Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his opinion regarding the controversial pension reform in Russia. Putin said that he did not like the idea.
"I do not like any of the options associated with the increase in the retirement age. And I assure you, there are few of those people in the government, if there are any at all, who like it," Putin said when meeting volunteers at a stadium in Kaliningrad.
Putin also stressed that the final decision on this issue has not been made yet.
The Central Scientific Research Institute of Mechanical Engineering and the United Space Rocket Corporation have been raided. The raids most likely happen due to the investigation of the possible leakage of data about Russia's new hypersonic weapons.
In the morning of February 20, the Federal Security Bureau searched the Central Research Institute of Mechanical Engineering (TsNIIMash, the head scientific organization of Roskosmos) in the town of Korolev, as well as the office of Dmitry Pyson, director of the Research and Analysis Center of the United Space Rocket Corporation (ORKK) in Moscow.
The raids took place within the framework of the criminal case filed under Art. 275 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation ("State Treason"). It is believed that employees of the Research Institute of Mechanical Engineering handed top secret information to Western special services. In July, the FSB conducted an inspection at Roskosmos (the Russian Federal Space Agency) in connection with reports of disclosure of information that constituted state secrets.
The International Olympic Committee is ready to take Russia back, the head of the organization Thomas Bach said.
"Russia was subjected to sanctions, the word "Russia" will not be in historical books about the 2018 Olympics .We are now ready to accept Russia back and support all the reforms that Russia has conducted and is conducting," Bach said at a press conference in Lausanne.
In December of 2017, the IOC Executive Committee decided to temporarily suspend the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC). Russian athletes were admitted to the Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea as "Olympic athletes from Russia." The Russians performed under the neutral Olympic flag. After the Winter Games, the membership of the Russian Olympic Committee at the International Olympic Committee was automatically restored.
During the recent Helsinki summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to hold a referendum in the Donbass. Trump asked not to voice this idea at the press conference after the summit so that he had some time to think about it.
Nevertheless, it was reported that Putin suggested holding a referendum on the status of Donbass. Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov refused to comment on the information. He only said that Putin and Trump discussed some "new ideas" during their meeting that the sides would have to "work through."
"They discussed this question. There were certain suggestions made on how to handle this issue," Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov said.
Anastasia Vashukevich, better known as Nastya Rybka, a national of Belarus, stated that she no longer had an intention to deliver the information about Russia's alleged interference in US elections to Washington.
Originally, Rybka agreed to exchange the secret information if the US authorities could give her asylum in the United States. Anastasia Rybka remains in custody in Thailand, where she was arrested in February on charges of provision of sexual services. Back in February, the woman stated that she had had an affair with Russia's entrepreneur Oleg Deripaska. She had allegedly made a few video and audio recordings of Deripaska's meetings with other anonymous people. During those meetings, Rybka said, Deripaska was discussing "Russia's role in US elections."
Afterwards, FBI tried to talk to Anastasia Rybka, but the authorities of Thailand did not let them meet the woman. Now it appears that Rybka has changed her mind on her intention to share her information with Washington.
Former commander of the Ukrainian Navy, Sergey Gaiduk, suggested the Ukrainian military should mine the Sea of Azov to avoid a potential attack from the Russian Federation.
Russian MP Dmitry Belik said that Russia would see such a move of Ukraine as an act of aggression. The MP also said that Sergey Gaiduk's remarks exposed him as an amateur in naval matters, because such an initiative would pose a threat to civilian settlements.
However, the Ukrainian official also suggested creating secret navigation paths for civilian vessels. "This is impossible as the vast majority of Ukrainian seamen have never dealt with underwater mines. They will forget where they put them," Mr. Belik said adding that such a suggestion was ridiculous in general. He also said that it was a call for aggression against international navigation in the region.
Moscow is trying to stop Balkan countries from entering NATO. Greece eventually took measures against Russia, even though Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had earlier said that Russia was Greece's strategic partner. What caused so much anger in Athens? The agreement signed on June 17 between Greece and Macedonia (official name - the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) to rename the country to Northern Macedonia sparked protests in both countries. The Macedonians are strongly opposed to a possibility for "Central Macedonia" - Greece that is - to annex their state some time in the future. The Greeks do not want to transfer the name and historical roots of their homeland to Macedonia. The Greek administration assumed that it was Russia that staged those protests. Athens concluded that Moscow was interfering into its affairs and decided to expel four Russian diplomats (two others were barred from entering Greece). Maria Zakharova, an official spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, stated soon afterwards that Russia would take adequate measures in response. In return, officials with the Greek Foreign Ministry urged Russia to stop treating Greece with disrespect. "Statements from the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry demonstrate typical disrespect for a third country, as well as lack of understanding of the modern world, in which states, regardless of their size, have their independence and can implement independent, democratic and many-sided foreign policies," a message from the Greek Foreign Ministry said. The phrase "independent policies" does not seem to hold water, as European elites propagate Western values and promote Western policies. The word "democratic" does not seem to fit here either, as democracy implies the fulfillment of the will of the people and strong connection between the power and the people. Seventy percent of the Greeks are opposed to the agreement with Macedonia. Greek officials are only right about "many-sided" foreign policies: sitting between the chairs has been common practice for many leaders of Eastern Europe and the Balkans for long now. They welcome the distribution of Victoria Nuland's bread among "protesters" and the investment of five billion dollars in the "democratization" of Ukraine. If Russia dares to do something like this, they start talking about "interference in internal affairs." Of course, this is their interpretation of events, but we have ours. Why should we pander to opinions of unrepresentative politicians if NATO is building the belt of chaos around Russia? Russia has the right to use all means of "soft" influence, including measures of support for religious and ethnic feelings of the population through non-governmental organizations. Intelligence services always come in handy as well. Greece expelled Russian diplomats after the publication of the statement from representatives of all monasteries of Mount Athos. They strongly condemned the initiative to rename Macedonia. The monks called on the Greek parliament to "respect the will of the Greek people and the historical truth." The brotherhood of Athos has a great influence on the Greeks, and Alexis Tsipras is a militant atheist. This is nonsense for the Greek society. Tsipras allowed gay marriage and canceled mandatory prayers at Greek schools.Greece has always, even during the Cold War, refrained from unfriendly steps against the USSR and Russia. The anti-Russian actions of the Greek administration look all the more strange because Tsipras came to Moscow a few years ago to ask Putin for help during the Greek debt crisis. Many in Russia still remember Tsipras talking about brotherly relations between the two Orthodox nations. What made him come against the will of his own people now? Did someone promise him to write off the Greek debt? Or was it a nice bank account and promises of comfortable retirement?As Georgy Engelgard, a researcher at the Institute of Slavic Studies, told Pravda.Ru that NATO's prime goal today is to do away with the non-bloc zone in the Balkans. "The expulsion of Russian diplomats from Greece shows how nervous the Greek authorities are about the protests. For almost 30 years, several governments have been raising their people in the fidelity of the state position on the Macedonian issue. A step away from this policy causes serious discontent. The Greek government decided that it would be best to roll over on Russia to reason the protesters," Georgy Engelgard said in an interview with Pravda.Ru.Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev announced a referendum on the new constitutional name of Macedonia. The referendum is to be held later this year. In January of 2019, the parliament is to approve to the Constitution of the country. The Greek parliament will have to ratify the treaty as well before it takes effect. Lyuba Lulko (Stepushova)Pravda.Ru
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The Big Brexit mistake
Brexit was delivered by half the population of the UK based upon lies on one of those Great British afternoons when the sun shines and the Pub becomes home
Just occasionally, the United Kingdom experiences something called a Great British Summer, which paradoxically does not necessarily need the presence of the Sun. Communities suddenly flock together as street parties spring up like mushrooms, people bring tupperwares full of pies and sandwiches, jellies, trifles and hot dogs, potato salads, bottles of fruit juice, beer and cider, biscuits, home-made cakes and buns which they spread out on tables erected under an oak tree.
The government of the Russian Federation is developing a package of sanctions against Ukraine. Russia is to impose restrictions on hundreds of Ukrainian individuals and legal entities, including businessmen and Kiev officials, whose assets in the Russian Federation will most likely be blocked, the Kommersant newspaper said. The sanctions are to come from the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Finance. By August 1, these departments are to submit proposals for imposing responsive restrictions on Ukrainian imported goods.Imposing sanctions on Ukrainian individuals and legal entities has been on Russia's agenda since 2014. The Russian government will take actions as a "mirror response" to similar decisions of the Ukrainian administration. To date, Ukraine has imposed sanctions on 1,748 individuals and 756 legal entities - not only Russian citizens and Russian companies, but also foreign physical and legal persons, whose actions Kiev considers illegal. It is worthy of note that Kiev imposed sanctions on European officials who visited the Crimea after March 2014.Yet, Russian citizens and structures make most of the Ukrainian black list. All of them are barred from entering the territory of Ukraine, and their Ukrainian assets (if any) are subject to confiscation.
Russian President Putin said that the problem of the military conflict in the east of Ukraine still exists. The crisis in the Donbass may aggravate further, Pain said at the meeting with Russian ambassadors and permanent representatives in foreign countries. The conflict in the southeast of Ukraine still continues because the Ukrainian government refuses to abode by its obligations, rejects a peaceful resolution of the conflict, and disregards its own people, the president said. According to Putin, Kiev disregards all agreements, shows absolute reluctance to negotiate and plans to solve all problems by force.Moscow continues to stick to its position as far as the crisis in the Donbass is concerned: the foundation for the settlement of the conflict in the east of Ukraine is the Minsk Accords that must be implemented. The armed conflict in Ukraine began in April 2014 in the territory of the self-proclaimed People's Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. The conflict continues to this day.
Russia's Defense Ministry has published a few videos showing the tests of state-of-the-art arms systems - Avangard, Sarmat, Kinzhal, Poseidon, Burevestnik and Peresvet.Putin presented the above-mentioned second-to-none systems during his address to the Federal Assembly on March 1, 2018. On Thursday, July 19, the Defense Ministry published a video of the launch of the Avangard missile. The one-minute-long video shows the installation of the missile on the launching pad and its actual takeoff. Afterwards, the animated part of the video shows the separation of the Avangard system from the booster and its further maneuvering towards the target. The development of the complex is complete; the serial production of the new system has been started as well.In a video about the Sarmat monster ICBM, the ministry included the footage of the missile being transported, installed and launched. The video also shows a few scenes from the production of components of the missile and its engines. The Russian military have finished the pop-up tests of the missile and get ready for flight tests. The Sarmat missile is to pass into service in 2020. The two-minute video of the Kinzhal missile shows the MiG-31 interceptor aircraft equipped with the new missile taking off from an air base and then launching the missile. MiG-31 airplanes armed with Kinzhal missiles already conduct air patrolling over the water area of the Caspian Sea.The video about the sea-based multipurpose system Poseidon starts with the footage of technical maintenance. The animated part of the video shows the launch of the Poseidon from the submarine. Then, the torpedo strikes coastal and surface targets, including an aircraft carrier. The system currently undergoes experimental tests. The video about the new cruise missile Burevestnik armed with a nuclear propulsion unit starts with the launch of the missiles and its flight tracking. The scene then changes to a huge workshop, in which one can see several containers with Burevestnik missiles. The new system is currently being prepared for flight tests. Russian military officials earlier said that the Burevestnik was invulnerable to all existing and prospective missile defense systems.The video about the Peresvet laser system lasts for less than one minute. It shows KamAZ vehicles leaving the garage and then traveling through a wooded area. One can then see the crew deploying the combat laser. The system has already been passed into service.
All the new videos are available on the official Facebook page of the Russian Defense Ministry.
Belgrade has come very close to recognizing the independence of the province of Kosovo and Metohija. The European press has written a lot on the subject prior to the meeting between Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo leader Hashim Thaci in Brussels on July 18. What prevented the signing of the fateful document?European officials assured that everything was ready for signing the agreement on the comprehensive normalization of relations. This is one of the main conditions for Serbia's admission to the EU, which was the main pre-election promise of Aleksandar Vucic. On the eve of the "fateful meeting," he visited Paris, where he received approval for the negotiations from Emmanuel Macron. Why Paris, but not Brussels or Berlin? Perhaps, these two centers of European influence lose their role of "Washington's poodle."In turn, Hashim Thaci had a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on July 9. The two officials met in Ankara, Turkey, during the inauguration ceremony of Turkish President Recep Erdogan. Thaci asked Medvedev about mediation at the talks with Serbia. Nevertheless, the news about the failure of the talks came on Wednesday, July 19. Vucic and Thaci failed to find a compromise. According to B92 website, Thaci's meeting with his Serbian counterpart was "the most complicated one in the last six years." The Kosovo leader still sees light at the end of the tunnel, but it will be "extremely difficult" to come close to it to see it better, "Serbia still considers Kosovo as part of its territory. Both Serbia and Montenegro should understand that Kosovo is a sovereign state. We will work to reach the final agreement that will be good for both countries, but there will be more difficulties in the coming days and months," concluded Thaci.In his brief statement to the press, Aleksandar Vucic said that the talks were not easy. "We agreed on two things. First - to continue the talks and try to find a common denominator for a common solution. Secondly, we agreed to preserve peace and stability in relations between Belgrade and Pristina," Vucic said, B92 reports. When asked whether Belgrade could accept Kosovo's independence, the Serbian president said: "I discuss this every day - whether we are going to reach a compromise, and what kind of a compromise it will be. The only compromise solution offered by all Kosovo political forces, especially Hashim Thaci and all the rest, is the recognition of the independent state of Kosovo, which does not work." Thus, the recognition of Kosovo by Serbia and the subsequent accession of these territories to the EU is postponed, although the Kosovars had hoped that Paris would put good pressure on Belgrade with Washington's help, at least to remove obstacles for the province on the way to international organizations. One could hold a referendum afterwards. Serbia de facto recognized Kosovo a long time ago. All Serbian state institutions in Kosovska Mitrovica were liquidated, the local police became part of the Kosovo police. The parties even agreed on the demarcation of the border, which they only call differently. Why was it hard for Vucic to take the decision through the parliament, where his party has a majority? Perhaps, he failed to do it because of the opposition, which Serbia refers to as "pocket" opposition. "Vucic wants to present his betrayal as patriotism, to make everyone believe that it was him who concluded an agreement and found a compromise with the Albanians to ensure peace and future for our children. In fact, however, he had abandoned Kosovo on Serbia's way to the EU," Bosko Obradovic, the leader of the "Doors" party said. The second reason behind the failure in the talks could be as follows: Macron must have said something to Vucic, whereas Medvedev must have said something to Thaci. Probably, the matter is about global shifts in the policy of Russia and Europe in connection with the "perestroika" in the United States.One thing will remain unchanged: both Russia and Serbia will always be the "bad guys" for the West. After the Serbs recognize Pristina, they will be forced to give away Bujanovac and Presevo - "historically Albanian territories." Their Orthodox churches and monasteries will be closed, and many other pretexts will be found not to welcome them to the EU. A report from the British Foreign Affairs Committee published for the NATO summit in London said that it would take Serbia 50-60 years to prepare for EU membership. In addition to the "chronic economic stagnation," Serbia has many other obstacles, such as constant bilateral disputes and ethnic conflicts, the report said. Slobodan Nikolic, chairman of the Russian Party of Serbia, told Pravda.Ru that Vucic has been in power since 2012. "He has long agreed with the West to recognize Kosovo. He wants to hold a referendum in 2019 to change the status of the province in order to be given a free hand for his actions. Vucic has a lot of power among MPs, and all structures connected with the business sector and politics support him. We are a country that virtually remains under occupation. We signed an agreement enabling NATO troops pass through Serbia freely. The quantity of joint activities that we have with NATO outnumbers those with Russia three or four times," Slobodan Nikolic said in an interview with Pravda.Ru.In 2008, the province of Kosovo and Metohija, by EU's behest, unilaterally proclaimed independence from Belgrade.The reason for the violation of the inviolability of European borders after WWII is the bloody war that can no longer continue. In Europe, they prefer not to recollect the fact that it was NATO that started that war and destroyed the sovereign state of Yugoslavia. Today, most countries of the world recognize the sovereignty of the region. However, Serbia, Russia, China, India, Spain, Greece, Slovakia, Cyprus, Romania and several other countries do not recognize it a sovereign territory. Kosovo is currently home to about 100,000 Serbs, who mainly reside in the north of the province, in Kosovska Mitrovica.Lyuba Lulko (Stepushova)Pravda.Ru Read article in Russian
The face of USA's First Lady Melania Trump after her handshake with Russian President Putin has received a lot of attention in social media. Many paid attention to a video made during the Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki, where Putin was greeting Donald Trump's wife. Everything was happening within the scope of diplomatic etiquette as Melania Trump and Vladimir Putin were shaking hands: a couple of phrases, a smile from Melania. However, everything ended abruptly, as soon as Putin stepped away from Mrs. Trump.At this point, Melania's facial expression changed dramatically, prompting many to wonder what her face was expressing - fear, fright, frustration or something else. Social networkers assumed that Melania Trump was fearful of either the moment or the Russian president himself. Others believe that Melanaa got very excited.
President Putin signed a decree to abolish the closed town of Shihany in the Saratov region of Russia from January 1, 2019. According to unconfirmed information that appeared in Western publications, it was at the local military research base in Shihany, where Novichok nerve agent was first produced.The history of the town of Shihany started in 1928. In 1961, a town-forming enterprise was built on the territory of the town - the State Institute of Organic Synthesis Technology. Delegations of foreign citizens from the countries of the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons had visited the town several times. In accordance with the decree, the Russian government and the authorities of the Saratov region shall take all necessary measures to liquidate the town of Shihany. The region will also receive interbudgetary transfers of 33.2 million rubles in 2019 and 30.5 million rubles in 2020 to ensure the budget balance. Shihany, also known as Volsk-17 and Volsk-18, is home to about 5,500 people. The town received the status of a Closed Administrative Territorial Unit on 30 June 1997, when then President Boris Yeltsin signed a relevant decree to ensure safe operation of the State Institute of Organic Synthesis Technology. The institute used to be considered the most important chemical weapons development center in the USSR.The special status provided for strict restrictions to enter the town, imposed certain rules for residence and excluded flights above its territory. The British authorities claimed that former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with Novichok nerve agent. The notorious poisoning incident took place in Salisbury on March 11, 2018. London accused the Russian authorities of organizing a chemical attack on the UK. Meanwhile, the head of the Saratov branch of Shihany Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology, Andrei Karasev, said that the institute has not been producing anything since 2005. There is a new enterprise operating in the town under the Convention on the Destruction of Chemical Weapons, the official added.
The range of Russia's new hypersonic aerial missile Kinzhal (translates as "Dagger") is 1,500 kilometers. Thus, Kinzhal's range exceeds that of its ground-based prototype - Iskander missile - three times. Such a difference became possible owing to peculiarities of the trajectory and restrictions that ground weapons have to comply with. Kinzhal missiles will be outfitted on MiG-31K fighters, a representative of the Russian defense industry told RIA Novosti. The source said that the distance for long-range Tu-22M3 bombers will remain the same.According to experts, such a tangible difference was made possible, because the new missile does not waste its energy to overcome gravity as it happens when the missile is launched from the ground. In addition, the aerial missile receives initial acceleration on a carrier airplane.In addition, the contract on medium and short-range missiles prohibits the development of ground-based weapons with such a range of destruction.It is worth mentioning that the new Kinzhal missile can develop the speed of up to Mach 10. The missile can be controlled throughout the flight without getting into air defense zones. The missile was designed to strike cruisers and aircraft carriers.
Russia has left the list of 33 largest holders of US government bonds, after the country disposed of at least a third of remaining bonds, a message from the US Treasury said. The last position on the list of 33 largest holders of US government bonds is taken by Chile - $30 billion (as of May). Representatives of the US Treasury clarified that Russia's investment in the US government debt fell to an eleven-year low of $14.9 billion, having decreased three times only from April till May. Russia started investing in US government bonds in 2007. In April of 2018, Russia sold US Treasury securities worth $47.5 billion, keeping $48.7 billion in government bonds. Russia then moved from the 16th position of the rating of holders of US government bonds to the 22nd place.Elvira Nabiullina, the head of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, said commenting on Russia's decision to do away with US securities, that Russia's share of gold had had a tenfold increase in over ten years. "We are diversifying the entire structure of currencies ... We are pursuing a policy so that they are safely stored and diversified, and we assess all the risks: financial, economic and geopolitical ones," she said. Russian Senator Alexei Pushkov said that Russia's move to dispose of a half of US securities was a step to reduce the country's financial dependence on the United States. "Russia is reducing financial dependence on the US: in April, we cut investment in US government securities by 47.5 billion, which is almost 50 percent. This is a consistent decision," the Russian senator tweeted. Natalia Orlova, chief economist at Alfa Bank, said that the Bank of Russia could reduce investment in US treasury securities, because the further dynamics of the US dollar in the conditions of trade wars was causing concerns.Meanwhile, Russia continues to rid of US debt securities and replenish gold reserves. In May, the Russian Central Bank purchased 600,000 ounces of gold. Russia is not the only country to conduct such operations: India, Turkey, Mexico, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Mongolia and China started purchasing gold more actively, Pravda.Ru reported earlier."Russia has been buying up gold on the basis of two factors. First off, the Russian Central Bank protects itself against the possible seizure of Russia's gold and foreign currency reserves abroad. Sanctions become tougher, and everything may eventually develop on the basis of the Iranian scenario, when Teheran's reserves invested in treasury bonds were arrested. When you buy gold, you keep it on Neglinnaya Street, and you do not have any headache about it. Secondly, Russia buys gold as a measure to support the gold mining industry," Alexei Vyazovsky, the vice-president of the Gold Mint told Pravda.Ru.
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Russia buys tons of gold in response to Western sanctions
Russia's Ambassador to the USA, Anatoly Antonov, summed up the results of the recent Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki, Finland. According to him, there were no secret agreements made between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. Mr. Antonov believes that it will be extremely difficult to ensure the implementation of the agreements that the presidents of the two superpowers reached in Finland. Both mass media and the US government will take every effort to stop that from happening, the Russian Ambassador to the USA said. The West has been criticizing Donald Trump a lot lately after his meeting with Russian President Putin. Former CIA Director John Brennan stated that the recent actions of the American president in Helsinki constituted a serious crime. Senator John McCain said that the summit in Helsinki was a mistake, and Donald Trump thus disgraced himself before the whole world. Former California Governor and world-famous actor Arnold Schwarzenegger called Donald Trump a "wet noodle" and a "fan boy" who wanted to take a selfie with Putin.
The Dark side of the Moon and the western political circus
Cloud cuckoo land, or the silly season Summer months of madness? Take a look at the logic-defying lunacy coming out of western political circles and wow...
They say that if one were to enter a time machine and set the date for the month of July in Medieval times, say the tenth century to the fourteenth century anywhere in Europe (not North America because the indigenous peoples were more civilized), one would have encountered bedlam, lunacy, pandemonium. People would be walking around the villages giggling, laughing, crying, shouting, screaming, their arms flailing in the air against some invisible air-bourne assailant, others writhing around on the ground gurgling gobbledegook.
Russia has 779 operationally deployed and non-deployed launchers of intercontinental ballistic missiles and ballistic missiles on submarines and heavy bombers. The United States has 800.According to the US State Department, the United States and Russia abide by their obligations under the treaty on the reduction and limitation of strategic offensive arms (START). On Tuesday, the State Department published a document proving the reduction of US and Russian nuclear arsenals in accordance with the agreement that came into force on February 5, 2011.The document says that Russia has 527 operationally deployed carriers of nuclear weapons - intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), heavy bombers, submarine-based ballistic missiles (SLBMs), and 1,444 warheads on them. The United States has 652 carriers and 1,350 warheads.The provided data reflect the statistics that the parties to the treaty had provided by February 5, 2018. The United States has 400 operationally deployed Minuteman III mine-based ICBMs. Another 278 missiles are in reserve. The US also has 454 deployed and non-deployed launchers.The US Navy has 203 Trident II SLBMs on board strategic nuclear submarines (another 231 such missiles - in reserve). The US Navy has 280 deployed and non-deployed launchers.The Pentagon also listed 49 heavy bombers as deployed carriers - 13 B-2 and 36 B-52. Another seven B-2s and ten B-52s are in reserve.The START Treaty was signed on April 8, 2010. In accordance with the agreement, the arsenal of each party should be limited to 1,550 nuclear warheads, as well as 700 ICBMs, heavy bombers and SLBMs by February 2018. The treaty obliges to exchange information on the number of warheads and carriers twice a year.The text of the document indicates that the START Treaty remains in effect until February 5, 2021, unless it is replaced before this date with a subsequent agreement about the reduction and limitation of strategic offensive arms. It can be extended for not more than five years (until 2026) by mutual consent of the parties.
When the 2018 FIFA World Cup ended in Russia on July 15, First Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Anton Siluanov stated that the government was not going to abandon the idea of the pension reform.Siluanov said that the Russian pension system would not be able to function properly unless the retirement age was raised by 2030. According to the vice-premier, it takes two working people today to financially maintain one pensioner in Russia. On average, Russian citizens work for about 30 years, while their employers transfer to the Pension Fund 22% of the wage fund. At the same time, Siluanov added, Russian pensioners live for about 22 years after they retire.Therefore, the official concluded, the pension reform will make it possible to give Russian citizens a decent pension by 2030 and balance the ratio between the working population and pensioners.It is worthy of note that the Russian federal media keep silent about the unpopular pension reform and do not cover mass rallies in many Russian cities, where people come to express their protest against the initiative of the Russian government to raise the retirement age. On June 14, the Russian government approved the final version of the draft law on the gradual increase of the retirement age starting from 2019. Thus, the retirement age for men will be 65 years by 2028, and 63 years for women by 2034. Presently, the retirement age in Russia is 55 years for women and 60 for men.
Ksenia Metsger, the finalist of Missis World Russia 2016 beauty pageant, was brutally killed in Magnitogorsk, Russia. Until recently, the woman was living in the USA, but she came home to Russia to visit her relatives and sell her car. The crime was committed on July 16. The suspect was arrested - he already pleaded guilty. The 29-year-old woman disappeared in the evening of July 16, when she went to show her Skoda Oktavia car to a potential buyer. According to her mother, her daughter agreed to meet with the buyer near a car service station on Sovetskaya street. There is a police station near, so the woman was not apprehensive at all about the meeting. Ksenia left home at about 8:00 p.m. but stopped answering phone calls an hour later. The prime suspect, the buyer, was arrested on July 17. It turned out that the man did not even have the money to buy the car. At first, the man was saying that Ksenia sold him the car, took the money, called a taxi and left on a white Nissan. However, he later admitted that he killed the girl by hitting her with a hammer. Afterwards, the criminal wrapped the body in polyethylene, took it out of the city and hid the body in a neighboring district, in a forest area. The perpetrator was identified as Alexander Magilentsev. According to investigators, the 24-year-old man killed the woman with an intention to take possession of her vehicle. Ksenia Metzger (nee Tulenkova) entered the finals of Missis World Russia beauty contest in 2016. Three years ago, the model got married and moved to the USA two years later.
As many as four million people who visited Moscow during the 2018 World Cup, have spent more than 96.5 billion rubles in the Russian capital. Additional revenues of the Moscow budget from the World Cup amounted to 13.2 billion rubles, TASS reports.Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said that the spending of the city for the tournament were returning swiftly. "As for the costs of sports infrastructure, we did not take special efforts to prepare the city for the World Cup. The only exception was Luzhniki stadium that have to be reconstructed to fit FIFA standards. It costs 25 billion rubles, but even those costs paid off halfway in a month," the mayor said.In Kazan, football fans spent 11.2 billion rubles, which is six times more than was reported for the same period of 2017. On average, every tourist spent about 37,000 rubles in Kazan, including food, accommodation and various purchases. In Nizhny Novgorod, local businesses received an additional income of 10 billion rubles. According to US-based consulting agency McKinsey, Russia's net earnings from the World Cup will make up 184 billion rubles. At the same time, preparations for the tournament cost Russia 883 billion rubles.
The Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki was held under the protection of the Northern Fleet of Russia."The forces of the Northern Fleet that arrived at the naval parade in St. Petersburg were not secured in roadstead. Instead, the ships were left in anchorage near the territorial waters of Finland. The parade with the participation of Russian nuclear submarines and missile cruisers will be held after the summit," Captain Vrungel Telegram channel said prior to the meeting in Helsinki. "Russian warships were anchored off the coast of Finland," many people wrote on social media as they were watching the ships with the help of special services."The Americans say that it's best to negotiate when you have an aircraft carrier in the roadstead." Donald Trump made it happen in real life, when he held talks with DPRK leader Kim Jong-un. Well, Putin had his own "aircraft carrier in the roadstead," another source said, specifying the vessels as a heavy nuclear missile cruiser and a missile cruiser.It is worthy of note that Russia's Varyag cruiser and large anti-submarine ship Marshal Shaposhnikov "took part" in the G20 summit in Brisbane, when then Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott promised to shirtfront Putin and shake his (Russian) soul out of him. Instead, however, Abbott let Putin hold a koala bear. "In fact, this is normal and well established practice. Indeed, when Putin was at the G20 [in Australia], a group of Russian warships appeared in the Pacific," a high-ranking source at the Russian General Staff told Pravda.Ru. "Mark Binskin, a RAF Marshal, reassured everyone back then that the Russian ships were staying in international waters, which was permissible," the source added. Russian warships also accompanied officials during the OPEC summit in Singapore in 2009. Representatives of the Northern Fleet told Pravda.Ru that they do not report anything to journalists about training and combat missions.
There are enormous deposits of diamonds deep underneath the Earth's surface. Man is unlikely to ever reach them, but they can help us have a better understanding of how the planet is made.In order to understand the structure of the planet underneath its surface, scientists use sound waves. Unlike light, sound passes through rock, which gives scientists an opportunity to learn a lot about the insides of our planet.Usually, scientists analyse the sounds that come from earthquakes or volcanic explosions to find out what materials lie under the ground. Scientists used this method to study a strange anomaly that occurs when seismic waves pass through the structures called cratonic roots. These are very ancient structures that represent very dense rock formations, reminiscent to mountains turned upside down. These rocks rest hundreds of kilometres under tectonic plates.Because of their density, sound waves pass through cratonic roots much faster than they do through most other rocks. Over the past few decades, it has become clear that sound waves move at a faster rate than simulations had showed. A group of scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology analysed this oddity and suggested that it was a certain material inside cratonic roots that made sound waves pass through them faster. US scientists used computer modelling to see how sound waves pass through cratonic roots of different types of rock. Only one simulation coincided with the results that the scientists obtained. A faster speed of sound waves could thus be achieved only if cratonic roots consisted not only of rock, but also of diamonds, the content of which should be at least one or two percent.Cratonic roots constitute a significant part of the Earth's lithosphere. Even if two percent of those deposits consist of diamonds, it means that there are quadrillion tons of precious rocks buried about 200 kilometres underneath the Earth's surface.
Capitol Hill is a hotbed ofpolitical scheemers crawling over each other to gain power and position at the expense of whatever, be it lies or anything else
The knives are out for Donald Trump on Capitol Hill, Washington as they will be in London and Paris, the capital cities of the FUKUS Axis (France-UK-US) which ably delivered us Iraq, Libya - the country with the highest Human Development Index in Africa now divided and crawling with terrorists - and a copy-paste in Syria. Sterling policies with sterling results, the responsibility of a collection of Anglo-Irish fuddy-duddies who have one single goal - feathering their own nests and consolidating their own positions at the expense of the people they are supposed to represent.
Pry behind the scenes of Capitol Hill and what does one find? A bunch of professional politicians, some of whom are serious and earnest to deliver public service but the jeers behind my back as I face the keyboard already show what the People think: collectively they are a bunch of self-seeking good-for-nothings who would sell their own grandmother or pimp their own daughters if they thought it would bring them personal gain.
Russia "is forced to react to everything that is happening around" the country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said commenting on recent reports about Georgia's and Ukraine's possible accession to NATO. Moscow would have an "extremely negative" reaction to the continued expansion of the Alliance towards the borders of the Russian Federation. This is a threat to the security of the state, Putin said in an interview with Fox News.When the USSR left the German territory, it was promised that NATO would not move to the east beyond German borders. However, NATO troops had subsequently appeared in many countries afterwards, Putin said. "It happened despite our fundamental objections, they did not care about our objections," the Russian president said. Putin also said that NATO increased its military personnel by 10,000 people in the areas where NATO troops should not even be in accordance with key documents that build dialogue between Russia and NATO. "This, of course, is a destabilising factor, and we should take it into account in our relations," the Russian president said.
Russia will continue cooperating with the international Joint Investigative Team (JIT), which investigates the crash of the Malaysian passenger Boeing aircraft (Flight MH17) in 2014 over the Donbass. Russia is ready to present its counterarguments to the results of the investigation. First deputy Russian Ambassador to the United Nations, Dmitry Polyansky, said in an interview with TASS that Russia wants the investigation to be conducted fully. "We advocate full investigation, as it is stipulated by the adequate resolution. Of course, I think we will submit our counter-arguments, although, for the time being, the official data of the JIT investigations have not been published yet - there were only preliminary results," he said.At the same time, Polyansky added that Moscow does not recognise the results of the investigation that the JIT has conducted so far. Russia, he said, urges the Dutch side to join efforts with Russia. "We are frustrated about the general opinion of Russia being guilty of that, but this is not the case. We are not trying to evade either responsibility or investigation," the official said. Polyansky noted that Russian representatives had no obligation to cooperate with the JIT. Yet, Russia had provided all the necessary information that the JIT did not even use, Polyansky said. The diplomat also noted that "the investigation was not full, it was not impartial," since the countries in charge of it had not requested all necessary data from Ukraine.In particular, he noted, the Dutch side had not requested aircraft radar data from Ukraine. "I used to work in Poland when the air crash near Smolensk occurred (the Smolensk air crash, in which the President of Poland and many members of the Polish administration were killed - ed.). I know what documents they wanted us to provide and we had provided all of them. Everything had been done according to international rules. Yet, they have asked practically nothing from Ukraine during this (Flight MH17) investigation," the official said. Boeing 777, Flight MH17 of Malaysia Airlines flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed on July 17, 2014 in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine killing all 298 on board.
The Democrats say he is
by Paul Craig Roberts
The US Democratic Party is determined to take the world to thermo-nuclear war rather than to admit that Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election fair and square. The Democratic Party was totally corrupted by the Clinton Regime, and now it is totally insane. Leaders of the Democratic Party, such as Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, my former co-author in the New York Times, have responded in a non-Democratic way to the first step President Trump has taken to reduce the extremely dangerous tensions with Russia that the Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama regimes created between the two superpowers.
President Putin said that the relations between Russia and the United States are going through a difficult period of time. Yet, the meeting between the presidents of the two countries was held "in a frank and businesslike atmosphere," Putin said. Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a press conference that the talks with his American counterpart Donald Trump in Helsinki were successful and useful for the two countries."The talks were held in a frank and businesslike atmosphere. I consider them very successful and useful," Putin said. "It's obvious for everyone that the bilateral relations between the two countries are going through a difficult period of time, but these difficulties have no objective reason. The Cold War is over, and the situation has changed dramatically," Putin said. The Russian leader added that the Helsinki summit showed the desire of the two countries to "straighten out the relations.""In general, we are satisfied with our first full-format meeting. We had a good conversation with President Trump. I hope we understand each other better now," Vladimir Putin concluded.Putin also said that in 2016, he wanted Donald Trump to win the election. "I wanted him to win because he was talking about the normalization of the US-Russian relationship," Putin said, adding that Russia has never interfered in US elections. When asked whether he could trust Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin replied: "One cannot believe anyone. What made you think that President Trump trusts me and I trust him? He protects the interests of the United States of America, and I protect the interests of the Russian Federation."
The majority of foreigners, who visited Russia during the FIFA 2018 World Cup, were thrilled with what they saw and experienced in the country. They were thrilled to see Russia that was so much different from what their media was making them to believe. The level of organization of the tournament in Russia was superb indeed: no incident was reported, not a single brawl occurred. Nikolskaya Street, where most fans gathered, became the street of global peace and the main street of the world. The goal of the organizing committee was to show foreigners Russia's best side, to make them remember their time in Russia and have unforgettable impressions. Today, one can say for certain: the goal has been achieved. The 2018 World Cup has changed Russia's imaged for the better in the whole world. The performance of the Russian football team at the tournament became an important addition to the organization of the whole event. Few in Russia could even think that the national football team could exit the group, reach the 1/8 finals and even leave Spain behind on the way. Even when Russia lost to Croatia in a series of penalty kicks, the whole nation was infinitely grateful to their footballers for their amazing achievement. Ratings of broadcasts of playoff matches with the participation of the Russian national team were comparable with the ratings of president's New Year speech. The World Cup has given Russia not only 12 stadiums that hosted the games, but also almost a hundred smaller arenas throughout the European territory of the country. They will be used for children's sports schools.New airport terminals, renovated roads and streets, the experience of thousands of people who were involved in the organization of the world's biggest event has become the precious legacy that football has given Russia. The whole world has finally got a chance to see Russia as an open and hospitable country, and we would like to hope that many foreign fans would like to come to Russia again and bring their families along. It is worthy of note that all foreigners having FAN IDs for the 2018 World Cup will not need to get the Russian visa if they wish to visit Russia again before the end of 2018. The 2018 World Cup cost Russia more than $14 billion. The financial results of the tournament have not been calculated yet, but one can already say that the income that Russia has received was a lot lower than the spending. However, profit is not the most important thing, and Russia did not have the goal to make as much as possible from football. Russian football fans bought the largest amount of tickets - 900,000 of 2.4 million. Surprisingly, American fans come next - they bought 89,000 tickets. The list continues with Brazil - 72,500 tickets, Colombia - 65,200, Germany - 62,500, Mexico - 60,300, Argentina - 54,000, Peru - 43,600, China - 40,300, Australia - 36,400, and England - 32,400.The number of European visitors was unexpectedly low. Having been zombified by the media, many British and French fans preferred to stay home and watch the games on TV. Yet, the number of American visitors was higher than expected. Financial results of the 2018 World Cup will follow soon, although experts say that the football tournament has contributed from 0.2 to 1 percent of GDP to the Russian economy. The infrastructure created for the competition and the subsequently growing tourist flow can bring an additional 120-180 billion rubles to Russia's GDP annually for the next five years.Given that Russia's GDP amounted to about 92 trillion rubles last year, these expected revenues will simply be invisible and fit within the error margin. The spending of 1.2 trillion rubles that Russia has incurred during seven years of preparations for the event is just as insignificant.
Two people were killed in France as the nation was celebrating the victory of its national football team at the World Cup. In Annecy, a city in southeastern France, a 50-year-old man was killed when he jumped into a canal without being aware of its depth. The man died of injuries. Another man was killed in the commune of Saint-Fély when the car that he was driving rammed into a tree. In the commune of Frouard, in the department of Meurthe and Moselle, a young motorcyclist crashed his bike into a family of five. Three children - a three-year-old boy and two six-year-old girls - were seriously injured.Many other people were hurt during the unrest that swept across France after the French national football team became the world football champion. In Paris and Lyon, the police were forced to use tear gas to disperse hooligans as the latter were smashing shop windows, looting, setting fire to trash cans and throwing bottles at policemen.On July 15, France won the final game of the FIFA 2018 World Cup thrashing Croatia 4:2. France has thus become the world champion for the second time in its history.
The European Union authorities have banned imports of poultry from Russia. The EU has banned poultry imports from Russia entirely in connection with outbreaks of avian influenza, Rosselkhoznadzor, Russia's agricultural watchdog said. The ban is temporary and does not apply to heat-treated meat. For the time being, 18 Russian companies have the right to export poultry to EU countries. The largest of them, such as Cherkizovo and Damante, faced an outbreak of avian influenza that affected poultry farms in Rostov, Kursk, Samara, Orel and Penza regions.Avian influenza is a highly infectious bird virus. Although most of its strains are not dangerous to humans, some of them can lead to serious illnesses.
Russian and US Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump are holding their first full-fledged talks on June 16. This is the first time, when Trump and Putin are meeting each other outside international summits. Many experts do not expect any breakthrough in the US-Russian relations as a result of the meeting in Helsinki, but they admit that the fact of the meeting itself is a positive sign per se. Prior to today's meeting, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump met on the sidelines of the G20 international summit in Hamburg in July 2017 and during the APEC summit in Danang in November 2017. The choice of the city of Helsinki is not incidental as the capital of Finland had hosted US-Soviet negotiations on the limitation of nuclear stockpiles in 1969, and the 1975 meeting on security and cooperation in Europe. It is also worth mentioning that Mikhail Gorbachev and George H.W. Bush had held a meeting in Helsinki in 1990. The capital of Finland will also welcome 1,500 journalists from 61 countries, for which a spacious media center with two saunas was arranged. Finland has introduced passport control on its border with other European countries, even though Finland is a EU member and part of the Schengen zone. In Helsinki, access to the square in front of the President's Palace will be blocked; all ferries arriving there will have to change the ports of arrival. The talks were slightly delayed. The meeting of the two presidents was supposed to start at 1:15 p.m. However, Putin's airplane landed in Helsinki at 1:00 p.m. local time (coincides with Moscow time). Trump arrived in Helsinki on Sunday night, on July 15. Putin was the first to have arrived at the President's Palace, where the US-Russian talks are being held. The Russian president arrived at about 1:40 p.m. President of Finland Sauli Niinisto personally welcomed his Russian counterpart. Donald Trump arrived about 15 minutes later.
The meeting between the presidents is to last for approximately three hours, including the press conference.Prior to the meeting, President Trump said that the US had no high expectations of the Helsinki summit. However, Trump added that he was generally positive about the Helsinki summit. "I think it's a good thing to meet. I do believe in meetings. I believe that having a meeting with Chairman Kim was a good thing. I think having meetings with the president of China was a very good thing. I believe it's really good. So having meetings with Russia, China, North Korea, I believe in it. Nothing bad is going to come out of it, and maybe some good will come out," Trump said. Russian President Putin said before the meeting with Donald Trump that the two leaders would discuss "sore points" in the world and problems in bilateral relations.When the meeting started, Putin was the first to take the floor. "I am very pleased to meet you here on the hospitable land of Finland," he said."It's time to talk in detail about the relations between the two countries and global problems. We continue to have regular contacts: we have talked on the phone and met several times on the sidelines of various international events. But, of course, it's time to have a detailed conversation about both bilateral relations and various sore points in the world, and there are a lot of them for us to pay attention to," Putin said.Trump's welcome words lasted longer. The US President congratulated Putin on Russia's successful efforts to hold the World Cup, as well as on the performance of the Russian football team in the tournament. The two leaders will discuss trade, military issues, relations with China and nuclear weapons, Trump said. According to him, the two countries have a huge opportunity to improve their relations. The US president did not say whether he wanted to discuss questions related to Russia's alleged interference in US elections. "I really think the world wants to see us get along. We are the two great nuclear powers," Trump said. "I think we can hopefully do something about that because it is not a positive force it is a negative force so we'll be talking about that among other things," he added. Several hours before that, Trump blamed "US foolishness and stupidity" and "rigged witch hunt" for bad relations with Russia. At the end of the open part of the summit, Donald Trump noted that he was waiting for a conversation, and then negotiations. "It's great to be here with you," he said. Afterwards, Putin and Trump went to the Gothic Hall of the Presidential Palace in Helsinki.
President Vladimir Putin, on the eve of the end of the FIFA 2018 World Cup, had a meeting with President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, who arrived for the final game of the football tournament in Moscow. According to Abbas, the organization of the 2018 World Cup in Russia was a success. "The organization of this World Cup has already become an example of how such large-scale sports competitions should be organized," Abbas said.The Middle East and Palestine are "going through very difficult times," and "there is another crisis brewing in the region," Abbas told Putin during the meeting. "First of all, it goes about Israel's attempts and plans about new settlements," the Palestinian president adding that Palestine was very much concerned about the problem. "Thousands of people have to stay awake day and night not to let the Israeli leadership implement those plans," the Palestinian leader added. "I know that the state of affairs in the region is complex, an I thank you for using such an occasion as the World Cup to come to Moscow," Putin said, addressing to his Palestinian counterpart. Putin promised to hold consultations with Abbas on the situation around Palestine and bilateral relations between Russia and Palestine.Israel's continuous attempts to build Jewish settlements in the West Bank of Jordan are one of the obstacles to the resolution of the decades-long Palestinian-Israeli conflict. On December 23, 2016, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2334 demanding Israel should immediately cease settlement activities on occupied Arab territories. Israeli officials then stated that Israel would not comply with the provisions of the document. In late August 2017, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said that the Jewish State would continue building and developing settlements in the West Bank of Jordan.
A pregnant woman was killed when a lightning struck a tree in the Rostov region of Russia. Four other people - two men and two women - were hospitalized. The incident occurred on Saturday in the city of Shakhty, during heavy rain. Five people were hiding from the rain under a tree on a local beach, when a lightning struck their shelter.As a result, one of the people hiding underneath the tree, a pregnant woman, was killed immediately, whereas four others suffered injuries of various degrees of severity: two men aged 23 and 26, and two women, aged 27 and 41, were hospitalized at the cardiological department of the local hospital.
France thrashes Croatia to win FIFA 2018
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Thank you Russia for a splendid World Cup, great organization, wonderful hospitality, amazing experiences and that great Russian embrace of friendship to all fans who came here to enjoy the FIFA World Cup finals. The onus was on sport, the focus was on sport and millions of people came together in Russia or around Russia on TV to celebrate together the beginning of Summer. Congratulations France for a deserved victory.
Third place for Belgium
Belgium beat England 2-0, experience making a difference over youth
The confrontation between Iran and the US has reached its climax. The US is going to ban exports of Iranian oil to the world market from November 5 of this year. In turn, Iran threatens to block the passage of oil tankers of the Gulf countries through the Strait of Hormuz.Experts said that Tehran's unprecedented demarche may lead to a sharp deficit of oil and sow panic on stock exchanges. As a result, the price of "black gold" may surge up to $100 and above.Interestingly, Iran has never used its geographical advantage during the 20th century. Iran can control and, if necessary, close navigation through the Strait of Hormuz. Tehran had such a chance on October 17, 1973, when all Arab members of the OAPEC, as well as Egypt and Syria, declared an embargo on oil supplies to Western countries that supported Israel during the Yom Kippur War that started on October 6, 1973.Tehran had remained neutral then in the military confrontation of the Arab world with Israel, because the ruling Shah regime in Tehran used to be Washington's military-political ally in the Persian Gulf. The situation changed dramatically after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, when toppled Shah Reza Pahlavi panicked and fled to the United States.The new Iranian authorities severed diplomatic relations with the United States and declared the transatlantic superpower its prime enemy. During the war between Iran and Iraq in 1980-1988, Tehran threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz for the first time. However, the Pentagon outstripped Iran by deploying its warships in the Persian Gulf, ready to attack the Iranian Navy at any time.Nowadays, in the light of the threat of the siting Iranian administration to block the Strait of Hormuz, US aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln conducted a warning manoeuvre in the Persian Gulf. Thus, the USA showed Tehran an unambiguous signal: a war is inevitable if Iran tries to block free shipping in the strait.According to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Strait of Hormuz has the status of an international waterway and the countries adjacent to the strait have no right to restrict the passage of vessels and tankers of other countries through it.Analysts believe that despite formidable statements from Tehran, Iran is unlikely to aggravate relations with the United States. Iran can already celebrate diplomatic success, because Tehran has managed to break the previously unshakable united front of the United States and the European Union. During the US bombing of Serbia, Iraq and Libya, European NATO partners fully supported Washington's actions. However, when Donald Trump announced USA's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal on May 8 of this year, the European countries of NATO openly went against the will of the United States for the first time in decades. Moreover, they acted as a united front against Washington.On July 6, foreign ministers of the EU, Russia and China gathered for a meeting in Vienna to discuss the preservation of the nuclear deal with Iran. EU countries demonstratively did not invite the US to this meeting. The participants of the meeting opposed the policy of Donald Trump to isolate Iran and expressed their desire to expand trade and economic relations with Tehran.Thus, according to analysts, in the current situation, when the EU, Russia and China act as Iran's allies, Tehran is unlikely to give Washington an excuse to unleash a war. Iran's threat to block the Strait of Hormuz was most likely a good PR move the Islamic Republic in its verbal war against the United States.Aydin MehtiyevPravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
The Future of NATO
Another Summit, more bickering over pay, a clear sign of the forthcoming end of the relationship as NATO fades into the annals of yesteryear where it belongs.
After the Second World War, with Western Europe still quaking in its boots after the severe threat to its existence as pluralistic democracies posed by the Panzers of Hitler and with the rise of the Soviet Union as the all-conquering Nemesis of Fascism, Western Europe and its new bedmaster, the United States of America, felt the need to create a collective military alliance. It was called NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and they said its purpose was defensive in opposition to the Warsaw Pact. NATO was set up in 1949; the Warsaw Pact was formed in 1955. As a defensive measure against NATO.
After China's successful economic expansion into Central Asia, Beijing proceeded to implement its "Marshall Plan" for the Middle East. China has allocated $20 billion to restore economies of the Arab states. In addition, China and the Arab countries will create an inter-bank association worth three billion dollars.Chairman of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping announced these plans from the rostrum of the 8th Forum of China-Arab Cooperation in Beijing. He specified that the first tranche of $15 million was allocated to Palestine and another $90 million were allocated for humanitarian projects in Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. That is, it goes about the poorest countries in the Middle East, who suffered from the civil war.China does not forget about the richest countries of the Persian Gulf either, including Saudi Arabia. Beijing has been building up its defence cooperation with Riyadh. In particular, the two countries reached an agreement on the supply of 30 reconnaissance and attack unmanned aerial vehicles Rainbow-4 to the Saudis. In addition, Beijing is ready to finance the implementation of the construction of a high-speed railway from Saudi Arabia to Israel, although the project is under discussion.China's ultimate goal is to oust Russia and the United States from the Middle East by creating a giant financial web that will put the countries of the Middle East countries in economic dependence on China. One may assume that $20 billion allocated to the Middle East within the framework of the Chinese "Marshall Plan" will be invested in the development of interbank connections, as well as in the creation of transport arteries within the framework of One Belt, One Road project.This project provides for the revival of the Great Silk Road by creating an extensive infrastructure network from China's western borders to eastern and southern borders of the European Union. Transport corridors that connect Central and Eastern Asia with the Middle East include railways and highways, as well as sea and air routes, pipelines and power lines.New transport corridors that embrace about four billion of the planet's population, will allow the Middle Kingdom to dominate European and Asian markets. The Middle East takes an important place in Beijing's major project, as this region is a transit point connecting Asia and Europe.One of the main goals of the economic expansion of the Middle Kingdom to the Middle East is to gain access to extensive oil and gas resources of the Persian Gulf. According to experts, by 2020, the volume of natural gas consumption in China will increase to 420 billion cubic meters. Beijing needs cheap energy from the Middle East.The first step in this direction has been made. China's national oil and gas company CNPC has agreed with Tehran that in case of US sanctions against Total (France) in Iran, the Chinese gas giant will take the baton from the French to develop the field in South Pars. Iranian Minister of Oil Bijan Namdar Zangeneh confirmed the fact of the agreement. Thus, China's CNPC will control 80 percent of the gas field the reserves of which are estimated at 50 trillion cubic meters of gas.As for oil, China eyes import of "black gold" from Saudi Arabia. Currently, the share of Saudi oil in Chinese imports makes up 15 percent of the whole Chinese oil consumption. Beijing is ready to buy more oil from Saudi Arabia, but the latter should abandon the US dollar and switch to the yuan. In March 2017, Saudi King Salman signed a package of commercial agreements with the Celestial Empire worth 65 billion dollars.So far, Moscow and Washington have not commented on Beijing's economic expansion into the Middle East. However, in the next few years, when China takes control of a number of leading Arab countries, Russia and the United States will have to either recognise China's economic dominance in the Persian Gulf or sacrifice huge money to keep their influence in the Middle East. Aydin MehtiyevPravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
As it was earlier announced, the meeting between presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump would be mostly devoted to the situation in Ukraine. Some people in Ukraine are worried about their future after the meeting, whereas others hope that the crisis will finally end and everything will get back to normal. The World Cup that is about to finish in Russia has shown that the Western propaganda machine has failed to create the image of Russia as a monster with "many tentacles." By and large, the Russians and the Ukrainians are close to each other. Ukraine tried to boycott the World Cup. Ukrainian ministers for foreign affairs and for sports had written a few tearful letters to their foreign counterparts. As a result, it was only the UK that supported Ukraine, but purely for its own reasons. More than 5,200 citizens of Ukraine bought tickets and visited the tournament in Russia. Ukraine's first national television channel refused to broadcast the games. Two sports TV channels belonging to oligarch Rinat Akhmetov took the same "patriotic" position. However, Inter TV channel snatched away the broadcasting rights, and the Ukrainians could enjoy the football festival on their TV screens. More than five million viewers watched the two matches of the Russian national football team against Spain and Croatia. In Ukraine, many were supporting Russia. After the initial successful performance of the Russian team, residents of Kiev, Kharkov and other cities of Ukraine were vigorously expressing their joy. Of course, even those who were vehemently opposed to the broadcast of the games in Ukraine were watching them with great interest. Most Ukrainians want to have good neighborly relations with Russia and express their utter disagreement with the policy of the Kiev authorities. What do Ukrainian politicians and experts think about this?"Kiev needs to change its rhetoric about Moscow," said Verkhovna Rada deputy Viktor Bondar, "It's time to stop traveling around the world asking other countries to continue putting pressure on Russia, imposing sanctions on Russia and asking for weapons. All this will only lead to responsive measures. Instead of making threats, we should launch the economic revival of the state. When Ukraine becomes rich and strong, we will be reckoned with. If we launch radical changes in the economy of Ukraine, Moscow will see that the situation in Ukraine is getting better, and Russia will see that Ukraine is going in the right direction. So far, we are fighting and fighting, making matters worse and worse," the official said. Can Ukraine do what the MP said? "It's been more than four years, but the Kiev authorities are still uncertain who is to blame and what to do. No one will give Kiev low-interest loans. Washington has already taken what it wanted from Ukraine - Maidan riots. The Americans did not have a goal to make Ukraine become a progressive Eastern European state," political scientist and economist Alexander Dudchak believes. The head of the Ukrainian Analytical Center, Alexander Okhrimenko, believes that the Ukrainian banking system is unable to attract Western investors. "After the things that former head of the National Bank Valerya Gontareva has done to our banking market, no European bank wants to hear anything about Ukraine. Neither US nor European banks will come to Ukraine in the next 10-20 years," the expert says.As for the political course of Ukraine, it can change only if the country's administration changes, Alexander Dudchak said. "For the sitting Ukrainian administration, Russophobia and anti-Russian rhetoric make the basis of the shaky ideological construction on which both the domestic and foreign policies of Ukraine are based. Without the presence of an external enemy, this power is unable to explain all its catastrophic failures, the loss of territories and the population - both because of migration and the armed conflict in the Donbas," the political scientist said. "The Kiev authorities know perfectly well that there is no such thing as isolation of Russia. They know that Ukrainian citizens ignore calls to boycott the World Cup in Russia. Those who can afford it - they go to Russia, those who can not - they stay at home and watch the games on TV. The Kiev administration is unable to adequately respond to reality," he added. Ruslan VesnyankoPravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
The Russian T-14 Armata tank will serve in the army for at least 25-30 years before it is replaced with combat vehicles developed on new physical principles, Colonel-General Sergei Mayev, former chief of the main auto-armored department of the Defence Ministry believes. It is worth noting that the Armata tank, just like the Su-57 fifth-generation fighter aircraft, has not been passed into service yet. Yet, Russian military officials already want to know what weapon will come to replace it. According to Sergei Mayev, such platforms as Armata, Kurganets-25 and Boomerang, which Russia has been working on lately (they are at the final stage of development), are traditional weapons. They will be replaced with new arms systems based on new physical principles. However, this can only be possible against the backdrop of the favourable development of fundamental science, technology, design thought, production and financing of all these aspects.Weapons on new physical principles include laser weapons, microwave guns, sound weapons, electromagnetic bombs and so on.According to Mayev, ground robotic armoured vehicles are to appear in about 10-15 years. "As for the air force, opportunities for using robotic weapons in the air are, of course, more homogeneous than for those used on the ground," the specialist said, TASS reports. In general, a lot has been said in Russia during the recent several years about new weapons based on new physical principles.Earlier, military expert Viktor Murakhovsky said in an interview with Pravda.Ru that we are witnessing the development of another stage in the development of arms systems."The development of arms systems based on new physical principles does not mean that Russian physicists have discovered new fundamental physical laws in secret laboratories and are now going to apply them in the defence industry. There are absolutely no secrets about physical laws in general, but in this particular field it goes about certain physical phenomena that we have never used in the development of arms systems," the expert said. At the same time, the new technologies are being developed at the time when Russian military engineers are still working on new traditional weapons, such as Armata tank and Su-57 fifth-generation fighter aircraft (formerly known as T-50 PAK FA). A few days ago, Russian MP, president of the League of Assistance to Defence Enterprises, Vladimir Gutenev, said that there was no need to speed up the mass production of the Su-57 fighter aircraft. In his opinion, in the era of rapid technological development, the Su-57 fifth-generation fighter will become obsolete quickly. Therefore, one needs to focus on the development of the sixth-generation aircraft. "The Su-57 will not be massively introduced at the Russian Air Force, but the aircraft has a wonderful export potential, and many countries already want to purchase it," Gutenev told Interfax.Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said in an interview with Rossiya 24 TV channel that the Su-57 had made a good showing so far, including in Syria, where the aircraft could demonstrate its flight performance and combat capabilities in practice. At the same time, Borisov noted that one of the best aircraft in the world today is a representative of the previous generation "4+" - Su-35.Apparently, the question of price is the most important one here. Both fighter jets and Armata tanks are much cheaper than Western analogues, but at the same time they are quite expensive for the massive rearmament of the Russian army.Western experts talk about it as well. Paying tribute to new models of Russian weapons, they pay attention to their price, which becomes the main problem.Naturally, this is not a problem of Russia alone. During the NATO summit in Brussels, US President Donald Trump was salivating in his calls for the allies to increase military spending. In addition, a lot has been said about the F-35 program that has generated quite a number of high-profile scandals, including because of the price issue. Yet, the Americans can sell their aircraft to NATO allies and compensate costs at least partially. Russia has no such opportunity, if we talk about mass exports. How can Russia sell its fighter jets and tanks if the Russian army is unwilling to pass them into service? Director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, Ruslan Pukhov, noted that the problem has several aspects to it. "The new armament program, which was adopted last year, is superimposed on the previous one, for 2010-2020. The current program is designed from 2018 to 2017. First, it is not so ambitious, and not so large as the previous one. Russia has finished its rearmament program. Most importantly, the Russian economy does not generate as much money as it used to, when oil prices were high," the analyst told Pravda.Ru. "Therefore, we need to treat military spending thoughtfully. Any kind of military spending, by definition, takes money away from such things as roads, healthcare, education, etc. There is always a temptation to cut a number of expensive programs, and Russia has already done that. In particular, we have sacrificed expensive naval programs, such as the Storm aircraft carrier and Leader class destroyers," said Ruslan Pukhov.Oleg ArtyukovPravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
All male employees of the Interior Ministry of the Republic of Chechnya were reportedly ordered to find second wives for themselves, Radio Svoboda reports with reference to information distributed in WhatsApp messenger.The Chechen authorities are reportedly ready to help law-enforcement officers in arranging all the paperwork to legalise their second marriage, the source said adding that those unwilling to have two wives will have to face various penalties, right up to dismissal. "Let's leave the threats that we will quit our jobs, let's cast away faint-hearted talks and let's prove that we are real men, so help us God," the author of the message on WhatsApp wrote. It is believed that the author of the post is a high-ranking police official in Chechnya. Interestingly, spokespeople for the traffic police of Chechnya neither refuted nor confirmed the information. A source at a division of the Interior Ministry of Chechnya could not confirm the information about the order for police officers to have two wives either. However, the anonymous official said that he would not be surprised if it was real. The Chechen administration shares loyal attitude to polygamy. In April, Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov said that Muslim men have permission from God himself to have four wives. "I'm very pro-polygamy. Why? Because it's better than leaving family and having lovers on the side. It is more correct for a man than to humiliate his wife by having a mistress or giving jewellery and all sorts of gifts to a prostitute while his wife with children live in constant need," the head of Chechnya said in 2011. He then added that it was only his personal point of view. Kadyrov also stressed that he had not discussed a possibility to allow polygamy in Russian Muslim republics with anyone in the administration of the country.
The companies involved in the implementation of the Nord Stream-2 project may deal with restrictive measures against them, a spokesman for the US Department of State said. According to the US administration, the companies operating in the Russian energy export sector run the risk of facing sanctions. Washington is convinced that the Nord Stream-2 will undermine the overall stability and energy security of the European Union. According to the American administration, the gas pipeline will become another tool for the Russian Federation to put pressure on European countries, especially Ukraine. In Russia, they understand that the project will split Europe, and the Russians will use it for their own interests, representatives of the US State Department said. Nord Stream-2 has already been funded by German companies Wintershall (BASFn.DE) and Uniper (UN01.DE), international oil and gas company OMV Group (OMVV.VI), British-Dutch company Anglo-Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) and Engie (ENGIE. PA) of France. Donald Trump, having arrived for the NATO summit in Brussels, called Germany a hostage to Russia's Nord Stream-2 project. According to Trump, it is unacceptable for Berlin to transfer "billions and billions of dollars" to Moscow for gas while Germany can not fulfil its promises to increase spending on the defence of the alliance. Later, speaking to reporters, German Chancellor Angela Merkel assured that German makes decisions independently and does not depend on anyone.The Nord Stream-2 project stipulates for the construction of two branches of the gas pipeline from the Russian coast along the bottom of the Baltic Sea to Germany. The total capacity of the 1,200-km-long system is to make up 55 billion cubic meters of gas per yea. The largest shareholder of the project is the Russian company Gazprom, which owns 51 percent in the project.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, when greeting Georgian President Georgi Margvelashvili at the summit of the alliance in Brussels, that NATO fully supports Georgia's Euro-Atlantic aspirations."Georgia will become a member of NATO. Allied leaders reaffirmed this yesterday. And we will continue to work with you to prepare for membership," Stoltenberg said on Thursday.Stoltenberg recalled that the first meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission took place ten years ago. Since then, Georgia, he said, has confirmed that it was a reliable friend of the alliance. Georgia had made a significant contribution to the stability of the Black Sea region and carried out impressive reforms, he added. The alliance that currently has 29 members supports the territorial integrity of Georgia, including its sovereignty over the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Stoltenberg also said. Earlier, the leaders of 29 NATO member states called on Russia to withdraw its troops from three countries, including from Georgia, by renouncing recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states. In response, the Russian Foreign Ministry called NATO a "useless military bloc."In late May, Georgian Prime Minister Georgi Kvirikashvili expressed a hope that his country could become a full member of NATO by 2021. In 2021, he said, Georgia would celebrate 100 years from the day of the Soviet occupation, and an opportunity to celebrate this date as a full member of the North Atlantic Alliance would be of particular importance for the country, Kvirikashvili said. NATO also invited Macedonia to start negotiations on its accession to NATO. Stoltenberg said that Macedonia would be able to become NATO's 30th member as soon as the agreement on the name change of the country comes into force.
The Burger King application can secretly record data from the smartphone on which the app is installed.An amateur 18-year-old IT specialist, known for his moniker as fennikami, studied the program code of the application. Having analysed the traffic of the mobile application for iOS devices, the young man found that the mobile client continuously captures both images, all input data and even the movement of fingers on the screen to make it possible to compare all this data. The specialist concluded that the application secretly records video from the screen of the smartphone, including at the time when a person inputs their bank details to pay for their order.The video recording starts from the moment the user opens the application for the first time and runs continuously before all the recordings are sent to the server. The video recording does not stop even when a person uses other apps, but the Burger King app remains open. The author posted the results of his research on the Habr website, saying that it is not only the developers of the Burger King app that have access to recordings made from users' phones, but also partners of the AppSee platform, where the records are sent. AppSee measures user activity and evaluates their interaction with the applications. In addition, video recordings become available for viewing to specialists of Yandex.Metrica and Chashlytics.Thus, fennikami concluded, the number of those who can view all the actions of Burger King app users counts hundreds of people. The young man is certain that the app secretly records videos even at the moment when Burger King customers enter their card details.The press service of Burger King Russia has not commented on the situation yet.
FIFA Final: France meets Croatia
England 1 Croatia 2 (extra time)
Trippier 5 Perisic 69, Mandzukic 109
As expected, Russia was accused of the death of a British woman, who died at a hospital in Britain a few days ago after she was supposedly exposed to Novichok nerve agent. British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson, who earlier suggested Russia should shut up and leave, said that Moscow was "highly likely" involved in the new poisoning incident that took place in Amesbury. Williamson again demanded the world community should strongly condemn Moscow. This condemnation should come on the basis of the peremptory evidence now known as "highly likely." This has become a new trend of the new concept of justice in the Anglo-Saxon world. There have been many sad jokes about the so-called "free Western press" being a reincarnation of rigorous Soviet propaganda. The legend of human rights is crumbling and falling apart after the persecution of Edward Snowden and Julian Assange. Guantanamo and CIA secret prisons pale in comparison. The Russian Foreign Ministry, of course, urged the UK to stop the intrigue with chemical poisons. It appears that the UK is having a chemical booze, wants more and can never stop. In the meantime, the Anglo-Saxon privatization of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) started bringing its fruit. The Russian Permanent Representative to the OPCW has repeatedly stated that his colleagues in the organization do not seem to hear what Russian officials tell them in response to serious accusations.British allies say that Moscow should cooperate with London in the investigation of such incidents. Russia, from the very beginning, has been trying to reach out to Britain offering full assistance in the investigation, although to no avail. Russia has made it clear from the start that the Kremlin was interested in disclosing the ambiguous poisoning case.Against the backdrop of all that, several ministers have left the government of Theresa May, including Minister for Brexit David Davis and legendary British chemist Boris Johnson.The merits of the former Foreign Secretary of Great Britain are hard to overestimate. His remarkable knowledge of warfare agents has played an important role in creating a media bombshell. May's government even managed to divert public attention from Brexit for a while. After all, the topic of divorce with the European Union does not promise the United Kingdom a lucrative deal. The resignation of bright political figures, who played an important role in the history of Brexit and the future of Great Britain, may well be the bell that signals the looming end of Theresa May's premiership. The countdown has begun, and the opposition in the parliament will not miss a chance to take advantage of all the blunders of the current British government.In the meantime, the UK has started another chapter in the story of chemical poisonings against the backdrop of the desire of the British Prime Minister to attend the football match of team England in Russia.So what does Theresa May have under her armpit? No one knows it yet, because she has never been straightforward either about Brexit or the things that have been happening in the area of the secret lab in Porton Down. Vasily AmirjanovPravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu excludes a possibility of a direct military confrontation between Russia and Ukraine both now and in the future.In an interview with Italian publication Il Giornale, Sergei Shoigu said that the peoples of Russia and Ukraine share common roots and experiences of hard trials, such as the Great Patriotic War, when Russians and Ukrainians were defending their homeland, the Soviet Union, shoulder to shoulder. Sergei Shoigu also spoke about the relations between Russia and the United States. He said that it was US elites that started aggravating the relationship with Russia artificially. According to the minister, US elites are convinced that the world is divided into "the American and the wrong" one. Shoigu reminded that it was the American side that unilaterally terminated a few key agreements that formed the basis of global security."Contrary to promises given to the Soviet administration during the unification of Germany, Washington initiated NATO's eastward expansion to Russian borders. For more than 25 years, they have been fooling us by saying that there were no promises made at all, until the NSA declassified archives from that period where all was described in detail and in persons," Shoigu said.In 2002, he said, under the pretext of the fabricated missile danger on the part of Iran or North Korea, the United States unilaterally pulled out from the ABM Treaty. Afterwards, the USA proceeded to deploy its radar stations and interceptor missiles alongside Russia's borders.Shoigu admitted that he would very much like to give a globe to his American colleagues so that they could explain it to him why all of America's "adversaries are in the Middle and in the Far East, but all American army bases and groups are huddling to the borders of Russia." "Are we supposed to defend them or what?" Shoigu asked. In the interview with Italian journalists, the Russian Defense Minister also told of the plans of the West to arrange a "hybrid war" in the Crimea. The United States used the hybrid war technology in Iraq in 1991, as well as in the former Yugoslavia, Libya and Syria, Shoigu said. When the West failed to destabilize the situation on the Crimean Peninsula, Western media started accusing Russia of using the hybrid war.Shoigu paid journalists' attention to traces of the "hybrid war" in Ukraine, on the eve of the armed mutiny in February of 2014, when, in his opinion, European countries took passive part in those "hybrid actions" as well.
The NFL is a criminal enterprise
Imagine, if you will, watching one person beat another person in the head week after week until he/she suffers permanent brain damage, and perhaps even commits suicide. Undoubtedly, you would call the person who inflicted these beatings a criminal.
Imagine further that people actually pay so they can watch and cheer as these beatings take place. Undoubtedly, you would consider them to be accomplices.
Maria Alyokhina, a member of Pussy Riot punk band and oppositionist, will have to pay the fine of 400,000 rubles (about $6,250) for evading mandatory works that the woman was sentenced to for her act near the building of the Federal Security Bureau (FSB). Two protocols were drawn up against Alyokhina for evading administrative punishment. The woman was fined 200,000 rubles for each of the protocols. In the morning of July 10, Maria Alyokhina came to the Izmailovsky District Court of Moscow to attend hearings on the lawsuit that was filed against her by officials of the Nizhny Novgorod correctional colony N2. The plaintiff accused Alyokhina and the Sobesednik newspaper of spreading untrue rumors about the colony. During a break, Alyokhina and her co-defendant on the case - journalist Sergei Yezhov - went out to smoke, when court bailiffs approached the woman and promised to arrest her for avoiding community services. After the court meeting, the Pussy Riot member was arrested and taken to another court. Maria Alyokhina was sentenced to 40 hours of community service for her action near the building of the FSB in Moscow. The member of the notorious punk band held a banner saying "Happy birthday, executioners" on December 20, 2017, when the FSB was celebrating its centenary. She was subsequently found guilty on Article 20.2 of the Administrative Code ("Participation in an unauthorized action"). Afterwards, she was sentenced to 100 more hours of community service for holding a potent action near the FSB. Even though Alyokhina was sentenced to a fine of 400,000 rubles, it does not mean that the woman will not have to do the community service.
The Nizhnaya Maslovka station of the Moscow metro is to be decorated with Sayan marble and transparent stained-glass panels.According to the general director of metro construction company Mosmetrostroy, Sergei Zhukov, tunnel walls will not be covered with anything: tunnel vaults will be cleaned and painted. Pylons on both sides will be adorned with Sayan marble from Siberia. The central hall and side platforms will be decorated with transparent stained-glass windows. The floor of the station will be covered with granite slabs. There station is to be finished and launched before the end of the current year. The Nizhnaya Maslovka station is being built as part of the Grand Ring Line of the Moscow metro. The station will connect the eponymous railway station, two metro stations and ground transport infrastructure.The Moscow surface and underground transportation system will triple in size as compared to the size the metro system had in 2010, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on July 10."The Moscow transport hub has been developing rapidly. The Moscow Central Ring railway system has become one of the most powerful projects that Russia has implemented lately. Modern trains of the new system transport 500,000 passengers daily. New metro stations are being built as well. The Moscow underground system will double in size," the Moscow Mayor said.
The Greek government has decided to expel two Russian diplomats and deny two other diplomats access to the country. The Greek administration accuses Russia of attempts to interfere in internal affairs of the country and commit unlawful actions against the national security of Greece.According to Kathimerini publication, Russian diplomats supposedly tried to obtain certain information and bribe Greek officials, but failed. In addition, Athens has questions to the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society.Viktor Yakovlev, an officer with the Russian diplomatic mission, is one of the diplomats, whom Greece intends to expel, although it remains unknown what position Yakovlev takes. The latest move of the Greek administration may escalate tensions in the relations between Russia and Greece. The relationship between the two countries, the newspaper said, has been worsening during the recent two years because of Russia's attempts to undermine Greece's national security.According to high-ranking Greek diplomatic sources, the decision to expel several Russian diplomats from Greece also came in response to Moscow's coordinated efforts to expand Russia's influence in Greece, especially in relation to the activities of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society. At the same time, Greece continues to strive for good relations with Russia, taking every effort to develop friendship between the two peoples. However, as the authorities point out, this can be possible only if the countries respect each other's sovereignty.It is worthy of note that Greece did not join other European countries when they followed the call from the UK to expel Russian diplomats after the Salisbury incident. Moscow welcomed the decision of the Greek authorities not to fall under the influence of Rossophobic views based on absolutely unfounded accusations. According to the Kathimerini newspaper, certain circles that promote Russian interests have been trying to interfere in Greece's internal affairs lately. In particular, the newspaper said, they try to bribe municipalities and win (with the help of money) the support of metropolitans of the Greek Orthodox Church in order to gain influence in Athos (the Holy Mountain).Greek diplomats also point to Russia's attempt to intervene in the conclusion of the agreement between Greece and Macedonia to rename the former Yugoslav republic, thus affecting the role of Greece in the Balkans. In mid-June, it was decided that Macedonia would be renamed as the Republic of Northern Macedonia.
Also read: Russia loses Balkans to its own advantageGreek diplomatic sources said that the decision to expel Russian diplomats would be limited to only four persons. It was also said that the move would not change Greece's global benevolent strategy towards Russia.Moscow will respond to the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Greece, the Russian Foreign Ministry said."According to the established practice, a mirror response shall follow in such cases," representatives of the ministry told reporters Wednesday. Officials with the Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation refrained from commenting on reports of the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Athens.
FIFA Semi-Final: France beats Belgium
Belgium had more of the ball (60/40%) but France had more of the action, 19 shots, 5 on against 9/3, 6 shots blocked against 1.
France 1 Belgium 0
By Mahboob A Khawaja, PhD.Global politics is fraught with man-made catastrophic tragedies. The human beings are supposed to be the most intelligent social animal on the planet. Yet, our proactive plans and actions continue to dehumanize the fellow human beings and engineer conflicts and wars that destroy the existence of mankind. The driving impulse is war economies, individualistic interest and militarization. We come to realize that politics is a game of pretension and always remains problematic. Politicians need problems to get public attention and to argue being the deliverers. Often, they are not except being treacherous, cynical and deceitful to their ideas and ideals and to the public interests they claim to serve.Amongst all the creations on Planet Earth, humans are the only one to claim morality as an attribute of life and value. This reality emphasizes and differentiates us from the other creations of God. If we propel uncertainty in our thoughts and behavior, nothing can stop us from surpassing the limit of immorality and insanity. With knowledge-based 21st century human communications improving global collaboration, we are not moving in the right direction that human logic and truth spell out for our conduct in peaceful relationships. The impulse and actions for cruelty and sadistic behavior are increasingly sending alarming trends for the present and future generations to be informed of our implicit wickedness and resulting failure in global affairs. As humans, we are not thinking or moving for the unity of mankind to be at peace and harmony being the chief creation of God. Unless, we are overwhelmed philosophically to imagine that we are something else than humans populating the Earth by chance. Global Institutions are a Menace to Human Change and Progress The global warlords are waging wars in the name of peace and harmony. Humanity is being crushed and its compound interest undermined by the few for economic greed and militarization. The UNO originated from the belief and commitment to avert futuristic wars by men of new ideas pursuing peaceful means, diplomacy and accountability to the global mankind. How sad and cynical it looks to view the succeeding generations entrapped again into the same mindset of warmongering and power politics as were the sadistic leaders before the Two WW. Like the past, once again few egoistic nations and leaders have manipulated the time and opportunities to dictate and undermine the interests of the mankind. The global humanity is the net object of their planned cruelty but without any meaningful role to challenge the few global warlords. America, Russia and few Europeans find freehand to go anywhere and bomb the humanity at will. This is what exactly happening in the broader Arab Middle East war theatre managed by global warlords. The UNO and its Secretary General need to free themselves from captivity and enlarge their role and initiatives for conflict management and peace-making outside the New York established box. Words and Charter's core thoughts are repeated but actions are missing. The UN Security Council could finally visit the Rohinga refugee camps but failed to demand equal treatment from the Myanmar Government. Strange, why the same UN Security Council cannot travel to defuse tensions and bring much needed humanitarian peace between Palestine and Israel. Could it shrink its inherent responsibility for the mismanagement of the Middle East conflict?
Humanity in Search of Proactive Leaders
The 21st century global politics have not produced any new leaders of vision and moral integrity to imagine the universal phenomenon of peaceful change and futuristic developments. There are no global organizations managed by people of moral and intellectual vision and courage to serve the interests of the global community. Man is a moral and intellectual being articulating happiness and progress horizontally in peace-time, but when fear of the unknown, hatred and animosity attempt to govern the human consciousness, degeneration replaces human progress. America and some Europeans used to be the leaders of change and new strategies to envisage global friendship, co-existence and harmony of the mankind. If political greed and egoistic interest are the supreme force, how could they serve the interest and priorities of the global mankind for peace and harmony? At best, many world leaders could best be defined as "hangmen" of the 21st century. It is a frightening trend for the present and future generations to imagine our time and role in human history. The Middle East - the Ancient Hub of Humanity - the Land of Abrahim, Moses, Jesus and Mohammad is being ScorchedThe continuing wars in the Middle East are fabricated and gone out of proportion challenging the human conscience and civilized values that once highlighted the human behavior in conflicts. Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine and Libya are destroyed by political design. Do you remember the paradoxes of history? Do you recall what Sultan Salahudeen Ayoubi did to free Jerusalem and drive out the Crusaders from the ancient lands? Do you remember how Sultan Salahudeen treated his enemies - King Richard and others even in the battlefield? Do you know that for ages the European feared Salahudeen - the Conqueror of Jerusalem? The contemporary Arab world is devoid of moral and intellectual leadership of any kind. They operate on a dead-ended scale without any role in global affairs. Jerusalem was not US property to be transferred top Israel; it belongs equally to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Under the UNO Plan, Jerusalem is an international city to be shared by all the believers. Yet, the puppet Arab leaders showed no moral courage to question President Trump for moving the Embassy to Jerusalem. One wonders why the Saudi King signed 250 billion worth of military contracts and gave 100 million to Ivanka Kushner when Trump visited the region last August. It could well be witnessed by the raging sectarian wars in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere. There is no coming of Salahudeen to rescue the entrenched Palestinians. After 70 years of Nakba, they still have No thinking plan, no leadership, no movement for change and freedom except reactionary emotional outbursts. When Jews lived with the Arabs in Spain (Al-Andulsia) for centuries, they were part of the Arab culture and advancements for the best of humanity. European mistreated Jews but Muslims gave them the best for their protection and participation in Islamic civilization. Look, what is happening now between Palestine and Israel. Gideon Levy ("60 Killed In Gaza And The End Of Israeli Conscience", Haaretz and Information Clearing house: 5/21/2018), spells out the present reality for Israelis to think critically:On the night of the Palestinians' slaughter, Zion exulted an embassy and a Eurovision. It's difficult to think of a more atrocious moral eclipse....The truth is that Israel is well prepared to massacre hundreds and thousands, and to expel tens of thousands. Nothing will stop it. This is the end of conscience, the show of morality is over. The last few days' events have proved it decisively. The tracks have been laid, the infrastructure for the horror has been cast. Dozens of years of brainwashing, demonization and dehumanization have borne fruit. The alliance between the politicians and the media to suppress reality and deny it has succeeded. Israel is set to commit horrors. Nobody will stand in its way any longer. Not from within or from without....If 60 stray dogs were shot to death in one day by IDF soldiers, the whole country would raise an outcry. The dog slaughterers would be put on trial, the nation of Israel would have devoted prayers to the victims, a Yizkor service would be said for the dogs slaughtered by Israel....The Israeli brain has been washed irrevocably, the heart sealed for good. The life of a Palestinian is no longer deemed to be worth anything.Towards Thinking of Future-MakingWe live in one Planet Earth. What happens across the globe or in the remote jungles of Botswana and or in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan or the bloody streets of Kabul, Damascus and Baghdad, it is vital to global interests and cannot be ignored because European or American television networks do not portray it. According to the Divine revelations, the Earth keeps record of all the human activities. The Earth is a living entity, not dead. There were many powerful and unchallenging empires and nations in history. What happened to their self-perpetuated glory and triumphs except being part of the archeological record? To all concerned, their artifacts and deadly remains do tell the real story. Most were destroyed by natural causes but the Earth remains in-tact, not by the legislative power of any States of the UN membership but certainly by the Will of God. It operates and maintains balanced life for all regardless of ethnicity, color, creed, religions and nationalism. Should we not care how we live, utilize and draw lifelong gains from the Earth? We the humans urgently need rethinking to reflect on our plans and behaviors how do we relate to Earth? It is an indivisible comprehensive relationship. The answer should help us to balance our life. When could this historic change come into being? If we realize to be One Humanity living on One Planet Earth, its imagination could affect and balance our thoughts and behavior. We must respect equal human rights and dignity of all on Earth. Do the Super Powers (powerful nations) have a sense of indifference and biased toward the colored and economically less advanced nations? In its 2014 Global Thinkers statistics, Foreign Policy ("A World Disrupted: The global Thinkers of 2014") pinpoints that "something big requires a team rather than an individual...." To enhance global peace and to undo the continuing bogus war on terrorism, there is an urgent need for teamwork by all concerned across the globe. The teamwork if undertaken with unbiased mind and without pre-conceived notions could usher sustainable change and a new beginning between those who claim to be at peace and somewhat superior than the ordinary folks and those who are fighting reactionary wars of freedom against insanity and catastrophic devastation of the human habitats. Under 'Advocates', the Foreign Policy notes:"The global thinkers herald causes often wrongly considered inconsequential or verboten. They support forgotten victims of sexual violence, protect civilian targeted in internecine violence, count casualties in the fog of war, and demand legal protection for world's most vulnerable migrants. Often these men and women, scholars, activists and religious leader among them- do this work on their own peril and pay the price landing in court or in prison in some of the world's most repressive countries. For all of them, however, the risk is worth the possible rewards."
The Chinese government, together with the Chinese army, has developed a strategy to counter the supremacy of the United States.
Japanese news agency Kyodo News published an internal document, the provisions of which will give China an opportunity to "outrun" the weakening supremacist state. The document also provides for an opportunity to settle the conflict and win the war with the US.
According to this document, risks of a military confrontation between the United States and China are expected to grow dramatically. In a nutshell, not only does Beijing intend to defend China - the PRC wants to challenge the US domination at sea to win control over sea trade routes.
A record rise in sales of kokoshniks - Russian traditional women's headdress - was reported in the cities that host the games of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Since the beginning of the World Cup in Russia, the sales of kokoshniks have increased five times. Models in red color adorned with ribbons are most popular.
The sales of kokoshniks started rising already in the first week of the tournament (June 11-17) and increased five times during the fourth week (July 2-8). The price for this souvenir has grown as well - from 330 rubles in June to 910 rubles in July (5 and 14 US dollar respectively). The maximum price for high quality kokoshnik headgear may reach 3,000 rubles ($50).
The largest amount of kokoshniks was sold in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Sochi. The demand on kokoshniks is the highest among the fans of the Russian national team who attend the World Cup games. Foreign fans also opt to buy the traditional Russian headdress as a souvenir.
The Progress-MS-09 spacecraft docked to the International Space Station. According to Roscosmos officials, this is the first time, when the flight took only four hours owing to the ultrashort, double orbit pattern.
Earlier, the four-orbit pattern was the shortest route, when spaceships had to orbit the planet four times in about six hours. This is how Soyuz spaceships usually reach the ISS. There is also another reserve route to the International Space Station that lasts for nearly three days, when spaceships orbit the Earth 34 times.
The ultrashort circuit is to be tested on the Progress spaceship before it can be applied to manned spacecraft. The new scheme will make the work day of the crew shorter. In addition, it will be easier to deliver perishable cargoes to the ISS.
John Kennedy, an American senator, said after visiting Russia with other congressmen, that the talks with the Russian administration were reminiscent of communicating with mafia mobs.
Talking about his visit to Russia, Kennedy also said that the general atmosphere of the talks was "cantankerous." He also said that the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov, was a "bully."
"There is no political philosophy in Russia. It's sort of like saying, what's the political philosophy of the mafia. Their philosophy is money and power. That's the philosophy of Putin. He rules with an iron hand. He's a dictator," Kennedy told reporters.
Russia invested $1,387 for every person visiting 2018 FIFA World Cup games, and this amount accounts only for the arrangement of sports facilities. Investment in infrastructure increases spending per each fan to $4,694, according to CBRE. Thus, the fan of the Russian World Cup has become one of the most expensive fans since the time when the tournament was held in Japan and South Korea in 2002.
For the 2018 World Cup, Russia has prepared twelve stadiums in eleven cities of Russia. The stadiums have the total capacity of 576,000 spectators. Nine of twelve sports facilities were built for the World Cup from scratch, some were renovated. The total square of construction and reconstruction amounted to 1.116 million square meters.
As calculated by CBRE analysts, investment in World Cup stadiums is comparable with the construction of six Moscow-City skyscapers.
The Democratic Party of the United States of America is not what their popular image would have you believe. This is not an attack on the American Left. I'm a Canadian, a Quebec native with no stake in this. It is for our brothers and sisters in the USA to sort out the corruption in their political process. The American people are awakening so here are a few truths for the recently Red Pilled, that are quickly and easily researched on the internet.
All Slave Owners were Democrats. From the early 1800s Democrats viewed slaves as a necessary evil. They were the Party of the Southern US, the Party that opposed abolition. President Lincoln, a Republican, issued the Emancipation Proclamation and supported the 13th amendment abolishing slavery.
The Democratic Party began the Civil War. The Confederate Army first attacked at Fort Sumter in 1861. Democratic activist Robert E. Lee, adopted the controversial Confederate Flag in 1863. Slavery was only one of the issues. The war would have started any way as Christian vs Secular tensions, control of territories and resources as well as provocations from both sides were ongoing. Tensions were very high.
By Guy Somerset
The most important thing you need to know about the American Media is that they are mostly in cahoots together. A startling statement perhaps, yet one easily verified by both facts and experience.
Evidence the videos of television reporters reading the same stories verbatim over a broad geographic spectrum and under divergent ownership which (supposedly) completes against one another. It is a practice known as "Tear and Air" from the days when generic items were sent across wire services such as the Associated Press and former United Press International.
Kim Jong-un's airplane supposedly landed in Russia's Vladivostok, South Korean Yonhap news agency reports with reference to Flightradar24 website.The Chammae-1 aircraft arrived at the airport of Vladivostok on Monday morning, July 9, before the plane flew back to Pyongyang three hours later. It remains unknown, though, whether Kim Jong-un was on board the aircraft. Nevertheless, the news about the arrival of his aircraft in Russia caused numerous speculations on the possible early visit of the DPRK leader to Russia.The city of Vladivostok is expected to host the Eastern Economic Forum in September. In May of this year, Russian President Putin invited Kim Jong-un to visit Russia. However, Kim Jong-un has not given any official reaction to the invitation. According to Yonhap, there is no guarantee that the DPRK leader was on board the plane that landed in Vladivostok. At the same time, as source told the agency that DPRK officials could be present on the aircraft. The officials supposedly arrived in Russia to have everything arranged for Kim Jong-un's participation in the Eastern Economic Forum in September.
Anne Applebaum appears in the social media for all the wrong reasons, this time because of a comment on her Twitter account claiming NATO wins the world cup
Anne Applebaum has made a name for herself on the back of Russophobic hysteria, idiotic diatribes and hate-mongering against Moscow, the Kremlin and anything Russian. I have torn this female to shreds many a time in this column, to the point where she refused to engage in any sort of dialogue with me after I tried to humanise our relationship. In short, she skulked off humiliated in a huff, a childish tantrum, a sulk.
Now I am sent a screenshot of a Twitter account bearing her photo, her name and perhaps the most idiotic comment one will find on the Net for some time to come, well perhaps the second most idiotic (President Duterte of the Philippines is supposed to have said he will resign if anyone can show him a selfie they took with God. Rolleyes). The comment attributed to Anne Applebaum, after Russia was eliminated from the World Cup on penalties against Croatia, reads as follows:
The scandal with Croatian football player Domagoj Vida saying "Glory to Ukraine!" after Croatia won the match against Russia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup has caused significant damage to the reputation of the team. The scandal also reminded of hidden problems that receded into the background during the tournament that Russia is hosting. Yet, those problems have never disappeared. Andrei Pavelko, President of the Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU), defended Croatian player Domagoj Vida, who pronounced the phrase "Glory to Ukraine" in his video message. Croatia defeated Russia in a series of penalty kicks in the quarterfinal match of the 2018 World Cup."Over the past few years, the appeal "Glory to Ukraine!" has become a symbol of strength and patriotism for our citizens. So it is quite natural for him to say that because Ukraine had given him a lot," Pavlenko said. Pavelko wrote on Facebook that Vida, who had played for Dynamo Kiev in the past for several years, had the right to publicly show his support for Ukraine. The FFU also sent letters to the FIFA and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) with a requirement to defend the Croatian footballer.After the victory over Russia (3-2), Vida and another footballer of the Croatian team, Ognjen Vukojevic, recorded a video message, in which they dedicated their victory to Ukraine. "Glory to Ukraine! This victory is for Dynamo and for Ukraine. Come on, come on! Go, Croatia," the two players said speaking in Russian. The video inevitably attracted attention of both the general public and journalists, and not everyone was delighted about it. Following the reaction to the video, the Croatian Football Union (HNS) released a statement, in which it was said that the footballers made such a video to thank their Ukrainian fans who were very supportive of Croatia. HNS representatives also said that both Vida and Vukojevic had played for Ukraine in the past. They also noted that all members of the Croatian football team were recommended to be very careful in their statements, as some of them could be interpreted as political ones. Tomislav Dasovic, a correspondent of the Vecernji List publication, said that Vida explained what he wanted to say with the video. "He had no desire to provoke the Russian people, not at all! He had lived in Ukraine for many years, so perhaps Domagoj wanted to show how much he valued the Ukrainian period of his career. Vida is not a politician, he never was," the journalist said. "I am sure that the defender admires the kindness and hospitality that he and members of the Croatian national team feel in Russia," he added. Journalists of another publication, sportarena.hr, said that the video could be interpreted as a "direct provocation" against the backdrop of tense relations between Russia and the official authorities of Ukraine. Dnevno.hr website said that the Croats' actions came as "an act on the edge." Others in Croatia criticized Vida and Vukojević because they could face punishment from FIFA.As a result, FIFA did not apply any form of punishment to Vida, but issued a warning to him. The player himself said that his statement was not political at all."The statements that defender of the Croatian team Domagoj Vida and midfielder Ognjen Vukojevic said after the match against Russia came solely as their response to many words of support that they have received from Ukrainian fans during the World Cup. Both Vida and Vukojevic had played for Dynamo Kiev in the past," the statement on the website of the Croatian Football Association said. "Regardless of this, the Croatian Football Association calls on Vida and Vukojevic, as well as other representatives of the Croatian national team to refrain from any statements that might be interpreted in the political context," representatives of the Croatian Football Union said promising to maintain friendly relations with the Russian Football Federation.Domagoj Vida himself said: I treat the Russian people with respect. It was just a joke for my friends from Ukraine. Football is out of politics. I did not mean anything bad," the Croatian footballer said. He had to expand his explanation some time later, when his statements attracted FIFA's attention: "I'm sorry about the fact that mass media have interpreted our message this way. It was clearly not a political message. I communicate in Russian with pleasure and I enjoy the Russian hospitality at the 2018 World Cup," he added. Anton KulikovPravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
A new airplane is being developed for the Air Force of the Russian Federation. The new plane is being designed to jam radio signals to deactivate military space satellites. The new aircraft is said to replace the IL-22 PP "Porubshchik" aircraft. The equipment on board the new aircraft will be able to suppress radio signals of any targets in all elements - on the ground, in the air and at sea. The new Russian weapon will be able to disable enemy satellites which ensure navigation and radio communication on the ground.The works on the new airplane are only getting started and it is not going to be put in operation soon. So far, only sketch of the aircraft is ready, and experimental design work is to start in the near future.The USSR used to have a similar aircraft - the MiG-31D. The aircraft was equipped with a special missile that could destroy space targets. The airplane was capable of shooting down satellites and deactivating ballistic missiles.
An Israeli Air Force fighter struck the T4 airbase in Syria's Homs province. The Syrian air defense system shot down the aircraft, news agency SANA reports. "Air defense systems repelled Israel's aggression having shot down a number of missiles and one of the attacking aircraft," the Syrian news agency said. No one was injured as a result of the attack on the airbase.Other Israeli aircraft subsequently left Syrian airspace. However, Israeli state radio station Kan Bet said that the command of the Israeli army denied the information about the downed plane. At the same time, Israel still does not take responsibility for the air strike on the base, the report said.It is worthy of note that Russia's intention to ship S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria caused quite a commotion in Israel. Avigdor Lieberman, the Defense Minister of the Jewish State, said that Israel would destroy S-300 complexes in Syria should they pose a threat to Israeli aircraft. "If someone shoots at our aircraft, we will destroy him," he said.
The woman, who was poisoned with a nerve agent in Amesbury, the UK, died. A murder case was filed in connection to her death.Dawn Sturgess, 44, of Darrington, died at hospital in the evening of July 8. According to Scotland Yard, the autopsy will be conducted later. A second of the affected, a 45-year-old man, remains in critical condition.British Prime Minister Theresa May and the chief of the counterterrorism division of Scotland Yard, Neil Basu, expressed their condolences in connection with the woman's death. On July 4, in Amesbury, a city not far from Salisbury, a man and a woman were hospitalised in critical condition. The police said that the two people were "under the influence of an unknown substance." Scotland Yard officials later said that the victims were exposed to Novichok nerve agent, which earlier affected former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.Both of the high-profile cases took place in the area of the secret laboratory of the British Defense Ministry in Porton Down.
Maine Coon breeder from Moscow, Tatyana Rastorguyeva, published a few curious photos and videos of kittens that look very much like humans. The woman named the kitten Valkyrie. The video went viral in Russia. Many suggested the woman should take the kitten to film producers so that they make the feline a star of horror films. It is worthy of note that Tatyana has several other human-like cats on her Instagram account. The Maine Coon is one of the largest domesticated breeds of cat. It has a distinctive physical appearance and valuable hunting skills. It is one of the oldest natural breeds in North America, specifically native to the state of Maine, where it is the official state cat. The Maine Coon is a large and sociable cat, hence its nickname, "the gentle giant." It is characterized by a prominent ruff along its chest, robust bone structure, rectangular body shape, an uneven two layered coat with longer guard hairs with a silky satin under layer undercoat, and a long, bushy tail. The breed's colors vary widely, with only lilac and chocolate disallowed for pedigree. Reputed for its intelligence and playful, gentle personality, the Maine Coon is often cited as having "dog-like" characteristics.
FIFA Semi-Finals: France v. Belgium; England v. Croatia
Congratulations, Croatia! Spasiba, Russia! Thank you for some amazing hospitality, unerring organisation and splendid soccer. A memorable World Cup!
England 2 Sweden 0
FIFA Quarter-Finals: France v. Belgium
France 2 Uruguay 0
We have told G7 Leaders to Make Gender Inequality and Patriarchy History
For most people, the annual G7 meeting may just seem like an expensive photo-op that doesn't connect with any concrete change in people's lives. But for us, appointed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to sit on his G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council, it was a unique opportunity to push for strong commitments for girls' and women's rights. We had the opportunity to meet the seven leaders for breakfast and make a strong case for concrete commitments and accelerated action to achieve gender equality within a generation. There is unprecedented momentum and support for gender equality and women's rights. With the universal adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, which put gender equality at the center, and the global attention brought by #MeToo and related campaigns on ending sexual harassment and other forms of violence against women, support for improving outcomes for girls and women has never been so high. The explosion of discussions in our offices and shopfloors, our boardrooms and lockerooms, our dining rooms and bedrooms must come right to the G7 table. It is therefore significant that leaders spent two hours discussing gender equality and that it was also part of other discussions. As the richest economies in the world, G7 countries can bring about far reaching systemic changes envisaged in the global agenda for sustainable development. The impact of G7 countries goes well beyond their borders. We have told leaders that they must use this unique footprint for the benefit of women and girls. Together with the Gender Equality Advisory Council, we have put forward a comprehensive set of recommendations. As a foundation, it is critical to eliminate discriminatory legislation which persists in G7 countries and around the world. We also called for the removal of barriers to women's income's security and participation in the labour market. Concrete measures, such as legislation and implementation of pay equity can close the wage gap between men and women. And the jobs of the future, whether it is in the digital economy or artificial intelligence, must help close - not further widen - the gender gap. For most women, the challenge of balancing productive and reproductive lives creates a "motherhood penalty" that triggers major setbacks for women in the economy. G7 leaders can shape an economy that closes the gap between women and men through affordable childcare, paid parental leave, and greater incentives for men to do half of all care work. Addressing violence against women in the workplace is critical. Employers, shareholders, customers, trade unions, Boards, Ministers all have an obligation to make workplaces safe, hold perpetrators accountable and end impunity. The emerging International Labour Organization's standard to end violence and harassment at work should be supported to drive greater progress in this area. None of this will happen without the full participation and voice of women at all decision-making tables. We applaud the increasing numbers of countries with gender equal cabinets. We need more countries to follow suit, as well as the private sector. Because men still disproportionately control our political, economic, religious, and media institutions, they have a special responsibility to actively support policies and cultural change. Men's voices and actions, including those of our predominately male political leaders, are critical because they have such a big impact on the attitudes and behavior of other men. We welcome the announcement by Canada, the European Union, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the World Bank of an investment of nearly US$ 3 billion for girls' education, including the single largest investment in education for women and girls in crisis and conflict situations. This is a significant step forward to build a foundation for greater progress. In our own work, as the Executive Director of UN Women, and as a writer and activist focused on engaging men to promote gender equality and end violence against women, we've been witness to dramatic changes over the past few decades. The courage of individual women and the leadership of women's movements have meant that patriarchy is being dismantled in front of our eyes. But greater leadership is required. A strong commitment by G7 leaders to take this agenda forward beyond the Summit can push forward the most dramatic and far-reaching revolution in human history. The one that will make gender inequality history.
Two Views of the Putin/Trump Summit
Paul Craig Roberts
The meeting that the Deep State strived to make impossible with fabricated "Russiagate" assertions and an orchestrated "investigation" by Mueller has now been set in place by no less that Deep State neocon operative John Bolton. Patrick Lang explains how this came about:
FIFA Knock-out time, Russia through
Argentina 3 France 4
Griezmann (pen.) 13 Pavard 57 Mbappe 64, 68
Ever since the United States Supreme Court appointed George W. Bush president during the coup of 2000, a majority of its members have been on an unabashed mission to replace democracy with plutocracy and individual freedom with corporate fascism.
This mission began in earnest in 2010, in the case of Citizens United vs. FEC. I have written about the egregiousness of this case in great detail in numerous Pravda.Report articles, such as The Greatest Threat to America (Jan. 27, 2010) and May God Damn Wall Street, Republican Party, and Supreme Court (Feb. 14, 2012).
In Citizens United, five so-called "justices" stated that corporations and labor unions can spend unlimited amounts of money to indirectly (through advertising, movies, etc.) support political candidates. Although this appears to create a balance between the rights of corporations and labor, its duplicity soon became apparent. Following this ruling, numerous states instituted "right-to-work" laws (Indiana even "fast-tracking" theirs) that allow workers in union shops to refuse to pay union dues, while still compelling unions to provide them representation.
It may seem difficult to imagine that the Member of the Order of the British Empire Lawrence Graff and his heirs have something in common with the Russian organized criminal group called Sevastopol. But apparently the famous jewelry house has learned, which people can hide behind big money moving from Russia to offshore jurisdictions. Graff Diamonds is appeared to be linked to Russian mafia-related businessmen, as reported by Versia, the leading Russian investigative media since 1998. This story deserves to be told in full detail. Cyprus as a starting point for Russian money At the end of May 2015, a huge celebration took place in Limassol, Cyprus, in honour of the Grand Opening of a jewelry boutique Graff, a franchise of the British company Graff Diamonds Ltd, founded in 1960 by Sir Lawrence Graff. This magnificent event was attended by hundreds of high-ranking guests, including President of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis and also executive directors of Graff Diamonds Ltd, François Graff and Elliot Graff. The Graff partner in Cyprus was Rustem Magdeev, the Russia-born entrepreneur with Cyprus passport. He seemed to be well connected in Europe and especially in Russia, as he used to be an adviser to Rustam Minnikhanov, the President of Tatarstan, the wealthy region in Russia with Muslim majority. Rustem Magdeev and his son Ernest Magdeev were managing the Equix Group Ltd., which runs the Graff franchise. Some of the Graff Grand Opening guests flew to Cyprus by private jet purchased by Equix Group. They were taken from the airport to the newly built Marina of Limassol by luxury Rolls-Royce limousines, crafted by English masters by special order of Equix Group. Louis Roederer Cristal champagne, white and red wine from the leading French chateaux flowed like water. Jewels worth more than 1 billion euros, specially brought for the event, were under protection of the special police department of Cyprus. Then, in May 2015, nobody couldn't predict that in a couple of years Graff Diamonds Ltd, a company with a worldwide crystal clear reputation, would participate in an international scandal, heroes of which would become well-known Russian entrepreneurs, as well as their patrons from the crime rings. Intoxicating success of Graff According to Versia, Equix Group Ltd invested more than 10 million euros in the construction of the Graff boutique in Cyprus. Furthermore, about 110 million euros were spent on the purchase of jewelry. From documents on open access we learned that Graff Diamonds Ltd was able to sell the jewelry with an enormous discount of 60%! Business looked promising, especially considering the fact that by 2015 the Republic of Cyprus coped with the consequences of the banking crisis and became attractive to foreign capital. In Limassol they began to build the first casino in the history of Cyprus, integrated into the largest hotel complex. The authorities have opened a program for obtaining citizenship in exchange for investment. Among the owners of the new Cypriot passports there were immigrants from the CIS countries, China and the Middle East countries, known for their passion for the jewelry made by the Graff. By the end of 2015, the Graff boutique in Limassol sold jewelery for tens of millions of euros. Cypriot success helped the representatives of the Equix Group Ltd to agree with the owners of Graff Diamonds Ltd on opening of another European franchise in Vienna. The decision was absolutely unprecedented, as the company of Sir Lawrence Graff had never given before the franchise rights on the territory of the continental EU. This decision led to an unimaginable scandal. Chain reaction after financial breakup Graff Diamonds Ltd agreed to hand over the franchise in the capital of Austria to the Equix Group Ltd on a condition that the partner raise investments in the amount of $50 million. After that, one of the undisclosed founders and a former shareholder of the Cypriot company went to Moscow to discuss this condition with its investors. Initially, the consortium of the investors of the Equix Group Ltd accepted the offer, but they didn't manage to come to an agreement. The reason for this failure, apparently, was a well-known Russian-Cypriot entrepreneur Rustem Magdeev.
In January 2016, Magdeev, who at that time had already invested in Equix Group Ltd, made a "default" on his obligations. This happened because Magdeev could not return other investments that he made in 2013 in the Cyprus company V.M.H.Y. Holdings Ltd, through his company called Ashaja Investments. The company was under control of the infamous Russian banker Andrey Vdovin, who is arrested in Russia by default, being under current investigation for a number of financial frauds. Financial difficulties of Rustem Magdeev launched a "chain reaction" in the Equix Group Ltd. In February 2016, the founders of the Cyprus company had to give away their shares to another investor, a citizen of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Cyprus, Emil Gainulin. Most likely, Mr. Gainulin was afraid of reaction of Magdeev, and therefore he sold his option Equix Group Ltd in exchange for the investment. Starting from next month, the company-owner of the boutique Graff in Limassol focused on the selling of remaining commodity. Graff Diamonds Ltd completely stopped buying new jewelry items. The investment program of the Equix Group Ltd, which had planned to open numerous well-known European brands in the Marina of Limassol, was frozen. By that time, the control over the operating activities of the Cypriot company had passed to the hands of Ernest Magdeev who was the son of Rustem Magdeyev and also to the administrator, appointed by Mageevs, Russian citizen Vladislav Slizikov. This administrator, as may seem from the analysis of his activitiy, didn't have any relevant experience for working with staff. As a result of his actions, the company lost many qualified employees. Lawyer from Cyprus and "fellows" from Sevastopol gang In May 2017, when the situation in the Equix Group Ltd became critical, Rustem Magdeev decided to address to the lawyer Michalis Kyriakides, owner of the law office Harris Kyriakides. Kyriakides was a professional liquidator who later became famous for his case against Ukrainian oligarch Rinat Akhmetov (#1 in Forbes billionaire list in Ukraine). At the end of 2017, the Cypriot court froze Akhmetov's assets worth $820 million. In June 2018, the court annuled this decision, highlighting that there were no reasons for freezing the assets. Kirakaides enthusiastically started out the liquidation of the Equix Group Ltd. Almost all of the the remaining staff was put out on the street. The process of the sale of the property and the assets at giveaway prices began. As reported, the lawyer himself became the owner of the luxury Rolls-Royce cabriolet, which was designated for the customers of the Graff boutique in Limassol. Along with the liquidation, Rustem Magdeev tried to sell his stake in the Equix Group Ltd to its former owners. It seems that he did not do without the support of "authoritative" friends from Russia. Versia's investigators found that on May 17, 2017, a private jet landed at Larnaka airport, on board of which there was an impressive delegation headed by Mr. Magdeev and the citizen of the Russian Federation Radik Yusupov. Mr. Yusupov, according to Business Online from Tatarstan, is well known criminal by his nickname "Dragon". Allegedly he is the leader of the organized criminal community "Sevastopolskiye" ("From Sevastopol" in English, named after Moscow's hotel Sevastopol, that had been the headquarters of the gang). This is the largest criminal network not only in the scale of Tatarstan, but also in the scale of whole Russia. There are dozens of murders, kidnappings and other serious crimes on the account of the "Sevastopolskiye".
Radik "Dragon" Yusupov was sentenced in 2011 in Russia to 8 years for organizing of a series of murders. He was released from prison on probation in 2016. It was just revealed in Russian media that Rustem Magdeev had started his career in Tatarstan in a gang, which was a part of Sevastopol crime community, led by Dragon. In April 2018, the online newswire Wek reported that Rustem Magdeev was nicknamed as «Broiler», when he was in a gang. In his early years of entrepreneurship Magdeev was responsible for distribution of fake vodka, produced and bottled underground by gangsters in the beginning of 90s. As part of the working visit to Cyprus, Rustem Magdeev and Radik "Dragon" Yusupov held a number of negotiations with undisclosed co-owners of the Equix Group Ltd. The purpose of these negotiations was to compel the company to repurchase Mr. Magdeev's interests for more than $40 million, but the negotiations failed to succeed. It is believed that appearance of Radik "Dragon" Yusupov in the dispute proves his personal financial interest in this Graff venture, represented by former gang ally Rustem Magdeev. Meanwhile, the actions of the liquidator, Mr. Kyriakides, were not approved by Emil Gaynulin, another shareholder and investor of the Equix Group Ltd. According to Russian media, on June 22, 2017, Mr. Gaynulin allegedly made an effort to release his option by taking out part of the Graff Diamonds Ltd's products in the boutique's safe. The jewels were transported to the depository of the Bank of Cyprus, located near the Marina of Limassol. The actions of the shareholder caused a sharp reaction from Rustem Magdeev and his partners. Radik Yusupov came to Cyprus personally to protect his investments and to "solve the issue". As a result, the jewels returned to the boutique's safe and the case went on a legal level. Meanwhile, Versia investigation showed the connection between Rustem Magdeev and suppliers of the precious stones from Columbia. It was reported that Ernest Magdeev, who was officially involved in Equix Group/Graff franscise, was sending around the private offer on Columbian emeralds, in the same time as Graff was launched in Cyprus. As Wek revealed, there is strong evidence that these stones and even replicas of Graff jewelry could be sold to some clients of Equix Group in 2015-16, primarily from Russia. This is not the first claim, when Russia-origin businessmen are involved in illegal operations with famous luxury brands. Wek also refers to loud scandal with Graff's Russian partner, Mercury Group operating TSUM in Moscow, where counterfeit and fake luxury watches and jewelry, estimated in millions euros, were seized by Custom Office. Gang is back in June 2018 On July 2017, hired by Emil Gainulin Cypriot lawyers from the company George Yiangou attempted to resist Mr. Kyriakides's actions and achieve his deprivation. However, this attempt was also ineffective, since Radik Yusupov and his protege from Chechnya, Shamil Ediev (better known as "Sultan"), rejoined the negotiation process. Mr. Gaynulin had to admit his defeat and leave the Equix Group Ltd under control of Rustem Magdeev and his assistants, Vladislav Slizikov and Michalis Kyriakides. After that, Rustem Magdeev decided to diversify the possible risks. Executive director of the Equix Group Ltd Nakis Anastasiou was forced to sign a number of fictitious documents. As a result, part of the goods produced by Graff Diamonds Ltd went directly to Magdeev. At the end of July 2017 the jewels were taken to Switzerland, to a free port located on the territory of the Geneva airport. After the transportation the company Equix Group Ltd was left only with goods belonging to Emil Gaynulin. By the summer of 2018, Equix Group Ltd had completely gone out of business. First, the shop of Iranian carpets, "Shiraz Carpets", was closed. Than there occured some problems with the service of the Halcyon Gallery of Contemporary Art. The only major customer of the Graff boutique was Dragon's associate Shamil Ediev. He took out the goods worth about 3,5 million dollars. This could be a kind of "payment" for the services by Mr. Gaynulin in July 2017. It may seem that the story of confrontation of investors and shareholders of Equix Group Ltd is over on that point, but in June 2018 the conflict suddenly continued. An entrepreneur from Kaliningrad Alexei Streletsky and his offshore company Stream Ventures Ltd filed a lawsuit. One of the defendants was law office Areti Charidemou & Associates. This company carried out state registration of the Equix Group Ltd in late 2014 and it was its only executive director. It turned out that at the end of 2016, Stream Ventures Ltd invested more than $5 million in products of Graff Diamonds Ltd. It was planned to release these products in Graff boutiques in Limassol and Vienna. This not a routine type of investments in jewelry business, according to the sources of Versia. It is curious that the interests of Mr. Streletsky and Stream Ventures Ltd were represented also by Michalis Kyriakides. Stream Ventures Ltd is known for lawsuits in the UK against TIB Investments Ltd, which previously ran the Russian commercial bank Trust, transferred to the rehabilitation of the Russian banking group Otkrytie in December 2014. The company Stream Ventures Ltd "lost" more than $ 20 million as a result of the decision of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, the sum which was invested in 2011-2014 in the credit notes of the Bank Trust. The owner of the Stream Ventures Ltd, Mr. Streletsky, known as the owner of the Guards Meat Factory in Kaliningrad and a failed builder of the pedestrian bridge across the Pregol River. Alexei Streletsky himself is no more than a nominal person who covers the ultimate beneficiary, Russian citizen Pavel Parshikov. Parshikov is a former official of the central apparatus of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, who in 2004-2006 took part in the contraband of consumer goods from the Middle East to Russia. It is clear, that this duo Streletsky-Parshikov is linked to Rustem Magdeev and Radik "Dragon" Yusupov. The Graff's Cyprus "adventure" continues.
Pope sends rosary to Lula, political prisoner for more than two months
Pope Francis made his first explicit statement of support for former President Lula of Brazil; "The president received the rosary in the headquarters of the Federal Police in Curitiba", posted the Lula team on social networks, with a photo of Claudio Kbene; about a month ago, the Pontiff strongly condemned the coup at a mass in the Vatican; without citing Brazil or the name of Lula directly, he made a perfect description of what happens in the country
247 - Pope Francisco made his first explicit statement of support for former President Lula, held as a political prisoner 67 days ago. "Pope Francis sent a rosary to President Lula, a political prisoner for 67 days. The president received the rosary in the headquarters of the Federal Police in Curitiba ", posted the Lula team on social networks, with a photo of Claudio Kbene.
Sweden denies crimes of Lula and Dilma in Gripen fighter
GGN News - The BBC reported on Tuesday that Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven testified before the courts under the Zelotes operation and denied any wrongdoing or immorality practiced by Lula, Dilma, Saab or the Swedish government. in the negotiations involving the purchase of 36 Gripen fighters by the Brazilian government, for 5.4 billion dollars, in 2014.
The Swedish government and Saab are not among the defendants in the criminal case in Brasilia. Already Lula is accused of having practiced influence traffic with Dilma when Brazil acquired the fighters. The operation would have involved bribes and the couple of lobbyists Mauro Marcondes and Cristina Mautoni, of M & M (Marcondes and Mautoni Empreendimentos), the office contracted by Saab to represent it.
A historic day for feminism in South America
The history of abortion brings so much, but so much controversy that it seems one of those things that can only be spoken about in secret. We know that illegality is not the real reason these conversations only happen in the underworld of women's groups (and the broad spectrum of feminist movements), and I wonder then if it would be the literal fact of the interruption of life that causes us so much discomfort.
by Mariana Nassif / JornalGGN
FIFA: Group Phase complete
In this document you have all the games, tables and scorers of the first phase of FIFA World Cup 2018.
Russia v. Spain; Portugal v. Uruguay; Denmark v. Croatia; France v. Argentina; Sweden v. Switzerland; Brazil v. Mexico; Colombia v. England Japan v. Belgium
Soccer as a globalising force
The group phase of FIFA 2018 now over, we can already draw some conclusions as to the importance of soccer as world communicator and how the game is developing.
Soccer, or the game played by the rules of the English Football Association (AsSOCiation, SOCcer) is without any doubt a global communicator. It has all the characteristics of a proxy "us" and "them" played out on the sports field, it involves the skills necessary to catch the attention of most people, globally, has enough players on the field to be representative of a town or a faction or a club and has the requirements to create waves of emotion among the fans or viewers.
Champions Germany out!
Russia v. Spain; Portugal v. Uruguay; Denmark v. Croatia; France v. Argentina;
A couple of days ago, I wrote an article, entitled The Sarah Huckabee Sanders Scam (Pravda.Report, June 24, 2018) that discussed the incident where the chief propagandist for America's wannabe dictator was asked to leave a small restaurant in Virginia. Much has happened since that time, so I thought I would update readers.
1. Sanders's father Mike Huckabee called the restaurant's actions "bigotry," and described their menu items as "Hate Plates" and "small plates for small minds."
Yet this is the same Mike Huckabee who, a short while earlier, denounced Nancy Pelosi's criticism of separating immigrant children from their parents by tweeting that Pelosi's new "campaign committee" was comprised of Hispanic gang members. Not only was this tweet condemned as racist, it also ignored the fact that many Hispanic people seeking to immigrate to America are doing so to escape rampant gang violence in their home countries.
Russia v. Spain; Portugal v. Uruguay; Denmark v. Croatia; France v. Argentina
EU and Western Sahara: The Hassle and the Controversy!
El-Aaiun, Western Sahara: On Monday, June 11th of 2018, the European Commission adopted an agreement in the form of an exchange of letters between Morocco and the European Union (EU) in order to grant preferential tariffs to products originating from occupied Western Sahara, particularly agricultural and fisheries products. This agreement will serve as an amendment to the Association Agreement between Morocco and the EU if later adopted by the European Parliament.
By: Mohamed Brahim, June 17,2018.
Russia through to knock-out stage
Uruguay, three games, three wins, takes on Portugal and Russia, 6 points from 3 games, faces Spain in the next round.
Law enforcement agencies of Great Britain, in cooperation with their colleagues from Spain and France, have initiated the investigation into the activity of the British company Lehram Capital Investments Ltd.
This structure allegedly controlled by notorious Russian "businessmen" Ruslan Rostovtsev and Rustem Magdeev, is suspected of involvement and connection with Russian criminal world, specifically, with the leaders of "Izmaylovo" and "Sevastopol" organised criminal groups. In the context of frayed diplomatic relations, such allegations invariably lead to increased scrutiny. In the case of Lehram it even involves the British registrar — The Companies House of England and Wales — that will conduct its own independent investigation. If the allegations of impropriety are confirmed that would lead to Lehram Capital Investments Ltd being struck off and its directors criminally charged.
Legal costs without support
Yesterday, the "Prime" agency reported that the aforementioned Companies House found that Lehram has violated The Companies Act 2006 in relation to the preparation and reporting of its annual accounts. This is a criminal offense leading to up to two years imprisonment and heavy fines. So at best, Lehram will be fined, at worst — the company will be struck off the register with an initiation of a criminal case against the directors of the company.
Study warns of the need to evaluate the presence of viruses in Wastewater Treatment Plants
A study carried out by a team from the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Coimbra (FFUC) concluded that the current methods used in Wastewater Treatment Plants (ETAR) are not effective in removing the most resistant viruses.
Analyzes carried out on samples collected at 15 WWTPs from north to south of the country revealed the presence of high amounts of genetic material from some viruses, such as polyomavirus JC and Norovirus.
England shines, Poland out
England 6 Panama 1
Recently, the Online world was filled with right-wing "outrage" over the fact that Donald Trump's chief propagandist, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, had been asked to leave a small restaurant in Virginia due to the owner's disdain for Huckabee Sanders's often disingenuous defense of Trump's policies.
Much of this outrage mirrored a theme I discussed in a recent Pravda.Report article, I Love Free Speech; I Hate Free Speech (June 5, 2018): That people will vociferously support speech and/or actions that comport with their beliefs, and just as vociferously condemn speech and/or actions that don't.
As many commentators pointed out, Huckabee Sanders had no compunction about praising a recent Supreme Court decision that allowed a private business to refuse service to a gay couple, and undoubtedly many of those now expressing "outrage" at her so-called "mistreatment" most likely applauded this decision as well. And how many of these same commentators, through online contributions, raised almost a million dollars for the owners of an Indiana pizzeria after they announced they would not provide catering services for same-sex weddings (How To Get Rich in America, Pravda.Report, April 9, 2015).
Magnificent Tunisia out, Group F complicated
There was not a three-goal difference between Belgium and Tunisia, both teams putting on a magnificent show of end-to-end soccer
Nigeria 2 Iceland 0
Musa 49, 75
Yulin, China: Where dogs are tortured to death and eaten
Any society which permits shocking acts of cruelty to animals is one without morals, without values, one of sub-human parasites. Reader discretion advised.
I apologize to the many Chinese citizens fighting for animal rights and I apologize to the growing number of Chinese speaking out against this outrage. Hoping that more and more media outlets will take this story up, I am about to fire with both barrels. Reader discretion advised, this is very disturbing to write and probably more so to read.
A new world order in Soccer
Globalized training methods and free movement of players means a new reality is starting in world soccer: The next Champion may not be a Golden Oldie
Brave Morocco bow out
Hopefully Morocco will keep its team and its coach together because the Atlas Lions are one touch away from glory
Even though Russia is not a football-mad country, the Russians need the World Cup for many reasons. The most prestigious and the largest sports tournament in the world will make millions of people take a different look at Russia, writer and political scientist Akelsei Mukhin believes. "Many in Russia were very apprehensive of the World Cup, but it turns out that it's going very well, even though Russia is not a great football nation. Some say that the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the most expensive in history. Will the World Cup change what the world says about Russia these days?" "We may go back to the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Many were saying that Russia was spending too much on those Games, that many sports facilities would be abandoned. Yet, time put everything in its place. The 2014 Winter Olympic Games made Sochi become a totally new city. It will help us grow new generations of athletes. This is a good investment in our future, in our people and infrastructure. One needs to invest a lot in infrastructure to be able to hold the World Cup. This is a major event that attracts a lot of tourists. The presentation of Russia in foreign media has been utterly negative recently. A distorted image of Russia was created - an evil and corrupt country. However, many foreign tourists who come to Russia for the games are stunned with what they can see here. This enormous exposure that the World Cup brings will play into our hands, because it will be harder for foreign media to lie about Russia afterwards. "The most recent "horror story" was the so-called Skripal case. Indeed, most of the British people are sure that it was the Russians who made that all happen. However, they are also concerned about the actions of the British authorities. The story had such a strong and aggressive start and a very vague ending. It appears that the British authorities have lashed themselves. British people want to know how such a thing could happen in their country, where, as it turns out, Russian special services feel at home. In the long run, the Skripal scandal has left a huge stain on the reputation of the British authorities and special services in the first place. In fact, there is no such case as the Skripal case. It has fallen apart. Sergei and Yulia Skripal are alive, which suggests that there was no nerve agent used."
Also read: What do foreign fans visiting World Cup say about Russia?
The world shuddered when the United States announced its decision to pull out from the UN Human Rights Council. According to Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, "our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights."She criticized the UN Human Rights Council for "its chronic bias against Israel" and bluntly stated that the council, the purpose of which is to defend human rights, has such human rights abusers such as China, Cuba, Venezuela and the Democratic Republic of Congo. "The world's most inhumane regimes continue to escape scrutiny and the council continues politicising and scapegoating of countries with positive human rights records in an attempt to distract from the abusers in their ranks," she also said adding that the USA could leave 17 months ago, when the US administration changed. Haley said that the USA would continue supporting human rights outside the organisation and would consider joining it back when required reforms take place. It is worthy of note that the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva passed a resolution in May of this year calling for international investigation into the actions of the Israeli military against participants in mass protests in Gaza that began on March 30, 2018.According to Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, the UN model in the field of human rights plays a very important role in the promotion and protection of human rights throughout the world.The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zayed Ra'ad al Hussein, was also disappointed with the latest move of the United States. "Disappointing if not really surprising news. Given the human rights situation in the modern world, the United States should have stepped up its efforts rather than leave," he said. EU officials believe that USA's pull out from the UN Human Rights Council may undermine the role of the USA as a campion of international democracy. Contributors to the "Vneshpol" ("Foreign Policy") Telegram channel believe that the UN Human Rights Council was too much preoccupied with the criticism of Israel. "The HRC has been ruthlessly criticizing Israel all the time. Among its members, there were such "prominent human rights defenders" as like Cuba, Saudi Arabia , Pakistan, Azerbaijan and China. It came to a point when even UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged the HRC to think about some other problems. George W. Bush refused to join the HRC, but Obama accepted membership hoping to reform the council from within. The acceptance of the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a HRC member became the last straw. Therefore, if the USA's pullout from the HRC will lead to its reform, one may only welcome this move."
From where I stand: "We need men who will stand up for the rights of women and girls"
E. Wilkins Nah is one of 15 public prosecutors at the frontlines of the fight against sexual and gender-based violence in post-conflict Liberia. By combining his legal experience with knowledge on survivor-centred response, he is working to end impunity and ensure justice for survivors.
When I took over as County Attorney (Prosecutor) in Bong County, I had no understanding of how to deal with cases of rape or other cases on violence against women because I had never been trained in this area.
Russia continues to improve its combat robot Uran-9. The robot that weighs ten tons was developed to storm various objects and fortified areas.After the expert analysis of the work of the machine during Syrian operations, Russian specialists decided to improve a number of parameters, such as control, mobility, firepower, surveillance and intelligence functions. For the time being, the robot can neither shoot nor move. The Uran-9 can "see" for a distance of 2 kilometres, which is not enough. Another nuance is the control of the machine. To be able to control the robotic machine remotely, one has to stay in the zone of visibility - this peculiarity distinguishes ground drones from unmanned aerial vehicles. To control an UAV, one can use satellite communication, which means that the operator can stay a hundred kilometres away. On the ground, however, there are many obstacles, such as buildings, to establish uninterrupted connection between the operator and the machine. Therefore, the machine will be useful most on flat surfaces, where the connection is of high quality. It is worthy of note that Uran-9 is equipped with a 30-millimeter gun, a large-caliber machine gun, anti-tank missiles and anti-aircraft missile system (Igla).
DPRK leader Kim Jong-un wrote a letter to President Putin. In the letter, Kim wrote about productive cooperation at the highest state level, Putin's aide Yuri Ushakov said.According to him, Kim Jong-un did not write anything about arranging a possible meeting with President Putin. The news about Kim Jong-un's letter to Putin was made public on June 14, when Putin had a meeting with chairman of the supreme legislative and executive body of the DPRK Kim Yong Nam.Putin invited Kim Jong-un to come for the Eastern Economic Forum, which is to take place this autumn, although the Russian president said that he would be glad to see the DPRK leader in Russia any time. Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, when on an official visit to North Korea, invited Kim Jong-un to come to Moscow, and the leader of the DPRK said that he would like to talk to Vladimir Putin in person.