OSCE denies Ukrainian claims monitoring mission was shelled by rebels    
Preview The OSCE has dismissed as "incorrect" claims by Kiev that the Special Monitoring Mission’s base in Ukraine’s Lugansk Region was shelled by the rebels.
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          United States wants to sell coal to coal-rich Ukraine   
Preview President Donald Trump has vowed to unleash the 'vast energy wealth' of the United States. He wants to sell American coal to Ukraine, which faces a shortage as military conflict tears its coal-rich Donbass region apart.
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          Ukraine faces fine over Eurovision delays, decision to bar Russian entrant   
Preview Ukraine is to pay a hefty fine because of severe delays in the organization of the Eurovision Song Contest, as well as Kiev’s decision to bar the Russian entrant from the competition.
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          Forest fire rages in Chernobyl exclusion zone   
Preview A forest fire has erupted in the Chernobyl exclusion zone forests during tree cutting works, according to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine. While a helicopter and two planes were dispatched to the site, the fire is still ongoing.
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          $700bn Pentagon bill funds US presence in E. Europe & weapons for Ukraine   
Preview A Senate committee proposal for the 2018 military budget would further boost Pentagon spending on troops and equipment, make the US presence in Eastern Europe a persistent feature, and supply lethal weapons to Ukraine, among other things.
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          Ukraine bắt ​2 lính biên phòng Nga vượt biên gần bán đảo Crimea   

Theo hãng Reuters, ngày 30/6, hãng thông tấn TASS dẫn lời Cơ quan An ninh Liên bang Nga (FSB) cho biết hai lính biên phòng Nga đã bị bắt giữ tại Ukraine sau khi vượt qua khu vực biên giới gần bán đảo Crimea.

FSB cho hay hai lính biên phòng này bị giới chức Kiev bắt giữ vào đêm 29/6 sau khi “đi lạc đường” và tiến vào khu vực gần thị trấn Armyansk thuộc lãnh thổ Ukraine.



TASS dẫn lời cơ quan báo chí FSB nêu rõ: “Moskva hy vọng theo các quy định của luật pháp quốc tế, những nhân viên này sẽ sớm được trao trả cho phía Liên bang Nga.”

Nga tuyên bố sáp nhập khu vực Crimea từ Ukraine hồi năm 2014./.


          Vụ tấn công mạng toàn cầu: Mã độc mới vẫn đang hoành hành   

4 ngày sau các vụ tấn công mã độc đòi tiền chuộc mới và thủ phạm gây ra vụ tấn công mạng toàn cầu ngày 27/6 vừa qua không phải là biến thể của ransomware Petya mà là một ransomware mới chưa từng xuất hiện, hoạt động của cảng biển Rotterdam (Hà Lan) vẫn bị đình trệ nghiêm trọng.

Truyền thông Hà Lan ngày 30/6 đưa tin hệ thống cầu cảng container tại cảng Rotterdam hiện vẫn chưa thể hoạt động trở lại, từ đó ảnh hưởng tới các khu vực khác của cảng biển tại Hà Lan này.

Hàng nghìn máy tính bị tê liệt trong khi nhiều cảng biển, nhà máy và văn phòng trên thế giới đã phải đóng cửa do vụ tấn công mạng này.

Sau loạt vụ tấn công mới này, nhiều chuyên gia đánh giá việc tìm ra giải pháp cho cuộc tấn công mạng lần này có thể sẽ kéo dài lâu hơn so với vụ "Wannacry."



Công ty cung cấp dịch vụ chống virus và an ninh mạng đa quốc gia Kaspersky Lab của Nga cho biết các vụ tấn công mã độc đòi tiền chuộc mới "đang có xu hướng gia tăng" và thủ phạm gây ra vụ tấn công mạng toàn cầu mới nhất này không phải là biến thể của ransomware Petya như các thông tin trước đó.

Kết quả nghiên cứu của các chuyên gia thuộc Kaspersky Lab cho thấy mã độc đòi tiền chuộc trong vụ tấn công mạng mới đây khác biệt đáng kể so với tất cả các phiên bản mã độc Petya - thủ phạm tấn công hệ thống máy tính toàn cầu năm 2016 - được biết đến trước đó.

Các chuyên gia khẳng định đây không phải là biến thể của ransomware Petya, mà là một ransomware mới chưa từng xuất hiện. Kaspersky Lab đặt tên cho ransomware mới này là "NotPetya" hay "ExPetr."

Theo số liệu từ các hệ thống giám sát của Kasperksy Lab, đã có khoảng 2.000 cuộc tấn công liên quan đến ramsomware mới này tính đến thời điểm hiện tại. Các tổ chức bị ảnh hưởng nhiều nhất là ở Nga và Ukraine.

Ngoài ra, Kaspersky Lab cũng ghi nhận các cuộc tấn công khác ở Ba Lan, Italy, Anh, Đức, Pháp, Mỹ và nhiều quốc gia khác.

Cùng ngày 30/6, Cơ quan An ninh quốc gia Ukraine (SBU) thông báo đã thu giữ một số thiết bị mà họ cho là thuộc về các đặc vụ Nga khi điều tra thủ phạm tiến hành các vụ tấn công mạng trên phạm vi toàn cầu vừa qua. Nga đã bác bỏ mọi cáo buộc liên quan./.


          Clone de WannaCry : une quatrième plaie s'abat sur l'Ukraine   
Dans un contexte international et économique tendu Kiev fait face à de virulentes attaques informatiques destinées à fragiliser le pays. Un avatar de WannaCry vient de faire surface et menace à nouveau les systèmes d'information du pays. L'éditeur M.E.Doc semble être au cœur du problème.
          Advertiser WPP says that some operations still affected by cyber attack   

LONDON (Reuters) - WPP, the world's biggest advertising agency, said on Thursday that some of its operations continued to be affected by a ransomware attack that went around the world earlier in the week, but that services were gradually being restored.

On Tuesday a major global cyber attack disrupted computers at a range of multinational firms, including WPP, Russia's biggest oil company and Ukrainian banks, with a virus similar to the ransomware that infected more than 300,000 computers last month.

"While the attack did not affect the entire Group, and many of our companies are fully functional, some continue to be disrupted," WPP said in a statement, adding that it took steps on Tuesday to ensure client data was protected.

"Steady progress is being made towards restoring services. However, in doing so, our emphasis is not only on speed but on safety, and on minimising the impact for our people, partners and clients."

(Reporting by Alistair Smout and Esha Vaish. Editing by Andrew MacAskill)


          Global shipping feels fallout from Maersk cyber attack   

By Jonathan Saul

LONDON (Reuters) - Global shipping is still feeling the effects of a cyber attack that hit A.P. Moller-Maersk two days ago, showing the scale of the damage a computer virus can unleash on the technology dependent and inter-connected industry.

About 90 percent of world trade is transported by sea, with ships and ports acting as the arteries of the global economy. Ports increasingly rely on communications systems to keep operations running smoothly, and any IT glitches can create major disruptions for complex logistic supply chains.

The cyber attack was among the biggest-ever disruptions to hit global shipping. Several port terminals run by a Maersk division, including in the United States, India, Spain, the Netherlands, were still struggling to revert to normal operations on Thursday after experiencing massive disruptions.

South Florida Container Terminal, for example, said dry cargo could not be delivered and no container would be received. Anil Diggikar, chairman of JNPT port, near the Indian commercial hub of Mumbai, told Reuters that he did not know "when exactly the terminal will be running smoothly".

His uncertainty was echoed by Maersk itself, which told Reuters that a number of IT systems were still shut down and that it could not say when normal business operations would be resumed.

It said it was not able to comment on specific questions regarding the breach of its IT systems or the state of its cyber security as it had "all available hands focused on practical stuff and getting things back to normal".

The impact of the attack on the company has reverberated across the industry given its position as the world's biggest container shipping line and also operator of 76 ports via its APM Terminals division.

Container ships transport much of the world's consumer goods and food, while dry bulk ships haul commodities including coal and grain and tankers carry vital oil and gas supplies.

"As Maersk is about 18 percent of all container trade, can you imagine the panic this must be causing in the logistic chain of all those cargo owners all over the world?" said Khalid Hashim, managing director of Precious Shipping, one of Thailand's largest dry cargo ship owners.

"Right now none of them know where any of their cargoes (or)containers are. And this 'black hole' of lack of knowledge will continue till Maersk are able to bring back their systems on line."

BACK TO BASICS

The computer virus, which researchers are calling GoldenEye or Petya, began its spread on Tuesday in Ukraine and affected companies in dozens of countries.

Maersk said the attack had caused outages at its computer systems across the world.

In an example of the turmoil that ensued, the unloading of vessels at the group's Tacoma terminal was severely slowed on Tuesday and Wednesday, said Dean McGrath, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23 there.

The terminal is a key supply line for the delivery of domestic goods such as milk and groceries and construction materials to Anchorage, Alaska.

"They went back to basics and did everything on paper," McGrath said.

Ong Choo Kiat, President of U-Ming Marine Transport, Taiwan's largest dry bulk ship owner, said the fact Maersk had been affected rang alarm bells for the whole shipping industry as the Danish company was regarded as a leader in IT technology.

"But they ended up one of the first few casualties. I therefore conclude that shipping is lacking behind the other industry in term of cyber security," he said.

"How long would it takes to catch up? I don't know. But recently all owners and operators are definitely more aware of the risk of cyber security and beginning to pay more attention to it."

In a leading transport survey by international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright published this week, 87 percent of respondents from the shipping industry believed cyber attacks would increase over the next five years - a level that was higher than counterparts in the aviation, rail and logistics industries.

VULNERABLE

Apart from the reliance on computer systems, ships themselves are increasingly exposed to interference through electronic navigation devices such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) and lack the backup systems airliners have to prevent crashes, according to cyber security experts.

There were no indications that GPS and other electronic navigation aids were affected by this week's attack, but security specialists say such systems are vulnerable to signal loss from deliberate jamming by hackers.

Last year, South Korea said hundreds of fishing vessels had returned early to port after its GPS signals were jammed by North Korea, which denied responsibility.

"The Maersk attack raises our awareness of the vulnerability of shipping and ports to technological failure," said Professor David Last, a previous president of Britain's Royal Institute of Navigation.

"When GPS fails, ships' captains lose their principal means of navigation and much of their communications and computer links. They have to slow down and miss port schedules," said Last, who is also a strategic advisor to the General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland.

A number of countries including the UK and the United States are looking into deploying a radar based back up navigation system for ships called eLoran, but this will take time to develop.

David Nordell, head of strategy and policy for London-based think tank, the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace and Security Science, said the global shipping and port industries were vulnerable to cyber attack, because their operating technologies tend to be old.

"It's certainly possible to imagine that two container ships, or, even worse, oil or gas tankers, could be hacked into colliding, resulting in loss of life and cargo, and perhaps total loss of the vessels," Nordell said.

"Carried out in a strategically sensitive location such as the Malacca Straits or the Bosphorus, a collision like this could block shipping for enough time to cause serious dislocations to trade."

SECRETIVE INDUSTRY

Cyber risks also pose challenges for insurance cover.

In a particularly secretive industry, information about the nature of cyber attacks is still scarce, which insurance and shipping officials say is an obstacle to mitigating the risk, which means there are gaps in insurance cover available.

"There has been a lot of non-reporting (of breaches) on ships, and we’re trying efforts where even if there could be anonymous reporting on a platform so we can start to get the information and the data," said Andrew Kinsey, senior marine consultant at insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty.

There is also a gap in provision, because most existing cyber or hull insurance policies - which insure the ship itself - will not cover the risk of a navigation system being jammed or physical damage to the ship caused by a hacking attack.

"The industry is just waking up to its vulnerability," said Colin Gillespie, deputy director of loss prevention with ship insurer North.

"Perhaps it is time for insurers, reinsurers, ship operators and port operators to sit down together and consider these risks in detail. A collective response is needed - we are all under attack."

(Additional reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen in Copenhagen, Keith Wallis and Carolyn Cohn in London, Euan Rocha in Mumbai, Miyoung Kim in Singapore, Alexander Cornwell in Dubai, Michael Hirtzer in Chicago, Noor Zainab Hussain in Bangalore, Adam Jourdan and Shanghai newsroom; Editing by Pravin Char)


          세계 선수권 자전거 경기 대회 로드 레이스 2008   

세계 선수권 자전거 경기 대회 로드 레이스 2008

세계 선수권 자전거 경기 대회 로드 레이스 2008(UCI Road World Championships 2008)은, 2008년 9월 23일부터 9월 28일까지, 이탈리아바레이제로 개최되었다.

 ←  세계 선수권 자전거 경기 대회 로드 레이스 2008  → 
이탈리아의 기 이타리바레이제
레이스 상세
개최일 2008년 9월 22일~9월 28일
레이스 결과
우승 이탈리아의 기 알렉산드로・밧란(남자 로드)
독일의 기 벨트・그라프슈(남자 ITT)
영국의 기 니콜・쿡(여자 로드)
아메리카 합중국의 기 엠버・네 벤(여자 ITT)
콜롬비아의 기 파비오・두아르테(남자 U23 로드)
이탈리아의 기 아드리아노・마로리(남자 U23ITT)




목차

전결과

남자 엘리트 개인 로드 레이스

9월 28일(일)260.25 km
선수명 국적 시간
  알렉산드로・밧란   이탈리아 6시간 37분 30초
2 타미아노・쿠네고   이탈리아 +03초
3 마티・치우침 쉘   덴마크
4 다비데・레벳린   이탈리아
5 앤드 리・그리후코   우크라이나
6 호아킨・로드리게스   스페인
7 화비언・베크만   독일
8 크리스티앙・환 베르거   오스트리아
9 닉・뉴이엔스   벨기에
10 로베르토・헤이신크   네델란드
11 유르헨・팬호-렌   벨기에
12 토마스・르브크비스트   스웨덴
13 크리스안켈・세렌센   덴마크 +06초
14 앗산・바자이에후   카자흐스탄 +58초
15 필립・질 베일   벨기에
16 크리스티 얀・파이트   슬로베니아 +1분 01초
17 후레후・판아베르마트   벨기에
18 고라즈드・슈탄게리   슬로베니아
19 제로므・피노   프랑스 +1분 13초
20 블라디미르・카르페트   러시아
77 신성행야   일본 +22분 50초
도중 기권 이노우에 남자 아이   일본
도중 기권 노데라 히데노리   일본

남자 엘리트 타임 트라이얼

9월 25일(목)43.70 km
선수명 국적 시간
  벨트・그라프슈   독일 52분 01초 60
2 스베인・타후트   캐나다 +42초 79
3 데이비드・자브린스키   아메리카 합중국 +52초 27
4 리바이・라이프하이마   아메리카 합중국 +1분 05초 42
5 그스타브・랄슨   스웨덴 +1분 05초 84
6 스테인・데보르델   벨기에 +1분 15초 41
7 토니・말틴   독일 +1분 16초 26
8 야네스・브라이코비치   슬로베니아 +1분 25초 16
9 데이비드・미러   영국 +1분 25초 26
10 실반・샤바넬   프랑스 +1분 25초 82
11 블라디미르・그세후   러시아 +1분 27초 13
12 마이클・로쟈스   오스트레일리아 +1분 33초 32
13 마르코・피놋티   이탈리아 +1분 34초 12
14 마누엘・쿠인트아트   이탈리아 +1분 36초 79
15 셀게이・곤챠르   우크라이나 +1분 38초 00
16 호세・이반・구티에레스   스페인 +1분 54초 63
17 마테이・유르코   슬로바키아 +1분 58초 00
18 바시리・키리엔카  

Reports and Intelligence adds a new report titled, “Global Plastic Headgear Market to 2017 - Market Size, Growth and Forecasts in Nearly 70 Countries”

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/25/2014 -- Reports and Intelligence adds a new report titled, "Global Plastic Headgear Market to 2017 - Market Size, Growth and Forecasts in Nearly 70 Countries" which is a useful piece of information for the global players in the plastic headgear market. The report provides a comprehensive analysis on the market trends, size, forecast and growth of the overall plastic headgear market.

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Report provides the market share of plastic headgears in the overall global market and further segments the plastic headgear market on the basis of product. The product segment includes Safety headgear and other headgears of plastic.

Analysis in the report is based on 2006-2012 market data and the report forecasts the global market till the year 2017, which provides insightful market information for the investors, sales, marketing & product managers and analysts in an accessible and well presented format.

The report covers the following topics:

-Global Market size
-Market growth rate
-Market segmentation on the basis of products
-Growth rate of each product segment
-Market forecasts

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Report covers the following geographical regions:
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam.

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          Vaccines - Global Markets Package   

This market research report package offers a perspective on the actual market situation, trends and future outlook for vaccines in different countries around the world.

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 08/12/2014 -- This market research report package offers a perspective on the actual market situation, trends and future outlook for vaccines in different countries around the world. The studies provide essential market information for decision-makers including:

- Overall market for vaccines in different countries
- Market for vaccines by product type
- Forecasts and future outlook of the market
- Macroeconomic indicators

Get detailed report at: http://www.reportsandintelligence.com/vaccines-global-package-market

These market studies answer to questions such as:
- What is the size of the vaccine markets in different countries around the world?
- How are the markets divided into different types of products?
- Which products are growing fast?
- How the markets have been developing?
- How does the future look like?
- What is the potential for the markets?
- How the macroeconomic indicators look like?

Product types discussed in the studies:
Human vaccines
Veterinary vaccines

Years covered: 2006 - 2017

Countries included in the package:
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Vietnam

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          Russian border guards get lost, end up getting arrested in Ukraine   
Russia's domestic security agency says two border guards got lost and ended up in Ukraine.
          Comedian, CrazeClown officially becomes a medical doctor   
Emmanuel Iwueke, popularly known as Crazeclown is one of the most followed Nigerian Instagram comedians. Crazeclown who is from Imo State just graduated as a medical doctor from a university in Ukraine. An excited crazeclown shared a comical photo of him and wrote; “OFFICIALLY A DOCTOR OF MEDICINE … I’m gonna be LIVE ON INSTAGRAM […]
          Ukraine in Conflict: An Analytical Chronicle (англ.) (Дейвід Марплз)   
Додано твір Ukraine in Conflict: An Analytical Chronicle (англ.) (Дейвід Марплз).

          Eurobites: Virgin Cuts Jobs in Wake of Fiber Rollout Ructions   
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia Technologies appoints new boss; Ukraine hit by fresh cyber attack; Fox/Sky latest; happy birthday 999.
           Ukraine detains two Russian border guards on its territory -TASS    
MOSCOW, June 30 (Reuters) - Two Russian guards have been detained in Ukraine after crossing the border near the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, TASS news...
          Global Cyberattack Seems Intent On Havoc, Not Extortion   

A cyberattack that caused indiscriminate economic damage around the world was apparently designed to create maximum havoc in Russia’s neighbor and adversary Ukraine, security researchers said. While the rogue software used in the attack was configured as extortionate “ransomware,” that may have just been a ruse. “It is clear that this was targeted indiscriminately at Ukrainian businesses, and the Ukrainian government,” Jake Williams, president of the security firm Rendition Infosec and a former member of the U.S. National Security Agency’s elite cyberwarfare group, told The Associated Press in an online chat. “The ‘ransomware’ component is just a smokescreen (and a bad one).” UKRAINE IN PAIN Although the attack was global in its reach, Ukraine bore the brunt. Computers were disabled at banks, government agencies, energy companies, supermarkets, railways and telecommunications providers. Many of these organizations said they had recovered by Thursday, although some experts suspected that work was incomplete. “There is still a lot of damage, especially in banks,” said Victor Zhora, CEO of the Kiev cybersecurity firm InfoSafe. “ATMs are working (again) but some bank operations are still limited.” He estimated damage in “the millions of dollars, perhaps tens of millions.” And that’s just in Ukraine. Microsoft said the malware hit at least 64 nations, including Russia, Germany and the United States. “I expect that we will see additional fallout from this is the coming days,” said Williams. In Ukraine, suspicion immediately fell on hackers affiliated with Vladimir Putin’s regime, although there is no direct, public evidence tying Russia to the attack. Relations between the two nations have been tense since Moscow annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. Pro-Russian fighters are still battling the government in eastern Ukraine. Experts have also blamed pro-Russian hackers for major cyberattacks on the Ukrainian power grid in 2015 and 2016, assaults that have turned the eastern European nation into the world’s leading cyberwarfare testing ground. A disruptive attack on the nation’s voting system ahead of 2014 national elections is also attributed to Russia. THE MOSCOW CONNECTION The malicious program, which researchers are calling NotPetya, initially appeared to be ransomware. Such malware locks up victims’ files by encrypting them, then holds them hostage while demanding payment — usually in bitcoin, the hard-to-trace digital currency. But researchers said the culprits would have been hard-pressed to make money off the scheme. They appear to have relied on a single email address that was blocked almost immediately and a single bitcoin account that collected the relatively puny sum of $10,000. Firms including Russia’s anti-virus Kaspersky Lab, said clues in the code indicate that the program’s authors would have been incapable of decrypting the data, further evidence that the ransom demands were a smoke screen. The timing was intriguing, too. The attack came the same day as the assassination of a senior Ukrainian military intelligence officer and a day before a national holiday celebrating the new Ukrainian constitution signed after the breakup of the Soviet Union. “Everything being said so far does point to Russia being a leading candidate for a suspect in this attack,” said Robert M. Lee, CEO of Dragos Inc. an expert who has studied the attacks on Ukraine’s power grid. What’s most worrisome and reprehensible, said Lee, is that whoever was behind the attack was unconcerned about the indiscriminate, collateral damage it […]

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          Deux gardes-frontières russes, qui s'étaient "égarés", retrouvés et arrêtés en Ukraine   
Deux gardes-frontières russes ont été arrêtés par leurs homologues ukrainiens près de la Crimée annexée par la Russie en 2014, après s'être perdus et s'être introduits en territoire ukrainien au cours d'un exercice d'entraînement, ont affirmé vendredi les services de sécurité russes.
           Ports recover, but Ukraine still disrupted by cyberattack    
PARIS (AP) - Danish shipping giant A.P. Maersk-Moller says cargo terminals and port operations are returning to normal following a strikingly virulent and...
           U.S. army gear could be "Made in Ukraine" under new defence deals    
By Pavel PolityukKIEV, June 30 (Reuters) - Defence agreements announced during a visit by the Ukrainian president to Washington this month will provide...
          #Commentary of Valery Skorokhodov on West’s reluctance to influence Ukraine in Minsk process   

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov criticized the western approach to resolving the conflict in Donbass. The West has traditionally shifted all responsibility for the implementation of the Minsk agreements to Moscow and it does not remind Kiev that Ukraine is designated as the sole executor in certain paragraphs. At ...

Запись #Commentary of Valery Skorokhodov on West’s reluctance to influence Ukraine in Minsk process впервые появилась People's Council of the Donetsk People's Republic Official website.


          #Commentary of Elena Melnik on Poroshenko’s ridiculous excuses about causes of corruption in Ukraine   

President of Ukraine Pyotr Poroshenko referred the reluctance of the authorities to fight corruption to the difficult Soviet legacy. The efforts of the Ukrainian leader to head all the corruption schemes are not in vain – the oligarch significantly increased his personal wealth, showing an example to his entourage, helping him to rob the Ukrainian ...

Запись #Commentary of Elena Melnik on Poroshenko’s ridiculous excuses about causes of corruption in Ukraine впервые появилась People's Council of the Donetsk People's Republic Official website.


          Global cyberattack seems intent on havoc aimed at Ukraine, not extortion   

A cyberattack that caused indiscriminate economic damage around the world was apparently designed to create maximum havoc in Russia's neighbor and adversary Ukraine, security researchers said.

While the rogue software used in the attack was configured as extortionate "ransomware," that may have...


          En stat står formentlig bag ødelæggelserne   
Nato's cyberresearchere siger, at en stat er ansvarlig for det destruktive cyberangreb. Ifølge Microsoft er omkring 20.000 computere ramt, heraf over 70 procent i Ukraine.
          Всё плен: чем заканчивались задержания российских военных в Украине   
Фото: ReutersКак российские военные попадали в плен в Украине и чем это заканчивалось.

          Ports recover, but Ukraine still disrupted by cyberattack   

Danish shipping giant A.P. Maersk-Moller says cargo terminals and port operations are returning to normal following a strikingly virulent and disruptive outbreak of malicious software

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          Global cyberattack seems intent on havoc, not extortion   

Security experts say the cyberattack that has locked up computers around the world while demanding a ransom may not be an extortion attempt after all, but an effort to create havoc in Ukraine.

The post Global cyberattack seems intent on havoc, not extortion appeared first on FederalNewsRadio.com.


          Forest Fire Erupts In The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone   
A forest fire has been raging in the Chernobyl exclusion zone According to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, the blaze erupted during tree cutting works. In a statement they reported: “At 12:35pm [local time] [...]
          TeleBots are back: Supply-chain attacks against Ukraine   

This blogpost reveals many details about the Diskcoder.C (aka ExPetr or NotPetya) outbreak and related information about previously unpublished attacks.

The post TeleBots are back: Supply-chain attacks against Ukraine appeared first on WeLiveSecurity


          US army gear could be ‘Made in Ukraine’ under new defence deals   
The agreements "will show that we are a strategic partner for America in the defence complex," Denys Gurak, deputy head of foreign economic activity told Reuters in an interview.
          Clone de WannaCry : une quatrième plaie s'abat sur l'Ukraine   
Dans un contexte international et économique tendu Kiev fait face à de virulentes attaques informatiques destinées à fragiliser le pays. Un avatar de WannaCry vient de faire surface et menace à nouveau les systèmes d'information du pays. L'éditeur M.E.Doc semble être au cœur du problème.
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          For sale - Vintage 1970s wrestling singlet Red M Logo olympic... - Auction   

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          Terroranschlag auf die nationale Universität Donezk in der Ost-Ukraine   

Auf die nationale Universität Donezk für Wirtschaft und Handel in der Hauptstadt der Volksrepublik Donezk in der Ost-Ukraine wurde am...

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          Anatolia and the Caucasus: the cradle of the Indo-Europeans   
The most solidly argued theories about the cradle of the Indo-European (IE) proto-language are 1) the Pontic and 2) the Anatolian. The first proposed the steppes north of the Black Sea, in what are today south-Ukraine and south-Russia; the second: some region in central or eastern Anatolia. Both theories allow for contacts with the Caucasus and the indigenous Caucasian […]
          Ransomware Petya : une cyberattaque déguisée contre l’Ukraine ? (FuturaSciences)   
Après l'émoi suscité par une nouvelle attaque mondiale menée avec le rançongiciel surnommé Petya, les chercheurs en sécurité en viennent à conclure que la finalité de ce virus ne serait pas d'extorquer de l'argent aux victimes mais bien de détruire leurs données. Puisque l’épicentre de l’attaque...
          Companies still hobbled from fearsome cyberattack   
HOUSTON (AP) -- Many businesses still struggled Friday to recover hopelessly scrambled computer networks, collateral damage from a massive cyberattack that targeted Ukraine three days ago....
          Global cyberattack seems intent on havoc, not extortion   
PARIS – A cyberattack that caused indiscriminate economic damage around the world was apparently designed to create maximum havoc in Russia's neighbor and adversary Ukraine, security researchers said.

While the rogue software used in the attack was configured as extortionate "ransomware," that may have just been a ruse.

"It is clear that this was targeted indiscriminately at Ukrainian businesses, and the Ukrainian government," Jake Williams, president of the security firm Rendition Infosec and a former member of the U.S. National Security Agency's elite cyberwarfare group, said in an online chat. "The 'ransomware' component is just a smokescreen (and a bad one)."

UKRAINE IN PAIN

Although the attack was global in its reach, Ukraine bore the brunt. Computers were disabled at banks, government agencies, energy companies, supermarkets, railways and telecommunications providers. Many of these organizations said they had recovered by Thursday, although some experts suspected that work was incomplete.

"There is still a lot of damage, especially in banks," said Victor Zhora, CEO of the Kiev cybersecurity firm InfoSafe. "ATMS are working (again) but some bank operations are still limited." He estimated damage in "the millions of dollars, perhaps tens of millions."

And that's just in Ukraine. Microsoft said the malware hit at least 64 nations, including Russia, Germany and the United States. "I expect that we will see additional fallout from this is the coming days," said Williams.

In Ukraine, suspicion immediately fell on hackers affiliated with Vladimir Putin's regime, although there is no direct, public evidence tying Russia to the attack. Relations between the two nations have been tense since Moscow annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. Pro-Russian fighters are still battling the government in eastern Ukraine.

Experts have also blamed pro-Russian hackers for major cyberattacks on the Ukrainian power grid in 2015 and 2016, assaults that have turned the eastern European nation into the world's leading cyberwarfare testing ground. A disruptive attack on the nation's voting system ahead of 2014 national elections is also attributed to Russia.

THE MOSCOW CONNECTION

The malicious program, which is known by a variety of names, including NotPetya, initially appeared to be ransomware. Such malware locks up victims' files by encrypting them, then holds them hostage while demanding payment – usually in bitcoin, the hard-to-trace digital currency.

But researchers said the culprits would have been hard-pressed to make money off the scheme. They appear to have relied on a single email address that was blocked almost immediately and a single bitcoin account that collected the relatively puny sum of $10,000.

Firms including Russia's anti-virus Kaspersky Lab, said clues in the code indicate that the program's authors would have been incapable of decrypting the data, further evidence that the ransom demands were a smoke screen.

The timing was intriguing, too. The attack came the same day as the assassination of a senior Ukrainian military intelligence officer and a day before a national holiday celebrating the new Ukrainian constitution signed after the breakup of the Soviet Union.

"Everything being said so far does point to Russia being a leading candidate for a suspect in this attack," said Robert M. Lee, CEO of Dragos Inc. an expert who has studied the attacks on Ukraine's power grid.

What's most worrisome and reprehensible, said Lee, is that whoever was behind the attack was unconcerned about the indiscriminate, collateral damage it caused – much of it within Russia itself. That's highly atypical behavior for nation-states.

ACCOUNTING FOR MALWARE

Williams and other researchers said all evidence indicates that NotPetya was introduced via Ukrainian financial software provider MeDoc. It is one of just two companies in the eastern European nation that supplies required tax software, Zhora said.

Security experts believe MeDoc was the unwitting victim of something akin to a "watering-hole attack," where a malicious program surreptitiously planted at a popular destination infects parties that visit. MeDoc's user base is heavily financial – and includes multinational corporations with offices in Ukraine.

NotPetya was cleverly engineered to spread laterally within Windows networks and across the globe via private network connections. Globally, dozens of major corporations and government agencies have been disrupted, including FedEx subsidiary TNT.

Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk, one of the global companies hit hardest, said Thursday that most of its terminals were running again, though some are operating in a limited way or more slowly than usual.

Problems have been reported across the shippers' global business, from Mobile, Alabama, to Mumbai in India. At Mumbai's Jawaharlal Nehru Port, several hundred containers could be seen piled up at just two of more than a dozen yards.

"The vessels are coming, the ships are coming, but they are not able to take the container because all the systems are down," trading and clearing agent Rajeshree Verma said. "We are actually in a fix because of all this."


          Europe forecast: Heatwave south-east - Unsettled north & west, Jun 30 - 05:43   

Friday Unsettled and cool for northern Europe, whilst a plume of hot air affects the south-east of the continent. Much of Iberia will be dry, sunny and warm, 28 to 30C for southern Portugal and Andalucia. A northerly breeze brings rain to northern Spain. Showers for the western Mediterranean islands, also northern Italy. The central & eastern Mediterranean is hot and sunny, touching 40C for Greece and western Turkey. Temperatures widely into the mid-30s across Romania, Ukraine and the Balkans. Much cooler temperatures across central & western Europe, only 16 to 19C for France with outbreaks of rain, most persistent in central & western areas. Showery for the Alps and Germany, although drier to the east. Low pressure centred over southern Scandinavia brings strong winds, local easterly gales around the central Baltic. Persistent rain for Denmark, plus northern coasts of Germany and Poland. Rain also affects the Baltic states and southern Sweden, whilst much of northern Scandinavia stays dry, and pleasantly warm, highs in western Norway reaching 23C.

Saturday High pressure located to the west of Iberia brings fair weather to much of the peninsula, with north-easterly winds drawing hot air from the interior toward the south-west, highs 33C in the south. Some thunderstorms for eastern Spain and the Pyrenees. A few showers for Corsica, Sardinia and northern Italy. A heatwave continues for Greece and areas surrounding the Black Sea, climbing to 35 to 40C again. Low pressure over the southern Baltic drives unsettled and cool conditions across northern-central Europe, with rain affecting Germany, Poland and France, although improving close to the English Channel, across the Low Countries and also Denmark as pressure builds. Pulses of thunderstorms are likely for Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and into western Ukraine, advancing north-east. Much of Norway, Sweden and Finland should be dry and warm, widely into the lows 20s Celsius. Some rain around the southern Baltic.


          Re: BDS France disrupts Israel’s Elbit Systems exhibition at Paris Air Show   

Typical!

I speak to you politely and put some challenging questions to you and you reply with a torrent of insults. However, I am not easily intimidated.

Mondoweiss is NOT independent so let's not go there.

The Ashkenazi are not converted Jews. I asked you to prove to me that the Ashkenazi were converts and you failed to provide any evidence. Here is the background to the Ashkenazi Jews that you can share with Mondoweiis.

After the destruction of the second temple, 70 ACE, many Jews left Jerusalem to seek their futures in another lands. By 136 ACE the failed rebellion by the Maccabees resulted in the re-naming of Judea Sumera and Israel to Syria-Palestina (Greek Philistina). By 490 ACE the Roman empire was finished. The routes of the migrating Jews from the crumbling Roman Empire was NW in to France and Germany and NE to the Ukraine.

The Jews that settled in NE Germany were called Ashkenazim. The name Ashkenaz comes from the book of Genesis. They thrived until the introduction of the guilds where no Jew was allowed to be a member. At this point Poland was becoming a developing realm. The Jews were invited in to Poland. The rest is history.

During the Middle Ages, it was not uncommon for Jews and non-Jews to marry each other. Conversions occurred on both sides, but not on a notable scale. Many Jewish communities throughout Europe remained close knit.

Forget Khazaria. That period only lasted 200 years and only affected the people of the Caucases.

The other Jews of the diaspora, including my lineage, went via Baghdad to Central Asia. Persia Mesopotamia and surrounding Arab lands. Like the Jews of the west, they stayed in close knit communities and yes there were conversions especially by the Emirs, but nothing on a grand scale.

Ashkenazi or Sephardi is irrelevant. One either has a Jewish soul and is believes in a Jewish homeland, or not.


          Morning News Brief: Health Care Vote Delayed, New Ransomware Attack Spreads   
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: A massive cyberattack is still taking a toll on computer systems around the world. It all started yesterday in Russia and Ukraine and then spread around Europe and on to the U.S. A number of major international corporations were hit, including the U.S. pharmaceutical-maker Merck, the Russian state oil company Rosneft and the shipping giant Maersk, which caused the Port of New York to shut down as well as ports in Rotterdam and Mumbai. With us now is Matt Tait. He's a security expert based in London and the CEO of Capital Alpha Security. He's with us on Skype. Hey, Matt. MATT TAIT: Hey, how you doing? MARTIN: Doing well. What do we know about who's responsible for this? TAIT: So at the moment, we don't know who's responsible for it. We know how the attack has been taking place. Essentially, a Ukrainian firm that builds accountancy software was compromised yesterday, and they started distributing malware through their auto
          US offers 'millions of tons of coal for Ukraine' but there's a catch   
President Trump has announced that Kiev has requested "millions and millions of metric tons" of coal from the US, and that the US was prepared to sell it. Speaking to Sputnik, energy expert Alexei Belogoryev explained that any US-Ukrainian coal contract would have one very important nuance: the Ukrainian government wouldn't be paying for it. In a speech at the Department of Energy in Washington, DC on Thursday, Trump spoke about the prospects for expanding US coal exports. According to the president, the US is ready to sell its coal to Ukraine, and to other countries around the world. "Ukraine already tells us they need millions and millions of metric tons [of coal] right now and there are many other places that need it too," Trump said. "And we want to sell it to them and everyone else all over the globe who need it," he added. The issue of coal supplies was one of the main topics discussed during Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's visit to Washington last week. Following his talks with US officials, the Ukrainian leader said that Kiev was 'excited' about the possible purchase of two million tons of coal from Pennsylvania.
          OSCE admits Ukrainian side violating agreement on transportation of heavy weapons   
Special monitoring mission of the OSCE has recorded a violation of the agreement on the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line in the Donbass, by Ukrainian security officials. In the Ukraine government-controlled areas, the mission has noted that three towed antitank guns MT-12, caliber of 100 millimeters, are missing- as stated by a representative of the OSCE.
          Forest fire out of control in Chernobyl exclusion zone   
A forest fire has erupted in the Chernobyl exclusion zone forests during tree cutting works, according to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine. While a helicopter and two planes were dispatched to the site, the fire is still ongoing. "At 12:35pm [local time] during technological tree cutting works in the exclusion and obligatory evacuation zone at the territory of Lubyanskoye Forestry, tree residue and the forest bed have caught fire. The fire spread out to an area of some 20 hectares," the State Emergency Service of Ukraine said in a statement. The emergency service dispatched an Mi-8 helicopter with a water-spraying device and two AN-32P fire planes to the location to provide surveillance and combat the fire. At least 102 firemen and 22 fire engines arrived at the scene, while the Mi-8 dropped water on the fire five times. Despite their efforts, however, the fire even spread somewhat and at 6:29pm local time engulfed 25 hectares of the forest bed, as well as 0.5 hectares of the tree tops, according to the statement. This is not the first wildfire to break out near the crippled Chernobyl nuclear power station. In 2015, forest and grass fires erupted in the exclusion zone several times with the worst one breaking out in May, when some 400 hectares of forests were engulfed in flames. Several consecutive fires caused a significant increase in radiation in the exclusion zone. In July 2015, Ukrainian nuclear inspectors registered air contamination with cesium-137 near the settlement of Polesskoye in the Chernobyl zone, or approximately 10 times above permitted levels. Cesium-137 is one of the most dangerous radioactive elements, since it accumulates in the human body and can lead to leukemia.
          Russian paper publishes alleged documents that Ukrainian air force was active during MH17 attack   
The Sovershenno Secretno newspaper (Top Secret) continues its investigation into the crash of the Malaysian Boeing over the Donbass. The newspaper has published another portion of documents that establish Kiev's guilt in the tragedy. Newspaper journalists have obtained a map, namely a secret flight plan, that was made and personally signed the day before the flight, on July 16, 2014, by the pilot of the 299th tactical aviation brigade, Captain Vladislav Voloshin. The plan was also approved by commander of the A4104 military unit, Colonel Gennady Dubovik. Ukraine persistently claims that there was no military aircraft flying in the area the day when the tragedy occurred. Yet, the newly published documents prove that Ukrainian officials lie. Pravda.Ru held a brief interview with Sergei Sokolov, editor-in-chief of the Sovershenno Secretno newspaper.
          OSCE denies Kiev's claim monitoring mission was shelled by rebels   
The OSCE has dismissed as "incorrect" claims by Kiev that the Special Monitoring Mission's base in Ukraine's Lugansk Region was shelled by the rebels. The Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) took to Facebook to respond to "incorrect information issued by the press center of [Kiev's] anti-terrorist operation." "The OSCE SMM's forward patrol base in Popasna in Luhansk region was not shelled; no damage has been sustained and all staff are safe," it added.
          Petya Update: Ukraine Claims To Have Seized Equipment Used By Russia In Cyberattack   
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reported Friday that it seized equipment belonging to agents of Russia that was used to carry out a number of cyberattacks against Ukraine and other countries, Reuters reported. The agency claimed the equipment was used in part to carry out attacks in May and June, and may have been involved in an attack earlier this week that resulted in the spread of malware to computer systems in at least 65 countries.
          Companies still hobbled from fearsome cyberattack   
HOUSTON — Many businesses still struggled to recover Friday as their computer networks became collateral damage in a massive cyberattack that targeted Ukraine three days ago.
          Active Cyber Defense Will Help Deter Future Threats   

On Tuesday, a massive cyberattack hit Ukraine. The very next day, professor Scott Jasper of the Naval Postgraduate School offered a systematic analysis of the... Read More

The post Active Cyber Defense Will Help Deter Future Threats appeared first on The Daily Signal.


          Russia’s Hybrid Warfare Battlefield in Ukraine Heats Up   

KYIV, Ukraine—Combat modestly abated along the front lines in eastern Ukraine this week as part of a “harvest truce” so farmers near the front lines... Read More

The post Russia’s Hybrid Warfare Battlefield in Ukraine Heats Up appeared first on The Daily Signal.


          Guide me UA Has Become One Of The Most Recommended Kiev Tour Provider In Ukraine   
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          Microsoft: Petya ransomware prevention & detection in Azure Security Center   
Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) published a blog post yesterday detailing a new ransomware infection that appears to have begun in Ukraine and spread from there to other places in Europe and beyond. MMPC analysis showed this to be a more sophisticated variant of Ransom:Win32/Petya and all free Microsoft antimalware products were updated with signatures […]
          6/30/2017: NEWS: ALSO...   
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort belatedly registered as a foreign agent for a pro- Russia group in Ukraine, disclosing that his firm was paid slightly more than $ 17 million over two years, according to documents filed with the Justice...
          6/30/2017: OPINION: RUSSIA IS DEADLY SERIOUS   

Vladimir Putin’s Russia is on the offensive against Western democracy. Russia invaded Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014. Russia attacked America’s 2016 election, attempted to interfere in France’s 2017 election, and is expected to do the same in...
          Ministry: US Frontera Resources and Longfellow propose hydrocarbons production under agreement with Ukraine   

U.S.-based Frontera Resources and Longfellow propose projects under Production Sharing Agreements (PSA) for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons, including unconventional gas, from subsoil areas in Odesa and Poltava regions, the Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Ministry has reported. The interdepartmental commission for concluding and implementing PSAs, headed by Energy Minister Ihor Nasalyk, on June […]

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          FM: Ukraine considering several options to tighten rules of Russian citizens’ entry   

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry is working on a regulation under which Russian citizens could enter or exit Ukraine only via biometric passports, Foreign Ministry political department director Oleksiy Makeyev said. “The work has begun, and the Foreign Ministry has engaged experts and civil society to discuss this not only on the state and government level. […]

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          World Bank, Ukraine sign agreement on using EU’s grant to support public resources management   

The World Bank and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine have signed an agreement for the use of a €3.03 million grant from the European Union to support the Strengthening Public Resource Management Project in Ukraine. “When we are talking about grant support, it is a financial and advisory contribution for the joint work to […]

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          Ukrainian defense minister discusses armed forces reform with NATO’s Stoltenberg   

The ongoing reform in Ukraine, including that in the Defense Ministry and the armed forces, enjoy NATO’s full understanding and support, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said. “During a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, we discussed issues related to the reform of the Ukrainian armed forces. We have a powerful group of NATO experts […]

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          OSCE mission denies that its patrol base in Luhansk region came under fire   

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine has denied reports alleging that its forward patrol base in Popasna, the Luhansk region, had been shelled. “In response to an inaccurate report published by the press center of the ATO (Anti-Terrorist operation) staff, we report the following: the OSCE SMM […]

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          Poll: Ukraine has more European integration supporters than opponents   

A relative majority of Ukrainian residents (39%) polled by the GfK Ukraine company in May on the orders from the World Policy Institute believe there is no alternative to Ukraine’s European integration. Twenty-two percent of respondents said ‘No’ to the question asking if Ukraine’s integration with Europe was unavoidable. “Ukraine may go back on the […]

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          Russian Border Guard Service hopes border guards detained in Ukraine to be returned home soon   

MOSCOW – The Russian Federal Security Service’s (FSB) border guard department for the Republic of Crimea confirmed that two Russian border guards had taken a wrong route and entered the territory of Ukraine, where they were detained. “Two employees of the department had taken a wrong route and entered Ukraine, where they were detained by […]

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          Ukroboronprom pins hopes on signing new agreements on defense procurements with US   

The Ukroboronprom state concern expects intensification of military and technical cooperation with the United States in connection with the upcoming signing of new bilateral agreements on defense procurements, Deputy Head of the State Concern Denys Hurak told Interfax-Ukraine. “At present, the Ukrainian and American sides are working out the issue of signing two new agreements […]

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          UN recommends Ukraine change laws to end impunity for torture   

The UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture recommends that Ukraine introduce legislative changes that will end impunity for torture and ill treatment in prisons. “The Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture reiterates its recommendations that the provisions of the Criminal Code that contain the definition of torture should be fully brought into line with Article […]

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          Ukraine Solicits Help From EU Parliament In Hopes To Block New Russian Pipeline   
Naftogaz said that the European Parliament will closely monitor the Commission's agreement to go ahead with Nord Stream II, a controversial pipeline in the Baltic Sea.
          Ukraine Cyberattack Wasn't Really About Ransom, Security Experts Say   
Although the virus that spread through government and commercial computers Tuesday looked like ransomware, cyber experts say it was a "wiper" intended to erase data and disrupt business.
          Eurovision: l'Ukraine sanctionnée pour avoir exclu la candidate russe   
La chaîne publique ukrainienne a reçu une amende pour avoir interdit à la chanteuse russe Ioulia Samoïlova de participer au concours en mai dernier.
          Another malware attack stalks the world’s computers   

Heavy NotPety’ing

A LITTLE over a month ago a piece of malicious computer software called WannaCry spread around the world, freezing Chinese cash machines, trashing German railway timetables and causing chaos in British hospitals. On June 27th the world was treated to a re-run. As The Economist went to press, a different piece of malicious software, tentatively dubbed NotPetya, had infected tens of thousands of PCs.

This outbreak started in Ukraine, hitting the electricity network, shutting down payment terminals and even locking up radiation monitors at Chernobyl. But it soon spread. Those affected included Rosneft, a Russian oil firm, Maersk, a Danish shipping company, and Merck, an American drugmaker.

Analysis by Microsoft suggests NotPetya spread via accounting software, popular in Ukraine, that is made by a firm called M.E. Doc. The malware’s creators seem to have used the process by which M.E. Doc...


          The "Crime of the Century" is Bad Journalism   

The latest propaganda piece from The Washington Post, "Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault," is based, as usual, mostly on anonymous sources determined to make former President Barack Obama look good. The gist is that Obama tried his best to punish Russia for alleged interference in the 2016 election, but he fell short and left the matter in the hands of President Donald Trump, who has done nothing.

So Trump is blamed for Obama's failure. How convenient.

The essence of the piece is that "intelligence" was "captured" that somehow proved that Russian President Vladimir Putin gave "specific instructions" that he wanted  to "defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump."

Pardon me, but I don't believe this for a moment. This "intelligence" may be what the Post seeks to expose-Russian "active measures" or disinformation.

As we reported back in January, "Looking at the election objectively, it is possible to say that Russian leader Vladimir Putin may have had a personal vendetta against the former U.S. secretary of state for some reason, stemming from allegations of U.S. meddling in Russian internal affairs. On the other hand, Putin may have preferred that Clinton become the U.S. president because her failed Russian ‘reset' had facilitated Russian military intervention in Ukraine and Syria, and he believed he could continue to take advantage of her."

This makes far more sense than the Post story.

Remember that Obama won the 2012 election after dismissing his Republican opponent Mitt Romney's claim that Russia was a geopolitical threat to the United States. Obama had also been caught on an open mic before the election promising to be "flexible" in changing his positions to benefit Russia.

"These comments provide more evidence that Obama was never the anti-Russian figure he postured as in the final days of his second term," we noted.

The Post story by Greg Miller and others is an obvious response to the observation that, if Obama thought the Russian interference was such a big deal, what did Obama try to do about it?

One can read the entire article if you are interested in how pro-Obama propaganda is manufactured by the Post. Some parts of the article are more ludicrous than others, such as this paragraph:

"Throughout his presidency, Obama's approach to national security challenges was deliberate and cautious. He came into office seeking to end wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was loath to act without support from allies overseas and firm political footing at home. He was drawn only reluctantly into foreign crises, such as the civil war in Syria, that presented no clear exit for the United States."

The paragraph is designed to mask Obama's indifference to Russian aggression in places like Crimea, Ukraine and Syria. In regard to the latter, Obama failed to save Syria from Russian aggression and facilitated a conflict-through secret arms shipments to the region-that now stands at 500,000 dead.

Obama's alleged "cautious" approach in the Middle East was to support jihadist groups in Syria and Libya, and back regimes such as the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt, which was overthrown by the military backed by the people.

The hero in the Post account is Obama's CIA director John Brennan, who joined the agency after admitting to voting for Moscow's man in the 1976 presidential election, Gus Hall of the Communist Party USA. Suddenly, we are led to believe, as CIA director, he became anti-Russian after discovering a Moscow plot in 2016 to disrupt the presidential election.

"In political terms," the paper said, "Russia's interference was the crime of the century, an unprecedented and largely successful destabilizing attack on American democracy."

This is complete nonsense. There is no evidence any votes were changed as a result of this so-called "interference."

The crime of the century is bad journalism based on anonymous sources who hide behind papers like the Post to spread their self-serving and partisan propaganda.

"This account of the Obama administration's response to Russia's interference is based on interviews with more than three dozen current and former U.S. officials in senior positions in government, including at the White House, the State, Defense and Homeland Security departments, and U.S. intelligence services," the Post said. "Most agreed to speak only on the condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the issue."

One paragraph in particular tells you everything you know about the anonymous sources behind this story. "Those closest to Obama defend the administration's response to Russia's meddling," the Post said. Yes, indeed, those "closest to Obama" would certainly do so.

Then we're told that that "They believe that a series of warnings-including one that Obama delivered to Putin in September-prompted Moscow to abandon any plans of further aggression, such as sabotage of U.S. voting systems."

There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever for this dramatic statement. It's completely made up.

Remember, this is the same Obama who once assured Putin that after he won his re-election campaign in 2012, he would have "more flexibility" with the Russian leader and be able to offer more concessions.

Now, all of a sudden, Obama is rough and tough and gets things done with the Russian leader. What a joke.

The paper reported that "Obama confronted Putin directly during a meeting of world leaders in Hangzhou, China. Accompanied only by interpreters, Obama told Putin that ‘we knew what he was doing and [he] better stop or else,' according to a senior aide who subsequently spoke with Obama. Putin responded by demanding proof and accusing the United States of interfering in Russia's internal affairs."

Or else?

It sounds like the red line in Syria that Obama had warned the Syrian regime not to cross. But they crossed it anyway.

Obama's so-called "secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault" exists in the minds of Post reporters who are waging a not-so-secret struggle to rehabilitate the former president's disastrous foreign policy toward Russia and most of the rest of the world.

Let's not forget one more debacle-Obama's deal with Russian client state Iran to facilitate the regime's nuclear weapons program and world-wide terrorism.

That may end up being another crime of the century, on par with President Bill Clinton's deal with North Korea that was supposed to prevent the communist regime from getting its hands on nuclear weapons.

Speaking of North Korea, whose nuclear weapons program accelerated under Obama, hear the words of Otto Warmbier's father about his son being released after Trump took office: "I think the results speak for themselves."

Obama's "cautious and deliberate" approach was to let the young man languish in a North Korean prison while being tortured to near death.

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           Six Things to Do to Secure Your Linux System   

Tuesday's Petya slam dunk by the bad guys, which may or may not have been a state sponsored swipe at Ukraine, was only one of several wake-up calls during the last couple of months for the folks taking care of IT security.

At least they should have been wake-up calls, but by the carnage left behind it looks as if a lot of folks have been operating their server rooms on autopilot. Not only were there patches at the ready to plug the vulnerabilities Petya used to do whatever it did (other than the fact that it probably wasn't ransomware, what it did hasn't been entirely sorted out yet), but I've heard credible first hand reports from several largish corporations that didn't have available backups.

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          Ukraine Cyberattack Wasn't Really About Ransom, Security Experts Say   
Although the virus that spread through government and commercial computers Tuesday looked like ransomware, cyber experts say it was a "wiper" intended to erase data and disrupt business.
          L'Ukraine : une question de voisinage - texte de G.Daniel Caron dans Le Devoir   
Diplomate en résidence aux HEI, G. Daniel Caron a été ambassadeur du Canada en Ukraine de 2008 à 2011. Son texte paru aujourd'hui dans le quotidien montréalais démontre combien le poids des voisins russes infléchit la marche ukrainienne vers la démocratie.
          Global cyberattack seems intent on havoc, not extortion (Update)   
A cyberattack that caused indiscriminate economic damage around the world was apparently designed to create maximum havoc in Russia's neighbor and adversary Ukraine, security researchers said.
          Ukraine facing Eurovision fine over Russia row   
Eurovision Song Contest bosses penalise the country over its organisation of this year's contest.
          Table ronde : L'agenda européen pour l'Ukraine : est-ce vraiment réaliste?   
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          Exposition Photos sur l'Ukraine - L'Euromaïdan, Anatolyi Boyko, photographe de presse   
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          L'Ukraine et l'Europe : Table ronde et exposition photos   
La crise ukrainienne, éclatée voilà près d'un an, est devenue internationale. Nous vous proposons une table ronde qui abordera les enjeux internationaux de cette crise, particulièrement la question du rattachement à l'Union européenne, ainsi qu'une exposition de photos.
          Diplomate en résidence aux HEI, G. Daniel Caron éclaire la situation en Ukraine   
La tension en Europe au sujet de l'Ukraine est attisée par les déclarations du président russe Vladimir Poutine . Notre collègue, ancien ambassadeur du Canada en Ukraine, analyse la situation.
          La vidéo de la table ronde sur l'Ukraine est en ligne   
On peut maintenant visionner la table ronde sur l'Ukraine (12 mars), au cours de laquelle quatre experts ont présenté leur analyse de la situation, de différents points de vue : diplomatie, science politique et droit international.
          Bras de fer Est-Ouest en Ukraine - Table ronde   
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          Quo Vadis, Ukraine ? - Conférence de G. Daniel Caron   
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          Sursauts en Ukraine : explications de G. Daniel Caron    
La démission du premier ministre ukrainien est expliquée par notre collègue, diplomate en résidence, au micro d'Ici Radio-Canada.
          L'Ukraine au coeur des attentions : nos membres décryptent la situation    
Neuf ans après la Révolution orange, l'Ukraine est secouée de manifestations, du moins dans les grandes villes. Parmi nos membres, Aurélie Campana et Daniel Caron ont été sollicités par les médias pour éclairer la situation.
          Triste jour pour l'Ukraine - un texte de G. Daniel Caron, diplomate en résidence aux HEI   
Notre collège G. Daniel Caron, qui a été ambassadeur du Canada en Ukraine (2008-2011), nous rappelle que l'Ukraine vit ces jours-ci des moments douloureux, qui méritent d'être soulignés.
          Les HEI accueillent un nouveau diplomate en résidence : G. Daniel Caron   
Originaire de Québec, G. Daniel Caron est un diplomate de terrain, récemment ambassadeur du Canada en Ukraine (2008-2011). Il fait partie de l’équipe des HEI depuis le 19 août.
          Moscow vows to defend Russians detained in Ukraine   
Russian national Viktor Ageev, who, allegedly, was conscripted in the Altay Region and served under contract, was captured in the Lugansk region
          Ukraine to contest fine for barring Russian Eurovision participant   
The Ukrainian company said it could not influence the decision-making on the issue in any manner.
          Russian gets 11-year prison sentence for supporting self-proclaimed republic in Ukraine   
A 47-year-old woman was found guilty of taking part in an illegall armed formation, arms trafficking, infringement on the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the state
          Radiation levels spike amid wildfire in Ukraine's Chernobyl exclusion zone   
The fire that broke out near a nuclear waste storage facility at around 13:00 on Thursday spread to an area of about 25 hectares
          Eurovision organizers fine Ukraine for failing to adequately fulfil obligations   
Senior Communications Officer of the European Broadcasting Union Dave Goodman declined to announce the amount of the fine
          EU envoys ratify Ukraine Association Agreement   
The document will come into effect from September 1
          Ukraine Detains Two Russian FSB Agents Who Came Ashore From Black Sea   
Ukrainian authorities have detained two men identified as Russian security agents after they came ashore in a small boat on Ukrainian-government controlled territory along the Black Sea, officials of both countries say.
          Putin Extends Russia's Countersanctions On Western Food   
President Vladimir Putin has extended Russia's embargo on food products from the West until the end of 2018, continuing Moscow's policy of retaliation for Western sanctions against Russia for its seizure of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and its support for pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine.
          Russia Suspends Payments To Council Of Europe   
Russia says it is suspending its financial contributions to the Council of Europe over a dispute regarding Russian delegates who were stripped of their authority following the annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula by Russia.
          Podcast: The Hot And Cold War   
Don't look now but Russia's war in Ukraine is heating up again. Listen to The Power Vertical Podcast to find out why.
          The hot new cyberattack that's sweeping the nation   
On Tuesday, a powerful and terrifying new cyberattackworm emerged in Ukraine, quickly spreading to the Russian Federation and other countries no one cared enough to report on because they weren't the US. It was hard to tell which infection was worse...
          Ukraine cyberattack was meant to paralyze, not profit, evidence shows   
The New York Times reports: The day started like most for Roman N. Klimenko, an accountant in Kiev who had just settled in at his desk, typing at a computer keyboard and drinking coffee. He was unaware that concealed within his tax preparation software lurked a ticking bomb. That bomb soon exploded, destroying his financial […]
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          Кибератака вынудила Нацбанк Украины выйти с интервенцией на рынок валюты   
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          Unterwegs mit Navid Kermani: Als wäre der Krieg nur ein Spiel   
Der Maidan-Platz in Kiew ist fest in der Hand der Freizeitgesellschaft. Nur einige Tafeln zeigen Soldaten, die im Osten der Ukraine kämpfen. Der Krieg könnte nicht weiter weg sein.
          Wimbledon 2017: Das müssen Sie wissen    

Die 131. Auflage der Wimbledon Championships (ab 3. Juli täglich im LIVETICKER) steht an.

Auf den Rasenplätzen des All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Clubs kämpfen die besten Tennis-Profis um den prestigeträchtigsten Titel der Grand Slam-Serie.

SPORT1 beantwortet vorab die wichtigsten Fragen zum bedeutendsten Tennisturnier der Welt. 

Wer sind die Favoriten bei den Herren?

Als amtierender Champion vor heimischem Publikum an den Start zu gehen, sorgt immer für große Erwartungen. Dementsprechend wird sich von Andy Murrays Auftritt viel versprochen und der Brite nimmt die Favoritenrolle an. 

Allerdings ist noch unklar, ob er die Mission Titelverteidigung überhaupt aufnehmen kann. Eine hartnäckige Hüftverletzung setzt die Nummer Eins der Weltrangliste derzeit außer Gefecht.

Als schärfster Konkurrent gilt Tennis-Maestro Roger Federer. Der Rekordsieger Wimbledons zeigte in dieser Saison mit dem Titel in Halle, dass er weiterhin zu den besten Rasenplatz-Spielern der Welt gehört. Zudem konnte er die Australien Open für sich entscheiden.

Sandplatzkönig Rafael Nadal und der dreimalige Wimbledon-Gewinner Novak Djokovic komplettieren den engeren Kreis der Favoriten.

Wer zählt bei den Damen zu den Favoriten?

Bei den Damen kann die letztjährige Siegerin Serena Williams aufgrund ihrer Schwangerschaft nicht teilnehmen. Russlands Tennis-Diva Maria Sharapowa muss nach dem Ende ihrer Doping-Sperre verletzungsbedingt passen. 

So rückt vor allem Petra Kvitova in den Fokus. Die Tschechin zählt sechs Monate nach der Messerattacke in ihrem Appartement schon wieder zu den Favoritinnen. Sie konnte in der Vergangenheit bereits zweimal auf dem Centre Court in Wimbledon triumphieren.

Wie stehen die Chancen der Deutschen?

Vorjahresfinalistin Angelique Kerber zeigte sich nach ihrem desaströsen French-Open-Aus zuletzt formverbessert. Zu den heißesten Titelanwärterinnen zählt sie aber aktuell nicht.

Ihren deutschen Tennis-Kolleginnen werden nur Außenseiterchancen zugerechnet. Immerhin sorgte Julia Görges in der Wimbledon-Vorbereitung mit dem Finaleinzug auf Mallorca für einen Hoffnungsschimmer.

Bei den Herren sind die Zverev-Brüder zwar gesetzt, zählen aber nicht zu den Topfavoriten. Alexander Zverev bewies bei den Gerry Weber Open aber, dass auf Rasen mit ihm zu rechnen ist - trotz der deutlichen Final-Niederlage gegen Roger Federer.

Was gibt es zu gewinnen?

Das Preisgeld bei den Wimbledon Championships ist im Vergleich zum Vorjahr um stolze 12,5% gestiegen. 2017 werden also insgesamt 31,6 Millionen Pfund (37,4 Millionen Euro) ausgeschüttet.

Die Sieger im Männer- und Fraueneinzel bekommen jeweils 2,2 Millionen Pfund (2,6 Millionen Euro/+10 Prozent).

Seit 2011 (14,6 Millionen Pfund) hat sich das Preisgeld in Wimbledon mehr als verdoppelt, Rekordhalter sind allerdings weiter die US Open in New York, bei denen bereits im vergangenen Jahr 46,3 Millionen Dollar (41,7 Millionen Euro) ausgeschüttet wurden.

Die deutschen Erstrundenpartien im Überblick:

Herreneinzel:

Alexander Zverev (Hamburg/Nr. 10) - Jewgeni Donskoi (Russland)
Mischa Zverev (Hamburg/Nr. 27) - Bernard Tomic (Australien)
Jan-Lennard Struff (Warstein) - Milos Raonic (Kanada/Nr. 6)
Philipp Kohlschreiber (Augsburg) - Marin Cilic (Kroatien/Nr. 7)
Florian Mayer (Bayreuth) - Viktor Troicki (Serbien)
Tommy Haas (Los Angeles) - Ruben Bemelmans (Belgien)
Dustin Brown (Winsen/Aller) - Joao Sousa (Portugal)

Dameneinzel:

Angelique Kerber (Kiel/Nr. 1) - Irina Falconi (USA/Qualifikantin)
Julia Görges (Bad Oldesloe) - Lesia Zurenko (Ukraine)
Andrea Petkovic (Darmstadt) - Dominika Cibulkova (Slowakei/Nr. 8)
Annika Beck (Bonn) - Ruben Bemelmans (Belgien)
Carina Witthöft (Hamburg) - Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Kroatien/Nr. 26)
Mona Barthel (Neumünster) - Coco Vandeweghe (USA/Nr. 24)
Tatjana Maria (Bad Saulgau) - Anastassija Potapowa (Russin/Qualifikantin)
Sabine Lisicki (Berlin) - Ana Konjuh (Kroatien/Nr. 27)


          Gegner von Kerber und Zverev stehen fest    

Vorjahresfinalistin Angelique Kerber (29) und Jungstar Alexander Zverev (20) haben bei der Wimbledon-Auslosung vermeintlich leichte Gegner in der ersten Runde erwischt.

Für etliche der bislang 15 deutschen Tennisprofis im Hauptfeld der 131. Championships im Londoner All England Club dürfte der Höhepunkt der Rasensaison dagegen bereits nach dem Auftaktmatch beendet sein.

Die topgesetzte Kerber trifft am Dienstag auf die Qualifikantin Irina Falconi (USA), Zverev (Nr. 10) bekommt es ebenfalls am zweiten Turniertag mit dem Russen Jewgeni Donskoi zu tun, der auf dem Heiligen Rasen von Wimbledon bislang noch kein Spiel gewonnen hat.

Pech hatten dagegen Jan-Lennard Struff, Philipp Kohlschreiber und Andrea Petkovic, die jeweils Top-10-Spieler herausfordern. Struff spielt gegen Vorjahresfinalist Milos Raonic (Kanada/Nr. 6), Kohlschreiber gegen den früheren US-Open-Champion Marin Cilic (Kroatien/Nr. 7) und Petkovic gegen WTA-Weltmeisterin Dominika Cibulkova (Slowakei/Nr. 8).

Mischa Zverev (Nr. 27), neben seinem Bruder Alexander und Kerber einziger gesetzter Spieler aus Deutschland, steht vor einer kniffligen Erstrunden-Aufgabe. Der Linkshänder trifft auf den Australier Bernard Tomic, gegen den er zuletzt in Eastbourne deutlich in zwei Sätzen verlor. Ex-Finalistin Sabine Lisicki ist nach ihrer Verletzungspause nur Außenseiterin gegen Ana Konjuh (Kroatien/Nr. 27).

Tommy Haas darf bei seinem letzten Start in Wimbledon auf ein Zweitrundenduell mit dem Schweizer Stan Wawrinka hoffen. Der 39-Jährige spielt in Runde eins gegen den Qualifikanten Ruben Bemelmans aus Belgien.

Herreneinzel:
Alexander Zverev (Hamburg/Nr. 10) - Jewgeni Donskoi (Russland)
Mischa Zverev (Hamburg/Nr. 27) - Bernard Tomic (Australien)
Jan-Lennard Struff (Warstein) - Milos Raonic (Kanada/Nr. 6)
Philipp Kohlschreiber (Augsburg) - Marin Cilic (Kroatien/Nr. 7)
Florian Mayer (Bayreuth) - Viktor Troicki (Serbien)
Tommy Haas (Los Angeles) - Ruben Bemelmans (Belgien)
Dustin Brown (Winsen/Aller) - Joao Sousa (Portugal)

Dameneinzel:
Angelique Kerber (Kiel/Nr. 1) - Irina Falconi (USA)
Julia Görges (Bad Oldesloe) - Lesia Zurenko (Ukraine)
Andrea Petkovic (Darmstadt) - Dominika Cibulkova (Slowakei/Nr. 8)
Annika Beck (Bonn) - Polona Hercog (Slowenien)
Carina Witthöft (Hamburg) - Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Kroatien/Nr. 26)
Mona Barthel (Neumünster) - Coco Vandeweghe (USA/Nr. 24)
Tatjana Maria (Bad Saulgau) -Anastasia Potapowa (Russland)
Sabine Lisicki (Berlin) - Ana Konjuh (Kroatien/Nr. 27)


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Thanks for the support!

We try to be sensitive about international issues, but there's a limit to what we can know. Forecast Bar, for instance, seems perfectly happy to provide forecasts for London in both the UK and Ontario. If its forecasts do exist but aren't great, that's nearly impossible for us to discover in advance (but easy for users to note in comments to help other readers).

MacPaw is based in Ukraine, so I'm sure they're aware of app that are too U.S.-centric as well.
          Ukraine Cyberattack Wasn't Really About Ransom, Security Experts Say   
A deeper look at the virus that struck computers in Ukraine and elsewhere this week has shown that what initially looked like ransomware was in fact a type of malware called a "wiper." Rather than extorting money, it's goal was to erase victims' hard ...
          Comment on Blog Post: Ukraine and the International Criminal Court by Roberta Brown   
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          Marketing Executive - Royal Bright - Al Rigga   
We are looking a female marketing executive, sales-marketing, preferable from Russia, Ukraine,Belarus, India for our office in Al Rigga road, Dubai.... AED3,000 a month
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          UKRAINE Kettenanhänger aus 925 Silber mit Brillant am Wunschort   
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Kettenanh?nger aus der Form der Ukraine Landkarte aus massiv 925 Sterling Silber mit Brillant an Ihrem Wunschort! Noch pers?nlicher durch den Brillant an Ihrem Wunschort!Die Anh?nger werden in einer traditionsreichen deutschen Goldschmiede aus massivem Material hergestellt und selbstverst?ndlich 925 gestempelt!Landkarte: UkraineMaterial: massiv 925 Sterling SilberGr??e: ca. 24mm und 1mm dickGewicht: ca. 2,0gOberfl?che: Vorderseite handpoliert und R?ckseite matt geb?rstetBrillant: 0,015ct TW SIBitte teilen Sie uns unbedingt nach Ihrer Bestellung den Wunschort f?r den Brillant aus der Kaufabwicklung unter Bemerkungen oder per Email mit!Sonderanfertigungen, wie z.B. ein anderes Land, gr??er oder aus einem anderen Material k?nnen auf Wunsch f?r Sie hergestellt werden. Fragen Sie uns einfach danach! Wir werden Ihnen sicherlich weiter helfen k?nnen!Alle Kettenanh?nger werden direkt nach Ihrer Bestellung von einer traditionsreichen deutschen Goldschmiede extra f?r Sie angefertigt.Da es sich hierbei um eine Sonderanfertigung handelt, ist dieser Artikel ausdr?cklich vom R?ckgaberecht ausgeschlossen!Die Abbildungen sind nicht in Originalgr??e - Bitte entnehmen Sie die Gr??e der jeweiligen Produktbeschreibung!

          NotPetya: Ransomware-Attacke ist in Wahrheit reine Zerstörungswut   
Seit zwei Tagen vermelden Firmen weltweit eine erneute Angriffswelle via Ransomware, besonders die Ukraine wurde schwer getroffen. Doch ein genauer Blick auf die eingesetzte Schadsoftware zeigt, dass es den Angreifern nicht um Lösegeld geht. Die veränderte Variante des Petya-Trojaners zerstört Daten auf befallenen Systemen dauerhaft und lässt daher einen politisch motivierten Angriff vermuten.
          Widespread Cyberattack Hits Major European Companies   
A cyberattack apparently targeting Ukraine rippled across Europe and disrupted the computer systems of major companies in Russia, Britain and elsewhere.
          Football: FIFA Assistant Referee Alan Camilleri appointed for the UEFA Regions Cup Finals in Turkey – 1st to 9th July 2017   
International Assistant Referee Alan Camilleri has been selected by the UEFA Referees’ Committee to officiate in the 10th edition of the UEFA Regions’ Cup finals taking place in Istanbul, Turkey, from Saturday 01 to Sunday 09 July 2017. Teams from Croatia, the Czech Republic, Portugal, the Republic of Ireland, Russia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine won [...]
          Zherdev v. Ukraine: Article 3 of the ECHR and Children’s Rights at the Stage of Police Interrogation   
By Prof. Dr. Ton Liefaard, Professor of Children’s Rights / UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights, Leiden Law School, Leiden University, The Netherlands[1] The Zherdev v. Ukraine judgement of 27 April 2017 by the European Court of Human Rights (hereinafter: the Court) further augments the Court’s line of recognising the vulnerable position of children in police … Continue reading Zherdev v. Ukraine: Article 3 of the ECHR and Children’s Rights at the Stage of Police Interrogation
          Awara — The Russian Economy 2014 – 2016, the Years of Sanctions Warfare   

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Yes, we must admit that the sanctions imposed on Russia by the Western powers in effect represent economic warfare. They aimed at nothing less than destroying the Russian economy with a hope of engineering mass unemployment and social chaos which would eventually lead to regime change and a new government that would succumb to Western hegemony. IMF, the Queen of Western financial institutions, boldly promised that Russia would be clobbered with a 9 % cut off its GDP[3]. There is no doubt that this IMF prediction reflected a modest assessment of what the perpetrators had been hoping to achieve.
The events in the Ukraine were merely a sought after pretext for launching the economic assault. Everything had been built up for this with increasing ferocity for at least a decade. In fact, the aforementioned fake news business media’s reporting on Russia has served this same purpose by denigrating Russia’s role in the world and the achievements of its president and people. All this as a part of a massive decade long propaganda campaign (“Russia does not produce anything” and bla bla bla).
We want to stress that there are sanctions of two types, officially enacted sanctions and unofficial sanctions. The latter have not been officially announced by any Western government but are deliberately pursued under the agenda of economic containment, itself part of the grand geopolitical strategy of Russia containment. By these measures Russian investors and exporters are actively by way of unannounced (i.e. illegal) rules hindered from entering Western markets and other global markets were those powers hold sway, and conversely Western (and other) investors are being discouraged (coerced) from certain investments into Russia. The economic containment takes many other form, too, for example, it affects Russia’s participation in global financial operations and the rubles role among global currencies. We assess that the unofficial sanctions are even more cumbersome and harmful than the official ones....
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An Awara Accounting Economic Analysis: What Does Not Kill You Will Make You Stronger – The Russian Economy 2014 – 2016, the Years of Sanctions Warfare
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          Artist Humorously Rediscovering The Scenes Of Ordinary Life In Israel, Soviet Russia And Africa   
Throughout her career as an artist, Ukraine-born Zoya Cherkassky-Nnadi has not lacked for public interest, critical acclaim, or financial compensation....

          Russia’s Hybrid Warfare Battlefield in Ukraine Heats Up   
On 06.29.17 01:26 PM posted by Nolan Peterson KYIV, Ukraine—Combat modestly abated along the front lines in eastern Ukraine this week as part of a “harvest truce” so farmers near the front lines could safely tend to their crops. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s hybrid warfare battlefield was in flames. On Tuesday, a car bomb killed a top Ukrainian military intelligence officer in Kyiv in what Ukrainian authorities immediately called an act of terrorism. While the car of Col. Maksym Shapoval, a special operations commander, was still smoldering, unknown handlers unleashed a computer virus that had been incubating for months in the network of a Kyiv-based tax software company.
          Estas son las fotos ganadoras de los iPhone Photography Awards 2017   

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Un año más, los organizadores del certamen que premia a las mejores fotografías realizadas con un iPhone nos presentan los ganadores de su concurso para demostrarnos que no hace falta una gran cámara para hacer buenas fotos y que lo más importante es la creatividad del fotógrafo. Os mostramos las fotos ganadoras de los iPhone Photography Awards 2017.

Y aunque estemos de acuerdo en que sí, que efectivamente la mejor cámara es la que uno tiene, lo cierto es que tampoco es que el conocido terminal de Apple nos parezca el mejor dispositivo para hacer fotos. A pesar de lo cual, está claro que, al margen de con qué estén hechas, las imágenes del concurso son en términos generales de una gran belleza.

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Por cierto que el concurso celebrababa este año su décima edición en la que participaron, según la organización, cientos de fotógrafos de 140 países de todo el mundo. Entre los ganadores destacan chinos y norteamericanos, pero también hay algunos españoles (dos concretamente), que lograron estar entre los elegidos. Se trata de Samuel Nácar (Albacete), ganador en la categoría Actualidad con su foto “Los nómadas de Europa” o Javier Wandosell (Madrid), segundo puesto en la categoría Series con su colección “Hidden Parts”.

Y ya sin más os dejamos ya con todos los ganadores de las 19 categorías a concurso, empezando por la categoría principal, la de Fotógrafo del Año, cuyo ganador absoluto (se lleva un iPad Pro) fue el neoyorkino Sebastian Tomada, con una foto de unos niños recorriendo las calles de Qayyarah (Irak) cerca del fuego y el humo que sale de los pozos de petróleo que han sido incendiados por los soldados del ISIS.

Categoría Fotógrafo del Año

El ganador absoluto en la categoría fue Sebastiano Tomada (EEUU) con la foto “Children of Qayyarah”:

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El primer clasificado en esta categoría fue Brendan O Se (Irlanda) con la foto “Dock Worker”:

 1stplace Poty Brendan O Se Brendan O Se (Cork, Ireland) 1st Place, Photographer of the Year

El segundo clasificado en esta categoría fue Yeow-Kwang Yeo (Singapur) con la foto “The Performer”:

 2ndplace Poty Yeow Kwang Yeo Yeow-Kwang Yeo (Singapore) 2nd Place, Photographer of the Year

El tercer clasificado en esta categoría fue Kuanglong Zhang (China) con la foto “The City Palace”.

 3rdplace Poty Kuanglong Zhang Kuanglong Zhang (Shenzhen, China) 3rd Place, Photographer of the Year

Categoría especial 'The America I Know'

ippa Juan Carlos Castañeda (Astoria NY, United States) 1st Place – The America I Know
ippa Davis Bell (Los Angeles CA, United States) 2nd Place – The America I Know
ippa Maria K. Pianu (Pordenone, Italy) 3rd Place – The America I Know

Categoría Abstracta

ippa Christopher Armstrong (Sydney, Australia) 1st Place – Abstract
ippa David Redhill (Sydney, Australia) 2nd Place – Abstract
ippa Lee Jones (Shanghai, China) 3rd Place – Abstract

Categoría Animales

ippa Francesca Tonegutti (Milan, Italy) 1st Place – Animals
ippa Dongrui Yu (Yunnan, China) 2nd Place – Animals
ippa Shuo Li (Beijing, China) 3rd Place – Animals

Categoría Arquitectura

ippa Paddy Chao (Taipei, Taiwan) 1st Place – Architecture
ippa Naian Feng (Shanghai, China) 2nd Place – Architecture

Categoría Infancia

ippa Szymon Felkel (Poznan, Poland) 1st Place – Children
ippa Varvara Vislenko (St. Petersburg, Russia) 2nd Place – Children
ippa Barry Mayes (Herts, United Kingdom) 3rd Place – Children

Categoría Flores

ippa Sidney Po (Cebu, Philippines) 1st Place – Floral
ippa Smetanina Julia (Moscow, Russia) 2nd Place – Floral
ippa Laura Warren (Putney, VT, United States) 3rd Place – Floral

Categoría Paisajes

ippa Christian Horgan (Fremantle, Australia) 1st Place – Landscape
ippa Sergey Pesterev (Mendeleevo, Russia) 2nd Place – Landscape
ippa Alexandra Maldonado (Quito, Ecuador) 3rd Place – Landscape

Categoría Estilo de Vida

ippa Nick Trombola (Pittsburgh, PA USA) 1st Place – Lifestyle
ippa YuMing Guan (Guangdong, China) 2nd Place – Lifestyle
ippa Chung Hung (Taipei, Taiwan) 3rd Place – Lifestyle

Categoría Naturaleza

ippa Aaron Sandberg (Chicago IL, United States) 1st Place – Nature
ippa Dongrui Yu (Yunnan, China) 2nd Place – Nature
ippa Joseph-Cyr (Tucson AZ, United States) 3rd Place – Nature

Categoría Actualidad

ippa Samuel Nacar (Albacete, Spain) 1st Place – News/Events
ippa Thea Mihu (Sibiu, Romania) 2nd Place – News/Events
ippa Xirui Huang (Hunan, China) 3rd Place – News/Events

Categoría Otras

ippa Darren Boyd (London, United Kingdom) 1st Place – Other
ippa Zarni Myo Win (Yangon, Myanmar) 2nd Place – Other
ippa Glenn Homann (Ipswich Queensland, Australia) 3rd Place – Other

Categoría Panorámicas

ippa Nick Trombola (Pittsburg PA, United States) 1st Place – Panorama
ippa Andrew McCausland (Abbotsford BC, Canada) 2nd Place – Panorama
ippa Brian Marchuck (Lancaster PA, United States) 3rd Place – Panorama

Categoría Gente

ippa Dina Alfasi (Israel) 1st Place – People
ippa Jiabing He (Zhejiang, China) 2nd Place – People
ippa Marina Spironetti (Milano, Italy) 3rd Place – People

Categoría Retrato

ippa Gabriel Ribeiro (Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil) 1st Place – Portrait
ippa Dan Liu (Sichuan, China) 2nd Place – Portrait
ippa Vlad Vasylkevych (Kiev, Ukraine) 3rd Place – Portrait

Categoría Bodegón

ippa David Hayes (Milford OH, United States) 1st Place – Still Life
ippa Deena Berton (Weston MA, United States) 2nd Place – Still Life
ippa Waldemar Nowak (Gdańsk, Poland) 3rd Place – Still Life

Categoría Puestas de Sol

ippa Kuanglong Zhang (Guangdong, China) 1st Place – Sunset
ippa Xiaoying Tang (Shenzhen, China) 2nd Place – Sunset
ippa Joseph Cyr (Tucson AZ, United States) 3rd Place – Sunset

Categoría Viajes

ippa Jen Pollack Bianco (Seattle WA, United States) 1st Place – Travel
ippa Joshua Sarinana (Cambridge MA, United States) 2nd Place – Travel
ippa Li Jinquan (Beijing, China) 3rd Place – Travel

Categoría Árboles

ippa Magali Chesnel (Ferney-Voltaire, France) 1st Place – Trees
ippa Dyllon Wolf (Huntingtown MD, United States) 2nd Place – Trees
ippa Kaiyuan Teng (Taipei, Taiwan) 3rd Place – Trees

Categoría Series

El primer clasificado en esta categoría fue Joshua Sarinana (EEUU) con la serie “Image of Structure”:

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El segundo clasificado en esta categoría fue Javier Wandosell (España) con la serie “Hidden Parts”: ippa

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El tercer clasificado en esta categoría fue Pierfrancesco Ajroldi (Italia) con la serie “Alzheimer”: ippa

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Más información | iPhone Photography Awards

En Xataka Foto | Estas son las fotos ganadoras del ‘Mobile Photo Awards 2016’, certamen de fotos hechas con móviles

Foto de portada | Sergey Pesterev (Rusia), segundo puesto en la categoría Paisajes


          This Week’s Ransomware Attack May Have Been Aimed At Ukraine   
Research and investigation into Petya ransomware which has affected computers in over 60 countries has yielded three interesting facts according to Comae’s Matthieu Suiche: Ukraine was the epicenter of the attack. According to Kaspersky, 60 percent of all machines infected were located within Ukraine. The attackers behind the attack have made little money. At most they […]
          In 2016, Ukraine lost $1 bn in exports due to trade war with Russia – Trade Rep   
As a result of trade aggression by Russian in 2016 Ukraine lost $1 billion worth of exports, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Ukraine's Trade Representative Natalia Mykolska has said
          Ukraine's Finance Ministry launches fiscal service reform   
Finance Ministry of Ukraine and the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine with support of Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman start the fiscal service inclusive reform project, the Finance Ministry reported after the constituent meeting held on June 27 with participation of Finance Minister Oleksandr Danyliuk and acting head of the State Fiscal Service Myroslav Prodan.
          Ukraine threshes 313,900 tonnes of early grain, leguminous crops - Agricultural ministry   
Ukraine as of June 29 had threshed 313,900 tonnes of grain and leguminous crops from 95,000 hectares
          Ukraine to begin chairmanship in Black Sea Economic Cooperation from July 1   
Ukraine will begin the chairmanship in the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) from July 1, 2017 for the next six months, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
          Ukraine upgraded to Tier 2 in 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report - Ukrainian Embassy to US   
Ukraine has been upgraded to Tier 2 in the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report, the Ukrainian Embassy to the United States said on its Facebook page
          EU prolongs anti-Russia economic sanctions by half a year   
The Council of European Union on Wednesday completed the written procedure started on June 26, as a result of which the extension by six months of the sectoral, economic measures against Russia over the situation in eastern Ukraine was approved
          After Ukraine, new computer virus Petya attacks businesses around the world, NATO sees this as danger to member countries   
Risk-modeling firm Cyence said economic losses from this week's attack and one last month from the virus would likely total $8 billion
          The Latest: Retailers issue warnings after cyberattack   

Online retailers are warning customers to prepare for delays as the disruption caused by Tuesday's cyberattack spreads across the shipping industry. Several firms have issued warnings after the sudden outbreak of malicious software that centered on Ukraine and spread to major multinationals, including global shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk and FedEx Corp. subsidiary TNT.


          Pengeafpresning fra computervirus var kun skalkeskjul   
Goldeneye-virussens egentlige formål ser ud til at være at skabe kaos i Ukraine, og flere og flere peger på, at Rusland står bag.
          Zbiory w Rosji i na Ukrainie   
Według bloga ukraineagronomy aktualna sytuacja na początku zbiorów w Rosji i na Ukrainie wygląda następująco.
          Trump's Opportunity to Arm Ukraine   
How to promote freedom, advance U.S. interests, and show strength to Russia.
          Afrikanische Schweinepest: Wie eine Salamistulle für den nächsten Pest-Ausbruch sorgen könnte   
Estland und Lettland sind fast schon flächendeckend von der Afrikanischen Schweinepest betroffen. Es gibt Fälle in Polen, der Ukraine und neuerdings auch in Tschechien. Das Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut warnt vor einer Ausbreitung in Deutschland. Wie groß ist die Gefahr?
          Angriff auf staatlichen Stromversorger: Neuerliche Cyberattacke in Ukraine   
In der Ukraine ist der staatliche Stromversorger Ukrenergo erneut Ziel einer Cyberattacke geworden. Das Unternehmen teilte am Freitag mit, beim Angriff am Donnerstag sei kein grosser Schaden entstanden.
          Putin signs decree extending ban on Western food imports   

Russia has renewed retaliatory sanctions against the European Union after the bloc extended bans against Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Friday, extending the counter-sanctions until the end of 2018.

The decree extends a ban on Western food imports for another 18 months.

On Wednesday, the EU formally extended its economic sanctions against Russia, which were imposed in July 2014 after the Crimea region separated from Ukraine and rejoined Russia after holding a referendum on the issue.

In a related move, Russia on Friday said it was suspending its contributions to the Council of Europe for 2017.

The suspension comes after a lengthy dispute regarding delegates from the country who were stripped of authority after Crimea's reunification.

The Kremlin said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had informed the Council of Europe's Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland of the decision in a phone conversation.

The West claims Moscow is meddling in the internal affairs of Ukraine and describes Crimea’s reunification with Russia as “Russian occupation” of Crimea.

Moscow denies meddling in Ukraine and says it would end the embargo once the Western sanctions are lifted.


          Phil Collins: why I took a Soviet statue of Engels across Europe to Manchester   

Friedrich Engels spent two decades in Manchester. The horrific conditions he saw in the cradle of industrialism forged his great works. But the city has never commemorated him – until now

This month, the Berlin-based, British-born artist Phil Collins transported a 3.5 metre statue of Friedrich Engels from a village in eastern Ukraine, through Europe, to Britain on a flat-bed truck. Next month, during the Manchester international festival, the sculpture, a 1970s concrete image of the bearded revolutionary, will be erected in the city where he researched The Condition of the Working Class in England, its new permanent home.

Engels lived in Manchester for more than two decades in the mid-19th century, honing his revolutionary philosophy through his observations of the horrific conditions endured by the working children, women and men in that cradle of industrial capitalism. And, as Collins points out, though the philosopher’s life in Manchester is well studied and documented, there is no permanent marker to him in the city, no visual symbol of the man at all – despite the fact that his Manchester-forged thinking changed the course of 20th-century history.

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          Popular Comedian, CrazeClown Graduates From Medical School   

Emmanuel Iwueke, popularly known as Crazeclown is one of the comedians on Instagram.

Crazeclown who is from Imo State just graduated as a medical doctor from a university in Ukraine.
An excited crazeclown shared a comical photo of him and wrote;
“OFFICIALLY A DOCTOR OF MEDICINE … I’m gonna be LIVE ON INSTAGRAM in a bit so y’all would graduate with me … meanwhile y’all celebrate with this picture #DrCraze”
          Petya virus affected only about 20,000 machines, most on Windows 7, says Microsoft   
A white Windows logo on a blue backgroundAccording to Microsoft, the recent Petya outbreak is not as bad as we thought as it only affected less than 20,000 machines, most of them in Ukraine.
          Ukraine says seized equipment used by Russia to launch malware attacks   

Ukraine says seized equipment used by Russia to launch malware attacksUkraine's state security service (SBU) seized equipment it said belonged to Russian agents in May and June to launch cyber attacks against Ukraine and other countries, the SBU said in a statement on Friday. "Law enforcement officers seized server equipment that was involved in the cyber attack system by Russian secret services," the SBU said, adding that investigations were ongoing. A cyber attack that began in Ukraine spread around the world on Tuesday, knocking out thousands of machines, shutting down ports, factories and offices as it hit around 60 countries.



          For sale - 1968 C 10 Chevrolet Truck Original Right Front... - Auction   
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          For sale - 85 wagoneer fender emblems - Auction   
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          For sale - wagoneer / J10 / J20 / cherokee 4 wheel drive... - Auction   
Cherokee 3434, Australia
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          Petya Malware Likely Not About Money: Political Agenda Masked As Ransomware?   
A version of the Petya ransomware hit several countries worldwide and Ukraine had it the worst. The attack looks like ransomware, but things may not be as they seem.
          Ukraine Cyberattack Wasn't Really About Ransom, Security Experts Say   
A deeper look at the virus that struck computers in Ukraine and elsewhere this week has shown that what initially looked like ransomware was in fact a type of malware called a "wiper." Rather than extorting money, it's goal was to erase victims' hard drives, disrupt their business and misdirect suspicions about the attacker's identity, according to The Washington Post and other media reports. Victims of the cyberattack saw a screen asking them to pay $300 in bitcoin for a key to unlock their computer – the same ploy used by the WannaCry ransomware that hit computers in more than 150 countries in May . But security experts say this attack was different. "It definitely wasn't ransomware and wasn't financially motivated," Jake Williams, founder of cybersecurity firm Rendition Infosec, tells the Post . "The goal was to cause disruption in computer networks." Likewise, Matt Suiche, founder of cybersecurity firm Comae Technologies, writes on his website , "The goal of a wiper is to destroy
          Widespread Cyberattack Hits Major European Companies   
A cyberattack apparently targeting Ukraine rippled across Europe and disrupted the computer systems of major companies in Russia, Britain and elsewhere.
          Ukraine bắt 2 lính biên phòng Nga   

          Comment on Shattered by Rowena   
Thank you very much for the reminder Brian. It's midnight now and I should've read this a few hours ago! When you talk about shattering our boundaries as we grow towards our goals, I was reminded of the sunflower seeds I am growing from the MH17 crash site in the Ukraine. The taller seedlings are now about 10 cm tall and about to be planted in the ground but one still had the empty seed shell dangling from a leaf...it's former home. You can read about them here: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2016/10/26/sunflower-seedlings-lessons-in-kindness/ xx Rowena
          A strange new kind of ransomware is sweeping the internet - Vox   
Vox reports; On Tuesday, Windows computers — first in Ukraine, later across Europe and the United States — began to show users a message that looked something like this:
          Companies still hobbled from fearsome cyberattack   

HOUSTON (AP) — Many businesses still struggled Friday to recover hopelessly scrambled computer networks, collateral damage from a massive cyberattack that targeted Ukraine three days ago. The Heritage Valley Health System couldn’t offer lab and diagnostic imaging services at 14 community and neighborhood offices in western Pennsylvania. DLA Piper, a London-based law firm with offices […]
          The Petya Attack is More than a Typical Ransomware – What you need to know   

Read here: The Petya Attack is More than a Typical Ransomware – What you need to know

Weeks after the deadly WannaCry ransomware attack crippled hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 150 countries across the globe, another attack dubbed Petya has just hit Europe, with Ukraine emerging as the worst hit nation in the region. Even though the haze of this attack is clearing, it is now emerging that this […]

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          Порошенко проиграл «ВКонтакте»: на Украине «русские хакеры» готовят революцию   
Порошенко проиграл «ВКонтакте»: на Украине «русские хакеры» готовят революцию


Накануне петиция украинцев о разблокировке соцсети «ВКонтакте», расположенная на сайте президента, набрала 25 тысяч подписей. Пётр Порошенко предпочёл не отмалчиваться и ответить на требование граждан. Он заявил, что разблокировка российских сайтов невозможна. Свою позицию он объяснил тем, что через эти ресурсы Россия доносит до украинцев «неправильную информацию» и ведёт пропаганду. В интервью корреспондентам iReactor политолог Давид Гиберман дал своё объяснение позиции Порошенко касательно блокировки «ВКонтакте».

«Для Запада, любая позиция, отличная от его собственной – это пропаганда. Сегодняшняя Украина такого принципа придерживается в полной мере. Вот только США и Евросоюз отвечают на российскую «пропаганду» своей. Буквально недавно разразился скандал вокруг CNN, журналисты которого рассказали, что публикуют сюжеты о «русской угрозе» потому, что они пользуются популярностью.

Нужно признать, у западной прессы получается довольно виртуозно выворачивать любые события в свою пользу. Это объясняется тем, что там к работе привлечены профессионалы, а сами печатные издания и телеканалы занимаются пропагандой со времён Холодной войны с СССР. На Украине же ситуация плачевна. Одна часть страны смотрит Европу, другая – Россию. Украинские СМИ не востребованы, и дело тут вовсе не в пропаганде. Просто их выпуски больше напоминают комические шоу, вперемешку с похабщиной  и «чернухой». И везде они находят пресловутую «руку Кремля». Такой мусор мало кто воспринимает всерьёз. Чтобы хоть как-то изменить ситуацию, Киев сперва запретил вещание российских телеканалов на территорию своей страны, а позже подтянулся и запрет на социальные сети и новостные агрегаторы. Своей цензурой Порошенко фактически признал полное поражение от «русских хакеров».

Но главную угрозу украинским властям несут вовсе не российские новости. Если вспомнить 2013 год, то майдан организовывался именно через «ВКонтакте». Многочисленные «типичные» группы оказывали массированную информационную поддержку протестующим и призывали украинцев к бунту. Аналогичным образом «цветные перевороты» совершались и в других странах, хоть и с использованием других интернет-платформ. Современные соцсети – это мощный коммуникативный инструмент, который позволяет в считанные минуты доносить информацию до целевой аудитории и делать это круглосуточно. Если во времена Ленина революционеры спешили захватить телеграф и вокзал, то сейчас они оккупируют «ВКонтакте», Twitter и Facebook. Именно революции боится Порошенко, для него самый опасный «русский хакер» - это украинский народ».

Источник фото: wikipedia.org/Mstyslav Chernov

Источник: inforeactor.ru
          A ‘Wiper’ in Ransomware Clothing: Global Attacks Intended for Destruction Versus Financial Gain   

Further analysis of impacted Petya ransomware victims led our team to conclude that this attack was specifically aimed at organizations within Ukraine.

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          Un « effaceur » de données caché derrière le rançongiciel ?   
Ouest-France : Cyberattaque. Un « effaceur » de données caché derrière le rançongiciel ?  publié le 29/06/2017 à 17:16   La cyberattaque mondiale, démarrée mardi en Ukraine avant de se propager dans le reste du monde et toucher plusieurs milliers d’ordinateurs, pourrait être un logiciel effaceur (wiper) masqué derrière un rançongiciel (ransomware), de l’avis de plusieurs spécialistes interrogés par l’AFP. … Continuer la lecture de Un « effaceur » de données caché derrière le rançongiciel ?
          Ukraine University Declares UNIOSUN Student As 2017 Overall Best   

The President of the Karazin Kharkiv National University Prof Vil S. Bakirov, has declared a student of the Osun State University, Miss Oyeleye Lateefat  as the best graduating medical student in the country. Miss Lateefat is part of the 85 students sent to Ukraine for medical studies by the Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration. Bakirov stated […]

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          Putin extends embargo on Western food imports through 2018   
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday extended Moscow's embargo on food products from the West until the end of 2018, continuing its policy of retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine, reports LETA.
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          Companies still hobbled from fearsome cyberattack   
India_Cyberattacks_83597Many businesses still struggled Friday to recover hopelessly scrambled computer networks, collateral damage from a massive cyberattack that targeted Ukraine three days ago.
          Ukraine Cyberattack Wasn't Really About Ransom, Security Experts Say   
Although the virus that spread through government and commercial computers Tuesday looked like ransomware, cyber experts say it was a "wiper" intended to erase data and disrupt business.
          Lemberg/Lvov/Lviv   
Lemberg is in Ukraine. I gave a talk on it and was told we should not say The Ukraine. It's just Ukraine, like America or Australia.Kiev is Ukraine's capital. I used to muddle up Ukraine and Lithuania
           Companies still hobbled from fearsome cyberattack    
The Heritage Valley Health System couldn't offer lab and diagnostic imaging services at 14 community and neighborhood offices in western Pennsylvania. DLA Piper, a London-based law firm with offices in 40 countries, said on its website that email systems were down; a receptionist said email hadn't been restored by the close of business day. An employee at an international transit company at Lima's port of Callao told The Associated Press that Maersk employees' telephone system and email had been knocked out by the virus — so they were "stuck using their personal cellphones." Security researchers now concur that while NotPetya was wrapped in the guise of extortionate "ransomware" — which encrypts files and demands payment — it was really designed to exact maximum destruction and disruption, with Ukraine the clear target. Computers were disabled there at banks, government agencies, energy companies, supermarkets, railways and telecommunications providers. Robert M. Lee, CEO of Dragos Inc. and an expert on cyberattacks on infrastructure including Ukraine's power grid, said the rules of cyberespionage appear to be changing, with sophisticated actors — state-sponsored or not — violating what had been established norms of avoiding collateral damage. Besides NotPetya, he pointed to the May ransomware dubbed "WannaCry," a major cyberassault that some experts have blamed on North Korea.
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          'Petya' Ransomware Hits At Least 65 Countries; Microsoft Traces It To Tax Software   
The "Petya" cyberattack that has now struck computers in at least 65 countries can be traced to a Ukrainian company's tax accounting software, Microsoft says. "We saw the first infections in Ukraine — more than 12,500 machines encountered the threat," Microsoft says. "We then observed infections in another 64 countries, including Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Russia, and the United States." The complexity of the attack has fueled debate over whether the malware is a new threat or a more sophisticated version of the Petya malware that was used in an attack last spring. But Microsoft says the ransomware is "a new variant" of Petya, adding that it has issued new security updates to protect computers running its Windows software. Other anti-virus companies have also updated their software, in an attempt to limit the damage. The initial infection can be traced to tax accounting software from a Ukrainian company called M.E.Doc, Microsoft says. That connection was the subject of speculation
          Massive Ransomware Attack Hits Ukraine; Experts Say It's Spreading Globally   
Updated at 5:57 p.m. ET Ransomware hit at least six countries Tuesday, including Ukraine, where it was blamed for a large and coordinated attack on key parts of the nation's infrastructure, from government agencies and electric grids to stores and banks. The malware has been called "Petya" — but there is debate in the security community over whether the ransomware is new or a variant that has been enhanced to make it harder to stop. In either case, it appears to be spreading globally, raising fears it might rival another widespread attack — the WannaCry outbreak that struck in May. The Maersk shipping company , based in Denmark, confirmed that its "IT systems are down across multiple sites and business units due to a cyber attack." And pharmaceutical giant Merck tweeted that its "computer network was compromised today as part of global hack." In the U.S., Department of Homeland Security spokesman Scott McConnell says the agency is "monitoring reports of cyber attacks affecting multiple
           Marcus Willis misses out on dream Wimbledon return    
Marcus Willis saw his dreams of a Wimbledon return dashed. Willis crashed out in straight sets to Ukraine's Illya Marchenko to miss out on a second Wimbledon appearance.
          Kommentar zu Rassismusprobleme in der ARD: Verordnete „political correctness“ statt aufgeklärte Weltanschauung von Wellenstrom   
@ anonymus Naja, über die Massen wird ja schon geherrscht. Und das geht durch Teilung der Gesellschaft ja sehr gut, wie wir es täglich sehen und erleben können. Die Oligarchen in der Welt, siehe z.B. in den USA oder der Ukraine spalten ja Ethnien und Rassen und spielen sie gegeneinander aus. Insofern würde ihnen eine Vermischung der Gesellschaft nicht unbedingt entgegenkommen. So lässt sich schwieriger trennen und teilen, Privilegien vergeben, Gruppierungen entrechten, in Schäferhunde und Schafe einteilen - die "Vermischung" würde letztendlich zu einer Homogenisierung der Völker/der Gesellschaft führen. Aber wir sind uns da schon einig, dass da eine kranke Migrationspolitik gefahren wird - seit Jahrzehnten (vergessen sie aber dabei politische Labels - das sind eh alles Pseudoanstriche, liberal genauso wie sozial, "grün" oder christlich - die dienen alle eh nur dem Kapital und den angeschlossenen Lobbies)
          Kommentar zu Rassismusprobleme in der ARD: Verordnete „political correctness“ statt aufgeklärte Weltanschauung von Robert   
In der Ukraine morden die schlimmsten Rassisten/Nazis mit Massakern (Odessa, Maidan, Mariupol, Lugansk usw. russischsprachige Minderheiten und die Übelsten aller Übelsten verschweigen es oder bezeichen sie als "Freiheiheitskämpfer". Diese elende Pack kann man nur mit dem Ausspruch vom Max Liebermann ertragen. (ich kann gar nicht soviel.......)
          Kommentar zu Der WDR unterschlägt, dass der neue „Petya“-Hackerangriff vor allem auch Russland getroffen hat von Anonymous   
"Russland" wurde nicht getroffen sondern russische (staatliche) Konzerne wie z.B. Rosneft. Der Stand der Dinge ist das der als NotPetya bezeichnete Fake-Erpresservirus (Die Erpresserfunktion ist nur Fake - der Schadsoftware kommt es darauf an möglichst viel an Daten zu zerstören) in einem Update eines ukrainischen Buchungsprogramm namens Me.Doc versteckt war. Dafür muß sich jemand Zugriff auf den Update-Server dieser Software verschafft haben. Alle Firmen die in der Ukraine Steuern zahlen - auch internationale Konzerne wie Maersk oder eben Rosneft die Tankstellen in der Ukraine betreiben sind letztendlich betroffen. https://heise.de/-3757607
          Kommentar zu Von ARD und ZDF desinformiert, lügt Sigmar Gabriel auf einer Pressekonferenz in Russland von Hamster Ratte   
Wahlen,die prowestliche Regime an die Macht bringen werden hier immer akzeptiert,egal wie mies die Wahlumstände waren.Selbst wenn die Ukrainer zur Wahl geprügelt worden wären und sie nur Poroschenko hätten wählen dürfen wäre dies als Sieg westlicher Werte und der Freiheit gefeiert worden.
          Kommentar zu Von ARD und ZDF desinformiert, lügt Sigmar Gabriel auf einer Pressekonferenz in Russland von sw   
Nicht der "US-Geier" denn es gibt andere Meinungen und Zielsetzungen in der USA. Eben auch Trump, allerdings haben die Globalisten in den Ministerien der USA weiterhin viele Unterstützer sitzen. Das macht eine andere Politik der USA erstmal schwierig. Trump muß erst den Deep State in der USA zerschlagen um eine wirklich neue Politik zu machen. Viele Regierungen in der EU sind Teil des US-Deep States, so auch Deutschland unter Merkel. In Syrien gab es auch während dieses Krieges Wahlen und Assad wurde IMMER mit großer Mehrheit gewählt. Dies wird natürlich von unseren Medien verschwiegen, bzw. so dargestellt das unter den Umständen keine Wahlen durchführen könne, allerdings hat man in der Ukraine die Wahlen (sogar unter schlimmeren Umständen) akzeptiert.
          NATO, a monstrous institution    
NATO, a monstrous institution 

By Karel van Wolferen (June 3 2017)

Their anxiety about the future of NATO, recently on full display again when the American president was in Europe, could not be bettered as a measure of the incapacity of Europe’s top politicians to guide their continent and represent its populations. Through its provocations of Moscow, NATO systematically helps increase the risk of a military confrontation. By thus sabotaging its declared purpose of serving collective security for the countries on either side of the Atlantic, it erases its fundamental reason for being and right to exist.

Grasping these facts ought be enough to fuel moves aimed at quickly doing away with NATO. But it is terrible for more and easily overlooked reasons.

NATO’s survival prevents the political entity that is the European Union from becoming a significant global presence for reasons other than its economic weight. If you cannot have a defence policy of your own you also deprive yourself of a foreign policy. Without a substantive foreign policy, Europe does not show anything that anyone might consider ‘a face’ to the world. Without such a face to the outside, the inside cannot come to terms about what it stands for, and substitutes meaningless platitudes for answers to the question as to why it should exist in the first place.

NATO is an example of an institution that has gotten completely out of hand through European complacency, intellectual laziness, and business opportunism. As a security alliance it requires a threat. When the one that was believed to exist during the Cold War disappeared, a new one had to be found. Forged for defence against what was once believed to be an existential threat, it only began actually deploying its military might after that threat had disappeared, for its illegal war against Serbia. Once it had jumped that hurdle, it was encouraged to continue jumping toward imagined global threats. Its history since the demise of its original adversary has been deplorable, as its European member states were made party to war crimes resulting from actions at Washington’s behest for objectives that have made a dead letter of international law. It has turned some European governments into liars when they told their populations that sending troops to Afghanistan was for the purpose of assorted humanitarian purposes like reconstructing that country, rather than fighting a war against Taleban forces intent on reclaiming their country from American occupation. Afghanistan did not, as was predicted at the time, turn into the graveyard for NATO to come to rest, next to the British Empire, the Soviet Union and – farther back – Alexander the Great. Having survived Afghanistan, NATO continued to play a significant role in the destruction of Gaddafi's Libya, and in the destruction of parts of Syria through covertly organising, financing, and arming Isis forces for the purpose of overthrowing the Assad government. And it continues to serve as a cover for the war making elements in Britain and France. America’s coup in the Ukraine in 2014, which resulted in a crisis in relations with Russia, gave NATO a new lease on life as it helped create entirely uncalled for hysterical fear of Russia in Poland and the Baltic states. NATO repudiates things that we are said to hold dear. It is an agent of corruption of thought and action in both the United States and Europe. Through propaganda that distorts the reality of the situation in the areas where it operates, and perennial deceit about its true objectives, NATO has substituted a now widely shared false picture of geopolitical events and developments for one that, even if haphazard, used to be pieced together by independent reporters for mainstream media whose own tradition and editors encouraged discovery of facts. This propaganda relies to a large extent on incessant repetition for its success. It can generally not be traced to NATO as a source of origin because it is being outsourced to a well-funded network of public relations professionals.

The Atlantic Council is NATO's primary PR organization. It is connected with a web of think tanks and NGO’s spread throughout Europe, and very generous to journalists who must cope with a shrinking and insecure job environment. This entity is well-versed in Orwellian language tricks, and for obvious reasons must mischaracterise NATO itself as an alliance instead of a system of vassalage. Alliance presupposes shared purposes, and it cannot be Europe's purpose to be controlled by the United States, unless we now accept that a treasonous European financial elite must determine the last word on Europe's future.

An influential policy deliberation NGO known as the International Crisis Group (ICG), is one of the organizations linked with the Atlantic Council. It operates as a serious and studious outfit, carrying an impressive list of relatively well-known names of associates, which studies areas of the world harbouring conflicts or about-to-be conflicts that could undermine world peace and stability. Sometimes this group does offer information that is germane to a situation, but its purpose has in effect become one of making the mainstream media audience view the situation on the ground in Syria, or the ins and outs of North Korea, or the alleged dictatorship in Venezuela, and so on, through the eyeballs of the consensus creators in American foreign policy.

NATO repudiates political civilisation. It is disastrous for European intellectual life as it condemns European politicians and the thinking segment of the populations in its member states to be locked up in what may be described as political kindergarten, where reality is taught in terms of the manichean division between bad guys and superheroes. While Europe’s scholars, columnists, TV programmers and sophisticated business commentators rarely pay attention to NATO as an organization, and are generally oblivious to its propaganda function, what it produces condemns them to pay lip service to the silliest geopolitical fantasies.

NATO is not only terrible for Europe, it is very bad for the United States and the world in general, for it has handed to America's elites important tools aiding its delusional aim of fully dominating the planet. This is because NATO provides the most solid external support for sets of assumptions that allegedly lend a crucial moral dimension to America's warmaking. NATO does not exist for the sake of indispensable European military prowess, which mildly described has not been impressive. It exists as legal justification for Washington to keep nuclear weapons and military bases in Europe. It obviously also exists as support for America’s military- industrial complex. But its moral support ought to be considered its most significant contribution. Without NATO, the conceptual structure of a 'West' with shared principles and aims would collapse. NATO was once the organisation believed to ensure the continued viability of the Western part what used to be known as the 'free world'. Such connotations linger, and lend themselves to political exploitation. The 'free world' has since the demise of the Soviet Union not been much invoked. But 'the West' is still going strong, along with the notion of Western values and shared principles, with ‘the good’ in the form of benevolent motives automatically assumed to be on its side. This gives the powers that be in Washington a terrific claim in the realm of widely imagined moral aspects of geopolitical reality. They have inherited the mantle of the leader of the 'free world' and 'the West', and since there has not been a peep of dissension about this from the other side of the Atlantic, the claim appears true and legitimate in the eyes of the world and the parties concerned.

In the meantime the earlier American claim to speak and act on behalf of the free world was broadened and seemingly depoliticised by a substitute claim of speaking and acting on behalf of the ‘international community’. There is of course no such thing, but that doesn't bother editors who keep invoking it when some countries or the bad guys running them do things that are not to Washington's liking. Doing away with NATO would pull the rug from under the ‘international community’. Such a development would then reveal the United States, with its current political system and priorities in international affairs, as a criminal power and the major threat to peace in the world. I can hear an objection that without this resonation of moral claims the activities serving the ‘full spectrum dominance’ aim would have been carried out anyway. If you think so, and if you can stand reading again what the neocons were producing between 9/11 and the invasion of Iraqi in 2003, subtract all references to moral clarity and the necessity for the United States to serve as moral beacon for the world from that literature, and you will see that preciously little argument remains for American warmaking that ensued.

The spinelessness of the average European politician has added up to huge encouragement of the United States in its post-Cold War military adventurism. With forceful reminders from Europe about what those much vaunted supposedly shared political principles actually stood for, American rhetoric could not have been the same. Strong European condemnation of the shredding of the UN Charter, and the jettisoning of the principles adopted at the Nuremberg trials, would have made it much more difficult for George W Bush, Dick Cheney, and the neocons to go where blind fanaticism and hubris, with imagined economic advantage, took them. Perhaps more importantly, it might have given a relatively weak American protest movement the necessary added energy to rise to the level of effectiveness once attained by the

anti-Vietnam activists as they imprinted themselves on the political culture of the 60s and 70s. European dissent might not have halted but could have slowed the transformation of much of the mainstream media into neocon propaganda assets.

As it is, NATO exists today in a realm of discourse in which revered post-World War II liberal conditions and practices are still believed to exist. It is an apolitical and ahistorical realm determined by hubris and misplaced self-confidence, in which powers that have utterly altered these practices and negated its positive aspects are not acknowledged. It is a realm in which America's pathological condition of requiring an enemy as a source of everlasting profit is not acknowledged. It is a realm in which America's fatuous designs for complete control over the world is not acknowledged. It is a realm of foreign policy illusions.

NATO is supposed to guard putative Western values that in punditry observations have something to do with what the Enlightenment has bestowed on Western culture. But it deludes staunch NATO supporters, who cannot bring themselves to contemplate the possibility that what they have long trusted to be an agent of protection, has in fact become a major force that destroys those very qualities and principles.

There is a further more tangible political/legal reason why NATO is monstrous. It is steered by nonelected powers in Washington, but is not answerable to identifiable entities within the American military system. It is not answerable to any of the governing institutions of the European Union. Its centre in Brussels exists effectively outside the law. Its relations with ‘intelligence agencies’ and their secret operations remain opaque. Who is doing what and where are all questions to which no clear, legally actionable, information is made available.

NATO has thereby become a tool of intimidation lacking any compatibility with democratic political organisation. An autocrat aspiring to unfettered rule with which to operate anywhere in the world would find in NATO the ideal institutional arrangements. All this should be of our utmost concern. Because all this means that NATO is now one of the world’s most horrible organizations that at the same time has become so politically elusive, apparently, that there is no European agent with enough of a grip on it to make it disappear. 



          Trump’s ‘No Fly Zone’ Escalates U.S. War    

Trump’s ‘No Fly Zone’ Escalates U.S. War Against Syria

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The lie that the U.S. is fighting Islamic State (ISIS) terrorism in Syria was publicly exploded on June 18 when a U.S. F/A-18 “Super Hornet” fighter jet launched from the George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier shot down a Syrian government aircraft that had attacked ISIS and the Al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front forces in Raqqa. The last major “rebel”-held stronghold in Northern Syria and Syria’s sixth largest city, Raqqa is the capital of ISIS’s proclaimed caliphate.
State Department officials asserted that the downing of the Syrian jet was in accord with U.S. policy to operate under its unilaterally established “rules of engagement” that include the “collective self-defense” of its “Syrian partners.” Translated, the quoted phrases amount to a declaration that the U.S. and its imperial allies in Syria will attack any and all forces that seek to interfere with U.S. imperialist objectives.
In addition to its virtual “no fly zone” over the Raqqa region, U.S. generals have set up a similarly “protected” garrison at al-Tanf in southeastern Syria, where its “Syrian partners” and U.S., British and Norwegian advisers are based. Here too, U.S. military tops have warned pro-Assad forces to stay out, having tagged this region with the newly coined euphemism, “zone of deconfliction.”
After the June 18 downing of the Syrian jet fighter, U.S. officials cynically asserted that “The coalition does not seek to fight the Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend coalition or partner forces from any threat.”
In the same mid-June timeframe and with the same rationale, U.S. warplanes shot down several Iranian midrange missiles that were targeting the ISIS-controlled oil-rich Deir Al-Zour province in Eastern Syria where ISIS forces surround some 200,000 civilians. These Syrians, according to U.S. policy, are not to be freed from ISIS’s grip by anyone working with the Syrian government. Effectively, ISIS in the area surrounding Deir Al-Zour is protected by the U.S. and its “partners.”
U.S. Contemplates “Stabilization Lite”
This is now the public policy of the U.S., presented in bold outline by several U.S. officials and top imperialist planners and reported in the June 23 NYT under the headline, “U.S. Sends Civilians to Stabilize Recaptured Syrian Areas.” The referenced “civilians” include representatives from the CIA-directed Agency for International Development and representatives from the array of countries that are supporting the U.S. war in Syria. Billions of dollars are to be expended in this effort, not to rebuild Syria, but to insure the stability of the occupying force in the regions the U.S. seeks to establish under its control. A minimum of 1,000 U.S. troops would remain in these “recaptured” regions, according to The Times report, undoubtedly qualitatively more if the U.S. warmakers believe they can further leverage their intervention.
In the same article, Linda Robinson, a senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation expressed a note of caution:
“Syria is not a country that we control. This is stabilization light. We do not have, nor do we intend to get, control of the place, which would enable us to move and do these state-building activities.” [My emphasis.]
She added, “What is also very important to understand is what is the tolerance of the Syrian government for the U.S. to go in and do these activities. There have been increasing tensions with the regime, with the Iranians and with the Russians and the possibility that we are backing into a war with the Assad government and its backers.” Needless to say, such a war has been underway for years despite the U.S lie that its illegal, uninvited presence in Syria is to fight ISIS.
On June 8, ten days before the attack on the Syrian jet, U.S. warplanes obliterated an Iranian, pro-Syrian government convoy headed for Raqqa to attack ISIS, Al Qaida and other U.S.-backed forces.
The June 18 attack on the Syrian aircraft was not the first such overt assault since 2011 when the short-lived Syrian Arab Spring was quickly hijacked by covert U.S.–backed terrorist forces aimed at the same “regime change” operation in Syria that the U.S. had previously orchestrated in Iraq, Libya, and Egypt. Since the April 7 U.S. Tomahawk missile attack on the Syrian Shayrat air base – under the pretext of retaliation for the unproven claim that the Assad government used sarin gas U.S. threats and overt attacks on Syrian government forces and its supporters have become routine. [Note: As we go to press a June 25 detailed article refuting President Trump’s accusation that the Syrian government used sarin gas in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in April 2017 has been published on the German online website Welt N24 Politik. Its author, Pulitzer Prize journalist Seymour Hersh, cites several top U.S. military advisers to President Trump as insisting that “This was not a chemical weapons strike.” With full knowledge of the facts that demonstrated that sarin gas was not used by the Assad government, or anyone else, the advisers, note that Trump proceeded to bomb Syria anyway. JM]
The longstanding covert U.S./NATO/Gulf State monarchy regime change war against Syria, wherein billions of dollars have been secretly extended to train and arm virtually all forces that aim to remove the Syrian government, has now become open. The notion that a civil war between competing Syrian factions prevails in Syria is a terrible fraud – one that is employed by both the U.S. government and its bi-partisan propagandists, but also, tragically, by sections of the U.S. left. Syria, as with all poor and oppressed nations is the undeniable victim of a U.S.-orchestrated imperialist attack, little different from the imperialist conflagrations that plague oppressed people and nations around the world – from the Middle East to Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Hillary Clinton’s election time advocacy of a “no fly zone” in Syria – aimed at preventing Syrian and allied forces, including Russia, Iran and the Lebanese-based Hezbollah, from ridding Syria of U.S.-backed forces – has now become President Donald Trump’s official policy.
“Deconfliction” is the new U.S.-invented term to designate the ever-expanding and always changing U.S. “No-Fly zones,” that is, portions of Syria that the U.S. hopes to occupy now to maximize its leverage in a contemplated postwar Syrian negotiated settlement wherein Syria’s future is to be determined not by the Syria people or government but rather by the U.S.-established military relationship of forces on the ground.
As U.S. air war Middle East chief Lt. General Jeffrey Harrington stated, “Every war must come to an end and when it does there will be a negotiated settlement.” In this context, Harrington bragged to the NYT that his success in Syria resided in his efforts to increase the “space” controlled by U.S.-backed forces.
Establishing U.S.  “No Fly Zones”
CBS News reported that on June 6 and again on June 8 when “27 [Syrian] regime vehicles drove within 18 miles of al-Tanf, which breached the [U.S.-declared] 34-mile radius of the army convoy’s operations, U.S. aircraft first attempted to buzz the regime, but when the convoy didn’t turn around, they [the U.S. forces] conducted a strike against some of the vehicles.”
“The rebels being trained at al-Tanf are from a number of Arab rebel groups, referred to by the U.S. as Vetted Syrian Opposition, or VSO, who oppose both the Assad regime and ISIS,” according to the liberal BuzzFeed News. They noted that, “U.S. Special Forces have been increasingly fighting alongside these rebel groups in Southern Syria.”
The Wall Street Journal’s Yaroslav Trofimov reported that, “The U.S. attack at al Tanf is significant not because the U.S. has once again struck Assad’s forces, but because it did so in defense of Syrian rebels.” The same report observed, “Once skeptical about U.S.-backed anti-Assad ‘rebels,’ Trump stated in a 2015 election debate that ‘we have no idea who they are.’” Trump had suggested that they may be ISIS and added that “We can’t be fighting ISIS and fighting Assad.” Today, the U.S. is indeed fighting Assad, directly and indirectly, but its focus on ISIS is more complicated.
A March 31, 2017 NYT article, for example, noted that U.S. forces in Raqqa were attacking ISIS from the North, East and West, but not the South – the implication being that ISIS forces driven in this direction might be useful in assisting the blockade of Syrian forces in the South, that is, in the Deir Al-Zour region. Indeed they were. ISIS forces were allowed to evacuate Raqqa, weapons and military gear in tow, heading south toward Deir Al Zour, near the Iraqi and Jordanian border.
Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis noted that “We should not take this U.S. strike [against Assad’s armed forces] as a sign that the U.S. is getting more involved in Syria,” an example of Orwellian doublespeak if ever there was one.
Syria’s Right to Self-Determination
With the Syrian government’s September 2015 request to the Russian and Iranian governments and Hezbollah forces in Lebanon to intervene on its behalf, Syria has retaken large parts of the country that were previously occupied by ISIS and other U.S.-backed forces. Some estimates put that previously occupied figure at two-thirds of the country. Syria, a sovereign nation, has every right to self-determination, that is, to defend itself from imperial attack and seek the support of allies to challenge U.S.-led war and regime change efforts.
Al Udeid is the U.S. Central Command headquarters in the Middle East – the nerve center of its air campaigns in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. It is from Al Udeid that the U.S. conducts its now 16-year war in Afghanistan and its current wars in Iraq and Syria. Al Udeid supplied the air and ground forces in the U.S./NATO “humanitarian war” that destroyed Libya’s infrastructure. U.S.-backed mercenaries from Qatar then proceeded to “liberate” Libya’s capital of Tripoli using the pretext that the Gadhafi government was about to exterminate 50,000 unarmed civilians in Benghazi. British authorities now admit that there was no such threat. Neither did the Sadaam Hussein government have the “weapons of mass destruction” that the U.S. war makers insisted were about to be unleashed on the world.
U.S. General Espouses Policy Objectives
“If the Syrians were going to make a run at our guys, we were going to be in a position to defend them ourselves,” said Lt. General Harrington in a May 23 NYT interview. “Our intent was to be in position to support our guys and get back into fighting ISIS.” The reference to “our guys,” of course, includes NATO and U.S.-financed and abetted terrorist forces aimed at Assad’s removal. There are no other forces in Syria today that operate independently of U.S. imperialism and its coalition partners.
This May 23 article entitled, “Inside the Air War Over Syria: A High Altitude ‘Poker Game,’” offers what The Times calls “a rare glimpse into how the [U.S.] military plans and orchestrates the complex ballet of strike, surveillance and refueling aircraft that keeps the war going around the clock.”
This seemingly endless war has taken a terrible toll on the Syrian people. A respected polling organization – ORB International, which does polling for western nations, including the U.S. government – nevertheless demonstrated that support for the Bashar Assad government and its Iranian allies far exceeds support for the U.S. and its “coalition partners,” including the Free Syrian Army, Al-Qaeda and similar groups. Support for ISIS was miniscule.
Regardless, recognition and defense of Syria’s right to self-determination – an inalienable right of all poor and oppressed nations under imperialist attack or threatened by colonial occupation – is the critical dividing line in the U.S. antiwar movement today. While not taking any position on the Assad government itself, U.S. antiwar organizations like the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) are staunch defenders of Syria’s right to self-determination. UNAC unanimously re-affirmed this stance at its recent June 16-18 national conference in Richmond, VA where over 300 activists from 31 states drew up plans for future coordinated, independent, mass mobilizations against U.S. imperialist wars. (See UNAC’s adopted Action Plan at UNACpeace.org.)
The principle of the right of self-determination of oppressed nations has its origins in the worldwide struggles of oppressed people to win their freedom from the world’s chief colonizing and imperialist great powers that had previously divided and re-divided the world and subjected poor and conquered peoples to their rule. The history of the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia is in great part a history of the just struggles of the conquered and occupied nations for freedom and self-determination. Socialists and other democratically minded organizations have traditionally supported all such struggles against imperialist intervention, whether their leadership was socialist, bourgeois nationalist or even downright reactionary. This was the case, for example, when fascist Italy invaded feudal Ethiopia at the beginning of WWII, or more recently when the U.S. invaded Iraq and deposed the Sadaam Hussein government.  (Hussein had previously been a U.S. ally and surrogate when he invaded Iran in 1980 in a six-year war that took the lives of one million Iranians and 800,000 Iraqis.) In all cases, the key criteria for opposition to imperialist war has been the understanding that, freed from direct colonial control, the working masses of these oppressed nations have the best opportunity to deal with their own indigenous oppressors. The resultant weakening and defeat of the imperialist occupier upon its forced withdrawal is an added bonus that factors into any world balance sheet that measures the relationship of forces between imperialist subjugators and their victims.
The right of self-determination includes Syria’s right to call for help from Russia, Iran and others as they see fit. Such support – however equivocal and for whatever opportunist reasons it may be given – can have a significant impact on thwarting U.S. imperialist objectives. As compared to late 2015, much of Syria today is free from the direct control of the forces let loose by U.S. imperialism. It is these forces that are overwhelmingly responsible for the estimated 500,000 Syrians killed, including 100,000 Syrian Army soldiers as well as the 1.5 million Syrian refugees that are today scattered across the Middle East and elsewhere.
This is not to say that the Russia’s or Iran’s primary objective is the liberation of Syria from imperialist control, and certainly not the establishment of a socialist or even democratic Syria. Vladimir Putin’s objectives are simply to use Russian influence in Syria as a bargaining chip to negotiate with the U.S./NATO cabal and win some concessions with regard to NATO’s threatening encirclement of Russia and its imposition of stinging sanctions arising out of Russia’s opposition to the neo-fascist, US/EU-backed coup in Ukraine.
The recent widely televised two-part “Putin Interviews” with filmmaker Oliver Stone revealed Russian perspectives and politics in bold relief when Stone felt compelled to correct Putin’s repeated assertions of friendship with his “U.S. partners.” Stone asked, “How can you repeatedly call the U.S. your partner when it is ever surrounding you with NATO troops and imposing hurtful sanctions?” Putin could only smile and repeat his solidarity and claimed “partnership” with the U.S. while holding out his hopes that peaceful negotiated solutions of their differences would be forthcoming.
Putin, a spokesperson par excellence for a weak and isolated Russian capitalism, basked with Stone in the splendor of his ornate state-owned Russian dacha home, while praising the Russian Orthodox Church, expressing his solidarity with U.S. imperialism’s “fight against terrorism,” and ridiculing the great 1917 Russian Revolution. Putin, who supported the U.S./NATO war that reduced Libya to rubble, lacked the good sense to hide his reactionary social views as he disparaged women and LGBTQI people. No liberating friend of the Syrian masses, Putin seeks a negotiated accommodation with U.S. imperialism. This is similar to other lesser capitalist nations that are increasingly compelled to bend to the dictates of the world’s sole superpower.
Yet Russia’s role in forcing the U.S.-backed armed forces in Syria to retreat cannot be dismissed, if for the sole reason that, absent an overt imperialist conquest, opportunities for future struggle of Syria’s working masses to advance their own interests will be that much greater. Tragically, history does not always offer a clear and straight path to liberation. Absent Russian and Iranian intervention in the Syrian conflict, the likelihood of US/NATO imperial victory would be virtually assured. The alternative to Russian and Iranian support for Syria can only be Syria’s return to imperialist-imposed great power domination or perhaps formal division or incorporation into neighboring states.
Today, Syria’s future rests less on the intentions of Russian or Iranian capitalists than it does on the future emergence of an independent anti-imperialist and socialist force inside Syria that champions the interests of the Syrian working masses and on capacity of antiwar forces in the U.S. and around the world to mobilize millions in the streets demanding “U.S. Out Now!,”  “Self-determination for Syria!” and “Money for Jobs, Not War!” These are the starting points for the mass antiwar movement that can best serve the interests of the Syrian people. In addition to marches, rallies and teach-ins, the economic might of the U.S. working class must be brought to bear. Indeed, the struggles against all U.S. wars abroad and the fight against the ever-intensifying wars against working people at home cannot be separated; in many ways it is the same fight. We must say no to the wars of the one percent both at home and abroad. Not one more dollar, not one more bullet for Washington’s wars! 
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Jeff Mackler is a staffwriter for Socialist Action. He can be reached at jmackler@lmi.net  socialist action.org

          Новости фриланса. Итоги 2016 года   

фриланс

Казалось, не так давно мы подводили итоги 2015 года, как уже промелькнул за окнами 2016. Он был разным: и сложным, и интересным, и полным новостей.

Под конец ушедший год принес немного неприятностей украинским фрилансерам:  запретили популярные платежные электронные системы. Национализация крупнейшего в стране банка тоже обрадовала немногих.
 

В то же время в Украине фриланс вышел на новый уровень. В этом году биржа Freelancehunt ввела долгожданное (и обещанное в том году) нововведение – сервис «БизнесСейф», благодаря которому компании, сотрудничающие с фрилансерами через биржу, получают полный пакет документов для бухгалтерии. 
 

Вообще все ведущие биржи фриланса в этом году потрудились на славу. Каждый месяц появлялось что-то новенькое, какие-то новые улучшения и изменения. Какие-то более значимые. Какие-то менее. Все их мы старались освещать на страницах нашего журнала, сейчас же вспомним только самые «горячие».
 

Например, зарубежная биржа Upwork, на которой зарабатывают многие наши соотечественники, в начале года изменила размер комиссии из фиксированного на «плавающий», зависящий от размера заработка фрилансера. Кстати, ей спустя полгода начали пророчить скорую смерть, но пошумели и забыли.
 

FL.ru в этом году несколько раз меняла стоимость PRO-аккаунта. Сначала это была «плавающая» стоимость, зависящая от нескольких факторов. В июле фиксированную ставку вернули назад. Правда, разную для разных специальностей. Потом еще и дали возможность оплачивать PRO в кредит… Что это было – выводы делайте сами. Попытки заработать больше или остаться на плаву?..
 

На Freelance.ru появился новый бизнес «Бизнес-аккаунт 2XL», который, кроме тех возможностей, что дает простой XL, позволяет оставлять приватные заявки в проектах. Обновлена Галерея работ фрилансеров.

В ноябре был обновлен дизайн биржи. 
 

Много работы проделала администрация биржи Weblancer. Изменена лента заказов, поработали над категорией Копирайтинг/Рерайтинг, изменив способ подачи заявок, изменились условия арбитража, увеличено число бесплатных заявок для новичков, и многое другое. Самое свежее обновление – это возможность пригласить фрилансеров в заказ, заказ похожих работ, и некоторые изменения в персональных заказах. 
 

Ознаменовался год и введением нового формата сотрудничества между фрилансерами и заказчиками. В январе увидел свет магазин фриланс-услуг Kwork, а спустя полгода – еще один, Todo.run. Подобный формат пришелся по вкусу заказчикам, у фрилансеров же мнения по поводу такого вида работы разделяются.
 

Еще один формат пришел на просторы отечественного фриланса. Если раньше все бежали на зарубежный Envato, чтобы заработать продажей шаблонов, логотипов и прочего добра, то теперь сделать это можно «дома». Появился ресурс, позволяющий создать пассивный доход: Freelance.Discount. Здесь можно продавать фотографии, тексты, шаблоны сайтов, презентации и многое другое.
 

Коснулись нововведения и сервиса конкурсов и безопасных сделок Freelance.Boutique. Тут ввели новый формат конкурсов – конкурсы PRO, обновили дизайн, а также открыли магазин типовых услуг фрилансеров. 
 

Что еще интересного было в 2016-ом – вы всегда сможете почитать в разделе «Новости» нашего журнала. Но пора уже перевернуть страницу и начать новое повествование, под названием «Фриланс в 2017 году»!

Надеемся, он будет таким же насыщенным интересными событиями и новыми возможностями для удаленной работы и фриланса.


          Новости фриланса. Ноябрь 2016   

Последний месяц осени был насыщен разными событиями: и теми, что касались фриланса напрямую, и теми, которые влияли косвенно. Пришло время вспомнить, какими именно.
 
фриланс 

Freelance.Ru

Популярнейшая биржа Рунета Freelance.Ru обновила свой дизайн. В частности, сильно изменилась главная страница ресурса.

Подробнее 


Weblancer 

Тем временем биржа Weblancer установила скидки на тарифные планы.

Подробнее 


Freelancehunt

В этот месяц на украинской бирже было одно небольшое обновление. На сервисе появилась возможность разово поднимать проект вверх списка проектов. Стоимость услуги – 20 грн.


Fl.
Ru

На сайте ввели новые способы продвижения своих услуг и поиска работы:

1. Предложения фрилансеров, которые выводятся на самом видном месте в виде «карусели» (наверху страниц, сразу под шапкой сайта) на всех индексных страницах раздела проектов и каталога фрилансеров (включая разделы и специализации).

2. Персональная обложка профиля (где-то мы уже это видели…).


Advego

На текстовой бирже ведется набор ночных модераторов, на время с 23.00 до 8.00.

Подробности 


Miratext

Биржа Миратекст подключила новый вариант вывода средств. Теперь деньги можно выводить не только на Webmoney, Яндекс.Деньги или QIWI, но и на карты Visa/MasterCard (только выпущенные в России)!

Минимальная сумма для вывода — 100 руб. Комиссия платежной системы — 2% (минимум 30 руб.).

Еще на бирже обновили фильтр заказов. 

 

Еще новости:

В Украине запретили Webmoney, Яндекс.Деньги, QIWI Wallet и Wallet one 

Магазин услуг фрилансеров Kwork. За год в тройку лидеров 

Запущен новый сервис, где авторы текстов могут получать дополнительный доход 

«Черная пятница» на Freelance.Discount: скидки от 10% до 25%! 

Дедлайн оказывает негативное влияние на работоспособность 

 

Оставайтесь с нами! Впереди много интересного.


          Power Grid Resilience [Scanning the Issue]   
Hurricane Sandy and other recent extreme weather events, which have caused significant service interruptions including power outages, have revealed that our power grid is not sufficiently planned and operated to be resilient to large-scale events. Power grid resilience is a generic term that covers many aspects of power grid planning and operation. A resilient power grid should be capable of executing preventive measures, mitigating the impact of extreme events, responding optimally by automated control procedures, reducing the time needed to restore service to consumers, and potentially leading to significant economic savings. In addition, due to the growing usage of information and communication technologies (ICT), power grids are being increasingly exposed to cyber attacks. The recent blackout in Ukraine serves as a good example to illustrate the severe consequence that cyber attacks on the power grid can entail. Extensive reports and media coverage indicate the urgency to improve our power grid resilience. Maintaining resilience of the power grid is crucial to our nation’s energy security and sustainability.
          Instagram Comedian, CrazeClown Graduates As A Medical Doctor In Ukraine   
CrazeClownPopular Nigerian Instagram comedian, CrazeClown whose real name is Emmanuel Iwueke has added a new feather to his cap as he graduates from a Ukrainian University as a Medical Doctor. An excited crazeclown shared a comical photo of him and wrote; “OFFICIALLY A DOCTOR OF MEDICINE … I’m gonna be LIVE ON INSTAGRAM in a […]
          Podcast364: The ELL Bill of Rights - An Interview with Ruslana Westerlund   
This podcast is an interview with Ruslana Westerlund, the creator of the ELL Bill of Rights (ellbillofrights.com) and the keynote speaker at the "Co-teaching and Collaboration Conference" in St Paul, Minnesota on 12 Nov 2010, at the School Community of Excellence. Ruslana is an educator originally from Ukraine, and has worked for years with English Language Learners. She is focused on educating teachers as well as students about the rights they have in the United States as ELLs. Her website is "a place where students, teachers, community members, or anyone else passionate about equity and advocacy for English learners can choose tools that send the message of empowerment. The tools you will find here will help you empower and advocate for your English Learners. These tools are great conversation starters. Engage with your community in courageous conversations! Wear a t-shirt! Start talking! Serve as a "spokesperson for the welfare of all learners in a multicultural context." In addition to sharing our interview in this podcast, I also share a poem and story which Ruslana sent to me and asked I include in this recording. Many of our classrooms are more diverse than ever, and the information about which Ruslana is passionate to share is critical for us all to understand. In becoming more aware of ELL rights and effective strategies to help second language learners, we can all become better educators for all our students.
          K, K and K   
(By American Zen's Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari Goldstein)
K, K and K. Funny how that letter keeps popping up in threes and dogging this administration. Of course, this isn't about Donald Trump's loyal fan base in the Ku Klux Klan. This is about the other KKK: Kushner, Kislyak and the Kremlin.
     Last Friday night, after what used to be the end of the weekly news cycle before social media made it 24/7, the Washington Post, followed by the New York Times two hours later published differing accounts of Jared Kushner asking Russia's US ambassador Sergey Kislyak for direct, secure access to the Kremlin, rendering deaf the prying ears of the intelligence community. This in itself should raise a lot of eyebrows but rather than retreading common ground, the Gray Lady decided to soft-pedal it.
     With tongue in cheek she says, perhaps with genuine naïveté, "Even if the proposal was designed primarily as a conduit to discuss policy issues, it is unclear why such communications would have needed to be carried out though a secret channel." Indeed. Especially as the Trump transition team didn't make this meeting at Trump Tower public knowledge and to this day still refuses to comment on it except through a veil of anonymity. Furthermore, the NYT went on to state,
The idea behind the secret communications channel, the three people said, was for Russian military officials to brief Mr. Flynn about the Syrian war and to discuss ways to cooperate there.
     One gets the impression this rationale, which allegedly took even Kislyak by surprise, was a glorified fig leaf for what would've been even more collusionary activity between the White House and the Kremlin had the idea not been abandoned by both sides.
     But then this came out: A few days after the meeting with Kislyak in Trump Tower, Kushner then had a meeting with another Sergey, this one Sergey Gorkov, a powerful Russian banker with close ties to Vladimir Putin. Well, "close ties" is understating it. Gorkov is actually a crony of Putin's and a graduate of the FSB's spy school. Later on, Putin made him the head of the VneshEconomBank (or VEB). It would be sanctioned under the Obama administration after Putin invaded the Ukraine and annexed Crimea.
     It ought to be mentioned here that unlike the Times, the WaPo had also reported that Kushner's idea at the time was to use Russian equipment at the Russian embassy so future communiques with Moscow couldn't be overheard by the FBI, which closely monitors all communications between Russian diplomats in the US and Moscow. That, obviously, would've caused security risks for both the Russians and us. It's an idea that on its face seems so naïve or absurd (as the Times would've had it), it was no wonder Moscow didn't approve it.

"Policy is the elephant in the room"
In Matt Yglesias' breakdown of the "dueling accounts", he mentions the core issue at the heart of these recent disclosures regardless of which account you read: The actual central policy these secret, behind locked door meetings signify. And, as is always the case, what we suspect always far outweighs what we actually know, especially when speculating on national security matters. So let's take stock of what we do know:
     The White House, through Kushner, wanted to set up hard, secured channels straight to Moscow, a request that was so bizarre even Kislyak was surprised. The very meeting was also such a potentially explosive revelation that Kushner (as had Jeff Sessions and several others in the Trump White House) had lied on his SF86 form (an application for top secret security clearance) by omitting his meetings with the Russians. Essentially, this means Kushner got his job through fraudulent means and ought to fired immediately according to Justice Department regulations.
     Yet, despite these disturbing requests, meetings with Russians and lying about them on his security clearance application, despite his name coming up quite frequently in the DOJ's ongoing investigation into the Trump administration's ties to Russia, Kushner himself is still not under investigation.
     Michael Flynn, Trump's short-lived National Security advisor, was present at the first meeting with Kislyak. He was being so openly groomed as a Judas goat/fall guy that Acting AG Sally Yates warned White Counsel three times about the danger of Flynn being compromised.
      We know for a fact Trump has had an antagonistic relationship with the intelligence community since he was Candidate Trump. Therefore it's only natural for a furtive, paranoid character like Trump to send in his son in law to lay the groundwork for a hard, secured channel straight to Trump's BFF, Vlad Putin.
     Rep. Adam Schiff took to the Sunday talk show circuit today to say in no uncertain terms that after this revelation of seeking back channels to the Kremlin (then withholding that information on his security clearance application), there's no way Kushner should be allowed to keep his security clearance. At the very least, Schiff added, it ought to be seriously reviewed.
     He's right.

              
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          Five convicted over murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov   
A Russian court has convicted five Chechen men of murdering opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. One of President Vladimir Putin's most vocal critics, his murder sent a ripple around opposition circles. The verdict comes over two years after he was shot dead on a bridge near the Kremlin. At the time of his death, he was working on a report looking into the role of Russia in Ukraine. Hearings lasted more than eight months. One of those convicted was Zaur Dadayev, a former soldier in Chechnya, who prosecutors said had pulled the trigger. The jury found that the four others had acted as his accomplices and had been promised a bounty of 15 roubles (220,000 euros) for the assassination. The court said Ruslan Mukhudinov, the man suspected of organising the murder, is being sought by police. According to Interfax news agency, the Kremlin has said it is up to investigators to decide if further investigation into the killing is needed. Both the lawyer for Nemtsov family & lawyers of men convicted of killing him think the verdict is premature attempt to declare murder solved pic.twitter.com/KBveS6oq4b- Alec Luhn (@ASLuhn) June 29, 2017 While Nemtsov's supporters have welcomed the outcome, they claim Dadayev and the rest of the group are low-level operatives. The say the case has yet to be solved, because whoever ordered, financed and planned the hit have not been caught. The late politician's daughter, Zhanna Nemtsova, has repeatedly called for Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed head of Chechnya, to be questioned in relation to the case. He calls himself "Putin's foot soldier" and has praised Dadayev as a "true patriot of Russia." Nemtsova's lawyer, Vadim Prokhorov, told reporters: "It's the biggest crime of the century and yet they haven't identified the real organisers or those who ordered it. "The Russian government was not prepared to look into the entourage of Kadyrov," he added. Kadyrov has never appeared before the court and denies allegations he was personally involved.
           Ports recover, but Ukraine still disrupted by cyberattack    
PARIS (AP) — Danish shipping giant A.P. Maersk-Moller says cargo terminals and port operations are returning to normal following a strikingly virulent and disruptive outbreak of malicious software. A Ukrainian government employee told The Associated Press she's still relying on her iPhone because her office's computers were "collapsed."
           Global cyberattack seems intent on havoc, not extortion    
PARIS (AP) — A cyberattack that caused indiscriminate economic damage around the world was apparently designed to create maximum havoc in Russia's neighbor and adversary Ukraine, security researchers said. Computers were disabled at banks, government agencies, energy companies, supermarkets, railways and telecommunications providers. Firms including Russia's anti-virus Kaspersky Lab, said clues in the code indicate that the program's authors would have been incapable of decrypting the data, further evidence that the ransom demands were a smoke screen. The attack came the same day as the assassination of a senior Ukrainian military intelligence officer and a day before a national holiday celebrating the new Ukrainian constitution signed after the breakup of the Soviet Union. "Everything being said so far does point to Russia being a leading candidate for a suspect in this attack," said Robert M. Lee, CEO of Dragos Inc. an expert who has studied the attacks on Ukraine's power grid. Security experts believe MeDoc was the unwitting victim of something akin to a "watering-hole attack," where a malicious program surreptitiously planted at a popular destination infects parties that visit. The method was previously uses to infect industrial control systems operators through software updates in a cyberespionage campaign dubbed "Dragonfly" that was "widely attributed to Russia," said Williams. Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk, one of the global companies hit hardest, said Thursday that most of its terminals were running again, though some are operating in a limited way or more slowly than usual.
          Global cyberattack seems intent on havoc, not extortion   

PARIS >> A cyberattack that caused indiscriminate economic damage around the world was apparently designed to create maximum havoc in Russia's neighbor and adversary Ukraine, security researchers said.

While the rogue software used in the attack was configured as extortionate "ransomware," that may have just been a ruse.


          As A New Wave Of Cyberattacks Rolls Out, Rep. Ted Lieu Asks What The NSA's Going To Do About It   

Leaked NSA exploits have now been the basis for two massive cyberattacks. The first -- Wannacry -- caught hospitals and other critical infrastructure across several nations in the crossfire, using a tool built on the NSA's ETERNALBLUE exploit backbone. The second seems to be targeting Ukraine, causing the same sort of havoc but with a couple of particularly nasty twists.

This one, called Petya, demanded ransom from victims. Things went from bad to worse when email provider Posteo shut down the attacker's account. Doing so prevented affected users from receiving decryption keys, even if they paid the ransom.

It soon became apparent it didn't matter what Posteo did, no matter how clueless or ill-advised. There was no retrieving files even if ransoms were paid. Two separate sets of security researchers examined the so-called ransomware and discovered Petya is actually a wiper. Once infected, victims' files are as good as gone. No amount of bitcoin is going to reverse the inevitable. The ransomware notices were only there to draw attention to the infection and away from the malware's true purpose.

Both cases are considered to be attacks by nation states. Inconsistently-applied patches -- most of them released with zero information by Microsoft -- have led to an insane amount of damage.

Through it all, the NSA -- whose tools were leaked -- has remained consistently silent. There's been no indication if the agency is working to mitigate the ongoing threat or whether it's far more concerned with discovering who left behind the malware toolkit first exposed by the ShadowBrokers.

It's unlikely we'll hear much being said publicly by the agency, but Rep. Ted Lieu has sent a letter to NSA chief Mike Rogers demanding answers. The letter [PDF] points out both attacks have been based on NSA exploits (ETERNALBLUE and ETERNALROMANCE). Lieu also states he fears the attacks seen in the past few weeks are only the "tip of the iceberg." The agency's refusal to discuss the attacks apparently isn't going to fly anymore.

Lieu makes two requests: the first is for the agency to see if it has some sort of magic "OFF" switch just laying around.

My first and urgent request is that if the NSA knows how to stop this global malware attack, or has information that can help step the attack, NSA should immediately disclose it. If the NSA has a kill switch for this new malware attack, the NSA should deploy it now.

It's far more likely the NSA has information it would rather not share than it is the agency has a way to shut down this attack, much less prevent future variations on its ETERNAL theme. But that's directly related to the second part of Lieu's request: work with companies whose software is being exploited to prevent further attacks. If the NSA still has security holes it's hoping won't be patched anytime soon, the current situation would seem to call for a rethink of its exploit-hoarding M.O.

What may be in order is the NSA stepping up and playing defense. It has stated a desire to be a larger cog in the US cyberwar machinery, but often seems more interested in playing offense than pitching in to help on the defensive end. That may need to change quickly if the NSA isn't going to be seen as more of a problem than a solution.



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          Weekly Round Up: Petya ‘ransomware’, SNES Classic & more   

Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days.
This week sees Hadlee Simons hosting Andy Walker and Stephen Timm.
Kicking off the podcast, Andy talks through the world’s latest cyber-attack. Petya, or NotPetya, reappeared in Ukraine this week after dying down last year. The attack targeted machines running Windows, and spread as far as Chernobyl, Mumbai and a chocolate factory in Tasmania.
Next up, Stephen talks of the Savca report revealing that South African private equity capital returns to investors were up 123.2% last year to R18.3-billion — up from R8.2-billion in 2015.
We then [...]

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          Black see...Чёрное море...2010 год...   
Здравствуйте!!! Я Люда... Мы на Чёрном море, в Крыму...
Лето...








Пока всё... До свидания...До новой встречи...Люсил...


          Арабатская стрелка.   
Прекрасное время. Тридцать четвёртая встреча...



Здравствуйте! Я - Люда...
А вообще-то Люсиль (लुसिल्ले).Мне 5 лет.
Я с новой причёской.












Мы учимся играть в теннис






Это наш дядя Алексей, мамин брат.




Я в сауне




Атракцион. Я в шаре на воде.




Марк с Алёшей катаются на лодочке.







Наши обеды на Арабатской стрелке.
Это пельмени в горшочке











          Мы в Московском театре...   
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А вообще-то Люсиль (लुसिल्ले).Мне 5 лет.
Мы с удовольствием посещали театры Москвы.
В этом театре мы посмотрели спектакль "Золушка"












После театра мы покатались на мотороллерах.






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          Мы в Геническе...   
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А вообще-то Люсиль (लुसिल्ले).Мне 5 лет.
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мы продолжили наше путешествие самолётом на Украину.
Первую остановку мы сделали в городе Геническе,
который находится на берегу Азовского моря
и там живёт бабушкина сестра.















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          The Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to Some Legislative Acts of Ukraine on Eliminating Barriers to Attracting Foreign Investment” (Ukrainian)   
On 26 June 2017 President Petro Poroshenko signed the Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to Some Legislative Acts of Ukraine on Eliminating Barriers to Attracting Foreign Investment” as adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 23 May (the “Law”). The...
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          The Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to Some Legislative Acts of Ukraine on Eliminating Barriers to Attracting Foreign Investment”   
On 26 June 2017 President Petro Poroshenko signed the Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to Some Legislative Acts of Ukraine on Eliminating Barriers to Attracting Foreign Investment” as adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 23 May (the “Law”). The...
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          The Latest: Retailers issue warnings after cyberattack   

In this Jan. 31, 2014, file photo of A.P. Moller-Maersk containers on a ship in the Panama Canal. Hackers Tuesday June 27, 2017 caused widespread disruption across Europe, hitting Ukraine especially hard.


          APTOPIX Romania Cyberattacks   

A woman looks at a computer monitor back dropped by a real time cyber-attacks world map, at the headquarters of Bitdefender in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. A new, highly virulent strain of malicious ransom software that is crippling computers globally appears to have been sown in Ukraine, where it badly hobbled much of the government and private sector on the eve of a holiday celebrating a post-Soviet constitution.


          Yet Another Ransomware Threatens The World   

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Just over a month ago, WannaCry ransomware struck a massive blow that circled the globe. Now, as the dust has barely settled from its cyber attack, a new threat from Petya has appeared on the horizon.

Ransomware, a new criminal venture born in this century, invades and takes over computer systems. The owner/controller of a hijacked system is told they must pay the perpetrator, usually in bit coin, a type of digital currency, to regain control of their systems. Businesses and governments, who rely heavily on computerized systems today, are the usual targets of the crime.

It was originally thought that this was a phenomenon limited to the Ukraine, but incidents have been reported in other countries, including France, Spain, Russia, and India. The threat goes well beyond the borders of these countries as more and more of those in positions of power find they cannot access their computers.


          Amid global threats — and infighting at the Capitol — Minnesota's cybersecurity operation struggles to keep up   

On the third floor of an office building in St. Paul, a conference room has been turned into a makeshift command center, with cubicles and computer monitors looking toward a giant pull-down screen.

On a recent Tuesday, the room is dark except for the glow of computer monitors lighting a half dozen faces, all glued to their screens. One of the employees, Dave, who always wears a bowtie on Tuesdays, is sitting by his blue lava lamp and a unopened Obi Wan Kenobi figurine and trying to find any traces of “Petya.”

Petya is a new version of ransomware that happened to be ravaging systems in the Ukraine and Russia. It’s called ransomware because it infects computer systems and shuts them down until a ransom is paid. Next to two giant computer monitors, Dave has a small laptop not connected to the system that he’s using to browse hacker forums.

There was some dispute as to whether the ransomware was actually Petya, but “it’s walking like that duck and it’s quacking like that duck,” Dave said. “Some financial institutions in the Ukraine and Russia are down. An oil company in Russia is down.”

This makeshift office is Minnesota’s Security Operations Center, where nine people working in staggered shifts form the front line of the state government's cybersecurity defense, protecting the data of more than five million citizens from hackers around the world. On a given day, the state’s systems are scanned several million times for potential vulnerabilities. These nine staffers are part of a total team of 61 people who work in cybersecurity for the entire state. To put that number into perspective, a corporation like U.S. Bancorp has more than 500 people working on the issue. 

To many in the state, cybersecurity may seem like an abstract problem — data sitting “in the cloud” or on servers unseen. Yet a breach of that security could have far-reaching and devastating real-life consequences. State governments hold on to all sorts of personal data, from Social Security numbers, tax records and license information to marriage, birth and death records. 

And yet, as states make more government information and services available online, thwarting cyberattacks becomes ever more difficult. This month, a hacker upset that the police officer charged with killing Philando Castile was found not guilty found a weakness in the state’s databases, stealing emails and passwords.

“If there are people who hack into those systems, critical government systems will not work that society depends on,” said Christopher Buse, the Chief Information Security Officer for the state. “If we lose health care data on systems, you can’t just pay somebody money to get the genie back in the bottle. Their health records are out there, or the name of undercover police officers, you can’t make them safe again once that’s out in the wild.” 

A bigger issue than staffing, say IT officials, is the state’s decades-old computer systems, which are scattered at more than two dozen locations across Minnesota and are not able to be secured by any modern technology. And while fixing those problems was part of a heated debate at the Capitol during the 2017 legislative session, the issue ultimately wasn’t resolved, even if everyone agrees it’s not going away. “It’s not if we’re going to be attacked,” said Sen. Paul Anderson, R-Plymouth. “It’s how you respond when we do.”

'Flooded’ with old technology

Buse used to be the one trying to poke holes in Minnesota’s cybersecurity defenses. He spent 19 years in the Office of the Legislative Auditor, most of that time doing audits of state government IT systems. “I made my living throwing darts at IT professionals,” Buse said. “Now I’m on the other side. I’m the dart board.”

Back then, much of state business was still done on paper, with the computerized data it did have stored on large mainframe systems. One of the last audits Buse worked on in 2001 found major weaknesses with the Department of Public Safety’s online vehicle registration renewal system, which left citizen data vulnerable to disclosure and fraud. The audit’s recommendation: shut it down.

The move was controversial. “Citizens liked the fact that they could sit in their living room and do their vehicle tabs,” Buse said. “That was … when our Legislature really started to look at IT.”

In 2011, lawmakers created Minnesota IT, or MNIT, an entire state agency run by the state’s Chief Information Officer. The idea behind it was to consolidate the IT being done by more than 78 state agencies, boards and commissions into one agency, which would make it more efficient — and more secure. 

But those efforts are expensive. This session, the department and Gov. Mark Dayton requested $125 million to make the state government’s systems more secure. Part of the money was to go toward updating some of the state’s decades old computer systems, which are so old they have their own special coding, and are incompatible with any modern operating systems or security functions. Another $74 million would have gone into various IT security improvements, including adding more cybersecurity staff, as well as new software that blocks hackers. 

“Government is literally flooded with old technology,” Buse said. “When you look at [$125] million, it seems staggering, but when you look at the number of agencies and the age of these systems and what systems cost these days, the numbers add up pretty quickly.” 

Lawmakers had a $1.65 billion surplus to spend during the last legislative session. But the funding was competing with tax cuts, transportation funding and plenty of other priorities. Rep. Sarah Anderson, the Republican chair of the House State Government Policy and Finance Committee, said she wasn’t inclined to put funding into cybersecurity until every state agency was on board with consolidating their IT functions and becoming more secure. 

“One of the key pieces you need is consolidation, because that limits the entry points for securing our data in government. When these agencies refuse to participate in the consolidation, that’s a problem,” she said. 

Then, during the Legislature’s special session, cybersecurity funding got caught up in bargaining between the governor and Republican legislative leaders. Republicans said they offered about $22 million in cybersecurity funding to the governor. But instead of using it for that purpose, he used the money to maintain current staffing levels for state agencies. “They used it to fund agencies across the board,” said Anderson.  

Democrats say Republicans forced the administration's to choose between cuts to state agencies or funding for cybersecurity. 

Data centers in ‘closets’

In Minnesota, “the cloud” is in an actual place: a secret location filled with stacks of humming servers.

This so-called “data center” is where state data is physically held. To get to this facility, someone must first give you the address, which isn’t publicly listed. The entrance is not visible from any street, and the building is mostly underground to protect it from natural disasters. Once there, entrance into the building requires several clearance points and fingerprint identification. Inside, backup generators keep the facility running at all times — even if power to the city where the facility is located were completely cutoff. 

Christopher Buse
Christopher Buse

The servers hold petabytes of data, things like unemployment records, tax information and private health data from MNsure, the state’s health insurance exchange. Monitors look at what data is going in and out of the servers, and a complicated cooling system keeps them from overheating. Particle sensors and can tell if anything changes in the physical space.

For MNIT, this is the future. Since forming in 2011, the agency has consolidated 49 different data centers in the state into 27 centers. But not all data centers are created equally. Older centers were sometimes the size of a closet, without any of the highly-controlled physical and technological features in the secure facility.

“Think of it as anywhere from the closet in your apartment or home to this,” Thomas Schaeffer, the Chief Operating Officer for MNIT, said from the secure facility. “They vary that wildly. The ones we closed early were the closets. Those were low hanging fruit, the 20 or so left are the more complex ones.”

Ultimately, the department wants to have only six data centers, with three of them being highly-secure facilities like this one. That would cost about $14 million, which was included in the governor’s request last session.

“The cloud is just like your computer at home, at scale. This is just a large scale computer processing unit that has all of those controls built into it,” Schaeffer said. “To secure all the state’s data the way it is currently configured is very difficult.” 

Threats are everywhere

Paul Anderson is serving his first term in the state Senate, but he used to work on technology and IT issues in former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s office, and he spent a few years working with a tech startup in the private sector. 

He authored a bill, along with Rep. Jim Nash, R-Waconia, that would have created a Legislative Commission on Cybersecurity. The bill passed unanimously in the state Senate, but it never made it to a vote in the House.

The idea was to create a space where legislators can actually dig into the issues, instead of discussing it sporadically or when security breaches occur. At least 13 states have recently created some kind of statewide cybersecurity task force, commission or advisory council.

The state has yet to face a major breach of its data, but the threats are everywhere, Anderson said. “It drives me crazy that we can’t get more of a focus on this issue,” he said, adding that he plans to bring the issue up next session, which convenes in February 2018.

“The amount of work that MNIT has to do with the limited resources they have is not adequate for the enterprise they have to run,” he said. “I believe we have to put more attention to this. It’s making sure we have the resources to manage the attacks that are inevitably going to happen.”


          Follow of the week: handmade rugs from Ukraine   

Pokemon design or traditional patterns? This Kiev-based carpet atelier has both.

Ukrainian artist Oksana Levchenya-Konstantinovskaya founded a carpet atelier when she decided she wanted to connect art and everyday life and make simple, useful things. The atelier's Instagram account illustrates the entire work process: from dyeing the threads to the end product — carpets, rugs, and occasional bags and accessories. 

Apart from the standard line of carpets (all handmade by Levchenya-Konstantinovskaya's small team), you can also make a special order. Traditional carpet designs, often inspired by Ukrainian mythology and traditional carpet patterns from centuries past, coexist next to Pokemon-themed ones, like this reproduction of a 1937 Ukrainian communist design, in which Pikachu or Homer Simpson replaces Lenin's portrait, and Yoda is surrounded by traditional figures representing arts and crafts.


          Edenia: a lost Yiddish utopia for Ukraine and its afterlife in modern-day Kharkiv   

Kalman Zingman’s 1918 Yiddish-language novella In Edenia, a City of the Future imagines a new world of tolerance and culture in eastern Ukraine. Now the region is war-torn and the Jewish population decimated. A new exhibition in Kharkiv — the site of Zingman’s utopia — aims to bring his vision to bear on a divided modern nation

Edenia: a lost Yiddish utopia for Ukraine and its afterlife in modern-day Kharkiv

A design by Jewish avant-garde artist El Lissitsky from his 1922 version of the Yiddish folk tale Four Billy Goats

At one point in Kalman Zingman’s 1918 Yiddish novella In Edenia, a City of the Future, the protagonist Zalman Kindishman stands admiring a monument on the titular city’s Freedom Square:

A young girl with an ardent glance, her hair in loose curls, stepping with her feet on a snake, which is completely wrapped around her. In one hand she holds a blood-red flag and in the other — a black one. On the bottom of the red side is a bas-relief depicting high barricades, flattened faces — a war is going on. There is also a bas-relief on the other side, under the black flag, of the victims after the war, of those who were shot: a Russian, a Ukrainian, a Pole, a Jew, a Georgian, et cetera — all dead. The inscription reads: “They fought together, they died together.”

Edenia is a utopian future version of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine, projected forward from the 1910s into the 40s. Now there’s another war going on nearby, this time between Russia and Ukraine; that, and the sickening disjunction between Zingman’s Yiddish fantasia and what actually befell the region’s Jews in the Second World War, might seem to discredit the author’s vision of cooperation and reconciliation.

For Russian-American artist Yevgeniy Fiks and American-Ukrainian curator Larissa Babij, however, the peculiar world of Zingman’s Edenia is worth remembering. Together, they have created a new exhibition named after his novella, currently on display in Kharkiv’s Yermilov Centre. In the novella, Kindishman visits Edenia’s art museum; Fiks and Babij have invited an international group of artists — the participants include Babi Badalov (Azerbaijan), Ruth Jenrbekova and Maria Vilkovisky (Kazakhstan), Aikaterini Gegisian (Greece/Armenia), Haim Sokol (Russia/Israel) and Nikita Kadan (Ukraine) — to contribute artworks towards a reconstruction of this imaginary space. In the process, they are posing many of the same questions of multiculturalism and futurism that occupied Zingman almost a century ago. What might a better future for Ukraine look like? And what position might religious and ethnic minorities hold within it?

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Kharkiv in the 1900s

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A demonstration in support of the February Revolution of 1917 in central Kharkiv

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Kharkiv synagogue. Image: Vladimir Lisitsin under a CC licence

“Utopian or futuristic Yiddish literature is not common,” Fiks tells me. “Most often Yiddish literature either talks about the present or remembers the past.” In Zingman’s text, Zalman Kindishman comes to Edenia to visit his old friend Yugendboym. Here, there is no money — every citizen has their material needs provided for. National communities — Jews, Ukrainians and others — live in complete harmony and are free to set their own laws. There are flying “aerotrains”, an artificially regulated climate, abundant gardens with children celebrating Jewish holidays by their thousands. Edenia is not a Jewish-only city, but one where questions of anti-Semitism have been superseded. 

Zingman’s vision of a peaceful existence for Ukraine’s Jews clashes horribly with the country’s history. The post-revolutionary, short-lived Ukrainian People’s Republic (1917-1921) was the first modern state to have a Ministry for Jewish Affairs, and Yiddish was made a state language. But pogroms continued unabated, and between 1918, when Zingman’s book was written, and 1920, at least 31,000 Jews were killed in Ukraine — the real number may be as high as 100,000. The great majority died at the hands of nationalists and anti-Communists, many of whom saw Bolshevism as a sinister Semitic plot. Even greater horrors were to come in the Second World War, when the country was occupied by the Nazis and Ukrainian collaborators. An estimated one million Jews were murdered in Ukraine during the Holocaust; 70 per cent of the country’s Jewish population was killed or displaced.

The Drobitskiy Menorah, a memorial at Drobitskiy Yar, a ravine outside Kharkiv where over 16,000 Jews were murdered during the Holocaust

“Personally, I feel that the Yiddish question is precisely the question that should be raised when we talk about the present and future relationship between Ukraine and Russia,” Fiks says. “Perhaps the silence of Yiddish in the streets of both Ukraine and Russia, if acknowledged and contemplated, cries the need, the hope for a better world, a word of multiculturalism and autonomy.” For Babij, this is a question of both national and personal significance. “While working on this exhibition I could not help but notice how the site of multi-ethnic or inter-national coexistence has shifted to the scale of the individual,” she says. Hence the exhibition acts “not only as a reminder of Ukraine’s rich multicultural landscape of the past, but also as an attempt to present and enact a more complex understanding of cultural identity.”

What might a better future for Ukraine look like? And what position might religious and ethnic minorities hold within it?

The question of Ukraine’s past and its impact on the future is a live one; in Fiks’s words, the country is reinventing itself “with forces of multiculturalism on the one side and extreme nationalism on the other in a state of constant flux.” In its attempts to wrench itself free from Russian influence and plant its feet firmly in the western European community, post-Maidan Ukraine has not always trod delicately: from the controversial programme of “decommunisation” to the nationalist historical retrofitting promoted by Volodymyr Viatrovych’s Institute of National Memory and the uncritical public lionisation of wartime figures like nationalist militia leader Stepan Bandera. The reappraisal of Zingman’s novella and an attention to Ukraine’s historical hybridity is timely, even if, as Babij admits, the Kharkiv exhibition represents a “relatively small, bounded space”.

One of the most intriguing aspects of Zingman’s work is its combination of futuristic technologies with a lingering, “old world” devotion to eastern European Yiddish cultural tradition. Edenia is dotted with memorials exalting Jewish artists and writers: Yitskhok Peretz, Roza Fayngold, Sholem Aleichem, El Lissitsky. Its citizens are avid readers to the extent that the literary scholar Professor Shvartsvald is treated like a rock star, his lectures on Peretz overflowing onto the street.

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El Lissitsky

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Yitskhok Peretz (second left), a great of early twentieth-century Yiddish literature

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A page from El Lissitsky’s illustrated version of the Yiddish folk tale Had Gadya

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A page from El Lissitsky’s illustrated version of the Yiddish folk tale Had Gadya

For Babij, Zingman “maintains a separation between the realms of everyday activity, where technological advancements have increased the comfort and ease of residents’ lives, and the sphere of culture. It’s interesting to contrast this vision with that of the early Soviet avant-garde, which envisioned art and its formal possibilities as a means to transform out-dated ways of living, to shape and prepare society for new forms of organisation, often through a violent break with and obliteration of past cultural traditions.”

The exhibition itself jumps across time and space, its contributing artists turning their hands to themes of migration, religion and repression. Curandi Katz embroiders textiles with the borders of territories unrecognised by international law — including Russia-annexed Crimea, an open wound in the Ukrainian national psyche. Ruth Jenrbekova and Maria Vilkovisky have created a video guide to their own utopian projection: a world in which the Central Asian states have formed into a federation of autonomous tribes. Perhaps the most pointed commentary on the erasure and resurfacing of history is provided by Nikita Kadan’s Viewers (2016). The great Constructivist designer Alexander Rodchenko produced a series of portraits of Soviet leaders in Uzbekistan in 1934; when these figures were repressed a few years later, Rodchenko blacked out their faces in his copy of the album. Kadan reproduces these disfigured portraits, labelling them “the faces of the spirits of history… History (in other words, the accumulation of ruins) happens under their watchful gaze.”

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Nikita Kadan, Viewers (2016) (left); Repetition of Forgetting (2016) (right). Image: Sergey Solonskij

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Photo-collage of exhibition view (with Nikita Kadan’s Viewers) and Yiddish text from In Edenia, a City of the Future. Image: Sergey Solonskij

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Yuri Leiderman, Self-portrait in Ukrainian Costume (2013). Image: Sergey Solonskij

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Haim Sokol, Testimony (2015). Image: Sergey Solonskij

Zingman’s novella ends abruptly with Zalman Kindishman’s mysterious disappearance and death. The Jewish culture Zingman so cherished was brutally cut down a few decades later. Many Ukrainians are now no clearer as to the future they are headed towards than their predecessors of the early twentieth century. What place does utopian thinking occupy in the modern nation state? “I think the term utopia, especially after the events of the twentieth century, is loaded and politicised,” Fiks concludes. “I think hoping and seeking happiness is a very basic, very human thing. But we must be very wary and very conscious about our methods.” For Babij, Ukraine today is “carried away by visions of a better future, whether in the shape of an idealised image of the European Union or the soothing promises of a strong, authoritarian neighbouring ruler or the hope that current Ukrainian politicians will miraculously change the way this country has been run for the past 25 years.” Hence the importance of history: “the past is really the only thing we can look at and talk about concretely.”

Edenia is governed by two sects. The Heavenly Ones “renounce all earthly pleasures, all the enjoyments that life can bring. They maintain that there is an even higher world, a more beautiful one.” The second sect are the “Earthly Ones, who say: enrich and improve life, so that heaven can be on earth.” This practical, materialist message is what is picked up and translated for modern Ukraine in Fiks’s and Babij’s exhibition. Our best bet might be to follow the advice given by Yitskhok Peretz, one of the Yiddish writers celebrated in Edenia, in one of his poems: “Don’t think the world is a wasteland — created/For wolves and for foxes, for spoils and for booty… Oh, don’t think the world is a wasteland.”

In Edenia, a City of the Future is on display at the Yermilov Centre in Kharkiv until 9 July.


          Ukraine in hot, expensive water over Eurovision   
Image: Eurovision Song Contest / Facebook

Although the Eurovision Song Contest has come and gone from Kiev, Ukraine is still feeling its effects: the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has announced today that the country faces a large fine for organisational delays and its behaviour regarding barred Russian contestant, Yulia Samoylova.

According to a statement by the EBU, delays in organising the contest and failure to cooperate with the EBU over Ms Samoylova's participation meant that “attention was drawn away from the competition and the brand reputation of the Eurovision Song Contest was endangered”.

Omitting to specify the amount, the statement indicates that Ukraine's national broadcaster will receive “a substantial fine, in line with the rules of the competition”.

The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest took place on 13 May in Kiev. Ms Samoylova was unable to represent Russia at the contest after being barred from entering Ukraine over an “illegal” visit to the annexed Crimean peninsula in 2015.

Update: the fine amounts to 200,000 euros ($228,000).

 

Source: Reuters


          Europe Forecast: Heatwave south-east - Unsettled north & west, Jun 30 - 10:13   

Friday Unsettled and cool for northern Europe, whilst a plume of hot air affects the south-east of the continent. Much of Iberia will be dry, sunny and warm, 28 to 30C for southern Portugal and Andalucia. A northerly breeze brings rain to northern Spain. Showers for the western Mediterranean islands, also northern Italy. The central & eastern Mediterranean is hot and sunny, touching 40C for Greece and western Turkey. Temperatures widely into the mid-30s across Romania, Ukraine and the Balkans. Much cooler temperatures across central & western Europe, only 16 to 19C for France with outbreaks of rain, most persistent in central & western areas. Showery for the Alps and Germany, although drier to the east. Low pressure centred over southern Scandinavia brings strong winds, local easterly gales around the central Baltic. Persistent rain for Denmark, plus northern coasts of Germany and Poland. Rain also affects the Baltic states and southern Sweden, whilst much of northern Scandinavia stays dry, and pleasantly warm, highs in western Norway reaching 23C.

Saturday High pressure located to the west of Iberia brings fair weather to much of the peninsula, with north-easterly winds drawing hot air from the interior toward the south-west, highs 33C in the south. Some thunderstorms for eastern Spain and the Pyrenees. A few showers for Corsica, Sardinia and northern Italy. A heatwave continues for Greece and areas surrounding the Black Sea, climbing to 35 to 40C again. Low pressure over the southern Baltic drives unsettled and cool conditions across northern-central Europe, with rain affecting Germany, Poland and France, although improving close to the English Channel, across the Low Countries and also Denmark as pressure builds. Pulses of thunderstorms are likely for Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and into western Ukraine, advancing north-east. Much of Norway, Sweden and Finland should be dry and warm, widely into the lows 20s Celsius. Some rain around the southern Baltic.


          Что случилось с Uber: ключевые проблемы сервиса в Украине и мире   

Uber отмечает годовщину запуска в Украине. Что изменилось за это время? Uber, один из самых известных в мире стартапов, запустивший в 2009 году мобильное приложение для поиска, вызова и оплаты такси, ровно год назад начал свою работу и в Украине. Его прихода ждали все: как водители и пользователи, ожидая получить качественный сервис и безопасность услуги, […]

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          Explosion dans un bâtiment de l'Université d'économie et de commerce de Donetsk   
Ce soir, 29 juin 2017, alors que l'orage gronde, une grosse explosion a été entendue dans l'Est de la ville de Donetsk. Sur le boulevard Chevtchenko, l'un des bâtiments de l'Université d'économie et de commerce de Donetsk est éventré. Plusieurs étages sont détruits dont la bibliothèque. D'après les informations préliminaires, il semble que l'explosion serait due à un engin explosif placé dans le bâtiment. Cet acte terroriste ayant eu lieu peu de temps après (...) - International / , , ,
          O CANADA AVOIDS GENDER NEUTRAL LIBERAL POLITICALLY CORRECT REDICULAS NONESENSE UNTILL NEXT YEAR AT LEAST.   
JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

Dreams of a gender-neutral O Canada are over — for now-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-June 28, 2017

Canadians will not be singing a gender-neutral national anthem on Canada Day after a bill before Parliament to officially change the lyrics has stalled.The House of Commons overwhelmingly passed a private member's bill last summer that would alter the national anthem by replacing "in all thy sons command" with "in all of us command" as part of a push to strike gendered language from O Canada.Although the bill sailed through the House with government approval, Conservative senators opposed to the changes have scored a victory in the Red Chamber. A yearlong campaign successfully punted a vote on the bill until the fall, at the earliest, and even then the legislation faces an uncertain future."I'm trying to protect the tradition rather than, you know, water it down with a politically correct version that is historically inaccurate," Conservative Senator David Wells said in an interview with CBC News on Tuesday."I don't misrepresent why I'm [using parliamentary stall tactics] … I don't like this bill, and I will do what I can to ensure it doesn't pass."Wells and a number of other senators have said they oppose efforts to tinker with the lyrics written by a man long dead.(The lyrics have been changed since they were first penned by Robert Stanley Weir in 1908, but not since O Canada officially became the country's national anthem in 1980.) The late Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger introduced the bill, and many MPs backed the legislation as a salute to a colleague on his death bed."The bill was passed in the House compassionately and out of sadness for a dying colleague. While that is touching, it is not the way we make public policy in this country and it is not the way we do our legislation," Ontario Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak said.A flurry of amendments were introduced to the bill in the last few weeks of the parliamentary sitting — all failed to pass in the face of opposition from most Liberal and Independent senators — which dragged out debate considerably. Parliament rose for summer break before a final vote at third reading could be held.Ramona Lumpkin, the chancellor of Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, and a strong proponent of the bill, said she was deeply disappointed by the developments."We're so close and I really regret that there are a few senators who seem to have dug in and decided to delay. I hope it's not a permanent block," said Lumpkin, in an interview with CBC News."It's not as if the words were brought down from Mount Sinai on stone tablets like the Ten Commandments, they are words created by humans and subject to change as our social and cultural conditions change, and thank goodness they do," she said.Wells said national symbols cannot be altered to simply adhere to the "flavour of the day." He said Canadians were not consulted by the government and that there hasn't been an adequate conversation about a fairly significant change."I'll be working my hardest to delay this bill until there's a full debate," he said. "I get a lot of emails, and many comments to me personally, from people who don't want to see the anthem change, who see it as a part of our tradition and who see this attempt to change it as political correctness run amok. It is a slippery slope. Calls for inclusion will always be there, but my belief is all Canadians are already included in the national anthem."He said pictures adorning the walls of the Senate depict men in combat during the First World War. "Would we now airbrush females into those pictures to accurately reflect what it might be today with those pieces of Canadians' history? My answer is no, that would be an abomination, and I think that's what it is with the anthem as well."If the bill is amended in the Senate it would be sent back to the House for another vote. As per parliamentary rules, because Bélanger is dead, MPs will have to unanimously agree to replace him as sponsor or the bill drops from the order paper; that is unlikely given entrenched opposition from some corners of the chamber."That worries me," Lumpkin said. "I know language matters and I talk to students and young women regularly who still feel their voice doesn't carry as strong as the voice of their male friends. I think the gesture, even though it's symbolic, would say a lot to those young women."The Liberal government could also choose to introduce legislation of its own — with the same wording — to avoid some of the problems that often befall private member's bills; namely, the government could invoke time allocation to prevent procedural time delays.

DANIEL 7:23-24
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS-10 WORLD REGIONS/TRADE BLOCS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS-10 WORLD DIVISION WORLD GOVERNMENT) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(EITHER THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR BOOTS 3 COUNTRIES FROM THE EU OR THE DICTATOR TAKES OVER THE WORLD ECONOMY BY CONTROLLING 3 WORLD TRADE BLOCS)

REVELATION 17:9-13
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.(THE VATICAN IS BUILT ON 7 HILLS OR MOUNTAINS)
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen,(1-ASSYRIA,2-EGYPT,3-BABYLON,4-MEDO-PERSIA,5-GREECE) and one is,(IN POWER IN JOHNS AND JESUS DAY-6-ROME) and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.(7TH-REVIVED ROMAN EMPIRE OR THE EUROPEAN UNION TODAY AND THE SHORT SPACE IS-7 YEARS.THE EUROPEAN UNION WILL HAVE WORLD CONTROL FOR THE LAST 3 1/2 YEARS.BUT WILL HAVE ITS MIGHTY WORLD POWER FOR THE FULL 7 YEARS OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.AND THE WORLD DICTATOR WILL BE THE BEAST FROM THE EU.AND THE VATICAN POPE WILL BE THE WHORE THAT RIDES THE EUROPEAN UNION TO POWER.AND THE 2 EUROPEAN UNION POWER FREAKS WILL CONTROL AND DECIEVE THE WHOLE EARTH INTO THEIR DESTRUCTION.IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS.YOU WILL BE DECIEVED BY THESE TWO.THE WORLD POLITICIAN-THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR.AND THE FALSE PROPHET THAT DEFECTS CHRISTIANITY-THE FALSE VATICAN POPE.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

Heres the scripture 1 week = 7 yrs Genesis 29:27-29
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week:(7 YEARS) and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.

DANIEL 9:26-27
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he ( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant (PEACE TREATY) with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE ANIMAL SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Opinion-G20 is 'test run' for Trump-era climate governance By Simon Schunz-euobserver

BRUSSELS, 27. Jun, 09:06-Weeks after US president Donald Trump announced the US' withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, the debate is still raging on in regard to the possible implications of his decision.Some fear a global domino effect, with more countries renouncing climate protection pledges and ceasing domestic emission reduction efforts.Others argue that the Paris accord's architecture is sufficiently resilient, and that efforts to keep global temperature increases to "well below 2°C" – as stipulated by the agreement – will endure.Activities at the sub-national level in the US also seem to support the argument that the agreement will prevail and domestic opponents of Trump’s decision have mobilised remarkably quickly.Cities and states with progressive climate policies joined forces across the US, committing themselves to honouring the Paris agreement.For instance, support came via the bipartisan "US Climate Alliance" of states – including heavyweights such as California and New York – and the "We Are Still In" initiative, which involves hundreds of businesses, investors, and institutes of higher education.Moreover, these sub-national players are linking up with leading nations to create innovative climate diplomacy networks: California and China have held talks to collaborate on emission reduction efforts, while several US states have intensified climate cooperation with Canada.Though these developments enhance the Paris agreement’s chances of survival, they will not be enough.Fight for survival-The resilience of the agreement hinges on how other major emitters will react to Trump’s break.To pursue effective global climate governance, these countries must repeat the steps taken in the run-up to the 2015 Paris climate meeting, where a strategy of "multiple bilateralism" between US-China, China-India and China-EU (among others) served to build trust and resolve crunch issues.The emerging consensus among key emitters was translated into cooperation in the world’s club governance fora (G7, G20) and fed into the multilateral negotiations, leading to the Paris agreement’s ultimate entry into force.True to this spirit, six members (plus the EU) were already pressuring the US to remain committed to the Paris agreement at the recent G7 summit in Sicily. Not that it seemed to do much good, as Trump withdrew from the climate pact a few days later.The next litmus test for effective global climate governance comes in July, when leaders from countries accounting for 80% of global emissions meet for the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on 7-8 July.With the US thrusting itself into isolation, the German G20 presidency will seek to gather the broadest possible support for the Paris agreement.But a question remains: is a G20 entente possible? It might be, if others show the way.Climate leaders-From the G7, the EU and Canada display the clearest leadership ambitions.EU heavyweights have signalled their "strongest commitment" to uphold their pledges to combat climate change.In his reaction to Trump’s Paris exit, Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau, confirmed his country's "unwavering commitment to fight climate change".The Canadian government has also vehemently denied recent reports that Trudeau wished to scrap references to climate from the draft G20 declaration, in order to appease the US government.But leaders need followers. And whether followers can be mobilised depends on how G20 members define their interests – economically and politically.Economically, many G20 countries appear to believe the energy transition – accelerated by the Paris Agreement – must continue.Investing in low-carbon development is no longer seen as a burden on growth prospects. If anything, there is a growing consensus that Trump’s decision will put the US at risk of lagging behind technologically.Politically, the relationship between G20 countries and the US (particularly the Trump administration) is tricky.Are countries like Australia, Japan, Turkey and the UK willing to risk relations with the president of a key ally by adopting a confrontational attitude over climate change? The answer depends heavily on whether the German G20 presidency can dispel their concerns by convincingly demonstrating that the world is changing – because it is.-Changing world-At an EU-China summit the day after Trump’s announcement, a draft joint declaration on climate change characterised the Paris Agreement as “an historic achievement further accelerating the irreversible global low greenhouse gas emission and climate resilient development” and outlined numerous joint actions.Although it was ultimately withheld due to trade-related differences, this declaration contains the blueprint for a shifting centre of gravity in global climate governance to Eurasia.If supported by India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, who has reiterated support for the Paris Agreement, a solid pro-climate coalition including three of the world’s top four emitters would emerge.Cooperation with Canada, and with the sub-national forces in the US, could then provide additional momentum to convince other G20 members.As a major guiding forum, the G20 represents a test run for the future of global climate governance during the Trump era.The direction this governance will take, depends heavily on the strength of emerging partnerships, and their ability to convince others to join them regardless of US policies.If the will is robust enough, this "multiple bilateralism" could bring about the dawn of a new era, and the successful implementation of the Paris Agreement.If it fails, however, global climate politics faces a complicated, daunting future.Dr Simon Schunz is a Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), and a professor of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Leuven.

Opinion-EU parliament should befriend transparency By Sylvie GUILLAUME and Danuta HUEBNER-euobserver

BRUSSELS, 27. Jun, 17:24-A few days ago, an NGO representative expressed her concerns about the way the European Parliament was dealing with the European Commission’s proposal for a revised inter-institutional agreement on a “mandatory transparency register”.The proposal was submitted by the EU commission on 28 September 2016 and aimed at including the Council of the EU, where representatives of member states sit, as a new partner within the framework.Following the commission's proposal, the EU parliament’s Conference of Presidents entrusted us, as the responsible lead negotiators - supported by a contact group composed of one MEP from each political group - with developing a draft negotiating mandate.We organised five contact group meetings, where detailed discussions provided the opportunity for all political groups to give their input and ideas. It led to the endorsement of a balanced text on 11 April this year.We enriched our deliberations by means of a half-day meeting between the contact group and the involved NGO representatives - including Nina Katzemich from the website LobbyControl, and others from organisations such as Transparency International, Civil Society Europe and Corporate Europe Observatory.We listened carefully to their concerns, many of which we had already incorporated into our work, such as the necessity to enlarge the definition of lobbying and to include an independent observer in the management structure of the transparency register.We also discussed how we to pursue the negotiations with the EU commission and the council in order to get those concerns taken on board.Instead of the expected swift adoption of the mandate, which would signal the parliament’s readiness to enter into negotiations, we were deeply troubled to find that the item had been taken off the agenda of the Conference of Presidents on successive occasions.-Horse-trading-It appeared that some MEPs used procedural manoeuvres and political horse-trading to achieve repeated postponements of the adoption of the mandate, even though a large majority in parliament supported its content.It seems that it is sometimes those who believe themselves to be on the path of righteousness, who are most willing to misuse our system of procedures to score cheap political points.We found it disturbing that some wilfully ignored parliament’s power to determine its own internal organisation.It has also saddened us to see that some of those who claim to be at the forefront of stemming the tide of populism, do not seem to mind riding on that very same tide when it serves their own political ends.However, we were glad to see that the Conference of Presidents finally adopted the mandate two weeks ago on 15 June, in the very same form that had been proposed by the contact group.Following its adoption, the mandate was immediately published on the EU parliament’s website.Regarding the free and independent mandate of MEPs - enshrined in EU primary law - it is noteworthy that the independence of elected representatives is a cornerstone of a representative democracy and a principle this is not easily dismissed.Therefore, any limitation on MEPs in the exercise of their free mandate must be proportionate and cannot, for example, unduly restrict his or her right to seek information.Moreover, a principle enshrined in primary law cannot be altered by secondary law, let alone by an inter-institutional agreement.The mandate adopted on 15 June is based on a long line of parliament’s decisions regarding its relations with interest representatives.It reflects the position of a broad majority of MEPs and it constitutes a solid base for negotiations on a significant improvement to the current transparency register and a widening of its scope.-Negotiating framework-The mandate should be understood as a framework for the negotiations.Parliament’s position will continue to be adapted as the negotiations progress. Once the negotiations are concluded, parliament will adopt follow-up decisions with respect to its internal organisation, in order to implement the new inter‑institutional agreement.But the European Parliament still remains committed to pushing for a transparency regulation that would go beyond an inter-institutional agreement and lay down the relevant provisions on transparency and the register in secondary law.One should not forget the progress that parliament has achieved so far in this field. It initiated the Transparency Register as early as 1996, as well as a Code of Conduct with a commitment for registered lobbyists to act in accordance with high ethical standards.Parliament is, and remains, the most open EU institution, which can be seen with the web-streaming of its meetings and the ability for citizens to visit all of its buildings.Furthermore, parliament decided that registration on the transparency register was to be made a requirement to be invited as a speaker at committee hearings and to receive a long-term access badge for its premises.It also put in place a voluntary legislative footprint last year, and it encourages its MEPs to meet only with registered organisations.Katzemich considers the EU commission to have made a big step in 2015 by publishing meetings of commissioners, heads of cabinets and directors‑general.Certainly, this is true. However, this measure was decided by the commission with a view to its own internal organisation and cannot be easily translated to other institutions such as EU parliament or the council, both of which have a different set-up.Furthermore, the commission’s system is not without its flaws and has room for improvement, as Transparency International and other organisations regularly report.As the EU parliament's lead negotiators, we are particularly committed to getting the council on board and to adding significant value compared to the current framework.Three principles-A new register should encompass the following three principles.First, the widest possible scope of application for EU institutions and other bodies, including meaningful participation of the council.Next, a comprehensive and clear framework, without weakening the current system, for the regulation of interest representation activities.Finally, structures and resources that guarantee effective implementation.One of the main issues is that the new inter-institutional agreement provides a framework for coordination among the EU institutions, while at the same time fully respecting their different competences and prerogatives.-The mandate-The approach we have developed in our mandate would allow for:- The full respect of MEPs' independent mandate.- An inclusive transparency policy for all types of interest representative, as with the current register that features over 11200 registered interest groups from all over the world.- The possibility to maintain the wider definition of lobbying, covering both direct and indirect interest representation (as with the current system).- The full respect for each institutions’ needs, e.g. in the case of parliament as an open house but also with the need to know, for security reasons, who is coming in and why.- More flexibility in respect to the EU institutions’ roles and structures (parliament cannot simply duplicate rules that were designed for the commission).- Better quality information on the database – making the register more reliable as a source of information for the institutions themselves and for the general public.The quality of the new system will depend on how far the council can be convinced to match the parliament’s and commission’s commitment to transparency.We would therefore advise to look at the whole picture and analyse the situation comprehensively, especially with a view to scrutinising the council’s approach.It takes time to change long-standing practices, but we are fully committed to forge ahead, knowing that a pragmatic and constructive approach will yield the best results.Transparency certainly is one important aspect of ensuring citizens’ trust in the EU institutions. But it is not the only one. Keeping true to the facts is another.Sylvie Guillaume is a vice-president of the European Parliament, and Danuta Huebner is the chair of the constitutional affairs committee-Correction: The article's footnote originally said that Danuta Huebner is the chair of the foreign affairs committee, when in fact, she is the chair of the constitutional affairs committee

EU Commission could get say on Russia gas pipeline By Andrew Rettman-euobserver

BRUSSELS, 27. Jun, 09:29-EU states have given initial backing for the European Commission to negotiate the legal model of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with Russia.Pablo Micallef, a spokesman for the Maltese EU presidency, told EUobserver that “some 13” member states spoke out on the plan when EU energy ministers met for informal talks in Brussels on Monday.The incoming Estonian EU presidency is now expected to convene a working group to take things forward.The Danish energy minister, Lars Christian Lilleholt, who was among the 13 EU backers, said: “I’m very satisfied. It was the best thing that could have come out of the meeting”.The mandate will have to be formally approved later down the line in a “reinforced qualified majority” vote by member states, a higher than usual threshold of 72 percent of EU countries representing 65 percent of its population.Maros Sefcovic, the EU energy commissioner who drafted the proposal, told the Reuters news agency: “I’m definitely optimistic about getting the [formal] mandate, but I know this is just the beginning of the debate."Nord Stream 2 is to concentrate 70 percent of Russian gas supplies to Europe in one route to Germany under the Baltic Sea.But its critics, which include the Nordic states, the Baltic countries, Poland, and the US, say it would harm EU energy security and undermine Ukraine, a Western ally, by making Ukraine’s transit pipes obsolete.-EU laws-Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, the Commission’s energy spokeswoman, told EUobserver on Tuesday that the Commission wanted to talk to Russia on whether the offshore part of Nord Stream 2 should be covered by the EU’s so-called third energy package.That EU law would oblige Russian state firm Gazprom to open up its Nord Stream 2 monopoly to EU competitors - a demand which led Russia to stop a previous project, the South Stream pipeline under the Black Sea to Bulgaria.But Itkonen said the talks would “not [be] about a [Commission] veto, it is not about the future of the pipeline, not about the Commission approving it or not”.She said the Commission-Russia talks would be designed to give “legal certainty” on Nord Stream 2 and that they would be “nothing spectacular or extraordinary” because EU officials had held similar discussions with “third countries” on other projects.The Nord Stream 2 regulatory framework is currently being negotiated between Germany and Russia.German, Austrian, French, and Anglo-Dutch firms - Uniper, Wintershall, OMV, Engie, and Shell - are to take part in the project, with Germany and Austria keen to press ahead.Neither the German nor the Austrian minister spoke out on Monday, EU sources told Reuters, but Germany and Austria recently attacked the US over its threat to impose sanctions on Nord Stream 2 investors.“We decide who supplies us with energy and how they do it”, the German and Austrian foreign ministers said in a joint statement on 15 June.-Ukraine unhappy-Pavlo Klimkin, the Ukrainian foreign minister, told Reuters in Paris on Monday that Nord Stream 2 "would have disastrous consequences for the energy security of the European Union and would make the EU dependent on one source.""Maybe some companies will benefit for the time being, but in the long-run it will lead nowhere”, he said.He added that there was no progress on Russia ending hostilities in east Ukraine."How can you trust Russia in setting up a unique source of gas supply?”, he said, referring to broader EU and US concerns over Russia’s aggressive behaviour toward neighbouring states.

Focus-Nordics consider alternative to EU emissions trading system By Lisbeth Kirk-june 28,17-euobserver

Copenhagen, Today, 07:44-If the European emissions trading system is not reformed to work efficiently, a Nordic carbon price floor could be introduced to secure future green investments in the region, according to a new strategic review of energy co-operation by the Nordic Council.The plan, which has been in preparation for over a year, is penned by Finnish businessman Jorma Ollila, who had formerly chaired Royal Dutch Shell for almost ten years and was the chairman and CEO of Nokia.It comes at a crucial time, just as the final talks on reforming the EU's carbon trading scheme are due to take place in Brussels.On Tuesday (27 June), representatives of the EU member states, the European Parliament and the European Commission met for one of the final meetings on how the EU’s flagship climate instrument – the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) – should look in the 2021-2030 period.But before the real talks have even started, hopes of reforming the EU system to work efficiently are fading.”I think everyone realises that this is not enough. The [EU] proposal will not deliver a carbon price that we need to decarbonise the industry sectors,” said Femke de Jong, EU policy director for Carbon Market Watch.Her organisation brings together more than 800 NGOs and academics from 70 different countries, working to make the carbon market “an effective climate mitigation tool.””I think it is only logical to have a debate on how we can complement the system. A carbon floor price – at least at the regional level – seems a realistic option,” de Jong said.-Nordic energy union-Norway and Sweden are strong on hydropower, Norway produces oil and gas, Denmark has wind, while Finland and Sweden have built nuclear plants and are pushing for more bio-fuels as a future energy resource.Some 20 years ago, these countries decided to connect their national electricity grids with water reservoirs, allowing hydropower to serve as a kind of Nordic battery to compensate for periods without wind, for example.”There were significant benefits, welfare benefits, lower electricity prices and easier management of the generation of electricity in tough times or during high peak demand in winter times,” Ollila pointed out.This Nordic solution, Ollila said, has been "managed historically very well". He added that since the EU is looking into different prospects for the energy union, there is an opportunity to learn from "what has been done in Nordic countries over the past 20 years."In addition to Nordic carbon trade, Ollila also suggested a Nordic export strategy for green energy solutions, alignment of research and using the whole Nordic area as a testbed.Nuuk in Greenland has been suggested to become a testbed for the full deployment of electric vehicles, and Reykjavik in Iceland may become a testing ground for infrastructure and systems that can support electrification of visiting cruise and fishing ships.The Faroe Islands may become the place for the development of battery technology and energy storage.-Green transition and growth-Put together, the Nordic region today is one of the 12 largest economies in the world and it is already living proof that the green transition is not incompatible with economic growth.However, the Nordics must become even greener to complete their transition into renewable energy, the Nordic Council report said."The energy transition is already underway – but if the Nordic countries do not participate to the fullest, the jobs will be created elsewhere," warned Jorma Ollila."The renewables will take off faster than what was thought only five years ago. So, the role of the renewables will grow quite significantly," he added."The focus should be on securing the most efficient green transition. If the ETS does not provide this, it may be relevant and timely to discuss a joint Nordic approach to support the schemes for renewable energy," Ollila's report concluded.”Another approach could be to discuss the introduction of a Nordic carbon price, based on the United Kingdom’s carbon price floor, in order to secure stronger incentives for the green transition,” it said.-UK leads the way-The prospect of a regionalised European carbon trading system in the future is not limited to the Nordic area. For instance, the UK already introduced a carbon price floor in 2013.”So far, the only country in Europe that has a carbon floor price is the UK. There it was very effective. They introduced a carbon floor price in 2013 and it has resulted in UK coal emissions falling by almost 60% last year," Femke de Jong said, adding: "So it is really significant."She goes on to say that: "It can be a very effective instrument to – at least in the intermediate time – to make sure that the carbon price reflects the damage cost of the pollution to the society.”Under the UK carbon floor price system, carbon emission prices rise automatically – currently at 18 pounds sterling (€20) from 2016 to 2020.Currently the carbon price in Europe stands at €5, but it should rise to €40 to meet the objectives of the Paris climate agreement and rise further to €100 in 2030.-Regional carbon trade-”Ideally, this should be solved at the EU level, but if this is not possible in the short-term, it makes sense to go for a regional solution,” de Jong said.”France has been pushing for it very much in the past and we think that now, with Macron [as president of France], he will also push for that," she added."Let's see," she said, "maybe after the German elections, there can also be a regional carbon price in Western Europe – with Germany, maybe Belgium, the Netherlands and France."Linking the Nordic carbon trade to the British system might be made complicated by the Brexit process, however.”I think it might be tricky for the Nordic countries to join the UK system,” said de Jong.”It is still an open question if the UK will withdraw from the ETS or not. Maybe it is also an idea to team up more with other countries that are contemplating this,” she suggested.

Luxembourg not a tax haven, claims PM By Nikolaj Nielsen-june 28,17-euobserver

Luxembourg, Today, 08:42-Luxembourg continues to refute any notion that it is a tax haven, despite widespread evidence of dubious schemes that it cuts global tax bills for big firms."We were never a tax haven," Luxembourg's prime minister, Xavier Bettel, told EUobserver on Tuesday (27 June).Bettel's comments follow a grilling of Luxembourg's former prime minister and current European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker. Juncker in late May told the European Parliament that he was unable to explain why the Grand Duchy "didn't want to remove tax secrecy."But Bettel, who was fielding a wide range of questions from reporters at an event hosted by the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg, defended the country's tax policies by saying it was one of the first places to push transparency and the exchange of tax rulings with other member states."It is important for me that we have common rules and Luxembourg was one of the first one for transparency," he said.Luxembourg was rocked by scandal following media revelations in late 2014 that exposed how nearly 340 companies secured secret deals that shaved billions of euros from taxes, which were due to be paid elsewhere.The revelations ushered in a raft of new EU and national legislation to increase tax transparency and weed out abuse.The scandal also triggered a probe by the European Parliament, which slammed Luxembourg for allowing corporations to dodge "tax that could have been used to build schools, hospitals or pay down national debt."A report by the Brussels-based NGO, Eurodad, had also revealed last December that Luxembourg had in fact increased the number of so-called tax rulings in the wake of the 2014 media revelations by some 50 percent.The issue saw former PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) employee Antoine Deltour face prison time for leaking the secret rules to the media, posing larger questions on whistleblower protection laws.But Bettel maintained that his country was fully compliant with tax standards and had not committed a crime."There are over 20 countries in Europe doing [tax] rulings," he noted, echoing a similar refrain to his predecessor, Juncker.Luxembourg, under Juncker's decade-long leadership of the country, had also repeatedly blocked the rolling back of aggressive tax planning schemes throughout the EU, according to a cache of German cables leaked earlier this year.Bettel also opposes any pan-EU taxation system and refuses to impose any sort of tax on financial transactions.The financial transaction tax, also known as the FTT, aims to raise money for the public good by imposing a 0.1 percent tax on shares and bonds, and 0.01 percent on derivative products."I am fully against and I will block that," said Bettel. But he noted that other member states are free to move ahead on the file as part of a two-speed Europe.He also added that people in Luxembourg should not have to pay more tax only "because other countries were not responsible with public finances."

New cyberattack wallops Europe; spreads more slowly in US-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 27, 2017

PARIS — A new and highly virulent outbreak of data-scrambling software — apparently sown in Ukraine — caused disruption across the world Tuesday. Following a similar attack in May , the fresh cyber-assault paralyzed some hospitals, government offices and major multinational corporations in a dramatic demonstration of how easily malicious programs can bring daily life to a halt.Ukraine and Russia appeared hardest hit by the new strain of ransomware — malicious software that locks up computer files with all-but-unbreakable encryption and then demands a ransom for its release. In the United States, the malware affected companies such as the drugmaker Merck and Mondelez International, the owner of food brands such as Oreo and Nabisco.Its pace appeared to slow as the day wore on, in part because the malware appeared to require direct contact between computer networks, a factor that may have limited its spread in regions with fewer connections to Ukraine.The malware's origins remain unclear. Researchers picking the program apart found evidence its creators had borrowed from leaked National Security Agency code, raising the possibility that the digital havoc had spread using U.S. taxpayer-funded tools."The virus is spreading all over Europe and I'm afraid it can harm the whole world," said Victor Zhora, the chief executive of Infosafe IT in Kyiv , where reports of the malicious software first emerged early afternoon local time Tuesday.In Ukraine, victims included top-level government offices, where officials posted photos of darkened computer screens, as well as energy companies, banks, cash machines, gas stations, and supermarkets. Ukrainian Railways and the communications company Ukrtelecom were among major enterprises hit, Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan said in a Facebook post .The virus hit the radiation-monitoring at Ukraine's shuttered Chornobyl power plant, site of the world's worst nuclear accident, forcing it into manual operation.Multinational companies, including the global law firm DLA Piper and Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk were also affected, although the firms didn't specify the extent of the damage.Ukraine bore the brunt with more than 60 per cent of the attacks, followed by Russia with more than 30 per cent , according to initial findings by researchers at the cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab. It listed Poland, Italy and Germany, in that order, as the next-worst affected.In the U.S, two hospitals in western Pennsylvania were hit; patients reported on social media that some surgeries had to be rescheduled. A spokeswoman for Heritage Valley Health System would say only that operational changes had to be made. A Wellsville, Ohio, woman at one of its hospitals to have her gallbladder removed said she noticed computer monitors off and nurses scurrying around with stacks of paperwork.Security experts said Tuesday's global cyberattack shares something in common with last month's outbreak of ransomware, dubbed WannaCry . Both spread using digital lock picks originally created by the NSA and later published to the web by a still-mysterious group known as the Shadowbrokers.Security vendors including Bitdefender and Kaspersky said the NSA exploit, known as EternalBlue, lets malware spread rapidly across internal networks at companies and other large organizations. Microsoft issued a security fix in March, but Chris Wysopal, chief technology officer at the security firm Veracode, said it would only be effective if every single computer on a network were patched — otherwise, a single infected machine could infect all others."Once activated, the virus can automatically and freely distribute itself on your network," Ukraine's cyberpolice tweeted.Bogdan Botezatu, an analyst with Bitdefender, compared such self-spreading software to a contagious disease. "It's like somebody sneezing into a train full of people," he said.Ryan Kalember, a security expert at Proofpoint, said one reason the attacks appeared to be slowing down was that the ransomware appears to spread only when a direct contact exists between two networks — such as when a global company's Ukraine office interacts with headquarters.But once it hits a computer on a network, it spreads quickly, even among computers that have applied the fix for the NSA exploit."It's more harmful to the organization that it affects, but because it's not randomly spreading over the internet like WannaCry, it's somewhat contained to the organizations that were connected to each other," Kalember said.Botezatu said the new program appeared nearly identical to GoldenEye, a variant of a known family of hostage-taking programs known as "Petya." It demanded $300 in Bitcoin.Unlike typical ransomware, which merely scrambles personal data files, the program wreaking havoc Tuesday overwrites a computer's master boot record, making it tougher to restore even a machine that has been backed up, said Kalember.It may have first spread through a rogue update to a piece of Ukrainian accounting software called MEDoc, according to tweets by the country's cyberpolice unit. It said a rogue update seeded the infection across Ukraine. In a lengthy statement posted to Facebook, MEDoc acknowledged having been hacked.The motives of those behind the malware remain unknown. Ukraine has been a persistent target of pro-Russian hackers, who are blamed for twice shutting down large swaths of its power grid in the dead of winter and sabotaging its elections system in a bid to disrupt May 2014 national elections.Emails sent Tuesday to an address posted to the bottom of ransom demands went unreturned. That might be because the email provider hosting that address, Berlin-based Posteo, pulled the plug on the account before the infection became widely known.In an email, a Posteo representative said it had blocked the email address "immediately" after learning that it was associated with ransomware. The company added that it was in contact with German authorities "to make sure that we react properly."___Bajak reported from Houston. Associated Press writers Anick Jesdanun in New York, Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow, Larry Rosenthal in Beaver, Pennsylvania and Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark, contributed to this report.Raphael Satter And Frank Bajak, The Associated Press.

Trudeau appoints his first climate change ambassador with revamped mandate-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 27, 2017

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tapped a long-time Canadian diplomat to step into a revamped role of Canada's ambassador for climate change.Canada hasn't had such an ambassador since January 2015.Jennifer MacIntyre fills the role as of Tuesday, with a mandate to push Canada's international relationships on the climate change file, including promoting Canadian clean technology businesses abroad.She is the fifth person to hold the title of ambassador for climate change — but the first where the role is not the equivalent of Canada's chief negotiator for climate change treaties.As such she will not be on hand next week when Trudeau sits down with other G20 leaders in Germany where the Paris climate change agreement will be front and centre.Instead her role is to find ways for Canada to take advantage of any international opportunities for trade and investment that climate change policies bring.MacIntyre spent most of the last four years as the ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.The Canadian Press.

NATO chief: US allies to spend $12 billion more this year-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 28, 2017

BRUSSELS — NATO's chief says U.S. allies are projected to spend around $12 billion more on defence this year, after President Donald Trump berated them for failing to boost military budgets.NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that "we have really shifted gears. The (spending) trend is up and we intend to keep it up."Unveiling new figures, Stoltenberg said European allies and Canada have increased spending by almost $46 billion over the last three years.He said 25 of NATO's 29 allies aim to raise defence spending in 2017.Only the United States, Britain, Estonia, debt-burden Greece and Poland met NATO's spending targets last year. Romania says it will meet the 2 per cent of GDP guideline this year, while Latvia and Lithuania plan to in 2018.The Associated Press.

STORMS HURRICANES-TORNADOES

LUKE 21:25-26
25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS ETC) and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear,(TORNADOES,HURRICANES,STORMS) and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:(DESTRUCTION) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)

Wind fans the flames of Utah fire that has burned 13 homes-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 28, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY — Firefighters are bracing for more high winds Wednesday as they try to slow a southern Utah wildfire that has burned 13 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 people.Firefighters are hoping to be able to put out hot spots on the southern end of the fire to allow residents to return to the ski town of Brian Head. Homes there have been evacuated since June 17 when authorities say it was started by someone using a torch tool to burn weeds on private land.The fire is the largest in the nation at 78 square miles (201 square kilometres ).The blaze is one of several in the West. Crews in California were making gains against two new fires that spread quickly, and firefighters in Idaho battled five lightning-sparked wildfires burning in grass and brush.

The Associated Press
WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS (END OF AGE OF GRACE NOT THE WORLD)

EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10
EGYPT-KING OF THE SOUTH-DAN 11:40
RUSSIA-KING OF THE NORTH-EZEK 38:1-2,EZEK 39:1-3
CHINA-KING OF THE EAST-DAN 11:44,REV 9:16,18
VATICAN-RELIGIOUS LEADER-REV 13:11-18,REV 17:4-5,9,18

WORLD TERRORISM

OH BY THE WAY WHEN THE MEDIA SAYS ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS GOD IS GREAT LIE. IN ISLAM ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS OUR GOD IS GREATER OR GREATEST. THIS IS HOW THE MEDIA SUCK HOLES UP TO ISLAMIC-QURANIC-MUSLIMS. BY WATERING DOWN THE REAL MEANING OF THE SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT ISLAM. TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE A PEACEFUL RELIGION (CULT OF DEATH AND WORLD DOMINATION).

GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

GENESIS 16:11-12
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)

ISAIAH 14:12-14
12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14  I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)

JOHN 16:2
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)

Trudeau touts open Canadian immigration system in face of Trump travel ban-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-June 27, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will continue to promote Canada's open immigration policy on the world stage as controversy rages over U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban.Trudeau said Tuesday during a news conference in Ottawa to wrap up the parliamentary sitting that government officials have had "multiple conversations" with the U.S. administration about protecting Canadian rights in the face of immigration decisions south of the border."But at the same time, Canadians have been very clear that we see immigration as a net positive, that we know we don't have to compromise security to build stronger, more resilient communities," he said. "I will continue to stand for Canadian values and Canadian success in our immigration system as I always have, whether it's in Washington or in Hamburg next week or elsewhere around the world."On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a limited version of Trump's ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries to take effect.The justices will hear full arguments in October, but in the meantime, the court said Trump's ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen could be enforced if those visitors lack a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States."-Trudeau defends sniper role-In the wide-ranging news conference in the National Press Theatre, Trudeau was asked about topics ranging from trade concerns with the U.S. to recent news that a Canadian special forces member had shot and killed an ISIS fighter at a record distance for a sniper.Trudeau called the sniper actions "entirely consistent" with the role of troops in northern Iraq. The "advise and assist" mission has always had an element of defending Canadian forces as well as our coalition partners, he said."That is something that is integral to this mission, and that is something that has always been followed," he said.NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has said the incident suggests Canadian forces are actually involved in direct combat in Iraq, and has called on Trudeau to provide the public with more details on the role of the mission.Trudeau said the incident should be "celebrated" for demonstrating the excellence in training and performance of duties by the Canadian Forces.National Defence said the sniper, part of the Joint Task Force 2 special forces unit, was supporting Iraqi forces when he shot an enemy fighter from 3,540 metres away.That is more than a kilometre farther than the previous record, held by a British sniper who shot a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan in 2009.Trudeau also said he broke his key electoral promise to reform Canada's electoral system because there was no compromise from other parties, and he didn't want to use his Liberal majority to ram through fundamental change."There was no path to do that."-'No path' on electoral reform-Trudeau said Liberals preferred a ranked ballot system, while the NDP wanted a proportional voting system that would have led to "fragmented" parties.Conservatives wanted to keep the status quo, he said."It was a very difficult decision for me," Trudeau said in describing his decision to break the promise.Asked about when the government will eliminate the deficit, Trudeau said his government is targeting billions in new spending on infrastructure and other services Canadians need and will not put a timeframe on when it will "arbitrarily" balance the books.Trudeau also touted what he sees as the government's key accomplishments so far, namely helping improve the quality of life for the middle class and taking steps to tackle the opioid crisis before taking questions.The prime minister also reacted to a new round of anti-dumping tariffs imposed on Canada's softwood lumber industry by the U.S. Department of Commerce. He said he is focused on being "constructive" and working toward a deal that will help protect thousands of jobs in Canada.Earlier Tuesday, the prime minister issued a statement to mark Multiculturalism Day.'Differences make us strong'"Canadians come from every corner of the world, speak two official languages and hundreds more, practise many faiths, and represent many cultures," he said. "Multiculturalism is at the heart of Canada's heritage and identity, and as Canadians, we recognize that our differences make us strong."Canada's tradition of multiculturalism has meant fresh perspectives and new answers to old problems, Trudeau said.Noting that Canada is celebrating both the 150th anniversary of Confederation and the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Trudeau said the milestones are a reminder of the values that unite Canadians: Openness, inclusion and deep respect for our differences."Whoever we are, wherever we come from, these values bring us together as equal members of this great country," he said.

U.S.-led coalition envoy visits Syria to discuss Raqqa aftermath-YAHOONEWS-[Reuters]-June 28, 2017

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Brett McGurk, the U.S. special envoy to the coalition against Islamic State visited north Syria on Wednesday and met the council planning to run Raqqa after its capture from the jihadists to assure it of support, one of its members said.The U.S.-led coalition is supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias that began fighting inside Raqqa three weeks ago.The SDF announced the creation of the Raqqa Civil Council in April to replace militant rule in a city that has for three years been Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria.McGurk has met the council in Ain Issa in north Syria twice before in meetings that were not publicized, a member of the Raqqa Civil Council, Omar Alloush, said.Colonel Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the coalition, said coalition members are routinely in northern Syria working with the SDF and other local entities including the council. He could not confirm McGurk's visit on Wednesday and referred queries to the special envoy's office.Alloush said McGurk and other coalition officials, including its deputy commander Major General Rupert Jones, promised infrastructure help but did not discuss how much money was available."They did not specify any sum, but they decided we will support first removing mines, lifting rubble, maintenance of schools, then electricity stations and water," Alloush said.This month, volunteers at the council told Reuters they had informed the coalition it would take about $10 million a year to restore power and water supplies, roads and schools.(Reporting by Tom Perry; Writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Louise Ireland)

Cluster bombs kill at least 15 in eastern Syria-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 28, 2017

BEIRUT — A cluster bomb attack on an Islamic State-held village in eastern Syria killed at least 15 people on Wednesday, activists said, the latest in a series of devastating airstrikes along the Euphrates River ValleyTwo Syrian monitoring groups, Deir Ezzor 24 and Justice For Life, said the weapons were dropped on the village of Doblan by an unidentified jet. Russian, Syrian, and U.S.-led coalition aircraft are all known to operate in the area.Cluster bombs are designed to spread small bomblets across a wide area, but many fail to explode, endangering civilians long after the fighting has ended.Omar Abou Layla, the head of Deir Ezzor 24, said 15 bodies, including of women and children, were recovered in the village. He said residents expect to find many more killed.Ali Rahbe, of Justice For Life, said local informants counted at least 35 dead in the village, which is between the IS strongholds of al-Mayadeen and Boukamal.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the initial toll at 30 dead.At least 57 people were killed in an airstrike on an IS-run jail in the Euphrates River Valley on Monday. Activists said that airstrike was carried out by the U.S.-led coalition. The coalition said it was looking into the reports.Turkey's military meanwhile said it returned fire after an attack by Syrian Kurdish forces.A statement Wednesday said the People's Protection Units, or YPG, fired on Turkish territory overnight with anti-aircraft weapons from Syria's Afrin region. Turkish artillery units returned fire, destroying the "detected targets."The YPG is the main component of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a U.S.-backed militia that is battling the Islamic State group in the extremists' de facto capital, Raqqa. Turkey views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdish insurgency raging in its southeast.Turkey was angered by a U.S. decision last month to arm the Syrian Kurds, fearing the weapons will end up in the hands of Kurdish rebels in Turkey.The Associated Press.

Philippines says beheaded civilians found in rebel-held town-[Reuters]-By Kanupriya Kapoor-YAHOONEWS-June 28, 2017

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Five decapitated civilians were found in a Philippine city occupied by Islamist rebels on Wednesday, the military said, warning the number of residents killed by rebel "atrocities" could rise sharply as troops retake more ground.The discovery of the five victims among 17 bodies retrieved would be the first evidence that civilians trapped in besieged Marawi City have been decapitated during the five-week stand by militants loyal to the Islamic State group, as some who escaped the city have previously reported.Some 71 security forces and 299 militants have been killed and 246,000 people displaced in the conflict, which erupted after a failed attempt on May 23 to arrest a Filipino militant commander backed by Islamic State's leadership.President Rodrigo Duterte promised to destroy the militants in Marawi and said the Philippines was now dealing with "a very dangerous situation" due to young Muslims inspired by the "mass insanity" of Islamic State."All they do is just to kill and destroy, and killing in a most brutal way," he said at an event where he received hundreds of sniper and assault rifles donated by China to help the military campaign in Marawi."They enjoy decapitating people in front of cameras. They have to be dealt with, with the same ferocity but not the brutality," he said.The information about the beheadings came via a text message to reporters from Lieutenant Colonel Emmanuel Garcia of the Western Mindanao Command. Garcia did not respond to repeated requests for details.A civilian rescue worker, Abdul Azis Lomondot, told Reuters body parts were found, but with "no proof of beheading".Military spokesman Jo-Ar Herrera said bodies were found separately in two groups, of 12 and five, but he was unable to confirm if the five were beheaded.The battle entered its 36th day on Wednesday, with intense gunfights and bombing in the heart of the town and black-clad fighters seen from afar running between buildings as explosions rang out.The rebels' hold on Marawi, while incurring the full force of a military for years trained by its U.S. counterparts, has much of the region on edge, concerned that Islamic State's influence may run deeper than thought.Those fears are also being felt in Malaysia and Indonesia, whose nationals are among the Maute group of rebels fighting in Marawi, suggesting the group may have built a cross-border network that has gone largely undetected.-RISING TOLL-Military spokesman Restituto Padilla earlier said it was likely that many civilians had been killed and the death toll - at 27 before the latest 17 were announced - was only what the authorities could confirm independently and escapees had reported many in the area of fighting."(It) may increase significantly," Padilla told reporters. "There have been a significant number that have been seen."Padilla said the cause of all of those deaths would be "atrocities committed by the terrorists".Among those atrocities, the army says, have been residents being forced to loot homes, take up arms or become sex slaves.Videos have appeared this month on the website of Islamic State's Amaq news agency and its social media channels of hostages in Marawi pleading for their lives, saying they would be beheaded if air strikes were not stopped. Clips have also appeared of kneeling captives, shot in the head from behind.Reuters was unable to confirm the authenticity of the footage.The military has so far been reluctant to discuss the possibility that the real impact of the fighting on civilians could be far more severe than has been reported.It has played down the impact of daily air strikes and mortar assaults aimed at rebel sniper positions, which have reduced areas of the lakeside town to rubble and alarmed people stuck there, some of whom have said the shelling was a bigger threat than the militants.Military spokesman Padilla said troops needed more time to finish what was a tricky mission, complicated by trapped civilians, hostages and booby traps.(For a graphic on battle for Marawi, click http://tmsnrt.rs/2sqmHDf)(Additional reporting by Neil Jerome Morales in MANILA; Writing by Martin Petty)

CHINA AND KINGS OF THE EAST MARCH TO ISRAEL 2ND WAVE OF WW3 (200 MILLION MAN ARMY)

REVELATION 16:12-16
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates;(WERE WW3 STARTS IN IRAQ OR SYRIA OR TURKEY) and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.(THE TURKEY ATATURK DAM ON THE EUPHRATES CAN BE SHUT AND DRIED UP ALREADY BY TURKEY)
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon,(SATAN) and out of the mouth of the beast,(WORLD DICTATOR) and out of the mouth of the false prophet.(FALSE POPE)
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.(WERE 2 BILLION DIE FROM NUKE WAR)
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.(ITS AT THIS TIME I BELIEVE WHEN AMERICA GETS NUKED BY RUSSIA ON THE WAY TO THE MIDEAST)

DANIEL 11:44 (2ND WAVE OF WW3)
44 But tidings out of the east(CHINA) and out of the north(RUSSIA, MUSLIMS WHATS LEFT FROM WAVE 1) shall trouble him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.( 1/3RD OF EARTHS POPULATION)

REVELATION 9:12-18
12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.(WORLDWIDE WAR)(TURKEY-IRAQ-SYRIA)(EUPHRATES RIVER CONSISTS OF 760 MILES IN TURKEY,440 MILES IN SYRIA AND 660 MILES IN IRAQ)
15 And the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels were loosed,(WORLDWIDE WAR) which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.(1/3 Earths Population die in WW 3 2ND WAVE-2 billion)
16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand:(200 MILLION MAN ARMY FROM CHINA AND THE KINGS OF THE EAST) and I heard the number of them.
17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)

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          Shao Bao feat Boundin   
Shao Bao feat Boundin Only for Emmi Grants from exUSSR :) Hello from Ukraine :)

          Kuz'ma feat Mogylevska feat DJ Major vs Kylie Minogue   
Kuz'ma feat Mogylevska feat DJ Major vs Kylie Minogue Only for Emmi Grants from exUSSR :) Hello from Ukraine :)

          Nedilya feat Rosava vs Shakira   
Nedilya feat Rosava vs Shakira Only for Emmi Grants from exUSSR. Hello from Ukraine :)

          Kreml verspricht gefangenem Russen in Ukraine Schutz   
Moskau wird Maßnahmen ergreifen, um den russischen Bürger Viktor Agejew zu schützen, der in der Ukraine festgenommen wurde. Dies erklärte der Sprecher des russischen Präsidenten, Dmitri Peskow.
          Urteil im Gasstreit: Ukraine soll Russland mit 1,7 Mrd. Dollar entschädigen – Miller   
Im Gasstreit zwischen der Ukraine und Russland hat das Stockholmer Schiedsgericht den ukrainischen Gasversorger Naftogaz in einem vorläufigen Urteil zu einer Entschädigungszahlung von mehr als 1,7 Milliarden US-Dollar verurteilt. Das teilte Alexej Miller, Vorstandschef des russischen Lieferanten Gazprom, am Freitag mit.
          Kiew will Kreuz über Donbass machen – aus Angst vor "Umweltkatastrophe"   
Der Donbass wird innerhalb der nächsten zehn Jahre mit einer unvermeidlichen Umweltkatastrophe konfrontiert sein, wie der ukrainische Vize-Minister für unkontrollierte Territorien, Georgi Tuka, dem Fernsehsender „Kanal 5“ unter Berufung auf einen Bericht der Nationalen Akademie der Ukraine sagte.
          Kiew erwägt Einreise-Restriktionen für russische Bürger   
Das ukrainische Außenministerium untersucht derzeit die Möglichkeiten, russischen Bürgern die Einreise in die Ukraine zu erschweren, teilte der politische Direktor der Behörde, Alexej Makejew, am Freitag mit.
          Kiews Kauf von „Millionen Tonnen“ Kohle in USA hat einen Haken – Experte   
300 Millionen US-Dollar wird es kosten, Steinkohle aus den USA in die Ukraine zu liefern – pro Jahr. Aber die ukrainische Regierung wird den Preis ohnehin nicht zahlen müssen, sagte der Energiemarktexperte Andrej Belogorjew im Sputnik-Interview.
          Trump: „Ukraine will Kohle und zwar sofort“   
Die Ukraine hat die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika laut Präsident Donald Trump um Millionen von Tonnen Kohle gebeten. Der ukrainische Staatschef Petro Poroschenko hatte zuvor versprochen, Kohle, Erdgas und nukleare Brennstäbe statt aus dem benachbarten Russland aus Übersee zu importieren.
          Instagram Comedian, CrazeClown Is Officially A Medical Doctor And He Is In High Spirits   

Emmanuel Iwueke, popularly known as Crazeclown is one of the most followed Nigerian Instagram comedians. Crazeclown who is from Imo State just graduated as a medical doctor from a university in Ukraine. An excited crazeclown shared a comical photo of him and wrote; “OFFICIALLY A DOCTOR OF MEDICINE … I’m gonna be LIVE ON INSTAGRAM […]

Instagram Comedian, CrazeClown Is Officially A Medical Doctor And He Is In High Spirits


          Donezk: Explosion erschüttert Stadtzentrum   
In Donezk im Osten der Ukraine hat es am Donnerstag eine Explosion gegeben. Das Gebäude der Universität für Handel soll teilweise zerstört worden sein. Ein Vertreter der Administration des Chefs der selbsterklärten Donezker Volksrepublik spricht von einem Terroranschlag.
          Wegen ESC-Auftrittsverbot für russische Sängerin: Ukraine muss Geldstrafe zahlen   
Die Europäische Rundfunkunion (EBU) hat die Nationale Fernsehgesellschaft der Ukraine wegen des Auftrittsverbots für die russische Sängerin Julia Samojlowa beim Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2017 in Kiew mit einer hohen Geldstrafe belegt. Dies berichtet die Agentur AFP am Donnerstag.
          Wütende Ukrainer bewerfen Stadtrat mit Rauchkörpern – VIDEO aus vermülltem Lwiw   
Bei einem Protest auf dem Platz vor dem Stadtrat des westukrainischen Lwiw (Lemberg) haben Ukrainer zu Rauchkörpern gegriffen. So forderten sie den Rücktritt des Oberbürgermeisters Andrej Sadowy, den sie für den Müllkollaps in der Stadt verantwortlich machen. Im Netz sind erste Aufnahmen von der Aktion erschienen.
          Sommario Europeo: Heatwave south-east - Unsettled north & west, 30 Giu - 06:43   

Friday Unsettled and cool for northern Europe, whilst a plume of hot air affects the south-east of the continent. Much of Iberia will be dry, sunny and warm, 28 to 30C for southern Portugal and Andalucia. A northerly breeze brings rain to northern Spain. Showers for the western Mediterranean islands, also northern Italy. The central & eastern Mediterranean is hot and sunny, touching 40C for Greece and western Turkey. Temperatures widely into the mid-30s across Romania, Ukraine and the Balkans. Much cooler temperatures across central & western Europe, only 16 to 19C for France with outbreaks of rain, most persistent in central & western areas. Showery for the Alps and Germany, although drier to the east. Low pressure centred over southern Scandinavia brings strong winds, local easterly gales around the central Baltic. Persistent rain for Denmark, plus northern coasts of Germany and Poland. Rain also affects the Baltic states and southern Sweden, whilst much of northern Scandinavia stays dry, and pleasantly warm, highs in western Norway reaching 23C.

Saturday High pressure located to the west of Iberia brings fair weather to much of the peninsula, with north-easterly winds drawing hot air from the interior toward the south-west, highs 33C in the south. Some thunderstorms for eastern Spain and the Pyrenees. A few showers for Corsica, Sardinia and northern Italy. A heatwave continues for Greece and areas surrounding the Black Sea, climbing to 35 to 40C again. Low pressure over the southern Baltic drives unsettled and cool conditions across northern-central Europe, with rain affecting Germany, Poland and France, although improving close to the English Channel, across the Low Countries and also Denmark as pressure builds. Pulses of thunderstorms are likely for Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and into western Ukraine, advancing north-east. Much of Norway, Sweden and Finland should be dry and warm, widely into the lows 20s Celsius. Some rain around the southern Baltic.


          News You Can Use Digest – June 30, 2017   
      Federal: Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Files as Foreign Agent for Ukraine WorkWashington Post – Tom Hamburger and Rosalind Helderman | Published: 6/27/2017 Paul Manafort, who was forced out as President Trump’s campaign chairperson last summer after infighting and criticism about his business dealings with pro-Russian interests, disclosed his consulting firm had received more than $17 million over two years from a Ukrainian political party with links to the Kremlin. The filing serves as a retroactive admission that Manafort performed work in the U.S. on behalf of a foreign power, Ukraine’s Party of Regions, without disclosing it at the time, as required by law. The disclosure hints at the vast fortunes available to top American political consultants plying their trade in other countries. Jack Abramoff Registers as a Foreign AgentThe Hill – Megan Wilson | Published: 6/23/2017 Jack Abramoff…
          Памятная доска лагерю советских военнопленных, с. Коробочкино   

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Коробочкине
Kharkiv region
Ukraine

На старинном здании в центре с. Коробочкино размещена памятная табличка.

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          Репер № 1317, с. Коробочкино   

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Коробочкине
Kharkiv region
Ukraine

Репер № 1317 закреплен в стене здания постройки второй половины 19 в. Здание было построено в качестве одного из корпусов волосной управы.

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          Волостная управа, с. Коробочкино   

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Коробочкине
Kharkiv region
Ukraine

В центре с. Коробочкино, возле стадиона расположено два старинных здания. Они на первый взгляд одинаковы, но при имет некоторые различия.

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          Бювет на трассе М-03 (Е-40)   

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Коробочкине
Kharkiv region
Ukraine

Рядом с астодорогой М-03 (она же Е-40) в районе ее перекрёстка с региолнальной автодорогой Р-07 в сторону с.

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          ПП ГУГК № 5625 на ж\д станции Коробочкино   

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Малинівка (Чугуївський р-н)
Kharkiv region
Ukraine

ПП ГУГК № 5625 закреплен в левой части (со строны платформы) здания вокзала ж\д станции Коробочкино.

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          ПП на ул. Б. Хмельницкого, 3, пос. Малиновка   

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Малинівка (Чугуївський р-н)
Kharkiv region
Ukraine

ПП без идентификации закреплен в стене дома на ул. Богдана Хмельницкого, 3.

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          Памятная доска Федоровичу М.В., пос. Малиновка   

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Малинівка (Чугуївський р-н)
Kharkiv region
Ukraine

На доме № 5 по ул. Богдана Хмельницкого в пос. Малиновка установлена памятная доска Федоровичу М.В.

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          Репер № 181 на ул. Каляева, 11, г. Чугуев    

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Чугуїв
Kharkiv region
Ukraine

Репер № 181 (прочесть надпись над пяткой знака не удалось - залепена штукатуркой) установлен в фундаменет дома на ул. Каляева, 11.

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          Зал Царства Свидетелей Иеговы, пос. Печенеги   

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Печеніги
Kharkiv region
Ukraine

На ул. Партизанская, 19 в пос. Печенеги расположен протестантский храм - Зал Царства Свидетелей Иеговы.

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          Сквер воинской славы и памяти, пос. Печенеги   

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Печеніги
Kharkiv region
Ukraine

На перекрестке улиц Ленина и 1-го Мая в пос. Печенеги расположен Сквер воинской славы и памяти.

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          Краеведческий музей, пос. Печенеги   

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Печеніги
Kharkiv region
Ukraine

Печенежский районный краеведческий пузей имени Т.А. Сулимы расположен в пер. Почтовый, 1.

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          Памятная доска Бобылёву Д.К., пос. Печенеги   

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Печеніги
Kharkiv region
Ukraine

На здании Печенежского районного краеведческого музея установлена памятная доска Бобылёву Д.К.

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          Памятная доска Склярову Л., пос. Печенеги   

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Печеніги
Kharkiv region
Ukraine

На здании Печенежского районного краеведческого музея (пер. Почтовый, 1) установлена памятная доска Склярову Л.

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          6/30/2017: NEWS: Ukraine, Russia first struck by ransomware   
Companies worldwide struggled to recover after a wave of powerful cyberattacks crippled computer systems in Europe, Asia and the United States with a virus similar to the global ransomware assault in May that infected computers. Researchers at...
          Немного о том, что все люди любят жаловаться...Было время мы...   
🎀#ukraine @ ПроHR rabota.ua.
          Rosja zwiększa produkcję rolną   
Według agronomyukraine, w Rosji od stycznia do maja tego roku w porównaniu z analogicznym okresem 2016 roku wzrosła produkcja drobiu, jaj, warzyw, świń i mleka.
          Trump's Opportunity to Arm Ukraine   
How to promote freedom, advance U.S. interests, and show strength to Russia.

          Top of the Pops   
I've got quite a numerical mind, and I am always interested in my statistics. I check my hit counter most days, and I enjoy watching what happens as the posts rise and fall in popularity.

Best chart show ever: TOTP
Sometimes a post from a while ago will experience a curious surge in popularity over a few days. Sometimes my blog will appear to suddenly become popular in a new country (Hello, Ukraine!). Why does this happen? I have no idea, but it's fascinating to watch.

What's very interesting to me is that I seem to have no ability to predict in advance which posts will be the most successful or popular. There are certainly some surprises in the Top 10, posts which are much more popular than I ever expected them to be.

Conversely, some of my favourite posts (in a personal sense) don't seem to have done all that well, and again I wonder why this is: am I completely missing my intended audience? While the blog is all about me, the hit counter is all about you, the reader, and shows me where your interests lie.

If this were a glittering award ceremony, I would be announcing the winners from a golden envelope, in no particular order. However, it isn't, and I am not. Instead, I here are my top 10 blog posts by number of hits (as I write, the total hit counter is 373,416).

(1) Jan Hamilton. The winner, with 10,047 hits. No real surprises here: the former soldier turned reporter has attracted considerable public interest over the last few years, and appears again at number 10 in this countdown.

(2) Jaye Davidson. A close second with 9,635. Again, not a surprise. The ephemeral Jaye Davidson sprang to celebrity in The Crying Game in 1992, playing a beautiful transwoman. After a brief appearance in Stargate, in 1994, he retired completely from acting. Ever since, or so it seems, everyone has been asking: what happened to Jaye Davidson?

(3) Female Bodybuilding comes third with 9,051. This is my first real surprise. I can't really account for why this article has been so popular. I suppose the subject matter must be especially compelling.

(4) Women who Crossdress comes next with 6,008 hits. A fair way behind the top 3, this is another surprise to me. Again, I suppose the subject matter must be interesting. While (1), (2) and (3) are quite close numerically, so are the next four entries.

(5) Leah True, with 5,774. This one doesn't surprise me. Like Jaye Davidson, Leah is beautiful, fascinating, and gone from public gaze. A lot of people looking, and I guess they end up here. I've tried to contact Leah and never managed it.

(6) Men With Long Nails, with 5,457. Again a surprise. Why should this subject be so compelling?

(7) Emma Ballantyne, with 5,423 hits. Scottish Emma has the famous YouTube channel, starrynowhere, which has over a million hits. She also allowed herself to be interviewed by me here, though this post (curiously) has only had 3,288 hits.

(8) Helen Boyd Interview, with 4,741. Helen Boyd needs no introduction at all to anyone even remotely trans. Here she answers my questions. Although she is so famous, she has her own very successful and popular website, which means people don't need to come here to find out her latest.

(9) Gender Variants on Facebook brings in 4,021 hits. This topic was very popular a couple of years ago-- though I notice that they still haven't introduced gender variants in my country. Come on, Facebook! Get with the program!

(10) Abigail Austen has rushed into the top 10, despite being one of my more recent posts. Not a surprise, since her latest documentary, and book launch, have brought her once more into the public eye.

Writing is better with nice nails
When I look at this top 10, I can see two clear patterns. First, celebrities (Abigail, Jaye, Leah, Emma). Between them these four are responsible for a lot of internet traffic; no surprises at all that some of it should find its way here (though my article about Caitlyn Jenner has scored only 408 hits). The second group seems to be articles about the boundary (the sometimes uncomfortable boundary) between male and female: female bodybuilders, female crossdressers, men with long nails. In this theme, I've also written about women with beards, and men in skirts. My article about That Whole Bathroom Thing, another ongoing issue, can be found here.

While we wait for the applause to die down and the speeches to finish, I would like to point your attention to some of my posts from the archives, which I think are deserving of a little more attention than they received at the time. These are in temporal order, starting with the oldest. These are some of my favourite posts. Why not take a look, and maybe even leave a comment?

(1) Lyn Tornabene and the Red Queen was one of my better early posts. Written back in 2012, it has gathered in only 574 hits. In it, I discuss the theme of pretending to be something other than your natural self, and how this relates to my own feelings about crossdressing.

(2) The More Things Change... was also one of my favourite posts from 2012, and has managed only 480 hits. It discusses one of history's most famous crossdressers, Lord Cornbury.

(3) Subfuscation! has scored only 427 hits. It's a whimsical discussion of the clothing restrictions facing students at Oxford University.

(4) My article about Japanese artist Yasumasa Morimura has managed only 738 hits, despite featuring Morimura's homages to Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.

(5) My article about Alex Reid, a transvestite cage fighter who married a topless model, managed only 861 hits. Are you seriously telling me you don't want to read that one?

The final very interesting hit count is the About Me page, which has scored 9,471 hits, making this page the third most popular overall on the blog. That's very satisfying for me personally. I am always delighted when people email me to say they came across the blog and found it interesting or thought-provoking.

So please keep coming, keep reading, and tell your friends!
          Abigail Austen   
If you could look at my hit counter, you would see that one of the most popular blog posts I ever wrote was the one concerning Jan Hamilton, the elite British soldier who underwent transition and was firmly in the public eye a few years ago. The documentary Sex Change Soldier, followed her journey through transition, and every time it airs somewhere around the world, I get a bump in the hit counter as people get online to try to find out the latest. But there hasn't been any for years.

You can also see (from the comments under that post) that lots of people are interested in making contact with Jan, and I even went so far as to contact the producers of the documentary to ask if they could put me in touch. Nothing.

Abigail Austen
Then, out of the blue last week I got an email from Jan herself-- except she isn't Jan, she is Abigail Austen ("Abi"). I knew that already, of course, but I hadn't published that info on my blog because I believed that Austen was trying to move on with her life and try to find some anonymity.

But since she got in touch, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to interview her, and she agreed. It turns out there is a lot to tell. As always, I was a bit nervous about what questions to ask: I have never before interviewed someone who has been thoroughly trained to resist the most probing of interrogations! Here is how we got on:

It's been 8 years since the documentary about your transition. Can you tell us briefly what's been happening in your life since then?

I decided to quietly get my life into order, away from what had become a very intrusive press. It got so bad, I had to move out of my home for a bit. Journalists were hiding out in my garden!

The Scottish Police were looking for people, so I joined there for a few years. I enjoyed being a cop, but my profile made it difficult to avoid a fight. I was causing more aggravated assaults by myself than the rest of my division put together, merely for being me.

After three years, I was offered a job with NATO in Afghanistan. I went to Kandahar with the US Army, right into the heartland of the Taliban. I stayed on combat operations continuously for three years, coming home late 2014. After that, I took some much-needed time off and wrote a book about it all, called Lord Roberts’ Valet. Then, I took off for the Ukraine, where I work in security operations.

Can you tell us why you changed your name to Abi Austen? Was that an attempt to become anonymous again after the negative publicity associated with the name Jan Hamilton?

No, it was because my family rejected me. I didn’t want that name anymore. My grandmother was an Austin, and I loved her very much, so I went with that, and added a little Jane Austen twist to the spelling.

You briefly pursued a career as a police officer. How did that pan out?

Mentioned a bit about that above. The senior management were supportive of me, but it was a hard gig with some of my fellow officers. I had a publicised spat with them over the pension fund when they insisted in enrolling me as a man, which I am patently not. By the end, it was all becoming waaay too stressful… So I swapped it out for going back to war!

After how badly the military treated you, it must have been very difficult to return to a career in the armed forces, however tangential. What made you decide to return?

I have always found military service enjoyable, rewarding and exciting. So it actually wasn’t that hard. I love Afghanistan. I’ve travelled there for over twenty years. The offer from NATO was a real opportunity to put my life into order, and it all came good. It’s all in the book. My move back to Afghanistan was as much because I wanted to go back there (I do love the place) as any desire to work with the military. I am not some sort of military nut. Far from it. In fact, the book is quite scathing about military culture

What sort of reaction did you have from your colleagues when you returned to the military? Were they accepting? Or is there still an undercurrent of transphobia?

Back to the action: Austen
Well, I didn’t arrive with a rep where the Americans were concerned. They just saw me as another chick: and I had skills they wanted. So the Yanks were just great. I really owe the United States. They are a country of second chances, and they really helped me change my life about. Kandahar turned into one of the great adventures of my life and I will always admire and respect America for the sacrifice they make for all our freedoms.

You worked for the US military, not the British. Is this because they were more accepting of you, or because you didn't want to work for the Brits, or some other reason?

There were some Brit special forces in Kandahar. Reaction was mixed, which reflects society. I don’t really stand out in any way, I’m just a chick, but some of them obviously knew who I am from all the media stuff in the UK. For people under 30, nobody really cared. In fact, many of the young ones wanted their picture taken with me. Over 30, and it was more mixed. The army is a big ball of testosterone and men somehow feel threatened by people like me. I don’t know why, but it can be difficult sometimes.

Do you think attitudes to transgender people in the military are changing? In what way?

The military are a reflection of the society they represent. However, it is also a conservative organisation, so attitudes lag. The military is beginning to understand that gender dysphoria is a medical, not a psycho-sexual issue, so they are beginning to discuss it in adult terms. However, I think it will be a generation before gender is openly discussed in wider society, and the military will always be behind that curve of popular opinion because of its own internal culture.

Do you think the changes have something to do with you personally?

In my own small way, I think I have helped change attitudes. However, there are others out there who have fought the good fight. I’m about to take part in an exhibition here in the UK, on transgendered service personnel, called Dry Your Eyes, Princess, which will tour Liverpool, Belfast and Manchester. I did a three-hour taped interview for that exhibition which covers many of the details of my life.

I do know that the US is currently lifting their own ban, and my example in serving in Kandahar helped alter concerns on operational robustness. I met several very senior officers and politicians on that very subject. But I’d also say, I regard that part of my life as something from the past. These days, I am just a chick.

Now you have a book out. Can you tell us a bit about it?

Got it covered: the book
Lord Roberts’ Valet is the story of my 1,000 days in Kandahar, at the eye of the storm. It’s the inside track on how the war was fought and all the mess-ups we made over there. I experienced everything from the frontline, to the politics of the White House: and it’s all there in the book. The historic context, the story of the war, the sacrifice, the tears, the laughter and the madness. I genuinely don’t think there’s been a book quite like this before on Afghanistan and I’m quite proud of it. There’s a fair amount on the web now on it. Check out the website here:  http://www.lordrobertsvalet.com

Did Kristin Beck's book Warrior Princess have anything to do with your decision to write it?

Kristin Beck? Nope, good luck to her, but this is a different story.

How did you choose the title?

Lord Roberts’ Valet is about my war and the war the West fought. The story behind the title is in the book, so I won’t spoil it. I have a follow-up coming out later this year called Sugar and Spice, which will chronicle my own journey to where I am now.

What are your next plans? More armed conflict? Or have you something else in mind?

I’d like to think I have one more mission in me. My time in Kandahar proved to me that my skills are just as sharp as ever, no matter what physical form I live in. I also know that being me has made me a much happier and better person to be around. I have never regretted a single day of my life as Abi. I have a few irons in the fire right now, but I’ll hang onto those dreams for now...

You've been "stealth" for years; what made you decide to re-emerge?

I don’t like that term. I just call this living life. I’m proud of all that I am and all I have achieved. I’ve never hidden away at all. Right now, I have a book (and soon two) that I think worthy of a read and I’m just doing what any author would do: telling folks about what’s on offer. I’ve never hidden away. If anybody wanted to speak to me, I’ve been there; and, over the years, I have talked to and helped many people on their own particular journeys. That part of life will always be with me, but I regard the ‘trans’ part as ‘transformation’ and ‘transitory’. It’s history, nothing more. I am a female, and a very happy one too. There comes a point where you don’t need to fight anymore, and I am at that point.

Can you tell us a little about your personal life these days? A relationship?

Yep, very happily in love. My partner and I have a lovely life and we intend getting married quite soon. It’s all good….

What interests or hobbies do you have?

Love Zumba, I actually have an instructor’s certificate in it. And I still go running, but I’m not really made for sprinting these days.

What famous person would you most like to meet and why?

Not all fighting: Afghanistan
To be honest, I’ve met an awful lot of famous people already. Some I’ve liked, some I have wondered what all the fuss was about. I don’t judge people on their fame. I just like genuine people for themselves. So; happy to meet anybody, they don’t have to be famous, just real people.

Do you have a message for people out there who have been thinking about you?

I’d like to say ‘thank-you’ to everybody who has written to me and sent good wishes through the years. My documentary is still in rotation around the world and I get notes from the most unlikely places. I think that there are a lot more folks affected by this issue than have ever been able to express their true selves. I wish everybody true happiness and love. I’ve been on my own particular road. If my own experience is any use, I know it can have a very happy ending.

I will be on Lorraine Kelly’s ITV show on 05 November, here in the UK. Could you also mention that I have a Facebook page and a YouTube video will be up this week. All folks have to do is Google "Lord Roberts’ Valet".

===

As with all my interviews, a little discussion and analysis now follows.

First, I admit I was concerned about Austen. Having heard nothing about her life, I naturally assumed that she had fallen into obscurity and perhaps misery. And let's face it, the documentary doesn't exactly end on a high note. So I was delighted to hear that she is not only doing OK, she is actually doing brilliantly. My first emailed question to her was: I just want to know you are OK.

Second, I was intrigued to find that she had gone back to working with the military. On the one hand, this must have been a tough decision. The military treated her extremely badly at the time of transition, and it must have been very painful to consider returning. And yet, by her own admission, she loves what she does. She is extremely highly trained, and has a lot of valuable experience to draw upon. And, from the excerpt from the book (available on the website) it's clear she has lost none of that traditional coolness under pressure.

As I have mentioned elsewhere on this blog, I view the military with very mixed feelings. On the one hand, I admire the job they do. On the other, I find most military types to be intimidating, and I find their rigidity and inflexibility of thought to be stifling at times. But I can imagine that, if the military is your thing, you might find nothing in civilian life quite hits the spot. And the opportunity to do that thing, the thing you are trained for and love most of all, while being accepted as your true self, must be a very powerful experience. The press-release for the book contains this quote from an unnamed senior US general:
I don’t care if you are a man, woman, Martian or dachshund. My only question is whether you can do the job required or not. Welcome to the team.
Third, I'm a little surprised at one particular word which Austen uses more than once: chick. It doesn't quite fit for someone who is so trained and so capable, to refer to herself as "just a chick". It's not a word that I personally would feel comfortable applying to any woman, whether I myself was presenting as a woman or a man. Likewise, if someone applied it to Vivienne, it would make me bristle slightly because of its connotations of sexism. So why does Austen use it in reference to herself?

Fourth, I came away from this interview feeling that, while Austen has told us a lot about her career, she has told us surprisingly little about herself. This tone also comes across in our email exchange. My questions were intended for the reader to get a sense of Abi the woman, Abi the person, and yet she gives us little to go on: very brief details about her grandmother, her partner, Zumba, and some hints of "irons in the fire". That makes it very hard to get any sense of Austen's real personality. I guess she might say: read the book!

I can understand why Austen may feel a little bit reluctant to let too much slip. I suppose it would be easy for some tabloid journalist, hungry for a story, to take some little detail out of context, and blow it up into an article to fill up some column inches. So I am not blaming her for her reticence, just a little disappointed. I suppose I had hoped that we (she and I) might click a little over some common ground. That may yet happen.

Meanwhile, I await the Sugar and Spice memoir with some anticipation, and I will be sure to let you know if I hear of anything.

===

My thanks to Abi for taking time to answer my questions and send me her photos. The website again is here. The contents of this post are copyright © Vivienne Marcus and Abigail Austen 2015. No reproduction of any part of the text is permitted, altered or unaltered, in printed or electronic form, without permission. All photographs are copyright © Abigail Austen and used by kind permission.
          LTSNU has launched the admission campaign   

On June 30, 2017, Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University has launched the Admission Campaign – 2017. At the opening of the admission campaign, the entire Admission Committee met: S.V. Savchenko – Chairman of the Admission Committee, Rector of the University, Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Professor, Corresponding Member of the APS of Ukraine; D.V. Uzhchenko – […]

Запись LTSNU has launched the admission campaign впервые появилась luguniv.edu.ua.


          In memory of the dead fighters   

On June 27, the Academic Council meeting began with a minute of silence in memory of the dead fighters – Oleksii Ischuk and Vasyl Lavrys, who, defending the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, were killed while performing military duty in Luhansk region. They dreamed of becoming psychologists, helping people, building a new, independent, prosperous country […]

Запись In memory of the dead fighters впервые появилась luguniv.edu.ua.


          Restored Republic via a GCR as of June 30, 2017   
Restored Republic via a GCR as of June 30 2017

Compiled 12:12 am EDT 30 June 2017 by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret, CEO, Child Abuse Recovery www.ChildAbuseRecovery.com; Author, "Twenty Two Faces," www.22faces.com

Source: Dinar Chronicles

A. June 29 2017 GCR Intel Situation Report: "Colors" - GCR/RV Intel SITREP - Thursday - June 29, 2017

1. The RV was always master planned to rollout during a holiday weekend for safety purposes we are told.

2. We were told earlier in the week that Wed. June 28 would be the day, and technically it was. The RV trigger event started in Indonesia not Beijing @ 10:55am WIB Thurs, June 29, 2017 (11:55pm EDT Wed, June 28, 2017).

3. Thurs. June 29 is thus the first day of legal redemptions with the new USN for citizens of the restored Republic of the United States of America.

4. Mon. June 26 the Supreme Court restarted the Travel Ban and set the start time for 8pm EDT Thurs.--which was really a 90 day Dunford request (not Trump) designed for National Security purposes during the RV rollout.

5. With July 4th on a Tues, markets will have lowest volume of the year on Fri June 30 and Mon. July 3 - making Thurs. June 29 the last day of the quarter for floor traders to complete their 2nd quarter positions.

6. In Iraq, Mosul has been liberated officially on Thurs. June 29 per President Abahdi's own historic victory over Daesh/ISIS speech.

7. Expect a four day redemption period across North America beginning as early as Fri. June 30 after the travel ban has gone into effect and through the July 4th holiday on Tues.

8. We are told by HSBC they will release 800#s as early as Thurs. night June 29, but as late as Friday evening June 30 after markets close.

9. Republic President Paul Ryan now has the "go call" for the US portion of the RV. When he chooses to go will be in the best interests of the Republic as a once again sovereign, good standing nation in the larger world community.

10. It only took 146 years to reclaim our freedom and liberty from the 1871 created USA, Inc. (aka cabal).

B. June 29 2017 Bruce's The Big Call: Thebigcall.net Playback: 712-770-4016 pin123456#

1. Iraq completed a series of announcements yesterday June 28.

2. They reinstated the Dinar rate.

3. The Dinar is now international and trading up in value Celebrations

4. There will be a total global currency reset. Some currencies will go up in value, some go down.

5. As of 4:30 pm EDT today June 29 the banks reflected the new rates

6. The SKRs are starting to be liquidated. People will have access to their funds in a couple of days.

7. Tomorrow night June 30 at 11:58 pm EDT certain parts of the Dodd Frank Act will be gone.

8. The 800#s will come out within the next couple of days.

9. It will be a shotgun start where everyone will go at the same time.

10. The Internet group will have 4-5 days before it goes public.

11. Redemption Centers remain on active status and will be available 2 hours after the 800#s are released.

C. June 28 GCR Intel Situation Report: "Fireworks" - GCR/RV Intel SITREP - Wednesday - June 28, 2017

1. Sources are in consensus: We are at the end of the beginning.

2. As the fireworks go off each night after sundown in the US, and everyone is looking up, we'll be driving into our redemption appointments experiencing a very different fireworks explosion--in digits zeros.

3. American military is on perpetual high alert. Dunford is getting diplomatic updates every few hours. He's ready to perform on the drop of dime. If all goes as planned, you won't ever notice the incredible level of security until you're actually on site.

4. American media is ready to present the Impeachable material on Trump (except Fox that's acting as the antithesis of what's really going on), thus providing the cover for the financial reforms.

5. American politicians--House & Senate (but not Executive branch)--are fully aware of what is about to go down and will be removed if they in any way attempt to stop this or cause doubt. We're told there's an interview blackout for politicians during the RV as well, and maybe that's what their July 4th recess is really all about, and why they will get the healthcare vote done on the other side as well.

6. American banks (and military bases) are prepared for exchanges. There are 25,000 exchange points in North America alone. All banking tiers 1 thru 5 are participating as everyone wants in on these healthy cash deposits.

7. Cyber attacks are the only serious "stoppage" concern, and why Tues. June 27 global ransomware attack was cause for rethinking some of the IT security features. How long that takes we don't know, but we think that may be the last hold up.

8. Last night June 28 at 10pm EDT we were told to be ready to receive and disburse the 800#s. That didn't happen.

9. Many will be getting the 800 numbers to release them to an estimated nearly 5 million private exchangers (of the Internet Group).

10. Mon July 3 is when all accounts will be made liquid everywhere in the world at any amount, any tier.

11. Thus earlier exchanges will be post dated and credit cards / 10k cash will be used in the meantime. Still would make for an amazing weekend.

12. The New Powers That Be want all transactions to read as though they were deposited in July and principal originated after the Summer Solstice. It's a Chinese thing.

13. Our markets anticipate very low trading volume on both Friday June 30 and Mon. July 3. It would be easy to track any traders trying to front run Tues. opening bell.

14. Rates are ridiculously high and climbing. Ask for anything you can spiritually handle and then some.

D. June 28 Group Conference Call: Phillip Tilton's Outlaws group conference call replay - Duration: 16 seconds. gary larrabee https://www.freeconferencecallhd.com/wall/recorded_audio?...

1. Last Mon. June 26 the US Supreme Court activated a flight ban - to go into effect Thurs. June 29. It is believed that one of the reasons our skies are being patrolled is for security during the exchanges. Trump's Travel Ban to Take Effect on Thursday Evening

2. Yesterday June 27 Mosul was declared liberated. Iraq was done.

3. 70 countries are now ready for NESARA, Disclosure and announcements of the new technology that will benefit humanity.

4. The groups in Reno were surprised June 28 am when Obama released an amnesty agreement previously assured by his administration and made a payment.

5. On June 28 there were 38 banks which underwent stress tests. All passed except Capitol One which has a lot of credit card debt. They will have to reset.

6. News from Reno was to prepare yourself to exchange. Bankers were trained to check to see if you could handle the funds. Anyone who showed problems would be pushed to the end of the line.

7. All intel was in a blackout mode.

8. Exchanges have taken place.

9. 800#s would come out anywhere from Fri. June 30 to Fri. July 7.

10. On July 2,3,4 Zim Bond exchangers were expected to be exchanging at off site redemption centers. (Zim exchangers could exchange other currencies at the same time).

11. July 27,28, 29 could be when public currency exchanges began.

12. The latest known rates:

Zim $65

Dong $128

Dinar $245

Afghan $10.50

Rial - don't know as Iran may be under sanctions

13. When you receive your personal 800 number do not put it online on the internet as it would be made non functional if you did.

14. It would be smart to be at the Exchange Center in the first four days and no later than the first 8 days.

15. Exchange Centers would be open within 2 hours of the 800#s coming out.

16. You could leave the exchange with $10,000 cash and a Credit/Debit Card. For security reasons you may not want a Black Credit/Debit Card. They were too noticeable and could put you in danger. Instead, up to 10 million $ could be made available on a Gold Credit/Debit Card or a Platimum Credit/Debit Card.

17. In negotiating your exchange and interest rates your banker would be evaluating you for your honesty, sincerity in wanting to help humanity and ability to handle big money.

18. The banker might offer you interest rates that ranged from 4-8% to 12-15% on the money left at the bank, depending on how you appeared ready to handle the money.

19. Refer to the Zim as a gold-backed bond, not a currency. Say that you were there to exchange. Ask to see the back screen rates. Negotiate your exchange rates and interest rates. The right terms would show how educated you were on the exchange.

20. In your exchange ask to see the Back Screen Rates, which were higher than the regular screen rates.

21. In addition to your Wealth Manager, you would be given the opportunity to hire the services of a Family Office to work for you.

22. Your money would be put in a Skeleton Trust until you decided what you wanted to do with it (with the help of your Wealth Manager). It was recommended that you bridged that money from the original trust to several trusts, (with up to 5 LLCs under each trust account).

23. It was recommended that you put all funds in a Trust or Foundation and none in your own name. You didn't want to own anything, but wanted to have control of everything. Doing so would keep you from being a target for the bad guys.

E. June 29 2017 One Who Knows: http://www.ascensionwithearth.com/201...

1. After the 800#s were released you would have three days to call for your appointment.

2. You don't necessarily have to say Zim Bond or Exchange in order to get the higher rates.

3. You do have to ask for the higher rates in order to get them.

F. June 28 Intel Situation Report: "Carcass" - GCR/RV Intel SITREP - Wednesday - June 28, 2017 The RV officially process for the US began at midnight on Wed. PST.

G. June 29 2017 Landa Global Call: Landa Global CC Replay: Humanus Update 6-28-18 On Sunday June 25 the US sovereignty was signed off on.

H. June 28 2017 AdminBill: ADMINBILL TIDBIT, 28 JUNE

After a long drought of no news there was much going on. No dates or rates, but the activity was very encouraging.

I. June 29 2017 TNT RayRen98 Update: Thursday Update from TNT RayRen98 6-29-17 Iraqi citizens abroad reported that the Abadi speech referenced the following:

1. The ending dash reign in Mosul.

2. The country was free and moving forward to a stable and secure life for all citizens.

3. Declared the end of ISIS rule in Mosul.

J. June 29 2017 Historic Changes Europe, Asia Fulford Report: "Historic Changes in Central Europe and Asia" - Fulford Report - 6.26.17

1. The Pentagon sources say US President Donald Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner was sent on orders of the US military/intelligence establishment to Israel to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu to demand regime change there.

2. It is no coincidence the Iranian and Hizbollah forces, protected by a new Russian air base, have arrived at the Israeli border to give notice to the criminal Netanyahu regime that it is militarily isolated from the world. The US military is not going to fight to protect the criminal Netanyahu regime, the Pentagon sources say.

3. A similar move is being made in the Ukraine where President Petro Poroshenko has been summoned to Washington “to discuss regime change,” the sources say.

4. These moves are part of a worldwide effort to end all conflicts and prepare the way for a new financial system, they say.

5. There is also likely to be regime change in the US, the sources continue. Here the latest developments show the entire “blame Russia” campaign by the old establishment is failing. Instead the “Cabal is on its back foot as Bernie Sanders and wife Jane are under FBI investigation for bank fraud and former attorney general Loretta Lynch is under a Department of Justice probe for obstruction of justice,” the Pentagon sources say.

Past Week of Updates:

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of June 29, 2017

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of June 28, 2017

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of June 27, 2017

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of June 26, 2017

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of June 25, 2017

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of June 24, 2017

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of June 23, 2017

Global Humanitarian Projects: www.humanus.ca

Global Humanitarian Projects: www.landachinaglobal.com
          Mad Heads vs Nelly feat Justin Timberlake   
Mad Heads vs Nelly feat Justin Timberlake Only for Emmi Grants from exUSSR :) Hello from Ukraine :)

          Comment on Central Bank Intervention Slams Paper Gold by MarkMcd   
how long would it take to sell all of libya's and ukraines gold... without flooring the markets?
          Companies still hobbled from fearsome cyberattack   
HOUSTON (AP) " Many businesses still struggled Friday to recover hopelessly scrambled computer networks, collateral damage from a massive cyberattack that targeted Ukraine three days ago.The Heritage Valley Health System couldn't offer lab and diagnostic imaging services at 14 community and neighborhood offices in western Pennsylvania. DLA Piper, a London-based law firm with offices in 40 countries, said on its website that email systems were down; a receptionist said email hadn't [...]
             
Macron Faces Opposition Despite Absolute Majority in French National Assembly
Policies to focus on transforming labor law and strengthening finance capital

By Abayomi Azikiwe
Editor, Pan-African News Wire
Monday June 26, 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron appeared to have been in an advantageous position to govern Europe’s second most significant state in the aftermath of a resounding victory in the parliamentary elections  on June 18 where La Republiqueen March (LaRem) won an overwhelming majority.

Nonetheless, in a matter of days Macron’s cabinet was marred by several resignations of ministers from the centrist Democratic Movement (MoDem) which has supported the ruling party. The announcement that these officials were the focus of a corruption investigation assured their departure since one key aspect of the president’s campaign pledges was the promise to maintain a transparent government.

Amid the scandal Macron reshuffled his cabinet replacing the departing ministers with individuals who are far less known in French national politics.  Justice Minister Francois Bayrou along with European Affairs Minister Marielle de Sarnez,both of whom are MoDem party leading members, submitted their resignations from the cabinet on June 21.The news of their departures came just one day after Defense Minister Sylvie Goulard's unexpected resignation on June 20. Goulard is also with the MoDem party.

Allegations have surfaced that the MoDem misused European parliamentary funds to hire aidsthat were stationed in France.Even with these resignations of MoDem officials, LaRem still maintains an absolute majority.

Former Socialist government functionary Florence Parly, who has been employed at major French transport companies, was appointed as defense minister. Nicole Belloubet, considered an expert in the legal field, was designated to take over the justice ministry. Switching from the Ministry of Agriculture, Jacques Mezard, is being assigned to territorial planning.  Stephane Travert, a Macron loyalist, will serve as agricultural minister.

On June 25, Macron’s former Socialist Party decided to cast its vote against a motion of confidence in the new government. Therefore, the Socialists will become key players in the opposition although they have been decimated by the ascendancy of the centrist LaRem which was founded only a year ago.

Socialists hold less than 40 seats in the National Assembly posing no threat to the ability of Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to win approval of the cabinet and the policy initiatives which will be delivered in a speech on July 4. In addition to opposition from the Socialist Party, Macron will face ideologues in the conservative Les Républicains (LR) party, the putative far-left MPs from Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s France Unbowed party and Marine Le Pen’s neo-fascist National Front. One faction within the LR party, known as “the Constructives,” appears to be harboring a more moderate line on the new government.

Philippe, who is 47, is a member of the LRs, the center-right party. He was appointed by Macron as prime minister on May 15.

Macron, who has a background as an investment banker, and Philippe, a lawyer and member of the moderate right-wing, have made claims of bridging the traditional left-right political polarization in France. This notion of a third way, must be examined closely in regard to the actual policies that will be implemented inside the country and abroad.

Challenges to the French Labor Movement

Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the LaRem majority government will be its efforts to institute reforms in labor law. These proposals will ostensibly make it much easier for employers to hire and terminate workers.

However, with high unemployment, miniscule growth rates and the decline in career jobs with unionized protection, the question remains whether the neo-liberal reforms will actually provide incentives for the creation of broader opportunities among working class people. In many ways developments in France are a reflection of the character of the labor markets in most western capitalist states since the mid-to-late 1970s.

Foreign Policy magazine noted in a recent article written by George Ross who speculated on the potential for labor unrest in response to the Macron reforms, saying: “well-protected jobs have declined and less secure service jobs have expanded, the labor market has become segmented between a diminishing number of workers with stable contracts and an expanding group in more precarious situations, a trend accentuated by lower growth and higher unemployment. Union membership has declined from nearly 30 percent of the workforce in the 1970s to 11 percent today — and much of that is concentrated in the public sector. Strikes, for which France was once notorious, have declined in parallel.” (June 20)

In the United States which has the largest capitalist economy in the world where a series of recessions have occurred over the last 45 years, a similar situation for workers prevails. Unionization has gone down to 6.4 percent in the private sector and 34.4 percent in the public sector, totally 14.6 million workers.

This represents a dramatic downturn for representation of employees. In 1983, the first year that such statistics were compiled, 20.1 percent of workers were unionized constituting 17.7 million people. Consequently, the precipitous decline in union membership overall has weakened the capacity of the working class to challenge the imposition of draconian restructuring mandates that have resulted in the lowering of real wages in the U.S.

Since the public sector now has more than a 500 percent greater rate of unionization than private industry it is not surprising that large-scale attacks by the capitalist class have been leveled against civil servants and educational employees. Notions that privatization of municipal services and schools are inherently more efficient serves as a propagandistic cover for weakening and dismantling unions. This offensive against unionized employees coincides with the worsening of standards and social conditions within the large metropolitan areas related to educational quality and the maintenance of urban infrastructure.

In France, the trade unions could possibly wage the strongest resistance to the labor reforms proposed by the LaRem government. The General Confederation of Labor (CGT) has gone on record opposing the proposed efforts by Macron to further stifle the working class.

Although the CGT severed its links with the French Communist Party in 1995, the general strike of that year remains within the collective consciousness of the ruling elites. Protracted labor unrest in France would have a major impact on the European Union (EU) as a whole, potentially prompting public sector unions in other states to oppose further reforms and therefore dampening the efforts by both Paris and Berlin to forge closer ties in the absence of Britain’s departure (Brexit) from the continental economic project.

As Ross noted in the above-mentioned report in Foreign Policy, “should the CGT decide to pull the trigger, it could push for public sector strikes, particularly in transportation, to try to bring France to a halt. It can anticipate at least some public support for this. France remains France: The country’s militant, left-leaning, and protest-prone subculture still exists, ready to be stimulated by labor action. La France Insoumise (France Unbowed), a coalition of radical left-wing groups led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who won just under 20 percent in the first round of the presidential election — about the same number that the now-eclipsed French Communist Party won in the 1970s — did reasonably well in the parliamentary vote and has talked of new resistance.”

“Centrist” Foreign Policy Merges with U.S. Imperatives on Russia

One significant indication of the international posture of the Macron-Philippe regime was the announcement that France will not recognize Crimea as being a part of the Russian Federation stemming from a 2014 referendum during the period of the aftermath of a right-wing coup in Ukraine which led to a civil war between Kiev and regions in the West of the country.

The new French president held talks with his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, in Paris after the June 24 visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Crimea. Poroshenko condemned Putin’s visit as a violation of Ukrainian sovereignty. EU member-states recently agreed to extend their sanctions against Moscow accusing the Putin government of not honoring the Minsk Accords ostensibly aimed at ending the fighting between anti-Kiev forces and the western-backed regime of Poroshenko.

With the election of U.S. President Donald Trump in November partly based upon his pseudo-protectionist “America First” rhetoric and the vote by the British people to withdraw from the EU in June of last year, France and Germany are attempting to close ranks in order to salvage the more conventional brand of 21st century globalization. Nevertheless, with the fracturing of the western capitalist leaders involving differences over how to proceed in the current period may pose serious obstacles to a much-desired economic recovery in France. 

          Ukraine-Krieg - Ein Ukrainer und sein Kampf für die Menschenrechte   
Pawel Lisjanksi aus Luhansk hat die "Menschenrechtsorganisation der Ostukraine" gegründet. (Deutschlandradio / Sabine Adler)10.000 Tote gab es bislang im Ukraine-Krieg. 2014 einigten sich Ukrainer und Russen im Minsker Abkommen auf einen Waffenstillstand - die Umsetzung kommt nur schleppend voran. Ein junger Mann setzt sich seit Jahren vor Ort für die Wahrung der Menschenrechte in den umkämpften Gebieten ein.

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          The NSA’s Inadvertent Role in the Major Cyberattack on Ukraine   

There’s a moment in Dr. Strangelove, Stanley Kubrick’s dark Cold War comic masterpiece, when President Merkin Muffley (played by Peter Sellers) learns that an insane general has exploited a loophole in the military’s command-control system and launched a nuclear attack on Russia. Muffley turns angrily to Air Force Gen. Buck Turgidson (played by George C. Scott) and says, “When you instituted the human reliability tests, you assured me there was no possibility of such a thing ever occurring.” Turgidson gulps and replies, “I don’t think it’s quite fair to condemn a whole program because of a single slip-up.”

The National Security Agency currently finds itself in a similar situation.

One of the NSA’s beyond–top secret hacking tools has been stolen. And while the ensuing damage falls far short of an unauthorized nuclear strike, the thieves have wreaked cybermayhem around the world.

The mayhem was committed by a group called the Shadow Brokers, which in April announced that it had acquired the NSA tool (known as Eternal Blue) and published its exploit code online for any and all hackers to copy.* In May, some entity—widely believed to be North Koreans—used the the exploit code to develop some malware, which became known as WannaCry, and launched a massive ransomware attack, which shut down 200,000 computers, including those of many hospitals and other critical facilities.

Then on June 27 came this latest attack, which was launched by the Shadow Brokers themselves. This struck some security analysts as odd, for two reasons. First, the Shadow Brokers are believed to be members of—or criminal hackers affiliated with—a Russian intelligence agency, and Russians tend not to hack for mere cash. Second, the attack was slipshod: The ransoms were to be paid to a single email address, which security experts shut down in short order. If the Russians had decided to indulge in this mischief for money, it was a shock that they did it so poorly.

Now, however, several cybersecurity analysts are convinced that the ransomware was a brief ploy to distract attention from a devastating cyberattack on the infrastructure of Ukraine, through a prominent but vulnerable financial server.

Jake Williams, founder of Rendition InfoSec LLC (and a former NSA analyst), told me on Thursday, two days after the attack, “The ransomware was a cover for disrupting Ukraine; we have very high confidence of that.” This disruptive attack shut down computers running Ukrainian banks, metro systems, and government ministries. The virus then spread to factories, ports, and other facilities in 60 countries—though Williams says it’s unclear whether this rippling effect was deliberate. (Because computers are connected to overlapping networks, malware sometimes infects systems far beyond a hacker’s intended targets.)

By the way, the attack left the ransomware victims, marginal as they were, completely screwed. Once the email address was disconnected, those who wanted to pay ransom had no place to send their bitcoins. Their computers remain frozen. Unless they had back-up drives, their files and data are irretrievable.

It’s not yet clear how the Shadow Brokers obtained the hacking tool. One cybersecurity specialist involved in the probe told me that, at first, he and others figured that the theft had to be an inside job, committed by “a second Snowden,” but the forensics showed otherwise. One possibility, he now speculates, is that an unnamed NSA contractor, who was arrested last year for taking home files, either passed them onto the Russians or was hacked by the Russians himself. The other possibility is that the Russians hacked into classified NSA files. It’s a toss-up which theory is more disturbing; the upshot of both is, it could happen again.

So should the NSA stop hacking computers out of concern that bad guys could steal its tools and use them for their own nefarious purposes? This remedy is probably unreasonable. After all, spy agencies spy, and the NSA spies by intercepting communications, including digital communications, and some of that involves hacking. In other words, the cyber equivalent of Gen. Turgidson would have a point if he told an angry superior it’s unfair to condemn a whole program for a single slip-up.

Besides, the NSA doesn’t do very many hacks of the sort that the Shadow Brokers stole—hacks that involve “zero-day exploits,” the discovery and use of vulnerabilities (in software, hardware, servers, networks, and so forth) that no one has previously discovered. Zero-day exploits were once the crown jewels of the NSA’s signals-intelligence shops. But they’re harder to come by now. Software companies continually test their products for security gaps and patch them right away. Hundreds of firms, many created by former intelligence analysts, specialize in finding zero-day vulnerabilities in commercial products—then alerting the companies for handsome fees. Often, by the time the NSA develops an exploit for a zero-day vulnerability, someone in the private sector has also found it and already developed a patch.

More and more, in recent years, the NSA chooses to tell companies about a problem and even help them fix it. This trend accelerated in December 2013, when a five-member commission, appointed by President Obama in the wake of the Snowden revelations, wrote a 300-page report proposing 46 reforms for U.S. intelligence agencies. One proposal was to bar the government from doing anything to “subvert, undermine, weaken, or make vulnerable generally available commercial software.” Specifically, if NSA analysts found a zero-day exploit, they should be required to patch the hole at once, except in “rare instances” when the government could “briefly authorize” the exploit “for high-priority intelligence collection,” though, even then, only after approval not by the NSA director—who, in the past, made such decisions—but rather in a “senior interagency review involving all appropriate departments.”

Obama approved this recommendation, and as a result his White House cybersecurity chief, Michael Daniel, drafted a list of questions that this senior review panel must ask before letting the NSA exploit, rather than patch, the zero-day discovery. The questions: Would this vulnerability, if left unpatched, pose risks to our own society’s infrastructure? If adversaries or crime groups knew about the vulnerability, how much harm could they inflict? How badly do we need the intelligence that the exploit would provide? Are there other ways to get this intelligence? Could we exploit the vulnerability for just a short period of time, then disclose and patch it?

A 2016 article in Bloomberg News reported that, due in part to this new review process, the NSA keeps—and exploits for offensive purposes—only about two of the roughly 100 zero-day vulnerabilities it finds in the course of a year.

The vulnerability exploited in the May ransomware attack was one of those zero-days that the NSA kept for a while. (It is not known for how long or what adversaries it allowed us to hack.) The vulnerability was in a Microsoft operating system. In March, the government notified Microsoft of the security gap. Microsoft quickly devised a patch and alerted users to install the software upgrade. Some users did; others didn’t. The North Koreans were able to hack into the systems of those who didn’t. That’s how the vast majority of hacks happen—through carelessness.

It may be time to view surfing the internet on computers as similar to the way we view driving cars on the highway. Both are necessary for modern life, and both advance freedoms, but they also carry responsibilities and can do great harm if misused. It would be excessive to require the equivalent of drivers’ licenses to go online; a government that can take away such licenses for poor digital hygiene could also take them away for impertinent political speech. But it’s not outrageous to impose regulations on product liability, holding vendors responsible for malware-infected devices, just as car companies are for malfunctioning brakes. It’s not outrageous to force government agencies and companies engaged in critical infrastructure (transportation, energy, finance, and so forth) to meet minimal cybersecurity standards or to hit them with heavy fines if they don’t. It’s not outrageous to require companies to program their computers or software to shut down if users don’t change or randomize their passwords or if they don’t install software upgrades after a certain amount of time. Or if this goes too far, the government could require companies to program their computers or software to emit a loud noise or flash a bright light on the screen until the users take these precautions—in much the same way that drivers hear ding-ding-ding until they fasten their seatbelts.

Some of these ideas have been kicking around for decades, a few at high levels of government, but they’ve been crushed by lobbyists and sometimes by senior economic advisers who warned that regulations would impede technical progress and harm the competitive status of American industries. Resistance came easy because many of these measures were expensive and the dangers they were meant to prevent seemed theoretical. They are no longer theoretical. The cyberattack scenarios laid out in government reports decades ago, dismissed by many as alarmist and science fiction, are now the stuff of front-page news stories.

Cyberthreats will never disappear; cybervulnerabilities will never be solved. They are embedded in the technology, as it’s developed in the 50 years since the invention of the internet. But the problems can be managed and mitigated. Either we take serious steps now, through a mix of regulations and market-driven incentives—or we wait until a cybercatastrophe, after which far more brutal solutions will be slammed down our throats at far greater cost by every measure.

*Correction, June 30, 2017: This article originally misstated that the NSA tool stolen by the Shadow Brokers was called WannaCry. It was called Eternal Blue, and its code was used to create WannaCry. (Return.)


          Torn Families And Tactical Silences Of Ukraine's Civil War   

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          Ukraine Cyberattack Wasn't Really About Ransom, Security Experts Say   
A deeper look at the virus that struck computers in Ukraine and elsewhere this week has shown that what initially looked like ransomware was in fact a type of malware called a "wiper." Rather than extorting money, it's goal was to erase victims' hard drives, disrupt their business and misdirect suspicions about the attacker's identity, according to The Washington Post and other media reports. Victims of the cyberattack saw a screen asking them to pay $300 in bitcoin for a key to unlock their computer – the same ploy used by the WannaCry ransomware that hit computers in more than 150 countries in May . But security experts say this attack was different. "It definitely wasn't ransomware and wasn't financially motivated," Jake Williams, founder of cybersecurity firm Rendition Infosec, tells the Post . "The goal was to cause disruption in computer networks." Likewise, Matt Suiche, founder of cybersecurity firm Comae Technologies, writes on his website , "The goal of a wiper is to destroy
          NotPetya cyber attack's intention may have been malware installation in Ukraine   
The primary target of a crippling computer virus that spread from Ukraine across the world this week is highly likely to have been that country's computer infrastructure, a top Ukrainian police official has told Reuters.

Cyber security firms are trying to piece together who was behind the computer worm, dubbed NotPetya by some experts, which has paralysed thousands of machines worldwide, shutting down ports, factories and offices as it spread through internal organisational networks to an estimated 60 countries.

Ukrainian politicians were quick on Tuesday to blame Russia, but a Kremlin spokesman dismissed "unfounded blanket accusations". Kiev has accused Moscow of two previous cyber strikes on the Ukrainian power grid and other attacks since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014.

A growing consensus among security researchers, armed with technical evidence, suggests the main purpose of the attack was to install new malware on computers at government and commercial organisations in Ukraine. Rather than extortion, the goal may be to plant the seeds of future sabotage, experts said.
          Ukraine soll mit hoher Geldbuße bestraft werden   
Ende einer Affäre? Russlands Kandidatin durfte zum Eurovision Song Contest in Kiew nicht einreisen. Nun wird der ukrainische TV-Sender für den Regelverstoß bestraft. Von einem ESC-Ausschluss ist aber nicht mehr die Rede.
          Ukraine: la police enquête après la cyberattaque   
La cyberattaque mondiale au ransomware, démarrée en Ukraine et en Russie, semble contenue après avoir touché des milliers d'ordinateurs et a rappelé, un mois et demi après WannaCry, la vulnérabilité d'infrastructures critiques. La police ukrainienne travaille pour établir les préjudices du virus.
          Dans l'est de l'Ukraine, les proches de disparus espèrent encore   
Depuis le début du conflit en avril 2014 en Ukraine plus de 10.000 personnes, civils et militaires des deux camps, ont été tuées et plus de 24.000 autres blessées. Ce bilan déjà lourd ne prend toutefois pas en compte les civils et militaires portés disparus. A Marioupol dans l'est du pays, les ONG peinent à recenser le nombre de disparus. (01:09)
          Chechen gang guilty of Nemtsov's murder   


Chechen gang guilty of Nemtsov's murder

Zaur Dadayev. File photoImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionZaur Dadayev is a former a member of an elite Chechen military unit
A Russian jury has found five ethnic Chechen men guilty of murdering leading opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. 
Zaur Dadayev shot the former deputy prime minister, a vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin, in February 2015 near the Kremlin.
Four others acted as accomplices. The group were allegedly promised $250,000 (£192,000) to kill Nemtsov. They all denied the charges.
Nemtsov's relatives fear that whoever ordered the murder will never be found.
Russian authorities are still looking for another Chechen said to be behind the killing, Ruslan Mukhudinov. He believed to have fled abroad.
But lawyers for Nemtsov's family have said the investigators have exaggerated Mr Mukhudinov's role and "the masterminds are high-ranking people".
Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov pictured in 2009Image copyrightAFP
Image captionBoris Nemtsov was one of President Putin's fiercest critics
The jury in Moscow convicted the five men after more than eight months of hearings.
Zaur Dadayev is former member of an elite military unit. He was under the command of pro-Moscow's Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Russia's Chechen Republic in the North Caucasus.
The other four defendants are brothers Anzor Gubashev and Shadid Gubashev, Ramzan Bakhayev and Tamerlan Eskerkhanov.
A sixth man, Beslan Shabanov, died after he was detained in Chechnya.
Nemtsov served as first deputy prime minister under President Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s, and later became a vocal critic of President Putin.
The 55-year-old was shot dead on 27 February 2015 on his way back from an interview with a liberal radio station, in which he had called on listeners to join a rally.
At the time, Nemtsov was working on a report examining Russia's alleged role in the conflict in Ukraine. 
President Putin called the murder "vile and cynical" and vowed to hold those responsible to account.
Russia has seen several killings of high-profile politicians and journalists in recent years.
But the country has a long history of prosecuting alleged hit-men and failing to follow the chain of command to discover who ordered the murder, correspondents say.

Murder that shocked Russia - by BBC's Sarah Rainsford at Moscow's courtroom

After about 12 hours of debate the jury returned with a clear verdict - they found all five men guilty of murdering Boris Nemtsov, and by a clear majority.
The five defendants in a glass cage in Moscow's courtImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionThe five defendants in a glass cage in Moscow's court
In a glass cage, the men listened in silence - with the occasional smile - as the decision was read out. The wife of one of the defendants broke into tears.
This was the murder that shocked Russia, a prominent critic of President Putin shot in the back right besides the walls of the Kremlin.
Once a political hi-flier, Nemtsov had been sidelined under Vladimir Putin. But he remained a loud voice of protest in Russia.
Nemtsov's family are sure that's why he was killed. 
But this trial focused only on the contract killers, without asking who hired them and why.


          Protodeacon Michael Torba awarded with a kamilavka   

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В одесском Архангело-Михайловском храме за воскресной Божественной Литургией Митрополит Агафангел наградил соборного протодиакона Михаила Торба правом ношения камилавки.


In the Odessa Archangel Michael Church during the Sunday Divine Liturgy, Metropolitan Agafangel awarded the cathedral protodeacon Michael Torba with the right to wear a kamilavka.








          'Я верила, что нас там нет': мать задержанного в Украине военного РФ потрясла заявлением   

Светлана Агеева – мать российского военного Виктора Агеева, которого взяли в плен бойцы АТО, рассказала, что раньше не верила в то, что на украинском Донбассе есть солдаты из РФ.

Об этом пишет Новая газета, сообщает Обозреватель.

"Глядя и смотря наш телевизор думала, что мы там (в Ростовской области. – Ред.) охраняем нашу границу, ну как мы… мы — россияне. Знала, что там очень опасно. Переживала (за Виктора. – Ред.). Тем более разведка. Но я верила, что нас там нет, в Украине. Были же официальные заявления, что наши не присутствуют. По крайней мере, я верила, что стараются (не присутствовать. – Ред.)", - отметила Агеева.

Она подчеркнула, что считала, что ее сын находится в Ростовской области, откуда он ей даже присылал фотографии. Но с 30 мая связь прекратилась. Виктор перед этим сказал, что созваниваться теперь будет сложно.

Агеева рассказала, что активно следит за новостями, в том числе и о том, что происходит на украинском Донбассе. В то же время, по ее словам стало ясно, что она смотрит передачи самых известных российских пропагандистов.

"Я очень политикой увлекаюсь. Всегда смотрю наших знаменитых Соловьева, Киселева, "60 минут" нравится. Хотя вот Киселев как-то так не очень, а вот Соловьев нравится. В общем, немножко разбираюсь, мне кажется", - отметила женщина.

Она подчеркнула, что после просмотра этих программ пришла к выводу, что российские и украинские СМИ "работают на очернение друг друга".

Также она прокомментировала участие своего сына в войне на Донбассе.

"Просто я бы так не реагировала, если бы на моей территории было такое (вторжение. – Ред.). Ну, более умнее я бы как-то себя вела. А они — молодежь, более эмоциональны, максималисты. Запуталась я совсем. Я всегда думала про эту войну в Украине, все телевизионные передачи смотрела, и вот как жизнь обернулась", - добавила Агеева.

          Путин находится на грани   

Прогноз по выборам в конфликтном районе - это благоглупость, демагогическое заявление с как бы благими намерениями. Что значит выборы? Единственный вопрос: "Выборы под чьим контролем?" Если там сохраняется сегодняшняя ситуация, выборы приведут к тому, что 90% проголосуют за тех самых людей, которые сегодня являются "властью" на Донбассе. Ничего не изменится, пишет Леонид Радзиховский для "Апострофа" на "Обозревателе".

Если ситуацию будут контролировать не эти люди, то как они уйдут, кто вместо них придет? Это и есть предмет Минских соглашений. Поэтому само по себе слово "выборы" ничего не означает. Интерес не в том, как проводить выборы, а в том, кто контролирует ситуацию на месте. Кто контролирует - того и выборы.

Ценность доклада состоит в том, что наконец полуофициально, но очень влиятельная в России организация, назвала кошку кошкой и сообщила, что дважды два - четыре, а именно - что Украина потеряна. Не прошло и четырех лет, как сделали это сверхважное открытие публично. Договор с Западом о судьбе Украины - абсолютный бред. Сколько ни говори с Западом, ни о чем ты про Украину не договоришься. Единственный способ наладить отношения с Украиной - прямые российско-украинские переговоры, на что РФ никогда не пойдет. По крайней мере, при Путине.

Не пойдет, во-первых, потому, что Россия, несмотря ни на что, продолжает утверждать: "Мы не воюем, мы только со стороны наблюдаем". Это очевидная и бессмысленная ложь, которая никуда не ведет. Во-вторых, для Путина невероятное западло признать сам факт того, что Украина - равный партнер по переговорам и, более того, враждебный партнер. Признание этого факта означает признание краха всей путинской политики в Украине. Признание факта, что вся путинская политика свелась к тому, что он сам своими руками с огромной энергией и огромной силой оттолкнул Украину как можно дальше - завершил дело Бандеры, Мазепы, Петлюры и прочих украинских героев. Путин вполне в это вписывается как важнейшая фигура. Поэтому на прямые переговоры с Украиной Путин никогда не пойдет, а переговоры с Западом о судьбе Украины - чушь. Такая позиция исходит из двух аксиом.

Первая аксиома - Украина не государство, у нее нет политической воли и субъектности: она может быть нашей шестеркой или вашей шестеркой. Если вы, Запад, ее перекупили, то мы с вами, Западом, можем о ней разговаривать. Это фундаментальная ошибка российской дипломатии, политики, российской идеологии. Какая бы Украина не была, но это страна со своей волей и своими желаниями. Ни Запад, ни Юг, ни Россия, никто другой изнасиловать ее не могут. Россия этого признавать не желает, поскольку признание этого факта обрушивает идеологическую конструкцию российской власти.

Вторая аксиома - Запад тоже считает, что Украина не государство, и готов на размен, на сделку. Не готов Запад на сделку, поскольку считает, что Украина - это государство, хотя и не в восторге от Украины. И у Запада нет никакой необходимости о чем бы то ни было договариваться с Россией. Это очередной российский фейк. Запад вполне устраивает нынешняя ситуация - им от нее не тепло и не холодно. Вам, России, плохо - вот вы и идите на уступки, а мы-то зачем? Но это Россия тоже не хочет признать - это признание своего поражения, поражения Путина. Все эти слова Кудрина - болтология ни о чем.

          'Petya' Ransomware Hits At Least 65 Countries; Microsoft Traces It To Tax Software   
The "Petya" cyberattack that has now struck computers in at least 65 countries can be traced to a Ukrainian company's tax accounting software, Microsoft says. "We saw the first infections in Ukraine — more than 12,500 machines encountered the threat," Microsoft says. "We then observed infections in another 64 countries, including Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Russia, and the United States." The complexity of the attack has fueled debate over whether the malware is a new threat or a more sophisticated version of the Petya malware that was used in an attack last spring. But Microsoft says the ransomware is "a new variant" of Petya, adding that it has issued new security updates to protect computers running its Windows software. Other anti-virus companies have also updated their software, in an attempt to limit the damage. The initial infection can be traced to tax accounting software from a Ukrainian company called M.E.Doc, Microsoft says. That connection was the subject of speculation
          251215-2017: Ukraine-Zhytomyr: Chauffage urbain   
Date de publication: 30/06/2017 | Date limite: | Document: Avis d'attribution de marché
          251214-2017: Ukraine-Zhytomyr: Chauffage urbain   
Date de publication: 30/06/2017 | Date limite: | Document: Avis d'attribution de marché
          New Global Cyberattack Affects Businesses, Government, and Infrastructure   
A new strain of malware began infecting computer systems across the globe on Tuesday.  Similar to the WannaCry ransomware that struck last month, the malware used in this week’s attack spreads quickly across multiple computers on a network, encrypting files and displaying a ransom note that requests $300 worth of bitcoin for a decryption key. Reports of infection began in Ukraine, where computer systems belonging to government ministries, financial institutions, transportation systems, and major energy companies began malfunctioning.  The attack was first believed to be caused by a variant of the “Petya” strain of ransomware, however recent reports from security experts indicate that the malware used during this week’s attack was altered so that, even with a decryption key, encrypted files cannot be recovered.  This fact has lead several sources to dub the malware “ExPetr” and speculate that the attacker’s motivations…
          Cyberthreats are now worse than you think. A warning to all law firms! – Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Tips Blog   
*** The danger of ransomware as a threat to your law practice has increased exponentially the past few weeks. You’ve heard about viruses and malware for years and, for those who have never had a data loss, it is easy to become complacent. Recent events demonstrate how weaponized ransomware has created such a dangerous threat that responsible and cautious lawyers must act to protect both their business operations and their clients. *** Read more…including precautions you can take… Related articles Corporations, governments hit by cyberattack (dawn.com) Hackers strike across Europe as firms in Ukraine, Denmark and Britain hit by massive cyber attack (telegraph.co.uk) Explosive global attack delivers destructive Petya ransomware(helpnetsecurity.com) New cyberattack wallops Europe; spreads more slowly in US (stripes.com)
          7/1/2017: TIMES GLOBAL: ‘Cyberattack was aimed at havoc, not extortion’   
Acyberattack that caused economic damage around the world was apparently designed to create maximum havoc in Russia’s neighbour and adversary Ukraine, security researchers said. While the rogue software used in the attack was configured as...
          Daily Report: When Ransomware Isn’t After a Ransom   
The cyberattack that started in Ukraine and went global didn’t seem like an effort focused on making money....
          Single-payer healthcare advocates protest at Capitol with a message for California's Assembly speaker: 'Shame on you!' - Los Angeles Times   

Los Angeles Times

Single-payer healthcare advocates protest at Capitol with a message for California's Assembly speaker: 'Shame on you!'
Los Angeles Times
Backers of a measure to establish a single-payer healthcare system in California rallied at the Capitol on Wednesday to renounce Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), who shelved the bill last week. Several hundred demonstrators, many ...
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort files as foreign agent for Ukraine workWashington Post
Manafort registers as foreign agentPolitico
Lobbyists Directed By Manafort Firm Register Under Foreign Agents Law – Talking Points MemoTalking Points Memo
Politico -New York Times
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          Egypt, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Ukraine   
Haven't done a foreign policy post in a while, so here's three in one:

1. The list above shows messed-countries and messed-up outcomes, so that part's consistent, but what's inconsistent is the level of effort by the US to change the outcome. Whether the US did relatively little like in Syria or a lot like in Libya, things didn't go well.

For Egypt in particular, the US has done everything right AFAICT since the beginning of the Arab Spring and it made no difference to the final outcome. It might have helped save Egyptian students from a massacre in 2011, and that's not nothing, but it's not permanent change either.

Overall I think the lack of results counsels in favor of less interference. I'd also say it might support defensive support over aggressive support. Stopping Qaddaffi from massacring people in Benghazi is good, as is stopping ISIS aggression in Syria. OTOH, helping what appears to be Shiite militias in Iraq with little government control attempt to take over a major Sunni city sounds like a situation to stay away from, at least until government control and Sunni support become real and not fig leafs.


2. One thing Obama did that has turned out fantastically well is in making his Syria red line comment. Before the comment, Syria had lots of chemical weapons, and now they're gone. I'm still incredulous that people call it a loss for the US, including in the current issue of The Economist.

A good thought experiment is to imagine what an honest answer from Assad would be, as to whether the hundreds of millions of dollars Syria spent over the decades on chemical weapons turned out to be money well spent. Or imagine whether some tinpot dictator in some other country thinking about establishing a chemical weapons program to be deployed on his own or neighboring people would be encouraged or discouraged by what happened with chemical weapons in Syria. Yet many people who think they're qualified to discuss foreign policy would prefer that Obama had ignored any chance to consult Congress and blow up a few air bases in Syria, and count that a better outcome.

I could see an argument that the US was lucky in how it turned out, but there's no question that the world's in a much better shape with how it happened.


3. An accountability moment for myself - in early 2012, when things were going really well in Libya, I offered a bet over Libya's long-term future:
So, Freedom House gave Libya the worst possible ratings in 2010 on a scale of 1 to 7, with a 7 for political rights and 7 for civil rights.  I predict at the end of 2013 there will be at least three grades of improvement, e.g. political rights could improve to at least 5 and civil to at least 6, but it could be in other combinations.  My guess is that it'll be more like four or five (and one has already happened), but I think three grades clearly represent a benefit to the country.
No one took the offer. Somewhat strangely, I would've won. Things weren't that bad in 2013 but got much worse starting in 2014 - although Freedom House still gives Libya slightly better ratings than under Qadaffi. I don't think a technical victory from my perspective is much of a vindication. 

FWIW, I think Libya still has a shot at a much better future than the past it had under Qadaffi or the pretty-rotten present.
          Russia’s geopolitical PR campaign finds a perfect opening in North Africa   
By Cristian Nitoiu, Aston University Not since the end of the Cold War has Russia carried so much weight. Deeply involved in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, doggedly safeguarding Bashar al-Assad’s embattled regime in Syria, and alleged to have meddled in the US presidential elections, the Kremlin is a force for all the world to […]
          Bits: Daily Report: When Ransomware Isn’t After a Ransom   
The cyberattack that started in Ukraine and went global didn’t seem like an effort focused on making money.
          NEW INFO: A strange "Poker Venture" run out of Trump Tower   
First: A plea for help. I rarely run fundraisers on this site, but an emergency just hit. After spending my meager savings on frivolities like medicine and a new video card, MY BLOODY AIR CONDITIONER DIED. I live in a very hot attic in a very humid part of the country. When the outside temperature turns hellish, it becomes even hellisher up here -- for me, for my ladyfriend, and for my poor diabetic doggiefriend George.

Yes, I'm brash enough to mention the effects of global (or at least local) warming on my canine companion. He pants and pants but won't leave my side for the cooler climes of downstairs. The loyalty of a dog is touching, astounding, and a bit unnerving. (Would it tug at your heartstrings if I showed you his picture? Mine is the shamelessness born of desperation.)

If you "ding" the PayPal button to your left (you may have to scroll down), your generous contribution will go straight to the air conditioner fund. We don't need a big 'un. Our gratitude will be beyond words.

Before we get to our main investigative piece, we need to look at a couple of other stories...

Terror in the UK: Our sympathies and thoughts go out to the victims of the attack on the Finsbury Park Mosque, which has finally been officially labeled an act of terrorism.
Witnesses said he 'deliberately' drove onto the pavement outside north London's Muslim Welfare House - yards from the Finsbury Park Mosque - and jumped out of the cab shouting 'I'm going to kill all Muslims - I did my bit'.
A similar horror took place in Virginia:
A 17-year-old Muslim girl identified as Nabra was kidnapped and beaten to death early Sunday morning in Sterling, Virginia. She was reported as missing at roughly 4 a.m. and now police believe they have found her body in a pond.
So far, Donald Trump's twitter feed has mentioned neither of these outrages.

Roger Stone. The Roger Stone/Alex Jones team-up has been absolutely boggling. After building a formidable rep as a conspiratorial-mastermind-for-hire, Stone now pretends to be the victim of dark and evil forces. It's a surreal situation: Roger Stone is one of the original Watergaters and the king of the dirty tricksters, yet our modern paranoia addicts consider him an apostle of fair play and decency. What's next? Will the Infowarriors proclaim Pablo Escobar to be the saint of non-violence?

Stone's name came up an NBC News story published yesterday: "NBC News Exclusive: Memo Shows Watergate Prosecutors Had Evidence Nixon White House Plotted Violence." In 1972, Nixonians planned to use bullyboys from YAF (Young Americans for Freedom, a notorious right-wing group of the time) to mount a violent physical attack against Daniel Ellsberg as he spoke -- along with William Kunstler and other notables -- at an anti-war rally on the Capitol steps. The Watergate Committee investigated the incident and outlined their findings in a memo that has remained unreleased until now.

Roger Stone was also interviewed. Here's a tidbit that everyone seems to have missed...


"Carl Rove"? Is that Turdblossom back when he was a young turd? Must be! Stone now seems to despise Rove, calling him a "political profiteer" -- unlike Stone himself, who always does what he does for the purest of motives, just like Jesus or Barry Allen. Also see here.

Ivanka, Donald and their "Poker Venture." Just after I had announced to the world that I was so over Louise Mensch, she publishes a truly fascinating bit of research which relies on open-source material instead of nameless informants. Okay, okay: The Nameless Ones do pop up in a couple of paragraphs. Readers of her piece should mentally excise those bits and double-check the rest.
Ivanka has been linked to eleven companies in the Trump financial disclosures. Her status has been put to “Inactive” on several odd holding companies...
The most immediately interesting company of Ivanka Trump’s is “Poker Venture Managing Member Corp“.  This is owned by Donald and Ivanka Trump. Ivanka’s company with her father itself is an officer of this very dodgy-looking shell, “Poker Venture LLC.” Judging by the corporation wiki, there is panic in Team Ivanka and Team Trump over “Poker Venture“.  It shows zero “Key People”, and has two other almost identical companies as its officers – the live, active PVMMC that Ivanka co-owns with her pops, and this “Inactive” attempt to clean Ivanka out of the picture: by: Poker Venture Managing Member Corp by: Donald J. Trump.

Those touring “Corporation Wiki” will be surprised to see that “Poker Venture Managing Member Corp by: Donald J Trump” lists itself as an officer of inactive “Poker Venture”, yet when one clicks on the gray icon, one is taken to the same active company.

All very strange.
I'll say! Beyond the fact that Trump allegedly divested himself of his business interests, isn't it a little unseemly for the President of the United States to be listed as the owner of a company called Poker Venture Managing Member Corp, which filed in Nevada?

This company is related to another enterprise called simply Poker Ventures, whose listed address is 725 5th Avenue, New York, NY -- Trump Tower. Mensch seems to have missed that part, although she thinks that this "Poker" business somehow links up to the botnet which she believes is run out of Trump Tower. (I see no evidence for this beyond the inscrutable pronouncements of The Nameless Ones.)

I'll tell you something else that Louise Mensch seems to have missed: This Poker Venture business appears to link up to some scandalous doings outlined in one of my previous posts (of which I happen to be quite proud). It's hard to summarize that complicated piece, but I'll try.

A Russian "Godfather" named Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov ran a shady operation out of Trump Tower -- specifically, unit 63A, not far below Trump's own living quarters. It was so shady that the FBI had bugged the joint. (We're talking money laundering.)

Tokhtakhounov -- known as "Little Taiwan" or "Taiwanchik" because he looks Asian -- is the guy who linked Donald Trump up with the world of beauty contests in Russia. Taiwanchik has his fingers in all sorts of interesting deals -- for example, he was once arrested for rigging an Olympic figure skating competition.

Tokhtakhounov had partners in his New York enterprise -- Vadim Trincher and Anatoly Golubchik. (Trincher was the 2009 world poker champion.) They were tried and convicted. Guess who put 'em away? Preet Bharara.

That's right: The U.S. attorney famously fired by Donald Trump secured convictions against two guys running a criminal enterprise right below Trump's feet in Trump Tower.
Dirty money must needs be laundered, right? One great way to launder money is via the world of art. Banks won't ask too many questions if you tell 'em that someone just paid twenty million for a Picasso.

Enter Helly Nahmad, who used to run a tony art gallery in Manhattan. His family is worth some $3 billion...
From a 2013 story in the NYT:
Mr. Nahmad, a night-life fixture known for his showy extravagance and celebrity crowd — a $21 million Trump Tower apartment and friendships with people like Gisele Bündchen and Leonardo DiCaprio — was charged in April in a racketeering indictment brought by federal prosecutors in Manhattan. He was accused of being part financier, part money launderer and part bookmaker in a network that organized poker games and sports betting operations and drew hundred-thousand-dollar wagers from celebrities and billionaires.
The feds knew his secrets because they were listening in on Nahmad's cellphone chats.
But Helly’s interest in gambling led to trouble. The high-stakes poker and sports-betting ring that he is accused of helping to lead — with activity stretching from New York and Los Angeles — ultimately came to the attention of federal authorities who were investigating Russian organized crime figures.

Mr. Nahmad helped not only to bankroll the operation, according to prosecutors, but was also personally involved in taking sports bets. In all, 34 people were indicted in the case. The lead defendant is Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, whom authorities identify as a high-ranking Russian gangster known by his nickname, Taiwanchik.
All of this has to do with the world of high-stakes poker. These people linked up with a coast-to-coast gambling operation which attracted a number of Hollywood celebrities, including Ben Affleck and Tobey Maguire.

My original post has many more details -- and by "many" I mean MANY. (Check out the Cyprus connection, which takes in Nahmad, Taiwanchik and Trump himself.) But right now, I want you to focus on "the holy game of poker."

1. Donald and Ivanka run something called "Poker Venture," headquartered in Trump Tower but incorporated in Nevada.

2. Directly below Trump's living quarters was a crooked enterprise run by Russian crime lord Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, whose links to Trump himself are beyond dispute. Tokhtakhounov got away; he is now in Russia.

3. Helly Nahmad, who also had a Trump Tower address, was involved with a nationwide (actually international) high-stakes poker ring.

4. Nahmad and Tokhtakhounov deny knowing each other, even though Preet Bahrara named them both as co-defendants when he made a case against this money laundering/gambling operation. They also both link up with Trincher and the other defendants.

It may be as well to quote from the above-cited 2013 US Attorney's Office press release:
The Taiwanchik-Trincher Organization is a nationwide criminal enterprise with strong ties to Russia and Ukraine. The leadership of the organization ran an international sportsbook that catered primarily to Russian oligarchs living in Russia and Ukraine and throughout the world. The Taiwanchik-Trincher Organization laundered tens of millions of dollars in proceeds from the gambling operation from Russia and the Ukraine through shell companies and bank accounts in Cyprus, and from Cyprus into the U.S. Once the money arrived in the U.S, it was either laundered through additional shell companies or invested in seemingly legitimate investments, such as hedge funds or real estate.
Speaking of which: Many people have wondered who helped Jared Kushner purchase that ridiculously overpriced skyscraper at 666 Fifth Avenue. (I'm not claiming to have proof of a connection. I'm just sayin'.) For that matter, quite a few people have asked wondered why anyone would invest in Donald Trump's various properties, given the rather odd way he does business.

Let's get back to that press release:
The Nahmad-Trincher Organization is a nationwide criminal enterprise with leadership in Los Angeles, California, and New York City. The organization ran a high-stakes illegal gambling business that catered primarily to multi-millionaire and billionaire clients. The organization utilized several online gambling websites that operated illegally in the U.S. Debts owed to the Nahmad-Trincher Organization sometimes reached hundreds of thousands of dollars and even millions.
NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said: “The subjects in this case ran high-stakes illegal poker games and online gambling, proceeds from which are alleged to have been funneled to organized crime overseas. The one thing they didn't bet on was the New York City police and federal investigators’ attention. I commend the NYPD Organized Crime Investigations Division and their partners in the FBI and U.S. Attorney Bharara's office for identifying and bringing the members of this organization to justice.”
Well, we know what Trump did to Bharara. No good deed goes unpunished.

The question before us is this: Is the "Poker Ventures" that lists Donald and Ivanka as owners -- and which lists Trump Tower as its address -- part of the very real "poker venture" run by criminals living right below Donald's feet in that very same building?

I can't prove it. But the nomenclature sure as hell makes the idea seem inescapable.

Nomenclature isn't all we have to go on. Let's return to Louise Mensch's article (stressing, once again, that this piece -- unlike much of her recent work -- derives from open sources, all properly cited)...
Equally odd is that the state of New Jersey – (Ivanka Trump has a New Jersey address listed as one of her business records, associated with Poker Ventures) – has added to its newly published list of “Internet Gaming Ancillary Companies” both Poker Ventures LLC, which was already listed, but also “Novacorp Net Ltd”, “VidMob Inc” and “Reblaze Technologies”.
So: Poker Ventures has to do with online gambling. (The legality of online gaming is a matter of some dispute.) Remember: The crooked Nahmad/Trincher operation also involved online gambling.

And Poker Ventures LLC does indeed appear on that list compiled by the state of New Jersey. See for yourself.

Mensch goes on to connect Poker Ventures up with some other notable names on that list, shady concerns which have definite connections to both Russians and Israelis. One of these enterprises,  Reblaze Technologies, seems to have little to do with gambling and much to do with hacking:
...it publishes anti-NSA blogs such as these, lauding the ‘hacking tools’ leaked by Shadow Brokers. Reblaze also offers lists of “protect your website” services you can buy from Russian hackers [sic], listing, ostensibly to protect against them, the full range of tools employed on Russia’s hack of America; its founder repeated the anti-NSA blog in an article that reads as a threat to hack America on Medium in December 2016.
Fascinating stuff. That "protect your website" scam reminds me of the hoary "watch your car" racket illustrated in those old Dead End Kid movies. You should hit those links; they take you into very odd places.

Unfortunately, we don't yet have any proof (beyond the word of Mensch's Nameless Ones) that this Reblaze business is tied up with Trump's Poker Ventures. Pity that: The possibilities are very intriguing.

For that matter, I must reiterate that I cannot prove that Donald and Ivanka's weird foray into the worlds of poker and online gaming is part-and-parcel of the poker and online gaming operation run by Helly Mahmad and his Russian gangster associates. But come on: It's hard not to conclude that we're dealing with two ingredients from the same stew-pot. These poker-related ventures form a Venn diagram in which the two circles seem nearly congruent. You can't fairly accuse me of leaping to wild conclusions: This ain't the kind of hazy guff you get from Alex Jones.

Louise Mensch, if you're reading these words: Thanks for returning to the world of real investigative writing. In the future, I hope you stop relying on the private sources who have provided you with so many dubious scoops. You'll have much more impact if you continue to provide stories that can be verified.

I strongly urge you to look into the possible links between "Poker Ventures" and the real-world poker venture in Trump Tower.

And please: Next time you feel tempted to accuse a perceived adversary of being a Russian spy, bite your tongue until it bleeds. A little more caution in your rhetoric will help you in the long run.

Finally: If these words have proven intriguing or enlightening to you, please consider dinging that PayPal account. It's already infernally muggy in here -- several degrees hotter than the temps outside. I feel like I'm melting.
          Have a big bowl-full of Cray-Cray!   
I was tempted to begin this post with the words "The shit has hit the fan." But we say that every day, don't we? Our national life has become a ceaseless hurricane of shit hitting a Great Wall of fans. Today, however, some particularly weird shit hit the fans. 

The UK: Before we get to that weirdness, let me offer these words from regular reader b on the situation in Britain, where a concatenation of events makes a Corbyn government possible.
Listen - the British government is now exceptionally weak and unpopular. I don't just mean it's incompetent and many have a low opinion of it. A mood is rising in London in connection with the terrible fire in North Kensington, which everyone knows resulted from many years of housing policy and the deliberate degradation of people's living conditions. This mood may bring down the Tory government within days.

A petition is urging Jeremy Corbyn to table a motion of no confidence in the government "and its housing policy that caused the Grenfell Tower fire". Please can people help circulate it.

It could happen that when Parliament officially reopens next Wednesday there are 100,000 people on the street outside, expressing "no confidence" in the government.

That has not happened before in living memory. Everyone who isn't a total shit wants Jeremy Corbyn to take over as prime minister. And it's possible, seriously possible, that we will get what we want very soon.

In your fucking ugly face, Donald Trump!
Speaking of whom...

Donnie vs. Roddie. When I went to sleep this morning (yes, I'm on a bizarre schedule), the big news was the Mystery Message which Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein issued -- a message which had Trump's tiny fingerprints all over it. Rosenstein seemed to be carrying water on Trump's behalf. This worrisome spectacle had many wondering about the fate of the Mueller investigation, since Rosenstein has the power to fire Mueller.

Ten hours later, everything had changed. We had entered a new sector of Crazyland.

In one of the strangest tweets which this strange man he has ever spewed, Trump has declared war on Rosenstein.
I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt
This reads as though Trump is blaming Rosenstein for the Comey firing, even though Trump admitted to Lester Holt that he had decided to do so beforehand and that he used Rosenstein's anti-Comey argument as a kind of cover.

(That interview was the equivalent of Jack Nicholson's "You can't handle the truth" outburst in A Few Good Men -- except Holt had not placed Trump under any discernible pressure.)

Yesterday, Trump attacked Mueller. Now, he is attacking the guy who chose Mueller. It's all very unnerving. Once again, I'm predicting that Trump will fire Robert Mueller. When faced with a choice between doing the Crazy Thing and doing the Non-Crazy Thing, Trump will always choose the former.

Incidentally, the president's tweet has confirmed that he is, in fact, under investigation.
“He’s furious at Rosenstein, but the list of his people who enrage him is ever-growing,” a longtime Trump confidant, who recently spoke to the president, told The Daily Beast. “He has no qualms about throwing [Rosenstein] under a bus.”

That single tweet threatens to upend the administration’s legal and public-relations strategies surrounding an FBI probe into alleged Russian election-meddling that has expanded in recent months to include an obstruction investigation and a probe of the finances of Trump aides and associates.

A frustrated senior Trump administration official quipped in response to the tweet, “Has anyone read him his Miranda rights?” The implication being that Trump would do well to remain silent on the issue of his own criminal investigation.
I suspect that the "longtime Trump confidant" is Roger Stone, who has recently broadcast his own desires to see Mueller and Rosenstein fired. Amusingly, on the day Rosenstein issued his argument against Comey, Stone agree with Rosenstein's basic premise -- that is, he agreed that Comey had treated Hillary very unfairly.
What Comey did to Hillary was disgraceful. I'm glad Trump fired him over it.
Later, Stone wrote that Comey was a Clinton co-conspirator. Well, which is it? Was Comey horrid to Hillary or was he in cahoots with her? I'm tempted to say "Get your story straight, Roger." But this is Stone we're talking about: His "story" changes daily, depending on the situation and on the necessities of propaganda. The dimwitted Alex Jonesians who follow his guff never notice the contradictions.

It gets crazier. Congressman Ted Lieu (a lawyer) argues that Trump's barrage of Freaky Tweets is erasing his ability to claim Executive Privilege.
I agree with you @realDonaldTrump. Please don't stop tweeting about the witch hunt. Thank you for waiving executive privilege w/ your tweets
Most commentators have failed to notice that Trump's tweet confuses the roles played by Mueller and Rosenstein. The Orange Oaf said that he is being investigated by Rod Rosenstein, even though Rosenstein is not the Special Counsel. In other words, we're playing Crazy Chess here: Each piece gains new powers and a new position with every move.

Rod Rosenstein is now talking about recusing himself. Why? I'm not sure. This course of action seems to be based on the fact that he was insulted in a tweet issued by the object of Mueller's investigation. The lesson: If ever you are under investigation, all you need to do is issue a tweet in which you complain about the guy who hired the investigator, and that will make all of your tormentors go away. Because that's how the justice system works these days -- if your name is Trump.

Getting rid of Rosenstein would put matters into the hands of Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, whose political inclinations are perhaps best illustrated by the donations she made to Ted Cruz. Her initials will resonate with those who appreciate the many Watergate parallels: Rachel Brand would be the distaff version of Robert Bork.

Bannon battery?
Claude Taylor says that Steve Bannon physically assaulted White House staffers and is now being investigated for obstruction of justice. Yes, yes, I know: Taylor is not the most credible of sources. I won't believe this particular claim until I hear it from people I consider more trustworthy. But...c'mon. Be honest. Can't you just see Bannon losing his temper in this fashion?

I'm reminded of the story of the Massacre of the Innocents: There's no historical evidence that Herod actually did such a thing, but the report does fit what we know of the man's character.

Satergate. David Cay Johnston issued a fascinating tweet...
Journalists: Open hearing on unsealing files that may show Trump Russian ties, Mon, 13:00, Federal Courthouse Brooklyn, Judge Pamela K. Chen
These files concern Felix Sater, the Russian crook with strong Trump ties. This angle may explain why so many Trumpers have lawyered up -- hell, even Michael Cohen, Trump's lawyer, has hired a lawyer.

Some of you may appreciate a refresher course.

In this story (which drew from this bombshell investigation) we looked at Trump's links to the Bayrock Group, an organization run by shadowy Russian-Americans and eastern Europeans. Another Bayrocker is Tarik Arif, who has been credibly linked to underaged prostitutes, which have been used to obtain kompromat on various politicians and businessmen.

I've decided to republish some words which originally appeared in a February 20, 2017 Cannonfire post:

* * *

Sater, Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and the Putin government have been hammering out a Ukraine peace plan, which Sater gave to General Flynn just before his resignation. Why is this shocking? Because -- as indicated above -- Sater is a shady, sleazy character, and Trump has been trying to pretend that he has no real links to the guy.

Having spent some time studying the matter, the biggest red flags about Donald Trump's ties to Russia and businessmen around Vladimir Putin have always been tied to the Trump SoHo building project in Lower Manhattan, from the first decade of this century. I base my knowledge of this on this rather cursory but still quite good April 2016 article from the Times and my own limited snooping around the Outer Boroughs Russian and Ukrainian emigre press. (I summarized the most salient details of the earlier Times article in Item #3 of this post.) This was a key project, perhaps the key project in the post-bankruptcy era in which Trump appeared heavily reliant on Russian funds to finance his projects. Sater was at the center of that project. The details only came to light after the project got bogged down in a complicated series of lawsuits.

After the lawyers got involved, Trump said he barely knew who Sater was. But there is voluminous evidence that Sater, a Russian emigrant, was key to channeling Russian capital to Trump for years. Sater is also a multiple felon and at least a one-time FBI informant. Bayrock Capital, where he worked was located in Trump Tower and he himself worked as a special advisor to Trump. Again, read the Times article to get a flavor of his ties to Trump, the Trump SoHo project and Russia. For my money there's no better place to start to understand the Trump/Russia issue.

On its own, Trump's relationship with Sater might be written off (albeit not terribly plausibly) as simply a sleazy relationship Trump entered into to get access to capital he needed to finance his projects. Whatever shadowy ties Sater might have and whatever his criminal background, Trump has long since washed his hands of him. (Again, we're talking about most generous reads here.)

But now we learn that Sater is still very much in the Trump orbit and acting as a go-between linking Trump and a pro-Putin Ukrainian parliamentarian pitching 'peace plans' for settling the dispute between Russia and Ukraine.
Just how shady is Sater? This Miami Herald piece form 2012 is a must-read:
Now with the collapse of the posh Trump resort, lawyers are fighting to expose the background of the 46-year-old man who they allege stole millions from investors while he was given sweeping protections by prosecutors.

Sater is accused in a civil racketeering case of helping to hide millions from the failed Fort Lauderdale project — while paying $1.5 million to a former Mafia associate for his role in the deal.
Sater has dodged the legal repercussions of his acts by functioning as an informant for both the FBI and CIA.
* * *

Let's return to this piece.

Whatever Felix Sater has been up to recently, the key point is that by 2002, at the latest,19 Tevfik Arif decided to hire him as Bayrock’s COO and managing director. This was despite the fact that by then Felix had already compiled an astonishing track record as a professional criminal, with multiple felony pleas and convictions, extensive connections to organized crime, and—the ultimate prize—a virtual “get out of jail free card,” based on an informant relationship with the FBI and the CIA that is vaguely reminiscent of Whitey Bulger.
By then [2000] young Felix Sater was already well on his way to a career as a prototypical Russian-American mobster. In 1991 he stabbed a commodity trader in the face with a margarita glass stem in a Manhattan bar, severing a nerve. He was convicted of a felony and sent to prison. As Trump tells it, Sater simply “got into a barroom fight, which a lot of people do.” The sentence for this felony conviction could not have been very long, because, by 1993, 27-year-old Felix was already a trader in a brand new Brooklyn-based commodity firm called “White Rock Partners,” an innovative joint venture among four New York crime families and the Russian mob aimed at bringing state-of-the art financial fraud to Wall Street.

Five years later, in 1998, Felix Sater pled guilty to stock racketeering, as one of 19 U.S.-and Russian mob-connected traders who participated in a $40 million “pump and dump” securities fraud scheme. Facing twenty years in Federal prison, Sater and Gennady Klotsman, a fellow Russian-American who’d been with him on the night of the Manhattan bar fight, turned “snitch” and helped the Department of Justice prosecute their co-conspirators.22 Reportedly, so did Salvatore Lauria, another “trader” involved in the scheme. According to the Jody Kriss lawsuit, Lauria later joined Bayrock as an off-the-books paid “consultant.” Initially their cooperation, which lasted from 1998 until at least late 2001, was kept secret, until it was inadvertently revealed in a March 2000 press release by U.S. Attorney Lynch.

Unfortunately for Sater, about the same time the NYPD also reportedly discovered that he had been running a money-laundering scheme and illicit gun sales out of a Manhattan storage locker. He and Klotsman fled to Russia. However, according to the New York Times, which cited Klotsman and Lauria, soon after the events of September 11, 2001, the ever-creative Sater succeeded in brokering information about the black market for Stinger anti-aircraft missiles to the CIA and the FBI. According to Klotsman, this strategy “bought Felix his freedom,” allowing him to return to Brooklyn. It is still not clear precisely what information Sater actually provided, but in 2015 U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch publicly commended him for sharing information that she described as “crucial to national security.”
Remember, the Orbis dossier said that election shennanigans were being covertly funded by Russia via a network of Russian emigres in New York. Sater and Arif are Russian emigres.
          A new Comey "tape" theory   
I confess it: This post offers a conspiracy theory. Or rather, two related theories.

Unlike Alex Jones, I don't mind admitting that my ideas are in a germinal phase, and that they may soon prove misguided or foolish. I present these theories to you because I'd appreciate your criticisms: You're all wrong, Cannon, and here's why...

All day long, the talking heads on teevee have focused on the alleged Trump "tape" of Jim Comey. Trump has promised to show his cards (as it were) "in the very near future," and he told reporters that they would be "disappointed." Nobody knows what he meant by that word. Would we be disappointed in Comey? Or disappointed to learn that no recordings exist?

As readers know, I lean toward the view that recordings do exist. We know that Donnie has surreptitiously recorded individuals in the past, and we've seen the photo of Trump in the oval office with a digital voice recorder on his desk.

There is also the not-inconsiderable fact that Trump just volunteered to testify under oath. All of a sudden, a man who often seems to be imitating the stars of those "guilty dog" videos is acting like a gambler with an ace up his sleeve, and one or two more aces secreted in his pockets.

Why on earth is Donnie behaving in this fashion? Axios can offer only a couple of hoary political axioms: "The best way to defend is to attack. If you're explaining, you're losing."
The widely held view in Republican circles, according to Axios' Jonathan Swan, is that Trump's aggressiveness undercuts the notion that there are tapes.
That's a counterintuitive conclusion. As far as I'm concerned, a display of confidence indicates that the president does have recordings.

Let's take another look at the wording of the tweet that started it all:
"James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press."
Conversations -- plural. At no point does Trump say that he made the recordings.

Mike Rogers runs the NSA, and Rogers proved in his testimony that he is Trump's man. In this context, it may be worth mentioning Rachel Maddow's observation that Rogers made a strange visit to Trump Tower while Obama was still president. I've been saying for more than a year that there is a pro-Trump faction within our own intelligence services.

Yes, it is certainly true that Trump frequently promises evidence which he never produces, as this list demonstrates. Nevertheless, the wording of the "tape" tweet leads me to believe that Trump may actually have something on the former FBI head. As weird as Trump is, he would not threaten a man unless he had something to threaten him with. You can't use a hallucination to intimidate an adversary.

The "tape" is but one of two Comey mysteries that have bedeviled us in recent days. We must also account for...the THING.
As Comey describes it in the statement he prepared for Thursday’s Senate hearing, Trump called him on the morning of April 11 and brought up a matter he’d raised before: What was Comey doing to sell the public on the idea that Trump wasn’t under investigation by the FBI? When Comey replied that Trump should take it up with the leadership at the Justice Department, the president said he would do so, then continued: “Because I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know.”
Comey claims that he has no idea what all this talk of loyalty signifies. He says that he cannot identify the "thing."

Conventional thinkers would argue that the "thing" was simply the dinner they shared, and that Trump believes that he showed loyalty when he let Comey keep his job. That comforting scenario just doesn't sit right, at least not with me. This is Trump we're talking about. Trump always has something up his sleeve other than his elbow.

All day yesterday, I asked myself: Is there a single narrative which would explain both the "tape" mystery and the "thing" mystery? By midnight, I had cobbled together two different theories.

Theory 1: Comey really does have a secret. The secret could involve adultery (yawn), financial problems, or an uncharacteristic lapse into unethical behavior. The "tape" could be a recording of a telephone conversation during which this secret was discussed. The conversation may have been recorded by the NSA or by GCHQ -- perhaps even the Russians.

Trump showed "loyalty" when he agreed to keep Comey's "thing" secret.

Comey may feel protected, for now. He knows that if the NSA intercepted the conversation, revelation would be illegal. If the GCHQ intercepted the conversation, revelation could cause an international uproar.

Ah, but what about the idea of a Russian intercept? Comey may want to bait Trump into admitting that the Russians spied on his behalf. To prove that Trump colludes with the Russians, Comey may be willing to undergo a certain amount of public humiliation. Sometimes a warrior must fall on his sword.

If Theory 1 is correct, did Comey lie in his testimony before Congress? Not necessarily. He can claim that he left out part of his narrative in open hearings in order to avoid a conflict with Mueller's probe.

Theory 2: Comey is about to be framed. (This theory is both more fun and more frightening.) Let us posit that Trump is using Putin as his model. The question then becomes: WWVD? What Would Vladimir Do? Let's ask it another way: In the past, how has Putin operated against his foes?

We know that his enemies have been arrested for possession of child pornography, which was almost certainly planted.
Old-style kompromat featured doctored photographs, planted drugs, grainy videos of liaisons with prostitutes hired by the K.G.B., and a wide range of other primitive entrapment techniques.

Today, however, kompromat has become allied with the more sophisticated tricks of cybermischief-making, where Russia has proved its prowess in the Baltic States, Georgia and Ukraine. American intelligence agencies also believe that Russia used hacked data to hurt Hillary Clinton and promote Donald J. Trump in the U.S. presidential election, according to senior officials in the Obama administration.
Also see here:
Another tactic of choice involves sex tapes. In 2010, videos of Russian opposition journalists and politicians who had been filmed separately having sex with the same young Russian woman were leaked online. Last year, an opposition political party was damaged when a tape emerged of a married party leader having sex with an aide. Putin has been involved in such operations for years: In 1999, when he was the head of the FSB (the post-Soviet successor to the KGB), Putin reportedly helped then-President Boris Yeltsin to discredit and dismiss powerful prosecutor Yuri Skuratov, who had threatened to reveal which Russian officials were siphoning money to foreign bank accounts. When Yeltsin could not persuade the parliament to fire Skuratov, a video of the prosecutor — or at least a man who resembled him — having sex with prostitutes was aired on television. This all may sound like something out of “The Americans,” but it’s politics as usual in Russia.

Still, some clumsy attempts have backfired: In 2012, a media outlet published a picture of Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny allegedly posing with exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky, a Putin nemesis; the caption darkly suggested that forces outside Russia were funding opposition efforts. Navalny then produced the original photo, in which he was actually standing with a different man, and Russians were soon gleefully creating their own doctored images online of Navalny with individuals such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Adolf Hitler and an extraterrestrial.

Kompromat is beautifully flexible. If a story isn’t playing well or if there is too much credible pushback, the perpetrators simply move on without apology or correction. The story disappears abruptly, leaving only confusion or unease in the minds of the audience.
Trump could have been planting the seed for a deception operation when he made those seemingly-bizarre references to "tapes," and "that thing" and the "loyalty" which he has allegedly shown toward Comey.

Jim Comey may have no idea as to what is about to hit him.

Modern technology makes it possible to create a fake "tape" of Comey saying certain incriminating things to Trump, things that the former FBI Director did not actually say. In fact, the technology has existed for more than a decade -- maybe even two decades, as this 2003 Science Daily article proves.

In 2017, we have a consumer-level app called Lyrebird:
Today, a Canadian AI startup named Lyrebird unveiled its first product: a set of algorithms the company claims can clone anyone’s voice by listening to just a single minute of sample audio.

A few years ago this would have been impossible, but the analytic prowess of machine learning has proven to be a perfect fit for the idiosyncrasies of human speech. Using artificial intelligence, companies like Google have been able to create incredibly life-like synthesized voices, while Adobe has unveiled its own prototype software called Project VoCo that can edit human speech like Photoshop tweaks digital images.

But while Project VoCo requires at least 20 minutes of sample audio before it can mimic a voice, Lyrebird cuts this requirements down to just 60 seconds. The results certainly aren’t indistinguishable from human speech, but they’re impressive all the same, and will no doubt improve over time.
Although Lyrebird recordings are not completely convincing, it is fair to presume that the intelligence services of the United States, Britain and Russia possess software that is far more advanced. The above-cited 2003 article indicates that our spooks had already reached an impressive level of sophistication fifteen years ago.

My critics will say that Theory 2 ascribes more cleverness to Trump than some would consider possible. My response: Never underestimate your foe.
          USA: Mit Exporten und Atomkraft zu "Goldener Ära" der Energie   
US-Präsident Trump plant eine Wende in der Energiepolitik: Exporte von Flüssiggas nach Asien sollten ebenso ausgebaut werden wie Ausfuhren von Kohle in die Ukraine.
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          Companies still hobbled from fearsome cyberattack   
HOUSTON (AP) -- Many businesses still struggled Friday to recover hopelessly scrambled computer networks, collateral damage from a massive cyberattack that targeted Ukraine three days ago....
          NotPetya ser ud til at have spredt sig fra Ukraine via VPN   
Der er endnu ikke fundet dokumentation for, at cyberangrebet er blevet spredt på andre måder end via opdateringsmekanismen i et stykke ukrainsk software.
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          For Republicans, Trump’s Twitter attacks pose unprecedented political challenge   
President Donald Trump concludes remarks to reporters during his meeting with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, D.C. Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

President Donald Trump concludes remarks to reporters during his meeting with Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko at the White House on June 20, 2017. Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

For many Republicans in Congress, President Donald Trump’s vulgar outburst at a female journalist Thursday crossed the line.

Yet as they expressed disappointment with the president for disparaging the physical appearance of MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski on Twitter, an all-too-familiar political reality for Republicans set in.

Whether they like it or not, when it comes to passing legislation, Republicans are largely stuck with Mr. Trump, controversial statements on Twitter and all.

To enact longtime Republican Party goals, such as rolling back the Affordable Care Act and cutting taxes, GOP lawmakers have little choice but to work with a president who has broken every modern standard of presidential decorum and respect.

“I obviously don’t accept what he says,” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said in a brief interview Thursday. But Collins said that refusing to work with Trump and the White House was not an option.

“The president is still the president, and I will continue to work with him. But I implore him to stop issuing such inappropriate” comments, Collins said.

“I sure don’t like what I heard,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, told reporters at the Capitol when asked to respond to Trump’s tweet.

Murkowski later sharply rebuked Trump on Twitter, joining a growing chorus of lawmakers, including Collins, who urged the president to reign in his behavior. “Stop it! The Presidential platform should be used for more than bringing people down,” Murkowski wrote.

In his Twitter attack on Brzezinski, Trump called her “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” and claimed “she was bleeding badly from a face-lift” during a visit to his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago. The tweet drew widespread criticism for being deeply offensive to women.

Republicans understand the political damage Trump’s tweeting has had on his image with voters. Trump’s approval rating remains stuck below 40 percent, the lowest for a new president in the history of modern polling.

According to a recent PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll, a majority of Americans believe Trump’s use of Twitter is “reckless and distracting.”

“The stronger a president is, the more influence a president has. And the lower those approval ratings are, the weaker a president is. That’s just the way the system works,” Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, told PBS NewsHour.

But McCain said he remained focused on Trump’s policy agenda, not his attacks on Twitter. “A long time ago, I said I don’t pay much attention to what he says, I pay attention to what he does,” McCain said.

Democrats acknowledged the tough place Republicans find themselves in, as they seek to strike a balance between distancing themselves from Trump’s most explosive comments, and working with him on issues like health care.

“I really do think they’re very embarrassed by his conduct,” Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, said in a brief interview, referring to Republican lawmakers. Trump is “the most powerful person in the most powerful country in the world, and his actions have somewhat cheapened the office,” he added.

Still, Republicans are dependent on Trump, Tester argued, making it harder for them to break with the president over his personal actions. “He is carrying forward their agenda,” Tester said.

The post For Republicans, Trump’s Twitter attacks pose unprecedented political challenge appeared first on PBS NewsHour.


          Nubiles – Nerdy Cute   
Sade Mare - Nerdy Cute Glasses and demure clothes give off a hint of cute nerdiness for Sade Mare, but the Ukraine coed is not all about studying. Instead, she wants you to enjoy a lesson in sex as she lifts her shirt to show her soft breasts with their hard nipples and then slips [...]
          NotPetya ransomware hits hospitals, while Shadow Brokers touts its July VIP service   

          Crash Override: Malware that took down a power grid may have been a test run   

Two security firms have released reports about the malware which was used in the December 2016 Ukraine power outage, warning that the partial power outage in Kiev may have been test run; the malware could be leveraged against other countries, including the US.

The malware, dubbed Crash Override in the Dragos report (pdf) and Industroyer in the ESET report (pdf), has nothing to do with espionage and everything to do with cyber-sabotage.

Crash Override, Dragos says, “is the first ever malware framework designed and deployed to attack electric grids.” It could be “leveraged at multiple sites simultaneously.” Dragos founder Robert M. Lee told Reuters, “The malware is capable of causing outages of up to a few days in portions of a nation's grid, but is not potent enough to bring down a country's entire grid.”

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          Companies still hobbled from fearsome cyberattack   
HOUSTON (AP) — Many businesses still struggled Friday to recover hopelessly scrambled computer networks, collateral damage from a massive cyberattack that targeted Ukraine three days ago.
          NotPetya: Ransomware-Attacke ist in Wahrheit reine Zerstörungswut   
Seit zwei Tagen vermelden Firmen weltweit eine erneute Angriffswelle via Ransomware, besonders die Ukraine wurde schwer getroffen. Doch ein genauer Blick auf die eingesetzte Schadsoftware zeigt, dass es den Angreifern nicht um Lösegeld geht. Die veränderte Variante des Petya-Trojaners zerstört Daten auf befallenen Systemen dauerhaft und lässt daher einen politisch motivierten Angriff vermuten.
          «Сервис-Маркет»: оригинальные запчасти для бытовой техники и электроники с доставкой по Украине   

Когда выходят из строя бытовые приборы, электронная или цифровая техника – не нужно...

Сообщение «Сервис-Маркет»: оригинальные запчасти для бытовой техники и электроники с доставкой по Украине появились сначала на В мире чудес.


          Global cyberattack seems intent on havoc, not extortion   

A cyberattack that caused indiscriminate economic damage around the world was apparently designed to create maximum havoc in Russia's neighbor and adversary Ukraine, security researchers said. While the rogue software used in the attack was configured as extortionate "ransomware," that may have just been a ruse.


          The Latest: Danish firm struggling to get engine parts   

A woman sits backdropped by a real time cyber attacks world map, at the headquarters of Bitdefender in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. A new, highly virulent strain of malicious ransom software that is crippling computers globally appears to have been sown in Ukraine, where it badly hobbled much of the government and private sector on the eve of a holiday celebrating a post-Soviet constitution.


          : Heatwave south-east - Unsettled north & west, 06 30 - 06:43   

Friday Unsettled and cool for northern Europe, whilst a plume of hot air affects the south-east of the continent. Much of Iberia will be dry, sunny and warm, 28 to 30C for southern Portugal and Andalucia. A northerly breeze brings rain to northern Spain. Showers for the western Mediterranean islands, also northern Italy. The central & eastern Mediterranean is hot and sunny, touching 40C for Greece and western Turkey. Temperatures widely into the mid-30s across Romania, Ukraine and the Balkans. Much cooler temperatures across central & western Europe, only 16 to 19C for France with outbreaks of rain, most persistent in central & western areas. Showery for the Alps and Germany, although drier to the east. Low pressure centred over southern Scandinavia brings strong winds, local easterly gales around the central Baltic. Persistent rain for Denmark, plus northern coasts of Germany and Poland. Rain also affects the Baltic states and southern Sweden, whilst much of northern Scandinavia stays dry, and pleasantly warm, highs in western Norway reaching 23C.

Saturday High pressure located to the west of Iberia brings fair weather to much of the peninsula, with north-easterly winds drawing hot air from the interior toward the south-west, highs 33C in the south. Some thunderstorms for eastern Spain and the Pyrenees. A few showers for Corsica, Sardinia and northern Italy. A heatwave continues for Greece and areas surrounding the Black Sea, climbing to 35 to 40C again. Low pressure over the southern Baltic drives unsettled and cool conditions across northern-central Europe, with rain affecting Germany, Poland and France, although improving close to the English Channel, across the Low Countries and also Denmark as pressure builds. Pulses of thunderstorms are likely for Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and into western Ukraine, advancing north-east. Much of Norway, Sweden and Finland should be dry and warm, widely into the lows 20s Celsius. Some rain around the southern Baltic.


          Comment on Indian army chief tours border state with China amid tensions by Anon   
Absolutely. And Washington is stirring trouble in the world by encouraging "terrorist" and "imperialist" and plain "crook" New Delhi to steal Chinese territories. The way they did in Syria, and Ukraine. New Delhi and Washington must be nuked. Washington ain't no good guy and it promotes bad guys. It is the "anti Christ" in this world.
          Юлия   
photo Юлия, 29 y.o. , Ukraine

          Galina   
photo Galina, 33 y.o. , Ukraine

          Anna   
photo Anna, 30 y.o. , Ukraine

          6月29日(木)のつぶやき その1   

ウクライナの首都キエフで、ウクライナ軍情報部の大佐が、自動車爆弾で殺害されたと報じるガーディアンの記事(6月27日)。死亡したマクシム・シャポヴァル大佐は、2014年の東ウクライナ紛争でロシア軍との戦いを指揮した経歴があるという。
theguardian.com/world/2017/jun…

— 山崎 雅弘 (@mas__yamazaki) 2017年6月28日 - 18:58

ウクライナで27日、政府や銀行などを狙ったサイバー攻撃が相次ぎ、政府のコンピューターネットワークがまひした(時事)jiji.com/jc/article?k=2…「復旧には数日かかる見通し」「報道によれば、首都キエフの空港や国営航空企業アントノフ、電力会社なども攻撃を受けた」

— 山崎 雅弘 (@mas__yamazaki) 2017年6月28日 - 18:08

「佐川理財局長は大出世」「(森友問題の疑惑解明を阻んだ)論功行賞の意味合いもあって、今夏、次官級の国税庁長官に就任する見込みだ」(週刊現代)gendai.ismedia.jp/articles/-/521…
国民でなく一権力者に奉仕する背任官僚が、国… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— 山崎 雅弘 (@mas__yamazaki) 2017年6月28日 - 18:06

私はいつも、特定団体のメンバーとしてではなく、ただの一個人、一市民としてデモや集会に参加するので、これは復唱できない、したくないと思ったコールは、その間、口を閉じて黙っています。最低限の、シンプルな意志表示だけでも充分だと思います。
twitter.com/tanutnk/status…

— 山崎 雅弘 (@mas__yamazaki) 2017年6月28日 - 18:03

さらに言えば、もともと政治問題に関心がない人間は、報道で一瞬関心を惹かれても、それと反対のデマが流されれば混乱し、自分で確かめるまでもなく「よくわからない」で関心を失う。事実とウソの峻別には相応の気力が要るが、長く続けると疲弊する。
twitter.com/quovadis1896/s…

— 山崎 雅弘 (@mas__yamazaki) 2017年6月28日 - 18:01

国会議員がこういうツイートをRTしてるところ、相当感覚が麻痺してしまっているのでは。確か「公明党の公式見解ではない」と否定してたように記憶してるけど。 pic.twitter.com/wT5iX3IRnU

— 中国(地方)の会計屋【旅人休学中】 (@Meisou_AK) 2017年6月25日 - 14:10

#Number最新号 「清原和博「告白」」、明日発売です!
#numberweb #清原和博 #佐々木主浩 #立浪和義 #ダルビッシュ有
number.bunshun.jp/articles/-/828… pic.twitter.com/KnoVVQnyJx

— Number編集部 (@numberweb) 2017年6月28日 - 18:56

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豊田議員擁護した松本人志の限界 (小林よしのり) nav.cx/ddUBVI6
[メディア] #豊田真由子 #blogos

— BLOGOS編集部 (@ld_blogos) 2017年6月28日 - 22:01

「共謀罪」国連特別報告者の書簡が正しい / 小林 よしのり goo.gl/AmjIPW [ bot.094 / by 清瀬航輝 ]

— 清瀬航輝の気になるbot (@KoukiKiyose) 2017年6月28日 - 23:26

【 救いようのない馬鹿政権だね。読売も心の底まで落ちたものだ … 】 「国連の総意じゃない」 猛反論で無知をさらした安倍政権 goo.gl/SZbryA [ bot.090 / by 清瀬航輝 ]

— 清瀬航輝の気になるbot (@KoukiKiyose) 2017年6月28日 - 19:26

【稲田大臣の発言はもっと冷静に見るべき】"自衛官に防衛相として特定の候補を直接頼んだ話ではない。稲田大臣は集会に来ている皆さんに防衛大臣として心からのお願いをしただけのことである。それを飛躍、拡大した批判は逆に問題ではないか。"buff.ly/2tnqFxW

— BLOGOS編集部 (@ld_blogos) 2017年6月28日 - 21:01

【稲田氏はやっぱりダメだった】"防衛大臣といえば自衛隊の直接の担当者なのだから、相手国のからむ緊急の難しい問題で、前後を忘れた「直感」で命令を出されたりしたら、取り返しのつかない事態にもなりかねない。本当にこの人で大丈夫なのだろうか"buff.ly/2ugRoZi

— BLOGOS編集部 (@ld_blogos) 2017年6月28日 - 19:00

【下村元文科相 加計から違法献金の疑い】"下村博文元文科相(63)が、加計学園から200万円の違法な献金を受けた疑いがあることがわかった。「週刊文春」が入手した下村事務所の内部文書で判明した。" buff.ly/2tjv8AG

— BLOGOS編集部 (@ld_blogos) 2017年6月28日 - 16:10

【豊田議員の暴言に見える不安と恐れ】
"豊田氏が、エリートとしての社会的地位を追い求める限り、その満たされなさを埋めるべく、自らを駆り立て、他人に怒りをぶつけ続けなくてはならなくなります。"buff.ly/2tn0xTY

— BLOGOS編集部 (@ld_blogos) 2017年6月28日 - 14:00

@tokky_ura @shiba_masa 憲法に関してですが、安保法制、特例法、アッキード&アベルート事件は全て憲法違反。
こんだけ立憲主義を破壊しておいて、護憲中の護憲の改憲をやるとか思想の統合性を感じないです。
安倍真理教… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— ハクスリー (@pfi0pfcd94953i2) 2017年6月28日 - 08:52

.@shiba_masa 一昨日は皇學館大の新田均を呼んで「勉強会」をやったそうで。でも「旧宮家復活」と言ってる時点で詐欺!しかも該当者はいない!「 女性宮家創設の方策がまず最初に出てくるのはおかしい」と言ったそうだが、おかしいのはあなただ!

— 時浦兼 (@tokky_ura) 2017年6月25日 - 16:57

アイカツスターズ! ユーヤのFC2更新しましたenfini00.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-117…

— ユーヤデス。 (@euyaemeliarlien) 2017年6月29日 - 07:01

はてなブログに投稿しました #はてなブログ
m田否決されたか…脱原発 - ユーヤ・ペンギンblog・はてなヴァージョン
davidsunrise.hatenablog.com/entry/2017/06/…

— ユーヤデス。 (@euyaemeliarlien) 2017年6月29日 - 08:00

東電説明に「ウソだもん、これ」規制委激怒 aka.ms/bn59h7 pic.twitter.com/sM3eSManrc

— MSN Japan (@MSNJapan) 2017年6月29日 - 08:05

堪忍袋の緒が切れた…許さんぞ!

— ミスター・ブシドー (@Mr_Bushido_bot) 2017年6月29日 - 08:05

米国株式市場は反発、金融・ハイテク株が買い主導 bit.ly/2s3Kl5y pic.twitter.com/xp2hevEcdo

— Reuters Jp Biz (@ReutersJpBiz) 2017年6月29日 - 08:05

#都議選 #日本第一党 #共産党
25日日曜日の、日本第一党と共産党の街宣ガチンコ動画見た。
桜井代表と志位委員長が声を張り合っていたけど、志位さんは怒鳴り声で必死。時々聞こえる内容も「安倍政権ガー」「共謀罪ガー」「加計と森友ガー」で酷い。完全に桜井氏に負けてるじゃない。

— MON (@JagaimoCorocke) 2017年6月29日 - 08:05

【これか!「隠れ蓑」ってやつだなw】稲田「加計!」安倍の
共謀罪にいう <隠れ蓑> 役を見事に果たすッ pic.twitter.com/nSfC1Rs10Y

— 水 (@yzjps) 2017年6月29日 - 07:59

共謀罪の強行採決から2週間が経過した。「強行採決」さえ省略した「中間報告」という荒技はなぜなされたのか。加計学園の追及逃れで国会を延長したくなかったことと、「都議会議員選挙に影響を与えない」ということだった。おそるべき上から目線、「2・3週間あれば、有権者は忘れる」という蔑視だ。

— 保坂展人 (@hosakanobuto) 2017年6月28日 - 08:30

@akiranini1 @hosakanobuto 何度も成功してるから今回も成功するのかもしれない?

— ユーヤデス。 (@euyaemeliarlien) 2017年6月29日 - 08:08

【稲田氏の発言、首相陳謝「党総裁としておわび」】bit.ly/2smcC6F と読売新聞も報じている。しかし、今村復興大臣の時は「首相おわび」の直後に大臣辞任だったのに、稲田大臣については動きなし。首相との親密さで「おわび」の意味合いが違うのだろうか?

— 郷原信郎 (@nobuogohara) 2017年6月28日 - 22:38

【数字でみる #都議選 特別編】都議選は都民の生活の行方を決める選挙ですが、国政にもの申す役割も。街では安倍政権の「#共謀罪」強行採決への怒りを耳にします。世論調査でも国民の過半の認識は「審議不十分」。監視社会化、市民の人権や自由… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— 東京・生活者ネットワーク (@tokyonetnet) 2017年6月26日 - 13:17

安倍一強が揺らいでいます。安倍首相自身の加計学園問題での迷走、菅官房長官の失敗、稲田大臣の前代未聞発言に、「絶叫、暴言」の豊田議員の第2弾も加わって、この政権が「数は力」をバックに強引で問答無用で無理を通してことの歪みが一斉に出てきたと感じます。今日のハフポスに書きました。

— 保坂展人 (@hosakanobuto) 2017年6月29日 - 17:35

日記を更新しました
pigg.ameba.jp/core/main?open… #pigg #pigg_pic pic.twitter.com/mlfDxo5Shi

— ユーヤデス。 (@euyaemeliarlien) 2017年6月29日 - 18:07

アメブロを更新しました。 『今日はビートルズ記念日』 #ビートルズ #右足
ameblo.jp/davidsunrise/e…

— ユーヤデス。 (@euyaemeliarlien) 2017年6月29日 - 18:19
          Your Health Care Information Is Insecure -- And Extremely Lucrative On The Black Market   

This week, a malware attack struck Ukrainian computer systems and quickly spread to tens of thousands of machines across dozens of countries, including the U.K. and the United States. The proliferating computer virus, called Petya, raises the question ― as is often the case when data hacks, breaches and disruptions occur ― of just how safe an end user’s personal information is when it’s on a network. 


Not very.


It’s unclear whether the Ukrainian attackers were motivated by money or mayhem. But money is certainly the motive when it comes to what likely impacts individuals far more than a malware virus: the theft of your personal health records.


TrendMicro, an information security company, has reported that the health care sector is now the preferred target for cybercriminals. The industry, with hospitals leading the way, has been the top target of data breaches, followed by government and retail. In 2015, a total of 113.2 million health care-related records were stolen, the most ever, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. 


Ed Cabrera, chief cybersecurity officer for TrendMicro and former chief information security officer for the U.S. Secret Service, told HuffPost that medical records are targeted by cybercriminals because they contain the most comprehensive data and provide multiple selling opportunities for the so-called dark web.


An electronic health record database contains personal information that does not expire ― such as Social Security numbers ― and can be used over and over for malicious intent, Cabrera said.


The cybercriminal underground can cherry-pick the various parts of protected health information records, which include medical histories, test results, health issues past and present, prescription drug use, treatments, methods of payment, home addresses, credit card numbers, health insurance information, Social Security number and birthdate. The data can get right down to the date of your last menstrual cycle. 


Thieves can use stolen electronic health records to get prescription drugs, receive medical care and file fake insurance claims. They can exploit Social Security numbers to file fraudulent tax returns, open credit accounts, and obtain official government-issued documents, such as passports and driver’s licenses. They can even create new identities. 


The stolen information is usually resold, either as a whole record or piecemeal, on popular dark web marketplaces, including TheRealDeal, AlphaBay, Valhalla, Apple Market, Python Market, Dream Market and Silk Road, according to the TrendMicro report.


Interested cyberbuyers may only want health insurance numbers, which sell for 99-cents each on the underground, says the TrendMicro report. Those who trade in drugs may be interested in your prescription for opioids. Having your email in combination with other proof of identity can enable a thief to have the delivery address changed for mail-order pharmaceuticals or packages ordered online. Those who engage in cyberespionage for a nation-state may pay mightily for sensitive health information about a political or corporate leader. Like any other free market, rates are based on supply and demand, Cabrera said.


Medical records also have a long shelf life. If a thief steals your credit card or bank account number, it’s useful only until the credit limit is maxed out or you report the loss and the account is closed. But some information in a medical record can provide steady long-term income for scammers, Cabrera said.


Credit card companies and banks have vastly improved their ability to protect your data, Cabrera said. Health information systems? Not so much, which makes them a better target, he said, adding that “some” improvements have been made. 


The Ponemon Institute, a security research and consulting organization, said in its May 2016 annual study on health care data privacy and security that about half of all health care organizations had little or no confidence that they could detect the loss or theft of patient data, and that the majority lack the budget to secure their data. The study found that most health care organizations haven’t invested in security technologies or staff. 


While cyberattacks on the health care industry may pose immediate health risks to patients, with consequences like hospitals closing and procedures needing to be rescheduled, the big concern must include data breaches, Cabrera said.


And realistically, there’s little you can do about it. “Patients are at the mercy of the organizations they interact with,” Cabrera said. If your doctor or hospital wants your driver’s license or Social Security number as a condition of treatment, you’re probably going to turn them over. 


Cabrera suggested people use their real-life experience in their virtual life online. If you were traveling in a dangerous location, you would take precautions. Apply that same caution to your interactions with the health care industry. And be careful out there. 

-- 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.


           Bản tin 8H: Ukraine bắt ​2 lính biên phòng Nga gần bán đảo Crimea    
Cơ quan An ninh Liên bang Nga (FSB) cho biết hai lính biên phòng Nga đã bị bắt giữ tại Ukraine sau khi vượt qua khu vực biên giới gần bán đảo Crimea - nơi được sáp nhập vào lãnh thổ Nga năm 2014.
          [Nubiles] Sade Mare – Nerdy Cute   

Glasses and demure clothes give off a hint of cute nerdiness for Sade Mare, but the Ukraine coed is not all about studying. Instead, she wants you to enjoy a lesson in sex as she lifts her shirt to show her soft breasts with their hard nipples and then slips out of her thong.
          PASTATECA café by Sasha Fedorenko Architecture & Design, Kiev – Ukraine   
The spotlight of the whole interior is a show-cube, where a beautiful girl makes fresh pasta every day. This is a kind of an open kitchen and a bright interior element at the same time.
          Veronica Clark (first time to Gonzo with 3on1 Airtight DP SZ1802) 2017 [LegalPorno.com] SiteRip   
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          Return from Ukraine: Uncertainty Ahead   
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          Cyberattack Launched for Pain, Not Profit, Experts Say   
This week’s global virus outbreak that grounded airplanes in Ukraine, slowed FedEx courier deliveries in Europe and disrupted Maersk container ships around the world was devised simply to damage businesses, not earn profits for the hackers behind it, security experts now believe.
          NSA Software Behind Latest Global Ransomware Attack   
*'It's like WannaCry all over again,*' said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer with Helsinki's cybersecurity firm F-Secure, when discussing today's latest outbreak of the WannaCry-like ransomeware attack, which as we reported earlier started in Ukraine, and has since spread to corporate ...
          EU prolongs economic sanctions on Russia by six months   
The European Union on Wednesday prolonged the economic sanctions on Russia for another six months for its role in the ongoing unrest in eastern Ukraine.
          'Massive Cyberattack' Hits Ukraine Central Bank, Government, Russian Oil Giant; Russia Blamed   
Now that CNN is officially out of the 'Russia hacking' fake news business, the Ukraine has decided to fill in the void, and moments ago Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko said that the government's computer network was down, in what he claimed was a 'massive cyberattack', one which ...
          Фестиваль «У пошуках Made in Ukraine»   
Фестиваль «У пошуках Made in Ukraine» приїздить до Вінниці та запрошує вінничан провести чудові вихідні із найкращими українськими виробами та розвагами! Дати проведення: 15 та 16 липня, з 10.00 ранку до 22.00. Де буде проходити найкраще свято літа: у парку Горького, вул. Першотравнева.  Що вас чекає на фестивалі:  - 75 найкращих виробників з товарами від зубної щітки до меблів. І все це - перевірене за якістю, за адекватними цінами, з чудовим сервісом  - Багато місця для відпочинку в парку - валяйтеся на траві, слухайте музику, розважайтеся  - Instagram-фанатам - величезна фотозона, щоб ви встигли наробити фотографій на місяць наперед  - Особлива увага - дітям. Розваги для дітей, малювання, аніматори, ігри, майстер-класи - і все це на свіжому повітрі  - Для чотирилапих - фотозона для тварин, багато місця для прогулянок  - Смачний фуд-корт з 15 найрізноманітніших кухонь світу Вхід вільний! І поки #madeinukraine ракетою мчить до Вінниці, де 15 та 16 липня відбудеться наш фестиваль, у вас ще є шанс подати заявку на участь на останні 7 місць для найкращих українських виробників! Пишіть на miu.festival.ua@gmail.com, не баріться!
          DRIFT CHAMPIONSHIP OF UKRAINE   
8-9 липня 2017 аеродром «Калинівка» в черговий раз стане епіцентром запеклих дрифт-баталій. Тут відбудеться другий етап всеукраїнських змагань з дрифтингу - Drift Championship of Ukraine. Кращі дрифт-пілоти України втретє змагатимуться за перемогу у другому етапі DCU, проведеному Вінницькою федерацією драгрейсингу і дріфту на автомобілях потужністю до 1000 кінських сил на території Калиновського автодрому. Видовищна боротьба, адреналін, дим горілої гуми і парні заїзди, в цьому році обіцяють бути жорсткими і цікавими. У новому сезоні Drift Competitions of Ukraine воістину рекордний склад учасників - до старту сезону у Львові заявки на участь в змаганнях подало 52 пілота. Це означає, що як мінімум 40 з них приїде полоскотати нерві вінницьких вболівальників. Крім відомих імен минулого сезону - Олександр Гринчук, Микита Лук'янов, Віталія Никифорова - на трасу виїдуть гарячі новачки, які зможуть скласти належну конкуренцію іменитим суперникам. У зв'язку з довгим стартовим листом цьогоріч  DCU буде складатися з двох повноцінних змагальних днів. І в суботу, і в неділю, 8 та 9 червня пройдуть змагальні парні заїзди. Машини, потужністю до 1000 кінських сил покажуть висококласну їзду і море диму з-під колес.  Для всіх бажаючих буде відкритий вхід в сервіс-парк, де машини учасників змагань можна буде розглянути максимально близько і уважно. В обов'язковому порядку пройде фан-сесія з пілотами, що дозволить уболівальникам сфотографуватися і отримати автограф улюбленого учасника. Традиційно захід пройде під патронатом Вінницької міської ради та мера Вінниці Сергія Моргунова. Вартість квитків:  8 червня  - стандарт – 150 грн.,  - VIP – 300 грн. 9 червня  - стандарт у попередньому продажі  – 200 грн.  - у день заходу – 250 грн.  - VIP – 450 грн.    Початок о 12:00 Дітям до 10 років (у супроводі дорослих) - вхід безкоштовний! Замовлення квитків за телефонами: 063 730 30 30
          Croatia End 18-Year Wait to Reach Euro Semis   
Croatia reached the semi-finals of a major tournament for the first time in 18 years after guard Krunoslav Simon scored 23 points to inspire an 84-72 win over Ukraine in the European Championship on Thursday. [NYT Pro Basketball] [Read More]
          Croatia ousts Ukraine to reach semis   
Croatia beat Ukraine 84-72 Thursday to reach the semifinals of the European basketball championship for the first time in 18 years. [FOXSports.com - NBA] [Read More]
          Ports Recover, But Ukraine Still Disrupted By Cyberattack   
News
Ukranian officials have assured the public that the malware outbreak is under control.
Contributed Author: 
Raphael Satter, The Associated Press
Topics: 

          Resumen europeo: Heatwave south-east - Unsettled north & west, 30 jun - 06:43   

Friday Unsettled and cool for northern Europe, whilst a plume of hot air affects the south-east of the continent. Much of Iberia will be dry, sunny and warm, 28 to 30C for southern Portugal and Andalucia. A northerly breeze brings rain to northern Spain. Showers for the western Mediterranean islands, also northern Italy. The central & eastern Mediterranean is hot and sunny, touching 40C for Greece and western Turkey. Temperatures widely into the mid-30s across Romania, Ukraine and the Balkans. Much cooler temperatures across central & western Europe, only 16 to 19C for France with outbreaks of rain, most persistent in central & western areas. Showery for the Alps and Germany, although drier to the east. Low pressure centred over southern Scandinavia brings strong winds, local easterly gales around the central Baltic. Persistent rain for Denmark, plus northern coasts of Germany and Poland. Rain also affects the Baltic states and southern Sweden, whilst much of northern Scandinavia stays dry, and pleasantly warm, highs in western Norway reaching 23C.

Saturday High pressure located to the west of Iberia brings fair weather to much of the peninsula, with north-easterly winds drawing hot air from the interior toward the south-west, highs 33C in the south. Some thunderstorms for eastern Spain and the Pyrenees. A few showers for Corsica, Sardinia and northern Italy. A heatwave continues for Greece and areas surrounding the Black Sea, climbing to 35 to 40C again. Low pressure over the southern Baltic drives unsettled and cool conditions across northern-central Europe, with rain affecting Germany, Poland and France, although improving close to the English Channel, across the Low Countries and also Denmark as pressure builds. Pulses of thunderstorms are likely for Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and into western Ukraine, advancing north-east. Much of Norway, Sweden and Finland should be dry and warm, widely into the lows 20s Celsius. Some rain around the southern Baltic.


          Comment on まだまだ描くよ! by Cara J   
Very, very bad translation: Title: I will draw more still! (Liechtenstein, Belarus and Turkey sketches) I still have it! (Seychelles, South Korea and Hong Kong sketches) (Girl drawing) And this is a picture of about 16 years old. Kyoto-san from the land love* book "Great! Japan-Mainland Continent" which was released around this time. It was a mysterious book with the concept that the 47 prefectures nationwide were a country. (Ukraine sketches) Brutish child *I'm guessing this is like an appreciation of Japan book? I don't know.
          The Revolution in Transatlantic Affairs   

The year 2001 could have been an eye-opener but the West, too traumatized by the Islamist attack on America, failed to notice an equally important, if less spectacular, development: the creation by China of a coalition, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, including Russia and Central Asia as members, Iran as a silent partner, and India and Pakistan as observers. It took another five years for Western foreign policy experts to realize that this emerging SCO was, for all practical purposes, an OPEC with nukes, which had the potential to develop, over time, into a full-fledged "NATO of the East."

At the NATO summit in Riga in November 2006, a little-noticed transatlantic revolution of sorts finally occurred when the Atlantic Alliance acknowledged that it would have to "go global" in order to remain relevant. Divided, America and Europe will fall; united, they can retain the lead. But all manners of "going global" are not equal, and the coming globalization of NATO is as much full of promises as it is fraught with perils.

Some will argue that, with 50,000 troops present in three continents today, NATO is in essence already global. Others will counter that the story of this halfhearted, haphazard globalization reads at times like a tale told by an idiot, full of rhetorical fog and bureaucratic friction, and signifying nothing more than "flight forward" or "muddling through." In fact, in the post-Cold War period, NATO's desire to have its cake (collective defense) and eat it too (collective security) has created a certain conceptual confusion.2

As a political organization, the Alliance rushed to invoke Article 5 within twenty-four hours of 9/11; as a military organization, NATO turned out to be as ill-prepared to do counterinsurgency in Afghanistan as the U.S. military in Iraq. It would be a mistake, however, to claim that NATO's credibility is at stake in Afghanistan. Afghanistan may have been the graveyard of empires in the past, but it won't be the graveyard of the Alliance -- for a simple reason already pointed out by one European observer:

When the territorial integrity of one of its members is threatened by an attack, NATO cannot afford to lose. It would sacrifice its credibility as an alliance. . . . But in stabilization operations the existence of NATO is not threatened. Here NATO can afford to fail without losing its credibility as an alliance. . . . There are, thus, fundamental differences between collective defense credibility and stabilization credibility. To lump them together or to blur the distinction between the two, shows a lack of understanding for the very nature of such interventions. The consequences of getting stuck in hopeless operations as well as holding NATO's authority and standing hostage to fortune is doubly dangerous. The UN, the institution with the widest experience in post-conflict stabilization to date, has never made these operations a test for its credibility. NATO needs to do likewise.3

If the Alliance survived a debacle of the magnitude of Suez in 1956, it can withstand anything. The main danger for NATO therefore is not military failure or even a Suez-like temporary political meltdown, but something more insidious. Over time, what an ill-conceived globalization of NATO could lead to is the transformation of the tactical coalition that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization currently is into a strategic "NATO of the East" while at the same time perverting the Atlantic Alliance into, so to speak, a "SEATO of the West" -- namely, a make-believe alliance with no viable strategy (because a conventional military configuration is irrelevant when the threats are of the asymmetric variety) and no coherent policy (because the interests of the global members are simply too heterogeneous to ever converge.)

The Long War promises to be a thinking man's war. As a full-fledged Alliance, NATO possesses the kind of staying power that mere ad hoc coalitions cannot deliver; but NATO still has to come to terms with the fact that thinking power will matter more than fighting power. If NATO is to avoid the twofold danger of the SCO becoming a NATO of the East while NATO becomes a mere SEATO of the West, the Alliance will have first of all to downgrade its "toolbox" dimension and beef up its "think-tank" dimension.

The revolution in strategic affairs

Ever since the 1999 intervention in Kosovo, NATO has been eager to prove that it stands for more than "No Action, Talk Only." But the adoption by the Alliance of the Marge Simpson doctrine ("Are we gonna just stand there like the French, or are we gonna do something?") has proved to be no substitute for a new strategic concept. Kosovo itself, waged in no small part to maintain the credibility of the Alliance, ended up paradoxically weakening NATO's credibility and the mutual bad blood afterwards constituted the single most important underlying reason of the 2003 near-death experience over Iraq.

By the time of the 2006 NATO Riga summit, two eminent Americans argued in no uncertain terms in favor of a re-invention of the Alliance: "It is time to stop pretending that everything is fine in Brussels and Mons. NATO will never generate the political impetus and leadership to reinvent itself unless we face that truth and openly debate what this Alliance can and should become. . . . NATO leaders have thus far demonstrated neither the vision nor the political will to reinvent the Alliance."4

Strong words, to be sure, but perhaps the wrong diagnostic: to the extent that there is indeed a danger of NATO drifting into irrelevance, it is due not so much to an absence of philosophical vision and/or political will as to a deficit of strategic literacy on the part of NATO leaders and cheerleaders.

On the American side, there is certainly no shortage of will and vision. Our two authors themselves were instrumental in forcing Europeans to look beyond Brussels sandbox politics and leading the drive for a successful enlargement of NATO. In the process of preaching a gospel of "broader and farther is always better," though, they elevated enlargement to the rank of a Kantian categorical imperative and by the same token lost sight of the Hobbesian iron law known in the jargon of political science as the security dilemma. Simply put: however defensive in intent, any actor's move to increase its security always runs the risk of being perceived as an offensive move by another actor.5

As Vladimir Putin reminded the West in a very Russian way in his Munich speech earlier this year, one state's idea of "projecting stability" is another's idea of "exporting subversion." Enlargement has been a bold move that played a critical (and often underappreciated) role in the successful transition to democracy of the former captive Europe, but for every action there is a reaction, and the gradual enlargement of NATO to the East has been the main cause of Russia's gradual rapprochement with China. A bold move today would be to acknowledge that, for a host of reasons, this process has reached diminishing returns, and that projecting stability should from now on be achieved at less cost through other means, be it security cooperation or global partnerships.

If Americans these days tend to have forgotten something as basic as the security dilemma, Europeans for their part have serious difficulties remembering something equally basic that they used to perform with undeniable virtuosity: coercive diplomacy. Be it with Iraq yesterday or Iran today, an astounding percentage of the allegedly sophisticated EU elites have the hardest time grasping what any American redneck knows intuitively: namely, that the collective threat to use force is still the best way to avoid having recourse to actual force. Fifty years of increasing focus on intra-EU politics has led EU elites to mistake "multi-level governance" (read: horse-trading by capitals in Brussels) for the whole of statecraft. But genuine diplomacy always rests on the implicit threat to use force, and the EU mantra about force as last resort should logically lead Europeans to view coercive diplomacy as their preferred weapon.6

Iraq, to be sure, was in many ways sui generis. Iran, by contrast, should be a no-brainer, since a nuclear Iran would lead to nuclear proliferation throughout the Middle East all the way to Algeria. Were coercive diplomacy to fail, then, as Senator McCain put it, there would still be one thing worse than military intervention in Iran -- a nuclear Iran.

This question of "strategic literacy" of NATO leaders cannot be overemphasized at a time when NATO allies are elaborating a new (i.e., post 9/11) strategic concept. The task promises to be a daunting one if only because, since the end of the Cold War, the very concept of "strategy" has become increasingly problematic in the West -- in no small part because the concept of the "West" itself is no longer self-evident.7

Forget the "Americans are from Mars, Europeans from Venus" mantra that gave the Brussels Eurocracy the vapors in the summer of 2002.8 Though the slogan captured well a moment of transatlantic relations, over time this mantra has obscured the issue. The truth is, for the past 15 years, and on both sides of the Atlantic, there have been two major attempts underway to get rid of the strategy problematique altogether.

In the civilian world, politicians and bureaucrats have robbed the concept of "strategy" of any meaning by systematically using it interchangeably with "policy." Academics and think-tankers, for their part, have chosen to blow out of proportion a Revolution in Security Affairs in which "the dividing lines between hard and soft, civil and military security are rapidly dissolving, requiring far more flexibility and causing much confusion as allies and partners have disagreed significantly about how to manage such complexity." This supposed Revolution has been used as a pretext to dissolve the concept of "strategy" in the catch-all notion of "security," the concept of "national security" itself in a nebulous "human security," and last but not least, the concept of grand strategy into that of global governance -- whatever that may mean.9

Within the military, the concept of "strategy" has not fared much better. The post-Cold War era has witnessed a surreal debate between the disciples of Clausewitz, who invariably confuse strategy with the operational level of war, and the supporters of the supposed Revolution in Military Affairs reducing war to "targeting and shooting," and whose network-centric paradigm leads to a tacticization of strategy.10

Between the shock-and-awe slogans of the military Mars, and the human security fairy tales of the civilian Venus, Strategy in the West has been MIA for too long. Since the real Revolution in Strategic Affairs happens to be a non-Western affair, NATO leaders will have to start by learning the new grammar and logic of the kind of unrestricted warfare elaborated by the Chinese and the fourth-generation warfare practiced by Islamists.11

As U.S. NATO Ambassador Victoria Nuland argued, "if the divisive debate over Iraq taught us one thing, it is that NATO must be the place where we talk about all the issues affecting our future -- the Middle East, Iraq, North Korea, China, Iran, just to name a few." The North Atlantic Council has recently broadened its range of consultations to include global issues ranging from energy security to transnational terrorism. But increased consultation, in and of itself, will not mechanically lead to better conceptualization. Enhancing the strategic literacy of NATO's stakeholders should be the logical prerequisite to a debate about the future NATO strategic concept.

The SCO as NATO peer competitor?

In the past hundred years, the instrumentalization of Islam has been a recurrent temptation on the part of every rising power, be it Wilhemine Germany or Imperial Japan, Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia, not to mention America itself. As the latest rising power, China itself would not be immune to that temptation even if it were energy self-sufficient. The fact that China's energy needs are huge guarantees that the constitution of a Sino-Islamic axis is for Beijing not just a tactical option, but a strategic necessity.12

While the pivotal states of this strategy appear to be Pakistan, Iran, and (more recently) Saudi Arabia, the geopolitical situation of Iran puts it in a class by itself, as the most precious proxy in China's "indirect approach" against American primacy. It is therefore no surprise to learn that China is using Iran as a conduit for the delivery of arms to both Iraqi and Afghan insurgents, and providing Iran itself the kind of small boats needed to conduct attacks against commercial shipping or the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf.13

If the instrumentalization of Islam constitutes the geographical axis of China's grand strategy, the functional axis is -- or ought to be -- of equal interest to NATO, since it consists in the artful combination of space power, sea power, and soft power.

Space power. While lending support to Russia's ludicrous posturing on NATO missile defense, China is experimenting with antisatellite weapons -- a disturbing trend given the reliance of modern military (especially navies) on space power.

Sea power. A hundred years after Theodore Roosevelt sent his Great While Fleet around the world to signal the emergence of a new great power, China is rediscovering the writings of Admiral Mahan on the importance of sea power in history and dreaming of a Great White Fleet of its own. Against the backdrop of an ever-shrinking U.S. Navy (more on that later), China is transforming itself as a maritime superpower at such high speed that Western analysts estimate it could become the world's leading naval power by 2020.

Last but not least, soft power. On the military side, China is focusing on developing security cooperation within the ASEAN Regional Forum framework with the intent of marginalizing America. On the civilian side, China is peddling "Asian values" from Africa to Eurasia and from Latin America to Southeast Asia. For the past six years, China has been promoting autocracy through soft power while America has been promoting democracy through hard power, and the verdict is in: China today has a more positive image worldwide than America.14

Russia's relation to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and its expectations, are of an altogether different nature. On the surface, to be sure, China and Russia appear to be the two main pillars of the SCO. Economically and militarily, the two countries' relation is, for the time being at least, one of genuine complementarity. But while the SCO constitutes the core of China's Islamic strategy, it is for Russia a tactical option to both manage the rise of China in Eurasia and to gain leverage over the West.15

Unlike China, Russia is energy self-sufficient; and unlike China's Confucianism, Russia's Eurasianism actually comes in two opposite versions: one pro-West and anti-Islam; the other pro-Islam and anti-West. American Putin-bashers would do well to realize that the Putin regime clearly favors the former version --- which may not be the case for his successor. Putin's Russia is a mystery wrapped in an enigma only for those caught in a 15-year time warp. In a nutshell: While Yelstin's choice of an alleged Polish model of transition in 1992 resulted, by 1999, in 38 percent of the population living below the poverty line, Putin's reorientation toward a Chinese model has since created an annual growth rate of 6 percent for Russia -- and a 70 percent approval rating for Putin. Having taken considerable domestic risks by siding with America after 9/11, Putin, for the past 5 years, has received nothing in return -- other than a seemingly endless enlargement of NATO in his own backyard.

Now that Russia is rich with oil money and has paid its debts to the West, what Russia wants from the West is respect.16 Russia's nuisance capacity should not be underestimated, even though threats to withdraw from the CFE Treaty, or to turn the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) into a "natural gas OPEC," are intended primarily for domestic consumption and to signal that NATO has enlarged far enough.

Unlike China, Russia is not a rising power. Russian hearts and mind are still up for grabs, though, and there are three reasons why it would be grossly irresponsible to alienate Russia gratuitously. In the short term, Russia's support is critical to solve (militarily or not) the Iranian question; in the middle-term, Russia has considerable leverage over Europe, with much bigger sticks and carrots than America's, and the risk of a creeping Finlandization of Europe is real were America to indulge in brinkmanship; in the long term, the West would have nothing to gain were Russia, against its best interest, to upgrade its relations to the SCO from the tactical to the strategic level.

The current demonization of Russia in some American quarters is thus incomprehensible, unless one keeps in mind the particular conceit of democracies at war that Kennan, following Tocqueville, pointed out long ago: "There is nothing in nature more egocentrical than the embattled democracy. It soon becomes the victim of its own propaganda. It then tends to attach to its own cause an absolute value which distorts its own vision of everything else. . . . People who have got themselves into this frame of mind have little understanding for the issues of any contest other than the one in which they are involved."17

This tunnel vision, and the incapacity to distinguish between the essential and the peripheral, is all the more surprising when it comes from the neoconservative side. Among the new generation of neocons, many seem to have forgotten the lessons of the older generation, as captured in Jeanne Kirkpatrick's celebrated 1979 essay on "Dictatorships and Double Standards." Simply put: when all is said and done, there is a difference in kind between totalitarianism and authoritarianism. If Islamist totalitarianism is the main enemy, as the neocons rightly claim, then it follows logically that Russian authoritarianism, however unpalatable to democratic sensibilities, is something we can live with. In that respect, the arch-realist Kissinger is paradoxically closer to Kirkpatrick than some of today's neocons in arguing:

Russia may be tempted to pursue tactical rapprochement with China. But any meaningful strategic rapprochement with China would move Russia further away from the United States and into a position of dependence on Chinese support. This would run counter to the strategic realities Russia faces on its far-eastern border, given the decline in its population and negative demographic trends. We cannot be fixated by things that are in the power of Russia and China to do. The wise American policy is to establish close relations with both Russia and China. And we should conduct it on the basis that whenever possible there should always be at least equal if not greater incentives or prospect of risks to cooperate with the United States than with each other.18

Similarly, a wise NATO policy should always make sure that NATO-Russia security cooperation is always stronger than Russia-China security cooperation. By the same token, and given the always-possible energy Finlandization of Europe, a wise NATO policy should make sure that the NATO-Russia Council always remains one step ahead of the EU-Russia Permanent Council.19

The Great Game and the Long War

One thing is certain: the Great Game and the Long War will be the two global and generational challenges confronting the West in the next 30 years. While the two challenges at times overlap, they remain analytically distinct. Attempts to conflate the two challenges with a new geopolitical concept like "Greater Middle East" risk confusing the issues. The Great Game? While the West remains fixated on the continental dimension, the East shows more lucidity in giving as much importance to the maritime dimension (more on that later). The Long War? Due to mass migration, the sociopolitical umma no longer coincides with the geopolitical Dar al-Islam.20

So much for the Greater Middle East, then. When all is said and done, globalization has not so much led to the "spiritualization of borders" (as the flute-players would have it) as to the partial "virtualization of geopolitics." The Great Game and the Long War are global and generational, but the geopolitics of oil, of Islamic banking, of Islamic media, etc. only partly overlap, and the geopolitical mapping required is a multi-level mapping including both the real and the virtual worlds.

One of the unfortunate consequences of the globalization theology of the 1990s has been the withering away of geopolitical thinking in the West. This eclipse of geopolitics is not totally negative, to be sure, for as one pundit put it, "few modern ideologies are as whimsically all-encompassing, as romantically obscure, as intellectually sloppy, and as likely to start a third world war as the theory of 'geopolitics.'"21

Yet, globalization theology itself has proven even more intellectual sloppy than the theories of geopolitics. And while the West thought it could do away with geopolitics altogether, the foreign policies of Turkey, Russia, China, and other players were becoming increasingly shaped by distinctive geopolitical visions based less on theories than on memories (with often a tenuous link to historical reality). Thus in Turkey, memories of the Silk Road were the main driving forces in Ankara's turn away from pro-Western Kemalism and toward neo-Ottomanism. In China, a country that had traditionally viewed itself as a quintessential continental power, it is the rediscovery of the short-lived maritime adventures of Admiral Zheng He (the Chinese Columbus) and the awareness of missed opportunities, coupled with the revival of Admiral Mahan's navalist theories, that were being invoked to mobilize public opinion around the idea of turning China into a maritime superpower. Intellectually sloppy or not, these representations have real effects in the foreign policies of non-Western nations. The West can ignore them only at its own peril.

In the West itself, the current fixation of America on Central Asia and of Europe on the Middle East -- the closest thing to a "Western" geopolitical vision -- is based on two flawed premises. To put it crudely: Americans believe that Caspian Sea oil is the key to success in the Great Game; Europeans are convinced that the resolution of the Palestinian question holds the key to victory in the Long War.

Talk about intellectual sloppiness: Warnings about a Caspian mirage were already common among energy experts a decade ago, and time has only made them more relevant: "The current fixation with the Caspian Basin's alleged resource bonanza is exaggerating the region's commercial and strategic significance, distorting US foreign policy calculations and raising the risk of unnecessary contention with other actors, particularly Russia and Iran. . . . Russian analysts could be forgiven for construing US/NATO policies as encirclement from the West through open-ended NATO expansion. . . . The myth [of Central Asia and the Caucasus as a region of independent democracies buoyed by new-found oil wealth and part of an expanding "Euro-Atlantic community"] is diverting policy-makers from a far more profound geopolitical challenge to energy security in the twenty-first century: the rising dependence of Asian nations on Persian Gulf oil. . . . It might be wise to ponder how comfortable China will be in relying on the US Navy to defend the sea-lanes through which its Persian Gulf oil must pass."22

Ten years later, it is clear that just as NATO enlargement to the East has sent Russia into the arms of China, Western energetico-military forays in Central Asia have led China, in turn, to increase its activities in the backyards of Europe (Africa) and America (from Cuba to Panama and Venezuela). America's fixation on Central Asia has been based on probable reserves, which were then contrasted to proven reserves in Persian Gulf, though never with probable reserves offshore worldwide. Since Caspian Sea oil now seems to combine all the problems associated with landlocked transportation and offshore extraction, not to mention geopolitical entanglements, it may be time for a reappraisal.

If American fixation on Central Asia is questionable, European fixation on the Palestinian question as the panacea of the Greater Middle East is downright irrational. As Edward Luttwak pointed out recently: "Yes, it would be nice if Israelis and Palestinians could settle their differences, but it would do little or nothing to calm the other conflicts in the Middle East from Algeria to Iraq, or to stop Muslim-Hindu violence in Kashmir, Muslim-Christian violence in Indonesia and the Philippines, Muslim-Buddhist violence in Thailand, Muslim-animist violence in Sudan, Muslim-Igbo violence in Nigeria, Muslim-Moscovite violence in Chechnya, or the different varieties of inter-Muslim violence."

This European fixation is all the more irrational in that as far as the proverbial Arab Street is concerned, the resolution of the Palestinian question ranks only seventh in importance, way behind the usual bread-and-butter issues (employment, health, corruption, education, and even combating extremism and protecting civil rights). And who can blame Ali Six-Pack for his lack of interest? Unlike the Kurds, who have proven capable of self-government, Palestinian leaders have never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity, as the saying holds. The pathetic clash between Fatahland and Hamastan is today leading many Palestinians themselves to reconsider the long-abandoned possibility of forming a confederation with Jordan. It is time for Europeans to realize that, as Joseph Joffe demonstrated in a seminal article, "far from creating tensions, Israel actually contains more antagonisms than it causes" -- though of course you would never know it, since Israeli public diplomacy is nonexistent.23

Flawed premises aside, there is another, more pedestrian reason why the closing of the transatlantic mind is particularly pronounced within NATO. As the Alliance underwent a gradual transformation from collective defense to collective security, this functional broadening focused on the continental dimension led to a neglect of the maritime dimension and thus to transatlantic tunnel vision.

During the Cold War, the Atlantic Alliance had two geographic pillars: the Brussels-based Allied Command-Europe (ACE) for continental affairs, the Norfolk-based Allied Command-Atlantic (ACLANT) for maritime affairs. From 1991 to 2001, the maritime dimension, once identified with the Atlantic, became confined to the Mediterranean (Operation Sharp Guard). Yet, despite the shrinking of the maritime dimension at the operational level, ACLANT continued, at the intellectual level, to deliver outside-the-box, yet topical thinking on issues like "Multinational Naval Cooperation and Foreign Policy into the 21st Century."24

The real change occurred with the 2002 Prague Summit's decision to transform these two geographical pillars into functional pillars: Allied Command Operations (ACO) and Allied Command Transformation (ACT). The transformation of the geographical ACLANT into a functional ACT did more than marginalize the maritime dimension; it also brought the wrong transformation to the fore. NATO-ACT being twinned with the U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM), the Alliance, in the name of interoperability, soon adopted all the shibboleths of the RMA: network-centric warfare, information dominance, the change from threat-based planning to capabilities-based planning which can only aggravate the idea of the Alliance as a "toolbox," and last but not least, the religion of jointness itself, whose unintended effect was to downplay the specificity and autonomy of navies when it comes to constabulary and diplomatic missions.

The whole RMA folklore was introduced to NATO right at the time when, in Iraq and Afghanistan, its limits were becoming too obvious to ignore. The Pentagon is today trying to find a better balance between Network-Centric Warfare (NCW) and Culture-Centric Warfare (CCW), and one would hope that ACT will quickly NATO-ize the lessons learned in theater.

In and of itself, though, this rebalancing will not bring the kind of maritime domain awareness that is so crucial for an understanding of both the Great Game and the Long War. Outside the Anglo-Saxon world, to be sure, Western policymakers and opinion leaders have rarely been literate when it comes to naval strategy. Though this is not the place for a comprehensive tour d'horizon of the military, political, diplomatic, and constabulary uses of seapower25, basic "maritime domain awareness" is necessary when discussing the future globalization of NATO.

On the military side, the importance of the maritime dimension begins with the fact that, for all the talk about airlift capabilities, 90 percent of military lift remains sealift. But what is more noteworthy about the post-Cold War period is the fact that the decline of "maritime domain awareness" within the Atlantic Alliance took place precisely at the time when globalization was significantly increasing the importance of the maritime dimension on the commercial side (85 percent of world trade volume and 60 percent of oil and gas travels by sea) and of maritime security, all too often confused with -- and reduced to -- maritime safety.

It is hard to imagine a "Global NATO" -- in whatever shape or form -- that would continue to ignore the global commons the way today's NATO does. It is time for NATO's maritime commitment to match its continental commitment. To put it only half in jest: Either NATO will go out to sea, or it will go out of business.

The new Rimland

NATO was created as the political-military expression of the containment doctrine. While the father of the doctrine was diplomat George Kennan, the godfather of containment was geopolitician Nicholas Spykman. During World War II Spykman had challenged the centrality of the concept of the "Heartland" developed a generation earlier by Halford Mackinder (against Mahan's sea power thesis), and focused instead on what he called the "Rimland," by which he meant essentially continental countries with a maritime facade.

As Spykman defined it, the Rimland "functions as a vast buffer zone of conflict between sea power and land power. Looking in both directions, it must function amphibiously and defend itself on land and sea." On this geopolitical foundation laid by Spykman, Kennan simply built a chronopolitical strategy of containment, which would pay off 50 years later (much later than initially anticipated by Kennan).

In 1904, Mackinder had made the grandiose pronouncement: "Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland; who rules the Heartland commands the World Island; who rules the World Island commands the World." The Cold War was to prove Mackinder wrong and Spykman right: For 50 years, the Soviet Heartland did rule Eastern Europe; if it fails to command the world, it's because it failed to rule what really matters, i.e., the Rimland.

Throughout the Cold War, then, it is the concept of Rimland which provided the geopolitical underpinnings for a grand strategy of containment and its security architecture, of which NATO constituted only one pillar (arguably the most important) along with SEATO and CENTO. Today, the Soviet Union is gone and, against all odds, NATO is still around. True, today's NATO is not your father's NATO, but equally true, today's Rimland is not your father's Rimland -- and it is not clear that today's NATO has fully grasped all the implications of the sea-change.

Today's Rimland is a 400-mile wide amphibious area. In contrast to 1904, the Heartland today is an empty shell, and not just because of Russia's demographic decline. In China, the population is deserting the Heartland and moving to the coast. Worldwide, today's Rimland is both leaner and meaner than a century ago; no longer the "buffer zone of conflict" described by Mackinder or Spykman, this overpopulated Rimland, with 4 billion people living within 200-mile wide coastlands, is the "epicenter of all conflicts."

Should NATO care? As a military alliance, NATO cannot afford to ignore the increasing covergence of littoral warfare, amphibious warfare and urban warfare -- an issue to which the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps are devoting increasing attention. As a security organization, NATO's reasons for caring should be based on a recent report produced by the Center for Naval Analyses entitled "National Security and the Threat of Climate Change," describing a number of not exactly rosy scenarios regarding the political-military consequences of rising sea levels in the next 30 years. The hard security consequences of soft-power issues: This is the kind of outside-the-box thinking that NATO should itself promote.26

Equally interesting is the other phenomenon happening on the new Rimland: the so-called territorialization of the seas. The belated implementation, in the 1990s, of the 1982 Law of the Sea (UNLOS) and in particular of the 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ), has had over time unintended effects. Due to the existence of more than one hundred EEZs, 32 percent of the ocean is today under some sort of national jurisdiction. We are talking an area of 28 million square miles, i.e. four times the size of Russia (America's EEZ itself is two-thirds the size of the continental United States and accounts for 30 percent of the U.S. oil production).

The process of territorialization of the seas has been twofold: the "enlarging" of territorial waters from 12 miles to 200 miles, but also the "deepening" of territorialization. Twenty years ago, offshore wells were being drilled in just a few hundred feet of water; with ever-improving technology, prospecting then moved to deep water (i.e. beyond 1,300 feet) and more recently still to "ultra-deep" drilling under as much as 10,000 feet, with dramatic consequences for some countries like Brazil, who went from quasi-total dependence on foreign oil to quasi-total independence.

For all the post-Cold War talk about the decline of the state, there is at least one domain where the state is in expansion, and it is the sea. And for all the talk about a Great Game in Central Asia, it is worth keeping in mind that more than 30 percent of the world's oil and 50 percent of the world's natural gas is produced offshore. The percentage is greater still when moving from proven reserves (i.e., 90 percent certainty) to probable reserves (50 percent certainty). Add to that the fact that 60 percent of the world's oil and gas is transported by sea, and in the end, it is hard to deny that command of the high seas will matter just as much as control of the Heartland.

A little-noticed global chasm is occurring today in terms of geopolitics: As the center of gravity of world history is shifting from the Atlantic to the Pacific, the Western mind, traditionally maritime, is rapidly closing itself to anything other than continental matters, while the Asian mind, traditionally continental, is becoming increasingly maritime in outlook.

In the East, a region lacking a security regime analogous to NATO, the lack of clarity of the law of the sea regarding such issues as military and intelligence-gathering activities in the EEZs of other countries, and the competing claims for territorial waters and seabeds, has become a game increasingly fraught with dangers. The best known example is the Spratly Islands, one hundred or so islands scattered over an area the size of France, said to hold more oil than Kuwait, and situated right in the middle of one of the busiest sea lanes, used by 300 ships a day. The Islands are claimed in part or totality by no fewer than 17 countries, and five of them (including China) actually have small military forces on these otherwise uninhabited islands.

Unlike the legendary Great Game between England and Russia throughout the nineteenth century, the current Great Game at sea involved more than two players: America and China, the two greatest oil consumers, but also Japan and India, Malaysia and Indonesia, and other countries. This multiplicity of actors gives the seaborne Great Game a greater unpredictability. And unlike the slow moving Great Game in Central Asia in the nineteenth century, which resembles a leisurely game of chess, today's Great Game in the Asian Sea at times is more like Russian roulette, in that "incidents at sea" -- like the October 2006 close encounter of a Chinese sub with the USS Kitty Hawk -- have the potential to trigger unintended and unpleasant developments quickly.

The Great Game at sea is too complex to be examined in detail here. Suffice it to say that if in terms of transportation, the true identity of the players takes forever to sort out (the nationalities of the owner, the crew, the flag, the cargo), there is a clear trend in the nationalization of oil companies when it comes to production: "The percentage of the world's oil reserves held by publicly traded international oil companies (IOCs) has declined, while the percentage held by state-owned national oil companies (NOCs) has increased. Currently, 72 percent of the world's proven oil reserves are held by NOC's [the majority of which are Russian and Chinese]."27

Should NATO care? When you put together the territorialization of the seas and the nationalization of oil companies, the Great Game at sea becomes worth examining (e.g., the 2006 decision of the Cuban regime to hire Chinese NOCs for offshore drilling -- 45 miles off the coast of Florida). China's interest in Cuba, Panama, and Venezuela shows that the "string of pearls" strategy of China goes beyond the Persian Gulf to the South China Sea and the Gulf of Guinea, extending into the Western Hemisphere all the way to America's Caribbean backyard. Since Chinese NOCs are present in 50 countries and play with different rules than regular international oil companies, one would think that the geopolitics of the NOCs could be a suitable topic of discussion in the NAC.

For now, the Great Game at sea affects the Pacific more than the Atlantic, and as such has not directly affected NATO. But it certainly affects NATO's new global partners (Australia and Japan, Korea and New Zealand), who all happen to be maritime powers in the Pacific, and this is something that NATO will have to factor in when deciding the nature of its relationship with non-Atlantic powers. Global partnerships will have to be a two-way street, or there will be no global partnership.

In that respect, it is worth remembering that, in its day, SEATO included non-Asian countries like the UK and France, whose threat perceptions over time evolved differently from those of Australia and New Zealand (not to mention Thailand or the Philippines), and eventually SEATO went the way of the dodo.28 Therefore, when talking about NATO's global partners, one cannot avoid raising SEATO-related issues: Do allies and would-be partner nations have the same threat perceptions? What kind of "added value" will the concept of global partnership offer not only to the former, but also to the latter? In what ways can global partners become a force multiplier for the Atlantic Alliance, and in what way can it lead instead to an "entangling alliance"?

New perils, then, but also new promises. The maritime dimension is an opportunity for European allies to go beyond the "EU sandbox" and play a global role at relatively little cost, if only because public opinion will always find a maritime commitment more palatable than a continental one. For many allies like Norway and Greece, a greater maritime commitment on the part of NATO would also be a way to display niche capabilities (it's not as if the U.S. Navy had a surplus of mine-sweepers) that they don't necessarily possess in land operations. Last but not least, for a country like France, a middle-sized power as a land power but a maritime superpower of sorts (the third largest EEZ in the world thanks to its South Pacific possessions), a greater maritime commitment would be a way to maintain a leadership position. When it comes to NATO, to be sure, France, since 1958, has never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity. With Chirac and Villepin gone, however, it may well be that France will no longer confuse History with histrionics, and volonte de puissance with capacite de nuisance.

The Great Game at sea is only beginning. However fanciful they may be given the current international legal regime, Putin's claim in June 2007 to a chunk of the North Pole holding twice the oil reserves of Saudi Arabia gives an idea of the challenges ahead as global warming increases the areas available for offshore drilling.

The Long War at sea

The maritime dimension is as important for the Long War as it is for the Great Game. Before the attack on the Twin Towers, the attack on the USS Cole gave the West an idea of what asymmetric warfare can accomplish (17 sailors killed and $250 million worth of repairs for a terrorist operation that cost $40,000 to launch). That asymmetric warfare at sea shows great promise has not been lost on the jihadists who, when all is said and done, are less interested in restoring a caliphate (a goal they know is beyond their reach) than in making the West bleed to death economically.

Nine million containers enter U.S. ports each year, and 80 percent of U.S. port facilities these days are owned by foreign companies. It is estimated that the detonation of a 10-to-20 kiloton nuclear weapon in a container would cause a disruption of trade valued at $100 billion to $300 billion, property damage of $50 billion to $500 billion, and the loss of 50,000 to 1 million lives. A mere dirty bomb smuggled in a container would kill very few people, but the disruption would cost $58 billion and it would take 19 days for ports to resume normal operations and 92 days to stabilize the container backlog -- by which time the disruption could well spawn a recession.

The trauma caused by two planes crashing into the Twin Towers has made us forget that al Qaeda and its associates have a maritime strategy more sophisticated than blowing up the USS Cole. Before his arrest, the man responsible for the Cole attack himself had undertaken preparation to attack shipping in the Mediterranean with a four pronged-strategy: "ramming, blowing up medium-size ships near other vessels or at ports, attacking large vessels such as supertankers from the air by using explosive laden small aircraft, and attacking vessels with underwater demolition teams using limpet mines or with suicide bombers. During his interrogation, Nashiri revealed that if warships became too difficult to approach, tourist ships could be targeted. The cruise ship industry, which in the U.S. alone carries nearly seven million passengers every year, is facing this new threat."29

Eighty percent of world trade travels by sea, and 60 percent of the world's oil is shipped by about 4,000 tankers: "Were terrorist pirates to hijack a large bulk carrier or oil tanker, sail it into one of the chokepoints, and scuttle it to block the sea-lane, the consequences for the world economy would be severe: a spike in oil prices, an increase in the cost of shipping due to the need to use alternate routes, congestion in sea-lanes and ports, more expensive maritime insurance, and probable environmental disaster. Worse yet would be several such attacks happening simultaneously in multiple locations worldwide."30

A rogue nuclear missile on Paris or Berlin is decidedly more unlikely in the next five years than the hijacking and sinking of a couple of supertankers in the Strait of Gibraltar or the Bosphorus. The latter, in particular, is less than a mile wide in some areas, and 10 percent of the 50,000 ships that pass through it each year are tankers carrying Russian and Caspian oil.

In the Turkish strait in 1996, the nine pro-Chechen gunmen who hijacked a Turkish ferry and held 255 passengers hostage for three days had first considered the possibility of sabotaging one of the two suspension bridges with explosives to bring down the bridge and close shipping traffic. The worst case scenario, now that the Russian Duma has passed a bill to transport 20,000 tons of nuclear waste through the straits in the next ten years, is the possibility of one of these tankers being hijacked in the vicinity of Istanbul, a city of 12 million inhabitants. It is expected that traffic on the Bosphorus will be 50 percent higher in 2010 than it was in 2005, and so will the opportunities to create catastrophic mischief.

NATO military planners and civilian policymakers continue to think in terms of nation-states and regional "areas of operation," whereas, as the navy community knows full well, maritime threats are more often than not nonstate and transregional in nature. But terrorist networks are genuinely transnational: the Sri Lankan LTTE not only owned and operated a fleet of ten ocean-going freighters flying Panamian, Honduran, and Liberian flags, it also hijacked commercial vessels carrying weapons to reroute them to the Tamil Tigers. In 1994, the LTTE shipped 50 metric tons of TNT on board one of its own freighters operated by a front company from a Ukrainian Black Sea port via the Turkish Straits to Sri Lanka.

NATO is today paying less attention to potential maritime threats affecting its own civilian populations than to making the non-Western world safe for democracy (or sharia, since the jury is still out). If NATO wants to survive another 30 years, it will have to focus a little more on the concerns of its own population.

Global NATO, thousand ship navy

In the 1990s, some foreign policy analysts called on the United States to adopt a policy known as "offshore balancing." Succinctly put, "offshore balancing is predicated on the assumption that attempting to maintain U.S. hegemony is self-defeating because it will provoke other states to combine in opposition to the United States, and result in a futile depletion of the United States' relative power, thereby leaving it worse off than if it accommodated multipolarity."31 Whether such an offshore balancing is still possible or desirable for the U.S. in a post-9/11 environment is highly debatable. But a maritime globalization of NATO could become, for the Alliance itself, the continuation of "offshore balancing" by other means. Its main merit would be to constitute a hedging strategy of sorts against the SCO.

China is emerging as a maritime superpower as quickly as America itself (not to mention the UK) is declining as a naval power, to the point where China could become the leading naval power by 2020. The Russian Navy, which until now was a pale shadow of Gorshkov's navy (since 1991, the number of submarines has declined from 317 to 61 and of surface ships from 967 to 186) has announced plans to build a class of four new aircraft carriers in 2013-14, with initial service to begin in 201732. One would do well to remember that it took hardly more than a decade during the Cold War for Russia, the quintessential land power, to develop a formidable navy. In 20 years, we could realistically see a China/Russia-led SCO that is hegemonic not only on land but at sea. As counterintuitive as it may be at first, NATO would be wise to consider the possibility of making maritime cooperation the centerpiece of NATO-Russia security cooperation.

Maritime operations are of course not foreign to NATO. In the 1990s, Operation Sharp Guard constituted a dress rehearsal of sorts for Operation Active Endeavor after 9/11. In 2003, OAE was expanded functionally and geographically to cover the whole Mediterranean and ended up including some Mediterranean Dialogue countries as well as Russia and Ukraine. Many NATO allies participate in the Container Security Initiative (CSI) and the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), and it is no coincidence that the former head of Joint Forces-Naples, Admiral Mullen (the current chief of naval operations and JCS chairman-designate), is the one who developed the concept of the "Thousand Ship Navy" (TSN), which is today the talk of the U.S. Navy.

Though globalization has increased the importance of maritime affairs, there has been both a relative and an absolute decline of U.S. seapower, with a U.S. Navy today at its lowest level in the post-World War II era. For the first time in 20 years, the U.S. is in the process of drafting a new maritime strategy, but with a considerably reduced force that went from 600 to fewer than 300 ships, and with new responsibilities in terms of nonmilitary maritime security. Hence the concept of the Thousand Ship Navy, which is meant to create a global maritime partnership with foreign navies.33

TSN is much more than an attempt to make a virtue of necessity. The Thousand Ship Navy -- the "Great White Fleet" of the twenty-first century -- represents a revolution in military affairs in that the concept raises the "network-centric" paradigm established by Admiral Cebrowsky from the domain of strategy (Network-Centric Warfare) to that of security (Global Maritime Partnership). In the process, it brings back a much-needed balance between techno-centric and culture-centric skills as components of success. Just as important, the TSN concept also represents a revolution in diplomatic affairs, in that a global maritime partnership would go beyond the traditional military-to-military contacts and, as Admiral Mullen points out, would unite "maritime forces, port operators, commercial shippers, and international, governmental and nongovernmental agencies to address mutual concerns."

As the Proliferation Security Initiative in Asia shows, though, this twenty-first- century naval diplomacy presents formidable challenges in terms of redefinitions of "sovereignty." Though the TSN concept is still a work in progress, it is worth noting that naval representatives from 72 countries have already taken part in the first symposium on the subject. NATO would do well to examine if the indirect approach of "going global" through a Thousand Ship Navy path is not also the best way to avoid making self-defeating waves in Asia.

Strategic considerations aside, there is an additional reason for Global NATO to get associated with the Thousand Ship Navy. Hard as it is to remember today, there was a time when NATO captured the imagination of Western audiences: Until the mid-sixties, in fact, the prospect of an Atlantic Union was seen in Europe as the wave of the future, while the idea of a European Union was associated mainly with coal, steel, and the standardization of electric plugs.34 Today, hard as they try, the 700 million people of the West can't really bring themselves to get exited when the "deliverables" of NATO Summits amount to -- the purchase of three C-17s? If that is NATO's level of ambition these days, no wonder that even the EU is beginning to look good. NATO will require nothing less than a Thousand Ship Navy if it is to recapture the imagination of public opinion.

NATO and the rise of UN-istan

Two organizations emerged in short succession from the 1941 Atlantic Charter: the United Nations in 1945 and, when the UN proved ineffective in a Cold War context, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 1949. For the next 50 years, NATO's role in waging and winning the Cold War was as central as that of the UN was marginal.

In the early days of the post Cold War, there were, on both sides of the Atlantic, great hopes that the UN could finally play the role it was initially designed for. A former ambassador to the UN, the elder Bush in particular hoped to make the UN the cornerstone of a New World Order. In Europe as well, as the EU was toying with the idea of transforming itself from an Europe-espace to an Europe-puissance, many thought that an EU military force could constitute the military arm of the UN, and that the EU, in turn, could use the UN as a force multiplier to provide a "counterweight" to the US.

The fixation of EU elites on this idea led them to overlook the various scandals that marred the UN throughout the 1990s (from the Rwanda genocide to the Iraq oil-for-food program). More important, there is great reluctance on the part of EU public opinion at large to acknowledge the fact that, in the process of enlarging 54 members in 1945 to 184 in 1993, the UN's initial goals have been perverted.

Once the embodiment of Western ideals, the UN has turned into a lean, mean anti-West machine. Though European publics no longer have any illusion today about a Europe-puissance, they still retain a surprisingly boy-scoutish view of the UN, one that no longer corresponds to reality. European public opinion saw nothing wrong, for instance, in the recent establishment of an International Criminal Court that would give its prosecutor the power of a grand inquisitor, in part because they are not aware of the politicization of the UN (and of the potential use of the ICC as an anti-Western weapon), but also in part because, over the years, they have resigned themselves to the creeping judicial and technocratic imperialism pursued at home by the EU Court of Justice and the EU Commission.

If, against all odds, the European public has a more positive image of the UN than of NATO, it is for a simple reason: When it comes to strategic communication, today's NATO is your grandfather's NATO. Meanwhile, over the years, the UN has turned itself into a slick, global propaganda machine.

In that respect, the UN's main achievement since 1949 has been the transformation of a once-peripheral issue into a global Passion Play. Though the number of refugees throughout the world were millions after 1945 (and 15 million more with the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947), the UN decided to focus quasi-exclusively on the 700,000 refugees of the 1948 Israeli-Arab war. For these Palestinian Arabs, the UN created not only a specific agency (UNRWA) but a unique, and Orwellian, definition of "refugees" carefully designed to maintain the issue forever alive.35

Twenty years later came a new development. The demagogic UNESCO projects about a New World Information and Communication Order did not disappear when the US and the UK left the organization in protest and UNESCO, as a result, lost one fourth of its budget. The NWICO project was simply quietly transferred from Paris to New York, from UNESCO headquarters to UN headquarters. Over the years, the UN-New York developed its radio and TV station and its global network of 60 centers. It has provided "training" to Third World journalists (with a particular predilection for Palestinians) and built both a formal and informal media empire on which the sun never sets. By 1998, the UN spent a greater share of its budget on self-promotion and propaganda through its Department of Public Information (5.37 percent) than on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs (4.96 percent) or International Justice and Law (2.10 percent).

At the same time that it was becoming a major player in the propaganda game, the UN inside was gradually turning into a "lawfare" machine against the West. As Joshua Muravchik explains: "In the General Assembly, the Arabs have a unique leverage with which they can make the UN say whatever they want (except in the Security Council where the US veto has prevented that). The 22-nation Arab League constitutes a decisive bloc within the 56-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference [OIC], which is decisive in turn in the 115-nation Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), which constitute nearly two-thirds of the UN and is the organization's main bloc."

The OIC, it will be remembered, was created by Saudi Arabia in 1969 as a weapon against the Egypt-led Arab League in the ongoing Arab Cold Wars. In recent years, under the leadership of the OIC, the UN has turned into UN-istan:

The OIC is silent on putting the blame for the slaughter of innocent Muslim pilgrims precisely where it belongs -- on other Muslims. Instead, the OIC squanders most of its energy condemning the West for defaming Islam whenever terrorism is in any way linked with adherents of their religion. . . . While as a group they pay less than 3 percent of the regular annual budget of the United Nations, they have managed to exercise an outsized amount of influence in the General Assembly and its subsidiary bodies over how the UN deals with such issues as Palestine, terrorism and human rights and terrorism. Next on their agenda is a permanent Islam seat on the Security Council. Iran has already been designated as the OIC's preferred candidate for election to the Security Council in 2008. . . . In short, the Organization of the Islamic Conference bloc has been able to manipulate the UN's machinery to turn the liberal vocabulary of racism, oppression, genocide, tolerance and multiculturalism against the critics of reactionary Islam.

How delusional is the OIC today? So delusional that, at its May 2007 summit, the 56 foreign ministers agreed that the "greatest form of terrorism" in the world today is -- Islamophobia! The same OIC is the main force behind the election of Iran as vice-chairman of the Disarmament Commission, the presence of representatives of the worst dictatorship on the planet in the UN Human Rights Committee, not to mention the attempt, following the Danish cartoon affair, to make the UN recognize "blasphemy" as a crime.

In this ongoing weaponization of the UN against the West, China has not remained passive: beyond the OIC and NAM proper, the largest group in the UN happens to be the "G-77 + China," i.e., 132 countries representing 69 percent of UN members. China's UN dues may be 2 percent of the UN budget, but Chinese activism in the past decade has spectacularly increased in recent years.36 It is reportedly under Chinese pressure that the US was evicted from the Human Rights Commission in 2001 to make room for Arab dictatorships.

While the UN was sinking in global parochialism, NATO has gone global geographically (50,000 troops deployed now on three continents) and functionally (broadening of political consultations in the NAC). It is also beginning to go global in its cooperation with non-Atlantic partners like Japan to Australia.

In some American and European quarters, this globalization of NATO has led some observers to assert rather boldly that "NATO's next move must be to open its membership to any democratic state in the world that is willing and able to contribute to the fulfillment of NATO's new responsibilities."37 But to add four or five global partners is one thing, to add the 88 countries recognized as democracies by Freedom House is quite another. The necessary, if not sufficient, condition for turning NATO into a UN of democracies would be to change the flawed images of the UN and NATO that European publics currently have. That said, this long-term scenario of NATO as a UN of democracies cannot be ruled out given the ongoing deconstruction of the Tower of Babble by China and the OIC.

With the possible emergence of a NATO Security Providers Forum consisting of the leading contributors, three key questions are likely to keep the Allies busy in the coming years. What would happen with the four NATO Partners who are also SCO members in the event the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council was to be disbanded in favor of a Security Providers Forum. What will be the nature of the articulation between the North Atlantic Council, the Security Providers Forum, and the NATO-Russia Council? Has the time come for NATO to adopt an EU-style, "variable geometry" decision-making process? At the same time, the debate on the future Global NATO should not be limited to these organizational matters.

The Western-inspired international legal order is today under assault at the UN; at the same time, an obsolete Law of Armed Conflict is preventing the West from defending itself on the ground. As a military organization, NATO should today articulate a "Counter-Lawfare" doctrine for the sake of intellectual interoperability. As a security organization, NATO should not wait until it has become a full-fledged UN of Democracies to start elaborating a New Law of Armed Conflict adapted to the realities of post-modern warfare.38 Last but not least, the Alliance should take strategic communication more seriously and make better use of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (information) and the NATO Defense College (education).

If the Atlantic alliance is to genuinely "go global," it will have to achieve a better balance between "toolbox" and "think tank" and to focus more than has been the case so far on increased strategic literacy, broader situational awareness, and state-of-the art strategic communication.

History on the move again

Two hundred years ago, Napoleon Bonaparte, who knew a thing or two about epochal change, remarked: "When China awakens, the world will tremble." China is awakening, all right, and promoting worldwide authoritarianism all the more successfully that the spectacle of Western democracies lately has not been exactly edifying. If the Chinese promotion of "Asian values" has a global, rather than regional, historical significance, it is because Confucius today speaks with a very strong German accent: that of Carl Schmitt. While Western pundits were enrolling Kojève for their musing on the "end of history," the Chinese were translating nine books by Schmitt to philosophically buttress their return in history. The future of liberal authoritarianism has never looked brighter.39

The return of China alone would be enough to make the West "live in interesting times." To make things even more interesting, Islam too is back, this time in the form of a totalitarianism which manages to combine an ideological comprehensiveness (Salafism) unseen since Communism and an existential nihilism (jihadism) worthy of Nazism. A generation ago, the post-Vatican II Catholic world finally espoused the 20th century, and the Church went on to play a critical role in the collapse of communism; meanwhile, under the increasing influence of Wahhabism, the Muslim world was going in the opposite direction, and this great leap backward brought them back to the 14th century.40 If the Saudi caliphate does not soon undertake its own Vatican II, chances are the Muslim world will never make it back to the 21st century.

It is time for the Transatlantic chattering class to realize that there is a time for problematizing, and a time for strategizing -- and that its first order of business should be to stop mistaking a simple transatlantic time lag for a metaphysical problem. In the wake of 9/11, there was an extreme disconnect between an America that had just experienced its first continental aggression since the "second war of independence" (the war of 1812) and a Europe convinced that the then-imminent opening of the Brussels constitutional convention was, if not the beginning of universal peace, at least the world's most important event since the Philadelphia Convention of 1787.

Hence the temptation in certain quarters to reify this temporary disconnect into a Mars/Venus gap. But the most cursory examination of twentieth-century history shows that transatlantic time lags have always been the rule rather than the exception. The First World War began in 1914, the U.S. only joined in 1917. The Second World War began in 1939, the U.S. only joined in 1942. The Cold War began in 1947, and it took Europe a full two years to give up the temptation of neutrality and side with the U.S. Since the Long War is of an asymmetric kind, it is no surprise if it took longer than usual for America and Europe to synchronize their chronopolitica

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          ON THE AVENUES: Back in the USSR, with my old friend Barr.   
ON THE AVENUES: Back in the USSR, with my old friend Barr.

A weekly column by Roger A. Baylor.

28 June 1987.

Just shy of midnight, my childhood pal Barrie “Barr” Ottersbach stepped off the elevator into the corridor running past the block of rooms reserved at the Hotel Molodjezhny for the use of Scandinavian Travel Service Tour’s SSTS S819, conducted in conjunction with Sputnik, the Soviet youth and student agency.

Three decades of campfire stories were about to break out.

I’d debuted earlier the same day, miraculously allowed to occupy a room without waiting for the group’s late evening arrival. As the Americans, Canadians and Australians who would be my travel companions for the next two weeks came trickling down the corridor, I grilled them.

“Did Barrie make it?”

“Barrie? Is he the crazy guy with the mustache? Don’t worry. He’s coming.”

As I was grinding out the endless miles from Budapest to Moscow to the rhythm of choo-choo wheels and the providential lubrication of Bull’s Blood wine, Barrie had flown from Louisville to Copenhagen, Denmark and spent a hotel night there prior to meeting the group at the pre-arranged location.

On the 28th, the tour group flew from Copenhagen to Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), then switched planes for the late flight to Moscow, arriving at 22.30.

Barrie and I long had been keen on visiting the USSR as a team, and my brief weekend experience in Leningrad in 1985 inspired me to plot a return in 1987. He decided to go, too, and when the Soviet tour was over, we’d be continuing our journey into Western Europe. In the end, we spent more than six weeks carousing, with a great deal of learning as an added bonus.

Visiting the USSR meant finding a good tour package. During the Cold War, independent or otherwise unsupervised travel in the Soviet Union was problematic. It could be done, just not easily. Once on the ground with a group, there’d be nothing binding us to the daily schedule, and we could explore on our own, provided we remained within city limits and kept our tour leader informed.

Barrie and I discussed it at length, and took the recommendation of Let’s Go: Europe by opting for SSTS. I’ve never once regretted the decision. SSTS’s itinerary was designed for impoverished youth, and was as affordable as it got. While decidedly non-luxurious, it covered the high points and got us inside, through the gate.

More importantly, the tour led to an enduring friendship with Kim Wiesener, the Danish group leader for SSTS, and by extension, with his friends Allan Gamborg and Kim Andersen.

Kim was our age, but he was an old Soviet hand, with a Russian branch on his family tree. He had attended Moscow State University and spoke Russian. His gig for SSTS was part-time, and offered a working holiday every now and then.

The poor guy. He had no idea.

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Legend has it that Kim fell under Barrie’s spell (or was it the other way around?) during the apparently bumpy Aeroflot flights. It’s no surprise. Barrie was, and remains, a people person writ large. If you’re not his comrade, it’s only because you haven’t yet met him – as numerous Marxist-Leninists were about to learn.

By midnight we were drinking every beer we could scrounge from a relatively helpful restaurant employee downstairs, and catching up on things. Subconsciously, I began adjusting to the likelihood of vastly reduced sleep for the foreseeable future.

Next morning, the first of many boozy evenings behind us, tour participants met in the lobby for a breakfast the likes of which I can’t remember at all. As befits a budget tour of a Communist country, the food we’d paid to be fed was a bit of a letdown, rather institutional, and sufficient for sustenance but little else.

All the more reason to seek calories in alcohol.

As the group dined, Kim counted heads. On the very first morning of the tour, there already was one conspicuous absence, which was left for me to explain.

No worries, I told Kim.

Barrie’s with Bill.

Bill? What Russian is named “Bill”?

Yes, well … Bill. You know – from the Ukraine, not Russia.

Rather than the regularly scheduled orientation bus ride through Moscow, Barrie had opted to join the friendly neighborhood black market sales representative for an informative glimpse into the Soviet Union’s alternative underground “second” economy.

Bill was hesitant to be photographed. 

As Kim gulped and reached for the Danish version of Rolaids, I apologized. I’d been the one who had met Bill on the street the previous day, discretely changed money with him, and been treated to ice cream and a hot dog.

In fact, I was ready to pay Bill a high compliment; for a Communist all of 18 years old, he was a highly polished entrepreneur. Kim shook his head, perhaps glimpsing the sheer magnitude of the chaperone’s task ahead.

Red Square, SE view toward St. Basil's;
Kremlin and Lenin's Mausoleum to the right.

Changing of the guard at Lenin's Mausoleum.


Red Square, looking NW.

The morning bus orientation concluded, we returned to the hotel for lunch and found Barr waiting, bright and chipper following his appointment … and not coincidentally, brandishing a softball-sized wad of colorful Soviet rubles.

In effect, he’d laundered rubles into dollars so that Bill LLC could buy audio equipment at a Beriozka, or hard currency store where quality foreign items were sold for real money, not rubles.

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The Soviet Union may have appeared monolithic, though the country’s economy was anything but.

The second economy in the Soviet Union was the informal sector in the economy of the Soviet Union. The term was suggested by Gregory Grossman in his seminal article, "The Second Economy of the USSR" (1977). Economist Gerard Roland noted that as Grossman anticipated, "the logic of the second economy tended over time to undermine the logic of the command system and to lead to expanding black markets" … to a varying degree, second economy influenced all Eastern Bloc economies.

Grossman defines the concept of second economy with a two-prong test: it is the set of economic activities which satisfy at least one of the two conditions: "(a) being directly for private gain (b) being in some significant respect in knowing contravention of existing law."

The black market feature of this “second economy” existed to suit demand that the official economy couldn’t (or wouldn’t) fill.

As the joke went, Soviet citizens pretended to work, and the government pretended to pay them. In theory, the basics of life – food, shelter, medical care – were provided at little or no charge, meaning that there’d be ample leftover rubles for discretionary spending.

Except there wasn’t very much to buy.

Command economies in the Soviet Bloc were geared to produce heavy industrial articles -- steel, cement, tractors -- and not consumer goods. Consequently, everyday items westerners took for granted were generally scarce.

The common man’s solution was to stick the excess rubles into savings accounts or stuff them under the mattress, then dive headfirst into the “blat” economy of barter and favors in order to keep the household wheels turning.

Almost inevitably, this meant circumventing the law. The object of blat was to accumulate swappable chits, either tangible or intangible. As can be readily imagined, petty thievery and outright corruption quickly ensued.

If scarce shoes arrived at a shop, the employees would divvy them up before they were stocked in view of the public, because their value was higher in the informal bartering market than as a cash transaction – and if you couldn’t get a physical object in return for a pair of pilfered shoes, the favor you were owed could be saved and redeemed when necessary.

Perhaps the dentist given the shoes would fix your teeth off the clock ... "borrowing" workplace materials, of course.

Bill’s entrepreneurial career was little more than a logical progression from Blat 101. He recognized that the Soviet government was complicit in the black market, or else it wouldn’t have established Beriozka shops in the first place, filled with goods unobtainable without dollars, Deutschmarks or pounds sterling.

That’s because the ruble was not attached to the planetary capitalist economic system. Rubles had no value outside the Soviet Union, so the government needed hard currency just as much as Bill wanted audio equipment.

In turn, Barrie now found himself with several hundred rubles in a place where subway tickets were mere kopecks (or shrapnel, as Barrie referred to them) and a lavish restaurant meal with vodka, champagne and caviar might cost 10 – 15 rubles per person, or maybe $22 at the “official” exchange rate, but Barr’s black market rate was closer to seven rubles to the dollar, perhaps even more.

A fur hat of ordinary quality could be found on the shelf in a department store, for just a few of Barrie’s rubles. The better quality fur hats? They were in the Beriozka, and unavailable for purchase with rubles at any price.

So, how would Barrie's ruble windfall be depleted? Rubles couldn't be exchanged back into dollars without a bank receipt, and it was illegal to take them out of the USSR. Even if smuggled out, rubles were worth almost nothing.

But Barrie always has been an observant student of human nature, and he’d already considered the angles before joining Bill for a June morning’s foraging. He’d gleefully spend as many rubles as possible on meals, beers and commonplace (but atmospheric) souvenir trinkets to pack home.

As his chief accomplice, I’d be allowed to run a tab.

Barrie also would take a page out of Bill’s guidebook and accept a temporary position as financial consultant on the Anglophone fringe of the black market, profitably reselling rubles back into hard currency at a reasonable “favored customer” discount for those members of our tour group who were too cautious to trade for them on the street.

In the end, it all worked out just fine. In the coming days, I’ll do my best to describe these memorable times abroad.

Some of the stories might even be true.

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Recent columns:

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June 15: ON THE AVENUES: Hi there, NAHA wastrels. My name is Peter Principle, and these are my friends Deaf and Dugout.

June 8: ON THE AVENUES: Since 2004, "Two way, better way."

June 1: ON THE AVENUES: Take this cult of personality and shove it.
          Un road trip à vélo   
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The United States also will offer to export coal to Ukraine, where energy consumers have suffered from cuts in natural gas supply by Russia. After decades of being a major importer of natural gas, the United States is set to become a net exporter of gas by 2018 thanks to the boom in fracking in states like Texas and Pennsylvania. As the United States aims to boost LNG...
          Lajes is the front line in the New Cold War of the Atlantic. @JerryHendrixII @CNASDC @NRO   
06-27-2017 (Photo:English: en:Lajes Field, en:Terceira Island, en:Azores, en:Portugal KC-135, KC-10 and F/A-18 aircraft on the tarmac. The 65th Air Base Wing is the American unit stationed at Lajes Field and it is the largest U.S. military organization in the Azores. The wing provides base and en route support for Department of Defense, allied nations and other authorized aircraft in transit, including those from the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, France, Italy, Colombia, Germany, Venezuela and Great Britain. source Date Source Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons. Transfer was stated to be made by User:TCY ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Lajes is the front line in the New Cold War of the Atlantic. @JerryHendrixII @CNASDC @NRO The Kremlin’s expanding fleet of subs is cause for the U.S.-led alliance to beef up its defenses. The Russian Bear has emerged from a long hibernation to threaten American and NATO interests with highly capable submarines in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. But neither the United States nor its allies are prepared to meet the Kremlin’s challenge. A generation ago, Soviet submarines roamed the world’s oceans supporting Communist interests and attempting to place themselves in a position to win a final, terrible war. Fast attack submarines searched for American carrier strike groups, transports carrying troops and equipment to Europe, and, most ominously, missile submarines carrying nuclear weapons. To protect these assets, the United States and NATO maintained a fleet of anti-submarine (ASW) frigates, nuclear and diesel powered submarines, and wings of maritime-patrol aircraft that roamed the oceans searching out the Soviet subs. When one was detected coming out of its port in Murmansk, the alliance would begin a marathon tracking operation, the Norwegians turning things over to the Dutch or Americans flying out of Iceland, who in turn passed the job on to the British and then the French, with Americans flying out of Lajes in the Portuguese Azores. These assets would then turn responsibility for tracking the Soviet boat over to assets coming out of Rota, Spain, or Sigonella, Sicily, before the boat turned around and followed its tracks back home as all the NATO elements repeated their performance in reverse. Unfortunately, in the intervening quarter-century of peace dividends, increased social-welfare investments, and distant wars against radical Islamic terrorism, budgetary priorities and operational focus have shifted away from the historic challenge looming on Europe’s eastern border. Today, Putin’s Russia is in Georgia, Crimea, and Ukraine, and Russian carriers and submarines operate off the coast of Syria deep in NATO’s security environment. Yet Lajes is now closed, with China expressing interest in taking on a long-term lease, and the allied base of operations in Iceland has been vacant for the better part of the past decade, although the United States has expressed an interest in returning. The alliance’s frigate fleet has been nearly cut in half and its submarine fleet by a third. Maritime-patrol aircraft have experienced similar cuts and, perhaps most important, the alliance has failed to exercise together sufficiently to guarantee success if called upon to execute the weeks-long dance of a full-up ASW campaign. During a recent table-top exercise conducted by the Center for a New American Security, participants discovered that in a crisis, they would have enough resources to provide convoy escort for American troops and supplies moving across the Atlantic to reinforce Europe or to conduct an anti-submarine campaign, but not to do both. Top-level participants, including past and current policymakers and military leaders from Norway to France to Germany to the United States, struggled vainly during the “Forgotten Waters” exercise to match means with the alliance’s strategic ends. Challenges rangi...
          Cyber-warfare Strikes Again   
By Douglas V. Gibbs
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A new cyberattack is rippling through the world's usage of technology.  The latest attack has once again locked up computers around the world, and as the last massive strike, is a case of ransomware where the attackers demand money in order for the victims to restore access.  In this case, it's $300 in bitcoin, a digital currency.  The last attack was last May, which affected computers in over 150 countries.

The latest attack uses a malware believed to be more complicated than anything used in the past.  In this case, many users are not even able to launch their computers, except for a message informing them how to transfer the ransom payment to remove the malware.

Production at factories, and information transfers connected to banking systems and other services have been disrupted.  Disruptions are being reported worldwide.
According to CNN: The Chernobyl nuclear power plant was also hit by the cyber attack, according to a Ukrainian federal agency. In a statement, the agency said that "in connection with the cyber attack, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant website is not working." Its Microsoft Windows systems were temporarily disconnected, and radiation monitoring in the area of the industrial site is being carried out manually, it said.
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          Sweden v Ukraine   
Volleyball - CEV European League Men - 2017-07-01 15:00
          В Одессе эстонка получила корону «Мисс туризма-2017»   
В Одессе состоялся гранд-финал и коронация победительниц международного конкурса красоты Miss Tourism International, Ukraine, Black Sea 2017, который проходил в рамках фестиваля «Хочу в Одессу». Как сообщает департамент культуры и...
          HARRISON and HENRY for the Baerbock family — MN   
Matt and Sara have been married for 15 years and have 7 children, 2 of them adopted from Ukraine. Shortly after their 5th child was born, they saw a photo on the Reece’s Rainbow website of a young girl who looked like she could be their daughter. They began the adoption process, and God richly […]
          Bluestream ‘will be extended to Israel’   
Bluestream, the world’s deepest pipeline that runs under the Black Sea carrying Russian gas to Turkey, will be extended to carry gas supplies to Israel and Lebanon via Ceyhan, Turkey’s southern Mediterranean port, said the Turkish Minister of Energy Hilmi Guler following a meeting last Friday with Russia’s Gazprom chief executive Alexei Miller, writes Patrick Byrne .

Mr Guler said talks on implementing this should be completed within the next two months and added that an offer has also been made from Gazprom to extend the pipeline westward to Greece and then to Italy. “A joint company will be formed for that project,” he said.

Gazprom’s Miller further suggested that a second pipeline be built under the Black Sea to secure natural gas exports to Turkey.

Mr Miller reportedly accused Ukraine, with which Russia was recently involved in a bitter energy price dispute, of siphoning off in January 550m cu m of Russian gas meant for Europe.

Summing up Russia’s warmer attitude towards Turkey’s role in energy supply, he said: “We consider Turkey as a reliable partner to transit gas to third countries.”

Earlier Russia was sceptical towards Turkey’s long-term strategy to become the region’s main energy hub
          Ukraine MPC achivements 2016 Donetska and Luhanska oblasts   

Ukraine MPC achivements 2016 Donetska and Luhanska oblasts


          WASH Cluster Meeting Minutes. Kramatorsk 2017-06-19   

          WASH Cluster Meeting Minutes. Sieverodonetsk 2017-04-21   

          WASH Cluster Meeting Minutes. Kramatorsk 2017-04-18   

          Ukraine: Organizations and sectors - Who does What Where (as of 30 April 2017)   

          Ukraine: Humanitarian Overview - Needs and Response Analysis (January - May 2017)    

          Thursday’s Government Relations and Ethics News   
Lobbying “Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Files as Foreign Agent for Ukraine Work” by Tom Hamburger and Rosalind Helderman Continued on Next Page
          Алена   
photo Алена, 32 y.o. , Ukraine

          Александра   
photo Александра, 19 y.o. , Ukraine

          Veronika   
photo Veronika, 39 y.o. , Ukraine

          Olga   
photo Olga, 32 y.o. , Ukraine

          Наталия   
photo Наталия, 32 y.o. , Ukraine

          Юлия   
photo Юлия, 29 y.o. , Ukraine

           SOCAR obtains licence to trade gas in Ukraine    
State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic has obtained a licence to deliver and sell gas to Ukraine.
          Ukraine Cyberattack Wasn't Really About Ransom, Security Experts Say   
A deeper look at the virus that struck computers in Ukraine and elsewhere this week has shown that what initially looked like ransomware was in fact a type of malware called a "wiper." Rather than extorting money, it's goal was to erase victims' hard drives, disrupt their business and misdirect suspicions about the attacker's identity, according to The Washington Post and other media reports. Victims of the cyberattack saw a screen asking them to pay $300 in bitcoin for a key to unlock their computer – the same ploy used by the WannaCry ransomware that hit computers in more than 150 countries in May . But security experts say this attack was different. "It definitely wasn't ransomware and wasn't financially motivated," Jake Williams, founder of cybersecurity firm Rendition Infosec, tells the Post . "The goal was to cause disruption in computer networks." Likewise, Matt Suiche, founder of cybersecurity firm Comae Technologies, writes on his website , "The goal of a wiper is to destroy
          Comedian and actor, Craze clown, graduates as a Medical Doctor   
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After serving us comedy skits for years with Ade, which has us all rolling on the floor with laughter, Nigerian comedian and actor, Craze clown, will be graduating as a medical doctor tomorrow from a University in Ukraine.
The comedian who took to Instagram to disclose this, wrote;





“ Dad I know wherever you are this is the moment you have been waiting for and I’m proud you won’t be disappointed #DrCraze”
Craze clown

He also wrote;
“OFFICIALLY A DOCTOR OF before videos and pictures start rolling I want to warn you guys … meanwhile y’all celebrate with this picture #DrCraze”
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          Europe forecast: Heatwave south-east - Unsettled north & west, Jun 30 - 00:43   

Friday Unsettled and cool for northern Europe, whilst a plume of hot air affects the south-east of the continent. Much of Iberia will be dry, sunny and warm, 28 to 30C for southern Portugal and Andalucia. A northerly breeze brings rain to northern Spain. Showers for the western Mediterranean islands, also northern Italy. The central & eastern Mediterranean is hot and sunny, touching 40C for Greece and western Turkey. Temperatures widely into the mid-30s across Romania, Ukraine and the Balkans. Much cooler temperatures across central & western Europe, only 16 to 19C for France with outbreaks of rain, most persistent in central & western areas. Showery for the Alps and Germany, although drier to the east. Low pressure centred over southern Scandinavia brings strong winds, local easterly gales around the central Baltic. Persistent rain for Denmark, plus northern coasts of Germany and Poland. Rain also affects the Baltic states and southern Sweden, whilst much of northern Scandinavia stays dry, and pleasantly warm, highs in western Norway reaching 23C.

Saturday High pressure located to the west of Iberia brings fair weather to much of the peninsula, with north-easterly winds drawing hot air from the interior toward the south-west, highs 33C in the south. Some thunderstorms for eastern Spain and the Pyrenees. A few showers for Corsica, Sardinia and northern Italy. A heatwave continues for Greece and areas surrounding the Black Sea, climbing to 35 to 40C again. Low pressure over the southern Baltic drives unsettled and cool conditions across northern-central Europe, with rain affecting Germany, Poland and France, although improving close to the English Channel, across the Low Countries and also Denmark as pressure builds. Pulses of thunderstorms are likely for Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and into western Ukraine, advancing north-east. Much of Norway, Sweden and Finland should be dry and warm, widely into the lows 20s Celsius. Some rain around the southern Baltic.


          Global Cyber Attack Intent on Havoc, Not Extortion   

Global Cyber Attack Intent on Havoc, Not Extortion $MSFT A cyber attack that caused indiscriminate economic damage around the world, including to us here at Live Trading News, was apparently designed to create maximum havoc in Russia’s neighbor and adversary Ukraine. While the rogue software used in the attack was configured as extortionate “ransomware,” that […]

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          Комитет Сената США одобрил меры по сдерживанию России и поставки Украине летального оружия   
Комитет Сената США одобрил меры по сдерживанию России и поставки Украине летального оружия


Комитет Сената США одобрил меры по сдерживанию России, помощь в этом деле своим союзникам, а также поставки летального оружия Украине.

Подготовленный комитетом вариант законопроекта об ассигнованиях на национальную оборону на 2018 год, одобренный в среду вечером, предусматривает выделение Украине помощи в сфере безопасности в размере 500 миллионов долларов "для борьбы с пророссийскими сепаратистами, включая поставки летального оружия", сообщает "Голос Америки".

Он также продлевает действующий запрет на прямое сотрудничество Пентагона с российскими военными, введенный после воссоединения Крыма с РФ в 2014 году.

Кроме того, комитет одобрил выделение 4,6 миллиарда долларов на Европейскую инициативу сдерживания – проект Пентагона, нацеленный "на укрепление безопасности на восточном фланге Европы".

Около 100 миллионов долларов из этой суммы пойдут на поддержку совместной программы, в рамках которой Пентагон помогает странам Балтии «повысить свою сопротивляемость и нарастить потенциал для сдерживания российской агрессии», говорится в кратком описании законопроекта, опубликованном комитетом.

Этой инициативе предшествовали выводы высокопоставленных представителей американской разведки о том, что, дескать, российские власти пытались повлиять на президентские выборы в США в пользу президента Дональда Трампа.

Комитет указал на эти усилия, как на одну из причин своей жесткой позиции в отношении Москвы.

«Комитет считает, что Соединенные Штаты должны принять дополнительные меры для сдерживания российской агрессии, будь то за ее границами или в киберпространстве, – говорится в описании законопроекта. – Россия продолжает оккупировать Крым, дестабилизировать обстановку в Украине, угрожает нашим союзникам [по НАТО], нарушает Договор о ликвидации ракет средней и малой дальности (РСМД) и поддерживает режим Асада в Сирии».

«В рамках беспрецедентной атаки на наши основные интересы и ценности, Россия проводила активную целенаправленную кампанию по подрыву репутации американской демократии с целью повлиять на результаты президентских выборов 2016 года», – отметили члены комитета.

Законопроект санкционирует выделение 65 миллионов долларов на программу исследований и разработки ракеты средней дальности наземного базирования, чтобы начать сокращать разрыв, возникший в результате нарушения Россией договора о РСМД, но так, чтобы это не было нарушением договора со стороны США.

Подробнее: antifashist.com
          The Ticker   

Cyberattack’s purpose may have been chaos

The cyberattack that locked up computers globally with ransom demands may not be an extortion attempt, but an effort to create havoc in Ukraine, security experts say.

“There may be a more nefarious motive behind the attack,” said Gavin O’Gorman of Symantec. “Perhaps this attack was never intended to make money.”

The program hit Ukraine’s government, businesses and banks hard. Experts say it was not well set up to receive ransom payments and suggested it might be a smokescreen. Russia has long been suspected of engineering cyberattacks against Ukraine.

Tech firms pull market lower

A steep tech slide pulled U.S. stocks down yesterday.

The shift out of the technology sector came as investors bet central bankers may be ready to lift rates. But banks and energy stocks bucked the broader market decline. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 20.99 points, to 2,419.70. The Dow Jones industrial average slid 167.58 points, to 21,287.03. The Nasdaq composite lost 90.06 points, to 6,144.35.

EPA to consider mining job losses

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t have to estimate mining job losses from air pollution rules, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday. But under President Trump the EPA will consider the impact of policies on jobs anyway.

“President Trump’s EPA will take the economic and job impacts of its proposed regulations into account ... regardless of the outcome of this particular case,” the EPA said.

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          Ukraine power company says was hit by second cyber attack   
KIEV - Ukrainian state power distributor Ukrenergo was hit by another cyber attack on Thursday which used a computer virus different from one that hit Ukraine earlier in the week, the company's acting chief said.

The second attack did not affect Ukraine's power network, Vsevolod Kovalchuk told a news briefing on Friday.

Ukrenergo was an early victim of a cyber attack that began in Ukraine and spread around the world on Tuesday, knocking out thousands of machines, shutting down ports, factories and offices as it hit around 60 countries.

"The virus was slightly different, of a different nature, similar to WannaCry," Kovalchuk said about the second attack. "The effect from it was insignificant, as some computers remained offline."

WannaCry was the name of a global ransomware attack that struck in May.

Speaking about Tuesday's computer virus, Kovalchuk said that, according to preliminary data, it was activated during a software upgrade.

Cyber security firms are trying to piece together who was behind the computer worm, dubbed NotPetya by some experts.

A growing consensus among security researchers, armed with technical evidence, suggests the main purpose of the attack was to install new malware on computers at government and commercial organisations in Ukraine. Rather than extortion, the goal may be to plant the seeds of future sabotage, experts said.


          Ukraine detains two Russian border guards on its territory   
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          Can’t Stop the Chaos: Autonomous Resistance to the 2007 G8 in Germany    

From CrimethInc.

Ten years ago, Hamburg, Rostock, and the woods around the tiny German town of Heiligendamm witnessed massive confrontations as anarchists and other rebels attempted to interrupt and delegitimize the summit of the world’s eight most powerful nations. As the 2017 G20 Summit looms in Hamburg this July, we revisit the demonstrations that took place against the G8 summit in 2007—to seek strategic insights, study how the terrain has changed, and illustrate what it is like to lead lives of passionate resistance.

This is a revision of a text that originally appeared in Rolling Thunder #5, augmented with additional resources.


Typical German black bloc.


Hamburg, May 28: Preludes to Summits

Finally, something was happening.

After linking arms in flanks for five hours straight in a huge permitted march, we were getting antsy. This was the first major demonstration in the buildup to the G8 summit in Heiligendamm, and everyone wanted to start it off right. The city of Hamburg needed to send a message to the world that they had the “violent demonstrators” under control. The protesters wanted to tear the city apart, to show the G8 leaders that they were not welcome and that anyone who tries to host them will have to pay. With a thousand black-clad anarchists in the front and thousands of others behind, the tension was thick. Screaming “fight the system, fight the state, fight capitalism, fight G8,” the demonstrators were not willing to compromise their vision or momentum. But who would provoke whom first? Would the cops use the water cannons? Would the anarchists break through their lines and go off the script?

For two years, the German autonomous movement and the Dissent Network in particular organized from the USA to Turkey for one week of action. The stakes had never been higher: the “War on Terror” had cast a deathly pall over the worldwide struggle against capitalism and the state, but at the 2007 G8 anarchists and autonomists hoped to seize the stage of history by scoring a decisive victory against capital.

The modern incarnation of the Autonomen1 in Germany is distinctly anarchist, mostly young, and very, very punk. Even though the movement had been in disarray over the preceding years, the arrival of the G8, combined with the police raids in early May on anti-G8 centers of activity, united the usually divided and overly self-critical autonomist movement. To the chagrin of the police, the raids also backfired in the popular press; most of the media and even much of the public came over to the side of the dissidents. Furthermore, in “Red” Hamburg, the home of insurrections, pirates, and the world-renowned anti-fascist football league St. Pauli, it is hard to distinguish locals from the Black Bloc in the streets.

Move swiftly. Stop. Fight a bit. Grab something. Then run. Turn around. Watch out for the Snatch Squad. Which ones are they? Wearing all black with red diamonds on their back. Damn, there they are. They’re gonna try and grab us. Move! But who are those pigs? Don’t worry, it’s just the green team. Green team? Yeah, green uniforms, they’re like the National Guard. They won’t arrest you, they’ll just tussle a bit. And them? Who? The darker green and dark blue. Oh them, well, they’re here to stop you. Be careful—Shhhhhhh. What? Be quiet, they’re looking for us. OK, hold it… hold it… NOW!



The police were nervous, and rightfully so. For months, cars belonging to German officials related to the G8 had been burned in the streets. As the mobilization got going, internationals were streaming into the well-run convergence center in Hamburg, the two-decade-running squat Rote Flora. The police wanted nothing more than to release their inner fascists and ruthlessly clear the streets of all protesters. But due to factors such as public opinion and their brutality backfiring on them in the courts, the police could not simply beat protesters without pretext. Instead, they could only vent their frustration with an anal-retentive attention to detail about the smallest of the rules regarding banner size, demonstrators masking up, and so on: like a hybrid of the SS and school-crossing guards, they stopped demonstrations for up to thirty minutes or more for the most minor infractions of their rules.

This causes almost any march in Germany, including the march in Hamburg, to be an exercise in frustration, a chess game in which both sides try to bend, but not break, the rules through a strict process of negotiation—that is, at least until breaking the rules is advantageous. While marching, German anarchists more or less engage the police in careful negotiations until the permitted demonstration gets as close to the desired location as possible—such as a financial district, a fascist demonstration, or in this case the EU-ASEM Summit meeting in the town hall—and then all bets are off. After that, they often charge police lines, attempting to escape off the official route as a bloc or break into small affinity groups to build barricades and attack police cars—which is precisely what the march in Hamburg did.

As the melee between protestors and cops spread down the street, people started to hop a small fence into the parking lot of the soccer stadium. Soccer in Hamburg is a big deal; St. Pauli, the local team, is world-renowned for drawing some of the most anti-fascist hooligans in the world. I looked around and saw that we were in an enclosed space with few exits. It seemed only a matter of time before the police trapped us in this parking lot and beat us until we could be mass-arrested—so I hopped the fence into the stadium.

I’m short, so the climb was a little difficult, and I fell ungracefully over the fence—but when I looked up I found myself in a German teen anarchist’s dream-come-true: I’d escaped a police riot into the caring arms of the St. Pauli soccer team! Imagine running around Seattle during the WTO protests, air full of tear gas and the anguish of protestors being beaten by police, and opening a door to find yourself safely inside Rage Against the Machine’s practice studio.

The team was finishing up a daily soccer practice when they were interrupted by my hooded, masked fall from the heavens. We looked at each other in silence before I asked… “ummm, can I stay here for a bit?”

“Of course—would you like something to eat?” They introduced themselves to me and told me to make myself at home. So I took off my mask and chowed down on their vegetable platters.

At the end of the march, Black Bloc affinity groups rampaged throughout the town, fighting police and wrecking cars; when the police chased everyone back to the convergence center at Rote Flora, even the locals began fighting back against the hated riot police. A giant banner reading “Total Freedom”—as opposed to any supposed freedom democracy or the State can offer—had sailed above the march. At the end, there were eighty-five arrests, but the rest of us were totally free.

They’ve surrounded the Rote Flora. What? The convergence center, you know, that huge squat. Are they going in? Not likely, I think they’ll get a beating if they try. Barricades are going up, let’s get behind them. The water cannons are coming out. Well, move. Down this alley! OK. Wait, are we all together? Close, too close. I know. We were gonna go back and get you. What? That’s insane, they would’ve grabbed you too. Hey look, they’re sending in more. Did they declare a state of emergency? I heard that too. Shit, there’s waves and waves of them. Back to the Flora? No, it’s not safe. OK, then disappear. Thousands of us in the march. Hundreds rampaging in the streets. About eighty-five arrested. Not bad for a start. No, not bad at all.

At one point in Hamburg, a police officer who had taken off his helmet and armor was caught alone outside his van as the riots closed in. In a moment reminiscent of the murder of Carlo Giuliani by a police officer at the G8 in Genoa, the officer drew his gun—but just as he raised it in the air, the back window of the van behind him exploded, struck by a projectile, and he retreated. Thrown bricks save lives.

Rostock June 2: Nocturnes for Capital

In 1998, at the very beginning of the so-called “anti-globalization” movement, the G8 met in Birmingham only to find themselves surrounded by 70,000 activists organized by various NGOs and a raging Reclaim the Streets party downtown. In fear, they fled Birmingham to a more tranquil manor. In 2001, the NGOs under the umbrella of the Genoa Social Forum organized a march straight to the forbidden Red Zone where the summit was taking place, and the whole city hosting that year’s G8 was consumed in flames.

But the powers that be learn from their mistakes; unable to beat the demonstrators, they joined them instead, to lead them astray. In Scotland in 2005, the bizarre menage-a-trois of Bono, Tony Blair, and “anti-globalization” NGOs created the “Make Poverty History” march. In this guise, they tricked the vast majority of protesters into showing up in white—the color of surrender!—and marching in a parade through the half-empty downtown of Edinburgh, far from the summit. The theme of the parade was begging the G8 leaders to take action on their behalf, the opposite of direct action. This government-organized farce was the symbolic inversion of their defeats in Birmingham and Genoa.

A mere two years later, the slogan was no longer “Make Poverty History,” but “Make Capitalism History”—and the team colors had changed to from white to black. The march in Rostock was organized by a broad alliance of groups ranging from the Interventionist Left to ATTAC, anarchists and reformists united. In stark contrast to the “Make Poverty History” march that attempted to provide a safe and legal alternative to direct action, “Make Capitalism History” explicitly endorsed blockading the G8. The fact that popular sentiment among the protesters was in favor of direct action was a triumph of organization and outreach by the Dissent Network, reflecting the delegitimization of the G8 in the popular imagination.

Like some strange suburban guerrilla army, the bloc gathered itself in the trees in front of the shopping center. At first, it was so small I could barely find it. After a few minutes, as I found one friend after another after another, it became clear there were thousands of us. We put on our masks—a mundane act elsewhere, but a tremendous step in Germany. In Scotland, all the white clothes had reminded me of the Scottish sheep our good shepherd, Capital, was fattening for slaughter. From the moment our black masks went up in Germany, we were not sheep but a pack of wolves.



However, pointless marches are still fundamentally pointless even if they endorse direct action and encourage their entourage to stop marching and start blockading the G8. Unlike the march to the Red Zone in Genoa, this was not a militant march, but a stroll to an anti-capitalist rock concert featuring musicians such as Tom Morello and Die Toten Hosen. The Nazis had been planning their own “anti-G8” rally in Schwerin, but the police canceled both the Nazi event and the anti-fascist counter-protest at the last minute—so most of the Black Bloc ended up in the middle of the Rostock march.

Neither the police nor the Black Bloc seemed to be expecting anything to happen at this march, as most people had thought the street battle was to going to be either later during the G8 itself or against Nazis in Schwerin. That gave the day a genuine element of surprise. Unlike Hamburg, where the police “kettled” the demonstration and contained it right up to the last minute, in this demonstration the police kept a safe distance from the march, instead massing on the streets paralleling the demonstration.

The march ends, and my elation drops into disappointment as, yet again, nothing has happened. My arms are locked with the members of my affinity group, ranging from an incredibly lanky and calm North American man to a small yet fierce Bulgarian woman. All armed with black flags, we’re at least making good pictures for the spectacle. In a second, everything changes. A line of cops charges the Bloc, batons swinging. The lines in front of us turn and run, nearly trampling us. If there’s one thing German anarchists are good at, it’s running from cops. Our black flags are useless in the face of the cop onslaught, and a few of us throw them at the cops. Separated from the rest of the affinity group, myself and my remaining partner join the fray. More well-prepared than myself, some clever anarchists begin using chisels to tear up the paving stones. It’s not what’s beneath the paving stones that counts sometimes, it’s the paving stones themselves.

At the end of the demonstration, the Bloc found itself running more or less without incident into the middle of the “Make Capitalism History” concert and merging with the crowd. What precisely happened next is unclear, but an altercation broke out with one of the small squadrons of Rostock cops that were being sent in at seemingly random intervals to maintain order. The tactic of keeping the main forces hidden on the side streets served the purpose of protecting downtown Rostock from being destroyed, but failed utterly in controlling the Bloc.

Every time a squadron of Polizei were sent in, little clusters of black would form and move towards the squadron, like the attraction of iron fillings to a magnet. When the squadron attempted to arrest someone or attack the crowd, the clusters of the Black Bloc would rain cobblestones and empty glass bottles upon the cops. The cops then blindly rushed into the crowd, resulting in the Bloc dispersing rapidly, a reversal of their earlier magnetic attraction to the cops. Then the bloc would slowly reform to rain projectiles onto the cops until they retreated, unable to weather such a torrent of rocks and empty beer bottles. After all, the riot was at a rock concert!

Scattered, the Bloc slowly regroups at the kiosk to prepare for a second charge. My partner is exhausted, but excited by the chance to try yet another attack we rush forward with the Bloc. Around me, I hear the sounds of windows smashing. Then, someone—a civil cop, I think—screams “Police!” The crowd panics, and in the chaos we lose each other. I look desperately for my partner. No luck. I begin pelting the cops with glass bottles, in attempt to drive them back so we can rejoin the rest of the Bloc. Gotta love German beer, or at least the bottles.

Did the crowd reject the Black Bloc, pushing them out and sacrificing them to the cops? While some pacifists tried to “de-escalate” the situation by raising their hands in front of the cops, for the most part the crowd was angered by the police and merged with the Black Bloc. As the bands played on, one singer got up and said over the microphone “This is not the spirit of Scotland, this is the spirit of Genoa!”—a statement of somewhat dubious value out of context, but clearly the speaker thought this “Spirit of Genoa” was a good thing and intended to express support for those fighting the cops. Cars were overturned and set afire, cops retreated, water cannons came out, and the bands played on as the crowd repulsed line after line of police charges—this was no Bono playing to complacent crowds at Live8. This was the redemptive spirit of Genoa—the spirit of resistance in the face of state violence, spreading like a virus through a crowd everyone had expected would just listen peacefully to the bands. The battle in Rostock was a victory like the inaugural protest against the G8 in Birmingham, and the spell that had been cast in Scotland to assimilate and pacify the “anti-globalization” movement was broken.

I step around a corner and see a line of cops standing guard next to the broken windows—so I hurl a glass bottle into the face of the closest officer. My bottle leaves my hand a few seconds too late, as the cops are already beginning a charge—although I do hear the satisfying shatter of the bottle against his helmet. Panicking, I turn to run, but a baton hits the nape of my neck and I fall to the asphalt.

Batons are beating my back and legs, gloved hands twisting my fingers and joints. I wrest my joints and hands free again and again, resolving to stay put as the cops pull my head up by my hair to take my picture. After some indeterminate amount of time, I see rocks and bottles soaring overhead. Black out. Darkness. Light. Then the impossible: there are no cops on top of me! The crowd has forced them to retreat! I stand up and run at breakneck speed away from the police and into the crowd, aiming for the only safe place within reach: the deck of the Greenpeace ship parked near the waterfront. Where’s my partner? Was she arrested? Hurt? Due to my reckless charge? I feel my soul collapse. Those who are not behind bars have to live with the consequences of their actions, and for the first time in my life I wish I had been caught.


Preparing to confront police in Rostock.


Heiligendamm, June 6-7: Blockades Without End

After Genoa, the next G8 summit was moved the literal summit of a mountain in Evian, far from the urban terrain protesters have been accustomed to since the Paris Commune. This tactic of placing the meeting in a rural location inspired a new counter-tactic: spreading the blockades across miles and miles of difficult rural terrain. The summit site was hopelessly walled off, so the idea was to block the roads leading to and from it, so reporters and other sycophants couldn’t reach the gates.

Anarchy always has at least two faces: one of chaos and one of self-organization. If the streets of Hamburg and Rostock exemplified the beautiful chaos of our movement, the self-organization of Camp Reddelich showed the other. Transforming an empty field of grass next to a slaughterhouse into a thriving village in less than a week, anarchists of every stripe proved that they are capable of running their own lives without governments or capitalists, police or prisons. Antifascist, Queer, Yellow, and Internationalist barrios sprouted organically as if from the earth. Kitchens dotted the fields along with security towers, tool-making workshops, Indymedia centers, training tents, info-booths, trauma tents, anti-sexist spaces, and thousands of other tents, all providing the physical and emotional spaces for people to organize, strategize, evaluate, share, dance, and live free. This autonomous zone, mirrored by two other rural camps and multiple urban convergence centers across Germany, was the birthplace of a million secret plans.


Camp Reddelich, set up to house demonstrators during the 2007 G8.


Rural blockades require putting protesters in the countryside, so protest camps developed as a necessary prerequisite for large-scale rural direct action. In a step above the single camp at Stirling during the 2005 G8, hearkening back to the multiple camps at the 2003 G8 in Lausanne and Annemasse, the Dissent Network and the Interventionist Left set up three different camps. The first, Camp Rostock, was nearest to the city and held innumerable communists and NGO organizations—not to mention quite a few punks too drunk to get to other camps and a few clever anarchists who wanted some cover. The second, Camp Reddelich, was the closest to the “Red Zone,” and accordingly held almost entirely anarchists. The third, Camp Wichmannsdorf, was the domain of the more traditionally non-violent anti-nuclear blockaders—though in Germany, the line between the Black Bloc and non-violent civil disobedience against nuclear weapons is thin.

The camps were all incredibly well-functioning, with security shifts on watch-towers, self-organized canteens feeding thousands, anarchist-run bars (not serving the day before the blockades!), tents to deal with mainstream press, mobile Indymedia centres on wheels, endless conspiratorial meetings—and even showers! There was only one component missing: in the aftermath of Rostock, the alliance between the Interventionist Left and the autonomous movement started fraying, and the Dissent Network—perhaps having last minute qualms as the day of action approached—did not convene a public meeting about plans.

Raids were a constant worry at the camp and defensive measures were prepared in case of attack: barricades of scrap wood and metal, trenches to stop police vehicles, piles of bottles and rocks. The alarm was sounded one night at 3:30 a.m. when six vans pulled up to the front entrance and police in riot gear stepped out. The night watch rang the alarm and within three minutes a large black bloc had formed at the front gate. The vans left as quickly as they’d arrived and the camp returned to sleep.

From the helicopters’ perspective, we must have looked quite threatening. Groups of eight to twelve all over the camp were huddling in circles, poring endlessly over topographical maps and transportation routes. Whispers circulated in thirty languages from barrio to barrio about which intersections to target, how to get there, when to move on, whether to join the official blockades or form a suicide bloc to charge the gates. The bars and kitchens swarmed with international anti-capitalists debating past summit strategies, victories and failures, similarities to the present and new challenges. How would the sixteen thousand cops respond to a direct attack on the fence? To an attack on the police themselves? Which roads are still open? How can we get there? How will we hold them? Block G8 had a plan, but the insurrectionary anarchists didn’t—or if any of them did, at least no one would discuss it publicly. Paranoia filled the air and meetings got more and more clandestine, finally to a point at which the decentralization of knowledge was almost debilitating. Fuck it, we have to try something.

Earlier rural blockades in both Evian and Gleneagles had failed because they didn’t last more than a few hours and so could not actually “shut down” the summit. As one popular poster in Germany put it, Bewegen, Blockieren, Bleiben—“Move. Block. Remain.” That critical “remain” had been left out of previous summit attempts. The strategic change was not to blockade as either mobile blocs or small groups jumping in and out of the road, as at previous summits, but to mass as many people as possible in the roads near the main entrances to Heiligendamm to blockade them in a non-violent manner, staying until the police literally dragged people off. While previous blockades had aimed for small numbers and offered virtually no training, the “Block G8” campaign returned to the mass non-violence civil disobedience that was so crucial to success in Seattle but curiously and detrimentally absent at almost all subsequent summit protests. While the pacifist nature of this approach caused many of the “more-militant-than-thou” anarchists to mock it, the simplicity and accessibility of this approach enabled thousands of untrained Germans to join in the blockades.

Due to their long history of anti-nuclear Castor blockades, the German autonomous movement—unlike autonomous movements in places like Greece and the US—is experienced both at throwing rocks and erecting peaceful blockades. Internationals were bewildered as the Autonomen changed tactics from throwing rocks to sitting in streets for the day of blockades. When Block G8 moved into action on Wednesday, the cops more or less permitted it happen, much to the surprise of all—as they had quashed all demonstrations in the area after the riot in Rostock. Perhaps now that the G8 had officially begun, the police had to prove Germany was a civilized country without a near-fascist police force. Combined with Rostock, it was like a left punch of Black Bloc aggression followed by a right hook of colorful and effective blockades.

It wasn’t until I saw the multi-colored array of 5000 people marching in the bright green fields under a soft blue sky with helicopters above and police below that it hit me: we shouldn’t have underestimated the official blockades. Although the international anarchists and autonomists had decided against forming a militant presence at these blockades due to pressure from Block G8 organizers to remain nonviolent, there were still a number of us in black ready to throw down if necessary. As we tore through fields evading police lines, you could feel the growing excitement and power of the crowd. Breaking up into different columns to get past the police, we succeeded again and again in reaching the streets. Finally we saw it, the fence, with six layers of cops protecting it. Many hopped onto the main street and laid down immediately. The autonomous bloc started tearing down a barbed wire fence next to a forest that would serve as our escape route if necessary. The official organizers were scared and tried to dissuade us while the media captured their sexy images. The clowns played their games, the cops stood their ground, and everyone just sat there, waiting, for days.


Blockading the way to Heiligendamm.


Since the Block G8 campaign organized openly, it’s possible that the police knew the locations of the blockades and funneled all important delegates down another road, letting the protesters blockade the “main gates” to Heiligendamm. This raises the disturbing possibility that the G8 leaders are happy to allow the spectacle of a blockade to happen so long as it remains colorful, non-violent, and does not interrupt their actual operations. While the Block G8 plan and non-violence guidelines were mostly respected on Wednesday, on Thursday all bets were off.

Protesters swept across the fields of Heiligendamm and tried to blockade nearly every road. The day started off with a nearly comic attempt to repeat the “Suicide March” Black Bloc that was so successful at Gleneagles during the 2005 G8. Only a few hundred people, the Bloc barely got out of Camp Reddelich before being assaulted by cops and fleeing back in; in retaliation, the cops surrounded the entrance to the camp, preventing the 6 am Dissent Bloc from leaving. At the same time, mostly German groups struck with a series of decentralized blockades on major roads, achieving varying degrees of success. The paranoia and tight-lipped nature of the German autonomous movement left many of the internationals at the camp isolated, frustrated, and surrounded by cops, with only the all-knowing and all-seeing “Infopoint” to help them—although the Indymedia dispatch line ended up being invaluably useful for those who knew about it.

As the police left the front of the camps, the internationals formed a “rolling blockades” march that left camp at 9 am. In two hours they reached the gates of Heiligendamm itself, blockading the roads and using the “five fingers make a fist” strategy when confronted by the police: breaking into smaller groups and reforming on the other side of police lines. At one point, in a moment of long-overdue poetic justice, the Russian delegates were blocked by Eastern Europeans who smashed their car! By the end of the day, the blockades had so disrupted the summit that the police began clearing them with unusual ferocity, using water cannons to shoot water mixed with tear gas. Some blockaders refused to leave and continued to resist, turning Block G8 blockades into autonomous blockades. In the end, what started as colorful blockades of clowns and pacifists gained the air of a battlefield, and what had seemed certain defeat became apparent victory.

At the West Gate, a car carrying Russian delegates attempted to pass protesters. It was stopped and the wheels were deflated and the exhaust pipe broken. Activists then opened the trunk and removed the belongings of the delegates, just as the G8 removes the freedom of those it claims to represent. Once the trunk was opened the car drove into people, resulting in its windows being smashed.

“A few days a go the BBC reported that Tony Blair was ‘concerned’ about the lack of democracy in Russia. The Russian government doesn’t give a fuck if he is concerned or not. Hopefully they will listen to this act of resistance.” -From a communiqué posted to Indymedia


The car carrying Russian delegates to Heiligendamm; a blockade on the way to Heiligendamm; the aforementioned police officer who was dissuaded from waving his gun around by a judicious use of projectiles.


Berlin, June 8: Anticlimax

Our hopes weren’t dashed yet. The next morning our rural fun was to begin. We started early, around 3 am. First decision: suicide march or autonomous blockade? We chose the latter and moved slowly into position. Cars were dropping off packs of people by the woods. Affinity groups disappeared into the forest as endless lines of cop vans appeared. It seemed like the setting for a Wild West shootout, with both sides building up their arsenals and waiting for the other to move first. Seventy-five of us made it safely inside, transformed into a black mob, and moved like a guerrilla army through the brush, dodging under tree cover when helicopters swooped by. Camouflage would have been better than black—but hey, we’re city folks; black’s our forte.

With saws and combustibles in hand, ready to light up the morning with a spectacular blockade, we called a last minute meeting. Speaking in four languages through our masks in the black forests of northern Germany, we called it off. It was a trap. Other blockades on the same road happened and all were arrested immediately with no effect. Disappointed yet feeling good about our judgment, we dispersed into our casual clothes and headed for Berlin, where the final show was about to begin.

Some of the internationals were frustrated with the entire “Plan A” of the blockades. Coming out of a year-long analysis of previous mass mobilizations, Genoa in particular, various insurrectionists decided that it was time to take the initiative and try something new. Instead of following the lead of the traditional Left, using its large marches and demonstrations as cover for breaking windows and burning cars, they decided to see if they could launch a strategic attack by themselves, one that would violate the traditional set-piece roles of mass mobilizations. With the help of some of the German Autonomen, a secretive “Plan B” was organized in case the blockades failed. While the blockades appeared successful, on the final day of action a banner appeared on the two decrepit cement towers overlooking Camp Reddelich: “Plan B: Burn Berlin!”

Plan B resembled the idea behind the Seattle Black Bloc, when an autonomous bloc took advantage of police being distracted by blockades to wreck the shopping district—but instead of happening outside the summit, it was to take place in the nearest large city. Tactically, it was attractive, since on the day when a thousand Berlin police would be distracted by dealing with the blockades a Black Bloc could more easily strike the heart of financial capital in Berlin. However, only a few hundred people showed up, surrounded by riot police and infiltrated with undercover civil cops. A piece of paper went from hand to hand notifying protesters they should move to Rosenthal Place to begin a riot, but by the time the crowd got there the police were already there. Strangely enough, there were almost no Germans at the Reclaim the Streets, and it ended without any more incident than a few destroyed cars.

While the Berlin police may not have known about Plan B, many anarchists did not either. Perhaps the vast decentralized infrastructure of three separate camps made communication impossible; it takes more than a good idea to get people involved. Also, there was a real lack of support from many Berlin autonomists, who originally seemed to pledge their support. This might be understandable: their primary social center, Køpi, is threatened with eviction, and a major riot in Berlin would have brought harsh repression upon them. It would have been far better for all involved if locals had been more upfront about their doubts instead of simply not showing up.

The idea of separating aggressive demonstrators from pacifists by giving each their “own” day of action divides the movement tactically and temporally, which plays perfectly into the hands of the police. It’s far better to divide spatially if numbers allow, but to act all at once on the same day. Dividing the movement spatially over Rostock, Berlin, Hamburg, and Heiligendamm definitely stretched the police to their breaking point, but made coordination difficult at best. In hindsight, doing anything new and dangerous requires not only an adequate assessment of your numbers and strength but also truly believing it will work. Plan B failed on account of a crisis of faith.

We sat in the darkness, Berlin far from in flames and only the ghosts of our dreams to haunt us. Slightly drunk, a comrade from Greece muttered, “In Greece, you are welcome in my house. In Greece, all of us will make bottles together, and throw them at the fascists, and…” He was almost choking. He turned to me and said, “Now is time for that most sad of moments, the emptying of the Molotovs.”


Confrontations in Rostock.


Tentative Conclusions

When revolutionary movements take the historical stage, as the “movement of movements” did at the end of the last century, there inevitably follows an equal and opposite wave of counterrevolution.2 As the curtain falls upon the reaction to “anti-globalization” known as the “War on Terror,” it becomes ever more urgent for a new rupture to reorient the world for another revolutionary moment. Today, the crises of migration, climate change, and the failure of global capital are far more important than the bankrupt narrative of terror. Despite the hype of the Dissent Network, the 2007 G8 was not the rupture we were waiting for—but it was a strategic realignment of the global movement, positioning us to strike and tear the seems of history apart to create that much-needed rupture. As any martial artist can tell you, the positioning for the strike is as important as the strike itself.

Movements decline, dissolving into fragments and micro-parties, failing to grasp the imaginations of even their own most dedicated adherents. Movements rise, consolidating new assemblages, spreading hope to even the most forlorn hearts. After Seattle, there was a rapid if unarticulated consolidation across completely unexpected boundaries, leading to the christening of the “movement of movements.” Through avenues such as the radical “fringe” of the social forums and endless gatherings, a coherent critique of capitalism, most vocal in the Global South, began slowly but surely penetrating the movements in the West and North. After September 11, 2001, the movement fractured: the “center,” organized labor and NGOs, fled back to the welcoming arms of the State—or, in parts of the Global South, actually took over the State apparatus. This left only a ragtag bunch of anti-capitalists throwing themselves from defeat to defeat in the streets, reaching a nadir in the United States with the FTAA protests in Miami 2003.

After September 11, suddenly everyone in the streets was “against capitalism”—not because of the growth or radicalization of the movement, but because its collapse had left what was once its periphery as its center. The anarchist critique of global capitalism incubated in these summits spread to many people outside the anti-globalization movement, and what was a defeat in the streets became a victory in the battle of ideas.

Starting at Evian, moving through Gleneagles, and reaching its apex at Heiligendamm, the true miracle of post-Genoa G8 protests was that what appeared to be the dying gasp of the movement in Europe has effectively reconstituted a growing “movement of movements” with anti-capitalism as its center. Everyone from the Interventionist Left to the Dissent Network put aside petty politics to work together to increase the momentum of the movement as a whole. Due to the work of the Interventionist Left, most NGOs of note endorsed blockading the G8—something still unimaginable in the US and Britain. Unlike the 2005 G8, reformist NGOs and political parties that tried to organize “alternative summits” and “rock concerts to fight poverty” met with low attendance, for the “hip” thing to do was direct action. The enemy—global capitalism—was identified far more clearly than it ever was in Seattle or Genoa. Thousands of people participated in their first direct action in the streets of Rostock and fields of Heiligendamm. The climate is changing: it’s becoming anti-capitalist.

One question for the new manifestation of the “movement of movements” is how to deal with those other “anti-capitalists,” the resurgent fascists—who took advantage of the G8 to articulate their own warped “Third Position” against capitalism by marching against the G8 in Berlin and Lueneberg. Luckily, the fascists were marginalized by the “movement of movements,” whose act of blockading and fighting police stole the show. The distinction between the “movement of movements” and the fascists in Germany is that “the movement of movements” is fundamentally invested in open space, while the fascists want to reconstitute a closed world based on mythical ethnicities. It may be the battle between these two forces that takes the stage once the G8 is in the grave.

There is a logic to blockades and open space. Humans are creatures of habit, socially imprisoned by millennia-old closed systems of despair and discipline. To even begin to hear the voices of our desires that are otherwise muted by the hustle of everyday life under capitalism, we need open space. Here lies the paradox: today, the only way to create open spaces is through acts of closing, acts that blockade the circuits of capitalism. By blockading the flow of traffic, guilt, property, greed—whatever flows enable the growth of capital at the expense of the living—we create space for the living to flourish. These blockades may shut down roads or railways, but they open up space for new types of social relationships. During the blockades, we find ourselves accidental revolutionaries. By blockading the summit, our desire for safety is magically superseded, and our other desires flow naturally into the gap to become an unexpected reality. In a world enclosed, opening space this way allows us to shed our skins as workers, as students, as women, as men, as Germans, as members of this faction or that, and experience ourselves as part of something greater. These moments of freedom burn themselves into our memories, and it is our quest for such moments that causes us to keep coming back, summit after summit, regardless of the odds.


The black bloc in Rostock, June 2007.


This is the secret of the rock thrown at the cop—and yes, the Black Bloc did throw the first stone! It is only through such a moment of negation, through the blockading of the police beneath a hail of stones, that we could create an open space, one that reflects the magnitude of what is at stake in these summits. Had the marches passed in peace, it would have been the tragic peace of the graveyard. Far better for us to throw our cobblestones—if trees and polar bears and the human beings marginalized in the ghettos of the global capitalism could, they would be going after the police with a lot more than cobblestones. It doesn’t hurt to bring the violence that lies beneath the veneer of capital in Western countries up to the surface, either. The real question can no longer go unspoken: “What is the appropriate response to a world of capitalist violence?”

All anarchists are comrades in a new sort of international brigade, and we must set our sights beyond battles like the one in Rostock. The networking that happens before the blockade, before the battle with the cops, lays the foundation for all our future blockades and battles and gives us our ultimate chance for decisive victory over capital. The real international summit was not at Heiligendamm—that was just a PR stunt for a few would-be leaders, and the fact that they needed 16,000 mercenaries to protect them from the rest of us reveals the worthlessness of power. The real international summit took place in the convergence centers and camps where thousands of brave, unshaven, and driven men and women whose names will never appear in history books organized their own daily lives, found unexpected friendships, hatched hopelessly idealistic conspiracies, and took to the streets and fields together. Regardless of the outcome of any particular demonstration, our international brigade will return home to the snows of Siberia and the strip-malls of America to share stories with those who could not go and e-mail newfound friends. The international brigades grow, the network beneath the network, the hidden roots that will blossom into the open space our world so desperately needs: a world outside the death-grip of the G8, a world we have glimpsed in the convergence centers, the camps, and—in our better moments—ourselves.


From 2007 to 2017, from G8 to G20, the struggle continues.



Appendix: Two Narratives from the 2007 G8

The march came to a standoff with the cops on a bridge over one of Hamburg’s downtown canals. The organizers called off the march at this point, letting everyone know that if they stayed it was no longer a permitted action. This was not so much a way to separate themselves from the “bad” unpermitted demonstrators or to encourage people to leave, but rather a license for those participants who wanted to throw down to go ahead and do so. Roughly 500 in black bloc stuck around, milling about in AG’s and figuring out what to do. In front of the march was a line of cops backed by water cannons, behind the march was an intersection we turn from, the two sides of which that weren’t walked by demonstrators marked off by rows of police and water cannons. The bloc made an offensive on the cops, but could not push through. The police made a few offensives on the demonstrators, and arrested a few. As time passed and passivity persisted, the chances were looking worse and worse for the few hundred demonstrators left. The only ways out were back the route we marched, lined with police, or down a walkway that traced along the side of the canal. Our AG started to file out down the pedestrian walkway, expecting to leave the demonstration. But as we turned up a street that paralleled the road to City Hall (where the ASEM meeting was occurring), we saw that the demonstration was following us! A sea of black began to emerge behind us. And much to our delight, as we continued to look back, the cops had chosen to stay on their bridge and leave our slowly building mass alone.

We walked for a few humble, residential blocks in total silence, total anonymity. On a few occasions someone would at