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25 июня, 04:28

CIA director says intelligence leaks have 'accelerated'

CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Saturday said the rate of intelligence leaks has "accelerated," attributing the trend to the "worship of Edward Snowden" and to WikiLeaks. "In some ways, I do think it's accelerated," Pompeo said of intel disclosures during an interview with conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt on his new MSNBC program. "I think there is a phenomenon, the worship of Edward Snowden, and those who steal American secrets for the purpose of self-aggrandizement or money or for whatever their motivation may be, does seem to be on the increase," he added. Snowden leaked thousands of government documents in 2013 that shed light on the extent of the U.S. government's surveillance apparatus. WikiLeaks has also become a popular website known for it's document dumps of classified information, with it recently publishing nearly 8,000 documents that it says reveal secrets about the CIA's cyberespionage tools for breaking into computers. Earlier this month, Reality Leigh Winner, 25, of Augusta, Georgia, became the first alleged leaker during the Trump administration to be arrested on charges of turning over a secret document to a news organization. Pompeo said that the Trump administration is focused on "stopping leaks, of any kind, from any agency, and when they happen, pursuing them with incredible vigor." He added that he's "counting on" leakers being stopped and punished soon."It's tough. You now have not only nation states trying to steal our stuff, but non-state, hostile intelligence services, well-funded -- folks like WikiLeaks, out there trying to steal American secrets for the sole purpose of undermining the United States and democracy," Pompeo said.

25 июня, 02:11

Koch network ramps up political spending while trying to push Trump team

Vice President Mike Pence met with Charles Koch the day before a Koch network summit.

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24 июня, 22:30

Ministers in abrupt U-turn over fire safety in schools

Government goes back to drawing board after deciding that cost-cutting rules ‘would have been a disaster’ in light of Grenfell Tower disasterControversial government proposals to relax fire safety standards for new school buildings as a cost-cutting measure are to be dropped by ministers in a major policy U-turn following the Grenfell Tower fire.The move is evidence of a dramatic change of approach across government, from a previous preoccupation with deregulation and cost-saving to a safety-first attitude, in the aftermath of the west London tower block tragedy. Continue reading...

24 июня, 21:30

Doctor Who recap: series 36, episode 11 – World Enough and Time

The Mondasian Cybermen make a deliciously chilling return – and they’re not the only ones. Get ready for more hijinks and foul play in next week’s finaleThe time has come. But the moment has been prepared for. That’s to paraphrase the Fourth Doctor as he faced his own impending demise. It’s a shame that we know so far in advance that a Doctor is leaving, because it always means that the sense of foreboding overrides everything else. Add to that the fact that it is Steven Moffat’s final run, and perfectly good episodes like Knock Knock and The Eaters of Light, even the ambitious Monks Trilogy, run the risk of feeling a bit whatever. It is a human curse to wish your life away, and a fan curse to wish away a quality series so that we might just get to the end. Continue reading...

24 июня, 18:22

What's the Problem With Al Jazeera?

The most popular news channel in the Arab world sits uneasily at the center of the Qatar crisis.

24 июня, 17:29

This Former MTV Icon Found Inner Peace Through Islam

BERLIN/LONDON ― In her early 20s, Kristiane Baker was having the time of her life. She was living her dream as a presenter for MTV Europe, brushing shoulders with celebrities like Mick Jagger and Bono on a regular basis ― and getting paid to do it. From the outside, it was everything she had ever hoped for. But on the inside, she sometimes felt a crushing sense of depression and anxiety that she couldn’t shake. And then she met Imran Khan, the famous Pakistani cricketer who through music would lead her to Islam and a new sense of inner peace.   “He was my introduction to Islam,” she said of Khan. “I like to say I wasn’t looking, I was found.” As a German growing up in Hamburg, Backer had always been passionate about the arts, so when she heard a qawwali, the devotional form of music often associated with Sufi Islam, during a trip to Pakistan to visit Khan, it was no surprise that she was intrigued and moved by its beauty. What was different this time though, was the depth she experienced with every note. Each lyric seemed connected to a higher form of love that could not be felt between humans. Beyond the music, Backer said she was “very much touched by the humanity of the people, by the hospitality, by the warmth,” in Pakistan. Everyone she came across, no matter what their financial situation, was willing to donate funds to Khan’s charity project, a cancer hospital in Lahore. “We met people who were very poor in the mountains, in the northern areas of Pakistan, who welcomed us with generosity,” she said. “Men in rags with teeth missing dropped a few rupees into Imran’s hands ― for the hospital. Women took off their jewelry and donated it for the hospital.” 'I like to say I wasn’t looking, I was found.' Backer was in awe. She was taken aback by the stark difference between the attitudes she experienced in the entertainment industry life, especially the superficiality of Western pop music, and the spirituality she witnessed in Pakistan. It would be three years before she finally converted to Islam, but the trip had struck a chord. Backer began researching about Islam, spending many days with Khan constantly exposed to his religion and way of life. This, she would later admit, helped her to spiritually awaken and discover a way of life that she could truly identify with. “I read a lot of books, and what I discovered was mind-blowing,” she said. “It was like a whole new universe. I was intrigued from the first book I read, and I wanted to know more. I realized … there is one God ... and that we’re self-responsible for our own deeds and [that] babies are born pure, not as sinners. ... I also learned how verses from the Quran can help me in my daily life.” Backer was inspired by it all. “I was convinced,” she continued. “I converted because I wanted to bring God into my life, and I wanted to purify myself to taste the spiritual fruits I was reading about.” But just as Backer’s interest in Islam was growing, something in her life shifted again. Khan, the man she had hoped to marry, abruptly ended their relationship and married another woman. At that point, Backer no longer had a direct reason to understand Islam. If she had recoiled against Khan and his religion, it would have been understandable. Instead, she embraced the faith without skipping a beat and converted. Islam provided Backer with the solace and strength to remain dignified throughout Khan’s instant and very public marriage to another woman. What began as a journey of discovery prompted by love for a man became a discovery of eternal love for someone else: God. It was her newly adopted faith that helped Backer reconcile life in a glitzy pop icon world ― where she had previously felt unsure of her place ― and find meaning in European culture. There were no more clouds in her life; the confusion and inner conflict had lifted. A Rocky Conversion Backer, now 51, is one of the most well-known German converts to Islam. But sadly, her conversion was not well-received by everyone at home.  “When it became known that I am a Muslim, a very negative press campaign followed,” Backer said. “I was an award-winning TV presenter, a popular icon over there for over seven years, and suddenly I was accused of being a supporter of terrorism. The papers suggested I had lost the plot. … Soon after, I was sacked from all my TV programs and practically lost my entertainment career in Germany.” 'It’s fine if you … have a piercing in your tummy and wear miniskirts, but it’s not fine to wear long clothes and a headscarf? That’s wrong.' This reaction had surprised Backer, because while she did enjoy an increased sense of modesty in her Muslim life, she had never associated Islam with the compulsion to wear burqas or found the stereotype of repression of women in the religion to ring true in her personal experience. “The first thing I changed was my sense of dress a little bit,” she said. “I ditched the miniskirts … I felt more feminine … Who needs those whistles on the streets?” “I was working in this industry where the motto was: ‘If you’ve got it flaunt it,'" she continued. “And now [I was] suddenly learning about the concept of modesty. You know, how it’s actually more dignified for a woman to cover her assets and not show them to everybody.” But others didn’t seem to understand her abrupt identity change. She found the double standard towards Muslim women confusing. “It’s fine if you … show your tummy and have a piercing in your tummy and wear miniskirts, but it’s not fine to wear long clothes and a headscarf? That’s wrong.” Her parents also held these unfair perceptions of Islam, and though they loved her in spite of her conversion, they struggled to move beyond them.  “They had some serious prejudices against Islam and especially Muslim men ― prejudices that Imran’s way of ending our relationship had only confirmed,” Backer recalled. “I tried to explain to them that I had discovered the religion for myself and had made it my own. Imran had merely opened the door for me … My father even mentioned the word ‘pantheism’ ― in his view, Muslims wanted to take over the whole world. He eventually asked me to stop talking about Islam and from then on, the topic became taboo in the house.” The reactions frustrate her to this day. In Backer’s experience, German identity is not all that different from Islamic identity, so why should she have to choose between the two? “Being German,” she said, “doesn’t mean drinking beer and being nationalistic. I wholeheartedly believe and know that Islamic values are compatible not only with German values, [but] with European values generally. Islam is a religion for all times and all worlds ― and therefore also for Europeans in our day and age. I’m living proof.” And the Germans before her were proof as well, Backer said. In embracing Islam and Eastern culture, she was merely following in the footsteps of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Martin Heidegger and Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller ― German thinkers who were influenced by Eastern and Islamic texts, including those by Persian poets Jalaluddin Rumi and Hafez. But Backer’s own convictions couldn’t change the perceptions at home, and she found many German doors closed on her. She decided to relocate permanently to London, where she had converted, and continued working as a broadcaster. In England, Backer found a much different reception to her adopted religious identity. Despite continued Islamophobia across Europe, the United Kingdom had a more established group of Muslims working across the country. This was largely due to the fact that a number of Muslims in England had often come to the country for educational and intellectual pursuits, whereas those entering Germany historically came as guest workers, she said. 'I wholeheartedly believe and know that Islamic values are compatible not only with German values, [but] with European values generally.' But life as a Muslim here isn’t entirely easy, especially as a convert. There is a sense of community among Muslims in general, Backer said, which makes the climate for converts in particular quite lonely. “We are a minority within the minority. Where do we pray? Which mosque do we go to, the Pakistani, the Persian or the Turkish mosque?” Instead of feeling included in one of those ethnic groups, converts sometimes find themselves pushed aside for not being Muslim enough, or regarded as trophies that other Muslims flaunt around at parties and events, with little regard for the person themselves, she said. For Backer, the lack of acceptance from her family, as well as the sense of rejection from within the Muslim community, is one of the reasons she is determined to maintain her role as a prominent Muslim TV presenter in England ― a career path that she thinks will help change perceptions of Islam in the West.   “Do your job ― whatever you do ― really well so people admire you,” is the advice she gives Muslims struggling to assimilate in Western society today. “Remember [that] whatever you do, … you are not only a servant of God, but also an ambassador of Islam,” she said. But Backer knows that Muslims doing good in their own communities can only go so far, so as a member of the media, she constantly advocates for stronger and more accurate representations of Muslims in pop culture. “Nowadays,” she said in light of the disproportional and often Islamophobic coverage of terrorist acts, Muslims need “to compensate for the news coverage in other sections of the media, to make documentaries on Muslim culture and have Muslims characters featured on soap operas.” This need for a more accurate representation of Islam and Muslims is why she published a book about her journey to the faith. With From MTV to Mecca: How Islam Inspired My Life, Backer aspires to show Europeans that outside of the terror and suppression they see on the news, the majority of Muslims are in fact normal, wholesome and productive members of their society. And she has already seen results. In her newfound role as a spokesperson for Islam in Europe, she’s noticed some attitudes in Germany toward her greatly improving. Yet the future of Islam rests on the youth in the community, not her, Backer said. Young Muslims, she stressed, must teach the world that Islam is a modern religion and show people that it’s not something backward or incompatible with the West. “Islam here in Europe is a little fossilized, and it is up to the young people to take this forward and to really look into the sources of Islam, study the religion thoroughly through contemporary and classical scholars. And then educate not only the mainstream society, but even their own parents, because I tell you, I’m always so shocked when I hear young Muslims here are losing their faith.” 'It’s befriending other people; it’s reaching out. That is how I became a Muslim. Because I was touched by the generosity and friendship of the Muslims I met.' Ultimately, Backer said, it’s about making others understand the faith and closing the empathy gap, like Imran Khan did with her all those years ago in Pakistan. “It’s befriending other people; it’s reaching out,” she said. “That is how I became a Muslim. Because I was touched by the generosity and friendship and the wonderful manners of the Muslims who I met.” Her parting advice to Western Muslims, convert and otherwise?: “Never retreat just in your own Muslim bubble … Mix with mainstream society.” If professional Muslims in the West “suddenly roll up their prayer mat in their offices and step away to pray or fast on Ramadan,” colleagues will be exposed to Islam, she said. “And [this is how they] will understand it better. ” After all, Backer said: “The beautiful values of Islam and the teaching[s] of our noble Prophet [Muhammad] are [some] of the best-kept secrets in the West. ... [It’s] time we lift that veil.” * * * This Ramadan has been an especially trying month for Muslims. Long summer days without food or water have been made all the more challenging given such tragedies as the attack on a mosque in London, the heartbreaking story of young Nabra in Virginia, who was on her way to the mosque to start her fast when she was bashed to death with a baseball bat, and the numerous attacks on innocent civilians in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and other countries in the Muslim world. The only antidote to the despair brought on by such suffering and violence is the message of Ramadan ― a message of compassion, of unity and of spiritual connection to our fellow human beings and to God. I hope that the stories in this series of Western Muslim converts reveal how every individual is constantly seeking spiritual fulfillment. In our case, these individuals have found their spiritual home and solace. I pray that the readers of this series, in their own way, through their own traditions, also find the spiritual solace they are seeking. Although the month of fasting has come to an end, we need more than ever to keep the message of Ramadan alive. Muslims across the world are marking the end of this holy month this weekend with the festival of Eid al-Fitr and a message of “Eid Mubarak.” So to all of you, Muslim and non-Muslim, I wish to extend these greetings of compassion and unity to you as we end our series. Eid Mubarak! type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Read the rest of the series here: + articlesList=59273e07e4b01b9a59377de2,5935ba70e4b0cfcda916c756,593f1985e4b0e84514edd221,5941d53de4b0d3185486f32e -- 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.

24 июня, 17:11

Back in 1968, North Korea Captured 68 Americans and Almost Started World War III

Sebastien Roblin Security, Asia The capture of the Pueblo marked a worst-case disaster scenario for U.S. intelligence. Many of the Pueblo’s crew went on to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and lifelong physical injuries. Over time, however, the crewmembers put up their own website testifying to their experiences, successfully lobbied for status as prisoners of war after it was initially denied to them, and sued North Korea in U.S. court for their treatment. As for the Pueblo itself, technically the second oldest ship still commissioned in the U.S. Navy, it remains in North Korean custody to this day. It is currently moored off the Potong River in Pyongyang, where it serve as an exhibition of the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum. When the USS Pueblo slipped from its quay in Yokosuka, Japan on January 5, 1968, its crew of eighty-three could not have anticipated that what would have been a routine mission would turn into an eleven month ordeal that would bring the United States and North Korea to the brink of war and back. The Pueblo’s crew would be confronted with a no-win scenario intended to distract from Pyongyang’s recent indiscretions, and further intrigues within the Eastern Bloc. A U.S. Army light freighter launched during World War II, the fifty-four-meter-long Pueblo had been recommissioned by the Navy in 1966s to serve as an “environmental research ship,” with two civilian oceanographers on board. This was a flimsy cover for the truth: the Pueblo was a spy ship, charged with intercepting and recording wireless transmissions and monitoring electronic emissions. Periodically, the Pueblo would transmit its findings using a sixteen-foot parabolic antenna on its deck to beam a signal towards the moon, where it would reflect back to the Earth for reception by Navy antennas in Hawaii and Maryland. The lightly armed and ponderous Pueblo—capable of a maximum speed of only thirteen knots (fifteen miles per hour)—was not supposed to place itself in real danger, however. Like other “technical research ships,” it could sail safely within international waters—no closer than twelve nautical miles from shore—and still listen in. The Soviet Union had its own spy ships, and so both sides of the Cold War had to tolerate the presence of the others’ electronic spies. Read full article

24 июня, 16:51

What India Could Do with the F-16: Turn It into a 'Viper'

Sebastien Roblin Security, Asia And cement a strong partnership with America. On June 19, Lockheed Martin announced in advance of a U.S. visit by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi that it had reached a joint-venture agreement with Tata Advanced Systems to move its F-16 production line to India. This deal would be contingent on the Indian Air Force selecting the F-16 to fulfill a new requirement for one hundred to 250 new single-engine fighters, which could total up to $13 to $15 billion. If the agreement does come through—the major competitor remains the Swedish JAS 39 Gripen E fighter—then India would become the exclusive producer of an advanced new Block 70 variant of the iconic fighter jet, and might also export the type to countries such as Bahrain, Colombia and Indonesia. Entering service in 1978, the F-16 Fighting Falcon—now popularly known as the Viper—is a lightweight, short-range multirole fighter renowned for its agility. More than three thousand of the type will serve in the air forces of twenty-seven countries this year. The Viper has seen plenty of action over the decades, and is credited with shooting down seventy-six aircraft in air-to-air combat in exchange for one or two losses by one count. While there are larger twin-engine fighter jets like the F-15 Eagle that can go faster and farther and carry heavier combat loads, the Viper is more maneuverable and can still perform the majority of combat missions just as well at a lower price. For example, by one accounting an F-16 costs $22,000 per flight hour, compared to $42,000 for the F-15. India previously turned down the F-16 for its medium-fighter competition in favor of a small order for thirty-six French Rafale fighters. Let’s take a look at why the new proposed joint venture could mark a dramatic turnabout for the world’s second most populous nation. This would be the first U.S.-designed jet fighter to enter Indian service. India has a large fleet of aging and accident-prone MiG-21 and MiG-27 jet fighters that will soon be leaving service. New domestically built Tejas light fighters have consistently disappointed with their subpar performance, and thus are not being considered as a full replacement for the MiGs. Read full article

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24 июня, 15:53

THE NAVY’S AIRCRAFT CARRIER SHORTAGE: The shortage creates a “presence gap” and also hinders trainin…

THE NAVY’S AIRCRAFT CARRIER SHORTAGE: The shortage creates a “presence gap” and also hinders training. The video below the article is worth watching. RELATED: A renaissance for light carriers?

24 июня, 14:45

Glastonbury 2017: Jeremy Corbyn says 'another world is possible' – live updates

Liam Gallagher, Thundercat – and a certain Labour party leader as warm-up man for Run the Jewels. Share the action with us from Saturday daytime at the festival 5.27pm BST Before Corbyn came on, a video played to the crowds featuring socialist and peace campaigner EP Thompson, himself addressing the Glastonbury crowds in the 1980s. Left-wing Twitter went into kissy-eye emoji mode:Shout for the great EP Thompson by Corbyn - love it. #Glastonbury2017EP Thompson getting namechecked at Glasto, what a time to be alive 5.08pm BST Thank you #Glastonbury for inviting me to speak on the Pyramid Stage about how, together, we can build a country #ForTheMany, not the few. pic.twitter.com/vutOyFsFSoThere have been some pretty mega Pyramid stage crowds in the past – the Rolling Stones in 2013 often thought of as the daddy of them all – and by all accounts Corbyn was up there with them.Major congestion following @jeremycorbyn's #Glastonbury speech. This is 20min after the speech ended; crowd is still clearing pic.twitter.com/BTeOeIoPt9Currently at #Glastonbury. This was the view from the back of the crowd that turned out for Jeremy Corbyn. pic.twitter.com/fuqdG2rNoaThe biggest crowd I think I've ever seen at #Glastonbury is for Jeremy Corbyn. Easily rivals Rolling Stones, Oasis and Dolly Parton pic.twitter.com/3UWFzF99EI Continue reading...

24 июня, 14:37

California activist Tom Steyer adds health care to his brand

Joining the drug price battle could boost the political fortunes of the California billionaire.

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24 июня, 12:00

All hail the new nostalgia: The Crystal Maze and Blind Date are back

Without a hint of irony, these two 90s ratings-busters stay incredibly faithful to the originalsLong-suffering TV viewers will know that when Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes: “What has been will be again … there is nothing new under the sun,” he was talking about light entertainment. It’s hard to tell whether the vogue for reboots is based on sepia-tinted nostalgia or simply a dearth of blue-sky thinking. Certainly, one might look at the simultaneous revival of one-time ratings-busters The Crystal Maze (30 June, 9pm, Channel 4) and Blind Date (24 June, 7pm, Channel 5) and wonder whether the great brains of our major television networks simply all lived in the same 1990s student house.The most startling element of these particular reboots is their determination to replicate the originals with little concession to our altered times. In the case of Blind Date, the format is identical: a contestant puts questions to three potential dates hidden behind a screen. The questions studiously avoid topics that might aid their decision-making, such as: “Leave or remain?” and: “When were you last tested for an STD?” Instead, give or take the odd double-entendre, the enquiries are wilfully gauche and elicit similarly gauche answers. Continue reading...

24 июня, 11:00

История Suzuki Samurai

Компактный, динамичный, легкий, со спартанским салоном и крохотным двигателем, Suzuki Jimny всегда отличался выдающейся проходимостью.  И по сей день этот скромный мини-вездеход по-прежнему любим и ценим многим.История Jimny началась в 1965 году, когда небольшая фирма Hope Motor Company представила мини-вездеход HopeStar ON 360. Длина машинки не превышала трех метров, весила она всего лишь 525 кг.Под капотом располагался двухцилиндровый двухтактный двигатель фирмы Mitsubishi воздушного охлаждения рабочим объемом 359 см3 и мощностью 21 л. с.Максимальная скорость, со столь скромным моторчиком, была достаточно солидной и достигала 70 км/ч. Полный привод — типа part-time, с жесткоподключаемым передним мостом.Первые автомобили продавались с 1967 года, но успехом он, мягко говоря, не пользовался.  Не в последнюю очередь из-за дизайна. Вернее, отсутствия такового. В итоге, выпустив всего 15 автомобилей, в 1968 году Hope Motor прекращает свою деятельность и продает лицензию на выпуск мини-джипа фирме Suzuki.На то, чтобы сделать Hope привлекательным, ушло еще два года. И вот в 1970-м дебютирует первый внедорожник Suzuki модели LJ10, или, для некоторых рынков, Jimny 360. По размерам он был почти такой же, как и предшественник: длина – 3 метра, ширина – 1.3 метра. Масса несколько увеличилась – до 590 кг.Компания Suzuki начала разработку своего первого полно приводного автомобиля в далёком 1970 г. На тот момент, было налажено производство моделей LJ10 (LJ - light jeep) только на внутреннем рынке Японии.LJ10, поступившая в продажу под именем Jimny, была первой полноприводной малолитражкой на внутреннем рынке Японии.Сидений в салоне автомобильчика было только три. Из-за ограничений внешних размеров запасное колесо разместили сзади пассажирского сиденья.Это была машина c единственным плоским лобовым стеклом (откидывающимся вперед), наружными замками-пружинками на капоте и цепями вместо дверей.Подвеска с листовыми рессорами и солидная рама позволяли выдерживать большую для такой маленькой машины нагрузку (ее вес составлял всего 600 кг, а длина базы равнялась 1930 мм).Автомобиль имел постоянный полный привод. Первый LJ был оснащен новым, небольшим двухцилиндоровым двухтактным двигателем с воздушным охлаждением. Его мощность составляла всего 25 л.с., а объем 0,36 л.Не смотря на успех LJ10, на внутреннем рынке, в компании Suzuki понимали, что для успеха в других странах нужны более мощные двигатели.1974 год, в Suzuki решили попробовать экспортировать новую модель LJ50 в Австралию. Страну, находящуюся в стороне от мирового автомобильного рынка. LJ50 была оснащена трехцилиндровым двухтактным двигателем с водяным охлаждением объемом 0,55 л.В этой машине запасное колесо помещалось снаружи на задней части кузова, что позволило разместить сзади два пассажирских места (пассажиры на них сидели лицом друг к другу). Автомобиль снабжался как открытым, так и закрытым (с жестким верхом и боковыми дверцами) кузовами. В Австралии такой автомобиль завоевал репутацию машины, проезжающей практически где угодно.1977 год, Suzuki продолжала совершенствовать свой маленький внедорожник. В этот же год, выпущена модель LJ80. В кузов были внесены небольшие изменения, по сравнению с предшественниками. Увеличены передние колесные арки и расширены задние арки для придания более стильного дизайна.Подвеска стала помягче. Капот, удерживаемый двумя пружинными клеммами, как в предыдущих версиях LJ, был слегка поднят, чтобы увеличить место для нового двигателя. Его объем, достиг 0,8 л. Двигатель был четырехтактным, четырехцилиндровым, имел водяное охлаждение и мощность 41 л.с. ПО сравнению с первыми экземплярами, стал в два раза более производительным.LJ80 поступил в продажу в Австралии в 1978 г. и прекрасно продавался там, но это было только начало. Появление LJ80 в Голландии в том же 1978 г. ознаменовало появление нового сектора рынка полно приводных автомобилей. Начинается, постепенное завоевание, европейского рынка.1982 год, Suzuki продолжала успешно продавать свой маленький внедорожник на внутреннем рынке Японии. C появлением модели SJ410 компания действительно вышла на новые рынки. Внешне машина стала более стильной, салон - менее аскетичным и более удобным для пассажиров. В подвеске по-прежнему использовались листовые рессоры, но они были смягчены газовыми амортизаторами.Модель SJ410 была оснащена четырехцилиндровым четырехтактным двигателем объемом 1,0 л и мощностью 45 л.с. Независимая рама и небольшие размеры в сочетании с более мощным двигателем сделали SJ410 полноценным внедорожником. Таким образом, созданный Suzuki сектор рынка продолжал развиваться.В 1984 году появилась модель SJ413 - усовершенствованная версия SJ в более изящном кузове, отличительной особенностью которой был легковесный четырехцилиндровый двигатель объемом 1,3 л и мощностью 60 л.с.(впрыск) и 64 л.с. (карбюратор).Внутренняя отделка соответствовала требованиям покупателей. Коробка переключения передач стала пятиступенчатой.Спустя год, в 1985, Suzuki выпускает обновленную модель, предназначенную для внешнего рынка и названную Samurai. Всё что было до этого, называлось Jimny.Благодаря своей предельной функциональности, эта уникальная модель была с успехом принята на мировом рынке и продавалась более чем в 100 странах и собирались в Индии и Испании.В США Samurai был признан лучшим полно приводным автомобилем, по соотношению «цена - качество». В такой модификации модель выпускалась до 1989 г.1990 год, модель Samurai не только хорошо продавалась по всему миру, но и развивалась. В период с 1988 по 1990, выпускалась практически в том же кузове и с той же подвеской, что и ранее, но с карбюраторным двигателем объемом 1,6 л и мощностью 97 л.с.С 1994 г. модель Suzuki Samurai имеет впрысковый двигатель объемом 1,3 л и мощностью 69 л.с.В Японии в период с 1990 г. по 1998 г. выпускалась модель Suzuki Jimny практически в том же кузове, как и SJ413, но с турбированным двигателем, объемом 0,66 л и мощностью 55 л.с.В 1995 г. пружины в подвеске сменили листовые рессоры. С 1993 г. по 2002 г. для внутреннего рынка Японии в кузове SJ413 выпускалась модель Jimny Sierra. Особенность этой модели - карбюраторный четырехцилиндровый двигатель объемом 1,3 л и мощностью 70 л.с. В подвеске использовались листовые рессоры.В 1998 г., в Париже была проведена презентация нового Jimny. Помимо скругленного кузова, Jimny получил пружинную подвеску мостов, что значительно улучшило плавность хода и управляемость.Модель выпускали с трехдверным кузовом универсал или кабриолет с мягким тентом над задней частью и пластиковой съемной крышей над водителем и пассажиром. Салон тесный, но достаточно комфортабельный и хорошо оборудованный: в базовую комплектацию входят полный электро-пакет и центральный замок.Рама, зависимые подвески, демультипликатор и блокировка заднего дифференциала (опция) позволяют штурмовать весьма серьезное бездорожье.В Японии выпускается три варианта автомобиля в таком кузове: Jimny, Jimny Sierra и Jimny Wide.Модель Jimny предназначена только для внутреннего рынка Японии и выпускается с 1998 г. и оснащается двигателем с трубонаддувом объемом 0,66 л и мощностью 64 л.с.Модель Jimny Sierra также предназначена для внутреннего рынка Японии и выпускается в таком кузове с 2002 г. Она оснащается инжекторным четырехцилиндровым шестнадцати клапанным двигателем с водяным охлаждением. Его объем составляет 1,328 л, а мощность 88 л.с.Модель Jimny Wide выпускается с 1998 г. В нее ставят инжекторный четырехцилиндровый шестнадцати клапанный двигатель с водяным охлаждением. Его объем и мощность меньше, чем у Jimny Sierra, и составляют соответственно 1,298 л и 85 л.с. Данная модель на внешний рынок выпускается под именем Jimny.На официальном сайте www.suzuki-motor.ru, есть каталог на модель для Росси, JIMNY 2017КОМПЛЕКТАЦИЯ                   ГОД ВЫПУСКА           ЦЕНА1,3L 4WD MT JLX                       2017                 1 145 0001,3L 4WD AT JLX                       2017                 1 215 0001,3L 4WD AT JLX MODE 3             2017                 1 259 950«МАЛЕНЬКИЙ ТАНК, МАЛЕНЬКИЙ, НО НЕ ИГРУШЕЧНЫЙ» это всё слоганы компании.«Suzuki Jimny представляет собой уникальный автомобиль, не имеющий аналогов на российском рынке. Это настоящий небольшой вездеход на все случаи жизни!» Так же с официального сайта."ВНЕДОРОЖНИК ГОДА" ПО ВЕРСИИ ЖУРНАЛА "CLUB 4Х4»Была такая? Есть что сказать о данной модели?Источники:http://4x4ru.com/istoriya/771-istoriya-modeli-suzuki-samuraj.html#title3http://media.club4x4.ru/1772-istoriya-suzuki-jimny.html

24 июня, 11:00

Where to find cutting-edge contemporary art in Moscow and St. Petersburg

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Multimedia Art Museum and the Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val in Moscow; the General Staff Building of the State Hermitage Museum, the New Museum of Contemporary Art and Marble Palace in St. Petersburg - all these state institutions are well known around the world and each regularly holds exhibitions of contemporary Russian art. RBTH, however, looks at the leading private commercial galleries in the two capitals where art works by contemporary Russian artists, both established ones and newcomers, can be viewed and purchased. Triumph Gallery, Moscow "Triumph is the most active Russian gallery." Source: Anna Denisova/Triumph Gallery This is the most active Russian gallery not just inside the country but also abroad, and it often organizes exhibitions by its artists at international art fairs and events. For instance, the AES+F art group that makes large-scale multi-channel video installations, and the Recycle duo (also masters of art installations), have seen their exhibitions open on every continent, including at the Venice Biennale as a parallel program. The gallery's list of artists includes other well-known names: Dmitry Gutov, Alexander Brodsky, Gosha Ostretsov, Alexander Vinogradov and Vladimir Dubossarsky. The gallery also promotes promising newcomers, including painter Taisia Korotkova, and Alexey Vasilyev, who works in the graffiti style. www.triumph-gallery.ru Contemporary Art Center Winzavod, Moscow "A dozen well-known galleries are housed here, and visiting all of them can take two or three hours." Source: WINZAVOD Contemporary Art Center Russia's leading privately owned contemporary art hub marked its 10th anniversary this year. A dozen well-known galleries are housed here, and visiting all of them can take two or three hours. The two oldest and most prestigious have long been frequent participants at international art fairs: XL Gallery, and Regina Gallery. The first is active in non-commercial art and has launched the careers of artists such as Anna Ermolaeva, and Irina Korina, who is a participant in the main exhibition of the current Venice Biennale. Regina Gallery, however, is not shy of its commercial activity, and it has many museum-quality artists such as photographer Sergey Bratkov, artists Semyon Faibisovich and Pavel Pepperstein, as well as Tanya Akhmetgalieva who creates fantastically beautiful installations. Other Winzavod galleries that promote Russian artists abroad are Gallery 21, pop/off/art gallery, Gallery Triangle and Pechersky Gallery. www.winzavod.ru Galerie Iragui, Moscow "Over the years, works on paper, which are increasingly more popular with collectors, have become the gallery's main focus." Source: Galerie Iragui A Sorbonne and École du Louvre graduate, Ekaterina Iragui used to work for art galleries in Paris. But in 2008 she moved to Moscow and opened her own gallery. Over the years, works on paper, which are increasingly more popular with collectors, have become the gallery's main focus. Iragui displays drawings and watercolors by Russian artists at art fairs in Paris and Vienna, as well as in Japan, Great Britain and other countries. The gallery's portfolio includes works by established Russian conceptual and post-modernist artists whose works can be found in the collection of the Pompidou Center and other institutions, and which include the artists Pavel Pepperstein, Nikita Alexeev, Viktor Pivovarov and Olga Chernysheva. www.iragui.com Marina Gisich Gallery, St. Petersburg "This gallery actively travels the globe, taking part in art fairs where installations by Marina Alexeeva often are a hit." Source: Marina Gisich Gallery One of the first private galleries in St. Petersburg, founded in 2000, is located on two floors of a mansion in the city center. This gallery also actively travels the globe, taking part in art fairs where installations by Marina Alexeeva often are a hit - miniature light boxes with doll furniture in which videos that involve live actors are played. The gallery also promotes the acclaimed photographer, Gregori Maiofis, neorealist Vitaliy Pushnitsky, installation artist Peter Belyi, and others. www.gisich.com Anna Nova Art Gallery, St. Petersburg "This gallery collaborates with a large number of artists working in various genres and media." Source: Anna Nova Art Gallery This gallery collaborates with a large number of artists working in various genres and media. The performance artist, Andrey Kuzkin, who made a splash at the ARCO art fair in Madrid with his human figures moulded out of bread, exhibits here, as well as Ivan Plusch, a master of large-scale installations and a participant in the famous Glasstress exhibition in Venice in 2015. Others include David Ter-Oganyan, an adept master of Internet art and the only Russian laureate of the Henkel Art Award; and the young abstract artist, Vlad Kulkov, whose works can be found in the collections of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the Hort Family Collection in New York. www.annanova-gallery.ru

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24 июня, 09:00

East Sicily: what to see plus the best bars, beaches, restaurants and hotels

With baroque palaces, fine beaches and Mount Etna, the Ionian coast is home to most of the island’s crown jewels – underpinned by glorious local food and drinkLight reflecting off churches and palaces, views of craggy mountains and blue sea, smells of orange blossom, oregano and mint … Sicily is an inspiring place, particularly for northern Europeans. “To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all,” said German writer Goethe in 1787. Continue reading...

24 июня, 05:15

Grand Jury's 'Myth' Report On A California Jail Snitch Scandal Draws Criticism

LOS ANGELES ― A grand jury in California that investigated an Orange County jailhouse informant program, which a Superior Court judge and a state appeals court have agreed clearly exists, issued an unsettling report last week claiming that it is a “myth” largely created by the defense in a mass murder case and the media and that there is no widespread cheating by district attorney’s and sheriff’s officials, even though another ruling Friday in a murder case again indicated it is true. At the center of the scandal are allegations that sheriff’s deputies have for decades planted informants next to targeted inmates in the county’s jails and have directed them to fish for incriminating evidence to help secure convictions. While it’s legal for law enforcement authorities to use informants to help bolster cases, in many Orange County trials, it’s alleged that the informants questioned inmates who were represented by lawyers, violating their right to counsel. Prosecutors are accused of presenting damning evidence gathered by the informants in court while withholding other evidence that could have been beneficial to the defense. That would violate a defendant’s right to due process. While the Orange County grand jury conceded that there have been some violations in a “small number” of cases, it’s largely due to “laxness in supervision” at the agencies, which, the grand jury said, have moved to correct course. The grand jury also found that ongoing hearings related to the misuse of informants inside county jails, which are being conducted as part of the penalty phase in the case against mass killer Scott Dekraai, are nothing more than a “witch hunt” that the grand jury suggested should be stopped. Dekraai pleaded guilty to murdering eight people in a Seal Beach hair salon in 2011. He is still awaiting sentencing while the courts wrangle over allegations of malfeasance in the use of a jail informant who was allegedly planted in a cell next to Dekraai. At stake is whether the court will impose a death sentence. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Orange County district attorney’s office have long denied that their officials have cheated to secure convictions. And the grand jury indicated that they should be believed. But the grand jury’s findings fly in the face of years of litigation, a mountain of evidence and multiple court rulings. Just Friday, an appeals court unanimously affirmed a ruling that the district attorney’s office improperly withheld records on a jailhouse informant used in the 2005 double-murder trial of Henry Rodriguez, who was freed in May 2016 after spending 18 years in prison. His attorney told the Los Angeles Times that he was never contacted by the grand jury about Rodriguez’s case. The grand jury’s findings have left many legal experts startled and deeply concerned that there must be an outside, independent probe of the allegations, beyond the investigation by the county’s grand jury. “I was surprised and distressed by the grand jury report,” Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of law at the University of California, Berkeley, told HuffPost. Laura Fernandez, a senior Liman Fellow at Yale Law School who studies prosecutorial misconduct around the nation, said that “this situation calls for a genuinely independent inquiry, one that asks real questions in the hopes of getting real answers.” Here’s some of the reasons the report left many feeling that an independent probe is desperately needed now more than ever before.  Grand jury says it’s just “rogue deputies” who worked informants improperly, despite court evidence. While the grand jury accepts that the Orange County Sheriff’s Department may be using jailhouse informants, in its report it advances a narrative that sheriff’s supervisors gave at recent Superior Court hearings linked to the jail informant scandal. They testified that it was merely a small group of rogue deputies who were illegally working with informants that violated the rights of numerous defendants and that it was done behind the backs of their supervisors. But that narrative disintegrated over the last two weeks of testimony as a deputy and a supervisor indicated that the department’s upper management were aware of deputies’ actions with jail informants and that deputies received supervisor approval to do that work. There’s also a stack of internal memos that have been produced in court that detail the clear understanding of widespread use of jailhouse informants all the way up the chain of command at the sheriff’s office for more than a decade. One internal memo, dated March 2007 and sent from a sheriff’s sergeant on up to a captain, celebrates the “intelligence gathering” skills of the Special Handling unit at one county jail. It states that the jail unit “possesses an excellent expertise in the cultivation and management of informants” ― expertise “recognized by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office as well as numerous law enforcement agencies throughout Southern California.”  A 2009 internal OCSD memo sent to command staff requests permission from an assistant sheriff to place an informant next to an inmate charged with murder so the conversation can be recorded. The assistant sheriff granted permission the same day it was requested.  A 2008 memo from deputies to members of the department’s command staff indicates that nearly a decade ago the OCSD admitted it had already cultivated “hundreds of confidential informants.” Another internal memo from 2007 details a large informant presence in the jails, saying there were “in excess of 40 [informants] throughout the facility” at the time. There’s also an internal memo once posted on a wall in the office of the Special Handling unit, which dealt with jail informants. The memo listed deputies’ duties, including “Cultivate/manage Confidential Informants.” Before their report was published, grand jurors heard the testimony and observed the key documents being discussed in the courtroom. Grand jurors also had access to court briefs on the internal OCSD memos and other evidence. But the report doesn’t address that testimony or evidence. The sheriff’s department, responding to a request for comment, directed HuffPost to its statement last week on the release of the grand jury report that says it “validates many past statements made by Sheriff Sandra Hutchens regarding the use of jailhouse informants and confirms a departmentally sanctioned program does not exist.” Report doesn’t address accusations that the D.A.’s office failed to turn over internal informant records. The Orange County district attorney’s office maintains a database of informant records called the Orange County Informant Index, a set of records on jailhouse informants maintained by the prosecutors’ office stretching back decades. But Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders ― Dekraai’s defense attorney, who, in a series of bombshell motions, has unearthed evidence of a long-concealed snitch program operating inside county jails ― argues that the D.A.’s office has repeatedly failed to turn over those records in various cases and has struggled with producing these records for at least two decades. Sanders obtained a 1999 letter sent to Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas from the California attorney general’s office in which David Druliner, who headed the state attorney general’s criminal division, describes his serious concern about the unwillingness of prosecutors ― including the head of Rackauckas’ homicide unit ― to turn over informant evidence favorable to a man on death row. Druliner threatened to turn the evidence over himself, which ultimately forced the district attorney’s office to comply. The grand jury report does address the existence of an informant database and concedes that some prosecutors have used “flawed legal reasoning” when deciding not to disclose informant information from it, but the report gives little sense of the scope of the problem, it does not address the letter nor what it suggests about Rackauckas’ apparent ambivalence to determining whether other cases were affected.  Sanders told HuffPost that he sat down with the grand jury’s informant committee and its adviser, former U.S. Attorney Andrea Ordin, and raised the issue of the Rackauckas-Druliner exchange but that they appeared disinterested. “Omitting from the report any mention of the letter and the cases in which index entries were hidden over the past three decades corroborates that the grand jury was simply never going to call it straight when it came to the D.A.’s office,” Sanders said. Ordin did not respond to HuffPost’s requests for comment. The D.A.’s office misconduct identified by Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals in the Dekraai penalty phase, which led to the OCDA office being recused from the case, was affirmed last November by the state’s 4th District Court of Appeal, but that ruling is addressed in the report only as a footnote.  The D.A.’s office was also found to be attempting to steer murder cases away from Goethals, a tactic called “blanket papering.” In 55 of 58 cases over two years, county prosecutors apparently tried to avoid Goethals. Superior Court Judge Richard King said the tactic had “substantially disrupted the orderly administration of criminal justice in the county.” “Remember here the Court of Appeal described the behavior of the OC district attorney as egregious,” Chemerinsky said. “The D.A.’s office abused its power by ‘papering’ Judge Goethals in retaliation in 55 of 58 cases over a two-year period. The D.A.’s own commission made recommendations that have been ignored. None of this is reflected in the grand jury report.” Rackauckas has long maintained that no one in his office intentionally behaved inappropriately in relation to the jailhouse informant program and that no prosecutors have illegally withheld evidence. The district attorney’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but in response to the grand jury findings, it said last week that the report “confirms the steadfast position” of the district attorney’s office and that the grand jury “debunked the media ‘witch hunt’ for agency corruption.” Would an illegally operated informant program have “job descriptions” and “calendaring of events”? Grand jury thinks it must. The grand jury strongly condemned the claims of what it called a “structured jailhouse informant program” operating in the Orange County jails and argued that allegations that the district attorney’s office and sheriff’s department conspired to violate inmates’ rights through the use of such a program are “unfounded.” “That narrative does not stand up to factual validation,” the report reads. The grand jury says it found no evidence of a “strategic plan” or “schedule” for jail snitches, no “formal training,” “dedicated budget,” “codified job descriptions” or “calendaring of events” for a jailhouse informant program. Legal experts were puzzled by this insistence that a shadow program in county jails wouldn’t exist without having a formal organization.  “Noting the absence of ‘definitive’ evidence of a ‘structured’ jailhouse informant program, the grand jury simply dismissed outright the possibility of something more covert and loosely organized than what it allegedly set out to find,” Fernandez, the Yale fellow, told HuffPost. The grand jury, Fernandez argued, never stopped to consider “whether evidence of ‘strategic plans,’ ‘dedicated budgets’ and ‘calendared events’ was something one might really hope to find in the context of an (illegal) informant program.” Moreover, the grand jury does not explain why it has focused on determining whether a formally structured informant program existed instead of analyzing case by case how fair trials may have been affected by jail informant evidence.   For instance, court records indicate that one section of the jail, called L-20, which was officially designated a mental health ward but has recently come to be understood as an “informant tank,” appears to have been used for years to obtain evidence in violation of defendants’ rights. The use of informant tanks is not discussed in the grand jury report.  “They omitted everything that would have decimated their conclusions,” Sanders told HuffPost. “For instance, before the ‘rogue’ deputies did their work, supervisors bragged about the cultivation of hundreds of jail informants done by different deputies. Would those deputies qualify as ‘rogue,’ too, even as their bosses gloated about the informant work they orchestrated? This group ... showed not the slightest sign they were concerned about all the evidence kept from indigent defendants.” Grand jury may have overstepped its authority in suggesting Dekraai hearings should end. The grand jury’s report implies that Judge Goethals should cease the ongoing evidentiary hearings in the Dekraai case. “Any further investigation of potential widespread, systemic institutional wrongdoing surrounding discovery or informant issues in Orange County would be far more appropriately addressed by these agencies and not by the trial court for the largest confessed mass murderer in Orange County history,” the report reads. While a grand jury has broad authority granted by statute to investigate matters of local, city or county concern, it does not have the authority to investigate matters of state concern. Superior Courts are considered state courts. So, questioning an ongoing hearing conducted by a Superior Court judge appears to fall outside its mission. The grand jury report must be authorized by the Superior Court, but the court does have the right to refuse the filing if the report “exceeds established legal limits,” according to state statute. The courts are not bound to act upon the grand jury report other than to be informed by it. The public information officer for the Orange County Superior Court system, under which the grand jury falls, told HuffPost in a statement that the Superior Court signed off on the grand jury report before it was published and posted but that the presiding judge can reject a report if it exceeds the grand jury’s authority. When asked if the court believed the grand jury may have exceeded its authority, the office said it could not provide insight “into the judicial decision-making process.” Report’s tone breeds skepticism. The tone of the report, which is dismissive of the years-long efforts by multiple lawyers and judges in the county, has also raised questions about its fairness, particularly with information coming to light that the grand jurors met with dozens of prosecutors but few defense attorneys.  The jail informant program is a “myth,” the grand jury declared. Current investigations of the sheriff’s department and prosecutors are a “witch hunt,” it said. And even when the grand jury argued that just a few deputies might have illegally used jail informants, the deputies were presented as having somewhat noble intensions, that they had gotten “carried away with efforts to be crime-fighters.” “Once I saw them describe the investigation as a ‘witch hunt,’ I was very skeptical of the report,” Chemerinsky said. Fernandez said that the grand jury opting to use such incendiary language was disturbing because it flies in the face of “contrary, carefully reasoned findings by the two courts who have considered the question the most closely.” “That language, like the report’s broader findings, has left everyone familiar with the situation scratching their heads ― including, unfortunately, some of the victims,” Fernandez said. Fernandez referred to the reaction of Paul Wilson, whose wife, Christy, was one of the eight people killed by Dekraai. “A myth? What a slap in the face to each of these families,” Wilson said to the court. “We have had to suffer through this, and they call it a myth.” The Orange County allegations have prompted the U.S. Department of Justice to launch an investigation.  -- 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.

24 июня, 01:10

Democratic Support For Single-Payer Health Care Is Rising

More than half of Democrats believe that health insurance should be provided through a national, government-run insurance system, according to a new Pew Research survey. This represents a significant jump from past surveys. Fifty-two percent of Americans who identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party now favor a single-payer system, up from 33 percent in 2014 and 43 percent as recently as this January. Younger Democrats are especially enthusiastic: Two-thirds of Democrats and Democratic leaners under age 30 say they’d like to see a single-payer system. Support remains lower outside the party, with just 12 percent of Republicans and Republican leaners, and one-third of the public as a whole, favoring the idea. The poll also finds a larger shift on Americans’ views about the government’s role in the health care system. During former President Barack Obama’s tenure, a significant share of the public renounced the idea that the government should ensure all Americans have health coverage. As his signature health care law was facing a troubled launch in 2013, just 42 percent said the government had that responsibility. But after President Donald Trump, who has pledged to repeal the current health care law, came into office, views seesawed back. Sixty percent of Americans now say the government does have a responsibility to ensure universal health coverage. OTHER NUMBERS ON THE CURRENT DEBATE OVER HEALTH CARE: A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds that just 38 percent of Americans know that the House GOP’s bill to repeal Obamacare would involve major reductions to Medicaid. Medicaid itself is broadly popular with the public, nearly three-quarters of whom view it favorably. The survey also finds majority support for Obamacare for the first time in Kaiser’s polling since the law passed seven years ago. An NBC/Wall Street Journal survey finds that just 16 percent of Americans think the health care bill passed by the House is a good idea, while 48 percent consider it to be a bad idea. The public is closely divided on what Congress and the president should do next, according to the poll, with 38 percent saying they should continue attempting to repeal Obamacare, and 39 percent that they should not.  A HuffPost/YouGov survey finds that although few Republicans are enthusiastic about the GOP health bill, 68 percent say they’d rather see it pass than to have no repeal at all. The public overall would like to see the current health care law kept in place, according to the survey. MORE OF THE LATEST POLLING NEWS: FEW BELIEVE AMERICA IS MAKING PROGRESS ON GUN VIOLENCE ― HuffPollster: “America’s most recent bout with high-profile gun violence has done little to shake people’s attitudes about guns, which remain both complex and deeply polarized, according to two newly released surveys. Just 12 percent of the public thinks American society has gotten better at preventing gun violence since the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds….A new, wide-ranging Pew Research report, also released Thursday, sheds some light on the attitudes underlying Americans’ opinions about firearms….Nearly three-quarters of gun owners say they can’t see themselves ever giving up gun ownership, and that they consider the right to own guns essential to their own sense of freedom. But a sizable share of the public has also had harmful experiences with firearms. Forty-four percent say they know someone who has been shot, whether accidentally or on purpose, and nearly a quarter say they or someone in their family have been threatened or intimidated by a gun.” [HuffPost, more from Pew]  SUPPORT FOR GAY AND LESBIAN RIGHTS CONTINUES TO GROW ―- Antonia Blumberg: ”[A]ccording to a new report by the Public Religion Research Institute, support for religiously based service refusals is quickly declining. PRRI’s report, based on a survey of roughly 40,000 interviews, found that more than six in ten Americans oppose allowing small business owners in their state to refuse to provide goods and services to gay or lesbian people on religious grounds….‘For the first time in a PRRI poll of this size, no major religious group reports majority support for religiously based service refusals of gay and lesbian Americans,’ said PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones in a statement.” [HuffPost, more from PRRI] HILLARY CLINTON’S IMAGE HASN’T SEEN A POST-ELECTION BOUNCE ― Justin McCarthy: “Americans are no more likely to view Hillary Clinton favorably than they were before last year’s presidential election. Forty-one percent have a favorable view of the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, within the 41% to 43% range Gallup has recorded since November….Clinton’s current favorable rating is just a few percentage points higher than her all-time low ― 38%, last recorded in late August/early September 2016….Over the past quarter century, the favorable ratings of losing presidential candidates generally have increased after the election ― some in the immediate aftermath and others in the months that followed….November’s election was unlike any other before it, with both major party candidates having some of the lowest favorable ratings of any candidates in Gallup’s history. This situation has had unique consequences for the losing candidate as well as the winner.” [Gallup]  ‘OUTLIERS’ ― Links to the best of news at the intersection of polling, politics and political data: - An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll gives Democrats an 8-point edge over Republicans on the generic House ballot. [NBC] - CBS finds Americans are unhappy with congressional Republicans, but  not persuaded that Democrats would be better. [CBS] - Quinnipiac’s latest look at the Virginia gubernatorial race gives Democrat Ralph Northam an 8-point edge over Republican Ed Gillespie. [Quinnipiac] - Steven Shepard reports that pollsters were surprised by high turnout in the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. [Politico] - Nate Silver takes a look ahead to Democrats’ 2018 midterm chances. [538] - Andrew Dugan notes that health care costs top Americans’ list of financial concerns. [Gallup] - Kaeli Subberwal writes on a study finding Republicans are more concerned about “climate change” than “global warming.” [HuffPost] - Alvin Chang delves into the divide between Americans who leave their hometowns and those who stay. [Vox]  - Sean Trende offers some thoughts on media coverage of polls. [@SeanTrende] - Elisa Shearer finds few mode effects in polling on Americans’ news consumption. [Pew] Want to get more stories like this? Sign up for emails here. -- 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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24 июня, 00:00

'Dump Pelosi' Plays Right Into Republican Hands

Paul Begala, CNNThe movement among some Democrats shines a light on their unloveliest instincts : self-loathing, scapegoating and a desire for quick-fixes rather than hard work, writes Paul Begala.

23 июня, 23:50

The Head Of Trump's Voter Integrity Probe Just Got Sanctioned For A Lack Of Integrity

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); A federal magistrate judge fined Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) $1,000 on Friday for misrepresenting the content of documents he was photographed holding while meeting with President Donald Trump, but will allow Kobach to continue to shield the documents from the public. The ruling came in connection with a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union over a Kansas law requiring people to prove their citizenship when they register to vote. As part of the lawsuit, the ACLU sought documents Kobach was photographed holding when he met with Trump in November that contained proposed changes to the 1993 National Voter Registration Act. Kobach argued the documents were not relevant to the lawsuit, but the ACLU argued they were because Kobach’s proposal of amendments to federal voter registration law signaled he did not have the authority to implement a proof of citizenship requirement. NEW, via @jshormanCJ: Kobach took plan for Department of Homeland Security into Trump meeting #ksleg | https://t.co/bzAj784tQ3 pic.twitter.com/y6p3QTtLLa— CJOnline (@CJOnline) November 21, 2016 In April, federal magistrate Judge James O’Hara ordered Kobach to turn over the documents, and the ACLU asked O’Hara to sanction Kobach for failing to comply with his discovery obligations. Kobach produced the documents to the court, but marked them as confidential, preventing them from being released to the public. O’Hara agreed Friday that Kobach’s “deceptive conduct and lack of candor warrant the imposition of sanctions.” But, he said, Kobach’s objections to releasing the documents were “substantially justified.” Still, O’Hara wrote, Kobach’s behavior merited a fine to discourage him from pursuing similar behavior in the future. “To deter defense counsel and other members of the bar from deliberately attempting to mislead the court in the future, and to somewhat compensate the court for the ‘costs imposed on the judicial system’ through the undersigned’s time spent discovering defendant’s misrepresentations and bringing the same to light, the court fines defendant $1,000,” he wrote. Kobach has pushed some of the most restrictive voting and immigration policies in the country in his state and has been tapped by Trump to lead a federal probe into election integrity. He is also running for governor of Kansas. The ACLU had argued the contents of the documents undermined Kobach’s claim that millions may be illegally registered to vote, but Kobach said the group was trying to obtain them just to annoy him. O’Hara also said it was appropriate for Kobach to keep the documents from his meeting with Trump private because they were exempt under Kansas’ open records law. The documents are exempt, he said, because they are preliminary proposals. As part of the sanctions, O’Hara ruled the ACLU could depose Kobach over the documents. He also hinted the court would be hesitant to protect the documents under seal as the litigation continues. Neither the ACLU nor Kobach’s office immediately responded to a request for comment. Last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit upheld a ruling blocking the Kansas law and allowed voters registered at a motor vehicle office whose status had been put into jeopardy by the proof of citizenship requirement to cast a ballot. The decision affected 20,000 people. Read the judge’s opinion: Kris Kobach Sanctions by Sam Levine on Scribd -- 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.

23 июня, 23:37

Remarks by Vice President Pence at the Focus on the Family 40th Anniversary Celebration

Focus on the Family Colorado Springs, Colorado 11:50 A.M. MDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you so much.  And thank you, Jim.  Thank you, Jim, for the kind introduction and for the warm welcome of our family to Focus on the Family.  Jim, you’re a strong voice for timeless values and families across America, and this country, our President, and our little family are grateful for you and the leadership you’ve provided.  (Applause.) Thank you, Jim.  You know it really is an honor to be here today in this beautiful chapel, with so many men and women of faith and such stalwart advocates for family, now for four decades across America. I’m grateful that were here to enjoy the music -- (laughter) -- of one of the most inspiring Christian artists in the world --Steven Curtis Chapman.  (Applause.)  Steve and I met not long ago at the White House.  He was there for the National Day of Prayer.  And I was really excited, man.  (Laughter.)  And he came up to me and he said he’d read somewhere that I was a big fan of his.  (Laughter.)  And, Steven and Marybeth, I just want to say that your ministry of music has been a blessing in my life and I thank you on behalf of all the people whose hearts you’ve touched and whose faith you’ve encouraged.  (Applause.)  And it’s a privilege to be here on this historic day -- the 40th anniversary of a cornerstone of American life for so many Americans, an organization that has been a champion without equal for American families, a bastion of grace that has inspired millions with your model of Christian love.  It is great to be here on the 40th anniversary of Focus on the Family.  (Applause.)  We’re grateful to be with all of you to celebrate your history and this ministry.  And let me say, I bring greetings and congratulations, as well, on this historic milestone, from a good friend, whose a leader, whose a believer, whose a tireless defender of the values that will make America great -- the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump.  (Applause.)  I’m really here today on the President’s behalf to congratulate Focus on the Family 40 years of vision, 40 years of compassion.  And most of all I’m here today to congratulate Focus on the Family for 40 years of consequence for faith and families all across these United States. And speaking of family, before I go one step further -- you already heard from her, and isn’t she something?  (Applause.)  My wife of 32 years, the Second Lady of the United States of America, Karen Pence.  (Applause.)  Karen and I are deeply grateful that Focus on the Family is going to be honoring this day and our modest presence here by donating an ultrasound in our name to the Life Center in Wabash, Indiana, through the Option Ultrasound Program.  You know, Karen and I have spent years supporting the compassionate work of crisis pregnancy centers across Indiana.  And, Jim and the whole team here, this donation is deeply meaningful to us and I know it will save innocent lives.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  You know, the Bible tells us if you owe debts, pay debts; if honor, then honor; if respect, then respect.  And I rise today to pay a debt of gratitude on behalf of millions of Americans who have benefited personally and spiritually from the work of this ministry.  And as I commend all of you, allow me to acknowledge the founder of this ministry -- a man who became author of an enormous body of work that has inspired millions, and he’s been a friend and a mentor to me -- Dr. James Dobson.  (Applause.)  It’s remarkable to think that 40 years ago, Dr. Dobson launched a weekly radio broadcast that aired on a few dozen stations scattered across the country, bringing words of wisdom and encouragement to all who tuned in.  Now, you think of his legacy.  You know, I spent a little bit of time in talk radio myself back in the day.  (Laughter.)  I started with a small smattering of radio stations across Indiana -- and it stayed that way.  (Laughter.)  It’s an incredible legacy --(laughter)  -- and that legacy continues.  His, not mine.  (Laughter.)  It’s amazing to think that Focus on the Family broadcast now reaches into the homes and hearts of 38 million people every day.  And the programs and publications run by Focus on the Family extend your reach even further -- around the world itself.  Give yourself a round of applause for the impact on everyday life.  (Applause.)   In a very real sense, Focus on the Family has let your light shine before men and women across the world and across this country, touching countless lives and shaping generations. In a very real sense, you’re the hands and feet and the voice, in so many ways, of the truths found in the Scriptures -- reaching in with love and compassion, embracing the dignity of people of every background and every experience around the world.  You’ve strengthened marriages -- and I know in my heart you’ve -- this ministry has saved marriages.  You’ve helped parents train up their children in the way they should go.  You’ve brought the Good News to those who never heard it.  You’ve strengthened the faith and foundation of families. And, also, you’ve fearlessly engaged our culture and advocated in the public square for the timeless values that our society needs to hear, now more than ever.  I have to tell you, it’s especially meaningful for us to be here at Focus on the Family on this occasion because this ministry, and all of you, have been a blessing to millions, including our little family.  You know, during my years in Congress, when our three children were young, and now they’re all in their 20s -- one is married, one is heading to law school next year, and one is working in the film industry.  But when they were real little,  every time we took the 600-mile drive from Washington, D.C. back to Indiana, I can promise you we spent an awful lot of time with Connie, Eugene, and Whit at Whit’s End.  (Applause.)  We did.  The Adventures in Odyssey were our adventures.  (Laughter.) And I remember so often the kids saying, put in another tape.  (Laughter.)  And one of the most cherished memories of our children’s youth is the Family Nights booklet that we got from Focus on the Family.  Literally got that book that we heard about it on the radio or something and called in for it.  It inspired us to spend every Friday night with our little ones, usually on the living room floor, a little bit of pizza in the waiting, and we would huddle around a fun story, we’d learn a Biblical message.  And that Focus on Family family night booklet is on the shelf with lots of notes from those moments with the little ones.   So as we stand here today thanking you for what you’ve done for families across the country -- when I look at my son, who’s married and is a First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, when I look at our wonderful daughter, who’s walking in faith and working with Christian filmmakers, and when I think of our youngest daughter, who’s heading off to law school next year, I just say thank you.  Thank you, Focus on the Family, for helping us pour a foundation in our children.  (Applause.)   The truth is that Focus on the Family has been a force in American families, a force for good for the past 40 years.  Millions of families like mine are indebted to your work.  And let me assure you that there’s one other family that’s truly grateful for the work of this great ministry.  And I promise you, Focus on the Family, you have an unwavering ally in President Donald Trump.  (Applause.)  He was excited that I was coming here today, and asked me to give all of you his thanks and his regards.  And the President has been standing for the things that the people in this room, this ministry has stood for now for four decades.  President Trump has stood without apology for the God-given right of every American to live out your convictions in the public square.  This President also has stood with those who are persecuted for their faith -- no matter the country they call home or the creed they profess.  And President Trump has stood without apology for the most vulnerable in our society -- the aged, the infirm, the disabled, and the unborn.  (Applause.)  This President believes that no American, no American should have to violate their conscience to fully participate in American life, and he has taken action to protect the expressions of faith by men and women across this nation.  (Applause.)  Just last month -- and Steven was there -- I had the great privilege to stand beside the President as he signed an executive order to support religious liberty in our time.    Speaking from the Rose Garden, President Trump declared that, in his words now, the “federal government will never, ever penalize any person for their protected religious beliefs,” and he directed our Department of Justice to develop new protections for Americans of faith.  (Applause.)  And our President is bringing the First Amendment back to pulpits and places of worship around America, rolling back the Johnson Amendment, because the freedom of speech shouldn’t stop at the front door of our churches and our synagogues.  (Applause.)  And on the world stage President Trump has been standing for our values and our vital national interest.  Under President Donald Trump, once again, America is standing with our allies and standing up to our enemies.  And speaking of our allies, under President Donald Trump -- if the world knows nothing else the world will know this -- America stands with Israel.  (Applause.)  It has not just been about liberty at home.  This President has stood for religious liberty across the globe.  Under President Donald Trump, America has taken measures to condemn persecution of any faith in any place at any time.  And protecting and promoting religious freedom is a foreign policy priority of the Trump administration.  (Applause.)  The heartbreaking truth is that believers of so many backgrounds are under assault across the wider world.  Nowhere is this more evident than in the Middle East in the very land where our faith was first given life.  Nearly 2,000 years ago the disciples of Jesus Christ fanned out from Israel in every direction, spreading the Good News that we proclaim to this day. All across that ancient land, from the plains of Nineveh where Abraham sojourned, and on the banks of the Tigris, the Euphrates, and the Nile, the fathers of our faith planted seeds of belief blossomed and have borne fruit ever since.  But today, these Christian communities face unspeakable atrocities at the hands of radical radical Islamic terrorism.   The terrorists seek to stamp out all religions that are not their own, or not even a version of their own, and believers of many backgrounds have suffered grievously -- especially at the hands of the barbarians known as ISIS.  That brutal regime shows a savagery unseen in the Middle East since the Middle Ages.  At the hands of ISIS, we’ve witnessed Muslims murdered indiscriminately across the Middle East, and ancient symbols of their culture and faith destroyed.  This week alone, ISIS destroyed the 800-year-old Great Mosque at al-Nuri in Mosul. But the practitioners of terror harbor, arguably, a special hatred for the followers of Christ, and I believe ISIS is guilty of nothing short of genocide against people of the Christian faith.  In Egypt, we have just recently seen Coptic Christians martyred on their way to a monastery, and bombs explode in churches amidst Palm Sunday celebrations -- a day of hope transformed into a day of grief.  In Iraq, we see ancient churches demolished, priests and monks beheaded, and the two-millennia-old Christian tradition in Mosul virtually extinguished.  And in Syria, we see Christian communities burned to the ground, women and children sold into human slavery. Christianity now faces an exodus in the lands of its birth, unrivaled since the days of Moses.  It’s heartbreaking to think that the Christian population in Syria has plummeted from one-and-a-quarter million to only 500,000 in just the past six years.  And in Iraq, the followers of Christ have fallen by 80 percent in the past decade-and-a-half.  Be assured of this:  This administration is fully committed to bringing relief and comfort to believers in that ancient land. And President Trump has made it clear that America will stand with people of faith in that ancient land in their hour of need.  And we will restore -- we will restore their peace and security.  (Applause.)  This President will continue to stand without apology for persecuted people of faith across the globe.  As we speak, we're taking the fight to the terrorists on our terms, on their soil.  And we'll not rest, we'll not relent until we drive the cancer of radical Islamic terrorism from the face of the Earth.  (Applause.)  You know, it's the greatest privilege of my life to serve as Vice President to a President who is so committed to protecting faith and freedom at home and abroad. But I have to tell you, I’m most proud to stand with a President who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life.  (Applause.)  Since day one of this administration, President Donald Trump has been keeping his promise to defend the unborn.  And under this President’s leadership and with your support, life is winning in America again. Life is winning through the steady advance of science that illuminates when life really begins.  Life is winning through the generosity of millions of adoptive families, who open their hearts and their homes to children in need.  And life is winning through the compassion of caregivers and volunteers at crisis pregnancy centers and faith-based organizations, like Focus on the Family, that provide and support for women in cities and towns all across the country. Life is winning in America, in a word, because of all of you who have supported a President, and a Congress, and the policies that uphold the sanctity of life. You know, this President has been keeping his word since the first day of this administration to stand for the right to life.  From the outset of this administration, the President said that he would appoint justices to our Supreme Court and federal judges who would uphold the God-given liberties enshrined in the Constitution.  And he's done that, starting with our newest justice to the Supreme Court of the United States -- Justice Neil Gorsuch.  (Applause.) In January, the President actually made some history by personally asking me to be the first official at our level to ever have the privilege to speak at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.  (Applause.)  And the President asked me to go.  I said that at the beginning of my speech, Jim, but it really did happen.  It was a couple days before that.  We were looking at the course of the week, and Prime Minister May was coming to the White House that day.  It was going to a busy day.  A very important foreign policy discussions.  And they were trying to figure out whether the President could make the customary phone call to the March for Life, to break away from those important bilateral discussions.   And I was standing by his desk in the Oval Office, and they were having a hard time figuring out how he could get away.  And I said -- you know, rather sheepishly, well, you know, they invited me to speak, too.  (Laughter.)  And the President looked up at me, and he said, to speak at the March?  And I said, yeah.  I mean, we -- I said, I've gone before and we've done that before.  And he just pointed at me and he said, you should go.  (Laughter.)   And I went because President Donald Trump wanted me to go and to make a strong stand for the right to life.  (Applause.) You know, in fact, beyond that, one of his very first acts in Congress, this President reinstated the Mexico City policy to keep taxpayer funding out of organizations that perform or promote abortions around the world.  (Applause.)  And he even expanded that policy to cover $9 billion in foreign aid. And this President has eliminated U.S. funding for the United Nations Population Fund because American taxpayers should never have to support abortion in China or anywhere else.  (Applause.)  And the President signed into law legislation that empowered states to withhold funding from abortion providers.  And it was my great privilege, at the President’s direction, to cast the tie-breaking vote to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood.  (Applause.)  And later this summer, when we repeal and replace Obamacare, we're going to defund Planned Parenthood once and for all.  (Applause.)  You know, just yesterday, following important work in the House of Representatives, the United States Senate released its bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.  The President and I are grateful to Leader Mitch McConnell and all the Senate Republicans for their deliberative efforts over the past month. And while discussions will continue, let me be clear, the President and I are very supportive of the Senate bill.  As the President reminded the nation yesterday, “Obamacare is dead.” (Applause.)  Obamacare is collapsing all and Obamacare must go. The President and I are counting on your support.  We need your energy.  We need your enthusiasm, your conviction.  We need you to stand up and to speak out, and to work every single day, from this point forward, to get this bill across the finish line. This legislation repeals the taxes and mandates of Obamacare. It gives states all new freedom and flexibility to reform Medicaid to meet the needs of our most vulnerable citizens.  And you can be certain, the President and I will be fighting to protect the provisions in this bill that honor the sanctity of life.  (Applause.)  But this is the moment -- this is the moment, men and women; now is the time.  And I can promise you, President Trump and I will not rest and we will not relent until we repeal and replace Obamacare and give the American people the kind of world-class healthcare they deserve, built on freedom, personal responsibility, free market competition, and state-based reform.  That's the American way to meet our healthcare needs in the 21st century.  (Applause.)  Men and women of Focus on the Family, I’m here today to say congratulations, but also to urge you to press on.  You ought to consider 40 years just a good start.  (Laughter.)   And I know you do.  Yours is and always will be a mission and a ministry of great significance.  And I can testify to that and millions of Americans can.  For 40 years, you've been a light -- a ray of hope and joy and love into homes across America and around the world. So keep going.  Keep doing it.  You are testament to the power of unchanging truth to change lives.  And in this time of widening challenges and too much division in America, the gentle voice of Focus on the Family -- your values, your support for families -- are more important than ever before.  And I believe they spring from the very heart of God. Flying out here today, I was reading my morning devotions.  And I found myself in the book of Second Kings.  I'm not there often, I was just -- (laughter.)  I like to read an Old Testament verse and a New Testament verse.  And it was when the prophet Elisha asked after a woman who had come to seek some help.  Her son had died, and she went running to find the man of God.  And as he saw her at a distance, not knowing what had happened in her life, the Bible records that he said words that made me think of all of you.  He said, are you all right?  Is your husband all right?  Is your child all right?  That man of God was not just concerned about her.  He was concerned about her family.  And so, too, all of you.  As you've spoken a word of truth and hope and good news into the lives of individuals, you've done it with a focus on the family.  And I thank you for that.  And as I close, and urge you to keep going in this ministry, keep being a blessing to generations to come and other young families on 600-mile drives, let me ask you also to do what the men and women of Focus on the Family have always done, I know, over the past four decades.  And that is, as you bow the head and bend the knee in these challenging times, I urge you to pray for America.  Now, I’m not talking in this moment about praying for a cause or a candidate or an agenda. I rather like what Abraham Lincoln said in his time.  He was asked once if he thought that God was on the side of the Union Army.  Our 16th President simply replied, “My concern is not whether God is on our side -- my concern is whether we're on God’s side.” So let's just pray for America.  Let's pray for this country that we are so blessed to call home.  Because America matters far beyond our shores. And when you pray, pray with confidence.  Because I truly do believe those ancient words that Americans have repaired to time and again in much more challenging times than we face today are every bit as true now as they were millennia ago:  That if His people who are called by His name will humble themselves and pray, He'll do like He's always done.  He’ll hear from heaven, and He’ll heal this land -- this one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. So, congratulations, Focus on the Family, on 40 years of ministry.  May God bless you.  May God bless your families.  And may God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.)  END 12:20 P.M. MDT

04 декабря 2014, 15:20

Саудовская Аравия с января 2015 года снижает поставочные цены на нефть для США и Азии

ЛОНДОН, 4 декабря. /ТАСС/. Саудовская Аравия с января 2015 года снизит поставочные цены на нефть для США и Азии. Об этом сообщает агентство Bloomberg. Стоимость нефти Arab Light снижена на $2 за баррель. Как ранее сообщал Wall Street Journal со ссылкой на источники, Саудовская Аравия не намерена сокращать объемы добычи нефти и рассматривает в качестве допустимой для себя цену барреля Brent в $60. Крупнейший производитель нефти в рядах ОПЕК Саудовская Аравия считает, что нефтяные цены способны стабилизироваться в районе $60 за баррель. Эр-Рияд и другие страны Персидского залива уверены, что способны выдержать этот ценовой уровень", - пишет издание. Страны Персидского залива не установили для себя определенную целевую цену барреля, и если она упадет ниже $60, то длительное время на данном уровне не продержится, говорит источник WSJ. По мнению источников газеты, нынешний подход Саудовской Аравии означает, что в ближайшей перспективе она не пойдет на сокращение добычи, даже если цены на нефть продолжат падение. Глава "Роснефти" Игорь Сечин также допускает, что цена нефти может упасть до $60 за баррель и ниже в первой половине 2015 года. В интервью австрийской Die Presse, опубликованном 27 ноября, он отметил, что у "Роснефти" достаточно запасов и места для маневра.