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02 декабря, 15:00

Pedro Obiang: ‘My mother said if God has given you a chance you should grasp it’

West Ham midfielder, who has an Italian wife, a Spanish passport and parents who hail from Equatorial Guinea, is doing a degree in political science“I don’t know if you have children,” Pedro Obiang says, with an amused look that suggests he already knows the answer. Not yet, I reply. Obiang smiles. He laughs. “I know,” he says. He is not being patronising. He worked it out as soon as it was put to him that becoming a father during the summer must have complicated his preparations for the new season.“Having children gives you extra energy,” the West Ham United midfielder says. “Every day I want to achieve things I can show my son later on and instil that same drive in him.” Continue reading...

30 ноября, 18:27

What’s the Point of Isolating Cuba Again?

Since Fidel Castro died, Donald Trump and others have called for reversing Obama’s opening to the island. Fifty years of evidence suggests that won’t work.

28 ноября, 20:53

Wikileaks Releases Half A Million Diplomatic Cables From "Year Zero" Of The Modern Era

Coming on the sixth year anniversary of the infamous "Cablegate", when on this day in 2010 Wikileaks made global headlines when it unveiled classified cables sent to the US State Department, revealing assessments of countries and details of eavesdropping, this morning WikiLeaks released more than half a million US diplomatic cables from 1979, covering various diplomatic events and incidents such as the Iranian revolution, Osama bin Ladin's departure of his native Saudi Arabia for Pakistan to support the Mujahideen, the siege of Mecca, Saddam Hussein becoming president of Iraq and much more. RELEASE: More than half a million US diplomatic cables on the Iranian revolution, the siege of Mecca and morehttps://t.co/CuAXAiLTR7 pic.twitter.com/23AP8vmzaO — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 28, 2016 Consisting of 531,525 cables, the latest batch is also known as "Carter Cables III." In a statement on the Wikileaks website, Julian Assange, rumors of whose death or disappearance seems greater exaggerated, writes that "If any year could be said to be the ‘year zero’ of our modern era, 1979 is it. In the Middle East, the Iranian revolution, the Saudi Islamic uprising and the Egypt-Israel Camp David Accords led not only to the present regional power dynamic but decisively changed the relationship between oil, militant Islam and the world." He adds that "in 1979 it seemed as if the blood would never stop. Dozens of countries saw assassinations, coups, revolts, bombings, political kidnappings and wars of liberation." In addition to the middle east, other notable events to take place during the year cited by Assange include the election of Margaret Thatcher as British PM and the Three Mile Island nuclear incident. Among the cables is information on "China officially coming in from the cold" and Deng Xiaoping's visit to the United States in a defining strategic re-orientation by both states. Other subjects covered in the cables include the USSR invasion of Afghanistan and the Iranian hostage crisis, which saw 66 Americans taken hostage after 3,000 Iranian students raided the US embassy in Tehran. As Assange concludes, This release brings to 3.3 million the number of US diplomatic cables published as part of the WikiLeaks Public Library of US Diplomacy (PLUSD), the world's largest searchable collection of United States confidential, or formerly confidential, diplomatic communications. Readers can search the Carter Cables III here. * * * The full press release is below: WikiLeaks releases more than half a million US diplomatic cables from the momentous year of 1979By Julian Assange Today, 28 November 2016, marking the six-year anniversary of "Cablegate", WikiLeaks expands its Public Library of US Diplomacy (PLUSD) with more than half a million (531,525) diplomatic cables from 1979. If any year could be said to be the "year zero" of our modern era, 1979 is it. In the Middle East, the Iranian revolution, the Saudi Islamic uprising and the Egypt-Israel Camp David Accords led not only to the present regional power dynamic but decisively changed the relationship between oil, militant Islam and the world. The uprising at Mecca permanently shifted Saudi Arabia towards Wahhabism, leading to the transnational spread of Islamic fundamentalism and the US-Saudi destabilisation of Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden would leave his native Saudi Arabia for Pakistan to support the Afghan Mujahideen. The invasion of Afghanistan by the USSR would see Saudi Arabia and the CIA push billions of dollars to Mujahideen fighters as part of Operation Cyclone, fomenting the rise of al-Qaeda and the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union. The 1979 current of Islamification spread to Pakistan where the US embassy was burned to the ground and Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was executed. The Iranian hostage crisis would go on to fatally undermine Jimmy Carter's presidency and see the election of Ronald Reagan. Saddam Hussein? Took power in 1979. The rise of al-Qaeda eventually bore the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, enabling the US invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq and over a decade of war, leaving, at its end, the ideological, financial and geographic basis for ISIS. The Iranian revolution and Saddam Hussein's rise to power and the subsequent Iran-Iraq War would connect with the 1979 Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua to produce the Iran-Contra affair and the indictment of 12 US administration officials including Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. Elsewhere, Thatcher won in the UK, Rhodesia became Zimbabwe, Idi Amin fled Uganda and the ANC made the decision to militarily resist Apartheid. In the United States, the Three Mile Island nuclear incident led to a turning away from the construction and development of new nuclear reactors, increasing the reliance on oil and coal for decades. While the 1979 SALT II agreements made some progress in reducing the risk of nuclear war, nuclear preparations and testing were stepped up elsewhere. The US decided to place Pershing and Cruise missiles in Europe and a South African/Israeli nuclear test was detected by US early warning satellites. China officially came in from the cold and Deng Xiaoping visited the United States in a defining strategic re-orientation by both states. In 1979 it seemed as if the blood would never stop. Dozens of countries saw assassinations, coups, revolts, bombings, political kidnappings and wars of liberation. In the extremes and contestations of the Cold War, 1979 saw some grim culture to go with the times: ACDC produced “Highway to Hell”, Francis Ford Coppola gave us Apocalypse Now, while for Pink Floyd it was just “Another Brick in the Wall”. The Carter Cables III bring WikiLeaks' total published US diplomatic cable collection to 3.3 million documents. What follows are some example areas of events from 1979 covered in the new documents. January     1 US and China resume diplomatic relations    7 Pol Pot deposed following Vietnam's invasion of Cambodia    16 Shah flees Iran    28 China's leader Deng Xiaoping visits US February     1 Khomeni returns to Iran    3 Khomeni creates Council of Islamic Revolution    10 Iranian Revolution    17 China invades northern Vietnam    18 Snow in the Sahara    25 Rhodesia bombs Angola ZIPRA camps in Operation Vanity March     13 Coup in Grenada    15 Herat uprising in Afghanistan    26 Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin sign Egypt-Israel peace treaty    28 Three Mile Island nuclear incident    30 British Conservative MP Airey Neave assassinated with car bomb April     1 Iran overthrows Shah officially: Iran becomes the Islamic Republic through national referendum    2 Anthrax epidemic in Russia following biological weapons plant accident    4 Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is executed    11 Tanzanian invasion of Uganda; revolt against Idi Amin; fall of Kampala    17 IRA bombing kills four Ulster Constabulary at Bessbrook, Northern Ireland May     1 Greenland granted partial autonomy from Denmark    4 Margaret Thatcher elected UK Prime Minister    25 American Airlines flight 191 explodes near Chicago June     4 Canada's Pierre Trudeau defeated; Coup in Ghana    18 Carter and Brezhnev sign Salt II arms treaty    25 Baader-Meinhof assassination attempt in Belgium of NATO Supreme Allied Commander July     16 Saddam Hussein takes power in Iraq    21 Sandinistas defeat Samoza in Nicaragua    28 Indian PM Charan Singh elected August     3 Equatorial Guinea coup    5 Polisario Front signs peace agreement with Mauritania    11 Morocco annexes Western Sahara territory previously controlled by Mauritania    23 South Africa bombs ZIPRA camps in Zambia in Operation Motel    27 Eighteen UK soldiers killed by IRA at Warrenpoint in County Down, Northern Ireland September     3-9 Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement    14 USColombia extradition treaty negotiated, opposed by Pablo Escobar cartel    20 Bokassa overthrown in Central African Republic via France's Operation Barracuda    22 South African and Israeli nuclear test detected by US Vela satellite in southern Atlantic Ocean    29 President Nguema of Equatorial Guinea executed October     1 First democratic elections in Nigeria; the birth of the second republic    15 Coup in El Salvador    16 French town of Nice hit by tsunami    26 President of South Korea Park Chung-hee assassinated November     4 Iranian hostage crisis begins; 3,000 Iranian students raid US embassy, 66 hostages taken    14 Carter issues Executive Order 12170 freezing all Iranian assets    15 Anthony Blunt outed as the “Fourth Man” in Cambridge spy ring    20 Hajj hostage crisis in Saudi Arabia    21 US embassy in Islamabad set afire after false reports from Khomeni that US occupied Mecca December     11 Three of the ANC's "Pretoria Six" escape from Pretoria Central Prison (Moumbaris, Jenkin and Lee)    12 Decision to locate US Cruise and Pershing missiles in Europe    12 South Korea military coup    21 Lancaster House agreement signed, leading to the creation of Zimbabwe and the election of Mugabe    24 USSR invasion of Afghanistan Search the Carter Cables III here.

28 ноября, 10:02

Bobby: the gorilla on the wrong side of the law

The western lowland gorilla was smuggled from Africa to Italy in the 1980s. As taxidermy, he is part of a new exhibition at the National Museum of ScotlandName: BobbySpecies: Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)Dates: 1983-2008Claim to fame: Much-loved zoo animalWhere now: National Museum of ScotlandIn 1994, magistrates from the Italian province of Ancona found the manager of a local circus guilty of importing a gorilla into the country. Bobby (variously also known as Bongo, Bongo III and Bongo Junior) had been captured as a baby in Equatorial Guinea more than a decade earlier and is thought to have been brought to Italy soon afterwards as “a chimpanzee”. Continue reading...

16 ноября, 00:05

Ban welcomes resolution of border dispute between Equatorial Guinea and Gabon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hosted today a signing ceremony on the margins of the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (popularly known as COP-22) in Morocco’s capital Marrakech.

15 ноября, 02:06

Nigerian Oil Ministry Eyes Rosy Outlook Of 2.8M Bpd By 2019

Banking generously on the hopes of resolving unrest in the Niger Delta, attracting tens of billions in foreign investment and successfully reforming the oil sector, the Nigerian Oil Ministry says it is planning to increase crude oil output to 2.8 million barrels per day by 2019. The rosy forecasts come from the Oil Ministry’s short-term policy paper, as reported by S&P Global Platts over the weekend. Beyond this, the Oil Ministry’s policy paper calls for an increase in oil output to 3 million barrels per day by 2020—up from…

14 ноября, 19:27

OPEC Technical Committee Pulls Forward Date For Cut Talks

The technical committee in charge of hammering out the details of an OPEC-wide production cut will meet for a fresh round of discussions on November 21, according to an energy industry source in Algeria. Previously, the meeting was scheduled for November 25. The source spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, also said that the decision on the new date was made by Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Falih and his Algerian counterpart Nouredine Bouterfa. The two met in Algeria over the weekend. Since the first OPEC meeting in Algeria at the end of September,…

12 ноября, 03:10

Yemen’s Shi’ite Houthis Claim Saudi Villages Under Their Control

Shi’ite Houthi militia forces from Yemen claim to have taken control of villages across the border in Saudi Arabia, Houthi-run news agencies report, citing unnamed military sources. Several villages in the southwestern Saudi province of Jizan are now said to be under the control of Shi’ite militias, according to unconfirmed media reports. Among the villages Houthis claim to have taken over are Al-Kars and Al-Bahtit, while Houthi reports cite a military source as saying that militia had captured a strategic bridge that connects two areas…

11 ноября, 15:58

«Наш уровень». 7 самых нелепых поражений сборной России

Российская команда потерпела два поражения подряд в товарищеских матчах: сначала дома от Коста-Рики, а теперь и от Катара – в гостях.

10 ноября, 20:03

Schlumberger and Golar: Equatorial Guinea’s Fortuna Project Back On!

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Subsidiaries of oil majors Schlumberger and Golar LNG signed an agreement to pursue a joint venture for the Fortuna project, which will be executed in Equatorial Guinea’s offshore Block R, according to World Oil. Golar’s OneLNG and Schlumberger’s Ophir will each take a 66.2 percent and 33.8 percent share, respectively, of the joint company JOC, which will help to ease the process of financing and developing the two firms’ portion of the project. First-gas from the site is expected by the beginning of 2020, with 2.2-2.5 million…

10 ноября, 20:03

Petrobras Books Huge Loss In Q3 On Asset Writedowns

Brazil’s state oil giant Petrobras reported a net loss of US$5.38 billion for the third quarter of the year, on the back of asset impairments and “investment in associates”. The asset impairments were the main reason for the loss, as the value of fields, refineries and other assets dropped in sync with oil prices and the company’s own efforts to stay afloat by downsizing. The company also said its assumptions about Brent prices and long-term forex rates had contributed to the loss. The Brazilian real appreciated in the three-month…

10 ноября, 20:03

Schlumberger and Golar: Equatorial Guinea’s Fortuna Project Back On!

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Subsidiaries of oil majors Schlumberger and Golar LNG signed an agreement to pursue a joint venture for the Fortuna project, which will be executed in Equatorial Guinea’s offshore Block R, according to World Oil. Golar’s OneLNG and Schlumberger’s Ophir will each take a 66.2 percent and 33.8 percent share, respectively, of the joint company JOC, which will help to ease the process of financing and developing the two firms’ portion of the project. First-gas from the site is expected by the beginning of 2020, with 2.2-2.5 million…

10 ноября, 20:03

Schlumberger and Golar: Equatorial Guinea’s Fortuna Project Back On!

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Subsidiaries of oil majors Schlumberger and Golar LNG signed an agreement to pursue a joint venture for the Fortuna project, which will be executed in Equatorial Guinea’s offshore Block R, according to World Oil. Golar’s OneLNG and Schlumberger’s Ophir will each take a 66.2 percent and 33.8 percent share, respectively, of the joint company JOC, which will help to ease the process of financing and developing the two firms’ portion of the project. First-gas from the site is expected by the beginning of 2020, with 2.2-2.5 million…

10 ноября, 20:03

Schlumberger and Golar: Equatorial Guinea’s Fortuna Project Back On!

  • 0

Subsidiaries of oil majors Schlumberger and Golar LNG signed an agreement to pursue a joint venture for the Fortuna project, which will be executed in Equatorial Guinea’s offshore Block R, according to World Oil. Golar’s OneLNG and Schlumberger’s Ophir will each take a 66.2 percent and 33.8 percent share, respectively, of the joint company JOC, which will help to ease the process of financing and developing the two firms’ portion of the project. First-gas from the site is expected by the beginning of 2020, with 2.2-2.5 million…

10 ноября, 20:03

Schlumberger and Golar: Equatorial Guinea’s Fortuna Project Back On!

  • 0

Subsidiaries of oil majors Schlumberger and Golar LNG signed an agreement to pursue a joint venture for the Fortuna project, which will be executed in Equatorial Guinea’s offshore Block R, according to World Oil. Golar’s OneLNG and Schlumberger’s Ophir will each take a 66.2 percent and 33.8 percent share, respectively, of the joint company JOC, which will help to ease the process of financing and developing the two firms’ portion of the project. First-gas from the site is expected by the beginning of 2020, with 2.2-2.5 million…

10 ноября, 20:03

Schlumberger and Golar: Equatorial Guinea’s Fortuna Project Back On!

  • 0

Subsidiaries of oil majors Schlumberger and Golar LNG signed an agreement to pursue a joint venture for the Fortuna project, which will be executed in Equatorial Guinea’s offshore Block R, according to World Oil. Golar’s OneLNG and Schlumberger’s Ophir will each take a 66.2 percent and 33.8 percent share, respectively, of the joint company JOC, which will help to ease the process of financing and developing the two firms’ portion of the project. First-gas from the site is expected by the beginning of 2020, with 2.2-2.5 million…

10 ноября, 20:03

Schlumberger and Golar: Equatorial Guinea’s Fortuna Project Back On!

  • 0

Subsidiaries of oil majors Schlumberger and Golar LNG signed an agreement to pursue a joint venture for the Fortuna project, which will be executed in Equatorial Guinea’s offshore Block R, according to World Oil. Golar’s OneLNG and Schlumberger’s Ophir will each take a 66.2 percent and 33.8 percent share, respectively, of the joint company JOC, which will help to ease the process of financing and developing the two firms’ portion of the project. First-gas from the site is expected by the beginning of 2020, with 2.2-2.5 million…

10 ноября, 20:03

Schlumberger and Golar: Equatorial Guinea’s Fortuna Project Back On!

  • 0

Subsidiaries of oil majors Schlumberger and Golar LNG signed an agreement to pursue a joint venture for the Fortuna project, which will be executed in Equatorial Guinea’s offshore Block R, according to World Oil. Golar’s OneLNG and Schlumberger’s Ophir will each take a 66.2 percent and 33.8 percent share, respectively, of the joint company JOC, which will help to ease the process of financing and developing the two firms’ portion of the project. First-gas from the site is expected by the beginning of 2020, with 2.2-2.5 million…