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Foreign Affairs
Foreign Affairs
«Foreign Affairs» (Фо́рин аффе́рс) — американский журнал по тематике международных отношений и внешней политики США, выходящий шесть раз в год. Издатель — Совет по международным отношениям. Журнал считается наиболее авторитетным в вопросах внешней политики США. Ж ...

«Foreign Affairs» (Фо́рин аффе́рс) — американский журнал по тематике международных отношений и внешней политики США, выходящий шесть раз в год. Издатель — Совет по международным отношениям. Журнал считается наиболее авторитетным в вопросах внешней политики США.

Журнал выходит с 1922 года; основателем и первым редактором (до 1927 года) был Арчибальд Кэри Кулидж.

Тираж журнала рос:

  • 1922 год — 5 тысяч экземпляров;
  • 1959 год — 27 тысяч;
  • 1963 год — 57 тысяч;
  • 1976 год — 72,5 тысячи;
  • 2014 год — 170 тысяч

Позиция по отношению к СССР

Уже первый номер содержал статью самого Кулиджа «Россия после Генуи и Гааги», которая после анализа новой экономической политики и дипломатических усилий большевистского государства высказывала сомнения в долговечности текущего курса большевиков и предлагала «четыре очевидных возможности» развития (контрреволюция, экономическая реставрация капитализма, раскол партии большевиков с возвратом к жёсткой коммунистической идеологии и рост экономических проблем, в результате которых страна «впадет в анархию, развалившись на куски»). За первые 50 лет существования в журнале были опубликованы 220 статей по советской тематике (почти по одной статье в каждом номере). По утверждению Р. С. Овинникова, «ни одна из них не была дружелюбной» Вики


Foreign Affairs — семнадцатый эпизод девятого сезона мультсериала «Гриффины».


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22 мая, 19:41

Turkey Blames U.S. For Violence It Helped Spark At D.C. Protest

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); The blame-game continues for the fight between protesters opposing Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish security forces last week in Washington, with Turkey faulting “the inability of U.S. authorities to take sufficient precautions at every stage of the official program.” John Bass, the U.S. ambassador to Turkey, was summoned to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday in Ankara and given “written and verbal protest” that blamed the altercation on “aggressive and unprofessional actions taken, contrary to diplomatic rules and practices, by U.S. personnel,” according to a statement by the Turkish government. “It has been formally requested that the U.S. authorities conduct a full investigation of this diplomatic incident and provide the necessary explanation” of the violence that occurred outside the Turkish embassy in Washington last Tuesday, the statement said.  Armenian, Kurdish, Greek and Yazidi groups were protesting Erdogan’s meeting at the White House earlier in the day with President Donald Trump when men in suits began kicking and beating protesters. Video shows D.C. police officiers unable to quickly get the situation under control. The State Department confirmed last Wednesday that Turkish security personnel were involved. Turkey’s ambassador to the U.S., Serdar Kilic, was summoned to the State Department last week and a department official termed the conduct of Turkish security personnel “deeply disturbing,” according to CNN. Several members of Congress pushed more forceful action against members of the Turkish security detail. And Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) called for the Turkish ambassador to be sent home. Two people who live in the U.S. were arrested in the clash and at least 12 people, including a police officer, were injured.  The U.S.-Turkish alliance has been rocky ever since a failed coup last summer was blamed on Turkish cleric Fetullah Gulen, who is exiled in the U.S. Plus, Turkey blames Washington for propping up the YPG, an armed Kurdish group in Syria, as a means of battling the Islamic State . Erdogan has jailed 47,000 people since last summer and has eliminated about 130,000 government jobs in a post-coup crackdown.  -- 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.

22 мая, 18:10

How Hassan Rouhani Won in Iran

The nuclear deal was not enough.

21 мая, 17:52

TRUMP on the ‘battle between good and evil’ -- Egypt reset continues, WH planning trip -- WOODWARD byline on WaPo Pentagon investigation -- SNL last night -- WEEKEND READS -- B’DAY: Mosheh Oinounou

Good Sunday morning. ‘BATTLE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL’ -- Here are some bites from President Donald Trump’s speech today in Saudi Arabia -- from the pool. “OUR FRIENDS will never question our support, and our enemies will never doubt our determination. Our partnerships will advance security through stability, not through radical disruption. We will make decisions based on real-world outcomes – not inflexible ideology. We will be guided by the lessons of experience, not the confines of rigid thinking. And, wherever possible, we will seek gradual reforms – not sudden intervention. … “America is a sovereign nation and our first priority is always the safety and security of our citizens. We are not here to lecture -- we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship. Instead, we are here to offer partnership – based on shared interests and values – to pursue a better future for us all. Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person, and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith. …“America is prepared to stand with you -- in pursuit of shared interests and common security. But the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them. The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children. … “That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires. And it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians. Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory -- piety to evil will bring you no dignity. If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and your soul will be condemned.” SUNDAY BEST -- SEN. MARCO RUBIO shoots back in an interview with JAKE TAPPER on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Jake asked him to respond to Trump’s “we are not here to lecture” line. TAPPER: “Senator, frankly, I cannot imagine you ever saying anything like that when standing in a country like Saudi Arabia. Are you concerned at all about the president seemingly abdicating the very public role of the United States in standing up to for democracy and human rights?” RUBIO: “Well, I mean, yes, that would not have been a part of a speech that I would have delivered, for the reason that I think it's in our national security interest to advocate for democracy and freedom and human rights, now, with a recognition that you may not get it overnight. There needs to be a period of transition. And I think, further in that speech, they talk about gradual improvements in places, which I think is wise and pragmatic.”RUBIO on TRUMP on CBS’s “Face the Nation”: “I don’t understand why people are that shocked; this president ran a very unconventional campaign. I was there for a big part of it at the beginning alongside being one of his competitors. And that’s what the American people voted for and in essence, this White House is not much different from the campaign. We -- people got what they voted for; they elected him. Obviously, it’s in the best interest of this country to help him succeed. As far as the drama’s concerned, yeah it’s unique. It’s different from anything we’ve confronted. I think our job remains to do our work. We’ll have to deal with these issues. These issues come up, these questions, every single day. And I do think the White House would benefit from some systems in place that perhaps avoid some of the unnecessary friction points that come up on a daily basis.”During a bilateral meeting with Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the emir of Kuwait, PRESIDENT TRUMP said he’ll have a news conference in two weeks to let people know how the U.S. is doing in its fight against ISIS, per NYT’s Mike Shear, one of today’s poolers. ANNIE KARNI in Riyadh: “Trump plans Middle East return — to Egypt”: “President Donald Trump, a homebody by nature who spent five months in office before making his first trip abroad, said Sunday that he is planning a return trip to the Middle East, to visit Egypt. ‘We will absolutely be putting that on the list very soon,’ Trump said of an upcoming trip to Egypt, during a bilateral meeting with the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, at the Ritz Hotel in Riyadh. The visit would mark the latest step in a major reset in American relations with Egypt — and a tighter embrace by the Trump administration of the authoritarian regime.” http://politi.co/2rEHBvA -- IN THE MEETING Trump also commented on Sisi’s shoes. “Love your shoes. Boy, those shoes. Man,” Trump said. See a pic via Jen Jacobs of one of his shoes http://bit.ly/2qKxLIH TRUMP spoke with Israel HaYom -- Sheldon Adelson's newspaper -- ahead of his trip to Israel. "Trump apologized for not having a lot of time, saying, 'I can't believe I'm sitting down with you, Boaz. Do you realize how many things I have going on this week? But I promised you an interview before my trip to Israel so I'm going to keep my word. Right? Did you see that I smiled at you during the press conference?' ... "When I bid Trump farewell, I reminded him that the next time we meet will be in Israel. We have already met in Washington, in Las Vegas, in Florida, in New York and twice in the Oval Office. 'Goodbye, thank you, and have a great trip, Mr. President.' 'See you in Israel, Boaz,' he answered with the friendly smile of an acquaintance who has turned into a good friend." http://bit.ly/2pZ5xg9 THE FAMILY -- “Saudi Arabia, U.A.E. Pledge $100 Million to World Bank’s Women Entrepreneurs Fund,” by WSJ’s Carol Lee in Riyadh: “[A]t an event with Ivanka Trump ... Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates [are pledging] $100 million collectively toward a fund for women who own or want to start businesses ... The money for the bank’s proposed Women Entrepreneurs Fund would be aimed at women in the Middle East ... [T]he fund’s goal [is] helping women start and run successful businesses by easing their access to finance, markets and networks.” http://on.wsj.com/2rqaUVAANNIE’S LOOKAHEAD TO JERUSALEM from Riyadh: “Can Jason Greenblatt Deliver Peace for Donald Trump? The trusted Trump Organization negotiator is charged with figuring out how to deliver ‘the ultimate deal’”: “Greenblatt is the rare, old-school, Trump loyalist in a work environment where many of Trump’s top advisers are newcomers who date back only as far as his 2016 campaign. He reports directly to senior adviser Jared Kushner, and functions outside of the competing spheres of influence in the West Wing. ... In his previous life, the soft-spoken, sharp listener taught a class at Yeshiva University, entitled ‘The Anatomy of a Real Estate Deal,’ which was capped off with a field trip to Trump Tower.” With cameos by Josh Raffel, Jeremy Bash, Dennis Ross, Elliott Abrams, Martin Indyk http://politi.co/2qLiHus TRUMP spoke with Israel HaYom -- Sheldon Adelson's newspaper -- ahead of his trip to Israel. "Trump apologized for not having a lot of time, saying, 'I can't believe I'm sitting down with you, Boaz. Do you realize how many things I have going on this week? But I promised you an interview before my trip to Israel so I'm going to keep my word. Right? Did you see that I smiled at you during the press conference?' ... "When I bid Trump farewell, I reminded him that the next time we meet will be in Israel. We have already met in Washington, in Las Vegas, in Florida, in New York and twice in the Oval Office. 'Goodbye, thank you, and have a great trip, Mr. President.' 'See you in Israel, Boaz,' he answered with the friendly smile of an acquaintance who has turned into a good friend." http://bit.ly/2pZ5xg9 TOP TWEETS -- @maggieNYT: “Priebus is said to be leaving the traveling White House caravan early, returning this week instead of staying the full foreign trip.” … @Acosta: “Tillerson dances at dinner for POTUS and King Salman in Saudi Arabia” http://bit.ly/2r5B401 … @anniekarni: “Spicer has landed.” http://bit.ly/2pYQcfr … Ben Hubbard (@NYTBen): “Country star @TobyKeithMusic with Saudi musician @RabehSaqer in Riyadh last night for an audience of hundreds of Saudi men (and no women).” http://bit.ly/2qEpebT ... @NYTBen: “An audience of Saudi men listening politely to country music in Riyadh.” http://bit.ly/2rF8vnp ARTICLE OF THE DAY -- NYT, A1 -- “Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations,” by Mark Mazzetti, Adam Goldman, Mike Schmidt and Matt Apuzzo: “The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward. “Current and former American officials described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades. It set off a scramble in Washington’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies to contain the fallout, but investigators were bitterly divided over the cause. Some were convinced that a mole within the C.I.A. had betrayed the United States. Others believed that the Chinese had hacked the covert system the C.I.A. used to communicate with its foreign sources. Years later, that debate remains unresolved. “But there was no disagreement about the damage. From the final weeks of 2010 through the end of 2012, according to former American officials, the Chinese killed at least a dozen of the C.I.A.’s sources. According to three of the officials, one was shot in front of his colleagues in the courtyard of a government building -- a message to others who might have been working for the C.I.A. Still others were put in jail. All told, the Chinese killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 of the C.I.A.’s sources in China, according to two former senior American officials, effectively unraveling a network that had taken years to build.” http://nyti.ms/2rqPsQaBOB WOODWARD BYLINE! -- “At the Pentagon, overpriced fuel sparks allegations — and denials -- of a slush fund,” by WaPo’s Craig Whitlock and Bob Woodward: “The Pentagon has generated almost $6 billion over the past seven years by charging the armed forces excessive prices for fuel and has used the money — called the ‘bishop’s fund’ by some critics — to bolster mismanaged or underfunded military programs, documents show. “Since 2015, the Defense Department has tapped surpluses from its fuel accounts for $80 million to train Syrian rebels, $450 million to shore up a prescription-drug program riddled with fraud and $1.4 billion to cover unanticipated expenses from the war in Afghanistan, according to military accounting records. The Pentagon has amassed the extra cash by billing the armed forces for fuel at rates often much higher -- sometimes $1 per gallon or more -- than what commercial airlines paid for jet fuel on the open market.” http://wapo.st/2rFOagI THE SPECIAL COUNSEL -- “Russia meeting revelation could trigger obstruction investigation,” by Josh Meyer: “The new special counsel investigation into possible collusion between associates of President Donald Trump and Russia is just getting started — and it could take years to resolve. But Trump’s Oval Office boast to Russian officials May 10 about why he fired FBI Director James Comey will almost certainly trigger a more immediate, and potentially perilous, legal development: an obstruction of justice investigation into whether the president intentionally engaged in a cover-up that warrants the filing of criminal charges, current and former Justice Department officials say.” http://politi.co/2q5OIMt THE INVESTIGATION -- “House Inquiry Turns Attention to Trump Campaign Worker With Russia Ties,” by NYT’s Maggie Haberman: “Michael Caputo, who served as a communications adviser to the Trump campaign, has been asked by the House committee investigating Russian election meddling to submit to a voluntary interview and to provide any documents he may have that are related to the inquiry. “The House Intelligence Committee … made its request in a letter on May 9. Mr. Caputo, who lives near Buffalo and spent six months on the Trump team, worked in Russia during the 1990s and came to know Kremlin officials. He also did work in the early 2000s for Gazprom Media, a Russian conglomerate that supported President Vladimir V. Putin.” http://nyti.ms/2q6bmUR FOR YOUR RADAR -- “North Korea fires midrange missile in its latest test,” by AP’s Kim Tong-Hyung in Seoul: “North Korea fired a medium-range missile on Sunday, U.S. and South Korean officials said, the latest ballistics test for a country speeding up its development of nuclear weapons and missiles. The rocket was fired from an area near the North Korean county of Pukchang, in South Phyongan Province, and flew eastward about 500 kilometers (310 miles), said South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. The U.S. Pacific Command said it tracked the missile before it landed into the sea.” http://apne.ws/2qKRIiu -- “Exclusive: North Korea’s Unit 180, the cyber warfare cell that worries the West,” by Reuters’ Ju-min Park and James Pearson in Seoul: “North Korea’s main spy agency has a special cell called Unit 180 that is likely to have launched some of its most daring and successful cyber attacks, according to defectors, officials and internet security experts. North Korea has been blamed in recent years for a series of online attacks, mostly on financial networks, in the United States, South Korea and over a dozen other countries. Cyber security researchers have also said they have found technical evidence that could link North Korea with the global WannaCry ‘ransomware’ cyber attack that infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries this month. Pyongyang has called the allegation ‘ridiculous’.” http://reut.rs/2qHMHcn K FILE STRIKES AGAIN! -- “Sheriff David Clarke plagiarized portions of his master's thesis on homeland security,” by CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski, Christopher Massie and Nathan McDermott: “Controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who this week announced he will be joining Donald Trump’s administration as assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security, plagiarized sections of his 2013 master's thesis on U.S. security, a CNN KFile review has found. “Clarke, a visible surrogate for Trump during the campaign known for his incendiary rhetoric, earned a master's degree in security studies at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. In his thesis, ‘Making U.S. security and privacy rights compatible,’ Clarke failed to properly attribute his sources at least 47 times.” http://cnn.it/2r62Cm3 SUNDAY BEST -- GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS speaks with H.R. MCMASTER on ABC’s “This Week”: STEPHANOPOULOS: “Did you understand how this might look though? To an average American right now. You have the President of the United States telling the Russian foreign minister, in their first meeting, that that the pressure is off because he's fired the FBI director investigating Russian interference in the campaign. Does that seem appropriate to you?” MCMASTER: “As you know it’s very difficult to take a few lines, to take a paragraph out of what are what appear to be notes of that meeting. And to be able to see the full context of the conversation. As I mentioned last week, the real purpose of the conversation was to confront Russia on areas, as I mentioned, like Ukraine and Syria, their support for Assad, and their support for the Iranians. While trying to find areas of cooperation as in the area of counterterrorism and the campaign against ISIS. And so … that was the intent of that conversation was to say what I’d like to do is move beyond all of the Russia news so that we can find areas of cooperation.” STEPHANOPOULOS: “So did the president confront them on their interference in our election? This was their first meeting.” MCMASTER: “Well you know, there already was too much that’s been leaked from those meetings. And one of the things that I’m most concerned about is the confidence, the confidentiality of those kind of meetings, as you know, are extremely important. And so, I’m really concerned about these kind of leaks because it undermines everybody’s trust in that kind of an environment where you can have frank, candid and oftentimes unconventional conversations to try to protect American interests and secure the American people.”-- CHRIS WALLACE interviews SECRETARY OF STATE REX TILLERSON on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” -- per Zach Warmbrodt: “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday denounced a violent clash in Washington last week involving Turkish security personnel and protesters, as the administration faced political pressure to respond. In an interview on ‘Fox News Sunday,’ Tillerson said the State Department had called in the ambassador of Turkey to discuss the incident and say ‘that this is simply unacceptable.’ ‘There is an ongoing investigation,’ he said. ‘We'll wait and see what the outcome of that investigation is. But we have expressed our dismay at what occurred at the Turkish embassy.’” http://politi.co/2rEYnef -- WALLACE: “Mr. Secretary, you were in the Oval Office when the president met with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov on May 10, and according to the official summary, the president’ told Lavrov, ‘I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job. I face great pressure because of Russia, that’s taken off.’ My question to you, sir, as someone who was in that meeting -- was he telling the Russians that firing Comey was taking off legal and political pressure? TILLERSON: “Chris, that’s not my -- my interpretation, certainly, of the conversation. And I think what the president was trying to convey to the Russians is, look, I’m not going to be distracted by this -- all these issues that are here at home, they -- that, you know, affect us domestically. I’m not going to let that distract from our efforts to see if we can engage with you, engage with Russia, and identify areas where we might be able to work together. The president I think reemphasized the message to the Russians that the relationship is at a low point and we need to change that, we need to both work towards trying to improve that. So I think the point he was making is I’m not going to be distracted by those things that are happening here at home. Won’t let them get in the way of the important work of engaging Russia to see what can be done to improve this relationship.” SNL’S SEASON FINALE LAST NIGHT -- “Hallelujah Cold Open”: “Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) [wearing a Russian flag lapel pin], Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon), Mike Pence (Beck Bennett), Eric Trump (Alex Moffat), Donald Trump Jr. (Mikey Day), Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant), Melania Trump (Cecily Strong) and Ivanka Trump (Scarlett Johansson) perform ‘Hallelujah.’” 3-min. video http://bit.ly/2rq9rPaREMINDER: Trump’s budget will be released TUESDAY … AP’S ANDY TAYLOR: “Republicans already giving Trump’s budget a cold shoulder” http://apne.ws/2rqLK9l MULLER AND COMEY -- BOSTON GLOBE front page, “2 former FBI directors, 1 investigation,” by Annie Linskey and Matt Viser: “It’s unclear if the two men will remain allied, with Comey shifting to the role of probable witness and Mueller the lead investigator. ‘They’re different — and both people of great capacity,’ [John] Ashcroft said in an interview last week. ... ‘This is not the first rodeo for either of these folks.’ ... ‘Both men were viewed differently within the White House,’ said [Alberto] Gonzales, who went on to serve as a US attorney general. ‘Mueller was much more respected,’’ he said. ‘He has better judgment. He’s much more mature.’” http://bit.ly/2qKT1xU THE RESISTANCE -- “Feinstein scalded by anti-Trump fervor,” by California Playbookers David Siders and Carla Marinucci in Sacramento: “Liberal hecklers have protested outside Dianne Feinstein’s home. She’s been confronted at a Los Angeles fundraiser and a San Francisco town hall meeting by progressives angered by her skeptical view of single payer health care and support for some of Donald Trump’s earliest nominees. In a state marked by its unfettered resistance to the president, California’s senior senator and ranking Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee is dealing with burgeoning unrest in the party ranks at home, a symptom of the roiling anti-Trump politics on the left. “Despite her interrogation of Neil Gorsuch at his Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Feinstein’s brand of moderation is showing signs of slipping out of favor in a state that delivered a landslide margin against Trump. Her public approval rating, while still in relatively positive territory, has ticked down. ‘The time has absolutely changed for politicians like her,’ said Robert Shearer, a state party executive board member who served as a delegate whip for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign last year.” http://politi.co/2q91rNP -- L.A. TIMES: “Rep. Adam Schiff calls for Democratic unity in speech that suggests an ambitious future for himself,” by Cathleen Decker: “Rep. Adam B. Schiff has been one of President Trump’s most able tormenters in Washington as the ranking Democrat on the House committee looking into the involvement of Russia in the 2016 presidential election. In the process, the congressman from Burbank has also vaulted himself into the top ranks of California Democrats. On Saturday night he delivered to party members at their state convention a speech that spoke of ambitions for them -- and, none too subtly, himself. “Schiff has been high on the list of Democrats considered interested in a run for the U.S. Senate if incumbent Democrat Dianne Feinstein were to announce that she will not seek another term in 2018. (So far, she has said she’s running.)” http://lat.ms/2q5RnG4 BILL SCHER in POLITICO Magazine on “An Outrageously Early Field Guide to 2020”: http://politi.co/2rqtVapWHAT DINA POWELL IS READING -- “Why Staying Put Was McMaster’s Most Patriotic Act: The National Security adviser was called a hypocrite for defending Trump’s handling of classified intelligence. But critics misread his book and his motives,” by Mark Perry in POLITICO Magazine: “There are some things not to like about H.R. McMaster: He can be overbearing, has a volcanic temper and promotes a strategy of ‘forward deterrence,’ which means, his critics claim, more American troops in more unwinnable wars. But McMaster is not invisible, will not stay in his lane, will not be intimidated, and will not remain silent. McMaster might not win any lifetime achievement awards, but he won’t walk away. He’ll be a patriot.” http://politi.co/2q8WvZb BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman: --“Tesla factory workers reveal pain, injury and stress: ‘Everything feels like the future but us,’” by The Guardian’s Julia Carrie Wong in Fremont, California: “Ambulances have been called more than 100 times [to Tesla’s factory] since 2014 for workers experiencing fainting spells, dizziness, seizures, abnormal breathing and chest pains, according to incident reports obtained by the Guardian. Hundreds more were called for injuries and other medical issues.” http://bit.ly/2qEjxL9 --“A Girls’ Guide to Saudi Arabia,” by Maureen Dowd in Vanity Fair in August 2010 with pix by Ashley Parker: “Saudi Arabia! Just the vacation spot for a headstrong, adventure-loving, cocktail-imbibing, fashion-conscious chick. Long averse to non-Muslim curiosity seekers, the Kingdom is now flirting with tourism, though drinking is forbidden and women can’t drive—or do much of anything—without a man. Armed with moxie and a Burqini, the author confronts the limits of Saudi Arabian hospitality, as well as various male enforcers, learning that, as always, it matters whom you know.” http://bit.ly/2rFNhoD --“Saudi Arabia Experiments with Reform Amid Economic Downturn,” by Susanne Koelbl in Der Spiegel: “‘Why’ is a word that didn’t previously exist in Saudi Arabian public debate. Suddenly, it can be heard all over the place, as if the economic crisis is forcing the country to undergo a kind of late-period enlightenment. Everything is being renegotiated, from benefits to the distribution of money, and the question of who will enjoy new freedoms and who will lose old privileges. In sum, the country’s previous social pact – prosperity in exchange for submission – is being challenged.” http://bit.ly/2q4yDpm --“When Your Child Is a Psychopath,” by Barbara Bradley Hagerty in June’s Atlantic: “Whereas normally developing children at that age grow agitated when they see other children cry — and either try to comfort them or bolt the scene — these kids show a chilly detachment.” http://theatln.tc/2qFJM1R --“Why ‘Net Neutrality’ Drives the Left Crazy,” by Tunku Varadarajan in the WSJ: “The FCC’s new chairman [Ajit Pai] on his plan to reopen the internet to competition—and the agitators picketing his family home.” http://on.wsj.com/2pWmjwu --“Sending Jobs Overseas,” by Christopher Caldwell in the Claremont Review: “Computers were the key. Once a complex manufacturing process could be supervised from afar, it could be broken up into the simplest constituent tasks, and those could be done almost anywhere. Corporations could play governments off against one another. Globalisation is not about nations. It is not about products. And it has not been about people for a long time. No, it is about tasks.” http://bit.ly/2qFBZBt --“BASIS: Inside the Acclaimed School Network That’s Blended Together the World’s Best Education Practices,” by Kate Stringer in The 74: BASIS is “a chain of 27 public charter, private, and international schools in five states, Washington, D.C., and China that recently captured four of the top five spots on U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of America’s best high schools. BASIS makes advanced, immersive coursework a requirement for all students, from pre-K through high school — an approach that some dub ‘deep content.’” http://bit.ly/2rFTnFd --“Slop Machines,” by John Semley in Eater Magazine: “How a family of hog farmers manage the excess of the world’s most indulgent city.” http://bit.ly/2rA4bEU--“A Murderous History of Korea,” by Bruce Cumings in the London Review of Books: “The Republic of Korea was one of the bloodiest dictatorships of the early Cold War period. South Korea’s stable democracy and vibrant economy from 1988 onwards seem to have overridden any need to acknowledge the previous forty years of history, during which the North could reasonably claim that its own autocracy was necessary to counter military rule in Seoul. It’s only in the present context that the North looks at best like a walking anachronism, at worst like a vicious tyranny.” http://bit.ly/2q4dvzQ (h/t TheBrowser.com) --“An Underground College for Undocumented Immigrants,” by Jonathan Blitzer in The New Yorker: “Refused admission by public universities and unable to get funding from private ones, aspiring students find another way.” http://bit.ly/2rAs003 --“Breaking News: The Secret Transcripts of the Six-Day War, Part I,” by Yaacov Lozowick in Tablet Magazine: “Dayan, flamboyant and erratic, boasted that Israel could reach Cairo if anyone was interested, and would soon take Sharm el-Sheikh and hold it for 300 years. He also told the ministers they needed to talk less as he didn’t have time for a long meeting. Perhaps the single most important decision in millennia — that the Jews should rule in Jerusalem — was probably made early on June 7 by Moshe Dayan, not by Israel’s government.” http://bit.ly/2rmCjaP --“Platonically irrational,” by Nick Romeo in Aeon Magazine: “How much did Plato know about behavioural economics and cognitive biases? Pretty much everything, it turns out.” http://bit.ly/2qG7ueE --“The Future of Media Is Here, and I Was There,” by Sean Cooper in Tablet Magazine: “Content marketers convene in Boston to rid the world of bad content, get under your skin, and scavenge the rotting bones of journalism.” http://bit.ly/2q1kVVl (h/t ALDaily.com)SPOTTED: Kellyanne Conway hanging out on Wisconsin Ave yesterday at 11 a.m. Pic http://bit.ly/2r5H5tt ... former Obama ambassador Islam Siddique, Suhail Khan and Jana Plat yesterday at a performance by Comedy Central’s Hasan Minaj at the 6th and I historic synagogue … Jose Andres, Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) and the founders of Ben & Jerry’s, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, getting awards last night at the Halcyon Awards Gala at Union Station. Ben and Jerry personally scooped ice cream for attendees. SPOTTED in the Stronach Group Owner’s chalet at the Preakness: DJ Ben Chang playing throughout the day, warming up for DJ Cassidy, Ashley Chang, Kevin Spacey, Josephine Skriver, Carson Kressley, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, Ralph Northam, Belinda Stronach and the Stronach family, Dan Swartz, Mark and Sally Ein, Steve Clemons, Tammy Haddad, John Arundel, Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger, and musicians Sam Hunt, High Valley, and LOCASH. OUT AND ABOUT -- SPOTTED last night at the birthday party for communications guru Christine Delargy in Georgetown’s East Village: Kimball Stroud, Scott Mulhauser, Kara Carscaden, Rodell Mollineau, Sheena Arora, Matt Dornic, Kyle Volpe, Nick Massella, Jay Newton-Small, Eliot Pence, Shawna Thomas, Mark Paustenbach, Andy Baldwin, Dan Ronayne and Paul Kane. TRANSITIONS -- OBAMA ALUMNI -- Dave Wilkinson has joined Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy’s cabinet as Commissioner of Early Childhood, running a new state agency. He was previously director of the White House office of social innovation for President Barack Obama. WEEKEND WEDDINGS – ERIC BRADNER, CNN Politics reporter and a Politico alum, on Saturday married JESSICA WRAY, communications manager for the Global Entrepreneurship Network, a nonprofit in DC. They’re both from Indiana, which is where they met. Pool report from Eric’s CNN colleague Tom LoBianco: The ceremony was “held at a beautifully restored United Methodist church just outside downtown Indy. This photo was taken just outside Indiana’s statehouse, where Eric and Jessica used to report together. They both choked up a few times through their vows, we learned a few interesting items -- like who stuffs socks in the couch when they’re sleepy.” Pics http://politi.co/2q5SBRG … http://politi.co/2rqHgQ4 --Adam Hitchcock, formerly of the Obama White House, now with Guggenheim Partners and Sarah Kammerer, Romney campaign alum, now with Susan Crown Exchange, were married Friday at a Chicago courthouse. The newlyweds kept everyone in the dark, alerting only their parents and choosing the five-year anniversary of when they met at the NATO summit in Chicago as their wedding date. Pic http://bit.ly/2rq66zC (h/t Kevin Madden) -- Kasia Witkowski and Joshua Kagan were married last night in Washington at Toolbox Studio in Dupont Circle. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) officiated the wedding -- the couple met on his 2010 campaign. Kasia worked in intergovernmental and external affairs at HHS, and now works at Hewlett Packard in D.C.. Josh works at Hargrove Inc., and has worked on the last two Democratic conventions. The couple departed down the aisle to “Fight Song,” the song of choice for HFA 2016. Pics http://politi.co/2q94oxP ... http://politi.co/2qKVyYM ... http://politi.co/2qHDKQA“Jennifer Cizner, Jeffrey Amsel” – N.Y. Times: “Ms. Cizner, 39, is the chief operating officer at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a programming and research center in Chicago. She worked in the Obama administration in the Office of Presidential Personnel from 2009 to 2011, and became the deputy chief of staff. She graduated from the University of Michigan. ... Mr. Amsel, 46, is the vice president for global strategic sourcing and real estate at HERE Technologies, an information technology company in Chicago. He graduated from Ohio State and received an M.B.A. from Loyola University Chicago. ... The couple met in 2014 on JDate.” http://nyti.ms/2rFOLPA -- “Michelle Ker, Jacob Locke”: “Ms. Ker, 27, works in Washington as an economics and trade policy analyst at the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a master’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University. ... Mr. Locke, 28, is an analyst at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. He graduated from American University, from which he also received a master’s degree in international affairs. ... The couple met in 2010 while volunteering at a Washington nonprofit dedicated to education for nomadic people.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2qHKr58 -- “Amanda Erickson, John Davisson”: “The couple met at Columbia, from which they graduated. Ms. Erickson, 29, is a foreign affairs reporter for The Washington Post. ... Mr. Davisson, 31, is a lawyer in Washington for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a public interest research center. He received a law degree, magna cum laude, from Georgetown.” http://nyti.ms/2qKOmvM BIRTHDAYS: Mosheh Oinounou, EP for CBSN … Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is 66 ... Politico alum Gillian Reagan ... Mike Viqueira, an Al Jazeera America and NBC alum, is 57 ... Reilly Balderston … AP’s Deb Riechmann, a Jayhawk … Michael Gartland, City Hall reporter for the NY Post ... Rebecca Leber, Mother Jones reporter ... Tom Allon, City and State CEO, is 55 ... Fred Frommer, head of the sports biz practice at Dewey Square and an AP alum … Joshua Henne of White Horse Strategies ... Beth Dozoretz ... Steven Newmark ... Bill Black ... Abigail P. Gage ... Jeffrey Kluger, editor at large at TIME (hat tips: Jon Haber) ... Doug Randall ... Krista Ritacco ... Politico’s Ross Rattanasena ... Lacey Rose, press sec for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (h/t Alexis Krieg) ... former Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.) is 59 ... former Sen. George LeMieux (R-Fla.) is 48 ... ... Jeffrey Toobin is 57 ... Rachel Bayens, partner at Government Strategies in Frankfort, Ky. (hubby tip: Dan) ... CNBC’s Steve Liesman is 54 ... Darin McKeever is 43 ... Baupost Group’s Seth Klarman is 6-0 ... Politico alum Maria Devarakonda, now at Discovery Communications ... Rebecca “B” Shaw, deputy chief of staff and LD for Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) ... Hampton Cokeley ... Brandon Pollak, head of global affairs at 1776, is 37 (h/t Peter Cherukuri) ... Anna Smith Lacey, executive director of the Hungary Initiatives Foundation ... Erika Paola Gutierrez ... Jessica Lahey ... Mary Ann Gomez ... Ken Herman … Lani Miller ... Emily Bucci ... Jennifer Treat ... Susan Hansen ... Kathryn Carlson, founder/creator of the wonderful Buca Boot ... Robert Opacki (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) SUBSCRIBE to the Playbook family: POLITICO Playbook http://politi.co/1M75UbX ... 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21 мая, 17:00

GPP: Energy Opportunities in South America

The statements, opinions and data contained in the content published in Global Gas Perspectives are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of the publisher and the editor(s) of Natural Gas World. This is an excerpt from a Congressional Testimony of Jason E.

20 мая, 18:55

Daesh narrative is feeding populism in Europe: German def...

Germany’s Federal Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen and Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Borge Brende talk about Daesh, the Marshall Plan and fighting conflict.

20 мая, 18:52

Jordan 2017 - Dealing With eExtremism

http://www.weforum.org/ Extremist groups have become increasingly adept at using the internet and social media to recruit a generation that has grown up online. What new approaches and collaborations are needed to shift narratives and defeat terrorism online? · Suleiman Bakhit, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hero Factor, Jordan; Young Global Leader · Mohammad Jaafar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kuwaiti Danish Dairy Company (KDD), Kuwait · Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands · Majd Shweikeh, Minister of Information and Communications Technology of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Moderated by · Afsin Yurdakul, International News Anchor, Haberturk News Network, Turkey

20 мая, 18:38

Jordan 2017 - Rebuilding for Peace

http://www.weforum.org/ In the current global context and given the ongoing humanitarian emergencies, how can leaders leverage momentum for long-term peace and stability in the Middle East and North Africa? · Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway · Peter Maurer, President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Geneva · Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; Vice-President of the European Commission, Brussels · Ayman Al Safadi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan · Ursula von der Leyen, Federal Minister of Defence of Germany Chaired by · Hadley Gamble, Reporter and Anchor, CNBC, United Kingdom

20 мая, 17:48

Jordan 2017 - The Future of Europe

http://www.weforum.org/ How are the recent election campaigns reshaping the future of Europe's foreign policies? · Maurice Lévy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Publicis Groupe, France · Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; Vice-President of the European Commission, Brussels Moderated by · Philipp Rösler, Head of Regional and Government Engagement, Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum

20 мая, 14:19

Press Conference with Co-Chairs - The Peace Prosperity Nexus

http://www.weforum.org/ Meet the Co-chairs of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa as they share their expectations for the meeting and their view on the region's current status. Speakers Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa Khaled H. Biyari, Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Telecom, Saudi Arabia; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa Philippe Le Houérou, Chief Executive Officer, International Finance Corporation, Washington DC; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa Ursula von der Leyen, Federal Minister of Defence of Germany; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa Moderator Adrian Monck, Head of Public and Social Engagement, Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum

20 мая, 11:09

Congressman Expertly Trolls Donald Trump With Cheat Sheet For First Big Trip Abroad

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) majestically trolled Donald Trump by tweeting him a cheat sheet for his first big trip abroad as president. As Trump jetted off for his nine-day jaunt to the Middle East and Western Europe on Friday, Lieu thought it prudent to give the president some advice to ensure he stays out of trouble while overseas. “DON’T leak classified information,” was his top tip. He also felt compelled to state that Israel is an ally of the U.S., and Russia is not. To: @POTUS @realDonaldTrumpHere's a cheat sheet for your 1st overseas visit.From: @RepTedLieu, Member of House Foreign Affairs Committee pic.twitter.com/IFvhDHx0ts— Rep. Ted Lieu (@RepTedLieu) May 19, 2017 Lieu advised Trump not to talk about his controversial Muslim ban during his stop-off in Saudi Arabia, where caterers are reportedly planning to serve him steak with ketchup. And in preparation for his visit to the Vatican, Lieu warned Trump that Pope Francis “knows climate change is real, hates your proposed wall and is not a fan of locker room talk.” As of early Saturday, Lieu’s post had garnered more than 58,000 likes. Lieu, who represents a district in Los Angeles County, has form in using the microblogging service to take aim at Trump. In April, he mocked the president’s inauguration crowd size claims by posting this snap from a town hall event: Dear @realDonaldTrump: This was the bigly crowd at my Town Hall tonight. They don't like you. #ImWithTed pic.twitter.com/SNHSGV8h0z— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) April 21, 2017 type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=591ec9e5e4b03b485cb0adcf,591febb2e4b094cdba5456d0,591fda91e4b034684b0c9e2a,590d9366e4b0d5d9049ccbc9 -- 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.

19 мая, 15:04

С.Лавров и П.Сиярто | Sergey Lavrov and Peter Szijjarto

Встреча Министра иностранных дел России С.В.Лаврова с Министром внешнеэкономических связей и иностранных дел Венгрии П.Сиярто, Никосия, 19 мая 2017 года | Meeting by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto, Nicosia, May 19, 2017

19 мая, 14:16

Встречи С.В.Лаврова с П.Сиярто и И.Црндаком на полях КМСЕ, Никосия 19 мая

Встреча Министра иностранных дел России С.В.Лаврова с Министром внешнеэкономических связей и иностранных дел Венгрии П.Сиярто, Никосия, 19 мая 2017 года | Meeting by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto, Nicosia, May 19, 2017 Министр иностранных дел России С.В.Лавров встретился с Министром иностранных дел Боснии и Герцеговины И.Црндаком, Никосия, 19 мая 2017 года | Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Igor Crnadak, Nicosia, May 19, 2017

18 мая, 19:02

Lawmakers Want Turkey To Pay For D.C. Violence. But So Far It's U.S. Residents Facing Charges.

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible);  WASHINGTON ― Washington officials want Turkey to pay a price for its presidential security detail’s alleged role in beating up anti-government protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence on Tuesday.  On Thursday, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said the Turkish ambassador should be asked to leave the U.S., and the day before, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to explore bringing criminal charges against the men captured on video attacking demonstrators. “Agents of foreign governments should never be immune from prosecution for felonious behavior,” Royce wrote in a letter on Wednesday. There’s bipartisan agreement on the issue: Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) have directly accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s team of a role in the violence, and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) echoed Royce’s call in a statement. “If Erdoğan bodyguards who participated in this attack have entered the country on diplomatic visas, those visas should be revoked right away,” she said. The State Department has reportedly summoned the Turkish ambassador for a meeting to discuss the clashes. But as of Thursday, the only two people facing consequences related to the incident are private citizens who have starkly different views of Erdogan. Jalal Kheirabadi, 42, a Kurdish American of Iranian descent who lives in Fairfax, Virginia, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to assaulting a police officer. Necmi Ayten, 49, a Turkish Erdogan supporter who traveled from his home in Woodside, New York, to welcome the Turkish president, pleaded not guilty to assaulting a protester. Both men believe they were wrongfully arrested. Kheirabadi claims he was trying to defend himself from several men he believes were working for Erdogan. He says that a police officer got caught up in the scuffle. “Four people beating me, how can I recognize the people?” he said in an interview. Ayten claims he wasn’t even near the ambassador’s residence until after the clashes ended. He and his lawyer believe he was arrested by mistake and that cops were looking for a Turk to blame for the violence. “Any old Turk will do,” Gunay Evinch, his lawyer, said after the arraignment. A police report identified Ceren Borazan, 26, as the victim of an assault by Ayten. A Turkish Kurd who now lives in New Jersey, she told HuffPost she was attacked on Tuesday by multiple men she believes work for Erdogan. One attacker put her in a chokehold and ruptured a blood vessel in her eye, she said. Borazan added that as she ran towards cars looking for help she heard a man yelling “Bitch, it’s gonna be the end of your life,” in Turkish. “I swear I thought it was the end of my life,” she said. After looking at photographs of Ayten on Facebook, Borazan said she recognized him from the Tuesday clashes but was unsure whether he worked for Erdogan. Ayten says he doesn’t. Unnamed government officials told NBC News and the Wall Street Journal that they believe the Turkish president’s bodyguards were to blame for the incident, which injured at least nine civilians, as well as one police officer and two members of the Secret Service. U.S. authorities have not formally charged any member of the Turkish security detail for the violence, and in public, the Trump administration has avoided assigning blame. “Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest. We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms,” Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman, said in a Wednesday statement. The Metropolitan Police Department has said it is working with the State Department and Secret Service to find and hold accountable anyone involved in the altercation. Two people with knowledge of the case told the Washington Post that police are investigating Erdogan’s security team. But it is not clear whether U.S. officials will be able or willing to prosecute anyone on the Turkish president’s payroll. “Unless the bodyguards were clearly acting outside their bodyguard duties, they are probably immune from prosecution. While the specific facts of the incident… are important, they are similar to diplomatic drivers, who also enjoy immunity if, for instance they are involved in a traffic accident,” Hurst Hannum, an international law professor at Tufts University, wrote in a Wednesday email to HuffPost. “While this seems unfair to many people, U.S. diplomats and their staff enjoy exactly the same immunity in other countries.” The publicly available evidence also makes it difficult to pinpoint how the Tuesday afternoon violence began ― or to identify who is responsible. The incident took place after two separate rallies gathered outside the ambassador’s residence, one comprising Erdogan supporters and the other loud critics. The groups chanted slogans across from each other peacefully for nearly an hour. But things changed after black cars carrying Erdogan and his team arrived around 4 p.m. The president was attending an off-the-record session co-hosted by the U.S. think tank the Atlantic Council, which has cultivated controversial ties to Erdogan. In a Wednesday statement to HuffPost, Atlantic Council president Fred Kempe condemned the violence, which he said involved Turkish security, while defending the decision to privately host Erdogan. Video footage gathered by the protesters shows men in suits breaking through a protective line and beginning to kick and beat people holding Kurdish flags and placards as D.C. police and Secret Service officials tried to intervene. Anti-Erdogan protesters are convinced that the men in suits were Turkish bodyguards, and they believe Erdogan personally gave the order for the assault to begin. But pressed for evidence, they could not offer much. Several protesters who were roughed up cited the well-tailored suits worn by the other side and added that similar incidents occur regularly in Turkey. A Turkish Embassy statement Wednesday night accused the activists ― a mix of Kurds, Armenians, Greeks, Yazidis and others ― of ties with a Kurdish militant group called the PKK, which the U.S. and Turkey list as a terror organization. “The demonstrators began aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President,” the statement reads. “The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense and one of them was seriously injured. The violence and injuries were the result of this unpermitted, provocative demonstration.” It did not say the Turkish security detail had any role in the violence. The case is hardly closed, though. The investigative website Bellingcat has announced that it will try to identify those responsible using material available on social media. “While it is difficult to prove that some of the men in these tweets are indeed bodyguards or other types of Turkish security officials, some of them clearly were, as shown both in a close analysis of the video and in reports from U.S. officials,” its initial post on the issue reads. It notes that some of the men were wearing items like earpieces and lapel pins and noted their presence in previous recordings of Erdogan’s travels. Four international law experts told U.S. News & World Report on Wednesday that they believe D.C. police could charge Turkish officials if they gather sufficient evidence. And the congressional statements suggested an appetite among U.S. officials to lift immunity in this case if necessary. Such a prosecution could escalate the incident to the status of a major diplomatic crisis. The already shaky U.S.-Turkish alliance could grow weaker. With Washington supporting an armed Kurdish group called the YPG in Syria that is successfully fighting the so-called Islamic State, Erdogan has accused Washington of empowering the PKK, which has killed hundreds of Turks. Kurds, meanwhile, believe America has come to its senses, prioritizing its new partnership over an alliance with an increasingly repressive government. Both sides see moments like Erdogan’s visit as hugely important ― as either a chance for the U.S. to make amends or to push back against the Turkish leader. Outrage after Tuesday appears to have only strengthened the Washington consensus that Erdogan is a difficult authoritarian who should at best be tolerated. The Turkish leader has jailed scores of Kurdish opposition politicians and at least 81 journalists, prompting congressional complaints, and his security team was also involved in violence during an Erdogan visit last year. That’s welcome news for the U.S. citizens and residents who saw their peaceful protest turn into a bloody brawl. Mehmet Tankan, a green-card holder of Turkish origin who said seven men held and repeatedly punched him on Tuesday, told HuffPost he wants the U.S. to know that it cannot trust Erdogan and his team to respect the Constitution. He wants a tougher response than what he saw yesterday. “Don’t let them to come to this country again, they are criminals,” Tankan said. “I know my country, America, will stop them.” -- 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.

18 мая, 18:10

Iran's Choice

Hassan Rouhani may prevail in tomorrow’s presidential elections. Whether he can continue on the path to reform is uncertain.

18 мая, 17:26

Soviet spiel: Why the USSR produced ads for non-existing products

Who in his right mind would produce a TV commercial for a product that does not exist? Between 1967 and 1991 the Soviet Union’s sole advertising agency produced literally thousands of commercials, pitching products that state owned companies did not produce and had absolutely no intention of producing. From minced chicken to hot air showers and double layered toilet seats, the Estonia-based Eesti Reklaamfilm (ERF) made over 6000 commercials for all manner of goods – both real and fictitious. In a consumer orientated capitalist society, advertising is about getting people to buy your product instead of your competitor’s. But because of the absence of competition in the communist system, television advertising had a totally different purpose and role. According to the Australian magazine Smith Journal, “Its objective, in the simplest sense, was to project a narrative of abundance onto a population that was accustomed to experiencing scarcity.” The brain behind ERF The key figure in this bizarre episode was ERF founder Peedu Ojamaa, who produced propaganda films for party officials. In 1966, when Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev pushed industry to focus on consumer goods – in particular luxury products – Ojamaa sensed a new opportunity. ERF landed a windfall when Moscow mandated that all Soviet companies had to spend one percent of their revenue on advertising. ERF and the Soviet companies it represented did not work together the way clients and advertising agencies do in a market economy. Under the Soviet system, the company bosses, who were essentially communist party flunkies, would hand Ojamaa a script, which offered a guide for ERF to work on. But the creatives at ERF produced whatever ads they wanted, and when the party bosses reviewed the films, everyone pretended everything was just fine. Basically, nobody cared. After all, if the products were real, they would sell anyway in a country where shortages were widespread. If the ads were pitching ghost products, it again didn't matter, as there was nothing to sell. Hardi Volmer, who co-directed a documentary about ERF entitled The Gold Spinners, says in an interview to the Prague-based Institute of Documentary Film: “So if there was a fixed plan that 1 percent of the budget of every Soviet company was to be spent on advertising, then the money had to be spent. Whether the clips were of high or low quality, or whether they worked at all, no one cared, really.” A flood of commercials Clearly, it was win-win for the guys at ERF. With its monopoly over the ad scene, ERF produced 130 commercials in its first year. Who did Soviet women fantasize about? 10 sex symbols in the USSR According to South Journal, “Most products were portrayed in a way that made them seem as if they were utterly cutting edge. 'It’s easy to use,' spouts an actor in one commercial about margarine. 'Just spread it on a slice of bread'!” No idea was too weird or costly. “Milk advertisements were made against the background of the glamorous Alps; Soviet cars were shown meandering through the streets of Paris; and Estonian actors were transported to faraway bazaars just to be captured eating a couple of grapes.” For the Soviet companies, who were under pressure to spend 1 percent of their total budget on this new medium they didn’t begin to comprehend, it presented unique problems. For instance, if your product is still on the drawing board and you don’t even have a name for it, how do you advertise it? Plus, since the inefficiency of the Soviet consumer goods industry was legendary, the time to market of any planned product was unpredictable as well. ERF’s solution was to make a “fun story” without showing the product. Entertainment for the Soviet public As far as the long-suffering Soviet public was concerned, the ads were confusing but enjoyable. In their view, if the goods were of good quality, why was there a need to advertise them? Quality products quickly disappeared from Soviet shelves and were usually hoarded. The general consensus across the country was that the products being pitched must be shoddy. On the flip side, the ads became wildly popular. Unlike in capitalist societies where people take a break during the ad break, in the Soviet Union, viewers would wait for them.  On Saturday afternoons, families would wait for their favorite television program – a 20-minute block of ads played back to back. It was make belief at its best – the ads took Soviets citizens away from the mile long gas queues, the half empty supermarket shelves and transported them into a world where the sun was always shining, the music was catchy and the women were beautiful – even semi-erotic, as in the ‘Pinguin’ ice-cream ad. “The Soviet ads simply ignored the idea of selling a product or targeting certain consumers, thus making the ads themselves the product to be consumed,” says the website Retro Soviet Ads.  ERF milked the system in other ways as well. For instance, it would shoot commercials in a documentary style and get paid extra. According to Kiur Aarma, who co-directed The Gold Spinners, the main reason for this was financial. “In the planned economy every product or service had its own fixed price, set somewhere at some ministry. As the commercial films were something completely new as a notion, they didn't have that fixed price for them. So the producers from the ERF described them as 'documentary films' – and got paid for every 2-minute clip as they would have been paid for a 60-minute documentary film.” International recognition ERF’s prodigious output drew international attention and in 1985 it was invited to the Cannes advertising festival, where it bagged the Bronze Lion for an ad about conserving energy at home. Even in that moment of crowning glory there was irony as the Soviet Union was the world’s largest producer of energy and its second largest exporter. Conserving energy was way down the list of priorities in the Soviet Union. ERF’s unlimited gravy train, however, crunched to a halt when the command economy imploded. The ad agency couldn’t cope with the newly unleashed free market and went bankrupt in 1992. Ojamaa died in 2014. Of the nearly 6000 commercial films shot, only 5 percent – at most 300 films – were preserved. Clips from ERF films found their way to the Hollywood movie Borat. In the end, the ads were the “lacquer on the surface of the rotten system,” says Aarma. “No one would actually believe that all this stuff existed if we didn't have it in our archives.” Rakesh Krishnan Simha is a New Zealand-based journalist and foreign affairs analyst, with a special interest in defence and military history. He is on the advisory board of Modern Diplomacy, a Europe-based foreign affairs portal. He tweets [email protected] The views expressed here are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of RBTH.

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18 мая, 17:14

Russian diplomat says Moscow and Washington should fight terrorism together

Moscow and Washington are bound to positively cooperate, they should fight against terrorism together, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Anatoly Antonov told reporters on May 18. The State Duma (lower house of parliament) Committee for Foreign Affairs upheld Antonov’s appointment as Russia’s ambassador to the United States, a source in the Committee told TASS after a closed-door meeting. According to Antonov, participants in the meeting "exchanged views on the form Russian-US relations should take." "I believe everybody agrees that Russia and the United States are just bound to positively cooperate," the diplomat added. "We should stand together in the fight against the scourge of international terrorism."

18 мая, 16:23

The Assault on Trump

The Assault on Trump Paul Craig Roberts We are witnessing an assault by the national security state and its liberal media on a President of the United States that is unprecedented. Wild and unsupported accusations of treasonous or illegal Russian connections have been the mainstay of the news since Trump’s campaign for president. These accusations… The post The Assault on Trump appeared first on PaulCraigRoberts.org.

18 мая, 00:15

South America’s energy potential is still promising, House panel told

South America’s energy potential should not be neglected despite serious problems in Venezuela and corruption investigations in Brazil, witnesses told the US House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Western Hemisphere Subcommittee on May 17.

17 мая, 20:58

What's behind Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike? – Inside Story

What's behind Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike? – Inside Story It's been a full month of self-imposed starvation for 1,500 Palestinian prisoners. They're taking part in a hunger strike to demand better conditions inside Israeli jails. They also want more visits from their family and an end to solitary confinement. Although Israeli representatives have repeatedly met the Palestinian Authority, negotiations to end the hunger strike have yet to begin. So, how far are the prisoners willing to go? Presenter: Peter Dobbie Guest: Akiva Eldar - Senior Columnist at Al Monitor Israel Pulse Majed Bamya - Diplomat and Member of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the state of Palestine Akram Alayasa - Head of International Relations at the Commission of Detainees and a former political prisoner - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

17 мая, 19:09

France's Macron mixes political shades in ministerial appointments

FRANCE'S centrist President Emmanuel Macron named his government on Wednesday, appointing a mix of political hues to the top jobs as part of his promise to bridge the right-left divide. Having already

06 февраля 2016, 11:56

ФРС на Украине: идеальное порабощение

Глава Федрезерва Бен Бернанке сделал все, чтобы вызвать в "незалежной" хаос

03 декабря 2015, 06:06

Ливия. Приглашение в бездну

Из огня да в полымя. Так кратко можно описать последние события в Ливии. Запад взялся за примирение двух правительств, существующих в стране, но последствия этой инициативы могут ввергнуть Ливию в ещё больший хаос и окончательно уничтожить когда-то процветавшее государство.

26 октября 2015, 15:30

Как работать с Россией в Сирии ("Foreign Affairs", США)

Трудно вести войну, когда твои союзники не могут договориться, кто враг. Именно с такой ситуацией Соединенные Штаты столкнулись в Сирии. Вашингтон в попытках создать коалицию для борьбы вынужден уговаривать союзников из Персидского залива, которые хотят воевать с сирийским лидером Башаром аль-Асадом, но не с радикальными исламистами. Ему приходится иметь дело с Турцией, которая выступает против Асада и радикальных исламистов, но воевать хочет преимущественно с курдами. Еще один союзник США Израиль нерешительно смотрит на бурлящий водоворот своих врагов и, как кажется, готов вмешаться лишь в том случае, если появятся серьезные угрозы. И наконец, Германия желает вооружать курдов, а американский спецназ уже взаимодействует с ними. Во всей этой путанице неудивительно, что результаты борьбы с самопровозглашенным «Исламским государством» (ИГИЛ) у коалиции сегодня - весьма неутешительные.

22 апреля 2015, 14:22

Китай: правила дорожного движения для Шелкового пути ("Foreign Affairs", США)

Пекин задумался о евразийской интеграции Пока мир внимательно следит за агрессивным поведением Китая в восточных морях, китайские лидеры глядят на запад. В конце марта китайская Комиссия по национальному развитию и реформам совместно с министерством иностранных дел и министерством торговли подготовила подробный проект «Экономического пояса Шелкового пути» и «Морского Шелкового пути 21 века». Этот проект зачастую сокращенно называют «Один пояс, один путь». В случае успеха амбициозных планов Пекина, Китай станет ключевой движущей силой экономической и дипломатической евразийской интеграции. «Один пояс, один путь» призывает страны Азии, Европы, Ближнего Востока и Африки координировать дипломатические усилия, стандартизировать и объединять торговые площадки, зоны свободной торговли и торговые процедуры, интегрировать финансовую сферу с опорой на юань и развивать международные культурные и образовательные программы. Иногда его называют «китайским планом Маршалла», но китайские власти не согласны с такими сравнениями. С их точки зрения, они объединяют Евразию, а не проводят в ней новые границы и стремятся к экономическому росту, а не к политическому влиянию. Однако это не отменяет опасности, связанной с усилиями Китая: если Пекин не сможет найти баланс между инвестициями и дипломатией, с одной стороны, и поиском политического влияния, с другой, он может оказаться втянутым в конфликты, к которым он не готов. В дальний путь Хотя точная конфигурация «Одного пояса, одного пути» в разных вариантах выглядит по-разному, в целом проект предусматривает, что сухопутный «пояс» из автомобильных и железных дорог, трубопроводов и телекоммуникационных сетей должен будет связать Китай, Центральную Азию, Ближний Восток, Европу и Россию. Морской «путь», в свою очередь, пройдет от берегов Китая по Южно-Китайскому морю, Индийскому океану, Красному морю и Средиземному морю (через Суэцкий канал) с остановками в Африке. В основе «Одного пояса, одного пути» лежит давняя идея китайских ученых о продвижении на Запад в ответ на американский «стратегический поворот к Азии». Название двойного проекта Пекина отсылает к еще боле давнему прошлому — к временам Шелкового пути — и к исторической роли Китая в торговле между Европой и Азией. Китайский президент Си Цзиньпин впервые официально заявил о проекте «пояса» в сентябре 2013 года в Казахстане, а о проекте «пути» — в октябре того же года в Индонезии. Деньги на проекты пойдут из пресловутого Азиатского банка инфраструктурных инвестиций (АБИИ), капитал которого составляет 50 миллиардов долларов, Фонда нового Шелкового пути с капиталом в 40 миллиардов долларов и Нового банка развития, созданного странами БРИКС. По расчетам китайских властей, их программы затронут 4,4 миллиарда человек в 65 странах, а объем торговли Китая со странами-участниками может за десятилетие дойти до 2,5 триллиона долларов в год. South China Morning Post назвала этот проект в своей редакционной статье «самым крупным и масштабным в истории страны». Стратегия «Один пояс, один путь» должна помочь Китаю достичь ряда внутриполитических целей, соответствующих «китайской мечте» Си о национальном обновлении. Главная из этих целей — укрепить китайскую экономику, дав выход излишкам промышленного производства. Сейчас, когда Пекин старается охладить перегретый инфраструктурный сектор, не создавая при этом массовой безработицы, планы, которые позволяют перенаправить вызываемый притоком инвестиций рост за пределы Китая, особенно актуальны. Внутри китайских границ проект фокусируется на сравнительно слаборазвитых западных и южных регионах. Власти надеются, что экономический рост и рост занятости в них помогут снизить межэтническую напряженность — а также улучшат ситуацию с занятостью в других регионах. Во внешней торговле Китай также рассчитывает получить выгоду от валютных операций, подкрепляющих статус юаня как глобальной валюты. Помимо этого, энергетические сделки должны будут гарантировать Китаю бесперебойные поставки энергоносителей на фоне растущего спроса. Вдобавок сухопутная энергетическая инфраструктура сможет ослабить опасную зависимость от морских поставок. К тому же развитые экономики по-прежнему растут медленно, и Китай рассматривает азиатские развивающиеся страны как удобные — и географически близкие — источники роста. «Один пояс, один путь» также служит внешнеполитическим целям, укрепляя отношения Китая с соседями. Двойной проект расширит связи Пекина с ведущими развивающимися странами и сможет послужить основой для новой международной системы, в центре которой будет находиться Китай. Рост значения Китая заставил Пекин смириться — пусть и неохотно — с международными обязательствами, а теперь торговый проект позволит Си начать воплощать в жизнь идею «сообщества общей судьбы», подразумевающую совместный рост азиатских экономик в ближайшие десятилетия. Укрепление двусторонних связей со странами, лежащими вдоль «пути» и «пояса», может помочь Китаю создать сеть незападных международных организаций, в которых он сможет играть основную — если не преобладающую — роль. Такие структуры, как Шанхайская организация сотрудничества и Совещание по взаимодействию и мерам доверия в Азии дадут Пекину возможность обрести дипломатический вес за пределами отношений с Вашингтоном. Препятствия на пути Сейчас «Один пояс, один путь», по-видимому, постепенно набирает обороты. У проекта есть серьезная финансовая база, которую ему обеспечивают, в первую очередь, хваленый китайский АБИИ и поддержка китайских политических и экономических элит. Тем не менее, на пути китайских амбиций по-прежнему лежат определенные препятствия. Хотя попытки заполнить инфраструктурный вакуум Азии (в инфраструктуру в этом регионе необходимо вложить до 2020 года восемь триллионов долларов) можно только приветствовать, прогрессу могут помешать недостаточно жесткие правила кредитования. Если страны-участники потратят связанное с «Одним поясом, одним путем» финансирование на бессмысленные или нерациональные проекты и не смогут расплатиться с долгами, пострадают китайские капиталовложения. Вдобавок, если с этими проектами будут связаны скандалы в областях экологии или прав человека, может пострадать имидж Китая на международной арене. В морской сфере усилия Китая по модернизации портовой инфраструктуры вдоль пути и созданию зон свободной торговли должны увеличить торговый потенциал стран-участников, однако пока не ясно, как «морской Шелковый путь» повлияет на существующие судоходные линии. Более того, хотя китайский министр иностранных дел Ван И (Wang Yi) подчеркивал, что «Один пояс, один путь» не следует считать «геополитическим инструментом», Китай, скорее всего, попробует превратить экономическое сотрудничество в источник политического влияния. Для этого Пекину потребуется преодолеть ряд серьезных преград — таких, как конкуренция в Центральной Азии, Южной Азии и на Ближнем Востоке со стороны Индии, России и Соединенных Штатов. Российский проект Евразийского союза, экономически объединяющего бывшие советские республики, напрямую конкурирует с интеграционной стратегией Китая — несмотря на улучшающиеся китайско-российские отношения. У Индии китайские планы также вызывают опасения, так как проекты Пекина могут подорвать ее программы «Действия на Востоке» и «Связь с Центральной Азией». Кроме того Индию тревожит расширяющаяся деятельность Китая в Индийском океане — особенно в портах, которые могут послужить опорными точками для операций китайского военного флота. Хотя Соединенные Штаты сейчас уменьшают свою роль в Центральной Азии по мере ухода из Афганистана, китайское присутствие в Евразии, на Индийском океане и на Ближнем Востоке все равно будет требовать от Пекина постоянных поисков баланса между конкуренцией и сотрудничеством. Китайцам придется работать совместно с соседями и мировыми державами — вместо того, чтобы бороться с ними. Успех «Одного пояса, одного пути» во многом будет зависеть от готовности капризных региональных и местных лидеров сотрудничать. Многие лидеры, особенно в Центральной Азии и на Ближнем Востоке, опираются на многовековой опыт стравливания иностранных держав друг с другом ради личных политических и финансовых выгод. Скажем, на фоне нарастающего межконфессионального конфликта на Ближнем Востоке китайским лидерам будет трудно совместить давние связи между Китаем и Ираном и новые отношения с суннитскими государствами во главе с Саудовской Аравией. Еще один характерный пример — недавнее решение Шри-Ланки пересмотреть более двух десятков проектов, поддерживаемых Китаем. Вдобавок существуют негосударственные субъекты, порождающие дополнительные политические риски, к которыми Китай не привык. Талибы в Афганистане, «Исламское государство» (ИГИЛ) в Ираке и в Сирии и хуситы в Йемене угрожают китайским капиталовложениям и ключевым перевалочным пунктам на будущих торговых маршрутах. «Один пояс, один путь» станет серьезной проверкой на прочность для внешнеполитической доктрины и внешнеполитического потенциала Пекина. Риторика Китая с ее «взаимовыгодными решениями», «консенсусами» и «невмешательством» может не выдержать столкновения с суровой реальностью, требующей защищать китайских граждан и китайские инвестиции. Опыт китайской миротворческой деятельности в Судане наглядно демонстрирует, что Китай готов идти на военные операции, когда речь идет о защите его финансовых интересов. Китайское стремление не вмешиваться исчезло, когда Судан начал распадаться и под угрозой оказались нефтяные инвестиции Китая. В итоге Пекин был вынужден выступить дипломатическим посредником и разместить в стране свой миротворческий контингент. Если Китай перейдет от простой защиты своих вложений к более широкой геополитической деятельности и начнет активнее вмешиваться в происходящее в других странах, это может окончательно убедить соседей в наличии у него империалистических амбиций. Именно так в последние годы развивались отношения Пекина с соседями по Восточно-Китайскому и Южно-Китайскому морям. Не трудно представить себе нечто подобное и на западном направлении. На оперативном уровне обширные глобальные интересы Китая могут поставить новые задачи перед его растущими, но неопытными вооруженными силами. Недавняя эвакуация китайских граждан из Йемена стала важной вехой: это была первая успешная военная операция по вывозу китайцев и граждан других стран из зоны кризиса. Еще в 2011 году Народно-освободительная армия не смогла осуществить аналогичную операцию в Ливии. В дипломатической сфере Китай явно претендует на глобальную роль. Он пытается стать посредником в афганском урегулировании, организовывая переговоры с талибами, и помочь израильско-палестинскому диалогу, предлагая мирный план из пяти пунктов. Впрочем, пока все эти усилия остаются символическими — у страны до сих пор не получилось добиться подлинных дипломатических побед ни по одному из вопросов, которыми она занималась. В целом во внешней политике Китай может оказаться в парадоксальном положении: пытаясь обеспечить себе стратегическую глубину на западном направлении, он может чрезмерно — и преждевременно — растянуть свои силы, оказаться втянутым во множество конфликтов и столкнуться с проблемами, с которыми он пока не готов справляться. Необходимость превратить «Один пояс, один путь» из амбициозных историко-картографических построений в рабочую экономическую и дипломатическую стратегию и — возможно — в инструмент геополитического влияния, станет испытанием для внешнеполитических возможностей Китая во всех возможных аспектах. Путь на запад может оказаться долгим. Автор: Джейкоб Стоукс (Jacob Stokes),  Источинк: ИноСМИ 22.04.2015 VK.init({apiId: 4591053, onlyWidgets: true}); VK.Widgets.Like("vk_like", {type: "mini", height: 20 }); Tweet апрель 2015