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28 февраля, 07:04

China holds mass police rally in Xinjiang as hundreds sent to anti-terror 'frontline'

BEIJING (Reuters) - More than 10,000 armed police in China's western Xinjiang region staged a mass rally in the capital Urumqi, state media said, as authorities rolled out a rapid-response air patrol system to quell unrest that the government blames on Islamist militants.

28 февраля, 06:47

Jeff Sessions Didn't Read DOJ's Chicago Police Report. But He Thinks It's 'Anecdotal.'

WASHINGTON ― Calling police officers the “frontline soldiers” in the fight against crime, Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled Monday that the Trump administration’s Justice Department would take a new position in the Civil Rights Division’s approach to police abuse. “We’ve got to go back and make sure that our police departments understand that they’re being supported, both by the Department of Justice as an ally, and by the American people,” Sessions told reporters at DOJ headquarters on Monday, in a preview of a speech he will give before a gathering of the nation’s attorneys general on Tuesday. “I do believe the Department of Justice is the leading advocate for law enforcement in America, and I hope to be able to fulfill my responsibility in that regard,” Sessions said.  Asked by The Huffington Post whether he had read the Civil Rights Division’s investigative reports on the police departments in Chicago and Ferguson, Missouri, Sessions conceded he had not. But, he said, he didn’t think they were necessarily reliable.  “I have not read those reports, frankly. We’ve had summaries of them, and some of it was pretty anecdotal, and not so scientifically based,” Sessions said.  A DOJ report released in the final days of the Obama administration, based on an investigation that spanned nearly 14 months, detailed troubling patterns of unconstitutional conduct within the Chicago Police Department. In Ferguson, much of the reporting was based upon the city’s very own reports, and indicated widespread abuse of constitutional rights of citizens.  Sessions said Monday he had “not made a decision” about how the DOJ would proceed in the Chicago case, but told reporters he was “really worried” about “the surge in murders” in the city. He was also troubled by the drop in the numbers of stop-and-frisk stops in Chicago, he said. Sessions’ position echoed the view he expressed throughout his nomination, when he indicated he subscribed to the “bad apples” view of policing, which holds that police abuse is not systemic in certain departments but the fault of individual rogue actors. Sessions said during his confirmation hearing that it was a “difficult thing” for a city to face allegations they had systemically violated the civil rights of citizens. “We’ve got to understand that police are the frontline soldiers in the effort to keep the crime under control, along with sheriffs’ deputies,” Sessions said on Monday. “Many departments are not doing well in terms of morale, in terms of following good policies.”  Sessions referenced a story in the Wall Street Journal last week on worries officers had about “becoming the next viral video,” and high murder rates in certain cities. Sessions told reporters that any individual serious allegation of excessive force is subject to a federal investigation. “Sometimes local police departments really step up and do a great job. It’s almost disrespectful [to] them for the feds to go in and try to take it over,” Sessions said in response to a question from The Huffington Post. Sessions also said the nation had “gotten a little overconfident” about public safety and it affected how police responded to violence. -- 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.

27 февраля, 10:00

Tax changes could cost UK public sector workers 30% of salary

Hundreds of thousands of agency workers could see cut in take-home pay, risking exodus from NHS and other servicesTax changes to be introduced in April could see hundreds of thousands of public sector workers lose up to 30% of their salary, sparking an exodus from already struggling sectors such as social care and the NHS. According to internal local government analysis seen by the Guardian, planned changes to the IR35 tax system could see agency workers supporting frontline government services lose up to 30% of their take-home pay. Continue reading...

25 февраля, 12:50

'Have We Opened the Gates of Hell With Our Images?'

Reporting on the Philippines' drug war

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24 февраля, 11:17

Специальный репортаж Сергея Бадюка из Алеппо / Special report Sergey Badyuk from Aleppo

Сергей Бадюк - известный российский спортсмен и ведущий. В качестве специального корреспондента- добровольца агентства Anna news, он решил своими глазами увидеть что происходит в освобожденном Алеппо. Всего за три дня он побывал на двух действующих фронтах под Аль-Бабом и Ханасером, и прогулялся по улицам Старого города. Special report with Sergey Badyuk from Aleppo Sergey Badyuk - famous Russian sportsman and show host. As a special reporter for the Anna news agency he decided to see what is actually happening in the liberated Aleppo. At three days he visited two main frontlines near Al-Bab and Hanaser and walked through the streets of the Old city. Мы в соц сетях : Вконтакте https://vk.com/anna_news Facebooke https://www.facebook.com/annanews2/ Агентство ANNA-News это волонтерский проект. Волонтеры ANNA-News ведут свои репортажи с мест событий, снимают видеоролики и публикуют аналитические статьи по проблеме национальной безопасности России и ее союзников в современных военно-политических условиях. ANNA-News это самые последние и актуальные новости из районов боевых действий Более подробно на сайте http://anna-news.info/node/1946

23 февраля, 04:01

The Islamic State's Greatest Wish: U.S. Combat Forces in Syria

Daniel R. DePetris Security, Middle East The presence of U.S. troops in Syria would be a morale boost for ISIS propagandists. “The Defense Department might propose that the US send conventional ground combat forces into northern Syria for the first time to speed up the fight against ISIS,” CNN reported last week. No options have been formally presented to the National Security Council or President Trump for consideration, and there will certainly be more choices on the menu for the NSC staff to consider. But if the deployment of potentially sending several thousand U.S. conventional forces into Syria is truly an option that the Trump administration is considering, then it should think long and hard before signing the order. The question is not whether to defeat the Islamic State in Raqqa, but how to do it. As the bedrock of the counter-ISIS campaign and the country that has sent most of the advisers on the ground and conducted most of the air strikes on ISIS targets (68 percent of the air strikes in Iraq and 95 percent in Syria have been dropped by U.S. aircraft), how Washington, DC decides to push ISIS out of Raqqa will be determinative of the coalition’s entire strategy in Syria. This is why the United States needs to get it right. Speeding up the liberation of Raqqa by placing U.S. troops on the ground, bringing them closer to the frontlines, and perhaps doing some of the combat alongside the Syrian Democratic Forces, is not only unnecessary for the success of the operation, but a gift to ISIS propagandists who are struggling to keep the group’s morale from plummeting. Read full article

22 февраля, 14:00

Call Length Is the Worst Way to Measure Customer Service

Practitioners and pundits alike have long debated which metric is best for assessing the performance of a service organization. Is the silver bullet customer satisfaction, net promoter score, customer effort score, or some other measure? While this debate is unlikely to be settled anytime soon, we’d submit that there’s no question what the worst metric is for service: average handle time (AHT), which is principally a measure of call length, or, more simply, talk time. AHT has been around for almost as long as the telephone itself. Given that the service department is a cost center in most companies, service leaders have long relied on AHT as a critical lever for keeping staffing levels, and therefore costs, in check. It’s not surprising that the metric figures prominently on a service rep’s scorecard. It’s not unusual to walk into a contact center and see “leader boards” and stack rankings publicly celebrating those with the lowest AHT and shaming the slowpokes. Why is average handle time such a bad metric for service? Three reasons: AHT is a relic of the old service world. Customer service has changed dramatically since the advent of robust self-serve options for customers. The effect of options like company websites, discussion boards, YouTube videos, and so on is that they siphon off the low-complexity issues. Customer problems that end up making it through to live reps are the complex ones, the ones customers can’t solve on their own. While AHT might have been a fine way to gauge performance on simple issues like address changes, balance inquiries, or delivery tracking, when throughput was the name of the game, it’s a terrible way to assess performance on complex issues that by definition take more time to handle. What matters now is “Did the rep solve the customer’s problem?” not “How fast did the rep get the customer off the phone?” Customers can hear the stopwatch ticking, too. When frontline agents are incentivized to lower AHT — and if they know that they’ll earn a reprimand from their supervisor for taking too much time with customers — they tend to rush their interactions, even if the customer’s issue demands more time. And customers can tell. In focus groups we’ve run, customers report that one of their biggest sources of frustration is the feeling that they’re being treated in a generic, robotic fashion and that the rep is trying to rush them off the phone rather than taking the time required to make sure their issue is resolved. Customers’ sense that they’re being “handled” rather than helped makes the experience feel high-effort to them, which our research (and common sense) shows depresses customer satisfaction. AHT is a culture killer. Leading companies have realized that they get far better results from their service reps when they enable them to exercise more judgment in customer interactions. These companies aren’t asking their reps to figure things out on their own; they’re encouraging them to figure things out together. We call this a climate of “network judgment.” In a study we conducted, only 9% of all reps reported that they worked in this kind of environment — but those who did saw powerful results, performing 50% better according to measures of productivity and customer experience than reps in the average contact center. Enabling this type of climate is hard work. One of the steps to getting it right is to send reps clear signals that leaders trust them to use their judgment. Things like scripts, checklist-oriented quality assurance, and, worst of all, AHT send the exact opposite message to reps, showing that the company wants them to do exactly as they’re told, and quickly. Related Video What People Really Want from Customer Service Results. Save Share See More Videos > See More Videos > Despite these obvious problems with AHT, managers are reluctant to eliminate the metric from rep scorecards. Most fear that doing so would cause call length to skyrocket, increasing costs. But our research suggests this fear is misplaced, as many companies we work with report that eliminating the metric had virtually no detrimental impact on costs. As Jill Stevens, national customer service leader at Westfield Insurance told us, “We thought AHT might rise after we removed it from the reps’ scorecards, and it did initially, but within three months it declined and so did our escalations and callbacks. Our reps tell us that their focus has shifted from watching the clock to focusing on active listening and resolving customers’ issues. AHT is now used only as a forecasting and planning metric.” Sharon Stines, director of operations customer care at LoyaltyOne, echoes the point this way: “Our process and metrics are aimed at delivering the right, rather than the shortest, handle time. As a result, we measure the contact handling process, the steps taken to assess and resolve customers’ issues, which allows our reps to focus on fixing the problem.” Other service leaders have told us that their reps actually became more efficient once they stopped reporting handle time at the agent level. AHT is still a useful measure for assessing organizational performance and understanding cost drivers for the contact center, but putting it on the rep scorecard or publicly rewarding or shaming reps for their call length is a holdover from a time when service organizations focused on the speed, rather than the quality, of the interaction or the outcome. In today’s service world, companies need to hold reps accountable less for being fast and more for being right.

22 февраля, 00:13

How Schools Are Rallying Around Portland's Large Refugee Community

PORTLAND, Maine — On a chilly December evening, King Middle School students and their families streamed into Ocean Gateway, a party space with sweeping views of Casco Bay. They had come to celebrate the culmination of a school project on freedom, just as many of the families were getting a taste of liberty themselves. The students, a number of whom are Muslim immigrants from Somalia, had created posters and written essays that proclaimed their vision of American ideals. Some of their families had fled the war-torn nation that became subject to the ban announced by President Donald Trump in late January for travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations. In a divisive political climate, public schools are taking on the challenge of helping refugees who feel unsafe in a country that seems increasingly intolerant of them. The students’ work took on an even deeper meaning after a January 27 racially charged assault near Casco Bay High School, which spurred pro-immigrant rallies throughout the city. “Islam is blamed for terrorism, but Christianity isn’t blamed for radical groups like the KKK,” said eighth-grader Zakaria Ali, 13, a student of Somali heritage who argued in his project that Muslims lose their freedom when Americans equate Islam with terror. Portland is a progressive coastal city of trendy restaurants and Victorian homes, as well as housing projects and homeless shelters, in one of the whitest states in the country. Its diversity is evident — from the assistant principal at Deering High School, who is a Somali immigrant, to the former student and current math teacher at King Middle School, a Ugandan immigrant, to the Somali restauranteur whose son is studying for his law school entrance exams. Republican governor Paul LePage has said he supports President Trump’s travel ban and has sought to deny government benefits to asylum seekers, but Portland city officials have proclaimed support for their immigrant community. “It’s a lightning-rod issue,” said Judy Katzel, a spokesperson for Catholic Charities Maine, the agency that resettles refugees in the state. “But welcoming refugees is not a political issue. It’s about people.” Students said King Middle School feels like a safe haven, but added that the world outside the school building has lately felt more dangerous. They hear their parents talking about being accosted in the street and worrying about relatives abroad who may be affected by the ban. (A federal appeals court has upheld a temporary order blocking the ban, but the Trump administration is considering an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.) leThe school’s freedom project, which is in its 19th year, is based on President Franklin Roosevelt’s World War II concept of the “four freedoms” that everyone in the world is entitled to enjoy. The students initially explored these concepts — freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear — through the oil paintings of the quintessential American painter Norman Rockwell, and then deepened their understanding through individual research projects and field trips. This year in the project, which encompassed social studies, English, math and science, the topic of Islamophobia was popular. Umulker Ugas, 13, an eighth-grader whose family fled Somalia for Kenya before she was born, wears a hijab and goes to a mosque after school to study the Koran. In her project on freedom of worship, she focused on discrimination against women who wear the hijab in the workplace. “I feel like it’s not fair,” she said. “Not everyone from the countries they are banning is starting trouble.” Related: Muslim girls in Trump’s America: ‘I’m not going to cower into fear’ The federal government has resettled about 3 million refugees since Congress passed the Refugee Act of 1980, according to the Pew Research Center. Roughly 44,000 immigrants, including refugees, have made their homes in Maine, according to Catholic Charities Maine. In the 1980s, most refugees were from Vietnam; now the majority come from Africa and the Middle East. Most Somalis arrived in the United States after 1991, when their government collapsed, civil war broke out and the country faced famine and anarchy. United Nations estimates showed that roughly 150,000 Somali immigrants were living in the United States in 2015, according to the Pew Research Center. Last year, at Ohio State University, a Somali refugee, apparently inspired by the Islamic State terrorist group, rammed a car into pedestrians and then stabbed people with a butcher knife. The attacker was shot dead within minutes, but his act added to the tension surrounding U.S. refugee communities.  Katzel said such violence hasn’t affected her work in Maine. “Most people understand that there can be isolated events and tend to not really translate that onto an entire population,” she said. Islam is blamed for terrorism, but Christianity isn’t blamed for radical groups like the KKK. In Maine, most Somalis first settled in Portland, the state’s largest city. They then moved north to the Lewiston-Auburn area, where housing is cheaper, said Elizabeth Eames, a Bates College associate professor of anthropology. Population estimates suggest that the Lewiston-Auburn area now has the largest percentage of Somali refugees in the country, with about 8,000 of its 35,000 residents of Somali origin, she said.  Such an increase in students who need extra services can test a school district. On February 7, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, along with local disability rights groups, released the results of a two-year investigation of the Lewiston schools for violations of federal civil rights and disabilities laws. In a letter to Lewiston Schools Superintendent Bill Webster, the group alleged that students of color, including Somali refugees and students with disabilities, are disciplined more often and are less likely to get the support they need. Webster defended the school district’s work in meeting the needs of all students. He noted that the ACLU’s data is several years old, and that last year the system’s five-year completion rate for students from immigrant homes was greater than that for students from homes where English is the primary language. He cited a 78 percent rate for immigrants and a 73 percent rate for native English speakers.  In Portland, in addition to teaching newly arrived students English, school officials reach out to immigrant parents through the system’s Multilingual & Multicultural Center. The center also connects volunteer mentors to students and trains teachers to help children who may have endured trauma.  The Portland school district currently serves students who speak 60 languages other than English, with Somali and Arabic being the most common, according to Grace Valenzuela, the center’s director. Overall, about 30 percent of the district’s 6,800 students speak a language other than English as their first language. Of those English language learners, almost a third speak Somali, she said. The immigrant experience is familiar to Portland Schools Superintendent Xavier Botana; he came to America from Cuba in the early 1960s. In an open letter after the Casco Bay High confrontation, Botana affirmed the school system’s commitment to all its students, whether they are immigrants, refugees or native-born Americans.  On February 6, a little more than a week after the incident, local police charged a white 20-year-old Portland resident with a hate crime and assault, and he pleaded not guilty. He is accused of confronting two Casco Bay students, and brandishing a sharp object after shouting racial slurs to a group of students on the street near the high school. The January 27 incident sparked several rallies and marches in support of the students and against hate. On the following Monday, someone hung pink papers that said “You Are Loved” on the bus shelter in front of the school, near where the incident took place.  “Our students acted exactly as we would want them to act,” Botana wrote in his open letter. “They exemplified the ideals on which Casco Bay High School was founded and made us all proud.” Botana’s letter became a political flashpoint in Maine. In it, Botana also criticized President Donald Trump’s travel ban, as well as the president’s intention to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The head of the Maine Republican party accused Botana of using taxpayer money to advocate a political point of view. Botana countered that January’s unsettling local and national events had created a negative climate for immigrant students, and it was his duty as an educator to put them in context. Related: Schoolchildren “have a lot of questions and a lot of fear” in aftermath of Trump victory Nimo Saeed, a Somali immigrant who owns the Mini Mogadishu restaurant, said the police had stopped by recently to check on her and offer assistance if she needed it. She hasn’t experienced any problems, she said, but they would likely pale in comparison with what she experienced back in Somalia. “The American people don’t know what bad is,” she said as she served sweet tea spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. “We’ve been through a Civil War, we know what bad is.” But Casco Bay High senior Samira Ahmed, 17, who came to the United States with her Somali family when she was only seven and has thrived in Portland, said the alleged assault burst the protective bubble of the school where she has always felt accepted. “It showed the reality of what is happening in the U.S.,” she said. The American people don’t know what bad is. We’ve been through a Civil War, we know what bad is. Elizabeth Szatkowski and Sarah Compton, members of the Casco Bay High School parent advisory group, strongly support the multicultural environment in Portland schools. “It has given my daughters the opportunity to hear from other people in authentic ways,” said Szatkowski, whose older daughter is in college and whose younger daughter is a junior at the high school. “It’s not just an add on. It’s part of the fabric of their education.” Compton, who has two sons at the school and is the advisory group’s president, said, “Most of my older son’s friends are Muslim. It’s a world he wouldn’t have been exposed to because our day-to-day community is not that diverse.” Both women, who are white, said one of the biggest challenges has been integrating parents from other cultures into the school’s parent community. Language is a barrier, and also a sense that schools should take care of school life, while parents take care of home life. “We had a group of parents who reached out to multilingual parents to come to school activities and it was difficult,” said Szatkowski, a clinical social worker who runs programs for the mentally ill. “It’s such a …. Western way of being involved in the school.”  Across town, at Deering High School, where several student council co-presidents are Muslim immigrants, a few hundred students rallied on the school sidewalk on a recent Friday afternoon. They called it a “Stand of Solidarity” with Casco Bay students and immigrants in general. They held posters that read: “A country built by immigrants should stand tall by its immigrants” and “Spread Love, Not Hate.” Drivers honked their horns in support as they passed in their cars. On the opposite side of the street, mothers in hijabs stood smiling, holding signs of their own: “No Hate, No Fear, No Wall, No Ban” and “Immigrants are Great Neighbors.” Related: Student voices: A daughter of undocumented Mexican immigrants and ‘heartbroken’ by the Muslim travel ban Dr. Abdullahi Ahmed, Deering’s assistant principal, watched but did not participate. Earlier, in an interview, with a mixture of pride and amazement, he told the story of his own refugee experience. He escaped poverty in Mogadishu, Somalia, attended university in Pakistan and eventually came to America, where he started out as an interpreter in the Portland schools. A principal noticed his teaching talent and encouraged him to pursue a degree in education. He now has a family, a doctorate and a high-profile job. It takes courage for an immigrant to put down roots in an unfamiliar place, Ahmed said, just as it takes courage for a community to open its doors to the strangers in their midst. Schools are on the frontline of this march toward integration and acceptance as they welcome students to life in America. Those children can then help their parents navigate this new world. But both the community and the immigrant must adapt, Ahmed said. “It’s a two-way street.” This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. Read more about education and immigration.   -- 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.

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19 февраля, 11:38

Prison officers' union dismisses pay rise as 'plaster over a wound'

Liz Truss’s plan to pay frontline staff in south-east jails up to £5,000 more will not help a system in meltdown, says unionA pay rise for prison officers unveiled by the justice secretary will not help a system that is in “meltdown” and is like “placing a plaster over a gaping wound”, according to the prison officers’ union.Liz Truss announced that thousands of prison staff would receive a pay rise in a drive to increase staffing levels, as the government attempts to address the jail safety crisis. Frontline staff in London and the south-east will earn up to £5,000 more under a £12m package. Continue reading...

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16 февраля, 14:18

Foreign customers eye Russian robots, cruise missiles after Syria operation

Foreign customers have started to file more applications for Russian-made Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bombers, the export modification of Kalibr cruise missile systems and Uran mine-clearing robots, the head of the delegation of the Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport at the Aero India 2017 exhibition said on Feb. 16. Rosoboronexport delegation Head Sergei Goreslavsky said that the Russian military hardware had proved its worth as "reliable, qualitative and trouble-free weaponry capable of successfully performing missions in real combat conditions." "Naturally, this has been noticed by foreign customers and, correspondingly, the number of inquiries to Rosoboronexport about the types of armaments used in the operation has increased. From among aircraft, customers have displayed interest in multipurpose and combat helicopters, multipurpose fighter jets, fighter-bombers and unmanned aerial vehicles," Goreslavsky said. Russia unveils military robots "Higher interest has been displayed in Club-N and Club-S integrated missile systems [the export modification of Kalibr missiles], as well as in various Russian robotized complexes, including from the Uran family," the Rosoboronexport official said. Russia launched its anti-terror operation in Syria in late September 2015. The operation involved upgraded Su-30SM and Su-35 multipurpose fighter jets, modernized Su-24 frontline bombers and Su-25 attack aircraft, Su-34 fighter-bombers and also deck-based Su-33 and Mikoyan MiG-29K/KUB planes. Besides, Russia used multipurpose and attack helicopters, including Mil Mi-28N and Kamov Ka-52 gunships while drones were employed to reconnoiter and monitor the situation. The strikes against militants in Syria were delivered with Kalibr cruise missiles both by surface ships and submarines of the Russian Navy while the Russian military used Uran robots for mine-clearing operations. Source: TASS

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13 февраля, 18:19

The U.S. Has Never Had A Tax On Exports

I spent most of last week working with John Mauldin to explore the “border adjustment” tax reform idea. He wrote about it in Thoughts from the Frontline.

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12 февраля, 23:56

Military to offer soldiers three-day week away from frontline

Servicemen and women to be offered time off to spend with family as part of pilot scheme to modernise armed forcesBritish military personnel will be allowed to work a three-day week and pull out of frontline duties as part of a pilot scheme currently being tested. Related: Army photographic competition 2016 – in pictures Continue reading...

10 февраля, 22:15

Seattle Genetics (SGEN) Loss Wider than Expected in Q4, Revenues Miss

Seattle Genetics, Inc (SGEN) reported a loss of 39 cents per share, wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 34 cents and wider than the year-ago loss of 18 cents.

10 февраля, 15:17

The Boy who started the Syrian War - Featured Documentary

SPECIAL SERIESSYRIA'S CIVIL WAR The Boy Who Started the Syrian War We tell the story of Mouawiya Syasneh, the boy whose anti-Assad graffiti lit the spark that engulfed Syria. 09 Feb 2017 10:22 GMT Syria's Civil War, War & Conflict Mouawiya Syasneh was just 14 when he sprayed anti-government slogans on his school wall in Deraa, Syria. It was February 2011, and he could never have imagined that such a minor act would spark a full-blown civil war. More than half a million people have been killed in Syria since the start of the war. Mouawiya's home city has been ravaged by street fighting, shelling and barrel bombing. The war has left scars that may never heal. Now a young man, fighting on the frontline for the Free Syrian Army, Mouawiya admits that had he known what the consequences of his actions would be, he would never have taunted the country's president, Bashar al-Assad. His life has been transformed by that adolescent prank. He has lost friends and relatives, including his father. And Syria has been changed forever. The Boy Who Started the Syrian Civil War offers a glimpse into life in Deraa since the start of the conflict. We meet Syrians trying to lead normal lives amid the chaos as well as those who have taken up arms against Assad's forces. - 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/

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10 февраля, 02:21

Shifting Afghan frontlines make aid work harder, more dangerous

KABUL (Reuters) - When a convoy of Red Cross workers drove into remote northern Afghanistan on Wednesday with supplies for victims of snow storms, they were entering a region that had recently seen dangerous and unpredictable changes.

09 февраля, 23:36

The Yemen Raid and the Ghost of Anwar al-Awlaki

The enduring propaganda value of a martyr

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09 февраля, 17:45

Общество: Андрей Лазурин: Генералы, заместители министров и депутаты стояли навытяжку

«Бывает, 80-летние бабушки – скрюченные, с палочкой – ведут нас по лесу два–три километра, чтобы показать заброшенное захоронение. Но некоторые открытым текстом говорят: «Зачем вы тащите из леса косточки оккупантов?» – рассказал газете ВЗГЛЯД Андрей Лазурин, военно-историческое объединение которого перевезло из Эстонии в Казахстан останки советского солдата, переставшего быть «неизвестным». Парней из военно-исторического объединения FrontLine в Эстонии знают хорошо. Они всегда на виду, потому что им до всего есть дело. Если в Эстонии не допустили к прокату какой-либо фильм о войне, устраивают просмотр в Доме российской культуры. Когда наступает май, развозят подарки ветеранам. Если пришли в негодность памятники на могилах советских солдат, подправляют их и восстанавливают. Если находят в лесах останки бойцов, пишут километры писем, чтобы добиться разрешения на их захоронение. Одни – в основном те, кого в Прибалтике принято называть русскоязычными – их за такие дела искренне благодарят. Другие, называющие себя «истинными патриотами», жгуче ненавидят, считают «российскими выкормышами», отказываются принимать на работу, в открытую желают провалиться во время поисковых работ в самое глубокое эстонское болото. Будто бы кому-то может быть во вред то, что незахороненные остатки солдат предают земле. Чаще всего на таких могильных плитах нет имени – время безжалостно стерло имена улетевших со стаей белых журавлей. Но иногда они возвращаются, перестают быть «неизвестными солдатами». Одна из таких историй, начавшись во время поиска под Нарвой, завершилась на днях в казахстанском городе Семей, бывшем Семипалатинске. Граждане трех государств – Эстонии, России и Казахстана – на протяжении полугода работали как единая команда, чтобы упокоить одного бойца. Об этой истории, о праве бойцов на достойные похороны, а также о том, другом или врагом является эстонское государство для поисковиков, газета ВЗГЛЯД поговорила с представителем по международным делам Таллинского общества участников Второй мировой войны, руководителем военно-исторического клуба FrontLine Андреем Лазуриным. ВЗГЛЯД: Скажите, Андрей, то, что сегодня отношения России с Эстонией при всем желании не назовешь безоблачными, серьезно отражается на вашей деятельности? Андрей Лазурин (фото: из личного архива) Андрей Лазурин: Так ведь мы же не имеем ничего общего с политикой. Просто находим и захораниваем останки солдат. ВЗГЛЯД: Это разрешено законом? Власти вам не препятствуют? А. Л.: Открытого противодействия, как, скажем, в Литве, в Эстонии нет. Скорее даже наоборот, во многих случаях нам помогает не только министерство культуры, но и министерство обороны. Конечно, без определенных сложностей на уровне восприятия некоторых чиновников не обходится. Но мы уже давно к таким вещам привыкли и научились с ними более-менее справляться. ВЗГЛЯД: Население тоже относится к вам доброжелательно? А. Л.: Если обобщать, получится 50 на 50. Есть много примеров, когда 80-летние бабушки – скрюченные, с палочкой – ведут нас по лесу два–три километра, чтобы показать заброшенное захоронение. Но сталкиваемся, конечно, и с негативным отношением. Некоторые открытым текстом говорят: «Зачем вы тащите из леса косточки оккупантов? Кому это надо?» Или еще хлеще, спрашивают: «Вы ведь, помимо прочего, занимаетесь реконструкцией сражений Красной армии, то есть умеете обращаться с оружием, имеете неплохую физическую и тактическую подготовку. Если случится конфликт с Россией, на чьей стороне будете?» ВЗГЛЯД: И на чьей? А. Л.: Хороший вопрос... ВЗГЛЯД: Есть еще пара вопросов, на которые вы, возможно, не захотите отвечать. А. Л.: Какие? ВЗГЛЯД: Первый – найденных нацистов вы тоже хороните? И второй – это правда, что среди поисковиков много таких, кого не интересует упокоение останков солдат? У них совсем другие, меркантильные интересы? А. Л.: Останки немецких солдат мы передаем представителям германского Союза по уходу за воинскими захоронениями. А что касается копателей, которые называют себя поисковиками... Я, конечно, сталкивался с вариантами, когда люди шли в лес, копали и скрывали свои находки, а потом эти вещи начинали появляться в магазинах. И еще меня всегда сильно задевает, когда тела бойцов находят, упаковывают в мешки и оставляют в лесу. У тех, кто этим занимался, явно нет стремления проводить героев достойно. ВЗГЛЯД: Вы сказали: проводить достойно. Это, по-вашему, как? А. Л.: Это на кладбище, куда потом будут приходить люди, чтобы поклониться и возложить цветы. Но бывает и по-другому. Вот, допустим, мы только что захоронили артиллериста Николая Сорокина, которого поисковик Юрий Коршенков нашел под Нарвой. ВЗГЛЯД: Как вы узнали имя этого бойца? А. Л.: При нем находилась медаль «За отвагу», и на ней четко читался номер. Мы запросили Центральный архив Министерства обороны России. И нам ответили, что эта медаль была вручена 1 февраля 1944 года уроженцу города Семипалатинска Казахской ССР, рядовому 781-го стрелкового полка 124-й стрелковой дивизии Николаю Федоровичу Сорокину. ВЗГЛЯД: Под Нарвой, если не ошибаюсь, находится крупное воинское захоронение – Синимяэ. Почему его захоронили не там? А. Л.: Похоронили у него на родине, в Семипалатинске, теперь этот город называется Семей. Так захотели его дочери. Когда мы их разыскали, они сразу же написали: «Если можно как-то перевезти останки в Казахстан, помогите! Мы возьмем кредит в банке и все оплатим!» Но кредит брать им не пришлось. К делу подключился председатель казахстанского Контртеррористического комитета Аманжол Уразбаев, и часть расходов взяла на себя казахстанская сторона. А недостающую сумму добавил петербургский меценат Грачья Погосян. ВЗГЛЯД: Деньги, конечно, вопрос серьезный. Но ведь такие дела всегда сопряжены с большой бюрократической волокитой, а в этом случае надо было решать еще и дипломатические вопросы. А. Л.: Мы работали совместно с коллегами – клубом Osting, и нам помогали все – и министерство обороны, и МИД Эстонии, и генеральное консульство Казахстана, и посольство Российской Федерации. ВЗГЛЯД: А посольство России почему? А. Л.: Как же! Этот боец участвовал в обороне Ленинграда, поэтому его сначала проводили в Эстонии, в Кохтла-Ярве, потом провели церемонию прощания в Петербурге, и уже оттуда я повез гроб в Астану. Видели бы вы, как нас там встречали! Народ на митинг собрался со всего города. Генералы, заместители министров и депутаты парламента стояли навытяжку и отдавали честь простому солдату. Вот это я и называю достойными проводами. ВЗГЛЯД: Захоронения всегда сопровождаются такими пышными мероприятиями? А. Л.: Нет, конечно. Но, кстати, мы впервые в истории Эстонии предали земле этнического эстонца – красноармейца, который погиб при обороне Керчи в 1942 году. Крым тогда еще входил в состав Украины, и сначала останки были доставлены в Киев. Там во Дворце ветеранов прошла торжественная церемония передачи, причем присутствовали представители МИД Эстонии. ВЗГЛЯД: И все-таки странно, Андрей. Солдаты, о которых вы рассказываете, служили в армии, которую в Прибалтике считают оккупационной, а на церемонии – дипломаты... А. Л.: Для нас то, что они не отказались прийти, стало определенного рода победой. Потом останки доставили в Петербург, и оттуда – на юг Эстонии, где этого человека – его звали Артур Хооп – подхоронили к матери. Вот и получается – и государство проявило уважение, и удалось показать людям, что все, может быть, не так плохо, как пытаются иногда показать.  ВЗГЛЯД: Для меня всегда большой вопрос – кому вообще нужно показывать, что после распада СССР мы со вчерашними братьями стали врагами? А. Л.: Трудно сказать. Я ведь говорю: мы далеки от политики. Вы поймите, у FrontLine и без того очень большой объем работ – и поисковая деятельность, и сотрудничество с ветеранскими организациями, и уход за воинскими захоронениями. Кстати, я особенно горжусь тем, что мы восстановили и поменяли в Эстонии более 80 памятников, из них 54 – совместно с администрацией Ленобласти. Нам ведь довелось пять лет работать с Комитетом по молодежной политике при правительстве ЛО. Мы делали заявки на изготовление утраченных могильных плит. Их изготовление оплачивало правительство Ленинградской области, оставалось лишь перевезти плиты в Эстонию и установить. ВЗГЛЯД: Получается, практически все ваши проекты имеют международный статус? А. Л.: Выходит, что так. Но, если бы не работала большая международная команда единомышленников, вряд ли нам вообще удалось хоть что-нибудь сделать. ВЗГЛЯД: Среди поисковиков, наверное, много молодежи? А. Л.: К сожалению, нет. Средний возраст – 25 плюс. А с молодежью большая проблема. Ее нет. И я не знаю, как с этим бороться. ВЗГЛЯД: Вопрос тоже серьезный, особенно если учесть, что именно пишут сейчас в европейских учебниках истории. Но те, кто с вами работает в FrontLine, видимо, полностью разделяют ваше отношение к делу? А. Л.: Есть, конечно, люди, которые в поиске находятся по каким-то собственным причинам. Но перед своими ребятами я ставлю единственную задачу: каждый погибший боец должен быть найден и упокоен с миром. ВЗГЛЯД: Но разве можно хотя бы примерно знать, сколько еще неизвестных солдат лежат в земле? А. Л.: Вы, конечно, правы. Но мы их подымаем и подымать будем. Теги:  Эстония, Казахстан, Великая Отечественная война, Вторая мировая война, кладбища, Россия и Эстония

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Militia Сommander Killed in a Terrorist Act in Donetsk

Mikhail Tolstykh, Givi, was born in Ilovaisk. When the hostilities began in Donbass in Spring of 2014 he took part in the battles for Slavyansk, Ilovaisk and the airport of Donetsk he was wounded and survived numerous assassination attempts.

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Estonia ‘not afraid’ to be on Nato frontline

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