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27 июня, 09:15

Текст: Место между Гаити и Узбекистаном (Не Украина) ( Фриц Моисеевич Морген )

Наша сборная по футболу занимает сейчас в рейтинге FIFA 63-e место, между Гаити и Узбекистаном. Это не самое дно, но близко к тому. Из крупных стран, которые могли бы претендовать на регулярные победы, ниже нас расположен только Китай. Списать наши проблемы на сильных соперников нельзя. В первой двадцатке есть, например, Хорватия и Коста-Рика — страны, человеческие и прочие ресурсы которых явно уступают нашим. Что-то капитально прогнило в Датском государстве. Давайте рассуждать логически. 1. Сами по себе игроки у нас достаточно умелые. Суммарная трансферная стоимость команды — 7 млрд рублей. Этого более чем дост...

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22 июня, 00:10

Congratulations To Palestinian Authority President Jared Kushner

Like what you read below? Sign up for HUFFPOST HILL and get a cheeky dose of political news every evening! House Republicans might release a budget next week with sharp spending cuts to aid programs, though states will be given flexibility to provide hobos and tramps with train rides out of town. In the wake of the Karen Handel’s win in the Georgia special election, Republicans and Democrats have found common ground by concluding the outcome proves all their previously held beliefs on everything. And Jared Kushner has popped over to Israel to solve that whole peace problem by repeatedly yelling, “Do you know who my father is??” at Palestinian officials. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday, June 21st, 2017: JARED KUSHNER BRINGS PEACE TO MIDDLE EAST - His qualifications for this duty include marrying up and looking stupid in flak jackets. Luke Baker: “President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, held talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Wednesday, beginning a new U.S. effort to revive long-fractured Middle East peace efforts. Kushner, a 36-year-old real estate developer with little experience of international diplomacy or political negotiation, arrived in Israel on Wednesday morning and will spend barely 20 hours on the ground ― he leaves shortly after midnight.” [Reuters] HEY MAYBE THE HOUSE WILL PASS A BUDGET - Three cheers for possibly achieving the bare minimum of governing. Sarah Ferris: “The House Budget Committee is planning to unveil a long-awaited budget resolution next week calling for a spending boost to the Pentagon alongside cuts to domestic programs, despite lingering disputes within the GOP conference. House budget writers reached a tentative agreement this afternoon to move ahead with a resolution that would set spending levels at $511 billion for domestic programs and $621 billion for defense, two lawmakers confirmed. Compared to current law, that would amount to a $72 billion boost for defense and a $4 billion cut for domestic spending.” [Politico] SEE YOU IN COURT, COURT! Lawrence Hurley: “The Trump administration on Wednesday made its final plea to the U.S. Supreme Court to allow its proposed ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries to go into effect as the justices weigh how to handle the hotly contested dispute. The court papers filed by President Donald Trump’s administration complete the briefing on the government’s emergency application asking the justices to block lower court injunctions in favor of challengers to the ban. The Supreme Court could now act at any time. [Reuters] REMEMBER THAT TIME A FOREIGN COUNTRY SABOTAGED OUR ELECTIONS? This actually happened! And we aren’t really doing anything about it! Dustin Volz: “Russian hackers targeted 21 U.S. states’ election systems in last year’s presidential race, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security official told Congress on Wednesday.” [Reuters] SO TIRED OF LOSING - Igor Bobic: “The outcome is especially painful for Democrats who viewed Ossoff’s candidacy as a prime opportunity to land a blow against President Donald Trump. Handel, a 55-year-old former Georgia secretary of state, replaces Republican Tom Price, who left Congress to become Trump’s secretary of health and human services. Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker and former congressional aide, was ultimately unable to peel away enough anti-Trump Republicans or mobilize enough new Democratic-leaning voters to overcome the district’s deep-seated Republican leanings. ‘It was really all about the Republican candidate Karen Handel getting her Republican base to show up in force,’ said Kerwin Swint, chair of the political science department at Kennesaw State University, just outside Atlanta.” [HuffPost] MORE: Democrat Archie Parnell also fell short in his bid for Mick Mulvaney’s South Carolina seat. Jonathan Chait says Dems should stop freaking out because these are really Republican districts. Matthew Yglesias thinks Dems should try having an agenda. Well, the Special Elections are over and those that want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN are 5 and O! All the Fake News, all the money spent = 0— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2017 DEMOCRATS GETTING TIRED OF SEEING PELOSI’S FACE IN THEIR OPPONENTS’ ADS - Good thing they’ve got young leaders to succeed her, like Steny Hoyer, who ― oh, he’s actually older than she is. John Bresnahan, Heather Caygle and Kyle Cheney: “There is no challenge to Pelosi’s leadership, and none is going to happen at this point, said numerous Democrats. But it’s clear frustration is growing with the longtime Democratic leader following the extensive losses Democrats have suffered over the past half-decade…. Some Democrats want to replace Pelosi atop their caucus, as they have since last November’s poor showing at the polls; they say there is no way to get back in the majority with her as their leader. And others who backed her in last year’s leadership challenge have now flipped their stance.” [Politico] Like HuffPost Hill? Then order Eliot’s book, The Beltway Bible: A Totally Serious A-Z Guide To Our No-Good, Corrupt, Incompetent, Terrible, Depressing, and Sometimes Hilarious Government Does somebody keep forwarding you this newsletter? Get your own copy. It’s free! Sign up here. Send tips/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to [email protected] Follow us on Twitter - @HuffPostHill WHAT A TERRIBLE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS - Matt Fuller and Igor Bobic: “Senate Republicans are speeding toward a vote next week on their Obamacare replacement bill, even as GOP lawmakers can’t answer simple questions about the legislation, express frustration with the brazenly secretive and closed process, and don’t appear to have the votes yet for passage…. When Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was asked whether this bill should be a template for lawmaking in the future, he sarcastically answered that ‘this is exactly the kind of legislative process our Founding Fathers had in mind,’ going on to explain that he was obviously concerned the Senate may be voting on a health care bill next week that members won’t have seen.” [HuffPost] Steve Scalise is doing better. ”House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) has been upgraded from being in a serious condition to a fair condition, his official Twitter account announced, adding he ‘continues to make good progress.’” [HuffPost’s Jenna Amatulli] The shooter had a ton of ammo stored up. “The gunman who opened fire on a GOP baseball team in Virginia had a local storage locker with more than 200 rounds of ammunition that he visited daily, including less than an hour before he shot more than 60 times at the team during a morning practice June 14.” [WaPo’s Ann E. Marimow and Dana Hedgpeth] Attempted assassinations of members of Congress not terrorism, feds say. “The FBI said in a press release that James T. Hodgkinson ‘made numerous posts on all of his social media accounts espousing anti-Republican views,’ although all of the posts they reviewed were protected First Amendment speech. Hodgkinson did not make any specific threats against members of Congress on his social media accounts, according to the bureau. But despite the apparent political motivations of the shooter, the FBI did not refer to the attack ― which severely injured a high-ranking Republican member of Congress ― as terrorism.” [HuffPost’s Ryan J. Reilly] ALL HAIL THE NRA, STALWART GUARDIAN OF WHITE PEOPLE’S’ RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS - Andy Campbell: “The National Rifle Association loves to beat its chest after shootings in America. A day after the mass shooting last year at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Chris Cox, executive director at the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, took aim at ‘radical Islam.’ … But don’t expect the same kind of treatment from the NRA if you’re a black man in America ― even if you’re a registered gun owner like Philando Castile, who was exercising his Second Amendment right like an NRA poster child when a police officer shot him to death during a traffic stop in Minnesota last year. Castile’s story is emblematic of the NRA’s hypocrisy.” [HuffPost] The White House makes a lot of empty promises about answering questions. “Below, our list of all of the times someone from the White House communications office promised to get back to the American public with more information — and, to the best of our ability to determine the answer, whether they did.” [WaPo’s Philip Bump] WHEN THE MAN WHO ABUSES YOU IS ALSO A COP - Chilling investigation by Melissa Jeltsen and Dana Liebelson: “It is nearly impossible to calculate the frequency of domestic crimes committed by police — not least because victims are often reluctant to seek help from their abuser’s colleagues. Another complication is the 1996 Lautenberg Amendment, a federal law that prohibits anyone convicted of misdemeanor domestic abuse from owning a gun. The amendment is a valuable protection for most women. But a police officer who can’t use a gun can’t work — and so reporting him may risk the family’s livelihood as well as the abuser’s anger. Courts can be perilous to navigate, too, since police intimately understand their workings and often have relationships with prosecutors and judges. Police are also some of the only people who know the confidential locations of shelters. Diane Wetendorf, a domestic violence counselor who wrote a handbook for women whose abusers work in law enforcement, believes they are among the most vulnerable victims in the country.” [HuffPost Highline] BECAUSE YOU’VE READ THIS FAR - Here is video of a driverless New York City bus rolling backwards on a Brooklyn street making a big mess. CELEBRATE LOSERS WITH HUFFPOST - The new season of “Candidate Confessional” podcast is out! Sam Stein, Jason Cherkis and Zach Young: “This season, we talk to the risk takers, the near-glass ceiling breakers, the hopeless and a self-described ‘hip-hop conservative.’ We talk to a key Hillary Clinton strategist and to Jason Kander, a Missouri Democrat who lost a Senate run despite having the best ad of 2016. All reaffirmed the fact that losing still sucks. But they also underscored the layers of humanity that are often obscured in our nation’s rough-and-tumble political system.” [HuffPost] COMFORT FOOD - Behold what’s probably the first cat video in history — from 1894! - Earn $64,000 a year as a nanny in this creepy, haunted Scottish house. - The president of Costa Rica ate a live wasp. TWITTERAMA Gang, it's a new day, so let's do what we always do: absolutely CRUSH IT with the 7 available Twitter joke structures.— Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) June 21, 2017 Uber is going to choose a new CEO in 4 minutes. Now 5 minutes. Shit now it’s 11 minutes away, why is it going in the opposite direction— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) June 21, 2017 [White House]TRUMP: I'm announcing my retirement"From the presidency?!"TRUMP: No, *removing mask*...DANIEL DAY-LEWIS: ...from acting— Todd 'Papi' Carlos (@TheToddWilliams) June 20, 2017 Got something to add? Send tips/quotes/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to Eliot Nelson ([email protected]) -- 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.

20 июня, 20:52

Costa Rica's President Inhaled A Wasp On Live TV Like It Was Nothing

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); Somehow, this wasn’t a buzzkill for Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera. He accidentally swallowed a wasp during a live TV interview with reporters on Thursday, then laughed it off like it was NBD.  Instead of gagging, the president was in stitches about his stunning snack. “I ate it. I ate, I ate the wasp,” he declared almost proudly before taking a swig of water. “Pure protein!” The woman standing behind him looked far more horrified. Naturally, online viewers had a field day over his quick bite. “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon even featured the clip during his opening monologue on Monday. "He was so cool on camera. As soon as the camera went off he was like, 'Oh my god! Oh my god! I just ate a wasp!'" https://t.co/uydfeJRVPE pic.twitter.com/qd7TNZrfxA— Fallon Tonight (@FallonTonight) June 20, 2017 Best part is the lady in the back! She was a little disgusted by it!— Isaiah Madueno (@zeikbomb) June 20, 2017 Wow. Okay, I'm impressed. I would vote for a guy who could eat wasps then laugh afterwards. lol— Constance Howard (@Conruthhoward) June 20, 2017 that guy gives Chuck Norris a run for his money— mammydog (@MartinaWilson12) June 20, 2017 -- 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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20 июня, 16:29

Costa Rica's President Luis Guillermo Solís swallows wasp.

Costa Rica's President, Luis Guillermo Solís inadvertently swallowed a wasp when giving a press conference.

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19 июня, 09:45

Сұхбат беріп тұрған президент аузына кіріп кеткен сонаны жұтып жіберді

Коста-Рика президенті Луис Гильермо Солис тілшілерге сұхбат беріп жатып, сонаны жеп қойды деп хабарлайды ria.ru сайтына сілтеме жасап NUR.KZ. Коста Рика президенті. Фото: Интернет желісінен. Президент елдің оңтүстің бөлігіндегі бетон зауытының ашылуы туралы айтып жатқанда, сона аузына кіріп кетеді. Дегенмен, президент еш саспастан, әңгімесін жалғастырып тұрды. Тағы оқыңыздар: ЭКСПО-ға келген америкалық журналист Астанадағы көрмені сынап тастады "Мен сонаны жеп қойдым. Мұндай күн сайын бола бермейді. Таза ақуыз", - деп әзілдеді Коста-Рика басшысы.

18 июня, 18:17

MODERN family: More courts allowing 3 parents of 1 child

Sixteen-year-old Madison's family clustered for a photo in a California courtroom, commemorating the day it finally became official that she has three parents. The adults she calls Mom, Dad and Mama were

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18 июня, 16:40

Президент Коста-Рики съел осу перед журналистами

Президент Коста-Рики Луис Гильермо Солис Ривера случайно во время интервью съел осу, передает Lenta.ru. Луис Гильермо Солис Ривера и оса. Кадр из видео Видео момента опубликовано на странице в Facebook издания PZ Actual. Инцидент произошел во время поездки президента на юг страны, где он участвовал в открытии асфальтового завода. Когда Луис Гильермо Солис общался с репортерами, кружившееся у его головы насекомое залетело президенту в рот. Читайте также: Семье сгоревшего работника аэропорта Талдыкоргана выделят миллион тенге>> Глава государства обратил этот момент в шутку, передает портал Q Costa Rica. «Я съел ее. Я съел осу», — сказал президент и предложил журналистам отправить видео на телеканал CNN. После того как помощник предложил главе государства воды, Солис продолжил разговор о новом заводе.

16 июня, 00:05

Statement on the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America and the 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States

President Donald J. Trump commends Mexico for its leadership in co-convening the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America with the United States in Miami, Florida from June 15 to 16. The leaders of the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador—along with officials from Mexico, Canada, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Belize, Nicaragua, Spain, and the European Union—will join Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, and Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin in a collaborative effort to address the economic, security, and governance challenges and opportunities in the Northern Triangle region and in Central America more broadly.  The United States views the security and prosperity of Central America as key to regional stability and to the security of the United States.  We affirm our strong partnership with Central America and the region in supporting our mutual priorities.  The President applauds this conference and the efforts of our Central American and regional partners to work toward a future that achieves stability, security, prosperity, and growth in the Western Hemisphere. The President also affirms the importance of the 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States, taking place in Cancun, Mexico from June 19 to 21. The President remains greatly concerned about the situation faced by the Venezuelan people and has instructed Secretary Tillerson to collaborate with countries in the region to move discussions on Venezuela forward during this important meeting. The United States stands with the people of Venezuela during these sad and troubling times for their country.  

15 июня, 23:45

Ten Nominations Sent to the Senate Today

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:   Kelly Knight Craft, of Kentucky, to be Ambassador Extraordinary  and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Canada.   Sharon Day, of Florida, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and  Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of  Costa Rica.   Jeffrey Gerrish, of Maryland, to be a Deputy United States Trade  Representative (Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Industrial  Competitiveness), with the rank of Ambassador, vice Robert W.  Holleyman II.   Lynn A. Johnson, of Colorado, to be Assistant Secretary for  Family Support, Department of Health and Human Services, vice Carmen  R. Nazario.   Elinore F. McCance-Katz, of Rhode Island, to be Assistant  Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Department of Health  and Human Services, vice Pamela S. Hyde.   Kathleen Troia McFarland, of New York, to be Ambassador  Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to  the Republic of Singapore.   Lucian Niemeyer, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Secretary  of Defense, vice Sharon E. Burke, resigned. Jessica Rosenworcel, of Connecticut, to be a Member of the  Federal Communications Commission for a term of five years from July  1, 2015.(Reappointment)   Nathan Alexander Sales, of Ohio, to be Coordinator for  Counterterrorism, with the rank and status of Ambassador at Large,  vice Tina S. Kaidanow, resigned.   Eric M. Ueland, of Oregon, to be an Under Secretary of State  (Management), vice Patrick Francis Kennedy.  

15 июня, 22:15

Remarks by the Vice President at the Northern Triangle Conference

Florida International University Miami, Florida    1:18 P.M. EDT   THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Mr. Secretary.  And thank you all, I’m truly honored to be with you at this important gathering.   But before I begin, allow me to address the attack that took place yesterday in our Nation’s Capital.   President Trump and I were deeply saddened when we were informed yesterday morning that a gunman had opened fire on the Republican congressional baseball team, injuring five people as they practiced for tonight’s annual charity baseball game.   I served with many of these congressmen.  They're my friends, including Representative Steve Scalise, who was seriously wounded.  But I can say with confidence that he continues to receive the best possible medical care at Medstar Hospital in Washington, D.C.    Congressman Scalise is a good man.  He’s a principled leader and a patriot.  And like all those who come to serve in our Nation’s Capital, Steve loves this country, and his service does credit to the people of his state and the people of this nation.    Karen and I join millions across America in praying for Steve, for all the injured, and their families in this difficult time.  But we're especially grateful to the brave police officers who ran into danger without regard to their personal safety.   As I told her and her family this morning at the hospital, the courageous actions of Officer Crystal Griner and that of Officer David Bailey saved lives and prevented an even greater tragedy.  And the American people are grateful for these courageous police officers.  (Applause.)    While there will always be those who seek to divide, who profit from insult over insight -- tonight, on a baseball field in our Nation’s Capital, the world will see America is better than that.  As President Trump said yesterday, we are strongest when we are unified, when we work together for the common good.    And when a neighbor is hurting or under attack, the American people always come together with generosity, compassion, and prayer.  And we always will.   It’s in that spirit, that I’m honored to stand here with all of you today -- our neighbors, as well, from across North, Central, and South America -- at this historic gathering.   So President Hernandez, President Morales, Vice President Ortiz, Secretary Videgaray, Secretary Osorio, members of the Cabinet, honored guests, it is my privilege as Vice President of the United States to welcome you to this Conference on the Prosperity and Security in Central America.  (Applause.)     I bring greetings today from my friend, and a champion of the strong partnership between the United States and Central America, the 45th President of the United States, President Donald Trump.   Allow me also to thank Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary John Kelly, and their Departments of State and Homeland Security for their extraordinary efforts in bringing together this historic gathering.   Allow me to also thank the government of Mexico for their full partnership in making this event possible.  Let’s give these departments and let’s give the government of Mexico a vigorous round of applause.  (Applause.)    I am also grateful for the presence of our Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin.  And I want to express my appreciation to the Inter-American Development Bank and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for organizing yesterday’s economic event.    And also let me personally thank all the public- and private-sector leaders who traveled to be here from across the Western Hemisphere and Europe.    Before such a distinguished group of leaders, today it is my privilege, on President Trump’s behalf, to thank President Hernandez, to thank President Morales, and to thank [Vice] President Ortiz for the progress that you have made in the Northern Triangle.  We congratulate you and we commend you.  (Applause.)    Thank you for your leadership.  Thank you for your courage. And thank you for your strong stand and your personal sacrifice to ensure a more secure and prosperous Central America.  We couldn’t be more grateful.   Since the founding of the Alliance for Prosperity in 2014, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador have devoted significant resources toward a brighter future for your people.   You’ve courageously pursued the fight against corruption, crime, and drug trafficking.  You’ve undertaken structural reforms to establish a stronger foundation for economic growth; and you are working in close cooperation with regional partners, your business communities, and multinational institutions to implement long-term solutions to the problems facing Central America.   Your resolve is impressive and know today that you have the great respect of the President of the United States and the American people.  (Applause.)    And on behalf of the President, allow me to assure you the United States of America stands with the nations and people of the Northern Triangle.  We stand with you in your commitment to root out crime and corruption.  We stand with you in your commitment to stop the scourge of drug trafficking once and for all.   And the United States of America stands with you as you build a more secure and prosperous future for the benefit of your people and the benefit of the Western Hemisphere.  (Applause.)    In a word, we're in this together.  As the President has said often, his highest duty as President of the United States is to keep America safe.  But this President knows that your security and your prosperity are directly connected to ours.   This very gathering is a testament to President Trump’s commitment to a stronger, safer, and more prosperous Central America.  I’m pleased to announce, at the President’s direction, that I’ll be traveling to Central and South America later this year to continue to build on the good work being done at this conference.  (Applause.)    The people of the United States have a special place in our hearts for the nations and the people of Central America, especially in the Northern Triangle of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.   Your nations experienced your birth of independence when the United States was still in the youth of our own.  We are bound together by history and geography.  We are bound together by commerce and the nearly $25 billion in goods and services that flow between us every year.   But most of all, we are bound together by friendship, by the rich traditions and contributions that the sons and daughters of the Northern Triangle have made to the fabric of American life and make to this day.   Be assured, the United States is proud of our strong partnership with nations in the Northern Triangle.  We are committed to strengthening that partnership so that we can continue to address the significant problems facing our neighborhood.   You sit at the heart of the Western Hemisphere, where North meets South; and every day, countless people and products pass over your streets, through your airports, your seaports, and across your borders.  By and large, this flow of commerce and crowds benefits us both in the exchange of culture and goods and services.    But as we all know, Central America has been plagued, as well, by vicious gangs and vast criminal organizations that drive illegal immigration and carry illegal drugs on northward their journey to the United States.  These criminal syndicates wreak havoc everywhere their tentacles spread, as your people know all too well.    At this very moment, there is an estimated 85,000 active gang members in the Northern Triangle alone, and they bring untold misery, corruption, and violence to your communities.  One out of every five citizens in this region is a victim of crime every year -- from theft, to extortion, to kidnapping, to human trafficking, or worse.   But the consequences of this rampant crime are not restricted to the Northern Triangle.  They radiate outward, and swiftly reach us here in the United States.  Central America is merely the beginning of a journey for too many migrants fleeing poverty and violence.  It’s merely a stop on the highway as people confront the merchants of death in the region.    Driven by the high demand for narcotics here in the United Stated States, fully 80 percent of documented drug traffic travels through Central America -- 80 percent.  The American people are reminded of the terrible cost of drug trafficking, gang violence, and illegal immigration every day.    We see it in the gangs and violence that plague our streets and cities.  We see it in the news with the names of the victims and their families.  And we see it on the faces of our families and friends who have fallen prey to the scourge of drug addiction.   President Trump has made it clear that this must end, and under his leadership and yours, this will end.  (Applause.)    President Trump has already taken decisive action to protect the American people from the harshest consequences of illegal immigration and the transnational drug trade.    This President has ordered the creation of, in his words, an “aggressive strategy to dismantle the criminal cartels that have spread all across our nation,” and our administration has wasted no time under the leadership of Secretary Kelly in removing gang members, drug dealers, and criminals off the streets of America.   The President’s leadership is already making a difference. Criminal organizations such as MS-13 are being decimated and going directly into prison.   And thanks to President Donald Trump, illegal crossings at America’s southern border are down nearly 70 percent since the start of this year.  And we are grateful for our partners in Mexico and across the Northern Triangle who have contributed to our progress in this area.   But to further stem the flow of illegal immigration and illegal drugs into the United States, President Trump knows, as do all of you, that we must confront these problems at their source.  We must meet them -- and we must solve them -- in Central and South America.   The United States’ partnership with the Northern Triangle is built to accomplish this vital mission.  It’s what brings us here today.  In terms of security, the United States of America is helping train your police forces.  We’re supporting your attorneys general as they target drug traffickers, gang leaders, and corruption.  We're sharing information to better disrupt the flow of weapons and cash into criminal hands.   The United States is proud to support programs in the Northern Triangle that strengthen civil society, improve education and literacy, and spur economic growth in impoverished areas.    American assistance in business development and agriculture in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras in recent years has created more than 40,000 jobs and lifted tens of thousands of families out of poverty.   Rest assured, under the leadership of President Trump, the United States will continue to work with our partners to support the programs that prove effective.    Even in this time of fiscal challenges, I’m pleased to report that President Trump has made clear our commitment to this region by requesting an additional $460 million for security and prosperity in Central America.  (Applause.)    But as you all know, the most important work throughout the region is to be by the nations and the people who call it home.  A secure and prosperous Central America requires nothing short of national transformation on an ongoing basis from within -- in the economy, in civil society, in the halls of government.  In the Northern Triangle, we ask you with great respect that you maintain and seek to expand your commitment to tackle these problems head on.   Through the Alliance for Prosperity, you have already made sustained annual commitments in recent years exceeding $2.8 billion to stimulate growth, improve safety, root out corruption, end the environment of impunity, and enact other important reforms.  These are vital investments in your future.   Yet continued action is more necessary now than ever before.  On behalf of the President, we urge you to cement the gains that you have made and make renewed progress toward our shared goal of security and prosperity in Central America.   Working together, we will continue to build professional and accountable civilian police forces throughout the region.  We’ll continue to support your campaign against public corruption and to strengthen the rule of law.   And together, we’ll continue to provide more people with a path out of poverty -- to give the citizens of Central America a better path and a brighter future.  But to accomplish these goals, the nations of Central America must continue to work with new partners -- in the business community, in government, and in the faith community -- to foster stronger and more robust civil societies and economies, to stanch the flow of illegal drugs and illegal immigration, and to combat gang violence and organized crime.   A flourishing economy gives people a reason to put down roots in the land of their birth and to grow, rather than fleeing to the north.  Good-paying jobs give people an alternative to a life of poverty, hopelessness, and crime.   By fostering opportunity in the cities and towns of Central America, we’ll keep families together.  We’ll create stronger and more stable communities where your sons and daughters can climb the ladder of success and build a brighter future for themselves, their loved ones, and your nations as a whole.    The surest way to make progress toward opportunity and prosperity is for the nations of the Northern Triangle to continue to break down barriers to job creation and growth, to reform their tax and regulatory systems, and to root out corruption at every level of government.   This room is proof that businesses also see tremendous opportunity in the Northern Triangle and beyond.  Businesses from North and Central America are so well represented here, as are the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund.    These institutions and industry leaders I can assure you want to partner with your nations to improve the investment climate, to create jobs, to spur the kind of growth that will build a foundation for a brighter future for your nation and for ours.   And on behalf of the President and all the American businesses represented here, I can promise you we want you to grow.  We want to export more goods and services to your countries because your success is our success.    These are the new and stronger partnerships that’ll be necessary for a more prosperous Central America.  And a more prosperous Central America, built on a foundation of democracy and the rule of law, will be an inspiration to other nations in this hemisphere and beyond.   We need only look to the nation of Venezuela to see what happens when democracy is undermined.  That once-rich nation’s collapse into authoritarianism has pushed it into poverty and caused untold suffering for the Venezuelan people.   We must, all of us, raise our voices to condemn the Venezuelan government for its abuse of power and its abuse of its own people, and we must do it now.  (Applause.)    And across the wider region we must show Venezuela and its people that there is a better path -- the path of democracy, of justice, and above all else, we must show Venezuela that freedom is the only path to true prosperity and to a brighter future for their people.   But we must always remember that security is the foundation of prosperity.  In the Northern Triangle, we must pursue new and stronger partnerships in a word to drive out the criminals, the cartels, the gangs, and all who would undermine a future of peace and safety for your people.   It’s vital that that the Northern Triangle expand its security cooperation and integration not just with the United States, but also with the other nations of Central America -- Belize, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama.    So too must we continue to work closely with Mexico to cripple drug traffickers and disrupt criminal organizations as they seek to travel north.  And we cannot overestimate the importance of strong borders.  Under President Donald Trump the United States’ borders will be strong.  But the borders of the United States will always be open to legal immigrants and the lawful flow of commerce.  But we will make sure our borders are closed to those who would do us harm -- and it will be impassable to the drugs that are besetting our families and communities.   Today, we pledge to strengthen the bonds that join the United States, the Northern Triangle, and all the nations of Central America together in this New World.   Let today mark the beginning of a new era here in the New World -- of partnership and progress throughout our neighborhood for the benefit of all our people.   As the Old Book says, let us “encourage one another and build each other up,” just as, in fact, we are doing.   Together, I know we will build on the foundation of friendship between our lands and between our people.  Together, we will reach new heights of safety and security and peace and prosperity.  And together, with the help of all the leaders gathered here, with your determination and renewed commitment to the principles that make security and prosperity possible, with President Donald Trump in the White House, and with God’s help, I know we will finish the task before us.  We will step forward together in the Western Hemisphere and meet the glorious future that awaits us.   Thank you.  God bless you.  God bless Central America and God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.)    END   1:39 P.M. 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15 июня, 02:24

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Kelly Knight Craft of Kentucky to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Canada. Ms. Kelly Craft heads Kelly G. Knight LLC, a business advisory firm based in Lexington. She also currently serves on the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees. In 2007, Ms. Craft was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as a United States Delegate to the United Nations. Ms. Craft has served in key roles for major organizations, including on the board of directors of the Salvation Army and the Center for Rural Development, a nonprofit dedicated to economic progress in rural Kentucky. She is a co-founder of the Craft Academy for Science and Mathematics at Morehead State University. She earned a B.A. from the University of Kentucky. Sharon Day of Florida to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Costa Rica. Ms. Sharon Day most recently served as co-chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC), having been first elected in January 2011 and reelected in 2013 and 2015. She has served the Republican Party at the local, state, and national level for more than twenty years, with a focus on engaging and empowering women candidates and activists, as well as strengthening state parties and volunteerism. She is an active political columnist and commentator. Earlier in her career, she was the chief executive officer and vice president of Marketing of Stop Loss International, a general managing underwriter and reinsurance company, headquartered in Indianapolis. Ms. Day has also been active in community service, including as housing authority chair for the Broward County Housing Authority and as commissioner on the Florida Commission on the Status of Women.  

11 июня, 23:49

National Illusions And Global Realities

For as long as they have existed, nations have clung to the illusion that their military strength guarantees their security. The problem with this kind of thinking is that the military power that one nation considers vital to its security fosters other nations’ sense of insecurity. In this climate of suspicion, an arms race ensues, often culminating in military conflict. Also, sometimes the very military strength that a nation intended for protection ends up emboldening it to engage in reckless, aggressive behavior, leading to war. By the twentieth century, the devastation caused by wars among nations had grown so great that the general public and even many government officials began to recognize that a world left to the mercies of national military power was a dangerous world, indeed. As a result, after the mass slaughter of World War I, they organized the League of Nations to foster international security. When this proved insufficient to stop the march of nations toward World War II and its even greater devastation, they organized a new and stronger global entity: the United Nations. Unfortunately, however, bad habits die hard, and relying on military force to solve problems is one of the oldest and most destructive habits in human history. Therefore, even as they paid lip service to the United Nations and its attempts to create international security, many nations slipped back into the familiar pattern of building up their armed forces and weaponry. This included nuclear weapons, the most effective instruments of mass slaughter yet devised. Not surprisingly, then, although the leaders of highly militarized nations talked about building “peace through strength,” their countries often underwent many years of war. Indeed, the United States, the most heavily-armed nation since 1945, has been at war with other countries most of that time. Other nations whose post-World War II military might has helped embroil them in wars include Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Israel, Egypt, Iraq, and Iran. Given this sorry record, it is alarming to find that the nine nuclear-armed nations (the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Israel, Pakistan, and North Korea) have ignored the obligation under the 1968 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to divest themselves of nuclear weapons and, instead, recently embarked on a new round in the nuclear arms race. The U.S. government, for example, has begun a massive, 30-year program to build a new generation of U.S. nuclear weapons and nuclear production facilities to last the United States well into the second half of the twenty-first century. This program, slated to cost $1 trillion, includes redesigned nuclear warheads, as well as new nuclear bombers, submarines, land-based missiles, weapons labs, and production plants. However, as the nuclear powers renew their race to catastrophe, the non-nuclear powers are beginning to revolt. Constituting most nations of the world, they have considerable clout in the UN General Assembly. In late 2016, they brought to this body a resolution to launch negotiations on a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. Critics of the resolution maintained that such a treaty was ridiculous, for, ultimately, only the nine nuclear powers could negotiate their disarmament―not an assembly of other nations. But supporters of the resolution argued that, if the overwhelming majority of nations voted to ban nuclear weapons―that is, make them illegal under international law―this would put substantial pressure on the nuclear powers to comply with the world community by acting to eliminate their nuclear arsenals. To avoid this embarrassment, the nuclear powers and their allies fought back vigorously against passage of this UN resolution. But, on December 23, 2016, the resolution sailed through the UN General Assembly by an overwhelming vote: 113 nations in favor and 35 opposed, with 13 abstentions. And so, on March 27, 2017, a diplomatic conference convened, at the UN headquarters in New York City, with the goal of crafting what the UN called a “legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination.” Some 130 countries participated in the first round of these negotiations that included discussions with leaders of peace and disarmament groups and a range of experts on nuclear weapons. But the nuclear powers and most of their allies boycotted the gathering. In fact, at a press conference conducted as the conclave began, Nikki Haley, the U.S. representative to the United Nations, and representatives of other nuclear powers denounced the proceedings. Perhaps because of the boycott by the nuclear powers, the UN negotiations went forward smoothly. On May 22, Ambassador Elayne Whyte of Costa Rica, president of the conference, released a first draft of the UN treaty, which would prohibit nations from developing, producing, manufacturing, possessing, or stockpiling nuclear weapons. The UN conferees plan to adopt necessary revisions and, then, produce a final treaty for a vote in early July. To publicize and support the treaty, peace and disarmament groups have organized a June 17 march in New York City. Although dubbed a Women’s Ban the Bomb March, it is open to people of different genders, ages, races, nationalities, and faiths. It will assemble in midtown Manhattan, at Bryant Park, at noon, after which the marchers will head for Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, near the UN headquarters, for a rally. As this treaty directly challenges the long-time faith in the value of national military power, typified by the scramble for nuclear weapons, it might not get very far. But who really knows? Facing the unprecedented danger of nuclear war, the world community might finally be ready to dispense with this national illusion. Lawrence Wittner (http://www.lawrenceswittner.com) is Professor of History emeritus at SUNY/Albany. He is the author of Confronting the Bomb (Stanford University Press). -- 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.

11 июня, 18:39

Louisiana Is the Worst Place for Kids in the US

Louisiana is the worst place for kids in the U.S., according to Save the Children, which ranked states on infant mortality, child hunger, and other factors.

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08 июня, 16:30

Американская оккупация Коста-Рики.

С вершины огромного горного хребта Таламанка на юге Коста-Рики можно увидеть Карибское море и дома коренных народов брибри и кабекар. Их космология учит, что предки живут в каждом дереве, в каждой реке и в каждом животном этого священного места около границы с Панамой. Но для правительства Коста-Рики и Южного командования США ценность этого места заключается в полезных ископаемых и нефти. Последние 68 лет у Коста-Рики нет официальной армии. Однако, в 2013 году люди Таламанки были удивлены прибытием вертолёта, наполненного вооружёнными солдатами в военной форме, которые были отправлены Южным командованием США. Эти военные называли себя миссионерами и раздавали библии. Однако, они проводили военные учения в Альто-Куэн – районе проживания брибри.«Они сказали, что они миссионеры, но им никто не поверил», - сказал представитель народа брибри Леонардо Буитраго Моралес. - «Мы знали, что им нужно что-то ещё. Правда в том, что они хотят извлечь деньги из наших земель и наших лесов». Против вторжения военных, которые привезли с собой сложное оборудование, включая GPS, видеокамеры, измерители высоты и расстояния, огнестрельное и другое оружие, выступили не только местные жители, но и организация Ceiba Amigos de la Tierra, которая пропагандирует создание общества социальной, экономической и экологической справедливости. Эта неправительственная организация подала иск против правительства Коста-Рики, но «государственное Министерство не обратило на это внимания. Напротив, иск отклонили», - сказал Генри Пикадо из Сети биоразнообразия Коста-Рики.В докладе исследовательницы Ирен Бургес Арреа, составленном при поддержке организации Охрана природы, отмечается, что кантон Таламанка считается «приоритетным местом» для США и правительства Коста-Рики. Проект интеграции и развития Мезоамерики запланировал построить в этом регионе сложную энергетическую инфраструктуру, включая шоссе и плотины гидроэлектростанций. На реках Телир, Коэн, Лари и Урен запланировано 16 энергетических проектов, которые окажут негативное влияние на экосистему Международного парка Амистад.Различные исследования показали, что этот регион богат полезными ископаемыми. В 1974 году американская компания Alcoa подсчитала, что около реки Нари находятся медные залежи весом 600 тыс. тонн. В середине 1980-х американская компания Fischer-Watt Gold протестировала образцы почвы из Тсукота и обнаружила большое количество золота – 7,7 частиц на миллион. «Гуманитарная помощь – просто притворство. Они уже построили вертолётную площадку. И местные жители нашли инструменты, которыми пользуются шахтёры. Они вывозят камни с наших земель», - говорит Рафаэла Торрес из народа брибри в Альто-Урен – деревне в кантоне Таламанка.История американского вмешательства.«Это не первый раз, когда такое происходит в Таламанке», - говорит Буитраго Моралес. С 2008 года прибывали вертолёты от Фонда Социальной Безопасности Коста-Рики (СБКР), который предоставлял медицинскую помощь, воду и канализацию для государственного и частного секторов. - «Мы были удивлены очередным появлением вертолёта СБКР». С 2008 года в рамках операции под названием Puentes de Vida para Talamanca (Мост жизни Таламанки) 16 солдат США при взаимодействии с СБКР привезли на вертолётах 160 тыс. фунтов материалов для постройки подвесных мостов в этом районе. «Гуманитарная помощь давно потеряла стыд. Мы понимаем, что этот фронт открыт для управления горной и нефтяной разведкой», - сказал Пикадо.Тем временем, СБКР планирует новые вторжения на территорию. В августе 2016 года было объявлено, что будут использоваться беспилотники американской компании Zipline для доставки лекарств в Таламанку и Звёздную долину. «Они обратились к нам, сказав, что будут использовать беспилотники и нуждаются в нашем одобрении постройки взлётно-посадочной полосы для них», - рассказал Моралес. - «Они говорили о миллионах долларов, но мы не поверили им. Они просто интересуются нашими землями. Мы не доверяем правительству, потому что оно не показывает готовность поддерживать коренные народы».Роль Южного командования США в Коста-Рике.Правительства США и Коста-Рики не объясняют, что они собираются сделать с Таламанкой для достижения транснациональных экономических и военных целей. «Они почти всегда скрывают свои стратегические интересы от народа. Но мы можем сказать: существуют захватчики и их подозрительные дела, так как мы знаем свою землю», - говорит Моралес. В 2009 году Южное командование США составило отчёт под названием «Стратегия Южного командования США до 2018 года: Дружба и сотрудничество в Америках», в котором раскрываются планы на Латинскую Америку и Карибский бассейн.Один из ключевых пунктов – гарантирование поставок топлива в США. «По данным министерства энергетики, три крупнейших иностранных поставщика энергоресурсов в США расположены в Западном полушарии (Канада, Мексика и Венесуэла). Коалиция за доступную и надёжную энергетику считает, что в следующие 20 лет США понадобится на 31% больше нефти и на 62% больше природного газа. В то время как США нуждаются в нефти и газе, Латинская Америка становится лидером со своими большими запасами нефти и газа», - говорится в этом докладе.В 1998 году MKJ Xploration – компания, входящая в транснациональный консорциум, включая Harken Energy Corporation – добилась права исследования запасов энергоресурсов на карибской территории площадью 5634 кв. км. В эту территорию вошли 22 участка, которые правительство Коста-Рики собиралось исследовать с 1994 года, включая часть Таламанки. В 2000 году ещё 6 участков были открыты для Mallon Oil. Все эти компании - из США.Южное командование США заявляет, что его задача заключается в «развитии… военных операций и в содействии сотрудничества в области безопасности для достижения стратегических целей в Северной Америке и в странах Центральной и Южной Америк». Как официально заявляется, основные направления деятельности латиноамериканского дивизиона армии США: война с наркотиками и терроризмом, гуманитарная помощь, проведение военных учений и операций при поддержке ВМФ, стабилизация отношений между государственным и частным секторами и вмешательство в театр сотрудничества и безопасности.Война «с наркотиками и терроризмом».Ана Габриэл Зуньига Апонте – глава Президентского Дома Коста-Рики. В её обязанности входит руководство Институтом наркотиков Коста-Рики и взаимодействие с коренными народами. На вопрос о полётах и операциях Южного командования в Таламанке Апонте ответила: «США сотрудничают с правительством Коста-Рики по борьбе с наркоторговлей, преступлениями и отмыванием денег. Для эффективной работы в этой сфере необходимы инвестиции в системы воздушного наблюдения и прочую инфраструктуру». Как пишет веб-сайт посольства США в Коста-Рике, с 2009 по 2014 годы эта центрально-американская страна получила помощь в размере 25 млн. долларов для поддержки границы, справедливых судов и «общественной безопасности».В рамках борьбы с терроризмом и наркоторговлей, в 2011-2016 годах Подразделение особого вмешательства Коста-Рики участвовало в полицейских и военных операциях под названием Fuerzas Comando, под руководством США. В мае 2016 года в зоне базы ВМФ в Анконе (Перу) проводились военные учения под руководством шефа Разведывательно-оперативного командования Перу генерал-майора Мозеса Дель Кастильо Мерино. Эти учения, в которых участвовали специальные подразделения из 20 стран, продлились 10 дней. «Более 8 лет Южное командование вело переговоры с правительством Коста-Рики, в частности предлагая международное сотрудничество в форме гуманитарной помощи и военного обучения полиции», - говорит Пикадо. - «Это обучение правительство применило во время подавления протестов против приватизации здравоохранения».Южное командование предприняло ещё один шаг, чтобы обезопасить отношения с Коста-Рикой в военной сфере, особенно в террористической и наркотической области – в 2011 году оно профинансировало создание пункта Береговой охраны в Пунтаренас в центре тихоокеанского побережья. На этом объекте есть новый центр связи, швартовые стойки, ремонтные мастерские и обширный док. «Этот док повысит возможности Береговой охраны и укрепит сотрудничество между США и Коста-Рикой в борьбе против наркоторговли», - сказал полковник Норберто Кинтрон – главный инженер Южного командования.По словам Мендеса, координатора социально-экологической программы «Киоск» Университета Коста-Рики (УКР), кораблям США беспрепятственно разрешено входить в порты Коста-Рики. «В течение трёх лет Законодательное собрание Коста-Рики разрешало армии США использовать порты Коста-Рики», - говорит Мендес, который с 2008 года контролировал организационные мероприятия в 12 посёлках коренных народов Таламанки по программе УКР. - «Кроме того, они могут передвигаться во всей стране без каких-либо ограничений. И у них есть соглашение с Министерством здравоохранения, позволяющее их самолётам летать в небе над Коста-Рикой».Капитализация бедствий.СБКР и Южное командование создали бригаду врачей, которая каждые три месяца приезжает в деревню Пьедра Меса в Таламанке. Веб-сайт посольства США пишет, что эти мероприятия проводятся фондом с 2010 года. «Благодаря совместной работе Южного командования США, Фонда Социальной Безопасности Коста-Рики, Министерства здравоохранения, Министерства безопасности, правительства, полиции и администрации аэропорта Лаймон, более 500 жителей Пьедра Меса получили бесплатное медицинское обслуживание», - заявляет посольство.Южное командование получило повод для вторжения в посёлки Таламанки благодаря урагану Отто, который прошёлся по Коста-Рике и Никарагуа 24 ноября 2016 года. Через несколько дней в небо были подняты четыре вертолета 1 батальона 228 воздушного полка для перевозки продовольствия, одежды и медикаментов в деревню Пьедра Меса. Эту гуманитарную операцию назвали Operation Pura Vida, в ней участвовали 16 военных врачей, медсестёр, дантистов и других военных специалистов с авиабазы США Сото Кано в Гондурасе. В штат этой военной базы входят 500 американских военных, а также 500 гондурасских и американских гражданских.В этой операции участвовала майор армии США Розмари Рид, а также инженеры и геологи, которые проводили исследование пропускной способности мостов, отмечая их расположение и степень разрушения. «Цель этих мероприятий состоит в том, чтобы проверить возможности ликвидации последствий стихийных бедствий и взаимодействие с местным населением для развития отношений с другими предприятиями в Центральной Америке», - заявила руководитель Operation Pura Vida капитан Леттишиа Буршфид.Однако, некоторые защитники независимости Коста-Рики не доверяют официальным заявлениям армии США. Американские военные проводили много операций в Центральной и Южной Америке: от поддержки правительством США операций против транснациональной организованной преступности до гуманитарной поддержки и помощи в ликвидации последствий стихийных бедствий. По словам Пикадо, прошлогоднее вмешательство вызывает тревогу, так как «ураган Отто практически не затронул Таламанку. На самом деле, Таламанка не заметила этого урагана. Большинство пострадавших районов расположены на границе с Никарагуа и на севере Упала».Так почему же США отправляют массу людей и средств в этот район? «Горный хребет Таламанка выделяется США, так как здесь лежат большие запасы полезных ископаемых и нефти», - говорит Мендес. - «Ясно, что они лезут сюда из-за наших ресурсов».Будущее Южного командования в Коста-Рике сложно предсказать, но кадровые назначения Трампа могут кое-что прояснить. Например, Трамп назначил отставного генерала Джона Келли главой Министерства национальной безопасности, которое отвечает за соблюдение иммиграционных законов. Генерал Келли возглавлял Южное командование в 2012-2016 годах и руководил операциями Сил специального назначения в Латинской Америке. Он также отвечал за военные мероприятия в рамках борьбы с наркотиками и незаконными иммигрантами в таких странах Центральной и Южной Америки как Колумбия, Гондурас и др. «Это назначение внушает неуверенность Коста-Рике и всей Латинской Америке по поводу геополитического будущего», - говорит Пикадо.Источник: Southern Command in Costa Rica: US Occupation Disguised as Humanitarian Aid, Santiago Navarro F. and Renata Bessi, truth-out.org, March 18, 2017.

05 июня, 18:40

Align Sets Up Manufacturing Center in China, Grows in APAC

Align Technology (ALGN) has recently inaugurated a new Invisalign treatment planning facility in Chengdu, China.

03 июня, 23:47

U.S. Withdrawal From The Paris Agreement Misreads The Evolving Energy Sector

Our nation’s energy sector is changing. The sustained growth of the U.S. solar industry over the past decade speaks directly to the evolution taking place. Today many traditional energy companies have embraced renewables as key to their portfolios. Such a shift is a game changer: It marks a new age of integration, one that stands to benefit every community across the country. The announcement by the Trump administration that the United States is pulling out of the COP21 agreement might come across as a win for traditional energy sources over renewables. However, the market tells us that this simply isn’t the case. When the Paris Agreement was finalized in April 2016, companies in the U.S. quickly worked to understand core provisions and principles so that they could factor them into their long-term business plans. By removing the U.S. from the agreement, President Trump has effectively disrupted this market, which will force many to question the possibility of future economic growth across our sector. It’s just as much an economic issue, affecting all providers, as it is an environmental one. With practically every country in the world signed onto the agreement, the U.S. is now missing a clear opportunity to stand as a leader on an issue that is just as domestic as it is global. To remain competitive with other nations, we must be a part of the infrastructure associated with the Paris Agreement. If the government doesn’t step up, the private sector will. As I’ve shared with policymakers, a departure from COP21 will help other countries secure the business of U.S. manufacturers who are well into making solar integral to their operations. By all accounts, other countries are playing to win. A recent report by British non-profit organization Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) showed that, since the United Nations Earth Summit in 1992, Great Britain has decreased emissions by 33 percent and increased its nominal GDP by 150 percent. Costa Rica has also seen great economic success from emission reductions. For the first 75 days of 2015, the entire country only used renewable energy and still sustained a 3.7 percent increase in GDP that year. There are dozens of other examples, large and small, that reinforce this point. In fact, it’s difficult to find a country that hasn’t benefited from a proactive clean energy strategy. As the U.S. market shifts to one that integrates and elevates everyday use of renewable energy, common sense and practical policymaking must always come first. COP21 is a practical approach to a growing international problem. The significant benefits of this deal will only become clearer with time, and the U.S. should be present to reap the rewards. When we think about the future of our industry, we immediately think of the continued expansion of solar energy use and the innovation that lies ahead. However, innovation isn’t a guarantee. A future with solar is one that capitalizes on decades of American inventiveness and ingenuity. If we don’t take advantage of these advancements in solar, we will find ourselves unable to meet increasing consumer demand for renewable energy and unable to evolve with the changing needs of our economy. The faster we fully realize the connection between solar and long-term economic growth, the faster we will be able to get in front of the challenges of tomorrow. Although I’m a strong believer that the market will help determine how we address them, it’s fair to say that the U.S. just lost a key strategic advantage – for now. We look forward to working with policymakers on both sides of the aisle to help ensure that we get it back.  Tom Werner is president and CEO of SunPower. This post first appeared on SunPower’s blog following President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. plans to withdraw from the COP21 agreement. -- 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.

02 июня, 18:50

An (un)happy nation. Are Ukrainians really the unhappiest people in Europe?

In UN’s fifth World Happiness Report published two months ago, Ukraine was ranked 132nd out of 155 countries, becoming the most unhappy European state. Are we really so unhappy?