supplier of electricity in the country, it bears the blame for this crisis, and its actions are entirely part of a political strategy.

The morgues at the nation’s main hospitals are already under military custody, and Venezuelan families have no way to communicate with each other, and many with loved ones in hospitals are fearing the worst.

The official figures have reported 17 deaths linked to the lack of dialysis.

Key opposition leader Maria Corina Machado, expressed her outrage at the unfolding disaster: “And babies in incubators? And the patients in intensive therapy? And those who need dialysis today? And those who need to keep their chemotherapy treatments refrigerated?”

Among the most shocking images, is that of a mother with her little daughter in arms turned into skin and bones by malnutrition so severe that she died without being able to access medical care, since the hospitals do not have energy.

The appearance of the girl is typical of the victims of Holodomor, which in Ukrainian means “artificial hunger.” This is how the process that starved 7,000,000 Ukrainians on the orders of Stalin, leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, is known.

The famine in Ukraine, in fact, was not due to a lack of food. On the contrary, just as today Venezuela is the country with the world’s greatest oil reserves, Ukraine was the richest area in terms of grain. Under Stalin’s socialist regime, it had to supply the rest of the 15 republics that formed the Soviet Union.

Those who opposed the expropriation, were punished. They were sent to forced labor camps in Siberia, where 1.5 million people froze to death. Those who stayed were condemned to work the land without being able to eat the fruits of their own labor. If a Ukrainian ate what he harvested, he was shot on the spot.

Also during the government of Lenin, the first socialist government inspired by the ideas of Karl Marx, 5 million people died of hunger, when by order of the Bolshevik government, they were denied access to...

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Posted by Patricia Correa, Director, Platforms & Ecosystems Developer Marketing

Google Play empowers game developers of all sizes to engage and delight people everywhere, and build successful businesses too. We are inspired by the passion and creativity we see from the indie games community, and, over the past few years, we've invested in and nurtured indie games developers around the world, helping them express their unique voice and bring ideas to life.

This year, we've put together several initiatives to help the indie community.

Indie Games Showcase

For indie developers who are constantly pushing the boundaries of storytelling, visual excellence, and creativity in mobile we are announcing today the Indie Games Showcase, an international competition for games studios from Europe*, South Korea and Japan. Those of you who meet the eligibility criteria (as outlined below) can enter your game for a chance to win several prizes, including:

  • A paid trip and accommodation to the final event in your region to showcase your game.
  • Promotion on the Google Play Store.
  • Promotion on Android and Google Play marketing channels.
  • Dedicated consultations with the Google Play team.
  • Google hardware.
  • And more...

How to enter the competition

If you're over 18 years old, based in one of the eligible countries, have 30 or less full time employees, and have published a new game on Google Play after 1 January 2018, you can enter your game. If you're planning on publishing a new game soon, you can also enter by submitting a private beta. Submissions close on May 6 2019. Check out all the details in the terms and conditions for each region. Enter now!

Indie Games Accelerator

Last year we launched our first games accelerator for developers in Southeast Asia, India and Pakistan and saw great results. We are happy to announce that we are expanding the format to accept developers from select countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, with applications for the 2019 cohort opening soon. The Indie Games Accelerator is a 6 month intensive program for top games startups, powered by mentors from the gaming industry as well as Google experts, offering a comprehensive curriculum that covers all aspects of building a great game and company.

Mobile Developer Day at GDC

We will be hosting our annual Developer Day at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on Monday, March 18th. Join us for a full day of sessions covering tools and best practices to help build a successful mobile games business. We'll focus on game quality, effective monetization and growth strategies, and how to create, connect, and scale with Google. Sign up to stay up to date or join us via livestream.

Developer Days

We also want to engage with you in person with a series of events. We will be announcing them shortly, so please make sure to sign up to our newsletter to get notified about events and programs for indie developers.

Academy for App Success

Looking for tips on how to use various developer tools in the Play Console? Get free training through our e-learning program, the Academy for App Success. We even have a custom Play Console for game developers course to get a jump start on Google Play.

We look forward to seeing your amazing work and sharing your creativity with other developers, gamers and industry experts around the world. And don't forget to submit your game for a chance to get featured on Indie Corner on Google Play.

* The competition is open to developers from the following European countries: Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland).

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Catholics in Ukraine and Eastern Europe remain optimistic that the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, once up and running, could herald a turn for the better in ecumenical relations. 
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Sometimes, it’s hard to know exactly who a goalless draw in the first leg of a European tie works out best for.With away goals in play – at least for now – there’s that age-old toss-up between denying your opposition a precious strike away from home turf, but knowing you (probably) need to score when the going gets tougher in your reverse fixture on the road.Since 2000, only one club in the Champions League has managed to get through by not scoring at all, when Atletico Madrid saw off PSV on penalties in 2017/18 after back-to-back goalless draws and extra time.Liverpool will be hoping for an altogether less nail-biting experience despite having failed to edge out Bayern Munich in their last-16 first leg at Anfield; a result Jurgen Klopp called “not perfect, but good enough to work with”. Unlike a 1-1, then, perhaps 0-0 is as much a 50-50 as you can get when it comes to two-legged knockout football.Or is it? Rather than leave the imagination to curious assumptions, we’ve done some digging back to 1999/2000 (or 2003/04 in the UEFA Cup/Europa League, before a format change) and discovered the likelihood of home/away teams making it through after a scoreless score draw in the first leg.And the results are in...It's worth noting that data for the first knockout games of the Champions League (last 16) and Europa League (last 32) is skewed somewhat by teams being seeded by group finish at that stage, but the results show a clear trend between both competitions – your chances of ousting the other lot are significantly better if you were the away team first.In the 25 completed Champions League first legs that have ended 0-0 since the turn of the millennium, 15 (60%) have ended with a home win in the second, although that figure dips ever so slightly (58%) if you take out Atleti’s aforementioned shootout success (which you should, really).Interestingly, only two of those ties – Barça’s ill-tempered win over Chelsea in 2008/09, and Milan’s semi-final success over rivals Inter in 2002/03 – were settled by away goals.It’s a very similar story in the Europa League, too, although the correlation is even stronger. Of the 49 completed ties that have ended goalless at half-time, 31 (63%) go to the second leg’s home team.Again, take away one of those for Rangers’ penalties victory over Fiorentina in the 2007/08 semi-finals and the ratio actually increases. In fact, the Gers’ run to the final that year defied odds: three of their knockout wins came after first-leg 0-0s when they were the home team(over Panathinaikos in the last 32 and Sporting in the quarters).Relatively, even fewer of these UEFA Cup/Europa League matches analysed were decided on away goals – three of the 47 coming via Rangers (gah!), Atletico Madrid (in their run to victory in 2010, against Sporting in the quarters), and Krasnodar against Bayer Leverkusen this season.Of course, there's acaveatto all of the above.The data doesn’t take into consideration relative strength of teams, never highlighted better than Bayern Munich’s last-16 meeting with Shakhtar Donetsk in 2014/15. After a nil-nil in Ukraine, Bayern duly hammered their hapless opposition 7-0 in the return leg.Such a fate is unlikely to befall Liverpool unless their squad is afflicted by an outbreak of polydactylism (or something), but history won't be on their side when they head to Munich for round two.NOW READ...Madrid, Milan, Manchester and... Marseille? Liverpool's 7 best Champions League away performancesOR...How Lionel Messi finally became the player he was expected to be (no, really)New features you’d love on
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@The Holy Crow Speaking of Dissonance, thank you. You just admitted you find Hitler and Goebbels trustworthy. You kind of made my point for me. You see, I love when people who think they are smart try to offer up single line scriptural quotes, but in the process demonstrate their stupidity. The act of quoting one little line in the hopes it is a "Gotcha!" moment never ceases to amaze me. You see, the verses you are quoting have a little more going on behind them. They are not just to jews, but CHRISTIAN churches... Chapters 2 and 3 mention 7 of them directly, and speak of true Christians as opposed to people professing to be Christians. I'll cite Jesus on this shortly after providing more context for revelations. Revelations 2: 8-11 "8 “To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. 9 I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. 11 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death." Jew here is in reference to the jewish practice of circumcision, or the original covenant made with the Hebrews after they came into the land of Judah, mentioned in 2nd Kings. Now, you referenced Abraham, who predated Jews by quite a bit. Why is this important? Abraham was a Descendent of Shem, through Terah, and from Shem is where the term Semite or Semetic comes from. These are the ancient Hebrews, or pure bloods. Now they also intermingled with other people, such as Midians and Egytians. Now, God also destroyed the twelve tribes, the kingdoms Israel and Judah (the Kingdoms of the Hebrews), using the Assyrian and Babylonian empires to scatter them throughout the known world for the first time. Other points in history where they were reconquered after becoming independent again led to more dispersion and "watering down of blood", or your claim of Semitic blood as it were. Over and over this repeats through history, not just to current day, but even by the time of Jesus who technically was Aramaic(Northern Judeans who had mixed blood heritage of Judean, Arabic, and Phonecian/Greek) but still considered to be Jewish by heritage and not outcast like the Samaritan peoples who descended from ancient Israel and therefore also from the 12 tribes. This contrasts with the lineage of Simon Peter and Paul/Saul, who were "Hellenized Jews", and considered Roman, also being citizens of Rome which interestingly enough is why both traveled to Rome to stand trial and execution for their Christian faith. Properly understanding this dissemination is important especially concerning the book of revelations, or Neturei Karta since you brought them up. You see I am very familiar with Ezekiel chapter 37 and the prophecy of the reformation of Israel(as in the descendants, not the kingdom). Key to that prophecy is the fact that Jews still residing in Jerusalem are not mentioned, but it specifically mentions the pulling together of the "Jewish people" from the four corners of the earth. Since you so kindly chose to provide the passages for us, this brings us, finally, back to Revelations. Chapter 2 references people who were Jewish but broke God's commandments, thus invalidating their jewish status (See Jesus Scripture A and B). As each of the seven churches is named there are those who are called to repent, those who are called to reaffirm their faith, and then those listed as false teachers within because of practices they are holding or teachings they merely tolerate. False Teaching.. That's something that is talked of at length in the new testament, and warned expressly against. So can you explain to me why you were quoting Revelations 3:9 to support Neturei Karta (living in Jerusalem since ancient times), when the actual scripture is talking about the church in Philadelphia, one of the seven Galatian churches set up by Paul. GENTILE churches. But there is that whole matter of Jew and Gentile being alike under Christianity, so no biggie right? I mean that whole incident with peter receiving a vision of three after his denial to teach him to accept gentiles, or Paul rebuking him in front of the church when he failed to follow his own teachings on that message... Again, those who truly practice, and those who don't. Not what blood is in who's body. Then again, you already acknowledged that. You brought up the issue of non practicing individuals who happen to be descended from Jewish lineage. People like George Soros, who is an admitted ATHEIST.. Hmmm Non practicing again, not keeping the commandments(Again, foot notes A and B). I am also familiar with what happened during World War 1 and after. The Russians, wow look, Russia/USSR as villains again, issuing pogroms(genocides) against the Jews. But did it start in WW1? No, maybe if you knew history as well as you are pretending you would go back to 1881 for Russia, and all the way up through the 1970s. Now, I do not know what you are trying to claim to be, but I know what you are not. You allude to a "Jewish Mafia" running the US Government, Media, and banks. You also use the term Ashkenazi. This also comes particularly from Russia, as they were Jewish settlers who moved into the Holy Roman Empire fleeing persecution in Byzantium shortly after 1000AD, and from there migrated up into Russia when they found persecution in Europe under the Catholic church. So we have a more commonly used Russian name for jews, denial of the persecution of jews in Russia both before and after WW1, denial of the Holocaust under the NAZI(short for National Socialism, National Socialist German Workers Party proper), hey looks like someone is trying to pull a fast on alluding the names are similar.. One minor little problem with that. Bad Arolsen, Germany. You see, in NAZI Germany, you had to cross every T and dot every I, or you risked getting shot by the Gestapo, so they were very adept at record keeping and not just precision engineering. It is documentation as well as the survivors and even the soldiers who carried it out that proved the Holocaust of WW2. Then there is the little bit of dissonance in your timeline, we "put the japs in camps" in 42 but you acknowledge the Nazi's started persecuting the jews in 1933 because of it? And yes, I do know the two historical factors Hitler used as the actual excuses for the holocaust which is why I'm mocking you with that last sentence, it was the Ottoman Empire's genocide of the Armenians and Russia's Holodomor in Ukraine. But wait, you stated in your comment you trust Hitler and Goebbels as upstanding individuals telling the truth, "And you can google that" is what you said I believe. So what we have is a Holocaust Denier who fears a world wide conspiracy that smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels from New York are trying to overthrow the world so Islam looks bad because the bagels pretend to be arabs. Plain Translation, You're a retard. Some of us here actually have a grasp on history, scripture, and most importantly Reality. How's that for Cognnitive Dissonance.
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L'ancien Messin a choisi de porter les couleurs du Luxembourg. Il fait partie de la sélection dévoilée mercredi par Luc Holtz pour les prochains matches contre la Lituanie et l'Ukraine.
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Maurizio Sarri and his Chelsea squad are on their way to Ukraine as they look to take another step closer to the Europa League final with a victory over Dynamo Kiev.
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Координатор Военного кабинета лидера политической силы «Батькивщина», кандидата на пост главы украинского государства Юлии Тимошенко Андрей Сенченко рассказал о планах в отношении вопроса обеспечения жильём военнослужащих. Так пишет, ссылаясь на Interfax Ukraine. Он отметил, представители Военного комитета Юлии Тимошенко уже разработали специальную программу обеспечения военнослужащих Вооружённых сил Украины жильём.
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Глава Общественного совета при Министерстве по вопросам временно оккупированных территорий и внутренне перемещённых лиц Геннадий Борисичев призвал кандидатов в президенты из первой десятки рейтинга немедленно взяться за решение проблем переселенцев. Так пишет, ссылаясь на Interfax Ukraine. В частности, он предложил претендентам на пост главы украинского государства подписать Публичное общественное поручение, в котором прописаны шаги по улучшению уровня жизни ВПЛ.
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Глава Общественного совета при Министерстве по вопросам временно оккупированных территорий и внутренне перемещённых лиц Геннадий Борисичев заявил, что около 90% переселенцев собираются принять участие в предстоящих выборах. Так пишет, ссылаясь на Interfax Ukraine. По его словам, представители вышеуказанного ведомства проводят много встреч с переселенцами в разных уголках нашей страны.
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Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel
Houston, Texas
March 12, 2019

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Dan. Thank you all for joining me. I see you standing in the back. It’s like church, there’s empty pews in the front if you want to come up and grab a seat. I do think – is there anyone from the Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association here? I’m pretty sure I’m the only former member to ever serve as Secretary of State, so you should put that right on the front of your web page. I think that’s legal.

Good evening, everyone, and thanks to you all for being here. I heard CERAWeek has been just spectacular. It’s quite a crowd. I’ve seen many of you here. I’ve had the chance to get to know many of you as well. People call Washington “the swamp,” and they call Houston “the bayou.” Now, I will tell you that they’re both the same in August in a suit and a tie, but there is – there’s one really big difference. One of the two works desperately to seek rents from its citizens, and the other works desperately to create wealth for the people who live there. I will leave to you which is which, but suffice to say, I’m glad to be in Houston.

It’s great to join so many foreign dignitaries and business leaders as well that operate all around the world. I’ll certainly spend a great deal of time tonight focused on the United States and the things I’m doing as America’s most senior diplomat, but it’s wonderful to see folks from all around the world who are involved in this important endeavor. Dan, thanks for your kind remarks. I’ve read Dan’s work for an awfully long time. You all are familiar with The Prize, but your ideas have informed me more broadly than that, more than just about energy. I’ll talk about The Commanding Heights. That’s a book that was written now 20-odd years ago, which I read in hardback. I paid full price, Dan.

MR YERGIN: Thank you.

SECRETARY POMPEO: But I think it’s important for what it is that I’m doing as Secretary of State. As Dan said, I spent a fair amount of time in the oil and gas industry. I ran a small company; it was called Sentry International. We made and sold mud pumps and swivels and hook blocks and downhole equipment, and we distributed sucker rod, so I know the industry well, the whole nine yards in oil and gas. I spent a lot of time in Midland, Odessa, Longview, and all kinds of – Oklahoma and Canada. Is there anybody from Lufkin here tonight? So my partners and I swore that we would listen to the quarterly conference call for Lufkin every quarter until they mentioned Sentry as destroying their business. We were small enough it never happened, but we continued to live in hope that we could compete and grow and prosper in the way that so many of you have.

My time as Secretary of State isn’t that far from – removed from what I did running that small company headquartered in Wichita, Kansas. The reason why is something you know; it’s obvious for all of you in the audience. Because we are now in the new age of discovery that history will remember as society changing in scale, and global changing. Instead of sailing off to new lands the way it was done old-school by Columbus and Magellan, we’re making discoveries right here in the United States of America right under our feet. And you all know that here in America we have the free enterprise system to thank for this modern-day miracle. And I want to talk about why that matters. Things like horizontal drilling and fracturing, the Shale Revolution, the oil derricks that dot the landscape all throughout the Permian Basin matters. New drilling technology and greater energy output are transforming American life and lives all around the world in the same way that the changes did when Spindletop first took place back in 1901. It was a game-changer, and what this industry is doing today is game-changing as well.

I travel the world some, and when I do and meet with my foreign minister counterparts or presidents or prime ministers, they’ll ask me how did America come to do this. How did you literally blow out American energy production to go from a place of scarcity to a place of massive exports. And I tell them that they should simply look at places like Midland, Texas, people that are willing to work their tails off, often without a college education, earn six-figure salaries and they run businesses themselves that have ‘Now Hiring’ signs hanging on their front doorstep. Look at places, too, like Kaktovik, Alaska, the polar bear capital of the United States of America. Their small native community is now working diligently to tap into the resources that they have under their feet. And you see this – you see this in towns like Wichita, Kansas, all across America, that the economic struggles, the lack of jobs that took place for a decade no longer have to be. We can continue to be the engine – and the energy – and as we can continue to be the engine that succeeds in building out the United States of America.

Now, recent history should remind us all that we’re not just producing energy for Americans. It’s never truly been the case, but less so now than ever before. Today, you all know we’re exporting crude oil at levels that were previously unimaginable. It took two partners to achieve that. It took our shale producers and risk-takers, and it took Congress lifting the oil export ban in 2015, which I voted for. You should all see me as I walk out and say thanks. (Laughter and applause.)

In August of last year, the United States surpassed Russia as the world’s top producer. When it comes to global supply, U.S. oil production rose at the fastest pace in history, the largest one-year increase in oil production that the world has ever seen. That’s awesome and it’s important.

After all, only about a decade ago, we did live in a world where we imported 60 percent of our oil, and now we’ve shrugged off that oak of energy dependence, not just thanks to oil, but we’re doing the same in natural gas today as well, and I know there’s more and even a brighter future there. We shouldn’t forget, too, about the incredible growth in renewable energy. I’m confident that the American system – leaving the commanding heights in the hands of private risk-takers – will allow that industry to continue to grow and export as well.

I had the chance to meet with Secretary Kissinger about two months ago, and I was asking about a handful of things, and he, 45 years ago, brought foreign ministers to his office to figure out how the world was going to deal with energy scarcity. A couple weeks back, I brought Dan into my office to talk about how the heck we were going to make sure we could get it from the American interior to the coast so that we could deliver this to foreign partners who are demanding this.

And there, I want to turn to the real focus, the main topic, what our newfound energy abundance means for American foreign policy, what you all can help me and President Trump deliver to the world.

It’s really – it’s very simple: Our plentiful oil supplies allow us to help our friends secure diversity for their energy resources. We don’t want our European allies hooked on Russian gas through the NordStream II project any more than we ourselves want to depend on Venezuela for our oil supplies.

This need, this desperate need for diversification is why we exported more crude oil last year to countries all across the globe. Places as diverse as India, Japan, China, the Republic of Korea, Italy, Ireland, the United Arab Emirates. The list is long. It’s why, shortly before the United States made its first LNG shipment to Europe, it made it to a place that people don’t think about, the country of Portugal that now has access to American energy resources.

You should all know – and I hope you have seen this. I’ve been doing this now all of 11 months, so I’ve got it all figured out. I hope you all have seen that my team at the State Department is working hard to expand these relationships. Last April, we formalized a commitment to bolster Vietnam’s energy security. In October, the State Department hosted its first dialogue with Australia on energy security. And these operations, these opportunities will just be the beginning.

But truth is, here’s my point: We’re not just exporting American energy, we’re exporting our commercial value system to our friends and to our partners. The more we can spread the United States model of free enterprise, of the rule of law, of diversity and stability, of transparency and transactions, the more successful the United States will be and the more successful and secure the American people will be.

Our model matters now, frankly, more than ever in an era of great power rivalry and competition where some nations are using their energy for malign ends, and not to promote prosperity in the way we do here in the West. They don’t have the values of freedom and liberty, of the rule of law that we do, and they’re using their energy to destroy ours.

Take China, just for starters. China’s illegal island-building in international waterways isn’t simply a security matter.

By blocking development in the South China Sea through coercive means, China prevents ASEAN members from accessing more than $2.5 trillion in recoverable energy reserves. To contrast, the United States Government promotes energy security for those Southeast Asian nations. We want countries in the region to have access to their own energy. We want to help them. We want to create partnerships. We want transparent transactions, not debt traps. We explore responsibly.

China doesn’t play by that same set of rules. Its values are simply different. You see that in places as diverse as Africa, where they often ship in their own labor, creating jobs for Chinese workers rather than for those in the local economy. It’s using the debt trap which I referred to just a moment ago to put these countries in a place where it isn’t a commercial transaction, it’s a political transaction designed to bring harm and political influence in the country in which they’re operating.

Many of you may not know this: China’s largest creditor today – excuse me, Latin America’s largest creditor today is China.

And we all know the story in Russia. It invaded Ukraine to gain access to oil and gas reserves. It in turn deprived Ukraine of the possibility of developing those resources for itself and using its pipelines and its networks to bring energy to its own people. Rather, it uses those pipelines to put pressure – political pressure – on the people of Ukraine.

The story isn’t too terribly different in Syria. Assad covets the oil fields to the east of the Euphrates River in the eastern part of the country. He wants those resources, he wants those wealth to continue to impoverish the people of Syria, and use those resources for himself and the cronies who are around him.

Perhaps there’s no clearer example than in Iran. Iran uses its energy exports to exert undue influence all across the Middle East, most particularly today on Iraq. While the United States is working to develop an independent, sovereign Iraq, Iran is using its energy to create a vassal state. We have worked hard over the past months to reduce the flow of Iranian crude oil around the world, to convince the Iranian leadership to protect its citizens and deliver to its citizens what it is they’re asking for, and to reduce the risk of terror and instability throughout the Middle East.

There could not be more of a contrast about how America uses its energy resources than how the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran use their.

And finally, as we see in the headlines today, Cuba props up Venezuela’s Maduro regime. That’s because Venezuela ships 50,000-some-odd barrels of oil today at a subsidized price to Cuba, providing roughly 30 percent of its overall energy needs.

You all, the wealth that you’re creating here in the United States, can change that. Look, this is the world we live in. The good news is that we know how our model is superior. And as Daniel Yergin wrote in that book back in 1998, it is markets, not governments, that have proven more adept from the commanding heights. But our way of life, our business model, and our future aren’t things that we can take for granted. There is no certainty that this model will continue.

The Trump administration is working strongly, based on its firmly held conviction that we must further America’s interests by widening the tools we have available to our diplomats, especially the tool of American energy abundance. You all know this: It’s a complex, interconnected world. You have partnerships with companies all across the globe, and the United States has to compete. We have to create energy security for those all around the world. And we can do this. We can do this by partnership, by American diplomats working to ensure that markets are open for American businesses all around the world.

There are three ways. First, we can do this through facilitating investment. We do that by creating the engine for capital formation here in the United States. Foreign firms have invested more than 100 billion in the U.S. shale sector just since 2008. Twenty percent of these investments were joint investments between foreign companies and American companies. We can continue to promote that.

You won’t see this in many other places, but there are places. In Southeast Asia, the United States is the single largest source of cumulative foreign investment. And the State Department has played an important role in helping investors make good decisions and getting access. An example is our program about the Indo-Pacific being open. We call it the Asia Edge Initiative. It helps Indo-Pacific partners import, produce, and deploy their own energy resources.

The second way, other than investment, is we can promote energy security by encouraging countries to partner with the United States all around the world. And I’ve seen this at work. We’re reminding them that we’re simply better to do business with than Russia, China, or Iran. Our deals come with no hidden strings attached, our contracts are clear, our motives unambiguous.

On recent trips, my State Department colleagues and I have been touting the high standards of transparency, responsible financing, and adherence to the rule of law that American companies bring along with them. It’s what you all are known for, what American businesses are known for.

I’ll give you a good example. I was in Warsaw now – oh, goodness, it must have been three or four weeks ago. I was with Foreign Minister Czaputowicz. He and I were discussing how we can diversify the Polish energy supply, not only with energy but with routes and with the types of fuels that we can deliver to them. We’re making progress. We’re accomplishing parts of that mission. We’re doing it with the help of countries[1] like Sempra Energy, like Cheniere and Venture Global LNG. They’re helping destroy the Russian monopoly on Polish energy.

And although it’s certainly the case that our firms will benefit financially, this isn’t just about dollars and cents for American companies. It’s about America’s national security. It’s about Russian influence peddling and the need to stop it. We must bring this to an end, and you all can be an important part of that.

It was Winston Churchill who once said when it comes to energy security, quote, “safety and certainty … lie in variety and in variety alone.”

That may not be quite true, but it’s certainly an important thing for each of us to think about and American diplomats to help you deliver on. We commend countries like Croatia for what they’re doing with the LNG terminal on Krk Island, as well as Lithuania for taking similar steps to diversify and acquire energy away from the Russian footprint.

That brings me to the third and final way that the State Department can help achieve this national security through energy abundance. We’re pushing bad actors – those who use their energy towards malign ends – off the target.

I talked about Iran. You know its role in global energy markets. We know that role is diminishing. Its exports have tanked due to our pressure campaign, and we have every intention of driving Iranian oil exports to zero just as quickly as we can.

We’ll continue with sanctions until Iran behaves in the way normal nations do, without threatening assassination campaigns in Europe, conducting terror campaigns throughout Syria and Iraq, without underwriting Hizballah. These are the ways that energy can keep Americans, Europeans, and Western countries all more secure.

And we’re committed to doing this. We’re committed to using all of the economic tools at our disposal in Venezuela, where our sanctions to date on Venezuela kicked in back in January. We are hoping and working towards a good outcome there.

We need to continue to build our energy security in the ways I’ve described. We need to roll up our sleeves and compete by facilitating investment all across the world and encouraging partners to buy from us and by punishing bad actors.

The State Department wants to work with each and every one in this room tonight, American companies and foreign companies alike. We want to achieve these goals because we think we have the model that will make not only America but the world more secure.

In the days ahead, you should know, America will continue to be asked to meet the world’s energy demand, especially in places like the Indo-Pacific. Our private partners are essential to that. The private sector will be absolutely instrumental. It certainly can’t be done if the commanding heights are handed to the government. But neither private enterprise nor the federal government can do it alone. We need each other. It is American producers, working in tandem with American diplomats, who can create this stability and prosperity all around the world.

As I close and prepare to take questions from Dan, I want to encourage the rest of the world to get on board with this project. Come follow America’s energy blueprint, which is to innovate, not subjugate; to contribute, not to coerce; to allow markets to command the heights.

At least for the rest of my lifetime, the world will need oil and gas and petrochemicals to produce gasoline, to produce jet fuel, fertilizers, and pharmaceuticals.

We should consider ourselves pretty darn lucky here in the United States. We’ve worked hard. But in the age of the new discovery, our shared ability to provide these things is now greater than at any other point of history, and we need to keep it that way. I know that you’ll work alongside, as you should know that America’s State Department will continue to work alongside you.

Thank you for being here. May God bless you and may God bless the United States of America. (Applause.)

MR YERGIN: Thank you, Mr. Secretary. That was great.


MR YERGIN: Thank you, Mr. Secretary (inaudible) heights. (Laughter.)

SECRETARY POMPEO: Available in the lobby.

MR YERGIN: Or online.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Or online, yes.

MR YERGIN: Yes. As – you described this massive growth in abundance, and I guess when you met Secretary Kissinger, your predecessor, he must’ve been a little envious of the position, given what --




MR YERGIN: Yeah. So you’ve described the objectives. How is this abundance affecting the role of the State Department itself?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So this has always been – I mean, the State Department has 1,700-plus economic officers whose mission it is around the world – we’re in 180-plus embassies – whose mission is to ensure that American companies get a fair shake, a real opportunity. Our task now is to make sure we understand what it is you do, that we have the context for what it is you’re trying to achieve. These diplomats haven’t, for the most part, lived their life in the energy sector, so these are fields with which they may well not be familiar. But we’re determined, and President Trump and I have both made clear that one of our missions is to make sure that our team knows that, that our team is on the field, that we’re in every corner of the world working to make sure that American companies have access without tariffs, without non-tariff barriers, all the things that you see in the news. And you should, if you haven’t – if you operate in a country and you haven’t reached out to your embassy, America’s embassy, you must do that. If you’re in Washington, stop in, meet with Assistant Secretary Fannon and our team. We’re determined to work alongside to understand and be able to help you all deliver the energy security that I described in my remarks.

MR YERGIN: This evening you’ve mentioned, and in other important speeches, the Indo-Pacific concept. And how do you see the role of the U.S. position itself in terms of the overall growing competition in the region?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So the challenge that’s presented to America and to the world by China is different than one that we’ve confronted before. Our National Security Strategy defines how we think about China in the Trump administration. There are many differences, but one of the most fundamental is we’ve never had another country of the scale of China, with the military of the scale of China’s, that has now expanded into space and property that they do not have a lawful claim to, but with which America has such a deep, intertwined economic and commercial set of relationships. It was often the case, as it is with certain countries today, that we don’t have those commercial relationships, so we move away and try and drive them out of the marketplace. China is more complicated and more difficult, but no less challenging to ensuring that America’s wealth creation engine is around 10 and 20 and 30 years from now.

In the Indo-Pacific proper, I don’t travel to any country in Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia where energy isn’t a topic. I will be honest; where – depending on where I am, they mention it either in public or in private. Many of them don’t have the capacity on their own to stand up to the coercive behavior of China, where China moves in and attempts to use its economic clout to influence and control their government. They all welcome companies from the United States. They welcome American capacity for the rule of law. They may not always say this, they may not always speak their mind publicly, but know that I have literally not met a single one of those countries or leaders from one of those countries that didn’t want a more American opportunity, more American resources, more American technology and innovation as part of the mix.

MR YERGIN: You spoke about the Middle East. And of course, the Middle East is always a central question, but your Middle East Strategic Alliance is a unique approach. How does energy fit into that and how do you see the Middle East Strategic Alliance working with the other organizations in the group, like the Gulf Cooperation Council?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So the Middle East Strategic Alliance is still in its very formative stages. There’s still a lot of work to do. We have multiple pillars that we’re trying to build an alliance around – the Gulf states, Egypt, Jordan – to create a stability in the Middle East that has been something that the world has longed for for decades, you might argue centuries; for an awfully long time. A set of countries that are largely likeminded; we all know they have their challenges and their conflicts, they think about parts of their portfolio differently, but there’s an enormous amount of overlap as well.

And so one of the pillars is the economic pillar, where they’ll compete, right. They’ll sell their product, their gas from Qatar, the oil from Saudi Arabia. Wherever it may be, they’ll go compete. But there are lots of places where they can work together. And so if you combine economic understandings, diplomatic understandings, military understandings, each of these pillars, we think there’s a way to build an alliance that we have not seen there before. It’ll take us a bit, it won’t be straightforward, it’ll be bumpy. But we think there are a set of common threats that are different than at any time in recent history that provides an opportunity to get these folks to come together.

It will work alongside other institutions in the Gulf – OPEC, the GCC, all of these other institutions that exist and predate what we’re trying to do with MESA. We don’t think this drives them out, but we think it provides another forum, another place for these countries to work together, most importantly on pure national security issues.

MR YERGIN: Right, so this is something that will evolve over the next months or --

SECRETARY POMPEO: So we – fits and starts along the different pillars, but we do hope over the next several months we make a big step and get pieces of this reduced to paper, where countries can provide their input, respond, and we can be thoughtful about how to approach it so that perhaps by the end of the year, we’ve made substantial progress.

MR YERGIN: Well, you do bring unique perspective to energy questions having been in the industry, and at the same time now, where you sit in your responsibilities. And if you think broadly about the role of private sector, government working together, each of them contributing to energy security, prosperity, how do you see that balance?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Tell me what you’re thinking, Dan. What do you mean?

MR YERGIN: Well, the role of each, what do you expect from the private sector in terms of – and the nature of the cooperation.

SECRETARY POMPEO: So for those of you out there that need a lathe operator, I’m the first Secretary of State that can actually run a lathe, so if this whole diplomatic thing falls through, I’m ready to get back at it. The truth of the matter is the most stable places in the world are ones that have deep economic relationships with the United States of America. What – my expectation for you is that you will go out and try and crush it every day, and create wealth for your shareholders, great opportunities for your employees, that you’ll go build your business successfully not only here in the United States, but you’ll do it all across the world as well. Our task is here, domestically, not my portfolio, but to create a set of rules for capital formation, and a regulatory environment in which you can grow and prosper. And then my task is to make sure you’ve got every opportunity to go compete.

I – of all the challenges – I laid out half a dozen maybe there, Dan, in the remarks. I could have gone on to another half a dozen pretty readily. I don’t think anyone should ever bet against the United States of America. I am convinced that if diplomatically and through using the American force for good in the world, if we get you out there and get you a chance to compete, you’ll do fantastic, you’ll excel. I remind my team – and this is a bit of a discourse, but I think it’s – when I remind my team all the time, our presence matters. People not only see what we’re doing diplomatically, the things we’re asking of these countries to do, sometimes for themselves, sometimes for our mutual interests, but they watch how we behave. We treat each other with respect. We understand the rule of law. We have court systems that are functional and work. We work hard; we tell the truth. These fundamental things that happen when American companies show up, other countries see. And so whatever the value proposition that they’re evaluating, you should know that the fact that this traditional set of liberty, freedom, and a willingness to work hard matters in a lot of these places as well, and I think America will benefit from that a long time. And so if I were betting, I’d bet on us.

MR YERGIN: Right. Well, Mr. Secretary, your message is not only to the Americans in the audience but there are about 75 other countries here, and I think it’s an important message to both sets of people about the nature of the partnership and the division that you’ve outlined. So we thank you very much for coming to join us this evening and sharing this view of energy and U.S. foreign policy and what’s ahead. So thank you very much.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Dan. Thank you all very much. Thank you. (Applause.)

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Главной задачей майдана, начатого в конце 2013 года, был не проевропейский курс Украины и тем более не желание построить в ней светлое будущее. Основной целью данного «мероприятия» было разрушить те дружеские и родственные узы, которые вопреки 25 летнему развитию «Украины не России» и насаждению националистических идей в обществе, оставались главным связующим звеном народов двух стран.

Чтобы в этом убедиться, достаточно вспомнить историю последних лет, шаги постмайданного правительства, а еще … посмотреть статистику. Очень интересные данные об отношении друг к другу россиян и жителей Украины на протяжении последнего десятилетия дал вчера Киевский международный институт социологии.

Последний опрос КМИС проходил с 8 по 20 февраля 2019 года. На территории России опросы проводит «Левада-центр».
Как мы видим, до начала майдана к России на Украине относились хорошо подавляющее число граждан. В том числе многие и на, казалось бы, враждебной для нее (как это пытаются изобразить), Галичине. Слом произошел после Майдана в результате многолетней тотальной промывки мозгов. Но даже он, как видим, уже не работает и уже очевиден обратный откат маятника.
«Пик ненависти», если можно так выразиться, был пройден украинским обществом в 2016-17 годах, а теперь, даже несмотря на сегодняшнюю оголтелую шизофрению со стороны Порошенко – украинский народ начинает возвращаться в свое нормальное состояние.

Хочу особо отметить, что все данные по Украине с конца 2014 года идут без учета Крыма и неподконтрольного Киеву Донбасса!!!

Что еще интересно, так это как видят свое будущее жители Украины и России. Они видят его одинаково – в добрых отношениях, с открытыми границами. А потому, тот проект построения Евразийского ЕС, который очень скоро может родиться по решению лидеров, а затем и народов России и Белоруссии вполне подойдет и народу Украины.

Да, в СМИ об этом сегодня не пишут и это кажется полной ахинеей. Но это сегодня и с позиции тех, кто видит только пену на воде. А те, кто наблюдает за глубинными процессами понимают, что данный вариант вполне вероятен.

Более того, он наиболее вероятен без внешнего воздействия!!!

Понимают это и в США. Они видят, что их отчаянная попытка поссорить жителей Украины и России, казавшаяся в 2016 году такой успешной, с треском проваливается, а значит … они не успокоятся и попробуют повторить все вновь.

Но закончить я все-таки хочу на оптимистической ноте. Думаю, вопреки всем попыткам запада посеять раздор, рано или поздно Украина войдет в будущий союз и решение об этом будет принято на референдуме. Хотя случится это, конечно, и не скоро…


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Для производителей, так точно. И такая ситуация не может продолжаться бесконечно. Как только спонсирование "зеленой" энергетики прекратится, обвал отрасли будет неизбежным.

Аналитическая компания IntelStor, использующая облачную аналитику, недавно опубликовала отчёт Global Wind Energy Innovation Trends («Глобальные инновации в ветровой индустрии»), где указано, что за последние 40 лет поставщики ветровых турбин вложили в развитие своего производства 33,4 млрд долл. Эти инвестиции привели к тому, что по всему миру было построено более 330 тыс. ветроэнергетических установок (ВЭУ).

В докладе IntelStor приведены ошеломляющие показатели по возврату инвестиций у большинства поставщиков ВЭУ. Например, из 1200 моделей ветровых турбин, разработанных и предложенных покупателям, лишь 139 (11,6%) уже обеспечили возврат вложенных средств.

Работа на перспективу

Экономика - вещь упрямая, бесконечно её игнорировать нельзя. Результатом слабой окупаемости проектов стали многочисленные слияния и поглощения компаний. За 40 лет из примерно двух сотен производителей ВЭУ осталось всего 37, среди которых лишь 18 имеют в перечне продукции хотя бы одну модель турбины, которая позволила вернуть средства, вложенные в её разработку и производство. Цены на ветроустановки за последние три года сильно снизились, и теперь всем компаниям без исключения нужно резко нарастить продажи для выхода на безубыточность.

Как отмечают аналитики IntelStor, чтобы обеспечить возврат вложенных капиталов, производители должны увеличить доходы с продажи каждой ветроустановки в два раза и более. Этот показатель подсчитан с учётом разовых трат на разработку, тестирование и сертификацию ВЭУ, оснащение производственных цехов, а также затрат на коммерциализацию. При расчётах использовались средние цены на мировом рынке, а они за последнее десятилетие снизились более чем вдвое.

Возникает естественный вопрос: за счёт чего существуют поставщики ветрогенераторов? Видимо, проявляется эффект завышенных ожиданий - перспективы будущего увеличения продаж оправдывают высокие текущие затраты.

Между тем, как показывает опыт компаний реального сектора, чтобы бизнес был устойчивым, каждый инвестиционный проект должен окупаться в течение определённого срока (обычно не более семи лет). Если этого не происходит, компании постепенно расходуют оборотные средства или набирают долги и в результате могут не удержаться на плаву во времена спадов конъюнктуры и политической неопределённости.

В целом из отчёта IntelStor понятно, что мировой бизнес по производству ветрогенераторов сегодня недостаточно прибылен для того, чтобы их поставщики могли выжить в будущем, - несмотря на впечатляющие показатели роста мирового парка ВЭУ.

В общем потоке

Справедливости ради следует отметить, что в аналогичных проблемах погрязла не только ветровая индустрия. По всему миру темпы прироста корпоративной задолженности уже два десятка лет превышают темпы роста реального сектора экономики, который, по идее, эту задолженность обслуживает.

Сильнейший финансовый кризис, который бушевал десять лет назад, не был преодолён. Крупнейшие центральные банки (ФРС США, Европейский ЦБ, Банк Японии) «залили пожар» новой ликвидностью. Одна только ФРС раздала свыше 15 трлн долл. в виде «пожарных» кредитов, позволив перекредитоваться системным банкам и крупным промышленным компаниям, которые тогда стояли на пороге краха.

Чтобы предотвратить цепочку дефолтов, американские финансовые регуляторы ровно 10 лет назад, в марте 2009 г., изменили пункт 157 Правил финучёта, позволив банкам оценивать свои «мусорные» активы не по рыночной стоимости (которая упала в разы), а по собственным моделям (читай: произвольным образом). Кроме того, в кризис в США, Европе и Японии были резко снижены базовые процентные ставки, определяющие стоимость заёмных денег. После этого мировая финансовая система с виду оздоровилась, а в реальности - заработала в нештатном режиме. Не вдаваясь в подробности, можно сказать, что острота финансовых рисков с тех пор искусственно занижена, а наказания для предпринимателей, принявших неудачные бизнес-решения, смягчены, вернее, отложены на потом.

Последствия неудачных решений хорошо видны на примере энергетического гиганта GE, который в 2017-2018 гг. был вынужден спешно распродавать свои производственные подразделения для того, чтобы справиться с растущей долговой нагрузкой в условиях пикирующей стоимости акций.

Сегодняшняя убыточность большинства производителей ВЭУ, на наш взгляд, во многом объясняется чрезмерным оптимизмом инвесторов и банкиров на фоне хайпа вокруг «зелёной» энергетики. Ситуация, когда производителей ВЭУ слишком много, а их продукция стоит чрезмерно дёшево, конечно, не будет длиться вечно. Но западные банкиры почти не рискуют - рисуя фиктивные балансы, они всегда могут перекредитовать безнадёжных заёмщиков по низким ставкам, то есть продлить жизнь неэффективных предприятий.

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Аналитики IntelStor прогнозируют до 2023 г. новую волну слияний и поглощений среди изготовителей комплектующих для ВЭУ, которая неизбежна из-за понижающего ценового давления. А само давление объясняют постепенной отменой госсубсидий для «зелёной» энергетики и растущей конкуренцией на различных международных аукционах и тендерах.

Тем временем затраты на разработку ВЭУ высокой мощности только растут. Вывод на рынок новых пятимегаваттных турбин обходится намного дороже, чем, например, турбин мощностью 10-50 кВт, что подталкивает к объединению бизнеса и самих производителей ветряков.

По данным IntelStor, на разработку «с чистого листа», запуск производства, сертификацию и вывод на рынок наземной турбины мощностью 4-5 МВт требуется потратить от 120 до 150 млн долл. Для возврата подобных вложений (не говоря уж о прибыли) нужно будет продать от 340 до 450 ветроустановок.

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“We should cut the heads off the politicians,” said the waiter in Corfu to us, as EU-imposed austerity crushed Greece in 2010. Before the week was out there were riots in Athens, buildings were set on fire and three bank employees burned to death.

Thankfully, we’re nowhere near that stage, but if you lift the lid off social media you’ll see the pot is bubbling ferociously. Britain is split in two, each half calling the other all sorts of names. Most of these ranters qualify for jury service and the franchise; one trembles at the thought of “direct democracy.” One in four of the population is said to suffer from a mental disorder and to judge by Facebook it’s plausible.

But in a way, hardly surprising. Far from seeking to reunite the country, professional politicians in the UK have been fomenting discontent among Remainers and have even advised EU leaders on how to subvert the Referendum result.[i]Is it a coincidence that the Daily Mail has been given a new editor who has U-turned the paper’s line and now characterises Brexiteers as “saboteurs” leading us to an “abyss”?[ii]

Even the Eurocrats are infected. Mr Van Rompuy, who looks as if he couldn’t decapitate a boiled egg, fantasises about holding a knife to our throat[iii]; Mr Tusk, even less loved in his native Poland than here[iv], smirks at a vision of “those who promoted Brexit” in Hell[v]. Their intemperate language is a clue to the fact that there is not one but two crises brewing.

The first is the European Union’s. Jean Monnet’s dream of a Europe that could never make war with itself again, has been caught in the trap of confusing aim with method. Full political unification has been pursued clandestinely and with an almost suicidal obsession, like Captain Ahab after his White Whale. As a prelude, the single currency was forced into being despite the unreadiness of participants like Greece and Italy, both of which fudged their economic data to qualify and have suffered for it since.

The EU’s appetite for centralised control and aggrandisement remains unslaked (would C P Snow have dubbed them “the labradors of power”?) Straight after the centenary of the Armistice, Frau Merkel returned to her theme of a European intervention force.[vi]Now she is after an aircraft carrier[vii]- just when it is rumoured that China plans to sell off her own to Pakistan.[viii]How does one justify the expense of such capital ships, with their increasing vulnerability?[ix]

And the interference in the Ukraine that has heightened tensions between the Western alliance and Russia – see the military build-up in the region on both sides[x][xi]- hasn’t put the EU off its plan to foster supranational order elsewhere, too: “Africa is the future,” said Mr Juncker in his 2018 “State of the Union” address, urging more collective arrangements there of the kind that were the foundation stones of the EU.[xii]

In the midst of this, Brexit and the common man threaten to spoil the grand project of the philosopher-kings. Again and again, on shows like Question Time, ordinary people are bluntly challenging their elected representatives to do what was solemnly promised in 2016.

This brings us to the second, local crisis. By affirming (not only orally but in the official pamphlet[xiii]) that the Referendum would be held once only and that the result would be implemented whatever the outcome, our leaders effectively turned it into a binding plebiscite; and now they wish to resile.

That has raised and dashed expectations in the most emphatic way, and the implications are dangerous. If this vote is delegitimised, then so are all the ones passed in Parliament, many of them by a smaller margin than four per cent[xiv].

What would the consequences be? Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said on last week’s Question Time that there will be a “day of reckoning” if Brexit is nullified[xv], and he may be thinking of deselections, Party membership cancellations and the shattering of the two-party system itself. But some think, or worse, wish, that it could go further – even Dr Richard North has said, perhaps only half-jokingly, “It is not only ideas that develop in the provinces – so do revolutions.”[xvi]

Fortunately, revolutions and civil wars don’t just happen, and a good thing too, as whatever the outcome the process is horrific; and often long-drawn-out, because unlike a war there’s nobody to make peace on behalf of the whole country. They need an evil constellation of factors, but that discussion is for another occasion.

Having said that, one of the possible triggers is major financial dislocation. Not just the vindictive awkwardness in trading arrangements that the EU appears to be preparing for us, cutting off its nose to spite its face, but the kind of long-cycle economic downturn that Irving Fisher[xvii], Nicolai Kondratiev[xviii]and others have theorised.

The role of debt has been overlooked by many economists and Professor Steve Keen has estimated that only some 20 out of 10,000 professionals foresaw the 2008/2009 Global Financial Crisis. For those who think the crisis is over because of Quantitative Easing and Modern Monetary Theory, it’s worth noting that global debt is now bigger than ever – some three times the size of the world’s GDP.[xix]Despite high levels of money-printing we are not yet seeing significant inflation, but that is because economic demand is dropping and debt servicing is a growing challenge; the turnover of cash is slowing and offsetting the effects of monetary inflation.[xx]Also, the US dollar, the world’s reserve currency, is being snapped up by foreign countries scared of local currency depreciation/default, so at present those dollars are not cascading back into the USA and boosting the price of everything, says analyst Martin Armstrong.[xxi]

Harder times are coming: goodbye cheap energy, a booming consumer economy and abundant public services; hello to cheating WASPI women of their promised State pensions, trimming the social benefits of the gilets jaunes and so on. Ordinary wage-earners now need additional financial support to make ends meet; real hourly wages have pretty much stalled over the last 40 years since the multinationals saw massive opportunities for capital in global workforce arbitrage. Sir James Goldsmith warned[xxii]about the socio-economic consequences at the time of GATT in 1994, and now it has all come to pass.

It will go on until it can’t, but who knows when or how that will happen?

When the times come that “try men’s souls”, the search is on for an ideological map to find our way out. Power relations come under scrutiny. In the eighteenth century, the American colonists adopted the Enlightenment analysis that rooted power in the consent of the people, so that when General Gage defended his lumping American rebel officers with their men by saying that he recognised only ranks derived from the King, George Washington replied that for his part he could not conceive any rank “more honorable that that which flows from the uncorrupted choice of a brave and free people - the purest source and original fountain of all power." Five months later came the publication of Tom Paine’s “Common Sense”, arguing on the same lines and setting the movement alight.

Ian Geering QC’s piece this week on the Bruges Group site (10 March) follows this tradition.[xxiii]It is a normative political philosophy – this is how we feel things ought to be, rather than how they have been for most of recorded history. Did the Americans complain of taxation without Parliamentary representation? Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester shared their plight, while Old Sarum had seven voters and two MPs.[xxiv]Up to the twentieth century, only a fraction of the adult British population could vote at all, and had to resort to other means to register their dissatisfaction: as Tony Benn observed at the time of the Maastricht capitulation, “Riot has historically played a much larger part in British politics than we are ever allowed to know […] Unless we can offer people a peaceful route to the resolution of injustices through the ballot box, they will not listen to a House that has blocked off that route.”[xxv]

And that, as of last night (12 March 2019), is where we are: watching a cloth-eared Parliament rejecting an "open prison" Withdrawal Agreement yet fighting against a clean break, either way negating what the people decided upon.

Yes, the people are divided – by their very nature, votes are divisive; the key to peace is to accept them as decisive. But those with access to power and the media have worked hard to jemmy the cracks wider. The process of re-radicalisation has started, and this time the State seems either unconscious of the peril, or (like George III) sure of its ability to patronise and repress.

Britain nearly had a conflagration in 1789. The philosopher Richard Price, a friend of Paine, gave a French Revolution-inspired speech: "A Discourse on the Love of Our Country", looking at the fundamentals of politics and, like Paine, rooting power in the people. The reception was enthusiastic (a term with distinct connotations of danger, in those days.)

The State was alive to the danger, and acted. Certain gentlemen came to advise Price on his future conduct. Burke began to compose a justification for the British Constitution in rebuttal. 1789 marked the last time a woman was burned at the stake (in London, for coining.) Radical groups such as the London Corresponding Society were infiltrated by government agents and ultimately suppressed; yet even with the brakes on, the vehicle of power was pushed inch by inch, over the next century, towards electoral reform and democratisation.

Answering the radicals who took revolutionary France as their model, Edmund Burke articulated a pragmatic scheme for the Parliamentary government we now have, a balance between the royal Executive and popular representation, and between constituency representation and mere delegation. This circumvented the bloody conflict of first principles that played itself out on the other side of the Channel.

But Burke was addressing the problem of how we govern ourselves, not whether we should be able to govern ourselves at all; even pragmatism has its limits. And on this latter issue, the people - firmly assured by their representatives that this vote would be decisive - made their determination. The task of their representatives was then to carry it through, while closing the divisions among the people as they went forward. They have failed on both counts. The issue has now turned from UK versus EU, to people - a confused, disunited, squabbling people - versus Parliament itself.

All our democratic progress is in danger of being thrown away.

For if the solution to the threat of revolution in Britain as France burned was to fashion its own sustainable form of democracy, then to discard democracy is to wind the clock back to pre-revolutionary days. And then the clock will start forward again, towards fresh crisis – and solutions that have already failed.

[xiii]“The EU referendum is a once in a generation decision… This is your decision. The government will implement what you decide.”
[xiv]E.g. the Callaghan government fell in 1979 when the vote of no confidence was carried by a single vote.
[xvi]“Brexit – too late for panic” (6 March 2019)
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Последнее время пользуюсь зажигалками "Джет".

У них три плюса:
- можно пользоваться даже на ветру - не задувает;
- если держать зажигалку горизонтально, то и факел тоже горит практически горизонтально. Удобно что-то поджечь,- пламя не обжигает пальцы;
- прозрачный корпус - видно сколько газа осталось.
Но, естественно, её приходится время от времени заправлять.
Первый раз купил маленький красный баллончик. Маде ин Энглянд. И что-то он подозрительно быстро кончился. Во второй раз купил такой же, но большой. (Других попросту не было.) У этих баллончиков существенный недостаток - жестяной непрозрачный корпус - не видно, сколько газа осталось.
До половины баллончика (примерно) всё было нормально, а далее, началось что-то странное: зажигалка заправляется, но не горит. Шипит, воняет, но не загорается, даже если поджечь газ другой зажигалкой. Видимо половину заполняют каким-то негорючим газом, типа фреона. Ну, ладно, у Англии своего газа нет... Экономят, гады!
В очередной раз купил пластиковый полупрозрачный баллончик. Половину уже использовал. Пока всё нормально.
Сегодня, что-то, решил поинтересоваться, а кто их выпускает: "Produser: Ltd Group Iceberg Ukraine".

Блин, а мы сами, что,- не можем?

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          The Daily 202: Russia may experiment with new forms of interference in Ukraine's elections, experts warn      Cache   Translate Page      
European races this year could offer a taste of what the U.S. can expect in 2020.
          Ukraine      Cache   Translate Page      
Hey, everyone! I'd like to ask you one thing, does anybody of you have Afro-American friends or acquaintainces in Ukraine? I'd like to meet them. I live in Sevastopol (Crimea).
Tel.: +38-099-123-33-28
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          III міжнародна агро-виставка AGROSHOW Ukraine      Cache   Translate Page      
III міжнародна агро-виставка AGROSHOW Ukraine буде проходити з 16 по 19 травня 2019 року на території КП «Черкаський аеропорт» (м. Черкаси, вул. Смілянська, 168).
          SVHN-Boxer mit Erfolgen in der Ukraine      Cache   Translate Page      
Viele neue Erfahrungen haben die Boxer des SV Heilbronn am Leinbach Anfang März in der Ukraine gesammelt.
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New Ukraine church endures inter-Orthodox feud, but offers Catholics hope
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(Jonathan Luxmoore) When the primate of Ukraine's independent Orthodox church was formally enthroned in early February, there were hopes for some easing of the bitter atmosphere over the new church's break with Russia's Moscow Patriarchate. With Russian Orthodox leaders rejecting the new church and cold-shouldering the ecumenical patriarchate for approving its creation, the feud looks set to continue and intensify in the run-up to Ukraine's crucial presidential elections on March 31. (...)

          В Украине зарплаты учителей выросли на 75%      Cache   Translate Page      

В Украине за два прошедших года, с января 2017 года, зарплаты учителей выросли в среднем на 75%. Такой рост зарплат отдельной категории госслужащих является самым интенсивным в истории страны.

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          Comedian Zelenskiy extends Ukraine presidential poll lead      Cache   Translate Page      
Comic actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy has extended his lead in Ukraine's presidential election race, according to an opinion poll published on Wednesday.

          Product For Sale: Von Manstein: Battles for the Ukraine 1941-1944      Cache   Translate Page      

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          Pegasus DIY bead embroidery kit Needlepoint beading Beaded painting set House warming gift idea by BeadEmbroideryKits      Cache   Translate Page      

35.00 USD

Beaded embroidery is relaxing and very aesthetic hobby. You will get terrific result - unique piece of art and attractive decoration for your home.

The kits made in Ukraine are notable by their fine selection of high quality Czech beads and neat pattern prints. Every kit is accurately packed and good as excellent and inimitable gift for any craftster.

Beaded embroidery kit contains printed canvas, large orifice needle, beads to complete embroidery finishing of a pattern, manual in English. Pattern is designer's high quality printing on canvas. Manufacturers do not include thread to their kits. You will get thread sampler and thread feeder as free gift from me.

Canvas: satin

Beads: 15 colors, made in Czech Republic

Finished size: 32 x 26 cm

ATTENTION! Frame is not included

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          Kitchen Decor Bead embroidery kit Housewarming Gardener gift Idea DIY Needlework Beadwork Sewing Needlepoint hobby set Fengh Shui Prosperity by BeadEmbroideryKits      Cache   Translate Page      

25.00 USD

Easy and fast project. Perfect for beginners!!! Promotional price.
Please look at this video featuring a lot of amazing finished pictures of this manufacturer so you can imagine how these listed kits will look like:

Canvas: satin
Beads: made in Czech Republic
Finished size: 19 x 23 cm

Beaded embroidery is easy to make. This is relaxing and very aesthetic hobby. You will get terrific result with tiny efforts - unique piece of art and attractive decoration for your home. The kits made in Ukraine are notable by their fine selection of high quality Czech beads and neat pattern prints. Every kit is accurately packed and good as excellent and inimitable gift for any craftster.

Beaded embroidery kit contains printed canvas, large orifice needle, beads to complete embroidery finishing of a pattern, manual in English. Pattern is designer's high quality printing on canvas. Manufacturers do not include thread to their kits. You will get thread sampler and thread feeder as free bonus from me.

ATTENTION! Frame is not included

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          Valeriya      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Natali      Cache   Translate Page      
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          The World Has Never Been Closer to World War III – Dave Hodges – The Common Sense Show      Cache   Translate Page      
In anticipation of a US attack on Venezuela, the Russians have moved a sizeable number of submarines 12 miles off both the East and West coast of the United States. NATO has moved nuclear missiles batteries close to the Ukraine. Yesterday, Russian ally, Syria, military threatened Israel. Why would  a military inferior force such as […]
          IPI urges Ukraine to overturn entry ban on Austrian journalist      Cache   Translate Page      
The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists, today condemned Ukraine’s decision to place an entry ban on respected Austrian correspondent Christian Wehrschütz. The Austrian Foreign Ministry said yesterday in a statement that Ukrainian authorities had confirmed the ban. Wehrschütz has regularly reported from Ukraine, including in areas […]
          Comment on Californian Dawn Captured by Ludwig Favre by Remy      Cache   Translate Page      
Claire your picture are great, hope to have some pics like theses in my website <a href="" rel="nofollow">femme ukrainienne</a> send me private invite.
          Тварь из РФ распространяла фейки об Украине      Cache   Translate Page      

Сотрудники Службы безопасности Украины блокировали в Черкассах распространение провокационных материалов, направленных на разжигание религиозной вражды. Об этом сообщает пресс-центр СБ Украины. Оперативники спецслужбы установили, что житель Черкасс, уроженец РФ, член Союза писателей России, изготовлял по заказу российских кураторов материалы, в которых осуждал и негативно оценивал создание Поместной церкви Украины и получения решения о предоставлении Томоса. […]

Запись Тварь из РФ распространяла фейки об Украине впервые появилась

          Manafort gets Total of 7.5 Years      Cache   Translate Page      
After being sentenced in Virginia last week to 47 months in prison for bank and tax fraud, Paul Manafort was sentenced in D.C. to 73 months for crimes related to his work as a political consultant in Ukraine. 30 months of the sentence will overlap with the previous sentence.
          Ukraine suspends flights of two Boeing 737 models      Cache   Translate Page      
Ukraine has suspended all flights by Boeing's 737-8 and 737-9 MAX aircraft following Sunday's deadly plane crash in Ethiopia, Ukraine's aviation authority said on Wednesday.

          Ukraine suspends flights of two Boeing 737 models      Cache   Translate Page      
Ukraine has suspended all flights by Boeing's 737-8 and 737-9 MAX aircraft following Sunday's deadly plane crash in Ethiopia, Ukraine's aviation authority said on Wednesday.

          Сплетни, слухи, скандалы :: RE: Украина и Россия...      Cache   Translate Page      
Автор: tefanga
: Ср, 13 Мар, 2019 13:31 (GMT 2)

А кто что думает о недавних расследованиях про разворовывание укроборонпрома? Лично я был в шоке. Не, конечно итак понятно что воровали, но когда приводят уже реальные доказательства это конечно.. ужас. Вот я кстати не так давно помню наткнулся на статью вот эту вот этот Антон Яценко вообще не мало чего сделал за последнее время. Пока некоторые воровали у армии он помогал реально атошникам. В Умани он тоже много чего делает, к примеру открыл комплекс фонтанов и занимается реконструкцией парка Софиевка. Который теперь кстати бесплатный для жителей Умани. Советую ознакомиться в общем. Всё таки, не всё потеряно у нас, побольше бы таких людей в политике

          Judge Sentences Manafort to 43 More Months in Prison      Cache   Translate Page      
Earlier, Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, was sentenced to 47 months in prison in the US state of Virginia for bank and tax fraud in connection with his work in Ukraine.
          Saakashvili Claims Poroshenko Planned to Swap Crimea for NATO Membership      Cache   Translate Page      
KIEV (Sputnik) - Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who also used to serve as governor of Ukraine's Odessa Region, claimed on Tuesday that incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had allegedly informed the Georgian politician back in 2014 of intention to "exchange" Crimea for NATO and EU membership.
          14. WASH Cluster Alert Bulletin. 01 July - 31 December 2018. Issue 14      Cache   Translate Page      

In the Bulletin you can find:

  1. Incident analysis for 2018: trend and developments 
  2. WASH Cluster partners' contribution to Ukraine Humanitarian Response 2018
  3. Other success in last year.
  4. Outstanding WASH issues

          Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine (16 November 2018 to 15 February 2019)      Cache   Translate Page      
          UNHCR Ukraine Legislative Update - January 2019 | Інформаційна довідка УВКБ ООН про законодавчі зміни та ініціативи - cічень 2019 [ENG/UA]      Cache   Translate Page      

          Bedingungen wie nirgendwo anders      Cache   Translate Page      
Prof. Peter Weibel kam in der Ukraine auf die Welt, wuchs in Österreich auf, studierte in Wien – und lernte schnell die Welt kennen. Seine Antwort auf die Frage, warum er es in Karlsruhe länger ausgehalten hat als an anderen Wirkungsstätten: Ein Loblied auf die Fächerstadt!
          Content posting or submission on travel portal      Cache   Translate Page      
I am looking for freelancers from Ukraine, poland, sweden, netherlands, england, germany, turkey, italy, finland, argentina, brazil, portugal, france and spain. The task is to submit a content on trip advisor... (Budget: $2 - $8 USD, Jobs: Content Writing, Translation, Travel Writing)
          Ukraine suspends flights of two Boeing 737 models      Cache   Translate Page      

Ukraine has suspended all flights by Boeing's 737-8 and 737-9 MAX aircraft following Sunday's deadly plane crash in Ethiopia, Ukraine's aviation authority said on Wednesday.

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          2019-03-15 - HOME GAMES (DOMASHNI IGRI) (LUXEMBOURG)      Cache   Translate Page      
Location: Ciné Utopia (Luxembourg, Centre / Zentrum, LUXEMBOURG)
Date: 2019-03-15
Time: 20:30 (Public)

A promising female footballer faces her biggest struggles off the field.
Twenty-year-old Alina is passionate about football, practising in worn-out kits that she's sewn back together herself. She plays for Kiev's only women's club in the premier league and hopes to join Ukraine's national team. But her duties at home prevent her from fully dedicating herself to sports: with her addict stepfather spending his child support money on alcohol and her mother never in any state to help, Alina has to shoulder the responsibility for her younger half-brother and half-sister. There's never any cash, and they all live together in a shabby, cramped apartment in Kiev. When the family is hit by a cruel stroke of fate, Alina is faced with the dilemma of choosing between football and her family's needs.
Home Games is a film about making one's dreams come true when the odds are stacked against you.
"I don't want to say too much about Home Games, I prefer to let people find out as they...

          Die Zeichen für Poroschenko stehen schlecht      Cache   Translate Page      
Mit großer Spannung werden am 31. März die Präsidentschaftswahlen in der Ukraine erwartet. Von ihnen hängt vieles ab, beispielsweise ob der Konflikt in der Ostukraine über eine internationale Friedensmission endlich gedämpft, der schwelende Gaskonflikt mit Moskau reduziert und die Ukraine ihre Reformbemühungen Richtung Demokratie und Marktwirtschaft zügig fortsetzen kann. Manch einer verbindet mit den Wahlen […]
          Kein Gastransit durch Ukraine in die Türkei ab 2020      Cache   Translate Page      
Die Türkisch-Stream-Gaspipeline durch Bulgarien, Serbien, Ungarn und die Slowakei soll ab 2020 in Betrieb gehen. „Gazprom wird den Transit von russischem Gas durch die Ukraine über den Transbalkan-Korridor ab Januar 2020 stoppen. Dies wird in einem offiziellen Schreiben von Gazprom Export an die bulgarischen Behörden mitgeteilt, sagte die bulgarische Energieministerin Temenuzhka Petkova. Sie fügte hinzu, […]
          Manafort hit with new charges moments after 7.5-year prison term imposed      Cache   Translate Page      
From a wheelchair, Paul Manafort apologised to a judge as he faced sentencing for conspiracy to defraud the United States by illegally lobbying in Ukraine.
          World Teams 6-7: The moment of truth      Cache   Translate Page      
The Chinese women’s team take a 3-point lead into the final two rounds of the World Team Championship after Ukraine held Russia to a 2:2 draw in Round 7 in Astana. The battle in the open tournament is much closer, with Russia just a point ahead of England after Vladislav Artemiev gave them a narrow victory over the USA. India, who play Russia in the final round, are two points back, while China have failed to close the 4-point gap that opened up after their disastrous start.
          Russia Set to Gain Ground in Ukrainian Elections      Cache   Translate Page      

U.S. and NATO partner Ukraine is entering a critical election cycle as it attempts to defend against Russian aggression. Read an assessment of the candidates in Ukraine's March 31, 2019 presidential election and their alignment with Russian objectives.

          The World Has Never Been Closer to World War III – Dave Hodges – The Common Sense Show      Cache   Translate Page      
In anticipation of a US attack on Venezuela, the Russians have moved a sizeable number of submarines 12 miles off both the East and West coast of the United States. NATO has moved nuclear missiles batteries close to the Ukraine. Yesterday, Russian ally, Syria, military threatened Israel. Why would  a military inferior force such as […]
          Boeing 737 Max: Auch Kanada und die Ukraine sperren Unglücksflieger aus      Cache   Translate Page      
Weiterer Rückschlag für Boeing: Nach zahlreichen europäischen und asiatischen Ländern haben nun zwei weitere Länder ein Flugverbot für Maschinen der 737-Max-Reihe verfügt.
          Ukraine fürchtet Sieg von Štefan Harabin | Ukrayinska Pravda - Ukraine      Cache   Translate Page      
          Lloyd Axworthy to lead Canada's election observation mission to Ukraine      Cache   Translate Page      
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Former foreign affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy will lead Canada’s election observation mission to Ukraine as concerns mount that Russia may interfere in the country’s democratic process, CBC News has learned.

           UIA has summarized operation performance for January and February of 2019       Cache   Translate Page      
In the first two months of 2019, Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) carried more than one million passengers and increased traffic by 9% over the corresponding period of 2018.Within the reported timeframe, UIA operated 8 930 flights, which corresponds to the figures of 2018.At the same time, the load factor has also increased by 1% up to 74%.The punctuality rate of UIA flights in February of this year has reached 85% compared to 77% in February of 2018.UIA mail and cargo traffic reached 2,800 tons and increased by 2% compared to the same period of the last year. 

Source: Transportweekly
          OLG Frankfurt a.M. zur Leihmutterschaft: Genetische Mutter darf Kind adoptieren      Cache   Translate Page      

Eine Frau darf ihr durch eine Leihmutter in der Ukraine ausgetragenes Kind nun doch adoptieren. Die Vermittlung sei nicht gesetzeswidrig und ein entsprechendes Verbot damit aber verfassungswidrig, entschied das OLG Frankfurt a.M. Den vollständigen Artikel lesen Sie hier:

Der Beitrag OLG Frankfurt a.M. zur Leihmutterschaft: Genetische Mutter darf Kind adoptieren erschien zuerst auf Soldan #insights.

          Commentaires sur 737 MAX : Boeing rappelle la procédure en cas de bug par anemometrix      Cache   Translate Page      
@ Raphaël Delion : En 1940 Airbus n'existait pas. Il faut comparer à types d'avions et technologies comparables. Par ex , pour plus de 1000 B777 vendus, 2 crash, 1 abattu par un missile en Ukraine, 1 bêtement crashé par une faute majeure des pilote à San Francisco, et 1 disparu (MH370) Combien de 330/340 crashés ? (ne pas oublier celui crashé à Blagnac par un équipage d'essais en vol) Il vaut mieux s'attarder à corriger ce qui peut l'être dans le sens de la sécurité des vols.
          Reuters: Comedian Zelenskiy extends Ukraine presidential poll lead      Cache   Translate Page      

Comic actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy has extended his lead in Ukraine’s presidential election race, according to an opinion poll published on March 13. Read more here.

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          Daily Digest: Top news of Wednesday, March 13      Cache   Translate Page      

Now is the best time to get a subscription to the Kyiv Post. We are offering a 24% discount in celebration of our 24th year in business!  Highlights from the Kyiv Post print edition Find all the stories in our March 7 print edition here. Latest news: Serhiy Savchuk, for the past five years the head […]

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          UNIAN: Russians trying to squeeze Ukrainian defense companies out of Kazakhstan, Indonesia      Cache   Translate Page      

The most predictable risk of the recent scandal around Ukroboronprom is the complication of Ukraine’s military-technical cooperation with a number of foreign partners with simultaneous strengthening in these areas of the Russian Federation. Mainly, it is the countries that have a long history of relations with Moscow, an advisor to Ukroboronprom CEO, Andriy Masalsky, writes. […]

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          RFE/RL: Poroshenko camp in damage-control mode as Ukrainian election nears      Cache   Translate Page      

Ukraine’s presidential election is less than three weeks away and instead of focusing solely on campaigning, incumbent Petro Poroshenko and his camp are scrambling to put out numerous fires and fend off protesters at campaign rallies. Read more here.

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          UNIAN: Serbian church doesn’t recognize new Orthodox Church of Ukraine      Cache   Translate Page      

The Serbian Orthodox Church has refused to recognize the newly created Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) as canonical and calls it “an artificial confederation of schismatic structures.” Read more here.

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          New York Times: Paul Manafort is sentenced to 3.5 more years in prison      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman who was sentenced last week to nearly four years in prison, was ordered on Wednesday to serve an additional three and a half years for conspiracy, closing out the special counsel’s highest-profile prosecution. Read the story here 

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          Washington Post: Paul Manafort is sentenced to 90 months in prison for conspiracy and fraud      Cache   Translate Page      

Paul Manafort received a sentence totaling 90 months in prison after being ordered by a federal judge in Washington, D.C. to serve 43 months on top of the 47-month sentence the former Trump campaign chairman was given in Alexandria federal court last week. Judge Amy Berman Jackson pushed back on defense attorneys’ repeated assertions that […]

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          Conceptual Photography from Oleg Oprisco' Fine Art Portfolio      Cache   Translate Page      
Conceptual Photography by oleg oprisco, oleg oprisco fine art photography, surreal photography by oleg oprisco

Conceptual Photography and old Kiev 6C or Kiev 88 Cam !

 Oleg oprisco is an Ukraine photographer, his portfolio based on conceptual photography and fine art photography, but this one inspired me by his conceptual female portraits and the amazing colors covering the whole frame and telling a story in just one photograph & guess what ? these Conceptual portraits taken by an old Kiev 6C cam that costs only 50$ ! that's Enough let's find out some awesomeness .
          Ukraine needs political support, not war      Cache   Translate Page      
The United States and its closest European allies need to come up with a Ukrainian version of a Marshall Plan
          Embazzlement in Ukraine's army: SAP Senior Prosecutor suspended      Cache   Translate Page      
SAP Head claimed readiness to cooperate with the State Investigation Bureau
          Russia does not treat Ukraine as typical post-Soviet state anymore      Cache   Translate Page      
American and Ukrainian historian Serhii Plokhii on Russia-Ukraine relations, Tomos, and Belarus after Lukashenko
          Russian Security Service blocks supplies of defence details to Ukraine      Cache   Translate Page      
According to Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko there are no alternative ways to deliver these goods
          European Parliament recommends to appoint EU Special Representative to Ukraine      Cache   Translate Page      
EU Special Representative to Ukraine will deal with Crimea and Donbas issues
          Удивительные для иностранца особенности Тбилиси      Cache   Translate Page      

На борту самолета отовсюду слышны увлекательные разговоры за жизнь — признак того, что пунктом назначения является Кавказ.

В Грузию я прилетел после захода солнца. За пол лари (0,16 евро или 12 рублей) я на автобусе, оборудованным USB-розетками, добрался из аэропорта в центр Тбилиси. На пути в гостиницу я обратил внимание на забавные цветные сосульки, весящие как гирлянды на уличных прилавках. В гостинице на ресепшене молодой грузин обратился с необычной просьбой: отменить бронь, чтобы гостиница не платила комиссию онлайн-сервису. А еще позднее я поднялся к освещенному в ночи главному кафедральному собору города, откуда меня практически вышвырнули за то, что я зашел внутрь с камерой. Полноценное знакомство с древней столицей Грузии, воспетой великими поэтами и художниками, было запланировано на следующий день.

Что может удивить иностранца в Тбилиси? Как выглядят улицы крупнейшего города Грузии? Что продают на улицах столицы? Какой он гордый Тбилиси?

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Цминда Самеба — кафедральный собор Святой Троицы и главный грузинских храм. Его строительство было завершено в 2004 году. Лампы для освещения храма перегорают на глазах.

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Продукты в Тбилиси продаются на каждом углу.

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Продуктовый ларёк.

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Магазин молочных продуктов.

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Бабушки торгуют зеленью со своего огорода.

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Цветные сосульки — непременный атрибут любого рынка. Это Чурчхела — грузинский традиционный десерт.

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Традиционная чурчхела имеет ореховую основу (грецкие орехи, фундук или миндаль) и сладкую оболочку из виноградного сока, загущенного с помощью муки.

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В мини пекарнях продают вкусную недорогую выпечку.

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За пол лари можно попробовать пахлаву — сладкий десерт из слоеного теста с орехами в сиропе. За 1-2 лари можно купить лепёшку с мясом кубдари или лобиани — традиционные грузинские пироги с начинкой из варёной фасоли. А за 5-6 лари — съесть хачапури — закрытый пирожок с начинкой из сыра и яйца.

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Фруктовая лавка. Гранатовый фрэш можно купить за 2 лари.

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Apple store в Тбилиси? На самом деле это Дезертирский рынок (Дезертирка).

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Мешки с орехами.

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Одна из самых удивительных вещей для иностранца в Тбилиси: почему бабушки на улицах сидят рядом с весами?

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На стихийных рынках пользуются спросом бумажные носовые платки.

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Сувенирная лавка.

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Смешные грузинские магниты.

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"Антибиотик лечит людей, но счастливыми их может сделать только вино". Проблем с поиском домашнего вина в Тбилиси не будет. Оно продается везде.

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Кто покупает свежую рыбу на обочине оживленной дороги? Это самый центр города. На заднем плане: ультрасовременное здание концертного зала и культурного центра, расположенный в парке Рика и построенный в 2012 году. По каким-то причинам так и не был введен в эксплуатацию.

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Снова весы.

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Метро давно не ремонтировалось.

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Внутри темно и жутко.

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Аналогичная ситуация с подземными переходами.

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Переполненный вещевой рынок в переходе у главного железнодорожного вокзала Тбилиси — еще одна диковинка для европейца. Узкие проходы, все заполонено одеждой и продавцами. А что с пожарной безопасностью?

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Гелендваген без двигателя.

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Знак "Бомжам вход запрещен".

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Проспект Руставели — главная парадная улица страны.

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Очень рекомендую к прогулке.

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Улицы старого города.

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Здесь растут гранаты.

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Встречаются домашние и бездомные кошки.

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В Тбилиси много бродячих собак.

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Бездомная собака привита и безопасна — об этом свидетельствует пластиковая метка на ухе животного.

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В туристических местах, таких как крепость Нарикала, к туристам подбегают навязчивые цыгане.

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В старом городе с места на места перемещаются люди с животными. Можно сфотографироваться.

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Саакашвили на билбордах Тбилиси.

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Бюст Сталина в одном из ресторанов. Случайно или нет, но он смотрит в сторону туалета, спиной к гостям заведения.

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Необычный кран в ресторане.

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За пределами центра у ворот частных домов часто встречаются небольшие памятники. Для питьевой воды?

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Подавляющая часть грузинского общества религиозна. Люди посещают церковь, молятся, соблюдают традиции. Однако, очень необычно и поразительно было увидеть, как люди крестятся в автобусе, проезжая около храма.

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Колоритные жители Тбилиси.

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Башни Аксис тауэрс (Axis Towers).

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Еще фотографии Тбилиси.

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Путешествие «Вокруг света за 66 дней». Тбилиси, Грузия (День 4 — день 7)


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Еще немного и США можно будет назвать сырьевым придатком, сидящем на нефтегазовой игле, или Верхней Вольтой с ракетами.

Шутка, конечно, но все идет именно к тому, что одним из основных поставщиков нефтегазового сырья на мировой рынок очень скоро станут в недавнем прошлом его основные нетто-импортеры.

Вот новый прогноз от EIA:

«Нетто-импорт нефти и нефтепродуктов США упал со среднего показателя в 3,8 млн баррелей в сутки в 2017 году до 2,3 млн баррелей в сутки в 2018 году. Нетто-импорт продолжит снижаться до среднего уровня в 1 млн баррелей в сутки в 2019 году и перейдет в нетто-экспорт в 0,1 млн баррелей в 2020 году. В четвертом квартале 2020 года нетто-экспорт нефти и нефтепродуктов США достигнет примерно 0,9 млн баррелей в сутки.

США станут нетто-экспортерами нефти и нефтепродуктов в 2021 году. При этом уже к 2024 году США смогут войти в число крупнейших экспортеров нефти в мире, обогнав Россию и вплотную приблизившись к Саудовской Аравии. К 2021-му нетто-экспорт нефти США составит 0,8 млн баррелей в сутки. А к 2024-му Соединенные Штаты будут ежесуточно экспортировать 4,7 млн баррелей нефтепродуктов и почти 4 млн баррелей нефти».

Комментарий. Смотрю я на все это и не могу понять, а чего это американцы так бездумно расходуют свои нефть и газ. Ведь их можно было бы оставить про запас, до лучших времен.

Опять, шутка.

Я понимаю, зачем США это делают. Они на 100% правы в своих действиях. А вот что будут говорить те, кто до сих пор рассказывает сказки о «Верхней Вольте с ракетами» я даже не знаю.


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Летом, когда Владимир Гройсман анонсировал будущие "реформы" в ЖКХ, он говорил, что это не ударит по населению. Отопительный сезон прошел и стало ясно, что премьер-министр страны в очередной раз соврал. Долги населения за ЖКХ растут в геометрической прогрессии.

По итогам января 2019 года задолженность населения за услуги ЖКХ превысила 62 млрд грн. Впору запускать в Киеве на Майдане специальное электронное табло, которое будет показывать, сколько украинцы должны государственным либо коммунальным предприятиям за потребленный газ и тепло. Ну, или частным компаниям одной ФПГ – за электроэнергию. Получится почти аналог счетчика национального долга, который установлен в Манхэттене (Нью-Йорк) недалеко от Таймс-сквер и отображает изменяющуюся в реальном времени сумму задолженности  США. В 2008 году, когда размер долга превысил 10 трлн долл., счетчик "сломался" - закончилась разрядность. Учитывая темпы роста долгов населения по коммунальным платежам, в Украине "разрядность" изначально нужно установить с запасом.

Ведь еще в начале года мы говорили о катастрофическом росте коммунальных долгов до 55 млрд грн. Не прошло и месяца, как сумма выросла почти на 7 млрд грн.

Выражаясь словами "Свата" из известного фильма,

"- Докладываю: всё в порядке, Бобик сдох.

- Какой Бобик?

- Коммунальный".

Рост задолженности свыше 55 млрд грн открыл "ящик Пандоры" и вскрыл внутреннюю недееспособность применяемой тарифной системы. Почему? Узнаем немного позже.

А теперь самое время "на пальцах", с использованием слайд-шоу показать трагический жизненный путь "коммунального бобика". И поможет нам в этом известный юмористический курс философии "на пальцах".

Сенсуализм: "Если ударить по пальцам и будет больно, то они есть…" или "если долги за услуги ЖКХ растут, значит кто-то придумал идиотские тарифы".

Динамика задолженности населения за услуги ЖКХ подтверждает наличие нескольких устойчивых закономерностей: в период максимального роста начислений (декабрь - март), что вызвано спецификой отопительного сезона, происходит закономерный рост долгов физических лиц. Украинцы, которые не получают от государства субсидиарной поддержки, попросту откладывают уплату долгов за коммуналку "на потом". С середины весны и по начало осени (апрель – сентябрь) потребители коммунальных услуг постепенно отдают долги и на старт нового отопительного сезона выходят в ноль. Так должно быть в правильной ценовой модели коммунальной системы в масштабах страны. И так частично и было. Но в прошлом году ценовая модель на рынке коммунальных услуг окончательно превратилась во взбесившийся калькулятор: рост долгов в январе - марте 2018-го составил 10,7 млрд грн, а летнее погашение задолженности – 5,7 млрд грн, или чуть более 55%. Снежный ком задолженности начал активно формироваться.

Но в этом году ситуация с долгами из разряда арифметической прогрессии превратилась в геометрическую. Или в числовой ряд Фибоначчи, где каждое последующее число равно сумме двух предыдущих. Здесь кому что нравится. Правительство "зафибоначчило" любимому электорату такие тарифы, что сумма начислений за услуги ЖКХ в январе 2019-го составила 21 млрд грн, в то время аналогичный показатель в январе 2018-го равнялся 14,5 млрд грн. Рост финансовой нагрузки на население составил 45%! И это в два раза выше темпов увеличения цены на "социальный" газ. Конечно, нужно делать поправку на температурную карту, но в любом случае в текущем январе явно не наступил новый ледниковый период, чтобы объяснить такой рост цифр в платежках погодными условиями.

Сумма платежей населения при этом выросла до 15 млрд грн (годом ранее – почти 10 млрд грн), то есть фактическая оплата начислений увеличилась в полтора раза. Но даже при таком напряжении населения и субсидиарных статей государственного бюджета задолженность за первый месяц составила 5,9 млрд грн, увеличившись на 28% по сравнению с аналогичным периодом прошлого года (4,6 млрд грн).

Срабатывает главный принцип тарифной антиутопии, или "клетки, гуляющей в поисках птички": платим больше – больше и должны.

В нынешней ценовой парадигме рост задолженности в зимние месяцы может увеличиться до 20-25 млрд грн, а возможность населения летом погашать долги не превысит 6-8 млрд грн, то есть прирост уровня задолженности на начало следующего отопительного сезона составит примерно 15 млрд грн, увеличившись до 80 млрд грн. Ну а весной 2020 года имеем все шансы перейти отметку в 100 млрд грн. Именно столько могут составить долги населения по коммунальным платежам.

Стоицизм: "Пальцы неизбежны", или "Могут ли не расти долги населения при таких тарифах".

Уровень оплаты услуг ЖКХ в январе текущего года составил в среднем по стране 72%. Если посмотреть на данный показатель в зависимости от видов услуг, то самый низкий показатель оплат – это платежи за центральное отопление и горячую воду (62%), На втором месте в этом антирейтинге – платежи за газ (74,9%).

В абсолютных цифрах долги за отопление и горячую воду в январе 2019-го составили 3,2 млрд грн. По газу (население) – 2,6 млрд грн.

По регионам один из самых высоких уровней платежей зафиксирован в Винницкой области (более 93%), самый низкий – в Донецкой и Луганской (56 и 50% соответственно). Крайне низкие показатели оплаты в областях с крупными мегаполисами: в Запорожской (68%), Днепропетровской (65%), Одесской (69%), Харьковской (69%).

То есть модель с монопольно высокими тарифами и топорной системой субсидирования еще так-сяк работает в аграрных областях с небольшими городами, где есть возможность перейти на индивидуальные системы отопления, но абсолютно неприменима в городах миллионниках (Харьков, Днепр) и мегаполисах поменьше, таких как Одесса, Запорожье. Даже в Киеве уровень оплат коммунальных счетов составил в январе 73,7%, хотя показатель средних зарплат в столице в 1,2-1,5 раз выше, чем в регионах.

Индуизм: "Каждому пальцу - по карме!", или "Если есть вид коммунальных услуг, то будут и долги".

На данный момент 46%, или 29,1 млрд грн, это долги населения за газ и 20 млрд грн (32%) – за отопление и горячую воду. То есть 78% задолженности населения, или почти 50 млрд грн, составляют платежи, где газ украинской добычи является либо предметом купли-продажи, либо основным тарифообразующим элементом.

Таким образом, равно как искусственно завышенная цена на газ стала источником лавинообразного роста долгов населения за коммуналку, так и формирование справедливых тарифов на газ станет источником реструктуризации образовавшегося долгового клубка.

Субъективный идеализм: "Вот перестану думать о пальцах - и они исчезнут!", или "Почему долги не исчезают в результате реструктризации".

В масштабах всей страны население заключило 3,6 тыс. договоров на реструктуризацию суммы задолженности за услуги ЖКХ на общую сумму аж 22 млн грн. Сравним с 6 млрд грн новой задолженности за тепло, газ, воду и услуги по содержанию многоквартирных домов. Разрыв в 270 раз! В январе 2019-го по договорам реструктуризации было заплачено населением 15 млн грн "живых" денег.

Таким образом, потребитель полностью демотивирован не только платить текущие счета, но и погашать старые долги.

И выводы. Тарифная система поломалась в трех местах. Сумма задолженности в 62 млрд грн превысила размер субсидий, заложенных в государственном бюджете на текущий год (55 млрд грн), то есть точка невозврата уже пройдена. В ближайший год размер долгов населения вырастет в полтора раза и достигнет 100 млрд грн.

Способность потребителей услуг за счет летней передышки погашать зимние долги за тепло и газ уже исчерпана. Даже в контексте уровня тарифов прошлого года финансовый разрыв в части максимального потенциала населения по выплате текущих долгов сократился до 50%. Но проблема еще и в том, что тарифы продолжают расти. Как следствие, уровень платежей в январе нынешнего года хоть и вырос до 72% (с 68% годом ранее), но сама задолженность за коммуналку при этом возросла на 28%. То есть при нынешних тарифах для того, чтобы рост ежемесячной задолженности в абсолютных цифрах находился на уровне 2018-го, удельный вес фактических платежей населения должен возрасти до 80%, а это априори невозможно по причине несоответствия платежеспособного спроса уровню предлагаемых цен на коммунальные услуги.  

Система съела сама себя: если бы тарифы не увеличились, то фактических платежей, зафиксированных в январе 2019 года, хватило бы не только на оплату выставленных платежек, но и на погашение долгов в размере 0,6 млрд грн.

Это говорит о том, что проблему долгов за ЖКХ нельзя решить простым списанием. И ее не нужно усугублять дальнейшим ростом тарифов. Ее можно поступательно в течение 3-5 лет решить "антишоковой тарифной терапией" в виде замораживания тарифов на нынешнем уровне на пятилетний период и параллельным стимулированием роста доходов населения.

В таком случае через пять лет в Украине число субсидиантов могло бы сократиться до 10-15% домохозяйств, и способность к погашению старых долгов выросла бы с нынешних 50% до 120-130%, то есть население не только могло бы летом рассчитываться за зиму, но и погашать до 20-30% старых долгов. Осталось дело за малым: найти того, кто смог бы пройти между Сциллой и Харибдой "реформаторства" и "популизма".