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21 января, 10:01

Сколько в мире стран?

В этом, казалось бы, простом вопросе есть подвох - существует несколько официальных списков государств мира. Если считать по списку стран-членов ООН, который включает в себя 193 государства, после моего Вояжа-100 я добил количество своих заграничных "чекинов" до ровной сотни. Этот список очень строгий - там, например, Ватикан или Макао не является отдельной страной.Существует еще список UN+. Он значительно шире. В нем уже не 193, а 266 стран. Здесь Ватикан - отдельная страна, и Антарктида считается за страну. По этому списку я посетил 115 стран.Но путешественники меряются количеством посещенных стран не только по спискам ООН. Есть ещё TCC список. Его создали и ведут в клубе путешественников Traveler's Century Club (TCC). Клуб этот появился в Лос Анджелесе в 1954 году. Его организовали путешественники того времени. Вступить в этот клуб могут только те, кто посетил более 100 стран по их списку, который включает в себя 325 стран и территорий. По этому списку я посетил 129 стран. То есть могу уже вступить в этот клуб, правда плюшек, кроме личного эго, это членство никаких не дает. Наконец, существует огромный перечень сайта TheBestTravelled.com Он включает в себя 1281 территорию мира (многие страны поделены на регионы) и по нему я посетил аж 361 локацию. Именно карта с этого сайта висит в начале этого поста. Самым крутым путешественником России является Артемий Лебедев. Несколько лет назад он поставил себе цель посетить все страны мира и посетил. На сколько я знаю, он единственный россиянин, который был во всех странах мира. А у вас какие показатели? По какому списку считаете? Поделитесь!Africa (10)BotswanaEgyptMauritiusMoroccoNamibiaSeychellesSouth AfricaTanzaniaTunisiaZambiaAntarctica Asia (22)AzerbaydzhanBhutanCambodiaChina       Ноng Kong      Macao Georgia India IndonesiaJapan KazakhstanKyrgyzstanMalaysia MaldivesMyanmarNepalNorth Korea Pakistan Singapore South Korea ThailandTurkmenistan Uzbekistan Vietnam Australia (2)AustraliaNew ZealandCaribbean and Central America (6)BahamasBelizeCosta RicaCuba HondurasNicaraguaEurope (40)Austria Belgium BelorussiaBosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy       Vatican City Latvia LiechtensteinLithuania LuxemburgMaltaMoldova      Trans DniestrMonaco MontenegroNetherlands NorwayPoland PortugalRomania RussiaSan MarinoSerbiaSlovakiaSloveniaSpainSwedenSwitzerlandUkraine United Kingdom      England      Falkland Islands      Nothern Ireland       Scotland       Wales Middle East (11)BahrainIsraelIranJordanKuwaitLebanonOmanQatarSyria TurkeyUnited Arab Emirates North America (3)CanadaMexicoUnited States of America      Alaska      Arizona      California      Florida      Nevada      Utah      Georgia       Minnesota       New York State       Texas       Washington D.C.       Wisconsin South America (5)ArgentinaBrazil ChileEcuadorUruguay Подписывайтесь на мой канал в YoutubeПодписывайтесь на обновления в ЖЖССЫЛКИ НА МОИ СОЦСЕТИ ПОЛЕЗНЫЕ ССЫЛКИ ДЛЯ ПУТЕШЕСТВЕННИКОВ✈ Бесплатная поездка на Uber✈ Лучшие цены на отели✈ Лучшая симка для путешествий✈ Лучший подбор туров✈ Лучшая медстраховка✈ Лучший кэшбек✈ Лучшие цены на ЖД билеты✈ Лучший интернет-магазин

20 января, 18:06

Istanbul's Grand Bazaar and Britain's Electoral Meddling: The Week in Global-Affairs Writing

The highlights from seven days of reading about the world

19 января, 18:57

Deconstructing Obama’s failure with Russia: What went wrong?

During Barack Obama’s final news conference on Jan. 19 he said that he had always advocated a constructive relationship with Russia. “I think it's in America's interest and the world's interest that we have a constructive relationship with Russia. That's been my approach throughout my presidency,” he said. However, by the end of Obama's presidency this relationship has left much to be desired, with Washington deporting Russian diplomats on accusations that Moscow is undermining the world order. Obama himself has more than once spoken sternly about Russia, criticizing Moscow for its policy in Ukraine and for its “support of the murderous regime” in Syria. The Kremlin, in turn, accused the U.S. of anti-Russian sentiment and ambitions of global dominance. Good intentions The Russian-U.S. relationship was not always strained under Obama. In 2008, Russia under President Dmitry Medvedev perceived the electoral victory of the 47-year-old senator from Illinois with cautious optimism. Obama spoke about his plans to restore good relations with Moscow, which worsened with the August 2008 Russian-Georgian war over South Ossetia. The President of the United States, Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev shake hands during their meeting ahead of the G20 summit in London. April 1, 2009. Source: AP Particular importance was attached to the possibility of the U.S. deploying components of its anti-ballistic missile (ABM) system in Poland and the Czech Republic, a very sensitive issue for Moscow, and also to signing the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty). ABM as spoiler The Russian reset process begun by Obama and Medvedev got off to a successful start. In April 2010, the two presidents signed New START, setting the nuclear rules through 2021. The countries agreed to reduce the number of nuclear warheads to 1,550, and the number of their strategic nuclear missile launchers to 700. According to Obama, the U.S. also assisted Russia in joining the WTO in 2012. The European ABM issue dealt the first serious blow to the reset, said Evgeny Minchenko, president of Minchenko Consulting Communication Group. Will Russia cut its nuclear arsenal in exchange for lifting sanctions? “Despite the successful signing of New START, the Americans announced their plan to deploy the ABM system in Eastern Europe; this is when relations started to worsen,” said Minchenko, adding that Moscow was not convinced by Washington's assurances that the European ABM system was aimed against Iran rather than against Russia. Alexey Arbatov, chairman of the Carnegie Moscow Center's Nonproliferation Program, concurs. “The U.S. believed that the ABM for Eastern Europe was a necessary precondition for continuing the dialogue with Russia,’’ said Arbatov. “Moscow, however, viewed this as an obstacle to dialogue.” Arbatov added that Obama behaved pragmatically and in line with U.S. national interests, and that little depended on his personal traits. Gaddafi, protests in Moscow Then, a string of events took place whose cumulative effect worsened Russian-U.S. relations. The Arab Spring and NATO’s operation in Libya in 2011 were perhaps the most critical events. Hold on tight: Riding the Russian-U.S. rollercoaster “The killing of [Libyan leader Muammar] Gaddafi caused outrage in Russia,” Arbatov said, adding that Russian authorities viewed the civil war in Libya, and that country's disintegration, as a consequence of Washington's irresponsible and dangerous policy. The next milestone in the deterioration of bilateral relations was the Russian parliamentary election in 2011, and the protests that followed. “During the protests of 2011-12, the Russian authorities came to believe that the Americans were clearly meddling in Russia's internal affairs,” Minchenko said, adding that after Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency in 2012, relations with the U.S. soured even further.  Arbatov believes that following Putin's return to power Moscow abandoned the “European development path” for the first time since 1991, and Russia started to position itself as a Eurasian nation that didn’t care about what Washington and the West thought. Isolated issues of cooperation The final divorce came in 2014, with the annexation of Crimea and the civil war in Ukraine, Minchenko said. Washington supported Ukraine in its territorial dispute with Russia, and introduced economic sanctions against Moscow in order to counter “the Russian threat.” Putin countered by pointing out that the reset failed after Libya, i.e. long before Crimea. Expert: “During the protests of 2011-12, the Russian authorities came to believe that the Americans were clearly meddling in Russia's internal affairs.” Source: AP The current Syrian crisis, in which Russia supports President Bashar al-Assad and the U.S. backs armed rebels, has also had a significant negative effect on Russian-U.S. relations. The aggressive rhetoric peaked in autumn 2016, after another failed attempt to settle the Syrian conflict. “The Russian-U.S. relationship came to be characterized by the spirit of the Cold War, with a possibility of it transforming into God knows what,” political analyst Fyodor Lukyanov wrote (in Russian) last October. On the other hand, experts note that even at times of very bad relations Russia and the U.S. have shown an ability to cooperate on individual issues. “Under Obama, after Putin returned to power, we were able to work together on the Iranian nuclear program and on destroying Syria's chemical weapons,” Arbatov said. “These examples of cooperation, however, were isolated and rather specific. Overall, the countries were already drifting apart.” Read more: Russian Iskander ‘deliberately placed’ under passing U.S. satellite>>>

18 января, 17:16

World Bank urges Russia to invest in education and health care

In a break from past reports, the World Bank is not focusing on the Russian economy’s dependence on oil and gas, but instead puts the spotlight on the issue of human potential and welfare. Titled “Russian Federation Systematic Country Diagnostic: Pathway to Inclusive Growth” the new World Bank report was presented at the Gaidar Forum held in Moscow on Jan. 12 at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. Almost half of the report was dedicated to social and demographic challenges. According to the Bank, Russia’s leadership should address the lack of useful professional skills among the population, rising inequality, and a high mortality rate among the economically active population. "It is obvious that there is one common problem [in Russia], that of the risk of long-term stagnation, and it is clear that it will not be possible to restore normal growth through monetary and fiscal policy alone,” said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, addressing the Gaidar Forum’s main session. The prime minister added that the development of human capital through better education, health care, business climate, and infrastructure is a priority for his government. In addition to social and demographic challenges, the World Bank report identified three factors that can impact Russia’s economic growth - fiscal sustainability, high-quality public administration, and efficient use of natural resources. Russia lags behind One of the main paradoxes of the Russian economy is that despite the fact that a high proportion of the population has a university degree, the country lags behind in terms of innovation development and is plagued by low productivity, said one of the report’s authors, World Bank Deputy chief economist Ana Revenga. Russians with higher education do not possess the necessary technical and cognitive skills needed in a modern economy and in innovative companies, said Revenga. Russia wants to double GDP by 2035 In addition, Russia suffers from a high rate of cardiovascular diseases, low quality of outpatient treatment, as well as a high mortality rate among the economically active population, the report said. "In terms of male life expectancy, Russia lags behind China and all major economies," said report co-author Cyril Muller, the World Bank’s Vice President for Europe and Central Asia. Today, Russia spends 2.5 percent of its GDP on social welfare. However, the World Bank says that these funds are not spent efficiently, and in order to rectify the situation it’s necessary to better target such resources. The World Bank’s other recommendation include increasing labor productivity and investing in continuous education so that adult Russians can obtain new skills throughout their lives. Oil loosing relevance The main reason why the World Bank report makes human capital a priority is the hypothesis that the cycle of commodities price growth has ended, said Sergei Khestanov, an economist at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, and a macroeconomics adviser to the head of the financial company, Otkrytie Broker. "Oil as a growth driver has lost its relevance, which means that the only potential source of growth for the Russian economy is to improve the quality of the population," said Khestanov. The example of East European countries (Czech Republic, Poland and the Baltic states) shows that human capital can be a source of growth when the country is not rich in natural resources, Khestanov added. "I believe the World Bank is right, that the condition of the Russian population is such that unless it is dealt with now then any future economic reforms will be meaningless," said Mark Urnov, a professor of social sciences at the Higher School of Economics. Russia has problems with the institutions of power and technological backwardness, but they are much smaller in scale than the problems of low birth rate, poor health and a severe shortage of qualified personnel, Urnov said. Read more: New rating identifies countries best prepared for the future

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18 января, 15:15

Brits Feel Most at Home with Gas

Almost half of all Germans believe it would be desirable to use solar energy for space heating at home, according to a ‘Living in Europe’ study by Kantar Emnid commissioned and released by E.ON. The reality is that two-thirds of German homes are heated with natural gas (47%) or oil (20%).

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18 января, 10:45

Tomas Prouza: 'UK likes our money but not our people'

The Czech Republic's secretary of state for EU affairs says Cameron was too anti-immigrant.

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17 января, 20:07

Czech boars still radioactive 31 years after Chernobyl

An agency in the Czech Republic says about a half of all wild boars in the country’s southwest are radioactive and considered unsafe for consumption due to the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

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16 января, 01:49

Sports hall roof collapses during match in Czech Republic

A sports hall roof collapses during a floorball game in the Czech Republic city of Ceska Trebova.

15 января, 10:29

Фуфлономика_в двух коротких частях

Р.Смирнов снова сетует на экономические диспрропорции нашего безумного мира:"Текущая монетарная система не соответствует реальным экономическим процессам, способствует дальнейшей виртуализации финансовой системы, снятию сливок с мировых цепочек добавленной стоимости за счет владения станком...Ну и конечно наделению некоторых асоциальных дегенеративных элементов неоправданными преимуществами в естественном отборе, впрочем это отдельная тема ).Один из самых ярких примеров с текущей моделью "денег", натяжения совы на глобус это конечно механизм присвоения так называемой кадастровой стоимости, не говоря уж о "рыночной" - особенно актуально в контексте _возможного_ принятия закона - первого шага к лишению права на жилье, приравнивающего Россию к остальному несчастному миру....(уверен, что не примут).Так вот по поводу кадастровой стоимости, когда интересовался Дальним Востоком - выгрузил весь кадастр по Сахалину.150 тысяч участков.Приведу часть таблички (отсортировано по цене):Если сложить их кадастровую стоимость.Как думаете что получится -- 350 миллиардов рублей это только земля.Сахалинский округ не такой уж большой и освоенный, при том, что у нас в стране всего сейчас 36,5 триллионов ( http://www.cbr.ru/statistics/?PrtId=ms ) денег, то уверен что сумма "ценностей" по кадастру в десятки раз больше (база большая еще грузится).Но уже понятно Москва или Питер, даже только земля, без висящих в воздухе нескольких кубометров пустоты между бетонных стенок, "стоимостью" эквивалентной оплате труда нескольких поколений обычных людей, это десятки триллионов.Т.е. это такой конкретный дериватив или растянутый во времени кидок.По идее в идеальном мире сумма всех бабок независимого государства должна быть равна приведенной сумме всех его ресурсов + немного на операционные расчеты между населением и если это не так, то любой перекос в доллароцентричной мировой экономике рано или поздно может привести ее к "венесуэле", не смотря на все ресурсы оной.Кстати никто не задумывался о том, чтобы перевести по текущим курсам денежные агрегаты всех стран к одному знаменателю, то что получится?Ведь границы стираются прямо на глазах - даже Белорусь уже включила "безвиз", шенген, америкосовские зоны...И рост населения беспокоит наших "партнеров" еще и потому, что эти триллиарды "потребителей" в африке с азией и арабском мире, даже имея по 10 баксов в кармане, даже с учетом того, что они резанные, при относительной политической стабильности, мгновенно приводят к нулю базу первого мира, при открытых границах, а они уже по большому счету открыты.10 миллионов обеспеченных немцев со средним миллионом тугриков на депозите, менее интересны транснацикам 1 миллиард китайцев с 10 тысячами у каждого.Тем более что скорость оборота у 10 тысяч гораздо выше чем у 1 миллиона.Задумайтесь на досуге.У западоидов уже поджилки трясутся от перспектив.Без военной машины подавления будет очень тяжело.Последние 20 лет еще как то держали с помощью изобретенного ЦРУ интернета с его гуглами и фейсбуками, вацапами ..., до этого за счет скупки мозгов экспердов или марионеточных правительств по всему миру, но... просто перестает работать. Отсюда и убийства от Милошевича с Хусейном, до Ассада с Кадафи.Еще на эту тему.Один сербский программист, работавший в гугле, уволившись запустил в 2009 простенький, но достаточно интересный сайт - numbeo, где САМИ пользователи могут сообщить текущие цены на жилье, еду и прочее, типа сколько что стоит в его местности.Основные индексы - цена за квадрат, средняя зарплата по отраслям, уровень преступности, загрязнения, цена на такси, на бензин, сколько стоит машина и все остальное, вплоть до индекса макдака, вобщем чел реально заморочился и сделал относительно адекватное описание реальной экономической реальности.База данных достаточно точная, ибо независимая - алгоритмы отсева инфомусора в отличии от статистики еврокомиссии или мирового банка хорошо описаны и вроде адекватны ( https://www.numbeo.com/common/motivation_and_methodology.jsp )Например цены на макдаки:Currency:Search:RankCountryMcMeal at McDonalds(or Equivalent Combo Meal)1 Switzerland 13.882 Iceland 13.823 Bermuda 12.004 Israel 11.785 Norway 11.776 Denmark 10.027 Luxembourg 9.058 Uruguay 8.929 Belgium 8.5110 France 8.5111 Malta 8.0112 Iraq 8.0013 Tanzania 8.0014 Lebanon 8.0015 Italy 7.9816 Ireland 7.9817 Sweden 7.8618 Brazil 7.7619 Argentina 7.5720 Dominican Republic 7.5221 Australia 7.5022 Finland 7.4523 Germany 7.4524 Spain 7.4525 Austria 7.4526 Netherlands 7.4527 New Zealand 7.1328 Jordan 7.0629 Ghana 7.0030 Fiji 7.0031 United States 7.0032 Costa Rica 7.0033 Bahamas 6.9934 Libya 6.9835 Canada 6.8636 Puerto Rico 6.8637 United Arab Emirates 6.8138 Palestinian Territory 6.5439 Oman 6.5040 Greece 6.3941 Cyprus 6.3942 Kuwait 6.3843 United Kingdom 6.0944 Uganda 6.0945 Qatar 6.0446 Mongolia 6.0047 Panama 6.0048 El Salvador 6.0049 Ecuador 6.0050 Honduras 6.0051 Guatemala 5.9752 Trinidad And Tobago 5.9553 Portugal 5.8554 Japan 5.8555 Bolivia 5.7956 Bangladesh 5.6757 Chile 5.5758 Bahrain 5.5759 Singapore 5.5760 Mauritius 5.5661 Saudi Arabia 5.3362 Latvia 5.3263 Estonia 5.3264 Slovenia 5.3265 Slovakia 5.3266 Lithuania 5.3267 Pakistan 5.2568 Hungary 5.2069 Colombia 5.1370 South Korea 5.1171 Russia 5.0372 Iran 5.0073 Venezuela 5.0074 Belarus 5.0075 Zimbabwe 5.0076 Morocco 4.9977 Croatia 4.9478 Ethiopia 4.9379 Kenya 4.8180 Jamaica 4.7781 Nigeria 4.7782 Czech Republic 4.7383 Sri Lanka 4.6784 Namibia 4.6385 Nepal 4.5886 Thailand 4.5287 Kazakhstan 4.5188 Hong Kong 4.5189 Peru 4.4690 Macao 4.4491 Vietnam 4.4392 Georgia 4.4293 Bulgaria 4.3594 China 4.3595 Bosnia And Herzegovina 4.3096 Romania 4.2697 Poland 4.1398 Armenia 4.1299 Serbia 4.04100 Turkey 4.03101 Zambia 4.02102 Cambodia 4.00103 Moldova 3.97104 Taiwan 3.80105 Mexico 3.72106 South Africa 3.70107 Algeria 3.63108 Tunisia 3.44109 Syria 3.40110 Indonesia 3.38111 Azerbaijan 3.32112 Montenegro 3.19113 Albania 3.11114 India 2.93115 Malaysia 2.69116 Egypt 2.64117 Macedonia 2.59118 Ukraine 2.43119 Philippines 2.41Если отбросить некоторые экстремумы обусловленные национальной культурой видно, кто и где.Тоже самое с недвигой и зарплатами - причем картинка с каждым годом меняется не в пользу "первого" мира.Страны, точнее мега города постепенно выравниваются - ранжируются, провинция, что в Уругвае, что в Польше остается примерно одинаковая, также следующий этап секционирование городов с гетто.Кстати сейчас монетаристы пытаются сохранить позиции путем внедрением "лохчейна" - не даром его вслед за нарко и работорговцами из албании, поторопилась запустить для сервисов, используемых сотрудниками, гвардейская пехота транснацистов - большая четверка (Пивиси, маккинзи, делойт энд туш, кепеэмжо).Эти уродцы прекрасно понимают, что реальное решение проблемы давления растущих рынков это двухконтурная система денежных потоков с фильтром между ними - ибо роскошь безумия сранивать цены на землю для добычи ресурсов и цены на макдаки в постинформационном мире могут позволить себе уже далеко не все экономики.Поэтому "биткоинами" никогда не будут рассчитываться транснациональные корпорации между собой. А вот за макдаки... почему бы и нет. Жрите, не обляпайтесь.Второй вариант это конечно война всех со всеми и окукливание людских масс внутри своих контуров, ну тогда советую читателям поторопиться поездить по миру, пока еще можно.В России при любых раскладах на мировом фоне будет ок.Хотя с учетом малочисленности населения и огромных запасов ресурсов, уже построенной дешевой и качественной инфраструктуры, можно сделать так, чтобы было супер ок, даже с учетом климата.Правда только не с морально и техническими устаревшими экономиздами вроде тех, что на днях трындели на гайдаровском форуме.=============Японцы собираются сделать IPO своего мессенджера Line, фишка которого в обмене "стикерами" (причем платными), а не словами.Цена компании составит порядка 7 миллиардов баксов, это 500 миллиардов рублей.Для понимания Норникель со всеми потрошками оценивается спекулями примерно в 1,5 триллиона. Совсем сдурели.Несколько средненьких датацентров, далеко не самое сложное ПО и не такой уж долговременный "мем" в головах нескольких сот миллионов потенциальных камикадзе...Пожалуй скоро даже до самых упоротых хипстеров дойдет бредовость текущей ситуации и массовое бегство обратно в коммодитис не за горами.Ссылка на новость - http://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-07-14/line-an-ipo-worth-its-8-6-billionПри этом вот щелкнул бегущую строку того же блумберга: падение - золото, серебро, платина, палладий, каучук, кофе ...Коммуникации становятся все проще и проще, при этом информационный поток нарастает, а его плотность падает, что ведет к дальнейшей деградации человечества.Для "высокоскоростного" конструктивного обмена знаниями необходимо, чтобы у всех сторон был одинаковый и самое главное объемный "багаж" этих самых общих знаний, это позволит сократить размер и сложность "вводных", сэкономить время и сосредоточиться на сути.Когда же с утра до вечера в уши массам льется примитивная, повторяющаяся, мгновенно устаревающая жвачка "новостей", ни о каком накоплении багажа и тем более конструктивном "обмене" и речи быть не может.Обмен же "стикерами" тем более платными это просто дно.Попробуйте ими с нуля объяснить, что такое например агрегат М2 или откуда "бабки" у ФРС )).Падение качества информ обмена ведет и к тому, что те, кто тупо пытается повторить механизмы используемые западоидами для так называемых "инноваций", попадают в ловушку разницы менталитета и мотивационных моделей.Попытки воссоздать среду, сформировавшуюся вокруг того же МИТа с крупными транснациональными корпорациями ради всего лишь "общего глобального языка", как мы видим по отчетности роснано, ни к чему хорошем не привели.Результат обезъяничания с созданием "общего языка" практиками "корпоративного управления" тоже вызывает только усмешку.Ни один совет директоров в России не спас акционеров от вывода дивидендов, не говоря уж о вакханалиях в некоторых "гос компаниях".Способы оценки "активов", как видим из бредовости стоимости уберов с фейсбуками или этими торгующими смайликами "лайнами" тоже вызывают конкретные такие вопросы.Так может стоит задуматься о каких то своих экономических и управленческих подходах?тыц

13 января, 23:41

Breakup of EU could be chance to save Europe – former Czech President Vaclav Klaus

The European Union steps into 2017 burdened with huge issues – a never-ending flow of migrants, continuing euro zone woes, and tensions with Russia. Growing frustration with Brussels is threatening to challenge the status quo in the EU, and with elections coming up in key member states, alternative political forces could be one step away from power. Can the Union withstand the pressure? And when did the idea of a peaceful union of European nations become flawed? We ask the former president of the Czech Republic – Vaclav Klaus is on SophieCo. Follow @SophieCo_RT RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=RussiaToday Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnews Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_com Follow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/rt Follow us on Google+ http://plus.google.com/+RT Listen to us on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rttv RT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios. RT is the first news channel to break the 1 billion YouTube views benchmark.

13 января, 14:57

Russian historical blockbuster Viking sold to over 60 countries

Distribution rights to the Russian historical blockbuster ‘Viking’ have been sold to more than 60 countries, the press service of Channel One TV told TASS on Jan. 13. The $20 million film will be released in Germany, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, the countries of the former Yugoslavia, China, South Korea, Southeast Asian and Latin American countries. Konstantin Ernst, one of the film’s producers and Channel One chief, said that dozens of countries "have acknowledged not only the film’s cinematographic merits but have also demonstrated a major interest in Russian history." Released nationwide on Dec. 29, ‘Viking’ starring Danila Kozlovsky is about Prince Vladimir the Great who converted Russia to Christianity in 988. 5 Russian films that captured the world's imagination ‘Viking’ ranks among the world’s top ten highest grossing films over the weekend of January 5-8 outstripping the earnings of the Hollywood drama ‘Collateral Beauty’ starring Will Smith, said the Russian Federal Agency on Culture and Cinematography. The epic Russian blockbuster screened in 2,600 Russian movie theaters and in three Baltic states chalked up $6.7 million in ticket sales over the past weekend. "This is beyond our expectations and is a great joy for all our team who participated in making the film for seven years," Ernst said.  Source: Tass

12 января, 05:00

FACT SHEET: The Prague Nuclear Agenda

“So today, I state clearly and with conviction America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. I'm not naive. This goal will not be reached quickly –- perhaps not in my lifetime. It will take patience and persistence. But now we, too, must ignore the voices who tell us that the world cannot change. We have to insist, ’Yes, we can.’"  --   President Barack Obama, Prague, Czech Republic, April 5, 2009 President Obama’s historic speech in Prague in 2009 outlined his vision of a world without nuclear weapons and outlined work for achieving this goal in four pillars:  (1) preventing nuclear terrorism and promoting nuclear security; (2) strengthening the non-proliferation regime; (3) supporting the peaceful use of nuclear energy; and (4) reducing the role of nuclear weapons.  This administration has worked diligently since 2009 to develop enduring institutions and strengthen existing frameworks that will continue, under their own momentum, to produce a safer world when it comes to the threat of nuclear weapons.     Prevent Nuclear Terrorism and Promote Nuclear Security Four successful Nuclear Security Summits have convened more than 50 world leaders to take tangible and lasting steps to prevent terrorists from gaining nuclear weapons.  For example, we have made significant improvements across the globe in the security and elimination of fissile material.  This includes the removal of highly enriched uranium and plutonium from more than 50 facilities in 30 countries – more than four metric tons of nuclear material, which is enough material for more than 160 nuclear weapons.  Since 2009, 16 nations and Taiwan – countries from Argentina and Libya to Serbia and Vietnam – have eliminated their holdings of highly enriched uranium and plutonium, making Latin America, Central Europe, and Southeast Asia completely free of these dangerous materials.  We also have buttressed International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) capabilities and provided technical and legal support to partner nations to bolster international efforts to secure nuclear material and put an end to nuclear smuggling.  Furthermore, we have developed stronger partnerships with dozens of countries and international organizations that improve our collective ability to detect, deter, and respond to nuclear and radiological threats that fundamentally make us all safer.  In total, Summit participants made 350 new commitments to improve the security of nuclear materials worldwide.  The Nuclear Security Summits also served to strengthen the global nuclear security architecture.  In particular, the 2005 Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (the Amendment) – which entered into force due to the Administration’s efforts to secure 16 additional ratifications – makes clear the international community’s responsibility to secure nuclear materials.  The Amendment, ratified by the United States in 2015, fills a gap in the existing international regime by modernizing the international legal framework for nuclear security, which is essential to our efforts to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction or sabotaging nuclear facilities.  Now that it has entered into force, the amendment becomes legally binding and will be taken into account in the IAEA’s regular review conferences on the implementation of the treaty.  The International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism also plays a key role in the global architecture and we encourage the United Nations to hold a high-level meeting under this treaty in 2017.  In addition, the Nuclear Security Contact Group also provides a mechanism that will continue to identify opportunities to further strengthen nuclear security. The Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), which was initiated under the Administration of President George W. Bush, has grown to more than 100 nations, and has significantly improved our collective ability to prevent and interdict weapon of mass destruction-related shipments.  In addition, we have worked with 36 partner countries to install radiation detection equipment at more than 360 international border crossings, airports, and ports to dramatically increase and improve mobile detection systems. In 2015, President Obama signed and ratified two Protocols to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (SUA).  The SUA Protocols established the first international treaty framework for criminalizing certain terrorist acts, including using a ship or fixed platform in a terrorist activity, transporting weapons of mass destruction or their delivery systems and related materials, and transporting terrorist fugitives.  U.S. ratification of these treaties honors U.S. pledges made at the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit and at the PSI 10th Anniversary Meeting in 2013.  Strengthen the Non-Proliferation Regime President Obama’s Prague speech reinforced the necessity for international resolve to enforce nonproliferation rules, to strengthen existing elements of the nonproliferation regime, and to put in place new tools and instruments in order to create the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons.  At the center of this effort is the President’s commitment to strengthen the Non-Proliferation Treaty’s (NPT’s) three pillars – Disarmament, Nonproliferation, and the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy.  We have strengthened the global nonproliferation regime by continuing to unite the international community against the proliferation of nuclear weapons and strongly respond to rule breakers.  This is perhaps most notable with respect to Iran but also, as U.N. Security Council resolutions (UNSCR) 2270 and 2321 demonstrate, in relation to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).  When President Obama took office, the United States was also confronted by Iran's burgeoning nuclear program. After two years of strong diplomacy, the United States, together with our international partners, achieved something that decades of animosity had not - a comprehensive, long-term deal with Iran that, if it continues to be fully implemented, will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon.  Iran has removed two-thirds of its centrifuges, reduced its stockpile of enriched uranium by 98 percent, and filled the core of its heavy water reactor at Arak with concrete so it can never be used again.  Iran also agreed to the most comprehensive and intrusive verification regime ever negotiated to monitor a nuclear program.  Finally, the restriction at the center of the deal—that Iran can never acquire a nuclear weapon—is permanent. The United States has worked with the international community to send a clear message that we will not tolerate North Korea’s illicit nuclear and ballistic missile activities and will continue to impose costs on North Korea until it comes into compliance with its international obligations.  We continued to prioritize the denuclearization of North Korea and have pursued a comprehensive, sustained pressure campaign – of which UN Security Council resolutions and sanctions have been a key part.  In targeting the Kim regime’s reputation and sources of revenue, we continued to steadily tighten sanctions and increase pressure in an effort to compel the regime to return to credible negotiations. The United States has maintained its longstanding support both for the IAEA’s nonproliferation verification activities as well as its valuable role in enhancing nuclear transparency. The United States provides approximately 25 percent of the IAEA's regular budget and, in addition, provides additional financial contributions in support of the IAEA's safeguards, security, and safety missions, as well as to support IAEA technical cooperation projects.  U.S. assistance also includes considerable in-kind assistance to the IAEA, including technical assistance from our National Laboratories.  U.S. in-kind contributions include the provision of technology and equipment, subject matter experts, IAEA inspector training, and support to IAEA-hosted training courses for Member State representatives in safety, security, and safeguards.  Together, these U.S. contributions help ensure that the IAEA has the tools, training, and resources it needs to carry out its responsibilities to safeguard nuclear materials and facilities worldwide to detect and deter nuclear proliferation. Furthermore, to demonstrate our commitment to increased stockpile transparency, the United States recently committed to the disposition under IAEA monitoring of an additional six metric tons of surplus plutonium that is excess to defense needs, in addition to the 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium subject to disposition under the Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement.  Support Peaceful Energy Use This administration has taken significant steps in support of a new international framework for civil nuclear cooperation, so countries can have access to peaceful nuclear energy in a manner that is consistent with the highest nonproliferation standards.  Working with our IAEA partners, the United States has provided significant support to the IAEA Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Fuel Bank to help ensure that States in compliance with their nonproliferation requirements will have an assured supply of nuclear fuel.  Moreover, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) developed a U.S. fuel bank, containing down-blended material from nuclear weapons, to underscore further the reliability of supply.  Through these measures, the administration has worked to ensure that States will have continued access to LEU fuel for civil reactors while, at the same time, eliminating incentives for countries to invest in the development of costly indigenous and proliferation-sensitive fuel cycle capabilities. We also have brought into force new peaceful cooperation agreements with Russia, China, the Republic of Korea, the IAEA, Taiwan, and Vietnam.  These agreements are important tools in advancing U.S. nonproliferation principles, in addition to promoting the production of peaceful nuclear energy.  These agreements act in conjunction with other nonproliferation tools, and in order for a country to enter into such an agreement with the United States, that country must commit itself to adhering to certain U.S.-mandated nuclear nonproliferation norms.  In total, the United States now has 22 such agreements with 47 partners resulting in the production of more than 1.5 million gigawatt hours of safe, clean nuclear power worldwide in 2015—enough to power 150 million homes for an entire year.  These agreements for peaceful nuclear cooperation set the stage for U.S. companies to compete in the global civil nuclear energy market, which the Department of Commerce estimates to be $500-$740 billion over the next ten years.  The U.S. civil nuclear industry remains the largest part of the American clean energy portfolio, and constitutes a powerful tool in bringing the world low-carbon electricity.  Reduce the Role of Nuclear Weapons  Reducing the number and role of nuclear weapons in U.S. security policy, while maintaining a nuclear arsenal that is safe, secure, and effective for as long as nuclear weapons exist, is a key driver toward a world without nuclear weapons.  Through the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review and subsequent implementation, the Department of Defense (DOD) made adjustments to nuclear plans and command and control processes to maximize Presidential decision flexibility and timelines in a crisis.  DOD and DOE are working diligently to modernize our nuclear arsenal and develop a responsive nuclear infrastructure to support further reductions in the number of deployed and non-deployed weapons.  But they are doing so without introducing new nuclear weapons for new missions into the U.S. arsenal, without relying on nuclear explosive testing for stockpile maintenance, and without maintaining a significant nuclear stockpile or “hedge” once modernization is complete.  In 2010, the United States and Russia signed the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START Treaty).  This Treaty is critical to managing the possibility of a future nuclear arms competition between Russia and the United States and maintaining stability during a time of increased tensions.  The New START Treaty established rigorous verification and monitoring mechanisms for nuclear reductions, reinforcing stability in U.S. and Russian nuclear behavior.  Once the central limits go into effect in February 2018, the U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear arsenals will be at their lowest levels in six decades.  The United States and Russia are both on track to meet the central limits by the Treaty’s deadline.  As of January 2017, the United States has 681 deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) and deployed heavy bombers; 1,367 warheads on deployed ICBMs, SLBMs, and counted for deployed heavy bombers; and 848 deployed and non-deployed launchers of ICBMs, deployed and non-deployed launchers of SLBMs, and deployed and non-deployed heavy bombers. Although the Obama Administration was unable to reach its goal of gaining Senate advice and consent to ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), significant steps were taken to reinforce the global norm against nuclear explosive testing and bolster the Preparatory Commission for the CTBT Organization.  The United States was a leading voice in support of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2310, calling for the ratification and entry into force of the CTBT and reaffirming the global moratorium against nuclear testing.  In addition, to support the U.S. ratification of the CTBT, DOE has invested heavily in the Stockpile Stewardship Program to ensured that the stockpile can be certified safe, secure, and reliable without nuclear explosive testing, thus removing both of the major impediments to CTBT ratification – concerns regarding lack of verification and lack of confidence in the effectiveness of our stockpile.  To demonstrate the continued U.S. commitment to reducing the number of nuclear weapons in our arsenal, President Obama has unilaterally reduced the U.S. nuclear stockpile by approximately 500 warheads this year and added these weapons to the dismantlement queue.  Additionally, DOE requested funding to accelerate warhead dismantlement by 20 percent.  However, Congress has refused to provide this funding in both fiscal year 2016 and 2017.  To enable further reductions to the U.S. nuclear stockpile, DOE initiated life extension programs (LEP) that enable long term reductions in the types of warheads and overall stockpile size; for instance, the B61-12 LEP, will consolidate the number and types of nuclear bombs and allow us to retire the last megaton class nuclear weapon. Increasing the transparency of global nuclear stockpiles is important to nonproliferation efforts, including the implementation of obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and the pursuit of further reductions that cover all nuclear weapons: deployed and non-deployed, strategic and non-strategic.  As of September 2016, the U.S. active stockpile of nuclear warheads consisted of 4,018 warheads. This number represents an 87 percent reduction in the stockpile from its maximum (31,255) at the end of fiscal year 1967, and an 82 percent reduction from its level (22,217) when the Berlin Wall fell in late 1989.  From fiscal years 1994 through 2016, the United States dismantled 10,681 nuclear warheads. Since September 30, 2013, the United States has dismantled 666 nuclear warheads. With the additional retirement of approximately 500 nuclear warheads in 2016, approximately 2,800 additional nuclear warheads are currently retired and awaiting dismantlement.  Additionally, the number of U.S. non-strategic nuclear weapons has declined by more than 90 percent since September 30, 1991.  From fiscal year 2009 through the end of fiscal year 2016, the U.S. dismantled 2,226 warheads and retired an additional 1,255 weapons.

11 января, 23:20

'Czexit' Looms As Traders Bet On Czech Republic Breaking Euro-Peg

Czech inflation spiked in the last two months, hitting the central bank’s target for the first time since 2012, heaping, as The FT reports, additional pressure on the country’s soon to be expired currency regime with the euro. Along with on-target inflation, the Czech Republic also boasts the lowest rates of unemployment anywhere in the EU at 3.7 per cent. Having kept an upper limit on the koruna in a bid to control inflation over the last three years, the central bank has been forced to buy up foreign currency at a faster pace to keep the regime steady. The koruna has been kept at around CZK27 against the euro since 2013, but policymakers have warned they are likely to scrap the regime at some point this year. So Is a 'Czexit' on the cards? Analysts at ING forecasting an end to the managed exchange rate system around April or May this year... “It shows that the market is positioning against the CNB floor more intensively, as accelerating inflation is increasing the odds of the approaching exit”, said Jakub Seidler at the Dutch bank.   Mr Seidler now expects the currency regime to be scrapped around April or May, with annual inflation forecast to climb from 1.5 per cent to 1.9 per cent in December – close to the central bank’s 2 per cent target.   “If the intensity of interventions saw during the first days in January continues in the first quarter of 2017, total interventions in the quarter might easily overcome the whole 2016-levels”, he added. And judging by the forward market, traders seem to agree...   As a reminder, during the summer of last year, the outspoken President Milos Zeman ("prepare for a Muslim super-holocaust") says his citizens must be able to "express themselves" on E.U. and NATO membership. The Czech Republic’s President Milos Zeman has called for a referendum on the country’s membership of both the European Union and NATO, the latest example of fallout from Britain’s vote to leave the E.U. Zeman says that he personally backs the country remaining in both organizations, but said on Czech Radio that he “will do everything for [Czechs] to have a referendum and be able to express themselves. And the same goes for a NATO exit too,” Reuters reports.

11 января, 05:34

'It Is Fake News Meant to Malign Mr. Trump'

Michael Cohen, an attorney for the president-elect, has denied allegations contained in a dossier published by BuzzFeed News.

10 января, 16:39

Trump Will Inherit the Biggest NATO Buildup in Europe Since the Cold War

If Vladimir Putin intervened in the U.S. election to help the NATO-skeptical candidate, the alliance is enhancing its forces anyway.

10 января, 16:39

Trump Will Inherit the Biggest NATO Buildup in Europe Since the Cold War

If Vladimir Putin intervened in the U.S. election to help the NATO-skeptical candidate, the alliance is enhancing its forces anyway.

09 января, 17:36

Extreme Frosts And Storms Kill Dozens In Central Europe

PRAGUE, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Severe frosts and snow storms killed at least 25 people in central Europe over the weekend, mainly in Poland, as temperatures in the region dropped below -30 degrees Celsius in some places. The Danube river was slowly freezing over in Budapest, a rare sight in recent years. Air pollution, mostly from airborne dust particles, forced production cutbacks at large polluters in the Czech Republic and Poland. Authorities made public transport free of charge in Warsaw and Krakow to help improve air quality. In Poland, 17 people died of the cold over the weekend, according to the Government Centre for Security, bringing the death toll since November to 65. Czech media said six Czechs, mostly homeless people, died over the weekend, four of them in the capital Prague. Several weather stations in the Czech mountains reported temperatures below -30, including -34.6 Celsius in the south-western Sumava mountains. The Czech hydrometeorological institute forecast more harsh frosts across the region for the coming days, with night temperatures of -20 in the north-east on Tuesday morning. Hungarian state news agency MTI reported on Sunday that record lows were broken both nationally and in Budapest registering -28.1 and -18.6 degrees Celsius, respectively. Two homeless men froze to death in Slovakia over the weekend as weather caused train delays and road closures in northern Slovakia, even shutting down some cable cars in ski resorts in the High and Low Tatra Mountains where temperatures fell to -30 degrees Celsius. In Bulgaria, snowfall and high winds blocked roads and left over 75,000 households in the country’s north-east without electricity over the weekend. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

09 января, 17:23

Co-Starring Demand and Supply: Global Week Ahead

This Global Week Ahead pleads for 2 concepts as the business cycle continues to underpin the week???s stock trading dynamics: bet on pro-cyclical activity and structural change.