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What is possibly a one-off Soviet-era edition of the Demons by the famous Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky was auctioned-off in Moscow on Thursday, selling for a massive 3,400,000 roubles ($43,991).
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NY women fight ‘tampon tax’ in court, accuse state of discrimination
Edited: 201603050013
In Frankrijk haalden de vrouwen in december 2015 hun slag thuis met een taksverlaging. zie ons bericht van 13/12
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Sergey Lavrov beroept zich op de geschiedenis en pleit voor Eurasian Economic Union
Edited: 201603031314
Western attempts to exclude Russia from shaping European and global affairs have led to countless historical tragedies over the centuries, according to Russia’s foreign minister, who added lasting stability can only be reached through cooperation.

In an article for the Russia in Global Affairs magazine, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov outlines the historical importance of Russian foreign policy over the course of the last 1,000 years, arguing that Russian policy has always been based on preserving the fragile balance of peace and stability in international relations. Any attempts to isolate Moscow as a major world power have led to historical defeats and countless deaths, he says.

“During at least the past two centuries any attempts to unite Europe without Russia and against it have inevitably led to grim tragedies, the consequences of which were always overcome with the decisive participation of our country,” Lavrov wrote.

Being the largest country on earth with a unique “cultural matrix,” Russia has always followed its own national interests, Lavrov argues. Yet at the same time it has served as a bridge between the East and the West, while Russians have always welcomed and respected numerous religions and cultures.

While welcoming Western ideas and applying them to modernize Russia, Moscow has never allowed itself to be consumed by Western culture. At the same time Moscow has always advocated working with the West to achieve common objectives.

Lavrov stressed the constructive role Moscow has played in European affairs, especially during the Napoleonic Wars, as well as in First and Second World Wars. The influence of the Soviet Union in shaping modern Western values should also not be underestimated, the minister argues, highlighting the USSR’s role in decolonization and shaping the European socio-economic system.

“The Soviet Union, for all its evils, never aimed to destroy entire nations,” Lavrov said. “Winston Churchill, who all his life was a principled opponent of the Soviet Union and played a major role in going from the World War II alliance to a new confrontation with the Soviet Union, said that graciousness, i.e. life in accordance with conscience, is the Russian way of doing things,” he added.

The post-Soviet world, Lavrov argues, offered the unique opportunity for European states to unite with Moscow and work towards a wider and more solid security mechanism in Europe – a mechanism that would enable long-lasting peace on the wider continent.

“Logically, we should have created a new foundation for European security by strengthening the military and political components of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE),” the minister wrote.

Instead of uniting, some European countries chose to ally themselves with NATO and Washington, and once again embarked on the centuries-old matrix of trying to isolate Russia and expand the military alliance’s borders further east, while pursuing a global agenda of regime change and ‘color’ revolutions.

“It is notable that George Kennan, the architect of the US policy of containment of the Soviet Union, said that the ratification of NATO expansion was ‘a tragic mistake,’” Lavrov said.

Rather than serving as architects of peace, NATO and its member states, Lavrov said, continued to engage in destructive policies that threaten international stability and have already led to the collapse of states, starting from the bombings of Yugoslavia, to the invasions of Iraq and Libya.

Arguing that the liberal system of globalization has failed, the minister stressed that the world is standing at crossroads, where a new system of international relations is taking shape. At such an important historical junction, Lavrov says it is wrong to accuse Russia of “revisionism” just because Moscow refuses to bow or close its eyes to NATO’s policies.

“A reliable solution to the problems of the modern world can only be achieved through serious and honest cooperation between the leading states and their associations in order to address common challenges,” Lavrov wrote.

The most pressing issue in the modern world is the threat of terrorism, which can only be defeated by a united front, he added.

The foreign minister stressed that Russia is not seeking any “confrontation” with the US or the EU. On the contrary, Moscow is and has always been open to “the widest possible cooperation with its Western partners.”

Russia continues to support the notion that the best way to ensure the interests of Europeans would be “to form a common economic and humanitarian space from the Atlantic to the Pacific, so that the newly formed Eurasian Economic Union could be an integrating link between Europe and Asia Pacific.”

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CAR onderzoekt leveringen van componenten voor bommen aan ISIS/DAESH
Edited: 201602251309
Over 50 companies from 20 countries, including Turkey, US, the Netherlands and Belgium (Solvay), have produced, sold or received hundreds of components, such as detonators, cables and wires, used by Islamic State terrorists to build improvised explosive devices (IEDs), a major study has found.

Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants have manufactured and deployed IEDs across the battlefield on a "quasi-industrial scale," Conflict Armament Research (CAR), which undertook the 20-month study, stated in the report. Made of cheap and readily available components, IEDs appear to have become IS’s "signature weapon," the European Union-mandated study has found.

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Duitse politie gaat Trojan virus gebruiken om verdachten te volgen
Edited: 201602230144
The German Interior Ministry has approved a measure allowing federal police to use a special Trojan virus to hack the computers and smartphones of their suspects, giving them almost unlimited opportunities to conduct surveillance on them.

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Lagarde (IMF) wil dat de multinationals en de rijken belastingen betalen: We need a tax system where multinational companies & wealthy individuals contribute a fair share to the public purse
Edited: 201602221653
Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has called for a revolutionary “Robin Hood” tax system in which multinational companies and wealthy individuals actually pay a fair share of tax.

Commentaar LT: als de vos de passie preekt, boer let op uw kippen. Over een supertax kan je veel praten, je moet er ook nog wel iets aan doen. Dit klinkt als: 'Kijk, ik Christine Lagarde, ik ben mee met mijn tijd.' De brave vrouw meent het misschien goed maar ze heeft terzake geen bevoegdheid. Gratuit, dus. En diegenen die wel de bevoegdheid hebben, vertikken het gewoon.
Voor de multinationals is de oplossing toch zo klaar als pompwater: maak één (1) Europees loket voor hun belastingaangifte, dan kunnen ze niet op 28 plaatsen gaan 'shoppen'.

oordeel zelf: lees hier de speech van Christine Lagarde
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Oekraïne kiest liedje over Krim-deportaties onder Stalin voor deelname aan Eurosong
Edited: 201602221250
Ukraine is apparently courting trouble by choosing a song with politically loaded lyrics for the upcoming Eurovision contest, which explicitly bans participants from using the event for promoting any political agenda.
The song by Jamala called “1944” is dedicated to the deportation of Crimean Tatars by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. The singer was born into a mixed Tatar Armenian family and was inspired to write the lyrics by her grandmother’s account of those tragic events, she told the media. A record number of over 300,000 Ukrainians voted in the national selection for the contest.

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Rusland stationeert high-tech MIG-29-toestellen op basis Erebuni in Armenië
Edited: 201602201118
De Erebuni-basis ligt slechts 20 km van de Turkse grens, waar de berg Ararat ligt. Armenië heeft wegens de genocide een historische wrok tegen Turkije en werkt wat graag mee aan de Russische druk op het land.

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17 februari 2016: Erdogan sluiswachter. Vluchtelingenstroom als pressiemiddel op EU om steun aan Koerden te fnuiken.
Edited: 201602172245
Western countries have no chance of stopping the influx of refugees from Syria, Turkish President Erdogan said. He also pledged to continue shelling Syrian Kurds and criticized the West for supporting Kurdish organizations.

LT: de verbrokkelde EU heeft weinig weerwerk tegen een Turkije dat een sluis is geworden tussen het kruitvat van het Midden-Oosten en de Europese Unie. Dat de vluchtelingen via het verarmde Griekenland gedumpt worden, is voor sluiswachter Erdogan mooi meegenomen.
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WikiLeaks lekt recent rapport over vluchtelingencrisis en mogelijke EU-interventie in Lybië
Edited: 201602171502
WikiLeaks has released a classified report detailing the EU's military operations against refugee flows in Europe. It also outlines a plan to develop a "reliable" government in Libya which will, in turn, allow EU operations to expand in the area.
The leaked report, dated January 29, 2016, is written by the operation's commander, Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino of the Italian Navy, for the European Union Military Committee and the Political and Security Committee of the EU.

The document gives refugee flow statistics and details of performed and planned operation phases of the joint EU forces operating in the Mediterranean.

zie ook het eerdere bericht waarin de Lybische regering een directe interventie afwijst

Vooral Frankrijk houdt zijn ogen gericht op de Lybische overbuur en de steun van een Italiaanse admiraal komt dan ook niet ongelegen.
Benieuwd of Bernard-Henri Lévy ook nu weer een rol gaat spelen zoals in 2011.
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16 februari 2016: Artillerie Turkije tegen Koerden in Noord-Syrië. Veiligheidsraad en USA verveeld met taktiek Erdogan.
Edited: 201602162353
Following a briefing requested by Russia, the UN Security Council has urged Turkey to comply with international law in Syria. The closed-door meeting was called to discuss recent Turkish shelling of Kurdish YPG militia targets in Syria's north.
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15 februari 2016: Erdogan uses ISIS to suppress Kurds, West stays silent says Turkish MP Selma Irmak
Edited: 201602151910
“Erdogan uses ISIS [Islamic State/IS, also known as ISIS/ISIL] against the Kurds. He can’t send the Turkish Army directly to Syrian Kurdistan, but he can use ISIS as an instrument against the Kurds. He has a greater Ottoman Empire in his mind, that’s his dream, while ISIS is one of the instruments [to achieve it],” Selma Irmak, a Turkish MP from the Peace and Democracy Party told RIA Novosti on Monday.


“Unfortunately, the international community is indifferent towards these events. Turkey has taken Europe prisoner by using Middle Eastern refugees as an instrument of blackmail. The US keeps silent too, having common interests with Turkey. For instance, the US wants to keep using the Incirlik airbase […] and the Turkish Army is emboldened by such impunity.”
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Hoofdkwartier HSBC blijft dan toch in London. Verhuis naar Hong Kong gaat niet door.
Edited: 201602151431
Of het allemaal een spelletje is geweest om de Britse regering onder druk te zetten, zal later wel blijken ...
Volgens de top van de bank zijn er geen onderhandelingen met de regering Cameron geweest.
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Golfstaten in gesprek met Israël?
Edited: 201602151422
'Persian Gulf states are seeking nuclear weapons to counter “bad guy” Iran and have held clandestine meetings with Israel despite not having official ties with Tel Aviv, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon revealed at the Munich Security Conference in Germany.'

Dat meldt RT.
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Iran exporteert olie naar Europa na opheffing sancties
Edited: 201602141439
“In the coming 24 hours, 4 million barrels of crude oil will be loaded onto 3 tankers destined for Europe,” Rokneddin Javadi, managing director of the National Iranian Oil Company, was quoted as saying by the Shana news agency.

“Of those 4 million barrels of crude, 2 million barrels are assigned to France’s Total, and 2 million barrels have been bought by two companies in Russia and Spain,” he added.

Iran has signed a deal with French oil giant Total for daily export of 160,000 to 180,000 barrels of oil per day, according to the IRNA.
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200 million women victims of genital mutilation in 30 countries, cut before age of 5, UN says
Edited: 201602051301
A new UNICEF report says at least 200 million women and girls have suffered the terrible practice of genital mutilation in 30 countries across the world. In some countries the procedure is practically universal.
Of these 200 million “more than half live in just three countries: Indonesia, Egypt and Ethiopia” while 44 million “are girls below age 15,” the report says, adding, “the exact number of girls and women worldwide who have undergone FGM [Female Genital Mutilation] remains unknown”.
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Women in Saudi Arabia: no coffee at Starbucks
Edited: 201602051253
Women in Riyadh have been banned from local Starbucks after a barrier designed to keep the genders apart collapsed. The company suggested female customers send their drivers to pick up drinks.
The coffee shop now has a sign in Arabic and English: “Please no entry for ladies only. Send your driver to order. Thank you.”
A woman tweeted the warning, saying “Starbucks store in Riyadh refused to serve me just because I’m a woman and asked me to send a man instead.”
Female segregation is enshrined in Saudi Arabian law. Women are required the approval of a male to leave the house. Last December, women in Saudi Arabia were given the right to vote in local elections, but they are still forbidden to drive.
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Israël promoot Koerdische staat
Edited: 201601200959
Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked has spoken out in favor of an independent Kurdish state. She also urged increased cooperation between Israel and the Kurdish people. Shaked sees this as an opportunity to weaken Israel’s rivals in the region.
“We must openly call for the establishment of a Kurdish state that separates Iran from Turkey, one which will be friendly towards Israel,” Shaked told the annual INSS security conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, as cited by the Times of Israel.
More precisely, Shaked proposed the new state be founded between Turkey, Israel and Iraq.

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Apple, Microsoft allegedly use cobalt sourced from child labor in DR Congo – Amnesty
Edited: 201601191136

Amnesty believes the issue is that none of these companies can actually verify where the cobalt comes from. But “around half of all cobalt comes from the DRC, and no company can validly claim that they are unaware of the human rights and child labor abuses linked with mineral extraction in the region,” business and human rights researcher at Amnesty International, Mark Dummett, told the Guardian.

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