20 января, 21:40

Washington And Allies Go Orwellian On Korea Peace Talks

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Authored by Finian Cunningham via The Strategic Culture Foundation, Just as North and South Korea achieve important peaceful exchanges, Washington and its NATO allies appear to be moving with determination to sabotage the initiative for averting war on the East Asian peninsula. Further, the reckless, gratuitous provocations beg the conclusion that the United States is indeed trying to start a war. Meanwhile, unprecedented accusations this week by US President Donald Trump that Russia is supporting North Korea to evade United Nations sanctions also point to the danger that any conflict could spiral out of control to engulf world nuclear powers. Moscow rejected the unsubstantiated claims leveled by Trump, saying that Russia is abiding by UN trade restrictions over North Korea, and that the American president’s allegations were “entirely unfounded”. Trump’s verbal broadside suggests that Washington is trying to undermine the nascent talks between the two Koreas, talks which Russia and China have both applauded as a long-overdue diplomatic effort to resolve the Korean conflict. Separately, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov deplored a summit held in Vancouver, Canada, earlier this week in which the US and 19 other nations – most of them NATO members – called for sharper sanctions on North Korea that go beyond the remit of the United Nations. The conference, co-hosted by Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, issued a stridently bellicose statement, calling in effect for North Korea to surrender its nuclear weapons or face US-led military action. Significantly, and pointedly, China and Russia were not invited to the Canadian summit.   Most of the attending states were part of the original US-led military force which fought against North Korea during the 1950-53 war. A war which killed as many as two million North Koreans. Russia admonished that the conference was “harmful” to current peace talks between North and South Korea. China rebuked the Canadian event as being stuck in “Cold War thinking”. The anachronism of countries like Britain, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands and Norway attending a conference on the Korean crisis while Asia-Pacific powers Russia and China being excluded was noted by Russia’s Sergei Lavrov. The anachronism is not only absurd, he said, it reprises a provocative “war summit” message. Disturbingly, what the Vancouver gathering demonstrated was the willingness by the US and its allies to circumvent the United Nations Security Council and the previously established regional Six-Party forum involving the two Koreas, China, Japan, Russia and the US. At the Vancouver event, Tillerson laid out a belligerent agenda that was endorsed by the other attendees. The agenda included the precondition of North Korea giving up its nuclear program unilaterally; and it also flatly rejected the proposal made by Russia and China for a “freeze” in all military activities on the Korean Peninsula as a step to get comprehensive settlement talks going. Tillerson made the following sinister ultimatum: “We have to recognize that that threat [of North Korea’s nuclear weapons] is growing. And if North Korea does not choose the path of engagement, discussion, negotiation, [that is, surrender] then they themselves will trigger an option [US military action].” The US diplomat also warned that the American public must be “sober” about the possibility of war breaking out. Tillerson said the risk of such a war on the Korean Peninsula “continues to grow”. This was echoed by President Trump a day later in an interview with the Reuters news agency in which he also warned of possible war. It was the same interview in which Trump blamed Russia for aiding and abetting North Korea. This sounds like US leaders are intensifying the conditioning of the American public to accept use of the military option, which they have been threatening for the past year in a pre-emptive attack on North Korea. The Vancouver summit also called for proactive interdiction of international ships suspected of breaching UN sanctions on North Korea. That raises the danger of the US and its allies interfering with Russian and Chinese vessels – which would further escalate tensions. These reprehensible developments are a reflection of the increasingly Orwellian worldview held by Washington and its partners, whereby “war is presented as peace” and “peace is perceived as war”. Just this week, North and South Korea held a third round of peace negotiations in as many weeks. Even Western news media hailed “Olympic breakthrough” after the two adversaries agreed to participate in the opening ceremony of the forthcoming winter games next month as a unified nation under a neutral flag. After two years of no inter-Korean talks and mounting war tensions on the peninsula, surely the quickening pace of peace overtures this month should be welcomed and encouraged. Russia, China and the UN have indeed endorsed the bilateral Korean exchange. Even President Trump said he welcomed it. Nevertheless, as the Vancouver summit this week shows, the US and its NATO allies appear to be doing everything to torpedo the inter-Korean dialogue. Issuing ultimatums and warning of “military options” seems intended to blow up the delicate dynamic towards confidence and trust. Two reports this week in the New York Times conveyed the contorted Orwellian mindset gripping Washington and its allies. First, there was the report: “Military quietly prepares for a last resort: War with North Korea”. The NY Times actually reported extensive Pentagon plans for a preemptive air assault on North Korea involving a “deep attack” manned by 82nd Airborne paratroopers and special forces. The paper spun the provocative war plans as a “last resort”. In other words, war is sold here as peace. Which raises the question of who is trying to wreck the Olympic Games being held in South Korea in February. For months, Western media have been warning that North Korea was intending to carry out some kind of sabotage. Now, it looks like the sabotage is actually coming from the US, albeit sanitized by the NY Times. The second report in the NY Times had the telling headline: “Olympic détente upends US strategy on North Korea”. So, let’s get our head around that display of dubious logic. A peaceful development of détente between two adversaries is somehow presented as a pernicious “upending of US strategy on North Korea”. In other words, peace is sold here as war. Take for example this choice editorial comment from the NY Times in the second report: “This latest gesture of unity, the most dramatic in a decade, could add to fears in Washington that Pyongyang is making progress on a more far-reaching agenda.” And what, one wonders, would that “far-reaching agenda” entail? Again the NY Times elaborates: “White House officials warn that the ultimate goal of [North Korean leader] Mr Kim is to evict American troops from the Korean Peninsula and to reunify the two Koreas under a single flag… For the United States, the fear has been that North Korea’s gestures will drive a wedge between it and its ally, South Korea.” Only in a perverse Orwellian worldview would an initiative to calm tensions and build peaceful relations be construed as something to “fear” and be opposed to. Only in a perverse Orwellian worldview would peaceful dialogue provoke plans for pre-emptive war.   But that is precisely the kind of dystopian world that Washington and its lackeys inhabit.

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20 января, 19:27

Amid government shutdown, Trump touts accomplishments in op-ed

As Washington and America moved into the first day of the government shutdown, President Donald Trump extolled the accomplishments of his first year in office on Saturday, pointing to the passing of the GOP's tax overhaul, the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch and the state of the U.S. economy as examples of how his administration is making fulfilling his promise to make America great again.In the editorial for the Washington Examiner, Trump lays out a number of things he and his administration have accomplished this year. He does not mention the current government shutdown. Trump has blamed Democrats for the shutdown, writing on Twitter on Saturday writing that their party is "holding the military hostage."As he has in the past, Trump puts a major emphasis on the current economic outlook. It is worth noting that economy performed at a similar pace under President Barack Obama and that some of the positive trends Trump touts began before he took office last year."Estimates predict the U.S. economy grew at an annualized rate of more than 3 percent in the fourth quarter of last year – just like it did in the two quarters before that," Trump said. "And the stock market continues to set record high after record high."Left unmentioned in the editorial are the areas where Trump has failed to match his campaign rhetoric. His often repeated border wall with Mexico is stalled, Republicans failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act in full and the White House continues to delay the release of its long promised infrastructure plan.For other domestic accomplishments, the president points to the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch and the record pace of confirming federal judges and the record number of uses of the Congressional Review Act, a previously obscure federal law that congressional Republicans and the administration has used to gut Obama-era regulations.When it comes to foreign policy, Trump emphasizes "new strategies" the military has used in its fight against ISIS and a reconfiguration of U.S. policy for the war in Afghanistan."I personally engaged with 150 world leaders at home and abroad, and our great military is executing new strategies that have liberated Mosul and Raqqa, retaken almost 100 percent of the land that ISIS had seized in Syria and Iraq, and lifted restrictions on U.S. forces in Afghanistan to defeat the terrorists and create conditions for a negotiated political settlement," he writes.

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20 января, 17:34

Eden Hazard provides rhythm as Chelsea profit from Brighton’s slack start

There were times when the champions found this anything but a stroll on the south coast. Yet, in the end, their first league win of the year seemed restorative and will be remembered most for the exquisitely incisive rat-a-tat of passes which earned Chelsea their breathing space. There was something hypnotic about that exchange between Willian, Michy Batshuayi and the irrepressible Eden Hazard, a flurry of accurate touches fizzed first-time at breakneck speed while six Brighton & Hove Albion players, all in the vicinity, were left dizzied by it all.None came close to an interception, each Chelsea touch dropping them further off the pace, before Batshuayi eventually flicked Willian into space to rip a finish gloriously beyond the diving Mathew Ryan from the edge of the area. This attack has been toothless over recent weeks, their centre-forwards enduring mid-season crises of confidence and the approach play too often running aground. Those deficiencies had prompted the emergency calls querying the availability of Andy Carroll, Peter Crouch and, more recently still, Edin Dzeko. But this was also a reminder of Chelsea at their devastating best, a team capable of slicing opponents apart on the counter and inspired by Hazard’s every involvement. Continue reading...

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20 января, 15:44

Is the US 🇺🇸 recovery all down to Trumponomics? | Counting the Cost

When US President Donald Trump took office one year ago, he promised that economic protection and his "America first" approach would lead to great prosperity and strength. He also vowed to change course on a number of international policies and agreements. That prompted warnings he might boost the US economy in the short term, but trigger a global depression. Since then, there's been a number of positive economic data on the domestic front. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has raced past the 26,000 mark for the first time in history. So how much credit can Trump take for some of the gains seen on the domestic front? James Knightley, the chief international economist with ING Bank, says he [Trump] "can't really claim all that much. There was a huge amount of domestic momentum that really left retail sales, industrial production and consumer demand in general really, really quite strong." "But also another thing he [Trump] can't claim, "is the strength of the global upturn. What has really caught economists and strategists by surprise is the strength in external demands - the strength of Europe, the recovery in Asia. This has come far quicker and far more aggressively than anyone had been expecting, so that in itself has also boosted the US because stronger export markets for US products have really boosted overall economic demand. And the dollar softness has made the US more competitive," says Knightley. China's muddied economic growth In 2017, China's economy grew by 6.9 percent, its fastest pace in two years. That has confounded economists because how can a country achieve both economic acceleration and at the same time a credit slowdown? According to Reuben Mondejar, professor at IESE Business School, "the macroeconomic policies are working and 2017 was a good year for China." "In 2015-2016, China was caught "red-handed" manipulating stock markets," explains Mondejar. Compelled to change its image, the country's leaders took initiative so "that has been corrected in 2017. The effect of those policies have not only stabilised things but given rise to new products which offsets the negative effects... So you may see it as a contradiction, but when you look at the overall effort, the effects of the economic policies have overridden the negative consequences of bad activities, falsely reporting ... In the big picture, we're seeing a 2017 which has a more clean figure reporting and we expect that 2018 will be the same if the 'watchdog' mentality of the government continues to be done in the correct way." Also on this episode of Counting the Cost: Baby milk scandal: One of the world's largest dairy companies, Lactalis, is facing millions of dollars in damages over a baby milk scandal. Police are now investigating the French company after it was accused of trying to cover up the extent of salmonella contamination at one of its plants. More than 12 million boxes of powdered baby milk in 83 countries have now been recalled, as Natacha Butler reports from Paris. Apple jobs: Apple has announced that its going to create 20,000 jobs for American workers. The iPhone maker says the investment will contribute $350bn to the US economy over the next five years. The US tech giant has faced criticism in the past for employing huge numbers of workers in Asia. It has also taken flak for avoiding US taxes by keeping cash reserves in foreign bank accounts. Mexico remittances: Mexicans living abroad sent home $26bn worth of remittances last year, with the majority of that money coming from the US. For many in Mexico's poorest communities, money transfers are often the main source of income. However, with possible changes in US immigration policy, many could see some of them badly hit. Manuel Rapalo reports from the southern Mexican city of Oaxaca. More from Counting the Cost on: YouTube - http://aje.io/countingthecostYT Website - http://aljazeera.com/countingthecost/

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20 января, 14:26

Trump's war on regulations is real. But is it working?

A year in, Trump's rule rollback isn't as dramatic as he claims. But a radical experiment is underway.

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20 января, 13:09

Возвращение России в ПАСЕ не изменит политику Москвы, но Совет Европы станет другим - Кулеба

Постоянный представитель Украины при Совете Европы Дмитрий Кулеба считает, что в случае возвращения России в ПАСЕ политика Москвы останется неизменной.

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20 января, 08:57

Александр Овечкин набрал 50 очков в сезоне НХЛ

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Российский форвард "Вашингтон Кэпиталз" Александр Овечкин в очередном матче регулярного чемпионата Национальной хоккейной лиги набрал 50-е очко в нынешнем сезоне. Произошло это в игре с "Монреаль Канадиенс", в которой капитан "столичных" сделал голевую передачу.

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20 января, 08:33

Юрий Лодыгин: возраст сильно сказывался на Луческу

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Вратарь санкт-петербургского "Зенита" Юрий Лодыгин рассказал о работе с прежним наставником "сине-бело-голубых" Мирчи Луческу, который тренировал питерский клуб в сезоне-2016/17. Голкипер назвал 72-летнего румынского специалиста странным человеком, связывая это с его возрастом.

20 января, 00:42

How to Double Your Stock Returns in 2018

Even the biggest goals are achievable if you have a roadmap on how to do it. Follow these steps and you'll be well on your way.

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20 января, 00:15

Lawler: Early Read on Existing Home Sales in December

From housing economist Tom Lawler:Based on publicly-available state and local realtor/MLS reports from across the country released through today, I predict that US existing home sales as estimated by the National Association of Realtors ran at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.66 million in December, down 2.6% from November’s preliminary pace and up 2.7% from last month’s seasonally adjusted pace. Unadjusted sales last month should be down slightly from a year ago, with the “SA/NSA” gap reflecting this year’s lower business day count compared to last year’s.On the inventory front, realtor/MLS data suggest that inventories in December were down YOY by about a little more than was the case in November, and my “best guess” is that the NAR’s inventory estimate for December will be 1.48 million, down 11.4% from November’s estimate and down 10.3% from last December. Finally, realtor/MLS data suggest the the NAR’s estimate for the median existing home sales price in November will be up by about 6.5% from last December.CR Note: Existing home sales for December are scheduled to be released on Wednesday, January 24th. The consensus is for sales of 5.68 million SAAR.

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19 января, 21:22

ThyssenKrupp promises to listen to clamour for reform

Activist fund Cevian tells German industrial group to hasten pace of transformation

19 января, 19:34

Совет Европы и "сумасшедший"

В случае безусловного возвращения России в ПАСЕ политика Москвы не изменится. А вот Совет Европы станет иным.

19 января, 17:49

Merrill: "Are the stars aligning for wage growth?"

A few excerpts from an article by Merrill Lynch economist Joseph Song: Are the stars aligning for wage growth? One of the puzzles and disappointments of 2017 was the lack of better wage growth. Average hourly earnings started the year growing around 2.5% yoy but ended the year where it started, despite the unemployment rate falling 0.6pp over the course of the year. While we have yet to receive the 4Q reading for ECI, the same story played out through the first three quarters.There is growing optimism that 2018 will tell a different story. With the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, major corporations are doling out one-time bonus checks and announcing pay raises for many of its hourly workers. Plus, some minimum wage workers will see a bigger paycheck as several states and local municipalities raised their minimum wage laws on January 1st. We argue that these factors will underpin wage growth at the start of the year. Thereafter, we should expect a continued gradual trend higher in wage growth as the unemployment rate falls further....Wage increases by companies and higher state and local minimum wages should provide a slight bump to wage growth in the next few months. ... Once the initial boost to wage growth fades, we think the trajectory for wage growth should be a function of the degree of tightening in the labor market. The descent in the unemployment rate should be able to boost wages to a high-2% pace by year-end and to 3% by the middle of 2019.CR note: Mostly due to the tightening labor market, I'm also expecting to see more wage growth this year.

19 января, 12:41

Собака лучший друг человека!

1. Собака, которая привела спасателей к месту ДТП с участием её хозяинаНа 84-ом шоссе неподалёку от города Дейви (Флорида) сорокаоднолетнийГрегори Тодд Трейверс потерял контроль над автомобилем, врезался в опорумоста и скатился в кювет. Прихрамывая, немецкая овчарка по кличкеСаймон привела спасателей по темному шоссе к разбитой машине. Добравшисьдо места трагедии, Саймон покружился и лизнул Трейверса, затемзапрыгнул в салон машины и стал ждать, сидя рядом с хозяином.К сожалению, Трейверс погиб на месте.2. Пёс убежал из дома, чтобы найти могилу умершего хозяина, и отказывается покидать её на протяжении шести летВерный пёс. Немецкая овчарка по кличке Капитан убежала из дома послетого, как в 2006 году умер её хозяин, аргентинец Мигель Гузман. Неделюспустя семья Гузмана пришла почтить память умершего и нашла убитогогорем пса, скулящего рядом с могилой хозяина.С тех пор горюющий пёс очень редко покидает место на кладбище городаВилья Карлос Пас, находящегося в Центральной Аргентине. В 2005 годуМигель Гузман купил Капитана в подарок своему 13-летнему сыну Дэмиану.Несмотря на то, что пёс иногда уходит с кладбища, чтобы провестивремя со своей семьёй, он всегда возвращается к могиле до темноты.3. Пёс, который 14 часов охранял двухлетнего малыша, потерявшегося в австралийском лесуПотерявшийся малыш был найден в лесу целым и невредимым, благодаряверному питомцу его семьи, защищавшему ребенка 14 часов. Немецкуюовчарку по кличке Дэшер спасатели нашли в лесистой местности рядом сдвухлетним Данте Берри, на расстоянии более четырёх километров от домаего матери в Милдьюре, штат Виктория.Бьянка Чапман, мать Данте, подняла тревогу сразу после того, как этидвое пропали с дворика её дома. В конечном итоге, их нашли офицерыполиции, услышавшие громкий плач из небольшого куста в нескольких метрахот дороги.4. Собака, которая 12 часов провела рядом со сбитым автомобилем хозяиномМужчина ехал на велосипеде и был сбит машиной на 1-ом шоссе городаСанта-Крус, штат Калифорния. Несчастный случай произошел ночью, поэтомуводитель легко скрылся с места аварии, а тело хозяина собаки лежало наобочине до самого утра.Прохожий заметил помятый велосипед на обочине дороги, там же былобезжизненное тело и невредимая собака. Корзина, которую мужчинаприкрепил для перевозки своей собачки, валялась на земле.Тело мужчины пробыло здесь где-то 8 или 12 часов, а его убитая горемсобачка, похожая на Тотошку из «Волшебника Изумрудного города» помеськерн-терьера, всё время оставалась рядом с хозяином.5. Пёс, который предотвратил самоубийство своей хозяйки63-летняя жительница французской коммуны Сорг собралась покончить ссобой на задворках собственного дома, но её собака, по-видимому, решилаиначе. В отчаянии, верный пёс сделал то, что сделал бы любой любящийчеловек — он сбил свою хозяйку с ног, чтобы выбить оружие из её рук.«Возможно, пёс почуял неладное и сбил её с ног, чтобы спасти», — сказалофицер полиции. Женщина получила ранение в грудь, но угрозы для жизнинет и она близка к полному выздоровлению.6. Пёс, который каждый день посещает литургию в церкви, где состоялись похороны его хозяинаБедный пёс так сильно скучает по своей хозяйке, что каждый деньприбегает на службу в итальянскую церковь, где прошли её похороны итерпеливо ждет её возвращения. Преданный Томми, семилетняя немецкаяовчарка, принадлежал 57-летней Марие Маргарите Локи и был её вернымкомпаньоном с тех пор, как она нашла его брошенным в поле.Мария Локи приютила нескольких бродячих псов, но, по словам еёдрузей, Томми был ее любимчиком, с которым она ходила каждый день вцерковь, где священник позволял ему тихо сидеть у её ног. После смертиженщины в Сан-Доначи, неподалеку от города Бриндизи, состояласьпанихида, на которой Томми присоединился к скорбящим, и с тех пор онвсегда появляется в церкви, как только звон колоколов извещает о началеслужбы.7. Пёс, который охранял свою мертвую подругу в КитаеОдна из самых душещипательных фотографий собачей дружбы, которыевидел мир. В городском округе Чжанчжоу, в Китае, был запечатлён пёс,охраняющий другую собаку, сбитую насмерть автомобилем. Он защищал её,нисколько не боясь движения машин. Изредка, со слов свидетелей, пёсслегка толкал свою несчастную подругу, пытаясь её разбудить. Верныйспутник пробыл с ней более шести часов.Местный мясник Сяо Ву говорит, что часто видел этих двоих, гуляющих вместе.8. Верная собака, которая 30 минут не покидала хозяина и ждала, пока его спасут из-подо льдаКак будто до сих пор не хватает подтверждений того, что собаки –удивительные создания. В новостях сообщили о собаке, которая 30 минутждала, пока спасут её хозяина, провалившегося под тонкий лед рекиКолорадо. Неизвестный 60-летний мужчина и его питомец после полудняотправились на берег реки, чтобы поохотиться на уток. Мужчина провалилсяпод тонкий лёд после того, как ступил на замерзшую поверхность реки,чтобы подобрать утку.Другие охотники, находящиеся поблизости, вызвали спасателей. Нособака не спешила покидать хозяина. Как обеспокоенный родственник вкомнате ожидания, она ходила взад-вперед, пытаясь помочь хозяину,который отгонял собаку от проруби, тоже беспокоясь за своегочетвероногого друга.9. Хаски, который нашёл своего хозяина в больницеЭтот хаски так скучал по своему хозяину, что как-то умудрился посрединочи проследить его путь до больницы, которая находится в трёх с лишнимкилометрах от дома. Пять лет назад Джон Долан забрал из приюта белогохаски по кличке Зандер. После того, как Долан оказался в больницеЛонг-Айленда, Нью-Йорк, из-за проблем с кожей, Зандер стал подавленным ибесцельно слонялся по дому. В итоге преданный хаски сбежал из дома в 3часа ночи и удивительным образом нашел Долана в Больнице Доброгосамаритянина, которая находится в Западном Айслипе.Сотрудник больницы нашел пса на улице, возле здания, где лечилсяхозяин. Медсестра позвонила по телефону, записанному на ошейникеЗандера, и это оказался номер мобильного телефона Джона Долана – онответил на звонок, находясь в своей палате. Позже жена Долана отвезлаЗандера домой, но преданный пёс вскоре навестил хозяина во второй раз.10. Собака-поводырь, которая вернулась, чтобы спасти своего хозяина во время теракта 9/1111 сентября 2001 года слепой специалист по вычислительной технике ОмарЭдуарду Ривьера работал на 71-ом этаже Всемирного торгового центра сосвоей собакой-поводырём по кличке Дорадо. Когда угнанный самолетврезался в башню, Ривьера знал, что его эвакуация займет слишком многовремени, но хотел, чтобы его лабрадор-ретривер смог спастись. Поэтому онотцепил поводок на переполненной людьми лестнице. «Я думал, чтонавсегда потерян – шум и жара были ужасающими – но я хотел дать Дорадошанс спастись. Поэтому я отцепил поводок, потрепал его по голове,подтолкнул его и скомандовал уходить», — рассказывает Ривьера.Дорадо был отброшен вниз толпой эвакуирующихся людей, но несколькоминут спустя Ривьера почувствовал пса, уткнувшего в его ноги – Дорадовернулся к нему. Дорадо и еще один сотрудник центра помогли Ривьерепреодолеть 70 лестничных пролётов, что заняло примерно час. Вскоре послетого, как они выбрались из башни, здание обрушилось. Ривьера говорит,что он обязан жизнью своему верному псу.

19 января, 04:15

Год Приднестровья в Европе: о признании ПМР говорят и в ПАСЕ, и в Молдавии

Независимое Приднестровье — на благо всем: и соседям, и региональной стабильности и безопасности.   Участие официальных представителей Приднестровья в заседании подкомитета Парламентской ассамблеи Совета Европы (ПАСЕ) по конфликтам в Париже вызвало большой резонанс как в Молдавии...

19 января, 03:50

North Korea's ICBM: They Can't Turn Los Angeles into Atomic Ash (Yet)

Dana Struckman Security, Asia This is rocket science, and it is hard. North Korea’s latest launch of their most sophisticated and far-reaching intercontinental ballistic missile to date, the “Hwasong-15”, has the world on edge. And for good reason; the pace of Pyongyang’s delivery system and corresponding nuclear warhead materials development has surprised many experts. But it’s too early to panic. We’re not in a nuclear crisis with North Korea—yet—and may not be for some time to come. On the surface, the situation certainly seems dire. North Korea is much further along in its program than U.S. and allied analysts would have predicted. The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies project, 38 North, recently reported the Hwasong-15, “could deliver a moderately-sized nuclear weapon to any city on the U.S. mainland.” The missile is big by any standard and certainly bigger than anything the DPRK has ever launched before. Recommended: America Has Military Options for North Korea (but They're All Bad) Recommended: 1,700 Planes Ready for War: Everything You Need To Know About China's Air Force Recommended: Stealth vs. North Korea’s Air Defenses: Who Wins? Read full article

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19 января, 03:00

The Biggest Oil Collapse In History

Venezuela’s oil production plunged to new lows in December, surprising even some of the most pessimistic forecasts. According OPEC’s secondary sources data — provided by independent groups — Venezuela’s oil production fell by another 82,000 barrels per day (bpd) in December, taking output down to 1.745 million barrels per day (mb/d). That is certainly a bad result, but not drastically different from the pace of declines from the months before. However, data that came directly from the Venezuelan government says that…

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19 января, 00:39

Fears of global crackdown fail to dampen cryptocurrency interest

Worries about a crackdown by global regulators on cryptocurrency trading could slow the pace of bitcoin's rise but should not threaten its existence, investors and market participants at…

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18 января, 23:38

Near-record warm temperatures fuel deadly, costly weather events in 2017 – UN

The upward trend in global temperatures marked by record-shattering warmth in 2015 and 2016 kept pace last year, with the United Nations weather agency warning Thursday that continued pressure on the Arctic in 2017 will have “profound and long-lasting repercussions on sea levels, and on weather patterns in other parts of the world.”

18 января, 23:00

How Mourinho’s charismatic authority brings success and instability | Jonathan Wilson

Manchester United manager’s mastery of psychology gets players to buy into his philosophy but it does not lastLast season Eden Hazard observed that the main difference between José Mourinho and Antonio Conte was that Mourinho does not practise “automisations”. He does not have players practise set moves they can perform almost unconsciously that can be deployed at great pace when the situation demands. He organises his defence and leaves his forwards to improvise. That has been taken by some as evidence that Mourinho is no longer at the forefront of coaching – and perhaps it is – but it is also a detail that explains his entire methodology.While studying at the Instituto Superior de Educação Física in Lisbon Mourinho came under the influence of Prof Manuel Sérgio, who believed that football knowledge was not enough for a coach, that he also had to be a psychologist, a public speaker and have a grasp of the sciences. Specifically he gave lectures on emotions and how they could be manipulated. Mourinho followed them with a rapacious curiosity. “He looked,” Manuel Sérgio said, “like a cat catching birds.” Continue reading...

25 июня 2015, 23:01

ПАСЕ официально признала Россию «агрессором» в резолюции по Украине

ПАСЕ проголосовала за решение признать Россию «страной-агрессором» в поправках к резолюции о пропавших без вести в ходе конфликта на Украине. Кроме того, в документе территория Крыма названа «оккупированной»