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  • Tariq Ramadan: We Choose Justice and the Presumption of Innocence
    Tariq Ramadan: We Choose Justice and the Presumption of Innocence  We the undersigned feminists, academics, professionals and human rights activists, today turn our attention to the manner in which media, victims or purveyors of disinformation have accused and harassed Tariq Ramadan in a campaign that amounts to no less than a public lynching. We stand for parity between women and men, and we are definitely in no hurry to hang a man, evidence free. To be a feminist does not mean being against but rather together with; no better and no worse than any other person.

  • USA toads to Turkey
    Turkey and the United States agreed to create a mechanism to normalise relations, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said.During the visit of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Turkey, Turkish and American officials intend to take measures to normalise relations between Turkey and the United States, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a joint press conference with the US Secretary of State."At our common will, we agreed to normalise the relations, but the US has repeatedly given us promises that they have not kept. We talked about the ways to bring decisions to life, we have decided...

  • Large section of German autobahn collapses
    In the federal land of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania  (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) in the north of Germany, a large section of A20 autobahn collapsed almost completely.The first hole appeared on the road near the city of Triebes in September 2017. Several weeks later,  the section of the road was closed for traffic. The hole continued to expand, and the second half of the road had collapsed by February 12. The section of about 100 meters of the highway in the marshland was affected.According to preliminary data, the road collapsed because of the layer of peat underneath the highway, although specialists need to confirm...

  • Former Shell CEO admits to spreading lies about meeting with Putin
    Former Shell CEO Jeroen van der Veer stated that it was him, who told the story of Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra about the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.According to him, the minister could misinterpret the words of the Russian leader. Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra earlier admitted that he lied about his presence at a meeting with Putin at his summer residence in 2006. After the meeting, Zijlstra had repeatedly stated that during that meeting he personally heard Putin calling Belarus, Ukraine, the Baltic States and Kazakhstan parts of "the Great Russia." Not that long ago, however,...

  • China to play big role in post-war Syria
    Chinese authorities intend to play a big role in the post-war reconstruction and development of Syria.Chinese Ambassador to Damascus Qi Qianjin said that it was time to focus all efforts on the development and reconstruction of Syria. "I think that China will play a big role in this process by providing more assistance to the Syrian people and the Syrian government," the official said. In February 2017, Beijing and Damascus signed two agreements on the provision of humanitarian aid to Syria in the amount of $16 million. The parties concluded a number of agreements on cooperation in the field...

  • USA refuses to crush Russia's public debt
    US Secretary of the Treasury Stephen Mnuchin said that Washington did not plan to impose sanctions on Russia's sovereign debt."We're targeting specific sanctions to bad individuals and companies as opposed to sanctions on debt," Mnuchin said Tuesday, Bloomberg said. The introduction of restrictive measures against the state debt may lead to major financial shocks outside Russia and cause damage to global financial markets and business.The new sanctions will affect certain companies and individuals. According to Mnuchin, restricting the purchase of federal loan bonds will put pressure on Russia's economic growth, increase the burden on the banking sector and lead...

  • USA readies for conventional wars with the use of nuclear mini warheads
    Washington admits the use of nuclear mini-warheads in conventional wars. This is the main message of the New Nuclear Doctrine of the United States, which the Pentagon unveiled last week.Commenting on the doctrine, Donald Trump said that the United Sates must modernize and re-build its nuclear arsenal. "As part of our defense, we must modernize and rebuild our nuclear arsenal, hopefully never having to use it, but making it so strong and so powerful that it will deter any acts of aggression by any other nation or anyone else," Trump said in his State of the Union speech.  Experts...

  • EU strikes Ukraine and Georgia out of expansion plan
    The administration of the European Union intends to present a plan of expansion with the help of six Balkan countries.Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Kosovo and Macedonia will be invited to join the European Union, the Voice of America wrote. It should be noted that Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, which previously declared their wish to join the European Union, were not included in the plan.The European Commissioner for Enlargement, Johannes Khan, is to present the strategy for the expansion of the European Union on February 6. According to forecasts, the EU will accept new members...

  • USA’s missile defense system test fails
    The US military unsuccessfully tested the American missile defense system Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex. During the tests, the SM-3 Block IIA missile launched from the test site did not strike another missile fired from the aircraft. The test was conducted in the area of the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii. The Pentagon will try to hide the failure of the missile test on the eve of the Olympic Games in South Korea.

  • Poland bans Ukrainian nationalism, Ukraine calls it backstab
    Ukrainian MPs Oksana Yurinets and Nikolai Knyazhitsky stated that Poland's recent decision to ban the propaganda of "Bandera ideology" came as an unfriendly anti-Ukrainian step. Members of the Ukrainian Parliament found the Polish law "a radical anti-Ukrainian step that could destroy the foundation of good-neighborly relations between our nations and states." "This is an act of humiliation of the dignity of the Ukrainian nation, abuse of historical truth and the denial of more than forty years of work to reconcile our peoples," they said. Yurinets and Knyazhitsky added that the law was a stab in the back. "It's a painful attack,...

  • Court of Arbitration for Sport pardons 28 Russian athletes
    The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne has made a positive decision regarding 28 appeals from Russian athletes. It goes about the Russian athletes suspended from participating in the Olympic Games for life due to violations of anti-doping rules.The sanctions have thus been lifted from bobsleighers Dmitry Trunenkov, Alexei Negodailo, Olga Stulneva, Lyudmila Ustobikina, skeletonists Alexander Tretyakov, Sergei Chudinov, Elena Nikitina, Olga Potylitsyna, Maria Orlova, skiers Alexander Legkov, Eugene Belov, Max Vylegzhanin, Alexei Petukhov, Nikita Kryukov, Alexander Bessmertnykh, Evgenia Shapovalova, Natalia Matveeva, skaters Olga Fatkulina, Alexander Rumyantsev, Ivan Skobrev, Artem Kuznetsov, tobogganists Tatyana Ivanova, Albert Demchenk, hockey players...

  • USA to violate INF Treaty by building new missile capable of leveling Moscow
    The USA develops a new missile complex that violates the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty)).The funding for the project has been received under the National Defense Appropriations Act for the fiscal year 2018 (NDAA'18). It is worthy of note that the US proceeds from the existence of Russia's violations of the INF Treaty as a proven fact.Experts said that Russia had created and deployed a mobile ground-based missile system with SSC-8 cruise missile (Russian designation 9M729), the range of which makes it subject to treaty limitations (the prohibited range...

  • China regrets collapse of USSR and Soviet Army
    Chinese experts said that the fate of the Soviet Army was regrettable and may serve as a warning to the People's republic of China. Professor of the National Defence Academy of China's National Defence Academy, Xu Yan, said that the army that defeated Nazism and opposed the USA in the Cold War simply disappeared after the collapse of the USSR.The analyst noted in his Global Times op-ed that the Soviet leadership had forgotten the goals set before the armed forces, abandoned previous ideas and ideals, and succumbed to Western influence.According to the Chinese professor, the Soviet army had fallen...

  • Ukraine tests its first cruise missile that looks like old Soviet one
    Ukraine has tested a cruise missile, which is supposed to become "another argument for deterring the aggressor." Photos from the trials were published by the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, Alexander Turchynov."Another important argument to deter the aggressor is ready. Today, we have conducted first successful tests of the Ukrainian cruise missile - an effective, high-precision weapons, which can destroy enemy targets - both land and sea targets," Turchynov wrote. According to the official, this event is very important for Ukraine, because after the "total disarmament of the Ukrainian army" in accordance with the...

  • Pentagon admits half of all F-35 fighter jets not good for anything
    The Pentagon has published a report, in which it was acknowledged that 50% of fifth-generation F-35 fighters were not suitable for combat action. Specialists have not been able to resolve a lot of technical deficiencies, which the renowned aircraft had been repeatedly criticised for, reports Bloomberg.The efforts made have failed to improve the reliability of the fighters since 2014, despite the growth of their number. Improved versions of software for the fighter have had 31 updates, but key shortcomings have not yet been corrected.Thus, as many as 1,000 flaws make the F-35 fighter aircraft just common aircraft.For example, F-35B...

  • Soros makes surprising statement about new threats to society
    Billionaire George Soros, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, said that Facebook and Google pose a threat to society."Social media companies deceive their users by manipulating their attention and directing it towards their own commercial purposes. They deliberately engineer addiction to the services they provide. This can be very harmful, particularly for adolescents. There is a similarity between internet platforms and gambling companies. Casinos have developed techniques to hook gamblers to the point where they gamble away all their money, even money they don't have," the philanthropist said in Davos.Soros believes that Facebook and Google have created...

  • Iran offers alliance with Russia to counter USA in the Middle East
    Iran put forward and idea to set up a coalition with the participation of Russia to counteract the United States.According to Iran's Fars news agency, assistant to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Major-General Yahya Rahim Safavi, said that Iran's regional alliance with Russia, Syria, Pakistan and Iraq would be able to counter the American coalition.According to him, the US strategy in 2018 is to "preserve the conflict in the region," as well as expand it, and Washington seeks political, economic and military benefits for this activity.According to Safavi, the US seeks the establishment of an autonomous Kurdish region,...

  • Russia considers exiting Council of Europe
    Officials with the Council of the Federation believe that European officials may raise the issue of Russia's exclusion from the Council of Europe for not paying membership fees to the organisation. The Council of Europe may indeed exclude Russia from the list of member countries of the association in the event Russia refuses to pay the membership fee.At the same time, Russian MPs believe that Russia may pull out from the organisation on its own will because Russia is no longer interested in this membership. "The Council of Europe may raise the question to exclude Russia, but in this...

  • British army chief says Russia can destroy UK sooner than expected
    The head of the British army, Nick Carter, said that Moscow was capable of taking "hostile actions" against the United Kingdom and NATO much earlier than expected.According to him, this conflict may begin unexpectedly. "The threats we face are not thousands of miles away but are now on Europe's doorstep - we have seen how cyber warfare can be both waged on the battlefield and to disrupt normal people's lives - we in - the UK are not immune from that," Carter said during a speech at the Royal United Services Institute on Monday.According to him, the UK and...

  • China wants Moscow to confront pressure from Washington together
    The Chinese military believe that Beijing and Moscow must resist pressure from Washington together. Defence attache of the Chinese Embassy in Russia, Major-General Kui Yanwei, said at a meeting with chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, Viktor Bondarev, that the Pentagon views China and Russia as threats to the United States.According to him, the United States and Western countries try to contain Russia in Europe, whereas in Asia they try to contain China. Kui Yanwei stressed that Moscow and Beijing need to jointly counter global threats, as well as "challenges that come from the US...